Crabtree Valley Mall will soon be welcoming a new element to the property that’s the first of its kind in the United States. This exciting new addition is a Krispy Kreme kiosk which resembles the brand’s iconic green and white doughnut box! The unique Krispy Kreme kiosk, which will serve the doughnut company’s favorite varieties, is scheduled to open late August 2018. The kiosk will be located on the first floor of Crabtree Valley Mall near Macy’s and the mall’s promotional court.
“At Krispy Kreme we are always innovating to find new and exciting ways for our fans to enjoy our awesome doughnuts. We are thrilled to bring theKrispy Kreme kiosk to life for the first time in the U.S. at Crabtree Valley Mall. This is an experience unlike any other!” said Mike Tattersfield, Chief Executive Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.
“We are delighted that Krispy Kreme has chosen Crabtree Valley Mall to launch this exciting new concept in the United States. We know our shoppers will enjoy having a variety of Krispy Kreme favorites available throughout the day. I’m sure we will also see more visitors stopping by the mall to satisfy their craving for fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts” said Brian Asbill, Corporate Marketing Director for Crabtree Valley Mall.
Few restaurants in this town last 40 years but Snoopy's Hot Dogs & More original location on Wake Forst Road has done just that. Through all kinds of food trends, Snoopy's has found the right combination of fast, friendly, affordable, comfort food and really who of us Raleighites hasn't hit Snoopy's late night on our way home at least once?
Snoopy's will be celebrating their 40th anniversary on September 9th – 15th at all 5 stores. They will be giving away & be selling 40th Anniversary Snoopy’s t-shirts, having a 1/2 price hot dog special all week, and be giving away 5,000 wooden nickels good for $1 off an order of $5 or more the following week.
Snoopy's began in 1978 when Steve Webb, a long-time Raleigh resident, transformed an old gas station on the corner of Whitaker Mill Road and Wake Forest Road into a traditional eastern NC grill. Serving made to order hot dogs, burgers, and fries.
His wife, Sarah, left her career as an elementary school teacher and joined him a year later. Today, Snoopy's offers more items like chicken salad, chicken sandwiches, BBQ, and homemade soup during the winter months.
Larry and Casey Cerilli joined the Snoopy's family as partners in 2006. The Cerilli's are now 50/50 partners with Steve and Sarah Webb, and are in charge of operations at all 5 stores.
The Webbs are still actively involved in the business. Sarah sends out Snoopy's monthly newsletter, and Steve plans the marquee sign at the Wake Forest Road store.
The Webbs and the Cerillis know it isn't just about serving great affordable food. They believe that it is also about giving back to the community. Snoopy's is active with several local charities- the SPCA of Wake County and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. There are collection boxes for the SPCA of Wake County at each store and on the last Wednesday of each month, $1 is donated to them for every tea sold that day. Snoopy's also participated in the Shamrock Campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Eastern NC each year.
Our July Girls Night Out event was at Cypress Manor in Cary.
Cypress Manor was originally built in the fall of 2000 and housed Bullwinkle's, a children's play place. Later, in the fall of 20011, it was renovated, and redesigned with the help of many experienced wedding planners and renamed to Cypress Manor. Cypress Manor's distinct look comes from the impressive Cypress logs from Florida and Louisiana. It is tucked away in the heart of Raleigh and right at the border of Cary. It is one of the finest rustic venues in the City of Oaks, Raleigh, NC.
If you weren't able to make it out on event night, please take a look through our list of fabulous vendors that joined us!
Our next event is at Aloft (downtown Raleigh) on August 16th. You can always see a list of our upcoming events on our Facebook events page. See you soon!
Paparazzi Jewelry - Gwendolyn Harris
August is once again an exciting month at VIR, as the fan-favorite IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship makes its only mid-Atlantic stop in the premier North American sports car racing series at the track Aug. 17-19. In addition to the headlining Michelin GT Challenge race, the action-packed weekend will feature several support series including the Biscuitville Grand Prix for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
All current military will be admitted free and veterans will receive a 50% discount to ALL VIR events. Just present a valid Government issued military ID to registration when you arrive. This offer not valid during private track rentals.
Children 16 and under are always free with a paying adult and there is no cost for parking.
While at the track, catch all the racing action on 89.9 FM
Shop for the best curated vintage, retro, mid-century, salvage and industrial objects for the home and wardrobe on July 27th and 28th.
NC design and craft collective, The Handmaidens, announce the next vintage pop-up
shopping event in downtown Raleigh.
Urban Vintage is an indoor antique and vintage shopping event that brings curated goods and sought after rusty junk to downtown Raleigh for two days. This event will be open to the public Friday, July 27th, 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm, and Saturday, July 28th, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Urban Vintage will be in the historic All Saints Chapel, located at 110 S East Street, downtown Raleigh, directly across from The City Cemetery. There is a huge FREE parking lot for shoppers.
Urban Vintage was born from an idea to bring affordable collections to the Raleigh area for a
temporary pop-up shopping event. With the current population explosion in Raleigh, new condos
and homes are being built all over the triangle. New homeowners are looking for found, historical and kitschy objects as seen on some of the trending designer TV shows. If clothing is your jam, we have wardrobe collections coming with ALL sizes and styles; from caftans & frocks to jumpers & platforms-get ready to be overwhelmed!
Interested collectors and curators from all over the US applied for Urban Vintage last Spring.
Applicants were juried and accepted with a focus on their collection, price point and reputation in the vintage event community. Urban Vintage is answering the need for an INDOOR (air conditioned), two day shopping experience; making long distance travel more appealing to more vendors outside the Raleigh area.
The Handmaidens, producers and creators of The Handmade Market, ventured into the vintage
movement after much research. Conversations and observations with local business owners about what Raleigh’s current growth and economy lacked led to the creation of Urban Vintage. With support from the community and an inclusive approach, Urban Vintage has partnered with All Saints Chapel, Raleigh Vintage, SuzAnna’s Antiques, Retro Modern Furnishings, Katie Callahan and YELP for this event.
For additional information, weekly updates and participating vendors please visit:
The Raleigh Fire Department is strengthening its training program. A new virtual reality program and a simulation training device are now standard equipment at the Keeter Training Center.
The 43rd Recruit Academy is the first class to use the new technology. Instructors say the approach saves the department money without posing any risk to valuable fire engine apparatus. It also makes sense in that most young recruits have grown up in a technology-driven world.
In the thick of the house-selling season, especially if you live in a market where sellers dominate the market because of a limited number of homes for sale, you may think staging is something you can safely skip. Think again.
Fifty percent of agents said that staging increases the dollar value of offers on a home by one to 10 percent, according to the National Association of Realtor’s Profile of Home Staging. In addition, 39 percent of agents said that staging greatly decreases the amount of time a home is on the market.
"Selling your home is like selling any new product: You want to make a great first impression," said Samantha Rose Frith, a real estate agent with Warburg Realty in New York City. "Once you’ve listed your home for sale, the first two weeks are going to be the most important. That’s when your listing is fresh and it will invariably draw the largest number of buyers to open houses and showings."
Staging your home, especially if it's vacant, represents one of the best ways to make that good impression.
"Many of our clients ask us why a potential buyer needs to see someone else’s furniture in a house they’re considering buying.," said Joel Moss, a real estate agent with Warburg Realty in New York City. "It’s a good question and one that points to one of the great paradoxes of selling a home: An empty house seems smaller than a furnished one—the presence of furniture actually expands the sense of space in a home and makes it feel larger. Not only that, it’s difficult for even the most discerning buyer to envisage living in an apartment or house if it’s empty."
Staging on a Dime
Frith and Moss provide their sellers with inexpensive staging as well as brokerage services as a single package, rather than outsourcing the work to a stager. Some of their suggestions include:
Source: YourHome1Source.com, America’s Resource on Homeownership®.
New restaurants, visionary chefs and innovative locally-made products have catapulted Raleigh onto the national culinary scene and created a craving for the distinct dining opportunities found (or founded!) exclusively in North Carolina's capital city.
Destination culinary highlights below.
Due to open before year-end, 2018
A few local-gone-national sensations
Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek now has a deliciously southwestern flair thanks to its newest partner, Moe’s Southwest Grill® of the Triangle. The fast-casual restaurant has signed a two-year agreement be the official Lawn Sponsor of the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek. Concertgoers can experience everything they love about Moe’s while listening to their favorite bands at Raleigh’s most popular outdoor venue, and they should be sure to bring their appetites as Moe’s fare is now available for purchase on-site.
“Music and entertainment are at the core of the Moe’s Southwest Grill brand, making this partnership a match made in queso heaven,” said Jennifer Wade, president of the Moe’s Triangle cooperative. “We cannot wait to rock out with concertgoers on the Moe’s Lawn!”
Members of the Moe’s team will be on-site throughout the summer at select events with prizes, games and special offers to those that stop by the Moe’s tent. Ticket giveaways will be offered to fans in-store at each of the 20 Triangle area locations and on the Moe’s Triangle Facebook page at Facebook.com/MoesTriangle and Twitter at @MoesTriangle for select shows throughout the season, including Keith Urban with Kelsea Ballerini (July 27), Janet Jackson (Aug. 1), Brad Paisley with Kane Brown and Dan Tyminski (Aug. 24) and Niall Horan (Sept. 17). Fans should also be sure to download the Moe’s app for more special offers and giveaways throughout the concert season.
whether you put a beautiful manicure in the hands of your favorite salon professional or take matters into your own hands at home, essie Global Lead Educator and celebrity manicurist, Rita Remark says these easy manicure steps will get you an essie-approved color manicure.
step 1: cleanse and sanitize hands
Begin your at-home manicure by first removing any previous nail polish. This can be tricky if you’re wearing a deep red or blue nail polish shade. Rubbing back and forth can transfer pigments to your cuticle, leaving a stain. The best and easiest way to remove stubborn nail colors is to press the nail polish remover wipe onto your nails, wait 5 seconds for it to loosen the nail polish, and wipe down the length of the nail. Repeat this step a few more times to remove any excess. When your nails are polish free, wash your hands with soap and water (or sanitize) to start with a clean canvas!
step 2: trim and file nails
If your nails have grown too long, rather than filing them down, begin by giving your nails a trim. With your nail clipper , trim the nails using small clips working from one side of the nail to the other. Never begin clipping your nail in the center because it can put stress on your nail plate. Once you have your desired nail length, file your nails in shape with a soft nail file and refine the edge by running a buffing blocknail buffer block along the tip to smooth any snags! See Rita’s pro nail filing tips here.
step 3: get your cuticles in shape!
To soften your cuticles, apply a drop of essie apricot cuticle oil to every nail. With an orange wood stick or a clean stainless steel cuticle pusher, gently guide any overgrown cuticle back into place. Always remember that our cuticles are a protective barrier, preventing bacteria from entering our bodies. Some people have thin, barely visible cuticles while others naturally grow thicker, but both are healthy when cared for properly, so don’t over push! Did you know? Previously, we believed that soaking our nails in water was the best way to begin a manicure and soften cuticles – this is a myth! Soaking our nails causes them to absorb water and expand, so the nail may not contract back to their true size for another 24 hrs. Polishing right after could mean less wear. Water also puffs out our cuticles, preventing a thorough clean up and it can also spread infection if you happen to have a cut on your finger. For many reasons, go waterless!
step 4: exfoliate the nail, trim, hydrate + cleanse
Like the surface of our skin, our nails are susceptible to oils, residue and build up. Exfoliate your nails with a light buff using a buffing blocknail buffer block. Remember to be gentle! While essential when done correctly, over buffing can weaken the nail and cause splitting. Gently trim away hang nails and dry skin with a cuticle nipper. This step is only necessary if you have a hang nail! Doing your nails at home doesn’t mean you can’t have the spa treatment.
step 5: moisturize
After you’ve trimmed your nails, hydrate the skin with a moisturizer focusing on dry areas. Once absorbed, wipe nails and use nail polish remover to clean the beds for the fun, color part.
step 6: apply your base coat
An essie base coat is super important for a chip-freeno chip enamel manicure. Base coat provides a barrier between nail polish and your nail, preventing stains. It also acts as an anchor to nail polish, holding it in place like glue and preventing chips. Note, essie gel couture and essie TREAT, LOVE & COLOR nail products have been specially formulated with no base coat needed.
step 7: apply 2 coats of color
essie offers hundreds of essie enamel and longwear nail polish colors for you to choose. Select your nail polish shade and apply two thin coats of nail color, waiting 2 minutes between each. The aim of the first coat is coverage and the next is to achieve full depth of color. Whether a special occasion or just a day to treat yourself, picking a nail color should be fun – but even for pros, applying nail polishing on your own hands can be challenging, especially when it comes to your non-dominant hand! Steady your hand by keeping both of your elbows on the table. For novice polishers, it’s helpful to begin with the hand you’re least comfortable with to ensure a less-than shaky start.
step 8: finish with a top coat
An essie top coat protects your manicure and adds a glossy shine (or velvety matte) finish. This step is our manicure’s cherry-on-top, so never forget it! Whether you’re walking out the door in less than 60 seconds, want a gel-like shine or matte finish, choose your essie top coat here. Following these nail tips will give you a professional quality essie manicure that you can proudly show off!
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