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