Is your family asking Santa for a sweet kitty or playful pooch? Maybe you’re looking to start the new year with a new best friend? ’Tis the season to adopt a pet during the Home for the Holidays special at the Wake County Animal Center.
From Dec. 17 through Dec. 23, adoption fees will be reduced for pets ages six months and older. It will cost $25 to bring home a dog, and you can name your price for cats. The shelter tends to fill up around the holidays, as volunteers and those fostering animals take time off to travel and celebrate with family. As we head into this year’s festive season, there are about 100 cats and dogs in the shelter and more than 50 pets in foster care looking for their forever homes.
“The best place for these pets is for them to find a loving home where they can get all of the attention they deserve,” said Dr. Jennifer Federico, director of the Wake County Animal Center.
Adopting an adult animal eliminates a lot of guesswork, because these mature cats and dogs have already settled into their unique personalities and behaviors. And, pets coming from foster care have experience in home and social settings, so their current foster parents can tell you what to expect.
Give a Gift Certificate this Holiday Season
Gift certificates are available for any dollar amount and may be redeemed for the adoption of pets within a year of purchase. Any amount left over after the adoption will be donated to the shelter.
Adopting a pet is a major commitment, and gift certificates enable recipients to pick out the dog or cat of their choice at their convenience.
Ready to find your new best friend? Click here to view a gallery of the animals currently available for adoption.
Looking for the perfect gift for the animal lovers in your life? Stuff their stockings with gift certificates to the Wake County Animal Center!
About the Wake County Animal Center
The Wake County Animal Center is an open-admission shelter operated by Wake County. The center receives all stray, abandoned and surrendered pets in the county and works in partnership with fosters, volunteers and local rescues to treat and rehome thousands of homeless animals every year.
To learn more about the Wake County Animal Center and animals available for adoption, visit wakegov.com/pets and follow the center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @WakeGovPets.
In the spirit of giving, you can make a difference in someone's life by making a tax-deductible donation to the Play It Forward Raleigh Financial Assistance Program. 100 percent of your donation helps families in our community participate in summer camps, arts programs, nature education, life-saving swimming lessons, and more!
A $10 donation will enable a family to make a deposit to secure a camp.
A $20 donation will empower a child by participating in youth sports programs or art classes.
A $50 donation will help an older adult increase mobility through an adult fitness swim class.
A $100 donation will allow a teen to attend a weeklong summer camp.
For more information, contact
Picking out the perfect Christmas tree is no easy task. Will it fit in your space? How tall is too tall? Should you get pre-lit or un-adorned? This holiday season, guests shopping for an artificial tree can use the Target app to place an augmented reality (aka “AR” for the tech-set) version of the tree right in their living room. Hundreds of thousands of guests are already using the “See It in Your Space” tree feature and loving it—here’s how it works:
But we’re not done yet. Also new this year are six unique holiday rooms in our virtual, 360-degree shopping feature. See how dozens of popular holiday products look to-scale in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. With everything from trees to couches, light fixtures and more—all shoppable with just one click!—you’ll get a better sense of how to pair and style holiday items throughout your home.
Shop Target’s Wondershop holiday collection in stores and online at Target.com!
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®.