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A Donkey and Goat Tasting Coming Thursday

Broughton High School alum Tracy (Rogers) Brandt is now living in Berkeley, CA where she and her husband have a little winery called A Donkey and a Goat . They will be on hand tomorrow afternoon from 5-6 5-7 pm at the Seaboard Wine Company . Stop by for a complementary sample of these excellent wines:

  • 2007 Grenache Rosé
  • 2006 Three Thirteen (Rhône blend of Syrah+Mourvèdre+Grenache)
  • 2006 The Recluse Syrah
  • 2006 Brosseau Vineyard Chardonnay

Yamaguchi Wins "Dancing"

image Raleigh resident Kristi Yamaguchi was the winner of this year’s Dancing With The Stars TV series on ABC. She was the overwhelming odds-on favorite to win it all this year, and consistently surpassed expectations each week. In the season finale Monday night, Yamaguchi and partner Mark Ballas performed and incredibly difficult cha cha routine, and executed it masterfully.

Yamaguchi is married to Carolina Hurricane defenseman Bret Hedican, who is currently contemplating retirement. It is assumed that the family will return to Florida once Hedican retires to be closer to family.


Bud Light Live Adds The Connells

image The Connells have been added to the July 26 show in the Bud Light Live series. That is the show that features the Old 97s along with Balsa Gliders, Richard Bacchus & The Luckiest Girls, and The Poonhounds.


Tookies Closes on Six Forks

Fans of Tookie’s chicken salad will have to venture downtown now. The location in the gas station on Six Forks Road (formerly Gullie’s) has closed. The restaurant recently opened a location in the Seaboard Station.

This marks the fourth decent lunch spot lost from the the Six Forks/Wake Forest Road area. The immaculate Taco Bell at Holly Park is blending into the A&W/KFC site on Six Forks. Papa Lou’s closed a few months ago, and Anthony, the owner of the outstanding Schlotzky’s location, got “the right price” from Arby’s.


Village Tavern Coming to North Hills

village_tavern The small, southern-based Village Tavern chain is showing a 2009 location at North Hills in Raleigh on their website. The restaurant serves American fare with a wide selection of choices. Entrees range from the low teens to steaks in the mid-twenties. See their website’s menu section for more details.


Nanci Griffith Coming to Meymandi

image February 7, 2009 is the date when Nanci Griffith plays Meymandi Hall in downtown Raleigh.

8/18/08 NOTE: Pollstar and Ticketmaster are listing Wednesday, January 21 as the date for this show.


Bud Light Live Adds Blind Melon


Blind Melon has been added to the June 28 Bud Light live schedule. The date already featured Carbon Leaf with Colourslide, and Will West & the Sunshine Kids.

Back in 1991, the band got signed and moved to Durham, hearing about the great music scene in the Triangle during that period. It was during that period at 926 W. Trinity and at the “Yellow House” in Chapel Hill that the band put together one of the biggest CD’s of the 90’s, their self-titled debut.

Ever since the untimely death of singer Shannon Hoon in 1995, the band has floundered and disbanded. In the last year, by popular demand, the band has reunited and added a new lead singer, Travis Warren, formerly of Rain Fur Rent. “For My Friends” is the new CD and “Wishing Well” is the first single from the CD.


Jerry’s Artarama Holds Workshops

One of the great ways to take yourself away from the daily grind is to take some art classes. Luckily there are several fantastic avenues for doing so in Raleigh. One of the best is through Jerry’s Artarama , a store in one of Raleigh’s most interesting strip shopping centers, Holly Park. There are several classes each month, and the series continues throughout the year. For instance, the remaining portion of May has some fantastic offerings:

Maybe one of those First Fridays shows will feature your work one day! pad

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Hurricanes Summer Hockey Camps Coming

The Carolina Hurricanes summer hockey camps will be back for their 10th year.

The camp will have two instructional camps on either side of a one-week, three-on-three, pond-hockey-style tournament. The first week, from July 28 through Aug. 1, will be a developmental (skill development) camp intended for players with three or fewer years of hockey experience.

The second week, Aug. 4 through Aug. 8, will feature the third-annual Hurricanes Three-on-Three Summer Classic. The event, which sold out last year, allows participants freedom in pond-hockey-style games.

The third week, Aug. 11 through Aug. 15, features the elite-level camp, targeted at more advanced players looking to take their games to the next level. With intense on-ice instruction, the elite week should help any travel hockey player prepare for the upcoming season.


USA Baseball Announces Triangle Exhibitions

image The USA Olympic Baseball team announced today that they will play four exhibition games against Canada, in the Triangle, just before heading to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. On August 1, the team will play at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. On August 2, 3, and 4 they will play at the Durham Bills Athletic Park.

The Beijing Olympic games begin August 8, 2008.

For tickets and more info, see usabaseball.com .


St. Albans Gets Funding

image The St. Albans at North Hills recently secured about $100 million in construction loans financing. The 6-story building will contain 410 apartments, “several pools”, a 48K square foot Harris Teeter, and about 52K square feet of retail. According to TBJ the complex will have a parking deck and a separate elevator that will take tenants to and from Harris Teeter. The apartment rents will start at $925 per month.

The complex is in all likelihood the building at the bottom of the photo featuring the scaled down North Hills East project. (scaled down when compared to the renderings on this page ). The project was originally planned to be bigger, provided tax increment financing could be secured. (The TIF debate was a key topic with the Raleigh City Council last year, but ultimately did not receive support from many council members).


Edwin Flythe, 94

flythe The N&O reported today the death of Edwin Flythe , founder of Flythe Cyclery on Peace Street. The store is one of the last-standing piece of old-Raleigh retail, and its German facade has always added to the character of downtown. Flythe Cyclery is now its third generation and is one of the few bike stores around with friendly, humble help.

Flythe battled prostate cancer for many years, but finally succumbed last week. He was 94.


McDonald’s Coming to Celebration at Six Forks

image Ordinarily a new McDonald’s is nothing to get too excited about. In fact, I believe the last time I ate a lunch or dinner at one was in 1986. However what’s interesting about the McDonald’s going into the Celebration at Six Forks shopping center is the site itself. As in…it’s terrible !

McDonald’s is usually known for its incredible site selection. Few of the stores actually close and one of the reasons is their ability to scout a site and pounce before everyone else does. In fact, some businesses simply save money and follow McDonald’s coattails when choosing a site.

Celebration at Six Forks is a 1980-born shopping center in a huge area of Raleigh that has gone a long time without a McDonald’s. Currently the nearest stores are the drive-thruless Falls Village store, the former McCafe store at Spring Forest/Falls of Neuse, the Six Forks/Wake Forest Road store, and the Millbrook/Glenwood Ave. store. Certainly a chain as large as McDonald’s would be interested in a stronger North Raleigh presence. This particular section of North Raleigh, though, was long-since pioneered by McDonalds’ chief competitors. There is a Wendy’s virtually across the street. A mile or so to the north, at what was once the six forks (hence the name), Hardees, Char-Grill, and Chick-Fil-A have all staked their claim.

Not only is McDonald’s late to the party, they picked a treacherous site formerly occupied by the free-standing Record Bar/Tracks store. Because the property is secured by a 15-foot retaining wall, it towers beyond effectiveness over Six Forks Road.

Ultimately I’m sure this McDonald’s store will do fine. However, it will be interesting to watch the chain built on its consistency overcome an inconsistent site selection.

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