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Phydeaux Opens Raleigh Store

phydeax Good news for pet lovers! Phydeaux is now open in Raleigh. The store is at 10 West Franklin St. (near the intersection of Peace Street and Capital Boulevard). The store carries all of the pet pampering products, prices, and individualized service customers have come to love at the original, Chapel Hill store.

At 14,000 square feet, Phydeaux’s Raleigh location is larger than the Chapel Hill location. Additionally, Phydeaux Raleigh will continue the tradition of supporting local animal rescue groups and shelters by hosting adoption events and raising funds to donate. Phydeaux does not and will not ever sell animals.

Phydeaux has been awarded Best Pet Supply Store in the Triangle for 4 years running, and is listed as one of Inc. Magazine’s top 5000 fastest growing private companies in the US.

Store Hours:

  • Monday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

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Cameron Village Hosting Open House Thursday

On Thursday (Nov 18) Cameron Village will host their annual Christmas season Open House.

“It’s a magical night of music and laughter at Cameron Village. Start your holiday shopping here and we will treat you to cookies and cider, great entertainment and tons of holiday fun. Bring the kids to see Santa Thursday November 18th from 5 – 8 p.m.”


Meat House Coming to Quail Corners

meathouse11[1] The most anticipated retail outlet in North Raleigh has entered its next chapter. I recently reported a new location for The Meat House coming to Falls Village. However it appears that plans have changed, and the meat market will instead open its first Raleigh store in Raleigh’s Quail Corners, in the old Eckerd Drugs location. They expect to open in February.

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Belk Undergoes Makeover

belk The only constant in life, is change. There is no better proof than what happened today at the Crabtree Hudson Belk. As detailed in last Sunday’s News & Observer, the entire Belk chain is executing an image overhaul, and this means two things: standardization of the name and changing the logo.

The article detailed how Belk is going for a more modern image by retiring the scripted font and replacing it with a sans serif, all lowercase font. While one of the first new signs was installed last week at Crabtree and I had a chance to discuss it with the installers. The new logo does convey a radically different image for the store, however perhaps more intriguing is the sign technology itself. The second featured photo is a closeup of the “b” and it reveals that the sign’s surface is actually a sea of LED lights. The new Golden Corral on Glenwood features a highlight stripe on the building consisting of yellow LEDs, but their actual sign is still neon. Belk’s is the first such LED sign that I’ve seen in the Raleigh area, and I look forward to seeing it at night.

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Another major change that will be difficult to accept is the disappearance of the “Hudson” name from the area stores. Several decades ago Charlotte-based Belk bought several local department stores in the region, but allowed their local flavors to remain. For many years Karl Hudson and his family ran the Triangle area stores and did a fine job. Mr. Hudson died about a decade ago and the rest of the family sold their interest, so the Hudson name has been a non-functional relic; a vestigial reminder of the store that once had fabric, toy, electronic, and furniture departments worth visiting.

The new-look “belk” signs aren’t the only recent addition to the walls of the Crabtree Belk store: 5 banners featuring major works displayed at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The banners are gorgeous, and a significant amount of warmth compared the the building’s beige brick facade. I’m also struck by the selection of the works. They all are classic, but show five extremely different styles of painting, yet as a collection, the colors blend well as a set. This is a real treat for those going to dine at Brio, Fleming’s, or McCormick & Schmick’s.



Party Tonight with the R2D2 Droid

r2d2 At 10pm tonight the Verizon store at Brier Creek will be holding an R2D2 Droid release party. The special version of Verizon’s popular Android phone features markings of the most famous droid of all on its back. The store will stock 200 of these limited edition phones, and customers are limited to two each.

For those interested in other Android phones, you may find a confusing array of choices across the four carriers. Don’t feel bad. There are 26 different Android phones that have been in the conversation this year. Not sure what carrier has the Captivate, the Vibrant, or the G2? Never fear! gogoraleigh has created The Ultimate Android Spreadsheet to straighten all of this out. This sheet was discussed recently on both Engadget Mobile’s and (C|Net’s) Buzz Out Loud’s podcasts because it shows the price levels, brand names, availability dates (of upcoming phones), and distinguishing features of the current Android phone market. Hopefully it will help others as much as it helped me in beginning my search for the next phone.,


Meat House, HomeGoods Coming to Falls Village

meathouse1[1] If the old saying “adversity breeds opportunity” is true, then look no further than Falls Village for an example. Almost three years ago The Fresh Market closed their Falls Village store and moved to the former Harris Teeter space in Sutton Square. The anchor space in Falls Village sat vacant, casting doubt on the center’s viability in its original orientation.

A new tenant is finally on the way for the center, however. HomeGoods will open later this year/early 2011 in the space, complimenting the long-successful TJ Maxx in that center.

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Even better news, however, is the arrival of The Meat House to the center’s outparcel. In the space formerly occupied by Mattress Warehouse, next to Moe’s, The Meat House will open in February. It will be the chain’s second area store and will bring all of the delicious fresh and marinated meats to North Raleigh that Cary has been enjoying all year.

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Now to fill that space where Books-A-Million just closed…


N.C. Tax-Free Weekend Begins Friday

Beginning at 12:01 am on Friday, there will be no sales tax on many items through Sunday night. Items such as clothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreation equipment of $50 or less per item, computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item will be exempt.

Clothing accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, protective equipment, wallets, furniture, items used in a trade or business, and rentals are not covered by the exemption and will be subject to the applicable tax.

Here is more info from the NC Dept of Revenue:


Ridgewood Proposes Sweeping Entrance Change

ridgewood One of Raleigh’s oldest standing examples of sprawl is proposing a significant change to their Wade Avenue entrance. www.abetterridgewood.org outlines the plan, which includes tearing town the tiny doctors offices next to Kerr Drugs , tearing down the gas station, and (apparently) tearing down the houses that sit on the center’s entrance road.

After these buildings are removed, the center will have new sidewalks, bike racks, improved accessibility for the disabled, additional parking, and additional public art. The gas station will be replaced with a charging station for electric cars. There will be no new retail space added.

Ridgewood Shopping Center has transformed itself nicely through the years. While it did have Villa Capri and a great stereo store for a while, it also had a Winn-Dixie and the most depressing sewing store on the planet. Through the last two decades they have done an outstanding job of finding tenants that make the center unique.

Some of the plan’s choices are a little bizarre, though. While the gas station is outdated and is no longer the last chance to get gas before Durham, it still is needed in a part of town where gas stations are less common than they were 20, 30, and 40 years ago. Five years ago there were 241 billion cars on the road. Only a few hundred have been replaced by plug-in models. The McDonald’s in Cary has a pair of plug-in stations, but employees I spoke to have never seen anyone use them yet. A renovated gas station that isn’t a cookie cutter (one that houses a cool coffee shop or has drive-thru full service with grocery pickup) could be a great source of new revenue for Ridgewood.

Very small retail spaces in a safe part of Raleigh are extremely rare. Perhaps some creative thinking could be implemented to utilize the aging offices as a source of revenue, rather that just putting up a parking lot .

The additional parking spaces will be the most inconvenient ones in the whole center. People wanting to go to lower level shops like Brueggers will benefit from the spaces, but nobody seeking stores on the main strip with Whole Foods will be happy settling for a space beyond the drug store.

This plan looks like a way to spend a lot of money and get nothing in return. With a very big 3rd recession dip likely looming, Ridgewood ought to hold tight and do whatever they can to keep rents as low as possible for at least a couple of years. We are getting ready to see a big wave of retail closings in the second half of the year, and local merchants, including restaurants, will be greatly affected. This is not the time to spend tons of money trying to cutesy-up a retail center.


Space Savers “Restructuring”

Space Savers’ website is no long taking orders, offering refunds, or accepting returns. The site carries this message:

After 20 Years in the organizational and storage business, we have concluded that we need to restructure our company. We are grateful for the loyal customers who have shopped with us over the years. At this time, we regret that we can no longer take orders, offer any refunds, or accept returns.

I was recently at their retail store in Cary and they were running a 30% off sale. Very interesting…


Crabtree Ruby Tuesday Closes

christ-church[1] In the N&O today it is being reported that the Ruby Tuesday at Crabtree recently closed. While the culinary landscape in Raleigh is hardly shattered, it is kind of sad to see Applebee’s surviving and Ruby Tuesday faltering. There is still a location at Crossroads, btw.

Nevertheless the real reason for mentioning this is that the store had many historical photos and artifacts of Raleigh. If anyone is interested in getting some of these, now is the time to seek the management and see how they plan on getting rid of the items.


Food Market Coming to Bickett

The Site Plan (.pdf) has been submitted for a new food market on Bickett Blvd. The 3,875 square foot market is in the former site of Bickett Galleries, near Bickett and Fairview.

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LEGO Mini Build Coming Tomorrow

legobuild1005 That’s right…it’s time for another LEGO Mini Build. This month’s project is a flower that appears to have a dozen parts. The free event begins at 5pm Tuesday at the LEGO store in Crabtree, and is open to ages 6 to 14 only. (Note, quantities are limited, and the line will get long in the 30 minutes preceding.)


REI Bike Maintenance Class Coming Tuesday

REI at North Hills will be holding another free bicycle maintenance class on Tuesday night at 7pm. The class will teach customers how to lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience necessary!

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