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XPA in Durham Offers Fun Interactive Activities For The Entire Family

Whether finding ways to occupy your kids’ time during the summer or cultivating a team-building opportunity for fellow staff, there is no shortage of activities for every skill level at Xtreme Park Adventures (XPA). From the newly-opened kid's gem mining zone, 26-obstacle ropes course and a couple escape rooms to the well-established paintball, airsoft and zipline, the place screams fun-filled day and really lets you get your hands a little dirty too. No need to drive far outside of...

Time is Running Out for Local Raleigh Chef — Votes Needed to Win JBF Competition

Chef Sean Fowler Burger Raleigh NC
The prestigious James Beard Foundations' Blended Burger Project competition runs from May 28 to July 31, 2018. Currently, Mandolin restaurant chef/owner & Raleigh native, Sean Fowler's unique burger creation is not anywhere close to winning or making it to the top 20, in order to advance to the next stage of the competition which will conclude in NYC. But there is still a bit of time left for the popular Raleigh based farm-to-table restaurant operator to make some noise...

Some of The Most Delicious & Instagrammable Cupcake Shops in Raleigh

Everyone loves a delectable treat, right! And Raleigh has many decadent bakeries, cupcake and dessert shops that cater both to the sweet tooth and visual eye. So, whether you are heading out to work and just need a little something sweet to complement your cup of coffee, breaking away for an afternoon confection, or trying to find “the go-to place” to grab a late night pastry, consider one of these heavenly cupcake spots in Raleigh that will not disappoint. We...

The Haymaker Cocktail Bar — It May Very Well Knock You Out!

Tucked away discreetly in the back of the newly built Charter Square Building in Downtown Raleigh's City Plaza, you’ll find The Haymaker, one of Raleigh’s most unique new cocktail bars which recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary. Inspired by fighters and 90’s rappers, the decor is as fascinating as that combination. Manager Josh Gagne describes it, as “....if your rich Grandma was out of town and you threw a house party at her house.” This is a pretty accurate description, right...

Enjoy It While You Can — Global Street Food For Lunch @ Buku in Downtown Raleigh

Buku is a trendy dinner spot in the downtown Raleigh area, but did you know they also serve lunch as well? We can’t think of a better escape from the daily grind! Buku is known for serving the best in global street food. Their culinary team just launched a brand new lunch menu recently to add excitement to your lunch hour. Though there are fewer options on the lunch menu than the dinner menu, there is still a great...

At Soca Restaurant – You Can Get an Authentic Taste of the Caribbean, Right Here in Raleigh

Did you know that there’s a Caribbean paradise right here in Raleigh? At the corner of Oberlin and Clark, conveniently located in Cameron Village and just outside of Downtown Raleigh -- you will find Soca, a Cocina Latina featuring menu items found in regions such as Jamaica, Rio de Janeiro, Lima, and Fajardo. The name of the restaurant is the Peruvian word for sugarcane and is also a popular style of Carribean music. The new concept was brought to life...

A Few of Raleigh’s Most Popular & Iconic Video/Photography Spots

If you call the City of Oaks home, you know it isn’t short on scenic spots that look great in pictures and videos! However, if you’re shooting film for your local business, not just anywhere will do in Raleigh. You’ll want to make sure that the location you choose is easily recognizable and unique so you can identify with your target audience - the locals! To help you out, we’ve compiled a short list with the help of Raleigh-based professional...

It’s Game On! Raleigh Pro League Returns For a Fun & Exciting 2018 Tennis Season

Entering the 6th year, the 2018 Raleigh Pro League is gearing up for its best season yet. As the only professional prize money tennis league in the Triangle area, sports fans and tennis enthusiasts will be treated to the most fun and exciting tennis competition around. This year the team-oriented league has expanded to 6 teams with a good mix of returning and new players consisting of local tennis teaching professionals, former ATP tour, NCAA, and Davis Cup players,...

Yummy Brunch Dishes in Raleigh Which You Won’t Forget Anytime Soon!

Trendy new restaurants pop up all over the Triangle with nary a complaint. And while there’s the desire to try every new diner, café and cinema drafthouse (looking at you, Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh) as soon as the Instagram photos appear on your feed, there is something about the “old reliables.” So yes, new places can be fantastic, and there is no shortage of food for every palette. But while in Raleigh for brunch, the holiest of meal outings when the...

New Raleigh Restaurants Shine at Thrive NC!

The month of May was definitely a memorable one that won't soon be forgotten for the local foodie scene here in Downtown Raleigh. Thrive NC, a two-day foodie festival & community gathering event attended by thousands, held in the historic city market near Moore Square, presented a unique opportunity for new Raleigh restaurants to provide samples of their best dishes and to also get to know the community. With so many fantastic restaurants, bars, and breweries in the Raleigh...

Poke Burri Brings Creative Asian Fusion Fare to the Raleigh Food Scene

If you love sushi and burritos, we have amazing news for y'all - now you can have both, served fusion style! Atlanta-based Poke Burri has opened its first North Carolina location in North Raleigh. The creative and award-winning Asian fusion menu includes Hawaiian poke bowls, sushi burrito rolls, and even sushi donuts. Owner Seven Chan originally opened Poke Burri in Atlanta with Chef Ken Yu in 2016. Their restaurant quickly became very popular and has been featured on Eater and...

Thrive On, Raleigh! Foodie Wrap-Up of The 2018 Thrive NC Festival

The inaugural Thrive NC in 2018 opened stakeholders’ eyes and festival-goers’ palates to a cultural tool used to bring people together and create change: food. Thrive, presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, aimed to support eight of the area’s nonprofits in hopes of reducing food insecurity and addressing childhood nutrition. In addition to the community Summit hosted as an awareness event to bring community leaders together and open the discussion on food’s impact, Thrive was also a...

Rex Charity Golf Tournament Takes Over TPC Wakefield Plantation in North Raleigh

Returning for its 31st year, the Rex Hospital Open will be held from May 31 - June 3 this year at the TPC Wakefield Plantation Country Club. The fun and family-friendly professional golf tournament features golfers from the Web.com Tour and has raised close to $9 million for patients in need, right here in our community. Considered the "path to the pros" its players compete to earn their PGA Tour card and their enthusiasm for the game and the...

Take Your Crew Out for Brunch on a Budget in Raleigh or Durham

Many times, a social gathering for new friends and old usually consists of either drinks out one evening, or a meal shared on the weekend when life has (hopefully) slowed down a little. One of the more leisurely meals to suit most occasions is, of course, brunch. With such a busy social life, those brunches can add up quickly. No worries though! There are a number of options in Raleigh and Durham to get the most out of your brunching...

Thrive Festival Showcases Local Food Scene & Importance of NC Culture

The goal of the inaugural Thrive NC event was to bring the community together through food, culture, and community. The event featured a 2-day festival featuring food and drink samples, cooking demonstrations by the area’s most popular chefs, and live music by well-established local musicians. Though the true draw was definitely the foodie festival, Thrive NC, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield, also featured a Summit, which brought food policy thought leaders and community leaders together to address nutrition...

5 Companies In The Triangle Using Video Marketing to Elevate Their Brand

In this day and age, more and more businesses are using video content to promote their services and tell a story about what they can do for their audience. With so many videos out there, your video production needs to be excellent if it’s going to stand out from all the rest. So, if you are looking to up your marketing game... We have good news -- Blueforest Studios, a local Raleigh based video production & marketing company selected some...

How and Why Business Deals Fall Apart With Local Buyers/Sellers

As a business broker in the Triangle, I have the opportunity to bring buyers and sellers together for the consummation of a deal. With a deal being the exchange of money for equity, there are a lot of things that have to work out right, and a lot of things can go wrong. Many sellers feel the need to celebrate when the contract is signed, but a signed contract is basically just entering the “Red Zone” in NFL parlance;...

Cool Dog Friendly Restaurants Worth Checking Out in Raleigh

Warm weather often gives way to your desire to spend more and more time outdoors on the patio at most places, of course with your pets by your side. I’m completely objective in saying a meal shared with a pet is better than a meal shared with a Tinder date. So, I searched around Downtown Raleigh high and low to see what local restaurants not only cater to my human needs but also the needs of my furry side-kick! Here...

Taste Years of Mediterranean Traditions at Sassool in Raleigh / Cary

To tell the story of Sassool Mediterranean Cafe, you first have to tell the tale of Neomonde Bakery. When the Saleh family came to America, they longed for the Lebanese food they left behind, particularly fresh pita bread. Inspired by family recipes going back generations -- four brothers, Sam, Joe, Mounir, and DeGaulle, opened Neomonde Bakery in 1977. It eventually expanded into a standalone restaurant with multiple locations throughout the Triangle. In 2011, Mounir decided to start his own restaurant, Sassool....

Lunch With The Shark — Kevin O’Leary Will Be in Town

Kevin O'Leary, one of the mega-stars of TV's hit show Shark Tank, will be in the Raleigh area later this month. Kevin has been staying pretty busy this Spring with speaking engagements at "The Wealth Retreat" conferences all over the US and Canada. There are free tickets still available to see Kevin live in Cary on May 30th. To many, Kevin O’Leary is known as “The Shark with the Sharpest Teeth,” and he will share his prowess with you at...

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XPA in Durham Offers Fun Interactive Activities For The Entire Family

Whether finding ways to occupy your kids’ time during the summer or cultivating a team-building opportunity for fellow staff, there is no shortage of activities for every skill level at Xtreme Park Adventures (XPA). From the newly-opened kid's gem mining zone, 26-obstacle ropes course and a couple escape rooms to the well-established paintball, airsoft...