Top 5 to check out

…just outside Raleigh

Bano Boutique

2699 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham

If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you have your own personal stylist to help you stand out from the crowd (in the best way possible), stop by Bano Boutique. Owner Sima Rafizadeh is at the store daily and offers appointments for wardrobe consulting; services include custom tailoring and alterations, too. Bano Boutique is unique in that Rafizadeh handpicks clothes during each of her four seasonal buying trips to Europe, New York, Canada and other locations. She rarely buys pieces in bulk, which makes your time browsing, trying or buying the clothes in her store an unforgettable experience. banoboutique.com

Milk Lab

6418 Tryon Road, Cary

You’ve likely seen the enchanting internet videos of ice cream being flattened and rolled into perfect cylinders for a picturesque treat. If you haven’t, no worries—you can go experience the cylindrical ice cream in person at Milk Lab! The dessertery opened in Cary last month and offers homemade Thai-style ice cream rolls with unlimited toppings, boba milk tea with tapioca balls and other delicious sweet options. Milk Lab opens daily at 11:30 a.m., so stop by soon for a fun treat that’s not too out of the way. milklabcafe.com

Freedom Balloon Fest

Fleming Loop Park, Fuquay-Varina

May 25-28

This one-of-a-kind experience is an event that the whole family can enjoy over Memorial Day weekend! Hot air balloons are a beautiful sight when they’re overtaking the sky, but they’re especially beautiful when they’re flying to support military families. This festival is a fun way to support local military service members. In addition to watching the hot air balloons soar, the weekend-long festival features field games, balloon competitions, food competitions and music. Visit the website for specific event schedules and have yourself a patriotic Memorial Day Weekend! freedomballoonfest.com

A Safe Space for the Soul

546 Loblolly Drive, Vass

May 26 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

In the third session of a five-session tour, retreat leaders Diane Petteway and Sandie Merriam guide you through an exploration of your inner landscape for a tranquil renewal of the heart, mind and spirit. Participants separate into small groups and work to discover themselves through poetry, short readings, art, music and journaling. This year’s tour focuses on personal meditation and reflections. Petteway and Merriam work for the Center for Courage and Renewal, a national education nonprofit aimed at fostering courage and integrity in the personal and professional realms. This session costs $50. Register online. eventbrite.com/e/a-safe-space-for-the-soul-tickets-42389435944

May Baby Goat Yoga

Spring Haven Farm, Chapel Hill

May 19-20, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Baby animals have a way of instantly improving the moods of everyone around them, and yoga is proven to bring relaxation and zen. So it only follows that combining the two makes for the perfect event! At Spring Haven Farm, experience an all-levels yoga class with the help of some of the farm’s baby goats. Lindsey Alexander makes the dream a reality and, having cultivated a large following of yogis, she decided to make the class a monthly event for all animal and yoga lovers to enjoy. springhaven.farm

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