Top 5 to check out this March

Cotton House Craft Brewers

Cary

This new taproom located in downtown Cary in the old Pasmore House—a circa-1900 National Historic Site building—boasts comfy seating areas, antique light fixtures and original hardwood floors more than a century old. Cotton House’s beers are made with hops from the nearby Running Turtle Hops Farm, one of the only hops farms in North Carolina, that’s working with NC State and Virginia Tech agricultural departments to develop a new strain of hops that can thrive in our state’s soil. The brewery’s friendly, Southern, community-driven brand makes for a great spot to hang out after work or grab a drink with a group of friends on the weekend. cottonhousecraft.com

 

Hutchins Garage

Durham

Hutchins Garage feels like just that: a neighborhood garage that you might hang out in with a group of friends and a cooler of beers at the end of a long day. Among the vintage decor, friendly staff members serve up picture-perfect specialty pies, which are either circular (the traditional thin crust) or rectangular (a thicker crusted pizza), and include the Spinach and Ricotta, Spicy Vodka—made with a base of vodka sauce—and Mortadella—topped with Italian salami, roasted cherry tomatoes and fresh aged mozzarella cheese. A great selection of local and national beers are available on tap, ranging from IPAs to wits to ciders, to perfectly match to whichever pizza you choose. facebook.com/Hutchins-Garage-1791896040902139

 

Cat Tales Cat Cafe

Chapel Hill

Introducing the Triangle’s first Cat Café! At Cat Tales, you can play with 12 cute kitties in a two-story lounge, while sipping on coffee, tea, beer or wine and munching on light snacks. Guests can spend a fun day petting the cats and helping to socialize them, and you can even adopt one to take home from the café’s shelter partner, The Goathouse Refuge of Pittsboro, if you happen to fall in love. Additionally, the café hosts a variety of special events, including yoga with cats, ‘mewvie’ nights, wine tastings and more. Reserve a time for an hour-long visit online; walk-ins are welcome when space allows. cattalescatcafe.com

 

Fount Coffee + Kitchen

Morrisville

This unique coffee shop is as Instagram-worthy as it is delicious. Along with a full coffee and espresso menu served all day—try the “one + one,” an espresso split between a macchiato plus a single shot— Fount offers both breakfast and lunch, including smoothie bowls, salads, toasts and small plates like roasted broccoli and honey sea salt popcorn. The signature “come as you are” sign welcomes guests into the bright, naturally lit space, complete with modern furnishings and various plant life. fountcoffee.com

 

THRIVE 2019

Durham

3/15-3/16; $50-$125

Calling all creatives! THRIVE is a two day conference hosted by the AIGA Raleigh, a professional association of designers dedicated to empowering young designers while encouraging social change through design. On the first day, six conference speakers, including Amy and Jen Hood from Hoodzpah Branding Agency and Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., will share their wisdom in hopes of inspiring attendees, complete with an after party in the evening. Day Two will consist of conference workshops in different time slots throughout the day, covering topics like branding, freelancing, hand-lettering, vectoring in Illustrator and other skills. raleigh.aiga.org/event/thrive-2019/