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Rose & Lee Collective
Fashion meets sustainability at Rose & Lee Co., a woman’s clothing, accessory and gift boutique that specializes in clothing made domestically or internationally in factories practicing transparency and fair working conditions. Additionally, the boutique’s jewelry, accessories and most of its gifts are made by women overcoming extraordinary circumstances all around the world. “We believe that you don’t have to travel across the globe to make a difference,” says owner Amber Rose. “We bring these women’s stories from around the world back to our home in Apex, giving you the powerful opportunity to use your purchasing power for good.” roseandleeco.com
Sweets By Shayda
Presentation alone will have you drooling over Shayda Wilson’s
desserts—but just wait until you sink your teeth into them. Wilson, who earned her pastry chops at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, started Sweets by Shayda in 2014, initially selling her confections at local farmers markets in the Triangle. Since then, she’s been perfecting her macaron recipe and adding various pastries and cakes to the menu—think pain au chocolat and tiramisu eclairs. Now, Wilson’s first brick-and-mortar pastry shop and cafe is open in downtown Durham, serving macarons in a plethora of delectable flavors, from lavender to salted caramel to red velvet.
Raleigh Brewing Arboretum at Weston
Raleigh Brewing Company opened its second taproom (not including its RDU Airport locations) last year in Cary’s Arboretum shopping center in an effort to more widely embrace and enhance the Triangle community. While the brewery’s Neil Street location in Raleigh is very industrial, the Arboretum location has more of a neighborhood-friendly English pub atmosphere that’s perfect for getting together with friends for a pint or two of Raleigh Brewing’s popular brews. And whenever it’s safe for them to do so, the Cary brewery will also host fun events like yoga classes, run clubs and cycle clubs.
TRU Deli and Wine Bar
By day, TRU Deli and Wine Bar is a haven for sandwich lovers—a plethora
of meats, cheeses, veggies and sauces allow you to make the sandwich of your dreams. By night, oenophiles, hop-heads and spirits lovers alike delight over a glass of vino, beer or housemade cocktails—with daily drink specials to cheers to. On Tuesdays, sip on $3 well drinks; Wednesdays, $4 craft beers; and Thursdays, $5 bottles of wine (!). Sandwiches are available in the evening as well—get yours cold or toasted, or turn it into a wrap or salad. And with the ability to create your own meal, every experience at TRU is satisfactory.
J. Lights Market & Cafe
J. Lights is a one-stop shop for all food and beverage necessities, whether you’re looking to eat a meal right at the moment or grab a snack and a soda for later. Owner Jared Burton modeled the market and cafe after Charlotte’s The Common Market, a convenience store, restaurant and bar, and one of his favorite places in the Queen City. Tasty lunch and dinner options include loaded sandwiches, salads and wings—with beer, wine and cocktails to boot—for dine-in or to-go. And if you’re just feeling snacky, J. Light’s market is well-equipped with a diverse selection of local goodies, from Carolina Kettle chips to Memaw’s lemon cooler cookies. Nom nom.
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