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Where to sip, sup, shop and more outside Raleigh this month

The Fall Line | Zebulon

They say not to go chasing waterfalls… but you’re definitely gonna wanna book it to Zebulon to chill at downtown’s newest neighborhood watering hole, The Fall Line, named after the elevation inland at which waterfalls begin to appear in creeks and rivers (Zebulon is located where the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions meet). Opened by local entrepreneurs Cyrus Stacey and Mike Lombardo (the latter owns DTR go-to Lucky B’s), the lowkey sip spot keeps things simple with a standard wine and beer list—plus mixed drinks and slushees—and rotating food trucks in a humble indoor/outdoor space. Cheers! 

Blue House Cafe | Chapel Hill

Experience the Chapel Thrill in the best way possible—with a good cuppa joe. Located right on Franklin Street, this pop-up shop founded by a trio of UNC students is focused on uniting the Chapel Hill community via craveworthy cups (think coffee, espresso, tea) to a backdrop of local artist displays, plus tunes  during its live music hours. The perfect blend, if you will.

Grow Coffee | RTP

Hey there, hot stuff. This new java joint at RTP’s Alexandria Campus is “unlocking the DNA of coffee” by meeting all your coffee needs—from lattes to cold brews (made with Counter Culture beans). And if coffee just isn’t your cup of tea, there’s also hot, iced and chai tea opps to boost your spirits and gratify your taste buds. Morning bevs meet their match with breakfast pastries and egg bites, while lunch is made easy (and tasty!) with wraps, salads and bistro boxes (think of it like an adult Lunchable that’s totes acceptable to bring back to the office)—all served with a whole latte love.

The Sweetest Things | Cary 

Live life on the sweet side at The Sweetest Thing’s new shop at MacGregor Square, where owner Melanie Brown is devoted to “baking” the world a better place one pastry at a time—everything from cakes and cupcakes to cookies and brownies. Not to be left out, gluten-free foodies can have their cake and eat it too thanks to the one or two GF ops on offer in the dessert case on the daily. So when you need a pick-me-up, stop by anytime from 10–6 Tuesday through Saturday and get chip-faced—no judgment!

Melanated Wine and Spirits | Durham

“Uncork the culture” and decomplicate wine with Melanated Wine and Spirits, the first Black- and woman-owned wine brand in the Bull City. Founder Lashonda Fort-Modest knows you shouldn’t wine while drinking vino, so she’s upping the fine-wine fun factor by making it easier to sip and shop for varietals. Don’t know what you dig? Book a tasting to see which wines entice your taste buds. Need a sipping buddy? Check Melanated’s event calendar (think poetry nights, and paint and sips…) for opps to meet fellow wine lovers. Glasses up for #MelaNation!

Find more spots just outside Raleigh here + here!

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