Six & Main is our online store where we show love to local artisans from our sister markets across the nation. | Photo by 6AM City
We’re head over heels for our readers. As we enter the month of love, we want to show our love by helping you choose the sweetest gifts from our online shop,Six & Main,which showcases local artists and small businesses from around the country.
Whether you plan to spend Valentine’s Day with your significant other, friends, or family — or simply by treating yourself — these goods will have you falling in love at first sight.
Smell the love 🕯️ Let the mood fill the room with this rosemary sage candle by Resolute Candles, or smell the aroma of Venice with this bellini candle by Wixology Candle Company.
Wear the love ❤️ For the jewelry lovers, check out these heart necklaces from Eleven + Jane. What’s even sweeter? There are matching heart earrings to go with it. If you’d rather don on a love-inspired shirt, this flamingo button-down from Block + Ink is the perfect fit.
There’s more love to go around. Click the button below to explore the entire Valentine’s Day Gift Guide.
S’more Square Social Hour | Wednesday, Feb. 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Moore Square Park, 201 S. Blount St., Raleigh | Free | Roast a s’more over a fire pit and enjoy winter activities.
Galentine’s Beginner Calligraphy | Wednesday, Feb. 1 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Riparian Provision Co., 1408 S. Saunders St., Raleigh | $70 | Learn how to write in pretty lettering with this introduction to modern calligraphy.
Thursday, Feb. 2
Trivia Night | Thursday, Feb. 2 | 7-9 p.m. | Brookside Bodega, 1000 Brookside Dr., Ste. 119, Raleigh | Free | Register your team to compete for prizes.
Friday, Feb. 3
North Carolina Symphony - All Strings | Friday, Feb. 3 | 12 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh | $39 | Spend an afternoon being serenaded by strings at the symphony.
First Friday | Friday, Feb. 3 | 4-10 p.m. | Downtown Raleigh, locations vary | Free | Explore art galleries and studios, enjoy live music, and shop local retailers.
Black History Trolley Tour | Saturday, Feb. 18 | Multiple times | Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh | $10 | Learn about the downtown area’s African American heritage; the route includes historic homes, schools, churches, and businesses.
We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Soul Taco, a Latin American and Southern fusion restaurant that opened last July, is now closed. The storefront, located on Morgan Street near Irregardless Cafe, is now up for lease. (Triangle Business Journal)
Tomorrow, Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day, but Sir Walter Wally won’t be holding a Shadow Ceremony — Raleigh’s beloved groundhog has retired from weather prognostication. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences will still have activities, crafts, and games from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., but there will be no live groundhog.
Wake County recently launched a new Farmland Preservation Program, aiming to conserve the area’s ~700 farms. There are now three programs under the Farmland Preservation Ordinance to protect agricultural land from development. 🚜
The Gregg Museum of Art & Design at NC State is hosting an opening reception tomorrow, Feb. 2 to celebrate its first exhibitions of 2023. From 6 to 8 p.m., there will be hors d’oeuvres, live music by the United Strings of Color, and poems by the Poetry Fox. Learn more. 🎨
Head to 321 Coffee on Valentine’s Day to celebrate love and community. This after-hours event will feature hand-crafted mocktails, sweet treats, and a toast to elevating others. Tickets ($25) include a bag of coffee that you’ll address to another Raleighite (like a card, but better). ☕
The ACC announced its 2023 football season schedule on Monday, and the News & Observer predicted some notable games in NC State’s upcoming season. First, the Pack will face UConn on Sept. 2. View the full schedule. 🏈
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A rendering of the Midtown Waterfront Park. | Image via City of Raleigh
We recently shared the latest updates on Walkable Midtown, a project aiming to transform the areainto a more connected and pedestrian-friendly space. Plans are being considered for a waterfront park along Crabtree Creek, so we asked you what features you’d like to see in its design. Here are some ideas our readers shared:
Benches and picnic tables along the creek that are accessible from nearby parking for people with disabilities. — Marcia M.
[Keep the park] as natural as possible, with shaded areas; building grade and layers would be great. — Torian H.
Mimic NCMA park features; a place to get a coffee and sit and a place to get a glass of wine and watch the sunset; grass spaces for picnics, art, separate walking and biking paths, water fountains for dogs and humans, and bathrooms. — Catherine B.
A circular whirlpool pool like at Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center but outdoors, a splash pad, water slides, and an awning over the pool area. — Betsy A.
Click the link below to learn more about the Midtown Waterfront District.
Editor’s pick: If you haven’t heard, I’m getting married next year. Planning a wedding means that I have the pleasure of meeting countless local vendors. Right now, I’m focused on flowers. Know a local wedding florist?Send me their deets. 🌹
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