Plus, our holiday guide to RDU.
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A Raleigh original
Videri Chocolate Factory
Videri Chocolate Factory crafts allergen-free, handmade chocolates and roasts coffee beans as Black & White.| Photo by Chris Council and Emily Chaplin via Visit Raleigh
Made in Raleigh. Yep, that sure has a nice ring to it. From clothing and accessories, to snacks and other fun finds, we’ve collected 18 things homegrown in the 919.

While some of these brands have branched out beyond our city, one thing’s for sure — there’s some major inspo happening around these parts.

A woman sprinkles Nons Pinching Salts on a piece of avocado toast.

Use Raleigh-based Nons Pinching Salts on everything from steak to toast.


Photo provided by Nons Pinching Salts


Bone Suckin’ Sauce
Raleighite Phil Ford developed this tasty Western NC-style sauce in 1987. The company’s Bone Suckin’ line has expanded to include more sauce variations, dry rubs, hot honey, and more.

Nons Pinching Salts
These salts have a unique blend of spices and herbs to make excellent seasonings. Their ingredients are locally sourced, and the Tenebroso flavor, made with Carolina Reaper peppers, received an honorable mention in the “Our State” Made in NC awards. Psst... this would be a great local holiday gift for your favorite foodie.

Burt's Bees Blackberry Hibiscus lip balms scattered on a blue background.

Will you imagine the next creative Triangle crossover product after this Burt’s Bees and Two Roosters collab?


Photo by Andrew Albright


Burt’s Bees
This nationally recognized lip balm + beeswax business is headquartered in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus. Fun fact: Burt’s Bees collaborated with ice cream shop Two Roosters to create flavors inspired by their sweet selections.

Murphy’s Naturals
Send mosquitoes and other insects away with plant-powered products from this Raleigh-based company. This organic biz is B Corp certified and its products are sold across the country.


Escazu Chocolate
This micro-batch chocolate maker has been serving sweets since 2008. Fun fact: Raleigh residing YouTuber + influencer Safiya Nygaard collaborated with Escazu for a limited-time collection.

Videri Chocolate
The folks at Videri make hand-crafted artisan chocolate with no fillers, and the factory is free of allergens like tree nuts, peanuts, soy, gluten, and eggs. Plus, Videri also roasts coffee as Black and White and serves it out of the storefront in the Warehouse District.
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Friday, Nov. 17
  • Raleigh Tree Lighting - Downtown Raleigh Christmas Kick-Off with Santa | Friday, Nov. 17 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh | Free | Join Santa in lighting the giant tree in the heart of downtown.
  • GLOWFest One Year Anniversary Party | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-9 p.m. | GLOW Fitness, 1924 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh | Free | Celebrate the one-year anniversary of this fun workout studio with a silent disco, free drinks, vendors, a “Most Festive” outfit contest, raffles, and games.
  • Thurston Howell - Yacht Rock | Friday, Nov. 17 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Bowstring Pizza and Brewyard, 1930 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh | $15-$165 | Be transported to the summer on a boat with this classic yacht rock show.
  • “An American in Paris” | Friday, Nov. 17-Saturday, Nov. 18 | 8 p.m. | Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh | $52-$87 | Listen along to the music from the romantic comedy musical taking place in the Roaring 20s.
Saturday, Nov. 18
Sunday, Nov. 19
  • Beginner Calligraphy and Place Card Lettering | Sunday, Nov. 19 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Atlantic Gardening, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh | $70 | Create special lettered details to add to your Thanksgiving + holiday tables this year.
  • Bad Art Club Raleigh | Sunday, Nov. 19, Sunday, Nov. 26 | 2-4 p.m. | CoLab Studio, The Carter Building, 14 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh | $0-$40 | Join a group of new artist, creatives, and non-artists to create something beautiful in a low-stakes environment.
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(Sugar) rush down to The Dessertery this holiday season
A rotating selection of cupcakes, brownies, and a hot chocolate station in front of festive decorations.
Be sure to explore The Dessertery’s menu of sweet treats before attending.|Photo by Sarah McAlister
Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth this season? Treat yourself to all-you-can-eat desserts + a hot cocoa bar (with 100+ toppings) at The Dessertery, a winter wonderland café hosted at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts from Nov. 17-Dec. 23.

With stunning festive decorations and live entertainment on select nights (including visits from Kris Kringle himself), guests of all ages can indulge in a huge selection of handcrafted desserts, including brownies, cupcakes, bars, cake bites, and munch, munch more.
News Notes
  • What a development. Whataburger CEO Ed Nelson is eyeing Raleigh + Charlotte for further expansion of the Texas-based burger chain. Known for spicy ketchup and late-night indulgences, Raleigh could be home to another regional fast-food eatery. (Post and Courier)
  • Tomorrow, Nov. 18, is the Raleigh Christmas Parade, and organizers are encouraging parade-goers to wear teal, the favorite color of 11-year-old dancer Hailey Brooks who died from injuries during the 2022 parade. Get more info on the 2023 parade route. (The News & Observer)
  • The NC Department of Environmental Quality and Wake Stone have reached a settlement agreement over the expansion of Triangle Quarry. Wake Stone’s mining permit has been approved under some modifications, and the DEQ must pay $500,000 in attorneys’ fees. (INDY Week)
  • SAFE Haven for Cats has reduced its adoption fees to $50 due to an influx of felines from Wake County Animal Center’s closure. The fees will be reduced until Sunday, Nov. 26 so the nonprofit can accommodate space for more cats.
  • Register for the sixth annual Oakwood24, a 24-hour run benefiting addiction recovery center Healing Transitions on Friday, Dec. 22 into Saturday, Dec. 23. Register for six, 12, and 24-hour time slots or a new relay to help raise money for those facing addiction.
  • Take a peek at The Rialto’s new paint job and its winter lineup of events. The historic theater has two “Rocky Horror Picture Show” screenings planned for December, a local jazz night, and festive holiday tunes.
  • Need the perfect holiday gift for your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend? This brand has you covered with all the gifts and stocking stuffers that men will actually use. (Plus, they’re all 25% off during the Black Friday Sale, happening now.)*
  • Hooves on the roof can only mean one thing: Santa Claus has returned to Crabtree. Bring kids (and furry friends on select nights) for festive photos + visits with everyone’s favorite jolly gift-giver.*
All you need to know about RDU
RDU offers 48 nonstop destinations. |Photo courtesy of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
This week marks the beginning of one of the busiest travel times of the year. The Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are cited as the most bustling airport days, so read up to get through RDU in a breeze.

Pro tip: Send this to your family flying in to help them fly smarter, too.

What to know

  • TSA | According to RDU’s website, it takes ~30 minutes to get through security during off-peak hours, but could take longer during peak hours (early morning, midday, and evening). RDU recommends arriving at least two hours before domestic flights.
  • Food and drink | Skip the line and pick up food or a coffee from getREEF — RDU’s virtual food hall. Place an order from your phone and it will be ready in 20 minutes or less in Terminal 2.

Food and drink

RDU is a hub of eateries with 15+ restaurants, bars, and coffee shops for fliers to dine before or between flights, like:
  • La Farm Bakery Café | Terminal 2 | Menu highlights: Coffee, pastries, soups, salads, and sandwiches.
  • Raleigh Taproom | Terminal 2, Gate D3 | Menu highlights: Craft beer and charcuterie boards.
Click the link below for even more important travel info to get you + your loved ones going.
The Buy
A great deal from Amazon’s Black Friday sales, which officially start today. Get 40% off Adidas running shoes or 20% off Martha Stewart cotton sheets.
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I’m already starting my holiday gift shopping at gift stores like Edge of Urge and Deco Raleigh. Nons Pinching Salts are sold at Edge of Urge, along with other fun foodie items, and I’m excited to stock up to share them with friends + family.
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