Plus, an iguana sighting.
 
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84º | 24% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:12 a.m. | Sunset 8:09 p.m.

 
A Message From Our Team
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We can’t thank our readers enough for contributing to our fundraising goal. We’re ~$900 away from our goal of $3,000 — and our fundraising campaign ends tonight. Help us by giving today and supporting our free, unbiased approach to local journalism. We promise, this is the last time this year we’ll bother you about donations.
 
A lil something that says “I love being y’orchid”
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At Amelia’s Flowers, shoppers can create their own bouquets. | Photo via @ameliasflowertruck
Looking for a way to make the mother figure in your life smile this Mother’s Day? Flowers are a perfect solution.

Don’t worry — mum’s the word if you’re shopping last minute. We’re here to help you find the perfect bouquet with one of these local shops around Raleigh.

Amelia’s Flowers, North Hills
What started as a flower truck in Nashville, TN is now a blooming business with a Raleigh location at Makers Alley. Head to the store to shop pre-made and make-your-own arrangements, or stay home and get local delivery.

North Raleigh Florist, North Raleigh
Voted No. 1 florist in the Triangle by INDY Week, this local shop specializes in floral arrangements for special events + also offers local delivery.

TG Floristry, Downtown
This flower shop and experimental design studio prioritizes locally grown flowers, small farms, and BIPOC growers. Locals can purchase a bi-weekly flower subscription to keep their flower vase stocked and check out floral workshops hosted by the biz.

Gingerbread House Florist, North Raleigh
Gingerbread House is a family-owned florist specializing in large inventory, contemporary and traditional arrangements, high-style floral arrangements, and occasions such as weddings.

Fallon’s Flowers, multiple locations
Since 1926, Fallon’s Flowers has served the Raleigh area with flowers purchased straight from growers. The shop offers event delivery, wholesale options, and same-day local delivery.

Daniel’s Florist by Katie, Southwest Raleigh
This boutique floral design and gift shop offers flowers for same-day local delivery, plants and greenery, and fresh flower subscriptions.

Bloom Works, East Raleigh
Take your floral arrangement up a notch by adding a gourmet gift basket by Bloom Works’ pastry division, Pastry Works. This shop also offers delivery to Raleigh addresses.

Watered Garden Florist, West Raleigh
Featured in a number of publications like “Martha Stewart Weddings,” this shop specializes in event florals but also offers delivery to Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, and Holly Springs.
 
 
Events
 
Friday, May 10
  • Dale Jones | Friday, May 10-Saturday, May 11 | Times vary | Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main St., Cary | $20-$75 | Laugh the night away with this comedian’s animated faces, physical comedy, and quick delivery — this event is 21+.
Saturday, May 11
  • Aerial Yoga | Saturday, May 11 | 9-10 a.m. | Cirque de Vol, 300 W. Hargett St., Ste. 40, Raleigh | $30 | Try this yoga practice — for beginners and experienced yogis alike — that blends traditional yoga with suspension.
  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration | Saturday, May 11 | 12-6 p.m. | Dorothea Dix Park, 1030 Richardson Dr. | Free | Enjoy a variety of dishes from AAPI-owned food trucks + entertainment at this event presented by Shop Local Raleigh.
Sunday, May 12
  • Mother’s Day Pop-Up Market | Sunday, May 12 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | The Longleaf Hotel, 300 N. Dawson St., Raleigh | Free | This pop-up market will feature vintage clothes, local jewelry, plants, tarot card readings, chair massages, and boozy drink specials from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Mother’s Day Cocktail & Dessert Pairing | Sunday, May 12 | 1-9 p.m. | 10th & Terrace, 616 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh | $20 | Celebrate the mother figure in your life with a rooftop gin cocktail and berry pastry — reserve a spot ASAP.
Saturday, May 25
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How Bloom’s helped build blossoming tenant communities
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Bloom is built on the belief that consistent community events create real change. | Photos courtesy Trinity Partners and Jennifer Robertson Photography
Bloom by Trinity Partners is a Tenant Engagement + Building Activation Program that hosts unique monthly events for tenants in Perimeter Park and other Triangle area properties.

From Food Truck Tuesdays and yoga + fitness classes to fundraising and skills workshops, these curated experiences cater to the wants + needs of each specific site and help retain existing tenants and attract new prospects.

Tenants in participating properties have engaged, connected, and grown at 170+ activations across the Triangle in the past year alone.
 
News Notes
 
Coming Soon
  • La Farm Bakery is moving in to the former Revolver space at Glenwood South. The bakery said it plans to host a pop-up in late May ahead of the Glenwood South opening set for later this summer. Stay tuned for more details.
Playoffs
  • In last night’s Round 2, Game 3 match against the New York Rangers, the Carolina Hurricanes lost 3-2 in overtime, making the series 3-0 for the Rangers. You can watch the Canes face the Rangers again at PNC Arena this Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
Trending
  • If you spotted a five-foot-long iguana roaming Raleigh earlier this week, you weren’t just seeing things. An officer found the iguana Tuesday night and believes the animal most likely belonged to a traveler who was passing through. This reportedly marks the second iguana sighting in Raleigh this year. (WRAL)
Try This
  • The free 10th annual Longleaf Film Festival will take place this weekend starting today. The festival will include multiple indie films and workshops — RALtoday is eyeing the movies-n-moonlight outdoor screenings in particular.
Real Estate
  • Nearly 260 build-to-rent townhomes are headed to a south Raleigh community development, Georgia’s Landing community. The three-bedroom homes will be two to three stories + feature stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, and open floorplans. (Triangle Business Journal)
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Wellness
  • Match with a licensed therapist on Betterhelp and talk anytime, anywhere — phone, video, or text. Get 25% off your first month.*
Correction
  • If you took our geopsychology quiz a few days ago, you may have left a bit confused. Those who answered every question like a true Raleighite were told that their personalities didn’t match what geopsychology says about Raleigh, and vice versa. The quiz has since been updated.
 
 
Community
 
Downtown is going through ch-ch-ch-changes
Downtown Raleigh
Downtown’s average monthly hotel revenue in Q1 was $9.7 million. | Photo by @dyyymondaerials
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance released its 2024 market report for Q1, sharing updates and info on major developments, local business news, and more in the downtown area.

Catch highlights here before diving into the full report.

By the numbers

In Q1, there were...
  • 2,230 residential units under construction
  • 19 new storefront business openings
  • 19 developments under construction that will bring residential units, hotel rooms, and retail space
  • 86% of class A office spaces occupied
  • 1.5 million unique downtown visitors

News + updates

  • A site plan has been filed for the second phase of The Weld, a multi-phase development near Dix Park. Phase two plans include a 20-story building (with 525 apartments), 20,000+ sqft of retail space, and a rooftop terrace.
  • Coming soon to downtown: an ABC store + Alaksha’s Indian Bistro.
  • An initial report on the future of the Fayetteville Street area features ideas like repositioning City Plaza as “downtown’s front porch” + developing a streetscape design for Fayetteville Street.
 
The Buy
 
This bestselling cordless table lamp. No cord means it’s ideal for outdoor lounge areas and patios — the rechargeable battery lasts up to 48 hours per full charge. Snag it in black, antique brass, or brushed nickel.
 
 
The Wrap
 
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Happy Friday, Raleigh. It’s been a blast getting to learn more about your city while helping out the RALtoday team this past week. Maybe I’ll have to make a trip + stay at the downtown Holiday Inn soon.
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