Don’t you agree that everyone could use some more kindness in their lives? Well today — Random Acts of Kindness Day — is a day to do just that.
The idea is that by spreading a little kindness, you make the world a better place. Even the smallest act of kindness, a gesture that may seem insignificant to you, can change the course of a stranger’s life.
We know this year may be a little different (it’s a bit harder to smile at a stranger from behind a mask and you can’t bring donuts into work when the office is remote), but there are still plenty of ways to be kind. Here are some local suggestions to get out there + spread some cheer:
☕Pay-it-forward • Like the outfit of that woman who passed by you in the Village District? Let her know. Give someone a compliment today — super easy + doesn’t cost a dime. • If you have the means to do so, try paying for the person in front of (or behind) you. A Place at The Table even offers anoption to purchase a $10 token that will give someone a free meal.
💌 Write a letter • Pick up a card from DECO Raleigh and write a letter to an old friend. Yes, we know texting exists — but something about a letter feels more meaningful.
🥂Leave a generous tip • If you’re going out for dinner tonight, plan tosurprise your server with a generous tip. This amount is totally up to you, but we guarantee it will make their day.
💖 Volunteer your time • Give up some of your time to volunteer at The Food Bank (with branch locations in Raleigh and Durham). Or sign up for one of the many volunteer opportunities on ActivateGood.
🚘 Let someone go in front of you • Are you really in that much of a rush today? Whether you’re stuck in traffic on I-40 or in line at Benelux coffee, let someone in front of you in line.
🍽️ Leave a positive review • This past year has been difficult for many small businesses. Support some of your local favorites by leaving them a positive review.
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ComingSoon ○ Farmside Kitchen will open in the former Gusto Farm to Street space at 5431 Page Rd in Durham. The restaurant will feature dishes made from fresh ingredients with an eco-friendly focus, as well as craft beer from Durham’s Fullsteam Brewery. 🥦 (Triangle Business Journal) ○ Foodie friends, this one’s for you — There’s a new food truck coming to the Triangle.So•Yuh, a gluten-free kitchen, is set to make its debut later this week. You can find the bright yellow truck starting Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4310 S. Miami Blvd.in Durham.Check out the menu here. 🍽️
Closed ○ After only a year of operations, BREW coffee bar has closed its Gateway Plaza location. However, this isn’t goodbye — BREW’s McNeill Pointe + Downtown Cary locations will remain open. ☕
Development ○ Merritt Properties has announced its latest project, Brier Creek Industrial. The multi-use industrial park will include 13 single-story buildings across 142 acres +be located at 4960 Nelson Rd. 🏢(Triangle Business Journal)
List ○ Nominations are now open for Raleigh Magazine’s 20 in their 20s list. The list features a select number of influential young professionals who are making a difference in Raleigh. Nominees must be under 30-years-old + show leadership skills — nor can they be a previous honoree. The deadline to nominate someone is Monday, Feb. 22. 🏆
Number ○Tech jobs are in high-demand right now. According to the NC Technology Association, ~10,600 job openings were posted in January —over 20% more than the previous year. The report attributes the growth to the need for more digitalization at companies due to the pandemic. Learn more + apply for open positions here. 💻 (TechWire)
WaterCooler ○ The Carolina Hurricaneshave acquired two new players — Egor Korshkov and David Warsofsky. Egor and David were traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Alex Galchenyuk. Keep up with the team and their schedule here. 🏒 (The News & Observer) ○ Carolina Panthers’ insider David Newton sees a potential opportunity to trade Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans by giving up running back Christian McCaffrey. The trade would also include three first-round draft picks. 🏈 (247 Sports)
Listen ○ Raleigh was recently highlighted on LIKE A LOCAL, a travel podcast that gives listeners a local’s POV by interviewing a resident from each city. The podcast also features other cities like Charlotte, Asheville, and Charleston, SC. You can listen to Raleigh’s episode here. 🎧
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Mark your calendars! Only 1 more day until our next Wellness Wind-down with Melissa Yan — a conversation series from RALtoday and our friends at Well+Good.
Tomorrow at 6 p.m. join us for a virtual discussion about embracing the unexpected + how to (safely) support the Raleigh fitness community. You can register online here.
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Family ○ History Hunters: North Carolina and the Green Book | Wed., Feb. 17 | 1–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The NC Museum of History invites families and kids aged 10-13 to learn more about the history of the Green Book + African Americans living during segregation.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.