The Exchange Raleigh’s big picture. | Rendering by Dewitt Carolinas + Humphreys and Partners
What’s going up first 🏢
A 12-story tower named “1000 Social” will be the first building to pop up. Mostly comprising of office space, the 354,000 sqft tower will act as a pillar for a second mirrored building, which will eventually be connected through a covered modernistic skybridge.
Construction has begun at 900 St. Albans Drive. | GIF by RALtoday
The big picture 🏗️
The Exchange will have more than seven acres of green space and a four-acre central park (think: fountains, trees, and plenty of space for play). There will be 790,000 sqft of office space, 125,000 sqft of retail + restaurant availability, 300 hotel rooms, and 1,275 residential units including apartments, condos, and townhomes.
Dewitt is currently seeking a $275 million parks bond, $4.5 million of which would be used to update the Raleigh Greenway to create a safe bike + pedestrian connection from The Exchange to North Hills.
Although construction of The Exchange has begun, roads have been paved, and the infrastructure is in place, the full project is a long haul and will be completed over the next decade.
We can’t wait to see this project start to take shape.
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Frontside | Tue., June 21 | 8 p.m. | The Pour House Music Hall | $15 | Rock on with this pop-punk Raleigh-based band.
Yoga on the Bloc | Tue., June 21 | 5:30 p.m. | 621 Hillsborough St. | Free | Roll out your mat for International Yoga Day and the Summer Solstice with YogaSix.
Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threaxdown | Tues., June 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary | $69.50+ | Enjoy this mini-festival about the history and future of New Orleans music.
Machine Gun Kelly | Wed., June 22 | 7:30 p.m. | PNC Arena | $24.50+ | Listen to this pop-punk rapper perform on his “Mainstream Sellout” tour with special guests Avril Lavigne + Iann Dior. 🎸
Wine & Weeds Wed., June 22 | 6-7 p.m. | Raleigh City Farm, 800 N. Blount St. | Free | Get your hands dirty during this weeding party and reward yourself with a compostable cup of wine. 🍷
Bee Downtown Scavenger Hunt | Thurs., June 23 | 6-8 p.m. | NCMA | Free | Celebrate National Pollinator Week with a pollinator-themed scavenger hunt.
Tommy Davidson | Fri., June 24 | 7 p.m. | Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main St., Cary | $22+ | Experience the star of “Living Color” perform stand-up comedy.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
We’d never guess that these chic patio chairs are made from recycled water bottles. | Photo provided by Outer
If you hear the word “wicker” and think of a frumpy, broken piece of furniture, you’re not alone — but thanks to Outer, a company that crafts stylish outdoor furniture with an eye toward sustainability, it’s time to rethink wicker.
By using recycled water bottles as source material, Outer has created eco-friendly wicker furniture that not only looks ultra-modern, but is durable enough to last a decade.
Bonus: Each cushion uses triple memory foam for max comfiness.*
1,088,000.That’s how many passengers traveled through RDU last month.This is the second month in a row that the airport broke a monthly record since March 2020. The airport also accepted a $1.3 million grant last Thursday to help fund a terminal relocation. ✈️
Nell Miller of the NC State’s women’s tennis team received a doubles wild card invitation to Wimbledon in London. The Kent, England native will fly back to her home country for the Grand Slam tournament beginning on Wed., June 30. Miller also claimed the NCAA doubles title with teammate Jaeda Daniel last month. 🎾
Waverly Place,a large shopping, entertainment, and dinning mall in Cary, was bought for $88.5 million by one of the developers behind Fenton. The deal was announced last week by developer Hines. The company plans to expand the mall’s existing events program and retailers. (Triangle Business Journal)
The $4 Food Walk Summer Series is looking to recharge the Hillsborough Street area during its slower months by offering $4 small plates for five Wednesdays this summer (the next one is tomorrow). Check out the full list of participating restaurants and dateshere. (Triangle Business Journal)
Get wild with this month’s Creative Mornings speaker Amber Share. Meet this designer, illustrator, hand lettering artist, outdoorsman, and bestselling author of Subpar Parkson Fri., June 24 from 8:30-10 a.m. Register for the event here at the NCMA.
Did you know that you can sign up for an after-hours paddling tour at Lake Raleigh? Gear Up is hosting guided stand-up paddle board tours this summer — a fun way to cool off and explore. The next two tours are on Fri., June 24 and Fri., July 1 from 3-7 p.m. 🏄
Weaver Street Market is hosting a maternity drive in support of Precious Cargo Doula Services. Stop by any of its four locations to drop off non-perishable maternity + baby products and place them in the labeled drop-off boxes.
The summersolstice, aka the day with the longest period of sunlight all year long. Read: More time to grill out tonight — try these summer recipes from Lowes Foods.*
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These cotton candy skies almost look good enough to eat. This 500-acre park (4601 Avent Ferry Rd.) features amenities like hammock posts, a waterfront center with boat rentals, and a swimming pool slated to open on Fri., June 24. Check out the park’s summer program guidehere.
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Editor’s pick: This weekend, I showed up 15 minutes before Beasley’s Chicken + Honey opened its doors for Sunday brunch. Raleighites leaned against the building, waiting for a table (which I think is a Raleigh right of passage). We ordered biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, extra biscuits, and a side of honey to drizzle on everything.
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