Nestled in downtown’s Oakwood Historic District is the three-story Heck-Wynne House (511 E. Jones St.). The home is characterized by its mansard roofs — four-sided roofs with two slopes on each side — and the ornate, decorative millwork on its exterior. The building is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Raleighites may recognize the house by its many waving flags.Owner Greg Hatem always flies a US flag, NC flag, and Grand Union Flag (an ode to how Jones Street was named) from the porch.
The modern-day Heck-Wynne House | Photo by RALtoday
Built in 1872, the Heck-Wynne House is one of three Second Empire style homes built in the area by Oakwood developer Jonathan M. Heck. It was bought by the Wynne family in 1875.
When the Hatem family moved into the house in 2015, it was separated into five apartments. They spent two years renovating the house to its original single-family layout, removing the divider walls and restoring the original millwork, plaster, hardwood floors, and mantles.
“We brought it back to what it would have looked like in the 1870s,” Greg told RALtoday.
The family didn’t find many relics when they began renovations, except for some paperwork behind the mantle. Among the papers was a receipt from 1901 for a shoe store located at 230 Fayetteville St. — the exact building the Hatem family was moving from (an apartment on top of North State Bank). “It was unbelievable,” Greg said. “It told us the move was destined to be.”
Greg’s favorite part of his home is the original, wraparound porch, where he likes to read, listen to music, and catch up with neighbors. The are no secret rooms or ghosts (so far). “We haven’t really felt much [spirit activity] in the house — but we did at 230 Fayetteville,” Greg said. Sounds like a spooky story for another time.
Unfortunately, the Hatem family’s beautiful home is not on the market. But we found some cool spots that are.
Farm to Easel Workshop | Wed., June 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Raleigh City Farm, 800 N. Blount St. | $15 | Sketch botanical drawings in an outdoor space. 🎨
Wellness Wednesdays ft. barreALLEY | Wed., June 22 | 6-7 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park | $5 | Work on your whole-body wellness and try something new at North Hills’ weekly fitness event.*
Kevin Nealon | Thurs., June 23 | 8 p.m. | Goodnights, 861 W. Morgan St. | $25+ | Laugh along with the comic known for his performances on “Saturday Night Live” and “Weeds.”
Ledisi Sings Nina | Thurs., June 23 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | NCMA | $44.50+ | Listen to this Grammy Award-winning artist perform songs by Nina Simone with special guest Al Strong.
Rupi Kaur | Fri., June 24 | 8 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $39+ | Experience this Canadian poet and artist famous for the book “Milk and Honey” on her world tour. 🍯
Out! Raleigh Pride 2022 | Sat., June 25 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Fayetteville St. | Free | Support the LGBT Center of Raleigh + enjoy performances by Babe Haven, the Triangle Pride Band, and comedian Jermaine Callando.
James Taylor | Sat., June 25 | 8 p.m. | PNC Arena | $55+ | Listen to this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer perform live. 🎸
Moore Square Market | Sun., June 26 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St. | Free | Shop from local vendors selling farm fresh produce and artisanal goods.
Cali-Baja Cuisine | Sun., June 26 | 1 p.m. | Sur La Table, 4421 Six Forks Rd. | $79 | After this class, you’ll be a pro at whipping up Southern California classics like tostadas + ceviche. 🌮
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Global Village is now under new ownership —Jim Baker and Isabella Luciano will acquire the coffee shop from Mike Ritchey. Mike led the businesses for 22 years + will work with Jim and Isabella during the transition to identify opportunities to expand Global Village. ☕
The need for food assistance at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC is up 39% compared to pre-pandemic times, lately due to rising gas prices and food costs. Learn how to give and get involvedhere. (WRAL)
Sola Coffee’sninth annual Hot Mini 5K will be held on Sat., Sept. 17 in-person and virtually. All proceeds raised will be donated to the fight to end ALS. Sola’s goal is to raise $200,000 this year. 🏃
State of Beer is hosting State of Queer on Sun., June 26. During its first ever drag brunch, try a special mimosa flight while cheering on the performers the drinks are named after. Seating starts at 11 a.m. + the show is from 12-2 p.m. Buy tickets here. 🥂
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The Common Market — a Charlotte-based general store, deli, and bar — is opening in Durham at 1821 Green St. this fall. The store will offer craft beer, affordable wine, coffee, and deli favorites like the grilled pimento cheese with jalapeno sandwich.
Local eats, sweet tea, and a day on the water? Count us in. Sweet T Picnics + GearUp are offering a unique paddleboard picnic experience at different lakes across the Triangle from June-September. Check out more picnic ideas here. ⛱️
The City of Oaks was recently ranked No. 13 on WalletHub’s list of 2022’s Best Run Cities in America. The rankings were determined using metrics like operating efficiency, quality of city services + total budget per capita.
Krispy Kreme launched donut-infused ice cream in 10 locations, including all Charlotte-area stores, last week. By National Ice Cream Day (Sun.,July 17), the soft serve will be available in 50 shops across the country. 🍦 (The News & Observer)
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