Not long afterwards, Kedar and his father Jayant Khadilkar launched ImpactKarma’s first product, a Google Chrome extension, which helps shoppers identify the ethical and environmental impact of their purchases — whether it’s paying workers a living wage or measuring manufacturing pollution.
Last year, ImpactKarma rolled out a sustainable marketplace. Although this initiative is currently paused, the company aims to provide an aggregated shopping experience to help customers shop for sustainable brands and products.
And their most recent initiative is the KarmaWallet product. Currently in its pilot phase, this platform uses ImpactKarma scores for 160,000+ brands to provide users with additional feedback and insights on how their purchases measure up.
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Dish ○ If you’ve been waiting for an update about Players’ Retreat — here it is. Owner Gus Gusler says he will reopen outdoor dining only beginning mid-May, once employees are fully vaccinated. Gus is also currently working with the City to extend PR’s sidewalk seating from 64 to ~130. 🍔 (Triangle Business Journal)
Cause ○ United Way of the Greater Triangle has partnered with national ride-share company Lyft to help low-income North Carolinians get their COVID-19 vaccines via Ride United NC. The program aims to provide 100,000 free, roundtrip rides across all 100 counties to those without reliable transportation. You can donate to the initiative here. 🚗
Travel ○ RDU just released a new app that helps users identify the COVID-19-related travel restrictions in each US state + at popular international destinations. Click here to view entry guidelines and requirements. ✈️ (CBS 17) ○ Looking for a spring break getaway that won’t break the bank? From new restaurants and breweries to public art + nature just minutes from downtown, there’s no shortage ofaffordable things to do in Columbia, SC.Here are 10 trip itinerariesfor inspo.Ⓟ
Community ○ Duke Gardens will begin a phased reopening this Thurs., Apr. 1. Until further notice, only Duke University students, faculty, and staff who have completed symptom monitoring for COVID-19 will be permitted to enter the grounds. Timed tickets are also required — learn more here. 🌸 (Duke Today)
Trending ○ Can we officially call ourselves Raleighwood now? In a recent video, popular YouTuber Safiya Nygaard — who has 9.1 million subscribers — documented her journey moving from Los Angeles to put down roots in Raleigh. According to the video, she “absolutely loves it” here (who wouldn’t?) + left California to be closer to other YouTube friends in NC. 📲
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Love ‘em or hate ‘em? Peeps are pretty common this type of year, as people ‘ear up for Easter and begin enjoying all the treats and goodies of spring. This seasonally-inspired latte from NoRa Cafe caught our eye + we found ourselves down a rabbit hole of the North Raleigh cafe’s extensive menu of springtide specialties.
☕ Eggs in a Basket | caramel, white chocolate, coconut + almond ☕ Fluffy Bunny | hazelnut + toasted marshmallow ☕ Killer Bee | honey, dark chocolate + cayenne ☕ Lazy Sunday | caramel, vanilla + cinnamon ☕ Peep Latte | toasted marshmallow + side peep
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Arts ○ Wine & Design Open Studio | Tues., Mar. 30 | 6–8 p.m. | 510 W Martin St. | $37 | No artistic talent needed — just the desire to have fun at this adult painting party. 🍷
PlanAhead ○ First Friday Raleigh | Fri., Apr. 2 | All day | Downtown Raleigh | Free | This month’s event will also celebrate the start of Architecture Month. There will be a free architectural scavenger hunt around the city that participants can enter to win prizes. 🏙️ ○ Buyer & Cellar | Fri., Apr. 9–Sun., Apr. 25 | Times vary | Virtual | $16 | Theatre in the Park is running a one-man comedy about the struggles of making it as an actor in Los Angeles. 🎭
Find even more of this month’s local events in our March PlanAhead. Click the button below to mark your calendars. ⬇️
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.
RALreaders, please give a warm welcome to Laura Brummett, who joins our editorial team this week and will be learning the ropes as Carly’s new co-pilot. What do you want her to write about first? Let us know here.