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All Natural Sweetener - Sugarland Opens in Cameron Village


Local Legend Opens Second LocationSugarland, the locally owned dessert café in Chapel Hill, Sugarland Cupcakes Raleighopened its second location in Cameron Village on Friday.  Named for Sugar Land, TX (home of Imperial Sugar) and not the country music duo, this quaint, Chapel Hill bakery has cornered the market on fresh, scratch ingredient, homemade cakes, cupcakes, gelato, desserts and coffee.  If that description was more than a mouthful ... it was intended.  It is that good.  On top of that, in May they will also open a full bar featuring their signature frozen gelato martinis.   Shaken, not stirred.


Eye Candy that Tastes as Good as it Looks:  Upon entering, your eyes are immediately drawn to the Gelato display case and its dazzling array of colors and swirls.  And for good reason ... Sugarland makes its homemade gelato using authentic Italian methods, fruits and ingredients.  The Gelato at Sugarland Raleighresult is an intensely flavored, creamy treat with less than half the fat and calories of premium ice cream.   Moving on to the display cakes and cupcakes you'll see du jour favorites and ever changing offerings.  They all look tempting but we've all been fooled by artful taste duds.  Well, take it from The Beltline Buzz, one bite of these scratch ingredient cupcakes and you will instantly put Sugarland at the top of your list.  They make spectacular and delicious cakes for birthdays, weddings, and all events.  Ingredients are organic and locally sourced whenever possible.  No wonder Sugarland has been singled out as "the best of the best in cakes and desserts ..." by multiple media sources.


Also Attractive on the Outside:  The sensory experience extends to the shop with its elegant, Sugarland Raleighcustom wood display cases (more coming), granite counters, tin roof and cool colors.  There is a nice espresso and coffee bar and plenty of comfortable seating indoors.  Outdoor café seating is coming soon.   Open every day from 9am-10pm (11pm Friday and Saturday), Sugarland makes it convenient for everyone to stop by for coffee and dessert.  But don't forget to bring home some cupcakes! 


Sugarland - Because Life is Sweet:  Locations: 140 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill - 919.929.2900; 2031 Cameron Avenue, Raleigh - 919.835.2100;  Online: WebsiteLike us on Facebook


The "Other" Sugarland:  Sugarland (the Grammy winning singing duo) is playing in Raleigh on April 28 at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek - Tickets.    Rumor has it that there may be a promotional event linking the two "Sugarlands" in the near future.  We'll keep you posted.




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Parade of Combs - Tour D' Coop

Raleigh's Tour of Urban Chicken Coops, May 19th


Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  That's for you to figure out once you've toured the Annual

Coop - Chez Poulet
Chez Poulet 

Tour D' Coop Parade of Combs on Saturday, May 19th from 10am to 4pm (rain or shine).


Started in 2005 as a way for a few neighbors to show off their hens and coops, the 'Henside the Beltline' Tour D' Coop has grown to a one-day garden tour that encompasses 26 coops and thousands of visitors now in several areas of Raleigh.  From 'Henside the Beltline', to Western Blvd, Creedmoor Rd, Duraleigh Rd and Regency Parkway, there's a lot of coopla and hen-peckeration going on for this tour.  Coop D' Thrill!


About the Tour D' Coop: This unique "Parade of Combs" features hens and coops tucked into the

Grade-A Coop
Grade-A Coop 

gardens of your friends and neighbors.  This one-day garden tour seeks to educate visitors about keeping hens and delight them with garden ideas and inspiration.  Open to adults and children, the tour showcases various hen houses and breeds.  Coop owners are on hand at each location to discuss the how-to of chicken keeping and gardening.  The wide variety of coop styles as well as the surrounding back yard gardens make the tour interesting for the whole family.


Caribbean Coop
Caribbean Coop 

2012 Featured Coops: The tour ticket and map are not available until the day of the tour to preserve the privacy of the homeowners featured.  However the website gives you a photo and brief description of the 26 coops.  We've picked four of our favorites and gave them titles.


You may purchase a tour ticket online or visit pick-up locations to receive your ticket the day of the tour.  Many coops are located close to the pick-up locations. Remember, your group only needs one tour ticket!


The event raises non-perishable food and money for Urban Ministries, a Raleigh-based non-profit

Low Country Coop
Low Country Coop 

that provides essential services to close to 20,000 Triangle residents each year.  Coop owners and the tour organizers volunteer their time to promote back yard poultry and urban farming.


Check out Mosquito Authority, a proud sponsor of Tour D' Coop





The Historic Chinqua Penn Plantation Estate Auction - April 25 & 26, Greensboro


Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. of Hillsborough, NC and Iron Horse Auction Company, Inc. of Rockingham, NC proudly announce the public auction of the personal property assets of the Chinqua Penn Plantation. Selling by order of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Chinqua Penn PlantationCourt Ordered Auction, Case # 09-50140, In the matter of Renegade Holdings, Inc., et al.  This catalogue auction will be held on April 25th and 26th (beginning at 10am) at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex: Special Events Center, West Wing, 1921 West Lee Street.  A general auction of items not included in the catalogue will be held April 26 about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the catalogued auction. The general auction will include about 100 lots from the plantation, as well as personal property owned by the Calvin Phelps family. 


The Chinqua Penn Plantation is an English manor home mansion near Reidsville, North Carolina. It was built by Thomas and Beatrice Penn in the 1920s with the idea of grandly entertaining friends, family and business associates.  This 27 room English countryside mansion was filled with elaborate furnishings from 30 countries and showcased one of the state's premier collections of eclectic decorative arts.  The auction features over 1,000 lots of rare and exotic collectibles including most of the items seen in the Chinqua Penn Plantation website tour.  Other property listed for auction are vehicles and boats, a gun collection, household goods, tools, garden statuary and a Chinese pagoda. 


Previews will be held April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, at the Chinqua Penn Plantation in Reidsville, N.C.  Those wishing to attend the previews or auction are required to purchase a color catalogue, which grants admittance to two individuals ($50 at-the-door, $55 USPS postage paid, $70 shipped internationally). The auction will be conducted by live public auction, with the options of bidding in-person, by telephone, or by absentee bid form, and by bidding online with a live video and audio feed, using


Visit the Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Website for more information or call (Telephone: 919-644-1243) or E-Mail:  

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Drop & ShopDrop & Shop - A Fashion Exchange to Benefit the Jr. League of Raleigh: Don't forget to drop 5 gently used items at one of the tables in Cameron Village this coming weekend for a 20% Off Coupon to Cameron Village participating stores.  Visit our Beltline Buzz April 9th issue for more details or the Jr League of Raleigh's website.  


Fall in love with your home again!  April 13th through 15th at  the Southern Ideal Home Show TC Artworks  will be at booth #2215 in The Exposition Center at the NC State Fairgrounds.  LocatedTC Artwork revamp re-purpose near the front entrance, 2nd aisle. Come out and discover how you can transform your cabinetry and furniture! Get some great ideas for your home. Their booth will have a plethora or cabinet finishes for you to touch and hold. Learn about the upcoming workshops and sign up to take a class. Click Here for Class Schedules and details.

Southern Ideal Home Hours: Friday, April 13th, 12pm - 8 pm, Saturday, April 14th, 10 am - 8 pm and Sunday, April 15th, 11am - 5 pm.  


Meet Bookmarked! 2012 featured author Audrey Penn - Center staff, board members, and Bookmarked! 2012 committee members are thrilled to introduce our friends and supporters to The Kissing Hand, bestselling children's book author and special guest at Bookmarked! 2012, our ten-day festival celebrating the special joys of reading with children, April 27-May 6.


Ms. Penn, the creator of Chester Raccoon, whose mother calms his separation anxiety with a simple gesture of love in the back-to-school favorite The Kissing Hand. Other Chester stories tackle the arrival of a new sibling, bullying, and the death of a loved one in a reassuring and comforting way. Website.   


Classes by Marlowe K Earl: Draw Like a Kid Again...Fearless and Fun! Each session last 6 weeks, $270 per session.  Materials included in all classes. Each 90 minute class is individualized to meet your needs. Family Special: Come and draw with your kid and get a 20% Family Discount. Two Student Minimum for all classes. Custom Class Times available for all classes. NC Public School Certified K-12 Art Teacher. Call Marlowe K Earl at 919-397-8023, or Email Mordecai Neighborhood.  Twenty plus years public and private school experience, successful students are her specialty! 

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April 21st - From 1:00 to  6:00pm at Certain Things in Cameron Village.  Join Owners, Lu and Doug Harris who will be providing Door Prizes and refreshments!

April 28th - From 12:00noon to 3:00pm at Cute Buttons Gifts and Paper Boutique115 A West Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511.  Alison Kim Perry, Owner will be providing Door Prizes and refreshments as well! So come check out the various Beehive Girls products.. great for Mothers Day, teacher, and graduation gifts. Like us on Facebook  


Paint SamplesKenna Custom Painting, Inc.  is available to tackle your residential painting needs.  With their great crews that perform very professional jobs on residential homes, you won't believe how quiet and unobtrusive they are.  So if you have that "itch" to freshen up your home, interior or exterior before springtime, contact them now.  Call 919-855-0082 or Email:  Website. 



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St Marys HousePrice Reduced $599,000: 2748 St. Mary's St. Raleigh, 27609. Ideal Location! Walk to great schools, greenway and North Hills! Renovated in 1995. New paint/ refinished floors. DR w/FP, LR/Sunroom & large FR. Large White Kitchen w/granite & subway tile backsplash. 5 bedrooms. Private quaint backyard -wooden play equip, greenhouse, climbing trees, Covered Carport, & 1car garage, 2 decks, fully landscaped.  Contact: Jill Rekuc, Olde Raleigh Real Estate at 919-389-0555.  Website


Mia Francesca Trattoria, which opened its doors in North Hills this past October, is introducing 'Eat and Earn', a unique program established to support local non-profit organizations. Through this initiative, participating non-profits looking to raise funds can organize pre-set nights for their respective groups to dine at the restaurant, and Mia Francesca will, in turn, donate 15 percent of the dinner bill to the organization.  For more info call 919-278-1525. Website.


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