July 30, 2012
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Too Cool For School
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Plan Your Wedding Like You're Hosting the Olympics - Southern Bridal Show & Expo, Aug. 11 & 12


Let the Games Begin!  Tear-jerking videos, world records, Ryan Lochte .... all are reasons why you watch the Olympics.  These well planned summer Olympics just don't happen overnight. Neither do the weddings you attend.  The fall Southern Bridal Show & Expo™ has expanded to a two day event at the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds on August 11th & 12th from 10am-4pm (Sat.) and 11am-4pm(Sun.). If you're planning a wedding you'll want to attend and meet Southern Bridal Expo over 150 Triangle wedding experts who will inspire you as you work towards your big event.


Numbers Count: Here's a quick rundown of the stats: 26 Olympic sports; 10,490 Olympic athletes; 200,000 staffers; and an estimated 500,000 spectators per day.  Wedding numbers: How many guests do you plan to invite?  Work the 'magic formula'... as to those you invite versus those attending.  Calculate your price per person to keep your budget intact.


Crowd-Pleasers: The London Games mascots are giant one-eyed creatures named Wenlock and Crowd Pleasers Mandeville. They're meant to resemble drops of steel used to build the Olympic Stadium (How lame).  Your wedding pleasers are: Great Music that everyone can dance to or at least tap their feet to &Party Favors - they come in all shapes and sizes.  Think outside the box with something that represents your bride and groom like where they are from, or what schools they attended... anything other than Wenlock and Mandeville!


Gold Standard: Olympic gold medals are 1.34 percent gold, 92.5 percent silver, and the rest copper filling. Each medallion takes ten hours to make; it gets pressed fifteen times by a nearly 2 million-pound weight.  The wedding rings are the symbol of unity. Find the perfect wedding ring for a lasting reminder of your special day.  That's what we call solid gold!


The Scenic Route: Don't place your bets on anyone getting a world record in the marathon event. In an effort to make the runners pass as many London landmarks as possible, the course planners put in more than 90 turns.  Make sure you take your guests from the wedding ceremony to the reception through a nice scenic route enhancing the expectation of the celebration, but don't take them on a wild goose chase that MapQuest can't even provide service for them.  Check out all the different transportation services for carrying your wedding party and guest to venues.


Age Is Just a Number: The oldest Olympian competing this year is 71-year-old Japanese equestrian Southern Bridal Show & Expo Hiroshi Hoketsu (he first took part in the 1964 Olympic Games).  At your wedding keep in mind that your older guests still want their cake and eat it too.  Cut the wedding cake early enough for the elderly guest to enjoy before their bedtime.  Bakers and cakes of all shapes and sizes will be on display at the Expo providing tastings that may help you decide what suites your pallet.


Where else can you see, hear, taste, touch and smell everything you need to plan the wedding of your dreams?  All in one place, and now for 2 days!  Your admission ticket is valid for both days.  Make this an exciting weekend event with your mom, friends, and wedding party!


Southern Bridal Show Expo: Saturday August 11th from 10am-4pm. and Sunday, August 12th from 11am-4pm.;  Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds.  For tickets and more info see Website.    




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Too Cool For School - NC Tax-Free Weekend  - Aug 3rd thru 5th


Back to School. Three words that can strike joy into the heart of even the most dedicated parent.  Rolling Backpack  According to the famous Staples TV ad, "It's the most wonderful time of the year!"  Of course, the kids get their revenge as last year's designer (list item here) is not cool and must be replaced with (list even more expensive item here).  Thank goodness for the tax free holiday to take some of the sting out of buying their "rolling" backpacks, chalk board lunch boxes, and hands-free reading headlamps.

MacBooks are also nice ... woo hoo!


Tax Free Holiday:  North Carolina's annual Back to School Tax-Free Weekend will take place the weekend of August 3 through August 5.  Shoppers can save money by purchasing items like clothing, school supplies and computers during the holiday.  Under the guidelines, the following items are exempt from sales tax:
  -  Clothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less MacBook
  -  School instructional materials of $300 or less 

  -  Sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less
  -  Computers of $3,500 or less. Tablet computers and netbooks qualify, but  e-readers do not. 
  -  Computer supplies of $250 or less


Supply and Demand: Clothing accessories, jewelry, cosmetics, protective equipment, wallets, furniture, items used in a trade or business, and rentals are not covered by the exemption and will be subject to the applicable tax.


Don't Get Schooled:  For a detailed list of what is exempt from sales tax and what items are not (and frequently asked questions), click here.  Remember, no gold stars for those who fail to act..




Pets in the Plaza - Adopt a Pet at Lafayette Village - 1st Saturday's


Pet Smart:  Whether you are a pet owner, or hope to adopt a pet, be a part of "Pets in the Plaza". Adopt A Pet The first Saturday of each month (10am - 1pm) local Rescues will be at the Lafayette Village (Raleigh) with adoptable pets, as well as special pet-themed promotions, vendors and events. Lafayette Village is very pet-friendly with trails and outdoor seating for your pet to enjoy with you. Merchants have water bowls set out just for your four-legged pal.  Also, several of the merchants have special promotions including select discounts (10% & 20%), complimentary mini-facials, and even free scoops of K-9 Krunch for your pet (to go with your gelato).  Click Here for more information.


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North Carolina Pottery Center's 13th Annual Auction, "Going, Going, Gone to Pots"

The North Carolina Pottery Center has worked some extraordinary culinary magic for their NC Pottery Center upcoming Auction. A pre-auction supper, called, "Fill Your Plate," with food prepared by several of the Triangle's best chefs, and served on plates made by NC potters.  The Chefs include Ashley Christensen of Poole's Diner; Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill; Aaron Vandermark of Panciuto in Hillsborough; to name a few.   Event takes place Thursday, August 23 at Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales in Hillsborough, NC.


After supper the live auction will take place, highlighting several very special pots, antique and new, made by the best-known potters of NC. The cost of "Fill Your Plate" will be $75 per person, for which you'll get the mouthwatering meal and a plate to take home, which is quite a bargain! Alternatively, if you'd like to attend only the auction, admission is $10.  Please contact NCPC directly for Tickets and Reservations - (336) 873-8430.  More information about the Auction and Supper is posted on NCPC's website.  


Worth fall Worth Fall Trunk Show - Worth New York for Fall is described as Haute, Haute, Haute!  With an abundance of luxury that borders on the couture - but there is nothing stuffy about it - our take is supremely modern with all the attention to detail you could want.  WORTH is the ultimate chic. The upcoming Fall Trunk Show is July 25 - August 6.  To preview the show, go to Website.  For an appointment, call Peggy Fain at 919-833-6833 or Ann Proctor at 919-417-6455.  Clothing donations for Dress for Success will be collected at the Trunk Show.

Openings at Our Lady of Lourdes School for this fall 2012 School Year - There are currently openings in the 3rd, 5th and 7th Grades at our Lady of Lourdes School.  If you are interested, please contact Pam Mueller, Director of Admissions, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. 919- 861-4635. Website.  


Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. - Now Accepting Silver Consignments for a Two-Day Silver Consignments Leland LittleFall Estate Catalogued Auction.  Leland Little's silver specialists are now scheduling appointments to discuss consignments for inclusion in their Two-Day Fall Estate Catalogued Auction.  Please contact the gallery for more information, or submit photographs of your items online!  Contact: Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd., 620 Cornerstone Court, Hillsborough, NC 27278, 1+ (919) 644-1243 Website.




Hunt & Gather Corn Pitcher Hunt & Gather on Bernard Street holds a Save After Six Shopping Night on the third Thursdays of each month.  On the third Thursday of each month you will find great markdowns, refreshments, and friendly faces at Hunt & Gather, 1910 Bernard Street, Raleigh 27608.  

From 6:00 to 8:00 pm, many dealers will have 20% and more off on selected items. Don't miss this opportunity!  Website. 

Kenna 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 Paint Sampleshow 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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