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                                      January 13, 2014

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Finding Your Inspiration - Bridal Showcase at The Carolina Inn, Sunday, Jan. 26th


Hot new trends will be unveiled at The Carolina Inn's Bridal Fair 2014, the region's most exclusive showcase of the top wedding professionals in the Triangle on Sunday, January 26 from 1pm to 4pm.

The Carolina Inn joins 80 premier vendors to offer an elegant day full of information and ideas for all things wedding for more than 1,600 attendees.


Brides and their friends and family can encounter every resource available for their wedding day bliss beginning with a warm greeting by The Carolina Inn staff in their very finest attire serving mimosas. Once inside the doors, guests will find an array of wedding related products from cakes and flowers, a full selection of the finest Carolina Inn hors d'oeuvres from Executive Chef James Clark, strolling models in bridal couture, stationers, unique favor ideas, hair and makeup specialists, wedding décor displays, tent options and strolling musicians. It is definitely a showcase that will allow you to plan your wedding in one day.


This year's runway shows are designed by A Southern Soirée, Joe Bunn DJ Services, Makeup for Your Day, and Rick Bryda Total Productions and presented by Alexia's Bridal, Lana Addison Salon, Raleigh Bella Bridesmaid and Bernard's Formalwear. It will take place in the Old Well Room at 1:30 pm and at 3:30 pm.


Expert Opinions: Finding your wedding style is one thing but communicating it to your vendors is another. We've asked some of the vendors attending the Bridal Fair to share some tips with you that  they've given when working with brides.


The Invitations: Purple Puddle in Chapel Hill says "The wedding invitations will set the tone for your celebration. Small details will make a huge impact that will impress the recipient and create excitement for your wedding."


The Gown: Alexia's in Raleigh says "Don't be afraid to try on different styles. The one that you've always thought would be 'perfect' may not be as flattering as you thought. You'll know it the moment you look at yourself in the mirror."


The Cake: Edible Art Bakery in Raleigh says "No matter how beautiful your cake is, make sure it tastes amazing! That is one of the first questions people ask about a wedding, how did the cake taste?"


The Venue: The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill says "Choose the right venue for the size of your guest list. Nothing kills a party faster than feeling like a room is empty because the space is way too big for the group. If you're working with a smaller guest list, choose a venue that feels intimate. If it's a huge party, make sure there is space with smaller conversation areas so guests can sit and talk away from the dance floor."


Entertainment: East Coast Entertainment in Raleigh and Charlotte says "if people are the heart of an event, the entertainment is its soul. If you know the genre and vibe that you want to create for your guests, both heart and soul will be merged to create the perfect sensory experience."


Inspiration: CE Rental in Raleigh says "always remember a party is a reflection of you so be true to yourself, your feelings and your budget. Explore all possibilities so that, in the end, it was part of you and no one else."


Raffle highlights are for a wedding cake, floral décor, make-up and hair, photography, design and event planning services, calligraphy services, lighting services, 2-night stay in Miami, FL, and a discounted Carolina Inn wedding package. Raffle tickets for designer giveaway items are $5 each and available for purchase at the door; drawings take place at 3:30 pm in the Old Well Ballroom just after the fashion show.


Bridal Showcase 2014: Online tickets ($20 per person) are now available. Click here. As always, tickets remain complimentary for any bride that is getting married at The Carolina Inn. Please contact designated catering manager for details.


For more information, call 919-918-2715, email,  Website.



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Bean Me Up - Big Eastern US Coffee Championship - Jan 17 - 19, Durham


Schluurp, schluop, schlsszzz; No, that's not the sound of someone downing a 7-Eleven big gulp ... it's a professional coffee judge tasting a signature beverage. Spit! And, they will be doing lots of it at the Big Eastern US Coffee Championship Competition being held in Durham this weekend (January 17 - 19).  This is no Starbucks convention, but rather a very serious competition with regional competitors from 21 eastern seaboard states divided into two categories - US Barista Competition and the US Brewers Cup. The winners go on to the national & (if picked) world events. Best of all, it is open to the public so you can learn the proper technique and form for making the perfect brew. Hint ... it starts with a wardrobe somewhere between bohemian and bargain box (code: urban grunge).


No Keurig Cups: So what's the difference in the two competitions? One is form, the other purely   taste.  The United States Barista Championship (USBC) is a platform for baristas to showcase their signature drinks and presentation styles while taking great care to select their coffees, brewing devices, and music. In 15 minutes, the barista must prepare and serve espressos, cappuccinos, and a personally designed signature beverage for four sensory judges; all while being assessed on their preparation abilities by two technical judges. Competitors train months in advance.   Latte Caffeine!


Tastes Great! ... Eventually: The US Brewers Cup recognizes and celebrates the art of manual coffee brewing. At the Regional competition, all competitors are firstly judged in a tasting round in    which they all brew the same coffee for a panel of judges who will score based on taste alone. Those that qualify for the next round will brew and present their own coffee. This is a fantastic way to get an insider's look into what it takes to prepare great coffee and to learn more about specialty coffee and the industry as a whole.


Big Eastern US Coffee Championship CompetitionLocation: The Cotton Room, 807 East Main Street, Durham; Dates & Times: January 17 - 19 (fri-sat 10:30-5:30, sun 10:30-2:30); Open to Public; Website 



For those looking to get a jump start of the proper "manual brewing" process, click on the video from one of the sponsors, Counter Culture Coffee :

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Cameron Clothing Co. - Marisa Baratelli Trunk Show this Thurs., Jan. 16th through Sat., Jan. 18th. Marisa Baratelli is the leader in production of Grade A Thai Silk in the US. Enhance your own inner light through the power of color. Brighten up your wardrobe this season with Baratelli's new Spring collection!  

Hours: Mon. thru Sat. 10am to 6pm.

Cameron Clothing Co.  4351-111 The Circle at North Hills, Phone 919-420-0411. Website.  





Band Together is hosting their first event of the New Year, The Big Cahoot, Saturday, January 25, at City Limits Saloon at 8pm, located at 901 Tryon Hill Drive in Raleigh. Live bluegrass music from Yarn, a Brooklyn-based Americana/Alt-Country band, featuring special guests Old Habits. Guests have the option of purchasing VIP tickets or general admission tickets. VIP access gives guests dinner at The Q Shack, 3 drink tickets and early admission at 7pm for $75. General admission tickets sold in advance are $12, and general admission tickets sold the day of the show are $15. All proceeds from the event benefits support Communities in Schools of Durham and Wake County. Website.


The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) will extend the dates of its current special exhibition Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed. The exhibition was originally scheduled to run through January 20, 2014, and now will remain open through February 2, 2014.


Additionally, due to the popularity of the Museum's two members-only "Hoods Up" events, the Museum will host an entire "Hoods Up" weekend open to the public. During this four-day event, visitors will be able to see under the hoods of a select number of cars in the exhibition and examine the Porsche engine, considered one of the highest accomplishments of modern automotive engineering. Website.


Leland Little's Upcoming Auctions for 2014 - Save the Dates!

  • Saturday Estate Auctions: January 25, 2014, 11:00am, February 1, 11:00am, February 22, 11:00am
  • The Collection of Arthur & Gretchen St. John: Saturday, February 15, 2014, 10:00am
  • Rare & Fine Wine Auction: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:00pm
  • 20th Century Arts & Design Auction: Friday, March 14, 2014, 6:00pm
  • Fine & Decorative Arts Auction: Saturday, March 15, 2014, 9:00am

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, Ltd. Website.  


Three Homes For Sale In Olde Raleigh

3800 City of Oaks Wynd: $599,900

3610 SF (3000SF down), 1.5 story, 'Ranch-Like' Traditional, 4bdrs/3.5 baths, Office, Bonus, 2-garage, Circ Drive, .35 Acre. (photo left)  

4308 Johnston Busbee Wynd: $1.195 or Executive Rental @


7,214 SF, Transitional w/ All Hardwoods, Gracious Formals, Keeping Room, Master Wing w/Gentleman's Office, 6 bdrs/5.5 baths, Children's Study, Fin. 3rd Floor, 3-garage, .57 Acre. (photo right)

4101 John S. Raboteau Wynd: $699,000

4,012 SF, Large Living Areas, Sunroom,4 bdrs/3.5 baths, Bonus,.52 Acre. (photo left)


Olde Raleigh features three beautiful lakes with centerpiece fountains, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, clubhouse, veranda and two tennis courts. 

Contact: Jill Rekuc, Owner-Olde Raleigh Real Estate



Phone: 919-389-0555


Core Results - New Year, New You! Personal Training is teaching people from all over the Raleigh, Cary and Triangle area how Core Results to meet their fitness goals. From kettlebells to TRX, everything is top of the line and brand new at the private Core Results studio. Call and make your first appointment for a Complimentary Session!

Core Results: 1330 St. Mary's Street, Suite A00, Raleigh, 27605, Phone: (919) 946-1737,, Website.   


multi-paint-cans.jpg Kenna Custom Painting 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.



How to Decorate When You're Starting Out or Starting Over

No need to feel overwhelmed. Michele from Zaytoun Interiors will help put together a home you'll love, one room at a time. Few things in life are as daunting as decorating your first home. With so many options available and so many decisions to make, it's hard not to feel overwhelmed. Whether you're starting out or starting over, call Michele for some much needed help. Visit her blog Simply-Refined for inspiration. This Interior Design team will inspire and help you with your designs and decorating needs. Website
. Email, Phone: 305-793-8510. 


A Young Entrepreneur - Please Support! 

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I am a High School student athlete looking to pay for my athletics. I previously had a very successful car wash business in Miami, FL. Now, I'm starting my business in Raleigh. I have all my supplies and I use professional products. If you don't own a hose, I will bring one. I clean the inside (vacuuming and cleaning all surfaces) and wash the outside. I will come to you. Prices: Cars $25, SUV's $30. Contact: Blaise Waters at or (305)903-1550 (texting is best!) For more info click here.

Did You Know?  For every $100 spent at a locally-owned business, $68 stays in the local economy compared to only $43 if spent at a national chain. Please support our local businesses!  This is what the Beltline Buzz is all about.

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