March 23, 2015
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Equal Parts: Hotel + Museum = Something to Be Bullish About
Opening, 21c Museum Hotel

Get your sketchpads out - it's time for a little artistic inspiration! Thankfully, hotels are responding to the masses' hunt for artistic expression. From intimate collections to large-scale galleries, many hotels play host to some excellent exhibitions with works by
Hotel front desk at 21c
Hotel front desk at 21c
legends like Andy Warhol and Alison Shotz, as well as up-and-coming local artists. This type hotel has come to the Triangle. And that's no bull!

21c Museum Hotels opened its fourth boutique hotel in downtown Durham last week. (111 N. Corcoran Street). 21c Durham is an adaptive reuse of the Hill Building, one of the city's most iconic structures originally built in 1937. Bringing new life to the building, the property mixes contemporary design with historic Art Deco details and offers 10,500 square feet of contemporary art exhibition space open free of charge to the public, a 125-room boutique hotel and Counting House restaurant.

Contemporary art is at the heart of the 21c experience. The company was founded by Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, contemporary art collectors and preservationists who believe in the power of innovative and thought-provoking art to transform communities. 21c Durham presents rotating solo and group exhibitions, site-specific installations and a full roster of cultural programming curated by Museum Director Alice Gray Stites.

"Pop Stars! Popular Culture and Contemporary Art" is on view as the hotel's debut exhibition. It consists of more than 100 multimedia works. The first and second floors are open free to the public at all times. Free docent-led tours of the artworks are given at 5 pm each Wednesday and Friday. Pop Stars exhibition will end in August.

The Main Gallery, located in the old banking hall, offers a dramatic background with original wood paneling, terrazzo flooring, velvet drapery and LED globe chandeliers. The Vault, located in the historic bank vault on the lower level, offers a unique and immersive experience featuring lounge seating, a site specific art commission, and historic vault door and safety deposit boxes.

21c Durham offers a variety of guest room types featuring original terrazzo flooring and abundant natural light. Art Deco windows and steel accents are married with a simple materials palette in grey tones and copper details.

The property is also home to Counting House, a modern restaurant and lounge helmed by Executive Chef Josh Munchel. A showcase for high-quality seasonal ingredients, Counting House presents a global perspective on regional dishes and celebrates North Carolina's rich heritage of fresh seafood with menus that feature rotisserie and roasting techniques. Menu

The bar and lounge is a welcoming place to taste innovative house-made cocktails, sip aperitifs, sample local craft brews, and explore bourbon and wine lists.

The Counting House occupies a space that was originally the Ellis Stone department store. Designed by Deborah Berke Partners, the space aims to fully engage diners by bringing the constant buzz of activity in its open kitchen into full view, with a chef's table nearby offering a front-row seat for curious and culinary-minded guests. The interior also features a graduated ceiling starting with soaring heights of 23 feet and gradually lowering toward the heart of the restaurant, enhancing the space's intimate character. The restaurant also features site-specific contemporary art installations and rotating exhibitions.

21c Museum Hotel - 111 North Corcoran Street, Durham, NC 27701, 919-956-6700. Website.
Counting House - Hours: Dinner Sun-Thurs 5:30-10pm, Fri-Sat 5;30-11pm. Bar+Lounge Sun-Thurs 3pm-1am, Fri-Sat 3pm-2am. Reservations. Website.

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Get a jump on Easter with Specialty Chocolates...Hop to it!

Delivering candy every Easter to kids worldwide is a tough job, but some bunny's gotta do it. Here's some hop to it!

Nofo carries Easter treats from specialty chocolatiers near and far. A favorite is MarieBelle New York, creating edible works of art by combining the finest single-origin chocolate with eclectic ingredients and artisanal techniques. Luxury confections brand MarieBelle New York a fine reputation for magnificent chocolates and confections. Now, the brand is available at gourmet food and gift retailers across the country. And we're thrilled to find her sweet treats at Nofo @the Pig in Five Points, Raleigh.

MarieBelle's beloved Easter Bunny is a milk chocolate bunny filled with original milk caramel marshmallow and accompanied with two miniature chocolate eggs, one white and one dark. Packaged in MarieBelle's signature lunch box, this bunny is more than ready to jump right into your Easter basket.
MarieBelle New York available at Nofo at the Pig or order online.

Mrs. Elliott's Sugar Eggs  - The panoramic sugar eggs you find these days are usually made of styrofoam with plastic trim. It's rare to find the real thing. Kristeen Elliott of Sanford, NC has been making the real thing for decades; and with 8 children, we don't know where she finds the time. At Nofo this Easter, you'll find a great selection of Mrs. Elliott's Sugar Eggs to choose from, but don't wait too long or you'll have to settle for styrofoam. Treasures need to be the real thing!

Videri Chocolate Easter Bunny Bundles are now available in-store and online. These bundles come in both dark and milk chocolate varieties. One box of four solid Dark and Milk Chocolate bunnies with edible luster accents and one box of the famous seasonal Blueberry & Milk Chocolate bars.

Chocolate Smiles located in  the heart of downtown Cary have been creating chocolates for over 30 years. Chocolate Smiles Easter eggs come in 13 delicious flavors of handmade chocolate. Grab the Snapper (caramel and roasted pecans) and The "E" (peanut butter and banana, named for Elvis) before they run out! The shop also has an assortment of chocolate bunnies in fun shapes. Specials during April and May, they offer hand-dipped North Carolina strawberries and strawberry fudges. They'll be picking strawberries daily.

Chocolate Smiles - 312 West Chatham Street, Cary, NC  27511. Phone: (919) 469-5282 Extended hours for Easter Week -  March 30 - April 4.  Open from 10am until 6pm. You may place an order by phone, online, or in person.

At Chapel Hill's Southern Season - Chocolat Moderne another NY chocolatier founded in 2003 by Joan Coukos. Joan with NC roots, a Duke grad and UNC MBA, makes beautifully hand painted eggs filled with different types of goodness. The grey speckled egg is a beautiful dark chocolate shell filled with white chocolate ganache that's been blended with coconut milk & toasted coconut. The blue speckled egg is a lovely white chocolate shell filled with a pistachio praline filling. And the brown speckled egg is a delightful milk chocolate shell filled with a hazelnut praline. The 3piece clear-topped box set shows off these beautiful eggs.

Opening this Spring - Southern Season is pleased to announce the reopening of "A Taste of Southern Season" in Cameron Village. After a very successful temporary presence over the  Christmas holidays, Southern Season has decided to return with a larger, permanent store.

Raleigh customers will be able to shop the region's finest gift collection, including the exclusive  line of Vivian Howard for Southern Season products, based on some of Vivian's favorite recipes. Chef Vivian Howard, owner of Kinston's Chef and the Farmer Restaurant, and the star of the PBS series "A Chef's Life" has collaborated with Southern Season.

A Taste of Southern Season - Coming to Cameron Village,  443-B207 Daniels St. Raleigh, NC 27605.

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311 Gallery - The March 4-27 Exhibition at 311 Gallery, 311 West Martin Street, Raleigh, is KINDRED SPIRITS-the colorful and vibrant paintings of Ivan Guayasamin, one of the last living indigenous artists of South America, and Tunde Afolayan-Famous, a Nigerian-born artist now painting in Boone, NC. These paintings celebrate the joys, sorrows, and passions of life. Reception First Friday, March 6, 6-9 pm. Website



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