{Localista Picks} Dec 4 – 10

Oops, my bad! A day late with the Localista Picks this week. But hey, better late than never. 

Each week I highlight a few area activities and local businesses you might want to consider fitting into your very busy agenda (they’ll be worth the time. I promise). So, without further ado, here’s all the latest:

Eat Local

Did you know The Parlour in Durham has been serving a Sunday Brunch menu every other week? Next brunch is set for this Sunday (Dec 8) and the menu includes Gluten-free almond pancakes with vanilla ice cream and poached pears, Vegan french toast with vegan orange ice cream and quince jam, Blueberry scones, Vegan apple crumb muffins as well as coffee, tea, hot chocolate and espresso drinks. 

Want to kick your home cooking skills up a notch this holiday season, maybe hone those baking skills or pull together a fabulous brunch menu. Sign up for one of the interactive classes at Whisk (during which you also get to sample your work) in Cary and learn to bake cookies (or cupcakes) like a pro! Better hurry if you’re interested in the cookie baking class on Dec. 10 – there are only 4 spots remaining last time I looked.

Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom in Carrboro encourages us to eat and run, er… make that run then eat at the Toy Trot and Fun Run with brunch (Dec 8). For a $25 (or more if you choose) donation you can participate in the fun run and post-run brunch buffet. All proceeds from the event go to a special team of elves to purchase toys for children in the Carrboro community.

Play Local

The night will surely be shiny in Durham this Friday (Dec 6) with the American Tobacco Tower Lighting & start of Triangle Christmas Tree Voting. Then in another part of Durham, candlelight will shine at historic Duke Homestead for the first weekend of Christmas by Candlelight. Costumed interpreters lead the candle lit tour through the historic property where you’ll find period decorations, live music, dancing, story telling, all depicting Christmas of the 1870s.

If you like a warm weather festive holiday vibe then you’re gonna love First Friday in Raleigh (Dec 6). The unseasonably warm weather comes courtesy of Mother Nature, but the festivities come from Raleigh art galleries. Be sure you stop by Blake Street Shops in City Market for special exhibits, the Brand Fandango XII Holiday Shop opening at Design Box and/or any number of venues flying the special First Friday flag.


This Friday marks the start of a special run of the classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life at the Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill (Dec 6 – 12). You know the story sure, but have you ever seen on the big screen? Make sure you and a few friends pick a night to go see the show.

Shop Local

Oh hey, if you’re going to be at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, make sure you check out Hatch Shops, the pop up shop you’ll find just under the Cuban Revolution sign on Blackwell Street. Hatch is now open longer hours for the holiday season, Wed – Sat 11 am to 7 pm and Sundays 12 pm to 5 pm, and you’ll find all kinds of cute gifts inside (along with a hot cocoa bar – pretty sweet deal). 

Have a wine or beer lover on your Christmas list? Well, Wine 101 (with locations in Wake Forest and Raleigh) has a great gift idea called “My Wine Club” or “My Beer Club. The “My” means the recipient gets to choose their own wine or beer each month and subscriptions come at various levels. The first thing you need to do is call Wine 101 (919-453-1555), then they’ll take care of the rest.

Perhaps you’ve got some cookie baking to accomplish in the very near future. You’ll find one of the biggest (and best) cookie cutter selections in the Triangle at Kitchenworks in Chapel Hill’s University Mall, and a lot of other must have gadgets for the well stocked kitchen (tip – make a wish list to share with your friends & family then point them to the Kitchenworks website to order your gift online).

Hope you’re not shopped out yet, because it’s going to be a big weekend for craft fairs all around the Triangle too. I’ve updated the Artful Shop-portunities blog post to include a special craft market in lovely ol’ Saxapahaw and you’ll find ELF Fair in Carrboro, a special dTOWNMarket in Durham, plus the Boylan Artwalk in Raleigh.



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