Retailing

Kid stuff is online, but local

Staff WriterFebruary 26, 2010 

Buying local is a trend that's steadily gaining momentum, and one local company is taking an unconventional path to let folks know it is based here.

Rosenberry Rooms has been selling children's furniture and gifts from unique designers nationwide online since 2005.

But now the company has opened a Raleigh showroom to let people know about it.

Marketing director Kim Caroselli said the company wanted to raise awareness of its brand. "Everything had always been online, and people would call and they'd be like, 'Oh, you're here in Raleigh?' " she said.

Owner Susi Fougerousse, who lives in Cary, offers furniture from a variety of manufacturers and designers.

The Rosenberry Rooms store is at 709 Hillsborough St. and is open Monday through Friday. You can't walk out with a crib, but you can look through samples and view products in a full-scale model of a boy's room or a girl's room. Items like diaper bags and gift items are available for purchase.

Yet another frozen yogurt chain is targeting the Triangle for expansion. Greensboro resident Steve Mosh has signed the first development agreement in the state with Red Mango. It's a five-store deal covering Greensboro and much of the Triangle.

Dallas-based Red Mango is among the fastest-growing frozen yogurt chains, with an emphasis on fresh toppings for its nonfat frozen yogurt.

The first store will open in Greensboro this year, Mosh said, but a second could open before the year is out, most likely in the Triangle.

Stay tuned for more details on when and where that store will open.

In Cary, AllStar Bike Shop is moving from its home of more than 20 years at 1427 SE Maynard Road to a more visible spot in Saltbox Village at 1241 Kildaire Farm Road. It will occupy the spot that once housed Spin Cycle.

The store, one of three AllStar stores in the area, will be closed for a few days starting this weekend for the move.

The Virginia restaurant chain Cafe Caturra continues its North Carolina expansion with a new lease for the Stone Creek Village shopping center at High House Road and Davis Drive in Cary. The restaurant is expected to open late summer or early fall. Its first restaurant in the state will open this summer at Cameron Village in Raleigh.

Other items: In North Raleigh's Falls River Town Center off Durant Road, Uptown Kids Consignment is open at 10511 Shadowlawn Drive; a salon called Studio Eleven will open Monday at 1131-103 Falls River Ave. ... In Youngsville, Patriot Shooting Sports is open at 134 E. Main St., selling firearms for sports, hunting and personal defense as well as supplies. ... Also in Youngsville, area antique veterans Tracy Turlington McCleary and Linda Doyle have opened Sweet Peas antiques store at 894 Holden Road.

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