If you're an art lover, there are some interesting openings you might want to note:
The Gilded Palette art gallery is open at 123 S. White St. in downtown Wake Forest, selling paintings, jewelry, pottery, wood turnings and other art made by local artisans. It is open "10ish" to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
In Raleigh near N.C. State University, The Roundabout Art Gallery is a co-op of 25 artists formed in part by Susan Woodson, wife of N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson. The gallery will open today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in conjunction with First Friday. It is located at 1 Maiden Lane, across the street from the Bell Tower, near Sadlack's.
And in Chapel Hill, the Ackland Art Museum is planning to open a retail shop in May on the corner of East Franklin and Columbia streets, under Top of the Hill. The store will include gallery space and carry merchandise from local vendors as well as products related to the museum's exhibits. Proceeds will go to the museum's exhibition and education program
In Raleigh, Rocky Top Hospitality continues to make changes to its lineup of local restaurants. On the heels of converting Michael Dean's into a Tribeca Tavern and closing Bogart's American Grill, Rocky Top will now change Hi5 on Glenwood South.
Hi5 will close Monday and will reopen May 3 as Draft Carolina Burgers & Beers. The restaurant will focus heavily on local products such as all-natural Angus beef from Coastal Cattle in Aiden, pickles from Mount Olive and bread from Morrisville's Neomonde. There will also be 40 beers on tap - all from North Carolina.
Fans of chef Brian Battistella and his New Orleans cuisine will be happy to know that he has landed in a new spot. Work is under way on the old Angelo's in City Market at the corner of Blount and Martin in downtown Raleigh. The restaurant is scheduled to open in late spring.
Other items: In North Raleigh, the Carafe Wine Makers shop on Raven Ridge Road closed. But the owner said he is looking for an alternative location. ... In Cary, Bistro 64 at 103 Edinburgh South Drive closed last week. ... In Garner, Vanity Salon & Color Bar is open at 1401 Aversboro Road. ... In Smithfield, the Pizazz resale store is relocating to 119 N. Third St., where it will open Monday. ...In Fuquay-Varina, the new Krispy Kreme will open at 728 N. Judd Pkwy. on Tuesday. ... In Raleigh's North Ridge shopping center at Spring Forest and Falls of Neuse roads, SnoZone Ice Cream and Sweet Shoppe is open in the former Local Yogurt space selling Hershey's Ice Cream, Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and brownies, Jelly Belly products and candies. ... And the ADORE Designer Resale Boutique in Cary is expanding with a second store in North Raleigh's Brennan Station at Creedmoor and Strickland roads. It will open in May and be twice the size of the Cary store.