In Durham, there's a business that's not a retail store but that I know will interest a lot of business owners and aspiring business owners.
The Cookery will open its doors this month, offering folks with a food-related business kitchen space with professional-grade equipment that can be rented by the hour 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's one of those places you might use if you don't yet have a professional kitchen of your own.
You can rent the bakery area, the kitchen or both. It looks like rates range from $15 to $30 per hour, depending on how many hours you commit to using and what time of day you wish to rent the space.
The Cookery is in the Durham Food Co-op building on West Chapel Hill Street.
The co-founders are husband and wife Nick Hawthorne-Johnson, co-founder of Bull City Restoration, and Rochelle Johnson, owner of Row Design Studios. More at www.durhamcookery.com.
Raleigh-based Golden Corral is preparing to complete one of its biggest local changes in recent years.
The company will open its new "Pavilion" style restaurant at 3424 Capital Blvd. on Thursday.
The store, like its first Pavilion store in this market on Glenwood Avenue, is larger and features a buffet divided by types of food.
As a result of the new restaurant opening, the company is choosing to close its locations on New Bern Avenue and Millbrook Road in Raleigh. The New Bern Avenue site is already closed, and the Millbrook Road site will close Tuesday.
Employees from both locations are moving to the new one on Capital Boulevard.
In Wake Forest, in the Gateway Commons shopping center at N.C. 98 Bypass and Jones Dairy Road: Edible Arrangements is open, Fire Pit BBQ will open this summer, Gatehouse Tavern is expanding and will complete the work on its new space in June, and Salus Massage will open this summer.
In Raleigh, David Fowle is getting close to completing his return to serving coffee downtown.
Fowle, who operated Café Udine in two locations from 1994 to 2002, will open The Wilmoore Café at 223 S. Wilmington St., next to Busy Bee.
The restaurant will sell "quite a bit of coffee," Fowle says, but will also boast a full kitchen. Chef Jackson Harris has worked at 18 Seaboard and Herons restaurant at the Umstead Hotel.
Other items: In Chapel Hill, Crepes Veronique closed in the Courtyard on West Franklin Street last week. The owner says the store may pop up in a new location. ... In Raleigh, Aladdin's Eatery opened a second store in Brier Creek, next to Caribou Coffee. Another Raleigh store is in Sutton Square on Falls of Neuse Road. ... And in Raleigh, Courtney's Bistro on Falls of Neuse Road closed, but the one at 407 E. Six Forks Road is still open.