Many of you have asked about Earp's Seafood on South Saunders Street in Raleigh, which was heavily damaged by the April 16 tornado.
I don't have much to report, but here's what I know.
The building was so severely damaged that it will be torn down and rebuilt.
The demolition will likely start soon. But how long it will take to rebuild is still up in the air.
Earp's has said publicly that it will be two to three months, but Mike Earp said that timeline is tentative and depends on things likecity regulations and insurance companies.
It is Earp's grandmother who has run the store at 1414 S. Saunders St. for so long.
In the meantime, if you're dying for an Earp's seafood fix, head over to the Saltwater Seafood & Fry Shack at 4 Fenton St. in Raleigh, off Capital Boulevard. That's Mike Earp's place, which he opened about a year ago.
In Apex, the folks who make Carden Farms soap are opening a retail store soon.
In addition to its line of vegetable glycerin soaps, the Carden Farms Market will stock plants, produce and "anything that's edible and farm-fresh," according to owner Carol Willis. The Willis family had a produce stand before, and they see the shop as an extension of that venture. It is at 400 N. Salem St.
In Raleigh's Cameron Village, Palm Avenue opened Thursday at 2015 Cameron St. The store is a test for popular designer Lilly Pulitzer. It is the first store in the nation to offer the new Lilly Pulitzer home furnishings collection. The store also sells the Pulitzer fashion line and replaces the former Palm Avenue store in Cameron Village.
In Carrboro, the Fleet Feet Sports store will move in mid-July from Carr Mill Mall to the 300 E. Main Street project. The new store, which will be in the old VisArt location, will be a flagship store for the Carrboro-based retailer. It will be more than double the size of the existing store. Fleet Feet has 90 stores nationwide.
Other items: In Garner, Buttons & Bows children's resale and consignment shop owner Christine Whaley has brought on a new partner in Marti Hall, and the two have remodeled. The store will have a grand reopening next week at 1411 Aversboro Road. ... Also in Garner, Ceramics in the Buff Paint Your Own Pottery Studio is open at 102 E. Main St. ... In Chapel Hill, the Ackland Museum Store opened Thursday at Franklin and Columbia streets. ... In Raleigh at North Hills, ladies clothing and accessories shop J. McLaughlin will open in late summer between Lamb's Ear and Quintessentials. ... And the Wine and Design studio is expanding. The studio asks you to bring your friends and your favorite wine and then provides the supplies and instructions to help you paint a replica of a masterpiece like Van Gogh's "Starry Night." The location in Raleigh's Five Points area is still open, and one at 483 James Jackson Ave. in Cary will open Thursday.