New tennis shop opens in northwest Raleigh

From staff reportsDecember 13, 2012 

Bryan’s Tennis carries Bryan Gillespie’s name, but the new store is really a family affair – with his mom, dad, brother and sister-in-law all co-owners.

So why not name it after mom, Carol?

“All the racquet and product knowledge comes from my brain,” Bryan Gillespie explained.

The store opened on Black Friday, and sales have been good so far, he said. But he stressed they’re still getting product in and settling into their space, which is across from the Angus Barn, just off U.S. 70 near Interstate 540.

Gillespie, 25, was on the Leesville High School tennis team for three years but said not to call him a star (“other guys were way better than me”).

He worked at tennis clubs in Wilmington during college and later at Golfsmith. It was there that he heard people complain that there weren’t enough good places in the Triangle to get tennis gear. He told his brother, who suggested they open their own shop.

After a year of research, planning and buy-in from the rest of the family, Bryan’s Tennis was the result.

The store sells shoes, apparel and rackets for the beginner as well as the serious player, he said. Gillespie, who works at the store seven days a week, also provides stringing and racquet maintenance. And there’s an on-site hitting area.

Bryan’s Tennis is at 6405 Westgate Road, Suite 127 in Raleigh. It’s open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Au Bon Pain, the cafe bakery, opens its first Raleigh location Friday at WakeMed’s campus on New Bern Avenue. The cafe, which opened its first Triangle restaurant at Duke University earlier this year, offers fresh baked goods, gourmet sandwiches, salads and fresh-brewed coffee. The new location is in the Raleigh Campus commons near the WakeMed Gift Shop and Pharmacy. It will be open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar will open in the CapTrust Tower at Raleigh’s North Hills in the spring. The restaurant will occupy 6,000 square feet on the building’s ground floor. Cowfish combines fusion sushi and hamburgers. It opened its first restaurant in Charlotte in 2010.

The new year will bring a move for Chapel Hill stationery store Salutations.

The store, which has been in Chapel Hill’s Meadowmont Village, is relocating to Durham’s Golden Belt. It opens Jan. 2.

The move to the restored textile mill at the corner of Fayetteville and Main streets puts the shop in a more central location for clients coming from around the Triangle, said owner Holly Bretschneider.

As part of the move, Bretschneider will slightly re-focus the store on custom wedding and event invitations and personalized stationery.

Staff writers Mary Cornatzer and David Bracken

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