New men’s boutique coming to downtown Raleigh’s City Market

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comJune 6, 2013 

It’s a busy month for grand openings.

Social Status, a men’s boutique with an innovative space and a broad range of prices, is opening a shop in downtown Raleigh.

The company offers brand-name clothing, footwear and accessories from companies such as Nike, Adidas, En Noir, Versace Collection and Gazelle Sunglasses. Merchandise ranges from $25 to $2,500.

Social Status’ new store will hold a grand opening Friday at 3 p.m. that will include the first of several weekly rereleases of various Nike sneakers.

“We are having a mystery release every weekend for the next two months,” owner James Whitner said. “…We’ll be rereleasing some of the best Nike products that have been released in the past year.”

Whitner, a Pittsburgh native who has a love of fashion and a background in business, opened his first boutique, Flavor Factory, in Charlotte in 2005. That store closed in 2010. The first Social Status opened in Pittsburgh in 2011.

Social Status today has stores in Charlotte, Greensboro and two in Pittsburgh

The Raleigh shop is at 308 Parham St., next to Woody’s Tavern in City Market.

Kimi’s Carpets Plus, a flooring company with a long family history, has opened its second store in Fuquay-Varina.

To celebrate, the shop is holding a grand opening Saturday with food and product giveaways.

Kimi’s Carpets Plus specializes in sales, repairs and installations of all types of flooring, such as tile, hardwoods, carpet and laminate. Kimi Quinn, co-owner of the business, said the store doesn’t subcontract its work; it uses its own employees for every job. Quinn also offers long warranties and lifetime wrinkle-free warranties on carpets.

The company was started in Durham as Carpets Plus by Quinn’s husband’s family about 50 years ago. The store eventually moved to Raleigh and Quinn and her husband Michael bought it about a year ago.

The new store is at 410 E. Broad St., directly across from Stephens Hardware. Saturday’s grand opening starts at 11 a.m.

D’Andreas’ Deli, Grill & Bakery, a New York deli that boasts fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps made with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, has opened a second location in Holly Springs.

The store’s menu includes homemade items such as challah bread French toast, Danishes, turnovers, cupcakes, grilled seafood tortillas and chicken parmesan. The restaurant also offers catering services.

Chris D’Andreas, the store’s general manager and son of owner Chris D’Andreas, said that the family chose Holly Springs for its new restaurant after doing research on locations.

“I see the growth here,” said D’Andreas. “The economy is doing well. There is a lot of growth in Holly Springs and a ton of northerners that like our food. So why not?”

The restaurant opened its Pomona, N.Y. location, called Mountain View Deli, about 30 years ago. It will still be run by the younger D’Andreas’ uncle.

The two eateries have each claimed a rare Boar’s Head Deli of Distinction award, which is given to delis around the country that “promote the highest standards of quality and exceptional customer service.” Only 16 delis nationally have received the award.

D’Andreas’ in Holly Springs is at 114 Grand Hill Place, next to Target. A grand opening event featuring food and giveaways will be held Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, a pet supply store that offers gourmet treats, healthy foods, pet supplies and grooming, is also holding a grand opening at its newest Raleigh store, at 13600 New Falls of Neuse Rd., on Saturday. The store is the franchise’s third in the Triangle and sixth in North Carolina.

Max Muscle Sports Nutrition, a nutrition store that sells diet, weight gain and protein supplements, vitamins, creatine and clothes, will host a grand opening on June 29. According to co-owner Kelley Spence, the franchise’s event will include coffee, chocolate, chair massages by local chiropractors, 30-minute boot camps led by various gym representatives and buy one, get one sales on products.

The vendor fair will be held at the store, located at 6106 Falls of Neuse Rd. in Raleigh, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

And there’s one closing to report.

Antonio’s Gourmet Market, a meat and cheese shop and restaurant in Raleigh’s Lafayette Village, has shut its doors.

According to co-owner Antonio Saladino, the competition was tough, the hours were long and the money wasn’t enough, so he sold his share to his business partner.

All is not lost for Saladino, however. The New Orleans native, who was once taught by chef and Food Network star Emeril Lagasse, is looking to open a new restaurant with a different concept in Durham.

“I’m looking to do a 1,000-square-foot rotisserie chicken (restaurant),” Saladino said. He is in the process of looking for a new space that he hopes will have a wood-burning oven and a to-go window.

Antonio’s, which opened in 2010, is having a sale on Saturday to get rid of the last of its merchandise, which includes dry sausages, cheeses and small wares. The store is at 8460 Honeycutt Rd.

Giglio: 919-829-4649;; Twitter: @shoptalk_nando.

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