Bombshell Beer Co. to open in Holly Springs

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comJuly 25, 2013 

Get ready for a bombshell, Holly Springs.

Three women, fast friends who bonded over golf and beer, are teaming up to form Bombshell Beer Co., a brewing business set to open in September.

According to co-owner Ellen Joyner, the place is the first all-female-owned brewery in the state.

Joyner started making her own craft beer at home about 10 years ago, and co-owner Michelle Miniutti joined her about two years ago. The two, who had met while playing golf years earlier, decided to open a place of their own, and recruited another golfing friend, Jackie Hudspeth, to complete the team.

“We thought having a third person would lead to more success,” Joyner said. “We thought the three of us would be a good combination.”

Bombshell expects to open the place with beers that include German pilsner, pale ale, Indian pale ale and porter. They will also offer specialty beers, including jalapeno, lemongrass and coconut.

The owners say they want to appeal to a broad beer-drinking audience, one that includes people who might not be into craft beer, by offering lighter brews and beers with fruit and citrus that “a wine drinker might enjoy.”

“We are working as a team to develop a lot of the market recipes,” Miniutti said. “We are definitely going to do the hoppy, more robust-style beers, and trying to put out a beer for someone who may be new to craft beer.”

The trio hired Stephen O’Neill from Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh to be the head brewer and develop creative beers that aren’t available at other breweries.

The spot, which will not serve food, will have a 1,500-square-foot tasting room and sell offerings in flights, pints, growlers and kegs. The trio also plans to distribute to area restaurants.

The place is still working on its pricing and occupancy, but hopes to seat around 90.

Bombshell is located at 120 Quantum Drive in Holly Springs.

The second Pop-Up Ice Cream Parlour opened Thursday near downtown Raleigh.

The store will serve locally made ice cream in cups, cones, sundaes and floats.

According to owner Laura Suther, the new shop’s hours will be limited to Thursday through Sunday to gauge customer interest.

The original Wilmington Street location is still scheduled to close Aug. 31 when its short-term lease ends. The new place is located at 616 N. Person St., next to PieBird.

Pelican’s SnoBalls, a New Orleans-style shaved ice franchise, is opening a Raleigh location Saturday.

The restaurant boasts 100 snow cone flavors, including watermelon, pink bubble gum and wedding cake. The place will have outdoor seating for about 75 customers, and will operate seasonally from April 1 through Oct. 31. If the weather is nice, however, the shop might stay open past Halloween, owner T.G. Rich said.

The Starmount Shopping Center store is at 3304 Capital Blvd., across from Adventure Landing.

In mall news: At Durham’s Northgate Mall, Ho-b RC Park, a remote-control model car racing facility, opens Saturday. The 20,000-square-foot place will hold a grand opening Saturday and Sunday. The store is located in Suite 235, next to Sears. … At Cary’s Crossroads Plaza, Torrid, a women’s plus-size clothing store, has opened at 421 Crossroads Blvd., between RadioShack and HoneyBaked Ham. … Ross, a discount clothing and home décor store, is expected to open this fall at 251 Crossroads Blvd., next to HomeGoods. … At Durham’s The Streets at Southpoint, Vans, a footwear, apparel and accessories store, is expected to open this summer. The 2,340-square-foot shop is the company’s first Triangle location and will be next to Hot Topic on the upper level. … At North Hills in Raleigh, Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant is scheduled to open this fall. The chain eatery, which serves items such as burritos, fajitas and margaritas, and features an Elvis shrine at each restaurant, will be a standalone building in the mall’s Park District.

Corbett’s Burgers and Soda Bar, which features fresh-ground hamburgers and 250 types of bottled soda, has opened at 126 Kilmayne Drive in Cary. … Gone Stitching, a monogram and gift shop, opened at 106 N. Salem St. in Apex.

Giglio: 919-829-4649, or on Twitter @shoptalk_nando.

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