Pop-up shop tests holiday decor

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 24, 2013 

Halloween is still about a week away, but Susanne Lury is already ready for Christmas.

Lury has teamed up with partners Toni Bautista, Kristin Williams and Kathy Burns to open ’Tis The Season, a pop-up holiday boutique, in Raleigh’s Falls River Town Center.

The store carries holiday items such as nutcrackers, ornaments, candles and home decor, plus everyday home accessories, furniture, artwork, clocks, scarves and clothes.

Lury, who describes the store as “upscale,” said ’Tis The Season will also embroider anything ranging from aprons and T-shirts to towels and bags. The place will offer Christmas tree decorating services and sell fully decorated trees.

Lury said she and her partners are using the pop-up model as a way to test the retail market. ’Tis The Season’s lease runs through the end of January, and the owners have the opportunity to stay.

“If things go well, we will continue to be there,” Lury said. “If the opening is any indication, it will be.”

A lease extension would mean a post-holiday name change for the 2,000-square-foot store, but Lury said they are unsure of what they would call a permanent place just yet. Also, holiday items will be discounted after Christmas when the store will switch to selling only everyday items.

’Tis The Season is at 10501 Shadowlawn Drive, Suite 109 in Lily Mae’s former spot.

Union Square Brewery, a microbrewery and taproom, has plans to open near Raleigh’s Five Points next spring.

Co-owner Shaluka Perera said the 20-barrel facility will specialize in European ales, such as Scotch and Belgium, and will also offer Indian pale ales and porters.

Union Square’s craft beers will range in price from about $5 a glass to about $150 for kegs, which the pair will also sell wholesale to restaurants.

The taproom will seat about 80 people.

Co-owner Bruce Corregan, who works with Perera at IBM and has been brewing beer for about 10 years, will serve as head brewer.

“I like the beer (Corregan) brings to work,” Perera said. “Finally, everything clicked and we thought about opening a microbrewery. He signed up for it, I signed up and here we are.”

Union Square will offer brewery tours with beer samples. It will not serve food, but Perera said he will encourage customers to bring their own. Perera also said they will allow food trucks.

Perera hopes the brewery will serve a need for craft beer in the Five Points area.

“There’s no neighborhood brewery, but we feel like the Five Points culture is conducive to microbreweries,” Perera said. “We feel like it’s an underserved area where we can be successful and get the help of the neighborhood.”

Union Square Brewery will be at 506 Pershing Road.

The Market Restaurant, Grocery & Catering won’t be opening at Raleigh’s Person Street Plaza after all.

Market Restaurant owner Chad McIntyre said the project is on hold until he can find new funding and a new location.

“I’m not killing the project,” McIntyre said. I’m just putting it in a carbonite freeze like Han Solo.”

McIntyre doesn’t have a target date for when The Market might reopen or how the restaurant, grocery store and catering concept will play out.

“I have taken the mindset that we will open back up in the future,” McIntyre said. “It might be all grocery story or all restaurant. There’s kind of a hole we left in the area and people really want to see it come back online.”

McIntyre’s original Market Restaurant closed in March.

The Triangle is getting two new indoor trampoline parks in 2014.

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is opening its first North Carolina facility in Raleigh in early 2014.

The more-than-25,000-square-foot park will have trampolines, three “sky slam” basketball courts, three ultimate dodgeball courts, a giant three-lane foam pit, fitness classes and cardio- and strength-training programs.

Sky Zone, which opened in 2004 and has franchises across the United States and Canada, will be at 2101 Westinghouse Blvd.

DefyGravity Trampoline Arena is adding a second Triangle location.

The park, which will be about 26,000 square feet, will have an aerial Ninja course, slack lines, dodgeball cages, trampolines and an Olympic foam pit.

DefyGravity will be at 5604 Departure Drive in Raleigh.

Also, the original Durham park, at 4300 Emperor Blvd., will stay open as it undergoes improvements in the coming months.

Whisk, a kitchenware store that offers cooking classes, is having a grand opening Nov. 1-3 at 316 Colonades Way at Waverly Place in Cary. Chapel Hill cookbook author Sheri Castle will also do a cooking demonstration at 5 p.m. Nov. 1. The weekend festivities will focus on holiday cooking and include mini classes, giveaways, samples and demonstrations. ... Wine and Canvas, a mobile painting class with drinks, is opening in the Triangle Tuesday. The class is hosted at various spots around the Triangle or will come to your home or event. Find out more at

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