Retail

Retail news: The Makery to occupy Durham storefront in January

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comDecember 12, 2013 

The Makery is making the switch from pop-up to permanent shop.

The temporary project and online shop that sells handmade goods from North Carolina small businesses, is transitioning to a permanent Durham storefront and working space in January.

Co-owner Krista Anne Nordgren, who calls the store a “retail collective,” will rent space to about 30 business owners, who sell North Carolina-made items such as posters, jewelry, vintage clothing, drink mixes, home decor and furniture.

Nordgren wants to help those owners expand beyond an online presence by offering them a place to collaborate and work together.

“It’s important to me that all of these business owners who have smaller operations have a place where they can gather together and have a really strong voice in the community,” Nordgren said.

She hopes to attract a range of crafters who offer a variety of made-in-North Carolina products that include jewelry, food items and clothes. Nordgren expects prices to range from about $10 for posters to about $1,600 for bigger items such as furniture.

Right now, the 780-square-foot Makery houses products from 12 Triangle-based businesses, including Modern Radar accessories company, Arrowhead, Trout Ceramics and White Whale cocktail mix company.

Nordgren expects most of those businesses to stay after the transition, and is accepting online applications for the other spaces.

Owners whose applications are accepted will rent space by the shelf, rack, display or square footage and will pay a commission that will go back into The Makery.

Along with retail space, the expanded Makery will offer business owners a studio, meeting space and a shared kitchen, Nordgren said.

“It’s a little bare bones right now in the space,” she said. “We’ll have to invest in furniture and fixtures, but the space is pretty much ready to go.”

The online shop will continue to operate.

Nordgren started the company with her two sisters in Nov. 2012 after collaborating with Durham Storefront Project’s Jessica Moore and Mercury Studio’s Katie DeConto.

The Makery and its pink and blue graffiti storefront is at 723 Rigsbee Ave., behind Motorco Music Hall.


American cuisine restaurant The Oakz is coming to Raleigh’s Glenwood South in mid-January.

The menu will have a variety of American dishes, including brick chicken, jambalaya pasta, shrimp and grits and bison burgers, along with stuffed pork and salmon.

The rest of the menu is still being finalized, said Ira Freedman, who co-owns the restaurant with his daughter Jaclyn Starritt.

The full-service bar will be a mix of craft beers, wines and martinis.

The Oakz will be at 510 Glenwood Ave., across from Hampton Inn & Suites.


Primp Salonbar, a hair salon that serves cocktails and beer near Raleigh’s Glenwood South, is under new ownership.

Owner and stylist Greg Jones has made changes that include adding more manicure and pedicure stations, and facial and waxing services and an increasing its number of hair stylists from four to 12, general manager Renee Jones said.

Also, the bar is now open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights.

Greg Jones, who took over Primp in November, also owns Alan Scott Mae Salon on Glenwood Avenue, near the Beltline. That facility, which still houses one stylist, will eventually be used as a training center or booth rental.

Primp Salonbar is at 401 N. West St.


Lantern restaurant’s Lantern Table, a community kitchen, private party space that offers cooking classes, has opened.

The combined kitchen and dining room can seat 45 for a sit-down dinner and 60 for hors d’oeuvres; it also has an outdoor patio.

Lantern Table is at 423 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill.


Athletic apparel retailer 2XU is opening a store within TrySports, a Chapel Hill sports specialty store.

The 150-square-foot “store-in-store” will sell men’s and women’s athletic clothing such as shorts, shirts and socks, as well as compression apparel, wetsuits, socks, hats and bags.

TrySports is at University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive.


Tazza Kitchen, a Mediterranean restaurant that serves small plates, pizza and dishes such as five spice tacos and brick-oven crab cakes, is opening at Raleigh’s Cameron Village in February. It will be at 432 Woodburn Road, in the former Cafe Caturra space, next to Talbot. ... A combined Bruegger’s Bagels and Caribou Coffee restaurant will open Dec. 20 at 3300 Duraleigh Road in Raleigh.

Giglio: 919-829-4649 or jmgiglio@newsobserver.com; Twitter: @shoptalk_nando

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