Coffee roaster opening in Hue retail space

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comDecember 26, 2013 

Café de los Muertos, an online coffee retailer and roaster, is opening a coffee shop in downtown Raleigh the first week of January.

Owner Mac Cady will roast two of his own types of coffee beans, and offer coffee, tea and food from other local businesses, including Crumb, Sweet Pea Bakery, Happy + Hale, Tin Roof Teas, Oak City Roasters and Raleigh Coffee Company.

Along with his coffee, Cady will offer three other local roasters’ beans that will rotate seasonally. Cady will also offer a single national brand, starting with San Diego’s Bird Rock Roasters.

“I want to offer coffee that (local) people don’t get to experience,” Cady said of the national option.

Café de los Muertos will also serve North Carolina wine and beer, including Duck Rabbit and Mother Earth, which he hopes will draw crowds from nearby residents.

“There are three condos right there,” Cady said. “If they want coffee in the morning, or just want to walk downstairs to get a beer. It’s part of the whole community aspect. It’s a no-brainer.”

The cafe will sell pre-made items such as pastries, empanadas, tamales, quiche, cake, soups and salads.

Food prices run from about $1 for a biscotti or muffin to about $8.50 for a large salad. Coffee starts at $1.50 for a 12-ounce automatic drip pour.

The 1,900-square-foot cafe seats about 57 and has a mezzanine level as well as a large garage door that opens up to the outside. There will also be a kids’ play area.

Café de los Muertos is at 300 W. Hargett St. in the bottom of apartment complex Hue.

Wine retailer The Wine Feed has moved from one end of Glenwood South to the other.

Co-owner Phillip Zucchino said the new space will allow the business to expand its services.

“We saw a need in the local community for people to be able to get a glass of wine and have a retail outlet,” Zucchino said.

The new 1,000-square-foot store has a wine bar that serves wine by the glass and features a tap system, which is similar to wine on draft.

Glasses of wine start at about $4 and go up to about $18.

Zucchino plans to have about 20 to 30 different wines on the menu. The Wine Feed will also serve any bottle in the store for an additional $10 corkage fee.

Bottles in the store range from about $7 to about $100.

The Wine Feed will continue its online and shipping services and cater off-site private events, Zucchino said.

The Wine Feed, which opened in 2011 near Glenwood and Hillsborough Street, is at 602 Glenwood Ave., in the same building as Hampton Inn & Suites.

Womancraft Fine Handcrafted Gifts, an art gallery and artist co-op that sells gifts and clothes, is moving from The Shops at Eastgate in Chapel Hill to Carrboro.

Womancraft, which started operating about 40 years ago, offers everything from jewelry, paintings and pottery to clothes, quilts and photography.

The store contracts with about 70 artists, who work in the shop and sell their own goods.

Prices range from about $25 for items such as jewelry to about $200 for some paintings.

“We try to satisfy everyone,” said Sue Kopkind, Womankind’s coordinator.

Kopkind works with an executive commitee of about 12 to run Womankind.

Artists and crafters, who are selected by the committee, pay a percentage of what they make from sales, but don’t pay rent.

The new 3,100-square-foot space will open Jan. 2 at 370 E. Main St. The Eastgate store closed Tuesday.

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

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