Chalked on a blackboard in a Seaboard Station coffee shop are A.J. Viola and Mike Sholar’s three favorite things: coffee, beer and people.
The business partners and longtime friends wanted to combine the three, so they came up with Brew, a coffee and beer bar that aims to bring people together while filling a need in the community.
“We wanted to create a space where all those things would come together and live in harmony,” Sholar said.
The place, which opened Sept. 1, serves coffees such as espressos, macchiatos, cappuccinos and lattes, along with drips, pourovers and cold-brewed.
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Raleigh Coffee Company is Brew’s main roaster, but in October, the bar plans to add another Triangle roaster, which will rotate monthly.
“There are so many (local coffee companies), we kind of have the pick of the litter,” Viola said. “It’s just really easy to choose because there are so many great roasters in our area.”
Brew sells one size for each specific type of coffee – lattes and drips are 10 ounces, espressos are 2 ounces.
Along with coffee, Brew’s other half – the beer – is coming in a couple of weeks.
“We’ve put in for our permits,” Sholar said about selling alcohol. “We’ve got to wait for the city to come back and do inspections again. Then we’ll be good to go.”
Brew plans to do a monthly tap takeover that will feature two draft beers that will rotate, just like the coffee guest roaster.
The bar will team up with Raleigh’s Crank Arm Brewing first, serving one of their core beers and another seasonal draft, Viola said.
“We’ll start with Triangle-brewed beer and roasted coffee and it will be fun to introduce maybe something from around the country that’s pretty cool,” Viola said, “But it’s going to be a while before we have to, because there’s so much great stuff here.”
Brew also hopes to sell bottles and cans of other local beers such as Raleigh’s Big Boss and Lonerider.
The bar has light foods, including cookies, muffins, biscotti and pastries, all made in-house by Viola’s wife, Cynthia, and the business partners plan to eventually expand that menu.
“We want to do what we do well and then add to it,” Sholar said.
Brew also carries organic and fair-trade teas from Wisconsin-based company Rishi, glass-bottled sodas, chocolate milk and hot chocolate.
Coffee prices range from about $2 to $5, taxes included, and food runs from about $1 for cookies to $2 for muffins.
The 1,150-square-foot space seats about 45, and has a bar with stools, tables, chairs and a bench that runs the length of the space, along with a cozy, quiet nook with a bar that faces floor-to-ceiling windows and the trees outside.
Brew plans to eventually add patio seating.
Brew is at 111 Seaboard Ave., Suite 116, next to Kimbap at Raleigh’s Seaboard Station.
North Raleigh’s Sola Coffee Cafe next biweekly Pop-Up Market is Sept. 13.
The shop will feature more than 20 local artists and crafters who make and sell products that are recycled and upcycled, something that reflects what the coffee shop is all about, said Sola co-owner Jeanne Luther.
Everything in the market, such as jewelry, gifts, cards, pillows, organic skin care products, mixed media on canvas, prints, terrariums and clothes, is handmade or hand-drawn.
Upcoming vendors include jeweler Bad Kat Beadworks, T-shirt printer Oak City Collective, typographer Red Autumn, Tierra Sol Studio, Geek Chick Fashion and Matthew Roth, who writes on-demand poetry with a typewriter.
Luther’s aim is to bring a sense of community to North Raleigh while supporting local artists. And she’s selective about who she brings on – some are Sola customers, some are people she’s met at area events, and others, including an 87-year-old woman who sells Christmas decorations, have reached out to her.
“North Raleigh is in need of something kind of urban and collective,” Luther said. “It’s not your mom’s craft show. I just love these young artists and to be able to give them a venue to show their wares without (them having to have) a brick-and-mortar space. It creates a great vibe.”
Luther charges vendors $20 to set up a tent and table and sell their wares outside her coffee shop. Those who want to participate in the pop-up market need to apply by sending Luther a link with their products.
Vendors change with each shop, and Luther likes to avoid having too much of one type of merchandise at each market.
“We want them all the have an opportunity,” Luther said of the vendors. “We don’t want five jewelers that Saturday and we space them out at the market so they’re not sitting right next to each other.”
Prices range from about $15 for jewelry to more than $100 for clothes.
Sola Pop-Up Market is at 7705 Lead Mine Road.
Cycling studio Flywheel opens Sept. 16 at Raleigh’s Crescent Cameron Village.
The gym has stadium seating, and will offer 45-minute workouts on custom-made stationary bikes that involve sprints and climbs, along with competitions and performance tracking that allows clients to store the data and set goals.
The facility will also have FlyBarre, which is a body sculpting class that incorporates core strengthening, interval exercises, dance and weight training.
Flywheel is at 402 Oberlin Road, Suite 104.
Field & Stream outdoors specialty store opens Friday at 1048 Parkside Main St. in Cary.
The shop will have a three-day grand opening that includes kids’ competitions in archery, casting and tent building, in-store appearances by former University of North Carolina basketball play Eric Montross and race car drivers Bill and Chase Elliott, along with a performance by Johnny Orr of The Johnny Orr Band.
Maui Wowi, a restaurant that serves Hawaiian coffees and smoothies in flavors such as strawberry banana, mango orange, lemon and pina colada, has opened in Cary. It’s at 919 N. Harrison Ave., near Walmart. ... Noodles & Company pasta restaurant now offers catering services at its 10 North Carolina locations.