Candace Anderson and Alice White have built a business as a way to give back.
Since 2011, the business partners have teamed up to run Designer Consignors, a twice-a-year pop-up shop that sells gently used women’s clothes, accessories, jewelry, home decor and small furniture.
The pair use the shop as a way to benefit women’s organizations. This store will be in Cary March 12-15, and its March 12 presale, which runs from 7:30 until 9 p.m., will benefit InterAct, a nonprofit agency of United Way that offers support and safety to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Customers must bring a minimum of $10 worth of products, including liquid laundry detergent, hand soap, hot cereal, facial tissue and body wash, to shop that day. Customers are also encouraged to donate products the rest of the weekend.
The shop’s more than 100 consignors will offer spring and summer fashions from high-end designer and department store brands that include Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Lilly Pulitzer and Coldwater Creek.
All merchandise will be in good condition, and Anderson and White will work together to decide what items are good enough to offer in the store.
“We have guidelines we give (consignors) that tells what they can or cannot bring,” Anderson said. “If it has a tear or stain, we won’t accept. We want shoppers to get quality items. We don’t want them going through a bunch of junk.”
Consignors, who will price their own merchandise and earn up to 70 percent of their sales, will sell clothes that range from shirts, skirts and shorts to shoes, denim and light jackets. The store will also carry handbags, scarves, belts and jewelry such as necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
The home decor section will have wall hangings, knickknacks and “Pier 1-looking and Pottery Barn stuff,” Anderson said. The furniture selection will have smaller items such as end tables, coffee tables and chairs that will be clean and look new.
The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 13-15, and some sellers will offer their items for 50 percent off on March 15.
Leftover merchandise that the consignors don’t want will also be donated to InterAct.
Designer Consignors will be at 2723 N.C. 55 in Cary, in the former Jump Zone space at the High House Crossing shopping center.
Smashburger, a franchise that sells burgers, chicken sandwiches, milkshakes and salads, is opening in Durham March 12.
According to co-owners Ketan and Jayshri Patel, who also own Inchin’s Bamboo Garden restaurant in Morrisville, Smashburger gets its name from a cooking technique that includes smashing a ball of ground beef of the grill and hold it down for 10 seconds, Ketan Patel said.
“It sears the bottom and keeps juices in the burger,” Ketan Patel said. “It makes it a tastier burger, and it’s beautiful.”
Smashburger’s menu will include regional specialty items such as a Carolina chili burger made with beef chili, American cheese, chopped yellow onions, Duke’s mayonnaise and cole slaw.
The Patels also plan to offer beer from local breweries.
Prices range from about $4.99 to about $6.99. The place will seat about 80 inside and about 20 more outside.
Ten percent of the restaurant’s sales from March 12-16 will be donated to Duke Children’s Hosptial.
Smashburger will be at 2608 Erwin Road in the Lakeview Pavillion East shopping center, next to Another Broken Egg Café.
Discount retailer Kmart is closing its store at 6200 Capital Blvd. in May.
According to Howard Riefs, Sears Holding’s director of corporate communications, the store’s lease isn’t being renewed, which gives the company the opportunity to make changes on a larger scale.
“Store closures are part of a series of actions we’re taking to reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model,” Riefs wrote in an email. “These actions will better enable us to focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail – at the store, online and in the home.”
The store’s liquidation sale began in February, and its 53 employees are eligible to apply for jobs at other Sears or Kmarts in the area.
The closure leaves only two other Kmarts in Raleigh. The retailer’s Garner store closed in December.
At Raleigh’s Cameron Village, Tazza Kitchen, a restaurant that serves items such as pizza, fish and tacos cooked in a wood-burning oven, has opened in the former Café Caturra space, next to Talbots. ... Women’s clothing retailer Anna & Alice has relocated from Lafayette Village in North Raleigh to the spot next to Ivy & Leo. ... Lori + Lulu, a women’s clothing store, has opened in the former Benetton space, near Village Deli.
Mad Hats, a retail shop that sells men’s formal and casual hats, along with belts, suspenders, money clips and other accessories, is opening Saturday at 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham, across from the customer service center at Northgate Mall.