Shop Talk Blog
Posted by Virginia Bridges on January 29, 2015
Retailers and restaurants in downtown Raleigh are increasing, while viable street-level spaces are decreasing.
That's one of reasons that the Downtown Raleigh Alliance's Storefront Inventory Report recommends setting aside funds (possibly reinvigorating the city's downtown loan pool program) that can be loaned to landlords and retail tenants to do minor and major upgrades to downtown spaces.
The report also recommends gauging interest of office users of "prime storefronts" giving up their space to retail operations. Other recommendations include encouraging owners of property being held for redevelopment to sell or lease street-front space and recruiting other traffic generators, such as clusters of businesses, a grocery store and a major national retailer.
Posted by Jessaca Giglio on January 23, 2015
The city of Raleigh’s Business Assistance Program will offer free training for disadvantaged minority- and women-owned small firms.
Posted by Virginia Bridges on January 13, 2015
Morehead City-based Dank Burrito beat out two Raleigh food trucks and seven others across the nation to be named 2014 Mobile Cuisine Rookie Food Truck of the Year.
Posted on January 12, 2015
A new NC State University initiative seeks to establish a new resource and research center for area entrepreneurs. The school's Poole College of Management plans to open the NC State Entrepreneurship Clinic inside HQ Raleigh in downtown in February.
Posted by Virginia Bridges on January 7, 2015
Morehead City-based Dank Burrito and Raleigh-based Bam Pow Chow and STUFT were among the 10 food trucks from across the nation that made it to the final round in Mobile Cuisine’s contest for food trucks or carts that opened in the first 11 months in 2014.
Posted by Virginia Bridges on January 5, 2015
Triangle residents filled a downtown Raleigh bar Monday night to continue the discussion on the benefits and challenges surrounding Airbnb, an Internet service that connects travelers with people willing to rent out rooms in private residences.