Retail: Vert & Vogue co-owner opening second downtown Durham shop

Ryan Hurley wants downtown Durham to be a great place to shop.

To help his cause, the co-owner of boutique Vert & Vogue is launching a second retail shop about a half mile away from his original store at Brightleaf Square.

“We just love what downtown Durham is all about,” Hurley said. “We feel like we’ve got the restaurants, we’ve got the nightlife, all that is happening. But what we don’t have quite enough of yet is retail and daytime experiences, so we feel like we have an incredible opportunity to be a part of that.”

Vert & Vogue Femme, which is expected to open in February, will contribute to that by bringing clothes to the area near the corner of West Main and East Chapel Hill streets that is now made up mainly of bars and restaurants.

The new space will also allow Hurley to continue his mission of offering American-made and independent designers’ goods and products, many of which are created from natural fibers such as wool, organic cotton and cashmere.

The boutique will focus on women’s ready-to-wear clothes, shoes and accessories that will be “slightly more forward” than what the flagship store offers, he said.

Prices will be similar to the original Vert & Vogue; denim will be about $150 to $300, dresses will run between $175 and 400 and shoes will be between $120 and $400.

Along with the new store, Vert & Vogue recently launched an e-commerce site that offers much of what shoppers will see in its stores. But Hurley hopes his new 2,100-square-foot shop will fulfill a demand for the types of quality goods he’s offering, along with helping to create a “thriving retail scene.”

“We are doing a lot in terms of not only our business, but the downtown community for retail for the future in Durham,” he said.

Vert & Vogue Femme will be at 353 W. Main St., near Criterion and Mateo bar de tapas.

Frank Papa knows better than to change a good thing.

The owner of pet store Phydeaux has opened a third shop – this one in Cary – after getting requests from customers who live in the area. And as a way to give those people what they’ve come to expect, Papa has created a store that’s very much like his other two.

“It’s going to be the same,” Papa said. “We’re going to carry the same stuff with the same prices and offer the same level of service. The formula seems to work, so I’m going to keep doing the same thing.”

The company’s mission is to offer only low-priced, high-quality products that include more than 30,000 items, such as leashes, food, litter and bedding for dogs, cats, birds and other animals, that Papa and his team hand pick.

“We are more known for the things we don’t carry,” he said, referring to how selective he is about what his stores offer.

Phydeaux doesn’t sell live animals, but frequently works with local rescue groups to hold adoption events.

The pet-friendly store, which at about 12,000 square feet is the smallest of Papa’s three. It is having a grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 22. The event will have adoptable dogs and raffles to benefit the attending animal rescue groups Rescue Ur Forever Friend, Heaven and Earth Animal Rescue Team, Pawfect Match Rescue and Rehabilitation, and South of the Bully. Raffle tickets are available at all three Phydeaux stores.

The opening also includes food trucks from noon until 2 p.m., live music from Raleigh band The Multiples and a kissing booth, where you can get smooched by a pit bull.

Phydeaux is at 6464 Tryon Road, near Lowes Foods in the Wellington Place shopping center.

Dewey’s Bakery, a Winston-Salem-based store that has been around since 1930, has opened 10 holiday pop-up shops around the Triangle.

The bakery offer treats such as Moravian, shortbread and gluten-free cookies, cakes, pastries, ice cream, cupcakes, breads, pies and coffee.

The stores will be open through the Christmas holidays at Northgate Mall, Renaissance Center and The Streets at Southpoint in Durham; Crabtree Valley Mall, North Hills, Alexander Place, Cameron Village and Triangle Town Center in Raleigh; Beaver Creek Commons in Apex; and Cary Towne Center in Cary.

Monkey Joe’s, a chain of indoor play spaces full of inflatable bounce houses and slides, has closed its location at 1741 Walnut St. in Cary due to personal reasons of the franchise owner, according to a news release.

Parties that had been booked at that location will be moved to the Raleigh space at 6220 Glenwood Ave. in Pleasant Valley Promenade. Frequent-user cards can be used at any North Carolina Monkey Joe’s.