Shannon Cummings and her boyfriend Antares Nicklow are craft beer enthusiasts.
The two have been brewing their own for about six years, talking all the while about one day having their own shop.
On April 6, the Garner town council unanimously decided that they could, approving the couple for a special-use permit to open craft beer store and bar The Beerded Lady Bottle Shop.
“We just got serious about it,” Cummings said of the endeavor. “We decided to become our own bosses and that’s what we decided to get into.”
The bottle shop will have a bar with 14 rotating taps. Most of the pours will be 4, 10 or 16 ounces, Cummings said, and the place will also offer 32- and 64-ounce growlers.
Cummings plans to carry beers from local breweries and host tap takeovers that will allow one brewery to be the focus of the shop and teach bar patrons about its beers.
The Beerded Lady will also have wine, along with a refrigerated section with more than 1,000 craft beers that customers can buy as singles or six packs.
“We are going to try to focus on seasonal and limited releases, things that are harder to find,” Cummings said.
The 2,400-square-foot store will seat eight at the bar, have table seating for 12 and an outdoor patio with room for another 12. The place will also have couches and a couple of chairs.
Prices will vary depending on the beer and its size, but Cummings said to expect them to be in line with other bottle shops.
Cummings and Nicklow grew up in Garner and decided the area near the corner of U.S. 70 and Vandora Springs Road – not far from the expanding White Oak Crossings – would be the right place for their shop.
“We know it’s a booming area and lots of people are moving in,” Cummings said. “And with Cabela’s moving in (at White Oak), we knew there would be a lot of traffic there.”
The Beerded Lady Bottle Shop is expected to open in July at 1350 5th Ave., near the 5th Avenue Coffee Cafe.
Ashley Christensen’s latest restaurant venture, the soon-to-open Death & Taxes, has started a series of pop-up dinners to be held on Thursdays and Fridays through May 2.
The Firestarters events will feature five chefs from around the South: Tandy Wilson of City House in Nashville, Tenn., Jason Stanhope of FIG in Charleston, S.C., Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow in Atlanta, Sean Brock of Husk in Charleston and Nashville and McCrady’s and Minero in Charleston, along with local Matthew Kelly of Vin Rouge and Mateo Tapas in Durham.
Each chef will prepare a four-course dinner for two nights. The events also include wine pairings and a champagne and cocktail reception hosted by Christensen at Bridge Club, an event space that takes up three floors of the building that also houses Death & Taxes.
Dinners start at $175 for a single seat at the Death & Taxes open kitchen bar. Tables in the dining room are $350 for two and $700 for four. Tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/1Cm1xkz. Each dinner has two seatings, one at 6 p.m. and another at 8 p.m.
Death & Taxes is expected to open in May at 105 W. Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh.
In White Oak Crossing shopping center news: Burger chain Red Robin has requested from the Town of Garner a special-use zoning permit that would allow it to build at the White Oak Northwest development site at the corner of Jones Sausage Road and U.S. Highway 70. The planning commission will review the request April 13. ... The 105,000-square-foot Cabela’s starts its weeklong grand opening at 10 a.m. April 16. The event will include giveaways, activities, live music and entertainment from celebrities such as N.C. State mascots Mr. and Ms. Wuf and Jack Link’s Sasquatch. Cabela’s is at 201 Cabela’s drive in Garner.
Red Hot & Blue, a full-service barbecue chain that smokes its meats in house, is expected to open at Waverly Place in Cary this month. Along with Memphis-style barbecue, the restaurant offers ribs, chicken, wings, sausage, burgers and seafood.
Workout studio Orangetheory Fitness, which mixes strength and cardio training in 60-minute classes, is opening in Holly Springs April 23. The grand opening, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m., includes food, drinks, music, workout demonstrations and raffles. Orangetheory Fitness will be at 141 Grand Hill Place in Holly Springs Towne Center. It is the third Orangetheory gym in the Triangle. ... Wine and Design has opened an 1,847-square-foot studio at 4810 Hope Valley Road in Durham.
Staff writer Jonathan Alexander contributed.