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Retail: Women’s boutique Pink Magnolia to open in Cary

When Samantha James opens her new store next month, she’ll welcome guests with a little Southern charm in the form of sweet tea, lemonade and cowgirl boots.

The beverages will be complimentary to those who shop at Pink Magnolia, which James describes as a women’s boutique with a Southern twist, and the boots will help represent the region in the store’s mix of high-quality clothes, jewelry, handbags and accessories.

“Our only footwear is cowgirl boots,” James said.

Pink Magnolia, which opens Sept. 12 in Cary, will offer everything from jeans, shirts and dresses to beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

And those who make a purchase will get a koozie with Southern sayings like “Bless Her Sweet Little Heart.”

Like other boutiques, Pink Magnolia’s inventory will be small and turn over quickly. James says she’ll only order limited quantities of all pieces and won’t reorder them when they’re gone.

The store’s brands will constantly change and James says she wants to offer items from up and coming designers along with bigger names such as Articles of Society denim company, Bohemian chic line Blu Pepper and preppy line Escapada.

Boots will be from Dan Post, and jewelry will come from designers such as Akola, Susan Shaw, House of Harlow and Fabulina.

James wants to keep the boutique affordable, she said. Everything but the boots, which top out at $180, will be less than $100. Most items will be around $50. She also said things like leather jackets could be more.

Sizes will range from extra small (size 2) to large (size 14), she said. If customer demand warrants it, she could eventually offer plus sizes.

Pink Magnolia’s Sept. 12 opening will consist of giveaways, food and drinks, starting at 10 a.m. with mimosas and a ribbon cutting. Around 1 p.m., the menu will be champagne and cupcakes from neighbor Smallcakes bakery. At 8 p.m. there will be wine, sushi from the newly opened Nishiki Sushi and a drawing for a pair of cowgirl boots and a $100 gift card.

And of course, y’all, sweet tea and lemonade will be available all day.

Pink Magnolia will be at 1205 Parkside Main St., next to the soon-to-open Halie’s Boutique in the Parkside Commons shopping center.


Linus & Pepper’s, a temporary sandwich restaurant in downtown Raleigh, has decided to stay open permanently.

The place plans to stick to serving sandwiches, such as a pepper jelly pimento cheese BLT and shrimp salad on a croissant, but will make changes to its menu, interior and hours.

It will add items like a build-your-own sandwich, sell packaged foods such as chicken salad and pimento cheese by the pint or pound, offer catered box lunches and add to its beer, wine and beverage selection.

The restaurant has shortened its daily hours and no longer operates on weekends. It’s now open Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

When Linus & Pepper’s opened, the idea was for it to close when renovations began in the downstairs space of Level Up, a restaurant and barcadium that occupies the space next door and above Linus & Pepper’s.

But instead of renovating and expanding Level Up, Jon Seelbinder, owner of both restaurants, now plans to open what he’s calling a “Trendy Taco Shop” in the space next door and keep Linus & Pepper’s where it is.

“We will be focusing on creating more of a community on the street by operating three restaurant concepts in one building to include The Level Up upstairs and our trendy taco bar next door,” Seelbinder wrote in a release about Linus & Pepper’s. “We also have plans for future development of the basement space.”

Seelbinder, who operates Local Icon Hospitality restaurant group, also plans to open Little City Market and Brewpub in the bottom of the West at North condo complex in downtown Raleigh later this year.

Linus & Peppers in at 126 S. Salisbury St., in the former Subway sandwich shop space.


ARound Again, a former consignment shop that got its start in the Mini City Marketplace in North Raleigh in 1991 is reopening in a new spot Sept. 8.

The place sells clothes, shoes, prom dresses, jewelry and accessories for men, women and children, and will be at 4112-102 Pleasant Valley Road, next to Brothers Cleaners in the Townridge Shopping Center.

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