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Retail: Garner bottle shop, The Beerded Lady, now open

Brent Henze drinks a beer at The Beerded Lady Bottle Shop in Garner on Sept. 9, 2015. The bottle shop, the first of its kind in the town, opened earlier that day.
Brent Henze drinks a beer at The Beerded Lady Bottle Shop in Garner on Sept. 9, 2015. The bottle shop, the first of its kind in the town, opened earlier that day. Jessaca Giglio

It’s 5 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon and the bar at The Beerded Lady Bottle Shop is already lined with customers.

The place, which had opened its doors only two hours earlier, is the first of its kind in that part of Garner, and the people in town are clearly ready for it.

So ready that owners Shannon Cummings and her boyfriend, Antares Nicklow, decided to launch with a soft opening and before a health inspection that will allow them to fill growlers or use glassware.

“The town of Garner is eager to come in and we’re eager to let them in,” Cummings said. “So we’re going to bite the bullet and use plastic (cups).”

The bar and craft beer bottle shop, where people can grab a brew and hang out or shop and take a six-pack and eventually growlers for the road, has 12 taps that will rotate.

To start, six North Carolina breweries — Mother Earth, Wicked Weed, Fullsteam, Mystery Brewing, Star Point and Haw River — are included in that mix.

The taps will change depending on what customers want, what’s in season and how well a particular type of beer sells. Cummings and Nicklow don’t plan to keep a specific beer on tap at all times.

The shop’s shelves and refrigerators are stocked with more than 600 types of beer in bottles and cans. And there’s plenty of space in the 2,400-square-foot shop to add more shelves and more beverages.

“We have a lot of room to grow,” said Cummings, who along with Nicklow, grew up in Garner. “We specifically didn’t fill the shelves out because we want to have room if people request things.”

The Beerded Lady also sells wine by the bottle, but doesn’t serve it in the store.

The shop is dog-friendly, Cummings said, and has snacks such as chips. But customers can also bring food or have it delivered. There’s room for about 37 between its bar stools, couches and outdoor picnic tables.

The Beerded Lady is at 1350 Fifth Ave., near the corner of Vandora Springs Road and U.S. Highway 70.

Picnic, a roadside barbecue joint set to open in Durham later this year, is teaming up with Charleston, S.C.-based Lewis Barbecue on a pop-up picnic.

The Oct. 4 event will run from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and feature Lewis’ Texas beef brisket, Picnic’s smoked whole hog and seasonal sides along with chocolate chess pie, banana pudding and wine and beer from local spots such as Fullsteam, Wine Authorities and Ponysaurus Brewing.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for non-drinkers and $12.50 for kids 14 and under. Purchase them at

The pop-up picnic will be at Green Button Farm, where Picnic plans to source its pigs for its barbecue, at 9623 Roxboro Road in Bahama.

Workout studio Orangetheory Fitness is opening its fourth Triangle gym on Sept. 24 at 6625 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 107 in the Falls Village shopping center. It’s having a grand opening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. that will feature music, food, drinks and demonstrations.

Orangetheory is also opening another facility at Wake Forest Crossing Shopping Center in Wake Forest later this year.

The gym mixes strength and cardio training in 60-minute classes.