Midtown Raleigh News

Retail: Pop-Up ice cream shop hopes to have staying power on Person Street

Pop-Up Ice Cream Parlour is popping up again.

The temporary ice cream shop that recently opened in downtown Raleigh is adding a second location on Person Street.

The new shop will feature locally-produced ice cream, sundaes, cones and floats and will also offer grocery items, including fresh bottled milk from Maple View Farm and eggs from Latta Farms. It also will sell soft-serve ice cream.

Owner Laura Suther is still working out the final menu and pricing details.

The new Pop-Up, named for its pop-up business model, has a short-term lease, just like the original Wilmington Street spot. However, Suther said the six-month lease can be extended, unlike the lease of the first store.

If the new eatery does well, Suther plans to keep it open.

“If we stay (at the new location) after six months, there would be no reason to relocate in Oakwood,” Suther wrote in an email. “We like the thriving business that Krispy Kreme brings to the area. Also, with (William Peace University) around the corner, it could turn into an awesome neighborhood gathering place for great local treats that are always fresh.”

Suther hopes the Person Street store will become the go-to ice cream and shopping spot once the original Pop-Up closes on Aug. 31.

“(The new store) may turn into a year-round stop for neighbors to pick up fresh provisions.” Suther said. “We will let customers’ demands decide this.”

The store, at 6161 N. Person St. (next to PieBird), is expected to open Aug. 1.

Triangle Rock Club, an indoor rock climbing gym in Morrisville, is adding a second location in Raleigh.

Co-owner Joel Graybeal said the space will offer more than 13,000 square feet of terrain, bouldering features that will allow visitors to climb without ropes, a special focus area and programs for kids, and taller walls and a more open feel than the Morrisville location.

“We felt that there was sufficient demand in North Raleigh,” Graybeal said. “There was a whole other market there that we could serve.”

The facilities’ membership plans will include a multi-club option that will allow members to use both gyms. Customers who join the Raleigh location will have access to both locations.

Graybeal said the company is also in the process of expanding the Morrisville facility, which has been open since 2007.

“It will stay open during the entire construction time,” Graybeal said. “We are going to add another 15,000 (square feet). It will be close to 25,000 square feet of terrain with 50-foot walls.”

The Raleigh gym, which is at 6022 Duraleigh Road, next to Go Bananas, is scheduled to open Sept. 1. The Morrisville expansion is expected to be finished in early 2014.

Triangle Rock Club also plans to open a third location in Durham or Chapel Hill, Graybeal said. However, the timing is contingent on finding or constructing a space.

Pogo restaurant, next to Marbles Kids Museum and IMAX Theatre in downtown Raleigh, is opening Thursday.

Pogo, open for lunch and dinner, will offer burgers, sandwiches, salads, paninis and a kid’s menu that includes hot dogs and pizza. The dinner menu will have small plates, craft beers from North Carolina and a wine selection. The restaurant also will have outdoor seating.

It’s at 201 E. Hargett St.

Klausie’s Pizza, a pizza and sandwich food truck with a big following, has closed up shop.

But owner Mike Stenke, however, isn’t finished making pies just yet.

His goal is to open his own brick-and-mortar eatery in downtown Raleigh or partner with a local brewery that will allow him to make and sell his food.

“I really think that this is the natural progression for any food truck,” Stenke said.

Stenke wants to expand his menu to include pastas, salads, sandwiches, beer and wine and, of course, a variety of pizzas. He hopes to have his new place up and running by the end of September.

As for the 1970s Klausie’s truck? He’s selling it.

“A lot of people want that truck,” Stenke said. “It breaks down all the time. Once I get the restaurant going, I’d reopen the mobile unit. But not with the current truck.”

At Cary Towne Center: f.y.e., a music and movie shop whose name is short for “for your entertainment,” is under construction and is scheduled to open around the end of August. It’s next to Hallmark and Bath & Body Works Dave and Busters, a restaurant and arcade chain, will open this fall near the Spa by Mitchells. It will have its own exterior entrance as well as one inside the mall LensCrafters eyeglass shop has moved into a new store next to Foot Locker.

Three “grand reopenings”: On Saturday, Town Side Café, a coffee shop and restaurant at 500 Town Side Drive in Apex, plans a daylong event with entertainment, including jazz by Brian Bowman and Jacob Secor. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming’s event, also on Saturday, starts at 9 a.m. – for people and dogs. The first 20 dogs will get free treats for a year. It’s at 4421 Six Forks Road, Suite 120 in Raleigh. Wilkinson kitchen and bath showroom’s reopening is from 4 to 7 p.m. July 24 at 2724 Edmund St. in Durham.