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Crank Arm Brewery to open in downtown Raleigh

Jessaca Giglio
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There’s a new brewery on tap for downtown Raleigh.

Crank Arm Brewing, which is an extension of Crank Arm Rickshaw, opens its doors July 29 in the Warehouse District.

Co-owner Adam Eckhardt said the brewery will have five of its own beers on tap, including three regulars – White Wall Wit, Rickshaw Rye India Pale Ale and Unicycle Single Hop Pale Ale – and two others that will rotate seasonally.

Eckhardt hopes to eventually serve beers from other local breweries and give those breweries the opportunity to serve beer from Crank Arm.

“We want to give some love to other breweries,” Eckhardt said. “We hope to get some back.”

Eckhardt said a 9-ounce pour will cost $3.50, 16-ounce pours will be $5.50 and flights will cost $8. Crank Arm will also sell growlers.

The brewery will have a bar and community-style indoor seating for 93 and an additional 42 seats outside.

“It’s like an old-school beer hall where everyone sits down together,” Eckhardt said. “(Customers can) sit with strangers and friends.”

The place won’t have a kitchen, so customers are encouraged to bring their own food, have it delivered or ask a rickshaw driver to pick up an order.

The brewery plans to integrate the rickshaw and beer businesses. Crank Arm Rickshaw, which Eckhardt started about three years ago, will be available for beer deliveries and special events. Eckhardt got his start by brewing beer at home, and has partnered with Michael Morris, a former brewer at Big Boss Brewing, and rickshaw driver Dylan Selinger to open the spot.

Eckhardt said the brewery is planning a September outdoor grand opening party that he hopes will involve closing the street in front of his building.

Crank Arm is at 319 W. Davie St. in the former White Collar Crime space, next to the old Penrod’s Antique Warehouse.

Artylicious Cakes, a baked goods store that sells everything from wedding cakes and 3-D specialty cakes to cookies and baklava, has opened in Peachtree Market in North Raleigh.

Baker and co-owner Iriene Wangsawidjaja, who operated the business out of her home for about a year and a half before moving into the new shop, plans to sell standard items, including pies, pastries and cheesecakes, and rotate other goodies such as red velvet cakes.

In 2012, Wangsawidjaja won two N.C. State Fair awards, including a first premium blue ribbon for a “Lorax” cake based on the Dr. Seuss character and an honorable mention green ribbon for a butterfly fantasy cake.

The store has seating for about 10 people plus additional outdoor seating around the shopping center.

Artylicious is at 7440 Six Fords Road, next to Vinnie’s Steak House and behind La Rancherita Mexican restaurant.

Cleanstart Diaper Service, a division of Community Workforce Solutions, has started operating in the Triangle. The service offers delivery and pickup, diapering sanitization and pH testing to ensure the cleanliness of the diapers.

“We do pH testing on one diaper of every load,” said Roger McGee, president and executive director of Community Workforce Solutions. “… If a pH test fails, we rewash the whole load.”

Delivery service costs $23 per week and is available throughout the Triangle.

Cleanstart also offers a free in-home class that teaches customers who are new to cloth diapers how to use the products. Community Workforce Solutions, which opened in 1964, is a private, nonprofit organization that offers employment training to individuals with disabilities.

Cleanstart is at 3011 Falstaff Road in Raleigh, behind WakeMed Hospital.

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. The 30,000-square-foot eatery is the company’s first in the Triangle. … LensCrafters eyeglass shop has moved into a new store next to Foot Locker. … In January, the mall plans to add a play area near Orange Julius/Dairy Queen. Shops in that area will move elsewhere within the mall.

ArtSource Fine Art, an art gallery in North Hills, is moving a few doors down from its current location.

The new store is expected to open at 4351-107 The Circle at North Hills St. by the beginning of August.