Some of you may have heard of a little thing called the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Many of you probably have not. To some in the bicycle industry it is a big deal, and it's held annually in a different city each year. This year it's happening in Charlotte so (here's where you need to pay attention) we're going to go check it out. Which means the shop will be closed Friday and Saturday. If you like bikes you should come on out. Friend Of The Shop and Charlotte local Dicky has written a little guide to his hometown. See you there, or Tuesday. Tuesday!
Who are we to argue with Albert Einstein? If you've been to the shop recently you know we're moving, if not then you need to stop by more often and have a beer with us (or get your bike fixed). This will be our last week in the Holland Building basement, on Tuesday March Fourth (!) we'll be operating out of our new and forever home around the corner at 104 West Parrish St. Sewing aficionados everywhere will recognize this address as being that of the wonderful Sew Crafty, but don't worry they just moved upstairs to the second floor. Our new storefront at the corner of Parrish and Orange will include such amenities as a door that can be opened from the outside, a window and lights. Oh, and plumbing. We're also strategically located in the middle of a triangle formed by Scratch Baking to our north, Loaf Bakery and the new kid coffee shop/bar on the block Intrepid Life to the west, and Monuts and Bull City Burger and Brewery on the same street to our east. Thankfully, we can still see the Parlour from where we are, too. Pretty sweet.
12/21 is the last day we'll be open for ... a while. Like all the way until January 7th. As we bid adieu to ol' twentythirteen we leave you with these suggestions to keep yourselves entertained this xmas. See you next year!
Convene at one o'clock on Sunday, the seventeenth of November at Seven Stars Cycles on the cobbles of the Holland Street Mall. Sally forth at quarter after one for a five-mile minimum-exertion, maximum-elegance jaunt for the stylish lady and gentleman cyclists about town. Conclude with libations at Bull McCabe's. We DO hope you can make it! All bikes welcome, no lycra or spandex, please. Excelsior!
Some folks want to turn the building across the alley into a new restaurant and boutique hotel. Which is fine. However, they've applied to close this alley in order to construct a private, raised, outdoor dining area that, at it's highest, will create an almost nine foot retaining wall in the middle of the space. The current space was designed and constructed in the late 1960's at the same time the fantastically modern 315 E Chapel Hill St structure was built. It is one of the only designed pedestrian spaces in downtown Durham and contrary to many people's opinions, heavily used and enjoyed and a hot spot for downtown photographers, both amateur and professional. City Council must consider whether this closure is contrary to the public interest in making their decision at their October 7th (7PM) meeting. You can attend this public hearing and voice your opinion about the importance of saving this historic alley.