Barbershop, hair studio, book shop open on Main
A barbershop, a hair studio: Downtown on West Main Street, Rock’s Barbershop is now in business, accepting walk-ins for haircuts, clipper cuts, buzz cuts, and whisker trims.
It’s also selling cigars, shaving equipment, and other items at its location at 119 W. Main St., according to the barbershop’s website.
The barbershop is the second business for the owners of Rock Paper Scissors salon and art gallery, which is on East Chapel Hill Street.
Also on West Main Street, Arrow Studio is also now open, offering hair cuts for men and women, as well as hair coloring and styling services.
The studio is at 105 W. Main St., which previously housed a show room for Amazon Millworks.
Book shop Letters now open: The new downtown book shop Letters has opened up for business at 313 W. Main St.
The shop is selling used adult fiction, children’s books, as well as non-fiction in categories including science/nature, history, biography, religion and philosophy, and cooking.
Owner Land Arnold said he goes to estate sales and thrift stores to hand pick books for the store. He has years of experience in the business, as he was previously one of the three partners in the Chapel Hill book store Flyleaf Books.
He’s also selling some new books at his Durham shop: He has 16 new fiction items for sale, and 12 non-fiction options, and children’s books.
He’s donating proceeds of used children’s books to the nonprofit Book Harvest.
Want to check out his inventory? He said his available inventory of books is updated online at http://www.lettersbookshop.com/.
New downtown pizza shop nears opening: The new downtown pizza eatery Pompieri Pizza is targeted to open before the end of the year in the historic Fire Station No. 1 building downtown.
The restaurant will be the second eatery opened by Seth Gross, who also owns the downtown restaurant and brewery Bull City Burger and Brewery.
The building was restored by Durham-based Greenfire Development in 2007. Located 102 City Hall Plaza, the building was originally constructed around 1890 and was, at one time, the home of the Golden Belt Hose Co.’s primarily volunteer firefighters. It was rebuilt in 1924, designed for the city’s professional fire department.
According to its Facebook page, dining room customers will be able to view the restaurant employees hand-stretching mozzarella daily, the restaurant will sell wine by the bottle, on tap from a keg, and by the glass from an Enomatic wine dispenser.
In addition, they’ll also have Bull City Burger & Brewery beer on top, along with other selections.
The Makery has a pop-up shop: The Makery got its start running online flash sales of local art. Run by three sisters, the business was the winner of a competition launched by the Greater Durham Chamber of commerce with Downtown Durham Inc.
The prize was a chance at the world’s smallest office space, known as the “Smoffice.”
The Makery now has a storefront at 723 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham that will be open through December. The location is behind Motorco Music Hall.
The shop is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The storefront was created by the Durham Storefront Project a volunteer-run organization that coordinates art installations in downtown storefronts, The Makery, and Mercury Studio, a downtown co-working space.
Krista Nordgren, the youngest of The Makery’s three founding sisters, said the store opening faces Geer Street Garden. She said they have items on sale including vintage clothing, cocktail mixers, furniture, posters and prints, home décor items, and bags.
Shops at Erwin Mill update: A new Panera Bread restaurant is opening on Tuesday at The Shops at Erwin Mill, which is at the corner of Hillsborough Road and Ninth Street.
According to a spokeswoman for the shopping center’s operator, the center’s new Massage Envy location will open on Friday.
The location will have 12 massage rooms. It will be the first in the Raleigh/Durham area to be built to Massage Envy Spa’s newest design specifications, according to the release.
Those are just two of the new businesses coming to the renovated building that previously housed George’s Garage.
The shopping center will also house a Pure Barre and the 140 Salon & Dry Bar. In addition the Duke University apparel store the Duck Shop is moving into the building.
Animal hospital: The small animal hospital Broadway Veterinary Hospital is slated to open Monday at 205 Broadway St in downtown’s Central Park District.
The hospital will offer preventative care services, acupuncture for dogs and cats, full diagnostic laboratory services, digital radiography, surgical services, health certificates for pet travel, and hospitalization for medical treatment.
For information, go to the website www.bvhdurham.com.
Store-in-a-store: The TrySports sports specialty store at University Mall in Chapel Hill is carrying 2XU-brand athletic apparel as a “store-in-store” set-up, according to a news release.
A broad range of 2XU gear will be displayed including seasonal run and fitness apparel and compression wear.
“Our customers are very excited with the new 2XU store-in-stores in our shops,” TrySports CEO Hal Smith said in a news release. “Our sales have increased dramatically because this type of presentation shows much more product and customers are buying multiple pieces of 2XU apparel.”
Southern Season Cooking School: The expert who provided information on ramen for our story recently on the new downtown restaurant and gastropub Dashi is going to be teaching a class through Southern Season in Chapel Hill.
Hiroko Shimo is teaching a Japanese cooking class through the gourmet food retailer on Jan. 30 with recipes from her book, “Hiroko’s American Kitchen.” On the menu is spiced kabocha squash soup, braised short ribs in the Japanese way, and miso bacon potatoes.
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