Oliver's Collar coming to Woodcroft

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 04:02 PM

Treat bakery in Woodcroft: A new shop selling locally made dog treats called Oliver’s Collar Dog Treat Bakery is planned to open up at the Woodcroft Shopping Center on Hope Valley Road in mid-September.

Husband-and-wife Kahli and Eric Wamback started the Oliver’s Collar dog treat business back in September 2011. They’re now moving out of their home kitchen into a brick-and-mortar retail space.

They had launched the business as part of a backup plan in case the economy takes another nosedive. Kahli had been unemployed for about a year and formulated a plan to find another job (which she did), go back to school, and to launch her own business. 

Now she said she’s focused on the Oliver’s Collar full time.

The shop will be between the Food Lion and the Hope Valley Bottle Shop in a space that previously housed a Curves women’s gym. It will have a 400-square-foot cooking area where customers can watch her baking the treats, she said.

In addition to selling the Oliver’s Collar treats, cookies and cakes for dogs, the shop will also carry collars, leashes, dog food, homemade quilts and clothing for dogs.

“It’s going to be a full-service retail pet store,” Kahli said.


Bar on East Main: A new bar called 106 Main is slated to open in two weeks at 106 E. Main St. downtown, serving local beer as well as wine and liquor.

This is the first business venture for owner Mike Bourquin, who said he’s worked as a bar tender at restaurants and bars in Durham and Chapel Hill.

The bar is next to the Talk of the Town bar and night club. He’s had new floors installed in the space, and is painting the walls. He’s had a wall near the bar’s entrance removed and replaced with a lower wall, and plans to install TVs.

He said he believes downtown Durham is growing in “uniqueness and coolness” and hopes his bar can be a local drop-in spot, attracting downtown city employees, sports fans, as well as some of the traffic from the Durham Performing Arts Center.

“I’m having trouble finding my identity, (I’ll let) my identity find me,” he said of the bar.


Wine Authorities expansion: Wine Authorities, the independent wine shop that opened in 2007 on University Drive in Durham, is expanding to Raleigh.

The new shop will open in the fall in downtown Raleigh at Person Street Plaza at 211 E. Franklin St.

The shop has focused on artisan farmer-made wins from small, family-owned wineries from around the world.

Instead of catering to wine collectors, the store has looked to appeal to “drinkers of everyday wine,” according to a news release, with the majority of their selections priced below $15. "Daily wines" can be found there for as low as $7 a bottle or $5 in box format.

The Raleigh store will be nearly identical to the original, according to the release, but with a larger lounge area in front of Enomatic wine-tasting bar, later hours on weekends, and an expanded selection of craft beers. Like the Durham store it will have a selection of cheeses, charcuterie and local food products.


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