Downtown boutique celebrates 5 years

Nov. 15, 2013 @ 04:47 PM

Vert & Vogue marks anniversary: The downtown Durham boutique Vert & Vogue is celebrating its fifth anniversary by donating to a community gardening organization.

Through Nov. 22, the boutique is donating 5 percent of sales to SEEDS, a nonprofit that aims to teach respect for life, the environment and other people through gardening.

The store in Brightleaf Square sells women’s and men’s artisanal clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry.


Northgate gets seasonal pop-up: Sportsland has opened at Northgate Mall for the holidays, selling gift items for fans of Duke University, N.C. State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The store carries mugs, drinking glasses, stuffed animals, game sets, wind socks, house banners, car and phone accessories, as well as apparel including hoodies, T-shirts and other items.

Sportsland is next to Verizon Wireless, across from Gamestop and Dakota Watch. It will operate through Dec. 31.


Cookery to host ‘Rent Party’: The Durham-based commercial kitchen The Cookery will be holding a party Nov. 23 in its event space to raise money to help move Triangle families and individuals into homes.

All proceeds will go to support Housing for New Hope’s Rapid Rehousing program, which offers housing placement, financial assistance and support to try to end homelessness in Durham and Orange counties.

Since 2010, the program has moved more than 200 households from homelessness to home. This program works with partner agencies to try to decrease the length of time a family or individual is homeless, the likelihood of subsequent homelessness and overall cost barriers.

Live action cooking stations and delicious passed hors d’oeuvres will be provided by The Catering Company of Chapel Hill. Live entertainment will be provided by The Mint Julep Jazz Band.

The party is meant to be the first of a series of Rent Parties to be held in the Triangle. They are planned at locations not usually open to the public. The next event is slated at the home of a program donor’s which has a private theatre that can draw crowds of as many as 125.

During the Harlem Renaissance, rent parties were a means of survival, and also an important part of the development of jazz and blues music and culture, according to a news release from The Cookery.

The party will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 at 1101 W. Chapel Hill St. Tickets are $50.They include food, beer and wine. Go to the website for purchase.

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