Meat market eyes June opening
Downtown butcher and pastry shop: The duo behind the planned whole-animal butcher and pastry shop Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop have signed a lease for space at 121 N. Gregson St.
Katie Meddis, who is working to launch business with her husband, Justin Meddis, said in an email that the shop is planned to open in a former showroom for Clear-Vue Glass, which has moved to 502 Rigsbee Ave. Meddis also said they’re planning to use part of the warehouse behind the showroom as office space.
The space is several weeks into construction, she said. They hope to open the shop in the building in mid-June.
The two are running a crowdfunding campaign on the website Kickstarter to raise $25,000 to help them with the cost of opening the shop. As of Friday, they had commitments for about 70 percent of their total goal.
Meddis said they have several events lined up to raise awareness about the campaign and the shop, including a beer sausage tasting at Fullsteam brewery in Durham from 3 to 4:45 p.m. on May 4.
Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits: Matt Victoriano is planning to open a coffee shop and bar in about 2,000 square feet at 106 W. Parrish St. downtown as a means to help veterans.
“The idea is to use the coffee shop and bar as a means to support education and advocacy concerning certain issues involving the local community and veterans as well,” Victoriano said. “I’m looking to connect with veterans in the area, and also to work with them on veterans’ issues,” he added.
Victoriano served in the U.S. Marines from 2000 to 2004. He said he was a scout sniper team leader, and was deployed to Iraq twice. He subsequently received a bachelor’s degree in 2007. He said he wants to see greater appreciation for veterans’ experience and skills in private industry.
He said veterans have an “immense toolbox of practical experience and knowledge” that’s untapped outside of the military. He said his past leadership experience in the military was not as highly valued in some of his own work experiences.
Victoriano said he’s signed a lease for the space for the coffee shop, and he’s now waiting to hear back about a city retail and professional services grant. He said he hopes to have the shop open by August, depending on permitting and other factors.
Victoriano said he personally connects with downtown Durham.
“It reminded me kind of myself. It’s struggling to make it, and it’s growing, it’s got a lot of potential and character,” he said. “It’s had a reputation of now being the best place, but recently it’s gotten a lot of good businesses cropping up downtown and the city is really trying to feed that through its grant program and other programs … there’s a lot of potential there and I want to be a part of it,” he added.
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