Chocolate shop to open in June
Miel Bon Bons in Durham: The chocolate and pastry shop Miel Bon Bons moved from Carrboro to Durham and will open its retail shop to the public in June, said owner, pastry chef and chocolatier Bonnie Lau.
The shop is now located on University Drive in Durham next to Nana’s restaurant. The retail shop is undergoing renovations, and will be open in June, she said, with displays of products including chocolates, French macaroons, frozen desserts and other items. The business is still taking catering orders.
According to the business’s website, the shop offers items including wedding cakes, chocolate truffles, designer cookies and cupcakes, and other sweets.
Lau said she wanted a larger space so she can focus on product development. She said the shop’s space in Carr Mill Mall in Carrboro was good for a small start-up boutique, but she said they’re looking to expand.
“There are a lot of local coffee shops and specialty shops that want to wholesale our products,” she said. “We moved to Durham and are taking a larger space so that we can actually work in that direction.”
Homebrew beer festival: Brew Durham 4, a home-brewed beer festival, is slated to be held May 4 in Durham.
The event was started in 2011 by local home beer brewer Keil Jansen as a fundraiser for The Scrap Exchange, a nonprofit creative re-use arts center.
Attendees of this year’s festival will be able to taste 50 types of beer by 25 different Triangle home brewers, according to a news release.
In addition, the festival will also include samples of food from local restaurants.
Seven downtown restaurants are slated to provide bite-sized snacks to accompany festival home brews.
Participating restaurants include: Monuts Donuts, Toast, Geer Street Garden, Dos Perros, Mateo Bar de Tapas, DaisyCakes and Loaf.
Restaurants will be using pasture-raised pork and North Carolina vegetables donated for the event by Farmhand Foods and Eastern Carolina Organics, according to the release.
The festival will be held at the Belt Line Station, a former train platform that has been converted into an outdoor event space at The Cordoba Center for the Arts in Durham at 923 Franklin St.
There will be two tasting sessions. The first will be from 1 to 4 p.m. May 4, and the second will be from 5 to 8 p.m.
Advance tickets cost $35 per session, and can be bought online at brewdurham4.eventbrite.com.
Advance tickets for designated drivers (no alcohol) are available for $15. Tickets at the door will cost $40 for beer tasting, or $20 for designated drivers.
Northgate news: A kiosk called Shades Unlimited is now open at Northgate Mall selling sunglasses and accessories, according to a new release from the mall.
The mall also announced that a new operator of the mall’s bungee jump trampoline is extending the attraction’s hours.
Pat Hopper of Holly Springs is now the owner and operator of the Xtreme Jump at Northgate. She also operates an Xtreme Jump at the Cary Towne Center.
Xtreme Jump will be open at Northgate from noon to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The cost is $7 for three minutes of jump time.
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