Coffee shop, bar open in downtown Durham

Jan. 24, 2014 @ 06:24 PM

Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits was targeted to open downtown on Saturday at 106 W. Parrish St.

The shop will serve coffee and espresso drinks, grab-and-go snacks, juices and sodas, said owner Matt Victoriano.

Also, according the shop’s website, the shop is also has three different cocktails as well as local craft beer.

The coffee shop is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the website, and it looks like the business is selling liquor drinks starting at 5 p.m.

In a previous interview, Victoriano said he’s a veteran of the Iraq War who wanted to help other veterans through his business. 

Victoriano said he had 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.

Clothes Mentor in Chapel Hill: A national chain of stores selling second-hand clothing for adult women is opening on Thursday in Chapel Hill in a strip shopping center between Franklin Street and Fordham Boulevard.

Clothes Mentor pays cash for women’s clothing, focusing on brands such as Talbots, Ann Taylor, and Coldwater Creek. The store resells clothing for an average price of $15, according to a news release.

Examples of items they may sell ranges from $15 Talbots jackets, Ann Taylor short-sleeve blouses for $10, Lily Pulitzer dresses for $40, or Coach bags for $30 to $150. They carry regular, maternity, petite and plus sizes. Other brands they focus on include Lane Bryant, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, Frye and Ugg, Citizens of Humanity and Joe Jeans.

 The owners of the Chapel Hill location, Chris Tovell and Kim Vassiliadis, are a married couple who are both librarians by training. Tovell was a school librarian for 13 years, lastly at Stanback Middle School in Hillsborough. He runs the Clothes Mentor store full time.

Vassiliadis has been a librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for nearly 13 years. She still works at UNC and helps run the store on evenings and weekends.

There are 100 Clothes Mentor locations around the country, said company spokesman Richard Brill, with seven of in North Carolina.

The store buys good-condition clothing and is “very picky” about quality, according to the release. Items must be current style, freshly laundered and free of stains, fading, missing buttons or broken zippers. Clothing can be brought in without appointment.  If accepted, customers receive cash payment.

The store is between the Red Lotus restaurant and The Children's Store at 241 S. Elliott Road. For more information, call 919-929-1770 or go to the website

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