Sam's Bottle Shop aims for spring opening
Update on Sam’s Bottle Shop: Sam’s Bottle Shop, the planned new sister location to Durham’s craft beer store Sam’s Quik Shop, is targeted to open this spring.
The new store is under construction off N.C. 54, behind the Woodcroft Shopping Center and across from the Harris Teeter-anchored Hope Valley Commons shopping center.
It will be the second store location for John Boy Jr., who owns the craft beer store Sam’s Quik Shop on Erwin Road near Duke University’s East Campus.
Boy said the new store will have a focus on craft beer education. The new building will be equipped with a dedicated room for tastings and educational events.
In a “perfect world,” the store will open in early April, he said.
“We’re definitely looking forward to creating a whole new beer experience,” Boy said.
The address for the new location is 1112 W. N.C. 54 in Durham.
Yoga studio downtown: A donation-based yoga studio and training institute called Global Breath Studio has opened downtown on the second floor of a building on Main Street.
The studio offers classes, workshops, retreats and service trips. It opened Dec. 20 on the second floor at 119 W. Main St.
A portion of the studio’s proceeds go to supporting a connected nonprofit called LiveGlobally.
Brunch at Gregoria’s: Gregoria’s Cuban Steakhouse is opening for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting this weekend, Feb. 8-9.
Entrees include Spanish-style French toast, a Spanish egg and potato tart, sweet plantain pancakes, and other items.
For customers who come on opening weekend, brunch comes with a free mimosa. On Sunday, that will only be after noon due to state alcohol restrictions.
Prom shop at Southpoint: The temporary store Toy Mania, which was open at The Streets at Southpoint for the holidays, has closed. A shop selling prom dresses and formal wear called Savvi Prom is taking its place through April.
Merle Norman grand opening: Merle Norman, the cosmetics store that moved from Northgate Mall to the South Square-area shopping center off Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, is holding a grand opening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Owner Nancy Brown said the store will have promotions and giveaways to celebrate the new location at 4011 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. in Suite 100, next to Petco and Ross. The store first opened in 1960 in downtown Durham, and then moved to Northgate. Brown said the store also had a location at South Square in addition to the Northgate store for many years.
High Strung grand opening: High Strung Violins & Guitars is celebrating its expansion into space on West Markham Street that previously housed the night club Trinity Lounge/Sirens.
The store sells stringed instruments, music, and other equipment and also offers repair services and lessons.
A grand opening party will be held Feb. 22 and will include live music.
The business has been located in a two-story building at 1805 W. Markham Ave. Last year, it expanded into space next door at 1803 W. Markham Ave. that previously housed Trinity Lounge.
The store is also seeing a change in ownership. Damon Walker, the two-year head of the business’s repair division who has been associated with High Strung for more than 10 years, is taking the place of one business partner to co-own the business with longtime owner Lee Raymond.
High Strung was founded in the 1980s, and was previously located upstairs next to the Cosmic Cantina on Perry Street. It moved to Ninth Street and then to Broad before moving to its existing location on Markham.
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