Owner to consolidate Durham shoe and clothing shops

Dec. 27, 2013 @ 06:12 PM

Smitten and Step to consolidate: The owner of the Durham shoe and accessories store Step is planning to move the shop into the space on Main Street that houses Smitten, the women’s clothing and accessories boutique she also owns.

Step is at 721 Broad St. in the building that also houses Hummingbird Bakery.

Business owner Nancy McKaig said Step will operate as a shoe boutique within Smitten at 1105 W. Main St. She said she’s able to consolidate after Teresa’s On Main, which occupied about a fourth of the Main Street space, went out of business earlier this year.

“We are in the process of consolidating down into one location,” she said.

McKaig said the businesses are in “sale mode” now after Christmas. She said they’re looking to clear out inventory to prepare for spring.

“We historically follow the trends of the bigger stores, and they’re definitely in markdown and sale mode,” she said. “So we typically follow suit.”

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New food truck: As part of their plans to launch a new food truck called the Dump Pho King Truck, two entrepreneurs are holding pop-up tastings around the Triangle. The first was planned in Durham at Fullsteam on Saturday, and additional tastings are planned in Raleigh.

According to their Kickstarter fundraising page, the entrepreneurs behind the truck plan to sell Asian dumplings and the Vietnamese noodle soup pho.

The menu includes pork and chive dumplings, shiitake mushroom and ginger dumplings, Vietnamese beef pho, and Vietnamese chicken pho, as well as several appetizers and drinks.

For more information, go to the website http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/126619773/build-a-dump-pho-king-truck.

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In case you missed it: The Streets at Southpoint got a new candy store in November in See’s Candies, a company founded and headquartered in California. According to the company’s website, See's Candies expanded from one candy shop to more than 200 shops across the United States.

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