Buzz: World Beer Festival returns

Jul. 29, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on Oct. 11 in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, has reduced tickets available by 35 percent and raised the price to relieve crowding, said Daniel Bradford, producer of the World Beer Festivals.

“We’re also restructuring how we handle beer acquisition,” Bradford said. “So we will be able to hand-select the breweries.”

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will be the charity beneficiary of the event.

General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and offer a private air-conditioned hospitality area with private bathrooms and a bonus selection of beers.

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Pho restaurant at Southpoint: According to recent government filings, restaurant chain Pholicious will be coming to the Streets at Southpoint.
The company filed its articles of incorporation with the name “Pholicious at Street of Southpoint, Inc.”
According to its website, Pholicious is located in Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia, making the potential Southpoint location the first in North Carolina. The restaurant specializes in Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup.

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Chick-fil-A mobile pay: After launching a mobile payment test in the Triad area earlier this year, Chick-fil-A is testing it throughout 30 locations in the Triangle.
Customers can download the app from iTunes or Google Play. Then, customers register for an account with credit card information and pay by scanning a code at the register or drive thru, which deducts the cost from the account balance.
“In addition to being a convenience for customers, we believe the mobile payment feature will help with speed of service as well,” said Lori Allred, franchise Operator of the Holly Springs Chick-fil-A restaurant in a release. “Our guests no longer have to look through their purses or wallets. They will have payment readily available on their smart phone.”

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Jewelry shop closes: Gioia on Ninth announced that it will be closing on Aug. 6.
The jewelry store and fashion boutique at 738 Ninth St. has been open nearly a year.
According to Gioia’s social media account, the store is holding a storewide sale until the closing.
Owner Cristina Scamardella declined to comment on the closing.

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New furniture store: Furnish This, an independent furniture store, has opened at 3109 Hillsborough Road.
Owner and founder Tyler Singleton said the store focuses on North Carolina furniture brands with at or below wholesale pricing.
The store, which opened on July 21, specializes in showroom samples and closeouts.
“What I have on my floor is what I’ve got,” Singleton said.
Singleton, a 2010 UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus, spent nearly four years managing a gold and diamond mining operation in South America before recently returning to Durham.

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