Cocoa Cinnamon to start regular hours

Jan. 27, 2013 @ 04:17 PM

Cocoa Cinnamon: The owners of the new coffee shop Cocoa Cinnamon have been working to prepare for the shop’s opening at 420 W. Geer St.
And according to their website http://cocoacinnamon.com/, that work is paying off. They were expecting to start regular shop hours this week.
The shop will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight on Friday, and 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday.
The shop is the brick-and-mortar location of the mobile business bikeCOFFEE. The husband-and-wife duo Leon Grodski de Barrera and Areli Barrera de Grodski launched the business, peddling coffee from a bicycle.
They raised money through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to help pay for costs associated with opening the permanent shop. They’re now located in a hot spot of activity downtown near King’s Sandwich Shop, the restaurant Geer Street Garden, and other bars and entertainment venues.
Leon said Cocoa Cinnamon has been rolling out their menu in stages. They started with espresso drinks and had poured coffees, added self-serve coffee, and a drinking chocolate. They were planning to add more drinking chocolates, tea, more signature espresso drinks, and then wine, and beer.
He said they started offering a chocolate espresso signature drink on Friday as Friday’s wintry weather blew more customers their way, which he said is a nod toward their history of the word “mocha.”
“Our business is about … craft, but it’s also about taste and comfort,” he said. “You don’t have to know about that history, you can come in and relax, but if you want to know, it’s somehow embedded in the name or the drink.”

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Stay & Play Snack Café: The Stay & Play Snack Café has opened in downtown Durham at 405-A E. Chapel Hill St.
The business is the brainchild of Durham resident Emily McCall, who wanted to create a space that would be both kid and adult friendly.
The business’ location on East Chapel Hill Street previously housed the artisanal shop Reliable Cheese near the Parisian-style bakery, restaurant and café Rue Cler.
According to the website for the snack café, they’re offering coffee and snacks, and their space is also stocked with toys and activities for kids.

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Specialty oil and vinegar shop in Durham: Blue Sky Oil & Vinegar has opened a shop in Durham at the Hope Valley Commons shopping center near the intersection of N.C. 751 and N.C. 54.
The shop sells different types of olive oils and balsamic vinegars, as well as specialty salts.
This will be the second Blue Sky Oil & Vinegar shop in the Triangle, next to another location in Chapel Hill on Elliott Road.
Ellen Valley, one of the shop managers, said the shop sells aged and white balsamic vinegars, as well as olive oils, some of which are flavor-infused. They also have pottery, lotions, locally produced foods and other items.
Valley said the oil and vinegars come from a distributor out of California. The oils can be used for cooking or as salad dressings.
“There’s a lot of really interesting flavors,” she said. “We have chipotle olive oil, which is probably one of the first ones I ever bought, (and) basil olive oil, Tuscan herb…”
Valley said the shop has urns full of the oil and vinegars that are used for tasting. There offer different sized bottles for sale.
A grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 with music, food, drinks and giveaways.

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New spirit cake food truck planned: The owner of a home-based bakery, Chez Moi, is hoping to go on the road as a new food truck in Durham, selling cakes flavored with seven different types of rum from brown sugar vanilla to coconut.
Owner and baker Rhonda Jones also wants to offer some of the flavors as ice cream sandwiches on the truck. She’s planning to launch the truck at 5:30 p.m. on March 23 in front of Fullsteam Brewery.
Jones said she purchased a Chevy Astro van at the end of October, but is just beginning to raise funds for the project. She’s hoping to raise $2,000 for the signs, a generator, work table and other items.
She currently operates out of her home, and sells to Southern Season in Chapel Hill and Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse in Durham.

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Dress for Success Triangle sale: The Dress for Success Triangle, a local affiliate of a nonprofit that works to provide women with business attire, will hold one of its quarterly public sales on Feb. 9 and 10 at Northgate Mall.
Dress for Success Triangle provides business-appropriate clothing, mentorship as well as professional development programs for women, according to a news release.
The group will hold an inventory excess sale that will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 9, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10.
On Saturday, those who arrive at 9 a.m. and donate $20, will have “early-bird access.” On Sunday there will be a special bag sale. Customers will be able to fill a bag full of clothing and other items for $10.
For more information, call 919-286-2128, go to the website www.dressforsuccess.org/trianglenc, or send an email to trianglenc@dressforsuccess.org.

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