Sam’s Bottle Shop set to open Thursday

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 12:29 PM

An early look at Sam’s Bottle ShopSam’s Bottle Shop is opening its doors on Thursday in a new building on N.C. 54 that has an industrial feel with brick walls, exposed ceilings, polished concrete floors and a bar and counter made from reclaimed wood from a downtown bank.

The upstairs tasting room connects to an outdoor patio, and has a TV that shop owner John Boy Jr. said he wants to use to hold tastings led by remote beer vendors connected by Skype. He said they’re planning to try to hold regular beer as well as food tastings. The second-floor tasting room overlooks the downstairs, which is where the retail store.

Workers were busy on Tuesday stocking shelves. When all is said and done, the shop is expected to have about 1,600 different types of beer as well as wine, champagne mead, cider and cigars.

Already stocked are beers ranging from imported Irish stouts to apricot juice ale from England to ginger beer from Scotland to wheat beers from Germany to American craft beer North Carolina as well as from California, Colorado, Michigan, New York and Oregon. They have a Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale and a Witterkerke Framboise fruit beer.

This is the second store for Boy, who also owns the craft beer shop Sam’s Quik on Erwin Road. For the new store, he said they contracted with more than 30 local, independent businesses.

Jeff Amendola, one of two partners behind Bull City Cigar Co., a local cigar company that imports tobacco and rolls the cigars locally at RJ Tobacco in Raleigh, also was in the store to start stocking Tuesday. The company’s cigars will be sold at Sam’s Bottle Shop as well as Sam’s Quik Shop, Serrrano’s Delicafe, and Whiskey in Durham. For Sam’s, Amendola said they hops-infused as well as apple pie moonshine-infused cigars.


Update on Serafina’s Pizza: The lease has been signed for space in the Hope Valley Commons shopping center off N.C. 54 in southern Durham for the new independent pizza restaurant Aunt Serafina’s Pizza.

Restaurant owner Peter Turner said they’re planning to open the restaurant in six weeks. Turner is a franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts locations in the Triangle. He’s partnering with Alan Tyndall, a former owner of Domino's Pizza stores in Durham.

The shop will have pizzas with a range of different toppings from artichoke hearts to different types of mushrooms to shrimp, as well as hoagies and salads.

The shop is next to the shopping center’s Dunkin Donuts location off N.C. 54.


Downtown Durham Farmers’ Market: The downtown Durham Farmers’ Market has returned to its Saturday summer hours of 8 a.m. to noon.

Thej market is adding nut butter maker Big Spoon Roasters, Melina’s Fresh Pasta, and Imagine That Gluten Free to its regular Saturday line-up of 60 summer farmers, bakers, and crafters.

In addition, it is adding a new vendor called Understory Farm, which is based outside Chapel Hill and grows oyster mushrooms.

The market’s Wednesday market will open April 16 with hours from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The market is adding Reedy Fork Farm, Pomegranate Kitchen, and Root Down Farm to its line-up of 30 regular vendors.

The Durham Farmers’ Market is at 501 Foster St. in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park.  The market is open year-round on Saturdays and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday from mid-April to mid-October. 


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