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Beth Y

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  1. I am thrilled that the craft gallery is in one of the kiosks. Don't get the hate from previous posters. When I worked downtown, it was VERY often that I needed to run out at lunch and find a gift for someone. I went to the gallery late Saturday afternoon and they were certainly open, although seemed to be writing down purchases. I understand that they were not given the go-ahead to get in the space til Wednesday, so it is amazing they got open at all. Frankly, I applaud Collector's for this venture. What other retail is downtown for downtown workers, convention goers and tourist shoppnig? A couple over at City Market...but that's it. Conventioneers and tourist want to shop, workers need to buy presents and things for themselver. It is not H&M, but it is retail and nice retail. I am glad they are there and think they will do well. You think something better should be done, by all means stop being whiners and go do it, if you think it would be more needed and successful.
  2. Art gallery...really lame? With all the whining about lack of retail downtown, I don't understand all the opposition to an art gallery.
  3. Wow, Jibarra and Sitti opening downtown. YAY! I am excited about both of these.
  4. Anyone been to Capital Grocery lately? It is not looking good. I am sorry to see this happening again.
  5. Here's teh WRAL story on GSK. http://localtechwire.com/business/local_te.../story/3899613/
  6. I had heard that Yancey's had filed for Chpt. 11 and hope that after the CC opens that he would/will do better. But Longbranch has closed? Haven't they done this multiple times before? On another sushi topic, I checked out Hura Sushi in Glenwood Village S.C. the other night (Glenwood and Oberlin). It was pretty great, actually. Very fresh fish, good tempura, food came out fast. I think i am going to love having this place in my neighborhood.
  7. Neochina in Cary has good dim sum, but only on Saturday and Sunday lunch.
  8. I have been to the Globe too and think it is great. On Hideaway, I have been many times and love it. It may not appeal all the time to the "27 year old cool" crowd, but I think it really appeals to a crowd that just likes to have a drink and listen to good music. My main problem with seeing live music these days (I am in the over 40, gotta work in the morning crowd) and I am thrilled to have a place where I can get a drink, see a great band and be home by midnight, rather than just waiting for the band to start at midnight. The booker at Hideaway is the same woman that used to book for the Pour House and I have really enjoyed every band I have seen there. Saw Jason Isbell there and just recently a band from N.O. called Bonerama, that consisted of guitar, drums, a tuba and three trombones. I can't even begin to describe the sound, but it was wild. I like the fact that the crowd there is very mixed in age and seems to be largely there for the music and not for the "scene".
  9. Uh, people, before this rumor gets too far, can we confirm it? According to their website they have shows booked in Janauary. I was there the other night and it was PACKED, as it has been every time I have been. Although, I admit, I have never eaten there.
  10. I am guessing the church wouldn't see this as such a good idea, since they have a pretty small parking lot, compared to their congregation, as it is.
  11. Has anyone else had trouble parking in the new deck and walking to the mall without walking in a traffic lane? We parked off the first ramp up and had to walk along a fairly narrow traffic lane, with two way traffic (from Belk to B&N) to get to Belks. Does anyone else have this problem? What were the designers thinking? Pretty dangerous walking, especially if you have more than one person (or in my case, me and three kids!). At least with a crowd, cars can see you.
  12. I am aggravated how Thanksgiving has just fallen by the wayside! My kids like to decorate for each holiday, but you just can't find Thanksgiving decorations anymore. The stores jump from Halloween to Christmas!
  13. I have certainly used Lee's to hem some jeans while I shopped or take something in, but I guess I have never thought of them as a "real" tailor, like someone that would make your clothes from scratch. Do they have a good selection of quality fabrics or designs to show you? I know when I have used a tailor before (in another city) that is all they did....make suits, shirts, etc.
  14. Anyone have any word on "Cameron's" which is opening in Cameron Village?
  15. Is Betski's getting outside seating now? I saw some tables out there the other day when I stopped in the grocery.
  16. I am fron Richmond and it appears they do this sort of thing alot. At street level, it will seem like the building has always been there, but you step back and look up and realize that there is a whole new building a floor up. RIchmond's downtown has done a pretty good job of saving its old building while inserting density.
  17. Or getting a place that serves good food. I went to the seafood place...mediocre, and heard similar things about the bbq place. Put a great place in there....maybe it would lose its curse!
  18. Waraji, in my opinion, and I eat a lot of sushi, is one of the highest quality, if not the highest quality, sushi places in town. I know from frequenting sites like Chowhound and eGullet that I am not alone in this opinion. So this is very exciting for downtown. To answer why they need a greasetrap, Waraji does more than sushi. They also do tempura, katsu and other fried japanese dishes, as well as teriyaki, udon, etc.
  19. I am thrilled Waraji is opening downtown. I had heard they were looking in G. South, but guess that didn't work out.
  20. Every 10 years? I can think of, off the top of my head, three times at least the parking lots have flooded in the last 10 years. At least twice that the mall itself flooded.
  21. Uh, I guess you have never been there in a bad rain storm when they are evacuating the covered parking on the Glenwood side cause the water is 6 inched deep and rising. Crabtree is a pretty scary place to be in a heavy rain.
  22. Here's the N&O story. Seems pretty accurate: http://www.newsobserver.com/102/story/574502.html
  23. I was there too and from my view and from the "hall discussion" afterwards, the take was that Isley's statement started by saying that he wanted to see it built as the design was approved, but simply couldn't feel comfortable with the City financing over $15 million. So, I believe the charge to the City Manager was to move forward wtih the current design, but only financing $15 million. I agree he suggested other sources such as private donations, sale of Site 2 and 3, etc. Russell stated pretty clearly in the meeting that he thought he could the financing down to $16-ish. I quess we will see what they will be able to come up with. At the meeting, Russell did a very good job of explaining that the only part of the design that was could even possibly be removed was the fountains. (To not install the lights or bollards, etc. would mean a redesign, since the power, water, etc. all underground, go to the current towers and bollards. They are designed to not only light the plaza, but allow functions to take place (get power, etc. to vendors, bands, etc). You can't just stick in cheap street lights, as Jessie T. was suggesting, and do the same thing. ) It will be interesting to see how this is played in the press tomorrow. They were there in force. It will be more interesting to see what we hear from City staff and the UDC.
  24. FYI - the following is on City Council consent agenda for tomorrow's Council meeting:
  25. I think it is some of both. I hear they want to see some cost numbers that are more fleshed out.... more than just a total, which is all they were given today. They have to answer to the money spent and don't want to have to answer later to "why did you spend x on x" unless they know they are doing it. Also, on the financing side, it sounded, from Russell's explanation, like a lot of different sources are being cobbled together to make this happen. I think some are uncomfortable with that, without more information. LIke I said, I really want to see this happen and soon, and I think it would be a mistake not to move this forward, but I can certainly understand wanting to make sure the financing source was solid.
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