Meet the Owners of 15 Small Businesses in Raleigh, N.C.
Friday, March 27, 2020, 3pm by visitRaleigh
Raleigh, N.C., is a place where entrepreneurial spirit and creative grit thrives, a place where the community collaborates for the greater good and where a people-first mindset has created such a high quality of life.
The small business owners below—and many others like them—are largely responsible for the place the Raleigh area is today, and many of them are now in need of help due to loss of business around COVID-19 concerns.
If you want to help, consider following small businesses on social media platforms, purchasing a gift card from their websites or just reading the stories we're sharing here and passing some along to your friends and family. Every ounce of support can help!
For more than a decade, Angela Salamanca's Centro has been a staple in the Raleigh dining scene, serving upscale Mexican and Latin American dishes. As good as the food at Centro is, Angela's bigger impact has come by way of embracing the community and helping others.
At 17, @CentroRaleigh’s Angela Salamanca came to Raleigh from Colombia. Her restaurant in downtown Raleigh will likely suspend service indefinitely soon.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 18, 2020
A message from her here: https://t.co/KB6b4TaKD1
Meet Angela, via @ourstatemag: https://t.co/JtpSw5myWC
When the doors to Poole's Diner opened on Dec. 13, 2007, chef Ashley Christensen was committed to building bigger and better things for N.C.'s capital city. Five additional dining and drinking ventures, a James Beard Award, many thousands of guests served and lives impacted later, it's safe to say she's succeeded.
A fierce philanthropist and celebrated chef, Ashley Christensen is known to many as the face of Raleigh's hospitality industry.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 25, 2020
Six of her establishments are currently closed, and she's asking for your help. Go to https://t.co/wOoaB5Piu3 to get involved.
Meet Ashley: pic.twitter.com/MoHFrjs1TB
Isaac B. Horton IV's entrepreneurial spirit led to the opening of the Oak City Fish and Chips food truck in 2015. Then he signed on as one of the first tenants at Raleigh's first food hall (Morgan Street Food Hall). Then he opened a free-standing restaurant in Southeast Raleigh. And according to Isaac, there's more to come.
- Read more about Oak City Fish and Chips, via Walter Magazine
- Follow on Instagram @oakcityfishandchips
Isaac B. Horton IV’s entrepreneurial spirit—and a bet on Raleigh—has driven big growth for Oak City Fish and Chips.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 24, 2020
Meet Isaac: https://t.co/cfnqjFzfxL
Visit the Southeast Raleigh shop (open for takeout). Location + gift cards can be found here: https://t.co/SVxCVptR1S
This father-daughter pie company has racked up a significant number of accolades since formally launching in 2014 (the best pie in the state, anyone?), and the pies are popular enough that you'll want to place a special order ahead of time to guarantee availability at the downtown Raleigh pop-up store.
A father-daughter pie company was born from a big win at the @NCStateFair. @SlicePieCompany is currently open for pie pickups in downtown Raleigh and also making deliveries.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 23, 2020
Meet Kristen and Mike, via @ourstatemag: https://t.co/alT0pwyo47
Mark Doble has been brewing beer for more than 30 years, learning the ins and outs of the process before ultimately starting Aviator Brewing Company in 2008 in an airplane hangar at Triple W Airport in Fuquay-Varina. His beer empire has now expanded into pizza, barbecue and more (and we're thankful for that!).
Mark Doble's @AviatorBrew empire has provided good beer, good times and good jobs for more than a decade now in @TownofFV.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 20, 2020
The Pizza + BeerShop and the SmokeHouse are currently open for pickup and delivery of pizza, beer and barbecue.
FB updates: https://t.co/WEBDHkyax7 pic.twitter.com/EdQ8HVZij5
An homage to the family-owned Italian restaurants they grew up eating in, Corbett and Julie Monica moved to the Raleigh area 20 years ago and opened Bella Monica, a cozy pizza and pasta spot with a welcoming atmosphere that's come to be known as a local icon. In 2017, they opened Stellino's Italiano in a bigger space with a similar but expanded menu.
For 20 years now, Corbett and Julie Monica have served some of Raleigh’s favorite Italian food at @BellaMonicaRest in a cozy, neighborhood setting.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 19, 2020
They’re open for takeout this week (keep up on Instagram: https://t.co/m1zzGORct9).
Meet the fam: https://t.co/ZsUwDdzS0O
For Garland restaurant owner Cheetie Kumar, music, food and creating a good time go hand in hand. The rocker-turned-restaurateur has her hands full as head chef at Garland while still taking center stage as guitarist in her band Birds of Avalon.
With four consecutive @beardfoundation nods, chef @cheetieku is one of the most important leaders in food (in Raleigh and beyond).— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 18, 2020
Her restaurant @GarlandRaleigh is currently closed. Purchase a gift card here: https://t.co/B7zrmEBxUn
Meet Cheetie here: https://t.co/tK3MPSyJsP
Homegrown may be the best way to describe Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko’s foray into the world of crafting high-quality denim, and what began as a personal quest to create the perfect pair of jeans has turned into the bustling enterprise Raleigh Denim. The pair has spent the last decade sourcing denim from local mills, bringing an authenticity to the industry that is far from common.
Sarah Yarborough and Victor Lytvinenko are the founders of @RaleighDenim, and they make some of the world's best jeans.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 26, 2020
But RIGHT NOW, they're using their resources to make masks for health and grocery workers. Details: https://t.co/5DE3i92xrc
Meet these rockstars: pic.twitter.com/fpwKJKLPUq
Andrew Ullom's Midwest roots, culinary school background and work under chefs like Ashley Christensen have culminated in one very, very good thing—the opening of Union Special Bread in 2019, where close partnerships with local food producers has made for a community bakery that creates good jobs and good treats.
Union Special Bread, from @andrew_ullom, is all about flaky, pastry goodness. But also community.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 18, 2020
Today you can pay it forward by purchasing bread for those in need from the bakery’s online store: https://t.co/8Fb6Mm11ee
Meet Andrew: https://t.co/lOJpgcDFfd
German natives Norbert and Annelore Gstattenbauer both come from families that knew the importance of food, and it shows when you enter their Bavarian-style pastry and coffee house in downtown Cary (where visitors come for the pretzels and stay for the Bee Sting cake).
- Read more about Annelore's German Bakery, via Cary Magazine
- Follow on Instagram @anneloresgermanbakery
At @AnneloresBakery, Annelore and Norbert Gstattenbauer grew a loyal fanbase through long hours at farmers markets before opening a retail spot in @TownofCary in 2017.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 17, 2020
They have sweet treats available for takeout this week, and you can meet them here: https://t.co/3o0yPxk4RD pic.twitter.com/MZgDzKvbTS
Before DECO, Pam Blondin worked in non-profit management where she excelled at connecting people and organizations. It was only natural that she bring that same spirit to her one-of-a-kind gift store, where she's been not just an eclectic retail shop owner, but an ambassador for artists and a mentor to other entrepreneurs.
Pam Blondin has been more than an eclectic retail shop owner in @DowntownRaleigh—she’s been an ambassador for artists and creatives.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 25, 2020
Her store, @decoraleigh, is currently closed. You can purchase a gift card here: https://t.co/LUPndP34U9
Meet Pam: https://t.co/kFMW52i9VX pic.twitter.com/Ziw2s0tzmF
Not quite a hole-in-the-wall but certainly a hidden gem in Cary, Corbett Shope's eponymous burger shop can be easy to miss yet easy to love. A classic burger joint and soda shop with more than 250 glass-bottled sodas available, this family-friendly (and family-run) restaurant knocks it out of the park.
- Read more about Corbett's Burgers & Soda Bar, via Cary Magazine
- Follow on Instagram @corbettsburgers
Corbett Shope’s @corbettsburgers is both a hidden gem and a local favorite, selling burgers, dogs and bottled sodas in @TownofCary since 2013.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 25, 2020
They’re open for takeout right now, and offering pantry staples as well.
Meet Corbett, via @carymagazine: https://t.co/r1xA8tkSMG pic.twitter.com/AK5mDd2goP
More than 40 years ago, four brothers from northern Lebanon immigrated to Raleigh, bringing with them a family recipe for pita bread that would eventually blossom into a bakery, a deli and market considered by many to be a local treasure. Still family-run to this day, Neomonde now produces more than 250 types of bread and has multiple locations.
The Saleh family immigrated from Lebanon and opened @NeomondeDeli more than 40 years ago.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 27, 2020
The Raleigh location is offering meals for pickup and delivery, and also selling gift cards by phone to support their staff.
Meet the family, via @ourstatemag: https://t.co/5gIhpAJfEd pic.twitter.com/LUAXURW3dn
Sean Degnan of kō•än and so•ca
Two veterans of the Raleigh restaurant community, owner Sean Degnan and chef Drew Smith have created one of the Southeast's best new restaurants in kō•än, a community gathering spot that serves Southeast Asia-inspired cuisine in a Zen-like atmosphere.
At @koan_cary, owner Sean Degnan and chef Drew Smith have created one of the Southeast’s best new restaurants.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 26, 2020
They’re offering pickup/delivery of meal kits + essential grocery items right now (plus gift cards): https://t.co/6GgYVkH3UE
Meet the team: https://t.co/pY07LhPsXA pic.twitter.com/4GXBqQXLtG
Kawsar Chavez's pastry creations at Layered Croissanterie have dominated Instagram feeds ever since opening in summer 2019, and it's easy to see why. By her own admission, the elementary school teacher-turned-baker set out to create a "super Instagram-able" space that literally puts sweet, savory and decorated croissants on a pedestal inside the pastel-painted shop.
- Read more about Layered Croissanterie, via Walter Magazine
- Follow on Instagram @layeredcroissanterie
Kawsar Chavez’s Layered Croissanterie sells drool-worthy pastries in a super fun environment.— visitRaleigh (@visitRaleigh) March 26, 2020
They’re open for pickup and delivery right now, and you should follow on Instagram for A+ flaky pastry content: https://t.co/he1wxm7ddt
Meet Kawsar: https://t.co/yStIXaOnHa
Header photo via VisitNC.com