Boulted Bread has become the bakery of choice for many of the Triangle’s best restaurants, since it opened in 2014. The bakery prides itself on using local, fresh, and organic ingredients—whether that be NC-grown rye or the local eggs in their pastries. And since they grind the majority of the flour they use on their own stone-mill, they can select a wider variety of artisanal and heirloom grains to handcraft their breads to perfection.
Videri is built on a bean-to-bar philosophy. Starting with raw cocoa beans, the Factory roasts, grinds, and refines until they wrap it for the shelves. Not only has their artisanal approach led to a loyal following, but it’s produced a variety of hand-curated varieties like Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and single origin 90% Ecuador Dark Chocolate, winner of the 2014 Good Food Award for chocolates. And the Factory is designed for shopping, tasting, and touring, so when you visit, you can watch the entire chocolate-making in process or take a seat and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.
Opening its doors in Raleigh’s Warehouse District in 2011, CAM, or Contemporary Art Museum, brought a new kind of museum experience to downtown. As a partnership with the NC State’s College of Design, CAM has a dual focus: to act as an incubator for the local art and design talent that the Triangle produces and to showcase the work of contemporary artists and designers from around the world. The renovated warehouse itself captures the urban vitality of the district while the rotating exhibits vary from experiential interactive art to examinations of contemporary art in fashion.
Holder offers an eclectic mix of antiques, hand-crafted goods, curio items, and books. Next to rustic furniture displaying coffee table books, you might find an antique bar stool, or a handmade leather bag. Whether it be an antique suitcase, hand-made soaps, or pottery from a local artisan, Holder continually brings in new inventory.
Wylde is a contemporary floral design studio and flower shop that prioritizes sourcing locally from their own nearby garden. Browse hand-crafted bouquets, curate your wedding’s floral scheme, or attend one of their popular design workshops and create your own arrangement.
With its double horseshoe bar and red leather furnishings, this cozy diner harks to the original 1950s “Poole’s.” Poole’s Diner was the first solo venture by Ashley Christensen, one of Raleigh’s local celebrity chefs and winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast.” Poole’s gathers seasonal and local ingredients for their daily rotating menu and specializes in serving elevated southern comfort food.