Posts made in August, 2013

Help Raleigh Families Misplaced by Apt Fire

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Community | 0 comments

I love Raleigh. And one of the reasons I think it’s so cool is the people. As some of you know we started Raleigh is Cool as a way to give back. Well, here’s a great opportunity to love on our city. The city we call home.

Some of you may have heard but 37 apt units were damaged from a fire (Camden Crest):

One family, in particular that was affected is a co-worker of a great friend who was there for me and my roommates when we went through this very same thing in January. They’ve gotten a lot of donations for her boys, awesome! But not very much for her: size 8, med tops, size 6 underwear, size 8 shoes. She specifically needs underwear and pjs, and kitchen stuff. Giftcards are always great too. Also, we won’t turn away clothes and toys for the kids. We won’t turn away anything! And you can donate to Dee’s fundraising website.

There’s so much to do, some families were displaced and only given two nights at places to stay from the Red Cross. If you’re interested in helping out, just let us know:

Thanks for your support, Raleigh!

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Startup and Play Presents Fall Kick-off Event

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Business, Community, events | 0 comments

S&PRALEIGH, N.C. (Aug. 27, 2013) – Startup and Play’s Fall Kick-off event is set for Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 from 6-8:30pm and will be held at HQ Raleigh on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. The event is organized by Will Hardison and Sarah Styron of FanBase, Sidney Hargrove, and Ashley Moss of Hello Productions.

Startup and Play is a quarterly social that brings 8-12 local startup companies and organizations out to meet and greet with the community. There is no set agenda and anyone can attend.

The event, often described as an adult science fair, features food and beverages, fun activities, and attracts approximately 200 attendees. Join Startup and Play in kicking off Triangle Entrepreneurship Week 2013 with our fall event.

Tickets are free to the public but space is limited, register on Eventbrite to claim your spot: A showcaser must fill out an application: and pay the $50 fee. Contact us on Twitter or shoot an email to if you’re interested in sponsorship.


About Startup and Play

Our mission is to help create support for consumer-facing Triangle startups. We passionately believe that the Triangle community is stronger if we all work together. Our goal is to connect all of the cool, young companies directly with the community at large and with each other. Ultimately, Startup and Play helps bridge the Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh ecosystems through a collective celebration of entrepreneurship.,


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This ain’t my first rodeo, oh wait …

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Community, events | 0 comments

Unfortunately, I’ve missed the food truck rodeos in the past. I’ve been out of town and really bummed to miss this event that everyone keeps raving about.

photo 1I love downtown Raleigh. I love food trucks. So last night in lieu of our regular community group meeting on Sunday nights, we decided to hit up the downtown food truck rodeo. A few of us walked up to Fayetteville Street for the rodeo from Vintage Church on West Street.

After meeting up with our crew, we started at the information tent to see the list of food trucks. We ended up in line at OnlyBurger. The line was long but it goes pretty fast when you’re catching up with friends and running into other pals.

OnlyBurger gave fantastic service; they even spelled my name right and joked with me about pronouncing Sarah “with an H” correctly. And they got my order right, combined with making me laugh – very impressive! And to top it off, they offer veggie and turkey options in addition to beef burgers. I’m a fan! I had a fresh turkey burger with swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and ketchup on a toasted bun. If you get a single combo, you get fresh cut fresh fries – DELISH!

We all got food and headed over to the post office steps to people watch (one of my favorite pastimes) and eatphoto 1-1 our food. Then we headed back out to get dessert. We ended up at The Ice Queen Ice Cream truck for dessert. Their specialty – REAL DEAL ice cream sammiches. But they also have hand scooped ice cream, milk shakes and novelty pops. I split a Cookie Monster ice cream sammich with my friend, Robyn. Tip: don’t share on a hot night or you’re in for a mess, but the laughs were totally worth it.

For your retail needs, you can also hit up all the exhibitors including House of Swank, and my good buddy Joe’s fouryou designs & apparel.

It doesn’t end there, looking for an adult beverage? Ten local breweries were represented last night including Big Boss, Raleigh Brewing, Carolina Brewing and Aviator. See the full list here:

It gets EVEN better: A 20 speaker event sound system covers all 8 city blocks. We enjoyed the old school tunes playing in the background.

Robyn pretty much summed it up: “I wish every night could be as fun as last night!” … What a great way to spend a summer Sunday night!


Petition and peruse reasons for signing:

Next downtown Raleigh Rodeo: Sunday, Oct. 13 FREE 12-5pm

More info:

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