Our Story

Mission Statement

The Raleigh is Cool team seeks to discover and embrace any and all things that make this city Cool. We will promote people, events, and services which are worthy of attention, give back to our community through service, and let all executive decisions be driven by genuine love for our city.

So, how did this cool movement come about? It happened in our very own beloved city. A group of us were enjoying lunch one day at Zinda in downtown Raleigh. OK, wait. Before we continue, we would like to share a bit more back story with you.

Three of us were living in a cozy home near Glenwood South. Seemingly out of nowhere, an unexpected house fire in late January 2013 changed the direction of our lives and left us looking for new place to call home. In need of help, resources, and support, our Raleigh community, including local restaurants/hotels, our churches, organizations, and friends, graciously came together to help restore our lives and gave us stepping stones for our future. They took care of us like family, and we are! Our love for Raleigh is nothing new, but it was beautifully rejuvenated out of a disaster … how COOL is this CITY?

Ok, back to the lunch. The lovely people of Eschelon Hospitality had graciously given us a gift card after the fire. Over tasty Asian food with a twist, we began talking, and realized we enjoy being active in our community and in the know about what’s going on. However, we realized there isn’t one easy, central place to find or send someone for the best date night spots, wacky community run, popping live music, or the next non-profit fundraiser to support. We do not want to be another idea that only covers the bar scene. While the nightlife scene is undeniably great, Raleigh is so much more than that! Instead, we aim to cover a broad range of all cool Raleigh happenings, for all ages, with a special ‘Raleigh is Cool’ twist.

That leads us to our next venture. Keep your eyes peeled for our first annual Top 13 under 40 for 2013. We will highlight 13 of the best and brightest that are making sure Raleigh remains the coolest city there is. More to come very soon.

If you would like us to cover your cool event or story in Raleigh, please give us a shout

Thank you for reading about us and we look forward to experiencing the best of Raleigh with you! 

Something cool is coming, Raleigh! We Ain’t Lyin’.