While attending NCSU studying aerospace engineering, I bought a 10 speed bike to get around. I became fascinated with pedal-powered transportation, and set out on a mission to save the planet from the internal combustion engine. I rode bikes everywhere I went, and even gave up driving for 10 years. Every chance I got, I was working on a bicycle. In the early 70s I got a job at the local bike shop. I was obsessed with bikes. I lived, ate, & slept bicycles. Although I only made $1.65 per hour, I was being paid to have fun. What a scam I thought, aerospace engineering began to look like very dull life.
After working at several bikes shops as a mechanic, I moved up the food chain to head mechanic and manager. After I helped open several shops for other people, I felt it was time to go at it alone. In 1974 I opened Cycle Logic with $500. The location was a small house on Hillsborough St. The living room was the display area and the repair shop. Spare bedrooms were used for storage of repairs and new bikes. Yes I lived in the same house! People laughed when they saw us eating at the kitchen table. At first I made only $20 per week. The pressure to get a “real job” and give up this idea came from family and friends. Many competitors laughed at my little shop and told me how they would put me out of business. They are no longer in business, Cycle Logic is still here!
When the rent was raised a couple of years latter we moved down the street a few blocks. In 1980 Cycle Logic moved to its present location (1211 Hillsborough St). The same year we incorporated as Cycle-Logic Inc. The next thing I know it’s 2014. Over the years I’ve had great employees, friends , and customers helping me out. I couldn’t have made it without you!
Laurence and Philippe chose Raleigh for their boutique because it's a dynamic and growing city and such a pleasant place to live. It's also home to many French-speaking people and Francophile Americans.
Philippe is in charge of the fine foods store. Gastronomy has been a passionate interest throughout his life (during stints as a stockbroker on the Paris stock exchange and then as owner / director of a horse farm in Burgundy and emeritus equestrian). He can help you with wines and gourmet products , as well as suggest some excellent recipes.
Laurence runs the bookstore, a longtime dream come true! Books have been her constant companion, from her days as a student and throughout her professional life (as executive assistant in the insurance business and owner / operator of the same horse farm in Burgundy, in the food / guest services areas). She can introduce you to both the classics and contemporary literature, for adults and children. Her wish? To help you enjoy reading!
Together, Laurence and Philippe plan to offer you a variety of book clubs and other types of events combining their shared interests…
“There is nothing like wine for conjuring up feelings of contentment and goodwill. It is less of a drink than an experience, an evocation, a spirit. It produces sensations that defy description.” – Thomas Conklin, Wine: A Primer
Born out of a passion for the wine culture and the desire to share small production, quality wines with friends, DRINK is not your usual wine shop, but more of a wine society of friends. DRINK invites you into the intimacy of The Living Room to learn and experience new wines from the dreamers and innovators living around the world.
Cameron and I noticed that many of our milestone moments were accompanied by a glass (or bottle) of wine. We knew what we liked to drink wine with our friends, felt that we should probably learn a thing or two about it, and started off on our merry way. Many times, we were either the youngest participants in the room or provided unintended entertainment by asking the craziest questions (at least that is what the raised eyebrows and chuckles of disdain lead us to believe). But we stayed the course, through sickness, a wedding, three babies, four dogs, 5 moves and a losses - we kept popping those bottles and tasting, tasting, tasting. As we struggled to educate our palates over time and repeated exposure to many wines of different varietals and fluctuating quality, it became apparent that it is a BIG world, of which most people only get see a small glimpse. Our team will help to expand your horizons ...and we love questions, even if we don’t know the answers.
There are many special moments in life, big and small, and celebrating with wine may enhance them. The team at DRINK strive to make quality wine approachable by sharing the stories behind the bottle with you.
Intimate, Not Intimidating!
Be Smart, Drink Your Wine,
Cameron and Sandy Bridger
When you first enter Galatea, you might feel like Goldilocks in the Three Bears' House with so many colors, textures, and styles, how to decide?Take a minute and look around, or ask our friendly staff for assistance. We think you'll find that we're not too young and not too old, not too big and not too small, not too funky and not too conservative. In fact - just right - for you.The name Galatea comes from the story of Pygmalion - a sculptor who fell in love with his own creation "Galatea", the ideal woman. Aphrodite, goddess of love, took pity on Pygmalion and brought Galatea to life. Audrey Hepburn, our style icon, played the Galatea role in "My Fair Lady."
Glenwood South Tailors & Alterations is the Triangle’s premier mobile alterations boutique. Our concierge clothing services, including bespoke suiting and personal styling, bring Savile Row to your front door. If you’ve ever had clothing altered for a wedding or special event and instantly felt more confident—more fabulous—you’ve experienced the million-dollar-power of blending style and substance. But why should you only feel this way once or twice a year?
At GSTA, we are on a mission to bring the European clothing experience to the Triangle. In Europe, style and substance go hand-in-hand. Bankers in London do not wear fussy ties, they wear elegant ties. Italian suits aren’t “tight,” they are well cut. And the French love to wear regal suits, not boring suits. Borrowing tried and true methods from some of the best clothiers in the world, we create one-of-a-kind garments for both men and women. So, our clients don’t simply wear their clothes, they own their looks.
With dedication to extraordinary customer service and exquisite craftsmanship, GSTA has perfected the art of style and convenience. And now with additional offerings of custom suiting and personal styling through Heng’s Suiting & Armoury, Glenwood South Tailors & Alterations is your end-to-end stylist, tailor, and clothier.
We are pleased to bring you the most stylish hand-crafted jewelry and accessories. Whether it's to pamper yourself or give a thoughtful gift, you're in the right place. Shop and enjoy.
We are a craft retail beer store and tasting room in the Mordecai/Oakwood community just outside of downtown Raleigh, opened in December 2015. Even though we are small, we offer an extensive selection of craft beer, wine and cider to take home or enjoy in our tasting room.
Pelagic Beer & Wine, named for the oceanographic term Pelagic, meaning “of or pertaining to the open sea” represents the owners' respect for the environment and protection of the world’s oceans. The company donates a portion of proceeds to ocean conservation and nonprofit organizations in support of the environment. Each year we have donated over 5% of our profits to charity.
As native North Carolinians, we focus on supporting the local economy and growing craft beer industry in our state and region. We have committed to only support and sell beer from independent craft breweries in our store. This commitment meant saying goodbye to a few long-time fav beers, but we truly believe that supporting the little guys is best for the growth and success of the craft beer industry.
We love being a part of the creative, inspiring Person Street Business District, and look forward to continuing to positively contribute to the neighborhood.
Raleigh Provisions sells gourmet food and gifts from small North Carolina-based companies. As NC natives, we've spent our lives eating great food from small local vendors and growers and we hope to share it with anyone one that visits or lives in downtown Raleigh -- especially if you've never known our state is home to so many unique and wonderful small businesses. Many people are aware of the great BBQ sauces and craft beer in NC, but we also carry delicious confections from local chocolate factories and beautiful all-natural soaps, lotions and honeys you may never have realized exist.
We pride ourselves on our level of hospitality, the transparency and economic impact of small, local companies, and especially our drive to educate our consumers on the beauty of simple, quality ingredients, the passion of small independent vendors and the joy that comes from a unique and personal gift.
We are dedicated to representing the best of Raleigh and North Carolina to those that are new to town, the ever-growing number of tourists we meet and all those who have already grown to love and need these special products.