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Do Hookah Bars Have an Uncertain Future?

Sometime over the weekend, the lone Hillsborough Street hookah bar-Marrakesh Cafe- closed its doors with a sign indicating that Shakedown Street is set to replace it. The possible factors leading to its demise aren’t few and far between: a decline in business on Hillsborough Street since roundabout construction, the looming loss of the ability to sell food with the smoking ban, and increased local competition.

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Small Business Spotlight: The Cupcake Shoppe

After riding a high PR wave with the likes of introducing President Obama at a rally in Raleigh and giving away over 3,000 cupcakes as a way to thank customers for two years of business, The Cupcake Shoppe on Glenwood Avenue continues to add charm to downtown and look toward the future.

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Closed for Business: STUFF Consignment

STUFF Consignment has been closed for at least a few weeks now, but this past weekend was the first time I had noticed the note on the door above. I had walked by on a few occasions and noticed the store wasn’t open, but didn’t think it was permanent.

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    • Martha: I used to pass this house on the way home from work. I stopped once as there was a lady in the...
    • Sophie Z: It is now occupied by Poole’s Diner. There is a mural on the side of the building in rainbow lettering that...
    • Carol Freeman Clemons: I attended St Monica’s from 1950 to 1958. A couple of years ago I returned to Raleigh and...
    • Morris Willis: I was a member of The Huckleberry Mudflap in the 60’s and purchased a Gibson SG Standard from...
    • Kylie Byrne: @Pam Powell, I believe my Granny lived in the orphanage from 1937 until approximately 1945 or 1946. Are...
    • Banjo John: We explored the tunnels in the late 70s. You could enter by the door in the Free Expression Tunnel and...
    • Mitch Hazouri: I don’t recall making the claim that Mitch’s is the oldest bar in Raleigh. I’ll...
    • BJM: I worked as a Red Cross volunteer in the house next door..which was the Red Cross Chapter house. I never saw the...


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