TechShop RDU is a 20,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity and tools for people of all skill levels. The DIY workshop offers dozens of different classes covering everything from metal welding to silk-screening to robot-building and laser engraving. The safety and basic usage classes will get you up to date on a specific tool or machine. Obsoletify regular visits to the mechanic with a one-hour class on changing your car's oil, or terrify tailors everywhere by learning how to fix and enhance your own clothes with a sewing or embroidery class. Other classes include laser cutting & etching, aluminum casting, and precision vector cutting of printed material from a digital file. The two-month membership allows for unlimited access to TechShop RDU's facilities, so you can breathe new life into old projects with tools not found in most private workshops. The TechShop includes full wood working and metal shops, with milling machines, lathes, and a 5' x 8' CNC ShopBot router. Neophyte inventors from ages 12–17 are welcome as well, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
The chefs at Draft Carolina Burgers & Beers craft specialty burgers out of high-grade, local beef, boasting an extensive array of chuck cylinders alongside salads, sandwiches, and shareable appetizers. Every day, grass-fed Angus beef is ground in-house, eventually transforming into finger-bound feasts such as the Southern Lovin', a burger topped with fried green tomatoes, Holly Grove Farms goat cheese, bacon, and balsamic. Thanks to their partnership with the Mash House Brewery, Draft Carolina's bartenders decant ice-cold brews such as the Mash House blonde and the Mash House IPA, which won the 2001 Great American Beer Festival medal for Hoppy Hour IPA. Billiards and shuffleboard make ideal after-dinner entertainment, and a casual, welcoming atmosphere greets diners inhabiting all points of the monocle-to-jorts fanciness scale.
Frameworks Gallery and Frame Design, Inc.’s owners, Charles and Carolyn, operate by a simple philosophy: “Frame it once, frame it right, and frame it forever.” For more than 30 years, the custom frame shop and art gallery has matched museum-quality frames with portraits, memorabilia, and portraits of memorabilia, earning repeated recognition from loyal customers and local publications such as Metro Magazine. Customers can peruse a selection of ready-to-hang frames or collaborate with helpful staff members to create a one-of-a-kind picture home, with a variety of framing materials, mats, and glass to choose from. On its walls, the family-operated store proudly displays work by local and regional artists interspersed with flawless Sunday crossword puzzles completed entirely in ink.
The News & Observer serves Raleigh and rest of the Triangle through its award-winning regional newspaper as well as 10 community publications. Every day, readers catch up on local news, relevant national news, entertainment, sports, and business. Learn about restaurant openings in the Dining section, or get the latest on North Carolina State’s, Duke’s, and the University of North Carolina’s basketball, football, and foosball teams in the Sports section. The News & Observer’s writers are devoted to crisp, clear journalism that targets both national and local issues. In 1995, the paper earned the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for an investigation into the effects of commercial hog farming on the region’s economy and environment.
Though Ambiente Furniture began by purveying modern Scandinavian furniture exclusively, it has since expanded to display contemporary pieces from across the globe, including Italian, German, and American designs. The store carries more than 200 quality brands, including European leather-furniture makers Natuzzi and Gamma, Canadian bedroom furnisher Mobican, and legendary woodworker Mister Geppetto. Within its 30,000-square-foot showroom, Ambiente Furniture's staff helps guests navigate the collections with ease, pinpointing pieces for the bedroom, living room, office, and dining room.