Construction Update

Construction at The Ware and Transfer Co. is officially underway!  Our 15 modern townhomes and Raleigh's new food hall and gathering place are beginning to take shape.  Here's a quick photo update from both properties in Downtown Raleigh. 

Excited for what's to come in 2018! 

Why Raleigh? (Part 1)

So you might already be convinced that you want to live at the Ware, but maybe you want to know why Raleigh? Raleigh is the capital, sure, but what kind of place is it? Expect to see a few posts about what makes life amazing in the capital city as a whole. But for now, what would you be up to this weekend?

  Photo by CLB Images

Photo by CLB Images

North Carolina State Fair

You’d probably want to catch the last weekend of the State Fair, ranked #5 by Business Insider on their list of the best state fairs in the country. Raleigh hosts it every year, and this particular year is big: 150th! From the rides to the games, going to the fair is a quintessential American experience, and in Raleigh, even the local foodies—who are never at a loss for nationally-recognized restaurants—make a point to go the fair. If not to stop by the historic Old Grist Mill and sample hot hush puppies, it’s to share a giant turkey leg or try one of the new fried creations that are invented every year for the more adventurous among us. For those who enjoy a more quiet scene, the gardens are in full fall bloom and the Village of Yesteryear offers unique crafts and handmade goods from over 75 artisans. You’ll find weavers, master wood carvers, honey from local beekeepers, hand-thrown pottery, and the like.

international festival of raleigh

32nd International Festival of Raleigh

You may instead decide to attend the ever-growing International Festival, now in its 32nd consecutive year. People come for the dancing, the live music, shopping at a world’s bazaar, the beers, but most of all the food. Pakistani, Nigerian, Lebanese, Thai, Greek, Dutch, the list goes on. With 71 different cultures represented, this festival offers something for everyone. And once you’ve tried, say, the Brazilian cheese bread, you’ll probably want to make time for one of the cooking demos led by a local Brazilian chef. What’s truly great about the festival? It’s Raleigh’s International Festival, so the participants and attendees show up because they live in Raleigh, and they come out to celebrate the diversity that is Raleigh.

Not feeling the call for festival atmosphere this weekend? Raleigh’s got you covered. The weather is sunny and in the 70s. The NC Symphony plays Beethoven and Mendelssohn, the Carolina Ballet is presenting Sleepy Hollow, and the 2017 Southeastern Open for table tennis is happening. Yep, even ping pong tournaments.

Raleigh offers the kind of dynamic variety that visitors would expect from a much bigger city: events, concerts, cultural diversity, excitement, refinement, and amazing eats. But it enchantsthem to stay when they come to find the welcoming atmosphere, the natural beauty, and the small town charm. Maybe that’s why they chose Raleigh to build the Ware.

Nationally Recognized, Locally Inspired.

So, who are the folks designing the Ware?

And breathing new life into Transfer Co? Look no further than the acclaimed and local firm Clearscapes Architecture + Art. Founded in 1981, Clearscapes consists of both architects and artists alike, all dedicated to the idea that successful architecture should be a “functional piece of art that serves to engage and inspire its users and their community.”

downtown raleigh townhouse

Unlike other architecture firms, Clearscapes isn’t just about designing buildings, and the nearly 50 awards they’ve won over the past 32 years brings that to bear. Because artists are principles at their firm and foundational to the final product, Clearscapes bring a unique level of artistry and detail to their work. With over 100 art installations all over the U.S., their commitment to art speaks for itself. Next time you're at the NCMA, check out Gyre (1999): it's part of the permanent collection there.

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Among their accolades are recognitions for their historic preservations, including the transformation of Saxapahaw’s Historic Cotton Mill into the Rivermill Lofts and Haw River Ballroom, now a favorite venue of visiting artists.

Other incredible rehabilitations are right in the Ware’s downtown neighborhood, including the Contemporary Art Museum CAM RaleighMarbles Kids Museum, and the Lofts on W. Martin St.

videri chocolate factory raleigh nc

One of Transfer Co’s future tenants at #raleighsfoodhall can already attest for the level of functional style, yet local sensibility that Clearscapes brings. Videri Chocolate Factory brought them in to help convert an old depot into a unique destination where customers would feel invited to sit down for a cup of hot chocolate or go on a factory tour, to witness the entire chocolate-making process from start to finish. Not only did Clearscapes preserve and highlight the industrial feel of the old Raleigh Depot, but they built a functional factory and created a one-of-a-kind experience for Videri’s customers.

Clearscapes has built their business and reputation on a deep appreciation of art, on preserving the old beauty and charm of historic architecture, and delivering modern amenities and contemporary style. These are the designers behind your future home at the Ware. Waiting to design your “functional piece of art” that will engage you with your community and inspire you as your private oasis. 

Function+Form+Community+Home. 

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Wine, Cheese, and Art Anyone?

The Ware is not only next door to Transfer Co (#raleighsfoodhall) and in a prime walking location for great restaurants and the greenway, but it also is just blocks away from some of the best art in Raleigh. And the best night to see that art is on First Friday.

first friday art in downtown raleigh

On the first Friday of every month, from around 6PM to 9PM galleries, bars, retailers, and museums in and near downtown Raleigh open their doors. They welcome everyone from around the Triangle, from serious art buffs to gallery first-timers. Not only do you see the latest exhibits from established local artists, but here you can catch the rising stars of the local art scene and guest artists from all over the country.

You don’t have to be a serious art lover to enjoy it either; think of it like a downtown showcase festival. Retailers stay open late, bars and restaurants offer First Friday specials, and live music can be heard throughout downtown. With over 100 participants in downtown Raleigh, there’s something for everyone. Maybe you want to meet the artists and see them sculpting in action at Artspace. Maybe you want to head upstairs for a drink at the Architect for little background art and live music. Maybe you want to try a First Friday tequila flight special at Centro. Did I mention it’s BOGO at the Cupcake Shoppe Bakery at Glenwood South? Oh yeah, and just about every gallery has a bit of wine and light refreshments waiting for you to sample while you admire the art. Follow all the happenings with #TGIFFR, because in Raleigh, First Friday is the ultimate downtown experience!

Follow all the action on First Friday's Instagram.

Raleigh's Food Hall

Before The Ware opens its doors, you’ll want to have a proper introduction to the next door neighbor. Meet Transfer Co., #RaleighsFoodHall. If you can imagine a downtown market, a gourmet food hall, and a community gathering place all in one at your doorstep, you’ve nailed it.

Transfer Co Raleigh Food Hall

Situated in downtown’s historic Olde East neighborhood, one block from City Market, Transfer Co will be the mainstay for future Ware residents, Raleigh locals, and downtowners alike.

With an outdoor courtyard, street-side ordering, and a rooftop bar, you’ll want to come for quick bite on the go or arrive at breakfast and stay through dessert. Wait, stay all day? Easily. Here are the current vendors who will be setting up shop:

Boulted Bread Raleigh NC

Just months after opening in 2014, Boulted Bread started becoming the bakery of choice for many of the Triangle’s best restaurants. It might be the crispy baguettes…or the fluffy levain…or the flaky pastries. Maybe having their own stone mill for fresh ground flour is the secret.

jubala coffee

The word got out quickly about Jubala first’s location: Whether it was their pourover coffees, their biscuits, or their Pimento Bacon sandwich, people from all over Raleigh would make the trek. And now, Transfer Co will become their third location. The more the merrier.

saxapahaw general store

Saxapahaw is known for its Haw River Ballroom, but tucked away nearby is a general store that upon opening became one of the town centers for the community, businesses, local farmers, and transformative change. Now Jeff and Cameron are bringing their community stewardship, local sensibility, and vision to Transfer Co.

videri chocolate factory

Videri Chocolate Factory

Bean-to-bar is Videri’s method. At Videri, they start with the raw bean, and monitor the entire process from start to finish. Not only has their hands-on approach led to a loyal following but produced a variety of hand-curated varieties like Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and single origin 90% Ecuador Dark Chocolate, winner of the 2014 Good Food Award for chocolates. And you can sip on some hot cocoa while you shop, too.

centro gallo pelon

Centro & Gallo Pelón

Here, you’ll see two downtown favorites joining forces to offer both a full menu of Mexican cuisine and a full menu of mezcal. You can expect local sourcing and family recipes, and you’ll want to try everything. We recommend the Enchiladas de la Familia with the Senior Mezcal Flight to start.

che empanadas

Che is one of those best-kept secrets, almost like a speak-easy for empanadas. If Argentina was calling you for your catering needs or you were just craving some hot ones to pick up for dinner, you gave Anabel a call. Now, the wait is over for her first restaurant location, and we all couldn’t be more excited. Carne Dulce, anyone?

locals seafood raleigh

Locals is dedicated to bring fresh seafood hauled in by NC fishermen into the Triangle every day. They’ve been mainstays at the State Farmers Market and neighborhood farmers markets for years, and now they are going to bring their seafood know-how to both shop and table at Transfer Co. Fresh Outer Banks shrimp and soft-shelled crabs coming soon to a table near you.

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After you’ve had your fill of empanadas and fresh oysters, grab your friends for late night drinks at what will be the neighborhood bar for Olde East. With craft cocktails filled with unique combinations and fresh herbs, no wonder it’s a favorite spot for the local chefs.

Transfer Co’s warehouse may have began its life in 1926 as a one-story bus garage. And just recently, it stood preserved and empty as a historic building of Raleigh. But now, it’s being transformed into a bustling hub for local everything. Come summer 2018, Transfer Co. will arrive as #raleighsfoodhall.

Why Ware

Well, that’s a bit forward for an introduction.
 

Let’s start at the beginning: What is Ware

The Ware is a community. The Ware is a way of life that places you at the center point of Downtown Raleigh. It brings together incredible food, the excitement of downtown living, the charm of a walkable neighborhood, and the Capital City Greenway all at your doorstep.

Wow, so…where is it?

At the point where the hub of downtown Raleigh meets the quiet beauty of the greenway. It’s where, just blocks away, Raleigh’s best dim sum is served at Brewery Bhavana, one of Bon Appetit’s 10 best new restaurants. Or, try the Nolintha’s Bida Manda, named in 2016 by Business Insider best restaurant in NC. And on the days you’re in the mood for southern comfort food—James Beard style—you can head over to Beasley’s Chicken + Honey or Poole’s Diner. Want to grab a movie at IMAX afterward? It’ll be just a short walk home.

Who?

Makers. Creators. Award-winning chefs, locals, artists, designers, cyclists, and tech-gurus. Downtowners and greenway-ers. Community-builders and dwellers. That’s who!

When?

As soon as summer 2018, Raleigh's Food Hall Transfer Co. will open its doors. That means hot pour-overs and liege waffles from the folks at Jubala, crusty baguettes from Boulted Bread, fresh seafood from Locals, and steaming empanadas from Che right next door to your home.

And once word gets out, The Ware’s doors are soon to follow. Until then? Dust off your bike. Stroll through the newest galleries at Artspace. Take your kids to Marbles. They’ll keep you there long enough to decide which award-winning restaurant you want to try. Maybe. And if you’re looking for something different, find out what’s happening right now in downtown Raleigh here.

So, why Ware?

Because you have it all in one place. You can choose to enter the hustle of Raleigh’s thriving downtown and you can escape to the quiet peace of a suburban neighborhood. You can walk home with fresh produce or grab a table for a beer with friends. It’s convenient, it’s fun, it’s lively, and it’s home. It’s where you won’t miss out on anything. Think of it as intentioned living.

Nice to meet you.

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