Michelle Smith in her new artisan space, Gather, to open late August in downtown Cary. Gather is planned to be a co-working, studio and professional development space for emerging artisans, along with a retail “pop-up” shop to be held every quarter.

The Brief History of a Downtown Retail and Artist Hub

Six months after artisan incubator Kindred Raleigh Boutique suddenly closed in downtown Raleigh, Michelle Smith, the creative force behind the concept, is regrouping for new artisan space Gather. EntreDot, the business incubator with the lease on Kindred, pulled the plug after just three months.

Earp’s Seafood will Rebuild

Saturday’s tornado destroyed Earp’s Seafood Market, a South Saunders Street landmark for more than 40 years. The family said this week they will rebuild.

Church has Big Plans for Empty East Raleigh Lot

A huge lot bordering one of the main corridors to the state capitol has been a blank slate for years, but a change in owners could change all that. Vintage 21 Church plans to close a $1.7 million deal this fall on 8 acres of land currently owned by the Raleigh Rescue Mission just east of downtown.

What to do about 21st century potholes?

Raleigh is on its way to a new system where people can report non-emergency problems from their cell phones. Using a service called SeeClickFix along with the capabilities of the iPhone, BlackBerry and Android mobile phones, Raleigh residents will be able to report problems like potholes or downed power lines.

Luxury condo development in trouble

A bank filed a lawsuit in late January against John Bruckel and David Iauco, developers of Bloomsbury Estates. The seven story estate is perched on the corner of Boylan and Hargett streets overlooking Raleigh’s cityscape and the convention center’s prismatic oak tree.

Despite Bloomsbury Estates’ striking Second Empire design and downtown location, some potential buyers have shown signs of disappointment. hree complaints have been filed against Brucknell since construction of the condominiums began. Two are still pending and one has been voluntarily dismissed. And then there is the most recent complaint.

Hillsborough St. businesses down 30 to 50 percent, owners say

Business owners along Hillsborough Street across from N.C. State University report that sales are down 30 to 50 percent since construction began over the summer. Construction on the $10-million Hillsborough Street Improvement project began in mid-August and should be done by September 2010.