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    The Porch — Ladies Clothing

    Old North State Adventure Club

    Old North State Adventure Club

    The Old North State Adventure Club, now accepting applications! 

    Anyone who has spent some time outdoors in North Carolina knows that there are so many amazing places in this state for a good adventure. Anywhere from the mountains to the sea, grab some friends, get out and explore. The Old North State Adventure Club design was something we wanted to create to bring together those who never shy away from a little exploration! 

    Being outdoors has proven beneficial time and time again. This is extremely true for children more so than others. Many articles like this one highlight the benefits of getting outside both for kids and adults. That's one reason why we decided to partner with The Scott-Free Scholarship Foundation for this design. A portion of the sale of each Old North State tee goes to this incredible organization that partners at-risk children with a summer camp to encourage kids to try new things, get outside, and have an adventure.

    These tees are made from a lightweight polycotton blend and made to stay comfortable through all your adventures! Get yours now in Men's and Women's Tees!

    "One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure." - William Feather

    Easy Rider Squirrel

    Easy Rider Squirrel

    This bike, this squirrel, and that helmet are all about Freedom.

    A while back, we heard a new store was opening in downtown Raleigh. Devolve Moto. A store with some of the most badass stuff to be found. The idea behind this store gave us a lot of inspiration to make a design for all the bikers out there. The real heroes tearing up the open road. After long hours and much bourbon, we knew what we had to do.

    And this is where another one of our favorite movies comes in...

    Easy Rider is a classic movie. Hands down. So we thought, "why not create a design loosely based around this movie." In reality, we just loved the idea of a squirrel on a motorcycle. This way we could pay homage to a great movie as well as Raleigh's unofficial mascot, the squirrel. And that’s how the idea for The Easy Rider Squirrel was born.

    Made from the pure feeling of freedom felt on the open road (or maybe an ultra soft polycotton blend), this design is available in Men’s Tees, Women’s Tanks, Kid's Tees, and Onesies!

    Get yours today!

    Raleigh Moon

    Raleigh Moon

    Football season is here!! Assemble your pack and get ready for game day! 

    The Raleigh Moon design is very much an evolution of all things that all came together to create this awesome design. Initially, we were playing around with the idea for a halftone design, something we hadn’t done previously.

    The idea started as a lunar phases design but after some thought and first drafts of the design we found that we weren’t as crazy about this idea as originally planned. In the past, we had also tossed around the idea of doing a design for NC State. Living in Raleigh and seeing the impact that college football has on people, we wanted to create something for gameday.

    That was when the idea for Raleigh Moon came along. We merged together the concepts from the previous designs and came up with what you see today, a Raleigh themed shirt, with a nod to the Wolfpack!

    Currently, we offer the Raleigh Moon design in Men’s Tees, Women’s Tees, Onesies, and Kids Tees.

    Shop the entire collection here!

    RALEIGH HUSTLES HARD - EDGE OF URGE

    We sat down with Jessie Williams, owner of Edge of Urge, for our second installment of Raleigh Hustles Hard. Jessie, along with a few other small business owners, play a key role in making the Person Street neighborhood as great as it is today. Edge of Urge and Lumina Clothing landed in Person Street Plaza in 2014, splitting the space between Yellow Dog Bread Co. and Wine Authorities.

    Edge of Urge has everything. Clothing, shoes, hats, scarves, Freakers, candles, jewelry, art, accessories, hilarious greeting cards, and even a room in the back where you can sit down and stare into Jean Claude Van Damme’s eyes. Is JCVD actually there? Is it just a poster with super life like eyes? Get in there and find out.

    It’s hard to last five minutes without making a purchase. As an artist and crafter who’s been hand sewing clothing since a teenager, Jessie has a great eye for quality products. Along with her amazing team, Jessie has managed to create a unique shopping experience for anyone. She’s a part of the growing slow shopping movement, providing a platform for local crafters and artisans to sell unique goods to the community. Jessie knows both sides, and how hard it can be for an entrepreneur to find their voice and make a living from their talents.

    Like so many other entrepreneurs and hustlers, Jessie walked many paths before ending up at Edge of Urge. She’s a native North Carolinian, but studied fashion and photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. Jessie, who thinks the word “fashion” in itself is a bit pretentious and stuffy, decided along the way that the fashion world wasn’t for her. She shifted her focus to sound and performance art, thinking she’d eventually end up working at a production or recording studio. As a hands-on, visual and auditory learner, that path made a lot more sense. Throughout this time, she never stopped creating and eventually started selling her art and other products to friends. As the business developed, she was turned off by the arduous battle of trying to sell wholesale to stores and other distributors.

    One day my mom told me about this space in Wilmington, NC that was only a few hundred dollars a month. So I took the chance and went down to setup the market with my stuff and some cool products from other crafters I knew in Chicago.” Edge of Urge was born in 2002 in a small $400 a month open-air space at a market in Wilmington, NC. “I was setup across from a guy selling only children’s dolls and swords”, Jessie said about her first space. Luckily, that was short lived. Edge of Urge moved to the JW Brook building in 2003 and then to their eventual home on 18 Market Street in downtown Wilmington, NC.

    Recognizing the support and appreciation Raleigh gives to local and small businesses, opening a second location in DTR was the logical next step. “We have a community based marketing style. Rather than putting a significant focus on online marketing and sales, we try our best to build lasting relationships in the community.”

    Jessie says the addition of the Raleigh shop has been extremely positive and rewarding and they have plans to further connect with the community through a series of pop-up shops and events. Look for their 1966 Vintage Shasta Camper around Raleigh this summer or stop into Edge of Urge at 219 E Franklin Street.

    Learn about Edge of Urge as well as a few of Jessie’s favorite small businesses in the area below:

     

    Thanks for stopping by the porch!

     

    Best,

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