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    Hustle Hard As Oak

    Hustle Hard As Oak

     

    "No matter what you want to do in life you have to have the determination to start and the intensity to hustle hard" - JoJo Polk, Core Fitness Studio

    Living in Raleigh allows to us live and work every day with some of the hardest working people we have ever had to honor to meet and it is this group of hustlers that inspired the Hustle Hard As Oak design. We wanted to make a tee especially for our community of local business owners who put in the work, hours, sweat, and tears to make their dreams a reality. Those that know and respect what it means to hustle hard. 

    Shortly after we released this design we started doing our Raleigh Hustles Hard blog series, where we would sit down with some of these influential hustlers around Raleigh and hear their stories. We wanted to showcase all the hard work and often goes unseen by some of our neighbors and friends. 

    Dress the hustle in the softest polycotton blend tees and tanks you'll ever find! We offer the Hustle Hard As Oak tee in options for the whole family: Men's Tees, Women's Tee, Women's Tanks, Onesies, Kids Tees 

    Read about our various Raleigh Hustles hard blog here:

    Calling All Raleigh Drinking Team Members

    Calling All Raleigh Drinking Team Members

    You know the palpable feeling of excitement and energy whenever a group of people gathers together in support of a singular objective? Whether that be to score a touchdown, goal, home run, or any common intention. Did you know you can get that same feeling when you and all your friends dress the same when you're out drinking? Well. Welcome to the Raleigh Drinking Team.

    Let's take it back in time for a moment. Back to 2014, during the previous World Cup. Seeing large groups of friends and strangers come together to publically to rally behind their team. Seeing the camaraderie and unity achieved really inspired us to want to create something that could give that same feeling to the amazing people of Raleigh. We wanted to have our own team in support of one of our favorite industries. Local breweries.

    The design started with the lone squirrel, but no team is complete without a proper crest. Even with the design almost complete it still felt as if it were missing something. That’s when the beer bottle was introduced. Once we gave the bottle to the squirrel the design seemed complete.

    If we’re being 100% honest with each other right now, we didn’t have a lot of faith in this design early on but once we saw how people reacted to this design we grew to love it. Groups of people would stop by our booth at various events all repping Raleigh Drinking Team gear and that’s when it really hit us that we had created a tee for the beer lovers of Raleigh.

    After the design had been out a short while we received a call from a kids clothing store asking if we made the design but for babies. Because let’s be real, who drinks more than a baby? (And we’re talking milk here) We made a quick swap to a baby bottle and created the jersey for our youngest team members!

    Currently, you can get Raleigh Drinking Team gear in Men’s Tees, Women’s Tees & Tanks, onesies, and koozies.

    Check out the collection and join the team today!

    Porch Fly Soaps

    Porch Fly Soaps

    Mountain Air

    Let's get personal for a second. When you shower does it smell like you're surrounded by fresh, North Carolina mountain air? Do your baths have the soothing qualities of lavender complemented by activated charcoal to pull out the impurities, dirt, and oil from your skin? No? Us either, until we decided to make some.

    Lavendar Charcoal

    Much like our candles, we wanted our soaps to not only smell incredible but to be better for your skin and provide a clean like no other. This was when we entered into a classic research montage. We tried and tested many different combinations of superior-quality ingredients to get us to the soaps we have now. We've probably never been so clean. 

    Himalayan Sea Salt

    All of our artisan soaps are made of 100% natural and local ingredients. It took a great deal of research to find the perfect ingredients that would result in a skin nourishing clean while maintaining a natural smelling scent. Those little chunks of stuff you see and feel in our soap are actually little pieces of the herbs used for that particular soap!

    Eucalyptus Hemp Tea Tree

    Right now our soaps are available in the follow scents:

    And we even have one for the puppy too!

    Check out the entire collection of soaps here!

    The Official Porch Fly Holiday Movie List

    It's the "Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"! Well, at least according to Andy Williams on every radio station imaginable. The holidays have a different meaning for everyone. For some it's about giving, for others it's about receiving. And for others, it's about Chinese food and a movie. No matter who you are or what you're doing over the holidays, there is always time to get comfortable with friends and family, grab a hot (bourbon) drink and watch a Christmas classic. Here's our 5 favorite holiday flicks to get you through the season. Enjoy!

    5. DIE HARD (1988)

    It's Christmas time in L.A., and there's an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi's high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah.


     



    Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
    Genre: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
    Directed By:
    Written By: Chris Columbus
    In Theaters:
    On DVD: Jun 22, 1999
    Runtime:

     

    Our Consensus: This movie is absolutely ridiculous. But let's be clear, if you didn't open up your biggest gift each year hoping just a little bit that it was a Mogwai, then we straight up don't trust you.

     

    3. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (1995)

    Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) usually approaches family reunions with a certain trepidation, but as she prepares to fly from her home in Chicago to her parent's place in Baltimore for Thanksgiving, she is more apprehensive than usual. Claudia has just lost her job, she's not feeling at all well, and her teenage daughter, Kitt (Claire Danes), who is staying behind, informs Claudia on the way to the airport that she plans to use the weekend to lose her virginity with her boyfriend.


    Rating: PG-13
    Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy
    Directed By:
    Written By: W.D. Richter
    In Theaters:
    On DVD: Nov 9, 2004
    Runtime:

     

    Our Consensus: If you're a living person with a family, this hits home. Has there ever been a more accurate portrayal of the stress and frustration of a family holiday? From the second that Claudia arrives home, the movie plays out like every son or daughters worst holiday nightmare. Most importantly...the infamous turkey scene. Everyone has wanted this to happen to at least one relative at one point or another. A realistic, instant classic.

     

    2. HOME ALONE (1990)

    Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they've left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood.


    Rating: PG
    Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
    Directed By:
    Written By: John Hughes
    In Theaters:
    On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
    Runtime:

     

    Our Consensus: This movie is every kids dream. Who hasn't dreamed of ditching (or being ditched by) your family for a weekend of a little "King of The Castle". Of course, a PG Pesci makes this movie even more amazing, but it's a pre-heroin Macauly Caulkin's performance that makes this a bonafide childhood favorite. Now keep reading, ya dirty rascal!

     

    1. RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER (1964)

    This stop-motion animagic version of the classic Christmas tale adds a bit of a twist when Rudolph encounters an abominable snowman. This was made for TV and features Burl Ives as the narrator.

    WE LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH, WE'VE PROVIDED THE FULL LENGTH FILM BELOW


    Rating: Unrated
    Genre: Television, Animation, Kids & Family, Classics
    Directed By: , ,, , , ,, , , , , ,
    Written By: Romeo Muller
    In Theaters:
    On DVD: Oct 17, 2000
    Runtime:

     

    Our Consensus: Yeah, we're serious. We love everything about this from the insane re-imagination of the plot line to the grainy and awkward stop-motion animation. We can't really explain how important this movie was to us growing up. Burl Ives was like our jolly, round, cigar smoking grandfather. This classic immediately brings you back to a simpler time in your life. You might even want to slip on an adult onesie for this one..it just feels right.

     

    Check out these honorable mentions!

    6. BAD SANTA (2003)

    7. EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990)

    8. A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1938)

    9. NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION (1989)

    10. THE REF (1994)

     

    Happy Holidays from the Porch Fly Family!

    RALEIGH HUSTLES HARD - TROLLEY PUB

    Kai Kaapro, owner of Trolley Pub, first had the idea for a pedal powered party machine in 2010 after seeing a similar vehicle while traveling in Amsterdam. At the time, an eco-friendly, pub-crawling trolley was a novelty. After returning to the states, Kai contacted his old fraternity brother, and soon to be business partner with a great new idea. Fast-forward to 2015, Trolley Pub operates pedal powered booze cruises in five locations across the country. We sat down recently with Kai for our latest installment of Raleigh Hustles Hard to learn more about how Raleigh’s favorite mobile party came to be.

    Kai, who was attending law school at the time, said he never had an entrepreneurial spirit. “This wasn’t planned. I never expected to be anything but an attorney. We really just wanted to build the first one out of curiosity. We thought it was a really cool idea and wanted to see what would happen.” After painstaking research, they finally found a manufacturer in Bend, Oregon willing and able to build the first Trolley Pub prototype.

    In 2011, Kai and his business partner founded Trolley Pub, LLC and opened the first location in Tucson, AZ. “I tried to run it while I was still in law school in Pennsylvania. It didn’t work out very well, if you can imagine. Eventually, a large streetcar project caused the Tucson location to lose viability. “Luckily, I had a good friend in Jeff Murison, the president of the Hillsborough Street Association in Raleigh. I was discussing my situation with him at a conference and he immediately suggested Raleigh as a perfect location.” Trolley Pub Raleigh opened in the spring of 2012. “The environment in Raleigh is perfect. After visiting, I quit every obligation I had and moved out here. I met my wife the first week I was here, on the Trolley Pub! Raleigh has been so good to me.”

    It was hard for us to categorize Trolley Pub. Is it a transportation service, a downtown Raleigh tour operator, a mobile bar? Technically, it’s all of the above, but Kai assures me it’s much simpler than that. “People are renting it out for a fun group experience, while getting to know the area better better. At the end of the day, Trolley Pub is just entertainment.”

    While it’s all entertainment for the customers, owning Trolley Pub is not easy. There is a lot of moving parts and liability when it comes to operating a mobile BYOB bar for 14 people. However, Kai admits that the biggest challenges were the legal hurdles when launching. “Between both the city and state regulations, licenses for motor carriers, alcohol licenses and laws, the hardest part was being granted the right to legally operate.” He says he was a bit naïve in the beginning, which helped him to jump right in. “I had never been out of college in the real world so I was very over confident thinking this would be easy.” There have been numerous obstacles unique to each location, but Raleigh was an outlier in terms of the launch process. “In 2012, Raleigh basically just said OK. They wanted to work with us from the beginning and we’ve still never really had an issue with this city.” Unfortunately, that’s not been the case elsewhere for Trolley Pub. Opening in Arlington, VA was much more difficult given its proximity to Washington, DC. “We had to take our case up to the state level, and eventually try to have a bill passed for our business to operate.” Even with all the regulatory hurdles, Trolley Pub Arlington opened in 2013. In 2014, the Madison (WI) and Houston (TX) locations were born. Most recently, Trolley Pub opened a location in Charlotte and has plans to expand into the Virgin Islands in November. Kai has a vision for further expansion, focusing on emerging markets like Wilmington (NC) and Detroit.

    On a more local level, Kai’s vision for Trolley Pub Raleigh is focused on transforming the warehouse at 323 W Davie Street, which is currently the trolley take-off point, into a hang out spot. “We’re still in the preliminary planning stage, but our ultimate goal is to build out a gift shop / bottle shop in the front of the store selling local merchandise and have a sandwich bar style restaurant in the back connecting to a rooftop bar.”

    Even with all the positive forward motion, Trolley Pub has had its fair share of detractors. Some downtown Raleigh residents have called it loud and obnoxious, while others have had issue with the vehicles slowing down traffic. Kai tells me, even though he was a bit thin skinned at first, it was important to him to be attentive to feedback and open to criticism while maintaining his vision and goals for the customer experience. “It hurt my feelings at first because I’ve thrown everything into this but ultimately it’s more important to me to be a good neighbor to the folks who live and work downtown. If someone has an issue, we try our best to be extremely responsive. If someone doesn’t want us near his or her house, we’ll change the route. We’ve even changed hours of operation to be more accommodating, late night. We’ve also spent a lot of time training our staff to be responsive and enforce the rules strictly."

    Although Kai had no plans to be a small business owner, he finds that this lifestyle suits him better than he expected. “Once I dipped my toes in, I enjoyed being a business owner so much that I stuck with it. My favorite part is finding ways to please the customer and making sure they are happy with the money they’ve spent. Selfishly, I love the time management, control, and creative freedom it allows me, but more importantly I love seeing people walk away happy.”

    Learn more about Trolley Pub and some of Kai’s favorite small businesses in the area below:

    Thanks for stopping by the porch,

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