Owner Meghan Rosensweet is closing the shop because of her young children. A chocolatier with culinary arts training from Le Cordon Bleu, Rosensweet opened the business in 2010. The shop sells gourmet chocolates, barks and baked goods.
She said the West Franklin Street space was empty for a few years prior to the shop’s opening, and was last inhabited by a takeaway Asian restaurant. She said the plan is not to sell their chocolate business in case they decide to re-open one day.
“This decision did not happen lightly, and though we love our business, and all of your support, family has to come first,” a note on the company’s website states. “We are leaving on our terms, so that gives us goals for the future.”
Durham climbing facility to close: The Vertical Edge Climbing Center is closing later this month, according to the owner. The climbing center opened more than 17 years ago in Durham.
The business’ owner and founder, Hobie Wright, said the building that houses the center at 2422-D N.C. 70 in Durham is being sold, and the new owner doesn’t want any tenants. The closure is set for Dec. 23.
“To have it come to an end because of something I didn’t have any control over is a little bit aggravating,” Wright said.
Joanne Fried, director of media and public relations for U-Haul International, said the property is under contract, but the company has not closed on the purchase yet.
If the purchase goes through, Fried said the facility would be a U-Haul moving and self-storage center that would provide self-storage, truck, and trailer rentals.
“We’re still looking at it at this point in time; there’s still some approvals that we sill have to go through at our headquarters on it,” Fried said.
Wright said he has no plans to re-open the business in another location. He said he originally opened the center because climbing was a hobby, and he felt there was a need for a facility. He said indoor climbing was a “fairly new thing” at the time.
“It was basically a gamble to start it,” he said. “It’s evolved quite a bit,” he added. “It’s quite a popular activity now. We work with kids, adults, special needs populations, if they got the will to climb, we can make it happen.”
Employee Alex Stieglitz said there are no other climbing facilities in Durham. Stieglitz said the closest facility is Triangle Rock Club in Morrisville. He said there’s talk about a plan to try to open up a new gym somewhere.
Guglhupf Christmas market: Guglhupf Bakery, Café & Restaurant is holding its annual German Christmas Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
It will include sales of German street food such as bratwurst, doughnuts and apple fritters, beverages such as specialty coffee and German and local beer, holiday gifts, children’s activities, and artwork and collectibles.
SoundPure expanding: The Durham-based instrument and recording equipment business SoundPure is holding a grand opening on Friday and Saturday for a new building that will house a showroom for electric guitars, amps, and drums.
The company said on its website that its existing location at 808 Washington St. will continue to house its acoustic collection.
The grand opening for a building next door will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The event is planned to include musical performances, clinics, demonstrations, and in-person specials, according to a news release.
The business acquired Raleigh-based Indoor Storm last year. In addition, owner Todd Atlas said SoundPure bought the building next door to its existing facility for its retail location. It has sold guitars, drums and audio equipment.
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