This last week our great friend, Jonathan Grant, aka The Culture Keeper, was in Raleigh hanging with us. Y’all have seen Jonathan before when we were Paris and many other places from time to time. When we are together, we always try to find time for a little adventure. This time we were all busy working, but we did take the time to wander Raleigh and discover. We probably spent 3 hours in a vintage and antique store in downtown Raleigh called, Father and Son. During our wanderings, Mike snapped some really great images to test out a new travel lens, Canon 40mm 2.8f, he just bought and is a little too excited about.
The day was a little chilly, with a bit of snow still sticking around with chance of rain. We began with an amazing wander through Askew Taylor , a local art store older than Raleigh itself, where I picked up some awesome new items for lettering and creating. If you are in Raleigh, come visit this place, this is just one room of the million hidden away in this gold mine. A better imagine would be the wand shop in Harry Potter, but instead full of art supplies. It is incredible.
Before hopping in to Father and Son we nabbed a coffee and a treat at our favorite local coffee and bakery, Yellow Dog. They always have something yummy they are fixing up, and full water bowl outside for our yellow dog. We really love the shops going in near their store right now.
Stacks of old books, hundreds of rare records, and super unique vintage clothes. I love vintage shopping, but I need someone like Jonathan with me to help me find all the treasures.
While wandering he found the most amazing patched up backpack that is right now available for purchase on his new site. He always finds the most unique things when we are shopping. His new shop is all focused on his finds during his travels, so I suggest checking from time to time especially once he heads to Paris and Istanbul.
While we were wandering around I found an early birthday present for Mike, an original Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys record. The packaging had seen better days, but the records were in perfect condition. The next day it was played non-stop on our record player. Perfect for a warm sunny day that felt like Spring.
As we left the store, a light rain started to fall. We wandered a bit more through Raleigh and found some new shops we hope to visit very soon more often. It is so cool how this city is changing all the time and new things are popping up.
There is nothing like a good weekend wander to give you an awesome new view of your city. So glad I could share the day with Jonathan, Mike, and our other friend Jordan. I love days like this.
What are your plans this weekend? We are headed out for First Friday in Raleigh and to celebrate the first week of February.