Johnston/So. Wake County

VOL15ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUmE 15—ISSUE 1 18 clayton Clayton by lindsey Grey Business owners are leading the charge in the town of Clayton by renovating, repurposing and restoring life to old buildings in the downtown district. Shabby chic home décor pieces and painted furniture are main attractions at Three Little Birds Antiques & Vintage store located in the former Pittman Jewelers building. "At Three Little Birds we believe in creating and designing beautiful spaces using quality, eco-friendly products," said owner Christi Thompson. "We love to help everyone from the DIY'er to the person needing assistance reinventing their space." Wine on Main is a transformed residential house on Main Street into an upscale wine shop and cofee bar. The Wagner House was awarded "Best Curb Appeal" by the town of Clayton for adding to downtown beautifcation. Paul and Dawn Black upgraded the historic house as a venue for modern events and weddings while preserving the home's rich heritage. Lynn and Paul Auclair left engineering jobs to start Deep River Brewing which started as a home brewing hobby for friends. Their dedication to the craft of brewing is paying of with production doubling each year, and putting Clayton on the craft beer map. Repurposing a former cotton-spinning mill was an important step that has led to a bustling business for the frst "legal" brewery in Johnston County. The brewery continues to expand and draw crowds on the weekend. Last summer, Deep River's seasonal Double D's Watermelon Lager caused a sensation with the can that looks like a slice of watermelon. Try the pumpkin- pie porter in fall and a Belgian brewed with Johnston County sweet potatoes in winter. The tap room stays busy, and on Thursdays a popular running group gathers at the brewery. "The town has been great to work with, they really just rolled out the red carpet when we came here because I think they know we want to make Clayton a destination," said Paul Auclair. "I think you can see from the growth of the area that it's really starting to become a place that people fock to." For its impact in downtown and the county, Deep River was named the "2016 Clayton Business of the Year." Beer euphoria extends to the Clayton Beverage Company on US 70 ofering craft beer from all over the world. The Flipside Restaurant is renovating a downtown space to open its North Carolina Craft Beer Pub in the spring. If beer is not your cup of tea you can try a glass of Pinot at Wine on Main. The renovated house is more than a place to drink wine; it has reenergized the heart of downtown and has become the town's meeting place. Co- owners Temple Phipps and Clark Hipolito keep the shelves stocked with wine not found in grocery stores including the prestigious Chateauneuf-du-Pape and other hard-to- fnd vintages. The inviting atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for intimate gatherings where local art and gifts are showcased. The entrepreneurs are in tune with the pulse of Clayton and quickly adapted to needs in downtown. When a local cofee shop closed, Phipps and Hipolito opened a cofee bar serving uniquely roasted Torch cofees and fresh bagels. The space also hosts enticing events including an appearance by the keyboardist/vocalist Jonathan Cain of the world famous band Journey. The perfect blending of wine, art, music, cofee, friends and family made Wine on Main the right choice for the 2016 Outstanding New Downtown Business award. Hipolito is more than a business owner. The award- winning commercial and interior designer has renovated restaurants and redecorated the homes of Fortune 500 CEO's. He's painted everything from surfboards, to guitars to murals at the RBC Center, home of the Carolina Hurricanes. Hipolito is active in the local art scene, and is instrumental in hatching unique projects like the "Before I Die" rotating expression wall. This interactive public art project located in the middle of Horne Square on Main Street invited people to share their personal life aspirations in a public space. The boards brought out thousands, including one successful marriage proposal. Hipoltio is also involved in the town's 4th annual Downtown Clayton Sculpture Trail where artist from all over North Carolina and beyond showcase their works in public locations around town for a year – a project that energizes visitors and residents alike. Other community business award nominations were given to Mannings Restaurant and Rejoyce Gifts. >> entrepreneurs, expansions, a shindig

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