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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 2 28 RALEIGH Raleigh BY ALYSSA LAFARO as cocktail creativity. One food writer says the city is currently experiencing a "whiskey bar moment," with two new establishments focusing on the smooth and spicy liquor: Dram & Draught and The Whiskey Kitchen, featuring more than 200 types of whiskey. Beer is also king in this "City of Oaks." So many craft breweries have bubbled to life in the past five years that Raleigh now has what's called the "Beer Trail"— a roadmap of 25-plus local brewing companies that begins at the state's capital city and weaves through Wake Forest, Holly Springs, and Fuquay-Varina. Eighteen of those reside in Raleigh. Check out the bicycle-themed Crank Arm Brewing, which has been creatively naming its beer since 2013. Try the Unicycle Single Hop Pale Ale, Holy Spokes Smoke Porter, and Low Gear Irish-Style Dry Stout. Another local favorite, the female-owned Raleigh Brewing Company is the third-largest production brewery in Wake County. A few of its signature beers include the Hell Yes M'am Belgian Golden Ale, the Coffee Hidden Pipe Porter, and the Moravian Rhapsody Czech Pilsner. These culinary successes earmark Raleigh as a thriving business hub. In fact, since 2007, the city has continuously made Forbes' list of "The Best Places for Business and Careers" and, for some years, was the only city on the East Coast to make the top-10. In 2014, Raleigh's business costs were 18 percent below the national average and, today, it has the second-highest gross domestic product growth across all metro hubs in the nation. What's more, the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce expects the city will yield 12,000 new jobs in 2017. Endless resources for local entrepreneurs help stimulate this economic growth. The Service Corps of Retired Executives provides free counseling and low- cost workshops to startups and small business owners, while the Downtown Raleigh Alliance offers services and programs focused on planning, marketing, and conflict resolution needs. The nonprofit NC Idea works with young technology companies, helping them obtain early- stage grant funding and mentorship. Other business assistance groups and programs focus on the niche populations in Raleigh, which is home to growing Hispanic (12 percent of the population), African- American (28 percent) and Asian (4 percent) populations. These include the North Carolina Chinese Business Association and North Carolina Institute of Minority Economic Development, as well as the Women's Business Center of North Carolina (more than half of Raleigh residents are female). >> Burgers sizzle, waiting to be topped with things like cream cheese, bacon-onion jam and "tortilla dust." Sweat slithers down the sides of a chilled mug filled with crisp, fresh, home-brewed beer. Outside, a woman shrouded in sparkles hangs from blue satin ribbons secured to a metal structure, and soars across the sky. Down the street, a couple dances as the hands of a nearby musician race across the keys of a rainbow-colored piano. This is Raleigh — a city bursting with flavor, a surprise around every corner. "[Raleigh] is now a place that people leave other cities to come and experience for all the unique things that are specific to this place," Ashley Christensen, chef and proprietor for AC Restaurants, says in visitRaleigh's promotional video. Winner of "the Oscar for food" — the James Beard Award — the young chef exemplifies someone truly rooted here, someone who took advantage of the opportunities this city has to offer. Today, she owns five Raleigh-based businesses: Poole's Diner (comfort food classics), Beasley's Chicken + Honey (traditional Southern fare), Chuck's (burger joint), Fox Liquor Bar (craft cocktails, beer and wine), Death & Taxes (wood- fire delicacies) and Bridge Club (a private event space and cooking classroom). Raleigh, home to more than 1,200 area restaurants, competes hard with some of the best cities across the nation for food. Zagat placed it at number 19 on its list of the "26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016," and Southern Living once named it one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South." This nearly 459,000-person city explodes with flavors that cross cultures, as well collaboration, culture and creativity

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