How to conquer Cyber Monday

29 11 2010

While getting up at absurd hours in the morning and fighting hoards of shoppers on Black Friday may your cup of tea, many prefer to stay in their pajamas and take advantage of deals online.

Today is Cyber Monday, and major retailers are offering killer deals.

Here are a few hot gifts that are on sale today:

Hoodiebuddie is a brand new product that fuses fashion with function. Built-in headphones are a crucial asset for any iPod owner or workout fiend. What better gift for that young, hip person on your list? If you missed the 50% off Cyber Monday deal, you can still get 10% off by “liking” Hoodiebuddie on Facebook.

This year’s hot item, the iPad, is 10% off on eBay today.

Urban Outfitters
has unique gifts like vintage-styled roller skates and Budweiser Christmas sweaters. Many items are marked down today and shipping is free!

Get your designer shoe and clothing fix! Great site-wide Cyber Monday deals:
Piperlime: 20% off with code LUCKY20
New York & Co.: 50% off and free shipping with code 2757
Eddie Bauer: 30% off and free shipping with code CYBERDAY
Reebok: 40% off entire order and free shipping with code CYBER40
Ross-Simons: 30% off + free shipping with code 30FREESHIP through 12/01/2010
Tommy Hilfiger: 40% off and free shipping.
ZAGG: 50% off sitewide
7 For All Mankind: 50% off sweaters & outerwear w/code WS2010

Giving the gift of an experience is a nice alternative to a material gift the recipient may or may not like. You can give the gift of a great meal with dining certificates from, 80% off on Cyber Monday with the code DEAL.

Sites like Groupon offer daily, localized deals on experiences (like hot air baloon rides or salsa lessons) at a discounted rate with the option of giving it as a gift or using it for yourself. You usually have about a deal to use the Groupon. Livingsocial is a similar site offering 1-day deals on restaurants, spas and events.


Free week at Triangle Yoga

6 04 2010

April 9th to the 16th just stop in for a free yoga section and see what you like.

For me, the whole DAY is better when I’ve done yoga.

Franklin Street Yoga also gives you a free session the first time you go and its a little better if your a beginner. Triangle yoga can get intense!


Metal show at the Reservoir tonight – no cover!

9 11 2009

I would describe the Reservoir as a dingy rock-n-roll dive bar with loads of character. Think tattoos, long hair, black tees… so wearing a pink Lacoste polo is not recommended. It is a convenient location off of W Franklin Street (barely Carrboro.)

The line-up tonight is mainly metal and features Carrboro locals, Systems, who have a growing fan base.

Opening up for them will be Atlas Moth from Chicago ( Bluesy sludge and 60s psychedelic) and HOG from Durham (heavy-doom metal).

The show starts at 10 p.m. and will run until roughly 1:30 a.m.

The Reservoir has been smoke-free for a little over a week now, but after seeing the regulars who have been chain-smoking there for years I am guessing it will be more like months before the grunge and nicotine coating the walls will finally dissipate.

Reservoir Bar

In addition to the free show tonight, you can always play darts and pool for free! And PBR’s are always about a $1.50.

Free tastings for new local beer

20 10 2009

For two weeks starting Friday, October 23rd, Weaver Street Market will be the only place selling beer from the LoneRider Brewery, a new microbrewery in Raleigh.

Various Weaver Street Market locations will have free chocolate and local beer tastings as follows:

Southern Village
Friday, October 23, 4 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.


Home Brew


** Note: Another (fun!) way to save money is to brew your own beer. And if online tutorials aren’t enough, the LoneRider Brewery in Raleigh is also offering classes for home-brewing ($20 p.p.)





Free Cookies and Cider/ Ghost Stories/ Bluegrass Music/ Kiddy Costume Contest

Carrboro- Friday, October 23, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.



Acoustic Open-Mic

Hillsborough- Every Thursday 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.


Show performers:

October 22nd: Sinful Savage Tigers


October 29th: Tim Stambaugh

*Bonus! Steve Toll – From 5 till 6pm Steve Toll presents the family music program.


Free jazz music on the lawn.

Carrboro- Sunday, October 25, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

(These jazz brunches always cause very limited parking, so try to walk or bike if possible.)

Free Music! Deer Tick show in Raleigh and more.

19 10 2009

Deer Tick, a consistent blog favorite from Providence, Rhode Island, will play at Schoolkids Records on Hillsborough St. in Raleigh today at 3 p.m.

Their new album, Born on Flag Day, came out in June of this year.

Expect the store to be packed, but for the show to be great.

They will also play a show at the Local 506 on Franklin Street this evening, albeit not for free.

More free shows in Raleigh for the Cherry Bounce Festival:

TONIGHT, 9:30 p.m. there will be an all acoustic set featuring Brian Corum, Jason Kutchma and Matt Douglas at The Raleigh Times.

THURSDAY, Oct. 22, 10 p.m. Free Electric State, Gross Ghost and The Poles will play a WKNC showcase at Tir Na nOg in Raleigh.

SATURDAY, Oct. 24, starting at noon will be the following lineup playing at the Raleigh Times:

Sky Larkin (noon)

Old Avenue (1:45 p.m.)

Peggy Sue (3 p.m.)

The Balance (4:15 p.m.)

Schooner (5:30 p.m.)

Fin Fang Foom (6:45 p.m.)

The Hood Internet (8 p.m.)

Man Man (9:30 p.m.)

Raleigh Wide Open fireworks will follow

Carrboro free market celebrates five-year anniversary

6 10 2009

What started as a community effort now marks a collaborative town tradition as Carrboro’s Town Commons morphs into a “really really free market” on the first Saturday of every month.

This past Saturday was the five year anniversary of the event. Locals celebrated with cake, puppets and some questionable-yet-hilarious performance art.

It’s a great place for local produce with an aftertaste of “anarchist resistance.” I try to bring something to give away every time that I go, but it is not a requirement. From boots to baked goods to bookshelves… it’s all really, really free.