By Jeanne E. Fredriksen
Work has started and the ground is being prepared for the construction of the long-awaited three-story, 74-unit, elevator-equipped apartment community designated for 55-and-older tenants in the Granite Falls complex. Property Manager Kim Norton said she is taking names and numbers of persons interested in the apartments because neither rental rates nor applications for the one- and two-bedroom apartments are available yet. However, Norton said, “I’ll start calling people in about four or five months to come in and fill out the applications. That way, when it gets closer to when the building is just about done, all of the paperwork will be ready, and they can start picking which apartments they want.” To get on that list, call Norton at 919-263-1156.
La Raza Mini Market opened on November 11 at 6360 Rogers Road in Rolesville. Owner Liliana Cordova said she and her husband, Carlos Venegas, opened the store to fill a need. “We decided because there’s no other store like this in town,” she said, “and many people need one.” The store sells primarily Mexican foods – packaged and canned, plus cheese, sour cream and chorizo – and offers services such as phone cards and money transfers to Central and South America. Photocopy service is offered too. (984) 235-1848. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. seven days a week. Visit on Facebook and Google Plus.
On December 1, Greg and Tara Brelinsky became the new owners of Rosalini’s Pizza and Subs, located at 6210 Rogers R3oad in Rolesville. Greg, who trained as a chef, is looking forward to bringing new items to the menu such as more pasta dishes; daily, weekly and monthly specials; fresh-made soups; and gluten-free pizzas and pastas. They’re also working on a regular kids’ night during which families can get one free kids’ meal with a paid adult entrée. “We want to make this a family-friendly restaurant,” Greg said. “We want to be able to provide a good meal, a family-friendly atmosphere, and improved pricing and quality.” Look for the refined menu featuring items such as lasagna, manicotti, eggplant parmesan, spicy shrimp over a garlic oil spaghetti, raviolis and 35 pizza toppers. (919) 453-1466. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Mondays. Online ordering available. Delivery available 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Hours may change mid-January, so check www.rosalinispizza.com or the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Pretty Practical, a new retail shop in downtown Wake Forest, opened December 1 in the old Violin Shop at 145 S. White St. The store sells unique gifts, all made by local artisans. Owner Kim Wandrack said she started the business because she makes a book bag that can be used beside the bed or slipped under the mattress. After selling those and other items at craft shows and festivals, she decided it was time to expand. “When I decided to open the store,” Wandrack said, “I also brought in local crafts people and artists’ products, all of which must stay within the theme of being pretty and practical. All of our products have a utilitarian purpose.” (919) 609-9512. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday as of this month. Check online at www.prettypracticalnc.com or watch the store’s Facebook page for a grand opening in January.