LOCAL PRODUCTS & GIFTS
Shop Local & Buy Local
We all love the convenience and variety provided by “big box” stores, and we’re not hypocritical enough to tell anyone they should never patronize these types of establishments. There are times when we all need a variety of things and in this fast paced, modern world we often don’t have time to make multiple stops to do our shopping. What many of don’t realize is that locally and independently owned shops and restaurants offer just as good as, if not better value for your dollar than the big boxes.
We’ll stick to wine analogies for this digression, but the goods and services talked about apply equally to almost any type of retailer.
Pricing/Quality – Just like the larger retailers, we offer wines at every price point, from $5 to $500. Just because we’re a “specialty wine store” doesn’t mean we’re wine snobs and cater only to collectors and connoisseurs. Just like the big box and grocery stores, we sell more wine in the $10-$20 range than anything else. The difference is that our $10 bottle offers better value than theirs. Most of our wines are small production and hand-crafted, even at the sub-$15 range. We don’t have large advertising budgets or corporate overhead to pay and neither do our wineries. Our money and theirs is all going into the bottle.
Service – Ever try to go into the grocery store or larger retailer wine store and find someone who can tell you the difference between two wines on the shelf? Even if you could find someone to talk to, they probably couldn’t tell you the difference between a Cab and Merlot, much less recommend a specific wine. At Taylor’s we’ve tried almost every wine in the store and can assist with descriptions, food pairings, or tracking down and special ordering your favorite wine not on our shelves.
Your Money Stays Local – Shopping a locally owned business keeps more of your hard earned money in the local economy. Our owners and employees are all local, pay taxes here, and spend their money here. Local businesses are also more likely to support the local charities, sports teams and civic.
Taylor’s is proud of offer Larry’s Beans Coffees. They are a locally owned roaster that is happily committed to blending and roasting innovative uniquely delicious coffees — and making the world a better place. 100% of our coffee is Fair Trade, Shade Grown, and Organic, all slow-roasted to bring out passive solar construction, active solar systems, radiant floors, zoned heating, composting, and rainwater harvesting to minimize our impact on this awesome planet. We offer 15 Creative Blends and 15 Single-Origin Blends, along with limited- roast favorites like Rockin’ Holiday Blend, Woodstock Blend and Taylor’s Signature Blend.
CARRBORO COFFEE ROASTERS
Carrboro Coffee Roasters is a premier small batch artisan roaster that has drawn international attention. Our success lies in an unwavering commitment to sourcing the finest coffee through direct relationships at origin, expertly roasting these beans, and delivering a premium product to wholesale accounts and coffee lovers throughout North Carolina and beyond. We are equally dedicated to coffee education and training to ensure the best cup is brewed, and serve our award-winning coffee at two flagship shops, Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro and Caffe Driade in Chapel Hill.
President Scott Conary consults for companies, restaurants and cafes regionally and around the country and has served as a Certified Judge for the World Barista Championship for the last seven years. Conary has been training baristas in the U.S. and around the world for general knowledge and competition, and was also the only American Head Judge for the 2012 World Barista Championships.
The Pleasant Bee
Our newest local artisan crafted product is The Pleasant Bee honey. Al and Sarah Pleasants get fresh honey from their local hives to create honey bases lotions and soaps, and the tastiest pure honey you’ll find in Raleigh.
ESCAZU ARTISAN CHOCOLATES
This “Bean to Bar” chocolate producer is run by Raleigh resident Bob Hallot. They source, sort, roast, winnow and grind cacao beans to bring out the complexity of their flavors. The chocolate is then aged, tempered and poured into bars or handcrafted into truffles and chocolate confections, all right here in their local kitchen. We carry a rotating selection of their hand crafted bars like: Chipotle Chile & Vanilla, Pumpkin Seed & Guajillo Chili, Beauford Sea Salt Bar, Roasted Cocoa Nibs.
The family that is Norm’s Farms believes in the power of elderberry to help people heal themselves naturally, which is why Norm’s Farms is working hard to improve the supply of American elderberry products in the US. Plants are grown naturally and sustainably by family farmers, and Norm’s Farms products are made with love.
TIPPLEMAN’S “Not Quite Simple Syrups”
Husband and wife team Joe and MariElena Raya sought out to make the best syrups your cocktails could imagine. Crafting only the finest syrups for his nightly cocktail, Tippleman became obsessed with foraging the finest ingredients to fill his jars.
Tippleman’s is a series of “Not Quite Simple Syrups” that add complex flavor characteristics into cocktails and promote creativity to your drinks. Made in rather small batches, the finest quality ingredients are sourced and thoughtful techniques are applied to make a syrup that is complex in flavor and simple to use.
BAKERS’ SOUTHERN TRADITIONS PEANUTS
“From the Baker Family Farm To You”
Peanuts are our passion, and only the best peanuts we grow will do!
It is our family tradition to use only the best Virginia type peanuts that we grow on our farm to make our peanut snacks. From the lightly salted Blister Fried and Carolina Cajun peanuts, to the scrumptious Chocolate Covered peanuts, and the Jumbo Roasted in the shell, all of our peanuts are sorted again and again until we have the very best to share. We would like to share these delicious peanuts from our farm with you, and are certain that you will find them as satisfying as we do. Our hope is you will enjoy the taste of the Bakers’ Southern Traditions so much that you tell your friends about us as well! We look forward to hearing from you and providing you the best tasting peanuts you have every experienced.
The Baker Family
We are excited to carry these delicious local chocolates! Chocolates were never meant to be monotonous or mass produced, which is why Gerdan is doing their best to create chocolates that are mouthwatering, melt-in-the-mouth magic, using only the freshest, purest, natural ingredients. As they contain no preservatives, please consume within 10 days of purchase. 2017 Good Food Award Winner. Micro-batch hand crafted chocolates, truffles, brigadieros, caramels, *Brew Chews and toffee, all wrapped ‘n packed by hand. *Brew Chews are caramels made with real beer.
BLUE EYED PETE’S BBQ SAUCES
NEW! We are so proud to now carry the Yummy BBQ Sauces from Raleigh’s own Sean Fowler, Executive Chef/Owner of Mandolin!
- Mr. Soul’s North Carolina BBQ Sauce
- Blue Eyed Pete’s BBQ Sauce
JOHNSON’S FAMILY BBQ
We’re glad you found Durham’s favorite family-owned, hole in the wall barbecue joint. We smoke all our meat over hickory wood for up to 10 hours, so you know you are getting authentic, Eastern NC BBQ, handmade sides and desserts with great service every time you walk in the door.
AND, now they bottles up some AMAZING & TASTY BBQ SAUCES that we are proud to carry in the shop!
BIG WOODY’S EASTERN CAROLINA SAUCE & BIG WOODY’S CHICKEN & RIB SAUCE
THE GREAT NC BEER MAP
Created in Charlotte, designed in Raleigh, and printed in Burlington, the NC Beer Map is NC made, through-and-through. We’re excited to be have The Great NC Beer Map in stock! It’s the most comprehensive, data-packed, and graphic guide to our state’s craft beer scene, just released this October. You can buy a copy of the map in our shop to start exploring the 180+ breweries & 40+ beer festivals around NC. Wherever the NC Beer Map leads you, take note of your adventures! Aside from the logistical info for getting you to all the breweries around the state, the map is filled with interesting and helpful components like this one — a guide that takes you through every stage of the tasting process, helping you to identify certain characteristic in the look, smell, and taste of the beer.
THE GREAT NC BBQ MAP
With over 400 restaurants, shacks, and eateries, The Great NC BBQ Map is the most comprehensive guide to the original barbecue state. You’ll want to keep this map in your glove box, because it’ll be handy any time you find yourself on the road in North Carolina craving a little ‘cue. It’s good for grabbing a weekday lunch, finding a perfect road trip meal, or planning an entire barbecue tour around your area of choice. You’ll have all the info you need to track down your favorite BBQ. Our map symbols tell you whether each joint does whole-hog BBQ or part of the pig, how the BBQ is prepared (wood-only, gas/electric only, or a combination of both) and what styles of sauce are served. To track your travels, add on a set of map stickers to mark each restaurant you’ve visited.
OTHER LOCAL BUSINESSES WE LOVE!
MARGUAX’S RESTAURANT | SOUTHERN CRUISE & TRAVEL | http://thepleasantbee.com/
http://www.escazuchocolates.com/ | http://www.larrysbeans.com/ | http://carrborocoffee.com/
http://www.redoakbrewery.com/home.html | http://michaelsenglishmuffins.com/ http://poleplayfitness.com/ | http://www.bakerspeanuts.com/ | http://www.biofuels.coop