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Ideas to watch in 2020

As we start a new year, Raleigh Convergence is sharing 20 ideas to watch in 2020. [see the first 5 + the next 4]


IDEA #10: Raleigh embraces wellness

Raleigh is already pretty fit -- Mindbody’s Wellness Index clocked it in at the 10th healthiest city in the country and 76% of people exercise at least once per week, according to a recent list from Business Insider.

But in 2020, there will be even more ways to promote wellness in Raleigh.

Two examples come from the founders of Raleigh Group Fitness, Brit Guerin and Ashley Liu Kirkman, who built a community of fitness and wellness enthusiasts. 

In 2020, there will be some changes. First, Raleigh Group Fitness is now part of Offline Media. Offline Raleigh-Durham offers a premium subscription service to entertainment locales that is similar to the RGFx program that ended in late 2019. The new RGF will be folded into Offline Premium, which will add more fitness and wellness discounts and access. Ashley will be the head of fitness and wellness partnerships at Offline. 

Brit is opening a wellness space in Southeast Raleigh, Current Wellness, with her partner Nathan Williams. The physical and mental health wellness center will include a movement studio, a teaching kitchen and co-working space for wellness practitioners and its ethos is all about inclusive wellness. [read more at]

Idea #11: A growing music scene

In case you missed it, Raleigh has a great music scene. Even if you can’t pop in to discover local talent on a regular basis at local venues, Oak City Sessions YouTube videos can introduce you to new Raleigh bands to know. 

Need more proof Raleigh’s scene is growing? Listen to the vision of a local venue owner in the latest Podcast Raleigh episode with Adam Adam Lindstaedt, who owns the Pourhouse Music Hall and Record Shop with his wife Lacie. Or, take in one of the touring emerging acts that Tin Roof is bringing through as part of the Nashville Hits the Roof series, a new-in-2019 venue bringing regional talent to Glenwood South. 

Idea #12: Chavis Park 

Work finally began at historic Chavis Park last year. Timelines don’t put the project’s completion until spring or summer 2021, but interior work for the new two-story community center in scheduled to be in progress by summer 2020

Idea #13: Infill design

Adding density in the core of the city is a move to affordable housing, but with examples of infill from noted architects and inspiration from @raleighinfill Instagram, we’ll be talking more about design in 2020, not just policy.

Your ideas: I asked for the things you’re looking forward to in 2020, and a few of you answered.

Idea #14 from subscriber Jen Baker:

"I hope we redefine what “organic” means in the next 10 years. Not just fruits and veggies grown without chemicals, but the opportunity to make “organic” connections and build communities again. 
Taking out the headphones and opening up to conversations at the local coffeeshop or bar, at community tables. ... Chatting with your neighbors on the front porch, or even better yet, while you’re out gardening in the front yard. Organizing a monthly neighborhood trash cleanup with a followup potluck the next weekend. 
Rediscovering what it’s like to meet a new person without a dating app between the two of you. Allowing kids to play outside, unstructured, without rushing to the next planned activity. Volunteering to make a difference, for people, for the environment, for yourself.
In 2020 and beyond I hope we remember how to really connect, and slow our minds and lives down enough to actually enjoy each moment without documenting it for our extended family, friends or followers."

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Check out a N.C. State Women's basketball game

It’s midway through the college basketball season, and if you’re following your favorite team, its storyline has already become crystal clear: UNC is having its worst season in years; NC State continues trying prove it belongs up there with the big boys; and Duke is still Duke (no explanation necessary).

But there’s one tale that has hardly been told, particularly in the local media – the story of the N.C. State women’s team, currently 14-1 and ranked #9 in the nation. [read more]
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Chef Jake Wood will open Lawrence BBQ in Boxyard RTP, a building food and drink destination in Research Triangle Park using shipping containers around an open-air pavilion. Expect wood smoked whole-hog barbecue and other proteins as well as N.C. seafood like oysters. [read more]

Chefs Scott Crawford and Kenny Gilbert will host a philanthropic culinary event, Savor Sweeter Dreams, to raise money for Green Chair Project to purchase beds for Wake County children who need them. More than 5,000 kids in Wake County don't have a bed of their own to sleep in. A ticket to the paired dinner at Crawford & Son will provide a bed for one child. A ticket to the full evening, which includes a champagne reception at Jolie (where you can meet new-to-Raleigh celebrity chef Kenny), will provide two beds. [tickets]

You can request an absentee ballot for the March primary now. [form]

Presidential candidate Tom Steyer visited the Women's Center of Wake County in his Triangle area campaign stop. [read more]

You can learn the new value of your home beginning today, or wait for a mailer from Wake County. [read more]

Tickets are now on sale for Converging Stories: The First Love, from Raleigh Convergence x Transfer Company. [tickets]

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