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Old 10-31-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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Recently I saw some signs that a few stores have opened in Lafayette Village so I stopped by today to check on the progress and was surprised to to see that not only have a few of the stores opened but several others store fronts are leased out. This shopping center has a disticnt European feel. I know some may not like the look, but I have to admit I like the different feel it has and am starting to think this place may just do ok in that part of North Raleigh once it really gets rolling. I love that they have a central courtyard (hope to see some live entertainment there in the warmer months) and I am ecouraged by the types of shops that are planned. They still have a ways to go, but here are some of the shops / restaurants they already have leases for:

Upper Crust Bakery -open
Antonio's Gourmet Market
Jubala Village Coffee
Paparazzi Italian Restaurant
Henry's Gelato
Village Pub
Savory Spice -open
Simply Crepes
Vinos Finos y Picadas
Von Kekel
Anna and Alice - open

Pictures from my visit to Lafayette Village - October 31, 2010




















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Old 10-31-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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very cool!! looks like a neat place with some interesting shops/restaurants. i like that it's different, and not your typical strip mall/shopping center. thanks for sharing!
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Old 10-31-2010, 09:40 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Looks good! It's just too bad that this development isn't bigger and that it isn't really in a walkable location. The closest possible "walking" residents to it in Raintree are required to cross a very busy Falls of Neuse Road.
This is the sort of development that should also be considered for infill lots nearer the city center in more walkable locations on narrower and slower roads.
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Old 11-01-2010, 12:21 AM
 
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Well, being new to the area, this looks like something that I would love to check out. Thank you so much for posting it.
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:03 AM
 
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As usual great pics We could do with a development like that over in West Cary, where there is some character and interesting shops restaurants rather than the usual chain names. Shame the Village Pub wasn't open
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Agreed. It's also too bad that they didn't develop this as true mixed use with ground floor retail and upper floor condos/offices/etc, with maybe a few townhouses thrown in for good measure. That would really give it a European feel.

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Looks good! It's just too bad that this development isn't bigger and that it isn't really in a walkable location. The closest possible "walking" residents to it in Raintree are required to cross a very busy Falls of Neuse Road.
This is the sort of development that should also be considered for infill lots nearer the city center in more walkable locations on narrower and slower roads.
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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So cute! Once it's got a few more stores open I'll definitely have to check it out.
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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I drove around it a few weeks ago.

It is "European" in a Disneyesque sort of way.

But it'll be fun to check out the new shops/restaurants.
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:19 AM
 
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I drove around it a few weeks ago.

It is "European" in a Disneyesque sort of way.

But it'll be fun to check out the new shops/restaurants.
Ha ha, I was thinking the same thing... "Disney" sums it up succinctly.

Thanks for the photos; they've made more progress than I expected as well.
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:24 AM
 
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awesome!
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