Weaver Street Market, the popular Triangle area co-op founded in Carrboro, N.C., 30 years ago, opened its new store at The Dillon in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District last month. The store is on West Hargett Street between South West and South Harrington streets.
The Raleigh store features multiple dining options, including a mezzanine that wraps around three sides of the store, an outdoor balcony overlooking West Hargett Street and sidewalk dining.
Known for its wide selection of fresh produce and locally sourced products, Weaver Street Market offers an array of freshly prepared foods. The Raleigh store features an artisan sandwich bar, fresh hearth-baked pizza, a sushi bar, an Asian noodle bar, a breakfast bar, hot bar and salad bar, as well as bakery goods made fresh daily and a variety of offerings from local and independent food producers.
The ambrosia bar offers simple, nutritious ingredients that are layered for a healthy breakfast, snack or dessert. Options include:
- Fruits, such as strawberries tossed with lemon juice and basil, and grilled pineapple.
- Toppings, such as Greek yogurt, whipped cream and whipped coconut milk.
- Dried fruit and nut toppings, such as dried cherries, golden raisins, pistachios and granola.
- Maple syrup or eucalyptus mangrove honey (sourced from a co-op in India) to drizzle on.
- Artisanal salts, such as Cyprus black sea salt and Bolivian rose sea salt to sprinkle on top.
An updated salad bar allows customers to build custom healthy creations, with greens as the base, topped with whole-grain quinoa or noodles, fresh or roasted vegetables, a variety of proteins, a selection of dressings and avocado oil, and nutrient-packed hemp and flax seeds. The addition of a mezze section highlights healthful Mediterranean ingredients and adds to the uniqueness of the salad bar.
The cheese case offers a variety of fine cheeses that range from international stars to local favorites. Several varieties are produced locally.
The dairy case includes milk, butter and ice cream from local dairies, including unhomogenized milk from Ran-Lew Dairy in Snow Camp, N.C., that is free of growth-hormones and antibiotics.
Beginning this month, the store will host free cooking classes and demonstrations from guest chefs, as well as cooking classes for children. Upcoming classes include Homemade Pasta and Wine Pairing; Spooky Treats and Squash Carving (kids); Gingerbread House Creations (kids); and Holiday Appetizers.
The new Weaver Street Market location continues the company's history of giving back to the local community with the round up program, which will benefit A Place at the Table, the first community partner in Raleigh. Donations from customers who “round up” their purchases will be used to provide meal tokens at A Place at the Table for those who cannot afford to pay for a fresh, healthy meal. Weaver Street Market has committed to providing 12,500 free meal tokens to Raleigh’s first “pay what you can” cafe.
Earlier this year, the co-op became the first grocer in North Carolina to eliminate single-use plastic grocery bags. Customers are encouraged to bring their own bag, purchase a signature bag from Weaver Street Market for 99 cents, or buy a “bring it back sack” for 15 cents that is made from recycled plastic sturdy enough to be reused up to 125 times. Through this initiative, Weaver Street Market is eliminating the use of more than 1 million single-use bags each year.