Raleigh, N.C. — From local peanut butter to fresh pasta, Raleighwood Provisions is aiming to be a one-stop shop for those wanting to go local in downtown Raleigh.
Bittersweet owner Kim Hammer came up with the concept after having many Taste Carolina tour goers ask where they could buy some of the great local products she suggested. After two years in development, Raleighwood Provisions is looking to open between Thanksgiving and Christmas at 107 E. Davie St. inside The Edison.
For Hammer, the project is more than just a store. It is a chance to introduce some of her favorite local products from business owners she has met along the way at local farmers markets. Big Spoon Roasters, Bruce Julian Heritage Foods blood mary mixes, Goat Lady Dairy and First Hand Foods will be among the vendors on shelves at Raleighwood. Fresh baked bread will be brought in daily from Night Kitchen in Seaboard Station.
Hammer also wants to include one-stop shopping for meals, with recipe cards next to collections of the ingredients needed for you to make that dish. Cooking demos and meet the purveyor programs are also planned. The future, Hammer hopes, will include email ordering for people in the neighborhood.
Though the space is still under construction, Hammer said she wanted to unveil details because she wanted to include the neighborhood - one that she has gotten to know very well - in the process.
"It belongs to them first," Hammer said.
Knowing where your food is coming from and being able to present items that she feels comfortable with is also a huge element to Raleighwood Provisions. As a chef, Hammer takes her job seriously because she is producing food that "people trust enough to put in their bodies."