We have lots of new family-friendly places opening up in the Triangle in the next few months! Here's another one!
SnickerDoodles, the creation of two local moms, is scheduled to open in Raleigh next month. The space will include a no-cost play area, along with items for sale to sustain the business - from coffee and snacks to a gently used children's toy and book store to a messy art studio where families can come in and, for $5 to $10, take part in an art project.
One of the co-founders, Nicki Medford, tells me that she and co-founder Jenn Spencer tossed the idea of a space like this around for a bit.
"I have individually owned and operated a similar business in Colorado Springs called Giggling Grounds," Medford tells me. Jenn "has several years of experience in e-commerce and children's apparel. It was a perfect fit when we decided to put our ideas and experience together."
The two plan to host birthday parties and offer meeting spaces at SnickerDoodles. They also are working with local moms who own businesses to create a place where they can share their businesses with the public, she tells me.
"The concept is 100 percent ours. We are not opening a franchise, but hope to open multiple locations in the future if hits takes off," she said.
So far, they've gotten a lot of support from the community. This summer, in just four days, the two surpassed their fundraising goal of $1,500 in 15 days, raising more than $2,600 through Indiegogo.com, fundraising parties and corporate sponsorship. In less than a month, they gathered nearly 900 members in an online interest group and recently signed a lease at 3721 Lynn Rd., Raleigh.
"It's been an incredible, whirlwind journey," Medford tells me. "We can't wait to see what's in store for SnickerDoodles."