One of the Nation’s Fastest Growing Workout Concepts Expands to Chapel Hill

Featured in The New York Times, SELF Magazine and Men’s Journal, Orangetheory Fitness uses heart-rate-monitored high-intensity interval training to maximize calorie burn up to 1,000 calories from one 60-minute class

Orangetheory Fitness is an energizing group interval fitness concept that’s sweeping the nation. The unique fitness program is expanding in North Carolina with a new studio in Chapel Hill opening fall 2014. The studio will be housed in the quaint and convenient Meadowmont Village shopping center, where a pre-sale location is open now to introduce people to the Orangetheory Fitness concept and, most importantly, let members secure their memberships and packages at reduced founders’ rates available only before the studio opens.

Orangetheory Fitness was introduced to North Carolina in January 2014 at its Morrisville studio location in Park West Village shopping center. The new Chapel Hill studio is the second of several Orangetheory Fitness locations planned to open in the Triangle area across the next year.

“We can’t wait to open our doors to the Chapel Hill community and help people get toned, lose inches, gain energy and reach their fitness goals,” said Kristie Shifflette, local franchise owner of Orangetheory Fitness. “The success of our program is clear when you see current members and hear about their experiences.”

During each hour-long class, Orangetheory Fitness participants wear heart-rate-monitors as they go through interval training and short bursts of exercise designed to maximize the Orange Effect, which adds extra caloric burn for up to 36 hours after the workout. Participants burn 500 to 1,000 calories per 60-minute class – one of the many reasons Orangetheory Fitness is featured in several national publications as a highly effective new workout.

To learn more about the plateau-busting workouts, community members can stop by the pre-sale location at 606 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 or call (919) 883-9424. Additionally, everyone is invited to participate in a Facebook giveaway for the chance to win a one month Premier Membership valid for unlimited classes at the Chapel Hill studio. Fans can participate now by entering the sweepstakes on the Orangetheory Fitness Chapel Hill Facebook page. One participant will be selected at random from all entries submitted by Aug. 15.

Orangetheory Fitness memberships do not require a long-term commitment and can currently be purchased at limited discounted founders’ rates for new members at the Chapel Hill studio.

About Orangetheory Fitness
Orangetheory Fitness is a one-of-a-kind group personal training workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, Orangetheory Fitness’ heart-rate-monitored training is designed to keep heart rates in a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. Led by skilled instructors, participants use a variety of equipment including treadmills, rowing machines, SBT Suspension Training and free weights, burning up to 1,000 calories per class. The result is the Orange Effect – more energy, visible toning and extra calorie burn for up to 36 hours post-workout.

The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend: Carrboro and Chapel Hill Family-Friendly Festivities

The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend, a three-day celebration of community and philanthropy, kicks off Sept. 12 and introduces a family-friendly lineup of activities in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, all culminating with a festive 5K race and outdoor country music concert Sunday, Sept. 14. From date nights for parents to babysitting options and pajama parties for the kids, there will be a variety of events for the community to enjoy all while helping raise money for deserving charities. The best part, unlike other races, 100 percent of proceeds from all 5K registration fees goes directly to nonprofits. Learn more about each event and the nonprofit beneficiaries.

Family-friendly events include:

·           Friday and Saturday Night (Sept. 12 and 13): Kids’ parties each night, babysitting options, restaurant specials, comedy shows, outdoor movie and a Carrboro Art Walk, “Meet the Merchants.”

·   Sunday Morning (Sept. 14):

o   The Not So Normal 5K race…well, not quite 5K. We shortened to 2.95 miles to make it flatter and a little easier. Why? Because it’s not so normal! Active families will run or walk this fun run, and strollers are welcome on the course. Registration is just $25 and all proceeds go directly to charity. Participants are also asked to bring one book for Book Harvest and/or two canned goods for local food distribution organizations, TABLE and PORCH.

o   Kids’ races, obstacles, face painting and tons of family-fun activities. Children 8 and under are free!

·  Sunday Night (Sept. 14): Frankie Ballard Live Presented by 94.7 QDR and The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend. Hosted at University Mall in Chapel Hill, the outdoor concert will feature rising country music star Frankie Ballard, and opening acts Casey Jamerson, Stereosparks and The BuzzTown Band, and DSI Comedy Theater getting the crowd ready to rock. The concert benefits The ArtsCenterNC Children’s Promise and Kidzu Children’s Museum. Tickets are $9.47 and can be purchased online here.

The Not So Normal 5K + Weekend, presented by Mom in Chapel Hill, celebrates community and with a little music and exercise thrown in! Concepted and brought to life by founder and stay-at-home dad Jay Radford, the inaugural events benefit local nonprofits. It’s anything but average! A full weekend of fundraising for local nonprofits, enjoying time in your community and great 5k… Learn more by visiting, www.notsonormal5k.com.

If you’d like to enter to win two tickets to the Frankie Ballard concert, Follow triFABB on Facebook and leave a comment on this post with your name and why you want to attend the concert! A winner will be emailed and chosen Friday, September 5th!

Happily Ever After: A Couture for a Cause Spring Showcase

Last fall, local designers rocked the runway at Couture for a Cause, with two designers taking home top prizes for their ready-to-wear and couture looks. See what last year’s winning designers — Tiffany Saini and Nicky Relyea — are doing now at Happily Ever After: A Couture for a Cause Spring Showcase on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Peachy Keen in Cary.

Happily Ever After gets underway at 5 p.m. at Peachy Keen, a designer clothing boutique in Cary, NC. Tickets are $15 online and include complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Guests will get an exclusive look at new lines from local designers Tiffany Saini and Nicky Relyea, then participate in a special styling presentation with Peachy Keen’s creative director, Karly Hankin, exploring the inspiration behind the new lines.

Guests will shop a silent auction featuring items from local businesses. Guests can also shop Peachy Keen’s spring and summer styles, with 10% of sales benefiting Activate Good.

Happily Ever After: A Couture for a Cause Spring Showcase will raise funds to support Activate Good’s programs, including outreach to volunteers, days of service (such as the 9/11 Day of Service and National Family Volunteer Day), and the Activate Schools program, which teaches teens the value of volunteering and empowers them to become community leaders.

Get your tickets here (http://happilyeverafter2014.eventbrite.com) and start figuring out what you’re going to wear for this fun event!

About Activate Good

Activate Good activates volunteers to help charitable causes in our local community. We connect individuals, groups, and companies to volunteer needs with nearly 200 nonprofits around the Triangle. Learn more about Activate Good at http://www.activategood.org.

Happily Ever After: Event Details

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Time: 5 p.m.

Tickets: $15

Location: Peachy Keen, 250 Grande Heights Dr, Cary, NC 27513

Link to buy tickets: http://happilyeverafter2014.eventbrite.com

Contact: info@activategood.org

Junior League Of Raleigh And Belk Host Fashion Forward – Mar. 9

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 27, 2014 – The Junior League of Raleigh, a nonprofit organization focused on training women as community leaders and volunteers, is partnering with Belk, the nation’s largest privately owned and maintained department store, for the 3rd annual Fashion Forward event. The annual spring fashion benefit will celebrate the season’s must-have trends on Sunday, Mar. 9 at 6 p.m. at Belk Crabtree Valley Mall, located at 4325 Glenwood Ave. All event proceeds go to the Junior League of Raleigh to support its community partnerships, volunteer service and leadership training.

The event will feature a runway fashion show at 7 p.m., presenting all the latest spring fashions from Belk. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while shopping before and after the fashion show. There will also be a special guest appearance by renowned fashion designer Trina Turk.

General admission tickets are $25 each and include food, drink and a Belk gift card. VIP tickets are $75 each and include food and drink, a pre-event reception, a VIP gift bag, a Belk gift card, fashion show priority seating and one Diamonds & Champagne Raffle ticket. All ticket holders will receive a 20 percent discount* on their regular and sale-priced purchases during event hours, with very limited exclusions (*15 percent discount on shoes and housewares).

This year’s raffle items include a Michael Kors handbag, Dooney & Burke handbag, shoes, a signed Vietri piece, a three-night stay at any Omni Resort, Empire Eats and a Vietri experience, which includes a meet and greet lunch with Susan Gravely, Chairman and CEO of Vietri, and a tour of the Vietri showroom for the winner and a few friends.

Tickets are available to the public and may be purchased on the League’s website, http://www.jlraleigh.org.

“We are excited to partner with Belk again this year for another glamorous and fun evening,” said Whitney von Haam, League president. “We look forward to giving guests a sneak peak of the latest spring trends and Trina Turk’s 2014 Spring Ready to Wear line. This benefit event will support the League, our Center for Community Leadership, our training center, and the League’s community programs serving promising youth.”

 

PR | Meet the Designers Behind Belk’s Exclusive, New Denim Collection, Chip & Pepper® California

What:                   Belk and denim experts Chip & Pepper Foster have launched a new, exclusive collection and you are invited to meet the designers and try on the jeans yourself at Belk at Crabtree Valley Mall. Chip & Pepper are experts when it comes to fit, comfort and style, and they have incorporated their knowledge into a cutting edge denim collection for Belk that will be available at an affordable price.

                                Meet this dynamic duo from California and enjoy some local beer, snacks and music, with giveaways for the first 10 customers and throughout the event!

The Chip & Pepper® California collection is available in select Belk stores across the Southeast and on belk.com.

When:                  Sat., Dec. 7

Event with media: 12 – 1 p.m.

Event open to public: 1 – 4 p.m.

Where:                Belk at Crabtree Valley

4325 Glenwood Avenue

Raleigh, N.C. 27612

About Belk, Inc.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 301 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. Each year, Belk gives a portion of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. In fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013, the company and its associates, customers and vendors, donated more than $19 million to those communities. Belk.com offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. To connect with Belk go to Belk Get Connected.

Modern. Southern. Style.

Belk seeks to satisfy the modern Southern lifestyle like no one else, so that our customers get the fashion they desire and the value they deserve.  Our vision is for the modern Southern woman to count on Belk first – for her, for her family, for life.

triFABB and the Apricot Lane Boutique Southpoint Grand Opening

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Hey Triangle Bloggers!

First of all, we need to apologize for our absence from our blog lately! It’s been a BUSY BUSY spring for us and to be totally honest, we just all had a lot going on. BUT, we’ve been working hard the last few months to get things rolling again and we are SUPER excited to get the summer started with a bang!

We are PUMPED to announce that we have partnered with Apricot Lane Boutique for their GRAND OPENING celebration coming up this month at Southpoint Mall in Durham, NC.

Here’s what you need to know:

-We’ll be having a private and super exclusive shopping party and event at the new Apricot Lane store on Thursday, July 11th – please e-mail us for all the details and/or to request an invite!

TH_logo-Color-300x150-Once again, one of our main goals and priorities is to give back to our community and we are SO excited to partner with Apricot Lane to feature and highlight Transforming Hope again! On Saturday, July 13th, 2013 – the Apricot Lane Boutique store at Southpoint will be donating 15% of ALL SALES to Transforming Hope. But that’s not all! We will also be collecting items needed for Emma’s Home – a safe home for young women rescued out of the horrific human trafficking industry. For more details on Emma’s Home and Transforming Hope, click here. To see the items needed for donation, click here.

-Our own triFABB bloggers will be MODELS in a fashion show on Saturday, July 13th at 7:15pm at Southpoint Mall. The fashion show will take place outside of the movie theater area and triFABB models will be rocking the latest trends from Apricot Lane!

Needless to say, there is A LOT going on that day and we are so excited about it! Please shoot us an email if you want to be a part of ANY of it! We are still looking for models, so let us know!

Check out all the official details and official press release below

Apricot Lane Opens New Durham Store with July 13 Fashion Show, Giveaways and 15 Percent of all Sales Donated to Charity

Affordable Women’s Fashion Boutique Opens in The Streets at Southpoint partnering with Durham nonprofit Transforming Hope, the TriFABB blogger group, and Models for Charity

Durham, N.C. – July 1, 2013 – Apricot Lane, a popular boutique featuring celebrity-inspired affordable fashions for the everyday woman, will host a celebration for the grand opening of its third Triangle location at The Streets at Southpoint mall Saturday, July 13. The store will celebrate with festivities beginning at noon and a fashion show kicking off at 7:15 p.m. in conjunction with Southpoint’s summer band series outside at the mall’s main fountain near the movie theater.

Additionally, Apricot Lane is working with TriFABB, a local group of fashion beauty, and lifestyle bloggers, and Models for Charity, a nonprofit organization of professionals who raise money for Triangle charities through modeling. The partnerships aim to raise awareness and funds for Transforming Hope, a Durham-based nonprofit that works to transform the lives of human trafficking victims. Among other efforts, the organization offers safe houses to victims working through recovery.

As part of the grand opening, Apricot Lane in Southpoint will donate 15 percent of all sales on Saturday, July 13 back to Transforming Hope. It’s also asking community members to get involved through a personal goods and home products drive to collect toilet paper, shampoo, soaps, cleaning supplies, toothbrushes and similar products to stock the Transforming Hope safe house in Triangle, North Carolina – the location of which cannot be disclosed to protect its residents. Wish-list items can be found on the Transforming Hope website. People interested in helping can bring unopened items to Apricot Lane on Saturday, July 13.

“Apricot Lane has always been a huge supporter of the fight against human trafficking and we’re thrilled to be able to continue that tradition while also helping the local community here in North Carolina,” said Carol Toulas, who along with her husband George own all three Apricot Lane stores in the Triangle. “We’re so grateful that we can support Transforming Hope as well as for such great relationships with TriFABB, Models for Charity and the Raleigh-Durham community. This Southpoint grand opening celebration and fashion show is going to be such an impactful and fun event – we hope everyone can join us!”

The schedule of grand opening celebrations on Saturday, July 13 includes:

  • All day – Personal goods and home products drive at the Apricot Lane store
  • Noon to 5 p.m. – A prize wheel and other giveaways at the Apricot Lane store in Southpoint Mall, upstairs near the JCPenney entrance
  • 5 p.m. – Celebrations move outside near the mall’s main fountain in front of the AMC Southpoint 17 movie theatre
    • 5 to 8 p.m. – The prize wheel will be at a table near the stage awarding prizes to all guests throughout the evening; Transforming Hope will also have a table onsite to further introduce the local community to its mission
    • 6 p.m. – The Southpoint band series kicks off with West Street Band, one of Raleigh’s top party bands playing hit rock, R&B and funk dance songs from every decade
    • 7:15 p.m. – The Apricot Lane fashion show with models from TriFABB and Models for Charity, all showing off the summer’s hottest fashions

Apricot Lane’s Southpoint store is owned by Carol and George Toulas under the venture Alpha Astra LLC. The couple opened their first location of Apricot Lane in early November, located in Raleigh’s North Hills Shopping Center and their second store in December at the Cary Towne Center Mall. They also own two locations in the Charlotte market and are rapidly expanding the footprint throughout North Carolina.

Once opened, Apricot Lane’s Southpoint store will follow the mall’s normal hours of operation. To learn more and join in the conversation, visit www.apricotlanetrianglenc.com or www.facebook.com/ApricotLaneTriangleNC.

About Apricot Lane:

Apricot Lane Boutique is a national retail franchise that specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind items and brand names known for their quality and fashionable style trends, quickly moving the store to the forefront of chic boutiques. Featuring celebrity-inspired fashions and designer labels offered in the convenience of neighborhoods across the country, Apricot Lane carries an impressive collection of branded fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags and accessories to create looks seen right off the runway and in the pages of any current fashion magazine. Apricot Lane retail boutiques are supported by the franchise company Country Visions. For more information, visit www.apricotlanetrianglenc.com or www.facebook.com/ApricotLaneTriangleNC.

About Transforming Hope:

Transforming Hope Ministries is a public nonprofit organization located in central North Carolina. The organization was founded November 20, 2010 by a group of women and men with a desire to holistically transform the lives of adolescent victims of human trafficking by offering them hope for their futures and equipping them with the skills to significantly lower their vulnerability to being re-exploited. Transforming Hope’s first safe home, called Emma’s Home, opened July 4, 2012 in central North Carolina. The homes are operated by trained staff offering residents opportunities to learn and develop life skills, building healthy relationships with staff and volunteers, weekly meetings with professional counselors and volunteer mentors, working with teaching staff for education, receiving healthcare, and participating in extracurricular activities based on each girl’s skill set and interests. To learn more, visit www.transforminghopeministries.org.

About TriFABB:

Triangle Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Bloggers is a group and community where bloggers in the Triangle region of North Carolina can come together to learn, collaborate, meet, and connect with each other, including sharing a passion for blogging. It was inspired by a similar group in Washington D.C. and created by Molly Stillman, Mia Maree and Brooke Allen  in August 2012. Members participate in various local meet-ups, networking opportunities, events, and a common community to ask questions and socialize. For more information, visit trifabb.com.

About Models for Charity:

Models for Charity is an organization of men and women in the Triangle who raise money for local charities through modeling. Models consist of local business owners and entrepreneurs who share a common goal of using their talents to benefit Triangle charities through hosting events, volunteering and attending fundraisers held by other organizations. For more information, visit www.modelsforcharityraleigh.com.

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{FABB PR} Apricot Lane Announces North Hills Grand Opening Nov. 9 with Storewide 20 Percent Off Discount

Apricot Lane, a popular boutique featuring celebrity-inspired affordable fashion for the everyday woman, will open its doors in the North Hills Shopping Center Friday, Nov. 9. As part of Apricot Lane’s Raleigh grand opening weekend, the boutique is offering a storewide discount of 20 percent off on all purchases between Friday, Nov. 9, and Sunday, Nov. 11. Shoppers can also sign up in advance to receive a free bracelet by visiting the Apricot Lane Raleigh Facebook page.

The giveaway of free 3Strands bracelets, each an $18 value, has a deeper meaning – fighting human trafficking around the world through support of organizations such as Agape International Missions. The owners of Apricot Lane in the Triangle bought these bracelets to support the cause and are giving them to consumers to celebrate the grand opening. Local residents can receive a 3Strands bracelet by visiting the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ApricotLaneTriangleNC), signing up to receive the coupon and then either printing it out or showing it on a smartphone in store between Nov. 9 and Dec. 31. In addition, the local Apricot Lane owners will also donate $5 to AIM for each redeemed coupon to further help end human trafficking.

Shoppers are encouraged to redeem their free 3Strands bracelet during opening weekend when they will also receive 20 percent off on all of the store’s top-of-the-line styles, including designer labels such as Miss Me, Lucca Couture, Wooden Ships, Big Buddha, Black Sheep and Big Star. The store’s selection focuses on fun, fearless fashion at affordable prices, with new women’s clothes, handbags, jewelry, accessories and gifts arriving daily.

Brooke “Peanut Butter” Hoover from G105’s Bob and the Showgram morning show is one of the store’s biggest fans. Peanut Butter recently tried on a selection of the boutique’s clothes for a photo shoot to help promote the grand opening. Over the coming weeks and months, Peanut Butter will be seen around town in Apricot Lane fashions and showing off her new styles on the Apricot Lane Raleigh Facebook page.

“I was so excited to get a sneak peak of all the Apricot Lane clothes and try on different looks to add into my fall wardrobe,” said Peanut Butter. “Being on the radio so early in the morning, I don’t always give my clothes a lot of thought. Apricot Lane has added so much style to my wardrobe – from a motorcycle jacket and party dresses to new designer jeans – getting dressed is so much more fun!”

The North Hills location is the first of three Apricot Lane stores opening in the Triangle. A second store will open at Cary Towne Center in early December and a third store will open at the Streets at SouthPoint in Durham in early 2013. The Triangle stores are owned by Alpha Astra LLC, a venture started by husband and wife George and Carol Toulas.

For more information about Apricot Lane’s Triangle locations, visitwww.facebook.com/ApricotLaneTriangleNC.

About Apricot Lane:

Apricot Lane Boutique is a national retail franchise that specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind items and brand names known for their quality and fashionable style trends, quickly moving the store to the forefront of chic boutiques. Featuring celebrity-inspired fashions and designer labels offered in the convenience of neighborhoods across the country, Apricot Lane carries an impressive collection of branded fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags and accessories to create looks seen right off the runway and in the pages of any current fashion magazine. Apricot Lane retail boutiques are supported by the franchise company Country Visions. For more information about Apricot Lane, visit www.apricotlaneusa.com.  To learn more about the Raleigh area stores, visit https://www.facebook.com/ApricotLaneTriangleNC.

About 3Strands Global:

3Strands was created to support organizations already engaged in the fight against sex trafficking. It began by partnering with Agape International Missions, www.agapewebsite.org, to open training centers in Cambodia for girls rescued from sex trafficking and restored through AIM’s proven program. Girls rescued from sex trafficking need well paying, sustainable jobs so they can reintegrate back into their community with honor and dignity. The Agape Training Center is a small jewelry and apparel production center that, instead of a typical 12-hour shift in horrible working conditions, the girls attend for eight hours a day. During that time, they receive counseling and educational services as well as lunch and medical benefits. Additionally, salaries are three to four times higher than typical garment factory pay. To learn more about Apricot Lane’s support of 3Strands bracelets, visit www.3strandsglobal.com or watch this video:http://youtu.be/GaxusqWORgE.