Once or twice a week, Loading Dock Raleigh hosts SkillPop Raleigh! This is an exciting business that does a little bit of everything, ranging from painting watercolor succulents, to fresh pasta making, and learning the basics of Adobe Illustrator. They hire teachers and make the classes fun and accessible to anyone!
Recognizing the importance of community involvement, SkillPop holds their pop-up classes in a range of unique locations, some of which are held right here at Loading Dock. Local experts teach the classes and leave you with the right tools and information so you can begin to pursue whatever it is you may be interested in, whether it be hand lettering basics, or marketing for a small business. Not only do you leave the class with a new skill, but also new connections! The class sizes are small and engaging, and a great way to meet new people.
With dozens of classes to choose from, all in interesting locations, SkillPop is a great way to learn a new skill in a comfortable environment.
If you’d like to learn more about SkillPop, or sign up for one of their classes, you can visit their website here.
Last week, the NC General Assembly passed SB155 “ABC Omnibus Legislation”, widely known as “The Brunch Bill”, and the bill was just signed by Gov. Roy Cooper, putting the bill into effect. Loading Dock Raleigh members, North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, had been working tirelessly since before legislation began in January to make sure that craft brewers in North Carolina were represented in the current session, and this bill proves that their hard work paid off!
SB155 will improve the North Carolina brewing industry in a number of ways, including the sale of alcohol on Sundays before 10 a.m., sale of crowlers, allowance of home brewers of both beer and wine to allow tastings at home brewing events, and many other great advances for the craft brewing community.
Congratulations to the NC Craft Brewers Guild on playing a huge roll in getting this bill passed. The Loading Dock team can’t wait to see the great work you will continue to do for the craft brewing community across North Carolina!
Read the complete text of the final legislation here.
Fashion often comes at a cost that goes beyond the monetary value of the clothes. The negative environmental and ethical impacts of the design world can often leave a dark mark on the industry. Loading Dock member Redress Raleigh is an organization that hopes to help spark a change in the fashion world that could lead to more sustainable and ethical fashion choices in the future.
Redress Raleigh is “working toward our mission of nurturing independent designers and educating people about the impact of their purchasing decisions through a variety of activities”, some of which include events such as film screenings, cocktails, and their annual fashion show. All of these events emphasize local companies who focus on home goods, beauty products, or clothing that are both chic and well designed, but also have both a positive ethical and environmental focus.
On August 18th, Redress Raleigh will be hosting their annual fashion show at CAM Raleigh. The show will feature eight designers, and spotlight “conscious and responsibly-produced fashion in the Southeast.” It is an event that is open to the public, and you can purchase tickets, or learn more about this incredible event by visiting the Redress Raleigh website.
We cannot wait to see some of the amazing and resourceful designs that will come out of this show, as well as the positive impacts Redress Raleigh will make on the design world, both locally and globally!
Loading Dock Member, Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, welcomed nine fellows this May for their annual summer Fellowship, doubling number of fellows from years past. Nine talented women will work in two teams to help spark change in the North Carolina Community.
The first team will focus on food systems in North Carolina. The fellows partnered with organizations such as Raleigh City Farms, Center for Environmental Farming Systems, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, and Merritt's Chapel United Methodist Church.
The other team will work with organizations that are involved with early childhood, including North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, Prevent Childhood Abuse North Carolina, Education NC, and Durham's Partnership for Children.
We cannot wait to see what all these nine fellows accomplish this summer and beyond, and we are so excited to be able to see how all the hard work they have put in to making North Carolina a better place pays off!
To learn more about Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation, as well as their Fellowship program and upcoming events, you can visit their website at https://www.jamiekirkhahnfoundation.org/.
Special thanks to Tiffany Turner and Kelli Raker for their help on this post.