WHY SHOP LOCALLY AND INDEPENDENT?
We all love the convenience and variety provided by “big box” stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Total Wine, and we’re not hypocritical enough to tell anyone they should never patronize these types of establishments. There are times when we all need a variety of things and in this fast paced, modern world we often don’t have time to make multiple stops to do our shopping. What many of don’t realize is that locally and independently owned shops and restaurants offer just as good as, if not better value for your dollar than the big boxes.
We’ll stick to wine analogies for this digression, but the goods and services talked about apply equally to almost any type of retailer.
Pricing/Quality – Just like the larger retailers, we offer wines at every price point, from $5 to $500. Just because we’re a “specialty wine store” doesn’t mean we’re wine snobs and cater only to collectors and connoisseurs. Just like the big box and grocery stores, we sell more wine in the $10-$20 range than anything else. The difference is that our $10 bottle offers better value than theirs. Most of our wines are small production and hand-crafted, even at the sub-$15 range. We don’t have large advertising budgets or corporate overhead to pay and neither do our wineries. Our money and theirs is all going into the bottle.
Service – Ever try to go into the grocery store, Target or even Total Wine and find someone who can tell you the difference between two wines on the shelf? Even if you could find someone to talk to, they probably couldn’t tell you the difference between a Cab and Merlot, much less recommend a specific wine. At Taylor’s we’ve tried almost every wine in the store and can assist with descriptions, food pairings, or tracking down and special ordering your favorite wine not on our shelves.
Your Money Stays Local – Shopping a locally owned business keeps more of your hard earned money in the local economy. Our owners and employees are all local, pay taxes here, and spend their money here. Local businesses are also more likely to support the local charities, sports teams and civic.
Taylor’s is proud of offer Larry’s Beans Coffees. They are a locally owned roaster that is happily committed to blending and roasting innovative uniquely delicious coffees — and making the world a better place. 100% of our coffee is Fair Trade, Shade Grown, and Organic, all slow-roasted to bring out passive solar construction, active solar systems, radiant floors, zoned heating, composting, and rainwater harvesting to minimize our impact on this awesome planet. We offer 15 Creative Blends and 15 Single-Origin Blends, along with limited- roast favorites like Rockin’ Holiday Blend, Woodstock Blend and Taylor’s Signature Blend.
The Pleasant Bee
Our newest local artisan crafted product is The Pleasant Bee honey. Al and Sarah Pleasants get fresh honey from their local hives to create honey bases lotions and soaps, and the tastiest pure honey you’ll find in Raleigh.
Escazu Fine Chocolates
This “Bean to Bar” chocolate producer is run by Raleigh resident Bob Hallot. They source, sort, roast, winnow and grind cacao beans to bring out the complexity of their flavors. The chocolate is then aged, tempered and poured into bars or handcrafted into truffles and chocolate confections, all right here in their local kitchen. We carry a rotating selection of their hand crafted bars like: Chipotle Chile & Vanilla, Pumpkin Seed & Guajillo Chili, Beauford Sea Salt Bar, Roasted Cocoa Nibs.
Norm’s FarmsThe family that is Norm’s Farms believes in the power of elderberry to help people heal themselves naturally, which is why Norm’s Farms is working hard to improve the supply of American elderberry products in the US. Plants are grown naturally and sustainably by family farmers, and Norm’s Farms products are made with love.
Heaven Scent HoneyEvery day it seems like there is a new article or study touting the benefits of consuming honey from local hives. Some of the reasons to consume local hive honey:
- Allergy Protection & Prevention
- Rich in Antioxidants and Phytonutrients
- High in important vitamins and nutrients
- It’s a natural digestive aid
Carrboro Coffee RoastersCarrboro Coffee Roasters is a premier small batch artisan roaster that has drawn international attention. Our success lies in an unwavering commitment to sourcing the finest coffee through direct relationships at origin, expertly roasting these beans, and delivering a premium product to wholesale accounts and coffee lovers throughout North Carolina and beyond. We are equally dedicated to coffee education and training to ensure the best cup is brewed, and serve our award-winning coffee at two flagship shops, Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro and Caffe Driade in Chapel Hill.
President Scott Conary consults for companies, restaurants and cafes regionally and around the country and has served as a Certified Judge for the World Barista Championship for the last seven years. Conary has been training baristas in the U.S. and around the world for general knowledge and competition, and was also the only American Head Judge for the 2012 World Barista Championships
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