The Company Store opens on March 4, bringing with it the revival of the NoDa Gallery Crawl.
Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell, residents of NoDa, are doing their part to keep NoDa’s funky neighborhood feel. Their latest venture is The Company Store, an art bar in an old mill house located behind Smelly Cat Coffeehouse & Roastery.
It is Lindsley and Hewell’s hope that the relaxing atmosphere of The Company Store will encourage people to make it a go-to spot after work and on the weekends. The grab ‘n go counter service with beer, wine and snacks will make it easy and affordable to stop in and sit awhile to catch up with friends and neighbors.
Hewell would like to think The Company Store will become the “back porch of the neighborhood.”
Along with the opening of The Company Store that night is the NoDa Gallery Crawl, which has been resurrected thanks to Lindsley, Hewell and other NoDa business owners.
The Company Store, like company stores of the old days, will be a gathering place for neighbors and friends. However, Lindsley and Hewell’s modern version will feature a few additions:
Music and special events
Lindsley and Hewell want The Company Store to be a venue for events like music festivals, pig pickin’s and local fundraisers.
The NoDa Eclectic Marketplace
This will still be in the parking lot behind the store every Saturday. The calendar on the website lists their weekly special events.
With a fenced-in yard, front porch and back deck, there will be no shortage of places to sit at The Company Store. A huge patio made from rescued granite found on the property will provide another place to gather.
Featured beers from Birdsong Brewery, Free Range Brewing and NoDa Brewing will be on tap. Of course, PBR will be available. The Company Store will also carry bottles and cans from NC and SC microbreweries.
A variety of wines by the glass and bottle will be offered. An average bottle will range from $9-14 and by the glass, $5-8. Specialty wines will be available at a higher price range.
To top it off, the Bubbly Bar on Saturdays will feature Mimosas with seasonal fruits and juices.
The Company Store will sell food and snacks to complement their beverage selection. Think picnic style and small bites — cheeses, meats, olives, pates, hummus, chips, nuts and treats from Local Loaf.
Local artists’ artwork will hang throughout The Company Store. Illustrator Sarah Pollock, painter Julio the Mexican and photographer Justin Driscoll will be featured this month.
Matt Hooker and Matt Moore, a.k.a. “The Matts,” have created an incredible gray-scale mural on the entire building. It depicts the story of NoDa, including General William Lee Davidson during the American Revolution.
Photos: Vanessa Infanzon