EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Gatherings, workshops will be held in Pittsboro

May. 25, 2014 @ 05:02 AM

A Dr. Suess-inspired address in Pittsboro has been popping up everywhere lately. The denizens of Lorax Lane have won environmental awards, begun an eco-architecture contest and wooed North Carolina's newest distillery.

The distillery, Fair Game Beverage Company, will have its grand opening at 6 p.m. June 20 in Pittsboro.

The company will make fortified wines and spirits — including a scuppernong dessert wine, an apple wine, regular brandy, apple brandy and a "sweet sorghum spirit."

In the meantime, The Park, as the collective of businesses on Lorax Lane is known, has much more going on. There are workshops scheduled throughout the summer on everything from pickling vegetables to making homemade wine, which cost money to register. There are also free events like Tuesday's "Sustainable Spirits" gathering, which will also have a cash bar and the Parles-Vous Crepe food truck.

"It's free and open to everyone interested in anything from renewable energy and civic engagement to green building, organic farming, and beyond!" but an RSVP is still requested, the registration page states.

The architecture contest is open to any individual or group — other than professional architects — who have an idea to design an energy-efficient home which is also 500 sq. ft. or less. Hurry those drawings alone, though: The deadline is June 1.

The environmental award was for Piedmont Bio Fuels and owner Lyle Estill, for his efforts building a network of bio fuel stations around Chatham County and the Triangle, for vehicles to use as an alternative to regular fuel. Earlier this month, the Triangle J Council of Government, a group of local governing groups including Lee County, honored Estill and said his efforts have had the same cleansing effect on the air as planting 15,694 trees and letting them grow 10 years.

To sign up for the gatherings and workshops, or to learn more about the Small House Contest, Piedmont Bio Fuels and more, check out abundancefoundation.org.

In other news...

* J.C. Penney, including the Spring Lane store in Sanford, will honor veterans this Memorial Day with a special sale. All current and former military personnel, plus family members of active duty, reserves, National Guard and retired troops, can go to jcp.com/military and print off a coupon for a 20 percent off in-store discount good today and Monday.

* Guests for the upcoming U.S. Open tournaments in Pinehurst will reportedly begin arriving in local hotels June 5. The Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing gift bags for hotels to give their visitors. Any local business that wants to put a coupon or any promotional material in those gift bags needs to get it to the chamber's Steele Street office before then.

* Business fluctuations: In the past week, six new corporations have formed in Lee County — Blackberry Preserve, Deckzilla, New Covenant Community Development Corporation, NLB, Pro Outdoor Power Equipment and Teach Me Science — and one, Consolidated Design Group, was withdrawn or dissolved.

Have business news? Contact Will Doran at wdoran@sanfordherald.com or (919) 718-1217.