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One of the toughest parts about moving to Raleigh, or to any new town for that matter, is having to get past the awkward hump of making friends, figuring out where to eat and not eat, and learning which local attractions are really tourist traps in disguise.

Luckily, All My Sons Raleigh has come to your rescue. Since we have over 25 years of experience moving families to Raleigh, you could say that our knowledge is your knowledge; after all, isn’t that what treating clients like family is all about?

Trick people into thinking you were born and raised here with this guide on how to blend in with Raleigh locals.

Pick a home team. There’s no way around it; tradition is tradition, and in this state, you have to pick a home team. If you bought Carolina, Duke, and State jerseys before moving to Raleigh, then now is the time to decide if you look better in Carolina blue, Duke blue, or red.

Hit up the Farmer’s Market. Before Farmer’s Markets were even a thing, Raleigh locals were making sure their kitchens were only stocked with locally sourced groceries. Since you will need to stock up on food after moving to Raleigh anyways, plan a trip to the Downtown Raleigh Farmer’s Market this upcoming Saturday.


If there is one thing you will swiftly discover once you are done moving to Raleigh, it is that this city loves to exercise – a lot.

The local love affair with working out knows no bounds; in fact, Raleigh fitness studios have the class schedules to prove it. After all, why waste a perfectly good lunch break eating when you could be exercising? This type of mentally is what prompted Flywheel, a local Raleigh fitness studio, to implement noon classes into their calendar.

However, there are some things you should remember before you hit the weights. Brittany Guerin, an instructor at Flywheel in Cameron Village, wants to remind fitness fanatics moving to Raleigh that “Food is your fuel, so you definitely want to have a light snack within one to two hours of your lunchtime workout.”

She further suggests “After a calorie torching, interval-based workout, it’s key to eat to replenish your body,” she says. “The sooner you eat and hydrate, the sooner you start repairing your muscles from the hard work you just did.”

The best places to implement the aforementioned habits are at local Raleigh fitness studios such as Bliss Body Yoga, Burn Athletic, Jawbreaker Boxing Gym, and Barre Up. All of these gyms offer lunchtime classes, with some even offering a lunchtime membership. While the classes may be shorter, don’t be fooled – they still pack a pretty mean punch.


Before you ask your Raleigh movers to start unpacking your fall clothes just yet, throw on a pair of flip flops and get outside to enjoy the last warm days of summer.

 

If there is one thing that sets Raleigh apart from other cities in the summer, it is the number of Raleigh concerts filling the local’s August and September calendars. From Def Leppard to Keith Urban to Luke Bryan – you name it, and Raleigh has it.

 

Your Raleigh movers will be the first ones to tell you to get out on the town and enjoy all that this city has to offer before the temperature starts to drop. Check out who will be playing Raleigh concerts this August and September, and then pick which one you want to head to first.

 

8/13 – Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Tesla

8/13 – Kidz Bop Live

8/13 – Lyle Lovett

8/13 – Iron and Wine

8/13 – Jim Gaffigan

8/16 – Newsies opening night

8/17 – Needtobreathe, Mat Kearney

8/19 – Brian Wilson

8/19 – Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Maren Morris

8/19 – Fifth Harmony

8/19 – D.L. Hughley opens

8/20 – Jonathan Byrd

8/20 – Gillian Welch

8/21 – O.A.R.

8/23 – Butch Walker

8/24 – Glass Animals

8/24 – Drivin’ N’ Cryin’

9/2, 9/3 – Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch

9/1 – The Melvins

9/4 – Of Montreal

9/6 – Crystal Castles

9/8 – Wolf Parade, Wye Oak

9/9 – Beach House

9/9 – Erykah Badu

9/9 – Gary Clark, Jr.

9/9 – Weird Al Yankovic

9/10 – Darius Rucker, Dan + Shay, Michael Ray

9/10 – Chatham County Line

9/11 – Bull Durham Blues Festival begins

9/13 – Kinky Boots begins

9/13 – Ben Folds


While you may be trying to finish packing and moving to Raleigh, your inner foodie is dying to get out on the town and try some of the local eats. After hours of making sure your move to Raleigh goes as smoothly as possible, we here at All My Sons Moving & Storage think that you earned a little break.

 

There is no better time than this August to take advantage of all the delicious food that Raleigh has to offer. There’s just one caveat: you are going to have to track down your meal first.

 

Food trucks in Raleigh will start operating downtown this month. Starting in August, a six-month pilot program kicks off that will gradually introduce these meals on wheels to the local community. Food trucks in Raleigh will be able to set up shop outside of events, which includes the following areas:

– Harrington Street near HQ Raleigh

– Polk Street near HQ Raleigh

– South Bloodworth near the Pink Building

– South State Street near the NC DMV along New Bern Avenue

 

Food trucks in Raleigh are allowed to be there from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. But if you just finished moving to Raleigh and are looking to explore a little, then definitely check out First Fridays; not only is it a great way to shop from local vendors, but it is the only time the food trucks in Raleigh are allowed to stay open until 8 p.m.


One thing that your Raleigh movers, new next-door neighbors, and Raleigh co-workers all have in common is that they are fans of the Raleigh Flyers. And once you finish unpacking your moving boxes, you will be too.

Ultimate Frisbee is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, outranking lacrosse, rugby, track and field, and volleyball. Despite only having been around for four years, the American Ultimate Disc League has already grown to 26 franchises.

According to the Raleigh Flyers team captain, Noah Saul, “It’s an exciting, fun, fast-paced sport to watch. It’s got the flow of basketball, the running of soccer and some of the receiver patterns of football.”

Even though the players for the Raleigh Flyers were still paying to play a couple of years ago, they are now currently getting paid to play. Part of the reason for this is the number of fans, which includes everyone from long-time locals to your Raleigh movers, that come out to cheer on their hometown team.

Coach for the Raleigh Flyers, Mike Denardis, shares that, “On game day when they play in front of fans they feel the energy of the crowd. As the sport grows, we’ll always stay true to our roots and try to get new fans hooked on not only the game, but the integrity and spirit you will often see on display out on the field.”

The Raleigh Flyers hope to broaden their appeal by focusing on youth leagues, so have your kids get involved in this local pastime; once you finish getting settled into your new home with your Raleigh movers, join in the hour-long clinic that the team offers every game.


Have you ever rappelled 400 feet down the glass façade of a downtown skyscraper? If you are moving to Raleigh, here is your chance.

The Special Olympics North Carolina annual fundraising event is back and taller than ever; Over the Edge participants who raise a minimum of $1,000 will rappel 30 stories down the Wells Fargo Capitol Center building in downtown Raleigh. Any proceeds from the event will go directly to help the over 40,000 Special Olympics athletes in North Carolina.

Trust us, even though you just finished moving to Raleigh and are still new to town, you want to take part in this local event. About 200 people are expected to participate in Over the Edge this year at both the Raleigh and Charlotte locations.

According to Rachel McQuiston, Vice President of Communications for Special Olympics North Carolina, “Over the Edge is such a unique fundraiser. Participants get the once-in-a-lifetime experience of rappelling 30 stories down a Raleigh skyscraper.”

Feeling nervous about taking such a big leap of faith? Don’t be. Raleigh businessman and longtime participant, Phil Gruber, shared that, “Once I start the rappel, the nerves go away and it’s a blast. There are so many safety systems in place, there isn’t much to be scared of.”

Once you finally make it back down to the ground, a Special Olympics athlete presents you with a medal. Proving to be a truly unique experience you can only fully enjoy after moving to Raleigh, Gruber sums up his feelings on the event by stating, “Raising money by doing something unique and exhilarating – what’s not to like about that?”


One thing that most people can agree on after moving to Raleigh is just how delicious the food is. However, this also means that it can prove to be extra-challenging when trying to pick a spot to eat.

Why risk spending hours trolling through the local pages of Yelp, navigating your way through the multitude of restaurants in Raleigh, when All My Sons Moving & Storage is here to help? After all, with generations of moving experience, we know a thing or two about where to eat after moving to Raleigh.

Get ready to satiate your appetite with this list of the best new restaurants in Raleigh.

Black Twig Cider House. Featuring the largest selection of cider in the Southeast, customers sample ciders directly from the barrel’s spout at this restaurant. Serving locally sourced food, this is a great way to get to know your community better after moving to Raleigh.

Dashi Ramen. One of the only restaurants in Raleigh that features a regular rotation of guest chefs, Dashi Ramen was originally a Japanese pop-up restaurant. Demand was so high for the food, that the owners had no choice but to open a brick and mortar version of the original eatery.

Page 158 Books. Looking for a place to relax after moving to Raleigh? Then look no further; head to Page 158 Books in order to enjoy author signings, cookbook clubs, and cocktail-infused events. The bakery also has tons of choices, making it the perfect stop for those with a sweet tooth.


Do you know why July 17th is about to become the best day of your life? Because it’s National Ice Cream Day, that’s why.

Don’t let moving to Raleigh prevent you from getting the frozen treat you so rightfully deserve. When this dairy-filled holiday rolls around, count your blessings that you are not lactose intolerant with this guide from All My Sons Moving & Storage of where to spend National Ice Cream Day in Raleigh.

Howling Cow. With ice cream you will only get to enjoy after moving to Raleigh, this creamery uses fresh milk from cows at the school’s Dairy Research and Teaching Farm. For those searching for a one of a kind way to spend National Ice Cream Day in Raleigh, this is the place you’ve been looking for!

Sunni Sky’s Homemade Ice Cream. Looking to branch out a little in order to celebrate your first National Ice Cream Day in Raleigh? Then head to Sunni Sky’s to try the infamous Cold Sweat; be careful, you’re required to sign a waiver before trying it!

FRESH Local Ice Cream. Chances are that after moving to Raleigh, you will need a break from unpacking indoors. Head to FRESH in order to play corn hole with the locals. Bonus Points: if you have a dog, bring them for a Dog Bone Sundae.

Calabash Creamery. Perhaps the best place to celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Raleigh, Calabash Creamery uses 16 percent butterfat cream in order to give its ice cream that extra-rich flavor.


As the summer months roll in, hosting a bonfire is an excellent way to gather friends and family and celebrate the evening. Here are some creative ways to make your bonfire the most memorable event this summer in Raleigh.

Send out s’more invitations. A cute way to spread the word that you want someone to attend your bonfire is send out invitations that are in a box with marshmallows, a Hershey’s chocolate bar, a match, and some graham crackers. It immediately gets your guests in the mood for a heartwarming gathering.

Use hay bales instead of tables. Place appetizers and snacks on hay bales that are covered with a tablecloth, and you have officially committed to your outdoors theme. Also, make sure to choose tablecloth patterns that are aligned with the theme this summer in Raleigh.

Create a s’mores bar. Set aside space for a station where people can line up and choose their favorite toppings in their graham cracker sandwiches.

Trail the way with scented pinecones. Make a path for the guests to find their way to the fire with path lined with scented pinecones this summer in Raleigh.

Provide bug repellent. At the foot of the entrance, you should place a jar nearby that contains individual packs of bug repellent. It is a considerate necessity for a successful summer bonfire.

Supply some glow paint. Provide face and body glow paint for the party, and watch how your guests light up (literally and metaphorically) in the night. Also, provide a jar of glow sticks to add to the festivities.


This summer in Raleigh, you can make your child’s day by planning the ultimate slumber party of the season. Hosting this event will certainly make your child feel at home after the move, and it is a chance for your kid to make some lasting friendships that will last into the school year. Here are some ideas as to craft together an occasion this summer in Raleigh that your child will never forget.

1. Create a karaoke stage. All you need is a microphone, a monitor, and internet. You can access songs with their lyrics on YouTube, and designate a space to stage the activity. All of the children will feel like rock stars. It is simple, and it will occupy the kids for hours.

2. Design a scavenger hunt. Divide the children into several groups, and print out instructions that you have written out. Some examples of tasks include taking a picture of the team jumping in midair, or of the team forming a human pyramid. You can assign the team to search the house for something specific, such as three double A batteries, or a right-footed sock. You can make this game as extravagant as you want; it will definitely be a hit this summer in Raleigh.

3. Have a t-shift decorating contest. Buy large white t-shirts, and fabric markers. Encourage the children to design their t-shirts, and perhaps follow a theme. An adult can be the judge, and the winner can earn a special prize.