Recently a few friends invited me to a wine tasting at Straw Valley Cafe. I had never been to or even heard of this venue, and when my friend described its location, (right near a bunch of big box stores at the intersection of 15-501 and I-40), I was more than a bit skeptical. Upon entering the place, however, my skepticism immediately dissipated. I was impressed by the warmth of the staff, the beautiful mid century modern decor, and the very apparent commitment to local artists whose work was on display all throughout.
To say that Straw Valley is a wine bar and coffee shop does not even begin to do the establishment justice. The place is a fully preserved historical gem. When one of the staff members offered to take our group on a guided tour of the venue, I sensed that we were in for a treat, but I did not expect to be blown away…but indeed I was!
As we roamed from room to room, I began to feel very much at home, but not just at any home–a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home, with unique local art, funky, comfy seating, lots of beautifully sprawling outdoor patios with neat water features, bamboo groves, and sculptures galore.
The space is wonderfully versatile. It would be perfect for grabbing a sandwich on your lunch break, settling in for a cup of coffee and a good book on a lazy weekend afternoon, sipping wine in an intimate setting with your sweetheart, checking out a live band, holding a staff retreat or holiday party, having a wedding reception, or just sitting out on one of the patios to be inspired by some beautiful scenery.
Ultimately, Straw Valley Cafe is an amazing container for building community. If you’d like a little more info about Straw Valley, below you’ll find links to a couple articles from the Durham Herald Sun and the Independent. But seeing is believing…so community builders- go check it out and tell us what you love about Straw Valley Cafe!