What's Going Down This Last Friday - April 26th Edition

Howdy Folks, it’s your old pal Brad again, with my top five Spots to hit this Last Friday in Clayton.

This month is our first ever “Themed” month, celebrating Clayton’s 150th year on this big blue marble – Clayton Through The Ages. There’s tons of stuff going on from Paw Patrol to Main Street Dance Parties, but these are a few of the spots I’ll be personally hitting up this Friday night:

1 - Canopy, 6-10 p.m. 

Totally a shameless plug, but this month we have and AMAZING artist, Alyssa Occhetti, returning with all-new art. If you missed her last show, you missed out. Alyssa is going places and now is your chance to check out her work before she hits the big-time. This will be a family friendly/teenage show, so no (very limited) alcohol consumption at Canopy.

2 - The Market at Three Little Birds, 6-8 p.m.

Join The Market for a THROWBACK Friday in Downtown Clayton! Our featured artist is Laura from Pretty Clever Words. They will have live music with Kevin Kelly and a free wine tasting from 6 pm - 8 pm. ALSO - The Market will host an OPEN PAINT SESSION from 5:30-8 p.m. No registration is required. They will be set up with a variety of pre-cut stencils and projects for you to DIY. Personalized projects will not be available for purchase onsite.

3 - Purna Yoga East, 6-8 p.m.

Free Chair Massages – ‘nuff said.

4 - Design Haus, 5-8 p.m.

This weekend is the LAST weekend to take advantage of The Design Haüs’ Floor Sample Sale. Plus Michael lays out the fanciest of spreads. What better way to relax from a free chair massage than in a chair at the Design Haüs.

5 - Boulevard, starting at 9 p.m.

To cap off the night, swing by BLVD as Brock entertainment brings you all the best hits from the 8os and 90s. Come celebrate Last Friday in Clayton!! This is a 21+ event. NO COVER!!

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • Revival has new art from Jody Vaughan and music from the James Gilmore Trio

  • Unique Gifts by Jacquelynn will be bringing the frickin’ PAW PATROL to the DTC.

  • Wine on Main has Bill West playing from 7-10.

  • LAST BUT NOT LEAST - 80’s KARAOKE AT FLIPSIDE. HOLY CRAP, YES.

All in all I’d say we’re geared up for another successful Last Friday. I’ll see you on the streets!

Brad Stoneking
Self-Proclaimed Last Friday Connoisseur


Last Friday Roll Call - April 2019

Canopy, 6-10 p.m.

RETURNING with all-new art this month is the super talented Alyssa Occhetti. If you missed her last show, you missed out. Alyssa is going places and now is your chance to check out her work before she hits the big-time. This will be a family friendly/teenage show, so no (very limited) alcohol consumption at Canopy.


Design Haus, 5-8 p.m.

It’s the last weekend to take advantage of our #floorsamplesale #downtownclayton #thedesignhaus #getout


First Street Tavern, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.

80’s Sitcom Night - Come out for Last Friday Clayton to celebrate the 80's!!!

 

Flipside, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Join us for a totally tubular edition of Last Friday Karaoke! Come rip out to some wicked tunes and wear your most bombdigity outfit! $25 Flipside gift card goes to the dude or dudette with the most bodacious digs and choice tune of the night! Bring all your righteous homies and enjoy a radical time!

 

Main Street Jewelers, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Get your Gatsby on this Last Friday during our Roaring 20's Speakeasy Extravaganza! Stop in for AMAZING discounts, FREE giveaways, something to SIP and SNACK on all with a fabulous 1920's flair! Artist Dottie Shaftner will have some of her amazing work displayed throughout the night and we will have information about her exhibit "Feathers and Fluff" at The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Art Gallery. Get out and celebrate Clayton's Sesquicentennial with all of the Downtown Clayton shops, restaurants, and bars!

 

The Market at Three Little Birds, 6-8 p.m.

Join us for a THROWBACK Friday in Downtown Clayton! Our featured artist is Laura from Pretty Clever Words. We will have live music with Kevin Kelly and a free wine tasting from 6 pm - 8 pm.

 

The Market at Three Little Birds OPEN PAINT, 5:30-8 p.m.

No registration required. We will be set up with a variety of pre-cut stencils and projects for you to DIY. Personalized projects will not be available for purchase onsite. If wanting a specific project, please arrange with us by April 24th by private message or email at hammerandstainclayton@gmail.com.

 

Purna Yoga East, 6-8 p.m.

Free Chair Massage - Ahh! Chalk art for the Kiddos - YAY! Come on out and stroll along our fabulous Downtown.  Visit the historic first bank in Clayton repurposed as Clayton's first Yoga Studio.  Enjoy free chair massages with Emily, let your kiddos create chalk art and nosh on some light refreshments!   

 

Unique Gifts By Jacquelynn 

Fairy Hair back again by popular demand!! Book early as she is always sure to book up!! Follow the link (in the Facebook event) below to do so. Special Guests: PAW PATROL!!! Come visit Sky, Marshall and Chase! These very special guests are from Stay In Character LLC. Come help us make them feel welcome! And of course we will have SCENTSY with Meredith Richardson here. Come smell all the NEW scents and of course your oldie favorites!! Grab up some new décor for the house or office. Tons of new and exciting things going on with Scentsy now. We can't wait to see you again and have tons of fun!! Specials and of course drinks and snacks as well.


Wine on Main, 7-10 p.m.

Come on out Friday April 26th to see Bill West Live! Lucky to have him for the first time in Clayton!! Drink and Food specials


What’s Going Down This Last Friday

Welcome to my monthly “What’s Going Down This Last Friday” blog post.  First and foremost, this year is shaping up to be the most epic season of Last Friday. We have a ton of businesses participating and the hype is surreal. This month in particular is filled with a ton of amazing events all around downtown.

Deep River is releasing Collaboration Without Representation, Saharah Smith is playing at First St Tavern and Three Little Birds will be showcasing wearable art by Erin Brown and of course, my favorite thing to do on a Last Friday, Karaoke is going down at the Flipside. For the family’s, Unique Gifts by Jacquelynn will have Mickey & Minnie Mouse and friends stopping by at 5pm, Sherry’s Signature Cheesecakes will be doing a rock painting class, and Southern Charm Carriages will be offering FREE CARRIAGE RIDES courtesy of HTR!

With so many events happening, and me being a board-certified, fellowship-trained LFiC connoisseur, I thought I’d share with you my TOP 5 MUST-DO EVENTS for this Last Friday in Clayton.


#5 

Main Street Jewelers presents Dottie Ryder Shaftner

This month Main Street Jewelers are bringing the heat with local artist Dottie Ryder Shaftner, who’s first solo show, “Feathers and Fluff”, will take place throughout the month of April at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in the Nature Gallery. This is a great opportunity to check out her work before she becomes famous.


#4

Clayton Junior Woman’s Club Bar Crawl

With stops at most of the bars and retail establishments, there is no better opportunity to see what Last Friday is all about than the Junior Women’s Bar Crawl. Plus you get to hang out with some very awesome ladies. BONUS POINTS: BLVD West will be hosting the Bar Crawl After Hours party. It’s where all the cool people will be at the end of the night.


#3

Mike’s Auto Cars & Coffee

Classic Cars, CHECK. Coffee, DOUBLE CHECK. The Heart of Downtown Clayton, ALL THE CHECKS. This is going to be so rad. 


#2

Mannings Roof-Top Dance Party

You can dance if you want to, you can leave your friends behind. Cuz if your friends don’t dance, then they’re no friends of mine. There is nothing more “spring-time” than sitting (or dancing) on the roof at Mannings. The weather is going to be perfect for this one. 


#1

Revival Turns Two!

My friends at Revival have a HUGE night planned. First, it’s their 2 year anniversary. Then on top of that they’re releasing a brand new menu filled with some of the BEST drinks they’ve ever poured - I HIGHLY recommend the Best Policy. It’s possibly my favorite drink ever. THEN to make it even cooler, Co-Owner Maleah Christie is showcasing new art. This is going to be a FIRE evening for Revival, so you should be there.



There you have it. My top 5 MUST-DO EVENTS for this Last Friday. Be sure to check out our facebook page for a rundown of ALL the amazing things happening this month, and most of all, have an awesome Last Friday in Clayton.

B.

Where were you Last Friday?

Last Friday is first and foremost an eclectic nightlife experience at the intersection of art, music, and a walkable historic main street. Last Friday is a celebration of all Downtown Clayton has to offer, and it’s always on the Last Friday of the month (Mar-Oct).

It's a night when Clayton's Main Street stays up late. A night where you can stroll the sidewalks at your leisure, and visit all of the unique establishments serving up food, drinks, arts, and artisanal goods in a festive community atmosphere. It’s a night where you'll hear music drifting out of open doorways, taste amazing concoctions, and make friends everywhere you go. 

So join us for our next Last Friday. Maybe it will be your first. But we guarantee it won't be your Last.

2019 Last Friday Panning Meeting

Are you a local business that's heard about Last Friday in Clayton but has no idea what it is? Are you a business who DOES know and is ready to get planning for 2019? Stop by BLVD Tuesday the 19th 5:30-7 for a whole bunch of information, and a little bit of fun, as we discuss plans for this year's Last Friday in Clayton season.

Visit Our Event Page for more information.