Lather Hair Salon to Hold Cut-A-Thon for Habitat/Wake

logo_horizontalNovember 2, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) — A Cut-a-Thon to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County will be held Thursday, November 12, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at Lather Hair Salon off Glenwood Avenue North/Highway 70, Raleigh.

The money Lather raises will be used to help sponsor Habitat/Wake’s 2009 Holiday Home Tour & Party later in November.

“We want to show our support for Habitat/Wake’s on-going mission to

Jessica Williams, owner, Lather Hair Salon

build good, affordable homes for low-income families who simply can’t qualify for traditional mortgages,” said Lather’s owner and senior stylist Jessica Williams. “The annual Homes Tour & Party are also fundraisers for Habitat/Wake. So by helping to sponsor that wonderful event – during which tour goers get to see a collection of homes Habitat has built – we can extend Lather’s donation beyond the money we raise during the cut-a-thon.”

From 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on November 12, Lather will donate the usual payment for every hair cut done that day to Habitat/Wake. Lather’s hair cut prices are: women’s cuts $38-$50; men’s $22-$31; and children 10 and under $18-$26. (Stylists’ tips are not included.)

Complimentary beverages will be served during the Habitat/Wake Cut-a-Thon, and a donation box will be on hand so customers can donate even more if they want.

“The box will also be there for anyone who may not need a hair cut that day but still wants to donate,” Williams added.

Since 1985, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County has joined with individuals and local organizations to build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with families living at modest income levels. Habitat for Humanity helps people build and buy their own homes by creating opportunity, not dependency.

“So we’re hoping lots of folks will decide to make their next hair cut count for more than just style and beauty,” Williams said. “By getting your hair cut at Lather that day, you’ll be supporting one of the best causes out there. We encourage everyone to remember the Habitat mission: ‘Building homes, building hope, building community.’ “

Lather will accept walk-ins and appointments for the Habitat Cut-a-Thon. To make an appointment, call 919-792-0715.

For more information on Lather Hair Salon, visit For more information on Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, visit


About Lather Hair Salon:

Lather Hair Salon is a full-service, upscale salon specializing in color, cuts, waxing, deep conditioning treatments, shine glossing, perms, anti-curl treatments, and both trendy and classic styling. Lather also offers special wedding party services both in-salon or on location.. Lather’s stylists maintain “Hair Academy 101,” an on-going blog on hair care, styling, products, and DIY techniques.

Lather Hair Salon is located at 8521 Cantilever Way, Suite 109, just off North Glenwood Avenue/Highway 70 West near Carmax. For more information visit or call 919-792-0715.

Lather Hair Salon is also available on Facebook and through Citysearch.


About Habitat/Wake’s Annual Home Tour & Party:

The 9th Holiday Home Tour & Holiday Party will be held Sunday, November 22, from 5-9 p.m., beginning at the Habitat ReStore, 2420 Raleigh Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27604. Buses will depart at 5 p.m. for an hour tour of local Habitat homes. The party will include appetizers, seafood from 42nd Street Oyster Bar, and dessert, plus live music by “Old Avenue.” Tickets are $50 each and can be reserved at




Recording Artist Alisa Turner To Perform at CHAIRity Gala & Auction for Habitat/Wake

Alisa Turner
Alisa Turner

October 6, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – Purple Armchair, host for the 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, is pleased to announce that recording artist Alisa Turner will perform live during the free event, which will be held Saturday, October 11, from 7-11 p.m.

Turner, a singer and songwriter, has been compared to Sarah McLachlan, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. An accomplished pianist, she accompanies herself on keyboard.

Turner recently signed with the Gotee Records/Warner Brothers label, although she has already completed two CDs: “Bittersweet” and “…I Write Sad Songs.” Both can be found on iTunes. Her work can also be heard on

Alisa Turner was born in Hawaii and “moved around a lot,” she said, since her father was a pastor. Raleigh is now her home base.

The 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction involves the efforts of nearly 40 local artists who have “recycled” old wooden chairs from Habitat/Wake’s ReStore into original works of art, which will be auctioned off to benefit Habitat/Wake.

Besides the auction and Turner’s musical entertainment, the event will include food by Margaux’s, Humble Pie and Coco Rue Confections, wine, and more. The event is free and open to the public with everyone registering at the door to potentially bid on the chairs-turned-art.

Co-sponsors include: the Raleigh Downtowner and Raleigh Chronicle, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Margaux’s, Humble Pie, Coco Rue Confections, Killer Creative Group, blueplate pr, and professional auctioneer Cheri Faux.

Purple Armchair is located on North West Street one block from Glenwood South. Normal Business hours are Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The store is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information on Purple Armchair or the upcoming CHAIRity, visit, or call Kim Weiss, blueplate pr, at 919-272-8615.


Salon Moxie Hosts Habitat/Wake “CHAIRity” Chair

September 29, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – To continue its support of the Raleigh arts community, and to support a worthwhile fundraiser, "20 Ways To Paint The World Green" by Terrah Goforth in North Raleigh is hosting one of the chairs-turned-art that will be auctioned off next month to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County.

Salon Moxie’s chair is one of nearly 40 that area artists have “recycled” into original works of art for the 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction sponsored by Purple Armchair in downtown Raleigh (600 N. West Street). The event will take place Saturday, October 11, from 7-11 p.m. and will include live music, food donated by area restaurants, and wine.

The chairs were supplied by Habitat/Wake’s ReStore. The artists were free to do anything they wanted with them as long as they started with the same basic, wooden chair.

Salon Moxie is hosting “Twenty Ways To Paint The World Green,” by Raleigh artist Tarrah Goforth, who teaches art at Wakefield High School and at the Sertoma Art Center.

“In college, I was an active member of the Habitat for Humanity board,” Goforth said. “I am excited to be involved with this organization again.”

Goforth’s colorful chair features 20 suggestions of ways to live a “greener” lifestyle.

Salon Moxie and the other hosts around the city will keep their chairs until October 10, at which time they will return to Purple Armchair for the gala and auction. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call Kim Weiss of blueplate pr, 919-272-8615;

Salon Moxie is located at 6191-122 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit or call 919-850-0721.


Take the CHAIR Trail for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Purple Armchair has announced the hosts for the chairs-turned-art for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County’s 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction, to be held October 11, 7-11 p.m. at Purple Armchair, 600 N. West St., in downtown Raleigh.

From now until October 10, the 30-plus chairs that area artists “recycled” into works of original art can be seen at:
The Cupcake Shoppe – Glenwood South
Turkish Delight – Glenwood South

Kohn Associates – Glenwood South

Edge Office – Glenwood South

Helio’s – Glenwood South

Hardtimes Café – Glenwood South

The Globe – Glenwood South

FM – Glenwood South

Catch 22 – Glenwood South
Little Art Gallery – Cameron Village

Antiques Emporium – Cameron Village
Visual Art Exchange – 325 Blake Street in City Market
Flanders Gallery –  18 Seaboard Avenue

Margaux’s (4 chairs) – 8111 Creedmoor Road

Humble Pie – 316 S. Harrington Street

The George – Glenwood South

Local Color Gallery – Glenwood South
Raleigh Downtowner offices – 617 W. Jones St.

Downtown Raleigh Alliance offices – 120 S. Wilmington St.

Modern Times gallery – 10 E. Hargett St.

Purple Armchair – 600 N.West St.


Purple Armchair Announces Co-Sponsors for 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Auction for Habitat/Wake County


August 28, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – As the October 11 date draws nearer for Purple Armchair’s 2008 CHAIRity Gala & Fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, co-sponsors have lined up to show their support by donating their services.

The Raleigh Downtowner, the city’s monthly magazine covering the downtown area, and its online sister publication, the Raleigh Chronicle, are serving as the event’s media partner by donating advertising and editorial coverage.

Dave Killian of Killer Creative Group, an award-winning graphic design firm also in downtown Raleigh, is donating his services to produce the event’s ads, posters and other promotional materials.

Margaux’s, a restaurant in North Raleigh known almost as much for its artistic décor and art exhibits as Chef Andrew Pettifer’s fine food, is providing culinary refreshments for the gala.

Humble Pie, an award-winning downtown eatery known for its mastery of the tapas-style menu, is also providing food and wine.

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance is providing in-kind promotional sponsorship by adding the CHAIRity to its website calendar of events (, to the events section of its October-December publication of the “Discover Downtown” map/guide, and by including the event description in the DRA’s October e-newsletter.

Cheri Faux, a professional auctioneer, is donating her expert services for the live auction.

The 2008 CHAIRity, to be held Saturday, October 11, from 7 to 11 p.m. also involves the efforts of nearly 50 local artists who are “recyling” old wooden chairs from Habitat/Wake’s ReStore into original works of art, which will be auctioned off during the gala with proceeds going to Habitat/Wake. The evening will include live music, food, wine, raffles and door prizes. The event is free and open to the public, although potential bidders will have to register at the door.

Purple Armchair, the host for the 2008 CHAIRity gala and fundraiser, is located at 600 N. West Street, one block from Glenwood South. An emerging marketplace in the midst of the downtown area, Purple Armchair is a member of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance,, and First Friday Art Walk. Business hours are Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridan and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The store is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information, visit For more information on the CHAIRity, including a list of participating artists, go to


Porto Announces Its 2008 “CHAIRity” Art Event to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

March 3, 2008 (RALEIGH, NC) – To celebrate the role artists play in advancing cultural and social development, and to align that role with the contribution Habitat for Humanity makes to society, Porto, a fine home furnishings store in Raleigh and Chapel Hill (, has announced its second gala fundraiser for Habitat/Wake County, which will be held in the Raleigh location in North Hills on Saturday, October 18.

Porto is now inviting Triangle area artists to “recycle” used wooden chairs — in stock at Habitat/Wake’s ReStore Center in Raleigh — into one-of-a-kind works of art. The chairs are free to artists, who will be asked to translate this year’s theme: “Going Green Just Got Elegant,” a Porto slogan that reflects the stores’ commitment to sustainable furniture manufacturing.

The chairs-turned-art must be completed by August 30 and delivered to Porto. They will then be exhibited in public spaces around Raleigh for a month leading up to the evening of October 18, when gala attendees will bid on these unusual works of original art (some in a silent auction, others “live” via an auctioneer). Seventy-five percent of the winning bid for each door will be donated to Habitat/Wake County. The remaining 25 percent goes to the artists.

How artists use the chairs and translate the theme of the “CHAIRity” is completely up to them. Functional or not, construction or deconstruction – whatever they want to do with their chairs is up to their imaginations. They may even “reinvent” a chair into something else entirely.

Porto held its first Habitat/Wake County fundraiser a little over a year ago and raised over $14,000, which was used to purchase materials for a Habitat house that is now occupied by its new owner. Members of the Porto team helped build the house as well.

Artists who want to participate should contact Kim Weiss at blueplate pr (919-272-8615; no later than April 1. Anyone interested in participating in this year’s CHAIRity — as hosts for the chairs-turned-art, as sponsors to provide food or wine for the gala, or in another way – should also contact Kim Weiss as soon as possible.

Habitat/Wake County’s ReStore is located at 2420 Raleigh Boulevard. Habitat has set aside at least 30 specific chairs for this purpose.