Cohen Studios Teams with Habitat/Wake

Raleigh photographer volunteers to document

2009 Homes Tour, Party


logo_horizontalNovember 5, 2009 (RALEIGH, NC) – Photographer Max Cohen of Cohen Studios in downtown Raleigh, NC, has volunteered his professional services for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County’s ninth Home Tour and Party on Sunday, November 22.

Max Cohen

The annual event is a fundraiser for Habitat/Wake that takes participants on a tour of homes built by Habitat/Wake volunteers. After the homes tour, the party at Habitat’s ReStore on Raleigh Boulevard kicks off the holiday season.

Max Cohen will photograph each of the homes on the tour and capture the festivities at the ReStore, which sells recycled and usable building materials at discount to raise money for building Habitat homes.

“I’m a huge fan of Habitat’s mission of building affordable homes for people in need,” said Cohen, who opened his photography studio this year. “And Habitat is all about volunteerism, so I figured I should do my part. I’m a lot better with a camera than I am a hammer.”

The after-tour party will include seafood from 42nd Street Oyster Bar in Raleigh and live music. Tickets are $50 and are available at

For more information on Habitat/Wake, visit

For more information on Cohen Studios, visit

About Cohen Studios:

A graduate of Enloe High School in Raleigh and the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, Massachusetts, Max Cohen of Cohen Studios has been a professional photographer for five years, working in both digital photography and film. At H.I.P., he was exposed to a wide range of technical skills and studied under world-renown photographers as instructors and guest speakers. Describing himself as a “generalist,” he enjoys all types of subjects, from children and high school senior portraits to commercial and editorial assignments. The studio is located at 311 West Martin Street, Raleigh. For more information, visit Cohen Studios is also available on Facebook and Citysearch.

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.


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