Late Spring 2017
NOFOmation is our monthly newsletter written to keep NOFOlks up to date on new products and current events at NOFO!
Used to be, we only had land lines and Southern Bell as a phone company, and Mother's Day was their busiest day of the year. You would hear "all circuits are currently busy" over and over again when trying to reach your mom by phone
If you want to reach out to your mother with more than a phone call, we can help. Choose a pretty gown, blouse, tote, hat, scarf or a special piece of jewelry. Make a food basket full of her favorite products. Select a candle, fine soaps and lotions, or put together a box of chocolates.
We'll ship it for you or deliver it locally. Treat your mom like the belle she is.
What a Joy!
If you're thinking you might celebrate Mother's Day, Father's Day and Memorial Day at home this year, but you don't want to be tied down in the kitchen, let us help.
Pick up a copy of the Joy of NOT Cooking, choose your menu and give us a call!
If we do the cooking for you, you'll be able to celebrate along with your guests. Go for the Joy!
Mother, May I
...take you to Brunch? Bring your mom to Mother's Day Brunch @ NOFO on Sunday, May 14.
Reservations are recommended! Ask about flowers and candy for your table when you call!
In May, we thank all the teachers and coaches who helped our children get through yet another school year. We are so grateful for all the kind words, encouragement and time spent by these dedicated folks who make such a difference in our lives.
Teachers talk. They tell us that they love getting food, especially meals to enjoy as the school year winds down and they are their busiest.
NOFO does the best food baskets, and we'll be happy to help you put together a basket of goodies that'll be the talk of the town...or at least the teachers' lounge.
Graduation is bittersweet. It marks both an end and a beginning. One thing is for certain, the graduate is moving on to something else.
Mark this occasion with a gift from NOFO. We've jewelry leather journals, key fobs, school tiles, shaving sets, dopp kits, pearls and such.
Come in and see what moves you!
Suits Like Seersucker
Made in Franklin, Tennessee and as Southern as a seersucker suit in Summer, these candies from Olive & Sinclair evoke an earlier time.
The original is made using 75% cacao dark chocolate and finished with sea salt. The Cherry Bombs contain a pickled maraschino cherry coated in buttermilk fondant & covered in dark chocolate. Their Muzzle Loaders are chocolate spheres filled with liquid salted bourbon caramel.
Now, that's Southern!
Twice as Nice
Louis Sherry has outdone themselves this Spring. Their pastel tins in the softest shades of pink, blue, yellow and lavender are as yummy as the fine chocolates inside.
Their two printed tins are designed by Pennsylvania artist Harrison Howard. One depicts vibrant birds and flowers. The other has a sealife motif. Both are stunning!
For Mother's Day, it's two gifts in one: delicious chocolates and a keeper tin.
Soft as Spring and in luscious pastel colors with contrasting pastel borders, these lines scarves are the perfect add-on to your warm weather wardrobe. Light as air, they'll add a punch of color to any outfit.
Back when, it was common for a female to receive a ceramic lady's face vase filled with flowers if she was sick, just had a baby, or was celebrating something special.
These vases were quite colorful & detailed. Some ladies had pearl earrings hanging from their ears or wore a pearl necklace. There were lady vases appropriate for all ages.
The 2017 version of the face vase is stripped of detail, quite contemporary, yet still charming. Fill it with flowers or airplants and send it to a friend; or fill it with the mascaras & make-up brushes you use to paint your face.
Stay the Course
Our handsome brass compasses are inscribed with quotes about travel and finding your way. Some are meant for your pocket, some for your desk. Several are on cords and meant to be worn as a necklace.
All will inspire wonderlust and guide your direction. A thoughtful graduation gift.
Pop a pan of RoRo's Cinn-A-Rolls in your oven and memories of a childhood kitchen smelling like yeast and sweet cinnamon on an early morning flood forth.
Amy Collins, a Dallas baker, hand makes each batch of Cinn-A-Rolls and Dinn-A-Rolls using her grandmother RoRo's recipe. They are fully cooked and only need warming in your oven to make them sinfully delicious.
Three New Chocolatiers
You don't become proficient in making beautiful, delicate, delicious chocolate pieces over night.
There's hard work, years of training, and a wealth of personal pasion involved along the way.
Maurais Ghyslain is from Quebec and started out to be an architect. He worked as a candy maker to earn money for his education and loved it so much he changed careers!
Maurais trained at the Institut de Tourisme et d'Hotellerie du Quebec and in restaurants all over the world. He now makes his chocolates in Kentucky and Indiana.
Amanda Wright is CIA-trained and studied under some of the most noted chocolatiers in the United States. She was a chocolatier on Team USA, which finished 4th in the world at the Coupe du Monde de Patisserie. Amanda makes her chocolate at her home in Pittsburgh.
Christophe Paume is a third generation chocolatier who grew up in Toulouse, France and trained under his famous father. He studied at the CFA de Muret and worked in Paris and Montreal to refine his skills.
Christophe fell in love with a Southern Belle and married her. They opened a Patisserie & Chocolate shop in Charleston, South Carolina.
In our candy case, you'll find bold, vibrant, colorful pieces from these three talented artists. We know you'll enjoy the fresh, interesting flavor profiles these chefs have created!
It's a Wrap
Claus Porto Soaps are made the same way today as they were 120 years ago. These luxurious giant bars of soap are milled seven times and contain natural shea butter to soften and protect the skin.
Amazingly, the bars never crack or split and the fragrance lasts until the end.
The only problem we've had with these Portuguese bars is unwrapping them. The Art Deco-designed papers are gorgeous and hard to discard. Choose a big bath or a hand soap and try to unwrap and use it.
Tar Heel Born Pride
Anne Klein is a talented illustrator who tackled a huge project. She drew all 50 states dotted with their landmarks, parks, state symbols and such. We carry her oval platter, her 10“ plates, prints and note cards showcasing the people and places we love in North Carolina.
In our baby department, you'll find baby blankets and onesies sporting Anne's illustrations of our great state. They are so darn cute and show a baby's pride in being Tar Heel born.
Favorite Child Status
Give your mom a Boudoir Basket filled with pretty necessities to make her life ever so pleasant.
Consider a silk eye mask for sleeping, a fresh terry headband, a pretty ice pack for boo-boos and headaches. Add a bubble bath, nail polish in her favorite shade, a tube of hand cream, a scented candle, a lavender sachet and a pretty handkerchief.
You'll remain her favorite child for yet another year.
If you're tired of waiting for your coffee to brew in the morning, weary of messy paper filters, and plastic pods that fill up the landfill, get yourself a Presse.
You'll be able to make delicious coffee in 3 minutes in the cup you're taking with you. A micro filter separates the grounds from the brewed coffee, and the 3-wall insulation keeps your coffee hot and your hands cool.
Seems the stress level for Americans has risen dramatically, and fidgeting is now a huge problem for adults as well as children. Toys called "fidgets" are showing up in office cubicles and classrooms nationwide.
Fidgets help keep fingers busy, minds focused, and bodies relaxed. Two of our most popular fidgets are the Spinner and the Cube. Both promise to make you more alert, calm and free of stress.
You may find them useful if you're watching the news on TV or are booked on a United Airlines flight.
When Brent Bumpus sold his Arkansas cookie company, Brent & Sam's, he began perfecting his favorite snack mix recipe. Soon, Wicked Mix was born.
Brent's a master flavor maker and his skill at balancing sweet, hot and spicy flavors is evident in these mixes. Choose original, smoky hot chipotle or chocolate-laced Wicked Mix. They're our new favorite "Trash."
Cook Like a Local
The latest cookbook from the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties, Taste of Tobacco Road, contains recipes from area restaurants, sports figures & college coaches, and other local celebrities. It's full of stories about the importance of food in the Triangle and why Southern Living Magazine named Durham “The South's Tastiest Town” in 2013.
Since returning home from Hungary, Katherine Williford's been a busy girl. Her Spring lines of tees & tops has been well-received. She's now screened her Raleigh neighborhood design on flour sack towels.
Even Raleigh's famous cartoonist, Paul Friederick, knows the value of a flour sack towel. They soak up the water, leave no lint, and are big enough for a meal's worth of dishes. Paul's screened his popular cartoon characters on towels to amuse during our chores.
Marvelous Marinara's Quartet of Sauces
NOFO's Marinara Sauce has been a staple on our shelves since we opened. Last Fall, we added Gravy's Marinara made by the folks at the popular downtown Raleigh restaurant. This Winter we brought in Melina's Marinara, made in Durham, which sells from our freezer.
Customers, who spend a lot of time in Wilmington and Figure 8, told us about Antonio Carlos' Gourmet Marinara Sauce made in Wilmington. Antonio did a tasting for us, and we happily added his delicious sauce to our shelves.
You're going to want to try them all and choose your favorite.
These striped heavy cotton zippered tote bags are handmade by women in a remote village of Northern India We love the hand stitching & the leather handles and trim. These sporty, contemporary totes are terrific for Spring!
A Timelessness of Tea
Williamson & Mayor has been growing tea on their own farms in Kenya since 1869. Their goal today is the same as it was 148 years ago: to produce “sustainable teas to the benefit of Kenya, its communities, wildlife and the environment.” By growing and manufacturing all of their teas, they control the quality of their products from bush to cup.
It's no wonder that Williamson & Mayor has chosen an elephant tin to house their fine teas. This magnificent animal has been revered for centuries and shows off their prized teas beautifully.
Sweet Carolina Girl
Tara O'Donnel is a happy New York transplant who loves living in North Carolina. She concocts her Carolina Caramels in Chapel Hill from a recipe she developed over 25 years.
Made in small batches, hand-cut and hand-dipped, Tara's Caramels are a labor of love. Choose milk or dark caramels or milk or dark pecan turtles for a special treat.
Thanks to Oliver White and Linda Satterfield, you can tell a politician exactly what you think for the price of a postage stamp. The Raleigh couple has designed and published colorful post cards that make it easy to speak up.
Choose from different post card fronts like “Speak Up”, “I'm mad as Hell”, “I am voter, hear me roar”, and write your own concerns on the back of the card. They're not political party-specific and are appropriate for messaging your representatives.
Buy a single card, or pack of 24, depending on your frustration level.