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The Leadmine, a whiskey bar and kitchen with is taking over the restaurant space recently left vacant in the Belvedere Plaza.

Orlando Jinzo and Sonja Lee McCarrell, the masterminds behind Stacks Cheddar Truck, along with partners Kearstin and Aleksei Pavlov, plan to serve chef-driven, Southeast Asian cuisine with a focus on cocktails (and good whiskey). It won’t be a full-service restaurant — patrons will order food from the bar and relax in an outdoor lounge during lunch or late-night hours.

“With the area growing, we found ourselves leaving town to try different experiences,” Kearstin said. “We have the concept, they have the credibility and the following, so why not open it?”

No opening date has been set, as the team works to make the restaurant their own. In the meantime, they’ll be sharing the space with Cool Asana, and fulfilling their obligations with the food truck while they scale back the amount of hours they’ll be parked outside Southern Pines Brewing Co.

“We’re not going to carry what you expect,” Jinzo said. “We’re just doing what we want to do, having fun and expressing ourselves.”

And that’s not the only thing happening in the Belvedere Plaza.

Bamboo Salon: Nearly ten years after opening their space on W. Pennsylvania Ave., the salon is expanding with a new outpost in the courtyard, called Bamboo Shoot, and adding three stylists to its team.

“We’re excited to be a new face in the courtyard,” said owner Andy Pellegrino. “We know we’ll meld together with all of the existing businesses and feed off of each other.”

Mosshound Designs, your current source for succulents and the not-so-lost-art of macrame, will be leaving their space in the beginning of October, when the owner’s husband’s military career will take them to Florida.

“This is such a cute town,” owner Nicole Hemmerly said. “I love it here. I wish I could stay here forever.”

From Sept. 27-30, Hemmerly will have a moving sale to clear out her space. After the move, she’ll continue to take custom orders on her Etsy.

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