The population in Raleigh is growing faster than Kudzu on Capital Blvd. With such a rapid influx of people we find ourselves in a dichotomy between two very different cultural worlds. Our population is split between those raised within a more traditional Southern comfort while the other half come from elsewhere looking to pioneer a new Southern culture. When melting pots begin to stir in this manner people look for bridges between cultures in order to find the footing for unified steps forward. We look for forums where both parties feel as though they are on common ground. It is here where we find the true value of the southern porch life.
Josh Gruder and Bryant Szabo, founders of Porchfly, distinctly understand the importance of the porch and how it is the perfect environment to foster the conversation that creates bridges between cultures. Initially inspired by the varied porch cultures of New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Brooklyn, Josh calmly sips from a mason jar resting in a weathered rocking chair stating, “No matter what walk of life you are in or where you are from, the porch is where stress gets replaced by comfort.The porch is a special place that rests between work and play.”
At present, Porchfly offers a variety of comfortable and cool t-shirt designs however they are reaching outside of the clothing sector to offer items that will enhance our local “porch life”. These items include lamps, custom wooden coozies and leather bound journals.
Gruder conveys, “Raleigh has the perfect vibe for porch culture. We work hard but know how to play as well. We are a big city with a small town vibe and a strong sense of community. As long as we have the porch we will always stay grounded.”
Keep up with Porchfly at Porchfly.com as well as at local festivals and events.