Our Story

I worked for New Belgium for a decade and loved the employee-owned culture that was created.  In 2019 I decided to jump out on my own and open my first business.  J. Lights in Durham opened in November of 2020.  We have served the Golden Belt campus for 2 years and we have decided to grow and bring a coffee program and breakfast into our offerings as we move to Smoky Hollow in Raleigh.  

At J. Lights our goal is to make the time spent here worthwhile.  We take care of our staff.  We pay well, offer benefits & paid time off and our staff are allowed to build their work schedules.  We hire driven, team-oriented talented people looking to build something meaningful for the community in Raleigh.  We look forward to growing the J. Lights story and seeing what our team creates.  

Jared and Family

J. Lights is the right spot for where you are in your day.  Crafted coffee or cocktails, breakfast, lunch & dinner and that important after work Snack.  Our thoughtful by the glass wine program and 8 beer taps will offer the taste break you need.  Our menu brought to life by our chef Josh Septoski will make our brunch or lunch favorites part of weekly rewards.