Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about shopping at independent retailers, art galleries, craft fairs, coop and specialty markets, wine and bottle shops all around the Triangle.
It was almost two years ago that I wrote a series of “Shop Local” blog posts that highlighted independent retail establishments in our communities. An update is long overdue, especially for Cary. Downtown Cary continues to be a very pedestrian-friendly destination with varied shops and galleries, offering clothing, gifts, paper goods, art and knitting supplies, and that’s just a few of the items you can find in a single shopping stop. One notable addition to the downtown area is Gather, a unique gift shop with a carefully curated selection of hand-crafted goods, along side a co-working studio that offers both business and craft classes. Another exciting addition to downtown will come later this year when a new bottle shop, Pharmacy Bottle + Beverage, opens in the space next to The Cary theater. You can follow their construction and build out on Facebook and watch them transform the empty space into a shop you’ll want to visit often.
In another part of Cary, Waverly Place shopping center has been adding new residents too. My favorite addition to the shopping destination is Whisk, a home cook’s dream kitchenware store. I’ve always been able to find just the right kitchen tool at Whisk, including the spiralizer that’s changed my relationship with vegetables in so many ways. Earlier this year a unique, contemporary boutique called Violets opened in Waverly Place. You can find Raleigh Denim along with other contemporary clothing brands, jewelry, art, gifts and apothecary inside Violets. Triangle Wine Company plans to join other locally owned retailers at Waverly Place soon too.
Some local shops have relocated within or to Cary as well. Peak Olive Oil moved to a stand alone shop off High House Boulevard. GreenPea Baby & Child made a big move from their downtown Apex store to a larger space in Waverly Place. Recently Made, a colorful gift shop offering handmade goods, opened in Stone Creek Village. I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of gift shopping at that store this holiday season. Soon, Cary’s first craft beer bottle shop and tasting bar will open in a shopping area just down the road from Made. HighCraft Beer Market will fill growlers from 12 taps and have shelves stocked with over 800 beer varieties.
There are many other independent shops scattered around Cary too, more than I could list in a single post. I’ve created a Google Map that includes some of my favorite Cary independent retailers and you can find it here. Did I miss one of your favorites? If so, let me know in the comments. In the meantime, make sure you save the map link to your mobile device of choice for quick reference when you’re out shopping in the Cary.