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.
A city doesn’t have to have a downtown center to draw shoppers to unique retail businesses. Morrisville is one of those towns with many of those retailers. Though it lacks a central shopping core, there are retail destinations in Morrisville that entice me to splurge on foodie shopping sprees.
When I’m looking for a unique pasta shape I know isn’t on grocery store shelves I head straight to Capri Flavors just off Morrisville Parkway for Italian food products you can’t find just anywhere. You can have a cup of espresso (made on site) while browsing the shelves (including many shelves stocked with wine!) and cases (filled with cheese!). In the mood for a little something sweet? Not far from Capri Flavors, tucked away in a corner by a movie multi-plex at Park West is the Morrisville location of The Chocolate Boutique. Whether in the mood for dark, milk or white chocolate, I always find something to satisfy the chocolate craving.
If you’re a frequent shopper at Western Wake Farmers’ Market you’re probably very familiar with Muddy Dog Roasting Co. Their Morrisville roastery is open to the public for limited hours during the week but they have plans to expand and have already secured a space adjacent to the current location. In the future Muddy Dog Coffee hopes to offer a roll up coffee bar, retail shop and customer training space.
Speaking of beverages, recently the very popular Raleigh craft beer shop, Bottle Revolution, opened a new store front in Morrisville. If you’re heading home from RTP you can make a pit stop at the new shop to mix your own six-pack from over 1,000 bottles and cans in the store.
If you’re looking you can find independent shops scattered around most any town, including Morrisville. I’ve created a Google Map that includes some of my favorite independent retailers in the Morrisville area 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 area.