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.
Historic downtown Hillsborough continues to draw visitors to popular restaurants and community events along or just off Churton Street. A short stroll down the street reveals there are quite a few retail shops worthy of browsing for a few moments at least.
Almost two years ago I featured downtown Hillsborough in a “Shop Local” blog series and I was pleased to find during a more recent visit that many of the same businesses can still be found in downtown along with a newer shop to Churton Street. Qi Garden is a home and garden shop with a decidedly relaxing ambiance. Perhaps it’s the shop-made scented soaps and lotions, or the babbling fountains, or the local works of art adorning the shop walls. I always enjoy spending time in the Qi Garden oasis.
There are shops to suit most any taste in downtown Hillsborough. For art fans and collectors two galleries, Eno Gallery and Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, offer diverse selections, priced for most any budget. The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts very popular annual “Art of Giving” group holiday show comes back November 10 (with opening reception on November 28 as part of Last Friday Art Walk). If you’re a foodie (or know someone who is) you’ll enjoy browsing the shelves at Weaver Street Market, or splurging on chocolates at Matthew’s, as well as a bottle of something nice to accompany that food at Hillsborough Wine Co.
Venturing beyond downtown you’ll find other shops like Paws at the Corner, a unique pet store with a built in self-service doggie spa on Nash Street (very near Mystery Brewing’s Public House). Vietri is a locally based distributor of Italian housewares and several times a year their warehouse outlet holds special sales including the Fall Warehouse sale dates later this month. Perhaps you need some new dishes and/or serving pieces for that holiday dinner next month?
If you’re looking you can find independent shops scattered around most any town, including Hillsborough. I’ve created a Google Map that includes some of my favorite independent retailers in the Hillsborough 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.