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.
The freshly streetscaped sidewalks along South White Street in downtown Wake Forest easily enable a day’s shopping trip to boutiques, antique and specialty stores. I don’t get to Wake Forest often enough to enjoy those shops (and I missed the closing of one of my favorite shops, Old Magnolia Trading Co, last Spring), but when the holiday shopping season rolls around, and the streets are decorated I can’t imagine being any other place.
When in need of some treats to fill a stocking, my first stop will be Sweeties Candy Shop, closely followed by a visit to the very nearby NC General Store, reminiscent of general stores of past years and filled with all sorts of NC made products. For home decor my two favorite stops along South White Street are Mimosa Home & Gift and The Cotton Company, which is like a mini-mall of vendor booths filled with hand-crafted goods including jewelry, pottery, home decor, accessories and so many items that would make perfect gifts. Speaking of perfect gifts, a new fashion boutique opened in downtown Wake Forest earlier this year, when Pink Cherry Trees Boutique made the transition from an online store to a brick and mortar shop front. The store is a great addition to downtown, filled with the latest fashions and accessories you might need for all those holiday events.
Beyond downtown one finds many more independent stores worth a special trip, like the hobby shop Quilts Like Crazy offering quilting supplies, sewing machines and support for your quilting habit (like the all night long community quilting session on their event calendar). Need to restock your wine rack or beef up that beer supply? Then you’ve got to stop in Wine 101 for a great selection and super helpful staff. Oh, and they’ll refill your growler too.
If you’re looking, you can find independent shops scattered around most any town, including Wake Forest. I’ve created a Google Map that includes some of my favorite independent retailers in the Wake Forest 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.