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.
Fuquay-Varina is a small town in southern Wake county, but it’s big enough to support two downtown districts and a lot of local “shop-portunities” too with retail stores selling gifts, clothing, jewelry and even home brewing supplies.
In the Varina downtown district, a short walk along Broad Street leads to the upcycled furniture gallery SUR Furniture, specializing in salvaged and reclaimed pieces as well as accessories. Vintage items and work from local artisans are also part of the ever changing collection in the store. For the toy hobbist a stop in ToyTown Hobby Shop is a must while Carolina Bead Company is a favorite of bead freaks (you know who you are). By the way, you’ll find brewery tap rooms at each end of the Varina District, in case you get thirsty.
Looking for something fashionable for yourself or your home? Then you need to visit the Fuquay side of town, along Main Street, where you’ll find Ashworth’s, a long standing men’s clothier and The Shoppes On Main, a mini-mall of upscale boutique items, hand crafted artisan pieces, gourmet foods and one of a kind gift and novelty items. If you’re a DIYer Homesteaders Brew Supply has everything you need to make your beer, wine, cheese and/or coffee (yes, they sell green coffee beans you can roast at home, if so inclined).
This Saturday is a big day in Fuquay-Varina. The annual Day in Downtown will have food trucks, breweries, wineries, live music, a chili cook-off, more than 60 art and business vendors, fun carnival games and more fun activities that even the predicted precipitation can’t dampen. It’s going to be like a mini fair (but with no admission charge). So spend a Saturday in downtown Fuquay-Varina and get to know this quaint Triangle town a little bit better.
If you’re looking, you can find independent shops scattered around most any town, including Fuquay-Varina. I’ve created a Google Map that includes some of my favorite independent retailers in the Fuquay-Varina 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.