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.
Carrboro is one of my favorite small town shopping destinations. There’s a lot of shop-portunity packed into a walkable, pedestrian-friendly area, with a very diverse selection. In the last year Carrboro’s seen a bit of a change in the landscape too with construction at 300 East Main, paving the way for the Cameron’s and WomanCraft to move into a new neighborhood.
Yet well-established favorites continue to thrive in the 19th century textile mill that is Carr Mill Mall. Townsend Bertram & Company is one of the retail residents and is a “go to” source for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Shoppers will find brand name goods for camping, backpacking, trail running and travel, as well as helpful, knowledgeable staff ready to assist. La Boutique Lane is one of the newer tenants and an instant favorite home goods shop for most anyone that walks through the shop door for a closer look at the chic art inside.
Beyond the mall’s walls are many eclectic and art-focused gift shops. Vespertine is filled with locally made and hand-crafted items, including jewelry, clothing, ceramics and arts. A little further along Main Street one will find North Carolina Crafts Gallery filled with pottery, blown glass, wood turnings, jewelry, metalwork, toys, folk art, garden art, kaleidoscopes, baskets, fiber art pieces, all from NC artists. And I never miss a chance to visit Johnny’s Gone Fishing when in Carrboro. Johnny’s is a special combination of community gathering spot, coffee shop, food truck hang out and country store well worth the short drive beyond downtown.
And those are just a very few of the unique shops you’ll find scattered around Carrboro. I’ve created a Google Map that includes some of my favorite independent retailers in the Carrboro 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.