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.
Have you visited Durham lately? Every where you look in the downtown area you see construction projects underway. The project I’m most excited about is the Durham Co-op Market, still on target for a January 2015 opening date. As the new projects progress more retail options will come to downtown, joining more established favorites like Dolly’s Vintage and Cave Taureau Wine. Vert & Vogue announced plans to open a new location in the Five Points area. Letter Bookshop opened this time last year. The Makery set up a retail shop of curated NC made goods within the Mercury Studio space in the DIY district. Around the block the very stylish Dear Hearts celebrated their first year anniversary earlier this month. Downtown saw its first craft beer shop, appropriately named Beer Durham, open earlier this year too. Yup, lots of change, lots of “new” in downtown.
It’s still relatively simple to find an independent retail shop in the more popular shopping areas along Ninth Street and in Brightleaf Square. A short walk along Ninth Street reveals options like Durham Cycles, the Regulator Bookshop, The Play House toy store and Vaguely Reminiscent, one fun shop, packed to the ceiling with cute items and some very eye-catching decor. Cozy, on the corner, is where shoppers can find a bit of everything including yarn and knitting supplies, clothing and Dansko shoes, gifts for the home, as well as jewelry and accessories.
In the Brightleaf District shoppers will find boutiques, a rare book store, Offbeat Music, and Morgan Imports, a Durham mainstay since 1969 (featuring a popular selection of Christmas collectibles). Adjacent to Morgan Imports is one of Durham’s favorite restaurants and specialty food stores, Parker & Otis, with what I think is the best cookbook selection in the Triangle (the best, and also the most dangerous to my bank account).
And those are just a very few of the unique shops you’ll find scattered around Durham. I’ve created a Google Map that includes some of my favorite independent retailers in the Durham 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.