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.
As the largest city in the Triangle region, it sometimes seems a challenge to find the smaller independent shops in the great expanse of Raleigh. However, a handful of shopping areas include many locally owned merchants. Depending upon what I’m considering purchasing, I’ll make my way to one of the following shopping areas in Raleigh to find that special something.
When I’m in the food shopping mood, I frequent many of the stores found in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village. The village’s aesthetic appeals with its European atmosphere featuring a center green, water fountains and charming walkways leading from shop to shop. I love the food specialty shops like The Chocolate Boutique for hand-crafted truffles and treats, Novel Tea shop (I love their Jasmine Green Tea pearls), The Olive Wagon and Savory Spice Shop. Earlier this year the Triangle’s only cheese shop, Six Forks Cheese, opened in Lafayette Village. Food fans on your gift list would appreciate a gift (or gift certificate) from any of these retailers.
Though the 440 loop is no longer officially known as “the beltline”, shoppers will find Cameron Village in the section of Raleigh once known as “inside the beltline”. Replete with boutiques such as Uniquities, The Art of Style, Madison, and Kannon’s, Cameron Village is my first stop when searching for chic clothing for men or women, as well as fashionable accessories in Raleigh.
Downtown Raleigh has long been a destination for dining, entertainment and the local arts scene. In the area of City Market, I find one-of-a-kind art and hand-crafted items from local artisans in shops like Blake Street Shops & Studio. Just about a block and a half west and a short two block walk north along Wilmington Street, shoppers will find the iconic Stitch at the corner of Hargett Street and two doors down Moon & Lola‘s Raleigh store. Continue west on Hargett street and you’ll find Deco, a gift shop near the corner with Salisbury Street.
If you’re up for a longer walk, head to Ornamentea (on West Street, just a block off Glenwood Avenue) for craft supplies to create your own gifts. Seaboard Station, with popular shops like Logans Trading Company and pet shop Phydeaux, isn’t too far from the North Person Street area where the Raleigh location of Wine Authorities can be found (and Standard Foods will be a next door neighbor in the near-ish future). Lumina Clothing recently relocated to the area too. There’s been quite a bit of retail activity in downtown Raleigh and I’m sure there will be much more to come in 2015.
And those are just a very few of the unique shops you’ll find scattered around the capital city. I’ve created a Google Map that includes some of my favorite independent retailers in Raleigh 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.