Triangle Glides offers Segway, electric bike, and stand-up paddleboard sales, rentals, and lessons. Located inside the historic City Market, the store is a great place to begin a local outdoor adventure. City explorers can choose from a number of guided Segway tours around parts of Raleigh, including downtown, Oakwood, the City Center, and elsewhere. The electric bikes make riding up the city's hills a breeze, and paddleboards are a great way to check out local water features like Lake Wheeler.
DECO Raleigh is a gift shop that features the work of local artisans in pottery, prints, cards, jewelry, textiles and t-shirts. The art deco style sign out front leads to a storehouse of the artisan’s work and more, including postcards, prints, candles and anything one might need to make a unique gift. The store has a parklet out front for prime downtown seating, and hosts art-related events from time to time.
Opened in 1972, Crabtree Valley Mall is one the largest malls in the Southeastern United States, with 1,326,000 square feet (123,189 square meters) of over 200 shops and restaurants. Visitors will find an array of shopping options for gifts, furniture, toys, books, electronics, and clothing. A large food court with a handful of restaurants keeps shopper energy levels up. The mall hosts events geared toward visitors and the greater Raleigh community throughout the year.
Enjoy the flurry and excitement at this market that specializes in selling local produce. Farm fresh fruits, vegetables, and other organic produce are easily available here. After sampling the many peaches, eggplants and tomatoes, one can also pick out a few colorful flowers for the garden or purchase bread, confections, and craft items that are sold by busy vendors offering bargains.
Large and airy, Morgan Imports is a unique gift and home furnishing store, and offers visitors a eclectic collection of items for sale including gardening tools, kitchenware, greeting cards, toys, clothing, and furniture. The store, which was opened in a different Durham location in 1969, has been housed in the restored Durham Laundry Building since 1991. It’s a pleasure to shop or browse under the building’s skylights and high ceilings.
This consummate wine shop founded by three friends and wine industry veterans offers an inviting atmosphere for wine purchasing and tasting. Wines from around the world are featured here, with an emphasis on traditional growing regions including France, Italy, and Portugal. The shop hosts weekly events and classes on the history of wines and particular growing regions. Wine lovers will be delighted at the shop’s attention to detail, but the emphasis on provisions besides wine, like sake, chocolate, and olive oil, adds a nice touch of versatility.
A collective group of unique stores and boutiques, Blake Street Studios is great place to shop in Raleigh. Shop through the various boutiques selling jewelry, handmade natural body products, clothes, furniture, accessories and much more. There are multiple art stores where you can pick up fine art pieces, paintings, photographs and other craft items. It's a great place to pick up a unique gift.
With its vibrant menu of beers, Brewery Bhavana is a perfect spot for any kind of celebration. Other than being a beer bar and Chinese Dim-Sum restaurant, Brewery Bhuvana also houses a flower and book store. Even though not very ornate, the interior characterized by a bookshelf, plants, a flower shop and lanterns gives this place a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. There is a courtyard right between the bar and book shop which doubles as a seating area. It is in this part that one can come across natural light thanks to the window on the ceiling. However, the highlight of Brewery Bhavana lies in its bar that consists of forty taps. Apart from the beer this place also delivers upon its promise of delivering authentic Chinese recipes to the patrons. Some of the highlights include Xiao Long Bao Soup Dumpling, Cabbage Rolls, Sweet Soy Chicken, Pork Ma-Po Tofu, Peking Duck and Sichuan Fish. Sit in the courtyard area, enjoy the sunlight and the views of the sky while drinking a glass of craft beer.
Videri Chocolate Factory is a must visit for chocolate connoisseurs in Raleigh. Occupying the former Raleigh Depot building, on offer are an array of decadent and meticulously-handmade chocolates and sweet treats. What sets their creations apart is the use of the finest cacao beans exclusively hand-selected from across the globe that are roasted on site and tempered to perfection. Sample the classic dark chocolate or the half-and-half dark-milk, or adventurous palates can opt for original flavor combinations like sea salt and pink peppercorn. Take a self-guided tour of the factory and head out for a drink after on their BYOB patio.
Raleigh Denim Workshop+Curatory is an original denim store that makes top-quality jeans in the workshop located on West Martin Street and then sells them in the chic and trendy boutique store that is the main entrance. For a pair of long-lasting and comfortable denims, a trip to this store is essential. While prices here are definitely on the steeper side, customers can be assured of the quality every time.