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.
Built in the early 1900s, City Market still holds a lot of old world charm. The building was renovated in 1988 to house specialty shops, art galleries, and restaurants, but the original cobblestone streets remain. There is a festive atmosphere here on the weekends, when the trees are lit in the evening and live music is played on the streets. A trolley runs Thursday through Saturday nights, offering free transportation to other downtown locales.
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.
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.
The window displays outside of Sugarland Bakery feature rows upon rows of perfectly iced cupcakes in various colors and toppings, and they look like enticing works of art. The bakery makes a nice collection of baked treats, custom wedding and birthday cakes, and several dozen flavors of gelato from fresh, local ingredients every day. Sugarland also has a full bar, from where guests can enjoy coffee, espresso drinks, frozen martinis, and wine.
Once the home of the American Tobacco Company for which it is named, The American Tobacco Campus is now a flourishing urban center known for its restaurants, shops, art galleries, and theaters. The district consists of 17 restored historic structures built between 1874 and the 1950s, some in Italianate, Romanesque Revival, and Art Moderne styles. A marvel of urban renewal, the district is a pleasure to simply walk through.