Although it certainly has its fair share of skyscrapers and city excitement, Raleigh is still a small town at heart. And as is the case in most small towns, those who are living in Raleigh love to do what they can to support their community. One way to show your own support is to shop at local businesses in Raleigh. To help you decide where to start, here’s a look at some of our favorite family owned and operated businesses in town.
Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market
The best place in Raleigh to find fresh produce and locally produced foods is at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market. Located on Fayetteville Street, this market is the ultimate place to do your grocery shopping. Vendors sell locally picked fruits and vegetables, including peaches, eggplants, lettuce, and strawberries. You’ll also find some vendors selling products and foods they made themselves, like chocolaty brownies and goat milk lotions. The market also hosts some special events throughout the year. While you can enjoy live music and entertainment every time you visit, you might keep your eyes peeled for some of those upcoming events.
North Raleigh Florist
While renting in Raleigh, NC, you might want to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. North Raleigh Florist on Six Forks Road has all the special occasion bouquets and arrangements you might need. They can also help you create the special arrangements that you need for a wedding or another big celebration. The florist also offers workshops for those interested in making their own bouquets and floral arrangements.
Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
Ask anyone in Raleigh where to find the best jewelry and most will tell you to head to Bailey’s Fine Jewelry, which has a shop on Glenwood Avenue and a second shop in the Cameron Village area. This family owned business opened nearly 70 years ago and is one of the top places in the city to shop for jewelry and fine gifts. Those working here will never pressure you to spend more than you can afford and will go out of their way to help you choose the right item. They can also help you design a piece or engrave a piece with a special message.
Fayetteville Street is home to some of the top local businesses in Raleigh, including The Mahler. This fine art gallery has all the gorgeous paintings, sculptures, and other artwork that you need for decorating your new home. You can shop for one of a kind pieces, prints of classic art, and even artwork created by local artists across North Carolina. The Mahler also hosts special exhibits throughout the year that let visitors see pieces created by local artists and even meet those artists as they browse the gallery.
Keep your local economy strong by checking out some of these local businesses today.