In the past several years, downtown Raleigh has undergone a big revitalization, with boutiques and specialty shops springing up everywhere. No matter what street you turn on, it won’t be too long before you come across one of these unique shopping spots that sell anything from little trinkets to custom jewelry.
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Moon & Lola is a trendy boutique jewelry store specializing in custom acrylic pieces. Based in Apex, it also has a downtown Raleigh location. Designers Kelly Shatat used to be a pharmacist before she took up jewelry design. In addition to custom acrylic words and shapes on necklace chains and key rings, the store also sells earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings and charms in a variety of distinctive styles. Jewelry designs have been featured in magazines including “Real Simple,” “Redbook,” “O Magazine” and “Southern Living.”
Address: 208 South Wilmington St., Raleigh
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Stitch is a specialty boutique shop that sells custom bags by Holly Aiken, a graduate of North Carolina State University’s School of Design. Bags are made from vinyl and black webbing trim and feature stripes or geometric shapes. Everything in the store is made on-site. While you can order a custom item, there are also plenty of pre-made things on display to choose from. The bags come in several styles. Wallets, business card sleeves, iPhone covers, and bracelets are also sold.
Address: 20 E. Hargett St., Raleigh
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Feelgoodz is a retailer for flip flops that are made from 100 percent natural rubber. The footwear molds to the shape of your foot. Each pair is 100 percent recyclable and biodegradable. Flip flops are available for men, women, and children in an array of colors and styles. This eco-conscious business also sells something called softsockz, made from vegetable-dyed hand-loomed and hand-woven fibers. The interior is lined with jersey fabric.
Address: 206 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh
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Galatea Boutique is located in a renovated warehouse on the outskirts of downtown Raleigh and features clothing and accessories for women. Clothing lines featured include 2 Star Dog, Curio sweaters, Effie’s Heart, Isle, Love & Liberty, Pure & Co., Cutloose, Johnny Was and Neon Buddah. Accessories sold include handbags, shoes, scarves, wraps, belts, hats, socks and tights.
Address: 10 W. Franklin St., RaleighContinue to 5 of 6 below.
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Marbles Corner Store is located in the children’s museum of the same name. While admission is required to get into the museum, the store has a separate street entrance and is open to anyone. Specializing in toys and gifts for all ages, brands sold include eeBoo, OgoSport, Blue Orange and Melisa & Doug. Items featuring Marbles’ logo are also available. Patrons can take advantage of complimentary gift wrapping.
Address: 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh
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Deco Raleigh sells unique gift products including accessories, bags, photographs, stationary, technology accessories, travel items, jewelry, gardening items and tools, children’s items, books and décor. Artwork is also featured, such as painting, prints, and mixed media. All items are aimed at being distinctive, as the store wants to offer items that can’t be found in other stores in the area.
Address: 19 W. Hargett St., Raleigh