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.
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
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., Raleigh
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
Deco Raleigh sells unique gift products including accessories, bags, photographs, stationery, 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