The Most Unique Shopping Streets in North Carolina

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are dotted with unique outlet malls and shopping areas that feature one-of-a-kind shops and boutiques. These are the places where you find that extra-special birthday gift for mom, the baby present for your best friend or that perfect accessory for your home.

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Franklin Street - Chapel Hill

Franklin Street after dark in Chapel Hill.
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The heart of Franklin Street is the intersection of Franklin and Columbia. The eastern end of the street adjoins UNC's Chapel Hill campus and offers plenty of tee shirt shops, historic Julian's and fun boutique the Laughing Turtle. Head west and the shopping becomes decidedly more upscale. jewelry artisans, gift boutiques, high-end childrenswear and designer lable boutiques dot both sides of the street.


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Brightleaf Square - Durham

Brightleaf Square in Durham, NC.
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Brightleaf Square occupies the former Watts and Yuille tobacco warehouses, named for George W. Watts and Thomas B. Yuille, members of the Duke family. The warehouses were built between 1900 and 1904. Renovated as a shopping and dining destination in the 1980s, the complex completed another large-scale renovation in 2004. Shops include a rare book store, a music store, an antiques gallery and several gift shops.

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Ninth Street - Durham

The Regulator Bookstore on 9th Street.
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Durham's Ninth Street is just a few steps from Duke University's East Campus. Filled with independent shops and stops, some of the highlights include The Regulator Bookstore, Ninth Street Bakery, and the Playhouse Toy Store.

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Seaboard Station - Raleigh

Seaboard Station in Raleigh, NC.
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Designed to showcase the local, independent retailer, Seaboard Station is an open air historic complex of specialty shops and an unexpected full-service hardware store. The shops include a great independent wine retailer--Seaboard Wine Warehouse--and Seaboard 123, which showcases a mix of vintage and new furniture. The three blocks of 1940s warehouses sit between the historic Seaboard Railroad Station--which is now Logan Trading Company--and Peace College.

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Glenwood South - Raleigh

Glenwood South in Raleigh, NC.
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The Glenwood South area is in northwest downtown Raleigh, west of Harrington Street and north of Hillsborough Street. Best known for restaurants and nightlife, the street is also dotted with a mix of art galleries, photography galleries, and home accessory boutiques.

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