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Shop Local: Get Your Retail Therapy on At These 7 Small Businesses

Let’s face it: you may need a little retail therapy from time to time. But with so many stores competing for your dollars, where do you start?

Large retail chains spend big bucks to pull you in. But we’ve found that some of the best stores are independent and locally-owned right here in Raleigh. And guess what? When you shop local, you support the community, too! Next time the shopping bug bites, shop these seven small businesses in Raleigh.

Holly Aiken: Designed for the Daily Grind (and Catwalk)

Statement pieces that are practical, too? Holly Aiken has your back with her collection of literally indestructible, uncomplicated bags and accessories.

These bags are built to withstand whatever you throw at – or in – them. Holly’s bags come in vintage colors and decked out with sporty stripes or crisp geometric shapes. Each of the distinctive vinyl bags is a true local gem, hand-cut and made in North Carolina.

Frameworks: Making Memories Lasting a Lifetime

Give your best memories the museum-quality framing they deserve! Voted several times “Best Picture Framing from the Triangle to the Coast” by readers of Metro Magazine, Frameworks provides custom framing crafted to last a lifetime.

Don’t have a picture to frame? You’ll still want to stop by and check out the art gallery featuring local, regional, national, and international artists. If you’re lucky, you can attend an Opening Reception and meet the artists in person!

Runologie: The Gear You Need to Reach Your Goals


They say that shopping is cardio. But do you have the shoes to keep up? What about the perfect fit for your walk, run, or marathon?

Sure, you could go to a large sporting goods store, but you won’t get the personalized attention you can find at Runologie. The specialty running store knows that running is a psychological and physical challenge. Whatever your level of fitness, you can find the brands and the support you need to reach your goals.

If It’s Paper: So Much More Than Paper

If it’s paper you want, then it’s If It’s Paper you need!

This family-owned local business is a premier stationery and gift shop offering paper of all styles and designs. Get crafty with custom envelopes, packaging, party supplies, and calendars, among other products. If your creative skills aren’t up to Bob Ross standards, let Sherrie and Elizabeth do the creating for you!

Oak City Cycling: Put the Rubber to the Road


Looking for a new way to get around town? Stop in at Oak City Cycling, where the folks are head over heels in love with bicycles.

Oak City Cycling has some terrific bikes on sale as well as essential gear, as well as bike repair services. Want to ride but not looking to buy? Rent a bike by the day or by the week, and cruise around Raleigh or the greenway system.

Hunt & Gather: A Treasure Trove for Your Home

When IKEA furniture just doesn’t excite you, take a stroll down to Hunt & Gather Fine Estate Furnishings. You’ll find inspired furniture and decor to fill up a new home or add a special touch to a room.

Boasting the area’s largest fine furniture consignment gallery, you’re sure to find that antique lamp or bronze lion you’ve always wanted. Carve out a few hours to shop goods from 30 vendors, professional designers, and decorators all within a sprawling showroom.

Moon & Lola: All Things Happy


Don’t let the brand name trick you – you can find a little bit of sunshine at Moon & Lola. This jewelry and accessories brand made it on to Oprah’s Favorite Things, and for good reason. Each charm bracelet and monogrammed accessory lets you show off your own unique personality. We’re charmed!

If you happen to make your way to one of these locally-owned retail businesses, be sure to stop by and say hello! We’re always more than happy to show you around. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 800.528.1282.

Hope to see you soon!