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8 Local Places to Shop in Downtown Raleigh


In the past several years, Downtown Raleigh has undergone a major revitalization, with boutiques and specialty shops springing up everywhere. From fashion boutiques to specialty stores, the area has something for every shopper. Here are eight of the best shops in Downtown Raleigh.


Deco Raleigh

Deco Raleigh is an adventure every time you visit. Browse the lively and colorful array of eclectic merchandise made by more than 75 local artisans and makers. From greeting cards to gadgets to one-off pieces of ceramic art, the carefully curated items will thrill kids and adults alike. The shop is also home to an art gallery of sorts that displays works made by North Carolina artists.


The Art of Style

Are you ready to find something fresh and fun to add to your wardrobe? Get your fashion fix at The Art of Style, a modern apparel shop for men and women. Shop clothes, shoes and accessories that are both edgy and wearable, from bold-colored dresses to trendy high heels. The staff provides a personal shopper experience that will make sure you leave the store looking and feeling like a million bucks.


Moon and Lola

The next time you’re shopping for a gift, make sure it will impress and check out the one-of-a-kind treasures at Moon and Lola. The store sells a variety of personalized and monogrammed jewelry, cufflinks, charm bracelets, keychains and pet ornaments. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with the signature acrylic monogram necklace, which is handcrafted and assembled by the company’s skilled jewelry artisans in their Apex, North Carolina production studio.


Holly Aiken Bags


Holly Aiken Bags store in Downtown Raleigh NC


Effortless style – you’ll have it in the bag when you shop at Holly Aiken. Influenced by colors found in dime store aisles and vintage racing jackets, Holly’s bags are distinctive and feel slightly retro, but at the same time, they never go out of style. Each bag is constructed from vinyl and outfitted with stripes and geometric shapes.


Edge of Urge

You won’t find your usual jewelry, fashion apparel and home decor at Edge of Urge. The gift shop sells uncommon gifts, accessories, jewelry and clothing from emerging designers and independent brands. The shop strongly supports handmade, DIY, innovative and creative designs and products. The best part is, the clothing is made right in the shop. A lot of the gifts are small and affordable enough to buy several for all of your friends.


Quercus Studio

Why go to a commercial jewelry store when you can shop gorgeous, one-of-a-kind pieces made by a local artisan? Quercus Studio is a hidden gem between Deco Raleigh and Lucetta Grace. In the shop, goldsmith Lauren Ramirez sells her handcrafted fine jewelry for all occasions featuring mainly metalwork and leatherwork. You can also find a rotating collection of wearable art made by other artists and designers.



In the market for a quality pair of flip-flops? Feelgoodz has just the pair! The eco-conscious and socially responsible footwear company is headquartered in Downtown Raleigh and sells flip-flops that are crafted by artisans and cooperatives all around the globe. The shoes are constructed using all-natural materials including natural rubber, which make them super comfortable and also eco-friendly. The flip-flops are unique and stylish, featuring textiles and other design details that are inspired by various cultures.



Runners rejoice! There’s a store in town that’s dedicated entirely to making your runs better. Runologie is the only independently owned and operated specialty running store in Raleigh. Here you can find quality shoes, apparel and accessories for all types of running activities. The experienced store employees can help you find the perfect fit based on your fitness level and goals. Runologie is more than a store; you can sign up for coaching, run training, group runs and community events to meet other running


The next time you find yourself in Downtown Raleigh, shop local and you’ll be amazed at what you can find! And, while you’re in the area, we’d love to have you stop by and visit! We’re all ears to hear about your shopping adventures, and we’re always more than happy to take you on a tour of our luxury apartments. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at (844) 816-7095.


Hope to see you soon!