The Triangle is full of amazing women working hard to run businesses that make our cities a better place. In honor of International Women's Day (and every day, tbh), we're highlighting some of our favorite Triangle businesses that are owned, co-owned or run by kickass women. Make plans to support one or support them all ASAP!
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Located in the former Café de los Muertos space, A Place at the Table's pay-what-you-can cafe offers a laid-back, coffee shop atmosphere with breakfast and lunch menus. It tastes so good to give back!
If you've got spunk and you like your clothes and accessories a little funky, you're sure to find some treasures at Edge of Urge.
This Raleigh staple offers self-guided tours of the facility, plus a coffee shop stocked with Stumptown Coffee and delectable bonbons.
Garland is, itself, a work of art. The food and the ambiance are incommunicably beautiful—this is global cuisine that you have to try.
Heirloom Brewshop is soon to be your new favorite spot in Raleigh's Warehouse District for coffee, tea and more!
Sit by the huge windows at Yellow Dog Bread Co. and escape with a latte and a freshly baked treat.
Spark new thinking and engage your artsy side as you explore contemporary pieces in this modern art museum in downtown Raleigh.
Raleigh Raw challenges you to rethink fast food with fresh, organic offerings that fully nourish the body and the mind. Think superfoods, think Crack Coffee and think cold pressed juices!
Wylde Flowers is a flower shop in DTR. What started as a floral arrangement biz now includes a brick-and-mortar storefront with fresh blooms and beautiful gifts!
This Mexican restaurant with a community focus offers a rich menu of traditional entrees, tacos and more.
If you're dreaming of a Mexican vacation, but don't have the time or the money to spare, head to NC's first Mezcaleria for a spirit similar to tequila, but that packs a punch all of its own.
Stop in for an edgy yet sophisticated vibe to accompany your top-notch meal—Death & Taxes is guaranteed to delight your eyes and taste buds!
Enter food euphoria after eating one bite of the Mac & Cheese Au Gratin.
Eating a classic quarter-pounder is as close as you can get to buying comfort, and no restaurant in Raleigh delivers a better burger than Chuck's.
Shop local in downtown Raleigh. With over 60 featured local artisans, you'll find the perfect gift, and maybe something for yourself too.
Bombshell is a short ride from Cary, Raleigh and even Chapel Hill. Get adventurous—set your GPS, book a tour, sample a flight and grab a Bombshell!
Indulgent cocktails and home-baked desserts make Bittersweet the perfect place to satisfy your adult sweet tooth! They also have movie nights with themed beverages—bourbon and Mad Men, anyone?
Vita Vite unites a curated wine selection with local art in a stunning space. Equipped with cozy fireplaces and plenty of seating, it's the perfect place to enjoy the finer things in life.
Carroll's Kitchen is dedicated to offering affordable and delicious grab-and-go bites while supporting local women in need. All purchases go toward ending homelessness in our city!
Fiction Kitchen is Raleigh's finest vegan restaurant—so fine that it may even convert the most ravenous carnivores into open-minded omnivores.
Kings Barcade brings together local music enthusiasts, beer lovers, dance-floor heroes and humorists alike.
Indulge in southern comfort and try the famous chicken and waffles at Beasley's.
Union Camp Collective is a dream for vintage and antique junkies. The space is stocked with gorgeous goods from all eras and spanning all price points.
Neptune's brings Raleigh's dance floor eccentricities and libation lovers together into one fascinating place—gyrating hips and vodka have never been paired better than at this hipster paradise.
A custom crafted cocktail just for you. Tell the bartender what you like and they'll make you something special. Don't like it? They'll fix it. Actually—scratch that—you'll definitely like it.
The Curatory is Raleigh Denim's multi-brand store, located in the front of the denim workshop on Martin Street in downtown Raleigh.
Whether you're a wino or a local beer fanatic, Red Line will have the perfect pick for you. Scour the shelves and take home something that'll rock your taste buds. Oh, did we mention they deliver?
Raise you glass to Raleigh Brewing Company! They love the City of Oaks and they're brewing some fine brew, including regular, unique small batches.
Have a sweet tooth? Pay a visit to Escazu Artisan Chocolates to delight your taste buds with "bean-to-bar" chocolate treats.
Mirror, mirror on the wall, what restaurant is the classiest of them all? Why, ORO, of course. It's chic, daring, and bold—when they opened up in downtown Raleigh the owners broke the mold!
Port of Raleigh is downtown's first home accessories and lifestyle shop. With a mix of globally-imported and locally sourced goods, you're sure to find quality, design-driven products for your home.
Anisette brings sweet treats inspired by the flavors of the Mediterranean—from tarts to meringues to Turkish delights—to Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood.
If you're looking to learn something new, look to SkillPop. The startup hosts in-person, interactive classes in a range of topics from calligraphy to photography to pasta making!
Vegans and veg-heads, this is not a drill! Living Kitchen specializes in plant-based and locally sourced ingredients, crafting a menu packed with rich, delicious flavor.
Junction West, a massive bar and event space coming to the warehouse district in downtown Raleigh on Wednesday, October 3, is the after-work hangout we've been dreaming of.
Brought to you by the winning all-female team behind the Pho Nomenal Dumpling food truck, MOFU Shoppe brings a variety of Asian cuisine—from dumplings to noodles—to Raleigh's City Market.
The ZEN Succulent, creator of beautiful, modern terrariums and plant projects in the Triangle, has opened its Raleigh store. Come shop gifts, make terrariums and more!
Raleigh Provisions is a curated grocery shop that features all things local, from pantry essentials to craft beer.
Hummingbird, a new cafe, bar and event space has opened at Loading Dock Raleigh. Enjoy coffee in the morning, cocktails in the evenings and a seasonally rotating menu that will make your mouth water.
Imurj is a local bar, restaurant, and artists collective that regularly hosts events that highlight Raleigh's creative community and get your juices flowing, like this Open Jam & Zero-Stakes Art Making.
This cozy wine shop nestled in the center of downtown offers a wide selection of bottles, wines by the glass, and free tastings Wednesdays from 5-7p and Saturdays 3-5p. Come by, say hey, and find your next favorite!
Enjoy books with the kids in your life at this bookstore and art gallery in downtown Raleigh. Besides great books for ages 0-17, they've also got a Creativity Corner and plenty of great events.
Recently named one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit, Brewery Bhavana combines craft beer, dim sum, a bookstore and a flower shop into an unmatched aesthetic experience.
Eat with your hands and enjoy a craft cocktail at Bida Manda, the only Laotian restaurant in the Triangle!
Peruse a well-curated selection of gifts or settle down on the Parker & Otis' porch with a finely crafted sandwich.
Cocoa Cinnamon is stunning inside and out, but it's the menu of carefully curated coffee, sipping chocolates and herbal teas that will hook you.
What started as a mobile cart of donuts has turned into something more. Pedal your way to Monuts Donuts' brick-and-mortar for a sweet or savory treat.
Honey chai, vanilla and espresso chip, oh my! Enjoy The Parlour's handcrafted, local ice cream while strolling through downtown Durham.
The ZEN Succulent, creator of beautiful, modern terrariums and plant projects in the Triangle, now has a brick-and-mortar in downtown Durham. Come shop gifts, make terrariums and more!
This quaint shop specializes in gifts, decor and artifacts and is sure to have you swooning!
Vert & Vogue features classic and modern looks for stylish, urban women.
Get ready to enter a world of crystals, jewels, tinctures, tarot readings and more. Everyday Magic is sure to add some much needed whimsy to your day.
NOSH offers a warm, colorful environment to cozy up with something delicious.
This little shop on Ninth Street will have anything you are looking for, along with everything else you never knew you needed.
Lantern is a marriage of Asian flavors and North Carolina ingredients—it's a match made in heaven. With a James Beard Award under their belt, Lantern does Far East cuisine right.
Pine State Flowers sources blooms from NC only to create beautiful bouquets for all occasions. Visit the brick-and-mortar for take-home arrangements, potted plants and adorable goods.
This downtown Durham bar offers a hefty libation menu coupled with local acts, karaoke nights and dance parties on a regular basis.
Vimala learned to cook from family in Bombay—now she's translating that knowledge from her kitchen to the Chapel Hill community's plate.
With taps rotating daily, Growler Grlz offers endless brew sipping options. Fill up your growler with something special!
This underground bar and lounge brings together craft cocktails, tarot readings and DJs.
With rooftop yoga, trendy restaurant eats and farm fresh breakfast, this place lives up to its name as the place for a true Bull City stay.
At Alley Twenty-Six, they take spirits seriously and craft them with care. If you're looking to refine your drinking palate, this is the place to be.
The Motherhood (formerly the Makery) offers a selection of NC-only artisan goods you won't find anywhere else.
Purses, candles and jewelry—with a dedication to American-made and totally cute merchandise, we are in love with this boutique in historic Brightleaf Square.
Getting crafty on a budget is insanely easy thanks to the Scrap Exchange.
Everyone's favorite wandering baker finally has a brick-and-mortar shop in a quaint, old building in Old East Durham. Stop in for mouthwatering pies, breakfast pastries, savory baked goods and more!
Honeygirl Meadery is mixing up some yummy mead in Durham. These alcoholic artisans have taken this wine made with honey and infused it with aromatic herbs and delicious seasonal fruits.
Snag a sweet treat and coffee in the AM or swing by after work for innovative, upscale cuisine—no matter the time of day, you're sure to enjoy exceptional dishes in an eclectic environment.
At Other End of The Leash they will stuff your dog's face with free, homemade, organic, gluten free treats while you shop for everything from supplements to toys. Careful, don't eat one yourself!
Durham Distillery creates signature gin and delicious liqueurs. Take a tour and taste 'em all.
Durham has hopped on the poké craze, creating delicious, healthy bowls of fresh raw fish with all the fixings on 9th Street. Your taste buds and stomach will definitely find their zen at ZenFish!
Enjoy amazing farm to table Cuban fare with classic favorites and new shareable plates from the same great people who brought you the Old Havana Sandwich Shop in Durham.
It's all in the name—Bulldega, a Bull City bodega, is a grocery store that focuses on the local and sustainable, with gifts and goodies in between. This market with more is sure to make you swoon!
Claiming to be the only authentic Zimbabwean restaurant in the US, head to Zwelis to try succulent Piri Piri chicken, oxtail, and more eclectic entrees.
Think of these as our honorable mentions—businesses that either operate online or don't have listings on our site but are still 100% worth a visit to support women in the Triangle!