It's summertime and the livin' is easy! Summer is made for hosting—whether it's a backyard cookout, a girls' night or book club, you're going to want your pad and your patio ready to impress. Lucky for you, downtown Raleigh is overflowing with stylish stores! @RaleighWhatsUp is here to guide you through DTR's best home-style offerings, from vintage wares to unique accessories to exotic textiles.
This fun vintage furniture store is tucked away on (the up and coming side of) N. West Street. Charlotte, the owner, is super passionate about vintage collections and hosts an eclectic mix of items from light fixtures, rugs and home accessories, plus an extensive vintage furniture collection. My favorite thing about UCC is the tallest collection of National Geographic magazines I’ve ever seen!
There’s also a fabulous event and creative space for budding artists. She hosts pop-up dinners and other fun affairs like throwback movie nights. Stop by, pick up something unique and catch the cool vibe happening at Union Camp Collective.
This fantastic shop just opened in Cameron Village next to Moon & Lola. The Local Squirrel features hand-crafted, locally made items from Raleigh and around the state. The Local Squirrel focuses mainly on home accessories and gift items, but also features an assortment of jewelry and paintings as well. I especially love the raw cotton handmade wreaths made right here by an NC native. The Local Squirrel also features rotating local artist paintings that are stunning and make the perfect accent to any dining or living room.
Take a trip back in time at Father & Son. Have fun hunting for your favorite toy or retro lunch box from the 70s or find your favorite oldies band on vinyl. They often get access to retro modern pieces like classic Eames chairs! The real hidden gems here are the 2nd and 3rd floor where more art and vintage clothing is separated in easy-to-shop, organized rooms and a fabulous vinyl collection. With three floors of antiques and memorabilia, you can easily spend an entire summer afternoon here!
If you are a wanderer or free spirit and love bohemian style, you'll feel at home at Gypsy Jule. As soon as you enter the store, you feel a relaxed almost hippy-like rustic vibe with a wide variety of items for the home as well as clothing and jewelry collections.
I especially love the cowhide rugs that are painted to look like zebra skins—they make the perfect accent rug for under a coffee table. The owner also stocks some fabulous vintage trunks and chairs and I am dying to get a longhorn skull to hang on my own wall!
Some of the nicest people you will meet, this gem of a place hosts unique items unlike anything else you will find in Raleigh. The owners have curated a worldly collection of one-of-a-kind pieces from around NC and the globe. The carefully selected collection is mostly vintage and antique items that have proven to stand the test of time. Every single item in Holder Goods is for sale and the collection is always changing. Be on the look out for the fabulous offering of great coffee table books! Local artists also rotate through, featuring works on display and for sale. Look out for scheduled events or exhibitions by local artists during First Friday. Be sure to stop by next door neighbor Boulted Bread for a delicious afternoon snack.
Port of Raleigh is like the perfect museum store. It’s got a big city feel in a small cozy space. Here you will find beautifully designed modern, clean and functional items for your contemporary home. Pick up useful items with great design aspects such as a clock for your wall, a trash can for your office or a beautiful teapot with matching cups. This is perfect stop to find clean, modern design options for everyday items. Bonus, the owners are knowledgeable and friendly!
Tucked away on the bottom floor of the HUE apartment building, this shop has classic mid-century pieces that will give your living space an added pop. Beyond featuring furniture and accessories, they also carry several unique items made by local artisans such as stunning textiles and light fixtures. Not everything in their collection is in the showroom, so be sure to browse through the iPad on the front desk to see the rest of the collection they have stored in the warehouse. You do not want to miss out on that perfect modernist dream table or chair you’ve been searching for!
Deco is your go-to spot for all things Raleigh. The shop is an active supporter of Raleigh’s downtown community and a great place to find something handcrafted and symbolic of our city. If you have out-of-town guests visiting, Deco is the place to take them find the perfect Raleigh souvenir!
Great art prints and pillows can help bring a little Raleigh flavor into any home! I personally love local artist Autumn Cobeland’s painting of the Triangle Greenway System and she (and Deco) give a percentage of the sales back to the TGS and City of Raleigh Parks & Rec. Shop local Raleigh!
Previously located in downtown Raleigh, the new Trig Modern Furniture and Design store is NOW OPEN at 1053 East Whitaker Street in the same warehouse building as Lynnwood Brewing Concern. They have a stunning showroom full of modern pieces and feature a specific line for apartment furnishings. I am excited to check this place out since I have always loved their mix of modern and classic styles. I especially love their lighting fixtures and fans. Pillows and textiles are a must see as well!
Furbish recently relocated their retail shop to a fantastic new location next door to Babylon in downtown Raleigh. This new studio space is perfect for showcasing the vibrant, bold and worldly style that is Furbish Studio. Everything from stunning and colorful bed linens and decorative pillows to funky barware, art, rugs, textiles and killer accessories to make your space pop! Trust me, you will want to live here, I know I do! Furbish is a great place to shop for wedding or shower gifts, or add something to your own bedroom or living space. New items are added all the time, inspired by or discovered from owner Jamie Meares’ own travels around the world. You will certainly find trendy pieces like the Bali Tassel necklaces (in stock now!). But beware, you will want one in every color!
In the past year, Gather relocated from downtown Cary to Person Street in Raleigh. The cozy space is relaxed and calming. There are lots of small handmade, local items for your home all within reach (it's a microspace!). This is a great place to discover and add beautiful greenery to your home by finding the perfect succulent, air plant or terrarium. If you can’t find the perfect item, you can sign up for a class! Gather features classes on all sorts of arts from photography to gardening to block printing and leather! Why not learn something new and craft something special for your home?