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Shop Small: Your Complete Gift Guide to Hillsborough St.
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Live It Up! Hillsborough Street is an independent non-profit focused on the growth of the Hillsborough Street district as a destination for exploring arts, culture, and recreation.

If you want to stay away from the crazy, hustle and bustle of the big shopping hubs this holiday season but don't know where to start, don't panic—Hillsborough Street has everyone on your list covered. 

As you hop from shop to shop, give yourself a pat on the back for shopping small and keeping it local—not only will you go home with gifts you won't find anywhere else, but you're also supporting the businesses (and people!) that make Raleigh an amazing place to live.

Ready, set, shop!

Scoop up locally made accessories for friends or grab NC-centric decor for a Secret Santa exchange.

Tucked away in the Royal Bakery building on Hillsborough St. is Lucky Tree, a coffee shop and art gallery combo. While you sip on lattes and snack on baked goods, you'll be surrounded by an artsy space full of reclaimed furniture, colorful decorations and lots of local art for sale, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more. This spot has turned into a community hub for local artists, making it a mecca for holiday gifts.

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Give your little cuz a taste of the good stuff with a Create Your Own six-pack of specialty NC brews. Throw in a bottle opener for good measure.

Part gift shop, part craft beer bar, all dog-friendly—The Green Monkey has something for everyone. What originated as a vendor at the Flea Market is now its own quirky brick-and-mortar, offering a smorgasbord of trinkets and drinks. Need an inimitable gift for someone special? Check. A six-pack of beer? Check. Want to sip on a pint while you shop? Double check.

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For the artsy one in the group, grab tickets to Raleigh Little Theatre's upcoming performances, including the annual holiday classic, "Cinderella", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Alice @ Wonderland" coming in 2018.

Located next to the beautiful Rose Garden, Raleigh Little Theatre is one of the oldest running community theaters in the nation and offers a bevy of delightful musicals, plays and movie screenings for all ages year-round.

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Don't show up to your friends-giving potluck empty-handed. Hit Red Line for the perfect beverage haul. Stock up on bottles of vino, seasonal six-packs and a growler or two that will make you the true holiday party hero.

Whether you're a wino or a beer fanatic, Red Line will have the perfect pick for you. With over 100 wines, 500 craft beers (half of which are local) and 24 taps to choose from, you'll scour the shelves endlessly to find the perfect gift for that beer lover in your life or a unique wine to bring to your next holiday party. And if you need a last-minute gift or an emergency remedy when the 'rents start talking politics, you can also place on-demand deliveries for anything in the shop—wine, beer, growlers, snacks, cigars, you name it. Red Line has you covered!

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Purchase tickets to a show or classes for you and your budding actor friend to try out together!

Sonorous Road is a family-owned black box theater offering moving performances and educational classes for all ages. If you haven't experienced black box before, there's nothing quite like it—you'll sit inches from the cast while being engulfed in the story.

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With the extensive variety of tequilas and Latin spirits, a gift card to Gonza will definitely delight the tequila lover in your life.

Located on the first floor of the Aloft Hotel, Gonza Tacos Y Tequila features fresh Columbian-Mexican fare, top-notch drinks and a hip, inviting atmosphere. Enjoy the view of NC State's iconic Bell Tower as you sip a stellar handcrafted Latin cocktail.

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Hit the jackpot on NC-made snacks, treats and locally roasted coffee beans that are perfect stocking stuffer size!

During the day, Liquid State offers a variety of coffee, tea and other warm beverages (here's your opportunity to try a matcha latte, a trendy green tea drink that's taking the foodie world by storm). But at night, Liquid State turns into a popular watering hole for delicious beer and wine. Go ahead and grab a slice of cake while you're at it, you deserve it!

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Treat the host or hostess in your life who does all the heavy lifting during the holiday season to a moment of zen with a gift from the Evolve Movement boutique or a massage therapy session.

More than your average fitness studio, Evolve Movement offers a unique blend of Yoga and Pilates classes as well as private sessions, workshops, massage services an in-studio boutique and more!

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True comedy lovers know that Goodnight's is the place to go to see the best comedy acts in the Triangle. Grab tickets to see your favorite stand-up star.

Everyone needs a good laugh, so why not plan a night full of laughter? Goodnights Comedy Club features tons of top-notch comedians every week—you'll never have to worry about a stale routine.

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If you're trying to add a little spice to your date night or looking for a holiday-themed outing, snag a pair of tickets, grab a glass of wine and get ready to laugh yourself silly!

While it's not located outdoors, Theatre in the Park is located in Pullen Park, giving the entrance a beautiful ambiance. Inside, you'll find beer and wine at concessions and plenty of comfy seating by the stage. The space is owned by renowned actor and theater director Ira David Wood III and puts on an eclectic series of acclaimed shows, like the annaul comedy classic, The Santaland Diaries.

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Treat your S.O. to dinner and a show at ComedyWorx for a feel-good date night.

Get ready to bust out laughing as the ComedyWorx crew takes the stage at their new home on Hillsborough St. You're guaranteed to crack up during their fast-paced competitive improv shows.

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Shopping ain't easy! Treat yo'self with an indulgent, wood-fired, molten S'mores Skillet. No sharing necessary!

No microwaves, no grills, no fryers—the ovens do all the heavy lifting at La Stella Wood Fired, a Neapolitan-style gastropub serving up mouth-watering culinary creations in downtown Raleigh.

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Created in partnership with
Live It Up! Hillsborough Street is an independent non-profit focused on the growth of the Hillsborough Street district as a destination for exploring arts, culture, and recreation.

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