105 Commerce Pkwy
Garner, NC 27529-7924
Phone: (919) 772-7771
Fax: (919) 772-7718
Enjoy the flurry and excitement at this market that specializes in selling local produce. Farm fresh fruits, vegetables and other organic produce are easily available here. After sampling the many peaches, eggplants and tomatoes, one can also pick out a few colorful flowers for the garden or purchase bread, confections and craft items that are sold by busy vendors trying to fetch a bargain.
A collective group of unique stores and boutiques, Blake Street Studios is great place to shop in Raleigh. Shop through the various boutiques selling jewelry, handmade natural body products, clothes, furniture, accessories and much more. There are multiple art stores where you can pick up fine art pieces, paintings, photographs and other craft items. It's a great place to pick up a unique gift.
City Market, built in the early 1900s, still holds a lot of old world charm. Converted in 1988 to house shops, art galleries and restaurants, the original cobblestone streets, accented with period lampposts, are dotted with park benches. There is a festival atmosphere on the weekends, when the trees are lit in the evenings and live music plays on the streets. Couples holding hands stroll by while children dance and older folks sit tapping their toes. A trolley runs Thursday through Saturday nights, offering free transportation to other downtown locales.
Videri Chocolate Factory is a must visit for chocolate connoisseurs in Raleigh. Occupying the former Raleigh Depot building, on offer are an array of decadent and meticulously-handmade chocolates and sweet treats. What sets their creations apart is the use of the finest cacao beans exclusively hand-selected from across the globe that are roasted on site and tempered to perfection. Sample the classic dark chocolate or the half-and-half dark-milk, or adventurous palates can opt for original flavor combinations like sea salt and pink peppercorn. Take a self-guided tour of the factory and head out for a drink after on their BYOB patio.
Cimos calls the heart of downtown Raleigh its home. Stop by the red-brick building to witness an interesting amalgamation of random essentials that patronize local enterprises. Handcrafted silver jewelry and trendy bags share retail space with art pieces, stuffed animals, decorative items, baubles and holiday cards. Candy, barbecue sauces and artisan chocolates represent the edible array, while handmade bath and body products and fragrances comprise the beauty line. The limited but thoughtful selection of books caters to all ages as well as board games, cookbooks and stationery. The unique collection doubles up as eclectic and innovative gift ideas.
Hallot Parson had his first brush with chocolate making in a Costa Rican farm in 2005. Three years later, having fostered partnerships with local farmers in Venezuela and Costa Rica, Parson along with chocolatier Danielle Centeno and their team have been at the forefront of the artisan chocolate movement in Raleigh. The choicest beans are ground in small batches in a vintage 1920s roaster which helps retain their unique character, be it the hints of cinnamon and tobacco in Carenero Superior or the coffee notes in Rio Caribe. Escazu's aged and handcrafted truffles, candy bars and confections in original and inventive flavors are available for sampling at the store.
Fine custom furniture and contemporary lighting make up the basic offerings here, but there is so much more to see. An exciting visual arts gallery, Accipiter shows and sells the work of more than 500 national artists. Looking for that one-of-a-kind showcase piece? Find it here among unique paintings, glasswork, art furniture, sculptures and more. New art is brought in nearly everyday, so this is a different place every time you visit.
If you literally live by the adage 'Shop till you drop', the Cameron Village Shopping Center is the place to be. This sprawling shopping center has it all from high-end boutiques, accessories shops, grocery markets to specialty stores. And, if this shopping spree leaves your soul and soles tired, don't worry, Cameron Village has an exclusive range of restaurant and drinking establishments like Moe's Southwest Grill, McDonalds and Village Draft House. Apart from that, the Cameron Village Shopping Center along with North Carolina Museum of Art have started an interesting art project, namely Cameron Canvas, where interesting art works are displayed. For individual open hours and store directory, please check website.
Nice Price Books in Raleigh is now owned by Brian Shaw and Enoch Marchant, both employees of the store till they bought it from the original owner. This revamped shop has old and new vinyl, records, tapes, comics, books, audio books and movies in their inventory. They even have a stock of rare editions. Browse through their large movable record crates to find the music you have been looking for. It is also used for rock shows, readings and rehearsals.
Edible Art stays true to its name with passionately-baked confections that taste as good as they look. Located a short distance from Southwest Raleigh's Meredith College, the signature cakes at this specialty store are best sellers. Made to order from scratch, personalize your purchase with a selection from classic as well as adventurous flavors like orange and coconut, amaretto and kahlua. Also on offer are pastries, cupcakes, cream puffs, pies and cheesecake.
Hardware, imports, restaurants, banking, books, sports, food market, wine merchant, bike shop...the list goes on. You name it and it's in this shopping center. Having served the community for over 40 years, the center believes in customer satisfaction.
Come early and plan to spend a few hours browsing over 200 vendor booths offering everything from antiques, furniture and collectibles to jewelry, artwork and crafts. Vendors come from all across the state to sell their wares. Food vendors keep visitors fueled up for long shopping days. Two large buildings and several small shops provide indoor shopping opportunities. The Flea Market is closed in October to make way for the annual State Fair. Some vendors take major credit cards; many do not.