Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina, is part of the technology-centric region of North Carolina called Research Triangle. But being high-tech isn’t the only thing Raleigh is known for. It’s also a great place to discover the region’s “high touch” creations of artists, cooks and makers of all kinds.  Here are a few examples of the the many great local merchants in Raleigh, N.C., where you can shop local for the holidays or anytime throughout the year.

DECO Raleigh

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In their own words: DECO Raleigh proudly features more than 60 local artisans’ work: pottery, prints, cards, jewelry, textiles and the best local t-shirts. Our goal is to offer fresh and diverse perspectives with affordable prices and an ever-changing selection. We celebrate our artists at First Friday and other special events. Check out TONS of locally-made goods!

(Photo: Yelp.com)

Carolina Popcorn

Carolina Popcorn

On the web: CarolinaPopCorn.com

In their own words: “Carolina Popcorn is family owned, operated and local to the Raleigh, Cary area. Since 2000, we’ve been making only the best ultra gourmet popcorn in Raleigh, the heart of North Carolina. Quality popcorn is air popped and combined with the finest ingredients to create a product we are proud to call our own. Our many varieties are hand blended incorporating real creamery butter, plenty of brown sugar, fresh roasted nuts, rich cheese blends and other superior ingredients.”

(Photo: Carolina Pop Corn)

Sluice Hammocks

On the web: SluiceGear.com

In their own words: “Sluice hammocks are handmade in Raleigh, North Carolina with domestically-sourced materials and components. We are committed to create quality products because we want people to get outside! We build to last and give customers a way to experience their favorite places like never before. With each hammock, our small team hopes to pass on a little piece of North Carolina that everyone can enjoy.”

Note: Sluice Hammocks are primarily sold online via the company’s website. However, they are available in several Raleigh-area stores including the NC Hammock Co. (open weekends only) and DECO Raleigh (see above).

(Illustration: Sluice Hammocks)

Midtown Olive Oil


On the web: MidtownOlive.com

In their own words: “Inspired by delicious, authentic and healthy ingredients, Midtown Olive Oil decided to bring a tasting experience of our unique flavors of balsamic vinegars and the very freshest olive oils to the Triangle area. The first Midtown Olive Oil store opened in Raleigh’s North Hills in the fall of 2010. Since then, we’ve added online ordering and wide selection of local and imported gourmet foods to our offering. A third location opened in the historic downtown area of New Bern in September 2013. The unique concept of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic tasting bars has been well received in Eastern N.C.”

(Photo: Midtown Olive Oil)

Vertical Urge

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In their own words: Vertical Urge is Raleigh and North Carolina’s leading resource for all things skateboarding and snowboarding. We are a four-time Transworld Business Southeast Retailer of the Year. With over 7000 square feet of retail space if you’re into skating or riding we can take care of you. Locally owned and operated since 1992, we pride ourselves not only on our huge selection of products, but also our dedication to our customers and our skateboard & snowboard scenes.

(Photo: Vertical Urge)


Do you have suggestions for more independently-owned shops in Raleigh that are great for holiday shopping? Or, would you like to create a list like this for your hometown? (Be sure to check the list at the top of the page to see what other cities we’ve featured.) If so, contact us at [email protected] with your ideas. We’ll give you a shout-out link if we use your suggestion.


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