The long process of deciding on first which area to live and then choosing a new home is finally over. With the great schools, local tight-knit community, and safety of your new neighborhood, the decision was made. Now that you are in your new home in Knightdale at the Knightdale Station neighborhood, you certainly have all those great small-town perks and more! However, you also have a short drive from your neighborhood to all the big city amenities of Raleigh, too. Restaurants, entertainment, sporting events, you name it, and Raleigh has got it all. One of the greatest selections the “Capital City” has though that you want to surely check out though is the unmatched amount of great Shopping in Raleigh, NC.
Even being a bigger city, there are numerous choices for Shopping in Raleigh NC that will make you feel you’re in a small-town setting. Likewise, there are some great malls and “big city” type places to shop as well. Below, we will point out several “can’t miss” stops you will want to check out while Shopping in Raleigh, NC.
Shopping in Raleigh NC: Shopping Areas with a Smaller Town Feel
There are countless areas across Raleigh that can bring you back to the “downtown” shopping feeling. At each of these three spot, you will get the best of both worlds when Shopping in Raleigh NC. Smaller and more quaint shops with a bigger city setting, atmosphere, and selection!
This is an amazing area for Shopping in Raleigh NC. The North Hills Mall originally opened in 1960. It would seven years later go from an outdoor mall to be the city’s first enclosed mall in 1967. This has always been a favorite area for locals. Whether featuring their favorite little shops or dining choices, this was always a must in Shopping in Raleigh NC.
North Hills has grown considerably over the years. Set in Midtown Raleigh, the open-air, walkable shopping district now offers over 130 shops, restaurants, bars, a theatre, spas, music venue, and even more. In addition to local, unique boutiques and eateries, North Hills also features some of the biggest and well-known name stores for Shopping in Raleigh NC as well. A sample of some of the bigger name shops is bullet-pointed below.
- JC Penney
- Ethan Allen Furniture
- Fink’s Jewelers
Featuring some of the most stylish clothing shops for Shopping in Raleigh, another favorite stop is Cameron Village. Much like North Hills, this too is an open-air area with over 100 distinctive stores, shops, cafes, restaurants, and more.
A sprawling and scenic six, city block area for Shopping in Raleigh NC, Cameron Village first opened in 1949. For over a half-century since then, the area has been woven into residents’ lives and become a traditional weekend shopping stop. Again, the similarities to North Hills find Cameron Village boasting many “one-of-a-kind” stores. Consequently, the area also has many big-name and highly sought-after clothing stores and more, too. Below are a few of the larger name shops and stores at Cameron Village.
- Palm Avenue
- Jos A. Bank
- Bailey’s Fine Jewelry
- Harris Teeter
Heading Downtown for some Shopping in Raleigh NC
We drew a comparison above to the classic open-air Shopping in Raleigh NC to simpler times and smaller, downtown settings. Well, almost everyone loves this type of “retro” shopping. So, why not enjoy the modern-day downtown Raleigh shopping?
Some legendary and iconic stores with the locals certainly await in the downtown area of the “City of Oaks.” Seeking clothing and accessories bearing the name of the city and items unique to Raleigh? Unique gift ideas, handmade crafts, and home decor? Even a perfect-fitting pair of jeans, maybe?
All of those things are easily found when Shopping in Raleigh NC. In actuality, there are so many unique shops downtown, we will have a follow-up post focused solely on these amazing “one-of-a-kind” boutiques and shops. However, our first two entries, there also are some larger more familiar stores in this setting as well. These are bullet pointed below.
- Kimbrell’s of Raleigh
- Urban Outfitters
- Wilson’s Outdoor Equipment
- Videri Chocolate Factory
Shopping in Raleigh NC: Moving to the Malls
In the following weeks and months to come, we will have more posts on Shopping in Raleigh NC. For one of these future articles, we already said we will look closer at all the unique and “one-of-a-kind” downtown shops. Likewise, we will also lead you to several of the areas most popular malls. These also have many unique stores and shops as opposed to just the usual names you’d see at this type shopping center.
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