7616 Purfoy Road
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
Phone: (919) 557-9000
Fax: (919) 557-9700
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Omega Sports has been a constant supplier of good, sturdy sports good, since it was established in the 1970s. Choose from a great selection of sportswear and gear at the store located on Market Center Drive.
T J Maxx, with its branches in all states of the country, is popular for its wide collection of apparel. Get comfortable, casual wear at a reasonable price, at the store on Market Center Drive.
Rack Room Shoes has a great collection of shoes for both men and women, of all ages. Some of the brands that they sponsor are Asics, Converse and Vans.
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.
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.
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.