There aren’t many places in the U.S. where you can find American-made denim products, but Raleigh is one of those places where you can. Since 2007, the Raleigh Denim Workshop has allowed people to see how their jeans are actually sewn and manufactured. Additionally, the company sells their wares on-site at The Curatory, which offers chocolate, stationary, and other clothes in addition to their high-quality denim clothing. With products featured in GQ and Esquire, this relative newcomer to Downtown Raleigh is a definite must-see attraction.
Raleigh Denim Workshop, 319 W Martin St Raleigh, NC, USA, +1 919 917-8969
Another Raleigh establishment that shows the evolution of a product from raw materials to purchase ready, visitors to Videri Chocolate Factory can see organic cocoa beans transform into ready-to-eat chocolate bars. Using organic, fair-trade ingredients, this chocolaterie allows people to see every part of the chocolate-making process, from roasting to tempering and everything in between. There is no better way to enjoy chocolate, from pink-peppercorn to dark chocolate with sea salt, than to see it being made, purchasing the homemade bar, and dining on Videri’s outdoor patio.
Videri Chocolate Factory, 327 W Davie St Raleigh, NC, USA, +1 919 755-5053
Originally a downtown hardware store in 1874 and the city’s first ‘skyscraper’, the City of Raleigh Museum is a comparatively new museum documenting the history and expansion of Raleigh from a tiny village to the very urban and cosmopolitan city it is today. With exhibits such as Latta’s Living Legacy, which chronicles the history of a former slave who founded one of Raleigh schools, and museum-run walking tours of Raleigh’s historic center, this little museum has a lot to offer a newcomer to Raleigh.
Featuring handmade goods and artwork from artisans in and near the Raleigh area, Deco Raleigh sells everything from jewelry to original paintings to pottery. Featuring over 60 artists and new works regularly, Deco Raleigh is one of the quirkiest and most unique stores you’ll find anywhere. Pick up White Whale cocktail mixers made in next-door Durham, North Carolina, or purchase a beautiful Zen Succulent terrarium in this Downtown Raleigh favorite.
Deco Raleigh, 19 W Hargett St Raleigh, NC, USA, +1 919 828-5484