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Having grown to be one of the nation’s top 50 metro areas, Greater Raleigh has plenty of booming businesses, start-ups and new ventures.  Thankfully, some of those successful local ventures are in the fashion and accessories business, and there sure is a ton of awesome local fashion flavor for visitors to enjoy.  If you love to shop, or even just like to look good and have clothes and accessories that you won’t find on tons of other people back home, then checking out some of these local lines is a must.

For starters, there’s the oh-so-fabulous Holly Aiken boutique, Stitch.  Here you’ll find beautifully crafted, hand-stitched bags, purses, wallets and so much more designed by Raleigh’s very own creative talent.  With a downtown Raleigh store location, there’s no reason not to swing by and see what all of the talk is about.

A clothing line just as unique as it sounds, FYSH Clothing Co. was founded by four local guys who shared a love for sneakers, hence the acronym Four Young Sneaker Heads.  Their line is mainly casual t-shirts and hats with nautical overtones and a light-hearted approach.  Their mascot, FYSH Mammal, is absolutely lovable and graces most of their clothes.

Finally, there’s the very successful denim company started by Sarah and Victor Lytvinenko, Raleigh Denim.  This high-quality denim brand spreads the local name out to boutiques and high-end department stores throughout the U.S., but there’s nothing cooler than getting their jeans right where they are made.

There are those of us who like to shop every now and then, and then there are those of us who love to turn shopping sprees into the main event of the day.  Whether you’re an occasional shopper looking to dedicate more of your vacation time to finding some great buys, or a shopaholic fashionista who goes on vacation just to find new locations to shop, then look to this fun-filled, perfect day for a fashionista to get you going.

Start your day by enjoying the beautiful early-morning air in a charming downtown district packed full of unique shops that you can’t find anywhere else.  The lovely downtown historic district of Wake Forest is packed full of antiques, clothing, jewelry and so much more for you to rummage through.  While you’re at it, you can stop at a mom and pop eatery for a delicious breakfast to fuel you through your intense day of shopping.

Now that you’ve got some charming pieces to add to your home and wardrobe, venture closer into Raleigh to find some of the most sought-after shopping malls in North Carolina.  Choose from Crabtree Valley Mall, North Hills Shopping Center, Cameron Village and so many others as you land in the epicenter of Greater Raleigh shopping heaven.

By now you may have burned through a few credit cards, so venture over to Crossroads Plaza in Cary so you can find some great brand items at amazing deals.  Once you’ve explored every nook and cranny of this gigantic facility, you’ll have a full days worth of valuable loot to proudly bring home.

Do you have some shopping to do but can never find the right time to load up the kids and drag them around the mall?  Are you looking for something fun for the whole family to enjoy?  Whether you’re an avid shopper with kids to entertain or a simply a seeker of fun, Triangle Town Center’s new Kids Fest series is a great opportunity to make a mall trip with the added bonus of fun and festivities for the whole family.

On Sept. 12th and 26th, from 2 to 5 p.m., come out to Triangle Town Center and enjoy entertainment for kids of all ages, including performances by Flow Circus and Sam the Magic Man, kids karaoke, inflatable slides, trackless train rides, face painting, games, prizes and much more!  With all of these fun activities, Kids Fest is the best time your kids could have at the mall.

Come on out with your kids and get your Christmas shopping done early, or go in search of that perfect pair of shoes you’ve been searching for.  Your young ones will be so entertained they’ll completely forget they’re on another shopping trip.

The furniture lining contemporary showroom walls may be a favorite for some, but for those who can’t get enough of old collectibles and antique furniture, you’re in for a treat.  On July 16-18, the Antiques Extravaganza of North Carolina is coming to town at the Raleigh Convention Center.  The event is now the largest of all the extravaganzas.

Antiques Extravaganza of NC is a family-owned business founded in 1977 that attracts dealers and customers from throughout North Carolina and its neighboring states to the buying and selling of antiques and old collectibles.

This fine showroom event features quality dealers from Florida to New England.  You’ll find a wide range of antique furniture styles, rugs, pottery, textiles, fine china, jewelry, dolls, and so much more on exhibit here.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced collector, a novice home decorator or a just a curious shopper looking for something unique, the Antiques Extravaganza is a fine place to buy and browse items you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Tickets for this event are only $6.50 each, and for just a dollar more you can get a weekend pass.  If you’d like to set up a booth to showcase your own antiques for sale, then you can find reasonable rates here.  Come out to the July Antiques Extravaganza and become a part of the biggest and best antiques show in the area!

With cobblestone streets lined with old-fashioned lanterns, Historic City Market stands out as one of a kind in the area.  Located in downtown Raleigh, this market takes visitors away from the current downtown scene and whisks them away to the quaint, charming feel of years past.

Naturally romantic, City Market is a great dating destination.  Start out your date by admiring local art and watching artists work at Artspace galleries.  Then browse around shops and boutiques until hunger sets in, at which point you can dine at one of eight charming restaurants.  As the sun sets over the downtown skyline, stop in one of the district’s several casual bars for a few cocktails and reflect on all the fun you had while only having to venture within a few blocks.

Families and friends may want to experience a similar relaxing City Market day, or get a little more adventurous.  Come to City Market and enjoy a delicious breakfast or lunch meal at Big Ed’s City Market, and then head over to Triangle Segway right next door.  Here, you can sign up for guided Segway tours of the city, which start and end at City Market.  After a fun exploration of the surrounding areas, settle down in the shade with a delicious smoothie from Colibrisa.

As beautiful as City Market is, it’s no surprise that the large event space located in the center (the original market building) is booked for weddings, receptions and special events throughout the year.  The next time you’re looking for an event space, keep Cobblestone Hall in mind.

Every engaged woman knows that in order for wedding preparations to be complete, you must find the perfect bridal gown.  Sometimes, bridal boutiques can be few and far between, but in Greater Raleigh you’ll never have difficulty finding the perfect gown.

For a truly elegant bridal shopping experience, Alexia’s Bridal Boutique and Vera Wang Salon is the perfect boutique to visit.  This Cary boutique carries gowns from designers such as Vera Wang, Suzanne Ermann, Reem Acra and Carmela Sutera, to name a few.  If you’re on a bit of a budget, you can find excellent selection, service and reasonable prices at The Bridal Gallery at MacGregor Village, also located in Cary.

Located in Fuquay-Varina, Enchanting Moments has a wide range of bridal gowns that includes all styles, fabrics, sizes and price points.  This bridal shop was the 2008 pick for The Knot’s Best of Weddings and has decades of experience with designers and clients.

If you venture into Raleigh, you’ll find many options for bridal shopping, including Victorian Rose Bridals on Glenwood Avenue and The Bridal Boutique of Raleigh on Hillsborough Street.  The Bridal Boutique is the sister store of The Bridal Gallery at MacGregor Village in Cary, so visiting one of these boutiques is like visiting the inventory of two.

These are just a few of the many bridal boutiques and shops sprinkled across Greater Raleigh.  Head into the area for a day trip or a relaxing overnight stay and enjoy the wedding gown shopping experience that you deserve!

There’s something about hunting for the perfect purchase in a boutique that is uniquely different from chain store shopping.  You never know what you will find, whether it be the latest style straight off the New York runways or a local designer’s newest creation.  Greater Raleigh is lucky to be home to many boutiques that can keep you adorned in some of the trendiest and most stylish fashions.

Gena Chandler in the North Hills shopping district of Raleigh carries designer collections hand-picked by the two local owners.  Here, you’ll find designer fashions offered at a wide variety of price points, and you’ll be able to ask the owners themselves for fashion advice, as they make every effort to be in the store on a daily basis.

Located in Cary, Ciao Bella Boutique carries both men’s and women’s apparel from designers such as Michael Stars, Bailey 44, Christopher Blue and Joseph Ribkoff.  If you see something you like on their website, you can call ahead and have similar items pulled and waiting for you when you arrive at the store!

Gigi’s Boutique has a great selection of women’s clothing with retail prices under $100, so you’re sure to find something trendy that can fit your budget.  With locations in both Cary and Raleigh, this boutique is as accessible as it is affordable.

Looking for some cute boutique clothing for your children?  Head over to Padoodles in Fuquay-Varina for girls, boys and now mom’s trendy clothing and accessories.  You’ll find a huge selection of brands and most likely walk away with something for both your kids and yourself.

The next time you’re searching for a boutique shopping experience, head out to these fine shops in Greater Raleigh and let the shopping begin!

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Plan on doing your holiday shopping in Greater Raleigh and you’ll have so many shopping options, you probably won’t have to stop and shop anywhere else this season!  In fact, much like a theme park, Raleigh’s shopping scene is so vast you probably won’t be able to see it all in one day.  Luckily, you can book a fantastic holiday hotel package at a great rate.

Whether you prefer shopping in unique boutiques with locally crafted fashions, handbags, art and edible goods, or you’re searching for exotic treasures from stores like Ten Thousand Villages and Beleza, Greater Raleigh has got it all.  You can even score top brand designer labels at a fraction of the cost.

Here, you’ll find 11 major shopping hot-spots decked out in their holiday best, including North Hills, Cameron Village, Crabtree Valley Mall, Brier Creek, Triangle Town Center and quaint downtowns with nostalgically decorated main streets and fabulous finds.  Clearly in Greater Raleigh finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including yourself, will be a very merry experience.

If you find you can’t get all of your holiday shopping in one day, then just book one of the many holiday hotel packages available in the area.  LaQuinta Inn & Suites, located directly across the street from Crabtree Valley Mall, offers a standard room and free breakfast for only $59 a night.  You can find many other holiday packages here.

In the area but don’t have a lot of free time? Need something fast, sophisticated, and inexpensive? Or are you simply tired of paying hundreds of dollars for the brands you love? The Morrisville Outlet Mall is the hidden treasure you’ve been looking for.

Located conveniently near RDU airport, the outlets are a wonderful place to spend your time and money.  Imagine a place where your favorite brand names are within your price range, there are little to no lines, and you have miles of an open floor plan to explore!

Get your favorite designer jeans at the Saks outlet or browse through Carter’s Children Store for your own child. Or maybe you’re looking for something for a business affair or date? Izod and Bass Shoes are sure to fulfill your needs! Those not looking for apparel will also love the TigerDirect store located in the outlet, where techies’ dreams really do come true. Hundreds of computers, TVs, and electronics not overly priced. Your husband may be able to finally find that big screen of his dreams!

So whether you’re waiting for your plane, need a quick escape from the office, or are just tired of the regular places, come to Morrisville Outlet Mall and leave with everything you need without feeling guilty. You’ve done so much saving during this recession, it’s time you treated yourself to a little something!

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