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Local and Small Businesses to Discover

I am a massive lover of local and small businesses and I truly believe that these types of businesses are the businesses that keep the economy moving everyday. I am incredibly fortunate that I live in a city and state that has an abundance of small and local businesses but also has so many pop-up opportunities and markets to shop from. I wanted to put a post together of some of the small and local businesses that are on my radar right now that you can discover for yourself if you haven’t already.

If you have some some or local businesses that aren’t on this list that I should check out that are NC based, comment those down below so I can keep growing this list.

Stuff To Do In Raleigh

If you are looking for things to do, wanting to stay up to date on events happening, places to eat and drink, keep up with venues, concerts, and more, Stuff To Do is the account to follow. They do a lot with small and local businesses and really let you know when workshops and pop-up markets are happening.

Triangle Pop-Up

Spreading the local love and sharing all news on Pop-Up Markets and Events. Original, high-quality product, service, or brand. Emphasis is placed on vendors who sell handmade items. They keep an up to date calendar on their pop-up markets and where each will take place and where around the Triangle.

Gift Muse

Inspired giftboxes featuring goods from women owned businesses. Main mission is to give customers phenomenal easy custom gifting options to make your people feel like a Rockstar! Candles, custom boxes, and more, there is so much to go around.

Cocoa Body Co.

Artisan soaps and skincare that are all natural, plant based, and palm oil free. Stephanie, the founder,  started making soap as a therapeutic outlet for her depression and now uses her platform to bring more awareness to mental health. She creates products that bring joy to everyday rituals such as bathing to make it seem less daunting and more rewarding.

Usu Company Candles

Hand-poured soy candles with a story. Each candle is a love letter to the culture that has molded owner, Stacy Ahua, and become a beacon for anyone who is working to make their own way in the world. From individual candles to wax melts to sample boxes, there are so many scents to transport you somewhere new.


Who likes cotton candy? Well how about some artisanal cotton candy? Wonderpuff is a fresh take on the candy scene with flavors like mango, lavender, salted caramel, raspberry mojito, blueberry waffles, campfire s’mores, and more. Add a dash of glitter, sparkles, positive vibes, and some fun cotton candy, and you’ve got Wonderpuff.

bella ruth co.

Made to order macrame wall hangings and some seriously awesome earrings to match. Kat McDaniel has some serious skills and is bringing her skills to the community to teach along with sell. Plant hangers, wall hangings, macrame earrings, and keychains, all unique and different.

Wind Blown Jewelry

Handmade and effortless jewelry for your everyday look. Earrings, necklaces, and rings that is made as the everyday jewelry that complements your life story. Whether you’re a busy mom, a hardworking boss lady, a world- traveling master or a combination of a lot things, they make jewelry for everyone to fit you.

CK Creations

A one stop design shop featuring brands, weddings, workshops, pop-ups, murals, and illustrations that are turned into stickers, custom water colors, keychains, wedding invitation design, and calligraphy. CK features a lot of local and Raleigh hotspots such as Downtown, specific restaurants, areas, and more.

Little Blue Macaron

Custom macarons for all occasions! Taking me back to Paris and making me feel like I am actually there. Allison Vick creates beautiful and tasty macarons for any kind of occasion with a ton of different themes, colors, and flavors.

The Tipsy Tamarin

Polymer Clay Earrings are a huge trend right now and catching steam. Since day one, they have continually featured a variety of high-quality, handmade, affordable products. So many colors, patterns, shapes, and collections that are made and perfect for everything.

Junie B’s Bake Shop

Okay this one is for all the sweet tooth’s out there (*cough cough* ME)! Edible cookie dough and oversized cookies that are calling my name. Flavors like sugar, oatmeal, chocolate, peanut butter, and chocolate chip, all that can be eaten as a cookie or cookie dough. Alright I have to go get cookies now!

Lauren Sumner Pottery

Original, handmade, and unique pottery. most popular items include little cat shaped bowls, monstera leaf bowls, and state shaped ornaments. Lauren’s passion now includes one-of-a-kind pieces, such as the hand-carved mugs and vases. Brightly colored glazes and original patterns help Lauren’s work stand out in a crowd.

Raleigh Cheesy

Custom styled charcuterie boards that will make any host go crazy. They specialize in creating one-of-a-kind grazing platters for you to enjoy at any event you might be hosting. From baby showers, to birthday parties, to open houses, they are here for it ALL.


An online women’s clothing boutique based out of Raleigh, NC, that aims to provide trendy and contemporary styles to the young professional woman. Serving the ‘everyday late 20-something’ looking for stylish clothes to wear from the office to happy hour and to brunch with the girls, all at a reasonable price point

Fount Coffee + Kitchen

Specialty coffee, gluten-free eats, and a community gathering space that is out of this world.With a menu that seems like it is never ending with so many different types of coffee and even some Fount Coffee merch to go along with it.

Hummingbird Soaps

Artisan soaps made in the form of bath bombs, bars, scrubs, and more. With so many different scents, textures, and products, there is no shortage of things to stock up on. Perfect gifts to give out as gift baskets or even put one together yourself.

The Brew Box

A coffee pop-up serving the triangle. Think of a food truck but coffee edition. With vast types of coffee and tea, and a few other special items, they are chasing their dreams all around Raleigh and serving up some deliciousness.

Nest Knits

LETS GET COMFY! Chunky knits that are handmade for every home. Beautiful colors and textures that are perfect for that cold day where you just want to cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie.

If y’all know any small or local businesses that I should add to the list, comment those down below! As always, thank y’all for stopping by and reading. I will see y’all back here next time.

Love, Dani

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