When spring arrives it's time to get rid of the old and make way for the new. A quirky piece of wall art or a statement necklace is all you need to spruce up both your home and wardrobe. Whether you're a Durham resident looking to rep your hometown or a visitor wanting to bring home a taste of Bull City, you're sure to find the perfect item in these locally-owned boutiques. Visit these four Durham boutiques and local artisan market to find everything from delicate jewelry and stylish leather belts to hand-painted wood signs on your next round of spring shopping.
Spring colors abound at Smitten Boutique, where the ladies of Durham head to find brightly-patterned dresses by Jude Connally ($188), breezy eyelet blouses from Elliott Lauren ($160), and Mediterranean-inspired sandals by Bella Vita (from $79). In addition to fashionable clothing and accessories, pick up items for the home like scented candles, wine glasses, and bath salts.
The Shop at The Mothership
The Mothership is a beloved co-working studio in Durham, attracting freelancers and makers from different mediums. Within the co-working space is The Shop at Mothership, a retail space featuring more than 30 North Carolina-based artists. In addition to vintage clothes, they carry up and coming designers like Maderas Beach Co. reversible swimwear (from $40), and stoneware pottery from Gem Ceramics (from $24). Read more about The Shop at The Mothership in the Spring 2018 Durham Activity Guide.
One World Market
A fixture in Durham since 1992, One World Market works with artisans from more than 70 developing countries and is a sustainable source of fair pay to ensure a living wage for thousands of people around the world. Featured artisans like the jewelry line Starfish Project supports women escaping human trafficking in China, providing them with training to make beautiful jewelry, as well as shelter, health care, counseling, and education opportunities.
Ngozi Design Collective
The Ngozi Design Collective offers one-of-a-kind jewelry, apparel, and custom accessories for the home. Most of the beautiful and bold pieces are rooted in traditional African prints and silhouettes, and the designers range from fashion students to national and international designers and artists. In addition to sculptures, paintings, and photography, they've recently begun selling fabric so shoppers can make their own custom ensembles.
Bonus: The Patchwork Market
The Durham Patchwork Market is a monthly market of more than 60 makers held at Fullsteam Brewery, and quarterly at the Durham Armory. Pick up wood framed Durham skyline wall art from Art by Sarah Savage, Bull City-inspired clothing for little ones at the Bullpin Apparel booth, and humorous greeting cards by Lady Pilot Letterpress. Often, there are locally made snacks at the market from vendors like Locopops and Soul Cocina Triangle.