If I’m a spouse and/or family of an attendee of the conference, what do I do with myself during the day? Shopping is one of the activities you can do. There are some unique shops and shopping areas in Raleigh and the surrounding area along with your usual malls.Raleigh
is a unique shopping area, in that it is an open-air shopping mall and was not only Raleigh's first shopping center away from downtown, but is considered the first shopping center constructed between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia. The Village opened in 1949 with three stores and one restaurant. By 1950, Cameron Village, a “town within a town,” comprised 65 stores, 112 business or professional offices, 566 apartment units, and 100 private homes. Today, Cameron Village is a mix of eclectic boutiques, upscale chain stores, restaurants, antique stores, a regional public library, service-oriented shops, grocers and residential. Cameron Village is located at 1900 Cameron Street. Their website is www.shopsofcameronvillage.com/Glenwood South
is another unique area, which has a historic designation, that has shopping (including boutiques, antique stores, art galleries and more), restaurants, nightlife and residential. Glenwood South's Northern boundary is West Peace Street. From there, the neighborhood runs East to Dawson Street, West to St. Mary's Street and South to Morgan Street. If you are staying in a downtown hotel you can hop on an R-Line bus to get here instead of driving.North Hills
was originally opened in 1965 as one of the first indoor malls in the Southeast. Eventually, the mall was demolished in 2003 with the exception of JC Penney to turn it into an outdoor village concept. This shopping center is anchored by Penney’s, REI and Target and also has a mix of fashion boutiques, an art gallery, an upscale hotel, offices, a multi-screen movie theatre and restaurants.
Across the street from North Hills is a shopping area called The Lassiter
. The Lassiter is anchored by a Harris Teeter and Kerr Drug along with a mix of upscale boutiques, restaurants and residential. Both North Hills and The Lassiter are at the intersection of Six Forks and Lassiter Mill Roads. The website for the two centers is http://www.northhillsraleigh.com/Crabtree Valley Mall
was built 35 years ago and is one of the largest malls in the Southeast United States. Crabtree is anchored by Hudson Belk, Sears and Macy’s. Along with the anchor stores there are over 200 chain stores, hair salons, food court vendors, service-oriented shops and restaurants. Their website is: http://www.crabtree-valley-mall.com/
and is located at 4325 Glenwood Avenue.Brier Creek Commons
is a shopping area which is anchored by BJ’s, Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods, with over 70 stores, restaurants and a multi-screen movie theatre. Their website is: http://www.shopbriercreekcommons.com/
. Across the street from Brier Creek Commons is another shopping area known as Brier Creek Shopping Center which is anchored by a Super Wal-Mart and Kohl’s along with chain restaurants and service-oriented shops. Both of these are located at the intersection of Highway 70 and Brier Creek Parkway.Triangle Towne Center & Commons
is a recent addition to our shopping. It is anchored by Hudson Belk, Sears, Macy’s, Dillard’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Along with the anchor stores there is your usual mix of chain stores, hair salons, food court vendors and restaurants. The mall is located at 5959 Triangle Town Boulevard and the website is: http://www.triangletowncenter.com/Cary
Cary Towne Center
is the mall in the western part of Wake County and is anchored by Macy’s, Hudson Belk, Sears, Dillard’s and JC Penney. In addition to the anchor stores, the mall has approximately 140 other chain stores, food court vendors, restaurants and service-oriented shops. The mall is located at 1105 Walnut Street and the website is http://www.shopcarytownecentermall.com/
has over 70 stores (such as: REI, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Stein Mart, Old Navy, Toys R Us) and approximately 15 food court vendors and restaurants. The Plaza is located on Walnut Street and the website is: http://www.shopcrossroadsplaza.com/
The Streets at Southpoint
is anchored by Hudson Belk, JC Penney, Macy’s, Sears and the first Nordstrom’s in North Carolina. In addition to the anchor stores, there are 140 chain stores, food court vendors, restaurants, service-oriented shops and a multi-screen theatre. The mall is located at 6910 Fayetteville Road and the website is http://www.streetsatsouthpoint.com/
North Carolina is lucky to have a great outlet shopping experience. Carolina Premium Outlet
is located in Smithfield, which is approximately a 45 minute drive from Raleigh. The center has a great collection of stores, such as, Liz Claiborne, Nike, and Polo Ralph Lauren, just to name a few. The center is located at 1025 Industrial Park Drive and the website is http://www.premiumoutlets.com/
..... and, if mall shopping isn't your "bag" ... check out this link to Visit Raleigh with suggestions for other types of shopping!
Of course there are more shopping opportunities than are listed here, but this is just to get you started.