Reader Q: Cool Spots in Raleigh/Durham?

decor8 reader Zin R. is soon to relocate from Minneapolis to Raleigh and would love to hear about your favorite stops in the Raleigh/Durham area. I'm working on creating a list of design stores in the right column for these two cities because I think they deserve a place on this blog, so if you have any suggestions please comment below with your links.

In the meantime, I asked a few friends of decor8, Michelle Smith and Alena Hennessy, to give me a hand and as a result, the list below was created to get Zin through the first few months of her relocation. But I'm sure we've missed some suggestions, so if you have more to add, please comment!

In Raleigh, Michelle and Alena suggest: Firefly (great shoes), Stitch (design studio and retail showroom of Holly Aiken Bags), Bickett Gallery (a progressive, multimedia space), Ornamentea (a little bit of everything from beads to vintage wallpaper), Father & Son?s Antiques (mid century modern furniture), Red Pin (furniture and accessories), Rebus Works (gallery and storefront), State Flea Market (antiques, jewelry and furniture), Design Box (gallery), Zely + Ritz (fresh and local organic tapas and an extensive collection of wine), and the Morning Times Coffee House.

In Chapel Hill, shop at Nested (home + gift gallery), and for stationery, try Salutations.

For Durham, there's Daisy Notes & Paper (stationery). Just outside in Cary, you can find good furniture at Beyond Blue Interiors.

Psst: This weekend, on Saturday, May 5th, The Handmade Market is back and ready for action, so head over there if you're a lover of indie craft fairs. One day only. And best wishes on your relocation Zin, and a special thanks to Michelle and Alena for the tips.

Anyone else have some cool shops to add?