The City of Raleigh Museum Store features a selection of unique Raleigh gift items along with a wonderful selection of local artisans. From postcards and refrigerator magnets, to T-shirts, coffee mugs and local history books, make the Museum Store your destination for Raleigh-related items.
Some of our local artisans
Stitch, a shop owned by designer Holly Aiken, offers a unique line of handcrafted handbags. Holly graduated from the School of Design at North Carolina State University and opened her store on Hargett Street in 2008. Her bags and other items have a bright retro flair, and combine indestructible materials with bold designs. The two story building housing Stitch on the corner of Hargett and Wilmington Street was originally a jewelry store constructed in 1910. Holly designed a special line of handbags that can only be purchased in our gift shop. This design is a beautiful take on the museum’s new logo.
After a professional soccer career—including a stint as midfielder for the Carolina Railhawks—Amir Lowery picked up his camera and began a brand new career. As the owner of Dream Aspire in Washington, D. C. Amir creates photography art forms like our “City of Oaks” cornerstones. Each handmade tile displays a different portrait of our city. Use them as coasters, or hang them on your wall.
Local photographer Jose Chavira captures small, beautiful moments in Raleigh with his camera. Jose’s photography earned him recognition as Photographer of the Year in North Carolina from RAW: Natural Born Artists in 2013. He founded the March Hare Gallery in downtown Raleigh, named to evoke the unexplained insanity of the Alice in Wonderland character.
Ginna Earl crafts beautiful unique metal jewelry from her studio—Vespertine Café—in Carrboro. Though she is the originator of the North Carolina heart necklaces, Ginna also designed special Raleigh-themed jewelry for the City of Raleigh Museum. Celebrating the City of Oaks, our acorn and oak leaf pendants and earrings come in many variations—colorful enamel, simple silver, and classic gold.
Raleigh Coffee Company brings specialty coffee to the capital city from all over the world. Pick up a bag from Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, or Haiti—all ethically traded. Want to learn more about coffee and brewing techniques? Raleigh Coffee Company offers classes to improve your coffee tasting experience.
A.D. Royster & Brother, a local candy shop, stood ninety-five years. In 1865, Union soldier, Wierner ran a grocery and confectionary business at 207 Fayetteville Street. Two sons of Raleigh resident James D. Royster clerked for Wierner in his shop, carrying everything from fabric to fruit. Wierner eventually sold the store to the brothers, Arkansas Delaware and Vermont Connecticut Royster, and in 1873 they began manufacturing candy. This landmark, known as A.D. Royster & Brother, continued to operate until 1960. While candy is no longer made on Fayetteville Street, local sweets from Videri Chocolate factory and Escazu Artisan Chocolates continue to link us to the entrepreneurs of the past.
The Museum Store hours:
- Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- First Fridays 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.