The week leading up to Thanksgiving are a great time to explore Durham’s thriving retail scene. Blending the friendliness of a small town with the elevated tastes and chic sensibilities of a big city, Durham is a fashion forward shopper’s paradise. Read on as we recommend our favorite shopping destinations in the metro Durham area and take you on a sartorial tour of our beloved home town!

Start your journey at Vert and Vogue, an immaculately curated boutique featuring a range of totally under the radar emerging designers from the area, as well as beloved brands like Rachel Comey and Creatures Of Comfort. If you are more in the market for a sportier look, be sure to check out Runaway, whose collection of streetwear-inspired graphic tees, hats and hoodies are sure to add some casual swagger to your wardrobe.

If you fancy yourself more of a vintage clothing enthusiast, be sure to visit Dolly’s Vintage. From this Saturday, November 25th through Sunday, December 3rd, mention Shop Indie Durham Week at the register and get 10% off of one item! Whether you are in the market for vintage clothing, jewelry or gifts and greeting cards, Dolly’s Vintage is a must visit. Also a local favorite is Magpie Boutique known for their women’s apparel and accessories . They also have a wide selection of fun jewelry, accessories, body care, and home goods.

Looking to decorate your space with incredible, unique items that put your excellent taste front and center? Hit up the holiday Patchwork Market! Nothing beats the feeling of hitting an old school flea market and walking away with a one of a kind conversation piece. Happening December 10th from 12PM-5PM at the Durham Armory (220 Foster St.) Shop over 70 local vendors and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Pro tip: get a jump on the crowds by showing up at 10:00AM and scooping up the best pieces while you can.