Whatever you need while living in Raleigh, NC, there is probably a store that sells it. The entire city is home to 11 shopping areas and has a wealth of malls and shopping centers. Even if you don't like to shop, you might find that you don't mind browsing the stores and markets throughout the town.
One way to get a sense of an area is to visit its farmers' markets. Luckily, Raleigh is home to several markets. In West Raleigh, there's the Campus Farmers' Market at NC State. It's open seasonally, usually through November, and is targeted at students and faculty attending the university, although anyone is welcome to shop. Along with having local farms selling their produce, vendors at the market also include a line of locally produced body products, a vendor selling handmade jewelry, and a vendor selling items made by people in Haiti from recycled materials.
The Downtown Farmers' Market is another option, open from April or May through September. Located in the heart of the Research Triangle, its vendors include farmers selling locally grown produce and small, artisanal food. Any vendor looking to sell at the market must grow or produce its wares in North Carolina.
Another market, the Midtown Farmers' Market, is open from April through November from 8 AM until noon on Saturdays. The market has a wide selection of vendors, including vegetable and fruit farmers, dairy farmers, and popsicle makers. There are also soap vendors, candy vendors, and cut flower vendors. All vendors at the market are from within a 100 mile radius of the city.
There are plenty of centers for shopping in West Raleigh, such as the Ridgewood Shopping Center. Home to a Whole Foods market and Quail Ridge Books and Music, the shopping center has an eclectic selection of shops. There's a RiteAid in the center, along with a designer boutique that's simply named Dress.
Another shopping center in the area is the Pleasant Valley Promenade, which is home to more than 40 stores. There are several big box stores in the center, such as Marshall's and Bed, Bath & Beyond. There's also a Kirkland's home store and a Dollar Tree.
Specialty stores are part of what make an area unique, and Raleigh is no stranger to specialty shops. For example, fans of western wear should check out the Bull Chute Western Wear, which sells cowboy boots, western belt buckles, and a variety of cowboy and cowgirl clothing. The store is located in the Townridge Shopping Center and is open seven days a week.
Home brew aficionados will feels right at, well, home at Atlantic Brew Supply, which sells everything you could need to make your own beer, from brewing equipment to yeast. It also sells coffee, yogurt, and cheese-making supplies if you wish to expand your home food production empire, as well as soda and kombucha kits.
The North Carolina Museum of Art Store is ideal if you want to spruce up your apartment or are looking for a unique gift. Along with offering commissioned works of art, it sells scarves, books, and jewelry.