You may already know that Downtown Durham is a foodie paradise, but did you also know that it’s a shopping destination like no other? In Downtown Durham, you’ll find vintage clothing, handmade gifts, specialty food items, and much more. Shopping is a great way to burn off those calories from that gourmet meal you just ate, so be sure to check out some of our favorite locally owned shops during your next Downtown Durham visit.

Stop by these 10+ excellent businesses when you are visiting the Bull City for some great deals and unique finds… We promise you will not be disappointed!

Dolly’s Vintage

Dolly’s Vintage is a kitschy shop located in the heart of Downtown Durham! Here, you will find vintage clothing and jewelry along with new and handmade items. Even if you are just browsing, something is sure to strike your fancy in this unique store.

Everyday Magic

If you are looking for crystals, candles, unique jewelry, and gifts with good vibes, head over to Everyday Magic. There’s no other store quite like this in all of Durham!

The Zen Succulent

The Zen Succulent is just a short walk away from Everyday Magic! This shop sells everything you need to start your own succulent garden – plants, containers, accessories, and more. It also offers workshops on building your own terrarium and making floral arrangements!


Runaway describes itself as “an apparel and lifestyle brand empowering you to run from convention.” Shop here for clothing that is unique to Durham. This shop also serves as a gallery for local artists, which definitely adds to an already fantastic shopping experience!

Liberation Threads

Liberation Threads sells high-quality women’s clothing that is ethically sourced. If you want to look good and also feel great about the clothes you are buying, Liberation Threads is the place to go!

Vert & Vogue

The owners of the clothing store Vert & Vogue are committed to community and sustainability. Since opening their Downtown Durham shop, they have become partners of two local non-profits: SEEDS and Urban Ministries of Durham. The clothing is ethically sourced and more than half of the collection is made in America.

Morgan Imports

Morgan Imports has been part of the Downtown Durham retail landscape for years. It’s located in the large brick building near Brightleaf Square. Inside, you will find three floors of unique gifts, jewelry, housewares, and even furniture.

Wentworth & Leggett

If you are looking for a great gift for the bookworm in your life, head to Wentworth & Leggett. It’s located in the shopping mecca known as Brightleaf Square, right across from Morgan Imports. This bookshop has been a part of the Downtown Durham community for over 35 years and features rare and antique books on just about any topic.

If books aren’t your thing, there are many other places to shop in Brightleaf Square. Looking for vinyl records or CDs? Check out Schoolkids Records. Need a gift for the foodie in your life? Head over to Bull City Olive Oil. For fine clothing and jewelry, check out Indio or Hamilton Hill. There’s truly something for everyone in Downtown Durham, so make it your shopping destination next time you need to find a gift for that friend that always seems to have it all!

So what are some of your favorite small shops or boutiques in Durham? Please be sure to hit us up on Twitter @919BlogNC or visit our Facebook page at and let us know! We would love to hear from ya.

This post was created in collaboration with the Downtown Durham Blog editorial team and 919 Blog contributor Amy Howard for exclusive digital publication via TBN