Cary, NC – CaryCitizen prides itself on covering what’s happening locally, so when it comes to shopping, that means we support our local independent merchants. Every November, we highlight these local folks with a #ShopLocal story in time for Small Business Saturday – the day after Black Friday.
This year, that date is Saturday, November 25. Take a break from the big box stores, Amazon and malls to “shop small” at locally owned retailers.
These unique shops are owned by people who live right here in our community. When you patronize their stores, your tax money stays in Cary. Chances are, when you shop at these stores, you are actually meeting the store owner and over time, they become a friend who knows what you like and can help you select gifts for your family and friends.
Our Guide is organized by gift recipient – the same way you shop. Let us know if we missed something you are looking for and we will respond in the comments section below.
With all the cooking shows on TV, most people like to think they can chef it up once in a while and appreciate a culinary gift to up their game. Shops in Cary have fancy oils and vinegars, kitchen gadgets and interesting condiments to wow the most jaded chef.
The College Freshman
Every college freshman is enthusiastic about their new home away from home. Help them show their school spirit this season with gifts from local retailers.
Everyone has a sporty friend or relative that would appreciate some new gear. Cary has several independent retailers that cater to a variety of sports enthusiasts. Cycling, tennis, running, swimming and just regular workout attire can all be found at several Cary-owned independent retailers.
Everyone has a friend whose house is so perfect, it’s intimidating. Get them something unique form a Cary store that you can be proud of.
Your Gal Pal
Let’s face it: girls are easy to shop for. Find something you like and chances are your niece, bestie, daughter or mom will like it too. Whether it’s a cute accessory or a unique piece of jewelry with a story to tell, we have picked out some key gifts from these shops for 2016.
The Fair Trade Friend
In case you’ve missed it, Cary is in the middle of a baby boom with new residents flocking here to have families because of awesome schools and quality of life. That trend is reflected in the fact that many non-children’s stores are stocking up on baby and kid-friendly items like onesies and toys. They make great gift items for new parents.
High Energy Kids
The Guy in Your Life
On my list, the guys are always the hardest gifts to buy. Shop Local in Cary and your troubles disappear. Does he have a den or man cave? Or wish he did? Try these gifts on for size.
Teacher and Hostess Gifts
Don’t forget those all important last minute teacher gifts or Hostess party gifts. Try some of these unique offerings for gifts that will truly impress.
The Pet Lover
We’ve noticed in Cary that dog owners like to spoil their fur babies. You can find unique pet items to gift at local pet stores and pet specialty stores, and many gift shops cater to pet lovers. Even Crazy Cat Ladies!
One Size Fits All
Everyone has that impossible person on their list. Why not buy them a one- size-fits-all gift of an eau de parfum made right here in Cary? Local retailer Escentuelle even has ready-made scents that are unisex! That’s easy!
Skip The Mall- Shop Small!
This holiday season, skip the malls and shop local. You will help spur your local economy and maybe make a friends or two! #ShopLocal.
Story by Lindsey Chester. Photos by Lindsey Chester and Peter Corbett.