Welcome to the Hillsborough Street Merchant Resource Page! Below you'll find information to hopefully help make your business day better.

Can't find what you're looking for? Email Devon Howard (devon@hillsboroughstreet.org) with any questions!

Here is a quick-hits list of the page's information so that you can quickly maneuver to what you might be looking for:

General Resources

Most Recent Reports

Timely Information

Basic Facts & Services Market Report Upcoming Construction
Submission Forms Development Report Upcoming Road Closures
Social Media Annual Survey Upcoming Events
Partner Links Corridor Profile Upcoming Dates-to-Know
Grant Programs    
Ways to Get Involved    

General Resources

Basic Organizational Info

Overall Mission

The mission of the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation, more commonly recognized publicly as Live It Up! Hillsborough Street, is to make the Hillsborough Street community a distinct destination in Raleigh by providing services and programs that improve the economic sustainability of the territory's businesses and increase the market value of it's properties.

HSCSC, a not-for-profit municipal service district, was created by the City of Raleigh in partnership with N.C. State, property owners, merchants and residents. The district is a 3-mile long corridor that runs on both sides of Hillsborough Street from Saint Mary's School to Meredith College & the I-440 beltline, plus Morgan Street and various side streets along Hillsborough Street. 

Primary Services

The organization began providing services and programs in the fall of 2010. These include cleaning, security, beautification, marketing and communications, economic development, special events and tourism, planning and advocacy, parking and transportation, research, arts and community.


Submission Forms

Submit an Event

If you would like to submit an event to be included on the Hillsborough Street website and promoted through HSCSC social media & newsletters, please complete our submission form. These could include street events, movie nights, special releases, art presentations and more!

Staff will review all submissions before they go live on the website. This process can take a few days depending on the circumstances, so please keep that in mind for timing of submission!

Submit Your Event

Submit a Business Listing

If you would like to submit or update a business listing to be included on the Hillsborough Street Website, please complete the form below and click submit. This could be a new merchant submission or changes in hours/days open, social media connections, etc. to an established business. Or maybe you did some renovating and want new pictures on our site!

Staff will review all submissions before they go live on the website. This process can take a few days depending on the circumstances, so please keep that in mind for timing of submission!

Submit Your Listing

Submit a Job Opening

If you are looking to hire for any position at your business within our district, we encourage you to submit employment opportunities for posting on our job listing page.

Staff will review all submissions before they go live on the website. This process can take a few days depending on the circumstances, so please keep that in mind for timing of submission!

Submit Your Job Opening

Submit a Maintenance Request

Did you find a maintenance or safety issue in the Hillsborough Street district? Use this form to submit the location and nature of the issue. Please provide as much detail as possible, including the address or approximate location.

One of our Clean & Safe Ambassadors will acknowledge receipt of your email in a timely fashion.

Submit Your Request


Connecting with Us

HSCSC maintains this website as well as multiple social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On the website, you'll find business listings, blog posts & features, development updates, a calendar of events & specials and more. On social media, you'll find street updates, business information, event details and more.

Bookmark HillsboroughStreet.org and follow us on social media at @LiveItUpRaleigh on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


Meet Our Partners

Keeping the Hillsborough Street District moving forward is a team sport! Check out some of our key partners:


Grant Programs

Public Art Grant

Are you interested in putting in public-facing art on your property? HSCSC has a matching grant program (up to $2,000) to support your efforts! This grant program is open for applications year-round.

Find out all the details here.

Sidewalk Furniture Grant

Are you interested in adding or upgrading your outdoor seating area? HSCSC has a matching grant program (up to $500) to support your efforts! This grant program is open during the summer months.

Find out all the details here.


    Get Involved

    Merchants Committee

    We have a a full merchants committee that allows merchants time to connect, share ideas and discuss concerns with HSCSC staff and their neighbors. To get involved, email Devon Howard at devon@hillsboroughstreet.org.

    Board Meetings

    HSCSC is governed by a board of directors, which meets quarterly on the second Thursday of the month at noon in a hybrid format, and meetings are open to the public. To find out when the next meeting is and to find out how to attend, email Clay Rightmyer at clay@hillsboroughstreet.org.

    Newsletters

    Make sure you're signed up for our newsletters and email systems! Email Clay Rightmyer at clay@hillsboroughstreet.org.

    Hillsborough Street Dollars Program

    Powered by Yiftee, we want to keep local dollars local through the Hillsborough Street Dollars program, our neighborhood e-gift card program. One card is redeemable at multiple businesses throughout the Hillsborough Street district, which lets the cardholder choose between their favorite restaurants, shops, hair salons and more.

    Want to be a part of the program? There's no upfront cost to merchants - you simply have to be able to accept Mastercard credit cards. Fees for running the digital gift card are the same as if you were running a credit card.

    To get started, all you have to do is run a business-specific access code and then you are a part of the program! Email Devon Howard at devon@hillsboroughstreet.org to get signed up.


    Latest Stats & Reports

    Annual Survey

    The 2020 Hillsborough Street Annual Survey was conducted in June/July 2021 and used to gather stakeholder feedback on the health of the street, the Clean & Safe program and how Live It Up! Hillsborough Street can better focus its resources to further its mission going forward.

    Find the 2020 survey results here. To see results from previous years, visit the full annual survey webpage.


    Market Report

    Market reports are published semiannually to highlight trends in food and beverage sales, businesses openings and closings, business and development news, commercial space, construction activity and properties for sale or lease. 

    During the second half of 2021, prepared food & beverage sales were $24.01 million in gross sales, a vacancy rate of 2.5% and the completion of two major construction projects.

    Find the full Q3/Q4 report here. To see previous reports, visit the studies & reports webpage.


    Development Report

    This annual report showcases both private and public development projects in and around Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street Municipal Service District. The Winter 2021 report illustrates 97 projects, totaling $1,941,133,000 in public and private sector economic development investment in our community since 2016, and includes all development projects that are proposed, completed and currently under construction. Find the full report here.

    Timely & Seasonal Information

    Upcoming Construction

    Hillsborough Street Lighting Project

    Starting March 12, new pedestrian and street pole light fixtures will be installed along Hillsborough Street between Gardner Street and Oberlin Road. The existing LED pole light fixtures are being replaced with new CREE LED fixtures.

    Work will take place between 9pm and 6am every night. The street and the sidewalk will remain open, though parking spots in the direct installation route will be blocked off to facilitate the project.

    The install process will begin at the intersection of Gardner & Hillsborough Street, then moving east. The installations should be completed by Friday, March 25.


    Upcoming Road Closures

    None known


    Upcoming Events

    Packapalooza

    The annual block party to close out NC State's Wolfpack Welcome Week returns for its 10th anniversary this fall! The event will take place Saturday, August 27 from 2pm - 10pm.

    Registration for vendors is now OPEN! Hillsborough Street merchants are encouraged to register (for FREE for a standard registration) early to secure their spot, as spots will fill up early. Visit packapalooza.ncsu.edu for full information and the registration form.


    Upcoming Dates to Know

    Last Day of Classes:

    • NC State: April 25
    • Meredith College: April 29

    Commencements:

    • NC State: May 7
    • Meredith College: May 14