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Small Business Gems

Autumn Self

Embodying the spirit of community and entrepreneurship - Hillsborough Street is lined with unique hidden gems, waiting to be discovered. Here you can sip local, dine diversely, embrace art and culture, and shop uniquely. By supporting the small businesses that call this street home, you’re not just making a purchase - you’re investing in the heartbeat of a community. 

Sip Local

The chill in the air calls for a warm drink! Ready to stop in for a coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

Global Village - Casual hangout with organic coffee drinks, baked goods & sandwiches, plus Wi-Fi & board games.

Lucky Tree - Hip coffeehouse with baked goods, local art exhibits & open-mike nights amid whimsical decor.

Cup A Joe -Funky coffeehouse with an extensive menu of specialty coffee drinks made from house-roasted beans.

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Tired of cooking for the holidays? Let someone else do the cooking for you. 

David’s Dumplings - Vietnamese, Chinese & Malaysian special soups & small plates served at lunch, dinner or late night.

Kabab & Curry - Cozy mainstay with warm decor offering Indian & Nepalese fare, plus an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet

Gonza - An eclectically decorated restaurant offering Mexican-Colombian plates in a relaxed setting

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Looking for something to do? Explore the creative and artistic minds of the community!

Gregg Museum - NC State University’s art museum which offers approximately six new exhibitions each year. From now until January 17,2024 you can experience their Blow Up II: Inflatable Contemporary Art Exhibition - exploring figurative, conceptual and abstract imagery.

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Gift giving can be hard, make it easy by thinking out of the box. Check out these unique shops that make gift giving easy.

Out The Box - Vintage apparel, sneakers and collectibles available for buying, selling, and trading 

Holy Rose - sustainably grown and ethically produced hand-packaged herbs, candles, sages - for all your enchantment needs 

Wake N Bakery - TikTok famous Cannabis Cafe & Bakery offering infused and un-infused goods.

These not quite what you’re looking for? Find what does strike your fancy here!

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