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    Mixed media artist and clothing designer Marie Cordella is just one of the 40 artists whose work can be viewed at ArtSpace, a visual art center that features 23 open studios, three exhibition galleries, lectures, classes and many other stimulating art events.
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    North Carolina State Capitol
    The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.
  • What's This?
    Blount Street was once home to rich industrialists and prominent civic leaders, as evidenced by these beautiful, historic homes. Nearby Blount Street Commons, currently under construction, will soon add even more residences, retail shops and parks.
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    Father and Son Antiques
    Father and Son Antiques is home to a bounty of collectables and oddities, from mid-century designs and vintage threads to '50s kitch, tiki, mod, and much more.
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    Wachovia IMAX Theater
    This architectural sculpture marks the entrance of the Wachovia IMAX Theater at Marbles Kids Museum, which provides a larger-than-life movie experience for kids of all ages.
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    Raleigh Times Bar
    The Raleigh Times Bar is located in the beautifully restored 100-year-old former home of the city's evening newspaper. Featuring creative takes on classic bar fare, and an amazing beer selection.


DRA's Discover Downtown Tours

Upcoming Tours

National Small Business Week: Raleigh Denim Workshop + Curatory
Wednesday, May 2 | 319 W Martin St
Tour 1: 4 pm - 4:45 pm
Tour 2: 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Networking reception at Parkside following tour

Founded on the simple idea of making the “ideal pair of jeans,” Raleigh Denim jeans can be found in high-end Fifth Avenue stores including Barney’s and Saks as well as in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District at the Curatory – where the jeans are still made today!

Join us on a tour of Raleigh Denim’s workshop where you’ll learn the inspiring story of Raleigh Denim, founded by husband and wife creators and entrepreneurs, Victor Lytvinenko and Sarah Yarborough, and walk through the factory full of patterns, denim and old-school sewing machines. Learn about the authenticity of raw denim, the “break-in journey,” and what it takes to make the ideal pair of jeans.

Celebrate National Small Business Week at Raleigh Denim Workshop + Curatory. Join us after the tour for a gathering at Parkside, just down the street.

Space is very limited. Please register online below:

REGISTER FOR TOUR 1 (4pm-4:45pm)

REGISTER FOR TOUR 2 (4:45pm-5:30pm)

Registration will be open until Friday, April 27 or until tours reach capacity.

Thank you to Raleigh Denim Workshop and Parkside!

Previous Tours

Maximizing Innovation and Connection: The Strategy, Design and Curation of Transfer Co. Food Hall 

February 1, 2018


DRA members toured Transfer Co., a new 42,000 SF food hall and market with almost 20 food vendors opening in downtown Raleigh later this year! With the goal to encourage innovation by bringing together different people, Jason Queen, founder of Monarch Property and Realty Co, has strategically designed the space as an innovative hub using food as the vehicle for knowledge transfer. Jason and Fred Belledin of Clearscapes gave a behind-the-scenes look at the build-out of the warehouse, previously a bus maintenance facility and Ford Saunders dealership auto garage. Along with bringing an 8,000 SF grocery store Saxapahaw General Store to downtown, Transfer Co. will create approximately 115 jobs in the community with 98% of them requiring no high school diploma. 

See photos from the event online here.





Honoring History Through Development: The Past, Present and Future of North West Street

November 20, 2017

About 50 DRA members participated in DRA's first Discover Downtown Tour in November 2017. Attendees heard from Michael Iovino, President of August Construction Solutions, as he spoke about the past, present, and future of North West Street. DRA members toured the state-of-the-art offices of Spectraforce, Equity Resources, Carimus and August Construction Solutions in what were once run-down warehouse buildings and learned about the unique history, creative design and construction challenges of the spaces. After the tour, members connected at The Cardinal Bar with its Raleigh skyline views! Click here to see photos from the tour.