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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.
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    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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    Catch 22
    Catch 22 is a modern baroque aesthetic clothing boutique that offers bold designs, funky accessories, and evening essentials, handpicked from the hottest designers at notably affordable prices.
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    Dos TaQuitos Centro
    Dos TaQuitos Centro restaurant reflects the music, art and food of Mexico. Voted Indy's “Best of the Triangle 2008,” the owner refers to the decor as “an organized mess,” while the menu features some of the Triangle's favorite Mexican fare.
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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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    Knockabout is a unique gift shop for the creative class featuring items you won't find in any mall. Many of the crafts are made by talented North Carolina artisans. Be sure to visit the bakery and try one of their freshly made cookies.
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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

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

Thursday, February 1
4 pm - 5 pm
500 E Davie St.

Join the Downtown Raleigh Alliance to learn about and tour Transfer Co., a new 42,000 SF food hall and market with almost 20 food vendors opening in East Raleigh this summer! Get a behind-the-scenes look at the build-out of the warehouse, previously a bus maintenance facility and Ford Saunders dealership auto garage. 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.  

Hear from Jason about the challenges and opportunities of transforming the warehouse, and learn about his goals to positively impact the greater downtown community. 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. 

Additionally, Fred Belledin, principal at Clearscapes, who will share perspectives as the architect for the project and for many tenant uplifts and share more about the desired community impact, from a design and regulatory perspective.

Announced Transfer Co. vendors: Videri Chocolate Factory, Locals Seafood, Jubala Coffee, Boulted Bread, Centro, Gallo Pelon, Saxapahaw General Store, Che Empanadas. More to be announced on the tour!  

After the tour at 5 pm, enjoy meeting other DRA members with a cash bar and complementary snacks provided by Transfer Co. food vendors!

Note: There is ample street parking with limited on-site parking.

Space is limited. Please register for the tour by Friday, January 26.


Previous Tours

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.