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3rd Thursday with Erica Gimson

Design store Raleigh North Carolina. Shop small independent home and gift store in downtow Raleigh

 

Join us this Thursday!
April 18
6-9pm


Meet our Spring Window artist and designer, Erica Gimson and shop her selection of Cyanotype print artwork and decorative pillows.  Hand-dyed one-of-a-kind shibori decorative pillows will also be available during this one-night POP UP event.

Pop in before or after dinner downtown, we'll have wine to share!




About the artist:

Erica Gimson Design is a collection of original artwork, home linens, wall coverings, and accessories.  All designs are created by Erica in her Raleigh studio.
 
As a professional textiles designer and consultant for major retailers, Gimson stays engaged with her local art and design community when not working on her own art/design collections.   

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About 3rd Thursday

Every 3rd Thursday we host a special multi-shop event with DTR Independent Shops to highlight the independent retail community in Downtown Raleigh.

Discover new locally and independently owned shops or revisit old favorites while enjoying extended hours, sips & snacks, and special in-store events and promotions.

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DTR Independent Shops

DTR Independent Shops - unique independent retail shopping in downtown raleigh, north carolina

 

 

Hey local peeps: I've personally been working on this for over a year so I'm particularly excited to share the official launch of @DTRIndependentShops with you!⠀


Port of Raleigh has joined forces with our local independent retail community to create an easy and enjoyable resource for discovering unique stores in Downtown Raleigh. This means a platform exclusively by and for independent retailers in our neighborhood; website launches today and printed walking (or dancing) maps to follow.⠀

Head over to DTRindependentShops.com to see who our founding members are and plan your next visit ... we have a lot of #ShopSmall gems!⠀

We're celebrating the launch TONIGHT during #3rdThursdayDTR from 6-9pm 🎉 ICYMI: 3rd Thursday is our new monthly shopping event where participating #DTRindependentShops stay open late for special in-store happenings and sips & snacks while you shop.⠀

We can’t wait to see you and thank you in person (time and time again) for shopping with us and engaging in the community through your local independent retailers. Last but not least, a BIG thank you to Native State Design for the branding and then some!

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launch party: Artish Studio

Raleigh and the Triangle area is full of awesome creatives ...

Next Friday  join us to celebrate the launch of a new Raleigh-based design studio, Artish Studio! All of their products are interactive and built with modular pieces so that you can play with, move and change them – YOU can be the artist.

I love the concept and am so excited to be hosting them at the shop - the first time their designs will be out in the big world.

Launch party: Aug 3 from 6-9pm

In-store/on-view through Aug 5

Come create!

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Third Thursday: launch event

 

 

We're partnering with our #shopsmallDTRaleigh friends for a brand new quarterly event: Third Thursday! Enjoy extended hours, sips and snacks while you shop, and special events/promotions from each participating store (more details to come via here).
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We're trying something new ... a collective way to offer unique experiences and opportunities so you can discover new-to-you stores and visit your faves. We're a small group but mighty in our passion for retail, our community, and the downtown Raleigh retail revival we're all a part of 💛. Hope to see you on the 21st if you're local!

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interview with The Glossary

Hi, if we haven't met, I'm Ana Maria - owner of Port of Raleigh. I was honored to be interviewed by The Glossary so if you'd like to learn a bit more about me, the store, our community, and why I was crazy enough to start a new business in a new hometown while pregnant, then click here. Thank you for the opportunity, Mandy!
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top picks for a simple, modern, and organized entryway

photo by @selina.lauck featuring the Hub Wall Mirror


 


Entryways welcome us home and see us out. With each being unique in size and desired functionality, we thought we'd round up a few of our favorite pieces to give your space - whatever size it may be -  organizational peace of mind and be 
a joy to come home to.


 


1.  First things first: Doormats


Whether you place it inside or out, these tufted vinyl mats by Chilewich are as hard working as they are good looking. Their extra thin profile makes it perfect for any under-door space and its mold-and-chlorine resistant material is backed by a solid non-slip vinyl bottom. Available in a variety of colors, patterns, and three sizes (inquire for custom lengths!). 
 


2. Setting your keys down
Typically the first thing we unload and the last thing we pick up before heading out the door; make it easy to store your keys in something that's both functional and visually appealing. 


Wall Shelf by MostModest that also has plenty of space for a phone, wallet, and mail. Have fun selecting one of five colors.


Frank Tray by Good Thing - also available in a variety of colors to complement your existing decor.


Standing Bowl by Fort Standard - a sculptural beauty that will make it a breeze to scoop out keys or loose change.


Linen Resin Trays by Fog Linen in three sizes for corralling mail and small things from your day.




3.  Hanging your bags, coats, scarves ...
A place to hang your hat means a place to call home. We love these wall hooks for their simple and friendly designs that make a statement on any wall.


Carmen Hook in solid white ash wood by Most Modest. Great solo or grouped together, this hook is small but mighty.


Curve Hook by Normann Copenhagen. The scale of this design makes all the difference if you want simple function with high visual impact.


Corkscrew Wall Hook by ThisThat. Talk about multi-functional with a side of fun - this wide and continuous wall hook can hold and carry items of all shapes and sizes.




4. Things on (or rather off) the floor
Everything else you haul in and out deserves a proper resting spot, too. Not only does containing your stuff give organizational pleasure, but also provides visual ease. 


We love a good stool that can function as an occasional table, too. This sturdy Stir Stool by Kroft Studio welcomes you to sit and take your shoes off, or unload extra bags or mail onto its surface. Available in a multiple colors.


A minimalist umbrella holder by Umbra highlights the beauty of simple lines while allowing your umbrellas to breath, dry, and show off a little.


More than just a recycling bin, RE.BIN can store anything you need it to, and do it discreetly. 


Upgrade your college dorm room milk crates with these from WAAM Industries. Like our recycled plastic friend above, the storage possibilities for this plywood design are many.






5. The Last Look
A wall mirror in the entryway is always a good idea. Not only can it help create a sense of space (visual appeal and/or the feeling of more space) but it gives us that "last look" as we head out for the day.  Shop from two styles by Umbra: the Mira Mirror with natural wood and the Hub Mirror with matte black rubber. 






6. The last note
To-do lists, schedules, or just little love notes - you cant go wrong with a Daily Roller in one of your most used spaces. Available in black and white with paper roll refills.






7. If anything else...
... bring life and color via natural greenery. We particularly love these high plant boxes that offer dual function as a storage unit. Find your perfect color and say "welcome home".
 
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holiday hours 2017

Port of Raleigh Holiday Hours. Come shop with us in Downtown Raleigh this season!

 

Our Downtown Raleigh store will open early & late 7 days per week until Christmas Eve ... all for your convenience #becauseweloveyou.

Please note our special hours through New Year's Eve and January 2018. 

We can't wait to see you at the store and help you with your holiday shopping!

 

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we're two!

 

 

Today we're 2 and are feeling so grateful.

In two years we have witnessed first dates, families grow, shared sadness in loss, celebrated new jobs, new homes, and have shared our dreams and stories. We have been embraced by our community and we hope you feel embraced by us when you walk through the shop door. 

This year we launched our online store and through it we hope to share not only our curation of goods to design enthusiast everywhere, but to also share a bit of the magic we feel in Downtown Raleigh.

Thank you, to each and every one of you for choosing to #shopsmall with us - can't wait to see what the next year brings.

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Hopscotch Design Festival with Good Thing at Port of Raleigh

Hopscotch Design Festival Event with Good Thing at Port of Raleigh in Downtown Raleigh

 

Hopscotch Design Festival

with Good Thing at Port of Raleigh

Friday September 8 • 6pm - 8pm

 

We've been fans of Good Thing since before we opened our doors almost two years ago... and we think we've converted some of you, too ;)

That's why we're beyond thrilled to welcome Mayela and Natalie from Good Thing to the shop for a S P E C I A L post-Hopscotch Design Festival E V E N T (where they'll be speaking)!

Expect a casual meet and greet and a chance to see, touch, and engage with designs from Good Thing's just released furniture collection - the first time they'll be exhibited together outside of a trade show!!

This in-store event is FREE and open to the public. 

For the Design Festival, you may learn more and purchase tickets HERE

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september featured artist: caroline ford

Caroline Ford art showcase at Port of Raleigh, downtown Raleigh, North Carolina

 

Twelve Weeks Leave
by Caroline Ford 

"Weekend" - when the three of us are back together."

This month's featured artist, Caroline Ford, shares her project about becoming a mother. Twelve Weeks Leave is a beautiful visual timeline and expression of the joys and challenges that most mothers out there - and their partners - will instantly relate to. As a fellow mama, I am so honored to have Caroline's original pieces in the shop. Please join us for an artist reception on First Friday from 6pm to 9pm. 

Ford's original pieces will be on view and available for purchase through September 30.

 

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