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Experience. I think a lot about that word. It’s how I developed a passion for the type of everyday objects that we share at Port of Raleigh.


From a re-imagined water bottle to an ultra-soft and indulgent bath towel, we experience these things every time we interact with them by looking, touching, and using. On a macro level, I think a lot about our built environment: the buildings we inhabit, the streets we walk and drive on…literally everything is an experience.


The word “experience” is everywhere these days in talks about the future of retail, how millennials choose to spend their money, and what consumers, in general, want. Over the past several years the popular conversation has been about buying experiences, not things. Accumulating memories, not possessions. All valid in their own right but what these conversations miss is the fact that we do experience things. Things can also create the framework for memories.


Over the past several years the popular conversation has been about buying experiences, not things. Accumulating memories, not possessions.

All valid in their own right but what these conversations miss is the fact that we do experience things. Things can also create the framework for memories "


When we invest in experiences - and by invest, I mean choosing to spend any amount of money - I see two general types: momentary and lasting. The former is experienced, completed, and conveys a memory (think dining out, a concert, travel). The latter is experienced on an on-going basis, creating memories along the way (everyday things go here). Both types of experiences, momentary and lasting, play important roles in our lives.


While enjoying your momentary experiences, consider this:

A) we likely use things to achieve our experiential goals, and

B) we inhabit environments where things come together to give us lasting memories.


That incredible meal you had at that incredible restaurant? Things were a part of that. From the lighting to the table settings to the building itself…those things were designed and curated to enhance your experience. And those things will continue to play their lasting role in creating experiences for patrons to come, day after day. Long after you’ve enjoyed your momentary meal.


How can this be applied to everyday life? By finding equal value in both momentary and lasting experiences through the intentionality of the things you bring into your life. You can create your own restaurant-like experience on a daily basis.


I personally love vacations that recharge my batteries and expand my world, but I also love the objects that make up my everyday like the utensils I use in the kitchen, the bed and bedsheets I sleep on, the toys my daughter plays with, the bag I carry, and so on. I value them because they make up my everyday and when selected with intention, they bring absolute joy. Incrementally, day by day, every single interaction - or rather, experience - adds up to a greater sense of wellbeing. Experiences aren’t once a week or once in a lifetime, they’re a part of our everyday.


" Experiences aren’t once a week or once in a lifetime, they’re a part of our everyday. "


None of this is new thinking but by bringing the word “experience” to the forefront, I see an opportunity to better express the “what” and “why” of Port of Raleigh. With today’s endless options for things at our fingertips, our particular curation is based on what excites us most: designs that are of our time, are simple yet intriguing, and effortlessly do their part in helping you #experienceyoureveryday.

We hope you love them.


Ana Maria Muñoz

Owner, Port of Raleigh 

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Efflorescence by Sarah Tector

Efflorescence by Sarah Tector

Our Downtown Raleigh store is blooming in more ways than one this Spring!

Pop in to see local artist Sarah Tector's site-specific wire art installation inspired by the state of flowering. 

On view through June 3, each flower and leaf design is available for purchase to give as a gift or enjoy at home.


Statement: Sarah Tector

An artist since I was able to hold a crayon, working with my hands has always been a natural fit and source of fulfillment. While deciding where to go in life and what to study I was fortunate enough to have parents that said pick a field that would make me happy. Metalsmithing satisfies many parts of my creative brain; designing and making in 3D, using mixed materials, and fantastic tools. And while I have made silverware, bowls, and pendant lights amongst other things, jewelry is the most recognized form of what I can do. I approach it as small-scale sculpture and as a result my pieces catch the eye when on the body or not. I create clean, geometric, and architecturally influenced pieces in sterling silver, gold filled, cast bronze, powder coating, and other mixed materials. These are mainly one-of-a-kind, limited edition, and production pieces of jewelry. Most recently I have been working on collaborations and installations, allowing me to push myself out of my creative comfort zone and the opportunity and challenge of artistic evolution.

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simple as 1 2 3







When I think of the word “refresh” I think of a new feeling … a new intention that leads to a new experience. At Port of Raleigh, we’re all about how we experience our homes and our everyday lives via the objects we surround ourselves with. These objects can either bring us frustration, indifference, or joy. We choose joy.

This Spring, we want to challenge our community (yes you, we love you!) to think about the objects you live with and consider what single refresh you could make to bring more joy into your everyday.

Is it a new cushion for the sofa where you watch your favorite shows? A new vase for those spring flowers? A new kitchen accessory for cooking your favorite meals? A new dustpan for keeping your floors clean? Yes, a dustpan ... design matters, even in the most mundane objects.

I wholeheartedly believe that when you choose quality and good design, you automatically choose joy. And over time, those small incremental interactions with seemingly small things, bring higher levels of satisfaction to your everyday life.

You don't need a huge overhaul or budget to make a difference. Simply start with one space, and one to three items, and you'll experience the small but powerful transformation almost instantly. 

Here are some ideas for starting your refresh with intention ...



 Wire Bowl ($44.95)  •  REBIN Recycling Bin ($48)  •  Thick Kitchen Towel ($15)  






Stir Stool/Side Table ($229)  •  Tier Coffee Table/Media Console ($500)  •  Quilt Cushion ($99)






Carmen White Ash Wall Hook ($19)  •  JWDA Concrete Lamp ($199.95)  •  Simple Linen Bedding (starting at $98)





Wood Trash Can ($22)  •  Yoshii Hand & Bath Towel ($24 & $61)  •  Toilet Paper Roll Holder ($54)




 Cody Desktop Organizer ($39)  •  Ito Bindery Drawing Pad (starting at $20)  •  Cup Lamp with USB Port ($180)







Recharge Candle ($39) • Wall Clock ($120) • Gather Vases ($20 - $30)




See more Spring Refresh selects here. 

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spring cleaning donation drive



Spring is almost here and that means one thing: Spring cleaning!

We all do it in a small or big way and sometimes that results in finding things that we no longer want, need, or use in our homes. 

That's why for the entire month of March, we're hosting a donation drive for The Green Chair Project, a local non-profit that works with people recovering from homelessness, crisis or disaster.

Help others experience the comforts of home by donating new or gently used housewares at Port of Raleigh and receive 20% OFF* your purchase during your visit. 

Want to make a donation but can't make it to the store? You can donate as little as $5 or more by adding this to your shopping cart. A 20% discount on your order will be refunded after processing as a thank you for your donation.

Click HERE for a full list of the items The Green Chair Project needs most as well as does not accept. All large furnishings please donate directly to The Green Chair Project.

Thank you!


*Discount excludes sale items.



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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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give well gift guides





Happy Holidays!

We have a lot of favorites in the store (pretty much everything) but we've highlighted several modern design-driven gems that have been consistent winners in the gifting department. You might just end up gifting a lot of these to yourself ... and that's totally OK ;)

Click each image to shop the Gift Guide!




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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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We love Small Business Saturday!

Though #ShopSmall is an everyday effort, #SmallBizSat is a concerted annual spotlight on small independent stores that make their respective communities vibrant and unique. 

We are honored to be a part of Downtown Raleigh and share bits of it with our online friends.

So skip the mall, shop your hood, and join us on Saturday November 25 for SPECIAL HOURS, 8am - 8pm. Not local? Shipping is on the house all weekend long with code YESTHANKYOU.


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