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Take me anywhere

I often get asked how and where I source the things in the store and my answer is usually "I've been keeping a long running list." This nylon tote is one of those list makers from several years ago.

I first learned about Mimot Studio at Unique LA when their folded tote bags caught my eye. I was intrigued by the sporty yet polished feel of the shiny ripstop nylon and loved how fresh and timeless the silhouette looked. I had been in the market for an easy and durable travel bag (to take inside my main bag) and this hit the mark. I bought two and they've been impressive companions. Not only for travels as additional beach bags or souvenir haulers, but also as everyday bags for groceries, the gym, picnics, and even very special occasions: one served as a birth bag when the time came to pack our things and meet our baby girl.

Yep, this bag was on the list. It's both so exciting and surreal to say that I can now share this incredibly practical, versatile, and damn good looking bag with you at Port of Raleigh. This limited batch was custom made for the shop and I hope you love them as much as I do.

Bonus: the straps have loops at the bottom of each side that can be used to strap a yoga mat, blanket, or towel to the bag!

So easy to love.

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Notebook love

I love a good notebook for everyday use but also for summer travels, reflections, and doodling. The slower pace of the season tends to give way to putting pen to paper a bit more intentionally and leisurely so for that, I've rounded up inspiring notebooks from around the world to go (and take you) wherever you want this summer and beyond. All are available now in the shop.

These passport-sized notebooks by Spanish studio Octaevo are covered in a textured linen and printed with geographic coordinates of Mediterranean cities + artistic shapes on deep blue color inspired by some of the most influential Mediterranean artists. Put them in your pocket or bag and be ready when inspiration strikes.

Meticulously crafted in Japan, Postalco notebooks have protected spiral binding, starched & pressed water-resistant cotton covers, and Pin-graph paper - an original 1x1mm blue graph paper that is chlorine free and will not yellow over time. The precision in quality easily gives way to a pleasing writing or drawing experience

Calepino notebooks are made in France using 100% recycled materials and vegetable-base ink; They're are as timeless as they are quality. Also can't get enough of the classic wood pencils that are made by the last business in France to still manufacture pencils.

Now get to it. Jott down your big ideas ... or grocery lists, sketches, travel logs, etc.. The possibilities are endless and uniquely yours.

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First Friday Artist: Becky Joye

Hunting For Mysteries  Mini Show by Becky Joye
First Friday  |  June 3, 2016  |  6pm - 9pm

Continuing her Hunting for Mysteries series inspired by Iceland,  Artist Becky Joye will share new original works that are small snippets from her travel diary. Joye's mini series will be on view and available for purchase through July 31.

About the artist:
Becky Joye is a visual artist based in Raleigh, NC. Becky was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from The University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2003. Now she enjoys escaping to an invented world of color, pattern, and impracticable structures. She has exhibited her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the Southeast, including the most recent Hunting for Mysteries at Wally Workman Gallery in Austin, TX.  In 2013 she was a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace in Raleigh, NC. Her work is in the collections of Fidelity Investments, Capital One, the City of Raleigh, and UVA Hospital.


In addition to our artist reception for Becky Joye this Friday, we'll also be a stop on the Innovatours taking over downtown! Meet and see Raleigh's Makers + Doers with a "choose your own adventure" guide for the night. More information can be found at Innovate Raleigh.

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First Friday Artist: Morgan Moore

Morgan Moore Art

First Friday  |  May 6, 2016  |  6pm - 9pm

Introducing our first artist showcase! Join us as we welcome Morgan Moore and her inspired blooms on canvas. Moore's creations will be on view and available for purchase through May 29.

About the artist:
Born and raised in Raleigh, NC, Morgan Moore began making art at a young age. She draws from her Graphic Design education and love of color to create joyful blooms.  Her gestural floral paintings communicate that flowers, like art, have a beauty that transcends what is useful.

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Join us

Now that we've had over a month to get acquainted, it's time to properly celebrate being the new shop on the block and thank you all for being so amazing. Come enjoy cocktails by our soon-to-open neighbors Whiskey Kitchen, music, light snacks, and a small treat from Videri Chocolate Factory (+ see what's new in the shop!).

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