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Makers Alley makes its North Hills debut

North Hills’ newest district is all-in on local innovation, starting with seven locally-owned businesses in Makers Alley.

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The first retailers in Makers Alley stand together holding a pink ribbon.

As big fans of shopping local here at RALtoday, we love the emphasis on creating a distinctly Raleigh experience.

Photo provided by Kane Realty

Drumroll, please. After more than three years of anticipation, Makers Alley — the first retail hub of the North Hills Innovation District — is now open.

We’ve been following along since the project was first announced, and feel like proud parents watching North Hills’ newest district come to life.

The deets

The 33-acre NHID features a bit of everything, including office + residential buildings, walking trails, and huge swaths of open natural areas (including outdoor workspaces). Plus, it connects directly to the rest of the North Hills community to ensure easy access to your tried-and-true favorites.

In the center of the district sits Makers Alley, a collection of micro-retail spaces dedicated exclusively to hyper-local entrepreneurs, creators, and artisans.

You’ll find food + bev options, workout spots, and a diverse set of shopping experiences, all locally owned by female and/or minority entrepreneurs, including:

Explore the new retailers

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