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As DECO completes move, two new stores open in downtown Raleigh — and another is coming

Gift store DECO and its companion store, DECO Home, have completed their move from separate Hargett Street storefronts to 207 S. Salisbury St. in downtown Raleigh.

A grand-opening celebration is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m., the celebration will feature beer from Trophy Brewing Co., cake from Union Special Bread, other goodies and giveaways.

DECO will be open until 9 p.m. that day. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. To learn more, go to

With DECO’s move, Apex Outfitter is inching closer to taking over the former DECO space at 23 W. Hargett St. (That’s the storefront at the corner of Hargett and Salisbury.) It will be the company’s second store.

At its flagship store in Apex, the outdoor outfitter carries apparel and accessories from Patagonia, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Columbia, Leatherman, Sanuk, Smart Wool and other brands. It also sells footwear, camping gear, longboards, skateboards, stand-up paddle boards, jackets, backpacks, tents and sleeping bags.

Because of space constraints, the Raleigh store will focus on apparel, including Apex Outfitter’s new private label, Summit and Sea, a nod to North Carolina being home to both mountains and beaches). Owners Kyle and Megan Denis expect to open the Raleigh store in early September.

The Apex store, known as Apex Outfitter and Board Co., is at 225 N. Salem St.

In the former DECO Home space, Petale is open at 15 W. Hargett St.

Petale, which has opened at 15 W. Hargett St., will celebrate its grand opening Friday. Scott Bolejack

The shop sells flowers, gifts and European chocolates.

“We decorate for weddings, events, and we have weekly and monthly subscriptions,” said owner Bearta Alchacar.

Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. To learn more, go to

Elsewhere downtown, ZEN Succulent has opened at 208 S. Wilmington St., offering modern terrariums and plant crafts, plus gifts.

It’s the second store for ZEN Succulent, which also has a shop at 125 E. Parrish St., Suite 100-A, in downtown Durham. Store hours in Raleigh and Durham are 11 a..m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

To learn more, go to

ZEN Succulent is open on South Wilmington Street Scott Bolejack

Upcoming downtown Raleigh events

This isn’t retail, but if you want to learn more about downtown Raleigh’s special events, you’ll have your chance from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury.

The following events will have representatives on hand to provide overviews of their events, including their contributions to downtown Raleigh, and then answer questions:

CaribMask Parade and Festival, scheduled this year for Aug. 25.

African American Cultural Festival, Sept. 1-2.

Hopscotch Music Festival, Sept. 6-8.

SPARKcon, Sept. 14-16.

Milk Bar’s first Milk Fest, Sept. 22.

La Fiesta del Pueblo, Sept. 23.

Wide Open Bluegrass Music Festival, Sept. 28-29.

Festa Italiana Raleigh, Oct. 7

Blocktober Fest, Oct. 31

Raleigh Christmas Parade, Nov. 17.

First Night Raleigh, Dec. 31

Krispy Kreme Challenge, Feb. 2, 2019.

To attend the event, register online by July 31.

Scott Bolejack: 919-829-4629, @ScottBolejack
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