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10 Cool Things Made in Durham

Discover cool products from Durham, NC-based companies, shop beauty products, apparel, cards and more.

Posted By Shayla Martin on Nov 09, 2017

Durham’s makers and entrepreneurs are behind everything from delicious nut butters and craft beer to this really cool couch. This diverse selection of products from Durham companies is a testament to the creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and resourcefulness that have characterized the city for decades.

Indigo Envelope

For gorgeous stationary and event materials, shop Durham-based Indigo Envelope's online store. The company also creates completely original designs, making it an ideal partner for unique save the date and wedding invitations.

Durham Pencil Company

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Pair your Durham-made stationary with a Durham-made pencil. Durham Pencil Company crafts writing implements with Durham neighborhoods printed all over. We found these at Letters Bookshop on Main St.

Lo & Behold

There are few things more luxurious than 100% organic, handmade body care products. Lo & Behold specializes in gentle and versatile products that smell and feel delicious, including whipped body butters, facial masks, hair and body oils, body scrubs and bath soaks.

Durham Distillery

Durham’s craft beer scene is no secret, but are you familiar with our craft spirits? Led by Melissa and Lee Katrincic, Durham Distillery combines traditional gin making methods with modern-day chemistry to create two strengths of crisp gin, cold distilled cucumber vodka, and coffee, mocha and chocolate-flavored liqueurs. If you want to try before you buy, attend a tour and tasting at Durham Distillery’s downtown location.


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Fillaree not only produces sustainable liquid soaps and cleansers for the body and home, but the Durham-based company also allows customers to reduce their plastic waste through refill stations at local farmers’ markets and shops around Durham. All products are handmade in small batches with organic ingredients and all containers are refillable.

Shibui South

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Designer Anna Nickles pairs classically Southern textiles with Japanese-inspired designs to make the fashions, jewelry and homewares of Shibui South. Find chambray and linen infinity scarves, bib necklaces and seagrass baskets to bring home as your next conversation piece.

Bull City Designs

For stunning furniture that’s sure to become a family heirloom, invest in a custom piece from Bull City Designs. The boutique furniture company crafts stunning tables of American walnut and antique brass, in addition to chairs, bookshelves and beds.

Full Flower Herbs

Natural medicine buffs will love Full Flower Herbs, a Durham-based apothecary specializing in herbal tinctures, tonics, elixirs and bitters. All herbs are sourced by herbalist Lindsay Perry from her garden, fields, the forest and from small, sustainable growers.

Pine State Flowers

Pine State Flowers is North Carolina’s first exclusively local flower shop (more than 95% of the flowers used are grown in North Carolina), helping to support small family farms and the local economy. In addition to grabbing a bouquet of flowers at their gorgeous shop on Chapel Hill Road, visitors can attend floral arranging workshops.

Reid Miller Apparel

This North Carolina-made line of women’s clothing was inspired by the founder’s struggle to find attractive apparel that fit comfortably during her bike commute. Reid Miller produces tailored classics with practical features like pockets and breathable fabrics, which are often lacking in women’s clothing. You can pre-order the made-to-measurement riding jacket and jeans, which are launching this fall.

Bonus: Make Something in Durham with AR Workshop

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If you're the type of person that loves to make your gifts, you need to visit AR Workshop Durham. It's a fantastic DIY workshop that offers hands-on art classes. You can make home decor, wood signs, canvas pillows, and more.

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Shayla Martin