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Mary Grayson Brook is a Raleigh native and German literature and culture major at UNC-Chapel Hill. Although she is preparing for a year in Berlin, she will miss all the museums, concerts, films, restaurants, and of course shopping that the Raleigh-Durham area has to offer. Mary Grayson currently works as a social media consultant for local therapist and author Laurie Watson. In recent years, she has interned with the State Library of North Carolina and volunteered at the Office of State Archaeology Research Center, two gigs that helped her fall in love with the state she calls home.

Father’s Day Gifts For The Stylish Raleigh Dad

On the surface, Father’s Day gift-giving looks easy. The nationally known brands all offer ties in Dad’s favorite color, and a gift card to any big-box retailer can be picked up on the way to the grocery store checkout line. Fortunately, the Carolina girl looking for a gift with more local flavor has plenty of options, including two delightful local destinations dedicated to giving back to the community.

High Line Boutique
Carolina girls looking to shop local and find the right tie will be impressed by North Hills newcomer High Line Boutique. Owner Jesse Jenkins offers a fresh take on the classic preppy aesthetic with a mix of established and up-and-coming brands. For Father’s Day, Jenkins recommends any of High Line’s bow ties, starting at $38. The boutique carries Southern Tide‘s 100 percent pure Italian silk bow ties as well as USA-made bow ties from Just Madras. For a truly local gift, try a tie from Carolina Pines or Oak City. Both brands make their bow ties right here in Raleigh, making them the perfect gift for a dad who loves the city of oaks.

If Dad is looking for something more casual, High Line carries Southern Tide polo shirts (starting at $75) in a variety of colors and prints. Says Jenkins, “Guys can never have enough polos. Especially ones that look and feel like Southern Tide’s!” In addition to supporting local business, High Line’s shoppers help Jenkins support a variety of charities, from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Carolina to Operation Coming Home.


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NOFO @ the Pig
Carolina girls may already know and love NOFO as a reliable destination for gift shopping and a bite to eat. NOFO’s Pagan Reid has two very different suggestions for Raleigh dads. The fun, eclectic gift shop offers Royal Highnies ($78), 400 thread count Pima cotton boxers for a pampered dad. For the gourmand and lover of North Carolina seafood, Reid recommends Carolina Shuckers ($44.95). These oyster knives are hand-forged in North Carolina from steel railroad spikes and come in a variety of sizes to fit any hand. Each is hand-signed by the artist, and some even include a bottle opener. Of course, there’s more to Father’s Day than the gift! NOFO offers a great selection of greeting cards and the cafe might be just the place to treat Dad to a bowl of shrimp and grits. The gift shop has been known to give away gifts of its own. According to Reid, the store has supported such causes as HIV and cancer research, animal welfare and disaster relief and regularly sends off baskets of food, books and toys to those in need.

Carolina Shucker

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Still looking for a gift? These local businesses might have just what you’re looking for.

The Globetrotter
Even if Dad isn’t traveling anytime soon, the Globetrotter will have just the wallet, key holder, shaving kit, or clock he needs.

While Carolina girls have come to rely on Charlotte’s for the perfect pair of Moon and Lola earrings or Jack Rogers sandals, this Raleigh staple offering a variety of practical, customizable gifts in leather, silver, and needlepoint should not be underestimated as a source for classic gifts for Dad.

There’s more to the Triangle than Raleigh, and this elegant Chapel Hill shop boasts fine home furnishings alongside the needlepoint belt and UNC coasters on Dad’s wishlist.

Museum Gift Shops
What would the Triangle be without its museums? You might be surprised by the range of North Carolina products at the North Carolina Museum of History or the North Carolina Museum of Art.

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