A little love/thank you note in a moment of calm in this busy season ...
As the buyer for the store I spend hours, days, and weeks searching for and vetting the goods that we share at Port of Raleigh. Everything is considered - from function to price point, to the intrigue and timelessness of each design. And when you buy these carefully selected goods - my heart does a little dance because it means that you see something special in that piece, too. And you chose to buy it from us.
When you come to Port of Raleigh, or visit us online, the hope is that you're instantly transported to a place where things are intentionally special, modern yet timeless, playful yet useful, and most of all, bring enjoyment to you and elevate your everyday: at home, at work, and on-the-go.
Our curation is unique to us. We're not massive (ahem Amazon, big box stores and mall chains), we don't carry everything under the sun. We value quality over quantity, and we value you as a customer who values the uniqueness that we, and other small independent stores like us, bring to neighborhoods and to the retail landscape as a whole. It is a lot of work to own a small retail business but it's also an honor to do business in and for a community that you love.
Though I like to think that we have something for everyone, I know that we're not for everyone. Sometimes people walk in here and leave within 30 seconds; it's cool, it's not their thing. We have a certain discerning modern approach to our aesthetic so when it does resonate with someone - as in they walk in and say "wow this is so cool" - it's really exciting and rewarding. Opening our concept where we did was a huge risk but we've been so blessed with an awesome community that's been ready and excited for us to be here.
All of this to say, THANK YOU. Thank you for digging what I spend waaaay too much time doing. From the research to merchandising the floor (and now website) and all the millions of things in between. Thank you for joining my family and I on this journey of bringing this brick&mortar experience to town and for finding value in Port of Raleigh. Thank you for shopping small with us this season, we love you!!