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Mission-Driven Retailers + Restaurants in Downtown Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh is renowned for its community of passionate, philanthropic entrepreneurs who aspire to be the change they wish to see in the world. They opened their storefronts with the aim to directly support to those in need, use their platform to advocate, or raise money for a cause year-round.

Shop your values and get to know some of our local businesses that characterize themselves as having mission-driven business models or practices. 

If you are a Downtown Raleigh restaurant or retailer that wants to be added to this guide of charitable businesses, email

321 Coffee | 615 Hillsborough St.

321 Coffee is a coffee shop and roaster built on inclusion. Based in Raleigh, NC, 321 currently employs over 50 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).


A Place at the Table | 300 W Hargett St.

A Place at the Table provides community and good food for all regardless of means.


Carroll’s Kitchen | 19 E Martin St.

We are a nonprofit social enterprise restaurant creating healthy employment for women overcoming crisis.”


Designed for Joy | 517 W Cabarrus St.

“Designed For Joy provides women in crisis with stability through immediate employment and support, removing the stigma of vulnerability.


Fifi + Talbot | 300 W Hargett St.

Based in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Fifi + Talbot is an animal product-free, ethically sourced, fair trade, eco-conscious women's jewelry, clothing, and accessories company.


The Flourish Market | 307 W Martin St.

We invite you to use your purchasing power for good, supporting causes and change makers creating sustainable impact.


The Gathering Gallery | 111 E Hargett St.

From sharing the talents of local artists and makers with our customers to actively employing adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Gathering Gallery strives every day to promote an inclusive environment and make a difference in our community.


Liberation Station Bookstore | 208 Fayetteville St.

Since 2019, we have trailblazed the industry as an independent, globally recognized children’s bookstore. At our core, we believe in making representation accessible and amplifying Black voices.


NASHONA | 21 W Hargett St.

NASHONA is a fashion forward women’s clothing line that specializes in melding modern styles with vibrant African fabrics from Tanzania. A portion of all sales benefits the Shalom Orphanage in Karatu, Tanzania.” Read more about owner/designer Lillian K Daneli


Oak City Cycling Project | 707 N Person St.

A local, independent cycling shop in Downtown Raleigh, NC focused on increasing bicycle ridership through sales, service, outreach, and community.