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Welcome to the "Triangle"

We are so happy to welcome you to our amazing city!  There's no doubt that, when looking at a "Best of" list, you'll see Raleigh, N.C., right near the top. To toot our own horn, a few recent accolades include being named "America's Best City" by, "Most Educated City in America" by Men's Health and "Healthiest City for Women" by Women's Health... not to mention GQ named us one of "America's Coolest Towns" and Southern Living named us one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South." Discover for yourself why N.C.'s capital city is praised in the press as one of the best places in the nation to live, work and play. Here are some of our teams favorites to help you on your way to becoming familiar with this beautiful area of the United States.


There are several grocery stores in convenient locations close to Catch the Fire Worship Center to help with all your needs. Food Lion is 0.1 mile of the center, Earth Fare is 2.8 miles away, Harris Teeter is 5 miles away, and Kroger is 6.2 miles from the center. 

If you are looking for a more complete shopping experience, the Crabtree Valley Mall is a great place to pick up anything from clothes to electronics, makeup to toy stores. With over 220 shops, you will find Macy’s, H&M, Belk, and Godiva. Brier Creek is a shopping area very close from the Catch the Fire Worship Center located at the corner of Glenwood Road (70) and Brier Creek Parkway. The Streets at  Southpoint: This mall has both an indoor and outdoor portion, and the outdoor portion features a movie theatre and many restaurants. The mall is home to many firsts for the area, including North Carolina's first Nordstrom and Apple Store. Southpoint also has stores like Sperry Top-SiderCole HaanCrate & BarrelMichael KorsUrban Outfitters and Vera Bradley and west Elm.

If you are looking for more unique shopping experience Downtown Durham has many funky retailers handcrafted gifts and unique boutiques! If you are looking for something different than the traditional items you can buy in Anytown, USA, find what you are looking for in over 50 retail shops in downtown! Spread throughout a walkable downtown area, venture around downtown to find gifts and items you cannot find anywhere else!

Downtown Raleigh is a culturally exciting, artistic community with a wide variety of appealing places to shop for everyday or specialty items. Whether you’re searching for clothing and accessories, original art, or that one of a kind gift—you’re sure to be inspired


Raleigh also offers an array of great coffee shops. Some of our favorites include Sola Coffee Cafe, Jubala Village Coffee, and Morning Times.  Sola is located on Lead Mine Road in the downtown area. Sola is A family-owned independent coffee shop and cafe driven by a love for people and a passion for community around delicious Counter Culture coffee, food and beverage. It's a favorite spot for us. Jubala Village Coffee is an airy, hip & cosmopolitan cafe known for its espresso drinks, breakfast bites & sandwiches. It's delicious. Morning Times is Bi-level coffeehouse serving light fare in a bohemian, exposed-brick space with an upstairs gallery. It is  to enjoy delicious coffee in the company of friends and relax. 

There are also various Starbucks, Dunkin’ Doughnuts, and other chain coffee shops around the city to enjoy.  There are also a Caribou Coffee and Starbucks at a nearby shopping center in Brier Creek located just around the corner from the center. 


Raleigh/Durham is filled with diversions entertainment for people of all walks of life. For example, art lovers will appreciate the Raleigh North Carolina Museum of Art while those interested in science will enjoy the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. History buffs should take a tour of the North Carolina State Capitol and a walk through the North Carolina Museum of History. And for more active students, Raleigh contains a number of parks, including Umstead and Pullen and the Greenway. 

For the foodies out there, food is in Durham's DNA. From from food trucks to family-run barbecue pits and old school soul food to fresh takes on global cuisine, With a wealth of one-of-a-kind opportunities, Durham is a place where all your food cravings can be satisfied many times over and where new experiences can be discovered. Also, Every year in august Raleigh hosts a food truck rodeo. 

Raleigh also has plenty of concert venues, and there is always something going on downtown. Come see why why our town is consistently listed in the top 10 places to live in the country. 

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