The Flourish Market: A Purpose Driven Boutique

How many of you have shopped at The Flourish Market boutique in Downtown Raleigh?

The Flourish Market is a unique shop that partners with 50+ brands that work all over the world, providing dignified jobs and fair wages to inspiring artisans and makers in vulnerable communities. “Their products serve a bigger purpose, just like you.” Owner, Emily Sexton, strives to empower woman and connect with her customers on a deeper level. Read the N&O’s article to see how this CEO got her start.  



Top 5 Picks for Convenient, Healthy Eating in the City of Raleigh

Trending as of lately is a strong focus on healthy eating in urban cities. Accessibility to healthy food is becoming more advocated to developers. As more studies and books about health and wellness come out, more people are aware of the ingredients they are eating and want to be served the best. There has been a demand for health focused restaurants all over the country, and right here in Raleigh. The healthy eating focus along with more people wanting to shop locally and support their communities, has resulted in many specialized restaurants catered to those who are concerned about their health and the environment.


There is a important link between human health and development, and communities need good health to thrive. Urban MJ has a real estate service practice that focuses on high walkability communities, especially downtowns. Easy access and walkability to these health focused restaurants is important to the community of the Triangle and urban cities around the country. As developing urban cities create more and more space for healthy eating, new businesses create unique product and initiatives. There are now juice bars, restaurants that use local, rotating ingredients, and even restaurants using grass-fed beef from farms in our state.


Here are our Top 5 Picks for Convenient, Healthy Eating in the City of Raleigh:


  1. Raleigh Raw

Located in the heart of Downtown, Raleigh Raw prides itself on their raw juice options and urban feel. They began delivering our 100% Raw, Organic, and Cold Pressed juices throughout the Triangle in 2013. As a nutrition and health coach, founder Sherif Fouad, has an obvious passion for bringing better health to his community and his juice bar is the manifestation of this passion. Raleigh Raw not only offers 12 bottled juices, perfect for on the go, but also has 3 juice cleanse options and a delivery juice subscription. “Raleigh Raw was created to inspire an optimal lifestyle through connection, acceptance and healthy highs, says owner Sherif Fouad,…We believe in the power of raw juice, pressing up to 5 lbs of produce into each 17oz bottle, which is the perfect way to get clean, healthy, and fast nutrition.” Check out their flagship store on 7 W Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601.

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  1. Clean Juice

Husband-and-wife team Landon and Kat Eckles also recognized the growing trend where people are now investing in their health, often spending more money on food than clothing. The entrepreneurs founded Clean Juice, the only USDA-certified organic juice bar franchise, with the mission of inspiring others to be healthy in body and strong in spirit. Products include acai bowls, juices, juice cleanses, smoothies, oat bowls, custom toast products, and other healthy snacks. There are now two locations in the Triangle, including one in the center of Park West Village, and one in Downtown Chapel Hill, walking distance to the college campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you’re in the Raleigh area, check out the Clean Juice in Park West Village, conveniently located beside Orangetheory Fitness!

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  1. B Good

Now with a brand new location in Downtown Raleigh, one in North Hills and Park West Village, B. Good has become a delicious option in walkable distance from many offices and other retail stores. B. Good is the perfect place to take a lunch break or head to dinner for burgers. They offer chef created, real food made in partnership with NC farmers including seasonal salads, grass-fed burgers, and veggie bowls. They also have a catering service perfect for work events or parties! What is special about this place aside from the convenient locations is their amazing work with local farmers. Raleigh is a city all about community. Partnership is what makes the job get done. Follow along!


  1. Fiction Kitchen

Meet Fiction Kitchen, a local food revolution! After years of work in the food industry and their successful pop-up food events, The Fiction Kitchen has successfully make their dream come true: to open up a 100% vegetarian restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina. Conveniently located in Downtown Raleigh, Fiction Kitchen serves your favorite dishes, but made vegetarian and vegan style. They specialize in vegetarian cuisine that is uniquely fresh, creative, locally sourced and carefully prepared. It is not just your plain jane veggie burger. They are also known for their fabulous brunch that varies between traditional brunch fare like French Toast, “bacon” and huevos rancheros to Thai food, “crab” cakes and southern classics like biscuits with gravy and pulled “pork” BBQ…. all made vegan!! They are located on 428 S. Dawson St., with close proximity to the art and warehouse district, the Depot and other downtown Raleigh nightlife, and the North Carolina State Farmers Market and the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market which allows them to offer seasonal menu changes and create daily menu specials based on the freshest local produce available. Check out their beautiful food photography on their social media!


  1. Living Kitchen

Started in Charlotte, NC in 2012, Juliana Luna and Stephen Edwards discovered they shared a passion for plant-based cuisine. Both believed strongly in the positive benefits of living foods and felt that the city of Charlotte needed a restaurant that prepared organic, plant-based dishes of the taste, quality and presentation they desired. Juliana, with the creativity of a master chef, designed a plant-based menu that would surprise and delight the most discerning palates. The historic Atherton Mill in Charlotte’s South End proved an ideal location to design a restaurant that complimented the artistry of the food, and a neighborhood institution was born. Building on the success of the original South End location, Living Kitchen opened a location in Raleigh in 2016, followed by Chapel Hill. The Raleigh location is conveniently located in North Hills.


As you can see, healthy eating is only a few minutes away. These places are walkable from many apartments and homes, and are located in walking distance to some great fitness locations and retail stores! Boost your wellness by walking to your dinner and then eating a healthy meal at one of these delicious places! Cheers!