All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 70 stores nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.”
Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisan groups in 37 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, stationery, and home decor. Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money earned from sales goes directly to the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—for financial help with education, food, housing, and healthcare.
The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.
When a new exhibit comes to Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, it transforms the entire space. In warehouse-style rooms, pieces spill out of the traditional boundaries of the wall like marshmallow cereals spill out of rainbows, sprawling over the floor or engulfing visitors totally. The multi-level gallery takes on six exhibitions each year, immersing visitors in an ever-changing landscape of installations, sculptures, and paintings by local and national artists.
Crazy Dash's organizers transform familiar city streets into playgrounds – or digital adventure games, as they put it. Teams sign up and, using their smart phones, follow a predetermined course along avenues and boulevards, taking in key sights from the city as they go. Along the course, they encounter ten or more checkpoints, where they answer challenge questions or snap selfies of a silly task such as singing in the street, sneaking through a fountain's spray, or making eye contact with a stranger.
Ashley McCauley not only loves doing hair, but she's good at it. In 2012, the stylist won Hairstylist of the Year from RAWartists Raleigh, making her an in-demand behind-the-scenes talent for weddings, photo shoots, and other glamourous events. But she also performs more common salon services inside Salon 6, enhancing appearances with customized haircuts, highlights, updos, and hair-straightening treatments.
Tired of visiting the zoo? Switch things up by checking out The Fish Room in Raleigh to see some aquatic animals.
Service and taste make a great restaurant, and that's why you won't be disappointed by this aquarium.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented activities and atmosphere at this aquarium.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Discover a new form of art at North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, a museum that caters to art enthusiasts.
Make the trip to this museum even more savory with a visit to their fine restaurant.
This museum welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.