What does it mean to be an original?

In Raleigh, N.C., the spirit of originality comes in many forms. It surfaces in a denim company hand-crafting jeans with keen attention to detail. It sizzles in the passion of a restaurateur who is building her distinctive brand throughout Raleigh. It stands out when a creative soul pours his energy into preserving, presenting and promoting traditional music. It takes hold of a scientist as he implores all ages to use their imagination.

When you visit Raleigh, N.C., our creative and passionate people will welcome you to join in. You'll be 'wowed' by brother-and-sister restaurateurs Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha (pictured above) and brewer Patrick Woodson's all-in-one bookstore, brewery, flower shop and dim sum restaurant, Brewery Bhavana. Chefs like Ashley Christensen will serve up amazing meals. Brewmaster Sumit Vohra will show you how a Texas-themed brewery can brew a delicious German-style Hefeweizen. 

Passion is in the bag with Holly Aiken who threads together person, purpose and place at Stitch, her downtown Raleigh design studio. With William Lewis’s driving force, PineCone, Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, produces more than 30 concerts each year.

Former rocket scientist Joel Graybeal motivates others to reach for new heights at the Triangle Rock Club, where the challenge is as much about problem solving as it is physical. Dr. Emlyn Koster at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences points out that we are all children at one point and should continue to be extra curious about the world around us.

Come see what the city will inspire in you.

Its authenticity is homegrown by passionate locals who are Originally Raleigh.

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