Best yarn shop in the triangle
All I can say is, "wow" - a small, welcoming space with hundreds of different high end yarns (no acrylic here), great customer service, and loads of fans sitting and knitting &/or crocheting. An extensive selection of yarns, patterns, accessories, needles, hooks, and help. Classical music playing, people greeting, chatting, in respectful tones, all together a fantastic experience. I even got a refrigerator magnet at no charge - they have a frequent buyer program, classroom, and tons of inventory - you won't be disappointed.
Durhams Best Bead Shop
The Bead Room has the largest and best variety of semi-precious gemstones, beads and findings. This is the most awesome shop we've been to.
Great Little Yarn Store
They has since moved over to Elliot street, but this is a great yarn store. None of your run-of-the-mill yarns here. Plus there are lots of handspuns available and fiber too (if you like to spin your own.) Most (if not all) the fiber is local.
My cousin really likes going to this store. After seeing a piece of jewlery she had made there at Christmas I decided to give the place a little look see. Wow! they really do have tons of great looking things.
Best in art
Every time I need art supplies I think Michaels. They have everything needed for a wide variaty of arts and is just plain fun to walk around. If you've never been to one you should visit them sometime!