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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 24 RALEIGH Raleigh BY LYNNE BRANDON Workshop and a store that sells to consumers, the Curatory. Women's apparel is the mainstay at Ramey Rhodes but at Lumina Clothing, menswear manufactured in the U.S, is the focus. The district is anchored by CAM Raleigh which opened to huge fanfare and national coverage in 2011. Artists and galleries followed such as Litmus Gallery & Studios, Local Color Gallery, 311 Gallery and others. CAM serves as a venue for contemporary events revolving around design, music and other artistic endeavors such as the Hopscotch Design festival. Most people when asked about their favorite museum city think of Washington, D.C. To the surprise of newcomers, museum offerings in Raleigh are the same high quality one would expect in a larger metropolitan city. Raleigh has so many museums (most are free) that it is referred to as "the Smithsonian of the South." History, science, art and exhibits that are kid friendly are all on display at the city's museum offerings. The N. C. Museum of Art focuses on art and photography with the Ansel Adams: Masterworks exhibit (February 4 – May 7). Nearly 50 photographs from the legendary American photographer will showcase the exhibit which focuses on Adams' "Museum Set," a collection of photographs carefully selected and printed by the artist, designed to represent the best work of his five-decade career. "The Story of North Carolina" permanent exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History is one every visitor to North Carolina should see. Aviation and history lovers gravitate to the Wright Brothers section with original artifacts to celebrate the 113th anniversary of the first flight. The reproduction 1903 Wright Flyer is on loan from the National Park Service and Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center. The Marbles Kid Museum gives children permission to have fun with their imagination. Exhibits teach them how to be engineers and explore other creative outlets. Parents can watch a documentary or Hollywood feature at the IMAX Theater, North Carolina's only 3D-capable giant screen. A first-of-its-kind exhibit, the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibition, "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation," is on display at the City of Raleigh Museum. The exhibit details the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the U.S. through a collection of photographs, artifacts, art and interactive learning stations. The exhibit runs through April 9, 2017. >> Raleigh is keeping heady company these days. The capital city made the short list of Forbes travel guide for the "best global destinations to travel to in 2017." Raleigh was the only Southern U.S. city on the list. What makes Raleigh so special? Visitors and residents alike are eager to point out the many reasons they have chosen to live in the city that is on a myriad of "best of" lists. In 2016 the city was rated "Among Six Best Big Cities: Best in the Southeast" by Money, "Number 19 Among Top 50 Running Cities in America" by Runner's World, "Number 9 Among 2016 America's Favorite Cities" by Travel and Leisure, and the list goes on. A good way to examine the success story of Raleigh is to start with its people. The concept of a "creative class" is associated with urban studies theorist, Richard Florida who coined the phrase due to the rising influence of artisans, chefs, musicians, writers — those generally not in the 9-to-5 state of mind. Peeling back the capitol city's legislative image reveals the burgeoning creative core community. While state and federal government buildings dominate portions of the downtown landscape, a few blocks away an alternative universe is transforming the city. The Warehouse District, an area formerly built on manufacturing, is elevating the city with locally owned artisan companies such as Raleigh Denim Workshop, Lumina Clothing and others. Denim designers Victor Lytvinenko and Sarah Yarborough are bringing back manufacturing with a side of "retail" in their 6,000-square-foot factory where they produce jeans for Raleigh Denim creative, culinary, cultural

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