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Girls' Weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina


Raleigh Skyline on The Dillon rooftop with Designed For Joy, photo by Christi Ann Photography

Visiting Raleigh for a girls' trip? Be sure to make Designed For Joy one of your stops! In the Warehouse District downtown you'll find our 5,000 square foot production studio and retail shop.

Now more than ever, travelers are seeking unique local experiences, including tours of businesses and nonprofits making a difference in their communities and souvenir shopping is now an impactful way to support positive change.

Photo of Designed For Joy retail shop by 627 Photography

Our brand of leather 
handbags, jewelry, and home decor provide living wage work for women in crisis. Since 2017 Designed For Joy has created space for building confidence and refreshing resumes enabling women to enter the job market better prepared. To date we've hired over 100 women and they have earned over $400,000 in living wages.

Designed For Joy provides women in crisis with stability through immediate employment and support, removing the stigma of vulnerability. The women who create our brand with us are emerging from homelessness, time in prison, trafficking, substance abuse, and other vulnerable situations. 

Regular shopping hours are Monday - Saturday 10am-2pm
517 W Cabarrus St. Suite A, Raleigh
Parking lot in front and plenty of free street parking

Know you're coming? Plan a little extra time with us for a tour. Complete the form below and one of our Community Ambassadors will join you. Contact us here for any questions.

Tour our studio where all of our products are made, then shop our leather handbags and more in our retail space.



Here are some additional recs for your Girls Weekend in Raleigh:

  • Eat breakfast or lunch at A Place at the TableRaleigh's first pay-what-you-can cafe. 
  • Grab a cup of coffee at Heirloom. Be sure to check out their pink espresso machine. 
  • Handcrafted beer and cocktails at Wye Hill BrewingBe sure to make a dinner reservation at sunset for the best view of the Raleigh skyline.
  • Tour the Videri Chocolate Factory. You can taste test any of their chocolate. 
Hierloom Brewhouse photo by This is Raleigh


We love visitors! Schedule your tour of the Designed For Joy. 


Meet our cofounders, Kristen Sydow Creative Director and Cary Heise Executive Director. Their love for art, business and women's ministry inspired our mission.



Shop online and learn more about Designed For Joy here.