Raleigh Skyline on The Dillon rooftop with Designed For Joy, photo by Christi Ann Photography
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.
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 Table. Raleigh'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 Brewing. Be 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.
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For more ideas on how to spend your girls weekend in Raleigh, explore Visit Raleigh.com