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Shop with meaning: Downtown Raleigh market helps women around the globe

May 15, 2019 GMT

A new market and coworking space in downtown Raleigh is giving women entrepreneurs the opportunity to expand their businesses and be part of helping women around the globe.

At The Flourish Market, every product sold has a bigger purpose. Information cards that come with each purchase tell shoppers who they’re supporting. One card under a necklace, for example, has “the name of the woman who made the necklace in India who has been rescued from sex trafficking,” CEO and founder Emily Sexton said.

Sexton used a delivery truck to start the “do good” boutique concept in 2015, introducing unique products from around the world to local “cause conscious” women.


In November 2016, her first brick-and-mortar market space opened in downtown Raleigh at 713 Tucker St.

In addition to jewelry, The Flourish Market also sells clothes, wallets and bags, home decorations, baby products, greeting cards and more.

On May 31, The Flourish Market’s expanded space will open on Martin Street in Raleigh’s warehouse district. The larger market will also feature a new coworking area for local artisans called “The Locality.”

“I’ve always been really inspired over they years by how women in the developing world do life and business -- and that’s together,” Sexton said, adding that she wants to make it easy for shoppers “to support incredible, positive world change.”

According to Sexton, the larger Martin Street space will display more “on trend” items from artisan groups in developing countries. The concept, she says, works well in downtown Raleigh.

“We almost immediately sold out all 50 of our spots,” Sexton said.

In addition to supporting women around the globe, a portion of proceeds from items bought at The Flourish Market goes to childhood cancer research.

In December, Sexton and her partners started a fundraising campaign to raise thousands for women in need.

“In 30 days we raised $30,000 for 30 women through a very special business launch program in Ethiopia with our strategic non-profit partner Help One Now,” Sexton said.

You can learn more about The Flourish Market online.