The heart of Franklin Street is the intersection of Franklin and Columbia. The eastern end of the street adjoins UNC's Chapel Hill campus and offers plenty of tee shirt shops, histroic Julian's and fun boutique the Laughing Turtle. Head west and the shopping becomes decidedly more upscale. Jewlery artisans, gift boutiques, high-end childern's-wear and designer-lable boutiques dot both sides of the street.
Brightleaf Square occupies the former Watts and Yuille tobacco warehouses, named for George W. Watts and Thomas B. Yuille, members of the Duke family. The warehouses were built between 1900 and 1904. Rennovated as a shopping and dining destination in the 1980s, the complex completed another large-scale rennovation in 2004. Shops include a rare book store, a music store, an antiques gallery and several gift shops.
Durham's Ninth Street is just a few steps from Duke University's East Campus. Filled with independent shops and stops, some of the highlights include The Regulator Bookstore, Ninth Street Bakery and the Playhouse Toy Store.