2015 Christmas Parade Applications

September 1, 2015 4:44 PM | Posted By: Jennifer Bradshaw Martin | In: Community Outreach

It’s that time of year again… time to submit your application for the 2015 WRAL Raleigh Christmas parade!

Please follow the link to submit your application if you would like to be considered for the 2015 parade:

*Applications are due no later than September 11, 2015.

Shop Local Raleigh Presents Boutique Blowout

July 9, 2015 5:20 PM | Posted By: Jennifer Bradshaw Martin

Shop Local Raleigh has announced they will be hosting a summer blowout sale on Friday night, July 17th from 4-9pm. Boutique Blowout is a fun and unique way to shop for stylish clothes, accessories and gifts while supporting and celebrating local businesses.

Located at Market Hall in City Market, shoppers can expect high quality pieces ranging from local southern-style to upscale New York fashion at Boutique Blowout. Not looking for just clothing and shoes? Shoppers can browse through “stores” selling elegant gifts, furniture, and home décor. With over 40 boutiques and a 5 hour period to shop ‘til you drop, this summer sale is sure to provide exceptional deals for any shopper – no matter their budget.

Belk Menís Most Wanted List Provides Casually Polished Pieces for Spring 2014

March 13, 2014 4:08 PM | Posted By: Jennifer Bradshaw Martin

Belk Men’s Most Wanted List Provides Casually Polished Pieces for Spring 2014


Men will redefine cool this spring. Impeccably tailored, casual is more dressed up. Dressed up is more dressed down. A statement piece or two doesn’t have to be tricky, right? Here are 10 items that will make it easy to look good- Belk Men’s Most Wanted.


Belk Announces Spring 2014 Style Statements

March 13, 2014 4:04 PM | Posted By: Jennifer Bradshaw Martin

Belk Announces Spring 2014 Style Statements & Most Wanted Lists

“The New Now”

Fierce Femininity Flowers this Season along with Delicate and Daring Statements

Get ready for a season that is all about statement style with items that look new and feel decidedly modern! Your 2014 spring style forecast is here, courtesy of Arlene Goldstein, Belk’s vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction. She’s predicting dazzling jewelry, standout shoes and must-have apparel items are sure to illicit “Oohs,” and “Aahs,” from those in the know and from those who can’t wait to find out what’s on the fashion horizon!

“Expect clothes that speak to the times,” says Goldstein. “Fierce femininity will be in full bloom with the perfect mix of delicate and daring. We’re also anticipating a new angle on style, offering a spectrum of shape shifts. These trends will be joined by chic twists on fashion and fabrics from exotic locations, whether you travel or not.”

Help Us Make Caelonís Wish Come True

December 3, 2013 11:55 PM | Posted By: Jennifer Bradshaw Martin

Every year a community of Wake County children and adults seek to deliver holiday cheer to a local child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.  Known as the ‘Santa Stumble,’ this group parades through local events and venues seeking support and spreading holiday cheer.

This year the ‘Santa Stumble’ adopted the wish of Caelon.  Caelon is a 5-year-old Wake County resident that was diagnosed with a rare stroke disorder.  He was 20 months old when he suffered his first stroke.  In spite of the many associated challenges, Caelon remains upbeat. His one wish is to travel to Disney Land with his family to visit ‘Cars Land.’  With your help, we WILL make his wish come true this holiday season!


November 6, 2013 5:44 PM | Posted By: Jennifer Bradshaw Martin | In: Community Outreach



Don’t miss the pageantry and excitement of the 2013 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade! Downtown Raleigh will kick off the holiday season with festivities beginning Saturday, November 23rd at 9:40am.

Presented by Shop Local Raleigh, this annual event is the largest parade between Atlanta and Washington D.C. Over 65,000 people will line the street, in addition to 250,000 thousand more watching at home.

The grand marshal of this year’s parade is North Carolina’s own reality television star, Project Runway finalist, and inspiration to all, Justin LeBlanc. Raised in the heart of Raleigh, N.C., LeBlanc currently teaches at North Carolina State University in the College of Art and Design. Born deaf, LeBlanc has relied on artificial means throughout his life to provide some resemblance of sound. His lack of hearing heightened his other senses resulting in a perception of the world that inspired the idea and direction of his own artistic explorations in art, fashion, and storytelling.

Belk Charity Sale Offers Great Bargains for Customers, Financial Support for Community Non-Profits

October 28, 2013 2:59 PM | Posted By: Jennifer Bradshaw Martin | In: Community Outreach, Members

Belk Charity Sale Offers Great Bargains for Customers,
Financial Support for Community Non-Profits

Company-wide event on Nov. 9 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. will benefit thousands
of schools and charitable organizations across the South

Belk’s fall Charity Sale on Saturday, Nov. 9, provides a unique opportunity for customers to support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts of 20-70 percent off of purchases made during the four hour event from 6 to 10 a.m.

In return for purchasing a $5 ticket, customers get great buys on rarely discounted merchandise and other items throughout the store. Plus, customers receive a $5 credit on Charity Sale purchases completely offsetting the cost of the ticket. Charities get to keep 100 percent of the proceeds from each $5 ticket sold.

Shop Local Raleigh GRMA seeks to hire Program Coordinator

January 15, 2013 3:24 PM | Posted By: Jennifer Bradshaw Martin

About GRMA & Shop Local Raleigh:

The Greater Raleigh Merchants Association (GRMA) is a non-profit organization that has been a single effective voice for small business and merchants since 1940. Comprised of business owners, entrepreneurs, merchants and other professionals in the Raleigh area, GRMA promotes an environment of communication, cooperation and support for local businesses.
In 2009 GRMA launched Shop Local Raleigh (SLR). SLR is all about promoting and supporting locally-owned, independent businesses. It’s about making hard-earned money go further, fueling the local economy, and helping to preserve the unique character of Raleigh.
For more information please visit or

GRMA Announces: 2012 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade

June 25, 2012 5:14 PM | Posted By: Jennifer Bradshaw Martin

Greater Raleigh Merchants Association Announces:
2012 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade

The Greater Raleigh Merchants Association (GRMA) announces their 68th Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade to be held on November 17, 2012 at 9:40am in downtown Raleigh.

Applications are now being accepted for all parade entries. Registration will close on September 17, 2012. Visit for the full parade schedule. If your group is interested in having a float, classic car, helium balloon, walking group or other entry, please visit the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association website: and submit an online application. No applications will be accepted after the September 17 deadline. Applications are chosen based on realtionship to theme, creativity, entertainment, and community appeal.

InXpress Comes to Town

March 16, 2012 12:17 PM | Posted By: Jennifer Bradshaw Martin

It is a unique franchise saving customers time, hassle and money. Typically the small to mid sized businesses do not get any pricing breaks – until now! InXpress, a unique shipping experience, is coming to town! Small and mid sized customers get discounts and personalized customer service, usually only reserved for the Fortune 500 companies. InXpress is teamed up with world class carriers such as DHL, Con-Way, SAIA, Old Dominion and many more. The concept is brilliant: the carriers do all the pick ups and deliveries, while InXpress does all the extra mile customer service and invoicing. Customers get reliable on time delivery from carriers like DHL, multiple options on a single invoice with one contact, personalized local customer service, and all at tremendous discounts. DHL is the world’s largest and most experienced air express network that offers   international expertise, including next day to Europe. “We’re excited about bringing this premium product to our customers!” says Joe Bennett an InXpress franchisee in Raleigh. Companies get the reliability of these world class carriers and the personal attention of a local franchisee. Joe adds: “Our customers may not be in the Fortune 500, but we give them discounts and service as if they were.” The US’s network of 70+ InXpress franchisees has just expanded into our town! 

·         Joe Bennett   919-427-4462