Hamilton Hill

905 W. Main St., Durham, N.C.When gemologist Sarah Hill and her former business partner, Michael Hamilton, decided to open Hamilton Hill, they easily could have set up shop in one of the Raleigh-Durham area’s numerous malls. Instead, they chose downtown Durham—an area that, at the time in 2001, was still struggling to make a comeback. “We had a passion for downtown Durham,” says Hill. “We wanted to be a part of it, and even though it probably would have made more sense financially to sell to the masses at the mall, it was so important to us to be in this neighborhood.” Today, the contemporary jewelry boutique is part of a thriving community that’s experiencing a true urban renaissance. And it’s in good company with cool neighbors such as women’s boutique Vert & Vogue and Wentworth & Leggett Rare Books.Easy On The EyesLocated in historic Brightleaf Square—a com

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