Creative, Flexible Retail Space

New retail concepts, independent designers, and design-focused entrepreneurs welcome. Golden Belt is Durham’s answer to the pent- up demand for unconventional, colorful, and eclectic shops with inimitable style. GB is a laboratory for creative thought and a destination for inspired, design-savvy retailers. It offers extraordinary space designed to suit arts-focused entrepreneurs with a captive audience already built in on-site.

With a rich legacy of creativity and innovation, Golden Belt’s highly accessible LEED Gold, textile mill campus offers over 24,000 square feet of retail space featuring exposed brick facades, beautiful heart-pine beams, floor-to-ceiling windows and more.

Current retail tenants include The Cotton RoomBikram Yoga Durham and Moshi Moshi Salon.


  • Restaurants
  • Fitness studio
  • Craft gallery
  • Jewelry cooperative
  • Textile design collective
  • Bead shop
  • High-end frame shop
  • Yarn shop with knitting classes

Inspired Restaurant Concepts

Durham’s food scene is an urban mash-up of local hangouts, coffee houses with open jam sessions, authentic roadside taquerias, daring new roots-inspired cuisines, and fresh international concepts. Major publications like Food & Wine, Esquire and Gourmet Magazine continue to cover the area’s culinary scene, spotting local James Beard Best Chefs and scoping new concepts. Home to Slow Food Triangle, the Southern Foodways Alliance, and the Downtown Farmer’s Market with more than 50 local farms participating, Durham’s foodies put a premium on freshness and locally grown organics.

At the forefront of downtown’s renaissance, Golden Belt goes beyond the eclectic vibrancy of downtown, situating its restaurateurs amidst a dense arts energy and within an enclave of creative residents, workers and visitors who embrace great, new cuisine concepts.


The New York Times writes of Durham’s transformation from a tobacco town to a city of amazing local food.

Bon Appetit Magazine declares Durham/Chapel Hill “America’s Foodiest Small Town”