Buying Local: Spruce Up Your Housing with Furniture Sales in Rocky Mount, NC

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Over a century of history in Rocky Mount, NC


In 1900, the world was very different: Hawaii was just annexed by the United States, the Zeppelin airship had taken its first flight, and Grand Rapids hosted the first nighttime baseball league game. But not everything changes. Through the decades, a downtown Rocky Mount institution has remained in business for 115 years, and in the following weeks, will make quite a splash.

While the world has changed since Bulluck’s Furniture store opened in 1900, the business has remained a cornerstone of Downtown Rocky Mount. Bulluck’s will have its biggest sale of the year starting Jan. 24 and ending March 1. The six-week warehouse sale will take place at the Phipps Warehouse on 218 North Church Street.  According to the Rocky Mount Telegram, the yearly sale attracts visitors from as far away as Raleigh, Hickory, and Charlotte, bringing thousands of people to downtown area. 


More Than Just Furniture Shopping

But the furniture sale isn’t the only local shopping available downtown. The sale presents a perfect opportunity to check out the other unique wares in the area.

Uniquely crafted masterpieces can be found at the Bel Air Artisan’s Center. Housed in an historic 1924 building, the Bel Air Artisans Center welcomes you to explore numerous artist studios and a 2,000 sq. ft. art gallery. Thirteen studios are occupied by painters, fiber artists and furniture makers. Gallery artists include potters, wood carvers, jewelers, industrial artists, painters and more.

Since you’ll be working up an appetite while shopping, head across the street from the Bulluck’s sale to savor the good eats at Milton & Miles, located within the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. From the Mango Chicken Panini to the Irish Cheddar and Avocado Sandwich, you’re sure to love this menu of fresh, quality American fare.

Other downtown highlights include the soothing smells of The Bath Place and the mouth-watering menu of The Prime Smokehouse. These are all signs that downtown development continues to move forward in Rocky Mount, NC.   

And the train that occasionally runs through downtown? It’s a perfect complement to the local history, a recollection of a time when the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad spearheaded the commercial development of Rocky Mount by connecting it to the outside world.

Why shop local? After all, isn’t it more convenient to shop on-line, or get a deeper discount at a “big box” store? Possibly. But according to an article from U.S. News and World Report, convenience and price are only a small piece of the picture. Smaller, “mom and pop” stores that pepper downtowns across America tend to excel in customer service and commitment to the local community. Studies indicate that of every $100 spent in local businesses, more stays within the local community than if $100 was spent in larger chain stores.  In addition, locally owned businesses tend to reinvest in the economy at a 60 percent higher rate than chains and internet retailers.

So take advantage of the Bulluck’s sale and let us know what you think of our remarkable downtown shopping!

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