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Here is a news article where Rusty Sutton, one of the owners of The Green Monkey was interviewed in a local magazine: "Raleigh Magazine"

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Small Business Saturday 2015 at The Green Monkey: Monkey Fans Unite

Our Small Business Saturday 2015 was our biggest event in the history of The Green Monkey. This is the day that we prepare for all year long. On this day we celebrate all the Monkey Fans that shop local with us all year long. Our local artist give our Monkey Fans some really great deals!  Here [...]

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The Green Monkey Turns 2 Years Old And Adds A Craft Beer Bar

When The Green Monkey opened their doors on Hillsborough Street in 2013, the owners had big plans for their gift shop. The owners, Rusty Sutton and Drew Temple, knew they wanted to create a unique retail space with a social center. “We wanted to have a unique gift shop that inspired folks to shop and socialize with friends, “explained [...]

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Summer Lovin' Had A Blast. Summer Lovin' Happened So Fast.

Can you believe this is our second summer season at this location! We wish to thank all the monkey fans, local artist and designers and other vendors that have helped us make this an exciting summer season!You guys have heard me say time and time again, that our local artist and designers have amazing talent. I am inspired [...]

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A Small Business Owner Prayer

You know how you sometime wake up with a song in your head. This happened to me the day I wrote “Shop at your small local shop.” The song that was in my head was Stand By Your Man by Tammy Wynette. This was her “career” song. This was her most beloved hit. I can’t believe that any [...]

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We Know What You Were Doing On Those Winter Nights!

We know what you were doing on those cold winter nights!Do you remember those chilly nights in December, January or February? You and your honey were snuggled up by the fireplace. Drinking some of your favorite Merlot that you purchased at The Green Monkey. The soft music playing in the background. Looking into each other eyes. You remember the moment [...]

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Ladies and Gentleman: Eric Megert, Local Comedian.

I wanted to make our blog on www.peacelovemonkey.com called Thoughts of A Green Monkey more fun and interesting. One night I was researching online reading different stories and this idea came to me. How fun would it be for the Monkey Fans to learn more about the artist that supply us with such unique products and the artist that [...]

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It was a sunny Saturday morning in January 2007. A friend and I were awake before sunrise and in line at the Raleigh Flea Market to secure a spot to sell our CDs and movies. This would be our very first time selling in our local market. Before, I had only sold online. At the [...]

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An Appreciation of Community

Had 2 friends stop by the store this evening to visit, have drink and just set at the bar to talk. When you talk one on one you get to learn how cool people in your life really are! These moments make these 12 hour days worth it. Drew is working hard installing the second [...]

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One Year Milestone Celebration!

Well we have made it though our first year milestone in our first brick and mortar store after our humbling beginnings 7 years ago under a blue tent at the Raleigh Flea Market. What a roller coaster ride this first year has been. We have hit bumps in the road. We have hit brick walls. We have had small [...]

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