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Our Story

The Green Monkey

A gift gallery with a kinda/sorta craft beer bar. We are your store when you want it local and unique. Our store is full of items from local artisans from around Raleigh and NC. Our mission is to make shopping fun for Monkey fans* so you leave happier than you arrived. Our friendly staff is here to help you find that special gift for yourself or someone else. When you are looking for unique you need The Green Monkey.

We are a very small, locally owned business. The owners are Rusty Sutton and his life-partner, Drew Temple. Rusty started this idea under a blue tent each weekend at the Raleigh Flea Market at NC State Fairgrounds in the Summer of 2007.  In 2010, we moved into a permanent space inside the Education building at the market. We offered an assortment of t-shirts, jewelry, greeting cards, magnets, stickers, home accessories, pet accessories and novelties all with common themes of diversity, peace and equality for all.
In the Spring of 2013, we learned about a commercial property that was becoming available.  That property was the old Royal Mart store at the corner of Hillsborough St and Ashe Circle.  It was just blocks away from the flea market and very close to downtown Raleigh!  We fell in love with this location and its charm.  With the help of a very generous investor that believed in us and our  mission and a small go fund me campaign we raised enough funds make this a reality.  
The renovations began on September 26, 2013! The renovations were done by a generous and talented dear friend, Jeff Nugent, that donated his time and talent for three weeks to create the magic that is now The Green Monkey.  We invite you to pay us a visit to see the magic he created!
Now, Monkey Time comes 6 days a week!
*It is a documented fact that no Monkey Fan has ever been eaten by a Zombie. Monkey fans live happier lives.