Here at Best of the Bull, we have always been about helping you discover and support the best local spots in town. Durham is an incredible place to live, in large part because of its local businesses. 

If we want to continue to have unique shopping experiences in Downtown, 9th Street, Brightleaf Square, and host of others, we will need to be intentional how and where we spend our money. That’s exactly why in 2017 we created our Shop Durham program.

The Shop Durham Card

With a Shop Durham card, you get rewards from over 170 independent, Durham-owned businesses — small gifts or discounts — plus, you keep dollars in Durham by supporting local businesses and the community.

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Get a free churro with a drink purchase at Cocoa Cinnamon, 50% off tours at Durham Distillery, a free cup of coffee at Durham Co-Op Market, 10% off at Kaffeinate every visit, and many more.

You can even use our free “Best of the Bull” app to find participating businesses closest to you, save favorites, discover new spots, and more.

Why Support Local?

It’s estimated that up to three times more of the money spent at a local, independently owned business stays in the community. 


These local business owners are our neighbors, friends, and family. Your cup of coffee or that unique gift for a friend goes towards paying for a roof over their heads, food on the table, or even their daughter’s dance lessons.

Plus, those purchases support these amazing people who take a risk to make their community a better place.

Even a small shift in our spending habits can make a huge difference to these businesses.

So the Shop Durham card isn’t just about saving. It’s about creating a ‘local first’ mindset.

The Artwork

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We are so excited and honored that Papermill Creative created the incredible artwork for the 2019 card. It features several shopping districts and businesses across Durham, including Brightleaf Square, Downtown, Kaffeinate, Dolly’s, Bungalow, Unscripted, and Cocoa Cinnamon.  

You can find their art online and at local markets. They feature towns around North Carolina in their work and there’s an amazing Durham print you have to get! 

Get First Access

The launch of our 2019 Shop Durham card is coming up on November 23rd. This first year was amazing and there’s some cool stuff in store for the 2019 card, including the chance to give back to local non-profits like Duke Homestead and Scrap Exchange.

If you want exclusive first access when the new cards come out, join our email list using the form below. They’ll sell out quick!

Local businesses, the deadline for joining is coming up fast. Sign up for free here.

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