Whether you’re into arts and crafts, want to learn how to dance or a new instrument, or you’re just looking for a way not to kill your beloved plants, we’ve got you covered. Durham has more local options than ever to get creative or learn something new.

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Bull City Craft

A locally owned art supply and craft store that also has classes! Saturday nights they have a class for adults called Paint and Pour. Bring your friends and wine and get painting! They have tons of classes available for all age ranges. Be sure to check out their website: bullcitycraft.com

10% off retail purchases and Paint-it-yourself projects with your Shop Durham card!
2501 University Dr, Durham, NC

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Scrap Exchange

The Scrap Exchange is a true treasure. They have a retail store, classes, an art gallery. Drop in and check out the Make n Take Room, make anything you want using the materials in the space, and take it home! Classes are available like sewing and quilting! See Scrapexchange.org for a list of classes and meetups.

2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707

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Freeman’s Creative

Just steps away from the Scrap Exchange, Freeman’s Creative opened up a few months ago and we love this creative hub for crafting, sewing, and DIY-ing. Even if you’re not crafty you can learn how to be with sewing classes, Yoga for Crafters, woven jewelry classes, and more! The owner, Amelia is an incredible Durhamite that filled the need for a local shop like this! Check out their site for the class schedule.

2020 Chapel Hill Rd. Suite 25 Durham, NC 27707

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Durham Garden Center

Whether you’re a gardener or a plant enthusiast that can’t keep anything green alive, this is for you! We love having a locally owned, plant-focused garden center like Durham Garden Center just down the road. They offer everything from houseplants to annuals and perennials to fertilizers and pottery and everything else in between for your garden. Not only are they super friendly and helpful when you pop in, they also host educational workshops and many of them are FREE! Like Preparing Your Garden for Spring, Container Gardening, and Shade Gardening. Check out their site for a complete list of workshops!

Get 10% off your purchase with your Shop Durham card!

4536 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Ninth Street Dance

You’ve probably spotted this vibrant mural on 9th Street, up the steps to the right is home to Ninth Street Dance. Dance classes isn’t just for the kiddos, and you’re never too old to get started. They offer everything from ballet, lyrical and hip-hop to tap, African, and belly dance.  Check out Ninthstreetdance.com for a complete list of classes!

1920 1/2 Perry St Durham, North Carolina

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The Zen Succulent Workshops

A local favorite for terrariums, houseplants, and local gifts, The Zen Succulent also offers greenery focused workshops hosted by some incredible locals. Everything from succulent terrarium building to floral arranging and modern calligraphy to watercolor abstracts! Check out their site for a complete list of workshops.

125 E Parrish Street, Suite 100 A, Durham, NC 27701

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Bull City Music School

Learning a new instrument is a constant cycle of work, fun, frustration, and joy, but definitely worth it! So pick up those drumsticks your parents said you couldn’t have when you were younger or dust off your guitar you swore you were going to learn how to play years ago. Bull City Music School is true local gem that offers classes for all as young as 3 to mature adults. They even have a parent-child class available in case you need a little support from your little one. Check out their site Bullcitymusicschool.com

Get 10% off your 1st month of tution with your Shop Durham card!

3329 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd, Durham, NC 27707

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Looking to learn some new skills in 2018? Look no further than SkillPop! SkillPop is a community-driven way for people to access in-person classes on a variety of subjects. A couple of classes that have already been hosted in the Raleigh/Durham area include: Macrame Plant Hangers, Intro to Adobe Illustrator, Intro to Screen Printing, How to Buy a House, and Brush Lettering Basics.

Best of the Bull readers will get $10 off any class! Subscribe to SkillPop’s newsletter using this link: http://eepurl.com/dn9qkr and you will receive an email with a $10 code that can be used on any of their classes! To learn more about SkillPop check out our full feature on them here.

Best of the Bull exists to support and promote the homegrown stuff that keeps Durham unique. We focus on locally owned, small businesses that give a you a one-of-a-kind experience. It’s hard to pack all that local goodness into one article, if there’s something you thought we missed just let us know! 


Katelyn Belch
Author: Katelyn Belch

Founder of Best of the Bull and Shop Durham. It’s my chief goal to keep you in the know about all things Durham.