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Cameron Village Continues to Attract Shoppers With a Unique Mix of Options

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RALEIGH — While retailers across the country say sales are down this holiday season, the opposite is true at one Raleigh shopping center. Cameron Village is thriving with business thanks to its mix of traditional and specialty shops.

Cameron Village has always been a place where it pays to be unique. That is one reason why the owners of Cat Banjo moved in six months ago.

The store offers a mix of jewelry and accessories for the home. Being different is definitely paying off.

"You can give a person a present they're never going to pick in any other store across the country," says customer Mary Lisabeth Stroud.

In the past year, the shopping center went through a major change. About 20 percent of stores there are new. There are now more national chains in the mix.

Bath and Body Works, Ann Taylor and Victoria's Secret are just a few of the big name stores that have set up shop.

While some say the chains are taking away from Cameron Village's charm, the owner of Home Economics, a home accessories store, says she is cashing in on the results.

"The national recognition with the tenants is a draw that, perhaps, can bring some of the Crabtree people to here. They'll find some of the prizes along the way," says store owner Julie Carlton.

As a result of the increase in customers, more stores are staying open later. It is not uncommon for some merchants to stay open as late as 9 p.m. or open on Sunday.

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