These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

We gave our staff an unlimited gift card “wink wink” and these are the items we chose for ourselves or for our friends and family.  These favorite items selections are never bought or solicited by vendors. They are actual favorite things chosen from current vendor stock. Be sure to check back in with us for more installments of Our Favorite Things series later this year!

Although Christmas has come and gone, we just couldn’t help compiling a list of some ( because let’s face it, we love it all) of our favorite items that caught our eye during a bustling Holiday Season.


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Our Gallery Manager, April just can’t get enough of these adorable canine accessories from our Lady Maggie vendor! The Cotton Company welcomes all well behaved dogs so come on in & add a little pizzaz to your poodle with this adorable bow-tie. You can find these items and more here.


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Cameo, Cameo…where for art thou, Cameo? At the Cotton Company. That’s where. Our newest Sales Associate, Marjorie has been smitten with these little Cameo rings since day one.  These beauties can be found on the Gallery side in Gavy’s Jewelry Case. Be sure to check out even more of her inventory here.


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Our Sales Associate, Emily, is a self-proclaimed coffee gal and knows her stuff when it comes to being The Queen of Caffeine (& decaf), so take her at her word and try any Bean Therapy coffee and you will not be disappointed. Bean Therapy has a variety of coffee and tea and can be found on the Marketplace side! Don’t forget to check out more of their delicious options here.


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Calling all North Carolina Natives–and anyone who loves this beautiful state as much as we do. Our Senior Sales Associate, Elizabeth can’t get enough of these shirts from the State Legacy Revival booth on our Marketplace side! And let’s be honest, even if you weren’t born here, North Carolina has a way of making you want to stay. Be sure to check out more of their stock here.


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We may not all go riding, but we all love riding boots! Senior Sales Associate, Sammy received a pair of these grey, monogrammed boots for Christmas and we’ve all been green with envy ever since! You can find these and much more in the Carolina Clover booth on the Marketplace side. What Southern gal doesn’t love a custom monogrammed….well, anything!? Want to see more? Visit here.

*The Cotton Company is a boutique marketplace shopping destination and art gallery in the heart of downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina. With over sixty individual businesses and artists, we strive to support small businesses and drive the entrepreneurial spirit of the vendors who reside inside.

Top Honors for The Cotton Company from The Best of The Best

Top Honors for

The Cotton Company


The Best of the Best was another successful year. A big Thank You to The Wake Weekly for having The Best of The Best contest for local businesses. The Cotton Company would also like say a big Thank You to all those who voted for us. We placed as a top three finalist in four different categories; Best Art Studio, Best Gift Shop, Best Banquet facility, and Favorite Overall Store.

We look forward to continue serving all of our customers, and we again thank you for your votes and for shopping local with us here in Downtown Wake Forest. If you have never visited us, please come join us the next time you are in the area. We have at least 60 different local businesses and artist in our store. We would love to meet you.

The Cotton Company can be located at

306 S. White Street

Wake Forest, NC 27587



Art After Hours with Jane Steelman

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Enjoy an Artist Reception in The Gallery from 6-9pm on Friday May 10th. Meet Featured Artist Jane Steelman and admire her Alcohol Ink on Tile Exhibit.
We will also host Live Music from 6-8:30 provided by The Music Academy South inside The Marketplace. And enjoy an extended art show from 6-9 upstairs in The Event Gallery. Additional works provided for exhibit by The Heritage High School AP Art Class upstairs in The Event Gallery.

Art After Hours is the Wake Forest Monthly Art Walk in the Historic Downtown Area.  Enjoy mingling up and down South White Street with the local artist community and lovers of art community.  Refreshments will be served inside our Art Gallery from 5:30-9pm.


Don’t pass up Beach Week at The Cotton Company!

Between 10am-12pm on July 9th-14th enjoy mimosas, mint water, and little treats! Enjoy our beach atmosphere that will make you feel like you are on vacation.

Special Sale Report!

This is a Special Sale Report!

Our Loyal Customers and Newsletter Readers often ask if we send coupons or sales in these weekly newsletters. That is a great question and here is our first sale notification list.

This week we have some new items up for sale:

Cornercopia our beloved Chamilia Bead provider is holding a 
Leap Year Sales Event February 29th – March 4th
Get 25% Off ALL Chamilia Jewelry when you spend $100 or more.
(this offer cannot be combined with other offers)

You can also find up to 50% off of red dot items at Toads and Tulips.
Find Style Savvy baby gear and toys for toddlers and infants.

New sale lasting through March at Snapping Beauty.
Find 25% off the entire booth through March 30th.

Find other sale items through out the store in booths such as:
And, don’t miss our Clearance Booth, up to 50% off some items.

Thanks for shopping with us.  Let us know how we can improve.
The Cotton Company
306 S. White Street, Wake Forest, NC
 As always, we are open 362 days a year, 7 days a week! 
Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 6 PM | Friday & Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM Sunday 1 – 6 PM

Puppy Love Sale in February!

This month, for 29 full days, Resident Artist Dick Larsen is offering a Special “Puppy Love”
Sale on his one of a kind artwork.  Custom Pet Portraits are his specialty and right now you can order a 1212 Hand Painted creation for only $125.00!  This size painted canvas normally runs $225.00 – that is a $100.00 discount!

Now is the time to take your favorite pet images and have them transformed into a timeless work of art.  Deals like this don’t happen every day!  Come into The Cotton Company to meet Dick in person and to see some of his recent work.

Visit us in person at 306 South White St. Wake Forest NC.  We are open 7 days a week, 10-6 M-Th and 10-8 Fr-Sat.  1-6 on Sundays.  See you soon!

The Newspapers Love Us!

We recently have seen some happy press in our local news paper.  We have always known that The Cotton Company is a host for lots of interesting people to bring their business to life in Wake Forest – and now the big city decided to take notice.  The following is an article about long term Resident Artist Dick Larsen and his journey in this life as an artist.

Thank you for reading…

Saturday, Jan. 07, 2012

From ads to pets: a painter’s journey by Alex Granados

You know Wake Forest painter Dick Larsen. You don’t realize it, but you do. Remember that 1970s Tootsie Pop ad that asks how many licks it takes to get to the center? That’s Dick Larsen’s work. Larsen, 68, spent years in advertising, but if you met him today, you wouldn’t know it. In fact, you’d probably be coming to him with a photo of a pet, maybe a dog, and requesting a portrait. That’s his specialty these days: painting pets. Have a special dog? Maybe a cat? Heck, even a gerbil or rattlesnake? You can bring it down to Dick Larsen’s studio at The Cotton Company in Wake Forest and get him to duplicate its likeness in paint.

What started off with one random request has become a full-time business. Larsen spent years creating ads before ending up in North Carolina in the early 1990s. He’d always wanted to be a painter, but the realities of life led him to advertising. “I had to go make some real money and support my family,” he said. But in Raleigh, his wife had a job with an ad firm, and Larsen, fresh off a five-year stint at a Florida ad company, decided to devote himself to painting. His work used to be more eclectic, but a few years back, someone asked him to paint a pet and everything changed. “People really are hung up on their pets and they really enjoy having them around,” he said. “It’s a market all by itself.” Soon other people were requesting pet portraits, and six years ago, Larsen decided to dedicate himself to reproducing their favorite furry friends. The ratio of dog to cat requests is about 10 to 1. And when I mentioned a gerbil and rattlesnake before, I wasn’t just making that up. He’s done both at one time or another.

Go to his studio and you’ll see for yourself that his business is doing well. He sits at the easel studiously brushing away, surrounded all the while by an audience of painted dogs captive on canvas. Larsen’s successful new life almost came to an end four months ago. He woke up one morning and realized he couldn’t see out of his right eye. After a visit to a few medical professionals, Larsen discovered that he’d had a stroke in one eye. It blinded it permanently, but left his other eye basically unharmed. Still, Larsen wasn’t sure he could continue painting. He was determined to try. “It took a while to just get used to the fact that I’m not going to see anymore out of this eye,” he said. “Then I said, ‘Somehow, I have to figure out how to paint.’ ” He started back slowly, changing up his method and using tools, such as a magnifying glass, to help. Aware that his handicap might change the quality of the finished work, Larsen offered customers a money-back guarantee. If they weren’t satisfied, no charges applied. But Larsen’s talent is undiminished. His paintings still enthrall customers, and business is still coming through the door. Though Larsen realized the business potential in painting pets, he said he gets creative fulfillment from his work as well. “You get these animals with their feelings and sentiment and all this kind of stuff – it’s just entertaining to bring them out and make them smile,” he said. I’ve got an adopted 11-year-old Golden Retriever that talks to me when nobody’s looking. Maybe it’s time to take her to see Larsen.

Alex Granados writes about people, places and traditions in North Raleigh and beyond. Contact him at

After Christmas Sale!

Each year we celebrate our customers by hosting an After Christmas Sale.  And, it’s not just the Holiday items that are marked down.  While you will see that Holiday merchandise   is marked down so you can get a jump on next year’s rush – you will find deals on Entire Booths.  Shop for all of those little things that Santa left out of your stocking like jewelry, artwork, and purses.  Buy some art lessons to get started on your resolutions or new custom throw pillows – or more jewelry!

These sales run through January 1st.  Each sale is listed in the vendor booth and also our staff has a record at the register.  We’ll be delighted to help you find the perfect items to round off your wish list in time for those New Year’s Eve parties!

Just look for the SALE signs – and don’t for get to look for the Buy Local signs as well.

Making The Event Gallery Yours

The Cotton Company Event Gallery excels at giving brides and grooms the day of which they’ve always dreamed exactly as they dreamed of it.  One key to achieving this level of customization for each unique bride is our decoration policy.  We allow any and all decorations to be put up, from live flowers to candles to lights, as long as you don’t damage our walls, you can make the room exactly what you want it to be.

From the moment you walk in, we encourage you to make the Event Gallery yours.  From stringing lights along our bannister outside or decorating the staircase leading up to The Event Gallery, we want the whole experience to feel like you invited your friends and families to the party that only you could have thrown.  That extra level of personality and charm that only The Cotton Company can offer in terms of freedom in decorations.

We’ve seen everything from a ceiling full of paper lanterns to a full on decorated arbor brought in for a ceremony.  Later this year, a couple is extending our existing twinkle lit wall as to capture more of that charm!  One resounding comment I hear from potential clients as they look over photographs of The Event Gallery dressed up is that we can accommodate just about anything.  We strive to foster an environment where imaginations can run wild and that dream really can come true.

Come by and tour The Cotton Company; come start dreaming up your upcoming event with Chris Tatem, our Event Director.  He’s more than happy to make your dreams come true.