306 S. White Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587 Map it!


Open: Mon-Thur 10-6 pm,  Fri 10-7pm, Sat 10-6 pm,  Sun 1-5 pm

Why It's Beneficial To Entrepreneurs To Have Space At The Cotton Company:

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o   The Cotton Company has been in business for over 12 years

o   The Cotton Company is an anchor of the Downtown Wake Forest shopping district

o   The plethora of stores and town events hosted by or around The Cotton Company makes it a frequent destination for locals and visitors alike.

·         Value

o   The Cotton Company offers competitive rents for the square footage.

o   The benefits of being a vendor make the rent and marketing fee worth it.  Each vendor gets their own webpage on The Cotton Company website which receives over 10,000 unique visitors per month.

o   The Cotton Company maintains a strong online marketing presence often finding itself  in local newspapers.

·         Non Traditional Marketing That Works

o   Local Artists have a place to put their artwork on display in the Gallery

o   Promising Entrepreneurs are able to market their niche products to the clients that best fit in the Marketplace

o   The Cotton Company has made itself into a home for all kinds of local businesses.

A commitment to the Downtown Wake Forest Area

o   All storefronts are locally owned and operated

o   The Cotton Company is a key participant in every major event in Downtown Wake Forest, including Art After Hours & All the GJCAE festivals held two blocks away at Festival Park.


The Cotton Company Entrepreneur Application
306 S. White Street
Wake Forest, NC  27587
Phone: (919) 570-0087

Copy below or we can email the application to you when you fill out below form.  Before completing
you might want to watch this video about how our vendor application process works. 

Date ______________________

Name of Applicant ________________________________________________________

Soc Sec # ____________________________ DL # _____________________________

Business Name ___________________________________________________________

Federal ID # _____________________________________________________________

Mailing Address __________________________________________________________

Physical Address (if different) _______________________________________________

Phone # ____________________________ Fax # ______________________________

Mobile # ____________________________ E-Mail ____________________________

Description of Business/Type of Merchandise __________________________________


How will you differentiate yourself in the marketplace? (i.e., specific theme or décor)

How long have you been in business? _________________________________________

Other locations? __________________________________________________________

What is your main strategy for success? _______________________________________

Do you have a cash flow analysis plan showing initial costs, merchandise repurchase costs, expenses and revenue projections?___________________________----

If so please attach, but  if not please do one.  We will be happy to work with you to help you understand the importance of a cash flow analysis chart and it's effect on business success or failure.

   Thank you for your application and we will be contacting you soon.

Office Use Only

Approved __________# Denied _________ Wait List __________

Notes from Interview ___________________________________________

Frequently Asked Questions About
The Cotton Company

What is The Cotton Company?
We're Marketplace of over 50 unique boutiques, an Art Gallery housing 3 resident studio artists, and an Event Space to host your next private party, corporate event, or fundraiser. We offer a wide selection of handcrafted items, high end decor, trendy gifts, and everything in between!

What are Your Hours?

We're open every day with the exception of Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Our normal hours are 10am to 6pm Monday through Thursday, 10am to 8pm Friday & Saturday, and 1pm to 6pm on Sundays. Additionally, we're open until 9pm every second Friday of the month for Art After Hours and also periodically extend hours for store events.

Where are You Located?
We're in Historic Downtown Wake Forest at 306 S. White Street. Wake Forest is 1 mile from Raleigh, 6 miles from I-540, and next door to North Raleigh. 

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