We Now Have Historic Downtown Raleigh Trading Cards
Try to collect them all
Picture two baseball fans studying their collection of cards and you may hear something like this: “I’ll trade my Mickey Mantle for your Jackie Robinson.” This year in downtown Raleigh, you may hear something slightly different: “I’ll trade my Raleigh Times for your Royal Baking Company.” The Raleigh Historic Development Commission has taken a swing at the baseball card collectible format and applied it to the historic buildings of Raleigh. The commission plans to release multiple sets of cards throughout the year. Like baseball cards, they are limited. The four cards currently in rotation are available until Sunday, March 28th or until supplies run out. So dust off your cleats this and use this guide to collect them all.
Lucky Tree 3801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607
This cozy coffee shop on Hillsborough Street, popular with Meredith College and NC State students, is where you can find your first trading card. At this location in 1941 stood the former Royal Baking Company. It was the first bakery in Raleigh to offer pre-sliced bread. It was also known for its “Bamby” (Best American Made Bread Yet).
Caffé Luna 136 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
The second card on the list will be a little harder to obtain because of Caffé Luna’s limited hours: Tu-Th 5-9pm, Fri-Sat 5-10pm. If you succeed, you will acquire the “Montague Building” trading card. Before it was an Italian restaurant, a section of this building was part of the Raleigh Post Office.
Sitti 137 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Lucky number three can be found at the corner of Hargett and Wilmington at Sitti, a restaurant serving Lebanese dishes. Built in 1872 as a hotel, this building is also known as the Heilig-Levine and is one of the few commercial buildings still standing from the 1800s in downtown Raleigh.
The Raleigh Times 14 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
To complete your pack, stroll over to The Raleigh Times. This is the only location in the deck that is the same as the card, for good reason. The Raleigh Times named themselves after the newspaper outlet that called this spot home. It ran here from 1906 to 1989 when the presses stopped. The restaurant of the same name looks similar to the picture in the trading card due to restoration.