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Raleigh Gift Shop Doubles as Craft Beer Bar 

By Kelly Church

The Green Monkey is a Raleigh, NC gift shop and Rusty Sutton, Chief Gift and Beer Consultant, says everything is carefully picked to offer a great shopping experience for their shoppers. The store's customers are called Monkey Fans, who are welcomed to the store to enjoy a drink, hang out and shop around. The store features everything from t-shirts to mugs, to artwork to candles. What is especially unique about this gift shop is the bar. 

"Our bar offers local and regional craft beers," Sutton says. 

This includes many local beers from some of the state's most popular breweries like Highland Brewery and Wicked Weed Brewery. Others include Fullstream Brewery, Big Boss Brewery, Lynwood Brewing and Trophy Brewery. Beers can be purchased on draft, by the bottle or can, and the menu is long and spans many states. 

In July 2016, The Green Monkey was nominated by Indy Weekly readers as one of the best neighborhood bars in the Raleigh area. In the same category, they were voted into the Out and About Awards, hosted by WRAL, a news organization for Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville. Sutton calls these award nominations "a great honor and very surprising" since the bar was still so new, having only been open since October 2015.  

"The Green Monkey is built around community," Sutton says. "Everyone is welcome here. We strive to be a safe and fun shopping experience for our Monkey Fans...at The Green Monkey, Monkey Fans have referred to us as Cheers ? the place where everyone knows your name. It seems when you stop in you become instant friends with everyone here."

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