The Triangle business community has continued to thrive during weakened national economic conditions due to a variety of factors, chief among them the fact that local businesses have supported each other and kept their hard-earned dollars within the borders of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding communities. The Forrest Firm values businesses here in the Triangle in multiple ways, from participating in economic development efforts to charitable giving and purchasing of products and services whenever possible.

In keeping with the firm’s commitment to support neighboring businesses here in the Triangle, the Forrest Firm recently purchased over $5,000 in Shop Downtown Raleigh gift cards.  The new Shop Downtown Raleigh gift card is a multi-merchant, pre-paid gift card valid at over 100 participating retailers, restaurants, and service providers in downtown Raleigh’s multiple business districts.

The gift card is available for purchase year-round through multiple outlets, including Deco Raleigh,, or the Downtown Raleigh Alliance during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Accepted forms of payment include Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.  For in-office purchases, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance also accepts cash, and there is a $1 activation fee per card.

“Businesses like the Forrest Firm are always looking for creative ways to give back to our customers and community,” stated James Forrest, founder and lead attorney at the Forrest Firm. “I love all that downtown Raleigh has to offer, and the Shop Downtown Raleigh gift card program achieves both of those goals—this is just a great way to champion small business in our community.  The continued success of small businesses is vital to the overall success of the Triangle, widely recognized as one of the best places in the country to work and live.”

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) has spearheaded the development of the Shop Downtown Raleigh program. DRA is an award-winning non-profit organization with a mission to continue the revitalization of Raleigh’s downtown, a culturally exciting, artistic community with a wide variety of appealing places to shop for both everyday and specialty items.

For more information about the Shop Downtown Raleigh program, visit; for more information on the Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s efforts to further the area’s economic development, visit