Historic Brightleaf Square Mall


Brightleaf Square occupies the former Watts and Yuille tobacco warehouses, named for George W. Watts and Thomas B. Yuille. The warehouses were built between 1900 and 1904 as part of an aggressive building campaign by the American Tobacco Company for storing, aging, and fermenting tobacco for cigarette manufacture. The twin brick structures punctuated the Durham skyline and announced the company’s new, bold corporate image, which reflected the fair of its founder, the entrepreneur Washington Duke. Furthermore, the warehouses stood as economic and cultural symbols of the growing importance of cigarette smoking and the industrial revolution’s impact on turn-of-the-century America.

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What makes this business unique? Unique shops and restaurants to the Triangle!


905 West Main Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
United States

Downtown Durham!

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  • A Slice of History. A World of Possibilities
  • Brightleaf Square features a unique mix of restaurants and shops in a pair of historic tobacco warehouses in downtown Durham. Stroll through the courtyard. Shop. Eat. Drink. Come to Brighleaf for a perfect afternoon or evening.



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