Even though Loving Stitches has greatly increased in size since its 1996 inception, the sewing haven has retained its familial feel thanks to a personable staff. Their knowledge and affable presence help set visitors at ease in the 10,000-square-foot store as they assist in locating high-quality sewing machines by Bernina and Gammill. During sewing and quilting classes, instructors guide students through crafting a purse or embroidering a bedspread with a thank-you letter to the neighborhood sandman.
Scampering through Lazer FX–Lazer Tag's 7,500-square-foot labyrinth, combatants volley photons in exhilarating 20-minute skirmishes. Laser soldiers don luminescent vests and DayGlo bowties before entering the arena, where a mix of 30-odd friends and foes dodge blasts while darting from refuge to refuge. For groups of four, the battle extends out of the arena and onto the 8,000-square-foot arcade floor. Here, more than 120 games—including pool tables, skee-ball lanes, driving simulators, and air hockey—promote hand-eye coordination more effectively than soccer.
Mother and daughter team Barbara and Sheri opened shop on July 4, 2006 after an introductory knitting class inspired entrepreneurial plans instead of retiring to the center of the earth. During their one- to one-and-a-half hour basics class, curious knitters will be introduced to the basic ins and outs of needles and yarn. Students will then wield their newfound skills to knit stitches and begin a scarf, while more advanced yarn-smiths can construct octo-armed tarantula sweaters or woolly models of hydrogen atoms. Classes are offered on Wednesdays at the Fayetteville location and Tuesday–Friday at the Whiteville location. Before or after class, peruse the store's extensive inventory, which includes traditional wool and organic cotton yarns, as well as the more exotic spinnings made from bamboo, soybean, and milk.
As North Carolina's oldest continuously running orchestra, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has garnered international acclaim through an overseas tour and a visit from Queen Noor of Jordan on the orchestra's 50th anniversary. Watch the enthusiastic gestures of conductor Fouad Fakhouri as he leads the symphony through a musical cornucopia of classic symphonies. Treble-clef devotees can savor the sounds of the romantic era on February 5, 2011, at the Seabrook Auditorium, featuring Brahms's Symphony no. 1 and Strauss's Oboe Concerto, or swim through the sound waves of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 1 on March 12, 2011, at Reeves Auditorium. The orchestra will conclude its season on April 30, 2011, at Reeves Auditorium, when it will perform Debussy's harmonic achievement "Afternoon of a Faun" and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, a piece written while the early-twentieth-century Hungarian composer was experimenting with parachute pants and keytars.
Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique stocks more than 6,000 natural, eco-friendly products for babies and their families. Caretakers can swaddle infants in cloth diapers and coverall gowns or dress them up for blind baby dates with stylish miniature shoes and hats. Handcrafted Little Alouette wooden teething toys and child-safe trinkets made from natural rubber or organic cotton protect emerging baby teeth or vampire fangs. New mothers and mothers-to-be can find their own apparel and parenting products in the boutique, including diaper bags and totes, breastfeeding accessories, and maternity garments.
Realizing the region's dearth of Indian eateries, the owners of Shalimar Tandoor Grill and Bar opened their doors to give their friends and neighbors a first or umpteenth taste of the subcontinent's cuisine. The decadent dining room of deep red booths and walls hosts a panoply of vibrant spices and rich aromas that emanate from curries, kebabs, and tandoor-grilled dishes custom-spiced to four levels of heat. To cool down tongues and thwart the growth of uvula cactus patches, the owners added a full bar stocked with domestic and Indian beers and an impressive list of classic and house cocktails infused with an Indian twist.