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.
Family-owned Angels & Antiques supplies heaven-gazing home decorators with a variety of angel-themed trinkets and accessories. Angel lapel pins ($0.85) conspire to gussy up blazers and dresses, and angel nightlights ($17) keep rooms tread-safe without cumbersome night-vision goggles.
Twin shops sharing a rooftop, The Trophy House and Clark Sporting Goods specialize in high-quality plaques and trophies, sporting goods, and embroidered and screen-printed apparel. Emblazon your favorite Walt Whitman poem or team mascot on high-quality hats and shirts, or opt for one of the premade designs. Once bedecked in newly personalized duds, peruse the offerings of football, basketball, and baseball equipment available. Luminaries such as Bob Hope, John Wayne, and Colin Powell own awards bearing The Trophy House's detailed engraving, which prides itself on a tradition of military use.