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.
Golf Augusta of North Carolina equips putters for their next round on the green in a 5,000-square-foot facility overflowing with equipment, apparel, and accessories. Golfers can elevate their tee-off through customized fittings, which use Shaft Optimizer technology to pair clubs with an interchangeable variety of heads and shafts alongside irons matched to each player based on their style of play and number of left hands. Alongside an abundance of brand-name garments, gloves, balls, and bags, Golf Augusta of North Carolina fits feet with a selection of more than 4,000 pairs of shoes.
At The Flavor Exchange bottles of olive oil dot marble countertops, peek out of rough-hewn wicker baskets, and run along the length of walls lined with pantry shelves and curio cabinets. The polished metal gleam of the lids sealing jars of preserves or spices cast a dappled glow on olive-green walls. Though the ample selection may overwhelm some gourmands, the shop’s EVOO experts curate the experience, guiding customers from decanter to decanter, chatting about winsome flavor combinations, and treating palates to tastes of organic herb-infused balsamic vinegars. Additionally, the staff leads occasional cooking classes, giving budding chefs a chance to experiment with olive-oil-infused entrees and add a few unique recipes to their repertoire without having to infiltrate Betty Crocker's research and development fortress.
Nestled in the Sandhills of Moore County, McDonnell Horticulture Inc.'s 220-acre nursery and 220,000-square-foot greenhouse propagate flowering plants throughout the growing season. The family-owned business's irrigated acreage lends itself to the production of woody ornamental shrubs, which can be used to landscape backyards or the mausoleums of melted snowmen. By manually misting vegetation, McDonnell Horticulture Inc. fosters the growth of more than 60 varieties of roses, including the disease-resistant KnockOut strain, as well as annual azaleas and perennial mums. All greenery grown onsite is tax-free.
Aberdeen Bead Company, whose menagerie of gleaming baubles and creative classes caught the attention of Star 102.5 FM, hosts crafters of all kinds in its contemporary, shabby-chic shop. The store shimmers with a kaleidoscopic range of semiprecious stones, Murano glass, and crystals waiting to adorn wrists, ear lobes, necks, and lackluster eye patches. Instructors demystify the art of crafting wire-linked bangles, multistrand necklaces, and chandelier earrings during classes for all skill levels.
At Home & Southern Pines Paper Co. stocks hand-selected gifts to suit a plethora of tastes, as well as personalized event invitations and ready-to-send cards. Present-hunting perusers can find monogrammable, baby, hostess, and bridal-party gifts nestled next to seasonal items and custom paper products. Have invites specially made for your cookies ‘n’ mud wrestling party ($1.70+/per invite, plus $10 setup fee), or delight funky finery fanatics with Bauble Lulu beads ($6.95) strung onto bracelets or necklaces ($10+). The knowledgeable, friendly staff wraps all gifts at no charge, ensuring present presentation is unmarred by honey/glue mix-ups or emotionally withholding tape dispensers.