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.
With 18,000 square feet of climbing surface, more than 40,000 climbing holds, and 60 top ropes, the family-friendly facility at The Climbing Place welcomes ascending neophytes and experienced vertical voyagers. Hone skills and have fun while confronting the gravitational constant of the universe in a grueling showdown—the experienced staff sets the routes according to USCCA certifications. The Climbing Place's indoor space incorporates a diversity of grades, classic feeling moves, and challenges for different skill levels. Following a 20-minute belay class that covers techniques needed for safe scaling, newly appointed adventurers can hit the walls for a full day of rock climbing, and experienced climbers can cavort and gambol atop the challenging ascents. Your Groupon includes all the necessary rock-climbing gear, including a harness, a belay, and an epic soundtrack that crescendos as you reach the top.
It's all about fit at SEEK EYE CARE, where licensed optician Marcus McNeill ensures customers strike a perfect match with their new corrective lenses. Polycarbonate, plastic, and glass lenses fit inside frames handcrafted in Japan and Denmark, as well as in styles from American designer Tom Ford. The shop also carries contact lenses and sunglasses, and customers are always welcome to stop in for a free cleaning or adjustment of their specs.
The robin's-egg blue walls at Gullah Girl Boutique pop just as brightly as the clothing and accessories they surround. Racks of printed tops and form-fitting dresses alternate floor space with bold stone jewelry, PZI jeans, and sky-high pumps that accentuate calves and intimidate spiders. The trendy boutique takes its name from the group of African Americans who live in the low country regions of South Carolina and Georgia.
The designers at Twisted Jeweler aren’t afraid of the competition—in fact, they'll train competitors themselves. While crafting pearl bracelets and 14-karat-gold-filled Daddy Hug Me rings, which bear the birthstones of both a child and a parent deployed in the military, they'll also teach crafters of all ages to string beads and sculpt with wire. Once they've learned the basics, fledgling artisans can sort through sparkling rows of loose Swarovski crystals and jewelry-making supplies such as clasps and head pins. Supplementing a sparkling array of handmade pendants and earrings, the jewelers take on custom design projects to create pieces not found in department stores or the jewelry box of one's elementary-school rival.
Owner of The Paper Trail and avid crafter Karen has made paper her medium of choice for more than a decade. Why? Because “scrapbooking is all about leaving a paper trail of you…what we have done, who we are,” she writes on her welcome page. Not only do Karen and her staff supply patrons with the goods to leave their own trail––from patterned paper and albums to pearls and rhinestones for embellishing crafts or friends while they sleep––but also the techniques. Through regular classes and events such as scrapping parties, they teach the art of cropping, crafting cards and scrapbooks, and even building photo albums from scratch. They also create invitations and cards or custom albums for customers.