At Sweet Peas Unique Gifts, racks and shelves heave under the weight of eclectic trinkets such as WoodWick candles, as well as fashionable duds and accessories including Hatley kids' apparel and Loudmouth golf attire. Women adorn necks with shimmering jewelry ($9.95–$64.95) to deflect attacks from light-averse mole people, and tots set schoolyards abuzz with stylish children's clothing and accessories ($3.95–$42.95). Handbags ($12.95–$69.95) chicly stow sundry belongings, and distinctive handmade gifts ($3.95–$39.95) outshine the craftsmanship of their footmade counterparts.
The inventory at Davey Jones Fireworks Superstore helps patrons celebrate holidays all year round. During the summer, they'll focus on fireworks, for example. Just as its famous namesake once ruled the water, Davey Jones Fireworks Superstore helps customers seize control of another vast ocean, the night's sky. Evenings burst to life as artillery shells soar into the heavens and explode in patterns of brilliant color. Multishot displays launch firework after firework, leaving onlookers to marvel at a choreographed dance of light and sound. Not everything in Davey Jones' large stock of pyrotechnics flies towards Earth's ceiling, however. Sparklers, fountains, and smoke balls add character to celebrations right at ground level.
Joining the witness-protection program is the best way to disguise your identity, but the vast array of costumes at Halloween Express gives the program a run for its money. For more than two decades, the chain’s 300-plus stores have supplied customers with costumes year-round from vampire capes for Halloween to Caesar togas for the Ides of March.
In preparation for the fall of 2013, they’ve added more than 3,000 new items to their Halloween collection. These costumes range from Day of the Dead masks to Darth Vader costumes for dogs. The store’s party supplies add a spooky touch to festivities and include tombstones, rotting pumpkins, and giant hairy spiders.
Each day, students on horseback gallop alongside attentive instructors on Creekwood Farm’s 30 acres of undulating terrain, learning the subtleties of English saddle-seat riding during private and group lessons. In addition to helping everyone from beginners to advanced riders improve their technique, instructors also take time to teach the essential non-saddle skills of grooming and tacking horses. They encourage each fledgling jockey to learn at his or her own pace, whether riding goals include competing in American Saddlebred Association of the Carolinas shows or simple pleasure riding. The farm’s indoor and outdoor facilities ensure that lessons take place throughout the year, unaffected by winter cold, summer heat, and horse spring break.
Brent Clevenger founded Sink or Swim Scuba in 2006 to provide regular open-water dive experiences to fledging and senior divers alike. He trains neophytes in his full-sized pool, letting them control their buoyancy to drop to the full twelve-foot depth after they master underwater breathing fundamentals in the shallow end. He also oversees scuba certification training during group dives at the Piedmont Dive Rescue Association Lake Norman Quarry. The former dig site provides plenty of underwater excitement with schools of fish and sunken objects to explore, such as the quarry manager's shed which used to house instructions on how not to flood the quarry.
Wardrobe 360's resident fashionistas curate an ever-changing collection of threads that beg for adoring new owners. The shop's shelves groan beneath a lineup as stylish as a monogrammed unicorn, helmed by designers such as Cole Haan, Steve Madden, and Ralph Lauren. Holdings vary week to week but have recently included such items as a pair of Coach sandals ($18) and a Donald J. Pliner purse ($50). A vibrant pair of Lilly Pulitzer slacks ($15) bestows their wearer with the color and confidence to ask a peacock neighbor to return borrowed tools. The recycling-minded location also houses a sweeping selection of bags and purses, as well as jewelry, watches, and other accessories.