Stainless-steel tanks preserve the delicate flavors of Green Gate Olive Oils’ oils and vinegars until the moment owners Keith and Georganne McDaniel bottle and seal them to order. The tanks, called fusti, are a conspicuous sign of Green Gate’s commitment to providing high-quality gourmet foods, kitchen items, and bath and body products.
With more than 40 oils and vinegars to pick from, Green Gate is a playground for both seasoned chefs and budding gourmands. Staffers provide free samples and can make recommendations based on each customer’s taste, cooking style, and chewing technique. Additionally, they empower customers with recipe suggestions and even offer small-group cooking classes.
The style consultants at One Eleven Main reach into reserves of fashionable fabric and tap Bassett's American craftsmen to create unique, custom-upholstered pieces. Brainstorming begins at One Eleven Main's vibrant home-décor shop in historic downtown Aberdeen, where material mavens can peruse swatch choices, choosing their favorites from amongst 700 fabric, 30 leather, and three pterodactyl-feather options, all waiting and ready to glitzify a club chair ($550–$950) or add personalized style to a sofa ($950–$1700). Gingham and floral jacquard can decorate ottomans to suit the most stylishly clad feet ($375–$800), while animal prints and buttery leathers sumptuously swathe headboards to please the eyes of visiting sandmen ($450+). Custom pieces return to One Eleven Main's cheerful boutique after 30 days for pick-up, or can be delivered to homes for an additional fee dependent on the size of the item and its destination.
A team of local best friends opened this cozy neighborhood spot to serve up artisanal java and tasty baked treats. Cups of joe brewed from locally roasted beans fuel early morning think tanks ($1.50–$3). Placate sophisticated palates while prodding sluggish brain parts with a selection of espresso beverages ($3.50–$5.50), or bypass lattes in favor of their nutritious, primordial eggs with a bag of espresso beans in chocolate shells ($2.50). Dessert-seeking diners can choose from sweet eats such as scones ($2.25) and biscotti ($1.25).
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.
Second Peek Boutique consigns new and used clothing for infants, children, and teenagers as well as maternity wear, accessories, and baby gear. Well-turned-out tots can swagger across daycare dance floors in duds from brands such as Gymboree, Baby Gap, and The Children’s Place ($2.50–$18), and expectant mothers may garb their swollen bellies in maternity clothes ($7.50–$10) or pick up cribs, highchairs, and baby furniture ($75–$450). Additionally, needle-savvy staff can embroider and personalize many of the store’s products ($5+) and can even craft a custom outfit ($15–$40) for a birthday girl to wear as she waves benevolently at cake-smeared party guests from atop her traditional birthday mule.
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.