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.
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.
Owner Molly Menard guides students of all skill levels through the creation of a personal masterpiece during themed art classes on Friday evenings and freestyle studio nights on Wednesdays and Saturdays. In past themed classes, Menard has expertly slung out step-by-step instructions on composing wintry scenes and lush gardens without relying on paint-by-number cheat sheets or the tiny artist fairies living inside of cameras. The studio provides all necessary materials for class, including aprons, tables, easels, canvases, and paints. Additionally, pigment daubers can bring in their own beverages and snacks to keep their mouths as moist as their creative-juice glands. Menard recommends wearing old clothes, preferably hand-me-down cavewoman frocks from your ancestors, to avoid staining any cherished garb. Feel free to peruse other frequently asked questions here. The bright yellow and turquoise walls of the MollysMud studio feature whimsical designs, and beckon new fans or longtime lovers of art to relax and become inspired.
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.
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.
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.