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.
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, kosher olive oils and 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.
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.