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.
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.
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.
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.