Tuesday, 21 November 2023
Written by Sheila D. Barker
The streets of Downtown Fayetteville brim with excitement and holiday enchantment on the day following Thanksgiving. A Dickens Holiday has been a cherished tradition for 24 years.
During the Dickens Holiday event, Downtown Fayetteville offers a fantastic shopping experience. In addition to the more than 100 vendors participating in the Dickens Holiday, the local downtown shops are not to be missed for great holiday shopping.
Get your day off to a great start by fueling up with a cup of coffee or a delicious breakfast.
Visit Rude Awakening Coffee House at 227 Hay Street for the opportunity to indulge in fantastic coffee, tea or smoothies. Enhance your experience by pairing your choice with a delectable pastry.
While you are there, be sure to check out their gift mugs for the coffee and tea lovers on your list. Not to be missed is their highly anticipated seasonal alcohol chocolates.
Get one for someone special, and one for yourself.
Let the shopping begin!
Pressed-A Creative Space at 120 Hay Street is a great place to start! They carry a variety of unique gifts, from a huge selection of crystals to tee shirts.
During the Dickens Holiday Event on Friday and Shop Small Business on Saturday, they will have 40% off crystals and 30% off crystal rings. Crystal bracelets will be Buy One Get One Free, and regular-priced shirts will be Buy One Get One 50%.
Don’t miss their Cyber Monday sale, where everything on their site will be 35% off. Visit their website at: https://pressednc.com/
Another great downtown gift shop with over 60 artisans in their store is A Bit of Carolina at 306 Hay Street. A great place to find a single item or to put together a customized gift basket, they will have $15 Simply Southern Christmas Long Sleeve Tees, regularly $25.95, $5 Christmas Earrings, regularly $12.95, and Simply Southern Beanies, 1/2 off during Dickens Holiday.
Come back for Shop Small Business Saturday for 10% off gift boxes and gift baskets, gift with a purchase of $25 or more, while supplies last, and 25% off Simply Southern, excluding sale items.
Not to be missed is Cursive at 223 Franklin Street. You will surely find something amazing here for even the hardest person to shop on your list. Get a complimentary Bah Humbug ornament while supplies last when you make a purchase at the Dickens Holiday event. Also, enjoy free gifts with purchases of $50, $100 and $150.
Shop Small Business Saturday shoppers will get a swag bag with coupons and other surprises!
After a hectic day of shopping, take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner.
In downtown, there are a variety of options available to satisfy your cravings after a day of shopping, with more than 20 restaurants and cafes to choose from.
Cool Springs Downtown District’s website also does a great job listing them, including their location, the type of food they serve, hours and contact information.
Check it out here: https://visitdowntownfayetteville.com/places/c-dining/
An after-meal stroll is the way to go.
Once you have satisfied your appetite, continue exploring downtown by immersing yourself in the Dickens Holiday festivities or taking a leisurely walk through the local bookstore. City Center Gallery & Books at 112 Hay Street is not only a great place to find your next read but also a place where local artists sell their latest creations.
They will feature a large selection of holiday books at great prices as gifts for the season.
There is a wide selection of unique art pieces you can get as gifts in all price ranges by local and regional artists. Mark that book lover or art lover off your shopping list!
One last stop to cap off the day.
It’s time to unwind from the day, and there’s no better place to do that than The Sip Room at 106 Hay Street.Feeling warm enough to sip some wine or champagne on the patio? If not, enjoy the great ambiance inside. Take advantage of their Dickens Holiday specials with $5 mimosas, $20 hookahs and $4 beers.
Have some wine lovers to shop for or want to get a head start on beverages for your holiday dinner? Don’t miss their 40% off retail sale. And the more you buy, the more you save with 10% off three bottles of wine, 20% off six, and 30% off 12 or more bottles.
When in doubt, give them a gift card.
Did you know that Cool Springs Downtown District offers a Downtown E-Gift Card? An easy gift to give and a great way to support the local downtown businesses.
For more information or to purchase a gift card, visit: https://visitdowntownfayetteville.com/downtown-fayetteville-e-gift-card/
Tuesday, 07 November 2023
Written by Dr. Shanessa Fenner
Love is one of the most intense emotions that is supposed to make an individual feel good and feel safe. Domestic violence is not.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that one in three women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. That is why a Domestic Violence Awareness Exhibition Event will take place Saturday, Nov. 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the SIP room on Hay Street in downtown Fayetteville.
“The purpose of the event is to spread the knowledge of domestic violence awareness and to share resources for domestic violence awareness,” said Takieyah Mathis, founder of the Standing Light Foundation and event planner of the Love Shouldn’t Hurt Domestic Violence Awareness Exhibition event. “It is so important to know that there are other dynamics about domestic violence other than a male hitting a female or vice versa.”
Domestic violence awareness is significant to Mathis because she was a victim of domestic violence as well as her mother.
“My mother was in a nine-year domestic violence relationship and I went through my own domestic violence situation when I was 19-years-old,” said Mathis. “My situation was bad but it was not as bad as my mom’s.”
She added, “My mom is the reason I left my situation because I was like, I have to get out of this and I am not going to go through this for a long
period of time.”
The event will entail a diverse panel of speakers, domestic violence resources, poetry and art displays and a toast to the survivors and non-survivors of domestic violence.
“I have an author who will share how her partner abused her and her children, a woman who will teach how to use firearms and the proper steps to protect yourself, and I will share domestic violence resources,” said Mathis. “We will have poetry and art displays and I am going to allow people to share their domestic violence story.”
The effects of domestic violence can be long lasting or permanent and victims of domestic violence can suffer from serious mental health consequences.
“My mom’s situation caused me more trauma than anything,” said Mathis. “It really affected the dynamics of our household because it affected my mom’s mental health which meant that she could not be a mom and properly function for us.”
“I want to break the stigma of domestic violence, especially by being a mom of boys,” said Mathis.
“We have to teach our sons that there are other ways to channel anger and learn how to positively communicate our emotions.”
Mathis’ one wish is for more community leaders to read this article and be more in touch with the little people and join the cause for domestic violence.
The event is free and open to the public. Participants are asked to wear purple to the event.
The National Violence Domestic Hotline is (800) 799- 7233.
No one has a right to put their hands on you. Your last reprimand should have been when you were a child living in your parents’ house.
Please do not put your family in a situation where they have to plan your funeral. Take heed to this article and run for your life.