10LoftTour Ever wonder what those homes up above the shops on Hay Street and at Park View on Bragg Boulevard look like inside and what drew people to live in the heart of downtown Fayetteville? An upcoming tour of these spaces will give community members the opportunity to find out. Gracious residents will once again open their lofts to host Cool Spring Downtown District’s annual Downtown Fayetteville Candlelight Loft Tour for one night only on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6-9 p.m.

That evening, stop by the Cool Spring Downtown District office at 222 Hay St. to pick up an event program and a map for the self-guided tour and to get the official tour wrist band, which will give participants access to all the homes on the tour. Wander farther down Hay Street, toward the Market House, to begin the tour at the delightful City Center Gallery & Books. The loft above the shop is home to proprietors Hank and Diane Parfitt.

Stroll back up the sidewalk, following the printed guide, to visit the other fascinating loft homes along Hay Street. Catch the Majestic Mobility shuttle at the Cool Spring Downtown District office to be transported to Park View where, in addition to lofty condos warmly decorated for the holidays, there will be light refreshments and representatives on hand from the Prince Charles Hotel and the Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

Learn all about the new residential and commercial spaces that will be available once renovations at the Prince Charles are complete. Get updates on the construction of the new baseball stadium and peruse the team merchandise on hand for purchase.

As always, throughout the downtown tour there will be lots of interesting shopping opportunities, delicious dining experiences, street art and sidewalk entertainment provided by Cool Spring Downtown District’s Busker Program. The Wine Café will host jazz performances on the patio. Enjoy a film in the elegant ambience of the Cameo movie theater. Be sure to check out the Arts Council’s current gallery exhibition, “Touchstone: Images of Service.” Around the corner from the Arts Council and down the block on Maxwell Street, wander through the potters’ and painters’ studios and view the mixed media art on display and for sale.

Tickets for the Downtown Fayetteville Candlelight Tour are $10 each and may be purchased at the Pilgrim Gift Shop in Westwood Shopping Center; the Cool Spring Downtown District office; Rude Awakening coffee house; City Center Gallery & Books; The Shops at 123 Hay Street; Pressed-A Creative Space; Kinder Koalas; The Wine Café; The Coffee Cup; The Door- Belle; The Hemp Farmacy; and at A Bit of Carolina.

Check-in for the event will be at 222 Hay St. any time between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. the day of the event. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and to give directions. Parking is available at the city of Fayetteville’s municipal parking deck on Franklin Street and is free after 5 p.m.

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