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If you’re in the Army (or stationed with your spouse who is), you may have heard some pretty negative things about getting stationed at Fort Bragg here in North Carolina.
And, while years ago there may have been reason for these thoughts—today is much different.
Fayetteville, North Carolina has transformed into a diverse hub with fairs, festivals, shows, great restaurants, an upcoming new baseball stadium, and best of all…SHOPPING! In fact downtown Fayetteville is now a go to for locals and out of towners to shop for unique and fun items from local and Veteran/milspouse shop owners.
With the holidays around the corner we know you’ll be looking for great gifts with meaning to give. Because we love all the goodies that Hay St. and it’s surrounding neighbors provide, we’ve asked some of our local retailers to share their top gift recommendations for this holidays season. The selections below are an awesome way to send a friend or family member a piece of Fayetteville.
Local Women, Mens and Kids Gifts
Cornerstone Design Co.- This amazing shop located at 240 Hay St. is owned by Mike and Tianna Dean and along with great small gifts they specialize in handcrafted farm style furniture and timeless pieces with the hope of encouraging family time and bringing people together. Many of their products are environmentally sustainable, making their pieces the perfect gift for the environmentally conscious person. Shop in store or online. You can also follow them on FB here and on IG @CornerStoneDesignCo.
- Fayetteville Pillow Case $37
- Blue Summit Pottery- FAY Mugs $24.99
- Wine Caddy $25
- Oak Ipad Holder $42 (Distressed White, Walnut)
Pressed NC A Creative Space– located at 120 Hay St. was launched by owner Ashley as she begin life here in Fayetteville as a milspouse while her husband served overseas. In addition to the picks below shoppers can find everything from mugs, to stationary, greeting cards, bags, candles, treats and other curated products from local artist/designers in NC and nationwide. Their most famous product are their “Fayetteville Shirts” that you’ve probably seen people walking in around town. Follow on FB and IG @PressedNC
FA LA LLAMA MAUVE TEE $24.99
POPPY HANDCRAFTED POPCORN– $6.95-$10.95 Made locally in Asheville, NC
A Bit Of North Carolina– located at 306 Hay St is owned by a Veteran military family and specializes in locally made gifts. Some of their items include, wine jellies, local honeys, sauces, tees and more. The great thing is that anything in this store can be combined into a gift basket which is awesome for gift giving. Follow them on FB here and on IG @ABitOfCarolina .
- Fayetteville Home Mug $15
- Sample Gift Basket- Price varies-Visit the store for gift basket details
- State Legacy Revival NC State Pride Short Sleeve Tee $21.95
Southern Roots– is located a short drive from the downtown Fayetteville area at 4251 Legion Road in Hope Mills, NC. They are great for one of a kind gifts and sell pieces from local crafters and artisans. This is the perfect place to find a gift no one else has. Follow them on FB here.
- Cathedral Window Shelf $54
- Two Piece Bottle Set $15 (they tend to have a variety of designs)
White Trash & Colorful Accessories– located downtown at 1999 Franklin St ” features a mixture of cottage shabby home furnishings, vintage finds, artist created jewelry and home accents, greeting cards, home fragrance, fabulous and unique handbags & totes, holiday decoration, and perfect gifts.” My personal favorites from there include their mugs and soaps! Join them downtown for A Dickens Holiday (Black Friday) and Shop Small Saturday, where they will have several surprise door busters and continue their “It’s In The Bag” promotion with a free tote bag of goodies which can includes things like ornaments, crown pens and merchandise closeouts! Follow them on FB here and IG @ShopWhiteTrash
1.Handcrafted Bread Board Letter Boards- $62 (comes with a set of white letters. They are also doing a launch promo of a free script letter pack with purchase
2. Handcrafted Mission Mercantile Leather Bags- From $295.00
3. Lenny and Eva State Sentiments Bracelets. Sentiments – $23.00. Bracelet $53
Turner Lane – is located at 242-Hay St. and offers another little piece of Southern Life with organic handmade soap and bath products, custom gift baskets, and regional foods and beverages amongst many other fun curated novelty items. Follow them on FB here and IG @TurnerLaneStore .
- NC Pillow- $39
- Cotton Wreaths $29
- Rouge & Rye artisan roller ball perfume and lotion in glass bottle. A set can be mixed and matched for $35.
Other Places To Find Fun Gifts And Experiences
The Wine Cafe (also owned by a Veteran family)- located at 108 Hay St offers an incredible selection of handpicked wines to give you a one of a kind experience. They offer many tasting classes, events, gift baskets and other gadgets that make for great gifts this holiday season. Make your shopping easier by giving everyone a bottle of wine and saving 5-10% on cases. Follow them on FB here.
Tokyo Retro Gaming Fayetteville– is located at 136 Person St and is for the nostalgic toy and game lover and of course kids. Shoppers will find everything from retro game systems to comics, anime items, all things Japanese pop culture, figurines and so much more. The best part is that many of their items come from Japan. Follow them on FB here.
Leclair’s– is located at 1212 Fort Bragg Road and is owned by Patrick Leclair and while not a bar , this place fits the lyrics to the Cheer’s theme song ” Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came”. Former Director of Visual Representation at Ralph Lauren NY and owner Patrick Leclair is all about the family feeling at his store where you’ll find “Coffee, Wine, Craft beer, Vintage decor, Antiques, Art, Jewelry and local goods“. This is a great place to purchase a gift for the person who loves vintage collectibles and decor. Expect to shop while the record player plays in the background and customers come to grab their coffee mug off the wall and chat with fellow locals. Follow them on FB here.
Roland’s Dance Studio-located at 310 Hope Mills Rd is a long time fixture in the area. Give the gift of group or couple dance lessons. Dance lessons start at just $15 for 45 minutes. See more pricing here. Learn everything from how to Salsa, dance Swing, or Ballroom dance from top dance instructors with 50+ more years of combined experience. Follow them on FB here.
Paraclete Indoor Skydiving– located in Raeford provides the perfect gift for the daredevil in your life. Since we’re home of the 82nd Airborne it only makes sense to give the gift of the ultimate sky dive experience. Packages start at $64. Follow them on FB here. and IG @ParacleteXP.
And if this gift guide isn’t enough join your fellow Fort Braggers and Fayetteville residents on Friday November 23rd for “A Dicken’s Holiday” as the downtown Fayetteville area is transformed into an 1800’s Victorian time period. Eat real chestnuts, take a horse and carriage ride and of course enjoy an amazing shopping experience with all the local businesses.