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It’s Time for a Spring Awakening, Fayetteville!

Cooler weather has its perks, but seeing signs of spring after a long, cold winter is always refreshing! The first day of spring is March 20, and even if it doesn’t feel like it quite yet, warm weather and sunshine are just around the corner. Here are a few ways you can prepare for the new season and take full advantage of the beautiful spring days ahead of us in Fayetteville!

1. Spring Cleaning

Things can get a little cluttered when you’re stuck indoors hiding out from the cold all winter. Blooming flowers, bright sunshine and warm weather should give you the boost of energy you need to “spring” back into your cleaning routine. There are so many ways to freshen up your home for the new season. Consider packing up those winter coats and sweaters that are taking up so much space in your closet. Steam clean your carpets and scrub your hardwood floors until they shine like brand new. You’ll love how good your house looks (and how good you feel) when you’re all done!

2. Gardening

Time to put your green thumb to work! Even if it is still chilly outside, March is the perfect time to start preparing your garden. Start by cleaning up any remnants of last year’s plants that didn’t quite make it through the winter. Then, you can use those decaying plants to boost nutrients in the soil for the new plants! There are plenty of crops that thrive in cooler spring weather. You’ll be glad you got a head start when you collect your fresh veggies in the early summer!

3. Outdoor Workouts

Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home. You can clean up your fitness routine, too! There’s no better time to start shaping up for summer than the beginning of spring. You can finally ditch your winter indoor gym routine and move your workout outdoors. Jog around the neighborhood, play your favorite outdoor sport, go on a bike ride — the possibilities are endless! You’ll look and feel better than ever when summer comes around.

Are you as ready for spring as we are, Fayetteville? We hope these tips help you say “goodbye” to winter and “hello” to warmer spring weather!

Thursday Night Throwdown at Fayetteville’s Good Living Coffee Zone

Calling all espresso and latte experts! Good Living Coffee Zone and Barista Magazine invite local baristas to participate in this month’s Thursday Night Throwdown (TNT) at Good Living Coffee Zone’s Marketfair shopping center location on Feb. 22 from 7-9 p.m. The barista with the perfect pour will win a pile of cash and the title of Fayetteville’s latte art champion!

For a $5 entry fee, baristas compete before three judges to create the most impressive latte art in a given time limit. The barista with the most votes will move onto the next round, and the TNT champion wins all the money in the pot. Not a barista? You don’t have to be a latte artist to appreciate a good show and a great cup of coffee! All TNTs are free for anyone to watch, so bring a friend and come watch the baristas battle it out.

Baristas can sign up by posting on the Facebook event page or by emailing glczllc@goodlivingcoffeezone.com. Baristas can also sign up by arriving at Good Living Coffee Zone at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22. Good Living Coffee Zone hosts TNT only once a month, so you don’t want to miss out!

Good Living Coffee Zone’s February TNT is sure to be an evening of artistic fun, whether you’re a barista who wants to show off your skills or a coffee connoisseur who wants to have a “latte” of fun. Start practicing your pours, baristas!

Fayetteville Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is on the horizon — which means Cupid will be visiting Fayetteville very soon! Because searching for the perfect gifts for your loved ones can be exhausting, we’ve compiled a list of the best Valentine’s Day gifts in Fayetteville for all of your family and friends:

  1. For the Hopeless Romantic: One of the most popular Valentine’s Day date destinations? A romantic trip to see the latest Hollywood flick! Helpful hint: Fifty Shades Freed is hitting theaters Friday, Feb. 9 — just in time for the holiday.
  2. For the Fitness Devoted: Set up your favorite health enthusiast for success in the new year. A new gym membership will be the perfect gift to show that you care about their health, too! 
  3. For the Kids: Don’t forget — kids love special Valentine’s Day presents as well! They’ll be head-over-heels for a sports class where they can learn more about their favorite sports and also learn tons of benefits beyond the game, such as team work and perseverance!
  4. For the Stylish: When it comes to being pampered, it doesn’t get much better than a manicure and pedicure. Nails on fleek!
  5. For the Sandwich Lover: As the saying goes, the quickest way to a person’s heart is often through his or her stomach. Take your Valentine out to this impromptu lunch date if he or she is obsessed with sandwiches like us!
  6. For the Candy Connoisseur: Did someone mention sugar? After all, candy is an extremely important part of Valentine’s Day tradition.
  7. For the Coffee Aficionado: We all have those loved ones who can’t get their morning started without a piping hot “cup of Joe.” A gift certificate to this local coffee shop is sure to go over well!
  8. For the Interior Designer: So, your Valentine is a creative type looking to refresh the interior design of his or her home. Give them a head start by taking them on a spontaneous shopping spree!

We hope everyone has a great holiday spent with those who matter most! Happy Valentine’s Day, Fayetteville, and happy shopping!

Weekend Holiday Events in Fayetteville

There is plenty of holiday cheer in Fayetteville this year! Get your family and friends together and come out and celebrate at these local events this weekend:

Marketfair Christmas Tree Lighting

Marketfair shopping center is hosting its first annual Christmas tree lighting event Saturday, Dec. 16. Everyone is welcome to come to the event, which will be held in our parking lot from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be caroling, holiday treats and a visit from Old St. Nick at 6:30 p.m. Visit our Facebook page to learn more about the event!

Hot Chocolate and Cookies with Santa

Head to Good Living Coffee Zone, Fayetteville’s favorite coffee connoisseur, for FREE hot chocolate and cookies earlier in the day Dec. 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. Kids will enjoy a surprise visit from Santa Claus, so make sure they have their Christmas lists ready!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, just wait until you see this The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Cape Fear Regional Theatre! Fayetteville has enjoyed this comedic Christmas classic for over 25 years. The show runs through Dec. 17, so make sure to learn more before it ends!

Are you planning on coming out to any of these awesome events? From the Marketfair family to yours, we wish you all a very merry holiday season!

Join us for Marketfair’s First Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Bring out your family to celebrate the holidays with our Marketfair family. We are kicking off the festive season by lighting our giant, live Christmas tree at our first annual tree lighting event! The festivities will take place on Dec. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. in our parking lot at 1916 Skibo Road in Fayetteville.

There will be plenty of caroling, treats and holiday cheer to celebrate most wonderful time of year while we anxiously await a very special guest from the North Pole, who will make an appearance at 6:30 p.m. Make sure your kids write their letters to Santa in anticipation! Local Marketfair businesses, churches and organizations will also be in attendance. The event is free to everyone and there will be plenty of parking available. Click here for more details and to RSVP to the Facebook event. We can’t wait to celebrate with you and your loved ones!

Trunk or Treat with Marketfair

Head over to Marketfair shopping center on Saturday, Oct. 28 to get a head start on your Halloween candy collection! We’re hosting a “Trunk or Treat” event for the Fayetteville community the Saturday before Halloween from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and you won’t want to miss it! Local favorite shops Good Living Coffee Zone, Rocket Fizz and Kids in Sports will also be taking part in the skele-fun!

The three best decorated cars will receive a special prize at the end of the event, and we’ll have other wicked awesome activities including Pumpkin Ball, Cupcake Walk and Ghost Bowling. You can RSVP to the event over on Marketfair’s Facebook page. Registered cars should arrive and set up between 4 to 4:45 p.m., the trunk registration form is available here or you can contact glczllc@goodlivingcoffeezone.com for more information. We hope to see you there for all the festivities!

Fall Recipe Favorites

Apple picking season is upon us – that means it’s time for some fun fall recipes! You can find locally grown apples at spots like the Reilly Road Farmers Market, the Fayetteville Farmers Market and the Apple Crate Natural Market.

Try making a fun locally-sourced treat with your friends or family this month! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite apple recipes below:

Carmel Apple Dump Cake

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Grease an 8 or 9-cup cake pan
  • Cut 1 large apple into slices or chunks
  • Mix 1 box of spice cake mix as the directions on the box call for. Stir 1 large apple and ½ cup of toasted pecans into batter. Pour into pan.
  • Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until done or an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely for about an hour
  • In a 2-quart saucepan mix ½ cup brown sugar, butter and milk. Heat until it boils over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk. Let the mixture boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Gradually stir in powdered sugar until smooth. Stir gently 2 to 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Immediately spoon glaze over top of cake, allowing some to drizzle down side. Top with remaining 1/2 cup pecans

Apple Chips

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • Slice two apples and place into a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon, toss to combine
  • Place the apples on a baking sheet so none overlap and cook the apples for 2-3 hours, flipping halfway though
  • Bake until dried out by still pliable

Turtle Apple Pops

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Slice 2 apples into ½ slices. Make a small incision in the bottom and stick in popsicle sticks.
  • Dip the apple slices into your melted chocolate of choice and place on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with toasted pecan pieces and place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to harden.
  • Drizzle with melted caramel and sprinkle with sea salt. Return to refrigerator to harden for 5 more minutes and serve

Fire Safety Day at Good Living Coffee Zone

Stop, drop and roll over to Good Living Coffee Zone on Sept. 30! Our tenant is celebrating Fire Safety Day with lots of family fun and important information. From 10 a.m. to noon, your favorite local coffee shop will host a display of area fire trucks and Fayetteville firefighters to talk about fire prevention in the parking lot. Food, drinks, games and junior firefighter hats will also be provided.

Good Living Coffee Zone is a locally owned and operated coffee shop with the mission of providing quality service, products and commitment to the Fayetteville community. With three specially-selected beans from Honduras, Kenya and Sumatra, Good Living Coffee Zone has a special blend any coffee lover is sure to enjoy. In addition, Good Living Coffee Zone also offers an assortment of smoothies, sorbet, pastries and other tasty bites.

Also, mark your calendars for Fayetteville’s first annual Barista Throwdown at Good Living Coffee Zone on Nov. 17. This latte art competition will raise funds to help feed local low-income children, just in time for the holidays.
Stay updated by following @GoodLivingCoffeeZone on Facebook. Learn more by checking out the website or call 910-475-8630.

Radiothon Benefitting Make-A-Wish Eastern NC

Looking for weekend plans? Join us at the Rock 103 Radiothon For Wishes event Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. right here at Marketfair shopping center. Bring the whole family out for fun with a good cause – all funds will benefit Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina.

All ages are guaranteed to have fun at this event! The station will broadcast live from the plaza, with fun challenges, prize drawings and special guest performances throughout the day. A silent auction will include electric guitars signed by bands like the Pretty Reckless and Breaking Benjamin, and guests can also purchase song requests onsite.

You won’t want to miss joining the Fayetteville community at our Rock 103 Radiothon For Wishes event – see you there!

Refreshing Summer Treats from Marketfair

Looking for the perfect summer refreshment? We’ve got you covered! These three refreshments are guaranteed to cool you down in the summer heat here in Fayetteville.

Craving something sweet and fruity? This light banana berry smoothie, inspired by the tasty offerings at Good Living Coffee Zone, is the perfect breakfast or snack.

  • Combine 2 cups frozen mixed berries, 1 cup strawberry flavored yogurt, 1 banana sliced, 1 cup milk and ½ teaspoon of sugar in a blender
  • Blend until smooth and enjoy

Classic sweet tea is guaranteed to satisfy just about anyone, especially around lunch time with a sandwich from Which Wich.

  • Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda (to help with bitterness) into a 64-ounce glass pitcher
  • Pour in 2 cups boiling water and add 6 tea bags. Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes
  • Remove tea bags and stir ¾ cup of white sugar until dissolved
  • Pour in 6 cups cool water and refrigerate until cold

Watermelon soda from Rocket Fizz is always a favorite summer flavor– try these watermelon popsicles for the perfect pick me up after a hot day!

  • Add 2 ½ cups of cubed watermelon, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, ¼ cup white sugar and ½ cup raspberries into a blender
  • Blend on high until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth
  • Pour the mixture into ice pop molds and insert sticks
  • Freeze overnight