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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!

Join Fayetteville in Celebrating Black History Month

Black history is American history — so come celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to our cities, states and country. Here are some of the exciting Black History Month events in Fayetteville this year:

1867: Deeds Not Words, The Origin of Fayetteville State University

Head to Fayetteville’s Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex to take a trip back to 1867. The event will explore the story of Fayetteville State University’s founding and the lives of Fayetteville’s African-American community during the 19th century. This free, traveling exhibit is open now through May 27 during regular museum hours, featuring photographs, panels and video interviews.

True to Yourself: A Black History Month Film Talk

Come out to Fayetteville State University’s J.W. Seabrook Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17 to see award-winning actress Tichina Arnold and famous casting director Winsome Sinclair, C.S.A. Audience members will hear stories of challenges they have faced throughout their lives and careers. After the event, Arnold and Sinclair will answer audience questions from the unique perspective of public figures. General admission is $20, while current students can attend for $10.

15th Annual Black History Quiz Bowl

This event is for the kids! All children ages 10-18 are invited to participate in the 15th annual Black History Quiz Bowl. It’s a fun, competitive way for kids to put their knowledge of Black History and many more topics to the test. Children from both North Carolina and South Carolina will be participating, uniting kids of different races and backgrounds to compete for a variety of prizes while learning. This event will take place at Fayetteville’s Ramada Plaza on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is free for participants and anyone who wants to stay and watch.

There are many more Black History Month events in Fayetteville throughout February, so make sure to check out the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau’s calendar of events for more historical fun!

Saving Lives with Marketfair at Our Upcoming Blood Donation Drive

Did you know that someone is in the need of blood every two seconds in the United States? That means 43,200 Americans per day could die without access to donated blood. At Marketfair, we take those numbers seriously.

We’re teaming up with Cape Fear Valley Health for our first annual blood donation drive on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The blood drive will be held at Good Living Coffee Zone in Marketfair shopping center on Skibo Road.

Join us by selecting a time for your donation appointment here, or you can call Good Living Coffee Zone at (910) 475-8630. Make sure to bring along photo identification and eat a nutritious meal before your donation! To show our appreciation, donors will receive a special gift while supplies last. And, remember: donating a single pint means you could save up to three lives.

We can’t wait to see all of our life-saving Fayetteville donors there!

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!

Veterans Day in Fayetteville

They stood for us. We stand with them. This Nov. 11, we honor our veterans as we celebrate Veterans Day as a community. On this special holiday we salute those who have served and honor the tremendous sacrifices made by them and our families to preserve our freedom.

Join us in celebrating our local heroes at the annual Fayetteville Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. in historic downtown Fayetteville. It will begin on Hay Street at the Airborne Special Operations Museum. The theme of this year’s parade is “Honoring our Vietnam Veterans” as a special tribute to our Vietnam War Heroes. The parade is one of the many events as a part of Cumberland County’s Heroes Homecoming IV. The list of other events can be found here. While at these events, be open to speaking with the veterans around you. One of the best ways to honor a veteran is to listen, engage in a meaningful conversation about their experiences.

Over at Marketfair, anyone interested in serving our country can stop by our Air Force Recruiting location to acquire more information.

We hope everyone has a great Veterans Day and a special thank you to all our community heroes!

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!

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.

Where to View the Solar Eclipse in Fayetteville

For the first time in 38 years, the United States will see a total eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. This means the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, completely covering the sun for a period of time. Everyone in North America, as well as some from parts of the other world including Africa, Europe and South America, will be able to view the eclipse.

As the moon moves, you’ll be able to view the total eclipse if you’re in the path of totality. This is a thin ribbon that stretches across the U.S. Other parts of the country will be able to see a partial view of the eclipse at certain times. Here in Fayetteville, you should be able to view the eclipse at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Before planning your eclipse party, make sure to pick up a pair of protective glasses! These have been a hot commodity, but you can find them at local schools, libraries and businesses.

No glasses? No problem – some local viewing parties will have limited supplies available! Below we’ve rounded up some places around town to enjoy the solar eclipse this Monday, Aug. 21 with the Fayetteville community.

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!