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Celebrating Fayetteville’s Mom-and-Pop Shops

March 29 is National Mom-and-Pop Business Owners Day, a special holiday dedicated to honoring small business owners and recognizing all the hard work they do. We are excited to take this day to celebrate three mom-and-pop shops we are proud to have at Marketfair shopping center. From coffee and bakery treats to sushi and curry, these small businesses are part of what makes Marketfair and Fayetteville so unique!

Good Living Coffee Zone

Good Living Coffee Zone, a locally owned and operated coffee, tea and food destination, will celebrate its one-year anniversary at Marketfair this May. The shop serves coffee made from the finest beans around the world, as well as healthy and delicious sandwiches, pastries, teas and more. Good Living Coffee Zone not only hosts fun, unique events to show how much they appreciate their customers, but they also support local nonprofits and volunteer services that support Fayetteville causes. Its mission revolves around total quality of service and commitment to the Fayetteville community, and we are so proud to have them at Marketfair!

Tandoori Bites

Tandoori Bites has served fine Indian cuisine to Fayetteville customers since April 2017. The original Tandoori Bites in Wilmington, North Carolina, became so popular over the past nine years that the owners decided to open their second location right here in Fayetteville — and we’re so glad they did! Tandoori Bites’ has won several awards of excellence for its commitment to providing exceptional food and customer service from reputable publications like Encore Magazine and Trip Advisor. Customers have described the unique dining experience as being so authentic that “you will feel as if you just landed in Mumbai.”

Mikoto Jr. Express

This quick and casual family-owned restaurant is the perfect spot in Fayetteville to experience a touch of Asian culture. Choose from a wide variety of entrées including hibachi, sushi, tempura and other Japanese favorites. Mikoto Jr. Express’ friendly ambiance pairs perfectly with the delicious cuisine, making it the perfect lunch or dinner spot!

There are more than 27 million small businesses in America that play an important role in the United States economy, and National Mom-and-Pop Business Owners Day reminds us to go out and show our appreciation for them. A huge thank you to all our Fayetteville small businesses for all that you do!

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!

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!

Marketfair’s Ultimate Guide to Black Friday

Thanksgiving Day is this week — which means Black Friday is right around the corner! We’ve been preparing for months to bring you the best deals Fayetteville has to offer. Here’s our special Marketfair Black Friday round-up to guide you through everyone’s favorite shopping holiday:

  • Love shopping but hate waking up for early morning deals? Grab a cup of espresso, coffee or tea to keep you energized while you browse your favorite stores!
  • Does your home need an upgrade in preparation for the new year? New flooring will make any home look brand new.
  • In the mood to spice up your lunch or dinner after a long day of shopping? We guarantee you’ll be able to find a few dishes that weren’t on your Thanksgiving table.
  • If you’d rather kick back and relax while the rest of the family shops, grab a movie ticket and catch up on the latest Hollywood flicks.
  • What’s one thing kids and adults will always agree on? Candy-filled stockings are a must-have. Get a head start and stock up on your family’s favorite treats!
  • Who wants to cook after spending Thanksgiving in the kitchen? Grab a sandwich, salad or milkshake instead! You can even order online!
  • Looking to work off those Thanksgiving calories? Design your own workout in a completely Judgement Free Zone.

We hope all of our Fayetteville shoppers have a happy holiday! Can’t wait to see you out and about this Black Friday!

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

Marketfair Spotlight: Kids in Sports

As the kids are heading back to school, it’s important to make sure they stay active. Get your kids up and moving after the classroom with our tenant Kids in Sports! This is the perfect community spot here in Fayetteville to get your kids involved in an activity where they will learn important life skills like sportsmanship and teamwork while having fun.

You don’t have to choose just one sport – Kids in Sports offers multi-sport classes which combine baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, football and floor hockey. These classes are specially designed to be broken into appropriate age groups and use a combination of small and large group activities to teach the needed skills for each sport. There’s no room for boredom at Kids in Sports!

Overall, Kids in Sports seeks to teach its athletes benefits that go beyond the game. In addition to inspiring athletes to live a healthy lifestyle, the classes teach life and socialization skills that improve self-esteem, emotional stability and encourage kids to live with respect for others.

You can register online for Fall Sport Classes at any time! Classes begin Sept. 5, but registration stays open throughout the season so you can join in on the fun at any time. For all of the soccer fans out there, check out the Soccer Challenge Week coming up Sept. 11. Stay updated by following @KISFayetteville on Facebook. Learn more by checking out the website or call (910) 401-3739.

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!

Memorial Day in Fayetteville

Memorial Day is a special day across the nation, but especially here in Fayetteville. This holiday, originally called Decoration Day, is to remember those who have lost their lives serving our country. This weekend is a great chance to get together with friends and family, as the community has a number of activities going on. We’ve rounded up a few events for you to check out and join in on the festivities:

  • Saturday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Shop local food and handcrafted products at the City Market at the Museum. The Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum hosts this market on Saturday mornings.
  • Sunday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m.: Check out A Symphonic Salute to the U.S. Armed Forces Concert at Festival Park, given by the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (FSO) to salute the armed forces in honor of the holiday.
  • Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m.: Honor the brave and remember the fallen at Freedom Memorial Park This event fills up quickly, so consider arriving early and bringing a lawn chair with you.
  • Monday, May 29 at noon: The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation and the Special Operations Force K9 Memorial Foundation are hosting a Memorial Day Service Ceremony to honor K-9 soldiers. Stick around with the kids afterward for a special children’s book reading by the author of “How I Became A K-9 Commando.”

Find out more details on what is going on in the community this weekend here. We hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!

Get Moving this May

Warm weather is here, which means it’s the perfect time to get outside and get moving! There are tons of spots throughout Fayetteville to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise in. Below we have listed some favorite local trails and parks for a stroll, jog or picnic this month.

  • Cape Fear River Trail: This paved path reaches about 5.3 miles one way and is perfect for a walk, jog or bicycle ride. Enjoy a look at wildlife along this trail that offers more than 700 species of plants and trees.
  • Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center: This second largest regional park is an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic. There is never a dull moment here as the Nature Center offers fun programs for individuals and families, like nature story time and a bird appreciation walking group.
  • Riverside Dog Park: Take your furry friend out for some exercise at this dog-friendly spot. The location is open every day from dawn to dusk.
  • North Carolina Veterans Park: Explore downtown and take a stroll through the first park dedicated to military veterans in the state. This spot memorializes veterans from over 100 North Carolina counties from all branches of the Armed Services.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in the community while spending time outdoors, check out the volunteer program for the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks & Recreation department!