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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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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