Something for everyone. It’s a simple concept, but one that describes the retail scene in Fayetteville. Whether you are into just browsing, chatting with store associates and fellow customers, or getting what you came for and swiping the card quickly so you can move on to the next errand, local boutiques, gift shops, home stores and food stores can accommodate.
None is a better example than 2313 Glitter Ave. Inclusive Boutique off Raeford Road.
The boutique sells clothing, shoes and accessories for women of all sizes. Its owners say the business has grown from a small Etsy shop to a multimillion-dollar business over the past seven years.
A boutique at 1009 Marlborough Road is the company’s first brick-and-mortar storefront. Shoppers also can use a mobile app and have merchandise shipped or arrange for pickup at a warehouse on Blount Street downtown.
“As a curvy woman myself born and raised here in Fayetteville, it has always been a struggle to find fashionable clothing in inclusive sizes in Cumberland County,” co-owner Alexandria Shoup said in an email announcing the boutique’s opening. “We are hoping to fill that void in our community by opening this store that offers all styles in small to 3X and creating a safe space where women of all sizes can feel confident and comfortable to shop in person.”
Go to 2313glitterave.com for more information.
A shopping trip in Fayetteville is a mix of the trendy and the traditional influenced by people who come here from all over the world and people who have lived here all their lives. Here are some of the choices.
Local specialty shops
Bell’s Seed Store: Now in its fourth generation of family ownership, the store celebrated 100 years in business in 2019. Bell’s offers a variety of seasonal plants, from pansies and petunias to peppers and tomatoes, as well as lawn care essentials. Since 2010, Bell’s has had a garden gift shop that stocks items such as outdoor pillows, furniture and the Big Green Egg grill. Whenever it snows, Bell’s is a go-to for sleds, shovels and ice melt. 230 E. Russell St. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 910-483-8400
Betty Kelly’s Gift Shop: This family-owned business has been a staple for four generations of brides looking for the perfect china pattern. The shop also offers home decor, invitations and gifts, including scented candles, jewelry and women’s clothing. The shop carries the McKenzie-Childs, Vietri and Julie Vos lines. 1228 Fort Bragg Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 910-484-4044
A Bit of Carolina: This specialty gift shop carries North Carolina-made and -themed goods and specializes in custom gift baskets. 306 Hay St. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 910-551-6537
Blue Bike Antiques and Gifts: Blue Bike is home to local vendors offering antique and vintage items, furniture and collectibles. 2608 Raeford Road. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 910-920-2146
Curate Essentials: The herbal apothecary in the heart of Haymount takes a holistic approach to health and wellness with all-natural products to balance mind, body and spirit. Enjoy French press coffee and fresh pastries in the café or on the veranda surrounded by azaleas and camellias. 1302 Fort Bragg Road. 910-920-4531 or curateessentials.com
Cursive: This store features a mixture of cottage shabby home furnishings, vintage finds, jewelry, greeting cards, home fragrances, handbags and totes, decorations, and gifts. 223 Franklin St. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. 910-482-0005
Fleishman’s Tiny Town: This family-owned business has offered children’s clothing, shoes and toys for over 60 years. Tiny Town also has a baby registry and children’s furniture. 2800 Raeford Road, Suite 24B, Highland Centre. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 910-323-1991
Greg’s Pottery: The paint-your-own pottery studio, art gallery and gift shop was founded by local artist Greg Hathaway and is now owned by his daughter, Kelly Hathaway. 122 Maxwell St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 910-483-8355
John Allen Shoes: This family-owned store sells a variety of shoes for all ages, including hard-to-find brands. 214 Owen Drive. 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. 910-484-3161
Leclair’s General Store: Patrick Leclair opened this store in the heart of Haymount after leaving a career overseeing the decor of a national chain of high-end clothing stores. Leclair’s features coffee, wine, craft beer, specialty groceries, vintage decor, antiques, art, jewelry and local goods. It’s worth a trip just to check out the way Leclair arranges everything. 1212 Fort Bragg Road. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 910-491-1060
Lisa’s Custom Framing: Besides beautifully framing nearly anything, Robin Kelly also offers a gallery of work by local artists and gifts. Kelly bought the business from Lisa Lofthouse in 1982 and kept not just the name but also the reputation for good quality and timeliness. 1226 Fort Bragg Road. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. 910-484-3585
The Pilgrim: This gift shop features happy vibes and sweet aromas. It sells Vera Bradley, Cat Studio and Radko ornaments, along with Byers Choice Figurines, jewelry and scented candles. 160 Westwood Shopping Center. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. 910-867-9750
Pressed: Crystals, books, T-shirts, oracles and tarot decks are sold here. 120 Hay St. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 910-867-6147
Reverie Goods & Gifts: Owner Meghan Reed offers her own jewelry line, Square Peg Meg, along with accessories, art and bags. The store has gift items for everyone, including teachers, children and brides. 101 Hay St. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
Stevies on Hay: Candles, coffee and eclectic gifts are featured. 318 Hay St. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 910-229-2577
Turner Lane: Tucked on a side street in downtown Fayetteville, this shop has novelty gifts, organic handmade soaps and bath products, artisan foods and beverages, custom gift baskets, and muscadine slushies. 242-A Hay St. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 910-818-6795
Epiphany Boutique: “We have cute clothes for any occasion,” says store clerk Nicole Oliver. 3710 Morganton Road, Suite 108. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. 910-323-5591
Fabulous Finds Boutique: You’ll find trendy, affordable styles, jewelry, dresses and shoes available in-store or online at fabfindsboutique.com. 310 Hay St. above Blue Moon Cafe. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. 910-483-0733
Monkee’s of Fayetteville: Boutique designer fashions, shoes, jewelry and gift items are featured. 322 Glensford Drive, Suite 106. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 910-867-6001
Vibra’s: This store sells women’s clothing, jewelry, shoes and chalk paint by Annie Sloan. 1110 Hay St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday. 910-920-1590
Pet food and accessories
Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming: Besides dog grooming, grain-free pet food, gourmet dog treats, and dog accessories, toys and gifts are sold. 1216 Fort Bragg Road. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sunday-Monday. 910-860-1200
Area shopping centers
Cross Creek Mall: Fayetteville’s first enclosed mall opened in 1975 with five anchors: Belk, Sears, Thalhimer’s (now Macy’s), JC Penney, and Miller and Rhodes. Belk, JC Penney and Macy’s remain, along with more than 100 other retail and dining options, including a food court. The newest anchor is the 45,000-square-foot stand-alone Rooms to Go furniture store. Between Skibo and Morganton roads. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. 910-868-7668
Cross Pointe Center: This shopping area stays busy because of popular stores like T.J. Maxx, Ashley HomeStore, Shoe Carnival and Ulta Beauty. Eateries include Nona Sushi and Cold Stone Creamery. 5075 Morganton Road. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. 910-868-8811
Eutaw Village: Fayetteville’s first shopping center, Eutaw Village was once home to The Capitol Department Store and Ballentine’s Cafeteria. Today, the center off Bragg Boulevard has 40 businesses and is anchored by Round-a-Bout Skating Center, The Day Spa Rejuvenation Center, Carly C’s IGA grocery store, The Mill End Store fabric shop, Carolyn’s Hallmark Shop, and Dollar Tree. Adjacent Eutaw Village North has an N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles office. 2620 Bragg Blvd. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. daily. 910-484-8348
Fayetteville Pavilion: Located across Skibo Road from Target and Home Depot, Fayetteville Pavilion is anchored by a Food Lion supermarket, PetSmart, Marshalls, Michaels and Rack Room Shoes. 2061 Skibo Road. 404-504-6726
Freedom Town Center: Fayetteville’s newest shopping center features 49 acres of stores and restaurants, including Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Field & Stream, Fabe’s Charcoal Roasting Co. and First Watch. 2775 Freedom Parkway Drive. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Marketfair Shopping Center: This open-air retail and dining complex features Rooms to Go Kids, AMC MarketFair 15 theaters with reclining and heated seats, Planet Fitness, Lidl food store, and Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy store. 1916 Skibo Road. 910-829-1617
Tallywood Shopping Center: Publix supermarket, Mi Casita Mexican restaurant and Great Clips are the centerpieces of one of Fayetteville’s oldest but recently renovated shopping centers. 3114 Raeford Road. 910-321-0114
Westwood Shopping Center: Having recently undergone an ownership change after 47 years, Westwood remains anchored by a Food Lion supermarket and DEFY Fayetteville. First Citizens Bank has a branch here. Other stores include The UPS Store, Play It Again Sports, Board & Brush DIY Wood Sign Workshop, and the county’s largest ABC store. Westwood is at Morganton and South McPherson Church roads.
Fresh produce and outdoor markets
City Market at the Museum: Vendors offer 100% locally grown produce. 325 Franklin St. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. 910-433-1457
Dirtbag Ales: The market is open every Sunday seasonally at the popular brewery. It features locally grown produce, along with food trucks, live music, local vendors and adult beverages. 5435 Corporation Drive, Hope Mills. 910-426-2537
Gillis Hill Road Produce: This farm is ninth-generation family-owned. 2899 Gillis Hill Road. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. 910-308-9342
Pate’s Farm Market: The store features fresh produce, a butcher shop, bakery, a hot bar serving Southern favorites, and an intriguing pineapple-peeling machine. Adjacent is a nursery with thousands of flowers, shrubs, vegetable and spice plants, trees and lawn décor. 6411 Raeford Road. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. 910-426-1575
Reilly Road Farmers Market: The market has offered fresh local produce for 40 years. 445 N. Reilly Road. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 910-868-9509
Specialty food stores
Apple Crate Naturals: You’ll find organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, whole-grain, allergy-sensitive foods and teas, along with supplements and natural soaps. A bulk section offers trail mixes, dried fruits, grains and herbs. A grind-your-own-peanut butter station features three kinds of nuts. 2711 Raeford Road, Suite 110. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 910-426-7777
Compare Foods: This independently owned supermarket offers fresh produce, meats, beer and wine, and international products not found in other stores. 155 Bonanza Drive. 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. 910-826-9820
The Fresh Market Fayetteville: Fresh produce, meats and seafood are featured, as well as a specialty cheese section, bakery, wine and beer, and ready-to-go meals. 230 Glensford Drive. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. 910-867-2588
Indian Food and Spices: Shop for fresh vegetables, spices, local specialty meats, sweets and toiletries. 2417 Hope Mills Road. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 910-229-2263
Mediterranean Mart and Indian Foods: You’ll find Indian spices, pita bread, Greek and Turkish coffees and teas, and hard-to-find items. 5924 Cliffdale Road, Suite 104. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 910-864-1646
Kinlaw’s Supermarket: This family-owned meat market offers beef, pork, chicken, seafood and freshly ground hamburger. 1802 Sapona Road. 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; closed Sunday. 910-483-3437
Pan Thai & Asian Market: Fresh produce and hard-to-find sauces and spices are sold here. 805 Hope Mills Road. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. 910-424-6909
Sprouts Farmers Market: The store features fresh, natural and organic foods, including fruits and vegetables, as well as a full-service deli and meat and seafood counters. 2810 Freedom Parkway Drive. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 910-748-5985