My husband (Chris) and I spent time exploring downtown Fayetteville last weekend, taking pictures for a photography scavenger hunt sponsored by VisitDowntown.com. We met so many nice business owners, and loved discovering the variety of shops, coffee houses, restaurants, and other organizations in the downtown area!
One of my favorite shops was an antique store called The Shops at 123 Hay Street. It's so much more than a regular antique store!! Joy, the owner, works with multiple vendors to bring in many unique items, both big and small. The prices are very reasonable, and I was really wowed by the variety of beautiful pieces. There's something for every taste and every budget, and I will be returning soon to shop rather than photograph!
Another place we enjoyed visiting was First Date Coffee House - a quaint, two-level coffee house and eatery. I've met both owners, and appreciate the friendly customer service they provide. I also had the pleasure of meeting David Thompson of Itzagift. David creates and provides First Date Coffee House with the delicious cheesecakes, cookies, and confections that they sell; his confections are exquisite! (If you're into birthday cake flavored treats, try the birthday cake cheesecake and the birthday cake frosted golden oreos - DELISH!!!)
Continuing our exploration of the area, we stumbled across Walter Guy Jewelers - a jewelry store on Hay street with beautiful traditional gemstone and diamond jewelry and also some lovely and very unique nontraditional pieces as well. While there, I got to speak with Robert Lints - a jeweler with over 25 years of experience in the jewelry industry. He and the other Walter Guy Jewelers staff were phenomenal - friendly, down-to-earth, and informative. Robert not only took the time to tell us about (and point out) some of the more unique jewelry and gemstone pieces in the store, but also told us about the local area as well (this was very much appreciated, as we just moved to North Carolina a few weeks ago).
Rounding out our exploration of the area was Turner Lane - a cozy, country store filled with delicious-looking jams, jellies, and sauces, wonderfully-scented candles and soaps, and lots of neat home decor items.
The photography scavenger hunt was a great experience - I'm grateful for the opportunity to have participated in such a fun event! We won't know until September whether any of our photos made it to print, but either way, we appreciate having had the chance to be a part of it.
That's it for now - signing off in Cameron, North Carolina!