Fayetteville Life

Living: Home Built by Hand

By Marcus Malek   When I was 12 or 13, I started skateboarding. I wanted to make all my own ramps and I was working with my friend Phillip to build a box, something that replicates a bench. He asked me, “What’s the biggest thing you’d like to build?” And I said, “I don’t know, […]

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Food: A History of the Summer Man Meal

A History of the Summer Man Meal By Gabriel Sistare   Chicken. Hot sauce. Beer. Loaded tater tots. I did extensive research and these few words were common among pre-civilized man. The catch is, most historians agree this wasn’t a vocabulary used to describe nouns common to humans at the time, such as rock, tree, […]

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Art: Metal Worx Inc.

By LeJuane “El’Ja” Bowens Standing for freedom and justice, the American flag is a revered symbol. It flies high, especially in our Fayetteville and Fort Bragg community. The red, white and blue are emblematic of what we’ve fought for historically, and what we continue to fight for. Flags, then, can weather the test of time. […]

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Simplify Your Lifestyle this Summer

From backyard barbecues and trips to the beach to baseball games and swim meets, summer is all about family fun. It’s also an ideal time to slow down and incorporate a more mindful routine at home.   This season, prioritize a “less-is-more” lifestyle by making smart swaps, like using products with better ingredients, to simplify […]

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BOOM: Ten Fireworks Fun Facts!

Sparklers. Roman candles. Smoke bombs. Ground spinners. Poppers. Snaps. Why do we love firecrackers so much? Is it just the joy of watching something explode? Or is it that feeling of waiting to see just where and when the dark sky will become a million colors? We researched the humble (and explosive!) beginnings of fireworks […]

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82nd Airborne Soldiers to Headline City’s Independence Day Celebration

Music performances by soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division will be entertaining the crowds during the City of Fayetteville’s Independence Day Celebration at Festival Park on Saturday, July 1. The City is starting the Fourth of July celebration early with a family-friendly concert and fireworks, featuring musical performances by the 82nd Airborne Division All American Chorus starting […]

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Outdoor Kitchens Add Fun, Function

If your backyard beckons when temperatures climb, an outdoor kitchen may be the perfect answer for your next construction or remodeling project. Outdoor kitchens bring color, style and design to your backyard landscape while adding a fully functional living space to your home. Whether you tend to enjoy your backyard with close family or frequently […]

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Celebrate the 4th of July with Democracy’s Defenders

Cumberland County, NC –  As home to the 82nd Airborne, the US Army Special Forces and the US Army Forces Command, it’s safe to say “when the President calls 911, Fort Bragg answers.”  The residents of Fayetteville and the communities of Cumberland County call these heroes “neighbor.”  It’s no surprise that the community was recognized […]

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Big Flavor Recipes for Summer Get-Togethers

From patio potlucks to backyard barbecues, summer is the ultimate time to kick back and enjoy delicious food with your favorite people. If you’re looking to add big flavor to your warm-weather menu, get inspired by these recipes from celebrity chef Jose Garces. For a taste of Southern cooking, pair Classic Cheddar Pierogies with a […]

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Secrets for Mastering the Grill

With warmer temperatures and sun-filled days arriving, there are few better ways to celebrate the summer season than by firing up the grill. Whether preparing a simple dinner at home or a backyard bash for a crowd, grilling is an easy way to add sear and flavor to your favorite meats and vegetables. The perfect […]

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Living: Larry and Samantha Thomas create an outdoor oasis

By Courtney Phillips Larry and Samantha Thomas know their move to McLauchlin Farms was “meant to be.” Five years ago, Samantha was casually browsing an issue of Homes & Land with no intent to leave their comfortable home in Westgate, but her interest was piqued by the home featured on the cover. “I didn’t even […]

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Why that Chair?

When we met at Southern Design Furniture (4909 Raeford Road) with our May/June featured military spouses for their photo shoots, we let them pick their chair they would be photographed in. “Think of it like a spirit chair,” we encouraged. They ventured through the store to see which chair(s) spoke to them.  And lo and behold, Jennifer Pate, […]

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A Total Body Approach to a New You

New Year’s resolutions typically focus on reactive goals like losing weight or getting back into that workout routine. However, thinking about resolutions in a more proactive, long-term way can give you more motivation and the willpower to stick with it. A commitment to proactive total body care, including these tips from Massage Envy, can keep […]

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5 Tips to Plan Your Wedding Like a Pro

It may be that your budget doesn’t allow a wedding planner, or maybe you’ve just dreamed of this day for so long that all of the hands-on planning makes you giggle with glee. Either way, there are steps you can take to make your big day go off without a hitch. Like relying on the […]

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Living: Lauren and Wyatt Jenkins’ Home

By Courtney Phillips Sixteen years ago, Lauren walked into Wyatt’s home for the first time. Last year, it became her home, too.  Upon graduating from East Carolina, the Fayetteville natives and high school sweethearts began their married life in Fayetteville. Two homes—in Briarwood and Woodlands—and two beautiful children later, they bought and settled into Wyatt’s […]

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Vision 2026: One County, Big Plans

By Brittney Murray Picture this. In addition to Fayetteville’s own Cape Fear Botanical Garden, its renowned Airborne & Special Operations Museum, its notable historic downtown center and its Arts Council, Fayetteville also becomes home to a minor league baseball stadium, a Civil War History Center and a world-class Performing Arts Center. This is what the […]

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Faith: Friendship House Comes to Fayetteville

By Kelly Twedell  Cape Fear Valley Health’s Dr. Scott Cameron, a Neonatologist (NICU physician) is the one  with the vision. In 2010, during a medical mission trip to Africa, Dr. Cameron became gravely ill and needed emergency abdominal surgery. Avery Cameron, Dr. Cameron’s wife who was with him in Africa, marveled that at the very […]

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Art: Temporary Public Art in Fayetteville

By Erin Pesut              A giraffe on wheels? You may have noticed it. The long-legged corten steel man staring up at the sky? Perhaps you drove right by. If you’re curious about the public art sculptures downtown that cropped up last year after Hurricane Matthew, we’ve got the whole story. The latest news? These are […]

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Living: Art & Light & Space

By Erin Pesut  In the 1970s, as a graduate writing student at Columbia University in New York City, Pamolu Oldham felt dwarfed by the city. “I felt so diminished by just the tallness of the buildings and the activity that never stopped.” This same feeling pervaded her work—so much so that her writing compacted. “I […]

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Eat Your Way to Better Health

It seems like every week there is a new product claiming to promise nutrition and improve your health. However, there are some foods you likely already have on hand that can improve your diet quality and support clean-eating efforts. Skip the total diet overhaul or the latest fad, and keep it simple by focusing on […]

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