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Dining & Entertainment

One Man’s Trash – Soda Bottles, Junk Mail and, Yes, Chicken Bones Become Art

Mark Bannerman tends to walk with his head down, constantly scouring the ground for discarded and forgotten knickknacks. He doesn’t romanticize what he does. “It’s other people’s trash,” he says. “That’s what I’m picking up.” But Bannerman sees more than trash when he reaches down to pick up that rusty nail or aluminum can carelessly […]

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Homegrown Fayetteville

If you’re looking for the freshest produce in town, skip the supermarket and head downtown each Wednesday afternoon to the Fayetteville Farmers Market. Not only can you buy just-picked fruits and vegetables, you can meet some of the local farmers who grow the good stuff right here in our collective backyard. Farmers sell their harvests […]

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Talking to The Keys

The sounds of rocking pianos and singing crowds pour out of The Keys every time the door opens. But the door doesn’t open often enough for the crowd – 30 people and growing at 10:30 p.m. – who are lined up to get into the Person Street bar on a Saturday night. Despite the line […]

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Back on Tap – Huske Hardware House

Fans of the restaurant and brewpub will find that its new owners have preserved the best of the old while introducing some significant changes – including all-new furniture, new microbrews, a fresh menu and a cool no-smoking policy – that they believe will help make the business better than ever for its patrons and the […]

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Friends & Faux

Some folks still think they style hair. To which, Julie Jones, as usual, has a snappy comeback: “Have you seen my hair?” Her sidekick, Beth Meredith, just laughs. She’s the straight man to Julie’s quick banter, the more serious one. In fact, the two girls of Two Girls and a Brush are, at first glance, […]

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Dogwood Days – This Party is in Full Bloom

Listen up, Fayetteville you don’t have to drive “A Thousand Miles” for great entertainment. It’s coming to us April 25-27. From headliner Vanessa Carlton to the Budweiser Clydesdales, the annual Dogwood Festival will have music, food, games, cars, pets and more. That’s not including all of the happenings leading up to the festival which has […]

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Right at Home at Hilltop

There’s something full circle about Hilltop House. The charming two-story home in the heart of Haymount was converted into a restaurant more than 10 years ago by Jamie and Angelica Pantelakos. Now it’s home to a new family – three couples, two generations. The restaurant is owned by Beth Shearin-Smith, her husband, Jeff Smith, parents […]

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A Ponytailed Painter and Potter

Greg Hathaway, whose paintings and pottery have attracted the admiration of many, will celebrate his 61st birthday this year. For some, that milestone might signal a slowdown – not Hathaway. He still exudes a youthful exuberance and passion about art in general and his own creativity in particular. The life of an artist in a […]

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Luigi’s – Where Good Food, Good Service Are Trademarks

Luigi’s is one of our finest dining establishments, but it is much more than a restaurant. It is a Fayetteville institution. A favorite place for families and couples to share a meal, Luigi’s is also frequented for all kinds of celebrations and special moments. The varied menu, comfortable atmosphere and friendly service have made it […]

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Rolling Out The Dough – Gingerbread Housing Market Thrives This Season

If visions of gingerbread dance in front of your eyes, you just might be in Janice Burkett’s kitchen. Or living room, dining room or bedroom. Burkett makes gingerbread houses by the hundreds, and right now the neighborhood is a little crowded. By Christmas, Burkett will bake, frost, decorate and ship somewhere between 500 and 600 […]

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Phones on Your Christmas List? Listen to the Voice of Experience | By Marty Cayton

As we prepare our Christmas lists this year, it is inevitable that cellular phones will be at the top of many lists. Now more than ever, consumers and business customers alike are looking at everything from SMART Phones (or as some still prefer to call them, PDA’s – Personal Data Assistants) to Navigational and Music […]

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Consistent Fine Dining & Special Occasion Celebrations – The Vineyard Offers Great Food, and a Serene Ambience

Fayetteville has a wide range of restaurants, offering everything from international cuisine to typically Southern fare. An inviting array of bistros that include the word “grille” in their name is familiar in our city, and exact replicas of them can be found when one travels to other cities. But there are few opportunities to experience […]

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“Eclectic” Describes Grace McGrath

One of Newton’s Laws of Motion – a body in motion tends to stay in motion – that’s Grace McGrath. Vibrant, energetic, full of life, she would be the first to admit that she’s a Type A personality. She’s always on the go, volunteering, traveling, giving back to the community. She starts every weekday with […]

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Flowers For The Thanksgiving Table – Subtle Touches Say Fall

Often, when people think of floral arrangements for fall and the Thanksgiving table, hues of orange, bronze and deep red come to mind. But an important consideration should be: How will it look among the surroundings – the walls, the china, the table linens. That’s what floral designer Jim Crenshaw of Always Flowers had in […]

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The Mash House Restaurant and Brewery Has Something for All Tastes

Not many patrons have been bold enough to try The Mash House Restaurant and Brewery’s signature meal. It’s called the Monster Mash and consists of a 40-ounce Black Angus rib-eye steak, soup or salad, two sides, dessert and a pitcher of home-brewed beer. At $60, the Monster Mash is by far the most expensive meal […]

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The Curtain’s Going Up on Fayetteville’s Theater Season

Fayetteville may be more macho than most, but theater thrives here. It has always been an open secret: this military town has an artistic streak a mile wide. That much became obvious this summer when hundreds turned out for a shot at “High School Musical,” the wildly popular TV movie turned play. Hundreds were whittled […]

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Art & Soul – Gallery Adds New Vitality to Local Art Scene

A new art gallery that has stepped out in a bold new direction and is bringing a new vitality to the art scene of Fayetteville and beyond has opened in the heart of the city. Art & Soul Gallery, which carries contemporary and abstract works by serious artists here and across the country, opened 18 […]

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Dwight Smith – Search for the Secret in Painter’s Work

Look closely at a painting by artist Dwight Smith and you might spot a small “bull’s-eye” hidden among the brush strokes. It isn’t really a bull’s-eye, though it has that circular imagery. It’s an adinkra, and it’s one of a number of the cultural symbols from West Africa that are something of a trademark in […]

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Out of Africa

Lin Matthews and Beth Dees have a penchant for jewelry, but not for personal adornment – and not just any jewelry. For these two friends and former schoolteachers, jewelry has become the basis of a new career. More importantly, it has become their mission. They are the Southeast distributors for Kazuri Unlimited, an “out of […]

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A Beautiful Blend of Art and Nature

Debbie Pattillo is making a change in her life, not a total change, but no doubt a significant change. She is moving from artist in residence in a teaching environment to artist in business. The move comes after teaching art for 20 years. Although Pattillo is making a career adjustment, there was never any doubt […]

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