Up & Coming Weekly

May 26, 2020

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM MAY 27-JUNE 2, 2020 UCW 11 crisis together ; if there is a need, we'll figure out a way to fill it." The Milburns also donate generously to many local community civic and health organizations, schools and arts and cultural programs. Contact the UPS store at 910-860-1220. A Bit of Carolina Robin Matthews' unique shop, A Bit of Carolina, located in downtown Fayetteville, has become a favorite destination for many in Cumberland County. It is truly a celebration of North Carolina, Southern history, traditions and hospitality. A Bit of Carolina is a unique specialty shop carrying native North Carolina foods and gifts as well as North Carolina and Fayetteville-specific apparel, accessories, home décor and much more. Additionally, Matthews supports other local busi- nesses by using 80 local vendors to help stock her shelves. Robin Matthews boasts that most of the items sold in her store come from within 30 miles of Fayetteville. A Bit of Carolina is an "essential business" since it stocks honey and other food items like elderber- ry syrup — a natural cold and flu remedy. Additionally, three different vendors at the shop have produced a combined 2,000 masks to sell to the public. "They are affordable, and we have sev- eral varieties for people to choose from. We have such talented people here," said Matthews. She was open for business, but had to rethink how she did business. "We had to change," she said. "There were not as many people coming in, so we amped up our social media. It started with Easter baskets … now we do delivery in the city, and we offer shipping." Social media and networking seemed to revital- ize her business. "People call and say, 'I need a gift for x,y,z. This is how much I want to spend.' We give them ideas for themes and help them come up with creative gifts." Matthews said. Curbside pickup has also become popular in downtown Fayetteville. "A lot of Facebook groups have members that specifically ask which stores do curbside service and have asked us to keep do- ing it. A lot of people with young kids can still get out and get what they need. It will also help with parking downtown." Reach out to A Bit of Carolina at 910-551-6537 These are only three businesses of the many thousands that are surviving and prospering under these difficult economic conditions. We hope that Fayetteville, North Carolina, America and the world come out of this healthier and stronger, as we all fight to stay alive and open for business. *Some restrictions and limitations may apply. Subject to credit approval and credit history. MAIN OFFICE 2917 VILLAGE DRIVE, FAYET TEVILLE D OWNTOWN 201 HAY STREET, FAYET TEVILLE SP OUT SPRINGS 1570 HWY. 87/24, CAMERON Equal Credit Opportunity Lender WEALTH Comes in MANY FORMS You're More Than a Member – You're Family. Online Banking Services Available at BraggMutual.org Start your Harmony Lifestyle! Call 910.849.2306 Eva, Harmony Resident James, Executive Director Robert, Harmony Resident The staff are all very nice. I love my apartment, it is comfortable and spacious. This is a really good place to be. -Eva ASSISTED LIVING | SECURED ASSISTED LIVING 7051 Rockfish Road | Fayetteville | www. HarmonyAtHopeMills.com STEPHANIE CRIDER, Associate Pub- lisher. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcom- ingweekly.com. 910-484-6200 A Bit of Carolina, located in downtown Fayetteville, is truly a celebration of North Carolina, Southern history, traditions and hospitality. Local businesses like Rocket Fizz, the UPS Store, and A Bit of Carolina are making great strides to stay afloat and fill needs in the community.

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