Up & Coming Weekly

July 01, 2014

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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JULY 2-8, 2014 UCW 17 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Calendar of Events The City of Fayetteville, NC does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, age, national origin, religion, or disability in its employment opportunities, programs, services, or activities. JAMI SHEPPARD McLAUGHLIN, Downtown Development Manager jmclaughlin@ci.fay.nc.us www.visitdowntownfayetteville.com www.facebook.com/downtownfayetteville Whimsical Dogwoods are HERE! The Whimsical Dogwood public art project has been installed and the pieces are ready for viewing! There are 15 pieces brought to you by the City of Fayetteville with presenting sponsor The Fayetteville Observer and supporting sponsor Cross Creek Mall along with a cultural arts tourism grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. The public is invited to tour the Whimsical Dogwood art pieces in their various downtown locations and in the coming months participate in programs such as scavenger hunts and art contests. The project is designed to increase tourism to Fayetteville and Cumberland County. By showcasing our local artists in a highly visible and creative way, we increase visibility of our museums and parks, as well as our side streets and unify our community with an icon. Oh, and if you see one you like, remember the Whimsical Dogwoods will be available for auction in October. Pieces will be retouched by artists and ready for permanent installation around Fayetteville and Cumberland County! Imagine them in your garden or at your business as a focal piece. For more information about the Whimsical Dogwood Public Art project or to get involved in upcoming events, please call Jami McLaughlin at 910-433-1599 or email jmclaughlin@ci.fay.nc.us. Updates will be made through the Downtown Fayetteville website, www.visitdowntownfayetteville.com and through the Whimsical Dogwood Facebook page, www.facebook.com/whimsicaldogwoods. July 3 – RCVCC Freedom 5K Road Race, Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County, www.cincodemayo10k.org/freedom_run.php July 4 – Firecracker 4 Miler Run, Fayetteville Running Club, www.fb.com/firecrackerfourmiler July 18 – Fayetteville after Five, Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, www.faydogwoodfestival.com Through October – Whimsical Dogwoods! Market at the Museum every Wednesday and Saturday! Independent Retailer's Month in July! In July, we are celebrating Independent Retailer Month downtown to celebrate our independent retailers and the positive social and economic impact they make, not only in our community, but in our state and nationally! We are encouraging everyone to support and shop independent retail year around and use July as a time to unite as a celebration for the independent retailers across our country and in our local communities that help build our economy. Remember, a dollar spent at an independent retailer is usually spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community. From $1, you create $5 to $14 in value here in Fayetteville and Cumberland County. Shopping with an independent retailer supports local traders, their suppliers and the people they depend on to run their businesses, many of which are your friends and neighbors. Buying in these local shops boosts the economy, rebuilds confidence in our town and enables local businesses to grow. When you shop with your local independent retailers you are doing your bit to keep downtown "open for business." Restaurants are part of this as well and we have more than two dozen downtown so make plans for lunch or dinner too! We look forward to celebrating independent retailers with you! Make sure to check out our Facebook page for daily highlights on the shops and restaurants that make YOUR downtown unique! Ready to Open a Business Downtown? Ready to take the plunge into own your own business and see what you can do as an entrepreneur? Have a dream that you want to see in a bricks and mortar building so that the rest of Fayetteville (and beyond) can love it too? For more information on City of Fayetteville programs including the Façade Improvement Grant, the Business Assistance Loan or the Small Business Retention Grant, call Michelle Haire at 433-1596. For more information on available properties or how to open a business downtown, call Jami McLaughlin at 433-1599.

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