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Sunday Brunch and Shopping Downtown Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville, North Carolina-

Sunday Fundays

Sunny ☀️ Sunday afternoons call for much needed time with the greatest of friends. Slowing down the pace to prepare for the week ahead through hilarious chatter, eating delicious food, taking in the sights— and a bit of local retail therapy 🛍 on the side.

This is exactly what my Sunday looked like and it was the best medicine this gal could ask for!

Some dearest friends and I gathered Downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina for a ladies day out and brunch at the beloved Blue Moon Cafe 🌚 where we were treated to the tastiest delicacies and beverages.

Blue Moon Cafe is such a charming little spot in the heart of Hay Street with a perfect Sunday brunch ambiance. To say we enjoyed every morsel, sip and giggle is an understatement.

After such indulgence, we took to the sidewalks for a walkabout in the Cool Spring Downtown District where adorable shopfronts greet you and say, “Come inside and take a peak!”

And so we did!

Our first stop was Southern Alternative boutique where we found the cutest of popular women’s fashion trends— from unique accessories 👛 to hats 🎩 to shoes 👠 to flowing spring dresses👗 that made each of us long for the longer, warmer days ahead.

Ooh, LA LA indeed! You can also shop Southern Alternative online here:

Once we had our clothing fix, we emerged and found our way back on the street side where (to our delight) we were greeted by the nicest gentleman and his amazing blue and gold macaw, Marco.

You just never know who you will run into downtown!

And, what is an historical downtown without a classic bookshop?

Luckily ours has a quintessential bookstore, City Center Gallery & Books, where we perused the shelves of new and used books— as well as beautiful art.

To keep up the pace, our tribe decided it was time for a cup of Joe.

The Coffee Cup is the perfect little stop to fuel up on a huge selection of gourmet coffees ☕️ and espressos. The shop also has a nice selection of tea 🍵.

I have a huge sweet tooth so I could not resist ordering a slice of cheesecake by Blue Pineapple 🍍 Bakery 🧁 to go along with a tasty latte.

The last stop on our ladies Sunday outing was The Wine Cafe which houses the BEST selection of wine! The wine seller was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. She helped me choose a perfect red blend to share with my friends the next time we gather.

All in all it was a fabulous day out and about in our lovely city!

The next time you are looking for an ideal spot to spend your Sunday head downtown Fayetteville and tell them I sent you!

For more information on everything Fayetteville has to offer, go here:

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– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband and son.

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub- YES, Please!

Guiding Wellness Institute

Fayetteville, NC

Did you say—





Say no more, I’m there!

What better way to spend a day than in mindful reflection!?

Caring for your body and soul, eating delicious food and drinking blissful adult beverages while discussing thought provoking literature surrounded by fabulous company— AND in a beautiful setting?

That pretty much sums up the experience I had last weekend at Guiding Wellness Institute.

The holistic wellness center is masterful in curating monthly events that incorporate wellness practices into perfect weekend outings appealing to the young and old, single or betrothed, hardcore yogi or novice.

All are welcome!

AND all will enjoy!

I attended the Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub this past Sunday which fell on Valentines weekend and made for a fabulous Galentines outing!

A 60 minute gentle flow vinyasa yoga class was taught by GWI CEO Kelsey Timas. The lantern lit studio paired with beautiful acoustic music playing in the background and Kelsy’s fluid class instruction kept each student engaged and made for a perfect yoga experience.

Following yoga, guests were treated to a gorgeous brunch prepared by Brittany Moore, GWI Holistic Wellness Coach.

During our brunch, attendees engaged in an enlightening conversation regarding the Bookclub pick—Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel Eat, Pray, Love. It was lovely to reflect on a book focused on self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-growth and self-healing.

Overall the experience was wonderful and although most of those who attended the event met as strangers, I feel confident that we left as friends.

Mark your calendars for the next Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub May 3, 2020 from 11am-2pm.

For more information, go here:

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Creator and Host of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the award-winning children’s travel and adventure picture book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck