I was invited to Leclair’s as part of an Fayetteville, NC blogger and influencer meetup hosted by the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitor Bureau. This is not a sponsored post. All views and opinions are my own.

Have you explored where you live lately? Let me tell you about a local Fayetteville, NC find, Leclair’s General Store and a little bit more.

Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

Back in November,  Fayetteville, NC bloggers met up at Leclair’s General Store. While many of the other bloggers have already spun their tales of their visit mine has been brewing in my head a bit.

I had been wanting to visit Leclair’s for a bit when the meet up was announced but I just had not been able to get over to that side of town during one of their events.

The store is pretty much across the street from another Fayetteville, NC favorite of mine (Fleet Feet) The Runner Spot

The Runner Spot
photo credit: The Runner Spot

The day finally came for the blogger meet up, I knew where I was going, couldn’t wait to meet up with other bloggers and see what all was planned. First up was some arts and crafts with Gathered Marketplace.

Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

Gathered Marketplace is a small local company formed by two military spouses that focuses on seasonal botanicals with their pop up shops and workshops.

Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern MessWe worked on small wreaths made with copper tubing bases and various evergreens.

Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

Being a crafty girl, I had a vision in my head and went to work.

Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

As I was really getting into my creation our arts and crafts time was over and it was time to clean up and learn about Leclair’s.

Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

Looking around Leclair’s it is easy to see that this place isn’t your normal general store and owner Patrick Leclair gave us some insight about what makes Leclair’s General Store special. First, while he may not say it, it is Patrick himself.  Patrick was a Director of Visual Representation for Ralph Lauren and his family relocated to Fayetteville to be closer to his family. He has a brother that is stationed at Fort Bragg.

With Patrick’s background, his vintage items and other finds he has been able to curate a store filled with beautiful things that speak to his customers. It may be that old sewing machine in the front window or an antique crock that trigger a memory from childhood that helps you feel at home while in the store and make you want to pull up a chair and stay for a while.

Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

Leclair’s isn’t just about antiques it is also about community. A great way to bring the community together is coffee and Leclair’s has that for you also!

Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

 You will notice on the back wall of Leclair’s a bunch of mugs on the wall. These are Leclair’s mugs that you can purchase and put your name on. This mug is then there for you everytime you come into Leclair’s and for $1 you can get it filled up with some Hatchet Coffee.
This practice is similar to what can be found in some pubs with beer mugs.Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

Nearly everything in the store is for sale. This means you may see something one day and come in the next and that item could be gone.
Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

So if you see something and fall in love with it. Ask and it could be yours if the price is right.Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

After some browsing, it was time for lunch catered by, The Bling Pig.Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

It looked and smelled delicious. Yes, he apologized for his runny deviled eggs.

Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

While I did not eat with everyone because of cross-contamination issues, I can tell you the food was delicious. I was given a to-go box filled with some gluten-free yummies! If you see their food truck you need to stop and get a plate and try it for yourself.

Bloom Where You are Planted: Leclair's General Store and more! |My Hot Southern Mess

I had a great time visiting Leclairs and learning about their store, Gathered Marketplace, and the Blind Pig. I have many more visits to Leclair’s planned for in the future.

Check the store out for yourself at:

1212 Fort Bragg Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28305

For more info about the businesses in this blog post click on the links below.

Leclair’s General Store

Gathered Marketplace

The Blind Pig

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