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Nov 13 2018

This is How We Move it!

Things are constantly in motion here at The Market Common – especially for these three retailers on Deville Street that specialize in shaping you up and keeping you on the move.

From dancing to cycling to yoga, they’re here to add some health to your daily well-being. And we’re here to tell you all of the many reasons you’ll want to sign up for one of their classes and excursions.

Coastal Dance Centre, 3070 Deville St.

“We’re a dance school that is passionate, committed and dedicated to the training of outstanding dancers,” says Liza Mata, founder and artistic director at Coastal Dance Centre.

First opening in 2005 in Murrells Inlet (now closed) and in 2013 here at The Market Common, Coastal Dance Centre has spent more than a decade offering a high standard of training and performance programs for their students, which lends well to enhancing the community’s appreciation for the arts.

“I grew up immersed in the arts,” says Mata, who grew up in the Philippines before immigrating to the U.S. in 2002. “And teaching dance has been my passion for the last 40 years. As a teacher, I love to see students flourish at our dance school. It’s a great feeling to mold and see students transform, overcome their challenges and become competent and confident individuals.”

The dance studio offers ballet classes that start in preschool (ages 1 ½ to 5 years) through pre-professional. Coastal Dance Centre is affiliated with the Royal Academy of Dance in London, and students get to have more training and performing opportunities through the nonprofit performing company, Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre.

Additional dance classes available are jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, acro, musical theater and hip-hop. Students can choose the recreational track, for the fun and enjoyment of it, or a program for the more serious-minded students who are dedicated to giving more time to training pre-professionally. Plus, they offer adult ballet classes!

“And we’re continuing to grow!” says Mata. “There are many young families enrolled in our Murrells Inlet location that have also come to join us here in The Market Common.”

In fact, Coastal Dance Centre will be expanding soon into additional studio space on 3073 Howard Ave. (next to Sun Glass Hut and The Walking Company), with classes for children through adults

The studio is currently rehearsing for its holiday traditional production of “The Nutcracker,” which will be performed Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 at the Wheelwright Auditorium at Coastal Carolina University. Catch a sneak preview of “The Nutcracker” at The Market Common Tree Lighting on Sat., Nov. 17.

For more information, visit www.coastaldancecentre.com or call 843-839-5678.

Pedego Electric Bikes, 3080 Deville St.

There’s bicycling … then there’s bicycling that’s electric. Pedego Electric Myrtle Beach offers fun, fitness and freedom – on another level.

“It’s exactly what those living and visiting The Market Common are after,” says Aaron Maynard, store manager. “And The Market Common District has great places to ride, plus the Myrtle Beach State Park is so close by.”

Pedego’s top-of-the-line electric bikes and accessories are not only available for purchase, but they also rent out their electric bikes seven days a week and offer tours on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Tours are $20 each, which includes an electric bike, entrance into the State Park and one of Pedego’s entertaining expert guides. If you choose to power-pedal on your own tour, rental rates are just $20 an hour. The entire family is covered; Pedego has tandem bikes, child trailers and pet trailer in its inventory.

“Riding an electric bike makes you feel like a kid again,” says Maynard. “There’s nothing else like it here on the Grand Strand.

Maynard says he fell in love with electric bikes while living in London. After retiring from the Air Force, he looked for post-retirement jobs and thought sharing his love of e-bikes with others would be a great thing to do.”

“As it turns out,” he says, “it is!”

Visit Pedego to find out about the fun of e-bikes for yourself or, for more information, visit www.pedegomb.com or call 843-602-6941.

Yoga In Common, 3062 Deville St.

The Market Common’s yoga studio rolled out its first yoga mats with a mission to have people from all walks of life meet up “in common” at one of its many classes. But they want it to go beyond the studio at The Market Common – it’s an awareness of yoga’s many benefits that stretches along the coast of Myrtle Beach from a practice rooted 5,000 years ago.

Yoga in Common offers classes and meditations for all levels and ages, including family yoga, nia and reiki, as well as community events, such as health and wellness mini-classes and homeopathic speakers. You’re in good hands with all of the studio’s yoga-certified instructors. It’s truly a safe space that’s energized by a sense of community for folks of all ages and experience. The studio also offers the ’Tique, its own shop selling earth-friendly gifts, jewelry and products crafted by local artists.

For more information on upcoming classes and events, visit www.yogaincommon.com or call 843-839-9636.

Blog written by Ashley Daniels.

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Nov 12 2018

The Market Common Welcomes EdVenture

The Market Common welcomes EdVenture, previously known as The South Carolina Children’s Museum, to its collection of retailers, restaurants, and entertainment offerings.

EdVenture is a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to creating new generations of lifelong learners through museum experiences, afterschool programming and camps.  With a mission to inspire children, youth and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning as individuals, as families and as a community, EdVenture’s new location at The Market Common will feature a themed environment for learning and activity.  The theme, which is kept under wraps for now, will be revealed during the opening.

“After merging with the Children’s Museum of South Carolina formerly located in Myrtle Beach, we are proud to announce that our new location will be within The Market Common” says Lisa Hailey, Interim President & CEO of EdVenture. “We simply cannot express how excited we are to bring this new exhibit to the community.”

“EdVenture is the perfect addition to The Market Common because it provides an exceptional atmosphere for learning and growth” says Heather Gray, General Manager of The Market Common. “The leaders of tomorrow are today’s children and through this partnership with EdVenture, we hope to provide a positive place where families can come and enjoy the day with literally something for everyone.”

EdVenture is set to open early 2019 on Howard Avenue.

 

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Nov 06 2018

3 Retailers Reveal What’s New for You

A few of our retailers here at The Market Common are decking the halls even before the holidays arrive, with changes, additions and renovations galore in store! We know you’ll love all of the sleek updates that will only heighten your shopping experience more on your visit.

C’mon and check it out for yourselves! Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect:

Sunglass Hut, 3069 Howard Ave.

Cheryl Hudson, manager at Sunglass Hut, is excited to announce the reveal of the Hut’s new views! Recent renovations include new flooring, four massive video screens mounted behind checkout that are playing amazing videos, and new facelifts for all of the cabinets, drawers, and display areas at Sunglass Hut. Not only that, but they threw on a fresh coat of paint on the walls, new track lighting and an updated POS software system for smoother, quicker transactions.

“We can’t wait for you to see the new look!” says Hudson. “Stop in and see us!”

Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 3346 Reed St.

Our resident bookstore is opening a new chapter by the second week of November! There’s the holiday set that will bring tons of great holiday inventory for the Christmas season, but Barnes & Noble is also renovating the entire rear section of the store that was once assigned to its music and movies department.

“We won’t be losing music and movies,” says James at Barnes & Noble. “We can’t stress that enough, as many people have been spreading the rumors that music and movies are being removed entirely.”

Instead, this department will be downsized to a smaller area, but most of it will still be available – especially the revival of vinyl records.

The bookstore’s main focus is the addition and expansion of its toys and games department, which will soon live in the rear section of the store that once featured the music and movies. You’ll be able to shop for more kids toys, games, puzzles, educational toys and games that are new to the store’s shelves, as well as loads of unique LEGOS sets. Grownups want to have fun, too! Which is why Barnes & Noble will also be expanding its adult collectibles, games and puzzles for a much wider selection.

Chico’s, 4000 Howard Ave.

While we don’t have too many details at this time, as Chico’s is keeping its major renovations under wraps, we do know its new chic Chico’s interior will be redressed to impress. Doors will reopen for the big reveal on Sunday, Nov. 11!

For more news and updates on The Market Common, visit us at www.marketcommonmb.com.

Blog written by Ashley Daniels.

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Oct 16 2018

Journey back in time with The Market Common Military History Trolley Tour

If the tree-lined streets, cafes and boutiques of The Market Common could talk, it would whisper of the strong military history that was once grounded here.

The nearly 4,000 acres that today boasts our urban village, parks, ballfields and a smattering of residential developments once served as the Myrtle Beach Air Force base from 1956 to 1993, with prior roots laid down as early as 1940 as land used to train pilots for the Army Air Corps, as a military base for World War II, followed by service during the Vietnam War, Cold War and Desert Storm.

The good news is, you can actually hear all about The Market Common’s past life by way of a guided, talking Military History Trolley Tour & Reception, narrated by our own Kathryn Hedgepath on the marketing team, creator of the tour. I was able to hop aboard a Friday afternoon tour in September, and was blown away by the rich backstories, drama and fun facts that still live in every square acre of this land.

Spoiler alert: For instance, as the trolley turns down the streets, you’ll learn more about the street names with military ties, like The Market Common’s main thoroughfare, Farrow Parkway, named after Lt. William Farrow who flew with the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, was captured while flying over Japan and killed by a Japanese firing squad at age 25. Howard Avenue is named in tribute to James Howard, a fighter pilot who won the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The one-hour narrated tour departs from the front of Grand 14 Cinema at Deville and Reed streets and includes a stop where you can disembark at Warbird Park, which displays three eras of fighter planes: the A-10 Warthog (retired Col. Joe Barton’s Dawg Hawg that flew during Desert Storm), the F-100 jet fighter, the A-7 tactical fighter wing. There’s also a brilliant Wall of Service that pays tribute to local veterans and plaques standing throughout the park.

Additional stops include the rec center that displays old photographs, flight suits and memorabilia, and the Norton General Aviation Terminal at the Myrtle Beach International Airport, where there are displays from the Base Operations building that once stood on that site. The Norton name comes from twin brothers from Conway who served in the Army Air Corp during World War II.

“They were killed in action when the plane of which they were the pilot and co-pilot was shot down,” says Hedgepath. “They were together every day of their lives.”

There are not only heartbreaking stories shared like this on our nation’s bravest patriots, but also heartwarming ones, like the one on our tour of a pilot who served here, married a French girl shortly after they started dating and, happened to be sitting in the front seats of our trolley celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

“On at least every other tour, there is someone aboard who served or lived on the base,” says Hedgepath. “I don’t usually find out until they are on the tour itself.  I was told this couple’s story in advance and it’s by far the most compelling!”

The second hour of the tour will be spent at Tupelo Honey for a catered reception and appearance/speech by retired Col. Barton, who will share his fascinating living history here on the base that was once here.

The next Military History Trolley Tour & Reception events will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $30 each, available online at Eventbrite.

Blog written by Ashley Daniels.

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Oct 10 2018

Our entertainment venues are the stars of the show!

If you’re looking for one parking spot in Myrtle Beach where you can find all the hotspots of entertainment within walking distance for your family, The Market Common is your go-to. Just sit back and let us give you all the details on our venues that offer stage and screen, games – and more – for a fun family night out!

Stage Left Theatre Company, 3064 Deville St.

This little live theater company produces performances that make a big statement. Here since 2013, Stage Left has been wowing audiences in their intimate 53-seat black box-style theater that’s staffed by all local volunteer company members. Their mission is to entertain the community with great theatre, which includes a creative schedule like the upcoming “Sex Please, We’re Sixty” Oct. 4-20 and “Untitled Christmas Show” Nov. 29-Dec. 16, an original production by artistic director Garrett Michael McCann.

Grand 14 Cinema, 4002 Deville St.

Take in the latest flick in our luxe movie theater that features more than 2,600 leather stadium rocker seats laid out in front of 14 fully expanded wall-to-wall screens that pump out movies in state-of-the-art Digital Dolby and DTS sound. Not only does Grand 14 feature all the recent Hollywood hits, but also hosts special events like the Sensory-Friendly Series, which adjust auditorium lights and sound for those on the autism spectrum; Flashback Cinema, featuring classic films from our childhood on the big screen; and Discount Tuesday, offering $5 admission after 6 p.m., plus discounts on concessions.

810 Billiards & Bowling, 1220 Moser Drive

This brand-new venue is a bowling alley on steroids, with 14 sleek standard lanes (and six boutique size lanes), six billiard tables, foosball, darts, board games, corn hole, air hockey, table tennis, shuffleboard and walls of arcade games. If that’s not enough, there’s live music, two bars, and lunch, dinner and happy hour menus that go way beyond the average bowling alley grub, with brick oven pizzas, sliders, sandwiches, salads, wings and more.

For more info on the entertainment venues here at The Market Common, visit www.marketcommonmb.com.

Blog written by Ashley Daniels.

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Sep 27 2018

Our Q&A closeup on The Market Common Photo Studio

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Before the balmy beach air turns crisp and the cameras click during a host of fall and holiday photo studio sessions, we thought we’d shine the spotlight on our resident photographers, The Market Common Photo Studio. Read on in our Q&A, as we go behind the lenses of photographers Hannah Ruth and Crystal Lee, to find out how they started in the industry, why, and what you can expect when you book them to capture your newborn, your family or your Big Day.

Q: How did you both get started in photography and then join together as a business?

Crystal: I never went to college. I started right out of high school at a retail portrait studio at the mall in 2001 to save money for college, but never made it to college. I actually worked in retail for seven years in New York and San Diego, which is kind of like going to college. When I moved here in Myrtle Beach in 2008, there wasn’t another position available for me with the company, so I went out on my own to do weddings for three years.

I was in one of the Live Works offices at The Market Common first in 2012, when I with another studio partner at the time, but that didn’t work out. And here was another photographer here in this space at the time, but I jumped on this as soon as she moved out in 2014 and Hannah joined me in 2015.

I don’t think you really need a full education. You can get a camera and go with it …

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Hannah: Well, I got a full education! I moved here from Cape Cod in 2010 as an art major at Coastal Carolina University and quickly started doing it on my own.

I think we work well together because of our different specialties and we can serve more people that way. I do weddings and families and Crystal focuses on weddings and babies.

Crystal: We started as friends on Facebook! Yeah, we both do weddings, but she does families and I don’t. … And we both like tacos!

Q: What’s the most challenging in this industry?

Crystal: I think, business-wise, the challenge is to stand out. That’s why I like our brick and mortar studio because it allows us to do more with sets and stuff because we have all of this space that others don’t. It’s just under 1,300 square feet. I think the way we shoot here helps us to stand out.

Q: What is your process, starting with when a potential client reaches out to you?

Crystal: Everything is by appointment only so we can prep and make the studio warm if I have to beforehand for baby shoots. We ask the basics of when and where and what they’re looking for and we send them our rate info to be up front and then go from there if they’d like to book. I like to have the moms and brides come in beforehand, too, so they know what the session is going to be like here. For my wedding shoots, it’s like 50/50 tourists and locals. And I love working out of The Market Common because I’m originally from New York and this is my Little New York.

Hannah: They’ll email me, and I’ll reply with prices and recommended locations on the beach – the state parks are usually the best for family shoots. Or they can choose to do it here in the studio. It’s about an hour-long session and it takes about a week to get proofs back. I book a lot of tourists in town via our website and social media.

For senior pictures, I don’t go to schools to advertise, like others. I’ll get people vacationing that tell me they’d like their photos taken here rather than locals. I’ll probably get 20 seniors a year and I’m happy with that.

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Q: Any trends in photography that you like to follow?

Crystal: Trends come and go. … I’ve been waiting for the burlap and mason jar trend to pass for about three years, but that hasn’t happened. I mean, photographers will have various editing trends they go through, but we’ve been doing it long enough that we have our own method and that’s it, so we don’t need outside trends. I think ‘trendy’ dates the photos.

Q: Anything you think folks should know about either of you or what’s coming up at The Market Common Photo Studio?

Crystal: We do a lot of holiday minis in the studio, and start booking those in the beginning of November.

Hannah: We just like to have fun.

Crystal: Yes! I encourage them to meet us in person. If you’re going to trust someone with your wedding or your family photos or your baby, you need to like them. Then we get to know them and how they pose and interact.

The Market Common Photo Studio is located at 3087 Deville St., Myrtle Beach. For more info or to book an appointment, visit www.marketcommonphotographers.com.

Blog written by Ashley Daniels.

 

 

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Aug 22 2018

Our fashion-forward fall picks that will put you at the head of the class!

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! When parents feel the pain on their credit card bill after the last back-to-school shopping trip with their kids.

Well, we feel your pain, but we also feel a rush of excitement because it’s our duty, with our stellar lineup of boutiques at The Market Common, to help your kids (of all ages) look and feel good on their first day of school. So we hit the sidewalks and collected a handful of A+ outfit ideas for both students and teachers to head back to the classroom in style.

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This lightweight blouse by entro will have you thinking fall, but staying cool, paired with white Umgee jeans, which you can get away with slipping on any time of year here on the coast. Add those signature Bijuju accessories in gold (cuff, lenses and drop earrings) and you’ll be at the head of the class.

Back-Yard Sports

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Student ID? Check. Credit card? Check. It’s all kept in place and close to your person with one of these sports team lanyards – available in just about any NCAA and pro team out there – sold at Back-Yard Sports. We’d like to think of it as “responsibly stylish.” Go team!

Anthropologie

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This fun, folksy ensemble from our friends at Anthropologie eases into the fall season with finesse. The plaid top resembles the flannels of fall, but is thin and feminine, which we love. Cuffed jeans are more playful fun tied up with a colorful scarf belt. And the beaded clutch is beyond cute. On top of that, look good on paper, with any of Antropologie’s notebooks, planners and pens.

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For those cool evenings that sometimes creep into late fall, one of the gorgeous kimonos by G available at Handpicked is the perfect layer to wrap around a tee or tank. And the must-have accent piece is one of Handpicked’s signature monogrammed necklaces.

Ivy & Leo

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This classy getup is all business – and you’ll look like the boss – from the black suede skirt by Wild Honey to the charcoal shawl by Look by M to the sexy tank by Niki Viki and jewelry that makes a statement by Ivy & Leo.

Francesca’s Collections

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This canyon rose-themed outfit for fall is reminiscent of the Arizona desert and will make you stand out here on the Southern coast, with all of the pretty little details sewn into the embroidery. And the black cowboy hat gives it a strong, “How do you do?”

Blog written by Ashley Daniels.

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Jul 25 2018

Do Date Night at Market Common

If you and your spouse or special someone are in need of some summer lovin’ (now, now, we mean date night, nothing more) The Market Common is the perfect place to hold hands and take advantage of our many options for a date. No couple is alike, after all, which is why it’s a good thing we offer a wide variety of styles in venues. That said, here are a few of our suggestions you may want to embrace:

Loosen Up

If you want to just relax as a twosome, schedule a couple’s massage at Dulce Lusso Salon & Day Spa, where they offer 30-, 60- or 90-minute massages in their luxe ambiance that oozes relaxation. Or, stretch things out at Yoga In Common, where trained yogi experts will have you breathing stress-free together. Friday and Saturday nights, they even offer a Hot Vinyasa Flow class that will heat things up for an hour. That’s one way to make it a hot date!

Play Date

Entertainment could be in your future at The Market Common in the form of movies, or bowling and billiards. Grab tickets, catch the latest flick and cuddle up under the low lights of the Grand 14 Cinema. Or, if you’re better on your feet, get a strike (different than striking out) at the brand-new 810 Billiards & Bowling, located at the former Piggly Wiggly. This isn’t your granddaddy’s bowling alley; instead, you’ll love the sexy leather couches at the lanes, the mood lighting throughout, great food, music and wall-to-wall TVs.

Dress Up

Foreplay can begin with a couple quick stops to pick up some lingerie at two shops known for its wearable intimacy: Victoria’s Secret and Soma Intimates. It’s a pit stop I’m sure he won’t mind making.

Dinner (and Drinks) for Two

Last, but not least, there are enough restaurants to suit your foodie fancy up and down the streets of The Market Common – from French crepes to an Italian bistro to Asian to Thai to Mexican to pizzeria to Southern chic to a brewery and sports bars. Oh my! If you can’t find a table for two you like (inside or alfresco) out of those culinary options, we’re not sure what your taste in date nights is.

For more info on our date night venues or our Movies Under the Stars and festivals, visit www.marketcommonmb.com.

 

Blog written by Ashley Daniels.

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Jul 10 2018

Fly Fishing with Orvis

Join Ashley and Caitlen with The Market Common as they try out a complimentary Fly Fishing demonstration from Michael at Orvis!  Visit Orvis at The Market Common for all of your fly fishing needs!

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Jun 14 2018

The Daddy of All Father’s Day Gift Guides

So, the day to do it up for Dad is upon us, and, as we all know, no two Dads are alike. Which is why it’s a good thing The Market Common in Myrtle Beach offers a colorful assortment of shops with gift ideas to please any Dad for Father’s Day this Sunday, June 17. Here are a handful of our gift ideas you can pick up while you’re here that we know he’s going to love:2018-06-14_1356_001Space-Gray-Aluminum-Case-with-Black-Sport-Band-42S2-600x6002018-06-14_13562018-06-14_1353

Tech to a T

There’s always the traditional watch, but skip traditional and head for the future with an iWatch from CityMac. It not only keeps time, but tracks your daily activity, measures your workouts, monitors your health and connects you to the world with just a tap and a voice command to Siri for texts, news, calendar, music and more. CityMac even offers 90-minute tutorial classes in their Learning Center conference area of the store, if Dad needs to brush up on iCloud, photo storage and more.

CityMac, 4005 Howard Ave., www.citymac.com.

Walk This Way

It takes a lot to walk in Dad’s shoes, and The Walking Company provides just the right comfort fit for his feet. For any of the Abeo products, using their digital 3D Foot Analysis system, they can scan Dad’s feet to determine which of three arch types he owns, which then is paired with one of the Abeo’s customized sneaks, sandals and flops. We recommend for the summer, the Egan and Jerome subtypes, which are water-friendly, sewn with durable treated leather and boast a channeled rubber outsole for maximum traction in the water (there’s even a microbe shield footbed for odor control).

The Walking Company, 3077 Howard Ave., www.thewalkingcompany.com

Fly Guy

If your father is often gone fishin’, stop by Orvis, the oldest fly fishing rod company in the world, to make sure he’s properly geared up for his next fishing trip. On the high end of your budget, any of the Orvis fly rods and reels will be the perfect catch. On the low end, pick up one of the tumblers or mugs by Yeti to make sure Dad’s drink is kept cold all day on deck. If he’s a rookie fly fisherman, Orvis offers fishing demos just across the street in the lake.

Orvis, 1150 Farrow Parkway, www.orvis.com.

Word Up

Does Dad need a great summer read for the beach or pool? Barnes & Noble is the place to find a full library of books and more. While you know his taste best, may we suggest one that’s appropriate for Father’s Day, “Promise Me, Dad,” by former Vice President Joe Biden. And, to continue in the political arena, there’s the bestseller fiction novel by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: “The President is Missing.” Or how about a how-to, like “How to Grill Everything,” by Mark Bittman? But B&N has more than just books, from nooks and gadgets, to attaches, games, music and more.

Barnes & Noble, 3346 Reed St., www.barnesandnoble.com

Flicks for Father!

The Grand 14 Cinema is hosting a brilliant series, “Flashback Cinema,” on Sundays and Wednesdays and Father’s Day calls for the epic adventure classic, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in the Indiana Jones series at 2 and 7 p.m. Buy a couple of tickets, grab some popcorn and let Dad relive his youth.

Grand 14 Cinema, 4002 Deville St., www.stonetheatres.com

For more information on our stores, restaurants, entertainment venues and more, visit us at www.marketcommonmb.com.

Blog written by Ashley Daniels.