It’s finally fall in North Carolina! While we embrace this beautiful time of year, keep in mind that the holidays are just around the corner. If you or your loved ones like to shop a little early, it may be the perfect time to come into CMI to complete a wishlist. Our expert staff does not work on commission and will take the time to help you pick out your dream gifts. We will keep the list in our showroom, and when your loved ones stop in our staff will help them to find the pieces you have selected. Get what you really want this year, and make it simple!

While there are lots of looks to choose from, our staff makes it easy to find the perfect wedding bands. Your bands represent your love and commitment to one another, so visit CMI and have peace of mind that your rings will last as long as your love – a lifetime.



October’s birthstone is the Opal – a stunning gem that comes in white or other light colors, but also shows vivid flashes of colors, including red, pink and bright green. Opal has symbolized hope, innocence and purity throughout the ages, and is also the accepted gemstone for the 14th year of marriage. Opal was a popular stone in the Middle Ages, with beliefs circulating that Opal could make its’ wearer invisible, help with poor eyesight, and banish evil spirits. Now, it is beloved for it’s stunning but gentle beauty. Care should be taken with Opals, and they should be protected from scratches, household chemicals, sharp blows, and extreme temperature changes.

Local Gems

PLACES TO GO : Whiskey Kitchen

Whiskey Kitchen is a quaint, centrally located spot that has outdoor dining and is dog friendly. You can find great events and specials on their website, but our favorite is their Flight Night which is every Wednesday, and offers 3 full shots of whiskey for just $10. While the libations are certainly a draw, you certainly won’t want to miss the food menu either. Our recommendations include the Fried Cauliflower, Pickle Jar, Mussels in Coconut Broth, or if you want to splurge, the Whole Fried Fish.

PLACES TO EAT: Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Royale is a French-American bistro located downtown offering a full menu of French dishes and a full selection of drinks. They offer delicious weekly specials, such as bottomless Moules Frites night every Wednesday, which features hand-cut french fries and incredible mussels, and Beef Wellington Night every Saturday. They also have wonderful salads if you’re looking for something lighter.

Every Wednesday is bottomless Moules Frites (mussels and fries) night, which features hand-cut french fries, Saturday is Beef Wellington night. Also if you’d like to try something on the lighter side they also have great salads.