Couple brings FABO art café to Quail Corners

Moving a business across a city and making it your own is not easy, but south Charlotte couple Cricket and Clark Burget have taken the plunge.

FABO mixes art, coffee and leisure at Quail Corners shopping center in south Charlotte.

FABO mixes art, coffee and leisure at Quail Corners shopping center in south Charlotte.

They opened FABO art café in the Quail Corners Shopping Center, at the corner of Park Road and Sharon Road West, last month. Formerly located in the Tranquil Court retail center in the Selwyn Avenue area, FABO still offers a familiar selection of local art, as well as coffee, baked goods, beer and wine.

South Charlotte FABO fans are glad to have a shorter commute to visit the establishment; others continue to make the trip.

“We live in Matthews, but are willing to travel the distance for the atmosphere,” said Carrie Boyd, who recently visited the new location. “FABO mingles two of my favorite things: coffee shops and art. … When my husband and I need our coffee and art fix, we head to FABO.”

“Regulars from the other location have come by,” Cricket Burget said. “They love it, and business is good.”

When FABO originally opened in 2010, the idea was to provide a Fabulous Art Buying Opportunity to anyone with enough cash to buy a muffin and latte. When original owner, Amy Aussieker, decided to change gears this January, the Burgets bought the business. Then the lease was up.

Fortunately, the Burgets found a perfect property less than two miles from their house. The newly remodeled Quail Corners offered plenty of parking and neighboring businesses that compliment the early morning coffee rush, happy hour and after-dinner crowd.

As with any construction process, there were obstacles and construction hurdles, like a broken breaker box and a sign that lit up “ABO.”  Once they passed inspection and the sign was fixed, the Burgets were in business.

They opened FABO on Sept. 27, and already have a new crop of regular customers.

“Anyone is welcome to have a meeting here or plunk down with a computer,” said Burget, who promised free Wi-Fi and plenty of outlets to plug into.

Comfortable and eclectic, FABO features art from local artists just like the old location. The café has wall-to-wall paintings and photography, with some three-dimensional art. Pottery outlines a cool collection of gift items and jewelry.

“It’s been flying off the shelves,” Burget said. “There’s a sterling silver and leather bracelet that has been especially popular.”  Close-up photographs of earrings and necklaces can be found on FABO’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/FABOCafe.

The art is refreshed every few months based on what sells best. Burget is always looking for new local talent. Artists interested in displaying their work should contact her directly via the contact form at www.fabocafe.com.

FABO features beer from around North Carolina, in bottle and on draft from Triple C (Charlotte), Blowing Rock (Blowing Rock), Highland (Asheville), Mother Earth (Kinston) and Duck Rabbit (Farmville). It also offers cheese plates and wine.

“It’s important to offer as much as possible that’s local,” Burget said. She offers pastries from the Plaza-Midwood-based Nova’s Bakery, cheesecake from Endless Creations and chocolate from The Secret Chocolatier in Charlotte.

Boyd’s two children love the cookie and dessert selection. “FABO is a great family activity,” she said.

“It’s nice to be part of the neighborhood,” said Burget, whose children, ages 11 and 13, attend school right around the corner. “This is home.”

FABO’s hours of operation are Monday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

FABO is located at 8428 Park Road. Find more information at www.fabocafe.com.

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