Economy

Unique seafood store is Carrboro's best-kept secret

Unique seafood store is Carrboro’s best-kept secret

 By Shweta Mishra Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Tom Robinson’s Seafood is a concrete flat roof building on 207 Roberson Street, just behind Armadillo Grill in Carrboro. Perhaps Robinson’s inspiration for the market was his grandfather, who put himself through school at UNC-Chapel Hill by bringing in coastal fish on a train to sell every week. When Robinson died in 2009… Read more →

Carrboro’s new town manager eager to start

Carrboro’s new town manager eager to start

By Maggie Cagney Carrboro Commons Staff Writer For David Andrews, Carrboro‘s progressive community and creative economy are only a few of the reasons why the position as town manager appealed to him. “I’m extremely excited,” Andrews says. “This is a great opportunity for me, and I’m very impressed with the mayor and the Carrboro Board of Aldermenand how progressive they… Read more →

Carrboro's Hispanic-owned eateries overcome obstacles

Carrboro’s Hispanic-owned eateries overcome obstacles

By Jeremy Gerlach Carrboro Commons Staff Writer According to the 2010 Census, there are no Hispanic-owned restaurants in Carrboro. There are chain Latin-themed establishments, yes, but none are owned by the Latino community that comprises more than 13 percent of Carrboro’s population. Yet on any given morning, you can walk past tienda after tienda – and by night, taco truck… Read more →

Great Clips sees increase in business since move

Great Clips sees increase in business since move

By Tyson Leonhardt Carrboro Commons Copy Editor/Staff Writer Nearly three months after moving to a new location, Carrboro’s Great Clips is clipping more hair than ever. Great Clips, Carrboro’s only hair salon franchise, was previously housed at 401 Weaver St. The hair salon moved to the Carrboro Plaza strip mall off N.C. 54 when a spot opened up in late August, said… Read more →

Businesses move up and out to Chapel Hill

Businesses move up and out to Chapel Hill

By Gloria Lloyd Carrboro Commons Staff Writer For many years, Carrboro was home to a quirky pet boutique, Phydeaux, and a cozy quilting shop, Thimble Pleasures. However, in the past two years both stores have expanded their space and increased their business by moving to Elliott Road in Chapel Hill. In addition, the Chapel Hill-based retail chain Performance Bicycle moved… Read more →

Center fights for Carrboro day laborers' human rights

Center fights for Carrboro day laborers’ human rights

By Latisha Catchatoorian Carrboro Commons Staff Writer On a sunny, yet chilly day, Latino men are huddled outside of Abbey Court Condominiums or the BP gas station across the street on Jones Ferry Road.  Some of these day laborers are residents of Abbey Court, which also serves as the location of The Chapel Hill and Carrboro Human Rights Center, led… Read more →

Antique store still making sales after 13 years

Antique store still making sales after 13 years

By Becky Wessels Carrboro Commons Staff Writer There is no big sign on the street marking its location. The front entrance is actually on the side of the building and can be driven past without notice. However, Oddities and Such, an antique store owned and operated by Richard Watts, is about to celebrate its 13th anniversary on July 4. Richard… Read more →