Economy

Customers reluctant to trim salon visits from budgets

Customers reluctant to trim salon visits from budgets

By Virginia McIlwain Carrboro Commons Staff Writer On a recent Friday morning, a steady stream of customers filtered through the side door of 102 Center St., greeted by the familiar snip of sharpened scissors and faint roar of a hair dryer echoing through the wide wooden hallway of the century-old mill house. Stylists Angela Iamuzzella (left), of Chapel Hill, and… Read more →

Job seekers turn to job search adviser

Job seekers turn to job search adviser

By Sarah Shah Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Jennifer Hartzog, a marketing and communications specialist from Chapel Hill, said she was eliminated from her job at a publishing company last November. And Bruce Gingerich, a product line manager from Pittsboro, said he was recently laid off by his company, which has gone through a few downsizes. Bob Emslie (left), a software… Read more →

New barbecue joint keeps it local

New barbecue joint keeps it local

By Tom Nading Carrboro Commons Staff Writer With its emphasis on local ingredients and local ownership, the Q Shack strives to offer the Carrboro community more than just barbecue, according to owner Tom Meyer. UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore Krissy Ayers, a chemistry major from Summerfield, N.C., shows off a pulled pork sandwich from the Q Shack. Ayers said she appreciated the… Read more →

Carrboro realtors coping with slump in home sales

Carrboro realtors coping with slump in home sales

by Allie Maupin Carrboro Commons Writer Real estate in Carrboro has not fully escaped the effects of the deteriorating national housing market, but local real estate agents remain hopeful for 2008. Don Basnight, seen working in his office at Weaver Street Realty, is concerned about the real estate slump but thinks sales this year in the Carrboro market will be… Read more →

Sales waver in wacky winter weather

Sales waver in wacky winter weather

By Kennedy Carruthers Carrboro Commons Writer It’s a pleasant Sunday afternoon in Carrboro. The air is crisp but not too cold. The sun is out, and so are the people at Weaver Street Market. Fluctuating temperatures this winter have caused unpredictable sales at Carrboro’s Weaver Street Market. Warm days typically find visitors relaxing on the lawn with few purchases… Kennedy… Read more →