Lifestyles

LGBTQ community fights HB2

LGBTQ community fights HB2

   North Carolina’s newest legislation—known as HB2—reverses a Charlotte ordinance, which extended rights to people who are gay or transgender. Carrboro’s LGBTQ community plans to fight this bill until laws are changed. On Feb. 22, Charlotte passed a law that granted protection to LGBTQ people in places of public accommodation. In response, on March 23, North Carolina’s General Assembly proposed… Read more →

James Beard Award-winning chefs open Pizzeria Mercato

James Beard Award-winning chefs open Pizzeria Mercato

After five years in the San Francisco sun, Gabe Barker is back in the Carrboro area. Two weeks ago Barker and his parents opened Pizzeria Mercato at 408 W. Weaver St., just steps from the Carrboro Farmers’ Market, which the restaurant draws upon for produce and inspiration. “A little over a year ago I came home for Christmas for the first… Read more →

Carrboro Recreation & Parks offers Dance Jam sessions

Carrboro Recreation & Parks offers Dance Jam sessions

Residents of Carrboro looking for a good time can attend a Dance Jam session at Carrboro Century Center, at 100 N. Greensboro St, once a month on a Friday night at 7:30 p.m. These unique sessions cost $3 and feature a wide variety of dances, including rhythm, Latin and Zumba. Robbin Justice-Jones, the recreation specialist and head coordinator of Dance Jam at… Read more →

Fleet Feet Inc. encourages healthy lifestyles for Carrboro's community

Fleet Feet Inc. encourages healthy lifestyles for Carrboro’s community

  With over 150 locations in 37 states, Fleet Feet Inc. is the largest franchisor of running specialty stores in the United States. But the headquarters isn’t located in the sunny city of San Francisco, the bustling market of Baltimore or the humongous metropolis of Houston. The brains of the operation are comfortably nestled above the Fleet Feet store located… Read more →

Even after death, Dean Smith continues to make a difference

Even after death, Dean Smith continues to make a difference

It’s hard to go out on top. It’s even harder to imagine anything bringing Duke and UNC fans together. There have been too many heartbreaking loses, elbows thrown, trash talked and mutual hatred to imagine the two shades of blue ever teaming up. But thanks to one man’s unparalleled legacy, a couple young entrepreneurs and the creativity of a Duke… Read more →

Carrboro Open Streets continues its success in second year

Carrboro Open Streets continues its success in second year

On Saturday, April 12, the second annual Carrboro Open Streets festival was held on Weaver Street, emptying the road of its usual traffic and opening it up to residents to participate in various activities. Weaver Street was a sight of celebration on the beautiful, sunny Saturday morning.  Families flocked around with their strollers while children drew with sidewalk chalk, tossed… Read more →

Chemist by day, tattoo artist by night

Chemist by day, tattoo artist by night

Since Sam Kirby, a Carrboro resident, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in chemistry, he has been working in a lab in Raleigh that produces LED lights. But on nights and weekends he dives into his true passion—tattooing. Jackson Phetxumphou, a former tattoo shop owner, said it is difficult to get an apprenticeship because many tattoo artists are unwilling… Read more →

Yoga and Pilates and barre- oh my! Local fitness studio offers students a fusion of three techniques

Yoga and Pilates and barre- oh my! Local fitness studio offers students a fusion of three techniques

On the sidewalk in front of an inconspicuous blue door, nestled between two colorful storefronts on Carrboro’s E. Main Street, sits a sign. “Meet your new addiction. Barre,” it reads. A photo of a group of women gripping a pole with legs extended in the air rests beneath the words. The sign may confuse someone unfamiliar with barre, a new… Read more →

Local Carrboro businesses join bike-friendly program

Local Carrboro businesses join bike-friendly program

As March rolls in, so do the applications for the Bike-Friendly Business Program in Carrboro. The program is relatively new, created by a bicycle advocacy group named the Carrboro Bicycle Coalition. The program’s purpose is to recognize businesses that encourage cycling in the community. There are many ways and varying degrees by which the businesses can get involved. Several businesses… Read more →