Business

IFC discussion part 2: Q&A with Matt Neal

IFC discussion part 2: Q&A with Matt Neal

Matt Neal is no stranger to the restaurant industry. His father, the late Bill Neal, built a legacy for himself in the culinary world. Bill, alongside his wife, Moreton, opened La Residence in 1976, and later left to take over Crook’s Corner, a local favorite for southern inspired cooking. Moreton continued to run La Residence until 1992, when she left… Read more →

Addition of new Hilton hotel could have economic benefits for Carrboro

Addition of new Hilton hotel could have economic benefits for Carrboro

The Board of Aldermen heard positive feedback on Tuesday, Feb. 23, for a proposed Hilton Garden Inn on 107 Padgett Lane. If the proposal passes, the Hilton would be the second hotel in the town, preceded only by the Hampton Inn & Suites, which opened to the public in September of 2013. Trish McGuire, planning director for Carrboro, has witnessed the success of… 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 seeks to improve downtown parking situation

Carrboro seeks to improve downtown parking situation

The town of Carrboro prides itself on its walkability; however, there are times when both visitors and residents need to drive. With driving comes the need for parking. According to town officials, Carrboro currently has five municipal lots, with a total of 600 parking spaces downtown that are for public use. Of the 600 public spots, 350 spots are a… 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 →

Branding Carrboro: Living in a town with its own identity

Branding Carrboro: Living in a town with its own identity

When it comes to branding, sometimes the fewer words the better. At least that’s the approach the town of Carrboro has taken. Back in early February of last year, Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen unveiled a new logo for the town, as well as a slim new slogan: “Feel Free.” Since their debut, both the logo and the tagline have become… Read more →