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Aldermen won’t use hotel revenue for arts building

Aldermen won’t use hotel revenue for arts building

  The Carrboro Board of Aldermen on Thursday scrapped a proposal to use tax revenues from a new hotel to finance the creation of a downtown arts hub, saying the plan seemed too risky and rushed. At the same time, however, town leaders expressed support for the basic idea underpinning the proposed Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center (CAIC), and they… Read more →

Carrboro joins the nation's vinyl revival

Carrboro joins the nation’s vinyl revival

  Carrboro is engaging in the vinyl revival sweeping the nation by embracing music and, more importantly, the community. Jay Reeves, owner of Vinyl Perk, opened his store in October 2013 and said that vinyl is making a comeback. He said, “There is definitely a vinyl revival happening. We live in a world that is rushed, hurried and transient. The vinyl… Read more →

Aldermen get feedback on new arts building

Aldermen get feedback on new arts building

  Residents on Tuesday seized another opportunity to weigh in on a proposal for Carrboro to contribute $7.5 million toward a new building to house the ArtsCenter and a local children’s museum. People packed Carrboro Town Hall for Tuesday night’s public hearing, the second in as many weeks as the Board of Aldermen sought public input on the proposed public-private… Read more →

A love for something bigger than beer

A love for something bigger than beer

Craft breweries are the poster boys of the modern beer movement. The depth of flavors, quality of ingredients, and small-scale brewing techniques have fueled beer’s progressive movement into the 21st century. David Larsen, founder of YesterYears brewery and taproom, located at 300 E. Main Street, comes late to the microbrewery game, but it’s not the future he’s looking toward. “I… Read more →

Community radio station WCOM celebrates 10 years

Community radio station WCOM celebrates 10 years

When Carrboro community radio station WCOM launched in 2004, it was a tiny revolution. WCOM, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last week, was one of the first radio stations to open under the Federal Communications Commission’s low-power FM licensing program, an initiative that began in 2000 to offer more licenses to small community radio stations and allowed Carrboro to carve… 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 →

Peccadillo bar thrives on secrecy

Peccadillo bar thrives on secrecy

If you walk down Brewer Lane looking for Peccadillo, you might not find it. There’s no sign out front; the only indication of the bar’s location is “100A” spray-painted on an old steel door in the same complex as the Carolina Car Wash & Detail. But owner Tim Neill, 41, wants it to be this way. “The building’s façade is… Read more →

League of American Bicyclists honors Carrboro as bicycle friendly for 10th straight year

League of American Bicyclists honors Carrboro as bicycle friendly for 10th straight year

2014 marks the 10th year in a row that The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Carrboro as a Bicycle Friendly Community. Carrboro is one of only 10 towns or cities in North Carolina that currently holds this distinction. The League of American Bicyclists awards different levels of recognition within the communities it names as bicycle friendly. Out of the… Read more →

Cameron’s settles into new location in Carrboro

Cameron’s settles into new location in Carrboro

After nearly two decades in University Mall, Cameron’s has a new home in Carrboro. Located at 370 E. Main St., with the new Hampton Inn and Suites, the specialty store and gift shop opened its doors for business at the new location on Oct. 16. Co-owners Wendy Smith and Bridget Pemberton-Smith say that at this point in their business it… Read more →