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Performers, patrons praise new-look Cat’s Cradle

Performers, patrons praise new-look Cat’s Cradle

By Zach Hamilton Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Less than a month after the completion of renovations at Cat’s Cradle, musicians and concert-goers alike said they are already impressed with the venue’s new look and feel. The concert building, which has been located at 300 East Main St. for 18 years, recently underwent structural and interior renovations and improvements, which were… Read more →

National Preparedness Month Seminar: Be Prepared

National Preparedness Month Seminar: Be Prepared

By Jen Northington Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Can you ever feel fully prepared for a natural disaster?  In the midst of it being prime hurricane season, and with Hurricane Irene just passing, attending a seminar and having a little bit of a refresher of what to do in the case of a natural disaster is never a bad thing.  Lori… Read more →

After years of delay, 300 East Main Street set to break ground

After years of delay, 300 East Main Street set to break ground

By Tyson Leonhardt Carrboro Commons Copy Editor/Staff Writer Main Street Properties spokeswoman Laura Van Sant has set more groundbreaking dates than she can remember. But three years after initial plans to build 300 East Main Street were presented to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, the large mixed-use development’s ground remains unbroken. “I’ve given so many dates out and been wrong… Read more →

Budget cuts, economy could hurt local health center

Budget cuts, economy could hurt local health center

By Callie Bost Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Carrboro Community Health Center on Lloyd Street has an important role in the community by serving underprivileged patients. But proposed federal budget cuts and an increasing number of patients due to the economy has forced the center to send patients to other health centers, said Kat McDougal, care manager for the center. Debra Markley,… Read more →

Don Jose Tienda Mexicana: An authentic taste of Mexico

Don Jose Tienda Mexicana: An authentic taste of Mexico

By Christina Austin Carrboro Commons Staff Writer When Gloria Gonzalez came to the United States 23 years ago, she never would have imagined that a mere 16 years later she would be a successful business owner. Seven years ago, Gonzalez and her husband, originally from Mexico City, became the owners of Don Jose Tienda Mexicana at 708 W. Rosemary Street…. Read more →

Surplus Sid’s: a one-stop for Halloween costuming needs

Surplus Sid’s: a one-stop for Halloween costuming needs

By Abbie Bennett Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Customers come from all over the United States to shop and take advantage of expert costume consulting at Surplus Sid’s at 309 East Main St. in Carrboro, according to owner Barry “Sid” Keith. “We like to call ourselves world-famous Halloweenists,” Keith said. “We’ve had people from all over the state, even from New York here.”… Read more →