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Aldermen hear proposals to slow downtown traffic

Aldermen hear proposals to slow downtown traffic

Last month, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen heard ideas from the Transportation Advisory Board on how to slow traffic in downtown Carrboro.  One of these ideas was the concept of implementing a “woonerf” on East Weaver St. A “woonerf” is a Dutch term for a street where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over motorists. Methods of implementing this include… Read more →

What you 'mayor' may not know about Lydia Lavelle

What you ‘mayor’ may not know about Lydia Lavelle

Mayor, teacher, partner, mother and avid Wolfpack fan are only the beginning descriptors of Carrboro’s newest mayor Lydia Lavelle, who was sworn in on Dec. 3, 2013. Lavelle is a strong community leader seeking not only to improve the community, but also to advance Carrboro’s influence as a town. Part time mayor, full time teacher Lavelle isn’t your average mayor… 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 →

Eat, drink and be merry with Taste Carolina’s walking food and wine tour

Eat, drink and be merry with Taste Carolina’s walking food and wine tour

Taste Carolina’s walking food and wine tour in Carrboro may sell you on a new restaurant, drink of choice or even the town itself. Every Saturday, Taste Carolina organizes a walking food and wine tour that explores some of downtown Carrboro and Chapel Hill’s finest restaurants and wineries. Lesley Stracks-Mullem and Joe Philipose, co-owners of Taste Carolina, started the food-touring… 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 →

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 →