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Art lights up the night at Shimmer

Art lights up the night at Shimmer

Twenty-three artists from across the country arrived in Carrboro on Friday to display their unique talents at the inaugural Shimmer: The Art of Light event. The various art installations, sponsored by Duke Energy and the Orange County Arts Commission, featured illuminated displays across 20 Carrboro and Chapel Hill venues from 6-11 p.m. Sarah Wolfe, the head coordinator of Shimmer, was inspired… 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 →

Chapel Hill cracks down on Northside housing ordinances to help with affordability

Chapel Hill cracks down on Northside housing ordinances to help with affordability

Change — it’s something the Northside neighborhood has grown accustomed to over the years. On Feb. 8, the Chapel Hill Town Council approved ordinances that would create more changes in the historic, black Chapel Hill neighborhood. These changes include improving the affordability and energy efficiency of homes in the neighborhood. The ordinances also raised concerns about enforcement issues with student… 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 →

Weaving with a passion

Weaving with a passion

On a frosty Saturday morning, Susan Laswell proudly stood in front of her table at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. The tabletop was filled with colorful baskets and imaginative figurines woven by Laswell’s gentle fingers. Basket weaving is an art form that the 66-year-old has been perfecting since she was a child in Springfield, Illinois. “When I was 9, I went… Read more →

Carrboro buzzing with mural plans

Carrboro buzzing with mural plans

Six years ago, Manhattan artist Matthew Willey was working in his studio when a bee flew into the room. Willey soon began painting bees and researching the problems they face. Now, his passion for bee conservation has reached Carrboro. A muralist for more than 20 years, Willey completed the first mural for “The Good of the Hive” series in LaBelle,… Read more →

Transportation Advisory Board works to improve pedestrian safety

Transportation Advisory Board works to improve pedestrian safety

Between the various coffee shops, restaurants and thrift stores in Carrboro, on any given day the streets of downtown are bustling with people. “Carrboro is an extremely walkable town,” said Linda Haac, chair of the Transportation Advisory Board. “People are always walking or biking.” At a Board of Aldermen meeting in 2014, the issue of pedestrian safety in Carrboro was… Read more →

New church comes to Carrboro

New church comes to Carrboro

There’s a noticeable shortage of churches in Carrboro. Jason and Shaina Victory, of Mebane saw this and launched Doxa Church, a new mobile church that meets in Carrboro High School. After more than a year of planning to launch a new place of worship and with the support of their home church, Crosslink Community Church in Mebane, the couple held… 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 →