Jessie Ammons

Jessie is a former Chapel Hill Magazine editor-turned freelance culture writer based in Chapel Hill. She tends to structure her days around a morning cup of coffee and evening glass of wine.

How One Chapel Hill Architect Is Leading the Way in Tiny Houses

“I feel like I popped out of the womb a raging modernist,” says Arielle Condoret Schechter. The architect is sitting in her bright and open living room off of Mount Carmel Church Road, with tunes from jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt detectable beneath whistles and chirps from Gabby, the African grey parrot. This is Arielle in …

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Sing Along at This Can’t-Miss Holiday Concert

Every Tuesday night, harmonies echo from the eaves of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. “These are people with very prestigious careers and professional lives and families at home,” says Sue Klausmeyer, conductor of the adult chorus Voices. “It’s a tremendous amount of energy from a group of very intellectual, very busy people. They come together …

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Seeing is Believing

This story was originally published in the December 2014 issue.  No, their socks don’t match. Yes, they’d like to tell you about it. On any given day, you’ll find 24-year-olds Roger Nahum, Match du Toit and Cole Page with a left and a right foot that are dissimilar, sure, but coordinated enough to make you …

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On Tap

There’s no need to leave room for cream in a glass of Dolce Nitro, the nitrogen-infused cold brewed coffee served from a tap and over ice at La Vita Dolce. “It’s pretty smooth,” says owner Annie Johnston of the drink that’s developed a cult following. “It’s fresh and full-bodied – a thirst-quenching iced coffee.” Annie, a Chapel Hill native …

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Farm to Cup

Surrounded by acres of gardens – herbs, berries and the first crops of Camellia sinensis that will one day be harvested and roasted into tea – the open-air Honeysuckle Tea House is about as close to a modern-day tree house as it gets. Designed by architect Giles Blunden, who also designed the first Weaver Street Market, the space is propped up …

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Strength in Numbers

You might have seen them: A troup of moms pushing jogging strollers through Southern Village or Briar Chapel, music thumping. Before too long, they stop along a jogging path or green space and whip out exercise bands for a few strengthening moves. Then, it’s back to the pavement, off and running to the next station. It’s a typical Stroller …

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A Downtown Retreat

Steve and Jan Capps both have decades of corporate America behind them. “I wouldn’t say we’ve retired,” Steve says of the couple today. “I would say we’ve changed direction.” When searching for a space to come home to after days spent on philanthropic and entrepreneurial pursuits, Chapel Hill was a no-brainer. “We were only looking …

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The Perfect Fit

Sometimes a house is just a house. Often, a house becomes a home. Once in a blue moon, a house becomes so, so much more. “We said this house must have been waiting for somebody. I was waiting for someone to get it that got it. Through this whole process, I kept saying, ‘I just …

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The Golden Hour

I have very few complaints about living in Chapel Hill. Within a 10-minute walk of my historic downtown home, I can see an art exhibition, enjoy a top-notch meal (or a pretty great cheap bite), sip a local craft brew, catch a theatrical performance or a concert, listen to an academic lecture, shop the farmers’ …

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