Laura Zolman Kirk

Associate Editor Laura Zolman Kirk is a Kentuckian turned Chapel Hillian and totally in love with this special slice of North Carolina.

Former Stay-at-Home Mom Builds Her Own Business From the Ground Up

Tell me about your business. I established myself as an LLC in January 2015. It’s just me, and anyone who helps me is a subcontractor, from bookkeepers to electricians to framers. I acquire properties, design houses, contract and sell them. I work with clients to do residential remodels or new construction. Walk me through your …

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Carolina Brewery’s Crave-Worthy Cuban Adds Local Flair to a Classic Sandwich

Walking on Franklin Street recently, you may have noticed Carolina Brewery’s new look. Not only are there updated outdoor seating options and planters expertly designed by Katy Poitras at Katy Wood Landscape Design, but the brewery also added two huge rolling windows to the face of the restaurant and an outdoor bar for patrons to …

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Parents: We’ve Featured Extracurriculars To Keep Your Kids Engaged

SPORTS We are fortunate to have many specialized sports complexes and team leagues to help kids expend some energy and learn leadership and discipline skills along the way. Complexes like Baseball Rebellion (currently based in Hillsborough, but planning to move to Durham soon), Bull City Gymnastics, OC Gymnastics in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill Gymnastics offer …

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Local Businessman Creates Sports Startup To Turn Casual Fans Into Passionate Ones

What does your company do? Fanalytical helps college athletic departments turn casual audiences into passionate, engaged fans. Our fan intelligence software provides actionable insights to boost fan engagement, improve marketing impact and grow top-line revenues. Start date January 2017 Number of team members 6 What in your path led you to start this business? My …

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Granddaughter of a Franklin Street Flower Lady Carries On Her Legacy

Bettye Jenkins Owner, Bettye’s Flower Design Growing up, were you always drawn to flowers? My grandmother Ada Edwards was one of the original “flower ladies.” She raised me, and we had to go out in the fields and woods and pick flowers for her to come into Chapel Hill on Franklin Street to sell. We …

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Our Staff Shares: Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurants

“Where do you eat with your kids?” We posed this question to our staff whose children range in age from young toddlers to college age. “Taking a kid out is always tough!” says Senior VP of Publishing Rory Gillis. “I think my kid is pretty well behaved for a 1-and-a-half-year-old, but she likes to talk …

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Parents: Check Out These Unique Local Story Hours

HONEYSUCKLE TEA HOUSE STORY CORNER Thursdays, Chapel Hill Breathe in the herb-scented air as one of Honeysuckle’s own tea slingers reads classic and contemporary children’s stories from the outdoor stage. Afterward, parents can mingle – iced tea in hand – with plenty of room for the little ones to roam. SARAH P. DUKE GARDENS NATURE …

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Let’s Taco ‘Bout It: Must-Try Tacos in Chapel Hill and Carrboro

Moroccan On My Mind What started as a passing experiment for Janet Elbetri of Sandwhich one Saturday morning in 2015 with an impulse-bought press turned into team-building tortilla madness. The delicious result sold out that first day in an hour and a half and has been a solid special ever since. The Moroccan influence of …

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Local Fall Fashion Finds to Make Your Wardrobe Pop

We shopped local boutiques for unique pieces that will seamlessly fit into your lifestyle. Divided by color palette, browse our fall fashion staples and keep your little one trending, too. Step Into Autumn with Warm Tones Keep Cool in Blues Stand Out in Black and White Our Picks for the Kids

Weekend at a Glance: Bikes, Beer and Bites

Carolina Brewery Grand (Re)Opening – Thursday – Celebrating 22 years this summer, Carolina Brewery – which recently underwent a remodel – is opening anew and offering $1 Franklin Street Lagers while they’re at it. Double-Header Movie Weekend – Friday and Saturday – Catching up on rained out showings, Southern Village goes all out this weekend with “Power Rangers” …

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