Sara Stephens: CEO, Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce

“I actually live on my great-great-grandparents’ old tobacco farm on the outskirts of town. My parents are my next- door neighbors. I have two sets of aunts and uncles across the road. We live not far from the plantation my family was on. I’ve had friends say, ‘Oh my God. I can’t believe you live …

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In The Dog House

Snow is on its way to Chapel Hill, but inside the Green Beagle Lodge, the stone fireplace keeps everyone warm during a Valentine’s-themed event. The crowd mingles as they sample chocolates and sip wine. But others, lacking a refined palate (and patience), gobble down their treats. “The dogs don’t care. They just want to eat,” says …

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Carolina Brewery Celebrates 20 Years

Carolina Brewery‘s craft beers have won numerous accolades nationally and statewide, and have been featured in international beer festivals, including the World Beer Championships. Founded in 1995 by owner Robert Poitras, the craft brewery model has been a pioneer for brewing in North Carolina. This year, they turn 20 and are celebrating brewery style with …

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Her Mother’s Daughter

As the seventh of Mildred “MamaDip” Council’s eight children, she grew up in the restaurant business, watching her mother make homemade cakes, but dabbled in clothing and jewelry sales as an adult. Then, it hit her: “Food – it’s what I’ve been around,” she says. “It’s my calling.” Today, in addition to helping her mother and siblings …

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