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Mayors’ Day Out

Congratulations to incumbent mayors Tom Stevens of Hillsborough and Lydia Lavelle of Carrboro who both recently won reelection! We asked them to share their perfect day in the towns they will continue to serve.Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens “A perfect day of small town life in Hillsborough always includes walking, whether on Riverwalk, Poet’s Walk, the …

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Happy Trentacinque, IP3!

If you hear cheering when you walk in Italian Pizzeria III, don’t be startled – the UNC basketball team or an Italian football team probably just scored. Two things are guarantee to happen when you go for dinner at IP3. There’s going to be some sporting event playing on the TVs and you’ll be greeted …

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Lights, camera, action … University Place is getting a movie theater! The 13-screen Silverspot Cinema is only the third location of the luxe cinema chain that hopes to elevate the movie-going experience with a green design, upgraded concessions, and a full-service restaurant and bar. Here are the five things you need to know about before …

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Retail Therapy

The shopping destination formerly known as University Mall has never looked so good. With a fresh new appearance — and a new name — University Place takes home the title for best place to shop ‘til you drop for the third year in a row. Recent additions like Planet Fitness, Aveda Chapel Hill and Kidzu Children’s Museum have livened up the 42-year-old …

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Purple Puddle & Puddle Baby

Kathy Buck, 66 Sarah Buck Casey, 45 Emily Buck Walters, 33 Owners, Purple Puddle & Puddle Baby How did your gift, flower and stationery store Purple Puddle come to be? What about your adjoining children’s store Puddle Baby? Kathy: I was the ultimate shopper, and for seven years [I was involved with] the country store for …

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Dina Rousset: Program Manager, Launch Chapel Hill

When a startup business can succeed outside of its shared workspace at Launch Chapel Hill, Dina feels like dancing in her office. After all, she’s done it before. The Launch program manager partied in the Rosemary Street building in 1992, back when the now-thriving business incubator was a nightclub, and she was a freshly minted …

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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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