December 2018

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I’m ready for quality time with my family, baking up a storm and binge-watching shows and movies. I’ll head home to Virginia at the end of the month for some much-needed R&R, but until then, I plan to take advantage of all the town celebrations that I can. We’ve rounded up the most festive events – from cooking classes and shopping to parades and concerts – in our holiday checklist on page 46. Here’s where you’ll find me this month:

Shopping at The Carolina Inn’s Sunday afternoon markets for the perfect presents. There’ll be doughnuts, caramel apples, s’mores and hot chocolate as well! 

Attending the annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade. I haven’t sat on the sidewalk watching all the bands, organizations and floats since my freshman year at UNC.

Being Santa to a senior. For the past few holiday seasons, I’ve bought gifts for seniors as part of Home Instead Senior Care’s Be a Santa to a Senior program. That means visiting a participating business around town, picking a name or two off their tree and returning a few days later with some items off their wishlist. It just felt good to shop for cozy slippers and scarves and to imagine the recipients enjoying them. (At press time, The UPS Store on Fordham Boulevard, K & W Cafeteria, Starbucks on Franklin Street and the Seymour Center were participating – find more information at 

Sipping a hot toddy. I’ve got fond memories of finishing up my last final of the semester at UNC and trudging along Franklin Street in the cold with a classmate to Carolina Brewery for something to warm us up – nothing does that quite like Kahlúa & hot chocolate. Maybe when my last issue for the year goes to press … 

Ringing in the new year with my best friend. I’ll be back in town just in time for the ball drop and to show off Orange County to my pal who lives out west.

I wish you joyful holidays and a happy and healthy 2019!   


28 Priceless Gem

Poet & novelist Marsha White Warren

36 Office Spaces

Three local companies provide a behind-the-scenes look into their cool workplaces in downtown Chapel Hill 

44 Lessons from Lawrence

Takeaways from the 2018 Inter-City Visit to the college town

46  Holiday Checklist

Celebrate the season with markets, parties, decorations and more 

54  Strength in Numbers

The camaraderie of group workouts, like the three we’ve featured here, make staying active fun and easy 

68  Now Trending

What we’re seeing this year from builders featured in the Parade of Homes sponsored

33 Holiday Gift Guide


16 Sip + Savor 

18 Festifall 

20 A Tasteful Affair

21 Carrboro High students meet a Nobel Peace Prize winner

22 Roy Williams’ Fast Break Against Cancer

23 SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals groundbreaking 

24 Film Fest 919 at Silverspot Cinema


8 Letter from the Editor

12 Noted

26 Chef’s Table

90 Dining Guide

92 The Dish: Elaine’s on Franklin

99 Joyous Cooking: Gifts for Foodies

102 Weddings

Faircloth & Wilkinson; Motta & Schneider; Ripley & Hill

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