January/February 2024

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That old aphorism “a rising tide lifts all boats” has never been more true. On the eve of this issue going to press in December, The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro brought together stakeholders at Morehead Planetarium & Science Center for the public launch of The Campaign for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro. For years, the Chamber has been laser-focused on workforce development and affordable housing initiatives “… designed to strengthen the community and fulfill our vision for a resilient, globally recognized community with the talent, infrastructure and investment needed to drive the success of local employers and support world-class education, public amenities and thriving downtowns.” We all win when an organization like the Chamber backs these goals – and it could use our support, too.

The theme of doing things for the greater good – whether that’s within the entrepreneurial community or for local kids – ran through the stories written by senior staff writer Anna-Rhesa Versola. All four Influencers featured combine hard work and grit with a personal calling to initiate change. One of them, Sheryl Waddell, director of economic development and innovation hubs, is charged with retaining and growing transformative companies and talent in Chapel Hill. Through downtown Chapel Hill’s new Innovate Carolina Junction, Sheryl is positioned to do just that. “Not only is this a good idea, but it’s necessary,” she told Rhesa. “It will help the economy of the town.”

While it may not be our job like it is for Sheryl, each of us has the power to contribute positively to the community’s collective well-being. It could be as simple as an act of kindness or as big as involvement in a global initiative. Reelected Carrboro Town Council member Eliazar Posada, for instance, told Rhesa of his need to run for office: “[There was a] point … where I was like, ‘I need to be in one of those seats.’” And so, as we face the fresh start of a new year, I encourage you to seek out inspiration and find your path to growth – Jessica Stringer, editor

THE KIDS ISSUE

46 Discovering Delight
Ten ideas for kid-friendly fun and learning

50 Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
Take a look at two camps that offer fun ways to learn important skills and make new friends

58 Summer Camp Guide

FEATURES

30 Comfort Food
Meet a social entrepreneur making an impact one bowl at a time

34 Over the River and Through the Woods …
To Hillsborough’s hidden gems we go

38 The Influencers
These change-makers are putting their mark on our community

66 Feeling Good in 2024
Experts share their best advice on how to take care of you this new year

70 A Safe Harbor
This Chapel Hill home lands coastal vibes and updates that meet a family’s needs

DEPARTMENTS

6 Letter from the Editor

8 About Town
Events not to miss

16 Noted
What we’ve heard around our towns …

20 Once A Tar Heel …
Mary Pope Osborne, author of the ‘Magic Tree House’ series, reflects on her time at UNC and adventures thereafter

22 What We’re Eating
News from our restaurant community, plus a dish we love

24 Dining Guide

PEOPLE & PLACES

10 Festifall Arts Market & More
12 Chapel Hill Historical Society’s Community Treasures
12 Fitch Lumber & Hardware’s 100-Year Celebration
14 SECU Family House’s Gala
15 The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro Friendsgiving Luncheon

WEDDINGS

85 Jones & Mascarella
86 Daubert & Zvara
87 Churchill & Haggerty
88 Owens & Salvesen

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