A new barre studio, Barre3, opened on South Elliot Road in Chapel Hill on Sept. 21.
Located near Whole Foods and Living Kitchen, the Barre3 studio has also been a major player in turning South Elliot Road into a health haven.
“Barre3 is for anyone and everyone, but at the end of the day, our core customer base is women typically anywhere from 25-55 years old,” studio owner Dana Harshaw said.
Harshaw said that business has been going well so far, and their clients range from UNC students and faculty, to people from Durham and mothers in the surrounding neighborhoods.
“The new location has given us a lot of visibility," Harshaw said. "We get walk-ins from people who noticed us just because they were shopping at Whole Foods."
Harshaw said she is positive that Barre3 will only continue to grow.
Love Overboard Kennels & Grooming
Love Overboard Kennels & Grooming is celebrating 30 locally-owned years in business.
Located on West Rosemary Street, the business has faithfully served Chapel Hill and Carrboro citizens and their four-legged companions for longer than some students have been alive.
Owners Julie Rorrer and Paige Passavant met while working together at the Boulevard Animal Hospital in Raleigh, and in 1987 they decided to open up their own boarding and grooming facility. For the past 23 years, Rorrer has run the business herself.
“Business has always been good," Rorrer said. "Even in recessions, people are going to take care of their animals. People put their pets before anything else. In the past 30 years, we’ve seen the pet industry boom.”
Since opening Love Overboard, Rorrer has seen expansions in both space and staff. She said she added an addition to the facility and there are now five groomers, including herself.
“Back in the day we didn’t have too much competition," she said. "It was a good industry to be in. That’s different now, but we still do a good business and a lot of grooming,” she said.
Rorrer said her team has a great work ethic and works well together.
"I’ll definitely be there as long as I can. It’s what I love,” she said.