Topics: Business and Economic Development

Recently, the town of Chapel Hill has undertaken projects to encourage more business and boost the local economy.

Chapel Hill has worked to bring more businesses to downtown. The town sold its parking deck on West Franklin Street to allow for a $55 million development project called 140 West. The goal was to revitalize downtown business and the project was completed in 2013.

The town has also approved the development of the properties in formerly-named University Square, located at 123 W. Franklin St. The project will provide 300 residential units along with 580,000 square feet of mixed use space.

UNC alumna Elizabeth Gardner to open kava lounge in Carrboro this weekend

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Carrboro’s new kava bar and lounge Krave may be the solution to students’ Monday morning hangover. 


Business owner proposes solution to lack of parking in Chapel Hill

Local restaurant owner, Jamil Kadoura, believes parking is a cancer in downtown Chapel Hill and the only cure is a new parking lot.


Upscale nightclub replaces Players

The longtime nightclub space above Sutton’s Drug Store has been quiet since June, but it will celebrate a grand opening today after a complete transformation.


Instagram helps local shops with branding

Marshe Wyche had seen thousands of items pass through her Chapel Hill thrift boutique.


Billing scam targets 6 Carrboro businesses

Carrboro businesses and residents are the latest victims of a nationwide phone scam from someone posing as a Duke Energy employee. 


Film incentives could return to North Carolina

When the state let its tax incentive program for movie production expire at the start this year, the North Carolina film industry suffered.


UNC's Ted Zoller named to national entrepreneurship post

After serving only three years as a board member, UNC professor Ted Zoller has been named the next president of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.


Mechanical bull coming to Rosemary Street

Chapel Hill will soon be home to a new country bar called the Country Fried Duck.


Ben and Jerry’s ice cream stand on campus for semester

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Students’ first day back from spring break was more sweet than bitter as they enjoyed a new Ben and Jerry’s ice cream stand outside of Lenoir Dining Hall. 


Bob Garner brings BBQ expertise to Chapel Hill

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A complete career change at 50 years old is a bold move. But boldness isn't out of the ordinary for Bob Garner, an entrepreneur, television host, UNC alumnus and author.


All up in your business for March 17, 2015

Latin-American cuisine with a twist has found its place in Carrboro, soon to be joined by the town’s first full tequila bar.


New owners buy Marriott hotel in Chapel Hill

The Courtyard by Marriott in Chapel Hill is under new management after Noble Investment Group bought the hotel last week.


TOPO Back Bar throws it back

Top of the Hill’s Back Bar will be throwing it back starting on Thursday. 


Business community mourns Chris Derby

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Around town, Chris Derby was known as a successful Chapel Hill businessman who was always willing to give back. But at home, Chris Derby was known as “cool-rocking daddy.”


Trolly Stop Hot Dogs to open on Franklin Street later this week

Hot dog lovers rejoice —Trolly Stop Hot Dogs will open on Franklin Street this week.


Village Plaza construction causes parking challenges

Customers who frequent Whole Foods or any other store in Chapel Hill’s Village Plaza might run into parking difficulty in the next few weeks.


Local breweries joined in the UNC-Duke competition

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In the midst of one of the greatest rivalries in sports, top breweries of Chapel Hill and Durham began an attempt to bridge the bitter gap with a smooth brew


Merritt’s Grill fundraiser honors Chapel Hill shooting victims

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Donations are beginning to pour in for a special memorial fund set up to honor the three victims of the Chapel Hill shooting.


Residents treasure local improv comedy classes at DSI Comedy Theater

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DSI Comedy Theater regularly hosts comedy shows featuring improvisation, stand-up and scenes based on the lives of well-known local figures like Gary Crunkleton of The Crunkleton bar. Behind the scenes, DSI comedians and staff train new comics in six-week classes focused on improvisation, sketch comedy or stand-up writing.


In NC, a handful of drive-in theaters remain

Soon the only way you’ll be able to see a drive-in movie might be through the movies that once played on their screens.