Business and Economic Development


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The Carolina Inn was featured on Fodor's travel guide as one of the top 10 best hotel front porches in the United States. 

Chapel Hill Comics turns a page


After 20 years with the store, owner Andrew Neal has decided to sell Chapel Hill Comics and see what else life has in store for him.

Chapel Hill named most exciting NC place


It may not come as a surprise to the people who love Chapel Hill for its abundance of restaurants, thriving nightlife, eclectic edge and Carolina blue skies — but the town recently earned a distinction that sets it apart from other cities in the state.

East End closes, but Country Night stays

East End Oyster & Martini Bar will officially close its doors on Saturday, but Country Nights will live on downstairs at Deep End. 

Pharmacy closes, but Sutton’s Drug Store remains


When John Woodard told customers the pharmacy in Sutton’s Drug Store was closing down, he got a lot of concern that the entire store would be going out of business. 

Owner of Mina’s Grill on Franklin Street pushes past disaster


Despite the tragedies that befell his first two business ventures, John Hanna opened Mina’s Grill on Franklin Street with optimism and determination. 

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All up in your business for June 12


All up in your business for June 12

Franklin Street welcomes Sup Dogs


People on Franklin Street lined up out the door of Sup Dogs, the Greenville-based restaurant which opened Monday. 

Pedestrians gain from West Franklin face-lift


Chapel Hill residents are already well acquainted with the sounds of construction in downtown areas — and it is not over yet.

Since 1994, the town of Chapel Hill has been ceaselessly renovating its sidewalks and surrounding public spaces around Franklin Street and Rosemary Street through a construction project called Streetscape.

The Chapel Hill Town Council adopted the Streetscape Master Plan in 1993 and updated it in 2009 — and since then, the town has invested millions of dollars to make the sidewalks more attractive.

1789 Venture Lab welcomes 10 students to summer startup program


With smaller class loads and more open schedules, student entrepreneurs are spending their summer vacation in Chapel Hill developing and making progress with their startup business plans.

For-profit company Buzz Rides receives $15,000 in student fees


In a precedent-setting move, the Student Safety and Security Committee granted $15,000 in student fees to Buzz Rides — the for-profit taxi service founded by UNC students last year. 

The grant was approved by members of University council Tuesday after being passed in a committee meeting on May 6.  The money was officially given to the Campus Y, which will provide oversight to how Buzz Rides uses the money.

ArtsCenter hosts craft festival in honor of local roots

The ArtsCenter in Carrboro is paying homage to its local roots this weekend.

CVS Plaza to get new owner

Franklin Street Plaza LLC is selling its downtown Chapel Hill property CVS Plaza this week after owning it for almost a decade.

All up in your business for April 24, 2014

The eyecarecenter at 140 West partnered with Farmer Foodshare to celebrate Earth Day.

Pittsboro cat shelter Goathouse Refugee fights planned gun range


The 200 shelter cats living at Goathouse Refuge in Pittsboro tend to crouch low to the ground and run in group panic when they hear the sound of gunshots from nearby hunters.

UNC's Bull’s Head Bookshop only trade bookstore in system


The Bull’s Head Bookshop is an oddity in the UNC system.

WomenCraft Gifts presents exhibit of more than 60 locally-created mugs

A new location and exhibit bring a new beginning for WomanCraft Gifts, a well-established local craft co-operative.

Google moves its Chapel Hill location to Franklin Street

Google searched high and low, but a close connection to UNC’s computer science department led the company to choose a downtown location for its Chapel Hill office.