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1/15/2018 7:42pm

Lecture being given at Humanities Happy Hour at Top of the Hill's Back Bar

Humanities Happy Hour brings lectures outside the classrom

Everyone likes a good happy hour, but on the third Wednesday of every month at Top of the Hill’s Back Bar, bar patrons will also hear lectures and discussion on topics in the humanities. Humanities Happy Hour is a free program hosted by the Carolina Public Humanities and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities to create an informal space for conversations about the humanities to take place. 


12/5/2017 7:37pm

Though Chapel Hill businesses see a decrease in revenue as students go home for winter break, it is mediated by an increase in patronage by local families.

Winter is coming, but local businesses are ready

As the stress of finals week concludes and UNC students leave town, Chapel Hill businesses will look to permanent residents to fill their shops and restaurants.  Katie Loovis, vice president for external affairs at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, said the total economic impact of winter break is felt most strongly by restaurants and retail but is less extreme than one may think.  Although roughly 30,000 students leave for the break, Loovis said many University faculty, hospital staff and international students stay in town, meaning Chapel Hill shops continue to serve a large customer base. 


11/14/2017 9:11pm

UNC students walk pass Top Of The Hill restaurant and brewery in Chapel Hill Monday night.  

Fake IDs, real consequences

An underage student stands in line outside a popular bar on Franklin Street and gives their fake ID to a bouncer. After looking at it for a moment, the bouncer passes it back — not to the student, but to an undercover alcohol law enforcement officer behind him. The student is ticketed immediately.


10/31/2017 9:23pm

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Word on the spooky street: What is your Halloween costume?

Halloween on Franklin Street is a well-known staple of University life. Homegrown Halloween on Franklin Street provides a safe place for all residents to don their creative costumes and bring the holiday to life.  Staff writer Suzanne Blake attended the event and asked participants where the inspiration for their costume came from.

10/5/2017 10:19pm

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Businesses ebb and flow on Franklin Street

Franklin Street has existed since the University first opened, and has expanded from just a few houses, stores and a post office in the 1790s to a 3-mile-long stretch filled with restaurants, businesses and office spaces.  


7/21/2017 4:55pm

Carolina Square's Target opened July 18.

Target opens on West Franklin St

Walking down West Franklin Street on a Wednesday afternoon, it can feel like a food desert. Before this summer, there were no places to buy many essential items every college student needs throughout their academic career. 


6/13/2017 8:38pm

Hes Not Bars Story

Q&A with Fleming Fuller, general manager of Franklin Street bar "He's Not Here"

Fleming Fuller began working at local bar "He's Not Here," while he was a student at UNC checking IDs. After moving up the ranks as a barback and bartender, he's now served as the home of the Blue Cup's general manager for six years. Summer Editor Rachel Jones talked to him about the history behind the bar and how it keeps its doors open in the summer.


5/24/2017 11:07am

Carolina Ale House Menu

Carolina Ale House Shuts Down in Chapel Hill

Carolina Ale House's Chapel Hill location closed yesterday after a year and a half of business on Franklin Street. Katherine Goldfaden, the Director of Marketing at the restaurant’s parent company LM Restaurants, Inc., said the Chapel Hill location did not meet the expectations the company had forecasted. Goldfaden said there had been a 10-year lease on the property, and it was a well-thought out decision to close the restaurant.