Prospective and current students, parents and Chapel Hill residents passing the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets will soon find vacant the large window space formerly boasted by the Ackland Museum Store. But to find the stationery and assorted art-tinged gifts they’ve come to expect at the Ackland Museum Store, they won’t have to look far.
The Ackland Museum Store, which closed Jan. 10, is making preparations to reopen their doors on Jan. 21, taking a small step across the road and settling next to the FRANK Gallery, occupying the space at 109 E. Franklin St. formerly held by the Clothing Warehouse.
FRANK gallery manager Torey Mishoe said though day-to-day operations in her gallery won’t change drastically, the concentration of art-minded stores on Franklin is an exciting development.
“I think the arts are really critical to most towns and downtowns, so I think putting us and the Ackland Store together right here, and with Creative Metalsmiths on the other side of them, it brings the arts together in one place,” Mishoe said. “It allows people to have a one-stop shop for the arts.”
Alice Southwick, Ackland Museum Store manager, spent Monday packing up her store’s impressive selection of gifts, art pieces and trinkets to accommodate the impending transition.