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Burgers, ice cream and pharmaceuticals: All up in your business for March 27

<p>Hops Burger Bar will open next month. &nbsp;</p>
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Hops Burger Bar will open next month.  

Hops Burger Bar

The burger joints on Franklin Street may have some tough competition soon, as Hops Burger Bar is coming to Chapel Hill on April 15. 

Hops is replacing what used to be Lime Fresh Mexican Grill on Franklin Street, across from Target. 

“We make everything in house and we source locally where we can,"  said Chris Martin, one of the owners of Hops. "Everything within the restaurant is homemade, fresh and nothing comes in already prepared. We use the best ingredients, and we just put a lot of love into our burgers.”

Hops offers bison, beef, chicken, tuna, vegan and vegetarian patties, as well as salads. It also serves a variety of beers, with a 16 to 17 tap system. Ten of the taps are craft beers from mostly local breweries. 

“We do a lot of Wicked Weed, a lot of special sour beers, and we have a big bottle selection,” Martin said. “It’s not your run of the mill beers — they are going to be special."

Hops already has two locations in Greensboro, with an array of accolades under its belt. It was deemed the best burger in the nation by TripAdvisor in 2015, and the Best Burger on the East Coast by AAA. Hops has also been mentioned in Forbes magazine and Business Insider. 

“We get so many people from Durham, Raleigh, Burlington and the Triangle area eating at Hops already, so we felt like it was the right thing," Martin said. "Our plan is to come (to Chapel Hill), do business and be a part of the community.”

Tarheel Town Pharmacy 

If you’re seeking more personalized service for your pharmaceutical needs, look no further.

Tarheel Town Pharmacy, a small, family-friendly drugstore, opened recently in November of 2017 and is located at the joining point of Rosemary and East Main Street. 

The small business serves the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area and beyond, offering an alternative to the typical chain pharmacy. It provides an array of special services, from free prescription delivery to veterinary compounding. 

“If a patient is uninsured and self-paying, then my cash prices are going to be lower than any of the chain pharmacies,” Malli Hadimani, the pharmacy owner, said. “I always tell people that my prices are going to be at least 15 to 20 percent lower than Walmart’s prices, and Walmart is the lowest among the chains.“ 

The pharmacy also offers custom prescription packaging, immunizations, medication therapy management, nutritional supplements and diabetic testing supplies. Above all, the pharmacy provides speedy, quality care, Hadimani said. 

Maple View Ice Cream

Maple View Ice Cream opened a new store, County Line Creamery Co., Saturday in Gibsonville near Burlington.  

Since opening in the Hillsborough countryside in 2001, Maple View has provided Orange County with year-round hormone and antibiotic free ice cream. The company offers milkshakes, banana splits, sundaes, yogurts, sorbets and over 20 flavors of ice cream. 

“We already had a production facility in Gibsonville, and the storefront that sold our ice cream was going out of business, so we just decided to take over their lease and start selling our ice cream there,” said Carrie Hopkins, an employee at the County Store. 

The new store in Gibsonville is similar to the County Store in Hillsborough, but slightly smaller. Despite the snow, they had a successful opening day, and look forward to spring weather.

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