Maurice Julian opened a men’s clothing store on Franklin Street in 1942. More than 80 years later, Julian's grandson Bart carries on his namesake and legacy.
Bart Fox took ownership of Julian’s last month and said it's his turn to “put his stamp on things” as the third generation of store owners within the family. His grandfather, mother and uncle all owned the store before him.
"Just having the amount of experience that my mom and uncle have is the most valuable thing,” Fox said.
Julian’s Franklin Street storefront is just one of several businesses passed down through generations of Chapel Hill families.
Henry House is the president of University Florist and now runs the flower shop that his father bought over 35 years ago. He worked for his father in the shop since he was a teenager, and took over the store upon his father’s retirement about six years ago.
“You definitely know the inside out, so if nothing else, the course of time and osmosis – and just being around it and breathing it in – puts you above the learning curve,” House said.
Mama Dip’s Kitchen, a southern-style restaurant, has been a staple in Chapel Hill for over 40 years.
Spring Council co-owns the restaurant with her seven siblings. Mildred Council, their mother and the original 'Mama Dip' passed it down to them.
“My mom always put us in positions in the business where we can learn to carry on, so everything that we are doing now, we were doing when she was alive,” Council said.