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CONTENTS WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT 66 Ashton Tippins Executive director, TABLE 68 Lillian W. Lee Retired educator 70 Susana Benites Co-executive director, ISLA 72 Nevaeh Hodge Student at Carrboro High School & community activist 74 Carly Erickson Owner, Boro Beverage Company 78 Tammy Velasco Owner, Leon + Maeve 80 Shannan Campbell Planning and economic development manager, Town of Hillsborough 82 Jeanne Langley Co-founder, Students to Scholars 86 Courtney Banghart Head coach, UNC women’s basketball MAY/JUNE 2024 CHAPELHILLMAGAZINE.COM VOLUME 19 NUMBER 3 FEATURES 42 Our Top Dentists 90 Lifelong Learning Retirees find friendship and enrichment in continuing education 98 The 2024 Directory of Assisted Living, Continuing Care, Independent Living, 55+ Living & Cohousing Retirement Communities 112 A New Look One couple retooled their home ahead of major life changes DEPARTMENTS 6 Letter from the Editor 10 About Town Events not to miss 26 Noted What we’ve heard around our towns … 30 What We’re Eating News from our restaurant community, plus a dish we love 32 Dining Guide 38 Once A Tar Heel … Hunter Lewis, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, shares how UNC helped
food and writing PEOPLE & PLACES 16 Orange Chatham Association of Realtors Gala 17 Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation Gala 18 Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro Annual Meeting 20 Central Carolina Women in Business Luncheon 22 Webster’s Rock the Hill 24 Manly McCauley Marker Unveiling ENGAGEMENT & WEDDINGS 124 Presley & Wolf 126 English & Stiffler 127 Putnam & Wiener 128 Cabell & Turner SPONSORED CONTENT 49 Faces of Chapel Hill Celebrating the people behind our local businesses PAGE 82 PAGE 68
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This April marked 10 years since I joined the staff of Chapel Hill Magazine as an assistant editor. I came from Southern Living Magazine, so my editorial scope suddenly narrowed from the entire South to just one county. I wondered, “How on earth are we going to fill an entire magazine six times a year?”

But issue after issue, we’ve shared stories of the incredible people in our community. I even have a separate list dedicated to Women of Achievement contenders, filled with names of women I’ve met and nominations from readers. As my role evolved, so did our community – and the people in it. Now, as editor, I’ve got a 40-page running list of ideas, proving that I had nothing to worry about – and never will.

As I reflect on the past 10 years, so many of those Women of Achievement honorees have had their own growth. Sisters Bridget Pemberton-Smith and Wendy Smith were honored in 2014 for their entrepreneurship. While Bridget is striking out on her own as the owner of Bridges Art Therapy, Wendy was recently appointed the executive director at The ArtsCenter Jess Anderson, who graced our 2019 Women of Achievement cover when she was a town council member, is now mayor of Chapel Hill, while 2021 honoree Barbara M. Foushee is now mayor of Carrboro. Back in 2017, Gina Kim was a Chapel Hill High School student and a golfer on the rise. In 2023, the Duke grad recorded a seasonbest T3 in the Portland Classic on the LPGA Tour.

Read on to learn about this year’s class of nine women – educators, community advocates, coaches and more – starting on page 65. I’m honored to celebrate them now and excited to see where the next 10 years take us all. CHM ON THE COVER Photography by John Michael Simpson


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Freight Train Blues

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 7, 14, 21

Join the Music Maker Foundation at the Carrboro Town Commons for its annual celebration of Carrboro blues legend Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten The series honors her contributions to the American roots genre by highlighting the cultural significance of the Carolina Piedmont style and its connections to current artists like Gail Ceasar, The Music Maker Blues Revue, Charly Lowry and Terry “Harmonica” Bean.

Carrboro Day Celebration

May 5, 1-5 p.m.

Grab a blanket and a friend and head to Carrboro Town Commons to celebrate Carrboro Day, an annual celebration on the first Sunday in May. Meet your neighbors and learn about the town’s history while enjoying live music, interactive family games, crafts, food and more!

Family House Classic

May 17, 10 a.m. Tee off at Finley Golf Club course for a tournament benefiting the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, an organization providing a safe and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to receive care at the hospital. Afterward, golfers can enjoy a 19th-hole celebration with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a golf awards presentation.


Pride Promenade

Don your most colorful outfit and gather at Peace and Justice Plaza for a march through town to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, culminating with music and festivities at 140 West Franklin Street Plaza. The event is part of June’s monthlong Small Town Pride celebration in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Carolina Moonlight Garden Party

May 18, 6-9 p.m.

Visit the North Carolina Botanical Garden for a soiree to support its “Fund the Need” program for conservation and preservation efforts. Meet in the courtyard garden dressed in your best floral attire, dance to live music and savor dinner among the wildflowers.

Weekend of Art

May 31 - June 1

Head to Hillsborough to enjoy a weekend full of creativity and fun! Friday evening participate in the Last Friday & the Art Walk. On Saturday, head to the Handmade Market where you can find different local artists selling their work. On Saturday afternoon, craft a puppet, help carry one or just watch as the wonderfully unique Handmade Parade goes by.

Kidzu Summerfest

June 2, 4-7 p.m.

Kick off the end of school and the start of an awesome summer with Summerfest! Enjoy ice cream, outdoor games, live music by North Tower and fun for all ages held at 510 Mt. Carmel Church Rd., the future site of Kidzu.

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Juneteenth Celebration


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Juneteenth and celebrate Black community and culture through food, live music, a nonprofit expo, kids activities, vendors and more at Hargraves Community Center. The fourth annual event is hosted by Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture

Rissi Palmer at The ArtsCenter

June 15, 7 p.m. performances-events

Enjoy the sweet country and soul music sounds of this North Carolina-based artist at The ArtsCenter! Rissi has performed and produced a plethora of music since her breakout hit “Country Girl” in 2007 and has played at the Grand Ole Opry twice.


June 21-22

Southern Village Annual Concert

The North Carolina Symphony plays on the village green for the tenth year. The performance is free and open to the public – bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic. Make sure to get there early for a good spot!

Head to Hillsborough for The Appropriate Sanitation Institute’s annual musical festival to support its mission of increasing knowledge on condominial sewerage. Friday will feature a silent film with live piano accompaniment at the Eno House, and Saturday offers live music all day from a variety of cultures and genres at Eno River Brewing. Plus, enjoy kids activities, food trucks, a photo booth, outdoor games and more!

Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrate the holiday with a fireworks show at Southern Community Park

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and pack a picnic. Parking is available at 7 p.m., and the display begins at 9 p.m. CHM JULY 4 7 p.m.

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OCHAR Awards Gala

1 New OCHAR president Kyle Rank and immediate past OCHAR president Rachael Elliott.

The Orange Chatham Association of Realtors held its annual awards gala on March 8 at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Guests dressed in their sparkling best for a night under the Carolina sky projected inside the planetarium’s immersive dome while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres and libations catered by Tandem. All proceeds from the evening’s raffle supported Hope Renovations. The recipients of the 2023 OCHAR Realtors of Distinction Awards included Jaye Kreller (Realtor of the Year), Tammi Brooks (Broker-in-Charge of the Year), Jackie Tanner (Community Service), John Delgado (Organizational Award), Whitney Bulbrook (Affiliate of the Year), Chondra Mason (Rising Star Award), Candy Owens (Realtors Choice) and Elizabeth Anderson (Milestone Award).

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2 Trey Tanner, Pat Serkedakis, Jane Serkedakis, Jan Nichols and John Foley.

3 Whitney Bulbrook, Affiliate of the Year winner.

4 Debbie McCormick and Realtors Choice winner Candy Owens.

5 Chondra Mason, Rising Star winner.

6 Mark Howell, Mitzi Powell, Gayle Claris and Woody Claris.

7 Steve Hoge, Paula Hoge, Giselle Feiger and Aaron Feiger.

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Public School Foundation Gala

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation raised $45,000 for schools across the district on Jan. 19 at the 40th Anniversary Gala held at The Carolina Club. Nearly 250 educators, business owners and community members gathered for the event, raising more than $20,000 in silent auction donations and $20,000 through a text-to-give drive that funded “True Book Fairs,” a program for elementary schools to make new books accessible to all children. The highlight of the evening was a PSF 40th anniversary reflection video, produced by Greg Dixon, featuring past and present board members, teachers, principals and students. By Avery Householder | Photography by Trevor Holman CHM

1 Chapel Hill Town Council member Camille Berry and Jessica Aylor, executive director of library development at UNC.

2 Andrew Asaro.

3 PSF staff and board volunteers Sarita Allen-Medlin, Shannon Grabowski, Tammy LeMoine, Lynn Hirsch, Sue Sept and Madeline Blobe.

4 Melissa Hudgens and Mary Perry.

5 Former Executive Director of Human Resources for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Hazel Gibbs and former Chapel Hill-Carrboro PSF Board President Allison Worthy.

6 Rich Yost and Stephanie Yost.

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Chamber Annual Meeting

Members of the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro convened at The Carolina Club in February for their annual gathering to recognize achievements from last year, announce priorities for 2024 and honor three community leaders. Highlights from 2023 included developmental and policy advancements, expansion of events and services offered to members, and the chamber’s five-year impact initiative – a commitment to invest in workforce development, small business support and affordable housing. In 2024, the chamber aims to focus on member engagement while continuing to fulfill the five-year initiative. The chamber’s 2024 Executive Committee was introduced along with remarks from mayors Barbara Foushee, Mark Bell and Jessica Anderson

The chamber’s Executive Committee treasurer and finance committee chair Sweta Adkin received the Service to The Chamber award, the Public Private Partnership award was given to Orange County Commissioner Anna Richards, and former CEO of Piedmont Health Brian Toomey was presented with the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award. By Lena Miano | Photography by Nina Merklina CHM

1 Connor Reside, Jill Ehrenfeld, Rebecca Ferris Chavez, David Huffman, Jasmine Lubbad, Desiree Goldman, Cindy Covington, Jessie Quinones, Lewis Hendricks, Chris Ehrenfeld, Jason Dell, Kristine Holm and Chela Tu.

2 Carrboro Mayor Barbara Foushee.

3 Joel Levy and Indira Everett.

4 Chela Tu, Poonam Nandani and Aubrey Williams.


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5 Brian Toomey, Janet Hadar and Daniella Jaimes-Colina.

6 Parmod Chandna, Seema Chandna and Denise Done.

7 Jon Hartman-Brown and Chapel Hill Town Council member Camille Berry.

8 Stephanie Cobert and Jeri Lynn Schulke.

9 Rebecca Ferris Chavez and Desiree Goldman.

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Central Carolina Women in Business Luncheon

Members of Central Carolina Women in Business gathered at Nomad in January for the group’s quarterly luncheon. Elizabeth Trinkaus, founder of life enrichment company Pinnacle View, presented on the topic of lifelong motivation. The next luncheon will be held at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Durham Chapel Hill on July 16. By Lauren Rouse | Photography by Scott Czechlewski CHM

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Webster’s Rock the Hill

During the second and third weeks of February, climbers from all over the Triangle gathered at the Chapel Hill Community Center to compete in the oldest indoor rock climbing competition in the United States. In its 35th year, Webster’s drew in 128 competitors and $13,000 in raffle prizes. It was also the first year that a nonbinary division was available. In addition to four competitive divisions – youth, intermediate, open and “old skool crew” (60 years and older) – climbers had the opportunity to win minigames in categories of speed time, hang time, campus only (climbing without the use of feet) and crate stacking. For the second year, the gym transformed into a glowin-the-dark spectacle for finals, which were held on Feb. 18. The top three climbers from each competitive division were invited to the finals round. The first-place Orange Countybased winners included Tamara Sanders (crate stacking mini competition), Diane Joseph (old skool crew), William Helser (intermediate men), Rose Kohout (intermediate women) and Loki Nelson (open men). Words and photography by Lauren Rouse CHM

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Manly McCauley Marker Unveiling

1 Family members and descendants of the McCauley family Robert Walker, Nyza Allen and Sherry Walker.

The Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition, the Equal Justice Initiative and the Town of Carrboro partnered together to commemorate the life of Manly McCauley with a historical marker outside of Carrboro Town Hall on Feb. 18. Manly, a Black man who lived in Carrboro in 1898, suffered a white mob lynching after being accused of eloping with a white woman outside of Chapel Hill. Research has since revealed that Manly has historical connections to a founding family of UNC, two U.S. senators, a legendary basketball coach and a world-famous musician. Carrboro Mayor Barbara Foushee opened the ceremony, followed by guest speaker Reginald Hildebrand and poet CJ Suitt with a spoken-word performance. The ceremony also included remarks from U.S. Congresswoman Valerie Foushee, North Carolina Rep. Renée Price, Diane Robertson (past political action chair of the Chapel HillCarrboro NAACP), former Hillsborough Mayor Jenn Weaver and a musical performance by Brown Sugar Strings. By Avery Householder | Photography by Catherine Lazorko CHM

2 Back row: District Court Judge Hathaway Pendergrass, Mike Ogle, CJ Suitt, North Carolina Rep. Renée Price, Adrienne Nirde, Diane Robertson, Jennifer Harris, Sally Freeman and Reginald Hildebrand. Front row: Jenn Weaver, Freddie Parker, Carrboro Mayor Barbara Foushee and Beverly Payne.

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Neil Offen released his book “Building a Better Boomer,” sharing his advice on memory issues, exercise, new technology and aging. The book idea came from his experience as a humor columnist, where a common theme for his work was aging in a constantly evolving world. Neil has lived in the area since 1985, primarily working as a journalist for The Chapel Hill Herald, WCHL and The Local Reporter.

Joanna Pearson releases her debut novel, “Bright and Tender Dark,” on June 4. The novel follows the journey of Joy, whose freshman-year roommate Karlie was murdered 20 years earlier, and Joy’s search for the truth after discovering a 20-year-old letter from Karlie. Joanna won the 2021 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for a collection of short stories and was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Awards, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize and the Virginia Literary Awards. She lives in Carrboro and works as a psychiatrist.



Gabriel Eng-Goetz, Pierce Freelon, Takiri Folclor Latino, Tift Merritt, Tray Wellington and Jordan Wiley performed at this year’s event held in Durham this spring. Pictured are Jennifer McEwen, president and CEO of United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, and Katie Murray, director of the Orange County Arts Commission.

Author and fashion historian Natania Barron’s critically acclaimed fantasy novel “Queen

of None,” which was originally published in 2020, has been picked up by Solaris Books to be republished in addition to two new books to complete the full “Queen of Fate” series. The new books, “Queen of Fury” and “Queen of Mercy,” which transport readers into romance adventures of love, legacy and power, come out December 2024 and July 2025, respectively. Natania is also releasing another threebook series, “Love in Netherford,” which she describes as “essentially a queer ‘Bridgerton’ with witches.” The first of the series, “Netherford Hall,” comes out in August.

Style” featuring original music that takes listeners through his North Carolina life, with songs like “Hillsborough” and

UNC student Bill Moore released an album titled “New Piedmont

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RentCafe named Chapel Hill the ninth best college town in the South, weighing factors such as affordability, livability and education. It also ranked No. 33 out of 237 nationally.

“Durham Women.” Bill performed in Southern Village as part of the Sundays at Sundown Series on April 14, along with Sugaree String Society


The North Carolina Surgical Hospital opened on April 19, after more than four years of construction. The seven-story building will replace surgical operations at the N.C. Memorial Hospital that was built in 1952 and is now the largest single building on the UNC Medical Center campus.

A coworking office location from the brand Regus opened in Governors Village late last year. The space allows businesses to choose from private office space to a coworking environment to adequately meet their needs.

Amy Fang, pictured above left with her mother, Jingjing Wang, opened Koala Craft art studio at 601 W. Rosemary St.

on Jan. 28. Amy, who named the store after her favorite animal, offers countless projects for crafters of all skill levels to take part in, including tufting, perler beads, glass painting and more, and also hosts birthday parties at the shop.

River Mill Cycles opened in Hampton Pointe Shopping Center on March 1. The store started with a focus on bike service,


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repair and custom builds but now sells a variety of brands, including Giant, Liv and Knolly. David Kaminski opened the shop with the help of other bike experts, like service manager Scott Shepard and general manager Gregg Dodson.


Heather Tatreau (pictured above right with colleague Ivana Beveridge at the Solstice Lantern Walk) was appointed as Hillsborough Arts Council’s executive director on Feb. 8. She has been involved in Orange County’s arts community for more than two decades and has personal experience as a choreographer, dance professor, theater producer and arts administrator. “Heather stepped up in a big way when she joined us in her interim role,” Board Chair Joshua Collins says. “She quickly proved to be a great leader, working well with our staff, board

and volunteers, jumping in to support one of our largest marquee events just weeks after joining our organization.”

Lt. Davis Trimmer retired from the Hillsborough Police Department, after 17 years of service in Hillsborough. Davis started in the Criminal Investigations Division, then rotated through supervising the administration and patrol divisions before finishing his tenure as a patrol lieutenant. He also served as an instructor for firearm training for 15 years. “Lt. Trimmer’s retirement is well deserved,” Police Chief Duane Hampton says. “Both the police department and the town will definitely miss his presence. … He has a wealth of knowledge, and we will have to work hard to fill his boots.”


Participate Learning was named a Top Impact Company by Real Leaders magazine and also received an Outstanding Service Award for Visionary Leadership from the North Carolina Sustainable Business Council. The service award recognizes the organization’s

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Nevaeh Hodge, pictured right, and Donna Carrington, pictured below, were recognized as winners of the 34th annual Pauli Murray Award during a special ceremony at the Whitted Human Services Building on Feb 25. This award is given to community activists who work hard to improve the lives of others while honoring the life of Pauli Murray, a distinguished individual who confronted discrimination, racism and sexism in her own life. Nevaeh is a senior at Carrboro High School, where she has served on the junior and senior equity councils and is president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Youth Council. (Read more about Nevaeh on page 72.) Donna is the executive director of the Community Empowerment Fund, an organization working to end the racial wealth gap, and her leadership has centered racial equity at the core of the fund’s efforts.

as well as their expertise in the industry. Gabriel is in his 10th year serving at Smith Middle and received a $5,000 prize in recognition of his achievements.

Chapel Hill High School was recognized by sponsors WIX Filters and O’Reilly Auto Parts, in conjunction with Tomorrow’s Technician, as the 2023 School of the Year. This national award salutes the best technical training schools in the country and recognizes CHHS for its emphasis on the integration of traditional classroom settings and hands-on participation in motor sports activities. The school receives a $10,000 WIX Filters donation to its motor sports programs and WIX Filters gear.

The FIRST Robotics Competition of Orange County took place March 2 and 3 at Chapel Hill High School, where 30 teams across the state competed for awards and qualification for the state championship. The program challenges high school students, working with professional mentors, to design and build a robot for battle that measures the effectiveness of the design, plus the collaboration and determination of students.

The American Library Association named Gabriel Graña of Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill

one of 10 winners for the annual “I Love My Librarian” Award. This award recognizes the chosen librarians’ commitment and contributions to public service,

East Chapel Hill High School and Carrboro High School took home the district event trophies, and Chapel Hill High School was a district finalist. The Carrborobotics from CHS also won the Autonomous Award, and the Eastbots from ECHHS won the Innovation in Control Award.

Two locations of Chapel Hill Tire, including the one on Fordham Boulevard, received the prestigious Blue Seal of Excellence award, which recognizes its commitment to automotive service excellence.

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The Sports Field Management Association named UNC’s Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Turf Management Casey Carrick as its new higher education director. “My vision is for SFMA to be a resource for sports field managers at all levels and to help promote safe athletic playing surfaces for kids of all ages,” Casey says. “SFMA has connected me with a multitude of great professionals in our industry and helped me grow throughout my career, and I want every sports field manager to have the same positive experience I’ve had.”


The Jandy Ammons Foundation donated nearly $405,000 to nine nonprofits across North

Carolina. One recipient, the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, will use the grant to fund the creation of a gathering circle in the American Indian Cultural Garden at NCBG.

Jack and Jill of America Inc. started a new chapter for the greater Chapel Hill community, reaching Orange, Person and Chatham counties. The chapter works to serve its communities through cultural awareness, educational development, health (education and advocacy), civic (legislative advocacy and service) and social/recreational areas.


Carrboro rock musician

John Michael Dexter “Dex” Romweber died on Feb. 16. Dex was one-half of the American rock band Flat Duo Jets and also fronted the Dex Romweber Duo with his older sister Sara

Romweber. Dex’s most recent album, “Carrboro,” released in 2016, encompasses what it means to be from the area. The Dexter Romweber Day Resolution of the Carrboro Town Council was received by Dexter’s sister Monica Romweber, pictured below right, and friend Julia Taylor Walters, pictured below left, in March. The resolution expresses Carrboro’s deep appreciation for Dexter’s talent and commitment to the local music community.

Eric Montross died Dec. 17, in his Chapel Hill home, after being diagnosed with cancer in March 2023. Eric played for head coach Dean Smith and the Tar Heels from 1990 to 1994 and continued his basketball career for eight years in the NBA. He was also an analyst on the Tar Heels Sports Network, sharing his expert opinions for 18 seasons. Eric was a longtime supporter of the UNC Children’s Hospital, his annual Father’s Day basketball camp and many other causes around town. CHM

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Stepping into modern Asian-fusion restaurant elements, an abundance of flavor is evident in the aroma that greets you at the door. The inviting yet elegant eatery is illuminated by natural light.

Van Chuong, the event coordinator and general manager, and head chef

Mark Hornbeck took over the 12-yearold restaurant from Van’s father and former head chef, Michael Chuong, in 2020. (Michael is now the head chef at sister eatery MC Restaurant in Cary.)

“My dad has always been into cooking,” Van says. “When he was young, he learned a lot from his mom. … She has unfortunately passed away, but he’s just carried it on. That Vietnamese chicken curry on the menu? That’s my grandma’s recipe. It’s just simple, warm, comforting and packed full of flavor. That’s one thing –our food is full of flavor.”


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Van and Mark have been a part of elements since the beginning – Van managing the front of the house and Michael as his father-in-law’s sous-chef. “My dad always wanted to have a family business, and of course, out of four girls, only I’m still stuck in it,” Van laughs. “I just happened to marry a chef.”

The East 54 restaurant recently began opening for lunch this year, after taking a break during COVID-19. “A lot of people have been begging for lunch, so they’re really happy about it,” she says.

The lunch menu features a few new items and several lunch-exclusive ones, ranging from light bites to heavier items. I could see why Van said it’s hard to pick just one dish. So, I opted for two.

While the bento box is not technically on the lunch menu, Van says to ask for it. “It’s the most popular dish.” And with pan-roasted chicken pot stickers, a buttery pan-roasted miso-and-maple glazed Chilean sea bass cooked to perfection over a Japanese seaweed salad, plus crispy Brussels sprouts with balsamic reduction, blue cheese and craisins, it’s easy to see why.

The other dish I ordered was just as flavorful: Saigon noodles feature a wokked lemongrass flank steak, cool rice noodles, pickled vegetables, cucumber, bean sprouts, nuoc cham (a versatile Vietnamese sauce), crispy shallots, peanuts and spring roll bites. Van recommends “giving it a toss” because the dish is built in layers. And it’s as good as it looks.

Pair your meal with a light beer or leisurely enjoy your lunch break while sipping on a glass of sauvignon blanc. – By Leah Berry


As of March 17, Radius Pizzeria & Pub in Hillsborough is open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chef Brandon Sharp has plans to open a Spanish tapas and wine bar called Próximo at 173 E. Franklin St., the former home of Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe next to Four Corners. Brandon is the chef and owner of Hawthorne & Wood and Bluebird. The restaurant is slated to open in the fall.

The Carrboro Farmers Market is celebrating its 45th season this year. It hosted a birthday party on this year’s opening day, April 6, to commemorate the milestone, complete with complimentary birthday cake, festivities and the reveal of this year’s T-shirt design. The market’s original opening day was June 2, 1979.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – known for some of its unique flavors like fluffernutter pie – announced it will be opening in Chapel Hill’s University Place by 2025. Additionally, Chick-fil-A will once again have a presence at University Place in the space that was formerly K&W Cafeteria

Starbucks on East Franklin Street is relocating to a bigger space across the street under Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery. The space has not been occupied since Midici Italian Kitchen closed in 2019.

Zayka Indian Cuisine is planning to open its second location in May. The restaurant will be housed in the space that was formerly Basecamp, in between Sup Dogs and the current Starbucks location on East Franklin Street.

Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop and Dame’s Chicken & Waffles have both closed on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

– Compiled by Natalie McCormick CHM

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East Franklin Street

1922 Coffee cafe with grab-andgo options. 140 E. Franklin St.;

Bandido’s Mexican Cafe Burritos, salads, quesadillas, tacos. 159 ½ E. Franklin St.; 919-967-5048;

Bonchon Korean fried chicken. 205 E. Franklin St.; 984-234-0788;

Carolina Coffee Shop Casual American cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 138 E. Franklin St.; 919-942-6875;

Cosmic Cantina Burritos, salads, quesadillas, tacos. Open late night. 128 E. Franklin St.; 919-960-3955;

Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews Independent bookstore and Mexican-style chocolatería. 109 E. Franklin St., Ste. 100; 919-913-5055;

Four Corners American fare, nachos, wings, pasta. 175 E. Franklin St.; 919-537-8230;

Hibachi & Company Hibachi- and teriyaki-style dishes. 153 E. Franklin St.; 919-903-8428;

Imbibe Bottle shop and restaurant serving pizza, salads and appetizers. 108 Henderson St.; 919-636-6469;

Möge Tee Bubble tea shop offering cheese foam fruit tea, fresh milk tea, fruit parfaits and fruit yakult. 151 E. Franklin St.; 984-234-3278;

Momo’s Master Made-to-order Himalayan dumplings. 110 N. Columbia St.; 919-903-9051;

Pirate Captain Ramen, seafood, smoothie bowls. 163 E. Franklin St.; 919-968-2098;

Raising Cane’s Beloved chicken fingers. 101 E. Franklin St.;

Sup Dogs Creative hot dogs and sides like jalapeño popper tots and funnel cake sticks. 107 E. Franklin St.; 919-903-9566;

Sutton’s Drug Store Old-fashioned diner known for its hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches like “Roy’s Reuben.” 159 E. Franklin St.; 919-942-5161;

Time-Out Southern comfort food 24 hours a day. 201 E. Franklin St.; 919-929-2425;

Top of the Hill A Chapel Hill brewery that also offers American food like burgers and flatbreads. 100 E. Franklin St.; 919-929-8676;

Tru Deli & Wine Bar Build-your-own sandwiches and wine. 114 Henderson St.; 919-240-7755;

Wheat Chinese noodles, rice dishes, desserts. 143 E. Franklin St.; 919-240-4155

Yaya Tea Japanese cafe with a variety of bubble teas and imported snacks. 157 E. Franklin St.; 919-914-6302;

COMING SOON – Zayka Indian Cuisine Creative takes on traditional Indian fare. 105 E. Franklin St.

West Franklin Street

411 West Fresh pasta, seafood and pizzas inspired by the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean, with a healthy California twist; outdoor dining. 411 W. Franklin St.; 919-967-2782;

Al’s Burger Shack Gourmet burgers and fries. 516 W. Franklin St.; 919-904-7659;

Ay Por Dios Oaxacan food, steak, ceviche. 431 W. Franklin St.; 919-240-4154

Beer Study/Boot Room Bottle shop with in-store drafts and growlers to go, plus soccer pub and sandwich shop. 504 W. Franklin St.; 919-240-5423;

Blue Dogwood Public Market Food hall with individually owned food stalls including Asian fusion, a bottle shop and a nutrient-dense weekly pre-order menu. 306 W. Franklin St., Ste. G; 919-717-0404;

Blue’s on Franklin North Carolina barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads. 110 W. Franklin St.; 919-240-5060;

Boro Bodega Locally made kombucha and craft sodas on tap. 422 W. Franklin St.;

Brandwein’s Bagels Classic New York bagels and breakfast sandwiches. 505 W. Rosemary St.; 919-240-7071;



Bul Box Flavors and dishes inspired by Asia in handcrafted signature boxes with limitless customizability. 200 W. Franklin St. #130; 919-240-4159;

Buns Gourmet burgers, fries and shakes made from fresh ingredients. 107 N. Columbia St.; 919-240-4746;

Carolina Brewery The Triangle’s oldest brewery restaurant features Carolina cuisine. 460 W. Franklin St.; 919-942-1800;

Cat Tales Cat Cafe A two-story coffee/ beer/wine cafe home to 12 adoptable cats. 431 W. Franklin St., Ste. 210; 843-345-5289;

Chimney Indian Kitchen + Bar Traditional Indian dishes and unique options like pista korma and lobster pepper masala. 306 W. Franklin St., Ste. D; 984-234-3671;

CholaNad Restaurant & Bar Contemporary and traditional South Indian cuisine. Catering available. 310 W. Franklin St.; 800-246-5262;

Crossroads Chapel Hill at The Carolina Inn New American cuisine and seasonal specialties; all ABC permits; outdoor dining. 211 Pittsboro St.; 919-918-2777;

Crumbl Cookies Baked-from-scratch, home-delivered cookies featuring six different flavors each week. 133 W. Franklin St., Ste. 50; 984-261-2222;

The Dead Mule Club Sunday brunch, tacos and barbecue. 303 W. Franklin St.; 919-969-7659;

Franklin Motors Beer Garden A rooftop and fully licensed ABC bar. The Roquette at Franklin Motors serves hand-cut fries and sliders. 601 W. Franklin St.; 919-869-7090;

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Heavenly Buffaloes Chicken wings and vegan wings with more than 25 rubs and sauces. 407 W. Franklin St.; 919-914-6717;

Italian Pizzeria III Pizza, Italian entrees, calzones and subs. The “place to be” in Chapel Hill for 43 years. 508 W. Franklin St.; 919-968-4671;

Kurama Sushi & Noodle Express Dumplings, salads, noodle dishes. 105 N. Columbia St.; 919-968-4747;

Lantern Pan-Asian cuisine. 423 W. Franklin St.; 919-969-8846;

Lapin Bleu Bar meets art gallery. 106A N. Graham St.; 919-969-7157

La Résidence French-inspired cuisine. 202 W. Rosemary St.; 919-967-2506;

Le Macaron French pastries. 140 W. Franklin St., Ste. 120;

Mama Dip’s Kitchen Traditional Southern specialties, brunch and dinner classics like fried chicken and Brunswick stew. 408 W. Rosemary St.; 919-942-5837;

Mediterranean Deli Offers healthy vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free Mediterranean options. 410 W. Franklin St.; 919-967-2666;

Merritt’s Grill Famous BLTs, breakfast sandwiches, burgers. 1009 S. Columbia St.; 919-942-4897;

Might As Well Bar & Grill Bar favorites. 206 W. Franklin St.; 984-234-3333;

The Northside District Specialty cocktails and international small plates. 403 W. Rosemary St.; 919-391-7044;

Perennial Cafe Serving Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee, tea and pastries. 401 W. Franklin St.; 919-914-6045;

Pho Happiness Pho noodle soup, vermicelli plates and vegetarian/glutenfree options. 508-A W. Franklin St.; 919-942-8201;

The Purple Bowl Acai bowls, toast, smoothies, coffee. 306-B W. Franklin St.; 919-903-8511;

Que Chula Authentic Mexican food, tacos and craft tequilas. 140 W. Franklin St., Ste. 110; 919-903-8000;

Roots Natural Kitchen Salads and grain bowls. Children 12 years old and younger eat free all day, every day. 133 W. Franklin St., Bldg. A-115; 984-322-5600;

Saturni Sandwiches, coffee and baked goods. 431 W. Franklin St., Ste. 120; 984-234-3497;

Spicy 9 Sushi Bar & Asian Restaurant Sushi, Thai curries, bibimbap and other Asian entrees. 140 W. Franklin St., Ste. 150; 919-903-9335;

Talullas Authentic Turkish cuisine; all ABC permits. 456 W. Franklin St.; 919-933-1177;

Tea Hill Made-to-order Taiwanese teas and street food. 318 W. Franklin St.; 984-999-4580;

Trophy Room A Graduate Hotels concept serving up shareable plates, salads and burgers. 311 W. Franklin St.; 919-442-9000;

Vimala’s Curryblossom Café Traditional Indian tandoori and thali. 431 W. Franklin St., Ste. 415; 919-929-3833;

YoPo of Chapel Hill Frozen yogurt, treats and shakes with unique flavors since 1982. 106 W. Franklin St.; 919-942-7867;

Village Plaza/East Franklin Street/Eastgate Crossing/ Rams Plaza

Alpaca Peruvian rotisserie chicken and sides like maduros and tostones. 237 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-338-2962;

Breadman’s A variety of burgers, sandwiches, salads and grilled meat, with daily soup and specials. All-day breakfast; catering available. 261 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-967-7110;

Caffé Driade Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee, bowl-size lattes, local baked goods, beer and wine. 1215-A E. Franklin St.; 919-942-2333;

The Casual Pint Upscale craft beer market with beer, appetizers and ice-cream sandwiches. 201 S. Elliott Rd., Ste. 5; 919-967-2626;

Cava Customizable Mediterranean bowls, salads, pitas and soups. 79 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-636-5828;

Chopt Unique salads, grain and quinoa bowls. Eastgate Crossing; 919-240-7660;

Clean Juice Certified organic juices, smoothies, bowls and snacks. Eastgate Crossing; 919-590-5133;

Genji Sushi Bar at Whole Foods Market Fresh Pan-Asian rice bowls made to order. 81 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-968-1983;

Guglhupf Bake Shop European-style breads, pastries and coffee. Eastgate Crossing; 919-914-6511; chapel-hill-bake-shop

Il Palio at The Siena Hotel Italian specialties like butternut squash ravioli. 1505 E. Franklin St.; 919-918-2545;

Japan Express Hibachi-style meals and sushi. 106 S. Estes Dr.; 919-903-8050

Kipos Greek Taverna Greek cuisine in a relaxed, upscale setting with outdoor dining. Eastgate Crossing; 919-425-0760;

La Hacienda Burritos, salads, quesadillas, tacos. 1813 Fordham Blvd.; 919-967-0207;

The Loop Pizzas, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers. Eastgate Crossing; 919-969-7112;

MinGa Authentic Korean cuisine like bibimbap, bulgogi and a variety of homemade kimchi. 1404 E. Franklin St.; 919-933-1773;

Monterrey Mexican Grill Tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more. Rams Plaza; 919-969-8750;

Mr. Tokyo Japanese Restaurant Unlimited sushi and hibachi. Rams Plaza; 919-240-4552;

Osteria Georgi House-made pasta, braised meat dishes and antipasto. 201 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-375-0600;

Piero’s Pasta & Wine A variety of pasta dishes, soups and salads. 1502 E. Franklin St.; 984-999-4826;

COMING SOON – Pocha Korean Pub & BBQ Korean barbecue and street food. 116 Old Durham Rd.

Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken Biscuits, donuts, chicken and coffee. Eastgate Crossing;

Shake Shack Fast-casual chain serving up 100% Angus beef blend burgers, crinklecut fries and hand-spun shakes. Eastgate Crossing;

Snooze, An A.M. Eatery Breakfast, comfort food lunches and brunch cocktails. Eastgate Crossing;

Squid’s Fresh seafood options include woodgrilled fillets, Maine lobster, fried seafood and oysters. 1201 Fordham Blvd.; 919-942-8757;

Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen Drive-thru biscuits, sandwiches. 1305 E. Franklin St.; 919-933-1324;

Sutton’s in the Atrium A cafe version of Sutton’s Drug Store with its famous hot dogs, salads and more. 100 Europa Dr.; 919-240-4471;

Tandoor Indian Restaurant Traditional Indian cuisine, vegan options. 1301 E. Franklin St.; 919-967-6622;

Thaiphoon Bistro Thai cuisine, curry, stirfry, soups and salads. 1704 E. Franklin St.; 919-869-7191;

Tonya’s Cookies & Bake Shop Freshbaked cookies, pies, cakes and snacks. 400 S. Elliott Rd.; 919-903-8087;

Twisted Noodles Thai noodle soups, pan-fried noodles. Eastgate Crossing; 919-933-9933; 

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University Place

Alfredo’s Pizza Villa Pizzas, calzones, salads, subs, pasta, desserts. 919-968-3424;

bartaco Tacos, fresh-juice cocktails, poke and mole options. 910-807-8226;

Flying Biscuit Cafe All-day breakfast and Southern favorites like shrimp and grits.919-537-8974;

Hawkers Inspired by Southeast Asia’s street fare, this eatery features homemade favorites, from dumplings to curries. 919-415-1799;

Maple View Mobile Ice-cream outpost of the iconic Hillsborough shop. 919-244-1949;

Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill Southern favorites like deviled eggs meet steakhouse mainstays like the legendary 12 oz. filet. 919-914-6688;

Silverspot Cinema Restaurant Chefinspired menu of freshly made food, craft beers, signature cocktails and wines to pair with your movie. 919-357-9887;

Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Airport Road)

Bombolo Brunch, pasta dishes and small plates. 764 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-914-6374;

Hunam Chinese Restaurant Cantonese cuisine. 790 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-967-6133;

Lucha Tigre Latin-Asian cuisine and sake-tequila bar. 746 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-914-6368;

The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering Sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts and more for breakfast and lunch. 750 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-967-3663;

Timberlyne/Chapel Hill North Area

Beau Catering Full-service and drop-off catering, meal delivery and grab-and-go meals. 630 Weaver Dairy Rd.; 984-312-5485;

Chapel Hill Wine Company Wine store with bottles from all over the globe. 2809 Homestead Rd.; 919-968-1884;

Farm House Restaurant Steaks, salads, potatoes. 6004 Millhouse Rd.; 919-929-5727;

Joe Van Gogh Coffee, tea and pastries. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-967-2002;

Magone Italian Grill & Pizza Italian mains. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-904-7393;

New Hope Market Breakfast and daily specials like burgers, soups and more. 6117 N.C. Hwy. 86 S.; 919-240-7851

OiShii Specialty rolls, teriyaki, stir-fry, sushi. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-932-7002;

The Pig Barbecue, fried tofu, collards and more. 630 Weaver Dairy Rd., Ste. 101; 919-942-1133;

PiggyBack Classic cocktails, beer and wine and unexpected, creative bar food. 630 Weaver Dairy Rd., Ste. 102; 919-240-4715;

Pop’s Pizzeria & Ristorante Pizzas, calzones, stromboli, pasta. 1822 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-932-1040;

Rasa Indi-Chinese Authentic North Indian and Chinese cuisine, with fusion and Thai dishes. Weekly specials. 1826 MLK Jr. Blvd.; 919-929-2199;

Sal’s Pizza & Ristorante Thin-crust and deep-dish pizzas plus an array of Italian comfort food. 2805 Homestead Rd.; 919-932-5125;

Siam Zap Pho Thai fried rice, curry, pho. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-903-8280

Yopop Frozen Yogurt Frozen yogurt shop featuring 14 flavors, bubble tea and smoothies. Timberlyne Shopping Center; 919-537-8229

N.C. 54 East/Raleigh Road

Amante Gourmet Pizza Create-your-own pizzas. 6209 Falconbridge Rd.; 919-493-0904;

BIN 54 Steaks, seafood and other fine American food. Everything made in-house. Glen Lennox Shopping Center; 919-969-1155;

Brenz Pizza Co. Specialty pizzas, subs, salads. 3120 Environ Way, East 54; 919-636-4636;

Coco Espresso, Bistro & Bar Plant-based, fresh, locally sourced dishes, as well as classic comfort food, cocktails and mocktails, plus coffee, espresso bar, baked goods and pastries. The Gwendolyn, 101 Glen Lennox Dr., Ste. 180; 919-883-9003;

elements Cuisine combining classical and modern Asian and European cooking techniques for lunch and dinner; check out the wine bar with full menu next door. 2110 Environ Way, East 54; 919-537-8780;

First Watch French toast, pancakes and specialty omelets. 1101 Environ Way, East 54; 919-537-8488;

Hawthorne & Wood Fine dining cuisine with an outdoor patio, a fully stocked bar and an extensive international wine list. 3140 Environ Way, East 54; 919-240-4337;

Jujube Eclectic, modern cuisine inspired by the flavors of China and Vietnam. Glen Lennox; 919-960-0555;

Nantucket Grill & Bar Clam chowder, lobster rolls and more. 5925 Farrington Rd.; 919-402-0077;

Thai Palace Soup, curries, pad thai. Glenwood Square Shopping Center; 919-967-5805;

Meadowmont Village

Bluebird French bistro-style restaurant. 601 Meadowmont Village Circle;

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza Specialty pizzas and salads. 501 Meadowmont Village Circle; 919-929-1942;

Kahlovera Mexican bar and grill. 504 Meadowmont Village Circle; 984-999-4537;

Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar Northern and southern Indian specialties including gobi manchurian, paneer tikka, chicken tikka and hariyali murg kebab. 101 Meadowmont Village Circle, Ste. 101;

Meet Fresh Taiwanese desserts and teas. 407 Meadowmont Village Circle; Ste. 101; 984-999-4983;

Quickly Hot and cold tea drinks in addition to Asian street food. 503 Meadowmont Village Circle; 984-234-0401;

Southern Village

Al’s Burger Shack Gourmet burgers and fries. 708 Market St.; 919-914-6694;

La Vita Dolce Pastries, sorbet, gelato, coffee. 610 Market St., Ste. 101-C; 919-968-1635;

Market and Moss American cuisine made with fresh local ingredients. 700 Market St.; 919-929-8226;

Rasa Malaysia Authentic Malaysian dishes. 410 Market St.; 984-234-0256;

Rocks + Acid Wine Shop A wine shop and tasting room from award-winning sommelier Paula de Pano. 712 Market St.; 919-428-3564;

The Tap Room at The Lumina Draft beer and wine by the bottle or glass. 620 Market St.; 919-969-8049;

Town Hall Grill Sandwiches, steak, seafood, Italian dishes. 410 Market St.; 919-960-8696;

Weaver Street Market Food bar items, plus grab and go. 716 Market St.; 919-929-2009;


401 Main Upscale dive bar and sandwich shop serving shareable bar snacks, local brews and po’boys. 401 E. Main St.; 919-390-3598;

Acme Food & Beverage Co. Entrees with a Southern touch. 110 E. Main St.; 919-929-2263;

Akai Hana Japanese cuisine including sushi, tempura and teriyaki. 206 W. Main St.; 919-942-6848;

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Armadillo Grill Tex-Mex burritos, enchiladas, tacos, nachos. 120 E. Main St.; 919-929-4669;

Atlas Bar

Uptown drinks in downtown Carrboro. 118 E. Main St.;

Belltree Cocktail Club Prohibition-inspired speakeasy serving creative cocktails, beer and wine. 100 Brewer Lane, A; 984-234-0572;

Breakaway Carrboro A casual cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee. 410 N. Greensboro St.;

Carrburritos Burritos, tacos, nachos and margaritas. 711 W. Rosemary St.; 919-933-8226;

Cham Thai Authentic Thai, Siamese and Chinese cuisine. 370 E. Main St., Ste. 190; 984-999-4646;

The Cheese Shop at Glasshalfull Cut-to-order cheese shop offering a diverse selection of cheese, meat and provisions. 106 S. Greensboro St.; 919-893-9979;

Glasshalfull Mediterranean-inspired food and wine; outdoor dining; all ABC permits. 106 S. Greensboro St.; 919-967-9784;

Gourmet Kingdom Sichuan cuisine. 301 E. Main St.; 919-932-7222;

Krave Kava Bar & Tea Lounge Offers a wide range of tea and herbal drinks, all made from kava, a type of plant root. 105 W. Main St.; 919-408-9596;

Lanza’s Cafe Coffeehouse serving tea and meads in addition to local pastries, small plates and daily specials. 601 W. Main St., Ste. C; 919-967-9398;

Luna Rotisserie & Empanadas South American cuisine meets the American South. 307 E. Main St.; 919-537-8958;

Mel’s Commissary & Catering Lunch, snacks and pop-up dinners. 109 W. Main St.; 919-240-7700;

Napoli Wood-fired pizza, espresso, artisanal gelato made from scratch, teas and local craft beer and wines. 105 E. Main St.; 919-667-8288;

Neal’s Deli Buttermilk biscuits on Saturdays and traditional deli fare. 100 E. Main St.; 919-967-2185;

Oakleaf “Immediate” cuisine like pastas and seafood using ingredients from the chef’s own garden. 310 E. Main St.; 984-234-0054;

Open Eye Cafe Freshly roasted coffee by Carrboro Coffee Roasters, tea, beer, wine and baked goods. 101 S. Greensboro St.; 919-968-9410;

Pelican’s Snoballs Offers over 100 flavors of shaved ice. 505 W. Main St.;

Pizzeria Mercato Pizza, antipasto, soups, fritti and gelato. 408 W. Weaver St.; 919-967-2277;

Speakeasy on Main Cocktail lounge with live music. 100 E. Main St.; speakeasyonmainstreet

Spotted Dog Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly entrees. 111 E. Main St.; 919-933-1117;

Tesoro 18-seat neighborhood restaurant with house-made pasta, seasonal plates and classic sweets. 100 E. Weaver St.; 919-537-8494;

Wings Over 27 flavors of wings. 313 E. Main St.; 919-537-8271;

East Main Square

Amante Gourmet Pizza Create-your-own pizzas, salads and pasta. 300 E. Main St.; 919-929-3330;

Bru’s Public House Southern handhelds, pizzas and shareables with craft cocktails. 370 E. Main St.;

Gray Squirrel Coffee Co. Roastery and espresso bar. 360 E. Main St., Ste. 100;

Haw River Tap & Table Craft beer and flavorful small plates. 300 E. Main St., Ste. C; 919-391-6788;

Iza Whiskey & Eats Japanese fusion cuisine serving small plates, sushi, ramen, whiskey, sake and cocktails. 370 E. Main St., Ste. 140; 919-537-8645;

La Montaña Latin-Asian inspired coffee shop, tequila cocktail bar and all-day kitchen. 370 E. Main St., Ste. 170; 919-899-9854;

Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken Biscuits, doughnuts, chicken and coffee. 310 E. Main St.; 919-929-5115;

Carr Mill Mall/ North Greensboro Street

B-Side Lounge Small plates, like fondue, and inspired cocktails. Carr Mill Mall; 919-904-7160;

The Flying Pierogi Family-owned restaurant offering Polish and German street food. 101 Two Hills Dr.;

Grata Diner From scratch breakfast and lunch. Carr Mill Mall; 919-240-7000;

Oasis Organic coffee, tea, beer and wine. Carr Mill Mall; 919-904-7343

Pizza Factory Pizza, cheesesteaks, baked ziti. Carr Mill Mall; 919-904-7040;

Tandem Farm-to-table, modern American cuisine with full service bar. Carr Mill Mall; 919-240-7937;

Thai Station Authentic, fresh Thai dishes. 201 E. Main St., Ste. C.; 984-234-3230;

Venable Rotisserie Bistro Upscale comfort food with a heavy emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Carr Mill Mall; 919-904-7160;

Weaver Street Market Hot food bar items are available as grab and go. Carr Mill Mall; 919-929-0010;

N.C. 54 West/Carrboro Plaza

Aidan’s Pizza Pizza, wings and salads. 602 Jones Ferry Rd., Ste. D; 919-903-8622;

Anna Maria’s Pizzeria Italian cuisine. Carrboro Plaza; 919-929-1877;

Fiesta Grill Burritos, chimichangas, fajitas, tacos. 3307 N.C. Hwy. 54 W.; 919-928-9002;

Monterrey Mexican Grill Traditional Mexican cuisine. Carrboro Plaza; 919-903-9919;

Wingman Wings and hot dogs. 104 N.C. Hwy. 54 W.; 919-928-9200;


Antonia’s Italian cuisine. 101 N. Churton St.; 919-643-7722;

Big Bob’s City Grill Fresh-made burgers and chicken with country sides. 584 Cornelius St.; 919-732-2953

The Colorado Burrito Burritos, quesadillas, fajitas. 122 S. Churton St.; 336-269-8613

Cup-A-Joe Coffee and pastries. 112 W. King St.; 919-732-2008;

El Restaurante Ixtapa Authentic fromscratch Mexican dishes. 162 Exchange Park Ln.; 919-644-6944; ixtapa.homestead. com/homepage.html

Hillsborough Bakeshop & Pasta Company

Baked goods, coffee, wine and all-day cafe offering pasta, sandwiches and salads. 110 S. Churton St.; 919-732-6261;

Hillsborough BBQ Company Barbecue plates and sandwiches, sides and desserts. 236 S. Nash St.; 919-732-4647;

Hillsborough Wine Company Wine store with bottles from all over the globe. 118 S. Churton Street; 919-732-4343;

Hot Tin Roof Games and specialty cocktails. 115 W. Margaret Ln.; 919-296-9113;

The House at Gatewood Supper club and special events venue. 300 U.S. 70; 919-241-4083;

Jay’s Chicken Shack Chicken, buffalo wings, breakfast biscuits. 646 N. Churton St.; 919-732-3591;

J&F Kitchen Italian, American and Balkan dishes. 155 Mayo St.;

Kim’s Bake Shop Homemade baked goods from brownies and doughnuts to “whookies” and pie. 111 N. Churton St.; 919-932-0134;

La Muñeca Ice Cream Paletas, esquites and dorilocos. 131 Mayo St.;

Los Altos Mexican dishes, such as tacos and chiles rellenos. 126 W. King St.; 919-241-4177; 

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Lupita’s Meat Market and Taqueria

Authentic Mexican food including tamales, barbacoa and carnitas. 633 Cornelius St.; 919-296-9000

Maple View Farm Country Store

Homemade ice cream. 6900 Rocky Ridge Rd.; 919-960-5535;

Matthew’s Chocolates Gourmet chocolates, frozen treats and baked goods. 104 N. Churton St.; 984-245-9571

Nomad International street food-inspired eatery. 122 W. King St.; 984-217-0179;

Pizza Cornicione Neapolitan pizzeria and gelateria. 230 S. Nash St.; 919-245-8566;

Pueblo Viejo Traditional Mexican food. 370 S. Churton St.; 919-732-3480

Radius Pizzeria & Pub Wood-fired pizzas, housemade pastas, salads and desserts. Outdoor dining. 112 N. Churton St.; 919-245-0601;

Saratoga Grill New England-style cuisine. 108 S. Churton St.; 919-732-2214;

Steve’s Garden Market & Butchery Sandwiches, baked goods, pimento cheese. 610 N. Churton St.; 919-732-4712;

The Village Diner Southern fare and takeout pizza. 600 W. King St.; 919-245-8915;

Vinny’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria Italian favorites. 133 N. Scottswood Blvd.; 919-732-9219;

Weaver Street Market Food bar items are available as grab and go. 228 S. Churton St.; 919-245-5050;

Whit’s Frozen Custard Rotating flavors of frozen custard, treats, pints to go. 240 S. Nash St.; 919-245-8123;

Wooden Nickel Pub Pub fare and rotating craft beer. 113 N. Churton St.; 919-932-0134;

Yonder Southern Cocktails & Brew Beer, wine, frose and more. 114 W. King St.;


Briar Chapel

Breakaway Cafe A casual cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee. 58 Chapelton Ct., Ste. 100; 984-234-3010;

Capp’s Pizzeria & Trattoria Traditional Italian cuisine including fresh pastas, pizzas and more. 79 Falling Springs Dr., Ste. 140; 919-240-4104;

O’YA Cantina Latin cuisine from all over the world. 72 Chapelton Ct.; 984-999-4129;

Town Hall Burger & Beer Burgers plus tacos, wings and salads. 58 Chapelton Ct.; 984-234-3504;

Governors Village

Ciao Bella Pizzeria Pizza, pastas, sandwiches. 1716 Farrington Point Rd.; 919-932-4440

Flair Restaurant & Wine Bar Frenchinfluenced food, coffee and Sunday brunch. 50100 Governors Dr.; 919-967-9990;

Gov’s Fusion Cantina Americana meets traditional Mexican cuisine. 50050 Governors Dr.; 919-240-5050;

Sal’s NY Pizza Italian specialties seven days a week. 50010 Governors Dr.; 919-903-8091;

Tarantini Italian Restaurant Italian cuisine. 50160 Governors Dr.; 919-942-4240;

North Chatham Village/ Cole Park Plaza/Polks Landing

501 Pharmacy Maple View Farm ice cream, plus malts and shakes. 69 Knox Way, Ste. 110; 984-999-0501;

Captain John’s Dockside American seafood dishes. 11550 U.S. Hwy. 15-501 N.; 919-9687955;

Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant Mexican dishes with vegetarian options. 11552 U.S. Hwy. 15-501 N., Ste. 205; 919-929-8012;

Panda Garden Chinese dishes like chow mein and egg foo young. 11312 U.S. Hwy. 15-501 S., Ste. 303; 919-960-8000;

Szechuan Village Bold Chinese flavors and bubble tea. 111 Knox Way; 919-869-7894;

Ta Contento Mex Fresh Food Authentic Mexican food, like tacos, burritos, guacamole and fajitas. 11620 US 15-501 Hwy. N. Chapel Hill; 919-945-4819;

Village Pizza and Pasta A neighborhood pizza place serving up subs, calzones, pastas and salads. 11312 U.S. Hwy. 15-501 S., Ste. 300; 919-960-3232;


Fearrington Village

The Belted Goat Lunch, dinner and wine shop, offering salads and sandwiches. 919-545-5717;

The Fearrington House Restaurant Contemporary fine dining. Reservations are needed. 919-542-2121;

Galloway’s Wine and Beer Bar Beer, wine and snacks. 919-545-5717; galloways-wine-beer-bar

Roost Beer Garden Wood-fired pizza and local brews April through October. 919-542-2121;

U.S. 15-501/Mosaic at Chatham Park

Allen & Son Bar-B-Que North Carolina barbecue. 5650 U.S. 15-501; 919-542-2294;

Cafe Root Cellar American cuisine and “go big or go home” seasonal dishes. 35 Suttles Rd.; 919-542-1062;

Carolina Brewery The Triangle’s oldest brewery restaurant features Carolina cuisine. 120 Lowes Dr. #100; 919-545-2300;

Compadres Tequila Lounge Mexican restaurant with a variety of classic dishes. 193 Lowes Dr., Ste. 107; 919-704-8374;

Greek Kouzina Hummus, gyros, kebabs and more. 367 Freedom Pkwy, Ste. 100,; 919-542-9950;

House of Hops Bar and bottle shop with a large craft beer selection on tap. Outdoor seating available. 112 Russet Run; 919-542-3435;

Mi Cancun Classic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. 114 Russet Run; 919-542-3858;

New Japan Hibachi-style Japanese cooking. 90 Lowes Dr.; 919-542-4380

People’s Coffee Coffee from Black and White Roasters, breakfast and lunch. 60 Mosaic Blvd., Ste. 100;

East Street

BMC Brewing Beers brewed on-site and cookies made with the byproducts. 213 Lorax Lane; 919-759-1206;

China Inn Chinese dishes. 630 East St.; 919-545-0259

Dillinger’s Diner Classic American food in a 1950s-inspired diner. 987 East St., Suite G; 919-542-1312

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Fair Game Beverage Co. Spirits, wine, beer and cider tastings plus snacks. 220 Lorax Ln.; 919-548-6884;

Kingston 99 Kitchen Authentic Jamaican cuisine with a twist. 192B Lorax Lane;

Metal Brixx Cafe Vortex Roasters’ coffee and espresso plus tea, lemonade and gelato. 213 Lorax Ln.; 919-444-2202

Small Cafe B and B Offbeat, eco-friendly eatery offering farm-to-table fare for breakfast and lunch. 219 East St.; 919-228-8817;

Starrlight Mead Tastings of honey wines and honey. 130 Lorax Ln.; 984-312-5820;

West Street

Al’s Diner Traditional American classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 535 West St.; 919-542-5800;

Havoc Brewing Company Global tap list, from the “Hey Bonnie!” English brown ale to the “Havoc Actual” Mexican lager. 39 West St.;

Ni Armor’s Hawaiian & Polynesian BBQ Drive-thru barbecue plates, sandwiches and rice bowls. 517 West St.; 907-704-8055

The Phoenix Bakery Small-batch and seasonal baked goods and specialty cakes. 664 West St.; 919-542-4452;

Thirsty Skull Brewing Hazy, pale ales and experimental brews. 684 West St.;

West End Kitchen & Catering Farmto-fork comfort food. 23 Rectory St.;

Hillsboro Street/Downtown

Aromatic Roasters Small-batch coffee shop. 697 Hillsboro St., Unit 101; 919-228-8345;

The Beagle Classic and innovative cocktails and small plates like chilled seafood, charcuterie and a selection of sandwiches. 53 Hillsboro St.; 919-533-6589;

Co-op Cafe at Chatham Marketplace Sandwiches, daily changing hot bar, sushi, salads and baked goods. 480 Hillsboro St.; 919-542-2643;

Carolina Cravings Co. Bakery serving traditional treats like pie bars, muffins and no-bake peanut butter-chocolate cookies as well as Hispanic favorites like flan, bolillos and tres leches cakes. 84 Hillsboro St.; 919-444-2023;

The City Tap Classic bar food and regular live music. 89 Hillsboro St.; 919-545-0562;

Davenport’s Café Diem Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee and espresso offerings. 439 Hillsboro St.; 919-704-4239;

Elizabeth’s Pizza Pizza, calzones, salads and pasta. 160 Hillsboro St.; 919-545-9292;

Marcel’s Pizzeria Pizzas, pastas, subs, calzones and strombolis. 122 Sanford Rd.; 919-542-5027;

The Mod Wood-fired pizza, salads, small plates and a full bar. Outdoor seating available. 46 Sanford Rd.; 919-533-6883;

Postal Fish Company Fresh seafood from North Carolina’s coast. Serving dinner only. 75 W. Salisbury St.; 919-704-8612;

S&T’s Soda Shoppe Soda fountain, American fare. 85 Hillsboro St.; 919-545-0007;

The Sycamore at Chatham Mills

Upscale steakhouse. 480 Hillsboro St., Ste. 500; 919-704-8731;

Virlie’s Grill Soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches. 58 Hillsboro St.; 919-542-0376;

Willy’s Cinnamon Rolls Etc. Bakery selling cinnamon rolls, scones, muffins, cookies and bread with ’40s and ’50s flair. 35 W. Chatham St.; 252-305-9227; CHM


Q & A

once a Tar Heel…

Hunter Lewis, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, shares how UNC helped blend his love of food and writing

When were you a student at UNC, and what did you study?

I was at UNC from ’96 to 2000, and I majored in journalism.

What made you want to study at UNC?

I grew up in Chapel Hill, and it was the only school I ever wanted to go to, dating back to when I was really young and saw the Tar Heels play basketball on TV for the first time. I had a lot of Tar Heels in my family – my dad, my aunts and cousins went there – and I wanted to follow in their footsteps. So growing up in Chapel Hill and really absorbing the culture of the university and the culture of the “Carolina Way” really inspired me to want to go there.

Were you involved in any groups or clubs while you were there?

I was a reporter for The Daily Tar Heel, briefly in a fraternity and also played lacrosse on the varsity team for four years, so I was in several discipline groups. I wore a lot of different hats while I was there, which helped me see a lot of different parts of the university. I interned at the faculty newspaper when I was there as well, so it gave me a really good insider’s view of how different parts of the university worked.

Are there any restaurants you miss from your time there?

When I was at Chapel Hill High School, it was a big deal for us to go off campus and eat with friends at Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe. That was a favorite. Elmo’s Diner and Breadmen’s, too, those were like the three biggies. … I also want to add Crook’s Corner and

Curiosity drives everything that I do. Curiosity is key as well as approaching life as if it’s continuing education.

– Hunter Lewis

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Sweet or savory? Savory.

Favorite cuisine?

I love Southern food and the cuisines of Mexico, France and Italy equally.

Last place you traveled and favorite meal there? Last place I traveled was New York City, where we still keep a small rental, and I had a fried onion burger from a guy named George Motz at Hamburger America.

Dream dinner party guests? Barack and Michelle Obama, Edna Lewis, Michael Jordan, Julia Child and Richard Olney.

Last cookbook you cooked from?

“The Global Pantry Cookbook” by Ann Taylor Pittman, a former colleague of mine, and Scott Mowbray, the editorin-chief who came before me at Cooking Light

Go-to meal you cook for your family? I would say a dish that I know everybody in the family is going to love, and that’s Bolognese.

Best food memory? Sitting at my extended family’s table and looking down the table and my grandparents are at one end and all of my cousins were there. I have no idea what we were eating, but I remember looking down the table and thinking, “This is what it’s about. This is what I want to do.”

La Residence, because La Rez is a place where I got my start [cooking].

When you look back on your time in Chapel Hill, how do you think of it?

I think of it very fondly. It was a dream town to grow up in –small enough that it didn’t feel overwhelming, big enough that it still felt cultured, and you had all the influence and culture from the university. The music scene is incredible, and of course, the sports dictated so much of the calendar every year. And I’ve still got a lot of family there. So I think of Chapel Hill very fondly. It’s a place that really raised me, and I carry a piece of it with me into the world today.

Where did life take you after graduation?

I spent a brief year in Sun Valley, Idaho, cooking for about a year after graduation before I moved back to the Triangle and became a line cook in Chapel Hill. Then I worked for several years at The Durham Herald-Sun, so I was back in the area for a while. In 2004, I left the paper and moved up to New York City and cooked in New York for a few years, which then led me to magazine test kitchens where I worked for Saveur and Bon Appétit. After eight years in New York, with a brief stint cooking in California, I moved to Birmingham, Alabama, to take a job at Southern Living and led its food program for two years. Then I was the editor-in-chief of Cooking Light for four years, and I’ve been the editor-in-chief of Food & Wine since 2017.

Writing and food seem to have always been two major parts of your life. What inspired you to connect one to the other?

What I loved about my time at UNC and learning journalism

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in Chapel Hill was that writing, just like cooking, is very vocational. It’s a skill that you get better at over time. In journalism, crafting a story is very similar in some ways to building recipes, and there’s particular steps you follow. Then over time, you add your own voice and your own words to it. When I was younger, I used to think of the two as very opposite things, but once I started working at The Herald-Sun and I started writing some restaurant reviews, I realized that this could actually be a career and join the two things that I love doing.

What’s harder – writing or cooking on deadline?

Cooking is so much easier because it’s instinctual. It’s fun, it’s creative. In a lot of ways, it’s a way I disconnect from the work itself, from the job itself, as the editor of Food & Wine. Writing … I’d love to say that it’s gotten easier over time, but it doesn’t seem to get easier. I like having written, but I don’t exactly enjoy the process of writing.

You’ve worked with highly esteemed chefs and written for several large magazines. What has motivated you to get to where you are today?

You have to be curious. Curiosity drives everything that I do. Curiosity is key as well as approaching life as if it’s continuing education. We’re here to continue learning until we croak – there’s no end point. Learning is infinite in that way.

What’s it like being a guest judge on shows like “Top Chef” and “Beat Bobby Flay”?

It’s a completely different muscle. … I’m not there to pick the chefs apart or destroy them – I want to encourage them and give constructive feedback, so I try to dissect the dish in that way. What does it taste like? What are they thinking about in terms of the physiology of taste on the plate? How is it presented? How are the flavors balanced? What questions might I have, what might I be confused or curious about when it comes to a particular flavor combination? And then all of that informs a pretty quick-fire stream of feedback that we try to deliver in a way that is clear and concise for TV.

Finally, what was it like interviewing former first lady Michelle Obama for Cooking Light?

Interviewing Mrs. Obama was one of the absolute high points of my career and of my life. She is so inspiring, so intelligent. Being in her presence – interviewing her, learning from her, listening to Beyoncé during the photo shoot – all of that really rubbed off on me. I say this a lot, but food has opened up a lot of doors in my life, and I never thought that food would open up the door to the White House. It was one of the thrills of my career for sure. CHM

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The Top Dentists list for Chapel Hill is the result of a rigorous evaluation process consisting of peer-to-peer surveys of area dentists and professionals. This survey was conducted and managed by the nationally recognized third-party firm topDentists LLC of Augusta, Georgia. This list is excerpted from the 2024 topDentistsTM list, a database that includes listings for nearly 60 dentists and specialists in the Chapel Hill area. The list is based on detailed evaluations of dentists and professionals by their peers. The complete database is available at topDentists management has more than 60 years combined experience compiling peer-review referral guides in the dental, medical and legal fields. Working from this experience, along with the input of several prominent dentists from throughout the United States, topDentists created a selection process that has earned the respect of the country’s leading dental professionals. For more information, call 706-364-0853; write P.O. Box 970, Augusta, Georgia, 30903; email; or visit The purchase of advertising has no impact on who is included in the Top Dentists list.

For the 15th straight year, Chapel Hill Magazine commissioned a peer-to-peer survey of the local dental community – from endodontists to prosthodontists. The following listing is the result. Dentists and specialists were asked the telling question: “If you had a patient in need of a dentist, which dentist would you refer them to?” and also asked to take into consideration years of experience, continuing education, manner with patients, use of new techniques and technologies and, of course, physical results. The Chapel Hill area is well-served by the dental community. Hundreds of dentists, specialists and support professionals have made this area home, and the overall quality of dental care in our communities is second to none. What good dentist wouldn’t want to practice here? 

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The dental practice of Dr. Frederick G. Lehmann has proudly served the community for over 25 years. With an experienced staff, our quality of care is personal in a relaxed atmosphere. The comfort of our patients is our priority. Dr. Lehmann also fosters a collaborative relationship with many of the area’s dental specialists to further facilitate all of your dental needs.

• Conveniently located in the Europa Center offices, across from the Sheraton Hotel, at 100 Europa Drive in Chapel Hill.

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Dillon T. Atwood

North State Anesthesiology 336-939-6277


Lisiane Ferreira-Susin

Ritter Endodontics

501 Eastowne Dr., Ste.155, Chapel Hill 919-403-5000,

Alessandra L. Ritter

Ritter Endodontics

Thomas J. Dakermanji

Studio G Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

104 N. Elliott Rd., Ste. C, Chapel Hill 919-942-7163,

501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 155, Chapel Hill 919-403-5000,

Andrew L. Rudd

Chapel Hill Endodontics

891 Willow Dr., Ste. 4, Chapel Hill 919-932-1616,

Peter Z. Tawil

Governors Endodontics

50201 Governors Dr., Chapel Hill 919-537-8461,


Jessica L. Bishop

6015 Farrington Rd., Ste. 102, Chapel Hill 919-489-2793,

Matthew D. Bostian

101 Conner Dr., Ste. 403, Chapel Hill 919-968-4701,

Laura A. Collatz

Enchanting Smiles Family Dentistry

360 W. St., Ste. 100, Pittsboro 919-542-2712,

Angela G. Ellis

Ellis Family Dentistry

120 Conner Dr., Ste. 201, Chapel Hill


James P. Furgurson

Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 150, Chapel Hill 919-251-9313,

Mandy Ghaffarpour

Studio G Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

104 N. Elliott Rd., Ste. C, Chapel Hill 919-942-7163,

Credle A. Harris

Chapel Hill Dental Group

1721 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill 919-967-9291,

Shaina Holman

Holman Family Dental Care

1836 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill 919-932-7811,

Ben Lambeth

Milltown Family Dentistry

310 E. Main St., Ste. 335, Carrboro 336-525-5888,

Megumi Lambeth

Milltown Family Dentistry

Si On Lim

Carolina Dentistry


Andre Mol

Carolina Dentistry


Gustavo M. Oliveira

Carolina Dentistry 919-537-3242,

Bilal Saib

Chapel Hill Advanced Dentistry

400 Market St., Ste. 220, Chapel Hill 919-933-3388,

Allen D. Samuelson

Carolina Dentistry 919-537-3866,

Tamara C. Samuelson

77 Vilcom Center Dr., Ste. 180, Chapel Hill 919-968-9874,

Adam J. Sturdevant

Carrboro Family Dentistry

610 Jones Ferry Rd., Ste. 206, Carrboro 919-929-5160,

310 E. Main St., Ste. 335, Carrboro 336-525-5888,

Frederick G. Lehmann

100 Europa Dr., Ste. 310, Chapel Hill 919-967-9999,

John R. Sturdevant

Carrboro Family Dentistry

610 Jones Ferry Rd., Ste. 206, Carrboro


Laura D. Tawil

Parkway Dental Center

79 Falling Springs Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-636-9717,

Andrew J. Wagoner

77 Vilcom Center Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-968-9697 

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Dr. David Lee Hill, Jr.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

77 VilCom Center Drive, Suite 120 Chapel Hill, NC 27514 919-238-9961

Jeffrey C. West

601 W. Rosemary St., Ste. 219, Chapel Hill 919-636-9123,


George H. Blakey III

Carolina Dentistry


David Lee Hill Jr.

Chapel Hill Implant & Oral Surgery Center

77 Vilcom Center Circle, Ste. 120, Chapel Hill 919-238-9961,

Andrew T. Ruvo

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-929-2196,

Debra Sacco

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-929-2196,

Adam D. Serlo

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-929-2196,

Brian Vandersea

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

501 Eastowne Dr., Ste. 110, Chapel Hill 919-929-2196,


Lauren L. Patton

Carolina Dentistry



Valerie A. Murrah

Carolina Dentistry

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Drs. Sacco, Vandersea, Ruvo and Serlo practice a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal.





CHAPEL HILL 501 Eastowne Drive, Suite 110 Chapel Hill 27514 919.929.2196 DURHAM 2823 North Duke Street Durham 27704 919.479.0707 SANFORD 109 Dennis Drive Sanford 27330 919.775.1615

Ricardo J. Padilla

Carolina Dentistry



T. Lenise Clifton

Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry

77 Vilcom Center Circle Dr., Ste. 310, Chapel Hill


Laura Jacox

101 Conner Dr., Ste. 401, Chapel Hill 919-858-2576,

Corey Jones

Jones Orthodontics

1525 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill and 406 Millstone Dr., Hillsborough 919-493-7554,

Ashley Morgenstern

Morgenstern Orthodontics

26 Knox Way, Ste. 100, Chapel Hill 919-230-9700,

Tung T. Nguyen

Carolina Dentistry


Tammy R. Severt

Severt Smiles


Alexandra Boudreau

Chatham Pediatric Dentistry

79 Falling Springs Dr., Ste. 120, Chapel Hill


Annelise C. Hardin

Franklin Street Pediatric Dentistry

1504 E. Franklin St., Ste. 101, Chapel Hill


Craig Dorion

Dorion & Associates

920 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill


Charles U. Mauney Jr.

Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry

77 Vilcom Center Circle Dr., Ste. 310, Chapel Hill


Rocio B. Quinonez

Carolina Dentistry


Avni C. Rampersaud

Chapel Hill Pediatric Dentistry

205 Sage Rd., Ste. 202, Chapel Hill


101 Conner Dr., Ste. 401, Chapel Hill 919-929-2365,

Richard F. Uhlir

Southern Village Orthodontics

400 Market St., Ste. 200, Chapel Hill 919-808-1188,

Kevin Ricker

Chatham Pediatric Dentistry

79 Falling Springs Dr., Ste. 120, Chapel Hill


Shauna Woody

Hillsborough Pediatric Dentistry

310 Millstone Dr., Ste. 1, Hillsborough 919-296-5854,


Liliana Gandini Dorion & Associates

920 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill 919-967-5099,

Timothy W. Godsey

Chapel Hill Periodontics & Implants

150 Providence Rd., Ste. 200, Chapel Hill 919-968-1778,

Hana Hobbs

406 Millstone Dr., Hillsborough 919-590-0564,

Antonio Moretti

Carolina Dentistry



Ibrahim S. Duqum

Carolina Dentistry


Alexandra B. Yarborough Hart

Studio G Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

104 N. Elliott Rd., Ste. C, Chapel Hill 919-942-7163, CHM

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Dr. Tammy Severt founded Severt Smiles in 2000 and Dr. Laura Jacox joined the practice in 2019. With a continued presence in Chapel Hill for 56 years, the practice now treats the grandchildren of former patients. Drs. Severt and Jacox pride themselves on maintaining long-term connections with families. They also give back to the profession through teaching – Dr. Severt as an adjunct faculty member and Dr. Jacox as an assistant professor at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry. Severt Smiles provides cutting-edge and efficient treatment with a team who supports and genuinely cares about patients as individuals.




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Recognizing that there is no shortage of real estate brokers in the Triangle, Shannon Kennedy approaches her job from a place of hard work and deep gratitude. She considers it an honor when sellers and buyers trust her with their real estate endeavors. Her goal is to provide her clients with service that is as elevated as their standards.

To that end, Shannon relies every day on her strong work ethic and her problem-solving skills –as well as a healthy dose of good humor – to think creatively and strategically about how to serve her sellers and buyers.

She is passionate about her career in real estate and about making the process of buying or selling a home as smooth and easy as possible for her clients. Shannon’s view is that luxury is level of service, not a price point.

Through her volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, TABLE, SECU Family House, and UNC Children’s Hospital, Shannon knows that, at the end of the day, home and community are what matter most – and she never forgets that when working for her clients.




After moving to North Carolina in 2019, Pragati Patel opened the Chapel Hill location of the Blo Blow Dry Bar franchise in 2022, bringing her passion for beauty and self-care to the community. Pragati and the Blo team believe in uplifting customers by helping them look and feel their best. From date nights to weddings and everything in between, Blo helps their guests get ready for any occasion with blowouts, hair treatments and beauty services, including makeup application. Blo Chapel Hill is grateful for the warm welcome their staff has received from the community since its opening.




Dogwood Studios provides private yoga therapy, small group yoga and meditation classes to empower clients to achieve improved health and wellbeing. Their teachers receive specialty training to teach yoga using a functional approach, adapting poses to clients’ bodies and medical histories. This practice promotes insight into the unique relationship between body, thought and emotion. Dogwood Studios also has certified yoga therapists on staff. Yoga therapy applies yoga principles to address clients’ individual needs while honoring their strengths and limitations. Their team strives to create an environment in which everyone is respected, supported and celebrated for who they are.




Citrin Cooperman is one of the nation’s largest professional services firms and includes an office in Chapel Hill. The firm has steadily built its business by helping companies and high-net-worth individuals find practical, actionable solutions to meet their short-term needs and long-term objectives. Citrin Cooperman’s goal is to enhance the business and personal lives of its clients by providing sound, insightful advice while fostering long-standing relationships. Finding innovative solutions is what drives their team of professionals and helps clients succeed.

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As a State Farm Insurance agent since 1991, Pam Herndon has helped customers with a wide range of insurance needs. In 2004, she opened her agency in Chapel Hill and developed a passion for providing customers with solutions to manage their risks. Pam leads an outstanding team of agents who help customers with retirement, education and estate planning. Her leadership along with her commitment to educating customers earned her the recognition of Businesswoman of the Year in 2018 by the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro.




JMS Catering began with a passion for cooking and sharing good food with friends. In 2012, Jemel and Danielle Sutton were approached to cater a friend’s holiday party, serving more than 100 guests. While catering for 100 now feels like a small task, this event provided the encouragement needed to establish JMS Catering, LLC. The small, family-owned and operated company takes pride in delivering highquality food at reasonable prices. Along with catering weddings and special events, the husband and wife duo offer weekly family meal delivery services in Chapel Hill and Durham – yet another way to make good food more accessible.




School of Rock Chapel Hill makes musicians. Their talented instructors teach aspiring artists how to sing and play guitar, bass, keys and drums. Students are also taught how to play in rock ‘n’ roll bands and perform shows at local rock venues. They learn teamwork, accountability, presentation skills, self-confidence, poise and leadership – qualities favored by universities and future employers. School of Rock is a safe, welcoming and encouraging environment, offering lessons and programs for students ages 6 to 96. Music is a joy that lasts a lifetime. Come learn and play with us at School of Rock Chapel Hill!




In the heart of Chapel Hill, Cat French Design is a luxury interior design firm specializing in large-scale projects across the Eastern Seaboard. Cat grew her firm from a one-woman business into a bustling team of design professionals. She seamlessly blends her knowledge of design strategy and color theory to create home designs unique to each client. Her team offers a client-driven approach, helping each discover their personal style and ensuring no detail is overlooked.

Recently, Cat French Design moved into its largest studio space to date, a reflection of her team’s growth and continued desire to create exceptional spaces




Since 1998, Dr. Finn has practiced plastic surgery in Chapel Hill, specializing in cosmetic procedures such as facelift, rhinoplasty and endoscopic brow lift. Dr. Elkins-Williams joined the team in 2018, adding his expertise in breast rejuvenation and body contouring. In 2023, Finn Plastic Surgery welcomed Dr. Sowder, who is double board-certified in facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology. He performs a full range of cosmetic procedures, including facelift, rhinoplasty and brow lift, in addition to nonsurgical procedures such as injectables and laser skin resurfacing. As a comprehensive aesthetic practice, Finn Plastic Surgery offers everything from basic facial maintenance to major rejuvenation.



Citrine Salon houses an established team of dedicated, energetic and best-in-class skin and hair professionals led by its vivacious, stylish and driven owner, Heather Slott. Every member of the Citrine team is dedicated to providing clients with the highest level of service throughout their experience in the salon. The team works together to carefully orchestrate each client’s visit, intentionally crafting, coordinating and optimizing clients’ time to ensure that they look great, feel great and are ready to take on the world. Citrine Salon provides clients with a masterful experience.




Triangle Digital Partners emerged in 2019 from parent company Triangle Media Partners, a multimedia marketing and publishing company (publisher of this magazine) with over 800 regional clients. TDP was established to meet the needs of Triangle-based businesses navigating the evolving landscape of digital marketing. Running an organization and following digital marketing trends is challenging, especially when Google and Meta constantly change their algorithms. Our team offers support to enhance your digital presence and strategically allocate marketing resources. Working with us, you gain a local partner committed to tailoring custom, thoughtful and flexible marketing plans to meet your unique business objective’s with a common goal to build a sustainable and vibrant community where we live, work and play. We get your customers!




Drs. Clifton and Mauney are Chapel Hill’s expert pediatric dental and all-ages orthodontics providers. While both doctors are board-certified in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Clifton is also boardcertified in orthodontics. Their office combines the convenience and comfort of family dental clinics with treatment provided by pediatric specialists who received three additional years of training on the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents. At Clifton & Mauney, young ones learn healthy oral habits while parents can improve their own smiles. Dr. Thurston Nash recently joined the team as a pediatric dental associate; he looks forward to meeting new patients.

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shton Tippins didn’t always know that she wanted to work for a nonprofit, but now she can’t imagine doing anything else.

Alamance Countyraised Ashton graduated from UNC where she was a Buckley Public Service Scholar and volunteered more than 300 hours during four years. One organization she gave her time to was TABLE, a Carrboro-based nonprofit that provides children with food and nutrition education. Ashton started out as a volunteer shift leader, then during her senior year she had the opportunity to run a program that delivers a variety of recipes and activities to families through the Chefs@Home nutrition kits. After graduation, TABLE welcomed Ashton as its executive director. “The program piqued my interest in nutrition and food access for folks who need support,” she says. “TABLE has been a pivotal part in how my life has changed and shifted because had I not been involved in TABLE, I wouldn’t have the interests and passions that I currently have.”

When Ashton officially joined in 2012, the organization was serving 150 kids a week, and now that number has reached over 1,000. “We were delivering through schools and after-school centers prior to 2020,” she says. “When 2020 began, we shifted to delivering directly to kids at their homes. We’ve seen lots of benefits to this, just being able to engage more directly with families.”

TABLE has several Orange County partners, including PORCH and Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, who supply an assortment of healthy food options, as well as Sankofa Farms and Wildflower Lane Farm, who provide cucumbers, tomatoes, all sorts of greens and more.

As a mother of three girls ages 5, 3 and 4 months, Ashton knows the importance of meeting everyone’s needs. “Families can let us know if they have food allergies or preferences so that we can customize [the food] as best we can and ensure it is something they like and will eat,” she says.

Recently, the biggest development at TABLE has been the conclusion of the four-year Room to Grow Capital Campaign; Ashton was instrumental in helping raise the $3.25 million. The campaign, supported by 435 donors, allowed TABLE to purchase its permanent 8,000-square-foot home at 311 E. Main St. “It’s a milestone for us to be able to have this space and utilize it,” Ashton says, looking toward the future. “We can continue to better serve our kids and families in a multitude of ways.” – By Lauren Rouse 

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illian W. Lee, 88, is one tough mother. She was born the second of 11 siblings raised in West Savannah, Georgia, where dirt roads connected families who looked out for one another.

Today, Lillian is the mother of three, grandmother of two and greatgrandmother to one precocious 3-year-old great-granddaughter.

Every September, she reunites with her six remaining brothers and sisters at the Townsley Chapel AME Church in Savannah and reconnects with the community where her parents impressed life lessons, like the value of education, helping those in need and treating yourself and others with dignity.

“Education is the thing that’ll get you to a better life,” Lillian says, quoting her father’s words. “My Grandmama said that if you have something in your pocket or in your hand, it can be taken away from you, but if it’s in your head, nobody can take that away, so you need to learn everything you can about as much as you can. Education was something that was instilled in us and the importance of education as the only way to get out where we lived – off of the dirt streets with no street lights. We lived in a house, but our housing growing up was certainly inadequate. We had running water, but we didn’t have a sink in the kitchen and all of the amenities that people have now. We knew what it was like to have to heat water on the stove and to heat water outside to wash the clothes and so forth. So,

If we all treated each other with respect and dignity and love, what a great world this would be.

yeah, it’s important to me because I think everybody is entitled to a decent place to live. Whatever I can do to help that cause, I’m certainly willing to do it.”

Lillian became a teacher after graduating from Savannah State College (now University) in 1961. She married Howard N. Lee the following year. By 1965, the couple moved to Chapel Hill where Howard completed his master’s degree in social work. The same year, Lillian joined Nathalie L. Harrison to teach school-age children receiving treatment at NC Memorial Hospital. The hospital school is part of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools district and was the first of its kind in the state. Lillian taught countless students during her nine-year tenure there. She went on to become dean of students at Chapel Hill High School and retired after 36 years as an educator.


Lillian admits that adjusting to life in Chapel Hill was not always easy.

“Our kids had never been in an integrated school, and we had not been a part of integration in Savannah or part of demonstrations to bring about change,” Lillian says. “So moving here was like a whole new world for me. Moving into married student housing where I think there might have been two other African American families, I learned to adjust; I had to. I had no choice.”

When she and Howard moved from married student housing to Tinkerbell Road, they received threats. “We had a cross burned on our lawn, but it wasn’t by the KKK; it was by some kids who obviously had heard adults talk about it or whatnot,” she says. “When we found out who the kids were, their parents had to take them down to the police station just so the police could let them know what they did was wrong and so forth, and those kids ended up being very friendly with our kids. When you don’t forgive, it’s a burden on you. If you do something to me and I do the same thing to you, then we are both equally to blame. But when I forgive, it lifts a burden off me because I think hate is a heavy, heavy burden to carry. Forgiveness is an easy thing for me.”

Lillian, a breast cancer survivor of 45 years, continues to actively volunteer with programs at Binkley Baptist Church and the Seymour Senior Center. She also serves on the board of the MLK University/ Community Planning Corporation, which raises funds for the Martin Luther King-Edith Wiggins educational scholarships given to 10 students each year.

Known for her delicious, made-from-scratch carrot cakes, Lillian does not bake as often as she once did, but she will pass on her recipes and knowledge, including these lessons from childhood:

“Treat people the way you want to be treated – I live by that. Wherever you see a need, if you can, help take care of that need. That’s how I grew up. That’s how we taught our kids and that’s what I continue to live by and continue to teach them – you have to. If we all treated each other with respect and dignity and love, what a great world this would be.” – By Anna-Rhesa Versola 

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usana Benites has a superpower she wants to share –bilingualism.

Susana is the coexecutive director of Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition, a nonprofit established in 2012 to help close the cultural and academic gaps between Latino and non-Latino students. One of those programs, ISLA Los Sábados, is a heritage language immersion program that began in 2013 and is held on Saturdays at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill.

Students, ages 3 to 17, are either new arrivals from Spanish-speaking countries or were born here but are forgetting the language. “My goal is to keep providing these spaces for those students to be proud of who they are and to understand the importance of being bilingual,” she says. All classes, whether in science, math or art, are taught in Spanish.

When opportunity comes, it’s for a reason. You just have to go for it and never say no and say, ‘I can do it. Let’s try. Let’s see what happens.’

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Susana earned her bachelor’s in special education from the Universidad Femenina del Sagrado Corazón in Lima, Peru. After graduating, she stayed for three years in her home country, working with autistic children. In 2013, she became an international teacher in North Carolina public schools.

In 2019, Susana joined ISLA as a heritage language teacher and director of education programs. In addition to Saturday classes, ISLA offers several other programs dedicated to Spanish language development, cultural immersion and equity resources for students and their parents in the Triangle. “I’m a passionate educator,” she says. “I’m a proud Latina. I am a mother and an advocate for bilingualism and cultural immersion education.”

Susana, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen last November, is most excited about a professional development program for teachers that ISLA is piloting at the Central Park School for Children in Durham. The cultural awareness program helps teachers better understand the Latin American community and issues related to immigration. She hopes to expand the program to other schools.

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When she is not working, Susana spends every minute with her toddler, Nico, 2, often exploring outdoor spots like Maple View Farm Ice Cream or the Community Center Park. She hopes her son will grow to appreciate bilingualism and different cultures throughout the world. Susana will also share with him the phrases that keep her inspired every day:

Never stop dreaming.

Never say ‘no.’

Be present, enjoy the little moments and celebrate.

“Sometimes you need to stop and look at everything that you have done,” Susana says. “I’m still learning, and sometimes, I’m afraid I’m not good enough.” But then she reminds herself, “No, you’re growing, and this is gonna be good. It’s gonna be fine.”

Susana keeps a small sign by her desk that says: “saber es poder,” which translates to knowledge is power. “Yes, I love that,” she says about the good reminder for any teacher and community advocate.

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evaeh Hodge’s seven-hour school day at Carrboro High School is peppered with meetings and getting a head start on her homework. Her afternoons are usually occupied by a number of extracurricular activities, yet she keeps her GPA high while brainstorming the next community initiative to champion. “I try to be as involved in my school community as I can,” she says.

Nevaeh, who moved to Carrboro from Maryland when she was 4 years old, is now part of the Superintendent’s Student Equity & Empathy Ambassadors program. “We meet with [Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

Superintendent Nyah Hamlett] often to talk about issues going on at the different schools and to figure out solutions for those issues and ways to combat them,” Nevaeh says. She worked with her fellow ambassadors to implement a 50 as the grading floor at her school (so instead of receiving a zero for missing assignments, students receive a 50) and has spoken at a Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education meeting to fight against the state law requiring that schools acknowledge class rank. “There’s not much we could do given it’s a state law, but we felt that the class rank policy was unfair, especially since colleges look at class rank, and a lot of minorities were targeted because of the high achievement gap,” Nevaeh says. “[Our school system] has the second largest achievement gap in the country.”

She is also president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Youth Council and treasurer for the state chapter. “I try to encourage as many students in the district to join,”

Student at Carrboro High School & community activist

Everybody can be an activist, no matter who you are. Every change you make is important, big or small. It’s important to have selfconfidence and believe in yourself and remember that you can do anything you put your mind to.

Nevaeh says. “Many people don’t know it’s a thing. … We just want to create a safe space for all students – especially Black students – to come and share the issues they see.”

In this leadership role, Nevaeh has co-hosted a health fair with the North Carolina Black Alliance to offer free health care services and help community members be more informed on the topics of health and wellness. “A lot of people don’t have access to health care or have the money to afford it,” she says. “So I think that was a really important initiative.”

The youth council has also been involved in voter registration initiatives. And after their regular meetings at Binkley Baptist Church, the council joins the church’s monthly Black Lives Matter protests outside.

Nevaeh knows the power behind a voice, even one as young as hers. “I would say I’m still young, so I’m still learning how to be an advocate for others,” she says. “So just going and being around the older generation who has been doing advocacy work for so long, I just learn strategies to better improve my community. … [I’ve been] able to talk to others from different places around the world and discover that they have the same issues as us, and some of them have found ways to combat those issues.”

This fall at N.C. A&T, she plans to continue her activism work with its NAACP chapter and in possible leadership positions in student government and student council.

Until then, Nevaeh’s goal is to make the place she calls home better, for everyone. “I want to improve the community as much as I can,” Nevaeh says. “Activist work is never done, but I just want to try as hard as I can while I’m a part of this community to improve it.” – By Leah Berry 

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alking down West Franklin Street, the bright green and pink mural is hard to miss.

The funky artwork offers a warm welcome into the cozy and eclectic Boro Bodega, where owner, Southern California native Carly Erickson, is behind the counter. The walls are fully stocked with rows of beverages – and at Boro Bodega, they’re all nonalcoholic.

Carly founded Boro Beverage Company in 2013, a year after she moved to Carrboro in 2012. In her new home


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Owner, Boro Beverage Company

state, she developed an interest in herbalism, the study of medicinal plants, and joined Central Carolina Community College’s sustainable agriculture program in 2010. “That kind of evolved into me learning about food preservation,” she remembers.

Fermentation quickly sparked Carly’s interest, and soon, she fell in love with making kombucha, a sweetened, fermented drink. “The business really evolved from a need in the community that was not being filled,” she says, recalling a time when kombucha companies were rare.

Carly started working with local farmers, who gave her imperfect produce that otherwise would be discarded. “The foundation of the business is built around food preservation, using local produce and giving it a second chance,” she says.

In 2013, Carly started brewing her kombucha at the Piedmont Food Processing Center and began selling growlers at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market and Carrboro Farmers Market. By 2017, local businesses like Weaver Street Market stocked her products,

and in 2018, Boro Beverage Company’s brick-and-mortar shop opened on West Rosemary Street

After a period of closure during the pandemic, Carly’s success continued. The national Good Food Awards honored Boro Beverage’s fanfavorite Pollinator Punch as among the best beverages in the country in 2022 and 2023.

But while business was flourishing, Carly faced a sudden loss. In 2022, Carly’s partner, who struggled with their relationship to alcohol, died unexpectedly. After taking time off to process her loss, Carly decided to channel the tragedy into action.

“I kind of poured my grief into my business,” she recalls, “And I was like, ‘I’m just going to make this a full-on, nonalcoholic bottle shop.” In December 2023, Boro Bodega opened its doors on West Franklin Street, offering up more than just her own products and bringing the state’s first nonalcoholic bottle shop to the heart of Chapel Hill.

Carly says she wants the bodega to be a safe place for people to explore alternatives to alcohol. “I’m still making kombucha, that’s been really fun,” she says. “But what I really love is this advocacy work around helping people take their power back in this alcohol-soaked society.”

As part of her mission, Carly helps bars like Steel String Brewery and Bowbarr develop nonalcoholic beverage programs to make going out comfortable and inclusive for every customer.

“I always thought of going into business as an opportunity to create a vessel for change,” she says of her philosophy on business and life. “And you can use that opportunity to possibly create some serious change or at least encourage people who look up to you to do things that you value and know that matter.” – By Sinclair Holian 

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Carly started Boro Beverage using unwanted produce from farms she worked on to make her own fermented beverages. Now Boro Bodega carries nonalcoholic beer, spirits and beverages from across the country.


t a young age, Tammy Velasco was encouraged by her parents to explore her creativity, sewing alongside her mother and grandmother in New York. While pursuing illustration at Rhode Island School of Design in 2013, Tammy took a Korean textiles class.

Her professor inspired her to embark on a year of teaching art in Cambodia where she also helped establish a children’s ministry.

“It was perfect because it molded like two things I really enjoyed: art and working with children,” she says. When she returned to the U.S., she got her master’s in art education at Manhattan College.

Owner, Leon + Maeve


the country. Reflecting on this difficult time, she says, “art literally saved my life.”

A month later, she found out she was pregnant with her daughter, Maeve.

During this time, she founded her sustainable clothing business, Leon + Maeve, named after her children, Leon, who turns 4 in May, and Maeve, who celebrates her first birthday in June. Recognizing a gap in the market for affordable patchwork pieces for girls, she began sewing garments from her little studio corner space in her bedroom. For every item she creates, Tammy says, “I always have either Leon or Maeve in the back of my mind.” Handcrafted from secondhand materials, the pieces carry Tammy’s unique artistry from Dresden plates (a flower design) to an eight-point star. Not only do these pieces bring Tammy joy, but she feels connected to her Korean roots as she’s inspired by “my ancestors and all the countless women before me who have done this simple but very beautiful craft.”

Tammy also aims to normalize having mental health conversations. While she was pregnant with Maeve, she battled prenatal depression.

After graduating in 2017, she settled in the Triangle with her grandmother while working at Global Scholars Academy in Durham before moving to Chapel Hill the next year when she got married. Tammy began working at Eno River Academy that year, teaching art to kindergarten through eighth grade students.

The onset of the pandemic prompted Tammy to rediscover the therapeutic power of sewing and slowing down. “I think that’s a very intentional thing that happens when you are sewing or doing patchwork or embroidery or any craft,” she says.

Tammy took a leave of absence in early 2023 after a miscarriage and with the stress of being a teacher amid a rise in school shootings across

“Being a child of immigrant parents, I think there were a lot of struggles that they faced, and I think also, just being from an Asian culture, mental health is not something that has been talked about at all.” Therefore, her clothing line is not only dedicated to children but “a sign of hope for other women, especially women who have gone through depression or are experiencing it.”

Her commitment to teaching extends beyond her roles as an entrepreneur and caring for her two children, plus two guinea pigs and two rabbits. As a full-time arts educator at the Gregg Museum of Art & Design for the last six months, Tammy gets to instruct a wide range of kids. She also volunteers teaching at her children’s Sunday school. Teaching is “just a part of who I am,” she says.

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Tammy with her son, Leon, who often wears her handcrafted pieces.
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ith her parents’ roots nestled in western Pennsylvania, a young Shannan Campbell was struck by the economic impact of the steel industry’s contraction in the 1980s. “I’ve always been kind of interested in how cities recover from things like that and the economic revitalization of downtown,” she says.

Herself a native of Raleigh, Shannan has found that her career has been shaped with each hat she has put on. After a land-use class during her pre-law track at Appalachian State University rekindled her passion for small-town economics, she graduated in 2008 with a degree in city and regional planning. Then she moved to Durham after meeting her husband, Jared Campbell. For her first few years back in the area, Shannan served as the planning technician – and later, the main planner – for the Town of Morrisville where she was tasked with creating a downtown. She then spent a year working for the City of Raleigh before becoming Hillsborough’s first economic development planner in 2015. When the previous assistant town manager retired in 2021, Shannan earned the opportunity to manage the planning department along with the tourism and economic director role.

Planning and economic development manager, Town of Hillsborough

“My favorite thing about this job is when it all works out,” Shannan says. “We get to the end, and we have a finished product.” When a property owner had been searching for a tenant for some time with little success, Shannan stepped in and connected them with a tenant needing office space. Moments like this, which she describes as serendipitous, make it all worth it for her. Since she first began working for the town, Shannan has had a hand in a sidewalkwidening project, restoring the historic Colonial Inn and the town’s comprehensive sustainability plan.

She and Jared now live in western Orange County on his family farm with kids Colton and Delilah. On weekends, the family frequents Southern Community Park, strolls along Riverwalk –stopping at Weaver Street Market for LocoPops – or explores the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Shannan says collaboration and consensus are the secrets to working in local government. Although the field has become more accessible to women since she first started, she says there is still work to be done and perspectives to be heard. This means it is even more important to stay focused. “Just hold your head up and do your best work,” Shannan says. “Don’t worry about the noise.” – By Lena Miano 

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hen Jeanne Langley first moved to Chapel Hill with son Garrett, her street was quiet. It was rare to see holiday lights and decorations and unusual for trick-or-treaters to wander the streets of Morgan Creek on Halloween. A single mother with a 10-year-old, Jeanne found herself lonely and ready to move away, until a coworker suggested she create her own community of friends.

“One Saturday morning, I made six coffeecakes, and I went out and met six women [new to the neighborhood].” Jeanne says. “I said, ‘Would you like to join a dinner group?’ and they said, ‘Yes! This would be so great!’ So we met once a month at somebody’s house for dinner, and we made it our business to welcome any new woman in our neighborhood.”

For Jeanne, that moment was the genesis of creating a new community in her neighborhood, so much so that she decided to stay in Chapel Hill for retirement. Determined to spend her free time volunteering, she began tutoring at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties, where she helped elementary school students with their homework.

“Then, you know what happens? You fall in love with the kids,” Jeanne says. “When I began, they were fourth graders, and by the time they got into fifth grade, I began to think,

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Jeanne Langle y

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Jeanne poses with some of her Morgan Creek neighbors in the backyard playhouse where many of them have played over the years.

‘Well, where are they going to go to middle school?’

Middle school is a critical time … because it’s where you get ready for the college preparatory path.”

Jeanne worried about the students she tutored going into middle school, knowing that many of the kids needed more help than the schools could provide them.

After talking with several area schools, she realized they were willing to partner with her on one condition.

“They said, ‘You have to give kids some support – you can’t just plop them in here,’” Jeanne says. So, Jeanne and a friend started Students to Scholars in 2017. Their program encourages families of historically marginalized communities to apply to, and succeed in, independent schools. Jeanne’s biggest goal for the program was to give students the education they need in order to be able to have more options for higher education. Now, the program is seven years old, and its first graduating class just received college acceptance letters.

“It’s exciting to have your first class of kids going off to college when the whole idea [of the program] was to help them be in a place where they

can take the high school courses to prepare them for college, to open up a world of opportunity for them,” Jeanne says. She plans to retire from the program in June, allowing others to take the lead.

Now an empty nester, Jeanne spends her free time planning fun events for the children in her neighborhood. What started with monthly movie nights transformed into neighborhood plays and exciting playhouse adventures, with children flocking to Jeanne’s house every week for something new. She often gives kids “coupons” for adventures on special occasions and birthdays, taking kids to jewelry-making classes, indoor trampoline parks and even skydiving. While some of the children are now teenagers who she doesn’t see as often, she still cherishes every relationship she has had with the children and the community they’ve built.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of their lives,” Jeanne says. “Each one has their gifts that make them so interesting, and I’m just so thrilled to have so many really interesting children and people in my life.”


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ourtney Banghart eats, sleeps and breathes basketball. Her 17-year career as a head coach proves her passion, not only for the sport but for shaping athletes’ lives. “I’m in the business of young people’s journeys in these really critical years,” Courtney says. “And I thoughtfully chose it.”

The New Hampshire native herself was a three-year starter at Dartmouth College, where she graduated with a bachelor’s in neuroscience in 2000. Courtney then worked at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, where she served in a variety of roles, eventually taking over the position of the girls athletic director. 

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Courtney returned to Dartmouth as an assistant coach in 2003 and won two Ivy League championships as the school’s recruiting coordinator. She simultaneously earned a master’s in writing and leadership development.

In 2007, Courtney joined Princeton University as the head coach of a women’s basketball team that had never played in the NCAA tournament. She transformed the program, rewriting its record books. Under her leadership, the Tigers went 30-0 in 2015. The season brought then-President Barack Obama and Supreme Court justices to Jadwin Gym and saw Courtney named the 2015 Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year.

After her 12th season at Princeton, UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham reached out, and Courtney “pretty quickly moved here.”

“I could’ve stayed at Princeton forever,” she says. “We were winning a lot of games, but I wanted a challenge. As someone who asks her players to take on challenges every day and show courage, I led by example, and I’m proud of that.

There’s a consistency and a healthy connection between programs. … That Carolina family thing is real.

“And I think that’s the route daily. … I take on challenges and pressure with class and grit and dignity, and I think that’s important … because that’s what I’m asking them to do.”

In the 2019-20 season, Courtney opened her career at UNC with eight consecutive wins. In 2022-23, the team was ranked as high as No. 6 in the AP poll during the season, the program’s highest spot since 2014-15. She’s also led the Tar Heels to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.

Her favorite memory as a Tar Heel – so far – was beating Arizona on their home court in Tucson in front of a sold-out crowd to advance to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament in 2022. “It was a pure sign of growth,” Courtney says. And she’s got nothing but positive sentiments about her time at UNC. “I think Carolina as a whole, as an athletic program, really knows who it is,” Courtney says. “There’s a consistency and a healthy connection between programs. … That Carolina family thing is real.”

When Courtney isn’t coaching, she’s a parent to twin boys Eli and Tucker, 9, and daughter Grey, 8, and a spouse to Michele DeJuliis. The family lives just a few miles away from Carmichael Arena and is a regular fixture at games.

Courtney values time with her family, which is why she ensures that when she’s away from them, she’s doing something that matters: shaping her players. “You only get 20 hours a week on the basketball court per NCAA rules,” she says. “We spend a lot more time with them than that … so how they see you in moments of weakness, how they see you in hard losses, how they see you show up on a random Tuesday, how they see you in hard conversations – I think typically that’s probably what they’re learning.

“To only have 15 players, you have a significant opportunity to impact directly and be impacted directly by the 15 young people,” Courtney says. “You’re in it with them. It’s not my team, and it’s not their team. It’s ours.” – By Leah Berry CHM

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Members of a Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill comparative film analysis class watch the 2004 movie “Sideways” before discussing its themes with teacher Dan Brenner.


Retirees find friendship and enrichment in continuing education

“This is not ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’” John McCarthy says, commenting about the lines of Roman poetry read aloud inside a rented conference room at the Church of Reconciliation at 110 N. Elliott Rd. Seated in cushioned chairs arranged around two folding tables, John holds a copy of selected sections of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” a 11,995-line mythical epic.

He is one of six retirees who meet weekly to discuss the classic themes of the 15-book anthology in the class. It is one of the 20 or more classes offered this spring by Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill, a nondenominational nonprofit founded in 1979. The all-volunteer group puts together a variety of classes inspired by the curiosity of its members, who can step up as moderators to lead discussions based on different source materials. According to publicity chair

The only requisite for the class is curiosity. – Rowena “Ro” Mason

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Asta Crowe, any adult can join with a full membership set at $70 to access unlimited classes, which typically last about 90 minutes and are held in the mornings via Zoom or on-site.

“Other programs are often top-heavy in the sense that they have experts who are sort of lecturing, and you’re there mainly to receive wisdom,” John says. “I think what’s nice about Shared Learning is that it’s sort of the cult of the amateur, in the sense that we enter not as professionals dictating but fellow travelers trying to share what we know or what we want to know. So, I would say in some regards, we’re highly motivated amateurs.”

Nancy Goudreau, a retired adult learning and communication specialist, has served as a moderator for a number of courses. She admits she was not an expert in Ovid’s works when she decided to become a moderator for the class. Nancy says she was motivated by a deep interest to learn more about this exiled Roman poet who inspired Western art and literature. “There are other moderators who approach literature differently,” she says, recalling another class with an expert on Jane Austen. “Everyone’s style is different depending on how they feel in their experience.”

John, who was one of the volunteers to launch the Ovid class, says he enjoys Nancy’s approach. “We read a single work of literature and read it aloud at times,” he says. “The individuals who are in the class generally are reasonably well-read and bring their own perspectives, both historically and within the literature itself, and one could even argue that it’s kind of a book group on steroids in the sense that the only socializing that takes place is if we go to lunch after.”

Becky Gibson, who recently relocated to the area, says she found out about Shared Learning during an information presentation at The Cedars of Chapel Hill. She likes the informality of the classes and enjoys meeting people “who are on my wavelength,” she says. “It is what the members of the class bring to it, because everybody’s

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ABOVE Class moderator Nancy Goudreau leads a discussion on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” a 15-book anthology of ancient myths and legends. ABOVE RIGHT Asta Crowe, who is originally from England, is an active volunteer with Shared Learning and is its publicity chair.

We did ‘Anna Karenina,’ and it took 2 ½ semesters to go through that in the same way. We should have gotten tattoos.”

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from a different place in terms of orientation and knowledge base. John and I happen to be literature people, but other people are scientists or philosophers or whatever. It really makes it very rich.”

Matt Epstein says the people he meets through the courses make Shared Learning stand apart from other continuing education programs. “We’re all part of making it work,” he says. “We feel a responsibility for it, and it is a social thing, whether people socialize externally or not, you get to know people through the courses, because you see the same people over and over. It’s a very nice balance between a social event, an intellectual event or curiosity event. And that’s unique.” Matt plans to teach two spring mini term courses running May 6 through June 28: one on psychedelics and one on nonhuman intelligence.

Rowena “Ro” Mason, who lives in the Carol Woods retirement community, says she is grateful for Shared

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ABOVE Becky Gibson reads aloud as Rowena “Ro” Mason, Matt Epstein and Ken Kustin listen and read along. LEFT emeritus Bob Lauterborn enjoys the classes and people he meets through Shared Learning.

Learning. “People grow old, but minds, thank goodness, don’t grow old as quickly,” Ro says. “So Shared Learning is a place for the minds to come out and meet each other.”

Not all classes are deeply contemplative; some offer opportunities to practice language skills in Spanish or German. Other classes are thought-provoking in different ways, like Dan Brenner’s class in comparative film analysis, where the class watches a film and discusses its meaning or impact.

That same day, at the opposite end of the building, about 17 people sat in a darkened, vaulted room to watch the 2004 film, “Sideways,” starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen. The story is about adventures in California wine country. Before the opening scene, someone calls out through the dim light: “Do we have closed captions?”

Throughout the movie, anonymous whispers respond to the dialogue, like when the main character says, “I don’t know. [Pinot] is a hard grape to grow. As you know. It’s thin-skinned, temperamental. It’s not a survivor like cabernet that can grow and thrive anywhere … and withstand neglect.” A male student murmurs, “Yes, that’s true.”

Following the movie, the class talked about what they saw, with all coming to the consensus that there is beauty and vulnerability in us all. CHM

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Bob Lauterborn watches the director’s introduction to the 2004 film “Sideways.”

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1305 Capstone Dr., Durham

Entrance Fee Call for pricing

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Monthly rate includes personalized care, dining, activities, laundry and housekeeping

Refund Options 14-day notice required

Medicare Certified N/A

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required, but accepted

Minimum Age N/A

Contact Information


2220 Farmington Dr., Chapel Hill

Entrance Fee One-time community fee, call for pricing

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Month-to-month

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted Contact Information 984-363-6069;


2230 Farmington Dr., Chapel Hill

Entrance Fee One-time community fee, call for pricing

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Month-to-month

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted Contact Information 984-363-6069;


4434 Ben Franklin Blvd., Durham

Entrance Fee One-time community fee, call for pricing

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Month-to-month

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted

Contact Information 984-363-6069;


100 Lanark Rd., Chapel Hill

Entrance Fee One-time community fee, call for pricing

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Month-to-month

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted

Contact Information 984-363-6069;


4214 Guess Rd., Durham

Entrance Fee Application fee required, call for pricing

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Monthly rate includes care, dining, activities, laundry and housekeeping

Refund Options 14-day notice required

Medicare Certified Not applicable

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required, but accepted

Minimum Age 60

Contact Information 919-471-0091;


140 Brookstone Ln., Pittsboro

This all-inclusive four-star community, which has served Chatham and neighboring counties for nearly 20 years, is a 90-bed assisted living community with a 38-bed memory care wing that offers both private and semiprivate rooms and award-winning activity programs.

Entrance Fee Call for pricing

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing; veteran discounts offered

Contract Options None. Requires 14-day notice before moving out

Refund Options Prorated for the first month from the move-in date

Medicare Certified No; Medicaid accepted

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted

Minimum Age 65

Contact Information Ronda Stubbs, 919-545-9573 or;


4523 Hope Valley Rd., Durham

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Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Month-to-month, two weeks’ notice required before moving out

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted

Minimum Age 62

Contact Information 919-892-6688;


114 Polks Village Ln., Chapel Hill

Entrance Fee One month’s rent

Monthly Fee Range Starting at $4,750

Contract Options Month-to-month

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted

Minimum Age 55

Contact Information 919-883-9767;


72 Chatham Business Dr., Pittsboro

This 140-bed facility in a serene setting near Pittsboro caters to both short- and long-term guests who work with the care team to organize a plan that’s specific to their needs. The memory-care unit and specially trained staff provide assistance to those with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairments. The staff strive to give the highest quality of care alongside recreational programs and outings to provide enrichment.

Monthly Fee Range

$8,190 – $11,640

Medicare Certified Yes; also accepts Medicare HMO, commercial insurance and Medicaid

Long-Term Care Insurance Not accepted

Contact Information Facility: 919-542-6677; Admissions: 919-302-7862;


1999 S. NC Hwy. 119, Mebane

Entrance Fee One month’s rent

Monthly Fee Range Starting at $4,005

Contract Options Month-to-month

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted

Minimum Age 55

Contact Information 919-737-7251; 

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5660 Durham Rd., Roxboro

Entrance Fee Call for pricing

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Refund Options Requires 14-day notice

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted

Minimum Age 55

Contact Information 336-598-4697;;


1911 Orange Grove Rd., Hillsborough

Entrance Fee $2,500

Contract Options Month-to-month

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted

Minimum Age 55

Contact Information 919-732-9040;


750 SE Cary Pkwy., Cary

Entrance Fee One-time community fee, call for pricing on cottages, one- and two-bedroom options in independent living; one- and two-bedroom options in assisted living and private apartments in memory care

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Year lease

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted

Contact Information 919-460-7330;



100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill

The 166-acre campus includes a nine-hole golf course, pristine walking trails, tennis courts and pickleball, community gardens and more. Residents enjoy seven distinctive dining venues, a state-of-the-art wellness center and an auditorium that offers fascinating lectures and performances.

Entrance Fee Range

$140,300 – $839,000

Monthly Fee Range $3,376 – $5,553

Contract Options Fee for Service: Housing, residential services and guaranteed access to health-related services in exchange for entrance fee and monthly fee. Health-related services are provided at per diem rates, which vary. Home Care services are also available. Equity: See below.

Refund Options Predictable 75% Return of Equity refund option offered for all independent living homes on campus. The refund is based off of your original entrance fee and made payable while you are still a resident of the community.

Medicare Certified Yes, Medicare Part B

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required, but welcome Minimum Age 62

Contact Information 919-942-4014; 800-458-6756;


750 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill

Entrance Fee Range

Monthly Fee Range

$106,000 – $545,500

$2,680 – $6,191

Contract Options Modified: Entrance fee and monthly payments cover housing, residential services like meals and housekeeping and some health-related services. Health-related services are provided at a discounted rate.

Refund Options Declining Refund: Pay entry fee; full refund in first 90 days; refund declines at 2% rate each additional month; after 50 months, no refund.

Medicare Certified Yes

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required; could help pay for discounted per diems.

Minimum Age 65 (co-applicant must be at least 55)

Contact Information 919-968-4511; 800-518-9333;


100 Cedar Club Circle (Meadowmont), Chapel Hill

Purchase Price Range $300,000s – $800,000s*

Monthly Fee Range $3,731 – $7,520

Contract Options *Equity: Actual real estate purchase, with transfer of ownership of the unit. If resident moves to health center, no added amount except two meals per day. After 90 days, member pays discounted rate.

Refund Options Not applicable because of ownership

Medicare Certified Yes

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required

Minimum Age 62 (co-applicant must be at least 50)

Contact Information 919-259-7000; 877-433-3669;


2600 Croasdaile Farm Pkwy., Durham

Set on 110 acres in a pastoral landscape, which provides a country feel fewer than 6 miles from downtown Durham and 3 miles from Duke University. Croasdaile is within the distinguished residential neighborhood of Croasdaile Farm. Residents enjoy numerous green spaces with yards, gardening and plenty of walking trails, a dog park, lakes and the security of a full continuum of care on-site. The central campus buildings are connected, with a state-of-the-art wellness center, large heated pool, auditorium, woodworking shop, art studio, multiple dining venues and a chapel.

Entrance Fee Range $66,083 – $546,986

(includes single and double occupancy)

Monthly Fee Range $2,412 – $5,571 (single occupancy with second person fee of $1,525 for all residential homes)

Contract Options Fee for Service: Entrance fee and monthly payments cover housing and maintenance, residential services such as meals, utilities, and housekeeping along with guaranteed access to health-related services. Advanced levels of health services are provided at per-diem rates.

Refund Options Declining Refund: Option 1: Pay lower entry fee; refund declines at rate of 2% per month; after 50 months, no refund. Option 2: 50% Refund – pay higher entry fee; refund declines at a rate of 2% per month until 50% of residence fee is accrued; refund limited to 50%. Option 3: 90% Refund – pay higher entry fee; refund declines at a rate of 2% per month until 10% of fee is accrued; refund limited to 90%.

Medicare Certified Yes; rehab on-site Long-Term Care Insurance Not required, but welcome Minimum Age 62

Contact Information 919-384-2475 or 800-960-7737 for marketing and sales; 919-384-2000 for general inquiries;



2701 Pickett Rd., Durham

Celebrating more than 30 years of community, The Forest at Duke is a vibrant continuing care retirement community located in the heart of Durham. It offers five floor plans for apartment living, six floor plans for cottages and individual homes, and, coming in 2025, 10 all-new apartment floor plans debuting in its 71-residence expansion, The Terraces. Each home provides spacious, contemporary living with access to a range of amenities, coupled with myriad opportunities for fitness, wellness, socialization, entertainment, self-discovery and lifelong learning. The Forest strives to strengthen the community and organizations that enrich the lives of Durham residents.

Entrance Fee Range Call for pricing

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Modified: Entrance fee and monthly payments cover housing, residential services such as meals and housekeeping, and some health-related services. Health-related services are provided at a greatly discounted rate and are free for a specified number of days.

Refund Options The Forest retains $10,000 of each person’s entry fee as a health care reserve. The remaining balance of the entry fee, the residence fee, is refundable based on the following: 2% of the residence fee accrues to The Forest at Duke each month. The refund decreases to zero over 50 months.

Medicare Certified Yes

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required, but welcome

Minimum Age 65 (co-applicant must be at least 62)

Contact Information 919-490-8000; 1-800-919-278-9729; 

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3000 Galloway Ridge Rd., Pittsboro

Crafted with heart, soul and Southern charm, Galloway Ridge is a secure, health-conscious lifestyle destination. The 62-acre campus is just south of Chapel Hill and adjacent to Fearrington Village, an 1,100-acre planned community, offering miles of trails and sidewalks. Jordan Lake and the Haw River are a short distance away for outdoor enthusiasts. Galloway Ridge’s main building includes 248 independent living apartments, the Lynn Savitzky library and business center, living room, Chapin Auditorium, Bistro Dining Room, Belties Lounge, billiards room, a movie theater with stadium seating, art studio, woodworking shop, multiple meeting spaces and conference room. The Arbor, a Medicare-certified health care center, is connected to the main building and offers 96 private rooms for assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. The residents of the 52 independent living villas have a short walk to all of the amenities of the main building. The Galloway Ridge WellPlex allows residents to maintain their optimal level of health and wellbeing. It includes the Duke Center for Living, a 20,000-squarefoot fitness center, Duke Primary Care and the Center for Physical Rehabilitation. For on-campus primary care services, residents can choose between UNC Health Care within the main building or Duke Primary Care in the WellPlex. Residents and staff volunteer thousands of hours each year to local agencies and partnerships.

Entrance Fee Range $253,000 – $1,599,000

Monthly Fee Range $3,990 – $9,361

Contract Options Extensive: Entrance fee and monthly payments cover housing, residential services such as meals and housekeeping, and unlimited assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. Additional meal fee required as one moves from one level of care to another.

Refund Options Declining Refund: Option 1: Time-Sensitive – Pay lower entry fee; refund declines at rate of 4% in first month; 2% each additional month; after 4 years, no refund. Option 2: 75% Refund, Not Time-Sensitive – Pay higher entry fee; receive 75% of what you paid in.

Medicare Certified Yes

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required

Minimum Age 62

Contact Information 919-545-2647;


4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary

Entrance Fee Range

Monthly Fee Range

$79,000 – $904,000

$3,037 – $6,335

Contract Options Modified: Entrance fee and monthly payments cover housing, residential services such as meals and housekeeping and some health-related services, which are provided at a subsidized rate or are free for a specified number of days.

Refund Options Option 1: Declining Refund – refund declines at rate of 2% per month for 48 months. Option 2: 50% refundable.

Option 3: 90% refundable.

Medicare Certified Yes

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required

Minimum Age 62 (co-applicant must be at least 58)

Contact Information 919-460-8095; 800-225-9573;


17001 Searstone Dr., Cary

Searstone opened on the site of a picturesque former horse pasture in 2013. Immerse yourself in its vibrant community that fosters meaningful connections and a zest for life. Indulge in culinary delights with friends at one of its dining venues, take a walk along its beautiful lake, get a quick workout in the gym or relax in the comfort of one of the elegant apartments. Health care services are available directly on campus. Searstone is on track to open a brandnew, four-story expansion, The Highview, in 2024 and is embarking on exciting renovations to its Winston Clubhouse. The retirement community offers a perfect balance of luxury, independence and lifelong care – every moment is filled with opportunity and choice.

Entrance Fee Range $409,000 – $1,030,000

Monthly Fee Range $3,720 – $8,680; second person fee of $1,740

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Contract Options Type A LifeCare contract. Residents pay a onetime LifeCare fee to cover costs of assisted living, skilled nursing and/or memory support. The LifeCare program has significant tax advantages and works well with long-term care policies.

Refund Options Entrance fee is 100% refundable.

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance Yes

Minimum Age 62

Contact Information 919-234-0339;;


1500 Sawmill Rd., Raleigh

Entrance Fee/Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Modified: Housing, residential services and some health-related services in exchange for entrance fee and monthly fee, which includes 30 days of free health care (with a maximum balance of 90 days), then is available at a discounted rate. Refund Options Option 1: Life Occupancy – Residence & Care refund declines at 4% per month for 25 months, then no refund. Option 2: 50% Life Equity – refund declines at 2% per month for 25 months. The remaining 50% is returned to the resident or estate after residency is terminated and within 30 days of re-occupancy of the residential unit. Option 3: 100% Life Equity – 100% of the Residence & Care fee is returned to the resident or estate after residency is terminated. The refund is available, once residency is terminated, six years after initial move-in date, or 30 days after reoccupancy of the residential unit, if six years has passed.

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required

Minimum Age 62

Contact Information 919-848-7080;


215 Brightmore Dr., Cary

Entrance Fee Range N/A. Community fee is equal to one month’s rent.

Monthly Fee Range

$5,463 – $9,064

Contract Options Rental community with 13-month lease, but can give 30-day notice at any time.

Medicare Certified Yes, for skilled nursing Long-Term Care Insurance Yes

Minimum Age 62 (for couples, at least one spouse must be 62)

Contact Information 984-200-3688;


3701 Wade Coble Dr., Burlington

An intentional community filled with people who chose Twin Lakes for various reasons, but who all have one thing in common: the desire for a well-rounded life surrounded by others who are engaged and open to new experiences, new people and new ideas. More than 600 residents in independent living enjoy the 225-acre community and the amenities that make it home. In addition to the spacious campus, this is a unique CCRC: There’s no mandatory meal plan; it offers comparably lower fees; and the neighborhoods are filled with people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

Entrance Fee Range

Monthly Fee Range

$61,000 – $505,000

$1,852 – $4,264

Contract Options Fee-for-service contract only

Refund Options 30-month declining refund and 50% refund available

Medicare Certified Yes

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required

Minimum Age 62 (co-applicant must be at least 62)

Contact Information 336-538-1572; 

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1860 Brookwood Ave., Burlington

The Village at Brookwood’s intimate size allows the building of strong friendships. Residents can participate in a full array of physical activities that promote healthy living, feed their competitive spirit with fun games and mental challenges, destress with their favorite hobby or just relax. In addition to a heated saltwater pool in the wellness center, the community boasts a pickleball court, putting green, raised plant beds and a dog park for physical activities. The community prides itself on its dining, including lunches in its tavern, lunches or dinners at its Edith Street Café and a fine dining experience at Lakeside Dining. Enjoy engaging conversation with friends over a meal prepared by the executive chef while dining staff tend to your every need.

Entrance Fee Options start at $138,600

Monthly Fee Range $2,781

Contract Options Option 1: LifeCare: Garden Homes & Apartments, bundled services, campus amenities, maintenance and guaranteed future health care provided in exchange for the entrance fee and monthly fee. When moving from one level of care to another, the monthly fee reflects a significant reduction of the daily per diem skilled nursing rate. Option 2: Fee for Service – Garden Homes & Apartments, bundled services, campus amenities, maintenance and guaranteed access to future health care are provided in exchange for entrance fee and monthly fee. Health-related services are provided at the per diem rate.


Residents collaborate with leadership to shape the community.


We are committed to inclusivity and diversity so you can grow amongst residents and staff from all walks of life


Art classes, lectures, golf and tennis – find your fun in our healthy, active community


Quality of life is paramount, from a home designed your way to a vibrant culture.

Refund Options All contracts offer a declining refund over 47 months.

Medicare Certified Yes

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required; can help with costs related to assisted living, memory care or skilled care for Feefor-Service or LifeCare plans

Minimum Age 62 (co-applicant must be at least 55) Contact Information 336-570-8440; 800-282-2053;



1417 W. Pettigrew St., Durham

The center has provided quality care – including after-hospital rehabilitation, 24/7 skilled nursing, home care or outpatient physical therapy – for more than 73 years. Contact the Raleigh or Durham location for more information about its services and signature Elegant Care.

Entrance Fee No deposit or application fee required

Monthly Fee Call for pricing

Contract Options All-inclusive monthly rate for short-term, long-term, assisted living or respite stays

Refund Options Pay only for the days spent, any unused daily rate refunded

Minimum Age N/A

Contact Information 919-286-7705;;


3830 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh

Entrance Fee No deposit or application fee required

Monthly Fee Call for pricing

Contract Options All-inclusive monthly rate for short-term, long-term or respite stays

Refund Options Pay only for the days spent, any unused daily rate refunded

Minimum Age N/A

Contact Information 919-781-4900;; 

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1000 Bear Cat Way, Ste. 104, Morrisville

Personal care, in-home support and companion care, and respite care.

Contact Information 919-468-1204;


4215 University Dr., Ste. B2, Durham

Physical therapy, specialty treatments and wellness programs.

Contact Information 919-627-6700;


1602 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Entrance Fee None. No application or deposit fee.

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options All-inclusive monthly rate long-term or respite stays; room and board rate and other expenses available for short-term

Refund Options Refunds for any days not used

Medicare Certified Yes

Long-Term Care Insurance Not required, but accepted

Contact Information 919-967-1418;



300 Meredith Dr., Durham

Entrance Fee


Monthly Fee Range $3,800 – $4,950

Contract Options Month-to-month; 60-day notice to leave

Medicare Certified Yes

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted for personal care and veterans benefits

Minimum Age 55

Contact Information Jessica Psihas, 919-634-2197;;


Entrance Fee One month security deposit (partially refundable)

Monthly Fee $4,000 – $6,900

Contract Options Month-to-month

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance Can be utilized for additional care

Contact Information 919-378-2902;


7901 TW Alexander Dr., Raleigh

This new luxury independent living community is perfectly situated in Raleigh and next to Durham, a location that provides the best of both worlds, from cultural events to outdoor adventures and everything in between. As an Optimal Living community, The Cambridge provides a total wellness approach that engages its residents physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and offers a variety of spacious and comfortable apartment floor plans for you to call home. With a unique hybrid community model, residents have access to on-site primary care, therapy, home health care and rehabilitation. The Cambridge partners with in-house health care providers to create a true agein-place community.

Entrance Fee Range Equivalent to two month’s rent

Monthly Fee Range $3,965 – $8,995

Contract Options Month-to-month or one-year leases

Medicare Certified Medicare accepted through on-site physician and with WakeMed Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted

Minimum Age 55

Contact Information Marketing Director, 919-737-7000;;


1000 Cambridge Village Loop, Apex

This all-inclusive independent senior living community invites its residents to live their best life among its luxurious and detailoriented amenities. The Optimal Living community focuses on improving every aspect of its residents’ lives by providing a total wellness approach and offering a variety of spacious and comfortable apartment floor plans. With its unique hybrid community model, residents have access to on-site primary care, therapy, home health care and rehabilitation, creating a true agein-place home.

Entrance Fee Based on unit type

Monthly Fee Range $3,200 – $6,800

Contract Options One-year or month-to-month lease options

Medicare Certified Medicare accepted through on-site physician and with WakeMed Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

Long-Term Care Insurance Accepted by on-site home health partner

Minimum Age 55

Contact Information Sales Director, 919-363-2080;;


3007 Pickett Rd., Durham

Entrance Fee Range First month’s rent

Monthly Fee Range

$3,069 – $4,500

Contract Options Month-to-month leases, all independent living

Medicare Certified No medical services included Long-Term Care Insurance No

Minimum Age 67

Contact Information 919-490-6224;


205 Emerald Pond Ln., Durham

Entrance Fee Range Call for pricing

Monthly Fee Range Call for pricing

Contract Options Month-to-month leases; no buy-in fees.

Refund Options Community fee non-refundable

Medicare Certified No medical services included Long-Term Care Insurance N/A

Minimum Age 55

Contact Information 919-493-4713;


25 S. Rectory St., Pittsboro

This 31-unit complex offers a friendly, social and communal atmosphere for independent older adults. Staff is on-call seven days a week, and residents have use of a communal kitchen, game room and other shared spaces.

Entrance Fee $2,000 per person; second-person fee $650

Monthly Fee Range Starting at $1,950/efficiency; $2,750/one bedroom; $4,250/two bedroom; VA/public servant discounts available Contract Options None. Requires 60 day notice prior to moving out

Medicare Certified No

Long-Term Care Insurance N/A

Minimum Age 65

Contact Information 919-545-0149; 919-637-7117;; 

106 May/June 2024 RETIREMENT
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357 Carolina Arbors Dr., Durham

Price Range of Houses From the $450s

Number of Units 1,292

Resale Status Resale only

Average Size of Houses 1,100 – 2,600 square feet

Amenities Included 37,000-square-foot clubhouse, lifestyle director, fitness center, tennis courts, bocce ball courts, pickleball courts, hot tub, indoor pool and outdoor pool

Contact Information 984-219-7051;;


115 Allforth Pl., Cary

Price Range of Houses From the $450s

Number of Units 1,360

Resale Status Resale only

Average Size of Houses 1,200 – 3,500 square feet

Amenities Included Tennis courts, bocce ball courts, indoor pool, outdoor pool, fitness center, clubhouse, pickleball court and access to Town of Cary Greenway and Amberly Clubhouse

Contact Information 919-467-7837;


809 Churton Pl., Cary

Price Range of Houses $400s – $500s

Number of Units 60

Resale Status Resale only

Average Size of Houses 1,698 – 2,175 square feet

Amenities Included Walking trail, dog park, yard and exterior home-maintenance.

Contact Information 888-523-9070;;


1007 Havenwood Ln., Durham

Number of Units 120

Resale Status Resale only

Average Size of Houses 1,500 – 4,000 square feet

Amenities Included Large clubhouse, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, walking trails, pavilion

Sales Contact Terrell Turner,;


5100 Lilly Atkins Rd., Cary

Price Range of Houses From the upper $500s to the mid $600s Number of Units 73

Resale Status New construction

Average Size of Houses 1,519 – 2,930 square feet

Amenities Included Clubhouse, fireplace pavilion, fitness center, pool Sales Contact 919-297-2431; Terrell Turner,;


1702 Doc Nichols Rd., Durham

Price Range of Houses Call for pricing Number of Units 166

Resale Status New construction, opening for sales in summer 2024

Average Size of Houses 1,500 – 4,000 square feet

Amenities Included Clubhouse, outdoor pool, fitness center

Sales Contact 919-646-6804; Terrell Turner,;


1601 Vineyard Mist Dr., Cary

Number of Units 149

Resale Status Resale only

Average Size of Houses 2,000 square feet

Amenities Included Clubhouse, outdoor pool, fitness center, walking trails, access to the American Tobacco Trail

Sales Contact Terrell Turner,;


1203 Cherob Ln., Durham

Price Range of Houses From the $500s Number of Units 161

Resale Status New construction

Average Size of Houses 1,519 – 2,930 square feet

Amenities Included Clubhouse, outdoor pool, fitness center, walking trails, pavilion, dog park, pickleball, access to the American Tobacco Trail

Sales Contact 919-230-8636; Terrell Turner,;


5113 Farrington Rd., Durham

Price Range of Houses From the low $500s Number of Units 64

Resale Status New construction

Average Size of Houses 1,520 – 2,969 square feet

Amenities Included Clubhouse, outdoor pool, fitness center

Sales Contact 919-918-0834; Terrell Turner,;


5910 Farrington Rd., Chapel Hill

Price Range of Apartment Homes Starting at $1,134/month Number of Units 184

Average Size of Houses 598 – 1,365 square feet

Amenities Included Heated outdoor pool, outdoor lounge and terrace, fire pit, elevator-accessible floors, happy hours and yappy hours, fitness center and yoga studio, grand club room with demonstration kitchen, 24-hour self-serve coffee bar, movie theater, game room, arts and crafts room, on-site guest suite for friends and family, Lyft ride-sharing scheduling through management, 24-hour emergency maintenance and carports available.

Contact Information 919-907-2200;



60 Elderberry Ln., Rougemont

Price Range of Houses mid-$200s

Number of Units 18

Resale Status Resale only

Average Size of Houses 700 – 1,200 sq. ft.

Amenities Included Self-developed, community-oriented cohousing, hiking trails, community garden, community-shared tools and equipment, and common house.

Contact Information Mary Bennett, 919-452-4222,;


4900 Buttonbush Dr., Durham

Price Range of Houses Mid-$300s to high-$400s

Number of Cottages 28

Resale Status Resale only

Average Size of Houses 650 – 1,150 sq. ft.

Amenities Included Self-developed and self-governed; 55+ LGBT-focused (friends and allies welcome) intentional neighborhood; large, welcoming front porches; community-oriented with large common house, gourmet kitchen, craft room, laundry room; workshop; clustered accessible cottages on 15 acres; walking trails and community garden; 15 minutes from downtown Durham. Contact Information 561-714-8009; CHM

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112 May/June 2024
Grau Building Company helped Michelle Arlotto and Mike Arlotto modernize the main spaces of their home in Coker Hills West.


One couple retooled their home ahead of major life changes

Change happens, and Michelle Arlotto was going to need a bigger kitchen.

Her daughter, Sarah Arlotto, 30, of Chicago, is planning a wedding later this year. Her son, Luke Arlotto, 28, of New York City, proposed to his girlfriend in March. And her husband, Mike Arlotto,

May/June 2024 113
Photography by John Michael Simpson
new look

ABOVE The two-car garage is now a spacious recreation and entertainment space to play billiards or chill while watching sports.

LEFT A ceramic bowl that Michelle picked up on a trip to the Mediterranean features her favorite colors for her home’s new palette.

is retiring in the next few years. So, Michelle knew it was time to update their Chapel Hill home, where she and Mike raised their children and where they can welcome their growing family.

She called Grau Building Company in Durham and met with designer Jennifer Hutton about transforming the compartmentalized home originally built in 1970 into an open, family-friendly space in the Coker Hills West neighborhood. Michelle wanted to maximize space without changing the footprint. 

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“Vision was part of our early discussions,” Jennifer says. “I always ask clients to give me a purpose: ‘What are you thinking? What are your thoughts?’ And if there’s something I can work with and I know we’re going to be a good fit, we run with it and bring it to life. I thought all of Michelle’s ideas were really great. It’s a matter of talking about timelines and budgets, just making sure it’s all possible. But her vision and reason behind this massive update to the house make total sense.”

Renovations began in earnest in February 2022, forcing Mike

116 May/June 2024 HOME & GARDEN
The main bedroom features calming memories of ocean waves painted by a friend, Janine Robertson of Buffalo, New York.

and Michelle to temporarily move into an apartment at the American Tobacco Campus until October 2022. Walls came down to open up the kitchen space, allowing the creation of built-in display cabinets and a dedicated coffee bar. The garage was converted into another living room for entertainment and recreation, complete with an added bathroom and kitchenette. Plus, the front porch and a separate carport were built.

The new layout allows better flow from the entrance hall into the main hub of the home, where visitors can see through

The main bathroom has an updated look with an industrial metal countertop and hardware that are balanced by the warmth of wood accents.

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3,292 square feet

5 bedrooms

4 ½ bathrooms

1970 year built 2005 year bought 2022 year updates began

the wide sliding glass doors to the backyard pool and large patio with a complete grill setup. Inside the kitchen, the backsplash tiles feature blue arcs that create visual movement throughout the space. The color palette has different shades of blue. The coffee bar sink is a deep navy, and the custom cabinets are the shade of a clear summer sky. In the formal living room, the velveteen blue swivel chairs pick up the blue-gray tones in the cork wallpaper. “It’s my favorite corner in the house,” Michelle says. “I have my friends come walk, [then] we have coffee here.”


In 1998, career opportunities in the Research Triangle Park lured the couple away from West Haven, Connecticut. In 2005, Mike and Michelle bought their 2,742-square-foot Chapel Hill home. In 2006 and 2019, the bathrooms were renovated. The update last year brings the home to nearly 3,300 square feet with 5 bedrooms and 4 ½

118 May/June 2024 HOME & GARDEN
ABOVE Seated in the barrel swivel chairs of her favorite corner, Michelle chats with Mike and enjoys a cup of coffee following her morning walk. RIGHT The most recent renovation included a must-have coffee bar. The wood dining set belonged to Mike’s parents.

baths. Michelle officially retired last June as a research scientist in the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute at Duke University School of Medicine, while Mike is chief operating officer at Premier Research in Morrisville.


Michelle imagines the whole family gathering together for holidays and special occasions. They will use the new expansive countertop to roll out dough for homemade fettuccine noodles. Mike grew up hearing stories about his extended Italian family’s macaroni company in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. His late uncle, Roy Arlotto, had taught the kids how to lay the pasta dough on top of stretched guitar strings, letting gravity cut the dough into strips.

“We’d always be drying [the pasta dough] out here,” Michelle says, referring to the spot where a farm table once stood. “So I’m like, ‘The

wall needs to go. It needs to go.’ We need a big space so we can all do it. I don’t think I’ve seen anybody’s homemade [fettuccine] better than ours. But the other pastas, like ravioli, we’re not that good at it. We bought the extruder; we’re not great at that. But the fettuccine, because we’ve been doing it for years, that we have nailed.”

From the kitchen, descend the original steep wooden stairs into a spacious entertainment center where visitors can play a round of billiards or stretch out across the leather couch to watch a game or a late-night movie. Beyond the couch and past the card table, step out onto an outdoor patio with a fire pit where the hosts often enjoy gathering with family and friends.

Turn left, and the brick and stones lead to the backyard pool. Turn right, and the walkway and custom steps lead up to the front of the house. Mike enjoys reading on the porch beneath the open rafters that offer a view of the pine trees and sky. 

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The hot tub was a fun gift from Michelle to Mike and offers another recreational option for the Arlottos and their guests.

– Jennifer Hutton, designer

120 May/June 2024 HOME & GARDEN Everything is pretty open, so I wanted your eye to be drawn to something because there’s so much volume, so much space here. So I was just like, ‘We’re going to go random. We’re going to go for it.’
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ABOVE Mike, designer Jennifer Hutton and Michelle try out the pool table in the new downstairs living space, complete with a new half bathroom. RIGHT The living room features linear designs from the textured wallpaper by the swivel chairs to the fireplace surround, rug, coffee table and throw pillows.


Michelle says transitions can be challenging; retirement is no exception. She wants to help her husband when it’s his turn.

“He has no idea,” Michelle says about the shift in reality after decades of working. “He is like, ‘Oh, don’t worry about me.’ I go, ‘You should really think about this because you like to work.’ He’ll reply: ‘Oh, don’t worry about me; I’ll be fine.’ I’m like, ‘OK, you do you.”

Meanwhile, they will celebrate life’s happy milestones, including an October wedding in Italy. “We’re taking dance lessons in Durham for fun,” Michelle says about a weekly class at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio on Geer Street. “I’ll give [Mike] credit for doing that.”

Then, hopefully, grandchildren will eventually run up and down the stairs. Michelle is ready for whatever comes next. “That’s why this was important and to do it now,” she says. “I love it all. I love every part of it. I just do. I love sitting in the coffee area. I love the kitchen. I mean, functionally, it’s perfect when we have a big group here or when it’s just me.” CHM

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Presley & Wolf

Blake Presley and Cara Wolf’s love story started in January 2021 when they met on a dating app. The two grew up states apart – Cara graduated from East Chapel Hill High School in 2011 before heading to Stephens College in Missouri, while Blake is from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and attended the University of Arkansas. But when Blake’s work brought him to Raleigh, they found each other shortly after. The couple enjoyed their first trip two months later to Key West, Florida, a few hours away from where they now live in Fort Lauderdale.

On a fishing trip in October 2022, Blake pretended to get a fish hook stuck in his foot, then dropped to his knee with a ring when Cara checked on him. They celebrated with Champagne that Blake snuck on the boat then enjoyed dinner in downtown Fort Lauderdale that evening. Cara’s maid of honor, Latasha Clemons, took photos of the lovebirds back in Chapel Hill by Cara’s horse barn at her parents’ house.

The couple will say “I do” at The Reach Key West on Nov. 9. CHM

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English & Stiffler

When Michele English met Chapel Hill native and 2003 Chapel Hill High School grad Adam Stiffler in 2019, he was the cocky new player on her coed softball team. That fall, after the two had become friends, Adam and Michele both found themselves needing a roommate, so she and her three boys moved into Adam’s Chapel Hill home.

It took a year and a half of being “best friends and roommates” for Adam to ask Michele to be his girlfriend in 2021. Later that year, the couple realized their dream of having a kid together was coming true. Adam wasted no time asking Michele to be his wife, getting down on one knee at The Angus Barn to propose to a seven-month-pregnant Michele.

Once their son, Luka, was born, the couple tied the knot on Sept. 6, 2022, at the Orange County Courthouse. They celebrated their marriage with a lively reception at the Rigmor House on May 6, 2023. True to their fun-loving spirits as UNC fans, they chose Carolina blue and black as their wedding colors. Guests enjoyed two special wedding cocktails: a Dirty Shirley, the bride’s choice, and an old fashioned, the groom’s choice.

The couple curated an eclectic playlist for their DJ, Nevy Ramadanovic, ensuring a night of nonstop dancing. Adam and

Michele later took over the mic and sang along to “Motownphilly” by Boyz II Men.

They live and work in Chapel Hill with their four boys, Jackson, Lawson, Samuel and Luka. Adam is a real estate agent at Carolina Realty of Chapel Hill, and Michele is a partner at her law firm, Maitland & Stiffler CHM

126 May/June 2024 WEDDINGS

Putnam & Wiener

When Jillian Wiener moved into her freshman year dorm – Granville Towers at UNC – she had no idea her future husband was living just one floor down and one tower away. Jillian met Jordan Putnam through neighbors, and they became good friends until a sophomore year spring break trip sparked something more. They’ve been inseparable since their official first date at Akai Hana their junior year. After college, Jillian and Jordan moved to Atlanta together but moved back to Durham in 2022. Jillian began a twoyear MBA program at Duke while Jordan worked remote. She sensed that a proposal was on the horizon when they embarked on a 10-day Europe trip but lost hope after many romantic Italian dinners and still no ring. Jordan surprised her by proposing on their last day on July 7, 2022, at a beautiful spot overlooking the grand capital of Malta. “Turns out Jordan was the only person in the world brave enough to carry a ring around for our entire 10-day vacation,” Jillian quipped.

On Sept. 2, 2023, following a rehearsal dinner at Tandem, Jordan and Jillian tied the knot at Fearrington Village. The couple wanted to

showcase their North Carolina connections – Jillian was raised in Chapel Hill and attended East Chapel Hill High School, and Jordan grew up in Greensboro – so they named tables after state symbols and stocked their goody bags with Chapel Hill Toffee. “We also danced the night away with blue-and-white pompoms and light-up blue devil horns!” Jillian says. After Jillian graduates from her MBA program, the couple plans on pursuing careers in consulting. CHM

May/June 2024 127 WEDDINGS

Cabell & Turner

Julianna Turner and Jackson Cabell met during their freshman year at Chapel Hill High School. Despite Julianna’s transfer to Durham Academy, they continued to cross paths at the house parties Jackson’s band performed at and CHHS prom.

In the two weeks following graduation, they became inseparable, hanging out every day before Julianna’s annual summer departure to Watervale, a historical town on Lower Herring Lake in Michigan that was turned into a resort and cabins by Julianna’s great-great-great-uncle. The budding romance was halted, though they remained close after Julianna went to Duke and Jackson enrolled at UNC. It wasn’t until their junior year that their relationship finally leveled up. Over a cup of frozen yogurt at The Yogurt Pump, Julianna asked Jackson to be her boyfriend.

A few years later, the couple planted roots in Durham, buying a home in January 2022 after months of long-distance dating. That summer, Jackson accompanied Julianna on her trip to Watervale. On Aug. 1, 2022, it was his turn to ask a question, and the two got engaged on the shoreline. It was an obvious choice for the couple to get hitched at Watervale since Julianna’s great-grandparents, grandparents, parents and many other relatives all did. She adorned herself in cherished family heirlooms, wearing one of her mother’s bracelets, her mother-in-law’s necklace and her late grandmother’s sapphire ring (which served as her “something old” and “something blue”). Holding back tears, Jackson awaited her at the altar on a terrace overlooking the lake on Sept. 16, 2023, where his sister, Meghan Cabell, pulled off double duty as a bridesmaid and the officiant.

The couple lives in Durham with their cats, Prince and Truffle. CHM

128 May/June 2024 WEDDINGS
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