Carly Erickson tells us about herself and her business, Boro Beverage, located at 400 West Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill, producing non alcoholic, fermented beverages that are seasonally sourced and agriculturally inspired, including probiotic libations such as Kombucha, "wild" sodas, Switchel and shrubs.
Chef Eric Ndiaye, who was born in Senegal, spent many years in France, and traveled the world learning various cuisines, has opened a restaurant and catering company in Blue Dogwood, located at 306 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill. Bouquet Garni Foods offers a truly unique culinary experience. We had Curried Chicken Salad, Chicken Yassa, Senegalese Maffe, chicken and veggie pastels (which are like little empanadas), and to drink, Bouye and Ginger juices, bringing home a carrot, ginger and turmeric juice. Everything we tasted was a flavorful delight, with the perfect amount of spice. He also offers southern items like BBQ chicken and collard greens. Chef Eric has recently started offering a Sunday brunch. Check him out at Blue Dogwood.
Andi Sobbe and Janie Galloway are two of the artists at WomanCraft, one of the oldest art co-ops in America, soon to celebrate their 50th. anniversary. Andi and Janie talk about their crafts and tell us about the store and all they offer.
Native New Yorker Alex Brandwein started Brandwein's Bagels as a graduate student at UNC, and quickly saw it grow into a success, recently moving into their new space on Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill after only a year and a half, in the middle of a pandemic! These bagels are the real thing, absolutely delicious!
Meg Daniels tells us about her wonderful film, "Proper Pronouns," a documentary that follows the lives of 4 transgender ministers in NC. Her film will screen at the Carrboro Film Festival at the ArtsCenter on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2:15pm. Her current project, "Taking Orders," is about how skewed the PPP program has been for small local businesses.
It's always a pleasure chatting with Jay Bryan, a lawyer, former judge and Carrboro Poet Laureate, and current member of the Carrboro Poets Council. Today we talked about the upcoming West End Poetry Festival, happening October 15th. and 16th. in Carrboro.
Today I met with filmmaker Marc Levy, creator of "We Are Here," a documentary on Paperhand Puppet Intervention, the beloved puppeteers who produce magical performances every year at this time at Forest Theater on the UNC campus. Marc truly captures their magic, and his film will be screening at the Varsity Theater in Chapel Hill on September 9th. This is one you shouldn't miss!
Today I visited The Parlour at Manns Chapel and witnessed the transformation of an old church into an event venue. Yvette Navarro and Aimee Flynn have done a fabulous job creating a space that's perfect for intimate gatherings in Chatham County.
Come Out and Play Sculpture Show opened Saturday, August 28, 2021. Thanks to all of the great artists participating, the North Carolina Songwriters Co-op for providing music, all of the folks who braved the heat to come out and join us, and to Lulu & Ant Boykin, La Bete Magique, and Andy Bilinski & Bibis Ellison for their songs used in the video.
Carrboro lost a landmark with the removal of the tree in front of the former Townsend Bertram store at Carr Mill. Every year Scott would climb into it and decorate it with lights for the holiday season. It will be missed.
Mandey Brown and Cindy Moran from Imbibe and Zog's in Chapel Hill sat down for a chat about their move from New Orleans, their history with Cajun food, and their current operating hours for the restaurant and bar.
Jakop Nazaretyan and his wife moved from NY to Orange County, NC in 2018 and has started the hemp farm Green Velvet Grove on their property in Efland. In the process he has learned farming, chemistry, and how to live in the much friendlier South. Find his products online at https://www.greenvelvetgrove.com and in Hillsborough at the Eno River Farmers' Market.
Jessica Villagrana is a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Chapel Hill, NC. She has years of experience in financial planning and can help you to understand things like when to start drawing Social Security, what your retirement should look like, what the best investments are right now, how to make your portfolio more diverse, and much more.
Founder and CEO Nora El-Khouri Spencer of Hope Renovations in Carrboro tells us about her wonderful organization. Their mission is two-fold, empowering women to pursue living-wage jobs in the construction trades using their hands-on training program, and helping seniors stay in their homes as they age. How great is that?!
Great seeing Too Much Fun at The Studio. All songs were written by Lance White. The Studio is a venue created by James Morgan and Monica Ferrell in Chapel Hill, NC, started during the pandemic, implementing masking and social distancing, enabling people to listen to live music in a tranquil, wooded setting. Live music! Yes!
Today we met with Richard Holcomb from Coon Rock Farm and Bella Bean Organics, over near Hillsborough, NC, who told us about both enterprises, where to sign up for their CSA and order from Bella Bean. They offer natural, organic products from nearly 50 local area artisans.
It's a beautiful morning so we decided to head out to RambleRill Farm on Arthur Minnis Rd. in rural Orange County for "Slowdown Saturday." This was a great little event, and we'll be coming back to have a chat with the owners soon!
John May, owner of Dwarf Star Studios, has been selected as the 2021 Carrboro Music Festival Director. Today we met at the Weave to talk about the festival, when it's going to be, what's changed, and what to look forward to.
Rich Giorgi is a founding member of the ReCYCLERY, a nonprofit located at 106 North Graham St., in Chapel Hill, down at the end of the alley behind Rumors. For 21 years the ReCYLERY has been repairing and distributing bikes to the Carrboro/Chapel Hill community. Rich tells us about their past and present.
Fernrock Farm is a flower cutting farm owned by Carrie McCann and Bill Brown, located at 4500 Orange Grove Rd. in Hillsborough, NC. It's a great place to commune with nature and take home a beautiful bouquet of flowers!
Eryk Pruitt is a storyteller, writer, filmmaker, actor, and owner of the bar Yonder located at 114 West King St. in Hillsborough, NC. He's gotten all sorts of accolades for his podcast "The Long Last Dance," which helped shed light on a decades old murder in Durham, NC.
Vimala Rajendran is a beloved restaurateur and individual known for her good works with less advantaged individuals. She talks about her struggles to get to where she is and Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe's current status.
Daniel Wallace is probably best known for his book that became a movie, "Big Fish." He's written several other books, is the head of the Creative Writing Department at UNC and an all-around great, witty guy.
McAdams Farms is probably most widely known for their pick your own strawberry fields, but they have much more to offer, and are at Carrboro Farmers' Market every Saturday, in addition to being at their farm at 1100 Efland Cedar Grove Rd in Efland, NC.
Chris Jordan owns Tin Cup Joe, a coffee wagon located at 104 North Graham St. in what's known as the Midway in Chapel Hill. He tells us what he has to offer and talks about the fun time he had getting set up in his current location.
UNC Professor Emeritus Paul Jones talks about his career as a professor at UNC, including ground breaking technologies he helped develop over the decades as a creator of radio streaming and the creator of Ibiblio at UNC.
Soteria Shepperson and Sophie Suberman are the owners of Present Day on Main, a coffee shop and more, located at 901 West Main Street in Carrboro, NC. Learn about their efforts to create a true community space where everyone is welcome, their hours, and all they have to offer.
Mike Benson talks about his past, present, and future adventures, including his art show at Crooks Corner. In addition to being a local restaurateur, he's also a fabulous photographer and graphic designer.
ArtsCenter Executive Director Dan Mayer tells about exciting things to come at the ArtsCenter, with a new location in the works, future community involvement, and their current status and what they're offering.
My friends Dr. Lulu and her husband Ant Boykin talk about Lulu's 3 TV shows, "Worst Cooks in America," "Worst Cooks in America Dirty Dishes," and "Worst Cooks in America All Stars." Lulu is an actress who performs as the character "Mother Goose," available for children's activities, has her Masters in Early Childhood Development, and is working on "I Feel Better with Music," a program designed to help children cope with cancer.
Artist/community activist Nerys Levy has been a driving force in Carrboro for decades. Her efforts to get a library in downtown Carrboro are about to finally pay off. We also talk about the Community Dinner and her work with Karen students at FRANK Gallery.
A wonderful interview with my friend, artist Jane Filer. Jane is a world renowned artist living in rural Orange County, NC. After many years teaching art at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, Jane now works from her home producing masterpieces that everyone wants! She also now has a book featuring her artwork over the decades.
Ali Cat Toy Store in Carr Mill Mall is an amazing place! Anything great a kid would want can be found here! It features everything from books, to games, to puzzles, to the latest trends for adults and children.
Carr Mill Mall is one of Carrboro's gems! Located at 200 North Greensboro St. in Carrboro, NC, it was built in the late 1800's as a cotton mill. In the 1980's it was saved from demolition by a group of concerned citizens, and today exists as the home to many eclectic shops.
My Muses Card Shop has a lot more than just cards! Located outside Carr Mill Mall at 200 North Greenboro St. in Carrboro, NC, they are just across the railroad tracks, next to, but in the same building as The Station. They have all sorts of great, beautiful, unusual gifts.
North Carolina Crafts Gallery, located at 212 West Main St. in Carrboro, NC, has something for everyone! NC Crafts Gallery is an independently owned retail gallery that features a wide selection of pottery and gifts handcrafted exclusively by North Carolina artists and craftsmen. They offer gifts for every occasion. Established in 1989 by art teacher Sherie Ontjes, today Sara Gress continues the tradition of offering fine, handcrafted items at the longest running gallery in Carrboro.