On Business

On Business: Full spring ahead for downtown Chapel Hill

CorrespondentMarch 25, 2014 

Local artists are returning to enliven Franklin Street storefronts with the Windows on Chapel Hill installation.

A collaboration between the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, the Town of Chapel Hill’s Public and Cultural Arts Office, and smArts Creative Programs and Events, the program aims to bring pop-up art displays to downtown storefronts and promote artists in our community.

The seasonal feature has grown from one to four installations, and will include interactive performances.

Meanwhile, the the town has announced the spring calendar of events at The Plaza at 140 West Franklin.

“The diversity of music, art, and interactive activities make The Plaza at 140 West Franklin an entertainment and cultural arts destination for the whole community,” said Meg McGurk, executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. Spring offerings will include sculpture, dance, music and art, along with other diverse activities.

The Plaza is a 30,000 square foot outdoor public space designed to encourage recreation and leisure, engage the downtown community, and bring the performing arts alive.

On the move

Womancraft, all-local, self-sustaining co-op of artists and artisans, recently celebrated its grand opening in its new location next to the Hampton Inn and The ArtsCenter in downtown Carrboro.

To The Woods Salon has opened at Greenbridge Condominiums. The salon offers cutting, styling, color, treatments and wedding services.

Molly Gaither has opened Ply, a stationary and invitation studio. The one-room space on East Franklin Street offers weekly studio hours for customers to purchase items or look at binders of custom options. Gaither, a former manager with Salutations in Durham, conceived her business to fill the niche after Salutations closed.

Chapel Hill Tire Care Center recently donated nearly 1,000 cans of food to the IFC Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. The locally owned total car care center invited customers at their four locations to bring in canned food donations in exchange for a discounted oil change. The IFC is a Carrboro nonprofit providing food, shelter, advocacy and information to people and families in need.

The WiderNet Project has recently relocated from Iowa to Chapel Hill. The project works to deliver educational resources to underprivileged individuals and communities worldwide and improve their digital communication. WiderNet’s eGranary Digital Library – also known as “The Internet in a Box” – provides more than 30 million digital educational resources to institutions lacking adequate Internet access.

Persons of Interest

Susan Gravely, founder and chief executive officer of VIETRI received the Legacy Award from WithIt, at the 2014 WOW Awards in Las Vegas, Nev. Located in Hillsborough, VIETRI is an importer of Italian handcrafted dinnerware, flatware, glassware, linens and home décor. WithIt is a women’s leadership development network for the home and furnishings industry.

The Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors has named Desiree Goldman as government affairs director. Goldman, a full-service realtor, served as the association’s legislative affairs liaison for four years. In 2010 she was awarded Realtor of the Year by the Greater Chapel Hill Association of Realtors.

Lord Aeck Sargent, a Chapel Hill architecture, design and planning firm, has promoted Kim Buff, architect, and Kristalynn Offhaus, interior designer, to associate positions.

Table Hopping

Elements is expanding at its East 54 location to add a wine bar. The added space will feature a 32-bottle wine station dispensing system, and a private dining room for up to 14 guests. East 54 offers condominiums, shops, dining and office suites.

The Plaza at 140 West Franklin debuted Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, offering pizza and 36 beers on tap – both local and import.

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