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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 40 CHAPEL HILL Chapel Hill BY LYNNE BRANDON including seven Rembrandt drawings), the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center (training ground for early NASA astronauts), North Carolina Botanical Garden, and the Carolina Basketball Museum (highlights of a more than a century of "Tar Heel Hoops"). The town of 60,000 entices students and visitors with its Southern charm and as much action, or as little, as you like. When the approximately 30,000 students are in class, the town's energy is palpable and electric. Town revolves around one street —Franklin Street —which buzzes with foot traffic virtually day and night. The entertainment/ retail/restaurant hub is the heart of the vibrant downtown area with an eclectic mix of décor, apparel stores and jewelry shops sprinkled liberally with diverse eateries and bars. Cuban Revolution (now open) and Durham based Guglhuph German Bakery (opening spring) are adding to the food flavors on Franklin Street. The intersection of Columbia and Franklin Street will have a more urban feel later in 2017 when the $120 million Carolina Square is completed. The mixed use project will feature one 11-story and two five-story buildings with 246 apartment units, 159,000 square feet of office space, and 42,000 square feet of retail space. The project will have landscaped green space within an urban park including public art and structured parking decks. For a more traditional retail experience shoppers go to University Place where unique shops and restaurants converge. Chapel Hill is one of Zagat's "16 Under-the-Radar Southern Food Destinations." Though smaller than its Triangle sister cities, Chapel Hill's reputation as a destination for food, shopping and entertainment is increasingly in the spotlight. Hotel restaurants are a cut above (Il Palio in the Sienna Hotel and Crossroads Chapel Hill at The Carolina Inn), top rated chefs are devoted to the local food movement and new restaurant concepts are emerging at a furious pace. In 2017, the town will open its first public market, Blue Dogwood Public Market, located in the old Fowler's grocery store. The indoor market will feature 15 plus small food businesses that specialize in local and fresh food artisan products. Meat, juices, gluten-free scones and chocolate are some of the products consumers can try. The diverse market will sell food accessories, such as custom oyster knives and flavored bitters. Visitors will be able to browse through the diverse market, grab a bite and relax in the urban beer garden. Businesses in the market include Italian bakery Pizzelle; seafood stall, Hook & Larder; Left Bank Butchery from Saxapahaw; a juice and smoothie bar from Cold off the Press; Chocolatay Confections; and Vegan Flava Café, which will sell Latin American vegan foods. >> Meet-up groups are having a big moment these days. Like minded people are "meeting up" or gathering, to bond over wine, food, social media, business – no subject is off limits. In Chapel Hill, businesses from around the country are congregating for conferences in the town touted for its progressive and educated community. Small Market magazine called Chapel Hill a "college town, tech hub and top foodie city." The "Hill" as some call it, is all these things and more. Chapel Hill bleeds Carolina blue all year and not only when the rabidly popular UNC collegiate team dominants the headlines with its championship basketball team. The highly rated college town is known for its athletic programs as much as for its nationally known academic programs. UNC is the oldest public university in the U.S. and is recognized as one of America's best college towns by Sports Illustrated. UNC is also a "Top 5" national public university in the U.S. News & Report's "Best Colleges" ranking. UNC is the alma mater of national figures that have left their mark on the world. Actor Andy Griffith was a graduate along with broadcast journalist Charles Kuralt. The Charles Kuralt Learning Center on campus showcases contents from the famous journalists' penthouse office in Manhattan, donated to the school in 2000. The school has an award-winning journalism and creative writing department where nationally known authors Daniel Wallace, Marianne Gingher, Bland Simpson and others teach the craft of writing. Beside academics, art and science are encouraged on the UNC campus. Take a day to visit the Ackland Art Museum (recipient of $25 million alumnus donation historic, eclectic, new urban

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