1. A Place to Unwind

The Hillsborough Spa and Day Retreat located in Hillsborough, near Cates Creek and just minutes from Chapel Hill and Durham.  The spa encompasses the entire top floor of the building, with a reception room, changing room, snack bar, tranquility lounge, treetop deck, steam room, steam shower, sauna, and five treatment rooms and is locally owned by Lies Sapp and Sage Rountree, owners of the Carolina Yoga Company. Hillsborough resident Dara Fort is spa director. Treatments include: facials, massage, body scrubs and wraps with complimentary use of steam rooms and infrared sauna with any service.

2. Pasture to Plate  

TerraVita Grand Tasting on the Green.jpgGet ready to enjoy the local food scene, from pasture to plate, during three major events in 2017: The Piedmont Farm Tour is April 22-23, 2017. Farm to Fork is an initiative of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and a fundraiser for the beginning farmer programs at WC Breeze Family Farm in Hillsborough. The event takes place, Friday, June 2 - Sunday, June 4, 2017. Mark your calendar for October 2017 when TerraVita Food & Drink Festival comes to town for a four day celebration.  

3. Two new hotels

 The 4-story, 123- room AC Hotel by Marriott will open October 2017 and will feature local artists and a community mural with the help from its Northside neighbors. A prominent fire pit at the corner of Church and Rosemary streets will invite pedestrians and local neighbors to drop-in. The hotel bar will be open to the public and feature tapas, light fare and drinks. 

Hyatt Place Chapel Hill / Southern Village will open in April 2017, offering 110 guestrooms that feature plush Hyatt Grand Beds™ and a Cozy Corner with sofa-sleeper plus a free daily breakfast and an outdoor swimming pool. The Southern Village location gives guests the opportunity to stroll through the quaint Market Street district.

4. Cuba on Franklin Street

If you’re strolling Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill, take a minute to visit the brand NEW Cuban Revolution Express at 401 West Franklin Street, near the Franklin Hotel. It's their sister counter-service location, serving updated versions of delicious pressed sandwiches, delicious wraps, fresh salads, oven-baked empanadas, Hot Churros, Cuban Coffee and desserts.  Open 7 days a week beginning at 11 am.

5. A Common Core

The CoreThe Core@Carolina Square is expected to open in August 2017 at Carolina Square. The venue will include a 4,000-square-foot black box theater, a 3,000 square-foot rehearsal studio and an arts innovation lab. The space will also serve as a home for the Arts@The Core initiative, the Andrew Mellon Foundation-funded project that brings together academics and the arts.  

6. Guglhupf to Open Chapel Hill Bakery

A new Guglhupf 1,250-square-foot bakery will sell coffee, fresh pastries, bread and specialty baked goods and will open in April 2017 at 1800 E. Franklin Street, Eastgate Shopping Center. “We are excited to bring the bakery to Chapel Hill,” says Guglhupf owner Claudia Kemmet-Cooper. “The Bake Shop takes me back to our original Bakery & Patisserie we opened in 1998 by focusing on our bakery operations and offering the same product mix we have in the retail bakery in Durham.”

7. It is Great to b. good

b.good, the restaurant chain making “fast-food real,” will open at Carolina Square in fall 2017. The chain was founded by two best friends (Anthony & John) who loved fast-food but hated how it made them feel. Inspired by Anthony’s Uncle Faris – who served them homemade food from his kitchen growing up – they created a place where you can feel good about burgers and fries. The menu (View Menu) includes locally-raised, house-ground burgers, hand-cut fries & sweet potato fries, all-natural shakes, fresh salads, kale & grain bowls and more.   

8. Atlas Taco Bar and Gimghoul Brewery coming to South Green 

Construction on roads and buildings will begin June of 2017 for the new boutique retail center, South Green, which will host Gimghoul Brewery & Bottle Co., a new locally owned brewery and bottle shop, and Atlas Taco Bar, a new restaurant from Chef Kevin Callaghan of Acme Food and Beverage Company. South Green, is a 45,000-sf, multi-building, retail center in Carrboro that is situated on a six-acre parcel just north of Highway 54 on South Greensboro Street. Building completion of the 3-4 buildings is anticipated 18 to 22 months after construction begins.

9. Bullseye: Target to Open on Franklin Street 

Target will be open for business July 15, 2017. The Carolina Square development, now under construction where University Square once stood at 123 W. Franklin Street, will feature a Target outlet with grocery, household and other goods.  

10. Pie Time

PieologyPieology, a made-to-order pizza restaurant will both occupy space at Carolina Square. This will be their third Triangle location.  The pizza restaurant features house-made crusts, signature sauces and dozens of fresh toppings.  Most of their custom pizzas are expected to cost less than $8.


11. Event Space at Barn of Chapel Hill

The Barn of Chapel Hill is a new twenty-two acre family farm, located 12 miles from downtown Chapel Hill that was built in 1864 in Marcy, New York, and relocated to North Carolina. Opening in spring 2017, the Barn features beautiful hand-hewn hemlock beams of the original structure.  “Additional square footage is being added now to fully modernize the space for farm events and to allow for the proper storage and processing of our agricultural products and equipment,” says Kara Brewer, owner. The Barn of Chapel Hill, 7316 Morrow Mill Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. 919.590.0955. info@barnofchapelhill.com

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