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Chemist by day, tattoo artist by night

Chemist by day, tattoo artist by night

Since Sam Kirby, a Carrboro resident, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in chemistry, he has been working in a lab in Raleigh that produces LED lights. But on nights and weekends he dives into his true passion—tattooing. Jackson Phetxumphou, a former tattoo shop owner, said it is difficult to get an apprenticeship because many tattoo artists are unwilling… Read more →

Pub runs bring people together for beer and a brisk jog

Pub runs bring people together for beer and a brisk jog

Carrboro’s Fleet Feet Sports organizes weekly “pub runs” that promote not only a marriage between healthy living and fun, but also marriage itself. Local participants gather every Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at 300 E. Main St. to engage in a free, social run with a finish line at a Carrboro pub. Runners embark on the 3-, 4- or 5-mile… Read more →

The Jackson Center: Saving history in Northside

The Jackson Center: Saving history in Northside

By Morgan Johnson Carrboro Commons Staff Writer   The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History, 510 W. Rosemary St., is a public history and community development center located in the Northside neighborhood of Chapel Hill-Carrboro. The predominately black Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods have rich histories post-Reconstruction, under Jim Crow, during the Civil Rights Era, and in the… Read more →

Unique seafood store is Carrboro's best-kept secret

Unique seafood store is Carrboro’s best-kept secret

 By Shweta Mishra Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Tom Robinson’s Seafood is a concrete flat roof building on 207 Roberson Street, just behind Armadillo Grill in Carrboro. Perhaps Robinson’s inspiration for the market was his grandfather, who put himself through school at UNC-Chapel Hill by bringing in coastal fish on a train to sell every week. When Robinson died in 2009… Read more →

17th annual Carrboro Day celebration set for May 6

17th annual Carrboro Day celebration set for May 6

By Maggie Cagney Carrboro Commons Staff Writer On Dec. 6, 1994, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen adopted a town philosophy that still rings true today: “As Carrboro grows in population and its boundaries expand, its citizens need opportunities to enlarge their circle of acquaintances, as well as to feel part of the entire community.” And for that, there is Carrboro… Read more →

New yoga, pilates studio comes to East Main

New yoga, pilates studio comes to East Main

By Maggie Cagney Staff Writer On the second floor of the office building at 118 E. Main St., in the heart of Carrboro sits a small room with wooden floors and earthy-green walls — the perfect location for a yoga studio, according to Irina Nordstrom. Nordstrom, 38, opened Soula Grove, a yoga and pilates studio, on March 5. “This is… Read more →

Teachers take to the track

Teachers take to the track

By Lucie Shelly Carrboro Commons Staff Writer During the next five weeks, the teachers of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro public schools aren’t just running the coordination of the classroom — they’re running the track for their students and for themselves. The first annual 5K for Education, which will take place in Carrboro on April 28, was previously an addition… Read more →

"PsychTalk" explores new ground on WCOM radio

“PsychTalk” explores new ground on WCOM radio

By Kevin Collins Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Jose Drost-Lopez is in the right place at the right time. The 21-year-old hosts “PsychTalk,” a weekly program on Carrboro Community Radio that delves into the science behind why people do what they do. He’s found success by taking advantage of his location and his generation. “The show has made me very grateful for… Read more →