Ackland Art Museum
Opening Gift Shop
Aprime real estate spot in the heart of downtown — the vacant store- front under Top of the Hill — is
getting an artistic makeover. The Ackland
Art Museum is opening a gift shop in the
space whose last tenant was First Union
bank several years ago.
Opened in 1958, the museum has never
had a gift shop.
“This is huge,” said Amanda Hughes,
the Ackland’s director of external affairs. “It’s
going to be a beautiful, creative space filled
with objects at every price point. Whether
you want to spend $2 or $2,000, there will
be something there for you to buy.”
The shop was aiming for a November
opening, in time for the holiday gift-giving
season. Expect to see postcards, jewelry,
books, mugs and stationery on its shelves,
as well as a separate gallery space for local
artists to display and sell their work.
The 2,000-square-foot shop adds an
important component to making Franklin
Street an arts destination. The Frank artists
cooperative opened over the summer on the
north side of East Franklin Street, and Toots
& Magoo opened an art gallery on the
south side this fall. Somerhill Gallery, which
moved to Durham in 2007, is said to be
looking at space in the new Greenbridge
development on West Rosemary Street.
The Ackland Art Museum Gift Shop, South
Columbia and East Franklin streets, Chapel Hill
Moves Out of Mall
After 33 years in University Mall, The
Children’s Store will begin 2011 in Village
Plaza shopping center. Owner Jeanette Falk
’ 76 (MA) is moving her children’s clothing
and toy store to the site that once was
Branches Bookstore. The new spot is in a
kid-friendly location, a few doors down
from Locopops and Great Harvest Bread.
Her daughter, Becky Filene Broun (whose
father and father-in-law are retired and
current UNC professors, respectively), will
continue as store manager, as she has for
the past 11 years.
The Children’s Store, 243 S. Elliott Road,
Chapel Hill, (919) 942-8027
Entrées range from $12 to $18. The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
Kitchen, 764 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,
Chapel Hill, (919) 537-8167
The Ackland Art Museum is opening its first gift shop just down the block from its South Columbia Street location, at the corner with East Franklin Street in the space under the Top of the Hill restaurant. “Whether you want to spend $2 or $2,000,
there will be something there for you to buy,” says Amanda Hughes, the Ackland’s director of external affairs.
UNC NEWS SERVICES
Princeton Review Comes
Back to Franklin Street
Where once there was The Laughing
Turtle, Princeton Review opened a test-preparation center in the East Franklin
Street storefront in October. Years ago,
Princeton Review had offices at 1525 E.
Franklin St. but recently had been holding
classes in conference rooms at The Carolina
Inn. The nationally known tutoring organization prepares college graduates to take
the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT and GRE and
readies high school students for the SAT
Princeton Review, 149 E. Franklin St.,
Chapel Hill, (888) 300-7787
Parents Decide to Stick
Around, Open Restaurant
Longtime Pennsylvania restaurateurs Dick
and Susan Barrows watched their daughter,
Leslie ’08, graduate, then scoped out the
town for a spot to open a new kitchen.
After Ba-Da Wings moved out of the site
near Foster’s Market, Kitchen moved in.
Known for its mussels and fries, Kitchen
serves a variety of “simple food, well
made,” Dick Barrows says. He’s the chief
chef; Susan Barrows works the front. The
eclectic menu features chicken with saffron, couscous and North African-style
vegetables; vodka-and-beet-cured salmon;
grilled eggplant; and elegant desserts.
Italian Restaurant Offers Al
Fresco Dining All the Time
To a town that touts the ability to enjoy
a screened porch year-round comes L’incontro, an Italian restaurant with al fresco
dining no matter the season. New to The
Courtyard, in the former Baba Ghannouj
location, L’incontro offers authentic and
affordable Italian food. Owner Luigi Flores
aims to make every customer feel like family in his family-owned café.
Place your order inside for pizza —
hand-tossed New York, thick-crust Sicil-lian, thin-crust house special or a white pie
— pastas, salads, sandwiches and appetizers.
A waiter, or perhaps Luigi himself, will
deliver it to your wrought-iron, umbrella-shaded table near the fountain, or up a
curved stairway to the balcony, which, in
uncomfortable weather is sheathed in clear,
plastic curtains and heated or cooled as
necessary. A beer and wine bar opened on
the balcony in October.
L’incontro delivers farther afield, too.
Check the menu online ( www.lincon-
troNC.com) and call for free delivery.
Open for lunch and dinner.
L’incontro, The Courtyard, 431 W. Franklin
St., Chapel Hill, (919) 240-4228