A Southern Season
Sold, Looks to
Expand to More
Seasons change — even Chapel Hill’s renowned A Southern Season. A mecca for gourmets for 35
years, the store that serves up specialty
foods and related accessories was sold Aug.
1 to an investment group headed by Clay
Hamner, a professor and director of the
Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at
Kenan-Flagler Business School. Former
owner Michael Barefoot ’ 73 plans to stay
on as a consultant for five years.
Barefoot said that the relentless recession got him thinking about retirement
and the offers that Hamner had made over
the years to buy the business. Hamner
envisions expanding A Southern Season to
open stores in more areas, including Charlotte, Atlanta and Birmingham.
Barefoot opened A Southern Season in
1975 as a coffee roastery in Eastgate Shopping Center. Three years later, having added
other specialty foods to his inventory, he
moved the business across the parking lot to
space now inhabited by Trader Joe’s and
added a restaurant, Weathervane. Later, he
opened a mail-order business in Hillsborough for the store’s specialty products.
In 2003, he expanded again, moving to the
former Belk’s location at University Mall
and using some of the larger space to add
Barefoot has said that the store would
always belong to its customers; Hamner has
been a loyal customer for 30 years.
A Southern Season, University Mall, 201
S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, (919) 929-7133
recipes or, like the Sabrett hot dogs, imported
from New York. Chopped liver with a slice
of onion; brisket or corned beef; grilled
Reuben or the “Mother Load” that layers
corned beef, brisket, pastrami, Swiss, coleslaw
and Russian dressing, all come with a large
pickle. Bring a friend to finish the $8 to
$10 sandwiches; feed the whole family
with the $17 mile-high version.
Patrons can eat in or take out, starting at
11 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday
brunch, served 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., features
mimosas and what some say is the best
French toast on either side of the Mason-Dixon line.
Look for the hot dog cart on the sidewalk along Raleigh Road.
Streets Deli, East 54, 1118 Environ Way,
Chapel Hill, (919) 537-8414
grilled noodles, thick or thin; pad thai (rice
noodles); curry; and sushi (raw fish with
rice) and sashimi (without rice).
Meals may be complemented by a
selection of beer, wine and hot or cold sake.
Open 11 a.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Monday through
Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and
Hibachi Sushi, 103 Meadowmont Circle,
Chapel Hill, (919) 265-0282
Years before the word “foodie” became part of our culinary vocabulary, A Southern Season carved
an unusual retail niche. The business, with new owners, now looks to grow beyond Chapel Hill.
SARAH MCCARTY ARNESON ’ 96
Deli Serves Up
Tastes of New York
Homesick for a bialy or knish, or a pastrami on rye you need both hands to eat?
If escaping to New York for a quick nosh is
impractical, taking a seat at Streets Deli at
East 54 might work.
The menu items at the family-owned
restaurant, which bills itself as Chapel Hill’s
first Jewish deli, are made from family
Hibachi Sushi Arrives in
Hibachi Sushi has extended its reach
into Chapel Hill. In July, the Japanese and
Thai bistro that has served modestly priced
delicacies in Raleigh and Garner opened
its fourth location, setting out umbrella-shaded patio tables with a view of the
fountain in Meadowmont Circle.
Favorite dishes come from the categories
of hibachi (the Japanese version of a George
Foreman grill); teriyaki (broiled in a soy-based sauce); tempura (breaded and fried);
Jewelry Maker Opens School
to Teach the Craft
Jewelry maker James Carter shows how
to put the petal to the metal in his school
of jewelry arts.
Carter, who has been making jewelry for
about 30 years and teaching the art for at
least half that time, opened a studio and
jewelry fabrication school in July in the back
of Carr Mill Mall, near DSI Comedy Club.
He teaches traditional metalsmithing, jewelry
techniques and his specialty, Cloisonné enameling, to experienced artists and beginners.
Accepting no more than six students
per class, Carter emphasizes craftsmanship
and technique while bringing out individual creativity. Students learn to cut and solder silver and other metals and embellish
pieces using a variety of jewelry tools.
James Carter Studio has no retail space,
nor does it offer open studio time to other
artists. Students register for a 14-hour class,