Cat's Cradle on W. Main st in Carrboro has more acts than you'll know what to do with, drawing national bands almost every weekend. Tickets are usually no more than $20 and the beer is cheap. I would recommend getting there early to get a parking space, as parking is at a premium.Get yourself some food next door at Amante's or just grab some quick...more
You'll find that many of the locals have small trust funds, enabling them to dress shabbily and hang out at Weaver St. Commons. The old Carrboro is a blue collar community with a strong work ethic. You'll find the actual working male members of the community gathered at the Friendly Barber Shop on Main St. The old friendly barber, Grady, passed...more
This little non-descript place up from the West End Wine bar is a great find. Very good southern Indian cuisine. I particularly like the Chicken Vindaloo. It's quiet and never really packed, a great place for a date or a night with good friends. As I said, the Vindaloo is to die for! Most dishes are in the $11-12 dollar range but it is worth it.more
Open Eye Cafe is a funky little pastry and coffee cafe with some other light fare. The coffee is really the reason to come, they have many organic fair-trade coffee's as well as loose leaf teas ( try the Gunpowder green tea blend). Staff is friendly and prompt, and it's really relaxing. Unfortunately, patio-dwellers tend to get burnt to a crisp on...more
Nightlight is a bookstore and arts space on W. Rosemary. It's a great date idea because you can actually hear yourself talk and most nights there is live music. Make sure you check the insane sandwich menu ( African Tuna and Peanut Butter anyone? It's really good I've heard). You can always easedrop on the nearby table discussing philosophy. Come...more
The Cave is one I stumbled on since moving here in Sept. They seem to only sell Pabst and Microbrews, which makes them original in that sense. The place has a very big non-smoking section separate from the smokers place, which is also nice. Overall it's very cozy with a fake cave rock facade on the interior.The music is mostly local and indie acts...more
Great small venue. I have seen tons of goodies. Guided By Voices, Death Cab For Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, Doves, Gomez, Gogol Bordello, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, TV on the Radio, The Black Keys, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, The Frames, Dinosaur Jr, Built To Spill, Wolf Parade, The Lemonheads, more, and more, and more Casualmore
While known for household items, The PTA thrift store also has used books on everything from cooking to religion, and most of them are 25 cents each. My housemate found a book he wanted on Comparitive religion for a quarter, and I've seen copies of Bukowski for literally $1. Perfect for the avid book reader!
What to buy: Books, especially the funky selection of used cookbooks!
What to pay: See above
As in Chapel Hill.. Carrboro has some issues with Smash and Grab so please stow your valuables out of sight and park in a well lit area. Bikes are also a common target and should be locked with a u-lock, NOT a cable and locked through the frame and the tire. If you are over on Rosemary Street, be aware of your surroundings, as there has been some...more
There have been a string of smash and grab and forced entry into cars, usually with tools or a baseball bat. The thieves look for things left in the back window and will sometimes climb into the back to get items like purses or iPods. Parking in lit areas is good, but leaving valuables out of sight is the smarter option.more
Take a stroll in and around the Weaver Street Market next to the old railroad depot. The market is one of the largest co-operative organic grocers in the U.S., and, because of it, Vegetarian Times, a national magazine, recently named Carrboro as one of the most vegetarian-friendly small towns in the U.S. Carrboro was founded in 1882, three years after a spur from the Durham-Greensboro Southern Railway line was extended to link students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the outside world. (The last passenger train to Carrboro ran in 1936, a result of the growing use of automobiles.) The train depot, first named West End, was located one mile from campus, the minimum distance mandated by a state law designed to keep students far from 'city temptations'. The community was incorporated in 1911 as Venable, but later changed its name to honor Julian Carr, who owned the local hosiery mill and was responsible for much of the town's commercial growth. For more information about Carrboro, contact the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor's Bureau toll-free at (888) 968-2060, e-mail email@example.com or visit its Web site at www.chocvb.org.
Fondest memory: Within its town limits, Carrboro has more than 150 structures still in use that were built before 1930--many of them with historic significance. The former textile mill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was renovated as a charming shopping mall, and the former railroad depot was redeveloped for office and retail space. Both contribute significantly to the vitality of the downtown business district, which serves a population (in 2000) of 16,782. In 1973, concerned bicyclists and town staff members devised a bikeway plan for Carrboro, and today the town has one of the most extensive on- and off-road bikeway systems in the state, including NC Bike Route 2, which runs through the town. One of nine state-designated bikeways, Route 2 (also called the Mountains-to-Sea Bikeway) is the longest at 700 miles! Performance Bicycles, the nation's largest bicycle retailer, also has its catalog-fulfillment center just south of town and a bike shop in town, one of 34 nationwide.