Cameron’s to open mid-month
Cameron’s opening in Carrboro soon: The gift shop Cameron’s is targeted to open in mid-October at 300 East Main, the new mixed-use development in Carrboro.
The shop, which sells gifts, jewelry, cards, clothing, bath items, and toys, is moving from University Mall.
Bridget Pemberton-Smith, the store’s co-owner, said the store will tentatively close at the mall at 6 p.m. on Oct. 12, and open no later than Oct. 15 in Carrboro.
A grand opening will be held in the store’s new space from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 with a ribbon cutting and a raffle.
“We’ve been in our current (location) about 32 years,” she said. “It’s just time for a change. We’re all really excited about it; a large portion of our customers are excited. There are a few that are a little nervous about the change, but for the most part we’ve gotten good feedback.”
Main Street Properties is the developer of 300 East Main, whose first phase includes a parking deck and a new Hampton Inn & Suites hotel with restaurants and shops on the first floor.
In addition to Cameron’s, leases also have been signed for a new meatball shop called the East Main Meatball Shoppe, an empanada and tequila eatery, and a sports café called Hickory Tavern.
The hotel and the parking deck have opened.
Pepper festival in Chatham County: The sixth annual Pepper Festival, an outdoor celebration of local food, chefs and businesses, will be held Oct. 6 at a neighborhood park in Briar Chapel.
Ticket-holders get access to samples of pepper-themed dishes from local chefs including from Pittsboro’s Oakleaf, Raleigh’s 18 Seaboard, and Carrboro’s Glasshalfull.
There will also be beer sales, live music, and information displays about local farms, renewable energy, and local food.
For children, there will be activities including bubbles, face painting, and other entertainment.
Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the gate. Admission is free for children under age 12.
The festival is a benefit for The Abundance Foundation and for research at Piedmont Biofarm, a year-round vegetable farm in Pittsboro.
New tenant at Carr Mill Mall: A gift and accessories store called The Best We’ve Found has opened at the mall in Carrboro, according to the property manager.
Dillard’s at University Mall: The Dillard’s department store at University Mall in Chapel Hill has converted into a clearance center.
Dillard’s is an anchor for the mall, which also houses the gourmet food store Southern Season and a location of the discount variety store Roses, among other businesses.
The store originally opened in 1973 as an Ivey’s department store, but became a Dillard’s with the purchase of the Charlotte-based J.B. Ivey & Co. store chain in the early 1990s.
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