The dudes at Glenn's are true artists who just have this way of decorating the human body that surpasses the competition. They've been in the same location for quite a while and they hang in offering totally awesome body language. Your design or theirs. Safe and clean. Go for it, granny! Small, limited parking but within walking distance of Carr Mill so park there. Or bike in.
Walk in and you inhale the flowers and veggies, the coffee and cooked food that tell you you are in whole food heaven. A perfect meeting place, Weave Street as the locals call it has it all - a cafe and mountains of delicious cooked food plus organic veggies and fruits, meds and potions. You can join the co-op and get discounts. You can't live in the Chapel Hill area long without finding yourself at Carr Mill and lounging around the grounds outside Weaver Street market. Nearly always overflowing.
This attractive large complex is used for visiting profs and parents, and features older rooms in several large buildings with a courtyard feeling. It offers everything you can get at the chains and strives for a European look and flair. Can be booked online. Adequate parking - map needed to find it. All regular services offered and staff is courteous.
Carolina Inn sits smack in the middle of the campus area, within spitting distance of the Olde Well. Its white columns proclaim its southern heritage. It features dining and full service of world-class standards. Good place for weddings and meetings. Elegant function rooms. Bedrooms are small as required by the limited space on the postage stamp of land, and parking is tight. But the subdued lighting and polished brass tell you that you have arrived in real old-fashioned luxury.
Fitch Lumber grew and adpted as the town of Carrboro became absorbed by the UNC crowd. It now operates like a smaller version of Lowes or Home Depot, catering to the wealthy yuppies instead of the good old boys of yore. You can still get your nails and boards but it's more like a real store than a piney smelling lumber yard. Fitch builds houses too, and has just about everything you need to build or repair your own. Located opposite Carr Mill.
This is a world-class facility offering teaching and research to the advantage of the patient. Huge complex, all medical services, some of the best specialty medicine in the US. No wonder the medical students flock here from all over the world. Still a good place to have a baby. Dental services on a lottery basis. You need a map to navigate this multi-building sprawl which is part of the University of North Carolina. Go to the website for information.
Staff here are warm and welcoming as though they ran a little shop on Main Street instead of a huge Barnes and Noble in a huge mall-ish community. They know their books and their clientele and make an effort to marry the two. You have to know your way around Raleigh to find this store, located in a new superplex of yuppy stores. Coffee and comestibles served.
PROS: Big chain with small shop feeling
CONS: lost in mall wilderness
Friendly staff of concerned earnest feminists and fuzzies will direct you to the latest in Virago and other feminist presses. The name says it all. The Triangle area needs more small specialty bookstores and this is a welcome addition to the family.
Ask anyone and they'll tell you that regulator is one of the few real alternative book sellers in the Triangle area. Strange but true. They dare to be different and they have a clientele that is large and loyal. If you want new books in a non-chain ambience, this is the place.
Barnes and Noble are the very big boys and you can expect them to have the standard bases covered. You can get coffee and pastries and sit in a comfy chair. Lots of events including signings and clubs, atmosphere bright and pleasant, great place for the kids to browse too. Mega parking as befits a mega-chain.