Chapel Hill routinely ranks as one of the best college towns and best places to live in the United States. Its reputation is driven by the diverse social, cultural and professional opportunities that flow between the campus and town. Chapel Hill has it all — from live music and eclectic dining to quiet trails and parks.
Discover why Tar Heels call Chapel Hill home not just for the years they are here, but for life.
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Kevin Thomas '12, an accomplished recording artist who goes by the stage name Kaze, opened VibeHouse 405 on Franklin Street in 2018 as a recording studio and gathering space for creatives.
"I wanted to put it in an environment that was conscious of community and art and that supports the notion that dreams can come true," he said
Jim and Susan Kitchen
Jim Kitchen '87 and Susan Kitchen '91 own The Yogurt Pump, or YoPo as this Chapel Hill treasure is also affectionately called, serving up frozen yogurt and toppings just off of Franklin Street.
"Chapel Hill just feels like home to us. It always has, and always will," Jim said.
For the past few months, Franklin Street has been uncharacteristically quiet. Business owners, community leaders and University partners are all pitching in to support downtown Chapel Hill.
A Morehead-Cain Scholar, Antonio McBroom began working for Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop on Franklin Street when he arrived in Chapel Hill for his first year of college. Two days before his undergraduate graduation, he bought that franchise.
Rising senior Aida Al-Akhdar is interning at the Compass Center, helping the organization establish Orange County's new domestic violence shelter and serving as an advocate for domestic violence survivors.
At the start of the pandemic, Carolina Law alumnus and Top of the Hill owner Scott Maitland transitioned his business from distilling liquor to producing organic hand sanitizer for first responders and consumers.