Business


Balloons and Tunes Rises Again

Ever since getting his first balloon at the state fair as a child, Robert Bryant said he has had an affinity for those floating balls of happiness on a string.







A Dismal Time for Local Hotels

Hoteliers around the world have not had a good night’s sleep in months due to the drastic reduction in business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With stay-at-home orders, travel and tourism ground to a halt. Hotels laid off or furloughed all but a skeleton staff, and some hotel brands shuttered venues altogether.



Open and Shut Cases

It’s one thing to successfully guide a business through a recession. It’s another to start one from scratch during the worst economic downturn in decades. But three local entrepreneurs have done just that.


Carrboro Lends a Hand

Armadillo Grill, The Artscenter and the Community Worx thrift shop are among 10 Carrboro-based small businesses and non-profits receiving grants from a second round of funding from the town designed to help ease the economic impact of COVID-19.





United, Carrboro Restaurants Fight Back

Carrboro’s restaurants have been closed and the town’s food service economy has been on the verge of collapse because of COVID-19. But instead of fighting to survive on their own, a number of Carrboro businesses have banded together to serve the public and help themselves.


Status of Local Businesses

Here is a directory of the status of local businesses, as of April 1, 2020. This list will be updated often, so check back. Please let us know of other businesses that should be listed by emailing editor@thelocalreporter.press. You can support restaurants and businesses by buying gift cards now for future use.



Another Taste of India

Chimney, a trendy Indian restaurant, has just opened at 306 West Franklin Street in the former location of the long-time standby Vespa.




Al’s Burger Shack Files for Bankruptcy

**UPDATED** Al’s Burger Shack, which has become a Chapel Hill institution and developed a national reputation in just six years, has filed for bankruptcy reorganization at all three of its locations.



UNC Receives Top Grade for Patient Safety

UNC Health Care once again has received the highest ranking in a bi-annual grading of hospital patient safety. UNC got a grade of A for all its locations in the ranking, which looks at preventable errors…





Why Businesses are Leaving Chapel Hill

BUSINESS TLR Staff Report Despite recent efforts by UNC-Chapel Hill and the Town of Chapel Hill to stop the exodus, many emerging companies built on technologies created by university faculty…