Q&A

Issac Marsh

Q&A

How well do you know other members of our community? No, not what they think about politics or their views on international relations. We’re talking about the more important personal questions — like what’s their favorite restaurant.

In our new, regular Q&A feature, The Local Reporter decided to find out how our neighbors would answer the same five (mostly easy and a little quirky) questions.


Q&A with Issac Marsh

Issac Marsh is the head football coach at Chapel Hill High School.

What’s your go-to restaurant?
Olive Garden

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Italy

What was your first impression of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community?
Supportive and reliable

Where’s the best place to meet people locally? Socially distanced, of course. 
Weaver Street Market

What is your favorite TV show? 
Grey’s Anatomy


Q&A with Rob Gelblum

Rob Gelblum

Rob Gelblum is a lawyer, former counsel to the State of North Carolina’s Brownfields Program and the state’s Superfund Program, and a Carrboro-based musician who has been playing guitar and piano, and singing, for more than 50 years.

What’s your go-to restaurant? 
I don’t get out much, but let’s say Vimala (I’m a sucker for Indian).

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Paris (France, not Texas), where I lived as a busker for two years in the ’70s.

What was your first impression of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community?
Utter fascination. It was 1968 when my family moved here from Philly. I’d had no idea there were places that were a) Southern, b) small-townish, and c) liberal, and also filled with friendly folks and beautiful surrounding countryside.

Where’s the best place to meet people locally? Socially distanced, of course.
As noted, I don’t get out much in this, my first stint here since the mid-’80s. If you’d asked that question regarding 1975, I’d have answered, “Town Hall/Cat’sCradle/WildflowerKitchen/Carolina Coffee Shop/Tijuana Fats.” For 30 years, until two years ago, we were on the other side of the Triangle in Raleighwood.

What is your favorite TV show?
“The Wire” (hope it doesn’t have to be a current show).


Q&A with Jamie Fiocco

Jamie Fiocco is the owner of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.

What’s your go-to restaurant?
It depends on what I’m in the mood for, there are many great options in Chapel Hill. I’ve had a hankering for Turkish food recently so Talullahs  on West Franklin Street comes to mind.
 
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I’ve had the good fortune to travel a lot for both work and vacation, and there are many places I’d like to return to but I’ve always wanted to visit North Africa, specifically Morocco.

What was your first impression of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community?
I moved here in 1975 with my family from New Jersey, so my first impression was of Carrboro Elementary School. I had an amazing third-grade teacher who helped me fit in even though I came in the middle of the year. She created my very own reading lists which I’ll forever be thankful for.

Where’s the best place to meet people locally? Socially distanced, of course.
Oh well, since I’m working at my bookstore (Flyleaf Books) I’m not really going out anywhere because we’re trying to keep outside interactions down, and the business going. But I won’t deny I’m pining for a seat at the bar and good conversation with the bartenders with a cold beer in hand at OCSC, Bow Bar, the Dead Mule as well as music at Cat’s Cradle … but for the time being, it’s my backyard and my husband Michael and our three cats. And whatever deer, chickens and rabbits pass by.

What is your favorite TV show?
I’m afraid I gave up on TV a long time ago. It’s news and sports (baseball, soccer, UNC teams) for me so I’m not a good person to have on a trivia team!

Want to let folks know about your favorite TV show or your first impressions of our community? Email thelocalreporter.press with your responses to our Q&A.

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