Betty Kenan’s Chapel Hill is a place steeped in history and filled with culture. The longtime Triangle style setter and owner of refined women’s clothing boutique Fine Feathers, which she founded in 1976, shared some of her favorite spots in “the Southern Part of Heaven.”
D.B. Sutton is a “lovely” hair salon, the Fine Feathers staff agrees.
Whitehall at the Villa Antiques “David Lindquist has a little something of everything,” Kenan says. “Silver, furniture, art.”
University Florist “Charles House and University Florist has been on Franklin Street the longest.”
Ye Old Waffle Shop “An institution for breakfast,” Kenan and her colleagues say.
Merritt’s Store & Grill “Saturday afternoons with bluegrass at Merritt’s is a quintessential Chapel Hill gathering place,” says longtime Fine Feathers employee Pam Patterson.
The houses on Gimghoul Road are “old and attractive,” Kenan says, especially 723 Gimghoul Road, the site of The Sisters’ Garden. Owned by 100-year-old twins Bernice Wade and Barbara Stiles, the garden is occasionally open to visitors.
The Ackland Art Museum
The Lumina at Southern Village Kenan says she loves to catch a movie at the Lumina and a bowl of “delicious vodka pasta” at nearby Italian restaurant Pazzo.
Austin Simmons and Josh Sliffe, founders of video production company Remedy, share their favorite Durham spots.
Nomadic Trading Co. “Definitely worth checking out for light fixtures, coffee tables, rugs, and coat hangers.”
Locopops “Spoil your dog with the pup pops.”
Dear Hearts “The type of place you can go in and hang and not feel pressured into buying things, but at the same time you want to buy everything.”
Scratch “SOS for breakfast: creamy corn, cherry tomatoes on thick toast, crispy bacon, and poached egg. Wednesday pizza nights with BYOB is pretty nice.”
Durham Farmers’ Market “There’s nothing better than getting fresh bread and produce on a Saturday morning. It’s also walking distance to some great spots, like Daisy Cakes, Cocoa Cinnamon, Gear Street, and the YMCA.
Surf Club Simmons likes the “new outdoor seating, bocce ball, and $3 pint nights on Wednesdays.”
Duke Chapel “An amazing piece of architecture you often forget exists in your city.”