Downtown Chapel Hill  —  Where the Town Comes to Life.

Cancelled Due to the Snow

Join us at the 1789 Venture Lab *
Thursday, February 26:

Unscrambling the Facts, Rumors and Politics -

Realities About Our Local Taxes and the Future

Presented by Steve Brantley, Director of the Orange County Economic Development Commission and Executive Committee Member of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership with a special introduction to the 1789 Venture Lab by our host Jim Kitchen.

Monthly Meeting: Thursday, February 26

Last Thursday of the Month    |    Coffee at 9:30 am    |    Free Meeting at 10 am

* This month's meeting will take place at the
1789 Venture Lab
1731/2 East Franklin Street
(between Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe and Four Corners).
Conversation and coffee begin at 9:30.

Nearby parking available in the Wallace Deck on Rosemary Street. 

Additional Parking:

Bus Routes and Schedules: Chapel Hill Transit


The mission of Friends of the Downtown is to develop and promote downtown Chapel Hill as a place for community interaction and economic vitality.

The focus is on economic growth, job creation, co-marketing opportunities, increasing influence with local government and increasing the awareness of Downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Franklin Street is the core of the downtown, hence our website name:




Whimsical views of Downtown Chapel Hill


SCK Design



Elaine O'Neil Textile Collages

Candidate Forum:

Gregg Gerdau  

Remember to Shop Downtown!

Thanks to the many Downtown Merchants who have donated door prizes for our meetings.

Click for a list of our great Downtown merchants.

Parking Information and Map

There now is free night parking at a number of downtown lots. For a map and complete listing of lots and costs, meters and valet parking go to

Chapel Hill 2020

DESIGNChapel Hill 2020 is continuing the implimentation of the comprehensive plan by holding small area focus groups where the public can participate further. Click here for a current calendar.

Rosemary Imagined is focusing on how Rosemary Street fits into the development and growth of downtown Chapel Hill. Community input is encouraged at their regular meetings.



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