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 Peacock Alley - Sale Photo 3Blow Out Sale Extended at Peacock Alley
Peacock Alley has made further reductions to sale items! And if you mention seeing this ad in the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership weekly email, you'll receive an additional 10% off sale items! the sale features lots of furniture, gifts, and accessories slashed UP TO 75% OFF to make room for new inventory arriving this fall. Don't Miss Out! Peacock Alley is located in University Square at 123 West Franklin Street. For more information call 919-967-2152 or visit    
Nightlight Expands Hours and Offerings  
Nightlight is now open Monday through Saturday starting at 5:00 PM and will be serving coffee from the Carrboro Coffee Company in addition to a fine selection of local beer and wine. Nightlight now accommodates casual and professional meetings, offers free WI-FI internet access, an outdoor smoking patio, ping pong gaming and a free lending library. If things go as planned, Nightlight will continue to expand into a day-time cafe serving food in the near future! Nightlight Club is located at 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street. For more information visit
Upcoming Shows:
Thursday, Sept 2 - 919 Noise Showcase : presenting...Khristian Weeks / Sooty Foots / Tonos / The Fox Sister / Conspicous Convulsion; starting at 9:30 PM, $5.
Friday, Sept 3 - ART SHOW RECEPTION AND PARTY with local artist, Peter Pendergrass; starting at 6:00 PM, FREE. With DJ's Breniecia Reuben, DJ Steph Russ and DJ Ben Pittard.
Saturday, Sept 4 - CROOKED CABARET talent show and benefit for the Prison Books Collective; starting at 9:00 PM, $4.
COLORS Exhibit at FRANK Ending Soon 
Exhibit Ends September 5
Only a few more days left to see the strikingly beautiful exhibit COLORS at FRANK. COLORS has transformed the gallery into discrete sections in which all pieces displayed are of similar coloration. Multi-colored pieces are placed according to its own histogram, a graph showing the percentages of various colors used in its palette. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street. For more information please visit
COMING SOON: NC Clay Invitational
FRANK will host its first North Carolina Clay Invitational, featuring the work of over 30 of the state's best-known ceramic artists. Starting September 7 until October 24. Opening reception on Friday, September 10 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Tar Heel Football Season Starts - Go Heels!
Saturday, September 4
8:00 PM kickoff, Game airing on ABC 
The Tar Heels take on the LSU Tigers in the season opener game which will be aired on ABC. Many of the downtown bars, restaurants and businesses will be tuned into the game! For a listing  - click here! For information on Tar Heel sports visit  
Butch Davis Live! Radio Show
Join other Tar Heel Fans at Butch Davis weekly radio show starting at 7 PM, every Wednesday in the Great Room at Top of the Hill , with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Woody Durham, who enters his 40th year as the Tar Heels' radio play-by-play man, will host the show.  A buffet-style dinner will be served for $19.99, and will include non-alcoholic beverages. Buffet service will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will continue through the show.  Seating is limited. Please contact Top of the Hill at 919-929-8676 for further information or to inquire about reservations.
Happy Hour at Sandwhich
Monday - Saturday
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Stop by Sandwhich for a late lunch or early dinner and enjoy their Sandwich Happy Hour. Any sandwich off the menu (excluding the Lamb Tagine sandwich), a cup of soup and a small chips for only $9.99.  Sandwhich is located at 407 West Franklin Street. For more information visit
La Residence Celebrates 35 Years in September
Throughout the month of September La Residence Restaurant is celebrating 35 wonderful years with a series of specials!  La Residence Restaurant & Bar is located at 202 West Rosemary Street. For more information visit
Three Course Chef's Special available 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday - Friday, only $35!
Happy Hour Thursdays starting at 5:30 PM; featuring complimentary assorted fruit and local cheeses at the bar - don't come late and miss out!
Thursday Wine Tastings starting at 5:30 PM, $15. Relax on the patio and enjoy a variety of wines; a great way to expand your wine knowledge in a gorgeous setting!
La Residence Restaurant & Bar now offers FREE Downtown Valet Parking!
R&R Grill Daily Specials  R&R Grill Logo
Happy Hour at R&R Grill is Monday-Friday 4PM to 6PM with 1/2 priced appetizers at the bar and daily drink specials! Daily drink specials are listed each day on the Downtown Chapel Hill Calendar - click here. R&R Grill is the perfect place to enjoy a meal and drink on Franklin Street. R&R offers ample indoor and outdoor seating on the sunset terrace. R&R's lunch and dinner menus feature a wide selection of salads, sandwiches, burgers, flat-bread pizzas, dinner entrees, an extensive drink selection. R&R Grill is located at 137 E Franklin Street- enter into the Bank of America building.For more information visit   
Moss Waxing + Beauty
Moss Waxing + Beauty offers waxing services, facial treatments, make-up applications & education, complete eyebrow care and semi-permanent tinting for lashes as well as false lash application! Moss Waxing + Beauty is located at 400 W. Rosemary St. Suite 1001, just next door to Goodbones Vintage Store. For more information or to make a reservation online visit
LIMELIGHT Boutique's Endless Summer Sale 
50% OFF ALL Summer items - through Labor Day
LIMELIGHT is the best of new and not-so-new-but-still-fabulous clothing for savvy fashionistas.  You'll find your favorites from Free People, Hard Tail, Heavy Rotation, Goorin and more. But, you'll discover even more lines that actually fit into your budget without compromising your taste for fashion. Limelight is located at 402 West Franklin Street.  For more information visit
Talking Sidewalks Release Party   
Tuesday, September 7 
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Talking Sidewalks is a literary magazine composed entirely of short stories, poems and photographs from authors and artists who are experiencing homelessness in the Chapel Hill area. Talking Sidewalks is an initiative of Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication (HOPE), a committee of the Campus Y, the center for social justice at UNC. This will be the release of the fourth edition of the magazine. This event is free and open to all at Flyleaf Books. For more information visit

Choose Your Sale at Hazmat
Hazmat Storefront#1: Free Hazmat Pint Glass with $25 Purchase
#2: FREE Hazmat t-shirt with $35 Purchase
#3: 10% off with any $25 Purchase
Some restrictions apply. Hazmat features tobacco products & supplies, t-shirts, incense, stickers, body jewelry, cool gifts, and much more! Hazmat is located at 405 West Franklin Street. For more information call 919-967-7540 or visit  

Kids Eat Free at Carolina Brewery Every Monday
Kids 12 & under eat free lunch or dinner off of the Kids Menu with the purchase of an adult entree! The Carolina Brewery is located at 460 West Franklin Street. For more information please call 942-1800 or visit

Lunch with One: One Expert, One Work of Art
Wednesday, September 8
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Bring lunch to the Ackland Museum and explore a fascinating aspect of Art and Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Road in a talk from Jeanne Moskal (Professor of Comparative Literature, UNC-Chapel Hill) entitled "Mildred Cable: 'Gossiping the Gospel' along the Silk Road, 1923-1936." Jeanne Moskal specializes in travel literature and in the British Romantic period (1780-1830). Free to members, $5 for non-members. For more information visit
Get Inspired with Art at Kidzu!
Join Kidzu every Saturday at 10:30-11:15 AM to create works of art inspired by a featured artist.  The artist of the Month for September is Alexander Calder! This is designed especially for kids ages 3-8 years old and their caregivers. Sept 11: Make Mobile, Sept 18: Abstract Art, Sept 25: Miniature Circus Cost: $2 per child.  Space is limited. Same day registration is usually possible.
Admission is FREE every Sunday! Kidzu Children's Museum is located at 105 East Franklin Street. For information visit
CD Alley: New/Used CDs, Vinyl & DVDS CD Alley
CD Alley is a store for music fans, owned, operated, and staffed by music fans, with an extensive selection of just about everything including Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Hip-Hop, Soul, Country, R&B, Funk, Gospel, Bluegrass, Folk, and much more. And if they don't have it in stock,they'll track it down for you! CD Alley is located at 405C West Franklin Street between Hazmat and Internationalist Books. For more information visit
Women's Center Financial Education Workshops
The Women's Center is offering financial workshops on Thursdays in September from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Topics include 'Finances and Children: How to Raise a Money Smart Child and Paying for College'; 'Let's Talk Money: Managing, Monitoring and Controlling Your Finances'; and 'Parents' Peace of Mind: Protecting Your Most Important Assets - Your Children'.  Registration is required. All workshops are FREE and open to women and men. For more information or to register
Fall Favorites, Arriving Daily at Uniquities
Designers include Corson, Theory, Marc by Marc Jacobs, C&C California, Radenroro, House of  Harlow 1960, Halston Heritage, and much more! Specializing in emerging to established designer clothing and accessories, Uniquities is the boutique southern women rely on to outfit themselves in the latest fashions. Uniquities is located at 452 West Franklin Street - look for the bright pink awning! For more information visit

Wednesday Night Flights at West End Wine Bar

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Have you heard about the Wednesday Night Flights? No reservations required. No baggage accepted. Simply stop by West End Wine Bar Chapel Hill for free wine tastings from local distributors. A great opportunity to taste and learn about a variety of different wines. Don't forget about the smoker-friendly covered rooftop patio and The Cellar with a full bar and free pool on weeknights. For more information call 967-7599 or visit  

Trivia Night in The Back Bar
The Back Bar9:00 PM
Every Wednesday

First prize is a $50 gift certificate to Top of the Hill, with prizes also awarded for second and third place with prizes to the highest scoring team in each of the 5 rounds! Enjoy a signature summer cocktail or cask-conditioned handcrafted ales, like the new Southern Saison. Teams can be any size, so come early to get the good seats! Top of the Hill Restaurant is located at 100 East Franklin St., Third Floor. For more information please call (919) 929-8676 or visit  
Paperhand PuppetISLANDS UNKNOWN by Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Sept 3, 4, 5, & 6 at 7:00 PM (6:20 pre-show)
Matinee on September 5 at 3:00 (2:20 pre-show) 
Forest Theatre on UNC Campus
Experience this epic odyssey that will take you to the depths of the imagination and the very ends of the earth. The hero, a wandering young girl, finds herself in a mysterious library that is being consumed by a rising sea of information. Soon she is afloat on a paper boat with a goat, heading toward an adventure full of animals and beasts, mustachioed men and pirates, monsters, furies, and even gods. For times and ticket information visit
Dinner and a Movie: Top of the Hill & Varsity on Franklin

Everyday, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Dinner and a MovieDate night just got a lot easier with Top of the Hill and the Varsity on Franklin's new partnership! Just $29 gets you two Top of the Hill entrees, two non-alcoholic beverages and two tickets to the early show at the Varsity Theater.  Reservations welcome but not required! Top of the Hill Restaurant is located at 100 East Franklin St., Third Floor. For more information please call (919) 929-8676 or visit or  Varsity at   
FREE Valet Parking Downtown!
Enjoy an evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking from Monday through Saturday at one of 18 participating downtown businesses. Patrons enjoying other establishments can also use the valet service for a $5.00 charge. Drop-off your car at two conveniently located valet parking stands; in front of the UNC Information Technology building(440 West Franklin Street), near the West End Wine Bar or in front of Spanky's Restaurant (101 East Franklin Street).

Participating Businesses: 411 West Italian CafeBonne Soiree,Carolina Brewery, Elaine's on Franklin, Mediterranean Deli & Catering, Jack Sprat Cafe, La Residence Restaurant & Bar, Lantern Restaurant, Talulla's Restaurant, Vespa Restaurant, West End Wine Bar, Cypress on the Hill , Mint Restaurant, FRANK: Franklin Street Arts Collective, Franklin Street Pizza & Pasta, R&R Grill, Salon 135, SANDWHICH, Spanky's Restaurant, Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant.

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is charged with leading and managing downtown through partnership efforts; marketing and promoting the assets of downtown; improving the visual appeal of downtown; and rebuilding downtown as a mixed use center of retail, service, professional, governmental, institutional, and residential uses. Visit! Contact us at 919-967-9440 or