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What to Do & See Downtown this Week! 2/10/11

Cupid's Guide: What to Do & See Downtown This Week!

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Front Porch Bar and Grill


The Front Porch Bar and Grill is open at 143 East

Franklin Street.  The restaurant serves

American fare including soups, salads and sandwiches; serving

wine and beer. Open Mon-Wed: 11AM-11PM;

Thurs 11AM-1AM; Fri-Sat 11AM-2AM. For more information call

(919) 537-8454 or visit their Facebook page.



4 Boutique


4 Boutique is open at 149 East Franklin Street, upstairs from The

Princeton Review. This is a woman's accessories boutique that sells

jewelry, handbags, scarves, and other items. Born from a class assignment,

4 Boutique is owned and operated by two UNC students. All profits go to

to four area nonprofit agencies. For more information visit or their Facebook page.


Carolina Science Cafe: The Biology of Love


Experience a special Valentine's-themed Carolina Science Café on Thursday, February 10  from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Back Bar at Top of the Hill. Ever feel like you just can't get enough of that special someone? Or wonder how that initial attraction turns into a life-long relationship? Sarah Williams, an investigator of the biology of social attachments, will discuss how your brain responds to falling into and staying in love.  For more information visit or


Varsity Theatre's Red Carpet Event

The Varsity Theatre is bringing back their very popular Valentine's Weekend Red Carpet Event - showing Gone with the Wind and offering an intermission buffet. The show is only for February 11, 12, 13 & 14 -during Valentine's Day weekend. Event tickets only sold In advance; on-sale through February 10 at the Box Office or by phone. Tickets are $20 - and include:
· Concessions throughout entire movie (Popcorn/Fountain Drinks)
· Intermission small plates buffet
Champagne, wine and beer will also be available for purchase. For more information visit or call 967-8665.


Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner for Two Please!

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Elaine's is now accepting reservations for Valentine's Day, Monday, February 14.  The menu will be a $69 prix fixe menu including the amuse bouche, choice of appetizers, choice of entrées, and dessert.  Optionally, $99 includes four courses of champagne and wine pairings. For reservations, call 919-960-2770 or visit   


Carolina Crossroads is offering a special four course dinner for $75 per person that includes choice of salad, appetizer, entree and dessert, champagne and a rose for your sweetheart. If you can't make it for Valentine's Day, enjoy a special four course dinner and champagne available for $65 per person on Saturday, February 12 and Sunday, February 13, 2011. Make your reservation online or call directly at 919-918-2777. Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Carolina Inn with a special Sweetheart Valentine's Day Tea featuring specialty teas, savory tea sandwiches and heart-shaped sweets. Please call 919-918 2735 or visit for more information.


Cypress on the Hill will be offering special additions to the menu on Saturday February, 12 and Monday, February 14 in celebration of Valentine's Day.  Enjoy items from the regular menu plus oysters on the half shell and braised local pork belly appetizers and a special entree - Cypress "Surf and Turf" of petite beef tenderloin and garlic poached Maine lobster.  Our pastry chef is creating an especially romantic chocolate temptation.  Dinner service from 5:30.  Call quickly, most of the choice times are disappearing.  For more information call (919)537-8817 or visit


R&R Grill is offering special deals for couples on Friday, February 11 - Monday, February 14th. Purchase any two entrees on the menu AND a bottle of wine is only $35; and bottles of champagne will be $20! R&R will be featuring a delicious entree and desert special for the occasion, as well. Call to make your reservations now at 919-240-4411.


Talulla's Restaurant is now accepting reservations for Valentine's Day; offering a four course prix-fixe menu for $40 with an optional wine pairing available for $15. Call 919-933-1177 or visit 


Enjoy FREE Valet Parking on Valentine's Day!
This Valentine's Day enjoy your evening downtown with the ease and convenience of complimentary valet parking. The Downtown Valet Parking Service operates Monday through Saturday for 19 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). For details click here!

Participating Businesses: 411 West Italian CafeBonne Soiree,Carolina Brewery, Elaine's on Franklin, Mediterranean Deli & Catering, 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, and Top of the Hill Brewery & Restaurant.


Chocolate Door Specials for Your Valentine

For Valentine's Day, The Chocolate Door will have Milk, White, and Dark Chocolate covered strawberries, as well as personalized Heart Shaped chocolate boxes (the boxes are made of chocolate), Valentine's Day Cookies, Cupcakes, Fudges and specialty truffles. The Chocolate Door will be open specially from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM on both Sunday, February 13 and Monday, February 14. And they are currently taking special orders! For more information visit


Krispy Kreme Feels the LOVE

Heart-shaped doughnuts are back at Krispy Kreme, and they're going to melt more than a few hearts!  While supplies last at participating stores, you'll get 12 Valentine's Day Cards when you buy any dozen doughnuts. On the back of each card is a coupon good for one free doughnut or one free small hot chocolate or hot coffee, which makes them perfect for sharing. While true love lasts forever, these delicious doughnuts last only until February 14. Kripy Kreme is located at 157 East Franklin Street. Visit or their Facebook page.


Romance is Written in the Stars

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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center offers the most unique way to celebrate Valentine's Day anywhere with the star show "Carolina Skies: Valentine Edition." Shows run from Friday, February 11 to Monday, February 14. This one-of-a-kind planetarium show explores the legends of love told by ancient cultures about the constellations. Heroes, heroines and lovers - they're all in the stars! Relax under the star-filled planetarium dome and celebrate the holiday with your favorite person. For show times and information visit 


Dance the Night Away...

At WXYC's Valentine's Dance Party at Nightlight Club! On Saturday, February 12 hit the dance floor with your new or old sweetie. WXYC DJs rock the airwaves all night starting at 9:30 PM; $5. For more information visit


Give the Gift of Art to Your ValentineFRANK Hearts

This year when you want to get your valentine a special gift that is different or unique - why not consider a work of art from FRANK? FRANK features work from over 70 local artists and offers paintings, ceramics, and sculpture as well as a wide selection of fine art, craft, wearables, and gifts. FRANK is located at 109 East Franklin Street. For more information please visit


Current Exhibit at FRANK:

Seeing the Figure~ Juried by Beverly McIver, this pivotal exhibition is on display now until March 6, 2011 and features invited Baltimore artists Dennis Farber and Connie Imboden along with Triangle area artists Paris Alexander and Laura Farrow.


Order Valentine's Day Flowers Today

Downtown Chapel Hill boasts two wonderful locally-owned and operated florists! With numerous beautiful arrangements to choose from, you are sure to brighten Valentine's Day this year for that special someone.


Chapel Hill Florist is located at 200 West Franklin Street, between Lime & Basil Restaurant and Aveda Chapel Hill, stop by to place your order today!  For more information call (919) 929-2903 or order online at


University Florist and Gift Shop is located at 124 East Franklin Street stop by and place your order and check out their great selection of gifts. For more information call  (919) 929-1119 or order online at 


HeartsFather-Daughter Valentine's Dance

University Baptist Church is hosting their annual Father- Daughter Valentine's Day Dance and the community is invited to attend! And all ages are welcome. The dance is on Saturday, February 12 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Tickets are $20 per father. Please come by the church office to buy tickets or call to make a reservation. University Baptist Church is located in the heart of downtown, at 100 South Columbia Street. For more information visit


Chapel Hill Comic Hosts Author Signing

On Saturday, February 12, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Hell comes to Chapel Hill Comics when Scott Hampton, the artist of the new two-issue Hellboy series, 'Hellboy: The Sleeping and the Dead', published by Dark Horse Comics, will be in-store for a signing event. Chapel Hill Comics will have stock on hand of both issues of the series, including separate covers of issue #1 by Scott Hampton and series creator Mike Mignola. Come on out, meet an incredibly talented, locally-based artist, and pick up a fun, spooky story featuring one of indie comics' most iconic characters! For more information visit


Art Hearts: Art-Ventures for Kids at Ackland

On Saturday, February 12 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Ackland hosts another Art-Venture for Kids. This series of engaging classes, in which 6-9 year olds explore art in the Museum's galleries then allows kids to create take-home treasures in an adjacent art studio. This week's topic "Art Hearts" will allow kids to look at colors, lines, and shapes for clues and then adjourn to the studio to create heart shaped tessellations for someone they love. $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Fee includes materials. For more information visit


Be My Tar Heel Valentine!

This Valentine's Day give your Tar Heel sweetheart some love from Johnny T-shirt! With "Be My Tar Heel" shirts, chocolate Tar Heel candies, spirit pearl necklaces, and so much more, your Valentine is sure to feel your love.  Check out all of Johnny T-shirt's great Valentine's Day gifts for every Tar Heel that you love. Johnny T-shirt is located at 128 East Franklin Street. For more information visit


Create Your Own Valentine's Treats at Sugarland Sugarland - Cupcakes

Want to give a Valentine's Day gift with a personal touch? On Sunday, February 13 you can create your own mini cupcakes and French macarons at Sugarland for your sweetheart. Gift packaging is included! Book your 30 minute appointment by calling the shop at (919) 929-2100 or email Of course you can just leave it to the professionals! Sugarland is offering delicious sweets including a heart shaped box of Sugarland's petite cupcakes, hand-dipped, long-stemmed strawberries, or mini-cakes! The store will be stocked with heart shaped shortbreads, Valentine's inspired cupcakes, and more. View these specials and more on Sugarland's Facebook page. For more information visit


Aveda Gifts for Your Valentine 

Aveda has gift sets starting at only $6! And, guests can earn up to $25 in free services with an Aveda gift certificate special. If you are stumped as to what to get your loved one for Valentine's Day - an Aveda gift certificate is PERFECT! For more information visit  


Tarheel Book Store Spring Cleaning Sale

Tarheel Book Store has a giant 50% sale on everything in the store except textbooks. Now's the time to stock up on Carolina fan gear for yourself, family, and friends! Tarheel Book Store is located at 119 East Franklin Street. For more information visit


North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival

NCCAF 2011

The 11th annual NC Comedy Arts Festival, held from February 2 to February 20, is the largest of its kind in the southern United States. Featuring sketch comedy, standup, improv, and film & video; the festival is hosted at seven venues in both Carrboro and Chapel Hill.  Acts from New York, LA, Chicago, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, and every city in between flock here to perform, network and develop as the next generation of comedy talent. And 10% of proceeds support YMCA Scholarships. For complete details and to purchase tickets visit

2nd Friday ArtWalk
The 2nd Friday ArtWalk, Friday, February 11 from 6PM to 9PM, allows art lovers to patronize dozens of Chapel Hill and Carrboro businesses as they host live music & performances, food, and drinks; all while featuring art in its many forms. Admission is free and open to the public.
The monthly event features many great locally-owned businesses full of fantastic art; perfect for that hard-to-buy person on your shopping list!  Downtown Chapel Hill businesses include: Uniquities, Sugarland, Limelight Boutique, Goodbones Vintage, FRANK Art Gallery, Studio Supply, Creative Metalsmiths, Chapel Hill Underground, West End Wine Bar, and The Artery.
For more information about the ArtWalk visit

Julian's Seasonal Sale - Men's and Women's ClothingJulians logo

ALL SALE ITEMS 40% OFF! Sale includes all seasonal men's suits, sport coats, and trousers. Choose from a great selection of cashmere sweaters and sport shirts, like Alexander Julian Private Reserve, Tailor Byrd, and more. Ladies can save big on a huge selection of designer labels like Rag & Bone, Joie, Kara Janx, Longchamp, and so much more. Stop in and shop the do not want to miss out! Julian's is located at 135 East Franklin Street. For more information visit

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 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 967-9440 or