Next time you’re walking on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, look for the ARtWalk logo markers and you can get a glimpse of the past, right where you’re standing.
Throughout Downtown Chapel Hill you’ll see markers with QR code, and when you scan the QR code you can take a look at the foundation of the Chapel Hill business district’s success.
Remember long-gone favorites, learn new information about connections between the old and new, and celebrate the tenacity of the current business owners who have survived the economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Where to find the markers
Moving from East to west, go to these address, where you’ll learn about current or past businesses.
- Time-Out (now at 201 E. Franklin St.)
- Ye Olde Waffle Shop (173 E. Franklin St)
- Sutton’s Drug Store (159 E. Franklin St.)
- Rams Head Rathskeller (now Gizmo Brew Works at 157 E. Franklin St. #100)
- The Shrunken Head (155 E. Franklin St.)
- Julian’s (Original location, marked at the current Bank of America at 144 E. Franklin St.)
- Carolina Coffee Shop (138 E. Franklin St.)
- Flower ladies (in front of CVS at 137 E. Franklin St.)
- Town Hall (Franklin Centre at 128 E. Franklin St.)
- Varsity Theatre (123 E. Franklin St.)
- Intimate Bookshop (now Chapel Hill Sportswear at 119 E. Franklin St.)
- Carolina Theatre (108 E. Franklin St.)
- Pepper’s Pizza (107 E. Franklin St)
- Spanky’s (101 E. Franklin St)
- Top Of The Hill (100 E. Franklin St.)
- Old Gas station (now Blue’s on Franklin at 110 W. Franklin St.)
- Fowler’s Food Store (Blue Dogwood Market at 306 W. Franklin St.)
- SchoolKids Records (405-C W. Franklin St.)
- Mama Dip’s (408 W. Rosemary St.)
- Italian Pizzeria III (508 W. Franklin St.)
- Crook’s Corner (610 W. Franklin St.)