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The Tar HeelThursday, July 14, 19881 1
Some Franklin Street stores keep their historical flair
By BETH BUFFINGTON
Stores on Franklin Street often come
and go or at least change somewhat
over the years; however, Sutton's Drug
Store, Jeffs Campus Confectionery and
Huggins Hardware are three businesses
on Franklin Street that haven't changed
in almost 60 years of existence.
On the main block of East Franklin
Street, Sutton's Drug Store, a combi
nation drug store and lunch counter,
is one such long-lived place, said John
Woodard, owner and manager of
Sutton's Drug Store.
"Sutton's has been here since 1923,"
Woodard said. "James Sutton built it
then and died around 1956, and then
his wife kept it for 10 years."
Woodard said he bought it in 1977.
"When I bought it, 1 had to keep
it (the store) the same way," he said.
"That was part of the deal.
"They (the previous owners) said
they'd run me out of town if I changed
Woodard said the store hasn't
changed because Chapel Hill alumni
and residents want to keep it the way
they remember it.
"We have people come in that have
been coming in for 50 years," Woodard
said. "We're the only full service, old
fashioned drug store and soda fountain
"We're full service because our
customers are able to go in and get what
they want with our help without
having to do it themselves.
"When someone comes in with a
prescription, I take it and help them
without giving it to a clerk," added
Woodard, who graduated from UNC
and has a degree in pharmacy.
"Most of our business revolves
around the students and people who
work there (at the University) strictly
within the walking distance because
they are the ones that find it easier to
get to us because of the lack of parking
spaces," he said.
According to Woodard, many stu
dents prefer Sutton's to a regular drug
store because Sutton's will set up charge
accounts where the bills are sent home
to the parents.
"We try to be their (students')
hometown drug store away from
home," he said.
As far as the food goes, the soda
fountain, old fashioned lemonade and
milk shakes are the biggest drawing
points to go with the standard ham
burger and fries, he said.
Varied Chapel Hill eateries
can accomodate all tastes
From staff reports
Okay, so youVe had a few forkfuls
of cafeteria food at Lenoir Hall, and
you already find your tongue flapping
in the wind and your taste buds adrift,
awaiting some culinary wind to fill
You need some real food.
Well, have no fear. There are
alternatives to cafeteria cuisine.
First, the fast food joints. Just like
every dog has fleas, every town has
McDonald's and its ilk. Along Frank
lin Street, youll find McDonald's,
Hardee's and Arby's on the west end
toward Carrboro and Burger King
just across from Silent Sam.
Now, on to finer fare.
Would you like some breakfast?
First stop, Ye Olde Waffle Shop
on Franklin. Despite its doughy
biscuits and bitter coffee, this small,
narrow restaurant with counter
seating and tables is a Chapel Hill
institution. On a weekend, youll wait
Another Chapel Hill favorite is
Breadmen's on Rosemary Street. It
has a roomy dining room and plenty
of parking. Try the thick blueberry
pancakes, blueberry crumbcake a
mile high or creamy cream cheese
omelets, which come with home fries
or grits and biscuits or toast (try the
sunflower toast). Breadmen's also
serves lunch and dinner with great
sandwiches and thick hamburgers
(try one topped with blue cheese), and
features combination plates with a
choice of meat and vegetables for a
The Continental Cafe on Hender
son Street also serves breakfast. You
can sit in a booth, tilt your head back
and look at the 20 or so panels
depicting scenes from Greek mythol
ogy on their vaulted ceiling. Ask for
their cheese omelet made with moz
zarella instead of American cheese.
"We're known for our fresh orange
juice and lemonade that we squeeze
ourselves," Willie Mae, who started
working at Sutton's in 1956, said from
behind the lunch counter.
At the lunch counter, which is located
in the back of the store and has old
time swivel chairs, customers can get
cold fountain drinks and or meals, she
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery serves
fine, chewy bagels for those in a New
York state of mind sesame,
pumpernickel, whole wheat,
cinnamon-raisin, onion, garlic, salt
and plain. Try one with honey-walnut
cream cheese, and take home a cheap
bagful of their day-old bagels just
waiting for your microwave or
toaster. They also serve big bagel
sandwiches and two soups daily.
Carolina Coffee Shop has a quiet,
elegant and expensive breakfast.
They have jelly and sugar in glass
bowls with little spoons. Youll feel
like a real gentleman or lady while
you dine on one of their asparagus
omelets, although the coffee may be
lukewarm at best.
There are a variety of choices for
lunch and dinner, and here are a few
"Put a little South in your Mouth"
is the motto of Dip's Country Kit
chen, which is next to Tijuana Fat's
on Rosemary Street. Dip's is the
canVmiss, must-try place. It serves
authentic Southern food at fairly
reasonable prices. Fried chicken,
vegetable fritters, chicken and dump
lings and even chitlins are on the
menu. With an entree, pick from their
long list of vegetables and choose
either cornbread, biscuits, muffins or
rolls as your bread. Finish up with
a piece of savory sweet potato pie.
The Looking Glass Cafe is a fine
little gem, tucked away in the back
of the University Square. It's light and
airy inside, with large windows,
hanging plants and ceiling fans.
Because the Cafe has a number of
vegetarian selections, such as the
vegetable and spinach-cheese sand
wiches, many overlook that the menu
also includes hamburgers and corned
See EATING OUT page 37
Egg breakfasts, hamburgers, french
fries, hot dogs, barbecue and cold
sandwiches are a few of the favorites,
Besides Sutton's Drug Store, another
oldtimer is Jeffs Campus Confection
ery, which has been around since 1927,
according to its owner and manager,
James "Jim" Mousmoules.
"We're the oldest business in Chapel
Hill that's been owned by one family,"
Although Mousmoules said they
were mainly in the magazine and
newspaper business, he said Jeffs also
offers cold Coca Cola, beer, sandwiches
"We sell over a hundred thousand
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