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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 Hard
ware 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 com
bination drug store and lunch coun
ter, 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 19S6,
and then his wife kept it for 10 years."
Woodard said he bought it in 1977.
"When I bought it, I 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.
Varied Chapel Hill eateries
accommodate all tastes
From stall report
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 and
Hardee'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 have people come in that have
been coming in for 50 years," Woo
dard said. "We're the only full service,
old fashioned drug store and soda
"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
students 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 (students1)
hometown drug store away from
home," he said.
As far as the food goes, the soda
fountain, old fashioned lemonade
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
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stoires keep their historical flair
and milk shakes are the biggest
drawing points to go with the stand
ard hamburger and fries, he said.
"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 said.
Egg breakfasts, hamburgers,
french fries, hot dogs, barbecue and
cold sandwiches are a few of the
favorites, she said.
Besides Sutton's Drug Store,
another oldtimer is Jeffs Campus
Sign of the times
It's too darn hot, as the Home Savings & Loan sign
on Rosemary Street shows, on this steamy day in
Confectionery, which has been
around since 1927, according to its
owner and manager, James "Jim"
"We're the oldest business in
Chapel Hill that's been owned by one
family," he said.
Although Mousmoules said they
were mainly in the magazine and
newspaper business, he said Jeffs also
offers cold Coca Cola, beer, sand
wiches and cigarettes.
"We sell over a hundred thousand
of fountain drinks a year," he said.
"It's the good carbonation, the old
A lot of the customers are regulars
who work on Franklin Street or who
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run errands there, he said.
"I knew what she wanted even
before she opened up the door," he
said after he served a lady a cold Coke
and rung up the price on the old
time register without her having to
, say a word.
"During the football season, the
alumni come in and drink beer before
the games because it is the only place
they know," he said.
And it is the same way they
remember it, said Mousmoules, who
hasn't changed anything, not even the
"Jeff was my mother's brother and
he died in 1956, but you know what
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July. The sign absorbed direct sunlight making
the temperature soar above official reports.