Imagine a million pounds worth of clothing (and feel free to imagine the size of the mythical creature who would wear that much clothing). The team at The Clothing Warehouse doesn't have to imagine it, because each year it sorts through millions of pounds of clothing to find the best vintage garments for its customers. The expansive warehouse empowers its garment gurus to see the critical mass of pieces necessary to furnish a stellar selection for their many stores across the country. That formula unites the variety and scale of large retail chains with the curatorial prowess of a discerningly staffed boutique, but with reasonable prices.
The Clothing Warehouse's systematic approach to getting each individual customer the single jaunty outfit she or he is after means that the company doesn't put anything in its warehouse that it wouldn't sell in one of its stores. So what clothes make the cut? Anything from dresses and Levi's jeans to hundreds of vintage T-shirts, men's and women's cowboy boots, and new and dead-stock sunglasses.
When Tar Heel fans need a new jersey, pair of team socks, or NC emblem tie, they turn to Johnny T-shirt. The staff of UNC students, alumni, and fans has been supplying the school's die-hard supporters with a variety of team merchandise for the past 30 years. The store outfits fans of all ages, starting with infants and continuing on through every age and stage of a devoted Tar Heel's life. All UNC merchandise is officially licensed and a portion of every UNC product sold goes back to the university for academic scholarships and athletic programs. Both the Chapel Hill storefront and online store regularly update their selection with new styles and designs, ensuring fans can stay stylish while supporting their favorite school.
With a mission to adorn living mannequins, owner Julie Jennings has collected a diverse array of designer dresses, denim, shoes, accessories, and other boutique fashions. Filling the racks and shelves is more than 1,000 pairs of premium denim adorned with labels such as 7 For All Mankind, J Brand, and Citizens of Humanity. In addition to the big-name designers, shoppers can find smaller, hard-to-find designers intermingling with the well-known threads. Garb T-shaped torsos with Splendid tees ($55) and naked necks with patterned Tolani scarves ($85). Uniquities also provides a free basic hem on any full-price denim to sheathe calves inside perfectly proportioned leg sleeves.
For Tom Tucker, a good car wash is all about the water. Rather than relying on the local supply, he's outfitted Carolina Car Wash with its own well and water-reclamation system, which feeds the wash's jets with purified H2O. This nearly self-sufficient system provides a constant source of water even during periods of drought without impacting Carrboro's supply, fueling Carolina’s five types of car wash, heading off rust and corrosion, and keeping drivers’ backseat waterbeds fluffed. Tom's conservation-minded approach to water use also drives his support of local charities, with whom he collaborates on eco-friendly car-wash fundraisers.
For more than 40 years, Robert Roskind had a vision of opening a café that would serve as a community gathering space. That dream came to fruition with Oasis in Carr Mill. Visitors read or converse over cups of Counter Culture Coffee or organic beer and nibble locally baked pastries, vegan burritos, and sandwiches from Foster's. Local speakers often deliver better-living presentations in the evenings, and on weekend nights, musicians play acoustic music. The café's decor is elegantly rustic, with wooden floors and ceilings, a beaded chandelier, and a lounge area with luxuriously large pillows.