Friday, October 24, 2008

Staying Positive, One Success at a Time

By Elizabeth Shugg

The country’s shaky economy hasn’t thwarted success in Chapel Hill. Carolina Closets Plus put on a prize-winning performance at the September Southern Ideal Home Show Sept. 26-28 with a 3rd place finish in the “best booth under 200 square feet” competition. The company also unveiled its newest line of home technology products during the show: home audio/video, security, structured wiring, central vacuum and indoor air purification.

“The show was great because we got to show off our newest addition to the plus in Carolina Closets Plus: home technology,” says Owner Mike Hoffer. “The home technology products fit perfectly with our existing closet business because (installation) can be done while building or remodeling.” You can learn more about Carolina Closet Plus’ new product line and showroom at

Turning Point Gallery welcomes an international success story to Chapel Hill Nov. 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon, when artist Simon Bull visits to meet fans and sign giclees. Bull will enhance the “Family Tree Edition” of “Morning Star,” and personalize your giclee with a small original on the reverse side. Learn more here.

During this event you’ll also have an opportunity to contribute to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by commissioning a Simon Bull portrait of your dog with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the SPCA. Your portrait will be delivered to you during the holiday season.

Turning Point Gallery also claims another success: bragging rights as the exclusive Triangle dealer for artist Maeve Harris, whose paintings are influenced by natural and organic forms, rendering beautiful expressions of color and light. Harris uses a variety of inks and pigments to reveal a focus on the medium itself, and integrates traditional subject matter, such as horses, with contemporary styles and techniques. Learn more here.

As the holidays approach, don’t forget about University Mall’s “It’s All About Giving” event. Come out Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. as local charities and non-profits sell $5 tickets entitling ticket holders to big discounts and door prizes from University Mall stores.

University Mall has also extended a helping hand of success to victims of Hurricane Ike in Texas. Purchase a bouncy ball for a donation of $25 or more to help the mall fill its display case. All donations benefit hurricane relief efforts, and will receive an extra special welcome during the upcoming holiday season. You can stop by the University Mall customer service desk for details.

For more information about these events, visit or call (919) 967-6934. Also, be sure to check out our Green Ambition Blog this month to learn all about University Mall’s juried inaugural Scrapel Hill Art Contest and Exhibit.

Speaking of the holidays, our region offers plenty of holiday entertainment for children this time of year. Visit Triangle TRACKS’ event calendar at to view more than 80 different children's events between now and Dec. 31.

Remember, a positive attitude foils failure during this time of economic uncertainty, so keep your chin up and New Resident Solutions will keep you connected to your flourishing community.

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