Panoramic view of the Orange County Social Club on Main St. in Carrboro

The Orange County Social Club

The front of the Orange County Social Club

September 29, 2001
East Main Street in Carrboro will be rolling up a little later with the addition of a new occupant in the 100 block. From the street it's nothing special, just another unobtrusive storefront, the former home of It's there in the stretch between the barber and beauty shops and Acme. Slow down as you walk by. Peek your head in if you want.

Mayor Mike Nelson doing the ribbon cutting at the Orange County Social Club The Orange County Social Club opened for business this week, adding another fun and funky place to hang out and have a beer with friends in Carrboro. Mayor Mike Nelson and Aldermen Allen Spalt and Diana McDuffee were all on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday evening, welcoming this great new gathering place to our community.

Just walk in the door and the eye popping colors tell you this isn't your generic bar. Bright red and blue walls are the perfect contrast to the purple bar overhang, reminiscent of brown bagging days when people stored their bottles in cubbyholes at their local pub. The bar was built by Bart Moyers & Robert Young, aka Annex 2. Together with the help of owner Tricia Mesigian and friend Andy McMillan, this crew worked to make the bar a reality over the past several months. The bar top, which is hammered copper, is the handiwork of numerous friends of Tricia. Chrome and black Naugahyde bar stools curve smoothly around the sleek black bar. There's a pool table in the back for entertainment, and some couches and chairs for seating in the front. Fifties formica covered tables add to the eclectic look of the place. A reverencial picture of Dean Smith, in shades of Carolina blue and white, hangs on the back wall. Photos of the renovation process hang along the red wall, installed since my last visit.

Colin Dodd and bar owner Tricia Mesigian Tricia, seen at right with friend Colin Dodd, isn't certain what brought her here. A native of the suburbs of Philly, when she graduated from Virginia Tech, Carrboro called. Mesigian worked at the Skylight Exchange before starting her apprenticeship at Merge records, which ended up being a 5 year stint. Last year she managed the tour of Nashville based band Lambchop. Tricia was the only crew member. Then last May and June she was on tour for 3 weeks here and 5 weeks in Europe with David Byrne.

The Orange County Social Club currently offers only bottled beer (and of course water and soft drinks). Eventually Trish plans to expand to kegs and also offer wine. The final goal over the next several months will be to become a private club and offer mixed drinks as well. This entails filling out a membership form and paying a membership fee (currently offered for $10). Tricia hopes to have a good number of folks sign up in advance of the transition to a private club.

Current hours for the Orange County Social Club are Monday through Sunday from 4 pm until 2 am. Call 933-0669 for more information, or just stop by. Say hey to Tricia.

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