403 W. FRANKLIN ST.

403 W. FRANKLIN ST.

403
,
Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1952
/ Modified in
2018
Construction type: 
Local Historic District: 
Type: 

Ye olde University Massage.

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  • Sun, 07/19/2020 - 12:09pm by SteveR

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403
,
Chapel Hill
NC
Built in
1952
/ Modified in
2018
Construction type: 
Local Historic District: 
Type: 

 

This commercial structure was built circa 1952. Its first tenant was Cole-Dawson Real Estate.
 
1957 ad
 
By 1957 it was the Carolina Fabric Shop.
 
May 25, 1963 (photo by Roland Giduz, via UNC)
 
 
Then it was Triangle Finance, then Investor's Loan and Weaver's (a clothing repair shop) by 1968. In 1973 it was vacant.
 
By 1979, it became the locally infamous University Massage, after the property was sold to Shiu Lan Huang (for many decades he was one of the slumlords of the Chapel Hill area; he resold the property in 2013). There were rumors of it being operated (or at least "protected") by the Hell's Angels.
 
After some "legal issues" in the 2000s, it changed its name to All Girl Staff and then to Tom Cats II
 
2008 (by William J. via Yelp)
 
At night, 2010 (by Ruby Sinreich via Instagram)
 
In 2019 it was remodeled and modernized, with its original windows and a few other architectural features removed/replaced. It is now a coffee shop. One might call this a true "Happy Ending" for this building.

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