Johnny's Gone Fishing is a landmark in Carrboro that has been in existence for more than 40 years. It has had many incarnations from a bait and tackle shop to what is now, a community institution and cultural destination. Johnny's mere inventory sets it apart of which include, locally roasted coffee, glass bottle cokes, eggs, milk, candies and cakes. It's a general store meets environmentally friendly coffee shop and the outcome is nothing short of wonderful. Local musicians play indoor tunes every Thursday and Sunday and there is also a community garden. No matter your taste, preference or activity level, Johnny's has something to offer.
Not having always been the source of praise, Johnny's has endured its share of battles the past two years. With complaints coming in from neighbors the owner, Jan Halle, took charge of the property, installed a new manager, Susan Siplon, and talked out the differences between Johnny's and the community. It is a true testament to the people of Carrboro and Johnny's that things were able to be settled with grace. It has withstood a history that would have crumbled many a business but through good human nature, neighborly love and a passion for community Johnny's lives on.
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