Turning tassels helps turn profits in the Triangle


It equals big money for local businesses.

Sean Gartland is just one of thousands turning his tassel this weekend. The UNC grad has gathered family from near and far to Chapel Hill.

"My mom, my dad, my grandparents from my mom's side from Germany, and my uncle from Germany, and my sister," Gartland said.

The family from all across the world is here to celebrate.

"Definitely you notice everywhere you go in Chapel Hill, even the grocery store, it's way, way crowded compared to normal," Gartland said.

The large numbers can mean large profits for local shops and restaurants.

Tom Scheilder manages Top This along Chapel Hill's busy Franklin Street. He said graduation weekend already triples his business at the restaurant, but his haul will be even bigger this time around.

"The streets have been crazy," Scheilder said. "You've got Mother's Day as well as lacrosse played Saturday and Sunday, women's and men. It's been really busy in the area."

But even though these graduates may be leaving with their families come Monday, business owners are already looking ahead.

"I'm looking forward to the freshmen coming with their parents coming into town," Scheilder said.

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