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Couple seeks to open kid-friendly cafe in Chapel Hill

Posted April 15, 2013

I wrote quite a bit last year about Durham's new Stay and Play Snack Cafe, which is going strong since it opened in January. In fact, I'll have an update later this week about the cafe, which caters to parents and caregivers and their young children, with toys and kid-friendly snacks, along with cozy seating for parents and coffee.

I wanted to share details about another local couple's efforts to open a similar cafe in Chapel Hill. Wilton and Kristine Brown, parents of a baby boy born last fall, are seeking to open the Kids Play Cafe. Like the Stay and Play Snack Cafe, they are hoping to fund the business through crowd sourcing. The Browns are using to raise money from the public.

Wilton tells me that his wife is active in a local moms group.

"One of their biggest complaints is not enough places that are baby friendly in the Chapel Hill area that they can feel comfortable taking their kids/babies to," he wrote me in an email. His wife challenged him to create a place in Chapel Hill.

The family knows what it's like to run a business. Wilton, who served in Iraq with the Army from 2004 to 2005, is owner of Tarheel Photo Booth and also works for the Department of Veteran Affairs. Kristine is a Wake County school teacher with almost nine years of experience.

The couple, with their little son Kenly, lives in Pittsboro.

"I know with my wife's experience with children in the school system and my experience in business and food service our concept will make our mark in Chapel Hill," Wilton tells me.

For more about their plans and to learn how you can support it, click here.


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  • donewithecu Apr 17, 2013

    Tekel & jonnraleigh --What's great about all this concept. We actually have rewards for the different level of participation. The more you help us the better reward.

    computer trainer-- I do agree their are parents who take their children where ever and do what ever they want. But on the hind site their are parents who are responsible enough not to take children. Heck I haven't eaten out at my favorite place since my son was born because of you never know how fussy he can get.

    Fed-up29-- if we can make this concept successful in Chapel Hill, we would definitely add more spots as we grow! We would love to take this concept all over the Triangle!

    Sarah-- Thank you for this blog!!


  • Fed-up29 Apr 16, 2013

    what about the Raleigh/Cary area?

  • computer trainer Apr 16, 2013

    To be honest, I did not know that parents needed children friendly places. It seems that they take their children whereever they want and let them do as they want MANY times. It is pretty frustrating to spend over $100 for a meal and have to put up with children screaming, yelling and running around the restaurant.

  • jonnraleigh Apr 16, 2013

    Terkel - Easily found by googling it.

    "Crowdsourcing is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers. Often used to subdivide tedious work or to fund-raise startup companies and charities, this process can occur both online and offline.[1] The general concept is to combine the efforts of crowds of volunteers or part-time workers, where each one could contribute a small portion, which adds into a relatively large or significant result. Crowdsourcing is different from an ordinary outsourcing since it is a task or problem that is outsourced to an undefined public rather than to a specific, named group."

  • Terkel Apr 15, 2013

    What is "crowd sourcing"?