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CHAPEL HILL NATIVE
Chapel Hill, NC

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ABOUT OUR SHOP:

The idea behind this CHAPEL HILL NATIVE shop was born back in 1995, when owner Nancy Ingram Largent designed a car bumper magnet that said "CHAPEL HILL LOCAL: We never REALLY leave!" She was working at a small sign shop then, and made each magnet by hand. Many of her fellow Chapel Hillians had moved away, but they often came back to visit, if not move back home eventually. And even those natives who hadn't come back to Chapel Hill for a while always seemed to hold a part of their special hometown in their hearts wherever they went, which is why they never really do leave.

Back then, Nancy always carried those magnets with her, so that whenever she ran into a Chapel Hill native, she could give them one. Pretty soon, Nancy's magnets were spotted all over town, and people kept asking her where they could get another one, and told her she should sell them.

Twenty years later, Nancy finally took their advice and started this Chapel Hill Native shop! The original design has been changed to "CHAPEL HILL NATIVE: We never really leave!" because she preferred the term "native" over "local." Then she created a few more designs for Chapel Hillians who may or may not be natives, but claim Chapel Hill as their home, and some for Carrboro Townies, now that Nancy is currently a C'boro Townie herself.


ABOUT THE OWNER:

Nancy Ingram Largent's parents moved to Chapel Hill, NC in 1975 when she was four years-old, in order to escape the harsh winters of New England. And she is so thankful that they did! Nancy first lived at Townhouse Apartments, when basketball greats Phil Ford and Walter Davis were roomies there, and she often waited outside their apartment for an autograph, to no avail. In 1979, she moved to Churchill Drive in Briarcliff, and in 1984, moved just down the street to Brigham Court.

Nancy attended Glenwood Elementary, Carolina Friends School, Ephesus Elementary, Culbreth Junior High, and THE High School, CHHS, class of '88. Her summers were spent going to camp at Storybook Farm, swimming in Clearwater and Eastwood Lakes, and playing at Umstead Park.

Then Nancy wanted to see how the other half of Chapel Hill lived and became a college student at UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating in 1992. Life as a Tar Heel was a completely different experience than life as a native, and gave her an even greater appreciation for this amazing college town.

There is an underlying rule that if you grow up here, you have to play in a band at some point. So she spent the next four years playing reggae with Plutopia at local venues like the Cat's Cradle (they were too big to fit into The Cave), and of course, Apple Chill and Festifall.

In 1996, Nancy enrolled in the College of Design at NCSU to study graphic design, and graduated in 2000. Much to the annoyance of her fellow classmates, she never switched allegiances to the Wolfpack, making that clear to everyone on game days.

In the summer of 2000, Nancy married fellow Chapel Hill native Doug Largent and they moved to New York City. "Why?" was the most frequently asked question from Chapel Hillians, and their answer was always, "We need an adventure!"

After ten years of that adventure, having a daughter called them back home in 2010. Now with six grandparents in town, Nancy and Doug are thrilled to have her grow up like they did, surrounded by family and friends in the best hometown in the world!




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