Johnny's: A Market, Cafe and More

Johnny's: A Market, Cafe and More

Trent Johnson
May 29, 2009
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It's hard to define Johnny's. It's a place where you can get your morning coffee on your bike ride to work; a place to get your locally grown pumpkin and Christmas tree; a place to grab a beer or cold brew coffee and listen to some live music with some friends; a place to purchase fresh eggs from the chickens, or produce from the gardens; a venue to host your own private party. There is always something new, blue bikes to borrow, a taco truck or a crepe truck to order food from and plenty of local art ...

You never quite know what you're going to get when you visit Johnny's, an amalgamation of all things local. Opened in Carrboro, NC in Feb. of 2008 by its owner Bryan Plaster, Johnny's was once a bait store called "Johnny's Sporting Goods." On the front side of Johnny's remains a Mexican tienda in a space which Bryan rents to a family that has managed it for 10 years. On Saturdays, a crepe truck sells breakfast while from Thursday to Sunday, a taco truck takes care of lunch and dinner. Free speed bingo is held every Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m., with prizes such as pastries, bread and chocolate milk.

During the winter, the fire pits are blazing and the fun doesn't stop. Johny's has been known to have community garage sales, oyster roasts and the kickoff spot for Crusin Tuesdays.

Here is a short list of events, services and things for sale at Johnny's:

  • A taco truck and crepe truck take turns providing food to the common area
  • Bingo nights
  • Oyster roasts
  • Live music
  • Movies
  • A blue bike hub (community bike program)
  • Community garage sales
  • Fundraisers

Things for sale:

  • Fresh produce
  • Beer and wine
  • Local milk and chicken eggs
  • Hot coffee, cold brew coffee, tea and coffee beans
  • Pastries
  • Pasta sauce
  • Bird houses
  • Christmas trees and pumpkins (seasonally)
  • Metal work

Johnny's Mentioned on the Web:

Johnny's of Carrboro Adds More Paris to the Piedmont via the Tao of Change
Eclectic market becomes new Carrboro hangout via the Carrboro Commons

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