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Neighbor Feature: Pomodoro Italian Kitchen


Are you looking for the absolute yummiest Italian food in Mebane with a warm, welcoming atmosphere and an attentive wait staff? Well we’ve got you covered! …or at least know someone who does!

Pomodoro Italian Kitchen is located in the heart of downtown Mebane, and what a heartbeat it helps provide!

Just last week, I went to Pomodoro for a Friday evening meal and I was NOT disappointed!

It was beautiful out so we took the opportunity to sit outside – look at the adorable downtown feel it provides!

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To start, our first course was a Caprese Salad – the fresh tomato, mozzarella, and basil were the perfect pairing! It was so yummy, I didn’t even think to take a picture of it!

After that, my friend and I decided to split a chicken, bacon, sausage bbq pizza! The pizza was perfectly cooked and the flavors were EVERYTHING!

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It goes without saying that we here at 119 South Apartments absolutely LOVE our neighbors at Pomodoro! In addition to my already (un)healthy obsession with Pomodoro, our office already has blocked out certain days that we’re saving as Pomodoro trips!

Look forward to our next community feature – we’re sure these are all local spots that you will fall in love with while you get squared away in your new home!

The Perfect Lazy Day in Mebane!

So, one might wonder…what is there to do in Mebane?

Let me tell you!

I was graced with the most glorious day off last week and I set out with the intention of having the most MAGICAL day off that I could! I knew that downtown Mebane would be a treasure trove filled with fun and goodness, so I didn’t even have to try to motivate myself to get out of bed because I knew that it would all be worth it!

To start, I started my morning off with Filament coffee in Downtown Mebane! I ordered an Herbal Lemonade with Rosemary Syrup as the add-in…and it was PERFECT to get me ready for my day!

photo of coffee shop from Mebane's downtown sidewalk with sun reflecting

After making my way through downtown, I decided I earned a self-spa day and went to Happy Nails off of Mebane Oaks Road to get pampered – it was everything you could want and more! From the amazing massage to the perfectly handled cuticles, I left walking on clouds!

Once all of that had happened, it was time for a late lunch. What better way to celebrate the beginning of May than by going to La Cocina – a day of self-spoiling is never complete without Mexican food to really push it over the top!

Photo of fried chimichanga with sour cream and guacamole on top from La Cocina in Mebane

To wrap it all up, I decided to put the icing on top with a trip to Mebane’s very own Muffin’s Ice Cream shop to tickle that sweet tooth! The hot fudge on top of Maple View Farms ice cream was EVERYTHING I could want and more!

Photo of Muffin's Ice Cream Shop sign from downtown Mebane sidewalk in front of store

There’s no better way to celebrate a day off in Mebane than to make sure you hit up all the places that a true “Mebanite” would visit on a regular day!

(photocredit to TripAdvisor – I was too busy enjoying my day to take pictures!)

6 Ways To Maximize Your Small Space

Just because you are living in an apartment doesn’t mean you have to be limited on the amount of space you have and how you use it! Whether you are downgrading from a larger home/apartment, not sure how to efficiently utilize your space, or are just in need of a little help in the decor department, then you’ll definitely find this blog post helpful! (The original blog post can be found here:

Proportions. Essentially, small spaces should be equipped with smaller décor. This doesn’t mean you can only use tiny furniture—you just want to be sure to stay aware of proportions. If you have a large television you want to choose a piece of furniture that can complement its size. If you install shelves on your wall or add a bookcase to your space, be sure the items and accessories you place on it are all similar to each other in size.

Mirrors. Y’all would think I am the most conceited person if you saw how many mirrors The Mint Cottage has! Now I may like a long glance in one every now and then, but the real reason I have so many is because they can add depth to your rooms. A majority of the time they act as an additional window, reflecting double the amount of light in the room, which can also double your space!

Multi-tasking furniture. Furniture that can take on more than one purpose is super helpful in maximizing your small space. Small spaces tend to not have enough storage. For example, find you a piece of furniture like a dresser or book case to use as a television stand. My television stand happens to be a bookcase that I’ve had since college. I purchased inexpensive wicker baskets similar to these to add additional storage. Side note: don’t overlook furniture hand-me-downs! My television stand is also the same bookcase my mom used when she was in college!

Paint colors. Pick a soft simple palette for your walls. I was fortunate enough to purchase my house already freshly painted with neutral colors. Using lighter colors not only brightens your rooms and makes it appear larger, but it also gives you flexibility with the color of your décor.

Don’t be afraid to accessorize! Fill your walls, shelves, and tables with things you love! Doing so will automatically make your home seem more personal and inviting. Just be sure your accessories are organized and intentional with their placements to avoid becoming clutter. The Mint Cottage has so many knick-knacks because its owner (I won’t name any names…) has a problem, but that’s okay because they are all strategically organized!

The number of pineapples I have throughout my home is a little unreal. I can’t help myself! Pineapples actually have a neat story to them: historically, this fruit was crowned that of social events and became the symbol of welcome, friendship, and hospitality. If you saw a whole pineapple displayed at a party, then that told you no expense was spared in guaranteeing yours and other guests’ enjoyment. So, in other words, I’m super hospitable here at The Mint Cottage!
(1. Pineapple Trinket Dish    2. Kate Spade Candy Stripe Note Pads    3. Pineapple Candle Jar    4. Bamboo Print Matchbox    5. Things We Love Book     6. Island Style Book)

I never turn away family furniture hand-me-downs! Even if you don’t have a place for them when you first receive them, hold on to them–you never know when you’ll feel like changing your home’s look! These are from my Aunt Paige and their sizes complement everything else in the room.


Rugs. If you know me at all, then you know I love to “cut a rug!” I also love using rugs as décor and space creators! Rugs, if used decorously–this is an actual word, I promise—will create additional depth in the room. Also don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors with your rug! Just be sure its colors are attached to other accessories around the room to avoid a cluttered look.

This rug is one of my favorite purchases, and I didn’t even have to break the bank to buy it! I just love how it ties in my entire living room space. You can purchase it here in different sizes!


I’m a sucker for a pretty wingback chair, and I’m obsessed with how perfectly it (which I got from my mother’s house) pairs with my rug!

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Tips for New Residents

Welcome! We are so glad to have you at our community. Let us know if you have any questions or if there are any ways we can serve you. Please remember to break down your moving boxes when you dispose of them so there’s enough room for everyone’s trash. Welcome to our community!

Community Activities

Do you have an idea for an activity you’d like to see here? Whether it’s a game night or a walking group, let us know so we can help facilitate. We are always interested to hear your ideas about ways we can bring neighbors together for meaningful activities. We look forward to hearing from you.