2024

A personal touch: How relationships shape the catering industry in Durham

By Cade Carlson

April 24, 2024

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 By Cade Carlson Paris Mishoe, owner of catering company Chef Paris, has been in the food service industry since 2016. He got his start “by accident or by default” working in the back of the kitchen at a “fine dining” restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “I started as a dishwasher, […]

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El Futuro fosters cultural understanding in Latino mental health care

By Nayeli Jaramillo-Plata

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 By Nayeli Jaramillo-Plata Daira Hernandez-Gayosso chose to have her high school graduation pictures taken in a garden outside of El Futuro, a local mental health clinic. For her, that garden signifies the mental and physical growth she experienced because of the services provided by this nonprofit. El Futuro offers therapy, psychiatry […]

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Inspiring Minds; changing lives, one kid at a time

By Maya Waid

April 22, 2024

Bree Elzy and Deryck Toles would meet in the same McDonald’s once a month. Soon, it turned into weekly meetings. One day, one of the kids asked Elzy and Toles a question that would change their future plans. 

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Local businesses lament lost business, hazards from local construction

By Tanner Arter

April 19, 2024

Friday, April 19, 2024 By Tanner Arter Local businesses said they are facing the brunt of the construction of Durham’s new apartment complexes, Geerhouse and 710 Rigsbee, but if they can survive construction, the businesses may see a boost long term. Megan Saunders, assistant general manager of Fullsteam Brewery, said construction on the new residential […]

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Durham’s food pantries face challenges as demand surges amid rising costs

By Danelis Olivera-Herrera

Friday, April 19, 2024 By Danelis Olivera-Herrera As the food bank deliveryman made his way inside the Iglesia Emanuel food pantry, carrying a dozen boxes, he stopped as he saw Margaret Rubiera, the volunteer manager. He told her there is less than usual, and he isn’t sure why. “It’s definitely less, but we’re grateful,” Rubiera […]

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Dame’s owners share recipe for growth, success

By Cade Carlson

April 16, 2024

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 By Cade Carlson Dame’s Chicken and Waffles has grown from a small, local establishment to a successful regional chain in the span of a decade. Since it opened the first location near the Warehouse District in downtown Durham, Dame’s has shown what can be accomplished with a unique idea and a […]

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Q&A: At Embodi Hydration & Wellness nurse, Dr. Janze Taylor hopes to serve more community health needs

By Nayeli Jaramillo-Plata

April 14, 2024

Sunday, April 14, 2024 By Nayeli Jaramillo-Plata Dr. Janze Taylor founded Embodi Hydration & Wellness, an alternative health and wellness spa in Durham two years ago. Taylor also is a nurse practitioner who works full time with Duke Health. Embodi Hydration & Wellness offers intravenous hydration and vitamins as well as weight loss services. This […]

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Q&A: Bullseye Bicycle owner brings decades of experience to Durham commuters

By Emma Geis

April 10, 2024

Monday, March 18, 2024 By Emma Geis Tyler Kober has owned and operated Bullseye Bicycle downtown on Morris Street since August 2012. The shop sells new and used bikes; repairs, maintains and fits bikes for customers; and offers a selection of beers. In addition, it is the gathering point for a monthly community “urban, off-road” […]

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Q&A: World Relief Durham’s Adam Clark engages community to help ‘immigrants thrive’

By Danelis Olivera-Herrera

Friday, March 15, 2024 By Danelis Olivera-Herrera Adam Clark has served as the executive director of World Relief since 2015. The Christian humanitarian organization expanded its efforts in 2007 to aid the local immigrant and refugee community in the Triangle area, mobilizing and equipping churches and communities to support this population. Previously, Clark was a […]

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Sincerely Yours Salon celebrates 25 years of nurturing natural beauty

By Stella Griffin

“When I came here it felt different from the others,” Hill said. “In the other settings, stylists talk to each other, they play music and they kind of ignore the client. It’s just a trade and you feel like you’re a customer. When I came here, it was about the person in the chair.”

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Pieces of a Legacy

By Ann Licharew

March 31, 2024

Sunday, March 31, 2024 By Ann Licharew As Mayor Elaine O’Neal steps away from a two-year term in office, she seeks her next calling through spirituality and reflection—leaving behind a lasting legacy as the first Black female mayor of Durham, North Carolina.

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Column: Durham City Council, call it a genocide

By Sydney Brainard

March 10, 2024

Sunday, March 10, 2024 By Sydney Brainard On February 20, the Durham City Council passed a cease-fire resolution, urging Biden “to call for and facilitate de-escalation and a sustained, bilateral ceasefire” and calling for “the release of all hostages held in Gaza,” as well as an end to U.S. military aid to Netanyahu. It was […]

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Q&A: Leslie Matista seeks to foster community at The Velvet Hippo

By Hannah Collett

March 7, 2024

Thursday, March 7, 2024 By Hannah Collett Leslie Matista is a longtime Triangle bartender who opened The Velvet Hippo in July 2023 with her partners hoping to make it a place where anyone would feel comfortable. The Velvet Hippo, located on Orange Street, has both indoor and outdoor spaces and regularly hosts events and fundraisers. […]

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Q&A: N.C. Court of Appeals candidate Carolyn Thompson

By Brigette Bagley

Thursday, March 7, 2024 By Brigette Bagley Carolyn Thompson is one of the candidates for the N.C. Court of Appeals seat that voters will determine in the general election. Thompson is running for a full-term position in the seat she was appointed to fill by Gov. Roy Cooper in September 2023 (her second appointment by […]

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Durham man turns to community to rally support for kidney transplant

By Stella Griffin

In 2007, Raymond was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerculosis (FSGS), a rare kidney disease that creates scar tissue around the kidneys and prevents them from filtering toxins from the blood. This  led to kidney failure for Raymond. He is in desperate need of a kidney transplant to live.

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Q&A: Julie Hinson fosters creativity and community at Outer Loop Arts 

By Alan Hunt

March 5, 2024

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 By Alan Hunt Durham native Julie Hinson is a potter and co-founder of Outer Loop Arts, a creative and retail space in the city’s Golden Belt district. The location hosts rentable studio space, classes and community events. Through word of mouth, social media and local art organizations, Hinson and her partner […]

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Durham Woman Empowers Teens to Shape their own Futures

By Courtney Fisher

February 28, 2024

In East Durham, Destiny Alexander is giving teens the power to shape their own futures through the POOF Center. Standing for “Planning Our Own Futures/Funerals,” the center gives teens resources like financial knowledge, business experience, and travel to help prepare them for success in the real world.

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A Stroll Down to Missy Lane’s

By Regan Rhymes

February 26, 2024

DURHAM, NC — In the vibrant arts and culture scene of Durham, NC, a new addition stands out: Missy Lane’s Assembly Room. This recently opened arts venue is not just another music venue; it’s a cultural hub that fills a niche in Durham’s arts scene.

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Durham Native & Black Pioneer: Ben Ruffin

By Brigette Bagley

February 22, 2024

It is Black History Month, which means you have likely seen social media posts and news articles commemorating the most influential Black pioneers in American history. But have you heard of Ben Ruffin in these posts or articles?

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East Durham Sweet Shoppe: Uniting Community through Decadent Treats and Local Flavor

By Carl Kenney

Stacy Ramos’s East Durham Sweet Shoppe isn’t just about sweets; it’s a beacon of community spirit and collaboration in East Durham. Through her dedication to fostering relationships and supporting local talent, Ramos has turned her storefront into a cherished gathering place. With dreams of expansion and a commitment to providing jobs for Durham citizens, Ramos’s vision extends far beyond confectionery delights—it’s about building a stronger, more connected community, one sweet treat at a time.

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Durham and Dance, A Trip To Linden’s Dancewear

By Carl Kenney

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 By Lesley Gonzalez For the last 16 years, Linden’s Dancewear has served as a pillar of Durham’s vibrant dance community by filling the void that Durham dancers face with a lack of dancewear stores in the area. Renee and Samantha Allen, the dynamic mother-daughter duo who co-own the store, work tirelessly […]

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The Story of Reading 

By Mary Mungai

The Children’s Literacy Project has become a staple of the Durham community, offering free tutoring services to children from low-income households who struggle with literacy. In the face of COVID and disruptions in the Durham school system, the Children’s Literacy Project works with schools and other organizations like LEAP to keep students progressing.

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Tabb runs for school board

By Carl Kenney

Wendell Tabb taught theater at Hillside High School for almost four decades. He’s running for an uncontested open seat on the Durham Public Schools board.

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