Doug Speight carries on family legacy in Durham with new position

By Justin Laidlaw

December 6, 2017

  The Speight family has been a staple of Durham commerce for decades dating back as far as the 1930s with places like Speight’s Auto Service, a business that is still active today. Doug Speight, whose grandfather, Theodore, started Speight’s Auto Service, is attempting to carry on that family legacy for the next generation of […]

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If you thought Joe Bushfan was done serving the community – think again

By Taylor Mabrey

November 9, 2017

“My dream was just to help folks less fortunate than myself,” Durham resident and catalyst Joe Bushfan said when talking about his efforts in his community. While Bushfan has been around Durham for a while now, he has no plan on stopping his efforts to help others. In 2020, he hopes to open a diner […]

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5th Fare: More than a tattoo parlor

By Alex Zietlow

November 8, 2017

Just like the skin of the store’s customers, the walls inside 5th Fare — one of Durham’s newest urban galleries and tattoo parlors — are dressed up with artwork. There’s an outlined sketch of a bull with city landmarks filling the animal’s body. There are drawings of sheet music with abstract, unidentified monsters in the […]

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Black Men Run meets new faces weekly

By Autavius Smith and Carl Smith

October 26, 2017

Casual joggers and athletes may get up in the morning to run for all intended obvious health benefits; lose weight, improve self-esteem, and prevent disease. But for North Carolina State University Economics professor Jason Coupet and a few of Durham’s running clubs, exercise is just part of the health equation for an advantageous lifestyle. A […]

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Lyon Parks Facility manager hangs it up

By Tyee Meek and Qaadir McFadden

October 24, 2017

Victoria Phillips, 72, the facility manager at The Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park, also known as Lyon Park, for about eight years retired in early October. She is moving to Atlanta to be closer to her family. Phillips is also a former student at the center that was once the old […]

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A simple Saturday morning: Samuel & Sons isn’t going anywhere

By Allen Longstreet

October 18, 2017

Angier Avenue was devoid of traffic. It was so quiet for 10 a.m. that it could have been the middle of the night. But inside Samuel & Sons Barber Shop, lively conversation ensued; R&B music filled in the background of stories, smiles and laughs. Samuel Jenkins, 54, gave his first trim of the day to […]

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After primary, Ali and Schewel network with young professionals

By Davis McKinney

If you remember last year’s election at all, you probably associate politics with divisive attack ads and heated debates. But all negative preconceptions were put to rest last Thursday night at Beyú Caffé where mayoral candidates Steve Schewel and Farad Ali met in a moment of political civility to interact with young professionals from Durham. […]

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Joe’s Comedy Corner brings laughs to Angier Avenue

By Allison Tate

October 17, 2017

For Joe Bushfan, laughter is important during hard times. That’s why the entrepreneur and community leader started up Joe’s Comedy Corner on Angier Avenue. Now with two successful shows under its belt, it looks like Bushfan and the community are thinking alike. “I think laughter is good for the soul–especially with all these tumultuous times […]

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Motherland Vibrations comes to Durham

By Taquaisha Patrick

October 8, 2017

  Making the jump from being a vendor, who sells products at local and regional events and has to unpack and pack and transport and travel, to opening a store is a momentous jump, but brother and sister team Smkiya and Christopher (who declined to have their last names published) have done just that with […]

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How to be your own boss

By Daija Graves

October 6, 2017

  Business textbooks probably cannot keep up with how the millennial generation is revolutionizing the art of entrepreneurship. College students, using social media and the internet are finding ways to create products and make money. The days of working at the mall to make some money may be coming to an end. One local example […]

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East Durham cobbler does it the Love-Way

By Autavius Smith

October 5, 2017

Amid the one-story homes around 506 Burlington Avenue, Love-Way Shoe Repair shop, run entirely by 70-year-old Gayford Caston has prolonged his niche-driven business for 32 years with the help of close-knit ties in East Durham. Patrons looking to inquire about shoe restoration might be greeted with a slow widening smile from Caston; a “Hey, how […]

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Jewel maker brings big idea to Northeast Central Durham

By Autavius Smith

  A bronze-colored, five-foot horse statue made from scrap metal pieces sits at the intersection of Rigsbee Avenue and Hunt Street in Northeast Central Durham. Further down Hunt Street is a sculpture with a scarlet silhouette of three people peddling on unicycles. Placed near the side building backdrop of two men forging metal is another […]

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Durham Green Flea Market: It’s all about what you can give

By Allen Longstreet

September 20, 2017

  On Saturdays and Sundays, there is quite a bit of congestion on East Pettigrew Street, just past the intersection of Alston Avenue. But the traffic isn’t caused from churchgoers or construction — it’s the line of cars waiting to get into the Durham Green Flea Market. Boasting over 150 vendors, with items ranging from […]

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Hillside students attend business academy

By Davis McKinney

Summer break and all of its familiar facets like pools, naps and no homework just weren’t enough for Jasir Haynes and Jalen McKoy. The two Hillside High School students wanted to use their vacation time to try to better themselves and gain valuable skills and knowledge. By attending North Carolina Central University School of Business’s […]

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Beth Mann: Early Bird Photography

By Tiayana Ford

  Beth Mann still remembers what each of the photos looks like from the family photo album. Her dad used to glue tons of little photo corners onto the page and caption every photo  with a felt tip. “I still remember remember what each of those pages look like because of what they showed me. […]

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Barber Terry Clay: Jack of all trades, and then some

By Carl Smith

  Where is an all-in-one therapist, politician, stylist, entrepreneur, and friend when you need one? The Swagger House on 4420 North Roxboro Rd. is the place to find it all. Terry Clay is a solo barber and a Durham native who has a deep connection for his community. He uses the skill of barbering to […]

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Meet the real McKoy

By Taylor Mabrey

  “If you don’t like the shine, you don’t pay a dime” or “Hey, let me do your shoes” are just a few of the things you can hear when you’re walking down West Main Street on a sunny day. Durham native Pierce McKoy has been shining shoes since 1967– and to many of those […]

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Kasib Abdullah is all about the community

By Julian Keeler

September 19, 2017

  From owning New Visions of Africa to founding Believers United for Progress, Kasib Abdullah has done a great deal of work in the Durham community. Abdullah was born in New Jersey. He moved to Durham in 1995. Along with two other men, Abdullah opened a restaurant called New Visions of Africa in 2004 at […]

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Honesty and integrity: starting a business in Durham

By Brian Shurney

April 19, 2017

  Starting a business can be a daunting task, full of risks and uncertainties, but there are plenty of entrepreneurs who have found success in Durham. Three business owners — Joe Bushfan, Miguel Collado and Samuel Jenkins — shared their tips and secrets for running a business. Joe is the owner of Joe’s Commissary, a […]

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