small business

Durham’s Chamber of Commerce chair seeks to revitalize town, empowering local businesses

By Campbell Atterbury

April 22, 2024

Monday, April 22, 2024 By Campbell Atterbury Tobias Rose is accomplished beyond his years.  With a natural innovative spirit, he creates his own hip-hop music on the side, co-founded the creative agency Kompleks Creative at age 21, designed a cover for The Foreign Exchange’s Grammy nominated single and helped establish the nonprofit Black Wall Street. […]

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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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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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Entrepreneurship hub Provident1898 promotes community, entrepreneurship in Durham

By Campbell Atterbury

March 26, 2024

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 By Campbell Atterbury Within the walls of Mutual Tower in Durham, resting between cookie cutter office spaces, lies an entrepreneurship hub and coworking space Provident1898. Provident1898 distinguishes itself from other offices by offering a variety of workspaces for business teams from various companies to come in and work. Founders Carl Webb […]

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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: 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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Mike De Los Santos spreading love through food in East Durham

By Campbell Atterbury

February 27, 2024

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024 By Campbell Atterbury When 16-year-old Mike De Los Santos took a playful jab at his boss’s way of making barbeque, his boss sighed and decided there was only one thing to do. Put him in charge.  Just like that, De Los Santos was responsible for the food truck that day. It […]

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

By Carl Kenney

February 22, 2024

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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North Carolina crafters get a boost from Durham venture

By Carl Kenney

February 24, 2014

North Carolina crafters will have a new location to showcase their work, thanks to a new brick-and-mortar opportunity in downtown Durham. The Makery, which features handmade and vintage products from North Carolina crafters, opened its doors on Feb. 8. Located at 401 W. Geer St, The Makery was originally an online shop, but co-owner Krista […]

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