The Latest from NCCU, Duke Lemur Center, The Cookery and More

The Latest from NCCU, Duke Lemur Center, The Cookery and More


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Business Briefs

I.T.S. Baseball (owners Chas and Megan Pippitt, pictured below) will relocate from Hillsborough to 4502 Bennett Memorial Road, where Bull City Gymnastics is currently located, in late 2017.

ITS Baseball PipitAustin-based Camp Gladiator, a fitness brand for all ages, has opened a location at Northgate Mall near Stadium 10 Theater. The business was conceived by Ally Davidson, winner of “American Gladiator” on NBC.

Empower Dance Studio is moving to 100 W. Parrish St. downtown.

Pierce McKoy’s shoeshine business McKoy’s Shoe Shines has moved from The Durham Hotel to Main Street, near Dame’s Chicken & Waffles.

Patina, a vintage, new and used furniture store on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard, has added MacRae Sollee, Maria Siegal, Anita Hicks and Jane Goss to its creative team, begun by Sissy Anlyan.

The Play House toy store on Ninth Street plans to reimagine the business from a retail shop to a resource center focusing on science and math programs for children ages 2 to 13. To accomplish this, the locally-owned business has launched a Go Fund Me page to help raise $15,000.

Lashanda DeBerry opened Pur Bella’s Organic Haircare Extensions & BlowOut Bar in September on Roxboro Street. Lashanda was inspired to open the business after a battle with cancer. The salon will offer wig services for cancer patients, massage therapy and organic hair treatments, among other services.

In the News

Vincent and Ethel Simonetti’s Historic Tuba Collection was featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition” in late August.

North Carolina Central University is the third highest-rated public historically black college/university in the country according to the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Duke University Golf Club 15th HoleDuke University’s golf club at Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club was selected by Golfweek as one of the publication’s top campus courses for 2016.

Nonprofit Notables

The Adcock Family. Photo by DVOC Photography

Visions of Bull City Art Show, hosted by The Choice Performance Center, raised $7,500 for the Melvin Brent Adcock Memorial Scholarship Fund supporting Girls on the Run of the Triangle. The center and the Adcock family (pictured right) established the memorial scholarship fund in August after Brent Adcock was shot and killed in July.

ReCity, a nonprofit serving disconnected youth and their families in the Triangle, officially launched its downtown Durham collaborative co-working space in September.

Dress for Success Triangle, our local chapter of the international nonprofit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools, served its 10,000th woman this July.

New Developments

Duke Park will soon feature a new dog park, complete with low stone walls, reclaimed playground equipment for the pups and small- and large-dog sections. The park is made possible thanks to a $25,000 grant courtesy of PetSafe’s Bark for Your Park program, and construction is expected to begin spring 2017.

The Edison Johnson Aquatic Center will close on or before Nov. 7 to replace the dehumidification unit and undergo routine maintenance, including new lights and fresh paint. The center is expected to remain closed until mid-February.

Taking a Stand

In response to the ACC’s decision to move the 2017 baseball championship from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Shelly Green – president of Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau – issued a statement on behalf of the organization saying she was disappointed, but understood the ACC’s decision. “I can only hope that these decisions made by the ACC and NCAA, as well as countless other businesses and organizations, will motivate a speedy resolution of this issue either legislatively or through the judiciary,” she said in a statement. DCVB remains opposed to House Bill 2.

And the Award Goes to …

Kari NewmanDurham Academy teacher Kari Newman received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and was recognized in Washington, D.C., in September. She is one of 105 teachers of students in grades 7-12 nationwide to receive the award, and one of only two in North Carolina.

jennifer-and-heather-watkins-2Jennifer Watkins, the mother of Durham Technical Community College student Heather Watkins, was one of 10 winners in the North Carolina Education Lottery’s Proud Moments in Education essay contest. She wrote about how Heather overcame the challenges of spina bifida and multiple sclerosis in order to graduate from Jordan High School on time in 2015.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation awarded Duke University Medical Center two grants totaling $257,685 to support the cancer research of Duke’s Michael Deel and Dan Wechsler.

Mark Your Calendar

Duke Lemur Center presents Lemurpalooza Oct. 14 from 4-7 p.m. Families are invited to meet lemurs in the Adopt-A-Lemur program and enjoy a picnic, food trucks and family-friendly activities. The cost is $50 per family, which helps the center care for the lemurs and supports conservation work, and you can make a reservation by calling 919-401-7252.

Duke Lemur Center. Photo by Briana Brough
Duke Lemur Center. Photo by Briana Brough

Charles Latham is poised to release his new album “Little Me Time,” which was recorded at Caveman Studios, in January 2017. A pre-release show will take place Nov. 3 at The Pinhook with support from John Howie, Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff. Advance copies of the new LP will be available at the show.

Alongside Chapel Hill Wine Company, The Cookery hosts the 10th annual Corks for Kids event to support UNC Children’s Hospital on Nov. 12.

On Election Day, Nov. 8, Durham County residents will have the chance to vote on education bonds supporting programs such as the Main Library renovation, Durham Technical Community College improvements and program expansion, upgrading facilities throughout Durham Public Schools and upgrades and maintenance to the Museum of Life and Science.

On the Move

After five years, Bob Geolas is stepping down from his position at president and CEO of the Research Triangle Foundation of N.C., which manages Research Triangle Park.

All in the Club

The National Council of Negro Women’s State Coalition meeting was held in August by the organization’s Durham chapter at North Carolina Central University.

ncnw1The Duke Campus Club, an organization for Duke-affiliated women, announced its new executive board for 2016-2017, which includes (below, from left): VP of Communications Penny Fleming, VP of Membership Diane Staton, past president Joy Dunlap, President Anne Alexander, President Elect Barbara Van Dewoestine, Treasurer Pam Swinney and Secretary Caroline Rourk.duke-campus-club

Laura Zolman Kirk
Associate Editor Laura Zolman Kirk is a Kentuckian turned North Carolinian who can't get enough of this buzzing community.