April 2020

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As I write this, our city is stuck smack in the here and now – it’s no small thing shuttering a city, a state, a world, and asking everyone to sacrifice together by not touching, by not working, by staying home, by changing everything. Other historical inflection points are inadequate to the moment – there is not a day of infamy, nothing to compare to the shared grief and anger after 9/11, or the Great Depression when fully 25% of the nation’s workforce was idle.

Maybe the sui generis-ness of the virus and its shutdown prevents us from clearly imagining what tomorrow will look like in Durham. Surely, much, most, of the city will come roaring back; after all, I’ve always thought of Durham as a city where optimism is the dominant part of our DNA.

But it’s fair to expect that the new normal is going to be unfair. Some restaurants won’t reopen and others are going to need extra support to get back on their feet. Many are, right now, trying to serve the community and keep their staff employed (as much as possible) by providing delivery and pickup meals. Thank you.

Typically, we as a nation eat out six times every week. When our great restaurants reopen, I hope that number doubles, which will not be a hardship here. Maybe that will stave off the onslaught of the chain restaurants. The foodiest city in North Carolina has come a long way in the past dozen years, and it will be crushing if we slide back, which I don’t for a moment believe will happen.

The heaviest burden, though, after any calamity, disproportionally falls on the shoulders of the neediest. This magazine is committed to helping out those most hurt by the virus in the aftermath of this overwhelming disaster. But that’s down the road , which we are all traveling together. – Dan Shannon


38 Personal Projects 
Three local design professionals turn their eye on work that hits close to home

56 A Case Study in Style
Don Ricardo Massenburg uses his bold taste for color and patterns to create visually striking rooms for his clients

62 Intentional Living
The draws of shared space, sustainability and valued community

68 Frame of Mind
Discover locally curated art for your home at our city’s many galleries

74 All That You Can Bee
Buddha Bee Apiary and its clients bring hundreds of thousands of bees to our neighborhoods, one hive at a time


8 Go. See. Do.
Our top events for April

23 Noted
What we’ve heard around town …

34 Chefs at Home
The meals they enjoy most when they’re off the clock

95 Taste
Discover our city’s best restaurants 

103 Engagement & Wedding
Tying the knot, Bull City-style


86 Biz Briefs

88 Collaboration, By Design
Innovative office spaces provide a balanced working environment for employees

92 Networking
Black Business Gala hosted by the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Annual Meeting


10 Kidznotes’ Grow Gala

12 Meals on Wheels Durham’s Feed the Need Gala 

14 Durham Tech fundraiser and teaching dinner at NanaSteak 

16 Caring House benefit gala

18 Book Harvest’s Dream Big Book Drive & Community Celebration

20 Science of Wine at Museum of Life and Science 

22 Durham Regional Association of Realtors’ 99th Annual Awards Luncheon


28 Faces of 2020
Celebrating the people behind our businesses

36 Healthy Durham
The Durham County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension director explains its mission and how it aligns with Healthy Durham 20/20 

72 Adopt A Pet
Meet a pup and two cats waiting on their forever homes at the Animal Protection Society of Durham

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