February/March 2020

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Whether or not you play into the superstitions, the start of a new year always brings about renewed hope for a better 12 months than the last. Health, wealth and happiness, right? 

Well, this editor did not eat her share of collards, black-eyed peas and pork, shamefully neglecting to indulge in the Southern tradition, and – to be honest – the first month of 2020 has felt a bit lackluster. I’m not following my resolutions to a T as I had been so eager to do; I’ve yet to find time to even put away all my holiday decorations, let alone go for a jog or do a healthy meal prep.

But, one resolution I plan to stick to (and have been doing all right, so far) is to reduce my waste, especially when it comes to plastic. The three women behind Fillaree, Don’t Waste Durham and Gather Green, featured on pg. 64, have been inspirations to me for a while now, but with all that’s happening in our world and to our precious ecosystems, now more than ever we should all take personal responsibility for the trash we produce. Reusable containers for drinking water seem so easy, and much more commonplace now, but these women are hoping to eliminate the need for single-use plastic across the board, from soap, shampoo and household cleaners to take-out containers and more. And, thanks to the help of Gather Green’s methods of preventing and diverting waste, Fillaree’s business produced only eight pounds of trash over an entire year. Isn’t that incredible?

These three are just a few of the many examples of people in Durham making a difference in our community and beyond, and we’ve featured several others in our second annual Influencers article that begins on pg. 56. Read their stories, and I’m positive you’ll come away feeling inspired to make our city – even our planet – a better place. After all, sometimes the best ways to keep to your self-improvement resolutions are to look at the bigger picture first, and work your way in.  – Amanda MacLaren


40 I Wanna Getaway
A Durhamite takes a break in quiet Edenton

56 The Influencers
Community members sing the praises of seven people who impact our city, our nation and our world 

68 Family Ties
Parents and their kids can spend quality time under the stars, at the museum or on the farm

82 Summer Camp Guide
Camps in our area that suit every kid’s interest, from sports and science to arts and engineering


4 Letter 

9 Go. See. Do.
Our top events for February and March

28 Noted
What we’ve heard around town …

32 Lost and Found
Carl Kenney talks about his move to Durham, and what’s changed since

34 Duke’s Steady Pipeline
David S. Pisetsky discusses how the university continues to draw top athletes from the North and Midwest

36 Think of the Children
Amber Watson shares the importance of supporting local foster families

98 The Heart of Home
Find inspiration in these stylish kitchen renovations

132 Taste
Discover our city’s best restaurants 

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


120 Hot Shot: Kyle Mumma
Helping athletes prepare for life outside of sports

122 Biz Briefs

125 Networking
Durham Technical Community College Scholarship Breakfast
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Forum and Holiday Reception
Downtown Durham Inc. Annual Meeting

128 Surviving a Recession
Experts offer guidance on how to learn from the 2008 financial crisis and protect your business from any potential downturns


16 Sip + Savor

17 Animal Protection Society of Durham’s Tails at Twilight Gala

18 Durham 150 Closing Ceremony

20 Duke Children’s Gala

22 Smitten Center for Child and Family Health Fashion Show & Brunch

24 Housing for New Hope’s Rent Party 

26 “Durham: A Self Portrait 150” Premiere


46 Faces of 2020
Celebrating the people behind our businesses

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

96 Healthy Durham
A conversation with Lara Khalil, with contributions from the rest of the office on youth

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