June/July 2022: The Best of Durham Issue

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Announcing the winners of our annual Best of Durham poll, this issue features the old standbys that survived the pandemic and the smart newcomers that emerged

BEST OF DURHAM ISSUE

10 My View of Durham
Readers’ favorite photographer Morgan Crutchfield shares a meaningful image of her own

30 Durham’s Finalists
Alley Twenty Six and Saltbox Seafood Joint – both of which celebrate a decade in business this year – are perennial Best of Durham Winners and 2022 James Beard Award nominees

36 Hot and Happening
The scoop on our best new restaurants

42 Tour de Force
This downtown district is jam-packed with Best of Durham winners

48 How Do You ’Cue?
Meat (OK, OK … ‘meet’) the man behind this Boxyard RTP fan favorite

52 Primo Pasta
Authenticity is the name of the game for this readers’ favorite food artisan

56 Step It Up
One of Durham’s best new businesses and dance studios sees early success despite opening amid the pandemic

60 Minding Their Manor
The couple behind this readers’ favorite B&B reflect on a quarter century in the hospitality business

64 Summer Do’s (and Don’ts)
Hairstylists at our readers’ favorite salons share tips and styles to beat the heat this summer

70 Made in Durham
Bestselling products from our readers’ favorite local brands

72 Best of Durham 2022 Winners

90 Remarkable Rooms
A few of our city’s best architects and interior designers share a unique recent project

FEATURES

24 9 Burning Questions
with Durham County Manager Kimberly J. Sowell

116 The Biker Gang
A group of Durham cyclists gather together in the name of health and camaraderie

120 Give a Little Bit
AmeriCorps Retired and Senior Volunteer Program matches volunteers to local organizations

124 Directory of Continuing Care, Assisted Living, Independent Living, 55+ Living and Cohousing Retirement Communities

DEPARTMENTS & COLUMNS

6 Go.See.Do
Our top picks for a sizzling summer

18 Noted
What we’ve heard around our city …

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

DURHAM INC.

134 Hot Shots
We chat with Paul Davis and Gavin Jocius of Mosi Tea

140 Biz Briefs

144 Networking
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours

146 The State of Our Local Auto Industry
Computer chip shortages, inventory woes, supply chain issues and rising gas prices have created a challenge for consumers and business alike

PEOPLE & PLACES

12 The Gathering at Parker & Otis
16 “Reckoning and Resilience” artists celebration at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

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