October/November 2022: The Downtown Issue

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I know I’m not the only one who feels like time is moving infinitely faster with each passing year. Somehow, I blinked, and summer is gone.

The warmer months are always my favorite – it’s when I travel, see friends, act spontaneously and fling myself into adventure. But in the fall, I tend to stay close to home and settle into routines. I’m a sucker for organization, even if the state of my work desk screams otherwise.

Autumn is when I reset and revisit all the reasons that I love to call Durham home: Walking underneath the vibrant tree canopies at West Point on the Eno, taking in the quiet peace of the Eno River as leaves fall gracefully to the forest floor. Spending a late night downtown, strolling under the glow of the Edison bulb lights on Parrish Street after seeing a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center or The Carolina Theatre or The Pinhook.

Maybe I’ll head to Queeny’s for a late-night snack, or grab a hot dog or Frito pie at Accordion Club. (Or even combine the two – thanks for the tip, Carrie!) I’ll wake up early the next morning in order to maximize my hours of sunlight, then grab a steaming hot vanilla latte from Cocoa Cinnamon, Liturgy or The Oak House Durham and head to the Durham Farmers Market where I’ll refill my Homebucha growler, load up my bag with goat cheese from Elodie Farms and peruse my dry skin-saving options from Lo & Behold Natural Body Care during my multiple circuits around Durham Central Park.

For more downtown adventure ideas, turn to page 28 where some of our well-known Bull City bloggers discuss their faves. Or learn about one of our newest artist and vendor markets, The Makrs Society, on page 38. Hear from our city’s first poet laureate, D.J. Rogers, on page 44, and discover the perks of condo living and starting your own urban garden (fall is the best time to prepare!) on pages 54 and 64, respectively.

So grab a mug (or pint glass!) of your favorite beverage – I’d go with a hot toddy from West End Wine Bar myself – get to reading, and savor every moment of the magic that is fall in Durham. – Executive Editor Amanda MacLaren


28 Influencer Insights
Follow the advice of three content creators as they share the best ways to explore our downtown

38 Market Power
Downtown pop-up series gains momentum, sets sights on bigger events

44 3 Burning Questions …
City of Durham’s inaugural poet laureate D.J. Rogers shares his vision for the job and the role that poetry plays in city life

46 What’s Up, Downtown
The latest development news

54 Rooms With a View
Dr. Moira Artigues finds her happy place in the downtown of a city she’s loved for nearly 30 years

64 Diggin’ Downtown
A visit to Zoë Shear’s East Durham garden proves fruitful in both produce and knowledge


72 Making the Grade
Meet Durham Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year

76 Machine Learning
A spotlight on three robotics clubs that prove their mettle by earning medals

82 Oh, the Places You’ll Go
The future looks bright for Durham’s community college

86 Back to Class
The latest news from our local schools

88 Directory of Independent, Regional Boarding, Charter and Choice Program Schools


4 Letter from the Editor

8 Go.See.Do
Chill out with these fun fall events

16 Noted
What we’ve heard around our city …

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


100 Innovative Ways to Create Success Amid Challenges
While the nation concerns itself with talks of recession, North Carolina and Durham hold strong as places of growth, continuously racking up accolades as one of the best places to live and do business in the country


12 Book Harvest’s Summer Block Party

14 Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University’s exhibit opening for Roy Lichtenstein: History in the Making, 1948-1960


22 Health Care
Meet local dentists and providers

34 Downtown Durham
Explore living, dining, arts and more …

63 Adopt a Pet
Take home one of these pets from the Animal Protection Society of Durham today!

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