TRIANGLE NC

VOL16 ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUmE 16 — IssUE 1 32 Innovation and change defne Durham. Even the way the city's name is pronounced is evolving. Entrepreneur Gabriel Eng-Goetz is the founder of Runaway apparel brand that has received national attention for its urban perspective. Since 2012, Runaway's DURM™ campaign has grabbed the city with its brand that encourages residents to "say it like you're from here," drilling the city's name down to one syllable. The company is set to open its frst brick and mortar star in the spring. 2015 was a stellar year for a city that once looked "one and done" with its heyday in the rear view mirror. Today, the former tobacco and manufacturing community is unrecognizable from just a decade ago. Nationally touted restaurants, shopping, entertainment and yes, intellectual stimulation (read RTP and Duke University) have come home to roost in the Triangle city. Proof that it is a new day in the city is easily found in the active and rapidly growing downtown that was once deserted. Now it is the scene of restaurants, bars, entertainment and new places to lay your head at night. One mark of change is the record number of new hotels opening downtown, something that has not happened since the 1980s. Four luxury hotels opened in downtown Durham in 2015—The 17-story 21c Museum Hotel Durham, the six-story Aloft Durham Downtown Hotel, the boutique Durham Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott. Durham is a destination city in part by the proliferation of creative entrepreneurs who like Eng- Geotz choose to do business in the Bull City. durham Durham by lynne brandon Leigh-Kathryn Bonner is equally committed to her community. According to Bonner, it's never been a better time to "Bee Downtown." Bonner is a fourth generation bee keeper who was driven by her love of honey bees and the environment to start a bee keeping business. Bonner started her business while still an undergraduate at North Carolina State University. Bee Downtown installs and maintains beehives on rooftops for businesses in cities where bees can thrive and build healthy bee populations. "People learn about bees and industries show that they are environmentally conscious - a win-win for businesses," said Bonner. She also plans to teach preschool age children about bees with hands-on curriculum. She adds, "Bee Downton lets people invest in North Carolina agriculture and in the community – it is a sweet deal." At Spoonfower (started by two self described Internet geeks), consumers create, print and sell custom fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. The company now numbers over a million individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, clothes, furniture, framed artwork, costumes and other products. Others creative residents like Phillip Riggs are more of a mentor, not necessarily fashioning a new product but leaving an imprint on young mind. Riggs, a music educator at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics was named Grammy Music Educator of the Year by the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation. He was honored during the nationally televised event in 2016. Restaurant entrepreneurs continue to make their mark in Durham. In just a few years the city has earned cred as a "Mecca" for food lovers. Southern Living named Durham "The South's Tastiest Town" and CNN.com ranked Durham one of the top seven "up-and-coming foodie destinations" in the nation. Picnic is North Carolina's newest whole hog barbecue operation opened under the guidance of self-described barbeque man Wyatt Dickson, Chef Ben Adams (formerly of Piedmont Restaurant) and Green Button Farm hog farmer, Ryan Butler. Buzz spread quickly and the modern barbecue joint has already been recognized by Southern Living as "Next Generation 'Cue." Heritage-breed hogs from Green Button – cooked whole over oak – combine with Southern sides like bacon-braised collard greens to create "a new but old Southern food experience." Bull City Burger and Brewery is a favorite with burger lovers. "We make everything in house from as many local ingredients as possible, but especially local beef without added hormones and no antibiotics," said owner Seth Gross. Pizza lovers go to Pizzeria Toro. Dame's Chicken & Wafes, Dashi ramen shop and Japanese pub, Mateo, and other eclectic restaurants bring in crowds even during the week. >> historic, evolving, and rooftop bees d f

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