Friday, December 21, 2012
Regado Biosciences, which maintains a development lab in Durham, is developing drugs to control bleeding, and has raised $51 million in new financing, including backing from Triangle-based Aurora Funds.
The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce has joined the 25 founding members of a national business coalition called "Business for Skilled Worker Immigration," which wants to overhaul the nation's broken immigration laws for skilled workers.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Duke Cancer Center in Durham honored Cindy Atkins, a local volunteer who helps patients cope with self-image issues that often arise during breast cancer treatment, received the Light of Hope.
Durham resident Andrea Harris was named the 2012 Newsmaker of the Year by The Triangle Tribune for her work helping minority businesses as president of the NC Institute for Minority Economic Development.
Durham's Croasdaile Village was acknowledged by the Triangle Business Journal for being the third largest continuing care retirement community in the Triangle.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Josh Sommer of the Chordoma Foundation, a cancer research foundation in Durham has made Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, a who’s-who of the nation’s top young entrepreneurs and executives. Forbes chose Sommer, 24, as its top winner in its “science and healthcare” category.
Duke University student Bryan Silverman has been named College Entrepreneur of 2012 by Entrepreneur Magazine for his work with Star Toilet Paper, an advertising agency that uses printed toilet paper to sell ads.
The Durham Housing Authority says it plans to demolish the Lincoln apartment complex on Lakeland Street where dozens of families are being evicted and build a multi-income housing development in its place.
Wolfgang Liedtke, an associate professor at Duke Medicine, has been named one of 10 Harrington Scholar-Innovators, which includes a grant of up to $200,000 over two years. Liedtke won for his work in pain control, specifically helping to develop a new class of drugs that inhibit the pain response in skin with potential applications in painful skin conditions including sunburn and wound pain.
Little Rock, Ark.-based web company Windstream Hosted Solutions is building a new enterprise-class data center in Durham. The planned 22,0000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2013 and could be expanded to 88,000 square feet.
The owners of the Papas Grille closed the restaurant in June to allow for interior renovations, and re-opened the eatery Nov. 20 as the Bleu Olive Bistro & Café with a more casual atmosphere and an updated menu. The restaurant is at the shopping center at 1821 Hillandale Road in Croasdaile Commons.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Triangle Business Journal announced the list of finalists for its 2013 Real Estate Awards. More than five of those finalists were Durham businesse
A Duke University primatologist’s fight to savethe silky sifaka lemurs is the focus of “Madagascar, Lemurs & Spies,” an episode of Natural World on the Animal Planet network tonight at 8.
Durham's Biogen Idec Foundation in collaboration with Triangle Community Foundation announced it has awarded 28 grants totaling $48,914.55 to Triangle area schools (seven from Durham) and nonprofits as part of its Micro-Grants in Science Education program. The program provides small, one-time grants ranging from $250 - $2,500 to schools and nonprofits to support science education initiatives.
Monday, December 17, 2012
After three staff members resigned within weeks of each other, Durham's Historic Stagville has hired manager, Stephanie Hardy, assistant manager, Jeremiah DeGennaro, and maintenance head Tony Strother.
Durham County Board of Health member Nancy Short has been elected by the membership of the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) to a three-year term in the Director-at Large position.
The 150-unit Lincoln Apartments complex has a new owner in the Durham Housing Authority, which this week paid $300,000 to buy the property from the foundation that had long controlled it.
Durham nonprofit Triangle Community Foundation has named Lori O’Keefe as its new president, effective Jan. 1. O’Keefe currently serves as vice president and chief operating officer for the foundation.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens will be a smoke-free environment beginning January 1, 2013. This new policy joins a list of existing regulations designed to ensure the safety of visitors, plants and wildlife.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Talk of the Town, the 21-year-old restaurant and nightclub at 108 E. Main Street was recently was recognized by the Durham County Board of Commissioners for its contributions to the downtown social scene. Owned by Sam and Audrey Sellars, TOTT is an intimate place to play card games, listen to live music or poetry and enjoy great soul food.
Salutations, an award-wining stationery and invitation boutique is relocating from Meadowmont Village in Chapel Hill to Golden Belt as of January 2, 2013.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Biogen Idec will be using Research Triangle Park facilities of Eisai Inc., the U.S. pharmaceutical business of a Japanese company, to make oral, solid dose products such as tablets through a partnership announced Wednesday.
On Wednesday evening, 753 high school seniors will find out they are the first members of Duke University's Class of 2017. This year, 2,540 students applied under Duke's Early Decision program, the second-largest number recorded. Those who apply via this process have already selected Duke as their first-choice college, and commit to enroll at the university if they receive an offer of admission in December.
Durham-based RTI International has reached an agreement to acquire Berkeley, Calif.-based MPR Associates Inc., an education research and consulting firm that has about 80 staff members with backgrounds in the social sciences, public policy, teaching and technology.
Square 1 Bank, a banking partner to entrepreneurs and the venture capital community, announced that it has provided a credit facility to RTP-based Heat Biologics, Inc., a clinical-stage immunotherapy company. Proceeds of the credit facility will be used to support ongoing clinical trials and company growth.
Charlotte-based Crescent Resources, the developer behind the apartment complex that’s already under construction near Ninth Street, is planning to build another complex nearby, a 208-unit apartment complex near Main and 15th streets, near the existing Erwin Square development.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Members of Durham's Counter Culture Coffee Team won both the Barista Championship and Brewers Cup titles in the 2012 Southeast Regional Barista Competition this past weekend.
Pop’s Backdoor South, a pizza place in the Hope Valley Square shopping center on Shannon Road in Durham, will be sold to the eatery’s chef and manager, Jefe Lubiano.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Triangle J Council of Governments recently named award winners for the 2012 Triangle Green Business Challenge. Awards were presented to three Durham businesses; Ninth Street Bakery, Self-Help Credit Union and BioCryst Pharmaceuticals. Twenty-one companies and organizations participated in the challenge to help businesses improve the efficiency and sustainability of their day-to-day operations.
Texas-based Compass Datacenters has begun construction on a data center project in Research Triangle Park at 99 T.W. Alexander Drive in Durham County where Compass Datacenters is planning to eventually build three data center buildings.Completion of the first building is targeted for the second quarter.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Downtown Durham Inc. has recognized six businesses and individuals that have been, “instrumental to the ongoing physical, functional, and cultural transformation of Downtown Durham.” Recipients include Alice Sharpe, Dame's Chicken and Waffles, 5 Points Project, 502 Rigsbee, Mateo's Bar de Tapas and Morris RidgeAwards
Shelley Stewart has recently launched a mobile business called Milk & Honey Bakery, which sells bite-sized cheesecakes made in Durham-based commercial kitchen The Cookery.
Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas will open a 7,000-square-foot building in Durham at the Hope Valley Commons shopping center which is located near the intersection of N.C. 751 and N.C. 54 in Durham.
The former restaurant Kemp’s Seafood House at 115 Page Point Circle in Durham has changed its name to Louie & Charlie’s Grille & Tavern. The restaurant is under the same ownership, but the concept has changed and a full bar has been added.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Triangle Business Journal honored 20 local companies as the 2012 Healthiest Employers of the Triangle at an awards luncheon held Thursday at the Marriott in downtown Raleigh. Durham businesses Syngenta, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority of North Carolina, Durham Regional Hospital, Alston & Bird LLP received awards
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Scott Harmon, a partner the development firm Re:Vamp Durham, said he’s partnering with Raleigh-based White Oak Properties to develop property at 130 E. Main St. into a condo project known as Church + Main.
Bill Kalkhof, the first president of the downtown revitalization-focused group Downtown Durham Inc., announced Wednesday that he’ll be retiring from the role April 30 after 20 years in the role.
Durham biomarker research firm Metabolon has renewed its multi-year agreement with Swiss agrobiotech Syngenta. The deal means Metabolon will continue to provide Syngenta, which has a Research Triangle Park campus, access to its biochemical profiling technology for use in agriculture applications.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Greensboro apartment investment firm Bell Partners Inc. has sold the Alta Walk property in Durham, to Capital Senior Housing of Washington, D.C. for $23.25 million. The property was built in 2008 on Fayetteville Street in Durham.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Durham City Council has awarded a $47,145 grant to the Museum of Durham History for capital improvements to its History Hub and for the installation of an area combining a map of local heritage sites and an interactive, touch-screen display.
Duke University senior Kenneth Hoehn has been selected to receive the Marshall Scholarship, a prestigious award that sends 40 American students each year to the United Kingdom to pursue graduate degrees at the university of their choice. Hoehn will study at Oxford’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.
Monday, December 3, 2012
The John Avery Boys and Girls Club announced that Jesse Boulerice has joined the nonprofit’s board. Boulerice is a retired NHL player who currently works with Merrill Lynch as a financial adviser.
Liberty HomeCare nurse Kelly Bennett of Durham has been awarded the national Sharon Baranoski Founder’s Award, which honors the overall pursuit of excellence in the field of skin and wound care.
The Duke University Board of Trustees approved the construction of a chilled water project to cool the buildings on East Campus, at an estimated cost of about $10 million.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Five emerging tech companies, including three in Durham (Arcametrics Systems, PopUp, and Starfish ), will share some $200,000 in the latest round of grants from the economic development group NC IDEA.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Deputy Chief Daniel Curia has been appointed as the interim chief of the Durham Fire Department. Curia fills the interim chief spot left vacant by Chief Bruce T. Pagan, Jr., who will retire December 1, 2012.
Durham-based Harris Inc. has merged with a Henderson-based company of the same name. The newly named Harris Beverages LLC will distribute beer, soft drinks, water and the like in seven counties, including Durham, Orange and Person.
Durham-based SJF Ventures, a green investor, says it has closed on a majority of its third fund, which is worth $75 million. Investors included U.S. banks, foundations, family offices and mutual funds.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A new Sylvan Learning Center is slated to open in December in Durham at 5117 Highgate Drive, Suite 100, in Durham. Sylvan Learning Center is a national franchise operation that sells pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade tutoring services.
Hakanai, a pop-up Japanese-inspired restaurant will open for dinner February 1-3 at The Cookery.
Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe has been named the 2012 ACC Coach of the Year as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
This week Biogen Idec will celebrate the opening of its newest building on its Research Triangle Park Campus, a 190,000-square-foot Bio26 administration building.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Fuquay Varina-based DKNC Ventures partnered to buy a medical office building and nearby property on North Roxboro Street for nearly $3.8 million, and is planning to renovate the building and build a new Kerr Drug.
Gwen Waddell-Schultz, the associate chief of nursing education and medicine at the Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, has been inducted into the N.C. Nurses Association Hall of Fame.
Duke University’s Schools of Medicine and Nursing have partnered with Johnson & Johnson to create the Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program, which is designed to develop the leadership and management skills of advanced practice nurses.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Durham-based Canines Inc. will launch Dognition.com to the public in January, which features dog personality tests and cognitive assessments.
About 100 people ceremonially broke ground on Durham Central Park Cohousing Community's five-story, 24-unit condominium complex at 130 Hunt St. The design is eco-friendly, energy-efficient and neighborly, with ground-floor common areas visually open to the street and corrugated metal, concrete and masonry facades meant to blend into the area’s industrial character.
N.C. Central University senior Korey Mercer from Durham is one of 17 college students across the state to receive the 2012 Community Impact Award, which recognizes college students who make significant, innovative efforts to address local community needs.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
As a part of a $720 million acquisition deal, the 174,000-square-foot light manufacturing facility in north Durham’s Treyburn business park now belongs to Corning Inc., along with the majority of BD’s Discovery Labware business. Included in the Corning deal was BD’s. The building was transferred to Corning this month in a real estate transaction valued at $33 million.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
James Joseph, former ambassador to South Africa and the leader in residence at Duke University’s Hart Leadership Program, has received the Distinguished Leadership Award at the 2012 International Leadership Association conference.
The New York Academy of Medicine has awarded the 2012 Lewis Rudin Glaucoma Prize to W. Daniel Stamer, a professor of ophthalmology at Duke University School of Medicine. The prize recognizes the most significant scholarly article on glaucoma published in a peer-reviewed journal in the prior calendar year.
Square 1 Financial, Inc. has announced that Dr. Seth Rudnick has joined the Board of Directors of both Square 1 Financial, Inc. and Square 1 Bank. Rudnick has an extensive background in the venture capital industry, as well as over 30 years of comprehensive experience in the biotechnology, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
Raleigh real estate investor Mark Andrews’ TME Investments paid $4.5 million for the four office buildings in the Miami North Office Park, a 13-year-old office park at the intersection of South Miami Boulevard and Chin Page Road in Durham.
The Rice Diet Program, a weight loss clinic that has operated in Durham since 1939, has temporarily closed until January, as it seeks to overhaul its business model.
The Durham Bulls Athletic Park will host the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship next May 22-26, 2013. Full tournament passes for the 2013 ACC Baseball Championship are now on sale.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Former Durham City Councilman Thomas Stith III is directing Governor-elect Pat McCrory’s transition team which is comprised of a 10- to 15-member transition staff that is putting together an administration in less than two-months.
Friday, November 16, 2012
City Manager Tom Bonfield has named William Bowman “Bo” Ferguson as the new deputy city manager. Ferguson comes to the City of Durham with 16 years of experience in local government management, most recently as the city manager of the City of Hendersonville, N.C.
American Underground, a hub for new and emerging businesses in downtown Durham, is expanding. The business accelerator, located in the American Tobacco Historic District, is leasing a second location, where it will offer another 22,000 square feet to house up to 50 fledgling companies.
The Durham-based parent company of Mechanics & Farmers Bank has named Randall C. Hall, the former president and chief executive of the now-closed Bank of Asheville to replace its outgoing finance chief.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Technology company Cenduit is relocating to the Overlook Building in Durham. The company has signed a lease for 18,450 square feet of space on the property, which is located on Creekstone Drive.
Durham-based Quintiles ranked No. 23 on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute list.
Austin Lawrence Partners, a Colorado-based developer with Duke University ties has bought vacant land and several vacant buildings downtown on West Main and West Parrish streets for $3 million, and is planning a development that could transform the city’s skyline.The developer envisions up to 26 stories including ground-floor shops and restaurants with office space and apartments above.
Apartment investment and management company Bell Partners Inc. said Wednesday that it has sold its 288-unit Bell Southpoint apartment complex in Durham to a subsidiary of Melville, N.Y.-based Duck Pond Corporation for $29 million.
Eric Toone, a Duke University chemist, educator and entrepreneur who has been serving as principal deputy director of the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, will be the new leader of the university's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Condé Nast Traveler readers recently ranked Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club as One of Top Hotels in the South as part of its 25th annual Readers' Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide.
Durham native and film writer Seth Grossman's film, "A Late Quartet," will open this weekend, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener. The film will premier in Durham at Carolina Theatre on November 16 at 7 pm.
Ralph Snyderman, former chancellor for health affairs and CEO of Duke University Health System, is joining the board at SenGenix, a startup in Durham that is commercializing technology developed at Duke.
Denise Comer, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Writing and Director of the First Year Writing Program at Duke University will develop an introductory course on English composition with a new $50,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The 12-week 65 lecture course will provide an introduction and foundation for academic writing and will begin in Spring, 2013.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield has announced the appointment of Reginald J. Johnson as the director of the City’s Community Development Department. Johnson has served as the interim director since August 2011.
The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau has been honored with ConventionSouth's prestigious Annual Readers' Choice Award.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport has introduced a customer loyalty program named "Thanks Again." Through the program, individuals can earn airline miles or rewards when they park, shop or dine at RDU.
Under the new development plan for Research Triangle Park, the park's capacity could triple to accommodate around 150,000 employees as office space could grow to more than 84 million square feet.
Monday, November 12, 2012
International Business Machines, based out of Armonk, NY, has recently been assigned a patent (8,306,652) developed by four co-inventors for a "dual-band communication of management traffic in a blade server system." Co-inventor Clifton Ehrich Kerr is from Durham.
Duke University will be able to draw on its expertise in social entrepreneurship and innovation to tackle global health challenges, thanks to a $10 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development that was announced Thursday in Washington.
Duke University junior center back Sebastien Ibeagha was voted by the ACC head coaches as the ACC Defensive Player of the Year to headline the Blue Devils' 2012 Men's Soccer All-ACC selections.
The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau received two 2012 MarCom Creative Awards along with three honorable mentions. They received a Platinum award for the 2010-2011 Annual Report and a Gold award for their Mini-Meeting Planners Guide.The MarCom Creative Awards is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communications practitioners. Entries were judged by industry professionals who looked for companies and individuals whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
James A. Joseph, former ambassador to South Africa and the leader in residence at Duke University's Hart Leadership Program, received the Distinguished Leadership Award at the 2012 International Leadership Association conference.
Research Triangle Park unveiled a new plan for the park's future, calling for changes across virtually the entire 7,000 acres which supports about 40,000 employees. The plan would create a more urban feel with affordable housing, clusters of services, targeted retail and collaborative places.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Anytime Fitness will be opening its first Durham location at the Ravenstone Commons shopping center in east Durham before the end of the year, confirms Ken Wygle with Weingarten Realty, owner of the shopping center.
Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie will host her own radio show. The Joanne P. McCallie Radio Show will have its kickoff on Monday, Nov. 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m., at Nosh in Durham.
A Durham senior living and continuing care facility, Croasdaile Village, has accepted a bid from Frank L. Blum Construction Co. to renovate the Pavilion, a two-story health care facility. The project will include renovation of nurses’ stations and the addition of common areas that will function as living rooms where residents can gather.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Research Triangle Park President and CEO Bob Geolas will unveil the plans for the park's future on Nov. 9, followed by a nearly-three week bus tour to 21 cities and towns in North Carolina, including Durham.
Duke has signed a two-year renewal deal with the Durham Bulls Athletic Park for its baseball team to use the athletic park.
The Platform at the Cordoba Center for the Arts in the Golden Belt complex is being leased and tentatively renamed "Belt Line Station." Catering will be provided by the managers of the Cotton Room.
Durham resident and filmmaker Jim Haverkamp has been selected as the Cucalorus Film festival's honoree for its second annual North Carolina Filmmaker Retrospective Nov. 8-11 in Wilmington, NC.
The Durham County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve in concept a proposal to redevelop the James A. Whitted School for senior housing and as a Durham Public Schools pre-kindergarten center.
Durham-based entrepreneurs and small business owners will soon be able to receive free, confidential counseling and mentoring sessions thanks to the start of a new partnership between the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Small Business Advisory Committee, in partnership with Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).
St. Paul, Minn.-based Apex has selected Durham’s Bell and Howell as a business partner for providing secure document delivery via mobile apps. Apex provides statement design and e-statement and e-payment technology for the health care and financial industries.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will discuss "Leadership Lessons and Growth Opportunities for Latin America: Learning from Colombia's Economic and Social Transformation" at Duke University Nov. 5. in the Fuqua School of Business's Geneen Auditorium.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
An exhibition featuring more than 50 masterpieces by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro and others will be presented at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, beginning Nov. 4.
McKinney, the Durham, NC-based unit of South Korea’s Cheil Worldwide, has named a new media chief, Swapnil Patel, who joins from MDC Partners Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where he was group media director.
More than 3,135 people have voted on Duke's West Campus since the early voting site opened Oct. 18. At that rate, the number of votes cast there will exceed the total (roughly 9,300) ballots cast when Duke first established a one-stop voting site during the 2008 general election.
Civil rights veteran the Rev. Jesse Jackson motivated N.C. Central University students Friday morning at a Get Out the Vote rally that ended with a march up the street to the student union, where NCCU students participated in early voting.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Durham resident Jürgen Henn has attracted attention from viewers recently for his YouTube channel's videos trucks smashing into a low-clearance underpass.
Tergus Pharma, a Triangle-based firm formerly called Analytical Solutions, has signed a new lease on an 11,563 square-foot space at 2810 Meridian Parkway in Durham to go along with its new name.
After nearing doubling its enrollment in six years, the Duke University School of Nursing is launching construction of a new $20.2 million building addition.
Robert J. Lefkowitz, the Duke University researcher who won the 2012 Nobel Prize in chemistry this month, will give a free public talk at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the Bryan Center’s Griffith Theater on research, scientific mentoring and other topics.
Triangle Business Journal on Wednesday unveiled the winners of its second annual Healthiest Employers of the Triangle awards. Several Durham businesses were winners, including Alston & Bird LLP, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina, Coastal Federal Credit Union, Durham Regional Hospital and Williams Mullen.
Cave Taureau, Durham's new wine shop, has opened it's doors on 339 W. Main St. The business is owned by majority partner and store manager Noel Sherr, and minority owners Wes Rountree and Nathan Vandergrift.
The Durham rock club Casbah has hired Elysse Thebner as his replacement as its new talent buyer. Thebner is a fixture in the local music community, playing with bands and promoting shows with Ampersand Booking.
Durham is home to several winners of the N.C. State Fair Special Cooking Competitions held during the fair in Raleigh. Winning cooks from Durham include:
- Marci Rakshys who won first place and $200 in the N.C. Apple Growers Association Apple Recipe Contest for her recipe, Grilled Granny Smith Apple Caprese.
- Silke Bourgeois took home second place in the Incredible Edible Egg Appetizer/Picnic Recipe Contest for Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Feta and Chickpeas
- Rebecca Lobach won second place in the Karo Creative Cookie & Dessert Contest for her Caramel Crunch Turtle Cookies
- Robert Bourgeois took home second place in the Anything But Ordinary! Sweet Potato Recipe Contest for his Vegetable and Sweet Potato Casserole.
Nancy A. Nasher and her husband David J. Haemisegger have given $5 million to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University to create two new endowments for a visiting curatorship and the acquisition of modern art, school officials announced Wednesday.
The Bridge Bus, a locally owned bus company that connects nightlife between Durham and Raleigh, will begin running this weekend with pickup starting at 5 PM and ending at 1:50 AM.
Artist Wendy Kowalski, who is best known for her brightly colored paintings, plans to unveil her first large metal sculptures and her first public art project in an event at Motorco Music Hall in Durham.
Todd Hinson has changed career directions and is now operating Red Mountain Goodness, making soap from goats’ milk in his home kitchen in Rougemont in northern Durham County to be sold in stores in the state.
The property that housed Dillard’s Bar-B-Que, the long-time barbecue restaurant on Fayetteville Street that closed last year, has been sold to M.M. Fowler, a Durham-based company that owns a chain of convenience stores and fuel stations. A plan has been filed with Durham City-County Planning to redevelop the site into a convenience store with fuel sales.
William Henry Curry, director of the Durham Symphony Orchestra, and Pavel Yakovlevich Gershtyn, director of the Kostroma City Symphony Orchestra, made an informal agreement to work together after Gershtyn told Curry about a musical exchange program in Kostroma, Russia.
Habitat for Humanity of Durham announced today that Sandy Sweitzer has been named director of development. Sweitzer brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, with 14 years of leadership in Durham.
Judy Kincaid, executive director of Clean Energy Durham and one of its founders, was presented with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at The NC Sustainable Energy Association annual Making Energy Work conference in Charlotte.
Duke University professor Thomas Petes has been named the 2013 recipient of the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for lifetime achievement in the field of genetics from the Genetics Society of America.
Mary Ann Fuchs, Vice President of Patient care and Chief Nurse Executive at Duke University Health System, has been officially inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing. Induction as a fellow is one of the highest honors a nurse can receive, and it is bestowed upon nursing leaders at the academy’s invitation.
Durham County commissioners approved a $605,000 economic incentive offer to Gentian Group to convert the Mutual Community Savings Bank at 315 E. Chapel Hill St. into Holland Hotel, a 54-room boutique hotel.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Durham-based drug developer BioCryst Pharmaceuticals is buying San Francisco-based Presidio Pharmaceuticals in an attempt to develop new treatments for hepatitis C.
Durham City Council members are likely to approve a $1.8 million proposal for paying Chartwell Property Group, a Ninth Street developer, to upgrade sidewalks, streetlights and other infrastructure in the commercial district.
The Duke University cross country and track & field programs have announced the addition of Tom Cuffe to the coaching staff for the 2012-13 seasons. Cuffe will serve as an assistant women's cross country coach as well as an assistant for the men's and women's track & field teams.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Education Realty Trust, a Memphis, Tenn.-based developer of collegiate housing has bought a former hotel near the Durham police headquarters on West Chapel Hill Street for more than $3.4 million and is reportedly planning to develop apartments there.
Durham-based start-up Buystand has launched the beta version of its e-commerce website where consumers can make offers on outdoor sporting goods and be matched with more than 100 retailers who will consider their offers. Buystand's CEO is Joe Davy, a 23-year-old graduate of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, NC.
The Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC is expanding by welcoming baby alpacas, and their mothers. They will be available for museum goers to see starting Saturday, October 20th which begins a week-long celebration of their arrival.
BGL Real Estate Advisors, a subsidiary of Cleveland, OH-based Brown Gibbons Lang & Co., is exploring buying the former Chesterfield cigarette factory at the corner of Duke and Main streets in Downtown Durham.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Eastern Carolina Organics, Pittsboro-based organic produce distribution company, plans to move its distribution center to a warehouse located at 2210 East Pettigrew St. in Durham. The move is slated for January 1st.
Microsoft plans to open a holiday retail store at The Streets at Southpoint.
Durham charter school, Global Scholars Academy, received a $200,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help bridge the gap between students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and middle class kids by extending the school day to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The grant to extend hours will allow the school to provide after school programming - activities, snacks and mentoring opportunities.
Monday, September 10, 2012
For Alma a gift shop selling handmade jewelry, candles, body products, t-shirts and more has relocated to a 1,400-square-foot space in the Sutton Station development off Fayetteville Road.
Oscar’s ‘Q’ & Bar has relocated to a 5,800-square-foot space at 5505 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd in the Straw Valley Development near New Hope Commons. The pool hall and bar has relocated to Durham after 23 years in Chapel Hill.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Serial entrepreneur Joe Davy has signed on as Chief Executive Officer of Durham-based e-commerce start-up, BUYSTAND. Davy is a graduate of the N.C. School of Mathematics and Science and the co-founder of EvoApp.
Johanna Kramer, freelance journalist and author of the popular blog Durham Foodie, has published The Food Lover's Guide to Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
A small seafood restaurant called Saltbox will open in a 250-square-foot space at 608 N. Mangum St. in Durham by Former Iron Chef America contestant and Triangle chef Ricky Moore.
Preservation Durham named Wendy Hillis as its new executive director. Hillis was previously the campus historic preservation architect at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Big Bundts & More recently opened a brick-and-mortar location at 5504 Durham Chapel Hill Blvd, Ste 103. The gourmet bakery opened next door to Straw Valley Cafe & Wine Bar.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Durham-based Harris Incorporated has been nominated for the 2012 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year Award for the second year in a row by the Brewers Association (BA) and the National Beer Wholesalers Association. The award honors an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively market, sell and promote craft beer.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The chain sandwich restaurant Which Wich Superior Sandwiches will oen a location in the Hope Valley Commons shopping center by the end of September.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Donald Thomas has joined N.C. Central men’s basketball staff as assistant coach. Thomas earned honorable mention honors in the Mid-South Conference in his senior season at UPike and played a key role in the team's 2011 NAIA Division I National Championship win as an assistant.
The Independent Weekly will be sold to Portland, Ore.-based publisher City of Roses Newspaper Co. The closing date for the sale of both the newspaper and website is targeted for Oct. 1.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Will Rowe has joined Duke University's wrestling staff as an assistant coach. Rowe, a three-time NCAA qualifier for Oklahoma, will assist in all aspects of the program and will work closely with the middle weights.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Triangle Business Journal recently announced its 2012 Best Places to Work list. The Durham winners are: Automated Insights, Bronto Software, EMC Corp., NetApp, Netsertive, and ReverbNation.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Charley’s Grilled Subs will open at the Streets at Southpoint. The restaurant, specializing in made-to-order Philly steak sandwiches and other grill items, is slated to open Aug. 18.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded RTI International a $1.3 million grant to develop a waterless toilet that doesn’t require sewers or electricity for use in developing nations to improve public health.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Research Triangle High School, a charter school located adjacent to Research Triangle Park, has officially opened. The 11,000-square-foot school currently serves about 160 students.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Duke University diver Nick McCrory finished ninth overall in the finals of the men's individual 10-meter platform diving event at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Measurement Inc's new $12 million, five-story, approximately 74,000-square-foot building at 404 Hunt St. has officially opened. Measurement Inc will be the major tenant of the building and will lease about 37,000 square feet of the total square footage of the building.
Duke University sophomore Bryan Silverman has been named as a finalist to become Entrepreneur Magazine's "College Entrepreneur of 2012," for his newly launched business, Star Toilet Paper, which offers businesses the opportunity to advertise on toilet paper.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Durham Public Schools appointed Arrica Dubose-Mosely as principal of Fayetteville Street Elementary and Pauletta Thompson as interim principal at Hillside New Tech High School for the 2012-13 school year.
Monday, August 6, 2012
CED has named Jay Bigelow its new director of entrepreneurship where he will focus on CED's ‘business basics’ programs. Bigelow was most recently MicroMass Communications' president and CEO; he spent 16 years in total with the company in various roles.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Hillandale Golf Course has reopened to the public after undergoing a $500,000 renovation over two months. The 100-year-old course, the oldest in the Triangle area, hosts 40,000 rounds annually.
A second location of the Raleigh restaurant The Pit is slated to open next year in a portion of a building at 321 W. Geer St in Durham's Central Park District. The restaurant which serves whole-hog, pit-cooked pork barbecue as well as turkey barbecue and barbecued tofu is expected to seat about 250 people and to employ about 150 people.
Hathaway Pendergrass was named editor-in-chief of the 2011-2012 Law Review Board at N.C. Central University's School of Law.
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Upscale home furniture store West Elm will open at The Streets at Southpoint on August 23. A portion of the store's opening sales will be donated to Durham non-profit, SEEDS.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Jenette Meldrum, co-founder of PORCH-Durham, was selected as one of three Summer Local Lady GODIVA Honorees by GODIVA Chocolatier as part of the 2012 Local Lady GODIVA Program, an initiative celebrating inspirational women around the world who embody the attributes of Lady Godiva through selflessness, generosity, leadership and the spirit of giving-back to their community.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Cimarron Homes president, Craig Morrison, and production manager, Danny Winters, received the National Association of Home Builders Master Certified Green Professional designation.
Durham-based advertising agency, McKinney has been acquired by Cheil Worldwide, one of the world's leading marketing communications networks headquarters in Seoul, South Korea with 51 offices in 28 countries with about 3,000 employees.. McKinney will maintain its name, leadership team and headquarters in Durham, NC.
Friday, July 27, 2012
HatchBeauty will relocate its manufacturing operations to Durham. The California company develops beauty products for retailers like The Gap, CVS and Bath & Body Works; it will be located in a pharmaceutical lab company and building at 2445 South Alston Ave.
Charlie Nelms, chancellor of N.C. Central University, will retire after serving the university for five years, effective Aug. 6. Nelms is nationally recognized for his leadership and expertise in the areas of student retention and academic success.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Reverend Dr. Luke A. Powery of Princeton Theological Seminary will become the new dean of Duke Chapel effective Sept. 1. The first black dean of Duke Chapel, Powery has taught at Princeton Theological Seminary since 2006, where he is the Perry and Georgia Engle assistant professor of homiletics.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
The Wine Room has opened next to Straw Valley Café at 5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. The wine shop's hours are 5 p.m. to midnight on Thursday and Friday, from noon to midnight on Saturday, and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Sur La Table is slated to open in the outdoor area of The Streets at Southpoint. The Seattle-based company sells bakeware, barware, cutlery, kitchen gadgets, glassware, grilling tools, linens, and other items.
Noah Pickus has been reappointed to a second five-year term as the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics (KIE) at Duke University. The Kenan Institute for Ethics is a university-wide initiative committed to understanding and addressing ethical challenges facing individuals, organizations and societies worldwide.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Bill Shore was honored with the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service award for his history of activity in Durham community affairs. Shore recently retired as director of U. S. community partnerships at GlaxoSmithKline.
Monday, July 23, 2012
The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce's Director of Strategic Initiatives, Adam Klein, is leaving the organization to become Chief Strategist for American Underground, a start up incubator located in the American Tobacco Campus.
Durham Yoga Co., a sister branch to Carrboro Yoga Co., will open in downtown Durham in September. The first day of classes is slated for Sept. 3 in the newly renovated building at 502 Rigsbee Ave.
Matt Danowski has been named as Duke Lacrosse assistant coach. A former Duke lacrosse player, Danowski was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2004 and was named national player of the year in 2007 while playing for his father, Duke Lacrosse Head Coach John Danowski.
Michael Kors, a luxury goods and accessories store, is slated to open on the lower floor of The Streets at Southpoint in September.
A second El Coyote Bar & Grill location is slated to open in Durham's Erwin Terrace development. The restaurant is slated to open in early Fall and will serve food similar to that served in the current location.
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