Friday, August 30, 2013

City of Durham to Offer Digital Pay Stations at City-Owned Parking Lots

Digital pay stations will soon give drivers more convenient payment options at two downtown City-owned parking lots. The pay stations will be installed in City Surface Lot 14, which is located on West Morgan Street, and in City Surface Lot 8, which is located on Parrish Street.

Mattie B's Public House Opens in Hope Valley Commons

Matthew Beason and John Eisensmith, owners of Six Plates Wine Bar, will open Mattie B’s Public House in Hope Valley Commons. The menu will feature burgers, pizza, wings and sandwiches along with 100 beers and ciders.

Retail Shuffles in North Pointe Shopping Center

The owners of the North Pointe shopping center in Durham have carved up the former 18,000-square-foot World Market space to make way for several new fashion retailers. Rue 21 has opened in a 5,000-square-foot space and Cato has moved into 4,000 square feet..

Veterinary hospital opens on 751

The Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas opened its third Triangle location last week, in Durham off Highway 751.

Lefkowitz Partners With Nuevolution

Almost a year after winning his Nobel Prize for studies of G-protein coupled receptors, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz, James B. Duke professor of medicine and professor of biochemistry and immunology, has joined pharmaceutical company Lexicon Pharmaceuticals and Nuevolution—a molecular research lab—in examining GPCRs through an extensive compound screening process. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Changes Coming for Organic Transit

Organic Transit, maker of the Elf bike/car hybrid has opened a West Coast assembly operation in San Jose, CA in hopes of increasing production.  The company also plans to move from its current location on East Chapel Hill Street to 311 Corporation Street.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Raleigh's 18 Seaboard Chef To Open New Eatery in Southern Durham

Jason Smith, acclaimed chef of Raleigh's 18 Seaboard will open a new restaurant in Southern Durham's Renaissance Village called Harvest 18.

Sweets Business Pomp & Panache Launches

Sheena Johnson-Cooper, and her sister Misha Johnson have launched a home-based sweets display business called Pomp & Panache.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Weejee Learning Appoints COO

Weejee Learning, a provider of custom e-learning solutions, has appointed Marc Crawford to the role of chief operating officer.

RTI Senior Program Director Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Bray, senior program director of substance abuse epidemiology and military behavioral health at RTI International, has received the John C. Flanagan Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association.

Duke Children's Hospital Wins Award

Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center was named a 2013 Pediatric Quality Award category winner and finalist by the Children's Hospital Association.

Duke’s Nicholas Institute Appoints new Policy Director

Martin Doyle has been appointed director of the Water Policy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.

Durham burn treatment developer awarded U.S. contract

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a contract with Durham-based Novan Therapeutics to help the company develop a thermal burn treatment.

Guttentag Appointed to New Term as Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke

Christoph Guttentag, who has overseen the decisions of more than 200,000 student applicants in 25 years in admissions at Duke University, has been reappointed to another five-year term as dean of undergraduate admissions.

The Other End of the Leash To Open in Sept on Main St.

The Other End of the Leash, a new pet boutique and bakery, is targeted to open in September at 1000 W. Main St.

Taiba Market Opens on West Chapel Hill Street

Tabia Market, a Middle Eastern market has opened on West Chapel Hill Street.

Capitol Broadcasting Buys Two Historic American Tobacco Buildings for $9.5<=M

Capitol Broadcasting has purchased the historic Old Bull and Noelll Buildings at the American Tobacco Campus for $9.5 million.

The Startup Factory Supports Six Startups

The Startup Factory will mentor six startups this year.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Duke receives $1.3 million for medical research

Duke received a $1.3 million donation from Charles and Daneen Stiefel to support Duke Medicine research on the genetic mechanisms that give rise to Common Variable Immune Deficiency.

Durham Chamber to Attempt World Record Sept 26

The Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce is looking to capture the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest networking event with an event called “The Big” that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 26.

Durham's Wine Authorities set to Expand

Wine Authorities, the independent wine shop that opened in 2007 on University Drive in Durham, is expanding to Raleigh.

Bar to Open Downtown Durham

A new bar, 106 Main will open in two weeks at 106 E. Main St. in Downtown Durham serving local beer, wine and liquor.

Dog Treat Bakery Coming to Woodcroft

Oliver's Collar, a dog treat bakery will open in the Woodcroft Shopping Center on Hope Valley Rd. in mid-September.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Redevelopment Coming to Former McPherson Hospital

City Council members voted 5-1 Monday to complete a $1.7 million city/county incentive package that will help finance the redevelopment of the former McPherson Hospital off West Main Street.

Durham Food Lion Sold for $9.7M

A 60,424-square-foot Food Lion grocery store located at the intersection of Sherron Road and N.C. 98 in east Durham has been sold to Hackney Real Estate of Richmond, VA.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Terminal 1 at RDU to Open March 2

The renovated section of Terminal 1 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport will open March 2.

Blue Cross to Open Retail Store in Durham

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state's largest health insurance company is planning on opening a retail store in Durham to raise awareness about insurance options.

RDU Receives $3M Federal Grant to Repair Pavement

Raleigh-Durham International Airport is getting a $3.3 million federal grant to repair pavement in the airport apron where planes load, refuel and park for maintenance.

Duke Campus Farm Adds Buildings

Duke Campus Farm is adding two new structures to the one-acre farm on Friends School Road. Beginning in July, construction crews began building a 1,700-square feet pavilion and 144-square feet storage shed for the farm. Both are anticipated to be complete in mid-September.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Durham’s Research Square relocating to West Village

Durham-based Research Square has decided to relocate from its corporate office in the Southcourt office park on Shannon Road in Durham to a 10,126 square foot space in the Walker Warehouse building at West Village.

Duke University Hospital to Renovate Duke North

Duke University Hospital will renovate Duke North, a more than 30-year-old hospital. The project includes fully renovating nine operating rooms and providing minor upgrades to two additional operating rooms, as well as renovating the 16-bed cardiac critical care unit on the seventh floor. The hospital’s electrical, plumbing, fire alarm and HVAC systems will be upgraded to meet current building codes and standards. The entire project is expected to be completed August of 2015 and cost a total of $48.4 million.

Krzyzewski to Receive Leadership Award

Mike Krzyzewski will receive the Nell and John Wooden Leadership in Coaching Award at “An Evening with the Legends of the Game” event in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Duke Ph.D. Candidate Wins Second Place in National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

Ashley Young, a Duke University  Ph.D. candidate in history, has won second place in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.

Triangle Business Journal Reveals 2013 Best Places to Work

Seven Durham businesses have been named "Best Places to Work 2013" by Triangle Business Journal.  Those businesses include Automated Insights, Clarkson Consulting, Hill Chesson & Woody, Nimble Storage, Parata Systems, Reverb Nation and Vamp Communications.

Duke Researchers Discover Correlation Between Autism and Induced Labors

Researchers at Duke Medicine and the University of Michigan have discovered that pregnant women whose labors are induced or augmented may have an increased risk of bearing children with autism, especially if the baby is male.

Broadhead to Appear on Colbert Report

Duke University President Richard Broadhead will appear on Thursday's episode of The Colbert Report.

Cree Buys Forner IBM Building

Durham's Cree has purchased a 86,000-square-foot former IBM office building at the Pinnacle Park corporate center in Durham at at 4401 Silicon Dr.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Triangle Business Journal Honors 2013 Leaders in Diversity

The Triangle Business Journal has honored its 2013 Leaders in Diversity, which include Durham mayor Bill Bell and Biogen Idec.

Biker Bar to Launch in Durham

Downtown restaurateurs and entrepreneurs Seth Gross and Martha Philpott King are launching Biker Bar NC, a 14-seat human-powered bicycle with riders facing one another around a center bar area while a bike captain steers, brakes and provides a guided tour along your route. The bar route begins and ends at Bull City Burger and Brewery, 107 E. Parrish St.

Duke Researchers Identify Genetic Factors for Childhood Seizures

Duke Researchers have identified two new genes and implicated 25 distinct mutations in serious forms of epilepsy, suggesting a new direction for developing tailored treatments of the neurological disorders.

Tyler's Founder Plans Distillery in Central Park District

Tyler Huntington, founder of Tyler's Restaurant and Taproom, which has four locations, will open a distillery in a former tobacco warehouse at 609 Foster St. in Durham.

Fleet Feet Adding Durham Location

Fleet Feet Inc., the Carrboro-based franchisor of running shoe and accessory stores, is opening a store in Durham at the Renaissance Center shopping center in the Southpoint district.

Senior PharmAssist Gains 5 New Board Members

Senior PharmAssist, a nonprofit medication assistance and Medicare insurance counseling program in Durham, has five new members on its board of directors.

Duke Reaches New Record for Giving

Duke University received $410.9 million in philanthropic contributions between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, the highest annual cash total in school history

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Greenfire Partner Takes New Role at Austin Lawrence Partners

Durham-based Greenfire Development’s managing partner, Paul Smith has taken a new position with Austin Lawrence Partners, the Colorado-based firm that’s behind a proposal to build a 26-story tower downtown primarily to house apartments.

FDA OKs Glaxo Flu Vaccine

British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline which has its North American headquarters in Durham, just received FDA approval to start shipping its Fluarix Quadrivalent vaccine to CDC distribution centers and U.S. health care provider

Monday, August 5, 2013

M&F Bancorp Adds Board Member

M&F Bancorp Inc. announced that Raymond C. Pierce, a partner with the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, has been elected to the boards for the holding company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Mechanics and Farmers Bank.

Durham Vet Joins NIEHS Research Team

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences announced Kathy Laber as its Comparative Medicine Branch chief as an attending veterinarian and animal program director.

Chimerex Adds Board Member

Chimerix Inc. a biopharmaceutical company developing oral antivirals, announced that Rodman L. Drake has been elected to the company's board of directors. He will serve as the compensation committee chairman.

Serrano Delicafe opening at Brightleaf

A New York-style deli called Serrano Delicafe is holding a grand opening Monday in its location in Brightleaf Square.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Duke's Andrews to be Honored by American Society of Hematology

The American Society of Hematology will recognize Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD, dean of Duke University School of Medicine, with the 2013 Henry M. Stratton Medal for their outstanding accomplishments in the fields of iron homeostasis and erythropoiesis and lymphoma.

Durham Resident Named Champion of Change by President

Durham’s Anita Brown-Graham has named a "Champion of Change," by the president of the United States in the category of civic hacking and open government for people who pilot innovative programs to involve traditionally disengaged communities in local governance. Brown-Graham is the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at N.C. State University, Brown-Graham works to link the public to information and to others who share interests in social and civic change and engagement.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Durham City Hall to Get Facelift

Durham City Hall will see improvements in a $6.35-million facelift and fixup starting this fall on the 35-year-old City Hall.