Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Durham Writer Earns NC Science Fiction Award

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation awarded the 2014 Wellman prize to Durham author Mur Lafferty for her book “The Shambling Guide to New York City.”

FDA Approves BioCryst Flu Treatment

Durham's biotech company BioCryst has had its flu treatment, RAPIVAB approved by the FDA.

Bar Virgile Now Open

Bar Virgile has opened on Main and Mangum Streets. There are 49 seats and a menu with upscale cocktails and French country food.

Kimbrell's Furniture will Relocate

After 70 years of being located in Downtown Durham, Kimbrell's Furniture will relocate from its 101 W. Chapel Hill St. location.

Pet Resort to Expand in Durham

Suite Paws Pet Resort will open a location in Durham at 4350 Garrett Rd.

RDU Terminal 1 Receives LEED Certification

RDU Terminal 1 has received LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Durham's Phononic Raises $44.5 million

Phononic, a Durham company working to change the way refrigerators work, has secured $44.5 million in new financing.

Health Decisions names interim CEO

Durham pharmaceutical research company Health Decisions named Dr. G. Stephen DeCherney interim CEO one week after a tragic plane crash killed the company's founder and CEO.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hillside has state’s No. 1 assistant principal

Jason Jowers, assistant principal at Hillside High School, has been named the 2015 North Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year by the N.C. Association of Principals and Assistant Principals.

$1.5M Gift Endows Professorship at Duke Divinity

Duke University alumni William McCutchen Jr. and his wife, Irene Lilly McCutchen, have committed $1.5 million to endow a professorship at Duke Divinity School.

French Corner Bakery Opens

The French Corner Bakery, a new bake shop from French master baker Benjamin Messaoui features artisan breads, cookies, muffins as well as a lunch menu, and is now open at 2005 North Pointe Drive, Suite B.

Museum of Life + Science gets two new red wolves

The Museum of Life and Science is now home to two new red wolves -- a breeding pair that museum officials hope will produce offspring.

NC NAACP president to deliver Duke’s MLK keynote

The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP and founder of the Forward Together Moral Movement, will deliver the keynote address for Duke University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration on Sunday, Jan. 18.

Duke Medicine faculty named to Cord Blood Association board

Duke Medicine’s Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg and Dr. Haywood Brown have been named members of the founding board of the newly formed Cord Blood Association.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Durham Health Care Firm Opens On-Site Employee Health Clinic

Weatherby, a Durham-based health care staffing firm has opened a health care clinic for its employees.

NCCU adds new major

N.C. Central University will offer a new major in environment and geographic sciences beginning in the fall of 2015.

The Parlour to Expand

The Parlour, a ice cream shop in downtown Durham, will expand its current location and add 1,000 square feet to its current location at 117 Market Street. Seating will grow to almost 60, an additional cash register will be added, and there will be a room for private events like birthday parties.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Business group pledges $500K to help RDU land international flight

A group of area businesses on Thursday pledged $500,000 to help attract more international flights to Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Duke Accepts 815 Early Decision Applications

Duke has accepted 815 early decision applications from high school seniors out of 3,180.

Durham Bulls announce new pitching coach

The Durham Bulls have hired former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pitcher Kyle Snyder as pitching coach for the Durham Bulls in 2015.

McDonald's pilots mobile app in Durham

McDonald's has launched a pilot of a mobile app to help customers find locations in Durham.

Ruth Dzau wins Duke Energy citizenship award

Civic leader Ruth Dzau was recognized with the Duke Energy Citizenship and Service Award, which pays tribute to individuals who have made a profound impact on the lives of citizens through exemplary service.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Intrepid Life Re-opens as Nonprofit

Intrepid Life, the former coffee shop on Parrish St. has re-opened as a membership-based nonprofit community work/study space at 904 Broad St.

Smith Breeden appoints new VP

Tim Cassidy has joined Smith Breeden Associates, an investment firm, as a Vice President in the firm's Investment Management Group.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Duke Adds Two New Master’s Programs

Duke University has added two new master's degree programs; one in in quantitative financial economics and another in biomedical science.

Rooms to Go to Carry Durham entrepreneur's "Nugget" foam couch

Durham entrepreneur David Baron's foam 'Nugget' couch will be carried at Rooms to Go stores in three North Carolina locations.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bell and Howell Join Universal Postal Union Advisory Board

Bell and Howell has joined the Universal Postal Union’s Direct Marketing Advisory Board, an  intergovernmental organization that regulates mail exchanges among 192 member countries.

Two Durham Startups Recieve Funding from NCIDEA

Startups Mati Energy and RevBoss are the latest Durham-based recipients of grants worth as much as $50,000 from economic development group NC IDEA.

Durham Musician Nominated for Grammy Award

Durham’s Alice Gerrard, a longtime fixture of the local music community, received a Grammy nomination for best folk album at age 80 for her album “Follow the Music,” which features contributions from other local acts including Hiss Golden Messenger and Megafaun.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Duke Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Leading Genome Editing Company

Duke University has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Editas Medicine, a leading genome editing company, for genetic engineering technologies developed in the lab of Charles Gersbach, assistant professor of biomedical engineering. The agreement focuses on Gersbach’s work with genome engineering technologies known as CRISPR/Cas9 and TALENs.

Law School alumnus gives $1.25 million for new entrepreneurship faculty chair

Karl and Fay Leo have donated $1.25 million to secure a new professorship in law and entrepreneurship at the Duke School of Law.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

R. David Thomas Conference Center to Close for Renovations

The R. David Thomas Executive Conference Center at Duke University will close in January, 2015 and undergo 18 months of renovations.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Trail to Open at Stagville's Horton Grove

Triangle Land Conservancy has completed work on three miles of new trails at the Horton Grove Nature Preserve adjoining the Stagville State Historic Site in Durham County and will host a grand opening celebration for the public on Dec. 6 from 1-4 p.m.

Durham Central Park to Open Playground

A Grand Opening of Mt. Merrill, a new playground at Durham Central Park will take place from 10 a.m. to Noon at 501 Foster St. The new playground will include slides, boulder outcroppings and protective surfacing.

New Italian Restaurant Now Open

The Boot, a new Italian-American restaurant has opened at 2501 University Drive in Durham. The proprietors are Andy Perno and Andy Magowan, owners of Geer Street Garden.

Gonza Tacos y Tequila Coming to Durham

Gonza Tacos y Tequila is opening a new restaurant and bar at 604 Fernway Avenue in Durham in early 2015.This is the third location for the Mexican eatery, which also has locations in Raleigh and Wake Forest.

Ponysaurus Brewing Co. expands to Hood Street

Ponysaurus Brewing Co., a nanobrewery, is moving its brewing facility to a 6,000 square foot warehouse on the corner of Hood and Ramseur Streets. The new facility will expand the company’s annual brewing capacity from 180 barrels a year to 2,000 barrels, Production from the new location is anticipated to begin in spring 2015 and  a taproom is slated to open in the summer.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Tax Company Avalara Expands to Diamond View I in Durham

Seattle tax automation and compliance firm Avalara has expanded and has announced that its new headquarters will unite its Raleigh and Durham offices with 40,000 square feet in Diamond View I on Mangum Street.

Dentist Launches Candy Company

A new Durham business owned by a Dentist and her husband, Tom & Jenny's has launched producing candy that is sugar-free and all-natural. Their products are available at Foster's Market in Durham.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Durham Office Park For Sale

Headquarters Park, a two-building, 147,477-square-foot office campus near at 2222 NC Highway 54 in Durham, has been put up for sale by Transwestern Investment Management.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to Fund Chimerix Ebola Drug Development

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are providing $5.7 million of financial support to Durham-based Chimerix, helping it ramp up production of a potential vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NCCU to Update Master Plan

N.C. Central University Chancellor Debra Saunders-White said university officials plan to update the school’s master plan to accommodate current enrollment numbers.

La Tropicale Cafe Open on Highway 55 Near RTP

Veteran chef Gladwin Jarvis has opened La Tropicale Cafe, a restaurant that focuses on Caribbean food in the former My Sister’s Kitchen building on 4716 Apex Hwy near RTP.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brick Company Relocates HQ to Durham

CalStar, a manufacturer of sustainable brick and masonry, is relocating its headquarters to Durham in a 7,000-square-foot office in the Citizens Bank Building in Durham.

Chimerix Drug to Be Used in African Ebola Crisis

Durham's Chimerix will send its experimental drug brincidofovir to west Africa as one of two investigational agents to be evaluated in a clinical study in patients with confirmed Ebola virus.

Monuts Donuts to Move

Monuts Donuts, will close on November 24 and reopen in Mid-December at its new location at 1002 Ninth St.

Duke neurologist to direct national consortium

Neurologist Dr. Richard Bedlack, who leads the Duke ALS Clinic, has been named director of patient advocacy and outreach for the Clinical Research in ALS and Related Disorders for Therapeutic Development Consortium, funded by a $6.24 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Duke’s Baldwin Auditorium project recognized

LeChase Construction Services announced that Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium renovation has been selected as Engineering News-Record Southeast’s 2014 Best Project for Renovation/Restoration.

NCCU recognized as a military-friendly school

N.C. Central University has been named a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.

Duke announces Baldwin Scholars

Duke University has announced that 18 first-year women were selected for the 11th class of the Alice M. Baldwin Scholars Program.

NCCU Department of History Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The N.C. Central University Department of History’s 75-year history was recently recognized by the American Historical Association.

Duke Chapel Presents Humanitarian Service Awards

Duke University Chapel presented its 2014 Humanitarian Service Award to  Brenda Brodie, a co-founder of the Durham nonprofit SEEDS; and the Rev. Colin Miller, founder of the Community of the Franciscan Way.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Durham-base Creek Recognized on Forbes 500 List

Durham-based Cree was recognized by Forbes "Fast 500" at No. 479.

Durham-based Appia acquired by Mandalay Digital for $100M

Appia, a provider of mobile user acquisition services with an international customer base, is being sold to California-based Mandalay Digital for $100 million in a stock deal.

Durham Drugmaker Ebola Dug Selected for Clinical Trials

Chimerix announced that the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium had selected its drug brincidofovir for clinical trials on Ebola patients in West Africa.

Duke Endowment Above National Average

Duke University's endowment returns beat the national average for 2013-2014, reaching $7 billion, a 17 percent increase from 2013.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Band Together picks Kidznotes as 2016 nonprofit partner

Durham-based Kidznotes will be the 2016 nonprofit partner of Band Together, a Triangle charity that raises money through concerts.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

United Express to add flight to Dulles Airport from RDU

Raleigh-Durham International Airport will offer a new flight to Virginia's Washington Dulles International Airport starting January 10, 2015 on United Express.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Over Easy Breakfast Delivery Service Launches

Over Easy, a breakfast delivery service and a Duke University student-run startup has launched in Durham.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Counter Culture Coffee to host coffee competition

Counter Culture Coffee is hosting a regional coffee competition in Durham that will feature top barista and brewer talent from the Southeast and Northeast November 21 and 22 at the Durham Convention Center.

TROSA recovery program opens second Durham thrift store

TROSA, a substance abuse recovery program will open a second location of its Durham thrift store at Oxford Commons Shopping Center at 3500 N. Roxboro St. in Durham.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Scynexis licenses drug compounds

Durham drug developer Scynexis reached a deal to license its experimental viral disease treatment to Waterstone Pharmaceutical for $1 million for the first compound and a potential $500,000 on the second.

Hendrick at Southpoint Opens

Hendrick Automotive Group officially opened its new Mercedes-Benz of Durham auto dealership across from The Streets at Southpoint mall.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rise Biscuits & Donuts to compete on Cooking Channel

Tom Ferguson and Brian Wiles of Rise Biscuits and Donuts will be competing on Thursday's episode of Donut Showdown on the Cooking Channel.

New leader takes charge of LeChase Construction office in Durham

Jack Goodrich, a senior vice president with LeChase and brother of LeChase President and CEO William Goodrich, has been named the new leader of the Southeast region and will be based in Durham.

Chimerix Names Two New Executives

Chimerix, a Durham  biopharmaceutical company developing novel, oral antivirals, today announced the appointments of Peter Payne as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Strategy, and Roberto Guzman as Vice President of Corporate Compliance.

Friday, October 31, 2014

DPS Names Principal of the Year

Githens Middle School Principal Tonya Williams has been named Durham Public School's Principal of the Year.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

New Bar Coming to Parrish St.

The Atomic Fern, a new bar and social club will open at 108 E. Parrish St. next to Monuts Donuts. There will be wine, liquor, and craft beers on tap.

Duke University Water Reclamation Pond to Open May, 2015

Construction of a water reclamation pond at Duke University will be completed by May, 2015.

Saltbox Seafood Expands with Food Truck

Saltbox Seafood Joint has launched a food truck to reach more customers with its fresh fried seafood concept.

Zift Solutions Acquires Competitor

Durham's Zift Solutions has just acquired a competitor, Massachusetts-based Marketing Advocate.

New Art Honoring Kalkhof Installed in CCB Plaza

Downtown Durham's CCB Plaza had a new piece of art installed near where the Major the Bull statue resides, honoring former Downtown Durham Inc. CEO Bill Kalkhof. The sculpture designed by Al Frega is a chalice with a cluster that depicts the city skyline.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Public art to become permanent

"Winding Out,” by Asheville sculptor Robert Winkler, has been chosen as the piece that will remain in Durham after the Bull City Sculpture Show. This piece was selected out of 12 pieces. The piece has been on display in Durham Central Park since May.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Durham Herald Sun Newspaper to Move Near Northgate Mall

After 24 years at a site on Pickett Road in Durham, the Herald-Sun is moving to the Northgate mall area by the end of year.The Herald-Sun will occupy the entire second floor and half of the third floor of a building at 1530 N. Gregson St., which also houses a BB&T bank branch.

DukeEngage Launches Four New Programs

DukeEngage, Duke University's summer abroad program will expand by adding four new programs in Turkey and Peru to the 24 existing destinations.

Fiber Internet Service Comes to Durham

Frontier will allow some Durham residents access to Fiber Internet, including the Carolina Arbors neighborhood.

Bennett Place Raises $310K to Protect Land

Bennett Place Historic Site has raised $310,000  to protect 1.9 acres adjacent to Bennett Place, including the original Hillsborough Road that Generals Johnston and Sherman traveled to negotiate an effective end to the Civil War.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

City to Build New Police HQ on East Main St.

The City of Durham will build a new police headquarters, purchasing a 4.5 acre lot and spending $5.7 million on East Main Street near the corners of South Elizabeth, Hood and Walker Streets.

New Duke Scholarship Program to Benefit NC School of Science and Mathematics

A new $1 million scholarship program at Duke University will benefit graduates of the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics. The scholarship fund was created with a $1 million gift from Sean Fahey, a graduate of both schools and co-founder of Claren Road Asset Management, an $8.5 billion credit hedge fund manager.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Duke Chair Elected to Institute of Medicine

Mary E. Klotman, M.D., chairwoman of the Department of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, has been elected as one of 70 new members to the prestigious Institute of Medicine.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rise to open two more locations

Popular biscuit and donut shop Rise will open two more locations in neighboring communities by summer, 2015.

Burger Bach Planned for Shops at Erwin Mill

Burger Bach, a New Zealand-influenced pub and burger joint will open in early 2015 in Durham's Shops at Erwin Mill. at 737 Ninth Street. This is the third location of the Virginia-based concept.

NCCU to host health disparities conference

N.C. Central University will host a two-day conference Oct. 22-23 focusing on strategies for researching and addressing health disparities.

Honeygirl Meadery to Open October 24

Honeygirl Meadery, a Durham business owned and operated by Diane Currier, will open a tasting room and production facility October 24.

Durham's Chimerix gets approval to test drug on Ebola patients

Durham drug developer Chimerix said it has received fast-track federal approval to start testing an experimental antiviral drug on people infected with the Ebola virus disease.

City Completes Angier-Driver Streetscape Project

After months of construction, the Angier-Driver Streetscape Project is now complete. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the $4.8 million streetscape improvements on October 11.

Leigh Farm Park Opens

The City of Durham has officially opened Leigh Farm Park at 370 Leigh Rd.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Duke Makes Advising Pilot Program Permanent

All Duke University undergraduates can receive personalized advice on how to combine global, civic, and research opportunities with academic and professional goals through a new program in the Academic Advising Office that has recently been made permanent.

$15.6 Million Grants Will Study Parion's Work

Parion Sciences, a Durham company dedicated to the development of novel treatments for pulmonary and ocular diseases, announced that the National Institutes of Health has awarded up to $15.6 million over 5 years in grants for two universities to conduct research with mucolytic agents discovered by the company and to enable Investigational New Drug applications for Parion's molecules.

Duke partners with NCCU on Early Voting

Duke University is partnering with North Carolina Central University to provide students with transportation to early voting sites in an effort to get more students to the polls for midterm elections.

Robert Ingram Receives NC's Highest Civilian Honor

Robert Ingram has been awarded North Carolina's highest civilian honor for public service.

Thaumaturgy 777 has moved to Hillsborough Rd.

Conjure shop Thaumaturgy 777 has moved locations to 1618 Hillsborough Rd.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

21C Museum Hotel to Open Restaurant

The 21c Museum Hotel, which will open early next year at 111 N. Corcoran St., will have a restaurant, named the Counting House, focused on North Carolina’s seafood heritage. The restaurant will showcase a variety of rotisserie and roasting techniques in addition to fresh seafood.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kimbrell's Furniture to Move from Downtown Durham

Kimbrell's Furniture, located in Downtown Durham for more than 70 years is planning on moving its business out of downtown's Five Points.

Durham startup Sqord receives 12,000 pre-orders for new device

Durham startup Sqord has received 12,000 pre-orders for its wearable device, the $34.95 Sqord Booster, which uses activity-tracking technology similar to Fitbit or FuelBand but is aimed at kids.

CloudFactory expanding in Durham

Startup CloudFactory Group, a Hong Kong-based company is expanding its Durham sales and marketing team by 6-10 more workers after raising $3 million in funding from investors.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Duke to Begin Construction on Health and Wellness Center

Duke University will begin construction on a $30 million 70,000 square foot Student Health and Wellness Center, which will house student health center, counseling and Psychological Services, the Wellness Center and the Office of Case Management. The building is scheduled to be completed by fall, 2016 and will be located next to Penn Pavilion on the corner of Union Drive and Towerview.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NCCU to Offer Virtual Legal Education Seminars

The N.C. Central University’s School of Law will be holding a series of free seminars for N.C. residents using videoconferencing technology.

LED Lighting Illuminates Field Hockey Venue at Duke University

Duke University has installed LED lighting at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium this week, making the facility the first NCAA Division I outdoor college sports venue to be lit with LED lighting.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

American Tobacco Campus Gets Bee Display

Bee Downtown and Burt's Bees have put up a observation beehive at Burt's Bee's office at the American Tobacco Campus in Downtown Durham. The structure is six feet tall and 2 feet wide with impact-resistant safety glass that holds 15,000 bees.

Duke Grad's Energy Drink at Whole Foods

Mati Energy Drink will be on shelves at 30 Whole Foods stores in the Southeast starting next week. The company was founded by a food entrepreneur from Duke University.

Only Burger Opens American Tobacco Location

Popular burger restaurant and food truck has opened a second brick & mortar location in Downtown Durham at the American Tobacco Campus.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

21C Museum Hotel Names Executive Chef

Josh Munchel was named executive chef at Counting House restaurant in the upcoming 21c Museum Hotel in downtown Durham. Josh Munchel comes to Durham from Cincinnati, where he helped Metropole, the restaurant in the chain’s hotel in that city, win a place on Bon Appétit magazine’s list of Best New Restaurants 2013.


Museum of Life + Science Receives $75,000 Gift

The Museum of Life and Science has received a $75,000 gift from the Duke Energy Foundation in the Climbing Higher Campaign to build two new outdoor learning environments: Hideaway Woods and Earth Moves.

Durham-based Company Providing Ebola Treatment Drug

Durham-based Chimerix is providing its experimental antiviral drug to a Dallas patient being treated for Ebola, an emergency step authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

DePinto Named Director of Duke Parking and Transportation

Carl DePinto has been appointed the new director for parking and transportation services at Duke University.

Monday, October 6, 2014

RDU Receives Fitch Rating

Raleigh-Durham International Airport has received an AA- rating from Fitch Ratings on its revenue bonds, which indicates a stable outlook.

Argos Therapeutics to build $57M plant, hire 236

Argos Therapeutics will build a $57 million biomanufacturing plant in Durham County, and plans to hire 236 people.

Bryan Center Entrance to Close for Renovation

The Duke University Bryan student Center entrance will close for construction in the spring to install a glass facade. The building will be accessible by the University Store.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Durham Marriott Completes $2M Renovation

The Courtyard by Mariott Durham Hotel has finished a $2 million renovation, updating the 123 guest rooms with new carpet, bedding and furniture.

Developers plan neighborhood with farm

A group of Durham developers plans to build a 230-acre 140 home suburban neighborhood with a farm that is a 20 minute drive from downtown Durham.

Durham Bulls 2014 Season Sets Attendance Record

The Durham Bulls increased its attendance by 6.9 percent in the 2014 season, which was the second highest in the International League.

NC IDEA Picks 5 Durham Startups for Grants

NC IDEA has selected 5 startups from Durham among 19 startups from across North Carolina to receive grant funds.

Durham-based DPx Holdings Aquires Gallus BioPharma

Durham-based DPx Holdings has acquired Gallus BioPharma, a manufacturing company that specializes in biologics.

Fresh Market Will Hire 90 for New Durham Store

The Fresh Market grocery store that will open in the Parkway Plaza shopping center at 4215 University Drive in Durham by late 2014 will hire 90 employees to work there. An October 21 interview day has been scheduled to fill the positions.

Durham Police Officer Receives Award

Marianne Bond, an office with the Durham Police Department, has been named the North Carolina Law Enforcement Women's Association "Woman of the Year."

Duke to receive funding from Obama's BRAIN initiative

Duke University researchers will receive two grants, both for $1.4 million from President Obama's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative, that will help learn more about the brain.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

IBM Opens Cloud Data Facility

IBM opened a new cloud data resiliency center Monday, which is part of the company’s 4 million-square-foot plot of property in Durham's Research Triangle Park.

Criterion Opens in Whiskey's Old Space

Rhys Botica has rebranded his former bar, Whiskey, as Criterion, a smoke-free neighborhood friendly bar serving craft beer, wine and liquor at 347 W. Main St.

NCCU Receives Grant to Reduce Drug and Alcohol Abuse, HIV transmission

North Carolina Central University has been awarded a three-year $897,840 grant to develop ways to reduce rates of drug and alcohol abuse and HIV transmission in 18-24 year olds from the juvenile Justice Institute by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Durham Tech Partners with Upswing

Durham Tech has partnered with Upswing, an online tutoring system that gives students unlimited access to online tutors and coaches.

Friday, September 19, 2014

BioCryst Receives $20M to develop Ebola Treatment

Durham's Durham’s BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. received another $2 million to continue development of a possible Ebola virus treatment from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Crescent Ninth Street Apartments Now Open

Crescent Ninth Street Apartments, a 303-unit luxury apartment property at 749 Ninth Street are now open.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Durham Public Schools Wins $50,000 Award

Durham Public School's Child Nutrition Services has been awarded $50,000 to pay for its free breakfast program for all students.

Bull City Street Food Launches

Bull City Street Food, a food truck specializing in international cuisine has launched in Durham. The truck will feature sandwiches, tacos, wraps and sides.

GoPass Now Available to Durham Tech Students

More than 500 Durham Tech students have picked up a GoPass in the first week of its distribution. GoPass is a free bus pass from Triangle Transit that allows eligible Durham Tech students to ride city and regional buses via Triangle Transit to get to and from the college.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NCCU to Launch New Computer Science and business degree

In Spring 2015, N.C. Central University is planning to offer a combined bachelor’s of science degree in computer science and business.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Duke creates new financial aid position to assist first-generation college students

Justin Clapp has been appointed the Director of Outreach and access for Duke University office of admissions who will assist low-income and first-generation applicants. Clapp is a former assistant director of financial aid and was a first-generation college student.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Bar to Open on Main St.

A new bar named Criterion will open at the previous location of Whiskey at 347 W. Main St. It will be a concept by Rhys Botica, who has opened four Durham bars, Whiskey, The Federal, Bull McCabe's and Kotuku Surf Club.

Duke Installs Hands Free Entry Zone

Duke University has installed new card readers to grant users access to in the Blue Zone parking lot without needing to swipe a card.

Nimble Storage Expanding in Durham

Nimble Storage has leased 47,986 square feet of flex space in the previously vacant Newcastle South building at 1015 Swabia Court, an 86,895-square-foot building in the Imperial Center office park.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Durham's East End Connector to be built

The NC state Department of Transportation will award a contract to build the East End Connector, an 8-mile small freeway that will connect interstate 85 with the Durham Freeway. The construction is estimated to cost $141 million and take 4.5 years with a completion slated for July 2019.

Move Loot Opens in Durham

Move Loot, a consignment furniture store based in San Francisco, has opened a location in Durham.

Bayer CropScience Expands in RTP

Bayer CropScience has broken ground on a new greenhouse in Durham. The 29,500 square foot facility called Greenhouse 1 will be used for research on seed traits, plant diseases and insect testing.

Glass Jug to Open Sept 13

The Glass Jug, a growler refilling store will open September 13 in Greenwood Commons off of Hwy 55 in South Durham.

Prodigal Farms Wins $25,000 Grant

Prodigal Farms, a goat cheese farm in Rougemont has won a $25,000 grant from Wells Fargo for a small business contest.

Solar Power Systems Moves to Durham

Solar Power Systems, a company formerly headquartered in Belgium, has moved to Durham after closing overseas operations.

Monday, September 8, 2014

DiVE to Close for Renovations in September

The Duke Immersive Virtual Environment will close for renovation in late September and reopen in the spring.

Al-Hashimi named director for Duke Center for RNA Biology

Hashim Al-Hashimi, PhD, assumed the role as director for the Center for RNA Biology at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Durham Bulls Break Attendance Record, Extend Contract with Tampa Bay Rays

The Durham Bulls extended their contract with the Tampa Bay Rays through 2018 and broke a single-season paid attendance record, surpassing 533,000 viewers this year.

Durham's Papas & Associates Partners with Italian Pharmaceutical company

Durham-based A.M. Pappas & Associates announced Tuesday that it has partnered with The Chiesi Group and will manage the Italian pharmaceutical company's new corporate venture fund.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nzinga's breakfast and brunch cafe to open in Phoenix Crossing

Nzinga's, a new breakfast and brunch cafe, is coming to 828 Fayetteville Street in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center in Durham.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Durham's Patheon to acquire new biologics manufacturer

DPx Holdings, the parent of Durham’s Patheon Pharma, will acquire Gallus BioPharmaceuticals, a contract manufacturing company specializing in biologics.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Home 2 Suites Construction to Begin

A new Hilton hotel, Home 2 Suites will begin construction as a part of Gateway terrace, a development near Chapel Hill Boulevard and Interstate 40. The hotel is scheduled to open in Fall, 2015

Durham Tech awarded Duke Energy grant

Duke Energy has awarded Durham Technical Community College a $182,299 grant to purchase eight Mechatronic Training Systems modules.

Developer Purchases First Krispy Kreme Building in Durham

JDL Castle Cor. of Winston-Salem has purchased 3536 Hillsborough Rd, formerly the first location of Krispy Kreme in Durham.

Adeel Zeb to Become Muslim Chaplain at Duke University

Adeel Zeb will become the Muslim chaplain and director of the Center for Muslim Life at Duke University.

Sovereign Capital Invests in Indonesian Company

Durham-based Sovereign’s Capital, a boutique investment firm has invested in Bridestory, a social networking site based in Indonesia.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Prodigal Farms Named Finalist for $25,000 Wells Fargo Prize

Prodigal Farms has been named a finalist in the Wells Fargo Works project among 25 other small businesses all vying for a $25,000 prize.

White House to Honor Durham Businessman

The White House will honor Matt Victoriano for his business, Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits, for being a Champion of Change, which honors veterans and their families for entrepreneurial leadership.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Durham Distillery Finds Location, Projects Early 2015 Opening

Durham Distillery, a new gin distillery, has signed a 7-year lease for a 2,400-square-foot facility at 711 Washington St. The gin will be bottled and sold through a distributor and the location will have a small cocktail bar for tastings and tours.

Two Toasters to Triple Downtown Space

Durham app developer Two Toasters is about to move from a 3,500-square-foot space on East Chapel Hill Street to an 11,500-square-foot space in the Reed Building at American Tobacco Campus.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Heavenly Buffaloes Set to Open Within Two Weeks

Dain Phelan, owner of Dain's Place on Ninth Street will open Heavenly Buffaloes, a chicken wing restaurant serving wings, beer, waffle fries and vegan wings will open in 500 square feet of space a 1807 W. Markham Ave.

Duke Law Clinic to provide legal aid

The Duke Law School will launch a Civil Justice Clinic in partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina to assist low income residents who need a lawyer but cannot afford one.

Duke Announces Fullbright Scholarship Winners

Duke University has announced that 18 students have received Fullbright scholarships and will spend the 2014-15 academic year conducting research and studying and teaching English.

Whitted Redevelopment Planned

The former Whitted Junior High School will be redeveloped into 79 homes for elderly, low-income residents.

Japanese Restaurant to Open in Diamond View III

Japanese restaurant Basan will open in Diamond View III overlooking the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.  The restaurant will focus on sushi, seafood, appetizers and sake.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Museum of Life + Science Receives $55,000 for Hideaway Woods

The Museum of Life + Science has received a $55,000 donation from the SunTrust Foundation to help build Hideaway Woods, one of two new planned outdoor learning facilities.

Yorktown Club Apartments Sold for $23.6M

The 236-unit Yorktown Club located a 2029 Bedford St. has been purchased by Brookline Investment Group, a California-based real estate investor.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Durham HVAC Company Acquires Geothermal Division

Green Horizon, a Durham-based HVAC company, has acquired Apex-based Evangelist Service Company’s geothermal division.

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC to Receive $500,000 Grant

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina will receive a $500,000 grant from Bayer USA Foundation to provide meals to needy children on weekends and during school breaks.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Triangle Transit Raises Fares and Adds Sunday Bus Service

Triangle Transit will raise its fares for the first time in 10 years from $2 to $2.25 and add Sunday bus services.

BioCryst Awarded $4.1M to Research Ebola Treatment

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, a small drug developer in Durham, has received a $4.1 million award in federal research funds to develop a potential treatment for the Ebola virus.

Durham Tech Unveils New Logo

Durham Technical Community College has adopted a new logo as a part of a new brand campaign.

Meridian Business Campus Sells for $84M

Durham's Meridian Busines Campus has been sold for $84 million to New York private equity firm Investcorp.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sky Zone Trampoline Park to Open at Northgate

Sky Zone, a trampoline park, will open at the Shops at Northgate at 1720 Guess Rd. in December.

M&F Bank Names New CEO

Durham-based Mechanics and Farmers Bank has named James Sills III its new president and CEO: Sills will head both the bank and its parent company, M&F Bancorp.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Chilkoti Named Chair of Duke Biomedical Engineering Department

Tosh Chilkoti has been named chair of Duke’s Biomedical Engineering Department. Chilkoti, is one of the most recognized researchers in the biomedical engineering field, nationally and internationally.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Durham's Triangle Brick Company Expands

Durham's Triangle Brick Co. will be expanding outside North Carolina with a major investment in the construction of a new brick manufacturing plant in Clay County, Texas

605 West Celebrates Grand Opening

The apartment housing community at 605 W. Chapel Hill St. has celebrated its grand opening of the $46.14 million complex with 342 units.

Tre Bella Expands to Become Bridal Boutique

Tre Bella Bridal, a florist boutique and gift shop will expand to become a one-stop two-story bridal shop at 124 E. Main St.

Microsoft Store to Open August 21 at Southpoint Mall

Microsoft's first Triangle retail store will open Thursday, August 21 at 11am after a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Streets at Southpoint. NBA basketball star Grant Hill will be at the store playing Xbox One with fans.

Shoeboxed to Anchor American Underground Expansion

Shoeboxed, a digital data company will relocate and expand its operations at American Underground@ Main expansion. The 50-person staff will relocate by February, 2015.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Duke Athletics Director Signs Contract Extension

Duke University Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White has signed a contract extension through June 30, 2021.

Triangle Transit Connects Duke, Hillsbourough with New Express Bus Route

Beginning Aug. 18, Triangle Transit will open a new “ODX” express route serving Hillsborough, the Duke University Hospital and Durham VA Medical Center area and Durham Station downtown.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fresh Market Coming to Durham

A Fresh Market will open its first Durham store this winter in the space where Food Lion used to be at 4215 University Drive.

Duke Names Christine Engel Head Women's Cross Country Coach

Christine Engel has been named Duke’s head women’s cross country coach and assistant track & field coach.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hyatt Place Opens in South Durham

A new 164-room, seven-story Hyatt Place Hotel has opened at 7840 NC 751 in Durham near Interstate 40 and Renaissance Village.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Duke Receives $12.9M Grant for Lung Transplant Clinical Trials Network

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a $12.95 million grant to a Duke University School of Medicine researcher to create a national Lung Transplant Clinical Trials Network.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Duke Professor Wins National Humanities Award

Anne Firor Scott, the W.K. Boyd Professor of History Emerita at Duke University, has been awarded a 2013 National Humanities Medal for pioneering the study of southern women.

American Underground to Double Space in Downtown Durham

American Underground in Downtown Durham will double its space on Main Street in Downtown Durham by January, 2015, making room for an additional 50 companies.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Duke University Hospital Turns 84

Duke University hospital celebrated its 84th year after opening on July 20, 1930.

Rise to Launch Franchise Program

Rise Biscuits & Donuts has announced a partnership with franchise development company Fransmart to launch a franchise program.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Food & Wine Selects Chooses Big Spoon Roasters

Mouth, a new gift-focused website of Food & Wine magazine has chosen to feature Durham's Big Spoon Roasters' Ginger Almond Nut Butter.

Duke Medicine unites Physical Therapy division with Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery

Duke University School of Medicine has merged the Physical Therapy Division into the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

King's Daughter's Inn to Expand

The owners of the popular Durham bed & breakfast The King's Daughter's Inn will break ground next month on a boutique hotel in Cary that they expect to open by summer, 2015.

RDU Receives $1.29M federal grant for Terminal 1 ramp project

Raleigh-Durham International Airport's $14 million ramp project has just received $1.29 million to help fund the project that would serve as a parking area for aircraft arriving and departing the terminal..

Friday, July 18, 2014

Durham Vacation Home Listing Company Expands

VacationFutures Inc., an vacation management company based out of Durham's American Underground has expanded into the Malibu, CA market.

DATA to provide free Farmers' Market shuttle

The Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA) will pilot a shuttle bus running between Durham Station and the Durham Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings from 7:30am until 11:45 am through August 23.

The Triangle Business Journal Reveals 2014 Best Places to Work

The Triangle Business Journal has revealed its 2014 Best Places to Work list and it includes several Durham companies.

NCCU Director of Athletics Earns Award

Durham's North Carolina Central Director of Athletics, Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree was earned the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS Administrator of the Year Award.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Washington Duke Receives Awards

The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2014, the Expedia Insiders’ Select™ for 2014 and the TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence awards.

Primal Food & Spirits Opens

Primal Food & Spirits, a gluten-free restaurant that specializes in meat and vegetable dishes has opened.

Monuts to Open in Former Magnolia Grill Space

Monuts Donuts will open in a space formerly occupied by Magnolia Grill on Ninth Street in November, 2014.

Three Durham Restaurants Featured in Restaurant Week

Brigs at the Park, Scratch, and Piedmont are all participating in the Got to Be NC Dig Into Local Restaurant Week July 14-23.

Durham Investor Purchases Retail Center

Durham Investment group Mark Properties has purchased the Shoppes at Bedford retail center in north Raleigh for $3.14 million.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Triangle Transit Expands Service

Triangle Transit will extend service hours on Saturday and add new services on Sunday for Route 400, 700 and 800.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Durham's South Court Building Sold for $12.8M

Durham's South Court Building off of Shannon Rd. whose tenants include G2B and Doolin's Irish Pub and Cafe has been sold to a New York-based investment firm for $12.8 million.

Heights at South LaSalle Luxury Apartment Community Sold for $53M

The Heights at South LaSalle, A luxury, gated apartment community that opened just over a year ago near Duke University Medical Center in Durham has been sold to a new investor group for $53.3 million.

Self-Help Acquires Generations Community Credit Union

Durham-based Self-Help Credit Union will get a traditional retail banking branch in Durham with the acquisition of Generations Community Credit union.

bioMérieux to break ground on Durham expansion

bioMérieux, a French-based life sciences company will break ground to expand its current campus in Durham.

Monday, July 7, 2014

G2B Plans Nanobrewery

G2B, a pub located off of Shannon Road near South Square will close for renovations and reopen with a new nanobrewery July 15.

Dilweg Hires CFO

The Dilweg Companies, a Durham commercial real estate investment company, announced that Neal White has joined the company as chief financial officer.

Hill, Chesson & Woody Hire Client Manager

Hill, Chesson & Woody, an independently owned and operated employee benefits firm, has hired Kirstin Ellison as client manager.

Duke Health ranks 21st nationally in gross revenue

The Duke University Health System in Durham generated more revenue than all but 20 nonprofit hospitals in the nation, ranking it as the highest-grossing nonprofit hospital in the state.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Quintiles Adds 300 With Acquisition

Biopharmaceutical research-giant Quintiles completed the acquisition of Encore Health Resources, a move that adds 300 workers and further expands the company’s services beyond strictly clinical work.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Beer Durham Opens

Beer Durham, a beer shop selling craft beer by the bottle, can and tap, has opened at 404 Hunt Street

Krispy Kreme Coming to Hillsborough Rd.

Krispy Kreme will open a location of the national doughnut chain at 3536 Hillsbourough Rd.

Duke University Adds Three Trustees

Duke University has added three new members to the Duke University Board of Trustees on July 1, including alumna Ann Pelham, recent graduate Neil Kondamuri and graduate and professional student Sharon O'Conner.

Duke Named to National Network Studying Rare Diseases

 Duke University is one of six new clinical sites in the country that will participate in a recently formed Undiagnosed Diseases Network established by the National Institutes of Health.

The Scrap Exchange Prepares to Move

The Scrap Exchange, a material reuse store, will close August 11 and move from its current location at 923 Franklin St. and reopen at its new space at 2050 Chapel Hill Rd on August 16.

Duke Athletics Announces Administrative Staff Changes

Duke Athletics has announced several administrative staff changes, including promotions and new hires.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Lewis Named Fellow to American Vacuum Society

Jay Lewis, director of emerging electronics technologies at RTI International, was named a fellow of the American Vacuum Society for his contributions to the development of nanostructured optoelectronic devices.

Dilweg Companies Adds Asset Manager

Durham commercial real estate investment company The Dilweg Companies has announced that John MacDonell has joined the company as asset manager.

Chimerix Adds Board Members

The Durham-based antiviral drug development firm Chimerix Inc. has added  new directors to its board. Dr. M. Michelle Berrey, James M. Daly, Catherine L. Gilliss, Dr. John M. Leonard, and C. Patrick Machado will all serve in new roles.

Bayer Crop Science to Build $29.6M Greenhouse

Bayer CropScience, a maker of crop pesticides and genetic traits to improve soybean, corn and other crop seeds, is building a new, $29.6 million greenhouse at its Research Triangle Park campus.

NCCU and Durham Tech Offer Duel Enrollment Program

N.C. Central University and Durham Technical Community College are among the first universities and colleges in the state to offer a dual enrollment residential academic transfer program.

Fitness Studio Open