Sights on the City
River Takada-Capel

Long time Clarion Content fans know that we love to interview individuals that inspire us, individuals that push us, individuals that make us curious to learn more about their path, what got them here and what lies ahead.

On this week’s episode of “Sights on the City,” publisher, Aaron Mandel, interviews River Takada-Capel, of RivTak. She is a small business owner, a teacher, a seamstress, and much, much more with a unique artist, creator, maker story.

As you will hear in Part II of our interview, we first collaborated with River nearly five years ago on a Durham Fashion Drive-By’s. (See photo below.)

photo of Emily Butler by Katie Davidson

photo of Emily Butler by Katie Davidson

Film and production by Josh Hardt.

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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