What We’ve Heard
May 2017

The Latest in rumor mill gossip…

As always these are hearsay, not facts we have spent time running down. To protect our sources, we only publish things we have heard in more than one place. We believe news is a verb. But this isn’t strictly news, this is an homage to Page Six, and our 2 and 1/2 degrees of separation Durham community.

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A mix of arts, food, culture, development, and political gossip

We’ve heard…

that the Shrimp Boat, a long time Durham staple across from Foster’s Market is becoming the SaltBox Seafood’s second location.

We’ve heard…

that the Southern Documentary Fund and The Cookery are renovating an adjacent to The Cookery West Chapel Hill Street property and got $100,000 from the Durham City Council for the cause. The combo has pledged to create five to seven new local jobs.

We’ve heard…

that the former Jack Tarr Motel garage area has been repainted in artistic graffiti.

former jack tarr gararge interior

We’ve heard…

that there will be a new mural painted on the side of Durham’s City Hall. Proposal winning shots we saw from a Garner artist were a three dimensional rendering of a bull.

Speaking of murals 

photo by Chrystal Kelly

photo by Chrystal Kelly

We’ve heard…

that Pleiades gallery artist Darius Quarles is nearly finished his Durham mural in the Liberty Apartments corridor. Contrary to appearances this is a public space where anyone can see the mural. Full article coming soon.

We’ve heard…

that those same Liberty Apartments have already been flipped to a new owner by the developer for $69 million. Durham is hot, hot, hot.

In more mural news-

We’ve heard…

that there will be a mural going into Durham’s Southern Boundaries Park.

Even more mural news

We’ve heard…

that there will be art appearing on the tunnel underneath the railroad tracks entering the downtown loop from the west side near the DATA Bus terminal.

Just up the street

 

NC Mutual Life Building

We’ve heard…

that the naming rights of the North Carolina Mutual Building are for sale, that there will be an expansion of the lobby atrium courtyard area, as NC. Mutual Insurance will henceforth only occupy the top two floors of the building. Via the Triangle Business Journal.

We’ve heard…

that the Indy Week is downsizing its offices and moving from Main Street to above Alley 26 across from the downtown Durham Post Office.

We’ve heard…

that the city is creating a Black Wall Street Garden area.

We’ve heard…

that Keep Durham Beautiful and the Durham Originals have lovely new Orange Street offices.

We’ve heard…

that Raleigh institution Neomonde is opening a Durham location.

We’ve heard…

that Reinvestment Partners will use $100,000 from the Durham City Council to rehabilitate lots along Fayetteville Street across from the Stanford L. Warren Durham Library. They will be opening a substance abuse treatment and recovery center there.

We’ve heard…

that new Workforce housing will be built on Morehead Avenue across from the Maplewood Cemetery.

pre-cursor to the Accordion Club

pre-cursor to the Accordion Club

We’ve heard…

that the tienda that once stood to the left of the location of the newly opened Accordion Club had a secret, private basement party room.

We’ve heard…

that Fullsteam is opening a restaurant.

We’ve heard…

that Alley 26 has expanded its food service to a full restaurant.

We’ve heard…

that a mural has been painted on the sides of Durham’s MAXX Adult Emporium.

We’ve heard…

that we were half right about the Waffle House opening in the old Charlie’s bar location on 9th Street. While there is a Waffle House opening, they are only taking about half of the footprint of the old Charlie’s and the space next door is for lease.

We’ve heard…

that the new restaurant, The Lakewood, in the former Davis Bakery location in nearly ready to open. It will have rooftop seating.

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throwback to Fashion Drive-by Lakewood photo by Jessica Arden styled by Cady Childs

throwback to Fashion Drive-by Lakewood photo by Jessica Arden styled by Cady Childs

We’ve heard…

that there will be an Escape Room opening on Orange Street.

We’ve heard…

that the Click Photography Festival has received hundreds of applications for the local photography section of its collaboration with The Fence project. The Fence is bring a world class digital photography exhibit, so far only seen in six cities nationwide, to the Orange Street surface parking lot this Summer.

We’ve heard…

that Chris Vitiello won the inaugural 21C Durham Art Pitch Night and will be exhibiting his work in the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Congratulations! Well-deserved, old friend.

We’ve heard…

that Durham’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development has a new Director, Andre Pettigrew, and he is a clean economy expert.

We’ve heard…

that the same go-getter who brought you PictureDURM, Meredith Martindale, is creating a fun, new Durham cultural hashtag, #WillStopforArt   Play along here.

We’ve heard…

that Mercury Studio and The Makery have combined forces to become The Mothership.

We’ve heard…

that a new co-working space called Gridworks opened on Main Street.

We’ve heard…

that there will be a mural painted on the wall on the west side of Chicken Bone Park.

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We’ve heard…

that Grub, from the founders of Piper’s Deli and the owners of Nosh, is set to open on West Chapel Hill Street across from the Durham Co-op in the next month or two.

We’ve heard…

that Redux Yogurt shop will be opening in the same area in the coming months.

We’ve heard…

that the Unscripted Hotel in the location of the old Jack Tar across from Major the Bull is hiring staff and opening soon. It is being billed as “A boutique hotel fit for rock stars and jetsetters.”

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