Sharon Lewis

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201 Shannon Oaks Circle, Suite 101
Cary, NC
 Durham is a colorful, creative, and entrepreneurial community that continuously earns accolades as one of the best places in the world to visit, live, and do business. With nationally acclaimed restaurants, shopping, historical sites, and myriad other things to do, Durham is the place where great things happen.

I have always loved the charm of  Durham.My son went to school here ,many  friends and family call Durham home  and I have been priviledged to help  many clients buy and sell in this wonderful area.

Durham Magazine

 Durham has some of the best restaurants (nationally acclaimed), incredible art scene, great shopping (The Streets at Southpoint Mall) and historic sites. Peaceful places like the Eno River (don't miss the Eno Festival) Duke Forest  ,Sarah P Duke Gardens

Art events like
Durham Arts Council 

...and so much more. I have put a list together of some of my favorites, feel free to add suggestions, I would be happy to include them.
Eno River Festival

Venues included Durham Performing Arts Center (locals call it DPAC), this is how well the arts are supported in this area:, this past year, DPAC was named the second most successful ticket selling venue in the world!
Nasher Museum of Art

The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit creative reuse center in Durham

 Museum of Life and Science is an 84-Acre  science center -hands on place for people to go to.  

Carolina Theatre, I love this place, not just because I saw and swooned (can you say that word) Bryan Adams acoustic performance there, that helped-lol, they also have a great list of artists and events,get on their mailing list. They also show independent films

Here's some other notable venues
Duke Chapel
• B.N. Duke Auditorium
• Page Auditorium
North Carolina Symphony
• St. Joseph’s Performance Hall at the Hayti Heritage Center
 Mmmmmmmm. Durham has so many fabulous restaurants, last count around 550!
 Dozens of those have received raves, not only from customers but here  national acclaim from:
Southern Living, The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appétit, Esquire, and Gourmet.
Here are the accolades:
Southern Living's "100 Best Bars of the South," Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh, Mateo Tapas in Durham and The Crunkleton in Chapel Hill.
The South's Tastiest Town-Southern Living magazine
One of the top 50 restaurants in the nation
 America’s Foodiest Small Town 
Nation’s Most Outstanding Pastry Chef
 Coffee Roaster of the Year
Chefs acclaimed for farm-to-table and sustainable agriculture
 5th best vegetarian-friendly minor league ballpark
One of the healthiest diets in America
• One of the best hotel chefs in America

Durham Festivals
Always something to do in Durham.......mark your calender for these (and more)
• Durham Arts Council’s CenterFest

• Light Up Durham – Talent All Over Town
• World Beer Festival

Durham Restaurants
Durham Farmers Market, I know its not a restaurant, however, its food!

Scratch Bakery
Counter Culture Coffee
Full Steam Brewery
A number of restaurants at the American Tobacco Historic Campus
Brightleaf Square has restaurants to explore also
Fosters is a personal favorite,there are two, one in Durham, one in Chapel Hill.
Washington Duke Inn
Elmos Diner
Watts Grocery, great for Sunday brunch
Tasu/Shiki Sushi
Geer Street Garden
Dos Perros
Mateo Bar de Tapas & Vin Rouge
Old Havana Sandwich Shop
Bull City Burger & Brewery and Only Burger
Rise Biscuits & Donuts
 Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom
Mad Hatter Bakery -love this place for salads, take out, right where Whole Foods is.
Rue Cler

There are so many more, if you have a favorite I am missing, let me know and I would be happy to add it.

A little background about the American Tobacco 


Old Bull Historic

Did you know that Washington Duke  had been a Confederate prisoner of war? It was back in 1865. And when he was released from custody, Duke  walked all the way back  to his homestead in Durham from New Bern (fyi-takes a couple of hours to drive there) Like many people at that time, he was dirt poor,  legend has it, he had 50cents to his name. 40 years  later however, the company (American Tobacco) he created became of the of first of 12 members of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

 One of the companies Duke Tobacco picked up was Blackwell’s Durham Tobacco, makers of Bull Durham. (which is why you hear Durham described as Bull City)

By the mid 80's (1980 American Tobacco had stopped  manufacturing in Durham and the old factory was just left sitting there. Twenty years later, Capitol Broadcasting Company  came in, cleaned up the property and reopened it.

That left one building, the  Old Bull building at the corner of Blackwell and Pettigrew in Durham sitting there, needing some love. 

Recently an affiliate of Capitol Broadcasting called ATC North Residential picked up the Old Bull building and the nearby Noell building for a cool 9.5 million.

Now renovated, the first floor of Old Bull contains office space and the upper floors apartments. The Noell building has 17 apartments

American Tobacco Campus
Durham Visitor's Guide

Durham School of the Arts Recognized as #1 public high school in North Carolina News & World Report 2013 May
BUSINESS Durham was recognized (along with Raleigh) as part of "10 Up and Coming Cities for Entrepreneurs." Forbes Magazine 2013 September
BUSINESS Durham's American Underground was selected by Google to become one of seven Entrepreneur Tech Hubs in the United States and Canada. Google 2013 September
BUSINESS Seven Durham Businesses were recognized on the "Fastest Growing Companies" list including ReverbNation, BioAgilytix Labs, Bronto Software, Appia, Research Square, Scale Finance and WorkSmart. Inc 5000 2013 September
BUSINESS The Durham and Chapel Hill MSA was listed at #22 on the "25 Best U.S. Cities for Tech Startups." Entrepreneur Magazine 2013 August
BUSINESS Durham was recognized as #10 on the "Best Places for Business and Careers 2013." Forbes Magazine 2013 August
BUSINESS For the sixth consecutive year, Duke University was named one of the "Great Colleges to Work For" in 2013. The Chronicle of Higher Education 2013 July
BUSINESS For the sixth consecutive year, Duke wasn recognized as one of the "best colleges in the nation to work for" in 2013 The Chronicle of Higher Education 2013 July
BUSINESS Durham-based Quintiles, was listed on Computerworld “100 Best Places to Work in IT 2013” list Computerworld 2013 June
BUSINESS Durham was selected as one of nine cities on ConventionSouth magazine’s 2013 Editors’ Hot Picks For “South’s Smartest Medical Cities For Groups." ConventionSouth Magazine 2013 May
BUSINESS ArchiveSocial, a Durham startup received international recognition from Silicon Valley’s premier annual awards program. TiE Top 50 2013 2013 May
BUSINESS CEO Sally Webb of The Special Event Co., received the 2013 Enterprising Women of the Year award. Enterprising Women Magazine 2013 May
BUSINESS Downtown Durham Inc. and Durham Chamber of Commerce’s “World’s Smallest Office” or Smoffice, named finalist for “Best Unconventional Project" 2013 International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation Competition 2013 April
BUSINESS Downtown Durham Inc. and Durham Chamber of Commerce’s “World’s Smallest Office” or Smoffice, won “Best Unconventional Project” 2013 International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation Competition 2013 April
Business Durham was named 6th out of "America's Top 10 Cities for Small Business" Washington Post 2013 February
Business Durham's WorkSmart recognized as #87 out of top 200 managed services providers in North America. MSPmentor 200 industry index 2013 January
Business Semprius Inc. was named one of “50 Disruptive Companies, 2013" MIT Technology Review 2013 February
Business The Durham metropolitan area ranked 14th on a list of "Top Cities for Private Technology Company Acquisition Targets in 2012" PrivCo Media 2013 February
ECONOMY The Durham-Chapel Hill metro area came in at No. 6 in the nation among the top markets for health and wealth, which took into account 13 factors from data across five major categories, including lifestyle, disease, environment, economy and real estate. RealtyTrac and Local Market Monitor. 2013 Septembe