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Shayla Martin

Shayla Martin is a freelance travel and food journalist based in Durham. She's a frequent contributor to New York Magazine, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Wall Street Journal and Durham Magazine.

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Explore Durham's Burgeoning Black-Owned Businesses

Posted by Shayla Martin on Feb 6, 2019 3:21:40 PM

In the early twentieth century, Parrish Street in Durham was a hub of African-American business activity that gained national recognition. The four-block district was known as “Black Wall Street,” and received praise from national leaders W. E. B. DuBois and Booker T. Washington.

Estimated read time: 3 minutes

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Topics: History, Itineraries, Black History Month

Attention Newlyweds: Here's Your Guide to Durham Mini-Moons

Posted by Shayla Martin on Feb 1, 2019 5:15:30 PM

These days, the traditional honeymoon is open to interpretation.

If you can’t spare thousands of dollars or two weeks away from work, or you'd rather take a shorter trip closer to home to celebrate your union, you're not alone.

You're a lucky lovebird, as it turns out.  Durham is the perfect place to build a temporary love nest before flying to your forever wedded home. To all the newlywed and not-so-newlywed (but still deeply in love) couples out there, this post is for you.

If you have your nuptials in Durham or nearby, the Bull City is the ideal destination to start your life together on a fun and adventurous mini-moon. Here are a few splurge and save suggestions for a mini-moon in Durham.

Estimated read time: 4 minutes

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Topics: Parties, Reunions & Weddings, Hotels & Lodging, Itineraries

The Music Lover's Guide to Durham

Posted by Shayla Martin on May 30, 2018 4:23:52 PM

Over the past few years, Durham has received its fair share of national attention thanks to celebrated restaurants, swanky hotels, and eclectic cultural activities, but it’s time for the local music scene to have its moment in the spotlight. We’ve got something for every type of music lover. On any given weekend you’ll find Broadway performances and major hip hop concerts, or soulful jazz shows and rocking indie bands. From elegant theaters and outdoor venues to internationally-recognized music festivals, there’s plenty for the music-focused visitor to explore in the Bull City.

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Topics: Food & Drink, family events, family entertainment

Celebrate Women in Film at this Year’s Full Frame Film Festival

Posted by Shayla Martin on Mar 27, 2018 4:02:40 PM

The 21st annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is April 5-8, bringing both national and international filmmakers, producers, writers, and film lovers to the heart of Downtown Durham. The four-day festival offers indoor and outdoor screenings of nearly 100 films, panel discussions, parties, and social activities from morning until night. A major draw of the festival is its commitment to encouraging a safe and open forum for unfiltered conversation, and there’s no doubt that the role of women in the film industry is sure to be a topic of discussion.

On March 8 (also known as International Women’s Day), the Full Frame team released this year’s film listing to the public, featuring more than 25 films exclusively directed by women. As you plan your film screenings, consider reserving a seat for these eight female-directed films.

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Topics: April Newsletter, Durham Festivals

Update Your Home and Wardrobe at these 4 Durham Boutiques

Posted by Shayla Martin on Mar 27, 2018 4:01:48 PM

When spring arrives it's time to get rid of the old and make way for the new.  A quirky piece of wall art or a statement necklace is all you need to spruce up both your home and wardrobe. Whether you're a Durham resident looking to rep your hometown or a visitor wanting to bring home a taste of Bull City, you're sure to find the perfect item in these locally-owned boutiques. Visit these four Durham boutiques and local artisan market to find everything from delicate jewelry and stylish leather belts to hand-painted wood signs on your next round of spring shopping. 

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Topics: Durham, NC Shopping

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