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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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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 entertainment, family events

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

Brunch Your Way Through Durham (2018 Edition)

Posted by Shayla Martin on Mar 8, 2018 4:59:02 PM

Let’s be clear, brunch is not breakfast. There’s something quite special about the in-between weekend meal, and restaurants all over Durham are embracing the brunch lifestyle with dedicated menus just for this special course. Here’s a guide to some of the most unique brunch experiences in Durham, as well as classic Southern favorites.

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Topics: Food & Drink

Graduating? Here's Your Durham Bucket List (2018 Edition)

Posted by Shayla Martin on Mar 7, 2018 11:51:29 AM

As college life winds down for so many students around the Bull City, they may be hit with the stark realization that the past four years have flown by, and there were so many activities they didn’t get to mark off their Durham checklist. We’re here to help. This graduation bucket list is everything you need to see, do, eat, and enjoy before making your mark on the world outside of Durham.

One bit of advice? Start now!

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Topics: Itineraries, college grads, Duke University, North Carolina Central University

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