Aleta Donald

Humans of Chapelboro: Al Bowers

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro features Al Bowers, a local restaurant entrepreneur and fixture in the Chapel Hill community as the owner of Al’s Burger Shack. He plans to open his second location in Southern Village soon. “I am the oldest great-grandchild on both sides of my family, and the oldest grandchild on both sides of my family. My nickname is Buddy, because I am Alfonso Hugo Bowers the Third. My great-aunt Rachel gave me that nickname after a boyfriend of hers that was tragically killed in a car wreck. I’ve always been told that I came along at...

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Raleigh Couple to Open Cat Cafe

A cat cafe is coming to Raleigh in the spring of 2018. Purr Cup Cafe, owned by partners Sarah Newton and Arthur Hailey of Raleigh, will be a regular coffee shop with a twist–there will be a separate room filled with adoptable cats for patrons to play with. “Our love of cats is really what brought us together, first as friends and eventually as a couple,” Newton explained. “We loved the idea of cat cafes ever since we first heard of them, and always thought opening one would be the coolest thing ever.” Cat cafes are an increasingly popular...

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Durham Farm Brings Goat Yoga to the Triangle

When Matthew Hux and Amanda Avery began their goat yoga program, they had no idea how popular it would become. The couple owns Hux Family Farm, a small but charming homestead on the banks of Falls Lake in Durham, where their primary animal capital is Nigerian dwarf goats.  “Last fall, we just reached out to some yoga instructors in the Durham area. We weren’t even going to start classes right away, but they [wanted to] just go ahead and do a class,” said Avery. “So we opened [the class], and then it filled up and had a 200 person...

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National Dance Day 2017: Contest and Giveaway

While many holidays are created simply to sell Hallmark cards, National Dance Day is not one of them. This Saturday, July 29, marks the seventh annual National Dance Day, a festivity that begun in 2010 to celebrate dance and encourage Americans of all ages to get up and move to the groove. National Dance Day was established by Nigel Lythgoe, a co-founder of the Dizzy Feet Foundation, which aims to advance access to dance education in the United States, particularly in low-income communities. Dizzy Feet aids these communities and educational institutions through grants that support dance programs. Last July,...

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Humans of Chapelboro: transforming the community through art and communication

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro continues the story of Joy Javits, daughter of former U.S. Senator Jacob Javits and a local business entrepreneur. Ms. Javits runs DooR to DooR, a hospital program that brings the arts to patients, and In the Public Eye, where she coaches clients in public speaking and presentation. She resides in Chapel Hill. Read part one of her story here. “I worked for Janice Palmer, [founding director of Duke Arts & Health] for a while and then I started both of the businesses that I now run. One was that hospital arts program that she had been...

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Humans of Chapelboro: a New York dancer, brought by fate to Chapel Hill

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro features Joy Javits, the daughter of former U.S. Senator Jacob Javits and a local business entrepreneur. Ms. Javits runs DooR to DooR, a hospital program that brings the arts to patients, and In the Public Eye, where she coaches clients in public speaking and presentation. She resides in Chapel Hill.  “I’m a New Yorker, born and bred. I lived there until I went away to college and didn’t really go back much after that.  I went to amazing schools, including the Riverside Church, which is very famous for splendid speakers, and I went then...

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Hiking Guide

The Chapel Hill area offers many lovely spots for walking, hiking, and outdoor recreation. Read on for a composition of the nicest and most convenient areas for these activities. Duke Forest New Hope Creek Duke Forest occupies over 7,000 acres of land in central North Carolina and has been used for teaching and research purposes for decades. Its lovely trails are open to the public, and many of them are accessible from Erwin or Sunrise Road in Durham and eastern Chapel Hill. A particularly beautiful trail follows the New Hope Creek for over a mile, winding through the woods with...

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Humans of Chapelboro: Tamara Schenck (part two)

This week’s Humans of Chapelboro continues Tamara Schenck’s story. Schenck was born in the Ukraine before she and her family immigrated to the United States in 1952. She later worked as a model and lived all over the world with her husband, a foreign service officer. Read part one here.  “Every posting had its real advantages and disadvantages. Hong Kong was like a big toy store. Life was so good there, we had servants. The Hong Kong island is about 40 miles all around. It’s tiny. We had Morris Mini cars, and we could go to the beach. It was great....

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