Happenings in the Heart of the Bull City
June 2022
  • News
  • Event Highlights
  • Biz Tools: Traffic Report
  • Biz Tools: Pedestrian Counter
  • Biz Tools: Merchant Map
  • Ambassador Stories
  • Clean & Safe Stats
  • Meetings, Trainings & Forums
Please Join Me in Welcoming the Newest Member of the Downtown Durham, Inc. Team: Tiffany Bashore, Director of Business Engagement
I am very excited to announce that Tiffany Bashore is DDI’s new Director of Business Engagement! 

In this role, Tiffany will serve as the primary contact for new, existing and potential street-level retail, restaurant and service businesses in the downtown area.

Many of you know Tiffany from her most recent position as Director of Member Relations at the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, where she played a pivotal role in member retention and engagement through personal outreach, events and programming to serve both members and community partners. 
Tiffany brings her extensive experience working with businesses, her knowledge of the community and her love of Durham to this critical position in our organization.
She has 19+ years of community and business engagement experience and is well-known and beloved in the Durham community as a key player, organizer and advocate for local businesses. 
Tiffany has deep roots in the Triangle. She is a graduate of Jordan High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
We are thrilled that after an exhaustive search, we found the perfect candidate so close to home. Tiffany’s first day will be June 20. Please join me in welcoming Tiffany to her new role.

Nicole J. Thompson
Downtown Durham, Inc.
President & CEO
New date: Wednesday June 15, 4 – 6 p.m.

$80 In Person • $40 Online
Keynote Speaker: Tracy Hadden Loh
Fellow – Brookings Metro, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking

Followed by a Taste of Downtown @ the Reception
Highlighting Woman-Owned & Co-Owned Businesses
From the City of Durham: New Parking Rate Increases and Monthly Parking Discounted Voucher Program Effective July 1, 2022

Beginning July 1, the parking rate increases shown in the chart below will go into effect. For current monthly customers, the rate increase will be reflected on the August 2022 invoice that will be mailed on July 5.
DDI has worked with the city to mitigate the additional burden the parking rate increase will place on hourly employees and those who work in hospitality and restaurants. As a result, the city has proposed a new Monthly Parking Discounted Voucher Program to help eligible, low-income workers burdened by the increase in monthly parking fees. If approved by the City Council on June 21, the program will provide approved individuals with a 50% discount on the monthly parking rate in any city-owned parking garages.

To be eligible, applicants must work downtown and have an income at or below 60% of the area median family income (AMI). Discounted parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until city funding is exhausted or replenished.

To apply for the discounted voucher program, please visit ParkDurham.org beginning on June 22 to submit an application and proof of eligibility (e.g., driver ’s license, proof of income and/or proof of receipt of public assistance benefits).

Applications are also available in the Park Durham Customer Service Center, located at 105 W. Morgan St.,Suite 104, open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DDI continues to work with the city on additional programs to help restaurant and hospitality staff who will be disproportionately affected by the increase. We will provide information as soon as it becomes available. 

Questions about the Monthly Parking Discounted Voucher Program or the parking rate increases? Please contact Park Durham by phone at (919) 560-4157 or by email at ParkDurham@DurhamNC.gov.

Take Our June One-Minute Survey

This month's survey is our second mini "Best Of" questionnaire. Downtown Durham has the coolest mix of eclectic, one-of-a-kind stores and boutiques. So we'd like you to tell us the coolest thing you ever bought from a downtown merchant and where you got it. Here's a list to choose from.

We'll share the highlights in the next newsletter so you can make a list of new things to try.

Please take just a moment to complete the survey, and enter to win a $50 SpendaBull card!

Congratulations to Claire L. for winning last month's survey prize drawing!

Last Month's One-Minute Survey Results

Last month we asked about the best food and drink you've ever had downtown. Here are some highlights – deliciousness that you should try if they're not already your favorites:

Bar Virgile's cheeseburger (lots of love!)
COPA's Havana Cuban sandwich
Ex Voto's chicken crunchwrap
Geer Street Garden's THE PILE
Hutchins Garage's fried chicken pie
Jack Tar & the Colonel's Daughter's Julia Child omelette
M Kokko's Nashville hot chicken sandwich
M Pocha's jijiang noodles
M Sushi's sushi and sashimi (lots of love!)
Ninth Street Bakery's dal lentil curry soup
Plum Kitchen's smoked trout toast
Pompieri's drunken horse pizza
The Roof at the Durham's oysters on the half shell
Rose's ice cream sandwich
Saint James Seafood's deviled crab fettucine
Taberna Tapas' paella
Viceroy's chicken korma, jeera wints, chicken mykanwala and gobi sukka

Alley Twenty Six's gin & tonic, old fashioned and peach cocktail (among others!)
Bar Virgile's Mumbia Direct, old fashioned, and whiskey sours
Bull City Burger's Dr. Bartlett's Ordinary Bitter
Bull City Ciderworks' cider slushy
COPA's lavender daquiri
Corpse Reviver's Corpse Reviver (among others!)
Dashi's Smoke & Mirrors
Durty Bull's $500 Jeans
Fullsteam's Paycheck
Geer Street Garden's The Durhamite
Jack Tar & The Colonel's Daughter's Christmas cocktails
The Parlour's Vietnamese coffee affogato
Parts & Labor @ Motorco's bloody Mary
The Patio at Unscripted's mule flight
Ponysaurus' Pony IPA and Bierre de Garde
The Restaurant at the Durham's coffee soda (lots of love!)
The Roof at the Durham's dirty martini
Saint James Seafood's Bang Bang
Viceroy's tamarind daiquiri
COVID-19 Information

Visit our website to stay up to date on case counts, averages and hospitalization numbers.

The Downtown Durham Event Calendar is the place for downtown venues, retailers, restaurants and residents to promote events. Submit your upcoming events today!
June in downtown Durham means extra special events in honor of Juneteenth and LGBTQ Pride. Check out everything that's happening!

• JUNE 24
An afternoon and evening of fun in honor of downtown Durham's newest pet supply store! Fundraiser raffles, a treat buffet, giveaways and lots more for your furry friends and you.
That Music Fest is a new, multi-day festival featuring The Mountain Goats, Rissi Palmer, The Steep Canyon Rangers and many more on three stages!
This a community event celebrates the contributions and cultures of our refugee and immigrant neighbors and provides an opportunity to stand in solidarity with these communities. Free and family-friendly, with music, food and more!
Small Plates Crawl
Every Thursday night, visit participating downtown restaurants and bars for a special menu! Some venues will highlight a special small plate, others will offer discounts and some will provide pairings from their bar. Visit durhamsmallplatescrawl.com for more info and a list of participating restaurants.
The Mix at Durham Station
Start your Third Friday off right! GoDurham and DDI present The Mix with music from DJ Piddipat, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Durham Station on June 17.
Third Friday Art Walk & Gallery Crawl
Visit galleries and other art venues downtown and beyond on June 17 and every third Friday of the month! Find a complete list of Third Friday events, and submit your own, at thirdfridaydurham.org.
This month's featured artwork:
Andrea Carter / Ngozi Design: Bisa Jacket with Butterfly Necklace
On view at Golden Belt Arts, 800 Taylor St.
The Traffic Report lists events and happenings that may affect foot traffic and/or parking. It includes road closures and major events happening downtown.

Subscribe to the calendar or view the report online for the most up-to-date information.

DDI's pedestrian counters were installed to assist businesses in determining appropriate hours and staffing levels. For additional information, like hourly counts or trends, BID constituents may request a custom report. Contact Rebekah Mixon to request a report.

Location 1: 21c Hotel
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Location 2: Chesterfield Building
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Location 3: Foster on the Park Apartments
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Location 4: Marriott City Center
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DOWNTOWN MERCHANT MAP: New Edition Now Available!
The latest edition of this great customer service tool has arrived! We're in the process of distributing these to downtown businesses and organizations who've received them in the past, but if you want a bundle of maps for the first time, email Patrick Holt.

Download our always-up-to-date,
printer-friendly version and browse the web map at downtowndurham.com/map.

The following businesses recently opened or closed in downtown Durham.
Restaurant: ice cream
908 W. Main St.
Contact: Jamiya Thorpe
Restaurant: desserts
Moving; new location TBA
Contact: Stephen Kennedy

Brame Furniture Showroom
Retail Furniture
1010 W. Main St.
Contact: Maureen Churchill

Restaurant: American, breakfast & brunch
New location: 2022 Chapel Hill Rd
Contact: Harry Monds
Bring on the Heat! Clean & Safe Update: June 2022
Erik Nystrom, Clean and Safe Operations Manager

Summer is here, and the time is right to be in downtown Durham! Looking back on the last several weeks, I’m filled with gratitude for all the activity and events that drew so many people back to our downtown. I recently took my son to see a concert at DPAC, and he was amazed by how many people were back in the downtown area.

As we get into our notoriously hot and humid period, I want to remind you to drink plenty of water, stay hydrated and make sure to never leave pets or children unattended in a vehicle – even for a minute – as heat levels can reach dangerous levels in a matter of a few minutes.   

Your Ambassador Team continues to work diligently to keep our downtown clean and safe for everyone. Please feel free to stop and chat with anyone on the team. They are happy to assist you with finding your way around and providing information for just about everything downtown Durham has to offer. I have included some more pictures of your team in action doing what they do best. I wish I had a lot more space to do this, but here are a few that I wanted to share. 
Graffiti on a parking garage wall.
Darius takes care of it.
Jeff picks up trash along a street.
Rickie and Jeff clean up a parking area.
Downtown Durham's dedicated Ambassador Team provides much needed clean and safe services. From sweeping and cleaning the streets, to providing directions for visitors, to jumpstarting car batteries, our ambassadors are here to help. Have questions? Just stop one and ask. Need to submit a service request? Call 919-682-BULL (2855) or submit a request online.

Clean and Safe Service
Brickwork Laying (Square Feet)
Trash Bags Collected
Graffiti Removed - Paint
Graffiti Removed - Stickers
Customer Service (Directions, Battery Jumps, Etc.)
Panhandlers/Outreach/Social Service Referral
April 2022
Jun. 21; Aug 1, 15
Jul. 21; Aug 4, 18
Regular Meetings: 1st & 3rd Mondays at 7 p.m.
Work Sessions: Two Thursdays prior to Council meetings
at 1 p.m.
Jun. 13, 27; Jul 11; Aug. 8, 22
Aug. 1
Regular Meetings: 2nd & 4th Mondays at 7 p.m.
Work Sessions: 1st Monday at 9 a.m.
Downtown Durham, Inc.
307 W. Main St. • #102
Durham, NC 27701
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We're grateful for their support of DDI and downtown Durham.

We also thank the City of Durham for entrusting DDI to provide the BID services
that keep downtown Durham a clean, safe and vibrant place.

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