Happenings in the Heart of the Bull City
May 2022
  • News
  • Event Highlights
  • Biz Tools: Traffic Report
  • Biz Tools: Pedestrian Counter
  • Biz Tools: Merchant Map
  • Ambassador Stories
  • Clean & Safe Stats
  • Meetings, Trainings & Forums
NEWS
Wednesday May 18, 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
Give Your Feedback on Durham County's Proposed FY 22-23 Budget

On Monday May 9, County Manager Sowell presented her recommended budget for fiscal year 22-23 to the Durham Board of County Commissioners. As county residents, your comments are sought by the Board of Commissioners as it moves toward finalizing this document. Submit your feedback to the Budget & Management Services Department website.

Learn How Downtown Businesses Are Bringing Durham Back

COVID-19 isn’t in our rear view mirrors just yet, but thanks to the perseverance and creativity of our businesses, downtown Durham is coming back. On May 2, our CEO talked with City Life host Beverly B. Thompson about how downtown is recovering from the challenges of the past two years. Watch or listen here!

Take Our May One-Minute Survey

This month's survey is a mini "Best Of" questionnaire. We'd like you to tell us the best food you've ever eaten or best drink you ever had downtown (or both) and where you got it. We'll share all the results in the next newsletter so you can make a list of new things to try. Next month: Coolest thing you ever bought downtown and where.

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

Congratulations to Sam B. for winning last month's survey prize drawing!

COVID-19 Information

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

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Downtown Durham Event Calendar is the place for downtown venues, retailers, restaurants and residents to promote events. Submit your upcoming events today!
SPECIAL EVENT: DANCING
WITH THE CAROLINA STARS
AT THE CAROLINA THEATRE

MAY 16 AT 7 P.M.

Join the Carolina Theatre for the first annual Dancing With the Carolina Stars, a fundraising event that pairs Durham locals (including DDI President & CEO Nicole J. Thompson!) with professional dancers to raise funds to support the theater. There will be some great dancing and lots of fun but, most importantly, you’ll be supporting one of downtown’s jewels – the Carolina Theatre.

SLINGSHOT MUSIC FESTIVAL AT
THE DURHAM FRUIT • MAY 13-15
Slingshot, the international nexus for music and electronic arts in the South, has moved to Durham for its fifth edition and beyond. Slingshot’s reputation to deliver the best experience in next wave music and electronic art is unrivaled.
SWEET SOCIAL WITH AUNTIE'S ICE CREAM AT THE ROOF AT THE DURHAM HOTEL • MAY 22
The Durham has partnered with local bakers and makers to bring sweet treats to the Roof this spring and summer. Auntie’s Ice Cream introduces African flavors through the familiarity of ice cream while highlighting the variety and nuance in each country’s food.
THE LAST DANCE: A PHOTO EXHIBITION AT HISTORIC DURHAM ATHLETIC PARK • MAY 28
Across the nation, HBCU baseball programs are on the chopping block, and NCCU was no different. The preserved photo history of the NCCU team’s final days last spring – and what their legacy signifies for the future of Black baseball in America – will be on exhibit on the field where they play no more.
ONGOING DOWNTOWN EVENTS
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.
Third Friday Art Walk & Gallery Crawl
Visit galleries and other art venues downtown and beyond on May 20 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:
Hyewon Grigoni: Precious Child / The Only Adult Here is the Dog
On view at 21c Museum Hotel, 111 Corcoran St.
BUSINESS TOOLS
TRAFFIC REPORT
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.

PEDESTRIAN COUNTER SUMMARY: April 2022
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
2,329
Visitors per Day

16,300
Average Week
97
Visitors per Hour

Saturday
Busiest Day
6-7 p.m.
Busiest Hour

69,855
Total Visitors
Location 2: Chesterfield Building
1,703
Visitors per Day

11,918
Average Week
71
Visitors per Hour

Saturday
Busiest Day
6-7 p.m.
Busiest Hour

51,075
Total Visitors
Location 3: Foster on the Park Apartments
1,649
Visitors per Day

11,541
Average Week
69
Visitors per Hour

Saturday
Busiest Day
6-7 p.m.
Busiest Hour

49,462
Total Visitors
Location 4: Marriott City Center
2,026
Visitors per Day

14,182
Average Week
84
Visitors per Hour

Saturday
Busiest Day
6-7 p.m.
Busiest Hour

60,778
Total Visitors
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.

HELLO & GOODBYE
The following businesses recently opened or closed in downtown Durham.
HELLO
GOODBYE
Piercing studio
313 W. Main St.
Contact: Shea Collins
Salon
New location: 5117 Highgate Dr.
Contact: Jackie Moore

Automotive services
New location: 2210 Angier Ave.
Contact: Jorge Rodriguez

Florist
New location: 2302 Chapel Hill Rd.
Contact: Amy Wurster
AMBASSADOR STORIES
Spring Has Sprung! Clean & Safe Update: May 2022
Erik Nystrom, Clean and Safe Operations Manager

Duke and NCCU graduations, Mother’s Day, busy streets, sidewalks and restaurants, out-of-state plates and out-of-town visitors: This is how downtown Durham is supposed to be in May!

My team and I are so excited to once again be out interacting with our downtown visitors, as the last two years have made that very difficult due to the pandemic. The Ambassador Team is proud of our downtown, and we are always eager to show off everything it has to offer, answer any questions you may have, assist with directions and help with questions about parking.

As we move through spring, I want to continue sharing recent pictures of the team in action keeping your downtown clean and safe. I will be sharing some pictures with you in the coming weeks of the team out meeting and greeting folks downtown. Please feel free to stop and say hello to them next time you see them. They are always happy to hear from you and help in any way they can!
Jeff cleans leaves and other debris in an alleyway.
Arely removes moss and weeds from a sidewalk.
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 STATS
Clean and Safe Service
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Brickwork Laying (Square Feet)
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Trash Bags Collected
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Graffiti Removed - Paint
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Graffiti Removed - Stickers
______________________________________________
Customer Service (Directions, Battery Jumps, Etc.)
______________________________________________
Panhandlers/Outreach/Social Service Referral
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March 2022
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0
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8350
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106
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33
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53
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21
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MEETINGS, TRAININGS & FORUMS
May 16; Jun. 6, 21
May 19; Jun. 9
Regular Meetings: 1st & 3rd Mondays at 7 p.m.
Work Sessions: Two Thursdays prior to Council meetings
at 1 p.m.
May 23; Jun. 13, 27
May 17, 25; Jun. 2, 6, 8
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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