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Mobile Lowdown: Durham Edition

Posted on Thursday, April 17th, 2014.


It’s time again for another stop on our nationwide MobileBooth tour–which also means another edition of the Mobile Lowdown! This time around, Jesse Gutierrez (Associate Manager of Mobile Tour) and Diana Velez (Associate Manager of Marketing and Communications) brought in some reinforcements–Mr. Jordan Bullard (Jesse’s friendly, Southern colleague in the Mobile department).

So, as the Mobile Crew kicked off the stop today in Durham, Jordan and Diana took over the blog to give everyone another quick look at one of our many awesome MobileBooth city stops!

Let’s start off with the basics–what’s happening in Durham?


An early crowd begins to gather at our MobileBooth pre-Opening Day at the American Tobacco Campus! Ten Years ago, the American Tobacco site was simply unused warehouse space. Now the buildings have been refurbished and are filled with businesses. Photo credit Carol Jackson | WUNC.

Opening Day Insider Information:

Diana: “First things first: Captain Luke, brought to us by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, was both the first VIP interview and performer on Opening Day. Captain Luke’s interview partner was Tim Duffy, also from the Music Maker Relief Foundation. Durham has a rich heritage of folk music, which the Music Maker Foundation has been preserving since 1994.”

Tim Duffy (left with guitar) and Captain Luke (right). Photo credit Carol Jackson.

Tim Duffy (left with guitar) and Captain Luke (right). Photo credit Carol Jackson | WUNC.

Jordan: “Our second VIP interview was between Matt Victoriano and Ryan Wetter. Matt and Ryan have a very interesting story about life after being deployed (Iraq and Afghanistan respectively).”

City Highlights:

Diana: “Our MobileBooth will be parked at the historic American Tobacco Historic District, home to the Lucky Strike Tobacco Tower (Don Draper would be jealous), and the Durham Bulls.

Which reminds me, Bull Durham, the MOST* popular sports movie of all time, was shot in Durham at the Historic Durham Athletic Park, home field of the very real Durham Bulls.”

*According to Diana and this random Sports Illustrated Article.

Jordan: “Durham has become a pretty serious foody town. You can basically take a walking food tour across downtown Durham. All of the spots below are within about a 20 minute walk (5 minute bike ride) of each other:

  • Cocao Canela – Mexican inspired coffee hangout

  • Parker & Otis – Biscuits, Gravy, and knick-knacks

  • Full Steam – Microbrewery in Downtown Durham

  • Piedmont Restaurant – Farm-to-table Americana kinda stuff

  • Geer Street Garden – tasty food in an old gas station

  • Cookout – the best fast food drive-through this side of the Mississippi (maybe the world) — multiple locations around Durham

Durham also has local breweries, hipsters galore, and people on bikes. The American Tobacco Trail is great for bikers and joggers. You can catch the trail on the south side of the American Tobacco Campus and follow across all of Durham County.”

Durham sounds both exciting and delicious! We cannot wait to hear what amazing stories our team collects this time around!

Thanks as always to our Mobile Lowdown-ers for all their help!

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  • Ah, Full Steam and Geer Street Garden. The Mobile team will eat and drink well in Durham!

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