Growga to Launch ‘Mindful May’ Event Series at American Tobacco

Wellness Startup to Take Over Campus’ Famed Lawn for a Series of Fun, Free Events Designed to Introduce Mindfulness Via Activities for the Whole Family

(Durham, NC) – April 10, 2019 – American Tobacco is partnering with American Underground-based wellness startup, Growga, to launch a series of free, family events on the campus’ famed and beloved amphitheater lawn this spring.

The series will launch as part of Growga’s mindfulness-focused campaign for all Triangle families to celebrate a ‘Mindful May.’ Growga’s teachers will lead families through fun activities designed to not only bring them closer together but also reinforce key mindfulness tactics that will help both kids and parents work through the stresses of an increasingly hectic daily life.

Parents who register will also receive exclusive daily content such as free meditations, kids mindfulness activities, and interviews with mindfulness experts. They will also receive an invitation to a closed Facebook group which will provide additional tools to help them along their month-long (and beyond) mindfulness journey.

Launching on April 13 as part of the Durham 150 Celebration, Growga will offer the following classes at American Tobacco Campus:

  • April 13 – Durham 150 Celebration – In partnership with Aetna, Growga will showcase mindfulness techniques through engaging activities.
  • May 4 – 5:30 pm – Star Wars Yoga and Jedi Mindfulness – Will coincide with Star Wars Day at the Bulls
  • May 7 – 11 a.m. – Google I/O Extended Breakout Session @ American Underground – Mindfulness for Coders (Separate registration here)
  • May 18 – 10:30 am – Growga Family Fun: Celebrating the International Day of Families through Partner Yoga, Community, and Mindfulness
  • June 15 – 10:30 am – Growga Family Fun: Expeditions – Growga will take families on an imaginative journey around the world and practice fun movement and pretend play.

All classes will be free and donations accepted for Growga Gives, a philanthropic arm of the business designed to fund scholarships for children and schools unable to pay for Growga classes.

“As part of Mindful May at American Tobacco, we want to invite all families from the community to join us at a destination they know and love to take part in fun, technology-free, silly, and, ultimately, valuable activities that are going to help them reset some of the anxiety that is keeping them from truly thriving,” says Emily Behr, owner and founder, Growga. “Growga’s mission is to reverse the staggering statistics facing kids and adults today: one in five people will have an anxiety disorder by the time they are 18 and the median age for these diagnoses is now six-years-old.”

Launched in late 2017, Growga has grown from one class Emily taught at her neighborhood community center to more than 60 monthly classes taught by 13 teachers across Chatham, Durham, Wake and Alamance counties with more territories coming online soon.

“As American Tobacco focuses on the types of new businesses and entrepreneurs we wish to partner with on campus, we recognize that companies like Growga and startup leaders like Emily are the type that are going to truly differentiate us and continue to make us one of the most renowned destinations in the country,” says Michael Goodmon, senior vice president, Capitol Broadcasting Company. “And, personally, as the father of four young kids, I worry constantly about the unprecedented stresses our kids face today. Going outside to hit a ball or chase your friends around has been replaced with screentime and kids having their own online calendars. We need more Growgas to show not only our kids but all of us, that we need to change or else the problems we face personally and as a community are only going to get worse.”

Growga’s offerings include mindfulness classes for parents and kids from birth to high school, as well as corporate training to support mindfulness in the workplace.

Adds Emily, “At Growga, we want everyone, adults and kids alike, to realize that a more mindful existence is getting back to a less busy, less stressed way of living and enjoying life. It isn’t sitting in an expensive studio, practicing meditation for hours on end with high-priced gurus. Mindfulness is about turning off the distractions for a little bit of time on a consistent basis to realize your true intentions, desires, and goals. At Growga, we try to accomplish that by mixing in well-researched and established techniques into fun activities like play, music, art, movement, and drama.”

Growga teaches classes across Durham, Orange, Chatham, Alamance and Wake Counties at locations including: Community Power Yoga, Yoga Garden PBO, Downtown Yoga & Barre, Sprout Farm, and within organizations such as the YMCA of the Triangle (youth programs), Partnership for Youth Opportunity, and schools across the area.


Durham Tech to open new Culinary Arts program in American Tobacco

New program will use former Art Institute space in Tobacco campus

Durham Technical Community College has signed a lease for a commercial kitchen space at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham to house the College’s new Culinary Arts degree program.
The program is scheduled to begin Fall 2019. The lease for the Tobacco campus space is projected to start in early June. The space was formerly occupied by the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham.
“Durham is nationally recognized for its food and restaurants, and the demand for trained culinary professionals is strong. We are committed to meeting employer demands in a number of areas, and we understand the value of having a culinary program in Durham to prepare students for these excellent opportunities,” said Durham Tech President Bill Ingram.

Being able to house this program in the heart of downtown Durham, the hub of our outstanding food scene has the potential to lead to numerous partnerships and will place our students at the center of Durham’s vibrant culinary scene.”
There are more than 1,000 food and beverage operations in Durham and Orange counties, according to Discover Durham, Visit Chapel Hill, and Visit Hillsborough.
Students who successfully complete the new Durham Tech program will earn an Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts.
The program will offer a short-term stackable credential certificate in restaurant management. The Restaurant Management certificate may allow students to become nationally certified by the National Restaurant Association in the following topic areas: ServSafe Food Safety, Controlling Foodservice Costs, Purchasing, Hospitality Human Resources Management and Supervision, and Hospitality and Restaurant Management.
Classes in the Culinary Arts program will cover culinary skills, menu design, baking, catering cuisine, cost control, food safety, and more.
“We will educate and empower the students for excellence with the needed knowledge and principles of the culinary world but also to develop them to become managers,” said Altarius Moody, Director of Culinary and Hospitality Management. “Students will learn all aspects of the kitchen from execution to production, determining strengths while learning to mitigate weaknesses before hitting the job market.”
Durham Tech currently offers culinary Continuing Education classes.
“We’ve been working for months with Durham Tech to develop not only a use for this unique space but a program that will facilitate the creation of a whole new generation of world-class chefs based right here in Durham,” says Michael Goodmon, senior vice president of Capitol Broadcasting Company. “Durham Tech is one of the best and brightest community assets we have in the Bull City, and we’re thrilled to be welcoming their students and instructors to campus.”
Stephanie Turner: Durham Tech Marketing and Media Relations Coordinator
919-536-7246, ext. 5202;


Mini golf opens soon in downtown Durham, complete with beer, wine and frozen cocktails

“Durham’s mini golf course and bar has booked its tee time.

Bull City Mini’s owners announced they will open May 11, aka National Mini Golf Day, in the American Tobacco Campus, next door to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Bull City Mini will open in the former Bullpen bar space at 359 Blackwell St., a shift from original plans announced last fall. Married owners Julie Bryce and Ben Owens previously said there would be an outdoor course on the lawn by the Aloft Hotel and Durham Performing Arts Center.

Now the golf will be a weather-proof, seven-hole course, with four indoor and three outdoor holes.”

Read more in the NEWS AND OBSERVER.


Bull City Mini Golf to Debut at American Tobacco on May 11, National Mini Golf Day

Local Couple to Open Biz in Former Bullpen Space with Community-Designed, Durham-Inspired Mini Golf and Bar

(Durham, NC) – April 1, 2019 – Triangle residents will have a new option for recreation when Bull City Mini opens in Durham on Saturday, May 11th featuring community-designed mini golf holes and a bar serving local beer, wine and frozen beverages for adults and kids.

The seven-hole, indoor-outdoor course will occupy the former Bullpen space on Blackwell Street at American Tobacco Campus, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The course will extend outside onto the patio, flanked by an outdoor living room to enjoy a drink before or after playing, or relax as spectators. Picnic tables, comfortable outdoor seating and murals by local artists Candy Carver and Britt Flood will encourage patrons to put down their phones and focus on the fun of being with friends and family.

When Bull City Mini opens its doors on National Mini Golf Day, there won’t be any doubt as to the provenance of the project. Over fifty people submitted entries in the community-wide call for Durham-themed hole designs. Selected winners include a team of local middle school students, a ninth-grader from Chapel Hill, several working artists, a team of Duke medical school student, Triangle-based tech professionals and a handful of creative Durhamites inspired by the project.

The holes aren’t just locally-designed either. Long-time Triangle fabricator and design shop, Point Concepts, is fabricating the holes. Point Concepts was founded by North Carolina State University industrial design graduate, Dan Schwab in 1992  to create branded environments, and museum and tradeshow displays. Their clients include Red Hat, Citrix, Blue Cross Blue Shield, UNC Rex Hospital and BASF.

For husband-and-wife duo, Ben Owens and Julie Bryce, this project is a dream and side hustle two years in the making. Durham locals and both full-time working parents, chasing the idea of locally-inspired, community-designed mini golf has led them across the country, into partnership with bona fide mini golf experts who have consulted on other locally-conceived, artist-designed projects in Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Spartanburg, and now into their first ever foray into brick and mortar retail.

Golf at Bull City Mini will cost $7 with drinks and snacks offered a la carte. The team plans to add additional holes in the coming months as space allows. For images, please click here.

“A Sense of Place”

For Ben and Julie,  a 2017 cross-country road trip with their newborn son and dog sparked the idea for Bull City Mini.

“On a predictably hot July night in Austin, Texas, we played mini golf at a course where Ben remembered playing as a kid. Not only did we stretch our legs and enjoy an hour of recreation delightfully detached from our cell phones but this particular course allowed alcohol, so we played with our respective wine and beer in hand,” says Julie. “I noticed how intergenerational the clientele was – grandparents and grandkids, high schoolers on dates, and everyone in-between. The next morning, I turned to Ben and said ‘Durham needs what we did last night’.”

Julie, a professional marketer, and Ben, an engineer and data scientist, started formulating a concept and then a business plan during those long stretches driving home to North Carolina.

“Our first call was to the course we played in Austin. Her answers confirmed this was a viable, if not crazy, idea. After our first conversation with mini golf experts, designers and course reviewers, Tom Loftus and Robin Schwartzman, we realized that mini golf was experiencing a resurgence as device-weary people like us want something to do that doesn’t involve a screen, special equipment or much preparation or planning,” says Ben. “Inspired by other courses we researched and played, we decided we wanted to build a course with a sense of place, inspired by Durham and designed by members of the community.”

The course will feature seven community-designed holes by artists, students of all ages and members of the community. “We received over 50 entries in our call for hole designs. Narrowing the list to seven for this first course was difficult. The ideas were fantastic, but we weren’t surprised. This is our city and we know how creative its citizens are. The people here are one of the main reasons we love calling Durham home,” says Julie.

“We both work in tech and spend more time than we’d like to admit staring at a screen, so we’re committed to building a business that encourages offline recreation and fosters opportunities to reconnect with loved ones in real life,” says Julie.

Bull City Mini will be an extension of the successful PopUp at American Tobacco program which has brought exciting new concepts to the campus via a rotating series of retail and restaurant experiments.

“Durham has rightly earned a reputation as “Foodiest City in the South” but we know locals and visitors alike want more than good food and drink. Great downtowns have something for everyone, including the opportunity to play. As American Tobacco continues to hone our restaurant and retail vision for the next decade, homegrown entrepreneurs like Ben and Julie are the type we are looking for to help develop new concepts that will delight our existing 1.4 million annual visitors and attract another million each year,” says Michael Goodmon, Senior Vice President, Capitol Broadcasting Company. “I can’t wait to take my family for a round of golf before a Bulls game this spring.”


Jeddah’s Tea to Warm Up 2019 PopUp @ American Tobacco

Husband-and-Wife Team Bring Ethically Sourced, Authentic Teas to ATC April 5-26, 2019

(Durham, N.C.) – March 28, 2019 – A couple heavily steeped in tea culture, Morgan and Wael are bringing unique teas and cultures to Durham.

The couple’s business, Jeddah’s Tea, features teas found all over the world and are organic and fair-trade. It will be the latest pop-up experience for Durham’s American Tobacco Campus in April.

Best of the Bull, a popular online guide to Durham, featured Jeddah’s Tea earlier this year, writing: “Husband-and-wife team Wael and Morgan plan to combine their passions for tea, social activism, and community and aim to create a space where all people can come together over a great cup of tea. They love and appreciate the many roles a cup of tea can play the reconciler, the peacekeeper, the comforter, the storyteller and the sage.”

Jeddah’s Tea is affectionately named after Wael’s maternal grandmother who sold traditional tea blends at her storefront in Hargeisa, Somaliland. It is her legacy that Morgan and Wael hope to honor by offering teas from cultures, growers and countries seldom acknowledged in the American tea market, in hopes of using their medium to spark intercultural curiosity.

They showcase loose-leaf teas, iced teas and tea ‘mocktails’ as well as pastries and desserts from groups like East Durham Pie Co. and coffee from Black and White Coffee Roasters.

Morgan and Wael are set to open their tearoom this Summer at 123 Market Street in Downtown Durham. Stay up-to-date by following them on Instagram @jeddahstea.

Dates and Times:

  • April 5-26
    • Mon.-Fri. 7am-3pm, special events TBA

More on PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus

PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus will regularly feature new entrepreneurs and their concepts. The revolving showcase deepens and enhances Durham’s role as “the Startup Hub of the South.” 

The PopUp experience has spread from the single location to also include PopUp opportunities at The Bullpen.

PopUps featured in the space include: Caballo Rojo, Boricua Soul, MicMag by Me, East Durham Pie Shop, Beard and Lady and NC Oyster 365.

Entrepreneurs can review PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus’ microsite ( for details and information on how to be involved.

Consumers can also check the microsite for information on the latest PopUp showcase. American Tobacco’s social channels (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram) will carry PopUp news. The hashtag is #PopUpDurham. Images for press are here

About Capitol Broadcasting

Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV , WRAL Digital , WRAZ-TV , WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM , WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3 , WCLY-AM , WCMC-HD4 , Microspace , CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club, Bull City Hospitality and Bull Durham Beer Co., and the American Underground startup hub in Durham, NC; Holly Springs Salamanders in Holly Springs, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Historic District in Durham, NC, and Rocky Mount Mills in Rocky Mount, NC; and Professional Builders Supply (an equity partnership) in Morrisville, NC.


The Bamboo Cookhouse to Bring a Taste of the Philippines to 2019 PopUp @ American Tobacco

Filipino Immigrant To Prepare Fusion Cuisine Based In His Roots for Hungry PopUp Customers, March 1-27

(Durham, N.C.) – “Mabuhay!”, an enthusiastic greeting meaning “hello, welcome, live life”, is how The Bamboo Cookhouse, a Filipino-inspired food truck, greets its customers. The Bamboo Cookhouse is the latest eatery to fill the space at the American Tobacco Campus’ PopUp space in Durham.

When Madz Ingleman, owner of The Bamboo Cookhouse, noticed a lack of Filipino cuisine in the Triangle, she knew she needed to turn things around. She began The Bamboo Cookhouse, a food truck that serves the Durham and Raleigh areas, as a way to share the spirit of the Philippines through unique takes on Filipino classic dishes.

Their signature fare includes Pork Sisig, a citrus-marinated pork dish served with rice, and Lumpia, Filipino-style spring rolls, but the menu includes a delicious array of noodles, rice, and meats.

Ingelman believes in community and will be donating a portion of sales during March to Hemophilia of North Carolina, a non-profit organization that aids those affected by a bleeding disorder, in support of Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month.

Ingleman grew up in the Philippines and worked in resorts in Singapore and Florida after college. She then moved to Chicago, where she met her husband, Tim, and had her son. She and her family moved to the Triangle just a few years ago, where she decided to showcase Filipino culture in the area.

The American Tobacco Campus features local entrepreneurs in a PopUp experience that brings unique flavor and culture to the Triangle through good food and community.

Dates and Times:

  • March 1-27, 2019
    • Monday-Wednesday 11a-3p
    • Thursday + Friday: 11a-8p
    • Saturday: 11a-3p
    • Sunday: Closed

More on PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus

PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus will regularly feature new entrepreneurs and their concepts. The revolving showcase deepens and enhances Durham’s role as “the Startup Hub of the South.” 

The PopUp experience has spread from the single location to also include PopUp opportunities at The Bullpen.

PopUps featured in the space include Caballo Rojo, Boricua Soul, MicMag by Me, East Durham Pie Shop, Beard and Lady and NC Oyster 365.

Entrepreneurs can review PopUp @ American Tobacco Campus’ microsite ( for details and information on how to be involved.

Consumers can also check the microsite for information on the latest PopUp showcase. American Tobacco’s social channels (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram) will carry PopUp news. The hashtag is #PopUpDurham. Images for press are here

About American Tobacco Campus

American Tobacco offers one million square feet of premium office space in a historic factory setting bustling with restaurants and businesses as well as the Durham Performing Arts Center and Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Featured in US News & World Report as the national model for urban revitalization, the campus serves as a bridge from Durham’s past as one of the Tobacco capitals of the world to its present and future as a knowledge, science, and medical capital.

ATC owner Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAZ-TV, WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield Sports) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV, WILT-LD and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Project and Diamond View office buildings in Durham, NC.

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit Lands Up North


Hawkers Asian Street Fare is getting closer to its early 2019 opening goal — the Orlando-based restaurant coming to South End is opening its doors for a VIP-only sampling of the menu Feb. 9. The menu, modeled off of popular street foods from Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, and Vietnam, features items like steamed baos, a signature curry recipe, and chicken dumplings. This will be Hawkers’ first North Carolina location.”

Read more at Eater Charleston.



Just in time for the Academy Awards, see Oscar-nominated documentaries for FREE during the Full Frame Winter Series. 

Presented by Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. and American Tobacco Campus, the Full Frame Winter Series presents three documentary films in January and February. They are “Three Identical Strangers,” “Free Solo” and “Minding the Gap.” All screenings are open to the public and will be screened at The Carolina Theatre of Durham.    

“Free Solo” and “Minding the Gap” are nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24. 

Read more at Duke Today.


San Francisco fintech plans to double in Durham

“A San Francisco fintech firm is planning to double its Durham operation.

Credible, which trades on the Australian Stock Exchange under the CRD ticker, is about to embark on a huge hiring spree at the American Tobacco Campus, CEO Stephen Dash says.

“There’s a lot of talent in this state,” he notes.

The company opened its Durham hub with just two employees last year, picking the Bull City to support its mortgage operation over a dozen other metros across the U.S., due to talent pool and its “really nice” airport. Today, the team has grown to 25, with plans to reach 50 within a year.