Durham Retail Favorite Expands to American Tobacco Campus

Parker & Otis’ Parker Paper to Open March 2020 with Stationary, Gifts, Grab & Go Food and Beverage

(Durham, N.C.) – January 16, 2020 – One of Durham’s most beloved institutions, Parker & Otis, is planting a permanent flag at American Tobacco Campus after participating in the historic district’s PopUp series back in August 2019.

As an extension of the popular retail shop within Parker & Otis’ famed restaurant, Parker Paper Co. will focus on those items dedicated to the tactile experience of putting pen (or pencil) to paper as well as gifts and grab and go sandwiches from the acclaimed restaurant’s beloved menu. They will also offer craft beer and wine to continue the tradition of Parker & Otis’ extensive and curated stock.

A photo of the pop-up store is ​here​. Photos of ATC are ​here​.

“I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to open our shop at American Tobacco,” says Jennings Brody, owner, Parker Paper Co. and Parker & Otis. “What a lovely place to work!”

Parker Paper Co. extends Parker & Otis’ retail offerings alongside sister stores Tiny and Chet Miller. The shop will be located in the Diamond View III building along Blackwell Street.

The shop also continues a new tradition of high performing PopUps opening permanent retail presences. Parker Paper Co. will join ATC’s expanded retail and restaurant offerings that includes fellow PopUp alum Boricua Soul which opened in fall 2019. This week, American Tobacco also launched a new website and brand identity for 2020 designed to showcase the history and legacy of the campus while also setting the stage for new announcements to come in this new decade.

“Parker Paper Co. and Boricua Soul are great examples of the trajectory we see American Tobacco taking in 2020 and beyond,” says Adam Klein, strategist, Capitol Broadcasting Company. “I’ve had the privilege of knowing Jennings for a while and she’s one the best retailers in the Southeast. We couldn’t be more excited to have her sharing her knack for amazing stationary, gifts and food with ATC and beyond.’”

Parker Paper Co. will operate in 359 Blackwell Street in 625 sf of retail space. The shop will open in March 2020 with specific hours to be announced.

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.

Campus Cocktail Culture

While Nanasteak is justly renowned for its filets, rotisserie-roasted chicken, grilled fish and other mouthwatering entrees and appetizers, its libations are also worth a toast. The offerings include a robust wine list and a tantalizing line-up of cocktails. 

Nanasteak is particularly well-suited to sensational sipping.

“Our approach to wine and cocktails has always been to share with people great ingredients with a slight twist,” says Brad Weddington, who manages the restaurant’s handsome bar. “We find that it’s about taking what people like and enhancing their pallet.”

An example is the venerated Old Fashioned. “We get a lot of love for that drink,” says dining room manager Graham Weddington. “We perfected the recipe.” And in a rave review, one of the region’s most influential restaurant critics reported enjoying a “20-year-old tawny port.”

To find the right refreshment match for each customer, the brothers are always happy to talk through the options. “There are a lot of different types of wines and beverages and sometimes it can be intimidating,” says Brad. “It’s about getting people what they like.” 

Nanasteak is particularly well-suited to sensational sipping. Founded by James Beard Award-nominated chef Scott Howell, the elegant eatery nestles at the nexus of the bustling Durham Performing Arts Center and Aloft Hotel, popular with business and pleasure travelers. In other words, Nanasteak serves up delights at the crossroads of culture — cocktail and otherwise. Cheers. 

Boricua Soul Brings “New Ideas and New Flavors” for Durham

Boricua Soul, one of the first businesses to occupy American Tobacco’s popular PopUp @ ATC space, opened its first brick and mortar location in the American Tobacco Campus’ Crowe Building in November. 

Tastemakers Toriano and Serena Fredericks — who, previous to their pop-up experience, ran Boricua Soul as a much-in-demand food truck — created a restaurant and event space as unique as their southern soul, Carribean flair, Euro-African roots cuisine.

In addition to lunch and dinner fare, the space will also serve as a gathering spot for Durham’s acclaimed creative class with regular live music, poetry and other events scheduled both in the restaurant and into the campus’ Down Under thanks to floor to ceiling windows that turn this restaurant into an indoor-outdoor hot spot. 

Says Serena, “With a comfortable space designed to share delicious food amongst family and friends while you experience live performances in a world-class setting like the campus, I believe we’re creating a restaurant that will become a home for repeat customers.”

Boricua Soul is open in the Crowe Lobby Monday through Saturday – 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Burt’s Bees ATC Cabin

Near the source of the Old Bull River sits a seemingly inexplicable small cedar shake cabin among the renovated American Tobacco Campus.

On closer inspection, a visitor quickly learns that this is no ordinary cabin, but rather a historic monument to the creator of one of America’s greatest brands.

The cabin of Burt’s Bees founder Burt Shavitz, relocated from his beloved Maine, marks the entrance to the global headquarters of the company he co-founded, Burt’s Bees.

Burt’s Bees employees operate the beloved natural personal care brand as well as conduct research and development for new products in their historic, refurbished office and lab space that has become a model on campus and beyond for office design.

And, recently, the company’s parent, Clorox, doubled down on its investment in Durham by creating a hub for its global IT operations on the campus. In fact, since its acquisition by Clorox, the number of Durham employees has grown six-fold in the past three years with plans to add even more.

So, the next time you grab your lip balm or give your baby a bath, know there is an ace team committed to the brand promise of founder Burt Shavitz right in the heart of the Bull City.

Gourmet — and flavored — cotton candy comes to Durham’s American Tobacco Campus

“Talking to Jackie Morin, owner of gourmet cotton candy company Wonderpuff, you might get a contact sugar high, even over the phone.

Wonderpuff is the September tenant of the American Tobacco Campus’ pop-up space on Blackwell Street, a residency for small businesses who want to give it a go at a brick and mortar store.

Wonderpuff deals in sugar highs, but this isn’t the cotton candy you’ll find at the fair. Morin said Wonderpuff’s creations are made from scratch, all organic and vegan. The flavors are derived from extracts and sugar she creates with her husband Rem.”

Read more in the News & Observer.


Site Selectors Survey

North Carolina ranks among the top five states for business, according to the results of a new survey published in the January edition of Site Selection magazine.

Site selection consultants put the Tar Heel State at No. 4, while corporate real estate executives ranked the state in a three-way tie for second.

Here are the consultants’ rankings:

  1. Texas
  2. South Carolina
  3. Georgia
  4. North Carolina
  5. Tennessee
  6. Florida
  7. Indiana
  8. Virginia
  9. Arizona

And the corporate real estate executives’ rankings:

  1. Texas
  2. Florida (tied for second)
  3. Georgia (tied for second)
  4. North Carolina (tied for second)
  5. South Carolina
  6. Tennessee
  7. Indiana

However, consultants and exeuctives had different priorities when asked what are the most important factors in determining whether a state is good for business.

  1. Consultants’ rankings:
  2. Taxes
  3. Incentives
  4. Infrastructure
  5. Regulatory environment
  6. Quality education system

WorkforceCorporate real estate executives’ rankings:

  1. Workforce
  2. Taxes
  3. Transportation infrastructure
  4. Utility infrastructure
  5. Land and building prices and supply
  6. Ease of permitting and regulatory procedures

Read the entire survey published in the January edition of Site Selection magazine.