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Shayla Martin

Shayla Martin is a freelance travel and food journalist based in Durham. She's a frequent contributor to New York Magazine, Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Wall Street Journal and Durham Magazine.

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Graduating? Here's Your Durham Bucket List

Posted by Shayla Martin on Apr 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As college life winds down for so many students around the Bull City, they may be hit with the stark realization that the past four years have flown by, and there were so many activities they didn’t get to mark off their Durham checklist. We’re here to help. This graduation bucket list is everything you need to see, do, eat, and enjoy before making your mark on the world outside of Durham.

One bit of advice? Start now!

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Topics: Itineraries

Brunch Your Way Through Durham

Posted by Shayla Martin on Apr 25, 2017 11:08:22 AM

Let’s be clear, brunch is not breakfast. There’s something quite special about the in-between weekend meal, and restaurants all over Durham are embracing the brunch lifestyle with dedicated menus just for this special course. Here’s a guide to some of the most unique brunch experiences in Durham, as well as classic Southern favorites.

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Topics: Food & Drink

Your Guide to Vintage Shopping in Durham

Posted by Shayla Martin on Apr 20, 2017 10:26:41 AM

In some instances, the best way to breathe new life into your closet and home décor is with unique finds that are, well, on their second life. With a bit of time and patience, you can find your next one-of-a-kind wardrobe staple or statement furniture piece from one of Durham’s high-quality vintage, antique, and consignment shops. Not sure where to start? Here’s a guide to Durham’s vintage and repurposed shopping scene. Use it like a map and find your hidden treasure!

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Topics: Shopping

6 Reasons to Attend Art of Cool Fest

Posted by Shayla Martin on Mar 31, 2017 4:15:25 PM

This year’s Art of Cool Festival, April 28-30 in Downtown Durham,  is jam-packed with activities, events, and concerts that celebrate jazz-inspired music. As much as you’d probably like to, it would  be impossible to attend everything, but here are some highlights that you absolutely cannot miss.

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Topics: Events, Arts & Entertainment

Where to Shop, Dine, and Play on Ninth Street

Posted by Shayla Martin on Feb 23, 2017 11:40:44 AM

Durham’s Ninth Street is the all-grown-up version of a college town thoroughfare. Situated between Duke University’s East and West campuses, charming Ninth Street is full of locally owned boutiques, restaurants, and coffee shops.

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Topics: Food & Drink, Shopping, Itineraries

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