Category Archives: Durham LifeStyle

Freudenberg IT Expands

Freudenberg, a Germany-based data management firm, has signed a new lease for about 27,000 square feet at Keystone Tech 8 on Davis Drive in Keystone Technology Park owned by Longfellow Real Estate Partners.

Freudenberg IT manages cloud data services focused on hosting-mission critical AP applications for its clients. Since opening its first office in Durham in 2006, the company has experienced consistent growth as it serves its diversified base of clients allowing the company to grown it highly skilled workforce to approximately 150 employees.

As a result of the expansion, the company plans to add up to another 150 employees.

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Key Investor Spotlight: AW North Carolina

AW North Carolina Inc. (AWNC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Aisin AW Co., Ltd. of Japan, is a specialized manufacturing company of automatic transmissions and transmission components. It was established in Durham, NC, in 1998. While Aisin AW makes Automatic Transmissions for various vehicle makers globally with 15% world market share, AWNC’s primary customers are Toyota Motor Manufacturing’s assembly and component plants throughout North America.

AWNC is operating from two (2) plants, in Durham and Creedmoor with a total of 2000 plus employees. The Durham plant is the headquarters and is nestled on a 123-acre site in Treyburn Corporate Park. Acquired in 2014 is the Creedmoor plant which is 16 miles away from the headquarters and on 44-acre of land.

AWNC produces fully assembled automatic transmissions from small, medium to high torque capacity. We also manufacture transmission components that are used widely around the world such as torque converters, clutch assemblies, and carriers. All our products are produced with quality in mind, following the highest standards of production control, engineering, quality assurance and manufacturing.

After more than a decade of success, growth and contributing revenue to the City of Durham, we are determined to be the leader in our industry. Our commitment to quality is rooted in our corporate philosophy “Quality Supremacy,” empowering us to consistently exceed our customers’ expectations with high quality, cutting edge products. Behind AWNC’s quality products are the skill and knowledge of our Team Members who help the company maintain a good reputation in the manufacturing industry.

AWNC’s manufacturing processes utilize automated and robotic operations in our world class facility. Trained and skilled professionals oversee each phase of the process to ensure high quality-assured products.


Not only do we value our Team Members and the quality of our products, but also our environment and surrounding communities. Inside our manufacturing plant, we follow 5S standard (Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize and Sustain). Our goal is to have a pleasant, clean and safe working environment for our Team Members.

Safety is a core value at AWNC. Team Members receive safety training from the day they get hired and continuing monthly training for safety awareness. We are committed to ensure that our Team Members return home to their families, unharmed. Team members are also reminded every day that our products’ quality is someone else’s safety and that Toyota and its customers are depending upon the safety of our automatic transmissions.

Becoming an essential part of the Durham community and caring for surrounding communities is also important to us. We support non-profit organizations such as Community Schools of Durham and East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) to help improve environment, health and education. These endeavors add to the quality of our company.

AWNC’s corporate slogan is “Quality People, Quality Products”. We firmly believe in this philosophy. Since it is PEOPLE who manufacture things, manufacturing is impossible unless PEOPLE are developed.

Going forward to celebrate our 20th anniversary next year, AWNC’s quality Team Members continue to strive in producing high quality Automatic Transmissions.
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We (and by that we mean YOU) did it!

The Museum of Durham History has spent this month working on a special Challenge Fund Drive to raise $2,500 during the month of May to receive an additional $2,500 from an anonymous donor. We are thrilled to announce that we have reached our goal, and well before the May 31 deadline! We asked for your help – and you responded. We are touched by the outpouring of support and all the personal, handwritten messages that accompanied your gifts. To date we have received

$2,811 and more coming in! 

We wanted to update you before you head out for the long weekend, and we’re hoping to keep the support coming until May 31. Who knows, maybe another Friend of the MoDH will offer to match the extra love you’ve $hown? Stay tuned…

Thanks, Durham. You enable us to keep telling your story!


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Friends of the Durham Library’s Books Among Friends Summer Reading Kickoff Book Sale

Program: Books Among Friends – Summer Reading Kickoff Book Sale
Date: Saturday, June 17
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (half-price sale, 2 – 4 p.m.)
Location: Books Among Friends, 1058 W Club Blvd, Suite 252, Durham, NC 27701 (inside Northgate near Sears)

Durham, NC – Books Among Friends, the Friends of the Durham Library’s new location, is holding its next book sale on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in conjunction with Durham County Library’s Summer Reading Kickoff. Books Among Friends is located inside Northgate (1058 W Club Blvd, Suite 252, Durham, NC 27701). If you enter the mall through Sears, it will be immediately on your right. The book sale is open to the public. No Friends membership is required, but consider joining the Friends and getting involved. The half-price sale runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

Sign up for Summer Reading at the Kickoff celebration inside Northgate and on the plaza and enjoy activities for the entire family including everything from Cirque de Vol to Seeds in Motion. Then head over to the book sale and find books to read all summer long. Explore the new space and the array of gently used books and media for sale, including popular titles, DVDs, audiobooks, and rare books. Unless otherwise marked, hardbacks are $3, trade paperbacks and other larger paperbacks are $2 and mass market paperbacks are $1. Everything else is priced as marked.

Donations keep the Friends going. Books Among Friends accepts book donations every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. You can bring donations to the door on the exterior of the mall between Sears and Catherines. Questions? Call 919-560-7159 or email [email protected]

The Friends of the Durham Library, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the goals of Durham County Library. Its mission is to raise and expend funds for materials, services and programs not normally provided for in the library’s operating budget. The Friends work with library administration and staff, the Board of Trustees of the Durham County Library, and the Durham Library Foundation for the betterment of the library, its patrons, and the community.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community, and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational, and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library

Durham County Library Presents a Reader’s Party

Program: Reader’s Party
Date: Sunday, June 4
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701
Cost: Free and open to the public

Durham, NC – Durham County Library presents a Reader’s Party on Sunday, June 4 at Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27701. This program is for adults and children and is free and open to the public.

This event is part of an ongoing series hosted by Durham County Library in collaboration with the Triangle Readers Theatre Ensemble. Celebrate reading aloud with poetry, prose, monologues, short stories and original works. Read from material provided or bring your own. Come early to sign up to read at the open mic. June’s theme is fathers. Refreshments will be provided.

This program is sponsored by the Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
919-560-0151 or [email protected]

Source: Durham County Library


05/17/2018 to 05/20/2018 –

Moogfest began in 2004 as an annual event produced by Moog Music, a company that manufactures synthesizers. The festival brings together headlining musical acts in a celebration of electronic music, as well as panel discussions and presentations of new technology of interest to musicians, enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and industry insiders.

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Weekend Picks: May 26th – 28th

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La Terza Classe performs at Sola Coffee Friday night at 7:30pm
(photo courtesy La Terza Classe)

After this rainy and gloomy week I am looking forward to the nicer weather this weekend. Here are a few of my top picks to check out including great music and the third annual hot air balloon festival! Also, “Finding Neverland” has performances at DPAC through this Sunday. Lots of choices this weekend. Happy Exploring!

Friday – May 26th

Italian folk and bluegrass band at Sola Coffee
An Italian bluegrass band? This sounds fun! La Terza Classe makes a tour stop Friday night at Sola Coffee in North Raleigh. Music starts at 7:30pm. The band has played over 300 shows in in throughout Europe and in the US, have been featured on European and American radio. Props to Sola for continuing to bring great touring acts to Raleigh.

Saturday – May 27th

WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival (All Weekend)
The Balloon Festival will be held on Memorial Day weekend from May 26-29 at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. The three day event will feature competitive balloon flights, tethered balloon rides, evening glows and a several activities planned from sunrise to sundown. Visit for schedule of events and parking information.

Sunday – May 28th

Triangle Wind Ensemble at Cary’s Booth Amphitheater
This year’s American Celebration concert features selections from many of Broadway’s most famous shows. Come listen to works from Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, South Pacific, Wicked, Les Miserables, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit, Hamilton. This outdoor concert offers a perfect opportunity to picnic under the stars with the family while listening to some truly wonderful music. Gates open for picnicking at 6pm, and the concert begins at 7:30. Tickets for this event can be purchased here ($13-$16).

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NCMA Launches Mobile App to Provide Self-Guided Tours


NCMA mobile app 

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) this week launched a new mobile app that offers themed, self-guided audio tours of the Museum’s permanent collection. Each tour lasts about 30 minutes and features art in the Museum’s free permanent collection. The free app is available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded through the iTunes Store or at

“This mobile app will encourage NCMA visitors to slow down in the permanent collection galleries and look more closely at the works of art—something we hope will enhance and deepen their appreciation of the art and make their Museum visit a more memorable, personal experience,” says Lawrence J. Wheeler, director of the NCMA. “It perfectly aligns with the mission and vision of the NCMA, which focuses on our commitment to provide compelling encounters with art, present innovative educational opportunities, and enrich lives through the wonder of art.”

The app launches with three themed tours—Curator’s Choice, Lunch Break, and Date Night—and the Museum may add more in the future.

  • Curator’s Choice: What is a curator? In art museums curators choose the works of art that go into an exhibition. They also assist in acquiring works for a museum’s collection. Each part of our collection is curated by an expert in a particular period of art history. Listen to a tour from each part of our collection with that curator’s top picks.
  • Lunch Break: Experts say changing up your environment can help overcome mental blocks and re-energize your thinking. This tour lets you experience art and food from around the world while taking a quick break from the day. Are you hungry for art? Why wait?
  • Date Night: In today’s world of swiping right and posting “It’s complicated,” romance can be tough. Luckily, wandering the galleries of a museum is a great way to spend time with someone special to you. Whether you’re on your first date or going on your first decade as a couple, listen to a tour all about romance and love—as interpreted by artists throughout time.

“This new technology will help us better connect and engage with visitors on our campus in a whole new way,” says Michelle Harrell, the NCMA’s director of teaching and learning. “We see the mobile app as an opportunity to provide customizable experiences, rather than simple audio tours. It introduces art in a manner that many people might not have considered before—for example, as something that can energize you on a lunch break or spice up a date night.”

The mobile app replaces the Museum’s cell phone tour, which is no longer available. It joins the Museum’s Moede app, an interactive work of art designed by Kael Greco and Gregg Perkins that creates a soundtrack to a visitor’s experience in the NCMA’s Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park.


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Media: Neomonde, 40 Years Old But Fresher than Ever

Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining

Out in W. Raleigh just past NC State campus you’ll find the ever-popular Neomonde! Known as a market, deli and bakery, this long-standing Raleigh institution has been feeding the area with great Mediterranean eats and breads. In business for nearly 40 years, of course you have to expect some changes over time! As the business has grown, the Saleh family who owns and runs Neomonde has grown, resulting in the expansion of Neomonde to Morrisville and also a spin-off group of restaurants as Sassool. And recently I was invited to partake in a preview and tasting of Neomonde’s new menu and learn more about what’s in store for the restaurant and their eats!

Market at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Market at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining
Deli counter at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Deli counter at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining

Inside Neomonde, the overall space seems to have been refreshed! The market area to the left seems very neat and nicely stocked while the counter order area seems a bit brighter. We’re seated in the back right corner of the dining room at Neomonde, right next to a large painting of a Lebanese village scene. We’ll find out more about this painting later! Soon enough, fellow bloggers and foodies Elliot @EatRaleigh and Heather @CandidSlice are at the table to join us for the tasting. Manager and drummer Chris Saleh welcomes us to Neomonde and offers us some vino and beer to get the meal started. He’s excited to show us what’s new at Neomonde with their expanded menu and service changes since he’s been back to manage the restaurant.

Refreshed menu at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Refreshed menu at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining

One of the first things I notice is the menu. It certainly has been been upgraded and covers the expanded menu well but Neomonde also has a great glossary covering the types of food served here. Falafel, kafta, shwarma, tabouli, fatoush and more. While some Mediterranean food lovers may not need these descriptions, I’m pretty sure some people will appreciate the expanded definitions! Note that Neomonde has gone with a simpler pricing structure, no weighing needed at the cash register.

Babaghannoush and hummus plates at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Babaghannoush and hummus plates at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining

Back at the table, we start off with a couple of their new plates of spreads: sun-dried tomatoes hummus, jalapeno hummus and babaghannoush! I focus mostly on the hummuses (hummi?!). The sun-dried tomato is bright and sweet with a smooth texture, perfect paired with pita bread. And the jalapeno pepper while not too spicy, had enough back-end pepper flavor to make its presence known. The babaghannoush was beautiful but eluded my searching piece of pita!

Beef man'ousheh at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Beef man’ousheh at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining
Spinach-feta man'ousheh at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Spinach-feta man’ousheh at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining
Pomegranate salad at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Pomegranate salad at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining

We moved on to Neomonde’s flatbreads which are listed as man’ousheh. I dig into the beef man’ousheh which is ground beef, tomato and onion which is like a cheese-less pizza! Great crust and a good bite to the crust, it all feels a bit more healthy than pizza with cheese. We also dig into a spinach-feta flatbread and a unique option spiced with zaatar and veggies which looked fabulous. A beautiful pomegranate salad is also brought to the table and presents a nice contrast between the juicy red strawberries and deep greens.

Chicken, beef and kefte kebabs at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Chicken, beef and kefta kebabs at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining
Lentils and rice at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Lentils and rice at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining

Next up is a platter of Neomonde kebabs ranging from chicken to beef and kefta (beef-lamb). The kabobs sport dark grill marks but still remain tender and tasty, a bit of spicing/marinade make them all wonderfully tasty. The kebabs are paired with a lentil rice dish which makes for a fantastic plate, the charred onions on top give this simple vegetarian dish tons of flavor.

Baklava plate at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Baklava plate at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining

We finish off with a wonderful assortment of baklava, I’m pretty much full at this point in the meal but love a couple pieces of this honey-laced sweet, the subtle orange flavor just makes it even better. Some final pictures are taken of the happy Neomonde ending and we are finished! We get together for a group pic, say our goodbyes to Chris and his mother Betty, and thank them for all their hospitality and wonderful food.

Group picture, happy campers at Neomonde in Raleigh - NC Triangle Dining
Group picture, happy campers at Neomonde in Raleigh – NC Triangle Dining

So it was great to get back to an old Raleigh favorite. You don’t stay around in the restaurant business 40 years without doing a lot of things right and it feels like Neomonde has been refreshed and is ready to feed the area its great, healthy eats for another 40 years!



3817 Beryl Road

Raleigh, NC 27607



Location on Google maps

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Picture of the Week: Old Well at UNC

Old Well – 2017

Over the weekend my wife and I did some exploring in Chapel Hill. I took the above picture of the famous Old Well while walking across the UNC campus. It’s a well known landmark for sure, but it got me thinking about its significance. So I did a little digging online find out more about its history.  I learned that the well was commissioned by the Board of Trustees back in 1795 and served as the sole drinking water source for the university for a number of years.

In 1897, university President Edwin Alderman proposed building a new structure over the well. According to Wikipedia “The current decorative form of the Old Well was modeled after the Temple of Love in the Gardens of Versailles“. The structure was designed by Eugene Lewis Harris, a portrait artist and registrar for the university. A drinking water fountain was added in 1925 which is now served by city water. In 1954 the structure over the well was torn down and replaced with a sturdier replica that stands today.

If you are the superstitious type, campus tradition states that drinking from the Old Well on the first day of class will bring good luck and good grades!

Old Well

Old Well – 1892
(Photograph from the Kemp Battle Album, North Carolina Collection, UNC)

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