Durham Magazine June/July 2021

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BEST OF DURHAM

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he sun is warm, the breeze is light, and kids laugh loudly among the vendors who line the streets – on those days, you crave it: Jackie Morin’s cotton candy. The sweet smell of caramelized sugar leads passersby to her magical safe space, Wonderpuff. Once a pop-up and traveling venture, Wonderpuff is slated to open a permanent storefront at Boxyard RTP this summer. Jackie – in her bright pastel makeup and whimsical ruffle outfits – is the face of the brand. She carries a pleasant innocence and genuine kindness that brings smiles to children and adults alike. Her sincerity comes from a place of knowing what it’s like to live with anxiety and depression. When she moved from Miami to Durham in 2016, she was “too mentally ill to work,” she says. It was right around the same time that three Muslim students at UNC were murdered in their driveway. As a Caribbean Muslim, Jackie carried the weight of that tragedy – along with many other senseless acts of violence against people of color – personally. She started making cotton candy, which she’d learned to do while volunteering for a nonprofit in Florida, in her home as an outlet. She has gravitated to her silver industrial machine for more than a decade, losing herself in colorful sugars seamlessly spinning together in order to find purpose