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| letter from the executive editor |

Nevertheless, We Persist Beauty, Artistry, Tradition


ITH NEARLY SIX YEARS UNDER my belt at Durham Magazine, I’ve witnessed a lot of change – a couple of redesigns, a complete overhaul of our website and much more. But the launch of our Women’s Issue in 2013 will always stick out in my mind – I remember holding photographer Briana Brough’s reflector just so in order to cast light onto Watts Grocery Chef Amy Tornquist during a photo shoot at The Cookery, which would eventually become our first Women’s Issue cover. The women I’ve had the pleasure meeting and interviewing over the years are personal inspirations to me, each with their own unique story of how they came to Durham and chose to invest their time and energy into making it a better place. I heard about the many challenges they’ve faced, and overcome. Whether they are diving headfirst into running a farm like Amy Sliffe (page 50), starting a craft spirit business in a state with plenty of red tape like Melissa Katrincic (page 56) or building a collegiate softball program from the ground up like Marissa Young (page 58), I’m once again left in awe of the ambition and persistence of these women. And, though I didn’t get to speak with everyone featured, I am looking forward to doing so at our Women’s of Achievement lunch on Friday, June 16, at The Carolina Inn. You can attend, too! Visit for details and tickets. As a business made up primarily of women, we are always looking for ways to promote women in our community year-round – in fact, I just returned from a company lunch meeting in which we discussed ideas ranging from volunteering at women’s organizations to establishing a grant for a scholarship for a young woman in a STEM field. The takeaway – from both that discussion and this issue – is that every little bit helps.

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The Cover  by Briana Brough, Maria Brubeck (Lauren Faber photo) and Justin Cook (Susan Wall photo) 4



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