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Who is "UNLEASHED" really for?

The most common question I get these days is: "Why did you decide to write the UNLEASHED book?" This answer is more about who the book is for than why I wrote it. I wrote this book for the vaguely dissatisfied. For people who know that there has to be more to life than what they’re currently experiencing. For those who still wake up every day with a subtle yet lingering sadness in their hearts. For people who are existing but not quite living. For people who are trying, who are fumbling forward in the dark. I wrote this book for other imperfect people, like me, who want to make a difference. For those who want to leave a lasting legacy. I write this...

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Life at Cocoa Cinnamon

While enjoying a pourover at the Geer St. location, I get to meet people of all different walks of life from all over the world... and I love it! It seems to be the place where people talk about meaningful ideas. I overhear a lot of ‘how are we gonna make a difference?’ conversations; and for a socially conscious entrepreneur like me, that's the equivalent of candy for my ears. Co-owner Areli Barrera de Grodski has a passion for community that really shines through whenever we speak. Their community coffee program offers coffee to anyone who may not be able to afford it on a sliding pay scale, which I believe strongly reaffirms that love for building community. And they...

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Go to Joe Van Gogh

With several convenient locations in Durham (and Chapel Hill), Joe Van Gogh has been a perfect spot for me to get work done with nice coffee. Starting with a single coffee shop in 1991, owner Robbie Roberts has helped develop a community of coffee roasting professionals and coffee drinkers who enjoy a fine quality coffee. And while I enjoy knowing that Joe Van Gogh provides some of the most cleanly-roasted coffee from its fuel-efficient Loring roasters, it’s not just the coffee that brings me back here. As an entrepreneur, there are moments when I have to focus in order to crush a deadline. For me, when I feel the need to get my work done at a proper pace in a...

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Monuts: With Lindsay Moriarty

Honestly, who has lived in Durham for any length of time and hasn’t heard of Monuts? It’s a mainstay in this city and an instant favorite among many of its citizens. Serving up some very unique flavors and styles of donuts and some of the best sandwiches that the city has to offer, it’s easy to see why this hotspot in the 9th street area has a line out the door almost every single day. What makes this spot so special to me is how I already see people I know here, the staff is always friendly, and it almost always comes up as a top suggestion whenever I ask people where I should go to eat in Durham. Monuts’...

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Ben Filippo: East Durham Bake Shop

“I always wanted a place where people felt comfortable, [there’s no rush], and can just relax”, stated Ben Filippo, co-owner, with his partner Ali, of East Durham Bake Shop. This was in response to my question about the deeper vision for opening this comfy, old-town bakery in the heart of Old East Durham. Previously the Executive Director of Preservation Durham, Ben strongly believes in the value of maintaining historical infrastructure, especially in such a rich cultural area as Durham. An interesting fact from his previous position at Preservation Durham is that many of the historic buildings appear to be older than they are in actuality because of the rise and fall in various industries in the area over the last...

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