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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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