2022 State of Downtown Durham Featured Businesses

With this year’s Taste of Downtown, we are highlighting woman-owned and co-owned businesses. Learn more about these cool places to eat and drink downtown.

And join us for the 2022 State of Downtown Durham.

Glass Jug Beer Lab

Katy & Chris Creech

The Glass Jug Beer Lab is a local craft brewery, focused on experimental beer, new processes, and high standards of quality.

Our Downtown Durham taproom is where we can fully express our own brand. There is no retail shop, but our own beers are available on draft and to-go in cans and crowlers. Located adjacent to Durham Central Park, the taproom offers a convenient location to many other shops, bars, and restaurants, and comes complete with an excellent view of Durham Central Park.

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Miel Bon Bons

Bonnie Lau

Miel Bon Bons Fine Chocolate & Cake Shop is a locally owned boutique-style bakery and chocolate shop committed to great desserts and great people. We are not your typical bakery. Simply, we love what we do. We are proud to be regarded as one of Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill’s best dessert caterers. We serve delicious 5-star hotel-quality desserts and present them with exquisite design. Our bake shop features amazing wedding cakes and celebration cakes, hand crafted seasonal chocolates, holiday gift baskets, French macarons, and European and American inspired pastries. Our artistic pastry team can transform any of your visual art into an edible masterpiece that taste as good as it looks. This has become our trademark.

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Mr. Fries Man

Jaquetta Bratley & Safiyyah Williams

Co-owners Jaquetta Bratley and Safiyyah Williams opened the Downtown Durham location of the Mr. Fries Man franchise in January 2022. It is the only Mr. Fries Man in North Carolina.

The Durham location has a team of 15, including Williams and Bratley. Together, they have more than 30 years restaurant experience. 

Mr. Fries Man turns fries into a meal with all kinds of savory toppings, including steak, chicken, bacon, and lobster covered with cheese and a variety of sauces. There’s even a plant-based option!

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Gretchen Grajales

Our restaurant offers an extended fare of Puerto Rican cuisine including rice bowls, mofongo, empanadas, sandwiches & more. Its informal and fast-casual setting makes it perfect for your everyday joint.

With a menu packed full of keto-friendly, vegan and vegetarian options – for breakfast, lunch and dinner – we have something to appeal to all types of flavor inclinations. 

Our motto is simple, “Barriga Llena, Corazón Contento” which translates to “Full Belly, Happy Heart.” Our food is designed to ensure you leave with a big smile.

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Spring Rolls

Susan & Eddie Tu

The recipes that we use in our restaurants are the same ones that we use at home. They were passed down to us from our parents and from us to our children. Our dishes are made from scratch, we cater to both Vegan and Gluten free needs. Tofu and Imitation Chicken (Soy Protein) are available substitutes. We are also huge sports fans so you can always catch the Canes games on any of our 9 flatscreens. NFL • MLB • NHL • UFC

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Sweets by Shayda

Shayda Wilson

 I started Sweets by Shayda in 2014 after I moved back to my hometown upon completing the pastry diploma. My vision was to bring back the pasty culture I had discovered in France to the Triangle. And what better way to do that than start with French macarons! I started off in commercial kitchens and selling at the local farmers market. And for the past seven years, I have spent time perfecting our macarons and adding various pastries and cakes to the menu.  I could not be happier to announce the opening of my first retail shop in Durham, NC!

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