The other weekend my husband and I got away for a much-needed trip to Durham, North Carolina. We went for his law school reunion, but we really enjoy the town, so we spent time visiting places we love and enjoying the awesome weather. Last summer we took a similar long-weekend, during which I took a lot of pictures with Instagram. So I decided to carry on the tradition for this trip as well.
The town is filled with lots of old (mostly tobacco) warehouses which have been converted into any number of new uses: housing, communal art space, restaurants, and other creative adaptive-reuses. Here’s the side of one of the old buildings, featuring one of my favorite combinations: candy and soda.
Another old building, this one a showroom for Organic Transit, which sells what I like to describe as a space-aged green golf cart. They were parked out front one of the days we were there, but I didn’t snap a picture that day. I adore the signage.
An old building in the middle of downtown. Loving the green…
…and you know I’m not lying. Look at my pants:
Not all of the architecture is so hipster-y. The Carolina Theater at night is pretty classic.
And the new Cupcake Bar and The Parlour, and ice cream shop, are pretty cute. Here’s a shot of the exterior of the cupcake shop – prime real estate on a prominent corner, plus a very “apple store” aesthetic – and a shot of the neat art inside The Parlour.
Of course I can’t resist a photo of a dilapidated public health building. This is what Instagram was made for. Not sure why, I just think it’s beautiful.
But all else aside, you can’t go to Durham and not go to Parker and Otis. Because candy. That’s why.
Can’t wait to return again!