Matt Dees

Matt Dees is the former editor of Durham Magazine.

Howard the First

This Thursday, Howard Lee will be one of six presented with the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest honor, for his public service efforts in the community. The story below originally appeared in the July/August 2014 issue of Chapel Hill Magazine. Just about everybody knows that Howard Lee became the first African-American to be elected mayor of a …

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Good Eats

“Let’s be the dolphin friends on the good-guy tuna team.” This obscure line from the 1978 Warren Beatty movie Heaven Can Wait has actually become something of a mantra for Greg Overbeck at Chapel Hill Restaurant Group. Beatty’s character dies and goes back into the body of “this rich, nasty guy” who is killing dolphins …

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Our Creative Class: Leo Gaev

Meet Leo Gaev, your friendly neighborhood metalsmith. Working out of a Lloyd Street shop in Carrboro, he and his employee, Sam Steele (really!), have produced grand work for large commercial and residential clients, including an outdoor steel-and-glass canopy at Lantern and a pizza oven for the new Pizzeria Toro in Durham. He’s also a go-to subcontractor for architects, making structural supports that, hopefully, will never see the light of …

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