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for Independent Weekly Vol. 17 Issue 20, May 2000
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Roxanne Quimby started Burt's Bees with Burt Shavitz fifteen years ago in Maine, transforming a roadside honey stand into a multimillion dollar business. Finding the state of Maine unresponsive to their request for business help, they moved the company to North Carolina in 1994. Burt's Bees makes over 150 all-natural products, including candles, lip balm, and lotions. Recently moved to new quarters in the Research Triangle Park, Burt's Bees will gross $20 million in 2000.
When businesses and industry began leaving downtown Durham ten years ago, artists, artisans, and designers moved into the unoccupied spaces, creating studios and an artistic community. Some bought buildings for studios; others rented their work spaces. Now that Durham is ready to commit millions to downtown redevelopment, many artists have concerns over what will happen to them, especially if development increases rent.
From the mountains to the coast, traditional music is alive and well in North Carolina, with numerous festivals highlighting fiddlers and other stringed instrumentalists, dancers, and singers. Gatherings include Fiddler's Grove, now in its 76th year at Union Grove; OcraFolk Festival on Ocracoke Island; Alleghany County Fiddlers' Convention; and the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, stared in 1927 and held in Asheville.