Jessica lives in downtown Durham with her husband and ridiculous dogs. She loves the history, character, and community involvement that are central to Durham's identity - but mostly the food. Jessica graduated from Davidson College and studied at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Since deciding to give real estate a try a few years ago she has thrived personally and professionally and feels very fortunate to do something she loves in a city she loves.
What did you do before real estate? Worked in the White House and for a non-profit focusing on the prevention of child exploitation.
What do you do outside of work? Walk, run, and practice Yoga at Patanjali's Place. I love reading and belong to three book clubs. When not doing those things you can find me exploring Durham restaurants, knitting, and eating chocolate.
How would you spend $100 in Durham? I love this question. As usual, my day would center around food. Let's assume it's a weekday. On the way home from my run I would stop for a Cafe Arancia at Scratch Bakery. The Arancia is a sublime combination of iced coffee, orange rind, sea salt, and whipped cream. I may also treat myself to a Donut Muffin ($6). For lunch I would walk over to Old Havana for a sandwich but would really be going for the roasted plantains which are out of this world ($10). After work I think I'd pick up a new summer top at Vert & Vogue ($40) before walking over to the new Bull City Burgers with my husband for a Burger and a glass of wine ($40). We may stop to play ping pong and drink a pint at Fullsteam on the way home, if we aren't too stuffed already!
Where was your most recent restaurant visit? The Nasher for a Thursday evening Jazz dinner.
What book are you currently reading? Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace and a Michelangelo Compendium. Both for book clubs.