Driving the Model S P85 D long-distance

Beyond the speed and luxury offered by Tesla's Model S, the real key to its success - and its premium price - is the longest driving range offered by any electric car.

Updated: Feb. 27, 2015 8:12 AM | Full Story

Zamboni repairs? There's a place for that

It's not the mileage, it's the terrain.

Updated: Feb. 27, 2015 8:07 AM | Full Story

Retail: Paris Nail Bar to open in West Raleigh

Khoa Nguyen has created what he hopes is not your typical nail salon. On Saturday, he's opening Paris Nail Bar, a place that will offer manis, pedis, waxing and wine.

Updated: Feb. 26, 2015 7:27 PM | Full Story

Ask the Experts: Be smart about deciding when to close due to weather

There’s nothing like a forecast of snow and ice to get the attention of small-business owners. Wintry weather has the potential to force closures and abbreviated hours that can impact the bottom line.

Updated: Feb. 26, 2015 3:12 PM | Full Story

Turnaround in downtown Oakland

Boarded-up windows in the wake of street demonstrations have become a familiar sight in downtown Oakland, but business and civic leaders can tout a new set of images to define the city's urban heart: a growing crop of tech company offices, crowds for lunch and an emerging art and dining hub.

Updated: Feb. 26, 2015 8:22 AM | Full Story

The little-known source of America's bronze artwork outside Philadelphia

In this forlorn city, on a spot where creative magic - construction of oil tankers by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. for wartime and commercial use - once was worked precisely and abundantly, two brothers are unobtrusively continuing the artistic tradition.

Updated: Feb. 26, 2015 8:12 AM | Full Story

DNA-infused spray could track the history of foods, other products

LIVERMORE, Calif. - What if you could use your smartphone to tell if the apple you're about to bite into has been genetically modified, if your bottle of extra-virgin olive oil was watered down with an inferior product, or if the Armani suit you purchased is genuine or a knockoff?

Updated: Feb. 25, 2015 8:08 AM | Full Story

Column: Access to capital, policies limit minority small businesses

Farad Ali, a former Durham city councilman and president and chief operating officer of the NC Institute of Minority Economic Development said African-American small business owners struggle to thrive in policies that support them staying small and disparities in access to capital.

Updated: Feb. 24, 2015 12:23 PM | Full Story

Small-business owners adjust to hazardous weather

Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners how their company responded to the weather. This is what they said.

Updated: Feb. 23, 2015 8:08 PM | Full Story

Flour Power emphasizes consistency as it transitions to a new name

Susan Caldwell, the owner of a Raleigh-based cooking class business shares how she navigated a name change from Lil’ Chef to Flour Power while retaining current customers and looking for new ones.

Updated: Feb. 23, 2015 9:43 PM | Full Story

Backstory: Absolute Computers repair shop gives owner chance to keep working

Bob Taylor, 58, bought Absolute Computers three years ago from Len Haibt, who started the business in 2000. Greg Tisdale, who worked for Haibt, still works there, along with Taylor's son Ben, an information technology student at Durham Technical Community College.

Updated: Mar. 1, 2015 3:27 PM | Full Story

Prison services are profitable niche for St. Louis-area company

A little-known St. Louis-area company has turned prisons into a business opportunity - and it's done so by providing services that critics say come at too stiff a price.

Updated: Feb. 23, 2015 8:14 AM | Full Story

More families bringing the generations under one roof

At 80 years old, Jack Beiber loves having his family back under one roof.

Updated: Feb. 23, 2015 8:08 AM | Full Story

For single moms, program means jobs and a chance to change lives

All Kelly Wilson set out to do was hire a few single moms from impoverished neighborhoods.

Updated: Feb. 20, 2015 8:07 AM | Full Story

Not even the lack of a trademark can cool sales of the original Sriracha

Wander down almost any supermarket aisle and it's easy to spot one of the food industry's hottest fads. Sriracha, the fiery red Asian chili sauce, has catapulted from a cult hit to flavor du jour, infusing burgers, potato chips, candy, vodka and even lip balm.

Updated: Feb. 20, 2015 8:07 AM | Full Story

Fast, fun, spendy cars return to showrooms amid auto sales boom

Dumping an old Honda Civic for a $40,000 Ford Mustang GT was an easy choice for Jeffrey Baird.

Updated: Feb. 20, 2015 8:07 AM | Full Story

LA's Broadway is poised for a major revival

After Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in 1927, thousands gathered on Broadway to give the famed aviator a ticker tape parade. A similar throng hailed John F. Kennedy for during the presidential campaign of 1960. For most of the 20th century, Broadway was Los Angeles' cultural center.

Updated: Feb. 19, 2015 8:10 AM | Full Story

Tim Draper: Venture capitalist's eccentricity 'runs deep'

As a third-generation venture capitalist, Tim Draper gauges the motivation of entrepreneurs who pitch him. Are they true believers or opportunists? Are they committed for the long haul, or just hoping to cash out?

Updated: Feb. 18, 2015 8:10 AM | Full Story

Small businesses optimistic about increases in revenue and production space

According to a recent Gallup poll, small-business owners’ optimism is highest since 2008. Shop Talk reporter Virgnia Bridges asked owners if they are optimistic and what that means for the future of their companies.

Updated: Feb. 17, 2015 11:35 AM | Full Story

With help from tool company, visually impaired workers drive home a point

As a production supervisor at Industries for the Blind Inc. in Milwaukee, Jeana Angelini takes pride in being able to run any machine in the factory.

Updated: Feb. 17, 2015 8:16 AM | Full Story