Retail: Downtown Raleigh staple Sam & Wally's closing

Sam & Wally's, the breakfast and lunchtime staple that has served eggs, biscuits, specialty sandwiches and pizza at the bottom of the Sheraton hotel since 1994, is closing Dec. 23.

Updated: Dec. 19, 2014 2:09 AM | Full Story

Column: Intrepid Life in Durham starts anew

Intrepid Life reopens as a co-working space and a nonprofit organization.

Updated: Dec. 16, 2014 1:24 PM | Full Story

Ask the Experts: Connect with employees during a crisis

A plane crash earlier this month in Maryland ended the lives of three Durham health professionals and changed two local companies forever. For the employees left behind to grieve while keeping the businesses going, the effects are physical, mental and emotional, a resilience consultant says.

Updated: Dec. 16, 2014 8:59 AM | Full Story

Former CNN chief discusses LBJ, Vietnam, Ted Turner and battling depression

More than anything, Tom Johnson credits "champions" for shaping his life.

Updated: Dec. 16, 2014 8:09 AM | Full Story

Upcoming: Small-business networking events

Where and when to network and learn on the small-business circuit.

Updated: Dec. 9, 2014 9:42 PM | Full Story

Program connects farmers and struggling families

Farmers and farmers markets can turn to the MarketLink program for free equipment that will allow them to accept credit, debit and EBT payments.

Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 4:59 PM | Full Story

Freaker, rib roast, cranberry apple pie, and Bourbon and Boweties bracelets are best selling holiday items

Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small business owners about their best-selling holiday item.

Updated: Dec. 13, 2014 10:36 PM | Full Story

Backstory: Nearsights monocle company relocates to Raleigh

Through his Raleigh-based company Nearsights, Jim Berry gives a nod to monocle-wearing 1950s pop culture icons Mr. Peanut, Charlie McCarthy and Colonel Mustard, but he is on his way to creating an eyewear trend for the 21st century.

Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 5:29 PM | Full Story

Economics pushes many young adults to do without cars

MINNEAPOLIS - Consider Jake Gau a multimodal millennial.

Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 8:17 AM | Full Story

Retail: Carolina Ale House coming to Raleigh’s Glenwood South

The Carolina Ale House off Wake Forest Road in Raleigh will close Dec. 31. The restaurant is relocating to a new spot in the Raleigh entertainment district.

Updated: Dec. 11, 2014 7:21 PM | Full Story

Influx of money from mainland China turns LA suburb into the 'Chinese Beverly Hills'

Most Los Angeles architects are lucky if they complete two or three houses by their early 30s.

Updated: Dec. 11, 2014 8:05 AM | Full Story

Ag-tech could change how the world eats

Investors and entrepreneurs behind some of the world's newest industries have started to put their money and tech talents into farming - the world's oldest industry - with an audacious agenda: to make sure there is enough food for the 10 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by 2100, do it without destroying the world and make a pretty penny along the way.

Updated: Dec. 10, 2014 8:13 AM | Full Story

Boeing boss Jim McNerney's turbulent tenure

Admirers describe Jim McNerney as a numbers guy whose relentless push for efficiency and lower costs has consistently delivered stellar profits in his decade as Boeing chairman and chief executive.

Updated: Dec. 9, 2014 8:07 AM | Full Story

Back Yard Burgers angles for growth under new leadership

The owners of Raleigh’s Back Yard Burgers explain how they survived the recession and turmoil with their franchisor as about 19 other restaurants in the chain closed or changed brands.

Updated: Dec. 8, 2014 11:22 PM | Full Story

Lead your company with your heart and your head

When you are evaluating a host of different possible ventures, ask yourself, ‘What would I want to do, if I didn’t need the money?’

Updated: Dec. 8, 2014 11:02 PM | Full Story

Ask the Experts: Tips for using Facebook

Posts that companies boost on Facebook show up in the news feeds that meet the criteria the business selects, are displayed higher in those feeds and are labeled “sponsored.” But for the businesses that don’t pay to boost their posts, Facebook is about to make it much harder for them to reach their audiences.

Updated: Dec. 8, 2014 11:02 PM | Full Story

Small Business Saturday a boon for many

Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners which day was busiest: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving or Cyber Monday.

Updated: Dec. 8, 2014 4:39 PM | Full Story

Backstory: Through This Lens gallery celebrates 10 years, but awaits profitability

The story behind Through this Lens story starts with opening in a still-struggling part of downtown Durham, rising to potentially making a profit in 2007, followed by a recession that drained the momentum. Owner Roylee Duvall, however, said he hopes the anticipated surge of hotel rooms and apartments in downtown will elevate the 10-year-old shop’s profitability.

Updated: Dec. 6, 2014 10:07 PM | Full Story

Retail: Night Kitchen bakery opens at Raleigh's Seaboard Station

Night Kitchen Bakehouse in Raleigh's Seaboard Station makes items such as traditional European hearth-baked breads, sourdoughs, French baguettes, bagels, olive bread, scones, apple tarts, brioche and croissants.

Updated: Dec. 5, 2014 2:02 PM | Full Story

Retail: Night Kitchen bakery opens at Raleigh’s Seaboard Station

Night Kitchen Bakehouse in Raleigh’s Seaboard Station makes items such as traditional European hearth-baked breads, sourdoughs, French baguettes, bagels, olive bread, scones, apple tarts, brioche and croissants.

Updated: Dec. 5, 2014 12:14 PM | Full Story