Morningstar Law Group named to 2017 Best Law Firms list

DURHAM — Morningstar Law Group was recently included in U.S. News & World Report’s list of 2017 Best Law Firms.

Morningstar received a tier 1 ranking for land use and zoning law and real estate law, as well as other recognitions for tier 2 and tier 3.

Morningstar has offices in Raleigh and Durham’s Research Triangle Park. It recently announced it would be moving its RTP offices to downtown Durham.

Scrap Ex lands first tenant

DURHAM — Development of the Scrap Exchange’s proposed “Reuse Arts District” has its first tenant: the Durham Economic Resource Center.

The Durham Economic Resource Center, which provides workforce development skills, job placement for job seekers, recently signed a lease with the Scrap Exchange and is now operating.

The Scrap Exchange and its expanded property is located at Shoppes at Lakewood, 2015 Chapel Hill Road. Derek Mangum of Maverick Partners said that hopefully more lessees will be announced soon.

Fitness studio opening at Northgate

DURHAM — Total Fitness Studio has opened a location at Northgate Mall.

Total Fitness, owned and operated by certified personal trainer Iris Reese, is offering health and fitness classes for all ages, including personal training, weight training, trampoline, resistance band and other classes.

Total Fitness Studio is located at Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Boulevard, Durham in suite 250 near Sears.

Circus studio opening in Durham

DURHAM — A new circus arts company is opening shop in Durham. Triangle Circus Arts set up shop at a new space on Hillsborough Road and will offer adult and kids classes in aerial arts, acrobatics, tumbling and more.

Owner Kerry Donny-Clark has 18 years of circus performance. Triangle Circus Arts is in the process of finalizing a schedule and plans to begin summer camp enrollment late this month.

Tutoring company expands to Durham

DURHAM — Seattle-based private tutoring company Best in Class Education Center is planning on expanding to Durham in the coming year.

Best in Class, which offers classes in various subjects and test prep for exams like the SAT, has focused on expansion in recent years and now operates in more than 30 communities.

Best in Class is looking to bring five centers to North Carolina and is targeting Durham as its first location in the state. A spokesperson for the company said they are eight to 10 months out from choosing a location here.

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