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At the gas station, biscuits, tortillas—and community 

"Give me a hammer and nail and I can go out there," says Paul Cozart, whose initial career involved working on houses. He put those skills to use to begin a new business in the late 1970s, remodeling a building on Cheek Road in Durham that had belonged to his uncle. The space opened in the 1950s as a gas station and grocery, then changed hands to become a church, an auction house and a radiator store before Cozart took over. Today, posters papered to the exterior proclaim the store's stock in primary colors: country hams and ham hocks, rabbits, fatback and cheese. Kitwan Verbal paints new banners about every two weeks, "depending on how bad it rains and how the weather got to them," Cozart says. "And depends on what we have."

Image credit: Photo by Kate Medley


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