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Coffee, tea & more: Unique area shops offer a variety of beverages and other items, too

The Blend & co.’s decorations add to coffee shop’s cozy atmosphere. / Photos by Hollyann Gardner, Times-News correspondent

By Hollyann Gardner
Times-News correspondent

    Looking for a coffee shop to visit other than Starbucks? Want to support the local businesses? Grab a friend (or two or three) and head out to one of these three unique joints.

   1. The Blend & co.
Located in downtown Burlington, The Blend offers a wide variety of coffee, tea, and smoothies, all made with quality organic ingredients. They love “good coffee and good people,” and from the moment you walk in the door, it’s obvious that they have a genuine desire to make Alamance County a better place. The cozy décor, friendly staff, and overall setting will have you and your family and friends coming back in no time.
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Snapshot of a history maker: Matthew Henson

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Commentary by Logan A. White
Times-News correspondent

   We’re in the harshest stage of winter, and most North Carolinians are feeling the chill. But for Matthew Henson, our winter weather would seem mild — he spent a good part of his life exploring the Arctic. Who was this intrepid explorer? Here are five fast facts about Matthew Henson:
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Studio 1′s ‘Antigone’ is emotional, gripping

Studio 1 presents "Antigone" Feb. 12-14 and 19-21, 2016, at 1332 Plaza Drive, Burlington. / Steven Mantilla, Times-News

Reviewed by Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent

   A young woman rises in defiance of her imperious uncle in the classic Greek tragedy “Antigone,” showing at Studio 1 of Burlington this weekend and next.
The story, first penned by the Greek tragedian Sophocles, centers on Antigone (Madison Kimrey) and her desire to properly bury her dead brother Polynices, who was deemed a traitor by King Creon (Cage Overman). Creon rules that anyone who honors Polynices should be put to death. Antigone bravely stands her ground as the consequences of both her and Creon’s actions surface.
Before the actors even appear onstage, the mood is immediately set by the scenic artistry and set design by Dale Johnson and Jason Matthews, respectively. A Grecian temple is center stage, accompanied by painted depictions of statues, and a blue light floods the stage while string instruments play.
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