Tuesday, May 10, 2016

New UPS Store at 6th & Liberty - - Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, May 12 at 9:30 AM

A new UPS Store is celebrating its opening with a Ribbon Cutting this Thursday, May 12, at 9:30 AM.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  
The UPS Store is at 550 N. Liberty St, Winston Salem, NC 27101. 
Their phone number is (336) 727-3576 and their email is store6702@theupsstore.com.

Prior to construction - space was vacant

Interior photo of full service UPS Store

Another interior photo

Mailboxes for Rent

New signage has been installed.  Additional improvements such as lighting, new awnings, and additional signage will be added soon.

Store at dusk last night

New Restaurant called "Crafted: the art of the Taco" is under construction nearby on Libety
Link for more info - http://triad-city-beat.com/crafted-to-open-downtown-winston-salem-taco-joint/

Monday, May 9, 2016

757 North Begins Construction in Goler Heights

More residential development is underway in Goler Heights.  Construction recently started on 757 North, a new 115 unit apartment complex that also has workforce housing included in its pricing.  A news article written by Wake Forest student Caroline Green in Heard it Here, an online project covering downtown Winston-Salem, titled, "Plans for Workforce Housing and Healthy Food Downtown", dated November 19, 2015 describes the project in greater detail and can be viewed by clicking here - http://cloud.lib.wfu.edu/blog/heardithere/2015/11/19/plans-for-workforce-housing-and-healthy-food-in-consideration-for-downtown/

The rendering below was found at the architect's website - Link to Neighboring Concepts (Design Firm) web page for 757 North -  http://neighboringconcepts.com/project/patterson-avenue-apartments/

Rendered Elevation of 757 North

Construction progress as of May 3, 2016 - looking SE from Patterson and Dr. MLK Jr. Ave.

Looking North from South End of Site just north of Downtown Mudpies East 

Finally, I want to share the recent Winston-Salem Journal's editorial board piece published on May 6, 2016 - http://www.journalnow.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-affordable-housing-benefits-all/article_ee0c8444-4d4f-5dc4-a79a-bac9e83f954b.html

Friday, July 31, 2015

Krankies expansion nearing completion

If you are a customer or visitor at Krankies Coffee, you will have noticed the construction currently underway. In response to the nearby growth, Krankies is adding kitchen infrastructure and will be expanding their food service offering and adding menus for breakfast and lunch service.  I had the opportunity to tour the construction and am sharing this with our readers.  Krankies did not offer a date when the new expanded food service would begin, but they are getting closer to the finish line.  Congratulations to Krankies and best wishes on their continued success!   

New coffee bean roasting area

coffee lab space
kitchen infrastructure being installed

expanded and improved counter service space for all orders

bag of international coffee beans

main seating area where temporary service area is.  

Salem College nearing completion of new Residence Hall named the "McHugh Sisters Flats"

Update from March 24, 2015 blog post - http://downtownwinstonsalem.blogspot.com/2015/03/progress-on-new-residence-hall-at-salem.html

Salem College is nearing completion of their new residence hall as the new fall semester nears.  Ground breaking will be on August 23rd at 3:00 PM and they will be named the "McHugh Sisters Flats" - link to the Salem College Facebook Page 

Link to the Salem College web page about the new residence hall - http://www.salem.edu/residence-life/mchugh-sisters-flats

View from the SW Corner

View from the SE Corner

View from the North just near B-40 looking south

Congratulations to Salem College on their success with this fantastic project.  They are working on naming opportunities with their alumni with this YouTube video which has some great construction photos. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Morning Socials - Downtown Strong

We hope you can join us for two coffee, Morning Socials to be Downtown Strong!

The first is at Camino Bakery on 4th Street!

The second is in July at the Twin City Hive down on Brookstown! 

These are free events for those interested in learning more about Downtown Winston Salem and meeting other people who are also interested in Downtown! We hope to see you there! 

Downtown Strong is a leadership collective of enthusiastic, dependable, and supportive individuals of Downtown Winston-Salem.
Through giving to the DWSP, broad and diverse membership in Downtown Strong helps fortify all that is distinctive about the core of our city as well as position it for a bright and progressive future.
Downtown Strong will be an ongoing Individual Donor Campaign. Local business and corporate support of DWSP will always be important, but the goal of Downtown Strong is to establish a core group of dependable Downtown supporters.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Winston-Salem Startup Incubator - 227 W. Fifth Street

New storefront activity on Fifth Street is the Winston-Salem Startup Incubator at 227 W. Fifth Street.   The incubator was started by local entrepreneur Mark Pegram, who also owns the building occupied by Small Batch Brewing Company.  

Link to the WS Incubator Website 

Current Startup businesses that are incubating their businesses at the Winston-Salem Startup Incubator

On the far right is Ryan Oberlee who is the founder of Outpour Films.  He partners with his brother, Tyler (not shown).  Outpour Films share the works of student and amateur filmmakers everywhere. 

They believe in providing this platform because they believe student and amateur films deserve exposure and their creators deserve to be recognized. They also encourage collaboration among young creatives through our community,  For more information, click here - https://www.outpourfilms.com/ 

Max Maxwell, second from the left, started Fastba along with William Totten on the far left.  Fastba is still under construction, and you can visit the website at http://www.fastba.com/ 

William Totten (far left) is also an investor with another business located here, Oswald Green Technologies.  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

What is a City? - A new Film and Discussion Series

What is a City? is a new Film & Discussion Series that starts on May 20th at a/perture cinema at 311 W. Fourth Street from 12 Noon to 1:30.  The film is about an hour long and their will be discussion after the film led by Matt Burczyk, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator with the City of Winston-Salem, Department of Transportation. 

The Film Series is being brought to you for free by the Planning Committee of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, The Community Design Studio of Winston-Salem, and a/perture cinema.

Contested Streets was chosen in recognition of May being National Bicycle Month.

Future film dates are:  
  1. September 12, 2015 - The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces by William Whyte
  2. November 18, 2015 - TBD
  3. February 17, 2015 - TBD


The first multi-tenant office building to be developed in Winston-Salem since 2000 has been named North Carolina’s top building project of 2014 by the N.C. branch of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, the nation’s leading professional organization of commercial real estate developers.

     (Note: The association still uses its old initials, NAIOP, which stand for National Association for Industrial and Office Parks – although its official name was changed in 2009 to reflect an expanded mission and membership.)

     The award, one of several “Cornerstone Awards” presented at the 2015 NAIOP Statewide Conference held in Pinehurst on April 21-22, honors a “new or renovated construction project in North Carolina that is outstanding in quality, building components, innovations, project delivery, and schedule” and that was completed in calendar year 2014.
     Several other major – and in some cases, larger – projects across the state, including in Charlotte, competed for the award.

     A distinguishing feature of the 751 West Fourth project was the fact that it was 100% locally sourced. The architectural firm was archSTUDIO7, which played a pivotal role in designing a structure that complemented its West Fourth Street surroundings, dramatically enhanced the city’s skyline, and created an open and occupant-friendly interior environment.   

     Frank L. Blum Construction Co. was the general contractor, and Stimmel Associates was the civil engineer. Walter Robb Architects, Steele Group Architects and archSTUDIO7 contributed to the design of the current tenants’ respective office spaces.

     The 751 West Fourth project was developed and is managed by Winston-Salem-based Commercial Realty Advisors LLC, which now has its offices in the new building, along with The Winston-Salem Foundation and Atlantic Capital Advisors. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Salem Creek Connector Update - A new route into downtown is taking shape

Although we are about a year away from this project being completed, Salem Creek Connector is starting to take shape on the southeastern edge of downtown.

Because there are frequent questions about this project, I put together some information for people to learn more about it.  The map created by the Winston-Salem Journal new article from January 2, 2014 is very helpful, check it out here -  http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/salem-creek-connector-work-ramps-up/article_3c33210e-7354-11e3-adca-0019bb30f31a.html

Some additional helpful links 

City of Winston-Salem Salem Creek Connector Web Pagehttp://www.cityofws.org/departments/transportation/planning/plans-and-studies/salem-creek-connector

North Carolina Department of Transportation Project Website - http://www.ncdot.gov/projects/salemcreekconnector/

Bridge Construction just south of Rams Drive and West of US-52 - This path goes right through the area previously occupied by the City Yard - April 9, 2015

Looking north from the City Yard towards Research Parkway.  This view is of future Salem Creek Connector Roadway.  April 9, 2015

Visualization Video prepared by NCDOT consultant

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cycle Your City open for business at 362 Patterson Avenue

Greg Waddell is a life long bicycle enthusiast who even spent time as a professional cyclist in the 1990s.  He brought this wealth of knowledge into his newest venture which was opening Cycle Your City, a bicycle repair and accessory shop at 362 Patterson Avenue (near Krankies Coffee).  He opened the shop in February and has been extremely busy right from the beginning. 

We asked him why he chose this location and he responded by saying that their is a growing bicycling culture in our city and that the Rails to Trails projects nearyby is going to have a big impact on our city.  He also loves being near Bailey Park (which is opening this Thursday).  He hopes that more people ride their bikes to work and drop them off at his store for repair while they are working.  

One of the growing parts of his business is the accessory products, such as bike seats (see below).  The bike seats are locally made by Tony Fonda a Custom Commercial Upholstery expert - check him out here - http://www.enjoygram.com/refried.upholstery

Front of the Store at 362 Patterson

Greg Waddell making some repairs on a bicycle

Additional interior photo

Greg Waddell standing in front of his store.

View from the front door to Bailey Park
Locally made custom seats by Tony Fonda that can be purchased at Cycle Your City

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Housing Update with helpful links on recently completed housing units in downtown Winston-Salem

Downtown Winston-Salem has had a tremendous amount of housing growth over the last few years. This blog post is going to be about the most recent units that have been completed.

I get frequent questions about what the units look like and how are each of them different. In this post, I try to give a brief bit of background on each. I hope it is helpful.

 50 West Fourth Street (58 apartments in the Old County Courthouse)

Official Website - http://50westfourth.com/

Link to available commercial space on the NE Corner of the building - http://www.meridianrealty.com/gee/doc/50_W_Fourth_St_Brochure.pdf

Winston-Salem Journal Article - http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/county-completes-courthouse-sale-library-purchase/article_be7400e5-5d9e-5824-825d-395d6168036c.html 

Photos that I snapped during a recent tour near the end of construction - https://www.flickr.com/photos/downtownwinstonsalem/sets/72157651311303335/

The Link at Brookstown (205 New Construction Apartments near BB&T Baseball Park)

Official Website - http://www.linkbrookstown.com/link-brookstown-apt

Winston-Salem Journal Article -  http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/new-upscale-apartment-complex-opens-near-bb-t-ballpark/article_1c85a124-bad9-57af-978e-f3383d5d42b2.html

Winston-Salem Journal Video Tour -

Winston-Salem Journal Photos - http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/link-apartments/collection_56bdcf24-45d6-11e4-8886-001a4bcf6878.html

Plant 64 Apartments (242 Apartments in historic RJ Reynolds Factory)  

Official Website - http://www.plant64com/plant-64 

Early Winston-Salem Journal Article - http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/plant-project-gets-ok-from-historic-commission/article_9e386b38-0b9a-11e3-889f-001a4bcf6878.html

YouTube Video for Plant 64 - https://youtu.be/YlkzmsymHgA

June 2014 Blog Post from the Downtown Blog - http://downtownwinstonsalem.blogspot.com/2014/06/plant-64-apartment-residents-will-be.htmlVillage Loftshttp://village-lofts.net/http://www.tejrentals.com/result.php?table=lofts

Recent Winston-Salem Journal article - http://www.journalnow.com/business/business_news/local/model-apartment-opens-at-village-lofts/article_8b9f6914-48ec-11e4-ae6f-001a4bcf6878.html 

Winston Factory Lofts Phase 2 (86 historic loft apartments)

Website - http://www.winstonfactorylofts.com/ 

Blog Post from 2012 - http://downtownwinstonsalem.blogspot.com/2012/03/winston-factory-lofts-phase-2-field.html

YouTube Videos for available units - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmzQqzLtEglpF7At_meYpPA

Hilltop House Phase 3 (65 New construction apartments)

Winston-Salem Journal Article - http://www.journalnow.com/article_ae8a754e-fa3d-11e2-94fc-001a4bcf6878.html

Website - http://www.hilltophousedowntown.com/rental_listings 

Blog Post from 2013 - http://downtownwinstonsalem.blogspot.com/2013/08/hilltop-house-south-scheduled-to-open.html

The Glade at West End  (15 Planned New Construction Single Family & 7 Completed Condos)

Website - http://www.lrbrealestate.com/new-developments/the-glade-at-west-end

VideoTour on the Winston-Salem Journal  - http://video.journalnow.com/The-Glade-at-West-End-26457795 

Animation -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO-TSwry054

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Gallery Hop this Friday Night, April 3rd - 7pm to 10pm

Now that the weather is getting warmer, you do not want to miss the First Friday Gallery Hop this Friday from 7pm to 10pm in the Arts District. 

Also, The AFAS Group will be dedicating the new Gateway this Friday, April 3rd at the First Friday Gallery Hop ‪‬ at 7pm! New Gateway added in the Arts District on 6th Street

Link to the Arts For Arts Sake Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/artforartssakews - to check out a photo of the new Gateway.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Music Video taped downtown by local Artist

 A new music video was taped on Fourth Street and in Brookstown in downtown Winston-Salem.  Check out the video below as well as some links about local music artist Tiffany Ashton. 

Tiffany Ashton - Link -http://www.tiffanyashtonmusic.com/

 Link to a September Issue of Forsyth Woman Magazine

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hutch and Harris Expanding

Went by Hutch and Harris today and took a peek inside.  They were under construction. 

Link to an April 18, 2014 Story by Catherine Carlock - http://www.bizjournals.com/triad/blog/2014/04/hutch-harris-owner-planning-downtown-winston-salem.html

Link to April 22, 2014 article by Michael Hastings in the Winston-Salem Journal -  http://www.journalnow.com/home_food/food/tidbits/tidbits-hutch-harris-plans-to-expand/article_14e3f61a-1165-5b01-85a4-decababa8b06.html

Link to the Hutch and Harris Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/Hutchandharris/timeline

Part of the 420 Building that used to be the home of Wolfie's Frozen Custard.