Monday, March 5, 2018

Podcast Interview with Dixon Douglas Owner of CycleBar Winston-Salem



I had the opportunity to interview Dixon Douglas, owner of CycleBar Winston-Salem last week.  Click on the logo below to hear the full podcast interview.  



 Click on link to hear the podcast

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Merschel Plaza Vision Concept shared today at the DWSP Annual Meeting Today



I want to thank all of you who were able to attend the DWSP Annual Meeting today.  We had the opportunity to provide an update on Merschel Plaza.  We shared the video below as an update.




Also can be viewed on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npIhHlrNBYs

Helpful Graphic to understand the development area


Meschel Plaza excerpt from the approved 2013 Downtown Plan............"
The Civic Plaza (now named Merschel Plaza) area will become the exciting
urban gathering place and mixed-use development
that will encompass parts of several
blocks in the heart of the Downtown. It will
become our Downtown’s “living room” and
will eventually connect the major office areas,
south of W. Second Street and east of N. Liberty
Street, with the retail and entertainment areas
to the north. The plaza itself will be a well landscaped
public park where people can
meet, relax, exercise and enjoy the amenities
of a wonderful urban space"


  • Mayfair Development, headed by Simon Burgess, has purchased the Pepper Building at the corner of Fourth and Liberty along with the Crawford Lot (just east of Pepper Building along 4th Street) and the Piedmont Federal Parking Lot. --- Link to Mayfair Partners website - http://mayfairstreetpartners.com/index.ht
  • The Pepper Building is under construction and will be converted into an Indigo Hotel - http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/boutique-indigo-hotel-planned-for-pepper-building/article_fc72ca0d-8ce6-5fef-aac2-8984639a1cb2.html
  • The Piedmont Federal Parking Lot will be converted to a Hyatt Place Hotel developed by Mayfair Development - https://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2017/08/24/exclusive-new-hyatt-place-hotel-featuring-modular.html
  • Mayfair is contemplating a 3rd building on the Crawford Lot, however, they have not yet determined whether it will be residential or an Extended Stay Hotel.  This building concept is show in the video above.
  • In previous plans, the DWSP shared the potential for underground public parking below Merschel Plaza, which would have been underneath the park.  Due to the cost of building underground public parking we have removed public parking below the park.  
  • $3M in funding for Merschel Plaza was set aside in the 2014 City bond election.
  • The county is funding a new Kaleideum Museum in the old Sheriff's Office at Town Run Land and 3rd Street
  • Mayfair will build private parking underneath the Hyatt Place Hotel which will also encroach into the eastern side of Merschel Plaza.  
  • Next steps, finalize plans and coordinate with the City, County, Kaleideum, other stakeholders.  
  • People have asked what they can do to help.  We need your support and we need you to share this support with city and county elected leaders.  
  • City staff is communicating positively and constructively with the DWSP and the Mayfair Development, however, this is is the appropriate time to let our elected leaders know that we are eager to finish this project.  Also please keep in mind that city and county officials are generally supportive of this project as they have approved bond funding for Merschel Plaza (City of Winston-Salem) and county funding has been raised for Kaleideum.  
  • The final steps include coordination mostly revolving around the funding for demolition of the bridge, replacing major sewer lines, converting 3rd Street to a two way street, and other minor infrastructure matters.














Monday, February 26, 2018

Joymongers Barrel Hall


Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting the Joymongers team to tour the new Joymongers Barrell Hall at 480 West End Boulevard.  Located directly across the street from The Tap and Colony Urban Farm Store - The team is comprised of the owners Jim, Susan, and Brian Jones, Brewmaster Mike Rollinson and Marketing Expert Sarah Bean.  




The articles and the Facebook page have quite a bit of very interesting information. 

They will be opening soon, sometime in March.  



Historic building dating back to 1928.  


Unique lighting fixtures with cages that surround them.

Mighty Mouse hangs from the ceiling.  

Monday, February 12, 2018

Preferred Parking Reopens Parking Deck on Poplar Street just north of 4th Street



Downtown Winston-Salem is experiencing growth.  With that growth, we are seeing new developments and new visitors coming to downtown.  Typically, folks will try to park on the street, however, this elusive on-street parking space may not be available or you may not have the time to find it. 

A new parking resource is now available to you for parking right in the middle of downtown.  It is managed by Preferred Parking which has a strong presence in Uptown Charlotte and it does include their automated payment systems, which I was impressed with due to the simplicity of its use.  The call button rang directly to the local manager's cell phone. 

Another thing to share with folks is that the parking deck has a $40 monthly parking rate, which is very competitive with other nearby parking decks.  If you want to sign up for parking, here is the link to do so - http://int.preferredparking.com/citypage.aspx

This parking deck has well over 700 new parking spaces available and will be the parking for the residential apartments when they are built on Fourth Street between Spruce and Poplar, and other office tenants in the adjacent buildings. 

Finally, few topics engage folks quite like parking availability.  It will take time for people to consider parking in decks, however, this same process has happened in many other cities and it is a clear sign of the progress that is taking place in downtown Winston-Salem. 

Please help us spread the word about this new parking resource.  The new manager is Luke Phoutinian and he can be reached at LukeP@PreferredParking.com


Parking Deck Reopens at 4th and Poplar, just north of 4th Street

New Automated Money Collection Systems.  They looked very straight forward to use.


Floors had existing signage already that clearly denotes each floor based upon a different color and musical instrument.





Check out the latest Podcast Interview with Tiffany Howell, owner of Burke Street Pub in downtown Winston-Salem (#dtws) 


Tiffany Howell and Jason Thiel during Podcast Interview

Click here to listen to the Podcast Interview with Tiffany Howell

Click here to listen to past Podcast Interviews

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




COMMERCIAL REALTY ADVISORS’ “751 WEST FOURTH” OFFICE BUILDING IS NAMED N.C. BUILDING PROJECT OF THE YEAR


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 -
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 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