Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Cheesecakes by Alex in Downtown Winston-Salem taking Shape

I recently spoke with Alex Amoroso, Owner of Cheesecakes by Alex in downtown Greensboro.  He told me that he would like to open up within the next 30-45 days.  He has leased out the space at 625 N. Trade Street and is nearing the end of his construction process.

Link to the Cheesecakes by Alex - Twin City Facebook Page

Facade renovations

Entrance improvements

Facade improvements

Interior photo from  early April 


Some links to learn more about the owner Alex Amoroso and his business in Greensboro

https://greensboro.org/2019/03/08/alex-amoroso/

https://www.cheesecakesbyalex.com/press

https://www.journalnow.com/entertainment/dining/cheesecakes-by-alex-is-coming-to-downtown-winston-salem/article_b7a8954e-d904-5f8f-93bc-c4ab915ce2c1.html

http://www.eatlocaltriad.com/greensboro/cheesecakes-by-alex/








Monday, May 11, 2020

601-615 N. Liberty Gets Anchor Tenant


Architectural rendering of 601-615 Liberty Street (Source:  Meridian Realty Listing at - http://looplink.meridianrealty.com/xNet/Looplink/TmplEngine/ListingProfilePage.aspx?stid=meridianrealty&LID=
13108168&LL=true&UOMListing=&UOMMoneyCurrency=&RentPer=PY&SRID=0&IP=false
 )


John Brasier, reported from the Triad Business Journal on May 5th that Nationwide Marketing Group, a membership and marketing organization for independent retailers based in Winston-Salem is going to be the anchor tenant at 601-615 N. Liberty Street and will occupy about half of the 30,000 + SF in the combined buildings.  The company hopes to move into the space in late summer with their 35-40 local employees.  Link to the Nationwide Marketing Group company website - 
https://www.nationwidegroup.org/

Additional retail space is available for lease.  Click on the listing above in the caption from Meridian Realty to view the listing.

The Triad Business Journal Article requires a paid subscription - here is the link - https://www.bizjournals.com/triad/news/2020/05/05/marketing-group-will-move-into-downtown-triad.html






Friday, May 8, 2020

Downtown Clean Team Update

The Downtown Clean Team has been busy as always over the last few weeks keeping downtown clean.  I have been informed by the Clean Team members that there is still considerable trash to pick up daily, regardless of the number of visitors.  The Clean Team has recently completed power washing Fourth Street.  Below if a photo of the typical before and after impact of their power washing.  We are very grateful to our Clean Team and appreciate their hard work.  The Clean Team members tells me frequently that downtown pedestrians frequently stop and thank them for the fine job that they are doing.  That is very nice to hear, and well deserved.  If you have a job for the Clean Team, you can click here to file a Clean Team Request for Service, they will respond as quickly as posssible -  https://www.downtownws.com/clean-team/#request

We are very grateful to our Clean Team and for the hard work that they are doing every day!

The Clean Team has been very active on the power washer during the past few weeks  (File photo from Fall 2019).
Notice the difference the high pressure washer makes on the sidewalk.  


The Landscape Beds are in bloom on Fourth Street.  We expect flower baskets to be delivered in June on Trade Street and Fourth Street.

Removing the grates and ensuring the sidewalks drain on Fourth Street.  This happens several times a year. (File photo from earlier in February 2020)


Graffiti is removed from private property along public right of way (before)
After photo with the graffiti removied

Pet Waste Stations have to be serviced, emptying receptacle and adding more bags..  


Monday, October 7, 2019

DWSP sponsors Watch For Me NC advertisement at a/perture cinema


The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership is sponsoring one of the many local advertising efforts as part of the statewide "Watch for Me" campaign.  Here is a link to the website - https://www.watchformenc.org/


This will be on the screen prior to movies at a/perture cinema from Mid-October thru Mid-December
This campaign is aimed at improving pedestrian safety in the State of North Carolina.  In an October 5, 2019 Winston-Salem Journal article written by Lee O. Sanderlin, it highlights our local statistics - 
https://www.journalnow.com/news/local/at-least-people-were-hit-by-cars-in-winston-salem/article_e32f4994-de39-542b-baab-2d5b9472125a.html


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

New and Improved Pedestrian Crossing installed at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive & Trade Street

New Pedestrian Crossing Improvements have been installed at the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Trade Street.  These improvements were done as a part of the Salem Parkway (Business 40) project by the NCDOT.

Looking North from the East side of the intersection.  New pedestrian "Push to Walk" buttons have been installed.  

On the west side of Trade Street adjacent to the Big Winston Warehouse, the pedestrian crosswalk has been repainted.


Looking West on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive you can see the raised median that has been installed in both directions.  



Wednesday, August 14, 2019

6th/Cherry-Trade Municipal Parking Deck given some new upgrades

The 6th/Cherry-Trade Municipal Parking Deck in downtown Winston-Salem has recently undergone some new improvements to make it more attractive as a parking alternative in downtown Winston-Salem.  With a budget of $300,000, the city did extensive power washing and painting in the interior of the parking garage.  Additionally each level of the deck was given a distinctive paint scheme to assist with visitor recognition of where they left their car.  Another important improvement was removing all of the old high pressure sodium lights with brand new LED lighting technology which is not only more efficient, but will also add to the brightness of the lighting levels in the parking deck.   Finally, new security cameras and transparent entrance doors were installed throughout the parking garage.

The improvements were funded equally by the City of Winston-Salem's Parking Enterprise Fund and the Downtown Winston-Salem Business Improvement District.  With the increasing visitor traffic coming to downtown Winston-Salem, this municipal parking deck is increasingly being utilized as a parking resource.  These aesthetic and safety improvements along with the $2 flat rate for evening and weekend parking makes this a great option due to its central location in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem.  

6th/Cherry Trade Parking Deck at the NE Corner of 6th and Cherry is in close proximity to the Benton Convention Center as well as the Downtown Arts District

Each of the 5 Levels of the Parking Garage has its own unique color scheme for visitor recognition of where they parked their vehicle







New LED Lighting has replaced all of the old high pressure sodium lights throughout the parking garage.

If you have any questions, please contact Jason Thiel at the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership at (336) 354-1500 or Rodd Ring at the City of Winston-Salem at (336) 747-6990.

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.