Thursday, January 29, 2015

Join Us for our Free, Open to the Public, Breakfast ANNUAL Meeting!

The Downtown Winston Salem Partnership 
Invites YOU
to join us for our free, breakfast,
to be held on Tuesday, February 24th at 8 am
in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom of the Embassy Suites
460 N. Cherry Street.

Mayor Allen Joines will present the Downtown Excellence Awards and
John Cooper, Owner of Mast General Store will share remarks on their new store opening on Trade St. 
this Spring in 2015. 

We hope to see you there! 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Another Great Business Opening in Downtown

The Downtown Partnership is excited to welcome a great new Retail Store in a beautifully restored space, called Fourth & Trade.

John Raines, veteran commercial photographer, will launch a new home accessories, art and gift shop named for the prestigious location that it will occupy at the corner of Fourth and Trade streets in downtown Winston-Salem. The new store will also offer jewelry, original photography and many one of a kind items.

“We fell in love with The Arcade Building and the unique opportunity for dynamic window displays that this historic location will afford us,” said Chelsea Wronko, director of Marketing.
“We are very excited to become an integral part of the vibrant downtown Winston Salem community. We will strive to be a creative asset and to become a must see for a truly unique shopping experience,” said Raines.

Where? At the corner of 4th and Trade Streets.

When? Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting on Dec. 11th at 1:30 pm

Who? John Raines and his Fourth & Trade Team, The Mayor of Winston Salem, The Downtown Partnership

Contact: John Raines
Tel. 336-669-9879


Contact: Mackenzie C. Allen
Tel. 336-354-1500

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Happiness Through Chocolate (Black Mountain Chocolate Factory)

By Mackenzie Cates Allen

For me growing up, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite movies, and it still is. The opening montage of all the various chocolate still makes my mouth water. So when I heard that a Chocolate Factory was opening in Downtown Winston Salem, I was beyond excited. When they joined the Partnership as a Business Member, I was privileged to be able to meet one of the owners, Brent Peters.

I was immediately charmed by his easy-going, yet passionate demeanor. He explained to me how he and his wife Dawn had wanted to come downtown to live for several years, being lured in by the walkability of our expanding Downtown, and the attractiveness of the density of urban living. They loved that Downtown, which already existed, was taking up less space and bringing in residents and businesses alike. Brent even liked the fact that the delivery of utilities was an easier process. When the kids were out of the house, Brent and Dawn made the move happily, even selling one of their cars, since they could now walk almost everywhere they needed or wanted to go. They loved it, so opening a Business Downtown was a natural next step.

They joined the Partnership and we helped them with their grand opening.

Their Mission, as it says on Facebook, is “to increase universal happiness and prosperity through ethically-sources, artisan crafted chocolate,” and Downtown is all the better for that mission.

Carissa Joines from Camel City Dispatch did a great article on the decision to open/expand the business and on how the chocolate process works; it’s HERE. Keri Brown, of 88.5 WFDD, our own local public radio, did an interview and you can read and hear it right here.

Downtown is so lucky to have the Peters, both as residents AND as the newest Business Owners. Welcome, Black Mountain Chocolate Visible Factory. 

Want to go? BMC Visible Factory is at 732 N. Trade Street, Winston Salem, NC 27101.

Tue - Thu: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

-Mackenzie Cates Allen

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top Tier Crossfit on Liberty Street

Coming Soon and Almost Open!

Top Tier Crossfit
at 610 N. Liberty Street

Amazing equipment, knowledgable and caring staff and stunning views.

We will have an update for you soon, their Grand Opening is Saturday, October 11 at 1pm!

Top Tier Crossfit
610 N. Liberty St
Winston Salem, NC 27101
(336) 608-1359

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Updated - An art mural from the 90s returns to downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Check out this link to find out the background on the mural -

Panoramic Photo

From the bottom looking up the ramp

Zoom in of just one small portion.

Congratulations to all who participated in this remarkable mural.  Click on the Image to see the full listing of participants.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Link Apartments Brookstown

I got a chance to go see the Link Apartments on Brookstown the other day. They’re still under construction but they should be done very soon, with move-in’s starting in August.

They are absolutely lovely apartments with a fantastic view of BB&T Ballpark, where our Winston Salem Dash play.

The insides are gorgeous with hardwood floors, and BIG kitchens and closets.

I like the tiled walls in the kitchen and the last port on the wall has USB connections, which I definitely want in my house.

Link Apartments Brookstown are at 150 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston Salem, NC 27101. You can reach the Property Manager, Lisa Arthur at 1-877-844-0001. Their website is

We look forward to seeing them completed and welcome them to Downtown Winston Salem!

-Mackenzie Cates Allen 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hilltop House is finished - residents moving in!

Link to Blog Post from August 2013 -

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Plant 64 - Apartment Residents will be moving in during the month of July

I enjoyed the tour of Plant 64 yesterday with Chris Harrison and Cindy Christopher.  There has been tremendous progress made in the past few months.  Exciting news, they are moving in their first residential tenants in July 2014.  The project will have a total of 242 apartments.

Link to the Plant 64 Website -

Also, there is 9,700 SF of commercial property for lease- here is the link to the commercial listing -

Some past news articles about Plant 64

Architectural Rendering from the East - Commercial Space for lease is in front, the pool is just west of the commercial space.  The apartments are in the back. 

One of the units is getting close to finished.  This will be one of the units that renters move into in July.

Concrete is being poured throughout the project area for the surface parking between the buildings.

View from an apartment window - the building is going to be an amenity building with basketball courts, fitness facility, and a "speakeasy" lounge for use by the tenants

Fitness Room under construction

Basketball Court under construction

Swimming Pool under construction

Interior of the Commercial Space for lease. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Haute Chocolates + Revolution Gliding Tours = Twin City Hive

There is a place on Brookstown, it’s called the Twin City Hive. The Hive houses Haute Chocolates and Revolution Gliding Tours ( It is as cool as it looks!

Haute Chocolates makes all of their confections from scratch in small batches to maintain the level of quality that they are best known for. Customers get the freshest, best tasting chocolates available. Haute Chocolates mission is to make Chocolate Truffles with all natural and Organic/Fair Trade ingredients whenever possible. Each Truffle is Hand-Crafted using only the finest ingredients accessible.

Revolution Gliding Tours is a Segway Tour company! The tours provide a superior focused, yet leisurely sightseeing experience that is suitable for visitors and locals alike.

Twin City Hive is at 301 Brookstown Avenue (across the street from Meridian Restaurant and the Brookstown Inn.)
Check them out at, (336) 653-9924,, or at 301 Brookstown Rd., Ste. 500, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Atlantic Capital Advisors LLC local offices will be in the new 751 W. Fourth Street Building

For more information, click on the 751 W. Fourth Street Website here -

Atlantic’s Early Commitment Was Crucial to the Building’s Development
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Financial services firm Atlantic Capital Advisors LLC will be the primary tenant in the new 751 West Fourth office building that is currently under construction at the corner of Fourth and Broad streets in downtown Winston-Salem.
Atlantic Capital Advisors – which is also the external manager of Hatteras Financial Corp. and ACM Financial Trust – plans to move in September from its offices at 110 Oakwood Drive to its new downtown space.
Earlier this year, The Winston-Salem Foundation also announced that it would be relocating to 751 West Fourth.
John Reece, managing partner of Commercial Realty Advisors – the local developer, manager and leasing agent for the new five-story office building –  praised Atlantic Capital for the firm’s support of downtown Winston-Salem and its ongoing resurgence:
“Without a pre-construction commitment from Atlantic Capital Advisors LLC, the 751 West Fourth development would not have happened,” Reece said. “We are very grateful for their confidence in the project and willingness to make an early and long-term commitment to the vision of 751 West Fourth.” 
Michael Hough, chief executive officer of Atlantic Capital, also issued a statement:
“I can’t think of a better location to establish a permanent residence for our business. John’s locally focused approach to development was important to us and, along with the building’s attractive appearance and convenient location, makes it something we can be proud of. We are pleased to occupy 751 West Fourth alongside one of the city’s most valued institutions, The Winston-Salem Foundation, and we plan to be good neighbors to those around us.”
The 751 West Fourth building is a one-hundred-percent locally sourced development. Along with Commercial Realty Advisors as developer/manager, archSTUDIO7 is the project architect; Frank L. Blum is the general contractor; and Stimmel Associates is the civil engineer.
With Atlantic Capital Advisors and The Winston-Salem Foundation now announced as tenants, approximately 11,000 square feet of Class A office space remains available for lease at 751 West Fourth.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fourth Street Art & Frame at Fourth and Burke

Welcome to Downtown Winston-Salem!  Fourth Street Art & Frame is located at 846 W. Fourth Street at the corner of Burke Street and Fourth Street.

Also, I encourage you to check out the remarkable story behind this beautiful building which was constructed in 1892 and how the construction of Burke Street impacted it.!/OUR_BUILDING

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:00pm
Craig Brannon, owner of the new business (above), has been framing for 12 years for a local frame shop in Winston-Salem. 
Interior of the new shop.

This is where he works with you to decide materials and approach to framing your items.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Yoga Gallery relocates to 534 N. Liberty Street - Grand Opening Celebration Saturday, January 18th at 7PM

Congratulations to the Yoga Gallery!  They have completed their move to Liberty Street. 

They are going to have a Grand Opening this Saturday, January 18th from 7pm - 9pm. 
Go to the Yoga Gallery homepage for all of the event details -

Also, on Sunday, January 19th from 10am to 5pm they will have free yoga all day.  This is a great chance to try out their classes and meet their teachers.  Please bring canned goods to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Link to the Yoga Gallery Facebook Page -

The Yoga Gallery has a new home in the Raiff Block (built in 1924) Building at 534 N. Liberty Street. 

Front Door of the new Yoga Gallery

In the space next door, Mr. Walter Roy Little is nearing completion of construction of 4 apartment units on the second floor of the building next door at 528 N. Liberty Street.  Mr. Little owns and operates a barber shop on the ground floor of the building.  Here is a link to a Winston-Salem Chronicle Story written by Layla Garms on April 26, 2013 -

The space has two major yoga spaces.  The space on the northern side (picture above) of the building has a large yoga wall.  The space on the southern side (pictured below) of the building will be the "hot" yoga room.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

K. Leigh's Collection

K. Leigh’s Collection opened in April 2013 and celebrates/ empowers plus size women of all ages. They have sizes 14 through 28 with fun and trendy clothing for all shapes, heights, and personalities. They have both gently used and new name brand and designer clothing. Some popular brands in the boutique include: Talbots, Jones New York, Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Tahari, Ralph  Lauren, and Liz Claiborne.

Krista has accessories and jewelry as well as a comfortable dressing room to try on everything!

Find K. Leigh’s Collection at 843 Burke St, Winston Salem, NC, 27101 or on Facebook at or online at K.LEIGHS.COLLECTION@AOL.COM OR BY PHONE AT (336) 565-6407.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Free Lunch & Learn Program this Wednesday, Oct. 16!


Wake Forest Innovation Quarter invites the public to a free Lunch and Learn program to explore the changes in downtown Winston-Salem’s food environment throughout the decades and hear about the challenges the shift has caused within the surrounding neighborhoods and African American community.

Led by Margaret Savoca of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at Wake Forest School of Medicine, the program will feature a film and photography exhibit entitled “The Making of Foodways & Roadways” which combines the voices of those who have lived in the downtown area throughout the years with photos of youth and archival and present day images.

The exhibit is a joint project between Wake Forest Translational Sciences Institute and Wake Forest University Documentary Film Program.

Those interested to participate in the Lunch and Learn program may click here to register.  

Wednesday, Oct. 16 from noon to 1 p.m.

The Atrium at Wake Forest Biotech Place in Innovation Quarter
575 N. Patterson Ave.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Free parking will be available in event parking Lot A on the north end of Biotech Place and can be accessed at the intersection of Patterson Avenue and 6th Street N.E.

Media contact:
Chad Campbell,, 336-713-1652.

About Wake Forest Innovations
Wake Forest Innovations ( is the commercialization enterprise of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a fully integrated, internationally recognized academic medical center. Located in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem, N.C., Wake Forest Innovations establishes and manages new business and partnerships based on the innovative products and services that arise from ideas, discoveries and the scientific research assets of the Medical Center and Wake Forest University. The enterprise’s core services include: Product Innovation & Commercialization Services - to stimulate the creation of innovation technology, products and services, and to license these to existing and start-up companies; Scientific Business Services - to structure, promote and contract the scientific research assets of the Medical Center and Wake Forest University to partners under competitive terms; and Innovation Quarter Services - to develop the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter as a hub for innovation in biomedical science, materials science and information technology.