Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Bailey South is open and you need to see it

I had the opportunity to visit Bailey South in the Innovation Quarter recently on a rainy day.  One of the tenants, Black Mountain Chocolate has just opened, and I wanted to stop by and get some cookies to take home to my family.  I also wanted to make sure I made good on my social media pledge #takeoutpledgews to buy as many things as I can during the COVID-19 pandemic.  I hope you might consider taking this pledge yourself.  

I have been following the construction closely, since the Press Release was issued back in June, 2018 (click here to read it) from Front Street Capital -  ( ) and have had the opportunity to talk with Coleman Team, developer of the project with Front Street Capital and long-time downtown Winston-Salem champion and business owner.  

Front Street Capital hired Stitch Design Shop as the project architect and Landmark Builders as the General Contractor for this six-floor building with 75,000 SF. 

The first two floors are dedicated to restaurants and retail. The remainder is office space.

YouTube Video - Interview with Coleman Team

Also, for some great architectural renderings, visit the Front Street Capital website, and click on the Bailey South image -

Construction Video from Landmark Builders

Collection of Instagram Photos that are must see - 

Property Linville Team Property Brochure to view available remaining lease space
Download Property Brochure from Linville Team Partners

News Coverage 

Bailey Power Plant campus gains planned $25 million capital investment, Richard Craver, Winston-Salem Journal, June 6, 2018

Black Mountain Chocolate spreads out in spacious new home in Bailey South, Michael Hastings, January 9, 2021

The Variable takes anchor tenant spot atBailey Power Plant South, Richard Craver, October 9, 2018

Chef Travis Myers andRyan Oberle Announce Name of Their New Restaurant, Tim Beeman from “The Man Who Ate the Town” on September 17, 2020

This is an incredible new addition to downtown Winston-Salem.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Old Hickory Council Wachovia Cache to Eagle Series Historical Hike in Old Salem / Winston-Salem, NC

I greatly enjoyed working with to lightly assist a local Eagle Scout Project by Sarina Horners, which was  a geocache/hike through Downtown Winston-Salem and Old Salem.  Learn more about this remarkable project below.

The hike portion (Cache to Eagle #3-#8) is a six mile loop (approximate) with 400 feet of elevation gain through downtown Winston-Salem & Old Salem. It will take about 2 hours 25 minutes to complete. If you are a scout doing the Cache to Eagle Challenge you will find a scout law principle in each of the first 12 caches (visit #1 and #2 & complete the hike #3 through #8). The few caches that aren’t right in front of an eagle project actually “are” because it was a service project or multiple projects are in the next location. The female Scout, whose eagle project is a trail marker & the feature in Cache to Eagle #2 of this series, was inspired to create this series/course based on her scouting journey. Her eagle project marker shares more about her. It took over 50 hours to develop this hike in collaboration with a city historian, Old Hickory Council and other community leaders. She will be one of the very first female Eagle Scouts in the world and is a proud scout of Troop 729!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Apartment Construction Update

"The Easley" - 300 apartments - planned completion 2021

"The Easley" is under construction near Truist Stadium, home of the Winston-Salem Dash.  The Easley is a 300-unit apartment development bordered by First, Second, and Broad Streets. In addition to the residential units, a small public park is situated on the north end of the site plan and includes a bike path for city dwellers to connect through downtown Winston-Salem.

"The Easley" - source photo -

"The Easley" - Site Plan

Recent Construction Photo of "The Easley" - Vertical development

Recent construction of "The Easley"

"Link 4th Street" - 224 apartments - planned completion 2022

Link Apartments 4th Street is located in the heart of downtown on 4th Street, Winston-Salem’s main thoroughfare for commercial activity, providing convenient access to the City’s numerous employment centers and cultural institutions.  Once complete, Link Apartments 4th Street will deliver 224-units with a mix of well-appointed and highly-amenitized junior, 1-, and 2-bedroom apartments.

News links for additional information - 

Construction Crane on the job at Link 4th Street (December 28, 2020)
From Spruce Street

Construction Crane on the job at Link 4th Street (December 28, 2020)
From Poplar Street


Monday, October 26, 2020

New Bicycle Markings on Trade Street


You may have noticed the new shared lane markings for bicycles on Trade Street.  We reached out to Matthew Burczyk, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Winston-Salem Department of Transportation, and he shared the following regarding of the new lane markings:

"We use shared lane markings where we want to call attention to bicycle traffic on a street, but we do not have the roadway width for a dedicated bike lane. Trade Street is about 36’-38’ wide with 7’ parking lanes on both sides, so the travel lanes are about 11’-12’ wide…not enough room to have a dedicated bike lane. The shared lane markings serve two purposes. The first is to remind drivers that cyclists will be on the road and that they can use the full width of the lane if necessary. The second is to assist cyclists with lane positioning, which is particularly important for corridors like Trade Street where there is high turnover in on-street parking. In this type of street, we want cyclists to ride outside of the “door zone” to avoid crashes as drivers open their doors. This project is one of ten bike marking projects currently underway that include a combination of bike lane markings and shared lane markings."

Link to the Bike Master Plan for some context of how this project fits into the larger community bicycling plan.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Buzzed Bull Creamery hoping to open in Late August

Another new business is moving into downtown Winston-Salem in the near future.  This has been in the works for a little while.  Check out the article below from December.  I had the chance to brief message with the ownership today and they told me they hope to open in late August.  Welcome to #DTWS!

New Signage has been installed on Fourth Street

I peeked my head inside on Tuesday and some workers were busy on interior improvements.  

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

Monday, May 11, 2020

601-615 N. Liberty Gets Anchor Tenant

Architectural rendering of 601-615 Liberty Street (Source:  Meridian Realty Listing at -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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

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 -
  • The Pepper Building is under construction and will be converted into an Indigo Hotel -
  • The Piedmont Federal Parking Lot will be converted to a Hyatt Place Hotel developed by Mayfair Development -
  • 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 -

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

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

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 -