Friday, July 30, 2021

Artreaux: the next residential development by DBJ

DPJ Residential - has started site clearing and demolition on their 3rd project in downtown Winston-Salem, which will be called Artreaux and will consist of 242 residential apartments in the heart of the Industry Hill district.  

DPJ has developed two other downown projects:

"Artreaux" - Rendering at 9th and Oak at dusk

Demolition and Site Clearing Photos taken Friday, July 30, 2021

News coverage of Artreaux


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Recent Big announcements at Sentinel Commons

Conceptual Rendering of Marshall Street frontage of Sentinel Commons Project

Link to the Sentinel Commons website  -

We are excited to have Arden Homes and Blanco Tackabery moving to downtown Winston-Salem.  The join other tenants in the building, including Lambert Achitecture, Parks Cos. and the Winston-Salem Journal.

News Articles that share some of the most recent announcements at Sentinel Commons

  1. Winston-Salem Journal Article by Wes Young from June 18, 2019, "Journal building redesign planned"
  2. March 21, 2021 Article in the Winston-Salem Journal by Richard Craver, "Business Law Firm Blanco Tackabery commits to move into downtown Winston-Salem"
  3. May 24, 2021 - Arden Homes to locate HQ to Sentinel Commons from the Greater Winston-Salem Inc. website

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Current Coworking opens up at 210 W. 4th Street

I had the opportunity to visit one of the newest business in downtown Winston-Salem today and met Jason Clubb and Renee Clubb the folks who have brought us Current, a new Coworking space at 210 W. 4th Street. 

Renee and Jason Clubb inside Current at 210 W. 4th Street

Located on Fourth Street Right next to Linville Team Partners offices.

One flight up to the 2nd Floor and you can use elevator or steps. 

One photo from the inside of the Current Coworking space.  Click on the link below to see many more interior photos and for more info.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Celebrate Black History....Mr. George Henry Black

Celebrate Black History....In 2003, Forsyth County officials unveiled a bronze statue to honor George Henry Black in downtown Winston-Salem just outside the Forsyth County Government Center. .  Mr. Black died in 1990 at the age of 101.  Excerpt from Historic Resource Commission publication linked below....."Black established an outstanding reputation for bricks of quality and durability as early as the 1920s. As a result, his bricks were used in Winston Salem’s finest houses, in churches, banks, businesses, hospitals, restorations, in Colonial Williamsburg and Old Salem, in walls and walks in Winston-Salem, across the state, and the Southeast. In the 20th century, George Black was nationally and internationally recognized for his 18th and 19th century craft."

Link to WRAL Feature about Mr. Black which also features his granddaughter, State Representative Evelyn Terry.

In September 1971, Charles Kuralt with CBS News featured Mr. Black on his "One the Road Show".  I was able to find this video, here is a link.....
(The watermark is something that was embedded in the video, sorry)

Mr. George Henry Black Statue in downtown Winston-Salem

Links for further reading and learning about Mr. Black's impact on Winston-Salem

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Storefront business Update at Link IQ on 5th Street

The new Link Apartmens Innovation Quarter is located at the corner of North Patterson and Fifth Street has 3 new retail storefronts.  This is an update as two of the locations are open (Cycle Your City, and DeBeen Espresso), and the Butcher's Block is close to opening.

5th Street Storefronts between Patterson & Chestnut
directly north of the Bailey Power Plant

Parking is either on-street or in the new parking deck that can be accessed just north of 5th on Patterson and Chestnut or on 6th Street.  The First Hour of Parking is Free!  

Owner Eric Everhart in front of the Butcher's Block.  This is their second location.  Their original location is in Salisbury.  
Interior Work.  Eric says that he hopes to open before the end of February.

Link to News Story by Michael Hastings in the Winston-Salem Journal on July 1, 2020

Lind to their Facebook Page with addition construction photos.  The photo of the floor logo is a must see.  

New DeBeen Espresso, which is owned by Debbie Maier, see link below for more information.

Link to News Story by Michael Hastings on January 5, 2021 in the Winston-Salem Journal about DeBeen Espresso

New storefront on 5th Street.  He used to have a store at 364 N. Patterson near Lil' Dipper Ice Cream Shop
Greg Waddell, owner of Cycle Your City inside his store.
Great place not only to buy a bike, but also to have repairs.
Cycling Apparel and equipment for sale along with bicycles.  Check out their Facebook Page and Website for much more information.

Cycle Your City Facebook Page

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 -