Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Ellie & Athos - Flowers and More at 617 N. Liberty Street


Linda Chmiel opened "Ellie and Athos", a Sustainable Stem Flower Market on December 1, 2021 at 617 N. Liberty Street.  

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/ellieandathos/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ellieandathos

Storefront Location at 617 N Liberty

flyer from the store

Ellie and Athos are at the store most times during store hours

Great selection of flowers, but also some pet supplies and some other items.

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Development Update: 3 Historic Inns and their current status

Three historic inns in downtown Winston-Salem have come under the same ownership over the last few years.  These three inns are:  

  1. The Shaffner House, now the Shaffner Inn - 150 S. Marshall Street (owned by local investors Dr. Eric Alspaugh and Lou Baldwin; and Cory Pignone of Richmond, VA)
  2. The Colonel Ludlow House - 434 Summit Street (owned by local investors Dr. Eric Alspaugh and Lou Baldwin)
  3. The B.J. Sheppard House - 420 Summit Street (owned by local investors Dr. Eric Alspaugh and Lou Baldwin)

Shaffner House @ 150 S. Marshall Street (Photo by David Rolfe, Winston-Salem Journal)

Reopened for business in July 2021.  
Estimated Cost: Acquisition: $1.2 million Redevelopment Budget: $600,000 in improvements over several years

Link to Winston-Salem Journal news item about the Shaffner House from July 20, 2021

Link to "Shaffner Inn" Website

Colonel Ludlow House @ 434 Summit Street (Photo by @winston_360)

Learn more about Colonel Ludlow by clicking this link

B. J. Sheppard House @ 420 Summit Street (Photo by @winston_360)

Learn more about Sheppard and this structure by clicking here

Link about the purchase of the Ludlow House and Shepard House in the Winston-Salem Journal

Total Acquisition and Renovation costs were approximately $3M for both of these historic homes.  These two side-by-side historic homes will be operated as a Historic Inn with 9 rooms. The renovations are extensive including new bathrooms for each guest room including tile and glass showers with a rain showers, claw foot tubs and pedestal sinks; extensively remodeled guest rooms, historic rehabilitation, anticipated to open August, 2022.

Grace Court Office Park

Alspaugh and Baldwin are the re-developers of the Grace Court Office Park. This consist of the entire block surrounded by Brookstown Avenue, Fourth Street, Fifth Street, and the Grace Court Park. There are 8 structures which house multiple businesses including architecture firms, fundraising development firms, and more. One building houses the Grace Court Apartments, 5 attractive West End long-term rentals. Two houses are used a short-term furnished rentals.  Grace Park at the West End, LLC, lead by Alspaugh and Baldwin, acquired these properties in February, 2019.

Link for more info about the Grace Court Office Park

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

"Tulum Restaurant" coming to 411 N. Cherry Street

New restaurant will be opening at 411 N. Cherry Street.  The location was recently occupied by Bongo nightclub and will soon be home to "Tulum" Restaurant.  This news was first reported by Michael Hastings in the Winston-Salem Journal.  Check out the updated article at The Winston-Salem Journal

"Coming Soon" sign out front on Cherry Street

Interior Construction Photo

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

527 N. Liberty Street Update

Adam Andrews. owner or partner in several downtown businesses, such as: Jeffery Adams on Fourth Street, Young Cardinal Cafe & Company, Dogwood Hops & Crops, and the Trophy Room, has been busy getting his newest enterprise ready to open at 527 N. Liberty St. The concept will be southern style tacos. The restaurant name has not been finalized. Look for an opening in late summer of 2022.Link to learn more about Adam Andrews and his businesses
Chef Andrews is growing his own vegetables in these gardens at the SE Corner of 6th & Liberty
Equipment being delivered
Interior photos 
Interior Photos

Monday, March 7, 2022

New Retail Shop Opens 416 N. Trade Street - Theresa Duncan's Fashion & Variety Store

We welcome Theresa Duncan and her new Fashion and Variety Retail Shop to 416 N. Trade Street.  

To learn more about Ms. Duncan, check out her 


facebook page

It was a pleasure to talk with Ms. Duncan and we encourage our downtown friends to stop by and welcome Theresa and her team to downtown.  Ms. Duncan is a retired health care worker and no stranger to retail, with another shop on Fayette Street in Winston-Salem. She is a native of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada, but is a long time citizen of the United States.

New Retail Shop at 416 N. Trade Street

Store Hours, Phone Number, and Website

Front of the Store from inside facing Trade Street

Owner, Theresa Duncan


Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Window Wonderland comes to the Historic "Arcade" Building at 4th & Trade

 The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, Inc. (DWSP) started a new "Window Dressing" competition called "Window Wonderland" - you can click here to see all of the details.  The DWSP received permission from the Starbuck Ventures, owner of the Arcade Building at the NE Corner of 4th and Trade, to participate in the competition.  The DWSP will not be competing for prizes, however, we wanted to contribute to the effort.  

We solicited the assistance of Lindsay Deibler, a local Interior Designer, with the help of Wendy Prior (photo below).  Lindsay recently appeared on the Food Network's "Holiday Baking Championship - Gingerbread Showdown" on November 22nd with Stacey Milner, owner of "Baked Just So", a local bakery.  Click here for Winston-Salem Journal article about the competition.

Arcade Building at the NE Corner of 4th and Trade

Windows facing Trade Street

Corner Storefront 

Fourth Street Storefront

Fourth Street Storefront

Lindsay Deibler on the left and Wendy Prior on the right.  Thank you very much for your work.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

New look at Sweet Potatoes with the help of artist Leo Rucker

Congratulations to Sweet Potatoes on their new look at the front of their building.  Prominent artist Leo Rucker ( https://ruckerartstudio.webs.com/resume.htm )was the artist and pictured below.  Check out his instagram page here - https://www.instagram.com/leorucker/

Storefront prior to new wall signage and awnings

After the new signage installed

Progress photo halfway thru

Artist Leo Rucker in the process of his very talented painting

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Nationwide Marketing Group brings new life to historic buildings at 609 N. Liberty Street

Welcome to downtown Winston-Salem Nationwide Marketing Group, which recently relocated from Stratford Road in Winston-Salem.  Click here to learn more about there 50 year history.   They occupy the entire building at 609 N. Liberty (the building on the left - northernmost) and the 2nd floor of the corner building, 601 N. Liberty Street. 

Click here to read the Triad Business Journal article written by John Brasier on May 5, 2020.

The building was acquired in 2017 by the GBX Group and was restored utilizing historic tax credits and a preservation easement.  The property developers included Tom and Jeff Prioreschi, principals of Capitol Places from Columbia, South Carolina, who have had a long relationship with the GBX Group and who have been responsible for multiple developments that helped rebuild downtown Columbia. 

Listing for the remaining leasable space at 601 N. Liberty Street - https://meridianrealty.com/property/historic-redevelopment-at-6th-liberty/

Photo taken on 10/13/2021 of the exterior of the building

Exterior photo of buildings prior to acquisition by GBX in 2017

Building exterior after acquisition but prior to construction beginning

1st Floor main area

1st floor meeting area facing Liberty Street

Basement of 609 - break room

Common space in the basement with 2 roll up door facing parking lot and Main Street

Training Room in the Basement

Media Production facilities

2md Floor Meeting Room in 601 Building

Preserved elevator doors put to a new use

Stairwell from 2nd floor to ground floor in 601 Building

Hallway on 2nd floor of 601 Building

Office space overlooking Liberty street from 2nd floor of 601 Building
Rooftop space with eastern view overlooking the Innovation Quarter

View to Northwest

View to the North


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Welcome to Downtown Winston-Salem Blanco Tackabery


#DTWS is pleased to welcome Blanco Tackabery to the Sentinel Commons Building.  They were kind enough to allow us to take some photos of their new workspace to share these with the downtown community.  The law firm has 26 attorneys and an overall workforce of around 60.  

To learn more, here is a link to a Winston-Salem Journal article dated March, 22, 2001 about the move.  Interior design and architecture was completed by Lambert Architecture & Interiors and construction was handled by Frank L. Blum Construction.

Wall Signage Facing Marshall Street Traffic at 5th Street at the top of the Sentinel Commons Building

Front Entrance at 404 N. Marshall Street

Interior Lobby

List of Attorneys and Counsellors at Law in the lobby

Preserved front entrance

Small Conference room

Interior Hallway

Conference Room

Common Area

Break Room

Conference Room

Interior Hallway with legal books and historical photos