Welcome! Whether you walked by our front window, follow us on Instagram or just stumbled upon this post on our blog, we are glad you are here! We are counting down the days to Christmas by celebrating exciting events that happened this year. Some are deals we were involved in, others are neighborhood events that we want to celebrate. Thanks for joining us and check back tomorrow for the next reveal...all the way to Christmas!
1. Sentinel Commons
Back in June, plans were announced for a redevelopment project at the Winston-Salem Journal building on Marshall Street.
Located in the vibrant downtown core of Winston-Salem, Sentinel Commons is a mixed-use development that celebrates community by bringing people together. Here, unique office space, opportunities for co-working, arts, recreation, delicious food choices and entertainment come together in one convenient setting.
2. Scooters Returned to DTWS
In October, electric scooters returned to the streets of downtown Winston-Salem. Zagster in partnership with Spin, put out 100 rental scooters for public use, which can be accessed through their app. These provide a fun way for residents, employees, and visitors to zip around our city. As you scoot from Innovation Quarter to Burke Street, keep a few things in mind: 1) Scooters cannot be used on sidewalks, on greenways, in Old Salem or in public parks 2) Scooters are considered vehicles and must obey stop lights, stop signs and all other traffic laws 3) Scooters must yield to pedestrians in the public right-of-way and 4) Scooters cannot be left where they will block sidewalks, driveways or curbside parking.
We are so excited the scooters have returned to our city. Be safe while scooting (wear a helmet!) and have FUN!
Yamas, which means "cheers to good health," is downtown Winston-Salem's newest Mediterranean restaurant. Opened in March, Yamas is located in what many long-time residents know as the Skippy's Hot Dog space (you can even spot the old Skippy's neon sign in the restaurant!). This fast-casual concept offers everything from salads, to grain bowls, to gyros, all of which is absolutely delicious! On any given weekday, there is a high likelihood that you will spot a LTP team member here around lunchtime. Be sure to swing by and try their spanakopita!
4. Cugino Forno
In last year's countdown, we celebrated the announcement that Cugino Forno was coming to Winston, but this year we get to reflect on and celebrate its opening! Cugino Forno, which opened its second location in March of this year, aims to provide an authentic Italian experience for its patrons. They cook their pizzas in two 7,000-pound wood-fired ovens, both of which were handmade in Naples, while most of their ingredients come from Naples or its surrounding areas as well. Next door to Incendiary Brewing, customers can enjoy a delicious pizza alongside a local craft brew - they will even bring your pizza to you in the brewery! Do yourself a favor and grab one of their pies ASAP!
F45training is one of the newest additions to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter! They offer 45-minute classes that focus on high-intensity circuit training. Once open, they will provide two early morning classes, one lunchtime class, and two evening classes every day. They utilize technology to ensure that classes are fun & upbeat and also to help ensure that participants are engaging correctly with the various moves! As of now, they hope to open early next year, be sure to welcome them to our community!
6. 500 W. 5th
In October, Winston-Salem had the pleasure of celebrating the Grand Opening of 500 West Fifth! In 2018, we celebrated that Flow Automotive and Winston Starts would be opening in this core downtown property, and 2019 has brought many more things to celebrate with this space! Tell Capital Partners and Flywheel are now among the tenants of the transformed building. At a recent Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership lunch, Don Flow shared his vision that 500 West Fifth be a gathering space for the community, bringing people and companies together to create a better community.
7. Radar Brewing
Industry Hill's newest addition will soon be Radar Brewing Company! So close to Wise Man Brewing and Fiddlin' Fish, the group opening Radar hope to continue the formation of this "beer district." When the brewers think about what they have to bring to Winston, they envision classic beers like IPA's and wheats, but also hope to utilize interesting ingredients and surprise customers. In addition to innovating with their recipes, they have taken a creative approach to their process as well. They will implement a "clean" fermentation process and have an open fermentation room so customers can watch their beer being made!
8. Salem Parkway
Business 40 renovations progressed a great deal this year! The entire project is slated to be completed in Summer 2020 and will ultimately result in a lengthening of the acceleration and deceleration lanes, the replacements of nine vehicular bridges and adding two pedestrian bridges, and an increase in the speed limit to 55 mph throughout, among other things. When all is completed, all of US-421/Business 40 will be renamed as Salem Parkway.
NCDOT is working hard to keep everyone informed about where the project stands on the Winston-Salem Business 40 Website, which is dedicated to information about this project. Despite any inconvenience, this undertaking is necessary and so exciting for all the benefits it will bring to our downtown!
Thank you for popping in to learn more about our countdown to Christmas! Come back throughout the month of December to reflect on some of the exciting announcements and developments of 2019!