Get Fit Greensboro!

Get Fit Greensboro!

Get Fit Greensboro! By: Lauren Saul

Spring has sprung and that means outdoor fitness and other activities abound all around Greensboro!

Yoga

Center City Park is partnering with Greensboro Downtown Yoga to offer FREE 8 weeks of Spring Yoga in the Park; Thursdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm from April 6 – May 25. To learn more about this offering, check out the Greensboro Downtown Yoga event page.

Speaking of yoga, Class on the Grass at the Grasshopper’s Stadium last year was such a success, it is being held again this year on April 30 at 3pm! Lululemon Athletica is hosting again alongside Dancing Dogs Yoga, Downtown Greensboro and Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. Registration is FREE but register early to be entered into a drawing for great prizes! Register at Class On the Grass!

Want a little beer with your exercise? Yogammunity at PigPounder is offered Saturday mornings at 11 am! Participate in an hour long yoga class then enjoy a beer in the tasting room or on the Patio. Gibb’s Hundred also has yoga and beer on Sunday mornings!

Another yoga opportunity is available at LeBauer Park hosted by Dancing Dogs Yoga, the only power yoga studio in Greensboro. Dancing Dogs is offering a 45-minute session for all levels on May 17,  May 31 and June 28. Learn more about Dancing Dogs here. Find out about other Fitness classes at LeBauer Park on their facebook page here.

*No yoga mats will be provided for any of these events, please bring your own.

Bootcamp

RAM Fitness Bootcamp’s being held on Saturdays in April at LeBauer Park at 9 AM. It is a 45 minute total body work out using your own bodyweight to burn fat! (No equipment needed!) For more information, visit the RAM Fitness Bootcamp Facebook event page.

The Greenway will continue to host their free fitness class in partnership with the YMCA. Tuesdays at the Trailhead offers a different class each week on Tuesdays at 6 PM in Morehead Park.  Keep an eye out on the Greensboro Downtown Parks website for the 2017 schedule.

Running

Is running a little more your speed? Greensboro offers a plethora of running events from 5K’s to Full Marathons! Check out Greensboro Race Series which includes several up and coming Triad races all for a good cause!

Greensboro Science Center will be hosting a unique race to raise money to save endangered African Penguins.  The 2017 Tuxedo Trot 5K and Kids Fun Run will be held on Saturday, May 20.  For event details, visit http://www.tuxedotrot.com/.

Greensboro News and Record recently published an entire race day calendar of running events in the Triad. For a list of diverse running opportunities, and their direct registration links checked out this News & Record article.

Trails and lakes provide numerous recreation activities; from hiking, to kayaking and paddle boarding. Check out Greensboro Parks and Recreation’s What’s Happening at the Lakes link for information.

So get out there and get fit Greensboro!

ELIZABETH WICKER, 36, STUDIO DIRECTOR

ELIZABETH WICKER, 36, STUDIO DIRECTOR

ELIZABETH WICKER, 36, STUDIO DIRECTOR

After graduating from Page High School, Elizabeth Wicker, left Greensboro for NC State en route to earning a degree in apparel design.

The fashion world opened up for Elizabeth as she studied abroad in Spain and worked at a popular clothing boutique in Raleigh while taking all her design, sewing and textile classes. This led her to New York City where she worked with famed American fashion designer, Nanette Lepore.

After nearly six years in the big city, Elizabeth found her way back to her Greensboro roots. “Though NYC certainly has a piece of my heart, this is definitely home. I love living in Greensboro—my parents are here, I’ve got a great network of friends and it helps that I like my job.”

Not long after her return, Elizabeth met Bradshaw Orrell, owner of Bradshaw Orrell Interiors. Bradshaw, also a Greensboro native, made a name for himself by designing the Proximity Hotel, the first Platinum Green hotel in the country, and he continues to work with the Quaintance-Weaver Hotels & Restaurants group. Other projects include Biscuitville, Boulton Creative, Summerfield Farms and a line of furniture designed for Chelsea House.

Elizabeth has been working with Bradshaw for over seven years now. “Working for a small company allows me to see all sides of this industry. I naturally love the creative aspects of the job, but I have had to learn the business side as well.” Though Elizabeth has her hand in the commercial projects, she mainly works on all of their residential projects.

The relationships that they form with their clients are very important. “There is a certain level of trust that is made when you work with someone on their personal home or business. I really value all of those working relationships and many have turned into great friendships”

During Furniture Market in High Point, Elizabeth will be shopping for clients. “Furniture Market for me is fun and exciting. I really enjoy sourcing for items that we can use for our current or future projects.”

Outside of work, Elizabeth has been involved with many organizations like the Future Fund, Junior League and synerG. “I’ve met so many amazing people through my involvement with these organizations. It has really opened up my eyes to everything that Greensboro has to offer and it gives me a strong sense of community pride.”

First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn Recap

First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn Recap

First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn Recap by: Carlee Dempsey

Are you a first time home-buyer? Are you interested in learning how you can cash in on  $15,000? Did you miss synerG’s First Time Home Buyer Lunch & Learn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this post is for you.

Due to the success of its initial program launch, the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (aka NCHFA) is offering their $15,000 Down Payment Assistance (DPA) to first time home buyers for the second time. For many of us first time home buyers the loan application process seems daunting. So we sat down with industry professionals over lunch from Potbelly courtesy of our presenters to learn how simple it is to cash in on the program.

The Skinny on the “Loan”

NCHFA’s $15,000 DPA is a 5-year, deferred loan at 0% interest. Which means, if you purchase a home and keep it for at least 5 years, the loan is forgiven.

Yes, it’s basically free money. So now, if you’re like us, you’re thinking “What’s the catch?”. The answer’s simple, there’s no catch as long as you meet the following five criteria.

  1. You’re a first time home buyer using NCHFA Home Advantage financing
  2. You meet household income limits (up to $59,000 total household income)
  3. You purchase an existing home below $245,000 (no new builds!)
  4. You purchase a home in Cabarrus, Cumberland, Guilford, Johnston, or Mecklenburg county
  5. You have a credit score of 640 or higher (Jon Needham with Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group can guide you if you need to raise your credit score.)

Now, if you’re thinking to yourself, “Okay, I think I might meet these criteria…but how do I check?”, in come our industry professionals – Jon Needham with Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group and Ashley Meredith with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Yost & Little.

The first step towards applying for the NCHFA Home Advantage financing, is to give Jon a call. Here’s his cell – (336) 482-8101. Jon will ask for a few documents (W4’s, pay stubs, etc.) in order to assess your eligibility. Then, barring you meet the above criteria, he will be able to grant you conditional approval within 24 – 48 hours.

Seems simple right? It is!

After receiving loan approval, your next step is to reach out to Ashley Meredith (i.e. your realtor). Here’s her email – ashley@ashleymeredithhomes.com. Ashley will walk you through your Initial Consultation (note: you can have your Initial Consultation before receiving loan approval if you wish to do so). During this meeting, Ashley will get an idea of your needs, priorities and your budget, if your loan is already approved.

Now you’re well on your way to purchasing your first home!

Want to learn more about the home buying process? Click here to see the complete Home Buyer’s Guide courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Yost & Little.

Video from the NCHFA website – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKqwm–1EfQ

Made In Greensboro – Andrew Norman, 28, Head Distiller

Made In Greensboro – Andrew Norman, 28, Head Distiller

21st Feb 2017 homeslider, Made in GSO, Profiles

GREENSBORO DISTILLING CO. – FAINTING GOAT SPIRITS

ANDREW NORMAN, 28, HEAD DISTILLER  AND BILL NORMAN, 57, MASTER DISTILLER

Distilling spirits at Greensboro’s Fainting Goat Spirits is a family affair as dad Bill Norman serves as the Master Distiller and son Andrew serves as the Head Distiller. Together, this father-son duo is serving up Greensboro’s first legal spirits since Prohibition.

There were several ideas for the name of the new company, but Fainting Goat Spirits won. According to Bill “this describes our family dynamic. The fainting goat is our family mascot. When a goat faints, it’s funny as hell, but on the other hand, they are odd and okay with that. Just like our family, when we try something and fail, we deal with it and get right back up.”

The family has been part of the Greensboro community for years as they also own Kneaded Energy, where sister Lesley manages the practice, step mom Shelley oversees the laws and legalities of all the businesses and manages the massage school.

“We specifically chose the West Lewis Street location because of all the innovation and other businesses that are on this end of town. We love the renaissance of the community and wanted to a part of it,” said Bill.

“I was born and raised in Greensboro. It’s exciting to see the growth in Greensboro and be a part of it, especially in downtown,” added Andrew.

Fainting Goat Spirits currently offers its Tiny Cat Vodka and Emulsion American Gin for sale. They’re also working on a single-malt whiskey, rye whiskey and bourbon that will be ready for sale in the coming years.

“Once our single-malt hits the shelf, we will experiment with things like tequila and rum,” said Andrew.

Before starting the company, Andrew was a mortgage banker and sold property insurance, but was ready to trade in his suit and ties for overalls. I enjoy making a product that people like. “This is a labor of love that I get to give to people. The taste testing isn’t a bad way to spend the day either.”

Bill added “Whether you realize it or not, this is a chemical process and it’s an art. Andrew is an artist at this. He is able to slightly alter or tweak a product and make it his own. Our family is full of entrepreneurial spirits. We love doing what we do every day.”

“People ask if we are Fainting Goat Spirits or Greensboro Distilling Co.; we are both. Fainting Goat Spirits is our brand, but it is important for us to let everyone know that we are a Greensboro product.”

Each bottle proudly displays that it is distilled and bottled in Greensboro, NC.

 

Find more Made In Greensboro profiles here.

Lead Your City Summit February 2

Lead Your City Summit February 2

Join synerG at the Lead Your City Summit to help young professionals GROW their leadership skills, BUILD on their ideas, SERVE their community, and CONNECT their network.

12-1 Keynote speaker Melody Warnick, author of “This is Where You Belong”

1-2 Place attachment brainstorming session

2-5 Personal & City brand identity, career development and community engagement sessions

5-6:30 Networking social with community members profiled in Made in Greensboro

$35 registration fee covers entire summit including lunch, personal copy of “This Is Where You Belong” and networking reception.

Lead Your City is sponsored by the synerG Young Professionals and Lincoln Financial.

*Interested in information on how your employer can cover your costs for this event? Contact Hillary Meredith at hmeredith@actiongreensboro.org

It’s not easy being GREEN Photo Contest

It’s not easy being GREEN Photo Contest

08th Dec 2016 Community

Here’s how it works:

  • Photos should be taken between now and January 1, 2017.
  • During this time-frame, post your photos to a public Instagram profile.
  • Each photo posted for consideration must include one of these three tags: #DowntownGreenway or #soGSO or tag @downtowngreenway via Instagram.
  • Each Wednesday, between December 14, 2016 and January 4, 2017, we will announce a winner of a $50 gift card to one of the local establishments. Additionally, we will announce the “People’s Choice Award” on January 4th for a $25 gift card to each of the four, totaling $100!
  • Photos will be judged by a committee of Action Greensboro and the Downtown Greenway.
  • The “People’s Choice” prize will be given to the photo that receives the most “likes”… so share news of the contest with others and get them to vote!

Prize Announcement Dates:

Wednesday, December 14

Wednesday, December 21

Wednesday, December 28

Wednesday, January 4

Volunteers needed on Election Day!

Volunteers needed on Election Day!

28th Oct 2016 Community

Volunteers needed on election day to help with the Vote Yes 4 Greensboro Bonds Campaign! Three shifts available.

SynerG’s mission as an organization is to positively impact the quality of life of young professionals in Greensboro, and we endorse the bond referendum up for vote on November 7th. We believe the four bonds on Community & Economic Development, Housing, Parks & Recreation and Transportation will make Greensboro a better place to live, work and play. As a result, Greensboro will be better able to not only attract young professionals, but retain them as they grow in their careers, start families, and develop roots in this community.

Click here to sign up!

synerG advocates in favor of Greensboro Bonds through educational events

synerG advocates in favor of Greensboro Bonds through educational events

synerG’s mission as an organization is to positively impact the quality of life of young professionals in Greensboro, and we endorse the bond referendum up for vote on November 8th.  We believe the four bonds on Community & Economic Development, Housing, Parks & Recreation and Transportation will make Greensboro a better place to live, work and play. As a result, Greensboro will be better able to not only attract young professionals, but retain them as they grow in their careers, start families, and develop roots in this community.

Join synerG for an educational series of four lunch & learns on each of the bonds up for vote and an after hours event featuring panelists from the community passionate and knowledgeable about the impact the bonds will have on Greensboro and its citizens. All events are free to attend with an option to purchase a lunch for $8 for any of the lunch & learns.

Lunch & Learns, 12-1pm—FREE to attend, $8 for lunch
Parks & Recreation Bond, September 29 at First Citizens Bank, 1414 W. Northwood St.
Community & Economic Development Bond, October 4 at Union Square Campus, 104 E Gate City Blvd
Transportation Bond, October 13 and First Citizens Bank, 1414 W. Northwood St.
Housing Bond, October 18 at Union Square Campus, 104 E Gate City Blvd

Yes 4 Greensboro Bonds Panel Discussion, 5:30-7:00pm, FREE
October 20 Union Square Campus Auditorium, 104 E. Gate City Blvd.

For more information on the bonds visit yes4gsobonds.com and to RSVP for any of the events visit the synerG.org/events. Questions? Email Hillary Meredith at hmeredith@actiongreensboro.org.

Made In Greensboro: Jenny Maj, 31, Plush Designer

Made In Greensboro: Jenny Maj, 31, Plush Designer

13th Apr 2016 (Y)our Greensboro, Profiles

A T-Rex with sinus issues, a sheep with social anxiety and a clumsy llama.

The stuffed animal creations made by Greensboro’s Jenny Maj, 31, are far from ordinary.

Jenny created Fluffmonger – a collection of stuffed animals– when she was diagnosed with Lupus 6 years ago. She started sewing after she had to leave her job as an art teacher. She found a pattern online for a stuffed animal elephant and was hooked.

“It wasn’t until I started sewing that I found what I really wanted to do,” says Jenny, who is currently learning how to build her business by participating in the Triad Startup Lab.

Jenny makes each animal by hand using all organic fabrics and fiber reactive dyes, all bought from fair trade manufacturers. “I like organic fabrics because they’re definitely better for the people that get them, but also better for the people working in the mills,” Jenny says.

Each animal can take anywhere from 6 to 20 hours, depending on the stuffed animal’s size and number of pieces. Fluffmongers can be bought on Jenny’s Etsy shop and are typically $100-150 due to the extensive time and high-quality materials Jenny puts into all her creations.

The nicknames Jenny has for her cat, Buster, have been the inspiration behind many of the unique names Jenny gives her Fluffmongers, including Falafel and Love Monster. “Every name of the animals is taken from what I’ve called my cat at some point,” Jenny says.

Jenny’s animals all come with lovable traits, including her favorite animal, the T-Rex Snert, who has a habit of storing “fat dinosaur snacks” in his hoodie. But Jenny wants the people buying her creations to have the freedom to give each creature its own personality. “I don’t make any of them smile because I want children to be able to assign their own emotions to them,” Jenny says.

Explore other Made In Greensboro profiles here.

The best of GSO from Hue & Tone

The best of GSO from Hue & Tone

05th Feb 2016 (Y)our Greensboro

For a twist on Hue & Tone’s usual Friday Links we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Greensboro things! We have been in Greensboro a little over a year, and while we still have a mile long list of things to try out, we definitely have some favorites — here’s a quick list of everything we’ve been loving!

Favorite Spot: Our office at Revolution Mill!
Haven’t seen our space yet? Drop in and see us! You’ll get why we love hanging out in our office.

Favorite Restaurant: Boba House
We recommend the springs rolls and Hawaiian stir fry,  but everything we’ve sampled at this healthy and compassionate eatery has been vegan heaven.

Favorite Brewery: Red Oak 
We might be a little bias because they’re a client, but you can’t beat the clean, unfiltered taste of a Red Oak beer!

Favorite Coffee: Green Bean
A GSO staple, the Green Bean regularly makes lists “best coffee shops” and “must go to” lists. We love them for their amazing baked goods, vegan cream cheese, and close proximity to the office!

Favorite Local Non-profit: CSDHH
There’s so many great local non-profits to pick from, but after working with CSDHH, we were blown away by their commitment to empower and inspire change for the deaf community.

What did we miss? Where do we need to try? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Hannah Pomphrey is the Owner + Designer at Hue & Tone Creative

You can also meet Hannah at synerG’s Tools for Career Development Lunch & Learn on Resume Content, Resume Design and LinkedIn on February 18. Find out more hereHannah Pomphrey Headshot H&T_BrandingSheet_January2015-02

Upcoming Events

Apr
27
Thu
5:30 pm City of Greensboro’s Economic De... @ The Studio @ CTG
City of Greensboro’s Economic De... @ The Studio @ CTG
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
City of Greensboro’s Economic Development Focus Strategy @ The Studio @ CTG | Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
Join synerG and the Jaycees for a valuable night of Making Connections at The Studio @ The CTG. Discover Greensboro’s Economic Development Focus Strategy with keynote address by Greensboro’s youngest ever elected City Councilman, Jamal Fox. Select special guests will ...
Apr
30
Sun
3:00 pm Class On The Grass @ Greensboro Grasshoppers Stadium
Class On The Grass @ Greensboro Grasshoppers Stadium
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Class On The Grass @ Greensboro Grasshoppers Stadium | Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
We heard you loud and clear – last year was such a party that we had to make it an annual thing. So on April 30th we are doing it again. Joinlululemon athletica Greensboro, Dancing Dogs Yoga Greensboro,Downtown Greensboro, and ...
May
5
Fri
6:00 pm First Friday on the Block: Open ... @ Davie Street
First Friday on the Block: Open ... @ Davie Street
May 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Friday on the Block: Open Streets @ Davie Street | Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
First Friday on the Block, in conjunction with Open Streets is back for First Friday in Downtown Greensboro! Enjoy art, music and a bicycling friendly open street when you’re downtown for First Friday!
May
10
Wed
5:30 pm synerG On Tap @ The Bearded Goat
synerG On Tap @ The Bearded Goat
May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
synerG On Tap @ The Bearded Goat | Greensboro | North Carolina | United States
Join the synerG young professionals for On Tap at The Bearded Goat in Downtown Greensboro to network with new and old friends. Drinks are on You. Connections are on Us.

View Calendar