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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
Irving’s uncle, David Richmond, was one of “the A&T Four,” a group of students who launched the lunch counter sit-in protests in Greensboro in the 1960s. Irving’s father, Steve Allen, was a civil rights attorney and the first black superior court judge in Guilford County. His parents and other black families banded together to grow a neighborhood in Pleasant Garden.
But the 29-year-old is blazing his own path, as a new generation leader working to improve his community.
Allen is the Triad regional coordinator of Ignite NC, an organization dedicated to building the leadership and power of young people to fight for social change.
“Young people are the only reason anything has changed in this country, ever,” Allen says.
He also leads the Gate City Black Lives Matter group, which he and others use to organize social movements in Greensboro. He organizes meetings, marches, concerts. He participates in conversations about race with police and advocates for a better public education system in Guilford County.
“My role is to use my relationships and the way people view me — whether it’s through my family or the history of the work I’ve done or the people I’ve worked with — to get resources to people who don’t have them.”
This notion of getting resources to people who don’t have them means that Irving is working to provide better access to money, and other tools like vans to organize and better their community by getting rid of the gatekeepers to those resources. If someone has an idea to better their community, they should be able to execute it, Irving says.
So he works to help break down the barriers. “I really don’t see myself representing folks, I see myself with the folks. We rarely do things alone.”
ABOUT MADE IN GREENSBORO
We are Greensboro, North Carolina. We are the city of makers.
We design, build, create. We roll up our sleeves. We get our hands dirty. We get it done. We make it happen.
Made in Greensboro celebrates those makers — the entrepreneurs, the artists, the community builders, the next generation of leaders.
It is time to plan for 2016 and synerG wants to tackle some great projects for the community but we need your help! Take a few minutes and fill out the 2016 project survey to help us prioritize programs and events for next year.
Love beer? What about good food and conversation? World of Beer is Greensboro’s newest spot to grab your favorite beer (or discover a new one) with friends, and this Wednesday it’s the site for synerG Greensboro’s November OnTap.
World of Beer opened in October, and is currently home to 36 taps, and a cooler of over 500 bottles of beer. If you’re not a big beer drinker, their cocktail and wine list has plenty of impressive options as well. The tavern menu has a mix of both bar snacks, burgers, salads, and steaks, all of which are perfect for sharing with friends.
OnTap this month will be a great event, not just because of the plethora of spirits, but because of the folks who will be attending. Besides the cast of young professionals looking to make connections, some local groups in Greensboro will be sharing information and giving away some special deals for the season.
The team from Greenhill Gallery will be discussing the upcoming Collector’s Choice event. This lively cocktail party is one of the best parties in Greensboro that showcases artwork from local artists. As an attendee of this month’s OnTap, you’ll receive a discounted ticket rate for this event that includes a 1-year free membership at the Greenhill Gallery.
Representatives from the Participatory Budgeting Project will be discussing how Greensboro is making history as the first city in the South to implement Participatory Budgeting. You’ll learn how you can get involved with this groundbreaking project-taking place right here in Greensboro.
The Transit Alliance of the Piedmont will also be on hand to talk about their organization and how citizens can support improved regional transit that is economical, convenient, environmentally sound, and connects people to opportunities.
Also joining this month’s OnTap is Beth Hansen of Downtown Fitness on Elm. She’s raffling off 1 month of free personal training to one lucky OnTap attendee.
This Wednesday, join synerG Greensboro from 5:30-8PM at World of Beer on Westover Terrace. Catch up with new and old connections, learn more about Greensboro’s best art party, discuss the future of Greensboro’s budgeting project, and get in shape for the New Year. As always, connections are on us, drinks are on you.
Join the synerG Young Professionals for Lead Your City – a summit that will bring together Community Leaders & Activists to help young professionals GROW their leadership skills, BUILD on their ideas, SERVE the community and CONNECT their network.
The 2015 Lead Your City Summit will be held on Wednesday, November 18 from 12-6pm at the Triad Stage Cabaret. Registration for this event is $30. Click here to register.
Music lovers, foodies, civic reformers — Show of Hands invites you its 2015 concert, presented in collaboration with the Mosaic Festival and Dance From Above on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Downtown Greenway Morehead Park Underpass!
At the show, you can register to vote in the November election, meet local candidates, and get info on the November ballot, all while feasting on amazing international treats from a variety of vendors, enjoying delicious craft beers, and dancing to a lineup of switched-on sonic innovators from home and abroad.
Live visual art projected onto the underpass provided by thefacesblur. An afterparty featuring an encore performance by UK producer Little People will take place at the Crown at the Carolina Theatre.
Show of Hands is produced by Face to Face Greensboro and synerG in partnership with CWS Greensboro and Dance From Above.
About the performers:
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) is a dance-rock band from California on the verge of releasing its sixth full length LP on Warp Records. Nic Offer, the band’s famously electric frontman and lead singer, will channel his inexhaustible charisma into a DJ set that will leave no hips unmoved.
Little People is Laurent Clerc, an Anglo-Swiss producer now based in the United Kingdom. His sound is equally informed by hip-hop and downtempo, as he effortlessly combines warm synths, intricate melodies and lush string arrangements.
Sinkane is Ahmed Gallab a Sudanese-American musician known for blending elements of jazz, funk, krautrock, Afro-pop and countless other influences to create something refreshing and unexpected. After his full band’s live show touched on the sounds of Fela Kuti and Jerry Garcia alike at Dance From Above’s May show, he will make his way back to Greensboro to pull from his full quiver of influences for one of his much-praised DJ sets.
Quilla (a name inspired by the Quechua word for “moon”) is a songwriter, vocalist and keyboardist from Montreal, Canada who currently resides in Greensboro. Her debut song “Walls” is in collaboration with Sultan + Shepard and appeared on Tiesto’s acclaimed dance music compilation Club Life Miami, Vol. 2, released on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label in the spring of 2012.
Drop what you are doing and eat:Crafted – The Art of Street Food
By: Alexa Powell
For close to a year, I followed the flurry of articles in the Triad City Beat, Greensboro Magazine, and Yes Weekly! about the opening of the new restaurant, Crafted – The Art of Street Food. Their theme was a closely guarded secret until only a few weeks before the restaurant opened. As a world traveler, I was intrigued and hopeful about the unique concept of offering street food from around the globe in a single place; I imagined that I would be transported around the world, minus an expensive airline ticket, to the sights and smells of simple, but decadent delights. The anticipation finally got the better of me and I decided it was time to check it out.
The first obvious thing we noticed about the new Crafted was the complete lack of practical parking. Fortunately, there is some, albeit limited, on street parking in the little neighborhood behind the restaurant and it’s a short walk. Suggestion Box: I wonder if Guilford County Schools would consider a joint use agreement for the parking lot just behind the restaurant (currently only GCS employees can park there and towing is enforced).
On my first adventure to the new Crafted, business was booming and the place was in full swing with more than an hour wait for a table; even the full service bar was packed. Undeterred by the wait, I did what any millennial would do; I grabbed the cocktail list! They have an amazing selection of artisan cocktails, and a modest selection of beer and wine.
While sipping a potent $9 Pomegranate Habanero Margarita (complete with Hornitos Repasado, Cointreau, fresh lime, and Habanero Bitters), on the open air porch, we enjoyed a delightful mix of conversations with other diners also waiting for a table. While engaged in people watching, I also noticed the restaurant attracted not only the expected middle aged foodies, but also various eclectic young people, and a diverse group of folks from all different age groups, and cultures. The restaurant was buzzing with conversations and laughter reminding me of leisurely evenings in Spain where friends gather to enjoy tapas. I’m not sure if it was the heat from the drink, the balmy summer air, or the warmth of the restaurant’s atmosphere, but I definitely had a sense that I was about to eat at one of the hottest restaurants in town!
After an hour and fifteen minutes, we sat down at our two-top table in the main dining room; we were ravenous and everything looked and sounded amazing. We each decided to each pick two different things on the menu from two continents Asia and South America; the idea was to create our own sampler plate to share in small plate style. I choose the Bao – a HOT spicy kimchi topped braised pork served over a Chinese steamed bun, and the Jerk Chicken – well cooked thighs served on top of traditional yellow rice and beans with a back of the throat, slow and low heat.
My dinner companion ordered the Bahn Mi sandwich – a traditional Vietnamese street food with chicken and pork belly in a crusty bread roll topped with an amazing assortment of crunchy, fresh, pickled vegetables, and the Korean BBQ – beef short ribs covered with a sweet and savory red dragon sauce, that in my opinion, was Iron Chef worthy (see below for pictures). My favorite dish of the night was the Bahn Mi. The pork was flavorful, tender, and juicy and the pickled vegetables added the perfect sweet vinegary crunch. The ample serving portion was enough to bring home leftovers had I been so inclined.
Fast forward three days, and I found myself returning to the new Crafted for the second time in less than a week (yes, I liked their food). This time I accompanied a few people I met at the non-profit board mixer hosted by synerG. The event was a great tie-in to the earlier lunch and learn session about getting young professionals involved as board members for local non-profits (watch out Gboro we millennials are coming).
Anyway, there was a 30 min wait for a table at Crafted, but we made the most of it by going next door to Preyer Brewing. If you like beer, this is totally the right move while waiting for a table at Crafted; Preyer Brewing has some very comfortable seating. I tried their strawberry wheat beer. Personally, I am not a beer aficionado, but I enjoyed it. Some of my other companions, at the bar tasting the five glass beer flight, were not as impressed by that particular combo.
Once we got the “your table’s ready” call from Crafted, we walked next-door and sat at the long, central community table. Community tables, like the one at the new Crafted, are my favorite features in restaurants these days because they encourage and invite casual dialogue between strangers in a friendly neighborhood setting.
We were served a bowl of complimentary paprika spiced popcorn which was gone almost immediately after it arrived. I wanted to try another signature cocktail, so I went with the Cackalacky Grapefruit Cosmo – featuring local NC vodka, Cointreau, lime, grapefruit, and cranberry. It was the perfect, refreshing, citrus infused drink for after a long day at work. After much deliberation, I decided on the Cubano sandwich; it was the best version of a Cubano I’ve ever had, without exception! The pork was sweet and tender, the Swiss was creamy and melted, and my favorite pickled veggies were layered on top! This is definitely my go to dish for future meals here. I shared a bit of my sandwich with my table mates, and they agreed, they would return just to order the Cubano. Before leaving, we met the chef who seemed to be both as down to earth, and just as edgy as the graffiti that adorned the restaurants walls.
My final reflection, as I was sitting enjoying the company of new friends, was how much the downtown parts of G-boro have changed in the past six months. More new restaurants and breweries have recently opened than I can recall in the past few years combined. Greensboro is going through a transformation; a transformation that is an encouraging sign of a strengthening economy as well as a much needed revitalization of our city. After listening to some of my peers, it is increasingly apparent to me that the one thing my generation is looking for most is finding diverse places to connect with other people. I’m not talking about networking events, or social media forums which are good for the less shy among us but it can be intimidating. What I mean however, is actual physical spaces where people can congregate, meet each other, and engage in organic conversations. Having a vibrant, high quality, locally sourced, locally owned, and moderately priced food scene, where people from all walks of life interact, is a vital part of the equation when it comes to keeping young, vibrant, creative, engaged and motivated professionals here in Greensboro. For this reason, we need more gathering places like Crafted – The Art of Street Food to setup shop to help sustain, and encourage the forward momentum they started.
Alexa Powell is a Planner with PART (Piedmont Area Rapid Transit) and active young professional in Greensboro.
Join us for First Friday on the Block presented by Greensboro Swarm on the second Friday – October 13! Church Street, between Lindsay Street and Friendly Avenue will be closed for basketball, music, food, local brews and more entertainment!
This summer, LeBauer Park will host three outdoor concerts on the Great Lawn in LeBauer Park. All shows begin at 8:00pm, with pre-show activities kicking off at 6:00pm. The concerts are FREE and open to the public. VIP tickets can ...