NICK JOHNSON, 28, STONEMASON

NICK JOHNSON, 28, STONEMASON

NICK JOHNSON, 28, STONEMASON

Being an accomplished stonemason requires an understanding of physics, geology and geometry, while also having a keen eye for art. And sometimes, brute strength is needed.

Nick Johnson, 28, is a local stonemason, following in the footsteps of his father. “My dad always did a lot of brick work. As I grew up, I started doing stone masonry as a hobby and I really liked it.”

Born and raised in Greensboro, Nick attended Page High School and played football for the Pirates. There, he earned a football scholarship to play at NC A&T State University for the Aggies.

Football though wasn’t his future; stone masonry was.

At NC A&T, Nick majored in Construction Management and studied the management of people, processes and materials. After earning his degree, Nick accepted a job in Maryland with Hensel Phelps Construction Company, one of the largest firms in the US. After a stint with Hensel Phelps and a year in Arizona, Nick made his way back home.

“I had some good friends from high school who owned their own landscaping company. They began referring masonry work to me and then they started encouraging me to start my own business, so I did.”

Nick now does brick, stone and concrete work with a small crew. “I want to focus on quality, so I don’t take on a lot of projects at one time. I prefer to focus and give my all on any project I take on. Business is great. So far I haven’t had to advertise. Word of mouth and referrals are keeping me busy.”

Recently, Nick worked with the Downtown Greenway on its relocation of “Grounded Here” public art piece by artist Juan Logan. The piece serves as marker of historical significance for the Warnersville community and will be re-dedicated in its new home at the newly finished The Salvation Army Center for Worship and Service and Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday, May 23 at 9:00am.

“I believe that if you provide a quality service, business will find you. I take pride in my work and craft and I hope it shows.”

 

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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.

 

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Made in GSO: Stephanie Adams

Made in GSO: Stephanie Adams

07th Jul 2016 Made in GSO

STEPHANIE ADAMS, 30, REFUGEE ADVOCATE

Growing up, Stephanie Adams saw how hard her mom, who immigrated to the United States from Colombia, had to work to make sure her children were successful.

Now, as the Greensboro office director for CWS, Stephanie and the team welcome more than 200 refugees a year to Greensboro who are hoping
to start a new life, free of persecution and political turmoil. CWS-Greensboro provides refugees with assistance in finding employment, getting legal advice and enrolling in schools, among its many programs.

“Our role is to help them get to where they want to be, to be a cheerleader,” Stephanie says.

 
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In January 2012, Stephanie met the Chhetri family, a family of four who fled Bhutan in 1990 due to violent ethnic unrest and political instability. The Chhetris were the first family to whom Stephanie was assigned to as a newly hired case manager, working with several other CWS staff members and volunteers. After fleeing Bhutan, the Chhetris went to India and soon after, resettled in Nepal where they would spend the next two decades before being accepted into the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program. The Chhetris credit their faith in God as the source of strength and motivation they needed along their journey.

Stephanie spent a lot of time with Indra Chhetri, his wife Meena and their two children, Birendra and Bijaya, during the 90-day resettlement program. She accompanied them in exploring churches in the area, helped to get Bijaya enrolled in school and put Indra on the path to network, which led him to secure a job with Guilford County Schools as a teacher’s assistant – a position very similar to what he was doing in Nepal. Meena is now a team lead at her job, Birendra graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Bijaya is headed to her brother’s alma mater fall 2016.

Resettling refugees like the Chhetri family means more than just spending time with them; it also means working with the community to foster a welcoming and supportive attitude. “One of our goals is to help the community become active refugee advocates,” Stephanie says.

Four years after resettling her first family, Stephanie continues to fight for and help those who come to Greensboro seeking a better chance at life.

“Knowing that they can be here and feel safe and at peace, and have the opportunity to prosper makes it all worth it,” Stephanie says.

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