4 Reasons to Pay Attention to the Upcoming 7/18 City Council Meeting!

4 Reasons to Pay Attention to the Upcoming 7/18 City Council Meeting!

 

  1. The City Council will honor the City’s Parks and Recreation Department for their strong work. With 90 miles of trails and greenways, Greensboro is a national model! This month is National Parks and Recreation Month!
  2. City Council will vote on the potential expansion of the LimeBike bike share program. The expanded program would launch in early August with an additional 800 bikes added to the system…including in downtown!
  3. City Council will vote on allowing the newly adopted state “Brunch Bill” that allows cities to permit restaurants and vendors to sell alcohol on Sundays at 10am versus 12pm. The City requires 6 of 9 votes.
  4. City Councilperson District 2 Rep Jamal Fox, who is only 27 years old, will resign on Tuesday night due to his relocation to Oregon to be with his fiancé! The City Council will appoint a temporary Councilperson to serve until the November election. Five citizens have submitted their interest in the seat and each will have 3 minutes to make their case on why they could be selected. Council will then discuss and vote.

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.”

 

Find out about other makers in Greensboro at madeingso.com.

Summer In Greensboro: Action Greensboro’s Staff Favorites

Summer In Greensboro: Action Greensboro’s Staff Favorites

02nd May 2017 (Y)our Greensboro, homeslider

Last month, our friends at Campus Philly published a great blog post called Summer in Philly: Campus Philly Staff Picks. Our team at Action Greensboro enjoyed reading the post and wanted to provide a Greensboro version! In this post, we share our favorite summer activities in Greensboro, NC. *The Downtown Greenway is an initiative of Action Greensboro.

Dabney Sanders, Project Manager, Downtown Greenway

My idea of a perfect Sunday is to take the dogs for a walk in GreenHill Cemetery and head downtown along the open sections of the Downtown Greenway for brunch at Four Flocks & Larder.  On the way home, pop by elsewhere, Hudson’s Hill, the Forge, and GPS.  End the day with a picnic at Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park.


Laura Lorenz, Project Assistant, Downtown Greenway

My kids and I like to go to Yum Yum hotdogs on Spring Garden Street to eat a famous hot dog and bottled Coke or Cheerwine.  We get our ice cream to-go and head down to Morehead Park on the Downtown Greenway and eat our ice cream while walking on the ¼ mile stretch of the Downtown Greenway from Spring Garden to Gate City Blvd.  If we are lucky, we will meet a train as we go under the Over.Under.Pass. and watch the lights in the trestle move to the vibration of the train going overhead.


Cecelia Thompson, Executive Director, Action Greensboro

After growing up in the sweltering swampland of north Florida, summer is my favorite season in Greensboro. The best weekends are filled with neighborhood walks to admire flowering hydrangeas, kayaking at Lake Brandt, outdoor movie nights with cold beers under the Echelman sculpture in LeBauer Park, purchasing fresh okra, tomatoes, peaches and basil at the Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market for a locally made outdoor dinner with friends. *Check out Cecelia’s delicious recipes on her blog here.


Candace Tucker, Operations & Communications Manager, Action Greensboro

Summer mornings are the best when I have Biscuitville for breakfast! Growing up in a small town, summers were always spent in the great outdoors. I love visiting the gardens of Greensboro; they are so peaceful and relaxing. After work, you can find me taking the free fitness classes in Greensboro Downtown Parks and on the Downtown Greenway, which are a plus for community members! Check out the Downtown Greenway fitness schedule here and the full calendar for Greensboro Downtown Parks here.


Hillary Meredith, synerG Young Professionals Director, Action Greensboro

When it comes to a nice Summer day in Greensboro, I love hanging out at one of the great patios in Greensboro. My favorites include Café Europa at the Cultural Arts Center Downtown or Fishbones on the corner of Walker & Elam. There’s also a vibrant art scene in Greensboro, and I enjoy attending the free Levitt Amp music series with a picnic, strolling through the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s internationally renowned modern art collection or taking an art class at Shelf Life Art & Supply Co. or the Art Alliance.


Beth Mannella, Program Director, Opportunity Greensboro Fellows Program

I moved to downtown Greensboro in June 2016, so I spent last summer learning my way around and exploring with the inaugural Fellows cohort. For my second summer in GSO, I am excited to go to City Market (local vendors and a great way to get out during the weeknight with friends), enjoy lunch in LeBauer Park (eating n0ma & Ghassan’s), attend Ethnosh dinners once/month, and continue volunteering at Carolina Theatre and the Community Theatre of Greensboro. Last but not least, I am going to search for the best bagel sandwich in Greensboro (I am from the north, so it will be hard to beat). If you have recommendations, let me know!

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.”

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Downtown Greensboro’s New Addition

Downtown Greensboro’s New Addition

26th Aug 2016 (Y)our Greensboro, Community

By: Cedric Blue II

August 8, 2016 marked the beginning of a new era in downtown Greensboro. The first to be completed in a series of major construction projects changing the face of downtown Greensboro, LeBauer Park opened to the public with one of the largest group ribbon cuttings that I have ever witnessed. That diverse crowd of excited locals simultaneously cutting the ribbon would foreshadow one of the most dynamic and important features of the park; its ability to bring people together.

Where We Met- from belwo

      Where We Met- the view from below

Art lovers will tell you how gorgeous the Janet Echelman sculpture “Where We Met” is when it is lit at night above the Price/Bryan Performance Place. Kids are prone to gush over the Children’s Garden and its innovative features that make it one of the most unique play spaces in the county. And dog lovers will tell you what a welcome addition the Downtown Greensboro Animal Hospital Dog Park is to the area. However, the most impressive aspect of LeBauer to me is its patronage.

As a born and raised Greensboro local I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the crowds flocking to the park daily are some of the most diverse that I have ever seen at a public meeting space in Greensboro. People of all ages, races, and walks of life not only share the space but interact with one another on many different levels.

All of this has given me so much more context for the park’s artistic centerpiece, “Where We Met.” Echelman’s interpretation of the converging NC rail lines that gave us the nickname “The Gate City” is a macro concept happening on a micro level right now in Greensboro at LeBauer Park. Not even two weeks old, the park is one of the strongest points of convergence in Greensboro. It is my sincere hope that this sense of unity and camaraderie continues to flourish in the park and carries on to the different other projects being completed downtown in the coming years.

And by the way, if for some unthinkable reason you’re not impressed thus far, keep your eyes on the park this winter. Chatter on the line has it that there’s a strong chance of snow…..

 

 

 

Greensboro Close Up: Hudson’s Hill

Greensboro Close Up: Hudson’s Hill

24th May 2016 (Y)our Greensboro, Community

Written by: Carlee Dempsey

photo courtesy of Our State Magazine

Photo By:  Our State Magazine

Name: William Clayton

Company: Hudson’s Hill, President

Location: 527 S Elm Street, Greensboro, NC

Opened in: 2011 (Originally under the name Civic Threads. Transformed into Hudson’s Hill after merging with Gate City Dry Goods in 2014).

How did you get into the world of clothing / retail?
My family owns StitchFX, also located in Downtown Greensboro, which specializes in embroidery, screenprinting, and embellishments. So I got a taste of the industry, both on the buying and wholesale sides, through them. Throughout high school and college, I have always been enamored with the way people express themselves. After receiving my degree in Communication Studies from UNCG, I decided to open my own company with my dad and sister, Civic Threads. From there, it steadily transformed into Hudson’s Hill.

Why did you decide to open your business in Greensboro?
After living on the West Coast for 6 months after college, I learned how much the people and the unique shops affected the atmosphere and cities of the areas I visited. When I returned to Greensboro, I noticed a large lack of these niche markets and stores. I couldn’t help but feel Greensboro was missing out on great opportunities. The history of Greensboro and its impact on the world during the days of Cone Mills lent even further to the city’s overall potential. So I saw an opportunity to create something not only new and unique but also something that would be an ode of sorts to Greensboro’s rich history.

Why did you decide to open your business in downtown Greensboro?
Much like the city as a whole, downtown was brimming with potential. That, along with finding the perfect location in the Coe Grocery and Seed Company, made the decision to open in downtown an easy fit.

How long have you lived in GSO?
My entire life, except for the 6-month stint on the West Coast.

Why did you choose to stay in GSO?
Honestly, I had every intention of moving back to the West Coast but on whim, we opened Civic Threads and before I knew it we were merging with Evan Morrison of Gate City Dry Goods Co. and now, 2 years later here we are. Hudson’s Hill has transformed from a t-shirt company into clothing and goods market, where everything is sourced as local as possible. Along, with making jeans to order, we have also started lifetime warranty denim repairs.

What is your favorite part of living in GSO?
My favorite thing about GSO is that it’s a big city with a small town feel. I feel like I have only explored a fraction of what Greensboro has to offer but I run into people I know everywhere I go. Greensboro also has a ton of potential. We are the home to numerous businesses, colleges, and events. It’s the perfect city for young professionals and entrepreneurs and I’ve loved being a part of the process of building up GSO.

What’s your favorite local spot?
I have a few spots I frequent a lot! They’re mostly unique, hole in the wall spots (like my own shop). Sticks and Stones, The Table on Elm, Gibbs & Preyer, Yum Yums, Beef Burger (one of the original Burger Kings!), and College Hill are my go to’s.

Cool off this summer with these 8 Greensboro activities

Cool off this summer with these 8 Greensboro activities

13th May 2016 (Y)our Greensboro

1.Cool off at Lake Brandt. At this lake, you have the option to kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle.

They even offer night paddling for you love birds that want to recreate that dreamy lake scene in the notebook  (Before it rains, of course) 

Click Here to Check Out Rental Pricing!

canoe

 

2.  If Lake Brandt isn’t cool enough, check out the Greensboro Icehouse!

This Ice skating rink has provided fun for Greensborians for 20 years. Skate rental and session is as cheap as $10 on the weekends!

Click Here to Learn more about the Icehouse

icehouse

 

3. Wet & Wild is the largest water park in both the Carolinas. With over 36 rides and attractions. They’ve got rides, slides, waves, pools, and fun for all ages! General admission is $39 dollars, but season passes start at just $50 so you might as well grab a pass and have fun all summer long!

Purchase Tickets Online

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4. The secret is out…Wet Willies is coming to Greensboro! (In case you don’t know what Wet Willies is) Wet Willies is a frozen daiquiri bar. This chain specializes in nearly a dozen flavors of frozen daiquiri’s that are dispensed by bartenders from a row of mixing machines. (Imagine a frozen yogurt bar on steroids.) Yeah, it’s that great. 

Click Here to Learn More About Wet Willies

wet willies

 

5. So maybe frozen daiquiris aren’t really your thing, and you prefer a classier “turn up.” Look no further than your local Wine and Design! At Wine and Design, you can sign up for different classes that are taught by local artist. The artist will walk you through each step until to complete your masterpiece. What I like best about this Wine and Design is that they offer a visual calendar on the website so you can sign up for a class based off the painting that you’d like to recreate.

Sign Up For a Class Here

wine and design

 

6. If you’re a true wine connoisseur, Wine Styles is the place for you! Wine Styles is located in the Friendly center across from Mimi’s café. Wine Styles offers a large variety of wines, and each week they host a wine tasting event for $5. You can’t beat that! Even better, they often have live music for you to enjoy while you sip away.

wine styles

Click Here to See What Wines They Offer

 

7. Strike your way out to a Grasshopper’s game! Baseball games are fun for anyone. It’s the perfect time to crack open a cold one, laugh with friends, and enjoy that beautiful NC weather. Below, I’ve posted a calendar of all the games this summer!

Click Here for the Schedule

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8. A walk in the Park – Greensboro is filled with beautiful parks and gardens! Check out the Center City Park, Arboretum, Bog Gardens, and Tanger Family Bicentennial Gardens

center city park

 

*Fun fact*

Did you know that July 17th is national ice-cream day? If you’re a member of the Coldstone loyalty program, you can enjoy a buy one get one free deal on this day, AND throughout the month of July, Baskin-Robbins’ guests can upgrade their double scoop of ice cream with a free freshly baked waffle cone!

Lastly, you can even enjoy this day with your furry friend, PetSmart is offering a four-ounce, complimentary serving of dog-safe ice cream, if you visit between noon and 4 p.m.

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.

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