Greensboro’s Unlikely Oasis

Greensboro’s Unlikely Oasis

Written by Jeff Lail

Greensboro has some great parks, including the enormous Guilford Courthouse National Military Park and the series of connected Greenways, but my favorite is a tiny gem nestled close to the Friendly Center Shopping Center, the Greensboro Bog Garden.  Amid the hustle and bustle of one of the busier areas, the Bog Garden is filled with interesting wildlife and plants as well as the bog itself.

A walking trail runs from Northline Avenue (behind the Harris Teeter in Friendly Center) into the Bog Garden, but most folks access the park from Starmount Farms Drive by parking on the street in this residential area and finding the entrance by the statue.  A boardwalk runs around the marshier parts of the park, but there are also many walking trails to explore the ends of the park.
Barred Owl

Barred Owl


The wildlife is one of the best things about this park.  A large group of residential ducks live here year round, as do many other species, but this is also a seasonal stop for a variety of other species like gulls and other types of ducks.  Bring your binoculars and look out across the pond or hike down through the woods on the side of the pond and you might be surprised what you see.  I’ve personally seen several types of gulls, herons, woodpeckers, and ducks as well as a kingfisher.

One of the year round residents is a barred owl that resides in the area around the bamboo on the boardwalk.  If you’re having a hard time locating the owl, there are often some helpful neighborhood folks around who can spot him.  If you’re there around dusk, you can occasionally hear the owl hooting.
The main thing that I love about the Bog Garden is that it’s convenient to the places I live and work but still so peaceful.  You can certainly hear cars going to and from Friendly Center, but it’s an oasis in a noisy city that’s easy to get to and enjoy.
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



Irving Allen is the part of a legacy.

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 re007_pv_i_allen_BC8U5007bwason 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.”





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.

Check out other Made In Greensboro profiles here.

On Tap @ World Of Beer November 11

On Tap @ World Of Beer November 11

10th Nov 2015 (Y)our Greensboro, Networking

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.

By: Christine Gillies, synerG Council Member


Lead Your City Summit

Lead Your City Summit

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.

Registration includes:

  • Keynote speaker Malina Simone Jeffers with Mosaic City
  • What do you want in Greensboro? Brainstorming session
  • Career development, community engagement and economic growth sessions
  • Networking Social with local nonprofits
  • Lunch & professional headshot

*Interested in information on how your employer can cover your costs for this event? Contact Hillary Meredith at

Click the link below to download the 2015 Agenda.

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Pop Up Cornhole @ City Market

05th Oct 2015 (Y)our Greensboro, Community

Downtown Greensboro and synerG are teaming up to host a Cornhole tournament at The City Market!

Reserve your spot here! This RSVP tickets holds your spot until 6 p.m. for Beginners & 7:30 p.m. for Pros. You must check-in and pay your $10 entry fee by that time to secure your spot.

6:30 p.m. – Beginner Games
8:00 p.m. – Pro Level Games
Free play when tournament not in session.

Corn Hole will be played in the grassy area. Food & beer will be on site. Prizes to winning teams!

Let ‘Em Know at Show Of Hands

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.

The lineup:
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) DJ Set (Warp/NYC):
Little People (UK):
Sinkane DJ Set (DFA/NYC):
Quilla (Peru/GSO):
Ismo One (Niger/Durham):

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.

Crafted – The Art of Street Food

Crafted – The Art of Street Food

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.

NoshUp spotlight: King-Queen Haitian Cuisine

NoshUp spotlight: King-Queen Haitian Cuisine

Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 5:00 am by the News & Record

By Lesly Dumé / Special to News & Record

My first experience with King-Queen Haitian Cuisine was instantly familiar.

As I parked near the food truck, I immediately recognized the aromas of home. I could smell my mother’s sweet plantains, or banane douce, wafting towards me. I almost couldn’t believe it.

As a Haitian American raised in South Florida, I am accustomed to easily finding Haitian cuisine. When I moved to Greensboro, it became quickly apparent that this would no longer be the case. I had to accept that there was little, if any, Haitian presence and visibility in the area.

I walked over and introduced myself to Hilder and Djosen Vilnor (DJ, for short), and I was welcomed with beautiful smiles. The Vilnors were genuinely interested in me, my friends who accompanied me and our experience. They had a yearning to introduce Haitian culture and food to us.

When I observed the menu, I saw many familiar dishes: black rice made so by black bean sauce, Haitian-style jerk and fried chicken, as well as fried pork with plantains.

My friend asked me to choose the dish that reminded me most of home: Haitian griot with banane douce and pickles, spicy pickled vegetables (usually cabbage, carrots and green and red peppers) that are layered on top of the griot, or fried pork. In my first bite, I tasted many flavors: family, intimacy and above all, warmth.

On Tuesday, Ethnosh will host a NoshUp at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing downtown Greensboro, sponsored by Oscar Oglethorpe Eyewear.

For $5, guests will get a tasty mix of signature samplers from King-Queen Haitian Cuisine. Guests are invited to explore the many beverage offerings of Gibb’s Brewery available for sale.

Ethnosh — a partnership between Face to Face GSO, Triad Local First and Bluezoom — is a guide to delicious ethnic food in the community, garnished with the stories that bring the flavor to life.

DJ and Hilder are siblings. They were born in Au Borgne, Haiti. DJ was raised there until she was 6 years old and spent the next several years in Cap-Haitien. Her father petitioned for her to come to America, and she arrived in Greensboro in her early teens.

Hilder arrived first by way of the Bahamas, then Miami. He did not like Miami.

“There were way too many people, and the lifestyle I wanted wasn’t there. People were constantly looking over their shoulder,” he said.

So, he decided to move closer to his family here in Greensboro.

King-Queen Haitian Cuisine food truck was originally Hilder’s idea. To generate income, Hilder began working as a dishwasher for a local restaurant. After displaying a considerable amount of skill in the kitchen, he was promoted after six months, even though he spoke little English.

Many of his work friends and customers suggested that he open a restaurant. He was reluctant to the idea but realized that many of his dishes were well-liked. He had the skills and work ethic to make a restaurant possible. His interest in owning a restaurant was compelled also by the yearning to work for himself.

But instead of opening a traditional restaurant, DJ and Hilder thought it better to start a food truck, learning from the past obstacles of friends who failed to maintain a Haitian restaurant in the area.

I asked Hilder and DJ to describe their favorite dishes on the menu. Hilder chose the Haitian griot, not only because it’s absolutely delicious, and his best-seller but also because of what it represents. Griot and plantains are the two most common food choices at Haitian gatherings, festivals and weddings. They bring the community together, which is something Hilder encourages in the Haitian community.

DJ is allergic to pork, so her favorite choice is the poule frit, or Haitian fried chicken.

“I specifically like the seasoning and that it’s also well-cooked. You know for certain you’re eating fried chicken,” she said.

Haitian cuisine is different from other island cultures, according to DJ.

“Although Haitians use similar ingredients as other island cultures, it is the way that the ingredients are approached that make Haitian food distinctive,” she said.

Haitian people are extremely diligent with the cooking process, specifically allowing pork and chicken to marinate much longer than usual. There is an understanding that time produces the best product.

This is a mentality that originates from a culture deeply influenced by agricultural beginnings. It takes time to plant and harvest. Eating from the land is sown deeply within the fabric of Haitian culture. It’s not uncommon to see fruits and vegetables planted in the backyard of a Haitian household. Even now, where produce is readily available, there is a comfort in the work and patience it takes to grow your own food and the time it takes to cook it.

Haiti is often portrayed as an impoverished, malnourished country that is incapable of helping itself. As a result, public perception is quite negative. DJ and Hilder started this food truck as a means of changing this perspective.

Haiti is a proud country and the only African nation in the Western Hemisphere to have successfully revolted against colonial slavery in 1804. We have a strong and beautiful culture, a culture of resilience that deserves celebration.

And King-Queen Haitian Cuisine shares this culture one conversation and delicious meal at a time.

Lesly Dumé is a voice instructor for Greensboro Performing Arts and Separk Music Co. He also works with Reto’s Kitchen and Cantors for the First Church of Christian Science.

Jon Black is a Greensboro native who became a staff photographer for an international relief organization, traveling to more than a dozen countries in two years documenting a vast array of cultures, people, and programs. Since returning to Greensboro, he shoots weddings and events.

Find out more about Ethnosh at

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Good News About Greensboro:  Nick Wyatt serves up his thoughts

Good News About Greensboro: Nick Wyatt serves up his thoughts

It’s the people and connections that make Greensboro special.


Like a lot of young men with bit of wanderlust, I thought I’d head west.  I love the Pacific Northwest and thought that would be my ultimate home. But along the way, I met some great people, developed wonderful relationships and enjoyed the proximity to my family in Charlotte.


I love the balance of the small town feel with bigger city opportunities. The city has arts, culture and diversity balanced with an affordable cost of living and no traffic. It’s big enough to always meet someone new, yet it’s small enough for us to really get to know our customers. We can have an impact in our city without getting lost in the shuffle as some restaurants might in bigger cities.


After 10 plus years of working in the restaurant business with 1618’s Seafood Grille, and Wine Lounge, I’m proud to be celebrating the opening of 1618 Concept’s new downtown location, 1618 Downtown, on June 16, 17 and 18th! Check out the details here!


We decided to invest in downtown Greensboro because it has developed an energy that’s contagious to anyone walking its blocks.  Downtown has become a destination within the city and attracted a diverse crowd.


I feel like the 300 block of Elm Street often goes unnoticed. But if you look closely, you’ll see some of downtown’s anchor businesses – Natty’s, The View, Gray’s, The Green Bean, McCoul’s and Cheesecakes by Alex.  We’re excited to be part of this group of thriving local companies.


Downtowns are often the best area to show out-of-town family and friends what your city is like. It’s a perfect capsule experience. So, we’re excited to be a part of the central representation of Greensboro. And the people watching is also quite awesome.


I hope that the City of Greensboro can create a parklet system. It would be an excellent way to promote pedestrian activity and encourage more folks being outdoors.


Stop by and see us soon!