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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.
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.
Written by Joe Rotondi
There has been a trend quickly moving across the globe. Collaborative spaces and makerspaces share resources in a way that makes them affordable to many who wouldn’t be able to access them otherwise. Sound like social capitalism…or capitalist socialism? Or could it be just a smart business model.
From a macro perspective, these spaces are almost indiscernible from one another. They all promote open access, are made up of diverse and loyal communities which share the financial burden of resources that would be expensive for any one individual or business to bear alone.
Have a large conference space and and AV equipment, or a half ton Colchester machining lathe in the middle of a downtown, but only need to use them twice a week? Why not share that cost with a dozen or more others? Schedule to use it when you need to use it and only pay a fraction of the cost through a monthly subscription.That is just smart business.
More than just sharing the resources, these communities are about enabling each other. Exchanging ideas, networks, referring clients, bartering or sourcing skills or services are all added benefits of working in a diverse community that shares resources. “Water cooler” conversations happen throughout these, and go far beyond idle banter. These exchanges are leading to strong buzzwords: ideas, collaboration, and innovation.
Greensboro has examples of all of these spaces. On a micro perspective, they do differ, even within the same category. Our coworking spaces include Naussbaum Center, Co/Lab, HQ Greensboro. As for makerspaces we have Forge GSO, SELF Design Studio, A&T Makerspace, Public Library Makerspace, among other school makerspaces.
I have the privilege of working at Forge Greensboro. Though I give tours describing collaborative space daily, I am continually surprised by how others come to interact and utilyze them. In my next few posts, I will explore our local spaces to find out what they mean to those who use them most.
Missed out on Slide the City or just want to slide again? You’ll get another chance because Slide the City is coming to Raleigh! The 1000ft slide will set up in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, June 11th.
Be sure to use the code “raleighSTC16” at checkout to get 10% off. Make sure to invite friends and family to this epic event and share the code with them too.
So grab your floats, funky swimwear, and some sunscreen and take a short trip over to Raleigh for this fun summertime event!
Written by: Carlee Dempsey
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.
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)
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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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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.
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.
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 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 here.
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.
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.
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.
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