Summertime in the City

A Winston-Salem Staycation

What’s your ideal day in Winston-Salem? As part of our Keep it Local series, we asked Lynette Matthews-Murphy, Founder and Partner of Spring House Restaurant and Quanto Basta Italian Eatery and Board Member of the Forsyth County Tourism Development Authority. Lynette’s perfect staycation includes nods to more than 25 individually or family-owned places to eat, shop, and enjoy Winston-Salem! 

On those rare occasions that I find myself with a free weekend away from our busy restaurants, Spring House and Quanto Basta, there’s a strong temptation to hop in the car for a quick getaway from Winston-Salem.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a long-standing love affair with my adopted hometown for over 25 years now.  But…it’s a weekend, in the middle of a steamy summer!  So the question becomes ~ should we escape to the beach or mountains…or are there enough fun and exciting things to do right here that will make this stay-at-home weekend a true “staycation?”  My answer, these days, is a definite “Yes!”   

Winston Salem Staycation

For me, one of the best ways to start the weekend here is with an early morning visit to Cobblestone Farmer’s Market in Old Salem.  Just walking through the historic site brings such peace, and the farmers and producers are so friendly and eager to share their stories.  Pack your bags with the summer’s first garden tomatoes for classic tomato sandwiches (slathered with Duke’s Mayo!) and peppers and mushrooms for a fresh pasta dish, and yummy baked breads from Camino Bakery.  Stashing a cooler in the car keeps everything nice during the adventures to come. 

Next, consider indulging in one of my favorite retail experiences ~ strolling down Reynolda Road at Hanes Park, where the quaint shops and shopkeepers offer the coolest and most original home goods, clothing and artifacts.  Starting at Elizabeth’s with an irresistible selection of candles, pillows, and small furniture pieces; to the great consignment clothing at Yours Truly, and of course, the super-eclectic mix of treasures at Cookies Shabbytiques ~ it’s more exploration than mere shopping.  As you wind your way around the curve, the shop that started the consignment craze back in the 1970’s ~ The Snob Shop, is moving to a larger space to keep up with demand for their beautifully curated selection of clothing, vintage jewelry and accessories. 

Famished and ready to relax, the decision for where to go for lunch is a tough one.  With all the new choices like Trade Street Diner, Crafted: The Art of the Taco, and Local 27101; and old favorites like Mozelle’s, West End Café, and The Carving Board, a true Tex-Mex delight on a summer day is The Porch Cantina, right around the corner. 

Refreshed and re-energized, add the new indie Bookmarks Bookstore in their lovely new space behind Foothills Brewing on 4th Street to your itinerary ~ they often have visiting authors and book-signings in-store, and the new Footnotes Cafe is perfect for an afternoon coffee or Foothills-crafted beer.  Then, with Aperture Cinema only a quick stroll up 4th Street, a movie matinee may be the perfect way to escape the afternoon heat. 

After the matinee, finally ~ it’s the cocktail hour, and the choices are endless here in our beautiful town.   For beer-lovers, new breweries like The Fiddlin’ Fish, Wise Man, and Joymongers are like a magnet for joining up with friends…and kids, and dogs!  Tate’s Cocktails is a terrific place to enjoy creative artisan spirits, and if I may say so myself, we make a perfect summer cocktail here at Spring House called the White Grapefruit Cosmo in our cozy and cool Library Bar…and please plan to stay for a light supper afterwards on our outdoor patio alongside the Chef’s Garden ~ it’s a little oasis in the middle of the bustling downtown. 

I’m thrilled that our city has become quite the dining destination, with new places opening weekly.  Whether you crave a juicy steak at Fratelli’s Italian Steakhouse, to French-inspired dishes at Meridian, robust Irish pub-fare at Finnegan’s Wake, or soul-inspiring Southern fare at Sweet Potatoes ~ you could spend several weeks trying out all the uniquely W-S dining options. 

After dinner, the cool evening beckons folks from all over town to enjoy the free and fabulous outdoor concerts or outdoor movies at Summer On Liberty and in Bailey Park in Innovation Quarter.  In my mind it’s the perfect way to end your fun staycation adventure in our fair city!

As I was writing this, the main reason I absolutely adore this city has made itself clear: every place I’ve mentioned is individually or family-owned!  It’s this community of entrepreneurs, producers, chefs and makers who add such incredible vibrancy and authenticity to Winston-Salem ~ and it’s this originality that makes our town worthy of being a vacation destination for visitors and locals alike. 

Here’s to enjoying your very own Winston-Salem staycation soon! 

Salute to Business: Lindsay & Gardner, CPAs, PLLC

Lindsay & Gardner, CPAs, PLLC, a Certified Public Accounting firm is located in Clemmons and has served the Triad area for ten years.  The firm is dedicated to providing clients with professional, personalized services and guidance for individual and business needs. Lindsay & Gardner, CPAs, PLLC has valuable experience and knowledge assisting clients with accounting and tax needs.

The goal is to be recognized as a leading CPA firm in the community with a reputation founded upon the highest level of professional and personal integrity. We strive to have clients and team members as loyal advocates of the firm. The firm’s objective is to serve clients and work with them to achieve their personal and business goals.

Lindsay & Gardner CPAs strives to be an enjoyable place to work for all team members. The firm’s goal is to hire the best candidates as team members and will ensure that they have the best training and opportunity for professional advancement, personal growth and excellent long-term career opportunities.

Lindsay & Gardner CPAs mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of clients’ needs through research and sound analysis. Lindsay & Gardner, CPAs, PLLC is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism.

First row from left to right: Kelsie Jaeger, Lindsay & Gardner CPAs, PLLC, Amy Gardner, Lindsay & Gardner CPAs, PLLC , Teresa Lindsay, Lindsay & Gardner CPAs, PLLC, Mark Owens, WS Chamber of Commerce. Second row: Richard Brooks, Twin City Quarter, Rodessa Mitchell, WS Chamber of Commerce, Jill Atherton, WS Chamber of Commerce, Dan Joyner, Image360

New Master Plan Supports Growth and Campus Life at WSSU

Architects have unveiled a long-term vision for Winston-Salem State University’s campus that supports growth and offers enhanced amenities for students. 

“The master plan for Winston-Salem State University’s 117-acre campus will provide a roadmap for strategic long-term growth over the next 20 years,” said Constance Mallette, vice chancellor of finance and administration for WSSU. “Guided by the 2016-21 Strategic Plan, this document supports the growth of academic programs and advances the living/learning concept, which focuses on creating facilities that support high-impact teaching practices and enhanced student learning.”

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(Rendering: Sasaki Associates, with Design Distill)

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(Sasaki Associates, with Design Distill)

The master plan, which was introduced at the WSSU Board of Trustees meeting on June 8, proposes 1.35-million square feet of new construction, including:

  • •Four new academic buildings to support science, allied health and graduate programs in the emerging Science District. WSSU would look to acquire space that became vacant last year with the closure of the U.S. 52 entrance ramp at Rams Drive to expand the district.
  • •The renovation and expansion of Hall Patterson, R.J. Reynolds Center, Hauser Hall of Music, and the Physical Plant (Arts + Visual Studies Department) to support liberal education.
  • •The construction of two new residence halls and an expansion of Atkins and Martin-Schexnider residence halls.
  • •Expanded athletics facilities, including a 6,000-seat football stadium, and a 3,000-seat convocation center, both located within the campus core.
  • •Two proposed multi-tiered parking garages that would support sustainable energy with rooftop solar panels and create more than 1,200 parking spaces.
  • •A mixed-use North Campus Gateway Center that would provide office space and support the East End Master Plan that is being developed by the city of Winston-Salem.
  • •A new student success center.
  • •A renovated library with a new café and social space spilling out to the Pegram Green.

Over the nine-month visioning process, which began in June 2017, staff from the global design firm Sasaki Associates met with WSSU administrators, faculty, staff and students to identify opportunities for improvements, she said. They also analyzed overall growth. 

Mallette said out of those meetings, five main ideas were incorporated as part of the vision: 

  • Supporting Liberal Education and Graduation Programs: Support the growth of graduate programs by developing in the Science District, with new buildings as well as social learning spaces.
  • Engaging Communities and Enhanced Connectivity: An overhead pedestrian crosswalk to improve pedestrian safety and connectivity along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Also, two primary accessible routes through the core of campus.
  • Environmental Stewardship: Nearly $25 million in utilities and infrastructure improvements – electrical, steam, chilled water, technology – over the next five years.
  • Restore the Core: Enhancing existing open spaces to connect core activities and facilities to make the campus even more memorable.
  • Vibrant Campus Life: Creating more on-campus amenities and jobs, especially late night and on weekends, to build more of support system and community on campus.

The plan, which was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees, was presented by Greg Haven, planner and architect for Sasaki.

WSSU currently has about 5,100 students and nearly 1,000 full- and part-time employees. The master plan, which cost $450,000, prepares WSSU for 12 percent growth over the next five years. That equals about 650 additional students –  441 undergraduate and 208 graduate students.

The master plan projects future construction totaling $556 million in current dollars. Nothing outlined in the plan currently has funding associated. 

A committee of 32 faculty, staff, administrators and students advised on the plan. Sasaki Associates also completed the 2011 master plan.

WSSU updates its master plan at least every 10 years.

Since the last master plan seven years ago, WSSU has added nearly 270,000 square feet of new and renovated spaces. Nearly $100 million in construction is underway or planned on campus, including H. Douglas Covington Hall, a new living/learning residence hall that will open in August, and a sciences building that is expected to open in late 2019. Local and regional projects such as the U.S. 52/Research Parkway interchange also occurred since 2011.

 

PART Offers Free Rides to Celebrate “Dump the Pump” Day

The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) announced today that it will join with other public transportation systems nationwide to participate in the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21. In recognition of Dump the Pump Day PART will offer FREE rides on PART Express!

“PART is honored to participate in National Dump the Pump Day.  We encourage everyone to participate in this National event.  Whether you are an existing transit rider, a first-time rider, environmentally conscious or budget conscious; mobility affects us all in various ways. Join us on June 21st and ride PART Express for FREE!” said Scott W. Rhine, PART Executive Director.

Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2018 National Dump the Pump Day is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation and to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.  Started in June 2006 when gas prices were $3 per gallon, this national day emphasizes that public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money.  According to the March APTA Transit Savings Report, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of more than $9,894 annually by downsizing to one car.  

Additionally, public transportation is a cornerstone of local economies in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In fact, a public transportation helps to make a community economically prosperous and competitive.  Every $1 invested in public transportation generates approximately $4 in economic returns, powering community growth and revitalization. 

Visit www.PARTnc.org for more information or give us a call at (336) 883-7278.

Dash Win First-Half Southern Division Title

Thanks to a league-best 41-29 record, Winston-Salem has clinched a first-half Southern Division title for the first time since 2012 and earned its fifth playoff berth in the Dash era!

With the Dash having locked up a spot in the post-season, ticket plans to catch playoff baseball at BB&T Ballpark will go on sale for season ticket members and groups on June 21. It will be first come, first served on their seat location with other plan holders who share those seats. The general public can begin buying playoff tickets on June 25. For more information, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.

You’ll also have two opportunities to catch upcoming Dash games with the Chamber: 

V.I.B.E. on July 26
Winston<40 Social on August 23

Congrats to the hometown team! 

First-Half Stats

Led by first-year manager Omar Vizquel, who was a three-time All-Star and 11-time Gold Glove winner during his 24-year big league career, the Dash’s .586 winning percentage was 34 points better than the next best team in the circuit, as the first-half Northern Division champion Potomac Nationals posted a .552 mark by going 37-30.

Across the entire first half, the Dash played a well-rounded style of baseball, posting the league’s second-best batting average (.261), on-base percentage (.340) and slugging percentage (.409), while also registering the second-best ERA (3.46 ERA) and the second-most strikeouts (598). The team also led the 10-team circuit in doubles (131) and triples (24), and they had the second-most runs (336) and hits (601).

According to MLB Pipeline, the White Sox have the third-best farm system among all MLB teams, and the Dash employed seven of Chicago’s top 30 prospects in the first half. Right-hander Dylan Cease (No. 5) led the Carolina League in strikeouts (82), all while posting a 9-2 record and a 2.89 ERA. Meanwhile, righty Dane Dunning (No. 8) made four starts and struck out 31 batters in 24.1 innings pitched, and right-hander Jimmy Lambert (No. 30) recorded 69 strikeouts through his 62.2 innings of work this year.

Among position players, outfielders Blake Rutherford (No. 7), Micker Adolfo (No. 10) and Luis Basabe (No. 13) have all shined this season. Rutherford, who was acquired by Chicago last July via a trade with the New York Yankees, leads the Dash with 43 RBIs. Adolfo was named the Carolina League Player of the Month for April after posting a .918 OPS, and Basabe leads the ballclub with nine home runs and a .502 slugging percentage. Former Wake Forest star and Dash first baseman Gavin Sheets (No. 11) has also posted a solid .356 on-base percentage thus far.

Along with Basabe and Cease, outfielder Joel Booker, left-hander Bernardo Flores and right-hander Matt Foster will be making the trip to Zebulon, N.C., for the 2018 Carolina League All-Star Classic, which will take place on Tuesday, June 19. Booker currently leads the Dash in batting average (.297), on-base percentage (.389), runs scored (39) and steals (14). On the mound, Flores was the Dash’s most consistent pitcher in the first half, logging 10 quality starts over his 12 outings and putting together a 5-4 record with a 2.55 ERA. His 77.2 innings pitched rank second in the Carolina League. The lone reliever to earn an All-Star nod from Winston-Salem, Foster went 7-for-7 in save opportunities in the first half with a 40:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Winston-Salem Dash are the Class-A Advanced Minor League affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call 336-714-2287 or visit www.wsdash.com.

 

Creating a Veteran-Friendly Workplace

An upcoming workshop for Human Resources professionals will highlight various ways to create a military-friendly workplace. 

The USO of NC, along with Winston-Salem SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) present the Hiring and Retaining Military Talent Workshop

Why You Should Consider Hiring Veterans

  • Proven Leadership: Veterans were put into leadership roles at early stages of their time in the service. The real world, front line and often battle proven leadership developed in the military is well beyond that of a similar person in a civilian job.
  • Team Players: From the early stages of initial training, all members of the military are used to working in a team environment. Some teams are small, others very large, but all members of the team know that their individual efforts are to support the team in reaching the larger objective.
  • Work Ethic: The work ethic of veterans is unparalleled due to the need to depend on each other for their lives. Every military person knows that their life and success depends on their teammates. As a result, the work ethic of veterans is vastly stronger than the normal civilian work ethic. People who have served in the military are used to working long hours in non-traditional environments.
  • Training and Education: Today’s military veteran has been trained in nearly every occupation imaginable, with a strong emphasis on technology. Most of the training schools of the military that teach technology, leadership, sales, management, and operations surpass those available to civilians.

Click here to view the Legal Compliance Guide.

Tax Break Eligibility for Hiring Veterans

Businesses that hire eligible unemployed veterans can take advantage of a Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). (This credit is also available to certain tax-exempt organizations.) After recent changes, The Returning Heroes Tax Credit now provides incentives of up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit doubles the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities, to up to $9,600. Below are the amended and expanded definitions of the veteran group as recognized by the WOTC.

Qualified Long-term Unemployment
This is a credit for new hires that begin work on or after January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2019, during which the individual is employed no less than 27 consecutive weeks, and includes a period in which the individual was receiving unemployment compensation under State or Federal law. For WOTC-certified new hires working at least 120 hours, employers can claim 25% of the first year wages paid up to $6,000, for a maximum income tax credit of up to $1,500. For WOTC-certified new hires working 400 hours or more, employers can claim 40% of the first year wages up to $6,000, for a maximum income tax credit of up to $2,400.

Short-term Unemployment
A credit of 40% of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for employers who hire veterans who have been in receipt of unemployment compensation for at least 4 weeks.

Long-term Unemployment
A credit of 40% of the first $14,000 of wages (up to $5,600) for employers who hire veterans who have been in receipt of unemployment compensation for longer than 6 months.

Veterans with Services-Connected Disabilities
Maintains the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for veterans with service-connected disabilities hired within one year of being discharged from the military. The credit is 40% of the first $12,000 of wages (up to $4,800).

Long-Term Unemployed Veterans with Services-Connected Disabilities
A new credit of 40% of the first $24,000 of wages (up to $9,600) for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been in receipt of unemployment compensation for longer than 6 months. The credit can be as high as $9,600 per veteran for for-profit employers or up to $6,240 for tax-exempt organizations.

Click here for more information regarding the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).

Summer Menu Debuts at The Katharine Brasserie and Bar

With the arrival of the Summer season, The Katharine celebrates its multi-faceted bar program and refurbished patio with the introduction of executive chef Adam Barnett’s first specialty bar menu and the appointment of Levi Fryer as its new lead bartender.

Chef Barnett, who offers classic French brasserie dishes in the dining room, now reveals a smart bar menu to complement The Katharine’s bustling bar scene, available every evening. A hearty Lobster Roll ($15) on brioche bun, made with a fennel and celery root remoulade, and crispy chicken wings, or ‘L’Ailes de Poulet’ ($12), confit’d and served with Barnett’s smoked onion “ranch” and Zo’s Hot Sauce, are joined by current favorites such as the house-ground Brasserie Burger ($17) made with Joyce Farms beef and raclette cheese, and the Truffle Frites ($8) and brown butter-Spiced Nuts ($8).

Lobster Roll at the Katharine

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

“French brasseries are known for the welcoming restaurant and bar experience they offer guests on all occasions,” explained Chef Barnett. “We want to be that for Winston-Salem locals, and not only as part of an upscale and formal dining experience,” Barnett explained. “Whether you’re stopping in after work or planning an entire evening out, our new bar menu and festive outdoor patio provide an approachable and casual way to enjoy this iconic setting, indoors and out.” (The Katharine’s regular dinner menu is also available in the bar and patio at all times.)

The Katharine’s renovated outdoor patio extends the comfortable bar experience just in time for the summer season. New oversized umbrellas, foliage and a garage door, creating an open-air setting and unique indoor-outdoor bar, coupled by state state-of-the-art noise reduction improvements throughout the bar and restaurant, lend to a lively and summery al fresco bar setting for indulging in libations and modestly-priced bar plates on the new bar menu. Music and games are also contributing to the festive setting. 

The Katharine’s cocktail program – featuring originals, classics and infusions – is now stronger than ever, led by Winston-Salem native Levi Fryer. One of the area’s most skilled bartenders, Fryer honed his skills at Tate’s Craft Cocktails and Small Batch Beer Co before beginning with The Katharine in 2017. In addition to creating and executing the cocktail program – including house-made infusions as in the Cucumber Martini, Pineapple Daiquiri, Strawberry Gin Fizz and Habanero Margarita – Fryer also trains The Katharine’s bar team and lends his expertise to cocktail and beer pairings. The Rosemary Snazzy, featuring Rittenhouse Rye, Mekow Cognac, Lucid Absinthe and Rosemary, is one of his personal favorites.

Cocktail at the Katharine Bar

Photos by Brittany Butterworth Photography

For more information or to make a reservation, visit katharinebrasserie.com or call 336-761-0203. Follow @KatherineBrasserie on Facebook or Instagram.

Free Portrait Event to Honor W-S/Forsyth County First Responders

Wake Forest University and professional photographers from the University Photographers’ Association of America (UPAA) will be offering free individual or family portraits to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County first responders.

The event will be held Wednesday, June 20 from noon to 5 p.m. at Wake Forest University’s Sutton Center.

Local paramedics, firefighters, police and emergency personnel must sign up in advance at go.wfu.edu/firstresponder by Tuesday, June 19.

“This is an opportunity for Wake Forest and UPAA photographers to recognize and thank emergency personnel who are first to arrive on the scene and assist victims in the most challenging and stressful of situations,” said Wake Forest University Photographer Ken Bennett.

UPAA photographers, image techs and lighting designers will work together to produce a finished print for each participant on site. Uniforms are optional.

The event is being held in conjunction with the 2018 UPAA Symposium to be held at Wake Forest June 18-22.

WFU’s President Nathan O. Hatch Receives Career Services Excellence Award

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) awarded Wake Forest University President Nathan O. Hatch the 2018 Career Services Excellence Award.

The award is given to a college or university president from an accredited institution of higher education who supports the establishment of, and demonstrates forward-thinking leadership in, career services education.

At a time when colleges and universities were slashing career services budgets, Hatch envisioned a plan to transform the traditional, outdated concept of “career services” into a holistic, four-year approach to personal and career development. He created the role of Vice President for Personal and Career Development, the first known cabinet-level position focusing on supporting students from college to career. He made personal and career development a mission-critical component of the Wake Forest student experience.

Under Hatch’s leadership, Wake Forest has raised about $20 million over the past eight years in support of personal and career development and entrepreneurship. The investment and support have been paying off. The most recent data show that 97.5 percent of the Wake Forest undergraduate class of 2017 were either employed or in graduate school six months out of college.

Wake Forest is a national leader in career development among higher education institutions. University experts and students have been quoted in media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, Forbes and Fast Company.

About NACE:

NACE connects more than 8,100 college career services professionals at nearly 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide, more than 3,100 university relations and recruiting professionals, and the business affiliates that serve this community.

About Wake Forest University:

Wake Forest University combines the best traditions of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. Founded in 1834, the school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, divinity school, and nationally ranked schools of law, medicine and business enrich our intellectual environment. Learn more about Wake Forest University at www.wfu.edu.

BekaertDeslee Cuts Ribbon on Expansion Project

BekaertDeslee USA will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, June 21, 2018, to celebrate the opening of its new 87,000 square foot warehouse and remodeled showroom!

This expansion project includes multiple investments which will not only allow BekaertDeslee to better serve customers with finished goods but will also free up space for additional equipment in production areas.

“The expansion project is set to be complete in the next few weeks, and will increase our capability significantly and provide us a much greater degree of flexibility”, says Brandon Wells, General Manager of BekaertDeslee USA.

BekaertDeslee employs 2500+ employees worldwide, of which 300 are located in the Winston-Salem facility. The company produces textiles for 110,000 mattresses per day and 600 million people sleep on its fabrics every night. BekaertDeslee is located at 200 Business Park Drive in Winston-Salem.