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  1. Triad Photo of the Day

    Morning breaking over God's Acre cemetary in Old Salem
  2. Triad Photo of the Day

    A shot from the Heavy Rebel Weekender event from last weekend
  3. The Dash Downtown Ballpark

    Why go to a 12 story building? I do not see any particular advantages in it especially in that part of the city as it will be the only tower in the neighbourhood. The four story buildings promote infill development and in this sort of development gives you far more street level retail space which will be essential for developing an entertainment complex of bars and restaurants around the ballpark. What would be preferable, walking past a frontage of 100 ft for a tower along with the parking lots surrounding it or perhaps 500-600ft of various retail shops, bars and so forth with parking tuck away behind?
  4. Downtown Winston-Salem Developments

    It will take time and a good stretch of good economic development in Winston-Salem but I think eventually, all of those infill lots downtown will be put to good use and downtown will return to something like its former glory.
  5. Downtown Winston-Salem Developments

    Hanberry's on Trade St has closed. In its place is Gotham Park Home, a furnishings and crafts store.
  6. Hanes Mall Boulevard & Stratford Road

    The closed Sagebrush restaurant on Stratford Rd is going to be a Walgreens pharmacy. At one time, an Eckerds was proposed where the mini-golf course was and now is agains. I wonder how many more drugstores we need in this city.
  7. WFUBMC Expansion

    What prespective is this? It appears to be looking northward with Queen St in the foreground.
  8. Hanes Mall Boulevard & Stratford Road

    There is a website for Texas Land & Cattle and frankly I am disappointed. I was under the impression that this was to be an upscale version of a steakhouse though not in the range of a Morton's or a Ruth Chris. Looking at their menu online shows a similar line of offerings you can get anywhere at any decent steakhouse just perhaps in a better setting.
  9. Hanes Mall Boulevard & Stratford Road

    The Texas Land and Cattle restaurant at Little Shoppes on Hanes Blvd is now open for business. Also, Applebees has opened their new restaurant on Lewisville-Clemmonsville Rd at the I-40 intersection.
  10. Downtown Winston-Salem Developments

    Would not hurt to have one downtown though I would prefer a Wendy's instead. Would do quite well if located near the bus terminal for people to grab and go something on their trips. It probably will not affect other businesses downtown as the people who would normally get something at McDonalds probably would not get something a lot better for a bit more money and lot more fresher. On the other hand, people may actually get breakfast there as there is a real lack of breakfast options downtown so getting a Bacon Egg Cheese biscuit will be a real choice for many people.
  11. Hanes Mall Boulevard & Stratford Road

    Well, that makes absolutely no sense as it has mentioned before, Winston does not lack for steakhouses especially around the Hanes Mall. As for the fancy steakhouse, that new Texas Cattlemens restaurant at Little Shoppes will address that need supposely and we do have WS Prime downtown as well. As for Copelands' problems, I think its growth came out of the fad for New Orleans style cooking, both Creole and Cajun, which as fads do has diminished in popularity over the years. How many people now say "Let's do Cajun!"?
  12. Downtown Winston-Salem Developments

    The old Towne Jeweller's store on 4th and and Cherry is becoming Towne Markets. From a posted sign on the door, I gather that it will be like a boutique type of store where different vendors have a portion of the floor space but there will be a central cash register for all of the sales. There will a display for an artist, an antique food dealer, a speciality food dealer, an arts & crafts store and perhaps a bit more later on. It will be a nice addition but I wonder about its success as the facade of the store is not very inviting and this is the kind of store that will rely heavily on casual pedistrian traffic. You could walk right past it without knowing it existed. Let's hope that is taken in account on the renovation through the addition of a large street-level window display.
  13. Downtown Winston-Salem Developments

    Well for the Ben and Jerry's ice cream place, I did not vote for the downtown location. As much as I would want more retail downtown, these kind of places rely heavily on being a destination type of retail and given some of the barriers currently in place for viable downtown retail, it may be premature to do so for such a place downtown. As for the other locations and their viability, in a cross post on another board, I gave my views of the vote choices: Stratford Road area - heavily built up road means it will be difficult to access from the road unless within a shopping center, Thruway centre already has Baskin Robbins and on the other side of the street, Blue Ridge ice cream is there. Miller Street/Cloverdale Avenue - Mayberry's is an old standby with a decidely older clientile. Fair bit of commerical development that draws heavily on the hospital. Hanes Mall Boulevard - heavily built up with quite a few ice cream establishments (Moola's, Carvel etc...).Not much open space available except at Little Shoppes development. Downtown - no other retail draw in the area, residence levels currently low, large weekday worker population, limited street parking; may fit in with the Arts District culture but is there enough business? Southeast Gateway - new development with large resident areas around it. large education section from Salem College, NCSA, WSSU. Tourists from Old Salem and development will draw people from the YMCA. Robinhood Road/Peacehaven area - large commerical area with no known similar businesses. Residential areas abound. University Parkway/Hanes Mill Road area - somewhat off the beaten track and unlikely to draw in people from other parts of the city unless located next to the new theatre. Given all of that, my choice in the site selection would be the SouthEast gateway as there is quite a lot of business potential in the area with high foot traffic and it will gain the prestige of being located in a new upscale development.
  14. Downtown Winston-Salem Developments

    I was wondering: are there any supermarkets on the east side of Hwy 52 in the downtown area. To the best of my knowledge, there are supermarkets in the Stratford/Miller St area, Peters Creek Parkway and up on University but I do not know anything about the section of downtown on the other side of 52.
  15. Civic Plaza 100 W. 4th St.

    Drove past the demolition site today, Nothing but rubble waiting to be taken away.