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Economy
8:21 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Winston-Salem "State Of The Community" Finds Growth Opportunities, Obstacles

Credit WFDD File Photo by Paul Garber

Winston-Salem civic leaders gathered Wednesday for the first annual “state of the community” discussion. The event is an effort to make the city one of the top 50 metro areas for job creation by the end of the decade.

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Education
1:30 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

College Students To Get Downtown Winston-Salem Tour

Credit City of Winston-Salem

Downtown Winston-Salem may not be a typical spring break destination, but the city is about to get an influx of college students Saturday.

The difference is – these students are local.

The city’s college advisory board is holding a summit to give students a chance to explore downtown, with stops at local restaurants, shops and BB&T Ballpark. They'll travel to their destinations via Winston-Salem Transit Authority trolleys. 

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Transportation
4:59 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Union Station Left Out of State's Rail Plan

Union Station in Winston-Salem
Credit WFDD photo by Paul Garber

State officials last month unveiled their long-term plan for railways, and it leaves Winston-Salem residents waiting at the station. 

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Economy
8:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Downtown Winston-Salem Not Vacant After 5 P.M. Anymore

Fourth Street in Winston-Salem is now lined with several restaurants. More apartments and restaurants are on the way throughout the downtown area.
Credit Photo courtesy of the City of Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem is a small city with a sprawling central business district that is now vibrant in every quadrant.

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Education
7:48 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Plans For New Downtown Library In Winston-Salem Unveiled

The Forsyth County Central Library's schematic design renderings were shown to county commissioners during a briefing on Thursday. The old site on W. Fifth Street closed on October 15. The renovation process is expected to take about two years to complete.
Credit RATIO Architects

Forsyth County residents got a glimpse at new design plans for the renovated Central Library in downtown Winston-Salem.  RATIO Architects of Raleigh presented their work to county commission members Thursday afternoon.  The design is reflective of input from community members.

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Arts
10:56 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Winston-Salem Getting Its Own "Art Park"

An artist's rendering of the new downtown art park
Credit Courtesy AFAS

Winston-Salem is getting its first park dedicated to the arts. This will mean a major expansion for the downtown arts district.

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Transportation
12:13 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

State Announces Main Interchange For Business 40 In Winston-Salem

Credit Mapquest


A decision has been made: Cherry and Marshall streets will be the main interchange for Business 40 in downtown Winston-Salem when road improvements are finished. Work is scheduled to start in 2016. 

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Business
2:51 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Downtown Window Art Makeover Complete

Credit John Borwick

Organizers of a new project opening this week hope to rekindle the glory days of department store windows back downtown.

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Housing
11:53 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Former YWCA Condos Nearly Ready For Residents

Bill Benton stands in space that was once part of the auditorium of the former YWCA building on Glade Street in Winston-Salem. The space is a living area in one of seven condos that Benton and his company have developed in the building.
Credit WFDD photo by Paul Garber

In his youth, Bill Benton was a regular visitor to the YWCA on Glade Street in Winston-Salem’s West End, whether it was to swim in the pool or to get a piece of his favorite, chicken pie.

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Radio Camp
2:45 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Tucker Tharpe of the Garage: Self-Proclaimed Winston-Salem Enthusiast

Radio Camper Siona Kshirsager talks with owner of the Garage, Tucker Tharpe
Credit Mary Heisey

Tucker Tharpe is the owner of the Garage, one of Winston-Salem’s oldest music venues. Before owning the Garage, he worked at Spevco Inc., a company that specializes in mobile marketing. He has also worked at the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, where he created a number of free events in the downtown area. WFDD Radio Camper Siona Kshirsager recently had the chance to interview him.

The first time I saw Tucker, I was struck by his casual appearance. His relaxed demeanor was apparent as he walked up the steps of the WFDD radio station, dressed in a t-shirt and khakis with a big cup of coffee in his hand. I asked about the vibe in the Garage and Tucker shared his favorite part about his business.

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Radio Camp
1:48 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Camino Bakery's Cary Clifford Discusses Her Deep Love for Winston-Salem

Radio Camper Heather Schwartz talks to Camino Bakery owner Cary Clifford about Winston-Salem and Second Sundays on Fourth
Credit Sara Chisesi

Cary Clifford is the owner and founder of Camino Bakery in downtown Winston-Salem. This local bakery attracts people from all over the area to downtown. Radio Camper Heather Schwartz sat down with her to find out more.

 She walked up to me with a wide smile and an obvious enthusiasm to begin the conversation. Her enthusiasm for the interview stayed, and her comments on starting a business caught my eyes and ears. 

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Business
11:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Reynolds Acquisition of Lorillard a "Blockbuster of a Deal for the Triad"

The Reynolds American headquarters in Winston-Salem.
Credit WFDD photo by Celia Spell.

Reynolds American announced last week that it was in talks with Lorillard about a possible acquisition, a deal that had been rumored for months.

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Business
11:00 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

New Owners Get Keys to R.J. Reynolds Building

Ron Caplan, president of PMC Property Group, answers a question during a press conference at the former R.J. Reynolds headquarters building in downtown Winston-Salem on Friday, June 27, 2014.
Credit WFDD photo by Paul Garber

The buyers of the former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. headquarters in Winston-Salem officially took ownership of the building Friday.

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Arts
11:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Project Targets Store Fronts for Makeovers in Downtown Winston-Salem

Select vacant storefronts in downtown Winston-Salem would get makeovers under a new arts project.
Credit WFDD photo by Paul Garber

It’s been many years since the major department stores graced downtown Winston-Salem with elaborate window dressings. But those eye-catching displays could be headed for a comeback.

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Business
1:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

For Reynolds, It's Out With The Old And In With The New

The Reynolds Building (center) has been part of the downtown Winston-Salem skyline since 1929. In this picture, it is flanked to the left by the brick Pepper Building (circa 1928) the contemporary One West Fourth Street (2002) and to the right by Winston Tower (1966). The building was sold to developers on Thursday, May 22, 2014.
Credit WFDD Photo by Paul Garber

The local face of Reynolds American went through some big changes last week.

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Business
10:44 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Commission Backs Reynolds Building For Historic Register

The Reynolds Building (center) has been part of the downtown Winston-Salem skyline since 1929. In this picture it is flanked to the left by the brick Pepper Building (circa 1928) the contemporary One West Fourth Street (2002) and to the right by Winston Tower (1966).
Credit WFDD Photo by Paul Garber

A local historic agency has approved the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. building for a spot on the National Registrer of Historic Places.

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Sports
3:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Cycling Center Planned for Downtown Winston-Salem

Organizers hope to turn this vacant building on Liberty Street into a cycling center that could one day train U.S. Olympic athletes.
Credit WFDD photo by Paul Garber

A new cycling center is in the works for downtown Winston-Salem.

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Business
11:22 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Inmar Moves to Innovation Quarter

Employees of Inmar, accompanied by the Winston-Salem State University Marching Band, held a parade in downtown Winston-Salem to celebrate the grand opening of their new headquarters in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Monday.
Credit WFDD Photo by Paul Garber

Inmar, a consumer transaction network and systems company, has a new home and a new partnership.

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Regional Growth
9:32 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Rock the Block Yields to New Culinary Festival

Music plays during Rock the Block 2013.
Credit Photo courtesy of the City of Winston-Salem

A Winston-Salem festival that opened the doors to downtown for 12 years is coming to an end.

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News
7:18 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Pepper Building

Pepper Building, 1930s
Digital Forsyth Forsyth County Public Library

When the Davis McCollum Department Store first opened its doors in late October 1928, more than three thousand people crowded the streets at Fourth and Liberty.

"Everybody had heard about this fabulous new place and they just wanted to see it," said Fam Brownlee, a local historian. "Everything upstairs was really upscale, it was aimed at the high end, but they put a lot of emphasis on the basement, the bargain basement. And it had terrific prospects. Who wouldn't have wanted to invest in it, with everything booming? But it didn't last very long."

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