• The Forge an Andy Zimmerman project, relocated into the old Flying Anvil Space, including a new fence deal there.

600 block of South Elm Street

• PB& Java has been revamped beyond the PBJ concept to include performances and other artistic endeavors. Proprietors Charlie and Ruth Jones are still holding their Greensboro Grub in their place upstairs, but have hit financial straits and are raising money through a GoFundMe campaign to try to keep the building.

• Elsewhere living museum, after a large grant, upgraded the pair of buildings so that the place can remain open through the winter. They kicked off the grand reopening in September by placing a Ferris wheel on the street out front.

• Crawford’s Creations, a custom bakeshop, has moved to Coliseum Boulevard, leaving the storefront empty for now. And Alter Vapes has pulled out of its slim storefront as well.

• Timothy Smith of Chakras Day Spa has taken over Table 16 at the corner of Lewis and South Elm streets, restyling the interior and revamping the small bar.

Lewis Street

Boxcar Bar + Arcade, in the background, is the newest addition to Lewis Street which has gone from a state of urban decay into the anchor of a thriving South End District that also includes Gibb’s Hundred Brewing, foreground.

• Since we last checked in, downtown developer Eric Robert bought 603 S. Elm St. at the corner of Lewis Street, and a bar, the Bearded Goat, has taken residence on the Lewis Street side. This part of the street itself has been undergoing sidewalk and street construction most of the year.

• Dixie Lock & Key has moved out of its longtime spot on the north side of West Lewis Street.

• Fainting Goat Spirits — the new, lone distillery in Guilford County — opened at 115 W. Lewis; its Emulsion gin and Tiny Cat vodka are available in ABC stores throughout the state.

• The Boxcar Bar & Arcade opened for business last week in the spot that once housed Lotus Lounge. Dustin Keene, owner of Common Grounds coffeeshop, announced plans for a music hall on the other side of the building, opening later this year if all goes well.

500 block of South Elm Street

• Downtown Greensboro Inc. has moved down from its tower suite on the north side of downtown and into a ground-floor space on the northwest corner of Lewis Street in a building owned, like many in this neighborhood, by Andy Zimmerman.

• Bloom, a consignment shop, opened next door and is open by appointment only. Emisare, a marketing company, is on the second floor, and RLF Communications rents on the third floor.

RLF Communications and The rest of the building — owned by Andy Zimmerman — remains empty.

• Jules Antiques owner Gary Brame announced his intentions to close the shop just as we conducted our last survey. The space is still empty.

• Coe’s Grocery has closed and Glitters is moving into the spot over the next month or so, down from its longtime location at the corner of Washington and Elm streets.

The Railyard

• We haven’t seen much action in this sub-space in the last 13 months. City Market, held for the last two years in the parking lot, has called it quits. And Wet Willie’s, the daiquiri bar that took over the Spice Cantina space, has yet to open its doors.

• The Cascade Saloon’s renovation, a joint project by Christman Capital Development Co. and Rentenbach Construction, moved ahead last month. Matheny said an entity like the Mast General Store in Winston-Salem might be a good fit for the place.

The tracks

• Matheny says murals and lighting are in the works for the downtown underpass that connects South Elm with Davie Street to make it more inviting at night. And he says DGI is looking into making this section of the Norfolk Southern Line a “quiet zone,” meaning that the train horns will not sound there, but parameters for that designation on the Federal Railroad’s website would seem to make that impossible: “Under the Train Horn Rule  (49 CFR Part 222), locomotive engineers must begin to sound train horns at least 15 seconds, and no more than 20 seconds, in advance of all public grade crossings.”

300 block of South Elm Street

• The newest thing at Hamburger Square is a humungous mural of Greensboro musician Joey Barnes, who has done an awful lot of things besides being Daughtry’s drummer.

• The W restaurant opened in the space built for Bin 33 after a complete remodel following Ham’s departure.

• Up McGee Street, Roundabout Hot Dog Co. opened in the fall.

• A new mural by Argentinian artist Francisco “Pastel” Diaz went up on the side of the McGee Street Lofts building in June.

• The Idiot Box moved to the basement of Geeksboro on Lawndale Drive. Matheny says an “Asheville-style attraction” is being courted for the space, but declined to provide specifics.

• Jerusalem Market opened a second location at the spot that was once Minj Grill and, most recently, housed Harlem Express.

• Also new is Glam & Glitz Fashion and Beauty Bar at 302 S. Elm St.

• Glitters is out next door, as previously mentioned. Building owner Sidney Gray lost one tenant and gained another, so it’s a wash.



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