• The Blu Martini also appears to be closed. And the Miller Furniture building is still empty.
• Across the street, the Table, an established bakery in Asheboro, opened a shop down the alley where Loaf and Simple Kneads used to be.
200 block of South Elm Street
• Tunazilla opened in the spot at 223 S. Elm St., then changed its name to the more appropriate Sushi Sapa.
• The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce moved from its old spot near the forthcoming Steven Tanger Center for Performing Arts to a ground-floor spot on the southwest corner of February One Place.
• Mack and Mack, one of the original businesses that came to Elm Street during its initial redevelopment in 2000, has pulled out of its longtime space after 16 years. The company will still design and manufacture women’s clothing under a new concept that is still being determined.
• The Kress Building, after Tavo restaurant and Inferno nightclub closed, still has no tenants on its ground floor.
• Matheny says the Elm Street Center is still being considered for a hotel.
February One Place
• Remedy Salon opened in the spot past Cincy’s.
• Matheny says he’s scouting possible tenants to operate a speakeasy in the basement space of the Old North State Bank & Trust. “It would be perfect there,” he said.
100 block of South Elm Street
• Downtown Fitness moved out of the building at the corner of Market Street.
100 Block of North Elm Street
• Gray Legal has taken over the space at 108 and polished off the façade.
• Longtime lunch spot Venice Italian restaurant closed.
• Lincoln Financial, Matheny said, has been reclaiming office space in its building and the former Bank of America building across the street, which it also controls. He named a few notable former tenants, including Greensboro lawyer Henry Isaacson, who moved their offices so Lincoln Financial employees could move in. Shares of the company have moved from a low of 32.65 in February 2016 to a close last week of 69.3.
• El Nuevo Mexican restaurant, run by a Korean couple and home to one of Eric Ginsburg’s favorite burritos, closed in 2016.
200 block of North Elm Street
• This block belongs to Center City Park and Center Pointe apartments, the only span where nothing has changed in the last 13 months.
300 block of North Elm Street
• Most of the long 300 block of North Elm on the east side has been razed for the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. Matheny said the site would begin breaking asphalt in the second quarter of this year. When the fences come down, open spaces in the plan will allow for pedestrian flow and connectivity to the Lebauer Park area and museum district.
• As mentioned, the Chamber of Commerce has moved out of the old brick building at the edge of the Tanger center property. And furniture store Blvd is no longer operating out of the spot at 348.
400 block of North Elm Street
• LaRue changed its name to LaRue Elm and moved, befittingly, to North Elm Street in the spot once taken by Ganache bakery, a huge upgrade from the former slot on Greene Street, but also big shoes to fill.
• Wrangler, across the street, has launched a Jeansboro campaign celebrating the city’s denim history by, among other initiatives, placing decorative pairs of jeans in strategic locations around downtown. (I have been telling people that they are life-size replicas of Shaquille O’Neal’s Wranglers).
True, downtown Greensboro is laid out like a strip, but small pockets of the area have been busy for a long time, and others are still being activated.
LeBauer Park/Church Street/Museum District
• LeBauer Park itself is a significant addition to the north end of downtown, a multifaceted green space with activities for kids and adults, a performance space, quick-serve restaurants Noma and Ghassan’s, and a massive piece of public art, “Where We Met” by Janet Echelman, now down for the winter but returning to its lofty perch in late March or early April, depending on the weather. The park provides connectivity between the Greensboro Historical Museum, the Cultural Arts Center and the Central Library back on Church Street. And crucially, it creates connectivity from Center City Park, and combats the curse of the strip by adding an east-west axis of public space.
• The Greensboro Cultural Center has a new performance space, the Van Dyke Theater, named for longtime UNCG dancer and instructor Jan Van Dyke, who left $1 million for its construction in her estate.
• The Greensboro Children’s Museum is renovating its lobby with a water feature and tech center, and is transforming its parking lot into a picnic area and playground.
• Down Davie, the News & Record announced it would cease printing operations at its Greensboro facility, leading speculation that the site will soon be for sale.
• On the Davie side of the N&R property, a new vape shop called the Refinery opened in the summer.