• Developer Marty Kotis had hinted at plans for a beer garden, possibly in town, at this time last year. Since then, Triad City Beat broke the news that Kotis intends to open one on the former Carolina Tours property off Federal Place, complete with a restaurant and maybe a speakeasy-type feature. Kotis said the venue might also welcome live music, and in February 2015, he said he’d like to open it that summer or next. Guess it’ll be 2016.
  • Growth at CityView apartments in Southside near the Depot continues, most notably a change in ownership giving developer Roy Carroll a firmer hold on downtown residential properties.
  • A planned medium-sized performance and rehearsal space at the Greensboro Cultural Center quickly came to fruition thanks to a generous gift from Jan Van Dyke. The choreographer passed away this summer, according to the News & Record.

    Construction at LeBauer
    Construction at LeBauer
  • LeBauer Park broke ground, and the area is still under construction, though slightly behind schedule due to weather, according to Downtown Greensboro Inc. head Zack Matheny. He said it’s scheduled to open in May, but may be a little later.
  • The National Folk Fest in Greensboro was just a glint in Tom Philion’s eye at this time last year, but in September, the ArtsGreensboro leader enjoyed the massive festival with tens of thousands of other residents and visitors. It’d be hard to see the folk festival as anything but a gigantic success, and it will return in late 2016 and 2017.

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    Matheny likes this parklet example
  • Downtown Greensboro Inc. scuttled plans for a parklet program that would put little pop-ups in parking spots, activating more public space. But the organization’s new president, former city councilman Zack Matheny, said he’s bringing it back, though he prefers the name “streateries.”
  • Remember all that talk about hotels downtown? Well the only one with visible progress is Roy Carroll’s over at the corner of Bellemeade and Eugene streets. And calling that progress is pretty generous — the property barely looks any different than it did a year ago at this time, save for the closure of a block of Lindsay Street. Better luck next year.

    Outside the Southeastern building
    Outside the Southeastern building
  • Here’s a sentence lifted directly from last year’s article, because it still rings true: “Construction continues on the Southeastern building at the corner of Market and Elm streets, though it is not clear when the project will be completed and tenants will move in.”
  • Construction is much more evident at the Union Square campus on the southern edge of downtown by Gate City Boulevard. The development will house joint programming between several area colleges and Cone Health.
  • In the last year, two things happened across Elm Street from Union Square at the Mill run by Eric Robert — a controversy about a beloved mural being replaced by a Duck Head logo, representing the lone business occupying the renovated space, and further development of a lawsuit by Robert against the city relating to the investment there. That one’s still working its way through the courts.
  • The former Showfety’s building on East Market Street sold to a new owner, and Downtown Greensboro Inc. head Zack Matheny said he’s trying to lure a breakfast place into the building. (Check out the new mural on the side of the building in the photo above.)
  • DGI itself is moving to a storefront location, something the organization intended to do long ago, leaving its office space in the Self Help building downtown. No news yet on exactly where it will be located.
  • Stir Creative Group, a small design firm currently located near Elon Law School, is buying a building around the corner from its existing office and will make some serious beautification upgrades to the spot on John Wesley Way.P1000088
  • Anybody seen the new Charles Aris building? That thing looks incredible, and helps the area look more like a true city core.
  • Jules Antiques, run by DGI board chair Gary Brame, announced it would be closing before too long. That area of South Elm Street used to brim with antique stores, but another on the corner of South Elm and Lewis streets is for sale and another across the street closed (and has been bought by Eric Robert, mentioned above).
  • Around the corner on East Lewis Street, a new business called ReAligned tilts the scales the other way, suggesting that maybe antique and vintage items aren’t on the way out. But, Nosilla Vintage did close in July after a brief stand near the tracks. The business still operates an online store and booths at both Design Archives locations, including in downtown Greensboro.

    ReAligned
    ReAligned
  • Area Modern Home & Lighting hopped to a different storefront, just a few doors closer to where Nosilla used to be.
  • The folks behind Suite 300 and Kress Terrace announced their plans to open the W on Elm, another event space — and this time, a restaurant — where Ham’s used to be located not far from the Green Bean.
  • More than a year ago, Elsewhere Artist Collaborative received a grant to transform several public places in downtown — check out the side of ReAligned, the corner of the unit above Table 16 restaurant a stone’s throw away and in particular the functional yet artistic picnic tables built on Bragg Street near the Mill.

    Matheny likes this idea for Collab
    Matheny likes this idea for Collab
  • Thanks to a $6,000 grant from SunTrust, there are plans to add some sort of public art feature to Collab or the area immediately surrounding the co-working space — something bright, eye-catching and three dimensional, if Matheny has his way. On the same front, Wrangler plans to place iconic public sculptures throughout downtown, and the Janet Echelman piece planned for LeBauer Park is quite promising. And if Ryan Saunders’ outfit No Blank Walls makes some headway, murals will adorn a downtown wall or two before next year is over.
  • Urban Grinders, a café and art gallery (in a truer sense than most coffeeshops in the area which more accurately display some art), welcomed its first customers this year in its storefront a little ways down from Center City Park.
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Urban Grinders

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