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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 16—ISSUE 2 42 WINSTON-SALEM Buildings that once housed tobacco are being transformed in the city founded by Moravians. Innovation, started centuries ago by the ahead-of-their-time leaders, is a theme throughout Winston-Salem. Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and the Kimpton Hotel are but two examples of rehabbed buildings that now point to the city's vision as a place of innovation, technology, science, the arts and more. Innovation Quarter is the city's urban research park on what was once the site of a cigarette manufacturing plant owned by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco. IQ has received national attention as one of the fastest-growing urban-based districts for innovation in the U.S. The park is more than a work place but is also where people live in rehabbed lofts, apartments and condos that were once a part of the textile/tobacco history. In the summer, IQs Bailey Park brings concerts and special events to the community. A few blocks away, the R.J. Reynolds Art Deco 21-story headquarters said to have been a model for the Empire State Building is the site for the city's first boutique hotel. The Kimpton has seven floors in the 211-room hotel and remaining floors for residents. The Kimpton's restaurant, the Katharine is inspired by the matriarch of the Reynolds family. Spend an evening at The Katharine Brasserie and Bar with its French inspired menus. During the holidays try Chef Barnett's adaptation of Katharine Reynolds' favorite wintry dishes, including Rutabaga and Sweet Potato Bisque, Roasted Pheasant with Chestnut Stuffing and Walnut, and Coffee Pound Cake with Cocoa Nibs. Or have cocktails inspired by art – a Collaboration with North Carolina Museum of Art - to celebrate their current Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit. The Garden of Jimson cocktail – created by barman Levi Fryer - features local Sutlers Gin, hibiscus syrup, lemon juice, egg whites and Lillet Rose, and was inspired by O'Keeffe's famous Jimson Weed painting. Innovation continues in the Downtown Arts District, home to MIXXer Makerspace, Wise Man Brewing, RamKat, and Winston Cup Museum, among others. The newest addition to the Arts District is the Wildlight Wellness Collective, a new wellness center that promotes mind, body and soul. The modern space has outdoor gardens, a meditation sanctuary with classes, community gathering spaces, a school library, herbal tea bar, rental areas, and a bookstore. The city of innovation is also a sports minded one. Winston-Salem BY LYNNE BRANDON Winston-Salem is a consummate host city from amateur to professional sporting events on college campuses, arenas or other locations. Collegiate sports are embraced at Wake Forest University as well as Winston-Salem State University — both with diverse sports programs, facilities and venues. In recent years, the city has proudly hosted the Powerade State Games of North Carolina, U.S. Club Soccer National Cup-Southeast Region, Freedom Cup Challenge Lacrosse Tournament, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Basketball Tournament and NCAA Division II and III Indoor Track and Field Championships. And every August, Winston-Salem enjoys world-wide attention as the host of Winston-Salem Open, the ATP World Tour 250 tennis event, hosting such international tennis stars as local, John Isner, France's Julien Benstead and Andy Roddick to name a few. In the winter, hockey fans can watch the Carolina Thunderbirds minor league professional hockey team at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex. In the spring and summer, baseball fans flock to the BB&T Ballpark on the edge of downtown, where guests enjoy one of the most successful minor league teams. Winston-Salem is also home to an impressive soccer complex and state-of-the-art golf center. JDL Fast Track, an indoor 200-meter flat track and previous host to NCAA Championship Track & Field events, is touted to be only the second indoor facility in North Carolina. >> Arts are alive with museums, theater and unique historic, community centric, eclectic WINSTON-SALEM STATS POPULATION 245,540 MEDIAN HOME VALUE $141,200 MEDIAN GROSS RENT $1,270 COST OF LIVING 86.6 / US 100

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