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VOL14 ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—TRIAD NC | VOLUME 14—ISSUE 1 20 GREENSBORO Greensboro BY LYNNE BRANDON The green city answers to many names. Over the years, it has been called the Gate City, Tournament Town and most recently, "Jeansboro" for the connection to denim. Greensboro is the home of Cone Mills, and its White Oak facility, the oldest working denim mill in the U.S. that manufacturers Levi 501 and other brands. The city is no longer built on denim but it remains an important thread in the city's fabric. Industries have shifted toward aviation, technology, education and service oriented businesses. New restaurants are opening, joining entrepreneurs in "maker" companies and co-working facilities in the re-energized downtown. Scuppernong Books, owned by local residents, is a favorite meet-up spot to hear authors speak, forums on current issues and other events. And "First Friday's" are making downtown the place to be. Multiple breweries are popping up like mushrooms – Gibbs Hundred Brewing and Preyer Brewing Company add to the brew landscape started by newly expanded Natty Greene's Brewing Company. At Gibb's there's room aplenty with a large bar area, outside seating and food trucks. It is a favorite hang out for patrons and their dogs. At Preyer's try small plates at Crafted –The Art of Street Food located conveniently next door. Pig Pounder Brewery is nearby. The opening of Greensboro's frst distillery is anticipated for summer 2016. Aptly named Greensboro Distillery, the operation will initially produce gin and vodka. To compliment the energetic vibe in the burgeoning West Lewis Street section of downtown greenways, parks, sports, and arts (Gibbs, HQ Greensboro and Greensboro Distillery are tenants), Boxcar Bar & Arcade will open later this summer. A burger war is on and locals are the winners. Burger Warfare, Big Burger Spot and Hops Burger Bar, among others, serve up fresh burgers dressed up and styled for difering tastes. Long lines are still forming at newly opened (and the second location) of Hops Burger, the proclaimed number one burger in the nation according to TripAdvisor. Ethnic food is on the rise in Greensboro with more than 150 restaurants to choose from. Ethnosh founder, Donovan McKnight, hosts a monthly meet-and-eat event at a diferent ethnic and locally owned restaurant each month. Eating fresh is easy in Greensboro. Farmers' Markets come in all sizes from the sprawling Piedmont Triad Farmers' Market near I-40, the Farmers Curb Market on Yanceyville Street to the City Market in downtown. Each has a diferent favor and vibe but all support the cause of local and home grown products, foods and produce. Live theater, galleries, music venues and festivals entertain and inspire. Triad Stage, Community Theater of Greensboro and Broach Theater delight all ages with plays and live performances. The Weatherspoon art gallery has a special exhibit on outsider art on loan from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation. "I've been thrilled by the growing arts community in Greensboro over the past 15 years," said founding partner and artistic director of Triad Stage, Preston Lane. "Building on the hard work of so many great community based arts organizations, Triad Stage began working to revitalize our city center and create an atmosphere conducive to a real arts scene. From visual arts to dance to music to professional and community theater to fringe festivals, Greensboro has really embraced the local arts as a part of what makes a city great." The city known as "Tournament Town" is stretching its legs beyond basketball and diving into Olympic and national water sports at the Aquatic Center. Golf lovers get on the green in August when the PGA Wyndham Classic takes place in Sedgefeld. Soccer brings out crowds to Bryan Park when the hometown team, Carolina Dynamos, takes to the pristine feld known as one of the best in the league. Minor league baseball is on tap when the Greensboro Hoppers take the feld each spring. Greensboro's newest team, the afliate NBA D-League Greensboro Swarm, will begin playing in fall 2016. Parks are part of the charm of Greensboro. Country Park is a favorite with walkers, runners and bikers who stay on and of the path in the wooded garden like park. A commanding statue of Revolutionary War General Nathanael Green stands tall in the park surrounded by trees. >>

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