Welcoming a New Sponsor Part 3

This past week, in addition to my awesome sponsor, Omega Sports, I had the great honor of having three new sponsors sign up to help me on my way in this whole “walking the town” experience. I’m going to talk about them, but because I believe that they each deserve their own recognition, I’m going to write three different posts about them individually. I just think that’s fair. And, I’m going to write them in order that I’ll actually “use” their sponsorship.

So, we start at Mary’s Gourmet Diner and then go to Atelier on Trade. Then we pick ourPrint neighborhood, if we haven’t by that time, go to town (if you’ll pardon the pun) and get those steps in. When we’ve finished the day’s trek, we always celebrate the high step count by having a refreshing, frothy adult beverage at Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company. Hoots is the fruit of the two Erics’ determination. The two Erics are Eric Swaim and Eric Weyer. Hoots is located in the historic and revitalized Mill Works Building(s) off of Mill Works Street which is along Northwest Blvd. The bar and all inside were custom made and the back wall of the bar needs to be seen to be believed. There’s pinball and on slower days, you can play a little Nintendo on the big projector screen. Count the owls around the joint, too. I think we came up with 67. See if you can find those and if you can find more. It’s simple entertainment, we need more of that.

While they do brew up some IPAs on occasion, Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company likes to focus on other styles like ESB (one of my absolute faves), wheats and seasonal flavored brews. Their resident IPA is the “Gasshopper” named after the iconic filling station on the corner of Northwest and Thurmond Streets. In addition, Tim Nolan (who happens to also be the distiller for Sutler Spirits and the now-famous Sutler’s Gin) is the bar manager who carefully concocted a craft cocktail list that is spectacular. Hoots make their own soda, with an actual soda “jerk” tap and have, in the past, made some of their own bitters. They take their beverage service quite seriously, at Hoots. They surely have something for every imbiber, no matter your preferred libation.

Hoots Roller Bar can be found at 840 Mill Works Road in the West End District of Winston-Salem and you can find them on their website HERE. We thank Eric S. and Eric W. for believing in what we do and supplying, not only us, but the city of Winston-Salem, with fantastic beer and spirits. We look forward to seeing you on Saturdays, having a brew with you.

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Welcoming a New Sponsor Part 2

This past week, in addition to my awesome sponsor, Omega Sports, I had the great honor of having three new sponsors sign up to help me on my way in this whole “walking the town” experience. I’m going to talk about them, but because I believe that they each deserve their own recognition, I’m going to write three different posts about them individually. I just think that’s fair. And, I’m going to write them in order that I’ll actually “use” their sponsorship.A6A81723-4F4C-438D-8564-4530C132C626.full

When we start our walking days, it’s to Mary’s Gourmet Diner, but once we’re loaded with carbs, we need to load up with caffeine and where do we go for that? Why, we walk south to 533 North Trade Street, to Atelier on Trade.

Atelier on Trade is the brainchild of Pablo del Valle, a local-man-done-good. Pablo, who used to own an all-ages night club downtown in the exact same spot he now has his bakery, decided he wanted to go to culinary school a few years back. But, he didn’t just go to any old culinary school, either. He received his Grand Diplôme from Le Cordon Bleu Paris as a full-on culinary artist. In just about everything, he’s a chef. But, his love is pastries and desserts. He says that’s where the “fun” is. Not just him making them but for the patrons eating them. Food is fun for me all the time, but if you really think about it, the dessert is always the treat. It’s always the part people look to in a dining experience.

It’s not just sweet, sugary things that he serves, either. Some of our favorite pastries are the savory ones. Some meat and provolone, bacon and mozzarella, you never know what you’re going to find. Well, that’s not exactly true. You can follow them on Instagram. They pretty much tell you what you’re going to find that day. But, while there are some standards that are there every day, many of them change every day. And, I am going to put this out there and I’d be happy to debate it with anyone, Pablo makes the absolute best cheesecake I have ever, ever had.

But, it’s not all dessert. Well, it is, but it’s not. What goes best with sweet (or savory) pastries? Coffee. Hot coffee, cold coffee, lattes, mochas, cafe au lait, anything. I prefer my coffee iced as I’m not a fan of many hot drinks, but Stephanie loves coffee of any kind. They use top-notch coffee in their drinks and they also carry a large line of hot teas, as well.

And, ambiance is something because I’ve been to Paris, twice and it really does remind you of a French boulangerie (French for bakery). And, just the word Atelier means studio or workshop. Pablo doesn’t think of his wares as food so much as works of art and this is the studio in which he produces his edible art. We are so proud to have him signed on as our “Caffeinator.”

You can find Atelier on Trade, again, at 533 N. Trade Street and on the web HERE. I promise you, you will not be disappointed in anything you have there. And… and this is a fairly big “and,” Pablo has one of the most righteous beards ever!  Thank you Pablo, for supporting our cause.

Welcoming a New Sponsor Part 1

This past week, in addition to my awesome sponsor, Omega Sports, I had the great honor of having three new sponsors sign up to help me on my way in this whole “walking the town” experience. I’m going to talk about them, but because I believe that they each deserve their own recognition, I’m going to write three different posts about them Printindividually. I just think that’s fair. And, I’m going to write them in order that I’ll actually “use” their sponsorship.

Mary Haglund opened Mary’s Of Course in 2000 off Brookstown Ave. and Marshall St. (currently the home of DiLisio’s Italian Restaurant). She grew with a quirky and fantastic reputation as “the breakfast place” in Winston-Salem. Remember, this was before the real revitalization of downtown happened and this area, what we now call “South of Business 40,” was just outside the city center enough that people didn’t mind going there. It helped that the food was fantastic.

It was breakfast, of course (pun – more on that…), but it wasn’t just plain breakfast and it didn’t taste like anywhere else and it wasn’t what you made at home. Mary had the opportunity to expand in 2010 into a new location in the now revitalized downtown area, on North Trade Street. It was called Breakfast Of Course, Mary’s Too. For whatever reason, that is not mine to speculate, the original location closed and Breakfast Of Course eventually became Mary’s Gourmet Diner.

If we put the food aside for a minute (and really why would you want to?), and concentrate on Mary and her family, you’ll find a lot of care and love for her employees, her community, her fellow man. That isn’t meant to be cheesy, it’s just the way that it is. She’s the main-most-woman behind Mary’s Mavens, a group of women business owners that band together for community, empowerment and just because those women are awesome for this city and what it’s culturally becoming: all-encompassing and all-inclusive.

Mary believes in supporting local businesses and local personalities that strive to and actually do good work for this city and what it stands for. It would be conceited of me to say that I’m either of those, but I’m glad she thinks enough of me for those reasons. She would give you the shirt off her back if you really needed it and she does just that, metaphorically, of course, most every day. She was instrumental in the “Mike’s Week” that was done for Skippy’s Hot Dog’s owner, Mike Rothman in April.

Stephanie and I have found ourselves starting our walking days at Mary’s Gourmet Diner because we know that we’re going to get great food and it is so filling that we will get through our long walking day with plenty of fuel. So, instead of our official breakfast place, we’re going to call her our “Official Carb Loader” because that is exactly how we need to get our bodies nourished and on the trek.

And, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least note that Mary’s Gourmet Diner (when it was still Breakfast of Course) was instrumental in Stephanie’s and my relationship. It did play a big part in my winning her heart.

We thank you so much Mary Haglund for being there for us and the community. You can find Mary’s Gourmet Diner at 723 North Trade Street in Winston-Salem and you can visit their website HERE.

Town and Country, June 18, 2016

Saturday was a special day. One that I have been waiting on for a while. We were going to hit up Stephanie’s old neighborhood, where she grew up, where was partially responsible for her becoming the woman she is; the one I love. I know this isn’t the place to put all that mushiness but it was important to get there. 13432356_10154107585165490_6278630132308534909_n

We started at Mt. Tabor High School, home of the Spartans, Stephanie’s Alma Mater. She gave me a tour of what the school looked like when she attended, the new auditorium, etc. We walked from the school to Petree Rd. where we walked south to Polo Rd. and we turned east. We walked to Carter Circle, the eastern entrance. Then, I suddenly wasn’t feeling well, so we walked back to our car at Mt. Tabor. Even that little bit was quite hilly and difficult to traverse, but I did it. The reason we were going to walk this path was it was what she walked home almost every day when she was in high school.

I was feeling better and we decided to drive closer to where she grew up. So we ended up parking at College Park Baptist Church at the intersection (fork) of Ransom Rd and Polo. 13445791_10154107697515490_5691037388195433038_nFrom there we walked west on Ransom until we got to Belwick Dr., where we turned north. We followed Belwick to Oakland. Stephanie grew up in the house on the corner of Belwick and Oakland Dr. We stopped as she told me about growing up there, where her room was, the improvements and enhancements to the property. That was fun to hear about. That’s part of what this blog and eventual web series will be about. Stories and/or history of the neighborhoods.

We went west on Oakland to Loch Dr. where we turned North to visit a private “lake” (or loch in Scottish) that the street crosses over. Stephanie talked about spending time as a young girl walking there just to enjoy the view and nature, itself. We came back south on Loch, noticing that this area is named heavily from Scottish reference. Belwick, Loch, Loch Lomond and so on. That’s cool because I have history with the country and its heritage. We took that all the way back to Ransom where we went west back to our car. 2016-06-19 10.54.17

Including walking around my house, from our car to Mary’s Gourmet Diner, south on Trade to Atelier on Trade and walking around Mt. Tabor, my Omega Sports sponsored Vivofit 3 registered 10,000 steps. Our post-walk celebratory beer happened at Hoots Roller Bar and Beer Company added a few steps, too. Then we came home and showered, went out to have drinks with friend and dinner. All said, at the end of the day, I ended up with 12,800 steps, a walking distance of 6.37 miles and 3412 calories burned. Not a bad day, at all.

Many thanks to Omega Sports for their sponsorship and support of my efforts to be healthier and more active. Omega Sports is a locally owned company that puts their support behind the ‘everyday active’ while still being there for the die-hard runners, athletes and most active. Omega Sports is the sporting good store of choice for The Man Who Walked the Town.

Get to steppin’!

Downtown WSNC June 11, 2016

Stephanie and I had hair appointments on Saturday morning and since we get the ‘dos did over on Burke Street, we decided that was “base” for this day’s walk. After the cut, we walked from the corner of Burke and Brookstown Avenue, north to Fourth Street and east until Trade Street. North on Trade to Mary’s Gourmet Diner between Seventh and 2016-06-11 13.13.14Eighth Streets to fuel up for our walk. From there we traveled back south to Atelier on Trade to have a little coffee to get us started back on our journey.

We traveled on south to Fifth Street where we walked west to Brookstown, in the West End. We turned northwest on Brookstown and up to Carolina Avenue where we turned northeast. We took Carolina to Summit Avenue, south and back to Fourth Street. Checking my Vivofit 3 I noticed I needed around 2500 more steps to reach my goal (10,000). So, instead of walking back to our car, we decided to continue on to get what we needed.

We walked east on Fourth until we got to Broad, where we turned north. We’d both always been curious about what was going on in the clandestinely plain buildings on 4 1/2 Street so we turned west down that way. It was really nothing to see but more nondescript buildings belonging, presumably, to Wells Fargo. When we reached Summit, we continued down until we came, again to Brookstown. We went to Burke Street and turned southwest, walked about 60 yards and turned back northeast, thus completing the 10,000 steps needed.

Along our walk through the middle and west side of WSNC, we stopped to observe the architecture, culture and history of our beautiful city. We looked at the various styles of the homes, many built around the 1920s, some older. We stopped in front of churches and 2016-06-14 12.07.21observed their majesty. We saw memorial gardens that honored the lives of those lost. This small area has so much history.

We ended up with over 11,000 steps walked. That was just shy of 6 miles. I burned over 3000 calories that day.

It was my first walking day wearing the new Brooks‘ shoes, Thorlo’s socks and sunglasses that Omega Sports sponsored me with, I was tired and sore but they were comfortable and I wasn’t overly fatigued. The Garmin Vivofit3 that they sponsored me with is how I registered my miles, steps and calories. I am thankful to Omega Sports for believing in me and what I have envisioned for the blog and future web series. If you’re going to be participating in any walking, running, team sports or just wanting to work out, Omega Sports is the place to get the equipment and implements of these activities.

Get to steppin’!