Downtown: The Return, September 24, 2016

It was good to get back to the walking grind after being out of commission for over a month. In my last post, a few weeks back, I talked about missing because of a doctor-imposed hiatus due to an ingrown toenail. Admittedly, I was kind of dreading walking because I got out of routine, out of shape (not that I was in shape) and have been battling an allergy/sinus problem. So, to combat that, we decided to go a little easier on our walk the first time out, just to get back into it. Stephanie and I got a later start than normal on this Saturday and luckily, it wasn’t too hot.

We decided to something familiar to do our “easing back.” That ended up being downtown, of course. We parked in the lot around our “carbinator,” Mary’s Gourmet Diner and walked Trade Street, south to Seventh Street. We walked Seventh, east, all the way to Patterson. We passed the Goler AME Zion Church on the corner of Patterson and Seventh. The church was built in the very early 1900s and was very instrumental in the African American community, especially in the era of the tobacco boom of the early 20th Century. It has been on the National Registry of Historic Places since 1998. 14448986_10154375875875490_8078112746879906056_n

Speaking of the tobacco history of this town, Patterson Avenue is the location of the new Innovation Quarter that is a lot of Wake Forest University, a lot of other technological and innovative companies, incubators and research facilities all combining forces to make the world a better place. These are all either demolished, refurbished or completely reimagined tobacco warehouses. You can stand on the corner of Patterson and Sixth Street and see one of the most spectacular views of the city (see the picture) .

We walked south on Patterson, by the beautiful Bailey Park to the developing area of Third Street, right behind Krankie’s. We turned, west, up the hill at Third and walked that past the oldest “skyscraper” in the city. In fact, it’s older than the city itself. The towns of Winston and Salem merged in 1913. The building of 8 W. Third was completed (mostly) in 1911, two years before the city was established. It was built as the headquarters of Wachovia Band and Trust and served in that role until what is now Winston Tower was completed in 1966, basically, right across the street. It was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1984 as “Wachovia Bank and Trust Company Building.” That’s history!

Also in that area? The old Forsyth County Courthouse. It sits, officially at 50 W Fourth Street (though the National Registry of Historic Places lists it as 11 W Third), directly across the street from 8 W Third. It was the third courthouse to sit on that spot, completed in 1926 and updated in 1960. It continued to be used for county services even after the Hall of Justice (I always think of the Superfriends when I say or hear that) was implemented in 1974. It made the Historic Places list in 2013. There’s a lot of the town’s history in that one little block.

We went north on Liberty, so named because a former resident of Salem moved out and felt “liberated” to be free of the rules of the Moravian theocracy. We made a stop by the new Crafted: Art of the Taco, which I can assure you will be covered on The Man Who Ate the Town, very soon. Again, we knew we’d be taking a lighter load for the day to ease back and I was working on about 3 hours of sleep, so we made our way to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and turned west. We took that past what will be Wise Man Brewing and the old Ziggy’s. I can’t wait to tour the new brewery to see how much of this large building they will actually be using. It seems a bit large for what they’re doing, but that’s not a bad thing.

2016-09-25-19-15-13We walked MLK until we hit Trade again. We walked south and stopped our journey back at Mary’s. After having our breakfast there, we made our way down Trade to our official “caffeinator,” Atelier on Trade. Right before we made it to the store front, we hit 5,000 steps. So, half our normal steps at a later time of the day. We still felt good that we got out and was moving about. We finished our walking Saturday at our “liquid reward,” Hoots Roller Bar and Beer Company. Counting our minor walking about to get a prescription filled and to dinner, we ended up with 6,751 steps, 3.35 miles and burned 3094 calories. This according to my Vivofit, courtesy of Omega Sports.

It was a decent reentry into the walking world. I appreciate those who have voiced concern over why we hadn’t been posting and walking. It was a temporary setback and we’re back to it. I don’t know, yet, if we’ll hit the 10k by 10a next week but we’ll try. I’d like to get at least 7,500. We’ll see. But, thank you, again, to Omega Sports, Mary’s Gourmet Diner, Atelier on Trade and Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company for believing in us and what we do! Until next time…

Get to steppin’!!

Big Things Afoot

There has been a lot of working behind the scenes here at “Man About Town” Central. I told you that things have started to take off and I can now give a little more insight as to what that is.

What I can tell you is that I have a sponsor that has signed on to help me on my quest. I am proud to announce a partnership with Omega Sports. You may have noticed the Omega 2016-05-17 16.48.14Sports logo, to the right here, that has been there since I made the blog a few months back. I’ve known that we were going to have talks and it’s now official. Omega Sports believes in the vision I have for this project which is also a lifestyle move. They have agreed to sponsor the blog, the web series and eventual podcast, should I choose to pull that off. They’ll also be re-posting some of the progress, timeline and life blogs that come from The Man Who Walked the Town.

Omega Sports has been a leader in local sports equipment, sporting needs and active wear since 1978. They’re a local company that services the “every day” athlete while also serving the “every person” active lifestyles. From football to basketball, tennis to walking, running to aerobics, Omega Sports is where you go for your sporting needs.

So what we have going on is this: They are providing me with a GoPro Hero4 Silver camera to film the walking journeys that I, my wife and anyone else that goes along with me, take, to turn into the vlog/web series. Because proper footwear is essential to any walker, I have a brand new pair of Brooks Transcend 3 walking/running shoes. To enhance the shoes and to protect my feet, two pairs of Thorlo’s foot protection socks. I’ve been using my Samsung phone to keep track of my steps, vitals, distance and time spent walking. They’ve done me one better and have provided me with a Garmin Vïvofit3 to do all that work for me. Throw in an Omega Sports NC t-shirt and a new pair of sunglasses and we have a complete sponsorship package. What I had negotiated and they felt was also necessary to get me started on this healthy and informative journey.

As I said, they believe in what I’m doing and since it promotes a healthy lifestyle, they’re all about that. I’ll be throwing their logo all over everything that The Man Who Walked the Town does and you’ll probably be seeing it on my other blogs (Useless Things Need Love Too, The Man Who Ate the Town) as well as the websites for The Less Desirables (and the podcast) and The Beer Dads. That last one especially, because this blog is under the Such-N-Such Media/Such-N-Such Limited, Inc. umbrella and Jon and Paul are partners of mine in all of this. I am incredibly proud to say we have this partnership with Omega Sports and I am excited with the possibilities.

When you’re thinking of a new pair of running shoes, soccer shoes, basketball shoes, footballs, baseballs, handball or tennis (basically anything athletic), don’t run to the big chains. Go to Omega and support locally owned, family companies.

Keep watching here and on the Facebook and Twitter pages, for more details.