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.

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’!