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Exciting News At Surratt & Thompson!

Surratt and Thompson is getting a change of scenery! As announced on BizJournal earlier this summer, Surratt & Thompson has purchased and will now reside at The Historic Col. William Allen Blair House located at 210 S Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, 27101.

Colonel William A. Blair House History

Built in 1901, the Col. William Allen Blair House is one of the oldest homes in Winston Salem, and was marked on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. This Colonial Revival design house has three finished floors, containing more that 8,000 sq feet of office space, and an additional 2,627 sq feet in the basement.

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william allen blair house

The Blair House was designed by George Barber, and constructed by Fogle Brothers, a legendary contracting firm, which  built many fine homes in both Winston and Salem. The Blair House is one of only four remaining homes built in the 1900’s  on Cherry Street, one of the most prominent neighborhoods in Winston, in its time.  

Colonel William A. Blair had The Blair House built for his wife, Mary Eleanor Fries and himself. The couple married in 1895. William and Mary lived in the home until their deaths in 1948 and 1966, respectively. Their son, John Fries Blair, continued to live there until 1983.

The Blair House Today

The Blair House boasts stunning Colonial Revival features, including a high hipped roof, gabled dormers, an elegant foyer, and a Palladian window. While located just moments from Winston-Salem’s downtown business district, The Blair House will always be a step back in time.

Our goal at Surratt and Thompson was to preserve and revitalize the original historic charms and features of The Blair House, including but certainly not limited to, the beautiful hardwood floors,  wrap-around porch, original stained glass, and abundance of meticulous woodwork. 

With prestigious care, we have brought this fantastic home to life. Our conference rooms and lobby will feature artwork from local galleries, with additional office space for future tenants. The basement will soon become home to Maggie Belle’s, a vintage furniture and unique finds store relocating from Tallahassee, Florida.

We’re excited to have the opportunity to become part of the history of one of Winston-Salem’s most treasured landmarks. You may even find us working from the rocking chairs or picnic table on the expansive front porch, enjoying Winston Salem’s beautiful weather.  

The  convenience to Business 40 and the 30 on-site parking spaces make Surratt & Thompson more accessible than ever.  We invite you to visit us at our new home as we are excited to present the newly revitalized Col. William Allen Blair House!!

Directions to the William A. Blair House:

Our new home, The Col. William Allen Blair House, is located at 210 S. Cherry St. in Winston Salem, NC, 27101. Please note that all phone numbers, fax numbers, websites, and email addresses will remain the same.

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Coming from Business 40 West / US-421 South –  Take exit 5C toward Cherry St. Downtown, Convention Center.  Merge left onto High Street, staying in the right lane.  Immediately after crossing Marshall Street SW, turn right into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

Coming from downtown Winston-Salem – Take Marshall Street SW toward Brookstown and Old Salem.  Turn left on High Street SW.  Then make an immediate right turn into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

Coming from Greensboro – Take exit 5D toward Main Street Downtown, to First Street.  Turn right onto S. Main Street.  Turn left onto 1st Street W.  Turn left onto Marshall Street SW.  Turn left on High Street SW.  Then make an immediate right turn into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

Coming from Old Salem –  Turn left onto Brookstown Avenue.  Turn right onto Marshall Street SW.  Turn right onto High Street SW.  Then make an immediate right turn into our parking lot located off of High Street SW.

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The Best Bakeries in Winston-Salem

If you love baked goods and are looking for the best bakeries in Winston-Salem to get them, search no longer! Winston-Salem is home to a number of bakeries, many of which are native to the city and a part of its fascinating history. From cakes to pastries to bagels, Winston has it all, as well as an appealing array of places to find whatever kind of bakery fresh treats you desire.

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Winkler Bakery

Nothing says tradition like Winkler Bakery. Constructed in 1800, this bakery has been selling homemade Moravian treats such as Lovefeast Buns, sugar cakes, cookies, and fresh bread since the Salem days. Now a favorite stop for Old Salem visitors, Winkler Bakery still uses a wood-fueled, dome oven and offers the baked goods that have kept people coming back for years and years.

 

More than that, Winkler bakery provides an atmosphere like no other bakery in town. Entering the shop is like stepping back in time as you are given glimpses of the bakers, dressed in traditional clothing and working away at the oven, baking delicious crafts, and filling the building with mouth-watering scents that make it hard to leave the store empty-handed. See for yourself at 521 South Main St.

Dewey’s Bakery

Dewey’s Bakery opened its doors in downtown Winston-Salem in 1930 to offer sweet treats in the midst of the Great Depression. They’ve been here since and are as tasty as ever, selling their timeless Moravian classics. In addition to using their original recipes, Dewey’s has been expanding their market and experimenting with new flavors. With two locations, both in Winston, as well as online shopping options, Dewey’s is a great choice for a wide variety of baked goods, selling pastries, cakes, breads and rolls, cookies, brownies, pies, and even ice cream flavors inspired by their classic recipes.

Visit Dewey’s at their local stores – Thruway Shopping Center 262 S Stratford Rd, Reynolda Manor Shopping Center 2876 Reynolda Rd.

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Mrs. Pumpkin’s

Another local favorite, Mrs. Pumpkin’s bakery has been stationed in Winston-Salem since 1993 and bakes custom cakes, as well as brownies, cookies, and other bake sale necessities, but their culinary contribution to our city doesn’t stop with desserts. Mrs. Pumpkin’s also caters events and provides prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Located at 3645 Reynolda Rd #B, stop in for dessert, ask about their catering services, or save yourself the cooking with their prepared meals.

Camino Bakery

Since the opening of its first store, right here in Winston-Salem in 2011, Camino Bakery has made a name for itself among the restaurant crowd. Camino is dedicated to their craft and makes all their food fresh. They serve many kinds of pastries, muffins, cakes, and desserts, along with freshly baked bread and lunch options. They also serve coffee, tea, beer, and wine to wash down their delicious baked goods. Besides great food, they have a welcoming atmosphere; one that says, relax and stay awhile.

Camino has two main locations in Winston-Salem, one downtown at 310 B W. 4th St and one in Brookstown at 300 S Marshall St.

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Atelier Bakery Winston Salem Bakeries

Atelier Bakery

Atelier Bakery is well known in Winston-Salem for its gourmet pastries, desserts, and coffee. They serve a wide variety of pastries using creative flavor combinations derived from the chef’s experiences in world travel. They are located at 533 Trade St NW and are proud supporters of the arts district. Their store is a great place to go for good eats, nice coffee, and a view of Winston-Salem’s thriving arts district.

We love being a part of this community as a local law firm, located in Downtown Winston-Salem, so you might just see us out and about this summer. If you do, be sure to say hello!

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The Best Ways to Celebrate July 4th in Winston-Salem

July 4th is fast approaching and everyone will be out celebrating the 241st anniversary of our nation’s independence. It’s one of the few days of the year that all Americans, from each side of the aisle and every walk of life, happily come together to share hotdogs and marvel at fireworks.

The biggest mistake you can make on Independence Day is to blast a precious finger off with an illegal bottle rocket. (Please review North Carolina’s fireworks laws and abstain from drinking alcohol while enjoying any fireworks, including the legal fountains and sparklers.) The next biggest mistake is neglecting to formulate a plan for your day. Planning is essential, especially if you will be celebrating with children or people who become grumpy during traffic-jams.

 

A few important things to consider:

What’s the weather forecast?
Where are you going?
When are you going?
How many people are in your party?
What is the safest route?
Does parking cost money?
What is the back-up plan?
Who is the designated driver?

 

Now that you’re prepared to plan a day worthy of Uncle Sam’s approval, here are the best ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Winston-Salem:

Step back in time at Old Salem Museums and Gardens.

The first public Independence Day celebration in the United States of America was held here in 1783. The festivities begin at 10:00 a.m. with a tear-jerking Naturalization Ceremony that is sure to make even the Statue of Liberty smile. Enjoy music performed by a Moravian Brass Band, sign the Declaration of Independence, take part in traditional celebrations, and much more! Purchase your tickets online or at the Visitor’s Center.

Attend the Fourth of July Extravaganza with The Dash.

The party starts on the streets of Downtown Winston-Salem at 4 p.m. where you can bounce in inflatables, enjoy live and local music, and grab a bite to eat from the finest food trucks around. It all leads up to the Dash baseball game at 6:30 p.m. which will end in the best fireworks show for miles. Get your tickets today!
*If the baseball game tickets sell out, there are plenty of places around town to set up a lawn chair and enjoy the fireworks.

Plan a barbecue or a block party.

Avoid the traffic and crowds altogether by hanging out in your own backyard. You may feel like staying at home will cause you to miss out on the festivities in town; however, it can be far more meaningful to celebrate your country with your loved ones and neighbors. Fire up the grill, buy hotdogs and baked beans in bulk, and don’t forget the sparklers and sidewalk chalk for the kids!

Listen to our nation’s music in Salem Square.

A free concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. by the Salem Band, one of the oldest ensembles in the nation. The band was established in 1771, five years before America’s independence was even won. The concert will feature traditional marches, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and a piccolo soloist, Trisha Tuttle, will perform “Through the Air.”

Travel Options

Now, if you’re willing to take a little road trip, you can travel beyond the realm of Winston-Salem to celebrate the Fourth of July at these events:

Greensboro
Fun Fourth Street Festival: Held in Downtown Greensboro from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., this festival has food vendors, games, fun for all ages, and live music.
Patriot Fireworks Concert: This free concert is held at the First National Bank Stadium. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and ends with a stunning fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.

Yadkinville
July 4th Celebration: Head to Yadkinville Elementary School to enjoy a patriotic parade at 5:00 p.m., a concert at 5:30 p.m., and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Kernersville
4th of July 5k: The Rotary Club of Kernersville hosts its 22nd Annual 5k at 8:30 a.m. through Downtown.
4th of July Fireworks: Enjoy live music at Kernersville Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. followed by a beautiful fireworks display at 9:00 p.m.

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How To Support Your Loved One in the Midst of a Legal Battle

Divorce, physical assault, mental abuse, custody battles, claims of defamation. These are all types of legal battles that involve two parties almost always in opposition of one another. They are so often ugly, angry and emotional. We don’t wish any of the above on anyone, yet we know they occur.

We also know that it can be difficult standing on the sideline, watching someone you love go through something so heart-wrenching and painful as they seek justice or fight to keep others from being harmed. How can you even begin to support someone going through something so difficult?

Apples and Oranges

Many of us have family members or friends that have been through divorces, ugly custody hearings, or similar legal proceedings. That doesn’t, however, make us all experts on divorce, ugly custody hearings, or similar legal proceedings. It’s easy to draw comparisons between two cases and try to offer comfort because ‘your cousin went through a divorce and won full custody,’ however no two cases play out the same. Judges are different, individuals involved are different and often state laws are different.

Support through ‘comparisons’ is rarely helpful. Remember: each case is made up of individuals making no two cases alike.

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Support Their Decisions

Difficult decisions are often made amidst legal battles, usually under the careful guidance of a legal professional. You might not always agree with those decisions, however, your friend/relative needs you to support those decisions. Legal battles are often settled by coming to a mutual agreement between two parties. It might feel like your loved one has ‘lost,’ and you might even feel frustrated with the outcome, but that is when they need you in their corner the most. Trust in them and back them all the way.

Stay Neutral

This, above all else, feels impossible. You want to side with your loved one, cheering them on to victory! ‘Victory,’ however, is often not the end goal. It’s justice or reparation, possibly a favorable parenting agreement that works well for both parents. It’s alright to take sides, but try to keep neutral and level-headed when discussing the legal battle. They are hurting, angry, frustrated, sad – any number of emotions and don’t need any fuel added to the fire. They need a friend and calming influence.

Don’t Be An Expert

The internet is a wonderful, vast and dangerous landscape, filled with misinformation and opinion. Don’t take it upon yourself to solve their case for them by delving into the deep web. Each state, county, even city handles all manner of cases differently and someone from California offering legal tips on a message board for abused mothers won’t be much help to someone going through a divorce in North Carolina.

Just like you should avoid cancer diagnoses on WebMD, you shouldn’t try to become an attorney in an attempt to help your loved one.

Listen

What your loved one needs more than anything else, more than an expert, more than a protector, is someone to hear them. Just listen. Don’t judge, don’t offer unsolicited advice. Just love them and listen as they go through this hard time.

Often our intentions are pure and we only want to help. Often we end up doing the opposite. Be there for your loved one and support them emotionally. Let us handle the ugly, gritty court battles. Your work is, at the end of the day, far more important and impactful than even ours.

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What Your New Driver Needs To Know

There is no greater sense of freedom than receiving your license for the first time. Your young one has proven themselves trustworthy enough (at least according to the state) to drive a motor vehicle in public… unsupervised. The world is their metaphorical oyster. There are a thousand and one things you want, need, to tell them about driving – come to a complete stop, check your rear view mirrors on a regular basis, don’t drive too close to the car in front of you. The list goes on. Where do you even start? Take a breath and let us help.

You’re Not Alone

Understanding that you aren’t alone on the road might seem rudimentary, but it’s vital that new drivers really grasp this concept. It can be overwhelming to take the wheel of a motor vehicle alone and easy to focus only on yourself, where you’re going and how long it’s taking to get there. However, those other vehicles on the road are inhabited by individuals with their own agendas and places to be. Be mindful of others when driving!

You’re Being Watched

Alright, that sounds more ominous than it is. There is truth to the statement, however. We live in an age of traffic cameras and smartphones. Each vehicle has a license plate, and each license plate is registered to an individual, and each individual has an address on file. If you’re driving dangerously, reporting that behavior is shockingly easy with a snapped photo. Be safe and responsible, bearing in mind that actions you take can easily be traced back to you.

Vehicles are Dangerous

Vehicles weigh thousands of pounds and are filled with a highly combustible fluid. They are marvelous, society-altering inventions – but are also dangerous if treated carelessly. Just because you’re encased in thick glass and metal doesn’t mean you’re invincible. Despite airbags, seatbelts and ‘Five-Star Safety Ratings,’ a head-on collision can still be fatal. Be safe in your driving techniques, keeping healthy distances from other vehicles and obeying posted speed limits to minimize risk to both you and others around you.

Laws are in Place for a Reason

“Why should I have to completely stop if there is anyone coming from any other direction?” or “Why is the speed limit through here only 35?” are amongst the questions all drivers ask at some point in their driving career.

Some traffic laws may feel overly prohibitive or downright mean, but they are in place for a reason. That four-lane road that has a 35 MPH speed limit? There might be a stretch where the road curves and visibility is poor, leading to a number of accidents in the past. Coming to a complete stop instead of rolling through a stop sign might just save you from someone else coming up over a hill and not realizing there even is a stop sign at that intersection.

Laws are rarely created without good reason and are always there for your safety and security.

Driving is Expensive

It might seem like it to the new driver, but driving isn’t cheap. Filling up the gas tank, changing the oil, paying taxes and registration each year, and insurance premiums are all a given – and that doesn’t include unexpected maintenance. Each trip costs money in the form of wear and tear and gasoline. What’s worse, and potentially far more costly, are legal fees if traffic laws aren’t obeyed. We dig deep into the cost of a simple speeding ticket here.

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We know it can be difficult to get across all the important concepts and laws of driving to your youngster. We also know that accidents happen and they might have a lapse in judgment when obeying traffic laws. If that happens and they’re given a ticket, please give us a call at 336-725-8323 and let us advise you on how to minimize the financial implications.

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