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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.

william allen blair house
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.

Winkler Bakery Winston Salem Bakeries

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.

Deweys Bakery Winston Salem Bakeries
Mrs Pumpkins Winston Salem Bakeries

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.

Camino Bakery Winston Salem Bakeries
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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Best Family Activities in Winston-Salem for the Summer

A weeklong family vacation on a cruise ship is the dream but work and responsibilities are the reality. That doesn’t mean you should give up family fun altogether, though! Take a ‘daycation’ in Winston-Salem to get the kids out of the house and spend some quality time together.

The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem and the SciWorks of old have merged to become the Kaleideum, a collective working to inspire youngsters in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts, and literacy through hands-on play.

 

Little ones will enjoy the exhibits at the Downtown location, which range from The Krispy Kreme Doughnut Factory to The Prop Shop, a “behind the scenes” look at theatre. The North location is great for all ages, as it hosts butterfly gardens, an out-of-this-world Planetarium, interactive experiments, an enormous pendulum, and even river otters.

 

They also offer day or weeklong Summer Camp opportunities for children aged three to 8th grade.

Nothing hits the spot like a beer after a long day. We recommend rolling over to Hoots Beer Company, where they boast “a good, well-balanced pub beer” and a community attitude. Their beers are simple, no crazy-craft or awkwardly named brews here, but that doesn’t mean they’re boring. They’re just right. If Goldilocks drank beer, she’d be here. To top it all off, Hoots is a dog-friendly venue with pinball machines and outdoor seating. Relax after work at 840 Mill Works Street.

This is the one stop fun stop, conveniently located across the street from Hanes Mall. Choose between three 18-hole Miniature Golf courses, or putt all three, and get a prize if you make a hole-in-one! When you’re finished, take a bumpy boat ride in the Bumper Boats equipped with squirt guns to help your family cool off from the summer’s heat.

 

If you don’t want to get soaking wet, step inside to the Arcade and play all day. There are more than 30 interactive games inside, many of which reward you with tickets that can be exchanged for candy and prizes.

If your teenager is into indie flicks, this cinema is a dream come true. It’s small, intimate, and the movies can only be described as wonderfully underground. If you’re not into those movies like your teen is, they sell wine for your personal enjoyment. Most of their concessions are from local businesses like Black Mountain Chocolate and Wolfies Frozen Custard; community involvement is such a staple in Winston-Salem!

Nothing will take you back three hundred years like these National Historic Landmarks. Explore the restored and reconstructed buildings in Bethabara Park like the Buttner’s House, the first distiller’s house in the country. They also host monthly Concert Band Evenings, a relaxing end to a beautiful day in our Twin City.

 

When you visit Old Salem, you’ll see local volunteers don the traditional garb to show how the Moravian settlers lived and worked. They practice old trades like shoemaking, quilting, and coffee roasting. Join in during the One-Day Family Camps to make food at the hearth, create corn husk dolls, and try your hand at pottery. Don’t forget to try a hunk of sugar cake from Winkler Bakery!

Stand-up Paddleboarding in Winston-Salem? Bet you didn’t see that coming. Depending on your level of confidence, you can take Introductory Lessons, do SUP Yoga, or complete a 3 hour Fitness Session on land and water. They also offer a “Glow-Paddle” trip after sunset, with lights attached beneath your paddleboard so you can see the wildlife below the surface.

Take them out to the ballgame! Nothing feels as American as heading out to the BB&T Ballpark for a night of baseball and hotdogs with your family. Hear the National Anthem echo across the city and meet Bolt, the Dash’s lovable mascot. Grab some hot tater tots from Bolt’s Electrified or cotton candy from the Carolina Snack Shack and take a seat to enjoy the game. Then “oooh” and “ahhh” at the post-game Friday Night Fireworks.

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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Our Favorite Drinks in Winston-Salem!

Back away from that vending machine!

In a city like Winston-Salem, you are cheating yourself if you settle for a $2 soda from the office stairwell.

The Twin City is full of fantastically satisfying drinks to wet your whistle. Whether you’re dragging yourself out of bed in the morning, in need of a little pick-me-up, or taking it easy after a long day at work, Winston-Salem has the drink for you.

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If you’re looking for coffee, you can’t go wrong with a handcrafted miracle-in-a-cup from Camino’s Bakery. Their menu changes seasonally and the drinks are always exactly what you need. This season, Magical Coffee is the ultimate morning savior. It’s simple but delicious; iced coffee, cinnamon, half and half, and brown sugar. For something a little more adventurous, try their Lavender Mlel; a mystical potion of espresso, honey, cinnamon, lavender syrup, and steamed milk that’s sure to get your day started on the right foot. Find your ideal caffeinated beverage at 310B West Fourth Street or 300 South Marshall Street.

Nothing hits the spot like a beer after a long day. We recommend rolling over to Hoots Beer Company, where they boast “a good, well-balanced pub beer” and a community attitude. Their beers are simple, no crazy-craft or awkwardly named brews here, but that doesn’t mean they’re boring. They’re just right. If Goldilocks drank beer, she’d be here. To top it all off, Hoots is a dog-friendly venue with pinball machines and outdoor seating. Relax after work at 840 Mill Works Street.

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drinks

When it’s too early for a beer and too late for coffee, you need Sunshine. Sunshine Beverages began and flourished right here in the Twin City so you can find these cloudless cans all over town. Your options are Blueberry Lemonade, Ginger Berry, and Clementine Twist. Each can is packed with electrolytes, vitamin B12, and incredible flavor. We can’t pick just one flavor to recommend because they’re all perfect for a midday boost. We’ve heard it’s the cure for a bad hangover, too.

How about a spot of tea, instead? It’s always time to embrace your inner posh tourist at The Flour Box Tea Room & Cafe. With teas from around the world including Great Britain, Morocco, India, China, and Sri Lanka, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your craving for loose leaf tea. We recommend the classic English Breakfast for any time of day. If it’s too warm out for a hot tea, try the Rose Lemonade. It’s a refreshing, tasty drink that sends soda packing its bags! While you’re there, pair your tea with a gorgeous slice of cake or a biscuit. Find your little teapot at 137 West Street SW.

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drinks

Finally, the wine. Carolina’s Vineyards & Hops only sells wine from North Carolina, so you know they’re all going to be good. The available wines change every few weeks, to give you the full scope of our state’s grapes, but their signature line stays the same. We recommend the signature Two Triangles wine, which has “tropical fruit, peach, and honeysuckle” flavors along with a “hint of effervescence.” Perfect to pair with their local artisanal cheeses and charcuterie. Grab a glass at 1111 South Marshall Street, Suite 184.

So… where to first?

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