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Unbox the Dress Leases Downtown Space on Fourth Street

Tabitha Tisdale of Christopher Commercial recently leased space to, Unbox The Dress LLC, a woman owned business relocating from Ohio to Winston-Salem. This creative service takes one's existing wedding dress and refabricates it into heirloom pieces for the daughter, granddaughter and family, including robes, christening dresses and home decor.

Since starting in 2017, the company has grown exponentially in the last 3 years, delivering over 2.4K heirlooms to 900 families across the country in the last year alone.  The owner and founder, Grace Rojek, envisions a positive, creative environment for their team at the new downtown headquarters at 632 W. 4th Street - enabling the company to reach more clients and grow!

Prior to relocating to Winston-Salem, Grace worked with Winston Starts and received a NC Idea Grant to move to Winston-Salem.  What a great success story for a woman owned business bringing new jobs to Downtown Winston-Salem.  Tabitha was excited to find the perfect space for Grace and her mother & Co-founder Lorraine Stewart , at Unbox the Dress. Check out what you can do with your wedding dress via their website here.

Link Apartments Innovation Quarter Welcomes New Tenants

Christopher Commercial is excited to have worked with Grubb Properties at Link Innovation Quarter Apartments on leasing their three retail spaces on Fifth Street to The Butcher’s Block, DeBeen Espresso, and Cycle Your City. They will open late summer to fall.

The Butcher’s Block currently has a location in Lexington which Eric Everhart opened in 2017 after 28 years in the retail grocery industry. His goal is to provide customers with the highest quality meat and seafood products at an affordable price. They have become widely popular with customers driving from surrounding areas.

DeBeen Espresso will be opening their second location with their first being High Point’s most established coffee shop. They will serve coffee, fresh vegan baked goods, gelato, and more. The shop will feature local art and possibly yoga.

Cycle Your City is an authorized Giant and Liv retailer that offers professional service, assembly, instruction, and repairs. With the growing bike culture in Downtown Winston-Salem they will definitely be a wonderful resource for residents.

For more details please click here for the Press Release from Grubb Properties.

Mayberry Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe opens in Downtown Winston-Salem

Christopher Commercial is excited to welcome Mayberry Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe to their downtown location in Winston-Salem at 216 West Fourth Street at the corner of Cherry Street. It is their fourth location, and could not be a better time to serve ice cream as the summer heats up! 

The restaurant offers a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and ice cream treats and is now open for lunch and dinner daily.

Lou Baldwin with Baldwin Properties represented the Tenant and Cindy Christopher with Christopher Commercial represented the Landlord. 

Click here for the full article.

Cindy Christopher recognized in Insight Magazine

Cindy Christopher is honored to be among a fine group of women recognized for their work in Commercial Real Estate in the May issue of Insight Magazine. 

Our "hometown girl" Cindy enjoyed sharing the story of her 30+ years in the business and what it is like to be a woman in this field. 

To read the full article click here

Christopher Commercial assists in Strickland Oil Portfolio Sale

Christopher Commercial is excited to have represented Strickland Brothers 10-Minute Oil Change in the sale of their existing portfolio which consisted of 11 stores in 4 states. The sale was to raise capital for a major expansion throughout the Southeast and to launch a franchise program throughout the country. 

The owner, Justin Strickland, is passionate about his business and growing it exponentially. They provide fast and friendly oil change & maintenance services. Currently they are building a flagship store at 6061 University Parkway in Winston Salem, which will be the start of many more to come.  We are still looking for good corner locations at a signalized intersection with great visibility and high traffic counts. 

Stay tuned to watch Strickland Oil grow and see new stores popping up everywhere. To learn more about Strickland Brothers visit them here

Christopher Commercial would be honored to assist you with your investment sales as well. Please contact us if we can help find income properties or help you sell an income property. 

Christopher Commercial welcomes Tabitha Tisdale!

Christopher Commercial is pleased to welcome Tabitha Tisdale as a new broker. She has been investing in commercial real estate throughout Winston-Salem since 2012 and has grown her own real estate investment company, Grimshaw Properties.  Her invaluable experience self managing her portfolio of properties will provide investment buyers and sellers first hand knowledge of the market. Tabitha's experience allows her to assist clients with investment properties, commercial leases, acquisitions and dispositions.  She is passionate about helping other investors build their portfolio in order to build a legacy for their families, businesses, and the surrounding community.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Tabitha's prior experience includes working in the financial services industry as a broker and a wholesaler in the bank investment channels at Wachovia and First Union.  While taking time out of the workforce to raise her three children, Tabitha volunteered on pre-school boards, PTAs, and on the board of Carolina Center for Cognitive Rehabilitation, a local stroke rehabilitation program.  She opened Grimshaw Properties when her youngest entered Kindergarten. 

A native of Winston-Salem, Tabitha lives with her husband and three children.  In her spare time, she enjoys working out, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Contact Tabitha today:


Iora Health Comes to Winston-Salem

Christopher Commercial is excited to be working with a Boston based client, Iora Health, that is entering into the Triad market. Iora Health will be opening three primary care clinics in Winston-Salem, High Point, and Greensboro on September 30, 2019.

The locations are Westridge Shopping Center in Greensboro next to Sprouts, Silas Creek Crossing in Winston-Salem, and Eastchester Shopping Center in High Point. Construction is underway on all three locations. Iora will open two other locations in North Carolina in Charlotte.

Iora Health is transforming health care, starting with primary care, and locally will be partnering with Wake Forest Baptist Health, Novant, Cone, and insurers to provide care on a value based payment model. Insurers support Iora’s vision that improving health begins with primary care. 

Partners will pay a higher fee that allows Iora’s patients to spend more time and receive personalized care from their physician in order to have better outcomes. Patients will also be given the opportunity to work with a health coach that assists with navigating the system, managing records, put together a care plan, and assist with appointments and behavioral changes. 

Iora Health has been a leader in the industry wide shift away from fee based services with a goal of reducing costs. This model results in lower hospitalization rates, emergency room visits, and readmissions. 

Cindy Christopher has enjoyed working with this healthcare client as they expand in the Triad Market. 

For more information click here.

8 West Third & Winston Tower Parking Deck

The owners of Winston Tower, located at 301 North Main Street, have purchased a new building at 8 West Third Street across the street to redevelop into an exciting Class A office building. The renovations have begun on this historical building full of history and an exciting future. 

The owners are currently under construction for a new 7-story parking deck with 550 spaces at the corner of Third Street and Main Street. The parking deck will serve both 8 West Third and Winston Tower. The deck will also include visitor parking and hourly parking options. The demolition has begun and  Blum Construction is overseeing this great development with an anticipated fall completion. 

Cindy Christopher stopped to visit and see the progress first hand. See her video update below. 

State of Community

Winston-Salem has grown exponentially in the last ten years and we continue to see positive growth that is placing our wonderful city on the nation’s radar. Earlier this spring Mayor Allen Joines addressed the City with a State of the Community update. The overview of growth and change that our amazing city is going through is truly impressive and sets us up for more success to come.

The State of the Community was full of valuable statistics and information that covers the economic, educational, and cultural trends of Winston-Salem and how they impact the city now and in the years to come. Winston-Salem’s government and organizations have set out plans for the future in order to meet their shared goal of making Winston-Salem Metropolitan area one of the top 50 Metro areas in the country. Winston-Salem has recently been featured in the following:

  • Forbes- #14 best places to visit in 2019

  • one of 10 “next urban powerhouse”

  • USA Today- ranked River Run Film Festival one of 10 amazing film festivals worth traveling for

As we continue to show up highly curated lists we also have seen amazing economic growth. Highlights include:

  • Unemployment rates are trending down. Forsyth County finished 2018 with a 3.6% unemployment rate and Guilford County finished 2018 with a 3.9% unemployment rate.

  • In 2017 we created  2,065 new jobs and in 2018 we created 5,300 new jobs - a 157% increase.

  • Visitor spending increased 6.1%

One of the highlights of the discussion is the substantial impact that has come with the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter at Bailey Park. This development continues to grow with more retail, office, and restaurant spaces. The Innovation Quarter currently consists of:

  • 176 companies

  • 1,075 residential units

  • $800 million invested

  • 3,762 employees

  • 9,185 student

The Innovation Quarter is right on trend with the continued growth and development of our vibrant downtown. Since 2000 Downtown has been infused with $1,955,930.00 of development. It truly is a great time to be in Winston-Salem!

Many other topics and statistics were shared that shed a positive light on all the amazing initiatives that are taking place in our wonderful city. The insight into the efforts our city and organizations are working on daily for growth is reassuring and helpful as we look ahead to a brighter future.

For more information please click here for the entire State of the Community Update.