Would you like to know what the secret to success really is?
Show up. Do the work. Don’t be afraid to fail.
Chris Hambrick, owner of Penny Lane Boutique, embodies that very sentiment.
Open since February of 2013 and at her current location on Stadium Drive in Clemmons since March of 2016, Chris is well versed in the reality of running an upscale boutique and gets right to the point.
“You know,” she says as we begin the interview, “In any business, the owner gets paid last.”
It takes a lot of heart to run a business during good economic times, but to be faced with the uncertainties we’re faced with today? It takes more than just heart.
You have to love what you do.
And it’s apparent that Chris loves what she does. Stop by and visit her webpage and you can see for yourself.
Like a lot of other small businesses, Chris had to make adjustments. Now offering a larger selection of her inventory online and assisting with curbside pick-up of online orders has helped her to stay open.
Let’s help her stay open
That’s why I’m asking you to click here or come visit her at 6311 Stadium Dr, Suite B in Clemmons.
Life is simple, business is even simpler! Not easy, but simple.
Face your fears, work hard, help enough people get what they want, and you can get what you want.
That’s the way it’s supposed to work, yea?
The problem is that people overcomplicate things, life gets in the way, worldwide pandemics break out.
And in the midst of all this, Claire Wait, owner of Chameleon Kids Consignment in Clemmons, NC, just before her first ever Facebook Live post in April, told her customers and consignors, ‘I want to focus my energy on meeting your needs.’
Claire started here in December of 2019:
And by March of 2020 was ready for the grand opening.
We all know what happened next. Government mandated shutdowns of vast sectors of the economy, etc, etc. I won’t explain. You were there.
Just weeks after pouring her heart and soul into the grand opening of a long held dream, Claire had to shut it down.
At that point, she could have done a lot of things.
Here’s what she didn’t do:
She didn’t put up a “Closed” sign.
She didn’t throw in the towel.
She didn’t sit around feeling sorry for herself.
Instead, she got to work. Improvising and adapting her business as the world very quickly changed around her.
Enlisting her family’s help to get her inventory listed on her store’s webpage so she could continue to serve her customers and consignors.
Arranging for curbside pick up for customers who prefer to remain at safe distances.
Basically, whatever it takes to safely serve everyone.
Would you like to help support local businesses too? Stop by and see her at 3422 Kinnamon Village Cms in Clemmons, or visit her website here.
Off of Country Club Rd and Peace Haven is Mac and Nelli’s, a restaurant built around delectable food and some serious entertainment. The hundreds of 5-star reviews alone will tell you both 0.45 cent wing night every Monday and Wednesday and the occasional night of dueling pianos are top reasons to become a regular at this American-style establishment.
In fact, Mac and Nelli’s slogan “Come for the food, stay for the fun” rings true with their extensive menu, daily specials, and regular fun. As if cheap, high-quality and saucy 0.45 cent wings isn’t enough of a reason to check out Mac and Nelli’s on Mondays and Wednesdays, karaoke should be. On Tuesdays, you’re invited to assemble your team for trivia night filled with factoids, song clips, and video for the cash prize. Whether you’re a talented singer or just there for the amusement, there’s truly something for everyone at this exceptional eatery.
Don’t let the term “American” hinder your imagination from what this restaurant offers. It’s not just burgers and wings. Choose from a variety of plates of pasta, sandwiches like a Cuban or Rueben, and entrees like salmon or grilled Jamaican jerk island tacos! Whether you’re more of a beer and wine person or a signature cocktail kind of person, it’s highly encouraged to try an ‘after-dinner drink’. They offer their own twist on Irish Coffee, Chocolate Russian, and a Drunken Irishman that some regulars will tell you suffices as dessert!
On top of great food, Mac and Nelli’s offers even better service. From being greeted at the door with a smile to the attentive, knowledgable wait staff, it’s no wonder it’s popularity has consistently increased since it was established in 2011. Recently, the owners have decided to reinvigorate their menu with an innovative, accomplished chef with accented talents in southern home cooking and skillful desserts. If you haven’t tried this carefully crafted menu yet, it’s never too late.
For unparalleled specials and entertainment, visit Mac and Nelli’s tonight. It’s more than a dining experience, it’s the dinner party you don’t have to host. This is a fantastic establishment to have fun, enjoy some free live music, and sufficient portions with your family.
On the corner of W 1st, St and Cloverdale Ave at 101 Eden Terrace in Winston-Salem is the landmark, The Grecian Corner. Established in 1970, this cozy little restaurant has since become a staple in Winston-Salem, and truly has something for everyone, serving a full menu of authentic Greek, American, and Italian favorites.
Conveniently located near the Brenner Children’s Hospital, this landmark has proven it’s excellence by being open for over 45 years. In 2002, the owner and founder of The Grecian Corner, George Ballas, gave his nephew the opportunity to become a part of Winston-Salem’s finest. Angelo and Georgia Ballas are now the owners of this wonderful restaurant and the regulars will tell you, the quality and service remain top-tier.
If you look up the landmark’s hundreds of Google and Facebook reviews, you’ll see most everyone can agree they return time and time again for the excellent service, consistently delicious food, and fair prices. Many of George’s returning customers will recommend the authentic chicken souvlaki wrap on pita bread, crafted with all-natural, grilled and marinated chicken and served with onion, tomato, mixed peppers, and his own tzatziki sauce recipe. Additionally, any of the Grecian Specialty Platters of chicken, pork, or veggie are popular choices as well.
However, if Greek isn’t your forte, take your pick of over 10 different top-notch pasta variations, salads, soups, sandwiches including burgers, hot dogs, hoagies, turkey and ham, and even a rueben sandwich. Choose from a wide variety of unique appetizers including the popular greek nachos, dolmades, homemade zucchini patties, classic onion rings, and even cheesy bacon fries with ranch, for those of you who can’t turn down that deliciously classic American food.
If I haven’t convinced you The Grecian Corner has a comprehensive menu of diverse and flavorsome foods, I’m not done yet. They’ve got pizza, too. With and without a greek twist, both George and Angelo can tell you there is something on this menu made just for you. Last but not least, we don’t forget about the kiddos. At the fine price of $4.99, your child under 12 can choose from a hot dog, cheeseburger, chicken fingers, spaghetti with meat sauce, or a cheese pita, all served with a drink and french fries or apple sauce.
The Grecian Corner also serves both beer and wine, and a variety of authentic desserts including baklava, loukoumades, and baklava cheesecake, to truly complete your dining experience. As if this wonderfully quaint restaurant doesn’t provide enough, you have the option for George’s Grecian Corner to cater for any occasion with 15 or more people. They offer two different catering options, however, if you have a special request, Angelo and Georgia will do their best to accommodate you.
Stop by George’s Grecian Corner for an exceptional dining experience, both to do with the outstanding staff that takes pride in their work, and the food that is so carefully crafted. With almost 50 years in business, this restaurant speaks for itself.
Located in the heart of Winston-Salem at 408 West 4th Street is Bull’s Tavern, a well-known watering hole for locals and travelers alike. The reason being is simple: live music, great drinks, and even better service.
Come as you are, as long as you’re at least 21. This isn’t some cookie-cutter bar, the owner’s and staff’s personalities come through just by looking around. There’s plenty of characters within, and you might even learn a thing or two from them. Enjoy plenty of conversation with the bartender, whether it be about their extensive drink menu or your own life problems. Either way, you’ll feel a part of the Bull’s family from then on out, and a good time is always encouraged.
Moonlighting as a music venue, Bull’s Tavern has been packing in more than 100 shows per year from comedians to reggae, funk, and jam acts at three nights a week. On a liquid diet? On Sundays, they open at 2 pm for the best bloody marys and mimosas in the area.
This must-see casual bar opened its doors in 2012 and has the best patio view on 4th street to watch the downtown hustle of Winston-Salem at all times. Since established in 2012 they’ve built an impressive rotating craft beer selection, including local North Carolina’s top micro-brew selections as well as some out of state options to keep things interesting. More of a whiskey drinker? Fantastic, it’s their passion. Bull’s Tavern has its own ‘whiskey guru’ that has been known to drop some knowledge on anyone who has questions, as well as drop some flavor on those who also love some honest, neat whiskey.
So get off your smartphone and come down to your new favorite local pub, Bull’s Tavern and talk to each other. For those of you with soul, sing your heart out during karaoke. For those of you with rhythm, dance the night away to rock and roll, some funk, or maybe some southern country. For those of you looking for a great time with a great drink, welcome home.