There are so many things I love about Greensboro, NC. It isn’t just the college environment that the city brings, the art, or the hustle and bustle of opportunity, but it’s the small business owners and entrepreneurs that bring this city alive. I have decided that I would compile a list five of my favorite small businesses that you, as a traveler or native to Greensboro, should support after COVID-19 packs its bags and gets a move on.
Sisters on Tate
This charming little boutique is full of all things shiny, cute, and must have. They carry a variety of things from earrings, rings, necklaces, socks, clothes, sage, incense and more. It’s the perfect place to get a gift for a friend or loved one. Maybe you still haven’t got mom a mother’s day gift (it’s never too late)? Then this is your place. They are located at 330 Tate Street in Greensboro, NC. You can check out their website here.
The best cakes and cupcakes in Greensboro are located at 2403 Battleground Avenue. Over the last four years that I have been a permanent resident, Maxie B’s has grown to be one of the most popular spots for desserts. They feature seasonal selections of cupcakes and cakes as well as providing services in gourmet (and quite beautiful) wedding and birthday cakes. What’s even greater about this place is it’s atmosphere. It is elegant, simple and relaxing. This stop is worth every penny. You can check out their website here.
Boxcar Bar and Arcade
A central hangout in downtown, Boxcar Bar and Arcade offers some of the best classic arcade games while also offering a fun, carefree atmosphere. This is one of the places you’ll want to visit on your night in Downtown Greensboro. While you’re here, make sure you follow the train tracks to the left of the building to take a look at the infamous Mac Miller mural painted by Jeks_NC. You can check out Boxcar’s website here and Jeks Instagram here.
Edward McKay’s Bookstore located at 1607 Battleground Avenue is one of five locations spread across Tennessee and North Carolina. It is one of my favorite places to relax and unwind. I always imagine what it would be like if each book could whisper it’s story to me and what it was like to tell every person who owned the book before me. Such a place as Edward McKay’s is magical and full of opportunity. If you love to read, learn, or escape, this place is a must visit. You can check out their website here.
After you visit Sisters on Tate, you can head across the street to Coffeeology for lunch and the best, freshly brewed coffee in Greensboro. They are located at 423 Tate Street. They serve a variety of handmade bagels, wraps, sandwiches and cakes. The staff there is always so polite and eager to serve. While you enjoy lunch, you can sit in the window and read a book you bought from Edward McKay’s or you can study for your next chem test. Either way, Coffeeology brings you a motivated yet relaxing atmosphere. You can visit their website here.
I hope more than anything that if COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that small businesses are the heart of America. When we support them, we support our community directly. If you are new to Greensboro, or just passing through, I hope you will enjoy some or all of these small businesses.
Until next time. Sending you peace, love and light.