by Jordan Green


Monitoring the economic pulse of the Triad

Five stars for Greensboro’s fifth hookah bar Arabian Nights Hookah Lounge opened on Sunday on West Market Street in Greensboro. Owner Jaffar I. Humaidan said his is probably the fifth hookah bar in Greensboro. He said he has no problems with a one-year old state law that prohibits smoking in most establishments that serve food and alcohol because running a kitchen entails a lot of burdensome regulations. Instead he provides packaged snacks. He serves non-alcoholic beer and Arabian juices, and said he will probably add a line of slushies and smoothies. Aside from the primary activity of hookah — in which patrons inhale flavored tobacco smoke through a water pipe provided by the establishment, Arabian Nights’ 6,000 square foot hall is also equipped with pool tables, foosball tables and free internet. “When you go in, you are in big tent,” Humaidan said. “My place is not going to be like the others. It’s not going to be so loud like the others that turn it from a hookah bar to a disco bar. It’s a place for people to come and relax and talk to their friends. I’m shooting for a nice crowd. They have to be over 18. We check ID at the door. “You have to see it to appreciate it,” he added. “It’s five star. Anyone who sees it, they have to say, ‘Wow.’” New hospital in Kernersville prepares to open The new Kernersville Medical Center, operated by Novant Health, held a grand opening on Sunday. The new hospital will provide an emergency department open around the clock, 46 in-patient beds, surgery services including four operating rooms, diagnostic and therapeutic services, and outpatient medical care.