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SOCCER UNLIMITED RAISES THE PITCH AND ESTABLISHES NEW TURF

Soccer Unlimited has moved to a new, fully renovated building at 3033 Trenwest Drive in Winston-Salem featuring a 15×30 foot indoor turf soccer field and 3000 square feet of retail space. The upscale store is just two doors down from the old location where customers have been shopping for 30 years, and just across the Stratford Road intersection from the new HanesTowne shopping center. Owner Brian Fitzgerald says, “There is not another soccer store like it anywhere in the region. The turf field allows players to try out their cleats and other soccer gear before purchasing, to ensure the best possible fit. We have always offered our customers excellent, personalized service, but now we’re taking the experience of shopping for soccer gear to a whole new level.”

Shoppers frequently stay to watch games on the two large televisions that are always tuned to soccer games and to talk about the latest soccer news with other fans. Fitzgerald says, “We’re more than just a store. We’re a part of the community. In our new space, parents are able to enjoy a relaxed shopping experience while their children play in the enclosed turf field, taking shots on goal or juggling a soccer ball.”

In addition to the retail customer, Soccer Unlimited furnishes uniforms, goals and other equipment to local high schools, clubs and colleges including, among others, Twin City Youth Soccer Association, Wake Forest University, Guilford College, and Kernersville Soccer Association. The store carries a large selection of major soccer brands like Adidas, Nike, Under Armour, Brine, Kwik Goal, and Select. A fixture in the soccer community for 33 years, future plans for Soccer Unlimited include bringing services in-house that are currently outsourced, including embroidery, screen printing and transfer fabrication. Fitzgerald says, “For some schools, like Westchester Country Day, we provide uniforms for all the school’s sports. Our goal is to be a one stop shop for all your soccer and uniform needs.”

With an industrial feel, exposed brick walls and an open ceiling, the new Soccer Unlimited showcases the design vision of its owners, who were assisted with initial plans by local talent, Gibbons Architecture and Lisa Wade at Design Solutionz.

Fixtures were designed and manufactured by the locally owned design team at RyanScott Displays. Eldridge Construction handled the transformation from gutting the old Hilde’s Interiors building to its finish as a contemporary retail venue.

UNCG ALUMNUS TO BRING FILM SCREENING TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

“Lost Colony,” written, directed and produced by UNCG alumnus Christopher Holmes ’05 MFA, has been shown at prestigious film festivals in Boston, Portland and across the Southeast. Next week, however, the film will be shown on the very campus where it got its start a decade ago.

“Lost Colony” will be shown Thurs., Dec. 3, in UNCG’s Brown Theater at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public, and the showing will be followed by a Q&A with Holmes.

Set in North Carolina’s scenic Outer Banks, “Lost Colony” is a coming of age story about how a teen navigates through the transition from adolescence to adulthood and his relationship with his overprotective and controlling mother, as well as his pregnant girlfriend.

“Lost Colony” was born out of a writing prompt Holmes was given in one of his classes at UNCG while he was working on his MFA in film and video production. Holmes wrote a short version of the script for that class. The summer after graduation, Holmes expanded the script to be feature length.

“Lost Colony” has certainly been a labor of love. Holmes spent years trying to find funding for film, working two jobs, sending it to development institutions and applying for grants. When the funding finally came through, Holmes started the casting process. Filming began in September 2013. Holmes, his crew and the actors spent 17 days on the Outer Banks filming, and then “Lost Colony” spent a year and a half in post-production.

Now it’s ready to be shown to audiences around the nation. And what better place to show “Lost Colony” than the place it got its start?

“It (UNCG) was a really important place in my development as an artist,” he said, adding that he’s excited to meet students and to reconnect with the professors he had as a student.

Holmes said it’s “a relief” to finally wrap up this project. Not only was it “very fulfilling,” but he now feels free to work on new projects as well.

“I’m really proud of the work,” he said. “I think it’s a really tremendous piece.”

In addition to being a filmmaker, Holmes is the program coordinator for the annual RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem. He also served as a visiting professor in UNCG’s Department of Media Studies during the 2006-07 academic year. !

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