by Jordan Green

Indie Market holds fourth monthly fair in downtown Greensboro

About 45 crafters will display their wares in a parking lot at the intersection of South Elm Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Greensboro as part of the First Friday Indie Market.

The indie market gives crafters a forum to sell their goods without forking over booth fees that tend to fall in the neighborhood of $150. Collectively, the vendors rent space from the city of Greensboro for $120, organizer Zeke Vantreese said.

This First Friday coincides with the city’s Festival of Lights.

The indie market made its first run in September, and Vantreese said the collective has received a great response so far from shoppers and permanent business owners on South Elm Street. The market has also generated significant interest from vendors, with 130 applicants angling for a booth.

A vendor himself, Vantreese owns- Bohicitta Glass Co. He has been making drinking glasses out of recycled wine bottles for about two years.

The indie market is the physical manifestation of a virtual community of Triad crafters who found each other on Etsy, an online market that Vantreese describes as “the eBay of handmade goods.”

Monitoring the economic pulse of the Triad Vantreese started selling his wares on Etsy in 2008, and earlier this year he contacted other crafters in the region, leading to the formation of the NC Triad Etsy Team. The members of the nascent organization agreed that their mutual interests would be best served by launching a craft fair, and Vantreese said they saw downtown and the long-established First Friday event as a natural fit.

“There’s a mix,” he said of the vendors. “Some of the bigger people do it professionally. Others are moonlighting. Some it’s their first festival ever.”

Newbridge Bank opens new branch in CenterPointe

NewBridge Bank is scheduled to open a new branch in the CenterPointe building in downtown Greensboro on Dec. 7. Located near the main entrance of the 17-story renovated high-rise, the new branch affords the bank additional visibility following its acquisition of 10-year naming rights to the downtown ballpark in November 2007, after its founding through a merger of FNB Financial Services Corp. and LSB Bancshares. CenterPointe, a project of developer Roy Carroll that has received tax incentives from the city of Greensboro, is comprised of luxury condominiums, anchored by commercial enterprises on the first floor. The new branch of CenterPointe, the fifth in the city, joins the restaurant Avenue on the first floor of the building. Commercial real-estate company NAI Piedmont Triad is currently listing space in the building.

New music store opens in High Point

Randy Bishop informs us that he has recently opened a new music store in Oak Hollow Mall in High Point called Krazy Dog Music. The store’s website lists acoustic and electric guitars, basses, amplifiers for both guitars and basses, drums, keyboards and lessons. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Greensboro bookstore offers discounts, free music

The Sacred Garden Bookstore, located at 215 W. Fisher Ave. in Greensboro, will be offering a 25 percent discount on Christmas books every Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 20, and selling “holiday honor cards” to benefit local charities and nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity, Barnabas Network, Greensboro Urban Ministry and St. Mary’s House. The bookstore will also be providing free cider, tea, coffee and snacks on Sundays, along with free concerts. The Triad Early Music Society will be playing medieval and renaissance music on Dec. 6, folksinger and store manager Kristen Southworth — Kristen Leigh, for stage purposes — performs on Dec. 13, and harpist Jean Moxley performs on Dec. 20.

Winston-Salem Foundation makes grants

The Winston-Salem Foundation announced its new grantee list on Monday, allocating a total of $209,694 to 14 different organizations. Topping the list was a $37,884 grant to the Carter G. Woodson School of Challenge to fund a library media specialist position, followed by $30,000 to Wake Forest University Health Sciences to fund a nutrition education program for low-income and Spanish-speaking families. Lesser amounts were received by Imprints, the Bethesda Center for the Homeless, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, the American Red Cross/Northwest NC Chapter, Arts Based Elementary School, the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership, the Downtown Arts District Association, El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services, the NC Victim Assistance Network and Carolina Music Ways.