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Chamber Corner: Winston focuses on curb appeal; an abundance of summer fun | Local Biz

As summer continues, Winston businesses are sprucing up their exteriors and incorporating Wildlife Safari-themed signage into their improvements and advertising. The city of Winston recently hosted a “Business Summit” for local businesses to discuss their needs and learn about tools and services available to them through the city, the Winston Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Winston GO Team. Several businesses are taking advantage of urban renewal funds to enhance their curb appeal.

“Winston is focusing on creating an attractive and inviting business atmosphere for visitors and residents alike,” said City Manager Mark Bauer. “We’re happy to see so many businesses using the resources available to them.” Mar Gardens, Winston Realty & Insurance, and Safari Inn have all recently acquired funds for signage and façade improvements.

The Business Summit, which was held July 20 and included participation from about 15 local businesses, is just one way the city and Chamber are ramping up their focus on better serving the business community. The Chamber recently hired their first executive director, who is tasked with fulfilling goals set out by the Chamber Board at the beginning of the year.

“We’re working to ensure our Chamber provides value to our businesses as well as increasing our emphasis on marketing Winston as a tourism destination,” said Sandra Thorn, who was just appointed on July 7.

In addition to the renewed focus on the business community, Winston continues to provide an abundance of fun and family-friendly outdoor festivities during the summer. Riverbend Live! concluded its summer run with a final performance on August 4. Cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell enlivened Riverbend Park with his compelling storytelling and Cowboy Celtic brought their unique Celtic-infused western music to Winston. All Riverbend…

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