This time last year we were scurrying around double checking stain finishes, paint touch ups, hanging artwork, making sure the bathrooms had “just the right” decorative trash cans. You know, the little things. We were sending out invitations to our community open house and crafting a giant raffia ribbon perfect for a barn opening to cut with giant gold scissors.
And around this time last year we opened our doors and welcomed over a thousand folks to come see WinMock and her new look. The meeting rooms, the dining rooms, the terraces and the breathtaking Loft were dotted with friends, family and neighbors who came to see what exactly we were up to over at the vacant barn that past year. It was such a neat experience for us having such a warm welcome and to have so many embrace and fill the space that has become near and dear to our hearts.
Now here we are, one year later. Thousands more have come. They have met, celebrated, networked, wed, learned, exhibited, sold, danced, ate, and drank. We have had exciting press announcements take place here like the plans for the new Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Davie County and we have helped raise funds for a new Dog Park nearby at Tanglewood Park.
“We have also learned quite a bit,” shares Tabatha Renegar, managing director. “We have listened to our clients for feedback in ways to improve. For instance, we now offer wedding clients an exclusive rental package because so many wanted the entire barn for their big day. Our new WinMock Exclusive gives them private access to all of the event spaces in the Main Barn at a discounted packaged rate.”
“Our corporate and non-profit clients have also encouraged some enhancements” adds Wayne Thomas, president/owner of WinMock at Kinderton and Sterling Events Group. “We’re pleased to have recently welcomed Angela Carleton to our team as our corporate account executive bringing with her extensive experience in hotel sales and management. Angela will be a valuable resource to serve the unique needs of our corporate and non-profit clientele, helping to coordinate services like catering, audio visual, technology needs and our concierge program.”
Sterling Events Group which owns and manages WinMock at Kinderton has also experienced an increased demand for their event services, including event décor rentals, audio visual equipment rentals, teambuilding activities and special event planning through the barn.
All in all, it’s been quite an incredible year for us at WinMock and we want to extend a sincere thank you to the community for their support. We feel it’s now our turn to help give back. We hope everyone will join us this Sunday, June 10th from 2:00pm – 5:00pm for our Sharing the Abundance, Community Open House Anniversary Event.
There, we will be hosting a food drive in support of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina with a concert featuring recording artist (and WinMock bride!)Katelyn Marks! Price for admission is simply one bag of non-perishable food.
Please join us to enjoy a peek inside the barn one year later and help us share the abundance for a vital community cause.
By Andrea Littell
Published in Forsyth Woman Magazine, May 2012