Cheap, Fun, Local Eatery


Jayda Brunson/The Carolinian

Jayda Brunson
   Staff Writer

The residents of Greensboro pride themselves in the many down-to-earth eateries available throughout the area.

One particularly earthy restaurant that Greensboro has to offer is “The People’s Perk.” Founded in October of 2013 by two citizen artists, Nancy Lenk and Karen Archia, the interior design of “The People’s Perk,” this restaurant is a unique collage, because it features the drawings of customers plastered on the walls. Lenk and Archia change up the art on the wall every one to two months.

“The People’s Perk” also sells a wide array of locally made goods, such as: jewelry, pottery, notecards, soap, body butters and candles. “The People’s Perk,” also features an additional room, an art studio, for customers to bring out their inner creativity, and paint self-portraits.

Of the art studio, Lenk said, “It’s healthy for your brain to create art,” and that this restaurant that she and Karen Archia put together is, “A way to bring people together.”

The three words Lenk used to describe the restaurant, were: “comfortable, welcoming, and eclectic.”

“The People’s Perk,” also allows book club meetings, fundraisers, poetry readings and open mic nights, hosted once a month by Kelsey Ledbetter. This diverse, woman-owned business strives to ensure that everyone feels welcome to put their creativity on display.

“The People’s Perk” serves fresh donuts from Donut World, fresh bagels from New Garden Bagels and muffins made locally by a baker in Lindley Park.

They also specialize in coffee beverages, and have a special roaster located in Morrisville, NC. Their feature drink is called “Boscoe’s Best Brew,” and is named after Lenk’s dog, Boscoe.

“The People’s Perk,” is open weekdays from 7 a.m. to, Saturday from 8:30 a.m., to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Another concession that Greensboro is lucky to have is Smoothie King.

This smoothie food retailer focuses on mixing real fruit, nutrients and protein to create a healthy smoothie meal. The first Smoothie King opened in 1973 in downtown New Orleans, and the first international Smoothie King iws located in Seoul, South Korea.

The store, located at 2403 Battleground Ave, offers nutritional smoothie blends as well as specials treats each day.

They also feature vegan smoothies, that are 100% gluten free and under 350 calories for a 20 ounce serving. Smoothie King is consistently growing domestically and internationally. Their hours are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

They are also planning on opening another location on Tate Street.

Another local Greensboro restaurant, is “Jay’s Deli,” which has been around since 1947.

In 1947 they were located in downtown Greensboro, and then when the Friendly Center was finished being built, it transferred there in 1956. They then moved to their current location, 630 Friendly Center Rd in 1996.

This sandwich shop capitalizes on their Reuben, chicken salad, tuna salad and sandwich meats. Sharee Hankins of Jay’s Deli, said, “Our regulars are what runs the place,” and elaborated that, because there are a lot of older people who grew up eating at “Jay’s Deli,” they continue to go there to enjoy a nice meal.

Greensboro has many cafes, sandwich shops and luncheonettes that any resident or visitor can enjoy.

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