Greensboro: sandwiches, cinema, books and beer

What do peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, 24-hour reading sessions, original craft beer and a full-sized “Doctor Who” TARDIS all have in common? They are all extraordinary entertainment options which characterize the city of Greensboro.

If you are on the lookout for some ingenious food creations, a great vintage yet modern atmosphere and a peaceful place to study, the brand new café PB& Java might be just right for you.

Built over an old printing press, the “sammich” shop offers exquisite treats for the brave, including the Bangkok Bomb: a combination of peanut butter, sweet chili sauce, ginger and Thai basil.

But for the owner and staff, it’s not about sales, it’s about the community.

“We’re not here to sell coffee, we’re not here to sell sandwiches,” said Charlie Jones, the owner of PB & Java. “We’re here for the people,”

If peanut butter and jelly is not your thing, a refreshing taste of the six-malt Buckshot Amber Ale should do the trick.

A quick walk up South Elm Street will take you down into a unique pub and brewery. Natty Greene’s Tavern has a classic feeling, satisfying alcoholic delicacies and, most of all, a palpable Southern feel. 

“Our motto is ‘Taste the South’,” said Carlee Dempsey, the spokesperson for Natty Greene’s, in a phone interview with The Guilfordian. “We try to embody the lifestyle of the Southern Culture. We have room to breathe and take the time to enjoy the things we love.”

If you are not hungry, then take a look at sensational bookstore that recently opened in Greensboro. Scuppernong Books contains various local and independent titles that cannot be located in any major retailers.

In addition, it hosts up to 40 different events per month. Some of its interesting happenings include author readings, full-day reading sessions and a banned books month.

The store focuses on inciting discussion and allowing interactions between customers.

“We see a bookstore as an intellectual club of a city and a place where ideas happen,” said Steve Mitchell, the co-owner of Scuppernong Books.

Finally, if you want to talk about all your fandoms, enjoy a good movie and have some fun, Geeksboro should do the trick. The all-encompassing cafe and theater has a side for movie-lovers, video gamers, board gamers and many more communities.

Their cinema plays independent films that would not be screened anywhere else. In addition, Geeksboro hosts numerous gatherings every week, including a weekly game night with over 100 board games.

“Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema is about providing a bright, open space for allowing people to pursue their interests,” said Joe Scott, Geeksboro founder.

All in all, if you’re looking to try some insane sandwiches, get a taste of Southern liquor, read a local book or just watch an independent film, our little town of Greensboro offers all that and much, much more. So if you feel a little bored one day, make sure to explore what the city has to offer and have a little fun.