It was a chance visit that brought a fresh perspective for this quiet icon, left vacant for more than a decade. In late 2007, the owner of
Sterling Events Group
was looking for a place to move his growing offices and was by chance introduced to Win-Mock in all of her dusty, quiet glory.
"I visited it almost as a novelty at first. I had seen the barn for years and was curious to see what it looked like inside" said Wayne Thomas, president of Sterling Events Group. "From the moment I walked in I was hooked. When I climbed upstairs into the remarkable hayloft space I was blown away, completely sold. I just knew we had to transform the space."
For Thomas, a new passion was instantly found in repurposing the structure into a place that the community could enjoy and share.
Building off of more than 20 years in the special events industry, Thomas knew the space could make the perfect event facility if carefully redesigned. For the next two years Thomas and his wife, Paula worked with brokers, developers, architects, plus local, state and federal government agents to create a restoration plan for the old barn as well as a business plan that made sense for operation of the new venue.
In June, 2011, the stunning renovated barn, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, officially opened for business as a
distinctive event facility with a fresh look and a familiar name, WinMock at Kinderton.
"We continue to uncover the history of WinMock through the personal stories shared within our community and we look forward to sharing wonderful new memories through our guests’ weddings, corporate functions and celebratory events in the years to come. We are honored to join the WinMock legacy."
About Sterling Events Group
Since 1985, Sterling Events Group, headquartered in Clemmons, North Carolina with offices in Charlotte NC, Raleigh NC and Charleston SC, has provided travel, meeting
planning and event production services for corporate clients nationwide. The organization, recently named 2010 Supplier of the Year by Visit Charlotte,
includes Sterling Events (meetings, incentive travel and destination management services); Sterling Audio Visual (AV equipment rental & production);
Sterling By Design (event décor and design for weddings and events); Sterling Network Solutions (data and voice networks, indoor/outdoor wireless
technology, meetings technologies) and WinMock at Kinderton (historic dairy barn turned special events venue), all offering clients a one stop shop
for all their meeting & event planning needs. Learn more at www.sterlingeventsgroup.com.