Spartan Village: A Community of Care for Busy Students

Posted on October 27, 2023

A UNCG student gets a haircut at Millennium Salon.

Spartan Village is more than a residence complex for UNC Greensboro students. It’s a place to stop and shop within walking distance of the main campus.

Its four restaurants cater to a mix of tastes and styles, combined with a fun atmosphere for everyone to relax or work. There are also businesses that directly serve the wellness of Spartans in other ways, from personal care to financial services.

Bestway Grocery 

Students, faculty, and staff who live on campus or commute don’t have to go out of their way to cross off everything on their shopping list. Bestway has everything students need without the big grocery story hassle.

More than a store of convenience, Bestway has meat that is freshly cut in their butcher shop. Rows of fruits and vegetables make a healthy diet easy for busy students. Customers can find locally produced foods or get their morning fix from their coffee counter. Most recently, they’ve added a smaller scale version of their famous Walker Avenue location’s “Wall of Beer,” selling wine and beer to customers who are 21 or older.

In addition, Bestway has housekeeping products and school supplies, in case students run out of something they need for class. With the help of the friendly staff, students will find whatever they need for their space at UNCG.

Bestway is open 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekends. 

Millennium Salon and Suites

When Spartans feel homesick or tired from the demands of school, it’s time to take a break and focus on self-care. At Millennium Salon, one of the first shops to open up at Spartan Village, they’ll find a team ready to make them feel beautiful on the inside and look it on the outside.

The owner, LaTonya Evans, owns salons across Greensboro, as well as the Millennium Trade Academy that trains students in hair care, styling, and cosmetics. The technicians at Millennium Salon serve anyone who comes through their door. Evans says, “We do hair services; we do color; we do cuts; and we have a barber on-site. We just do everything here.”

She supports UNCG students not only with reasonably lower prices compared to other local establishments, but by accommodating their schedules. “You can get in earlier and later in the day by appointment,” says Evans. “We’ve had people book an appointment at seven or eight o’clock in the morning because they’re trying to get out of town for the holidays.”

Evans understands that a hair salon is a valuable place for building confidence and a sense of belonging, and this need is strong in students who are living away from home for the first time. She and her technicians take their role in creating a welcoming atmosphere seriously. “It’s important to give that feeling that somebody cares when you come, and it’s not just a business,” she says.

Millennium Salon is open for walk-ins on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It is open by appointment on Sundays and Mondays. Appointments may be made here or by calling 336.617.5071.

Twisted Nailz  

It’s a place to pamper yourself and relax, to take a break from research and studies. Twisted Nailz has a team of talented technicians who know all sorts of nail techniques and the popular trends. Providing manicures, pedicures, waxing, tints, and extended eyelash services, helping Spartans feel their best when they walk into class or go out with friends.

Twisted Nailz, which is co-owned by LaTonya Evans and Carolyn McNeil, is a new business at Spartan Village. Before this year, nail services were provided within the Millennium Salon suite.

Appointments can be booked here. Check their Facebook page for regular specials. It opens Mondays through Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. and is closes at 8:00 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays, at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, and at 11:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Allegacy Federal Credit Union

UNCG understands that financial stability is an important facet of wellness. Allegacy Federal Credit Union, located across from campus in Spartan Village, is dedicated to serving the best interests of its members, sharing educational tools, and giving back to the community.

Allegacy is a full-service financial institution that is member-owned and not for profit. It provides personal and business savings and checking accounts, lending services and loans, and more.

Rebecca Daniels, Spartan Village Financial Center Manager, says, “Allegacy offers award-winning financial education resources including our financial wellness tool Enrich, financial workshops through HealthyUNCG, Foundations classes, student athletics, and one-on-one virtual financial coaching. We also offer financial challenges to move ideas into action regarding saving and paying down debt.”

UNCG students and members of the Kaplan Center for Wellness can also open an AllHealth Wellness Savings account and earn more dividends based on the number of visits to the Kaplan Center each month, without being charged a monthly service fee. It also supports an ATM on the first floor of Moran Commons.

Allegacy’s team also cares about serving the Greater Greensboro community. “We are proud of our team for their volunteering efforts to help us support local nonprofits, like Second Harvest Food Bank and Junior Achievement of the Triad,” says Daniels. “We would love to grow these efforts and engage members of the UNCG community to join us for volunteer opportunities and other events.”

Membership is open to all UNCG students, staff, and faculty, and their family members who meet Allegacy’s eligibility requirements. More information on the credit union’s services can be found on its website. Anyone interested in learning more about Allegacy’s Spartan Village location may call Daniels at 336.794.8470.


If not walking over, there are many parking options available for customers of The Shops at Spartan Village, including 15-minute parking spaces on the street and in Lots 46 and 47, dedicated customer spaces for Allegacy in Lot 46, free parking in Lot 47 for customers who book an appointment with Millennium Salon or Twisted Nailz, and metered parking in Lot 47. Lot 47 is available for retail customers and has a two-hour time limit at all times. Spartan Chariots serving the UNCG campus also stop at this location.

Story by Janet Imrick, University Communications
Photography by Sean Norona, University Communications

The large banner for Spartan Village hangs from the side of a building at UNCG.

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