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WStoday: Dutch Light bar coming soon to Bailey Park
Dutch Light bar coming soon to Bailey Park | Photo by Dutch Light Bar via Instagram
From your favorite restaurants to retail stores, we’ve gathered a list of exciting development happening in the Twin City. Get ready to shop, eat, and socialize at these new spots.

🗓️ Coming soon

Every time we look around, it seems like something new is popping up in the Twin City. Whether you’re looking for your next coffee shop destination or a new public park to stretch your legs, we’re rounding up a few things coming soon to Winston-Salem.


Salem Parkway Multi-Use Path West, Downtown Winston-Salem | Opening date TBD | The new pathway connection between Peters Creek Parkway and Truist Stadium to Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist will have pedestrian-friendly roads to encourage walkability.

La Barberia Social Club, 5583 Robin Lark Circle | Spring 2024 | More than just a haircut or a trim, customers will have access to pool table, video games, and more to keep themselves entertained before their appointment.

WStoday: La Barberia Social Club space rendering coming to Winston-Salem

This new barbershop is taking it to a whole new level, offering a space for people to socialize in between appointments.


Photo by La Barberia Social Club via Instagram


Sushi Rose, 247 E. 5th St. | Opening date TBD | The Japanese-Latin dining experience comes with cocktails and wine — menu items include signature torched jalapeños, crispy rice tuna, nigiri, and sashimi tiradito.

Dutch Light Bar, 450 N. Patterson Ave. | Summer 2024 | The craft cocktail bar features a greenhouse-style design environment on the second level at Bailey Park.

Dive Bar, 1131 Burke St., | Early April 2024 | The arcade bar experience will be geared toward 21+ adults.

WStoday: Simply Sonya's restaurant coming on Peters Creek Parkway

Simply Sonya’s serves Southern comfort foods + hosts various events weekly.


Photo by Simply Sonya’s via Facebook

Dream Kreams, 102 3rd St. W., Unit 102 | March 2024 | The new store location will serve different ice cream flavors, including vegan almond amaretto, non-dairy pistachio cloud, and non-dairy strawberry crunch cake.

Simply Sonya’s, 985 Peters Creek Pkwy. | Spring/Summer 2024 | The restaurant’s menu includes wings, oxtails, banana pudding, and peach cobbler.

✅ Now open

If there’s one thing we love more than looking ahead to the future, it’s enjoying the present at one of Winston-Salem’s newest spots. Check out this list of recently opened establishments in the Twin City.


Vecino Center for Language and Culture LLC, Mobile locations | October 2023 | The center provides a social hub and environment to learn new languages and explore different cultures through intensive classes and workshops.

The CMPND, 231 W. 4th St., Ste. 201 | December 2023 | The creative space provides tools and resources for musicians to further pursue their craft and manage their business.
How many new openings did we help you discover?

A. Barely any — I’m the first to know everything
B. There were a few I hadn’t heard of
C. Most of them
D. These were all news to me
Thursday, Feb. 29
  • Living Legacies | Thursday, Feb. 29 | 6-8 p.m. | Gray Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Rd., Winston-Salem | $10 | Keynote speaker Maya Brooks will discuss Black culture and heritage through contemporary visual arts + talk about legacy building in Winston Salem.
Friday, March 1
  • “The Breakdown” | Friday, March 1 | 7:30-10 p.m. | D.O.S.E. Art Collective, 606 Trade St., Winston-Salem | Free | Join the live electronic music jam sessions with other artists — bring your instrument if you’d like.
Saturday, March 2
  • Jeeps N Java | Saturday, March 2 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Be Kind Coffee Co., 3560 Clemmons Rd., Ste. B, Clemmons | Free | Bring your fur babies and make new friends over coffee + listen to some jams — Nada Mas Empanadas food truck will be on site.
  • Winston-Salem Vintage Show | Saturday, March 2 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Wise Man Brewing, 814 N. Angelo Brothers Ave., Winston-Salem | Cost of purchase | Shop from more than 20 vintage vendors + enjoy live music and food trucks.
Plan Ahead
  • Community Open House at Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center | Saturday, March 9 | 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center, 1750 Kernersville Medical Pkwy., Kernersville | Free | Get a first look at Novant Health’s brand new birth center and meet doctors, get to know the facility, and enjoy family-friendly activities.*
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News Notes
  • Hear city leaders discuss the underlying causes of the housing crisis in Winston-Salem. Join in the conversation at Centenary United Methodist Church (646 W. 5th St.) Sunday, March 3 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Be part of Culture Winston-Salem’s first public art collaboration. The group is looking for volunteers to help paint several murals at Liberty Plaza. The first project is scheduled for Sunday, March 10 — RSVP to volunteer.
Plan Ahead
  • Walk, stroll, and roll at The Piedmont Triad Elder Abuse Awareness event on June 15 at Triad Park (9652 E. Mountain St., Kernersville). Registration and a vendor fair will start at 9 a.m. — the opening ceremony and walk kicks off at 10:30 a.m.
  • An East Forsyth High School sophomore is the first champion of North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state wrestling championship women’s division. Taylor Williams won a gold medal in the competition and hopes to wrestle in college.
Still open in our memories
WStoday: Trade Street shops in Downtown Winston-Salem
Fancy Groceries is coming soon on North Trade Street. | Photo by WStoday
Gone but never forgotten. While we’ve seen an influx of new businesses in recent days, we’ve also had to say quite a few goodbyes.

Here are places WStoday readers said they wished would return:

“Pig Pickings just had the best barbecue, hotdogs, pork skins, fish —I haven’t seen a restaurant around here like that in a while.”

“Chars — No one else can do a footlong special as good as theirs. Come to think of it there aren’t many places that still serve footlongs.”

“Four Seasons Drive In — I haven’t had a good souvlaki or burger in a basket since they closed.”

“Allen’s Dairy Treats”

“Dom’s, Mooney’s, and Crafted. It is increasingly hard to find excellent protein-heavy vegan options!”

We also posed the question on Instagram and here’s how some of you responded:

“Fabian’s” — @a_senseofnostalgia

“Athena” — @synergywsnc

“Irie Rhythms - the best Jamaican food I’ve ever had. I’m still searching for Jamaican/Caribbean food as good as that. Johnny & Junes 😂 Just kidding. Sort of.” @msmorgan07
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I’d love to see the Harvest Market co-op grocery store come back. I’m a big advocate for health and promoting sustainable ways for our community to buy produce at affordable prices. I hope the store reopen sometimes in the future.
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