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Trees, sidewalks, community – when you want that quintessential neighborhood feeling, Ardmore is the place to go. Located adjacent to downtown, the Ardmore neighborhood in Winston-Salem is growing into one of the most sought-after places to live. Originally conceived as a suburb in the 1900s, Ardmore is now in the middle of all the action, especially since it lies between two of the largest hospitals in the state.
One of the most prominent features of Ardmore is Miller Park, a large central park that houses walking trails, wooded paths, a playground, tennis courts, and more. The park seems to spill out into the neighborhood, with frequent gardens and an abundance of trees everywhere you look. Caitlin Bostic, co-owner of Stella Brew in Ardmore, notes that this was a major draw for her when considering where to open her business. “The neighborhood is a sanctuary for birds, pollinators, wildlife, tall trees, and gardens,” she says. “We are connected not only through our charming streets and sidewalks, but through this lively pulsing vibrancy from kind souls with stories to tell. There is so much unique personal expression here, we are constantly inspired.”
As the neighborhood matures, businesses are popping up and turning Ardmore into a destination spot. Newcomer Fancy Groceries, a men’s and unisex fine clothing and goods store, opened their doors inside the Ardmore Barber Shop in June of 2021. “I opened my business here because I see an already walkable neighborhood growing into a walkable neighborhood with destinations in mind, summer evenings on the sidewalks, and strolling down the block to do your Christmas shopping,” says owner Max Dubinsky. With a desire to build more community, Fancy Groceries began offering Sunday Socials, where local vendors could sell goods and locals could grab a drink and mingle for a few hours. The popularity of these Sunday Socials is just further confirmation that Ardmore is all about the community coming together.
If you want to spend an afternoon exploring Ardmore, don’t miss these local favorites (many within close proximity to one another):
WHERE TO SHOP
- Fancy Groceries: A small but inspiring shop with a California camp vibe. Hours vary, check their social media for current times.
- Stella Brew: A craft beer and wine shop with an incredibly kind and helpful staff. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
- PB’s Takeout: This little hole-in-the-wall establishment serves great hot dogs and fries. Open Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 8 pm.
- Lill Dipper: Their second location that features classic and vegan vanilla soft serve with a variety of dips and fun toppings – making crazy combinations and trying to eat it before it melts is half the fun. Open spring – fall.
- Ardmore Coffee: The place to go for your java fix or to people-watch outside. Hours vary, check their social media for current times.
- The Quiet Pint: A local hang-out spot frequented for happy hour and easy date nights, with a large patio and multiple TVs inside for watching sports. Open Sunday – Thursday, 11 am – 10 pm; Friday – Saturday, 11 am – 11 pm.
- The Bagel Station: The best place to go for a breakfast bagel sandwich, it’s a classic bagel shop with no frills. Open Sunday – Saturday, 6 am – 2 pm.
- Bossy Beulah’s Chicken Shack: Already hugely popular, this newcomer offers a pared down menu that puts fresh, local chicken front-and-center. Open Sunday – Thursday, 11 am – 8 pm; Friday – Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm (hours will eventually expand to include breakfast service).