SOUTHERN BYWAYS BOOKSTORE PROJECT: BARNHILL’S BOOKS * WINE * ART * GIFTS

Barnhill’s Books * Wine * Art * Gifts

Address: 811 Burke St. Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Phone: 336-602-1383
Website: www.onlyatbarnhills.com
Blog: www.onlyatbarnhills.wordpress.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/barnhills

Barnhill’s is unique – which is perhaps why its web site name is “Only at Barnhill’s.” It’s also perhaps the “youngest” bookstore in the South, having opened on March 31, 2010. In a year that has seen lots of change for publishing as well as retail, the inspiration behind this new place tells its own story: A group of book lovers, wine lovers, authors, and publishers came together with the idea of creating a unique destination in the heart of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, that would specialize in local art, wine, books – but especially people.

Located in a 100 year-old former private home, the store is designed to promote a “come in and get comfortable” feeling, inviting customers to settle in on a sofa with a good book, hang out, and even taste some wine if they so choose.

So far customers are selecting books of all types and genres. Although the store has chosen to specialize in small publishers and independent authors, it also carries current best sellers. Events are largely focused on indie authors, but there are big names, too, like “Outlander” series author Diana Gabaldon. All types of books are supported by weekly author signings, and there are plenty of selections from a decidedly Southern perspective, too. The large selection of North Carolina wine is complemented by work from local artists and artisans: You can buy a case of Flint Hill Vineyards wine, a John Reidy portrait, and some regional pickles from Miss Jenny’s, all in one trip.

The owners say “Our acceptance into the community has been overwhelming. We are grateful to be a small piece in the a large tapestry of Southern culture.”

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Susan Gregg Gilmore