Walking through Winston-Salem’s art-filled downtown, you can’t help but notice the craftsmanship, the individuality, and the attention to detail evident in every charming shop. Grab a coffee at Krankie’s Coffee & Cafe or meet some friends at Dogwood Hops and Crops, and you can’t help but feel the good vibes. It extends beyond what’s on the table where good friends gather and great food is served.
There’s craftsmanship and individuality in the very tables themselves.
Meet David and Amber Dalholt, owners and woodworkers at Winston-Salem’s own Sunnyside Millworks. These transplanted southerners quickly made their mark on the city when they opened their custom table and cabinetry shop in Winston-Salem’s Downtown Arts District (DADA) in 2016.
Since then, they’ve opened a boutique featuring the work of fellow artists, artisans and friends who choose to call Winston-Salem home. In addition to selling their own products, the shop offers unique, artful items for entertaining and for the home. The idea was simple. “We wanted to create a space that was warm and inviting,” said Amber. “Just like the warmth that happens when friends, family, and loved ones gather around a table. We want our tables to be loved and cherished as a center-point to where life happens. As time passes, we hope our tables will be a tangible reminder of the cherished memories of large holiday gatherings or humble family meals–memories of a life well lived.”
You can experience a bit of the Sunnyside effect with a visit to their independently owned shop, Sunnyside Mercantile. Located in the heart of Winston-Salem’s DADA, Sunnyside Mercantile supports local artisans by selecting curated furniture, home goods, art, jewelry, apparel and leather goods made here in the Triad. Some of their products include:
Grit and Grain Apparel — Sunnyside Mercantile is the exclusive carrier of Grit and Grain Apparel and leather goods. They create hand carved, block printed tee-shirts that are each a unique work of art. They are made from the soften tees and have that worn in feel that makes them so comfy you can LIVE in them. They offer leather belts, wallets, clutches and bags. Live comfortable — Livable art.
Jessica Singerman — A contemporary French-American artist living in Winston-Salem who wishes to inspire people to enjoy nature and to live life to the fullest through her paintings. Singerman earned her BA magna cum laudewith Highest Honors in 2002 from the College of William & Mary, Virginia, and her Masters of Fine Arts in 2004 from the University of Delaware while on a fellowship. Her award-winning paintings and drawings are exhibited and collected internationally.
Laura Lashley — Local Winston-Salem artist known for her large murals around town and her very iconic style that has gleaned a cult-like following. She is an artist in high demand and works out of the Electric Pyramid Studios amongst a collective of other artists.
Sunnyside Millwork — Custom woodworking and cabinetry shop located less than 5 minutes from the store. Sunnyside Millwork creates beautiful cutting boards, serving boards, hand-turned rolling pins, hand-carved wooden spoons and other small wood items — all of which are carried in Sunnyside Mercantile.