Kim Taylor and Company began in 1986 with owner Kim Taylor’s design studio and has continued to evolve and expand to offer both retail and design options for customers. Taylor describes her shop as being like “an old-fashioned department store” offering a little bit of everything and a lot of personal service. Stocked with home accessories, linens, monogramed items, jewelry, holiday decorations, serving pieces, scarves, college themed gift items, giftable kitchen accessories, and a new full time line of clothing, Taylor and her staff have something for anyone. Purchases can be gift wrapped in the shop, and items can be left for custom embroidery no matter where they were purchased. Whether you need a gift for a best friend, sister, babysitter, or grandma, this shop can offer you something unique and special. Kim Taylor and Company is located at 153 S Stratford Road and is open from 10-5:30 Monday – Friday and 10-3 on Saturdays.
Rolly’s Children’s Furniture and Gifts has been serving the Camel City for more than 25 years. Melanie Barbee recently purchased this specialty store, and is happily carrying on its tradition of providing a “happy store” for small children and their families to “spoil, nurture and love them.” Rolly’s carries nursery furniture, educational toys, clothing for babies, and gift items. They stock a variety of sustainable toys and organic clothing, as well as socks, shoes and christening gowns for babies. Rolly’s is open from 10-6 Monday-Saturday, but private consultations are available after hours for those desiring to set up a registry or purchase nursery furniture. Rolly’s is located at 272 S Stratford Road.
Note Worthy was established in 2002 as a home business. Two years later it opened as a retail shop, and recently moved to its new, larger location in Thruway Center. Known for fine papers and invitations, this shop also offers a variety of gift items that make thoughtful hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or unique items for gift baskets. Carrying everything from paper goods for your holiday party to monogrammed note cards, stationery, frames, jewelry, tervis cups, fragrances, lotions and candles, there is a little something for everyone. Special holiday items like Christmas crackers and placemats for Santa’s cookies are still available. The shop also carries a unique platter and plate which features iconic Winston-Salem buildings and locations in a pen-and-ink style on the border. To shop Note Worthy, visit 282 S. Stratford Road during their holiday hours, Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 1-5.
Southern Home & Kitchen is likely the newest addition to the local shopping scene on Stratford, having just opened in August. Owners Linda Arnold and her daughter Jane may be new to the Camel City, but they have jumped right into the community and are supporting our local chefs and foodies. The shop carries accessory-style furniture, artwork, and home décor in addition to every kitchen item you could ever imagine. Whether you want French kitchen linens, Vietri’s Christmas collection, aprons, glassware, teapots, serving pieces or a cutting board, they have it in stock. SoHo also caries cookware from All Clad, LeCreuset, and Swiss Diamond, as well as small appliances, bake ware, cast iron items and knives. Cookbooks and party supplies and various kitchen condiments and baking products are part of the store’s ever-changing stock. Items of local interest include a line of Carolina slate, which can be used as a cheese tray or display item, and hand painted artwork from a Sherry Herzberg. Cooking classes are conducted by local chefs and experts and are an excellent gift. Gift cards are available, and a special is available for the holiday – buy $100 in gift cards and get $25 for yourself to spend in store in January & February. Southern Home & Kitchen is located at 200 S. Stratford Road, and is open Monday-Friday 10-7, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-5.
Editor’s note: CCD was not able to visit every locally owned or operated store on Stratford for this guide. If you operate or own a North Carolina based store and would like to be included in future guides, you are welcome to drop us a line at editor AT camelcitydispatch.com