Winston-Salem welcomes a new hybrid shop

March 17, 2014 by  

A new business is set to open in downtown Winston-Salem, combining a chocolate shop with a Segway tour company.

According to a March 3 news brief, the Twin City Hive coffee shop will move into 301 Brookstown Avenue; a space it will share with Haute Chocolate and Revolution Gliding Tours.

The arrangement grew from the friendship between Jiliana Dulaney and her husband Jonathan, who own Haute Chocolate, and Terry Miller and Joey Burdette, the owners of the tour company. The pairs met when Miller and Burdette asked the Dulaneys if they would provide chocolates to people who were taking the Segway tours, and they agreed. The ownership of the chocolate shop and the tour business will remain as they were, but all four will become owners of the coffee shop.

According to the brief, there are several reasons why a shared space arrangement seemed appropriate for the businesses. First, Dulaney was running out of space needed to make her chocolates, and the tour company had no place for customers to wait before their tours began. Joining forces and adding the coffee shop should solve both problems, and allow the companies to offer beverages as well. Dulaney says she will be adding new kinds of chocolates since she will have more space to work in, and adds she’s always wanted to sell coffee.

The new business could work with a banner printing company to create colorful flags to hang outside to celebrate the opening.