Renovations underway at historic Winston-Salem mill

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Renovations are underway at a historic mill in Winston-Salem's West End.

The property, located at 918 Bridge Street, was once a flour mill for the Hoots Milling company in the 1930s. Now, it's being called the West End Mill Works. The mill's warehouse is already home to a handful of local-owned businesses.

"We opened on January 3rd," said Claire Calvin, owner of The Porch Kitchen and Cantina. "The part where we're sort of a commune of businesses I think is really neat."

The Porch was one of the first businesses to open, along with a yoga studio, brewery, and mixed martial arts studio.

"I like having the eclectic draw of their customers and my customers," said Calvin.

The newest addition is The Olio, the first furnace glassblowing studio in the Triad. The studio will also function as a non-profit, providing a learning environment for students and aspiring artists.

"We hope to be up and running in about six weeks," said Rebeccah Rush, owner of The Olio.

Now that the retail phase of the West End Mill Works project is nearly complete, developers say the next goal is to tackle landscaping on the property's green space. They'll also transform one building into office space for local entrepreneurs, and turn the old mill into an event space.

Residents and tenants say this type of redevelopment is happening across Winston-Salem's West End.

"I live in the West End. It's a neighborhood that's just turning around. There's so much in walking distance, but this area has a lot of potential for more development," said Rush.

Developers expect the project to be completed by the fall.

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