Hidden Gems in Forsyth County: Part 2 – The Cricket’s Nest is as Unique as the Crafts Sold There

I’m excited to share another amazing hidden gem in this three-part series. Located right off Country Club Road beside South Fork Park is a very unique craft shop, The Cricket’s Nest.

I first discovered Cricket’s Nest when we had a monthly Recreation and Parks Commission meeting at South Fork Park Recreation Center and immediately fell in love with the shop. Not only does this retail consignment boutique offer some cool crafts, but it’s a wonderful membership program for seniors in the community, as well. Every single craft and member is equally special. 

The Cricket’s Nest – Honoring Craftsmen Since 1976 

What began as an outreach program for seniors in Forsyth County back in 1976 and had 25 members has grown to a robust membership program with hundreds of members signed up every year. 

The Cricket’s Nest originally opened in May of 1976 under the name of The Jones Cash Store on Peacehaven Road. In July of 1976, it was renamed to The Country Store and relocated to its current location off Country Club Road. Then, in October of 1976, its name was changed to The Cricket’s Nest. The name means “fair treatment by honorable craftsmen.”

  1. Sue Drummond, at the time assistant to the director of the Recreation and Parks Department of the city of Winston-Salem, envisioned The Cricket’s Nest with her mother in mind. She constantly saw her mother spend her time creating crochet items for family and friends. She wanted to let her mom create for others in the community and felt sure there were other seniors that would like to be a part of this special group. 

She was right as The Cricket’s Nest has not only survived but flourished for almost 50 years!

Each Visit Leads to Discovering New Treasures

Unlike standard shops where inventory is in bulk and repetitive, The Cricket’s Nest inventory changes every week. Every visit can lead to all new treasures! From seasonal decor to yard decorations, there are one-of-a-kind crafts here for every taste, need and desire. There is even a Moravian decor section.

Bringing the Entire Community Together

In addition to providing a place for seniors to share their talents with the community, the Cricket’s Nest also provides a way to bring the community together through their regular festivals. 

This year, they are hosting three fun-filled festivals! The Firecracker Festival takes place July 13th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Fall Festival takes place September 27th from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. & September 28th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and the Holly Jolly takes place November 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and November 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Firecracker and Fall Festivals feature food trucks. People love finding unique holiday gifts for loved ones at the Holly Jolly. 

Details to Visit The Cricket’s Nest

Location: 4401 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday & Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and closed on Monday & Sunday

Website: cricketsnest.com

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