Downtown Excellence Awards 2019

Spring is an exciting time in Downtown Winston-Salem. Outdoor dining, block parties, and the opportunity to explore new places are just a few things that make our Downtown a special place. In the spirit of this wonderful time we found it appropriate to highlight one of our very favorites spots downtown, Canteen Market & Bistro.

Cindy Christopher has had the pleasure of working with Claire Calvin on all three of her unique and amazing restaurants. Her first woman owned business was Dinners on the Porch which she started in 2010. Next Claire opened The Porch Kitchen & Cantina five years ago in Millworks off Northwest Blvd and helped re-purpose that project.  This past year, she opened two more restaurants both downtown: Alma Mexicana opened in January, 2018 in Bailey Power Plant in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and then Canteen Market and Bistro opened in August, 2018 on 411 W Fourth Street.

Canteen Market & Bistro opened August 2018 on the corner of 4th and Spruce Street in Downtown Winston-Salem. Claire Calvin partnered with Eric Swaim, partner of Hoots Roller Bar and Hoots Beer Co., as co-owners of this exciting new addition. Canteen aims to be more than a restaurant and features a specialty market, gourmet grab-and-go, and a 60-seat dining area. The market is curated to feature specialty items that can not be found in a typical grocery store including rare wine, unique ingredients, and delicious gifts. The bar serves morning coffee and is open throughout the evening for cocktails, wine, and beer. The deli and grab-and-go section were inspired to help people solve dinner and offer quick lunches for downtown employees. The dine in menu offers global inspiration while utilizing local ingredients creating dishes that offer a bistro vibe.

In February 2019 Claire Calvin and Canteen Market and Bistro were both honored with a Downtown Excellence Award. The Downtown Excellence Awards were established in 1995 and are presented to projects, people, and events who have brought excellence to Downtown Winston-Salem.

Christopher Commercial is so proud of Claire Calvin, Eric Swaim, and their entire team. We are happy to not only see their success and impact in Downtown Winston-Salem but are also pleased to share office space with their team and call them friends. Cheers to Canteen Market & Bistro and Spring in Downtown Winston-Salem. 

Check out all of their amazing restaurants:

The Porch Kitchen & Cantina

​​Alma Mexicana

Canteen Market & Bistro​​​

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