It’s easy to get stuck in the “bubble” that is Wake Forest University. Let’s face it, this campus has all of your daily essentials, and everything is within a short walking distance. So, why venture off campus? Is there even a world outside of Wake Forest? Yes, my dear friends, there most certainly is. This new segment, entitled “Breaking Out of the Bubble”, will be a series of articles exploring what exists outside of the brick walls of WFU. Winston-Salem may not be as outwardly glitzy and glam as some other cities, but it has plenty to offer to keep you entertained on a daily basis. It even has a certain “diamond-in-the-rough” quality about it, if you will. Who knows, maybe you’ll be encouraged to make the trek to one of these mentioned destinations? Dare to dream.
This week’s focus is Winston-Salem’s assortment of coffee shops, in comparison to the on-campus Starbucks.
We all know and love the Wake Forest Starbucks. Conveniently located in the ZSR, it is a godsend on those nights when you so tragically let that 12-page paper “slip your mind” until the last possible second. As an added bonus, there is always some variation of music playing, be it in the indie-folk genre, or a more mainstream vibe. Filled with an assortment of tables and chairs, Starbucks is an ideal place to study. Need to catch up with a friend? The ‘Bucks is a social hotspot. It is always buzzing with conversation and you are almost 100% guaranteed to see someone you know every time you walk through. The biggest pull of Starbucks, though? It’s convenient! After all, it is right there, and fulfills multiple necessities for students.
Some people find Starbucks to be perfect, and all that they need in a coffee shop, but what about when you want a change of pace? Maybe you’re craving a different brand of coffee, or just a change of scenery. Feeling ambitious? Switch up the routine and try Krankies or Camino Bakery, two popular coffee shops located in downtown Winston-Salem.