Dewey’s Bakery opens local holiday shops - Scott Livengood

Dewey’s Bakery opens local holiday shops

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A well-known Winston-Salem company is assisting local schools in their fundraising efforts by launching two pop-up holiday shops through the holiday season.

Dewey’s Bakery out of Forsyth County has opened two holiday shops, one in Lexington and one in Thomasville, where residents can purchase most of their favorite items while also supporting local band booster clubs.

The Dewey’s Holiday Shop in Thomasville is located at 1410 National Highway at the Thomasville Crossing shopping center beside the Subway. It will be open until Dec. 24, and all proceeds go to the Ledford Band Boosters. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The shop in Lexington is located at 109 S. Main St. inside Memories on Main. The holiday shop will be open until Dec. 24, and proceeds will benefit the Central Davidson Band Boosters Club. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Stephanie Meyer and Connie Sands, members of the Ledford Band Boosters, said the yearly fundraiser is highly anticipated.

Meyer said each year the club determines a specific project to earmark proceeds from the Dewey’s Holiday Shops.

“This year we have decided on new band uniforms,” Meyer said. “This is one of our biggest fundraisers each year.”

Sands said the club has been doing the Dewey’s fundraisers for several years, since its members saw the success others were having.

“We were looking for a fundraiser, and we saw that another local school was doing the Dewey’s holiday shops,” Sands said. “We contacted them and asked if we could do one too.”

Meyer said the event is one of their most popular because so many residents have frequented Dewey’s Bakery locations in Winston-Salem and know the products.

“Dewey’s has been around for many years, and they are very easy to work with,” Meyer said. “It is a local company and people are very familiar with it, so it’s an easy sale. Of course, the sugar cake is the most popular item.”

Besides bringing in funds to help meet needs for the Ledford Band, Meyer said it is also an event that creates tight bonds with the neighborhood and each other.

“It also gives us lots of interaction with the community,” Meyer said. “We get a lot of people in here, and we have our parents, alumni and volunteers who are willing to help. … We pull in from so many parts of the community.”

Rodney Workman, band director at Central Davidson High School, said that program participated in the Dewey’s Holiday Shops this year after being approached by a representative for the company. He said the funding goes toward paying for needed equipment and services.

“We bring in master class teachers, which are professionals that teach lessons,” Workman said. “We use the money to pay them and to also purchase instruments for the kids to use. We have 515 kids in band from grades six to twelve and there are so many instrument needs. We buy them and let them borrow them.”

Workman said he is very appreciative to Shelley Koontz, the owner of Main Street Antiques, who has allowed the program to set up their booth in her shop. He said he believes that because Dewey’s is so well known, the fundraiser will be successful.

“They are great for Christmas presents. We have basically the same stuff as if you went to Winston-Salem,” Workman said. “This is great because most of our fundraisers are kids selling something like fruit, which takes a lot of organizing. But this is just a few parents who are doing it.”

About Scott Livengood

Scott Livengood is the owner and CEO of Dewey’s Bakery, Inc., a commercial wholesale bakery with a respected national brand of ultra premium cookies and crackers.

Previously, Scott worked at Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for 27 years, starting as a trainee in 1977. He was appointed President of the company in 1992, then CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Scott has served on numerous boards including the Carter Center, the Calloway School of Business and the Babcock School of Management, Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County, and the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce.

He started a new business, StoryWork International, in 2016 with Richard Stone. The signature achievement to date is LivingStories, a story-based program for improved patient experiences and outcomes in partnership with Novant Health.