This summer season, two rising companies are partnering to increase their retailers in downtown Leesburg.
Situated in coronary heart of the Village of Waterford, Nook Retailer has developed during the last two years to turn into a well-liked vacation spot for antiques, presents, espresso and pastries.
Owned by Sarah Holway, who lives in Waterford, and a pal, the duo initially began the enterprise as a option to remodel the beforehand unused area as a spot for native residents to assemble.
“This felt like a pure place, it felt prefer it was me attempting to mix my curiosity in inside design and offering a spot for individuals to assemble. Individuals have wished espresso and pastries right here for a very long time,” she stated.
In early 2020, her pal moved away and Holway took over sole possession of the shop.
Holway beforehand lived in Washington, D.C. and commuted each week to Purcellville to select up her CSA (neighborhood supported agriculture) objects at Moutoux Farm.
It’s via her CSA membership that she developed an curiosity in and have become concerned with the farming neighborhood in Loudoun County.
Finally, she determined to affix the farming neighborhood she had come to like and moved to Waterford to be “nearer to her meals,” she stated.
Her curiosity in native meals will not be merely private — Holway can be co-founder and training director of DC Greens, a nonprofit based mostly in Washington, D.C. which strives to convey native meals into faculties and promotes entry to wholesome consuming.
The imaginative and prescient for Nook Retailer is predicated on Holway’s second ardour — for inside design.
Nook Retailer is crammed with antiques and classic objects, in addition to different native and handmade merchandise comparable to jewellery, candles and physique merchandise.
Cowbell Kitchen provides pastries and different treats to go with the espresso choices.
“Every little thing in right here is both native, handmade or classic,” she stated.“I like to do design session. I simply returned from upstate New York the place I stuffed my automobile 5 instances. The enjoyable half is to spend the time discovering issues,” she stated.
Frequent occasions on the retailer are additionally designed with a localized theme. Lately-launched month-to-month do-it-yourself pizza nights hosted by the house owners of Hearth Farm in Wheatland are very talked-about, she stated.
Holway’s long-standing relationship with Cheryl Strasser and Bre Grant, co-owners of Cowbell Kitchen, led her to contemplate renting a storefront within the constructing situated in entrance of Cowbell Kitchen on N. King Avenue.
They determined to collaborate on the challenge, which can present Cowbell Kitchen with indoor eating area — one thing they don’t at present have — and it’ll give the Nook Retailer a second location in Leesburg.They’re renting the entrance two rooms of the constructing on the primary and second flooring. The primary flooring shall be for residence design and seating for eating. The second flooring will encompass extra objects sourced from native and regional artisans.
Their purpose is to open someday in July or August.
“We wish to create a stupendous area that feels good while you are available in,” Holway stated.
Grant agreed, including, “This new seating shall be good for warm, chilly or wet days. We’re additionally ready for our liquor license to promote wine and beer, and a walk-up service window with a brand new menu addition,” she stated.The menu at present contains breakfast, brunch and lunch objects, together with vegan and vegetarian dishes. There are additionally quite a lot of pastries, do-it-yourself buttermilk biscuits, cookies, donuts and desserts, buckwheat pancakes, avocado toast, grilled cheese, do-it-yourself soups, quiche, smoothie bowls, a veggie burger and far more.
Their purpose of supporting native farms and companies continues to be an vital characteristic at Cowbell Kitchen, Grant stated.
“We love the Nook Retailer and she or he is a tremendous associate. We’re actually excited,” she stated.