04/16/15

Excellence Expected

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Excellence Expected

If you’re going to make a sandwich for someone, make it the best sandwich you can. 

That’s a philosophy we have at George Bowers Grocery, but, it could work as a life philosophy, too. Our food production takes a smidge longer because we do everything to-order. We slice the meats to order so they don’t dry out. We slice the cheeses for your grilled cheese when your order, too. Even our spreads are made just for you. Our burgers take some time because we grill them so they stay moist (and people love ‘em that way).

So don’t come if you’re in a hurry. We’re gonna take the time to give you the best food we can at the scale we operate (1 person in the kitchen).

Speaking of scale…

Katie was invited to be a guest on the U.K. podcast for business owners: Excellence Expected. Listen to learn three actionable tips we used to scale George Bowers Grocery from a specialty retailer to a neighborhood burger and beer joint. Listen online or through iTunes.

More Updates

CLOSED BRIEFLY NEXT WEEK. We will be closed next week to (Tues. 4/21 & Wed. 4/22) to visit family.

InnovateLIVE — YOU GOING? Katie will be there, and, we’ll be bringing conversations back to the patio. That’s happening April 24-26, along with Bridge Day and the kickoff of downtown’s newest music venue, Sunspots Stage as part the Hot Glass Festival. Contact us if you need tickets to InnovateLIVE–gonna be a great weekend!

OUR TIME IN PORN: If you’re on our mailing list you recently heard about our time in porn. (Not on our mailing list? Fix that here.)

YOU LOOK AWESOME TODAY. Yes, you do. Thanks for reading.

 

Your friends,

Katie, Brian, and George

02/24/15

SWAG Open Mic + Katie’s New Book

SWAG Open Mic – Wednesday, March 11

Our favorite local writer’s group will be meeting at George Bowers Grocery in two weeks!

The Open Mic begins at 6pm. Bring 5 minutes of poetry or prose to share, or come just to listen. (SWAG does this every month on the 2nd Wednesday, at varying venues.)

A Book About Money…

Per-Money-300xWinter can be the longest, toughest months for Main Street businesses. We appreciate everyone who has braced this month’s unusual amounts of snow and cold to support us and other fellow businesses. THANK YOU!

People who generously support businesses like ours understand the larger picture: as local businesses strengthen, so does our local economy, and that benefits us all.

On that note I invite you to check out my new book. It is all about money — how to manage it from a Main Street, indie biz perspective, but also, how to look at money as a community resource we all manage as it circulates through our hands.

The book uses the permaculture framework of sustainability as its focus — and real life money lessons Brian and I learned building George Bowers Grocery. You don’t need to know about permaculture to enjoy it.

The book is called Per-Money: Permaculture Principles for Indie Biz Growth.

Today (Tuesday, 2/24) it topped the charts at #8 at Amazon in Kindle > Green Business. Maybe a few more clicks can bring it higher?

Preview the first few pages of “Per-Money” here.

Keep your mind on your money,
and your micropolitan on your mind!

Katie

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12/16/14

Holiday Schedule (Closed for 2 Weeks)

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Happy Holidays!

Thank you for your support again this year. We’re excited for 2015 because we have some new things planned for you, whether or not you’ve been naughty or nice… HINT, HINT.

We will be open this week, Tuesday, December 16 through Saturday, December 22 from noon until 8pm. Last chance for a Polyface burger, ‘Shroomz hot veggie sandwich, fried cheese or other treat.

We will be closed Tuesday, December 23 through Friday, January 2nd. We will reopen Tuesday, January 6th with winter hours (Noon until 7pm).

Have a great New Year!

Katie and Brian

09/25/14
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LIVE…from GBG! (You’re Invited – 10/2)

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Hang Out with Us! (Thurs., 10/2, 9pm EST)

Next Thursday, October 2nd, we’ll be hosting a LIVE broadcast of the Google Hangout show series, Craft Beer Nation. Not familiar with CBN’s craft beer shows? Well, they are popular live shows for (and between) 14,000+ beer fans around the globe — started by fellow Staunton resident Matt Miller.

We’ll be one of the first of Matt’s traveling shows and featured on an episode of “Pints and Quarts”. We hope you’ll come in for a pint and watch the show live with us…or tune in if you live elsewhere! We’ll be talking about craft beer (natch!) and its emergence as an engine for restoring localized economies …and, who knows?! (Yes, I’ll be showing some local love and wearing my Made; Staunton t-shirt! –Katie)

Show starts live broadcasting at 9pm at this link. More fun if you can be here in person! Come early for the best seats.

We’re Back… (& So Is the Fried Cheese)

It’s great to be back! We had a restful visit with family in Cincinnati and are recharged for what is expected to be a gorgeous Fall. We’ll keep the patio open to 10pm until it gets too cold, so, come enjoy it while you can.

Hope to see you soon — maybe next Thursday night!

Katie & Brian

 

 

 

 

 

09/12/14
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What a Summer! (We’re Taking Off the Week of September 15th)

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Amazing Summer!

Thank you for an amazing summer! It is our best summer yet. We’ve planned a brief rest and relaxation before we head into Fall.

We’ll be closed next week (Tuesday, September 16 through Saturday the 20th). Sorry for any inconvenience.

We will reopen for regular hours — noon until 10pm — on Tuesday, September 23rd.

New Nearby

We’re happy to have two new business neighbors who have opened nearby recently!

Jamie and Katie have opened The Nail Room, a full service nail salon for both men and women. They are next door to us in Suite 104. You don’t need an appointment. They can be reached at 540-886-8888.

Across the street from us at 300 West Beverley Street is Cut 2 Perfection Barbers. The owner, Chris Williams, has two barbers working with him: apprentice Scottie Bell and master barber Tarrod Dobbins. Great addition to the neighborhood; you can reach them at 540-712-7919.

Speaking of the Neighborhood….

We’re experimenting with a private social network for the surrounding Newtown/West End neighborhoods. It is called NextDoor. It has the advantages of Facebook but without the clutter. Use it to post your events, notify neighbors quickly, or give stuff away. There is a free phone app that makes it easy to use.

Feel free to check it out and post your neighborhood-related events. We are the first Staunton neighborhood on the site. If you live somewhere nearby please create a new neighborhood and we’ll link up.

See you soon,
Katie and Brian

 

 

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04/19/14

12 Virginia Burgers – We’re On the List

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the “Joel Lunchpail” – made of Polyface Farms grass fed beef

BURGERS!

Visit Virginia compiled a list of a dozen notable burgers across the state and we’re listed! We use Polyface Farms grass-fed beef and bacon exclusively and firmly believe that makes the tasty difference. Interestingly, the “Joel Lunchpail” featured on the list is no longer. Here’s why.

We just revamped the menu so you can truly customize your burger. Order the “everything” and get lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle relish, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, mayo and your choice of cheese: cheddar, swiss, or feta. It’s all included, or you can pick and choose. For .99 cents/each you can also add a range of premium toppings such as Polyface bacon, avocado, and portobello mushroom. We’ll be adding more choices this summer.

Summer Hours Starting – Open until 10pm

We’ll be closed this coming Tuesday (4/22) and Wednesday (4/23) to visit family. When we return on Thursday (4/24) we’ll flip to SUMMER HOURS. We’ll be opening at noon and keeping the patio open until 10pm.

Next Wednesday: Support the VSDB Bluegrass Band

Musicians from the Virginia School for Deaf and Blind will be performing at Shenandoah Pizza next week. The venue is generously donating 10% the nights proceeds to the VSDB Bluegrass Band. The donation will go towards purchasing instruments for the band.

Come and support this worthy cause! The 10% donation will start at 5 PM and continue for the duration of the evening. The Band will perform starting @ 6:30 PM. The Staunton Music Guild is providing support to this fundraiser.

 

03/21/14

Always, Always, Always Do This

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We couldn’t agree more…

“always, always, always go inside any establishment that piques your interest,” says a recent review of George Bowers. We already know our customers are an adventurous bunch (love you guys!) but we never tire of the reminder to explore the great unknown. That’s what makes life interesting, right? Thank you, Staunton News Leader for the generous review of George Bowers Grocery! Read the full review here.

A quick story…

We had two new faces come in last weekend. We noticed they took photos of our sign and so when they paid up after eating (with a six pack, to go) we had to ask: “Where are you from?” The answer: Texas. Turns out this pair was traveling from upstate New York en route home. “What made you stop in Staunton?”

“Our friend Googled his name and convinced us to make the detour.”

So a friendly “hi” and thanks for sending your friends, Mr. George Bowers of Texas! If you friends misplaced the little something we sent along to you drop us a line (219 W. Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 24401) and we’ll send another. That goes for any other George Bowers out there, too!

While the Internet has been challenging for many Main Street businesses we can be pleased when unexpected business arrives through that route and off interstate 81!

Upcoming Events

Wild & Scenic Virginia Film Festival – Thursday, April 17th, 7pm
Along with local friends Black Swan Books, Fret Boss, and Visulite we’re sponsoring the Staunton leg of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. This is a great chance to see films celebrating the natural beauty of our great state, and support a worthy non-profit at the same time. Tickets here. See you there!

Bridge Day – Saturday, April 26, noon
Come celebrate the second annual festival honoring the bridge that connects downtown to the Sears Hill neighborhood.

Happy Spring, errybody!

Katie & Brian

 

02/27/14

Neighborhood Grocery Movement — Because, Relocalization

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This is cool:

Richmond’s RVANews has identified a “growing movement” of independent, food shops springing up across our state’s capital. They profile several new startups and give a nod to part of the inspiration:

Each of these businesses drew inspiration from stores around the country–from Cookbook in LA to George Bowers Grocery in Staunton.

Thanks, ya’ll! :)

Check out the coverage showcasing our friends at Little House Green Grocery. We especially like what Jess and Erin write at their site because it rings true here, too:

If you shop at Little House [or George Bowers! -ed.], you know you are part of a movement that values shopping locally, shopping small, and greatly values the farmers and artisans who produce our food. [...] As small, independent grocers, we are proud to be part of a revitalization of our neighborhoods and our local food economy.

Well, we totally support this growing movement of indie business meets neighborhood meets food! (See also: the Micropolitan Manifesto). We are super excited to see continued revitalization of our micropolitan and celebrate the same thing happening in unique Richmond neighborhoods, too. 

We’re Back!

Our trip was snowed out (dangit!) but we had a restful “staycation” here at home. Hey, remember folks: people come to Staunton to relax, so don’t forget the pleasures we have here at home! Smell the winter roses, so to speak, as we await Spring…

Anyway, we’ve got a new tacky awesome clock and are here to serve you. Our Winter Hours: Tues – Sat, Noon until 8pm.

See ya soon!
Brian and Katie

02/11/14

Gettin’ lucky this winter!

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Hey gang!

We’re taking a winter break to recharge and catch up with family. We’re closed this week and next, reopening on Tuesday, Feb.25…see you then!

If you’re craving for another great burger option in town, check out chef Ian Boden’s newest venture, The Shack, located at 105 South Coalter St.

And…if you’re feeling lucky like us (and you’re enjoying the Sochi Olympics) check out this astounding video of the Russian Men’s Police Choir covering daft Punk’s summer hit, “Get Lucky”!