04/19/14

12 Virginia Burgers – We’re On the List

the "Joel Lunchpail" - made of Polyface Farms grass fed beef

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”!

 

11/8/13
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Your Nov. 16 Party Tix Here!

FiveYearTixReady to Party?!

Alright! Beer and food are ordered and we’re ready for fifth year party! We’ll have an assortment of foods and non-alcoholic beverages and look forward to treating you. If you’d like to bring something to share, cool. Either way, we’ll be tapping the excellent Firestone Walker IPA – one of our favorites!

Print Your Ticket Here

It’s simple to join the party: just print out an admission ticket and bring it with you. (Yes, for ABC reasons tickets ARE required). Simply double-click here to open it in a separate window and print. Or, grab a ticket or two next time you’re in GBG.

Mark your calendars to celebrate with us on Saturday, Nov. 16, 7-9pm! After party will continue at Baja

Much love to everyone who has helped us make this a success!

Katie & Brian

10/25/13

Hotdog Flashback… and Party on November 16!

Hey, hey!

It’s official: we’ve set a date and time for our

5th year anniversary PARTY!

Mark your social calendar for Saturday, November 16th, 6-8pm+. Details and a formal invitation forthcoming. Have a peek at our first “Grand Re-Opening” invitation. Do you remember attending? (We remember who was there!)

NOTE: THERE WILL BE BEER!

As we gear up for our we thought it might be fun to look back at a few goodies. Here’s a short video of Brian demonstrating a retro “Hotdogger” in the first of our “vintage food” series. (Well, it was also the last of the “vintage food” series because we got too busy for videos!)

Thanks for your good humor and support.

See you soon!

Brian & Katie

10/11/13

Countdown Begins…

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Party Countdown Begins!

We are so excited to be closing in on our five year anniversary!

We have you to thank! We are planning a party in November. It will likely be right before Thanksgiving. Details forthcoming.

Other news…

Time Banking – Our local time bank, the (h)OUR ECONOMY, is the focus of an article Katie wrote for the Georgia Municipality Association last week, here. We’re looking for more chances to earn and trade hours, so, let us know!

Familiar Story
– We’re fans of the NYT Small Business section (because we’re always learning!). Brian came across a new series that sounds painfully familiar, titled ‘Maybe WE Should Buy That Old General Store!’.

Government Shutdown – Here’s a look at how the shutdown is affecting small businesses. We feel empathy for 1732 Meats, a Philly start-up mentioned in the article who are awaiting the Department of Ag to reopen so they can get label approval for their product. Hopefully this mess will get resolved soon!

See you soon! Katie & Brian

10/1/13

25 up!

The American Shakespeare Center recently celebrated its 25th year. From its humble beginnings in 1988, ASC has grown and flourished to become the cornerstone of Staunton’s cultural landscape. We’ve enjoyed a prosperous relationship with the company since our own early days and the close relationship between the company and Staunton was described nicely in our local paper recently.
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 This weekend, the Staunton Music Guild and Project Grows will host the guild’s annual fundraiser, pig roast and harvest party at the Project Grows farm in Verona. While SMG is well-known for its support of our local music scene, Project Grows is a relatively new venture that engages young people with the natural world through hands-on farming experiences, team building and learning about nutrition and food. The fun starts at noon!
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And a final note, GBG will be closed tomorrow, October 2. We’ll be at a beer trade show in Richmond…seriously!

08/28/13

‘Raising Dough’ Reading Event Thursday (Hey, We’re Chap. 2!)

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A few months ago we had the great fun to met Elizabeth Ü at George Bowers Grocery.

Elizabeth is a super cool surfer from California… and also an expert innovator regarding local food systems. You may have seen her in one or more TED Talks. She is the Executive Director of Finance for Food and involved with the localist movement at BALLE.

(Let’s get to the most exciting part!)

Her newest book,  Raising Dough: The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business features your favorite neighborhood spot! Yes, read all about our follies starting George Bowers Grocery in Chapter 2.

(Well, some of them anyway…they will fill a book of their own!)

The Staunton Creative Community Fund is hosting a reading and discussion of the book this Thursday (August 29th) and next (Sept. 5th) at 6pm. Pick up a copy from The Sacred Circle and join us!