George Bowers built his store back in 1881….
George Bowers Grocery, in Staunton, Virginia, is a community grocery store that sells “staple goods & fancy groceries”, just as it did over 100 years ago.
Our mission today is to offer a wide selection of locally-sourced staple food and fancy imported treats. As an independent business we are proud to support local food producers and provide quality goods.
Walk on over! We’re located in downtown, at the start of the Newtown neighborhood. Find us at 219 West Beverley Street in an old schoolhouse.
No one today remembers the store but here’s what we know about George Bowers, the man:
“George Bowers. Close application to his customers’ interests, is the foundation of Mr. George Bowers’ great success. His large and finely appointed grocery store is located at No. 608 [now 614] West Main Street [now West Beverley], and the stock comprises everything of the finest quality in staple and fancy groceries, confections, tobaccoes [sic], cigars and cured meats. He caters to a large and fine class of trade, which is constantly expanding. Mr. Bowers is a native of New York City. He came to Staunton in 1881 and entered a business career. His first place was on Washington Street, whereby fair and straight-forward dealing, he soon built up a flourishing trade. Each year it increased until 1897 when he was compelled to seek larger quarters in order to accommodate his growing trade, and opened at his present location. Mr. Bowers is an energetic, progressive and superior business man, and a public spirited and progressive citizen.”
Staunton’s Business Men of Note, 1901.
George Bowers Grocery is locally owned and operated by Brian Wiedemann and Katie McCaskey. Read about behind-the-scenes building an indie business at Katie’s blog Urban Escapee. George Bowers Grocery was made possible in part by a generous loan from the Staunton Creative Community Fund.
Thank you for your support!