Now Open 7 Days a Week!



We will be closed for a private party this coming Saturday night. So if you want burgers or beer, come earlier in the day!

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Your neighbors and friends,
Brian and Katie



We have a new — and expanded! — menu. Check it out here. One item is kind of a dare. The “Wholly Cow!” burger includes not one, but TWO 1/2lb Polyface Farm burgers with every single cheese and topping we offer. BOOM!

Also, in the “El Jorge” section we have BURRITOS and TACOs. Yes, both use Polyface Farm meat and all kinds of good toppings. The burritos were inspired by this funny video (but trust us, ours are much larger).

(h)OUR Economy

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 9th, at 6pm. Members of the (h)OUR Economy will be here to swap stories about many successes building our local alternative currency. If you’re unfamiliar with the (h)OUR Economy or just want to learn more, now is the time. (Get it? Time?) We hosted the time bank’s kick-off three years ago and so happy to see it grow. WTG!

Here’s a look at Ithaca, New York’s alternative currency. Wouldn’t it be cool to continue growing the (h)OUR Economy to a point where we could support paper money like this in Staunton? (“In Staunton We Trust”).

People, Place, Prosperity

Katie will be joining Chris Cain of the Staunton Creative Community Fund in Richmond to talk about community based commerce. We’ll be sharing Staunton success stories and talking about the Micropolitan Manifesto, among other things. You’re invited! It is a free event. Register for tickets here.

See you soon!
Katie and Brian


P.S. Today we did the unthinkable. We poured several pints of beer down the drain. Why? We thought it was TERRIBLE beer. We don’t sell bad beer. You can ask us which one didn’t make the cut next time you’re here.



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!


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Holiday Schedule (Closed for 2 Weeks)


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


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


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







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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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


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.



Always, Always, Always Do This


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



Gettin’ lucky this winter!


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”!



Your Nov. 16 Party Tix Here!

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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