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

 

02/11/14

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!

08/21/13

Iowa Craft Beer Report + SQUINTIBUS on Saturday!

UPCOMING — DON’T MISS OUT!

Friday, 8/23 — We say goodbye to our neighbor, artist Lynn Lough. Join us for her farewell party, music by Kat & the Travelers. Starts at 7pm…

Saturday, 8/24SQUINTIBUS. Starts at 6pm but GET HERE EARLY…

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Don’t come cry’n if you miss out! Seriously. ;-)

IOWA CRAFT BEER REPORT

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YES, we’re back from our trip biking across the state of Iowa! We survived with tales to tell. The people of Iowa are great, and so are their craft beers!

Here are our reports…

Katie:

We got lucky that it wasn’t too hot this year… but even so, after biking miles in the summer heat — trust me, you are ready to chill out with a beer or two! Each day along the RAGBRAI route there was an undisclosed “pop-up” party thrown by Backpocket Brewery. What a treat to turn a corner and discover several hundred people  enjoying beer and live music on someone’s sprawling farm.

My favorite from Backpocket was Jack Knife, a “GPA” — German IPA, made from a combination of German and American hops.

Backpocket was a favorite of our many in our “High 5!” cycling team in part because they gave a free pint to anyone who experienced a flat. And yes, there were a few…

(Side note: Team High 5 represented coast-to-coast [DC to San Francisco] but most of us were from Staunton. If you might like to join in next year get involved with the local group, Ride Staunton.)

My favorite day on the trip was our excursion to 515 Brewing in Des Moines (slogan: “Exceptional people drink exceptional beer” — we agree!)

TacopocalypseMy sister Annette and I took a detour from the official cycling route to see 515. We tried the Hippie Heifeweizen (named for the addition of hemp seed), Dubbel B (a Belgian) and my favorite, an IPA called Hopititus (and yes, I caught the fever).

We followed our beers with filling vegan chorizo from Tacopocalypse (on-site). Their logo is as good as their eats…(do you recognize the font?)

Watch for Brian’s new shirt from 515. It is blue and says: “Drink Local”.

Brian:

It may feel like the start of Fall but we’re still on Summer hours (Noon ’til 10pm, Tuesday through Saturday).

Iowa has great beers, but there’s were a lot of non-Iowa brews to scope out. Two of my more memorable pours were:

Thunderhead Brewing Cornstalker dark wheat, from Nebraska. CornstakerTrue to its name, its brewed with corn grits in the mash. To my palate, it was a much richer, fuller version of Yeungling (which is also brewed with corn grits). Great label too…

Another memorable brew was the mysterious Hard Root Beer from Sprecher Brewing in Wisconsin. SprecherYep, a boozy root beer. Definitely not for everyone – this would make a fine dessert beer – just add vanilla ice cream. You know we carry their sodas, but, unfortunately, we can’t get any of their fine beers here.

See ya soon!

 

07/17/13

We’re Doing Something Crazy…(& Will Be Closed Briefly)

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We’re leaving town!

We’re off  to enjoy our first vacation since starting George Bowers Grocery in 2008.  (Phew!) But, we won’t be poolside. We’ll be biking 500+ miles across the state of Iowa. We’re heading with a dozen friends to participate in RAGBRAI, the world’s oldest and largest bicycling event! We hear it is a lot like a rolling carnival: music, beer, lots of food! We thought it sounded perfect.

We’re both looking forward to seeing all the small towns and independent businesses along the way. If possible we’ll try to send updates on Facebook. However, we’ve been told the networks often crash because so many people (15,000+) show up in places Staunton-sized or smaller. We’ll keep you posted….

SCHEDULE

No lunch tomorrow!

We’ll be opening tomorrow afternoon (7/18) around 4-ish to host the final installment of Confessions of an Entrepreneur series. This month’s installment features community development leaders: Virtually Sisters, Project GROWS, hOUR Economy, and Parks & Rec. We won’t be serving sandwiches but you’ll still have access to plenty of beers and snacks. This is a great series of community conversations.

We’ll be closed starting Friday, July 19.

Fingers crossed we’ll be back (and not too sore or sunburned!) to reopen Wednesday, August 7.

Thanks for all your support. We hope to have tales to tell when we return!

 

 

06/27/13

Danny Dolinger Plays Friday!

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Tomorrow, our groovy buddy Danny Dolinger hits the patio again! Start time is 7pm! Are *you* experienced???

BTW: Congrats to Danny! This super guy and talented musician recently opened his own business using the expertise he’s built over many years: Fret Boss Guitar Works. As he says, “Fix Your Guitar…Change Your Life!” He provides personalized improvements, set up, and repair services for all fretted instruments, acoustic & electric. He serves Harrisonburg, Staunton, and all points across the Shenandoah Valley — what a great addition to our local music scene.

Find him on Facebook, too. Yay, Danny!