Shenandoah Joe: Small Batches of Beans Roasted In-House

March 24, 2015 1:09 pm

Shenandoah Joe roasts its own coffee right in the heart of Charlottesville, each batch hand-roasted 25 pounds at a time. This Charlottesville location is the original cafe, though the quality of Shenandoah Joe's product has helped the company grow to include a few more coffeehouses.

From bean to mug, the baristas at Shenandoah Joe take great pride in every part of the coffee preparation process. They'll be happy to explain differences in roasts or coffee drinks, as four espresso blends are available daily, and you’ll find a list of freshly roasted coffees that you can take home in a bag or drink in the cafe in from a French press.

Once you've decided on a beverage, baristas will take some time to craft your drink, so this probably isn't the place to go when you’re in a rush. With comfortable seating, couches, and spots to stretch out and relax, you might find that you want to stay a while!

Shenandoah Joe
945 Preston Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 295-4563

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Feast: Where Cheese Is Its Own Food Group

March 17, 2015 1:34 pm

Feast is a fun and festive spot for amateur cheesemongers to explore cheeses from all over the world and from producers in the Charlottesville area. After opening in a small space with just enough room for a cheese case and a few customers, Feast has grown into a market and restaurant with more than 5,000 square feet devoted to all kinds of cheeses. Since it's owned by a married couple, you’ll probably feel the love!

Patrons can sample cheeses and buy portions to take home, along with food gifts and local products. You can also opt to stay for more substantial snacks or a meal. Get a cheese plate, soup, a salad, or a sandwich. Sandwiches are served on bread from a local bakery with your choice of white bean salad, fresh fruit, or a Brooklyn brine dill pickle on the side. Daily specials highlight and celebrate cheese.

Note that Feast is closed on Sundays.

416 W. Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 244-7800

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Ragged Mountain Running Shop: Family-Owned Since 1982

March 10, 2015 1:01 pm

Ragged Mountain Running Shop picks up where many sporting goods retailers fall short: customer service. In fact, the majority of Ragged Mountain's reviews on Yelp heap praise upon the specialty running shop's employees, all of whom are said to be knowledgeable, friendly, and perhaps most importantly, not at all pushy.

This dedication to customer satisfaction shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, however: Ragged Mountain is family-owned and -operated and has been since since its debut in 1982. Still, you can count on the people behind the counter to really know their stuff, because they're all runners. Whether you're in the market for a new running or walking shoe or you're in need of a custom gait analysis, the employees here will draw from their own expertise and experience to get you on the right foot.

Moreover, this shop functions as a community hub for runners, so check out the Ragged Mountain website for info about local running clubs and upcoming races.

Ragged Mountain Running Shop
3 Elliewood Ave.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 293-3367

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