Construction of Sperryville Trading Cafe and Market started in July 2016. The renovation of the building was significant and required new electrical, mechanical, and plumbing to facilitate anew Cafe, Market, adult learning center, and the book store. Both Eric and Janet Tollefson planned and executed the improvements to the building and opened the new Cafe and Market February 20, 2017.
After serving our country in the United States Navy, working as an Engineer, and managing Navy Programs, Eric left his full-time Navy career and decided to take a leap of faith and open the new Cafe at the base of Shenandoah National Park – essentially the last place to grab a bite to eat before you enter the park from the eastern side.
The original building, known as “The Parkway,” was a gas station with a walk-in cooler and large spacious areas which hosted a gift shop and furniture. Many locals remember “The Parkay” and the enjoyment they had coming up to the store to fill-up their pick-up trucks with gas, grab a cold drink, and talk to their fellow neighbors. For many years, it was a gathering place to catch-up on happenings. Sperryville Trading Cafe and Market would like to carry that tradition forward.
If you look closely at the above picture, you can see the walk-in refrigerator that kept the drinks cold!! You can almost envision the customers coming up for refreshments. The years took a toll on the foundation of the building; deteriorated beyond repair. During the renovation, the old “Parkway” building (shown in the above picture) were torn down.
A covered deck was added to the building to support additional outdoor seating. The deck was extended to the middle section of the building to support an access ramp, picnic tables, an ice machine, and racks for fire wood.
During the first year of operation, Sperryville Trading hosted numerous events with parties of 45 people or more. Local agriculture successes include nearby farms producing fresh beef and farm fresh eggs. The beef comes from a small farm in Woodville, Virginia and the cattle is processed in a facility nearby. Eggs are delivered from a farm located just across the street from Sperryville Trading Cafe.
Shortly after opening the cafe, there was a desire to obtain the perfect brioche bun for the fresh beef burgers. Moving Meadows Farm of Culpeper, Virginia the baker of the fresh organic bread used in the cafe, developed the “perfect” hamburger bun for our locally sourced fresh beef. Moving Meadows Farm found the the perfect bun recipe and Sperryville Trading adopted the new bun for hamburgers, chicken, and BBQ sandwiches. The grass-fed beef combined with the new bun has been a huge success.
Sperryville Trading Inc. was founded April 2016. The Café and Market opened for business February 2017 serving breakfast and lunch. Fresh ingredients include local farm fresh eggs, local organic bread, and local grass-fed beef. Baked goods are made from scratch. Local wines and local craft beers are also available. The market also provides a variety of local art and products.
Please stop by and give us a visit.
Eric & Janet