And most of the activity is happening in Crozet.
Crozet resident Marcia McGee has been running a coffee cart in the clubhouse of the Old Trail golf course since August. McGeeâ€™s company, Trailside Coffee, will open up a coffee shop in the Old Trail village center, most likely in June.
â€œLiving in Crozet, I definitely realized that there was a need for a coffee shop,â€ McGee said. â€œAfter months and months of complaining that we didnâ€™t have a coffee shop in Crozet, my friends told me that if I thought it was such a great idea that I should do it. So I did.â€
McGee envisions her shop as a â€œcomfortable, nonjudgmental placeâ€ where the emphasis will be on the coffee. â€œIt will all be individually brewed, fresh-ground coffee,â€ she said. McGeeâ€™s shop, she said, also will host coffee cupping events.
In nearby downtown Crozet, meanwhile, two other coffee shops are in the works.
Mudhouse, which has operated its Downtown Mall coffee shop since 1995, is busy converting the former Uncle Charlieâ€™s restaurant in Crozet into its second true coffee shop. The company also has espresso bars in several Charlottesville-area Tiger Fuel stores.
Hmmm … they didn’t mention the Starbucks that’s coming to the Harris Teeter in Crozet ….
Pictured above is the downtown of Crozet, Virginia with all off-street parking and other non-public vehicle access areas depicted in red (the area within the blue line is industrial). To me, this is a striking image. I’m using Crozet as an example because it’s small enough to draw easily, and the 2004 Crozet Master Plan specifically calls for the downtown to function as a compact urban hub. I don’t mean to suggest that Crozet, in particular, is “overparked.” At least according to the standard measuring rod planners use, Crozet is probably right on target. I just wonder who is measuring the measuring rod according to a wider standard of common sense and wise use of limited resources.