Dick McNear, who farms nearby in Gid Brown Hollow, recently purchased and totally renovated the old Attic Treasures store on U.S. 211 and Old Hollow Road.
Dick is very much focused on what’s good for the county, and for working families, and feels his new Old Hollow Store — scheduled to open next Tuesday (July 2) — will advance that mission and be a place that will bring together families, folks who live in the hollows and folks whose family names are etched on hillsides and on county road signs, as well as visitors.
The Old Hollow Store is now a small complex, with the neighboring nursery leased and run by Jennifer and David Smoot, whose residents Dick hopes will feed off of each other and help it become a destination. He sees it as a triangle, linking and weaving his place and Roy’s Orchard (just down Old Hollow) with the shops of Sperryville less than a mile west on 211.
The store has an adorable fenced-in “tot lot” overlooking a substantial vegetable garden in the works, courtesy of the Smoots. In fact, Jennifer Smoot, who works at the nursery and has worked with her husband in their family business for years, will also be an Old Hollow Store manager, along with Leslie Baker. She tells of breakfast, lunch and dinner takeout meals that will be offered, with an emphasis on local and home-cooked meals.
Soft ice cream will be dispensed at a corner display area, overlooking the back deck. There’s a hotdog machine and warmer and a cozy coffee section with porcelain mugs, some already initialed, not unlike the Griffin Tavern’s inscribed mugs for regulars.
Dick plans to offer beer and wine, and the deli is stocked with fresh cold cuts. He’s also offering fresh eggs and butter, and Mike Peterson, of Mount Vernon Farm fame, is in the process of setting up a leased space for his grass-fed, organic meat offerings.
There are picnic tables on the back deck and front porch — with wifi access for those who would drop by with a laptop for a cup of coffee and a view into Old Hollow. And for those bikers and campers heading up to Skyline Drive who’ve forgotten to charge up on firewood or camping supplies, there’s ample camping gear for sale and a Rappahannock-style bike rack (made of old cow feeders) available.
Dick is bursting with additional ideas for the place, including possible pony rides; it’s a work in progress, as he says. Planned hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. For more information on the store, you can call 540-987-9099.