Sperryville: The Corner Store, then and now

“It’s not the same General Store that I used to work in as a kid,” Eddie Wayland mused this week about the Sperryville landmark now known as the Corner Store.

As we sat at Stonewall Abbey over breakfast discussing more upgrades and services coming to the Corner Store, Eddie reminded us that, in addition to food, there used to be a variety of departments including shoes, tools, toys and feed grains. The store also offered home delivery that served many elderly with limited transportation.

What changes will you see at the Corner Store now? Terri Lehman, former owner of the ECow market/cafe and a welcome addition to Sperryville, will be expanding the prepared foods section to include items such as soups, salads, main dishes and, as the season progresses, an expanded selection of cheese. This week one could find fennel gratin, roasted red pepper soup, curry chicken and chicken salad. Terri will also bring her attention to the produce department and, based on what we know she has done in the past, it should be terrific.

And there’s more Corner news . . .

o Welcome also to ex-Ecow staff Meredith Gorfein, who brings her marketing expertise to the Corner Store.
o The New York Times is again available daily and weekends!
o In a few weeks, Rudy’s Pizza will expand, creating a larger seating area.

Be sure to stop in to see what is happening and sample from the prepared foods section. Thanks to this team created by the Thompsons, life in Sperryville is made even more delightful!

Antiques expansion
Dexter Lake Club Antiques on Main Street now occupies the entire first floor. The addition of the new room showcased an elegant living room with Queen Anne-style furniture this week with several pieces already carrying a “sold” ticket. The expansion helps confirm Sperryville as an antiques destination that includes the 30,000-square-foot foot Copper Fox Antiques, Attic Treasures, Beech Spring Farms, Elmer’s Antiques, Sonny’s (three seasons roadside sales) and Piney Ridge Antiques.

January Birthdays
Very best wishes to Christina Culley and her son, Caleb, who celebrate their birthdays just a few days apart.
Eddie Wayland spent his birthday with family, most especially that new little granddaughter, and says he could think of no better way to celebrate.

St. Pat’s Day in Sperryville
It is our turn to host this parade and luncheon in Sperryville on March 13! This 11 a.m. parade and following luncheon fundraiser for the Lions Club, scheduled just as longer days are a reality and the daffodils begin to herald the approach of spring, offers an opportunity to emerge from our winter nesting and burst forth with a mass of green. Let’s all participate and help the Rappahannock Lions Club make this not only a financial success, but also a joyous community and county event. Here’s what you can do:

o Enter the parade with your float, horse, fellow raucous marchers, green John Deere tractor or just your pet
o Deck out your home or business with green flags and St. Pat’s Day décor
o Become a business sponsor with a donation of $50, $100 or more
o Buy a ticket for the lunch, just $15 for food, music and Irish fun at The Link community center

Contact Lions Club event chairman Jim Gannon at 540-675-3657 for additional information.

Community service and training opportunity
Healthcare will always be a major source of employment opportunities, and you can serve your community while receiving valuable healthcare training as an Emergency Medical Technician right here in Rappahannock County. The Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad needs you! Please consider enrolling in the county’s next EMT training course.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 16 to May 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. and on five Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendance is mandatory at all classes.

Participants must be at least 16 (with a parent’s permission if a minor), have a current CPR card, an active email address and no felony convictions in the last five years.

Register by email at heather.phillips@vdh.virginia.gov, with a copy to avfrchief@comcast.net. The cost is $50 for the state certification examination. Classes will be held both at the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department and Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

Sperryville and every rescue squad in the county needs you. Class size is limited to 14 students, so register soon. Questions? Call Ray Boc at 540-987-9706.