2018: A Year in Review

2018 was a “Year of New” in Downtown Hopewell with new businesses opening, new events, and buildings getting rehabbed!

2018 started with a bang, when Saucy’s BBQ opened up in the old Turner’s Welding building, on the corner of Route 10 and City Point Road. Famous for their BBQ, Southern Living ranked Saucy’s BBQ as the “South’s Best Butt.” Check out their website for daily specials, including Sunday Brunch!

Things started to heat up Downtown in March, when Guncotton Coffee and Gallery opened it doors. Guncotton Coffee has become a community hub, spurring much activity Downtown both day and night. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for upcoming events!

April brought the opening of Blake’s Diner, formerly Stone’s Diner, a retro-style diner on City Point Road. Blake’s is open early Monday-Saturday for breakfast and lunch, with their Early Bird special (served only until 7AM), featuring: 2 eggs, potatoes, 2 strips of bacon, toast and coffee or tea for $4.95. Follow Blake’s Diner on Facebook to find out their daily specials!

Verde opened in late May of 2018, bringing healthy and local food choices to the Downtown. All of Verde’s products are made without artificial anything or hydrogenated fats or high fructose corn syrup.

Following closely, in June was the opening of Legacy Roasting Company Hopewell’s very first coffee roastery. The story behind Legacy Roasting is of humble beginnings, but one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is offering a high-quality coffee experience. With the option of many coffees and the ability to create your own blend, their goal is to offer a coffee for every palate.

The grand finale of 2018, was the opening of Haley’s Honey Meadery, Hopewell’s very first Urban Micro-Winery, specializing in mead. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops. Haley’s Honey Meadery is created using Haley’s Honey own honey, and many of their products are created using Virginia’s Finest products.

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