Here we go with another posting of Faces of Culpeper. I have met a bunch of new people that appear in this posting. Several people are new to the Pepper and others are ones that I am just now getting around to meeting. I wonder if I will get to meet everyone in town at least once in my life. I am giving it a good shot. I said, "Kapow" etc in the title because we seem to be growing so fast commercially that if you leave town for a week there will be at least one new store or restaurant when you come back. I know there are those who miss the "old Culpeper" when everyone knew everyone, but I think it is kind of exciting to see the growth. Of course, I wasn't a part of the "old Culpeper" so I am biased. Anyway there are people for you to meet so let's get started.
I have to start with my own personal favorite of the new restaurants, Jersey Mike's. Of course I still have my old favs, but I can make room for one or two more. These folks are the owners and operators Kathy and Patrick White. This is one of five Jersey Mike's that they currently have..... watch for more! I would like to say that I am working my way through their menu, but after trying two sandwiches I seem to be stuck. I always figure that if you find something you like what sense does it make to keep trying things? I guess you can identify the items that you don't like if you keep going, but I doubt that I would find anything I did not like at this place. For now I have found what I will order every time.
The first couple of weeks people were lined out the door. Now they are just busy. One thing I have noticed is that the kids who work there are very well trained. That must not be common because it really grabbed me. Good place and nice people.
My wife thought her life in Culpeper was complete when Panera opened. It is her second favorite restaurant right behind Chipotle which will be opening soon, by the way. This Panera has a drive through which is pretty cool. This is the manager Richard Frakes.
There are more new kids on the retail map in the Pepper and right on Davis Street in Old Town. My wife and I visited the Lollipop Station just a few days before the grand opening. It is a unique place and totally geared to children. The interior is alive with colors and you can just feel the enthusiasm oozing from the owners, Faith and Walter Gil. There is a plethora of things for kids like toys, cotton candy, novelty candies, a party room and a gallery for the art of children. Fun, fun, fun! My son took his little kids once during the week and then back to the grand opening. They loved it!
Well, that is it for now. Remember that I am always looking for interesting people and faces and may show up almost anywhere. If you have an idea of something I should shoot or an interesting theme please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch for my , "Rich Crowley's Snapshot of Culpeper" on page two of the weekly newspaper, "The Culpeper Times"
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