It was hard for Alex and Taylor to know which question to ask first. They looked around the large dining area, crafted together by merging several smaller rooms; still maintaining the character of the house. Upstairs, smaller rooms served as more private dining rooms, workshop and community rooms, and rooms leased for private parties.
Alex: Was that a little bookstore at the front door? I thought I saw a sign about buying and selling used books?
Lee: New and used books. That’s just a small sampling from the bookstore over in the Village. We’ll walk by there later. A couple local authors have books for sale and I think … oh, what’s the name? … is having a reading sometime … at the …
Casey: (laughing) Someone, sometime, somewhere maybe having a reading. Check out the “Little Folks Lending Library.” Kids exchange a book they’ve read or outgrown for a “new” book. And the best part is it keeps the kids entertained while the parents enjoy a glass of wine. But back to the bookstore, they really do have a great assortment of progressive literature, grassroots organizing, natural living, alternate energy …
Lee: Makes a little liberal’s heart warm all over.
Casey: And did you notice the paintings, the artwork, all around? Local artists, most of it for sale here. (pointing) Personalized hand-blown Christmas tree ornaments — they always sell out fast! Hey, that’s right, you noticed the painting in our living room when you were over; we bought it here.
Taylor: Look at this menu. Local produce, local craft beer and wine, simple natural food. Kosher selections. Wow, a whole page of vegetarian dishes. And reasonably priced!
Alex: What’s this? … (picking up the table iPad) … name and photo of our server … call me … should I? (pressing the button)
Sam’s Voice: Hi folks, I’m Sam. I’ll be right over to take your drink orders.
The screen changed to the drink menu. Alcoholic, Not, Natural Juices, Coffees & Teas. With links to appetizers, dinner selections, desserts … daily specials and monthly dining themes … even a “best take-homes” page on the tablet. Along with a reminder to order take-home now; text the kitchen when you’re about 15 minutes from leaving the Village; and we’ll have it waiting for you at the take-home window on the side porch. Summer picnic baskets, including handmade baskets from one of the craftspeople with a shop at the Village, and a bottle of Virginia wine, are a popular item this time of year as the mornings are beginning to have a chill.
Sam: Hi, I’m Sam, great to have you folks dining with us tonight. These must be the “new to town folks” y’all were telling me about.
Casey: Sam, meet our friends Alex and Taylor.
Sam: My pleasure. Can I get y’all started with drinks?
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