College of William and Mary graduates Victoria Goldsby and James Kroll will translate their passion for coffee into Column 15, a local coffee brewing and roasting business that will move into a brick-and-mortar coffee shop later this year.
The two began selling freshly brewed and roasted coffee at area farmers markets and events this past fall, but plan to open a coffee shop and wholesale production facility in York County’s James York Plaza shopping center in late spring or early summer. Goldsby and Kroll specialize in fair-trade, organic coffee and said one of the most distinctive items on their menu is their nitrogen-infused cold brew coffee.
“The reception has been wonderful. We’ve had a lot of folks come up and be really curious about the nitro cold brew,” Goldsby said. “They’re very shocked to hear that coffee does have a natural sweetness without adding any preservatives or additives.”
Kroll said their nitro cold brew removes the coffee’s acidic taste while accentuating its natural sweet flavor.
“We take fresh roasted coffee, we brew it under refrigeration to give it 70 percent less acidity than regular coffee and we infuse it with nitrogen,” he said. “It’s really more of a craft beverage than it is a coffee, and it really changes the way people perceive coffee.”
To match the coffee’s hands-on brewing process, they said their planned brick-and-mortar coffee shop will take on an industrial, brewery-inspired design. Customers will be able to enjoy freshly-brewed coffee in the shop’s storefront and cafe area, along with tours of the shop’s production area.
“We’re going to be a production facility for wholesale and the coffeehouse is going to become our showroom, and that’s where we’ll really tap into the local community,” Kroll said.
Column 15 coffee can be found at area restaurants and grocery stores, including Earth Fare and The Daily Grind on William and Mary’s campus. Kroll and Goldsby also plan to be fixtures at several area farmers markets this year, including the Williamsburg Farmers Market, Yorktown’s Market Days and the South of the James farmers market in Richmond.
For more information about Column 15, visit column15.com.
Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends will return to Busch Gardens in April.
The family-friendly celebration takes place in the park’s Sesame Street Forest of Fun area. Attendees can expect to enjoy dance parties, games, scavenger hunts and more, and meet a different Sesame Street character every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from April 5-28:
- April 5-7: Rosita
- April 12-14: Super Grover
- April 19-21: Cookie Monster
- April 26-28: Elmo
For more information on Sesame Street Kids Weekends, visit buschgardens.com/va or call 757-229-4386. The park opens for its 2019 season on March 23.
Toano-based insulation contractor The Drying Co./ThermalTec was recently recognized as one of the top 25 insulation contractors in the country by Walls & Ceilings Magazine, according to a recent James City County news release.
The contractor joined other companies on the magazine’s list for the second year in a row, and was one of just two Virginia-based insulation businesses selected for the list.
Drying Co./ThermalTec has serviced more than 10,000 homes, hospitals, schools and businesses from Richmond to Greater Williamsburg and across Hampton Roads, according to a James City County news release. While the company specializes in commercial and residential home restoration and energy saving services, other services include installing insulation, weatherizing homes and waterproofing basements.
“I am so proud of my employees for their hard work and dedication that made it possible for us to receive this honor for the second year. Everyone works very hard to be the best we can be,” Drying Co./ThermalTec owner Steve Tetreault said in the release.
For more information about the company, visit thedryingco.com.
Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.