Frozen custard, coffee and tea shop opens in Midtown Row

Staff writer

Looking for a new place to get a sweet treat or coffee? The Meadows Original Frozen Custard and London Company Coffee and Tea opened in the former Langley Federal Credit Union building on Richmond Road March 9.

The Meadows and London Company share the 2,100-square-foot storefront at the far end of the Williamsburg Shopping Center. Customers can expect to find a blend of cold treats, coffee and locally sourced baked goods at the two shops, owner Emily Brown said. Customers can order either in the store, at a walk-up window or in the drive-thru lane.

Brown, a Pennsylvania native, said she wanted to bring a piece of her home state to Williamsburg and began with The Meadows Original Frozen Custard, which is based in Pennsylvania and was one of her childhood favorites. The Meadows serves its signature frozen custard along with sundaes, milkshakes, Italian ice, frozen yogurt and more.

The frozen custard chain has expanded to 28 locations across the country and in Australia since it first opened in 1950, according to the store locator on the company’s website. Company owner and franchisor Steve Gardner said the Williamsburg location is one of only two in the state, with the other shop in Ashburn.

Gardner said the custard shop features a rotating menu of four flavors that change every day.

“We really feel that this market is going to appreciate the product and grab onto it and take hold,” he said. “It’s great to be on the ground floor and be part of (Midtown Row), and we’re anxious to see what happens next over there.”

According to Midtown Row developer Broad Street Realty’s site plan for the center, its four announced mixed-use retail and residential buildings will be nearby, along with Food Lion, Marshalls and Sal’s by Victor.

“We are so excited to have yet another specialty tenant at Midtown Row that will appeal to all of Williamsburg’s stakeholders,” said Broad Street Realty CEO Michael Jacoby in a news release announcing the new tenants.

Anna Jackson, manager of London Company Coffee and Tea, said baked goods at the store are made fresh every day by a private baker in Yorktown, and that the cafe also uses locally sourced honey in its coffee and tea. Jackson said the goal behind the two restaurants sharing a storefront was to pair a seasonally popular business such as ice cream with something that would be popular year-round.

“The owner really wanted something that would feed off of each other,” she said.

The Meadows Original Frozen Custard and London Company Coffee and Tea are located at 1222 Richmond Road. The Meadows is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., while London Company is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for the first week of April, Brown said.

James City County architectural, interior design and planning firm GuernseyTingle has announced that Stephanie L. Kalantarians, AIA has been named its new vice president and stockholder.

“I am honored to be a part of the future development of a firm that has maintained such a long-standing and steadfast relationship with the Williamsburg community and beyond,” Kalantarians said in a news release. “I am an emphatic believer that consistent communication is the key to a successful project. I am excited about seeing our firm grow, while maintaining our mission to serve our clients and the community.”

Kalantarians is a graduate of Virginia Tech and first joined GuernseyTingle in 2005. Since then, she has worked on a variety of public and private projects, according to the release, and has won awards including the Design Excellence for Preservation Award from the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects.

She is working on an expansion for the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville, as well as projects with the City of Newport News and the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation, according to the release.

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