Its launch postponed for a year after the recession pinched its financing, Green House Coffee opened Nov. 18 in its cute renovated house on Crozet Avenue and is getting up on its legs.
“We’ve been very busy,” said owner Camille Phillips. “We get a lot of foot traffic and we have a lot of visits from people in the neighborhood. We really want people to claim it as their own. We welcome board game and card players. We want to build the community.”
The shop’s cozy sitting area, with room for 30 on padded chairs, is decorated in what Phillips called “upscale granny, or modern vintage.” It has wireless Internet service. Outside are another 30 seats on a patio, alongside a fenced area for small children, all awaiting the return of warm weather. There is parking for eight cars. The hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The coffee house is closed on Sundays except for special or private events. A knitting class may be offered then, for example.
The food menu offers mainly breakfast and lunch sandwiches and salads. Phillips said the most popular items so far are the Mexican breakfast wrap and “skinny jeans” cookies. Baked goods are made from scratch at the shop. The shop offers the usual assortment of coffee and tea drinks, plus milkshakes and smoothies. The coffee comes from Charlottesville’s Shenandoah Joe and bean coffee and loose tea is available in bulk. A special children’s menu is in the works. Volunteers with the fire and rescue departments are offered a 25 percent discount.
“We want to focus on quality—fresh and simple and as good as we can make it,” said Phillips.
She is still working part time as a nurse for Martha Jefferson Hospital, and meanwhile the shop has hired 10 employees.