Ricky Haney and Trey Wilkerson are the owners of the newly opened Ridgeway Country Store on Rt. 250 near the foot of Afton Mountain. It’s not fancy, but it’s just what they wanted, an old-fashioned country store.
“We want to make it convenient for the people that live around here,” said Haney. “We do lunches and we have fresh barbecue every day with different daily specials. We also have hot dogs and BLTs.”
Focusing on Afton, Greenwood and those who live on the mountain or are just passing by, they offer those items that one might really need and otherwise have to make a special trip of eight miles or more to find.
Outside there are some chairs in case a shopper wants a little fresh air and inside a long church pew provides a place to sit. The store is neat and clean and the shelves are lined with canned goods, bread, toilet paper, soaps, toothpaste, and miscellaneous toiletries, even DVDs, curtains and sheets. Nearby refrigerators hold soda, milk, eggs and cheese, plus a lot of staples and important ingredients for a homemade meal.
The Ridgeway Country Store will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on the weekends from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Haney is from Charlottesville and Wilkerson from Waynesboro, but they seem to have that “take care of your neighbors” attitude down just right.