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Mountain Scene: Women of Washington Street in Hospitality

HOSPITALITY: “the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.”

The “Farm-to/Table” movement is thriving in Greenbrier Valley. This region is blessed with a plethora of farmers, orchards, organic growers, kindly raised poultry, rabbit, beef, lamb and so much more. Adding to the local Table we have local wineries, distilleries and breweries right here in Southern West Virginia.

“There’s no cut and dry definition of farm-to-table (sometimes called “farm to fork”). It broadly refers to food made from locally-sourced ingredients, often natural or organic. Restaurants that subscribe to this practice are available almost everywhere, from small midwestern locales to urban centers.” This is a quote extracted from a larger article which goes on to celebrate the movement’s boon to local economies and the deep appreciation of the consumers who enjoy it.

Sparrow Huffman is a pioneer of this trend on Washington Street in downtown Lewisburg. She currently owns and operates two eateries downtown. After managing The Stardust Cafe for many years she now owns the restaurant as well as the historic, iconic General Lewis Inn. She is a chef, gardener, and is familiar with all aspects of hospitality and tourism in the Greenbrier Valley. Sparrow tells us, “I believe that my generation and the millennials love authenticity. Food trends began changing, people wanted to see and know about their food, they wanted to feel like they were a part of it. This built on the amazing work done by Alice Waters in the 70’s and the Slow Food Movement began in Italy in the 80’s. That desire exploded into a full-blown food culture shift! I’m honored to be a part of the work to do that shift.”


Amy at Cakes & Cones

Amy Mills

“We have been in business 1 1/2 years. Think of us for custom cakes, pies, layer cakes, plated desserts, cookies, chocolates, assorted sweet snacks, ice cream, cupcakes, tarts, French pastries.”






Corn + Flour

Suzie Hoffman

“I am happy to be back home with my family and continue the tradition of the Bakery on Court Street”







Stardust Cafe & General Lewis Inn

Sparrow Huffman

“Our guests often comment on the beauty of the town and the kindness

of the humans.”




The French Goat

Deborah Porter says, “Our restaurant opened 3 years ago. I have 10 years advertising and marketing experience. From the moment a guest walks in the door we make them feel welcome. We strive to make each guests dining experience unique and special.




Thunderbird Taco

Margaret Hypes- Dolan

“My husband and I started Thunderbird Taco three years ago. Farm to Table is a big part of our restaurant, especially using local meat”.





Wild Bean

Heather Dolan

This is an excellent choice for coffee or lunch. It’s casual, order at the counter and they deliver to your table. Very comfortable atmosphere and two concerts this June. See agenda!





Blackwells Catering, Pizza, and Cafe.

LeeAnn Gillilan

“We are passionate about using local product, we buy from over 20 deferent local farms. Soon we will have fresh juices too!”






The Livery

Nancy Stewart

“I am the general manager. We built the restaurant for our father, a retired two-star general in the Marine Corps. We opened our doors in May of 2013.”



The Sweet Shoppe

Darla Phillips and her team say,

We are a Lewisburg tradition. The community has kept us open since prohibition and we are so very thankful for that. Join us for a drink, karaoke and live music!”



The Asylum

Paula Marie Thomas

“We have been in business for 3.5years. We started “Burger of the Week about a year ago. You can order an ordinary burger anywhere, so we decided to enhance the burger experience. The rooftop deck opens mid June and it looks great!

The Escape is our boutique hotel beside the restaurant. It has been open for a year. People have enjoyed their stays with us and it has been great owning and operating!”


Irish Pub

Andrea Izzo

An AUTHENTIC Irish Pub. This comfy collegial haunt offers a small, eclectic menu & ample beer choices, plus live music & darts. You can’t go wrong.




– Diana Hunt, HashtagWV #102. June 2018.


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