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The Farmhouse getting new owners, name and line

By Sally Voth

After about two years in business, The Farmhouse is shutting its doors. But, it will shortly re-open with an expanded name and selection, and new owners.

"We're buying The Farmhouse and we're going to call it All Things Virginia @ The Farmhouse," said Vicki Ruckman on Tuesday. "That way we can keep the best of both of our stores."

Ruckman and her son, Mike Seal, currently own All Things Virginia at 68 Water St., Harrisonburg, but are closing that down Dec. 27. They plan to open their new store, at 125 N. Main St., Woodstock, on Jan. 5.

Two years ago, Ruckman and her husband, Monty, retired from Northern Virginia and moved into their "retirement" home outside Edinburg, she said. They actually built the home about 12 years ago.

He owns Cabin Creek Roasters, a coffee-roasting business.

"And, The Farmhouse was probably his biggest retail outlet," Ruckman said.

So, the new move will provide an opportunity for the couple to work together more, sell more of his coffee, and give Ruckman, who retired as a Navy contracts manager, a chance to work closer to her home.

Ruckman said her current location's landlord closed down the wine-tasting bar he owned next door to concentrate on his vineyard branding and events. Additionally, business hadn't been as good during her and Seal's second year as their first, making this move all the more attractive.

"[The Farmhouse has] got a good local customer base, which we were never really able to develop here in downtown Harrisonburg," Ruckman said.

According to The Farmhouse's website, the shop sells wines, goat's milk cheese, dips, art and drink accessories, among many other items.

"We concentrate more on local crafters and artists," Ruckman said.

The new location will be part of the area's Artisan Trail, and their current artists plan to follow them to Woodstock, she said.

"I'm amazed at how crafty people are here in the valley," Ruckman said. "Because of [The Farmhouse's] strong local customer base, they have weekly milk deliveries from Holy Cow Delivery. They sell eggs and local meats, so we're looking forward to being able to offer just about everything to our customers."

Besides selling local food products, Virginia wines, her husband's coffee and artwork, Ruckman said she plans to have winemakers put on seminars and special tastings. She hopes to have a grand re-opening in February.

Contact staff writer Sally Voth at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or svoth@nvdaily.com

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