Gourmet coffee shop opens in Wincheser

The Hideaway Café, a fair trade, gourmet coffee shop, has opened in Old Town Winchester.

The café, located at 200 N. Braddock St., features coffee from Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, Virginia, a full espresso menu as well as several kinds of gourmet drip coffees, teas and pastries.

The café’s baked goods come from Bake, Winchester-based eM restaurant’s baking operation, which, according to Victoria Kidd, co-owner of the Hideaway, are “the absolute best pastries we could find.”

In addition to serving food and coffee, the café is a place where the owners say people from all walks of life can convene without fear of judgment.

Owners Kidd, her wife Christy Berghoff and the couple’s best friend Jess Clawson said the idea for the café started because of a need for a safe space, Kidd stated in an email.

“I have been gathering information about the needs of marginalized populations for a year, and I really wanted to do something meaningful,” Kidd stated. “Coffee is a natural choice, because it’s a beverage all three business owners love. It’s also a beverage that is just as much a social experience as it is a consumable.”

The owners note they are familiar with marginalized populations. Clawson holds a doctorate in education with her research specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual visibility. Kidd has a bachelor’s of science in sociology with a focus in law and social change. Berghoff has a bachelor’s degree in information technology and is working toward her doctorate in management information systems.

The social fairness at the café is not limited to its clientele – it extends to the coffee as well.

“The varieties we carry by the bag and offer daily at the shop are comprised of beans that are truly fair trade and are sourced from regions throughout the world,” Kidd stated. “They are the top 1- to 5-percent of coffees, and we are very proud to be serving them.”

The café will be exhibiting a specific blend of Red Rooster coffee that recently took home the America’s Best Espresso award at 8 a.m. today until they run out. The owners were only able to acquire a limited amount of the blend, so they recommend an early arrival.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com