Mom and pop shops have always been a big part of the American Main Street . . . and the American Dream! There are few things that say “America” more than a husband-and-wife team who work hard to provide a valuable service and share their talents with the town! When the kids join in (or even take over!), a business operation becomes a true family tradition.
March 29 is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. Discover Front Royal is celebrating by highlighting Front Royal’s fantastic mom and pop shops. From restaurants to roller rinks, our mom and pop shops are diverse . . . and they’re an essential part of our small-town living experience. You may well run into the owners when you stop by. Don’t forget to thank them for their hard work!
Below you’ll find the stories of the people behind five of our town’s mom and pop shops, as well as a list of several more local mom and pop businesses.
1. Po Green’s: Classic Southern Food in Front Royal
Husband and wife team Edwin and Anneise Green head up Po Green’s, your stop in Front Royal for Barbecue and Southern food. They’re the perfect team for the restaurant business. Edwin is the chef, and heads up the kitchen side of things, while Anneise is in charge of the dining room and the restaurant’s catering business. She’ll also occasionally lend a hand in the kitchen whipping up a home baked dessert or two.
2. Downhome Comfort Bakery: Homemade Goodies on a Small Scale
Keith and Maureen are the happy couple behind Downhome Comfort Bakery. Maureen is at the heart of creating delicious homemade baked goods. Meanwhile Keith enjoys offering a friendly welcome (and a Front Royal history lesson!) to any customers who have time for a chat.
3. L’Dees: The Diner where Customers become Part of the Family
4. Mac’s Roller Rink: A Decades-long Roller Skating Tradition
5. C&C’s Frozen Treats: Ice Cream meets Family Fun
William (Crazy Willie) and Nina Huck own C&C’s Frozen Treats on Main Street. The couple relocated to Front Royal from Louisiana, and they’re not ashamed of their “deep south” heritage! Their delicious ice cream has become the talk of the town. With the unique selection of “crazy” flavors changing every week, you’ll never get tired of Main Street’s classic ice cream parlor. The Hucks have also worked hard to bring the Front Royal community together. In the spring, they host an annual Family Fun Day that includes a parade on Main Street, a Louisiana crawfish boil, and, of course, ice cream!
6. Turnmeyer Galleries
Turnmeyer Galleries is so much more than a photo gallery! They offer workshops, classes, gifts, Fine Art, jewelry, candles and an array of other boutique items. Their store offers unique pieces from local artists and craftsmen. It's truly a must stop and shop on Main Street!
Even More Mom and Pop Shops in Front Royal!
If you’re looking for a mom and pop shop to support on National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, choose one of the five above, or see below for a more comprehensive list. The shops listed below are certified mom and pop, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
I Want Candy: Main Street’s destination for all the candy you could want.
Talk of the Mountain Seafood: from crabcake to oysters to catfish sandwiches, you’ll find it all here and more!
Two Fat Butchers: a classic butcher shop. On the weekends, check their smoker outside for ready-to-eat smoked foods.
Ben’s Family Cuisines: a restaurant serving a variety of Asian specialty food.
Royal Spice: Front Royal’s family-run Indian Restaurant.
Happy Creek Coffee: Coffee, tea, and gluten free food!
Dusty's Country Store: Gourmet Food Store inside Downtown Market
The COVID-19 lockdowns have been particularly hard on small business owners. Many are still recovering. This year, celebrate Mom and Pop Shop Business Owners Day by supporting your favorite Front Royal mom and pop Shop. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, use this post to discover a new one.
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