wine bar, garden center, café open; Motel closes in Wytheville | community

Several Tazewell Street businesses make headlines this week. A local hotel has also closed its doors.

Teresa Campbell, owner of Petals of Wytheville, is expanding her business to include a wine bar. The Petals Wine Bar offers gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese, fruit, salads and soup along with a selection of wines.

“We’re in the same building (as Petals),” Campbell said. “I got more of the building, so we expanded it.”

Campbell said the idea of ​​a wine bar had been in the back of her mind for a while.

“I think it fits in well with the breweries that have opened up,” she said. “It’s another place to walk downtown and check out. “

The wine bar will offer eight wines by the glass, four red and four white. Campbell worked with a wine consultant to choose the wines that will rotate seasonally. Wines are also on the menu. If you don’t like any of the wines on the menu, you can purchase a wine from the Petals shop and have a glass.

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“I just wanted a comfortable atmosphere,” Campbell said. “People can have a drink after work or before dinner or meet up with their friends. Or they can also hang out after dinner.”

In addition to cheese and sausage platters, the menu includes tomato and basil soup and a chopped apple and pecan salad. Grilled cheese sandwiches include The Blueberry Pecan Goat with blueberry spread, goat cheese, toffee pecans, and arugula drizzled with honey; the Caprese with sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette; and Prosciutto Blue Cheese & Fig featuring prosciutto with Ashe County blue cheese, fig spread and arugula.

Dessert is a mini cheesecake trio featuring New York Cheesecake, Caramel Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, and Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake.

Frederick Lee, who hopes to one day own his own food truck, is in charge of preparing the food. Lee, 30, learned to cook from his grandparents, who owned a catering business in Sugar Grove.

“I was really impressed by this cooking experience when I was younger and it’s always been something I wanted to do,” he said.

Lee said he previously worked at Graze on Main as a sous chef under his mentor Shawn Thomas. The two started catering together, and Lee continues to handle catering, he said.

“My dream is to own a food truck with burgers and hot dogs,” Lee said. “The community (Wytheville) accepted me and that gave me the drive to pursue my dream. Teresa is helping me with my business plan to get my food truck up and running in 2024, so keep an eye out.”

Petals Wine Bar will begin regular hours on September 8th. They are Mondays and Thursdays from 2pm to 8pm; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Petals Wine Bar is located at 160 Tazewell Street. Petals Florist opened in 2010 and shortly after opening grew into a gift and wine shop, serving downtown Wytheville with wine and craft beers for 12 years. The phone number is 276-227-0031.

Ghetti’s Café, recently opened at 165 Tazewell Street in the former Flourz location, offers bagels and coffee for breakfast and pasta and salad for lunch.

Owner Darlene Lang, who recently retired as Wythe County’s 911 director, says she opened the cafe because she wanted to do something different that takes less time. She served as a dispatcher for the county for 10 years and as the consolidated 911 dispatcher for six years.

She decided to serve pasta because it’s her husband Dan’s favorite dish. The café’s name pays homage to the way their youngest child pronounced spaghetti as a toddler.

The recipes are her own recipes that she has cooked for her four children and eight grandchildren over the years.

Customers can create their own noodle bowls. There are four types of pasta and rice to choose from, as well as proteins, sauce and vegetables. Proteins include chicken, Italian sausage, meatballs, shrimp, and ham. Sauces include a red Italian sauce, alfredo, cheddar cheese, creamy red vegetables, and butter garlic parmesan. Vegetables include mushrooms, spinach, green peppers, black olives and broccoli.

“We let everyone vote,” Lang said. “It is what you want.”

Salads include a small green salad, a cold cucumber/tomato/pasta salad, and a diet salad with cottage cheese, whipped cream, lemon/lime gelatin, and pineapple.

For breakfast, Lane has bagels from New York. She usually offers about eight varieties, roasted and buttered, including plain, blueberry, garlic, cinnamon raisins, onion and all. To top the bagels, she has seven homemade cream cheese mixes, including blueberry, cinnamon, jalapeno, crab, and a picnic spread with ham fritters and dill pickle. She also serves salmon.

There is also Blackline Coffee on the menu, along with a selection of teas.

Lang said business has been brisk.

“Things are going great so far,” she said. “We have been very well received. It’s wonderful – it’s a lot of work – but it was really good and people seem to really like the bagels.”

Ghetti’s Café is open for breakfast from Tuesday to Friday from 7am to 10am and for lunch from 11am to 2pm. The café is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“Because everyone likes to get bagels on Saturdays,” Lang said.

Mother Earth Growing opened on Tazewell Street this summer and offers soil growing and aeroponic gardening equipment. Aeroponic gardening involves growing plants in an air/water environment rather than in soil.

Owner Amber Todd, a retired U.S. Army Blackhawk crew chief, said her shop has everything you need to grow your garden, from soil and tools to lights and humidifiers. It also provides everything you need to start your own aeroponic garden, from a one-pot to a 32-pot operation.

She said you can grow anything that doesn’t have a stem aeroponic, including lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, broccoli, spinach, squash and more.

“One hundred and ten percent, you can grow all year round,” she said, adding that she’s available to help people with their gardening needs.

“I love it when people come in and ask questions,” she says.

Todd has started a grow club that meets every Tuesday at 6pm at the Seven Sisters Brewery. It is suitable for every type of gardener, whether they grow their plants in soil or water.

“We get together and have a beer and talk about our plants,” she said. “People bring pictures and we talk about what to do if they have problems.”

Todd said herbs are one of her favorite things to grow.

“It’s fantastic to be able to come in every day and smell them,” she said. You can walk and cut what you like.”

She said gardening is therapeutic.

“I think people should start growing their own food. The pandemic has shown us that we need to become more self-reliant,” she said.

For more information on Todd’s growing systems, visit the Mother Earth Growing Facebook page or online at Payment plans are available.

According to the Wytheville Police Department, the OYO Motel at 1160 E. Main St. is closed and no longer in operation.

On its Facebook page, the WPD announced that the property owner has authorized the WPD to arrest anyone who enters the property. No house ban signs were posted on the site.

In the past, the motel has been the scene of drug busts and frequent arrests.

To reach reporter Millie Rothrock, call 276-228-6611 ext. 573, or email [email protected]

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