Rappahannock News - - SPERRYVILL­E - CHRIS GREEN chris­[email protected]

New hap­pen­ings at Be­fore and Af­ter espresso bar

Be­fore and Af­ter, the mag­i­cal espresso bar at 31 Main Street, owned by Kerry Sut­ten and run by Jess Sut­ten, his beau­ti­ful niece, is now of­fer­ing de­lec­ta­ble de­lights such as quiche, muffins, scones, lunch items and what Jess calls, “fudge to pair with cof­fee.”

The espresso bar also has cof­fee fla­vors of the month for which April is laven­der and cold brew cof­fee for spring, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cen­tral Cof­fee Roast­ers.

Lunch items now avail­able in­clude pani­nis and sal­ads. Jess said they have teamed up “with lots of Rap­pa­han­nock County cut­ting edge farm­ers to make this hap­pen. We want to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses and thrive to­gether.”

Be­fore and Af­ter is try­ing to com­ple­ment Creek­side Bak­ery hours said Jess. Cur­rently the espresso bar is open Tues­day, Wed­nes­day, Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

But when they ac­quire ad­di­tional staff and a wine li­cense, “we’ll grow hours to Mon­day and be­yond,” she said, adding she hopes to re­ceive a li­cense for an evening wine bar in time for the Me­mo­rial Day week­end.

“We are work­ing on ex­pand­ing into our mar­ket named, “Dur­ing,” which will in­clude grab-and-go foods for hik­ers, bik­ers, and other out­door en­thu­si­asts. It will fea­ture wines — both lo­cal and for­eign — meats and cheeses, ar­ti­sanal treats, and other lo­cal re­tail prod­ucts,” Jess said.

And soon, she said, they will have an en­chant­ing back­yard gar­den court­yard for peo­ple to re­lax and en­joy the spring weather. She also men­tioned that there are two of­fice rentals above the cafe avail­able for any­one who’s in­ter­ested.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Jess at 540-987-8392 and check out their Face­book page.


The an­nual Soap Box Derby Yard Sale will be held Satur­day, April 30 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Old Sper­ryville School­house/Head­mas­ters Pub. Ac­cord­ing to Thom Pel­likaan, Rap­pa­han­nock’s derby com­mit­tee mem­ber, a “large as­sort­ment of house­hold items, gar­den and land­scape planters, spring­time plants and lo­cally grown herbs” will be of­fered. Do­nated items are wel­come. For pickup, call Thom at 540-987-8447. No books or clothes. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the Rap­pa­han­nock County Soap Box Derby driv­ers. (Rain date is Sun­day, May 1.)

The Pied­mont Area Soap Box Derby will be held at the derby's Paul Bates Race­way in Culpeper County, June 11 and 12. For the first time since 2008 there will not be one of the five O'heir broth­ers, all Wake­field CDS stu­dents, rac­ing,” said Pel­likaan.

Rap­pa­han­nock County driv­ers are: Zan­der Woy­ciechowski, (rookie) driv­ing for Sper­ryville VFD, Su­per Stock Car #275; Wil­liam Eborn (rookie), driv­ing for Wake­field Country Day School, Su­per Stock Car # 289; Ethan Lewis, driv­ing for the Castle­ton VFD, Su­per Stock Car # 271; Ja­cob Newlin, driv­ing for the Lunch Bunch, Stock Car # 1002; Joy Foscato, driv­ing for the Castle­ton VFD, Stock Car # 184; Joshua Foscato, driv­ing for the Castle­ton Fes­ti­val, Su­per Stock Car # 284; Jeremiah Foscato, driv­ing for the Rap­pa­han­nock County Sher­iff, Su­per Stock Car # 286;

Alex Diehl (rookie), driv­ing for The Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton, Su­per Stock Car # 270; Olivia Gib­son (rookie), driv­ing for the Rose Hill Vet­eri­nary Prac­tice, Su­per Stock Car # 290; Jadon Torosian, driv­ing for the Rap­pa­han­nock County El­e­men­tary School, Stock Car # 199;

McKenna Torosian, driv­ing for Cop­per Fox An­tiques, Stock Car # 197; and Jack Ger­ard (rookie), driv­ing for Boy Scout Troop 36, Su­per Stock Car # 2004.

“Th­ese driv­ers hope to ac­com­plish what Flint Hill VFD for­mer Su­per Stock driver Gabe Beroza did when he cap­tured the Cham­pi­onship in his divi­sion, and rep­re­sented the lo­cal derby and Rap­pa­han­nock County in 2012 in the All Amer­i­can Derby held an­nu­ally in Akron, Ohio,” said Pel­likaan.

In­ter­ested spon­sors of fu­ture soap box derby cars should con­tact Thom Pel­likaan, Rap­pa­han­nock County Derby Com­mit­tee Mem­ber at 540-987-8447 or brookhillt­[email protected]


“The Sun­day Con­cert Se­ries at The Roast­ery” is host to an ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ray of mu­si­cal ta­lent. Small en­sem­bles of blue­grass, jazz, celtic banjo, con­tem­po­rary, vo­cals and guitar grace the stage in Cen­tral Cof­fee Roast­ers in­ti­mate set­ting. Dana Lyons, a world-renowned singer/song­writer, cham­pion of the en­vi­ron­ment, an ecotroubad­our, is per­form­ing Sun­day, April 24 from 7 - 9 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free, sug­gested do­na­tion $10. Seat­ing is limited. Doors will open at 6:55 p.m. For in­for­ma­tion call 540987-1006. Cen­tral Cof­fee Roast­ers is lo­cated at 11836 Lee High­way in Sper­ryville.


An in­dus­trial art sculp­ture made by lo­cal artists Nol Put­nam and Brenda Van Ness will be shared with pa­trons of Be­fore and Af­ter espresso bar in its soon-to-be-com­pleted gar­den court­yard. The steel and parachute piece was ex­hib­ited at the Water­gate in...

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