An Afternoon At The Batesville Store

Posted on March 20, 2011 by


If you’re looking for a way to get back in touch with the comfort food and music of Charlottesville, come check out Lulu and the Virginia Creepers at the Batesville Store.

Lulu and the Virginia Creepers is an old-timey group, featuring Tucker Rollins on mandolin, Sheila Scott on stand up bass, Michelle Prysby on fiddle, Lori Rollins on guitar, and last but definitely not least, John Woodell on banjo. The band’s modo is “Bringing good beer and old time music together wherever we go,” and that’s just what they do at Batesville.

Many listeners who come to the store wonder “What happened to Lulu?” The truth is, the band made up a name. This kind of quirky humor puts Lulu and the Virginia Creepers right at home in the heart of Batesville at the timeless store. The group is returning for another kick-back-and-stay-awhile Sunday afternoon acoustic show today 1:30-4:00pm.

Starting in 1880, the Batesville Store was originally a general store selling dry goods and staples. It now features comfort food made fresh in the store, homemade baked goods, local crafts and Virginia wines, live music every weekend, and free wireless access.

The store is also a place where people come just to hang out or to visit with friends and neighbors. In 2007, when the store changed hands, the prior owners had one requirement for the new management; the store had to continue to be a place for the community. Current owners, Cid and Liza Scallet, are always behind the counter, Cid ready to talk and Liza making everything from scratch (including their hand-dipped ice cream)!

Cid and Liza started with one dusty bottle of Virginia wine which has grown to three shelves dedicated exclusively to Virginia wines including wines from Pollak, Veritas, Cardinal Point, King Family, Delfosse, Mountfair and Flying Fox.

The remaining seven shelves house a wide variety of wines from all over the world. The Batesville Store also serves food including comfort classics: chicken pot pie, smoked ribs, polenta, jambalaya, shepherd’s pie to name a few. With six different types of brownies, four cookie choices, cupcakes, breakfast breads, and fudge, this local treasure could stand alone as a bakery.

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