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Middleburg Blog: The Aldie General Store and Café

The entire community along Route 50 Highway West has been anticipating the opening of the Aldie Store General Store and Cafe. Well the time has arrived. It's now serving breakfast, lunch, and take-out for dinner.

For many years, M. K. Partlow was the owner of the Aldie General Store and the home next door. When he died a few years ago, Gulick Construction, owned by John and Penny Gulick, bought the property. John Gulick had known the Partlows for years as John Gulick’s family has owned property in the area for several generations. Gulick and his wife Penny live in Aldie, work in the village and the surrounding communities, and have built or improved a great number of homes and buildings. As the Gulicks began to work on the old store, they decided Penny Gulick should manage the new business. That promises to be a good decision.

Actually, there are three partners managing the store and café. Penny Gulick, the owner who is originally from Australia; Miranda Gerber, a chef who is originally from South Africa; and Ann Marie Fondara, born in the U.S.

Each partner brought their knowledge of food, recipes, preparation and presentation style to the mix. Consequently, the menu has a variety of new offerings while also serving the old favorites like eggs, bacon, and pancakes for breakfast and hamburgers for lunch. There are several innovative food blends in the snacks, salads, sandwiches, and entrees, and all are made with fresh ingredients. They can prepare boxed meals, picnics, tailgate spreads, or custom take-outs. Need something new to take home? Try the “Sharcuterie Platter.”

The partners want to create a congenial, family-friendly gathering place where members of the community, friends, those just passing by, or different groups can come in and meet others in the updated, clean, and spacious serving area.

The new owner stressed that she wants everyone to enjoy being served something, whether it’s a cup of the signature Green Mountain coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine or dinners to-go.
She hopes to have the “on-off” license in two weeks so customers can buy a bottle of wine, enjoy it at the table, and re-cork it to take with them.

The partners have kept many features the same as before they took over the shop. The menu even includes a Partlow Cheesesteak sandwich in honor of the previous owner. There is a counter of the popular brands of boxed treats and snacks, and the store has a back shelf for the usual quick-stop shopping. providing basic items for the home and kitchen. The store sells lottery tickets, and there is a newspaper stand for the local papers. The partners plan to add an area behind the store for the barbecue that has been one of the store’s most popular food items for years.

The store hours are also very accommodating. Monday through Friday the store and café will be open from 6-10:30 a.m. for breakfast, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch, and even though the kitchen closes at 3 p.m., take-out is available until 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, the store will be open from 8 a.m. to noon for breakfast, from noon to 3 p.m. for lunch, and from 3-6 p.m. for take-out.

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