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Painted Pig, Back Street Brews form one-of-a-kind partnership in Lovettsville

Two new businesses have teamed up to open in historic Lovettsville – bringing a revitalized creative spirit to town.

When Denise Berg purchased the property at 11. E. Pennsylvania Ave. earlier this year, she was looking for a space to work and use for crafting, as her husband was tired of finding her artwork all over the house, and he encouraged her to find her own space.

After she found a historic home in Lovettsville zoned for commercial use, she realized it was a great spot to serve as an artisan shop for her creative creative friends to sell their wares – and partnering with her good friend Scottie Vosburgh – they named it The Painted Pig.

As they began renovating the old home – while uncovering interesting architectural pieces of history such as brick German nogging that was used to keep vermin out – ideas kept evolving, and Berg and her friends began dreaming about adding a coffee shop into the mix.

Her friend Maureen Morris of Lucketts asked if she could open the coffee shop as a separate business, adjacent to the Painted Pig. It was the perfect solution for this old German building with two doors splitting it in half, and Back Street Brews was formed.

“We have created a cool, rustic, charming and quaint little place here. I love people and coffee shops and it is a great place to socialize, work or just spend some time away from home,” Morris said.

Back Street Brews gets its name from a historic reference calling Pennsylvania Avenue “back street,” and it was also considered “pig alley,” where they would run pigs down to the butcher, Morris explained. The businesses are housed in the third oldest home in Lovettsville.

There's an outdoor patio with fire pit, a front porch with a swing and parking in the rear. Morris is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m.

Morris' children – ages 16 and 13 – are already working at the shop, and her husband, who has his own business, Morris Stone Inc., is helping out too.

“It's a family operation in a gem of a town. The people here have been lovely,” Morris said.

Morris serves Lone Oak Coffee from Winchester and locally made baked goods from Sweet and Savory and Gina's Pies. There are also bagels and cream cheese, milkshakes, smoothies, and Tea Forte on the menu.

She said it's the “perfect spot” for cyclists to stop as they pass through town, or for visitors exploring western Loudoun's breweries and wineries.

The Painted Pig”opened during Lovettsville's Oktoberfest weekend, and so far it has been “very well received,” Berg said.

“There are so many people who are so talented and we can join together here and create something special,” she added.

So far, she has 32 contracted artisans on board, and she says 90 percent of the products are one-of-a-kind.

“We have a whole array of things from tutu dresses, to artwork, original pillow designs, seasonal crafts, bird feeders, and jewelry,” she said.

Berg is already thinking about opening another space nearby for art classes, yoga, meditation and holistic products.

“There seems to be a great interest in that here,” she said.

Berg said they have a great synergy with Back Street Brews.

The Painted Pig is part of the newly formed Loudoun Artisan Trail.

“It is a beautiful property here, and we hope Lovettsville enjoys it,” she said.


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