|Sam Kayser extends the coffee culture at Hopscotch on King Street in Leesburg. - Times-Mirror/Rick Wasser|
The building at 110 King St. in downtown Leesburg has been selling coffee for 27 years. A shift in ownership in mid-April will not change that.
Hopscotch, a Winchester-based coffee roastery took over operations at King Street Coffee last month.
Co-founder and store manager Sam Kayser hopes to keep the strong coffee culture alive at the venerated establishment.
For the past four years Hopscotch had been roasting and supplying coffee beans to King Street.
The previous proprietor needed to sell the establishment, according to Kayser. As he says he and his partners "would be fools" to not take over the space.
Kayser and his partners RC Gartrell and Nate Rhodes, took over ownership of the facility a month ago, making a few renovations to the bar, lowering it 4 inches, adding fresh paint, reorganizing the equipment and adding a new register.
In the future Kayser said he hopes to add new furniture and maybe change the color.
Leesburg is Hopscotch's third location. There are two in Winchester, a roastery storefront as well as a kiosk and now a storefront in Leesburg.
Kayser explained that the three owners got to know each other through the local coffee community.
Gartrell had been in the business for 20 years and Kayser said they met through a mutual friend.
Shortly after Kayser became Gartrell's apprentice and now mostly roasts and manages the Leesburg location.
Rhodes, who was a barista in Winchester, met the two through mutual friends. He roasts as well, and manages the Winchester Hopscotch location.
"We want to be the town spokesman for coffee. Our specialties include French press coffee, and we have ramped up our espresso offerings," said Kayser.
The store is open every day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.