While you’re in the vicinity of Fisher’s Hill, take some time to stroll through Strasburg. The downtown historic district has much to offer with little shops and restaurants, as well as the Strasburg Museum housed in an old railroad depot along East King Street. One establishment you’ll want to stop in, is Nancy’s Coffee. This little hole-in-the-wall coffee shop packs a wonderful surprise for the weary traveler who stumbles inside.
Nancy’s Coffee was founded upon the ideas of community, intended to give the residents and visitors of Strasburg a place to meet, socialize, and drink some great coffee. The namesake of the coffee shop, Nancy McInturff Hockman, was a pivotal member of the Shenandoah County community before her passing in 2011. Her bio from their website reads: “She attended Lebanon Lutheran Church, where she was an active Council member; she was a Kindergarten Instructional Aid at Sandy Hook Elementary School for 32 years; a member of the Strasburg Fire Dept. Auxiliary; Daughter of the Stars P.Buckley Moss member; sat on the Shenandoah County Library Board; a member of the Republican Women of Shenandoah County.
“Most importantly, she was a wonderful family member. Two daughters, one son, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and now one great-great-granddaughter. She taught each of us the value of family, hard work, and showing kindness to each and every person we meet. Although she is not with us physically, she will always stay in our hearts and minds; this coffee bar is a tribute to her, allowing the community she loved to come together and show kindness to each other.”
Though the lobby of Nancy’s Coffee is small, they’re in partnership with the Box Office Brewery next door to share their comfortable seating accommodations with the coffee drinkers. Their selection of coffee and tea is skimp compared to some places, but they offer specialty flavor shots and every cup is crafted with care by the young baristas on staff. Pastries are available for sale, as well as bags of coffee from Floyd’s very own Red Rooster Coffee Roasters – a personal favorite of mine located further up (south) the Shenandoah Valley. Some snacks like cookies and brownies are also available from Blue Ridge Baking Company, based in the Shenandoah Valley. Mugs, shirts, and other coffee accoutrements are for sale too, for anyone who wants to take home a little piece of Nancy’s Coffee from their trip.
Before we set off on our battlefield tour that morning in Strasburg, we strolled into Nancy’s Coffee, unsure of what to expect from such a small place. I decided to shake up my usual order and got their raspberry white chocolate latte. Superb! And of course, when I saw the Blue Ridge Baking Company’s packaged brownie, I couldn’t resist. Yes, it’s not the ideal breakfast food, but I was on vacation. What’s the harm? I also restocked on my favorite Shenandoah coffee roasters and purchased a bag of Red Rooster’s Farmhouse blend. We took our drinks into the Box Office Brewery seating area, where a group of elderly gentlemen were sitting and socializing in a few of the plush armchairs near the front window. Eavesdropping on a little of their conversation, I could tell they were likely a sort-of breakfast club group that meets regularly at Nancy’s. Everything about this place screams community and it’s so endearing, from their many local partnerships to their open-door hospitality.
The longer I sat, sipped, and stared around at the old golden-age movie posters on the walls, the more at home I became. I didn’t feel like a tourist, but totally comfortable in this place. I knew if we had the time, this would be the perfect place to sit with a good book or writing project on a quiet weekday. Alas, we couldn’t stay for hours with several historic sites on the agenda. So, I implore if you have the hours to spend, take your time and kick up your feet at Nancy’s Coffee.
When you arrive, street parking is free and if you time it right, you can get the perfect spot close to Nancy’s Coffee. If not, the town’s parking lot is located on East Washington Street, just one road up from East King Street, and you can walk to the café.
Address: 175 E. King St, Strasburg, VA 22657
Hours: 7am – 4pm Monday – Friday; 8am – 4pm Saturday; Closed Sunday