NORFOLK, Va. - Nestled in the Chelsea district of Norfolk sits a 100-year-old home, formerly the house of a tugboat captain. But a century later, step inside and you are greeted with light-filled rooms, and an artsy and funky place called the Grandiflora Wine Garden.
"We said it would be so cool if there was a cafe or wine bar in there its such a great spot we had no idea we would be the ones doing that," said Jason Edelman, one of three owners.
The newly opened, wine bar, restaurant and B & B is the brainchild of a couple from Seattle; Erin and Jason Edelman and local Kenny Gerry.
"We were in the right place at the right time, all our dreams came together and housed themselves here," said Jason.
The trio bought the three-story home in 2019, spending a great deal of time putting their blood, sweat, and tears into their passion project. They just opened the doors a month ago, in the midst of a pandemic.
"It wasn't a bad thing, it actually forced us to slow down and considered what was important to us and work on those things," said Erin Edelman.
What they offer is very unique. Mediterranean inspired vegetarian food, a medicinal and edible garden, a massive collection of new and upcoming natural wines, and three beautifully decorated quaint inn rooms, as well as lots of little cute little nooks, around every corner to relax and unwind.
"It is very cozy and intimate," said Gerry.
Seating at the physical bar is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but they are still offering some indoor seating, curb side service, and soon with spring, an outdoor patio will offer socially distanced seating. They also offer wines sales by the bottle to-go.
"We thought this would be a great spot for community to gather, but to also call on people who are passing through that want to experience whats makes this area special," said Erin Edelman.
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