Taste Winchester History jumped at the opportunity to present ourselves and several of our tour partners to the inquisitive minds of the Young Entrepreneurs Class from James Wood High School on a weekday private tour!  You may not be aware, but if you click on that link (private tour), we are able to do that for pretty much anyone!  Now, we can add school field trips as another amazing opportunity to experience much of what Winchester has to offer everyone in terms of great food and special history..

A memorable day for us as the students, our partners, TWH were able to provide feedback on start-up and business operations and the mindset, creativity, and persistence it takes to get things off the ground, build and maintain, and be successful!  At the same time, we were all able to see, hear about, and experience several of the great places and interesting historical events (and businesses) that many of us take for granted as we go about our daily routines.

One of the highlights of our tour today was visiting the Solenberger Building at 142 North Loudoun Street, as Solenberger’s, a legendary Winchester family-owned business that has been a mainstay in and around town for over 130 years!

Founded in 1888 originally by John Solenberger and Daniel Stouffer (original known as Solenberger & Stouffer until the early 1900s), they moved to the “Old Town” location in 1908 when their original building at Cameron Street & Baker Street was destroyed by a fire.  Solenberger’s remained on Loudoun for 85 years, until 1993 when they moved to their current location on Berryville Avenue.  You have to know and engage your community effectively as well as be doing something extremely well to span 130+ years, 5 generations, same family, same town!


Special Thanks to today’s partners for making the time and the great food:

  • Hideaway Cafe
  • Fresco Kitchen
  • Tropical Island Cafe
  • Benny Meleto’s
  • Moe’s Donuts

Extra Special Thanks to our young entrepreneurs, their teacher, and James Wood High School for giving us the opportunity and for the “Colonel Kernels”:

  • Joe Hiett
  • Ella Wyckoff
  • Dontez Allen
  • Johnathan Joseph
  • Obed Perez
  • Roslyn Clark, Teacher
  • Denyse Phelps, Librarian

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