With some of the material on my blog, I’m sure it’s obvious by now that I love antiques and repurposed pieces. Add those in with delicious food, a hot cup of coffee, and the sound of jazz music…and I’m in the perfect setting. One restaurant in my town has it all. Stella, Bella, and Lucy’s in downtown Waynesboro, Virginia is one of my favorite places to dine. We have eaten here many times and during a recent morning out with my husband, I decided to take pictures to share this wonderful place with you.
Named for their three beloved dogs, owners Barbara Stratton and Cindy and Rodger Doyle opened Stella, Bella, and Lucy’s in 2012 in hopes of creating a unique and personable dining experience. As Waynesboro natives, Barbara, Cindy, and Rodger wanted to take part in revitalizing the downtown area as they were deciding on a location for their cafe. Cindy and Barbabra are active in the arts as well and have their original paintings displayed for purchase throughout the restaurant. Cindy’s painting of Stella, Bella, and Lucy is displayed right by the register…after all, they are the faces of the restaurant!
All the vintage pieces and decor make Stella, Bella, and Lucy’s a different dining experience. It certainly isn’t your run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter restaurant. I love the different furniture pieces throughout the restaurant and the mix of dishware that beautifully decorates the tables and displays.
The dishes and the food presentation are beautiful…but that was just the beginning of our dining experience. Open for breakfast and lunch, the food is made fresh each day. To describe it as enjoyable or delicious just doesn’t do it justice…it’s excellent! My husband has quite an appreciation for top quality food and puts a lot into his own dishes. He raved over the taste and quality of his breakfast croissant, which is not something he does often. He was very impressed! I had the same reaction with my french toast breakfast…
After enjoying our meal, I walked throughout the restaurant looking at all the beautiful displays. Barbara gave me a little background about a few of the pieces. I particularly liked the wine bottle display by the register. The wooden frame with the oval center is a piece Barbara found by the road in the trash. She cleaned it up and brought it back to life as a decoration piece. I love how it looks against the black background, and the white platter in the middle really stands out.
This old church pulpit is so neat. I love where the paint is worn in some places, keeping that aged look. This came from a church in Mt. Sidney, Virginia.
Take a look at the various vintage pieces and collectibles throughout the restaurant. I could have taken many more photos. The pulpit above, along with the grand piano and the sideboard with the mirror really caught my eye among the furniture they have displayed.
So many lovely paintings and prints decorate the walls. Several of them are Barbara and Cindy’s original watercolors and acrylics.
We usually like to sit near the grand piano, but sometimes I enjoy sitting by the large front window to watch all the activity on Main St. Our downtown is growing again thanks to Stella, Bella, and Lucy’s and many other locally owned shops.
You can see why the place caught my eye before I ever walked in…it’s so inviting.
I hope you will get the chance to visit Stella, Bella, and Lucy’s if you ever visit our area. Even if you are a good distance away from our downtown it is worth the trip. If you live here in Waynesboro and haven’t tried it….what are you waiting for? It is a wonderful place for friends and family to meet. Stella, Bella, and Lucy’s also hosts a Sunday tea party about every six to eight weeks in the winter months. You can keep up with any events or announcements on their Facebook page.
If you are too far away to visit, I hope you enjoyed the unique look of this restaurant and that it shows the importance of supporting local businesses. Cindy, Rodger, and Barbara have certainly had a big part in the revitalization of downtown Waynesboro. I have many memories of a our bustling and busy downtown and have even heard many stories from my parents and Grandparents…as my Grandfather was once a butcher in a grocery store a few blocks away. I’m so thankful for them and the other business owners who have dedicated their time and talents in the hopes of getting our downtown back to what it was many years ago!
To view the full menu at Stella, Bella, and Lucy’s, please visit their website.