I get excited every time a new locally owned business opens in downtown Waynesboro, which has been making a steady comeback the last several years. I have so many memories of the times I spent in downtown Waynesboro, shopping and dining when I was younger. Our downtown area is filled with historic buildings and as a lifelong resident of Waynesboro, I appreciate when a business owner decides to restore an old historic space in town instead of building a new building or renting a space in the modern strip malls. That’s exactly what The French Press coffee shop owner, Kris Krupa has done. I began following The French Press on Facebook before it opened so I could keep up with the transformation of this space.
I have visited a few times now and wanted to share photos of all the beautiful design and decor inside The French Press. If you appreciate a mix of old and new like I do, then I know you will enjoy the look of this newly renovated space.
The French Press opened in October and Kris is still in the process of completing some of the ideas he has in mind. I am so impressed with how the space looks now and look forward to the additions he is planning in the near future. Kris said they have plans to build a fireplace soon for the back lounge and add more decorative pieces throughout.
The first thing that grabs my attention when I walk in the door is this beautiful bar top at the front window. Kris used reclaimed lumber to build this countertop and all throughout the space on the walls and ceiling.
The cafe has such a warm and inviting feel to it and the design is the perfect balance of bringing history to the surface with modern touches. Kris told me the walls were covered with plaster when they first began renovating, but they wanted to uncover the old brick beneath it. The walls and ceiling areas covered with reclaimed wood are beautiful. Alloy Workshop of Charlottesville completed the design of the reclaimed lumber structures.
This lounge area is perfect! I love the mix of furniture, the rug, and the ceiling he covered with these decorative ceiling tiles and spray paint. Kris finished that himself along with the concrete wall that was finished with a floor leveling compound.
The ceiling was complete by the time I came back to visit. The look of the ceiling adds so much to the design…
You can’t miss what’s on the menu with this fun chalkboard wall behind the counter. This of course was another one of my favorite additions to the space.
The French Press offers a variety of coffee and tea on their menu along with some light lunch items such as soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. In keeping with supporting local businesses, Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters of Charlottesville supplies the coffee for the French Press. They are currently working on a French Press Blend that is now available for sale during the holiday season!
I can tell you myself that the coffee is delicious…I really enjoyed my cappuccino. If you ever visit The French Press, I would recommend their Tomato Basil soup as well!
The excellent cup of coffee, the design and decor, and the friendly atmosphere will have you wanting to stay a while. It’s refreshing to have a coffee shop in our town where you can come and sit and socialize for a while without the rush of a drive-through and limiting ourselves only to socializing on the internet. The French Press is a great place to meet with friends and a relaxing place to read or study.
If you share my love for design and decor, there is plenty to talk about with the fun decorative pieces placed along the walls. I couldn’t stop taking pictures.
Since I’m a proud Virginian, I just had to include this chalkboard cut-out. I’d love to know where I can get one of these…
I even had to take a picture of this sink in the bathroom, that looks perfect against the mosaic wall tile. Don’t worry, I didn’t take a bathroom mirror selfie (haha)….
Kris’ fiancé, Mandy did the design work for the logo and helped him with a lot of the ideas for other areas of the cafe. I think she did a fantastic job designing the logo, which looks great above the coffee station.
There are more ideas in the works for the menu as well. Kris says he plans on adding more items to the lunch menu and in the next year or so, he hopes that The French Press will offer charcuterie, wine, and cheese in the evening for social gatherings. I plan on being there when that happens!
Thanks to Kris and Mandy for making this historic building a gem once again! And thank you and your friendly staff for welcoming me to The French Press to feature here on Small Town Rambler. I hope the French Press is here to stay and I will certainly visit often.
Also, a special thanks also to Jim Morgan of Waynesboro for many of the decorative pieces and to the art students at Waynesboro High School for decorating the front windows with fun artwork. There have been several local people who have contributed to the look and atmosphere of the French Press!