Ring in the New Year Supporting these Vienna Small Businesses
The past year has been a fruitful one for those longing for the pandemic to be over. New businesses, new families, and new moves defined 2022. Meanwhile, local businesses made the town of Vienna even more colorful and exciting. Launch your new year by trying something new with these small businesses that opened within the last twelve months in the Town of Vienna.
Some of these businesses are within walking distance, while others might need some planning to visit. Some of them bring tastes of the world to Vienna, while others offer a new take on an old classic. Be sure to drive by these spots and check them out for yourself.
The Sandwich Shop
Sandwiches are a classic school lunch, but they can also serve as breakfast, a late night snack, or more. Just ask the Sandwich shop for some of their unique sandwich offerings, including The Curry Chicken Salad, the Vitamin C Banh Mi, or the KBBQ–a hot sandwich with all the flavors of Korean BBQ in every bite. You’ll be happy you came to this new place on Church Street.
Caffe Amouri, a coffee shop located on Church Street, offers its own coffee beans to take home. The shop is decorated with jarred, roasted beans that are for sale. No bean is older than ten days, and their freshness is guaranteed by the shop. Named one of the best coffee shops in the region by local voters, this local treasure works to serve both the community and the climate. It has made it a priority to use compostable materials and reduce their impact on the environment. Caffe Amouri was even named Virginia Green Restaurant of the Year.
If you took a trip to Italy this year, you might miss the Italian gelato or some of the chocolate that you might have tried there. If you didn’t take a trip to Italy, you don’t even know what you are missing! To find Italian gelato without having to take a plane across the Atlantic, check out Venchi’s in Tyson’s Corner, which prides itself on more than 90 gelato flavors and 350 chocolate recipes. From Sicilian lemons to hazelnuts, this place can transport you to the rolling hills and valleys in Italy.
One business that opened in August of 2022 brings a different spin on an old classic: the donut. Located on Maple Avenue, Donutchew offers the unique experience of a donut made from mochi flour, a croffle (a croissant and a waffle), and macarons. Pair one of these tasty treats with a milk tea, a boba tea, or a Yakult (Korean yogurt). The owner, Roongnapa Kaewprasit, told Patch that "In Vienna, they have a lot of people, very nice, kind, and they'll support local business.” Open your mind and your tastebuds with Donutchew.
When Elevation Burger closed in Danor Plaza, Big Buns stepped in to save the day. A place where you can get beer, burgers, and shakes, or even a fried chicken sandwich if you so chose, also comes with the option to make a burger bowl, or a breadless bowl. Cajun fries and boozy shakes (you read that correctly) make this place like a grown-up version of Wonderland. If you really want to go over the top, try the Unicorn Shake, served in an inflatable unicorn that you get to take home. See if you can finish it all in one sitting!
Toby's Handmade Ice Cream
The summer of cicadas made a splash in all our memories, but one store began offering cicada ice cream. While currently that flavor is not available, at the new Vienna location on Cedar Lane, all sorts of other flavors are there to pique your interest. Wild flavors like Cherry Blossom Sorbet and Ube beckon to the adventurous, while good old fashioned flavors like butter pecan and old school vanilla chip make a peace offering with those who prefer traditional ice cream. If you feel its too cold for ice cream, try one of their signature coffee drinks with Swing’s Coffee, a local roastery.
Coco's Soda and Sweets
Located next to the Pie Gourmet, Coco’s Sodas and Sweets offer handmade sodas, unique lollipop flavors (like rainbow sorbet) and specialty energy drinks like the Old Man’s. Other items like cake bites, berries and cream popcorn, and chocolate cinnamon bears are sure to please both you and your family. Much like Shirley Temples, these drinks are family-friendly but creative in appearance and flavor. Syrups and creams define each one of these drinks, making them a unique local taste.