Thumbs up to Bryan Baine, who announced he’d be opening a third location of the popular Baine’s Books and Coffee in the Second Stage building in the town of Amherst. It will be his third shop — the original location is in the town of Appomattox and the second is in Scottsville in southern Albemarle County.

Second Stage is a nonprofit arts and community center that operates out of the old Amherst Baptist Church facility on Second Street. It hosts numerous events throughout the year, rents studio space to artists and small businesses. There’s also a farmers market every Thursday from May through October.

Baine told our sister newspaper, the New Era-Progress in Amherst, that he had been scouting locations in the town for several years. The Second Stage location was just perfect for what he wants to do with the business.

The shop, obviously, will sell coffee along with a wide selection of books, but there will also be bagels, baked goods and sandwiches on the menu, too. “It will be a smaller version of what we do in Appomattox,” Baine said. The Appomattox location opened 15 years ago, while they’ve been in Scottsville for seven years.

Congratulations to one and all.

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Thumbs up to the folks in Nelson County who have successfully launched the county’s second craft beverage trail for locals and tourists alike.

Nelson 29 Craft Beverage Trail is modeled on a similar trail on Virginia 151 in the western half of the county in the Rockfish Valley. Known as Nelson 151, it includes six wineries, threw breweries and two cideries. It’s been up and running for about 10 years, growing in popularity and recognition throughout the state.

Nelson 29 traverses about 20 miles from Blue Mountain Barrel House in Arrington all the way up U.S. 29 to DelFosse Vineyards and Winery in Faber. In between are Lovingston Winery, Virginia Distillery Co., Brent Manor Vineyards and Wood Ridge Farm Brewery.

Sarah Craun, an employee at the Virginia Distillery Co., broached the idea to Maureen Kelley, the director of the Nelson County Tourism and Economic Development Office, and the two ran with the idea from there.

On Sept. 7, Nelson 29 will hold a festival to officially introduce itself to the community and celebrate the launch of the county’s second craft beverage trail. Mark your calendars now!

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