Holiday wishes and holiday hours

Merry Christmas postcard

Owning one’s own business is great. You’re the boss, the decision-maker, you get to choose the look and feel, and at the end of the day, it’s all yours! But being “all yours” also means the downside, which is almost always needing to be there to run the place.

Small business owners take this in stride, as a more-than-reasonable trade-off to all that self-direction listed above.

But that means that “time off” has to be strategic. It can’t be during the biggest rush of the year, during the height of tourist season, or when big events are pulling people into downtown, people who will need a place to eat!

And I’m more than happy to be on site at AVA because I love the hustle and bustle of a downtown eatery and the pleasures of making it all my own.

But even I need to know when to take a break. And given that downtown Staunton can be a bit sleepy over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it’s these two weeks that I’m taking for a little time off.

Christmas week hours

This week I’ll be closed Tuesday for a “giving back day.” I’ll be catering a meal to deliver to the women’s shelter. This is a very important and meaningful Christmas gift for me to give as I think we all can empathize with the plight of women whose lives are thrown into chaos by unexpected domestic abuse. I want to give my whole Tuesday to this cause, and while I’m sorry to be closed, I’m sure you understand.

Then we’ll be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so that I can spend time with my dear friends and family.

But we’ll open back up for the weekend — for Friday’s “Boxing Day” as they say in England and on Saturday night, too. Both days we’ll have regular hours, 4-9pm. And remember that we sell wine and sparkling wines by the bottle and case to-go so come see me on these days to get your New Year’s libations all set!

New Year’s week

On New Year’s week we’ll be open Tuesday (but bear with me, if I change my mind and decide to take an extra day, we’ll be closed this day, too. So maybe call ahead to check.)

We’ll definitely be closed New Year’s Even and New Year’s Day. “WHAT? — You closed on New Year’s Eve, Mary Beth?”

Yes,. yes, I know, I’ve thrown some real ball-dropping bashes at the Darjeeling and AVA over the years. But I’ll leave that to someone else this go-round. I think watching the ball drop from Times Square via TV is good enough — quiet enough — for me this year. And a little bubbly, too!

But we’ll open up Friday, January 2nd and Saturday the 3rd for regular hours, 4-9pm.

Our best wishes

I’m glad you’ll know about our holiday hours but the main message I have for you today is one of thanks. Thank you for being my patrons, for supporting my ventures, for trying us out, for writing great reviews online, for connecting with us on different events in house and catering around the area, and for being such a support to me.

Thank you for being my friends, thank you for your smiles and kindness, thank you for dropping in, and thanks for joining me for a glass of wine.

Thank you to my family for all the ways in which you help make my dreams come true, and thank you to Staunton for another fabulous year in business!

And for you all, I urge you throughout this holiday season to love one another, be kind and good to one another, count your blessings and hold each other close and dear. Have fun, stay safe, laugh a lot, enjoy the food and sweets and spirits, and all in all have a Merry, Merry Christmas and enjoy my best wishes for a prosperous, happy, and meaningful New Year!

— Mary Beth Harris, Proprietress, AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar

Mary Beth Harris About Mary Beth Harris

Mary Beth Harris is the proprietress of AVA Restaurant and Wine Bar. She's been in the restaurant business for 12 years and is the former owner of The Darjeeling Cafe.