Crema and Vine offers unique alcoholic beverages, as well as coffee. It is located on Main Street just outside of the downtown area.
Danville Mayor John Gilstrap explained that coffee houses that are nestled in the center of cities and neighborhoods have been around since the sixteenth century. They serve as a place where people gather, drink coffee, learn the news of the day and meet friends and neighbors to discuss matters of mutual concern.
Gilstrap also said that in 2014, the City released a housing market study that highlighted strategies it must focus on to improve housing conditions and make Danville a more desirable place to live. The study noted that investments in quality of life amenities such as neighborhood retailers, parks and trails and bike lanes were essential to attract middle market families and new economy workers.
“I’ve learned so much,” DeGiorno said. “We’ve been working for about six weeks training and developing people. It’s been a tireless effort from them and their passion and enthusiasm are critical to what you see when you go inside.”
The building where Crema and Vine is located used to be a gas station. Gilstrap said he believed the redevelopment of the facility into a café was a huge challenge for DelGiorno and Barker but they were able to make it happen.
“Their vision and creativity has converted this corner into a drawing card for the community to explore the old west end district,” Gilstrap said. “I thank them for bringing this inspiration to the historic Old West End District neighborhood. We wish Crema and Vine many years of success.”
Crema and Vine presents a 16 bottle self-serve wine bar as a well as a large craft beer selection. It also boasts a flavorful artisan menu that features sandwiches, salads, wraps and other unique food items.
Crema and Vine also claims to offer the area’s only third wave coffee experience and atmosphere.
“We think well of this location,” Barker said. “It’s a prominent corner here on Main and Holbrook. We love the proximity from the River District, to the hospital, to Averett University and we’re sort of isolated here. We wondered early if that was going to be a challenge and now we think maybe that’s the strength.”
Barker pointed out that their location is in walking distance or bike riding distance from various high business areas.
“On behalf of the City and the citizens of Danville, I thank Crema and Vine for their investment in our community,” Gilstrap said. “They’re committed to making Danville a better place to live.”
The addition of Crema and Vine adds to the continuing redevelopments of the River District.
“What our city’s leadership and paid professional staff has done over the past few years is absolutely amazing,” Barker said. “The work that they have done makes me proud to be a Danvillian.”
By PETER MASON
Star-Tribune Staff Writer