by Brandon Fox
GlobeHopper Coffeehouse and Lounge opened in Shockoe Bottom in 2008, and since that time, provided a spot for nearby Church Hill neighbors to grab a cup of French press coffee or admire the detailed art swirled in the crema of their latte. The coffee shop was also home to live music that could be enjoyed with something a little stronger than a double espresso.
Owners Erin Helland and Jenn Crenshaw, along with general manager Kimmy Certa, made this one of the only female-owned, female-run coffee shops in town. It hasn’t always been easy. Just over a year ago, Erin Hellend told RVA News, “In my fifteen years in the coffee industry, I’ve learned that too often, positions labeled as a ‘craft’ are still perceived as a male pastime, and that includes being a skilled barista.”
GlobeHopper announced on their Facebook page today that they would be closing at the end of the month. (Style had not heard back from the owners at the time of publication.)
“With heavy hearts, we inform you that GlobeHopper's last day will be on Feb 28th, one day after our seventh anniversary. Serving this amazing community has been our sincere pleasure. Over the coming weeks, please bring some smiles to our baristas and share your fond memories of GlobeHopper as you enjoy one more latte with us.”
CORRECTION: This article originally stated that the business' name was GlobeHopper Coffee & Lounge. It is GlobeHopper Coffeehouse & Lounge.