When Chop Suey Books consolidates business at its Carytown store in October, there will be something of a dilemma. The first store on Cary Street near Virginia Commonwealth University inspired the name of the second location, Chop Suey Tuey. But without a first to be second to, what meaning will be left in the title?
"It certainly won't be Tuey anymore,?VbCrLf Suey owner Ward Tefft (pictured in front of the first store) says, "but it'll be two floors.?VbCrLf The Carytown store is expanding into an upstairs formerly occupied by Sara Sue, the seamstress, and a photo studio that takes belly shots for pregnant women.
After nearly seven years, business concerns and rising rents are pushing Tefft to move from the original location, home to a memorial mural for beloved scenester and artist Jonny Zanin, who died last year.
Along with the move, Tefft is focused on regrowing his beard.
"I promised Manny Mendez,?VbCrLf owner of Kuba Kuba, "that I'd grow out a beard for his October wedding. [He said] we're not really asking for wedding presents but if you could grow your beard we'd be happy,?VbCrLf he says.
"I won't be shaving it unless I have to go to court for something.?VbCrLf .