We were running low on rack cards, so after check out this past Saturday we decided to take a ride into Roanoke and visit Black Dog Salvage. It’s only about 35 minutes from The Oaks Victorian Inn and we arrived at about 11:30. There’s lots of garden art just out side the front door and when you walk in the building Sally, the black dog, is there to greet you. I had forgotten how much fun it is just to look around. To the left of the front counter there are lots of old door knob mechanisms hanging on the wall reminding us to bring the broken one from our powder room next time we go. On the right there are all sorts of Black Dog items such as hats, sweatshirts, T-shirts, stuffed Black Dogs, cutting boards, relishes etc.
You can explore 40,000 sq ft of treasures in their Marketplace.There is one room with hundreds, maybe thousands of great old doors. There are lots of vendors, both regional and from around the world, that have unique items on display. I saw some great industrial inspired furniture. I loved the factory cart coffee table and a hand truck coffee table that looked like something from Flea Market Flip. Of course there is a booth with dog themed stuffed as well as cat stuff. There are shabby chic vendors, antiques, Bric-à-brac, all things bacon, stationary, greeting cards, towels with funny sayings and more.
After wandering for about an hour we were beginning to get hungry so we got in the car, turned left out of the parking lot, and headed across the Memorial Ave bridge to Grandin Village for lunch. Bethlehem Restaurant 2 has great halal dishes. Bernie had a gyro with fries and I had chicken shwarma with a side of absolutely delicious hummus. Bellies full we decided to check out the newest micro brewery to pop up in Roanoke…A Few Old Goats Brewing.
A Few Old Goats is on 8th St in what used to be the Roanoke Health Dept building. It was a little tough to find as they are new and don’t have all their signage up yet. It’s a great space with a big bar and lots of tables. The brew masters are three guys with goatees and their significant others the Goatettes. Staying with the goat theme, the beer taps are goat heads. Bernie and I decided to sit at the bar and share a 4 sample flight. The Lil Red tastes of toffee and biscuits, interesting, but really good. Peaches are in season so we tried the Peach Trip Pale, light and peachy. The Goatmeal Stout has hints of coffee and dark chocolate. We both agreed that the Outhouse Porter, very chocolaty, was our favorite. There are 15 microbreweries within 45 minutes of The Oaks and more popping up all the time. We even have one here in Christiansburg with hopes for more in the future.
Another good day trip to Roanoke.