Back in Time to hold grand opening Saturday

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Nov 20, 2018 - 11:33 AM

Photo: Penny Pastiva, owner of the newly-opened Back in Time coffee and vintage shop in Mathews, welcomes the community to drop in, browse her vintage treasures, watch some television, and relax with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Penny Pastiva, owner of the newly-opened Back in Time coffee and vintage shop in Mathews, welcomes the community to drop in, browse her vintage treasures, watch some television, and relax with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

Back in Time, a new coffee and vintage shop on Main Street in Mathews, will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be catered food, door prizes, and the shop’s signature coffee blends, all in a party atmosphere, said owner Penny Pastiva.

“We would like everyone in Mathews to come and participate,” she said.

The shop has an eclectic blend of rustic and upscale items, with something to appeal to both the masculine and feminine side. Old yard tools, oyster cans, a fishing box, and a syrup barrel sit alongside a craft room containing vintage-but-still-working sewing machines, quilts, and needlework paraphernalia. In the front window is a craft table where customers are encouraged to spend time on a project.

There are lamps and shoeshine boxes and pottery, old toys and books and sports equipment, silverplate serving dishes and china, artwork by Langley and Janet Deagle, silk flowers and foliage, and an old restored Coca-Cola cooler and ceramic gas cooking stove, both in working order.

“I’m putting old things together in a new way to breathe life into them,” said Pastiva. “My goal is to give new life to things that otherwise might be thrown out as trash.”

An area in one part of the shop will be a coffee shop and espresso bar selling Equator Coffee from a female-owned San Francisco concern that focuses on sustainable farming. Pastiva said that only one other coffee shop in Virginia has been approved to carry the coffee, which is roasted on Tuesday and in the shop by Thursday, ready to be ground by the pot. The coffee is available by the cup or the bag.

For those who want to take the time to enjoy their coffee on-site, sitting areas are set up around large-screen televisions, providing a place to drop in, perhaps meet a client, and stay a while. Pastiva said she also offers internet access, and especially wants to provide a place for “the men in their pickup trucks” who “don’t really have a place meant for them.” 

Pastiva’s paternal grandmother was her inspiration and has been on her mind as the shop has come together.

“She wasn’t wealthy, but she always made a pleasant place where things were welcoming,” said Pastiva, “and she invited you to come in and make yourself comfortable.”

Pastiva has never operated a retail business before, but what she lacks in experience she makes up for in enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

After coming to Mathews full-time five years ago, Pastiva decided she wanted to open a retail shop that was affordable for local people and once again make Main Street a place for local customers. She became friends with Bonnie Olrogge, who owned Bakery in the Village, and the two began making plans to work together, with compatible businesses in the two retail spaces available in the building, which is owned by Richard Stewart.

Although Olrogge has since decided to go in a different direction—creating her own artwork—Pastiva said Olrogge has continued as a consultant and advisor for Back in Time, introducing Pastiva to people in estate sales and teaching her how to buy items.

“She helps me figure out how to present my shop and my vision,” said Pastiva.

Pastiva will continue to work full-time for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she has served since the department was established shortly after 9/11. She said she has two wonderful employees with retail experience who’ll be running the shop in her absence. In addition, she will continue to commute home from Washington every evening.