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Nectar Coffee Shop Closing in Alexandria

We LOVED Nectar. You and your sister created such a warm and friendly business and the employees were so friendly. It's how Boomer, Poppy and I started our day." --Karen Johnson, My Dog Digs Del Ray

Nectar sign in front window. (Photo courtesy of Nectar’s Facebook page)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In a Facebook post this morning the owners of Nectar Coffee and Wine Bistro, 106 Hume Avenue, announced they are closing for good. “Susan and I have made the extremely difficult decision to close Nectar permanently. We have loved our business, awesome staff, customers and neighbors and are truly grateful for your business over the past 3 years. See you in the neighborhood! Shirley”

Once a Del Ray bungalow, the location was first renovated between 2013 and 2104 to welcome Emma’s Coffee Shop, named after 1925’s Emma P. Hume subdivision, by mother and daughter Connie and Jackie Desrosiers.

Nectar’s interior. (Photo courtesy of Nectar’s Facebook page)

In 2017, sisters Susan and Shirley, took over the space and renamed it Nectar Coffee & Wine Bistro. The pair offered fresh home-baked pastries, breakfasts and sandwiches and got a liquor license too. The spot was popular for neighborhood gatherings and client lunches, and popular with espresso connoisseurs. On that note, you should definitely read these espresso bean reviews if you are also a fan.

In less than an hour, the post was loaded with comments of support like this one made by Tammy Mannarino, who wrote, “Oh, what a sad day. I’m so sorry. The place you created was so wonderful, with great food, friendly staff, and a warm, light environment. If you ever decide that you’d like to do special events or catering, please let us know and we will be there to support you! Thank you for the good times you’ve given us all!”

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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