Fall colors arrived late in the Potomac Highlands this year, but I found Spring in The Korner Shop Café. It wasn't their outrageous pork tenderloin, scrambles, French toast, and bottomless coffee served under soft breakfast-appropriate country music. It wasn't Mort Kunstler's famous painting of Stonewall Jackson, watching his horse graze, symbolic of his dying utterance "let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees." It wasn't the wall full of Franklin high school group pictures: girls and boys basketball, graduating classes, and the old school house. Nor the mounted trout gazing across the room at old Fairmont Ice Cream signs.
No, Spring in the Korner Shop Cafe moves easily from table to table in constant motion with effortless conversation. Spring here means Suzie Hart-Hartman serving the famished six days and sixty hours a week. Suzie's a people person, "I love my job," she volunteers. That's easy to see. Recently married she occasionally uses her maiden name by habit, but that's o.k. And get this, Suzie's a dedicated Jeff Gordon fan and has crammed two shelves along the back wall with memorabilia. It soothes the aching hip joints of an aging backroads photographer to find some hospitality like this and say pleasantly, "a bit more coffee please Suzie…"
Franklin, West Virginia
Wednesday 18 October 2006