Shoes Cup and Cork Club, the popular coffee shop on North King Street that closed its doors suddenly over the holidays in late 2012, will be reopening under new management this summer.
General Manager Lori Miller was an executive assistant with SWaN Investors, which owns Shoes and is headquartered just a block up the street, when the previous management decided to close the Leesburg operation to start a sandwich shop in Frederick, MD.
After a lengthy deliberation on when reopen Shoes and how it should operate, Miller was tapped to lead the project. She said she was a frequent customer and will be implementing some of the ideas she had about the charming spot when she would pop in for a coffee.
"I really liked the ambience," Miller said. "I loved the outdoor seating, and we're expanding our patio all the way to the back of the property."
She said she would "have had a simpler menu," and will be implementing just that when the business reopens. Shoes will still serve beer and wine, and work is being done to improve the kitchen. The inside lounge space will be unchanged.
Miller hopes the coffee shop will open July 1, in time for the Fourth of July weekend, but she said she can't be sure until the date gets much closer. Her neighbor, Scott Gustavson, whose family owns buildings on both sides of Shoes—the Lightfoot Restaurant and the office building at 15 N. King St. as well as the Leesburg Today building—said he was looking forward to having Shoes back.
"We’re very excited to see it open back up and come back with a refined plan," Gustavson said. "We’re confident they’re going to be successful. We’re excited about it."