Sandie Twyman-Ragland (Sandie) woke up highly grateful on the morning of January 26, 2017. She had just realized a long-held dream by opening Eva's Restaurant, named after her late grandmother, Eva Napper Twyman of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Eva's combines a relaxing dining atmosphere with local coffees and home-cooked meals prepared on site. Eva's features a "Kids Night" on Tuesdays and "Senior's Night" on Wednesdays.
Located on Carolina Street in the picturesque town of Orange, Eva's is rapidly becoming a central meeting place for the city's government officials, lawyers, business owners, and residents.
The idea to open a restaurant in Orange came to Sandie after 16 years of part-time catering. She received knowledgeable and supportive information and guidance from her SCORE Mentor, Donald Jennings. Mr. Jennings not only provided much-needed insight to Sandie during their weekly meetings, but he also accompanied her on several trips to view potential restaurant locations.
Both agreed that the location at 152 Caroline Street was ideal. The building's potential immediately sparked the planning phase in Sandie's head. With her sense of business and love of cooking and good food, Sandie began putting her thoughts for construction, renovations, menu, and marketing requirements on paper. After meeting with a reliable accountant and other experts to handle the various administrative tasks and front and back of house functions required to open a successful restaurant, Sandie took the giant leap of faith that brought to the town of Orange and surrounding counties the taste of "Down Home Cookin' Like Grandma's."
"SCORE helped me fine tune my business plan," Sandie says. "SCORE helped me learn about the parts of the business I didn't know, things like taxes and how to manage the payroll.
"Now I have customers and other people interested in owning their own business asking me how to get started. I always tell them to contact SCORE, and go to a SCORE seminar. SCORE gives you straightforward advice and the seminar gives you the basic essentials you need to know."