The North Community at Willow Valley has been reimagined. The indoor and outdoor renovation, covering the courtyard and two floors and totaling 42,486 square feet, have inspired many accolades. Resident Liz Forbes wrote in a letter to Willow Valley Communities: “I want to publicly thank Willow Valley for the wonderful renovations. Everything is just lovely: the dining rooms, the atrium, the front entrance, the piano room, the coffee shop and dining area, the library, and finally the courtyard. Thanks go to everyone who made it possible for the courtyard to be ready for Mother’s Day. Our family enjoyed being outside and remarked how lovely it was.”
One of the highlights of the renovation is the new North Coffee Lounge, located outside the redesigned library, which has quickly become a popular gathering place for residents from both campuses. At the Lounge, residents can meet friends for a quick drink and a snack, or for a sandwich or salad.
There are also freshly baked treats and pastry choices available.
Of course the new North Coffee Lounge serves coffee, but it’s not just any coffee. The fresh, organic, shadefree Grounds for Change™ brand coffee is fair trade. This delicious coffee is produced by America’s first CarbonFree® Certified coffee company, proving their commitment to sustainability. Grown by small farm cooperatives, the producer’s crop-to-cup process includes organic cultivation of the coffee plant, nonmechanized harvest of coffee cherries, sun drying of the coffee beans, and recycled, sustainable paper products.
The Coffee Lounge also serves wine from 2 to 5 pm, giving residents the opportunity to savor a glass overlooking the atrium and newly renovated 33,000-square-foot courtyard. Currently, the Lounge offers four wines, including two red: Mont Pellier Pinot Noir and Paducci Merlot, and two whites: Parducci Chardonnay and Indomita Sauvignon Blanc. Residents are finding it’s the perfect way to unwind and gather before dinner.
Residents can’t get enough of Corner Sweets, the new demonstration pastry kitchen, where they can view a trained pastry chef through a display window while this professional bakes fresh bread, decorates cakes, and creates treats like luscious chocolate chip bundt cakes.
In addition to the popular gazebo, innovative and fresh additions to the Courtyard include a fire pit, outdoor dining, new trees and plants, and an outdoor kitchen where residents can barbecue. The preeminent feature of the courtyard is the ecosystem pond, which features a soothing waterfall, decorative rocks, integrated lighting, and even a footbridge. The ambiance and menu have residents delighted. One resident shared with a team member: “It’s like a neighborhood block where you can see all your friends while shopping at the pharmacy, doing business at the bank, and grabbing coffee or lunch before heading to the library.”