southpaw is a volunteer-run cafe and community space built by, and for, the new river valley in southwest virginia

located at 202 s main st., suite 10 in blacksburg, virginia

all proceeds made at our cafe are directly invested back into the community, funding mutual aid programs, community projects, and more.

how do i get involved?

there are so many different ways to support this mission as well as collaborate in this community space! for more information, check out our "how to get involved" page. if you are interested in volunteering, email us at or come to a monthly volunteer orientation!

what community projects are involved?

currently, the proceeds of the cafe go towards the operation of our mutual aid project and the operation of the space! funds go towards our community fridge and pantry. for more information, check out our community fridge page.

community fridge page

what is a sliding scale?

our cafe operates as a sliding scale! this means that people have the option to pay what they can for each item -- this helps us provide items at a lower cost so that more people may access them! if you have stable income, considerable savings, and/or minimal economic stress, we suggest you choose tier 2 or tier 3 prices!

for community members, by community members

currently we are fully volunteer-run -- we operate almost entirely on grassroots donations, especially from our monthly supporters.

want to support us on the regular?
cute corner with armchairs and bookshelves and a space ship hanging from the ceiling