Column 15 co-founders Victoria Goldsby and James Kroll look back on the past year since opening their Williamsburg coffee shop. (WYDaily/Molly Feser)

WILLIAMSBURG — In just one year, Column 15 has become a staple of the Williamsburg community.

When co-founders James Kroll and Victoria Goldsby opened their own coffee venture that specializes in nitro cold brew, they were starting from scratch to get a space up and running.

The two William & Mary (W&M) alumni had hoped to open up the coffee shop several years ago, but ran into unexpected obstacles, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve always said, no matter what you try to do when you’re starting a business, it’s always going to cost twice as much as you expect it to cost, and take twice as long as you expect it to take,” Kroll said.

Column 15 quickly became a popular business among locals, serving their products at farmers markets and getting their name out into the public, sometimes attending between…



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