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THANK YOU for voting Bon Secours among Virginia Living’s

BEST of Virginia 2022! Congratulations to these teams for your commitment to our Mission of improving the health and well-being of our communities and bringing good help to those in need. BEST HOSPITAL WINNER



Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital 101 Harris Rd. Kilmarnock, VA 22482

Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital 5801 Bremo Rd. Richmond, VA 23226

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We are HONORED that the readers of Virginia Living Magazine have chosen IsaBell K. Horsley Real Estate as the Best of Virginia for the 9th consecutive year! We love what we do and it is a privilege to work with our buyers and sellers.


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Thank you Virginia.

At Davenport, we recognize that there is more to our business than delivering high-quality financial services, it is about building meaningful relationships. All of our associates maintain a discipline of putting our clients’ needs ahead of our own and delivering products and services that meet their goals. We are honored to be named a “Best Financial Planning Firm” in Virginia Living magazine’s reader poll, and we are pleased that our commitment to the financial success and well-being of generations of Virginians has earned us this recognition.

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Thank you to the readers of Virginia Living for the accolades.

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A DAY OF AWE AWAITS A visit to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center can make time fly by as you explore the vast collection of aviation and space icons that have changed our world and how we live.

See: Marvel at Space Shuttle Discovery, an Air France Concorde, a Blue Angels F/A-18 Experience: Test your piloting skills in a flight simulator

Gaze: Experience flight in a big way with a giant screen film in the Airbus IMAX® Theater Share: Relive highlights of your day with family and friends over a meal at Shake Shack (opening 2022) or by taking home something special from our great museum

Open every day but Dec. 25 | Free admission Parking $15 | Public Transit available For all your visit info:


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Proud to be recognized as the finest—again. Joyner Fine Properties has been selected as a “Best Real Estate Firm in Central Virginia” for eight consecutive years. THE FINEST AGENTS Helping you get the finest from your home, in the ways that matter most to you.


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HAT’S THE SECRET TO SUCCESS? The secret sauce that makes a great meal memorable, or a music venue feel electric? Where our annual Best of Virginia issue is concerned, the businesses that took top honors for 2022 all have one thing in common: the support of loyal fans and tight-knit communities. At Virginia Living, we pride ourselves on championing the small businesses, the local restaurants, and the mom and pop shops that give Virginia a flavor all its own. To keep things Virginian through and through, this year we made the decision to limit national chains from consideration. This move proved to be a smart one—we saw more new winners and homegrown businesses make the list than ever before. You might notice Five Guys, the popular fast-food burger joint, for example, made the cut, even though it has more than 1,500 locations in the U.S. Why? Well, those famous patties were first flipped in Arlington, where the company began in the 1980s. If a nationwide business was born and bred here, we kept it in the running. We were excited to see record-high voter turnout in each of our five regions this year. The votes from Southwest Virginia alone nearly doubled compared to 2021. Overall, more than 56,000 of you completed ballots—the most in the 11-year

history of our Best of Virginia contest. And that’s saying something, considering this year’s categories numbered 103, eight fewer than last year. Year after year, we comb through thousands of your responses, comments, and feedback to analyze category performance statistics, taking great care to fine-tune our ballots based on the businesses that matter most to Virginia Living readers. Thanks to our hardworking staff members, Deanna Johnson and Angela Shapiro; our writers and editors, Madeline Mayhood, Constance Costas, Margaret Wadsworth, and Konstantin Rega; and our art department, headed by Ryan Rich with Cecilia Mondragon-Victoria. This was truly a team effort, and we’re proud to share it with you. We’d also love to hear from you. Category suggestions, questions about the issue, or just a shout out to your favorite winner. Anything goes. Happy Reading,

Vayda Parrish Associate Editor, Special Projects

NOTE: We checked all of the businesses and events to the best of our ability and believe they are all open, open seasonally, or intend to reopen, as of publication. Please check websites or call ahead to understand any limitations or exceptions. Cover art and illustrations by Daniel Long; Best of Virginia logo and regional lettering by Sarah Barton

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For a full list of cities and counties in each region, visit

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What’s Your VA IQ?

Virginia Winemaker’s Research Exchange

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BEST FOOD & DRINK Restaurants

- Asian Restaurant - Barbecue Restaurant - Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant - Burger Joint - Coffee Shop or Roaster

- Fine Dining * - Food Truck - Ice Cream Shop - Indian Restaurant - Italian Restaurant - Mexican Restaurant

- Outdoor Dining - Pizzeria - Sandwich Shop - Seafood Restaurant - Steakhouse - Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare *

Food Shopping


- Museum - Music Venue - Performing Arts Company - Radio Station * - Special Event Venue

- Pet Boarding/Day Care - Veterinary Hospital


Outdoors & Active

- Bakery - Chocolatier - Farmers’ Market - Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop - Wine Shop

- Brewery - Cidery - Distillery - Specialty Cocktails - Winery

BEST LIVING & RECREATION Entertainment & Events

- Annual Charity Event - Art Event - Entertainment for Adults - Festival - Historic Theater - LOVE Sign


- Dog Groomer - Dog Training Company


- Family Entertainment - K-12 Independent School - Preschool - Summer Camp

- Air Charter Service - Bed & Breakfast - Historic Site - Hotel - Resort - Tourist Attraction

- Dance Studio * - Golf Course - Gym - Hiking or Biking Trail - Specialty Fitness * - Tennis Facility *


- Alternative Medicine * - Counseling or Therapy Practice - Dental Practice - Home Health Provider * - Hospital - Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (OB/GYN)

BEST SHOPPING - Antiques - Book Store - Consignment Shop - Fine Jewelry Store - Florist Shop - Gift Store - Men’s Clothing Store - Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter - Women’s Clothing Store

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- Ophthalmology/Optometry Practice * - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice - Orthodontic Practice - Orthopedic Practice - Pediatric Practice - Physical Therapy Practice - Primary Care Practice


- Cosmetic Surgery Practice - Dermatology Practice - Hair Salon or Barber Shop - Spa


- Architecture Firm - Greenhouse and Nursery

- Home Builder - Home Furnishings Store - Interior Design Firm - Kitchen & Bath Design Firm - Landscape Design - Plumbing/HVAC Company * - Real Estate Firm - Retirement Community


- Accounting Firm - Auction Company * - Bank/Credit Union * - Car Dealer - Car Wash * - Caterer - Financial Planning Firm - Funeral Home - Law Firm

Our Categories Each year, we evaluate voting statistics and reader feedback to craft a category list that best reflects the businesses Virginians rely on. From the radio station you keep on all day to the plumber you call in a pinch, we hope you'll join us in welcoming the winners of our 13 new or renamed categories. Have a suggestion for 2023? Email us at * New or renamed category for 2022



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Awarded BEST in Central VA once again.

T H A N K YO U ! We are honored to be voted one of Central Virginia’s Best for 11 years running. Being the BEST is more than just award winning accommodations and friendly staff. It’s about making your stay in Lynchburg an experience to remember!

Located on the James River in the heart of downtown Lynchburg, VA I 434-455-1500

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CENTRAL VIRGINIA is the state’s Piedmont Region. It’s characterized by relatively low, rolling foothills, nestled between the Coastal Plain and the Blue Ridge Mountains. In fact piedmont is an Italian word that means “foot of the mountain.” The heart of the state, Central Virginia covers 33 of the Commonwealth’s 95 counties, and 10 of its 38 cities—including Fredericksburg to the north; Lynchburg, Bedford, and Danville to the west; and Emporia to the south. Anchored by the capital River City on the banks of the James, Richmond is at the center of the Central region and home to a bounty of this year's winners.


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Joy Ting with the Wine Grape Productivity tray presented on behalf of the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association by winemaking consultant Tom Payette (left).

CENTRAL VIRGINIA CITIES: - Bedford - Charlottesville - Colonial Heights - Danville - Emporia

- Fredericksburg - Hopewell - Lynchburg - Petersburg - Richmond


Winning Wineries


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- Albemarle - Amelia - Amherst - Appomattox - Bedford - Brunswick - Buckingham - Campbell - Caroline - Charlotte - Chesterfield - Culpeper - Cumberland - Dinwiddie - Fluvanna - Goochland - Greene

OU’LL FIND 74 WINERIES in Virginia Living’s Central Region, more than any other part of the state. And the wines here are succeeding spectacularly. What’s their secret? You might think competition spurs each winemaker to new and more exciting heights. Instead, it’s collaboration. “When one experiment succeeds, everyone benefits from the results,” says Joy Ting, research oenologist and exchange coordinator at the Winemaker’s Research Exchange (WRE). Ting explains that the WRE “brings winemakers together to taste experimental wines and share ideas for innovation and quality improvement.” Launched by a group of Central Virginia winemakers as the Monticello Research Exchange in 2014, the organization now serves vintners around the state. “We’re all working together to produce distinctive, world-class wines right here in Virginia,” Ting says, adding that the WRE was founded under the guiding principle that “a rising tide lifts all boats.” This year’s top three winery winners, Barboursville Vineyards, King Family Vineyards, and Trump Winery, are all located in Central Virginia. And in March, when the Governor announced this year’s

Gold Medal Winners in the prestigious Governor’s Cup Case, six of the 12 winning wines were from the Central region: Barboursville’s 2020 Vermentino Reserve, Trump Winery’s 2015 Brut Reserve, Michael Shaps Wineworks’ 2019 Chardonnay, Pollak Vineyards’ 2017 Meritage, Stinson Vineyards’ 2017 Meritage, and Wisdom Oak Winery’s 2019 Bordeaux blend, called, simply, Nineteen. Now in its fifth decade, Barboursville Vineyards, this year’s Best of Virginia first place winner—their 10th win—sets the standard for viticulture in Virginia. But nothing was assured when Gianni Zonin, a prominent Italian winemaker, acquired the property in 1976 with plans to open a vineyard there. At the time, the region had none, and Thomas Jefferson, who designed Barboursville 170 years earlier, had spent decades tinkering with grapes at nearby Monticello without a single harvest. Winemaker Luca Paschina oversees operations at Barboursville, which is located near Gordonsville, and now offers wine tastings, tours, overnight stays at its 1804 Inn & Cottages, and fine dining at its Palladio restaurant. It's the perfect place to immerse yourself in Central Virginia's rich wine tradition.

- Greensville - Halifax - Hanover - Henrico - Louisa - Lunenburg - Madison - Mecklenburg - Nelson - Nottoway - Orange - Pittsylvania - Powhatan - Prince Edward - Rappahannock - Spotsylvania

Wisdom Oak Winery owner Jason Lavallee completes a sensory analysis at Trump Winery.

When one experiment succeeds, everyone benefits from the results." —Joy Ting, research oenologist at the Winemaker’s Research Exchange, Charlottesville


Best Food & Drink

Best Living & Recreation

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Best Services pg. 41 Health pg. 43 Beauty pg. 45 Home pg. 47 Services

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Best Food & Drink RESTAURANTS Asian Restaurant 1st: Peter Chang Multiple locations, 804-728-1820 An award-winning chef, Peter Chang is considered one of the greatest in Chinese cuisine today. Chang takes authentic Szechuan cooking to a whole new level at his restaurants, offering a broad menu that showcases his mastery of peppers and spices, and has garnered a massive following of loyal customers.

2nd: Fat Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Richmond, 804-354-9888 3rd: Osaka, Richmond, 804-288-8801

Barbecue Restaurant 1st: ZZQ 3201 W. Moore St., Richmond, 804-528-5648 ZZQ Texas Craft Barbecue began as a pop up and catering operation. As business grew, it officially opened as a restaurant in 2018. Boasting the only authentic Texas-style barbecue in the Commonwealth, ZZQ uses allwood cooking methods to create its popular sliced brisket, specialty meat sandwiches, spicy sides, and more.

2nd: Buz & Ned’s Real BBQ, Richmond, 804-355-6055 3rd: BBQ Exchange, Gordonsville, 540-832-0227

Riverside Lunch’s double cheeseburger.

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Coffee Shop or Roaster

1st: Bodo’s Bagels 3 locations in Charlottesville, 434-293-5224


You don’t need to leave the state to get authentically crafted, freshly baked New York bagels. Locally owned and operated since 1988, Bodo’s Bagels serves traditional bagels and cream cheese, along with affordable sandwiches and salads at three locations in Charlottesville, satisfying locals, visitors, and the college community alike.

2nd: Boychiks Deli, Glen Allen, 804-747-1030 3rd: Brick House Diner, Richmond, 804-794-8798

Burger Joint 1st: Burger Bach Multiple locations, 804-359-1305 This New Zealand-inspired gastropub is known for its award-winning gourmet burgers and signature cocktails. Silver Fern Farms in New Zealand is the exclusive supplier of the restaurant’s pasture-raised, 100 percent grass-fed Black Angus beef, ensuring only the best quality, all-natural ingredients. A choice of 16 signature sauces can accompany Burger Bach’s sizzling fresh-cut fries.

2nd: Five Guys, Multiple locations, 866-345-4897 3rd: Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint, Locations in Charlottesville, Richmond, 804-285-1758

Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co.

3 locations in Richmond, 804-687-9443 David Blanchard founded Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co. in January 2005, and it wasn’t long before grocery store chains started selling his beans locally, transforming the company into a favorite wholesale coffee brand. With three cafe locations in Richmond—on West Broad Street, Morris Street in the Fan, and on Forest Hill Avenue on the Southside, Blanchard’s mission continues: Good work in the service of great coffee.

2nd: Black Hand Coffee Company, Richmond, 804-855-0800 3rd: Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream, Richmond, 804-231-2030

Fine Dining 1st: Stella’s 1012 Lafayette St., Richmond, 804-358-2011 Established in 1983, Stella’s honors rustic and modern Greek cuisine. The charming and romantic space is a tribute to Stella herself, who, for many years, crafted her famed Greek recipes for all who walked through her doors. You’ll have a hard time choosing what to order from the authentic and thoughtfully crafted menu.

2nd: Can Can Brasserie, Richmond, 804-358-7274 3rd: Old Original Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse, Richmond, 804-643-6900

Flipping Burgers Since 1935

In Charlottesville, Riverside Lunch hits the spot.

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The Riverside, as regulars call it, has been serving up burgers and baskets of fries since 1935. With its friendly staff, unbeatable prices, and consistently good food, nobody seems to mind that the burgers arrive on white paper plates. In fact, that’s part of Riverside’s charm. Located near the Pantops neighborhood, just off High Street, Riverside Lunch offers subs, dogs, onion rings, fried pickles, and ice-cold 8-ounce bottled Coke. But, trust us, it’s all about the burgers. One customer makes a special monthly trip from Richmond—just to savor one.

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Food Truck 1st: Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen Greater Richmond area Facebook: @mrsyoderskitchen, 540-395-5213 Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen is a familyowned and operated doughnut truck known for its unique sourdough donuts made fresh while you wait with original or chocolate glaze. You can stay up to date with the changing schedule posted on Facebook each week. [Editor’s note: At press time, we received news that Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen is closed until further notice.]

2nd: Boka Tako, Richmond, 804-928-2652 3rd: Christopher’s Runaway Gourmay, Richmond, 804-399-7197

Ice Cream Shop 1st: Gelati Celesti 7 locations in the Richmond area, 804-346-0038 In 1984, Peter and John Edmonds opened Gelati Celesti in Richmond. Each batch of ice cream is handmade and the flavors are churned in small batches using special Italian equipment. Gelati Celesti now boasts seven locations in Richmond (and two in Virginia Beach). With 24 house flavors and 85 others rotating throughout the year, these ice cream experts also offer made-to-order ice cream pies and cakes for any occasion.

2nd: Bev’s Homemade Ice Cream, Richmond, 804-204-2387 3rd: Carl’s Frozen Custard, Fredericksburg

Indian Restaurant 1st: Lehja 11800 W. Broad St., Suite 910, Richmond, 804-364-1111 With a menu offering a modern approach to the classics, Lehja has developed a solid following. Washingtonian magazine claimed deemed it the “best Indian restaurant outside of Washington D.C.’s Rasika in the Region,” and for Rasika fans, that’s quite an accolade. Popular dishes include a deconstructed butter chicken and duck Salli Boti. An extensive wine list won praise from Wine Spectator.

2nd: Anokha Restaurant, Henrico, 804-360-8686 3rd: Lemon Cuisine of India, Richmond, 804-204-1800



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Best Food & Drink RESTAURANTS

Three Blacksmiths’ pan seared diver scallop in saffron coconut milk.

Italian Restaurant 1st: Edo’s Squid 411 N. Harrison St., Richmond, 804-864-5488

Seafood Restaurant 1st: Croaker’s Spot Locations in Petersburg, Richmond, 804-269-0464

Edo’s Squid’s authentic, homemade Italian dishes have developed legions of foodie fans. A less-than-grand entrance—up a creaky, old staircase— belies the profound culinary experience waiting inside. Food is consistently delicious, with squid served every which way, and delectable pasta dishes (like broccoli rabe and puttanesca) and flavorful mains like hanger steak and rockfish among customer favorites. But order anything—you can rarely go wrong.

Croaker’s Spot, with roots in the Harlem Renaissance, was reimagined in Richmond as the “soul of seafood.” Tasty menu items like Oysters Rockefeller, crab stuffed salmon, and seafood by the count along with its down-home vibe have secured its place in the city’s impressive food scene. As the original Mr. Croaker was known to say: “Let me tell you... ain’t nuthin’ like good food, good people, at a good spot!”

2nd: Azzurro Ristorante, Henrico, 804-282-1509 3rd: Angela’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, Henrico, 804-288-7483

2nd: Edo’s Squid, Richmond, 804-864-5488 3rd: East Coast Provisions, Richmond, 804-353-3411

Mexican Restaurant


1st: Mexico Restaurant 6 locations in the Richmond area, 804-559-8126 Mexico Restaurant opened in 1990 and has since expanded throughout the Richmond area. Serving fresh Mexican food of the highest quality in a casual atmosphere, Mexico is perfect for a family dinner, birthday party, or casual night out. The chain prides itself on food, service, and its involvement in the community.

2nd: Casa Del Barco, 3 locations in Richmond, 804-775-2628 3rd: El Caporal Mexican Restaurant, 4 locations in the Richmond area, 804-673-1090

1st: Buckhead’s Chop House 8510 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 804-750-2000

Culinary Craftsmanship

Three Blacksmiths brings world-class chefs to Sperryville. With just six tables, Three Blacksmiths offers a high-end tasting menu in an intimate atmosphere. The name pays homage to Sperryville’s early artisans and, today, diners relish the culinary handiwork of Jake and Sara Addeo. The couple, who’ve worked in restaurants in New York, D.C., and Hong Kong, were smitten by the restaurant in tiny Sperryville and, in August of 2021, they purchased Three Blacksmiths, trading their Washington, D.C., apartment for life in the country with their three daughters. “With the pandemic, we were ready for a lifestyle change, and we couldn’t believe a place as special as this existed in a small town,” says Jake.

Outdoor Dining

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1st: Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzers Shop Rd., Afton, 540-456-8020 Blue Mountain Brewery opened in 2007 as the first rural-brewery model in Virginia. Blue Mountain exists solely to be a destination for carefully crafted beer in a beautiful place, complemented by excellent food and service. Popular brews include a noble-hop-laced Pre-Prohibition Lager, a cold-aged German Ale, an Orange Infused IPA, an aromatic DIPA, and a Pale Ale.

2nd: Portico Restaurant & Bar, Richmond, 804-784-4800 3rd: The Boathouse, 4 locations in the Richmond area, 804-404-9194

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Sandwich Shop

1st: Bottoms Up Pizza 1700 Dock St., Richmond, 804-644-4400

1st: Boychiks Deli 4024 Cox Rd., B, Glen Allen, 804-747-1030

Bottoms Up is a staple of Richmond’s historic Shockoe Bottom district and has specialized in gourmet pizzas for more than 30 years. Surviving floods, hurricanes, and a pandemic, this family-owned business is here to stay, providing Richmond with quality, delicious pizzas, savory sauces, generous pasta portions, and even a selection of juicy burgers.

A family-owned and operated company, Boychiks Deli has been in business since 1990. While the restaurant boasts a large and diverse menu, including burgers and omelets, it’s most famous for its authentic New York-style sandwiches. Taking a bite of Boychiks classic Reuben is guaranteed to transport deli lovers right to the streets of New York City.

2nd: Belmont Pizzeria, Richmond, 804-888-9861 3rd: Mary Angela’s Pizzeria, Richmond, 804-353-2333

2nd: Bodo’s Bagels, 3 locations in Charlottesville, 434-293-5224 3rd: Secret Sandwich Society, Richmond, 804-644-4777

Held to the highest standard of excellence, Buckhead’s Chop House has been a Richmond tradition since 1994, featuring succulent Braveheart Beef and fresh seafood. A passion for culinary perfection is evident in every bite. As an added bonus, Buckheads’ bar proudly highlights one of the largest selections of single malt scotches and bourbons in the area.

2nd: The Tobacco Company Restaurant, Richmond, 804-782-9555 3rd: Hondos Steak House, Glen Allen, 804-968-4323

Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare 1st: Goatocado 1823 W. Main St., Richmond, 804-464-8226 Once a simple food truck, Goatocado now has two restaurants and five food carts. A “conscious kitchen,” Goatocado is dedicated to sustainability and sourcing the freshest ingredients possible. The menu includes wraps, bowls, and ramen, with choices of bases and add-ons—like quinoa or mac ’n’ cheese, and organic tofu or garlic ginger mushrooms.

2nd: Cobra Cabana, Richmond, 804-303-3577 3rd: Blue Atlas, Richmond, 804-554-0258



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Best Food & Drink FOOD SHOPPING Bakery 1st: Shyndigz 1903 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-938-3449 Famous for its substantial slices of cake, Shyndigz has a deliciously sweet selection of goodies. Cobblers, oatmeal cream pies, and crème brûlée are also on the menu, along with vegan desserts like banana brûlée. A savory selection of small plates and charcuterie is a recent menu addition. Be sure to follow along on social media for updates on daily specials.

2nd: Pearl’s Bake Shoppe, Richmond, 804-285-2253 3rd: Sub Rosa Bakery, Richmond, 804-788-7672

Chocolatier 1st: For the Love of Chocolate 3136 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-359-5645 After seeing fine chocolatiers on a trip to Europe, For the Love of Chocolate’s original owner wanted to bring that

same luxurious experience to Richmond. This business is a haven for chocolate lovers, with gourmet and international items, Virginia-made options, rare retro candies, kosher and vegan treats, and much more.

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

2nd: Gearharts Fine Chocolate, Locations in Charlottesville, Richmond, 800-625-0595 3rd: Cocoa and Spice, Charlottesville, 434-326-5978

Ellwood Thompson’s is Richmond’s premier natural foods market. This small (but much bigger than it used to be), local, organic market focuses on minimally processed, responsibly sourced, and sustainable foods. Its admirable core values and pledge for transparency and social responsibility make it a corporate standout. With hot foods to go, a coffee and juice bar, and an in-house bakery, Ellwood Thompson is a consistent Best of Virginia winner.

Farmers Market 1st: South of the James Market Forest Hill Park, Richmond, 804-814-2373 This open-air, producer-only market is the ideal spot for farmers and artisans to sell locally grown and handmade items. Open year-round, rain or shine, South of the James has an impressively extensive vendor list—from soaps to sausage, donuts to dog treats, and fruits to flowers. Its home is in Forest Hill Park on Richmond’s Southside. Sunday hours are from 10:00-1:00.

2nd: Charlottesville City Market, 434-970-3371 3rd: Ashland Farmers’ Market, 804-798-9219

1st: Ellwood Thompson’s 4 N. Thompson St., Richmond, 804-359-7525

2nd: Stella’s Grocery, 3 locations in Richmond, 804-358-0020 3rd: Belmont Butchery, Richmond, 804-422-8519


Wine Shop 1st: Barrel Thief Wine & Provisions

5805 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 804-612-9232 Barrel Thief offers a wide variety of wines, wine classes, and even some beer and cider. A carefully curated inventory comes from all over the world. Provisions like chocolates and peanuts are in stock to pair with whatever wine you choose. Wine classes can be unguided, virtually guided, or in-person tastings exploring a specific region or topic.

2nd: Once Upon a Vine, Richmond, 804-726-9463 3rd: Corks & Kegs, Richmond, 804-288-0816

Bugle Call Coffee: A Better Way to Keurig

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Specialty pods make coffee delicious and convenient. A-ten-tion! A hot cup of Bugle Call Coffee will jolt you awake and put the day’s to-dos in Morning Formation. Helen Montgomery, a William & Mary alum, launched her Quintonbased coffee company in 2019, naming it in tribute to her husband, Jack, who serves in the U.S. Army. “As a military family, we know a little something about early mornings, sleepless nights, and unpredictable days,” says Helen. “We take great pride in roasting coffee that not only fuels, but helps you savor your day.” Made in small batches by head roaster Seth Westerman, Bugle Call takes a down-to-earth approach. “We believe that specialty coffee shouldn’t be pretentious or unattainable,” says Helen. She’s talking to you, Keurig users. Bugle Call’s new line of Keurig-compatible coffee pods makes great coffee accessible, even if you’re not brewing a pot. Even better, Bugle Call’s pods are 100-percent compostable and biodegradable—unlike the single-use plastic Keurig pods sold in stores. A special filter design means they’ll also deliver “the best cup of coffee that will ever come out of your Keurig,” Montgomery notes. In addition to medium and dark roasts, the pods come in Southern pecan and brown sugar cinnamon flavors and are sold in 12-count packs for home and bulk packs of 100 or more. Bugle Call’s by-the-pound blends include Powder Keg Espresso, Black Knight, Morning Formation, and Love Potion, a limited-edition blend of African and South American coffees Co-owners Jack and Helen Montgomery with apple, hazelnut, and honey notes. with head roaster

Head roaster Seth Westerman. Below: Bugle Call’s coffee pods.

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Best Food & Drink DRINK Brewery 1st: Hardywood 2 locations in Richmond, 804-420-2420 Founded in 2011, Hardywood’s mission includes a sharp focus on brewing quality, sourcing locally, environmental stewardship, and community engagement. With 12 total variants, Hardywood is well known for its Gingerbread Stout. Its Ownby Lane location in Richmond’s Scott’s Addition includes a pizza kitchen and an outdoor patio with fire pits and a performance stage.

2nd: Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, 540-456-8020 3rd: Buggs Island Brewing Company, Clarksville, 434-265-3343

Cidery 1st: Bold Rock Hard Cider Locations in Charlottesville, Nellysford, 434-361-1030 After opening its Nellysford Cider Barn a decade ago, Bold Rock Hard Cider has become a regional favorite as the nation’s largest independently owned cider company, racking up more than 100 awards. Experience sweet ciders in-person at the tranquil Nellysford or Carter Mountain locations or purchase hard seltzers and canned cocktails to take home from regional grocery stores.

2nd: Blue Bee Cider, Richmond, 804-231-0280 3rd: Buskey Cider, Richmond, 804-355-0100


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1st: Belle Isle Craft Spirits 615 Maury St., Richmond, 804-723-1030 Belle Isle Craft Spirits is all about moonshine. Twelve flavors like Lemon Lavender and Aged Honey Habanero are available in 750 ml bottles and a selection of 12 oz. canned cocktails in six flavors are sold readyto-drink in four or 12-packs. These moonshine makers consistently rack up five-star reviews online.

2nd: Cirrus Vodka, Richmond, 844-724-7787 3rd: Three Crosses Distilling Co., Powhatan, 804-818-6330

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1st: Bang! 213 Second St. SW, Charlottesville, 434-984-2264

1st: Barboursville Vineyards 1765 Winery Rd., Barboursville, 540-832-3824

Bang! is an Asian-inspired tapas restaurant, which also includes a large and creative cocktail menu. “Key Lime Tini” is a vodka martini that comes with key lime pie in the glass, complete with a graham cracker rim. Or try something more tropical, like “Paradise Island,” a mix of Malibu rum, pineapple, and butterscotch. Whatever your tastes, Bang! has you covered.

Barboursville Winery was originally a landmark 18th-century estate designed by Thomas Jefferson for his friend James Barbour, another Virginia statesman. In 1976, the estate was acquired by Gianni Zonin, already heir to a family wine enterprise in Veneto, Italy. Today, guests can experience world-class wine and

CENTRAL VIRGINIA the renaissance of European viticulture in the rolling hills of Virginia.

2nd: King Family Vineyards, Crozet, 434-823-7800 3rd: Trump Winery, Charlottesville, 434-266-9909

2nd: Fahrenheit 132, Fredericksburg, 540-940-2614 3rd: The Jasper, Richmond

Brewing A Culture of Care Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

You can learn a lot about a place and the people who run it by how they give directions. To get to Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland, you’ll take “a private shared gravel road” the owners say, so “when visiting the brewery please drive slowly and responsibly with respect to our neighbors and the rural area.” Care for their neighbors carries over to a deep care for their customer as well. This is what defines Lickinghole Creek. The brewery’s name may raise eyebrows, but it’s actually all about respect and tradition, both important company tenets. It pays homage to Little Lickinghole Creek, which runs through the property’s rolling hills. For centuries the creek has been known as the “lickinghole,” where wildlife would stop to drink from its nourishing waters. And similarly, the brewery draws directly from the local watershed and runs its own water purification on-site. Not surprisingly, all ingredients are locally and sustainably sourced, and leftover grains are passed along to help feed local livestock. Sales manager Rob Pennington is proud to note, “we harvest ingredients we put in the brews themselves, such as hops wheat, barley, twenty apiary boxes that produce the honeybees that pollinate the 300 acres of land … If we don’t grow it on the farm, we try to source it from other Virginia sources.” Lickinghole gives to the community, the community gives to Lickinghole—there is a meeting in the middle; the brewery hosts

Lickinghole Creek’s Virginia Strawberry Hefeweizen.

countless community events. In February, for instance, they celebrated the (re)release of the well-loved “Blueberry Obsession” stout with live music and food trucks. Coming up May 14-15, bluegrass musician Keller Williams will deliver shows both solo and with his band, The Keels. In between events, the brewery runs

tours, a tasting room, and a disc-golf course—which may become easier or harder depending on whether you visit the course or the tasting-room first. This is a perfect place to check out with family or friends when you’re in the area with a few hours to spare—and the perfect reason as to make the trip, if you’re not.



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Best Living & Recreation ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS Annual Charity Event Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10 K Presented by Kroger


Sports Backers, 100 Ave. of Champions, Richmond, 804-285-9495

One of the largest 10 Ks in the country, Richmond’s own Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10 K was first held in April of 2000 and has since become one of the city’s most-loved traditions. With tons of fans and onlookers, live bands, and an additional race for kids, this annual event is always one to look forward to.

2nd: Children’s Hospital Foundation Ball, Richmond, 804-228-5826 3rd: American Heart Association Heart Ball, Richmond, 804-965-6534

Art Event 1st: Arts in the Park 1301 Blanton Ave., Richmond This much-anticipated event for art lovers and one of Richmond’s largest outdoor springtime events was originally held at the Carillon War Memorial. It’s grown to include more than 350 exhibitors from around the country and has moved beyond the Carillon into surrounding Byrd Park. This year celebrated Arts in the Park’s return and its 51st year.

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2nd: 43rd Street Festival of the Arts, Richmond, 804-233-1758 3rd: Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival, 434-326-8284

Entertainment for Adults 1st: Drive Shack 1647 Four Rings Dr., Richmond, 804-729-3778 Not a fan of traditional golf? Not a problem. Using augmented reality, Drive Shack combines golfing with video games to give customers a oneof-a-kind experience. Games include “Darts,” “Monster Hunt,” and “Shackjack,” all of which allow for plenty of friendly competition. And with a fun menu of cocktails and traditional pub fare, your visit to Drive Shack is sure to be a good one.

2nd: Bingo Beer Co., Richmond, 804-386-0290 3rd: Tang & Biscuit, Richmond, 804-362-8264

Festival 1st: Richmond Folk Festival 200 S. Third St., Richmond, 804-788-6466 One of the largest events in the state, the Richmond Folk Festival is a threeday event held each October that tells the story of American cultural diversity through music, dance, crafts, narrative, and cuisine. After celebrating cultural roots and richness virtually this past year, the festival looks forward to an in-person experience this year and continuing this 16-year tradition for years to come.

2nd: Arts in the Park, Richmond, 804-358-2711 3rd: Carytown Watermelon Festival, Richmond

Historic Theater 1st: Altria Theater 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond, 800-514-3849 The Altria Theater opened in 1927 as the “Mosque,” named for its Moorish Revival-style architecture and detailing, and has since hosted thousands of entertainers and performances. Today, you can see a variety of events at the theater, including comedy shows, concerts, children’s theater, and Broadway shows like The Lion King and Fiddler on the Roof.

2nd: The Byrd Theater, Richmond, 804-358-3056 3rd: Ashland Theatre, 804-401-7007

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2nd: Children’s Museum of Richmond, Locations in Midlothian, Richmond, 804-474-7000 3rd: Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, 804-864-1400

Music Venue 1st: Altria Theater 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond, 800-514-3849 The Altria Theater is one of Richmond’s most popular stages for theater and musical performances. Known for its excellent acoustics, the theater, which dates to 1927, now seats more than 3,500. Past Broadway shows include The Lion King and Fiddler on the Roof. Legendary artists Jackson Browne and Steely Dan are slated for summer performances.


Performing Arts Company 1st: Richmond Ballet 407 E. Canal St., Richmond, 804-344-0906 Now in its 37th season, the Richmond Ballet boasts an expansive repertory that includes 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces as well as more than 75 new ballets by contemporary choreographers. Known as the State Ballet of Virginia, its scope also includes the acclaimed School of Richmond Ballet and Minds In Motion community engagement program.

2nd: Richmond Symphony, 804-788-1212 3rd: Clarksville Community Players, 434-374-0058

2nd: The National, Richmond, 804-612-1900 3rd: Browns Island, Richmond

Renovated cabin in Pocahontas State Park.

LOVE Sign 1st: LOVEwork at Lewis Ginter

Botanical Garden

1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, 804-262-9887 The concepts for each letter in the LOVE sign at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden were developed by garden staff from all departments to highlight seasonal beauty, celebrate the ecosystem, and welcome guests. The sign is incorporated into the garden’s popular, yearly holiday lights show extravaganza, Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights.

2nd: LOVEwork at Bowman Distillery, Fredericksburg, 540-373-4555 3rd: LOVEwork at Blue Quartz Winery, Etlan, 540-923-4048

Museum 1st: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, 804-340-1405 Originally opened as a state agency and privately endowed educational institution, the VMFA is the only art

museum in the U.S. open 365 days a year with free general admission. It offers a wide array of special exhibitions and access to a global collection of art. Permanent holdings encompass nearly 50,000 works that span more than 6,000 years.

Time Off

State Parks offer a different way to vacation. Sunbathing and snorkeling might make an ideal vacation for some, but for others, lending a hand can turn time off into a far more meaningful experience. Throughout the Commonwealth, volunteer opportunities from the Department of Conservation & Recreation include free lodging for do-gooders who pitch in to preserve and maintain state parks, some of Virginia’s most valuable resources. At Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, repairing cabins built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps is a priority. Volunteers—in groups or solo—can commit to a week or two, or drop in for a day. Skills, like carpentry and roofing, are helpful but not required. Through the American Hiking Society, opportunities to construct and maintain trails make popular volunteer vacations at Hungry Mother State Park, in Marion, and Westmoreland State Park, on the Potomac River in Montross.,



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Active Cemetery. National Treasure. Outdoor Museum.

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Radio Station 1st: VPM 23 Sesame St., Richmond, 804-320-1301 As Virginia’s “home for public media,” VPM’s mission is to use the power of public media to educate, entertain, and inspire. 88.9 FM is home to VPM News, which features shows such as BBC’s “World Service” and NPR’s “Morning Edition.” Tune in to VPM News to stay up-to-date with information about Virginia, the U.S., and beyond.

Dawn and Stuart Siegel with Arlo, a Richmond SPCA alumnus.

Black Ties and Wagging Tails Richmond SPCA celebrates a lifesaving mission.

Calling all pandemic puppies! The Richmond SPCA invites you to the Fur Ball, the lively pet-friendly black-tie gala, held each November to benefit the organization’s Cinderella Fund, which covers medical treatment and veterinary care for thousands of abandoned and abused cats and dogs. Last year, the Fur Ball kicked off with the Parade of Pets led by Twix, a two-month-old kitten who received around-the-clock care, thanks to the Cinderella Fund. Last year, the Fur Ball’s online auction, raffle, and contributions to the Angel Fund raised more than $528,000.

2nd: WBDB LPFM 103.3, Richmond, 804-939-5353 3rd: WBQB FM 101.5, Fredericksburg, 540-899-1015

Special Event Venue 1st: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, 804-262-9887 LGBG’s mission is to improve communities and connect people through flora and fauna. Covering 82 acres, the garden includes more than a dozen themed areas, including a conservatory, children’s garden, and Kroger Community Kitchen Garden that supplies area food banks.

2nd: Browns Island, Richmond 3rd: Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg, 434-455-1500

PETS Dog Groomer 1st: Barking Lot 606 N. Belmont Ave., Richmond, 804-358-4038 The Barking Lot has been a fixture in the Richmond grooming scene for more than 30 years. Don’t be fooled by the name—Barking Lot offers cat grooming services too. They groom dogs of all sizes and offer a wide variety of services, including bathing, brushing, dematting, ear cleaning, and much more.

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2nd: Bark and Sparkle, Midlothian, 804-639-3600 3rd: Blue Ribbon Pet Styling, Midlothian, 804-893-4667

Dog Training Company 1st: All Dog Adventures 4111 W. Clay St., Richmond, 804-355-7737 Established in 1996 as a doggie daycare facility, All Dog Adventures now focuses on pet training classes too,

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plus grooming. The All Dog team is enthusiastic about helping dog owners establish loving relationships with their pups. Manners classes are offered at different levels, and a dvanced classes include agility, competitive obedience, and conformation.

2nd: Breakthrough K9 Training, Mechanicsville, 804-301-2836 3rd: Bohème Dog Training, Multiple locations, 804-719-1729

Pet Boarding/ Day Care 1st: Holiday Barn Pet Resorts Locations in Glen Allen, Richmond, 804-672-2200 During Holiday Barn’s early years, Emerson and Kathy Hughes’ goal was to provide a safe, healthy, and fun vacation for Richmond-area pets. Through the years this pet resort has seen great success and expansion, with amenities like an in-ground swimming pool, a doggie day care pavilion and play yards, luxury suites, and cat condominiums.

2nd: All Dog Adventures, Richmond, 804-355-7737 3rd: Diamond Dog House, Richmond, 804-254-4101

Veterinary Hospital 1st: Cary Street

Veterinary Hospital

3210 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-355-9144 The staff at Cary Street Veterinary Hospital are passionate about their work. Staffed with devoted animal lovers, they will treat your pet with the utmost care and respect. Services provided include general health and wellness, dentistry, acupuncture, and physical rehabilitation, among others.

2nd: Bon Air Animal Hospital, Richmond, 804-320-5991 3rd: Broad Street Veterinary Hospital, Richmond, 804-531-4523

KIDS Family Entertainment Children’s Museum of Richmond


Locations in Midlothian, Richmond, 804-474-7000 Easily identifiable by the large red puzzle piece that sits outside, the Children’s Museum of Richmond is a place of fun, discovery, and learning through play. Children are welcome to

experience all the exhibits the museum has to offer. From the art studio to the play diner, children will have a blast while expressing their creativity and playing with others.

2nd: Amazement Square, Lynchburg, 434-845-1888 3rd: Flying Squirrels Baseball, Richmond, 804-359-3866

K-12 Independent School 1st: Collegiate School 103 N. Mooreland Rd., Richmond, 804-740-7077 Collegiate School’s mission is to create a diverse and inclusive community of learners. The faculty, staff, and students are compassionate and highly motivated, which makes for a strong sense of community. While strongly dedicated to academic excellence, Collegiate also has incredible arts and sports programs, which allow students to nurture many interests and passions all at once.

2nd: Fredericksburg Christian School, 540-371-3852 3rd: Fuqua School, Farmville, 434-392-4131



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Family owned, family loved. Voted Best of Virginia 2022 Since 1972, Holiday Barn has offered full-service pet care in a clean, safe, and stimulating resort where your furry family members can happily wag, play, and stay! We are so dog-gone honored to be recognized as one of “The Best Places to Board Your Pets” in Virginia Living’s readers’ survey again this year. Thank you to everyone who voted and our dedicated pack for making this pawsible!

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• Cat Boarding

• Daycare

• Training

• Dog Boarding

• Grooming

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Best Living & Recreation TRAVEL Air Charter Service 1st: Dominion Aviation 7511 Airfield Dr., Richmond, 804-271-7793 Dominion Aviation is a Richmondbased charter aircraft service, fixed base operator, flight school, and Cirrus Platinum Partner. It was founded in 1983 and has grown over time to have the largest air fleets in Virginia. In addition to continuing its tradition of teaching customers how to fly, this year Dominion Aviation plans to add additional aircrafts.

2nd: Martinair, Inc., Richmond, 800-777-7401 3rd: HeloAir, Richmond, 804-226-3400

Sweet Summertime

The 45th Lakefest makes a splash in downtown Clarksville. Clarksville’s lakefront scene heats up in summer with the Virginia Lake Festival. Known as Lakefest, it’s been named one of the top 20 festivals in the Southeast. Virginia’s only lakeside city, Clarksville rests on the banks of Buggs Island Lake, the largest in the Commonwealth. The July 15 weekend includes live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, children’s entertainment, hot air balloons, sand sculpting, and more, all culminating with a spectacular fireworks show. “This is the festival’s 45th year,” says Sheila Cuykendall, Clarksville Chamber of Commerce director. “Clarksville has such a lovely, small-town atmosphere, and we love welcoming visitors who can enjoy our free festival or rent a boat to get out on the water.”

KIDS Preschool 1st: Elizabeth’s Early Learning


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2320 Bedford Ave., Lynchburg, 434-528-5698 Founded by Elizabeth Forsyth in 1997, this early learning center offers year-round, full-day childcare services and early childhood education with affectionate and personalized care to children as young as six weeks to kindergarten. The facility is dedicated to the well-being of children in its care, and even provides meals to each child at no separate cost.

2nd: Fredericksburg Christian School, 540-371-3852 3rd: Child Development Center at Wyndham, Glen Allen, 804-360-8400

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Summer Camp 1st: Camp Hanover 3163 Parsleys Mill Rd., Mechanicsville, 804-779-2811 Sixty-plus years and tens of thousands of campers later, Camp Hanover continues its mission of education, outreach, and faith formation. The Christian camp offers both day and overnight programs for elementary, middle, and high school youth, utilizing a decentralized, small-group program model to cultivate strong relationships and focus on each child.

2nd: Camp Friendship, Palmyra, 434-589-8950 3rd: Brilliant Summer at St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, 804-288-2804


Hotel 1st: The Jefferson Hotel 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, 804-788-8000 The Jefferson Hotel is a true historic icon, hosting its guests in style for over 125 years. With elegant décor, ornate architecture, and fine dining, it is no surprise that this hotel is known as one of the best in the country. The Jefferson’s staff is committed to world-class hospitality as part of an unforgettable experience.

Bed & Breakfast

2nd: Quirk Hotel, Richmond, 804-340-6040 3rd: Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg,, 434-455-1500

1st: Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern


801 Virginia Ave., Clarksville, 434-374-2866 Originally built in 1830, Cooper’s Landing is a beautiful place for a romantic getaway. The main inn houses six private guest rooms, with six private cottages on the grounds. The inn also has its own restaurant, featuring a menu that changes with the seasons and focuses on a farm-totable approach. Guests can purchase special romantic packages, wedding packages, and can even take part in cooking classes.

2nd: Acorn Hill Lodge, Lynchburg, 434-528-0983 3rd: The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, 540-675-3800

Historic Site 1st: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville, 434-984-9800 Monticello, designed by Thomas Jefferson and built using enslaved labor, is a National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded in 1923, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation is a nonprofit that has maintained the estate for nearly 100 years. Monticello is committed to sharing an accurate history of everyone who lived and labored on the mountaintop.

2nd: Belle Isle, Richmond, 804-646-8911 3rd: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, 804-648-8501

1st: Boar’s Head Resort 200 Ednam Dr., Charlottesville, 844-611-8066 This 600-acre resort boasts 168 guest rooms and suites, four restaurants, a spa, and substantial sports and fitness facilities. While a perfect place to relax and get away from it all, Boar’s Head also offers wedding services and has plenty of meeting rooms and outdoor spaces for company retreats and other special events. Visit the Adventure Outpost for activities such as kayaking, biking, geocaching, and more.

2nd: Wintergreen Resort, 434-325-2200 3rd: Keswick Hall, 434-979-3440

Tourist Attraction 1st: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, 804-262-9887 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s mission is to improve communities and connect people through flora and fauna. Covering 82 acres, the garden includes more than a dozen themed areas, including a conservatory, children’s garden, and Kroger Community Kitchen Garden growing fresh produce for Richmond area food banks.

2nd: Carytown, Richmond 3rd: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Charlottesville, 434-984-9800



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Best Living & Recreation OUTDOORS & ACTIVE


Dance Studio 1st: Ballet Aresko 150 Alum Springs Rd., Lynchburg, 434-942-8432 Ballet Aresko offers professional training for students ages two and up in both lyrical and jazz ballet. The staff aims to teach valuable life skills for young dancers to use both inside and outside of the studio. Affordably priced classes range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours in length.

A Spot of Tea

Rosewood in Lunenburg serves up English specialties.

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Southern hospitality meets British charm at Rosewood, a café, pub, and tea room in Lunenburg. Owners Kathy and Paul Davies are the reason. She hails from Maryland; he’s from Kent in southeast England. The couple married in 2014 and, after living outside Winchester and commuting in opposite directions, they decided to move south. “We found Rosewood on Zillow one evening in early 2017 and arranged to come and look,” says Paul. “As soon as we pulled up outside we knew this is where we wanted to be.” Built in the late 18th century as a Colonial-style home, Rosewood has served as a post office, an antiques store, a judge’s house, and a tavern. It’s also seen a few celebrity guests: Mark Twain stayed overnight while writing about the Virginian Railway, and both Robert E. Lee and Edgar Allan Poe also stopped by. The Davies spent a year renovating and redecorating before reopening in 2018. Now, in its newest iteration, Kathy and Paul call Rosewood home. When they’re not busy serving customers, they live upstairs.

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2nd: Ballet School at Charlottesville Center for the Arts, 434-975-3533 3rd: Amherst Dance Academy, 434-946-7340

Golf Course 1st: Golf Mountaintop & Mountainview–Wintergreen Resort Route 664, Wintergreen, 434-325-8082

Kathy brings her culinary prowess to breakfast and lunch. Favorites include an English breakfast waffle served with cheddar cheese, bacon, fried egg, and tomato. Her grilled bacon blackberry sandwich with Swiss cheese and jalapeño on sourdough is a best-seller. Rosewood’s cozy pub is right out of the English countryside. Expect European craft beers, like Old Speckled Hen from England, Wee Heavy from Scotland, and Spaten, brewed in Munich. If German fare gets you going, don’t miss Rosewood’s annual Oktoberfest, which serves up endless wursts, schnitzels, pretzels, and bier aus Deutschland. But Afternoon Tea service—authentically English, thanks to Paul—is Rosewood’s signature event. “Tables are laid with fine china, crystal glasses, and fine silverware to complete the scene,” he says. You’ll find him dressed to the nines, serving hot tea along with Kathy’s homemade delicacies—specialty scones, traditional tea sandwiches, and sweets—to the friend groups who come to celebrate birthdays and bridal showers. “Afternoon tea is something not to be rushed. It’s a time to relax and enjoy stepping back in time,” he adds.

As part of Wintergreen Resort, these two golf courses boast two unique designs and 45 holes. The mountaintop Devils Knob golf course is the highest golf course in Virginia, while the mountainview Stoney Creek course rests in Rockfish Valley. Both are playable year-round, and if you find yourself in need of instruction, simply visit the Wintergreen Golf Academy for assistance.

2nd: Boonsboro Country Club, Lynchburg, 434-384-2111 3rd: Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, 434-296-5661

Gym acac Fitness & Wellness Centers


Locations in Charlottesville, Glen Allen, Midlothian, 888-979-7870 In the midst of the fitness craze of the 1980s, Phil Wendel opened the first acac in a small shopping center in Charlottesville. Since then, it’s expanded to include 12 clubs in three states, with two locations in the Richmond area. The acac team emphasizes health and wellness in facilities known for their cleanliness and friendly professionals.

2nd: American Family Fitness, Multiple locations, 804-364-1200 3rd: Cornerstone Fitness, Lynchburg, 434-534-3054

Hiking or Biking Trail 1st: Buttermilk Trail Richmond, 804-646-8911 The Buttermilk Trail is 2.5 miles of scenic riverside views with plenty of twists and turns. The James River Park System gives this trail a rating of “difficult” because of its fast descents and steep climbs. The trail is nonetheless beautiful, with creek crossings, bridges, rock gardens, and scenic views guaranteed to make your hike (or bike ride) worth it.

2nd: Virginia Capital Trail, Richmond to Williamsburg, 804-788-6453 3rd: Blackwater Creek Trail, Lynchburg, 434-455-5858

Specialty Fitness 1st: City Barre 1404 Belleville St., Richmond, 804-999-4227 City Barre is more than just an exercise studio, it’s a community. Each new class is guaranteed to be unique, with no repetition of playlists or choreography. City Barre is beneficial for all ages, bodies, and levels of fitness. The studio also hosts other kinds of events, such as the TEXT and the City Book Club, and Barre Brunch.

2nd: fit20, 2 locations in Fredericksburg, 540-377-0131 3rd: Fly Fitness Inspiration, Fredericksburg, 540-847-5614

Tennis Facility 1st: Boar’s Head Sports Club 200 Ednam Dr., Charlottesville, 844-611-8066 The Boar’s Head Sports Club has a total of 26 indoor and outdoor tennis courts. Memberships are available, and Boar’s Head Inn guests are eligible for tennis time on the courts. Individuals can also book court time by the hour. Adult and junior afterschool clinics are also offered. If that’s not quite your speed, Boar’s Head also has six outdoor pickleball courts.

2nd: Bensley Park, North Chesterfield, 804-748-1623 3rd: Cook Tennis Center, Lynchburg, 434-582-7328



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Best Services HEALTH Alternative Medicine 1st: The Float Zone 2034 Dabney Rd., Suite A, Richmond, 804-551-1413 Float therapy, or sensory deprivation, is a unique way to improve both mental and physical well-being. At the Float Zone, a 60-minute float can relieve physical pain, reduce stress and anxiety, speed up muscle recovery, and improve sleep. The experience includes floating in a spacious fiberglass pod in skintemperature water with adjustable controls for light and music.

2nd: First Choice Chiropractic, Richmond, 804-726-6810 3rd: Omni Family Chiropractic, Richmond, 804-214-6236

Counseling or Therapy Practice 1st: Family Guidance Centers 4 locations in the Richmond area, 804-743-0960 Family Guidance Centers began in 1980 with just one location. Today, with five locations across Virginia, the team includes more than 40 licensed and experienced therapists. Services include individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, and child/ adolescent therapy, among others. Family Guidance offers both in-person and virtual counseling sessions.

2nd: Center For Family Counseling, Fredericksburg, 540-361-1556 3rd: Counseling Ministry of Charlottesville, Charlottesville, 434-987-6097

Dental Practice

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1st: Virginia Family Dentistry Multiple locations For 45 years, Virginia Family Dentistry has grown into a multilocation and multi-specialty group practice. Its model is unique, with more than 60 general dentists and specialists working together in the same practice. On- staff specialists include those in periodontics, endodontists, prosthodontics, orthodontics, and pediatric dentistry, creating a collaborative approach that offers comprehensive dental care.

2nd: River Run Dental, Locations in Henrico, Midlothian, Richmond, 804-262-1060 3rd: Glen Allen Dentistry, Henrico, 804-261-1970

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Home Health Provider

Ophthalmology/ Optometry Practice

1st: A Plus Home Health Care 2317 Westwood Ave., Richmond, 804-278-8782

1st: Harman Eye Center Multiple locations, 434-277-4858

A Plus Home Health Care provides a variety of at-home health care services, ranging from short-term to long-term, and from a few hours a week to round-the-clock care. Some non-medical services include personal care, pediatric care, and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. A Plus is dedicated to providing peace of mind, and will match caregivers according to client preferences and needs.

Founded in 1988, Harman Eye Center now has locations all over Virginia. Led by David M. Harman, M.D., Harman Eye has performed over 8,000 refractive surgeries and over 40,000 cataract surgeries. The practice is committed to staying at the forefront of proven ophthalmic technology. New additions include the Harman Eye Surgery Center and a dedicated LASIK center.

2nd: AAA+ Home Health Care, Richmond, 804-553-4150 3rd: Accent Care, Multiple locations, 804-769-1380

2nd: Dominion Eye Associates, Multiple locations, 804-251-2172 3rd: Virginia Eye Institute, 9 locations in the Richmond area, 804-287-2020

Hospital Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital


5801 Bremo Rd., Richmond, 804-285-2011 Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital has served the central Virginia area since 1966. The hospital was the first in Richmond to achieve Magnet® Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence in 2008. Among many other accolades, the hospital is best known for its birthing center, providing exceptional care for newborns and infants.

2nd: VCU Medical Center, Richmond, 800-762-6161 3rd: Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Richmond, 804-289-4500

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice 1st: Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery 7 locations in the Richmond area, 804-794-0794 Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery has excelled in oral and maxillofacial surgery services for the greater Richmond community for more than 35 years. Oral surgeons perform fullscope oral and maxillofacial surgery— from wisdom tooth removal, root

CENTRAL VIRGINIA canals and tooth extractions to sleep apnea treatments, jaw surgery, TMJ disorder treatments, and facial trauma recovery.

2nd: Central Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery, Locations in Farmville, Lynchburg, 434-832-8040 3rd: Central Virginia Oral and Facial Surgeons, PLC., Locations in Charlottesville, Culpeper, 434-973-3348

Orthodontic Practice 1st: Horsey Orthodontics Locations in Midlothian, Richmond, 804-672-3030 With offices in Midlothian and Richmond, Horsey Orthodontics specializes in treatment for children, teens, and adults. Some of the services offered are traditional braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign®, Incognito™ braces, retention, and orthognathic surgery. The staff at Horsey Orthodontics are friendly and create a welcoming environment for any and all patients.

2nd: Bates Orthodontics, Locations in Chesterfield, Richmond, 804-934-9292 3rd: Appalachian Orthodontics of Lynchburg, 434-515-0370

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (OB/GYN) 1st: Virginia Women’s Center Multiple Locations, 804-288-4084 Virginia Women’s Center is a fullservice women’s healthcare practice with five locations in Central Virginia. The staff at Virginia Women’s Center take a holistic approach to patient care and treat each patient as an individual, rather than as a case or a diagnosis. They are dedicated to helping patients on their unique health journeys.

2nd: Virginia Physicians for Women, 7 locations in the Richmond area, 804-897-2100 3rd: Commonwealth OB/GYN Specialists, Richmond, 804-285-8806

CUTTING ENDLESS E.R. wait times, Bon Secours’ Short Pump Emergency

Center is the area’s first freestanding emergency department. Located on West Broad near Cabela’s, the center provides 24/7 urgent medical care for adults, children, and infants. For those needing hospitalization, ambulances transport patients to St. Mary’s for direct admission.



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Orthopedic Practice 1st: OrthoVirginia Multiple locations, 434-485-8598 OrthoVirginia helps patients reclaim their mobility, strength, and wellbeing by offering comprehensive care for those in need throughout Central Virginia. Each orthopedic specialist works with an on-site physical therapy and surgical staff to provide treatments that include orthopedic care, sports medicine care, physical therapy, diagnostic imaging, and more.

Squeaky Squealin’ Clean Cars

At Hogwash Express Car Wash, a couple shares their passion for the community.

Tom and Janet Hogg

After buying an aging car wash near Richmond’s airport, Janet and Tom Hogg renovated it, installed new equipment, and Janet attended “car wash college” to launch Hogwash Express Car Wash in 2018. Now, with a second Hogwash on Broad Street in midtown, this couple finds success in supporting the vibrant community they love.

2nd: VCU Orthopaedics, Multiple locations, 804-828-7069 3rd: Central Virginia Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Fredericksburg, 540-372-6737

Pediatric Practice Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU


Multiple locations, 804-828-2467 The nationally ranked Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU is one of only 42 verified children’s surgery centers in the country. The hospital is also a Level One Pediatric Trauma Center, able to care for the smallest of injuries to the most serious and complex situations. The hospital is on track to open its new 500,000-squarefoot “Children’s Tower” in 2023.

2nd: Pediatric Associates of Richmond, 3 locations in the Richmond area, 804-282-4205 3rd: Commonwealth Pediatrics, Locations in Midlothian, Richmond, 804-320-1353

Physical Therapy Practice MVP Therapy & Sports Medicine


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Locations in Henrico, Midlothian, 804-464-2323

MVP Therapy and Sports Medicine is an outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine clinic. Therapists tailor a personalized program of manual therapy, exercise therapy, and patient education to “get you back to the kind of life you want to live.” All therapists are licensed by the Virginia Department of Health. At MVP, you are always the “Most Valued Patient.”

2nd: OrthoVirginia, Multiple locations, 434-485-8598 3rd: Centra Rehabilitation Services, Multiple locations, 434-200-3000

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locations in the Richmond area—and one in Las Vegas! Bombshell also offers special wedding services, including makeup for brides-to-be and the entire wedding party.

Primary Care Practice

natural results. Patients come from all over the state, out of state, and even out of the country.

1st: Commonwealth Primary Care Locations in Glen Allen, Midlothian, Richmond, 804-288-0399

2nd: Cosmetic Center by VIVA, Fredericksburg, 540-654-9118 3rd: Commonwealth Facial Plastic Surgery (Matthew Bridges, MD, FACS), Midlothian, 804-655-0403

2nd: Belmont Barber Shop, Charlottesville Facebook: @belmontbarber, 434-973-6288 3rd: Blackbird Salon, Richmond, 804-353-2473

Dermatology Practice


1st: Commonwealth Dermatology 7001 Forest Ave., 400, Richmond, 804-282-0831

1st: Scents of Serenity Organic Spa

Commonwealth Primary Care is the result of 41 board-certified physicians and 15 physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners coming together to create an organization that can more effectively treat the needs of patients all over the Richmond area. With its roots dating back 20 years, Commonwealth Primary Care now has eight locations the Richmond metropolitan area.

2nd: Cold Harbor Family Medicine, Mechanicsville, 804-730-1111 3rd: Colonial Internal Medicine Associates, Fredericksburg, 540-374-5599

BEAUTY Cosmetic Surgery Practice 1st: Niamtu

Cosmetic Facial Surgery

11319 Polo Pl., Midlothian, 804-934-3223 Over the last three decades, the small cosmetic surgery practice started by Dr. Joe Niamtu has developed into the highly successful business it is today. The practice’s dedicated staff provides a safe, welcoming environment and

With core values of accessibility, service excellence, quality, and patient education, Commonwealth Dermatology strives to be the premier provider of compassionate, highquality medical and cosmetic skincare services. Commonwealth Dermatology has 12 providers and an incoming Licensed Master Esthetician.

2nd: Complexions Dermatology, Locations in Colonial Heights, Danville, 434-792-0423 3rd: Dermatology Associates of Virginia, Multiple locations, 804-549-4040

Hair Salon or Barber Shop

Locations in Glen Allen, Richmond, 804-277-4498 Scents of Serenity Organic Spa provides guests with the purest luxury spa services and organic products in a tranquil environment. With a recently opened third location in Short Pump featuring 14 treatment rooms, this spa carefully hand-selects each product line and offers popular services like non-surgical facelifts and CBD massages.

2nd: Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Beauty Lounge, 3 locations in the Richmond area, 804-342-0051 3rd: Club West Med Spa, Midlothian, 804-897-5297

1st: Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Beauty Lounge 3 locations in the Richmond area, 804-342-0051

Bombshell is a full-service salon that offers Brazilian waxing, airbrush tanning, and hair and nail care at three



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Architecture Firm 1st: Baskervill 1051 E. Cary St., Suite 200, Richmond, 804-343-1010 Baskervill provides both architectural and interior design services as well as MEP engineering solutions to a variety of clients, including those in hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, and more. The firm was founded in 1897, making it one of the nation’s oldest continually operating architectural firms. Most recently, Baskervill transformed an old Macy’s department store into the new hub for NOVA of Virginia Aquatics.

2nd: Architectural Partners, Lynchburg, 434-846-8456 3rd: 510 Architects, Richmond, 804-353-1576

Greenhouse and Nursery

1st: Air Energy Solutions 11010 Trade Rd., Richmond, 804-404-2600

VIRGINIA REALTORS PREDICT 2022 home prices will be up 23 percent

over pre-COVID numbers in 2019. “It’s the craziest we’ve seen in our career—we have high demand with all-time inventory lows,” says Dawn vonBechmann, a realtor with Richmond’s Providence Hill Real Estate. “People are working from home, and they’re choosing to leave expensive markets like D.C., New York, and Boston and come to Virginia. Current residents need a different space for a home office or home schooling. We’re also seeing more young professionals staying put, with the restaurant and brewery scene being a big draw.”


Home Furnishings Store

Kitchen and Bath Design Firm

501 Courthouse Rd., Richmond, 804-378-0700

1st: Green Front Furniture 316 N. Main St., Farmville, 434-392-5943

1st: Classic Kitchens of Virginia 12535 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 804-784-5075

With its humble beginnings in smalltown Farmville, Green Front now has a big footprint and has emerged as an industry leader in everything for the home. Shop four tobacco warehouses and six downtown storefronts, and browse everything from imported rugs to carpet, gifts, and furniture. Spend the day (or weekend) roaming its one million square feet searching for the perfect find.

While Classic Kitchens of Virginia offers complete custom kitchen design and renovation services, the pros there also specialize in the design and installation of baths, bars, casework, and architectural millwork. Since opening in 1995, the firm’s mission has been to approach each installation systematically in order to make the construction process easier to manage, providing the utmost comfort to the homeowner.

2nd: Classic Furniture, 2 locations in Charlottesville, 434-973-5146 3rd: Fraîche on the Avenues, Richmond, 804-282-4282

2nd: Cornerstone Cabinets & Design, Forest, 434-239-0976 3rd: Cabinet Crafters of Virginia, Locations in Lynchburg, Richmond, 804-232-7397

Cross Creek Nursery & Landscaping

A Richmond staple, Cross Creek Nursery & Landscaping is a familyowned and operated business that offers a full-service nursery, landscape design/build service, grounds management, a florist, and interior landscaping. Whether you want to spruce up your landscape or completely redesign it, Cross Creek has everything you need all in one place.

2nd: Strange’s Wholesale Greenhouse & Plants, 2 locations in Richmond, 804-360-2800 3rd: Colesville Nursery, Ashland, 804-798-5472

Home Builder 1st: Eagle Construction 10618 Patterson Ave., Henrico, 804-741-4663 photo courtesy of providence hill real estate

Plumbing/ HVAC Company

Eagle Construction has been building homes for Virginians since 1984. With core values of passion, respect, accountability, and commitment, the pros at Eagle pride themselves on the ability to design and build quality custom homes that customers will love for years to come.

2nd: Covenant Building & Design, Richmond, 804-362-9322 3rd: Charlottesville Area Builders, 434-296-9119

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Interior Design Firm 1st: Bridget Beari

Home Store & Designs

1528 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-967-3103

Landscape Design

Air Energy Solutions is the “one-stop shop” for all HVAC services. From installation, to repair, to preventative maintenance, the experts at Air Energy Solutions specialize in AC, heating, and ventilation. Whether your home is a one-room apartment or a huge institutional space, Air Energy Solutions is as adept at fixing small problems as it is at solving those more complicated.

2nd: ARS Rescue Rooter, Chester, 804-256-0693 3rd: American Service Company RVA, Midlothian, 804-739-4094

Real Estate Firm 1st: Long & Foster Multiple locations, 804-288-8888 Founded with the core values of integrity, innovation, honesty, and good old-fashioned customer service, Long & Foster provides professional and trusted residential real estate services. The firm honors its sales associates and enhances its commitment to excellence with superior training, sophisticated marketing, and state-of-the-art technology, making the real estate process easier for you.

2nd: Joyner Fine Properties, Richmond, 804-270-9440 3rd: Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate, 3 locations in Richmond, 804-288-2100

Retirement Community

Nursery & Landscaping

1st: Covenant Woods 7090 Covenant Woods Dr., Mechanicsville, 804-569-8000

A Richmond staple, Cross Creek Nursery & Landscaping is a family-owned and operated business that offers a full-service nursery, landscape design/ build service, grounds management, a florist, and interior landscaping. Whether you want to spruce up your landscape or completely redesign it, Cross Creek has everything you need.

Covenant Woods is a non-for-profit continuing care retirement community with over 90 acres of landscaped trails, ponds, gardens, and more. Independent and assisted living residents have access to four dining venues, a library, day spa, pool, woodworking studio, and plenty of other amenities. Covenant Woods sits quietly in Hanover County but is just a short drive from Richmond.

1st: Cross Creek

Founder Susan Jamieson launched Bridget Beari in 1992 and has since built a substantial portfolio of both residential and commercial designs. She has completed such projects as historic restorations and modern Mexican retreats, which showcase her ability to work with a variety of styles. The Bridget Beari Home Store opened in 2018 and sells art, accessories, furniture, and more.

501 Courthouse Rd., Richmond, 804-378-0700

2nd: Beaty & Brown, Richmond, 804-673-7001 3rd: Beckon Home, Richmond, 804-288-7000

2nd: Commonwealth Curb Appeal, Midlothian, 804-414-8772 3rd: Chiles Enterprises, Louisa, 540-894-6432

2nd: Cedarfield, Richmond, 804-474-8800 3rd: Chancellor’s Village, Fredericksburg, 540-296-2986



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Best Services SERVICES Accounting Firm 1st: Cherry Bekaert 200 S. 10th St., Suite 900, Richmond, 804-673-5700 As one of the largest certified public accounting firm in the Southeast, Cherry Bekaert works with clients all over the world. Approaching every challenge with a “client-first” mindset, the experts at Cherry Bekaert are committed to creating “shared success” through teamwork, energy, and expertise. More than 1,350 professionals in 10 states can help with all of your accounting needs.

2nd: Adams, Jenkins & Cheatham, Midlothian, 804-323-1313 3rd: Blair & Associates, Richmond, 804-740-9641

Auction Company 1st: Cannon’s Online Auctions 9125 W. Broad St., Richmond, 804-325-8598 Cannon’s Auctions specializes in estate sales, online estate auctions, personal property sales, and liquidations and accepts all manner of items for auction—from books to furniture, jewelry, and antiques. With a competitive commission structure, Cannon’s Auctions will work closely with you for a tailored experience.

Bank/Credit Union

Car Wash

1st: Virginia Credit Union Multiple locations, 804-323-6800

1st: Car Pool Multiple locations, 804-726-5405

Virginia Credit Union was founded in 1928 and now has multiple branches across the state. The company describes itself as being “in the business of confidence,” meaning that they strive to give each client confidence in all of their financial decisions. With Virginia Credit Union, you and your finances are in safe hands.

Car Pool has been serving the Richmond area since 1977 and now has eight locations, six of which are full-service, and one of which is a professional full-service detailing shop. Their philosophy centers around courtesy, speed, quality, and value. One visit to Car Pool and your car will look brand new.

2nd: Atlantic Union Bank, Multiple locations, 800-990-4828 3rd: Call Federal Credit Union, 8 locations in the Richmond area, 804-274-1200

2nd: Flagstop Car Wash, Multiple locations, 804-782-9274 3rd: Hogwash, 2 locations in Richmond, 804-718-0444

Car Dealer

1st: Cater 2 Events 8528 Patterson Ave., Henrico, 804-269-0359

1st: CarMax Multiple locations, 800-519-1511 Since opening its first store in Richmond in 1993, CarMax now has over 220 locations nationwide. As the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, CarMax provides customers with a personalized, on-demand, and accessible experience that allows everyone to shop on their own terms, whenever and wherever it’s most convenient.

2nd: Colonial Honda, South Chesterfield, 804-414-1998 3rd: CarLotz, Midlothian, 804-404-8573


Chef Lona Crittenden went from hosting children’s charity events to running a full-scale boutique catering business that now caters weddings, corporate events, and more. With plenty of sample menus to get you started, Cater 2 Events will factor in your tastes and needs to create the perfect menu for your event.

2nd: Exchange Events + Catering, Gordonsville, 540-832-0227 3rd: Avenue Foods Catering, Lynchburg, 434-845-2692

2nd: Commonwealth Auctions, Chesterfield, 804-399-4323 3rd: Attic to Auction, Midlothian, 804-513-8232


Financial Planning Firm 1st: King, Baughman & Associates 1021 E. Cary St., Suite 1001, Richmond, 804-747-1214 King, Baughman & Associates is an Ameriprise financial advisory firm with a team dedicated to instilling client confidence and the power to be in control of your financial life. The firm’s main areas of focus are retirement planning strategies, investment management, and saving for education. If you’re seeking one-toone financial advice, look no further.

2nd: Agili, Richmond, 804-358-2702 3rd: Anchor Financial Group, Locations in Charlottesville, Midlothian, 804-673-9070

Funeral Home 1st: Bliley’s 3 locations in Richmond, 804-355-3800 Bliley’s has served the Richmond community since 1874. With a staff that are experts in family support, event planning, grief resources, and funeral customs and rituals, you can rest easy knowing your loved one is never without care. Bliley’s features the only cremation center in RVA that allows families to hold a service and/or stay throughout the process.

2nd: Bennett Funeral Homes, 4 locations in the Richmond area, 804-359-4481 3rd: Woody Funeral Homes, Locations in Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Richmond, 800-343-4464

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Law Firm 1st: Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Multiple locations, 866-895-5713

Virtually Healthy

Health professionals supply growing demand through telemedicine. Virginia’s health care providers have turned to telemedicine to provide patients with safe, accessible care. “Telehealth appointments have been a game-changer,” says Carrie Walker, therapist and owner of Richmond Creative Counseling, who notes that telemedicine has allowed her

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practice to continue mental health services during the pandemic. “Clients can access services during spikes.” And, Walker notes, telehealth gives patients in rural areas and parents caring for children at home much needed access to care. According to the U.S. Department

of Health and Human Services, telemedicine is especially effective for prescription management, lab or x-ray results, skin conditions, postsurgical follow-ups, and mental health visits.,

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is a personal injury law practice with over 100 years of experience. Founded in 1910, the generations of the Allen family have worked to establish the firm as an authority in providing quality legal assistance to injured persons and as an altruistic cornerstone for the communities they serve.

2nd: McGuireWoods, Richmond, 804-775-1000 3rd: Williams Mullen, Locations in Charlottesville, Richmond, 804-420-6000



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Best Shopping Antiques 1st: West End Antiques Mall 2004 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, 804-359-1600

1st: Chop Suey Books 2913 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-422-8066

West End Antiques Mall has consistently been voted Richmond’s best vintage retailer. With over 250 vendor booths and an ever-changing inventory, customers will find new treasures with every visit to the 53,000 square feet of shopping space. With styles ranging from mid-century modern to Virginia Colonial, industrial to rustic, West End has pieces for all antiquers.

This charming and locally owned bookstore stocks nearly 50,000 new and gently used titles on topics from art to philosophy. Located in the heart of Carytown, Chop Suey is legendary, receiving glowing reviews from the New York Times for it’s “little bit of everything” vibe. Ward Tefft, its original owner, recently sold the business— fortunately to longtime customers who have no plans for drastic changes. Thankfully, WonTon, the store’s feline mascot, will stick around.

2nd: Class & Trash, Locations in Glen Allen, Richmond, 804-798-0567 3rd: RVA Antiques, Henrico, 804-716-4388

photos (from left) by adrian lorenzoni / courtesy of ragged mountain running shop, courtesy of appomattox river company

Book Store

2nd: Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, 804-788-1594 3rd: Little Dickens & Givens Books, Lynchburg, 434-385-5027

Consignment Shop 1st: Clementine 3118 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-358-2357 Clementine has offered contemporary and designer fashion on consignment to the Richmond area for nearly two decades. Selecting every item by hand for quality and style, the staff is dedicated to offering customers a curated collection of unique clothes, shoes, and accessories. Both in-store and online, you’re sure to find something fresh and unexpected every time.

2nd: Revival Consignment, Richmond, 804-750-2200 3rd: Ashby, Richmond, 804-377-3010

Exercise smarter thanks to these Virginia outfitters. With spring comes the familiar itch to get outside, hike some trails, or paddle a kayak. And outdoor outfitters can set you up with the right gear. If getting out on the water is on your to-do list, check out the world of kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards at Appomattox River Company in Farmville. The store offers one of the state’s most extensive inventories, with equipment for customers of all skill levels. It’s a one-stop shop with apparel and accessories. You can even find a life vest for your dog. In Fredericksburg, River Rock Outfitter carries popular clothing brands like Kuhl, Patagonia, Mountain Khakis, and Prana, along with backpacks from Osprey, climbing

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gear from Black Diamond, and Big Agnes tents and sleeping bags. New is River Rock’s Reboot Consignment Program. It’s been a lifesaver—for the store and its customers—during recent supply chain challenges. If you’re ready to replace gently used camping tents, backpacks, hiking boots, and clothing, you can declutter while earning some cash to spend on upgrading your gear. Prefer to hit the running—or walking— trails? When Mark and Cynthia Lorenzoni opened Ragged Mountain Running Shop in Charlottesville in 1982, running was king, their primary customers were young men in their 20s, and running shoes set you back 30 bucks a pair. Walking for fitness was still

Fine Jewelry Store 1st: Schwarzschild Jewelers Multiple Locations, 804-355-2136 Schwarzschild Jewelers was founded in the 1890s, when Richmond served as a hub for four major railroads. A watchmaking business was born, crafting timepieces essential for railroad workers to keep trains on time. Since then, Schwarzschild has evolved into a full-service jeweler, offering extensive shopping options, jewelry and watch repair, custom designs, and appraisals.

2nd: Lustre by Adolf, Henrico, 804-285-3671 3rd: Fink’s Jewelers, Locations in Charlottesville, Forest, Richmond, 540-344-8697

On the James River in Fluvanna County with equipment from Appomattox River Company.

Get Outside


in the closet, the Cinderella of the not-quiteburgeoning health and wellness movement. “It’s been an incredible evolution,” says Mark, who notes that, since walking has emerged as a bonafide sport with tangible health benefits, a full half of Ragged

Mountain’s customers are walkers. Most are in their mid-50s and half are women. “During the pandemic, people really seemed to make the connection between getting outside and improved mental health,” he adds. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll in a park or a vigorous run, being in nature can be beneficial. Shoes now run $120-$160 a pair. Familiar brands include Brooks, Asics, and Saucony, and the newer kids on the block like Altra, Hoka, On, and Topo. The store amended its name to reflect a changing demographic: it’s now Ragged Mountain Running & Walking Shop. Company culture discourages customers from saying “I’m ‘just’ a walker.” Mark recalls advice his father once shared: “Treat people like you want them to come back.” Sticking to that guiding principle, which permeates Ragged Mountain’s customer-focus vibe, has worked. By inspiring intense customer loyalty, multi generations of families have become faithful patrons.,,

The Ragged Mountain Running Shop family (from left): Alec and Cynthia Lorenzoni, Audrey Sackson, and Mark Lorenzoni.



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Thank you!

Our sincere thanks to all for voting Tweed one of the Best of Gift Stores in Central Virginia. We believe there are no ordinary moments and that life is a special gift to be celebrated and shared. So we pause to share this moment and celebrate our wonderful customers who have supported us through the years.

Thank you!

discover. celebrate. share. Visit us at 4035 Lauderdale Drive near Short Pump Town Center. Or online at MUD PIE • SCOUT BAGS • SWIG • YETI • ENEWTON • NORA FLEMING • SMATHERS & BRANSON • KEVA BRUMATE • O-VENTURE • TYLER BOE • JELLY CAT • PURA VIDA • SPONGELLE • LOCAL RVA PRODUCTS

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Instant Re-decorating

Bypass the supply chain with Revival’s consignment finds. You’ve been looking for months and finally, you find the perfect sofa. Then comes the soul-crushing news: you’ll wait 26-weeks for delivery. “Supply chain” was never much of a concern, let alone part of your vocabulary.

Florist Shop

photo courtesy of revival home furnishings consignment

1st: Coleman Brothers Flowers 2104 Dumbarton Rd., Richmond, 804-262-8681 Coleman Brothers Flowers has been family owned and operated since 1971. Offering seasonal arrangements for birthdays, anniversaires, new babies, weddings, and every occasion in between, Coleman has you covered. Same-day delivery is available in the Richmond area, as well as delivery services to nearby hospitals, funeral homes, nursing homes, and wedding venues, to ensure your sweet-smelling sentiments arrive efficiently.

2nd: Strange’s Wholesale Greenhouse & Plants, 2 locations in Richmond, 804-360-2800 3rd: Vogue Flowers, Locations in Ashland, Chester, Richmond, 804-353-9600

Gift Store 1st: Mongrel 2924 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-342-1272 A stroll through Mongrel is almost a guarantee that a) you’ll find something

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Until now. If you’re ready to redecorate but have been stymied by long, painful lead times, home décor consignment stores can help you refresh right now. “Manufacturers are

more backed up than ever,” says Whitney O’Connor, the owner of Revival Home Furnishings Consignment in Richmond’s Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. “In shopping local consignment stores like ours, at least when you find the sofa or dining table you have been looking for, you can take it home that same day or have it delivered.” Let’s be clear: these aren’t college-grade

attention as well as a vast array of menswear brands, from sartorial business clothing to modern sportswear, outerwear, shoes, and more.

you can’t live without, and b) you’ll hear laughing out loud, mostly coming from customers browsing its always funny and sometimes racey collection of greeting cards. Filled with uncommon gifts for home, mind, body, and soul, Mongrel is a visual feast. There’s even a special section for Fido. Do yourself a favor and don’t rush. Savor every shelf, every detail, and every nook and cranny of this shopping destination.

2nd: Peter Blair Accessories, Richmond, 804-288-8123 3rd: Ledbury, Richmond, 804-793-8569

2nd: Tweed, Richmond, 804-249-3900 3rd: Tinker’s, Richmond, 804-359-3301

1st: Green Top Sporting Goods 10150 Lakeridge Pkwy., Ashland, 804-550-2188

[Editor’s note: At press time, we received news that Tinker’s is closing after 34 years. Its furniture restoration business, Tinker & Company, remains open.]

Men’s Clothing Store 1st: Franco’s Fine Clothier 2 locations in Richmond, 804-264-2994 Founder Franco Ambrogi has earned a reputation as one of Richmond’s finest tailors, known for his expertise, craftsmanship, and friendly disposition. This men’s clothing store, long a fixture on Richmond’s fashion scene, provides customers with personalized

Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

The pros at Green Top love the outdoors as much as their customers, and they’re known for equipping sporting enthusiasts of all levels with the proper gear to guarantee a memorable season. Green Top offers quality equipment and apparel for hunting, fishing, boating, and more. For diehard fans, scope out Green Top’s Outdoors Podcast, launched last year.

castoffs. Revival carries upscale furniture including upholstered chairs, sofas, and headboards; handwoven rugs, original art, antiques, lighting, mirrors, and designer décor. “Our shoppers take pride in their homes and the spaces they create,” O’Connor says, noting that her customers include, “anyone looking for that special piece to round out their space.” Need help knowing which pieces will work in your home? “We’re always happy to look at someone’s photos and make suggestions,” says O’Connor. The artfully staged store is also chock full of inspiration. And if you don’t see what you’re looking for on your first visit, go back; the restyling surge works in your favor. “We turn 90 percent of our inventory in 45 days,” says O’Connor. “It’s never the same store twice; items move incredibly fast.” What should you do with your old pieces after the refresh? If they’re clean and functional, but aren’t suitable for consignment, consider donating them to the Caritas Furniture Bank in Richmond, which helps people who are rebuilding their lives furnish their homes.,

Women’s Clothing Store 1st: Levys 5807 Grove Ave., Richmond Facebook: @LevysRichmond, 804-673-0177 Levy’s has been a fixture “On the Avenues” for more than 30 years. This third-generation family boutique, with its roots in Charlottesville, brings accessible fashion and upscale brands to Richmond’s dynamic Grove & Libbie neighborhood. With a reputation for superior customer service and a pledge to help customers find just the right look, Levys remains a favorite among its fashion-forward clientele.

2nd: Hite’s Clothing, Clarksville, 434-374-5914 3rd: For Posh Sake, Hanover, 804-569-2713

2nd: Disco Sports, Richmond, 804-285-4242 3rd: Dance’s Sporting Goods, Colonial Heights, 804-526-8399



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Nestled on the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Cape Charles packs an enormous amount of charm into a compact, pedestrian-friendly area. This picturesque town is one of 28 Virginia Main Street communities, boasting 24 of this year’s Best of Virginia reader’s survey winners ranging from restaurants and shops to unique attractions that you’ll only find on this little slice of the Shore. Here’s your guide to an introductory weekend that hits all the highlights, but be warned: You’re guaranteed to want to extend your stay. Start your day with a stroll to , a lofty space located in a former bank building. Pro tip: If you’re staying in Cape Charles’ compact historic district, you’re always an easy walk, bike ride, or golf cart ride away from most of the town’s attractions. Grab a seat on the restaurant’s sidewalk for some people-watching while you sip your coffee (or a mimosa) and tuck into a stack of pancakes or a hearty breakfast burrito. After breakfast, head down to the iconic for an obligatory photo before settling in for a relaxing afternoon on the , beloved for its soft white sand and gentle Chesapeake Bay waters. Prefer to stay active? Pick up some bait — along with any other beach gear you may need — at , then grab a spot on the free town fishing pier to see what’s biting. Pop into a few of the shops on Mason Avenue to pick up souvenirs. You’ll find one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, including pieces made from glistening fish leather, at has made Virginia Living’s Best Of list six years in a row thanks to its carefully curated, gently used clothing and accessories. And is so much more than a floral shop. They stock a wide array of personal care products including unique items like smudge bundles and crystals and there’s a fun DIY terrarium bar! Once you’ve built up an appetite, head to this year’s Best Italian Restaurant winner , where you can sip on a variety of wine flights while dining on authentic Italian cuisine in an intimate setting. If your so inclined you might take a stroll down the block to catch a great live performance of music or a play at the (also home to Experimental Film Virginia). End your evening on a sweet note with a stop at local favorite . This popular spot tends to draw a long line, but it’s worth the wait for flavors like banana pudding and pistachio apricot. If you’d rather not linger, order some fresh fudge to-go at this year’s Best Chocolatier .

Snap a selfie in front of the photogenic , housed in a former Pur Oil filling station, before heading inside for a cup of local ESCR coffee and a browse through their selection of new and gently used books. Depending on your interests, you might venture out for a day trip to Kiptopeke State Park, a great place to explore unique migratory bird habitats, or enjoy exploring the 5.1 miles of hiking and biking trails. If a glass of wine in a lovely outdoor setting is more your speed, take a short drive up the road to the reader’s pick for Best Winery to sample some local wine and a charcuterie board. On your way back into town, stop at for lunch and a pint at a picnic table under the trees or around the fire pit — their rockfish sandwich is always a solid pick. Swing into to buy supplies for a sunset picnic on the beach — and if you time it right, you may get to sample some wine during one of their regular tasting events. Once the sun goes down, drop into to try one of their adventurous flavors like Strawberry Rhubarb or Coffee Maplewood. If you prefer your drinks on the stronger side, has an extensive cocktail menu featuring handcrafted vodkas, gins and whiskeys you can enjoy in a South Beach-style outdoor lounge area.

Whether you’re traveling with family or enjoying a romantic escape, Cape Charles offers lodging options for every type of visitor. The , a hotel for more than 100 years, has been reimagined in a contemporary living design that boasts harbor views from private glass balconies located in the heart of Mason Avenue. Their welcome mat is open to all types, they even have some dog friendly rooms! For a more traditional vibe, you can relax, rejuvenate and restore while taking a step back in time when you book a room at the . It is known for its indulgent breakfasts, lovingly tended gardens and incredibly attentive innkeepers who can help you make the most of your stay. If the great outdoors is more your style, , has over 300 acres of natural waterfront with breathtaking sunsets, wildlife, and enough onsite activities to keep your entire family busy. Traveling with a bigger group? There are plenty of vacation home rentals available to rent — just be sure to book early, because the secret is out about Cape Charles. Check out another winner, who can help you find the perfect place to call home (or a second home) when you find that a weekend just isn’t enough! Visit for more info on things to do and upcoming events. Congratulations to our other Best of Virginia Winners, 2022:

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HISTORY MEETS THE WATERFRONT in the Eastern region. Here, we have the legendary Historic Triangle—Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown—all within a 30-minute drive. Farthest afield, the Eastern Shore boasts the longest stretch of remaining wild coastline on the entire Eastern Seaboard. Stop by the Barrier Island Center in Machipongo or visit the Captain Timothy Hill House in Chincoteague, the oldest home on the Eastern Shore. Car-less Tangier Island, the “soft crab capital,” is only accessible by boat, ferry, or air. Cape Charles and Onancock are full of charming inns, restaurants, and galleries perfect for exploring. The Eastern region, home to blue crabs and oysters galore, is a magnet for beachgoers and river lovers alike.


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See what’s new in Hampton this Summer! Experience the launching of the Hampton Queen, Hampton Road’s newest harbor tour, including breathtaking views of Fort Monroe and Norfolk Naval Base. Enjoy delicious fare in the area, savoring the moment and the flavors with the new Taste of Hampton mobile passport, with discounts and prizes for visits to some of the region’s best restaurants. Exciting attractions such as the Virginia Air & Space Science Center, Hampton History Museum, and beautiful waterfront walking trails complete your adventure that’s inspi inspired from the sea to the stars.

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EASTERN VIRGINIA CITIES: - Chesapeake - Franklin - Hampton - Newport News - Norfolk

- Poquoson - Portsmouth - Suffolk - Virginia Beach - Williamsburg


On the water with Sail & Surf Adventures. Below right: Clay Dingledine.

- Accomack - Charles City - Essex - Gloucester - Isle of Wight - James City - King and Queen - King George - King William - Lancaster - Mathews

- Middlesex - New Kent - Northampton - Northumberland - Prince George - Richmond - Southampton - Surry - Sussex - Westmoreland - York

Life On The Waterfront

photos by stephanie dee photography


F THE SECRET OF SUCCESS is in loving what

you do, Captain Clay Dingledine has hit on the right formula. He launched his Sail & Surf Adventure cruises in 2020 to share his love of sailing. His sunset cruises and day sails— which launch from Irvington on his 36-foot sloop, Galene—caught on quickly. “The coastal Virginia waters offer this special magical scenery, and it shouldn’t only be the people who own boats who get to experience that,” he says, adding, “I get a lot of people who have never been on a sailboat.” Also in Irvington, The Tides Inn wins— again!—in both the resort and hotel categories. This year, the waterfront destination celebrates its 75th year with updated room decor, a maker’s space with art classes, the Chesapeake Gold oyster experience, and more. For a cozier experience, voters gave an enthusiastic nod to the Bay Haven Inn in Cape Charles, which ranks Number 1 this year in the Bed & Breakfast category. Renowned for its laid-back vibe and a standout, all-homemade breakfast spread, Bay Haven is quintessential Eastern Shore.

Marinas are hotspots along Virginia’s coast and often feature some of the best food, craft cocktails, and waterfront views anywhere. Tidewater Yacht Marina, recognized as one of the Southern Bay’s best resort marinas, is in the heart of Portsmouth’s Olde Town District. It’s poised within walking distance of the area’s many museums, the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and the Old Harbor Market. It's also widely praised for its fabulous Fish & Slips Marina Raw Bar and Grill restaurant, which offers a variety of delicious comfort food. To celebrate Virginia seafood, look no further than the Urbanna Oyster Festival, held annually in this picturesque Tidewater town. With food trucks, an antique car show, live music, and oysters galore, it’s no wonder it wins top billing in our Best Festival category. For the best family entertainment—maybe anywhere—Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the winner in Best Tourist Attraction. It’s like a trip to Europe without the jet lag. Epic rides and Broadway-style shows make this amusement park a cut above.

The coastal Virginia waters offer this special magical scenery, and you don’t have to own your own boat to experience it.” —Captain Clay Dingledine, Sail & Surf Adventures


Best Food & Drink

Best Living & Recreation

pg. 57 Restaurants pg. 61 Food Shopping pg. 63 Drink

pg. 66 Entertainment & Events pg. 67 Pets pg. 67 Kids pg. 69 Travel pg. 71 Outdoors & Active

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Health Beauty Home Services

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Best Food & Drink RESTAURANTS Asian Restaurant 1st: Bangkok Noi Thai Cuisine 6724 Main St., Gloucester, 804-695-1177 Bangkok Noi, the area’s go-to restaurant for delicious Thai food, has been a fixture in Gloucester for more than 15 years. The menu is extensive, with Thai mainstays and superior sushi. Daily specials often involve local, dock-fresh seafood and are the reasons why this restaurant gets top accolades year after year.

2nd: Chao Phraya Thai and Sushi Grill, Kilmarnock, 804-577-4261 3rd: Great Fortune Chinese Restaurant, Kilmarnock, 804-435-6333

Barbecue Restaurant 1st: Scoot’s BBQ 2091 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Gloucester Point, 804-993-7063 This family-owned barbecue restaurant is known for their pit-cooked meats, smoked “low and slow” with hickory and oak woods. Located in Gloucester Point, Scoot’s BBQ offers outdoor and online ordering. The Texas Trio is a must-try: fork-tender Texas-style brisket, savory pulled pork, and a quarter-rack of St. Louis ribs.

2nd: Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que, Williamsburg, 757-565-2955 3rd: Northern Neck BBQ at The Barn, Montross

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Coffee Shop or Roaster

1st: Car Wash Café & Catering 481 North Main St., Kilmarnock Facebook: @CarWashCafeVa, 804-435-0405

1st: Aromas Specialty Coffees & Gourmet Bakery

Car Wash Cafe & Catering gets its name from the building’s origins as a convenience store with an attached car wash. Since its reopening in 2005, it’s been a gathering place for friends and family to meet for home-cooked meals. Customer favorites include blueberry pancakes and Chesapeake Bay eggs Benedict with fresh crab meat for breakfast, and extensive seafood-studded lunch options.

2nd: Olivia’s in the Village, Gloucester, 804-694-0057 3rd: Java Jacks Cafe, Tappahannock Facebook: @JavaJacksCafe, 804-443-5225

Burger Joint 1st: NN Burger Locations in Kilmarnock, Tappahannock, 804-925-6100 NN Burger provides an experience that’s not just the best—it’s legendary. The team does not disappoint, serving fresh, high-quality beef from Schweid & Sons, fresh-baked brioche buns, and delectable burgers prepared in-house daily. Don’t forget to complete your meal with a Freakshake. They come with all kinds of decadently freakedout toppings—think donuts, chocolate cake, and cotton candy—making summertime stops at NN Burger a must.

2nd: Craft 31, Williamsburg, 757-378-3268 3rd: Corner Bar & Grill, Lively 804-462-0110

Spirits on Wheels

photo courtesy of the tides inn

Tricked out mobile cocktail carts are all the rage.

Imagine a Volkswagon Bug and a Vespa had a baby. And loved to drink. And got a state-of-the-art makeover. Dream no more: A wave of customized bars on wheels have taken Coastal Virginia’s mobile bar scene by storm. From ‘50s-style camper vans to horse trailers, even three-wheelers imported from Italy, these moveable cocktail carts are perfect for parties and events large and small. Cleverly customized with bar counters and wines-on-tap, they also offer craft beers, prosecco, and cocktails. Enjoy drinks courtesy of “Rosie,” the vintage beer cart that lives at The Tides Inn; other outfits rent their portable bars that come with all the fixins—from multiple taps and mixers to glassware and barkeeps.,,,

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This fast-casual coffeehouse cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a strong emphasis on healthy items, fine teas, and fresh roasted coffees. In a cozy, pet-friendly environment, Aromas offers delicious, nutritional food at affordable prices. Box lunches and sandwich trays are available, along with homemade bakery items, salads, and sandwiches.

2nd: Front Porch Coffeehouse, Kilmarnock, 804-577-4103 3rd: Cape Charles Coffee House, 757-331-1880

Fine Dining 1st: Relish Restaurant and Wine Bar 115 Main St., Warsaw, 804-761-6727 Ingredients at Relish are sourced daily, and the inspired menu can change as frequently. It’s a sure bet that soft shell crab lollipops are delectable, and fresh yellowfin tuna with honey wasabi butter, ponzu, and pineapplemango salsa is also a winner. The menu acknowledges local suppliers—the watermen, farmers, and producers— who help make this Northern Neck restaurant a standout.

2nd: Adrift, White Stone, 804-577-4188 3rd: Le Yaca French Restaurant, Williamsburg, 757-500-4773


Food Truck 1st: Terrie’s Place 469 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-0400 “Boy can this lady cook!” sums up online reviews of Terrie’s Place, a standout in the food truck scene. It’s a fast food joint on wheels that’s won legions of fans for its consistent quality. “World class” chicken salad and fresh crab cakes join staples like burgers and fries. A chalkboard lists Terrie’s daily specials—all guaranteed to sell out.

2nd: Coastal Thirst, Gloucester, 804-815-2506 3rd: A Bite of Maine, Virginia Beach, 757-352-0268

Ice Cream Shop 1st: Short Lane Ice Cream Co. 6721 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Gloucester Facebook: @ShortLaneIceCream100, 804-695-2999 This family-owned ice cream shop uses fresh cream to create a wide range of delicious flavors ranging from the classics—like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry—to unique varieties like avocado and honey lavender. Choices change frequently, and the staff welcomes any new flavor suggestions.

2nd: Brown Dog Ice Cream, Cape Charles, 757-695-3868 3rd: Stevie’s Ice Cream, Kilmarnock Facebook: @SteviesIceCream, 804-435-2252

Indian Restaurant 1st: Amiraj ~ Modern Indian Kitchen 204 Monticello Ave., Williamsburg, 757-565-3200

From the owners of Nawab, Amiraj is a short drive from Colonial Williamsburg. This restaurant’s chef is all about flavor and creativity, with contemporary entrées like coconut seared scallops, and ingredients like mango powder, ancho chile dust, and iris water. If you are looking for something more traditional, their classics and specialties are always a hit.

2nd: Spice Palace Indian Restaurant, Williamsburg, 757-220-3030 3rd: Aago Indian/Nepalese Restaurant, Newport News, 757-873-3529



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Italian Restaurant 1st: Tony & Milena’s Pizzeria 2364 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Hayes, 804-684-0708

Seafood Restaurant 1st: Bubba’s Shrimp Shack Multiple locations, 804-684-5428

Started by a family from Sicily, Tony and Milena’s opened on Route 17 near Gloucester Point in 2007. The menu brings the food of their home country to fans of Italian cuisine and offers delicious entrees like Veal Sorrentino and a selection of pizzas in a variety of styles—New York, traditional, or European. Home delivery is now available.

Bubba’s brings you mouthwatering seafood and sides—all caught fresh and handcrafted in house. Menu items include fish and shrimp baskets, as well as catfish, flounder, and shrimp sold by the pound. No one can beat their signature sauce, so don’t forget to bring a hearty appetite.

2nd: Angelo’s Seafood & Steamer Bar, Montross Angelos.Rocks, 804-493-8694 3rd: Ambrogia Caffé & Enoteca, Cape Charles, 757-607-3026

2nd: Surf Rider Grill, Multiple locations, 757-216-7550 3rd: Merroir, Topping, 804-758-2871


Mexican Restaurant 1st: Los Portales Mexican


Fried fish sandwich from Bubba’s Shrimp Shack in Tappahannock.

Locations in Callao, Gloucester, Tappahannock, 804-443-0132 Family owned and operated since in 2006, Los Portales has become an Eastern Virginia favorite for lunch and dinner with authentic, made-fromscratch Mexican cuisine. Specializing in delicious favorites like gorditas and fajitas, Los Portales now offers outdoor seating at their Callao and Tappahannock locations.

2nd: Don Valerio’s, Locations in Eastville, Onley, 757-789-5226 3rd: Juan’s Mexican Cafe and Cantina, Locations in Hampton, Hayes, Newport News, 804-642-5401

Outdoor Dining

photo courtesy of bubba’s shrimp shack

1st: Merroir 784 Locklies Creek Rd., Topping, 804-758-2871 Known as Rappahannock Oyster Co.’s “tasting room” on the banks of the Rappahannock River, Merroir offers delicious small-plate-style cuisine that is singularly focused, seasonal, and ever-changing. Paired with craft brews and world-famous wines, each menu item is prepared raw or cooked on an outdoor grill, ensuring fresh and exciting choices for everyone.

2nd: York River Oyster Company Coastal Bar & Grill, Gloucester Point, 804-792-1511 3rd: Hole in the Wall Waterfront Grill, Gwynn’s Island, 804-505-1005

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Hooked on Seafood

Virginians crave Bubba’s Shrimp Shack. With five locations in Coastal Virginia, Bubba’s Shrimp Shack knows seafood. Its outposts in Gloucester, Grafton, Urbanna, Virginia Beach, and Tappahannock are popular spots for locals and tourists alike. The old-fashioned, shack-style menu features rockfish sandwiches, she-crab soup, fried shrimp, crab cakes, and more. If you can’t decide, go full sail for the Captain’s Basket, including a sampling of favorites with golden hushpuppies and two sides—the mac ’n’ cheese and fried okra are made in-house. Don’t forget to ask for their signature sauce for its perfect tangy goodness.


Sandwich Shop

1st: Anna’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

1st: The Cheese Shop 410 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, 757-220-0298

Anna’s bills itself as a destination restaurant with delicious, affordable food made from fresh ingredients. With a “host of mouth-watering dishes and scratch-made specials,” Anna’s promises a memorable dining experience. Online reviews rave about the “insane portions” and the “pleasant and accommodating staff.”

It’s no surprise that The Cheese Shop recently celebrated its 50th year. Consistently offering a superior selection of specialty foods and cheeses, the shop’s most popular item is its made-to-order sandwich menu—and its ultra-famous house dressing. The highest quality meats and cheeses are piled high on bread that’s baked fresh daily ensuring every sandwich is well worth the wait.

150 Old Fair Grounds Way, Kilmarnock, 804-435-8960

2nd: Angelo’s Seafood & Steamer Bar, Montross Angelos.Rocks, 804-493-8694 3rd: Southwind Pizza, Matthews, 804-725-2766

2nd: TASTE, Multiple locations, 757-425-3011 3rd: The Daily, Warsaw 804-333-3455

1st: Opus 9 Steakhouse 5143 Main St., Williamsburg, 757-645-4779 No one does steak quite like Opus 9, a restaurant known for its casual elegance and sophisticated ambiance. Menu offerings like a New York strip au poivre and bone-in filet mignon are memorable selections and can be paired with wine from an impressive list. Opus 9 makes the perfect spot for any special occasion.

2nd: The Oaks Restaurant, Lively Facebook: @Livelyoaks, 804-462-7050 3rd: Aberdeen Barn Steakhouse, Virginia Beach, 757-464-1580

Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare 1st: Food for Thought 1647 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, 757-645-4665 This restaurant creates a positive atmosphere that is intellectually and culinarily stimulating, with décor featuring biographical pictures of inventors, scientists, and social leaders. The menu has many vegetarian and vegan options, including the “Ultimate Vegetarian:” roasted spaghetti squash tossed with sun-dried tomato pesto, roasted garlic mushroom sauce, marinara, or vegan pesto served atop jasmine mushroom rice.

2nd: Culture Cafe, Williamsburg, 757-378-2556 3rd: Burgerndys, Chesapeake, 757-705-6778



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Best Food & Drink FOOD SHOPPING Bakery 1st: Out of the Oven Bakery 549 Rappahannock Dr., White Stone, 804-577-4187 For founders Marie and Cedrick Sanders, Out of the Oven Bakery is all about making sure everyone is taken care of. The bakery uses quality ingredients to make trusted favorites and custom orders, always for an affordable price. Stop in for a slice of their popular New York-style cheesecake, rich double chocolate croissant, or a fresh pecan sticky bun.

homemade fudge, and more. Boxes of assorted chocolates are popular, as well as chocolate-covered Oreos and turtles—giant, homemade, gooey clusters of pecans, caramel, and chocolate. Homemade fudge flavors include standards like caramel-chocolate-peanut, and watermelon, apple pie, and espresso crunch are just some of the more unusual varieties that are seasonally showcased.

2nd: Cape Charles Candy Company, 757-210-8050 3rd: Wythe Candy & Gourmet Shop, Williamsburg Facebook: @wythecandy, 757-229-4406

2nd: Michelle’s Sweet Treats, Warsaw, 804-761-7565 3rd: Carrot Tree Kitchens, Yorktown, 757-988-1999

Farmers Market


Located in Williamsburg’s Merchant Square, this extensive farmers market offers growers and producers the opportunity to sell Virginia-grown and made seasonal food and farm products direct to consumers. Featuring 40 vendors,

1st: Country Cottage 795 Rappahannock Dr., White Stone, 804-435-3812 Country Cottage is a one-stop shop for flowers, ice cream, gourmet sweets,

Susan Hall delivers a crab cake. Right: Fried fish with Car Wash Café’s signature cole slaw and sweet potato fries.

1st: Williamsburg Farmers’ Market 401 W. Francis St., Williamsburg, 757-259-3768

the market is a local favorite and an attraction for visitors.

Wine Shop

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

1st: Specials Wine Seller 52 S. Main St., Kilmarnock Facebook: @SpecialsWineSeller, 804-436-9463

1st: Gull Hummock Gourmet


115 Mason Ave., Cape Charles Facebook: Gull Hummock Gourmet Market, 757-331-1500 This gourmet market on the southern end of the Eastern Shore consistently garners five star reviews. “If I lived in Cape Charles, I’d be there every day,” gushed one Trip Advisor reviewer. With an outstanding selection of wine, cheese, and craft beer, Gull Hummock also offers plenty of snacks and samples, artisan breads, and Brown Dog ice cream.

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With an in-house certified sommelier and the largest selection of wines in the Eastern Virginia tri-town area surrounding Kilmarnock, you can discover wines of all origins, styles, tastes, and prices. The shop also offers tastings and serves wine by the glass or bottle alongside delicious charcuterie boards.

2nd: Gull Hummock Gourmet Market, Cape Charles Facebook: Gull Hummock Gourmet Market, 757-331-1500 3rd: Kelsick Specialty Market, Gloucester, 804-693-6500

2nd: The Cheese Shop, Williamsburg, 757-220-0298 3rd: J&W Seafood, Deltaville, 804-776-6400

This Car Wash Serves Great Crab Cakes

Customers clean plates and cars at Susan Hall’s Car Wash Café. How’s this for one-stop shopping? At Susan Hall’s Car Wash Café, you can enjoy a soft-shell crab sandwich, crab cake, or oysters—along with their famous cole slaw—and get a clean car, all in the same trip. Hall says the café menu was inspired by her mother, who worked in Southern restaurants her whole life. In fact, the pies on the menu are made using her mother’s recipes. At the Car Wash Café, customers come for the food. For breakfast, eggs Benedict are topped with a choice of oysters, a crab cake, or soft-shell crab. Grits are the real-deal, and the creamed chipped beef is made the old-fashioned way—with a slowsimmered, seasoned roux. Open five days a week for breakfast and lunch, this unpretentious spot offers indoor and outdoor dining and gluten-free and keto options. Catering services are also available. Hall says she just wanted to provide a spot where Kilmarnock’s locals and visitors could sit down and enjoy a casual


2nd: Dug In Farms, White Stone, 804-580-1567 3rd: Garners Produce, Warsaw, 804-493-3013

yet delicious breakfast or lunch. Be there before 2:00 p.m. on Sundays, or 2:30 p.m. from Wednesday through Saturday to get a taste of this repeat Best of Virginia winner. As one reviewer puts it: “Do not drive by and think ‘why would I eat at the car wash?’ The answer is simple: because it’s really good food, and you’ll regret it if you don’t!” Facebook: @carwashcafeva



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Best Food & Drink DRINK Brewery 1st: Gloucester Brewing Company 6778 Main St., Gloucester, 804-210-1407 One of the newer additions to Gloucester’s bustling Main Street, this hometown microbrewery has a country cool vibe and some seriously good beer. Founders Myron Ware and Mike Brewer are all about bringing people together, where a friendly environment, outstanding service, and quality beer rule. Food trucks are onsite on

weekends, or local restaurants will deliver to complete the experience.

2nd: Cape Charles Brewing Co., 757-695-3909 3rd: Alewerks Brewing Company, Williamsburg, 757-220-3670

Cidery 1st: Ditchley Cider Works 1571 Ditchley Rd., Kilmarnock, 804-435-3851 Dating to the 17th century, Ditchley is now home to Ditchley Cider Works just outside of Kilmarnock. This veteran-owned and operated maker of hard

apple cider; producer of pork, beef, and poultry products; and event venue boasts a mix of orchards, grass pastures, and wooded areas that support Belted Galloway cattle and Tamworth and Large Black heritage hogs. Along with hard cider, DCW sells standard cuts of beef and pork, and produces hand-made, nitrate and nitrite-free, artisan cased sausages.

2nd: Buskey Cider on the Bay, Cape Charles Facebook: @BuskeyCiderontheBay, 757-695-3412 3rd: Sly Clyde Ciderworks, Hampton, 757-755-3130

Dockside Dining

photos (clockwise from top): courtesy of merroir, york river oyster company, mallard’s on the wharf

To dine at these marina hotspots, no boat required. Whether you arrive by boat or by car, marina restaurants dish up sophisticated fare in relaxed waterfront settings. In Onancock, drop by Mallards on the Wharf and you might catch chef Johnny Mo—also an accomplished guitarist— strumming for the dinner crowd. Customer favorites here include Mo’s fresh Scottish salmon with lemon-horseradish beurre blanc, his “all crab” crab cakes, and an over-the-top filet with lobster cream sauce. At Gloucester Point’s York River Oyster Company, the appetizers include a killer sushi-grade ahi tuna tower with mango salsa, avocado, jasmine rice, and a balsamic drizzle. After dinner, step outside and take in the sailboats and motorboats docked in the slips at the York River Yacht Haven. Across from the old Locklies Marina in Topping, at the Merroir’s ceviche with flounder, shrimp, and scallops. Below: mouth of the Rappahannock River, you’ll find Merroir. Soft shell crab sandwich from There, the small plates on their rotating menu include York River Oyster Company. Angels on Horseback—oysters baked with herb butter and Edwards ham. Owned by the Rappahannock Oyster Company, Merroir serves the freshest around. in the Wall will deliver dinner to your boat. At Deltaville Tap and Raw Bar, take in views of Jackson Creek A Virginia Beach favorite for nearly 40 years, Rudee’s over their oysters, low country boils, or burgers (embellished with Restaurant and Cabana Bar is a great spot to sip a “docktail” crab or oysters, of course). And at Hole in the Wall Waterfront Grill while watching the fishing boats come in. Their Rudee’s Ruckus, on Gwynn’s Island, look for crab cakes, oysters, and tacos—fish a mix of rum, vodka, gin, blue Curaçao, pineapple, and sour mix, is or shrimp—topped with lime fresco sauce—on the menu. Feeling so potent there’s a two-per-customer limit. Classic fresh seafood, adventuresome? Try the Gwynn’s Island iced tea, a lethal combinasalads, burgers, and pastas rule the menu here, which also includes tion of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, triple sec, and sour mix topped with a a complete list of gluten-free selections. splash of Coke. If you’re tied up at nearby Narrows Marina, the Hole


Distillery 1st: Cape Charles Distillery 222 Mason Ave., Cape Charles, 757-695-3737 Established in 2017, Cape Charles Distillery sources only the finest locally grown ingredients for their handcrafted vodkas, gins, and whiskeys. Inspired by the state’s picturesque mountains and coastline, the distillery taps into the natural essence of Virginia by cooking local corn and grains with pristine Blue Ridge Mountain spring water.

2nd: Copper Fox Distillery, Williamsburg, 757-903-2076 3rd: Blue Sky Distillery, Smithfield, 757-746-8342

Specialty Cocktails 1st: Cape Charles Distillery 222 Mason Ave., Cape Charles, 757-695-3737 Established in 2017, Cape Charles Distillery has gained many fans with great ambience and refreshing, smooth, and flavorful cocktails. Using its own bourbon, whiskey, moonshine, and vodka, the team at this distillery creates exciting concoctions that celebrate and elevate the Virginiasourced ingredients that originally inspired them.

2nd: Blue Talon Bistro, Williamsburg, 757-476-2583 3rd: Adrift, White Stone, 804-577-4188

Winery 1st: Good Luck Cellars 1025 Good Luck Rd., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1416 Owners Paul and Katie Krop envisioned a community-based vineyard and winery on what was once land used for mining sand, gravel, and topsoil. Paul unexpectedly passed away in October 2020, but his passion for the science of winemaking comes to the forefront when tasting the flavorful and exciting wines that Good Luck Cellars has to offer.

2nd: Chatham Vineyards on Church Creek, Machipongo, 757-678-5588 3rd: The Williamsburg Winery, 757-229-0999

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The Lancaster Players

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Best Living & Recreation Annual Charity Event 1st: Barrier Islands Center Oyster Roast Fundraiser 7295 Young St., Machipongo, 757-678-5550

The Barrier Island Center is one of the Eastern Shore’s most vital educational resources, and its Annual Oyster Roast is its largest fundraiser, helping preserve the area’s unique coastal heritage. Local oyster houses manage roasting and steaming oysters and clams, and the silent auction showcases a variety of local talent—from artisans and restaurants to entrepreneurs and artists.

2nd: Bay School Annual Fine Arts Auction, Mathews, 804-725-1278 3rd: Chesapeake Academy Annual Auction, Irvington, 804-438-5575

Art Event 1st: An Occasion for the Arts Merchants Square, Williamsburg This arts extravaganza has become the area’s premier arts and music festival. Held the first weekend in October, AOFTA draws outstanding artists from around the country and is a fixture of Williamsburg’s rich cultural scene. Drawing nearly 100 artists, it features a Youth Arts Show, live performances on two stages, and a food hall.

2nd: 2nd Sundays Art & Music Festival, Williamsburg, 757-879-3029 3rd: Art and Music on the Farm at Machipongo, 757-678-5550

Entertainment for Adults 1st: Compass Entertainment Complex 100 Entertainment Dr., Irvington, 804-884-4356

A multi-purpose family entertainment center nestled in Virginia’s Northern Neck, Compass Entertainment Complex provides a quality entertainment and moviegoing experience in a family-oriented environment. The state-of-the-art entertainment venue features the area’s only multi-screen movie theater, in addition to an arcade, indoor adventure course, climbing


walls, go-karts, and a full-service restaurant and bar.

2nd: Rosie’s Gaming Emporium, Locations in Hampton, New Kent, 804-966-7223 3rd: Axe Republic, Williamsburg, 757-808-5397

Festival 1st: Urbanna Oyster Festival Drawer C – 390 Virginia St., Suite C, Urbanna, 804-758-0368 f The Urbanna Oyster Festival has remained a treasured event in Eastern Virginia for 65 years—and counting. Featuring the Virginia State Oyster Shucking Championship and the popular Fireman’s Parade, the festival also offers music, waterfront activities, arts and craft vendors, wine and beer tastings, delicious food, and a children’s carnival.

2nd: Daffodil Festival, Gloucester, 804-693-2355 3rd: Bacon, Bourbon & Music Fest, Smithfield, 757-869-0664

Historic Theater 1st: Historic Palace Theatre 305 Mason Ave., Cape Charles, 757-331-4327 The Historic Palace Theatre, in the heart of Cape Charles, is the town’s performing arts hub. Dating to 1941 and restored in the 1990s, it now offers a robust schedule of movies, plays, music, and dance performances. The nonprofit Arts Enter provides fine and performing arts education and programming at both the Historic Palace Theatre and nearby Lemon Tree Gallery.


Music Venue

1st: LOVEwork in Cape Charles Bay Avenue and Mason Avenue, Cape Charles, 757-210-8083

1st: Ferguson Center for the Arts 1 Avenue of the Arts, Newport News, 757-594-8752

With an L made of sea glass and seashells to represent the bayside community, a tractor tire as the O for agriculture, a V made of kayaks for outdoor adventure activities, and an E fashioned from crab pots for aquaculture, LOVEwork in Cape Charles artistically reflects the town’s rich history and community.

Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts stands out from the rest with its commitment to offering a broad range of performances. Designed by renowned architects I.M. Pei and Henry Cobb, the Ferguson Center is a world-class venue that has hosted headlining talent including Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett, and Joan Baez.

2nd: LOVEwork at Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park,, 804-776-7200 3rd: LOVEwork at Whitley’s Peanuts in Gloucester, 804-642-1975

Museum 1st: Chrysler Museum of Art One Memorial Place, Norfolk, 757-664-6200 In 1971, automotive heir William P. Chrysler donated most of his vast art collection to what was then the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences. It was renamed the Chrysler Museum of Art soon thereafter. According to The New York Times, Chrysler’s holdings were “one any museum in the world would kill for.” Now, 50 years and several expansions later, the Chrysler is one of the country’s most distinguished mid-sized museums.

2nd: American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 757-253-4838 3rd: Deltaville Maritime Museum, 804-776-7200

2nd: Flat Iron Crossroads, Gloucester, 804-699-3361 3rd: Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, 757-664-6464

Performing Arts Company 1st: The Lancaster Players 361 Chesapeake Dr., White Stone, 804-435-3776 What started out as a few Northern Neck moms wanting to find a creative outlet for their children has become one of the area’s most successful regional theaters. The all-volunteer Lancaster Players’ recent productions include Motherhood the Musical, The Savannah Sipping Society, and a live radio play of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.

2nd: The Westmoreland Players, Callao, 804-529-9345 3rd: The Court House Players, Gloucester, 804-815-8504

2nd: Virginia’s Li’l Ole Opry, Mathews, 804-725-7760 3rd: Kimball Theatre, Williamsburg, 800-249-0179

Going Vertical

Norfolk’s state-of-the-art rock climbing gym aims high. Did the documentary Free Solo inspire you? Learn the ropes (literally) at Norfolk’s Send It Climbing Gym. The 10,500-square-foot space was founded by four local climbers in 2017 after they realized the community lacked a modern climbing gym. “It’s an Olympic sport,” says founder Dallas Steitz. “The benefits range from team building and problem solving to building endurance and relieving stress.” Send It has something for every climber. Beginners learn the basics through an orientation class, while experienced climbers can tackle walls that stretch up to 43 feet.

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Radio Station 1st: WXGM AM 1420 634 Main St., Gloucester, 804-693-2105

At Home in Cape Charles

Long the number one radio station in Gloucester, Xtra 99.1 offers a unique and fun programming mix. Music from up-and-coming local talent as well as Billboard chart toppers are genres on rotation. Station culture is dedicated to community outreach and supporting a variety of area fundraisers.

Bay Creek redefines coastal living.

2nd: WGH FM 97.3, Virginia Beach, 757-490-9797 3rd: WJVA LPFM 106.5, Hampton, 470-344-9582

Special Event Venue 1st: Deltaville Maritime Museum 287 Jackson Creek Rd., Deltaville, 804-776-7200 In the heart of the Chesapeake Bay’s boatbuilding region is the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park. Celebrating the area’s rich nautical heritage and extraordinary boating history, the museum encourages visitors to learn about boatbuilding and watch skilled craftsmen produce replicas of the signature vessels that once plied the waters of the Bay.

2nd: Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, 757-664-6464 3rd: Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, 757-664-6200

PETS Dog Groomer

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1st: Blue Collar Dog Services 4155 George Washington Hwy., Hayes Facebook: @bluecollardogservices, 804-993-7023 Beau Davenport opened Blue Collar Dog Services in 2019 after gaining experience in PetSmart’s grooming department. He and his team make “your dog feel like part of our family” and specialize in dogs that are a bit more difficult to groom, whether due to health or behavioral issues or unruly fur.

2nd: 4 Leggers Daycare, Boarding and Grooming, Irvington Facebook: @4leggersnnk, 804-577-4280 3rd: Clip-It-Up Pet Grooming, Williamsburg, 757-220-0066

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Hikers stop to read about the ecology of Cape Charles.

Dog Training Company 1st: Belroi Agility and Obedience


6023 Gallopond Ln., Gloucester Facebook: @BelroiAgilityClub, 804-693-2167 From jumps and tunnels to cones and planks, agility courses test dogs’ physical and mental acuity through obstacles designed to challenge handlers and dogs alike. Belroi Agility and Obedience Center offers agility classes for all levels and its many obedience classes help bring out the best in your furry friend.

2nd: Citizen K9 Dog Training & Agility, Norfolk, 757-724-1332 3rd: Canine Obedience Training at Hunt Club, Locations in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, 757-427-2292

Pet Boarding/ Day Care

ensuring your furry friend will be well taken care of.

2nd: D.O.G.’s Daycare & Spa, Smithfield, 757-356-9909 3rd: Bay Rivers Boarding & Daycare, Yorktown 757-664-9681

Veterinary Hospital 1st: Cape Charles Animal Hospital 22491 Lankford Hwy., Suite B., Cape Charles, 757-695-8378 From routine wellness checks to surgical and dental care, Cape Charles Animal Hospital is the area’s choice for excellent veterinary care. Vet Nathan Higgins consistently gets five-star reviews for his compassion and patience, and the staff is praised for excellent customer service and flexibility.

2nd: Gloucester Veterinary Hospital,, 804-693-3030 3rd: Animal Care of Gloucester, Hayes, 804-642-5740

1st: 4 Leggers Daycare, Boarding


and Grooming

3413 Irvington Rd., Irvington Facebook: @4leggersnnk, 804-577-4280 This small business located in Virginia’s Northern Neck excels in offering the best personalized services for dogs and cats. 4 Leggers Daycare, Boarding and Grooming has a team of talented employees known for their caring demeanors and attention to detail,

Bay Creek, an award-winning planned community in Cape Charles that focuses on natural conservation, is generating lots of buzz. It offers a number of thoughtful amenities—all hallmarks of its parent company, Preserve Communities. It’s where small-town charm meets sophisticated coastal living. Here, a 350-acre nature preserve—open to the public—showcases the Eastern Shore’s diverse ecosystem. Hiking trails and bike paths are interconnected, and a resident naturalist offers guided tours on foot, by kayak, or canoe. Bay Creek combines distinctly designed homes and villas with 27 holes of golf, two miles of private bayfront beach, a fitness center, and fine dining at the Bay Creek’s renowned Coach House Tavern.

Family Entertainment 1st: Compass Entertainment


100 Entertainment Dr., Irvington, 804-884-4356

Complex provides a quality entertainment and moviegoing experience in a family-oriented environment. The state-of-the-art entertainment venue features the area’s only multi-screen movie theater, in addition to an arcade, indoor adventure course, climbing walls, go-karts, and a full-service restaurant and bar.

2nd: Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, 757-229-4386 3rd: Bethpage Miniature Golf & Ice Creamery, Urbanna, 804-758-4653

K-12 Independent School 1st: Chesapeake Academy 107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575 Located in Virginia’s Northern Neck, this independent school aims to provide a safe and nurturing environment for students’ academic, emotional, and social development. In 2019, the school opened an Arts & Innovation Hub and expanded the James Library, creating an integrated space for robotics, coding, digital arts, and video and audio production.

2nd: Aylett Country Day School, Millers Tavern, 804-443-3214 3rd: Cape Charles Christian School, 757-331-1717

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Best Living & Recreation TRAVEL Air Charter Service 1st: Bay Aviation 2649 Greys Point Rd., Topping, 804-436-2977 Bay Aviation’s skilled pilots design and instruct aviation courses and participate in several volunteer outreach programs, including the Forgotten Heroes Foundation, which connects pilots, engineers, and teachers with students in STEM programs. The pilots also fly for Pilots N’ Paws, an all-volunteer organization that coordinates transports to rescue animals across the country. Flight instruction at Bay Aviation is also offered, along with the necessary support to earn a private pilot’s license. Michael Repper conducting the Northern Neck Orchestra.

Small Town Charm Meets Big City Orchestra Northern Neck Orchestra celebrates 30 years.

Kilmarnock just might be the smallest town in the U.S. to boast a full-sized orchestra. Founded in 1991, Northern Neck Orchestra celebrates its 30th season this year with an impressive range of performances led by award-winning conductor Michael Repper, who has worked with the New York Youth Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, among others. With three to four concerts per season, the Northern Neck Orchestra brings beloved classical composers as well as Broadway compositions, and exciting, lesser-known pieces vividly to life. This month, the orchestra will perform works by Mendelssohn and the often overlooked English and French composers Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Louise Farrenc. The 2022-2023 season begins in the fall.

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1st: Chesapeake Academy 107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575 Known as a small school with a huge classroom and dynamic approach to education, Chesapeake Academy provides a safe and nurturing environment for students to develop academically, emotionally, and socially. The academy serves a diverse population in Virginia’s Northern Neck. Its campus includes a Nature Trail and Outdoor Classroom featuring direct access to Carter’s Creek.

2nd: Aylett Country Day School, Millers Tavern, 804-443-3214 3rd: Buoys and Gulls Preschool, Hartfield, 804-776-6250

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Summer Camp 1st: Chesapeake Academy Summer Camps 107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575

The summer camp offerings at Chesapeake Academy have a little something for every child. Kids can expect a summer of fun, exploration, and discovery participating in activities like paddle boarding, soccer, astronomy, visits to zoos and farms, and a STEM program for girls making full use of the school’s Arts & Innovation Hub.

2nd: Aylett Country Day School, Millers Tavern, 804-443-3214 3rd: Camp Piankatank, Hartfield, 804-776-9552

2nd: Coastal Sky Taxi, Topping, 804-436-3128 3rd: Hampton Roads Charter Service, Locations in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, 757-488-9044

Bed & Breakfast 1st: Bay Haven Inn 403 Tazewell Ave., Cape Charles, 757-331-2838 Patrons of Bay Haven Inn enthusiastically proclaim that its hosts, idyllic location, and comfortable accommodations are a wonderful combination of history and a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere. And despite the “no rush” vibe, there is still plenty to do. The inn is surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of the Eastern Shore, and close by are guided kayak tours with Southeast Expeditions, Kiptopeke State Park, and Sterrett Gardens.

2nd: Kilmarnock Inn, 804-435-0034 3rd: The Hope & Glory Inn, Irvington, 804-438-6053

Historic Site 1st: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-446-9240 Colonial Williamsburg offers more than 600 reconstructed original buildings, two world-class museums, and an extensive educational outreach program for students, educators, and history buffs alike. Serving as the capital of the colony and later the Commonwealth from 1699 to 1780, the site now includes historic taverns, lodging, shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides, and more.

2nd: Fort Monroe National Monument, 757-722-3678 3rd: Stratford Hall, 804-493-8038


Hotel 1st: The Tides Inn 480 King Carter Dr., Irvington, 804-438-5000 With a dedication to hospitality, the Tides Inn has long established itself as Virginia’s “Family Resort.” A secluded waterfront setting affords guests the luxury of space while providing a deep connection to this picturesque part of the state. Accommodations include picture windows and expansive views in a locale that’s perfect for romantic getaways and family vacations.

2nd: Hotel Cape Charles, 757-695-3854 3rd: The Williamsburg Inn, 757-220-7978

Resort 1st: The Tides Inn 480 King Carter Dr., Irvington, 804-438-5000 Recently reopened and refreshed, the Tides Inn now offers a variety of events and activities, including cooking demonstrations, kayak tours, wine excursions, and arts experiences in the newly created Maker Space.

2nd: Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, 757-229-9700 3rd: Cherrystone Family Camping Resort, Cape Charles, 757-331-3063

Tourist Attraction 1st: Busch Gardens 1 Busch Gardens Blvd., Williamsburg, 757-229-4386 Set on nearly 500 acres, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is one of the country’s most popular amusement parks. Different European hamlets are replicated in the style of villages in England, France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, and Ireland. The park is known for its Broadway-style productions and for showcasing each country’s authentic food, music, and festivals. Its world-famous roller coasters include Griffon, Loch Ness Monster, Alpengeist, and Apollo’s Chariot.

2nd: Colonial Williamsburg, 800-446-9240 3rd: Cape Charles Beach, 757-331-3259



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Dance Studio 1st: 7 Cities Ballroom Dance


5251 John Tyler Hwy., Suite 65-67, Williamsburg, 757-903-4867 7 Cities Ballroom Dance Studio is named for the seven cities that make up the Hampton Roads area. Now headquartered in Williamsburg, 7 Cities is run by Steve Kirvan who has 25 years of ballroom dancing experience. Steve has competed professionally throughout the Southeast, amassing a number of awards. Group classes and private instruction are available.

2nd: Chesapeake Dance Center, 757-361-9400 3rd: A Time To Dance, Virginia Beach, 757-490-8999

Golf Course 1st: Bay Creek 1 Clubhouse Way, Cape Charles, 757-331-8623

Learning To Fly

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Indoor skydiving offers fun without fear. “That was one of the coolest things we’ve ever done!” It’s a refrain Bob Pizzini hears from customers again and again. It’s often followed by “We can’t wait to do it again!” and “The kids are still talking about it!” And no wonder. Pizzini, CEO of iFLY Virginia Beach spends his days teaching people to fly. The first iFLY vertical wind tunnel opened in Orlando in 1998. A 26-year Navy veteran, Pizzini used similar facilities to train military skydivers, but he also saw “the great fun that everybody had.” At locations across the country, he watched families, birthday parties, and date-night couples enjoy flying. Inspired, Pizzini worked for six years to launch iFLY Virginia Beach, opened in 2015. Business has been “incredible,” Pizzini says. In addition to training professional and sport skydivers and welcoming the public, he has created a leadership development and team-building academy. Teams break the ice with a flight, then gather for leadership training in iFLY’s conference room.

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It’s all about “bringing people together through the dream of flight”—iFly’s mission. When people come, Pizzini says, “they have a wonderful experience with each other. They learn, they overcome a challenge, a fear of heights, a fear of falling, a fear of flying—all these things—in a way that’s very fun and very enjoyable. To see that every day, and to know that we deliver that every day, is just incredible.” After a training video, guests put on a flight suit and helmet, then enter the clear wind chamber. The instructor tips you into the air stream, and you float, weightless. The loud rush of air, like putting your head out a car window, is, Pizzini says, “a perfect simulation of falling out of an airplane”—except instead of the stomach-churning feeling of falling, you hover, controlling your motion with small movements. Beginners simply float, while advanced students rise and dive, turn upside down, and spin. It is one of the coolest things you’ll ever do. You won’t stop talking about it—and you’ll want to go again.

Bay Creek aims to bring families and nature together while preserving the Eastern Shore ecosystem. With a 27-hole course designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus along the Chesapeake Bay, you’ll enjoy the views as much as the game. Golfers of all ages and skill levels have the chance to take private lessons and group clinics with PGA Professionals.

2nd: Piankatank River Golf Course, Hartfield, 804-776-6516 3rd: Golden Eagle Golf Club, Irvington, 804-438-4460

Gym 1st: BodyFit, White Stone 578 Chesapeake Dr., White Stone, 804-436-2214 When the weather is fine, Bodyfit owner Ramona Darden takes advantage of the gym’s origins as a firehouse to open the garage doors for open-air classes. With 24/7 access to the fitness studio, and many classes and workshops to choose from, you’ll find becoming your healthiest self is easier than ever.

2nd: Body By D Locations in Gloucester, Yorktown, 757-369-8479 3rd: Northern Neck Family YMCA, Kilmarnock, 804-435-0223

Hiking or Biking Trail 1st: Freedom Park Trails 5537 Centerville Rd., Williamsburg, 757-259-4022 Freedom Park is a 600-acre forested retreat with two miles of multi-use trails and 20 miles of mountain bike trails. Also within Freedom Park is the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, the GoApe Treetop Adventure Course, and an interpretive center. Freedom Park’s rich history, which dates to the 1650s and includes a 19th-century Free Black Settlement, is sure to intrigue history buffs.

2nd: Virginia Capital Trail, Richmond to Williamsburg, 804-788-6453 3rd: The Mariners’ Noland Trail, Newport News, 757-596-2222

Specialty Fitness 1st: C-Fit Studio 143 N. Main St., Suite 100, Suffolk, 757-514-1180 C-Fit Studio is all about “honoring the body you were given and loving the skin you’re in.” Instructors help clients move safely and efficiently and encourage confidence and growth. Nutritional counseling, personal training, infrared sauna, and group classes in yoga, pilates, KAOS, fit core, cycle circuit, and more are offered.

2nd: Bdefined, Williamsburg, 757-345-6801 3rd: Abilities Abound Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, Callao, 804-529-5178

Tennis Facility 1st: Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center 4501 Parker Ave., Norfolk, 757-683-5312 Folkes-Stevens, on the Old Dominion University campus, is a membershipbased tennis facility spanning 74,000 square feet with eight indoor and 12 outdoor courts. All courts are hard surface. Ample spectator space includes comfortable seats, flat-screen TVs, and vending machines. Junior groups, adult leagues, stringing, and a pro shop are also available.

2nd: The Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club Racquet Program, Kilmarnock, 804-435-1340 3rd: Graham Slam Tennis, Chesapeake, 757-560-5400



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Best Services HEALTH Alternative Medicine 1st: Gate of Life Acupuncture 6604 Main St., Gloucester, 804-210-1749 Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner Brianna Teschner brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the area. After extensive study in the U.S. and China, she returned to her hometown of Gloucester to open Gate of Life in 2017. Her practice offers consultations, acupuncture, Tui Na and cupping, Celluma light therapy, and facials.

2nd: Family Chiropractic & Acupuncture, Portsmouth, 757-686-3716 3rd: Elements for Personal Healing, LLC, Yorktown, 757-598-2065

Counseling or Therapy Practice 1st: Chesapeake Counseling

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7296 York Ave., Gloucester, 804-695-2557 Chesapeake Counseling Associates provides a caring environment in which clients can work with professional counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, substance abuse counselors, and clinical psychologists. This private practice offers in-person and telehealth options to make scheduling convenient.

2nd: Coastal Counseling & Consulting, Accomac Facebook: Coastal Counseling & Consulting, 757-709-4602 3rd: Coastal Virginia Counseling and Mediation, Virginia Beach, 757-222-4944

Dental Practice 1st: David A. Newman Family


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61 Irvington Rd., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1220 Smiles are a top priority at this Northern Neck dental practice. In addition to cleanings and exams, Dr. David Newman offers a variety of general and cosmetic dental procedures, including implants, porcelain veneers and crowns, teeth whitening, and emergency visits.

2nd: Dr. Dale Lazar, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3008 3rd: Beach Dental Center, Virginia Beach, 757-496-0993

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Home Health Provider

Ophthalmology/ Optometry Practice

1st: Visiting Angels 68 S. Main St., Kilmarnock Facebook: @Visitingangels.NNMP, 804-435-2229

1st: Hampton Roads Eye Associates

Visiting Angels customizes comprehensive at-home care for seniors based on individual needs and preferences. With a mission to help older adults live happily and safely in the comforts of home while providing their families with peace of mind, Visiting Angels offers an alternative to residential nursing homes and serves the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

From routine eye care to complex medical conditions, the opthamologists, optometrists, and opticians at HREA are the area’s most trusted eyecare team. HREA’s comprehensive adult eye care includes treatment for cataracts, glaucoma, dry eye, red eye, trauma, cornea, and eyelid problems, along with retinal issues. Routine eye exams and pediatric ophthalmology are also offered.

2nd: Amedisys Home Health Care, Multiple locations, 757-223-5424 3rd: BrightStar Care, Williamsburg, 757-206-1167

Hospital 1st: Bon Secours Rappahannock

General Hospital

101 Harris Rd., Kilmarnock, 804-435-8000 Rappahannock General Hospital is a 75-bed, short-term, acute care hospital and offers quality, state-ofthe-art healthcare. RGH provides a wide array of inpatient services, along with many outpatient programs such as oncology and physical therapy. A dedicated 10-bed acute psychiatric treatment center is also on-site.

2nd: Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk, 757-668-7000 3rd: Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester, 804-738-8814

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2nd: The Eye Site, 2 locations in Tappahannock, 804-443-3901 3rd: Colonial Eye Care, Williamsburg, 757-903-2633

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice 1st: Virginia Facial Surgery 1157 First Colonial Rd., Suite 101, Virginia Beach, 757-496-8066 With a goal to offer the most advanced care in facial, cosmetic, and oral surgery, the highly skilled team at Virginia Facial Surgery, led by Dr. David Mueller, only works with the latest technological advancements and continually strives to exceed patient expectations. Valuing communication

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2nd: Coastal Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Implants, Inc., Williamsburg, 757-208-0138 3rd: Coastal Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Multiple locations, 757-517-8927

Orthodontic Practice 1st: Faber Orthodontics Locations in Kilmarnock, Tappahannock, 804-443-6419 Opened in 1986, Faber Orthodontics provides a safe and welcoming environment for oral health services and education. With a team of highly trained, compassionate, and personable professionals, this orthodontic practice delivers effective patient care and ethical treatment recommendations tailored to age and specific needs.

2nd: Eastern Virginia Orthodontics, Multiple locations, 757-583-2333 3rd: Dailey Ortho Locations in Hampton, Poquoson, 757-826-5075

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (OB/GYN) 1st: Riverside Partners in Women’s Health, Riverside OB/GYN Specialists Multiple locations, 800-675-6368

With highly skilled doctors, advanced practice providers and support staff, Riverside Partners in Women’s Health offers a full range of OB/GYN and surgical services for women of every age. This practice provides a holistic approach to women’s health, looking at all conditions that may impact a woman’s quality of life.

2nd: Dominion Women’s Health, St. Stephens Church, 804-925-6486 3rd: Chesapeake Regional Obstetrics & Gynecology, 757-312-6130

ASSEMBLY, A COWORKING SPACE in Norfolk, is forging collaborations between creatives and tech innovators. The membership-based community serves freelancers and solopreneurs along with startups and larger companies. With business amenities like podcast recording rooms, office suites, a library, bike repair station, boardroom, kitchen, rooftop deck, and more, the stylish Assembly campus is designed to promote collaboration. In the works, a planned renovation of the adjacent 1930s Sears & Roebuck buildings will bring an additional 53,000 square feet to Assembly’s workspace, with construction slated to begin in 2023.



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Orthopedic Practice 1st: Hampton Roads Orthopedics Spine & Sports Medicine Multiple locations, 757-873-1554

From sports injuries to broken bones and worn out joints, the team at Hampton Roads Orthopedics Spine & Sports Medicine can treat just about any orthopedic-related ache and pain. HROSM is consistently recognized for its comprehensive orthopedic care, innovative minimally invasive surgical techniques, compassionate patient-centered care, and an engaged team who deliver excellent customer service.

2nd: CHKD Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Multiple locations, 757-668-6550 3rd: Hampton Roads Foot & Ankle Specialists Locations in Hampton, Williamsburg, 757-220-3311

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Show Them the Money

Kids learn valuable lessons from financial literacy. Even young children can learn valuable financial skills by handling real money, says Felicia Stovall of Chesapeake Wealth Management. “The experience of holding

the money is much more real than looking at it on a screen.” She says it’s important for kids to understand that money is a limited resource.

Stovall’s two sons manage their own cash jars to save for specific goals—in her house, that often means Legos. The children earn money using a coupon system. A chore chart, posted on the fridge, lists a dollar amount for individual chores. When the boys have enough saved, they head to the store to complete the lesson. Stovall says, “They hand the money to the cashier and also receive any change.” Chesapeake Wealth Management is a part of Chesapeake Bank, whose website features a free online program on teaching money management using real-life scenarios.

Pediatric Practice 1st: Children’s Clinic Locations in Gloucester, Newport News, 757-595-0358 Established in 1937, Children’s Clinic frequently sees grandparents and great grandparents who grew up using their services bringing their own grandchildren in for care. It is this longstanding mission to serve as a community resource to generations of patients that makes them one of the best in the medical business.

2nd: Courthouse Pediatrics, Gloucester, 804-695-0305 3rd: General Booth Pediatrics, Virginia Beach, 757-668-6700

Physical Therapy Practice

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1st: Belfield Physical Therapy Multiple locations, 804-333-8222 Belfield Physical Therapy was established with a mission to offer quality one-on-one physical therapy services to the Northern Neck. Since opening in 2003, the business has grown to offer a wide variety of services including aquatic therapy, physical therapy, and wellness programs that help patients achieve their rehabilitation goals.

2nd: APEX Physical Therapy & Movement Center, Williamsburg, 757-969-5200 3rd: Carousel Physical Therapy Locations in Hartfield, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3435

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Primary Care Practice 1st: Bon Secours Lively

Medical Center

36 Lively Oaks Rd., Lively, 804-462-5155 Bon Secours Lively Medical Center serves the broader Lancaster community. A knowledgeable and professional staff can address a multitude of medical needs—from annual physicals to chronic disease care, women’s services, immunizations, and well-child care. For emergencies, physicians are available 24 hours a day.

2nd: Sentara Family Medicine Physicians, Multiple locations Facebook: @SentaraHealth, 800-736-8272 3rd: Bay Internists, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3103

BEAUTY Cosmetic Surgery Practice 1st: Virginia Facial Surgery 1157 First Colonial Rd., Suite 101, Virginia Beach, 757-496-8066 Dr. David Mueller has been practicing in Hampton Roads for 27 years and founded Virginia Facial Surgery in 2001. Its primary mission is to provide clients with individualized treatments utilizing proven techniques in a professional, friendly,

and safe environment. Working exclusively in facial procedures, the practice steers clear of fads and focuses solely on procedures that give long-lasting results.

2nd: Associates in Plastic Surgery, Locations in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, 757-330-6747 3rd: Cosmetic Surgery Center, Virginia Beach, 757-497-5400

Dermatology Practice 1st: Pariser Dermatology


Multiple locations, 757-622-6315 This dermatology practice has provided services to the Hampton Roads community for almost 75 years. Now in six offices across Eastern Virginia, their services have expanded to include Mohs surgery, a variety of light therapies, and a full range of cosmetic dermatology services. Pariser treats all skin conditions and concerns under one roof and enables a seamless patient experience.

2nd: Dermatology Consultants of Gloucester, 804-693-6527 3rd: Atlantic Dermatology Associates Locations in Cape Charles, Virginia Beach, 757-481-1666

Hair Salon or Barber Shop 1st: Bridgewaters Salon & Spa 6661 Hickory Fork Rd., Hayes, 804-693-6272 The team at Bridgewaters Salon & Spa believes in connecting beauty, environment, and well-being. This Aveda salon designs treatments that restore balance using nurturing, high-touch approaches. Services include hair styling, massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and more.

2nd: Split Enz, Gloucester, 804-693-5343 3rd: Blown Away, Locations in Hayes and Yorktown, 804-642-5064

Spa 1st: Bridgewaters Salon & Spa 6661 Hickory Fork Rd., Hayes, 804-693-6272 Bridgewaters primps and pampers using Aveda aromas and techniques. The Tulasara™ facial combats acne, as well as dry, oily, aging, uneven, and sensitive skin for a natural glow. For total relaxation, book an Aveda aroma massage for deep-tissue attention, or schedule an Aveda Signature Aqua Body Polish for full-body exfoliation.

2nd: Blown Away, Locations in Hayes, Yorktown, 804-642-5064 3rd: Body Shoppe Spa & Salon, Yorktown, 757-596-4847



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Architecture Firm 1st: Stroud Architects +


Plumbing/HVAC Company

6558 Main St. 1A, Gloucester, 804-699-1015 Providing architectural design, historic preservation, and construction administration, Stroud Architects + Associates delivers results utilizing more than 50 combined years of expertise. This full-service firm located in Gloucester specializes in residential and commercial design, and recognizes the importance of forging collaborative and creative relationships between client and architect during the design process.

2nd: GuernseyTingle, Williamsburg, 757-220-0220 3rd: Hanbury, Norfolk, 757-321-9600

Greenhouse and Nursery 1st: Brent & Becky’s Bulbs 7900 Daffodil Ln., Gloucester, 804-693-3966 Third generation bulb growers and experts, Brent & Becky Heath are horticulture superstars. Their eight-acre Chesapeake Bay Friendly Garden is a mini-botanical garden showcasing plants that thrive in the region, and two seasonally published catalogs feature thousands of blooming bulbs and plants to make any landscape a stand out. Catch Brent on-site for some sagely plant advice and shop in the Bulb Shoppe, a gardener’s paradise.

2nd: Anderson’s, Locations in Newport News, Virginia Beach, 757-599-3510 3rd: Bloxom’s Nursery, Hampton, 757-851-0721

Home Builder 1st: Chip Hudnall Custom Building 5273 Jesse Dupont Hwy., Wicomico, 804-580-2415 From luxury homes to getaway cabins, Chip Hudnall Custom Building gets the job done. “I really love building homes for our clients and watching their dreams become real,” Hudnall says. By providing custom home construction, commercial construction, remodeling, and deck and porch building, making clients happy is the goal of the team at Chip Hudnall Custom Building.

2nd: Bragg & Company Real Estate, Kilmarnock, 804-435-2299 3rd: Charles Ross Homes, Williamsburg, 757-565-5630

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1st: Bud’s Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Electric Locations in Chesapeake, Yorktown, 757-890-2600

MORE PEOPLE HAVE HAD skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Protect your skin this summer by following these tips from the Mid Atlantic Dermatology Center, with locations in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. First, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF rating of 15. Next, plan ahead. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you’re in the sun—and re-apply every two to three hours. Finally, accessorize. Mid Atlantic’s dermatologists recommend wearing sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and protective clothing to minimize sun exposure.,

Home Furnishings Store

Kitchen and Bath Design Firm

1st: Bay & River Home Decor 2 N. Main St., Kilmarnock Facebook: Bay & River Home Decor, 804-436-1900

1st: Baldwin Cabinet Shop 3693 Richmond Hwy., Tappahannock, 804-443-5421

Bay & River Home Decor offers a vast array of home furnishings and gifts. Think comfy furniture upholstered in durable, colorful fabrics with nautical themes like coral and fish. Rounding out its well-curated gift section, which includes a baby boutique and nautically inspired accessories. The company takes pride in selling all Americanmade furniture.

2nd: W. F. Booth & Son Inc., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1329 3rd: Carrollton Furniture, Carrollton, 757-238-3664

Interior Design Firm 1st: Elizabeth Interiors Williamsburg, 757-713-1223 This full-service interior design firm is known for translating customer needs and wants into livable, beautiful spaces. Designer and owner Elizabeth Kennis brings a wealth of experience to the table—from custom window treatments to whole-house projects. She is known for her superior attention to detail, keen logistical planning, and top-notch customer service.

2nd: Cindy Lloyd Design, Warsaw, 804-761-3715 3rd: Decorating Den Interiors (Elaine Moore), Heathsville, 804-580-3939

Located in Tappahannock, Baldwin Cabinet Shop specializes in high-end, customized, solid wood cabinets, as well as cabinet doors and dovetail drawers for residential kitchen, vanities, and closets. Baldwin also provides crown molding installation. The shop is staffed with master craftsmen and has been in the Tappahannock community for more than 50 years.

2nd: Bancroft Kitchen & Bath, Virginia Beach, 757-988-1100 3rd: B&T Kitchens and Baths, Virginia Beach, 757-502-8625

Landscape Design 1st: Browder-Hite Landscaping 11254 Broadwater Rd., Exmore, 757-442-5296 Browder-Hite is a landscape design and installation firm that also offers tree and plant care, maintenance, paver-patio design and installation, along with a myriad of services to meet the needs of its residential and commercial landscape customers. BrowderHite services the entire Eastern Shore and provides professional know-how and creativity to complete each job.

2nd: Booth’s Landscaping Co., Kilmarnock, 804-435-6416 3rd: Basnight Land & Lawn, Chesapeake, 757-436-9617

Available 24/7, this plumbing and HVAC company delivers consistent, quality service. Online reviews rave about reasonable prices, friendly staff, and reliable service. Serving the Hampton Roads area, Bud’s can be contacted to schedule an at-home consult.

2nd: Atlantic Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., Multiple locations, 757-838-1036 3rd: American Mechanical, Virginia Beach, 757-428-0651

Real Estate Firm 1st: Blue Heron Realty Co. 113 Mason Ave., Cape Charles, 757-678-5200 This local, family-owned firm specializes in waterfront and water access property on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Partnering with a wide network of mortgage companies, attorneys, surveyors, architects, and home builders, the team at Blue Heron strives to provide its customers an enjoyable experience.

2nd: Bragg & Company Real Estate, Kilmarnock, 804-435-2299 3rd: Horsley Real Estate, Multiple locations, 804-758-2430

Retirement Community 1st: Rappahannock WestminsterCanterbury 132 Lancaster Dr., Irvington, 804-438-4000

Located on 165 acres, Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury (RW-C) boasts a thriving continuing care community providing quality living experiences for senior residents. Fans say RW-C employs a caring and compassionate staff. Services include nursing care, help with dressing, and a mental wellness program. Choose from a variety of continuing care options, including At Home with RW-C, a stayin-your-own-home program.

2nd: Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach, 757-496-1785 3rd: Colonial Heritage, Williamsburg, 757-229-5205



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Marks-Bristow Funeral Home Tappahannock, Virginia 22560 804-443-2210

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Best Services Bank/Credit Union

Car Wash

1st: Chesapeake Bank Multiple locations, 877-436-9032

1st: Buggy Bathe Car Wash,

Detailing & Auto Services

Denhart, Clarke & Co. specializes in tax planning and preparation, but their expertise includes a variety of additional accounting services that meets the needs of individuals and businesses. From basic tax management to more comprehensive services such as audits and financial statements, Dehnert, Clarke & Co. has offices in Mathews and Irvington.

The roots of Chesapeake Bank stretch deep into the sandy soil of the Northern Neck. What first started as Lancaster National Bank, with watermen, farmers, and small business owners among its first clients, has emerged as a well-respected leader in community banking. Now offering a myriad of services, including wealth management and merchant services, Chesapeake Bank now has 16 branches throughout the Middle Peninsula, Williamsburg, and Richmond.

Buggy Bathe Car Wash, Detailing & Auto Services is a one-stop shop for your car wash needs. With two convenient locations—in Williamsburg and Virginia Beach—Buggy Bathe operates a touchless car wash system which culminates in a beautiful shine for your vehicle. From oil changes to auto servicing, car washing or detailing, Buggy Bathe gets the job done.

2nd: Carmines, Robbins & Company, PLC, Newport News, 757-873-8585 3rd: Burks’ Bookkeeping & Tax Service, Newport News, 757-595-6966

2nd: Atlantic Union Bank, Multiple locations, 800-990-4828 3rd: Chartway Federal Credit Union, Multiple locations, 800-678-8765

Auction Company

Car Dealer

SERVICES Accounting Firm 1st: Dehnert, Clarke & Co. Locations in Irvington, Mathews, 804-438-5656

1st: Atlantic Asset Management


1195 Lance Rd., Norfolk, 757-461-6867 Atlantic Asset Management Group has over 40 years of experience working with credit attorneys, trustees, and special asset managers. These special relationships enable the team to quickly liquidate assets. They offer personalized service and are fully licensed and bonded. Known for effectively turning assets into resources, the experts at Atlantic Asset stand at the ready to assist their clients.

2nd: Barrett Street Auction Center, Virginia Beach, 757-463-1911 3rd: Aaron, Ryan and Jones Realty and Auctions, Virginia Beach Facebook: @arjrealtyandauctions, 757-523-0052

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Find cabinets and countertops in one stop. For anyone renovating a kitchen or bath, choosing quality cabinets begins with finding a trusted dealer. Jim’s Cabinet Creations, of White Stone, provides custom kitchen and bath cabinetry from top brands like Omega, Waypoint Living Spaces, Homecrest, KitchenCraft, and Mantra— in a range of style and price points. In business since 1984, Jim’s also offers countertop options, from granite, quartz, and soapstone, to Corian®, Silestone, and more.

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1st: Bareford Buick GMC 603 Church Ln., Tappahannock, 804-443-3500 Located in Tappahannock, Bareford Buick has been serving its community since 1947. Customers love its fast service; many return to purchase additional vehicles. Bareford wants to be “your dealer for life” and is dedicated to making that happen. The dealership is proud to be the longestlasting in Tappahannock and the Northern Neck.

2nd: Bill Hudgins GMC, Gloucester, 804-792-1807 3rd: Barton Ford, Suffolk, 757-539-1595


Locations in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, 757-220-9315

2nd: Buckets Car Wash, Williamsburg, 757-206-1876 3rd: Carrollton Car Wash, Carrollton

Caterer 1st: Car Wash Café & Catering 481 North Main St., Kilmarnock Facebook: @CarWashCafeVa, 804-435-0405 This beloved caterer and breakfast spot originated as a convenience store with an attached car wash. Since the restaurant opened in 2005, it has served patrons delicious American staples and catered weddings, birthdays, graduations, and more. Whether you are dining in, carrying out, or having your event catered, Car Wash Café & Catering will surely satisfy.

2nd: Berry’s Catering, Tappahannock 804-370-4130 3rd: Carried Away Cuisine, Kilmarnock Facebook: @CarriedAwayCuisine, 804-435-9191

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Financial Planning Firm 1st: Davenport & Company Multiple locations, 804-780-2000 Independent and employee-owned since 1863, Davenport & Company is a trusted financial advisor to generations of families and institutions. The firm fosters a collaborative environment in which time-tested principles are combined with current analytical tools to create effective investment strategies. The firm is currently positioning itself for the future by upgrading their platforms and technology to better serve clients.

2nd: Chesapeake Wealth Management, Locations in Kilmarnock, Williamsburg, 888-653-9088 3rd: Coastal Tax Preparation and Planning LLC, Newport News 757-926-5353

Funeral Home 1st: Currie Funeral Home 116 E. Church St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1077 This Kilmarnock funeral home began in 1924 under the name “A.C. Elmore Furnishing Undertaker.” Over time the business has changed hands and names but has always prioritized professionalism and courtesy towards its clients. For funeral, burial, or cremation services, Currie Funeral Home will guide you through the process with care.

2nd: Welch Funeral Home, Locations in Montross, Warsaw, 804-333-3770 3rd: Faulkner Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Multiple locations, 804-758-2315

Law Firm 1st: Hubbard, Terry & Britt 293 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5522 From land use and zoning laws, decoding workers compensation benefits, or understanding estate planning jargon, the experts at Hubbard, Terry & Britt offer a variety of legal services. Serving the Northern Neck since 1977, the practice takes pride in its commitment to its clients and community.

2nd: Dunton, Simmons & Dunton, White Stone, 804-435-4000 3rd: Rumsey & Bugg, Irvington, 804-438-5588



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Best Shopping Antiques

Book Store

Consignment Shop

1st: Kilmarnock Antique Gallery 144 School St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1207

1st: Peach Street Books 401 Mason Ave., Cape Charles, 757-273-6449

1st: Periwinkles Consignment Boutique

Lynn and Steve Bonner opened Kilmarnock Antique Gallery in June 1996 with only five vendors, worked seven days a week, and were closed only two days a year. In its 25th year in business, it remains one of the most beloved antique galleries in the state of Virginia, showcasing quality dealers and providing excellent customer service.

In the historic buildings of a 1930s Pure Oil Station and 1950s three-bay garage, Peach Street Books holds over 10,000 gently used books and 500 new titles, plus a coffee shop featuring Eastern Shore Coastal Roasting Co. coffee. Relax with a good book and a hot cup of joe in this quaint Cape Charles treasure.

2nd: Williamsburg Antique Mall, 757-565-3422 3rd: Acme Antiques, Tappahannock Facebook: Acme Antiques Tappahannock, 804-925-6471

2nd: The Book Nook, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3355 3rd: Book Bin, Onley, 757-787-7866

215 Mason Ave., Cape Charles, 757-678-2481

Located on Mason Avenue in Cape Charles, Periwinkles Consignment Boutique offers upscale women’s clothing, accessories, and local artisan items in an eclectic boutique environment. A love of fashion, thrifting, and recycling items inspired the owner to open the award-winning boutique, providing customers with unique finds for a fraction of retail prices.

2nd: Rivah Consignments, Kilmarnock Facebook: @RivahConsignments, 804-435-8999 3rd: The Velvet Shoestring, Williamsburg, 757-220-9494


Fine Jewelry Store 1st: Burke’s Fine Jewelers Locations in Kilmarnock, Warsaw, 804-435-1302 Serving the Northern Neck since 1969, Burkes Fine Jewelers specializes in custom designs and one-of-a-kind pieces, and offers remounting, repairs, appraisals, watch battery replacement, and engagement and bridal pieces. In business for over 51 years, this jewelry store provides nothing but the finest treasures, the most accommodating service, and friendly smiles when you walk through the door.

2nd: Ross’s Fine Jewelers, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3529 3rd: Moonrise Jewelry, Cape Charles, 757-678-0055

A Bookworm’s Paradise

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Chincoteague Island’s Sundial Books charms with its small town appeal. “When we opened in 2007, there were three other bookstores in Chincoteague,” says coowner Jane Richstein of Sundial Books, “now it’s just us.” But even through the past two years, says Richstein’s husband and co-owner, Jonathan, “the community as a whole stepped up to support us.” The boom in online book sales has helped, too. “We’ve had to pay much more attention to our

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online presence, but it’s going well.” Located just off the water—perfect for the back porch music jams Sundial once hosted—the shop stands across from the Chincoteague Island Theatre on Main Street. The storefront’s big glass windows are perfect for eye-catching displays of must-read titles. “Most are seasonal or when new books come out, especially if

they’re local,” says Jane. They have a variety of local artists displayed there as well. “We want folks to see it and encourage them to come in and look at more,” Jane adds. With two floors of used and new books by regional and national authors, it’s a bookworm’s paradise. “Misty of Chincoteague and other pony books are always bestsellers,” Jonathan notes. But if you’re in

the market for something else, the owners are more than happy to help you find your literary soulmate from their vast collection of fiction, tourist guides, art books, and much more. Though Sundial’s winter hours were reduced, warm weather signals expanded hours. And events are making their way back onto their schedule. “Book signings have been something we’ve done from the beginning,” says Jonathan. And they hope to do a few poetry readings in the future. So far, the Richsteins show no signs of slowing down. “We enjoy what we do, though. We love our customers; some are like family. It’s gonna take a combination of things to get us to stop.”



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Best Shopping Florist Shop 1st: Smith’s Florist & Gift Shoppe 6626 Main St., Gloucester, 804-693-2010 Located in charming Gloucester Courthouse, Smith’s Florist & Gift Shoppe has been a fixture on Main Street since 1964. Family owned and operated, the expert designers at Smith’s offer an assortment of arrangements for all occasions—from weddings, birthdays, thank yous, holidays, and just because—as well as gourmet and fruit baskets. Online reviewers rave about the Smith team going the extra mile.

2nd: The Wild Bunch, Kilmarnock, 804-435-1044 3rd: Seagrass Floral & Apothecary, Cape Charles, 757-695-2130

Gift Store 1st: The Rivah 49 S. Main St., Kilmarnock Facebook: @ShopTheRivah, 804-577-4291 Kilmarnock’s “The Rivah” has onestop shopping for the brands you crave. Simply Southern, Live Oak, and Lilly Pulitzer are just a few of the faves in stock. Items such as bath bombs, jewelry, apparel, and one-ofa-kind fun finds make for an enjoyable shopping experience. Customers

love the hospitable atmosphere and awesome selection.

2nd: Colonial Collectibles, Warsaw, 804-333-0581 3rd: River Birch Gifts, Locust Hill, 804-758-8814

Men’s Clothing Store 1st: Waterline 80 S. Main St., Kilmarnock Facebook: @ShopWaterline, 804-577-4160 Located in the popular downtown shopping area of Kilmarnock, Waterline stocks a variety of cool coastal styles. This store fulfills all of your apparel, footwear, and accessory needs from classic brands like Vineyard Vines, Fish Hippie, Heybo, and Socksmith. Waterline offers a taste of summer with their styles all year long.

2nd: Weekends Fashions, Kilmarnock, 804-577-4041 3rd: T-Town Tack, Tappahannock, 804-443-4614

Sports now boasts more than 10,000 square feet that’s stocked with turkey calls and duck decoys, rods and reels, clothing, Yeti products, guns, ammo, and plenty of Northern Neck bling. RW is known throughout the Northern Neck as Callao’s one-stop shop for hunting and fishing gear.

2nd: Bailey’s Bait and Tackle, Cape Charles, 757-331-1982 3rd: Eastern Shore Outfitters, Exmore, 757-442-4009

Women’s Clothing Store 1st: The Dandelion 4372 Irvington Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5194 The Dandelion has been a destination for fashion-forward ladies of the Northern Neck and beyond for more

EASTERN VIRGINIA than 40 years. Housed in a charming former parsonage built during the Steamboat Era, The Dandelion has been described as a “living catalog” and a “treasure trove” of fabulous ladies’ clothing, accessories, and gifts from around the world that owners Sheila Broderick Brown and Jean Ward-Smith have carefully curated.

2nd: The Rivah, Kilmarnock Facebook: @ShopTheRivah, 804-577-4291 3rd: Angie’s Strength & Style Boutique, Warsaw, 804-761-0211

Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter 1st: RW’s Sports 1434 Northumberland Hwy., Callao, 804-529-5634 Once a simple tackle shop with some saltwater bait, tackle, and t-shirts, RW

Smart Car Buying

Car-shopping tips when the supply chain is strained. Make, model, mileage. Leather seats or sunroof? There’s a lot to consider when buying a car. Now, add microchips to the list. Turns out a global scarcity of chips is causing a car shortage. And, unfortunately, these problems aren’t ending anytime soon, say experts at Consumer Reports and Edmunds. Wait to buy a car, if possible. But if you need new wheels now, follow these car-buying pointers:

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Be flexible. Finding a car that checks all of your boxes might not be realistic right now. Instead, decide what features matter most, whether it’s price, mileage, passenger count, or towing capacity, then check for different makes and models that might do the job. Shop around. Instead of just checking stock at local dealers, cast a wider net. A dealer farther afield might have “your” car in stock or listed at a better price. Expect higher prices. When supply is low and demand is high, dealers aren’t inspired to negotiate. According to the experts at Edmunds, “These days, paying MSRP might actually be a ‘good deal,’ relatively speaking.” Consumer Reports notes that “large pickup trucks and SUVs have seen the biggest increases, while smaller

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cars, sedans, hatchbacks, and front-wheel drive SUVs have had smaller price hikes.” Expect higher prices on used cars, too. Some experts say the average used car price will soon top $30,000, a first in this category. Be prepared to buy now. Cars don’t last on lots, so when you do find “the one,” act quickly. Go ahead and arrange financing and get a quote on your trade-in, so when the right car comes along, you’ll be prepared to move on it. But expect to wait. The best way to get exactly what you want: order it from the dealer. Although lead times can stretch to 12 weeks or longer, if you have your heart set on a particular hybrid or truck—in your favorite color—your patience will pay off.

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A WHOLE LOT URBAN and more than a little rural, Northern Virginia combines the sophisticated city spirit of neighboring D.C. with some of the state’s most beautiful countryside and treasured historic sites. We love Old Town Alexandria’s waterfront, Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, and the charming Loudoun County village of Waterford. The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center was voted Number 1 in the region's museum category. Here, you can see the Air France Concorde (New York to Paris at the speed of sound!) along with the Space Shuttle Discovery. Or hike Great Falls Park to hear water rushing over ancient boulders. Best of Virginia’s Northern region is also home to 68 wineries (last count, that is), a vibrant restaurant scene, and plenty of shopping. Here, find out what locals love most about their neck of the woods.


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NORTHERN VIRGINIA CITIES: - Alexandria - Fairfax - Falls Church

- Manassas - Manassas Park

COUNTIES: - Arlington - Fairfax - Fauquier

- Loudoun - Prince William - Stafford

A selection of dishes from Sisters Thai. Right: Tammie Disayawathana with her husband Jaturon Srirote and daughter Janita.

Dishing up Deliciousness

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favorite? From food trucks to fine dining to barbecue joints, it’s about great food that reflects a sense of place. Like they say at Red Truck Rural Bakery—a 10-time winner—the cakes are “made with love and butter in the Virginia piedmont.” When you put your heart into food, use the finest ingredients, and make your customers feel right at home, you’ve got an irresistible combination. Sisters Thai, now a three-time winner, earns raves for its living room style. Each of the Sisters locations—from Fairfax to Alexandria and Vienna—feels like home, complete with artfully arranged bookshelves and portraits on the walls. A Tysons location will open later this year. Sure, the food is delicious, but customers come back for the homey atmosphere as well. This year marks the ninth win to date for L’Auberge Chez François in Great Falls, where executive chef Jaques Haeringer carries on in the Alsatian tradition of his father, François, serving

fine French food that satisfies appetite and soul. And at Arlington’s Heidelberg Bakery—with 14 Best of Virginia wins—owner Wolfgang Büchler has the devotion of his customers. But it took time for them to embrace his crusty European bread. That was back in the 1970s. Now Büchler and his wife, Carla, have expanded the business to include deli foods, pastries, and even wedding cakes—often made for the grandchildren of the shop’s earliest patrons. Also returning for a win this year, Bob & Edith’s Diner has been dishing up unfussy fare for more than 50 years. Classics like burgers, subs, meatloaf, grilled cheese, hand-spun milkshakes, and omelets and eggs every-which-way remain customer favorites. Now run by Bob and Edith’s son, Greg Bolton and his two children, this diner is carrying on the family legacy. There’s a reason why Monk’s BBQ has been a Best of Virginia winner three times and again this year: smoke. Pro pitmasters take no shortcuts during the cooking process, which translates to long

For Sisters Thai, it’s about serving consistent food that tastes great every time in a space that feels like our living room. If you see bookshelves with colorful books—that’s us.” —Tammie Disayawathana, Sisters Thai nights, but unparalleled flavor. Customers flock for their authentic brisket, pulled pork, pastrami, spare ribs, burnt ends, and turkey—all seasoned and rubbed and smoked to perfection. It’s the secret to their success.


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Best Living & Recreation

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Best Food & Drink RESTAURANTS Asian Restaurant 1st: Sisters The Extraordinary Café 4004 University Dr., Fairfax, 703-267-9618 With a cozy ambience of books and flowers, this café has been serving Asian cuisine since 2012 in the Main Street area. They have a multitude of menu options from curry to roasted duck, and their dessert selections are based on Thai recipes.

2nd: Four Sisters Restaurant, Falls Church, 703-539-8566 3rd: Peking Gourmet Inn, Falls Church, 703-671-8088

Barbecue Restaurant 1st: Monk’s BBQ 251 N. 21st St., Purcellville, 540-751-9425 A family-owned restaurant, this is the place to go for slow-cooked brisket, pastrami, pork, and ribs. Monk’s also offers a wide selection of local brews and an impressive list of bourbons. Every Friday and Saturday feature live music from bands around the area.

2nd: The Bone BBQ, Locations in Gainesville, Manassas, 703-753-5551 3rd: Willard’s Real Pit BBQ, Locations in Chantilly, Reston, 703-488-9971

Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Coffee Shop or Roaster

1st: Bob & Edith’s Diner Locations in Alexandria, Arlington, Springfield, 703-594-0280

1st: Caffé Amouri 107 Church St. NE, Vienna, 703-938-1623

This iconic, family-run diner is open 24/7 and has been promising exceptional value, service, and hospitality since 1969. Originally a 10-stool countertop run by Robert and Edith Bolton, the business has grown to include five locations in Northern Virginia and is a local favorite for breakfast and brunch.

Located on historic Church Street, this caffeine stop is where coffee meets community. Caffé Amouri rotates their selections frequently, from Jamaica Blue Mountain to Cup of Excellence. Supporting the community is one of their missions. The cafe often hosts local musicians, cooking classes, book talks, and more. They even recycle their coffee grounds to local farmers.

2nd: Ted’s Bulletin, Multiple locations, 202-544-8337 3rd: Yorkshire Restaurant, Manassas, 703-368-4905

Burger Joint 1st: Melt Gourmet Cheeseburgers 525 E. Market St., Suite J, Leesburg, 703-443-2105 Melt Gourmet Cheeseburgers offers a wide and exceptional selection of burgers and sandwiches, including beef, crab, tuna, and bison. The quality ingredients set the food apart, and monthly specials, like the Peking Duck Burger and the Pizza Burger, have become favorites in Northern Virginia.

2nd: Social Burger, Vienna, 703-364-5420 3rd: Jimbo’s Grill, Gainesville, 571-248-0752

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2nd: King Street Coffee, Leesburg, 571-439-0407 3rd: Northside Social Coffee & Wine, Locations in Arlington, Falls Church, 703-465-0145

Fine Dining 1st: L’Auberge Chez Francois 332 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, 703-759-3800 L’Auberge Chez Francois is named after its original founder, Francois Haeringer, a culinary icon in the D.C. region who set the standard for authentic French cuisine that satisfies the appetite and soul. Now run by sons Paul and Jacques Haeringer, the restaurant sits atop six acres of rolling hills that witness many marriage proposals each year.

2nd: The Black Sheep Restaurant, Manassas, 703-420-2028 3rd: Clarity, Vienna, 703-539-8400


Food Truck 1st: Ford’s Fish Shack Locations in Ashburn, Chantilly, Leesburg, 571-918-4092 The first Ford’s opened in Ashburn in 2010. Today, they have three locations and a food truck, “Ford’s On the Road.” The food truck offers a selection of 11 main dishes and seven sides and desserts, including classics such as a “Lobstah Roll,” fish and chips, and whoopie pie.

2nd: The Bone BBQ, Locations in Gainesville, Manassas, 703-753-5551 3rd: Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company, Alexandria, 703-778-9663

Ice Cream Shop 1st: Moo Thru Locations in Hillsboro, Remington, 540-439-6455 As a fourth-generation dairy farmer from Fauquier County, founder Ken Smith knew a thing or two about quality dairy ingredients back in 2010. Today, Moo Thru has gained recognition for being one the best ice cream shops in the state of Virginia and is dedicated to not only serving excellent dairy treats but also giving back to its community.

2nd: The Dairy Godmother, Alexandria, 703-683-7767 3rd: Nathan’s Dairy Bar, Manassas, 703-335-9051

Indian Restaurant 1st: Bollywood Bistro 3955 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, 703-273-0031

Hail to the Cheese photos ourtesy of cheesetique

Cheesetique is paradise for NoVa’s turophiles. Since she opened Cheesetique in 2004, owner Jill Erber, a hard-core turophile—that’s a cheese lover to the rest of us—has been known as “the Cheese Lady.” And with good reason: Her cheese boutiques in Alexandria and Arlington offer an extensive selection of

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fine cheeses from the U.S. and Europe. Look for Mt. Alice from Vermont’s Von Trapp Family Farmstead (yes, those Von Trapps), a cow’s milk cheese that truly makes the hills come alive, and Psychedillic, a dill and dill pollen-infused goat cheese from

California’s Cypress Grove. Connoisseurs will recognize Cowgirl Creamery and Kerrygold and discover lesser-known brands like Wookey Hole, Wyfe of Bath, and Ewephoria. The Cheese Lady is constantly adjusting her offerings to keep up with demand. The shop’s Cheese & Wine Bar is a full service, cheese-centric restaurant. Customers can order artfully curated Friday night cheese boards for pick-up or delivery. And online, Cheesetique’s immersive, online learning experiences have become a popular virtual hub for cheeseheads.

With a wide selection of vegetarian and meat dishes (lamb, goat, chicken), and baked breads like naan, there’s something for everyone here. Not only does Bollywood Bistro serve traditional Indian cuisine like samosas and chicken tikka, but the menu is continuously being modernized. The restaurant also provides catering services.

2nd: Haandi Indian Cuisine, Falls Church, 703-533-3501 3rd: Rangoli Indian Restaurant, Manassas, 703-957-4900



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Italian Restaurant 1st: Ciao Osteria 14115 St. Germain Dr., Centreville, 703-543-8955

Seafood Restaurant

Classically delicious and “obsessively authentic” Italian recipes and culinary techniques remain the cornerstone of Ciao Osteria’s success. Founded in Centreville only seven years ago, this family-owned and operated Italian restaurant helmed by chef Antonio Di Nicola specializes in wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, meats, seafood, and traditionally hand-rolled meatballs, and even offers homemade gelato.

Fall fruit and nut cake with fig and grape emulsion.

Starting in Ashburn and founded by Ana and Tony, Ford’s has expanded to three locations in the past ten years. Their mission is to provide the freshest of the fresh seafood whether it’s halibut from Alaska, shrimp from North Carolina, or Massachusetts clams. Ford’s also serves rolls stuffed with oysters, lobster, and more alongside thin grilled corn fries.

2nd: Trattoria Villagio, Clifton, 703-543-2030 3rd: Pazzo Pomodoro Locations in Ashburn, Vienna, 703-858-5555

2nd: Coastal Flats, Locations in Fairfax, McLean, 571-522-6300 3rd: Blue Ridge Seafood, Gainesville, 703-754-9852

Mexican Restaurant 1st: Anita’s Multiple locations, 703-281-8580

Family-owned and operated, Anita’s has been serving Northern Virginia for over 40 years. Most of the menu items come from Anita’s family recipes. From jumbo burritos to plantain platters to fish taco dinners, the variety and combination possibilities are endless. Now in eight locations, Anita’s also provides full-service catering.

2nd: Taco Bamba Taqueria, Multiple locations, 703-639-0505 3rd: El Paso Mexican Restaurant, Multiple locations, 703-619-5123

Outdoor Dining

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1st: 2 Silos Brewing Co. 9925 Discovery Blvd., Manassas, 703-420-2264 Located at Farm Brew LIVE at Innovation Park in Prince William County, 2 Silos Brewing Company is a premier destination for the ideal outdoor brewery experience. This is the perfect place for family and friends to gather to enjoy delicious craft beer offerings, specialty cocktails, food, and live music in a relaxed, sunny atmosphere.

2nd: Clyde’s, Multiple locations, 202-333-9180 3rd: L’Auberge Chez Francois, Great Falls, 703-759-3800

Steakhouse 1st: Sweetwater Tavern Locations in Centreville, Falls Church, Sterling, 703-449-1100

Farm-to-Fork Fabulous Savor fresh farm cuisine at the Restaurant at Patowmack Farm.

The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm offers a sophisticated dining experience on Virginia’s first certified organic farm. Condé Nast editors included the Lovettsville spot on its 2021 Gold List of “Best Bars and Restaurants in the World.” Chef Vincent Badiee turns out beautifully plated dishes made from the day’s freshest ingredients, as diners soak up views of the Potomac. On days when he’s not in the kitchen, Badiee—who has cooked at New York’s Eleven Madison Park and Mison Premiere and D.C.’s Gravitas, Cranes, and Fiola—helps tend the farm. Look for special events throughout the year, like the restaurant’s annual Feast in the Forest, coming in October. Prix fixe dinners are available Thursday through Saturday along with monthly Sunday suppers and weekend brunch.


Sandwich Shop

1st: Tony’s New York Pizza Locations in Bristow, Haymarket, Manassas, 703-330-8909

1st: The Italian Store Two locations in Arlington, 703-528-6266

Founded in 1989, Tony’s New York Pizza is the quintessential familyowned and operated Italian pizza shop. Serving New York, Sicilian, and focaccia-style pizzas both by the slice and the pie, they also offer other favorite Italian foods, such as cured meats and pasta.

Ready with all of your Italian-style grocery needs, the Italian Store also offers full-service delis that can cater to all of your sandwich cravings. The stores feature made-to-order Italian subs and gourmet sandwiches, fresh New York-style pizzas, and ready-togo entrees prepared daily. The Westover location features the Andiamo Coffee Bar, open seven days a week.

2nd: Fire Works Pizza, Multiple locations, 703-779-8400 3rd: Pupatella, Multiple locations, 571 312-7230

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1st: Ford’s Fish Shack Locations in Ashburn, Chantilly, Leesburg, 571-918-4092

2nd: Lost Dog Cafe, Multiple locations, 703-553-7770 3rd: Chutzpah Deli, Fairfax, 703-385-8883

Sweetwater Tavern is part of the Great American Restaurants group and has been watching its customer base grow for 26 years. The Drunken Ribeye, Southwest Chicken Salad, and the seasonal site-brewed beers are what make this steakhouse so beloved. Check out the restaurant’s expanded outdoor dining spaces and take-out and delivery services offered through the app, GAR.

2nd: Mike’s “American”, Springfield, 703-644-7100 3rd: DC Prime Steaks & Seafood, Ashburn, 703-840-2099

Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten Fare 1st: Founding Farmers Locations in Reston, Tysons, 202-822-8783 Founding Farmers is not only a restaurant, it is now a farmers market and grocery, providing chef-cooked meals. Since 2008, they have been making everything from scratch. From yogurt and granola to chicken and waffles, burgers and apple pie, Founding Farmers strives to showcase the country’s rich culinary flavors.

2nd: Busboys and Poets, Arlington, 703-379-9757 3rd: Sunflower Vegetarian Restaurant, Vienna, 703-319-3888



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Best Food & Drink FOOD SHOPPING Bakery 1st: Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe 2150 N. Culpeper St., Arlington, 703-527-8394 With its roots in traditional German baking techniques, Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe has become a renowned business in Northern Virginia. There is no better place to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving than this Arlington-based bakery and deli combo. The shop has garnered particular attention for its wedding cakes and pastries.

2nd: Red Truck Rural Bakery, Locations in Marshall, Warrenton, 540-364-2253 3rd: Best Buns Bread Company, Locations in Arlington, Vienna, 703-552-5120


Farmers Market

1st: Cocoa Vienna 120 Church St. NE, Vienna, 703-865-8881

1st: Manassas Farmer’s Market Two locations in Manassas, 703-361-6599

Formally trained by a renowned chocolatier, co-owner Sam Aboulhosn has been in the chocolatiering industry for more than 19 years. When he and Staci Meruvia opened Cocoa Vienna, they wanted to offer a hometown chocolate experience. They treat every customer like old friends and feature fresh, high-quality chocolate products that nourish the body and soul.

Located in Old Town Manassas, this farmers market has been going strong for over 25 years. Now year-round, all matters of produce, meats, cheeses, beverages, and artisan crafts can be bought from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Make sure to check the website for a full vendor list.

2nd: The Conche, Leesburg, 703-779-1800 3rd: Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, Arlington, 703-527-8394

2nd: Old Town Farmers Market, Alexandria, 703-746-3200 3rd: Leesburg Farmers Market, 540-454-8089


Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop 1st: The Italian Store Two locations in Arlington, 703-528-6266 Operated by the Tramonte family for over 30 years, The Italian Store is a gourmet shop featuring a variety of Italian staples and specialty items— from homemade style ravioli and pasta, to fresh cheeses and meats, to unique Italian wines. Many hard-tofind items, imported from Italy, are regularly available.

2nd: Cheesetique, Locations in Alexandria, Arlington, 703-706-5300 3rd: Arrowine & Cheese, Arlington, 703-525-0990

Wine Shop 1st: Arrowine & Cheese 4508 Lee Hwy., Arlington, 703-525-0990 Arrowine’s hand-picked selection of wines comes from around the world and features established and new-toyou labels. Established in 1979, the shop also specializes in charcuterie boards and highlighting the best beers from breweries around the U.S. Their baguettes are always fresh from Bread Furst bakery in D.C.

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2nd: Vienna Vintner, 703-242-9463 3rd: Ashburn Wine Shop, 703-723-7575

A Hip, Literary Hub—With Grub Arlington’s Busboys and Poets satisfies body and spirit. From book club meetings to poetry slams, Busboys and Poets—a combination bookstore, bar, restaurant, and event space—has become a lively cultural hub for artists, writers, readers, and thinkers. The brainchild of Anday Shalla, who opened the first location in D.C. in 2005, Busboys and Poets now has nine locations,

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including a Virginia outpost in Arlington’s Shirlington Village. The name references poet and playwright Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel during the 1920s. The place attracts literary stars including Nikki Giovanni, Alice Walker, Rita Dove, and others, who have given readings

here. Also popular are open mic nights, spoken word performances, karaoke, and author readings. Busboys and Poets supports both local and national authors and partners with local arts and literary organizations. Each Busboys and Poets location also exhibits work from local artists, much

of it for sale, with an open invitation online where artists can submit work for consideration for future shows. More than a restaurant, more than a bookstore, Busboys and Poets creates a space where intellectual, cultural, political, and social issues flourish through discussion that benefits everyone.



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Best Food & Drink DRINK Brewery 1st: Bear Chase Brewing Company 33665 Bear Chase Ln., Bluemont, 540-554-8210 Having just won the Gold Medal at the 2021 Great American Beer Festival®, Beer Chase is known for its love of the craft. They grow their own hops on-site and their new chef, Anthony Walker, continues to expand the brewery’s menu. Their GermanStyle Koelsch is an award-winning fan favorite.

2nd: 2 Silos Brewing Co., Manassas, 703-420-2264 3rd: Port City Brewing Company, Alexandria, 703-797-2739



1st: Lost Boy Cider 317 Hooffs Run Dr., Alexandria, 703-566-5737

1st: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company

Lost Boy Cider’s primary mission is to make the world a little better by creating world-class, approachable, sugar-free dry cider. Honoring the history of Virginia hard cider, Lost Boy produces the beverage as it was meant to be: unpasteurized and unfiltered, with Shenandoah heirloom apples. What remains is refreshing, sugar-free awesomeness!

2nd: Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery, Middleburg, 540-883-3176 3rd: Wild Hare Cider Cabin, Locations in Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton, 703-402-7956

120 W. Main St., Purcellville, 540-751-8404 Nestled on the banks of its namesake creek, Catoctin opened in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. The distillery’s flagship spirit, Roundstone Rye, has received international acclaim. Pick your poison from one of the brand’s full line of products including whisky, gin, and brandy, plus seasonal releases and exclusive cask offerings.

2nd: MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, Bristow, 571-284-7961 3rd: KO Distilling, Manassas, 571-292-1115

Specialty Cocktails 1st: Trummer’s 7134 Main St., Clifton, 703-266-1623 Master mixologist and co-owner Stepfan Trummer leads his team in exploring innovative craft cocktails. Drinks like “Sage” (gin, sage, elderflower, lime) and “Pain & Pleasure” (tequila, combier, jalapeño, hibiscus) are just two of the

Global Flavors

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Taste the world at these international specialty markets. At The Pure Pasty Co. in Vienna, discover Cornish pasties, both fresh and frozen, with all sorts of fillings. Traditional beef is a best seller, but consider trying chicken masala, veggie samosa, or cheese and onion—a gold medal winner in the 2018 World Pasty Championship in Cornwall. In the market, find British sausages, blood puddings, digestives, dry goods, and sweet treats curated by Pure Pasty’s English-born proprietor, Mike Burgess. Baku Delicious market and café in Fairfax specializes in Azeri food—of Azerbaijan— along with Turkish and Russian grocery items. Hot entrées, including samsas, a Central Asian street food favorite, are made in-house. Look for levengi, too, a baked fish or chicken stuffed with walnuts, onions, and a variety of condiments—a national dish of Azerbaijan.

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Facebook:@bakudelicious K Market International, an Asian food superstore in Annandale fills a repurposed K-Mart—it’s that big. Ramen from Taiwan, Japan, China, and Korea fill two aisles and the frozen food and houseware selections are extensive. Fishmongers are on hand to debone and filet fresh fish. And don’t miss the food court, where vendors serve up soups, street food, sushi, and more. Sultan Gourmet Market brings Turkish delights to Fairfax, with a healthy mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern groceries and freshly prepared foods. In the bakery, try pogacha, a stuffed bread baked in ashes and finished in the oven; simit, a Turkish bagel—round and topped with sesame seeds; and fresh cookies, which are baked daily. Facebook:@sultaingourmetmarket


India AI Grocery in Arlington stocks whole and ground Indian spices, fresh produce, and everything you need to create authentic Indian dishes. Or order from their Minerva Express restaurant where the samosas, curries, biryanis, and palak paneer, a spinach and cheese dish—are sublime. German Gourmet in Falls Church offers

unique flavor experiments making Trummer’s a standout.

2nd: MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, Bristow, 571-284-7961 3rd: King Street Oyster Bar, Locations in Leesburg, Middleburg, 571-442-8068

Winery 1st: Stone Tower Winery 19925 Hogback Mountain Rd., Leesburg, 703-777-2797 Mike and Kristi Huber were wine connoisseurs prior to entering the industry. Their dedication to quality wine inspired them to bring in top consultants to analyze the terroir of their 300-acre estate on Hogback Mountain, home to three generations of the Huber family. Today, Stone Tower sits on beautifully preserved property and produces a world-class selection of complex and age-worthy wine.

2nd: Bluemont Vineyard, 540-554-8439 3rd: The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, 703-815-2233

an extensive selection of imported groceries, beers, wines, sausages, meats, and cheeses. Try the Deutscher Sub, Alpine Cheese Melt, or Frikadellen, a European burger of seasoned ground beef, pork, and onions, served on a brioche roll. For parties or meetings, order a deli platter with German cold cuts, European cheeses, and a selection of bratwursts.

Michael Burgess after winning the World Pasty Championship in 2018. Above: Some of Burgess’ pasties.



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Best Living & Recreation ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS Annual Charity Event 1st: ViVa! Vienna 245 Maple Ave. W., Vienna, 703-981-4911 Happening Memorial Day weekend, this event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Virginia which provides support for charitable, educational, and community groups. Taking place on and around Church Street, there are plenty of fun rides, musical entertainment, and local vendors serving dishes like kettle corn and barbeque.

2nd: The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, Alexandria, 703-549-0111 3rd: Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s Walk for the Animals, 703-931-9241

Art Event 1st: Art on the Avenue Alexandria This highly anticipated street arts festival has celebrated the diversity and vibrancy of the Northern Virginia cultural community for 26 years. It stretches across 10 blocks of Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria. Visitors can view showcased art, enjoy music or culinary treats, and even bring the kids along for interactive art activities.

2nd: Annual Alexandria Old Town Art Festival, 561-746-6615 3rd: Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Reston, 703-471-9242

Entertainment for Adults

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1st: Farm Brew LIVE 9901 Discovery Blvd., Manassas, 703-420-2264 On a 12-acre campus in Prince William County, Farm Brew LIVE is a hub for craft beer, food, and live music. Venues include The Pitt BBQ, the Yard music stage, La Gringa food truck, 2 Silos Brewing Co., and many more. It is part of Innovation Park, on the site of the historic Thomasson Barn.

2nd: The State Theatre, Falls Church, 703-237-0300 3rd: The Farm Brewery, Broad Run, 703-753-3548

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Festival 1st: Christmas in Middleburg 200 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, 540-687-3600 There is no better place to celebrate the holiday season than the charming and picturesque downtown Middleburg, which hosts one of the most festive and fun-filled events of the year. Rain or shine, the tree lighting, Christmas parade, caroling, and premium gift shopping will be sure to put you in high spirits.

2nd: Art on the Avenue, Alexandria 3rd: Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, 703-324-3247

Historic Theater 1st: The Barns at Wolf Trap 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, 703-255-1900 The Barns at Wolf Trap is a performance venue made up of double barns dating back to the 18th century. From October to May each year, The Barns host jazz greats, chamber musicians, folk artists, and more, bringing rustic charm to the Northern Virginia arts scene. During the summer months, The Barns are home to Wolf Trap Opera.

reconstruct, repair, and preserve rare aerial artifacts.

2nd: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, 703-780-2000 3rd: Manassas National Battlefield Park Facebook: Manassas National Battlefield Park, 703-754-1861

Music Venue 1st: Wolf Trap 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, 703-255-1900 From Bonnie Rait to Yo Yo Ma and Sting, the shows at Wolf Trap feature talent from all genres of music. For nearly fifty years, Wolf Trap has partnered with the National Parks Service, dedicating itself to creating excellent performing arts experiences for the enrichment, education, and enjoyment of music lovers.

2nd: Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, 703-754-6400 3rd: The Birchmere, Alexandria, 703-549-7500


Performing Arts Company 1st: Signature Theatre 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, 703-820-9771 With new Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner appointed in 2021, the Tony Award®-winning, non-profit Signature Theatre moves forward with its mission to produce contemporary musicals and plays, reinvent classic musicals, and develop new work. Shows from Sweeney Todd to The Color Purple are what keep this theater a fan favorite.

2nd: Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, 703-993-8794 3rd: Little Theatre of Alexandria, 703-683-0496

2nd: The Birchmere, Alexandria, 703-549-7500 3rd: Tally Ho Theater, Leesburg, 703-777-1665

LOVE Sign 1st: LOVEwork at Manassas Welcome Center I-66 West, Mile Marker 48, Manassas, 703-361-2134

The LOVEwork sign at the Manassas Welcome Center is located next to ECPI University and adjacent to Manassas National Battlefield Park. These LOVEwork signs, located all throughout the state, remind Virginia natives and tourists alike that Virginia is indeed for lovers. The signs have become popular tourist destinations across the Commonwealth.

2nd: LOVEwork in Leesburg, 703-777-2420 3rd: LOVEwork in Manassas, 703-368-1873

Museum 1st: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center 14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly, 703-572-4118 Now open daily, there are thousands of aviation and space artifacts to explore and discover, including the Space Shuttle Discovery and an Air France Concorde aircraft. Make sure to visit the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar to watch specialists

Can You Say Nam-aaa-ste? Goat yoga is more fun than a barrel of kids.

Introducing goat yoga: The pet therapy you didn’t know you needed. Classes at Little Goat Farm combine the relaxation of yoga with the nibbling and nuzzling of baby goats. In classes on this Prince William County farm, yogis are joined by half a dozen kids (of the furry kind). “Goats are very social creatures,” says yoga instructor Susanna Marsh. As you move from Warrior I to Warrior II pose, baby goats will climb onto your shoulders and paw at your back.” The practice began accidentally, explains Marsh. “Five years ago, I moved my class outdoors and the farm goats instantly flocked to us,” she says. And with that, goat yoga was born.



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Radio Station 1st: WAVA FM 105.1 1735 N. Lynn St., Suite 500, Arlington, 703-236-7681 From an all-news station, to soft rock, and then contemporary Christian music, WAVA FM has been on the air waves since 1946. Serving the Washington metro area, the Salem Media Group-owned studio is based in Arlington and provides a Christian talk and a conservative talk show as well.

2nd: WWWT FM 107.7, Manassas, 202-895-5000 3rd: WERA LPFM 96.7, Arlington, 703-524-2388

Special Event Venue 1st: Meadowlark Botanical


9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna, 703-255-3631 With 95 acres of ornamental garden displays and unique native plants collections, the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens provide an exquisite venue for tying the knot. Couples can choose between the glass-walled atrium, the historic Rust Manor House, the elegant woodlands, or the new Occoquan Regional Park River View as their ceremony or celebratory site.

2nd: Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria, 703-746-4570 3rd: Stone Tower Winery, Leesburg, 703-777-2797

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PETS Dog Groomer 1st: A Pup’s Valley 6680 Fayette St., Haymarket, 703-596-3647 Formerly known as A Dog’s Day Out, A Pup’s Valley’s new facility offers cage-free daycare, pet spa, dog training, and overnight boarding (with Private VIP and Kennel Suite options). Not only is there an outside space for your pets to run around in, but an indoor playroom as well. A Pup’s Valley also offers small group training yearround, and one staff member lives onsite full time.

2nd: Vienna Pet Spaw, 703-319-7729 3rd: Dogma Bakery Locations in Arlington, Reston, 571-422-0370

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Mount Vernon sweeps three categories this year.

Dog Training Company 1st: Olde Towne School for Dogs 529 Oronoco St., Alexandria, 703-836-7643 A family-run business since 1975, Olde Towne School for Dogs provides comprehensive dog care and obedience training for the Alexandria community. As long-time members of the city of Alexandria and the Northern Virginia region, the school is well-regarded and the premier option for all your pet training needs.

2nd: Wholistic Hound Academy, Alexandria, 703-962-6335 3rd: Good Dog Workshop, Multiple locations, 703-489-1319

Pet Boarding/ Day Care 1st: A Pup’s Valley 6680 Fayette St., Haymarket, 703-596-3647 A Pup’s Valley’s new facility offers cage-free daycare and overnight boarding (with Private VIP and Kennel Suite options). A Pup’s Valley provides raised cots and fluffy beds, but customers are welcome to bring their pet’s own blanket or bed. With indoor and outdoor play areas, dogs get plenty of

exercise. And there’s always one staff member living full-time on-site.

2nd: Country Club Kennels & Training, Catlett, 540-788-3559 3rd: Paws A While Pet Motel, Warrenton, 540-347-4855

Veterinary Hospital 1st: Caring Hands Animal Hospital Multiple locations, 703-942-8800 This network of eight veterinary hospitals was born from a simple idea: creating a better world for animals and the people who love them. With a focus on top-quality veterinary care, Caring Hands is one of the most open and transparent veterinary experiences in the region.

2nd: Pender Vet Animal Hospital, Fairfax, 703-591-3304 3rd: Vienna Animal Hospital, 703-938-2121

KIDS Family Entertainment 1st: Great Country Farms 18780 Foggy Bottom Rd., Bluemont, 540-554-2073

Overlooking the Potomac River about eight miles south of Alexandria, Mount Vernon is the estate and burial site of George Washington and his wife, Martha. Today, visitors can explore the house along with its working farm, functioning distillery, museum, and more. First known as Little Hunting Creek and owned by the Washington family in the 17th century, the property descended through the generations, eventually being purchased by Augustine, Washington’s father, in 1726. In the late 1740s, it became known as Mount Vernon. George Washington took full possession of the estate in 1761. And though his architectural sketches for renovations and additions show the manor as symmetrical, in fact, an extra window above the stairwell throws off the facade’s balance. The siding, which appears to be made of stone blocks, is actually made from pine.

With its own “ninja” course, fishing pond, play area, and market, this farm is perfect for families with kids of all ages. Great Country Farms also hosts a number of events, like an Easter egg hunt and a peach “fuzztival.”

2nd: Wolf Trap, Vienna, 703-255-1900 3rd: Leesburg Animal Park, 703-433-0002

K-12 Independent School 1st: Foxcroft School 22407 Foxhound Ln., Middleburg, 540-687-5555 Charlotte Haxall Noland founded Foxcroft School in 1914 with the mission to instill high purpose, integrity, leadership, understanding, and empathy into students. Foxcroft offers an academic experience that highlights rigor and exceptional proficiency, a community residential experience, and national recognition as a leader in STEM education for girls.

2nd: Wakefield School, The Plains, 540-253-7500 3rd: Flint Hill School, Oakton, 703-584-2300

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Best Living & Recreation KIDS Preschool 1st: Bristow Montessori School 9050 Devlin Rd., Bristow, 703-468-1191 Celebrating 10 years serving children from infancy through 3rd grade, Bristow Montessori School continues to provide individualized and cooperative learning. Their programs offer a unique experience, designed to help children maximize their potential by building self confidence and cultivating curiosity for learning. BMS believes in promoting academic, athletic, and artistic maturation.

2nd: Willowcreek Academy, Locations in Centreville, Gainesville, 703-754-7767 3rd: Congressional School, Falls Church, 703-533-9711

Summer Camp 1st: Tiny Dancers Locations in Alexandria, Fairfax, 703-385-5580 A family-owned studio, Tiny Dancers is a specialized dance program for children 2-12 offering year-round classes in ballet, tap, hip-hop, and more. You can also enroll your child in camps like Bunny Hop Camp. These are full of dance, crafts, and activities with themes like “Enchanted Castle.”

with 19th-century pieces, four of which have wood-burning fireplaces. Known as a wedding venue, the Inn also makes a beautiful retreat for the weekend with its gardens and awardwinning restaurant cuisine.

2nd: Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast Inn, Middleburg, 703-327-5911 3rd: Manassas Junction Bed and Breakfast, 703-216-7803

Historic Site 1st: George Washington’s

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3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, 703-780-2000 The home of the first U.S. president, George Washington’s Mount Vernon is almost 11,000 square feet. Though the core was built by his father in 1734, Washington added two wings, the cupola, and the piazza in 1774. Now a historic landmark, the estate and its gardens and grounds are open to the public.

2nd: Arlington National Cemetery, 877-907-8585 3rd: Manassas National Battlefield Park Facebook: Manassas National Battlefield Park, 703-754-1861

Hotel 1st: The Red Fox Inn & Tavern 2 E. Washington St., Middleburg, 540-687-6301 Family-owned and operated for three generations, the historic and boutique Red Fox Inn & Tavern provides a tranquil getaway for rest and relaxation. Nestled in the charming town of Middleburg, its central location allows guests easy access to local shopping, breweries, wineries, and the beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

2nd: Lansdowne Resort & Spa, Leesburg, 703-729-8400 3rd: Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg, 540-687-3333

Resort 1st: Salamander Resort & Spa 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, 844-303-2723 Guests will never run out of things to do at this Forbes Five-Star resort. The scenic Salamander Resort and Spa features 168 guest rooms and suites along with a plethora of amenities, including an award-winning spa, equestrian center, culinary program, and an abundance of outdoor activities. This

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2nd: Lansdowne Resort & Spa, Leesburg, 703-729-8400 3rd: Airlie, Warrenton, 540-347-1300

Tourist Attraction 1st: George Washington’s Mount


3200 Mt. Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, 703-780-2000 In addition to being home to the first U.S. president, George Washington’s Mount Vernon also features a museum and learning center to educate visitors on the history of the estate. Explore 23 galleries, see hundreds of artifacts, and view interactive exhibits that detail the lives of both Washington and the Mount Vernon community.

2nd: Great Falls Park, McLean, 703-757-3101 3rd: Old Town Alexandria, 703-838-5005

2nd: Camp Highroad, Middleburg, 540-687-6262 3rd: Wakefield Schools Summer Programs, The Plains, 540-253-7500

TRAVEL Air Charter Service 1st: Skynet Air Charter 9998 Wakeman Dr., Manassas, 800-671-8250

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A private charter airline based in the Metro Washington, D.C., area, Skynet gets you where you want to go when you want to go. With access to 5,000 airports in the U.S., Skynet focuses on reliability, predictability, and flexibility for their customers.

2nd: Paramount Business Jets, Leesburg, 877-727-2538 3rd: Jet Linx, Sterling, 703-570-6900

Bed & Breakfast 1st: The Ashby Inn & Restaurant 692 Federal St., Paris, 540-592-3900 This Northern Virginia bed and breakfast offers guest rooms furnished

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Scenes From a Drug Bust Artifacts from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) surprise and fascinate.

Stories of true crime and drug trafficking come vividly to life at Arlington’s DEA Museum. This newly renovated museum pays tribute to the work of the Drug Enforcement Administration and explores the history and highlights of drug enforcement. The museum examines society’s toxic

relationship with drugs, the science of addiction, and the dangerous world of drug-related crime. See outfits worn by undercover agents (our favorites: green platform shoes), a Harley Davidson seized from a Hells Angels leader, and the infamous El Chapo’s weapons, confiscated

by DEA agents. Become an agent for the day and inspect artifacts, examine fingerprints, and go on virtual missions. Younger visitors can earn a Junior Special Agent badge by completing challenges that prompt them to think like a true DEA agent.



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Dance Studio 1st: Tiny Dancers Locations in Alexandria, Fairfax, 703-385-5580 Since 2001, Tiny Dancers has grown from 30 students to 1,000. Today, it remains a family-owned studio committed to the idea that the joy of dance lies in the creative expression and non-competitive experience at its core. In March 2020, it began offering live-streamed virtual dance classes.

2nd: Showcase Dance Studio Inc., Manassas, 703-368-0555 3rd: Stage Door Dance Studio, Manassas, 703-330-5060

Golf Course 1st: Army Navy Country Club Locations in Arlington, Fairfax, 703-521-6800

Trappe Road in Upperville.

Taking the Scenic Route

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Three picturesque drives in Northern Virginia. There’s more to Northern Virginia than convoluted interstates and mindnumbing traffic jams. Just off the highways outside of D.C. lie some of the state’s most picturesque drives, full of pastoral beauty. These routes make great afternoon jaunts, or inspire longer forays to relax over a fine meal, take a hike, or escape overnight. Here, three signature NoVa drives will make you a convert. Virginia’s First Scenic Byway and Great Falls: Start at either end of the 12mile Georgetown Pike. Plot a course that traverses Seneca Road and Beach Mill Road, as well as the town of Great Falls. This bucolic drive rises and falls through Virginia’s most expensive zip codes, great for real estate rubbernecking and taking in views of the Potomac at one of three parks. Great Falls Park offers two accessible viewpoints of the namesake falls. Be sure to take in the twisting beauty of Georgetown Pike between Dranesville and McLean. Gilbert’s Corner at Aldie to Bluemont: Head west on Route 50, past the Aldie Mill on the left before taking a right onto Snickersville Turnpike, once an Iroquois hunting trail. Stone walls, reminiscent of the English countryside, line this 14-mile route, where you’ll pass

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fields, farms, and houses spanning the centuries. Instead of rowdy wineries with big parking lots, you’ll find the Philomont or Bluemont general stores along this quiet road. Other points of interest include Hibbs Bridge and a Civil War monument that commemorates the losses sustained by the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry. At Bluemont, continue on Route 7 to Bears Den Overlook, a popular stop on the Appalachian Trail, for stunning westward views of the Shenandoah Valley. Middleburg into Fauquier County: Catch Middleburg’s horsey vibe before continuing west on Route 50 into Fauquier County. Note the farms, orchards, and vineyards that dot this gentle landscape as you pass through Upperville and Paris. The route gives way to the Blue Ridge foothills at Sky Meadows State Park as you head toward Markham via Leeds Mountain Road. In Markham, pick up Route 55, passing through Marshall with its historic schoolhouse—the one room Number 18 School, that dates to 1887— and on through The Plains. To return to Aldie, take Hopewell Road to Route 15 or— if you’re feeling adventurous—take the unpaved Bull Run Mountain Road back to Route 50 in Aldie.

The 54 holes on the Army Navy Country Club golf course are spread across two locations. A more rugged “Golden Age” course in Arlington— where President Eisenhower was said to golf—and the “Modern Era” course in Fairfax known for its gentle curves. The club offers private and group instruction alongside their various competitions.

2nd: Raspberry Falls Golf & Hunt Club, Leesburg, 703-779-2555 3rd: Trump National Golf Club, Potomac Falls, 703-444-4801

Gym 1st: Freedom Aquatic & Fitness


9100 Freedom Center Blvd., Manassas, 703-993-8444 Though attached to George Mason University, this gym is open to the public. With basketball courts, a pool, various fitness rooms, and racquetball courts, Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center has many programs (like Zumba) for members. They also offer two-hour child care while parents use the facility.

2nd: The St. James, Springfield, 703-239-6870 3rd: Ida Lee Park Recreation Center, Leesburg, 703-777-1368

Hiking or Biking Trail 1st: Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Trail 21293 Smiths Switch Rd., Ashburn, 703-729-0596

Often called the skinniest park in Virginia, Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad Regional Park is a paved trail between Shirlington and Purcellville. Take the 45-mile route along a former railroad roadbed, running through urban heartland and into the countryside. Equestrians can ride the adjacent 32-mile gravel horse trail.

2nd: First Battle of Manassas Trail Loop at Manassas National Battlefield Park Facebook: Manassas National Battlefield Park, 703-754-1861 3rd: The River Trail at Great Falls National Park, McLean, 703-757-3101

Specialty Fitness 1st: Halo Fitness Experience 10400 Premier Ct., Suite E, Burke, 571-655-5554 With a training facility designed for all levels of fitness and age, team programs are featured in order to promote personal success. Halo’s programs include CrossFit703, focusing on fitness and nutrition; Peak Strength, 45-minute strength and cardio training; Spark Kids, a strength and conditioning program for kids.

2nd: Kelly’s Bootcamp, Locations in South Riding, Sterling, 703-431-1732 3rd: Cordaro Fit®️, Arlington, 202-549-7084

Tennis Facility 1st: Burke Racquet and Swim Club 6001 Burke Commons Rd., Burke, 703-250-1299 For 37 years, the Burke Racquet and Swim Club has been offering classes to the community. Featuring five indoor tennis courts (with 40-foot ceilings) and one racquetball court, they provide services for beginner to advanced players, instructional to aerobic tennis, private lessons to class lessons, and team practices for kids aged 3 to adult. The facility also has a new ball machine.

2nd: Ida Lee Park Tennis Center, Leesburg, 703-737-6068 3rd: Middleburg Tennis Club, 540-687-6388



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Best Services HEALTH Alternative Medicine 1st: Active Family Wellness 10721 Main St., Suite 1500, Fairfax, 703-373-7113 Led by Dr. Gregory Lee (an America’s Best Chiropractor 2020 from the National Consumer Advisory Board) who has 14 years of experience, Active Family Wellness focuses on helping those with traumatic injuries, pregnant women, and young children. They provide spinal adjustments, acupuncture treatment, cupping therapy, and more.

2nd: Gainesville Holistic Health Center, 571-248-0695 3rd: Pure Balance Naturopathic Medicine, Fairfax, 540-364-5824

Counseling or Therapy Practice 1st: The Women’s Center 133 Park St. NE, Vienna, 703-281-2657 Individual, couples, family, and teen therapy just scratch the surface of the treatments The Women’s Center provides. Providing care since 1974, the Center strives to be synonymous with mental well-being and improve the quality of life, relying in part on philanthropic support from the community.

2nd: Dominion Center for Behavioral Health Services, South Riding, 703-348-0030 3rd: Blue Ridge Psychological Center, Gainesville, 571-248-2358

Dental Practice 1st: Dental Associates of Northern Virginia

Multiple locations, 703-398-1242 Dental Associates of Northern Virginia provides children and adults with teeth cleaning, cavity repair, tooth replacements, dental implants, and teeth whitening treatments. They have board-certified periodontists, who specialize in gum health, and orthodontists as well. For emergency appointments, there’s a dentist on-call 24-hours a day.

2nd: Fair Lakes Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Fairfax, 703-273-4505 3rd: Gainesville Dental Associates, 703-570-6573

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Home Health Provider 1st: At Home Personal Care

Services, LLC

Locations in Manassas, Warrenton, 703-330-2323

Ophthalmology/ Optometry Practice 1st: Northern Virginia

Ophthalmology Associates

Locations in Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, 703-534-3900

This home health service provides skilled live-in and overnight care, nonmedical care, physical therapy, and much more. Being accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program ensures that At Home Personal Care Services meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards in the care that they offer.

At Northern Virginia Ophthalmology Associates, eye health is the number one concern. Optometric services are also available, including contact lens fittings and eye exams. As a multidisciplinary practice, the team at Northern Virginia Ophthalmology Associates performs an array of surgical procedures and in-office services.

2nd: Five Star Home Health Care, Chantilly, 703-662-7500 3rd: Nova Home Health Care, Fairfax, 703-831-1111

2nd: The Retina Group of Washington, Multiple locations, 844-749-3627 3rd: The Eye Center, Multiple locations, 888-844-2020

Hospital 1st: Inova Fairfax Hospital 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, 703-776-4001 Inova Fairfax Medical Campus is an independent academic medical center and serves as a regional medical school campus. It is home to Northern Virginia’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and offers organ transplantation for the heart, lung, kidney, and pancreas. Known for its high-quality patient care and safety, Inova is also dedicated to providing comfort and education.

2nd: Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, 703-391-3600 3rd: Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, 703-558-5000


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice 1st: Fairfax Oral and Maxillofacial


Multiple locations, 703-385-5777 Fairfax Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery has been serving and treating the Northern Virginia community since 1980. With expertise including dental implant surgery, wisdom tooth removal, and corrective jaw surgery, Fairfax OMS practices the full scope of oral

and maxillofacial surgical needs for facial pain, injuries, fractures, and more.

2nd: Loudoun Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Locations in Ashburn, Leesburg, 703-729-8700 3rd: Northern Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, Multiple locations, 703-634-4230

Orthodontic Practice 1st: Orthodontics by Crutchfield 14012 Sullyfield Cir., Suite E, Chantilly, 703-263-0575 Orthodontics by Crutchfield treats every day like a day at the beach and invites all their patients to do the same. Rejecting the one-size-fits-all approach, OBC uses multiple treatments and state-of-the-art technology to fit patients’ needs. Whether you’re sitting in the treatment chair or relaxing in the waiting room, grab one of the iPads made available to all guests.

2nd: Dunegan & Cole Orthodontics, Gainesville, 703-753-4996 3rd: Northern Virginia Orthodontics, Multiple locations, 703-327-1718

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (OB/GYN) 1st: Capital Women’s Care Multiple locations, 301-340-8339 The providers of Capital Women’s Care seek the highest quality medical and ethical standard in an environment that nurtures the spirit of caring for every woman. As the largest and most successful private OB/GYN practice in the Mid-Atlantic region, the Capital Women’s Care network enables rapid coordination with specialists to address any of your individual needs.

2nd: UVA Obstetrics and Gynecology Haymarket, 571-261-3529 3rd: Fair Ridge OBGYN, Fairfax, 703-264-7801

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Best Services HEALTH Orthopedic Practice 1st: OrthoVirginia Multiple locations, 703-383-6470 As the area’s largest orthopedic practice, OrthoVirginia remains committed to the health and wellbeing of their communities. Their highly trained teams are equipped to address everything from arthritis care, to physiatry, to weight loss assistance. With a collaborative approach, OrthoVirginia focuses on your needs to support a speedy recovery.

2nd: Arthritis & Sports Locations in South Riding, Sterling, 703-444-5000 3rd: Nirschl Orthopaedic Center, Arlington, 703-525-2200

Pediatric Practice

Physical Therapy Practice 1st: OrthoVirginia Multiple locations OrthoVirginia is committed to relieving pain and nerve damage through exercise, pain control, and bracing or splinting equipment. Working with your doctor, an OrthoVirginia physical therapist designs a program that assesses your condition and targets your goals. The Northern Virginia Sports Performance program even provides highly specialized therapies designed to get injured athletes on the mend.

2nd: Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center, Locations in Gainesville, Warrenton, 540-347-2918 3rd: Arthritis & Sports, Locations in South Riding, Sterling, 703-444-5000

1st: Children’s Medical Associates

Primary Care Practice

Locations in Alexandria, Fairfax, 703-691-4700

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By providing flexible hours, phone appointments for busy families, and a wide range of services, CMA can accommodate many children with a variety of pediatric needs. From lactation help and behavioral/mental health services, to immunizations, you can trust your child’s care to Children’s Medical Associates of Northern Virginia.

2nd: Capital Area Pediatrics, Oakton, 703-359-5160 3rd: Northern Virginia Pediatric Associates, Falls Church, 703-532-4446

Inova VIP 360 offers comprehensive health care to the Northern Virginia Community. The Concierge Medicine Program makes handling life’s busy schedules and your medical needs manageable. With a focus on YOU, the team at INOVA takes genuine interest in each patient while addressing health concerns for a more balanced life.

2nd: Leesburg Sterling Family Practice, Multiple locations, 703-724-7530 3rd: Fairfax Family Practice, 703-391-2020

BEAUTY Cosmetic Surgery Practice 1st: Chantilly Cosmetic Surgery 4437 Brookfield Corporate Dr., 107B, Chantilly, 703-962-2520 The mission at Chantilly Cosmetic Surgery is to provide patients with comprehensive, outstanding care. The expertise of the caring and knowledgeable staff ensures that the entire journey is executed in a “compassionate, thoughtful, and thorough manner.” Utilizing the latest technologies, the doctors and staff at Chantilly work to enhance the quality of life for each and every patient.

2nd: Cosmetic Dermatology Center, McLean, 703-827-8600 3rd: Craig R. Dufresne & Associates M.D., Fairfax, 703-207-3065

Dermatology Practice


Hair Salon or Barber Shop 1st: Three Ways Beautiful Salon & Spa

7917 Heritage Village Plaza, Gainesville, 571-284-5986 The owner and staff of Three Ways Beautiful are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and high-end products. With a vast array of options available for clients, the highly trained staff is well-versed in beauty products and services. Whatever the need or desire, the folks here can pamper you with exceptional beauty treatments. And while there, have a complimentary espresso!

2nd: Studio B Salon & Beauty Bar, Haymarket, 571-284-7951 3rd: PR at Partners, Multiple locations, 703-734-9680

1st: Cosmetic Dermatology Center 8377B Greensboro Dr., McLean, 703-827-8600


Since 2003, Dr. Nicole Hayre’s primary mission has been to provide care that is personalized to each individual’s skincare needs. Leveraging her dermatologic training and scientific background, she uses innovation to treat her clients and has even formulated her own skincare line, Schön, which includes acne treatments, cleansers, sunscreens, and more.

​​ Located on a 340-acre property framed by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Salamander Resort and Spa is truly dedicated to the health and wellness of visitors. The 23,000-square-foot spa features innovative and regionalized treatments, and holistic and result-driven therapies, promising an experience that is both luxurious and rejuvenating.

2nd: Prince William Dermatology PC, Gainesville, 571-261-1234 3rd: Renewal Dermatology and MedSpa, Multiple locations, 703-753-9860

1st: Salamander Resort & Spa 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, 844-303-2723

2nd: Esthetics By Emily | Skin Studio, Gainesville 3rd: Lansdowne Resort & Spa, Leesburg, 703-729-8400

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Trying to make a positive change, but can’t seem to find your groove? Dejia Harmony’s wellness plan at Leesburg’s Lansdowne Spa combines the best of both Eastern and Western therapeutic practices that helps put your life in balance. With spa treatments, innovative therapies, and salon services, a bit of pampering can help you take control of your present—and your future.

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Architecture Firm 1st: Case Architects & Remodelers Locations in Alexandria, Falls Church, 703-910-2817

Plumbing/HVAC Company

Case turns inspired ideas into beautiful homes, guiding its clients through every step of the design and remodeling process with care and precision. With more than 60 years of experience, the firm’s expert craftsmanship and professional project management produce exactly what its customers are looking for.

2nd: Loveless Porter Architects, Manassas, 703-368-1600 3rd: John F. Heltzel AIA, P.C., Manassas, 703-330-6170

Greenhouse and Nursery 1st: Merrifield Garden Center Locations in Fair Oaks, Gainesville, Merrifield, 703-560-6222 Plant enthusiasts from around the country travel to Merrifield Garden Center to find the highest quality plants, gardening supplies, and home décor items. The staff of this familyowned and operated business strives to provide an unmatched selection of new and noteworthy plants and products for your home and garden, pouring their hearts into caring for plants and connecting with people.

2nd: Meadows Farms Nurseries and Landscape, Multiple locations, 703-450-4240 3rd: Greenstreet Gardens Flowers & Gifts, Alexandria, 703-998-3030

Home Builder 1st: Daniels Design & Remodeling 3930 University Dr., Suite 100, Fairfax, 703-239-2700 As a “boutique” remodeling firm, Daniels Design and Remodeling offers a wide range of services for their clientele. Daniels’ expertise in the industry ensures each client’s vision is executed to their satisfaction. The companyrecognizes the importance of owners’ peace of mind. For that reason, weekly meetings are scheduled to track progress. Satisfied clients have raved about Daniels’ “white glove” service.

2nd: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes, Fairfax, 703-991-2942 3rd: Van Metre Homes, Fairfax, 703-425-2600

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HUMANS KNOW THE VALUE of daily flossing and annual check-ups, but when was the last time your pet visited the dentist? Great Falls Animal Hospital stresses the importance of good oral health for animals. “Our practice started in 1963, and we’ve always had a strong education program,” says hospital administrator Karen Bracken-Penley. “We want to help our clients take care of their pets so they live longer, healthier lives.” Regular checkups and good oral hygiene are important for the entire family, pets included. Dental health makes pets smell better of course, but more importantly, it avoids the pain and discomfort caused by periodontal disease.

F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, & Electrical is dedicated to getting the job done right, the first time. The certified staff is knowledgeable and courteous, equipped to provide a myriad of services. Satisfied customers love their efficiency and timeliness. Whether your need is plumbing, cooling repair, or something else, this team checks all the boxes!

2nd: CroppMetcalfe, Inc., Fairfax, 703-698-8855 3rd: John Nugent & Sons, Inc., Sterling, 703-832-4567

Real Estate Firm Home Furnishings Store

Kitchen and Bath Design Firm

1st: Belfort Furniture 22250 Shaw Rd., Dulles, 703-947-0853

1st: Daniels Design & Remodeling 3930 University Dr., Suite 100, Fairfax, 703-239-2700

Belfort Furniture first opened its doors in 1982 at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax. At that time Belfort exclusively sold European furniture, specializing in “shrunks” (European wall units) and unique accessories. Today, with more than 200 dedicated employees, Belfort displays more than 500 room settings of name-brand furniture and is an unmatched retailer for the Northern Virginia region.

With mission in mind, this team works with homeowners in Northern Virginia to develop a high-quality project delivered with outstanding customer service. Daniels Design and Remodeling believes that each client and each project is unique. They are committed to creative design that fits the needs and improves quality of life for every customer.

2nd: The Old Lucketts Store, Leesburg, 703-779-0268 3rd: Arhaus, McLean, 703-734-9001

2nd: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes, Fairfax, 703-991-2942 3rd: Grace Thomas Designs, Leesburg, 203-258-2497

Interior Design Firm

Landscape Design

1st: Grace Thomas Designs 19648 Greenham Dr., Leesburg, 203-258-2497

1st: Merrifield Garden Center Locations in Fair Oaks, Gainesville, Merrifield, 703-560-6222

Grace Thomas Designs works closely with each client to deliver quality, creativity, and beauty. Combining function with beauty, this design group has a natural knack for supreme service, as well as understanding and delivering a large range of styles and aesthetics. Armed with extensive experience, owner Michelle Troxell always “stays on the pulse of new trends and ideas.”

This family-owned and operated garden business strives to offer an exemplary selection of unique and interesting plants and products for inside and outside the house. Landscaping services include custom patios, outdoor kitchens, and lighting, as well as irrigation systems, mulching, tree transplant and trimming, and much more.

2nd: Daniels Design & Remodeling, Fairfax, 703-239-2700 3rd: J & L Interiors, Leesburg, 703-737-7660

2nd: Meadows Farms Nurseries and Landscape, Multiple locations, 703-450-4240 3rd: Kane Landscapes, Sterling, 703-803-3146

1st: Long & Foster Multiple locations, 703-437-3800 Long & Foster started in 1968 with a handshake between P. Wesley Foster Jr. and Henry Long, and has since grown into the largest real estate company on the East Coast. The goal of the firm remains the same: to help its real estate agents achieve success in the business by providing them with the best training, technology, and support possible.

2nd: McEnearney Associates, Alexandria, 703-549-9292 3rd: RE/MAX Executives, Multiple locations, 703-879-0505

Retirement Community 1st: Falcons Landing 20522 Falcons Landing Cir., Potomac Falls, 703-844-0506 A nonprofit senior residential facility, Falcons Landing reinvests all funds back into the community. The benefits go directly to the residents. It’s been called “a wonderful place to call home.” This community, dedicated for those who have served in the United States military, teems with activities galore.

2nd: Ashby Ponds Senior Living Community, Ashburn, 703-936-2108 3rd: Heritage Hunt Active Adult Community, Gainesville 703-743-2000



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Best Services SERVICES Accounting Firm 1st: DuvallWheeler LLP 9430 Forestwood Ln., Suite 203, Manassas, 703-392-9292 DuvallWheeler has more than 30 years of accounting expertise. Services include tax planning, exit or succession planning, and business valuation. The firm maintains the key to growth “is through relentless learning and commitment to offer the best possible outcome for each individual client.”

2nd: Matthews, Carter & Boyce, CPAs, Fairfax MCB.CPA, 703-218-3600 3rd: Gordon CPA Group, Reston, 571-665-4450

Auction Company 1st: Damewood Auctioneers 35091 Charles Town Pike, Purcellville, 703-303-4760 The Damewood Auctioneers have been a part of Northern Virginia’s auction market for nearly 40 years. Their team has sold millions of dollars in real estate, equipment, and collectibles for sellers in the greater D.C. Metropolitan area. Damewood regularly works with local estates, businesses, families, individuals, institutions, schools, and nonprofits.

2nd: Alexandria Auctions, 571-565-3300 3rd: Quinn’s Auction Galleries, Falls Church, 703-532-5632

Bank/Credit Union

Car Wash

1st: Navy Federal Credit Union Multiple locations, 888-842-6328

1st: Flagship Car Wash Center Multiple locations

Since 1933, Navy Federal Credit Union has grown from seven members to over 11 million, exclusively serving the military, veterans, and their families. Founded at the end of the Great Depression by a small cadre of Navy Department employees wanting to help coworkers reach their financial goals, it continues to encourage building security for its customers.

Offering unlimited car washes, professional detailing, and 24-hour automatic car wash services, Flagship will have your vehicle looking its best. Flagship offers various packages for the different services, providing an even greater flexibility for customers.

2nd: Apple Federal Credit Union, Multiple locations, 703-788-4800 3rd: Capital One, Multiple locations, 877-383-4802

Car Dealer 1st: CarMax Multiple locations, 800-519-1511 CarMax provides 24-hour test drives and 30-day returns. A large variety of car brands are available at prices ranging from $10,000 to well over $30,000. CarMax offers customers the ability to buy online, in store, or a hybrid combination. Offering a “Love Your Car Guarantee,” CarMax strives for customer satisfaction.

2nd: Shannon Auto Sales, Manassas, 703-361-3040 3rd: Pohanka Lexus, Chantilly, 703-968-9100

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Deciphering degrees is the first step to finding a mental health provider. LCSW or PhD? MD or Pys.D? The jumble of letters that accompany mental health professionals’ names are hard to decipher. While they typically refer to education, training, and licensure, knowing what to make of this alphabet soup can help you pinpoint the right pro for your needs. Recognize a few of these? L.C.S.W. = licensed clinical social worker L.P.C. = licensed professional counselor L.M.F.T. = licensed marriage and family therapist A doctor of clinical psychology has a Ph.D while a doctor of psychology will have a Psy.D. Both provide psychological evaluations and most offer psychotherapy. A psychiatrist is an M.D. and can prescribe and manage medication. Your primary care physician can make initial referrals to help you locate the provider who’ll be a good fit.

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2nd: Embassy Autowash, Multiple locations, 703-273-5650 3rd: Top Shine Car Wash & Detail Center, Gainesville, 571-222-7088

Caterer 1st: Pampa’s Fox Catering 11905 Aden Rd., Nokesville, 202-368-5412 Whether you’re ordering a single cake or food for a banquet or large wedding, Pampa’s Fox Catering is happy to service your culinary needs. They are a family-owned and operated small business originating from Argentina, bringing their cooking talents to Virginia.

2nd: Savoir Fare Limited, Round Hill, 540-338-8300 3rd: Purple Onion Catering Co., Vienna, 703-631-0050


Financial Planning Firm 1st: Cassaday & Company 8180 Greensboro Dr., Suite 1180, McLean, 703-506-8200 Providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management, Cassaday & Company hopes to integrate and simplify a client’s personal finances. Founded in 1993, they now have 70 employees, serving 2,600 households with a total of 4.7 billion dollars in monetary assets. They also support charities like So Others Might Eat and Central Union Mission.

2nd: Buchanan Wealth Management, Reston, 703-956-2633 3rd: Meridian Financial Partners, Warrenton, 540-878-5416

Funeral Home 1st: Money & King Funeral Home 171 Maple Ave. W., Vienna, 703-938-7440 Family-owned, Money & King Funeral Home and Cremation Services is proud to offer pre-planning, funeral services, burial services, and cremation services. Their traditions, accomplishments, and legacy of the past 140 years of service are dedicated to those they serve in the community.

2nd: Adams-Green Funeral Home and Crematory, Herndon, 703-437-1764 3rd: Pierce Funeral Home, Manassas, 703-257-6028

Law Firm 1st: Geller Law Group 4000 Legato Rd., 1100, Fairfax, 703-687-6188 The incredible story of the Geller Law Group began in 2011 when Rebecca Geller, a young mother and attorney, created a new business model in the legal profession to accommodate working parents. The group now serves more than 5,000 clients and has changed the way law is practiced in a way that embraces flexibility without compromising excellence.

2nd: Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, PLLC, Leesburg, 703-777-7319 3rd: Family First Law Group, Alexandria, 703-299-3440



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Best Shopping Book Store

Antiques 1st: The Old Lucketts Store 42350 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg, 703-779-0268

1st: McKay Used Books 8345 Sudley Rd., Manassas, 703-361-9042

Built in 1879 by the Luckett family, the Old Lucketts Store is a restored general store and family home. The shop houses more than 35 dealers who sell antiques, vintage finds, and just plain cool stuff. Lucketts offers outdoor checkout and curbside pickup, so customers can enjoy the outdoors while helping alleviate congestion inside the shop.

Since 1983, McKay Used Books has provided hundreds of thousands of titles, including fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels, as well as other types of entertainment media, all sourced by the local community. The staff at McKay is proud that it has been able to give back to the community; they donated more than $1,800 to local public schools in 2020 alone.

2nd: Baileywyck Antiques, The Plains, 540-687-6097 3rd: Iron Horse Antiques, Manassas Facebook: Iron Horse Antiques, 703-368-4959

2nd: Bard’s Alley, Vienna, 571-459-2653 3rd: Old Town Books, Two locations in Alexandria, 703-647-9749

Consignment Shop 1st: Copper Cricket 15026 Washington St., Haymarket, 703-743-2346 Now in their sixth year, Copper Cricket is open Tuesday-Sunday. This consignment shop’s ever-changing inventory of furniture and decor makes each experience different and provides plenty of opportunity to find something unique. From larger items like brass beds, to smaller pieces like figurines, there’s something for everyone.

2nd: Carousel Consignments, Manassas, 571-208-0638 3rd: Twice is Nice, Leesburg, 703-771-0208


Fine Jewelry Store 1st: Ketterman’s Jewelers 212 Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg, 703-777-0033 Family-owned in Leesburg since 1988, Ketterman’s not only makes its own jewelry but has an on-site repair shop, which offers cleanings. Open MondaySaturday, they provide engraving services, jewelry insurance, and have a large selection of gifts and accessories for special occasions, like weddings, from a multitude of designers.

photos (clockwise from left) courtesy of: manassas olive oil company, red barn mercantile, le village marche

2nd: Ashby Jewelers, Manassas, 703-368-4653 3rd: Quinn’s Goldsmith, Woodbridge, 703-878-1622

Emily Thompson of Manassas Olive Oil Company. Right: Red Barn Mercantile’s storefront. Below: Candles from Le Village Marche.

Gift Giving 101

Experts weigh in on just the right hostess gift. More whisper than shout, a hostess gift has one essential purpose: to send a thoughtful gesture of appreciation. To help you get it just right, we polled some of our favorite gift shops for tips and ideas. Angela Phelps of Arlington’s Le Village Marche’s go-tos include candles, cocktail napkins, and chocolates. “For candles, choose a citrus scent. It’s a safe choice, as some people are sensitive to scents—they are great for using after cooking.” For times when something more lasting and substantial is warranted, she suggests a quality set of marble coasters. “They are

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useful and go with any decor.” Gifts of flavored olive oil are favored by Emily Thomson of Manassas Olive Oil Company, who says it’s a perfect choice—something everyone will enjoy. “It can be used for cooking any meal, drizzling on a salad, or as a bread dipping.” Among her favorites: Tuscan Herb, flavored with rosemary, oregano, basil, and garlic, and Milanese Gremolata, a blend of lemon zest, parsley, and garlic. “I’d rather bring a nice bottle of olive oil or specialty salt that they can use later,” says Amy Rutherford of Red Barn Mercantile in

Alexandria. She advises against perishable gifts like flowers or consumable ones like wine. Two of her favorites are Sydney Hale Candles and liquid Marseille soap. And any consummate entertainer will appreciate the Wine and Cheese Pairing Swatchbook, an easy-to-follow guide perfect for get-togethers. At $15, it’s an easy price point too. Courtney Thomas of The Picket Fence in Burke suggests focusing on treats that can be enjoyed after guests have left. “Put together a little goodie basket of Virginia peanuts, dip mixes, and locally made jams for the hostess.” For a fun twist on the traditional bottle of wine, she recommends adding a pack of Vinoos Wine Gummies. And one more tip not to overlook: Be sure your gift has a “to and from” tag. Hand it

directly to the host or place it where it can be found after the party—maybe on a front hall table. Be sure to include a simple handwritten message: “Thank you! This is for you to enjoy later.”



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Best Shopping Florist Shop 1st: Karin’s Florist 527 Maple Ave. E., Vienna, 703-281-4141 Named after co-owner Bill Dukas’ first born child, Karin’s Florist has been serving the area since 1956 and was named Best Florist in America on The Steve Harvey Show. They provide flowers for every occasion, from parties to funerals. Other products include plants like orchids, gift baskets packed with snacks and treats, and gifts like pillows, table runners, photo frames, and more.

2nd: The Flower Gallery, Manassas, 703-361-5186 3rd: Mayflowers, Locations in McLean, Reston, 703.709.1200

Gift Store 1st: The Things I Love 9084 Center St., Manassas Facebook: The Things I Love, 703-335-7711 Established in 1997 by Joanne Wunderly, this home decor and gift shop is

2nd: Highcliffe Clothiers, Middleburg, 540-687-5633 3rd: Britches Great Outdoors, Warrenton, 855-420-2437

2nd: Shining Sol Candle Company, Manassas, 571-719-3957 3rd: The Fun Shop, Middleburg, 540-687-6590

1st: Potomac River Running Store Multiple locations, 703-243-2332

Men’s Clothing Store 1st: Davelle Clothiers 11921 Freedom Dr., Suite 100, Reston, 703-904-0011 A true American success story, Davelle Clothiers is dedicated to four things: high-quality fabrics, craftsmanship, the perfect fit, and the expression of every man’s individual style. This shop has been providing customers with high-end garments for more than 29 years, taking pride

The Hive is Buzzing in Old Town

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Fashionistas flock to Alexandria’s trio of stylish shops. When a friend suggested to Elizabeth Todd that she open a shoe store in a tiny Old Town storefront, she jumped. “By the time I mentioned it to my husband, I was no longer pondering,” she recalls of her 2003 decision. Catering to women seeking high-end brands found in department stores—but in a boutique experience—Todd’s Shoe Hive quickly carved out a specialty niche. Over the next decade, she grew the brand, tripling its floor space to become an established member of Old Town’s bustling business community. Todd soon branched into accessories and jewelry, and when a few racks of clothing

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in its unrivaled personal service and staff expertise.

also a tea room. Originally situated in a building over 140 years old on Battle Street, the shop relocated to a bigger storefront in the Old Conner Opera House in late 2010. The store sells pillows, chairs, teacups, tote bags, and more. Make sure to catch their special holiday themes for Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Christmas.

crept into the mix, she opened The Hive, in 2016. Specializing in accessible lines like Rag & Bone, Frank & Eileen, Sundry, and Tibi, The Hive was soon joined by Yellow Jacket, a menswear shop, last fall. “I would like to be the Cheers of Old Town, where everybody knows your name,” Todd says. “What makes us stand apart is the community. We have wonderful customers who are loyal to us, and I have been lucky enough to have amazing people working at the stores.” The brand’s online shop, which carries about 90 percent of The Hive’s inventory, has grown quickly during the pandemic as

Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

Locally based and family-owned, Potomac River Running Stores have grown to nine locations in Virginia since their 2003 opening. And you won’t just find footwear there. The store offers a wide range of gear, apparel, and accessories as well as advice. Among their various training programs for runners, their track club youth program teaches children the basics of competitive running and supporting an active lifestyle.

2nd: Pacers Running, Multiple locations, 703-836-1463 3rd: Casual Adventure, Arlington, 703-527-0600

customers shifted to virtual shopping, taking style pointers from their blog, Instagram feed, and newsletter. “It is really like we have four stores,” says Todd. “The Shoe Hive, The Hive, Yellow Jacket, and the web store.” A revamp of the website has paid off, too, she says: “We have reconnected with customers who had moved away, and met some new ones who live in places that don’t have shops like ours.” Todd adjusts her inventory to reflect customers’ evolving preferences. She and her staff also mastered the pandemic hustle. “We did a different virtual trunk show every week for a few months,” she says. “We delivered items all over town, and when a sale hit, we had a sign up where you could FaceTime the store virtually.” Over the years, Todd’s intuitive business


Women’s Clothing Store 1st: Undeniable Boutique 2920 District Ave., Suite 140, Fairfax, 571-281-0348 Constantly changing inventory with weekly new arrivals, shopping is made easy and fun at Undeniable Boutique. The shop has experienced stylists to help find that new outfit and personal shopping appointments are available. Their VIP shopping parties make a great night out with the whole store and their top stylists to yourself.

2nd: Nollypop Mobile Boutique, Multiple locations, 703-967-1435 3rd: The Hive, Alexandria, 703-548-7110

sense has served her retail hive well. “Ignorance has always been my biggest friend and work ethic, my ally. I don’t know how things are supposed to work. I just go.”

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We are a small all-girls camp located on the waters of the Cowpasture River. Since 1927, we have served girls between the ages of 7–16, offering activities like swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, tennis, arts & crafts and much more. By Girls. For Girls. With Girls. Go Girls!

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WITH ITS SWOON-WORTHY VISTAS and small cities with big hearts, there’s plenty to love about the Shenandoah Valley. Winchester, the Valley’s largest city, is the “Apple Capital” of the Commonwealth. Harrisonburg, the “Friendly City,” is a college town with a foodie vibe. And Staunton boasts one of the most beautiful main streets in the country, according to Architectural Digest no less. Head west and you’ll encounter Lexington, nicknamed the “Paris of Virginia” thanks to its winning combination of culture and charm. Wherever you land in the Shenandoah Valley, you’re guaranteed awe-inspiring natural beauty (we’re looking at you, Natural Bridge), unparalleled history, and a dynamic arts and culture scene combined with opportunities to play outdoors. This region has the best of everything—and something for everyone.


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With over a decade of experience helping Virginians and those relocating to and from the Shenandoah Valley, Charlottesville, and Harrisonburg areas of Virginia to buy and sell their homes and commercial properties, KK Homes has expertly crafted a personal, hands on approach for each client served. Through the years, KK Homes has been able to help hundreds of home buyers and sellers, and has gained tremendous experience and fulfillment from serving the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and beyond.

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Laura Loe in her Richmond Studio. Below right: Loe's painting A Nimrod Studio, 2014.

- Buena Vista - Covington - Harrisonburg - Lexington

- Staunton - Waynesboro - Winchester

COUNTIES: - Alleghany - Augusta - Bath - Botetourt - Clarke - Craig - Frederick

- Highland - Page - Rockbridge - Rockingham - Shenandoah - Warren

A Thriving Arts Scene

photo by tyler darden. painting courtesy of laura loe



Allegheny Mountains, the Valley is home to a thriving arts community. Looking for creative inspiration? Nimrod Hall in Bath County hosts weeklong summer workshops in painting, crafts, and writing. Affectionately known as “art camp,” Nimrod has offered creative retreats for beginning to advanced artists for more than 30 years. “Your food and room are provided here,” says artist Laura Loe, Nimrod’s owner, “so you can just show up and create.” The property, which includes a main house, dining hall, and series of small cottages, dates to 1783. “We’re unapologetically old-fashioned,” Loe adds. In nearby Hot Springs, the popular Bath County Art Show—coming July 16-24—will feature 200 regional artists. And just up the road, Garth Newel Music Center combines world-class chamber music with fine dining. Just south of Harrisonburg, you’ll find the Dayton Days Autumn Celebration, our top art event winner. Showcasing over 200 arts and crafts exhibitors, the 42nd annual celebration is

on October 1. In Waynesboro, check out the Fall Foliage Art Show from October 8-9, a juried event that combines works from over 100 artists. The town of Woodstock plays host to the third annual Shenandoah Valley ArtFest on June 25. Visitors can view and purchase original artwork while enjoying live music and games along with food trucks, local craft beer, and wines from the region. For theater, this year’s top honor goes—once again—to Staunton's American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, the world’s only recreation of William Shakespeare’s original indoor theater. Performances here include original and contemporary adaptations of the Bard of Avon’s plays, along with contemporary works. Frommer’s calls their productions, simply, “stunning.” Also in Staunton, in second place is ShenanArts Theatre, which produces musicals and plays for audiences of all ages as well as a theatrical training program for aspiring young actors. Over in Lexington, Lime Kiln Theater takes first place in the music venue category. Founded in 1967, it attracts a lineup of top bluegrass, country, and folk performers for audiences al fresco.

Nimrod is summer artsand-crafts camp for adults. We offer home-cooked meals, simple rooms, and professional art teachers. You just show up and create.” —Laura Loe, artist and owner, Nimrod Hall


Best Food & Drink

Best Living & Recreation

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Best Food & Drink RESTAURANTS Asian Restaurant 1st: Taste of Thai 917 S. High St., Harrisonburg, 540-801-8878 Staple favorites such as the Tom Kha Gai, papaya salad, and mango sticky rice dessert washed down by a Singha beer have sustained Taste of Thai as the longest-standing Thai restaurant in the Harrisonburg area. The restaurant serves a variety of Thai and other regionally inspired dishes for lunch and dinner, and also offers catering.

2nd: Napa Thai, Lexington, 540-461-8133 3rd: Golden China, Harrisonburg, 540-434-1285

Barbecue Restaurant 1st: Hank’s Grille & Catering 49 Bloomer Springs Rd., McGaheysville, 540-289-7667

Breakfast/ Brunch Restaurant

Coffee Shop or Roaster

1st: Magpie Diner 85 W. Gay St., Harrisonburg, 540-383-4813

1st: Bridgewater Coffee Co. 610 Main St., Bridgewater, 540-237-4408

What was once a 1950s tire service station is now Magpie Diner, a fullservice breakfast and lunch restaurant offering a modern, diner-inspired menu. Magpie makes classics like biscuits and gravy, but also offers unique twists on traditional diner fare—think a spinach artichoke grilled cheese. The menu is updated weekly.

After noticing the town lacked a central coffee shop, two families opened Bridgewater Coffee in 2017. Focusing on community—with a mantra to “Sip Savor Repeat”— beautifully crafted drinks and seasonal favorites are on the menu. A Grasshopper Latte combines mint, dark chocolate, and crème de menthe pieces, while mocha and Oreo cookies are blended into a Cookies & Creme Frappe. Tasty baked goods, fresh breakfast foods, and delectable sandwiches are also on the menu.

2nd: Kathy’s Restaurant, Staunton, 540-885-4331 3rd: Mr. J’s Bagel & Deli, 3 locations in Harrisonburg, 540-564-0416

Burger Joint Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint


80 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-433-5225

Hank’s new food truck addition, Hank’s Fly’n Pig, has been serving the McGaheysville area for several months with the same great Southern cuisine and barbecue that have defined the restaurant. Try the new brunch—you’ll love Hank’s savory chicken and waffles. Catering is also available.

With expanded indoor seating, Jack Brown’s is the place to be for all your burger cravings. Try the bestselling “Greg Brady Burger”—with homemade mac ‘n’ cheese and Martin’s BBQ chips. Wash it down with one of more than 100 craft beers on draft while you enjoy the large, dog-friendly outdoor dining space.

2nd: Bar-B-Q Ranch, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3296 3rd: The Fishin’ Pig, Waynesboro, 540-943-3474

2nd: Wright’s Dairy-Rite, Staunton, 540-886-0435 3rd: Cuban Burger, Harrisonburg, 540-434-1769

2nd: Roadmap CoffeeWorks, Lexington, 540-462-3990 3rd: Greenberry’s, Harrisonburg, 540-434-0111

Fine Dining 1st: Local Chop & Grill House 56 W. Gay St., Harrisonburg, 540-801-0505 Housed in a renovated factory, Local Chop & Grill House takes farm-totable cuisine to new heights. Working with farms, breweries, and vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley and across Virginia, this local favorite offers delicious steak options including a filet mignon with demi-glace and a rib eye with horseradish crème fraiche.

2nd: Zynodoa, Staunton, 540-885-7775 3rd: Joshua Wilton House, Harrisonburg, 540-434-4464


Food Truck 1st: Grilled Cheese Mania 1476 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-746-7515 After relocating from New Jersey, Kathleen Mania-Casey quickly established herself as the “grilled cheese lady,” rustling up delicious cheese-centric sandwiches out of a food truck. Now with its own storefront, Grilled Cheese Mania serves everything from a plain ol’ grilled cheese to the whopping “the Maniac”—a double-decker grilled cheese stuffed with mac ‘n’ cheese, pepperoni, cheddar, and bacon.

2nd: Mashita, Harrisonburg, 540-810-1875 3rd: Gloria’s Pupuseria, Staunton, 540-487-2428

Ice Cream Shop 1st: Smiley’s Ice Cream 205 Don Litten Pkwy., Bridgewater, 540-271-2805 Owner Derek Smiley started his journey by selling ice cream out of the back of his truck at a local farmers market. His newest store sits on 2.5 acres of land and includes both indoor and outdoor seating. Smiley’s traditional or “porch” ice cream has flavors ranging from vanilla to piña colada and are made using locally sourced ingredients.

2nd: Kline’s Dairy Bar, Multiple locations, 540-434-4014 3rd: The Split Banana, Staunton, 540-712-0721

Indian Restaurant

photos courtesy of hopscotch coffee & records

1st: Taste of India 106 S. New St., Staunton, 540-213-8882

Part of the Hopscotch crew: Gideon Kupka, Andy Lauck, manager Rebekah Lisk, Katelyn Kibler, and dog Lando.

Record Setting

Hopscotch Coffee & Records offers plenty of perks. Get your caffeine and vinyl fix at Hopscotch Coffee & Records, a hop, skip, and a jump from downtown Winchester. The locally owned shop serves Virginia’s own Lone Oak coffee and fresh pastries, with a hip record store to browse while you sip. “We’re coming up on eight years, and we’ve become a fun

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little unique crowd-pleaser,” says manager Bekah Lisk. “Our owner, Nate Rhodes, has been collecting and selling records his whole life. We’re a cool spot for locals and a fun find for people traveling through the Shenandoah Valley on the I-81.”

Taste of India features delicacies from the country’s very distinct regions. Tandoori specials, from the north, are prepared in a cylindrical clay oven; Biryani dishes hail from the south. The waitstaff gladly helps guests navigate the extensive menu, and spice levels are adjustable to suit all tastes. For those new to Indian cuisine, the generous lunch buffet is a great way to get acquainted.

2nd: Taj of India, Harrisonburg, 540-615-5888 3rd: Indian & American Cafe, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1177



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Lexington's favorite living room. TAPS lobby lounge bar at The Georges, serving elevated pub fare, creative cocktails and craft beer.

Voted Best Specialty Cocktails in the Shenandoah Valley! Dining is available indoors or out on the garden terrace - we'll see you there!

11N Main Street Lexington, VA 24450 540-463-2504

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Best Food & Drink RESTAURANTS Italian Restaurant

TAPS’ fish tacos with sesame seared tuna and Asian coleslaw.


1st: Vito’s Italian Kitchen 1047 Port Republic Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-433-1113

Seafood Restaurant

Born in a small town in the Italian province of Palermo, Vito Pellerito and his wife, Katharine, started Vito’s Italian Kitchen in 2007. The restaurant offers Italian favorites made from the highest quality ingredients in a warm and welcoming environment. Popular menu items include shrimp scampi, garlic knots, and a wide selection of hot and fresh pizzas.

1st: Blu Point Seafood Co. 123 W. Beverley St., Staunton, 540-712-0291 Blu Point Seafood Co. brings a love of the Chesapeake Bay and New England to the Shenandoah Valley with the freshest seafood around. Served by friendly staff in a welcoming atmosphere with a coast-in-the-valley vibe, food favorites include lobster rolls, fried clam baskets, soft shell crabs, oysters, and seasonal catches.

2nd: Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1366 3rd: Little Maria’s, Verona, 540-248-0026

2nd: Blue Stone Inn, Harrisonburg Facebook: @BlueStoneInnRestaurant, 540-434-0535 3rd: Mill Street Grill, Staunton, 540-886-0656

Mexican Restaurant 1st: El Charro Locations in Bridgewater, Harrisonburg, 540-828-4027 After its first location opened in 1990, El Charro now operates five locations in Virginia. The restaurant brings bright and flavorful Mexican cuisine to the Shenandoah Valley in a family-friendly atmosphere. The menu includes added wings and chicharrones, along with tortas, traditional Mexican sandwiches.

2nd: Chicano Boy Taco, Staunton, 540-569-2105 3rd: Don Tequila, Locations in Buena Vista, Lexington, 540-463-3289

Outdoor Dining

photo by sera petras / courtesy of the georges

1st: Stable Craft Brewing 375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro, 540-490-2609 Once a stable that raised and trained Tennessee Walkers, Stable Craft Brewing is now an event space, taproom, and agri-pub-style brewery and restaurant. From its scenic setting, to the horses, the hops fields, the inside look at the brewing process, and the farm-fresh craft beer results, visitors get an authentic farm and brewery experience.

2nd: Byers Street Bistro, Staunton, 540-887-6100 3rd: The Cracked Pillar Pub, Bridgewater, 540-237-4563

Steakhouse 1st: Mill Street Grill 1 Mill St., Staunton, 540-886-0656

Sipping TAPS

Local food and creative cocktails drive the vibe at The Georges’ main bar. Welcome to The Georges, Main Street Lexington’s charming inn where rich history meets modern accommodations. In the lobby, guests will find TAPS, the inn’s bar and restaurant, serving upscale pub fare. Visitors come for the craft beer and cocktails and stay for the food. The menu features ingredients from local farms throughout the Shenandoah Valley, including crowd-pleasers like burgers topped with bacon-onion jam, hand-cut fries, a Virginia cheese board, and fried chicken and waffles.


Sandwich Shop

1st: Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza 80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg, 540-433-1366

1st: Mr. J’s Bagels and Deli 3 locations in Harrisonburg, 540-564-0416

Following the time-honored method of Neapolitan pizza making, Bella Luna uses the intense high heat of burnt local white oak to create unforgettable textures and flavors. Center stage at Bella Luna is the open kitchen, where guests can watch the chefs craft delicious pizza, pastas, and breads using fresh, organic ingredients.

Since 1990, Mr. J’s Bagel & Deli has been serving fresh, homemade baked bagels and made-to-order bagel sandwiches along with a full array of pastries to start mornings in Harrisonburg off right. Look for new and exciting bagel flavors rotated on and off the menu throughout the year.

2nd: Vito’s Italian Kitchen, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1113 3rd: Shenandoah Pizza & Tap House, Staunton, 540-213-0008

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2nd: Lola’s Delicatessen, Harrisonburg, 540-908-3253 3rd: Macado’s, Locations in Harrisonburg, Lexington, Winchester, 540-434-2106

Mill Street Grill has served the Staunton area for 30 years with a consistently delicious menu. This restaurant offers quality food and efficient service, all in the cozy atmosphere of a turn-of-the-century flour mill. The prime rib is a bestseller, and other popular menu offerings include oysters, New York strip, and the Hawaiian rib eye special.

2nd: Local Chop & Grill House, Harrisonburg, 540-801-0505 3rd: The Depot Grille, Staunton, 540-885-7332

Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare 1st: Bowl of Good 831 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, 540-437-9020 A Bowl of Good operated in the back of a health food store and the local farmers market before moving to its current home. This communityminded business prioritizes local and all-natural ingredients, bringing healthy, internationally influenced cuisine to Harrisonburg. Popular vegan and vegetarian options include the Bangkok Bowl with tofu and the Bowl de la Milpa with black ​​ beans, avocado, and salsa.

2nd: BoBoKo Indonesian Cafe, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3542 3rd: Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery, Staunton, 540-885-4755



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Best Food & Drink FOOD SHOPPING Bakery Anita’s Decadent Delights Bake Shoppe


510 N. Main St., Bridgewater Facebook: @AnitasDecadentDelightsBakeShoppe, 540-828-3155

This charming little bakery is familyowned and operated, for more than four decades. Anita’s goodies are all homemade, and her legendary favorites include cookies, cakes, doughnuts, cupcakes, pies, and more. The bakery offers catering, as well as custom cakes, trays, and baskets. At lunchtime, you can even order homemade soups and sandwiches to go.

2nd: Heritage Bakery & Café, Harrisonburg, 540-564-1200 3rd: Réunion Bakery & Espresso, Staunton, 540-569-2819

Chocolatier 1st: Cocoa Mill Chocolate Locations in Lexington, Staunton, 540-464-8400 Cocoa Mill Chocolate is known for its wide array of exquisite fair-trade chocolates and for vigilantly assessing quality at each production step. Specialty offerings include dipped fruits, artisan truffles, and gourmet barks.

2nd: Warfel’s Sweet Shoppe, Dayton, 540-879-9598 3rd: The Cheese Shop, Stuarts Draft, 540-337-4224

Farmers Market 1st: Harrisonburg Farmers Market 228 S. Liberty St. (Turner Pavilion), Harrisonburg, 540-476-3377 Since 1979 the Harrisonburg Farmers Market has supported environmental stewardship and community wellbeing as a source for locally grown or

produced foods and crafts. A great place to spend a Saturday morning, this market features fresh-baked breads and pastries, canned goods, local produce, flavorful spices, hot coffee, and much more.

2nd: Staunton Farmers’ Market, 540-448-1937 3rd: The Dayton Market, 540-879-380

Specialty/ Gourmet Food Shop 1st: Friendly City Food Co-op 150 E. Wolfe St., Harrisonburg, 540-801-8882 As with other co-ops, Friendly City Food is based on community and sustainability. It’s a locally owned, organic grocery store emphasizing healthy food, local products, and sustainably produced goods. Friendly City also has a hot food bar, with a menu that changes weekly.

2nd: The Cheese Shop Country Market & Deli, Stuarts Draft, 540-337-4224 3rd: Valley Pike Farm Market, Weyers Cave, 540-453-4168


Wine Shop 1st: Yelping Dog Wine 9 E. Beverley St., Staunton Facebook: Yelping Dog Wine, 540-885-2275 This wine shop and bar offers a great selection of wine, as well as gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese plates. The owners recently started a wine delivery service and opened a unique men’s gift and apparel shop right next door, so that patrons can sip a glass of wine while they shop.

2nd: Valley Pike Farm Market, Weyers Cave, 540-453-4168 3rd: Washington Street Purveyors, Lexington, 540-464-9463

Historic House Turned Inn

At the Joshua Wilton House, fine dining is also the draw.

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Located in Harrisonburg’s Historic Old Towne District, the Joshua Wilton House is a restored Victorian-era mansion turned restaurant and inn. Executive chef, Tom French, creates elevated Southern flavors using traditional French techniques: think croquettes made with Gruyere and Edward’s country ham topped with romesco sauce—or pan seared sea scallops paired with Parisienne gnocchi. Born in England, French did a short stint at Buckingham Palace, cooking for the Queen and the royal family and worked at Keswick Hall near Charlottesville before heading up the kitchen here. The wine list, a three-time Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner, is composed of established and new varieties of grapes found locally and from around the globe. The house wines include vintages such as a 2019 Beqaa Valley rosé imported from Lebanon, a 2017 red from Bluestone Vineyard in Virginia. The space itself offers an intimate, fine dining experience with a woodburning fireplace in the bar and lounge. The inn, which has five bookable rooms, is popular with

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visitors to James Madison University. The honeymoon suite features turret windows and a canopy bed; a wraparound porch with rocking chairs invites guests to linger. The Joshua Wilton House also exhibits work from the area’s artists and hosts regular “Meet the Artist” events, where works are available for purchase. In back, a brick patio sets the scene for weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other celebrations catered by the inn’s kitchen.



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Best Food & Drink DRINK Brewery 1st: Devils Backbone Outpost Tap

Room & Kitchen

50 Northwind Ln., Lexington, 540-817-6071 An offshoot of the flagship Devils Backbone in Nelson County, Lexington’s Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen is a cornerstone of Rockbridge County. What was once the brewery’s production facility has evolved into a full scale tasting space with a full food menu. Sip award-winning beer while enjoying mouthwatering burgers, tacos, and more on the recently added, sunny back deck overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Specialty Cocktails

1st: Stable Craft Brewing & Cidery 375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro, 540-490-2609

1st: TAPS at The Georges 11 N. Main St., Lexington, 540-463-2504

What was once a horse training facility has become a highly successful event space, taproom, and agri-pubstyle brewery and restaurant. The “field-to-glass” experience and scenic atmosphere of the farm make it a popular spot for weddings, birthdays, or a casual night out. A new outdoor kitchen and expanded outdoor bar are planned for the near future.

As the main bar at the Georges Hotel, TAPS serves elevated pub fare and snacks, along with craft beer and specialty cocktails. Try the “Keydet,” a TAPS original that includes Malibu rum, white rum, pineapple, and grenadine–all topped off with a float of ginger beer. Or try one of the “new schools” like “Fancy Dress,” a tequila-based drink with egg white and muddled strawberries.

2nd: Sage Bird Ciderworks, Harrisonburg, 540-607-8084 3rd: Showalter’s Orchard, Timberville, 540-896-7582

2nd: Zynodoa, Staunton, 540-885-7775 3rd: Jimmy Madison’s, Harrisonburg, 540-432-1000

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The Bad Apple speakeasy and restaurant is worth the search. Looking for the Bad Apple? Don’t rely on your GPS to find it. This Prohibition-themed restaurant, outside of Pembroke (pop. 1,100), is situated inside a big, red barn at the end of Doe Creek Farm Road. From Blacksburg, you’ll take routes 700, 460, and 613, which means, in short, that it’s down a dirt road. Driving after dark, it’s easy to get lost, which would-be patrons do, a lot. But the Bad Apple is worth the search. The red barn, which once housed sheep, is now an elegantly appointed restaurant. Dark paneling, crystal chandeliers, and a stained glass window give it a vintage, speakeasy vibe. It’s all a bit on the downlow—no street signs, no directional markers, or arrows pointing the way. The only clue is revealed late in the game: a discrete neon apple on the side of the barn. The Bad Apple’s extensive cocktail menu features an impressive selection of Virginia distilled spirits as well as Virginia beers and wines. The only bad apples here come in the form of cocktails flavored with apple syrup from the farm’s orchard. The dinner menu changes seasonally to take advantage of what’s locally available, and includes favorites like shrimp and grits, Beef Wellington,

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Winery 1st: Bluestone Vineyard 4828 Spring Creek Rd., Bridgewater, 540-828-0099 This family-owned and operated winery is committed to crafting small-batch wines from locally sourced and estate-grown fruit. Be sure to try the “Golden Hour,” a limited edition blend of Viognier and Petit Manseng, or the 2019 Petit Manseng, which was named to the 2021 Virginia Governor’s Cup Case.

2nd: CrossKeys Vineyards, Mt. Crawford, 540-234-0505 3rd: Barren Ridge Vineyards, Fishersville, 540-248-3300

2nd: Stable Craft Brewing & Cidery, Waynesboro, 540-490-2609 3rd: Basic City Beer Co., Waynesboro, 540-943-1010

Off the Beaten Path


Pan-seared duck breast with roasted grapes, gastrique, and fingerling potatoes.

and vegan japchae, a Korean comfort food courtesy of Executive Chef Mikie Bodtke. The shadowy, somewhat secretive ambiance of the place is a deliberate nod to Prohibition, when alcohol sales were outlawed in the U.S. The crackdown spawned an underground network of hidden bars in unlikely locations—barns, basements, old warehouses. Georgia Haverty and Allison Hollopter, the mother-daughter duo behind The Bad Apple, both liked the idea of a rustic exterior concealing an elegant,

club-like interior, so they capitalized on the property’s elements to create this experiential dining destination. The drive to The Bad Apple is quintessential Virginia—rolling hills, valleys, and fertile farmland—but once inside the restaurant, there is no view. The lack of windows bolsters the secretive vibe. Getting there is definitely a journey in itself. But once you’re seated, you’ll discover a whole new world of destination dining.



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Best Living & Recreation ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS Annual Charity Event 1st: Virginia Food Truck Battle

and Beer Competition

Augusta Expo Center, 277 Expo Rd., Fishersville, 540-849-9635 This one-day competition benefits the MaDee Project, a nonprofit providing financial support to pediatric cancer patients and their families in Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, and the surrounding area, and features entertainment and children’s activities. Food trucks, breweries, and wineries from across the state compete to see who will walk away the “Grand Champion” of food and drink.

2nd: Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, Harrisonburg, 540-433-9993 3rd: Night at the Museum, Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg, 540-442-8900

Art Event 1st: Dayton Days, 540-879-2241 Hundreds of art vendors display their handmade crafts, wood sculptures, wall art, jewelry, and more at this one-day event, which ushers in the fall season each year. Enjoy delicious food from local vendors as well as free entertainment and activities in charming downtown Dayton.

2nd: Fall Foliage Festival Art Show, Waynesboro, 540-949-7662 3rd: First Fridays, Harrisonburg, 540-801-8779

Entertainment for Adults 1st: Ruby’s Arcade 165 S. Main St., 100B, Harrisonburg, 540-615-5351 Ruby’s Arcade has everything you need for a fun night out, with duckpin bowling, pool, darts, foosball, shuffleboard, arcade games, and more. The space supports a variety of events regardless of budget and party size. The team at Ruby’s provides excellent food, drinks, and customer service to make your experience fun for the whole group.

2nd: Beards & Broads Axe Throwing, Harrisonburg, 540-208-7902 3rd: Visulite Theater, Staunton, 540-885-9959

Festival Highland County Maple Festival


165 W. Main St., Monterey, 540-468-2550 Designated a “Local Legacy” by the Library of Congress and the official maple festival of Virginia by the state governor, the Highland County Maple Festival draws in tens of thousands of visitors each year. To celebrate the “opening” of the trees, festival-goers can enjoy sugar camp tours, pancake dinners, doughnuts, arts and crafts, and more than 100 juried vendors.

2nd: Dayton Days/Autumn Celebration,, 540-879-2241 3rd: Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester, 540-662-3863​

Historic Theater 1st: American Shakespeare Center/Blackfriars Playhouse 10 S. Market St., Staunton, 540-851-1733

As the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor theater, American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse is truly one-ofa-kind and has entertained hundreds of thousands of audience members from around the globe. This historic theater was built in 2001 after years of research on the original Blackfriars’ size, orientation, scale, materials, and textures.

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2nd: Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg, 540-442-8900 3rd: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, 540-662 -1473

Music Venue 1st: Lime Kiln Theater 607 Borden Rd., Lexington Rooted in the magic of a natural, outdoor theater, Lime Kiln Theater sits on the site of a 19th-century lime kiln and quarry with two stages: The Bowl and The Kiln. The venue offers musical and theatrical performers a welcoming platform to exhibit popular and original material to a passionate audience.

2nd: Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Harrisonburg, 540-568-4394 3rd: Bluestone Vineyard, Bridgewater, 540-828-0099


Performing Arts Company American Shakespeare Center/Blackfriars Playhouse


10 S. Market St., Staunton, 540-851-1733

Staunton is the home of the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor stage, the American Shakespeare Center’s 300-seat Blackfriar’s Playhouse. Intimate in scale and epic in imagination, its sophisticated and accessible seasons are built around a company of versatile actors performing in repertory all year round. The Washington Post calls it “shamelessly entertaining;” the Boston Globe agrees, describing productions as “phenomenal … bursting with energy.”

2nd: ShenanArts, Staunton, 540-712-0001 3rd: Rockbridge Ballet Company, Lexington, 540-463-3463

2nd: Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, 540-433-9189 3rd: Hull’s Drive-In Theatre, Lexington, 540-463-2621

LOVE Sign 1st: LOVEwork in Waynesboro, 540-942-6512 This LOVE sign represents Waynesboro’s connection to the outdoors. The sign has a fisherman’s boot as the L, a fishing reel as the O, two fish in the shape of a V, and kayak paddles forming the E. Waynesboro is located at the intersection of Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Appalachian Trail—adventure awaits!

2nd: LOVEwork at Humpback Bridge, Covington, 540-962-2178 3rd: LOVEwork at Natural Bridge State Park, 540-291-1326

Museum 1st: Frontier Culture Museum 1290 Richmond Rd., Staunton, 540-332-7850 This museum tells the story of those who migrated to colonial America and the lives they created here. Through

outdoor recreations of frontier life for communities who came from England, Germany, Ireland, and West Africa, as well as the indigenous Ganatastwi people, visitors can learn more about the triumphs, trials, and tribulations of early colonial times.

Knockerball and Nerf Wars: Not For Kids Only

Elevation Sports is “the most fun you’ll ever have.” Imagine running around in a giant, clear bubble, taking your frustrations out on a whole field of other bubbles. That’s Knockerball. It’s like bumper cars without the car. Elevation Sports in Harrisonburg promises the “most fun you’ll ever have,” and the slew of five-star online reviews indicate they’re spot-on. Nerf Wars and Combat Archery are also on the menu. Elevation provides a “ridiculously awesome” experience—from birthday parties to corporate team-building events, fundraisers, and fun with families and friends. Said one happy customer, “We had a group of six of over 40-year-olds, and we felt like we were four years old again.”



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So this little town in the Shenandoah Valley has a dozen winners of Best of Virginia??? Yep. And a lot more! Congratulations to

Anita's Decadent Delights Bake Shoppe Blue Ridge Christian School Bluestone Vineyard Bridgewater Coffee Co. Bridgewater Retirement Community Cracked Pillar Pub El Charro Restaurant Evergrowin' Greenhouses Johnson Funeral Service Mark W. Craig Auctions Mill Cabinet Shop Smiley's Ice Cream

Bridgewater A BETTER LIFE

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Best Living & Recreation ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS Radio Station 1st: WKCY FM 104.3 207 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, 540-434-6837 104.3 WKCY FM is a country music radio station serving the Central Shenandoah Valley. Tune in to listen to stars like the Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and more. And while you’re at it, listen to the Bobby Bones Show, hosted by Arkansas native and comedian Bobby Bones.

photos (from left) courtesy of: the woodrow wilson presidential library & museum (2), us national archives

2nd: WMRA FM 90.7, Harrisonburg, 540-568-6221 3rd: WQPO FM 100.7, Harrisonburg, 540-434-033

Dog Training Company 1st: Love on a Leash 3225 Harpine Hwy., Harrisonburg, 540-833-8118 Love on a Leash’s mission is to help people live in harmony with their dogs. The experienced dog trainers include the business owner, Sheli Rhodes, who is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and an evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test. Some activities offered include agility and pet obedience classes.

2nd: Anything is PAWSable, Lexington, 540-649-1023 3rd: Positive Paws K-9 Training, Stuarts Draft, 540-569-9211

Special Event Venue

Pet Boarding/ Day Care

1st: Cross Keys Barn 921 Cross Keys Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-820-1744

1st: All About Paws 1685-B Garbers Church Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-208-7540

Cross Keys is nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, just minutes from Harrisonburg. The original part of the barn is more than 100 years old, giving the venue rustic character and modern elegance. Event spaces include a scenic ceremony site, cocktail area, open reception area, bridal suite, groom’s room, and catering prep room.

With the service at All About Paws, you can rest assured that all of your pet’s needs are taken care of while you are away. This pet boarding, doggie daycare, and grooming business employs experienced and trained professionals to care for your dog, cat, reptile, small, or even exotic pet.

2nd: Bluestone Vineyard, Bridgewater, 540-828-0099 3rd: Brix & Columns Vineyard, McGaheysville, 540-810-0566

2nd: Blue Ridge Animal Clinic, Lexington, 540-463-7799 3rd: Happy Hounds, Harrisonburg, 540-560-8530

Veterinary Hospital 1st: Anicira Veterinary Center 1992 Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-437-1980

Anicira Veterinary Center is devoted to providing compassionate, affordable care in order to end animal suffering and unnecessary euthanasia. In 2021 alone, Anicira performed 21,247 surgeries and provided 2,907 pets with free care. At Anicira, your pet is in very good hands.

2nd: Staunton Veterinary Clinic, 540-885-1915 3rd: Ashby Animal Clinic, Harrisonburg, 540-433-9174

KIDS Family Entertainment 1st: Explore More Discovery Museum

150 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-442-8900 Explore More Discovery Museum is a non-profit organization devoted to entertaining and educating young minds through interactive and engaging activities. Exhibits include a play kitchen and farmer’s market, a construction zone, science lab, art studio, and more.


K-12 Independent School 1st: Blue Ridge Christian School Locations in Bridgewater, Dayton, 540-828-2233 Blue Ridge Christian School has served Shenandoah Valley families since 1990, educating more than 300 students at the Lower School in Bridgewater and Upper School in Dayton. Known for having a balanced program that develops the whole student, BRCS offers small classes, hands-on learning, excellent academics, service and leadership opportunities, fine arts exploration, and athletic rigor.

2nd: Eastern Mennonite School, Harrisonburg, 540-236-6000 3rd: Stuart Hall School, Staunton, 540-885-0356

2nd: Hull’s Drive-In Theatre, Lexington, 540-463-2621 3rd: Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, 540-291-3205

PETS Dog Groomer 1st: Four Paws Grooming 4550 Early Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-437-7455 With a combined total of over 50 years of grooming experience, the groomers at Four Paws will take wonderful care of your pets. Four Paws grooms both cats and dogs (big and small), and with services such as a “skunk package,” nail painting, and even a blueberry facial, your pet is bound to be pampered.

2nd: All About Paws, Harrisonburg, 540-208-7540 3rd: K-9 Heaven, Staunton Facebook: @groomingbyK, 540-280-0593

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Woodrow Wilson’s Legacy Treasures on display at the 28th President’s Staunton birthplace.

Looking for an activity that doesn’t involve a screen? Travel back in time at The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, located in the heart of Staunton. Visitors can stroll through historic gardens, read about Wilson’s family treasures, and experience a replica of a World War I trench. Born in 1856 in Staunton, President Woodrow Wilson led the country through World War I, Prohibition, and the women’s suffrage movement. The museum includes a 1923 radio receiver and a presidential favorite—a 1919 Pierce-Arrow Limousine, which still runs to this day.



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Best Living & Recreation SHENANDOAH VALLEY

Best in Show

Bath County Art Show is a hot spot for artists. More than 200 artists will exhibit their work at the Bath County Art Show in Hot Springs this July 16-25. Now in its 57th year, the show will include more than 600 pieces, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, sculpture, and photography. “We have first-time artists to those who are very experienced and well-known, and we have local artists to those as far away as California and Colorado,” says Leigh Johnson, art show chair. Art sales help support Bath County arts programs, from fostering independent filmmakers to hosting dance workshops and continuing education classes. In addition, one Bath County high school senior is awarded up to $3,000 in scholarships.

Right: 2021 first place sculpture by Michael Hough. Far right: 2021 Best in Show painting “Roiled Pursuit” by Rebecca Bradbury.

KIDS Preschool 1st: Blue Ridge Christian School 100 Dinkel Ave., Bridgewater, 540-828-2233

photos courtesy of bath county art show

Preschoolers at BRCS receive a Christ-centered early childhood education through music, prayer, arts and crafts, Spanish immersion, playtime, and storytelling. Through hands-on learning opportunities like field trips and community service projects, students are encouraged to discover and interact with the world around them from a formative young age.

2nd: Little Oaks at Mill Creek, Port Republic 3rd: Generations Crossing, Harrisonburg, 540-434-4901

Summer Camp 1st: Camp Mont Shenandoah 218 Mont Shenandoah Ln., Millboro, 540-997-5994 Camp Mont Shenandoah is an allgirls summer camp that’s been around since 1927. Girls between the ages of 7-16 participate in activities such as archery, cooking, hiking,

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horseback riding, water sports, and more. Sessions range from one week to six in length.

2nd: Camp Horizons, Harrisonburg, 540-896-7600 3rd: Brethren Woods Camp, Keezletown, 540-269-2741

TRAVEL Bed & Breakfast 1st: Inn at Gristmill Square 118 Old Germantown Rd., Warm Springs, 540-839-2231 This historic inn features 18 charming rooms and suites, each of which has its own unique style and décor. Also at the Inn is the Waterwheel Restaurant, a farm-to-table style eatery that uses vegetables and herbs grown onsite. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, gift shop, and wine cellar.

2nd: Joshua Wilton House, Harrisonburg, 540-434-4464 3rd: Hillcrest Mansion Inn, Clifton Forge, 540-865-0350

Historic Site 1st: Downtown Staunton, 540-332-3867 With dozens of restaurants, specialty stores, antique retailers, service busi-

nesses, and salons, this historically preserved downtown area is a quaint destination for local shoppers and vacationers alike. Highlights include the Farmers’ Market, Antique Fire Engine Museum, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, and Blackfriars Playhouse at the American Shakespeare Center.

2nd: Natural Bridge State Park, 540-291-1326 3rd: Luray Caverns, 540-743-6551

Hotel 1st: The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, 540-839-1766 To stay at The Omni Homestead Resort is to relax in the comfort of true Southern luxury. As the only hotel in Virginia offering over two centuries of historic hospitality, the Homestead boasts 483 distinctive guest rooms. From a Traditional Room to a Presidential Suite, there’s a blissful night’s sleep behind every door.

2nd: Hotel Madison, Harrisonburg, 540-564-0200 3rd: Mimslyn Inn, Luray, 540-743-5105

Resort 1st: The Omni Homestead Resort 7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, 540-839-1766 Known as “America’s First Resort,” the Omni Homestead began as a small wooden lodge in 1766. Since then, the four-season destination has welcomed 23 presidents and numerous world leaders. The Homestead offers a golf course and spa, and more than 30 recreational activities, including archery, falconry, skiing, horseback riding, ziplining, fly fishing, and mountain biking.

2nd: Massanutten Resort, 540-289-9441 3rd: Shenandoah Acres, Stuarts Draft, 888-709-1172

Tourist Attraction 1st: Skyline Drive Shenandoah National Park, 540-999-3500 Skyline Drive is a 105-mile National Parkway that runs the entire length of the Shenandoah National Park. Known for its spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley, Skyline Drive houses many other attractions, including resorts like Skyland and hikes on sections of the Appalachian Trail.

2nd: Luray Caverns, 540-743-6551 3rd: Natural Bridge State Park, 540-291-1326



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Best Living & Recreation OUTDOORS & ACTIVE


Dance Studio 1st: Dance & Co. 115 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-810-3631 Dance & Co. offers training to both children and adults in ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, musical stage, hip-hop, and Irish step. The studio devotes itself to promoting the importance of the arts and humanities, as well as to providing a positive and motivating environment to its dancers.

2nd: Valley Dance Theatre, Staunton, 540-213-3908 3rd: Staunton Academy of Ballet, 540-886-9355

Golf Course 1st: The Cascades at Omni Homestead Resort The Priest in Nelson County, accessible via the Appalachian Trail from a trail head along Virginia State Route 56.

The Trails are Ready When You Are

With Appalachian Trail demand rising, some hikers seek out the newer Great Eastern Trail. The Appalachian Trail is trending. Hikers have flocked there in record numbers since 2020, “as people looked for safe ways to get exercise and just get out of the house,” says Kathryn Herndon-Powell, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Central Virginia regional manager. Hiking, after all, doesn’t require a lot of special equipment, and the trails are ready when you are. The Trail, also called the A.T., stretches 2,175 miles from Maine to Georgia and includes 550 miles in Virginia—the most of any state. In a typical year, 3 million visitors will lace up hiking boots to hit the A.T. But since the pandemic, the best-known hikes, such as McAfee Knob near Catawba, have been seeing record crowds. Still, the Trail belongs to everyone, and everyone belongs on the Trail. For a hiking experience that enriches your soul, stick to weekdays, says Herndon-Powell, and if you must hike on weekends, look for alternate routes. “Find the hidden gems,” she advises. “Pick up a good map or guidebook and go exploring…you’re more likely to find solitude

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and a sense of adventure.” Good stewards of the trail leave no trace. “Stay on marked trails, pack out your trash, and camp in designated areas—good campsites are found, not made,” says Herndon-Powell. Finally, find ways to give back: pick up litter or volunteer with a local Trail club. For breathtaking hikes without the crowds, head west to the Great Eastern Trail, known as the G.E.T. This 1,800-milelong path connecting New York to Alabama, runs roughly parallel to the A.T. and includes both new and established hiking trails. About 275 miles of the G.E.T. are in Virginia or straddle its borders. Under construction since 2007, mostly by volunteers, the G.E.T. is finally nearing completion. “We have defined trails in all of the northern half—with Hinton, West Virginia, at the midpoint—and about half of the southern half,” says G.E.T. board president Tim Hupp. Why hike the G.E.T. instead of the A.T.? “It’s a great place for solitude,” says Hupp. “The G.E.T. is far less used in most places.”,

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, 540-839-1766 With stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains, the Cascades Golf Course is a beautiful place to play. William S. Flynn designed this 18-hole course, the terrain of which is both challenging and charming. Players of all levels are welcome to book a tee time and try their luck!

2nd: Lakeview Golf Club, Harrisonburg, 540-434-8937 3rd: Rock Harbor Golf Course, Winchester, 540-722-7111

Gym 1st: Sentara RMH Wellness Center 2500 Wellness Dr., Harrisonburg, 540-564-5682 Founded in 1984, the Sentara RMH Wellness Center was the first of its kind as a hospital-owned, medically based fitness pavilion with programs and classes to improve the health of the Harrisonburg community. The center has classes and amenities for all ages and life stages including yoga, aquatic fitness, cycling, two indoor pools, and more.

2nd: 24/7 Family Fitness, Locations in Bridgewater, Harrisonburg, 540-432-6076 3rd: Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA, 540-885-8089

Hiking or Biking Trail 1st: Appalachian Trail, 304-535-6331 The Appalachian Trail is the world’s longest hiking-only footpath, at a total length of 2,193.1 miles. Traversing 14 states, the trail welcomes more than 3 million visitors each year. The Commonwealth possesses more miles of the Appalachian Trail than any other state—nearly a quarter of the trail’s entire length.

2nd: Chessie Trail, Lexington, 540-464-7992 3rd: Jackson River Scenic Trail

Specialty Fitness 1st: Phoenix Fitness and Yoga 58 Myers Corner Dr., Staunton, 540-649-1671 Phoenix Fitness and Yoga offers barre, pilates, yoga, hot yoga classes, and more. With fun as one of their core values, the instructors at Phoenix want to help you grow stronger, all while easing your levels of stress and anxiety. They’ve recently added online courses for those who can’t make it to the studio.

2nd: The Center (Yoga & Pilates), Harrisonburg, 540-383-0438 3rd: Center of Gravity Yoga & Pilates, Lexington, 540-462-2944

Tennis Facility 1st: The Club at Ironwood 62 Country Club Cir., Staunton, 540-248-7272 The Club at Ironwood has two tennis courts that are open for play any time. And after a nice match with friends or family, head over to the club’s 19th Hole Restaurant for a casual meal while overlooking the 18-hole golf course.

2nd: Massanutten Fitness and Recreation Club, 540-289-9441 3rd: Spotswood Country Club, Harrisonburg, 540-433-2659



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Best Services HEALTH Alternative Medicine 1st: The Amato Clinic 100 Mactanly Pl., Suite D, Staunton, 540-213-3904 The Amato Clinic aims to help patients achieve total wellness through chiropractic care. Some of the issues that the clinic treats are pinched nerves, sciatica, migraines, and degenerative disc disease. One patient said, “I feel like a new person after leaving from my adjustments!”

2nd: Atwell Family Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center, Harrisonburg, 540-442-8294 3rd: Sentara Integrative Medicine Physicians, Harrisonburg, 540-564-5400

Counseling or Therapy Practice 1st: Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board 1241 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-434-1941

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board is one of 40 community-based public providers of mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability services throughout Virginia. Supporting infants and toddlers, school-aged youth, and adults across their lifespans, the practice provides excellent services and partners with every individual to achieve their best and most comfortable recovery process.

2nd: Journey Counseling, Harrisonburg, 540-908-3464 3rd: Community Counseling Center, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1546

Dental Practice

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1st: Cardinal Dental Specialists 3344 Emmaus Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-705-0195 Drs. William T. Goodwin II, Amy S. Reichert, and Magdalena S. Holz are the specialists at the center of the exceptional patient experience offered at Cardinal Dental. Whether you’re in the office for a routine cleaning or more advanced dental work, the practice’s comforting amenities and friendly staff will put you right at ease.

2nd: Dental Health Associates, Multiple locations, 540-248-2500 3rd: Brown and Sutt, Harrisonburg Facebook: Brown and Sutt, PLLC, 540-434-2102

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Home Health Provider 1st: Home Instead 278 Lee Hwy., Verona, 540-235-8030 The caregivers at Home Instead have one priority: the patient. Services range from personal care and “home helper,” to hospice support and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. But above all, Home Instead offers compassion and companionship, promising to make your relationship with them a positive experience.

2nd: First Choice Home Health & Hospice, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3916 3rd: Sentara Home Care Services, Harrisonburg, 540-564-5735

Hospital 1st: Augusta Health 78 Medical Center Dr., Fishersville, 540-332-4000 Augusta Health opened in 1994 to offer personalized care and small town hospitality to the Shenandoah region. The hospital’s highly trained physicians and staff utilize state-of-the-art technology to provide the highest quality health service. Augusta Health recently joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network and received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of “A” in the fall of 2021.

Ophthalmology/ Optometry Practice 1st: EyeOne Multiple locations, 540-213-7720


Founded in 1995, EyeOne is a onestop shop for all your eye care needs, practicing ophthalmology and optometry and offering an optical shop. The highly skilled doctors at EyeOne use state-of-the-art technology and proven procedures to help patients with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retina disorders, and more.

wisdom tooth removal, facial trauma care, dental implants, and more.

2nd: Eye Center of Shenandoah Valley, Winchester 540-723-6824 3rd: Staunton Eye Clinic, PLC, 540-885-8186

1st: Kray & Giardina Orthodontics 2505-A Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-433-8814

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice 1st: Cardinal Dental Specialists 3344 Emmaus Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-705-0195 The team at Cardinal Dental Specialists is all about patient comfort. From an inviting waiting room with work stations and a beverage bar, to warm towels and noise-canceling headphones, your experience here is sure to be a good one. Services include

2nd: Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Locations in Fishersville, Lexington, 540-886-2956 3rd: Legacy Surgery, Harriosnburg, 540-437-1230

Orthodontic Practice

As a family-oriented practice, Kray & Giardina Orthodontics loves to serve people of all ages. Drs. Frances Kray and Julia Giardina simply want to create beautiful smiles for all. One parent gushed, “To work with such amazing doctors is a blessing, and to have them treat our children is a bonus beyond compare!”

2nd: Parrott Orthodontics, Staunton, 540-949-6600 3rd: Dr. A. B. Hammond, PC, Lexington, 540-463-7744

2nd: Sentara RMH Medical Center, Harrisonburg, 540-689-1000 3rd: Winchester Medical Center (Valley Health), 540-536-8000

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (OB/GYN) Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare/The Spa at Shenandoah


241 Lucy Dr., Harrisonburg, 540-418-3831

The certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, estheticians, and top-rated experienced physicians at Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare and The Spa at Shenandoah are committed to helping women take control of their physical and holistic health. Offering gynecology, obstetrics, preventative care, and surgical care, this dedicated team serves women at every stage of life.

2nd: Harrisonburg OB/GYN Associates, 540-434-3831 3rd: Augusta Health Care for Women, Locations in Fishersville, Lexington, 540-213-7750

MELISSA KENNGOTT’S experience as a dog walker in Philadelphia taught her a lot about canine behavior, especially how to handle stressed-out inner city dogs. After moving south, she spun that successful business into Virginia Company Dog Training, where she specializes in helping dogs overcome behavioral challenges— separation and social anxiety issues, fearfulness, and aggressive tendencies. Now a fully certified dog training professional, Kenngott offers highly personalized, in-home training in the Augusta County area with a simple goal: happy dogs and happy owners.



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Orthopedic Practice 1st: Hess Orthopaedic Center & Sports Medicine 4165 Quarles Ct., Harrisonburg, 540-434-1664

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Dr. Irvin Hess founded Hess Orthopaedic Center & Sports Medicine in 1971. Today, the providers at Hess Orthopaedic remain dedicated to Dr. Hess’ original mission: to provide the most comprehensive orthopedic care in the area. The team can perform outpatient surgeries onsite so that patients don’t have to be in the hospital.

Love the look? Consider your space, says this designer.

“Farmhouse sinks have become a functioning part of the kitchen alongside colanders and cutting boards,” says Jill McGlaughlin, President of Classic Kitchen & Bath in Harrisonburg. Looking to install one? Consider the space before the splurge. “Most require a special sink base cabinet that must be customized by a skilled installer,” adds McGlaughlin. Other options to consider include bowl configuration and material, such as porcelain, stainless steel, or copper.

2nd: Shenandoah Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Locations in Fishersville, Staunton, 540-932-5850 3rd: Sentara RMH Orthopedic Center, Harrisonburg, 540-689-5500

Pediatric Practice 1st: Bluestone Pediatrics 4059 Quarles Ct., Harrisonburg, 540-437-4800 The five providers at Bluestone Pediatrics have a philosophy based on care and respect, and consider it an honor to be trusted with caring for your children. Many parents of patients leave reviews praising the staff’s ability to treat each patient with care and kindness, rather than treating them as just another number.

2nd: UVA Augusta Pediatrics, Fishersville, 540-932-0980 3rd: Valley Pediatric Group, Locations in Verona, Waynesboro, 540-949-0118

Physical Therapy Practice

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1st: Bethesda Physical Therapy 1609 N. Coalter St., Staunton, 540-213-1320 Bethesda Physical Therapy treats a variety of issues like TMJ pain, headaches and migraines, concussions, and more. They also offer neurological rehab, pre/post-surgical rehab, and vestibular rehab, among others. Bethesda continually strives for best-in-class patient care and exceptional customer service.

2nd: Synergy Rehab and Wellness, Locations in Verona, Waynesboro, 540-932-0333 3rd: Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Harrisonburg, 540-434-1200

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Primary Care Practice 1st: Augusta Health Primary Care Multiple locations, 540-332-4000 Augusta Health Primary Care has several locations in the region, providing attentive healthcare for all ages. Whether you’re feeling sick, need a preventative scan, or it’s time for an annual checkup, Augusta Health’s providers are ready to provide comforting care. The online patient portal MyAugusta Chart is also available for providing access to your health records at any time.

2nd: Carilion Clinic Family Medicine, Multiple locations, 800-422-8482 3rd: Harrisonburg Family Practice, 540-433-9151

BEAUTY Cosmetic Surgery Practice 1st: Asfa Plastic Surgery 3302 Albert Long Dr., Rockingham, 540-432-0303 Asfa Plastic Surgery offers cosmetic and reconstructive procedures by Board Certified surgeon Saied Asfa, MD, FACS. The practice is committed to providing services of the highest standard to each of its patients. The business recently underwent a major expansion to accommodate the

success of both the medical practice and enhance the features of the newly independent Ziba Medical & Day Spa.

2nd: Body Essence, Staunton, 540-887-8200 3rd: Shenandoah Oral and Facial Surgery, Rockingham, 540-453-8833

Dermatology Practice 1st: Harrisonburg Dermatology 4549 Spotswood Tr., Suite 8, Penn Laird, 540-433-8700 With a friendly, timely, and professional staff, Harrisonburg Dermatology offers full-spectrum dermatological medical services to the local community and surrounding counties. The practice employs experienced and attentive medical professionals who specialize in the medical diagnosis and management of diseases of the skin, hair, and nails including acne, psoriasis, and skin cancer.

2nd: Shenandoah Dermatology, Staunton, 540-885-4500 3rd: Access Dermatology, Harrisonburg, 540-434-1756

Hair Salon or Barber Shop

salon and spa services and excellent client care in a clean and professional atmosphere. The highlight of this salon and spa is its wide array of services, including haircuts, color, nail care, bridal services, facials, brow and eyelash grooming, waxing, and massages.

2nd: High Tech Salon and Spa Studios, Staunton, 540-248-3333 3rd: Omar’s Hair Salon and Barbershop, Harrisonburg, 540-282-2575

Spa 1st: Cedar Stone Spa 1832 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-437-0411 Cedar Stone Spa therapists utilize stones in every treatment and service they provide. Offerings include body, facial, pre-and post-natal, therapeutic, and custom massages. Facial skincare, nail care, waxing, and other grooming services are also available, so you can feel well all over.

2nd: The Spa at The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, 540-839-1766 3rd: High Tech Salon and Spa Studios, Staunton, 540-248-3333

1st: The Studio Hair Salon & Day Spa

353 Neff Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-434-8188 The Studio has been a Harrisonburg favorite since 1980, offering quality



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Shenandoah Valley’s Real Estate Firm

Congratulations to our real estate professionals who have been recognized among the best in the Shenandoah Valley!

Joe Kemper Elizabeth Funkhouser Funkhouser Kistler Principal Broker



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Allie Coffey

Chris Monahan

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Gordon Weirich

Betsy Glendye

Bailey Alford

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Lauren Reed

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Laura Measell

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Tina Regan

Jack Rose

Nina Fox

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Jan Flora

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Karen Click

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Joe Bowman

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Manny Salang

Jacob McKay

Nathan Blackwell

Jaime Pinto

Linda Mars

Jon Watten

Logan Evans

Amy Shelton

Brent Gerald

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Kenneth Robinette

Micah Young

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Angie Grogg

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Associate & Client Support Serving The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia Funkhouser Real Estate Group is a family owned and operated real estate firm serving the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia since 1975. We provide services in residential brokerage, commercial brokerage, and property management. Contact us today to buy or sell in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Best Services HOME Architecture Firm 1st: Frazier Associates 213 N. Augusta St., Staunton, 540-886-6230 Frazier Associates has been in business since 1986, specializing in residential design, historic preservation, and downtown revitalization, among others. Recently, Frazier Associates transformed a 1910 commercial garage into a 1,260-square-foot home in downtown Staunton. The design was even featured on HGTV’s website.

2nd: Blue Ridge Architects, Harrisonburg, 540-437-1228 3rd: The Gaines Group, Harrisonburg, 540-437-0012

Greenhouse and Nursery 1st: Milmont Greenhouses 48 Milmont Dr., Waynesboro, 540-943-8408 Milmont Greenhouses humbly began with two small greenhouses used for growing vine-ripened tomatoes. Now a thriving family business with a greenhouse, outdoor growing space, and garden center, Milmont stocks everything you need for gardening and landscaping. Founders Willis and Salina Miller say that houseplants and vegetable sales have become even more popular in recent years.

2nd: Blue Ribbon Nursery & Landscaping, Broadway, 540-896-6358 3rd: Evergrowin’ Greenhouses, Bridgewater Facebook: Evergrowin’ Greenhouses, 540-828-2434

Home Builder

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1st: Welsh Construction 15A N. Randolph St., Lexington, 540-464-1008 Specializing in whole house, kitchen, and bathroom remodeling, Welsh Construction can also build additions, porches and decks, or perform historical restoration work. After being in business for 25 years, they’ve built up quite the portfolio. The team at Welsh Construction love turning clients’ concepts into reality.

2nd: Gary Crummett & Sons, Harrisonburg, 540-820-1030 3rd: Oaktree Builders, Fort Defiance, 540-607-6433

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of banking locally, whether it’s small business support, easier access to loans, or more personal relationships. When recent lockdowns shuttered local economies, they got proof: “Due to our size and ability to move quickly, we were one of the country’s first banks to submit a loan to the U.S. Small Business Administration and get money in the hands of local businesses that needed it,” says Brandon Lorey, CEO of the Bank of Clarke County. Celebrating its 140th year, the bank’s main branch is in Berryville. “Stories like this can be found throughout the state with local community banks stepping up and doing the right thing for their markets,” says Lorey.

Plumbing/HVAC Company 1st: Blauch Brothers, Inc. 911 Chicago Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-434-2589 Founded in 1954 by James W. Blauch, Sr., this family business remains as dedicated as ever to “enriching lives.” From commercial and residential plumbing and HVAC services, to construction and design building, Blauch Brothers can do it all.

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Home Furnishings Store

Kitchen and Bath Design Firm

1st: Grand Home Furnishings Multiple locations, 866-472-6343

1st: Classic Kitchen & Bath 1930 Deyerle Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-437-1990

What started as a Roanoke piano store in 1911 is now one of the largest furniture and mattress businesses in the South, with stores in Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Grand Home Furnishings offers the area’s best selection of the latest styles and designs, all at affordable prices.

Founded with just two designers and two installers, Classic Kitchen & Bath is celebrating its 21st anniversary this June. The primary mission of this kitchen and bath design firm is to deliver exceptional customer experience while providing professional design and valuable material solutions, ensuring that every client loves the end result.

2nd: House of Oak and Sofas, Harrisonburg, 540-432-1383 3rd: Dayton Interiors, Harrisonburg, 540-432-9144

Interior Design Firm 1st: Crystal Ortiz Rockingham County, 540-271-2686 Crystal Ortiz founded her boutique firm in 2014 and built the business from the ground up. What started as giving others color and layout advice has become the full-scale design of kitchens, bathrooms, and living spaces. Ortiz uses rich color palettes and mixes patterns, encouraging clients to try new and exciting visual ideas.

2nd: Queen City Salvage and Design, Staunton, 540-910-0260 3rd: Augusta Interiors, Waynesboro, 540-949-8278

2nd: Fashion Floors & Cabinets, Lexington, 540-464-1422 3rd: Mill Cabinet Shop, Bridgewater, 540-828-6763

Landscape Design 1st: Blue Ribbon

Nursery & Landscaping

192 S. Main St., Broadway, 540-896-6358 Blue Ribbon Nursery is a gift and retail store, garden center, and landscape company specializing in landscaping installation, maintenance, trimming, and more. Customers can also participate in workshops and can shop the nursery’s online store. Sugar Bear, Fluffy, Smokey, KitKat, and Fancy—the five cats that roam freely around the nursery—are sure to greet you when you arrive.

2nd: Shreckhise Landscape, Weyers Cave, 540-234-8500 3rd: Williams Brothers Landscaping, Staunton, 540-324-1100

2nd: Valley Air Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, Staunton, 540-302-5185 3rd: Hostetter Heating & Cooling, Lexington Facebook: Hostetter Heating & Cooling, 540-463-6228

Real Estate Firm 1st: Kline May Realty Multiple locations, 540-437-3500 Kline May Realty was founded in 1970 and now has four offices and nearly 100 agents available to serve the community. The team believes that residential real estate has more to do with service than sales, which is why they seek out agents with “servants’ hearts,” in order to establish the best relationships possible with clients.

2nd: Funkhouser Real Estate Group, Harrisonburg, 540-434-2400 3rd: KK Homes (Long & Foster), Staunton, 540-836-5897

Retirement Community 1st: Bridgewater Retirement Community 302 N. 2nd St., Bridgewater, 540-828-2550

Bridgewater Retirement Community rests on 90 acres of land and offers four levels of living: independent, assisted, memory support, and nursing households that provide longterm care and rehab. They welcome everyone aged 55 and older. Some of the on-site amenities include a fitness center, a billiards room, styling salons, and a thrift shop.

2nd: Sunnyside Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, 540-568-8200 3rd: Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, 540-564-3400



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Best Services SERVICES Accounting Firm 1st: Brown Edwards 1909 Financial Dr., Harrisonburg, 540-434-6736 Brown Edwards is a full-ranking accounting firm with a long-standing presence in Harrisonburg and a strong history of supporting the Shenandoah Valley region. The firm offers a variety of financial services from auditing to advisory, and is committed to supporting and advising clients when financial concerns arise.

2nd: PBMares, Harrisonburg, 540-434-5975 3rd: Didawick and Co., Staunton, 540-885-0855

Auction Company 1st: Green Valley Auctions 2259 Green Valley Ln., Mt Crawford, 540-434-4260 This family-owned auction house opened in 1967 and today provides estate appraisals and dispersals. The Green Valley family also runs a bookstore (Green Valley Book Fair) and a moving company (Green Valley Moving). Browse the consignment shop both online and in-store, and download the Green Valley App to stay updated on new pieces.

2nd: Col. Jack Bowman Auctions, Harrisonburg, 540-434-7653 3rd: Mark W. Craig Auctions, Bridgewater, 540-246-6430

Bank/Credit Union

Car Wash

1st: DuPont Community Credit Union

1st: Miracle Car Wash Four locations in Harrisonburg, 540-433-5800

Multiple locations, 800-245-8085

DuPont’s first office opened in 1959 in the basement of an employee’s house. Today, the company serves over 115,000 members. “We believe in people—not profits,” their website says. DuPont provides personal banking, loan, and business services, and is also an active partner in community events and wellness.

2nd: F & M Bank, Multiple locations, 540-896-8941 3rd: Atlantic Union, Multiple locations, 800-990-4828

Car Dealer 1st: Bob Wade Autoworld 3005 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-434-3900 For more than 30 years, Bob Wade Autoworld has maintained its reputation as a friendly small business providing dependable new and used vehicles. The experienced staff creates a relaxed environment in which all questions and concerns are attentively cared for. The variety of makes and models in its new and certified preowned inventory assures everyone can find the perfect car.

2nd: CMA’s Valley Honda, Staunton, 540-213-9000 3rd: McDonough Toyota, Staunton, 540-886-6201

Estate Planning 101 Writing your will? Don’t settle for one-size-fits-all.

No matter the size of your assets, drafting a last will and testament is often the first step in estate planning. While the Commonwealth will create an estate plan for those who die without a will, you don’t want the default rules, says Clint Sellers, of Sellers Law Firm in Harrisonburg. “There are no effective contingencies for minors, disabled persons, or instructions to ensure fairness if there are special circumstances,” Sellers says. The best approach, he advises, is to find a lawyer you like, preferably with flat fees. Make sure you choose someone who will listen to your concerns and goals and then help you put a plan in writing.

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Each Miracle Car Wash location offers self-serve, automatic, and vacuum services. Be sure to get a free Miracle Wash Card so that every time your car gets a bath, you’re one step closer to a free wash!

2nd: Home Town Express, Staunton Facebook: @hometownexpressautodetailing, 540-480-1219 3rd: White Horse Auto Wash, Multiple locations, 540-316-6019

Caterer 1st: C.H.E.F.S. Catering Company 302 Stoneridge Ln., Lexington, 540-462-7182 C.H.E.F.S. Catering Company provides a charming, stress-free culinary experience for every client. Established menus are seen as a starting point so that each event can be customized to suit every client’s needs. Offering hors d’oeuvres, lunch, cookouts, buffets, bar menus, and more, there are packages that work for all events and tastes.

2nd: Love at First Bite Catering & Events, White Post, 540-955-4462 3rd: Hank’s Grille & Catering, McGaheysville, 540-289-7667


Financial Planning Firm 1st: Good Wealth Management 544 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-801-8000 This locally owned full-service wealth management firm employs trusted professionals who offer objective advice to multiple generations of families. Believing that each client’s situation is unique, Good Wealth Management provides personal attention and goal-based financial planning. Services include comprehensive financial planning, investment management, retirement planning, estate planning, and more.

2nd: Weaver Insurance & Financial Advisors, Waynesboro, 540-943-1221 3rd: Bookkeeping & Management Systems, Inc., Waynesboro, 540-943-4193

Funeral Home 1st: Kyger Funeral Home 3173 Spotswood Tr., Harrisonburg, 540-434-1359 Kenny Kyger and Donald Trobaugh worked together to start Kyger & Trobaugh Funeral Home in 1975. After Trobaugh’s retirement, Kyger Funeral Home continues to serve families of the Shenandoah Valley with attentive care and compassion. Among many achievements, Kyger Funeral Home became the first funeral home in the state certified by the Green Burial Council.

2nd: Bradley Funeral Home, Luray, 540-743-5747 3rd: Johnson Funeral Service, Locations in Bridgewater, Grottoes, 540-828-2542

Law Firm 1st: Hoover Penrod 342 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-433-2444 Founded in 1935, Hoover Penrod has earned a strong reputation in the Shenandoah Valley. Areas of practice include personal injury, family law, bankruptcy, real estate, and more. Hoover Penrod is passionate about serving its community and remains heavily committed to pro bono legal services.

2nd: Clark & Bradshaw, Harrisonburg, 540-433-2601 3rd: Natkin & Crickenberger, Lexington, 540-464-3283



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CELEBRATING 110 YEARS More than a century of caring


Sunnyside Communities has a distinguished history of supportive senior living that began in 1912 with one home serving six residents. Today it has grown to three award-winning Life Plan Communities in Virginia serving more than 825 residents. Our communities are recognized for their innovative programming, best practices and commitment to quality care and support. As we celebrate this historic milestone, we want to thank our residents and their families, team members, community partners, neighbors and friends. We look forward to the next 110 years of serving our residents and establishing new relationships. Want to learn more about why our communities are a premier choice for senior living? Call today to schedule your visit and tour.

The Alice Burton Home, Danville, VA. Sunnyside’s beginning in 1912.

SUNNYSIDE Harrisonburg, VA 800.237.2257

KING’S GRANT Martinsville, VA 800.462.4649

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Best Shopping Antiques

Book Store

Consignment Shop

1st: Factory Antique Mall 50 Lodge Ln., Suite 106, Verona, 540-248-1110

1st: Green Valley Book Fair 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford, 540-434-0309

1st: Gift & Thrift 731 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, 540-433-8844

The 135,000-square-foot Factory Antique Mall is the largest in the country. This sprawling space accommodates the inventory of more than 250 vendors, who attract shoppers of all varieties. While you shop all day (and it will take that long to rummage through the place), stop by Tasty Bites café, serving unbelievable, made-from-scratch sandwiches, salads, and soups.

More than 50 years strong, this discount book outlet has adjusted its hours and is now open year-round. Green Valley Book Fair is stocked with everything from children’s books to adult titles and carries categories for all ages and interests. The fair has a steady supply of new titles and gifts at bargain prices.

At Gift & Thrift, “every purchase is a gift to the world.” The store offers a large variety of items at affordable prices, from furniture to puzzles, and books to electronics. Gift & Thrift also has a boutique department, Thriftique, that sells brand-name and vintage clothing.

2nd: Duke’s Lexington Antique Center, 540-463-9511 3rd: Verona Antiques, 540-248-3532

2nd: The Bookery, Lexington, 540-464-3377 3rd: The Book Dragon Shop, Staunton, 540-712-7941

2nd: Livy’s Closet, Clifton Forge, 540-865-0373 3rd: Karis, Mt. Sidney, 540-248-4511

Vogueing in the Valley photos (from left) courtesy of the yellow button, by susan lendermon

Summer trends and smart styles at these fashionforward boutiques.

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Fine Jewelry Store 1st: Christopher William Jewelers Locations in Harrisonburg, Weyers Cave, 540-234-9075 Christopher William Jewelers has been serving the Shenandoah Valley and beyond for over 30 years. They have two locations in the Valley, both of which carry an extensive collection of loose diamonds and colored gemstones so that items can be tailored to your wants and needs.

2nd: James McHone Jewelry, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1833 3rd: H.L. Lang & Co., Staunton, 540-885-1275

The Yellow Button. Below: Legendary fashionista Linda Holden of The Fashion Gallery.

Summer is right around the corner which means it’s time for a closet refresh. Linda Holden, owner of The Fashion Gallery in Verona, shares her fashion dos and don’ts for this season. First up, don’t be shy to be colorful this summer. From blues and shades of pinks to daffodil and tangerine, Holden says you will see joy in people’s wardrobe. Next, say goodbye to short sun dresses. “Maxi dresses with flounce hems, puff sleeves and smocking detail are in,” she tells us. And finally, when it comes to prints this summer, go bold. “Prints have taken a less serious vibe with lots of florals and interesting


opened this South Main Street boutique in 2009, and it quickly became a hip hive for multi-generational fashionistas. Ebersold’s vision was to offer quality made products on

par with metropolitan trends, while providing shoppers the relaxed and approachable comfort of the Shenandoah Valley’s signature lifestyle. The Button’s legions of daughters, mothers, and grandmothers looking to stay classic or current would say Ebersold got it right. “The Yellow Button is absolutely perfect,” one Yelp reviewer wrote. “I’m nearly 50, my daughter is 18, and my mom is 78, and we all love the Button!” Another reviewer from Toronto stumbled upon The Button while visiting Harrisonburg, “This store has so many different brands that feel fresh but not overly trendy. The people working there were extremely knowledgeable about how different brands fit.” In addition to an extensive instore shopping experience, Ebersold parlayed her considerable fashion background into the Button Box, a personal styling service for those looking for a wardrobe update or an outfit for a special occasion.,

graphics,” Holden says Holden’s family opened The Fashion Gallery in 1981 with the goal of providing locals upscale fashion with a Southern twist. Today, more than 40 years later, The Fashion Gallery is a favorite shopping destination for fashion-forward Virginians across the state. From formal dresses and shoes to a large collection of Vera Bradley bags and purses, to beautiful home decor and fine furnishings, this hot spot will keep you coming back for more. Just a half hour north on I-81 is Harrisonburg, where locals rave about The Yellow Button. Founder Miranda Ebersold



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Best Shopping Filigree ring with peridot.

Hugo Kohl’s Singular Vision


The master craftsman brings new life to vintage jewelry styles. Most days, Hugo Kohl can be found in his Harrisonburg workshop and boutique, doing what he loves: creating authentic, vintagestyle jewelry. Kohl’s story began in 1993 when he visited Providence, Rhode Island, the historic center of Industrial Age jewelry manufacturing. Here, his path took an interesting turn. While chatting with a dealer in the city’s Jewelry District, Kohl noticed workers loading boxes into a dump truck. When one of the boxes broke open, spilling pieces onto the ground, he wasn’t sure what he was looking at, but he had a hunch those pieces would somehow play an important role in his future. Kohl then did what any artist following a creative hunch would do: He excused himself, hopped in his car, and eventually managed to flag down the dump truck driver to negotiate the purchase of the mysterious box of scrap. Kohl then immersed himself in identifying the pieces he’d rescued and researched how they might have been used in the past. Turns out, the box was full of “hubs,” some dating from the 1800s. Hubs, he discovered, served as a mold for die-struck

Florist Shop 1st: Long’s Florist 808 E. Main St., Luray Facebook: Longs Florist, 540-743-5466 Long’s Florist has garnered only fivestar ratings, all of which rave about the quality and beauty of the arrangements. Reviewers also consistently praise florists Peggy and Lori for their wonderful customer service, with some saying that it feels like “dealing with family.”

2nd: Honey Bee’s Florist, Staunton, 540-887-1221 3rd: Blakemore’s Flowers, Harrisonburg, 540-434-4461

Gift Store

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1st: Gift & Thrift 731 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, 540-433-8844 Gift & Thrift has everything from electronics to clothing, and more— something for everyone on your list. Not only are their large quantities of pre-loved items restocked everyday, the store also hosts silent auctions for

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jewelry. To create a piece using a hub, a jewelry craftsman would hammer a thin sheet of gold—or other metal—onto the hub to create the design. Over the past 30 years, Kohl hasn’t strayed from the artistic vision that crystalized that day in Providence. In addition to using his collection of historic pieces in his own jewelry making, Kohl continues to collect antique manufacturing parts and tools. His vault now contains thousands of hand-engraved hubs, dies, and rolls. At his Harrisonburg boutique and workshop, Kohl offers a wide selection of authentic vintage replication jewelry in decorative styles spanning the centuries, from Art Nouveau to mid-century modern. He also offers custom jewelry design and repair services. Kohl and his team of highly skilled craftspeople work closely with customers

antiques and other rare collectibles. Check out the Booksavers section, featuring gifts for readers, movie buffs, and music lovers.

2nd: Agora Downtown Market, Harrisonburg, 540-705-1047 3rd: Virginia Gift Shop, Luray Facebook: @vagiftshop, 540-743-4022

Men’s Clothing Store 1st: CFO Trading Co. 13 E. Beverley St., Staunton, 540-466-5078 Owners John and Nancy Reese named this store after their three dogs Charlie, Franklin, and Oscar. The store carries men’s apparel but also sells a number of gifts, like watches, cocktail mixes, and pint glass sets. John and Nancy’s other store, Yelping Dog Wine, sits right next door so you can browse with a drink in hand!

to create one-of-a-kind pieces, which often feature delicate filigree and period details rich with symbolism. Working with ethically sourced and conflict-free silver, gold, and platinum, as well as precious and semi-precious stones, his work is priced to appeal to jewelry connoisseurs of all budgets.

Shelves of hubs at Hugo Kohl Jewelry in Harrisonburg.

Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

Women’s Clothing Store

1st: Walkabout Outfitter Locations in Harrisonburg, Lexington, 540-434-9900

1st: The Fashion Gallery 111 Lee Hwy., Verona, 540-248-4292

Owners Kirk and Tina Miller opened the first Walkabout Outfitter in 2005. Kirk, an Eagle Scout and Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, and Tina, an experienced small retail business owner, combined their knowledge to create an outdoor outfitter with quality merchandise and an inclusive environment. Walkabout Outfitter has all the gear you need for hiking, camping, trail running, water sports, and more.

With 25,000 square feet of sales floor, The Fashion Gallery is your one-stop shop for classic clothing and accessories, including jewelry, scarves, handbags, and shoes. The store carries a wide selection of formalwear for weddings and special events, so guests, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride can all find their perfect dress.

2nd: Dominion Outdoors, Fishersville, 540-337-9218 3rd: Wilderness Adventure, Staunton, 540-885-3200

2nd: HenHouse Shoppe, Elkton 3rd: The Yellow Button, Harrisonburg, 540-801-8110

2nd: Alvin-Dennis, Lexington, 540-463-5383 3rd: Walkabout Outfitter, Locations in Harrisonburg, Lexington, 540-434-9900



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AN ADVENTURER’S PARADISE, Southwest Virginia includes two national parks, 11 state parks, and a good stretch of the Appalachian Trail. It’s also home The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, which illustrates the state's rich music history. Tucked away in Bland county near Wytheville, you'll find the award-winning Eupepsia Wellness Resort, known for its farm-to-table fare and personalized approach. And in Abingdon, the Martha Washington Inn, affectionately known as The Martha, offers a resort experience in a charming, historic setting. Cities like Roanoke, Martinsville, and Bristol inject plenty of culture into this region. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol was named Southwest’s Number 1 cultural attraction. It was followed by Roanoke’s Taubman Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.


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Thanks for PICKING the Harvester Performance Center as the 2022 Best Music Venue and Best Special Event Venue! 5/1 5/4 5/5 5/6 5/14 5/21 6/2 6/3 6/23 7/24 8/19 8/20 9/30 10/1 10/22

We Banjo 3 Willie Watson Victor Wooten Katie Pruitt and Jade Bird The SteelDrivers Rodney Crowell The Petty Hearts The Blind Boys of Alabama Natalie Hemby Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Suzy Bogguss Gangstagrass Dan Tyminski Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers Bob Mould with H.C. McEntire




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SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA CITIES: - Bristol - Galax - Martinsville - Norton

- Radford - Roanoke - Salem

COUNTIES: - Bland - Buchanan - Carroll - Dickenson - Floyd - Franklin - Giles - Grayson - Henry - Lee - Montgomery

The Highland Course at Primland. Below right: The signature facial at Primland's Auberge Spa.

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- Patrick - Pulaski - Roanoke - Russell - Scott - Smyth - Tazewell - Washington - Wise - Wythe

Best of the West OUTHWEST VOTERS AGREE: the 34-mile

Virginia Creeper Trail, which connects Abingdon and Damascus, was voted Number 1 in this year’s contest, followed by the Cascade Falls Trailhead in Pembroke with its views of the impressive 66-foot high Cascade Falls on the four-mile out-and-back trail. In third place, the paved Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail runs just over four miles along the Danville and Western Railroad corridor. This trifecta of hiking and biking trails define the area’s outdoor culture. To gear up for your hikes and bikes, look to Clinch Life Outfitters in St. Paul, which earned a first place win from our voters for its kayaks, canoes, rods, and reels—along with guided fishing trips. Blue Ridge Outfitters in Marion came in second. This locally owned and operated store offers outdoor apparel, hiking boots, cowboy hats, and more. And in Roanoke, our third place winner, Mast General Store, which dates back to the late 1800s, also offers gifts, jewelry, knives, and toys. Looking for luxury? Our readers voted Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection, in Meadows of Dan, an outdoor lover’s favorite. “Set amidst 12,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it is

difficult to not immerse yourself in Primland’s natural surroundings,” says Ashley Nelson, Primland’s director of marketing. The resort is known for its “best in-class service, luxury accommodations and amenities, and an unrivaled guest experience,” she notes. It’s consistently voted one of the best resorts in the South by Travel+Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, and our voters agree. The resort’s Highland Golf Course blends seamlessly into the natural landscape, food is world class, and spa services are decadent and extensive—all in a breathtaking mountain setting. Nestled in the New River Valley, Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke offers serenity, relaxation, and the adventure of the Appalachian Mountains right outside. Vacationers have been enjoying this rural resort, made famous by the movie Dirty Dancing, for centuries. Cap off a visit to this dynamic part of the state with a stopover at the Floyd Country Store. You’ll have a boot-stompin’, finger-pickin’ good time at one of the best incubators around for local heritage music and dancing. It’s always a favorite in our Best Music Venue category, along with Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount.

Set amidst 12,000 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland is known for its unrivaled guest experience.” —Ashley Nelson, director of marketing, Primland


Best Food & Drink

Best Living & Recreation

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pg. 160 Entertainment & Events pg. 161 Pets pg. 161 Kids pg. 163 Travel pg. 165 Outdoors & Active

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Best Services pg. 165 Health pg. 169 Beauty pg. 171 Home pg. 173 Services

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Best Food & Drink Asian Restaurant 1st: Café Asia 3940 Valley Gateway Blvd., Suite B1, Roanoke, 540-206-2298 Serving the Roanoke area since 2008, Café Asia offers a hospitable experience alongside authentic East and Southeast Asian cuisine, serving elegant sushi and pan-Asian entrées. Café Asia has recently reopened its dining room and indoor seating services; however, customers can also enjoy the restaurant’s delicious and delectable fare for takeout and delivery.

2nd: Peking Chinese Restaurant, Wytheville Facebook: @PekingVA, 276-228-5515 3rd: Red Flower Chinese Restaurant, Richlands 276-596-9921

Barbecue Restaurant 1st: Buddy’s BBQ 480 Tanyard Rd., Rocky Mount, 540-482-0369 Featuring North Carolina-style barbecue, Buddy’s BBQ adds a Franklin County moonshine twist to their sauces. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the pulled pork BBQ is smoked fresh daily! Homemade sauces, hush puppies, Carolina red slaw, and mac ’n’ cheese are just a few of the wonderful dishes you’ll find at this establishment. According to Buddy’s, there’s not a microwave on the premises!

2nd: Checkered Pig, Martinsville, 276-632-1161 3rd: Bootleg BBQ, Floyd, 540-285-0691

A Juice Reboot

From smoothies to power bowls, White Birch Juice Co. makes healthy food delicious. At White Birch Juice Co., located in the heart of Abingdon, the smoothies, coldpressed juices, and quinoa power bowls are made with fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. Owners Jeannie Ferracci and William Denton offer a wide variety of tasty and healthy creations at their Main Street café. From homemade biscuits to green kale smoothies and turmeric tonic pressed juice, White Birch believes in clean foods to make you feel your best. Take home a juice cleanse kit for a digestive reboot, or try a golden milk latte for a healthy eye-opener.


Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Coffee Shop or Roaster

1st: Chick-n-little 401 W. Main St., Abingdon Facebook: ChickNLittle, 276-628-6690

1st: Blackbird Bakery 56 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, 276-645-5754

Chick-n-Little serves the Abingdon area with fantastic fare in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Order breakfast any time of the day or enjoy many of the other Southern specialties, such as fried green tomatoes or deliciously seasoned fried chicken. Either dining in or carrying out, fans say they will return.

Blackbird Bakery provides the Bristol area with the best desserts and service while also inspiring happiness and giving back to the community. The bakery staff is committed to going above and beyond for their customers, serving fan favorites like the pink almond cake, brownie tower, and banana pudding.

2nd: Gillie’s, Blacksburg, 540-961-2703 3rd: Our Daily Bread Bakery & Bistro, Multiple locations, 540-953-2815

2nd: Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea, Locations in Roanoke, Salem, 540-389-7549 3rd: Daily Grind, Martinsville, 276-632-0035

Burger Joint

Fine Dining

1st: Burger Bar 120 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, 276-466-6200

1st: The Tavern Restaurant 222 E. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-1118

“Come Get Burger Bar’d!” This restaurant has been operating as a classic diner since 1942. It was even said that Hank Williams, well-known American country artist, ate here. Not only can you get a great fresh burger, but enjoy a savory beer from a local brewery. Catering and event hosting are also available.

Steeped in history, The Tavern is the eighth-oldest bar in the nation. The Tavern, built in 1779, was constructed to be a pub and overnight inn for stagecoach travelers. Today, guests enjoy an award-winning menu along with a generous beer, wine, and cocktail list. Customers love the excellent service and friendly staff.

2nd: Dude’s Drive In, Christiansburg, 540 382-7901 3rd: Rocky Mount Burger Company, 540-456-2337

2nd: Ippy’s Restaurant, Rocky Mount, 540-489-5600 3rd: The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston, 540-626-2828

Food Truck 1st: Cabo Fish Taco Locations in Blacksburg, Roanoke, 540-552-0950 The food truck version of Cabo Fish Taco transports customers to California’s sandy beaches, where surfing culture rules. With a menu that stars tacos, wraps, and burritos served out of a funky converted delivery truck, the food is what reigns supreme. Partnerships with local businesses like Long Way Brewing and Old Salem Brewing Company enhance the experience.

2nd: Thai This Food Truck, Radford, 540-838-2329 3rd: Eat with Otis, Pounding Mill Facebook: Eat With Otis, 276-345-4008

Ice Cream Shop 1st: Homestead Creamery 7254 Booker T. Washington Hwy., Wirtz, 540-721-2045 Homestead Creamery was founded in 2001 by two dairy farmers wanting to preserve their family’s farm for the next generation and provide the community with what they deemed “the way milk should taste!” The cream starts with happy cows and a familyrun business that values freshness and minimal pasteurization, and ends with excellent ice cream and satisfied customers.

2nd: Blue Cow, Roanoke, 540-400-8558 3rd: The Ice Cream Stop, Abingdon Facebook: The Ice Cream Stop, 276-676-0447

Indian Restaurant 1st: India Garden Restaurant 210 Prices Fork Rd., Blacksburg, 540-951-5100 India Garden Restaurant offers a rich menu boasting all fresh, natural ingredients, wholesome sauces, and flavorful spices. Whether you prefer a tandoori-style meat grill or one of the fine vegetarian dishes, or if you’re a first-timer to Indian cuisine, you’re in for a treat. Each dish is prepped with freshly ground herbs and spices suited to individual tastes.

2nd: Nawab Indian Cuisine, Roanoke, 540-345-5150 3rd: Taaza Indian Cuisine, Roanoke, 540-342-4773

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Italian Restaurant 1st: Sal’s Italian Restaurant

& Pizzeria

Southern California. Unlike most Baja-style restaurants, Cabo combines coastal Mexican cuisine with a unique California ambiance. The food and atmosphere of Cabo are an impeccable fusion of styles, and the restaurant is a local favorite.

709 W. Main St., Radford, 540-639-9669

Founded in 1978, Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria has been a favorite spot for the Radford community for 44 years. Family-owned and operated, this upscale, distinctly Italian space serves a full menu of seafood, sandwiches, pizza, and pasta dishes, perfect for a casual, filling lunch or a romantic evening out.

2nd: Captain Tom’s Seafood, Martinsville Facebook: CAPTAIN TOMS, 276-666-0326 3rd: Billy’s, Roanoke, 540-206-3353

2nd: Fortunato, Roanoke, 540-400-7315 3rd: Milano’s Italian Cuisine, Abingdon, 276-698-3331

Steakhouse 1st: Frankie Rowland’s Steakhouse 104 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke, 540-527-2333

Mexican Restaurant 1st: El Bronco 6 Radford St., Christiansburg, 540-381-0674

Serving up authentic Mexican food, El Bronco has a hefty menu featuring many appetizing choices. Customers rave about the excellent customer service. There’s a childrens’ menu for the tykes and an impressive bar selection. Providing a delicious meal with great service is their goal.

2nd: El Rio Mexican Grill, Rocky Mount, 540-483-1322 3rd: Compadres Mexican Restaurant, Pulaski Facebook: Compadres of Pulaski, 540-994-5557

Outdoor Dining 1st: Dip Dog Stand 2035 Lee Hwy., Marion, 276-783-2698

Bristol’s Blackbird Bakery Local art finds a sweet home.

On the Virginia side of Bristol’s quaint downtown, Blackbird Bakery is a feast for the eyes. The display case features freshly baked pies, signature doughnuts, and scrumptious cupcakes in a rainbow of colors; the walls are adorned with the works of local artists. “We’re lining up new local artists now and rotate groups each month,” says Beverly Matda, Blackbird’s administrative manager. “We might have a group from a local senior center or a semi-professional artist, and everything from photography and paintings to stained glass and pen and ink.” Art on display at Blackbird Bakery. Above: Devil’s food chocolate cake with buttercream icing.

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Pizzeria 1st: Bella’s Pizza and Subs 872 E. Main St., Abingdon Facebook: @BellasPizzaAndSubs, 276-628-8101 Fans love Bella’s customer service and quality of food. While the pizza toppings include favorites like pepperoni, there are many other options including a generous veggie list. For more than 40 years, Bella’s has been com-

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mitted to providing a clean and fun dining experience for their guests.

2nd: Brick House Pizza, Radford, 540-639-5793 3rd: Benny Marzano’s, Blacksburg, 540-443-3949

Sandwich Shop 1st: Macado’s Multiple locations, 540-345-8034

Deemed “the Continuously Evolving Deli,” Macado’s offers Southwest Virginia a fun and casual atmosphere where both employees and customers have a good time. With so many great

2nd: The Tavern Restaurant, Abingdon, 276-628-1118 3rd: Bonanza, Lebanon Facebook: @BonanzaLebanonVA, 276-889-3621

Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare 1st: Big Stone Gap General Store

and Café

215 Wood Ave. E., Big Stone Gap Facebook: @BSGGeneralStore

For 65 years, Dip Dog Stand has been enticing the community with unique, delicious treats. The Dip Dog tradition is filled with family pride as the company continues to flourish. Serving hamburgers, footlong hotdogs, wings, BBQ, and a myriad of platters, baskets, and shakes, Dip Dog Stand is a fun destination for any foodie.

2nd: Sugar Hill Cidery, Norton, 276-325-7313 3rd: The Farmhouse, Christiansburg, 540-251-7600

Established in 2001, Frankie Rowland’s features over 120 wines, 130 liquors, and 70 martinis. Their food menu, of course, is full of steak. From filets to “Cowboy Ribeyes” and Kansas City Strips, you’ll definitely find a steak to suit your tastes. If that’s not your speed, there’s also a variety of seafoods, like Maine lobster or jumbo crab cakes.

sandwiches on the menu, it’s hard to choose a favorite, but some best-sellers are the Babe Ruth, the Big Daddy, and the Big City Jazz.

2nd: 128 Pecan, Abingdon, 276-698-3159 3rd: Bread Basket, Floyd, 540-745-5382

At Big Stone Gap General Store and Café, there’s plenty of room to gather, relax, and dig in. As the town’s unofficial community center, entertainment might feature traditional Appalachian music, dance, or theater, plus the work of local artists. All the while, customers can enjoy small bites, like salads and coal-fired artisan-style pizzas with a huge variety of toppings. Gluten-free options are also available.

2nd: Gillie’s, Blacksburg, 540-961-2703 3rd: White Birch Juice Co., Abingdon, 276-608-0541

Seafood Restaurant 1st: Cabo Fish Taco Locations in Blacksburg, Roanoke, 540-552-0950

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Best Food & Drink FOOD SHOPPING Bakery 1st: Blackbird Bakery 56 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, 276-645-5754

Blackbird Bakery provides the Bristol area with the best desserts and service while also inspiring happiness and giving back to the community. The bakery staff is committed to going above and beyond for their customers, serving fan favorites like the pink almond cake, brownie tower, and banana pudding.

2nd: Carol Lee Donuts, Blacksburg, 540-552-6706 3rd: Anthony’s Desserts, Abingdon, 276-623-1500

Chocolatier 1st: Anthony’s Desserts 284 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-623-1500

Since 2010, Chef Anthony Perkins has been providing an assortment of unique, delicious desserts to the Abingdon area. Stop in to savor their

scrumptious ice cream or a cup of coffee. “The staff was friendly and the service really great,” say fans of this establishment.

Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

2nd: Cocoa Trail Chocolates, Collinsville, 276-647-1980 3rd: chocolatepaper, Roanoke, 540-342-6061

and Café

Farmers Market 1st: Abingdon Farmers Market Corner of Remsburg Dr. & Cummings St., 276-698-1434

From cooking demos to live music and loads of wholesome, homegrown food, the Abingdon Farmers Market is where local farmers, artisans, and food producers showcase their goods and demonstrate their talent. Open year round, the AFM is a local favorite, where garden-ripe vegetables and flowers, along with handmade soaps, local crafts, homemade baked goods, and farm fresh eggs are on display.

2nd: Blacksburg Farmers Market, 540-239-8290 3rd: Rocky Mount Farmers’ Market, 540-483-0907

1st: Big Stone Gap General Store 215 Wood Ave. E., Big Stone Gap Facebook: @BSGGeneralStore

This general store and café is a space for the people of Big Stone Gap to showcase the beauty and history of their town while sharing music, food, drink, and conversation. Located in the historic building that once housed the town’s newspaper, The Post, it’s now a thriving community space that showcases the best of the region. The café serves locally sourced lite-bites.

2nd: Blue Hills Market, Abingdon Facebook: @BlueHillsMarketAbingdon, 276-628-3170 3rd: Cranberry Lane, Bristol, 276-669-9899


Wine Shop 1st: Chateau Morrisette 292 Winery Rd. SW, Floyd, 540 593-2865

Committed to providing amazing experiences, Chateau Morrisette has its home in Floyd. Ample outdoor seating makes this wine shop a wonderful place to gather with friends. Purchase your wine in the shop and then enjoy on the premises while you listen to your favorite band. Atmosphere and ambiance, and bring the dog, too. All are welcome!

2nd: Blacksburg Wine Lab, 540-605-7291 3rd: Katbird’s Wine & Gourmet, Abingdon, 276-623-0001

Sorghum glazed pork chop, with crispy brussels sprouts, butter grits, and orange zest. Below: Seared tuna with wasabi aioli, szechuan peppercorn, smoked salt, and pea sprouts.

The Black Hen and Bar Blue

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Spirited farm-to-table fare.

Tucked in amid downtown Blacksburg’s bustling bars, you’ll find The Black Hen restaurant and its charming Bar Blue. Unlike its neighbors, the place is neither large nor loud. But the contemporary American cuisine and craft cocktails at The Black Hen & Bar Blue are worth writing home about. Most recently helmed by Chef Torrece “Chef T” Gregoire of reality cooking show Hell’s Kitchen fame, the restaurant takes pride in plating delectable dishes with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. The offerings change frequently, creating a fresh dining adventure with each visit. A smattering of favorites: for brunch, “Have Mercy”—sweet potato pancakes with bourbon maple syrup and hot chicken with eggs. Pair it with their selection of rich coffees— Rwandan, Sumatran, Bolivian, Brazilian. On the dinner menu, a turkey pot pie is rounded out with rabbit and pheasant. And for dessert, you might encounter s’mores crème brûlèe or fried lemon pound cake. Online reviews are consistently effusive: “The menu is as close to NYC as you can get in Blacksburg,” gushed one patron. Bar Blue’s cocktails are well-made and well-served, with plenty to choose from. Standouts include “Ruby My Dear,” a festival of grapefruit vodka, St. Germain, and lemon, and the “French Hen,” gin-based, with lemon juice, simple The French Hen, with syrup, St. Germain, and a twist. gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

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Best Food & Drink DRINK Brewery 1st: Sugar Hill Brewing Company 16622 Broad St., St. Paul, 276-738-1088

Housed in an old hardware store, Sugar Hill Brewing Company was established in 2016 to produce exceptional beer and food. With some of the top brewers in the area, the Sugar Hill team loves to research and innovate their recipes to get the perfect beer every time, while offering from-scratch eats and a laid-back atmosphere.

2nd: Big Lick Brewing Company, Roanoke, 540-562-8383 3rd: Buffalo Mountain Brewery and McDaniel’s Tavern, Floyd, 540-745-2491

Scratch Biscuit Company’s Nashville hot chicken biscuit.


Specialty Cocktails

1st: Twin Creeks Distillery 510 Franklin St., Rocky Mount, 540-483-1266

1st: LUSH Lounge 317 E. Main St., Floyd, 540-745-5874

Twin Creeks Distillery has deep roots in Franklin County. Guests can purchase bottles at the distillery store or attend a tasting for a sampling of spirits. The distillery prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients and providing an “authentic experience.” (Fun fact: Twin Creeks produced and sold the first legal batch of liquor in Franklin County.)

2nd: Five Mile Mountain Distillery, Floyd, 540-745-4495 3rd: Franklin County Distilleries, Boones Mill, 540-334-1610

This cocktail bar will take you all the way back to the Prohibition Era with its speakeasy-style décor and cocktails. With drink names like “Dangerous Liaison” and “Kiss of Death,” you’re sure to have a good time. And if you’re feeling peckish, LUSH also has an elegant menu with offerings like lobster bisque and steak and truffle frites.

2nd: The Tavern Restaurant, Abingdon, 276-628-1118 3rd: Five Mile Mountain Distillery, Floyd, 540-745-4495


Winery 1st: Chateau Morrisette 291 Winery Rd. SW, Floyd, 540 593-2865

Committed to providing amazing experiences, Chateau Morrisette has its home in Floyd. Ample outdoor seating makes this wine shop a wonderful place to gather with friends. Purchase your wine in the shop and then enjoy on the premises while you listen to your favorite band. Atmosphere, ambiance and…bring the dog, too. All are welcome!

2nd: Iron Heart Winery, Hiwassee, 540-320-0203 3rd: Abingdon Vineyards, 276-623-1255

A Downhome Good Breakfast Scratch Biscuit makes its mark on Roanoke.

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At Scratch Biscuit Company, the down home breakfasts come hot and homemade. “We make our biscuits by hand each day,” says owner Nathan Webster. Beyond favorites like egg and cheese or sausage biscuits, look for the Jerry Garcia with smoked tofu; the Jezebel, made with country ham, pimento cheese, and jezebel sauce; or the Bless Your Heart Biscuit, filled with fried green tomatoes, bacon, and chipotle sauce. “One biscuit is really enough,” says Webster, of his oversized Southern style “cathead” biscuits, which measure five inches across. For bigger appetites, platters at Scratch include The Cowboy Crippler— country fried sausage, pulled pork, hash browns, and cheese on a Scratch biscuit. Pancakes, cinnamon rolls, breakfast tacos, and waffles—along with scrambled eggs, country ham, bacon, grits, fried apples, and hash browns—round out the menu. And then there’s the coffee. Scratch brews exclusive roasts from sister company Henhouse Roasters. Look for Grelen Gold, served daily, along with Dark Side of the Barn, Dee’s Nuts, and Rooster Scratch blends. These, along with Scratch’s own Biscuit Mix—made with flour from familyowned Big Spring Mill in nearby Ellison— are available for purchase at Scratch’s online store. Webster made the leap to open Scratch in 2017, when the former Village Grill restaurant space in Roanoke’s historic

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Grandin Village went up for sale. He’d been catering and serving wood-smoked barbecue from a food truck. But with Scratch, he wanted to create “a down home good breakfast served in a warm comfortable setting.” The restaurant’s interior is “all made from Virginia wood, from the walls to the bar and tabletops.” Adding to the homey feel, “the farm tools on the walls were used by my grandparents,” he says. In a time that’s pushed some restaurants to the brink, Scratch, says Webster, is “still going strong. I’m thankful for the customers and staff that continue to support us.” Coming later this year, Webster says he’s looking to implement online ordering and introduce a Scratch app.

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Best Living & Recreation Annual Charity Event 1st: Boots & Bowties Woodbrook Limousin Farms, Abingdon

Boots and Bowties is a charity event benefiting the Johnston Memorial Cancer Center in Abingdon. Held at the beautiful Woodbrook Farms, attendees enjoy dinner and desserts, great music, and a silent auction, all for a good cause. Auction items include vacations, jewelry, sports memorabilia, and more.

2nd: The Charity League of Martinsville/ Henry County Bargain Fair 3rd: Cancer Kids and Christmas, Narrows 540-599-2578

Art Event 1st: Virginia Highlands Festival 1 Partnership Cir., Abingdon, 276-623-5266

The first Virginia Highlands Festival was held in 1949 to preserve and celebrate the cultural heritage of the area. Over the decades, it has grown to include even more artists, craftsmen, and performers from Virginia’s Southwest. Organizers take pride in the worldly cultural and creative exchange it provides.

2nd: Art In Bloom, William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, 276-628-5005 3rd: Chautauqua Festival, Wytheville, 276-228-6855

Sip ’n’ See

Trek Virginia’s Craft Beer Trail along scenic Route 58. More than a dozen breweries make up the Virginia 58 Beer Trail, part of the state’s largest network of craft beer hot spots. This scenic stretch of highway from Gate City to Clarksville meanders through mountains, small towns, and pristine forests along Virginia’s southern border. After a trip to Clinch River State Park, quench your thirst at St. Paul’s Sugar Hill Brewing Company. For hikers of Whitetop Mountain or the Appalachian Trail, unwind at The Damascus Brewery or Abingdon’s Wolf Hills Brewing Company. Creek Bottom Brewing and Mountain Valley Brewing are perfect places to perch after visiting Lover’s Leap, the famous scenic overlook in Patrick County.


Entertainment for Adults 1st: McClains at First & Main 1614 S. Main St., Blacksburg, 540-242-5246

McClains at First & Main is a dining, bowling, and arcade experience. Utilizing one of their several party packages, plan a celebration or special occasion with friends and family. The bowling lanes and arcade help create an air of excitement as you enjoy socializing. Good food, local brews, music, an arcade, and bowling— McClains has it all.

2nd: Blue Ridge Axe Throwing, Roanoke, 540-266-7293 3rd: State Street Brewing, Bristol, 276-644-3773

Festival 1st: Bristol Rhythm & Roots


416 State St., Bristol, 423-573-1927

The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, held annually at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, is a threeday music festival with more than 100 live music acts performing on over a dozen outdoor stages and indoor venues. This festival “showcases the very

best in Appalachian roots music’s past, present, and future.”

2nd: FloydFest, 888-823-3787 3rd: Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, Ferrum, 540-365-4416

Historic Theater 1st: Barter Theatre 127 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-3991

The Barter Theatre opened its doors in 1933, proclaiming “with vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh,” referring to the ticket price being equivalent to a piece of produce. It has a long history of innovation, big dreams, and the Appalachian culture of tenacity that has ensured the theater’s survival and prosperity for nearly 90 years.

2nd: The Grandin Theatre, Roanoke, 540-345-6177 3rd: Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, 540-342-5740

LOVE Sign 1st: LOVEwork at Burke’s Garden Burke’s Garden Rd., Tazewell, 276-322-1345 Located right off of Virginia Scenic Byway Route 623, this LOVE sign

Damascus Brewery founder Adam Woodon.

is a nod to the many barn quilts that can be found all over Burke’s Garden. This red, black, and white sign has a quilted design and rests on the side of a barn in Tazewell—a picture-perfect opportunity!

2nd: LOVEwork at Black Dog Salvage, Roanoke, 540-343-6200 3rd: LOVEwork in Abingdon, 276-676-2282

Museum 1st: Birthplace of Country Music


101 Country Music Way, Bristol, 423-573-1927

As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this museum celebrates the 1927 “Bristol Sessions,” which recorded some of the earliest country music in America. Returning this September is the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, a three-day music festival with more than 100 live music acts.

2nd: Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, 540-342-5760 3rd: Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville, 276-634-4141

Music Venue 1st: Harvester Performance Center 450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount, 540-484-8277 Harvester Performance Center opened in April 2014 with the mission of bringing people to Rocky Mount to enjoy live music and experience the town’s charm. Its first national act to perform was The Indigo Girls and it has since hosted stars like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Brandi Carlile.

2nd: Floyd Country Store, 540-745-4563 3rd: Barter Theatre, Abingdon, 276-628-3991

Performing Arts Company 1st: Barter Theatre 127 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-3991

Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Katy Brown, the Barter Theatre’s bevy of resident artists live and work year-round in Abingdon. From directing, design, and stage management professionals, to three acting companies, as well as in-house drama instructors for adults and children, the playhouse is truly the beating artistic heart of Southwest Virginia.

2nd: Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, 540-342-5740 3rd: Appalachia Cultural Arts Center, Facebook: @AppalachiaCulturalArtsCenter

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Radio Station 1st: WSLC FM 94.9 3934 Electric Rd., Roanoke, 540-387-0234

The Floyd Country Store

WSLC 94.9 FM, or “Star Country,” is a country music radio station serving the New River Valley. Featured artists include Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and many more. Tune in to the Star Country morning show every weekday from 6:00 a.m.10:00 a.m.

This joint is jumping with bluegrass and roots music. Sure, you can grab a pickled beet salad, order an ice cream soda, and find housewares and artisan crafts at the Floyd Country Store. But the store’s main attraction is the music. Here, unassuming virtuosos play old-time bluegrass and roots music on banjo, guitar, fiddle, and bass. Authentic to the core, it’s a rollicking good time. And everybody’s welcome. Drop in on a Saturday for Americana Afternoon. Or grab a chair and circle up for the Sunday Music Jam where the tunes flow and, if the spirit moves them, a local or two might break out in a little clogging or flat-footing. Join guest musicians for the Friday Night Jamboree, or come for Honky Tonk Thursdays and do a little boot scooting. Can’t be there in person? Stream Floyd Country Store events on their YouTube channel or listen live on Apple Podcasts.

2nd: WXLK FM 92.3, Roanoke, 540-774-9236 3rd: WFIR AM 960, Roanoke, 540-345-5955

Special Event Venue 1st: Hotel Roanoke 110 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke, 540-985-5900

The elegant, Tudor-revival style Hotel Roanoke, now part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, was built in 1882 by what was then the Norfolk and Western Railway. After decades of renovations, it remains a fixture of Roanoke’s downtown landscape, blending antique decor with modern comforts. Well-suited for conferences and events, it includes 63,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as an enclosed walkway that connects to the city.

2nd: Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount, 540-484-8277 3rd: The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Abingdon, 276-628-3161

PETS Dog Groomer

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1st: Biscuits & Bubbles 109 W. Main St., Salem Facebook: @BiscuitsAndBubbles, 540-378-5200

Biscuits & Bubbles are all about canine culture. From doggie daycare to grooming and boarding, this dog-centric team in Salem promises to make your pet a priority. A budget-friendly, do-it-yourself option provides pet owners with all the essentials, like shampoo, towels, and blow dryers. Family owned and operated, Biscuits & Bubbles treats all its customers like friends.

2nd: Dog Daze Grooming Salon, Galax Facebook: @DogDazeGroomingSalon, 276-236-7877 3rd: Diva Dogs Canine Spa, Christiansburg Facebook: @DivaDogsCanineSpa, 540-392-4548

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Dog Training 1st: Beyond Sit And Stay Professional Dog Training 224 St. Johns Way Rd., Chilhowie, 276-685-1154

Owned and operated by a certified trainer, Beyond Sit and Stay provides training to pet owners, law enforcement agencies, and others. Offering many different training programs to fit your needs, including private lessons, owner Paula Shupe has over 25 years of expertise and understanding of dog behavior. She enlists different training techniques to benefit each need.

2nd: BarksBurg Dogs, New River Valley 3rd: Appalachian Canine Coaching, Sugar Grove, 276-685-2752

Pet Boarding/ Day Care 1st: Biscuits & Bubbles 109 W. Main St., Salem Facebook: @BiscuitsAndBubbles, 540-378-5200

The owners of Biscuits and Bubbles decided that Salem needed a grooming and daycare boarding kennel just for dogs. After a successful six years, they expanded in 2009 to include grooming, boarding, and socialization skill training. The company’s focus on exceptional care and meeting grooming, boarding, and socialization needs

ensures that you and your canine companion have a happy experience.

2nd: Canine Cottage, Roanoke, 540-206-3647 3rd: Buddy’s Boarding, Floyd Facebook: @BuddysBoarding, 540-745-4465

Veterinary Hospital 1st: Animal Care Clinic 3649 Stoney Fork Rd., Wytheville, 276-228-2727

This veterinary care clinic and animal hospital is run by licensed veterinarian Dr. Tiffanie Walters. Services offered include preventative healthcare, microchipping, radiology, surgery, and more. Though the facility may be small, Animal Care Clinic is a full-service hospital where staff “treats your pets like the valued family members they are.”

2nd: Big Lick Veterinary Services, Roanoke, 540-776-0700 3rd: Abingdon Animal Medical Center, 276-628-9655

KIDS Family Entertainment 1st: Barter Theatre 127 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-3991

there’s never a dull moment at Barter Theatre, a fixture of Abingdon’s art scene since 1933. In warm weather, the open-air Moonlite Drive-In streams sound through your car’s radio while you watch actors live on stage and simulcast on the big screen.

2nd: Clinch River Adventures, St. Paul, 276-275-4154 3rd: Downtown Roanoke, 540-342-2028

K-12 Independent School 1st: Carlisle School 300 Carlisle Rd., Axton, 276-632-7288

This independent, college preparatory school offers a transformative learning experience with a balanced curriculum. Small class sizes afford teachers the ability to focus on individual attention, where the uniqueness of each student is recognized and fostered. Carlisle’s philosophy is to guide students’ curiosity and fuel their desire to learn through discovery and project-based learning.

2nd: Christian Heritage Academy, Rocky Mount, 540-483-5855 3rd: Blue Mountain School, Floyd, 540-745-4234

From productions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the world premiere of the musical Kentucky Spring, BEST OF VIRGINIA 2022


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Best Living & Recreation KIDS Preschool 1st: Carlisle School 300 Carlisle Rd., Axton, 276-632-7288

Carlisle’s Preschool provides a transformative learning journey of discovery for every child. With a focus on the whole child’s physical, social, and academic needs, preschoolers gain independence in a safe environment that is nurturing, enriching, and diverse. Faculty engages students in child-centered learning experiences that foster collaboration with their peers while immersed in discoverybased activities.

2nd: Building Bridges Child Development, Dublin, 540-674-0101 3rd: Central United Methodist Church, Radford, 540-639-3529

Summer Camp 1st: Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center 25236 Hillman Hwy., Abingdon, 276-676-6180

Historic Site 1st: Barter Theatre 127 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-3991

The longest running professional theater in the U.S., Barter Theatre was founded by Robert Porterfield during the Great Depression. His formula was ingenious: the price of admission was 40 cents, or bartering the equivalent of produce from the area’s farms and gardens that would otherwise be rotting in fields. Nearly a century later, Barter remains the arts epicenter of this culturally rich region.

2nd: Mabry Mill, Meadows of Dan, 276-952-2947 3rd: Booker T. Washington National Monument, Hardy, 540-721-2094

Hotel 1st: Hotel Roanoke 110 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke, 540-985-5900

With 329 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and ample convention space to hold meetings, conferences, and special events, on-site amenities also include two restaurants, a coffee bar,

spa services, and a business center. In 1993, a multi-million dollar restoration of this sprawling, 19th-century Tudor Revival hotel guaranteed its position as the grand centerpiece of the city.

2nd: Hotel Floyd, 844-851-5963 3rd: The Martha Washington Inn & Spa, Abingdon, 276-628-3161

Resort 1st: The Martha Washington Inn

& Spa

150 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-3161

This historic inn was originally built in 1832 as a private residence for General Francis Preston and his family. It didn’t open as a hotel until 1935, but now has over 60 rooms and suites, a swimming pool, putt-putt golf, and, of course, a spa. The Southern charm of this resort makes it a perfect place for weddings and romantic getaways.


Tourist Attraction 1st: Blue Ridge Parkway, 828-670-1924

The majestic highland boulevard of the Blue Ridge Parkway winds through the Appalachian Mountains and sees about 15 million annual visitors. Along with providing scenic corridors of the tri-state region of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, the Blue Ridge Parkway also offers a broad range of recreation, shopping, lodging, dining, and support services to the community.

2nd: Barter Theatre, Abingdon, 276-628-3991 3rd: Breaks Interstate Park, 276-865-4413

2nd: Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke, 540-626-7121 3rd: Primland, Meadows of Dan, 855-876-6593

Located in Washington County, the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center has been serving the community at its historic 79-acre facility since 1960. Situated on a property of rolling meadows and woodlands, the center provides affordable, accessible day and residential camping programs that focus on educational and cultural enrichment and outreach.

2nd: Camp Bethel Ministries, Wise, 276-328-6876 3rd: Blue Ridge Christian Camp, McCoy, 540-639-9147

TRAVEL Bed & Breakfast

photos courtesy of roanoke pinball museum

1st: Early Inn at the Grove 50 Floyd Ave., Rocky Mount, 540-524-2525

Tucked behind the pines, the Early Inn at the Grove is an 1854 Greekrevival B&B rests on 10 scenic acres. Take a stroll through the wildflowercovered property, settle into the historic library with a good book, or enjoy drinks on the patio from the Breezeway Bar. Every guest leaves feeling pampered and well-rested.

2nd: A Tailor’s Lodging, Abingdon, 276-628-7119 3rd: Rockwood Manor, Dublin, 540-674-1328

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Pinball Wizard

Play through the decades at Roanoke Pinball Museum. Learn pinball’s fascinating history, master the physics behind the game, and attempt to beat the top score at Roanoke Pinball Museum. Since opening in 2015, players young and old can’t get enough. “People come in and can’t believe our

collection,” says Nic Schell, pinball champion and the museum’s executive director. “We have around 65, and they’re all playable.” Pinball machines on display include the first to have flippers, from 1947, and Schell’s personal favorite, the 2018 Iron Maiden.

The museum also obtained a rare 1932 machine that was once forbidden. During Prohibition, pinball was considered gambling. To keep from being burned by law enforcement, the machines had to be hidden.



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Best Living & Recreation OUTDOORS & ACTIVE


Dance Studio 1st: A-List Dance Academy 455 S. Main St., Rocky Mount, 540-483-0307

A-List Dance Academy opened just last year and offers a wide variety of dance classes to dancers of all ages. Styles include ballet, hip hop, jazz, clogging, and more. The seven instructors have an immense amount of experience, as well as passion and dedication for what they do.

A Grassroots Music Festival Grows Up

In its 12th year, Martinsville’s Rooster Walk promises its best ever lineup.

photos courtesy of rooster walk music and arts festival

The range of music at the Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival in Martinsville has always been expansive, says Johnny Buck, executive director: “Typically rock, jam, funk, blues, bluegrass, soul, roots, and Americana. We toss in a little country, reggae, and jazz here and there.” Buck co-founded the festival in 2009 with William Baptist to honor their friends, Edwin “the Rooster” Penn and Walker Shank, who passed away in their 20s. “Walker and Edwin had a pretty wide range of musical tastes, which was the impetus for Rooster Walk's musical offerings,” says Buck. While the first Rooster Walk was “as grassroots as it gets,” he explains, the festival has evolved into a four-day event with 50 bands that attracts 5,000 fans to Pop’s Farm, its dedicated venue, along with a year-round concert series known as Rives on the Road. Since launching, the festival has generated more than $240,000 in donations to local charities, including the Penn-Shank Memorial Scholarship Fund at Martinsville High School and the Rooster

Walk Music Instrument Program, which honors the late Todd Eure by providing refurbished instruments and making microgrants to local school band programs. Now in its 12th year, Rooster Walk takes place May 26-29 this year. “I'm more excited about this band lineup than any in the history of our festival,” Buck says, citing a list that includes Little Feat, Tab Benoit, Mike and the Moonpies, Lettuce, and Andy Frasco and the U.N. “The thing that I'm most jazzed about is the depth of the lineup,” he notes, adding that both afternoon and evening sessions will feature nationally known touring bands. “That's pretty cool—it’s something we've never been able to do to this extent.” The family-friendly festival also includes “lots of arts and crafts activities,” says Buck, plus a kids’ parade, magician, silent dance party for teens, food and drink, river floats, hiking, yoga, and more. Attendees can camp on-site, stay at local hotels (shuttle service provided), “or just come for the day.” Get tickets online or on-site. Little Feat

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2nd: Derek Wagner Dance Center, Radford, 540-835-3334 3rd: Ardell Stone School of Dancing, Inc., Roanoke, 540-774-8136

Golf Course 1st: Chatmoss Country Club 550 Mt. Olivet Rd., Martinsville, 276-638-2484

This 18-hole golf course, designed by J. Ellis Maples, spans well over 6,000 yards of the Chatmoss Country Club’s estate. Also on the premises is a driving range and practice putting green. After a round, take a dip in the club pool, or visit the Boxwood Grille for a hearty meal.

2nd: Draper Valley Golf Club, 866-980-4653 3rd: Ballyhack Golf Club, Roanoke, 540-427-1395

Gym 1st: Body by Lee 889 Empire Dr. SW, Abingdon, 276-739-0188

Body by Lee is a 24-hour fitness center with free weights, a women’s-only facility, machine weights, cardio machines, fitness studios, and more. Body by Lee also offers personal training, either in the gym, at home, or virtually. Customers love the cleanliness of the gym and have nothing but praise for the personal training services.

2nd: Carilion Wellness, Multiple locations, 540-853-0000 3rd: Coomes Recreation Center, Abingdon, 276-623-5279

Hiking or Biking Trail 1st: Virginia Creeper Trail 300 Green Spring Rd., Abingdon

The Virginia Creeper Trail stands out from others due in part to its long, storied history and uniquely beautiful landscape. The alpine-forested scapes near Whitetop roll through the agricultural area of Damascus all the way to the more suburban Abingdon—the trail sees more than 225,000 outdoor adventure seekers annually.

2nd: Cascade Falls Trailhead, Pembroke, 540-552-4641 3rd: Dick & Willie Passage Rail Trail, Martinsville, 276-634-4640

Specialty Fitness 1st: Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness 115 S. Hill Dr., Blacksburg, 540-315-3231 Kevin and Augusta Bowen founded this family-owned gym in 2015. As the only boxing-specific training gym in Blacksburg, they offer a variety of classes, like “BOXING 101” for beginners, “Fighter-Fit,” “Weekend Warrior,” and even low-intensity classes for those who are just starting out.

2nd: 460 Fitness, Blacksburg, 540-509-1460 3rd: Crimper’s Climbing Gym, Christiansburg, 540-251-3040

Tennis Facility 1st: Chatmoss Country Club 550 Mt. Olivet Rd., Martinsville, 276-638-2484

With six outdoor clay courts and three indoor climate-controlled courts, Chatmoss Country Club offers yearround tennis programs. After a lesson or a friendly match, feel free to take a dip in the Chatmoss pool, or visit the Boxwood Grille for a bite to eat.

2nd: Coomes Recreation Center, Abingdon, 276-623-5279 3rd: Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center, Blacksburg, 540-231-5908



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Many thanks to our patients and staff!


Barbara C. Moore, M.D. Kurt R. Stockstill, M.D.


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Phone 540-904-7710 Fax 540-904-7987

5104 Bernard Drive Roanoke, VA 24018

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Best Services HEALTH Alternative Medicine 1st: Blue Ridge Clinic for Chinese


2537 Floyd Hwy. N., Floyd, 540-745-4144

The Blue Ridge Clinic for Chinese Medicine specializes in drug-free pain relief. The acupuncturists at BRCCM work with many different traditional Chinese herbs and formulate mixtures specifically for each client. The practice also offers Tui Na and Gua Sha massages therapies, cupping, and heat therapy.

2nd: Balance Wellspace Integrative Medicine, Roanoke, 540-824-1014 3rd: Acupuncture Center of Roanoke, 540-344-3286

Counseling or Therapy Practice 1st: Blue Mountain Therapy Locations in Abingdon, Wytheville, 276-525-6043

Blue Mountain Therapy was founded in 2013 and today offers home health therapy, early intervention therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy, and other physical and behavioral therapy services, both in home and outpatient settings. One happy client said, “They changed my family’s life and they can do the same for you.”

2nd: Dandelion Counseling LLC, 2 locations in Martinsville Facebook: @DandelionCounseling, 276-634-8304 3rd: Comprehensive Counseling Services, Roanoke, 540-343-0004

Dental Practice

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1st: Brown Dental Associates 915 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-9507

Whether you need a simple, routine cleaning or a wisdom tooth removal, the doctors and staff at Brown Dental Associates will have your smile looking good again in no time. Their loyal customer base speaks to their skill, professionalism, and family-friendly attitudes.

2nd: Cross, Lavinder, Quinn, & Park Family Dentistry of Roanoke, 540-989-1170 3rd: Blue Ridge Dental Group, Multiple locations, 540-904-4969

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Home Health Provider 1st: Interim HealthCare of

Ophthalmology/ Optometry Practice 1st: Eye Physicians of Southwest

Southwest Virginia


Interim HealthCare was founded in 1966 and now comprises over 300 independently owned franchises nationwide. The staff at Interim provide comprehensive home care services, whether you’re recovering from a stay in the hospital or simply need some support to continue living independently.

Eye Physicians of Southwest Virginia have four locations and have been serving the area since 1982. They offer adult and pediatric eye exams, as well as surgeries like glaucoma and cataract surgeries. No matter your vision issue, they offer comprehensive eye care for the entire family.

1013 E. Main St., Salem, 540-774-8686

2nd: Carilion Clinic Home Care, Multiple locations, 800-964-9300 3rd: Home Nursing Service of Southwest Virginia, Abingdon, 276-628-2666

Hospital 1st: Carilion Roanoke Memorial

Multiple locations, 276-628-3118

2nd: Blacksburg Smiles, 540-509-0112 3rd: Aesthetic & Family Dental of Martinsville 276-638-3265

Orthodontic Practice

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice

Founded in 1978 by Dr. David C. Jones, the practice specializes in traditional braces and Invisalign® services. With a mission to provide the best quality smiles one patient at a time, the practice is the largest provider of Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® in Southwest Virginia and is proud to serve the community they love.

1st: Carilion Clinic Cosmetic


The Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital first opened in 1900 as the Roanoke Hospital and joined Carilion in 1996. One of the largest hospitals in the state and the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center, Roanoke Memorial is dedicated to improving the health of the communities it serves and training tomorrow’s physicians.

Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center is dedicated to providing patients with safe, effective surgical and nonsurgical treatments for all areas of the body. Focused on building trusting relationships between staff and patients, Carilion ensures that patients are fully informed, fully prepared, and

2nd: Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Christiansburg, 540-731-2000 3rd: Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital, 276-988-8700

fully empowered to make aesthetic choices that meet their expectations and improve quality of life.

2nd: Vistar Eye Center, Multiple locations, 540-855-5100 3rd: Eye Care & Surgery, Multiple locations, 800-650-7313


1906 Belleview Ave. SE, Roanoke, 540-981-7000


Locations in Blacksburg, Roanoke, 540-853-0510

1st: Jones & DeShon Orthodontics 25 Cleveland Ave., Suite E, Martinsville, 276-638-8888

2nd: Dr. Dennis Vaughan, Radford Facebook: Vaughan Orthodontics - Radford, 540-639-3002 3rd: Dr. Paul C. Kaiser Orthodontics, Roanoke, 540-362-1097

Tosha Thompson

Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice (OB/GYN) 1st: Carilion Clinic Obstetrics & Gynecology Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

Carilion Clinic Obstetrics and Gynecology offers excellent gynecologic, prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care to new parents in the Southwest region. Screening mammograms and Pap smears are available to all women, regardless of the ability to pay. For prenatal, delivery, and postpartum care, the Carilion team gives mom the birthing experience she and her family desire.

2nd: Abingdon OB/GYN, 276-628-4335 3rd: Drs. Moore & Stockstill, Roanoke, 540-904-7710

RUFFLECTIONS PET GROOMING in Marion might just be a step above

your average pet salon. The slew of awards owner Tosha Thompson has racked up through grooming competitions have “made me a better groomer,” she says, adding that she’s only one of five groomers on the Virginia State Groom Team. Next up is a Master Groomer Certification, a level very few have achieved and a process she’s mid-way through. What also sets Rufflections apart are special services her salon offers, like the Nayagu system for irritated skin, and Thompson’s commitment to continuing education. “It helps us better serve the animals,” she says.



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CELEBRATING OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS At Carilion Clinic, we could not be more proud of our employees. From the bedside to those behind the scenes and everything in between—each of you plays an important role in providing the best to our patients. Your commitment to our patients and each other has carried us through our most challenging times. It’s also how you’ve delivered us to a more hopeful time. This Hospital and Health Care Week and Week of the Nurse, we celebrate you. With courage and compassion, you’ve rallied to improve the health of the communities we serve. Thank you for your dedication, your innovation and for being an inspiration. You make our community #CarilionProud. To learn about our mission and joining our team, visit

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Orthopedic Practice 1st: Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics Multiple locations, 540 510-6200

The team of surgeons at Carilion Clinic Orthopedic are proud to provide care at the Institute for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences throughout the Southwest region. Their boardcertified, fellowship-trained reconstruction surgeons evaluate and treat thousands of patients annually with a vision of collaboration, innovation, and a team-based approach to healing efficiently.

Chinese Medicine in the Blue Ridge Alternatives therapies use ancient healing practices.

Based in Floyd, the Blue Ridge Clinic for Chinese Medicine employs acupuncture, Tui Na—a form of Chinese medical massage—heat therapy, cupping, and traditional Chinese herbs to promote health and relieve pain. The clinic is led by J. Nile Bachman, L.A.C. MSOM, a graduate of Virginia Tech and the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. Bachman also attended Naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University in Washington state.

2nd: Blue Ridge Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Abingdon, 276-258-1760 3rd: Lewis Gale Orthopedics, Salem, 540-772-3400

Pediatric Practice 1st: Carilion Children’s Pediatric Medicine Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

Based in Roanoke, Carilion Clinic serves nearly one million Virginians from several different locations. Carilion Children’s Pediatric Medicine offers routine checkups, immunizations, nutritional counseling, physicals, newborn care, minor injury treatment, and more. Carilion’s sole focus is to improve the health of the communities it serves.

2nd: Children First Pediatrics of Virginia, Martinsville, 276-638-5437 3rd: Carilion Clinic Family Medicine, Christiansburg, 540-381-6000

Physical Therapy Practice 1st: Carilion Clinic Therapy and Rehabilitation Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

Based in Roanoke, Carilion Clinic serves nearly one million Virginians from several different locations. Their rehabilitation staff are highly trained in speech, occupational, and physical therapy treatments, among others. Three Carilion locations offer “Swing Bed” programs, which provide 24-hour nursing care with a rehabilitation focus.

2nd: Bassett Physical Therapy, Stanleytown, 276-622-3636 3rd: Advanced Physical Therapy of Virginia, Salem, 540-444-0291

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Primary Care Practice 1st: Carilion Clinic Family Medicine Multiple locations, 800-472-8482

Based in Roanoke, Carilion Clinic Family Medicine works together with a comprehensive network of hospitals and specialty practices to provide quality care close to home for nearly one million Virginia residents. The practice seeks to advance family health care through medical education, community health and safety, and low costs.

2nd: Cave Spring Family Practice, Roanoke, 540-777-4000 3rd: Community Health Center of the New River Valley, Christiansburg, 540-381-0820

BEAUTY Cosmetic Surgery Practice 1st: Alouf Aesthetics 1602 Apperson Dr., Salem, 540-215-0286

Having served the Roanoke Valley since 2004, Alouf Aesthetics offers both surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic services. Surgical services

include facial surgery and body contouring, while nonsurgical services include injections, facials, and microneedling. Dr. Alouf and his team will take care of whatever cosmetic needs you have.

Hair Salon or Barber Shop

2nd: Carilion Clinic Cosmetic Center, Locations in Blacksburg, Roanoke, 540-853-0510 3rd: Plastic Surgery Specialists, Abingdon, 757-345-5599

Cuttin’ Up Hair Salon has friendly and talented stylists that can meet any and all of your hair needs. The salon also employs an esthetician and a massage therapist if you’re ever in need of more than just a haircut. Customers have nothing but kind words for all of the stylists at this salon.

Dermatology Practice 1st: Cutting Edge Dermatology 143 Woodland Dr. SW, Wise, 276-365-8071

Drs. Autumn and Christopher Starnes started this dermatological practice in 2011. They have surgical services for skin cancer but also provide services such as hair removal, Botox®, fillers, tattoo removal, and microneedling. Clients love the professional and educational staff at Cutting Edge Dermatology.

2nd: Derm One, Multiple locations, 276-326-3376 3rd: Dermatology Practice of Roanoke, 540-562-8873

1st: Cuttin’ Up Hair Salon 500 E. Main St., Abingdon Facebook: @CuttinUpHairSalon, 276-628-2688

2nd: Corporate Image Barbershop, Roanoke, 540-342-0222 3rd: CharMarie Salon, Blacksburg, 540-251-3350

Spa 1st: Healing Waters Day Spa & Salon

107 Charwood Dr., Abingdon Facebook: Healing Waters Day Spa & Salon, 276-628-4233

Healing Waters Day Spa’s goal is to “rejuvenate” the body and educate clients by promoting healthy living. The spa offers massages, hair and nail services, waxing, and facials. Uniquely, they also offer colon hydrotherapy and electrolysis. Customers consistently praise the spa’s relaxing atmosphere.

2nd: Azario Salon & Day Spa, Roanoke, 540-772-1300 3rd: Belle Santé, Roanoke, 540-566-3519



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Best Services HOME Architecture Firm 1st: Bundy Architecture and


190 E. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-1067

Founded in 2006, this family-owned and operated business provides fullservice architectural and engineering services to the residents of Southwest Virginia and Northeastern Tennessee. Take a look at their website to view an impressive gallery of unique designs and beautiful homes.

2nd: Cameron Wolfe Architect, Marion Facebook: Cameron Wolfe Architect, 276-783-8391 3rd: Colley Architects PC, Blacksburg, 540-953-2724

Greenhouse and Nursery 1st: Crow’s Nest Greenhouses 1811 Brooksfield Rd., Blacksburg, 540-552-5550

In 1972, Crow’s Nest Greenhouses was once a small strawberry farm. Today, the nursery and retail shop carries a wide variety of ornamental and fruiting trees, shrubs, and locally grown perennial plants, as well as decorative garden art and tools. With a knowledgeable and friendly staff, Crow’s Nest has an expansive selection to satisfy your green thumb.

2nd: Blackwater Nursery & Landscaping, Rocky Mount, 540-334-3415 3rd: Bloomin’ Idiots Greenhouses, Bland Facebook: @BloominIdiotsGreenhouses, 276-928-6230

Home Builder

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1st: Countryside Custom Homes Floyd, 540-357-5530

Matthew and Jessica Thomas started this family-owned business in 2007 and have since built up an impressive portfolio of beautiful homes, barns, and patios. As an authorized builder for Nationwide Custom Homes, Countryside specializes in modular homes, which are delivered up to 90% complete and are therefore built much faster than site-built homes.

2nd: Dalton Construction, Roanoke 540-537-3441 3rd: Dollman Construction, Roanoke, 540-765-9700

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Plumbing/HVAC Company 1st: Ashley Plumbing & Heating,


26260 Lee Hwy., Abingdon 276-628-5344

Ashley Plumbing and Heating has been serving the residents of Abingdon and its surrounding areas for over 30 years. Customers consistently praise the company’s professionalism and quality of service. From fixing clogged drains to replacing water heaters, “Mr. Ashley will see that your problem is taken care of.”

Home Furnishings Store

Kitchen and Bath Design Firm

1st: Black Dog Salvage 902 13th St. SW, Roanoke, 540-343-6200

1st: Cabinetry With TLC 4325 Old Cave Spring Rd., Roanoke, 540-777-0456

With 40,000 square feet of home goods, Black Dog Salvage has an impressive inventory that changes almost daily. A furniture paint line, interior design service, curated showrooms featuring regional vendors, and customizing options are just some of the secrets to Black Dog’s success. A reality TV show, Salvage Dawgs, helped propel Black Dog into a lifestyle brand.

2nd: Clinch Mountain Amish Furniture, Tazewell, 276-988-5095 3rd: Virginia Furniture Market, Multiple locations, 540-334-3876

Interior Design Firm 1st: Easterly Coleman Furniture 882 Main St., Lebanon, 276-889-1244

James Easterly, Sr., founded this three-generation furniture company as Lebanon Furniture Company in 1935—with just five hundred dollars. Today, James’s granddaughter, Susan, and her husband, Tim Coleman, run Easterly Coleman Furniture. While incorporating James Sr.’s original ideas, Easterly Coleman now sells high-end home furnishings and offers excellent interior design services.

2nd: Edith Anne Duncan Design, Blacksburg, 540-357-2121 3rd: Elaine Stephenson Interiors, Roanoke, 540-344-9401


for two or a lavish wedding reception for 500, a delicious menu will make the event memorable. Your Grate Escape, a personalized catering service based in Tazewell, turns ordinary into extraordinary thanks to the ingenious creativity of founder and owner Clint Neel. He and his team of fellow foodies and event experts ensure every detail is in place—from tiered charcuterie stations to inventive fondue displays to “action” stations, where guests create their own sliders, fill Southern biscuits with bacon, honey, chicken and jam, or personalize ice cream sundaes.

Mike Reinschmidt and Terri Langford opened Cabinetry With TLC in 2005. Reinschmidt is an excellent woodworker and Langford a talented designer. They pride themselves on providing clients with American-made cabinets and countertops, all while trying their best to meet their clients’ budgetary needs.

2nd: Cabinet Designs, Max Meadows, 540-605-1108 3rd: Building & Design of Virginia, Wytheville, 276-228-4851

Landscape Design 1st: Back To Nature Landscaping & Construction

1575 Thomas Ln., Blacksburg, 540-739-3947 Whether you need your lawn mowed or a deck built, Back To Nature Landscaping & Construction just about does it all. They have an impressive portfolio of stunning water features, outdoor kitchens, firepits, patios, and more. The team’s biggest objective is to improve the lives of everyone they work with.

2nd: Beegle Landscaping & Lawn Care, Floyd Facebook: @BeegleLandscapingAndLawnCare, 540-745-6507 3rd: Cox Lawn and Property Maintenance, Galax, 276-233-2750

2nd: Blacksburg Plumbing, Heating, & Electrical, Inc., 540-552-5864 3rd: Bryant’s Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning, Martinsville, 276-638-2321

Real Estate Firm 1st: Berry-Elliott Realtors 18 Starling Ave., Martinsville, 276-656-1111

Co-owners and brokers Doris Berry and Mary Rives Brown put their collective experience and extraordinary customer service backgrounds together to found Berry-Elliot Realtors in 1995. Their extensive knowledge of the area’s history, housing inventory, and marketing has helped countless people across the region achieve their real estate goals and dreams.

2nd: Highlands Realty, Abingdon, 276-676-2221 3rd: Commonwealth LLC Realtors, Collinsville, 276-647-7772

Retirement Community 1st: ElderSpirit Community Living 125 Elderspirit Ct., Abingdon, 276-619-5544

ElderSpirit is a unique co-housing and mixed income community for those aged 55 and older living in Southwest Virginia. This independent living community emphasizes the importance of mutual support among its residents. There are homes for sale, homes for rent, and low-income-qualified apartments for any and all who want to join.

2nd: Warm Hearth Village, Blacksburg, 540-552-9176 3rd: English Meadows, Multiple locations, 800-796-5420



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Best Services SERVICES Accounting Firm 1st: Brown Edwards 319 McClanahan St. SW, Roanoke, 540-345-0936

Brown Edwards offers knowledgeable accounting, assurance, tax, and management advisory services. With a firm-wide staff of more than 350 professionals, it is one of the largest independent CPA firms in Virginia. The company supports individuals and businesses ranging from small companies to large corporations and is committed to excellence on all levels.

2nd: Cooke, Lavender, Massey & Company, P.C., Blacksburg, 540-953-1152 3rd: Cook Associates CPA Services LLC, Richlands, 276-963-1003

Auction Company 1st: Blue Ridge Land & Auction

Co., Inc.

102 S. Locust St., Floyd, 540-745-2005

Founded in 1991, Blue Ridge Land & Auction Co. has achieved national recognition as a top 10 United Country Real Estate office in the nation. They specialize in land, farms, recreational and hunting properties, waterfront properties, and luxury country estates.

2nd: Anderson Auction Service, Rocky Mount, 540-483-9234 3rd: American Equipment & Auction Co., Salem, 540-389-2634

Bank/Credit Union

Car Wash

1st: Carter Bank & Trust Multiple locations, 833-275-2228

1st: Bubblez Hand Car Wash & Detailing

Carter Bank & Trust opened in 1974 and now has dozens of branch locations throughout Virginia and North Carolina. They provide a wide range of personal, business, and investment banking services. In their own words, “caring is what we’ll always do best.”

2nd: Atlantic Union Bank, Multiple locations, 800-990-4828 3rd: American National Bank And Trust Company, Multiple locations Facebook: @AmericanNational, 434-792-5111

Car Dealer 1st: Blue Ridge Auto Group Locations in Abingdon, Wytheville, 855-868-2660

This car dealership is a family-owned and operated group that deals Nissan, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles. Blue Ridge Auto Group promises no hidden fees and to always be upfront and honest. Their two locations even offer free WiFi, children’s play areas, and loaner vehicles to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

2nd: Autos by Nelson, Locations in Bassett, Martinsville, 877-703-7282 3rd: Shelor Motor Mile, Christiansburg, 540-381-8417

14364 Lee Hwy., Bristol, 276-591-8945

Bubblez Hand Car Wash & Detailing provides full-service detailing to the residents of Bristol. Customers rave about the efficiency of owner April Davis and her team. One happy reviewer says, “If you want your vehicle detailed and want it done right, Bubblez is the place to go.”

2nd: Blue Hills Car Wash, Roanoke, 540-491-9060 3rd: Brandon Car Wash, Roanoke, 540-682-4955

Caterer 1st: Center Stage Catering 17 Claiborne Ave., Rocky Mount, 540-489-7827

Center Stage Catering is a local, family-owned company that has been delighting clients with from-scratch cuisine for more than two decades. The emphasis is on employee empowerment, hospitality, and focused delivery of fresh and healthy food. With a highly-skilled, expertly trained culinary team, you’ll be dazzled by the service and products.

2nd: Checkered Pig Barbecue, Martinsville, 276-632-1161 3rd: Catering by Catherine, Abingdon, 276-525-4415

Mountain biker and Cardinal Bicycle community outreach coordinator Rob Issem.

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Having recently expanded to New England, Concord Wealth Partners now has four offices, three of which are in Virginia. The firm offers holistic services “that go above and beyond traditional planning.” The professionals at Concord each have different specialties, so you can be sure that any and all of your financial needs will be met.

2nd: David Mullins Wealth Management, Richlands, 276-345-4821 3rd: Evans Financial Services, Marion, 276-781-7856

Funeral Home 1st: Bradley’s Funeral Home 938 N. Main St., Marion, 276-783-1019

Though the original estate was built in 1925, Bradley’s Funeral Home opened in 1999. The staff are very committed to performing their jobs well while also making sure that families feel comfortable and cared for throughout the grieving processes. The funeral home has a chapel that seats 300 people and in 2015, an on-site crematory was added to the estate.

1st: Patrick K. Moore, PC Locations in Blacksburg, Radford, 540-953-1100

Cardinal Bicycle, famous throughout Southwest Virginia, is all about bicycle culture, wherever your ride takes you. Owner Steve Jones advocates for smart bike maintenance and a thorough inspection before your next ride, especially if you and your bike require a little dusting off. His suggestions include:

1st: Concord Wealth Partners 955 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-5910

Law Firm

Top tips for a safe riding season.

Check that the wheels are secure in the frame and fork. Be sure levers and bolts are secure. Spin wheels to ensure they spin straight and without resistance.

Financial Planning Firm

2nd: Castlewood Funeral Home, 276-762-0764 3rd: Oakey’s Funeral Service & Crematory, Locations in Roanoke, Vinton, 540-982-2100

Smart Cycling

Inflate tires according to the pressure range indicated on the tire the night before a ride to detect any slow leaks. Inspect rubber for cracks and dry rot.


The law office of Patrick K. Moore, PC, has been serving the New River and Roanoke Valleys for more than 25 years. Moore himself graduated from Virginia Tech and knows the community well. The law firm specializes in business law, real estate, and estate planning.

Roll the bike along and pull each brake lever independently. Each should be able to fully stop the wheel. Make sure the bike chain is clean and lubed. Clean it with a degreaser and keep it moving smoothly with a bicycle-

specific chain lube (not WD-40, Jones cautions.) Check that the handlebar, stem, seat-post, and saddle are secure.

2nd: Bolling & Hearl, Locations in Abingdon, Richlands, 276-676-2022 3rd: Gentry Locke, Roanoke, 540-983-9300



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Best Shopping Antiques 1st: Black Dog Salvage 902 13th St. SW, Roanoke, 540-343-6200

For nearly 25 years, Black Dog Salvage has been revitalizing architectural salvage, yielding an expansive inventory that constantly changes. In the market for an antique fireplace? Black Dog probably has 100. How about a Louis XVI chair that needs a little love? Check, and it’s ripe for an enthusiastic DIY-er. Now a bonafide lifestyle brand, the Black Dog empire is worth a visit.

2nd: Blue Ridge Antique Center, Wirtz, 540-483-2362 3rd: Antiques on Main, Christiansburg Facebook: Antiques On Main, 540-381-0539

Book Store 1st: Appalachian Books 716 Park Ave. NW, Norton, 276-679-3290

This secondhand bookshop in the heart of downtown Norton will excite booklovers as well as deal-lovers. Used book bundles are a steal at $20 (from mystery, to literary fiction, to nonfiction). The store’s occasionally visiting dog, Frankie, is sure to make you smile while shopping.

2nd: Too Many Books, Roanoke, 540-985-6469 3rd: Books and Crannies, Martinsville, 276-403-4380

Consignment Shop

Fine Jewelry Store

1st: BloomingDeals 275 Franklin St., Rocky Mount Facebook: BloomingDeals, 540-814-0694

1st: Goodman Jewelers 108 E. Main St., Abingdon GoodmanJewelers.Biz, 276-676-3110

2nd: Sprout Consignment, Abingdon, 276-206-8941 3rd: New To Me Consignment Boutique, Roanoke, 540-982-2022

2nd: Fink’s Jewelers, Roanoke, 540-342-2991 3rd: Haywood’s Jewelers, Locations in Hardy, Rocky Mount, 540-721-2210

BloomingDeals was born in 2014 out of a desire to destigmatize bargain, thrift, and consignment store shopping and has become a kind of community general store over the years, offering not only clothes but also shoes, jewelry, and home decor. Prices are very reasonable and at the end of each season, the store donates to churches and women’s shelters.

Goodman Jewelers is an independent, family-owned store specializing in custom design with an emphasis on bridal jewelry. Located in a 19thcentury building in historic Abingdon, Goodman has a showroom with a wide range of items, including fashion sterling silver, colored gemstones, pearls, gold fashion, diamond fashion pieces, and wedding jewelry.

Roanoke’s Black Dog Salvage The road from salvage store to lifestyle brand. Sure, you could call it a salvage business, but that doesn’t tell the whole story of Black Dog Salvage. It all began in 1999, when Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside bonded over the pending demolition of a local historic home. They made an offer to rescue its architectural treasures, sparing them from the wrecking ball. And with that, Black Dog Salvage was born. The journey from architectural salvage


store to lifestyle brand has been a roller coaster. Although it began with salvaged and upcycled items, Black Dog Salvage (BDS) now includes an interior design showroom, a monthly marketplace for local artists and vendors, known as the Dog Bowl Market, a furniture design studio, a line of furniture and furniture paint, a vacation rental property—The Stone House—and an event venue, also called The Dog Bowl.

There was also a little thing called a reality television show. The series Salvage Dawgs, featuring the BDS band of talented salvagers, ran on the DIY Network from 2012-2019. In more than 143 episodes, the affable Kulp and Whiteside and their team make tearing apart old houses and barns, well, riveting. You can still catch episodes of Salvage Dawgs on streaming services. Black Dog Salvage regularly pops up on Trips Advisors’ list of most popular things to do in Roanoke, and Salvage Dawgs attracts visitors from far outside the region. But BDS

customers don’t fit neatly in a demographic. A passerby may be drawn in, curious to discover what’s inside the yellow 40,000-square-foot warehouse on the edge of Roanoke’s historic Grandin Village. Builders and renovators, DIY types, and shoppers looking for something they don’t know they need are all in the mix. On weekends, BDS attracts families strolling the neighborhood, looking for a diversion. BDS’s real dogs, Molly May and Stella, are usually on hand as official greeters. Customers can bring their own leashed and friendly canines. Most recently the Black Dog Salvage podcast has been added to the mix. Each episode features a special guest, a “DIY Top Tip,” and a look behind the scenes of a Salvage Dawgs episode.

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Robert Kulp and Mike Whiteside. Left: Black Dog Salvage’s showroom.


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Gwynn Hamilton


Flower Fields

Business is blooming at Stonecrop Farm. Imagine fields of snapdragons and dahlias and tulips and ranunculus—a rainbow of color as far as your eyes can see. Lucky for Gwynn Hamilton and Bert Webster, that’s their view nearly all year long. At Stonecrop Farm in rural Newport, Hamilton and Webster grow countless

Florist Shop 1st: George’s Flowers 1953 Franklin Rd., Roanoke, 540-981-0900

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Founded in 1981, George’s Flowers is an iconic Roanoke business with a distinctly European influence. Its key to success has been staying current with industry trends and taking inspiration from everything. George’s works closely with the community to service any and all celebrations or events and proudly gives Roanoke the best floral arrangements around.

2nd: Flowers By Jones, Rocky Mount, 540-483-5547 3rd: Flowers on Main, Tazewell Facebook: @FlowersOnMainTazewell, 276-979-4006

Gift Store 1st: chocolatepaper 308-3 Market St., Roanoke, 540-342-6061

A family-owned and operated business, chocolatepaper is a local favorite

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flowers to satisfy the appetite for blooms throughout Virginia’s New River Valley. In spring, Hamilton says, the farm is awash in tulips and ranunculus. “Then we move into wildflowers and, toward summer, it’s larkspur, rudbeckia, and snapdragons,” she explains. Lisianthus and a rainbow of dahlias

for buying gifts, home accessories, and decorative items. Located at the Roanoke City Market, chocolatepaper offers the best selection of gourmet treats, greeting cards, artistic decor, and the coolest gifts imaginable. Check out its sister store, Mongrel, in Richmond.

come next, along with zinnias and sunflowers. The list goes on, with a few heirloom vegetables thrown in for good measure. “Bert has the farming background, and I was an art major in college,” says Hamilton. Now, she creates artful bouquets and flower arrangements almost every day. A new breed of farmer florists, Stonecrop Farm grows responsibly managed, seasonal cut flowers available through Blacksburg’s Sugar Magnolia and the city’s Farmers Market. “Each of our bouquets is different,” Hamilton says. “Other places usually have a formula and follow a specific recipe”—three pink tulips, four ranunculus, six daffodils. They all look alike. “We take the time and let our designers be creative and follow their instincts.” The Stonecrop team works to create arrangements suitable for the table or altar. And events—especially weddings—are a big part of their business. The farm also sells flower shares through

munity and the personal attention provided to every client.

2nd: Blakley-Mitchell Co., Bristol, 276-669-0116 3rd: Ernie Sullins Clothing, Multiple locations, 276-644-3900

2nd: Between Friends, Tazewell Facebook: @BetweenFriend, 276-988-8235 3rd: Sugar Magnolia, Locations in Blacksburg, Roanoke, 540-739-3724

Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

Men’s Clothing Store

Clinch Life Outfitters meets the need for specialized outdoor recreation clothing and gear. Here you’ll find the perfect jackets, shoes, and pants for hunting, hiking, and fishing. The store not only offers 24-hour kayak rentals but also guided tours along the Clinch River. Live bait is also available for purchase along with rods and reels.

1st: Davidsons 2 locations in Roanoke, 540-343-3734

Larry Davidson is the third generation of his family to operate the business, which was founded in 1910. Davidsons specializes in gentlemen’s sportswear, business attire, and formal wear, with a strong emphasis on custom clothing and special orders. Davidsons takes pride in strong longterm relationships with the com-

1st: Clinch Life Outfitters 3022 5th Ave., St. Paul, 276-608-6907

seasonal subscriptions. And thanks to a partnership with Moon Hollow Brewing in Blacksburg, workshops in flower arranging are now part of the farm’s lineup. “We fill the room with buckets of flowers, and our designers are there to help and guide participants,” says Hamilton. This year, Stonecrop flower workshops are on April 21, Aug. 4, and Oct. 6. “Mother Nature is always throwing us curve balls,” says Hamilton, “but we delight in something new and exciting every week.” She adds that they’ve even managed to discover an extra silver lining while immersed in all those flowers: “We’re happy to know we’ve been able to boost people’s spirit these last two years.”

Women’s Clothing Store 1st: Urban Gypsy 1320 Grandin Rd. SW, Roanoke, 540-400-8552

A boutique located in the Historic Grandin Village in Roanoke, Urban Gypsy was established in 2010. Offering offer a relaxed and friendly shopping experience and a large selection of specialty women’s, men’s, children’s, home, and pet products, Urban Gypsy showcases a wide variety of unique and accessible brands—from jewelry to dresses to decor.

2nd: Hey Helen, Floyd, 540-745-4307 3rd: Forget-Me-Not, Abingdon Facebook: @ForgetMeNotAbingdon, 276-628-2700

2nd: Blue Ridge Outfitters, Marion, 276-378-5184 3rd: Mast General Store, Roanoke, 540-566-5661



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What's your VA IQ? Take our quiz and test your knowledge of the Commonwealth.


What luxury resort has the distinction of being “America’s First” dating to 1766 and is nestled in the scenic Allegheny Mountains?


Virginia boasts the longest stretch of this hiker’s paradise, which traverses 14 states over 2,193 miles and welcomes more than three million visitors each year.



Based in a town that rhymes with Havana, this festival—now in its 65th year—celebrates one popular bivalve and features a fireman’s parade, music, craft vendors, and great food.

15. This Abingdon theater first opened

during the Great Depression and allowed patrons who were short on cash to trade fresh produce for tickets.

20. This theme park, located near

Secretariat’s birthplace, just added Virginia’s first 4-D “Spin Coaster,” Tumbili.

21. This Virginia Beach hotel boasts the

nation’s first in-hotel distillery, known as Tarnished Truth Distilling Company.

10. You can make like a paratrooper at

this high-flying entertainment center, with outposts in Virginia Beach and Ashburn.

An oversized puzzle piece lets you know you’ve arrived at this playful museum in Richmond.

4. Though this resort is best known

for its skiing, you can also practice your golf swing here with a view of the mountains.

This popular performing arts venue in Vienna was founded on a working farm owned by Catherine Filene Shouse.

6. This long-standing Richmond

jeweler got its start in the 1890s making timepieces for railroad workers as the city became a major transportation hub.



The name of this Alexandria cidery will make you think of the children’s story, Peter Pan. Once known as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Science, this art museum was renamed shortly after 1971 in honor of a donor.

11. The name of this Rappahannock

River restaurant is a play off the French word mer meaning "sea" and a term used in winemaking—terroir.

12. Located in the heart of Cape Charles,

on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, this former 1941 movie house is now the area’s performing arts hub.

13. This festival celebrates a sweet sap

that comes from trees, usually served with pancakes. Yes, Virginia, we make it here, too.

14. Looking for a good book? You’ll find

more than 500,000 of them in this Mount Crawford store, just south of Harrisonburg—and you’ll save a lot of “green.”

16. This Bristol destination celebrates

22. You can see the Concorde and the

17. Named for its city, this hotel in the

23. This town in Loudoun County hasn’t

some of America’s earliest recorded country music.

state’s Southwest region was built by the Norfolk and Western Railroad in 1882 to accommodate travelers.

18. The second oldest college in the nation

is located in this historic Virginia town, a tourist favorite.

19. This burger chain—now with

locations nationwide—got its start in Fairfax. It’s known for great fries and, if you ask, they’ll give you plenty of peanuts to shell.

Meet the illustrator:

Daniel Long

To capture each of Virginia’s five regions, we turned to illustrator Daniel Long, whose work is heavily influenced by the natural world. Based in Norfolk (the other one, in the UK), Long starts each new project with “lots of pencil sketches” before he turns to Photoshop and finalizes the artwork using “layers and layers of vector shapes.” Long’s use of texture and shading gives each illustration depth, intensity, and an organic feel.


Space Shuttle Discovery at this museum in Northern Virginia.

changed much since it was founded in 1733. At the local grocery store, you might see the owner using a spinning wheel.

24. For one week every April, Virginia hosts

“America’s Largest Open House” with homes and gardens across the state open for tours. What’s it called?

25. This luxury resort in Middleburg was

founded by Sheila Johnson, who also co-founded the BET network.

ANSWERS 1. The Omni Homestead 2. The Appalachian Trail 3. The Children’s Museum of Richmond 4. Wintergreen Resort 5. Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts 6. Schwarzschild Jewelers 7. Lost Boy Cider 8. Chrysler Museum of Art 9. Urbanna Oyster Festival 10. iFly 11. Merroir 12. Historic Palace Theatre 13. Highland County Maple Festival 14. Green Valley Book Fair 15. Barter Theatre 16. Birthplace of Country Music Museum 17. The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center 18. Williamsburg 19. Five Guys 20. Kings Dominion 21. The Historic Cavalier Hotel and Beach Club 22. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center 23. Waterford 24. Historic Garden Week 25. Salamander Resort & Spa



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