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WELCOME TO THE 13TH EDITION of Best of Virginia, where you— our readers—voted for Virginia’s best of the best. Take a trip throughout our five regions, where you’ll find the top winners in 106 distinct categories. Whether you’re on the prowl for a new pediatrician or pizzeria, we’ve got you covered.

This year, we were ready to break some records. Let’s talk numbers: You’ll see nearly 1,600 winners listed here all from over the state, taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place—from the majestic mountains of the Shenandoah Valley to the sandy coastlines of Tidewater. And our biggest record-breaker? YOU! You racked up nearly 600,000 votes for your favorites across the state—the resorts, burgers, and chocolatiers you love. The abundance of categories and winners in all regions makes it clear: Virginia rules. Your top flower farms joined the lineup this year, along with community supported agriculture programs.

Discover the best eateries, breweries, lawyers, and restaurants. Ice cream shops were all the rage among our voters in three

regions: Central, Eastern, and the Shenandoah Valley. Other top vote-getters include bakeries in Central, seafood restaurants in Eastern, tourist attractions in the Shenandoah Valley, pizzerias and coffee shops/ roasters in Southwest, and breweries and wineries in Northern.

Thanks to all our voters who helped smash our previous records, and to the entire Virginia Living team. This is a project we are proud to present to you. Enjoy discovering the Best of Virginia!


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NOTE: We checked all of the businesses and events to the best of our ability and believe they are all open, or open seasonally, as of publication. Please check websites or call ahead to understand any limitations or exceptions.

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Ȫ Asian Restaurant

Ȫ Barbecue Restaurant

Ȫ Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Ȫ Burger Joint

Ȫ Caterer

Ȫ Coffee Shop or Roaster

Ȫ Fine Dining

Ȫ Food Truck

Ȫ Ice Cream Shop

Ȫ Indian Restaurant

Ȫ Italian Restaurant

Ȫ Mexican Restaurant

Ȫ Outdoor Dining

Ȫ Pizzeria

Ȫ Sandwich Shop

Ȫ Seafood Restaurant

Ȫ Steakhouse

Ȫ Vegan, Vegetarian, or Gluten Free Fare


Ȫ Bakery

Ȫ Chocolatier

Ȫ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) *

Ȫ Farmers Market

Ȫ Specialty/Gourmet Food Shop

Ȫ Wine Shop

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Ȫ Annual Charity Event

Ȫ Art Event

Ȫ Art Gallery

Ȫ Entertainment Center for Adults

Ȫ Festival


Ȫ Movie Theater

Ȫ Museum

Ȫ Music Venue

Ȫ Performing Arts Company

Ȫ Performing Arts Theater

Ȫ Special Event Venue


Ȫ Dog Groomer

Ȫ Dog Training Company

Ȫ Pet Boarding/Day Care

Ȫ Veterinary Hospital


Ȫ Family Entertainment

Ȫ K-12 Independent School

Ȫ Preschool

Ȫ Summer Camp


Ȫ Bed & Breakfast

Ȫ Historic Site

Ȫ Hotel

Ȫ Resort

Ȫ State Park

Ȫ Tourist Attraction


Ȫ Dance Studio

Ȫ Golf Course

Ȫ Gym

Ȫ Specialty Fitness Ȫ Tennis Facility


Ȫ Chiropractic Practice

Ȫ Counseling or Therapy Practice

Ȫ Dental Practice

Ȫ Eye Doctor

Ȫ Hospital

Ȫ Obstetrics and/or Gynecology Practice

Ȫ Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice

Ȫ Orthodontic Practice

Ȫ Orthopedic Practice

Ȫ Pediatric Practice

Ȫ Physical Therapy Practice

Ȫ Primary Care Practice


Ȫ Barber Shop *

Ȫ Cosmetic Surgery Practice

Ȫ Dermatology Practice

Ȫ Hair Salon *

Ȫ Spa


Ȫ Architecture Firm

Ȫ Greenhouse and Nursery

Ȫ Home Builder

Ȫ Home Furnishings Store

Ȫ Interior Design Firm

Ȫ Kitchen & Bath Design Firm

Ȫ Landscape Design

Ȫ Plumbing/HVAC Company

Ȫ Real Estate Firm

Ȫ Retirement Community


Ȫ Accounting Firm

Ȫ Auction Company

Ȫ Bank/Credit Union

Ȫ Car Dealer

Ȫ Car Wash

Ȫ Financial Planning Firm

Ȫ Funeral Home

Ȫ Law Firm


Ȫ Antiques

Ȫ Bookstore

Ȫ Consignment Shop

Ȫ Fine Jewelry Store

Ȫ Florist Shop

Ȫ Flower Farm *

Ȫ Gift Store

Ȫ Men’s Clothing Store

Ȫ Record Store

Ȫ Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter

Ȫ Women’s Clothing Store

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Central Virginia is home to the dynamic cities of Richmond, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Petersburg, and Lynchburg. Steeped in history, the region is also home to a thriving arts and cultural scene, with galleries, theaters, music venues, plus restaurants and food festivals worth checking out.


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Mekong Restaurant

6004 W. Broad St., Richmond, 804-288-8929

Richmond’s Vietnamese gem beckons with authentic delights. Renowned for its mouthwatering dishes, including the irresistible pan-fried dumplings and an extensive range of pho, Mekong has solidified its place as a beloved local eatery. Beyond its culinary excellence, the restaurant uniquely blends Vietnamese comfort foods with an impressive selection of American craft and Belgian beers, offering patrons a pleasing fusion of flavors.

Peter Chang, Richmond, 804-728-1820

Fat Dragon Chinese Kitchen & Bar, Richmond, 804-354-9888


ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque

3201 W. Moore St., Richmond, 804-528-5648

This noteworthy barbecue joint is celebrated for its aromatic dishes, including expertly crafted brisket and pulled pork. Locals and visitors alike are drawn to the unique twist ZZQ brings to traditional barbecue, with standout items filling even the Sides menu, notably their cavatappi mac and cheese. The eatery pulls diners into Richmond’s diverse culinary scene, offering a distinctive experience for those seeking well-executed barbecue.

Buz and Ned's Real Barbeque, Richmond, 804-346-4227

The Barbeque Exchange LLC, Gordonsville, 540-832-0227


Bodo's Bagels 1418 Emmet St., Charlottesville, 434-293-5224

Bodo’s buzzes with a constant stream of customers. Celebrated for their daily, inhouse baked bagels, the establishment is known to impress even New Yorkers. The menu also features housemade cream cheese and a variety of salads and sandwiches. Their breakfast sandwiches are a crowd favorite. Complementing the delicious fare are coffee, tea, and fruit juices. Joe's Inn, Richmond, 804-355-2282

SB's Lakeside Love Shack, Richmond, 804-922-2371


Smyrna offers health-improving traditional tastes with a twist.

Want to live a longer, healthier life? The World Health Organization says adopting a traditional Mediterranean diet—one high in fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, olive oil, herbs, spices, nuts, and seeds—can drastically reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. At downtown Charlottesville’s acclaimed new eatery, Smyrna, owner-chef Tarik Sengul helps you make the leap, minus the comestible learning curve. There he dishes up what he calls “traditional Anatolian cuisine using Appalachian ingredients and modern techniques.” Delight your taste buds with heart-healthy bites like house-made Manti dumplings stuffed with dehydrated heirloom tomatoes, locally grown mushrooms and fresh herbs served over a bed of garlic yogurt and pepper butter.


Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint

Multiple locations, 804-285-1758

This bar and burger hotspot existed in the imaginations of its founders many years before it opened its first location in Harrisonburg in 2013. Striving for the vibe of a “basement bar,” the burger joint has now surpassed its dreams with locations in six states serving 100 percent American Wagyu beef, deep-fried Oreos, and many, many varieties of beer.

Five Guys, Multiple locations, 866-345-4897

Burger Bach, Multiple locations, 804-359-1305


MOSAIC Catering + Events

3001 Cutshaw Ave., Richmond, 804-525-2190

MOSAIC combines over two decades of industry expertise with youthful creativity. As a one-stop solution, it handles everything from event planning to catering, design, rentals, and lighting. The diverse team, comprised of designers, foodies,



Stella’s 1012 Lafayette St., Richmond, 804-358-2011

Stella’s is a culinary haven of contemporary Greek delights. The restaurant’s chic ambiance sets the stage for a dining experience that transcends the ordinary. Fresh ingredients breathe life into authentic Greek flavors, with must-try dishes like Stella’s Crabcakes. A standout favorite, the Roasted Leg of Lamb, enraptures patrons’ tastebuds, while the engaging waitstaff and charismatic bartenders infuse personality into the dining experience.

L'Opossum, Richmond, 804-918-6028

Portico Restaurant & Bar, Richmond, 804-784-4800


River City Wood Fire 2300 Genito Rd., Powhatan

and more, promises a unique and wellcoordinated experience. Also known for its delicious cuisine, MOSAIC’s catering elevates the local culinary scene.

Homemades by Suzanne, Ashland, 804-798-8331

Exchange Events & Catering, Gordonsville, 540-832-0227


Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Company

Multiple locations, 804-687-9443

This roasting company stands out in Virginia’s coffee scene with three welcoming cafes. Sip on its acclaimed blends, such as Blanchard’s Blend, Dark as Dark, and El Obraje, known for their smooth, nonbitter taste. The modern setting of the cafés is elevated by the bright and friendly character in the air emanating from the décor, staff’s attitude, and charming latte art.

Lamplighter Coffee Roasters, Richmond, 804-728-2292

The Local Cup, Mechanicsville, 804-277-3689

Patrons of this well-kept foodie secret rave about the Scott’s Addition barbecue chicken pizza and the homemade spicy honey dipping sauce. The use of sourdough crust adds a unique touch to their creations, achieving an ideal balance of chew and char. With cozy seating, the attentive staff and superior ingredients make this wood-fired gem a mustvisit, earning it high praise and a loyal following.

Christopher's Runaway Gourmay Richmond 804-399-7197

Boka Tako, Richmond, 804-928-2652


Gelati Celesti Ice Cream

Multiple locations, 804-320-0000

At this ice cream destination, tradition meets innovation. Using Italian equipment to achieve excellence in the flavor mixing process, they boast options like chocolate decadence and creamy almond amaretto. Beyond the rich offerings, the cheerful and friendly atmosphere shines through at each visit, making Gelati Celesti an adored local favorite.

Ruby Scoops, Richmond, 804-912-1320

Carl's Frozen Custard, Fredericksburg

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11800 W. Broad St. Suite 910, Richmond, 804-364-1111

This stylish haunt blends traditional Indian dishes with a contemporary twist. The eatery charms with a California-style outdoor area and a wine cellar. Complemented by a diverse menu featuring entree delights like Duck Salli Boti and dessert specialties like Lehja’s Signature Pistachio Kulfi, it’s an atmosphere suited to both business and private dinners.

Lemon Cuisine of India, Richmond, 804-204-1800

Anokha Restaurant, Richmond Anokha.US, 804-360-8686


Edo’s Squid

441 N. Harrison St., Richmond, 804-864-5488

Tucked in an unconventional staircase entrance, Edo’s Squid is a hidden gem, a well-kept secret for those who know and love it. Despite its small and cozy setup, this restaurant boasts a big reputation for bold flavors. From the tangy arugula salad to the crispy fried squid and tantalizing puttanesca, Edo’s Squid delivers a culinary experience that’s as unique as its hidden entrance.

The Grapevine, Richmond, 804-440-9100

Mama Cucina, Glen Allen, 804-346-3350


Mexico Restaurant

Multiple locations, 804-559-8126

This vibrant local chain brings a taste of Central America right to Central Virginia. Its extensive menu, serving about every Mexican dish one can think of, caters to every craving. Try signature dishes like Avocado Fries and Chori Pollo or unwind with inventive margaritas like the Choco Strawberry and Irish Blush, delivering a punch of flavor in a lively atmosphere.

Mi Jalisco Family Mexican Restaurant Midlothian, 804-325-3920

En Su Boca Taqueria Y Cantina, Richmond, 804-359-0768


Portico Restaurant & Bar 12506 River Rd., Richmond, 804-784-4800

Portico exudes the charm of Italy in a cottage setting. A stone terrace scattered with blanket-laden benches surrounds a fireplace amid fragrant herbs. The small kitchen crafts an Italian-inspired menu paired with curated wines. Renowned for transforming both dinner and brunch settings with enchanting outdoor dining under the stars or sun, Portico captivates patrons with its garden oasis, Sunday brunch, and valet parking.

The Boathouse, Multiple locations, 804-616-4222

Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, 540-456-8020


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

The artisanal pizza experience at Bottoms Up Pizza knows no bounds in terms of creativity. With a medley of red, white, and specialty sauces and a variety of toppings, diners can customize their pizzas or savor signature creations. One menu item that catches the eye is the Chesapeake, a pizza adorned with fresh crab meat and Old Bay seasoning.

Mary Angela's Pizzeria, Richmond, 804-353-2333

8 1/2, Richmond, 804-788-0812



Two friends turned a holiday baking tradition into a hit gourmet snack lineup

Gretchen Japhet and Susan Taliaferro had a longstanding tradition of giving home-baked snack crackers and trail mixes as fun holiday gifts. The munchies were legendary among friends and family, but a child’s 2017 proclamation—”You guys should go into business!”—inspired the duo to up the ante.

“We looked at one another and said, ‘You know, why not?’” says Japhet, an educational consultant by profession.

The friends dove in headfirst. They researched packaging logistics, designed labels, built a website, and transformed Japhet’s home kitchen into a certified production area. They tested recipes and developed a five-flavor fleet of staples like garlic and herb, picante, and cinnamon twist. Sending samples to gourmet markets established a near-immediate following.

Now, Must Have Munchies can be found at nine retailers across five states—including Richmond’s Libbie Market, Idle Hands Bakery, and Yellow Umbrella, as well as Cross Brothers Grocery in Ashland.


5706 Grove Ave. Suite 100, Richmond, 804-362-0504

This shop invites patrons to “taste the good life” with each delicious bite. Pair their Virginian sandwich with a chocolate chip cookie for the quintessential sandwich shop meal. The bright and casual atmosphere sets the stage for a culinary experience that embodies TASTE’s commitment to elevating everyday moments with good food and a welcoming spirit.

Boychik’s Deli, Glen Allen, 804-747-1030

Bodo's Bagels, Multiple locations, 434-293-5224


The Boathouse

Multiple locations, 804-616-4222

This Virginia seafood staple delights palates with signature dishes like succulent fried oysters, perfectly seared Atlantic salmon, and classic crab cakes. The range of dishes provides diners with a taste of coastal culinary excellence. Beyond the menu, it’s a sought-after venue for special events, making it a top choice for unforgettable occasions like weddings and birthdays.

Edo's Squid, Richmond, 804-864-5488

Rappahannock, Richmond, 804-545-0565


Buckhead's 8510 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 804-750-2000

This chophouse is renowned for its variety of steak offerings and indulgent lobster bisque. The restaurant provides a calm and intimate atmosphere, ideal for those seeking a romantic dining experience. With a focus on quality cuts, it caters to a range of tastes, making it a go-to spot for those looking for an anniversary meal or simply a great cut of steak.

The Tobacco Company Restaurant, Richmond, 804-782-9555

Hondos Steak House, Glen Allen, 804-968-4323


Blue Atlas

1000 Carlisle Ave. Suite 200, Richmond, 804-554-0258

Blue Atlas embraces global culinary traditions with a diverse menu inspired by worldwide flavors. Centering sustainability, the restaurant highlights vegetables as the star of its dishes, reflecting a commitment to a more eco-friendly dining future. The clean eating experience includes vegan and gluten-free Cachapas, vegetarian Georgian Flatbread, and gluten-free Opera Cake.

Goatocado, Richmond, 804-464-8226

Pinky's, Richmond, 804-802-4716

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Shyndigz 1912 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-938-3449

At Shyndigz, sweetness intertwines with culinary artistry. This bakery transcends desserts, offering savory delights alongside a gift emporium. The scrumptious menu is enriched by daily specials showcased on the monthly flyer. Among the standout sweet treats are the Raspberry Blackout Cake and Blackberry Lime Cake, complemented by the menu’s housemade ice cream.

Sub Rosa Bakery, Richmond, 804-788-7672

Westhampton Pastry Shop, Richmond 804-282-4413


For the Love of Chocolate

3136 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-359-5645

When facing a candy craving, this is a one-stop shop to find nearly every conceivable sweet treat. Acclaimed for its extensive range, For the Love of Chocolate houses exquisite chocolates from Belgium, Ghana, Vietnam, and local Virginia chocolatiers. With a variety of international delights and classic favorites, it’s the ultimate destination for any sweet tooth.

Gearharts Fine Chocolates, Charlottesville, 434-972-9100

River City Chocolate, Midlothian, 804-350-1384


Agriberry Farm and CSA 6289 River Rd., Hanover, 804-537-0448

Seasonal eating grows an intimate connection between consumers and nature’s bounty at this CSA in Hanover. Led by the skilled Geyers and partner farmers, they navigate the whims of weather to deliver fresh, locally-grown fruit. Through weekly shares, members embark on a flavorful journey, embracing diversity while savoring the richness of the mid-Atlantic region. Their flexible share options cater to households of all sizes.

Bellair Farm, Charlottesville, 434-244-0325

Seasonal Roots, Richmond, 833-524-0954


Charlottesville’s newest winery is well worth a visit.

Paul and Diane Manning had lived in the Keswick area for decades, loved its horse and fox hunt culture, and were longtime fixtures at the Keswick Hunt Club. When they bought historic Castalia Farm in 2013—an 800acre estate in the Cismont Hills once owned by Meriwether Lewis—prominent friends like Barboursville winemaker Luca Paschina urged them to found a vineyard.

Fast forward eight years and Southwest Mountains Vineyards is the latest addition to the Monticello American Viticultural Area, which Wine Enthusiast named its 2023 Wine Region of the Year.

Paschina, Veritas winemaker Emily Hodson, and revered viticultural consultant Carl Tinder provided guidance for planting 72 acres of vines in 2016 that include chardonnay, viognier, merlot, petit verdot, cabernet franc, petit manseng, and Gruner Vertliner grapes. Famed South African winemaker Boela Gerber was recently named SMV’s head winemaker, and eight Southwest vintages medaled at the 2023 Virginia Governor’s Cup, with its 2021 Petit Verdot taking gold. This year it was recognized for its 2021 cab franc and petit manseng.

The vineyard’s new tasting room opened this past November and does not disappoint. It’s housed in a stunningly renovated, 12,500-square-foot pole barn that dates to 1903. The sprawling, two-level affair boasts soaring tongue-and-groove ceilings with exposed beams and rafters; massive wrought iron chandeliers; arched windows with incredible vineyard views; supple leather sofas; natural-edge wooden barstools and tables; landscaped stone terraces; and a grandiose stone fireplace. An on-site restaurant helmed by former Maya executive chef Gregory Lewis rounds out the package, serving elegant charcuterie boards, salads, and small plates.


RVA Big Market

4308 Hermitage Rd., Richmond, 804-513-3100

RVA Big Market invites you to a spirited gathering of local treasures. Explore a medley of handmade goods, fresh produce, and artisanal treats, including donuts, crab cakes, and more. Music fills the air as dogs stroll with their owners, adding to the convivial atmosphere. These community celebrations are a foothold for local craftsmanship and flavors.

Charlottesville City Market, Charlottesville, 434-970-3371

Pole Green Produce, Mechanicsville Facebook: Pole Green Produce, 804-730-7732



Yellow Umbrella Provisions

5607 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 804-282-9591

Find an array of sustainably sourced artisanal products originating from destinations both near and far. The marketplace hosts a curated selection of fresh produce, gourmet treats, and unique provisions—from Isigny Sainte-Mere butter to produce straight from a Hanover farm. With experiences like their Perfect Wine Pairing Dinners, Yellow Umbrella fosters a sense of community for local foodies.

Stella's Grocery, Richmond, 804-358-0020

Foods Of All Nations, Charlottesville, 434-296-6131


Barrel Thief Wine & Provisions 5805 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 804-612-9232

In the heart of Westhampton, Barrel Thief beckons wine enthusiasts. Embraced by locals, it offers a thorough wine shopping experience with its vast array of wines from near and far regions at varied price points. The shop is celebrated for its friendly staff and personalized service. Whether seeking a specific bottle or exploring new options, patrons rediscover the joy of wine-hunting here.

Once Upon a Vine, Richmond, 804-726-9463

J. Emerson, Inc., Richmond, 804-285-8011

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

2410 Ownby Ln., Richmond, 804-420-2420

This craft beer embraces a mission to “brew with purpose.” Their commitment extends beyond exceptional brews, with a focus on environmental stewardship and local sourcing. Renowned for its sustainability efforts, Virginia Roots series of drinks, and strong local ties, Hardywood not only quenches your thirst but also champions a responsible and communitydriven approach to brewing.

Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, 540-456-8020

Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Roseland, 434-361-1001


Bold Rock Hard Cider

Multiple locations, 434-361-1030

Bold Rock’s cideries dot the picturesque Virginia landscape, offering scenic vistas of mountains to complement the cidertasting experience. Explore a variety of cider flavors with curated flights to pair with delectable food options. Its kid-friendly choices make it an ideal destination for families looking to blend delicious flavors with unbeatable natural scenery.

Blue Bee Cider, Richmond, 804-231-0280

Buskey Cider, Richmond, 804-355-0100


The Jasper 3113 W. Cary St., Richmond


The Jasper’s old-school charm greets patrons at the door, offering artisanal cocktails and snacks. Known for its reasonable prices, especially during Happy Hour, patrons relish handcrafted cocktails like the outstanding Negroni and menu highlights such as the buttery bourbon Swan Song cocktail and the Lux Manhattan. This bar’s cozy, retro vibes inspire visitors to stay for a drink or two or three.

The Alley Light, Charlottesville, 434-296-5003

The Lobby Bar at Quirk Hotel, Richmond, 804-340-6050


These spots deliver some of the state’s best fries.

n the hunt for crispy, fried potato goodness? Say no more. This trio of eateries offer scrumptious takes on America’s favorite side.

Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen—Originally opened in 1961 then rebooted in 2014, this downtown gem is nothing short of a Richmond institution. You’ll find its famed Schlubby Fries high on a menu filled with creative takes on Jewish staples like latkes, knishes, rugelach, and kugels.

Schlubby Fries, you ask? Don’t let the name fool you. This gastronomical treasure brings a heaping tray of perfectly crisped, natural cut taters slathered in creamy havarti and dill cheese, house-cured pastrami, Russian dressing, pickled jalapeños, chopped pickled peppers, and onions. Delish!

Brickhouse Run—What may be the Commonwealth’s most authentic Old-World-style English pub sits in the heart of old town Petersburg off cobblestoned historic Cockade Alley


Belle Isle Moonshine 615 Maury St., Richmond, 804-723-1030

This moonshine distillery has a reputation for one-of-a-kind creations. Savor the signature Belle Isle Black Label, the fiery Belle Isle Honey Habanero, and the convenient Belle Isle Canned Cocktails. Their extensive lineup blends enticing flavors like lavender, lemon, peppermint, mango, pear, and more. Visit their tasting room in Richmond to experience the craft and artistry of moonshine like never before.

Three Crosses Distilling Co., Powhatan, 804-818-6330

Cirrus Vodka, Richmond, 804-495-1148


Trump Winery

385 Albemarle House Dr., Charlottesville, 434-266-9909

Nestled amid scenic vines, trees, and expansive grounds, this is one of the largest wineries on the East Coast. With the leadership of master winemaker Jonathan Wheeler, the winery redefines perceptions of Virginia viticulture. Each year, its wines garner acclaim, renowned for customer-favorite bottles like the Sparkling Rosé. Whether visiting the Tasting Room or savoring award-winning wines at home, wine aficionados will experience a thoroughly Virginian taste.

Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville, 540-832-3824

King Family Vineyards, Crozet, 434-823-7800

in a brick building that dates to 1816. Co-owner Drew Phelan says every aspect of the tavern was designed to feel like an 18th-century European coaching inn “you’d find in Petersburg if Virginia were part of Britain.”

Grab a pint at an ornate bar handcrafted from salvaged local lumber while enjoying Brickhouse’s mouth-watering, hand-cut Steakhouse Chips with swiss cheese, steak Diane sauce, crispy shallots, and malt vinegar aioli, topped with fried eggs or house-smoked pork belly.

County Sunrise—Husband and wife chef duo Ken and Jess Hess—both Culinary Institute of America grads—launched smoker-focused County Smoak on the outskirts of Lynchburg in 2020 after decades of helming prestigious restaurants around the U.S. Their blend of classic New England cuisine, Southern comfort, and traditional Jewish flavors was a hit with locals and inspired them to launch sister breakfast, brunch, and lunch joint, County Sunrise, this past fall.

There you’ll find to-die-for pastrami fries on a menu studded with fun options like a latke benedict or potato knish. They’re natural cut, perfectly fried, topped with house-smoked pastrami cubes, then smothered in dill havarti cheese, Russian dressing, and a pinch of dill.

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Our nation’s heroes - combat veterans, first responders, and their families - deserve to have the training, skills, and support they need to transform struggle into strength, and live great lives. Boulder Crest Foundation is committed to this effort.

Headquartered in Bluemont, Virginia, Boulder Crest Foundation is the home of Posttraumatic Growth. Built to assist those struggling with invisible wounds of war, Boulder Crest programs ensure that combat veterans and first responders can be just as productive and service-oriented in the civilian world as they were when they wore their uniform.

The generosity of supporters across our nation allow us to offer these programs at no cost to combat veterans and first responders at our retreats in Virginia and Arizona, through 2 Mobile Training Teams, and at 10 partner organizations. Your continued support, as individuals, organizations and foundations, ensures that our heroes can make peace with their past, turn strength into struggle, and live great lives in the aftermath of trauma.

HELPING HEROES. ONE FAMILY AT A TIME. Together, we can heal our nation’s heroes. One warrior and one family at a time. To donate or for more info, please call 540.554.2727 or visit The Boulder Crest Retreat Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival

With over 120 Fine Artists and Contemporary Craft Artisans exhibiting from around the country, the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festivals are Central Virginia's premier juried Arts and Crafts event. The Festivals take place twice annually - in May and October - and feature artist demonstrations, local food, Virginia wine and beer, live music, children's activities, and more at beautiful Claudius Crozet Park in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains , just 15 minutes from Charlottesville, VA.




Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K

Presented by Kroger 100 Ave. of Champions, Richmond, 804-285-9495

Since 2000, this 10K has been a cherished Richmond tradition, welcoming the city into spring. The family-friendly event welcomes participants of all levels, from pro runners to kids in creative costumes. The flat course, lined with entertainment and festivities, makes this a jubilant environment for all involved, even the nonrunners. Lace up your running shoes for a community celebration like no other.

Richmond SPCA Fur Ball, Richmond, 804-521-1318

Richmond SPCA Dog Jog, 5K Run and Block Party, Richmond, 804-521-1318


Arts in the Park 1301 Blanton Ave., Richmond, 804-358-2711

This acclaimed annual event in early May is one of Richmond’s premier outdoor showcases. This nationally-rated, juried art show gathers over 350 exhibitors from across the country, presenting an agglomeration of creative works for sale. With diverse categories such as painting, pottery, jewelry, furniture, photography, woodworking, sculpture, textiles, and yard art, the event captivates art enthusiasts and offers free admission to the public.

Richmond First Fridays, Richmond

Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival, Crozet, 434-326-8284


Crossroads Art Center 2016 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, 804-278-8950

This sprawling gallery is a brilliant showcase for over 300 artists in the midAtlantic region. It offers a dynamic mix of crafts and fine art, and patrons experience an exciting blend of styles, making it a standout art destination. Reviewers praise its welcoming atmosphere and diversified selection, making it a top choice for art enthusiasts and gift shoppers alike.

Quirk Gallery, Richmond, 804-340-6036

McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, 434-295-7973


Topgolf 2308 Westwood Ave., Richmond, 804-977-6371

Though golf is in its name, this sports entertainment complex promises more than just drives and putts. Featuring high-tech golf games for all skill levels, climate-controlled hitting bays, and music, Topgolf’s energy is electric. Indulge in their outstanding food and beverage menu, including signature craft cocktails, shareable “golfbag” drinks, and injectable donut holes.

Hotel Greene, Richmond

River City Roll, Richmond, 804-331-0416


Richmond Folk Festival

200 S. Third St., Richmond, 804-788-6466

A flagship event in Virginia, this folk festival draws crowds to downtown Richmond’s riverfront annually. Celebrating the depth of American culture, the festival features live music, traditional crafts, storytelling, and diverse cuisine. With six stages hosting over 30 artists worldwide, it promises a culturally rich program. It’s a free, three-day event, presented by Venture Richmond Events, epitomizing the city’s cultural vibrancy.

Richmond Greek Festival, Richmond, 804-358-5996

Dominion Energy Riverrock, Richmond, 804-285-9495


LOVEwork Lewis Ginter

Botanical Garden

1800 Lakeside Ave., Henrico, 804-262-9887

LOVE blooms within the botanical garden, a vibrant expression crafted by staff. Each purposeful letter embodies the Garden’s ethos. “L” represents seasonal beauty with a planter, “O”’s honeycomb pattern uplifts pollinators, “V” symbolizes collaboration with recycled tools, and “E” reflects Earth reverence. This installation becomes part of Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights during the holidays.

LOVEwork in Clarksville, Clarksville, 434-374-2436

LOVEwork in Powhatan, Powhatan, 804-598-2636



Catch your favorite hits in Richmond.

Want to see your favorite Broadway shows without the hassle and expense of traveling to the Big Apple? You’re in luck: Broadway in Richmond has been bringing hit performances from the world’s most fabled theatrical district to the capital’s historic Altria Theater since 2009—and the effort has been an overwhelming success.

Strong ticket sales and over-the-top appreciation from theatergoers have made the city a beloved stop for producers, marketing firms, and cast members, says Broadway in Richmond spokesperson, Cindy Creasy. “The feedback is incredible… we constantly hear from the cast how wonderful and responsive our audiences are.”

This year’s six-show season has featured favorites like Disney’s Frozen, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical Six, and all-time best-selling classic To Kill a Mockingbird Beetlejuice the Musical runs June 4-9. The 2024-25 season, which begins in late October, will include Shucked, Mamma Mia!, MJ the Musical, and Some Like it Hot


The Byrd Theatre 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-358-3056

Marking its 90th Anniversary in 2019, the Byrd Theatre endures as “Richmond’s Movie Palace.” Named after Richmond's co-founder William Byrd, this 1,200-seat historic venue has retained its luxury since 1928, operating continuously. Presenting second-run and repertory films, the Byrd Theatre also serves as a community hub, hosting film festivals and diverse events in its timeless grandeur.

CMX CinéBistro Stony Point, Stony Point, 804-864-0460

BTM Movieland at Boulevard Square Richmond, 804-354-6008


Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, 804-340-1400

Explore the museum’s vast permanent collections of nearly 50,000 artworks from around the globe, including the renowned Fabergé collection. Complemented by rotating special exhibitions, it offers free admission, welcoming all to immerse themselves in art and culture. The picturesque sculpture garden adds to the experience, making it a must-visit.

Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, 804-864-1400

Children’s Museum of Richmond, Richmond, 804-474-7000

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Altria Theater

6 N. Laurel St., Richmond, 804-592-3368

At this Richmond landmark, every seat boasts excellent views. Beyond its historic and architectural allure, the Altria stands out for its friendly and efficient staff, promoting a seamless concert experience. Hosting a comprehensive array of musical artists, from oldies to fresh sensations, the theater is not just a venue; it’s where history meets contemporary sounds, creating unforgettable musical memories.

The National, Richmond, 804-612-1900

John Paul Jones Arena, Charlottesville, 434-243-4960


Richmond Ballet

407 E. Canal St., Richmond, 804-344-0906

This dance company enchants audiences with a repertoire spanning diverse periods. From fresh contemporary pieces to timeless classics like the Nutcracker, their performances captivate hearts. The Company’s international ventures, including tours to London and China, showcase their global acclaim. Complementing their stage prowess is a high-caliber dance school, nurturing the next generation of talent.

Richmond Symphony, Richmond, 804-788-1212

Virginia Repertory Theatre, Richmond, 804-282-2620


Altria Theater

6 N. Laurel St., Richmond, 804-592-3368

This iconic venue has become a premier stage for Broadway sensations like Hamilton and TV spectaculars such as Dancing with the Stars. With a seating capacity of 3,565, the Altria Theater continues to engage audiences with its stunning architecture and exceptional acoustics, making it a must-visit for memorable performances.

Carpenter Theatre, Richmond, 804-592-3330

The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville, 434-979-1333


Pioneering Charlottesville gallery Les Yeux du Monde continues to awe.

When the celebrated art historian Lyn Bolen Warren founded Les Yeux du Monde in 1995, it was one of just four public Charlottesville venues for viewing art—including the University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art. For 25 years, Warren used Les Yeux to help transform the city into an artistic haven that now boasts more than 30 museums and showrooms.

“Lyn was not an art historian, she was an art history maker,” said UVA emeritus professor of art, Dean Dass, in a statement. “What she accomplished here is almost unbelievable.” Sadly, Warren died in 2021.

Warren’s legacy at Les Yeux is carried forward by daughter, Hagan Tampellini, and still shines bright. The gallery now occupies an elegantly modern corten steel and glass block structure designed by renowned architect W.G. Clark in 2009. It sits on a forested hillside overlooking the city and focuses on showing “visually exciting and meaningful art with an emphasis on art historical significance,” says Tampellini.


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 1800 Lakeside Ave., Henrico, 804-262-9887

Situated within 82 acres of natural beauty, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers an expansive verdant landscape. Its lush gardens, four lakes, and exquisite conservatory create a stunning backdrop for events. The idyllic venue hosts weddings, holiday parties, and corporate events, offering not only breathtaking scenery but also catering through a partnership with Restaurant Associates.

The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, 804-788-8000

Altria Theater, Richmond, 804-592-3368



Holiday Barn Pet Resorts

Multiple locations, 804-215-1122

Holiday Barn offers a truly indulgent spalike experience for the four-legged member of the family. Grooming options include a basic bath, ambient temperature dryers, and expertly styled haircuts for ultimate comfort. Employing all-natural, tearless shampoo and providing grooming advice, the service presents dogs at their best. Additional services like teeth brushing and nail color add an extra layer of luxury.

Dogma Grooming + Pet Needs, Richmond, 804-358-9267

The Barking Lot, Richmond, 804-358-4038



Holiday Barn Pet Resorts

Multiple locations, 804-215-1122

At Holiday Barn, dog training goes above and beyond with boarding school and day school programs available Monday through Friday, as well as private lesson options. The comprehensive training covers off-leash skills and can be customized for specific needs, from swimming to potty or crate training. The facility is clean, and the dedicated staff takes pet training seriously, ensuring a satisfactory experience for furry companions.

Richmond SPCA School for Dogs, Richmond, 804-521-1332

2SpeakDog, Richmond, 804-440-2498


Holiday Barn Pet Resorts

Multiple locations, 804-215-1122

Holiday Barn sets the standard for pet care and boarding, designed for every furry friend to feel at home away from home. Their upscale facilities, available for both cats and dogs, feature amenities like heated floors, advanced security, and tailored cat condos. Additionally, their doggy daycare promises a fulfilling experience with a variety of play packages and learning opportunities.

Toby Town RVA, Richmond, 804-799-0200

All Dog Adventures, Richmond, 804-355-7737


River City Veterinary Hospital 5220 W. Broad St., Richmond, 804-308-8920

This animal hospital, led by a dedicated husband-and-wife duo, emphasizes compassion. Prioritizing pet owners’ concerns, they offer kindness and guidance, ensuring informed decisions about pet care. Committed to answering questions and fostering a caring environment, River City provides exemplary and personalized service for furry family members.

Locke A. Taylor Veterinary Hospital, Glen Allen, 804-308-9971

Betty Baugh’s Animal Clinic, Richmond, 804-288-7387

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Richmond Flying Squirrels Baseball

3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, 804-359-3866

The Squirrels’ mascots Nutzy and Nutasha invite the whole family to “go nuts” at The Diamond stadium in Richmond. Watch the Minor League team step up to the plate while enjoying classic baseball snacks like hot dogs, popcorn, and fries, and keep an eye out for opportunities for kids to win Squirrels merchandise and fun prizes throughout the game.

Maymont, Richmond, 804-525-9000

Metro Richmond Zoo, Moseley, 804-739-5666


Trinity Episcopal School

3850 Pittaway Dr., Richmond, 804-272-5864

Home to Richmond’s first International Baccalaureate program, this school fosters a globally-minded approach. Engaging daily in student-led “Morning Meetings,” where kids are encouraged to share announcements, highs and lows, and even jokes, Trinity prioritizes community connection and the progression of students’ confidence. With its state-ofthe-art athletic and art centers, the school provides a holistic learning environment to nurture academic excellence and personal growth.

Collegiate School, Richmond, 804-740-7077

The New Community School, Richmond, 804-266-2494


Westhampton Day School

6100 Patterson Ave., Richmond, 804-282-7459

This school, linked to Westhampton United Methodist Church, teaches eager learners in a Christian environment. Emphasizing safety, respect, and community outreach, the school delivers hands-on learning, promoting holistic development. For over 70 years, the school has been a local staple, offering a full-day curriculum to 180 students with a dedicated team of 40 educators working to create a space for curiosity, creativity, and care.

Weinstein JCC, Richmond, 804-285-6500

Elizabeth's Early Learning Center, Lynchburg, 434-528-5698


Camp Hanover

3163 Parsleys Mill Rd., Mechanicsville, 804-779-2811

The Christian-led Camp Hanover spans 600 wooded acres near Mechanicsville, providing K-12 kids with plenty of space to explore. While campers participate in exciting activities like archery, high ropes, zip line adventures, canoeing, swimming, and a mud slide, they also attend regular Bible studies, creating a unique blend of outdoor adventure and Christian fellowship.

YMCA Camp Thunderbird, Chesterfield, 804-748-6714

Passages Adventure Camp, Midlothian, 804-972-0693



The Inn at Willow Grove 14079 Stones Throw Dr., Orange, 540-317-1206

Embracing a rich past, Willow Grove, acquired in 1778 by land surveyor Joseph Clark, is now The Inn at Willow Grove, a luxurious boutique hotel. Transformed in 2010 with a multimillion dollar renovation, it stands as a character-filled accommodation with 25 elegant rooms and suites, offering contemporary yet cottageesque décor, a full-service spa, and gourmet farm-to-table cuisine.

Cooper's Landing Inn & Traveler's Tavern, Clarksville, 434-374-2866

The Farmhouse at Veritas, Afton, 540-456-8100


Thomas Jefferson's Monticello 1050 Monticello Loop, Charlottesville, 434-984-9800

The iconic residence of Thomas Jefferson stands proudly as an embodiment of the principles of historical preservation and education. It warmly welcomes curious visitors, school field trips, and educators, encouraging vital conversations on liberty, self-government, and freedom. As the only presidential house designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Monticello ensures that the rich tapestry of America’s history is preserved and shared for generations to come.

Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, 804-648-8501

Maymont, Richmond, 804-525-9000



A woodland utopia takes shape in the heart of Charlottesville.

Renowned landscape architect Mikyoung Kim—who designed the Chicago Botanic Garden and won a Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2018—is working closely with Charlottesville officials and a local nonprofit to transform the northwest corner of the city’s McIntire Park into a 15-acre botanical oasis known as the Botanical Garden of the Piedmont. The site is currently under development, but will eventually feature an extravagantly windowed visitor education center and amphitheater surrounded by elaborate terraces, water features, walking paths, meandering streams, a meditation garden, wetland area, woodlands, and more. Educational opportunities will cover topics like health and wellness, gardening, wildlife viewing, and sustainable living.

“This is going to be a community asset that’s open to the public year-round and will be a place for everyone to learn, play, explore, relax, and gather,” says Jill TrischmanMarks, the garden’s executive director. The first phase of construction is expected to be completed in 2026.


The Jefferson Hotel 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, 804-788-8000

A five-star accommodation promising a unique sojourn, The Jefferson offers 181 guest rooms reminiscent of lavish downtown apartments. Each space is a careful amalgamation of bespoke furnishings, sumptuous fabrics, and small surprises. Opulent details, spacious foyers, and marble baths create a homely, yet indulgent atmosphere. This Richmond landmark also boasts distinctive dining experiences, blending Southern influences with locally sourced ingredients.

Quirk Hotel, Richmond, 804-340-6040

Craddock Terry Hotel, Lynchburg, 434-455-1500


Wintergreen Resort

39 Mountain Inn Loop, Nellysford, 434-325-2200

Wintergreen Resort provides a luxurious retreat amid the Eastern Blue Ridge Mountains, spanning 11,000 acres. Surrounded by verdant forests, flowing streams, and meandering trails, the resort provides spacious accommodations, including the Mountain Inn, condos, homes, and exclusive nine- to 10-bedroom properties. Ideal for a four-season escape or conference destination, it offers skiing, snowboarding, golf, racquet sports, fly fishing, and Lake Monocan in various seasons.

Boar's Head Resort, Charlottesville, 844-611-8066

Keswick Hall, Keswick, 434-979-3440

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Pocahontas State Park 10301 State Park Rd., Chesterfield, 804-796-4255

Just 20 miles from Richmond lies a natural treasure promising a plethora of outdoor activities. Boating, biking, picnicking, and camping await amid 90 miles of scenic trails. The Aquatic Center offers seasonal fun with pools and waterslides, while fishing enthusiasts can explore three serene lakes. Delve into history at the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum and enjoy family-friendly entertainment at the 2,000-seat amphitheater.

Lake Anna State Park, Spotsylvania Courthouse, 540-854-5503

Powhatan State Park, Powhatan, 804-598-7148


Thomas Jefferson's Monticello 1050 Monticello Loop, Charlottesville, 434-984-9800

This classic historical site captivates visitors with its enduring charm, educational merit, and architectural brilliance. Once Thomas Jefferson’s residence, this extensive estate showcases the legacy of America’s third president. Explore the meticulously designed gardens, iconic dome, and rich history that make Monticello a symbol of American heritage, offering a glimpse into the layered past of the Founding Fathers.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, 804-340-1400

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Henrico, 804-262-9887



Fred Astaire Dance StudiosRichmond

100 Arboretum Pl., Suite 110, Richmond, 804-476-8297

This studio invites students to glide through a variety of ballroom dance lessons, including personalized wedding instruction. Despite wedding lessons being a standout service, each lesson, even if for the simple joy of dancing, is lauded for building clients’ confidence. Whether you're shy or a natural talent on the dancefloor, the instructors’ warmth and adaptability foster an environment akin to family.

West End Academy of Dance, Richmond, 804-740-0842

SOUL Aerial & Performing Arts Center, Richmond, 804-310-4858


The Country Club of VirginiaJames River

709 S. Gaskins Rd., Richmond, 804-287-1330

Part of the private and exclusive Country Club of Virginia, the James River Clubhouse in western Henrico County boasts two 18-hole challenging and picturesque courses for golf enthusiasts. CCV's main Westhampton Clubhouse dates to 1908; the James River location opened two decades later. Both have been tastefully updated over the last century and feature meticulously maintained grounds, impressive pro shops, restaurants, and a myriad of sports and activities.

Independence Golf Club, Midlothian, 804-601-8600

The Federal Club, Glen Allen, 804-798-4996




Multiple locations, 804-649-9622

This nationwide chain holds a strong presence in Virginia, renowned for its bustling community centers. Members laud the welcoming atmosphere and personalized support, including Smart Start programs and wellness coaching. With a commitment to cleanliness and spacious facilities, the YMCA provides miscellaneous group exercise classes, catering to individuals of all ages.

ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers, Multiple locations, 888-979-7870

American Family Fitness Multiple locations, 804-364-1200


The Hot Yoga Barre 1601 Willow Lawn Dr., Suite 200, Richmond, 804-814-3067

Hot Yoga Barre invites patrons to embrace wellness, where a broad spectrum of invigorating classes await. From the serenity of Zen Yoga to the intensity of Power Yoga and the dynamic Hot Barre

Blast, experienced and friendly instructors guide one’s journey to fitness and mindfulness. The studio offers a vibrant community focused on revitalizing the mind and body at every session.

City Barre, Richmond, 804-999-4227

Humble Haven Yoga, Richmond, 804-318-5395


Westwood Club

6200 W. Club Ln., Richmond, 804-288-6028

This club in Richmond is a premier tennis destination with its 11 outdoor courts, nine clay and two hard, and nine indoor cushioned courts of two varieties. The state-of-the-art facility extends its offerings beyond tennis with its squash and racquetball courts. As it caters to all ages, Westwood provides a dynamic space for both kids and adults to enjoy and elevate their racquet sports skills.

Boar's Head Resort, Charlottesville, 434-296-2181

ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center, Midlothian, 804-378-1600


Stay active with fun and educational classes.

What better way to beat the summer heat than expanding your knowledge with classes from a great local organization? Here, we make it easy with top offerings from across the region.

Barre Boutique at Richmond Ballet

This affiliate workout studio offers a fun way to sculpt and shape your body through dance-based workouts. Options range from classical ballet training to Bollywood dance and modern expressionism.

Richmond Art Center—Explore arts and crafts at one of the city’s hippest art hubs. Choose from an expansive lineup that includes drawing, landscape painting, ceramics, weaving, relief printing, and more.

Mise En Place, Richmond—Up your cooking game with hands-on instruction from pro chefs in a restaurant-quality, downtown kitchen. Options like “A Night in Greece” explore regional cuisines—in this case, Mediterranean—and teach skills that go beyond a single dish.

The Alliance Française de Charlottesville—Learn the language or level-up your skills with expert local Francophiles. Conversation-based lessons for adults and kids focus on honing your ability to speak in real life situations.

The Center Charlottesville—This ain’t your grandma’s adult learning: Robust educational offerings cover everything from ballroom dancing, beginner guitar, Mediterranean-dietstyle cooking, to Chinese brush painting.

Rise Up Climbing, Lynchburg—Get a full-body workout learning to boulder and high-wall rock-climb with seasoned experts in a fully renovated, climate-controlled building in historic downtown Lynchburg.

Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg—The downtown arts hub and performance venue also offers top-ofthe-line educational programming that includes acting-centric gems like comedic storytelling, improv, and voice acting.

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Tuckahoe Family Chiropractic 1129 Gaskins Rd., Suite 104, Richmond, 804-740-3434

Tuckahoe Family Chiropractic, led by Dr. Andy Lombardozzi, promotes personalized care through chiropractic techniques. Driven by a personal journey of overcoming childhood back pain, his passion for chiropractic services shines through. Specializing in sports- and injury-related care, this practice is dedicated to providing tailored solutions for a painfree and active lifestyle.

Ariya Family Chiropractic Centers PC, Richmond, 804-288-1005

Guarino Chiropractic Center, Glen Allen, 804-747-7474


Family Guidance Centers

Multiple locations, 804-743-0960

With state-of-the-art facilities and a compassionate staff, this practice prioritizes patient well-being. They excel in various therapeutic interventions, including individual, couples, and adolescent therapy, along with psychological and educational evaluations. These services are designed to address a range of treatment subjects, including depression, trauma, and phobias. Clients attest to the tangible improvements in mental wellness, anxiety management, and other areas of concern.

Richmond Creative Counseling, LLC, Richmond, 804-592-6311

VCU Department of Psychiatry, Richmond, 804-828-2000


Virginia Family Dentistry

Multiple locations, 804-364-7090

Virginia Family Dentistry delivers dental care for all ages under one roof. With over 400 dental professionals across locations, the practice provides collaborative and convenient services, including general dentistry, orthodontics, and specialist visits. Commended for their friendly and efficient staff, patients report seamless, painless experiences from routine checkups to complex procedures like implants.

Glen Allen Dentistry, Henrico, 804-261-1970

River Run Dental, Multiple locations, 804-262-1060


Landscape Architects vs. Landscape Designers.

Ever hear the terms landscape architect or designer and wonder: What’s the difference? While they’re often used interchangeably, the truth is more complex. The biggest distinction is that the former hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in their field and must achieve licensure from the state. They tend to work on major projects that include significant hardscapes, engineering challenges, and integrating architecture—think the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ elaborate terraces, sculpture gardens and water features—while designers may be self-taught and typically focus more on the residential soft stuff.

There are a lot of overlapping skill sets but, simply put, a landscape architect can be a designer, but a designer can’t be a landscape architect, explains landscape architect and Waterstreet Studio principal, Jill Nolt Her team includes both and boasts a portfolio filled with complex, multifaceted jobs like the University of Virginia’s Darden Inn Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and Oakencroft Farm & Winery, also in Charlottesville.


Virginia Eye Institute 400 Westham Station Rd., Richmond, 804-287-2020

Virginia Eye Institute is a trusted destination for comprehensive eye care, offering a variety of services from cataract surgery and LASIK to glaucoma treatment and various eye disease interventions. With a commitment to thorough healthcare, their expert team prioritizes personalized and effective solutions, aiming for clarity and optimal vision for each patient.

Grove Eye Care, Richmond, 804-353-3937

Patterson Eye Clinic, Richmond, 804-285-7638


Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital 5801 Bremo Rd., Richmond, 804-285-2011

This Catholic hospital prioritizes personcentric care with a dedicated mission to serve vulnerable populations. Beyond offering primary care, family medicine, and urgent care, the hospital’s services include cancer treatment and heart and vascular care, among others. Notably, their commitment extends to spiritual and holistic care, aiming for a comprehensive approach to well-being.

Henrico Doctors' Hospital, Richmond, 804-289-4500

VCU Medical Center, Richmond, 804-828-9000



Virginia Women's Center

Multiple locations, 804-288-4084

Find specialized services in gynecology, obstetrics, weight and wellness, and more at this women’s health practice. Beyond clinical expertise, their commitment to quality customer service and the kindness of staff and providers sets them apart. Whether it’s managing menopause, breast health, or performing hysteroscopies, women are met with compassionate care.

Virginia Physicians for Women Richmond, 804-897-2100

West End Obstetrics & Gynecology, Richmond, 804-282-9479


Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery

Multiple locations, 804-359-4474

The surgeons at this practice are dedicated to providing top-notch oral health care, specializing in a wide spectrum of treatments. Navigating procedures ranging from wisdom teeth removal to transformative corrective jaw surgery to dental implant surgery, Virginia Oral & Facial Surgery is a trusted destination for comprehensive oral health solutions.

VCU Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Richmond, 804-628-6637

Richardson, Overstreet, & White, Ltd., Richmond, 804-355-6593


Virginia Family Dentistry

Multiple locations, 804-364-7090

With clients claiming to never want to stop smiling after their visits, this orthodontics practice encompasses five experienced orthodontists adept in both braces and Invisalign treatments. Collaborating with general dentists, they deliver comprehensive dental care across all ages. With 10 locations throughout Central Virginia, their orthodontic philosophy prioritizes quality and comfort.

Gardner & La Rochelle Orthodontics, Multiple locations, 804-282-0505

Horsey Orthodontics, Multiple locations, 804-672-8442

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Dr. Michael Godin has performed facial rejuvenation surgery in his accredited office surgery suite for 25 years.

Our practice focuses on delivering natural-looking results using Deep Plane and SMAS lift techniques.

We tailor and execute a precise surgical plan for both first-time and revision facelift patients.

In-person or online consultations are available.

We look forward to helping you!

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• Deep Plane Face and Neck Lift

• The MicroMini Lift A precise, small-incision lift for the neck and jawline created by Dr. Godin

• Eyelid / Brow Rejuvenation

• Chin Implant and Otoplasty

• Botox and Filler treatments for facial contour enhancement

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Multiple locations, 804-320-1339

A leading independent orthopedic practice, OrthoVirginia specializes in joint replacement, arthritis, and sports medicine. They offer telemedicine services as well as on-site physical, hand, and occupational therapy, advanced diagnostic imaging, and surgery centers. Their track record of success includes stories of treating a trapeze artist, long-distance biker, and cross-country motorcyclist.

Bon Secours-Tuckahoe Orthopedics, Richmond, 804-285-2300

UVA Health Orthopedic Center Ivy Road, Charlottesville, 434-924-2663


Pediatric Associates of Richmond 7240 Patterson Ave., Suite 100, Richmond, 804-282-4205

This practice is a devoted advocate for children’s health. Committed to comprehensive care, the practitioners provide well-child checkups and same-day sick visits across all locations. With a specialized lactation center, they go beyond, offering a selection of services to support breastfeeding. For convenience, they also provide telemedicine services.

Commonwealth Pediatrics

Multiple locations, 804-320-1353

RVA Pediatrics, Multiple locations, 804-282-9706



Multiple locations, 804-320-1339

This premier provider comprises over 150 specialists across 35 locations. Leading in physical therapy, their offices offer on-site services, surgery centers, and advanced diagnostics. The offices prioritize patient care and invest in local communities with financial and medical support. Their partnership with the Washington Commanders exemplifies their commitment to advancing medical care.

MVP Therapy & Sports Medicine, Multiple locations, 804-464-2323

Sheltering Arms Institute Physical Rehabilitation Centers, Multiple locations, 804-764-1000


Commonwealth Primary Care, Inc.

Multiple locations, 804-288-3001

Formed in 2002 by merging various practices, CPC has become a pivotal healthcare provider, prioritizing accessibility and advanced medical care. This practice’s team of 41 Board Certified Physicians and 15 Nurse Practitioners across eight offices emphasizes preventive screenings, chronic disease management, and family well-being.

Midlothian Family Practice, Midlothian, 804-794-5598

Virginia Physicians, Inc., Multiple locations, 804-346-1551



High Point Barbershop & Shave Parlor 112 N. Meadow St., Richmond, 804-980-6982

What began as a passion project for five friends in 2014 is now a prime barbershop with three locations across Richmond. With skilled barbers and a laid-back ambiance, it offers precision haircuts, beard trims, and classic grooming services.

Gentleman John's Classic Barber Shop, Lynchburg, 434-841-0330

Refuge For Men, LLP, Richmond, 804-539-3526



Pamper yourself with a state-of-the-art hydrafacial from Salon Vivace.

Experience cutting-edge facial skincare in a luxurious setting at Richmond’s Salon Vivace. Housed in downtown’s iconic historic Jefferson Hotel, the day spa offers a prodigious fleet of beauty services that include pedicures, manicures, hair styling, makeup, massage, and next-generation hydrafacial therapy. The three-step treatment begins with a customized enzyme peel that dissolves pore congestion, sebum, dead skin cells, surface grease, and dirt. Next comes a gentle, painless suction to extract impurities. Last, microjets of pressurized water delicately massage your skin with a hydrating infusion of targeted serums and active ingredients that nourish and moisturize while reducing pigmentation and the signs of aging.

The treatment leaves your skin looking vibrant and healthy. Aestheticians say that if you make it part of your regular routine, you’ll see benefits like smoother complexion, fewer lines and wrinkles, reduced sun damage, and increased firmness and elasticity.


Niamtu Cosmetic Facial Surgery 11319 Polo Pl., Midlothian, 804-934-3223

At this practice, renowned for its professionalism and warmth, Dr. Niamtu leads a team dedicated to patient satisfaction. Known for his passion and attention to detail, Dr. Niamtu ensures open communication and answers questions with care. Patients experience not only reliable results but also a comforting journey, emphasizing recovery, happiness, and the finer points of cosmetic enhancement.

Michael Godin, M.D. Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Richmond, 804-285-8578

Richmond Plastic Surgeons, Midlothian, 804-585-3419


Dermatology Associates of Virginia, PC Multiple locations, 804-285-2006

This practice stands as a premier destination for all-encompassing skin care in central Virginia. With 21 skilled providers spread across six locations, they specialize in treating skin diseases and skin cancer and offer a range of cosmetic procedures. Patients can trust in their expertise for both medical and aesthetic dermatological needs.

Richmond Dermatology & Laser Specialists, Richmond, 804-282-8510

Commonwealth Dermatology, Richmond, 804-282-0831


Mango Salon

Multiple locations, 804-285-2800

This salon radiates a commitment to community. Its culture revolves around its monthly Mango’s Generous Jeans Fund, where team members contribute to a chosen nonprofit while wearing jeans to work. Reviews highlight the salon’s aesthetic charm, from the trendy furnishings to the vibrant atmosphere. Clients applaud the staff’s warmth, expertise, and thoughtful amenities that create a haven for relaxation and style.

Salon Del Sol, Multiple locations, 804-323-9767

Bombshell Brazilian Waxing & Beauty Lounge, Multiple locations, 804-342-0051


Scents of Serenity Organic Spa

5707 Grove Ave., Richmond, 804-277-4498

This spa offers a range of organic facials, HydraFacials, massages, and nonsurgical facelifts. Catering to couples or singles, their flexible opening hours accommodate busy schedules, including Monday through Friday 9-to-5ers. Clients rave about their rejuvenating facials, while services like dermaplaning and therapeutic massages ensure a complete relaxation and revitalization experience.

Habit Med Spa + Facial Bar, Henrico, 804-491-4111

Vitality Float Spa, Richmond, 804-678-9816

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Poole & Poole Architecture 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, 804-225-0215

This firm combines creative design with technical acumen. Specializing in multifamily housing, their portfolio showcases diverse styles, including urban, resort, and high-density suburban developments. In commercial ventures, they have experience in projects spanning retail, healthcare, and urban infill. Pioneering in technology, Poole & Poole enriches projects with computer graphics, virtual reality models, animations, and 3D graphics.

Baskervill, Richmond, 804-343-1010

3North, Richmond, 804-232-8900


Strange's Florists, Greenhouses and Garden Centers 12111 West Broad St., Richmond, 804-360-2800

Established in the 1930s, Strange’s began as a modest endeavor, selling flowers and plants at the 6th Street Market. Now with approximately 8,000 square feet of greenhouses, Strange’s has evolved into a thriving greenhouse and garden center. Offering vegetables, herbs, and flowers along with gardening essentials like soil and pruners, it’s a staple in the gardening community.

The Great Big Greenhouse & Meadows Farms Nurseries, Richmond, 804-320-1317

Cross Creek Nursery and Landscaping, Richmond, 804-378-0700


Eagle Construction of VA 10618 Patterson Ave., Henrico, 804-741-4663

Eagle Construction believes in the extraordinary moments of life and endeavors to translate that philosophy into their homes. With detailed craftsmanship, they offer an extensive selection of home designs, including single-family homes, townhomes, and condos. Each residence is a testament to the company’s uplifting mission.

StyleCraft Homes, Richmond, 804-627-0000

Biringer Builders, Midlothian, 804-897-8343


Goats offer quiet and easy eco-friendly landscape cleanup.

ut away the power tools and herbicide, and hire herbivores,” says RVA Goats & Honey owner Kristi Orcutt. The Chesterfield-based farmer has been using a herd of about 75 goats to clear weeds, brush, and fast-growing invasive species like kudzu from public lands, businesses, schools, and yards since 2015.

“It’s an effective, cost efficient, all natural and sustainable method to manage overgrown vegetation and restore landscapes,” says Orcutt. Her caprine team has a voracious appetite and can strip a large area of unwanted plants in just two weeks. Past high-profile clients include the University of Richmond, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and James River Park System, in addition to more low-profile homeowners who hire the herd to eradicate stands of English ivy, among other noxious pests.


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

This furniture destination hosts a vast collection spanning several renovated tobacco warehouses turned showrooms in Farmville. Visitors can expect to wander for hours, exploring its abundance of character-filled pieces and an especially expansive array of rugs. Renowned for its wide variety, the store’s helpful sales team makes the drive from distant locations worthwhile.

LaDIFF, Richmond, 804-648-6210

The Lazy Daisy Gift Store Multiple locations, 804-364-2320


Sara Hillery Interior Design 551 Sleepy Hollow Rd., Richmond, 804-332-5511

Sara Hillery’s firm crafts distinctive spaces, offering a spectrum of services from conceptualization to meticulous execution. Hillery aims to mesh the refined with the practical, specializing in uniquely balanced interiors, creating both aesthetically pleasing and functional spaces. Her designs draw inspiration from global travels and Southern heritage.

Janie Molster Designs, Richmond, 804-282-0938

Thrill of the Hunt: A Lyden Home Company, Ashland, 804-368-0184




1823 N. Hamilton St., Richmond, 804-730-5000

As a comprehensive service provider in Richmond, Woodfin is a go-to for a variety of home essentials. From propane to air purifiers and generators, their expertise covers heating, cooling, plumbing, and electric needs. With quality customer service and decicated workers, they keep your living space safe, efficient, and comfortable year-round.

James River Air Conditioning Co., Richmond, 804-358-9333

Carroll Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Richmond, 804-424-5892



Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Multiple locations, 804-763-1360

This design firm is a premier destination for homeowners and industry professionals seeking top-quality products for their renovation or construction projects. From luxurious bathroom fixtures to state-ofthe-art kitchen appliances and elegant lighting solutions, it’s all backed by expert advice and outstanding customer service.

Custom Kitchens, Inc., Richmond, 804-288-7247

Classic Kitchens of Virginia, Richmond, 804-784-5075


Cross Creek Nursery and Landscaping 501 Courthouse Rd., Richmond, 804-378-0700

Rooted in Richmond for over 50 years, this business flourishes as a horticultural haven. Patrons are welcome to explore the expansive selection of plant varieties, where every green thumb finds its match. Beyond the blooms, Cross Creek cultivates community with engaging events like terrarium workshops.

Sneed's Nursery, Richmond, 804-320-7798

James River Nurseries, Inc., Ashland, 804-798-2020

Shaheen, Ruth, Martin & Fonville Real Estate

5808 Grove Ave., Richmond, 804-288-2100

With 186 agents in Virginia, team members not only possess real estate expertise but also live and work in the communities they guide clients through, fostering a personalized and insightful experience. Known for its agents’ attentive listening and consideration, the firm’s team faces challenges with unwavering composure and supportive communication.

Long & Foster Real Estate, Multiple locations, 804-822-3200

Hometown Realty, Multiple locations, 804-249-3505


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1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, 804-264-6000

At this dynamic retirement community, enjoy Broadway shows, concerts, and art projects. Engage in volunteer work, attend lectures, and explore the woodworking shop. Its diverse living options include assisted living, memory support, and healthcare, and residents can choose from a range of apartment and freestanding home floorplans to live in.

Lakewood, Richmond, 804-740-2900

Covenant Woods, Mechanicsville, 804-569-4281

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Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, PC

300 Arboretum PI., Suite 660, Richmond, 804-560-0560

This distinguished accounting firm stands as a pillar of financial expertise. As a reliable partner in achieving financial success, the firm is trusted for detailed accounting and strategic financial planning. With a reputation for precision and integrity and an advanced online approach, its seasoned professionals navigate the complexities of finance with finesse.

Keiter, Glen Allen, 804-747-0000

Hantzmon Wiebel LLP, Charlottesville, 434-296-2156


Cannon's Online Auctions 9125 W. Broad St., Richmond, 804-325-8598

Cannon’s Auctions practices estate sales, online auctions, and personal property liquidations. Welcoming single items, collections, and entire estates, they offer various sale formats like gallery auctions, on-site sales, and online auctions. From fine jewelry to stamps, books, ceramics, coins, and more, this auctioning team provides competitive commission structures and customized packages to suit sellers’ needs while also creating an amicable environment for buyers.

Grindstaff's Auction Marketing Group LLC, Mechanicsville, 804-301-2488

Dixon's Online Estate & Personal Property Auctions, Richmond, 804-598-5099


Virginia Credit Union

Multiple locations, 804-323-6800

With a legacy dating back to 1928, VACU has become a beacon of financial confidence. Formerly State Employees’ Credit Union Inc., it boasts a storied heritage while embracing a modern vision. It’s built a team embodying values of diversity, inclusion, and community engagement, with customers praising their customer service, transparent loan processes, and an ongoing dedication.

Atlantic Union Bank, Multiple locations, 800-990-4828

Truist, Multiple locations, 844-487-8478



Multiple locations, 804-747-0422

This nationwide automotive retailer is headquartered in Richmond and hosts several locations offering a comprehensive selection of pre-owned vehicles. Focused on transparency and customer satisfaction, it provides a streamlined and professional car-buying experience. Emphasizing reasonable costs and flexibility throughout the buying process, it’s a reliable choice for finding a new old car.

Ourisman Toyota of Richmond, Henrico, 804-655-0361

West Broad Honda, Richmond, 804-672-1111


Flagstop Car Wash

Multiple locations, 804-782-9274

Flagstop stands out with its basic, deluxe, and ultimate premium express car wash options. Noteworthy is their Unlimited RVA Wash Club, providing hassle-free, monthly access to premium wash amenities. Commended for accommodating even large pickup trucks and giving free vacuum access with every paid wash, this car cleaning stop is a reliable go-to.

Car Pool Car Wash, Henrico, 804-726-5405

Tommy's Express Car Wash

Multiple locations, 804-215-7057


Davenport & Company

Multiple locations, 804-780-2000

Headquartered in Richmond and scattered throughout the state, this business recently celebrated 160 years as an independent, employee-owned financial planning firm. Renowned for their expertise, they’ve steered clients through financial landscapes with precision. Beyond profits, their Davenport Shares initiative showcases a commitment to philanthropy, solidifying their role as not just financial advisors, but stewards of positive impact within the community.

Virginia Asset Management, Multiple locations, 804-330-0711

TCV Trust & Wealth Management, Richmond, 804-272-9044



New startup helps document cherished family possessions.

Have you ever looked at an old family heirloom with a murky past and wished it could tell its story? Richmond-based startup Advent Legacy wants to protect future generations from that very experience.

"We understand the value of some possessions comes down to much more than simple monetary worth," says founding CEO Carrie Dorsey. "Our goal is to provide meaningful context to your most treasured belongings and preserve memories for future generations.”

The process begins with a meticulous—sometimes multiday—home walk-through with Advent Legacy consultants. They work with you to identify and photograph important items, then ask questions about their story and record your answers. Once everything is covered, the team conducts further contextualizing research, then organizes the information in a digitized color catalog with inbuilt space for additional comments and legacy wishes. Clients also get a physical copy held in an easy-access binder. LinkedIn:@adventlegacycatalog



Multiple locations, 804-355-3800

This funeral home with four locations in Virginia acts as a pillar of compassion and professionalism during difficult times. Their dedicated staff, known for their empathy, guides bereaved families through every aspect of the funeral and burial process. Highly regarded for consistent and supportive communication, Bliley’s ensures that families feel comforted and cared for in the midst of grief.

Woody Funeral Homes, Multiple locations, 804-288-3013

Bennett Funeral Homes

Multiple locations, 804-359-4481


Allen, Allen, Allen, & Allen

Multiple locations, 866-865-1206

Four times the Allens means four times the level of care and dedication at this personal injury law firm. Its longstanding legacy and seasoned attorneys give clients a wealth of experience when it comes to legal matters. Besides working in courtrooms across Virginia, the firm is also known for its community programs partnering with local food banks, elevating teachers, and promoting education with various scholarships.

CowanGates, Richmond, 804-320-9100

McGuireWoods LLP, Richmond, 804-775-1000

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West End Antiques Mall

2004 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, 804-359-1600

Celebrating its 30th year, this antique shopping gem houses over 250 booths, a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles. From furniture and glassware to jewelry and fine art, the mall offers diverse selections featuring prominent mid-century modern dealers like TeeGeeBee Mid-Century and Retrology, with an ever-changing variety of designs. This mall also provides interesting garden features, including gargoyles and a range of planters.

The Lazy Daisy Gift Store, Multiple locations, 804-364-2320

RVA Antiques and Home Decor, Henrico, 804-716-4388


Barnes & Noble

Multiple locations, 800-843-2665

This tried-and-true reliable bookstore chain hosts four locations in Richmond, as well as others in Glen Allen and beyond. With a diverse book collection and a treasure trove of reading accessories, Legos, toys, and supplies to maintain various hobbies, these stores cater to all ages. Their informative help desk adds a personalized touch to the shopping experience, making it a haven for book lovers.

Shelf Life Books, Richmond, 804-422-8066

Fountain Bookstore Inc., Richmond, 804-788-1594


Revival Consignment

1131 Gaskins Rd., Henrico, 804-750-2200

A vibrant fusion of vintage and contemporary home décor, Revival hosts an ever-changing inventory of mirrors, rugs, furniture, lighting, and art. The store curates a high-low mix that radiates quality. Specializing in old and new pieces, this shop is a unique escape from the mainstream, making each visit a fresh exploration of consigned treasures waiting to be discovered for your home.

Clementine, Richmond, 804-358-2357

Next Time Consignment, Forest, 434-608-1200


Salt Wood Studios crafts one-of-a-kind mixed-media maps.

Richmond-based artist Chris Lombard was painting a seascape in 2020 when he thought, “What if instead of looking out on the ocean from the beach, I tried a birdseye view?” he says. “Then I thought, ‘But that’s 2D, how would you make it artistically interesting?’”

The question led Lombard down a career-altering, creative rabbit hole. He’d earned a BFA in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000 and spent more than a decade working as a decorative artist before pivoting to custom landscapes and portraits. But for whatever reason, “I started imagining these ornately detailed, mixed-media aerial maps of shorelines,” says Lombard, now 45. “And I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.”

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Lustre by Adolf 1539 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, 804-285-3671

This prestigious fine jewelry store presents a dazzling collection of diamond pieces and engagement and wedding rings. Notable for exceptional customer service, services include watch and jewelry repair, appraisal, and custom design. With a reputation for diamond expertise and sincere helpfulness, this store provides a sparkling, personalized experience for every client.

Schwarzschild Jewelers, Multiple locations, 804-355-2136

Fink's Jewelers, Multiple locations, 540-344-8697


laser-cutter and engraver. He used design software to draw the Chesapeake Bay peninsula of his home county of Gloucester and programmed the laser to cut it from an eighth-inch sheet of birchwood, which he then glued to a plyboard base. Next came crafting the Bay and York River from thin layers of tinted blue resin. Lombard then added realistic whorls of currents, sandbars, and topographical detail using acrylic paint. He finished it with a custom, salvaged lumber frame.

When Lombard posted photos on social media, requests for commissions started pouring in. He soon found himself crafting custom maps of neighborhoods, wedding locations, national parks, and more. In fact, demand has been so great, he bought a bigger laser-cutter and transformed his two-story garage into a purpose-built art and woodworking studio.


Coleman Brothers Flowers Inc. 2104 Dumbarton Rd., Richmond, 804-262-8681

This family-owned and operated florist shop specializes in a diverse range of floral designs. Centrally located for Richmond-area delivery, they offer a large selection of fresh flowers and plants, with customized flower arrangements including enchanting sets like the On One Knee Bouquet for proposals and the Think Pink Bouquet for baby girls.

Strange's Florists, Greenhouses and Garden Centers, Richmond, 804-360-2800

Vogue Flowers, Richmond, 804-353-9600


The Freckled Flower Farm 18065 Mountain Rd., Montpelier, 804-317-5231

At this fairytale-esque flower farm, blooms and creativity grow together. Owners Kelly and Sara transform their sustainable garden’s diverse flora into stunning wedding arrangements and customizable bouquets for order and pickup, as well as offering classes and workshops. Patrons find themselves immersed in the beauty of nature and the art of floral design with every visit.

Irvington Spring Farm, Lynchburg

Fourteen Acres, Richmond Instagram: FourteenAcres

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2924 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-342-1272

Mongrel’s charming atmosphere delights shoppers with an eclectic array of unique gifts, from sushi roll socks to whimsical paper crane incense holders. The store consistently refreshes its selection, ensuring a novel inventory of quirky options for every visit. Known for its extensive collection of amusing cards for various occasions, Mongrel stands out as the goto place where one can always find the ideal gift.

The Shops at 5807, Richmond, 804-288-5807

Tweed, Richmond, 804-249-3900


Franco's Fine Clothier Multiple locations, 804-264-2994

From its humble beginnings in 1972, Franco’s has evolved into a contemporary haven for impeccable tailoring and personalized service. Their in-person and online stores, backed by a passionate family-led team, are replete with master tailors and fine tuxedos. Customer testimonials underscore their commitment to making every guest feel confident in their choice, even those who arrive with little to no knowledge of suits.

Peter-Blair Men's Clothing, Richmond Facebook: Peter-Blair, 804-288-8123

Hite's Clothing, Clarksville, 434-374-5914



Plan 9 Music

3017 W. Cary St., Richmond, 804-353-9996

This cherished independent record store welcomes music enthusiasts to explore a curated selection of new and used records, CDs, cassettes, and stereo equipment. With a commitment to supporting independent and local musicians, the store presents an organized layout and a pleasant ambiance, inviting patrons to discover and appreciate a cacophony of diverse musical finds.

Deep Groove Records, Richmond

Facebook: Deep Groove, 804-278-9112

2nd & Charles, Multiple locations, 804-270-2940

Nab distinctive gifts and souvenirs at these top museum gift shops.

ot all museum gift shops are made equal. These top spots offer one-of-akind merchandise that lets you take home a slice of the experience or share it with family and friends.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond—The Commonwealth’s premier destination for fine art also brings primo shopping opportunities. Here you’ll find fun, branded staples like bumper stickers and refrigerator magnets alongside a curated selection of goods inspired by current exhibitions.

Gari Melchers Home And Studio, Fredericksburg—The historic 27-acre country retreat of renowned portrait artist, muralist, and American Impressionist painter Gari Melchers and his wife, Corrine, features a visitor center, expansive gardens, an 18th-century home that’s been transformed into a museum, and a gallery with more than 1,600 pieces of art. Its shop offers everything from Melcherthemed art prints, stationary, and Christmas ornaments, to antique furniture and locally made jewelry.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia—Did you know one of the world’s finest collections of Australian indigenous art is housed in a historic home museum on the outskirts of downtown Charlottesville? The Kluge-Ruhe holds more than 2,000 objects that span a variety of media, including bark paintings, sculpture, photography, prints, and artifacts. Its gift shop is stocked with handmade items like traditional wooden dishes, baskets, bark paintings, and wallets from certified Aboriginal artists and artisans.

James Monroe’s Highland—Immerse yourself in the world of the fifth U.S. president at this magnificently restored, 1,000-acre Charlottesville estate and living history museum. Tour the property’s sprawling gardens, plantation grounds, and a home built by Monroe in 1799. Don’t miss the gift shop and visitor center, which brings an interesting medley of goodies that range from Antebellum-focused history books to local honey and jams, heirloom-quality textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and wood sculptures from regional juried artisans.



DICK's Sporting Goods

Multiple locations, 877-846-9997

This national chain scatters its vast sporting goods offerings across Virginia with several statewide locations. DICK’s is recognized for its comprehensive selection of athletic apparel and high-performance sports and outdoor gear. Its knowledgeable, supportive retail staff makes it a preferred choice for athletes and explorers seeking reliable equipment and advice.

Green Top Sporting Goods, Ashland, 804-550-2188

Walkabout Outfitter, Richmond, 804-342-5890


5807 Grove Ave., Richmond Facebook: Levys, 804-673-0177

A true shopping haven, this boutique in Richmond offers fashion and flair with the help of its dedicated, supportive staff. Their curated selection of designer items includes coveted brands like Tory Burch, but Levys also carries everything from formal evening wear to essential outfit basics. The store’s signature pink-striped sign beckons you to explore.

Hite's Clothing, Clarksville, 434-374-5914

For Posh Sake, Mechanicsville, 804-569-2713

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Bangkok Noi Thai Cuisine

6724 Main St., Gloucester, 804-695-1177

This colorful Thai dining experience features a myriad of Asian favorites, from flavorful curries and noodles to vegetarian options and sushi. Guests rave about the crispy pork belly in basil sauce, pad Thai with customizable spice levels, and refreshing mango sticky rice. The attentive service, coupled with tasty cocktails, makes it a top choice for diners.

Chao Phraya Thai and Sushi Grill, Kilmarnock, 804-577-4261

Great Fortune Chinese Restaurant, Kilmarnock, 804-435-6333


Scoot's BBQ

2091 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Gloucester Point, 804-993-7063

Scoot’s beckons with a flavor-packed journey. The BBQ Scoots Bowl, a combo of barbecue, macaroni, and beans, showcases just-right portions. The unconventional yet delectable Cuban sandwich, sans ham, steals the show with a medley of flavors, paired with a variety of barbecue sauces. The reasonable prices and cozy vibe promise a welcome dining escape.

Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que, Williamsburg, 757-565-2955

Northern Neck BBQ at The Barn, Montross


Car Wash Cafe & Catering

481 N. Main St., Kilmarnock Facebook: Car Wash Cafe & Catering, 804-435-0405

Formerly a convenience store, this allAmerican cafe and car wash offers highquality, homemade regional favorites for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. Indulge in dishes like Huevos Rancheros, Blueberry Pancakes, their renowned Grits, or seafood creations including yearround crab cakes and seasonal Soft Shell Crab and Rockfish sandwiches.

Java Jacks Cafe, Tappahannock, 804-443-5225

Olivia's in the Village, Gloucester Facebook: Olivia's in the Village, 804-694-0057



Casting lines and sipping pints in Cape Charles.

Sip beer on the seashore at Cape Charles Brewing Co., a brewing destination that pays homage to fishing, family, and fulfilling libations. In 2018, brothers Mark and Chris Marshall teamed up with their mother, Deborah, to make their dream of a craft beer destination in Cape Charles a reality. The brewery hosts the coastal charm typical of the town, offering a food menu that includes crab and clam dishes, while introducing fresh tastes and hearty hops in their creative drink creations. Beer varieties are named for their local roots; the Assateague Island New England IPA tempts with tropical, fruity notes, and the Summer of Love Lager lingers with Hibiscus Flower infusions, reminiscent of the area’s blissful, iconically serene summers.


NN Burger

303 Queen St., Tappahannock, 804-925-6100

This local treasure prides itself on serving only fresh, never frozen, quality beef. From hand-crafted burgers, lobster rolls, and sandwiches to house-made NN Crispers and Freakshakes, each item is crafted with care, and the Rum Runner cocktail stands out as a special treat. The dog-friendly patios offer outdoor seating, complemented by the sound of live music from the NN Stage.

Small Town Burger, Kilmarnock

The Backdraft, Kinsale Facebook: The Backdraft, 804-472-4200


Willaby's Cafe and Catering

327 Old Ferry Rd., White Stone, 804-435-3669

For more than 25 years, Willaby’s has been crafting traditional and unique catering menus. From intimate luncheons and festive weddings to lively cocktail parties and casual barbecues, they infuse creativity into every event. Their experienced team tailors custom menus

to reflect individual tastes, ensuring memorable, personalized meals. Client testimonials commend the business for exceptional service, amicable staff, and delicious food.

TASTE, Virginia Beach, 757-425-3011 Creekside Cafe & Market, Hayes, 804-642-5378


Front Porch Coffee House

139 S. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-577-4103

This welcoming spot in Kilmarnock sets the gold standard for coffee shops, offering top-tier coffee, pastries, and Graeter’s Ice Cream from Cincinnati. The sociable, knowledgeable staff maintains a clean, inviting atmosphere, perfect for relaxing with family and friends of all ages. Its many seating options, wheelchair accessibility, and busy yet genial vibe all create an ideal hangout spot in Kilmarnock.

The Art of Coffee, Montross, 804-493-9651

Java Jacks Cafe, Tappahannock, 804-443-5225


Relish Restaurant and Wine Bar

115 Main St., Warsaw, 804-761-6727

Relish pleasantly surprises guests with gourmet dishes in an unassuming setting, with a menu of creative gourmet meals and a range of cocktails and beers. The ambiance is unpretentious and welcoming, attracting locals and visitors alike.

A culinary gem in the Northern Neck, Relish stands out with its talented chef, impeccable service, and divine dishes like expertly pan-seared scallops and refreshing banana cheesecake.

Adrift, White Stone, 804-577-4188

The White Dog Bistro, Mathews, 804-725-7680


Small Town Burger 81 S. Main St., Kilmarnock

This food truck isn’t just a meal stop—it’s good times, great food, and the warmth of community. This casual, cool joint beckons with an outdoor setup where lobster rolls and succulent burgers steal the show. The owner and staff affably welcome guests, even furry ones, in a petfriendly environment. With ample parking and a charming open-air atmosphere, each visit is delicious and fun.

The Flippin Yellow Truck, Callao Facebook: Flippin Yellow Truck Terrie's Place, Kilmarnock, 804-435-0400


Short Lane Ice Cream Co. 6721 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Gloucester, 804-695-2999

In a historic former store and post office, Short Lane Ice Cream Co. exudes cheerful vibes with its old-fashioned ice cream parlor charm. Patrons adore its signature antique and ice-creamy décor, encouraging a uniquely pleasing ambiance. Its generous portions of real-flavor goodness in waffle cones, as well as the friendly staff and accessible prices, make it a must-visit creamery.

Chitterchats Ice Cream Parlor, Reedville, 804-453-3335

ACME Ice Cream Parlor, Tappahannock Facebook: Acme Ice Cream Parlor, 804-445-2258

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Masala Craft 5223 Monticello Ave. Suite E, Williamsburg, 757-808-7045

This eatery brings India to your plate in a flavorful journey of savory tastes and spices. Owned by the Arora family, chef Avinash’s culinary mastery infuses each dish with aromatic richness. The Tandoori Chicken and Chana Masala are standouts, and the spice scale caters to all palates. Visit to experience its bustling atmosphere, helpful staff, and a glutenfree-friendly menu.

Spice Palace Indian Restaurant, Williamsburg, 757-220-3030

Saffron Indian Bistro, Virginia Beach, 757-644-6904


Tony & Milena's Pizzeria 2364 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Hayes, 804-684-0708

With a specialization in New York style, Traditional, and European style, this spot has pizza fanatics raving. Reviews serenade the delectable garlic knots, thin, flaky crusts, and standout eggplant Parmesan. Loyal customers commend the service and quality, making the pizzeria a must-visit foodie treasure. Discover a charming slice of Gloucester at this hidden gem.

Angelo’s Restaurant & Raw Bar, Montross, 804-493-8694

Sal’s By Victor, Williamsburg, 757-220-2641


Los Portales Mexican Restaurant Multiple Locations, 804-443-0132

This menu unleashes a flavor fiesta that’s nothing short of sensational. Sizzling fajitas and the luscious Camarones Cancun stealing the culinary spotlight. Guests rave about the portion-perfect deals and wallet-friendly prices. The attentive staff designs an experience that goes beyond the ordinary, making every visit memorable. For a quick fix, their drive-thru is a pitstop paradise for those passing through town.

Mi Jalisco Family Mexican Restaurant, Urbanna, 804-758-2011

Juan's Mexican Cafe and Cantina, Hayes, 804-642-5401



Customized culinary bites and a secret sauce.

The Cheese Shop in historic Williamsburg is renowned for its cheese, of course, but also for its delicious, made-to-order sandwiches— with delectable ingredients filling each bite. Classics like turkey and cheese get a personalized treatment with customizable additions of greens, tomatoes, house dressing, mayonnaise, and mustard, plus the customer’s choice of bread and cheese (their French bread rules). The shop also offers vegetarian and gluten-free options. Oh, and that house dressing? Just know that it’s good enough to keep regulars coming back years after moving out of town and can be bought bottled for your home-cooking convenience. The actual secret behind what makes the sauce so mouthwatering remains a mystery. The best way to solve it is to order more sandwiches.


Merrior 784 Locklies Creek Rd., Topping, 804-758-2871

The heart of this dining experience right on the Rappahannock River lies in its expansive outdoor seating. Bask in the serene ambiance, surrounded by nature and the rhythmic activities of oystermen and passing boats. A bit off the beaten path, Merroir rewards visitors with an idyllic spot for al fresco dining, presenting delectable cuisine and breathtaking riverside views.

YROC - York River Oyster Company Coastal Bar & Grill, Gloucester Point, 804-792-1511

The Crazy Crab, Reedville Facebook: The Crazy Crab, 804-453-6789


Angelo's Restaurant & Raw Bar 15835 Kings Hwy., Montross, 804-493-8694

At this culinary cornerstone, there are dine-in, carry-out, and catering options, welcoming patrons to hand-tossed pizzas and a fresh seafood steamer bar. Praise abounds for their extensive array of menu items, including gyros and subs but also great takes on pizza classics like a simple pepperoni, complemented by a glutenfree crust option. Family-owned and cherished, Angelo’s is a beloved spot.

Tony & Milena's Pizzeria, Hayes, 804-684-0708

DeadRise Pies, Cape Charles, 757-331-6232


The Cheese Shop

410 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, 757-220-0298

Delight in the classic flavors at this shop, with options that pair their world-class cheese with meats including roast beef, turkey, ham, and more. Crafted with top-tier meats, cheeses, and daily-baked bread, these favorites stand the test of time, ensuring a satisfying experience for every sandwich enthusiast.

Sweet Tooth Cafe & Bakery, Gloucester, 804-824-9898

TASTE, Multiple Locations, 757-464-1566



784 Locklies Creek Rd., Topping, 804-758-2871

Settled on the Rappahannock River’s banks, Merroir acts as a one-of-a-kind tasting room, showcasing the excellence of its oyster cultivation. Offering a smallplate-style menu, each dish, whether raw or grilled, harmonizes with craft brews and renowned wines. The seasonal, ever-changing options promise surprises, while the outdoor setting provides a scenic backdrop. Dishes like crab cakes, ceviche, and oysters deliver delectation amid sailboats and sunset views.

The Crazy Crab, Reedville Facebook: The Crazy Crab, 804-453-6789

Sandpiper Restaurant, White Stone Facebook: Sandpiper Restaurant, Inc., 804-435-6176


Opus 9 Steakhouse 5143 Main St., Williamsburg, 757-645-4779

The stylish décor and diverse menu create an exceptional experience at this refined venue for business lunches or intimate dining. Indulge in aged Prime Steaks and fine wines, concluding with house-made Bananas Foster Cheesecake or Chocolate Concerto. The Seafood Trio and New York Strip showcase culinary excellence. Opus 9 is truly the magnum opus of local steak.

The Oaks Restaurant, Lively Facebook: The Oaks Restaurant, 804-462-7050 The Backdraft, Kinsale Facebook: The Backdraft, 804-472-4200


Food For Thought 1647 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, 757-645-4665

With walls adorned with biographical images and inspiring quotes, this gem serves classic American with dietary-safe options. Highlights include the vegan and gluten-free Raspberry Hazelnut Torte, Cilantro Lime Chicken with customizable choices, and the vegetarian masterpiece, The Ultimate Vegetarian, offering a rare taste of Southern comfort for those with dietary restrictions.

The White Dog Bistro, Mathews, 804-725-7680

Unitea & Coffee Co, Warsaw Facebook: Unitea & Coffee Co, 804-250-2368

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Michelle's Sweet Treats


122-126 St. Johns St., Warsaw, 804-761-7565

This sweet tooth paradise has evolved from a humble farmer’s market endeavor to a thriving bakery. Bursting with nostalgia, this quaint establishment crafts an array of homemade delights—from award-winning French apple pies to delectable banana bread and specialty cakes. The sweet aroma envelops visitors, inviting them to indulge in the authentic taste of made-from-scratch treats, meticulously prepared and tailored for various occasions.

Out of the Oven Bakery, White Stone, 804-577-4187

Sweet Tooth Cafe & Bakery, Gloucester, 804-824-9898


Michelle's Sweet Treats

122-126 St. Johns St., Warsaw, 804-761-7565

Reminiscent of the scents and sweet tastes from grandma’s kitchen, this chocolatier crafts delectable sweets from scratch. Find cream puffs towering with light cream and decadent chocolate, as well as a world of chocolate M&M cookies, fudge mini cakes, chocolate chip cheesecake eggs, and more. The sugary shop promises a satisfying experience for all chocoholics.

Country Cottage, White Stone, 804-435-3812

Wythe Candy & Gourmet Shop, Williamsburg, 757-229-4406


Garner's Produce 22645 Kings Hwy., Warsaw, 804-493-3013

A hub of sustainable agriculture, Garner’s offers an exemplary CSA program. Subscribers to this 12-week initiative receive weekly boxes filled with fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. From crisp apples to Swiss chard, the CSA promotes a journey into seasonal and local culinary experiences. Each box, carefully curated, supports a two to four-person household.

Old Tavern Farm, Quinton, 804-382-3522

Dug In Farms, White Stone, 804-580-1567



Find fresh catch and California flair at this dynamic marina.

Gliding into the York River Yacht Haven after a long day on the water is an experience made even better if you know you’ll be having dinner at YROC Coastal Bar & Grill. Directly adjacent to the yacht haven’s marina, YROC it’s as much about the boats moored along the piers as it is about an authentic, fresh, maritime dining experience.

It was once York River Oyster Company, a small town seafood joint in Gloucester Point, but in 2020, Bryce Moretti refreshed the space with a new vision in mind. Its new name— YROC—not only signals its new chapter, but pays homage to its history.

Moretti took on the vision with determination, completely remodeling the place after a cross-country move from San Diego. Taking advantage of its prime waterfront location,


Irvington Farmers Market

98 King Carter Dr., Irvington

This bustling gathering of more than 100 regional vendors includes an array of handmade crafts, delectable bakery goods, artisanal cheeses, and captivating artworks. Stroll through a lineup of merchandise, from unique clothing and jewelry to furniture and crafts, while a lively ambiance awakens with free musical performances at the gazebo. With free books, gardening tips, and more, it’s a can’t-miss community experience.

Garner's Produce, Warsaw, 804-493-3013

Ware Neck Produce, Gloucester 804-694-0708

YROC now offers indoor and outdoor dining with fabulous marina and York River views. Lawn chairs and string lights dotting the outdoor areas draw diners in, and the food keeps them coming back.

The dishes at YROC are designed to reflect the local treasures of this seafood hotspot while bringing in Californian influence to complete the West Coast-meets-East Coast vibe. Classics like the Seafood Boil, Gumbo, and Fish ‘n’ Chips are matched with innovations like Mac ‘n’ Cheese Eggrolls and a Scallop Volcano. Al fresco dining is enhanced with sunset views, tropical craft cocktails, and the area’s iconic oysters.

YROC’s Little Pirates kids’ menu, brunch menu, and catering menu all complement the restaurant’s standard dishes. Boat or no boat, this is the place to be.


The Cheese Shop

410 W. Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, 757-220-0298

Renowned in its culinary niche, the shop’s success is fueled by a dedicated staff, loyal customers, and exceptional purveyors. Hundreds of top-tier specialty food products fill shelves, originating from makers worldwide. The heart of the business is, naturally, the cheese counter, offering hand-crafted nibbles from across the globe.

Nuttall's Store, Gloucester, 804-693-3067

Northern Neck Popcorn Bag Multiple locations, 804-577-4200


Specials Wine Seller

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

In a 4,000-square-foot wine wonderland with over 1,000 labels, priced from $8.99 to $899, this shop is a wine lover’s gold mine. Beyond wines, discover gourmet cheeses, fresh-baked bread, handmade truffles, and unique entertaining items, and attend free Friday wine tastings. Whether seeking a beach picnic treat, a quick hostess gift, or a cellar treasure, this seller will help you find it all.

Kelsick Specialty Market, Gloucester, 804-693-6500

Wind Vineyards, Tappahannock, 804-238-5544

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Gloucester Brewing Company

6778 Main St., Gloucester, 804-210-1407

This business fulfills Gloucester County’s dream of a local microbrewery on Main Street. The journey began with head brewer Myron Ware cultivating a taste for robust beer. Partnering with Mike Brewer in a garage operation, they perfected the brewery’s now-staples, including the ever-popular Hills Bay IPA. With a passion for beer science, they’ve created an authentic, tasty experience.

Callao Brewing Company, Callao Facebook: Callao Brewing Company, 804-529-1042

Cape Charles Brewing Co., Cape Charles, 757-695-3909


Ditchley Cider Works

1571 Ditchley Rd., Kilmarnock, 804-435-3851

With about 162 acres of picturesque beachfront, orchards, farmland, and historical buildings, this cidery marries antiquity and innovation. The property, dating back to the mid-1600s, is now a veteran-owned business producing hard apple cider from its orchards and raising grass-fed cattle and heritage hogs. Explore the flavors of their homegrown drinks or venture into nearby waters or countryside.

Montross Brewery, Montross Facebook: Montross Brewery & Beer Garden, 804-313-7477

Sly Clyde Ciderworks, Hampton, 757-755-3130


The Backdraft

7415 Oldhams Rd., Kinsale Facebook: The Backdraft, 804-472-4200


Known for its lively bar scene, Kinsale presents a warm and inviting environment where people from all walks of life come together. The Backdraft’s efficient service and wide range of beers and cocktails have made it a beloved spot among locals. Indulge in highly-lauded drinks, groove to live music, and catch thrilling sports events.

Cape Charles Distillery, Cape Charles, 757-695-3737

Dredge, Irvington, 804-438-6363


Sweet treats in Chincoteague.

The goodies at Sandy Pony Donuts are hot, fresh, and made-to-order. And the best part? They’re right by the beach. Sandy Pony’s signature sugary glazes and creative flavors fill donut boxes from Annapolis to Bethany Beach, but their beachy summer vibes originate from Virginia’s quirky Chincoteague Island location. “That is where it all began!” says owner Brea Wang. “We started out of a 16-foot trailer in spring of 2015. A lot of the donut names are after the wild ponies who roam the land on Assateague Island.”

Surrounded by the island’s idyllic waterfront and seasonally open during warmer months, this sweet treat staple is housed in two wildly colorful food trucks. Each is emblazoned with images of the assorted donut varieties as well as Sandy Pony’s well-known

logo of a red-maned pony sporting pink pearls. Like many of the donut names, the iconic mascot pays homage to the island’s famed wild horse herd and annual pony swim, where hundreds of wild ponies are guided across the Assateague Channel.

The mouthwatering menu at Sandy Pony embraces the island’s themes, featuring coconut creations like Sea Foam and the honey glaze and bacon-topped Porky Pony. Wang says Porky Pony is a crowd favorite, along with Ms. Sandy, Surfer Dude, and Aww Shucks. Stop by the Chincoteague trucks for a taste of these whimsical morsels and a real “mom-and-pop” vibe, as Wang describes it. Sandy Pony caters to gluten-free diets and offers açaí bowls, bubble tea, and dairy-free, soy-free, and veganfriendly smoothies, too.


Copper Fox Distillery 901 Capitol Landing Rd., Williamsburg, 757-903-2076

This distillery’s roots lie in owner Rick Wasmund’s childhood fascination with wood smoke and his love for Scotch whiskey. After learning traditional techniques in Scotland, he returned home and founded Copper Fox, crafting the world's first applewood-aged whiskey. Their innovative process yields a unique flavor profile. Each sip embodies a rich, fullbodied experience unlike any other.

Tarnished Truth Distilling Co., Virginia Beach, 757-965-9652

Ironclad Distillery Co., Newport News


Good Luck Cellars 1025 Goodluck Rd., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1416

At this winery, luck is mixed into every pour. Guests are welcome to taste the serendipity throughout the week, with several special events to celebrate—enjoy Friday night music with food trucks and savor Sangria Sundays. Five-flight tastings, wine by the glass, and bottle sales are offered, complemented by indoor seating, a cozy fireplace, and a wraparound porch.

Wind Vineyards, Tappahannock, 804-238-5544

Chatham Vineyards & Winery, Machipongo

photos courtesy of brea wang
Sandy Pony owners Benjamin and Brea Wang. Aww Shucks Porky Pony

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Community Oyster Roast at Chesapeake Academy 107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575

The annual, beloved oyster roast captures the essence of Southern tradition, offering sacks of local oysters roasted over grills alongside a menu of fried oysters, clam chowder, hot dogs, and hamburgers. Beer, wine, and soft drinks are included. The event is heralded as an unmissable community gathering. Proceeds support Chesapeake Academy’s academic programs and financial assistance initiatives.

St. Stephen’s Strawberry Festival, Heathsville, 804-724-4238

Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Oyster Roast, Reedville, 804-453-6529


Gloucester Arts Festival

6894 Main St., Gloucester, 804-210-1187

June in Gloucester comes alive with this vibrant celebration, orchestrated by the Cook Foundation. Kicking off with the spirited Brews, Brine & Wine, revelers indulge in oysters and beer while Plein Air artists depict the area’s scenic beauty on canvas. From the Paint Main event to Cocktails in the Garden, the town bursts with artistic energy.

Rappahannock Art League Labor Day Art Show, Kilmarnock, 804-436-9309

Arts in the Middle Fine Arts Festival, Urbanna


RAL Art Center

19 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-436-9309

This art haunt is a testament to the Northern Neck’s artistic brilliance. With captivating paintings, pottery, textiles, and more, monthly First Friday showcases reveal new exhibits. Even those new to the art scene can find their groove, with diverse classes for every skill level and an enticing, well-priced gift shop.

Arts on Main, Gloucester, 804-824-9464

Art of Coffee, Montross, 804-493-9651



Compass Entertainment Complex

100 Entertainment Dr., Irvington, 804-884-4386

Although it may be known for its kidfriendly fun, this vast complex emerges as a versatile entertainment destination—offering a spectrum of attractions, from a luxury cinema to an arcade, a batting cage, and a full-service restaurant. Adults are welcome to unwind with craft beers and cocktails in reclining cinema seats or at the bar.

TopGolf, Virginia Beach, 757-544-9217

Lemon Tree Gallery and Studio, Cape Charles LemonTree.Gallery, 757-331-4327


Urbanna Oyster Festival 390 Virginia St., Urbanna, 804-758-2122

A modern evolution of the old Urbanna Days, this event draws 50,000 people to its little town over two days each November. With streets closed for the festivities, the town hosts more than 50 food vendors offering every imaginable oyster preparation and festival treats. Activities span arts, crafts, antique auto shows, children’s events, and live bands.

Daffodil Festival, Gloucester, 804-693-4042

Taste By the Bay: Wine, Food, Arts & Ale, Irvington, 804-435-6092


LOVEwork in Cape Charles 21 Bay Ave., Cape Charles, 757-678-2303

This LOVE sign aims to encapsulate Cape Charles’ essence. The “L” of sea glass and seashells reflects coastal charm. The tractor tire “O” pays homage to the town’s agricultural roots. The “V” features kayaks for adventure, while the “E,” made from crab pots, symbolizes the aquaculture.

LOVEwork at NN Burger, Tappahannock, 804-925-6100

LOVEwork in Lancaster County, Kilmarnock, 804-435-6092


Delve into the deep heritage of Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Barrier islands are long, skinny land masses bordered by the ocean on one side and lagoons on the other, serving as storm protection for the main coastline and refuge for indigenous wildlife. The Eastern Shore’s series of islands is one of the longest stretches of undeveloped land in Virginia, with a storied connection to the oceanside environment and community. At the Barrier Islands Center in Machipongo, visitors can experience coastal life of the past in historic poorhouses-turned-museums. While storms in the 1930s forced barrier island residents to relocate to the Eastern Shore’s mainland, the rich history and traditions of the area endured and are carefully preserved through exhibits at the Barrier Islands Center. With free admission to the museums, a plethora of classes, regular craftsmen-led lectures and workshops, and celebrations throughout the year, the Center is simultaneously a hub of cultural learning and fun.


Compass Cinema Six

100 Entertainment Dr., Irvington 804-884-4386

As the region’s premier six-screen luxury boutique movie theater, this cinema presents new films as well as limited releases and special events. Seats can be reserved online or at the lobby kiosk, allowing time for grub at Meridian Bar & Grill. Recline in comfort, and savor Dolby surround sound and crisp laser projection, especially on Tuesday when all movies are $8.

York River Crossing Cinemas, Hayes, 804-642-5873

Movie Tavern, Williamsburg, 757-941-5362


Reedville Fishermen’s Museum 504 Main St., Reedville, 804-453-6529

This museum narrates the maritime tale of cozy, coastal Reedville, situated on the Chesapeake Bay. Now a major commercial fishing hub, the town showcases a contemporary menhaden fleet and diverse seaside activities. The museum, housed in a meticulously restored 1875 home, unfolds the story of a turn-of-thecentury waterman’s abode.

Virginia Living Museum, Newport News, 757-595-1900

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach, 757-385-3474

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Music on the Half Shell Stage

1 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1552

Listen as the melodies of Music on the Half Shell Stage drift out of Kilmarnock’s Town Centre Park. The outdoor venue, complete with an amphitheater, sets the stage for unforgettable summer nights under the stars. From soulful blues to smooth jazz and twangy country, this event series promises an eclectic musical journey. With local food and vendors present, each night of this tradition radiates community.

Flat Iron Crossroads, Gloucester, 804-557-4888

Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, 757-368-3000


The Westmoreland Players 16217 Richmond Rd., Callao, 804-529-9345

With a full season of comedies, dramas, and musicals, Westmoreland Players enriches local culture. The talented staff, skilled in acting, directing, and design, consistently delivers professional-quality shows. A beacon in the community, the intimate theater captivates audiences with its impressive productions. Despite its small size, the venue and its team exude charm, organization, and polish, drawing praise for the fantastic actors and engaging atmosphere.

The Court House Players, Gloucester, 804-815-8504

The Lancaster Players, White Stone, 804-435-3776


The Westmoreland Players Theatre 16217 Richmond Rd., Callao, 804-529-9345

This rural, unassuming yet inviting theater is a true local gem. The building generates a calm, welcoming vibe with a lovely green color palette and comfortable seating, as well as a cash bar offering wine, beer, coffee, or tea. Known for excellent production values, this stage has hosted performances like A Christmas Carol and Of Mice and Men

The Lancaster Players, White Stone, 804-435-3776

Historic Palace Theatre, Cape Charles, 757-331-4327


Try these kayak adventures.

The Salt Marshes, between Virginia’s barrier islands and the Eastern Shore’s mainland, are teeming with flora and fauna. Explore this beautiful part of the state with Chesapean Outdoors nature tours. Paddle through the marshes, listen to the birds, and stop by the deserted beach of Metompkin Island. Other adventures this Virginia Beach outfitter offers include paddling above the sand flats of Broad Bay on the border of First Landing State Park. The park has the largest concentration of osprey in the area and several pairs of resident bald eagles. For a more heart-pounding adventure, join their Dolphin Ocean Adventure around Cape Henry and spot dolphins among the waves. For those who prefer to expend less adrenaline, the Calm Water Dolphin Trip or Dolphin Kayaking in Chesapeake Bay are two options.


Menokin Road Farm 2709 Menokin Rd., Warsaw, 804-761-9429

Owners Keith and Janie Peyton, inspired by their daughter’s dream wedding, crafted this barn from locally sourced pine and poplar, making this unique venue a picturesque, personalized setting for a special day. Nestled in farmland, the rustic timber frame barn with a loft provides a truly beguiling backdrop for a range of events. Accommodating up to 150 guests, the barn extends to outside grounds for ceremonies and tents.

Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville, 804-776-7200

The Inn at Warner Hall, Gloucester, 800-331-2720



Woof & Wag

723 Hamilton Blvd., Warsaw, 804-456-8364

As the name suggests, dogs eagerly anticipate their visit to this groomer—tails start wagging when they walk through the door. Clients praise the accommodating scheduling, superb de-shedding, and friendly handling, especially for less socialized pups. The staff’s enthusiasm and skill shine through, with adorable bandanas as an added touch to each makeover.

4 Leggers Daycare, Boarding and Grooming LLC, Irvington 4-Leggers-Daycare-Boarding-and-Grooming-LLC., 804-577-4280

Bayside Pet Emporium, White Stone, 804-435-3548


Northern Neck Dog Training 6954 Northumberland Hwy., Heathsville, 703-345-1680

Find here comprehensive programs tailored to your dog’s needs. From Puppy Kindergarten fostering socialization to Polite Pooch for basic manners, they cover it all. Advance to the Canine Good Citizen program for therapy dog certification. The company’s approach includes understanding behavior origins, ensuring a tailored, effective training or rehabilitation plan.

The Good Dog, Yorktown, 757-527-2265

Eastern Shore Dog, Machipongo Facebook: Eastern Shore Dog, 703-789-7715


Bayside Pet Emporium 78 Whisk Dr., White Stone, 804-435-3548

This premier pet boarding facility is equipped with spacious cages, cozy cots, and bedding for pets. Dogs can frolic in five expansive fields, while a separate tranquil room caters to feline guests. Recently remodeled, Bayside continues to excel, providing professional care, grooming, retail, and veterinary services, along with a daycare program. Trustworthy and affordable, it has earned glowing reviews for its attentive and compassionate staff. Wingmont Stables & Kennels, Aylett, 804-994-2712

4 Leggers Daycare, Boarding and Grooming, Irvington 4-Leggers-Daycare-Boarding-and-Grooming-LLC., 804-577-4280


Heathsville Animal Clinic

6424 Northumberland Hwy., Heathsville, 804-580-5135

With three locations in the Northern Neck, this clinic specializes in small animal veterinary care. Services encompass in-house CBC and chemistry, digital radiology, ultrasound, thearapeutic laser, cautery, and general dentistry and surgery. Emphasizing year-round flea, tick, and heartworm prevention, they advocate for optimal pet health through tailored care and early problem detection.

Warsaw Animal Clinic, Warsaw, 804-333-3433

Kilmarnock Animal Hospital, Kilmarnock, 804-435-6320

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Compass Entertainment Complex

100 Entertainment Dr., Irvington, 804-884-4386

From indoor climbing walls and go-kart races to bumper car bulldozing and minigolf, the fun knows no bounds at this one-stop entertainment destination. With a destination movie theater, a kids zone, an obstacle course, virtual reality games, ice skating, and more, it’s a state-of-theart hangout spot. Bring the kids for an action-packed adventure on every visit.

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, 757-229-4386

Cape Charles Beach, Cape Charles CapeCharlesVirginiasCape, 757-678-2303


Chesapeake Academy

107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575

Settled on Carter’s Creek near the Rappahannock River, the academy is a dynamic learning space. With a mission to inspire curiosity, creativity, and integrity, the school provides an environment where critical thinking and collaboration thrive. From project-based learning to outdoor classrooms and athletic prowess, it combines innovation, community engagement, and character values.

Aylett Country Day School, Bruington, 804-443-3214

Ware Academy, Gloucester, 804-693-3825


Chesapeake Academy 107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575

Embodying a commitment to fostering young minds, this academy is a nurturing early childhood environment, encouraging essential skill development through imaginative, hands-on learning. From arts and crafts to guided play, each child is led to be a confident, enthusiastic learner. Social development thrives in group activities, emphasizing cooperation and kindness. It lays a foundation for learning with art, music, physical education, and Spanish programs.

Aylett Country Day School, Bruington, 804-443-3214

Ware Academy, Gloucester, 804-693-3825


Chesapeake Academy Summer Camp

107 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5575

The academy offers a whirlwind of captivating summer camps, each a fresh adventure. Campers dive into aquatic wonders with Northern Neck Explorers and embrace their creative side at the Arts & Theatre Camp, a creative venture where young minds craft inspiring productions. From sweets-filled Fun Day Sundae to the experimental chaos of Mad Science, these camps promise a kaleidoscope of fun summer experiences.

Camp Kekoka YMCA/APYC, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3616

Aylett Country Day School, Bruington, 804-443-3214



Kilmarnock Inn

34 E. Church St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-0034

This inn champions history and hospitality. Surrounding a courtyard, each cottage bears a Virginia-born president’s name, offering unique charm. From the romantic Monroe Cottage to the pet-friendly Taylor and Tyler Cottages, every room features a private bathroom and deck. The property also houses a putting green, gardens, and a 200-year-old pecan tree.

The Hope & Glory Inn, Irvington, 804-438-6053

The Essex Inn, Tappahannock, 804-443-9900


Colonial Williamsburg 101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, 888-965-7254

As the world’s largest living history museum, this not-for-profit educational institution recaptures the spirit of the 18th-century capital of Virginia. Established in 1926 by Rev. Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin and John D. Rockefeller Jr., it continues to unfold the stories of diverse lives that shaped America’s birth. Immerse in iconic sites, interact with working tradespeople, and explore two distinguished art museums.

Stratford Hall, Stratford, 804-493-8038

Historic Christ Church & Museum, Weems, 804-438-6855



Visit the Hermitage Museum & Gardens along the Lafayette.

Atrip to the Hermitage Museum & Gardens in Norfolk—with its some 5,000 works of art, sweeping expanse of serene gardens decorated with pristine sculptures, and cozy Arts and Crafts style architecture—is a fairytale-like escape. Surrounded on three sides by the Lafayette River and filled with iconic treasures from around the world, the museum is a testament to the original owner. The early 20th century house once belonged to patron of the arts Florence Sloane, who built an art collection spanning pottery, woodwork, tapestries, and paintings. With free admission, visitors can see the Sloane collection and a lineup of specialty rotating exhibits Tuesdays through Sundays. Outside the impressive mansion, the Hermitage’s 12 acres of semiformal gardens continue to awe guests. The picturesque grounds feature a one-of-a-kind 1920s Italian fountain, a rose garden, authentic historic mill stones, and Edward McCartan’s enchanting bronze fountain, "Girl Drinking From a Shell."


Tides Inn

480 King Carter Dr., Irvington, 804-438-5000

This idyllic getaway spot offers waterfront tranquility on the Chesapeake Bay, just a stone’s throw away from city life. Guided by a resident ecologist, Tides Inn champions eco-conscious activities, cognizant of the importance of shoreline flora and fauna. Its 70 guest rooms and suites embrace nature with picturesque views of water, shorelines, and gardens. The hotel accommodates boats as well, with a 27-slip overnight marina.

The Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg, 757-220-7978

Kilmarnock Inn, Kilmarnock, 804-435-0034


The Tides Inn

480 King Carter Dr., Irvington, 804-438-5000

Tucked away along the pristine Chesapeake Bay, the resort beckons with varied accommodations—choose from resortview rooms and waterfront suites outfitted with balconies of breathtaking water vistas. A daily resort fee unlocks a wealth of amenities, from clay tennis courts to peaceful sunrise stretch classes. And as a haven for blue herons and ospreys, it invites guests to deepen their connection to nature.

Great Wolf Lodge, Williamsburg, 800-551-9653

The Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg, 757-220-7978

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Westmoreland State Park 145 Cliff Rd., Montross, 804-493-8821

This park, sitting on the northern neck of the Potomac River, beautifully marries history and family fun. Recognized as a National Historic Place, it offers amenities such as a bathhouse, visitor center, camping sites, fishing pier, boat rentals, and picturesque trails that stretch over six miles. With its ancient shark teeth, breakwaters, and ospreys, it’s a haven for fossil hunters, fishers, bird lovers, and more.

Belle Isle State Park, Lancaster, 804-462-5030

Machicomoco State Park, Hayes, 804-642-2419


Colonial Williamsburg 101 Visitor Center Dr., Williamsburg, 888-965-7254

Take a step back in time at this iconic site—stroll through cobbled streets, encounter costumed interpreters, and explore historic buildings. It meticulously recreates 18th-century life, offering an immersive experience of the colonial past. As it brings the bygone intricacies to vivid reality, you’ll find that it’s a mustvisit destination for history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike.

Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, 757-229-4386

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim, Chincoteague, 757-336-6122



Hearts in Motion

15700 Kings Hwy., Montross, 540-419-7313

This dance studio is stealing the limelight—with classes for kids 18 months and up, they’ve got ballet, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, acro, and creative movement on the menu. It’s making waves as a safe, exciting space for local kids to bloom and advance their skills. The passionate instructors infuse each step with love.

Etudes Ballet School, White Stone, 804-815-2695

The Academy of Dance and Gymnastics, Multiple Locations, 757-838-3770


Hobbs Hole Golf Course

1267 Hobbs Hole Dr., Tappahannock, 804-443-4500

This spot goes beyond a golf course—it’s a destination. The Pro Shop is a golfer’s paradise, featuring premier brands like Srixon and TaylorMade. The 18-hole course spans 6,700 yards, ensuring an exceptional golf experience. Practice shots on the Bermuda grass driving range and putting green until dusk. The course invites golf enthusiasts to tee off and embrace the game.

Piankatank River Golf Course, Hartfield, 804-776-6516

Golden Eagle Golf Course, Irvington, 804-438-4460


Dust off your walking shoes and enjoy the sites at these spots.

The benefits of walking are no secret. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. Instead of taking a stroll on a treadmill, consider walking outside in one of Coastal Virginia’s many scenic spots. A few picturesque trails and hikes include:

Seaside Trail to Dune Trail Loop—Get a glimpse of the ocean and freshwater bay at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach. With a variety of fauna throughout the year, visitors can spot pelicans, blue herons, dolphins, turtles, and more. For nature lovers, this is the perfect walk.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

The interconnected 15-mile network of

immersive trails on the north end of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, offers visitors their own refuge to connect and explore this magical island. Beyond its famous wild ponies and the Assateague Lighthouse, you may spot the fox squirrel and a vast array of migratory and nesting birds such as the threatened piping plover, the saltmarsh sparrow, and the American black duck.

Yorktown Beach and Battlefield—It’s 10.5-mile loop provides a workout as well as an immersive experience. The Yorktown Battlefield is the site of the last Revolutionary War battle, and you’ll also see additional historic sites, like the Monument to Victory and Nelson House. Check out the beach, with breathtaking views of the coast and freshwater cypress swamps.



Northern Neck Family YMCA

39 William B Graham Ct., Kilmarnock, 804-435-0223

As part of the YMCA chain, this gym in Kilmarnock stands out with its tailored programs that engage a varied community, promoting growth in spirit, mind, and body. This location features events like Parents Night, providing a breather for parents while kids enjoy themed activities. With indoor and outdoor pools, racquet sports, and a cycle studio, it contributes to the community within the YMCA network.

BodyFit, White Stone, 804-436-2214

Richmond County Family YMCA, Warsaw, 804-333-4117



578 Chesapeake Dr., White Stone, 804-436-2214

As a fitness powerhouse of White Stone, BodyFit brings the sweat to the Northern Neck. With a 24/7 gym, it offers workout freedom. The expansive studio hosts vibrant group classes, personalized training, and wellness workshops. Dive into the fat-burning, muscle-pumping Fast Twitch circuit or embrace tranquility

with Rishi Yoga. Led by skilled instructors, these sessions elevate fitness, ensuring a dynamic journey tailored to individuals.

InsideOut Yoga, White Stone, 804-436-2204

Motion Studios, Kilmarnock, 202-580-9542


The Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club Racquet Program

362 Club Dr., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1340

Discover the lively racquet scene at this private country club, a haven for tennis, spec tennis, and pickleball enthusiasts. Enjoy year-round play on two recently resurfaced indoor courts with upgraded LED lighting, along with four lighted outdoor courts. The racquet program extends beyond the court, offering social events, education, and dining, as well as The Pro Shop, stocked with top-notch gear and apparel.

Rappahannock Community College, Warsaw, 804-333-6700

Kingsmill Tennis Club, Williamsburg, 757-253-3945

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Knight Chiropractic 6171 Richmond Rd., Warsaw Facebook: Knight Chiropractic, 804-333-3269

This top-tier chiropractic center is led by Dr. Joel Knight. Praised for his attentive, patient-centered approach, Dr. Knight’s comprehensive care has garnered laudatory reviews from his loyal patient base. With a focus on improvement and a dedication to patient well-being, the clinic offers effective treatments for various conditions.

Northern Neck Chiropractic, Kilmarnock Facebook: Northern Neck Chiropractic PC, 804-435-3333

Atlas Family Chiropractic, Tappahannock Facebook: Atlas Family Chiropractic, 804-443-6967



Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services

Multiple locations, 804-758-5314

Founded in 1974 and serving ten counties, the practice offers a myriad of programs tailored to address mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance use challenges. From early intervention for children to counseling, case management, and emergency support, it is dedicated to promoting well-being and providing diverse, personalized treatment for individuals, families, and communities.

Family Guidance Centers

Multiple locations, 804-743-0960

Wellness Place, Warsaw, 804-472-3706


Dahlgren Dental

5212 King's Wood Ln., King George, 540-663-2221

This dental office strives for lifelong healthy smiles, providing care from qualified dentists with advanced technology. Emphasizing preventative general dentistry, they offer routine exams, cleanings, and education. Restorative dentistry addresses decay and damage, while cosmetic procedures enhance smiles, leaving each patient with a grin.

Norge Dental Center, Williamsburg, 757-564-0804

Lennon Dental Center, Deltaville, 804-455-8263


Planting natives supports critters, bugs, and the food chain.

What are native plants, and what’s the fuss?

Simply put, say Chesapeake Master Gardeners, native plants—those indigenous to a certain area—are better at supporting local wildlife and greater diversity than plants that are native to other parts of the world. Say you’re a hummingbird and you need to bulk up to make your annual overwintering migration. Your departure will be from Chesapeake, and your destination is Mexico. Over millennia, your system has evolved so that certain foods are key to your diet. Certain, but not all berries and their juices and flesh, for example, are high in fat that will help you during the long flight ahead. So in essence, plants themselves have coevolved to grow in communities such that the timing of their emergences, growth, flowering, fruiting, and senescence are all part of a delicate balance, in tune with the animals that interact with them. You, the hummingbird, might rush to feed on honeysuckle, but an exotic like bird of paradise would stump you completely and ultimately be of no use. And, certain insects—called specialists—can only feed on one or two genera of plants. If the landscape is missing these native plants, then the insects and often birds cannot survive or complete their life cycles (think Monarch butterflies and milkweed).

Native plant communities are better at creating stable and complex food webs than any assemblage of exotic plants. And stable food webs lead to greater biodiversity and native plant communities are better at providing ecosystem functions.


Hampton Roads Eye Associates

Multiple locations, 804-693-5560

As an optical care practice, this clinic aims to refine the eyewear selection experience. Its licensed opticians and seasoned assistants offer guidance for eyewear choices, complemented by its extensive array of contact lenses and acceptance of major vision insurance plans. Commended for a professional and affable staff, it has earned accolades for its personalized service.

Old Dominion Eye Care, Kilmarnock 804-435-0547

Eastern Eye Assoc., Hayes, 804-642-2290



Virginia Women's Center 102 DMV Dr., Kilmarnock, 804-288-4084

With a modern approach, this center prioritizes your well-being amid life’s chaos. Whether it’s pregnancy, menopause, or postpartum care, the clinic is dedicated to a healthy journey. Dr. Vogel, a trusted name, embodies respectful and caring medical care, fostering a peaceful and welcoming atmosphere for women seeking expert attention.

Riverside Partners in Women's Health, Multiple locations, 757-249-3000

Williamsburg Obstetrics & Gynecology, Williamsburg, 757-253-5653


Hampton Roads Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

716 Denbigh Blvd., Suite C-1, Newport News, 757-874-6501

Drs. Tankersley and Orr bring years of expertise to a spectrum of oral and maxillofacial issues. From dental implants to corrective jaw surgery, their full-scope practice prioritizes patient comfort. Skilled in IV sedation and outpatient general anesthesia, their state-of-the-art office ensures continuous monitoring during and after surgery.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Williamsburg, Williamsburg, 757-253-2393


Bon Secours Rappahannock

General Hospital 101 Harris Rd., Kilmarnock, 804-435-8000

Since 1977, it’s been a healthcare pillar for the area, providing top-notch inpatient and outpatient services. With a designated Primary Stroke Center, RGH offers varied care, from psychiatric and oncology services to specialized therapies and surgical expertise. Additionally, the hospital’s Wellness Program ensures ongoing support, reflecting a commitment to holistic well-being.

Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester, 804-693-8800

VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital Tappahannock, 804-443-3311

Patriot Oral & Facial Surgery, Williamsburg, 757-707-8414


Faber Orthodontics

1790 Ball St., Tappahannock, 804-443-6419

Dr. Beth L. Faber and her dedicated team are committed to impeccable patient care and comprehensive education. Laughter spills from the reception area and treatment spaces, reflecting the joy that comes with positive, lifelong transformations. As advocates for your orthodontic journey, they offer ethical recommendations, learning tools, and support.

Williamsburg Orthodontics, Williamsburg, 757-253-1200

Pappas Orthodontics, Hayes, 804-993-7500

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Come for a visit to the quaint little town of Irvington and discover the best retirement community on the East Coast of Virginia. At Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, our residents enjoy an active, involved lifestyle in a beautiful, rural community close to the Chesapeake Bay. Our campus o ers 165 wooded acres with plenty of groomed walking trails and a man-made lake for fishing, canoeing and kayaking. Housing options include apartments, cottages and stand-alone homes. But what we love most about RWC is the close-knit community and the comfort of knowing that with Total LifeCare, we will be surrounded by fascinating fellow residents and caring sta for the rest of our days.

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Hampton Roads Orthopedic Spine & Sports Medicine

730 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Suite 130, Newport News, 757-873-1554

This practice aims to “keep bodies in motion”—offering comprehensive services, innovative surgical techniques, and a compassionate approach. Board-certified physicians serve orthopedic needs ranging from spine care to joint replacement and pain management. Equipped with on-site amenities like X-rays, physical therapy, and advanced imaging, the practice is cutting-edge.

Riverside Orthopedic Specialists, Gloucester, 804-693-0529

VCU Orthopaedics, Tappahannock, 804-443-8670


VCU Health and Family Medicine at Warsaw 16 Delfae Dr., Warsaw, 804-333-6400

Find a broad spectrum of health care services, with a focus on pediatric care. Expert doctors and nurse practitioners provide baby and child care, vaccinations, and family planning. Proficient in many medical areas, they address skin, heart, and nerve issues, among others, and guide families through health journeys.

Riverside Fishing Bay Family Practice, Deltaville, 804-776-8000

Bon Secours Lively Medical Center, Lively, 804-462-5155


Belfield Physical Therapy 4562 Richmond Rd., Warsaw, 804-333-8222

With aquatic therapy, physical therapy, and wellness programs, the dedicated staff here build lasting relationships with patients and referring physicians. Beyond treating common musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, they actively engage in community service, exemplifying care beyond the clinic walls.

Carousel Physical Therapy, Hatfield, 804-776-8500

Pivot Physical Therapy, Hayes, 804-642-3028


Riverside Family Practice 659 Hospital Rd., Tappahannock, 804-443-6063

The board-certified physicians here prioritize collaborative decision-making, providing a compassionate environment. As part of Riverside Medical Group's extensive network, expect streamlined appointments, MyChart accessibility, efficient referrals, and coordinated care with specialists.

Sentara Family Medicine Physicians, Williamsburg, 757-984-6110

Bay Internists, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3103



Crews & Brews

60 1st St., White Stone Facebook: Crews & Brews - White Stone VA, 804-577-4341

This is where imagination meets scissors and clippers. This barber isn't just for men; it's a genuine salon for women too. Looking for a precise cut or a vibrant color? Sit back, enjoy a cold beverage, and let the talented hairstylists’ expert hands work their magic.

Jake's Place, Home of Ghent Barbers, Norfolk, 757-627-5253

Legacy Sports Barber Shop, Virginia Beach, 757-486-2020


Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads

895 City Center Blvd., Suite 300, Newport News, 757-873-3500

The plastic surgery experience is redefined here with compassionate care and over 90 years of combined expertise. Award-winning surgeons specialize in a range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, including breast augmentations, laser hair removal, scar treatment, tummy tucks, and rhinoplasties. The professional team creates a comforting environment, from consultation to post-operative care.

Pariser Dermatology Specialist, Norfolk, 757-622-6315

EVMS Facial Plastics, Norfolk, 757-226-8089


Pariser Dermatology Specialists 6260 Kemsville Cir., Suite 200A, Norfolk, 757-622-6315

One of the country’s largest independent dermatology practices with six offices across the state, Pariser’s growth mirrors their commitment to superior skin care. Offering services ranging from Mohs surgery to cosmetic dermatology, the services embrace skin health holistically. Affiliated with Virginia Clinical Research, their providers have stayed at the forefront of medical advancements.

Dermatology Consultants of Gloucester, Gloucester, 804-215-1292

Peninsula Dermatology, Newport News, 757-873-0161


Chesapeake salon shares hair trends.

Whether you’re looking for a total makeover or just a maintenance trim, there are plenty of sources of inspiration and styles to consider.

The professionals at Sleek Salon & Spa, located in Chesapeake, report they they’ve noticed a few recent trends. From layers to curtain bangs, they report a shift towards face-framing hairstyles. And they’re seeing customers who are opting to embrace their natural hair, especially those with curly locks. During prom and wedding season, there is always a push for styling and updos. But the pros at Sleek say that, ultimately, every person that visits the salon just wants to feel beautiful. Which means that’s the greatest trend of all.


The Glamper Salon

306 Church Ln., Tappahannock, 804-296-3096

This salon aims to pioneer a fresh narrative in beauty. With the motto, “Be Love. Be Sweet. Be Beautiful,” it promises an unforgettable experience tailored to elevate your look and confidence. Offering a spectrum of services from signature cuts to daring color transformations, The Glamper promotes simplicity, affordability, and memorability. Step in and #GetGlamped for a rendezvous with self-care.

Split Enz, Gloucester, 804-693-5343

Bridgewaters Salon & Spa, Hayes, 804-693-6272


The Spa at The Tides Inn

480 King Carter Dr., Irvington, 804-438-5000

This spa dazzles with a rejuvenating array of massages, from deep tissue and hot stone to tailored sessions with unique add-ons. Specialized treatments like reflexology and table Thai massage cater to guest preferences. Body treatments like the Be Well Scrub and Rappahannock Renewal provide comprehensive relaxation and revitalization. Located at the idyllic waterfront Tides Inn, this destination promises a serene escape.

Williamsburg Salt Spa, Williamsburg, 757-229-1022

Estetista LLC, Warsaw, 540-676-0614

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Marks-Bristow Funeral Home Tappahannock, Virginia 22560 804-443-2210 “Dedicated to Helping Our Neighbors Celebrate Every Life” Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home Saluda, Virginia 23149 804-758-2315 Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home Mathews, Virginia 23109 804-725-2141 THANK YOU TO ALL THE VIRGINIA LIVING READERS FOR VOTING US ONE OF THE BEST FUNERAL HOMES IN THE EASTERN REGION.




Randall Kipp Architecture

81 King Carter Dr., Irvington, 804-438-6287

As a full-service architectural studio, this firm has a focus on modern designs for residential and light commercial projects. Celebrating open plans and simple materials, the firm intentionally creates transparency to the surrounding environment, often near bodies of water. The design philosophy emphasizes passive energy consumption, thoughtful technology integration, and sustainable building materials.

GuernseyTingle, Williamsburg, 757-220-0220

Rave Design+Build, Gloucester, 804-210-1222


Brent & Becky's Bulbs

7900 Daffodil Ln., Gloucester, 804-693-3966

Explore this green wonderland, a dogfriendly spot with an amiable staff. This working nursery is sure to impress gardeners with a diverse selection of bulbs and blossoms. Their renowned greenhouse brims with houseplants and seasonal blooms, making it a perfect spot for all plant enthusiasts. The friendly atmosphere and quality offerings make it a joy for green thumbs.

Dug In Farms, White Stone, 804-580-1567

River Birch Florist, Locust Hill, 804-758-3522


Connemara Construction 18700 Mary Ball Rd., White Stone, 804-435-1551

The region’s premier real estate powerhouse—with 28 years of dedicated service—is renowned for constructing dream homes. David Jones and Kenny Beatley bring unrivaled experience to the company, so quality craftsmanship shines. From realty to development, their trusted and professional team makes every project, known locally as a “Connemara Home,” a testament to excellence.

Ingram Bay Homes, Reedville, 804-453-3076

Walker Homes Inc., White Stone, 804-435-0050


From books to blood pressure: Norfolk's library kiosk revolutionizes access to telemedicine.

In Norfolk, there’s no need to traipse into an office or clinic to see a health care provider. Here, telehealth is gaining popularity, where patients can see their providers through online video chats rather than visiting a clinic. And thanks to Norfolk Public Library’s new program, one doesn’t even need to own a computer to utilize this service. Last December, the library organization launched a teleservices kiosk at its Jordan-Newby Anchor Branch at Broad Creek location. Equipped with library cardactivated cameras, blood pressure cuffs, scales, and temperature sensors, the kiosk makes this accessible health care trend even more accessible.


W. F. Booth & Son Inc.

42 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1329

Founded in the early 1920s, this fatherand-son furniture joint has seamlessly adapted over the decades. Originally dealing in used furniture, the business, now in its fourth generation, has shifted to new furniture. Today, the expanded store offers a curated selection of home furnishing lines for any room in a home.

Feather Your Nest, Warsaw, 804-761-3715

Wyatt-Ogg Furniture, West Point, 804-843-2464


Feather Your Nest-Cindy Lloyd Design

5011 Richmond Rd., Warsaw, 804-761-3715

This firm has fabulous décor but also the invaluable expertise of renowned designer Cindy Lloyd. With more than 30 years in the industry, she’s created beautiful, affordable spaces with a blend of new, used, and consigned furniture, along with a selection of fabrics and wallpapers.

Pillar & Peacock, Irvington, 844-625-6414

Ultimate Interiors by Fran, Inc., Kilmarnock

Facebook: Ultimate Interiors by Fran, Inc., 804-435-3920



Crowther Heating and Air Conditioning

503 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 800-323-7478

Crowther provides top-tier heating and cooling repairs, maintenance, and installations. With licensed NATE-certified technicians employing cutting-edge tools and safety protocols, the company endeavors for swift and efficient results. Whether for residential or commercial needs, customers can rely on this dependable service.

Hodges & Bryant, Gloucester Facebook: Hodges & Bryant, 804-693-2102

Pritchard & Fallin, Callao, 804-529-7838


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Rappahannock Cabinet Co. 13633 History Land Hwy., Suite A, Warsaw, 804-333-3762

Embark on a kitchen transformation with owner Ulric, the mastermind behind the scenes of this firm. From the initial design mastery to the in-house construction marvels encompassing cabinetry, plumbing, and more, the company delivers a symphony of style and substance.

Jim's Cabinet Creations, White Stone, 804-435-2061

The Cabinet Works of the Northern Neck, Montross, 804-493-8102


River Birch Nursery & Landscaping

5952 General Puller Hwy., Locust Hill Facebook: River Birch Nursery & Landscaping 804-758-2316

With personalized service, owner Brian Major and his team are known for plant and design expertise. From a stunning yard transformation to mulch selection, their reasonably priced services make them a go-to for landscaping needs. Engaging and knowledgeable, this landscaping crew adds a special touch to each garden.

Ransone's Nursery & Maintenance, Weems, 804-758-2316

Green Planters Landscape & Garden Center, Hayes, 804-642-7505

Multiple Locations, 804-885-2146

With local expert agents, the overwhelming process of buying or selling in Virginia’s waterways is simplified at Horsley, offering resources and knowledge for a seamless experience. The company's central purpose is to serve clients, cultivating growth, community, and ethical standards. Whether it’s a cozy cottage or a stunning waterfront estate, this firm helps find what feels like home.

Blue Heron Realty Co., Cape Charles, 757-331-4885

Liz Moore and Associates, Multiple locations, 757-873-2707




132 Lancaster Dr., Irvington, 804-438-4000

Secluded in 165 scenic acres near Irvington, this retirement living community exemplifies tranquility and rural charm. With choices spanning apartments and free-standing homes, the accommodation offers a maintenance-free lifestyle amid history-rich landscapes. Art exhibitions and intellectual symposiums abound, while enriching dinner dances and historical excursions add to the myriad of engaging activities.

Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach, 757-496-1100

Williamsburg Landing, Williamsburg, 757-565-6505

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Dehnert, Clarke & Co.

309 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5656

Knowing that navigating today’s complex tax laws can be daunting, and the experienced team at this firm ensures clients don’t miss out on entitled deductions and credits. The firm aims to be the premier destination for a perfect blend of personal service and expertise. Catering to business owners, executives, and independent professionals, they provide a wide range of affordable services.

Hughes & Basye, Warsaw, 804-333-3707

Waterfield Tax Services

Facebook: Waterfield Tax & Bookkeeping Service LLC, 804-529-5698


Big Red Auctions

488 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-577-7449

Big Red’s owner Brad Smith brings over nine years in the industry. From weekly online auctions to monthly gallery simulcasts and live events, the company specializes in efficiently liquidating various assets, including real estate, equipment, and personal property. The friendly assistance, charming layout of little rooms, and eclectic merchandise stand out.

Roane's Antiques Estate Sales, Mathews, 804-725-3215

Express Auctioneers and Appraisers, LLC, Gloucester, 804-695-1222


Chesapeake Bank

Multiple locations, 877-436-9032

Going beyond conventional banking, this institution sees solutions as avenues for empowerment. The bank provides the community with home loans, wealth management, and personal, business, and online banking. Operating since 1900, they’ve evolved from a floating “Boat 'N Bank” to a statewide presence. The devoted team ensures a personalized banking experience, guiding clients from initial deposits to retirement planning.

Navy Federal Credit Union, Multiple locations, 888-842-6328

Atlantic Union Bank, Multiple locations, 800-990-4828


Gloucester Toyota 6357 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Gloucester, 804-693-2100

Serving Gloucester as well as Williamsburg and Newport News, this Toyota location has upheld a commitment to customers since its inception. Offering a diverse vehicle selection, the dealership aims to simplify the car-buying process. Whether seeking a new or used vehicle, the team assists in tailoring financing options.

Northern Neck Chevrolet, Montross, 804-368-6547

Tappahannock Chevrolet, Tappahannock, 866-397-2393


Tidal Wave Auto Spa

7027 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Gloucester, 706-938-0991

Revitalize your ride here. As a member of the Unlimited Clean Club, you can revel in the luxury of regular car wash services, ensuring your vehicle flaunts its shine effortlessly. Skip the wait with the exclusive Clean Club members lane, where trained attendants provide meticulous pre-washes. Post-wash, indulge in the interior cleaning station, stocked with powerful vacuums and cleaning solutions.

Car Wash Cafe & Catering, Kilmarnock Facebook: Car Wash Cafe and Catering, 804-435-0405

River Wash Car Wash and Lube Tappahannock, 804-443-0884


Davenport & Company

141 Technology Park Dr., Kilmarnock, 804-435-7705

Founded in 1863, Davenport & Company has long been a stalwart in comprehensive wealth management. Services encompass innovative retirement planning, meticulous insurance evaluations, strategic wealth transfer solutions, and professional business consulting. This employee-owned firm, thriving for over 160 years, prioritizes enduring relationships and expert advice.

Chesapeake Wealth Management, Kilmarnock Ches.Bank, 804-435-3652

Dehnert, Clarke & Co., P.C., Irvington, 804-438-5656



The pros of getting your car professionally detailed.

ou can get your car prettified at a drive-thru car wash and then use their DIYvacuums. Easy-peasy. So why would you pay for a car detailing service?

Zac Distel of Distel Detail, a mobile service based in Gloucester that serves the Middle Peninsula, says it’s a protection of your investment. Oftentimes, he says, automatic car washes do more damage than good, especially when it comes to the spin brushes. And are you really able to vacuum out all the mulch that’s been ground into your floor mats? Or Blue’s black fur that lives in the nooks and crannies of his back seat perch? The short answer is no. On the other hand, a lot of detailers are able to get the vehicle close to brand new again.

Distel says a thorough detailing “brings the vehicle value,” adding that it promotes resale too.

Pricing for inside and outside detailing can range from $250-400, Distel explains. It all varies based on whether kids and pets are part of the equation, plus factors like the car size and its overall condition. If it’s 10 years old and it’s never been cleaned, the price will be different from a car of a similar age that’s been well taken care of. Follow Distel Detail on Facebook or call 757-719-7575. They serve Gloucester and surrounding areas.


Currie Funeral Home and Crematory 116 E. Church St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1077

This funeral home positions itself as a dedicated partner in the creation of meaningful memorials. Tailored funeral services, encompassing music selections, unique touches, and venue choices allow for a personalized tribute. A commitment to affordability remains steadfast, prioritizing sensible and considerate funeral solutions.

Welch Funeral Home, Montross, 804-493-8770

Faulkner Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Saluda, 804-758-2315


Hubbard, Terry & Britt

293 Steamboat Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5522

A legal cornerstone in Irvington since 1977, the firm is a convenient drive away from major cities and offers a comprehensive range of legal services. Specializing in business and commercial law, their clientele spans many sectors. The firm’s approach extends to considerations of tax, accounting, financial planning, and more, making it a one-stop destination for clients seeking tailored legal solutions.

Dunton, Simmons & Dunton, White Stone, 804-435-4000

Rumsey & Bugg, Irvington, 804-483-5588

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Angie’s Strength & Style


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Belfield Physical Therapy

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Burkes Fine Jewelers

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Colonial Collectibles

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Estetista LLC

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Feather Your Nest

Best Interior Design Firm

Feather Your Nest - Cindy Lloyd


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Garner’s Produce

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Garner’s Produce

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Hughes & Basye

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Knight Chiropractic

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Menokin Road Farm

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Michelle’s Sweet Treats

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Michelle’s Sweet Treats

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Rappahannock Cabinet Co.

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Rappahannock Community College

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Relish Restaurant and Wine Bar

Best Gym Richmond County Family YMCA

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UniTEA Warsaw

Best Pediatric Practice

VCU Health and Family Medicine at Warsaw

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Warsaw Animal Clinic

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Wellness Place

Best Dog Groomer Woof & Wag

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Atlantic Union Bank

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Kilmarnock Antique Gallery

144 School St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1207

Wander through the generously spaced aisles, where the friendly staff awaits, ready to unveil the stories behind each artifact. From glistening vintage jewelry to the timeless allure of antique diving helmets, this gallery is a charming realm of discovery. Whether you’re captivated by oyster plates or immersed in aged books, every corner reveals a delightful surprise.

Acme Antiques, Tappahannock

Facebook: Acme Antiques Tappahannock, 804-925-6471

Williamsburg Antique Mall, Williamsburg, 757-776-0094


The Book Nook

53 W. Church St., Kilmarnock 804-435-3355

The Book Nook invites readers into a world of literary wonders. Overflowing with both old treasures and new discoveries, this quaint bookstore reflects the owner’s passion for books. Its eclectic collection offers something for every type of bookworm, making it a local gem cherished by both residents and visitors seeking the best of Kilmarnock’s charm and uniqueness.

Ye Olde Book Shoppe, Heathsville, 804-724-1757

Peach Street Books, Cape Charles


Rivah Consignments

27 Irvington Rd., Kilmarnock Facebook: Rivah Consignments, 804-435-8999

This shop hosts a diverse collection of clothes, furniture, and accessories at affordable prices. The welcoming staff provides friendly and helpful service, maintaining a clean and ever-changing inventory. For those seeking both bargains and the opportunity to turn unused items into cash, consignment appointments are available. A treasure trove awaits, prompting a visit to discover the unexpected.

The Velvet Shoestring, Williamsburg, 757-220-9494

I Spy, Warsaw Facebook: i Spy, 804-761-4195


Burkes Fine Jewelers

Locations in Kilmarnock, Warsaw, 804-435-1302

Burkes’ jewelry team’s work ethic embodies the region’s tranquility and community spirit. The second generation of jewelers, Justin and Melissa, brings modern techniques, offering personalized creations through a meticulous custom design process. Beyond custom designs, Burkes excels in repairs, engagement rings, bridal services, and remounting, providing comprehensive jewelry solutions with a Bridal Benefits program.

Ross's Fine Jewelers, Kilmarnock, 804-435-3529

Vashti's Jewelers, Gloucester, 804-693-3434



Artisanal yarns and handmade treasures abound.

Ashepherdess’s love for her flock comes alive in every warmly crafted wool creation found at Ten Good Sheep in Onancock. Described as “authentically artistic and certifiably cute since 1998,” the artisan store stocks a rainbow of hand-dyed, handspun, and locally-sourced yarn and natural fibers. The sheep producing much of the material are raised nearby by owner and official shepherdess Karen Belknap, under the watchful guardianship of beloved herding dogs Captain Woolsey and Admiral Woolsey. The shop is transparent in each step of the yarn creation process, explaining the shearing, wool washing, and spinning on the company website and to curious in-person visitors. Once the long preparation of the fibers is done, it’s time to dye. The color palettes range from pastel to earthy to flashy to funky to warm. Knitters will rejoice in the sheer, or “shear,” variety of tones.

And luckily, Belknap know that crocheters, weavers, felters, and crafters aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a little wool in their lives. Ten Good Sheep handmakes a whole lineup of products perfect for gifts or treating oneself. With earrings of twisted yarn, Muttmellows pet balls, Rustic Bird Nesting Ornaments, and Soap in Sheep’s Clothing felted soap, there’s a piece of fleece for everyone— even the animal members of the family. The soap is well-known and loved for its soft merino, silk, and bamboo texture recipe, offered in enchanting sea glass and bold jewel tone colorways. Belknap loves sharing how each item is made. "Demonstrating spinning and weaving at the studio is one of my joys, and I love to inspire new enthusiasts," she says.

Stop by the market in the Historic Onancock School Building to pamper yourself and the gift-receivers in your life. You can even arrive by water—dock your boat at the Onancock wharf and wander down the street to Belknap's shop to feel all things soft and fluffy.


The Wild Bunch 18 N. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-435-1044

Since 2003, The Wild Bunch, founded by London-trained florist Cynthia Naylor, has been a floral paradise. Naylor’s retirement in 2023 introduced new owner Olivia York, with years of experience in the art of floral design. Specializing in bespoke wedding bouquets and arrangements, the florist continues the tradition of crafting both innovative and classic designs. Find varied options, including dried florals, planters, and succulents.

Smith's Florist & Gift Shoppe, Gloucester, 804-693-2010

Miss Lora’s Flowers and Gifts, Montross, 804-493-8800


Brent & Becky's Bulbs

7900 Daffodil Ln., Gloucester, 804-693-3966

Nurturing a floral legacy since 1900, these bulbs thrive on a colorful, buzzing 28acre plot. The business has blossomed into purveyors of premium bulbs, tropicals, perennials, and more. Led by Brent and Becky Heath, the team doubles as garden enthusiasts, writers, and educators. Eight acres of the farm flourish as educational gardens, championing sustainable, chemical-free practices to preserve the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystems. Chatham Flower Farm, Painter, 508-524-5405

Dug In Farms, White Stone, 804-580-1567

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Karyn Belknap in her studio at the Historic Onancock School.

For 75 years, Hodges & Bryant has been a fixture of Gloucester, Virginia. We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to vote us one of the Best in Virginia. For decades we have focused on providing reliable service as well as facilitating an open dialogue between our customers and staff. We hope to continue cultivating relationships between our company and the community we are fortunate enough to serve.

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The Rivah

49 S. Main St., Kilmarnock, 804-577-4291

This cherished gift store is celebrated for its diverse and ever-changing inventory. From stylish sweatshirts and jewelry to handbags, flags, and sweet scents, the selection is both vast and vibrant. Browse leisurely to unearth unique finds, whether it’s colorful summer clothing, nauticalthemed kitchenware, or the perfect present for someone else.

Colonial Collectibles, Warsaw, 804-333-0581

The Lazy Daisy Gift Store, Williamsburg, 757-903-2928


T-Town Tack Work & Western Wear

1309 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, 804-443-4614

This is the go-to destination for horse lovers and Wild West fashion enthusiasts. Step into a world of equestrian charm, from rugged work gear to stylish western wear. Cowboy boots, hats, and quality brands like Carhartt await. The staff prides itself on exceptional service, welcoming special orders at no extra cost.

Weekends Fashions, Kilmarnock Facebook: Weekends Fashions, 804-577-4041

Low Tide, Urbanna, 804-758-4444


Birdland Records, Tapes & Compact Discs

951 Providence Rd., Virginia Beach, 757-495-0961

Owned by the Friedman family since 1969, Birdland has a rich history of delivering top-notch music on CD and vinyl. Specializing in rock, soul, country, punk, reggae, metal, jazz, and blues, Birdland hosts a selection fit for any music lover. With new releases, reasonably priced vinyl and CDs, turntable accessories, and rock ’n roll T-shirts, Birdland is your goto destination.

Eastern Shore Record Exchange, Onancock

Facebook: ESRecordExchange, 757-387-7549

Vinyl Daze Records, Virginia Beach, 757-963-6363




Savor, shop, and socialize at Norfolk's Selden Market.

orfolk’s small businesses find a haven to promote their locally made gourmet bites, high-end fashion, specialty coffee, jewelry, and more in Selden Market. Conveniently located in downtown Norfolk, adjacent to a Hilton and Marriott, Selden introduces visitors in the city to the best of homegrown craftsmanship. Indulge in satisfying sips at Rich Port Coffee and inventive s’more treats at S’mores Amore, then browse luxury leather goods at Werther Leather Goods, explore Cooking with Greens’ healthy food lifestyle, and learn about creative play at Kuumba Studio. Find a Parisian café vibe at Café Geneviève, Christmas charm at seasonal holiday markets, and a safe place to launch your own ideas, as new up-and-coming entrepreneurs are welcome. Selden offers all these engaging businesses and more like stationary stores, regular pop-ups, an “Arcade” section of yummy eats, and a library.

Beyond being a hub for small business success, the Selden has become a go-to gathering spot in the community, with a consistent schedule of interactive events. Craft markets, cooking and baking classes, tastings, yard sales, and even speed dating all serve those who frequent the market. There’s always something new to do, see, or buy, with new businesses continually entering the marketspace, offering original takes on retail merchandise and food that are authentically Norfolk.



RW's Sports 1434 Northumberland Hwy., Callao, 804-529-5634

Saltwater fishing and small game hunting enthusiasts will recognize RW’s as a sanctuary for all things outdoor. As the primary hunting shop in the area, it offers a diverse selection of reloading supplies, ammo, and black powder needs. This is a one-stop shop for licenses, fishing gear, crabbing essentials, and charming Northern Neck souvenirs.

Bailey's Bait and Tackle, Cape Charles, 757-331-1982

Sport Shack, Hayes, 804-642-0294


The Dandelion

4372 Irvington Rd., Irvington, 804-438-5194

Nestled in an old parsonage from the Steamboat Era, The Dandelion is a living catalog and treasure trove. For over 40 years, the shop has been the spot for stylish ladies’ clothing, accessories, and unique gifts. With extraordinary service, the shop invites you to explore a world of fashion wonders and elevate your style.

Angie's Strength & Style Boutique Warsaw 804-761-0211

The Rivah, Kilmarnock, 804-577-4291

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Opening day at Cooking with Greens. Tristan Langhorne of Werther Leather Goods.
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Time flies when you visit the National Air and Space Museum’s

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia. Explore the Museum’s vast and iconic collection, and you’ll feel like you’ve earned your wings. Free admission, parking $15.

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia. Explore the Museum’s vast and iconic collection, and you’ll feel like you’ve earned your wings. Free admission, parking $15.

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Peking Gourmet Inn 6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-671-8088


Peking Gourmet Inn is a culinary gem. Since 1978, it has been a favorite dining destination, attracting locals and visitors alike with its delectable Peking duck and extensive menu of traditional dishes. The elegant ambiance and impeccable service complement the exquisite flavors.

Passion Fin, Ashburn, 703-858-1118


Locations in Fairfax, Reston, 703-323-9006, 703-391-9006


The Bone BBQ Locations in Gainesville, Manassas 703-753-5551, 703-330-3820

The Bone BBQ’s journey began with a taste of home in Southern California, inspiring Mike Hoover to bring that flavor to Gainesville. With his sons growing and learning, their story became one of family, perseverance, and a love for great barbecue. From Pulled Pork Nachos to Honey Bourbon Wings, their menu delights patrons and catering clients.

Monk’s BBQ, Purcellville, 540-751-9425

Willard’s Real Pit BBQ, Locations in Chantilly, Reston, 703-488-9970, 703-429-1755


Ashton Family Restaurant 9920 Cockrell Rd., Manassas, 703-330-5151

From fluffy pancakes and hearty omelets to classic eggs Benedict and savory breakfast burritos, there’s something to satisfy every palate at this early morning meal destination. With a cozy setup and friendly service, Ashton Family Restaurant provides the perfect setting to start your day off right with mouthwatering favorites that keep patrons coming back for more.

Anita's, Multiple locations Yorkshire Restaurant, Manassas 703-368-4905



Where hot dogs meet haute cuisine.

Hot dogs are more than an impromptu street-corner snack at Haute Dogs, serving locations in Old Town Alexandria, Arlington, and D.C.’s Nationals Park. As the name suggests, these dogs are certified gourmet—filling toasted brioche buns with expertly cooked meat and mountainous toppings. Travel the country from right outside their little red truck with options like the NY Reuben, L.A. Dog, Memphis Dog, and crowd favorite Chicago Style, overflowing with juicy pickles, banana peppers, and relish.

A specialty hot dog naturally calls for elevated side dishes, and Haute Dogs delivers. The tots and fries are designed to be loaded up in several different ways, from chili and cheese to ranch and buffalo sauce, finishing off the fine dining experience with extra flair.


Five Guys

Multiple locations

Indulge in mouthwatering burgers and fries at Five Guys. Known for their highquality ingredients and customizable toppings, this joint delivers a delicious meal every time. Pair your burger with their perfectly crispy fries cooked in peanut oil for an unbeatable combination. It’s the go-to spot for a quick, juicy bite.

Foster's Grille, Multiple locations

MELT Gourmet Cheeseburgers, Leesburg, 703-443-2105


The Bone BBQ

Locations in Gainesville, Manassas, 703-753-5551, 703-330-3820

Whether you’re hosting a corporate event, wedding, or family gathering, these catering services offer a delicious lineup of smoked meats, savory sides, and rich desserts. From tender brisket to succulent ribs, the barbecue menu ensures

a memorable dining experience for all guests. Let their expert team take care of the food so you can focus on enjoying your event.

Tuscarora Mill, Leesburg, 703-771-9300

Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, Locations in Alexandria, Arlington, 703-778-9663, 703-528-9663


Grounds Central Station 9360 Main St., Manassas, 571-379-7285

This vibrant coffeehouse doubles as a community hub, serving up artisanal coffee blends and decadent food. It’s a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, offering a cozy atmosphere perfect for catching up with friends, diving into a good book, or simply savoring a moment of tranquility.

Northside Social, Locations in Arlington, Falls Church 703-465-0145, 703-992-8650

Weird Brothers Coffee, Multiple locations


L’Auberge Chez François 332 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, 703-759-3800

In an exquisite dining experience synonymous with culinary excellence and timeless elegance, each meal is meticulously crafted, showcasing the freshest seasonal ingredients and flavors. Renowned for its French-inspired cuisine, the restaurant combines classic recipes with innovative techniques. From the warm ambiance of the dining room to the service, every aspect of the restaurant reflects a commitment to hospitality and refinement.

The Black Sheep, Manassas, 703-420-2028

Trummer’s, Clifton, 703-266-1623


Ford’s On The Road

Multiple locations

“Fresh-off-the-hook seafood: anywhere, anytime,” promises Ford’s on the Road. Ford’s Fish Shack sources the finest seafood, from Massachusetts clams to Alaskan halibut, ensuring every dish is of the highest quality. Whether it’s a red truck or the blue truck in Chantilly, catch Ford’s fish on the road, literally. And diehard fans can stay up-to-date with their journey on social media.

Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, Multiple locations

Puccio's Pizza, Multiple locations


Nathan’s Dairy Bar

8948 Mathis Ave., Manassas, 703-335-9051

A beloved fixture in Manassas since 2001, Nathan’s goes above and beyond with delicious soft-serve ice cream, sherbet flavors, and more. Seasonal delights like hot harvest apples over vanilla ice cream and pumpkin ice cream pies for Thanksgiving add to the excitement. Nathan’s operates seasonally, from early March through the summer, closing each year on the day of the Manassas Christmas Parade.

Moo Thru, Multiple locations

Tipped Cow Creamery, Purcellville, 540-441-3835

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Rangoli Indian Restaurant

10223 Nokesville Rd., Manassas, 703-957-4900

Rangoli Indian Restaurant invites diners to experience the vibrant flavors of India. With a menu featuring traditional favorites like butter chicken, lamb vindaloo, and vegetable biryani, each dish is crafted with care and attention to detail, reflecting the rich cuisine. Accompanied by fluffy naan bread and aromatic rice, every meal at Rangoli is a celebration of India.

Haandi Indian Cuisine, Falls Church, 703-533-3501

Bollywood Bistro, Fairfax, 703-273-0031


Trattoria Villagio

7145 Main St., Clifton, 703-543-2030

Trattoria Villagio seamlessly blends the sophistication of a Roman trattoria with the lively atmosphere of an Italian train station. The restaurant is renowned for exceptional wine selection, artisanal salumi, and handcrafted pasta dishes. Whether you’re craving a quick snack, a leisurely meal, or a gathering with friends and family, this restaurant offers the perfect setting with lively music.

Ciao Osteria, Centreville, 703-543-8955

Thompson Italian, Falls Church, 703-269-0893



Multiple locations

Savor the vibrant flavors of Mexicaninspired cuisine at bartaco. With a focus on fresh ingredients and bold flavors, they hold a varied menu featuring a wide selection of tacos, small plates, and refreshing cocktails. Whether you’re craving reliable indulgences like carnitas or exploring innovative creations like cauliflower tacos, each bite promises a tasty adventure in eating.

Anita's, Multiple locations

Zandra's Taqueria, Locations in Manassas, Haymarket, 571-359-6767


2 Silos Brewing Co.

9925 Discovery Blvd., Manassas, 703-420-2264

Set against the backdrop of rolling hills and scenic landscapes, this brewery and dining spot is a unique experience for patrons seeking to unwind and savor the flavors of Virginia. Whether in the shade or beneath the glow of string lights in the evening, diners can bask in the natural beauty of the surroundings while indulging in flavorful dishes.

L’Auberge Chez François, Great Falls, 703-759-3800

Trattoria Villagio, Clifton, 703-543-2030


Tony’s New York Pizza

Multiple locations

Tony’s is a beloved local eatery serving up authentic New York–style pizza and Italian specialties. With hand-tossed dough, savory sauces, and premium toppings, every slice delivers a taste of the Big Apple. From classic cheese pies to gourmet creations, Tony’s satisfies cravings for delicious, hearty pizza. With friendly service and a cozy atmosphere, it’s a go-to spot for pizza lovers in Fairfax.

Pupatella, Multiple locations

Fire Works, Multiple locations


The Italian Store Locations in Arlington, 703-528-6266, 571-341-1080

Find a taste of Italy in Arlington with every bite at The Italian Store. From classics like the Italian sub—loaded with imported meats and cheeses—to specialty creations like the Caprese Panini that features fresh mozzarella and tomatoes, sandwiches are crafted with authentic Italian ingredients and artisanal bread.

A Deli Italian Food, Manassas, 703-330-1959

Lost Dog Cafe, Multiple locations


Blue Ridge Seafood Restaurant 15704 Lee Hwy., Gainesville, 703-754-9852

Fresh seafood takes center stage at this restaurant. From succulent crab legs and plump shrimp to tender fish fillets, the menu presents a delectable variety of ocean-inspired dishes. Whether you’re craving classic seafood boils or innovative seafood pasta, each dish is bursting with flavor. Dive into the tastes of the sea with each bite, then visit their signature Tiki Bar to wash it all down.

Ford's Fish Shack, Multiple locations

King Street Oyster Bar, Locations in Leesburg, Middleburg, 571-442-8068, 540-883-3156

iscover all that Stafford has to offer in a cold glass of beer…and another, and another. With six craft breweries and a Tuscan-inspired winery, touring the StaffordFredericksburg area through tastings of various specialty beverages just makes sense. Adventure Brewing Co’s (1) rustic vibes complement hoppy peach IPAs and Old English Ale, while Highmark Brewery (2) draws influence from the surrounding natural life in their River Rock Stout and Yellow Belly Pale Ale. Along the route, indulge in the old-world, Italian-style Potomac Point Winery (3). You’ll also find several veteranowned brewing operations, like Full Distance Brewing (4) and 6 Bears and a Goat (5) These brands and their beers embrace the adventurous spirit of the area, the rushing waters of the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers, and the region’s military roots.


The Capital Grille 12169 Fair Lakes Promenade Dr., Fairfax, 703-259-5010

This unparalleled dining experience is characterized by exquisite cuisine and impeccable service. Renowned for its prime steaks, the restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list featuring vintages from around the world. With an elegant ambiance and attention to detail, The Capital Grille provides a sophisticated setting for memorable evenings out.

Sweetwater Tavern, Multiple locations

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Fairfax, 703-266-1004


Founding Farmers

Multiple locations

From savory plant-based burgers to hearty vegetable bowls and fresh salads bursting with flavor, there’s something for every vegetarian or veggie lover to savor at this eatery. Using locally sourced ingredients and innovative culinary techniques, Founding Farmers delivers wholesome and delicious dishes that redefine farm-to-table dining, making it a must-visit destination for vegetarians across the region.

Busboys and Poets, Multiple locations

Silver Diner, Multiple locations

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Red Truck Rural Bakery

Locations in Marshall, Warrenton, 540-364-2253, 540-347-2224

In Marshall and Warrenton, patrons are welcomed by the aroma of freshly baked goods and the warm ambiance of the cozy bakeries. The beloved destination is known for its pies, cakes, booze cakes, pastries, coffee, and sandwiches. Former President Barack Obama is a big fan, saying, “Red Truck Bakery makes some darn good pie.”

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, Arlington, 703-527-8394

The Lemonade Bakery, Manassas, 571-229-9054


The Conche Chocolate & Cake Studio

22446 Davis Dr., Sterling, 703-270-1888

This haven for chocolate enthusiasts is a sophisticated eatery that blends artisanal chocolates with innovative baking. With impeccable service and a delectable menu featuring savory dishes and decadent desserts, The Conche promises a memorable choco-culinary journey unlike any other.

Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, Arlington, 703-527-8394

Cocoa Vienna, Vienna, 703-865-8881


Area 2 Farms

2600 S. Oxford St., Arlington, 202-507-9282

This farm offers a unique opportunity for locals to enjoy fresh, seasonal produce straight from the farm. Through their CSA program, members receive a weekly share of the harvest, featuring a diverse selection of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and more. With a commitment to sustainable farming practices, Area 2 Farms provides flavorful produce while supporting the local agricultural community.

Great Country Farms, Bluemont, 540-554-2073

Willowsford Farm, Ashburn, 571-297-6900


A cherished local pub reopens.


Arlington’s beloved Irish pub, Ireland’s Four Courts, was a community hallmark for years. In August 2022, a car plowed into the building, resulting in more than a dozen injuries, a massive fire, and damage that forced the business to close its doors indefinitely. Regulars, residents, and even competing Irish pubs alike rallied, raising nearly $100,000 to assist in reopening efforts.

Renovations and rebuilding began, bolstered by the outpouring of community love. More than a year later, the pub is back—supplied with plenty of Guinness, corned beef and cabbage, karaoke and trivia nights, and a taste of authentic Ireland once again. Four Courts welcomed customers back


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Farmers Market

Locations in Manassas, 703-361-6599

This market is a vibrant community hub; farmers, bakers, and craftsmen gather to showcase their finest offerings, providing residents fresh, seasonal fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and handmade crafts. With a commitment to supporting local agriculture and small businesses, the market fosters community.

Reston Farmers Market, Reston, 703-463-6554

Falls Church Farmers Market Falls Church, 703-248-5024

in September with a preview dinner for first responders and those injured in the crash to inaugurate the refurbished dining room. Fresh, modern furnishings and a new draft beer system complemented its new look, with a stylish green and goldaccented exterior in place of the former bright red.

Today, Four Courts is more alive than ever. The schedule is stacked, inviting patrons to swing by for Beer Bingo every Monday, Pub Quiz every Tuesday, karaoke every Wednesday and Sunday, and live music every Friday and Saturday. With Premier League on the TV and Four Courts Lager on tap, it stands as a testament to community loyalty and good times.


The Italian Store

Locations in Arlington 703-528-6266, 571-341-1080

This shop presents a delightful array of delicacies. From artisanal cheeses to imported meats and specialty grocery items, it’s a haven for food enthusiasts seeking the taste of Italy. The Italian Store provides an immersive experience that transports customers to the heart of Italian gastronomy right in Arlington.

Manassas Olive Oil Company, Manassas, 703-543-9206

Balducci's, Locations in Alexandria, McLean, 703-549-6611, 703-448-3828


Total Wine & More

Multiple locations

Total Wine & More is a paradise for wine, spirits, and beer enthusiasts. Its extensive selection of over 8,000 wines, 3,000 spirits, and 2,500 beers wows connoisseurs and casual shoppers alike. Knowledgeable staff members provide personalized recommendations and host regular tastings and events. Whether seeking rare finds or everyday favorites, Total Wine offers a shopping experience for all your beverage needs.

Arrowine & Cheese, Arlington, 703-525-0990

The Wine Cabinet, Reston, 703-668-9463

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Bear Chase Brewing Company

33665 Bear Chase Ln., Bluemont, 540-554-8210

With a focus on quality, innovation, and inclusivity, Bear Chase Brewing Company continues to foster a vibrant culture of appreciation for craft beverages and the shared experiences they inspire. “It’s all about the experience,” they say, inviting guests to enjoy a cold brew in the same property as the picturesque Bear Chase Manor.

2 Silos Brewing Co., Manassas, 703-420-2264

Sinistral Brewing Company, Manassas, 703-686-4575


2 Silos Brewing Co.

9925 Discovery Blvd., Manassas, 703-420-2264

2 Silos offers a eclectic blend of craft beer, artisanal fare, and live entertainment. For those non-beer lovers, enjoy the cider and menu with gluten-free options. Guests can relish the warmth of firepits, perfect for gatherings day or night, complemented by s’mores and live performances. Enjoy the refreshing lightness of their cider or explore their array of flavorful brews.

Bear Chase Brewing Company, Bluemont, 540-554-8210

Lost Boy Cider, Alexandria, 703-566-5737


MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

7961 Gainsford Ct., Bristow, 571-284-7961


Here, the cocktail experience is elevated to new heights. Using meticulously crafted spirits, skilled mixologists concoct innovative and delicious drinks that tantalize the taste buds. From classic favorites to inventive creations, visit for an unforgettable cocktail experience in the heart of NoVa.

Trummer's, Clifton, 703-266-1623

King Street Oyster Bar, Locations in Leesburg, Middleburg, 571-442-8068, 540-883-3156


Exploring the James Beard semifinalists of the region.

What is it about Northern Virginia that boasts so many of the country’s best restaurants? The James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards , among the most prestigious culinary honors in the nation, released its 2024 list of semifinalists, which includes several of NoVa’s favorite fine dining establishments and culinary innovators.

Chef-Owner Chris Morgan and Executive Chef Najmieh Batmanglij at Joon in Vienna were recognized in the Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic category. Morgan’s Michelin star experience and Batmanglij’s internationally renowned Iranian-inspired cookbooks ensure that the restaurant’s reputation precedes itself—fortunately, the food lives up to and even exceeds the lofty expectations.


MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

7961 Gainsford Ct., Bristow, 571-284-7961

MurLarkey Distilled Spirits offers an exceptional array of handcrafted spirits. Their commitment to quality shines through each bottle, crafted with locally sourced ingredients and a passion for distillation. From award-winning whiskeys to innovative flavored vodkas, MurLarkey captures the essence of Virginia’s impressive spirits scene. Visit their distillery for a taste of true artisanal craftsmanship.

Catoctin Creek Distilling Company, Purcellville, 540-751-8404

KO Distilling, Manassas, 571-292-1115


Stone Tower Winery

19925 Hogback Mountain Rd., Leesburg, 703-777-2797

With its sprawling vineyards and meticulously crafted wines, Stone Tower Winery stands as a testament to the artistry and passion of winemaking. From its elegant tasting rooms to serene outdoor spaces, every corner invites visitors to savor the beauty of the Virginia countryside while indulging in the rich flavors of locally produced wines.

The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, 703-815-2233

Bluemont Vineyard, Bluemont, 540-554-8439

The chef duo leads the culinary direction of Joon with artistry and flair, crafting aromatic Persian dishes that embrace the traditions of the cuisine while adding plenty of creativity. A menu featuring Baba Ganoush, Lamb Kabob, Sour Cherry Rice, and Saffron and Rose Water Ice Cream takes diners on a journey through varying Middle Eastern regions and tastes. Expert plating and presentation entice, while decadent bites fulfill cravings. The food is both comforting and indulgent, while also being sophisticated, showcasing the elegance of Persian cuisine. And the restaurant’s emphasis on guest satisfaction is emblematic of the region’s hospitality culture.

As for restaurant categories, 2941 in Falls Church was recognized on the Outstanding Restaurant presented by Acqua Panna Natural Spring Water list. This establishment is known for its rich meat and seafood meals, combination of French and American tones, and stunning lake and forest views outside its extravagant floor-to-ceiling windows. Chef Bertrand Chemel offers a tasting menu with delights like Parmesan Potato Gnocchi and Berkshire Pork Belly, tailored with options to suit vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The á la carte and prix fixe menus are full of tempting dishes as well, including Crispy Burrata and Crescent Duck Breast, ensuring satisfying meals across the board, each complemented by the restaurant’s colorful yet classic array of cocktails.;

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Joon highlights Middle Eastern cuisine ranging from the Caspian Sea to the Persian Gulf. Right: Chef Chris Morgan.

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Walk To End Alzheimer’s Multiple locations

Join the fight against Alzheimer’s at this event in Manassas. This impactful community gathering raises awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Participants of all ages come together to honor those affected and advocate for a world without Alzheimer’s.

The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend, Alexandria, 703-549-0111

CASA Evening Under the Stars Gala Manassas, 703-330-8145


Tephra ICA Arts Festival

12001 Market St., Suite 103, Reston, 703-471-9242

This event brings together over 200 contemporary artists and artisans from across the country to showcase original handmade artwork in the outdoor Reston Town Center. Beyond art displays, the festival fosters inclusivity and inspiration, inviting people of all ages and backgrounds to appreciate creativity and enjoy diverse artistic expressions—on canvases, in sculpture, or through other creative mediums.

Fall Gallery Walk, Manassas, 703-361-6599

Art on the Avenue, Alexandria


Torpedo Factory Art Center 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, 703-746-4570

Housed in a historic waterfront building, this vibrant arts hub showcases the work of more than 80 local artists across diverse mediums. Visitors can explore open studios, watch artists at work, and even purchase unique pieces directly from the creators. With its dynamic atmosphere and rich artistic heritage, the Torpedo Factory Art Center offers a one-of-a-kind cultural experience in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.

ARTfactory, Manassas, 703-330-2787

Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, 703-584-2900


Farm Brew LIVE

9901 Discovery Blvd., Manassas, 703-420-2264

At Farm Brew LIVE, adults can immerse themselves in myriad entertainment options. From live music featuring local and national artists to lively outdoor events and festivals, there’s always something happening to captivate and energize guests. The expansive outdoor space provides the perfect setting for socializing with friends or enjoying a game of cornhole while savoring handcrafted brews from the on-site brewery.

Tally Ho Theater, Leesburg, 703-777-1665

The State Theatre, Falls Church, 703-237-0300


Christmas in Middleburg

Multiple locations, 540-266-3115

Christmas in Middleburg is a cherished tradition that brings together locals and visitors alike to usher in the holiday season with festive cheer. From the heartwarming parade showcasing elaborate floats and marching bands to the enchanting tree lighting ceremony that illuminates the town square, the festival captivates attendees with its magical ambiance.

Virginia Scottish Games, The Plains

Clifton Day Festival, Clifton, 703-968-0740


LOVEwork in Manassas 9201 Center St., Manassas, 703-368-1873

Adjacent to the ice skating rink at the Harris Pavilion, this sign serves as a dynamic representation of community spirit and heritage, featuring the “LOVE” symbol found throughout the state. Don’t miss the opportunity to snap memorable photos with family and friends beside the towering “V” or through the “O,” and share the love on social media.

LOVEwork in Leesburg, 703-777-2420

LOVEwork in Purcellville, 703-771-2170


All that Amazon’s second headquarters has to offer.

rlington’s Met Park is the home to Amazon’s second headquarters—HQ2. The new building, on the corner of South Eads Street and 15th Street South, boasts an array of businesses and amenities to enjoy. The result is a bustling blend of corporate culture, commerce, and green space.

Its parklike setting is where families, pets, employees, and community members can enjoy the outdoor spaces, complete with a sculpture garden, a playground, trails, water features, and a dog run. Amazon’s horticulture team tends to an on-campus garden where they grow fresh food for local nonprofit Kitchen of Purpose. For fitness aficionados, HUSTLE offers cycle and strength classes; Conte’s Bike Shop serves any cycling-related needs; and for fur babies, District Dogs is an all-in-one doggie daycare.

Snackers and foodies will enjoy restaurants like South Block, Good Company Doughnuts & Cafe Peruvian Brothers Taqueria Xochi Toby's Ice Cream Mae's Market, and Makers Union

Other HQ2 features include skincare spa GLO30, the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington, and Celebree School of National Landing, a preschool that also offers daycare, summer camps, and more.


Alamo Drafthouse Cinema One Loudoun 20575 Easthampton Plz., Ashburn, 571-293-6808

This theater combines first-run movies with in-theater dining and in-seat service, complemented by a lengthy menu and selection of drinks. With comfortable seating, moviegoers can fully immerse themselves in the film. From blockbusters to indie gems, the theater is perfect for an unforgettable movie night.

Angelika Film Center, Fairfax, 571-512-3301

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Woodbridge, Woodbridge, 571-260-4413


Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

14390 Air and Space Museum Pkwy., Chantilly, 703-572-4118

Discover the wonders of aviation and the universe at this museum. As an annex of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, this iconic destination showcases thousands of aerospace artifacts, including historic aircraft and spacecraft. Visitors can marvel at the space shuttle Discovery, explore interactive exhibits, and witness aviation history come to life.

George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, 703-780-2000

Manassas Museum, Manassas, 703-368-1873

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Wolf Trap 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, 703-255-1900

Set amid 117 acres of pristine woodland, Wolf Trap offers a unique outdoor concert experience. As the United States’ only national park dedicated to the performing arts, the venue hosts an array of performances, including concerts, musicals, ballets, operas, and more. Wolf Trap certainly promises an unforgettable experience at the intersection of nature and culture.

Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, 703-754-6400

The Birchmere, Alexandria, 703-549-7500


Hylton Performing Arts Center 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, 703-993-7759

A dynamic theater company, this team enriches the local cultural scene with captivating performances. Renowned for its diverse repertoire, the company showcases everything from classical plays to contemporary productions, delighting audiences of all ages. With state-of-the-art facilities and talented performers, Hylton continues to be a beacon of artistic excellence in Manassas.

Signature Theatre, Arlington, 703-820-9771

ARTfactory, Manassas, 703-330-2787


The Barns at Wolf Trap 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, 703-255-1900

The Barns at Wolf Trap have a unique ambiance known for enhancing the magic of every performance. From classical concerts to theatrical productions, the venue hosts quite a range of artists and genres, ensuring there’s something for every artistic palate. For audiences, it’s an intimate and immersive setting to experience world-class performing arts.

Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, 703-993-7759

Signature Theatre, Arlington, 703-820-9771


Plan out your next trip to this historic estate.

George Washington, a Founding Father and one of the most famous Virginians, left a trail of significant legacies, his Northern Virginia home among them. Mount Vernon, on the banks of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, is full of these notable treasures.

Explore the mansion and the grounds; the estate offers in-depth tours, detailing the history behind the area, as well as a look into preservation efforts. There are outbuildings, such as Washington’s tomb and a working farm, that complement the tour.

Discover the people that shaped Mount Vernon at the museum. You may also expand your knowledge at the Education Center, where Washington’s life is traced through exhibitions, a 4D film, and an interactive theater.

Stroll through Mount Vernon’s four gardens: the Upper Garden, the Lower Garden, the Botanical Garden, and the Fruit Garden & Nursery. Don’t miss the plethora of online garden tours on the Mount Vernon website.

Stop by the fully-functioning reconstruction of Washington’s whiskey distillery and gristmill. Finally, finish your visit by eating some Virginia favorites at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant and shopping for reproductions, books, toys, and more.


Stone Tower Winery 19925 Hogback Mountain Rd., Leesburg, 703-777-2797

Stone Tower Winery can be the perfect atmosphere for the happiest day of your life, rehearsal dinners, or team building. With a beautiful estate winery and rolling hills on Hogback Mountain, this venue is the product of three generations of the Huber family celebrating memories that have taken place in Leesburg.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, 703-255-3631

The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville, 703-815-2233



Lucky Dog Grooming 9439 Main St., Manassas, 703-895-4456

Lucky Dog Grooming showcases a range of grooming packages with skilled staff that ensure every dog is a “lucky dog”— receiving individual attention and a pampering experience. Whether it’s a routine bath or an à la carte service, they are dedicated to keeping dogs looking good, one wagging tail at a time.

Woofie’s, Multiple locations

Paws Awhile Pet Motel, Warrenton, 540-347-4855


Peace of Mind K9 12405 Dumfries Rd., Manassas, 703-930-5934

Led by expert trainers, this spot’s programs cater to dogs of all breeds and temperaments, focusing on obedience, behavior modification, and specialized training. Whether addressing aggression, anxiety, or basic commands, Peace of Mind K9 provides personalized solutions with patience and care.

Olde Towne School for Dogs, Alexandria, 703-836-7643

Ridgeside K9, Multiple locations, 571-271-5595


Paws Awhile Pet Motel 7353 Woodlawn Ln., Warrenton, 540-347-4855

Paws Awhile Pet Motel, nestled on 24 acres in rural Warrenton, has stood as a beacon for pets since 1965. Under the ownership of Mother Eirene and Mother Raphaela, two Orthodox Christian nuns, the facility has earned renown for its unparalleled commitment to furry friends. Doggie daycare services provide companionship, playtime, and exercise for dogs while their owners are away.

Waggin’ Tails Junction, Manassas, 703-361-7550

A Pup’s Valley, Haymarket, 703-596-3647


Pender Vet Animal Hospital

Multiple locations

This animal clinic provides a wide range of services, including preventive care, diagnostics, surgery, dentistry, and emergency services. Beyond medical treatment, the hospital prioritizes education, offering resources and guidance to pet owners to ensure the well-being of their furry companions. It serves as a sanctuary for pets in need and as a pillar of support and knowledge for the local community.

Caring Hands Animal Hospital, Multiple locations

Prince William Animal Hospital Manassas, 703-361-5223

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Wolf Trap 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna, 703-255-1900

From Broadway shows and concerts to dance performances and children’s theater, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Families can pack a picnic and enjoy the scenic surroundings while taking in world-class entertainment under the stars. Create lasting memories with your loved ones in an ideal setting.

Cox Farms, Centreville, 703-830-4121

Great Country Farms, Bluemont, 540-554-2073


Loudoun Country Day School 20600 Red Cedar Dr., Leesburg, 703-777-3841

Dedicated to providing a nurturing and challenging educational environment, LCDS has small class sizes and a dedicated faculty. The school prioritizes individualized attention to ensure each student reaches their full potential. The supportive community encourages collaboration, creativity, and a lifelong love of learning.

Foxcroft School, Middleburg, 540-687-5555

St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, Alexandria, 703-212-2700


Middleburg Montessori School

7274 Rectors Ln., Marshall, 540-687-5210

With a nurturing and educational environment for young learners, this school is committed to the Montessori philosophy. The school fosters independence, curiosity, and a love for learning in children aged two to six. Experienced educators guide students through engaging activities, promoting cognitive, social, and emotional development. With a focus on individualized learning, they prepare children for a successful transition to elementary education.

Willowcreek Academy, Locations in Gainesville, Centreville, 703-754-7767, 703-815-3000

Haymarket Baptist Church Preschool & Kindergarten, Haymarket, 703-753-9561


Tiny Dancers

Multiple locations

At Tiny Dancers, summer is a time of creativity, growth, and fun-filled memories. The summer dance camps cater to children ages 3 to 9, whether for a single week or the entire summer. Each weeklong camp revolves around an exciting theme like Enchanted Castles or Under the Sea, providing a dynamic blend of dance, crafts, and activities.

St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School Summertimes, Alexandria, 703-212-2777

ARTfactory, Manassas, 703-330-2787



The Red Fox Inn & Tavern 2 E. Washington St., Middleburg, 540-687-6301

This inn stands as a historic landmark dating back to 1728. The iconic site offers guests a blend of colonial charm and modern comfort. With its cozy rooms, acclaimed restaurant, and inviting atmosphere, Red Fox is a favorite destination for travelers seeking a relaxing retreat.

Manassas Junction Bed & Breakfast Manassas, 703-216-7803

The Ashby Inn & Restaurant, Paris, 540-592-3900


George Washington’s Mount Vernon 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, 703-780-2000

The lofty history of the country’s Founding Father is striking at this site, captivating visitors with a glimpse into the life of the first American president. Explore the mansion, where Washington lived and entertained guests, and stroll through the lush gardens and scenic grounds.

Manassas National Battlefield Park, Manassas, 703-361-1339

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, 877-907-8585


Japanese influence meets colonial elegance in a contemporary twist.

Hotel AKA Alexandria, a 2023 addition to the historic Old Town neighborhood, could “also be known as” Alexandria’s most enigmatic new accommodation. The hotel’s design, décor, and architectural detailing embody a fascinating fusion of Japanese minimalism and colonial influence, led by the creative direction of Italian architect Piero Lissoni. The muted colors and soft contours comprising the furnishings inspire a mood of serenity that’s contemporary, fresh, and a little funky. With cloud-shaped chandeliers, unusual art, and amenities like a cinema, fitness room, and bar, the hotel provides comfort in a setting that is itself a work of art.

As a larger brand, AKA aims to create “the world’s most livable hotels,” and the Alexandria location is a testament to that mission. The simple room designs don’t overpower—aesthetically pleasing accents complement the space harmoniously, calling to mind the character of a Scandinavian home. The atmosphere is homelike and cozy, but refined by the high quality of the furniture and the intelligence behind the style choices. Still, the common spaces provide intrigue and character—guests will know these are no cookie cutter places to stay. Architecture buffs, art lovers, and home design fanatics will gladly consider the accommodations home for the night.


Salamander Resort

500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, 540-326-4000

The resort and spa at this hotel epitomize luxury and relaxation in a breathtaking rural setting. Salamander offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, providing guests with a tranquil retreat surrounded by natural beauty. Boasting elegant accommodations, world-class amenities, and impeccable service, Salamander caters to the discerning traveler seeking a refined and rejuvenating experience.

The Red Fox Inn & Tavern, Middleburg, 540-687-6301

Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, 703-729-8400


Salamander Resort

500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, 540-326-4000

Escape to luxury at Salamander Resort, burrowed in the blissful countryside. The resort supplies unparalleled amenities, including an award-winning spa, equestrian center, and championship golf course. Indulge in exquisite dining at onsite restaurants featuring farm-to-table cuisine and fine wines. With elegant accommodations and personalized service, it’s a tranquil retreat for relaxation and recreation.

Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, 703-729-8400

Airlie, Warrenton, 540-347-1300

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Great Falls Park

9200 Old Dominion Dr., McLean, 703-757-3101

Great Falls Park, situated along the banks of the Potomac River, offers a captivating natural retreat just minutes from the nation’s capital. Renowned for its stunning scenic views, this state park beckons nature lovers. Whether visitors come to hike, picnic, or simply soak in the breathtaking sights, the state park promises an unforgettable experience.

Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, 540-592-3556

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, 703-631-0550


George Washington’s Mount Vernon

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, 703-780-2000

Explore the rich history and grandeur of Mount Vernon, the nationally cherished home of George Washington. Settled along the banks of the Potomac River, the iconic estate shows visitors a glimpse into Washington’s life and legacy. Tour the meticulously preserved mansion, stroll through lush gardens, and visit the final resting place of George Washington.

Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, 703-838-5005

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, 703-572-4118



Tiny Dancers

Multiple locations, 703-385-5580

Tiny dancers at this studio find a nurturing environment to explore their creativity and passion for dance. With a variety of classes including ballet, tap, jazz, and more, children of all ages and skill levels blossom. Experienced instructors focus on building confidence and technique in a fun and supportive atmosphere.

Center Stage Dance, Fairfax, 703-385-3396

Centreville Dance, Centreville, 703-815-3125


Heritage Hunt Golf & Country Club

6901 Arthur Hills Dr., Gainesville, 703-743-2000

This country club boasts a stunning golf course that impresses players of all levels. Designed to harmonize with the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside, the course offers a challenging yet rewarding experience. Meticulously manicured fairways wind through lush greenery, while strategically placed hazards add excitement to every round.

Army Navy Country Club, Arlington, 703-521-6800

Dominion Valley Country Club Haymarket, 571-222-6900


Add these art galleries to your next cultural outing.

Virginia’s art scene is vibrant, and Northern Virginia is brimming with talent. Immerse yourself in fine art at these three galleries.

Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria is one of the country’s largest collections of artists working under one roof. Visit this institution that has been fostering connections between artists and the public for more than 50 years.

The Byrne Gallery in Middleburg has presented artists and exhibitions for nearly three decades. Artists and art lovers are invited to enjoy and discuss the works, expanding different mediums and styles.

ArtSpace Herndon is a part of Arts Herndon, a community arts center. It’s a place to celebrate the arts, showcase talents, and enjoy events by locally, regionally and nationally known artists.


Halo Fitness Experience

10400 Premier Ct., Burke, 571-655-5554

Halo Fitness Experience offers a holistic approach to wellness. Beyond traditional workouts, Halo emphasizes total wellbeing, offering nutrition guidance, mindfulness practices, and recovery strategies. The gym provides personalized fitness programs tailored to each individual. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just starting your fitness journey, Halo provides tools and encouragement for all members to reach their goals.

Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center, Manassas, 703-993-8444

Life Time, Gainesville, 703-743-6100


Halo Fitness Experience

10400 Premier Ct., Burke, 571-655-5554

From CrossFit and Peak to functional training, and strength conditioning to specialized classes like Pilates and yoga, Halo Fitness Experience provides comprehensive options for individuals of all

fitness levels. Led by experienced coaches and instructors, Halo’s CrossFit program stands out for its emphasis on functional movements, endurance building, and community support.

Excel Pilates Northern Virginia, McLean, 703-623-8100

Burn Boot Camp, Multiple locations


Army Navy Country Club 1700 Army Navy Dr., Arlington, 703-521-6800

Set amid the club’s lush surroundings, the tennis courts offer an idyllic setting for players to hone their skills and enjoy the sport’s camaraderie. With both indoor and outdoor courts available, members can indulge in tennis year-round, regardless of the weather. Whether seeking a competitive edge or simply looking to stay active, find a premier tennis facility that beckons enthusiasts of all levels.

Ida Lee Park Tennis Center, Leesburg, 703-737-6068

Chestnut Forks Tennis, Fitness & Swim, Warrenton, 540-347-0823

photos (clockwise from top left) courtesy of: artspace herndon, torpedo factory art center, the byrne gallery (3)
The Byrne Gallery's Champagne and Flowers exhibition, a celebration of spring, features works from five local artists and is on display through May 31. From left, pieces by: Craig Arnold, Caroline Cutrona Hottenstein, and Jeffrey Kibler. A bustling scene at Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria. Lorrie Herman, artist and teacher at Arts Herndon.

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Young Chiropractic & Rehab 10400 Eaton Pl., Suite 410, Fairfax, 703-246-0025

Committed to providing chiropractic solutions, this practice addresses a wide range of issues, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, and muscular tension. Whether you’ve suffered an injury or simply aim to enhance your overall wellbeing, this team offers tailored plans to meet your unique needs.

Clegg Chiropractic, Leesburg, 703-777-8884

Basler Chiropractic & Wellness, Manassas, 703-393-8228


The Women’s Center 8230 Old Courthouse Rd., Suite 310, Vienna, 703-281-2657

Compassionate and comprehensive counseling services unite to support women’s mental health and well-being. With a team of licensed therapists and counselors, The Women’s Center tailors treatment plans to each client’s needs. From managing stress and anxiety to addressing trauma and relationship issues, The practice fosters healing in a safe environment, helping women thrive.

Gainesville Professional Counseling Center, Gainesville, 571-261-1921

Thriveworks Counseling, Multiple locations, 833-966-4292


Gainesville Dental Associates 7521 Virginia Oaks Dr., Suite 230, Gainesville, 703-570-6684

Led by experienced dentists and a dedicated staff, Gainesville Dental Associates offers a comprehensive range of dental services, including routine cleanings, fillings, crowns, bridges, and dental implants. GDA also specializes in cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers to enhance smiles and boost client confidence.

Fair Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Fairfax, 703-273-4505

Greater Washington Dentistry, Locations in Fairfax, 703-992-9222, 703-620-9122


Renting vs. buying: which is the path to your dream home?



Capital Women’s Care

Multiple locations

Capital Women’s Care’s mission centers on delivering exceptional care. CWC prioritizes open communication, ensuring patients have access to their physicians and staff throughout their care journey. With multiple locations in NoVa, the practice ensures a safe and welcoming environment with services covering the entire spectrum of women’s health.

VHC Health - OB/GYN, Multiple locations

UVA Obstetrics and Gynecology

Multiple locations


Fairfax Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Multiple locations

wning a home is the quintessential American dream. And while it may seem like a no-brainer to take the plunge into home ownership once it’s financially feasible, the decision to buy versus rent warrants careful consideration.

Renting: It offers flexibility and lower initial costs, as maintenance is typically covered and leases provide an easy exit strategy. A 2023 analysis from also revealed that renting is cheaper than owning in 45 of the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan areas. Yet dealing with landlords can present challenges, such as unexpected rent increases or property sales.

Buying: Homeownership builds equity and pride, with the added freedom to personalize one's space. However, it also entails repair costs and mortgage risks, as the economy may suddenly shift—CNN reported that 7.5 million homeowners ended up with “underwater” mortgages in 2008. Despite all this, homeowners may benefit from tax advantages.


The Retina Group of Washington Multiple locations, 844-749-3627

The Retina Group specializes in eye care and retinal disorders. Experienced ophthalmologists and retina specialists offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options for conditions like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal detachment. With a commitment to patient-centered care and cuttingedge research, The Retina Group ensures optimal vision outcomes for patients in Northern Virginia.

Northern Virginia Ophthalmology Associates, Multiple locations

Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry, Multiple locations


Inova Fairfax Hospital 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, 703-776-4001

This Falls Church hospital offers a full spectrum of medical services, from routine care to specialized treatments and surgeries. With over 1,000 beds and a team of skilled healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, and support staff, Inova Fairfax Hospital is equipped to handle an array of medical needs.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, 703-391-3600

Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, 703-558-5000

Led by skilled surgeons, this experienced practice offers a full range of services including dental implants, wisdom teeth removal, corrective jaw surgery, and facial trauma treatment. With modern, clean facilities and personalized care, they prioritize patient comfort and safety, producing optimal outcomes for procedures across locations.

Northern Virginia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, Multiple locations

Gainesville Dental Associates, Gainesville, 703-570-6684


Orthodontics by Crutchfield 14012 Sullyfield Cir., Suite E, Chantilly, 703-263-0575

Led by Dr. Crutchfield, the practice offers a range of treatments including braces, Invisalign, and more. With a commitment to cutting-edge technology and patient satisfaction, Orthodontics by Crutchfield ensures each patient achieves a healthy, confident smile. Conveniently located in Chantilly, this practice is a premier destination for quality orthodontic care.

Virginia Orthodontic Partners Multiple locations

Greater Washington Dentistry, Locations in Fairfax, 703-992-9222, 703-620-9122

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OrthoVirginia Multiple locations

From sports injuries to joint replacements, OrthoVirginia is a premier orthopedic practice serving Northern Virginia with excellence. With a team of highly skilled orthopedic specialists, surgeons, and therapists, the practice offers comprehensive services tailored to each patient’s needs, committed to restoring mobility and enhancing quality of life.

VSI, Reston, 703-828-0576

Blue Ridge Orthopaedic & Spine Center, Gainesville, 540-347-9220


Fairfax Pediatric Associates Multiple locations

This is a trusted healthcare provider dedicated to the well-being of children from infancy through adolescence. With a team of compassionate pediatricians and nurse practitioners, FPA offers thorough medical care including well-child visits, immunizations, sick visits, and specialized care for chronic conditions. Committed to building lifelong relationships with families, the doctors provide personalized attention and guidance.

Capital Area Pediatrics, Multiple locations

Children's Medical Associates of Northern Virginia, Locations in Alexandria, Fairfax, 703-914-8989, 703-691-4700


Balance Physical Therapy

5300 Merchants View Sq., Suite 110, Haymarket, 571-248-0232

Holistic care meets cutting-edge treatments at this practice. Led by specialists, Balance offers a sweeping array of services, from LSVT BIG for Parkinson’s Disease to advanced dry needling. Whether it’s managing chronic pain or optimizing post-operative rehabilitation, the team is dedicated to improving movement and function for every individual.

OrthoVirginia, Multiple locations

VSI Physical Therapy, Reston, 703-828-0576


Loudoun County's equine community finds sanctuary.


UVA Bull Run Family Medicine

Multiple locations

Experience compassionate care and comprehensive medical services with this provider. A team of dedicated healthcare professionals provides personalized treatment for patients of all ages, from infants to seniors. From routine checkups to management of chronic conditions, the focus is on promoting the health and well-being of the entire family.

Fairfax Family Practice, Fairfax, 703-391-2020

Inova VIP 360, Multiple locations



Bearded Goat Barber

Locations in Arlington, 703-567-0555, 703-243-5476

With a passion for the craft, this barbershop is committed to making you look good. Whether in need of a fresh haircut or a precise beard trim, Bearded Goat Barber will elevate your grooming routine. With a curated Spotify playlist and BGB Swag, the shop makes sure to set you up for success.

The Standard Barbershop, Fairfax, 571-234-1819

The Neighborhood Barbershop, Falls Church

Loudoun County is prime horse country. Middleburg especially is teeming with equines and their riding companions. Foxrock Stables and the Salamander Resort’s Equestrian Center draw horse lovers of all experience levels from both near and far, while the annual Middleburg Spring Races are a premier destination for witnessing thoroughbred athletics.

With all these horses and people who love them dearly, Middleburg has an obvious need for an equine-specific medical facility. That is exactly what W.H. McCormick, VMD, noticed in the ‘70s. He founded a veterinary hospital that grew into the Middleburg Equine Clinic, which now houses two efficient 16’ x 16’ exam rooms, radiology, and standing procedure rooms. This is vet care on another level in both size and services, with three well-ventilated, radiant-heated holding stalls and a recovery room, laboratory, and laundry, ensuring that the pampered horses of horse country are well cared for.


Nova Surgicare

8201 Greensboro Dr., Suite 601, McLean, 703-288-4495

Specializing in cosmetic surgery, this practice presents patients with a blend of artistry and medical expertise. Led by a team of board-certified surgeons, the practice provides a comprehensive range of surgical and nonsurgical options.

Chantilly Cosmetic Surgery, Chantilly, 703-962-2520

The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery, Ashburn, 703-726-1175


Cosmetic Dermatology Center 8377B Greensboro Dr., McLean, 703-827-8600

With a commitment to personalized care and patient satisfaction, the Cosmetic Dermatology Center delivers tailored treatment plans that prioritize safety and natural-looking results. Whether seeking rejuvenation, enhancement, or skin health maintenance, individuals can trust in the expertise and dedication of the team, including Dr. Nicole Hayre and the friendly administrative staff, at this esteemed practice.

Renewal Dermatology & MedSpa, Multiple locations

Prince William Dermatology, PC, Gainesville, 571-261-1234


PR at Partners

Multiple locations

PR at Partners Salon is a premier destination for all your hair care needs. With a team of skilled stylists and colorists, PR offers personalized services tailored to each client’s unique style and preferences. From trendy cuts to stunning color transformations, PR at Partners ensures every visit leaves you feeling confident and refreshed.

Curves Hair Studio, Manassas, 703-257-5722

Studio B Salon & Beauty Bar, Haymarket, 571-284-7951


Salamander Resort 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg, 540-326-4000

From soothing massages and revitalizing facials to invigorating body scrubs and wraps, each service is meticulously crafted to promote physical and mental harmony. Skilled therapists utilize premium products and innovative techniques to address individual needs. Salamander’s signature treatments include a calming Antara ritual, balancing sound therapy, grand cru massage, prenatal pamper, and couple’s massage.

Mystic Flow Wellness Center, Gainesville, 571-284-7612

Sugar House Day Spa & Salon, Alexandria, 703-549-9940

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Dr. W.H. McCormick of Middleburg Equine Clinic meets with a client and her horse.
Best Home Builders • Best Interior Design Firms 703.239.2700 BEST OF VIRGINIA 2024 IN 2 CATEGORIES Experience Boutique Remodeling




Loveless Porter Architects

9000 Center St., Manassas, 703-368-1600

Loveless Porter Architects takes on a philosophy of transforming dreams into tangible realities through innovative architectural design. LPA’s portfolio showcases a thoughtful integration with the surrounding environment. With a commitment to excellence and creativity, the firm engages in a variety of projects, from residential homes to commercial buildings and community spaces.

Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes, Fairfax, 703-641-9800

Case Architects & Remodelers Locations in Falls Church, Alexandria, 703-241-2980, 703-660-4663


Merrifield Garden Center

Multiple locations

It all started when 16-year-old Bob Warhurst moved from Alabama to Virginia in 1955; after different endeavors throughout the decades, Bob wanted to open a nursery. It came to fruition in 1971 as a quaint red barn with less than an acre of plants. Now, Merrifield Garden Center extends to multiple locations in Northern Virginia offering different plant varieties and constantly blooming nurseries.

Meadows Farms, Multiple locations

Greenstreet Gardens, Alexandria, 703-998-3030


Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes 8630A Lee Hwy., Fairfax, 703-641-9800

Michael Nash is a team of residential building and home remodeling professionals with over 30 years of experience. Driven by a commitment to the customer, the company continuously adapts to the evolving requirements of homeowners, striving to make the home improvement process homeowner-friendly. The team provides cost-effective solutions directly to customers.

Daniels Design & Remodeling, Fairfax, 703-239-2700

JACK Contracting, Haymarket, 571-305-2252


WMATA's plans bring hope for easier commutes and happier riders.


F.H. Furr

Multiple locations, 866-586-6165

ommuters rejoice! Good news abounds for Northern Virginians who utilize the DC Metro. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has plans to improve the stations and train lines throughout the area in 2025. Those tired of the wait times and crowds on the Blue Line between the Pentagon and Rosslyn stations in particular will be especially victorious, with WMATA proposing two solutions to improve commuter flow. Metro is considering adding a second Rosslyn Metro station or simply another Orange and Blue Line connection point, either option hopefully resulting in room for 4,000 more Blue Line passengers in Virginia. The Vienna Metro station in Fairfax will also see improvements, with expanded mezzanines, vertical circulation, and fare gates set to be added by the end of 2025.


Belfort Furniture

22250 Shaw Rd., Dulles, 703-406-7600

With a vast selection of furniture pieces to suit every style and budget, Belfort offers something for every open space in the house, from living room sets to bedroom suites and beyond. The commitment to customer satisfaction and exceptional service has made Belfort Furniture a trusted name in home furnishing for residents of Dulles and beyond.

Lucketts Store, Leesburg, 703-779-0268

Green Front Furniture, Manassas, 703-396-8560


J&L Interiors

38A Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg, 703-737-7660

This interior design firm boasts a rich portfolio spanning 20 years of creating exceptional residential and commercial spaces. Led by twin sisters Julie Hoffmann and Lori DuVal, the award-winning team delivers comprehensive design services, from architectural reviews to final furnishings and accessories. J&L’s expertise extends to every aspect of design, including space planning, lighting, window treatments, and more.

Style Savvy Designs, Warrenton, 703-753-7982

Daniels Design & Remodeling, Fairfax, 703-239-2700


J&L Interiors

38A Catoctin Cir. SE, Leesburg, 703-737-7600

Whether clients seek a sleek kitchen or a tranquil bathroom retreat, the design team here showcases their expertise in kitchen and bath design with an emphasis on functionality and personalized style— from modern kitchens adorned with state-of-the-art appliances to spa-like bathrooms.

The Kitchen Guru, Herndon, 703-855-2140

Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes, Fairfax, 703-641-9800


Merrifield Garden Center

Multiple locations

With a team of experienced professionals and a vast selection of high-quality plants and materials, this garden center brings your outdoor vision to life. Whether you’re dreaming of a lush garden oasis or a sustainable landscape design, Merrifield will provide personalized solutions, ensuring stunning results that enhance your home’s beauty and functionality.

Kane Landscapes, Sterling, 703-803-3146 Meadows Farms, Multiple locations

Knowledge, experience, and professionalism are the company pillars. F.H. Furr offers plumbing, heating, air conditioning, and electrical services with “the F.H. Furr Difference,” as they say. With headquarters in Manassas and another location in Gainesville, customers can check F.H. Furr out seven days a week, using only up-front, flat-rate pricing.

Appleton Campbell, Warrenton, 540-347-0765

Marines Service Co., Multiple locations, 703-721-4531


McEnearney Associates

109 S. Pitt St., Alexandria, 703-549-9292

With a history spanning decades, McEnearney Associates has a team of dedicated professionals specializing in residential sales and rentals, commercial properties, and property management. Guided by the motto, “It’s not about us, it’s about you,” they lead a client-centric approach that ensures personalized solutions for buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants alike.

Long & Foster Real Estate, Multiple locations

Century 21 New Millennium, Multiple locations


Falcons Landing

20522 Falcons Landing Cir., Potomac Falls, 703-404-5205

This premier retirement community offers luxury living for military retirees. With picturesque views of the Potomac River and unmatched amenities, residents enjoy active lifestyles enriched by social events, fine dining, and wellness programs. From spacious residences to personalized care services, Falcon’s Landing provides a vibrant and supportive environment for retirees to thrive in their golden years, fostering camaraderie and security.

Heritage Hunt, Gainesville, 703-743-2000

Ashby Ponds, Ashburn, 703-723-1999

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Consistantly voted one of the Best Pet Care Facilities in Northern Virginia, we are located conveniently near 95 in Manassas, Virginia on five acres including a pond, doggy pool, and plenty of shade for your furry family member to run and play. We are caring people who believe that our pets are members of our families. We are your pets home away from home!

703-930-5934 12405 Dumfries Road, Manassas, VA 20112 Saturday and Sunday Daycare by appointment only Daycare & Boarding Drop off/Pick up Times: Saturday 8am-10am & 3:30pm-5:30pm Sunday 8am-10am & 3:30pm-5:30pm Monday through Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm




Matthews, Carter & Boyce

12500 Fair Lakes Cir., Suite 260, Fairfax, 703-218-3600

Trust in the expertise of Matthews, Carter, and Boyce for exceptional accounting services. The reputable firm offers a comprehensive range of financial solutions, including tax planning, auditing, and consulting services. With a dedicated team of skilled professionals, the firm caters to individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, ensuring accurate and strategic financial management.

BSB, Fairfax, 703-591-5200

Hollins and Hur CPAs, Manassas, 571-222-4765


Quinn’s Auction Galleries

360 S. Washington St., Falls Church, 703-532-5632

Quinn’s Auction Galleries is a hub for art, antiques, and collectibles. With a legacy spanning generations, it serves as a cultural epicenter, attracting collectors and enthusiasts. The business hosts a diversified range of auctions that cater to various interests and tastes. From fine art and jewelry to rare books and historical artifacts, each auction is meticulously curated to showcase exceptional pieces of cultural significance.

Rasmus Auctions, Multiple locations, 703-768-9000

Damewood Auctioneers, Purcellville DamewoodAuctioneers, 540-668-6179


Navy Federal Credit Union

Multiple locations, 888-842-6328

This bank is a trusted financial partner for members of the military, veterans, and their families. With a commitment to providing personalized service and competitive rates, NFCU offers a wide range of financial products and services, including checking and savings accounts, loans, mortgages, and investment options. Their dedication to supporting the military community makes NFCU a cornerstone of financial stability for many.

Apple Federal Credit Union, Fairfax, 703-788-4800

Northwest Federal Credit Union

Multiple locations, 703-709-8900


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Pohanka Lexus Chantilly

13909 Route 50, Chantilly, 703-592-4985

Find an inventory of new and certified pre-owned vehicles, with enough options for each customer to find their perfect match. Committed to customer satisfaction, their knowledgeable staff provides personalized assistance throughout the purchasing process. Their top-notch service and reputation for excellence cement it as the destination for luxury car buyers seeking quality and professionalism in Chantilly.

Ted Britt Ford, Fairfax, 571-351-2222

Ourisman, Multiple locations


Flagship Car Wash

Multiple locations

Flagship Car Wash embodies its fresh, timely motto, “Where Clean Means Green,” by prioritizing both environmental sustainability and vehicle cleanliness at each location. With a commitment to eco-friendly practices like water-saving techniques, Flagship ensures that every wash not only leaves cars sparkling but also minimizes impact on the planet.

Mr. Wash Car Wash, Multiple locations

White Horse Auto Wash, Multiple locations


Cassaday & Company, Inc.

8180 Greensboro Dr., Suite 1180, McLean, 703-506-8200

This firm offers far-reaching financial planning suited to meet the unique needs and aspirations of each client. Going beyond traditional investment management, the team may assist with retirement planning, estate planning, tax strategies, and risk management. C&C’s approach integrates and simplifies wealth management, fostering trust and long-term relationships grounded in expertise and integrity.

TCV Trust & Wealth Management, McLean, 703-462-2530

Morgan Stanley, Multiple locations

Springfield’s Total Home Design & Remodeling specializes in built-in storage solutions. Left: Ana Djevenica.

What on earth can you do when your closet starts to overflow? Apparently a lot, according to Ana Djevenica, Interior Designer at Total Home Design & Remodeling in Springfield.

Add an extra clothing rod: Doubling up clothing rods is a simple way to make the most of vertical closet space.

Add more drawers and sliding shelves: “Add some drawers or baskets for items like belts, scarves, hats, socks, et cetera,” Djevenica says. “We can also add a few display shelves for items like purses or shoes so they are easily accessible when putting an outfit together.”

Build in a hidden hamper: Internet DIY-ers have suggested this as a way to solve the pesky problem of where the dirty clothes go.

“There is so much we can do to improve our limited home storage,” Dejevenica says. “Ideas are everywhere!”


Pierce Funeral Home

9609 Center St., Manassas, 703-420-1178

With a focus on personalized care, this compassionate center offers a range of options to honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones. From traditional funerals to cremation services, Pierce Funeral Home guides families through every step of the funeral planning process with professionalism and empathy, serving as a pillar of support for the bereaved.

Money & King Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Vienna, 703-938-7440

Adams-Green Funeral Home & Crematory, Herndon, 703-437-1764



3998 Fair Ridge Dr., Suite 250, Fairfax, 703-584-7277

The exceptional legal services favor a client-centered approach. Specializing in personal injury cases, the team is dedicated to securing justice and fair compensation for their clients. With a track record of successful outcomes and personalized attention to each case, BenGlassLaw offers reputable expertise and peace of mind during challenging times.

Geller Law Group, Fairfax, 703-687-6188

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, Multiple locations, 800-747-9354

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Lucketts Store

42350 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg, 703-779-0268

This beloved stop is your gateway to a treasure trove of unique finds and vintage delights. Lucketts Store is renowned for its eclectic blend of antiques, home décor, and one-of-a-kind pieces. With a carefully curated selection of items sourced near and far, visitors can peruse an extensive collection, each item with its own story.

Iron Horse Antiques, Manassas, 703-335-6676

Fox Den Antiques, Warrenton, 540-347-1162


McKay Used Books

8345 Sudley Rd., Manassas, 703-361-9042

McKay Used Books is a literary retreat for book enthusiasts and bargain hunters alike. McKay also offers a variety of media including movies, music, and video games, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy. With its unique buysell-trade model, customers can bring in their gently used books for store credit or cash.

One More Page Books, Arlington, 703-300-9746

Bards Alley Bookshop, Vienna, 571-459-2653


The Copper Cricket 15026 Washington St., Haymarket Facebook: The Copper Cricket Consignment Shop, 703-743-2346

The Copper Cricket offers a unique shopping experience for those seeking special treasures and gently-used items. From vintage furniture to stylish clothing and home décor, this consignment shop curates a diverse array of pieces, each telling a story and adding character to any home or wardrobe. The shop encourages shoppers to discover hidden gems and give new life to pre-loved items.

N’Used, Herndon, 703-437-8733

Deja Vu Anew, Warrenton, 540-347-7743


Where to buy a bag of chips or a live chicken on your next road trip.

When the urge to shop or snack hits you in the middle of your scenic drive on the Snickersville Turnpike, there’s one place to go. Bluemont General Store serves up just about anything you can think of: pizza, ice cream, oysters, books, beans, hardware, and even jingle bells. The selection prioritizes freshness and local connection, with Angus beef from grass-fed livestock raised in nearby pastures of Loudoun County farmland and farm-fresh eggs from free-range chickens in Purcellville. And it doesn’t stop there—at Bluemont General, you can also buy the laying hens, peeps, and roosters, too.

The shop’s cottage-esque exterior of classic blue clapboard and red shutters beckons explorers touring this picturesque part of the state, whether they’re soaking up the area’s rural beauty or headed for the iconic vistas found at Snickers Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Signs welcome visitors and reveal what’s on tap for the day—from hot coffee, antiques, conversation, guineas and keets, among other whimsical


Quinn’s Goldsmith

14901 Potomac Town Pl., Suite 170, Woodbridge, 703-878-1622

With a legacy spanning over three decades, this family-owned boutique specializes in creating custom pieces tailored to each client’s unique vision. From engagement rings to heirloom restoration, Quinn’s skilled artisans blend traditional techniques with modern design sensibilities. Experience the artistry and dedication firsthand at Quinn’s Goldsmith, where dreams become timeless treasures.

Ketterman's Jewelers, Leesburg, 703-777-0033

Ashby Jewelers, Manassas, 703-368-4653


treasures. (Guineas and keets being the spotted, chicken-like fowl and their young, marketed by Bluemont General as the best security system and tick annihilators money can buy.)

The store is marked by its authenticity and genuine smalltown character. It supplies locals and tourists alike with everything they need, plus all sorts of items they didn’t know they needed. While it’s not the most convenient convenience store, that’s part of the draw. After all, what’s better than a single store stocked with everything?

After stopping by for a fix of homemade chocolate, handdipped ice cream, or fresh sandwiches, you can follow the Snickersville Turnpike through landmark sites of the region, including the historic Hibbs Bridge and Civil War battle grounds. But if the pastoral charm at Bluemont General is what you’re after, that’s okay, too. Pick up a newspaper or a book, lounge under the 100-year-old maple tree out front, and soak in the sun and country.

Flower Gallery of Manassas 10816 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, 703-361-5186

Countless colorful flowers and exquisite arrangements fill the Flower Gallery. From classic roses to exotic blooms, there’s something for every occasion and preference. Whether you’re celebrating a special milestone or expressing heartfelt condolences, the skilled florists craft stunning bouquets, such as the Polka Dots and Posies arrangement or the Country Basket Blooms, and grand centerpieces to suit your needs.

Karin’s Florist, Vienna, 703-281-4141

J. Morris Flowers, Leesburg, 703-779-3530


Burnside Farms

11008 Kettle Run Rd., Nokesville, 703-930-3052

This family-owned farm spans acres of picturesque farmland. Burnside Farms delights visitors with its stunning flower fields and charming country ambiance. Sunflowers, daffodils, lavender, and more—this flower farm showcases a kaleidoscope of colors throughout the seasons. In addition to the floral displays, Burnside hosts a variety of family-friendly activities and opportunities to pick your own fresh produce.

Castle Drive Flowers, Haymarket, 571-446-8579

Hope Flower Farm & Winery, Waterford, 703-777-8227

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Shining Sol Candle Company

9109 Center St., Manassas, 571-719-3957

With an extensive range of handcrafted candles in captivating scents and designs, finding the perfect gift for any occasion is effortless. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, or holiday celebration, there’s a candle to suit every taste and preference. Using soy wax instead of paraffin, Shining Sol candles not only provide a clean, nontoxic burn but also support American farmers and the environment.

The Things I Love, Manassas Facebook: The Things I Love, 703-335-7711

Commonwealth Dry Goods, Fairfax, 703-273-7800


Jos. A. Banks

Multiple locations

Discover sophisticated menswear at Jos. A. Bank, with its timeless styles and impeccable craftsmanship. From tailored suits to casual sportswear and accessories, the collection caters to every occasion and preference. With a commitment to quality and customer service, Jos. A. Banks ensures a personalized shopping experience, helping men of all ages and sizes find the perfect wardrobe essentials.

Costco, Multiple locations

Britches Great Outdoors, Warrenton, 855-420-2437


Mobius Records 10409 Main St., Suite D, Fairfax, 703-865-0039

Mobius Records is a family-owned shop, catering to music enthusiasts across all genres. With a commitment to diversity, they ensure there’s something for everyone in their collection. They announce new releases every Friday. And every April 20, they host hundreds for Record Store Day to serve the community of music lovers and collectors.

Dig! Records & Vintage, Leesburg

Facebook: DIG Records & Vintage BUY SELL TRADE, 703-402-8120

Dragon Song Ltd, Manassas 703-369-7640


Community, cuisine, and car-less streets.

Lazy afternoons spent strolling down King Street in Old Town Alexandria are about to get better. The car-free, pedestrian portion of the street is here to stay—perfect for window shopping, stopping for a bite or an ice cream cone, and meandering with friends. Implemented to promote walkability, outdoor dining, and event activation, the pedestrian zone gained huge popularity as a pilot project for summertime, with 90



11950 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax, 571-522-6568

The REI location in Fairfax is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a wide range of gear and equipment for all adventures. From hiking and camping to cycling and climbing, REI provides topquality products from trusted brands. Knowledgeable staff members are on hand to offer expert advice and guidance, ensuring customers find the perfect gear for their outdoor pursuits.

Virginia Scuba, Manassas, 703-369-0098

Potomac River Running, Multiple locations


Chico’s Multiple locations

Chico’s caters to women who seek style, comfort, and versatility in their wardrobe choices. The vast styling choices one can make with the selection of chic apparel is a testament to the store’s convenience and quality. The extensive racks of clothing and displays of accessories and jewelry designed all come together to empower women of all ages and sizes.

Totally Vintage Design, Manassas, 703-282-6925

The Lucky Knot, Multiple locations

percent of surveyed residents supporting it becoming permanent. Portions of Strand Street will also close to cars for good, along with this block of King Street. These changes will be incorporated into Alexandria’s broader Waterfront Implementation Project to improve storm safety and infrastructure. The project’s goal is to streamline and implement the design and modification plans more efficiently. Final designs expected next summer.

So if you find yourself wandering the town or in search of a way to enjoy sunny days, visit King Street for a taste of community, good eats, and unique boutiques. As the surrounding infrastructure becomes less car-centric, shoppers will notice the area bustling with life as it becomes a hub for people and their four-legged friends to gather and support brick-and-mortar businesses. Nearby shops to find a breezy summer outfit or perfect present include Lou Lou, The Old Town Shop, and The Lucky Knot. Meanwhile, Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream and The Creamery are there for your sweet treat fix, perhaps after dinner at Mia’s Italian Kitchen or The Wharf.

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where there’s always something magical in the air.

Discover how getting away can bring you together at The Omni Homestead Resort. Make a splash at our Allegheny Springs water park, complete with a lazy river and water slides, or enjoy lunch with friends at one of our many restaurants. Take in the breathtaking mountain views on horseback or play a round on one of our championship golf courses. This summer, make memories somewhere memorable.



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Napa Thai Cuisine

24 N. Main Street, Lexington, 540-600-2115

This popular Thai restaurant in downtown Lexington features a wide variety of delicious appetizers like steamed dumplings, tom kha soup, papaya salad, garden rolls, and chef-recommended entrées that include seafood bon bon, and salmon panang. Customer favorites include pad Thai, drunken noodles, and pad see ew. Napa Thai reviews consistently praise the service, ambiance, and quality of the food with each dish being made-to-order.

Taste of Thai, Harrisonburg, 540-801-8878

Mashita Restaurant, Harrisonburg, 540-810-1875


Hank’s Grille & Catering

49 Bloomer Springs Rd., McGaheysville, 540-289-7667

Hank’s Barbecue, opened in a humble shack in Harrisonburg in the late 1980s, has the culinary philosophy of “pride without pretension.” The team crafts their dishes from scratch, baking breads and desserts, smoking meats over hardwood, and hand-cutting steaks and seafood. Evolving from an open charcoal pit to a culinary destination, Hank’s is celebrated for their commitment to deliciousness.

The Fishin’ Pig, Waynesboro, 540-943-3474

Bar-B-Q Ranch, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3296


Magpie Diner

85 W. Gay St., Harrisonburg, 540-383-4813

Magpie, a cherished breakfast and lunch spot, offers a contemporary twist on classic diner fare. Located in what used to be a 1950s tire service station, it exudes warmth and hospitality. This restaurant has a modern diner-inspired menu with an in-house bakery producing fresh bread and pastries daily. Magpie invites neighbors to gather for good food and warm hospitality.

Kathy’s Restaurant, Staunton, 540-885-4331

Mr. J’s Bagels & Deli, Multiple locations, 540-564-0416


Winchester’s Bonnie Blue Southern Market and Bakery is more than a barbecue joint—it’s a destination.

Bonnie Blue Southern Market and Bakery opened in a historic, downtown Winchester Esso gas station in 2012 with a bang—Southern-style breakfast biscuits and pastries crafted by former Ashby Inn chef, Brian Pellatt, would sell out within an hour, and sometimes in just 15 minutes. Rampant popularity led Pellatt and his partners to purchase an adjacent brick building and add a 70-seat, ’50s-diner-style dining room, cozy outdoor seating area, and meat-smoking pavilion. The eatery now offers a full menu of smoker-centered breakfast, brunch, and lunch options, as well as Friday dinners that feature rotating seasonal dishes like herb crusted black bass with caramelized onion mashed potatoes and woodland mushroom ragout.


Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

80 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-433-5225

“The Flavor of Quality” epitomizes Jack Brown’s, a burger joint renowned for its commitment to excellence and innovation. With a focus on American Wagyu beef sourced from Snake River Farms, every burger boasts a rich flavor for the taste buds. Founded by childhood friends with a shared passion for hospitality, Jack Brown’s is more than just a burger joint— it’s a dream realized.

Spelunker’s, Front Royal, 540-631-0300

The River, Waynesboro, 540-943-3339


C.H.E.F.S. Catering Co.

302 Stoneridge Ln., Lexington, 540-462-7182

C.H.E.F.S. Catering Co. offers a diverse range of catering services to suit any occasion. Whether it’s a corporate event or a grand wedding celebration, the team

takes pride in delivering delicious and beautifully presented meals. The talented team of chefs and staff work closely with clients to customize menus that reflect individual tastes, dietary preferences, and event themes.

Crossroads Cafe & Catering, Penn Laird, 540-269-3167

Hank’s Grille & Catering, McGaheysville, 540-289-7667


Pronto Caffè & Gelateria 26 S. Main St., Lexington, 540-464-1472

Whether it’s catching up with friends, stealing a moment for yourself with your morning coffee, Pronto offers a taste of la dolce vita to all. With Lavazza coffee, homemade gelato, and delicious pastries, every visit invites you to make life a little sweeter with a fresh take on the Italian caffè.

Happ Coffee, Waynesboro, 540-941-1550

Broad Porch Coffee Co., Locations in Harrisburg, Luray, 540-324-8215, 540-669-04210


Mill Street Grill

1 Mill St., Staunton, 540-886-0656

“There is nothing run of the mill at the Mill Street Grill,” they say. This restaurant is dedicated to providing a relaxed yet memorable dining experience within the charming ambiance of a historic flour mill. The menu boasts quality dishes crafted with care, ensuring each visit is a delightful journey. Whether you’re seeking a casual meal or special occasion, Mill Street Grill promises a delectable dining experience.

Local Chop & Grill House, Harrisonburg, 540-801-0505

Zynodoa, Staunton, 540-885-7775



105 N. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, 540-810-1875

Mashita, born as a food truck in Harrisonburg, specializes in tacos, burritos, and rice bowls. From traditional Korean BBQ to Latin-inspired tacos, each dish bursts with bold flavors and vibrant colors. With its creative menu and commitment to quality, Mashita Food Truck has become a beloved fixture of Harrisonburg’s food scene.

Grilled Cheese Mania, Harrisonburg, 540-746-7515

Alex’s Tacos, Waynesboro 540-451-1131


Smiley’s Ice Cream 205 Don Litten Pkwy., Bridgewater, 540-271-2805

Smiley’s Ice Cream, a family-run and owned establishment, specializes in crafting farm-fresh, premium ice cream and sorbet. Utilizing fresh cream and milk, the ice cream is made daily with locally sourced ingredients. With a commitment to quality and flavor, at Smiley’s, the goal remains simple: spreading happiness one scoop at a time.

Kline’s, Multiple locations, 540-434-6980

The Split Banana Co., Staunton, 540-712-0721

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Taste of India

498 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, 540-433-3320

As patrons step inside Taste of India, they are greeted by the enticing scents of spices wafting from the kitchen. The menu is a treasure trove of traditional Indian delicacies, featuring a wide array of vegetarian, vegan, and meat-based options to cater to every palate. From classic favorites like butter chicken and tikka masala to biryani and dosas, each dish is a culinary gem.

Taste of India, Staunton, 540-213-8882

Indian & American Cafe, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1177


Vito’s Italian Kitchen 1047 Port Republic Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-433-1113

At Vito’s Italian Kitchen, diners can savor a diverse menu of classic Italian dishes crafted with the freshest ingredients and prepared with passion and skill. From mouthwatering pasta dishes and hearty risottos to flavorful pizzas and succulent meat and seafood entrées, every dish is a celebration of Italy’s rich culinary heritage.

Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1366

Lexington Frank’s Pizza & Subs Lexington, 540-463-7575


Chicano Boy Taco 240 N. Central Ave. Suite 6, Staunton, 540-569-2105

Chicano Boy Taco is a vibrant restaurant known for its handmade tacos, burritos, bowls, and salads. Chef Justin Hershey’s passion for his heritage drives the menu, emphasizing fresh ingredients and traditional and innovative techniques. Since its debut in 2015, Chicano Boy Taco has captivated diners with flavorful offerings, embodying the rich culinary diversity of Mexican-American cuisine.

El Charro, Bridgewater, 540-828-4027

Don Tequila’s, Lexington, 540-463-3289


Stable Craft Brewing 375 Madrid Rd., Waynesboro, 540-490-2609

Stable Craft Brewing beckons patrons to savor their craft brews and delectable dishes in an enchanting outdoor setting surrounded by trees, misty plains, and friendly farm animals. As an outdoor dining destination, Stable Craft Brewing offers a unique experience where guests can indulge in mouthwatering meals and artisanal beers surrounded by lovely rural landscapes.

Byers Street Bistro, Staunton, 540-887-6100

The Cracked Pillar, Bridgewater, 540-237-4563


Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza

80 W. Water St., Harrisonburg, 540-433-1366

Bella Luna, nestled in the historic Livery Building of downtown Harrisonburg, is renowned for its artisanal approach to wood-fired pizza. Within its warm ambiance, guests are treated to a culinary spectacle as pizzas are expertly handcrafted and baked in the mesmerizing 900-degree wood-fired oven, a tradition dating back over 200 years to Naples, Italy.

Vito’s Italian Kitchen, Harrisonburg, 540-433-1113

Shenandoah Pizza, Staunton, 540-213-0008


Sage Bird Ciderworks crafts some of the state’s best fortified ciders.

Peruse the drink menu at this downtown Harrisonburg craft cidery and you’ll find an action-packed list of oddities headlined by a trio of heirloom single-varietals—including the 2022 Black Twig, which won gold at the 2023 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Competition, the world’s largest cider contest. But Sage Bird’s most adventurous offering is the Long Night Pommeau. Unaged brandy crafted from its flagship Dry River Reserve is added to a light fermentation of heirloom Harrison and Dabinett apples, then aged for a year or more in freshly-dumped bourbon barrels from Fredericksburg’s A. Smith Bowman distillery. The result is a dark, complex and magnificently boozy port-style apple wine that comes in at a whopping 16 percent ABV.


Lola’s Delicatessen

122 S. Main St., Suite 103, Harrisonburg, 540-908-3253

Lola’s Delicatessen boasts an impressive array of mouthwatering options to satisfy every palate—from deli favorites like the Reuben and BLT to Lola’s classics like the house-made pastrami on rye. As you step inside, the aroma of freshly baked bread and sizzling meats envelops you, igniting your appetite and welcoming you to a taste of local charm.

Mr. J’s Bagels & Deli, Harrisonburg, 540-443-1997

Stella, Bella & Lucy’s, Waynesboro, 540-949-5111


BLU Point Seafood Co. 123 W. Beverley St., Staunton, 540-712-0291

BLU Point Seafood Co. offers a fusion of Chesapeake Bay and New England shore flavors right in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Their commitment to freshness is in every dish, from lobster rolls to crabcakes and oysters, showcasing the best of seasonal local catch. The restaurant proudly sources sustainable seafood, supporting responsible farming methods to protect marine life and ensure a healthy ocean ecosystem.

Valley Smokehouse, Staunton Facebook: Valley Smokehouse - Staunton, 540-885-4800

The Fishin’ Pig, Waynesboro, 540-943-3474


Local Chop & Grill House

56 W. Gay St., Harrisonburg, 540-801-0505

Located by the Southern and Chesapeake-Western Railway tracks in the 1911 building, the grill honors the building’s history, emphasizing community ties and a dedication to quality produce and meats. This farm-to-table steakhouse offers succulent cuts of locally raised meats and fresh, seasonal produce; every bite is a testament to the restaurant’s dedication to quality and sustainability.

Mill Street Grill, Staunton, 540-886-0656 Depot Grille, Staunton, 540-885-7332


A Bowl of Good 831 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, 540-437-9020

This cozy, counter-serve café serves health-focused food, including wraps, salads, soups, sandwiches, and bowls. With an internationally inspired menu, featuring ingredients sourced from local and regional farmers, it also offers a variety of single and familysize frozen meals, perfect for freezer stocking.

BoBoKo Indonesian Food, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3542

GloBowl Cafe, Lexington, 540-464-1200

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We are a family-run and owned ice cream shop specializing in making premium, homemade ice cream, sorbet, and other ice cream novelties. We offer rotational weekly, monthly, and everyday flavors. 540-271-2805 205 Don Litten Parkway Bridgewater, VA 22812 Bowls Cake Cones Waffle Cones SCOOPS MILKSHAKES FLOATS ICE CREAM CAKES, CUPCAKES & PIES Pints Quarts Half Gallons 1.5 Gallons 3 Gallons BULK CONTAINERS SUNDAES BANANA SPLITS DOGGIE BOWLS COFFEE SHAKES ICE CREAM SANDWICHES




Reunion Bakery & Espresso

26 S. New St., Staunton, 540-457-6814

Family operated and community supported, this bakery prides itself on crafting the finest baked goods using premium ingredients, often locally sourced. Embracing European-inspired baking techniques, Reunion presents an array of pastries and artisanal bread. Complementing their treats is a fine espresso service.

Sweet Treats, Lexington, 540-463-3611

Anita’s Decadent Delights Bake Shoppe, Bridgewater Facebook: Anita’s Decadent Delights Bake Shoppe, 540-828-3155


Cocoa Mill Chocolate Company

786 N. Lee Hwy., Lexington, 540-464-8400

Since 1993, Cocoa Mill Chocolate Company has been crafting artisanal chocolate confections using old-world traditions and recipes. With a commitment to quality, chocolatiers use only the finest ingredients, ensuring each piece is made fresh. By purchasing Cocoa Mill’s Fair Trade Chocolates, customers contribute to sustainable farming and better trade conditions in developing countries.

Warfel’s Sweet Shoppe, Dayton, 540-879-9598

Darryl Haley Bed & Breakfast, Luray, 540-843-4800


Project GROWS

608 Berry Farm Rd., Staunton

Project GROWS is a nonprofit educational farm with a mission of fostering a healthy community by providing access to nutritious foods for all. This CSA's vision encompasses an equitable food system where everyone has the opportunity to choose, grow, and enjoy foods that promote a healthy lifestyle. Located on 10 acres in Augusta County, Project GROWS employs ecological and sustainable farming methods to grow nutrient-dense food.

Malcolms Market Garden, Staunton, 540-414-3392

Seasons Bounty Farms & CSA, Harrisonburg, 540-908-5399

Star chef Ian Boden says he launched Staunton finedinery, The Shack, in 2013 as “a springboard for exploring and interpreting the melting pot of historic Appalachian foodways.” That mission led the two-time James Beard Foundation Best Chef nominee down a rabbit hole of research—and to Slow Food USA Ark of Taste Committee chair, Dr. David Shields, a Carolina Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina.

“I wanted to know about heirloom vegetables that’d been grown here historically but, for whatever reason, got lost over time,” says Boden. His goal was to find varieties with promising culinary attributes “and work with local farmers to bring them back.”

Whippoorwill cowpeas were high on Shields’ list. The African legume was one of the world’s oldest domesticated crops and brought to the Americas by enslaved peoples. It was beloved


Harrisonburg Farmers Market

228 S. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, 540-476-3377

Founded in 1979 by Samuel Johnson, this market has grown into a producer-only market dedicated to promoting locally grown and crafted products. Today, the market continues to thrive, offering a diverse range of fresh produce and artisanal goods. With a focus on environmental stewardship and community well-being, it remains a cherished part of the town, supporting local agriculture and fostering connection among residents.

Staunton Farmers’ Market, Staunton, 540-448-1937

Lexington Farmers’ Market, Lexington, 540-460-2516


A chef’s quest to bring a long-lost pea variety back to the Shenandoah Valley.

by Shenandoah Valley farmers for what Boden calls its “sweet, creamy, almost peanut-buttery flavor and texture.” But a shift to corporatized farming methods and genetically altered monocultures during the so-called Green Revolution of the 1950s led to its disappearance.

Shields sent Boden seeds for a locally adapted heirloom variety, then Boden partnered with small-scale veggie farmer Flower & Fields to grow it.

“I paid for the seeds and agreed to buy everything they could grow,” says Boden. And he was glad he did. “I love, love, love these peas and use them in everything from miso ferments to summer salads. They’re absolutely fantastic.”

The project was so successful, three additional area farmers started cultivating the variety. Now you can find whippoorwill peas at Boden’s new restaurant, Maude & the Bear, and at local farmers markets alike.


Friendly City Food Co-op

150 E. Wolfe St., Harrisonburg FriendlyCity.Coop, 540-801-8882

Friendly City Food Co-op is a specialty and gourmet food shop dedicated to providing high-quality, locally sourced, and organic products to its community. With a focus on sustainability and ethical practices, they offer a diverse selection of groceries, including fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, herbs, spices, and more. This shop also strives to promote health and wellness.

The Cheese Shop, Stuarts Draft, 540-337-4224

Jon Henry General Store, New Market, 540-227-0773


Yelping Dog Wine

9 E. Beverly St., Staunton, 540-885-2275

Yelping Dog Wine is a beloved familyowned wine bar and bottle shop. Offering a diverse selection of local, domestic, and international wines, along with craft beers and nonalcoholic beverages, it serves all tastes. Named after the owners’ three dachshunds, Yelping Dog is where guests can enjoy complimentary wine tastings while supporting animal rescues through donations, matched dollar for dollar by the shop.

Valley Pike Farm Market, Weyers Cave, 540-453-4168

The Valley Cork, Luray, 540-860-9055

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Ian Boden's take on Three Sisters: Whippoorwill field peas, sweet corn, candy roaster squash, sour corn.
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Basic City Beer Co.

1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, 540-943-1010

Basic City Beer Co., nestled in Waynesboro, draws inspiration from the history of “Lost Town,” Basic City, Virginia, circa 1899. Embracing the enduring American spirit of the pre-prohibition industrial era, the brewery aims to reclaim the intoxicating allure of the American Dream. With a nod to the town’s legacy, Basic City Beer Co. crafts exceptional craft beer while honoring its roots.

Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro, 540-490-2609

Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Lexington, 314-577-2806


Bold Rock Nellysford Cidery

1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford, 434-361-1030

This cidery proudly presents an enticing selection of locally crafted beverages. Featuring Bold Rock’s exquisite ciders, meticulously crafted from communitysourced apples, the venue offers a diverse array of flavors to suit every palate. Whether savoring a crisp, dry cider or a sweet, fruity blend, guests can appreciate the artistry and dedication behind each sip, making for a memorable outing in Virginia’s cider country.

Sage Bird Ciderworks, Harrisonburg, 540-607-8084

Old Hill Cidery at Showalter’s Orchard Timberville, 540-896-7582



11 N. Main St., Lexington, 540-463-2504

At TAPS, guests can explore a diverse selection of cocktails, each crafted with precision and infused with local flavors. Whether enjoying the cozy ambiance of the lounge or the outdoor charm of TAPS Terrace, patrons are invited to savor every sip while soaking in Lexington. From timeless classics to inventive creations, the cocktail menu offers something to delight every palate.

Zynodoa, Staunton, 540-885-7775

The Speakeasy Bar & Restaurant, Luray, 540-743-5105

nce called the breadbasket of the South, the Shenandoah Valley is home to four of Virginia’s top five farming counties and accounts for about a third of its total agricultural GDP. Fertile soils, broad grassy pastures, and dense forests ripe with berries, tubers, and walnuts bring heavenly produce and meat products—and superlative farmers markets. Here’s our guide to four of the region’s best.

Winchester Farmers Market—Relatively new to the game, this market was founded in 2022 and is located on the outskirts of the city’s historic downtown area in the spacious Freedom AG and Energy Cooperative parking lot. It’s open year-round on Tuesdays and Thursdays and features gastronomical goodies from more than two dozen area producers. Highlights include gourmet to-go meals from the Chef’s Corner food truck; internationally inspired jams, kimchi, slaws, and salsas from Josephine’s Kitchen; and farm-grown


Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company

50 N. Wind Ln., Lexington, 314-577-2806

Years ago, founders Steve and Heidi Crandall embarked on a ski trip in the Alps, where they discovered their first craft beer—a German Weisse—at a local brewpub. Inspired to create a similar experience back home, they established a brewery with a full-on brewpub, catering to locals and visitors alike. Devil’s Backbone became a hub for patrons to share tales of their outdoor adventures.

Blue Shepherd Spirits, Luray, 540-316-0056

Copper Fox Distillery, Sperryville, 540-987-8554


Bluestone Vineyard

4828 Spring Creek Rd., Bridgewater, 540-828-0099

Bluestone Vineyard benefits from the region’s fertile soil and favorable climate for European wine grape varietals. Since 2008, the vineyard has been cultivating vines, producing nationally recognized quality wines. The name pays homage to the local “bluestone” limestone, a key component that contributes to the soil.

Barren Ridge Vineyards, Fishersville, 540-248-3300

CrossKeys Vineyards, Mt. Crawford, 540-234-0505

mushrooms from Peasant’s Parcel. Harrisonburg Farmers Market—The region’s oldest municipally-backed farmers market is held on Saturdays year-round at an expansive, purposebuilt downtown pavilion surrounded by greenspace and ample parking. Live musical performances and more than 50 vendors—including food trucks, local vineyards, and cideries—make for a lively and delicious weekend outing. There’s Mill Song Bakery’s fresh-baked breads, granola, and crepes. Long Acre Farm offers homemade elderberry lemonade, syrups, honeys, and teas. Get heritage breed, forest raised, free-range pork and beef products from PorkStork farm. And that’s just the shortlist.

Staunton Farmers Market—A large, tree and sculpture-lined municipal parking lot in the historic Wharf District of one of the country’s most beloved small towns is home to a foodie paradise on Saturdays from early April to late November. Neighboring Ciders From Mars opens its taproom and outdoor seating area early, while bluegrass and Americana groups pick tunes on a seasonal stage. Food trucks bring options like gourmet tacos from Chicano Boy and hot Peruvian chicken from Gonzo’s Pollo. OG vendors like regenerative ag pros Snow Spring Farm offer 30-40 varieties of heirloom fruits and veggies, while sustainably raised, free-range pork, beef, and chicken come courtesy of Elk Run Farm.,

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Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale

601 Parkwood Dr., Harrisonburg, 574-361-6188

The Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, a cherished annual event since 1967, raises funds for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) through volunteer efforts. Held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds each October, the sale attracts thousands of attendees, relying on volunteers. MCC, a global ministry, addresses poverty, conflict, and disaster relief worldwide.

Food Truck Fest, Harrisonburg, 540-705-1908

Rockbridge Christmas Baskets, Lexington


Shenandoah Valley Art Center Fall Foliage Show

503 W. Main St., Waynesboro, 540-949-7662

From unique paintings to inventive sculptures, the Fall Foliage Show offers a diverse array of artistic expressions, providing a captivating experience for art enthusiasts. Founded in 1986 by local artists seeking exhibit space and community, Shenandoah Valley Art Center has blossomed into a cultural hub in downtown Waynesboro, inviting locals to take part in fine art.

Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill, Staunton, 540-885-2028

First Fridays of the Valley, Harrisonburg, 540-801-8779


OASIS Fine Art & Craft

103 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-442-8188

OASIS showcases the talents of approximately 35 artists and artisans from the Shenandoah Valley area, offering visitors a constantly evolving array of high-quality and diverse artwork. Situated in the heart of Harrisonburg’s historic downtown and its Arts & Cultural District, the gallery provides a welcoming space for guests to explore and appreciate the region’s vibrant artistic community.

The Art Space on 211, Luray, 540-742-3620

P. Buckley Moss Gallery of Waynesboro, Waynesboro, 540-949-6473


Ruby’s Arcade

165 S. Main St., Suite 100B, Harrisonburg, 540-615-5351

Duckpin bowling, pool tables, Skee-Ball, and arcade games—Ruby’s Arcade offers a variety of games that everyone can enjoy on a night out. In addition to games, Ruby’s also features a delicious menu that guests can enjoy with a refreshing drink and food. Whether competing for high scores or simply enjoying the company of friends, the arcade abounds with opportunities to let loose and have fun.

Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, 540-943-9999

Court Square Theater, Harrisonburg, 540-433-9189


Highland County Maple Festival 61 Highland Center Dr., Monterey, 540-468-2550

The Highland County Maple Festival, an annual tradition since 1958, celebrates the arrival of spring in the Allegheny Mountains. Visitors can indulge in the sweet taste of pure maple syrup while exploring the charm of the local community. The festival offers a variety of activities, including tours of sugar camps, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and delicious maple-themed foods.

Dayton Days Autumn Celebration, Dayton, 540-879-2241

Queen City Mischief & Magic, Staunton, 540-885-9988


LOVEwork in Luray

80 Cave Hill Rd., Luray, 800-847-4882

Nestled amid the natural beauty of Luray Caverns, the LOVEwork sculpture aptly named “Logs of Love” celebrates the rich heritage of Luray-Page County as the Cabin Capital of Virginia. Constructed from wooden logs, the sculpture embodies the rustic charm of the region. Encouraging guests to capture cherished moments, the artwork invites visitors to share their experiences on social media.

LOVEwork in Waynesboro, Waynesboro, 540-942-6644

LOVEwork in Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg, 540-432-8935


Shenandoah Valley Music Festival celebrates 60 years.

One of the country’s longest running—and under-the-radar cool—multi-genre music festivals just turned 60. The four-weekend, outdoor summer concert series launched in 1963 at the Massanutten Military Academy and is now held near the West Virginia border from July 19 through Sept. 1 on the grounds of the 1,100-acre Shrine Mont retreat center, which is home to the historic Orkney Springs Hotel in Basye.

Founder Dennis Lynch calls the festival venue—a grassy 600-person pavilion area nestled high in the Alleghany Mountains amid stands of mature hardwoods and evergreens—paramount to its success.

“There’s something magical about this place,” says Lynch. “We’re way out in the wilderness … and I think that lets the artists and crowd focus on the music in a way that’s hard to replicate.”

Headliners for the 2024 season include Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Dionne Warwick, The Guess Who, and the Oak Ridge Boys, with additional acts to be finalized in the coming months. Past acts have included a hit-parade of greats like The Temptations, Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, Smash Mouth, World Famous Count Basie Orchestra, and more.


Hull’s Drive In 2367 N. Lee Hwy., Lexington, 540-463-2621

Hull’s Drive In is a nostalgic throwback to the golden age of cinema. Patrons can enjoy the latest blockbuster hits or timeless classics from the comfort of their own vehicles. Hull’s fosters a sense of community and old-fashioned, classic charm, making it a popular destination for families, couples, and friends.

Zeus Digital Theater, Waynesboro, 540-416-0536

Page Theater, Luray, 540-743-4444


Frontier Culture Museum 1290 Richmond Rd., Staunton, 540-332-7850

The Frontier Culture Museum’s open-air living history format is renowned for its immersive education. Costumed historical interpreters show the life and customs of Native American tribes, the arrival of settlers along the Great Wagon Road, and the journey of enslaved Africans to the first colony.

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Winchester, 540-662-1473

Explore More Discovery Museum, Harrisonburg, 540-442-8900

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Lime Kiln Theater 607 Borden Rd., Lexington

Lime Kiln Theater started in 1967 in an abandoned turn-of-the-century limestone quarry. Initially producing Shakespeare plays, the theater evolved into a nonprofit arts organization in the ’80s. Summer shows became a highlight of the region’s cultural scene, with over 80 concerts drawing thousands.

Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, 540-943-9999

Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Harrisonburg, 540-568-7000


American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse

10 S. Market St., Staunton, 877-682-4236

This renowned company for Shakespearean performances is open year-round. The center’s mission is to illuminate the Bard’s plays and those of his contemporaries, sparking introspection, fostering discourse, and building community.

Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, 540-943-9999

Center for the Performing Arts of Luray Luray, 540-743-3311



American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse

10 S. Market St., Staunton, 877-682-4236

The original Blackfriars Theatre was a 13th-century monastery converted into a playhouse, where Shakespeare’s company began performing in 1608. Hundreds of years later, Staunton’s own playhouse took the little historical evidence available to inspire its design, now hosting classic shows like Macbeth and Hamlet

Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, 540-943-9999

Lime Kiln Theater, Lexington


Bath County’s beloved art gallery celebrates 30 years.


Love On A Leash

3225 Harpine Hwy., Harrisonburg, 540-833-8118

This business’s mission is to foster harmony between people and their furry companions. Founder Sheli, with decades of experience, continually expands her knowledge through workshops and seminars. As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Sheli is dedicated to promoting positive reinforcement training methods and ensuring the well-being of every dog and owner.

Anything is PAWSable, Lexington, 540-649-1023

The Trusted Companion, McGaheysville, 540-227-4691


hen owner-artist Barbara Buhr announced plans to open an art gallery and café in a 5,000-person rural mountain county, residents thought she’d gone nutty.

“Sometimes I think it’s amazing I’ve managed to maintain a business in such a remote [area] and support myself in this community,” says Buhr. But 30 years later, “here I am.”

How’d she do it? A knack for attracting renowned artists and a location just five miles from the historic Omni Homestead Resort is crucial. But Buhr also attributes her longevity to creative programming and a hands-on approach.

“People say I’m more of an old-time gallerist,” she says. For instance, “someone may love a painter’s work, but want something slightly different. So I’ll then work directly with them and the artist to set up a commissioned piece.”

Meanwhile, fun events like wine-and-dines with featured artists and a week-long Plein Air Festival—which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year—have become signature draws.


Bluestone Vineyard 4828 Spring Creek Rd., Bridgewater, 540-828-0099

Bluestone Vineyard is as an idyllic venue for weddings, receptions, and special events. Perched atop rolling hills and enveloped by lush farmland, this charming vineyard offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountain ranges, providing a stunning backdrop for cherished moments and portraits. The family-owned vineyard presents an array of outdoor locations alongside the Meeting House, an indoor space.

Stover Hall, Luray, 540-742-1703

Brix & Columns Vineyards, McGaheysville, 540-810-0566



Mystic Pet Resort & Spa

1775 Bixlers Ferry Rd., Luray, 540-743-5004

Mystic Pet Resort & Spa offers grooming services in modern facilities, aiming to enhance your pets’ appearance and wellbeing. Trained and certified staff provide services including nail trimming, ear cleaning, invigorating baths with conditioner, and clipping. Nestled in the scenic mountains of the Shenandoah Valley, this dog groomer provides a refreshing departure from conventional boarding and grooming establishments.

Pampered Pups, Lexington 508-319-1503

Four Paws Grooming, Harrisonburg, 540-437-7455

Mystic Pet Resort & Spa 1775 Bixlers Ferry Rd., Luray, 540-743-5004

This pet boarding and daycare facility boasts modern, spacious, and immaculately clean accommodations for furry companions. Trained staff caters to pet needs while their owners explore nearby attractions, such as Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns. Additionally, a complete grooming facility is available for all breeds, ensuring pets return home feeling refreshed and pampered.

Anything is PAWSable, Lexington, 540-649-1023

All About Paws Boarding, Harrisonburg, 540-208-7540


Anicira Veterinary Center

1992 Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-437-1980

Anicira, a nonprofit veterinary service provider, is dedicated to advancing access to veterinary care. Offering free veterinary services and pet food to thousands of animals annually, Anicira believes in keeping pets with their loving families. Through high-quality care and collaborative efforts with animal welfare organizations, Anicira strives to improve the lives of pets and their families.

Blue Mountain Animal Clinic, Luray Facebook: Blue Mountain Animal Clinic, 540-743-7387

Animal Hospital of Waynesboro Waynesboro, 540-943-3081

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At Strawderman, we believe good things leave a lasting impression.

Like a cool dip on a summer day, stories told ‘round a campfire at night, broken-in riding boots and well-worn horse trails. Like exciting new challenges, age-old traditions, the beauty of Mother Nature, a rip-roaring belly laugh, and life-long friendships. This is Camp Strawderman for girls, age 6-17: rich in history, nestled in the scenic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, surrounded by the Allegheny mountains, and wrapped in rustic authenticity, timeless beauty, and true love. If you’re looking for a summer camp experience where a young girl is allowed the freedom to be herself, the room to grow, and boundless opportunity to explore, then you’re in the right place. Discover us. Make your own lasting impressions. And welcome.

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Hull’s Drive-In 2367 N. Lee Hwy., Lexington, 540-463-2621

Hull’s Drive-In Theater has been a beloved part of the Rockbridge area community for over 70 years. Through the efforts of Hull’s Angels, the drive-in was revitalized and continues to entertain families today. The drive-in offers a nostalgic movie experience and continues to delight audiences with films under the stars.

Luray Caverns, Luray, 540-743-6551

Virginia Safari Park, Natural Bridge, 540-291-3205


Fishburne Military School

225 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro, 540-946-7773

At Fishburne Military School, education goes beyond the uniform. Military discipline ensures freedom from distractions, enabling students to discover their potential. Honor, courage, and respect are Fishburne's values for shaping future leaders. With a mission to nurture academic, physical, and leadership growth, Fishburne equips cadets with skills essential for success.

Blue Ridge Christian School, Bridgewater, 540-828-2233

Redeemer Classical School, Keezletown, 540-437-0880


Blue Ridge Christian School 100 Dinkel Ave., Bridgewater, 540-828-2233

Blue Ridge Christian School was founded in 1990 by Christian parents in the Shenandoah Valley. Starting with 43 students, it has since grown to accommodate over 70 local congregations, emphasizing Christian values and academic excellence. The school serves as an extension of the home and church, fostering spiritual growth and providing a supportive environment for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Redeemer Classical School, Keezletown, 540-437-0880

Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center, Lexington, 540-463-7344


Camp Strawderman

2494 Dellinger Acres Rd., Edinburg, 540-984-4738

Camp Strawderman offers an escape from modern distractions, immersing campers in an engaging and traditional outdoor experience. The camp fosters personal growth and lifelong friendships in a rustic setting. Activities range from overcoming challenges to exploring nature and enjoying leisure time without screens. From horseback riding to hammock lounging, campers embrace the simplicity and timelessness of camp life.

Nature Camp, Vesuvius, 540-377-2491

Camp LIGHT, Waynesboro, 540-471-1659



The Inn at Gristmill Square 118 Old Germantown Rd., Warm Springs, 540-839-2231

Nestled in Warm Springs, The Inn at Gristmill Square offers a serene escape from daily chaos. Its colonial-style buildings blend history with modern comfort. Visitors can relax on porches, indulge in spring baths, or engage in outdoor activities like hiking and golfing. Experience tranquility and culture at this beloved Virginia inn.

Vine Cottage Inn, Hot Springs, 540-839-2422

Iris Inn & Cabins, Waynesboro, 540-943-1991


Luray Caverns

101 Cave Hill Rd., Luray, 540-743-6551

Carved over millions of years by the slow drip of groundwater, these caverns showcase an otherworldly landscape of stalactites, stalagmites, and intricate rock formations. Visitors to Luray Caverns embark on a mesmerizing journey deep beneath the earth’s surface, guided by knowledgeable tour guides who illuminate the caverns’ geological marvels and share the rich history of this natural wonder.

Downtown Staunton, Staunton, 540-332-3865

Natural Bridge State Park, Natural Bridge, 540-291-1326


This treetop tour brings incredible mountain views and exhilarating adventure.

Imagine soaring 65 feet in the air through the high Alleghany Mountain treetops at speeds up to 35 mph, catching 3,000-plus-foot panoramic views of the Warm Springs Valley and distant Blue Ridge Mountains. A pair of zip line canopy tours at Bath County’s Omni Homestead Resort do just that. The 30-minute Red Tail Racer tour offers a milder, less rigorous experience that starts midway up the ski area and sends participants rocketing down two quarter-milelong lines. It’s fun, but the Ridge Runner is in a class of its own. The three-hour, guided adventure begins at a 65-foot tower near the ski area summit and zigzags across the mountainside via nine stations—two of which require 20-40 foot repels—to cover a total aerial distance of more than 4,000 feet.


Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, 540-839-1766

For over two and a half centuries, the Omni Homestead Resort has stood as a timeless symbol of luxury and hospitality, welcoming guests from all walks of life, including 23 American presidents, to its historic grounds. This resort offers guests an unparalleled retreat in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains.

Mimslyn Inn, Luray, 540-743-5105

Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Conference Center, Harrisonburg, 540-564-0200


Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, 540-839-1766

The Omni Homestead Resort has been a cherished destination for over 250 years. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, this historic retreat offers guests a wealth of amenities, including a two-acre water park, top-ranked golf courses, and the Spa at Omni Homestead. With eight restaurants serving local cuisine and fine wines, this resort promises a memorable and indulgent getaway.

Massanutten Resort, Massanutten, 540-289-9441

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Luray, 540-300-1697

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Natural Bridge State Park

6477 S. Lee Hwy., Natural Bridge, 540-291-1326

The 37th state park, established in 2016, features the awe-inspiring Natural Bridge as its centerpiece. Set amid a picturesque limestone gorge shaped by Cedar Creek, the park offers more than just the iconic structure. Explore lush forests, meadows, and scenic vistas via 10 miles of hiking trails, including the captivating Cedar Creek Trail leading to Lace Falls.

Douthat State Park, Millboro, 540-862-8100

Shenandoah River State Park, Bentonville, 540-622-6840


Shenandoah National Park

21073 Skyline Dr., Front Royal, 540-999-3500

Shenandoah National Park, located in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, encompasses over 200,000 acres of wilderness. Its scenic Skyline Drive offers panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley and access to numerous hiking trails. Visitors can explore waterfalls, rocky outcrops, and diverse wildlife, including deer and black bears.

Luray Caverns, Luray, 540-743-6551

Warm Springs Pools, Warm Springs, 540-839-1766

The 140-mile-long Shenandoah Valley lies between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains and is home to an abundance of public lands—including the 200,000-acre Shenandoah National Park. This trio of great hikes will introduce you to some of the Valley's most coveted summits.

Hawksbill Mountain, Shenandoah National Park—Access the park’s highest peak from Skyline Drive milepost 46.7. The mile-long, intermediate-level Upper Hawksbill Trail passes through high-alpine red spruce and Frasier fir forests to a rocky, 4,050-foot summit with a historic stone shelter and observation platform that offers jaw-dropping, 270-degree westward views of the Linville Gorge, the town of Luray, and the Massanutten Mountain range.

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Inspiring Dreams Studio 14 W. Main St., Luray, 540-244-6280

This studio serves as a hub for aspiring dancers. At Inspiring Dreams Studio, students are encouraged to unleash their creativity and explore various dance styles, from classical ballet to contemporary jazz. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, dancers receive personalized attention and support as they hone their skills and reach for their dreams.

Dance & Company, Harrisonburg, 540-810-3631

The Rockbridge Ballet, Lexington, 540-463-3436


Omni Homestead Resort

7696 Sam Snead Hwy., Hot Springs, 540-839-1766

Debuted in 1892 and designed by William S. Flynn, this lush course features carefully manicured fairways, challenging bunkers, and undulating greens that test players’ skills at any level. Set against the backdrop of the Allegheny Mountains, each hole offers stunning views and a sense of serenity that enhances the golfing experience.

Shenvalee Golf Resort, New Market, 540-740-8337

Caverns Country Club Resort, Luray, 540-743-7111

friendly treks not far from the city of Waynesboro at Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 5.8. Pursue the 1.7-mile out-and-back, Humpback Rocks Trail, from its namesake parking area to a gargantuan stone outcropping with 180-degree westward views of the city and greater Shenandoah Valley.

Devil’s Marbleyard, Glasgow—This incredible 3.3-mile out-and-back in the 8,907-acre James River Face Wilderness starts about five miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Petites Gap access at Milepost 71. The walk climbs through mature oak forests and rhododendron groves to a giant, scalable boulder slide. Advanced hikers can rock-scramble their way up, while intermediates should take the go-around trail to a 2,500-foot summit with panoramic westward views.


Sentara RMH Wellness Center

2500 Wellness Dr., Harrisonburg, 540-564-5682

As a comprehensive fitness facility, Sentara RMH offers a wide array of amenities and programs designed to support individuals in their wellness journey. Equipped with a variety of exercise equipment, the center provides a range of fitness classes led by certified instructors and personal training services for those seeking individualized guidance and support.

Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA, Staunton, 540-885-8089

Planet Fitness, Locations in Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, 540-212-2131, 540-227-0955


Phoenix Fitness and Yoga 58 Myers Corner Dr., Staunton, 540-649-1671

Phoenix Fitness and Yoga offers a holistic approach to wellness, fostering physical and emotional well-being for all ages. With classes focusing on strength, balance, and flexibility, Phoenix aims to

reduce stress and instill confidence. The facility’s supportive community values individual goals aiming for long-term wellness.

The Center Yoga Collective at Ice House Studios, Harrisonburg, 540-383-9052

Rockbridge Barbell, Lexington, 703-346-0980


Augusta Health Fitness

107 Medical Center Cir., Fishersville, 540-332-5433

With three indoor Plexi-Pave courts and four outdoor lighted Har-tru “Hydro” courts, the facility offers year-round tennis and pickleball play. Find amenities and programs tailored to players of all levels with personalized coaching and clinics. Whether seeking casual play or competitive matches, AHF’s dynamic environment for tennis enthusiasts to thrive and enjoy the sport.

Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton, 540-332-3945

Washington and Lee Tennis Courts, Lexington, 540-458-8643


The Shenandoah Valley is home to some of the state’s best hikes.

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Sunnyside Communities takes living to the next level. With 112 years of experience, our three award-winning Life Plan Communities – all in Virginia – are for those 55 and better who want more than just senior living.

Our residents are active. They travel. They have fun. They share their hobbies with others. They discover new interests. They are adventurous. They embrace lifelong learning. They socialize. Most importantly, they enjoy the journey.

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Nieder Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

620 Neff Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-434-6400

Committed to promoting overall wellness and restoring optimal function, Nieder's experienced team offers personalized treatment plans. Care may include chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapy, corrective exercises, and lifestyle recommendations. With a focus on functional chiropractic care, the practice emphasizes restoring proper movement patterns and addressing underlying imbalances.

The Amato Clinic, Locations in Staunton, Waynesboro, 540-213-3904, 540-943-2250

Larsen Linda DC, Lexington, 540-463-3300


Journey Counseling Ministries

250 E. Elizabeth St., Suite 111, Harrisonburg, 540-908-3464

Founded on Christ-centered principles in 2008, this team of trained therapists offers Biblically-based counseling alongside contemporary psychological standards. Journey's therapists blend clinical expertise with a supportive approach. As a nonprofit, the practice also offers financial assistance based on availability.

Rockbridge Area Health Center, Lexington, 540-464-8700

Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board, Harrisonburg, 540-434-1941


Dental Health Associates

Multiple locations, 540-475-4334

Dental Health Associates is committed to providing top-quality dental care in a warm and welcoming environment. With a team of skilled professionals, the practice offers services from routine cleanings to advanced procedures, tailored to meet the needs of each patient. Utilizing the latest technology and techniques, DHA strives to ensure optimal oral health and smiles.

Harrisonburg Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Harrisonburg, 540-908-3774

Cardinal Dental Specialists, Harrisonburg, 540-705-0195


Learn about native animals at one of the state’s biggest wildlife rehab centers.

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center has been working round-the-clock to save the lives of injured native animals in the Shenandoah Valley for the better part of a quarter-century. The team of full-time and volunteer techs and veterinarians take in hundreds of wounded animals each year from local residents, game wardens, police, and animal control professionals. They perform emergency surgeries, patch them up, and nurse them back to health so they can return to the wild, or live out their days at a partner rescue shelter.

But the center does more than rehabs—it also offers an array of educational classes and opportunities for the public. Daily wildlife walks and tours introduce visitors to the facility and ambassador species like striped skunk, eastern screech owl, Virginia opossum, and wood turtle. Themed events like “Fantastic Foxes!” carry participants deep into the world and daily lives of wildlife.



Multiple locations

With a team of highly skilled professionals, EyeOne offers comprehensive eye examinations, vision screenings, and specialized treatments to address a wide range of eye health concerns. Whether it’s comprehensive eye exams, laser vision correction, or shopping for attractive new frames, this practice helps with the unique needs of each patient.

Rockingham Eye Physicians and Associates, Harrisonburg, 540-433-2485

Vision Tech Optometry Center, Waynesboro, 540-932-2020


Augusta Health

78 Medical Center Dr., Fishersville, 540-332-4000

Augusta Health Hospital in Fishersville is a leading healthcare facility serving the Shenandoah Valley region. This hospital offers a wide range of medical services, including emergency care, surgery, maternity care, cancer treatment, and rehabilitation. Committed to providing exceptional patient-centered care, the hospital prioritizes the health and wellbeing of individuals and families in the community.

Sentara RMH Medical Center Harrisonburg, 540-689-1000

Valley Health Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, 540-536-8000


Sentara Obstetrics, Gynecology & Midwifery Specialists

*Formerly known as Harrisonburg OBGYN 2291 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-434-3831

With over forty years of service, this office specializes in obstetrics, weight loss, gynecology, and reproductive health, and the dedicated team delivers compassionate care. From early DNA gender testing in pregnancy to lactation consultations postpartum, the practice promises to provide support through each life stage.

Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare Harrisonburg, 540-438-1314

Augusta Health Care For Women, Locations in Fishersville, Lexington, 540-213-7750, 540-463-7751


Blue Ridge Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Locations in Fishersville, Lexington, 540-886-2956

From wisdom teeth extraction and dental implant placement to corrective jaw surgery and facial trauma reconstruction, this team of highly trained surgeons treats a variety of conditions. Additionally, the compassionate staff is there each step of the process, from initial consultation through post-operative care.

Cardinal Dental Specialists, Harrisonburg, 540-705-0195

Legacy Surgery, Harrisonburg, 540-437-1230


Ashley Orthodontics 211 Edgewood Rd., Staunton, 540-885-6815

Led by Dr. Ashley and his experienced team, this practice offers comprehensive care using the latest advancements in technology and techniques, covering everything from Invisalign and braces setup to emergency orthodontic care for damaged gear and mouth injuries.

Giardina & Kray Orthodontics, Harrisonburg, 540-433-8814

Weiler Orthodontics and Invisalign Harrisonburg, 540-433-3790

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BLUE RIDGE RAL & AXI LLOFACIAL URGERYMS M. Todd Brandt, DDS, MD Corey C. Burgoyne, DMD Kaitlin Roadcap, MSN, FNP-BC Fisherville Office 54 S. Medical Park Drive Fisherville, VA 22939 540-886-2956 Lexington Office 112 B Houston Street Lexington, VA 24450 540-213-8748 Helping patients live healthier lives. Serving the Shenandoah Valley community for over 40 years. Thank you Virginia Living readers for voting us one of the best practices in the Shenandoah Valley!




Shenandoah Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

70 Medical Center Cir., Suite 110, Fishersville, 540-932-5850

At Shenandoah Valley Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, patients receive personalized care tailored to their individual needs and goals. From conservative treatments like physical therapy and injections to advanced surgical procedures including joint replacement and arthroscopic surgery, the practice utilizes the latest techniques and technology to optimize outcomes and improve quality of life.

Sentara RMH Orthopedic Center, Harrisonburg, 540-689-5500

Hess Orthopedics, Harrisonburg, 540-434-1664


UVA Health Augusta Pediatrics

57 Beam Ln., Suite 202, Fishersville, 540-932-0980

Augusta Pediatrics prioritizes preventive healthcare, emphasizing wellness, behavior, development, safety, and nutrition for patients from infancy to young adulthood, ensuring comprehensive care throughout. With a focus on promoting healthy lifestyles and addressing medical concerns early on, the practice aims to support the well-being of its patients from the very beginning.

Valley Pediatric Group, Verona, 540-885-8143

UVA Pediatrics, Harrisonburg, 540-434-3004


Synergy Rehab & Wellness

Multiple locations, 540-416-0530

Synergy Rehab & Wellness is part of a premier network of outpatient physical, occupational, speech, and ABA therapy clinics. Committed to personalized care and rapid recovery, this physical therapy practice offers treatment through multiple brands. With quick appointments, Synergy prioritizes time and convenience.

Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, Multiple locations, 540-343-1200

Augusta Health Outpatient Therapy, Fishersville, 540-932-5935


Beautify your skin with minimally invasive procedures.

Advances in dermatological technology have made it easier than ever to achieve clearer, smoother, more youthful skin. These three high-impact treatments are painless and require zero post-op downtime.

Microdermabrasion—This light facial peel is great for improving sun damage, pigmentation issues, wrinkles, and acne scars. It starts with a diamond tip applicator that gently sands away the outer layer of skin and smooths out impurities. A special post-treatment revitalizing serum is then applied.

Dermal Fillers—The procedure uses tiny, subcutaneous injections of hyaluronic acid to help slow and hide the effects of aging. The naturally occurring substance acts as a cushion and lubricant in bodily tissues and joints and can restore facial volume to soften and tighten wrinkles.

Chemical Peels—Great for clearing up brown spots, sun damage, and evening out skin tone, the treatment uses a custom chemical solution to gently peel away dry, dead facial skin. Regular applications can reduce wrinkles naturally by stimulating collagen production.


Augusta Health Primary Care

Multiple locations, 540-332-4000

With a team of skilled physicians and healthcare professionals, this practice offers personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs. From routine checkups to managing chronic conditions, this practice is dedicated to promoting long-term health and well-being accessibly and compassionately.

Carilion Clinic Family Medicine, Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

UVA Health Primary Care, Waynesboro, 540-942-1200



Omar’s Hair Salon & Barber Shop 130 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, 540-282-2575

Step into the barber shop where traditional craftsmanship meets modern expertise. The team’s dedication to professional, clean cuts leaves clients with stylish looks, and founder Omar introduced techniques from Lebanon, infusing an international flair.

Buck’s Barber Shop, Lexington Facebook: Bucks Barber Shop, 540-463-7468

AJ’s Gentlemen's Barber Shop, Harrisonburg, 540-217-5786


Asfa Plastic Surgery

3302 Albert Long Dr., Harrisonburg, 540-432-0303

Asfa is a premier cosmetic surgery practice dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals in a setting that promotes confidence and comfort. With a steadfast commitment to safety, innovation, and patient-centered care, this practice provides a welcoming and supportive environment where patients can embark on their aesthetic journey trustingly.

Shenandoah Dermatology & Aesthetics, Multiple locations, 540-885-4500

Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare Harrisonburg, 540-438-1314


Shenandoah Dermatology & Aesthetics

Multiple locations, 540-885-4500

Providers here are dedicated to delivering top-quality, patient-centered care across multiple locations in Harrisonburg, Staunton, Raphine, Fishersville, and Waynesboro. The practice’s comprehensive services range from skin cancer treatment to cosmetic procedures like Botox and laser hair removal, all performed by their skilled dermatologists. Harrisonburg Dermatology, Penn Laird, 540-433-8700

Forefront Dermatology, Multiple locations, 540-434-1756


High Tech Salon & Spa

1550 Commerce Rd.’ Suite 200, Staunton, 540-248-3333

With a commitment to excellence and innovation, High Tech Salon & Spa offers a wide range of services, including haircuts, coloring, styling, and more. Terry Back’s father’s advice instilled in him a relentless spirit, leading him to found his salon: “Whatever you want in life, there is always a door open. If not, there is a little crack, so find a way to get through it.”

The Studio Beauty & Wellness, Harrisonburg, 540-434-8188

Brown & Co. Hair Design, Harrisonburg, 540-432-0250


Cedar Stone Spa

1832 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-437-0411

Cedar Stone Wellness Spa offers a range of spa services tailored to men and women. From massage and bodywork to facial skincare, nail care, and waxing, the facility ensures dedicated wellness treatments. Whether indulging in spa day packages or couples massage, guests are invited to prioritize their wellness needs and rejuvenate at Cedar Stone.

The Spa at The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, 800-838-1766

Breezy Hill Day Spa, Staunton, 540-886-0887

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Frazier Associates

213 N. Augusta St., Staunton, 540-886-6230

Since its establishment in 1986, Frazier Associates has been dedicated to preserving and revitalizing communities with personalized service and innovative design solutions. The firm specializes in downtown revitalization, historic preservation, and residential design. With over 3,000 projects, the experienced team emphasizes client communication, creative solutions, and sustainable practices.

Gaines Group Architects, Harrisonburg, 540-437-0012

Heidi Schweizer Architect, Lexington, 540-460-1891


Milmont Greenhouses 48 Milmont Dr., Waynesboro, 540-943-8408

This greenhouse aims to celebrate the beauty of nature and provide surrounding communities with an extensive selection of meticulously nurtured plants and gardening supplies. Established in 1973, Milmont began two small greenhouses growing tomatoes to a sprawling facility spanning 33,000 square feet of greenhouse space and an array of outdoor growing areas.

Blue Ribbon Nursery & Landscaping, Broadway, 540-896-6358

Waynesboro Landscape & Garden Center, Waynesboro, 540-942-4646


AM Yoder & Co. 947 N. Main St., Harrisonburg, 540-810-7437

AM Yoder & Co. prioritizes old-fashioned customer service and transparency. Through meticulous planning, clients experience a seamless and collaborative building process. Whether just starting or with plans in hand, the business offers services tailored to individual needs, including consulting, detailed estimates, and fostering teamwork among designers, builders, and clients for successful project outcomes.

Welsh Construction, Lexington, 540-464-1008

Herr & Company, Harrisonburg, 540-208-2874

A Gyotaku workshop at Valley Makers Association demonstrates the traditional Japanese art of printing fish.


Winchester community makerspace invites members to explore their inner maker.

Winchester’s Valley Makers Association provides a fun and supportive space to flex your creativity, tackle projects, and immerse yourself in all things fabrication. A $40 membership brings 24/7 access to a communal workshop equipped with an expansive collection of prograde tools that range from 3D printers, to table saws, welders, CNC machines, and metal presses. Expand your skill set through weekly classes led by expert peers on subjects like iPhone repair, carpentry, woodworking, screen printing, metalworking, and more.


Grand Home Furnishings

Multiple locations, 540-942-4119

For over a century, Grand Home's commitment to happiness started in Roanoke, growing into a major furniture retailer. Now, with multiple locations across Shenandoah Valley, the stores offer a vast selection of high-quality furnishings to suit every style and budget. From elegant living room sets to cozy bedroom ensembles, Grand Home Furnishings has everything needed to transform a house into a dream home.

House of Oak & Sofas, Harrisonburg, 540-432-1383

Dayton Interiors, Harrisonburg, 540-432-9144


Curated Interiors

19 W. Nelson St., Lexington, 540-600-3105

Curated Interiors appeals to customers of diverse tastes with a blend of vintage charm and modern sophistication with its selection of vintage pieces and exquisite wood furniture. Comprehensive services include design consulting, vision board creation, and shopping lists, as well as furniture sourcing, ensuring each project is customized to the client’s individual style.

Gaines Group Architects, Harrisonburg, 540-437-0012

Queen City Salvage & Design, Staunton, 540-910-0260


Classic Kitchen & Bath

1930 Deyerle Ave., Harrisonburg, 540-437-1990

Classic Kitchen & Bath employs skilled designers and team members adept at simplifying the design process. Products are offered across various price points to suit every budget to ensure customers receive optimal value. Founded in 2001 by Jill McLaughlin, and later joined by her husband Chad, a commitment to excellence remains unwavering.

CabinetWorks, Staunton, 540-885-4827

Fashion Floors & Cabinets, Lexington, 540-464-1422


Shreckhise Landscape & Design 967 Keezletown Rd., Weyers Cave, 540-234-9911

With decades of experience, Jim and Trent Shreckhise lead Shreckhise Landscape & Design with passion and expertise. Known for their hands-on approach, they oversee all aspects of landscaping projects. Their custom designs solve visual challenges and incorporate creative solutions to enhance properties.

Blue Ribbon Nursery & Landscaping, Broadway, 540-896-6358

Waynesboro Landscape & Garden Center, Waynesboro, 540-942-4646


Landes Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. 101 W. Mosby Rd., Harrisonburg, 540-434-5988

“Let Landes sweat the details, so you can relax in comfort,” Landes says. Landes Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Harrisonburg and the surrounding areas since 1948. Specializing in residential and commercial HVAC and plumbing services, the team is dedicated to providing top-notch customer service and quality workmanship—whether you need installation, repair, or maintenance.

Zeh Plumbing Heating and Cooling

Waynesboro, 888-403-6727

Blauch Brothers, Inc., Harrisonburg, 540-434-2589


Kline May Realty

Multiple locations, 540-437-3500

Founded on the principle of fostering genuine connections and guiding clients through the intricate real estate process, Kline May Realty prioritizes integrity, expertise, and personalized attention. Its slogan, “Good people. Good deeds. Good homes," speaks to the company's philosophy. With nearly 100 agents across multiple locations, Kline May Realty remains steadfast in its mission to elevate the real estate experience.

Funkhouser Real Estate Group, Multiple locations, 540-434-2400

Old Dominion Realty, Multiple locations, 540-943-0085



3935 Sunnyside Dr., Harrisonburg, 540-568-8200

Sunnyside greets individuals seeking the ideal place to feel safe, independent, and authentic. The communities offer varied options: independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and health care, or memory care. “Be enriched. Be engaged. Live well,” they encourage their residents.

Bridgewater Retirement Community, Bridgewater, 540-828-2550

Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, 540-564-3400

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Raetz & Hawkins, P.C.

128 S. Randolph St., Lexington, 540-463-7121

Raetz & Hawkins is dedicated to delivering top-notch professional services to its clients. The firm focuses its resources on four specialties: individual and estate; small businesses; closely-held corporate and partnership clients; and tax-exempt or nonprofit clients. The firm lives up to its longstanding legacy in the financial world.

Bookkeeping & Management Systems Inc., Waynesboro, 540-943-4193

Arehart Associates, LTD, Waynesboro, 540-949-0124


Green Valley Auctions

2259 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford, 540-434-4260

A family-owned and operated business since 1967, this company prioritizes service excellence in every aspect of its operations. GVA's commitment extends to customers, employees, and the community, ensuring tailored solutions for unique estate requirements. Services such as moving, storage, estate cleanouts, and online gallery auctions exemplify the company's mission to deliver personalized assistance and foster positive impacts.

Enlisted Auctions, Stuarts Draft, 540-337-3446

Bowman Auctions, Harrisonburg, 540-434-7653


DuPont Community Credit Union

Multiple locations, 540-946-3200

DuPont Community Credit Union (DCCU) stands as a trusted financial institution with multiple locations, providing comprehensive banking and credit services to its members. With a commitment to personalized service and community engagement, DCCU serves individuals and families throughout their financial journey. Whether seeking a savings account, a mortgage, or assistance with retirement planning, DCCU’s knowledgeable staff is readily available to provide expert guidance and support.

Truist Bank, Multiple locations, 844-487-8478

F & M Bank, Multiple locations, 540-896-8941


McDonough Toyota 918 Richmond Rd., Staunton, 540-886-6201

McDonough Toyota welcomes visitors to explore its extensive selection of new and used vehicles and bring their old rides in to evaluate trade-in value. Specializing in Toyota sales, service, and repairs, this dealer offers a diverse inventory, including new and pre-owned models. Their showroom and website showcase an assortment of models for any kind of car lover.

Steven Toyota, Harrisonburg, 540-434-1400

CMA’s Valley Subaru, Staunton, 540-934-3944


Tidal Wave Auto Spa Car Wash 102 Community Way, Staunton, 706-938-0991

This car wash brand founded in 1999 has made its mark in Staunton. Offering cutting-edge car care technology and exceptional service, it’s fueled by its dedication to innovation and charitable contributions. Tidal Wave ensures customers in Staunton experience top-notch car washing, reflecting the brand’s nationwide reputation for excellence.

White Horse Auto Wash, Multiple locations, 540-316-6019

Peterson’s Soft Cloth Car Wash, Staunton, 540-887-1236


Edward Jones

1971 Evelyn Byrd Ave., Suite E1, Harrisonburg, 540-433-5366

Established in 1922 by Edward D. Jones Sr., the firm’s ethos centers on treating associates as partners and prioritizing client satisfaction through quality investments. The firm began in a single-room office with a desk, three chairs, and a hat rack; it has since evolved into a global presence, yet each client’s financial goals are individually defined, fostering personal connections with dedicated financial advisors.

Davenport & Company, Locations in Harrisonburg, Staunton, 800-846-6666

Weaver Insurance & Financial Advisors, Waynesboro, 540-943-1221


Jeffrey Evans has the Midas touch.

Jeffrey S. Evans is a living legend among Virginia auction house professionals. He took the reins of Mt. Crawford's Green Valley Auctions from his parents as a high school senior in 1979 and spent the next 30 years transforming it into a regional powerhouse.

Evans shocked industry insiders in 2009 when, at 49, he launched an eponymous consultancy—Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates—and cataloged auction house devoted to fine and rare historic art, lighting, glassware, jewelry, furniture, and more. The company has since garnered a national reputation with commissions to sell high-profile collections. Recently, a treasure trove of historic American folk pottery that belonged to Alexandria-based brothers Albert and William Steidel was auctioned by Evans in 2024. The 1,050-lot was featured in Antiques and the Arts Weekly and included a 10-gallon, 1830 stoneware jar attributed to formerly enslaved Virginia artisan David Jarbour, which sold for $144,000.


Kyger Funeral Home

Locations in Elkton, Harrisonburg, 540-298-1279, 540-434-1359

Here, families find solace and support as they navigate the difficult journey of saying farewell to a loved one. The staff vows to guide families through each step of the funeral planning process with compassion and professionalism. From designing a fitting memorial or funeral service to coordinating arrangements, this funeral home is dedicated to easing the burden on grieving families.

Johnson Funeral & Cremation Service, Bridgewater, 540-828-2542

The Bradley Funeral Home, Luray, 540-743-5747


Clark & Bradshaw 92 N. Liberty St., Harrisonburg, 540-433-2601

Clark & Bradshaw has been delivering expert legal services for over 75 years. With a dedication to fostering trusting relationships, the team of attorneys ensures clients are properly represented and protected in all personal and professional matters. Each member brings knowledge and expertise in various areas of the law, allowing for comprehensive legal support tailored to individual needs.

Reed & Reed, Luray, 540-743-5119

Franklin, Denny, Ward & Strosnider Waynesboro, 540-946-4400

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The Factory Antique Mall

50 Lodge Ln., Suite 106, Verona, 540-248-1110

Renowned for its size and diversity of merchandise, the Factory Antique Mall provides furniture perfect for your home or a stage production. With a vast selection spanning centuries and continents, visitors can uncover treasures ranging from 1800s solid walnut buffets to unique collectible gifts, all with the assistance of knowledgeable staff and dealers.

Duke’s Lexington Antique Center, Lexington, 540-463-9511

Verona Antiques, Verona Facebook: Verona Antiques, 540-248-3532


Green Valley Book Fair

2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford, 540-434-0309

This bookstore beckons book lovers with its extensive selection and charming ambiance. A beloved destination for avid readers and casual browsers alike, this book fair offers a treasure trove of literary delight. Whether seeking a thrilling mystery, a heartwarming romance, or an insightful nonfiction read, there’s something for everyone at the Green Valley Book Fair.

Downtown Books, Lexington, 540-460-8184

The Book Dragon Shop, Staunton, 540-712-7941


Gift & Thrift

731 Mt. Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, 540-433-8844

From clothing and accessories to home décor, books, and more, shoppers can explore an ever-changing selection of quality merchandise. Whether searching for vintage treasures, everyday essentials, or one-of-a-kind finds, Gift & Thrift provides something for everyone. Proceeds support the Mennonite Central Committee, a global nonprofit committed to disaster relief, sustainable development, and peacebuilding efforts.

Valley Mission Thrift, Waynesboro, 540-946-4395

Once Upon A Child, Harrisonburg, 540-438-5607



Staunton’s Foundry Pop-Ups collective is a haven for micro-boutiques.

When Northern Virginia-based interior designer and serial entrepreneur Jen Mulledy visited Staunton in late 2020, she was instantly smitten. “The second I saw it, I just knew it was just so special,” she says of the city’s historic, Victorian-architecture-rich downtown area. By April 2021 she’d leased an apartment and launched a new business, Foundry Pop-Ups, on West Beverley Street.

There Mulledy envisioned a curated, membership-based retail incubator where startup and established but unscaled local artisans could work together in a communal, market-style environment with wraparound support services that would enable them to take their businesses to the next level while minimizing risk.

“I wanted to provide an option for people who wanted to start or expand a business, but were concerned about having the time, money, and [marketing skills] you need to make it successful,” says Mulledy. The Foundry subsequently provides pro-designed retail space in a premium location with


James McHone Jewelry

75 Court Sq., Harrisonburg, 540-433-1833

With a legacy spanning over 40 years, this family-owned jewelry store has been a cherished part of the community, with a dazzling array of jewelry and great service. Patrons can explore a selection of beautiful engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, each piece meticulously designed.

Rocky’s Gold, Silver & Antiques Weyers Cave, 800-296-8676

Christopher William Jewelers, Locations in Harrisonburg, Weyers Cave, 540-689-0027, 540-234-9075


Long’s Florist

808 E. Main St., Luray 540-743-5466

inbuilt retail staffing, management, web, social media, and bookkeeping services. It also tracks inventory specific sales “to help members home in on their customer base and better understand what it wants.”

The idea is to help would-be entrepreneurs launch a side business or ramp into full-time artisanry while keeping their day jobs. Other members, like Ware House Miniatures, which specializes in handcrafted wooden dollhouses and accoutrements, opted to swap an expensive brick-and-mortar location for a smaller, more manageable booth at the Foundry.

Mulledy’s concept has blossomed into a small but prosperous empire. The collective more than doubled its footprint when it added a second storefront location directly across the street in 2022—and now boasts more than 50 members. Inside you’ll find items like handmade candles, watercolor paintings, ceramics, jewelry, vintage clothing, handstitched purses, heirloom quilts, crystals, custom fountain pens, and much more.

This beloved floral destination is dedicated to crafting stunning arrangements that capture the essence of every occasion. The family-owned shop is renowned for its meticulous attention to detail and commitment to customer satisfaction. Whether it’s a vibrant bouquet to celebrate a birthday or a heartfelt sympathy arrangement, Long's skilled florists ensure that each creation leaves a lasting impression.

Blakemore’s Flowers, Harrisonburg, 540-434-4461

Honey Bee’s Florist, Staunton, 540-887-1221


Harmony Harvest Farm

201 Little Run Rd., Weyers Cave, 800-218-8152

As a family-owned business, Harmony Harvest delivers from their 20-acre farm in Weyers Cave to doorsteps nationwide. With a deep-rooted passion for floral artistry, the team crafts handpicked bouquets and curated DIY flower boxes. The Certified American Grown farm grows nearly 400 varieties across 100 different types of flowers, with expertise in heirloom mums.

Yonderyear Farm, Rockbridge Baths

White Oak Lavender Farm, Harrisonburg, 540-421-6345

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Virginia Gift Shop

16 E. Main St., Luray, 540-743-4022

From candles to jewelry, chocolate, loungewear, potpourri, gourmet food, and more, the Virginia Gift Shop carries gifts for all occasions. It’s the perfect place to stock up on hostess gifts, birthday presents, baby gifts, cards, even treats for your favorite fur baby. Great service and brands like Simply Southern, Willow Tree, Swig, Aromatique, Michel Design Works, Caspari, Stonewall Kitchen, and more make shopping a pleasure.

Gift & Thrift, Harrisonburg, 540-433-8844

Latitudes Fair Trade Store,, 540-887-9670



102 Washington Street, Lexington, 540-463-5383

Alvin-Dennis offers a carefully curated clothing collection serving the Lexington and Rockbridge communities. With both online and in-store shopping, men’s brands include Berle, Barbour, and Alan Paine. The shop is also known for accessories including needlepoint cufflinks, keychains, belts, coasters, and more.

Walkabout Outfitter, Locations in Harrisonburg, Lexington, 540-434-9900, 540-464-4453

Gift & Thrift, Harrisonburg, 540-433-8844


Peggy Henderson quit her job to launch a downtown Waynesboro boutique—and it’s paying off.

Like so many of us, the pandemic inspired Waynesboro’s Peggy Henderson to reconsider her career: Her job as a billing professional was steady, but it wasn’t her passion. Looking for a creative outlet led to salvaging and restoring old furniture. Rave reviews from family and friends brought a small retail booth at an antique mall. Rapid sales spurred Henderson to expand inventory to include artisan purses, blouses, and hats. An invitation to man what proved to be a wildly successful holiday pop-up at nonprofit retail collective Magnolia Rose was the final push. “I realized it was time to do something different,” says Henderson, who decided to retire early and, with the help of her husband, open Boutique in the Boro in March 2023. The thoughtfully curated shop is housed in a historic downtown Waynesboro


The Vinyl Asylum 50 Lodge Ln., Verona Facebook: The Vinyl Asylum LLC, 540-461-0126

A consistent favorite for music fans through the Shenandoah Valley, The Vinyl Asylum buys and sells vinyl, cassettes, CDs, DVDs, VHS, and stereo equipment, plus guitar strings, picks, earbuds, and much more. The shop is well-known for its knowledgeable staff, huge variety of music, and good prices. From bossa nova, to old Latin pop, classical music, and more, it’s the area’s go-to source for discerning music aficionados.

Wonder Records, Harrisonburg Facebook: Wonder Records, 540-442-7528

Switz-Mix Records, Luray Facebook: Switz-Mix Records, 540-843-2522


Walkabout Outfitter

Locations in Harrisonburg, Lexington, 540-434-9900, 540-464-4453

Staffed by knowledgeable and approachable experts, Walkabout caters to hikers of all levels, from Appalachian Trail thruhikers to casual day hikers. Since 2005, Walkabout Outfitter has been dedicated to fostering outdoor happiness, ensuring customers are equipped and inspired for their adventures from the trail to the tavern.

Dominion Outdoors, Fishersville, 540-337-9218

Appalachian Trail Outfitters, Elkton, 540-713-9015


Henhouse Shoppe

Locations in Elkton, Luray, 540-669-5124

This store opened in 2019 as a life-long dream in Elkton after starting as a Facebook boutique; Henhouse hopes to use the business and platform to give back to single moms and nonprofits in the community. With carefully selected products across categories, Henhouse Shoppe continues to help women in Shenandoah find their style and confidence.

The Fashion Gallery, Verona, 540-248-4292

Karen’s the Prissy Country Girl, Dayton 540-817-9616

office building and open Tuesday through Saturday. Inside, patrons will find a broad selection of clothing, home goods, and accessories like Judy Blue Jeans, Myra purses, Montana West handbags, Duke Cannon grooming supplies, jewelry from Katia Designs, Mia throw blankets, and much more.

Henderson attributes thriving sales to proactively soliciting and responding to customer feedback. People come in and say “there’s nowhere around here to shop like this, where someone listens to what you actually want and helps you get it,” Henderson says. “That’s been so encouraging to hear. This kind of quality and customer service is what people wanted.”

photos courtesy of boutique in the boro


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Best Bakery

Best Coffee Shop or Roaster Sugar + Flour 129 S. Main St. Pearisburg

Best Breakfast/Brunch Restaurant

Best Caterer

Best Fine Dining and Best Steakhouse

The Palisades Restaurant 168 Village St. Eggleston

Best Tourist Attraction - Cascade Falls, Pembroke

Best Sporting Goods or Outdoor Outfitter - Tangent Outfitters, Pembroke

Best Mexican Restaurant - LaBarranca Mexican Grill, Pearisburg

Best Pizzeria - Papa’s Pizzeria & Subs, Inc., Pearisburg

Best Barbecue Restaurant - Bluegrass BBQ, Pembroke

Best Ice Cream Shop - Scoops Arcade, Pembroke

Best Farmers Market - Narrows Farmers Market, Narrows

Best LOVE Sign - LOVEwork in Narrows

Best LOVE Sign - LOVEwork in Pearisburg

Best Eye Doctor - Appalachian Eye Care, Pearisburg

Best Law Firm - Buckland Law Firm, PLLC, Pearisburg

Best Annual Charity Event - Cancer Kids and Christmas, Narrows

Best Dog Groomer - M & J Pet Grooming, Pearisburg

Best Car Wash - Precision Car Wash, Pearisburg

Best Golf Course - Castle Rock Golf & Recreation, Pembroke

Best Pet Boarding/Day Care - Doe Creek Kennels, Pembroke

Best Funeral Home - Kendall Funeral Home, Pembroke

Best Special Event Venue Mountain Lake Lodge 115 Hotel Cir.

200 N. Main St. Pearisburg

Best Bed & Breakfast Lilly Valley Inn 125 River Ridge Dr. Pearisburg Best Hotel Best Resort Pembroke Best Gift Store Pearis Mercantile


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Peking Chinese Restaurant

105 Malin Dr., Wytheville, 276-228-5515

Within a spacious interior adorned with traditional red lanterns and rich wood accents, patrons revel in an extensive menu offering beloved Chinese classics. Diners rave about the delectable Crab Rangoon, praised for its authentic filling. With attentive service and a serene atmosphere, Peking is ideal for leisurely lunches or frequent visits, drawing food lovers from far and wide.

Thai This Express, Radford, 540-838-2329

Sakura Steak House, Christiansburg, 540-381-1188


Bluegrass BBQ

609 Snidow St., Pembroke, 540-626-2271

A post-hike lunch spot after Cascade Falls, here’s a must-visit for barbecue aficionados seeking hearty portions and friendly service. Patrons rave about the mouthwatering offerings, like yummy barbecue nachos and savory pulled pork sandwiches. With sauces ranging from vinegar to mango habanero, it's a flavor adventure.

Checkered Pig, Martinsville, 276-682-1161

Black Bear BBQ & Grill, Appalachia Facebook: Black Bear BBQ and Grill, 276-565-6099


The Palisades Restaurant 168 Village St., Eggleston, 540-626-2828

In this historic village, there lies an offthe-beaten-path hideaway eatery, housed in the former Pyne’s General Store. Featuring exposed brick walls and tin ceilings, The Palisades offers a nostalgic ambiance. The brunch menu combines traditional fare and inventive creations, boasting favorites like pimento cheese grits and raspberry pancake casserole. With attentive service and reasonable prices, this is a hidden gem worth discovering.

Tha’ Dawg House, Pulaski 540-980-2275

Our Daily Bread Bakery & Bistro, Multiple locations, 540-566-3000



Try this incredible, farm-fresh trout dip from Smoke in Chimneys.

Hoping to level-up your next charcuterie board? Look no further: Smoke in Chimneys’ farm-fresh trout dip brings an unparalleled blitz of savory, Shenandoah Valley flavor. Husband-and-wife owners Ty and Shannon Walker handcraft the small-batch, warm season offering on a restored, century-old Newcastle trout hatchery. Fish are raised the old-fashioned way in a complex of streams and ponds filled with water from one of the state’s most pristine and nutrientrich limestone springs. The Walkers smoke then flake the meat, adding house-made cream cheese, sour cream, smoked paprika, Hungarian paprika, chipotle, and a dash of Highland County maple syrup.

Order direct from the farm or at gourmet markets like Richmond’s Elwood Thompson’s, JM Stock in Charlottesville, or the Roanoke Co + Op.


Dude’s Drive-In 1501 Roanoke St., Christiansburg Facebook: Dude’s Drive-In, 540-328-7901

Dude’s Drive-In is a beloved burger joint renowned for its mouthwatering creations and nostalgic atmosphere. This classic diner serves up juicy burgers and crispy fries to Christiansburg residents and hungry travelers passing through, satisfying cravings with every bite.

Sharkey’s Wing & Rib Joint, Locations in Radford, Blacksburg, 540-267-3434, 540-552-2030

Rocky Mount Burger Company, Rocky Mount, 540-456-2337


Your Grate


2871 Fincastle Tpke., North Tazewell, 276-988-7867

Delivering beyond delicious dishes like Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breasts in Cream Sauce and Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Pesto Torte, owner Clint Neel prioritizes satisfaction across their holiday buffet menu, brunch menu, wedding

menus, and appetizer menu. Glowing reviews commend the culinary finesse and attentive service, cementing Your Grate Escape as a quality choice for unforgettable gatherings and meals.

The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston, 540-626-2828

Hethwood Market, Blacksburg, 540-951-0990


Sugar + Flour

129 S. Main St., Pearisburg, 540-599-5057

This charming café tantalizes patrons with an assortment of breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and lunch options, offered with a dash of seasonal flair. It’s the ethereal aroma of freshly brewed coffee that truly steals the show, enchanting visitors with each rich, velvety sip. From the first taste to the last, coffee snobs and foodies alike are taken on a journey of small-town, tasty bliss.

Red Rooster Coffee, Floyd, 540-745-7338

The Ground Floor, Martinsville, 276-258-0232


The Palisades Restaurant 168 Village St., Eggleston, 540-626-2828

In the misty embrace of Eggleston’s mountains, stumble upon an unassuming restaurant exterior, a hole-in-the-wall promising a hidden treasure inside. Within the historic walls of Pyne’s General Store, guests are transported back in time and into a world of culinary wonder. Patrons indulge in locally sourced flavors, harmonizing with the mountain breeze— each meal a high-altitude masterpiece.

The Tavern, Abingdon, 276-628-1118

Ippy’s Restaurant, Rocky Mount, 540-489-5600


Cabo Fish Taco

Multiple locations, 540-206-2180

Food truck visitors are treated to a smorgasbord of tantalizing options. Amid a sea of flavors, carnivores enjoy succulent carne asada tacos, while seafood lovers indulge in shrimp, salmon, and Mahi delights. From savory soy salmon to robust BBQ Mahi Mahi, every bite sings praises. Even non-fish enthusiasts are tempted by the ocean’s offerings.

Thai This Food Truck, Radford, 540-838-2329 The Pakalachian, Abingdon, 276-275-1097


Scoops Arcade 610 Snidow St., Pembroke Facebook: Scoops Arcade, 540-626-5959

Reminiscent of an old-school diner, this little spot merges ice cream delights with arcade thrills. Whether young or young-at-heart, the combination of ice cream cones and video games sparks joy and nostalgia. Owner Beth’s warmth enhances the experience, while the variety of creative flavors and games beckons kids and parents at once. It’s a perfect spot for birthday celebrations or casual indulgence.

Homestead Creamery, Wirtz, 540-721-2045

Sugar Magnolia, Blacksburg, 540-739-3724

photo courtesy of smoke in chimneys



India Garden Restaurant

219 Prices Fork Rd., Suite D, Blacksburg, 540-951-5100

From flavorful curries to aromatic biryanis, India Garden Restaurant invites you to experience the essence of Indian cuisine through its tantalizing, spicy, and flavorful menu rselections. The restaurant offers a delectable culinary journey through authentic Indian cuisine, with vegetarian options as well. Explore a diverse menu featuring traditional dishes crafted with care and expertise.

Taaza, Roanoke, 540-342-4773

Nawab Restaurant, Roanoke, 540-345-5150


Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

709 W. Main St., Radford, 540-639-9669

For over 44 years, Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria has delighted patrons with its exquisite Italian cuisine and topnotch service. From traditional favorites to fresh specials, overstuffed subs, and mouthwatering calzones, every dish is prepared with care. With a warm, familyfriendly atmosphere, private banquet facilities, and an extensive wine list, Sal’s promises a dining experience fit for any occasion.

Avellinos Restaurant, Blacksburg, 540-953-4040

Roma's Restaurant & Pizzeria, Wise Facebook: Roma's Restaurant & Pizzeria, 276-328-3714


LaBarranca Mexican Grill

418 N. Main St., Pearisburg Facebook: La Barranca Mexican Grill, 540-921-2323

This Mexican eatery offers a scrumptious taste of Tex-Mex cuisine in the heart of Virginia. In a vibrant atmosphere, diners enjoy a diverse menu featuring traditional favorites like sizzling fajitas, flavorful tacos, and mouthwatering nachos. Whether craving a zesty margarita or exploring culinary delights, LaBarranca customers keep coming back for more.

Rocas Mexican Grill, Radford, 540-731-4111

Compadres Mexican Restaurant, Pulaski Facebook: Compadres of Pulaski, 540-994-5557


The Farmhouse 285 Ridinger St., Christiansburg, 540-251-7600

The Farmhouse positions al fresco dining amid the picturesque surroundings of its 1800s farmhouse. Patrons can savor the cuisine while basking in the serene ambiance of rustic charm under strings of lights. The Farmhouse is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely brunch or a romantic dinner. It provides the ideal atmosphere for indulging in traditional American fare.

The Cellar Restaurant, Blacksburg, 540-953-0651

The Tavern, Abingdon, 276-628-1118


Sal’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria 709 W. Main St., Radford, 540-639-9669

Sal’s reigns as the Italian go-to spot with a menu including celebrated signature New York-style pizzas. Guests rave about the creative freedom to design their pizza and the appreciated inclusion of pizza dough for little ones to play with. Experience a familial atmosphere where every dish, from hearty entrées to flavorful subs, is a satisfying one.

Papa’s Pizzeria & Subs, Inc., Pearisburg Facebook: Papa's Pizzeria & Subs, Inc., 540-921-1333

Dogtown Roadhouse, Floyd, 540-745-6836



Traditional English tea services come to southwest Virginia.

When Fredericksburg-based serial entrepreneurs

Matthew and Laura McClelland discovered the owner of popular Crest Hill Tea Room in The Plains planned to retire in 2022, they jumped at the opportunity to step in. The couple were longtime patrons and loved the eatery’s traditional afternoon English tea services, pastries, and sandwiches. But what came next was a shocker: Within weeks they’d announced plans to open a second location in downtown Pulaski.

“We loved the area and saw an opportunity to help it grow,” says Matthew. “We wanted to expand the traditional afternoon tea room experience in a fun and exciting way that could help bring it to people who maybe wouldn’t have access to it otherwise.”

The shop opened last August and offers 30 varieties of teas, as well as a scrumptious array of baked goods, confections, wine, beer, and gourmet sandwiches.



Multiple locations, 540-342-7231

Macado’s, beloved by locals and visitors, offers a quirky and eclectic atmosphere and a diverse menu, ensuring a memorable dining experience. Founded in 1978 in downtown Roanoke, this shop has since gained popularity expanding to multiple locations, becoming a cherished tradition. Customers can enjoy the range of Macado’s from classic clubs to specialty wraps.

Bread Basket, Floyd, 540-745-5382

The Dutch Pantry, Rural Retreat Facebook: The Dutch Pantry, 276-686-2042


Cabo Fish Taco

Multiple locations, 540-206-2180

At Cabo Fish Taco, fresh food, great drinks, and good times are the name of the game. Patrons are treated to a culinary journey that blends Mexican tradition with California flair. Inspired by fish tacos on roadside stands, Cabo Fish Taco celebrates the fusion of flavors and laidback vibes that define its unique dining experience.

FishTales, Norton

Facebook: FishTales Norton, 276-679-1651

Captain Tom’s Seafood, Martinsville

Facebook: Captain Tom’s Seafood, 276-666-0326


The Farmhouse 285 Ridinger St., Christiansburg, 540-251-7600

This restaurant has been a beloved landmark since 1963. It's renowned for its cozy vibe, with dining areas within a vintage train caboose. Guests rave about the perfectly cooked filet steak, accompanied by tasty sides like baked potato and asparagus. The Farmhouse's quirky charm and fare make up a must-visit spot for locals and travelers alike.

The Palisades Restaurant, Eggleston, 540-626-2828

Frankie Rowland’s Steakhouse, Salem, 540-302-3020


Gillies Restaurant 153 College Ave., Blacksburg, 540-961-2703

This breakfast joint beckons with an amazingly 100 percent vegetarian menu. With creative vegan and vegetarian takes on breakfast classics and seafood specialties, the family-owned spot has been a local favorite since 1974, drawing in crowds of regulars, visitors, and town newbies. Its diverse offerings defy convention, promising enticing palates of varied diets.

White Birch Juice Company, Abingdon, 276-608-0541

Our Daily Bread Baker & Bistro, Vinton, 540-566-3000

photo courtesy of crest hill antiques





Blackbird Bakery

188 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, 276-645-5754

Established in 2008, this one-stop pastry shop has become a beloved fixture for locals. Its quaint vibe fosters a sense of community reminiscent of bygone eras. While renowned for its doughnuts and brownies, the bakery’s display case is brimming with several delectable treats, from baklava to cupcakes. Patrons cherish the warm, efficient service and impeccably crafted sweets.

Sugar + Flour, Pearisburg, 540-599-5057

Carol Lee Donuts, Blacksburg, 540-552-6706


Sugar Magnolia

102 N. Main St., Blacksburg,540-739-3724

This shop’s warm ambiance emerges from an extraordinary blend of comfort and confectionery delights. Amid handwritten notes and premium ice cream, find gourmet chocolates and other specialty candy. Enjoy the assortment of chocolate truffles from esteemed chocolatiers like Asher’s Chocolate Company and Le Grand Confectionary, offering sweetness that leaves customers craving more.

Cocoa Trail Chocolates, Collinsville, 276-647-1980

Cocoa Mia, Floyd, 540-695-0224


Glade Road Growing 2351 Glade Rd., Blacksburg, 540-808-0672

Founders Jason Pall and Sally Walker offer a cornucopia of certified naturallygrown produce and pasture-raised, organic-fed meats. Explore weekly surprises with their farm shares, accompanied by recipes and tips to elevate your culinary adventures. Embrace the unexpected and connect with the community while nourishing body and soul. Every harvest is a new opportunity for wholesome living.

Appalachian Sustainable Development, Duffield, 276-623-1121

Abingdon Farmer’s Market, Abingdon, 276-698-1434



Three brothers launch the first distillery to open in Roanoke in 100 years.

In 2020, a trio of brothers set out to do something for the first time in more than a century: establish a distillery in Roanoke. Owner, head distiller, and eldest brother Tim Brady had a long-standing passion for craft beer, but saw a unique opportunity in spirits when he returned to his native city after retiring from a 20-plus-year career in the Air Force.

“I’d always envisioned getting out and opening a little brewery and hot dog spot, but when I started looking around the area, I was shocked,” says Brady. Despite the city’s booming craft beer scene, it hadn’t had a distillery since prohibition shuttered John Casper Distilling in 1915. Brady approached his brothers, Andy and Brian, who


Blacksburg Farmers Market 108 W. Roanoke St., Blacksburg, 540-239-8290

As a lively gathering point, the market overflows with local flair and familial charm. Vendors proudly showcase their wares—from farm-fresh produce to handcrafted lavender sachets and gourmet dog treats. Volunteers infuse the atmosphere with a palpable sense of community, ensuring each visit is a memorable experience, leaving patrons with a renewed appreciation for all things local.

Narrows Farmers Market, Narrows, 540-726-2961

Abingdon Farmer’s Market, Abingdon, 276-698-1434

lived in the area. Not only had they been home-cooking whiskey for about a decade, but the latter owned numerous Roanoke restaurants, including Six & Sky Rooftop Grille. The three banded together and, two years later, opened a small tasting room and bar in a retooled historic brick warehouse on the outskirts of downtown.

The company now offers gin, rum, vodka, toasted rye whisky, and three barrel-aged bourbons. Tim calls its tasting room the friendliest in town.

“This is a family-oriented business,” he says. “That means ensuring that no matter who you are or what background you come from, you come in here and feel like you’re a part of the family.”


The Bread Basket 2167 Webbs Mill Rd. N., Floyd, 540-745-5382

A cherished destination for 20 years, The Bread Basket specializes in homemade delights, from loaves of bread to pies, and its kitchen crafts treats with genuine care. Explore a trove of bulk foods and premium baking ingredients, or savor Boar's Head meats and cheeses at the deli. With accommodating service and a gluten-free range, this shop promises a taste of homemade perfection.

The Dutch Pantry, Rural Retreat Facebook: The Dutch Pantry, 276-686-2042

Eats Natural Foods, Blacksburg, 540-552-2279


Vintage Cellar 1338 S. Main St., Blacksburg, 540-953-2675

When looking for the perfect bottle for a housewarming gift or something to unwind with at the end of the day, this is the place to go. The shelves brim with great finds—fine wines and artisanal brews from diverse origins and backgrounds. Weekly tastings encourage a community spirit.

Blacksburg Wine Lab, Blacksburg, 540-605-7291

MountainRose Vineyards, Wise, 276-328-2013

photo courtesy of bradys distillery
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Eastern Divide Brewing

3175 Commerce St., Blacksburg, 540-577-6877

Eastern Divide Brewing presents craft beers galore, spanning from classic Porters and Honey Wheats to trendy Kveik IPAs and Fruited Milkshakes. Brewed onsite in a 10-barrel system, ingredients like fruit and honey are locally sourced. With a barrel-aging program, canning program, and upcoming bottle series, this brewery promises exciting releases.

Long Way Brewing, Radford, 540-838-2229

Buffalo Mountain Brewery & McDaniel’s Tavern, Floyd, 540-745-2491


Tumbling Creek Cider Company

238 W. Main St., Abingdon, 267-451-5901

Appalachian to the core, visitors can explore this cidery, enjoy tastings, and learn about the cider-making process. Tumbling Creek Cider Company focuses on crafting high-quality apple-to-bottle cider, emphasizing Southwest Virginia’s local region and community. They built their production facility, started grafting cider apple trees, and opened their Abingdon tasting room in 2020.

MountainRose Vineyards, Wise, 276-328-2013

Doe Creek Farm, Pembroke, 540-626-2232


Delightful treats in downtown Abingdon.

Anthony Perkins fell in love with baking as a child while helping his grandmother make annual holiday treats like pineapple cookies and Appalachian-style molasses stack cakes. But it wasn’t until he saw an internet pop-up ad for culinary school in his early 20s that he realized the passion could become a profession.

“It sounds ridiculous, but I grew up in rural Southwest Virginia, and it had just never occurred to me that it was something I could do,” laughs Perkins, now 46. Two months later, he was studying at Pittsburgh’s Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts.

Perkins earned a degree then spent time honing his gastronomical chops in Steel City restaurants. But he missed his family and leapt at the opportunity when Abingdon’s famed Martha Washington Inn & Spa offered him a pastry chef position. Perkins’ post-meal treats quickly became the talk of the town— after five years, he opened a dessert café of his own.

“I wanted to have more creative flexibility and offer a broader dessert menu with some fun, maybe a little bit of wacky stuff thrown in too,” says Perkins. But he didn’t intend to take a step back in terms of quality. “I wanted to offer my customers beautiful, individual-sized portions that are as good as anything you’ll find in a great restaurant.”

Anthony’s Desserts launched in 2010 and initially relied on contracts with area restaurants. But options like homemade ice cream and house-roasted coffee steadily drew locals and tourists to Perkins’ eight-seat, diner-style downtown eatery. Skyrocketing popularity led to the purchase of a nearby building with double the space in March 2023.

“The coffee and ice cream gets people in the door,” says Perkins. Then they see the refrigerators and deli counters filled with fresh, made-from-scratch seasonal delights like apple tarts topped with mascarpone mousse and caramel apple compote. “It piques their interest and gets them excited about trying new things, which is what I love the most about this business.”



Lush Lounge

317 E. Main St., Floyd, 540-745-5874

A speakeasy ambiance and prohibitionthemed décor make this an unexpected gem in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. The bar impresses with a broad selection of liquor and wines. The playlist sets the scene, blending modern tunes with a vintage twist. Sip on creatively named cocktails and settle into a swanky escape in retro trappings.

Twisted Liquid, Blacksburg Facebook: Twisted Liquid Blacksburg, 540-739-3457

The Tavern, Abingdon, 276-628-1118


Salty Stash Distillery

4655 Cleburne Blvd., Dublin, 540-320-0203

Salty Stash Distillery, rooted in Southwest Virginia’s rich tradition of craftsmanship, offers a unique spirit born from a family legacy of hard work. Founded in 2020, the distillery blends quality wine making principles with innovative spirits production. With a focus on customer experience and education, Salty Stash Distillery invites visitors to explore the art of distillation in a modern and historic setting.

Twin Creek Distillery, Rocky Mount, 540-483-1266

J.H. Bards Spirits Co., Fairlawn, 540-952-9658


Iron Heart Winery

3742 Boone Furnace Rd., Allisonia, 540-320-0203

In the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, find a winery that’s an ode to history and taste. With roots tracing back to the Industrial Revolution, this gem produces an impressive 50,000 pounds of grapes annually across nine varieties. Its tasting room presents the nuanced tones of Chambourcin, Traminette, and other delights, offering four wines for $8.

Chateau Morrisette, Floyd, 540-593-2865

MountainRose Vineyards, Wise, 276-328-2013

photo courtesy of anthony's desserts




Cancer, Kids, and Christmas

1815 Old Wolf Creek Rd., Narrows Facebook: Cancer Kids and Christmas, 540-599-2578

Founded by Travis Sparks, this fundraiser stems from his personal battle with cancer and the strain it placed on his family. Recognizing the financial burdens many face during such times, the organization ensures that all funds raised directly aid families. With thousands of dollars raised and 60 families supported, the event continues to grow, offering hope and joy to those affected by cancer.

Color Me Cameron 5K Color Run/Walk, Pulaski

Illuminations Lights Roanoke, Roanoke, 540-387-6078


Steppin’ Out Blacksburg, 540-951-0454

At this transformative summer festival, guests wander through a treasure trove of over 200 artisans and their handcrafted wonders—from exquisite jewelry to intricate pottery, vibrant textiles, and beyond. The air comes alive with the harmonies of more than 25 musical acts, constituting this street celebration as a sensory masterpiece.

Virginia Highlands Festival, Abingdon, 276-623-5266

Floyd County Arts & Crafts Festival, Floyd, 540-250-8486


Moss Arts Center 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, 540-231-5300

This Virginia Tech art gallery provides a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit their creations, fostering dialogue and appreciation within the community. Through curated exhibitions and interactive displays, visitors are invited to explore various artistic expressions, including occasional live musical performances.

Piedmont Arts, Martinsville, 276-632-3221

Floyd Center for the Arts, Floyd, 540-745-2784


McClain’s at First & Main 1614 S. Main St., Blacksburg, 540-242-5246

McClain’s isn't just a restaurant—it’s an epicenter of entertainment. Delight in happy hour bites and expertly crafted cocktails for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. Located within the lively B&B Theatre with a bowling alley, it blends appetizing dishes with the thrill of bowling, movies, and arcade games. The atmosphere buzzes with excitement.

It’s Game Time At NRV SuperBowl, Christiansburg, 540-382-5525

Woodbooger Grill, Norton, 276-325-0551


Steppin’ Out Blacksburg, 540-951-0454

Continuous live music fills College Avenue and Main Street at the Main Stage, while folk graces the Acoustic Stage and local performers shine on the Community Stage. At the same time, the festival welcomes a barrage of artists and craftspeople so guests can explore an eclectic mix of artisanal goods.

FloydFest, Check, 888-823-3787

Virginia Highlands Festival, Monterey, 276-623-5266


LOVEwork in Pearisburg 120 N. Main St., Pearisburg, 540-921-2079

Found near the Giles County Courthouse, the sculpture stands as a remarkable symbol of community unity. Crafted from over 3,500 locally painted rocks by children aged four to 12, this colorful installation tells a story of collaboration and creativity. Supported by volunteers, educators, and local businesses, it’s a testament to the town’s spirit and charm, easily accessible for all to admire.

LOVEwork in Abingdon, Abingdon, 800-435-3440

LOVEwork in Narrows, Narrows, 540-726-2423


A historic Roanoke mansion and one-of-a-kind public recreation center gets a facelift.

For nearly 60 years, people have gathered at the Historic Fishburn Mansion and estate in downtown Roanoke for daily activities like architectural tours, yoga, tai chi, card games, and painting parties. Businessman Junius B. Fishburn built the 42-room, Georgian-revival style home, now a Virginia Historic Landmark, in 1907 and left it to the city in 1955 with the caveat that it be used for public recreation.

But historic homes of this caliber “come with maintenance challenges,” said city parks and recreation director Michael Clark in a statement. “There are so many ornate details that we just haven’t been able to keep up with.”

The city is working with a local nonprofit, Friends of Mountain View, to change that. The latter has secured $90,000 in grants toward design plans for a total renovation, which will factor in results from a February community survey. Clark estimates the project will cost in the millions, but says the results will be well worth the expense.


The Lyric 135 College Ave., Blacksburg, 540-951-0604

The Lyric is Blacksburg’s cultural gem—a historic movie theater. Its vintage marquee beckons film enthusiasts with a promise of cinematic magic. Inside, its cozy ambiance and eclectic programming cater to diverse tastes, from indie flicks and new releases to timeless classics. With its rich heritage and community spirit, The Lyric continues to enchant audiences for generations to come.

Regal New River Valley, Christiansburg, 844-462-7342

Starlite Drive-In Theatre, Christiansburg, 540-382-2202


Taubman Museum of Art 110 Salem Ave. SE, Roanoke, 540-342-5760

Nestled in downtown Roanoke, Taubman is a beacon of culture amid the scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Designed by architect Randall Stout, its 77-foot glass atrium symbolizes a blend of art and nature. With a rotating lineup of world-class exhibitions and a permanent collection showcasing renowned artists, the museum exemplifies excellence in art.

Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol, 423-573-1927

Historic Crab Orchard Museum, Tazewell, 276-988-6755

photo courtesy of historic fishburn mansion




The Floyd Country Store

206 S. Locust St., Floyd, 540-745-4563

Alive with the lively rhythms of authentic Appalachian music, this is where musicians and dancers gather, continuing ageold traditions. Flat-footing, clogging, and Friday Night Jamborees make it a hub for local culture, and its quirky merchandise selection embodies community spirit. Music and dancing passed through generations thrive here.

Harvester Performance Center

Rocky Mount, 540-484-8277

Barter Theatre, Abingdon, 276-628-3991


Barter Theatre

127 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-3991

A bastion of Appalachian artistry with a troupe of dedicated resident artists, Barter weaves tales that echo the region’s rugged charm and deep-rooted values. From the thunderous applause to the heartfelt bows, every performance resonates with passion. Its productions, including Miracle on 34th Street and Footloose, invite audiences to immerse themselves in the magic of theater.

Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, Wytheville, 888-950-3382

Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, 540-342-5740


Barter Theatre

127 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-3991

Heralded by the motto, "With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh," the Barter Theatre opened its doors during the Great Depression. Offering admission for 35 cents or produce equivalents, it quickly became a hit, trading "ham for Hamlet." Now, the theater continues to captivate audiences.

Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre, Wytheville, 888-950-3382

Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg, 540-231-5300


Floyd County farm is a world-class sanctuary for honeybees.

Famed master beekeeper and German gardening teacher Gunther Hauk and his wife, Vivian, moved to the Floyd County mountains to found a oneof-a-kind nonprofit apiary in 2009. Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary has since become a monument to sustainable farming and beekeeping.

“Instead of focusing on how much honey we can get from the bees, we ask what can be done to protect, strengthen, and heal them,” says farm director Alex Tuchman, who stepped in after Hauk’s retirement.

The 41-acre campus now features more than 10 acres of manicured, nutrition-rich pollinator gardens, a five-acre veggie garden, and five-acre wildflower meadow. All are tended using 100 percent organic methods and surrounded by fruit orchards and selectively curated forests filled with flowering hardwood trees like tulip poplar, black locust, and basswood. The grounds create sumptuous natural forage for more than 35 hives of honeybees—which, in turn, produce out-of-this-world honey.


Mountain Lake Lodge

115 Hotel Cir., Pembroke, 540-626-7121

Elevate your special day with breathtaking mountain views and rustic charm at this unique event venue. Exchange vows under a lush canopy of trees in the romantic gazebo or enjoy the intimate privacy of a mountaintop overlook. The distinctive indoor and outdoor spaces offer refined rustic elegance and tranquil natural beauty, providing the perfect setting for unforgettable moments.

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, 540-985-5900

Sinkland Farms, Christiansburg, 540-382-4647



M & J Pet Grooming

117 Curve Rd., Pearisburg

Facebook: M & J Pet Grooming, 540-921-2836

The premier destination for pet pampering in Pearisburg, it’s renowned for exceptional service. This establishment has garnered praise for its attentive staff, particularly toward senior dogs and pets with anxiety issues. Clients commend their affordability and compassionate care, making it the go-to spot for furry friends, feline or canine, in need of a beauty treatment.

Far Fetched Grooming & Boarding, Big Stone Gap, 276-393-3824

Barking Beauties, Collinsville

Facebook: Barking Beauties LLC, 276-622-2037


Off Leash K9 Training

2445 E. Washington Ave., Suite 102, Vinton, 540-750-1955

Off Leash K9 Training is a premier dog training company dedicated to unleashing the full potential of every canine companion. With expert trainers and proven methods, Off Leash left an indelible mark on the local community, earning trust and loyalty from clients who see their furry companions flourish.

Flying Fur!, Newport, 540-544-9663

The Good Shepherd Dog Training, Big Stone Gap, 276-393-2953


Flying Fur!

8889 Virginia Ave., Newport, 540-544-9663

Send your furry companions on a delightful retreat with these boarding and sleepover services. Before booking, all boarding dogs undergo an evaluation day. During their stay, dogs enjoy daily daycare activities. Pricing is reasonable, with discounts available for extended stays or multiple dogs. With each pampered pet, the staff cultivates a nurturing environment, ensuring tails wag long after departure.

Doe Creek Kennels, Pembroke, 540-293-4521

Spunky’s Spa, Martinsville Facebook: Spunky's Spa, 276-638-1111


Town & Country Veterinary Clinic 200 Central Ave. NE, Christiansburg, 540-328-5042

At this clinic, pets experience compassionate care in a calm setting. Services span preventive medicine, such as health certificates and behavior consultations, to advanced treatments like orthopedic surgery and chemotherapy. With a philosophy centered on treating pets like family, the clinic provides round-theclock monitoring and a commitment to their well-being.

Crab Orchard Veterinary Clinic, Tazewell, 276-988-8080

Companion Animal Clinic, Blacksburg, 540-552-6800

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Barter Theatre

127 W. Main St., Abingdon, 276-628-3991

Start a family tradition of catching shows of world-class entertainment for all ages. Renowned for its commitment to excellence, Barter performances showcase top-tier talent in an intimate setting. Families delight in annual visits, relishing in the laughter and joy of shows like Shrek the Musical. With a diverse lineup year-round, even teenagers get a kick out of the fun.

The Floyd Country Store, Floyd, 540-745-4563

Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, 276-781-7400


Blacksburg New School

2500 N. Main St., Blacksburg, 540-552-6693

Embark on an educational journey like no other where academic prowess meets holistic growth. In the heart of the New River Valley, the school champions small class sizes. Dive into an innovative curriculum teeming with challenges and creativity, all underpinned by values of kindness, honesty, and hard work. With parental engagement, after-school care, and a nurturing atmosphere, each child’s potential blossoms.

Main Street School, Tazewell MainStreet.Education, 276-979-4091

Carlisle School, Axton, 276-632-7288


SonShine Preschool & Learning 482 Tower St., Tazewell Facebook: SonShine Preschool & Learning Center

This vibrant, non-denominational Christian preschool caters to three to five-year-olds. Known for its nurturing environment, it hosts a curriculum designed to foster both academic and spiritual growth. From the engaging annual nativity play to several enriching field trips, SonShine ensures a well-rounded educational experience, celebrated with zest through themed crafts and activities for all hallmark holidays.

Carlisle School, Axton, 276-632-7288

Rainbow Riders Childcare Center, Multiple locations


Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center

25236 Hillman Hwy., Abingdon, 276-676-6180

The 4-H summer programs instill childhood memories and boundless fun. Echoing the sentiments of past attendees, the Center is hailed as a haven for friendship and laughter. Serving 1,500 youth annually from various counties, it encourages leadership and skill development through engaging activities, including a vibrant day camp tailored for Cloverbuds aged five through eight.

Camp Bethel, Wise, 276-328-6876

Alta Mons, Shawsville, 540-268-2409



Lilly Valley Inn

125 River Ridge Dr., Pearisburg, 540-910-3123

Tucked into picturesque cliffs, this inn unfolds like a storybook getaway, commanding breathtaking views of the New River. Awash in newfound charm under fresh ownership, it unveils meticulously designed rooms and an in-house Escape Spa. Guests savor the joy of surprises—be it in the eclectic libation choices, gourmet breakfasts served on decks overlooking the river, or special conversations shared with the dedicated hosts.

The Old Jail, Tazewell, 276-210-4878

Rockwood Manor, Dublin, 540-674-1328


Mabry Mill

Blue Ridge Parkway, Meadows of Dan, 828-348-3400

Built in the early 1900s, this iconic sawmill offers visitors a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage. With its scenic beauty and preserved architecture, Mabry Mill serves as a popular destination for tourists and history enthusiasts alike, inviting them to step back in time to Appalachian history.

Barter Theatre, Abingdon, 276-628-3991

Mill Mountain Star, Roanoke, 540-853-2000



The Inn at Foster Falls returns after 50 years.

Amultiyear, $6.6 million dollar renovation effort has brought new life to the historic Inn at Foster Falls. The iconic 12,000-square-foot structure was built in 1887 to house administrators of a booming Wythe County iron mine, furnace, and railway station. It turned into a childrens’ home in the 1920s, but later fell into decay and was abandoned in 1962. A skyrocketing outdoor recreation tourism industry and the inn’s location at the midpoint of the 57-mile-long New River Trail State Park rail-to-trail inspired state officials to invest in its revival.

The 10-room boutique inn was meticulously restored to reflect the grandeur of its 19th-century origins. Outside, handmade bricks were repaired and repointed, while its iconic cupola, dormer windows, and two-story wraparound porches were reconstructed from old photos. Inside, modern amenities like glass showers and central air are paired with period-correct tilework, original fireplaces, antique or reproduction furnishings, wide-plank hardwood flooring, high ceilings, and ornate molding.


The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center 110 Shenandoah Ave. NE, Roanoke, 540-985-5900

A legacy since 1882, this hotel has timeless charm and modern allure, with stylishly renovated guest rooms and curated amenities. Complement your stay with a meal at the celebrated Regency Dining Room, marking nearly 85 years of culinary excellence. Discover an urban haven amid the Roanoke Valley, with outdoor adventures and cultural explorations.

Mountain Lake Lodge, Pembroke, 540-626-7121

The Martha Washington Inn and Spa Abingdon, 276-628-3161


Mountain Lake Lodge 115 Hotel Cir., Pembroke, 540-626-7121

Immerse yourself in a resort where Dirty Dancing nostalgia meets Appalachian allure as both the filming site of the iconic ’80s film and a retreat for hikers. Indulge in themed accommodations, farm-fresh cuisine, and exhilarating activities like archery tag. With cascading waterfalls and cinematic history as your backdrop, experience a retreat like no other in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Primland Resort, Meadows of Dan, 276-222-6837

The Martha Washington Inn and Spa, Abingdon, 276-628-3161

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Claytor Lake State Park

6620 Ben H. Bolen Dr., Dublin, 540-643-2500

Nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Claytor Lake State Park offers a serene escape for outdoor enthusiasts. Spanning more than 4,500 acres, the park boasts a pristine lake ideal for swimming. With miles of hiking trails, scenic picnic spots, and cozy cabins, visitors can immerse themselves in nature’s beauty yearround. Claytor Lake State Park provides endless opportunities.

Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, 276-781-7400

Fairy Stone State Park, Stuart, 276-930-2424


Blue Ridge Parkway Multiple locations, 828-670-1924

Millions of annual visitors enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway, renowned for more than just scenic drives. Its vast expanse encompasses diverse and significant natural resources, offering a unique glimpse into the Appalachian region’s rich biodiversity. From rare habitats to varied climates, the Parkway showcases unparalleled diversity in flora, fauna, and geological features, making it a treasured destination for nature enthusiasts and explorers alike.

Cascade Falls, Pembroke, 540-552-4641

The Floyd Country Store, Floyd, 540-745-4563



Tazewell Dance Center

623 E. Riverside Dr., Unit D, North Tazewell, 276-202-7761

The studio is a testament to founder Emily’s dedication to her craft. From her roots in Bluefield Dance Theatre to her education at Radford University, Emily’s journey imbues the studio with a unique blend of professionalism and warmth. With a decorated competition team and Emily’s own national titles, the studio is a place where every dancer can truly shine.

Little Leapers, Blacksburg, 540-315-3136

Dancing in the Wings, Dublin, 540-320-4006


Castle Rock Golf & Recreation

900 Castle Rock Dr., Pembroke, 540-626-7276

A majestic course offers golf enthusiasts an unforgettable experience. With an 18-hole course proximate to the breathtaking New River and Blue Ridge Mountains, Castle Rock a landing place for those seeking the perfect swing. Open year-round, this scenic, well-maintained course invites players to hone their skills while soaking in natural beauty.

Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, Radford, 540-633-6732

Draper Valley Golf Club, Draper, 866-980-4653


Take a tubing or paddling trip on the world’s second oldest river.

Did you know the 320-mile New River is the oldest on the planet next to the Nile? While the waterway is famed for its eponymous West Virginia gorge whitewater, Galax’s New River Outdoor Adventures makes it easy to kick back, relax, and enjoy some of the New’s most scenic, paddle-friendly stretches in Virginia. The full-service outfitter is located about six miles northwest of town in the tiny, historic community of Fries on a waterfront lot bordering the 57-mile-long New River Trail State Park rail-to-trail. It offers a quartet of exquisite canoeing, kayaking, and tubing floats that range from two to about eight hours in length. All the equipment you

need is included. The two-miler from Fries Park to the shop takes a couple of hours and is great for tubers and beginners. Those looking for something more adventurous— and to take in the full scope of this gorgeous span of river—will delight in a 14.5-mile paddle from the Barwood Boat Ramp in Independence to Galax’s Old Town Boat Ramp. The trip meanders through sparsely populated farmland and forests, past wild islands, huge outcroppings of rock, and pebbly beaches. It features tons of wildlife viewing opportunities and fun but family-friendly chutes and riffles. It takes between six to eight hours to complete.


Four Seasons YMCA, Tazewell, 276-979-0280

This pillar of community support opened its doors in 2009 after meticulous planning and fundraising efforts. Generously supported by diverse funding sources, this youthful addition to the YMCA family swiftly became a vital hub. Beyond fitness, it fosters social bonds through child care, athletic camps, and enriching programs. Its commitment to holistic well-being resonates throughout the town, shaping a healthier, stronger future.

Wytheville Community Center, Wytheville, 276-223-3378

Anytime Fitness, Multiple locations 540-951-1340


725 W. Main St., Wytheville, 276-223-1104

At Curves, women enjoy efficient 30-minute workouts combining strength, cardio, and stretching. This location fosters a supportive, non-intimidating community. Unlike traditional gyms, this workout style prioritizes personalized coaching

and a focus on women’s fitness needs. Coaches provide encouragement, making workouts enjoyable, and empowering women to lead healthy, active lives.

Burn Boot Camp, Christiansburg, 540-443-8828

Just Breathe Yoga & Bodywork, Martinsville, 276-340-9621


Chatmoss Country Club 550 Mt. Olivet Rd., Martinsville, 276-638-2484

These premier tennis facilities are tucked away amid verdant landscapes. Six outdoor clay courts welcome athletes from April to November, while three indoor courts offer respite from winter chills. Under the expert guidance of Racquets Director Ken Cusick, players of all ages and levels thrive in a vibrant year-round program teeming with clinics and tournaments.

Randolph Park, Dublin, 540-674-1513

Blacksburg Country Club, Blacksburg, 540-552-9165

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Newborn care • Routine Physicals • Sick Child Diagnosis & Treatments • School and Sports Physicals • Lactation Assistance •Cryotherapy for Warts • Immunizations and more!

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Children First Pediatrics of Virginia, P.C.

314 Fairy St. Ext., Suite A & B Martinsville, VA 24112

Phone: (276) 638-5437

Fax: (276) 666-6686


8:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm Same Day Sick Appointments

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Tuck Chiropractic

301 W. Main St., Bedford, 540-586-1105

This practice provides a pathway to relief for chronic head, neck, or back pain, focusing on improving life without the risks of surgery or increased medication. The clinic empowers patients to reclaim their mobility and lead healthier lives. Dr. John Earsing of the Bedford clinic incorporates both chiropractic care and corrective exercise.

Foothills Chiropractic Clinic, Pulaski Facebook: Foothills Chiropractic Clinic, PC, 540-980-1425

Chiropractic First, Locations in North Tazewell, Abingdon, 276-988-4265, 276-525-1777


New River Valley Community Services

Multiple locations, 540-961-8300

Specializing in various areas such as mental illness, substance use disorder, and developmental disabilities, New Valley Community Services strives to empower individuals with programs for children and adults. The team's commitment to providing exceptional counseling and therapy services is reflected by collaborative efforts to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

Blue Mountain Therapy, Locations in Wytheville, Abingdon, 276-525-6043

Dandelion Counseling, Martinsville, 276-634-8304


Radford Family Dental

1151 E. Main St., Suite A, Radford, 540-639-1674

Radford Family Dental provides a wide array of dental services, including general, cosmetic, and oral surgery. For preventative care, Radford Family Dental offers thorough exams, X-rays, and cleanings. This dental practice strives for top-notch care and valued partnerships between client and provider.

Real Life Dental, Locations in Blacksburg, Christiansburg, 540-552-5433

Lutz Family Dentistry, Tazewell 276-988-4549


Inside the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts.

Renowned bluegrass guitarist and acoustic instrument builder Wayne Henderson was catapulted into the national spotlight when Eric Clapton ordered a custom guitar in the late 1990s—and was put on a 10-year waitlist to get it. Henderson parlayed the fame into an eponymous learning center in his hometown of Marion, dedicated to preserving and passing down Appalachian folk art traditions.

The Center is housed in a historic, three-story schoolhouse that dates to 1908 and offers expansive, year-round programming that includes courses in guitar making—in a professional setting with skilled luthiers trained by Henderson himself—pottery, letter-pressing, quilting, watercolor painting, stained glass, soap making, and more. Also offered are music lessons, including a multiweek class that lets participants build a mountain dulcimer then learn to play it. A small stage and renovated auditorium hosts special performances, weekly bluegrass, and old-time music jams on Monday nights.


Vistar Eye Center

Multiple locations, 540-855-5100

With locations across the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia, Vistar’s providers cater to diverse needs. Comprehensive vision care for adults ensures both preventative measures and specialized treatments. Services include cataract, cornea, glaucoma, LASIK, ocular plastics, and retina treatments, aiming to maintain clear vision and, for aging patients, independence. Pediatric care is also a priority, nurturing children’s visual health for a promising future.

Appalachian Eye Care, Multiple locations, 540-921-4116

Blacksburg Eye Associates, Blacksburg, 540-953-2020


Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital

1906 Belleview Ave. SE, Roanoke, 800-422-8482

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital stands as a beacon of advanced healthcare in the Roanoke region, boasting cuttingedge medical technology and a dedicated staff committed to exceptional patient care. Renowned for its well-rounded range of innovative treatments and exhaustive resources, the hospital serves as a cornerstone of the community’s wellbeing and health.

Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Christiansburg, 800-422-8482

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, Blacksburg, 540-951-1111


Carilion Clinic Obstetrics & Gynecology

Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

From battling irregular cycles and pelvic pain to guiding the journey of pregnancy and beyond, the Carilion team orchestrates a variety of specialized treatments. The Every Woman’s Life program, which provides free cancer screenings, and the Forget-Me-Not community for moms grieving lost pregnancies demonstrate support so no patient faces her journey alone.

Physicians to Women, Roanoke, 540-982-8881

LewisGale Physicians, Multiple locations, 540-443-0500


NRV Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Locations in Blacksburg, Radford 540-951-8777, 540-633-5700

Dr. Boyle and Dr. VanGilder, with more than 30 and 15 years of experience respectively, lead a team dedicated to patient care. From wisdom teeth extractions to corrective jaw surgery, the practice offers a full spectrum of procedures with precision and compassion. Certified assistants and administrative staff streamline the process for a safe, smooth experience.

Jones & DeShon Orthodontics, Martinsville, 276-638-8888

Drs. Hollyfield, Perkins, and Thompson, Marion, 276-783-8131



Jones & DeShon Orthodontics 25 Cleveland Ave., Suite E, Martinsville, 276-638-8888

Jones and Deshon know smiles—not just how to fix them, but also how to inspire them, with a friendly, relatable staff and calming approach to dental work that could be frightening. With a reputation for pain-free procedures and attentive dental care, the practice refines teeth placement with precision.

Vaughan Orthodontics, Radford Facebook: Vaughan Orthodontics - Radford, 540-639-3002

Johnson Orthodontics, Locations in Dublin, Roanoke, 540-674-4712

photo by the wayne c. henderson school of appalachian arts
Wayne Henderson (left) in one of his courses on guitar making.




Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics

Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

Under the stewardship of Dr. Thomas E. Shuler, Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Service, these clinics pioneer orthopedic care with a diverse range of treatments spanning varied ages and conditions. Utilizing advanced techniques like awake hand surgery and hip replacement, each patient receives tailored care.

OrthoVirginia Sideline Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Blacksburg, 540-595-6481

VCOM Sports & Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, 540-232-8405


New River Valley Pediatrics

Multiple locations, 540-639-5188

With a team of American Board of Pediatrics-certified physicians and a familycentered approach, these ten providers forge partnerships for children’s optimal health—from well-care to vaccinations, diagnosis, treatment, and medication prescription. Recognizing concerns that don’t clock out, an on-call system ensures timely pediatric care beyond office hours.

Carilion Children’s Pediatric Medicine, Roanoke, 800-422-8482

Children First Pediatrics of Virginia, Martinsville, 276-638-5437


Carilion Clinic Therapy and Rehabilitation

Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

Find comprehensive rehabilitation care for conditions including amputee injuries, arthritis, brain injury, cancer, and more. With 13 providers across locations, Carilion's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physicians collaborate with your medical team to evaluate and treat your condition, offering physical, occupational, and speech language therapy.

Bassett Physical Therapy, Stanleytown, 276-622-3636

University Physical Therapy, Multiple locations, 540-921-5200


PBS brings digital, region-specific programming to far southwest Virginia.


Carilion Clinic

Multiple locations, 800-422-8482

The clinic stewards well-being, with over a century of service, and it isn’t just about healing bodies—it’s about nurturing our planet. A pillar of community health, Carilion serves nearly a million Virginians with a network of hospitals and specialty practices. Beyond healthcare, sustainability is paramount, earning accolades for eco-friendly practices.

LewisGale Physicians, Multiple locations, 540-626-4343

Martinsville Family Medicine, Martinsville, 276-638-7205



Downtown Barbershop 651 N. Main St., Marion Facebook: Downtown Barbershop, 276-780-6280

In the heart of downtown Marion, this shop delights with its retro charm. From fades to kids’ cuts, the barbers here are aficionados of their craft. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, filled with professionalism and a genuine passion for the art of hair styling. While Saturdays may be bustling, the excellent haircuts and friendly service make it worth the wait.

Corporate Image Barber Shop, Roanoke, 540-342-0222

Jacks, Roanoke, 540-344-5225

The nation’s first all-digital public TV network, PBS Appalachia Virginia, made waves when it won a Capital Emmy and announced its new studio would be housed in Bristol’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino just days before launching in June 2023. The network brings four channels—one of them 100 percent region-dedicated—to 14 Southwest Virginia counties that lost access to PBS when former Gov. Bob McDonnell gutted funding in 2013.

“Our programs reflect and celebrate our community with an authentic lens created by talented producers native to this region,” says PBS Appalachia vice president, Julie Newman, in a statement. “We want to give a positive voice to rural communities that have been abandoned by coal and forgotten by metropolitan America.”

The lifestyle cooking show French Magnolia Cooks is a perfect example. In a recent episode, Chef Missy Fraley takes viewers on a mountain pheasant hunt, shows them how to field-dress a bird, then prepare it as a centerpiece for a delicious meal.

Joshua Deel (right), a senior producer for PBS Appalachia, films H "Bill" William Smith for an episode of Storytellers of Appalachia in Big Stone Gap


New River Dermatology

2617 Sheffield Dr., Blacksburg, 540-953-2210

This practice offers top-notch cosmetic procedures, including dermal fillers and Botox injections. With a team of skilled dermatologists, New River Derm specializes in personalized treatments tailored to each individual’s needs and desires. Whether seeking to reduce wrinkles, enhance facial contours, or achieve a radiant complexion, New River Dermatology delivers exceptional results, restoring confidence and natural beauty.

Phillip E. Grubbs, Blacksburg, 540-951-8885

Stateline Aesthetics, Martinsville, 276-403-5278


New River Dermatology

Multiple locations, 540-953-2210

At New River Dermatology, patients are greeted with warmth and expertise. The practice prioritizes patient education, offering valuable insights into dermatological health and treatments. The team of qualified professionals ensures convenience and accessibility. With a commitment to excellence and compassionate care, patients can visit New River Dermatology for everything their skin needs.

River Ridge Dermatology, Multiple locations, 540-951-3376

Derm One, Radford, 540-633-3015


The Hair Loft 702 W. Main St., Radford, 540-629-3952

The Hair Loft offers a luxurious salon experience since its inception in 2021. With a dedicated team of passionate stylists, the salon prioritizes creating an intimate environment where clients leave feeling relaxed and beautiful. Featuring upscale stations for comfort and relaxation, it’s a place where clients feel like they’ve met their new best friend.

CharMarie Salon, Blacksburg, 540-251-3350

The Beauty Lab, Christiansburg, 540-200-5851


Allure Spa and Skin Health


200 Country Club Dr. SW, Suite B4, Blacksburg, 540-553-0510

Discover Allure Spa, owned by Kimberly Mann, a Master Aesthetician and Laser Technician with a B.S. in biology. Beyond clinical treatments, she crafts a personal journey towards skin health and wellness, emphasizing relaxation. Find expert care, eco-conscious products, and a close partnership with each client, offering rejuvenating treatments like the Ultrasonic Rejuvenation Facial, Perk Eye treatment, Shea Butter scrub, and lash tints.

The Martha Washington Inn and Spa, Abingdon, 276-619-5279

The Vintage Spa, Rocky Mount, 540-489-7721

photo courtesy of pbs appalachia




Thompson & Litton

103 E. Main St., Wise, 276-328-2161

This firm thrives on the philosophy: “Firms don’t design projects; people do.” With over 65 years of excellence, the firm comprises a professional staff providing advanced services in engineering, architecture, surveying, planning, and construction across eight offices. As advocates of the built environment, projects include adaptive reuse, renovations, and energy-efficient designs.

The Lane Group, Big Stone Gap, 276-523-3771

Mid Atlantic Architects Group, Roanoke, 540-685-2722


Crows Nest Greenhouses 1811 Brooksfield Rd., Blacksburg, 540-552-5550

For over 25 years, this greenhouse and nursery has catered to Montgomery County and beyond. Its varied selection includes seasonal flowering annuals, vegetable plants, and houseplants. Crows Nest Greenhouses boasts an array of trees, shrubs, and locally grown perennials, along with gardening supplies like seeds and soil amendments for all those local green thumbs.

Poor Boys Produce, Pulaski Facebook: Poor Boys Produce, 540-980-1180

Kimberly’s Greenhouse at Pisgah, LLC Tazewell

Facebook: Kimberly’s Greenhouse at Pisgah, 276-970-0380


Dollman Construction

5219 Peters Creek Rd., Roanoke, 540-765-9700

Dollman Construction is a fully integrated design-build firm, offering expertlevel architecture, construction, and renovation services. With over 25 years of experience, the team specializes in custom design, construction, and remodeling for residential and commercial projects, tailoring solutions to each client. From new construction to major remodeling, Dollman prioritizes personalized and comprehensive work.

Twin Enterprises Inc., Richlands, 276-963-8946

Varney Construction Inc., Wytheville, 276-223-1163


Pamper your feet at the Salt Foot Sanctuary.

Find the Salt Foot Sanctuary day spa on the main level of the beautifully restored historic Hotel Roanoke. While the luxurious pamper palace provides a full range of services—including body scrubs, facials, and therapeutic massage— its sole-centered offerings take the cake. The Sanctuary’s flagship treatment starts with a soak in a hand-hammered copper bowl filled with a warm watery brew of natural minerals, clay, aromatic essential oils, and salt from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Next comes a mini lower-leg and foot massage that’s followed with a dry and powder with a proprietary blend of arrowroot and clay.


Virginia Furniture Market

Multiple locations

Since 1997, this store has followed a simple plan: to provide the region’s finest furniture selection at accessible values while ensuring top-notch customer service. Customers can shop with confidence year-round, knowing they’re receiving good deals, from mattresses to coat racks. The store also offers finance options tailored to individual needs, making quality furnishings for any room or style attainable for each client.

Grand Home Furniture, Multiple locations, 866-472-6343

Black Dog Salvage, Roanoke, 540-343-6200


Lou Harris Inc.

1085 Spruce St., Martinsville, 276-623-1881

Established in 1973 by Lou Harris, this interior design firm carries a rich legacy of creating stunning spaces. Specializing in both commercial and residential design, Lou Harris Inc. offers comprehensive services tailored to individual needs. From custom window coverings to furniture, its designs span the country, blending expertise with personalized attention to ensure each project exceeds expectations.

The Clapboard House, Wise, 276-328-4470

Wild Orchid Design Studio, Abingdon, 276-619-5654


Dublin Home Store

112 Trade Cir., Dublin

Facebook: Dublin Home Store-Kitchen and Bath

Nestled within The Shops at Dublin Home Store, kitchen and bath design services appear alongside locally crafted furniture offerings. Cabinet options include innovative solutions, like stemware racks and tray divider pull-outs, ensuring organized and stylish living spaces.

Dollman Construction, Roanoke, 540-765-9700

Appalachian Millworks & Cabinetry Richlands, 276-963-8946


Back to Nature Landscaping & Construction

1575 Thomas Ln., Blacksburg, 540-739-3947

Back to Nature Landscaping & Construction excels in delivering exceptional landscape design services rooted in proper horticultural practices. With a skilled team committed to client satisfaction, they merge aesthetics and functionality—from grading and turf renovations to mulching and landscape lighting.

Valley Landscaping, Christiansburg, 844-276-5296

Adam’s Land Improvements North Tazewell, 276-970-2410


McKinney Heating and Air Conditioning 265 River Rd., Martinsville, 276-627-0046

More than just your average HVAC service provider, McKinney is a three-generation family legacy of comfort and expertise. With a shelf full of certifications including NATE and DPOR, the team are champions of keeping you cozy. From thermostat tinkering to heat exchanger expertise, McKinney has your back, ensuring each repair and installation is a blend of efficiency and reliability.

Blacksburg Plumbing, Heating & Electrical, Inc., Blacksburg, 540-552-5864

Wisler Plumbing and Air, Multiple locations, 540-483-9382


Berry Elliott Realtors 18 Starling Ave., Martinsville, 276-656-1111

Whether you’re selling, buying, or seeking the perfect rental, this is a trusted ally. The team of realtors masterfully navigates the dance of property pricing, guiding clients through the journey of home transactions. From the management of multifamily properties to dream home acquisition, the firm is a skilled partner.

Tazewell County Realty, Tazewell, 276-988-3500

Nest Realty, Blacksburg, 540-443-6100


Warm Hearth Village 2387 Warm Hearth Dr., Blacksburg, 540-552-9176

The mission of this haven for aging locals is to revolutionize retirement by centering aging on the individual, fostering inclusivity and community. Since its inception in 1974, Warm Hearth has been a beacon of care and support. Through its nonprofit foundation, it continues to ensure that residents, employees, and the wider community thrive.

King’s Grant Retirement Community, Martinsville, 276-634-1000

English Meadows, Multiple locations

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Voted one of the Best Law Firms in our great Southwest Virginia Our goal is to make every person we meet feel welcome, and we proudly serve clients from all walks of life. With three decades of experience, we have the knowledge you need to help you make informed legal decisions. No matter what your situation entails, we will treat you with respect. Call today to partner with an attorney who cares. Real Estate & Estate Planning Attorneys in Blacksburg, VA 520 W. Main St. Radford, VA 24141 540-633-1590 1100 S. Main St., Ste. A Blacksburg, VA 24060 540-953-1100 WELCOMING EXPERIENCED COMPASSIONATE




Darryl J. Gillespie P.C., CPA

60 E. 1st St., Christiansburg, 540-382-4913

The trusted lead CPA of the accounting firm boasts over 35 years of mastery. With a personalized touch, the office tackles tax intricacies, bookkeeping, and payroll services. Darryl and his son Seth Gillespie are locally known for their unwavering assistance, taking the guesswork out of accounting needs, even in the chaos of new laws, rules, and loan programs.

Brown Edwards, Multiple locations

Mallard & Mallard, Martinsville 276-632-5754


Linkous Auctioneers

3862 S. Main St., Blacksburg, 540-961-2608

Handling everything from residential gems to commercial wonders, antique treasures, and business liquidations, Linkous auctions are a blend of character and courteousness. They follow a code of ethics that ensures each event is a showcase of integrity and prioritize civics with various fundraisers. From car sales to oldfashioned farm spectacles and specialized collection auctions, this company endeavors to make auctions straightforward and buyer-friendly.

Lucky Dog Auction & Realty, Rocky Mount, 540-238-2255

Cock & Bull Auctions, Basset, 304-730-0261



Multiple locations, 844-487-8478

Truist Bank stands as one of the largest financial institutions in the United States that includes many locations throughout the Commonwealth. With a commitment to innovation and community engagement, Truist offers a wide range of banking and financial services tailored to meet the diverse needs of individuals, businesses, and communities across its footprint.

National Bank of Blacksburg, Multiple locations, 540-951-6203

Carter Bank & Trust, Multiple locations, 833-275-2228


Shelor Motor Mile

270 Jarrett Dr. SE, Christiansburg, 540-381-8417

At Shelor Motor Mile, customer satisfaction is a priority. Since 1974, Christiansburg’s go-to dealership has offered options to cater to any type of car lover with Toyota, Kia, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Chevrolet, Ford, Subaru, and Mitsubishi vehicles. With in-house financing and a hassle-free trade-in process, buying is efficient and simplified.

Duncan’s Hokie Honda, Christiansburg, 540-381-3200

Auto Energy, Multiple locations, 276-883-5279


Ultimate Shine Car Wash

Multiple locations

Ultimate Shine’s car wash locations in Roanoke and beyond earn rave reviews. Patrons praise the thorough cleaning leaving vehicles spotless, efficient vacuum cleaners, and complimentary rags for interior touch-ups. Customers appreciate the competitive pricing and top-notch service, making it their go-to spot. The subscription option, clean amenities, and attentive staff add to the overall satisfaction, ensuring a gleaming ride every time.

Precision Car Wash, Pearisburg, 540-921-1515

Martinsville Laser Wash, Martinsville Facebook: Martinsville Laser Wash, 276-666-9274


Plott & French Financial Advisors 104 Wadsworth St., Radford, 540-639-2139

Defying the cookie-cutter mold of impersonal finance, this team has deep roots as a second-generation, family-owned firm. Both personal and professional, Plott & French prioritize individuality, delving into each family’s distinct values and dreams. Steering clear of product peddling, the firm forges lasting bonds, crafting strategies that transcend generations, safeguarding enduring financial prosperity.

Horace Mann Favero Agency, Martinsville, 276-632-3962

TCV Trust & Wealth Management, Roanoke, 540-343-1500


Explore Virginia’s top city for outdoor recreation with Roanoke Mountain Adventures.

One of Roanoke’s best outdoor outfitters is located in a renovated historic downtown warehouse that’s home to a sprawling indoor rock-climbing gym and sits less than 100 yards from the Roanoke River and its namesake 400mile network of Greenway bike trails. Roanoke Mountain Adventures offers a full scope of experiences ranging from e-bike and cruiser rentals, to tubing and kayaking trips, to guided mountain biking tours. First-time Star City visitors are sure to enjoy one of the latter in 900-acre Mill Mountain Park. The longest iteration starts at the shop and follows the Roanoke River Greenway and other dedicated trails for about 3.5 miles to the 1,740-foot summit. There you’ll catch epic panoramic views of the city and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.


Kendall Funeral Home 605 Snidow St., Pembroke, 540-626-7221

From its origins as a general mercantile store, Kendall Funeral Home has evolved into a comforting haven during times of sorrow. With a rich history spanning over a century, it serves communities with compassion and dignity, honoring lives with unique, heartfelt ceremonies. Preplanning options provide peace of mind, recognizing the diverse paths of healing for each family.

Norris Funeral Services Inc. and Crematory, Martinsville, 276-638-2778

Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory, Radford, 540-639-2456


Patrick K. Moore, PC

Locations in Blacksburg, Radford, 540-953-1100, 540-633-1590

Since 1993, this firm has made “your mission, their mission.” The firm prioritizes clients’ goals across business law, real estate, and estate planning. The team of attorneys, well-versed in intricate legal matters, guide clients through complex processes, ensuring informed decisions and asset protection, diligently applying their expertise to clients in Blacksburg, Giles, Radford, and surrounding areas. Buckland Law Firm, Pearisburg, 540-921-0190

Gardner, Barrow & Sharpe P.C., Martinsville, 276-638-2455

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Black Dog Salvage

902 13th St. SW, Roanoke, 540-343-6200


One can get lost winding through the ever-changing wonders of Black Dog’s two warehouses in Roanoke. With architectural salvage, custom upcycled designs, vintage furniture, and eclectic décor, the main showroom hosts a blend of regional artisans. Vendors like The Shed, RetroGetgo, Riley’s Uniques, and Bob Anderson Antiques contribute unique offerings. Dive into salvaged treasures, peruse retro finds, and let the creative energy inspire.

Antiques On Main, Christiansburg

Facebook: Antiques on Main, 540-381-0539

JoJo’s Attic, Wytheville

Facebook: JoJo’s Attic, 276-227-0440


Blacksburg Books

401 S. Main St., Suite 106, Blacksburg, 540-315-9650

Blacksburg Books is a haven for dedicated readers. Offering a curated selection of new and used books alongside locallymade drinks, snacks, and crafts, it’s more than just a bookstore—it’s a community space. Whether browsing for the next captivating read, meeting friends, or engaging in thought-provoking discussions, Blacksburg Books provides a welcoming environment for literary exploration and connection.

Barnes & Noble, Christiansburg, 540-381-4923

Barnes & Noble, Roanoke, 540-776-2960


Treasure Trove Thrift Store

3055 N. Franklin St., Christiansburg Facebook: Treasure Trove Thrift Store, 540-200-7012

“Your one stop shop for giving,” this shop invites you to explore a wide range of items while supporting seniors in need at Warm Hearth Village. Since 2016, proceeds from donated items have provided financial assistance. Donate and shop for gently-used yet quality furniture, household items, home décor, artwork, jewelry, appliances, and more.

Bee-N Thrifty Consignment, Tazewell Facebook: Bee-N Thrifty Consignment, 276-976-4480

BloomingDeals, Rocky Mount Facebook: BloomingDeals, 540-814-0694


Bristol’s L.C. King has been handcrafting denim clothing and accessories for more than a century.

Step into L.C. King’s chic but rugged downtown Bristol showroom, and you’ll find a mix of heirloom-quality jeans, jackets, hunting vests, button-up shirts, belts, and wallets that range from workaday-tough to fashionably on-trend. What’s more astonishing is their provenance: All are handmade on site by master sewers in one of America’s last continually operating, family-branded clothing factories, just blocks from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

“We provide a garment that has a story behind it with its authenticity and construction,” says president Jack King, whose great-grandfather, Landon King, founded the company to create a dapper but functional work, outdoor, and sportsman-focused clothing line in 1913. Materials are almost 100 percent sourced in


P.R. Sturgill Fine Jewelry 1037 E. Main St., Radford, 540-639-6391

This isn’t your average jewelry store. Walk in with a tangled necklace or a broken watch, and leave with a smile. Customers rave about their helpful and knowledgeable staff, praising their attentive service. Whether it’s gemstone setting, custom engraving, or picking out the perfect diamond, the team’s dedication shines through.

Todd’s Jewelry Repair & Design, Christiansburg, 540-357-1938

Jo & Co Jewelers, Hardy, 540-721-2210


the South. Items are crafted by workers that, by and large, “have been with us for decades and use many of the same machines that were in place in the 1950s,” King says. “We take our heritage seriously and show the utmost care in ensuring every piece we make is unparalleled in quality.”

Follow-through on that commitment has won L.C. King a generational following. Jack King says its routine for customers to visit the store carrying jackets, vests, or overalls they’ve owned for 30 years and ask if they can replace them with something similar.

“That just gives you a sense of pride,” says King. “We’ve taken the time to make the best garment that we possibly can, and our customers clearly appreciate our skills and efforts. That means everything.”


Northside Flower Shop 5964 Belspring Rd., Radford, 540-639-9351

Established in 1956, this shop excels in hand-delivering premium floral arrangements and gift baskets. The arrangements suit weddings, proms, sympathy arrangements, and corporate and holiday events. With a focus on excellent customer service, Northside offers free floral consultations and ensures timely delivery, making every moment special.

Simply the Best, Flowers & Gifts, Martinsville, 276-666-2378

Gates Flowers & Gifts, Christiansburg, 540-382-2939


Stonecrop Farmers

267 Sassafras Ln., Newport, 540-599-0839

At this farm, what started as a humble vegetable patch now boasts a kaleidoscope of dahlias, their vibrant hues painting the New River Valley. Beyond the exquisite flowers, Stonecrop also nurtures community connections, offering workshops and events to celebrate two decades of floral prosperity. Embrace the beauty of locally-grown dahlias and the spirit of a thriving family farm here. Blue Door Garden, Abingdon, 276-628-3213

Thornfield Farm, Fincastle, 540-520-1803

photos courtesy of l.c. king



Between Friends Gifts

293 Main St., Tazewell

Facebook: Between Friends Gifts, 276-988-8235

A beloved shopping destination for locals seeking unique treasures, this gem of a gift store provides a warm atmosphere where owner Vickie Boothe’s dedication shines through in every interaction. From adorable baby quilts to locally crafted wares and personalized monogramming on many items, the store offers a diverse array of goods, cementing its status as a community favorite and a must-visit stop.

Pearis Mercantile, Pearisburg

Facebook: Pearis Mercantile, 540-921-2260

Sugar Magnolia, Locations in Blacksburg, Roanoke, 540-739-3724, 540-655-9330


Tractor Supply

332 N. Main St., Pearisburg, 540-921-1900

With a history of outfitting men who prioritize practical, down-to-earth attire, this Tractor Supply location offers all merchandise and service up to the standards of the brand. Find Carhartt work overalls, Dickie’s jeans, Timberland basics, and an expansive big and tall section—all conveniently located in the same building as your DIY, hardware, farming, and pet supplies.

Davidsons Clothing For Men, Roanoke, 540-343-3734

Carter’s Fine Clothing, Martinsville 276-618-0407


One of America’s most beloved historic hotels is home to an incredible women’s boutique.

The historic Martha Washington Inn and Spa has long been a cultural anchor and focal point for the far Southwest Virginia gateway city of Abingdon. The sprawling mansion turned 63room, grand hotel takes its name from its role as the former home of the Martha Washington College for women from 1858 to 1918—and is renowned internationally as one of the most meticulously preserved, designated Historic Hotels of America. Amid its elegant Faulknerian halls, parlors, lounges, and conference rooms, which have been visited by numerous presidents and celebrities—including Elizabeth Taylor, Lady Bird Johnson, and President Harry Truman—you’ll find a world-class spa, chef-driven fine-dining, and a startlingly well-equipped boutique gift shop that feels more like Richmond’s Carytown than rural Virginia.

Yes, there are expected but thoughtfully rendered historic nods like coasters, coffee mugs, tees, sweatshirts, and magnets emblazoned with the inn’s iconic Renaissance Revival-style brick façade. Elsewhere, artisan-made home goods like preserves, custom tea blends, and a line of goat’s milk soaps and lotions bear the Martha’s logo. But The Little Shop at the Martha doesn’t stop there.

Much of its wall space is dedicated to hand-curated racks of Italian-made women’s clothing—the majority of which is sourced from luxury Italian artisan retail export group, Moda. Inventory changes seasonally, with winter bringing cozy gems like fine


Old’s Cool

285 Franklin St., Rocky Mount

Facebook: Old’s Cool, 540-484-0804

Old’s Cool in Rocky Mount stands as a treasure trove of vintage toys, records, and eclectic finds. A haven for music enthusiasts, the shop offers a journey through vinyl records and vintage finds. This beloved record store boasts a diverse collection spanning various genres and eras. Old’s Cool invites patrons to explore and rediscover the timeless allure of analog music in a digital age.

County Sales, Floyd, 540-745-2001

Welcome Back Kollectables, Tazewell Facebook: Welcome Back Kollectables, 276-245-7587

cashmere sweaters and cardigans; spring and summer offerings include beautifully detailed, hand-sewn silk blouses, colorful shawls, and chic swimwear. Match them with stylish accessories like fine leather hobo bags, kidskin leather gloves, woven BC handbags, and artisan jewelry. Look further and you’ll find children’s books paired with plush stuffed animals, hand-painted decorative wooden signs, Blue Ridge-themed puzzles, Musee skincare products, and much, much more. A robust website offers online shopping, too.

“First-time customers come in and tell me how amazed they are by the amount of great items we’ve been able to pack in here,” says Susan Slone, retail sales associate at The Martha. “We’re very conscious about every detail and want to make sure our customers are getting the best in quality and experience.”




201 Cascade Dr., Pembroke, 540-626-4567

Discover the beauty of the New River Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains with Tangent Outfitters. From fishing excursions and canoe or kayak rentals to pleasure floats, Tangent offers quality equipment rentals and guided trips. The store helps adventurers plan their perfect outdoor vacation, exploring the picturesque and historic New River.

Walkabout Outfitters, Multiple locations, 540-739-3263

Mast General Store, Roanoke, 540-566-5661


Fringe Benefit

105 N. Main St., Blacksburg, 540-951-9777

For half a century, this shop has reigned as Blacksburg’s quintessential destination for refined Southern elegance. With a charming ambiance and an array of distinctive apparel and accessories, patrons revel in its timeless allure. Guided by attentive staff, the store offers a personalized shopping experience that caters to many tastes—from young fashionistas to seasoned sophisticates, every visitor finds a treasure trove of style.

Southern Hearts Boutique, Dublin, 540-505-4544

La De Da, Roanoke, 540-345-6131

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Test your knowledge about all things Virginia.

1. What was Thomas Jefferson’s favorite food?

2. What are the three longest rivers in Virginia?

3. Their names are Pelican, Rock Crystal, and Peter the Great, they live at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and are among the largest collection of these famous jeweled objects outside of Russia. What are they?

4. Which state spun off from Virginia in 1792 to become the 15th state admitted to the Union?

5. With which architect did Thomas Jefferson collaborate on the design of Virginia’s state capitol?

6. Which Virginia city is home to the largest naval port in the world?

7. What ad agency developed the slogan “Virginia is for Lovers”?

8. What were George Washington’s dentures made out of?

9. Th e Breaks Interstate Park, considered the “Grand Canyon of the South,” is managed by an interstate compact between Virgina and what neighboring state?

10. What American—not English— hound is the state dog of Virginia? George Washington was an important figure in the development of the breed.

11. Which Virginia-born racehorse not only won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes in 1973, but set record times in all three which still stand today?

12. This crime novelist worked for six years in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia and based her Kay Scarpetta book series

about murders that plagued Richmond in the 1980s. Who is she?

13. Which U.S. president was born in Virginia but was raised on the Kentucky frontier before joining the army in 1806?

14. Who is the longest serving governor in Virginia’s history? (Hint: he served from 1642-1677, when Virginia was a British colony.)

15. Who not only gave Virginia its name, but also introduced potatoes to Ireland?

16. Richmond is home to the U.S. District Court of Appeals for what circuit? This circuit covers Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

17. Prior to being a U.S. President, what man had been a senator, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, Governor of Virginia, and minister to France, England and Spain?

18. What Virginia city shares its name with a city in Egypt?

19. Which season is considered Virginia Beach’s off-season for fishing?

20. How many feet of neon tubing makes up the Roanoke Star?

21. What is the name of the spring ephemeral with bell shaped, sky blue flowers, which carpets woodland floors all over the state?

22. Virginia has the country’s highest percentage of vanity license plates. Which state comes in second?

23. What’s the nickname of the stretch of I-95 from Manassas to D.C. that sounds like it belongs in a kitchen cupboard?

24. Which county in Virginia was once the U.S. Daffodil Capital?

25. What Prussian-born military officer, who was present at Yorktown when Lord Cornwallis surrended in to General George Washington 1781, is considered one of the fathers of the U.S. Military, traveled everywhere with his dog Azor, delivered his instructions in French which were then translated into English, and whose brilliant strategies helped the U.S. win independence?


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