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Contents Features 8

2011 Shopper’s Guide

Supporting Local Business 7 7

L & M Carpet Local Ownership Brings Better Pricing Hanover Pediatric Dentistry Brings Smiles to Young Faces

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Maitre D’ Restaurant Guide Discount Cards Scoop Du Jour - Restaurant News In Search of Fish Entrees Volunteer Firefighters Filling Boots with Youthful Ambition Comfort Food at Its Best at Hogshead Cafe Calendar of Events A New Craft Brewery in Richmond

Travel 22

A Winter Wonderland Awaits

Health 22 25

Photo courtesey California Closets of Richmond.




Braces Ahead for Your Child? Find out Now! Together, Families Can Stop Overweight Trends

Seniors 27

Dementia When It’s More Than Just Age

Around The House 28 29

A Place for Everything What’s Cook In? LOL

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November/December 2011

PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER William J. Davis, Jr. VICE-PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Cheryl T. Davis CONTRIBUTING HOME & GARDEN EDITOR Vicki O’Neal, ASID, CID CREATIVE DIRECTORS Alaina Rauth DISTRIBUTION MANAGER Barry Cook OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Fallon Mercer ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Jared Davis, Ann Small, Jennifer Thaxton PHOTOGRAPHER Tim Hill CONTRIBUTORS Kellie Murphy, Steve Cook, Tammie Wersinger, Megan Moore, Annie Tobey, Dr. Madge Zacharias, Ed Owen, Max Heyworth

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November/December 2011

S U P P O RT I N G LO C A L BU S I N E S S L & M Carpet One

Hanover Pediatric Dentistry

Local Ownership Brings Better Pricing and Inventory

Brings Smiles to Young Faces

By Max Heyworth. Photo by Tim Hill.


f all the creature comforts found in the home, floors might be the one we take most for granted. We walk all over it, spill things on it, scratch it, stain it, and aside

from the occasional vacuum, mop or shampoo treatment, we tend to not to pay much attention to it. Then…it happens. A burst water line floods and warps the hardwood; a shorted lamp cord scorches the carpet; a transient raccoon mistakes your laminate flooring for a burrow spot and scratches it beyond repair. Or maybe you just feel the living room could use some sprucing up. Whatever the circumstances, Richmonders would do well to choose a store with the kind of selection, pricing and industry know-how to get the job done fast and af-

fordably. That’s where the folks at L&M Carpet One in Mechanicsville come in. Locally-owned and -operated since 1969, L & M Carpet One has built a reputation as a reliable and knowledgeable source for quality flooring products like carpet, hardwood, ceramic, laminate, or vinyl. “We set ourselves apart by combining expert product knowledge with a wide selection and a large in-stock inventory that allows for better pricing,” says VP of retail, Susan Hathaway. Attributes like these are what have allowed them to stay competitive even as the collective shadow of big box retailers looms large over the industry. What also bears mentioning about L & M Carpet One is the dedication of its employees. Hathaway is a 21-year veteran of the company, having started her career at the ground level. She shares this distinction with a number of her colleagues, whose combined service to L & M exceeds 400 years! This underscores the level of expertise and commitment to the craft that L & M’s team brings to work day in and day out. So whether your flooring has succumbed to age or to the whims of the indigenous wildlife, you can rest assured that the product, price and expert service you seek can be found right here in Richmond at L & M Carpet One. n

By Tammie Wersinger


f memories of going to the dentist as a child have you dreading a similar experi-

ence with your own children, there is no need to fear. Hanover Pediatric Dentistry has made it a goal for young patients to leave with healthy mouths and smiles on their faces. The kid-friendly environment has everything – from the latest dental techniques and equipment to child-oriented entertainment – to provide each patient with topnotch dental care and a positive experience. Located at Rutland Commons in Mechanicsville, the dental practice focuses on the oral health care of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs. “We want children to enjoy going to the dentist,’’ said Dr. Holly Lewis, who co-owns the practice with Dr. Drew Zima. “We have a dedicated staff that wants nothing more than to give children a great dental experience.” The dentists and staff are trained in various behavior management techniques and provide a variety of services, including dental hygiene, preventative and restorative dentistry, sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Lewis, a board certified pediatric dentist, received her bachelor’s degree, doctor of dental medicine and a certificate of advanced education in general dentistry from the University of

Mississippi. She completed her residency in pediatric dentistry at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a master’s degree then taught at VCU in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry from 2005 to 2008. Her partner, Dr. Drew Zima, grew up in Midlothian and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech before going on to graduate from the VCU School of Dentistry. He then completed his residency in pediatric dentistry at VCU, where he earned a master’s degree. Dr. Lewis and Dr. Zima volunteer in the community through projects like Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile Day. Dr. Lewis also serves as a pediatric dentist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond. “We are both thrilled to be a part of the Mechanicsville community,’’ Dr. Lewis said. “I just want people to know that we care about our patients and that our goal is to provide a positive dental experience for every child.” n








1. Oriental Rugs This 9 x 12 hand knotted Peshawar Oriental rug is made of 100% wool pile in beautifully muted colors of beige, blues, rose and green. Assorted designs and sizes available. W. Hirsch Oriental Rugs • 3117 Cary Street 359-5463 • Locally owned and established in 1977, W. Hirsch Oriental Rugs carries the most diverse selection of Oriental Rugs in the area with nearly 6,000 rugs in stock in an array of sizes and styles. Choose from traditional, contemporary, transitional and antique rugs of beauty and quality for your home.

2. Blitzen the Reindeer This wine bottle holder will be the talk of the holidays. Comes with a cute poem. Belle Cottage • 8319 Bell Creek Road 559-8100 • Make Belle Cottage your one stop shop for the holidays with items such as Danskos, Vera Bradley, Tervis Tumblers, NFL & collegiate shiznit, our fine jewelry & much more all conveniently located in the Bell Creek Shopping Center in Mechanicsville.


3. Orthotics for High Heels Don’t put up with the pain of high heels! These orthotics will be easy on your feet and keep you in style at the same time. Improve stability and balance, and reduce stress on your ankles, feet, legs and back. Good Feet • 11573 W. Broad Street 364-3338 • If you have back, knee or foot pain, Good Feet can help you find a healthy pain-free solution. Come in to get fitted for custom Good Feet Arch Supports.

4. The Big Green Egg Offering unmatched flexibility, this is the world’s best smoker and grill. Whether you’re quick-searing the perfect steak, or tenderizing a low-and-slow brisket, you can’t beat the EGG® when it comes to effortless cooking and sensational eating. Pla-mor Pools • 7225 Bell Creek Rd, Ste. 238 746-5555 • Family-owned since 1968, Pla Mor Pools offers quality pools, spas, pool chemicals, accessories and more. They can also offer you services and upgrades on your pre-existing pool or spa.

5. Parlour Pellet Stove This beauty can heat up to 2,000 square feet with economical wood pellets. Stop by the Hearth and Home to see the Parlour and other great pellet stoves today! Hearth and Home Shoppe • 730-3800 8154 Mechanicsville Tnpk. The Hearth and Home Shoppe carries all types of gas, wood and pellet stoves, fireplaces, inserts and gas logs to get your home toasty this winter. With the largest showroom in the Richmond area, it is worth the drive.

6. Luxury Bedding Sleep like royalty with cozy linens, pillows and throws. Add a touch of class with a custom-made upholstered headboard. Layers • Short Pump Town Center 360-2704 • Indulge in handmade mattresses, customized to your comfort. Wrap your new mattress in soft linens and add a stylishly upholstered headboard for the ultimate touch. Also, find hand-poured scented candles and antique Persian rugs for extra flair. November/December 2011








1. Tribal Zebra Purse by Michael Kors This trendy accessory is still new with tags, but available at Indigo for a fraction of its original cost! Animal prints are a hot commodity this season, and this purse will prove you are right in style! Indigo • 411 N. Ridge Road • 288-0160 3324-A W. Cary Street • 354-0914 Indigo Avenue Clothes is an upscale consignment shop that specializes in women’s clothing, purses, shoes and jewelry. In addition to their great daily discounts, they offer monthly online coupons!

2. Graham Sofa by Signature Design This contemporary style sofa, with plush cushions, comes in a lovely sage green color. See our coupon on page 12 for a great discount on the piece! Home-Makers Furniture 8235 Mechanicsville Tnpk. • 746-7781 Homemakers is your hometown discount furniture store. Shop at Homemakers and save up to 60% off retail.


3. Gabriel & Co. and Isharya Jewelry These pieces feature a variety of diamonds, charms and gemstones set in 14kt and 18kt white or yellow gold. William Jeffrey’s Ltd • 9986 Brook Road • 264-2600 A locally owned, full-service jewelry store featuring unique jewelry and custom creations for the past 20 years.

4. iComfort Sleep System by Serta® features Cool ActionTM Gel Memory Foam, the world’s first memory foam infused with the support and cooling touch of MicroSupportTM gel designed to deliver superior pressure relief and cooler temperatures. The Mattress Place • 569-3880 7015 Mechanicsville Tnpk. The Mattress Place is the only Tempur-Pedic dealer with all 11 models on display, as well as many other top name brands. Same-day delivering and 0% financing available. 5 locations serving the Richmond area. Visit our website for the location nearest you.

5. Mamaroo Programmable Baby Swing Get your baby resting in style with 5 preset motions and speed adjustment, iPod/MP3 player compatible with built-in speaker and volume control. Weebsworld • 11537 W. Broad Street 360-2406 • See the largest assortment of premium baby gear in Richmond with the only indoor stroller test track in the USA. Find brands like Mountain Buggy, Bugaboo, I-Candy, Recaro and more.

6. Elegant Home Decor Lighted branches tucked into ceramic bird-themed vases make for a great tablescape. Finish the look with a gorgeous mirror and metallic angel stands. Surroundings by Chesapeake Designs 10400 Leadbetter Road • 496-6135 Improve your Surroundings for the holidays, and everyday, with stylish furnishings and accessories. Enjoy the ease of shopping at Surroundings for that special gift or accent.

November/December 2011

Grilled Atlantic Salmon Grilled salmon with sea salt and black pepper, topped with fresh mango and balsamic salsa. Find it at Riptides Seafood Restaurant in Chester at 11212 Ironbridge Road. 748-8899. Photo by Tim Hill. Find more ISO Dishes at

Maitre D’ Awful Arthur’s

Get a taste of the sea any way you want it at Awful Arthur’s. From the raw bar or on a bun to over pasta or salad, you’re sure to find an entree to suit your tastes. Or design a platter of your favorites grilled, blackened, broiled or fried! 6078 Mechanicsville Tpke. 559-4370.

Ironhorse Restaurant

Southern modern American menu offers fresh regional seafood, hand cut steaks and chef-inspired nightly specials. Open for lunch, lite fare (between lunch and dinner), dinner and Sunday brunch. Enjoy the upscale-casual Bistro or inviting neighborhood pub all in one location. 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland. 752-6410.

Gus’ Italian Cafe & Sports Bar

The place where good friends, good food and fun come together. You’ll come in for the 13 TV screens showing all of your favorite games. You’ll come back for the excellent pizza, wings and the big, juicy burgers. Hanover Square Shopping Center. 1139-A Bell Creek Rd. 730-9620.

Restaurant Guide Farmer Johnson’s Country Kitchen

A family-owned restaurant that serves simple, Southern favorites. They get to know the local farmers that provide for much of the menu with sustainable, naturally-raised, pastured, and organic ingredients. Take-out and catering available. 7610 Left Flank Road. 559.0111.

Mi Jalisco

Come liven up your taste buds! Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine such as fajitas, margaritas, tacos and burritos, in a family friendly atmosphere with great service. And be sure to save room for dessert! 9523 Kings Charter Drive. Ashland. 550-4744.


Authentic Indian dishes cooked with fresh, high quality spices ground in house daily. Daily lunch buffet and dinner buffet on Wed. 9930 Midlothian Turnpike. Richmond. 323-5999.


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Cold Harbour Restaurant 8153 Mechanicsville Tpke. Mechanicsville. 746-4333. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Farmer Johnsons 7610 Left Flank Road. 559-0111. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take-Out. Casual

The Hanover Cafe 13185 Hanover Courthouse Rd. Hanover. 537-5290. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Hanover Tavern Restaurant & Pub 13181 Hanover Courthouse Road. Hanover. 537-5050. Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations suggested.

Ironhorse Restaurant 100 N Railroad Ave. Ashland. 752-6410. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

O’Banks CafÊ & Grill 10392 Leadbetter Rd. Ashland. 550-3888. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Riverbound Cafe 8005 Creighton Parkway. Mechanicsville. 559-3663. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In. Casual. Reservations not needed.


Virginia BBQ Company 600 England Street. 752-4838. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

chinese Asian Buffet

Laburnum Square Shopping Center. 4734 Finlay Street. 804-222-8545. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Ginger Red Asian Bistro 7500 Jackson Arch Dr. Mechanicsville. 427-7256. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In, Take-out & Delivery. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Peking Restaurant 7100 Mechanicsville Tnpk. 730-9898. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

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coffee, tea & bakery


mexican & southwest

100 N. Railroad Avenue. 798-1702. Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

111 N Washington Hwy. Ashland. 798-3181. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

103 N Washington Hwy. Ashland. 798-4652. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Mi Jalisco

Homemades By Suzanne

Brick Oven Pizza & Restaurant 139 Hill Carter Parkway. 798-0495. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Ashland Coffee & Tea

102 N. Railroad Avenue. 798-8331. Breakfast & Lunch. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

deli & light fare Padow’s Hams and Deli

8161 Atlee Road. Mechanicsville. 569-1610. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe 7152 Mechanicsville Tnpk. 569-9707. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In, Take out & Delivery. Casual. Reservations not needed.


Parkway Restaurant 7211 Stonewall Pkwy. Mechanicsville. 730-2900. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In. Casual. Reservations not needed.



Anthony’s Pizza Restaurant No 2

Gino’s Pizza 13234 Hanover Courthouse Rd. 537-5003. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Gus’ Italian Café Hanover Square Shopping Center. Mechanicsville. 730-9620. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Mimmo’s 8319 Bell Creek Road. Shoppes at Bell Creek. 569-3990. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.

Pizzaro Flame Baked Pizza & Grill 9966 Brook Road. Glen Allen. 627-0003. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In. & Take out. Casual.

El Azteca

9523 Kings Charter Drive. 550-4744. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In & Take out. Casual. Reservations not needed.


Awful Arthur’s 6078 Mechanicsville Tnpk. 559-4370. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In. Casual.

Islamorada Fish Company 11550 Lakeridge Parkway. 496-4800. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In. Casual.

steak & chop house Ponderosa

809 England St. Ashland. 798-8205. Lunch & Dinner. Dine-In. Casual. Reservations not needed.

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By Kellie Murphy

There’s a chill in the air, so grab your coat and head to some of the area’s warmest and most inviting restaurants for new menus, new chefs and those upcoming holiday events. The Iron Horse, the popular Ashland restaurant on South Railroad Avenue, is now featuring its fall menu. Seasonal starters include lobster and butternut squash beignets along with a waldorf Salad prepared with granny smith apples, walnuts, celery and golden raisins. New entrees include pan seared scallops served over creamy Parmesan short grain rice with sun dried tomato confit, butternut squash, and a shrimp infused demi-glace. The Iron Horse is also featuring stuffed acorn squash, a roasted half acorn squash stuffed with pumpkin short grain rice, sun dried tomato comfit, toasted pumpkin seeds, Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs and a brown butter & sage sauce. For the holidays, the restaurant will host “Lunch with Santa” on Christmas Eve, from 11:30-4:00. Get a taste of the architectural and historical richness of the region with Real Richmond’s Walking Tours. The 2 ½ hour tour is a leisurely 1.5 mile walk, giving you the opportunity to see the sites and enjoy delicious food. Scheduled tours include The Art & Soul of Richmond on Friday, December 2nd where guests will sample from eateries such as Nick’s, Kenn-Tico, Perly’s, Mama J’s, Ettamae’s Café, Lemaire, Comfort and others. Check out for more information. n Email restaurant news, new openings, menus, chefs and more to




Fish Entrees

Smothered Tilapia Grilled tilapia filet smothered with crab meat and shrimp, in a scampi sauce.

Awful Arthur’s Seafood Company 6078 Mechanicsville Tnpk. • 559-4370

Sockeye Salmon Filet Sockeye salmon filet is served over a shiitake asparagus risotto.

Tuna Mignon A melange of wild mushrooms with julienne red peppers sauteed with shallots and white wine in a sweet chili and butter sauce.

Hondos The Shoppes of Innsbrook 968-4323 •

Seared Rockfish Seared rockfish with shiitake and roasted tomato pan sauce and served with Buckhead’s potato cake and sauteed asparagus.

Baker’s Crust Short Pump Town Center 377-9060 •

Buckhead’s 8510 Patterson Avenue 750-2000 •

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Volunteer Firefighters Filling Boots with Youth and Ambition By Megan Moore


hat’s young, ambitious and, when fully outfitted and trained, equal to a $150,000 investment in the community? It’s one of the many young volunteers making a

difference at Hanover Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Take 18 year-old Evan Smith. Smith recently graduated from the high school fire academy and will be attending J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College for additional training, so he can make a career of firefighting. When asked why, he says, “I like to help people. My dad’s a police officer, so I’ve been around public safety all my life. I didn’t want to be a cop, though, so I decided to try firefighting.” But according to career Lt. Ladd Grindstaff, an Army vet and 25year veteran firefighter, volunteers don’t always come to the station knowing they want to be firefighters: “One young man was actually sent by his mother to get a smoke detector. When he found out he could volunteer, he applied right there!” Regardless of why they enter the fold, however, Lt. Grindstaff feels that each of them is essential to the department. “Young volunteers are the new lifeblood, and . . . there’s always space for new blood. I once had a lieutenant say to me, ‘If you come in here and do a good job, that’s great. But we were here 150 years before you, and we’ll be here long after you.’ And I see these young volunteers, 17 to 22 years old, working hard to fill those boots. It makes me proud.” n Hanover Fire-EMS has volunteer opportunities and welcomes your visit to learn more. For information call (804) 365-6195.



Comfort Food at Its Best at Hogshead Cafe By Tammie Wersinger. Photo by Tim Hill. If you can’t get the thought of sweet, succulent smoked pork off your mind, let HogsHead Café satisfy your cravings. The restaurant, at 9503 W. Broad Street, has all the old favorites, such as pork sandwiches, pulled pork and Memphis dry rub baby back ribs. There also are a few new tasty dishes that you will come to love, like The Hog Dog – a bacon-wrapped, jumbo beef hot dog, deep fried and topped with hand-pulled pork, homemade barbecue sauce and coleslaw. Open since June, HogsHead has quickly become popular for its wood-smoked barbecue and other dishes – from the Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy to a Build Your Own Burger. There are also plenty of soups, salads, side dishes, appetizers and desserts, which are available on the to-go and catering menu, as well. In addition, the variety spills over onto the drink menu, which features draft beers, including Legend, the signature Hogade and the 60-ounce Hogarita. “We want you to feel like you’re eating at home. Sit down, get comfortable and enjoy a nice drink and a good meal on real plates, not paper,’ said Kim Logue, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Steve. Kim, whose infectious laugh and down-to-earth personality make you want to sit on a porch and visit for a while, said she views HogsHead as an extension of her home. “I cook here like I would if you were visiting my home…by look, smell and taste,’’ she said. “It’s all the food I loved growing up.” She and her husband started their barbecue careers by smoking meats in their backyard in Powhatan and received great reviews for all their dishes at their family reunions. They decided they wanted people to enjoy their made-from-scratch Southern fare on a larger scale. “We just don’t want to get too big where we forget our original goal…great service, locally-supplied ingredients and great-tasting food,” Kim said. “We made sure that HogsHead Café isn’t your typical barbecue joint, and hopefully that will keep our guests coming back for more.” n

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Calendar of Events November-January

By Alaina Rauth

My Fair Lady November 25 – January 8 Celebrate the Empire’s 100th anniversary with the fun, tuneful and elegant My Fair Lady, which happens to take place in the same year the Empire Theatre opened...1911. The story follows Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl, as she is transformed by professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, into a proper lady. Higgins and his friend Colonel Pickering make great progress with the girl, but how will things turn out when they begin treating Eliza more like an experiment than a human being? Tickets available online at

A Year with Frog and Toad. November 4-23. Willow Lawn Theatre. Based on the books by Arnold Lobel, A Year With Frog and Toad follows two good friends, the cheerful and popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad, through four fun-filled seasons.

2011 Craft + Design Show. November 19-20. Science Museum of Virginia. Civil War Show. November 19-20. Richmond Raceway Complex. Ashland Old Time Holiday Parade. November 20. Town of Ashland. 2:30pm. Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas. November 25-January 8. Hanover Tavern. Inspired by the warm-hearted comedy of Appalachian folk tales, and filled with traditional carols played and sung live by the talented cast, this holiday heart-warmer brings to life the Christmas culture of southwest Virginia.

Virginia Opera: Hansel and Gretel. November 25-27. Richmond CenterStage. Bolder & Fresher Tour 2011. November 25. Richmond CenterStage. Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller team up to take on Richmond.

GardenFest of Lights 2011. November 25-January 9. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

South Pacific December 16-17

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2011. November 30. Richmond Coliseum.

Broadway in Richmond brings Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific to

Jingle Bell Wine Trail. December 3-4.

the Landmark Theater this December.

Heart of Virginia’s four wineries–Cooper, Grayhaven, James River Cellars and Lake Anna–join to bring you munchies, crafts and more at each winery.

Based on the 2008 Tony Award® winning Lincoln Center Theater production, the

Richmond Symphony: Genworth Financial Symphony Pops Let It Snow! December 3-4. Richmond CenterStage.

musical is set on a tropical island during World War II. The sweeping romances feature two couples who have their happiness threatened by the realities of war and their own prejudices. Go to www.broad-

First Fridays to purchase tickets

December 2 & January 6

to the show that will have you singing the catchy tunes for weeks!

First Fridays series features an eclectic mix of multicultural performing arts to add another degree of culture to your visit to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Take advantage of extended evening hours to stroll the galleries, shop and dine at the restaurant. On December 2nd, Corey Harris, an internationally renowned blues, Delta blues and reggae guitarist will perform in the Atrium. Return on January 6th for a night of poetry. Acclaimed Virginia poets Anne Clare Hodge, John Hoppenthaler, Deborah Ager and Bernadette Geyer will each present a 25-minute reading from their original works. For more ways to add some culture into your evening out, go to www. n



Amy Grant and Vince Gill: The 12 Days of Christmas. December 9. Richmond CenterStage. Sale of the Century. December 9-11. Richmond Raceway Complex. The show is the ultimate unique event invented and practiced by S&S productions for years. Millions of dollars of inventory is priced to sell.

Intergalactic Bead Show. December 10-11. Richmond Raceway Complex. Greenberg Train and Toy Show. December 17-18. Richmond Raceway Complex. Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show is the largest and longest-running train and toy show in the northeast! The show is a great day of fun for the whole family. Children under 12 are admitted FREE!

West End Comedy Downtown. January 13. Richmond CenterStage. In the style of What’s My Line or Who’s Line is it Anyway?, talented performers will stretch the realm of improv comedy for adult audiences.

A New Craft Brewery In Richmond, for Richmond By Annie Tobey. Photos by Patrick Hannan.


he Hardywood Park Craft Brewery founders expressly chose Richmond for their new venture. They saw that our city has only one brewery (the well-known Legend Brew-

ing Company), and had room for more. And they also saw Richmonders’ appreciation for local history, arts, adventure, and, more importantly, for fine beer. The new brewery, located in Richmond’s Northside, welcomes the community with tours and tastings. Visitors can taste the brews, including rotating samples from the pilot system, and fill reusable growlers. To ensure that their impact on the community will be entirely positive, Hardywood facilities will be sustainable being wind powered. Even their spent grain will be used locally for composting and as supplemental livestock feed. Determined to contribute to the “support local” movement, initial distribution will focus on independent restaurants and retailers. “After all,” McKay explains, “it’s the small independents that have helped spread the excitement for craft beer, so we want to be sure to give back to them.” Hardywood’s most unique idea for engaging the community is the “RVA IPA.” The India Pale Ale style depends upon hop plants— the fresher the better. To make this RVA community beer, Hardy-

wood will give away rhizomes of hops to home hop growers and then use the harvest for the finished brew. Hardywood’s goal is to create quality beers that are unique, representing less common styles, and to avoid competing with popular craft beers. Hardywood Singel, their flagship beer, is a Belgian abbey-style blonde ale, dry with a whiff of tropical fruit. It has a complexity that can appeal to beer geeks, yet it’s also very drinkable—mild, without overpowering flavors. Their seasonal pumpkin beer uses farmhouse ale as the base. The pumpkins are grown locally and the spices are unique: allspice joins traditional spices, while fresh Ceylon cinnamon sticks and chopped ginger replace ground spices. The result is earthy and aromatic. So far, it seems that Hardywood’s local focus is working. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the reception,” says McKay. As more local beer drinkers try their beers, that reception will certainly improve. n Hardywood Park Craft Brewery 2408 Ownby Lane • 804-420-2420 •

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A Winter Wonderland Awaits By Steve Cook. Photos by Thomas J. Dolaski, IV U.P. Overland (


ver the years, I have been ridiculed and harangued. Many of my friends have wrung their hands, shrugged, and eventually given up in trying to help me accept my condition.

What is my disorder? It’s a deep love for snow. While there is so much to love

about Central Virginia, one thing I don’t like are the winters, or lack thereof. Thankfully, I’m not the only person who suffers from this “disorder.” True, there are many, including certain local meteorologists, who celebrate our having “dodged a bullet” when a forecast snow storm turns to rain as it reaches Richmond. But I’ve come to discover that there are legions of us snow lovers right here in the Metro area. And for such ones, I have some very good news. I’ve discovered a true winter wonderland. It’s an area rich in natural beauty, year round. But as winter approaches, this enchanting place becomes truly alive, transforming itself into a land of snowy pleasures, which includes a host of “silent sports venues.” Where is this delightful land? It’s Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. If thoughts of Michigan are, to you, more of assembly lines than shorelines, then you really need to visit. Now, I’ll admit, traveling to the UP (as it’s called by the locals, who dub themselves Yoopers) is more than a day trip or even a weekend getaway. But airfare from Richmond to Marquette, Michigan, located right in the heart of the Upper Peninsula, is reasonably priced. About twenty minutes from the airport lies this clean, quaint, little college town, nestled alongside Lake Superior, perhaps the greatest of the Great Lakes. Begin your winter wonderland adventure with a tour of Marquette. You’ll discover it to be virtually brimming with history, charm, and plenty of great shopping and dining . While I was anxious to discover all that the UP had to offer, I was most excited to try my hand at snowmobiling, and, let me tell you, it was even more thrilling than I had anticipated. The state of Michigan is the snowmobile capital of the United States, with over 3,000 miles of trails. And, no spot in the state offers any greater opportunity to enjoy this exhilarating, and yet, at the same time, relaxing, activity than does the UP. For the winter sports enthusiast, snowmobiling is only the tip of the iceberg. During my four-day visit, I had the opportunity to sample ice fishing, tubing, and show shoeing. But wait! There’s more, including skiing (both downhill and cross-country), and ice climbing. There’s even a luge open to the public. To continue reading about my winter adventures in Michigan’s UP, go to For links to snowmobiling sites, and for virtually all things Michigan, visit the state’s official website, n


Braces Ahead for Your Child? Find out now! You trust your dentist to check if your child’s teeth are strong and healthy. We look for cavities, make sure they are brushing, flossing and getting enough fluoride. But we can also be the first to spot future orthodontic needs in your little ones. If we see your children now, it can save you time and money later! Regular exams allow us to look for problems in their early developmental stages and recommend braces. The earlier we notice the need for orthodontics, the better the process will go for everyone involved. Catching these problems early can not only save time and money, but also make the procedures easier on the kids. For instance, preteens are less self-conscious about wearing braces than teenagers. So why not get it over with at the earliest age possible? Orthodontics at an earlier age allows braces to manage tooth growth better. Less aggressive treatment and less time means less money out of your pocket. That should bring a big smile to your face. Finding out your child’s orthodontic needs early in the game ensures less hassle all around. It’s just one more great reason to bring your kids in for regular check-ups. n

Baxter Perkinson, Jr., D.D.S. and Associates, LTD have ten convenient locations in the Richmond and surrounding areas that can assist you in creating your youthful smile. For a location near you, visit November/December 2011



November/December 2011

HEALTH Together, Families Can Help

Stop OVERWEIGHT TRENDs By by Dr. Madge Zacharias, Member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians; MD of ZGKey Medical; founder Zacharias Ganey Health Institute


aking a conscious effort to develop a healthy lifestyle

we are bombarded with calorie-laden, nutrient poor food choices in

has never been more important than it is today. Sta-

large portions.

tistics on being overweight, obese and diabetic tell us

What can you do right away? Take inventory of your own

that the average American born today starts on a road to obesity

health. Know your BMI, your waist measurement and your life-

and diabetes at a very young age. The causes are multifactorial; an

style risk factors. See your doctor for a physical. Recognize changes

increase in processed foods, sugar drinks, supersized portions, de-

that have occurred over the past ten years. Are you on an unhealthy

crease in activity, TV, computers, food commercials, fast food and

road? Develop a plan to make healthy activity a part of your daily

hectic schedules. These are all factors that can help put us on that

life. Lifestyle change involves education, support, activity and tak-

unhealthy road if we do not stop, think and take control.

ing control of your eating.

What are the stats? Childhood obesity has tripled in the past 30

As adults it is our responsibility to mentor our children on the

years with 18% of children age 12-19 obese. Adolescents who are

importance of getting out and walking, or just moving, at the end of

obese have an 80% chance of being obese into adulthood. The rate

a day where daily activity was limited. We need to mentor and edu-

of obesity in adults (defined as a BMI over 30) has increased from

cate on the need to move every day regardless of athletic ability or

13% in 1962 to 32% in 2004 and is predicted to be 41% in 2015. (1).

participation. Most of our children will not grow up to be athletes;

Currently 66% of adults are overweight or obese, and that statistic

they need to understand activity is still a critical part of their life and

is predicted to reach 75% by 2015. Virginia ranks 30th among obe-

their health, though the long term consequences of inactivity may

sity rates in this country with 61.2% overweight or obese. (2)

not be seen immediately.

Along with overweight and obesity come increased risks of

Take control of our food choices with planning and meal prepa-

health issues, decreased quality of life and earlier death. Hyperten-

ration. Make the home a safe haven. Keep the home stocked with

sion, cholesterol abnormalities, joint disease, sleep apnea, GI reflux,

fresh vegetables and fruits and lean protein choices. Don’t wait for

heart disease, stroke and diabetes are just some of the health risks

your child to show excess weight; prevention is key. Teach children

that increase with increasing BMI. According to the Center of Dis-

to respect mealtime. The “snack and grab” lifestyle encourages over-

ease Control one in three children born today will develop type II

eating. Staying “healthy” in the home encourages everyone, includ-

diabetes in their lifetime. (3)

ing our children, to adopt healthier choices wherever they are. n

Most adults, by necessity, are involved in sedentary activity for their work or education. Aerobic movement (defined as consistent activity for at least 10 minutes) is no longer automatically a part of many Americans’ lives. Activity must become a conscious choice. Our food temptations and easy choices compound the problem.

Zacharias Ganey Health Institute, solely devoted to weight loss & health through education, fitness and nutritional counseling, is conveniently located in the Northside/Ginter Park Area at 1311 Palmyra Ave. Richmond, VA 23227. For directions visit References: 1. Epidemiol Rev 2007;29:6–28 Epidemiologic Reviews Copyright a 2007 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health All rights reserved; printed in U.S.A., The Obesity Epidemic in the United States—Gender,

Everywhere we look, from the TV screen, store shelves and dis-

Age, Socioeconomic, Racial/Ethnic, and Geographic Characteristics: A Systematic Review and Meta-Regression Analysis.

plays, gas stations, workplace lunch rooms, to the school cafeteria,


2. Robert Woods Foundation Issue Report 20011: F as in Fat; How Obesity Threatens Americas Future 2011. 3. CDC on



November/December 2011



When It's More Than Just Age By Ed Owen


he Latin word

“dementia” liter-

brain from such things as stroke, high

betes, toxins, loss of senses or mobility

ally means “out of one’s mind.”

blood pressure and cardiac problems. Some

which may interfere with the individual’s

Unfortunately, this type of nega-

of its symptoms include poor concentra-

ability to interact.

tive descriptor has often established a mind

tion and communication as well as paralysis

set that cause many to see one’s identity as

or weakness of the extremities.

“dementia” rather than a “person with dementia.”

Pick’s disease is caused by an abnor-

Neurological Impairment refers to the type or types of dementia one has as well as the progression of the disease process

mal form of a protein, called pick’s bodies,

Social psychology includes how one

Although the incidence of dementia in-

similar to the one that causes Alzheimer’s

perceives him/herself, as well as how the

creases as we age, it is not a normal part

disease. It causes behavioral and emotional

people surrounding him/her respond to the

of the aging process. It is not a disease,

changes, language changes, and movement

cognitive losses. This can have a significant

itself, but rather a term used to describe a

difficulties. It is more common in women

influence on the person with dementia and

group of disorders of the brain, which af-

and usually begins between the ages of 40

actually worsen the condition.

fects a person’s memory, ability to organize

and 60.

Because of these factors, as well as the

thought, orientation to time and place, as

A person’s experience of dementia can-

varying influence of each element of the

well as his or her judgment, communica-

not be limited to simply the neurological

formula, no two people’s experience of de-

tion and behavior.

deterioration of the brain.

mentia is the same.

The late Dr.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most com-

Thomas Kitwood, a pioneer in the field of

In the event that you or a family mem-

mon form of dementia and represents ap-

dementia care, suggested a holistic model

ber is experiencing signs or symptoms of

proximately 50% to 70% of all dementia

of understanding a person with dementia,

cognitive impairment contact your primary

cases. Its primary impairments are that of

meaning that each individual’s dementia

health care professional. Decline in cogni-

memory, language and functional disabil-

is the sum of his personality, biography,

tive functioning can be caused by physical


health, neurological impairment, and social

and psychological conditions other than


dementia. n

Dementia with Lewy bodies is the second most common dementia representing approximately 20% of all cases. Its pri-

Personality refers to one’s life skills, how he deals with life and major events.

Ed Owen is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and the Administrator of the Masonic Home of Virginia. He has over 40

mary impairments affect memory, thinking

Biography refers to the person’s life

years of both clinical and adminis-

processes and physical activity similar to

story of events, family, culture and other

trative experience in healthcare. He

the effects of Parkinson’s disease.


Vascular dementia causes are due to

Health includes other health conditions

problems of circulation of blood to the

such as the presence of cardiac disease, dia-

holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Dementia Studies from the University of Bradford in Bradford, England.


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Everything Have you ever looked for something you know is in your home and been unable to find it? Have you lost the infamous critical document or something infrequently used? We’ve all had these experiences, and they can be very frustrating. “A place for everything and everything in its place” is the conventional wisdom and old wives’ tale of organization. As a general observation, middle class Americans don’t suffer from a lack of “stuff.” What we may be more challenged with is the ability to manage and access all of our possessions. Organizing your home is not only a matter of making order of physical objects. It actually starts with a state of mind. In other words, getting organized about getting organized is part of the process.


As a first step to organization, consider a decluttering exercise to

your bedroom is rest; therefore, it should

reduce the items that need to be stored. Most of us have a multitude

contain only items that promote relaxation

of objects that we haven’t used in some time, perhaps things that are

and sleep. Multiple books, anything resem-

broken or simply don’t serve a purpose any longer. Anything that

bling a project, or work should not be pres-

hasn’t been used or worn in the last year should be given scrutiny.

ent. Your closet should ideally only contain

Ask yourself, “Does this ___ really warrant a place in my home?”

this season’s clothing; the kitchen should

Discarding articles that don’t pass the test is a productive first step

house only objects which will be used for cooking, eating, or related

and greatly simplifies storage needs. A qualified designer or orga-

functions; the entry/ foyer should be inviting and uncluttered, etc.

nizer can often be an enormous help if this task seems daunting.


By Vicki O’Neal, ASID, CID, VSLD

The next step is to categorize like items, evaluate their differ-

As you think of organization, always work one room at a time

ent types of requirements, do some research, and then decide a best

and start with the largest and most obvious things first. Your suc-

method. There are products available to optimize storage for almost

cess will be instantly tangible and visible. Let the function of each

every conceivable object from A to Z. Go to www.richmondnaviga-

space dictate what it contains. For instance, the primary function of for a room by room look-see. n November/December 2011

What’s Cook In?

LOL One our our readers’ favorites columns returns with the ramblings of Steve Cook!


know this will make some of you, even my closest friends, angry, but I have to say it. I hate LOL. What does it mean? I know it stands for “Laugh Out Loud,” or “Laughing Out Loud.” But really, is that how it’s used? Now, if LOL were saved for only those special

moments when someone, say myself, for example, made a really funny comment, then I could understand it. But most of the time, if I’m texting someone, I’m not being overly funny. For instance, the other day, I asked someone (via Facebook) if they were having a good day. They texted back, “Not really. LOL.” Really? “Not really,” makes you laugh out loud? And, if you are laughing out loud is it because I asked you about your day, or because you answered. Was that so hilarious that you had to LOL? The scary thing is that the computer, rather than making us more literate (because we all communicate in writing more than ever before) is doing just the opposite. Plus, it’s also taking away our ability to understand even the most basic elements of conversation. Think about it. If you were sitting in a room, speaking with someone, and they asked you about your day, would you start laughing out loud? My feeling is you’d probably just answer the question. So, why do differently when texting? Actually, it gets even worse. To many texters, LOL isn’t enough. For some of my friends (soon to be former friends) when I ask about their day, they don’t just LOL, they ROFL. I have to wonder when I see that response. Are they really, actually, rolling on the floor laughing? I’ve had some good belly laughs in my day. I’m old enough to remember Henny Youngman and Bob Hope, but never in all my life, have I rolled on the floor laughing. True, in a long distance, written conversation, it’s a bit more difficult to express your emotions, but words still work well. If you think someone said something funny, you might try writing back, “That’s pretty funny.” Do you see how well real words

Are you nervous about losing your home heat during the next power outage? If so, consider installing a gas fireplace insert into your existing masonry fireplace. A gas fireplace insert is the perfect combination of style and heat. Designed to fit into an existing wood-burning fireplace, gas inserts are essentially a metal firebox with decorative logs that simulate a real wood fire. Inserts vent through the chimney carrying exhaust out and bringing fresh air in. Most gas inserts come equipped with blowers, remotes and even decorative lighting. One of the best features of a gas insert is the radiant heat transferred from its glass front. This feature enables the gas insert to heat even without its blower. When a power outage strikes, warm heat will radiate from the insert keeping you and your family toasty warm – no generator required! Even for homeowners with no existing gas service, gas inserts can be an option when fueled by a liquid propane tank. Homeowners can choose traditional log sets or contemporary glass burners along with many decorative options. The Hearth and Home Shoppe has a wide variety of gas inserts, as well as gas logs to provide you with backup heat and radiant warmth.

work? If some future civilization were to visit a museum showcasing earthlings of the 2nd millennium, they would be puzzled. “These people must have laughed a lot,” they will probably text to a friend on another planet. “Yes, it was their sense of humor that led to their demise,” their friend might speculate. To which, our much more intelligent descendant would text back, using his abilities to type with his powerful mind, nestled in his large head, “ROFLMBO.” n



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