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Editor's Letter Starting the New Year Right! Dear readers,
PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER William J. Davis, Jr. VICE-PRESIDENT/PUBLISHER Cheryl T. Davis Assistant Publisher John Corbett
A new year is all about trying new things or doing things differently, and mine has kicked off with a new job as the editor of this magazine. For me, winter is a time of renewal…for sitting in front of a cozy fire with a cup of cocoa and planning my spring garden or just taking an hour to read my favorite book. Every year, we make resolutions to get our bodies and our homes in tip-top shape, to stress less and enjoy life more and to make a difference in our communities. This issue is all about looking and feeling good without feeling like you’re being deprived of life’s pleasures in the process. We’ve included new and entertaining ways to exercise, as well as tips for some well-deserved pampering both at home and at Richmond’s best spas. Our design expert, Vicki O’Neal, put together an annual calendar that you’ll want to save, with tips for the best times of the year to work on your projects at home. We’ve also featured some of Virginia’s most luxurious resorts so you can take advantage of the long holiday weekends during the winter months. And, of course, we can’t really talk about feeling good without talking about food. Gone are the days when healthy eating meant a steady diet of cottage cheese and celery sticks. We know you have busy schedules, so we’ve given you a great roundup of
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Maggie Lena Walker A Richmond Role Model B y J a c k Tr a m m e l
erhaps one of the most influential, and underrated, of Richmond’s African American residents is Maggie Lena Walker, who was born in 1864 during Richmond’s final years as the Confederate capital. Founded by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Black History Month celebrates not only African American culture, but also the leaders and ground-breaking achievements of African Americans throughout the country. Richmond is home to several of these amazing Americans including Douglas Wilder, the first African American governor in the United States and Arthur Ashe, the first African American tennis player to win the singles title at Wimbledon. While not as well known, Maggie Walker, with her leadership skills and financial acumen, broke not only racial barriers, but also inspired generations of women in the business world. Walker grew up in post-war Richmond, and was exposed to a host of complicated social problems, ranging from widespread poverty to a smoldering race conflict that the end of the war and legal emancipation had failed to eradicate. As a teenager with a strong sense of social justice, she joined the local branch of the Independent Order of St. Luke (IOSL), a non-profit organization that fostered self-reliance and helped those who were having difficulty with financial or health issues. Walker’s leadership skills were immediately recognized, and she quickly earned increasing responsibilities, culminating with her rise to national leadership as Right Worthy Grand Secretary of the IOSL in 1899 – a post she held until her death. In 1903, she established the St. Luke Penny Savings Bank, becoming the first woman to charter a bank in the U.S. and the first African American female to become a bank president. She was well aware that one inherent advantage more affluent communities enjoyed was a safe and stable infrastructure for borrowing money, starting businesses, and saving for the future. “The St. Luke Penny Savings Bank issued 625 mortgages to black families in its first years of operation, remarkable for a time when it was extremely difficult for African Americans to receive mortgages from other banks,” according to the NPS.
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Maggie Walker's lifetime of work to empower women and African Americans was transformational for her community and our nation, and inspirational not only in her time but in ours" — Beth Stern Her original bank became the Consolidated Bank and Trust, and along with its successors, operated through 2009, bringing financial opportunity and education to the community and earning Jackson Ward the nickname, “Harlem of the South”. Walker’s home in Jackson Ward is a national tourist attraction, operated by the National Park Service. Furnished with many original family items, related artifacts and furniture, the home and guided tour include an exhibition hall and a brief biographical film. Visitors can also take a self-guided walking tour through the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. “Maggie Walker's lifetime of work to empower women and African Americans was transformational for her community and our nation, and inspirational not only in her time but in ours,” says Beth Stern of the NPS. “It is a pleasure for us to be able to share her remarkable story with our visitors.” For more information, visit www.nps.gov/mawa. n
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Senior Living Walk Your Way to a Healthy Weight By Christine Stoddard
A view of the Canal Walk at 14th and Dock streets in Shockoe Bottom.
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ho doesn’t want great gams? Firm up your calves, thighs and glutes while relishing a great view, learning some Richmond history or window-shopping while you walk. According to the Mayo Clinic, a daily brisk walk can help you trim your waistline, maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, strengthen bone, as well as improve balance and coordination. To turn your daily stroll into a fitness routine, you need the appropriate gear: choose comfortable shoes with good arch support and thick, flexible soles, and if you walk at night, wear reflective tape and bright colors. You’ll also need to walk properly and briskly to maximize the health benefits of your exercise. Good posture is important: walk with your head up and your back straight, but relax your neck and shoulders, and swing your arms freely with a slight bend in your elbows. Walk slowly for the first 10 minutes to warm up and the last 10 minutes to cool down. Here are a few ideas for manageable and interesting fitness walks: Bellevue: This quiet Northside neighborhood may be small, but its adorable 1930s architecture, sidewalks, tree-lined streets and abundant street lamps make it highly walkable by day or night. Brook Road bounds Bellevue to the east, with Hermitage Road to the west, Westbrook Avenue to the north, and West Laburnum Avenue to the south. Walk the length of the neighborhood for a mile’s worth of steps or start off slower by walking its width—about half a mile. With all the little streets and alleyways, more intrepid walkers have infinite choices for tallying their miles. 14 January/February 2014
Canal Walk: At 14th and Dock streets in Shockoe Bottom, you’ll find the entrance to the 1.25 miles of the paved walkway known as Canal Walk, which meanders along the banks of the James River and Kanawha Canal. Explore four centuries of Richmond history with special medallions and exhibits along the way. If you walk the whole stretch, you’ll find yourself by the Haxall Canal at Brown’s Island, which is a great place to take a breather. If you’re in an adventurous mood or craving more history lessons, walk up to the State Capitol Grounds afterwards. From Haxall to Capitol Square on S. 9th Street is .7 miles, about a 15- to 20-minute walk for the fit senior. Hollywood Cemetery: If a hike along the James River Park System seems just a bit too treacherous, walking Hollywood’s smooth, paved pathways still ensures a gorgeous river view and history to boot. Civil War buffs will enjoy the Confederate memorial: you can also visit the grave site of Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy, or of the 28 Civil War generals buried here. Visit the grave sites of former presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as those of Richmond notables including Lewis Ginter. The cemetery features rolling hills, well-manicured lawns and – for you jogging junkies – occupies 135 acres. Shopping Malls: While they may not be the most exciting locations, shopping malls offer you a car-free zone with accessible water fountains, restrooms and an indoor level walkway during inclement weather. Visit at off-peak shopping times to avoid pushing through large crowds. And, you can up the challenge factor by wearing ankle weights. n
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Ready, Set, Create! When is it time for art and music lessons? By Jody Rathgeb
re you living with a pint-size Picasso or a diminutive diva? Yes, parents, you know who you are. While your neighbors’ kids are getting a kick out of soccer or begging for ballet shoes, your little ones have covered the fridge with drawings and created a full drum kit from your Tupperware. You know there’s an interest in art or music. But when is the right time to move beyond the “just for fun” sessions and into serious lessons? Area leaders of arts programs offer the following advice for gauging children’s readiness for art and music lessons. Look for focus. Your child will show you when the art project or the music has become more important than anything else. Jessica Boyland, who runs the children’s art programs at Art Works in Manchester, says the students who are really engaged are easy to spot. “Some are there for the social aspects, but then others are more concentrated on the project,” she says. “As a parent, you know when your child can sit down and concentrate,” adds Sue Brown, director of the Center for Creative Arts in Glen Allen. “The primary thing is intrinsic motivation. The child has expressed interest and a desire to improve.” It’s never too early; it’s never too late. Lynnelle Ediger, artistic director of the Academy of Music and the American Youth Harp Ensemble, based in Richmond’s West End, points out that children as young as 2 can develop concrete skills in music through choirs and scaled-down instruments. Boyland, too, has seen very young artists absorb concepts and art history as they create. On the other hand, Brown cautions that some early starts might be a sign of parental pressure. “Our society is so competitive, and everything starts so early,” she says, emphasizing that lessons must come from the child’s interest, not the parent’s. “Remember that you’re never too old to start.” Choose an instructor carefully. It might take a while to find a good student-teacher match, but it’s important. “Teaching younger students is a specific gift,” states Ediger. Brown recommends looking for someone who is professionally trained, patient and nurturing, and who uses positive motivational techniques. Talk with the instructor and sit in on some trial lessons. Supplement a teacher with a champion. Boyland suggests looking for a mentor among your family and friends. Having an artistic aunt, older cousin or adult friend who will take a child to art galleries or concerts can be as important as an instructor in forming a lifelong bond with the arts. Finally, remember that sometimes things change. A child who still shows interest but starts to balk at going to lessons may need a new instructor. One who starts out playing piano might want to shift to violin. Maintain flexibility and don’t push. “If it’s a stressful interaction, then it’s not the right time,” says Brown. “Art and music lessons should not be one more article of contention within the family.” n
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If it’s a stressful interaction, then it’s not the right time, Art and music lessons should not be one more article of contention within the family.”
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The Retirement Crisis in America
County’s Partnerships Strengthen Our Communities
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By Don J. Kappel
e are on the verge of a retirement crisis never seen in the history of the world. It has been reported that the average 401(k) Plan balance for 65 year-olds is $25,000. Other supposedly tuned-in experts suggest the number is closer to $100,000, but considering that today’s retiree might live 20 to 30 years in retirement and needs to live off the earnings generated by that, either number is a joke. Americans today are aware that corporate pensions have been virtually eliminated and many of those that have been paying their retirees are woefully underfunded. Some may ultimately close in the future, leaving pensioners out in the cold and many with nothing more than Social Security – you know, that federally-mandated program that may be broke itself in the not too distant future. The signs of the coming crisis are all around us. Look who’s bagging your groceries. Do you have a teenager who’s been looking for summer work? Many of those jobs have been taken over by retirees who had to go back to work to supplement their income or qualify for health insurance. It probably isn’t the picture they had in their mind for their retirement. Many current workers at some point realize they can never retire. The problem is, of course, they will ultimately become too frail to work. There are some who have a number of years left before retirement and are trying to save towards that goal. But, to add to the problem, many feel confused about how and where to invest, because the stock market has let them down in the past, so where do you turn? With 10,000 baby boomers retiring daily, this whole thing is happening now and escalating for decades to come, you would think those in Washington would be working diligently on our behalves to find solutions. Instead, conservatives are trying to pull back entitlements and liberals refuse to acknowledge a problem exists. For those of you who still have some time left to prepare, get your head out of the sand and get to work. To get started go to my company website: www.pinnaclegroup.net and click on my webcast about time and investing. If we can help, call. We have done this for many years and have done it well, but do get professional help. n The Pinnacle Group An Independent Wealth Management Firm Your Wealth. Your Life. Our Focus. 3748 Winterfield Road | Midlothian, VA 23113 (804) 378-1624 | www.pinnaclegroup.net G. Carl Mahler, Jr. is a Certified Financial Planner®. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Any opinions are those of G. Carl Mahler, Jr. and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James. Any information is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision and does not constitute a recommendation. 18 January/February 2014
his column begins my 11th year as a contributor to Chesterfield Living magazine on behalf of Chesterfield County. Through the generosity of publisher Billy Davis, Chesterfield County shares information in each edition. Such teamwork is vital to the success of local government. As former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said, “At the end of the day, government is about teamwork and partnership.” That started me thinking about the hundreds of partnerships the county has. Some are well known, but many are not. Here are a few examples: Economic Development and Tourism Chesterfield County was a partner in the financing of the Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority, which works to bring tourists and significant revenue to the region. The Greater Richmond Partnership Inc. also works to bring jobs to the region. In addition, Chesterfield County works with Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, Petersburg and Prince George as a member of Petersburg Area Regional Tourism. Education The county participates in the Maggie Walker Governor’s School, the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School and John Tyler Community College. It also provided financial assistance to establish the School of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. Public Safety Our partnerships include public safety mutual-aid agreements, the Virginia State Police Med-Flight air ambulance service, the Central Virginia Incident Management Team for large-scale incidents, the Chesterfield-Henrico Dive Team for water rescue and recovery and numerous law-enforcement task forces and teams. Health and Mental Health We have many regional partnerships, including a Child Abuse Prevention Team, the Positive Parenting Coalition, the Coalition for Active Children, the Central Virginia Asthma Coalition and others. Senior and Youth-Related Partnerships The county works with Senior Navigator and numerous Virginia localities to assist in finding local resources and information for seniors, caregivers, adults with disabilities and their families. Senior Connections, the Area Agency on Aging, works to improve the overall quality of life for seniors and their caregivers. Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties participate with the City of Richmond. Another partnership, Substance Abuse Free Environment (SAFE) works to keep youths drug and alcohol-free. Transportation The Capital Region Airport Commission – comprised of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico counties and the City of Richmond – establishes policy for Richmond International Airport. Chesterfield and Henrico counties also partner with Richmond on other transportation programs, such as Ridefinders. See the complete list at www.chesterfield.gov/regionalpartnerships. n
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Ultimate Cycle Ultimate Cycle: Moving to Better Serve Customers By Amy R. Connolly
n December 24 th , Ultimate Cycle at 8321 Midlothian Turnpike closed its doors. And on Jan. 7, the new Ultimate Cycle Discount Motorsports, at 1820 Anderson Highway (Midlothian Tpk) in Powhatan, opened its new doors. Ultimate Cycle owner Pete Daniel and the Ultimate Team staff look forward to supporting and being involved with the Powhatan community. Daniel lives in Powhatan and has already added two more Powhatan residents to the Ultimate Cycle Team and is looking forward to adding even more local staff. One glance into Ultimate Cycle Discount Motorsports SuperStore and there’s no doubt about the name. From floor to ceiling, there’s everything any motorsports enthusiast could possibly want. In addition to continuing to offer the best deals on new and preowned Kawasaki, Suzuki, Kymco, Hyosung motorcycles, ATVs, sideby-sides and Jet Skis, the new location will be closer to the 288/ I64/ I95corridor making it easily accessible for customers from Chesterfield, Goochland, Richmond and other surrounding areas. It is located just
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four minutes west from the intersection of Route 288 and Midlothian Turnpike (Westchester Commons). The new location will, of course, continue to stock an unparalleled amount of motorsports equipment and gear for all sorts of riders, from the weekend enthusiast to the trained professional. Ultimate Cycle is proud to be ranked in the “top 20” Kawasaki & Suzuki dealers in the United States and offers an extensive dealership selection. In addition to the extensive selection, Ultimate Cycle has accessory and parts specialists to assist you with factory and after-market gear. The service department is staffed with factory trained technicians and is known throughout the area for performance and custom work on motorcycles, ATVs and side-by-sides. The service department is also the only Dynojet-authorized tuning center in the area for ATVs, side by sides and motorcycles. Daniel said the new location will continue its top-notch customer service, which includes Fly & Ride shuttle service from the airport, bus and train stations for out-of-town purchasers. n
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to De-stress From facials and massages, to dogs and books. By Tammie Wersinger
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Ways to De-stress
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hile many people associate the holidays with family, gift giving and great food, others find the dizzying demands of plan-
ning, organizing and paying for the festivities to be overwhelming. All that shopping, cooking, cleaning and entertaining that had your stress hormones pumping and blood pressure rising are behind you, and the New Year is the perfect time to face that stress head-on. Knowing what causes those feelings of anxiousness can be the catalyst to moving your life back into balance.
Just as stress triggers a response of heavy breathing, constricting blood vessels and higher heart rates, de-stressing leads to a relaxation response, where breathing slows, blood pressure decreases and less oxygen is needed, says Margaret Rittenhouse, clinical director of HelpLink Employee Assistance Program at VCU Medical Center. “Bringing our stress levels down is for our overall wellness, so we’ll be able to enjoy our lives more,’’ Rittenhouse explains. “When we’re under chronic or high level stress it affects every part of our body. We’re in the fight or flight mode, so we can’t let go and relax.” While we know it’s impossible in this modern age to live a completely stress-free life, we’ve come up with a list of delightful ways to get you started on the road to a less-stressful year.
Make time for a Massage The American Massage Therapy Association touts numerous studies that show how the power of touch can change a person’s emotional state and stress level. "Massage helps to boost your immunity and gives you a feeling of comfort and relaxation,” says Sara McBride, owner of Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Short Pump. “When your body feels relaxed your mind will follow suit.”
Visit a Spa It’s the combined sensory elements of a spa that come together to clear our minds of distractions and stressors. “It’s the environment – the smells, the aromas and the soothing music, but especially the sense of touch – that triggers the body to release tension,’’ said Franki Lambiotte, co-owner of Deux Amis Med Spa in Chester. “Our motto is relax, restore and revive, and that’s what we do by giving our clients a great skin care plan, along with a calming space to de-stress and detox their bodies.”
Read a Book So Oprah’s Book Club wasn’t just for fun. According to a study by the University of Sussex’s Mindlab International, reading, especially fiction, lowered the heart rate, eased tension and reduced stress levels by 68 percent in research participants. Besides, books mentally transport us from stressors and halt the production of stress-related chemicals.
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Research shows that interacting with a pet also plays a part in decreasing the level of cortisol and increases endorphins, which also are called happiness hormones. The Richmond area has an array of rescue groups – from the Richmond SPCA to the Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation (AARF) – that can pair people with the perfect pooch. “The companionship of pets provides real health benefits and has been shown in recent studies to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and cholesterol and increase feelings of optimism,’’ says Robin Starr, CEO of the Richmond SPCA. “The unconditional love shared with a pet improves our lives immeasurably and there's nothing better than coming home to a pet at the end of the day.” An extensive list of animal rescue organizations can be found at dogrichmond.com/shelters.
Buy a Plant In addition to being beautiful air purifiers, houseplants can help calm you down. In a study conducted by Washington State University, a group of stressedout people who entered a room full of plants had a four-point drop in their blood pressure. “It has a lot to do with our chemistry that we naturally crave nature and that’s what plants are for,’’ says Sunnie Wright of Strange’s Florist, Greenhouses and Garden Center. “They bring us back to being human and give us a connection to our roots.” Strange, who is the greenhouse manager at Strange’s Short Pump location, recommends dracaenas for low-light, easy-maintenance air purifiers and peace lilies for their beauty.
Eat Mood-Boosting Foods Find a Friend A strong social support network has been shown to be an effective way of getting through tough times. They give us a feeling of security, a sense of belonging and increased self worth.
Get Musical Whether you’re playing or listening, music is a good stress reliever, providing mental distraction, reducing tension and decreasing stress hormones. The Mayo Clinic suggests that if you’re not into music, try another hobby like gardening, sewing or sketching – anything that requires you to focus on what you’re doing rather that what you haven’t done or should be doing.
Take a Walk
When stressed or anxious, many of us crave indulgent carbohydrates and other sweet, starchy foods like cookies, chocolate and pretzels. Research has shown that in small portions, these foods can have a soothing effect because they may boost serotonin levels. Be careful not to overdo it – about 100 calories worth will suffice. Bananas and other foods high in potassium also are good stress-relieving options. The American Psychological Association recommends potassium-rich foods to stave off the physical detriments of stress. So whether you get a new furry friend, head to the spa, take a walk or buy a bed, make de-stressing your life the goal of 2014. “We can’t fully experience the moment if we’re busy thinking about what we should have done differently last Christmas: Did I overspend? Did I not do something right?’’, Rittenhouse says.” “We need to stop worrying about the things we can’t change and be present in each situation, set boundaries and establish priorities. It will lead to a much less stressful life.” n
Besides burning calories, walking releases stress-busting endorphins, gives us more energy and puts the mind in a in a meditative state. Walkers also benefit from being outdoors, and those who participate with a friend build strong social bonds – another stress reliever. “Exercise, including walking, is so important because it allows endorphins to be released,” explains Rittenhouse. “And, the endorphins counter the stress hormone, cortisol.’’
Sleep it Off When we’re stressed our sleep suffers, but it’s that elusive slumber that recharges our bodies and brains and helps us combat stress. If a good night’s sleep is only a dream, the Mayo Clinic suggests a quiet, relaxing bedtime routine and a consistent sleep schedule. "We all know that a good mattress is an important element in getting a good night's sleep, which helps combat stress,'' says Jeff Worsham, owner of Mattress Direct in Powhatan. "But, another important factor for getting into deep REM sleep is a cool room of about 65 degrees." www.richmondnavigator.com
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Start the New Year Right
Begin Your Brand New Year with a Brand New Look
y name is Deborah Keller, and even though I'll be 60 on my next birthday, I feel like I'm 30. I wanted my face to look younger too, so I finally decided to go to Dr. Joe Niamtu for a complete “overhaul.” I had a facelift, necklift, upper and lower eye rejuvenation, cheek and chin implant, and a laser peel. Sounds like a lot, I know, but it was great to get everything done at once, and the recovery was easier than I expected. I chose Dr. Niamtu because all he does is facial surgery. And lots of it. That kind of experience really put my mind at ease. On top of that, he is a wonderful person who gives so much back to the community. I
I had only one concern – that when all was said and done, I would still look like me. And I do. Just a much younger, happier, well rested, less wrinkled me."
knew the moment I met him that I was in the right place. His facilities are state of the art, and his staff are the best. I would encourage anyone considering facial surgery to consult with Dr. Niamtu. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
For more information on starting the new year with a new look, call Dr. Joe Niamtu at 934FACE (3223) or go to lovethatface.com. Scan the QR code to the left to See Deborah’s recovery progress on youtube! n
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Baxter Perkinson & Associates Creating Healthy Smiles For You
eople come in all shapes and sizes, and so do teeth and faces. Sometimes though, nature doesn’t provide a perfectly matched pair; that is, sometimes the teeth that nature provides don’t show off the face as well as we’d like. If that's how you feel about your smile, ask us about custom designing a smile that's right for you. A combination of cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers, orthodontics, crowns, or enamel reshaping might just add up to a smile you’ll want to show more often. We’re all conscious of how others see us and how our physical features complement each other. Your height, for example, can make a difference in which teeth get a high profile. If you’re short, your lower front teeth get the spotlight, since they’re seen from above. Taller folks need to be aware of the appearance of their upper front teeth, since they’re seen from slightly below. If front teeth are crooked, worn, chipped, or discolored—even on the biting edges—we may be able to minimize these negative features and accentuate the strengths of your smile. Our experience in designing attention-grabbing smiles can show you it’s often desirable to deemphasize a long face by flattening the smile line, or to balance out a rounder, wider face by lengthening front teeth. Every person is unique, and so is every smile. Our office team will work with you to achieve a satisfying harmony between your face and your smile. Redesigning your smile requires a lot of discussion, questions, suggestions—and time. It’s your smile, so we’ll take the time to recommend all the options we feel are right for your improved appearance, and the time to listen to you—the most important member of our “smile-design team.” Does this sound like the kind of individual attention you’re looking for? Call one of our eleven locations and schedule a consultation. Let us tell you how we can create a beautiful smile especially for you! n
Courtesy of Collegiate School Aquatics Center
By Amy R. Connolly
ith a multitude of exercise options out there, it’s hard to decide which is best for you. Do you want low impact or high intensity? Are you the slow-and-steady type or do you want to see immediate results? Do you want to exercise in a group or alone? Whether you’ve been on a long-time exercise program and are looking for a change or are new to getting in shape, there are plenty of choices that will make shedding extra pounds fun, easy and entertaining. After a season of overindulging at neighborhood parties, family dinners and celebratory evenings, when the New Year starts, what are you left with? If you’re like most people, it’s 10 extra pounds and a resolution to lose it. Lynne J. Gilbert, a Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor who teaches budding physical education teachers, said the key to success is changing your mindset from the start and making sure you’re always mixing up the routine. “It’s definitely a lifestyle change. It’s not just about going to workout,” she said. “Eventually everyone will find their niche in what is important to them in terms of fitness.” It’s time to think beyond the treadmill and elliptical trainer. There are plenty of options:
TAKE IT OUTSIDE Even if it’s cold and wet outside, that shouldn’t stop you from kicking up that exercise program with some fresh air. There are plenty of outdoor activities that can be done any time of year. John McGuire, owner of Seal Team Physical Training, Inc. in Richmond, said the most important part of outdoor exercise is what you wear.“There’s no such thing as bad weather,” he said. “There’s just bad gear.”
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Get ready to embrace the great outdoors with a good dose of mud and water: Mud Runs or Obstacle Races If you’re not afraid to get down and dirty, mud runs are just for you. You’ll run, walk, climb and crawl through courses that are, of course, muddy and dirty. Some of these races are timed, but many are not. Kayaking or Stand Up Paddle Boarding The James River is a great place for kayaking and paddle boarding. If it’s your first time out, there are numerous places in the Richmond area that rent equipment and offer lessons. Remember to always wear a life vest. Mountain Biking There’s nothing like bicycling to get the heart pumping, and Richmond has some of the nation’s greatest places to do it. Belle Isle and the Riverside Drive area are known for their challenging mountain bike trails for off-roading.
DON’T JUST TREAD WATER Some of the newest trends in exercise are in the pool. Don’t be fooled though -- this isn’t your grandmother’s exercise regime. The latest research shows that water fitness programs can be challenging and effective for even top athletes. Kim Larson, director of programs at Collegiate School Aquatics Center in north Richmond, said water aerobics classes can be as strenuous as those done on land. Probably the best part about them is there’s little chance of an injury. “It’s all in what the individual makes of it,” she said. “Everybody works at their own pace.” To change up an exercise program, try some of the newest trends in aquatic fitness:
Aqua Jogging Aqua jogging brings cross-training to the deep end of the swimming pool for an intense, no-impact workout. Participants wear a buoyancy belt to stay afloat. Deep-Water Aerobics Forget about standing in the shallow end of the pool with a foam noodle, deep-water aerobics takes place in, you guessed it, the deep end of the pool. This is a no-impact workout with a focus on core strength. Aqua Kick Boxing When you combine the intensity of martial arts with the resistance that comes from water, the result is a cardiovascular workout that doesn’t stress the joints.
Courtesy of Seal Team Physical Training
BE PART OF THE GROUP Exercise doesn’t have to be a solo activity. There’s more fun, and accountability, in numbers. So grab your best buddy and head out to sweat. Or better yet, make some new friends while you get in shape. Those people can serve as motivation when you’re starting a new exercise regime and a reminder to keep going back. “A large majority of people who take group exercise classes probably would not be exercising without it,” said Chris Henry, a director of fitness and wellness at ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers in Midlothian. “People want to workout with like-minded individuals.” Some of the best group exercise activities are also the toughest: Boot Camps Whether you’re looking for a drill sergeant to bark out orders or a motivational exercise guru to lead the way, boot camps are the way to go. These high-intensity classes are a fun way to get in shape and make some friends. In many cases, boot camps allow participants to bond under the ‘we’re-all-in-it-together’ mindset. Ballet Barre A combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates, this exercise trend will have you stretching and moving. Participants use a ballet barre as support during a total-body workout. Barre exercises are aimed at increasing flexibility while toning muscles and improving range of motion. Barre uses small and controlled movements. Tabata If you’re short on time but have boundless energy, Tabata is perfect for you. This takes the interval-training craze to the next level, using 20 seconds of maximum intensity followed by 10 seconds of rest in fourminute cycles. The goal is to do it eight times in a row. If four minutes of exercise doesn’t sound that hard, just try it.
GO IT ALONE AT HOME Don’t have the time, motivation or resolve to go out to exercise? That’s no excuse. There are many different ways to exercise in the comfort of your own living room. Research shows that many people can create their own at-home plan and easily stick with it. It’s all about finding what works best for you. www.richmondnavigator.com
Courtesy of ACAC Short Pump
Courtesy of ACAC Fitness & Wellness Centers
Gone are the days when Jane Fonda videos were the only way to go. Today, at-home exercise trends have gone viral: Online Fitness Classes and Communities From streaming fitness classes to online motivation, the Internet has opened the door to the newest fitness trend. The choices are endless. There are several popular websites that offer live streaming access to fitness classes for a small monthly fee. At the same time, message boards and online motivation are available on a local and national level. All you need is a computer and some willpower. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) DVDs The latest buzzword in exercise is HIIT training. It’s an intense workout that leaves your metabolism revved for hours after you’re done. HIIT is known to produce dramatic and rapid changes. With names like INSANITY and TurboFire, these HIIT DVDs are not for the weak of legs. At-Home Equipment If you’re one of the gazillion people who have an exercise machine collecting dust and dirty laundry, you might be reluctant to add another piece to the collection. But some of the newest trends include smaller pieces like kettle bells and hula hoops, which are easily tucked away in the closet. Kettle bells are small, cast-iron weights that allow users to build muscle during HIIT or other cardiovascular workouts. The best part about hula hooping is that it’s an all-around great at-home exercise with a focus on core strength. Together, they make a complete workout. n Chesterfield Living 29
The Total Package Family Practice Specialists of Richmond’s Cosmetic Department By Kari Schwear
aving a youthful appearance with beautiful skin can be achieved with a combination of treatments and products. Just as diet and exercise together enhances your weight loss goals, receiving a combination of services will produce the best results. The health of the skin is a great place to start. It involves more than just using a few products at home. Having professional skincare treatments, such as peels, will stimulate collagen production and elastin in the skin, working from the inside out. Using at-home professional
Just as diet and exercise together enhances your weight loss goals, receiving a combination of services will produce the best results." grade skincare products is crucial for maximum results and with so many products to choose from, it is best to obtain advice from a professional that knows your skin. A great way to build on a youthful appearance is with injectables such as Juvederm, Voluma (hyaluronic acid fillers) and Botox Cosmetic. Injectables can relax visible lines and give fullness to the face while producing stunning, natural results. Laser treatments can also help the appearance of the skin by removing small facial veins, brown/age spots, hair removal and tightening the skin. Having the total package can be easily obtained at the Family Practice Specialists of Richmond’s Cosmetic department. Let us show you how affordable and easy it is for you to achieve the “total package”. Complimentary consultations are always available by calling (804) 423-1514. For additional information, please visit our Cosmetic Care page at www.fpsrichmond.com. n
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Flavor Q Barbeque
Mexico Restaurant Creekside offers American flavor with a Southern flair with dishes such as meatloaf, shrimp and grits, and homemade desserts. Plus, check their calendar for live music and Texas Hold’em. 1795 South Creek One 379-6569
Part of the community for 23 years, Mexico Restaurant offers a great menu selection with something for everyone. Using the freshest ingredients to cook your favorite dishes, it’s no wonder this is Richmond’s award-winning Mexican restaurant. 7162 Mechanicsville Tnpk. (804) 559-8126 www.mexico-restaurant.com
The Hard Shell
Chef Xavier is serving up Belgian cuisine is an upscale atmosphere. Enjoy “Never Ending Mussels” and frites on Wednesday nights for only $17.95. Or stop by on Thursdays for “Ribeye is for Lovers” night. 1244 Alverser Plaza (804) 379-3338 www.bellevieva.com
One of Downtown’s finest seafood restaurants has rejuvenated the Chesterfield restaurant scene. Savor creatively prepared dishes for dinner or Sunday brunch. 11400 W. Huguenot Road at the Shoppes at Belgrade (804) 464-1476 www.thehardshell.com
Offering over 500 beers from over 40 countries, Sedona Taphouse has the largest craft beer selection in the state. Enjoy a brew with live music offered free three times a week. 15732 WC Main Street (804) 379-0037 www.sedonataphouse.com www.richmondnavigator.com
Traditional Thai favorites are served up in a casual, trendy atmosphere. Or enjoy authentic dishes in the comforts of your own home with their delivery service. 13120 Midlothian Tnpk. (804) 379-9895 www.siamparagonva.com
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Scoop Du Jour Chesterfield Foodies Unite! B y Ta m m y B r a c k e t t
alentine’s Day is right around the corner and we wanted to focus on local eateries offering Valentine delights in the Chesterfield area. Dine at a local neighborhood tavern, treat your special someone to a traditional favorite or discover a new place to celebrate. Happy Valentine’s Day! The new Divine Restaurant, Creperie and Wine Bar, located at 13127 Rivers Bend Blvd. in Chester, presents a decidedly upscale, European flair to dining, drinking and desserts. Willy and Karin Rau opened Divine in the fall and enlisted Chef Hannah Pollack to work her magic in the kitchen. Chef Pollack and her team present various schnitzels, lovely filets, fresh chicken and seafood paired with exotic reductions and outof-the-ordinary side dishes like roasted parsnips with vanilla sauce. “It’s European cuisine meets comfort food with a unique presentation,” says co-owner, Karin Rau. “Valentine’s will be very special at Divine, as Chef Hannah is working on an exciting Red Menu. We’ll have a fixed price menu, and couples can choose to dine in our exclusive wine cellar amid chandeliers and candlelight.” For details, visit www.divinerb.com or call (804) 571-6383.
Divine Restaurant, Creperie and Wine Bar. Photo by Tim Hill.
Howlett’s Restaurant and Tavern, 3530 Festival Park Road in Chester, is now serving brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This traditional neighborhood tavern serves standard breakfast fare along with Eggs Benedict, special pancakes and made-to-order omelets. We spoke with owner Joe Helbling about festivities for Valentine’s. “We’ll be offering a fixed-price menu with nine different items, and of course, our dinners will come with special desserts,” says Helbling. Check out Howlett’s lunch, dinner or weekend brunch offerings at www.howlettstavernchester.com or call (804) 930-1034 Dining at The Boathouse at Sunday Park is a special event any time, but it’s an extra special dining destination for Valentine’s Day Weekend. “We’re excited about having live Jazz on the evening of Feb. 14, 2014, as well as offering menu specials throughout the weekend,” says Event Sales Specialist Joanne Bogese. “We’re offering Red, White and Sparkling Wine flights, in addition to fantastic menu options. Our reservations specialist can even pre-order flowers and champagne for your table as a special Valentine’s treat. The cost for the items can be added to your total bill at the end of the evening.” The Boathouse at Sunday Park does recommend calling ahead to make reservations, which start at 5 p.m. Find out more at www.boathouserva.com or call (804) 744-2545. n
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Photo courtesy of The Boathouse at Sunday Park.
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Healthy Takeout Meals Article and Photo by Christine Stoddard
as t a n d f ur i ou s – d oe s t h at d e s c r i be yo ur average weekday or even your eating style? In today’s 24/7 world, most of us simply don’t have time to cook every meal or prepare packed lunches at home. While takeout meals may not be quite as healthy and economical as a well-planned homemade meal, you can do takeout without ruining your healthy eating plan. The American Cancer Society offers several tips and tricks for navigating takeout menus. Portion control and avoiding high fat foods with hidden calories are two important factors: split an entrée or order an appetizer portion, and look for red flags in menu descriptions such as pan-fried or deep-fried, battered, breaded, creamy or buttery. Choose white meats and seafood over red meat, clear broth soups over creamed, and condiments like mustard and relish over mayonnaise. If you follow these guidelines, you can enjoy a wide variety of cuisines and timesaving takeout meals. Here are a few of our favorites:
Chinese and Thai Two of the healthiest and most popular takeout options, Chinese and Thai food can be high in sodium so go for the green, and as with all cuisines, choose vegetable dishes, white meat or seafood. Watch out for coconut in Thai dishes, and don’t drench your satay in peanut sauce. Want wonton or egg drop noodle soup? Order the small bowl instead of the big one. Choose summer rolls—the ones with rice paper and fresh veggies—over egg rolls, which are deep-fried. If you must have rice, order steamed brown rice over white or fried, and use sauces sparingly as they are often high in salt.
Deli/Grocery Store Salads, sandwiches, soups, and rotisserie chicken are your main options here. Choose whole grain or whole wheat bread, go for low-fat or vinaigrette salad dressing, and clear soups. For sandwiches, opt for mustard over mayo and turkey or chicken over roast beef and ham. Peel back the skin from your rotisserie chicken to save calories.
Indian Indian food offers a wide variety of vegetarian dishes without sacrificing flavor, and since a lot of Indian food is spicy, there’s a good chance you won’t eat a huge portion. If you can’t stay away from meat, grab some Tandoori: this clay oven cooking technique produces tender, juicy morsels in dishes like chicken tikka (marinated chicken) and kebab, but skip the yogurt sauce to avoid calorie angst.
Mexican & Salvadorian Cheese, sauces, sour cream, and fried tortilla chips or taco shells are big culprits in Mexican and Central American food, so ditch the nachos and pile on the salsa. Can’t get enough guacamole? Luckily it’s pretty nutritious, but it’s also high in calories so limit your portion. Other tricks: Get your tacos with fish or chicken instead of beef, order your pupusa with beans instead of pork, pick whole black beans over refried, and choose whole wheat or corn tortillas over floured or fried. 34 January/February 2014
Pizza A traditional family favorite, pizza is doable if you indulge wisely. Ask for half the cheese or even part-skim cheese, and, instead of ordering something meaty, go for a green, leafy vegetable. Spinach and feta, for instance, is a winning combination. Choose thin crust and avoid stuffed crust pizza, and for extra measure, pat your pizza with a napkin to wipe off the excess grease. n
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Heating Up Winter Nights
rink to me only with thine eyes,” wrote the 17th century English poet, Ben Johnson. In his epic poem, “To Celia,” Johnson proclaims a love so intense that he needs nothing more than her loving gaze. He pledges that with such, “I’ll not ask for wine.” It’s a beautiful sentiment, but on these cold winter nights, sharing a special cocktail in a warm, intimate setting can surely enhance the romance. Our early cold spell put us in the mood to seek out some of the city’s most romantic dining spots. Here are four that we found to be particularly appealing. By Steve Cook. Photos by Robert Thomas.
THE PIG AND THE PEARL The Pig and the Pearl was first on our list. Beth Turk, the beverage manager at this cool, new restaurant/bar has been one of our long-time favorite female mixologists on the local dining scene. She whipped up a perfect hot and steamy romantic beverage featuring pomegranate molasses and cleverly dubbed it the Hearts of Pom in homage to our search. As for the food, Beth says, “If you’re looking for romance, we have amazing oysters (wink, wink, nod, nod).” In fact, based on our totally unscientific survey, three out of four
HEARTS OF POM Pomegranate molasses Baileys Irish Cream Snap (a ginger-based spirit) Topped with whipped cream, a sprinkle of Grenadine, and a cherry, and served hot.
WATER COASTAL KITCHEN Our next stop: Carytown, and the Water Coastal Kitchen. This renovated Cary Street row home has all the trappings for romance, including, says bartender, Neil Nordheim, two gas fireplaces to warm things up on cold evenings. “Plus,” Neil added, “we offer small, private dining areas which add to the intimacy.” For those really special occasions, he recommends putting in a request for Table 63. The Water Coastal Kitchen features Oyster Night on Mondays with special items on the menu, along with reduced pricing on select dishes, and if your idea of romance includes fresh local and regional seafood, you really can’t beat this place on any night of the week. According to Neil, the buffalo-fried oysters “provide good heat: and pair well with the black pepper notes in the Mango Basil Martini. 3411 W. Cary Street | (804) 353-3411 watercoastalkitchen.com 36 January/February 2014
MANGO BASIL MARTINI Absolut Mango Cointreau House-made mango puree Cracked pepper (one to two turns) A dash of simple syrup Garnished with a basil sprig (shaken, not stirred) .
bartenders we interviewed recommended adding a mollusk to the mix. 2053 W. Broad Street | (804) 447-2016 thepigandpearl.com
HERMITAGE GRILL Finally, let me tell you about the Hermitage Grill. This cool, little place can easily qualify as one of our true “hidden gems.” Located on a small, not-so-well-traveled section of Hermitage Road, the Hermitage Grill may be off the beaten path for many, but it’s well worth the drive. The small, modest structure belies the marvels that await once you enter. Co-owner and chef, Waller McCracken, trained at Le Cordon Bleu in London, and previously worked at the Country Club of Virginia and Du Jour. Describing his restaurant as “quiet and intimate”, Waller says, “People don’t talk (at dinner) anymore. They’re too busy looking at their cell phones.” In other words, to make the most of your night out, no texting while dining. Our bartender, Stacy Jones, served up the Neon Martini…perfect for lighting up your night. For an appetizer, she suggests the crab and roasted red pepper soup, but the menu also offers a variety of tempting delights such as sushi-grade tuna, crab cakes, a very popular prime rib salad, and, oh yeah, fried oysters. 6010 Hermitage Road
Svedka Citron Blue Curacao Pineapple Sweetened lime juice
PEGASUS Heading west into the county, we stopped in at Pegasus. For over 15 years the Hatzimanolis family has been quietly packing in throngs of devoted diners nightly, tantalizing their guests with exquisite Greek cuisine. Daughter Sophia, who serves as the front-of-house manager, describes this neighborhood favorite (located in a small strip shopping center) as offering quiet, comfortable dining. “We want you to take your time. Enjoy yourselves! You’re never rushed here,” she adds. With romantic, subdued lighting and candles flickering on cozy tables, that’s a good thing. This is, indeed, a place to linger and savor each beautiful moment. Sophia recommends several of the appetizers including the lightly breaded calamari. And, she says, “my father personally makes the tzatziki and the taramasalata.” As for the oysters, Sophia promises, “Pegasus serves the best fried oysters in town.” Bartender, Adam Thomas, came up with a Hendrickson Gin martini, which he called “Hera of the Dog,” in honor of our search for romance. Hera, Adam told me, is the Greek
HERA OF THE DOG
goddess of marriage, and after sampling this potent pota-
ble, I could see how one might easily decide to drop to one
Fresh lemon and lime
knee and pop the question.
Splash of simple syrup
5604 Patterson Avenue | ( 804) 282-3719 pegasusrichmond.com www.richmondnavigator.com
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In Search Of... Comfort Food By Ginger Warder
From childhood memories to guilty pleasures, our favorite comfort foods soothe both the stomach and the s o u l . I n d u l g e y o u r c r a v i n g a t t h e s e f r i e n d l y n e i g h b o rhood eateries!
1. Open-faced Roast Beef Sandwich
Missing your Sunday roast at Mom’s? Try this hot, open-faced roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy. www.brickhousediner.net 13520 Midlothian Turnpike | (804) 794-8798
2. Chicken Fried Steak
An iconic Southern favorite, Klara’s tops a seasoned Angus beef steak
with homestyle country gravy. Zach Wingold
www.klaraskitchun.com 11360 Iron Bridge Road | (804) 796-3737
3. Fried Oreos with Ice Cream
A hot twist on the classic pairing of Oreo cookies and vanilla ice cream for a sweet splurge! 1795 S Creek One Powhatan, VA (804) 379-6569
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4. Bourbon Pork Chop
An 8-ounce bone-in pork chop that is char-broiled and basted with Sedona’s special house-made bourbon glaze. Cooked perfectly and served over garlic whipped potatoes. 15732 WC Commons Way (804) 379-0037 www.sedonataphouse.com
5. Crispy Cheese Panini & Tomato Basil Soup
An updated take on a childhood favorite, this crispy cheese Panini is loaded with cheddar and provolone cheese and tomatoes and grilled on local Billy Bread, accompanied by made-from-scratch tomato-basil soup. 13830 Village Place Drive (804) 378-4955 www.cafecaturra.com
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6. Fried Chicken
Tanglewood Ordinary There’s nothing ordinary about this fried chicken – crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside – served family-style with your choice of sides to share. www.ordinary.com 2210 River Rd W, Maidens, VA 23102 (804) 556-3284
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Divine Restaurant European cuisine meets the comfortable south B y Ta m m i e W e r s i n g e r
hen Willy and Karin Rau opened their new restaurant in October, they aptly named it Divine. The Chester eatery melds European cuisine with comfort food and uses unique presentations to deliver big flavor, which makes the entire experience “simply divine.” “Each dish is created to wake your taste buds and pop with flavors with each bite,’’ explains Karin Rau. “We believe cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Although Karin Rau’s German accent is evident, she emphasizes that her creperie, wine bar and restaurant is a fusion of many cultures and foods, and its menu goes far beyond what local diners would expect. “My husband and I love to travel and we enjoyed the food and restaurants in places we’ve been,’’ Karin says. “We wanted to bring a little of what we’ve experienced back to Chester, and it seems to be working because people are very surprised when they come in because they don’t expect a restaurant like Divine in their neighborhood.” The innovative, fresh and organic menu includes items like Wiener Schnitzel, lamb pops and burgers, salmon, seared scallops and one of the best steaks around. There are plenty of vegetarian dishes, an immunity soup and freshmade juices chock-full of fruits and vegetables, that are designed to do everything from boost your immunity and cleanse your system to calm, energize and slim you. “Chef Hannah (Pollack) and her team focus on small plates with big flavor,’’ Karin Rau says. “Her European background and artistic flair have come together to create a unique dining experience for the guests.”
Divine’s dining room and bar. Photo courtesy Tim Hill. On Saturday nights, there’s a featured band, and throughout the month, there are themed parties with special music and menus for events like “German Holiday Traditions, “Set the Restaurant on Fire,” and “Valentine’s Day.” For those wanting to take a piece of their experience home to share with others, Divine has developed a “Party to Go’’ that includes everything needed for a dinner for two or an event for up to 60 people. “We have everything for a complete party in a basket,’’ Karin Rau explains. “We included the tablecloths, dishes, food and even wine, and it’s ready for pick-up.” Rau says that Divine will continue to add new features. “We’re slowly evolving and we don’t want to put anything out there until it is perfect,” she adds. “My greatest joy is that people come in and are totally comfortable, have a good time and are impressed by what we offer.” Divine, located at 13127 Rivers Bend Blvd. in Chester, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for lunch; from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday for dinner ; and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Sunday Brunch. Happy hour is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For details, visit www.divine-rb.com or call (804) 571-6383. n
The innovative, fresh and organic menu includes items like Wiener Schnitzel, lamb pops and burgers, salmon, seared scallops and one of the best steaks around. There are also plenty of vegetarian dishes. ” Divine boasts an extensive wine collection in its wine cellar, which features a table that seats up to eight guests for private dining and special menu pairings. And, bartender Brett Porter has assembled a unique drink menu, themed “Around the World and Through Time,’’ that features awardwinning and innovative alcoholic concoctions. Like the food, the décor – chic and elegant, combined with a cozy, Old World flair – is nothing you would expect in shopping center.
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Chef Hannah Pollack and her team focus on small plates inspired by European flavors and traditons.
Taste of Divineâ€™s Menu
Jaeger Schnitzel Jaeger schnitzel, spaetzle, mushroom cream.
Lamb Burger with goat cheese, caramelized onions and yogurt sauce.
Crab Eggs Benedict with Old Bay hollandaise.
German Crepe Photos courtesy of Divine Restaurant.
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Backstage Interview with Positive No By Davy Jones
f knowledge is power, Positive No co-founders Kenny Close and Tracy Wilson must be two of the most powerful musicians in Richmond. Between them, they have 4,000 records, decades of experience in the music industry, a savant-level knack for recognizing melodies and an outstanding new EP, Via Florum. With a performance alongside bandmates Andre Phillips (bass) and Willis Thompson (drums) coming up on Feb. 13 at Strange Matter, I sat down with Close and Wilson to drink gingerbread stout and chat about all things Positive No.
WHAT WERE THE GOALS WHEN YOU STARTED THIS PROJECT? Tracy Wilson: Enjoy ourselves. Make it so it’s actually something we’re proud of and feel good about at the end of the day.
Kenny Close: Create and have interesting and rewarding experiences together.
TW: But we had no idea if anybody would like it. So, there’s that weird crapshoot of recording some demos and then, oh, people actually think it’s OK. They’re excited to hear more. That’s kind of amazing. TRACY, YOUR VOCALS IN POSITIVE NO ARE SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT THAN WHEN YOU WERE IN DAHLIA SEED. WHICH STYLE DO YOU ENJOY MORE? TW: I love that old version of me, but I wasn’t really healthy. I was channeling things that normal people work out in very different ways. It’s a thousand times more of a creative, positive experience having the ability to be this happy, grounded person and attack the songs in a way that makes sense for the music. KENNY, YOU’VE CITED IRA KAPLAN OF YO LA TENGO AS AN INFLUENCE. WHAT OTHER GUITARISTS INSPIRE YOU? KC: There are two gentlemen, Eric Bachmann and Eric Johnson, who are in a band called Archers of Loaf and were my gateway drug into interesting guitar. There’d be gaps in things – these pauses and weird strumming patterns. There’s also a gentleman named Ash Bowie, who’s in Polvo, and Mary Timony, who was in Helium and Wild Flag and Ex Hex. HOW DID YOU END UP RECORDING AT MAGPIE CAGE IN BALTIMORE? TW: J. [Robbins] was just that perfect fit. It’s really nice to work with somebody who understands this style of band, the marriage between heavy and melodic. We couldn’t have asked for a better home.
I LOVE VIA FLORUM’S C OVER. WHAT WENT INTO THE DESIGN? KC: Via Florum means “the flowering way,” or creating beauty out of something that isn’t necessarily beautiful to begin with. It’s like being in 42 January/February 2014
a band. Hard things happen, and you make art out of that. That photo’s from an abandoned school — you look at an abandoned school and say “Oh, that’s gross,” but all these really nice photos came out of that shoot.
WHERE DID THE IDEA TO TURN GALLERY 5’S STAGE INTO A BLANKET FORT FOR THE RELEASE SHOW COME FROM? KC: We wanted it to be a big deal. We didn’t want it to be like any other show. It’s our first record, and it was a really nice arrangement of bands, so we were like “Let’s build a giant blanket fort.” TW: It should also be said — we don’t try to wear this on our sleeves, but we are undeniably a couple in a band — our first date involved a blanket fort. “Dreamland, VA,” is about that. It’s as smushy as we’re ever going to get in a public scenario. n
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Events S I G N S O F P R O T E S T: P H O T O G R A P H S F R O M T H E C I V I L RIGHTS ERA V i r g i n i a Mus eum o f F i n e A r ts Jan ua r y 11 - Aug us t 3 , 2 014
Bob Adelman, March on Washington, 1963.
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This exhibit portrays the Civil Rights movement through photographs of protest signs, significant events, and of the movement’s leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Stokely Carmichael. Vmfa.State.Us
Photo courtesy of Science Museum of Virginia
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THE LOVE TOUR Maymont Mansion F ebr uar y 14 & 15
This permanent exhibition will boost your creativity, flexibility, memory, and strength through 25 challenges and you can download a free app to track your progress. Smv.org
Costumed interpreters relate Victorian love stories and the courting customs of the era at the romantic Maymont Mansion. Maymont.org
VIRGINIA WINE EXPO Richmond Convention Center F ebr uar y 18 -2 3
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Taste more than 400 of Virginia’s best wines, meet some of the region’s best chefs, or enjoy special food and wine dinners, lunches and other special events at the 7th Annual Wine Expo. VirginiaWineExpo.com
RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL FILM FES TIVAL Byrd Theater F e br uar y 27- M ar ch 2 Enjoy 53 film screenings at the Historic Byrd Theater, Q & A’s with visiting filmmakers, mixers, musical showcase events, and a Red Carpet finale. RvaFilmFestival.com
E DGAR A L L A N P O E ’ S B IR TH DAY B A S H The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe Januar y 18 Toast Richmond’s favorite poet at the annual Poe Museum birthday bash featuring tours, family fun, birthday cake, and a champagne toast at midnight in the Poe Shrine. PoeMuseum.org
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Take your get-in-shape resolution on the road to some of Virginiaâ€™s most luxurious resorts where fitness and pampering are anything but ordinary. By Ginger Warder
Keswick Hall Omni Homestead Salamander Resort & Spa
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Courtesy of The Omni Homestead
or more than four centuries, Virginia's cognoscenti
Spa. And, as an avid foxhunter, it's a relative certainty that
have retreated to the bucolic countryside for rest and
Washington enjoyed the chase on the land around Char-
recreation. In 1755, George Washington rode up into
lottesville where the luxurious boutique hotel, Keswick Hall,
the Allegheny Mountains to survey a site for Fort Dinwiddie
nestles in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. All three
and stopped off to enjoy the healing mineral waters at Warm
of these resorts offer a unique take on health and wellness,
Springs, already becoming known as a spa resort. Today, it's
along with an array of activities that range from equestrian
part of the Omni Homestead. Washington was no stranger
yoga and ice skating to long walks with a pack of hunting
to Middleburg either: his first cousin, Joseph Chinn, used to
hounds. Follow in your ancestorsâ€™ footsteps and enjoy a long
own the property where the charming one-stoplight town is
winter weekend exploring some new ways to relax.
located, a close neighbor to the new Salamander Resort and
Courtesy of The Omni Homestead
Courtesy of Salamander Resort & Spa
Courtesy of Keswick Hall
Keswick Hall at Monticello www.keswick.com Virginia Wine Country
Photos Courtesy of Keswick Hall
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, Keswick Hall is 1912 Tuscan-style villa situated on 600 lush acres in the heart of Virginia wine country. Named the Top Small Resort in Mainland, USA by Condé Nast Traveler, Keswick Hall offers refined elegance and award-winning cuisine, as well as a vast array of activities – from golf, tennis, fitness classes and spa treatments to invigorating morning walks with the Keswick Club hunting hounds. The private mansion-cum-hotel boasts 48 opulent rooms and suites furnished with English and American antiques, as well as top shelf amenities and world-class dining at Fosset’s Restaurant, a destination in and of itself. There’s no formal check-in desk here: you’ll be welcomed as if you were a private guest and so will your furry family members. Once a private home known as Villa Crawford, which is now the historic north wing of the hotel, the original woodwork, fireplaces and staircase have been fully restored. Spend a cozy afternoon in front of a roaring fire in the lobby or library, or enjoy a game of billiards in the game room. Miles of hiking and nature trails offer you plenty of outdoor time, and there are a variety of classes in the fitness center. If you can’t find one that suits you, Director of Wellness Colette Long can customize a workout routine tailored to your specific goals. Guests love the choreographed Body Blast Weight Lifting class and the Mind Body Challenge, a combination of tai chi moves with yoga and Pilates mat work. Keswick Hall is a perfect location to explore the Monticello Wine Trail. In 2012, Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Virginia one of the world’s 10 best wine destinations and many of its finest vineyards are located in the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA), where Thomas Jefferson’s vision of producing great wines in his native state has finally come to fruition. Richard Hewitt, both the sommelier and resident winemaker of Keswick Hall’s private label, leads regular wine-tasting events at the resort and also offers private “insider” tours of some of the top wineries in the region. Chesterfield Living 49
Omni Homestead Resort & Spa www.thehomestead.com Soaking in History
Photos Courtesy of The Omni Homestead
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Thomas Jefferson visited the Homestead in 1818 and the resort’s original guest books document his 22-day visit. Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, the former president experienced great relief from long soaks in the warm mineral springs and enjoyed the fine dining and outdoor activities at the resort. The octagonal-shaped Gentleman’s Pool – where Jefferson “took the waters” – was built in 1761 and is the oldest spa structure in the United States. It was renamed in homage to the great man’s visit, and today visitors can enjoy the same restorative benefits of the 43,000 gallons of constantly flowing warm mineral waters. Those waters, at a natural temperature of 98.7 degrees, are also piped in to the Omni Spa, where you can take a long soak in a walnut tub. The healing liquid is also the main ingredient in a variety of exclusive Jefferson Pool spa products. The spa’s European-style Aqua Thermal Suite offers an array of hot and cold aquatic treatments, ranging from an herbal cocoon under a starlit ceiling to experiential showers and a cold cabin cool-off. The Homestead also offers a huge variety of outdoor activities – from skiing and ice skating in the winter months to fly fishing, golf, horseback riding and falconry. Enjoy a little presidential pampering of your own with complimentary afternoon tea in the majestic lobby in front of one of the two huge wood-burning fireplaces. In the evening, take a page from Thomas Jefferson’s book and enjoy a bistro-style dinner at the new restaurant named in his honor, where Chef Jason Ferrell serves up a selection of steaks and chops from the open-view grill. With a variety of small plates, salads and the grill menu, the restaurant lends itself to healthy fare. If you don’t see something that works for your diet, just ask. “If we have the ingredients, we’ll make it for you,” says Chef Ferrell.
Salamander Resort & Spa
www.salamanderresort.com BYOH (Bring Your Own Horse)
Photos Courtesy of Salamander Resort & Spa
Located on the former horse farm of Washington socialite Pamela Harriman, the new Salamander Resort & Spa is a stunning 340-acre equestrian paradise in Middleburg. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live on a country estate, this resort will give you a sneak peek into the elegant, yet understated, lifestyle of the Washington power brokers who reside in the area. Sheila Johnson, the dynamic entrepreneur who co-founded Black Entertainment Television and is the founder of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, took inspiration from her own country estate in designing the luxury resort, and the opulent Owner’s Suite features furnishings and accessories from her private collection. Experience the sporting life through equestrian classes, ranging from dressage to steeplechasing, or try some new and intriguing horse-themed activities like equestrian yoga. A state-of-the-art cooking studio also offers unique classes, where you can learn how to butcher and cook game meats or how to make your own homemade pasta. The Salamander Spa offers a holistic health and wellness program tailored to your specific well-being needs, including integrative and regionalized treatments, along with educational workshops and resultsdriven therapies. The spacious complex includes a stunning couple’s suite for tandem treatments, aromatic steam rooms, a private courtyard and lush spa lounge. The spa’s innovative treatments go far beyond standard massage with offerings like magnetic therapy and a farm-to-treatment ritual based on the four seasons of the year that incorporates essential oils from local native plants, herbs, botanical blooms and organic fruits. Try the Rasul – a Moroccan-inspired therapy that takes place in a heated ceramic dome and uses a re-mineralizing mud to break down impurities in the skin. Pump up your heart rate at the huge indoor pool or try a fitness class for the whole family. Chef Todd Gray, owner and executive chef of Washington’s highly acclaimed Equinox Restaurant, oversees the culinary creations at the resort’s outlets, including the Piedmont-centric menu at the 110-seat equestrian-inspired restaurant. All 17 suites and about half of the 151 guestrooms feature gas fireplaces, and all boast bathrooms with marble jetted showers, pedestal tubs and LCD televisions. With golf, tennis, hiking, birding and guided nature tours, there’s plenty to do outdoors. Bring your own horse and stable it in the 22-stall barn to explore the extensive riding trails, or take a long walk with your best four-footed friend: dogs are also welcome at Salamander with no weight limits. n
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Create a Design Calendar
Vicki O'Neal, owner of FORM & FUNCTION, provides commercial and residential interior and landscape d e s i g n . S h e i s a p r o f e s s i o n a l m e m b e r o f A S I D , VA C e r t i f i e d I n t e r i o r D e s i g n e r ( C I D ) , M a s t e r G a r d e n e r, a n d a VA C e r t i f i e d L a n d s c a p e D e s i g n e r ( V S L D ) a n d a Horticulturist.
What, When and Why!? By Vicki O'Neal, ASID, CID, VSLD
iming is everything," and as the enduring phrase so aptly describes various aspects of life, it also applies to your household. Inside and out, homeowners are continually strategizing projects or repairs they need or want to accomplish. Did you know that there may be an ideal time of year to accomplish many of these initiatives? Most often we are eager to jump right in after deciding to move forward with a particular idea. But, preparation and patience can be a savvy strategy, especially if you’d like to work within and take advantage of the seasonal cycles of the marketplace and the design and construction industry. Outdoor temperatures may even affect the ideal implementation schedule for your project.
PLAN AHEAD For any renovation or construction project, planning ahead is never more important. The specific design and development always come first, and the ideal time for scheduling the work largely depends on the type of project. For instance, if you have notions of installing a new outdoor living space or landscape, and March or April arrives prior to having an action plan in place, your project may become a summer or fall installation. Whether the implementation is DIY – and especially if you will likely hire professionals – the planning, scheduling and logistics of any project take time. If the starting date falls in the peak season of any particular industry, it could lead to delays, frustration or top dollars being spent. Besides, the most-sought-after professionals are often booked weeks or months in advance. The same principle applies to any interior or exterior construction project. If you have plans to remodel a kitchen or bathroom, and want the work to be completed for a specific event like a graduation, wedding, or the arrival of guests, don’t leave your scheduling until the last minute. Planning at least three to six months prior to your needed completion date is essential for a smooth process and successful outcome. Time required always, of course, depends largely on the complexity of the project and the parties involved. Remember that you could be working with multiple trades and individuals, all with different schedules and priorities. Careful evaluation and building solid relationships are fundamental as projects frequently do not advance in a linear, neat process. A spirit of flexibility and sometimes compromise is often beneficial to all.
For any renovation, construction, or landscape project, the design process should begin well in advance of the desired completion date.”
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20 14 Construction of any project, whether indoors or out, requires vision and planning.
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T h e g e n e r a l s u g g e s t i o n s f o r e a c h s e a s o n f o l l o w i n c h r o n o l o g i c a l o r d e r. T h r o u g h o u t t h e e n t i r e y e a r, a s I a l w a y s s t r e s s — p l a n , p l a n , p l a n ! K e e p i n m i n d m a n y i t e m s o n t h e c a l e n d a r o v e r l a p o n e a n o t h e r. C o n s t r u c t i o n , r e n o v a t i o n , a n d e v e n o u t d o o r l i v i n g
p r o j e c t s c a n b e a c t i v e t h r o u g h o u t t h e y e a r.
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Bedding & linens Furniture Interior décor TVs & home theater Exercise equipment
PURCHASE • Prune—deciduous trees & shrubs (non-spring blooming) • Start early—install outdoor living projects
PREPARE • Plan outdoor living projects • Plan landscape projects • Plan summer projects— painting, construction, renovations & repairs
JUNE PURCHASE • Plants—shrubs, trees, annuals & perennials • Lawn mowers (April) • Paint (sales start in June) • Hardware
PREPARE & IMPLEMENT • • • •
Get planting Plant your veggies! Plan and install outdoor living Summer projects
• Vacuums (buy last year’s model in time for spring cleaning) • Cookware & kitchen accessories • Carpet • Refrigerators • Mattresses • Furniture & carpet • Paint (sales start in June)
• Furniture (sales June & July; new inventory in August) • Carpet • Tool sets
PREPARE & IMPLEMENT • Interior & exterior projects for the holidays • Furniture & carpet • Paint (sales start in June)
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SEPTEMBER PURCHASE • Outdoor furniture and accessories (July & August)
PREPARE & IMPLEMENT • Plan landscape projects (fall is the best time for planting) • Continue repairs, construction, or renovations • Paint
PURCHASE • Home appliances, large & small • Consumer electronics • TVs
PREPARE & IMPLEMENT • Interior & exterior projects prior to holidays • Furniture & carpet • Paint (sales start in June)
DECEMBER PURCHASE • Lawn mowers • Grills • Closeouts on nursery plants
PREPARE & IMPLEMENT • Clean up leaves • Finish repairs • Renovation & construction projects continue
BUILD A CALENDAR For specific products and materials, scope out the oh-so-predictable and reliable market seasons to find the best deals for purchasing materials and home items. Follow my “Design Calendar” for surprising and sensible facts to maximize your efforts, strategies and purchasing power. Start the year off right and reap the rewards of patience by holding off on purchases until the New Year. Here’s why: through the fall season, retailers are poised for consumer demand, with loads of products and inventory available. Did you know that “Back to School” is second only to the holidays as the busiest time of the year for retailers? Also, many homeowners scramble during their busy fall to begin and complete home improvements before the holiday season arrives. So many Americans initiate home improvements before the holiday season that prices may actually be escalated during that time. Due to the high-energy seasonal ramp-up and its inevitable waning, January and February are especially great times to take advantage of sales and even bargain pricing, particularly on large appliances, carpet and flooring, furniture, and interior décor. In 1878, the January “White Sale” came into being, and retailers still honor the tradition conceived by the creative entrepreneur and strategist John Wannaker. Fitness equipment and office furniture are also great buys in January. The rest of the year follows similar seasonal cycles, with specific times for optimizing choice, availability or price.
SO MANY CHOICES Have you ever wondered if our lives are enhanced or diminished by having so many choices and alternatives? I recently heard that an average grocery store has 175 types of salad dressing. Do we really need so many options? I don’t think so, and I believe it actually can diminish our individual quality of life. Do you really want to stand in a 50-foot aisle and consider whether to buy one ply or two; single, double or triple roll, softener or none? You get the picture! The same principle applies to home and garden products, materials and qualities. To say the least, manufacturers and retailers offer a perplexing array and complexity of interior design and outdoor living merchandise. Often staff is not very available or knowledgeable to assist consumers. Prudent research, an informed sense of timing and a well-laid plan always point a home project or purchase in a positive direction. Also, by planning your project in advance, you can begin to collect materials at their best pricing and be poised to move through your project with ease. Do your homework, consult professionals, trust your instincts and keep it simple. n
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Maintain Your Greenthumb Indoor Gardening This Winter By Erin D. Pittman
inter is often the most dreaded season for gardeners. The days are too cold and too short to get your hands in the dirt and tend to blooms. Or are they? It is possible to continue to foster your love of plants throughout this frigid season with a slight change in perspective…and location. Indoor gardening during cold months can keep those green thumbs active and fulfilled all winter long. From foliage to flowers and even herbs for cooking, house plants can bring beauty to your home, seasoning to your table and cleaner air throughout your house.
Indoor bloomers For those wishing to tend to blooms, there are many options for indoor flowering plants. Local experts recommend the following: Amaryllis – With its trumpet-shaped blossoms and variety of colors, its blooms add beauty to any setting. Place your plant or bulbs in bright sunlight and water sparingly until the stem appears; once the stem is higher, keep the soil moist. Amaryllis offers extended blooms that last from seven to 10 weeks. African violets – Violets enjoy bright, but not direct, sunlight. Planting in special pots allows them to self-water, reducing the likelihood of too much moisture. Christmas cactus – Unlike most cacti, this plant requires regular watering and filtered sunlight. With proper care, blooms can be expected from fall to spring. Cyclamen – This plant’s heart-shaped leaves and long-lasting blossoms make it a rewarding houseplant to tend. Keep soil moist and the plant in indirect sunlight for best results.
Indoor foliage Easy-to-care-for houseplants bring lovely warmth to your indoor spaces and surprising benefits, as well. Numerous house plants are an excellent way to improve indoor air quality, which is often more polluted than outdoor air. All plants release oxygen, as part of photosynthesis, thus increase oxygen levels in the home. Additionally, they release moisture and increase humidity levels, which is especially beneficial during dry, winter months. Demanding little, plants such as aloe, golden pothos, philodendron and dracaena filter contaminants like formaldehyde and benzene from the air. 56 January/February 2014
This satisfying option for indoor gardening can easily be grown in a kitchen windowsill and can add that fresh-picked taste to your winter meals. Most herbs prefer full sun, so pick a window that receives light for much of the day. Make sure to research before planting because some herbs grow quickly from seed, while others start best from cuttings and still others may be best transplanted from your outdoor garden. Suggested indoor herbs include basil, chives, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme. Consider ones that you frequently use in your cooking and try your hand at those. Using what you grow will provide you the most fulfilling indoor gardening experience. As you start to explore the idea of moving your garden indoors for the winter, you may realize how many options you have. Perhaps you wish to bring your front porch ferns indoors along with your potted hibiscus. Speak to local nursery experts to decide upon the best spot and care routine for each plant to help it fare the winter. Then start tending to those indoor plants to keep your green thumb from going dormant this winter. n
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Edgar Allan Poe's Enchanted Garden At Linden Row Inn By Ginger Warder
dgar allan poe was born in Boston and died in Baltimore, but he always referred to Richmond as his home, and the land upon which the historic Linden Row Inn is located played a significant role in Poe’s early life. The charming downtown boutique hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the nation’s finest surviving examples of Greek revival architecture, but the role the inn has played in the history of some of Richmond’s most notable residents is known by very few. In 1811, Edgar Allan Poe’s mother, Elizabeth, was performing with a traveling theater company at the Richmond Theater when she became ill and died from tuberculosis. Poe’s father vanished shortly after his birth and upon her death, Elizabeth Poe’s three children were separated. Edgar was eventually adopted by Scottish immigrant John Allan, a wealthy tobacco merchant in Richmond. Allan gave his foster son his middle name, and in 1815, he and his wife, Frances, took him along to England to establish a branch of the successful business he owned with longtime friend, Charles Ellis. When they returned to Richmond in 1820, the Allans moved in with the Ellis family at their home at the corner of Franklin and Second Street.
Once a lush garden where Edgar Allan Poe fell in love, the historic Linden Row Inn is a window into Richmond’s past." Ellis later purchased the eastern end of the property across the street to establish a garden, which became known for its lush rose garden, jasmine and linden trees. Poe played in the garden with the Ellis children and courted his first love, Elmira Royster, among the luxurious blooms. They became engaged, but Royster eventually broke Poe’s heart when she married someone else. Legend has it that the second version of his famous poem, To Helen, refers to that “enchanted garden” and first love. Poe wrote that second poem in 1848 for poetess Sarah Helen Whitman as a Valentine’s Day card and later became engaged to her briefly. However, in an odd twist of fate, Royster, who was his first fiancée, also his last. Poe proposed to the widow for the second time shortly before his death in 1849. Today, the Linden Row Inn – a collection of seven pre-Civil War row homes named for those linden trees in the Ellis garden – sits on the very same tract of land where Poe played with the Ellis children and romanced his first love. And it’s still known for its enchanting courtyard garden, one of the most romantic gardens in the city and the site of many weddings. n Photos courtesy of The Poe Museum, www.poemuseum.org
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BNW Builders Hits the Big Time Remodeling One Local Company Stands Out Nationwide By Sarah Alderson
here’s an old saying that “Virtue is its own reward.” While it’s true that simply doing good things – and doing things well – can both be extremely rewarding, it’s also true that when you’re in business, it’s helpful to let potential customers know about the good things you’ve been recognized for…so they can make informed decisions about using your services in the future. Some people also say that accolades seem to be handed out some-
ing for a perfect combination of fresh
what indiscriminately these days. From school children receiving awards
ideas and best practices for your next
for simply participating in sports on up to businesses winning contests
home improvement project, THE go-to
online, the sheer amount of recognition given out on a regular basis can
remodeling company in Richmond is BNW
seem to render it all meaningless in the long run. At the very least, custom-
Builders. What it really comes down to is
ers can get overwhelmed or even become distrustful of businesses that
that the recognition by their peers trans-
seem to brag constantly, so that the most meaningful types of recognition
lates into continued satisfaction by their
can get lost in the shuffle.
That said, there ARE some awards given out in the business commu-
Owner Bruce Wiegan started BNW
nity that still mean something. And receiving these types of honors is truly
Builders after years of working in the
something for a business to be proud of. The “Remodeling Big50,” an elite
home improvement industry.
group of building professionals recognized by Remodeling magazine for
was to single-handedly prove that one
excellence in the industry, is one of those distinctions…and BNW Builders
company can provide exceptional services
is proud and humbled to have been included on that list for 2013.
in multiple disciplines. Today, his full-service building/remodeling com-
Being named one of the nation’s top remodelers proves that BNW’s work has not gone unnoticed by their peers. And that means a lot. Remod-
His plan Dulcie Holland Photography
pany provides the finest in roofing, siding, windows and doors, patios and decks, gutter protection systems, sunrooms and additions.
eling magazine notes that what truly sets these professionals apart from
Check out BNW Builder’s website, bnwbuilders.com. You’ll not only
the others is a commitment to maintaining exceptionally high standards
find a list of their qualifications and services, you’ll also see copies of their
for professionalism and integrity combined with a determination to suc-
many certifications and ratings, photos of their work, videos of their crews
ceed against all odds - even throughout a particularly difficult recession.
in action, and perhaps most importantly – real customer reviews and tes-
The Big50 companies are the ones who actually take advantage of any
difficulty as an opportunity to retool their systems and processes. They
That’s because, when it comes right down to it, satisfied customers are
are the ones that plan ahead for the recovery so that when business picks
THE most important award – and reward - that a business can have. And
up again, they are poised to meet their sales, production, and customer-
BNW Builders has garnered thousands of very happy customers.
service goals in order to thrive. What this means to you, as a potential customer, is that if you’re look-
BNW Builders has become a nationally acclaimed leader in remodeling. And the list of honors for Bruce and his team continues to grow. But the bottom line is always the same.
comes to recognition for a job well done, BNW adds a little twist to that old saying about virtue. They maintain that “Satisfied customers are the BEST reward. Let Us Serve You.
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