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FEATURE 15 Taking the Richmond Stage Upcoming shows in the downtown area.

19 It’s Time For A Getaway! Enjoy the wonderful towns that our state has to offer.

23 2013 Annual Shoppers’ Guide Check out what some of our local retailers are offering in the Richmond area for your holiday shopping needs.


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35 Scoop Du Jour Restaurant news for Richmond foodies.

36 Cozy Bars and Winter Cocktails

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39 In Search of... International Dishes.

44 Calendar of Events

FAMILY 47 Bonding With Your Teen

HEALTH 49 Managing Your Cholesterol

SENIORS 50 Raising Grandchildren

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Chesterfield County Airport – A Regional Asset By Don J. Kappel


lipping through the months of November and December in the 2013 calendars, I noticed that the International Space

Station received its first occupants on Nov. 2, 2000. Ever since then, human beings have orbited our planet pretty much constantly. While we take that for granted, it’s quite an amazing technological achievement. I also noted that Dec. 17th marks the Wright brothers’ first flight, which took place in 1903. I was struck by the fact that in less than 97 years, mankind went from that first, short flight in Kitty Hawk, N.C., to having a permanent presence in space. Aviation certainly has come a long way and is now part of our everyday lives. Even if we don’t fly frequently, and even if we never get to visit the International Space Station, that first flight continues to affect every one of us in one way or another, including economically. Locally, the Chesterfield County Airport provides an important aviation presence, and like the International Space Station, it does its job 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 2010, the airport contributed nearly $28 million in economic activity to the local area and was responsible for 239 jobs, with an annual payroll of nearly $8 million. It serves the business community, travelers and public safety agencies and much more. The airport, located at 7511 Airfield Drive in Chesterfield, is a reliever airport for Richmond International Airport and has an Instrument Landing System that enables pilots to take off and land in inclement weather, or at night. It also features a full-service restaurant, banquet room, a pilots’ lounge, two conference rooms and an observation deck. Adjacent to the airport is the Airport Industrial Park, which is home to nearly 100 businesses. The Virginia State Police operate aircraft from the facility, including MedFlight, which provides transportation and care for trauma patients. Also located at the airport are the Civil Air Patrol and other organizations. Dominion Aviation, the fixed-base operator, provides a full range of aircraft maintenance, fueling, rentals, charters and hangar leasing. And, if you want to learn to fly, you can take lessons at the airport and get a bird’s-eye view of the Metro Richmond region. For more information on the Chesterfield County Airport, visit or call (804) 743-0771. n First Choice is a bi-monthly information column provided for the citizens of Chesterfield County. Don J. Kappel is director of Public Affairs for Chesterfield County.



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We’ve taken on the world! Check out where you can find the best spots to enjoy an international meal in Chesterfield! See the story on page 39. Pictured is Palermo’s Pescatora alla Mondello. Photo by Liz Reese.



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WINTER 2013–2014 PLAYS



he local theater scene, in typical Richmond fashion, is loyal and

At the time, casual theatergoers and esteemed critics alike consid-

rich in history. It also has “the strongest, most vibrant theater

ered Richmond Theatre one of the finest stages in the country. Today,

scene of any mid-size metro area in the nation, with seven pro-

Monumental Church, surrounded by the Medical College of Virginia

fessionally oriented nonprofit companies currently competing

campus on Broad Street, serves as a mausoleum for all who lost their

for audiences, funding and media coverage,” says Bruce Miller, artistic director of Virginia Repertory Theatre.

lives in the flames. Yet as interesting as this tale may be, you’re probably more curi-

“If there’s a trend underway, it’s that of consolidation,” Miller

ous about the stage fare you can enjoy today. It does, after all, range

continues, explaining that only a couple of years ago, there were 10

from “burlesque to Broadway,” in the words of Cindy Creasy, who runs

competing companies. However, Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV “The theater scene here is a gem,

merged to form Virginia Rep in 2012, while Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare announced their planned merger earlier this year. Sycamore Rouge, meanwhile, closed last summer after battling financial hardship. Miller hopes more consolidation will occur soon. “Considering the limits of our community’s resources, a strong case can be made that

The local scene has the strongest, most vibrant theater scene of any mid-size metro area in the nation”

fewer appropriately-funded companies would yield higher returns than seven companies, all of which are undercapitalized,” he adds. One of the city’s most notable theaters no longer exists, but re-

something many Richmonders take for granted,’’ she says. “But, we’re so lucky with all of the performing arts happening here.”

mains a vital part of the capital’s long and varied story of performance

Want to relish Richmond’s theater scene? Here are some of the

art. Once upon a time, that stage was Richmond Theatre, a “barn-like

plays hitting Richmond this winter (don’t worry—we’ve spared you

building” that fell to a fatal fire during its final performance in 1811.

from all the Christmas pageants):


“The Drowsy Chaperone” Nov. 7–Dec. 21 Swift Creek Mill Theatre A die-hard musical theatre fan is playing his favorite cast album, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” on his turntable. As he listens, the musical literally bursts to life in his apartment, telling the story of a vivacious Broadway starlet trying to find her true love.

“Hairspray” Nov. 8–20 TheatreVCU The winner of eight Tony Awards, “Hairspray” centers on Tracy Turnblad's adventures with it on a local television dance show. All aspects of the production are produced by students in the VCU Theatre program, part of VCU's top-ranked School of the Arts.

“Fiddler on the Roof” Nov. 12–Jan. 12 The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre Tevye, a poor milkman, must weigh his family’s happiness against the traditions that have preserved a way of life in his village. His eldest daughters want to marry for love rather than an auspicious match, and outside forces threaten everything he holds dear, but family and faith help see him through in a changing world.

“The Wild Party” Nov. 21–Dec. 28 Firehouse Theatre Project This 2000 Drama Desk and Obie Award winner follows the tale of one crazy night spent by two vaudeville lovers in their Manhattan apartment. Queenie is a vaudeville dancer and Burrs is a vaudeville clown. Both are mean-spirited and careless – the kind of party animals that would put frat boys to shame. This is the evening they promise to make each other jealous, and that's when violent trouble ensues. 16

“Jersey Boys”


integration in 1962 Baltimore after she makes

Jan. 7–19 The Landmark Theater This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30!

“Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” Jan. 31-–Feb. 9 The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend Sarah Bradford narrate her adventurous life, we share in the joys, sorrows and challenges faced by this brave woman who changed the world through her courage.

“The Addams Family” Feb. 7–8 The Landmark Theater A smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley, and of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life.


“The Odd Couple” (Female Version) Through Nov. 9 CAT Theatre Florence Unger and Olive Madison are the female Unger and Madison of Neil Simon's contemporary comedy classic, “The Odd Couple.” When Ms. Madison invites the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit, the two Constanzuela brothers (replacing the Pidgeon sisters) show up and make for a hilarious time.

PLAYS “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” Feb. 13–19 TheatreVCU–Mainstage Faced with the choice between prison time or


MORE COMING IN 2014 “The Mormon Boy Trilogy” Jan. 16-Feb. 1

“Death and the Maiden” Feb. 6-March 1

“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” Feb. 6-March 8

“The Taming of the Shrew”

a short sentence in a mental hospital, Randle

“Clybourne Park”

Nov. 7–16

Patrick McMurphy chooses the mental hos-

Feb. 20-March 15

pital. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” is a

Richmond Shakespeare/Henley Street Theatre

story of anti-establishment, with McMurphy

“Life Could Be a Dream”

This popular Shakespeare comedy gets a full-

rising up against the cold Nurse Ratched. In

March 6-April 19

blown 1930's makeover, with a bit of every-

this adaptation of Ken Kesey's 1960's novel,

thing from Hollywood's Golden Era. Inspired

VCU Theatre undergrad and graduate stu-

by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts exhibit,

dents are responsible for all aspects of this

“Hollywood Costume,” this production prom-

professional-level production.

“Bonny Bunny's Treasure Hunt”

“Production Studies III Showcase”

March 24-April 18

ises dazzling production design in addition to a classic tale of men, women, power, and, of course, love.

Feb. 13–16

“Shrek the Musical” March 14-April 27

“The Rat Pack is Back” March 28-29

“The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui”

Modlin Center for the Arts

Nov. 21–24

University of Richmond students present a

Modlin Center for the Arts

production of their choice – fully produced,

directed and designed by their class – as a


This satirical allegory of Hitler in Nazi Ger-

culmination of two years of intense theater

April 17-20

many chronicles Arturo Ui's rise to power in

study and preparation. The only guideline is

Great Depression-era Chicago. This made-up

that the students must choose a provocative,

1930s mobster has one goal: to corner the

contemporary, full-length play.

cauliflower market, even though he doesn't

intend to get big laughs while doing it.


“The Miracle Worker”

The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre

Feb. 13–March 9

“Wittenberg” March 28-April 19

“Wicked” April 23-May 4

“Other Desert Cities” April 24-May 18

“Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall”

Jan. 16–Feb. 15

Swift Creek Mill Theatre

Tartuffe, a religious hypocrite, uses his con-

nections to swindle his generous host, Orgon,

The classic true story of young Helen Kel-

out of this wealth, his home and his wife. De-

“The Color Purple”

ler and her steadfast teacher Annie Sullivan

spite his cunning, he hasn’t fooled everyone,

June 19-Aug. 3

is brought vividly to life on the stage in this

and the family and servants rally together to

prize-winning drama.

reveal his slippery nature before it’s too late.

“Go, Dog. Go!”

First performed in 1664, this year marks the

July 11-Aug. 3

350th anniversary of the masterpiece. n

May 8-June 7

“The Dixie Swim Club” June 26-Aug. 2


Take a tour by foot or torlley to Gypsy Hill Park (above). A view of downtown on Beverley Street (below).




It’s Time for a Getaway!


ometimes, the urge to get out of town takes over and you just

need to hit the road…just a couple of days…just a short distance away. By: Tammie Wersinger

From Richmond: About 100 miles to the northwest and an hour and 45 minutes away.



taunton was hailed by Southern Living as “the perfect place to base any exploration of the valley. Located in the Shenandoah Valley, the downtown area – packed with more than 100 shops, art galleries and restaurants – is best explored by foot, but there is also a trolley.


Staunton Convention and Visitors Center, or 540-332-3865.

WHERE TO STAY? Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, located in Historic Downtown at 24 S. Market St., is an elegantly-restored hotel that is known for its richly-appointed amenities, impeccable service and beautiful rooms. Reservations: 866-880-0024. Phone: 540-885-4848. Website: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage B&B, located just blocks from the center of town at 950 W. Beverley St., this beautiful English cottage has three

Take a tour by foot, trolley or automobile. Volunteers from the

private guest rooms, with private baths. Set in a lovely garden, the

Historic Staunton Foundation will guide you through the beautifully-

cottage offers off-street parking, a wishing well and pond. Pictured

preserved historic district, or you can take a free trolley that starts at

to the left. Phone: 540-885-8885. Website: www.anne-hathaways-

the Staunton Visitor’s Center and makes a continuous loop around

downtown, the Wharf area and out to Gypsy Hill Park. Other notable


tours include the HeART and Soil of the Shenandoah Valley Artisan

Emilio’s Italian Restaurant, 22 E. Beverly St., offers fine dining al

Trail and the Hunter’s Raid Civil War Trail.

fresco in five elegantly-appointed rooms. Enjoy the seasonal roof-top

Visit American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse, the

patio or relax on one of the balconies overlooking historic Staunton.

world’s only re-creation of the legendary playwright’s indoor theater.

For details, visit or call 540-885-0102.

Located at 10 S. Market Street, the playhouse features performances

Cranberry’s Grocery and Eatery, 7 S. New St., is a natural/organic

of Shakespeare and Renaissance dramas that the Washington Post

store and café tht features breakfast, juice bar, smoothies, wraps,

called “shamelessly entertaining.”

sandwiches and salads. For details, visit or call 540-

Details: or 540-851-1733.




orfolk, with its 144 miles of shoreline, offers much to do – from boat tours of the world’s largest naval base to sipping tours of Virginia’s very first urban winery. Norfolk also is home to the state’s first light rail system, which makes getting around the city fun and easy.

WHAT TO DO? Get cultural, with Norfolk’s thriving art community, with

From Richmond: About 90 miles to the southeast and 1½ hours away.


its studios, galleries and performance venues. There are

Clockwise from above:

working artists’ studios at D’Art Center, a beautiful Tiffany

An aerial view of the East Beach. Hannah

glass collection at the Chrysler Museum of Art and live

Kirkpatrick with Robin Rogers experie-

performances at Harrison Opera House, Chrysler Hall and

menting with glass blowing. An American rollover ship at Harborfest. The Chrysler


Museum of Art.

Take a tour of the Norfolk Naval Base, beginning at the


Naval Tour and Information Center at 9079 Hampton Blvd. Naval personnel give visitors the opportunity to see a variety of ships, an airfield and historic homes from the 1907 Jamestown Exposition. Another option would be a tour by boat on the Victory Rover.

WHERE TO STAY? Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, 777 Waterside Drive, Echard Wheeler

provides stunning views of the Elizabeth River, along with an exceptional hotel and meeting experience. Reservations: 800-325-3535. Phone: 757-622-6664. Website: Freemason Inn Bed and Breakfast, located at 232 E. Main St., was the only establishment in the Hampton Roads area included in “Dream weekends 50 Great Places to Stay” by Washingtonian Magazine. Private, beautiful suites are appointed to suit the era and fully-equipped with fireplace and jetted Jacuzzis. Phone: 757-963-7000. Website:

WHAT TO EAT? Byrd and Baldwin Brothers Steakhouse, housed in a 1906 building at 116 Brooke Ave., serves only grain-fed Midwestern all-natural beef, aged on site to ensure the finest product. For details, visit or call 757-222-9191. No Frill Grill, located near the Naro Theater in historic Ghent at 806 Spotswood Ave., features chef-created dinner specials, wine lists and homemade desserts served in a spacious, warm, eclectic environment. For details, visit or call 757-627-4262. 20


Cameron Davidson


From Richmond:

Clockwise from above:

About 100 miles to the north

Dusk at King Street in Alexandria. Christine Cardellino paint-

and less than two hours away.

ing at the Torpedo Factoy Art Center. An outside view of the

Details: Alexandria Visitors Center, 703-746-3301.

Torpedo Factory Art Center.



lexandria has been shaped by its close proximity to Washington, D.C. The city, with its mixture of American heritage and modern cosmopolitan settings, offers an array of things to do – from fine dining, theaters and art galleries to shopping and boat, bike and walking tours.

WHERE TO STAY? The Morrison House, a Kimpton Hotel, located just off King Street at 116 S. Alfred St., was named to Travel + Leisure's Top 10 list of the “World's Best Service 2013.” Reservations: 866-834-6628. Phone: 703838-8000. Website: Peake-Fairfax House Bed & Breakfast, located within walking distance of Old Town Alexandra at 501 Cameron St., is a Federal-period


townhouse, built in 1816. The area’s top ranked bed and breakfast on

Experience Old Town, the beautifully-preserved historic district and

TripAdvisor, this important example of American period architecture

George Washington's hometown. There’s an array of restaurants,

was carefully restored by its current owners, Dorothy and Chet Nagle.

boutiques and shops, as well as theaters. Whether you're traveling by

Phone: 703-684-3337. Website:

the free King Street Trolley, bike, boat or on foot, Old Town is an eas-


ily accessible hotspot for those seeking vibrant history and culture in a thriving city.

Fontaine Caffé and Creperie, located in a beautiful historic row

Visit the Waterfront, with its views of National Harbor and DC's

house at 119 S. Royal St., is independently-owned and a local favorite,

Washington Monument just on the horizon. Stroll on scenic paths

specializing in French-style savory and sweet crepes, made with

with street vendor and waterside restaurants, rest on a riverside

buckwheat and wheat flour. For details, visit or call

bench and watch to boats sail by, step aboard a watercraft for a


riverfront tour.

Hank’s Oyster Bar, tucked into a cozy townhouse at 1026 King St.,

Take in Torpedo Factory Art Center at 105 N. Union Street. It’s

offers New England comfort food, including steamers, chowders, pop-

home to over 80 artist studios and six galleries, the Art League

corn shrimp and short ribs plus a wide selection of oysters. For details,

School, the Alexandria Archaeolgy Museum, a café and gift shop.

visit or call 703-739-4265. n

Admission: free. Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Details: or 703-838-4565.


Shores Collision Where Service and Quality are Key by Tammy Brackett

Shores has always been passionate about cars. “I loved Mustangs when I was young and have been known to wreck a few. I wanted to learn to repair the cars I loved so I went to the Nashville Auto Diesel College and got a degree in Auto Collision Repair.” After graduation, Shores worked  repairing vehicles  at several Richmond  auto dealerships, where he discovered a disturbing trend. “Customers and employees of the dealership  were treated more like numbers than people. It made me think about opening my own shop, where I could do great work and not treat customers and employees like numbers.” Twelve years later, Shores Collision is at the top of its game, providing excellent repair work and outstanding customer  service to its clients. “For five years it was me in the hot seat, running the business and doing a lot of the repair work. I’m really lucky to now have a great group of technicians and office personnel working for me so I can focus on overseeing the shop’s work and keeping ahead of new trends and regulations in the auto body repair industry.”  Shores Collision prides itself on conducting repairs in a timely man-


ner and keeps customers informed of the progress of repairs via online inwood Shores, the owner of Shores Collision is adamant about

updates along with photos of their repair work in progress. “We want

how he conducts business at his Powhatan Industrial Park lo-

to not only meet, but exceed our customers’ expectations,” says Shores.

cation. “I’ve lived in this county a long time. People know me.

Shores Collision provides a Lifetime Warranty on all repair work and

It makes what I do repairing cars and providing great customer service

prides itself on its ability to rebuild your car to “before the accident” con-

even more important, because I’m doing it for friends and neighbors in

dition. For the best in customer service and outstanding auto body re-

Powhatan,” he explains.

pair work, check out Shores Collision. n

Dining. Entertainment. Savings.




2013 Annual

Shoppers'Guide By Erin Pittman


s the season for shopping begins, think outside the big box store for finding unique

items for yourself, your home and your family and friends. Check out what some of our local retailers are offering in the Richmond area.








Papeterie This holiday season give a gift with a personal touch. Papeterie

offers custom-printed stationery, mono-


Jewelry Creations by Shirlie Witt For more than 28 years, Jewelry

Creations by Shirlie Witt has been serv-


Bella Arte Bella Arte Gallery features fine art and prints, art glass, artisan

jewelry, archival framing and sculpture.

grammed and embroidered home goods,

ing the Tri-City area’s jewelry needs. This

Browse their popular “Secret Art of Dr.

as well as apparel and jewelry. Featuring

upscale, but welcoming, shop offers a

Seuss” collection including bronze and il-

items from Crane and Co., Beatriz Ball,

personalized shopping experience with

lustrated art from his 44 books. You’ll also

Williams Arthur and more, Papeterie has

stellar customer service. The staff prides

find art from Jos Biviano and other na-

unique, upscale items to treat that special

themselves on building and maintaining

tional artists in the gallery. Bella Arte Gal-

person. With friendly, helpful service and

relationships with their customers. From

lery features free gift wrapping, a wish

complimentary gift wrapping on all pur-

bridal rings to wedding bands and NFL

list service (perfect for the holidays!) and

chases, your holiday shopping couldn’t

jewelry to diamond studs, Jewelry Crea-

art consultations for your home or office.

get any easier!

tions by Shirlie Witt has it all. Repair work

3734 Winterfield Road | (804) 794-1511

3048 Stony Point Road | (804) 560-7955

and engraving are also available on site.

1910 Boulevard, Suite E | (804) 526-1516 24




Olive Oil Taproom If you’re searching for a unique, high-quality gift for your favorite

foodie this season, visit the Olive Oil Taproom. Featuring more than 50 ultra-premium extra virgin olive oils from around the world, you’re sure to find something for every palate. Flavor-infused oils and aged-balsamic vinegars are also available. The friendly, knowledgeable staff is eager to educate you about the health benefits of their products and pairing terrific combinations. Complimentary gift wrapping


is available with every purchase.


11400 West Huguenot Road, Suite 116 (804) 897-6464


Vino Market Are you tired of the same, limited selections at your local grocery

store? Visit Vino Market for high-quality choices of wine, beer, cheeses, fresh meat and seafood. Let the knowledgeable staff help you find the right products for your taste buds and your wallet! Local art work and the friendly customer service create a welcoming, relaxed atmosphere. Expand your horizons with free wine tastings from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays. 3730 Winterfield Road, 300 | (804) 594-0044




gift or a fun, personal indulgence, a trip


quality items for your home, like custom

has been serving the Richmond area with

to Cottage Lane is a must. This home

window treatments, bed coverings, area

custom framing services and DIY framing

town gift shop, with an upbeat staff, of-

rugs, lamps and gifts. The line of almost-

supplies. Plan your next framing project

fers table linens, silk florals, books, sta-

custom window treatments provides cus-

in this friendly, fun atmosphere, and

tionery, candles, kids’ gifts, wine acces-

tomers with exceptional products and

check out original photography, canvases,

sories and more. With brands like Lily

looks at a fraction of the price. Roomers’

ceramics and jewelry by local artists while

Pulitzer, Scout, Hen House and Caspari,

staff offers excellent service and can help

you’re there. Art on a Wire offers home

there is something fun for every garden,

you achieve the look you want for your

consultations to help with your framing

home and body.


choices, and, once completed, your piece

Cottage Lane If you’re looking for a quaint, specialty shop to discover a unique

Roomers Design Shoppe Step into Roomers Design Shoppe to discover hard to find, high

1256 Sycamore Square | 804-379-5263

1364 Gaskins Road | (804) 740-0231

Art on a Wire With more than 25 years of experience, the owner of Art on a Wire

can be delivered right to your door. 13407 Midlothian Turnpike | (804) 379-0112






Celtic Colors Celtic Colours is an Irish and Scottish gift shop featuring a variety of

Celtic jewelry, Irish shawls, pottery, kilts and tartans. Customers love their wide selection of Celtic wedding bands, engagement rings and Celtic crosses and enjoy the fun escape that their Irish and Scottish decor provides. Celtic Colours has been providing exceptional customer service to Richmonders and customers all over the world via their website since 1995. 1316 Gaskins Road | (804) 740-6112



Accents! �Accents! for you & your home offers a unique selec-

tion of gift options. In its 29th year, Accents! recently relocated to Westchester Commons. The Urban Chic setting provides a fun, relaxed shopping experience. Featuring Brands like Vera Bradley, Spartina 449, Trollbeads, Byers’ Choice


more, Accents! offers trendsetting choices for all ages. With monogramming, Neighborhood ornaments and Santa’s galore, your Christmas shopping will be a breeze. Their Christmas Open House is November 15 to 17. 15271 WC Main Street, Midlothian (804) 763-1566 |


Saxon Shoes Shop Saxon Shoes for the largest selection of brand-

name footwear in the city. Featuring shoes,




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Stitching Studio The Stitching Studio has the best gifts for that special

stitcher in your life. Needlepoint canvases, threads and a variety of accessories make great gifts for someone who loves stitching. If you stitch, find everything you need to create your best gifts yet, for the ones you love. Bring your projects with you, and enjoy our great lighting and friendly environment. 5615 Patterson Avenue | (804) 269-0355 www.


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If you’re looking for local

handmade gifts and artistry or supplies to make your own creations, Handmade Happiness Boutique has what you need. From their hand-crafted jewelry items made in house to children’s items and Rifle paper products, their gift selection is varied and unique. Need some crafting inspiration? Join them for their holiday classes and make ornaments, banners or a tree of your own. Visit their Facebook page for the complete class schedule. 4308 Chester Village Lane | (804) 796-7999


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Spain: Bargain Wine Heaven

Wine Tips and Advice By Hunter Boxley, owner of Vino Market


arlier this year, I went on a buying trip to Spain. After traveling over 2,000 miles and tasting nearly 500 wines,

I learned one big lesson… Dollar for dollar, Spain cannot be beat for wine bargains. The diversity and quality of wine we found were incredible. From simple, tasty wines under $10 to great world-class collectibles, Spain is the best! Bodegas Costers Del Sio – Petit Sios White and Red These are perfect everyday choices. The white is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and a touch of Muscat for balance and interest. It’s dry, yet fruity without any oak, and the perfect compliment for seafood, poultry and salads. The red is Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha. It’s medium-bodied, with enough backbone to match red meat or hearty cheeses, yet still great with poultry or salmon. $12.99. Isabelino Rueda This 100-percent Verdejo from the heart of Spain is crisp and dry, with herbs and citrus flavors. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, it’s the perfect brunch or porch white wine. $9.99. “G” Garnacha What a fantastic buy for a rich, silky red, with a touch of spice on the back end. This great, everyday red from the lesser-known region of Somontano would be great with Thanksgiving dinner! $14.99. Vino Market is located at 3730 Winterfield Rd., #300 | (804) 594-0044




CALLING ALL FOODIES! Every Thursday, we’re talking food and beverage on River City Flavor Radio. Scoop Du Jour, Hidden Gems, Chef ’s Share, In Search of... – all of your favorite features! Thursdays at noon on WHAN radio 102.9 FM/1430 AM!

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 (804) 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

Belle Vie

The Hard Shell

Creekside Grill

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

Sedona Taphouse 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

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

Siam Paragon 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




“We can take care of your entire family’s dental needs under one roof,” explains Chris Jefferson, assistant administrator, “Having an array of dental specialists in the same location allows colleagues to collaborate on treatment plans, which is another huge benefit for our patients.” In addition, the general dentists are also trained to perform cosmetic and implant procedures and several are certified to handle sedation dentistry for anxiety or IV sedation for wisdom teeth removal or full-mouth rehabilitation cases. The new location also features space for a future dental lab to better maintain quality control and faster turnaround times for

Dr. Baxter Perkinson and Associates


patients, as well as a 100-seat continuing education and lecture room. In addition, an experienced team has been assembled to head up the Midlothian office, including: Dr. Rick Perkins, DDS; Dr. James Crichton, DDS; Dr. MaryBeth Wicker, DDS, Dr. Dale Rogers, DDS, (ortho-

New Location Opens

dontist); Dr. John Ward, DDS, MSD (prosthodontist); Dr. Paige Holbert,

By Tammie Wersinger

DDS, MS (endodontist); and Dr. Stephanie Voth, DDS, MSD (periodontist).

r. Baxter Perkinson & Associates is making dental health more

“Our goal has always been to perform dentistry of the highest convenient and thorough for Midlothian residents with its new, quality, as comfortably as possible and at a reasonable cost,” Jefferson state-of-the-art practice at 14001 Charter Park Drive. says. “We are excited about this team of experienced dentists that will The 16,000-square-foot facility, which opened in September, will continue to offer our patients the same level of service that they have be the place for all of your dental needs – orthodontics, periodontics, grown to know over the years.” endodontics and prosthodontics, as well as general, cosmetic, implant and sedation dentistry.

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By Tammy Brackett

SERGIO’S PIZZA AND ITALIAN RESTAURANT Sergio’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant at 4824 Market Square Lane has been serving excellent Italian cuisine for more than 20 years. Recently, the establishment applied for an off license as part of their craft beer growler program. “We’ve always had a beer and wine license, but with the interest in craft beer and food pairings, we wanted to go the extra mile and acquire an off license,” explains Sergio’s spokesman, Joe Conigliaro. “Our patrons can order food to go and pair it with a growler of craft beer to go as well.” Sergio’s features a rotation of 17 craft beers. Typically, half of those taps pour Virginia craft brews. “Craft beer drinkers are not loyal to brands, but rather to styles of beer,” says Conigliaro. “They like variety. We’re stocking Hardywood brands, beers from Devil’s Backbone in Charlottesville and other local blends.” He suggests trying the peppery IPA brews with Sergio’s pepperoni pizza or Blue Mountain Coffee Stout with Sergio’s tiramisu. Check out Sergio’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant for traditional Italian fare paired with the best in local craft beers. Find our more at


CRISTINA’S CART A friend contacted me raving about Cristina’s Cart, a local food cart that sets up shop at the Harley Davidson dealership at 11501 Hull Street. Owner Cristina Kaiser has only been open two months, but her authentic Puerto Rican dishes have folks talking. “I grew up in the restaurant business, cooking alongside my father at his restaurant in Connecticut,” says Kaiser. “I joined the military after high school and found myself cooking for my friends.” After her military service, Kaiser wanted to open a restaurant without the hassle of a physical building. “I bought a new kitchen trailer that I can pull behind a truck,” she explains. “I had it painted red and black. Red is a color that opens the appetite and is esthetically pleasing. Our outdoor dining area is decorated in red and black as well.” What’s hot at Cristina’s Cart? “Our empanadas and sliders are very popular,” says Kaiser. “Our customers tell us they’ve never tasted anything as good as our oven-roasted Puerto Rican pork.” Find out more at n

My first sublime experience tasting olive oil and balsamic vinegar was at the Filling Station at Chelsea Market in New York. A more local experience can be had at their sister store, The Olive Oil Taproom, in The Shoppes at Bellgrade in Midlothian. Proprietor Shauna Wells is a passionate advocate of, not only the taste and culinary aspects of extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegars, but also the health properties each provide. “We have 50 flavors of EVOO and balsamic vinegars for our customers to sample,” says Wells. “And, we’re well versed in the health aspects of what we sell. EVOOs contain polyphenols, a natural antioxidant, and oleocanthol, which can help with symptoms of Alzheimer’s.” The Olive Oil Taproom is a great place to take a group for a unique tasting experience and is a great place to shop for the season. “We have customized gift packages for all budgets. Our 60 ml and 200 ml bottles of Extra Virgin olive oil and Aged Balsamic Vinegars are the perfect gift. Wine is just too yesterday!” says Wells. Check out The Olive Oil Taproom on Facebook and at www.


Cozy Bars and Winter Cocktails


lose your eyes for a moment and picture this scene. It’s a chilly late-fall/early-winter evening. Already, a few flakes of snow have begun to dust the sidewalk. Next, imagine yourself, perhaps with that special someone, sitting in one of those cozy, little bars, enjoying a refreshing, and somewhat warming, winter cocktail. By Steve Cook. Pictures by Robert Thomas.

MINT GASTROPUB Our stop was Mint Gastropub, located in the Fan at 2501 W. Main St., and it could not get any cozier if they handed out comforters as you walked in the door. As bar manager, Ty Cataneo, explains, it’s not just the intimate, yet open space, along with the beautiful bar, but foremost, “it’s the warm and inviting service and the fantastic food,” that make Mint the place you’re meant to be on that next chilly evening. Cataneo’s recommendation for your welcoming winter cocktail is the Flaming Daisy, served in one of Mint’s “redneck wine glasses." Combining tequila, Maine root ginger beer, and fresh habanera “for a kick” gives this drink a very festive


feel. The candied-ginger garnish, only

Don Julio tequila

adds to the festivities. Cataneo recom-

Maine root ginger beer

mends the Don Julio Tequila-braised

House-made sour mix

short mini-ribs taco dish as a great

Agave nectar

accompaniment to the drink.

Muddled, fresh habanero for a “kick” Garnish with candied ginger and Maldon salt.

BUCKHEAD’S RESTAURANT AND CHOPHOUSE Next, we head out to the burbs for one of the West End’s most popular and storied dining spots, Buckhead’s Restaurant and Chophouse at 8510 Patterson Ave. Private dining director, Heather Mitchell, personally prepared Buckhead’s wintry entry for our search…the Maple Old Fashioned. “As fall approaches, many begin to enjoy more bourbon-based drinks because bourbon warms you up,”


says Mitchell. “Adding the maple syrup

1 ounce Maple Syrup

gives it that fall-holiday feel.”

1 ½ – 2 ounces bourbon

The dark-paneled wood in the bar and

3 dashes Angostura bitters

on the walls helps give Buckhead’s that

Juice of 1 to 2 slices of orange

warm feel, as well. Actually, no matter

Stir, add ice and garnish with an orange twist.

where you enjoy your drink in this gorgeous restaurant, you will be mesmerized by the atmosphere. “This drink, along with our charcuterie board, featuring cheeses and home-cured meats, would be a great way to start off an evening at Buckhead’s,” Mitchell says. 36



HONDO’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE No quest for coziness could be complete without a visit to Hondo’s Prime Steakhouse at 4120 Cox Road. If you haven’t visited this popular Innsbrook steakhouse recently, check out the new digs just down the street. For starters, the new bar is even more inviting. It has a more sophisticated and intimate feel. At least that’s one man’s opinion (mine). Marketing manager, Toni Peebles, served up the Hondo Millionaire. Although drinking this potent combination of coffee and a trio of liqueurs didn’t elevate my financial status, I did feel somewhat better off for having sipped this piping hot delicacy.

HONDO MILLIONAIRE Baileys Irish Cream Kahlúa Liqueur Frangelico Top with coffee and whipped cream. Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

BISTRO BOBETTE If I were going to get snowbound for an evening, the delightfully intimate Bistro Bobette at 1209 E. Cary St. would definitely be high on my list. The sophisticated décor, featuring brick interior walls and low lighting, contribute to an off-thebeaten-path feel of the place. The warmly hospitable duo of bar manager, Olivier Coune (perhaps, I should say Monsieur Coune), and general manager, Erin Suiter, came up with the perfect denouement for our evening of winter cocktails. n

BISTRO BOBETTE – EN BLANC 1½ ounces Calvados ¾ ounce Ginger Liqueur ¾ ounce Amaretto Splash simple syrup Dash of blood orange bitters ¾ ounce  cream Pour all ingredients over ice. Shake. Strain into martini glass.   Garnish with candied orange peel.






INTERNATIONAL We travele d the city to bring you the best of the w orld .

Liz Reese

Enjoy these local dishes to experience unique international cuisine!

Pescatora alla Mondello Palermo Trattoria Pizzeria Black ink linguini served in a white lobster stock sauce with lobster, shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, chopped tomatoes and kalamata olives. 15717 City View Drive | (804) 378-7643


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1. Pineapple Chicken Chopstix

3. Rack of Lamb “Façon du Chef” Belle Vie

Chicken breast stir fried with zucchini, carrots and snow peas, served in a sweet pineapple sauce over white rice. 15801 City View Drive | (804) 379-8308

Bringing tradition and frequently used flavors from Belgium and France, flavors such as thyme and honey make this roasted rack of lamb special, served with the Chef’s special sauce. 1244 Alverser Plaza | (804) 379-3338

2. Pastichio The Crazy Greek A layered dish with pasta and ground beef that is topped with a layer of bechamel sauce and then baked to perfection. 14640 Hancock Village Street | (804) 739-1405 11500 Busy Street | (804) 379-8941

4. Crispy Rainbow Trout with Mango Salad Siam Paragon A lightly battered whole fish filet served with a mango salad composed of green mango, red onion, scallion, carrots, celery, cashews and dressed in a Thai-inspired lime vinaigrette. 13120 Midlothian Turnpike | (804) 379-9895



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5. Barbacoa Mexico Restaurant

7. Corn Beef and Cabbage O’Toole’s Restaurant and Pub

This slow-cooked Angus beef is seasoned with a savory and slightly spicy blend of “guajillo” peppers and a special house seasoning. This special treat comes right from Guadalajara and is served with whole pinto beans and sprinkled with queso fresco and pico de gallo.

O’Toole’s shepherd’s pie is pictured here paired with sliced lean corned beef, cabbage, parsley potatoes and carrots. 4800 Forest Hill Ave | (804) 233-1781

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8. Jerk Chicken Carena’s Jamaican Grille

6. Sushi and Sashimi Combination Kabuto

A classic Jamaican dish, this jerk chicken is marinated in a

This sushi combination dinner features fresh, delightful portions of Nigiri, Maki and other seafood, served with miso soup.

pers. Sides of rice and peas and cabbage accompany the

13158 Midlothian Turnpike | (804) 379-7979

7102 Midlothian Turnpike | (804) 422-5375

special blend of spices with fiery hot Scotch Bonnet pepmeal to temper the heat.


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The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

Annie Oakley, the best shot around, is persuaded to join Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in this musical comedy. Reservations required.

November 29–January 13 Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Experience half a million lights twinkle amongst Richmond’s favorite gardens.


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MythBusters: Behind the Myths December 11 Landmark Theater



Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmynominated Discovery channel series “MythBusters,” will be performing an all-new live show. Enjoy fantastical onstage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories.


Shows at The National Adventure Club November 12 The Rebel Era Tour featuring Griz, Pegboard Nerds, The Floozies November 17 CHVRCHES November 29 MGMT November 9 August Burns Red December 12 Twenty One Pilots featuring The 1975 December 14 Thirty Seconds to Mars December 18 Carbon Leaf December 21 Dark Star Orchestra December 28 GWAR December 29

More Events Friendship, Trade & Feast November 23 Henricus Historical Park Carytown Black Saturday November 30 Carytown Richmond Symphony: Let It Snow!! December 7–8 Carpenter Theatre John Mayer December 13 Richmond Coliseum





Bonding With Your Teen


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As the parent of a teenager, you have a lot to compete with – friends, school, Facebook, extracurricular activities and Twitter, to name a few. Though it’s natural for teens to seek independence and pull away, they still need to know you care. Having a strong bond with your adolescent can reduce the likelihood that they will engage in risky behaviors, but how do you keep that bond solid? Finding things that you both enjoy may seem challenging, but Richmond offers plenty of activities that parents and teens can share to maintain that important connection.

Play together. Channeling our inner-kid can bring out the best in us. Find a

Consider taking a class together. Do you have a passion for jewelry making? Does your child

place to engage in play together. Richmond offers lots of fun spots

enjoy dancing or golfing? There are countless venues around

G-Force offers high-speed karting, paintball and laser tag –

to blogging. Participating in something your teen enjoys allows

to let loose and have fun with your teen.

all in one venue. A little competition and fun are sure to lead to bonding with your teen.

Remember the glee that a backyard trampoline brought you as

a kid? Take that and multiply it times 10! Jumpology, a trampoline

arena in Glen Allen, offers Jump Jams for ages 15 and up, family nights, theme nights, dodgeball and JumpFit exercise classes that will set a happy tone for some family bonding.

Share a passion. At times, it may feel like you and your teen have less and less

in common. A great way to bond is by sharing favorite experiences. Set a date to do an activity of his or her choice this week,

and in return, you plan a second outing to share an activity of your choice.

town offering classes or lessons in everything from scrapbooking

you to see your child in his or her element. When a teen is comfortable and happy, chatting can become easier and more natural.

In turn, seeing you engaged in something you love may provide

a new view of who you are and an appreciation of a new piece of you.

Start a project together. As your child gets older, share some of your skills. If you are

an avid gardener, starting a garden together may be an opportunity to connect. Or, pass on some of your family’s favorite recipes by

preparing a meal together. You may be surprised how interested your teen is in sharing these experiences with you.

Get active! Working out together is another way to connect with your

teen. It reinforces healthy ways to release stress and the importance of staying fit. Join a gym or sign up for a specific class.

“I love attending exercise classes with my mom, especially

Zumba and yoga,” says Hanover teen, Katherine Gravely. “That way we get a workout in with our bonding.”

If you prefer just a one-time activity, indoor rock climbing

at Peak Experiences provides a good workout and is an activity that requires team work!

Though bonding may seem a bit challenging at first, continue

to schedule time with your teen and work to find activities that you both enjoy. Your extra efforts now can be the foundation for a beautiful life-long connection. n


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Managing Cholesterol


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When it comes to cholesterol, it’s all about the numbers. Is your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol greater than 100? That’s too high. Is your









too low. Is your total cholesterol 200 or more? You’d better see a doctor.

Cholesterol is a fatty, waxy substance that is essential to nor-

Take Control. Bennett says the best way to control cholesterol is to start with

mal body function, but when there’s too much, it builds up inside

a healthy diet and regular exercise. In fact, Bennett has had pa-

stroke or heart disease. While having high LDL cholesterol is con-

but persistent, lifestyle changes. But for many, however, these

the arteries and can form blockages. This can lead to a heart attack,

sidered dangerous, having low HDL cholesterol is also a health risk. For most patients, cholesterol control is a delicate balance of eating right, exercise and following a physician’s directions.

Control Your Cholesterol. Cholesterol is known as sneaky and silent. Most patients nev-

er know they have high cholesterol until it’s well established. In fact, more than 70 million Americans have high cholesterol, but

only a fraction of those people are controlling it. High cholesterol,

tients who have controlled their cholesterol by making simple, changes are difficult to continue or, because of genetics, they may

not work at all. In those cases, medications, including statin drugs, have been found to be safe and effective. But even those might not

be effective if a patient doesn’t implement dietary restrictions and more exercise. In fact, Bennett tells his patients that eating fatty

food while taking cholesterol medication is like “putting a Band-

Aid on a leaky dam.” It’s simply not going to work. Visit your doctor and get regular annual check-ups to ensure your cholesterol levels are in a safe range.

called hypercholesterolemia, is most commonly caused by heredity – passed on through the generations. But other, more controllable factors can cause high cholesterol. That includes a diet high

Change Your Lifestyle! There are five simple lifestyle changes that patients can make

in saturated fats and cholesterol and medical disorders, including

to wage war against high cholesterol:

high cholesterol. For years, high cholesterol was thought to be an

weight can make a huge difference in reducing your cholesterol

“Unfortunately, it has become a younger and younger per-

Get more exercise – Take a daily walk or bike ride to improve

diabetes and Cushing syndrome. Smoking is also a risk factor in older person’s problem, but that’s not the case anymore. son’s problem,” Bennett says.

Cholesterol Alphabet Soup? There are several factors that make up a total cholesterol count:

HDL – Commonly known as good cholesterol because higher

levels of HDL cholesterol seem to protect against a heart attack.

LDL – This ‘bad’ cholesterol collects in the walls of arteries

that feed the brain and heart. It forms hard, thick deposits that narrow the artery walls and cause blockages.

Lose weight – Losing as little as five to 10 percent of your body


your cholesterol levels.

Eat more fish – Eating fatty fish, such as salmon or halibut,

will lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Don’t smoke – If you don’t smoke, don’t

start. If you do, quit. Smoking decreases your HDL (good) cholesterol.

Consider medication – Talk to your phy-

sician about which medication would be best

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Triglycerides – As a form of fat made in the body, it’s never

good to have high triglycerides.

Lp(a) – Known as lipoprotein a, this lesser-known com-

ponent of cholesterol could also be an indicator of developing future health problems.



Raising Grandchildren


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It’s hard enough to raise kids these days, but what if you’re a grandparent raising grandchildren? Gone are the days when being a grandparent only means afternoon play dates or the occasional sleepover. Today, a growing number of local grandparents are raising their grandkids.

For those grandparents, there are plenty of challenges to over-

Even during the tough times, grandparents must always re-

come, but also many benefits. It can be a tough road for both the

member the benefits of the situation, Leidheiser adds. They get to

field County’s Senior Advocate, says there’s one thing that every-

cess. They are building a strong foundation for the children, main-

grandparents and the grandchildren. Debbie Leidheiser, Chesterbody needs to remember – patience.

“It may be a long time before the grandchild accepts this





ensure that their grandchildren are getting every chance at suctaining family contacts and providing a quality home life.

“Grandparents must remember that they are doing the best

they can for their grand-

child, and it is a blessing

There are

that they have stepped

resources for grandpar-

into this role,” she says.

ents and grandchildren,


and they should not feel

ashamed for asking for

there are many places

if one of them needs it,”

Richmond and the sur-

to turn to for help across

help or even counseling she said.



rounding area, includ-

ing school counselors,



reasons why grandpar-



friends and family. Oth-

wind up in the situation

er resources include the

– the death of one or


both parents, military


service, jail time, addiction or other reasons



ents and grandchildren


nection Support group

that make it difficult to care for youngsters. No matter how they

meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 4:30

new assignment. This is especially true when the grandparent is

Center Parkway, Chesterfield. You do not have to be a Chester-

get there, grandparents go through so many emotions with their

caught off guard. They planned their retirement and downsized

their lives only to have to squeeze children into the equation. This also means finding more money in the budget for more mouths to

p.m. in the Community Development Building, 9800 Government field resident to attend. Visit for more information.

Relative Connections Support group meetings and other help

feed, children’s activities and other expenses. Many grandparents

for older adults raising school-aged children, from elementary

grief, anger and guilt. At the same time, grandchildren are go-

ative-connections for more information.

in this new situation go through a range of emotion, including

ing through their own emotional situations, like confusion, disap-

through high school. Visit Resource Center Located in the Fulghum Cent-

pointment and worry.

er, 4003 Cogbill Road, this center offers workshops, office and

grandchild. The grandchild is upset and doesn’t always under- for more information.

“The grandparent is trying to do the right thing for their

stand what is going on and can’t understand why their parent isn’t around,” explains Leidheiser. “They take it out on the person who is closest to them at the moment, which is the grandparent.” 50


phone consultations and a lending library. Visit www.mychesterFor more information about any of these programs and others,

contact Leidheiser at or (804) 7687878. n



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Bring Warmth To Your Fireplace By Amy R. Connolly


ith the chilly fall weather upon us, it’s time to spark up the fireplace. But what if that warm fireplace leaves the rest of the room looking cold? Maybe it’s time for a fireplace makeover.

A fireplace should create warmth, luxury and comfort in a home, but

some do just the opposite by making the space feel cold and empty. Experts say there are several ways to restyle your fireplace and create a surprising focal point in an otherwise bland room. (Continued on page 55).







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Bring In Some Modern Touches

switch is that it’s easy to do and can quickly update any fireplace and

The quickest way to add some pizazz to your fireplace is to dress

room. “Your fireplace can be converted from wood to gas with a gas

it up with some new accessories. Michael Snow, owner of The Log

line and gas logs or an insert, using either propane or natural gas,”

Doctor in Chester, said many local homeowners are turning to new

Snow said. “New glass burning units, which use glass instead of wood,

fireplace doors or louvers in a polished nickel, pewter or brass for an

modernize the fireplace quickly.” n

up-to-date look. In addition, simple changes can mean big things. That includes dressing up fireplaces with new tool sets, new fireplace screens or new hearth products that include an insert or a log set. Rugs, new mantelpieces and mirrors can jazz up the area as well.

Add A New Facade While it may seem like a monumental task, many homeowners are taking the plunge and changing the face of their fireplaces. This updates the entire look of the room, making it more current, Snow said. “Changing the old slate look to a modern tile, a classy new marble or granite changes the whole look,” he said. In fact, homeowners across the Richmond area are getting creative with their fireplace facades. This includes using stone and decorative trim. In addition, some are opting to change the surround, the area that surrounds the fireplace, with new materials to create a renewed look.

Update That Mantel If your fireplace is in fine working order, a relatively inexpensive way to spruce up the room is switching out the mantel. It’s a great way to make a big impact. Mantels can be made of a variety of materials, or stained or painted, to give the fireplace a fresh new look. The fireplace is the first thing that visitors see when they enter your house, so don’t clutter it up with pictures and trinkets. Keep it simple and clean. Many homeowners are opting for a fresh and modern look that adds a pop of wow to the room, including glass brick. “That really brings it up-to-date quickly and it doesn’t cost that much,” Snow said.

Consider Making The Switch With advances in gas fireplaces in the past decades making them more efficient and beautiful than ever, many homeowners are switching their fireplaces from wood burning to gas. The three options – vented gas logs, vent-free gas logs and vented gas inserts – allow for a variety of choices. Probably the best part about making the


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Color Outside the Lines

Color Trends, Tips, Tricks and Tools


n our visual world, I rate color as the single most powerful tool in interior design. Because of its

power, the effective and appropriate use of color can be quite perplexing and elusive. In home furnishings and décor, design influences tempt us from all directions. Retailers, TV, print media and internet resources also present stylish design images that are carefully crafted with targeted

marketing strategies. The result is a climate of persuasive and compelling influence on the consumer.

I’ll share some great tools for sorting through the color trends and design styles on constant parade

in the marketplace and help you create a style that’s all your own.

By Vicki O’Neal, ASID, CID, VSLD

Color Trends The very nature of a trend is fleeting and transitory. That said, sometimes it can be fun to go with a

trendy choice, knowing that your fondness may wane and you’ll likely want a change in the future. An

area may be screaming for a bold accent, and using a “hot” color can add just the right kick. Small doses of color can produce high impact. This type of result can easily be accomplished by using an accent color,

for instance, on one wall in a space – behind the bed in the master, a fireplace wall, behind shelves in a bookcase or cabinet, or a foyer backdrop. This simple splash may be all that is needed to create a bold Vicki O'Neal, owner of FORM & FUNCTION, provides commercial and residential interior and landscape design. She is a professional member of ASID, VA Certified Interior Designer (CID), Master Gardener, and a VA Certified Landscape Designer (VSLD) and a Horticulturist. (804) 897-8558

and fun visual that can be relatively easy to change.

Information in articles written by Vicki O’Neal is intended for general reference only.

creating a harmonious feeling. Color can also be used to visually bring certain features forward or to

Sometimes, the right color solution is to completely ignore any current trends and, instead, settle

on colors that produce a desired effect. Depending on the space and the materials and textures used, a

white or all-neutral, monochromatic scheme can be one of the most pleasing and sophisticated solutions.

Color Tips and Tricks Spatial Definition

I use color strategically and purposefully to accentuate the architecture and geometry of a space.

Spatial perception can be manipulated so that the eye is gently or dramatically led to a particular area or focal point. This technique and the intentional repetition of color can gracefully tie spaces together,

highlight small details of a favorite object that otherwise might go unnoticed. Think of using color as a backdrop for living – to complement, support and enhance the activity that takes place in a specific area.


Creating Harmony

Are you seeking a striking and high-style color statement, or

perhaps a bit of energy and drama? Although color can add an

exciting design punch, it can be a strong element and easily overdone. The color scheme of your home, including all the materials and finishes, should create a cohesive and pleasing composition from the outside to the inside and from room to room. A particular color can also be repeated with a completely different effect,

creating a subtle yet compelling subconscious flow. Each design element, from one surface and space to the next, should flow and blend gracefully in color, texture, intensity and scale.

Design in Threes

One technique for decorating your home is to base your pal-

ette on the colors of a favorite object, fabric, rug, photo or piece of artwork. Or perhaps you’d like to recall a regional or cultural

scheme from your birthplace or an area you’ve visited. Using

one of these sources, choose three colors as the basis of the color scheme for your entire home. Variations of these hues — from

light to dark values — can be used in differing combinations from

The Fifth Wall

Don’t overlook the ceiling. Sometimes referred to as the ‘fifth

space to space and create a pleasing, harmonious effect. This ap-

wall,” it is an important and often-underutilized design element.

ing basics in your wardrobe. Objects, furniture and accessories

ment. Especially if you have a high, stepped or coffered ceiling,

space with ease. Think of the great versatility, flexibility and mul-

used overhead.

proach also creates highly coordinated interiors, similar to choos-

It offers a wonderful opportunity for creative and dramatic treat-

become mix-and-match pieces that can be moved from space to

color, texture or a graphic design can be very impressive when

tipurpose functionality in rearranging rooms for special events,

or just for the fun of it! If desired, small doses of contrasting color accents may still be added to break up the mix.

Don’t Play “What’s That Color?”

Perhaps one of my most important tips is to keep a record of

all of your paint colors! Don’t rely on a paint can – stored somewhere out of sight (and possibly inadvertently thrown away) – to provide the source of that very significant information. It is im-

portant to know, not only the exact color, but also the type and finish. You may end up having to repaint an entire room when

a simple touch-up would have done the job. If you’re a digital

record keeper like I am, take a picture of the paint can and the color number with your smart phone and file it away on your computer. If you’re purchasing a new home, ask for that information so you’ll have a record. Trying to match colors never works.


Have you had the all-too-common and frustrating experience

of selecting what appears to be the perfect paint color only to

be disappointed from the moment the first brush stroke goes on

the wall? After such an experience, selection quickly becomes a

daunting and confusing task due to the myriads of shades and tonal choices available for any specific color. Keep in mind that

almost any choice is generally much more intense than it appears

on the tiny, deceiving sample chip available for finding that all-

important, perfect color. When applied, colors can easily appear, as I call it, “out of the crayon box” intense.

In its essence, every color contains subtle hues and tones that

dramatically affect its appearance over a large surface. Fortunate58





ly, many paint manufacturers recognize this consumer dilemma

and have developed powerful tools for selection and visualization. For instance, the Sherwin-Williams website offers a painting

tool called “Color Visualizer.” It lets you upload a picture and

then choose one of their colors to paint your room – virtually! They also have apps for smart phones, iPads or tablets. “Use your smart phone to match real-world colors with paint colors. Ac-

cording to the web site, you can “get coordinating colors or cre-

ate custom palettes. Search, browse, adjust, save and even share colors – all for free!”

Shades of Life All paint is not created equal. Lesser quality paint can require

additional coats for good coverage, translating to more paint,

more labor and more money. Latex paints come in several different types and levels of sheen – flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high-gloss. The finish choice affects, not only the color perception,

but also the washability, potential for undetectable touch-ups and

long-term performance. Most manufacturers’ samples are a satin finish, but the names of finishes may be different from one manufacturer to the next. Virtually odorless, low- VOC (volatile organ-

ic compounds or off-gassing) paints are available for people with allergies and sensitivities. These generally are classified as “green products,” and as such, are much more environmentally friendly.

Some manufacturers offer small containers of paint for a low-

risk trial run. To avoid costly and frustrating missteps, I always

recommend preparing a test area of at least 3 feet by 3 feet. This gives an opportunity to assess the color selection in the context of

the actual setting, with other objects in the space, and to evaluate it in different types of natural and artificial lighting.

Our spaces can be thought of as a blank canvas. Even if the

surfaces are currently sporting a disliked or irritating color or

material, imagine the space being transformed simply with some creativity and a fresh coat of paint. The best color choices are


An HGTV project design illustrates the power of a strong color ac-

cent combined with a neutral palette. A little bold goes a long way! Inset: A close-up shot of the sink, outlined and contrasted by the

bold wall color. Photo courtesy of Sherwin-Williams Paint Company. Opposite page, left:

An accent backdrop color sets off favorite pieces such as ceramics and artwork. Photo by Vicki O’Neal. Opposite page, right:

driven by the intention of imparting an undeniable mood – joy-

The wall color subtle shade blends beautifully with the design com-


Photo courtesy of Sherwin-Williams Paint Company.

ful, energetic, funky, glamorous, sophisticated, sedate, tranquil or Have fun playing with the color toolbox! n

ponents and cabinetry in this HGTV project design photo.

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ith over 29 years of real estate development experience, Eagle Construction of Virginia, LLC, is not content with resting on its laurels, or its well-earned and deserved reputation as

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ing Officer. Kornblau, represents the third generation in the company, founded in 1984 by Bryan Kornblau. The bright future has become even brighter as a result of Eagle Construction’s recent acquisition by Markel Ventures. The Richmond-based Markel Corporation, the parent company of Markel Ventures, had previously invested in Eagle Construction in 2010 through a joint venture between Markel and the principals of Eagle. “Eagle’s longstanding relationship with Markel gave us the assurance that they share our deep commitment to our customers, trade partners, and dedicated team of employees,” says Ohly, President of


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