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I’ll begin the editor’s letter with an admission — a confession — if you will. Speaking generally, I hate editor’s letters. I never read them and if I can get out of writing them, I will. I wonder if anyone actually reads them. I’d love to hear from you on this matter. Of course, if you’re one who doesn’t read them, then you won’t be able to take part in this poll, so it’s pretty skewed from the outset. It’s my personal opinion that editors, themselves, are not all that important to the final product, which you hold in your hand. You certainly don’t need me to give you a preview of what’s inside. You’re smart enough to just start flipping pages. It’s our writers, most of whom are freelancers, and our talented graphics people who really make the magazine what it is. My contribution is rather minimal. So, how about if I tell you about those talented guys in graphics. We already do a contributors page to tell you a bit about our writers, but no one ever says a word about the graphics team. It’s true that most graphics folks are a little weird in their artsy sort of way and I guess our team is no exception. However, they’re all fun to work with. So, here goes: First, our creative director, Michael Lay. As an example of the quirkiness of which I speak, Michael lists lava lamps as among his favorite things. He has many years of experience squeezed into his relatively short lifespan, beginning with a Communications degree from Virginia Tech. He’s been a writer, an editor, an artist, a graphic artist, an illustrator, a photogDancer, linoleum block print – Michael Lay rapher, a pirate, a puppet, a poet, a pawn and a king (much of that is true). To learn more about Michael and to see some examples of the wide range of his artistic talents, visit his website — Ryan Hooley, who has about 18 years experience in the business, is also a vital part of our team. I knew that Ryan is a cartoonist, but what I did not know until recently is that as an pixel artist and animator, Ryan has done some work for Marvel Entertainment. I guess that explains why he wears a Spider Man outfit to work on casual-dress Fridays. You can see examples of Ryan’s work at The third member of our team, Joey Wharton, does some of the layout for the magazine, but as the Batman, pixel art – Ryan Hooley youngest employee, he has been instrumental in bringing our website ( and our social media sites into the 21st century. Joey used to be our creative director, but he cut back on his time to start his own photography business. And wow, has he been successful, making quite a name for himself. While he does a variety of work, including wedding photography, he has become the “photographer of choice” by many local and not-so- local entertainers. You can check out his work online at Be sure to click on his Live Music page. He really is very talented. I can’t imagine what Joey will acThao and The Get Down – Joey Wharton complish when he actually gets old enough to shave. I happen to think that visually, our family of lifestyle magazines are among the most attractive publications in town. And, of course, we owe that all to our graphics team. (Insert applause here) Okay, I think this editor’s letter turned out pretty good, better than most. I’m just sorry that most of you will never read it.

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Susie Galvez is an internationally-known beauty expert and a leading consultant in the spa industry. The founder of a day spa in Richmond, VA, Susie is an esthetician, makeup artist, cosmetic product formulator, and author of eight beauty and lifestyle books. She is a frequent speaker at international spa conventions and has been featured on radio and TV programs around the nation, as well as in international, national and regional publications.

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Lisa Puster is a web content manager, writer and mom of two teenage daughters, Meredith and Morgan. Lisa is a selfproclaimed shopping, yoga and wine enthusiast. Her interest in wine began after working for a wine distributor years ago. She enjoys pairing her love for wine with her love for writing!

Melanie Rasnic

Melanie Rasnic is a Richmond area native and a big fan of all things RVA. She graduated in 2014 from VCU with her bachelor’s degree in science, and in 2017 from Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia with her master’s in physician assistant studies. She is thrilled to be back home and promises to never leave Richmond for that long again.

Josh Young

Josh Young is a photographer and educator, as well as a recent Richmond transplant. He earned his degrees from West Virginia University where he worked as a photo journalist, and an event and portrait photographer. His news photos have been used nationwide through the Associated Press. When he’s not behind the camera, he can be found reading a good book, or trying to sample all the great food that Richmond has to offer. To see some of his work, view his Instagram: @joshuayoungphoto.

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ROCKIN’ IT AT by Lisa Puster


e’ve all heard about the benefits of music for babies, toddlers and young children and how it can brighten their mood, benefit their brain, and boost early language and math skills. But did you know it can also help older children and teens foster important life skills, such as self-regulation, self-confidence, leadership, and social skills? At School of Rock, they believe the best way to learn music is to play music. Their immersive method and performance-based approach to music instruction inspires students by having them perform as soon as possible. Taking students from the lesson room to the stage develops both confidence and musicianship. But it’s not just about playing an instrument — it’s about playing as a team. Learning to play by jamming together with fellow students takes the focus off the individual and creates a team dynamic, allowing students to enjoy a more supportive, motivative, learning environment. Parker and Matt Alter own both the Short Pump and Midlothian schools. The couple was looking for an investment opportunity when Matt came across an online ad for School of Rock franchises. As a musician and former band member, Matt called Parker and said, “I think I just found the perfect opportunity for us!” Intrigued by the idea of helping kids learn more about the benefits of playing music, they opened the Short Pump location in January 2013 and the Midlothian location in June 2016. When asked what makes School of Rock different, Parker explains, “School of Rock is a safe haven, where students grow together and work as a team, while developing important life skills such as social, listening and communicating skills.” Parker adds, “Students actually want to practice and improve because it’s a fun, inspiring, team environment.” Thalia Tymowski, a talented vocalist and 16-year-old junior at James River High School joined the Midlothian School of Rock in the fall of 2015. “I always loved music,” says Thalia, “As a little kid I was always singing and making up songs about whatever was around me.” She says that School of Rock provides the full package by helping students learn about different types of music, vocal and performance techniques, as well as how sound works, and then tying it all together. Thalia says she likes that School of Rock is performance-based and gives her the opportunity to work with a group, perform frequently and make new friends, “It’s cool 16 Chesterfield Living

to work with others who love music as much as me!” With true front-(wo)man personality and enthusiasm, Thalia adds, “School of Rock is super-awesome, and everybody here rocks!” Camden Harrahy, a gifted guitarist and 17-year-old senior at Goochland High School, first came to the Short Pump school when he was 12 years old. Says Camden, “I was struggling with the motivation to play and was only so-so on the guitar.” He liked the idea of performing with an ensemble at School of Rock and says, “I was immediately more motivated to practice because it was so much more fun to learn in that type of environment.” Camden says his experience at School of Rock has made him more outgoing and confident and he enjoys being around like-minded people. He is now one of the school’s best guitarists and has also learned to play bass, drums, and keys. School of Rock made him realize he wants a career in music; he plans to major in Audio Production in college. With the thought and depth of a true musician, Camden says, “School of Rock is a great place to develop yourself as a musician and as a person, honestly!” Learn more about School of Rock at Or phone 804-419-4925.


Wellness Spotlight – Apex MD


eing healthy and maintaining wellness is a process that can be eased by engaging a group of experts at Apex-MD. A team of health and wellness practitioners provide a wide array of services for achieving this in a holistic manner. Apex MD is a veritable village of health and wellness service providers. A conventional primary care medical practice, Apex MD incorporates complementary therapies from around the world to help patients achieve optimum health, not just freedom from disease. The practice integrates Eastern and Western approaches to healthcare. Dr. Suman Banerjee, founder and chief medical officer, along with his wife, Dr. Rumki Banerjee who is the center’s co-founder and medical director, created a health center that seeks to offer the best of both worlds. In this way Apex MD treats

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by Suman Banerjee, MD, PhD not only the discomforts or symptoms of illness but they also explore and treat the ‘why’ behind it. At Apex MD we seek to identify and address the root causes of disease, and view the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. We treat the whole system, not just the symptoms. Good medicine should be based on real science and inquiry while remaining open to new paradigms. Our providers are prepared, ready and willing to take this new journey with you towards holistic wellness. Motivation is what gets you started and habit is what keeps you going. Our providers are here to work with you on a constant basis and help develop healthy habits so that you, as an individual, can be happy, healthy and awesome. To address the reasons behind illness a number of complementary approaches are

available through the Apex MD’s Integrated Holistic Wellness Center. They include IV therapies, pain management with K-Laser, Ayurveda consultations and services, medical and therapeutic massage, yoga, as well as dietary and life style counseling. Ayurveda involves identifying an individual’s inherent constitutional makeup, developing a customized detoxification process and providing support for maintaining healthy balances in mind, body and spirit. With the guidance of a physician, medical massage can accelerate healing from surgery or improve pain symptoms so that patients avoid surgery. Yoga can help with a number of physical and emotional issues bringing balance, strength and calmness. Dietary and lifestyle counseling includes assistance with weight loss goals, meal planning, recipes, self-esteem around food and food choices, and personalized lab


testing, all with accountabilities and support for positive self care. Our goal for 2018 is to create a legacy of whole health, body, mind and spirit. Programs are carefully designed to promote vibrant health. Our providers understand the need to detox from everyday life. We plan to introduce Supercharge Sunday workshop in Spring 2018 and our focus will be on the foundations for building a balanced lifestyle. Each class plays an important role informing the food and nu-

trition choices you are making as well as provide you with the education and tools you need to maintain your health and overall well-being. Are you ready to recharge and unwind? Are you excited to safely and effectively stretch and strengthen your body? Are you curious about Ayurveda and new, delicious recipes to help your digestion? If so, please join us every Second Sunday at Apex MD to stretch and deep breathe with yoga, lengthen and strengthen with fitness and cook and taste test January / February 2018

with an Ayurvedic cooking class. Start your week with greater alignment and positivity. At each session you’ll learn new information that helps you to feel better and have more energy with a take home recipe to incorporate into you and your family’s menu. Apex MD is located at 5310 Twin Hickory Road, Ste. A, Glen Allen. For more information, call 804-273-0010 or visit See our ad, Inside Front Cover. Chesterfield Living 19


Keep It Moving!

Look at What’s Hot in Exercise Trends by Susie Galvez

“I have already logged in my 10,000 for the day!” Even if you don’t know exactly what that statement means, you can bet your fitness that someone standing an arm’s length from you does. It’s the number of recorded steps that have been taken in the far. Think fitness tracking device. Be it strapped to your wrist, clothing, or in the smart phone in your back pocket, keeping tabs on every move you make is making big strides in the world of fitness. Tallying steps is one thing, determining the best fitness method to reach your fitness desire is another. Before you take off running toward the newest fitness trend, you might need to pause and think about what is best for your lifestyle, budget and end-result goals.

Functional Fitness (FF) exercises are a great way to train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work or in sports. Functional exercises tend to use multiple joints and numerous muscles. Instead of only moving the elbows, for example, a functional exercise might involve the elbows, shoulders, spine, hips, knees and ankles. A squat is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles used when you rise up and down from a chair or pick up low objects. Exercises can be done at home or at the gym. Gyms may offer FF classes or incorporate movements into boot camps or other types of classes. Exercise tools, such as fitness balls, kettle bells and weights, are often used to increase results. If you’ve ever taken a Zumba, aerobic, cycle, boot camp or yoga class, you’ve tried Group Fitness. That term encompasses any and all forms of fitness that are done in a group setting, led by an instructor. Group exercise not only helps to improve motivation, but can also enable us to perform better, while keeping up with other fitness attendees. There’s a whole world of group fitness options out there, from gym-based classes to more extreme outdoor sports like obstacle races and Navy Seal-type training, among others. We will continue to see a rise in group exercise thanks to its sociable nature and motivational new styles. Small Group Personal Training is akin to group fitness with the added benefit of a personal trainer working with each member of the group. However, instead of an instructor working out with you, a group personal trainer instructs and guides each participant through the session by coaching and instructing. It’s just like an individual session, except in a small group of eight or less. Small group personal training has been gaining popularity because it’s an affordable, fun way for clients to take advantage of a trainer’s expertise at a lower financial investment — all while keeping the fun and competitiveness of a group.

Heart Rate Based Interval Training, like Orangetheory, is a full-body workout, focused on training, endurance, strength and power. Class attendees wear heart rate monitors throughout the class. Your personal real-time results are displayed on large screens throughout the studio. Intensity is based on your individual heart rate zones, making the workout effective for all fitness levels. Backed by the science of Excess PostExercise Oxygen Consumption (or EPOC), Orangetheory’s heart rate monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy. They call it the ‘afterburn’ because calorie burning is accelerated during the workout and continues to rev up the metabolism for up to 36 hours post-workout session. “By far, Orangetheory is the best program for my busy schedule,’’ says member Erica Hayman. “I run when time permits, but to make sure that I get great full-body workouts weekly, I make time to attend two sessions every week.” Of course, if structured fitness is not your thing, you can always add to your fitness level by simply getting out there and moving! It’s easy; it’s free; and you might be surprised just how quickly you get your 10,000 in. Be sure to keep track! Susie Galvez is an international image consultant, esthetician, speaker, author, and beauty industry expert. For more, visit

DISSECTING DIETS by Melanie Rasnic

Diet has been cursed as a detestable four-letter word, conjuring up images of denial, gnawing hunger and pushing sad lettuce leaves around while pretending to be full. “Oh, I’m fine, I had a bag of pumpkin seeds earlier. Or maybe it was birdseed, hard to tell. Either way, I’m totally stuffed.” Whether you ask or not, there’s an overabundance of advice about dieting. “This book says eat bacon for every meal, but is that right for me? (Please say yes).” An overview of popular and trusted diets categorized by their main goals may be helpful. Most diets recommend some type of regular physical activity, and we advise that you consult a physician before undertaking any diets or exercise regimens on your own. According to Consumer Reports and U.S. News & World Report, these diets hit the mark on eight different ranking lists:

Best Diets Overall

These scored the highest in the combined categories of long- and shortterm weight loss, ease of following and overall healthiness for the average person. DASH diet. The purpose is to prevent and lower blood pressure, as hypertension is one of the primary silent killers in our nation, leading to heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and other illnesses. It emphasizes adding fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains to daily meals while limiting red meats, sweets and processed foods. Limiting salt is also crucial, allowing for exploration of other seasonings and spices (like marjoram and tarragon — they need love too.) Mediterranean diet. This approach incorporates foods eaten in areas noted for lower rates of heart disease, obesity and chronic ailments. Encouraging balance and moderation over deprivation and strict adherence to measurements, it’s a great way to explore fun recipes with new physical activities; even to open up an interesting red wine on occasion. The menu revolves around fresh produce, legumes and nuts as well as fish and seafood at least twice a week. It also limits sweets and red meats to special occasions.

Best Weight-loss Diets

Weight Watchers scored high in helping participants achieve regular, safe weight loss (up to 2 pounds per week) while encouraging healthy and meaningful lifestyle changes to keep weight off and establish long-term nutritional habits. The program assigns a point value to foods, decides the allowance (usually three meals and two snacks per day), and the participant decides how to spend them. There is a fantastic level of support available (some is free, some is available for a fee), and members can sync their phone to several different apps for easy monitoring.

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Jenny Craig and Volumetrics tied for second. Jenny Craig offers a personalized menu that includes packaged meals and an exercise plan designed by nutrition and fitness professionals based on your goals and level of motivation. Very appealing to people who are either too busy to cook or who prefer not to, this well-respected program tends to be more expensive due to the high level of preparation offered. Volumetrics categorizes food based on its density (calorie per gram) and water content, with a goal of getting more mileage out of your food. There are no “offlimit” foods. Instead you refer to a chart to pick the low-density, highwater foods over the others, or make a trade for a special treat. So, if you’re a fan of soups, fruits, veggies and math, you will love this.

Best Diabetes Diets

The DASH diet was number one for helping manage both those who already have Type 2 diabetes and those who are borderline diabetic. The Mediterranean diet ties with the vegan diet for second place. The vegan diet excludes all animal parts and products, including dairy and eggs, from the menu. This diet requires a lot of discipline and planning, as well as checking ingredients on prepared foods to ensure that no gelatin, albumin, lard, stock or other animal parts are attempting to sneak back into your life without your knowledge.

Best Heart Healthy Diets

The DASH and the Ornish diets tied. The Ornish diet was created by Professor Dean Ornish over 20 years ago and focuses on categorizing foods based on healthiness, as well as incorporating physical activity and stress management through yoga, meditation or other deep-breathing exercises. This program works on a “spectrum” system, meaning you can take it to a level of intensity that works for you Do you just want to be healthier and lose a few pounds or reverse existing heart disease? His diet claims to do both.

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Weight Watchers and Mayo Clinic diets tied. Mayo Clinic takes it back old school to a food pyramid. There are two initial very strict weeks of avoiding top of the pyramid foods and junk food, loading up on base foods (grains, fresh fruits and veggies, etc.) along with moderate physical exercise. After that, there is some math in the food transactions, but most found it easy to stick to and noticed weight loss as well as more energy. There is a slight variation for diabetics.

Easiest Diets to Follow

Four-way tie between Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, the Fertility diet (which is exactly what it sounds like, go ahead, look it up), and the MIND diet, which is a combo of DASH and Mediterranean with a focus on brainhealthy foods (green leafy veggies, legumes, nuts, fish, whole grains, berries, etc.) that have been proven to prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Depending on how rigorously you follow the plan, your risk of developing these could be reduced by as much as 53 percent, according to the research. As is the case with fashion and karaoke, what works for your friend may not work for you when it comes to diets. Do the research, use good judgment, be patient, focus on health over appearance and on long-term modifications over trendy quick fixes. Good health to you all.

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by Melanie Rasnic

t has been said that fatigue makes cowards of us all, and anyone who has felt the effects of a night of poor sleep can probably attest to the truth in that. The word sleep is often used conversationally to convey the idea of healing, clarity and the promise of a successful day. “Did you sleep okay?” is a common cheery morning greeting. “Why don’t you sleep on it?” is a thoughtful friend’s advice. Or the brutally honest coworker who says, “Man, you look like you need some sleep!”

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Lack of sleep, either in quality or quantity, can lead to poor work or school performance, an impatient or crabby mood and impaired judgment and decision-making abilities in life. In other words, it can basically sabotage everything that we need in order to get anything. You know…that’s all. Since sleep is so near and dear to our hearts, our sanity and our success, let’s look at some of the main sleep disorders that clinicians report treating and the suggestions they have to help us deal with them. As the topic is extensive and much is still being researched on the causes and treatments, there will be some inevitable overlap in the descriptions and suggestions, but here are some of the basics:


The inability to sleep is a common sleep disorder and can further be broken down into onset and maintenance insomnia (as in, do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Or both?), acute (situational and quick to self-resolve) and chronic (more than three times a week for more than three months). From here on out, it can get pretty complicated, as the causes can range from very simple and easily fixable (uncomfortable bedding, poor room temperature regulation, a noisy environment or a sleepmate who steals the covers and wraps up like a burrito every night) to complex and requiring professional help (depression or other psychiatric causes, chemical imbalances, neurological or endocrine issues, and many more). A licensed professional can check for a medical condition that is causing your insomnia and assist in the appropriate treatment for it, or discuss if medication would be right for you.

Abnormal Sleep Behavior Disorders

These people won the battle of getting to sleep, but are losing the war of getting good sleep due to odd behavior that occurs once they get there. By now most of us have learned that sleep falls into two broad categories of REM (rapid eye movement) and nonREM, with the majority of vivid, memorable dreams occurring in the REM stage. Normally during REM sleep, we experience relative muscle atonia or paralysis, which is a good thing because that keeps us from acting out dreams and hurting ourselves or others. When this built-in safety device isn’t functioning properly, it is known as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. This can be dangerous for the sleeper and for anyone else nearby. Remove dangerous or sharp objects

from the immediate vicinity if this is a common occurrence. Keep a close eye out for other neurological symptoms, as those who experience this have an increased chance of developing Parkinson’s disease later in life. Sleepwalking, sleep talking, and excessive nightmares would also fall under the category of Abnormal Sleep Behavior Disorders. These are more common in children and in males, and causes range from sleep deprivation, fever, excessive alcohol intake or certain medications.

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Disorders

While either one of the two sleep disorders mentioned already can lead to daytime sleepiness, one of the primary causes has been identified as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA.) People with OSA wake up many (sometimes more than 100) times during the night as they struggle to breathe, and often they never make it to that deep, restful sleep that we all long for and truly need. If you know that you snore at night, or have woken up suddenly because you weren’t breathing, you should be evaluated by a health professional for OSA. A simple sleep study can assess your sleep health and patterns, and a CPAP machine trial can be ordered as needed. Most have found these machines to be extremely beneficial. OSA is not just an annoyance and a sleep-stealer, it is a potentially lifethreatening situation that should be taken seriously. Other common causes of daytime sleepiness include sleep deprivation, sedating medications, and less commonly, narcolepsy (falling asleep unwillingly and briefly during the day.) In addition to these main categories of sleep disorders, some people simply have unfortunate life circumstances that make sleep difficult, such as shift workers and those who suffer from chronic pain or debilitating anxiety. Other causes can be over-sensitivity to light, sound or certain smells in your bedroom, or frequent travel. There is a wealth of helpful information at for almost every sleep challenge imaginable, including how to overcome bad sleep habits and form new healthy ones. If you are still stumped, try keeping a sleep journal to help you zero in on recurring culprits (eating certain foods, eating late at night, watching TV in bed, or other habits.) Making a few simple changes on your own can make a big difference, but asking your healthcare provider for personalized tips can help you get the rest you deserve. Peaceful slumbers and sweet dreams to you all.

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Perfect Bedroom For a Great Night’s Sleep by Melanie Rasnic


When someone says, “I didn’t sleep well,” I think of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea. You may recall that once upon a time, there was a prince who searched near and far and unsuccessfully for a real princess. On a dark and stormy night, a sodden and bedraggled woman claiming to be a princess showed up at the royal gate. The prince’s mother, scenting a possible fraud, devised a secret low-tech DNA test. “‘Well, we’ll soon find that out,’ thought the old queen. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.”

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Well, we non-fancy people can have trouble getting comfortable at night, too. Here are some modifications all of us can make to our bedrooms to promote blissful slumber, even if we don’t have a princely budget. •••••

Mattress. If you can’t recall how old your mattress is, or if you wake up every morning feeling achy, it may be time for a new one. Experts recommend replacement every seven years or so as the cushion and/or springs wear out over time and become less supportive. Consider spending a little more on a high-quality and appropriately sized mattress for your needs; your body will thank you for the investment. When you consider the amount of your life spent in bed, this is money well spent.

Temperature. The recommended room temperature for sleep is 65 °F. If the room is too warm, or we have too many blankets piled on, we may be inhibiting good, deep sleep. There are many variables to this, such as pajama material, thickness of sheets and blankets, another warm body next to us, etc. Remember, if one of you doesn’t sleep well, both of you don’t, so adjust thermostat settings, pajamas, and blankets accordingly.

Noise. Most people find that having some ambient or white noise allows for better sleep than total silence. Noise machines, fans, air purifiers, or even a small water feature can create a sense of calm, drown out other sounds, and promote sound sleep. If your noise problem involves a snoring partner, consider nasal strips or even a sleep study to assess if the snoring is indicative of a more serious health problem. Lighting. Some people love to get up with the sun while others need a cave-like setting for good sleep. Blackout curtains are an effective way to block light until you’re ready to face the world. Choose your window coverings based on your needs. Be mindful of electronics that light up during the night. Several research studies show that the blue light emitted by most electronics can decrease levels of melatonin in the body, which is our own natural sleep-aid. Consider dimmer switches to control lighting, or even simple changes in bulbs and lampshades.


The right pillow is so crucial to good sleep that some of us even travel with our own. The pillow’s height or thickness, its material, and the way it hugs your head can affect the way you sleep. Side sleepers need different support than back sleepers, so test before you buy. Floor model beds and pillows work great for this. Check out thread counts for sheets and the warmth and fabric of blankets to find the perfect ones for you. Aromas can affect mood and some people report a better night’s rest on freshly washed sheets. Splurge on a soft rug to greet your feet each morning and guide you into bed every night.

Atmosphere/Appearance. As long as there have been beds, there have been arguments about whether or not they should be made each morning. You might enjoy the visual appeal of a neatly made bed and look forward to unwrapping your bed like a present each night. Someone else might prefer burrowing into a nest of blankets; to each their own. Try to keep clutter to a minimum by finding a place for both clean and dirty clothes, shoes, jackets, and any items that may end up living on the bed, a chair, or other part of the bedroom for days at a time. Be sure you have a clear path to safely enter and exit your bed in the dark. Experiment with colors; warm colors (red, orange, yellow) can make the room cozier, cool colors (green, blue, violet) can be very soothing. Shades of blue are reportedly the most sleep-inducing color. ••••• Sleep experts suggest designating a place for everything in the bedroom, including items and activities. Interpreting that is up to you, but using your bed as a dining room table, desk, or anything other than what a bed is designed for can interfere with your sleep. Perhaps you’d benefit from a consistent nightly routine to sweet-talk your body into getting sleepy. You might try a relaxing cup of chamomile tea, a few chapters of a book, a warm bath, comfy clothes, or some deep thoughts by Jack Handey. Hey, this is your time … whatever works for you. The point is that we can actually train our bodies to wind down for the night through mindfulness exercises, breathing techniques, listening to music, and other soothing habits. These suggestions do not take the place of appropriate medical advice. If you’re concerned that your lack of sleep has less to do with your environment and more to do with a physical or psychological condition, please seek professional help. If you have 20 mattresses piled up and still can’t sleep because of a pea-sized lump, congratulations, you’re a bonafide princess! For most of us, however, implementing a few of these ideas could be just enough to help us sleep as deeply as Brier-Rose. For more ideas on transforming your bedroom, check out or for mental exercises to promote sleep. Sleep tight and pleasant dreams to you all!

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The Dynamic Living Tooth By W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr., DDS

The tooth is a living entity like the heart, kidney or big toe. They all exist due to arteries which supply nutrients, to veins which carry away waste, and to nerves which control all of their functions. The tooth begins as a soft tissue blob we call the tooth bud. In time, the bud lays down minerals from the arteries and makes enamel, dentin and cementum to make the complete tooth which you see every day. This complete tooth still has soft tissue inside its hard resistant structure. That remaining soft tissue’s role now is to protect the tooth from decay by laying down more tooth structure to ward off the invasion of decay. It is nature’s way of doing a root canal. However, it does not always win the battle. If the soft tissue inside the tooth is destroyed by disease, trauma or removed by a root canal then that source of pain is removed. But teeth still have pain connections to the body by nerve endings on the side of the root that connects the tooth to the bone. Often, a toothache is actually a bone ache. The tooth itself is not hurting, the bone around the tooth is hurting. But it’s still painful! Pressure and heat often cause an increase in pain.

The complexity of dental pain is seen in this scenario. Physical history, examinations, radiographs, and heat and cold experiments have to be used to determine the underlying cause of the pain and thus the proper treatment for a positive outcome. Dentistry is complicated and multifactoral on so many levels. The more we understand the body as a whole, the more we will learn the secrets of dentistry.

W. Baxter Perkinson, Jr., DDS, is the founder of Virginia Family Dentistry. He retired from the practice of dentistry in December 2017 after serving the needs of dental patients of all ages for 45 years. Virginia Family Dentistry is a group practice of more than 50 doctors specializing in Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry, Dental Implants, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics, Cosmetic and General Dentistry. With 14 convenient locations in the Richmond Metro Area, we can assist you in creating your youthful smile. For a location near you, visit

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A Housing Market Of Their Own

Age-targeted communities offer designs and amenities for older generations

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“Older homeowners have specific preferences when searching for the community that is right for them. Friendships, health, wellness are at the top of the lists”. — Roger Glover, principal, Cornerstone Homes

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he housing industry is working to build neighborhoods and communities that target a very specific demographic — those homeowners who are 55 years or older. The reason for the trend is as simple as the sheer size and purchasing power of the Boomer Generation. “Each year more than 3.5 million boomers turn 55 years of age, and there are 74.9 million boomers in the U.S. today,” said Roger Glover, principal and founder of Cornerstone Homes and its sister building companies, Villa Development and RT Homes. The upshot, Glover said, is that boomers are “the most powerful consumers in the marketplace.” 30 Chesterfield Living

Communities for homeowners who are 55-plus abound in the Richmond area and elsewhere in the country. Glover has developed and built 16 active adult communities, and Cornerstone Homes itself has self-developed eight active adult communities with nearly 1,000 homes in Virginia and North Carolina. Current local projects include the Villas at Ashlake in Chesterfield, an age-restricted (55-plus) community of 82 homes; the Villas at Magnolia Lakes Phase 2, The Cove, in Chester, an age-targeted community of 68 homes; Chickahominy Falls in Hanover County, a farm-centric, age-restricted (55-plus) community of 400 homes; and Barley Woods, an age-restricted (55-plus) community in Fredericksburg of 124 homes.

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Custom homes at Viniterra often feature three to four bedrooms with a first-floor master suite and special attention given to outdoor living areas.

Age-targeted and age-restricted communities vary in their settings, housing styles and amenities, among other characteristics, but Glover said older homeowners have some chief preferences when searching for the community that is right for them. “Friendships, health, wellness are at the top of the lists,” Glover said.

though Russell said older buyers are not always seeking homes on the small side. “We’ve seen the desire by homeowners to ‘right-size’ but not necessarily downsize,” Russell said. “Our custom homes still feature three to four bedrooms with a first-floor master

ter in their lives and also very clear on what they want in their new home,” she said. In particular, Russell said, “in creating age-targeted communities, we’ve found that homeowners are looking for diverse amenities, smaller home sites and quality, custom homes.”

Active lifestyles

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In any community for older homeowners, offerHomeowners who ing features that encourknow what they want age healthy activities is In addition to large comcritical. munities geared specifi“Today’s age-targeted cally to the older age decommunities are changmographic, Holly Russell, a ing daily to accommodate sales executive with Long & today’s active boomers,” Foster for Viniterra, a develGlover said. “They are not opment in New Kent with yesterday’s grandparents.” homes, a winery and a golf Russell said outdoor course, said homeowners features such as walking 55 and older are increastrails, paths, and pocket ingly showing an interest parks are key to any resiin smaller age-targeted dential development, not neighborhoods planned just those neighborhoods The Rees Jones-designed 18-hole golf course is one of Viniterra’s biggest selling points. within larger communities that are focused on an that include homeowners of all ages. Viniterra, suite. There’s particular focus placed on nice older generation. One of Viniterra’s biggest for instance, has a new section called The Viloutdoor living areas as well.” selling points is The Club at Viniterra, its Rees las that comprises custom homes on smaller Russell said working with older homeownJones-designed 18-hole golf course that was sites and is geared toward older homeowners. ers is “thoroughly enjoyable.” ranked No. 5 in the state by Golf Week magaThe home designs emphasize first-floor living, “They are very excited about this new chapzine. January / February 2018

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“Preferred on-site amenities for age-targeted communities include walking trails, natural water elements, clubhouse and pool, indoor and outdoor exercise, and, recently, gardening of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers,” said Cornerstone’s Glover.

Glover said preferred on-site amenities for age-targeted communities include “walking trails, natural water elements, clubhouse and pool, indoor and outdoor exercise, and, recently, gardening of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers.” Those interests align with trends that indicate older adults are seeking to be more aware of themselves, others, and their surrounding world, he said. “Boomers have a renewed focus on fitness, wellness, and mindfulness,” Glover said.

A social focus For older homeowners, an emphasis on activity aligns with an interest in maintaining engaged social lives. “Retirees, mainly boomers, are expecting to live where they enjoy a sense of place and truly connect with their neighbors and community,” Glover said. “To meet this expectation, communities must be created to meet that purpose and desire.” Russell said older residents appreciate an active social events calendar in their community and see structured opportunities to engage with their neighbors and others to be 32 Chesterfield Living

a draw. Viniterra offers weekly events for its homeowners through partnerships with both the vineyard and the golf course, among other ways of sparking social connections.

Nature’s call Glover said the role of the outdoors in creating vibrant communities that are both social and active has made an attention to nature an integral part of Cornerstone Homes’ design focus. He said Cornerstone hopes “to perfect an enduring, living, and supportive connection between nature and people in these outdoor spaces.” One of the communities Cornerstone Homes currently is constructing is Chickahominy Falls in Hanover County, a farmcentric, age-restricted (55+) community that Glover said is the first “agrihood” of its kind in the area. A community built around a farm is a natural progression for boomers who show an increasing emphasis on food and a healthy lifestyle, Glover said. In addition, he said, food plays a focal role in many social gatherings. “Boomers are a social group, no doubt, and

food has always been a central theme when any gathering occurs in our clubhouses or individual homes,” Glover said. “With the renewed interest in ‘farm to table,’ we offer community gardens and soon a community built around a living farm. Gathering around food and getting involved in growing the food makes for giving pause in today’s busy world. This is where our boomers are at in this stage of their lives.”

What lies ahead The development of age-targeted communities shows no signs of slowing. Glover said, “along with millennials, the boomers will be the fastest and predominant segment of the new home market for the next 15 years.” Russell said age-targeted communities for those 55-plus have arrived for good. In fact, she said, she expects they “will only grow in popularity” going forward and developers will continue to create new and innovative ways to appeal to this demographic. “Plans and amenities will evolve based on this target audience for years to come,” Russell said.


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hough I am writing this at the beginning of November, I can predict that by the time you read this in the middle of January, I will have broken my New Year’s Resolution. I’m sure if Benjamin Franklin had been truly honest, his quote would be that the only certainties in life are death, taxes, and the fact that New Year’s resolutions are rarely kept. The idea of committing to a resolution is nothing new. Four thousand years ago, the ancient Babylonians would resolve to return borrowed farming equipment. The bigwigs of ancient Rome would take an accounting of the previous year’s accomplishments and resolve to do better the next year. Since the Roman Empire folded, and much of what was Babylon is now a desert, it’s logical to assume that someone broke a resolution. And yet the majority of us still valiantly attempt to make, and keep, our commitment to do whatever it is that we thought so important to do that, instead of just saying we would do it, we actually resolved to do it. And then break the resolution. According to Google searches, of the 58 percent of us who make a New Year’s resolution, a mere 9 percent are successful in keeping it. Unless my new New Year’s resolution involves permanently removing Brussel sprouts from my diet or forgoing weekend trips to the Antarctica for bikini shopping, I’m almost certain I’ll never be in that 9-percent bracket. I am, however, in good company with other resolvers. Over 40 percent of people who make resolutions do so with self-improvement or education-related topics in mind. I remember being back in college and resolving that I would definitely make it to most of my 8 a.m. classes on time. I left a lot of ambiguity as to what ‘on time’ was and hedged my bets by not registering for any 8 a.m. classes,

but the intent was genuine. The second largest group of resolutions is unsurprisingly centered on weight-related issues followed closely by money-related commitments. Given the, at times, herculean efforts that resolutions require to be successful, it is not surprising that a whopping 72 percent are broken within the first week. There’s something a little sad in that statistic. Perhaps the reason why all my younger years’ resolutions failed is that they were focused on me. What if I had changed my college resolution from, “I am going to force myself out of bed to get myself to my class on time” to, “I will honor my instructors, and my parents’ tuition money, by acknowledging their commitment to my education by showing up and participating?” Would my quintessential “must-please-everyone” personality have gone into overdrive to ensure that the professors knew how much I appreciated their efforts to make me a contributing member of society? I think so. So, in 2018, I resolve to test the theory of externally focused resolutions centered around the effects my resolutions will have on those around me. Instead of resolving to hit the gym most of the days in a week and eat healthier because it’s better for me, my 2018 resolution is that my partner, my family and my grandson deserve to have me at the highest level of health and fitness to be able to fully participate in the enjoyment of their lives. I will honor them by being all I can be. I also resolve to deliver at least one fully authentic, completely sincere compliment to at least one person every day so that they know how truly grateful I am to be a part of their lives. And, in a world that seems to be chaotically changing at every turn, I resolve to be kinder, gentler and more accepting, in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same. My persistent hatred of Brussel sprouts necessitates the steadfast resolution to avoid them no matter what. Some things never change.

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While La Cucina boasts impressive daily specials like fresh salmon and rock-fish pasta dishes, this popular Italian restaurant isn’t above creating the classic New York style pizza. Their Fig & Pig Pie has taken over their pizza menu for the last few months. This pie features prosciutto, bacon and figs on a delectable crust. The salty sweet contrast of a pizza is an impressive culinary creation.

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Chef Gaspare Cruciata’s latest creation, the Chicken Pesto Pizza, has quickly become a crowd favorite at this family owned and operated Italian restaurant. While they’re known for their Sicilian cuisine, marsala, and fresh seafood catches, they also make an impressive pie. The mozzarella used is made in-house twice each week, and the flavor combination of caramelized onions, balsamic, and house-made pesto is a perfect fit for the chicken pizza.

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Tap 900 (formerly Pie Hole Pizza)

13249 Rittenhouse Dr., Midlothian; 804-728-1712; Tap 900 has focused their energy and passion into two things: pizza and beer. That focus has more than paid off. The craft beer selection, itself, is enough of a reason to visit, but the fantastic pizza is is even more of an inducement. Their Pig and Goat Pie highlights the simplicity and excellence you’ll find at Tap 900; pancetta, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction cooked at 900 degrees combine to deliver the perfect crispy, yet chewy pizza experience.

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Sergio’s Pizza

4824 Market Square Ln. (Market Square Shopping Center), Midlothian; 804-744-0111; For 26 years, Sergio’s Pizza has held to its standards that put their pizza far above other more ordinary pies. The dough is made daily, and they never skimp on the quality of their ingredients. Sergio’s Mediterranean Pizza is a bright and flavorful pie that illustrates the obsession they have with their pizza. Garlic, feta, pine nuts, olives, and fresh basil come together for the perfect lunch or dinner option. In addition to their incredible pizza, they offer an impressive beer menu with more than 20 beers on tap. Photo: Josh Young

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Joe’s Inn at Bon Air

2616 Buford Road; 804-320-9700; Joe’s Inn has been a staple in historic Bon Air for two decades, and it’s clear as to why it’s become a cornerstone for Greek and American food in Chesterfield. The place is always bustling and the kitchen staff is at the top of their game. If you’re in the mood for fantatic pizza, dine in or check out “Joe’s Out” for pies on-the-go. You’ll love the classic pepperoni. Or try one of our favorites; The Greek, a white pizza topped with chopped tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese and kalamata olives.

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Mellow Mushroom

1409 Huguenot Road, Midlothian; 804-594-0100; For over 40 years, Mellow Mushroom has been serving up fresh, stone-baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. Each Mellow Mushroom is locally owned and operated and provides a unique feel focused around great customer service and high-quality food. The Kosmic Karma, pictured here, features Mellow red sauce with feta cheese, mozzarella, spinach, sun-dried roasted tomatoes and roma tomatoes. The delicious dish is finished with a pesto swirl.

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Bottoms Up Pizza

1700 Dock St.; 804-644-4400; Located in the heart of the River City, Bottoms Up Pizza has created something uniquely their own. With its exposed brick and industrial fixtures, the restaurant provides the feeling that you’re part of the city’s energy and vibe. Cofounder Dirk Graham has created a distinctive pizza experience. He has turned his barbecue hobby into a delectable new pie — the Beef Brisket Pizza, featuring meats smoked on site.

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The Greek Taverna

1903 Staples Mill Road, Richmond; 804-477-6216; You already know that this popular Greek dining spot specializes in delicious, authentic, made-from-scratch Greek cuisine, such as moussaka, pastichio and souvlaki. But did you know they also make a mean pizza. Our favorite is the Taverna Special, which is prepared with red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, homemade sausage, ground beef, mushrooms, green peppers, red onions and black olive. Enjoy this flavorful pie in both 10” and 14” varieties.

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tastebudz with Steve Cook and Lisa Puster

It’s time once again to check out the county’s dynamic dining scene. We’re going to start things off with a report filed by one of our more lovely (than I) Taste Budz, Lisa Puster.

A NEW LATITUDE: Latitude Seafood Co., conveniently located in Westchester Commons, is just a hop, skip and jump from any point off 288. While Latitude is known for quality seafood in a lively atmosphere, it’s also popular for $3 Taco Tuesdays, where you can choose from steak, mahi or chicken. The best thing about Tuesday evenings at Latitude though is live music with Matt Waller. Matt offers an energetic mix of pop, hip hop, reggae, rock and country, but it’s his impressive looping abilities that make his shows so much fun. What could make Latitude even better, you might wonder. How about a second location opening this spring at Stony Point Fashion Park in the former Rio Grande location? Thanks Lisa. Lisa also produced our “Romantic Dining Guide,” also in this issue of Chesterfield Living Magazine. Now, on to more restaurant tidbits. AROUND THE WORLD DINING: I was over at Les Crepes in the Stony Point Fashion Park the other day and spoke with co-owner, Mauro Pompili. He made an interesting comment about the international scope of their menu. “Because we serve crepes, people tend to think of this as a French restaurant,” he says. He proceeded to show me what a broad range of dining options the menu offers. For instance, if you’re looking for a good American steak restaurant, just order the Cowboy Crepe featuring grilled tenderloin with portabella mushrooms. Or if you have a hankering for a sandwich, you should try the Burger Crepe with ground beef, bacon, cheddar cheese and grilled tomatoes. Or how about the Atlantic, featuring smoked salmon and onions, served cold with red and black caviar, cream cheese and caper sauce? In the mood for seafood? I can attest to just how delicious their Seafood Crepe is. This perfect pastry is filled with scallops, shrimp, squid and clam. You can get the lobster version of that, as well. Or perhaps it’s Italian cuisine that you’re craving. Les Crepes offers a Prosciutto Crepe with Italian parma prosciutto, sliced brie, shaved parmesan, arugula and tomatoes. There’s also a Lasagna Crepe. You can also order breakfast crepes and check out their amazing selection of sweet crepes, too. And virtually all of the crepes are gluten free. There really is something for every taste.

FEELING PERKY: While it’s not exactly a new dining spot, I have recently discovered the wonderfulness (is that a word?) of Perk! Coffee & Lunchbox in the Bon Air Shopping Center (2620 Buford Road). If you’re looking for some of the best coffee in town, just head to Perk!. They carry brews from Black Hand, Blanchard, Ironclad and Roastology. It’s like the best of Richmond tucked in one cozy, friendly, little coffee/sandwich shop. And it’s not just the best coffees, either. Perk! also carries Rostov’s tea blends, pastries from Whisk Bakery (every Wednesday) and bagels from Cupertino. They also have their own onsite bakers and some great baristas, too. What’s not to love about Perk!? They even offer a variety of “perky” gift items for sale. They also have a really cool kids’ area. I love the place so much that I think I’ll have another child or, at least, another cup of coffee. I had the hot eggnog latte. If they’re still serving that by the time you read this, get yourself a cup. You can tell them it’s on me. That won’t be true, but you can try.

WINGING IT: I’m a wing man. Whenever I visit a restaurant for the first time, I’ll almost invariably try their wings. As the old saying goes, “You can tell a man’s worth by the wings he serves.” If that’s not already an old saying, it really should be. Anyway, if you’re like me and have a hard time deciding which flavor of wings to order, then you probably shouldn’t go to America’s Best Wings, located at 7037 Forest Hill Ave. They offer 30 flavors, which makes it tough for someone as indecisive as I. However, if you’re like me and love a wing done right, then you probably should check the place out. They offer everything from Kansas City BBQ and Old Bay flavored wings to such exotic flavors as Caribbean Citrus and Honey Moon Dust. America’s Best also offers chicken tenders, burgers and subs, as well as grilled and fried seafood.

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“We offer a house made pretzel alongside the soup if you like,” she adds. “Our fruited chicken salad is a favorite with customers, and can be done as a sandwich or on a salad.” By the way, take note of a recent change in hours. Hobby Hills Farm Fresh is now open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 till 5 . FROM ONE FUN GUY TO ANOTHER: I was speaking with David Crabtree Logan, the co-owner of a cool, new Carytown Restaurant, The Broken Tulip, recently. The restaurant, located at 3129 W. Cary Street, offers a unique dining concept – a single prix fixe meal served at communal tables. David and his wife, Sariann Lehrer, are dedicated to utilizing the best from local farmers and foragers. When David told MMMM MMMM GOOD: I don’t’ know how many “MMMMs” the Campbell kids use, but I’m willing to bet that the folks at Hobby Hill Farm Fresh at 2652 Anderson Highway in Powhatan can beat ‘em by an “M” or two. Just as I was finishing up this edition of TasteBudz, I got an email from Lisa Nye at Hobby Hills. Lisa wrote: “Brrrr!! While it’s cold outside, why not warm your bones (and belly!) with a nice bowl of soup and a side of homemade pretzel? Yummm.” As I was typing, my cold, boney fingers were freezing. And my belly was screaming for something to eat. So, the email was inviting. If you haven’t been to this cool little bakery, specialty and gourmet foods shop (and much more) out in Powhatan, here’s another reason to go. The soup and pretzels (said to be the best in Virginia) are offered “to go” or in their box lunches. Lisa says some of the rotating daily soup offerings include tomato, chili with cornbread, broccoli cheddar, creamy chicken rice, and white bean soup.



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me that he would be the first area restaurant purchasing mushrooms from Eugene Hudders of Foraged Kingdom, he aroused my curiosity. Regarding Eugene, David told me, “He’s been researching wild mushrooms and other edibles for the last decade and has a phenomenal knowledge of the fungi of this region.” Naturally, I wanted to know more. I contacted Eugene, who is a chef at the Horseshoe Restaurant in South Hill and asked him to tell me more about his new business. He says, “Foraged Kingdom focuses on locally grown and wild foraged gourmet mushrooms. My goal is to bring to light the health benefits as well as unique flavors and textures of different mushrooms. I will be selling Shiitake mushrooms that I grow and wild foraged mushrooms such as the illusive morel in the spring and the delicious chanterelle in the summer just to name a couple. It all sounds pretty cool to me. Eugene won’t just be selling to restaurants, either. He plans to be offering his mushrooms to individual consumers, as well as doing some cooking demonstrations at various farmers’ markets throughout the region. If you want to know more, check out his Facebook page: Central Virginia Mushroom Hunters.

BEFORE I GO, I just want to invite you to share your restaurant news with the readers of Chesterfield Living. If you own, manage or just work in a restaurant, send your news to TasteBudz@RichmondNavigator. com. Or, if you simply had an enjoyable dining experience, share that as well.

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Romantic Dining

Half Way House

10301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, North Chesterfield, VA 23237 804-275-1760 | The Half Way House Restaurant is one of the area’s most beloved, historical treasures and a landmark for intimate fine dining. Built in 1760 on a grant of land acquired in 1743 from King George II of England, famous guests include George Washington, Patrick Henry, and Thomas Jefferson. The Manor House is the original house and furnished in authentic antiques, offering a truly unique dining experience for you and that special someone.

The Reserve at The Highlands

8136 Highland Glen Dr. Chesterfield, VA 23838 | 804-796-5805 Chesterfield now offers a fresh, modern dining experience minutes from your front door with The Reserve at the Highlands, located in the Golf Club at the Highlands. With a spacious dining room, private banquet room, elegant bar and patio overlooking the beautiful golf course, The Reserve is the perfect location for a romantic, yet sophisticated, meal with your sweetheart.


6229-A River Rd. Richmond, VA 23229 | 804-288-7482 Mosaic is the perfect place for a romantic evening with that special someone. Offering nightly dinner specials, perfectly-portioned shareables, and Wine Down Wednesday, where you can enjoy a halfpriced bottle of wine with the purchase of an entree, there’s something for everyone. For Valentine’s Day this year, Mosaic will be offering a special menu with carefully chosen wine pairings. What makes Mosaic the ideal romantic restaurant? Says Earle Jones, Mosaic’s manager, “There’s soft candlelight on every table, the restaurant is decorated with hand blown art, and there’s contemporary jazz playing. Chihuly glass adorns the walls, the booths are cozy, and it never gets too crowded.” 46 Chesterfield Living

The Hard Shell

11400 W. Huguenot Rd. Suite 123 Midlothian, VA 23113 804-464-1476 | The Hard Shell at Bellgrade offers the highest quality seafood, steaks, ribs and vegetarian options in a warm, inviting and laid-back atmosphere. Repeatedly voted “best seafood” in town, The Hard Shell offers a wide variety of fresh fish and shellfish including clams, shrimp, oysters, mussels, crab legs and lobster. When asked what makes The Hard Shell a romantic dining destination, manager Amy Coates says, “We have a big fireplace in our bar area which provides a cozy, intimate atmosphere. We are wellknown for our steak and lobster, diverse wine list and knowledgeable, caring staff. It’s the perfect place to bring your valentine!”

The Boathouse at Sunday Park

4602 Millridge Pkwy., Midlothian, VA 23112 | 804-744-2545 | It’s the season of romance and The Boathouse at Sunday Park offers amazing water views, a warm, cozy atmosphere and a variety of delicious, locally-sourced cuisine. While it may be a bit chilly, currently, to take advantage of their outdoor bar and large multi-level deck, if you love dining on the water, this is one of the best settings in Chesterfield for a romantic night out with your true love. When asked what makes The Boathouse ideal for that special romantic date, Paige Healy, Chief Creative Officer for HOUSEpitality Family restaurants says, “The view at The Boathouse at Sunday Park is hard to beat – there’s something about being so close to the water that makes an evening out here feel like a vacation or an escape from ordinary life.” Valentine’s Day at the Boathouse will be just as exceptional, says Healy, “We will have several special wine features available in addition to Valentine’s Day menu offerings, at least one of which will feature our signature Boathouse Oyster.” January / February 2018

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r e e B udz B by John Stoner

Wintertime makes you want to find cozy, friendly and indoor places for your beer-related adventures. This month’s BeerBudz has searched out a few spots to help you imbibe in comfort. Bottleworks

does the staff that seems to know everyone who comes in – even it it’s your first time. They’re open for lunch and dinner, and have cheese and meat boards for other hours, featuring sausages locally made by Sausage Craft. Sixteen taps of great beers, local to international, plus bottles and a wine list provide plenty of options. There is a restaurant pop-up every month. A tap takeover with local favorite Final Gravity coming up soon. They advise that you check their Facebook page for the exact date and time.

Hardywood Park Brewing Company

3078 Stony Point Road With over 600 beers, 300 wines and a good selection of ciders and mead in stock, you can be sure to find something that will perfectly suit your tastes at this Bon Air retail shop. Bottleworks offers tastings every Friday night from 5 to 7:30 And, says co-owner Barbara White, “We will be offering some Valentine’s Day specials.” “I’m sure it will be something wine related,” says her business partner, Geoff Hunt. Check their Facebook page for details. The store carries many locally produced products to complement their beer and wine, including a beer cheese and even a stout beer soap bar. So, whether you want to drink your beer, eat your beer or wash with your beer, there’s something for you at Bottleworks.

Kindred Spirit Brewing

12830 West Creek Parkway, Suite J Located at the back of an industrial park just across the county line into Goochland, this brewery was buzzing on a recent chilly and rainy Saturday afternoon. A large and inviting interior – lots of TVs, a game room, comfortable leather chairs, and a view of the brew house – and you can see why so many folks are there. 16 taps give plenty of choice – Beer Buds especially enjoyed the Headspace IPA.

2408 – 2410 Ownby Lane and West Creek Parkway The exciting news from Hardywood is that their big, new production facility on West Creek Parkway in Goochland County is almost finished. They hope to start brewing soon, with beers from the new brewery hitting the market in the spring. They anticipate having the taproom open by the end of April, and when you get there, the expectation is that you’ll find the entire campus a peaceful sanctuary in the woods. There will be live music inside the 4,000 square foot taproom, and outside on a stage in a natural amphitheater.

Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery 3445 W. Cary Street

Carytown is the location of Richmond’s first brewery and urban winery, and both wine and beer are available in the same location. Garden Grove has classic beer styles and classic wines (BeerBudz likes the Lord of the Ryes IPA and the Petit Verdot, respectively), interesting variations on both, and beverages that blur the line between wine and beer.

Dogtown Brewing Company 1209 Hull Street

The Cask Cafe

206 S. Robinson Street The brick interior really lends The Cask Cafe a “local pub” feel, as

There’s a new brewery coming to Manchester. Not this winter, but likely in time for next winter. The Dogtown Brewing Co. is going to be located in the former Thalhimers building on Hull Street.

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Enjoy an elegant dining experience in a beautiful casual setting.

The Reserve at the Highlands brings a fresh and modern dining experience to the Chesterfield Community, located in the Golf Club at the Highlands in Virginia. The Reserve is locally and family owned and operated by Sal and Tillary Buffa.

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Happy Hour Guide Kabuto Japanese House of Steak and Sushi

Casa Grande

Monday–Thursday, 4-7:30 p.m.; 10921 Midlothian Turnpike; 804-378-8177; Family owned and operated authentic Mexican restaurant offers daily lunch specials for only $3.99. COCKTAILS & BEER Mojitos - $5.99

Beer – 24-oz. - $3.50

Margaritas - $3.50

Sangria - $5.99

Monday–Friday, 4-6:30 p.m.; 13158 Midlothian Turnpike; 804-379-7979; Traditional Japanese fare prepared with flare. COCKTAILS, BEER, WINE Rails $30% off Beers by the glass $30% off

ONE MORE THING: Taco Mondays all day for $1 and enchiladas on Wednesdays are just $1. On Thursdays, all appetizers are only $3.

Wine by the glass $30% off ONE MORE THING: Their talented and entertaining chefs can tailor a show to fit any group, including families, couples or business groups.

Chuy’s Mexican Food

Monday–Friday, 4-7 p.m.; 4731 Brad McNeer Parkway; 804-562-7464; Fresh, hand-rolled tortillas make the difference so say the folks at Chuy’s. Every dish is made from scratch every day. COCKTAILS & BEER House Ritas - $4.75

MOSAIC Restaurant

Monday–Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; 6229 River Road; 804-288-7482;

Serving globally inspired American eats in quaint quarters.

House Grande Ritas - $7.75 Domestic Beers - $3.25 House TX Tinis - $8.50 ONE MORE THING: FREE nachos during happy hour from the nacho car — includes queso, taco meat, chips and salsa.

TAPS & SPECIALS Beer Drafts - $4 Wine Drafts - $6 Beer Flights - $8 Saturdays and Sundays (Open to 3:30 p.m.) Mimosa flights - $10 Prosecco - $10 Seasonal Mixers - $10

Crazy Greek

Monday–Friday, 3-7 p.m.; 14467 Hull Street Road; 804-739-1405; Using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, the folks at Grazy Greek pledge to prepare every dish just as they would prepare it for their dearest friends.

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WINE Red (Merlot, Cabernet, Chianti) - $3.50

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COCKTAILS Margaritas - $2.75

BEER Draft Beer (Miller Lite and Yeungling, 12. oz.) - $2.50 Blue Moon (12 oz.) - $2.75 FOOD Bar Bites (available throughout the entire restaurant) - $5.50 • Loaded Fries loaded with cheddar cheese, bacon and jalapenos • Dolmades eight grape leaves stuffed with seasoned rice • Tzatziki homemade yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill spread with pita bread ONE MORE THING: Check out their daily lunch specials.

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The Grille at Magnolia Green by Steve Cook

f you’re trying to keep a secret, don’t tell me. I love to share them. And here’s one that I’m especially excited to share. Have you heard that tucked away in one of the county’s most beautiful master-planned communities is also one of Chesterfield’s most beautiful dining spots? The primary reason that The Grille at Magnolia Green is still a secret is that it’s only been open a few weeks. Chances are, you haven’t driven past it…unless, perhaps, you live in Magnolia Green in western Chesterfield. The Grille is located within the Magnolia Green Golf Club’s recently completed new clubhouse at 7001 Awesome Drive in Moseley.

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After having visited the restaurant, enjoyed a meal and having spoken with the folks who make the magic happen, I can assure you that with its rich, modern decor, plush, comfortable seats and maybe the most beautiful menus that I’ve ever seen, The Grille is not your typical restaurant. Bobby Kidder, the general manager at the club, said regarding the place, “This will be a true dining experience.” Keep in mind that while the Grille is located the middle of Magnolia Green, with its beautiful

The Grille, located within Magnolia Green Golf Club’s newly completed clubhouse, is open to the general public and features made-from-scratch cooking using fresh ingredients, including brick oven pizzas, Angus beef and fresh seafood.

homes, tree-lined roadways, manicured lawns and an amazing host of amenities, it’s not just a restaurant for residents of that community or members of the golf club. The Grille offers an exceptional dining experience for residents of the entire metro area, especially for those in western Chesterfield who are somewhat underserved when it comes to non-chain dining options. “We’ll be offering made-from-scratch cooking, with only fresh ingredients,” David Switzer, the restaurant’s executive chef told me. I’ve long admired Chef David’s work in other restaurants around town. “There are not a lot of independent restaurants in this area, especially those that offer made-from-scratch cooking,” he added. And Kimberly Yancey, the food and beverage manager, described the restaurant as offering “casual fine dining,” saying, “We want to make sure everybody enjoys their dining experience.” To that end, she mentioned the staff’s readiness to accommodate allergies and food restrictions. The restaurant, which opened in late 2017, has been offering a pub-style menu featuring

burgers, sliders, chicken wings and sandwiches; and, oh yes, their very popular pizzas. The Grille has its own brick oven. With the advent of the new year, Chef David says the restaurant will be adding more entrées with an emphasis on certified Angus beef as well as fresh seafood, which will include such delights as crab cakes, rockfish and salmon. “There’s actually, a Cozumel shrimp taco that’s out of this world,” he added. Michelle Atkins, Magnolia Green’s marketing manager, summed it up well when she told me, “This community offers something for everyone. I think the restaurant complements that nicely. You can come in casual. You can

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come in dressier. It is kid friendly, too. And the menu has something for everyone, too. I think our guests will quickly discover that we stand out from the other (area) restaurants.” This gorgeous venue will also be catering a select number of private events and can accommodate groups from 40 to about 170 persons. Once warmer weather hits, the formal lawn and arbor, just behind the clubhouse, will provide an ideal location for a wedding . For more information on reserving The Grille for your next function or to make reservations for a delightful dining experience with friends and family, phone 804-639-5701. Or visit online at

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Events Calendar by West End’s Best staff


Henrico Humane Society Pet Expo Join the Henrico Humane Society for the 18th Annual Pet Expo. This unique indoor event allows you to bring your pet to enjoy a day of fun at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Over 50 exhibitors will be on hand offering a variety of goods and services All Proceeds benefit Henrico Humane Society and help homeless animals in the community.

Jan. 19, 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Jan. 21, 11 a.m.–5pm / $6.50 General Admission, $7.50 Weekend Pass, children 12 & under, FREE / Free parking / Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond /

10 a.m.–3 p.m. / $12 adults, $5 children 2-12, under 2 (& pets) FREE, additional charges for some activities / Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond /


Neko Case There’s a special challenge that comes with being an artist in this increasingly fractured cultural age; a delicate balancing act, between being of your time, and striving for timelessness. Few contemporary artists even try. Neko Case is an exception. Doors: 6:30 p.m. / Show: 7:30 p.m. / $22.50 advance, $25 day of show plus applicable fees / The National, 708 E. Broad St., Richmond /

JANUARY 19 – 21

The 69th Richmond Antiques Extravaganza Richmond Antique Extravaganza Show and Sale returns to the Richmond Raceway Complex. It brings together over 100 select dealers from Florida to New England, featuring the finest quality antiques and old collectibles. 54 Chesterfield Living

It’s hard to imagine a band just coming into their own after 20 years of success, but that’s exactly what makes a true anomaly. This multi-national, Celtic juggernaut grows stronger with each live performance, and as you can imagine, after two decades and over 2000 shows, it is a true force to be reckoned with.


Brave New World

All My Sons

Thu.–Sat., 8 p.m.; matinees select dates at 2 p.m.; doors open for dining 2 hours prior to curtain, reservations recommended / Theatre Only: $38 plus service charge; Buffet & theatre: $55 plus service charge, meal tax; Senior, military, student rates; RUSH tickets: $20 door, 1 hour or less before any performance with available seats / Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy., S. Chesterfield / 804-748-5203 /

Gaelic Storm at the Tin Pan

Doors: 6 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m. / $42.50 advance, $47.50 door / The Tin Pan, 8982 Quioccasin Rd., Richmond / 804-447-8189 /

JANUARY 18 – FEBRUARY 24 Arthur Miller’s classic drama is as relevant today as it was when it was written in 1947. Based on the true story of an Ohio aeronautical corporation accused of conspiring with an army inspection officer to approve defective aircraft engines destined for military use, the play won Tony awards for both its author and its director (Elia Kazan). Idealism battles with reality and suspicions battle with truth as Miller unwinds this heart-wrenching story of a family torn apart by greed and guilt.


The Cultural Arts Center and Quill Theatre team up to bring Aldous Huxley’s brilliant novel to life on the Sara Belle November stage. Set in London in the year 2540, the novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to profoundly change society.


Poe’s Birthday Bash Join the Poe Museum for the world’s largest annual celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday with an entire day of music, performance, tours, and (of course) birthday cake. Enjoy tours of the Museum, costumed interpreters, readings of Poe’s works, as well as light refreshments and a cash bar. At midnight, you’re invited to a toast to Poe in the Shrine. 12 p.m.–12 a.m. / Admission, $8; museum member & children 6 and under, FREE / Poe Museum, 1914-16 E. Main St., Richmond / 804-648-5523 /


Night Light Science: Space Night Join the Science Museum of Virginia for a special night of imagination and adventure. Children ages 3-6 and their adults are invited to an exciting evening of space adventures, from learning about the constellations to “sailing” by the stars and more. Put on your favorite space-themed costume or your favorite pajamas and come on a journey of space exploration and discovery. 6 p.m.– 9 p.m. / Tickets: $25 general adult/ youth combo tickets; $20 museum members. Additional youth or adult tickets, $10. One adult is required for every four youths/ Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond / 804-864-1400 /

Preview: Thu., Feb. 1 at 7 p.m.; Opening Night: Friday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. / $20, preview; $28, all other performances / Cultural Arts Center Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen / 804-261-2787 /


Pins & Needles – 17th Century Sewing Class for Adults Join the folks at Henricus Historical Park for an introduction to 17th century hand sewing class where you will make a very simple product – a utility bag with a drawstring or a handkerchief. Material will be provided. Attendees must provide sewing needles, pins, white quilting weight cotton or linen thread, and small scissors. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. / $10 includes material and admission / Registration required by Jan. 31; call 804-748-1611. Limited space available / Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd., Chester /


Harlem Globetrotters The Original Harlem Globetrotters are preparing for their action packed 2017-2018 tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrill fans of all ages. 7 p.m. / Tickets $22 (plus fees) at the Richmond

Coliseum SweetFrog Box Office, at Ticketmaster. com, area Ticketmaster outlets and to charge-byphone at 800-745-3000 / Richmond Coliseum, 601 E. Leigh St., Richmond /


RVA Environmental Film Festival The Enrichmond Foundation, the Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group, the Capital Region Land Conservancy  and  Viridiant  will partner to present the Eighth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival. The festival takes place at locations across the city including the  University of Richmond,  VCU, public libraries, The  Visual Arts Center,  The Byrd Theatre and The Science Museum of Virginia. The week long event showcases local and national films that raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet.

ready for winter, they did 400 years ago —only with different technology! Experience a home school education program designed to help meet curriculum goals in a fun, interactive environment at a living history museum. Our costumed interpreters will discuss preparations for a 17th-century Virginia winter. Students will be divided by age level to work on age-appropriate activities and curriculum. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. / $15, student, $9, accompanying adult; Henricus Patrons $13, student, FREE accompanying adult / Registration required by Feb. 12, call 804-748-1611 / Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd., Chester /

FEBRUARY 22 – 23

Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Tour Get funky at The Beacon Theatre with legendary soul act Tower of Power for two backto-back nights. Doors: 6:30 p.m. / Orchestra Level 1: $50 advance, $55 door; Orchestra Level 2: $45 advance, $50 door; Balcony: $35 advance, $40 door; plus applicable fees / Tickets available at Beacon Theatre box office and My / The Beacon Theatre, 401 N. Main St., Hopewell / 804-446-3457 /

See website for schedule / FREE /


A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry’s Tony award-nominated domestic drama follows the story of the Younger family, as they discover the dangers of dreaming big and the heartbreak of reality. See website for full schedule & times / Tickets start at $30, $40 Standard, $50 Premium / Student, military, teacher discounts subject to availability / The November Theatre, 114 W. Broad St., Richmond / 804282-2620 /

Richmond Kids Expo The 15th Annual Richmond Kids Expo is the largest yearly event held in Central Virginia that’s specially designed to provide parents with an engaging trade show atmosphere while their kids enjoy an awesome day of fun and entertainment. Parents can shop and learn about products and services offered at exhibitors’ booths while spending the day with their children in a safe indoor environment. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. / $7 adults, $3 kids 2-12, Free for children under 2 / Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum A


Richmond Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty This enchanting family-friendly ballet has something for everyone. A young girl, Aurora, pricks her finger on her 16th birthday after being cursed by the evil fairy, Carabosse, and appears doomed. The kind and good Fairy of the Lilacs uses her power to save the stricken girl and, instead of death, Aurora now will sleep for 100 years, only to be awakened by true love’s kiss. As the story unfolds, we are introduced to Fairies, Nymphs, Puss ‘N Boots, and Bluebird, while treated to some of the most universally famous pieces of choreography including the Rose Adagio and the wedding’s final grand pas de deux. Feb. 9, 7 p.m.; Feb. 10, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Feb. 11, 2 p.m. / Tickets: $25–$125 at Dominion Arts Center and Altria Theater box offices, by phone at 800-5143849 and online at / Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond/


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Richmond Boat Show For years the Richmond Boat Show has been recognized as one of the best boat shows in Central Virginia. Covering nearly 110,000 square feet in four buildings, it attracts dealers from throughout Virginia. 18 dealers will have boats on display plus additional exhibits will include boat lifts, floating docks, marine electronics, water sports and safety equipment. New for 2018 is the 26,000 gallon Paddle Sports Pool where you can demo your favorite paddle craft before you buy. Feb. 16, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Feb. 17, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Feb. 18, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. / $10 Adults; Children 12 & under FREE / Free parking / Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., Richmond /


The Horse in Ancient Greek Art From myth and legend to warfare, sport, and transportation, the horse played an integral role in ancient Greek culture. The Horse in Ancient Greek Art presents imagery of mythical horses like the winged Pegasus, who becomes a constellation, as well as horse-hybrids like centaurs and satyrs, creatures that are part human and part horse. Daily 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thu. & Fri. until 9 p.m. / FREE / Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond / 804-340-1400 /

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2018 Virginia Wine Expo The 2018 Virginia Wine Expo is a finely curated, destination wine, spirits and food event held at the spectacular, revitalized Main Street Station and nearby venues. Enjoy 23 events, including the Walk-Around Grand Tastings, SMOKED!, Burger Blast, Bounty of Virginia, A Noodle & Dumpling Affair, Rooted in Richmond, Master Class Seminars and more. Walk-Around Grand Tastings, March 3-4 (VIP $80, except Sunday VIP $55, General $55); SMOKED!, March 2 (VIP $120, General $90); Burger Blast, March 1 (VIP $85, General $65); A Noodle & Dumpling Affair, Feb. 28 ($70); Bounty of Virginia, March 3 ($85); Rooted in Richmond, March 4 ($65) / Schedule of events, tickets and prices available online / Main Street Station, 1500 E. Main St., Richmond / 804-349-6909 /

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MONTEREY It Just Feels Like Home

“It just feels like home,” says Dorothy Stephenson, executive director for the Highland County Chamber of Commerce. Now, Dorothy has lived in the county for most of her 33 years. So, there’s a good reason that it feels like home to her. What’s my excuse? I can’t exactly figure it out, but Monterey and Highland County feel like home to me, too. I can’t wait to go back. I love the quiet, slow pace and the friendliness of the town, which offers a handful of restaurants, a really cool

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cidery, a smattering of gift shops, a Dollar General and a few quaint places to spend

I should know better than to take a trip into the mountains of Virginia. Every time I do, I come back to Richmond ready to pack my bags and head for the hills. Although, I had been wanting to visit Monterey, Virginia ever since I first heard about their annual Highland Maple Festival over a decade ago, I had never been until this past November. Now, I can’t stop thinking about how much I love this little town, located in Highland County. U.S. routes 250 and 220 intersect in the heart of town, which sits about 10 miles from the West Virginia border. 56 Chesterfield Living

the night (more about that later). The annual maple festival, which celebrates its 60th year on March 10 to 11 and 17 to 18, is, indeed, the big draw. During the two weekends, more than 50,000 people will flock to Highland County, which has a population of just a little over 2,000. So, you can imagine how the festival must impact the community, especially the folks who make the maple syrup.

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Meadows Pride Farm in Highland County

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I had the pleasure of meeting a few of those than that and the apples will burn. They’re hardy and hard-working folks during my visit. beginning to bubble and spit as we talk. DurI spent one morning with Tim Duff, who, along ing the last hour of the process, he’ll be adding with wife, Terry, runs Duff’s Sugar House. Tim, in his sugars and secret spice recipe. Dorothy, one of the most interesting people you’d ever who is serving as my tour guide for the day, chance to meet, grew up helping his parents takes over the stirrer while Tim gets me a taste produce maple syrup of his apple butter. about 600 miles north “Highland County is like Disneyworld Absolutely delicious! of Highland County, Between Septemfor the Little House on the Prairie ber and December, in the Adirondacks. “I hated it,” he says of the Duffs will make crowd.” — Tim Duff those early days. Afabout 90 pints of this ter retiring from the tasty concoction, all military, he and his wife of which they sell in ended up in the hills of their Sugar House. Virginia. Now, he tells You can’t buy it onme, he loves his small line or find it in the syrup-producing busigrocery stores. “You ness. Pretty much evhave to come here ery ounce of syrup that and enjoy the expehe produces — about rience,” Tim says. 38 gallons a year — he As with his maple sells during those two syrup production, weekends in March. he wants visitors to The day of my visit, come and see the way Tim is busy stirring folks in this neck of the seven bushels of apples woods have been doing to produce apple butter, which he it for well over 200 years. sells in the cozy, little Sugar House. He “Do you let visitors stir?” I ask. makes apple butter in much the same “Oh my gosh, yes,” he laughs. I guess that manner as he makes his syrup — “the old was a dumb question to ask a man who has fashioned way.” been stirring apples for five hours straight. I arrive at the sugar house about 9 a.m. In addition to making syrup and apple Tim has already been stirring his apples butter, Tim also carves duck decoys and by hand since five that morning, and he’ll builds old-fashioned flintlock rifles. In fact, continue to do so until about five in the he tells me that he’s building a re-creation of evening. I ask him if he has to stir continan 18th-century gunsmith shop out behind uously. “I can stop for about 30 seconds the Sugar House. By the time you read this, the at a time,” he tells me. Anything more shop should be open, which is another reason January / February 2018

Tim Duff makes his apple butter (and maple syrup) the old fashioned way.

I want to go back to Highland County. While Tim prides himself on doing things in the primitive way, Ronnie Moyers, his wife Sandy and daughter Missy Moyers-Jarrell, are very much into applying the modern technology that has changed the way that many maple syrup producers are doing business in the 21st century. The family’s Laurel Fork Sap Suckers Sugar Camp (10677 Mountain Turnpike, Clay Hise Lane, Hightown), allows them to produce about 200 gallons of syrup a year. As a forester and logger, Ronnie is constantly experimenting with ways to increase the sugar water production in his maple trees. One way that he does this is by thinning the non-maple trees, which block the sunlight in his sugar bush, or the “stand” of maple trees that he taps each year. Instead of using buckets to capture the syrup, as does Tim Huff, the Moyers use tubing to collect the sap, which then runs down the hill to the holding tank outside of the sugar camp. Once the sap (sugar water) starts running, it has to be cooked almost immediately. “We treat it like raw milk,” Missy tells me. “The sugar water is not shelf-stable. It will spoil in one to two days.” Now, comes the hard work. For the next 36 hours or so, the sugar water will be cooked down. Someone has to be watching the pans continuously to prevent both the product and the pans from burning. If you ever tend to quesChesterfield Living 57

Virginia is th southernmost stete where maple syrup is produced commercially. Highland County leads the state in maple syrup production.

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tion the price of maple syrup, consider this: It takes anywhere from 35 to 50 gallons of the sugar water to produce one gallon of pure maple syrup. The Moyers sell their syrup along with baked goods, sandwiches and other food items in a little wooden hut at the top of the hill a few hundred yards up from the camp. Calling it a “hill” is somewhat an understatement. At over 58 Chesterfield Living

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Dividing Waters Farm in Hightown. The headwaters of both the James River and the Rappahannock River originate here.

4,000 feet, their sugar camp is the highest in the state. There are a handful of additional sugar camps in the county. Some, Ronnie tells me, have modern equipment (“All the bells and whistles”) and can produce over 100 gallons of finished product a day. “The biggest day we ever had,” he says, “was about 15 gallons.” There’s no time of year that’s not a perfect time to visit. Each season in this picturesque region, which has been dubbed “the Switzerland of Virginia, has its own beauty and pleasures. The trees put on a show each autumn that’s not to be missed. Visit Hightown, about five miles from Monterrey and see Dividing Waters Farm. They say that the rainwater that rolls off one side of the barn roof forms the headwaters to the Potomac River. The water on the other side eventually becomes the James River. Meander through the county on the barn quilt trail. Discover the wildflower

and artisan trails, as well. Many bikers and bicyclists love the winding highways with gorgeous scenery at every turn in the road. Tim Duff had told me during our visit, “Highland County is like Disneyworld for the Little House on the Prairie crowd.” With that analogy in mind, here’s my advice: Pa should grab Half Pint and the rest of the family and head on “home” to Monterey Virginia. Know before you go: I wish I had the space to tell you more about so many of the wonderful people of Monterey and Highland County who showered me with hospitality during my visit. In this brief directory below, I’ll try to, at least, introduce you to some of them. Learn more at


Big Fish Cider Co.

59 Spruce St., Monterey; 540-468-2322; I spent a couple of hours talking and tasting ciders one evening during my visit with Kirk Billingsly, owner of this microcidery. Kirk truly is (and I mean this in the nicest possible way) an apple geek. I don’t’ mean the computers. I

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mean the fruit. As a kid, he loved both apples and sweet apple cider, which his father would make. He loved traveling the county looking for the wide varieties of apple trees. He was fascinated by antique and heritage apples. While child, says you can also in college (JMU), he find a variety of stained jumped at the opportu- Kirk Billingly shares the secrets of great glass gifts, such as minnity to learn the science apple cider as he pours a sample of his Big iature maple leaves and of grafting apples and Fish Allegheny Gold. stepping stones, in the got hooked on producstore. ing hybrid varieties. After he was grown and married, he decided to try his hand at making Ginseng Mountain Store hard cider, which he did for close to 20 years U.S. Highway 220, Bluegrass before doing it commercially. He bought an 540-474-5137; Ginseng old restaurant with a 30-foot neon sign featurI went in expecting to find cracker barrels on ing a big trout on the roof. The neon’s gone, but the floor and cured hams hanging from the the sign remains. It was the inspiration for the ceiling. This is not your typical country store. name of the business. He opened his cidery in Debora and SKE Ellington, who own and oper2015 and in his first year his flagship cider, Alate this very unique store, also own the nearby legheny Gold earned the “Best in Class” award 260-acre Ginseng Mountain Farm, where they at the Great Lakes International Cider Comperaise cattle and sheep. Their store offers sheeptition in Grand Rapids Michigan. “No Virginia skins from the farm, which proved to be very cider had ever gotten that,” he said. popular with some shoppers who happened Other favorite ciders (my assessment) inby during my visit. The store is a true artisans’ clude the Highland Scrumpy, which is made delight, featuring braided rugs, handmade potwith over 20 local varieties. The wild yeast used tery, Highland County maple syrup, the Ellingin fermentation gives this a real old-fashioned ton’s grass-fed Angus beef and lamb, and much cider taste. I also enjoyed the Monterey Maple, more. which is fermented with maple syrup.

Virginia Trout Company

5840 Potomac River Road, Monterey; 540-468-2280; You’ve never seen so many rainbow trout, which are offered fresh, frozen and smoked. The fish are available year-round for stocking ponds and streams and eating, of course. Many local restaurants serve their fresh trout. Recreational fishing for a fee is offered at the hatchery.


Highland Mountain Flowers

101 W. Main St., Monterey First and foremost, this is a floral shop, offering seasonal arrangements, including poinsettias in the winter, hanging baskets in the spring and mums in the fall. But Susie Newlen and Erica Stephenson, who operate the place, offer much more than flowers. The shop offers such gift ideas as maple syrups from Laurel Forks Sapsucker (Susie is another daughter of the Moyers), as well as wooden boat bowls and wooden vases made from Highland County trees. Erica, who learned the art of stained glass design as a

The Arborgast Inn in “downtown” Monterey offers three guest rooms in a beautiful historic setting.

ens novel (one of the suites is named after the writer), Mrs. Cockerham admits that Dickens is not one of her favorite authors. She is an avid reader and the hallways are filled with a variety of books. If I had more time, I would have curled up with a good one. Maybe next time. Here’s a hint: If you’re planning a ski trip to Snowshoe, it’s less than an hour away from Monterey and the rates at the Arborgast and the Highland Inn are much more reasonable.

The Real Deal Market & Grill

11 E. Main St., Monterey 540-292-5137 The Real Deal is a great deal. Owned by the Ellingtons (of Ginseng Mountain), the market offers a variety of locally made products. You can even buy the lamb and beef fresh off the farm. The restaurant has recently added a breakfast menu. I enjoyed a delicious homemade biscuit topped with egg and bacon. They smoke their own barbecue, which gets lots of rave reviews as does their beef stew. Their smoked chicken salad is out of this world.


68 W. Main St., Monterey; 540-468-2143; The historical Monterey Hotel, built in 1904 in the heart of town, has been beautifully renovated as the Highland Inn. The Inn, now owned and operated by the Highland Center, offers 18 guest rooms. During my visit, I enjoyed a fabulous meal prepared by their young, talented and much acclaimed chef, Dan Evans.

The Arborgast Inn

364 W. Main St., Monterey 540-468-3278; This quaint Victorian Queen Anne-style bed and breakfast served as my home away from home during my visit. And it truly felt like home — had I grown up in a beautiful mansion. The three guest rooms (two with private baths) offer warm, cozy and comfortable accommodations. Each room is named after a Victorian-era author. I enjoyed visiting with the proprietor, Mrs. Betty Cockerham. While her very name sounds like a character out of a Charles DickJanuary / February 2018

White’s Wayside

2175 Hanky Mountain Highway, Churchville 540-337-8004; Jack and Mary Wilson, the owners of this wonderful little restaurant, are an amazing and interesting couple. Even if their food were bland (which it’s not), I’d stop in just to visit with the Wilsons. They love all things Highland County and sell many of the county’s products in their restaurant and bakery. White’s is actually located in Augusta County, about half an hour from Highland County, and serves as the perfect spot to begin or end your Monterey getaway. By the way, they serve the best apple pie in the state. Chesterfield Living 59

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’m famous for the morning clothing crisis. It’s not that I don’t have enough clothes. Full disclosure: I’m actually a bit of a clothes-aholic and love keeping up with the latest fashions and design trends. If I’m being completely honest, the real issue is that I have more clothes than I can keep up with and sometimes get overwhelmed when trying to pull together an outfit in my small, disorganized, walk-in closet. I usually end up super-frustrated and running late with a pile of clothes on the floor to clean up later. Ugh. What’s a fashionable, clothing-addicted girl to do? For my sanity and my closet and clothing’s sake, I decided to find a better solution and check into closet organization for the new year and share my findings with you! Custom Walk-In Closets Wouldn’t it be nice to have a custom, walk-in closet that makes you excited to get out of bed and get dressed each morning? Amy Dowdy at Interior 2000 says, “When it comes to master closets, our clients today are looking for functionality meets style.” A stylish yet functional closet design will maximize your space and provide a space that organizes not only your clothes, shoes, jewelry and accessories, but your life, as well. Some popular features for custom, walk-ins include islands with drawers, shoe shelves, built-in laundry hampers, jewelry storage space, lingerie drawers, hidden ironing boards, belt and scarf racks, and valet rods for dry cleaning and outfit planning. Amy reminds us though, “Master walk-in closets are not just for the ladies! Today’s closet trends offer 62 Chesterfield Living

more masculine color options and accessories to personalize the space for men, including storage not only for clothing, but suits, ties, and luggage, as well.” A good closet designer will get to know you, your closet and the closet stressors you experience every day. They will take inventory of your closet contents and measure the space to come up with a customized design to fit your needs, style and budget.

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Custom Reach-In Closets Do you not have a walk-in closet space? Are you struggling with utilizing that small master bedroom closet that sometimes come with older homes or kids’ and guest rooms? Consider installing a well-organized, reach-in closet in lieu of a walk-in space.

“When it comes to master closets, our clients today are looking for functionality meets style.” – Amy Dowdy, Interior 2000

A well-designed, reach-in closet is a small but efficient space created with a custom closet organization system that can store a lot despite its size. A custom reach-in closet will often include space-saving options, such as multiple hanging areas, adjustable shelving, drawers, baskets, and hampers, as well as pull-out accessories and valet rods to maximize space and organization. When it comes to kids’ rooms, Amy adds, “Adjustable shelving is a great option to use in children’s closets to allow for change as the child grows. Additional drawers, baskets, and other accessories can easily be added, as they become necessary.” A small set of drawers in a reach-in closet can add storage capacity and put everything within easy reach, while closet sides and corners can be utilized to add custom solutions and take advantage of small, unused spaces.

since part of the closet is usually lost in the shadows. If space permits, adding some recessed lights to the inside of your closet will highlight your clothes and their color and textures. Linear LED strips are perfect for adding splash lighting above the inside of the closet door, because they shine a glow over the ceiling and into the corners of the closet without ever being seen. Another option is to opt for a battery-operated LED light to avoid the need for electricity, including special sensor lights that are motion activated so they turn on when you need them, and off when you don’t. Custom Closet Touches Closet Finishes: Glass and mirrored doors can add style and beauty to a functional but otherwise bland space, but don’t forget about drawer and door hardware options to finish the look of your custom closet.  Using different, yet coordinating, colors for shelving and drawer fronts is another great way to personalize your closet, while the option to have closet systems installed using crown and floor molding completes the built-in look. Shoe Storage: Your treasured shoe collection deserves proper display Photo: courtesy Closet Factory within your custom closet system, allowing each pair can be easily seen and accessible. An array of configurations and organization options will ensure space for every type of shoe, from high heels to sneakers, sandals, and boots. Drawer and Shelf Dividers: Clear clothing dividers are designed for both drawers and shelves and keep items separated, organized, and easy to access to ensure the space doesn’t get too cluttered or crowded, while pull-out shelf options offer storage flexibility for pants, purses and other items.

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Custom Closet Lighting Lighting is important business when it comes to closets. Every walk-in closet needs a focal point, so adding a central lighting fixture, like a chandelier or a pendant lamp with the right style and wattage, will go a long way toward making your space more pulled-together and functional. Plus, you can’t create the perfect outfit with well-coordinated accessories when the lighting is not right. Choosing a focal ceiling fixture with multiple bulbs will really increase the ambient light in a shadowy space, resulting in a soft glow without glare. You’ll also want to add in additional lighting elements, such as recessed LED lights throughout the closet, allowing you to see individual accessories and clothing items in department-store brightness so colors and textures really stand out. Most reach-in closets don’t come with lighting, which is unfortunate

Jewelry Drawer Dividers: Jewelry drawer dividers showcase your most cherished and valuable accessories to simply your morning routine and organize every precious piece of jewelry, making it easy to select accessories and give you the feel of shopping in your own personal jewelry store. Trays and inserts can be configured in various ways, providing custom storage, while the lining carefully protects your treasured items in a variety of colors and finishes. While there are plenty of DIY options for closet organization and lighting out there, before you purchase a DIY closet organization or lighting system to try and save some money, first consider getting a complimentary quote from a closet design professional. A professionally designed, custom-built, and installed system may end up costing less than you think, save you the hassle of do-it-yourself installation, and improve the look and functionality of your closet, as well as the value of your home, for many years to come. Here’s to a new year, new you and new closet!

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