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Things to Do 14 Events Calendar
First Of All 16 Castle Rock Party Center
Where Dreams Come True
CL Life 18 Virtual Reality Invades Uptown Alley
County Connection 20 Child Advocacy Center
Health 25 Top 5 Questions Asked About Dental Implants
Flavor 31 In Search Of... Tacos
34 TasteBudz 38 Kid-friendly Dining
EYE CARE AND EYE WEAR Today’s Trends
FARMVILLE Small Town Virginia
44 Happy Hour Guide
Travel 48 Virginia Is For Music Lovers
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If we can get through these next two months, I’ll be a happy man. Well, I’ll be a relatively happy man. The older I get, the grumpier I get about virtually everything. But even as a child, I had a reputation as a whiner and complainer. Noting the perpetual frown on my precious 10-year-old face, my grandfather once asked my mother, “Is Steve ever happy?” “Only when he’s miserable,” she replied. If that is indeed true, then this should be the happiest time of the year for me. I have so much to complain about. I really don’t like summer. It’s not the heat, it’s the…I’m sure any Richmonder can finish this one up for me. My grandmother used to say about those oppressive, hot, humid summer days, “It’s close outside.” I don’t know where she got that expression, but it accurately describes that stifling feeling that someone has put a handful of hot air right over your nose and is trying to suffocate you with it. I don’t hate everything about summertime. I love thunderstorms. I love those dark, dreary overcast days. I think I suffer from cloud deprivation disorder. Of course, I self-diagnosed, so I’m not sure if that is actually a real thing. I also like going to the beach. This may seem a bit selfish, but I wish there was only one week of hot, sunny days each summer and that would be the week that I go to the beach. The rest of the season can be stormy. One thing that I do like about this time of year is the abundance of really cool music festivals around the state. I am not that familiar with what other states have to offer when it comes to such events, but Virginia has a few music festivals that are simply amazing. Our guide to these festivals, in this issue, may turn you on to some events that, perhaps, you weren’t aware of. The Old Fiddlers Convention (August 6–11) in Galax may be the granddaddy of all music festivals, at least in Virginia. And right here in town, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont (August 9–12) brings in some of the greatest musicians in the world. This is also a good time of year to pack up the babies, grab the old ladies and take the family out for a night on the town. Our Family Friendly Dining Guide offers a few suggestions for dining out with the crew. And if anyone tells you to get out of town, read our piece on Farmville before you actually hit the road. It’s only about an hour away from Richmond and offers plenty of activities for the whole family. We’re working now on our September/October issue. It’s one of my favorite issues because the emphasis is on the great beer, wine and cocktail scenes, both locally and around the state. We will also be searching for our favorite barbecue for our next issue. If you have any suggestions, email me at steve@RichmondNavigator.com. I’ll see you at the end of summer. Fall weather is just about perfect in Virginia, which, sadly enough, means I’ll have very little to complain about.
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Derrick first moved to Richmond from Mathews County, to attend VCU, where he graduated with a BS in Psychology. After working as a technical writer in the pharmaceutical sector for over a decade, he decided to try his hand at something a bit more personal. As a long time science fiction fan and gamer, he now enjoys writing stories and finding inspiration from his favorite authors and artists. When not reading or writing, he’s looking for an excuse not to go to the gym. He also might be found enjoying a local craft beer or two.
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!
John has been drinking craft beer for decades, since before craft beer was called “Craft Beer.” He says he has never had an IPA that was too hoppy for him. John has visited breweries and beer festivals all across the country, and has brewed beers that have won awards in national beer competitions. He knows a bit about wine as well, calling himself “knowledgeable about wine and passionate about beer.” He’s also a recovering attorney, but, he implores, “Please don’t hold that against me.”
Angela is a native of Middle Georgia who followed her husband (and his job) to Richmond in 2014. An insatiably curious freelance writer, she has covered everything from monster truck racing to the latest embalming techniques (though not in the same article). When Angela isn’t clicking away on her laptop, she can usually be found at a baseball field cheering for one of her sons.
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Events Calendar by Chesterfiled Living staff
art—many of which have never before been exhibited in the United States— in their current exhibit, Napoleon: Power and Splendor. The exhibition of international loans reveals the intricacies of the Emperor’s daily life and the range of works commissioned by and for him.
THROUGH JULY 29
West Side Story
Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday ‘til 9 p.m. / $ / Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, 804-340-1400 / VMFA.museum
This endearing musical, which tells the tale of star-crossed lovers, is being staged at the November Theatre. See website for times and ticket prices / November Theatre, 114 W. Broad St., 804-282-2620 / VA-Rep.org
JULY 26 – AUGUST 14
Washington Redskins Training Camp The Washington Redskins 2018 training camp is set to take place at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center from July 26 through August 14. The schedule features a total of 25 public on-field sessions available to fans, highlighted by Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 4 and joint practices with the New York Jets, Sunday, August 12 through Tuesday, August 14th. Admission is free for all fans, but registration is required. See website for the full schedule and registration information / Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center, 2401 W. Leigh St. / Redskins.com/ trainingcamp
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3
Body Worlds: Animals Inside Out
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3
Flying Squirrels Baseball The Richmond Flying Squirrels Double-A baseball team creates plenty of fun throughout the summer. With giveaways, fireworks, concerts and more, there’s always something going on, including great baseball. See their website for schedule, game times and upcoming promotions / $8 - $14 (individual game tickets) / The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard, 804-3593866 / SquirrelsBaseball.com
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3
Napoleon: Power and Splendor. The VMFA showcasing more than 200 works of
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Embark on an anatomical safari and explore the intricate biology, zoology and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures. From goats to giraffes, squids to sharks and octopuses to ostriches, discover the form and function of animals in the touring exhibition “BODY WORLDS: ANIMAL INSIDE OUT.” See website for times and ticket prices / Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., 804-8641400 / SMV.org
Pulse Pedal Pursuit The hunt is on! The Pulse Pedal Pursuit is an all-day celebration of all things RVA, and our new public transit options! Scour the Broad Street corridor on foot, by RVA Bike Share, or by the brand new GRTC Pulse bus rapid transit system. All you need is a team (optional…you can go solo!), and a smart phone to document your journey. Go your own pace. And at the end of day stop at River City Roll to tally points, declare ultimate winners, and share stories from the day. 9 a.m. / $20-25 / From Willow Lawn to Rockett’s Landing, see website for full details / SportsBackers.org
Star Trek II – Special Screening William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk, is heading to the Altria on July 26 for a live conversation and audience Q&A following a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” 7:30 p.m. / $41 - $61 / Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., 800-514-3849 / AltriaTheater.com
AUGUST 9 TO 12
Richmond Jazz Festival What a weekend for jazz- and music-lovers of all genres at the Richmond Jazz Festival. Scheduled performers include: Gladys Knight, The O’Jays, Joss Stone, Tony! Toni! Toné!, George Clinton and Maze. See website for full schedule and ticket prices / Maymont, 1700 Hampton St. / JazzAtMaymont.com
river were hunted, gathered and used throughout history. Meet the historic peoples who lived along the banks of the James River and see how they used the river to meet their daily needs. See website for pricing and registration information / Registration required by August 10 / Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd., Chester / Henricus.org
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AUGUST 24 – SEPTEMBER 1
Chesterfield County Fair The Chesterfield fair offers the best value for your buck in Richmond and the surrounding areas to end the summer — shows, exhibits, animals and attractions, with no additional cost for nightly entertainment! See website for full schedule and ticket information / 10300 Courthouse Rd., Chesterfield / ChesterfieldCountyFair.org
Shockoe on the Half Shell
Dragon Boat Races Dragon boating - Richmond’s biggest spectacle on water – returns to the James. Led by the rhythmic beat of a drum, teams of 20 synchronized paddlers, one drummer and one steersperson race 500 meters up the river in 40-foot canoes rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails. Get your team together and get ready to roar. 8:30 a.m. – first race / $1,095 - $1,595 to compete; spectators free / Rocketts Landing, 5000 Old Osborne Turnpike / SportsBackers.org
Grateful Dead Tribute Show After nearly 19 years and over 2600 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off The Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. Gates open 5 p.m., ShowTime 6 p.m. / $31 / SERVPRO of Richmond Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Dr., Glen Allen, 804-423-1779 / InnsbrookAfterHours.com
Virginia is for oyster lovers! Join the Enrichmond Foundation in The Bottom to celebrate one of Virginia’s most iconic foods. The 11th Annual Shockoe on the Half Shell festival fundraiser features some of the area’s most popular restaurants with oyster shuckers serving up every kind of oyster – smoked, grilled, roasted, fried, and on the half shell. 11 a.m. / $1 suggested donation to Enrichmond / 17th Street Market, 100 N 17 St. / Enrichmond.org
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Carytown Watermelon Festival Sweet smells of coconut-scented sunscreen and deep-fried elephant ears will soon waft across stages and past the crowds that topped 100,000 last year to experience the Watermelon Festival in Carytown. The festival will be just as lively this summer with expectations of even more attendees than last year, nearly 50 performances scheduled and more than one hundred street vendors planning to transform Cary Street into the granddaddy of street festivals. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Free / Carytown, Richmond / CarytownRVA.com
AUGUST 13 – 17
James River Camp (Ages 9-12) Discover the environmental and geological features of the historic James River as Virginia Indians and the Colonial settlers would have encountered it 400 years ago! Paddle a kayak and identify how the plants and animals of the
More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock influenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. Gates open 5 p.m., ShowTime 6 p.m. / $21 - $99 / SERVPRO of Richmond Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Dr., Glen Allen, 804-423-1779 / InnsbrookAfterHours.com
CAKE & Ben Folds You knew it as the Classic Amphitheater. It’s been renamed Virginia Credit Union LIVE at Richmond Raceway. This August 19 performance is part of their summer schedule. 7 p.m. / $75 and up / Virginia Credit Union LIVE at Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave. 804-6121900 / VACULive.com
Kool & The Gang Rescheduled from the December 31, 2017 show, tickets for that show will be honored. Gates open 5 p.m., ShowTime 6 p.m. / $21 - $99 /
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An Evening of Bluegrass – Commonwealth Bluegrass Band Enjoy a complete dinner with all the fixin, a full bar and live music featuring The Commonwealth Bluegrass Band. The band plays traditional and modern bluegrass and is known for their close harmonies and high lonesome sound, as well as their fun, entertaining, and energetic spirit. 7 p.m. / $17 – general admission; $21 – at the door / Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen; 804-261-2787 / ArtsGlenAllen.com
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by Lisa Puster
t’s hard being a parent and even harder to plan fun, unique events for your kids sometimes. When my kids were younger, trying to plan a kids’ party for a special occasion was a challenging and often a competitive task. Every mom wants their child to have the
best party on the block and be the envy of the neighborhood. But doing it yourself can be exhausting — the planning, the hosting, the set up before, and the clean up after. It’s enough to make any mom want to break out the wine! So, what’s a mom to do? Leave the planning, hosting, set up, and clean up to the professionals at Castle Rock Party Center!
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Castle Rock’s all-inclusive parties allow parents to enjoy their child’s event and the memories, rather than stressing over the details. With over 20+ characters to choose from and a variety of party themes, there’s something for every child and every interest at Castle Rock! Says Vannessia Slappy, owner of Castle Rock, “We allow parents to envision a dream for their child and we
make that dream come true with our all-inclusive, customized packages in a one-stop shop.” Adds Slappy, “If they can dream it, we can create it!” Imagine your child’s amazement and joy when their favorite character shows up at their party or their favorite princess descends the staircase singing a signature song your child and their friends know and love! Your child will be the belle of the ball and you’ll be Mom of the year! This summer send your little princess or budding thespian to Castle Rock for one of their kid-friendly, half-day princess or theater summer camps! Meredith Puster, camp coordinator, resident princess, and a musical theater major, says, “I wanted to provide a place this summer where kids can have fun, spend time with their favorite princesses, and learn basic theatre techniques while working together as a team.” The final day of camp will be a performance for parents, allowing them to witness what their child learned in action! In addition to a variety of parties, themes, characters, and camps for kids, Castle Rock also hosts special events such as baby showers, bridal showers, graduation parties, and even custom parties for adults. Conveniently located in the yellow Victorian house near the corner of Genito Road and Hull Street in the Victorian Square shopping center, Castle Rock Party Center is the answer to every parents’ party planning prayers! Contact them today to host your next event, where you and your party will be the talk of the town! 11065 Hull Street Road, Midlothian, VA 23112 804-586-3669 | castlerockva.com
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VIRTUAL REALITY INVADES
UPTOWN ALLEY by Derrick Hooley
irtual Reality (VR), long a topic of science fiction, has arrived in the world of video games. For the uninitiated, VR allows the user to enter a simulated
environment through a headset. Rather than the usual experience of playing a game on a screen, you are playing a game inside the game itself. So, when I heard that Uptown Alley â€“ a full service family entertainment center in Midlothian (6101 Brad McNeer Pkwy.) â€“ had a VR attraction, I was anxious to check it out.
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After a few seconds of target practice, I bought into the illusion and completely forgot about my surroundings. Derrick Hooley
Photo: Ryan Hooley
Hologate, a German media and VR company, creates exclusive content and accessories for VR, delivering an experience free of problems, such as motion sickness and latency that plagued early users. Currently, the Hologate system features two games: Simurai, a team-based cooperative shooter game; and Cold Clash, a snowball-fight simulator aimed at younger players and those looking for a more family-friendly game. With several game modes and new games on the way, there is plenty of content here.
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So, does Hologate deliver the promised experience? Yes! Within seconds after donning the hardwired HTC Vive head set, I found myself immersed in the world of Simurai. After a few seconds of target practice, I bought into the illusion and completely forgot about my surroundings. The headset includes noise cancelling headphones and a microphone to communicate with your teammates, ensuring complete immersion. I found myself defending a futuristic bunker from robot attackers. After defeating wave after wave of drones and mech-spiders, we faced off against the Sumo-bot mid boss and finally the Dragon-Boss. The sense of scale and depth of field was what really impressed me. Not only did everything look big, it felt big too in a way that a conventional video game just isnâ€™t able to convey. When those robots are running towards you at 90 frames a second, the sense of urgency is real because you get the impression that they are covering some actual distance and closing in. The game was easy enough to get a grasp of with only three buttons (shoot, reload and power up), but challenging enough to keep you on your toes. Whether you are a seasoned gamer or a beginner, this is a great way to experience VR. Everything is optimized and professionally calibrated. Afterward, enjoy a meal, bowl a game or two, or take in another of the many attractions at Uptown Alley.
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Chesterfield County Launches Child Advocacy Center
by Dave Goode
ith the opening of the Chesterfield County Child Advocacy “Unfortunately, the necessity for child advocacy centers is a grim realCenter, children who report physical or sexual abuse now have ity and the statistics and information from the National Child Advocacy a safe place. The Child Advocacy Center engages a network of Center indicate that,” said Bonnie Davis, a former prosecutor and retired partner agencies to ensure that child victims receive the mental health judge with the Juvenile and Domestics Relations District Court. support they need during the investigative process. It reduces the stress Davis has long championed the idea of bringing a child advocacy cenof dealing with such traumatic experiences, helps them cope with chalter to Chesterfield. She toured the first such facility in Huntsville, Alalenges, and provides them the best possible start toward recovery. bama, in the mid-1980s. Since late January, the Child Advocacy Center has seen more than 60 “It’s gratifying to know that after such a long time from that visit to children. County officials joined others from the region and state in late Huntsville, Alabama, we now have an appropriate place for abused May for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility near the Chesterfield children to be interviewed, an appropriate place for investigators and County Government Complex. social workers to observe the Child advocacy centers interviews, and an appropriate provide a unified approach, place for those service providbringing members of a multiers to meet for training and disciplinary team under one other purposes.” umbrella to offer comprehenBefore there were child sive services. Those services inadvocacy centers, traditional clude child protective services, approaches to investigating law enforcement, prosecution, cases of child abuse often promental health, medical and longed children’s trauma and victim advocacy. This compreprovided little mental health hensive approach ensures that support to victims. Historichildren receive child-focused cally, child victims of sexual or services in a child-friendly ensevere physical abuse would vironment — one in which the endure multiple interviews child’s needs come first. and examinations and would Local, regional and state officials cut the ribbon at the Chesterfield County Child “This is a day of mixed feel- Advocacy Center. From left are: The Rev. Johnnie Fleming Jr., Colonial Heights alter their stories with each ings,” said Sarah Snead, deputy Mayor T. Gregory Kochuba, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors Chair Doro- interview, hindering investicounty administrator for hu- thy Jaeckle, Virginia Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Wanda Ostrander, gations and leading to fewer man services, speaking to a Retired Chesterfield County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge prosecutions. Chesterfield’s Bonnie Davis, Child Advocacy Center Administrator Jenelle Beverly, Dale District crowd the day of the ribbon child advocacy center proSupervisor Jim Holland, Clover Hill District Supervisor Chris Winslow and Deputy cutting. “Clearly, it’s a day to County Administrator for Human Services Sarah Snead. vides a place for child victims celebrate the completion of a to talk with specially trained very special place and, also, all of those who made this place possible. forensic interviewers aided by innovative technology that helps invesBut it is also extremely bittersweet because we all wish for the day when a tigators prosecute abusers. Communities with child advocacy centers place such as this is not needed, and children are no longer experiencing report reductions in the number of interviews needed and higher prosthe traumatic events that bring them here.” ecution rates. Statistics about child sexual abuse are startling and show the unfortuIf you suspect a child is being abused, contact Child Protective Sernate need for such centers: vices at 804-748-1100. • One in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18. • Twenty percent of child victims are abused before they turn 8. • Ninety percent of child victims are abused by family members or Dave Goode is Public Information Manager of Chesterfield County’s those they know and trust. Department of Communications and Media. • One in five children will be sexually solicited while on the internet.
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d o a T y ’ s … Y T P r e S I Eye Care & Eyew nds ea in by Victoria Rickman Taylor
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“I spy something, and the color of it is blue.” I remember sitting on the back porch as a child playing a version of “I Spy” with my mother. We could play for hours, taking in the sights and sounds around us. Today, many children are looking to their smart phone or tablet to learn about the color of the grass and to search for the name of the animals they see. The digital age has encouraged early development for our children, which many parents may perceive as a positive change. However, it also presents eye care concerns that could plague our younger generations for years to come. There are lots of products out there that claim they can enhance eye health, and we can’t try all of them. So, it is time to talk with some Richmond-area optical experts about their top eye care concerns and what
we can do now to preserve and rebuild our eye health. Blue light from devices, fatigue, macular degeneration, nearsightedness and old-fashioned sun exposure are some common threads throughout the conversations. “A quick search for ‘blue light’ will turn up information about insomnia, migraines, macular degeneration, cataracts and obesity,” says Norma Spittle, O.D., half of the husband-and-wife team who own The Eye Place, an optometry practice in Midlothian. “While all of that is true at some level, the key point is that protecting the eyes from sunlight and UV exposure is important—and our eyes are the most sensitive during our youth. Our suspicion that computer screens (and tablets and phones) are unhealthy is turning out to be true.”
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A quick search for ‘blue light’ will turn up information about insomnia, migraines, macular degeneration, cataracts and obesity
Norma Spittle, O.D.
What do our experts say we can do now to protect our eyes from the natural and manufactured threats they face every day? Focus on light protection. Sunglasses or optical glasses with Transitions lenses and/or UV protection built into the lenses are a must.
It is estimated that 10 hours of screen exposure are equivalent to 15 minutes of direct sun exposure, and that number can be lowered by five percent by turning on night mode or dimming screens. “Thankfully, there are products in the marketplace, with and without prescription, that block 90 percent of the harmful light without weird tints,’’ she adds. “We would all benefit from healthier and more-comfortable eyes.” Virginia Eye Institute has partnered with one of the largest lens manufacturers to offer the newest digital surface lenses “to help give our patients the clearest sight possible,” adds Richard Myott, Director of Optical Services. “These lenses are both progressive and single vision, with one of the largest growing concerns in the eye industry being blue light protection.” Mark MacMillan, O.D., agrees that blue light is a growing concern for everyone in the digital age, but especially for children. “Blue light has been linked to macular degeneration-type disorders. It is also responsible for the maintenance of sleep cycles,’’ he says. “This is why it is harder to fall asleep at night after staring at your phone, tablet, TV or computer screens late into the night. By utilizing blue light blockers on glasses, we can minimize the effects of this potentially harmful light radiation.” Dry eye is also becoming a prevalent eye care concern, and it can be caused by a variety of factors, including autoimmune conditions and something we will all face — aging eyes. “This is a major condition that affects 4.91 million Americans, ages 50 years and older,” MacMillan explains. “We stay at the forefront of it by monitoring progression of the disease with Tear Lab instrumentation and utilizing the most up-to-date medications and procedures to treat the condition.”
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Practice healthy habits. Sunglasses, a healthy diet and abstaining from nicotine could reduce your chances of developing macular degeneration. Consider special lenses. Look for a lens that reduces fatigue and blocks harmful light (now available with clear lenses). Schedule your checkups. Visit an eye care professional regularly. Encourage family members and friends to do the same. Function Over Fashion? Though eyewear has become highly specialized to the needs of each consumer, let’s not forget that a new pair of frames is an opportunity to make a fashion statement. (Yes, this applies to the gentlemen, too.) Our experts tell us bold, statement frames are in style this season, as well as florals and neutrals. Iconic, bold yet classic, frames are all the rage for the adventurous side in all of us. And who can forget Aviators, with thin, lightweight metals, which are also popular this season. Whatever your personal style may be, function and fashion are both available by visiting an eye care professional near you!
Top 5 Questions My Patients Ask About Implants by Pete Appleby, DDS 1. Do they hurt? Perhaps you have suffered from a toothache for a long time? Maybe the removal of that tooth you are now considering replacing was a painful experience? These negative experiences can affect pursuing dental care and I understand. Often painful experiences around dentistry result from longstanding infections. Implants on the other hand are placed in healthy mouths with healthy tissue. This makes for very predictable pain control. Most patients report little if any post operative pain. Rest assured, current implant technology allows for dental procedures that can replace your missing teeth with little to no downtime.
absorb substantial force when chewing. Cracking of fillings and roots is unfortunately quite common. This is where an x-ray and in some cases a 3D image (often referred to as a CBCT or “cone beam”) can help your dentist assess the tooth as a candidate to save or to consider replacing with an implant. Implants should always be part of a comprehensive plan involving your whole mouth. Not just the missing tooth or teeth! Have a discussion with your dentist and see which is best for you.
2. How long do they take to do? Implants can be done in as little as one day. Walk in with a missing tooth, walk out with a tooth. Yes, this can happen just as you’ve seen advertised. Typically, the tooth, bridge, or denture that you walk out with is “temporary” and is replaced by a final, permanent tooth, when you are done healing. Healing is variable, with most patients back “to normal” within a week or two. 3. I was told I need to have a “graft” done before I can get an implant. What does that mean? When a tooth is lost, the bone that supported that tooth recedes over time. In some people this happens quite quickly. For implants to function properly and also look beautiful in your smile, they need to be housed in solid bone and surrounded by healthy gum tissue. If you’ve lost bone or gum tissue that will be needed to support your new implant, your dentist may need to replace it. This is an important conversation to have with your dentist. There are many options with regards to techniques and materials used to do this grafting. Thankfully, in most cases, only one appointment is required to complete the procedure and it can sometimes be done at the same time the implant is placed. 4. Should I get a root canal or should I get an implant? Root canals can save a healthy tooth that has an unhealthy nerve. So, just because you have a toothache or a deep cavity, doesn’t mean the tooth can’t go on! Save it if it can be saved. Much of the decision should be based on how strong your dentist thinks the tooth will be. Human teeth
5. Can I wait until next year? Yes and no. If you have lost a tooth or are considering your options with a problem tooth now, it’s important to have a plan. See your dentist to better understand your specific situation. This is especially important with the teeth you show when you smile. If you have recently lost one of these teeth it’s important to act quickly to preserve the bone and gum around the area. Your gums are a very important part of your overall smile. Preserve them too! Under a dentist’s supervision, some people can wait, others need to act fast. Healing is variable and your specific situation deserves a consultation. Remember, an empty space in your mouth is a quick way to develop shifting, uneven wear, or problems with other teeth! Wear and shifting can age your smile beyond your years. Your teeth have developed to work together as a team to allow you to speak, chew, and show the world your smile. Don’t let them down! Dr. Pete Appleby is an alumnus of UVA, VCU Dental School and the University of California’s Advanced General Dentistry program, with a focus on dental implants. Dr. Appleby is a Fellow in the Academy of Oral Implantology, a member of the Richmond Dental Society, and a member of the American Dental Association. Dr. Appleby prides himself not only on the quality of his care, but establishing open and honest communication with his patients. In his spare time Pete is a licensed pilot, shadetree mechanic, and garage engineer. 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 VAdentist.com.
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A Place Like Home by Ashley Jefferson
Remaining independent as we age is desirable and fortunately attainable for many seniors in our community. But caring for a loved one at home can be limiting with respect to social interactions, stimulating activities and sustaining a sense of community. Anita, the primary caregiver for her husband, Samuel, struggled with these issues until she discovered dayBREAKS Adult Day Center, located at 2405 Dovercourt Dr. in Midlothian. Anita needed a little extra help with Samuel but she didn’t want him too far away. “I like to have my husband home,” says Anita, who is a resident of Brandermill. “I didn’t want him in an assisted living facility, but more of a daycare situation because I like to have him at home. So, we went over to dayBREAKS, had an interview and liked it!” Anita liked how dayBREAKS didn’t look like the typical, commercialized, day-care center. Instead, it appeared to be much more “homey,” like a house with different rooms in it. Anita explains, “There was a dining area and a place for him to watch TV. She also liked the fact that it was a small group and that there was one employee for every two seniors. “I think he really likes it that way,” she observed. Anita also appreciates the other benefits of dayBREAKS such as the healthy and tasty food, as well as the games, movies and exercise classes; all things that Samuel enjoys. In fact, he enjoys his experience at dayBREAKS so much that he has continued to return to the center four times a week for the past two years! “I just feel good about the place,” says Anita. “Some of the other places are too commercialized. But this place is like home.” DayBREAKS offers a safe and loving environment for seniors Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Find out if dayBREAKS may be the solution for you. Phone 804-419-0999 or visit online at DayBreaksVA.com.
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Happy Hour Guide........................44 CAPITAL ALE HOUSE CUBAN PORK TACO
This popular diamond classic combines a top quality hot dog with chili, diced onions and cheese to hit all the right flavor notes youâ€™ll recall from family cookouts and youthful outings at the local ballpark.
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We asked our readers to tell us about their favorite hot dog joints. We heard from a lot of you and discovered some places that we might not have even thought of for hot dogs. Congratulations to Eric Grossman, our winner in the promotion. He’ll be receiving a gift certificate to a great area restaurant. Eric’s favorite hot dog is at Joey’s Hot Dogs in Innsbrook.
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13831 Village Place Dr., Midlothian; 804-780-2537 CapitalAleHouse.com One of Virginia’s most popular restaurants takes us all the way to Cuba with their Cuban Pork Taco. This juicy taco is stuffed with marinated pulled pork, house slaw, a pickle slice, roasted corn and beans. And if that’s not enough, the taco is also served with your choice of a salad or French fries. Hungry tummies rejoice!
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LATITUDE SEAFOOD CO.
15532 WC Commons Way, Midlothian; 804-379-8100 LatitudeSeafoodCo.com When it comes to seafood, Latitude has all of the flavor. This high end restaurant keeps the pace, even with their taco’s. And they are a treat that you won’t want to miss. On your next visit, try the Fish Taco, which includes tequila-lime marinated and blackened, spicy cabbage on a flour tortilla. Add the pineapple salsa and guacamole for an added kick.
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MAX’S POSITIVE VIBE CAFÉ 2825 Hathaway Rd., Richmond; 804-560-9622 PositiveVibeRVA.com
There’s nothing but positive vibes at this restaurant. And we mean that literally. In addition to serving great food, the mission of Max’s Positive Vibe Café is to help train and employ people with disabilities so that they, too, can be gainfully employed and fully contributing members to the community. Two stand-out dishes are the Shrimp and Fried Oyster Taco’s. Choose from succulent, grilled shrimp or yummy fried oysters, covered in seasoned cabbage, shredded pepper jack, and fresh pico de gallo, and heartily stuffed between a corn tortilla.
6101 Brad McNeer Pkwy., Midlothian; 804-744-1077; UptownAlleyRichmond.com Life may not be all fun and games. At Uptown Alley, it’s that plus delicious fare in their Red Embers Bar & Grill. Feast your eyes and then your taste buds on their street tacos, which are served with tortilla chips and salsa. In addition to the Chicken Taco (loaded with sour cream, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and cilantro), enjoy your choice of Cajun shrimp, shredded Korean pork and short rib tacos.
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DON’T LOOK BACK - TRIPLE 3306 W. Broad St.; 804-655-2770 DontLookBack.co
The best taco experience in town. That’s the express goal of the folks at Don’t Look Back, located in what was once The Triple pool hall. Tacos are definitely their specialty and are made fresh with quality ingredients and loads of flavor. Our favorite is the traditional-style Shrimp Taco. Served on a flour tortilla, this treat is filled with cabbage slaw, sour cream, cilantro, onion and lime. And it’s one taco that you won’t want to miss.
PLAZA AZTECA WESTCHESTER 15801 WC Main St., Midlothian; 804-897-1124 PlazaAzteca.com
Plaza Azteca claims to be your shortcut to Mexico, which seems to be true. They offer a genuine welcoming, warm and friendly atmosphere that makes their customers feel right at home. And their award-winning food adds to that sentiment. We love their California Fish Taco. Your choice of a flour or corn tortilla is filled with a fish fillet and topped with red cabbage and a creamy chipotle sauce. One bite will send you right across the border.
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3553 W. Cary St., 804-213-0800; BakersCrust.com Get ready for an explosion of flavor at Bakerâ€™s Crust. Their Thai Chili Shrimp Taco is good enough to write about. So we will. A heap of Thai chili shrimp, pico de gallo, cilantro, Chipotle aioli and tomato tarragon slaw are stuffed into a flour tortilla and then served with a side of grilled corn on the cob with queso fresco. The presentation itself is almost too beautiful to eat. But we encourage you to eat it, anyway.
THE DAILY KITCHEN & BAR 2934 W. Cary St.; 804-342-8990 12201 W. Broad St. (GreenGate); 804-360-3800 TheDailyKitchenAndBar.com
The folks at The Daily strive to serve foods that are not only delicious but also health conscious, environmentally friendly and socially responsible. That goes for their tasty tacos filled with chimichurri chicken (as pictured), red cabbage slaw, pico de gallo, corn, avocado, cilantro lime sauce and house made hot sauce. You can also choose from blackened mahi, carnitas or vegetarian tacos.
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tastebudz with Ashley Jefferson And Steve Cook
So, what’s happening on the Chesterfield’s dining (and drinking) scene? I’m glad you asked. You’ve come to the right place…TasteBudz. We’ll kick things off this issue by welcoming a new addition to the Chesterfield Living staff, Ashley Jefferson, our new assistant editor. Ashley had the opportunity to visit the folks at Bon Air Seafood and she files this report:
GET FRESH WITH ME: Some of the best seafood in Chesterfield can be found at Bon Air Seafood (2722 Tinsley Dr. ; BonAirSeafood.com). And no, I’m not exaggerating. On any given Friday or Saturday, the line to the place extends out the door and about 400 feet past the BP Gas station and onto Forest Hill Ave. And no one complains. Why? Because the food is well worth the wait. Especially the shrimp balls, which are a Bon Air Seafood classic. But their good food includes more than shellfish. Bon Air Seafood offers 9 to 12 different types of fish every day, including some of the freshest tuna in Virginia. Canned tuna has no place here. Instead, it’s all fresh from the waters. Without a doubt, Bon Air Seafood is a seafood lovers paradise. Look for Ashley’s contributions in coming issues. Now on to more stuff.
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ROUTE FOR GREAT FOOD: - I made a discovery recently that, while perhaps not as important as Columbus discovering America, my discovery was very important to me. I was riding down Midlothian Turnpike recently and noticed a sign that read “Route 60 Grill (11001 Midlothian Tnpk.).” I did a double take, which is something I do every time I pass a restaurant I have never tried before. So, I stopped and went in and ate. It was around 8 a.m., so obviously, I was in the mood for breakfast. Let me tell you, this place is fantastic. I know, I know. You think I gush too much. But, seriously, everything was delicious. My western omelet was amazing. I don’t like it when the eggs are overcooked, which seems to happen a lot more frequently than it should. Well, one bite and I thought I was Goldilocks. My omelet was just right. The hash browns tasted like hash browns are supposed to taste…perfect. I wanted to learn more about the place, so I asked my very pleasant young server if the owner was around. She was. Natalie Widmeyer owns the place along with her son Kenny Zaksek. For over 20 years, Natalie had worked in the same restaurant when it was known as the American Diner. When the previous owner shut down, the landlord asked her if she’d like to take over ownership. I’m very happy she agreed to do that. I need to go back for lunch…soon. I hear their burgers are fantastic. They also had some good-looking desserts in the case by the register. The feel of this place is truly good ol’ American diner-ish. Ken-
ny, who does much of the cooking, and does it beautifully, had a lot of input into the motoring motif. He even has several automobile grills on the wall. Get it? it’s a grill and they decorate with grills. It all comes together – the décor, the fabulous food and the warm, friendly customer service to create one great restaurant experience.
DON’T GO THATAWAY, GO NOTAWAY: I’ve been on the road quite a bit lately and I thought I’d share one of my favorite restaurant finds. I had the occasion to take a road trip to Atlanta and, of course, nothing makes one hungrier than to get behind the wheel of a car. As I approached the North Carolina border, on Interstate 85, I remembered my uncle once telling me about a place he always enjoyed. Seems he and his family always stopped at Nottoway Restaurant, right off the Interstate in McKenney. So, when I saw the exit I pulled off and went in. They were about to close, but the friendly staff said told us to sit right down and enjoy a meal. We did. I had the hamburger steak with gravy, which was excellent. The salad bar was filled with fresh veggies and tasty toppings. The menu features such Southern dishes as fried oysters, catfish filet, and Southern pan-fried chicken. They also offer a variety of sandwiches including quarter-pound burgers. Next time you’re down that way, I’d suggest you pay ‘em a visit.
PUT OFF THE WAIT, PUT ON THE WEIGHT: The wait is over. Now, I’m going to put on a little weight. How can I resist Hot Diggity Donuts. That’s the new donut lounge by day, dessert and cocktail lounge by night at 2313 Hull Street. If you get a hankering for a Scotch and a glazed donut, this is definitely the
place for you. Admittedly, Hot Diggity Donuts is not in Chesterfield, but it is south of the James, which means you can get there without having to cross the river. This donut/dessert shop is the first of several cool ventures planned by local developers Michael and Laura Hild. Michael says that within a few weeks, their Butterbean Café should be opening just across the street (1204 Hull Street). The Butterbean Café is described as a welcoming spot where one can enjoy hand-pulled espresso, craft beer, and kombucha alongside delicious soups, salads, and sandwiches, all made from scratch.
A PLUG NICKEL: Let me put a plug in for a relatively new spot about which everyone is raving. It’s the Little Nickel at 4702 Forest Hill Ave. According to co-owner Johnny Giavos’ son Constantine, the menu is Caribbean inspired. The place, which has a Tiki diner motif, if there is such a thing, has been packing ‘em in since it opened several months ago. I can’t tell you how many people have asked me if I’ve been (I have). And they all have nothing but praise. Oh, there have a been a few gripes about the long wait, but hey, you have a choice. You can go to a mediocre spot and quickly get right in and have an adequate time. Or, you can go to some place like Little Nickel, wait a half hour or more and then have a really great time. It’s your call.
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Enjoy A Summer Italian Dinner!
BREWS NEWS: The Taters, the Killer B’s, Pat O’Brian and the Josh Lief Band…these are just a few of the local, popular performers who have appeared recently in Chesterfield. You may be wondering what music venue packs in so much talent. Well, it’s not really a music hall. It’s Steam Bell Beer Works at 1717 Oak Lake Blvd., in Midlothian. Besides some really flavorful brews, Steam Bell schedules great music in their taproom just about every weekend. You can keep up with their upcoming schedule by visiting their Facebook page. It’s also a great spot to hold your own private parties.
I could share more, but I guess we’ve run out of room. Besides, I’ve worked up such an appetite writing this, I have to go do some more research. If you have any restaurant news, we’d love to hear it. Email us at Tastebudz@RichmondNavigator. com and don’t forget to look for our weekly update, TasteBudz Online, at RichmondNavigator.com.
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Kidfriendly Dining by Ashley Jefferson
Few things are more fun than getting the whole family together at their favorite dining spot to enjoy a delicious meal in one of Chesterfield’s many fine restaurants. Many of our favorite places also offer kids’ menus, special children’s discounts and other attractions to make the meal even more exciting for the younger ones.
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Joe’s Inn at Bon Air
2616 Buford Road; 804-320-9700; JoesInnBonAir.com This family-run Greek and Italian restaurant is family friendly, too, and not just because the food is delicious. But on Mondays and Tuesdays, kids 12 and under eat free from the Kids Menu, one free meal per paying adult. And on Wednesday nights, the Amazing Jonathan Austin entertains the old and young alike with his card tricks, jokes and illusions.
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1717 Oak Lane Blvd., Midlothian; 804-728-1876; SteamBell.beer Don’t’ gasp. Breweries have become some of the kid-friendliest venues around. And Steam Bell is no exception. Kids have such a great time here that they often go back to school and relate their experiences at the brewery. With a variety of games such as corn hole and Giant Jenga as well as plenty of sidewalk chalk for the young Rembrandts in the family, who can blame them? The menu is always changing, depending on the food truck on site. Steam Bell Beer Works has food trucks on hand every Friday and Saturday evenings and occasionally on Thursdays and Sundays. Check their event schedule for info on upcoming live entertainment.
River City Diner
11430 W. Huguenot Road, Midlothian; 804-897-9518; RiverCityDiner.com/Southside River City Diner is a fun place to eat whether you’re young or old. Their desserts and milkshakes are always a special treat. Kids get crayons and soda-jerk caps to color while waiting to be served. Mom and Dad will be smiling, too, on Wednesdays after 5 p.m. when their young ones, 10 and under, eat free. Two kids eat free from the Kids Menu with each adult purchase.
Sweet Shop Donuts Café
1800 A South Creek One, Powhatan; 804-379-6800; SweetShopDonuts.com Any restaurant with the name “Donuts” in it has got to be a kid favorite. Besides, the food is very good, too. Several specials throughout the week make this an ideal choice for families. The highlight is their Family Pack Special. You get a pound of BBQ, a pound of Coleslaw, a pound of Baked Beans, and four Buns for $19.99.
Uptown Alley Sedona Taphouse
15732 WC Main St. (Westchester Commons); 804-379-0037; SedonaTaphouse.com Healthy dining is so important to the folks at Sedona Taphouse that they have their own dietician. Even the kids menu offers gluten free and heart healthy options. Each item on the kids menu is priced at $5.90 and includes a beverage. Several entrees, such as the grilled cheese sandwich, the kids’ steak and the chicken also offer the choice of a side. And with all the TVs in the place, you don’t’ have to worry about keeping your kids occupied, either.
6101 Brad McNeer Pkwy., Midlothian; 804744-1077; UptownAlleyRichmond.com With 38 high-tech bowling lanes, a 60+ video game arcade and a great restaurant under one roof, Uptown Alley offers the perfect family night out. The food is first class, too, with a menu featuring mouth-watering burgers, BBQ, gourmet pizzas and much more. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under get a free meal plus a $5 game card with each adult entrée purchase of $9 or more. While it’s one free meal and game card per paying adult, you can purchase additional “Kids Eat and Play Packages” for $4. Check the website for other daily specials.
14500 Hancock Village St., Midlothian; 804-639-1571; LonghornSteakhouse.com Bring your appetite and your kids to Longhorn and they’ll both be happy. Adults choose from a wide choice of entrees featuring filet, rib eye, chicken, shrimp and salmon. As for the kids, they get crayons and a game sheet. The menu of tempting tastes includes a kids’ sirloin for $7.99. It’s served with a side and seasonal fruit. What kid doesn’t love chicken tenders? They come with a side and a serving of fruit for just $5.99. Cheeseburgers and mac and cheese round out the menu, plus, the restaurant offers fresh and frozen dessert smoothies such as the Peanut Butter Cup Chill, the Raspberry Dream Smoothie and the Banana Berry Freeze.
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1100 Alverser Dr., Midlothian; 804-897-1999; AMCTheatres.com A movie theater and a restaurant rolled into one! What kid wouldn’t love that? And with 10 screens at the AMC Dine In, there’ll almost always be a movie that the whole family can enjoy. Kids are not only welcome at AMC, they have their own special menu. Each entrée is priced at $7.99, for kids 12 and under, and comes with fries, a fruit cup and their choice of 2% milk or a 12-oz. soft drink.
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Capital Ale House
13831 Village Place Dr., Midlothian; 804-897-5815; CapitalAleHouse.com You can always count on Capital Ale House to provide great meals and great times. And nothing changes when the kids are around. While you grab a bite and a beer from their extensive craft and imported brew menu, kids can order a hot dog with fries or veggies, chicken fingers with the same sides, fish-n-chips or a mac-n-cheese meal for only $6.95. All kids meals include a drink and a dessert.
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7001 Forest Hill Ave.; 804-320-1069 12031 Southshore Pointe Road, Midlothian; 804-763-5640; MexicoRestaurant.com Any night is a good night for your family to enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at this long-time favorite, local, family-run chain serving authentic Mexican fare. There’s a special Kids’ Menu (ages 10 and under) featuring a variety of your children’s favorite dishes for $5.99, including soft drink, milk or juice. But Monday night is Family Night, which means that kids eat free. One free kid’s meal (from the Kids’ Menu) with each adult dinner purchase. Family night is extra special at the Forest Hill location because your kids can enjoy magic and balloons along with the tacos and quesadillas.
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The Flying Squirrels
The Diamond, 3001 N. Boulevard; 804-359-3866; SquirrelsBaseball.com Hot dogs and baseball is a combination that delights the kids in all of us, especially the way the Flying Squirrels do it. We’ve told you previsouly about the Squirrels Dog House, which serves up some of the best frankfurters in the city. In addition to the dogs, fries, cotton candy and all the other stadium concessions that are sure to please the kids, the Squirrels also offer a Brunch before their Sunday home games. Check their website for their Brunch & Baseball packages.
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r e e B udz B by John Stoner
It’s Summertime! Time for beer festivals, and to find new breweries and cold beers to escape Richmond’s sweltering heat! Join me in my exploration.
dozen of the best producers of such beers from around the world will be there, including Brasserie Cantillon, Jester King, Cloudwater, and Hill Farmstead. And the Veil, of course. Tickets to the first two Forever Summer festivals sold out quickly, so you don’t want to wait on this.
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201 W 7th Street (Manchester) CDMRVA.com
Brewing Tree Beer Company
9278 Rockfish Valley Highway (Route 151), Afton Brewing Tree just opened in June, and heralds the return to brewing by its owner and brewer, Mark Thompson. Mark was the founder and award-winning head brewer at Starr Hill. He took a three-year sabbatical from brewing to refresh himself and to re-center his energies. He has done so with a different philosophy: “No cans, no kegs, no distribution.” The only way you are able to get his beer is to go to the taproom. You can enjoy it there or fill a growler to take home with you. And you’ll surely enjoy it: they will specialize in clean, classic styles. When Beer Budz visited in June, there were a number of crisp, light beers on tap. We enjoyed the Chapter 2 IPA and the Philinda Vienna Lager the most. Because Brewing Tree has a very small brewing house – they make a half-barrel of beer at a time – there will frequently be new beers on line. As Mark believes in supporting other brewers and breweries, he intends to always have one collaboration beer on tap (a collaboration with Champion, when Beer Budz visited) and one guest tap. Finally, Brewing Tree will give back to the community – for every pint you have there, you will get a $1 wooden token to give to your choice of local charities. You’ll frequently find food trucks and music every Sunday, as well. Welcome back to the world of beer, Mark!
704 Dawn St. TabolBrewing.com Opening in the Battery Park area of Richmond in July or early August, Tabol Brewing is a small-batch brewery specializing in local yeasts and wooden fermentation vessels. They’re looking to do “rustic” beers – wild, sour, and funky – but will have regular beer styles as well. Beer Budz is looking forward to the Saison, which will be just right to beat the summer heat.
The Veil Brewing Co.
1301 Roseneath Road (Scott’s Addition) TheVeilBrewing.com On Saturday, August 25, the Veil will have its third annual Forever Summer beer festival. This year, it’s being held at the Virginia War Memorial. Beer Budz attended the first two Forever Summer festivals, and thinks they are the highlight of the Richmond beer festival scene. This year’s beer theme will be Wild/Funky/Sour beers, and more than a couple
Over in Manchester – across the river from Downtown Richmond, and a block and a half downstream from Legend Brewing, in the historic Corrugated Box Building, sits Camden’s, a 35-seat restaurant with a gourmet neighborhood market. More to the point, it’s a bottle shop with an excellent wine selection and coolers full of craft beer – and the latter is just right for grabbing a six-pack on the way to the river for the afternoon. Camden’s has wine dinners about every six weeks – the one in late July or early August will feature Greek wines with seafood. There are also weekly winetastings on Friday afternoons, where yours truly usually pours the wine.
Courthouse Creek Cider
1581 Maidens Road, Maidens and 3300 W. Broad St. (Scott’s Addition) CourthouseCreek.com Courthouse Creek Cider opened its second location in early July, in Scott’s Addition. Enjoy their tasting room and cider garden Tuesday through Sunday. The Scott’s Addition location joins their tasting room at their cidery in Maidens (in Goochland County), which is open Friday through Sunday. They use heirloom cider varieties, a rustic style of cider making, and all their ciders touch wood through barrel fermenting or aging. Beer Budz’ favorite is the Black Twig. One of our favorite Beer Budz, Josh Young, had the opportunity to speak with the folks at Legends Brewing. Here’s his report:
Legend Brewing Co
2307 7th St. (Manchester) LegendBrewing.com A good story and a good brew-who could ask for more? Legend Brewing’s ongoing Urban Legend series is spicing up their summer beer lineup with some tasty brews that come with a backstory. As the oldest micro-brewery in Richmond, Legend has established a strong lineup of summer beers, including their flagship brown ale, and let us not forget the immensely refreshing Z-Dam. But the Fairy Cross Raspberry Saison that was just rolled out is an incredibly refreshing addition to your summer choices. It’s light in body with a dry finish, with the perfect amount of raspberry tartness. It’s named in honor of Fairy Stone State Park in Southwestern Virginia, where if you listen, you can hear the giggles of little fae creatures. Fairies or not, it’s a tasty beer.
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Happy Hour Guide The Shaved Duck Restaurant
Pop’s Bar & Grill
This family-owned restaurant focuses on high quality cuisine from a scratch kitchen and craft cocktails.
If you’re in to sports (fantasy or otherwise) and sandwiches and beer, then get into Pop’s. The management says they want to convert the huge patio into a mini-Innsbrook After Hours-type venue.
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Beer, all domestics – $1 off Liquor, mixed drinks – $1 off
Beer, draft – $2 off Beer, canned – $2 off Wine, house red and white – $5 House liquors – $5.50 Craft cocktails – $2 off Chicken liver mousse – $5 Crispy pork belly – $9 Steak tartare – $6 Salmon pastrami – $5 Cuban sandwich (served at the bar only) – $13
The Pub by Wegmans
12501 Stone Village Way, Midlothian | 804-419-9960 Who knew that tucked inside this spacious grocery store was a cozy little pub offering a huge variety of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees? You know it’s got to be fresh. You’ll also find daily appetizer specials. Monday – Friday: 4 to 6 p.m. Draft beers (14 oz.) – $1 off Wines by the glass (select) – $2 off Seasonal craft cocktails – $2 off
Palermo Trattoria Pizzeria 15717 City View Dr. | 804-378-7643
From soups and salads to pastas and seafood, enjoy a taste of Old Sicily. Enjoy live jazz on Tuesday nights – on the patio, weather permitting. Monday - Friday: 4 to 7 p.m. Drafts – $2 Well drinks – $3 House wines, glass (Pinot Grigio and Chianti) – $4
If you are a restaurant or beverage manager, please send your Happy Hour specials to Steve@RichmondNavigator.com. Our Happy Hour Guide is provided as a service to our readers. This is not an advertisement, nor is any compensation involved. All happy hour listings are subject to change. Please drink responsibly.
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Virginia Is For Music Lovers
et ready to dance to the sounds of your favorite genre of music as Music Festival Season is finally here. From Smooth Jazz to Rock & Roll, there will be something for you to enjoy. Here’s a list of some upcoming festivals that you won’t want to miss.
Mountain Music, Galax has been hosting the convention since 1935. And this year will be no different.
Tickets are sold at the door only and are available for $6 to $40. Children under 12 admitted free with paid escort. For more information, please visit OldFiddlersConvention.com
- AUGUST 12
RICHMOND JAZZ FESTIVAL JULY 25
The roots of American musical culture will be on display at the 9th annual Richmond Jazz Festival. This four-day event will bring smooth jazz, R&B and Neo-Soul to the city’s Maymont Park. Over 20 local and national jazz bands will perform on two main stages. Local vendors will provide food, beverages, and tastings of Virginia wines.
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For more information, visit www.RichmondJazzFestival.com.
Music, Magic, and Mountains abound at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd. This five-day festival will feature more than 100 artists on eight stages. Additional entertainment and activities will include: outdoor adventures, community celebrations, vibrant vendors, quality brews and chews, healing arts, children’s activities and more. Complete event schedule and tickets are available now at FloydFest.com
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STAUNTON MUSIC FESTIVAL AUGUST 06
- AUGUST 11
GALAX OLD FIDDLERS’ CONVENTION Experience the sounds of the Blue Ridge Mountains as musicians near and far gather in Felts Park to perform at the oldest and largest fiddlers convention in the world. Designated as the Worlds Capital of Old Time
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Chamber music from the Middle Ages to world premieres, performed by vocalists and instrumentalists from across Europe and the U.S. will reign supreme during the 21st annual Staunton Music Festival. This 10-day event will feature some of the greatest chamber music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and dozens of others. The songs of more recent composers such Gabriela Lena Frank, Zach Wadsworth, Eric Guinivan will also be included. German composer Stefan Heucke will be in residence.
Most concerts are $23 Adult, $8 Student, and Free for Youth 18-and-under; also 12 concerts free for everyone begin at noon. Visit StauntonMusicFestival.org for more information.
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Enjoy music, camping, outdoor activities, regional food, beverages and artisans in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the LOCKN’ Music Festival at Infinity Downs Farm and Oak Ridge Farm in Nelson County. Musical artists will perform for four days and appear in once-ina-lifetime artist collaborations. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring their bikes, enjoy the hiking/biking trails, yoga, and other outdoor lifestyle activities. On-site camping packages available. For more information, visit LocknFestival.com.
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RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL AUGUST 31 - SEPTEMBER 2
AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL The largest outdoor music event on the East Coast takes place in Virginia Beach this Labor Day. Spanning three full days, the 25th Annual American Music Festival will blend rock, jazz, country, blues, R&B, and many more genres into a spectacular gathering of beach-front fun. Talent will range from local bands to national acts including ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, Ziggy Marley and SOJA. Artists will play on the four main concert stages along with side stages off the boardwalk for local performances. Visit BeachStreetUSA.com for ticket and scheduling information.
This October, take a trip to the Downtown Richmond waterfront to experience one of the largest events in Virginia. For three days, patrons will Celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food. The festival will feature more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folk Life demonstration area, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more.
The Richmond Folk Festival is produced by Venture Richmond in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA). For more information, visit RichmondFolkFestival.org.
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Travel Navigator Your Guide to All Things Travel
Small Town Virginia:
Getting Real in
Farmville by Steve Cook
hances are that you’ve heard of Farmville. No, I’m not talking about a game that you play on your smart phone. I’m not talking about virtual reality. I’m talking about reality, itself, which is somewhat novel these days. I’m talking about what may be one of the most charming and interesting small towns in all of Virginia. My only regret is that I didn’t know that about Farmville until very recently. Since it’s only a little over an hour from Richmond, I’m surprised that I have never been. I guess the word “farm” threw me off. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love farms, but, honestly, I’m more into seeing the “villes.” I want the charm that one has come to expect in so many of the state’s small towns. For some reason, I didn’t expect to find that in Farmville. Lately, however, several folks have told me how much they love this small town of about 8,000 that sits in both Prince Edward and Cumberland counties in the heart of South Central Virginia. They made it sound so inviting, I decided to pay a visit on a recent Saturday. I only wish I’d planned an entire weekend getaway, or more. There’s so much to see and do. One place that I had heard many good things about is a furniture store — Green Front Furniture (GreenFront.com). “You just have to go to Green Front,” I was told. “You can’t miss Green Front.” I was so psyched that the first place I went when I got into town was Green Front. As I approached Main Street, there was a sign instructing me to turn right to get to Green Front Furniture. As soon as I turned the corner, there it was…a store…with furniture.
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This is just a furniture store, I was thinking. It was fine, but I’ve seen furniture stores before. So, after looking around for a few minutes, I left. As I walked down the street, I began to see other Green Front storefronts, some offering really cool, eclectic furnishings. My eyes were opened. Green Front is everywhere in downtown Farmville. I turned the corner at Mill Street and there, sitting along the sidewalk was more furniture and more Green Front buildings. There are actually 12 different buildings housing nearly a million square feet of furniture. For those of you who’ve lived around Central Virginia for a while, think an upscale version of the old Williamsburg Pottery. If you’re in the market for furniture or if you’re just into visiting what amounts to a furniture museum, plan a weekend getaway to Green Front. Of course, there’s much more to Farmville. As home to both Longwood University and HampdenSydney college, the town comes replete with all that you’d hope to find in a small college town. In fact, whether you’re looking for history, recreation or dining and entertainment, Farmville offers it all. You can even go glamping just outside of town. The History Prince Edward County has never completely lived down a dark period in its history. In 1959, when ordered to integrate its public school system, county administrators chose, instead, to shut down their schools. For five years, most black and many white students, who couldn’t afford private schooling, went without an education.
Regarding that story and its retelling at the Robert Russa Moton Museum (900GriffinBoulevard), Magi Van Eps, tourism coordinator for Prince Edward County, says, “We don’t proudly tell the story but this is history and the story needs to be told.” The museum is housed in what was once the Robert Russa Moton High School. In 1951, a group of students at the all-black school, led by 16-year-old Barbara Rose Johns, staged a walkout to protest the deplorable conditions of the overcrowded schoolhouse, which had no cafeteria and no bathrooms for the teachers. That action was a motivating factor in what eventually resulted in the Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit in 1954. The result of the lawsuit was the Supreme Court’s ruling that segregation of public school systems was unconstitutional. Today, the museum’s permanent exhibit — “The Moton School Story, Children Of Courage,” tells the story of those eventful years in the nation’s and in Prince Edward County’s history. “The Moton story is an important story for our country, because it shows that change can happen when you use the tools of constitutional democracy to bring about change,” says Cameron Patterson, managing director at the museum. “We were doing this prior to Montgomery,” Patterson says. “Martin Luther King was still in school.” It’s no wonder that Moton High School is considered to be “the student birthplace of the America’s Civil Rights Movement.” Learn more about the museum at MotonMuseum.org.
The Moton story is an important story for our country, because it shows that change can happen, when you use the tools of constitutional democracy to bring about change Cameron Patterson
Recreation Rather than playing Farmville on your electronic device. You can play in Farmville and its surrounds. Hiking, biking and kayaking await along the High Bridge Trail. This state park, with an entrance right in the heart of downtown Farmville, offers a 31-mile trail along what was once a rail bed. The wide, level and generally flat trail is ideal for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The centerpiece to the park is the High Bridge. This 2,400 foot-long bridge, which sits 125 feet above the Appomattox River is the state’s longest recreational bridge and one of the longest in the nation. Watersports such as canoeing, kayaking and fishing are available on the Appomattox. The state park system’s website provides the details that you may desire in planning your visit (DCR.Virginia.gov/State-Parks. Search “High Bridge.”). One of the coolest recreational facilities in the state is located just minutes outside of Farmville at Sandy River Outdoor Adventures. Your excitement will reach new heights as you zipline
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through the sky in a 3-hour session at the Adventure Park, featuring more than 60 obstacles and 20 zip lines. After a full day of fun and frolicking atop the trees, it’s time to enjoy the great indoors. Perhaps you’ve heard the term “glamping.” For the uninitiated, it refers to camping in something a bit more glamorous than a pup tent. Sandy River doesn’t have tents. They have tipis. These are luxury tipis with the emphasis on luxury. The tipis come with radiant heated floors, air conditioning, a full bathroom, kitchenette and an outdoor fire-pit/grill. You even have Wi-Fi, internet TV and Netflix. The facility offers furnished log cabins, as well. Check their website for more details (SandyRiverOutdoorAdventures.com)
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Photo: The Fishin’ Pig
Other local dining options include: The Fishin’ Pig – 5169 Farmville Road; FishinPig.com Smoked meats and fresh seafood top the menu at this fun, family dining spot. The menu says, “Dine in or Pig out.”
Photo: Charley’s Waterfront Café & Wine Bar
Dining and Entertainment After all the action, whether it be ziplining or shopping, you’re going to have worked up an appetite. Fortunately, you’ll have excellent dining options in Farmville. On my visit, we had lunch at Charley’s Waterfront Café & Wine Bar at 201 B Mill St. (CharleysWaterfront.com). I was quite impressed both with the quality of the food as well as the casual atmosphere and the friendly, customer-oriented staff. Because it was a sweltering, muggy early June afternoon, we chose to dine inside, but if you prefer, there’s a spacious patio overlooking the Appomattox River. My Smithfield ham and pimento grilled cheese sandwich was perfection. The sourdough panini was stuffed with ham, gouda pimento and slices of heirloom tomatoes. I also sampled their eight-ounce Waterfront burger, which was cooked just the way I like it. The extensive menu offers a variety of salads, appetizers, sandwiches and entrees such as filet mignon, Charley’s crabcakes and shrimp and grits.
Mill Street /Sweets – 218 N. Main St.; MillStreetSweetsVA.com Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade doughnuts, cupcakes and other specialty pastry items. They do customized cakes, too. Pino’s Italian Restaurant – Photo: Mill Street Sweets 404 S. Main St. This family-friendly spot serves pizzas and subs. Walker’s Diner – 307 N. Main St. Enjoy hearty, tasty breakfast and lunch in a true diner setting. Open from 7a.m. weekdays (closed on Mondays), 8 a.m. on the weekends and closes at 2:30 p.m. (4 p.m. on Saturday). If you’re looking to accumulate experience points, stick with the electronic game. But if you’re looking for a true, real-life experience that allows you and your family to enjoy all the adventure, amenities and welcoming atmosphere that typify today’s really cool small towns, I predict that you’re going to be very happy with the real town of Farmville.
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The Perfect Getaway… is Not so Far Away.
History and romance meet where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay … come stay in one of our historic inns and enjoy days filled with secluded beaches, wine and heritage trails, quaint towns, and pristine nature. Plan YOUR perfect getaway at
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What’s Happening in the Northern Neck? Looking for the perfect afternoon or weekend getaway? Look no further than Virginia’s Northern Neck. Whether you’re into hiking, boating, dining on great seafood or just lazing away in the summer sun or under a moonlit sky, there’s plenty to do in the Northern Neck. For instance, have you ever considered…
Kayaking on the Potomac at Sunset (July 15) Enjoy the breathtaking sunset while paddling a kayak down the Potomac River on Saturday, July 14, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This special kayaking experience is sponsored by Stratford Hall . For more information: StratfordHall. org/events. Finding Fossils at Caledon (July 15) Did you know Caledon State Park (11617 Caledon Rd., King George) was once on the ocean floor? Find out how fossils form and look for your own on the Potomac shoreline (2 – 4 p.m.). Wear shoes that can get wet. The cost is $3 per person and $8 per family. To register stop by the Visitor Center, call 540-663-3861 or email Caledon@dcr.virginia.gov
Dancing to the Music of the Rhondels at Town Centre Park (July 19) The Original Rhondels are a premier party and dance band with a big sound playing Top 40, Motown, disco, jazz/big band swing, beach music and blues. Dance the evening away (5 – 8:30 p.m.) at Kilmarnock’s Music on the Half Shell in Town Centre Park, located at 201 N. Main St. Taking a Walk on the Wild Side at Caledon State Park (August 3) Why are we so afraid to walk in the forest at night? Could it be that we are not familiar with our surroundings and don’t know what we might find. ? Overcome your fears (maybe) with a night hike (8:30 – 9:30 p.m.) through the forest and fields of Caledon (11617 Caledon Rd., King George). You may encounter owls, mammals and insects along the way. To register, call 540-663-3861 or email Caledon@dcr.virginia.gov. Enjoy Family Fun on the Boardwalk at Colonial Beach (Aug. 25 & 26) The Colonial Beach Water Fest provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities including a bounce house, a water slide, sand and water games, and maybe a real, live mermaid. Local food vendors will also be on hand to lend to the merriment. For more details, go to ColonialBeach.org. The above suggestions barely scratch the surface. For more summertime suggestions visit NorthernNeck.org/happenings.
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Photo: The Hobby House – Gridley Graves Photography
She Said,“She Shed” he ladies have spoken. The days of the drab tool shed sitting out in the backyard are gone. Mark Longenecker, with Sheds Unlimited in Pennsylvania explains, “The designs of our buildings have proven to be so popular with women that some men order a shed for their backyard as a storage building and after it arrives, their wives don’t want to let them use the shed for storage anymore.” Yes, it’s time to shed any previously held notions or conceptions you may have. Take a look and see just some of the creative ways that today’s designing women are using their she sheds.
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Photo: The Hobby House – Gridley Graves Photography
by Steve Cook
aving your very own she shed is relatively simple. Deciding just how you want to use it, may take a little planning and imagination. There are virtually no limits to the myriads of uses and styles that you may desire. For inspiration, search “she sheds” online. You’ll find dozens of Pinterest pages offering a variety of inspiring images. Your “Google” search will also turn up plenty of additional websites where you will discover some she shed ideas that you may never have considered. We were especially impressed with Donna Jenkins shed, which she calls “The Hobby House.” Donna’s shed, which we showcased on the previous page, was built for her own personal use. “I didn’t have any inspiration to speak of,” she says. “ I literally just laid out my doors and decided how they went together. It sort of happened organically. I did all of the construction myself. My husband helped me with the four corners — getting the posts in the ground, true and straight and then again with the rafters. I personally did everything else myself with the millwork we had accumulated during our homes renovations.” Donna will be debuting her own website/online store (TinkerHouseTradingCompany.com) in mid-July. She says, “I have been gathering artisan made wares that are inspired by a life in the garden. I have been focused on small American companies and cottage industries. We will also be hosting workshops and events to teach everything from flower arranging, paper flower arts and other similar things.”
nother website that offered inspiration is Kelly Morse’s MontanaHappy.com, which epitomizes the beauty of “Life Made Simple.” On her site, Kelly shares a pair of sheds (pictured above) that she discovered while on a garden tour. “The garden alone was so beautiful,” she says, “but when I saw the pair of she sheds it was pure magic.” If you’ve got the ideas but not the know-how to build your very own shed, there are local builders who specialize in that sort of thing. James Sweeney of River City Enterprises (804-310-1661) says, “Virtually, our only limitation is your imagination.” In other words, you dream it up, he can make it a reality. He says that you could even turn your shed into a “stone” cottage using a manufactured stone application.
Photos this page: Kelly Morse
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Photos this page: ShedsUnlimited.net
ongenecker (quoted previously) says that his Pennsylvania-based Sheds Unlimited (ShedsUnlimited.net), which delivers into the Richmond market, can provide the shells and the homeowner can do the conversion of the interior or hire a contractor to personalize their shed. “We have had customers convert modern sheds into art studios, recording studios, guest houses and more,” he says. His company also manufacturers “sheds” specifically designed to be used as pool houses.
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hile VPC Builders, a full-service construction firm specializing in commercial and residential construction, custom home building, Green Building, and remodeling, primarily serves residents in North Carolina and South Carolina, we found a lot of inspiration in their images showcasing one of their projects (pictured below). Jake Smith, project manager for VPC, says, “The communities in our area are home to a lot of clients that are outdoor-minded people. We get asked a lot to build small, outdoor buildings so that homeowners can pursue their hobbies while still getting to enjoy being outside. The garden shed that we completed for this homeowner was exactly that; we matched the style to the main house and gave her enough space to enjoy working outside while staying out of the elements.”
Photos this page: VPCBuilders.com
ow, put your imagination to work. Why settle for an uninspiring tool shed filled with nothing more than a lawn mower, a rake and a thousand other things that you just can’t bring yourself to throw out, when you can have your own private office, a guest house, a reading room, a writing nook, a sewing room, and yes, if you dress it up just right, your “she” shed could easily become a man-cave.
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Beautify Your Home and Increase Curb Appeal by Starting at the Top W by Ashley Jefferson
ell-manicured lawns and bright, colored shingles and shutters usually take center stage when it comes to curb appeal. But when considering the value of your home, almost nothing is as important as your roof. A dirty, unmaintained roof isn’t just unsightly. Insurance companies are actually cancelling policies because of the dirt and moss that grow on the roof, which over time, may cause expensive damage that they don’t want to pay for. So what’s a homeowner supposed to do? Well, the savvy ones give American Roof Brite (ARB) a call. According to Google, Better Business Bureau, Richmond Time-Dispatch, R•Home and Facebook, ARB is the highest rated roof cleaner. And it’s for good reason. For more than 40 years, ARB has cleaned and protected thousands of roofs with their patented High Volume and Low Pressure (HVLP) process. So, they know exactly how to ensure that you have the cleanest possible roof. These folks are true professionals. They don’t just fiddle around on your roof. “This proprietary cleaning system uses a special tool called the Roof Rover to gently rinse roof shingles,” explains Robert Sawyer, owner of ARB. “Unlike other companies, who stand on the ground and shoot bleach, acid, peroxide and other harmful chemicals onto the roof, we actually get on top of the roof to see exactly where algae, fungus, moss and lichen are growing.” Arb cleans the roof shingles first by spraying Roof Color Restorer on to the roof . Then with the Roof Rover Arb is able to gently rinse fungus away,
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freeing the roof of all debris, dirt and decades of environmental build-up. Once the roof is sparkling clean, then, it is treated with environmentally safe, EPA-approved Stain BlockTM. This non-hazardous, transparent formula consists of a mold & fungus preventative and ground minerals that prevent the re-growth of algae, fungus, moss and lichen. Such a process is great for homeowners who want to keep their insurance intact. But the benefits don’t stop there. ARB offers a transferable, lifetime warranty that has them returning to your home every two to three years to re-treat your roof with Stain BlockTM to help prevent the future growth of algae, mold, fungus, moss and lichen. Continued treatment with Stain BEFORE BlockTMmeans you only have to get the roof cleaned one time. And ARB is the only roof cleaning company that offers this proprietary Stain BlockTM. The benefits of a great roof cleaning go well past curb appeal. Knowing that you have a beautiful, clean roof does more than just help you sleep better. It helps you breathe better. The removal of mold AFTER means fewer spores being released around your home, making for much cleaner in-home air quality. Plus, a clean, light-colored roof helps cool the home in the summertime, reducing energy costs. But whatever your reason, when you’re in the market for having your roof cleaned, give American Roof Brite a call. It’s a dirty job and they know how to do it. Let them take this time-consuming chore off your plate. Your roof and your insurance company will thank you for it. For more info, phone 804-553-1563 or online at AmericanRoofBriteVA.com
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ALWAYS IN STYLE by Angela Weight
ooking for an affordable and low maintenance way to add beauty and value to your home? Ceramic tile is your answer.
Versatile in Use: Fun fact: It’s impossible to spell the word versatile without tile. And for good reason. No other surface is as universally well suited for so many different areas of a home. Let’s count them: floors, walls, ceilings, kitchens, bathrooms, backsplashes, murals, showers, tubs, fireplaces, basements, porches, patios and swimming pools. You’d never see carpet on a backsplash or a floor covered in sheetrock. Just saying.
Staying Power: Ceramic tile can last for thousands of years! That’s no exaggeration! According to the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (yes, there is such a thing), intact tile works have been discovered among the ruins of Ancient Rome. So, your tile floor just may outlast your house, your neighborhood, heck, even modern civilization! Ceramic tile is dirt resistant, stain resistant and practically impervious to nature’s destructive elements like sun fading, frost, fire and water damage. Compare that kind of super strength durability to wood floors that tend to scratch if you merely look at them the wrong way. (That’s an exaggeration.)
Ceramic tile can last for thousands of years! That’s no exaggeration!
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Versatile in Design: If there was ever an architectural version of little black dress meets favorite pair of running shoes, ceramic tile would certainly fit the bill. It’s equally at home recreating Claude Monet’s Waterlilies in a mosaic masterpiece as it is working underfoot in a high-traffic kitchen. This universal material can create any look you can imagine. High-end marble without the high-end price tag? Yes. An intricate stenciled pattern for around your pool? Yes again. Today’s tiles offer an endless variety of textures, colors, patterns, shapes and styles. They can even be disguised to look like other materials such as the aforementioned marble and wood plank flooring, which Scott Baumfalk, owner of Scott’s Tile in Chesterfield says is especially popular with his customers these days. But if you want the look of wood flooring, why not use the real thing? That’s a good question...with several good answers.
Low Maintenance: Baumfalk also points out that ceramic tile is easy to clean. It’s inhospitable to mold and dust mites. And thanks to the introduction of stain resistant grout, it doesn’t show wear-and-tear like other
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materials. No need for fancy wood conditioner or carpet shampooers; just a trusty mop and your favorite cleaner. For homeowners seeking eco-friendly and clean-air-promoting options, ceramic tile is a smart choice. It requires no trees to be harvested (obviously), has no VOC emissions and harbors none of those sneezeand wheeze-inducing microbes that love to hang out in carpet. Lasting Value: While installation may cost a little more per square foot than laminate or hardwood, your tile floor will last forever and increase your home’s resale value, leaving more green in your wallet in the long run. Speaking of longevity and value, Baumfalk advises his customers to choose patterns that will stand the test of time. “I tell them to be careful of trendy/flashy tile that might be popular today, while other looks may be more classical.” If you’re looking for a smart balance between trendy and timeless, here are some of our favorite ideas.
It’s impossible to spell the word versatile without tile.
Flooring: For kitchens and bathrooms, you can’t go wrong with classic black, white and gray patterns, like Forties or Mora ceramic field tiles found on Wayfair.com. The ever-popular vintage black and white penny tiles are perennial charmers. Wood plank patterns, as mentioned above, offer enduring underfoot style. Walls and Backsplashes: Different colors of tile set in herringbone or vertical subway patterns create an almost three-dimensional look, giving a pop of boldness to a small space. For more inspiration, log into Pinterest and search “ceramic tile ideas.” The possibilities are endless with this universal design element.
photos on this page courtesy Ceramic Tile Education Foundation
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