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is the Founder and President of Barnes & Diehl, P.C. He has been practicing law for over 46 years. He handles family law cases of all types and levels, including the very highest level of complex equitable distribution, Elder law, and estate planning. Mr. Barnes is chair and founder of the National Center for Family Law Studies at the University of Richmond School of Law. He is an adjunct instructor, teaching Ethics in Family Law at the University of Richmond School of Law. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section. He is Past President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Virginia Chapter. For several years, he has been named a Top 10 and Top 100 Super Lawyer in Virginia by SuperLawyers® as published in Richmond magazine. Mr. Barnes is again listed in Best Lawyers in America® for 2018 and has been named “Lawyer of the Year” for family law in Richmond for several years. He was the inaugural recipient of the “Leader in the Law” award in 2006, which is a recognition sponsored by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a Legal Elite® by Virginia Business Magazine every year. In 2006, he was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, for the University of Richmond School of Law, and he has served as President of numerous local bar associations. Ed frequently speaks throughout the state on behalf of the Virginia State Bar, through their Virginia Continuing Legal Education Program. He has presented continuing education courses for over 20 years. Annually, he gives an update on family law, at four locations in Virginia, for the Virginia State Bar. He has authored chapters in several family law books published by the Virginia State Bar Continuing Legal Education. Ed is active in his church and in his community. He is a licensed, instrument rated airplane pilot since 1978. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1966-1969).

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randy Poss grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She attended Wake Forest University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Brandy went on to the University of Richmond School of Law where she graduated cum laude. While attending the University of Richmond, she was a staff member of The University of Richmond Law Review; a Senior Staff Member of the Richmond Journal of Law and Technology; and she was also a member of the McNeill Law Society. Brandy has been licensed to practice law since 2003 and began her career with Barnes & Diehl, P.C., in 2002 as a summer law clerk. Since the beginning of her career, she has focused her practice on family law. Brandy handles adoption cases and all issues in divorce matters including complex property distribution, child custody and visitation cases, and spousal and child support issues. In addition to representing clients in all phases of family law matters in the Circuit Court and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, Brandy has extensive experience in appellate law with a focus on family law issues. Her ability to research legal issues thoroughly and her excellent writing s kills have led to many successful appeals for her clients.

Brandy has written numerous articles for Virginia Continuing Legal Education programs including the Update on Virginia Family Law and What Every Virginia Lawyer Should Know About Divorce. She has authored publications addressing the use of electronic evidence in family law cases, relocation in custody matters, and ethics in family law. Brandy has also taught seminars on family law topics, such as adoption issues and preparing for appeals in family law cases. Her attention to detail and focus on her clients’ goals have proven successful. Brandy has been selected to Super Lawyers in Virginia, as published in Richmond Magazine, every year since 2013. She was voted a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyer’s Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. Brandy lives in Chesterfield, Virginia with her husband and two sons. A Tradition of Experience and Devotion to Family Law

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In my last editor’s letter (January/February 2018), I wrote that I don’t really ever read the editors’ letters in most magazines. I speculated that no one else does either. Well, as usual, I was wrong. I heard from quite a number of you who took the time to let me know that you do read them. So, I guess I better give a little thought to what I’m going to write this time. I am still not of the opinion that I need to tell you about what you’ll find in this magazine. I may not make it sound as tantalizing as it is and you may not go any further. I could regale you with tales from my boyhood. But my wife has informed me that that’s become pretty tedious. I could share some of my haiku.

Whitney Kiatsuranon

But I hate Haiku Haiku never seems to rhyme That’s not poetry So, I’m going to write about something that we’ve been talking a lot about here in the office. All of us are pretty much in agreement that we are sick and tired of all the negative news stories out there these days. Now, admittedly, we need to know the news and there are sources for legitimate, honest news, although, it’s getting harder and harder to tell just who is being objective in their reporting. I used to be a news reporter both on radio and in newspapers. But I’m glad I’m not writing news anymore. The thing that I like about Richmond Navigator Media publications is that we only write about the cool things that the area has to offer, the people, the events, the businesses. Again, there is a place for negative press, but it’s not in this magazine. We try to position our editorial in a way that comes across as neighbors sharing good things with neighbors. For instance, let’s talk about our restaurant and dining coverage. I don’t love every restaurant I visit. I don’t love every dish on the menus in even my favorite restaurants. But I’d much rather share a good dining story with you than tell you about a miserable meal I’ve had. However, even if it’s an advertiser, we’re not going to tell you something is great, if, in our opinion, it ain’t so great. Years ago, we were doing a feature on our favorite desserts. A local restaurant, which I happen to like very much, sent over some samples. Even though I love the restaurant and even though they were advertisers, we weren’t impressed with the samples they sent. So, we simply left any mention of them out of that feature. You know the old saying — If you can’t say something nice, don’t’ say anything. Well, we practice that in our publications. I think there’s a market for feel-good stories. What do you think? It’s not that we’re all that nice, ourselves. I complain about lots of things. But I don’t use the magazine to do it. Except, of course, about editors’ letters. And for that I truly apologize.

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A native Richmonder, Whitney enjoys freelance writing, hiking along the James and exploring the city like a tourist. When she is not trying new restaurants and socializing over wine, you’ll find her at home in the Fan being an ordinary goofball with her two kids. While she loves her hometown at any time you’ll find her enjoying some of her favorite places such as NYC, Charleston or her all-time favorite (so far) Saint Martin. All of the adventures she seeks on a day-to-day basis make for interesting articles on beauty, food and fitness.

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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!

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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.

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Where are you going on vacation this year? Don’t make any plans until you read the May/June issue of Chesterfield Living Magazine. We’ll tell you about a vacation destination that offers history, amazing museums and galleries, exciting music and theatrical venues, amazing dining options and unique accommodations. It’s called Metro Richmond. Discover this cool area in our next issue.

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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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A Round of “appaws” for this Hometown Hero by Angela Weight



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One freezing cold Friday afternoon back in January, I phoned local contractor Anthony Miller with some questions for my outdoor spaces article (see page 58). With no idea who I was or that I’d be calling, he could’ve put me off. But he didn’t, because, as I would learn from the news that evening, Anthony Miller is a drop-what-you’re-doing-to-help-someone kind of guy. Just hours before my call, Miller was busy doing something else he hadn’t planned on, saving a life — specifically, the life of Atlas, a German shorthair pointer who had wandered away from his home and fallen through the icy surface of a local pond.

“I was at a neighbor’s house giving an estimate for a kitchen design,’’ he recalled. “A girl came running up, saying a dog was stuck in the pond.” That’s when Miller sprang into action. Using a borrowed kayak and a dog harness, the contractor shimmied across the ice and pulled the pup, who had been struggling for quite some time, to safety. “I don’t love the water. I hate to be cold and I’m not a huge swimmer,” he laughs. “I was just thinking about getting to the dog.” Whether it’s rescuing a stranded canine, helping out a magazine writer or countless other good deeds, the world needs more people like Anthony Miller.

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Things to Love About Magnolia Green Golf Club T

o call Magnolia Green Golf Club a well-kept secret really wouldn’t make much sense when you consider that in 2016 it led all Richmond-area golf courses in rounds played and, says Bobby Kidder, General Manager at the club, “We actually improved on our 2016 performance with a record 33,000 rounds in 2017.” However, the fact is there are many area golfers who may be under the impression that Magnolia Green is a members-only club or that it’s for the exclusive use of residents of the resort-style planned new home community, located in Moseley. It’s true, Magnolia Green looks and plays like a private club and, as Tom Page, vicepresident of iStar, the developer of Magnolia Green, says, “We offer a private club experience at more affordable prices.” But the reality is that Magnolia Green is a semi-private golf club, open to any and all. If you’ve never visited, here are six things that make Magnolia Green Golf Club pretty special:

6) The Address. The Golf Club is located at 7001 Awesome Drive. Get it — Awesome Drive. Just the address alone could very well lower your handicap.

2) Affordability and Flexibility. Whether you’re a member or not, the club offers affordable pricing, as well as a wide variety of options for those who seek membership.

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by Chris Cochran, senior design associate for Nicklaus Signature Design. In effect, Magnolia Green offers golfers a nine-hole “designer” course and a nine-hole “signature” course.

4) Leighann Albaugh. In less than 20 years as an instructor, Albaugh, Magnolia Green’s director of instruction, has racked up such honors as: Golf Digest’s Best In-State Instructor, Golf Digest’s Best Young Teacher in America and US Kids Master Kids Teacher. The Magnolia Green Golf Club offers professional instruction for all ages and for all skill levels.

5) Magnolia Green is a Nicklaus Design course in association with Tom Clark.

3) The indoor Golf Academy. While the fa-

“You’ll use every club in your bag here,” Kidder says. “It’s very forgiving off the tee. A good iron player can play very well, here.” Actually, the front nine holes were designed

cility, which utilizes the latest in technology, will have its formal opening in April, students already have access to the all-weather center.

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“The club has something to offer everyone,” Kidder says. Membership options include: Individual and Family, Junior Executive (36 and under), Junior (17 and under) and Weekday. The Weekday membership, while not exclusively for retirees, offers seniors who might have more free time during the week, an opportunity to take advantage of a reduced-price membership. All memberships come with rewards, such as 14-day advance reservations, invitations to special events and discounts in the pro-shop.

1) The beautiful clubhouse. What’s a great round of golf without a beautiful facility in which to relax, enjoy a cold one and, perhaps, catch a little more golf or your favorite sporting events on the big-screen TVs? And, with chef David Switzer in the kitchen, the menu offers delicious fare for virtually any taste and any appetite. There you have it. Six great reasons that you should be enjoying the next beautiful day at Magnolia Green Golf Club. If you want more info, including what it takes to host special events or weddings at the club, just give them a call at 804-639-5701 or visit online at

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ith spring upon us, warmer weather and longer days are just around the corner. That means it’s time to break out of winter hibernation and go enjoy some of the area’s many festivals. So, if you’re in or around the Richmond area, we’ve compiled a small list of events to help you discover what fun is in-store for you.

First on the to-do list is the Symphony Pops 4: Motown’s Greatest Hits at the Carpenter Theater at 8 p.m. March 24. The warm sounds of Motown hits from Conductor Chia-Hsuan Lin, featuring the Motortown All-Stars, are sure to get you ready for those steamy summer nights ahead. You’ll revisit great tunes from classics like The Temptations, The Miracles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Reach out to them at Next on our spring festival bucket list is the Historic Garden Week, Richmond style, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 26. It will feature tours of the beautiful grounds at the Boxwood Garden Club, the James River Garden Club, Three Chopt Garden Club and Tuckahoe Garden Club at Westhampton. I can’t think of a better way to get inspired for your spring planting ideas. Admission is $45 per person in advance or $50 per person the day of the tour. For more information please see their website; 18 Chesterfield Living

Mud thrashers, climbers, bikers, runners, nature lovers and music fans will want to catch all the amazing athletes and entertainers at the Dominion Energy Riverrock festival May 18 to 20 at Browns Island. This three-day event, which puts James River and Downtown Richmond on display, features a variety of sporting events, musical entertainment and an interactive village. Get all the details at Nothing ushers in the summer like the 42nd Annual Richmond Greek Festival, which will be held June 1 to 4 at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave. In addition to indulging your every ‘Opa’ moment, you can take some Greek food home with you at the drive-thru window. For a to-go menu or more information, visit

If you care to take a little road trip around the beautiful Commonwealth, you are likely to stumble upon a festival or two that isn’t confined to River City. We’ve rounded up a few that just may pique your interest in easing that winter-time cabin fever.

Once we have finally made it to June, I think it’s time for some wine and fine artistry, along with kidfriendly activities. Welcome to the Spring Jubilee at Rassawek Vineyard. The annual event, held June 2 and 3 at 6276 River Road West, will feature horsedrawn carriage rides, a multitude of fine wines and lots of family-friendly fun. For more information, visit

After all that wine at Rassawek, you’re sure to be hungry, and Richmond does food better than most of the bigger metropolises in the country. If you haven’t been to Broad Appetit yet, bring your appetite to Broad Street, between the 100 and 300 blocks, on June 3. You can enjoy reasonably priced small plates from local vendors during one of Richmond’s most eco-friendly festivals of the year. Proceeds will benefit Feed More, a local non-profit that helps provide food to Central Virginia’s most vulnerable residents — children, families and seniors. For more information on where to nosh and how to get involved visit

Fans of motor sports will want to make plans for the weekend of March 23 through 25 in Martinsville. It culminates in the STP 500 on Sunday, the 25th at Martinsville Speedway. Thrill seekers and die-hard fans can find special offers, tickets, accommodations and the weekend itinerary at Should racecars not be your cup of tea but you still love the idea of racing, perhaps you need to put your feet to the street in the Lorton Prison Break Dash on April 15 at the Old Lorton Prison Complex. Picture the scenario: You’ve busted out of the pen. Besides the dogs and the cops, you should probably be afraid of all the escapees running alongside you. Run through three full prison grounds. If you escape to freedom, you’ll be met with wine and a prison buffet. To register, go to Once you’re done running from the cops (in Lorton), hop a freight (better yet, drive) to Franklin County, the “Moonshine Capital of the World.” On April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m., take the Moonshine Express in Rocky Mountain. Learn the ins and outs of making moonshine; how to make it, why it was made, and where it could be found. Check out the history museum at 460 S. Main St., Rocky Mount, Virginia. On May 12th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Deltaville will be hosting its 5th annual Seafood Festival, celebrating life on the waterfront. Get on down to Deltaville and check out the foods, arts, crafts and vendors. Ride the trolley or dare to climb the rock wall. For more information, visit Don’t worry. Once you have recovered from all these fun events, we will be sure to have more posted at

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Charcoal for Whitening? By Nikki Sparks, DDS

There is a constant stream of new health and beauty products that claim to make us look or feel better. Activated charcoal is a trendy “miracle” ingredient featured in skincare products and now making its way into toothpaste. There are several pre-mixed charcoal toothpastes, which instruct the user to apply and allow it to sit three to five minutes and then simply rinse the paste and stain-causing toxins away. When offering my opinion on charcoal for tooth whitening, I address two important questions: Will it work? And, is it safe? In theory, yes charcoal might help remove certain stains from your teeth. Charcoal is a porous molecule. Think of it like a bath sponge with pockets. These pockets give it the ability to trap toxins, chemicals and nutrients. If the charcoal is applied to the tooth, it may trap whatever is causing a stain on the surface and flush it away when rinsed. It is worth mentioning that not all stains are superficial, and charcoal will not be able to combat internal staining or teeth which are “naturally yellowing.” The second question: Could it be safe? Charcoal itself is not toxic to the human body. In fact, it is often used as a detoxifying agent if someone accidentally ingests poison. The danger lies in the damage charcoal may have on the enamel. Charcoal is abrasive and can erode the enamel on the surface of your teeth, particularly if applied aggressively. When the enamel is removed, teeth become more sensitive and susceptible to decay. In addition, the dentin layer underneath the enamel has a

darker yellow hue, so efforts to whiten may actually cause the teeth to look darker. Keep in mind that most charcoal products do not contain fluoride, whereas other whitening toothpastes often do. Fluoride is the decay-fighting ingredient recommended by dentists to restore enamel. Research also shows that charcoal can trap and flush out the beneficial minerals in our saliva. These minerals play a major role in cavity prevention by rebuilding and maintaining enamel health. In closing, until research proves otherwise, I am not convinced that results will be any better or even consistent with other whitening methods. So for me, the risks outweigh the benefits. S. Nikki Sparks, DDS, a Powhatan, VA native, attended James Madison University, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Chemistry and is an alumnus of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. She is a member of the Richmond Dental Society, American Dental Association, Virginia Dental Association, and International Congress of Oral Implantologists. 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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ho let the dogs out? Not Holiday Barn Pet Resorts! At Holiday Barn, the professional staff knows your fourlegged friend isn’t just a pet; he’s your fur baby. Since 1972, their well-trained, animal-loving assistants have been providing Richmond, Glen Allen, Southside and surrounding areas with caring, compassionate and friendly service. “Our mission is to create joy into the lives of pets and their families,” said owner, Michael Hughes. Deluxe accommodations for dog and cat boarding, dog day care, effective dog training and gentle dog grooming are some of the award-winning services that await your furry BFF. Planning your summer vacation? Summer is the busy season for Holiday Barn Pet Resorts, so now is the time to make your reservations. Luxurious lodgings for canines and felines are available. From majestic suites and cozy cottages for dogs to multi-level kitty condos, you’re sure to find the purr-fect home away from home for your pet. Visit Holiday Barn for a tour of the campus and to meet the staff. Soon, they will become not only friends, but family. “Many of our customers tell us that their pets had a better vacation than they did,” Hughes remarked. One of Holiday Barn’s most popular services is Dog Day Care*. Many pet owners have busy schedules, but they don’t want to leave their pups home all day. Doggie Day Care is the solution. Your dog will play with other dogs based on their size and temperament. Care givers will rotate play and rest periods, so your dog will be happy and satisfied at the end of the day. Professional dog training is another service offered. Holiday Barn will design a personal program to suit your dog’s specific needs. Their goal is to enhance the bond between you and your dog, while unleashing your pet’s full potential. Also, ask about their pet grooming and spa packages that will have your dog looking gorgeous and ready for “Best in Show.” For a tail-wagging experience, contact Holiday Barn Pet Resorts to “shed some light” on further details: Glen Allen 3800 Mountain Road Glen Allen, VA 23060 804-672-2200 South of the James 614 Johnston Willis Drive Richmond, VA 23236 804-794-5400 * Health and safety requirements are listed at

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Picking the

Best Vet for You



by Zach Brown

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So, you and your best friend of the feline or canine variety have settled into a new place. While one of you dreams of treats, the other needs to start thinking about a proper veterinarian. Best friends don’t just happen after all. Your great aunt Beatrice swears by one vet, but the Google reviews aren’t great. In this age of information overload, where do you go and what doctor do you choose? Fear not constant reader, your fellow pet lover and magazine writer is here to help. First, the practical place to start is a recommendation. If your best friend, former housemate, or even the aforementioned Aunt Beatrice is happy with the service they’ve received from their vet, that is a step in the right direction. Second, you will need to remember four letters: AAHA. An accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association means that the vet you’re thinking about has access to a pool of resources across North America. A wide network of information concerning medical

procedures and diagnosis ensures the best treatment can be offered across all fields. Now that you’re closing in on that vet that seems to have it all, it’s time to do the “proof of concept.” What do I mean by this? Simply talk to them. You’ll want to speak to your chosen vet to ensure they are aware and equipped to handle the special needs of your particular breed of cat or dog. A pug will have different health concerns than a greyhound, for example. So, you’ve made your decision and you’ve got your vet. The safety net is in place if you ever need it, right?

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Nope. Your vet shouldn’t first meet your furry friend when an emergency happens. An ‘intake’ check-up or friendly meet-n-greet (don’t forget the treats) for Ms. Kitty or Sir Barkington of Woofville is not at all unusual for vets. Finally, everything is all set. The years go by. Your pet is happy and healthy, and you love your vet, but then fortune strikes. You’ve landed your dream job several hundred miles away. Does this mean you need to start the process all over again? You could, but an easier method would be to simply ask your current vet for a recommendation in the area you’re headed. Remember the AAHA? The veterinarians associated tend to talk, and your dream vet might know someone equally as good. No matter where we might end up, we pet owners know the real value of our furry friends. The perfect vet is an easy investment to ensure they are around for a long (and healthy) time.

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It’ s Superfoods! Not a Bird.

Not Plain. by Melanie Rasnic


hese days it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of advice on health, diet and related topics, not to mention the opinions of well-meaning friends and coworkers. And if that weren’t enough, recently some people have

been trying to make our mild-mannered, ordinary foods feel inadequate by coming up with the term “superfoods.” What are superfoods, should I consider adding them to my daily menu, and do any of them involve a child from Krypton? These are two excellent questions and one successful movie franchise, so in this article we will focus on the former. First, let’s examine what that word has come to mean or imply.

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The term ‘superfood’ describes foods known to be high in nutrients, which can not only serve as a source of energy but can actually enable our bodies to fight disease and improve overall health and vitality. Some help us regulate our blood pressure, blood sugar and mood, as well as improve brain function. The term is also often used as a marketing strategy to boost sales, so be proactive in doing research on these and any other foods to be sure they are beneficial to your diet and lifestyle. In no particular order and by no means a complete listing, here are some of the foods that fall into the ‘superfood’ category and why:

Almonds and almond butter – a great source of protein, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, fiber, zinc and iron

Wild rice – higher in B vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, protein and magnesium than brown rice; easily digested; flavorful; and affordable

Apples – high in fiber in the form of pectin, which feeds your brain and body; lower cholesterol; improves heart health and mood; and may help lower body weight

Green beans – higher in vitamin C than other beans; high in B vitamins, protein and easily digestible fiber; and low in starch

Carrots – great source of beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and other antioxidants/ immune boosters; long fridge life

Avocados – high in vitamin E, protein, fiber, potassium and B vitamins; prevent sugar cravings; lower stress; and reduce inflammation

Dark greens – high in vitamins A,

Raw coconut – high in essential fatty acids (you want these fats, they’re used by your liver for energy production instead of stored as extra weight); boosts hormones and has antimicrobial properties. Opt for whole forms like coconut shreds, butter, flour, or meat to get the fiber, fats and raw enzymes (processed foods won’t offer all of these).

C and K, fiber, magnesium, potassium and iron; rich in chlorophyll, which helps combat acidity in the body

Sweet potatoes – high in vitamins A, B6 and C, easily digestible fiber, magnesium, manganese and antioxidants; naturally filling; and helps satisfy a sweet tooth

Celery – helps combat acidity; lowers blood pressure; aids in digestion; high in vitamin K, which helps blood flow; has a long fridge life

Hemp seeds – high in protein, digestible fiber, vitamin E and Omega

Dried figs – good for libido, hormones, regularity and headache pre-

3 fatty acids; more iron than beef per serving; affordable and versatile additive/substitute

vention; higher in calcium than milk; lower in sugar than other dried fruits; higher in potassium and magnesium than most fresh fruits. Opt for unsulphured figs, and soak 20 min before eating.

Romaine lettuce – high in vitamins A and C, potassium, Omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium and dietary fiber

A full listing, which is impossible due to time and space (of the article, not the galaxy), would include oats, berries, broccoli, oranges, pumpkin, butternut and acorn squash, kabocha, flax and chia seeds, and more. Be sure to consult a trusted medical professional before embarking on any new diet regimen. These foods won’t give you the power to lift a car over your head, but they may help you feel like your best YOU every day.

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BARE YOUR LEGS by Melanie Rasnic

ow that the stress of the major holidays is over, it’s time to focus on the most important spring task of all: making friends with someone who has a pool. Waiting until summertime is way too risky, this needs to happen now to avoid suspicion and the appearance of desperation. Many of us do not look forward to revealing the legs we’ve kept safely hidden for many months now, though. Let’s look at the main reasons why, and what we can do about them. As with any medical decision or cosmetic procedure, be sure to consult a trusted health professional first for objective advice to be sure it’s right for you and your body. Varicose veins – typically from increased pressure in the vessels, which causes a valve to stop working properly. Prolonged standing, pregnancy, weight gain, normal aging processes or genetic factors may cause this common issue, which is often just a cosmetic concern. At times, they indicate more serious health issues, so have them examined by your physician. Treatments include surgery (tying off and stripping), minimally invasive procedures such as radiofrequency ablation, laser treatment, and sclerotherapy, or compression stockings. Another very common condition is spider veins, which are smaller veins close to the skin’s surface and are almost always a purely cosmetic concern. Treatments include sclerotherapy and laser treatment, and weight loss can help. Cellulite – a fancy word for how fatty deposits appear when close to the skin’s surface. Basically, adipose tissue pushes through connective tissue unevenly, causing dimpling under the skin. Everyone has fat, but cellulite seems to be a dynamic combination of genetic predisposition, diet and lifestyle/exercise choices. We may never be able to rid our bodies of cellulite entirely (even skinny people have it), but by making good dietary choices and staying as active as possible, we can greatly reduce

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its appearance. Treat yourself to a massage now and then, as this improves circulation and eliminates toxins from the lymph system, which can also help. Stretch marks – a sudden loss of skin elasticity due to rapid weight gain (both muscle and fat) can lead to visible lines on the skin, known as stretch marks. The propensity to have these is related to skin tone and color, hormones and collagen levels, along with an increase in weight or size. Many have found improvement by using retinoid creams, laser/ light therapy and microdermabrasion, depending on the severity and underlying cause. Many report less visibility over time with no treatment. Scars and bruises – Bruises generally heal in two to four weeks. If they’re taking longer, tell your physician. Scars fade with time, just be sure to use extra sunscreen and reapply often as new skin is much more sensitive and sunburns increase visibility. So bare away – and cheers to a fun and healthy summer!

We may never be able to rid our bodies of cellulite entirely (even skinny people have it), but by making good dietary choices and staying as active as possible, we can greatly reduce its appearance.

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Joy I


In March 2017 Chesterfield resident Joy Crane, a retired secretary, was in the hospital preparing for a bunionectomy, when suddenly she began experiencing a seizure. “It was totally out of the blue,” says Frank, Joy’s husband of 54 years. “She’d never had a seizure previously.” Frank goes on to explain that for about five years prior, his wife had experienced some memory issues, but says that he relates her rapid deterioration to the seizure. “She was very disoriented when she came out of it.” Doctors informed Joy that she was suffering from dementia. She recalls that day. “When the doctor told me, I felt like my life was done. [Like there was] nothing left to get out of life.” Frank, a retired pastor at the Stony Point Reformed Presbyterian Church, has a part-time job at Home Depot and says that over the next several months, he began to realize that he couldn’t leave Joy every day while he was at work. “When she’s home alone there’s not a whole lot for her to engage in.”[Trying to do] the things that she used to enjoy, she gets frustrated. She just sits around.” The Crane’s had heard of dayBREAKS Adult Day Center, located in the Salisbury area in Chesterfield, from a neighbor whose husband went there. “I knew they liked it,” Frank says. After visiting the center himself, Frank decided that dayBREAKS might be the answer. At first, Joy resisted Frank’s recommendation, but finally decided to give it a try. I sat down with Joy and Frank recently in an effort to get a first-hand look at what dayBREAKS has to offer. While Joy struggles at times to find just the right word, she’s always eloquent. She’s a soft-spoken woman with a lovely smile. I asked her to tell me what she likes about dayBREAKS. “I can’t very well say what I want to say,” she began. “It’s very frustrating. Frank has been very kind in trying to help me.” I was immediately moved by her honesty and even more by her gentleness. She continued, “When I come here, I say silly things and they just laugh. Sometimes they act like [what I said] is wonderful. That makes me feel really good.” She explains that the laughter is good-natured and, in fact, welcomed. How does she spend her days? “We can make…” Joy pauses in an effort to find the word that she’s looking for. “We put puzzles together. It’s very interesting. Sometimes we’ll put them together and take them apart and put them back together.” She smiles at the thought of one of her favorite daily activities. 28 Chesterfield Living

Frank explains that the rhythm of life offered at dayBREAKS is reassuring and comforting to his wife. He says that when she’s there he can feel secure that she is being cared for. “I even have time to take care of other things that I need to do,” he says. “Sometimes, things that you want to do,” Joy interjects with a smile. Joy admits that when Frank first broached the idea of dayBREAKS, she was very resistant. “I look back and think why did I hang on and try to get Frank not to bring me,” she says. “I was bitter. I thought I’d walk out.” Frank explains, “She thought we were trying to put her away.” She relates an experience from her first time there. “I started to say something and I couldn’t finish. There was someone there and he said, ‘That’s all right. I have the same problem.’ I almost cried. There was someone like me. He was the first one to speak to me.” Of the staff, Joy tells me, “They are outstanding. They’re kind, gentle. They’ll listen to me when I really can’t get anything straight. They’re patient.” Frank echoes his wife’s sentiments, “I need to reiterate how great the staff is. Everyone has been outstanding. They work so smoothly together.” I tell them how impressed I am that Joy has been able to deal with her situation with such grace, even finding joy in her surroundings. “Thank you,” she replies in her gentle tone. “That helps me.” Frank pauses, perhaps reflecting back on the experiences that he and his wife have endured over the past year. He smiles lovingly as his wife speaks of her acceptance of her circumstances and tells of the happy times at dayBREAKS Day Care Center. “The Lord’s been good to us,” he says. DayBREAKS Day Care Center provides care and activities for any senior who requires additional assistance or who desires increased socialization throughout the day. For more information, phone 804-419-0999 or visit online:




by Constance Whitney

e was our family doctor while I was growing up. He was present at my birth and those of my sisters. He gave us our inoculations, set our various broken bones, taped up sprained ankles, and occasionally treated us for infections (most of which he would classify as creeping crud, a catchall phrase for every minor illness that plagued us). He also handled my mom’s hysterectomy, my father’s skin lesion removal and my sister’s appendectomy. When my little sister and I were still prepubescent, we’d ride our bikes up to the doctor’s office in the summer to get her allergy shots (yup, he handled that too!). It didn’t really matter what was wrong with you, the answer was always, “go see Dr. Hillstrom.” Last month, my current family practitioner changed her field of practice, and I was left to find a new provider. Hoping (naively it seems) that I could locate another “Dr. Hillstrom,” I began shopping around. My requirements were simple: I needed a provider to handle all the normal stuff. My first stop on this quest was to call my insurance company for advice. Big mistake! Tami, a wonderfully perky millennial who was my service rep, asked me no less than 36 questions — Did I have this? Was I being seen for that? Did I smoke? Did I work out? The barrage of inquires went on and on. Having completed her matrix of qualifiers, she then asked me if I was looking for an internist, a functional medicine doctor, an osteopathic doctor, a nurse practitioner, a hospitalist, a family practice provider or a general practitioner. Did I want a male doctor or a female doctor? Did I want a small practice or a large conglomerate?

“I want, you know, a regular doctor!” Apparently, the millennial did not, in fact, know and continued her questioning. The quest was painful. As this journey of aging continues, I’ve realized the unpleasant fact that aging necessitates more frequent medical interventions, and with that, more highly specialized providers. A few years ago, I had some trouble with my eyes and ended up having 13 surgical procedures, which meant seeing a different specialist for my retina, my cornea and the inside gooky stuff in my eye. Three specialists — for something smaller than a cue ball! That I can still see out of both my baby blues is a testament to their diligence and expertise. As I work my way up in the age brackets, I suppose I will need to bite the bullet and seek even more specialists to keep me running on all cylinders: an allergist to tackle the pollen; a podiatrist to correct the hammertoe; an endocrinologist to get my thyroid pumping again; an orthoped to tell me the pain in my knee is really in my head; and a dermatologist to investigate the weird skin tag on my back; and someone to handle my yearly physical, get a grip on the frequent hot flashes and keep my Ambien prescription going. All of this in addition to the trio of eyeball specialists. That’s NINE medical professionals who will use their education, experience and enthusiasm to keep me in fine working condition, so I can enjoy all that life has to offer. While I am exceedingly thankful for all of them, I’m not sure any of them know how to treat the creeping crud. I really miss Dr. Hillstrom.

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13831 Village Place Dr., Midlothian; 804-780-ALES (2537); Take one look at their beer menu and you can quickly see why these folks call themselves “Virginia’s beer authority.” But beyond the hundreds of selections of brews (on tap or in the bottle), you’ll discover a delightful menu featuring appetizers, salads, sandwiches and delicious entrees. You’ll also discover comfort when you order their Mac-n-Cheese Southern, which tantalizes with creamy cheese sauce, bacon with pulled pork in the center, BBQ sauce and corn pico de gallo.

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15532 WC Commons Way, Midlothian; 804-379-8100; Latitude Seafood has found a winning combination — pairing lively bar scene and casual, fun dining room with excellent seafood dishes as well as a variety of entrees for all tastes. Chefs Kevin Grubbs and Carlos Perez, also part of the four-person ownership team, have also combined to produce their truly delicous Halibut Scampi. It starts with a fresh halibut caught off the Canadian coast, a firm, sweet fish, paired with a tangy and buttery shrimp scampi. Everything about this dish screams “Comfort!” Photo: Josh Young

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The Grille at Magnolia Green 7001 Awesome Dr.; 804-639-5701;

One of the county’s newest entries onto the local dining scene is the Grille, which serves as the dining room and clubhouse for the beautiful Magnolia Green Golf Club. The sleek, modern dining room offers a full bar and delicious fare, from sandwiches, street tacos and flat breads to pizzas and delightful entrees. Warm up with their Pow! Pow! Shrimp, featuring jumbo battered shrimp served with spicy Thai sauce, crispy wonton straws and seaweed salad.

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SoulVeur Bistro

9545 Amberdale Dr.; 804-716-4360; Chef Curtis Stancil has brought generations of down-home cooking to Chesterfield. Creole, Southern, and West African culinary flavors can all be found right in your neighborhood at Soulveur Bistro. The Low-country Shrimp and Sausage Spaghetti hits all the spicy and savory notes for a perfect comfort lunch: fresh shrimp and andouille sausage, onions, and Curtis’ homemade sauce come together perfectly in Soul food harmony.

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6229 River Road; 804-288-7482; Located in the River Road Shopping center, Mosaic has long been a favorite with the locals, along River Road and throughout the region. Our photographer Dave Masucci enjoyed all that he sampled but found special comfort in the chef’s special twist on mac and cheese. Mosaic calls it their Sriracha Honey Chicken & Mac. The dish features chicken breasts lightly fried and prepared with sriracha honey, along with their signature mac and cheese. Dave also enjoyed the open kitchen concept, which he described as his own version of dinner theater. Photo: Dave Masucci

Howlett’s Restaurant & Tavern 3530 Festival Park Dr., Chester; 804-930-1034;

Howlett’s has long been famous for its great food and cozy atmosphere. The menu features a variety of comforting favorites such as their prime rib, crabcakes and fresh seafood. One of our top picks for comfort is their boneless pork chop topped with candied apples and cherries. Complete your meal with a choice of two sides, such as the mashed potatoes and broccoli.

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tastebudz with Steve Cook and Lisa Puster

In my typical altruistic manner, I have been traipsing all over the county and beyond in an effort to taste everything there is to taste. I do it for you. So, let me share some of my discoveries.

First Watch offers a refreshing change of pace. Oh, one thing more, the powers that be at First Watch recently went through a rigorous process to bring their customers the very best coffee. They’ve recently begun serving their Project Sunrise brew and it is superb.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: I’ve been hoping for a First Watch restaurant to come to Richmond for quite some time. I love this healthy dining restaurant chain that features a variety of uniquely delicious breakfast and lunch options. Well, the first First Watch has opened (in February) at 1403 W. Huguenot Road. I had an opportunity to check the place out during a soft opening. Christina, our server, told us that we were her very first customers. You’d have thought she’d been doing this all of her young life. Actually, she has had restaurant experience previously, but First Watch is quite unique. Their Kale Tonic is fantastic. My guess is that you’re going to love it even if you, like me, are not a big fan of kale. Christina suggested that I try the Huevos Rancheros Tostadas. They’re described on the menu as two crispy corn tostadas topped with fresh smashed avocado, two sunny-side up, cage-free eggs, chorizo, salsa verde, chive crema, feta and fresh cilantro. It’s served with chipotle black bean slaw. It was an excellent recommendation. 36 Chesterfield Living

HERE COMES THE FOOD: ‘Tis the season for weddings, company picnics and whatever other idea you might have for a private event. Wherever you may be planning to hold your event and regardless of how many folks you’ll be inviting, Dickie King of Kings Korner Catering can help to ensure that it’s a roaring success. Dickie has been catering weddings and other private functions for more than 34 years. “I’ve done over 1,400 events,” he tells me. Now, you may know King’s Korner has one of the county’s best places to go for barbecue. But suppose you’re not really wanting barbecue at your event. No problems. “Our barbecue accounts for only about 40-percent of our business,” Dickie says. “We can do it all — everything from stir-fry and crab cake stations to pasta and carving stations.” With their mobile kitchens, they’re certified to do any and all prep work right on site. And with their Caterers ABC License, King’s Korner can handle all of your bar needs for any private function. They really can do it all. “We cater any size function,” Dickie says, “from 2 to 2,000. Actually, we’ve catered groups of 5,000 or more.” They are the exclusive caterer in Central Virginia for David’s Bridal, the largest American bridal-store chain and they also do all the catering for the Old Dominion Barn Dance. Dickie says that if you’re looking for a caterer, give him a chance to provide you with a proposal. He’ll determine the sort of menu you’re looking for (they have more than 20,000 menu items) and the size of your gathering and then prepare a written proposal. It’s just that simple. It’s even simpler when you consider that he can provide virtually anything else you might need from tents, tables and chairs to fully staffing the event. For more info, visit or phone 804-271-0033.

MY WILDEST FANTASIES: I have to admit that I’ve never understood fantasy sports. Maybe it’s because I’m not the most athletic guy in the world, but I’ve never had a fantasy about playing a sport. However, I have fantasized about big screen TVs and big burgers. So, on that count, Pop’s Bar & Grill at 210 Giant Drive, just off Midlothian across from WWBT, is a cool spot. I popped in on a very chilly, damp afternoon. You know the type that we had so much of this past winter. I rushed on inside but from what I could tell, the outdoor bar area looked pretty cool. Eric Cummings, the GM says that as the weather warms, plans are to turn the large space into a mini Innsbrook-like music venue. There are definitely enough TVs to keep anyone happy and if you understand fantasy sports, you’re bound to like what you see.

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FEEL THE VIBES: Speaking of sports, I was over at Max’s Positive Vibes Café in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center recently. They’re promoting their 6th Annual Coaches’ Cook-off coming up on April 19. I have a feeling that if you don’t get your tickets soon, you might not get in on the action The cook-off pits UR’s Chris Mooney against VCU’s Mike Rhoades on the kitchen stage in The Dewey Gottwald Center at the Science Museum of Virginia. This is a great opportunity to enjoy an awesome array of heavy hors d’oeuvres, culinary treats and cold beverages while the action unfolds on stage. For ticket info go to

FRUGAL FOODIE: We’re introducing a new feature to TasteBudz this issue. Frugal Foodie will be directing you to some of the area’s great little restaurant deals. For starters, I really have enjoyed the very frugal Happy Hour over at Latitude Seafood Co., in Westchester Commons. They run their Happy Hour from 3 to 6:30 each afternoon, from noon ‘til 4 on Saturday and from noon until 8 p.m. on Sundays. That’s pretty generous right there. The wine, beer and liquors are all half-price during these hours, but even if you’re not wanting a drink, the $6 appetizers are amazing. I’m especially fond of their Hellfire Shrimp. You get a huge portion of these tasty little treats for just the six bucks. For more info on their Happy Hour, check the Chesterfield Living Happy Hour guide on



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Community of Farmers by Averill P. Byrd

The Richmond area is rife with local farms, farmers markets and farm-to-fork restaurants. Many of us are discovering the wonder and joy of knowing exactly where our food comes from. It fosters a strong sense of connection — not just to our food and the whole process of creating it, but also to the men and women who have chosen the farming life and make these meals possible for the rest of us.

EUGENE HUDDERS, Foraged Kingdom

WHAT: mushrooms WHERE: Twigs & Berries store in Kenbridge (approximately 70 southwest of Richmond in Lunenburg County) for mushrooms; The Horseshoe in South Hill (approximately 85 miles SW of Richmond in Mecklenburg County) for his cooking; and the Broken Tulip in Carytown for some dishes crafted out of foraged wonders CONTACT: 434-865-0059 Eugene was always fond of nature and exploring the outdoors, but it was only about 12 years ago that he began hunting mushrooms in earnest. He had gotten his first taste of morel — ­ a sought-after mushroom with a nutty, meaty taste said to rival that of a well-seasoned filet mignon — and just like that, he had found his vocation. He spent the next several years with his nose in mycology books, learning to identify, 40 Chesterfield Living

forage, and cook them. He holds a certification in mushroom foraging and does most of it in the certified organic and certified biodynamic Crickets Cove Farm, owned by Marianne Cicala in Kenbridge. Biodynamic certification, though less well-known, is similar to organic certification, but with additional requirements such as the creation and management of a closed system minimally dependent on imported materials, instead meeting its needs from the living dynamics of the farm itself. This means that all mushrooms that Eugene forages and cultivates on Crickets Cove will be certified organic and certified biodynamic as well — a winning combination and perhaps the only one of its kind in the state.  Eugene’s zeal for mushrooms (and food) is infectious. His years of study have shown him the pivotal and indispensable role of mushrooms in sustaining life on earth, and his company is dedicated to all-sustainable practices. Give him a call and he may even take you on a mushroom-hunting expedition of a lifetime.

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JOHN & CHRIS ALLEN, Fresh Branch Farm

WHAT: grass-fed beef; free-range eggs; and seasonal fruits and vegetables WHERE: 9900 Woodpecker Road, Chesterfield, Virginia CONTACT: @FreshBranchFarm on Facebook In 2012, John’s mother was having a yard sale on her Chesterfield property, where her son and daughter-in-law happened to grow some pumpkins that were ready for harvest. That was the beginning of John and Chris’s foray into farming, which has now expanded to farming Piedmontese cows for beef, eggs and a variety of produce. Sometimes, their produce lands on the shelves of Ellwood Thompson. Most of the time, they prefer to sell their products on-site to people they know.

“It keeps us honest,” says Chris. The husband-wife team split all the work on the farm between themselves. John serves as the farm’s “tractor man” when he’s home from his full-time environmental protection job. He does the heavy lifting, coop-building and fence-moving — an important part of the strip-grazing method they practice with their cows. Chris manages day-to-day operations and marketing, and passes on her knowledge to the community by teaching Chesterfield County School teachers how to hatch eggs, allowing them to give their students a richer and more memorable experience in agriculture and embryology classes. Now if only we had all done that in school!

LISA DEARDEN, RVAg Chiknegg Productions / Hooked on Alpacas WHAT: farmers markets, an incubator kitchen and alpaca textiles WHERE: Goochland County, Virginia CONTACT: / Lisa Dearden is a superwoman with a passion for sustainable agriculture. She draws from 20+ years of experience in sales, marketing, finance and training, which she now lends (and how generously!) to the sustainable agriculture movement in the region. Aside from running two farmers markets through RVAg and serving as treasurer for the Virignia Farmers Market Association, she also owns ChiknEGG Productions, a company that assists up-and-coming food entrepreneurs and organizations by providing training, consulting and an incubator kitchen. Among her great contributions to sustainable agriculture in the region is initiating a conversation between the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health to streamline state regulations governing farmers markets, which, as we can all see, is thriving. To top it off, she runs an alpaca farm on the side, selling fibers and weaving and designing textile art.

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STAN & NICOLE SCHERMERHORN, A Thyme to Plant SHAUN MERCER, Lavender Fields Herb Farm

WHAT: organic herb plants; raw honey; and classes for various interests WHERE: 11300 Winfrey Road, Glen Allen, Virginia CONTACT: @LavenderFieldsHerbFarm on Facebook, Lavender Fields, nestled in a quiet corner of Glen Allen, houses A Thyme to Plant — a direct-to-store herb farm boasting some 250 varieties of USDA certified organic herbs. They sell “starts” — those small pots of herbs you can take home and grow yourself ­— to numerous stores in Virginia, Maryland and DC, including Whole Foods. Nicole and Stan Schermerhorn have run A Thyme to Plant for almost two decades, and the farmland has been in their family for 200 years.

They work full-time, year-round, building their own greenhouses, operating machinery, devising contraptions to minimize problems and maximize space, and even watering herbs by hand. “We’ve made a family here,” says Nicole, of clients, other farmers and employees, both full-time and seasonal-but-returning (some of them former interns, all of them eventual friends). Her nephew, Shaun Mercer, who, like Nicole, moved to Richmond from Australia, now manages Lavender Fields, hosting tours, classes, seasonal activities for the whole family (butterflies, lavenders, face painting!) and managing the retail store where you and I can get a sampling of herbs and their amazing honey.

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The return of spring makes you want to go back outside and discover new places for your beer enjoyment. As we look forward to the Scott’s Addition Collaboration Crawl on March 10, we decided to give you an in-depth look at what the area has to offer fans of local brews. Ardent Craft Ales 3200 W. Leigh St.

Ardent was one of the first breweries to open in Scott’s Addition — Richmond’s new hotbed of breweries, cideries, meaderies and distilleries. There are always multiple IPAs available on tap, with plenty of other types to pick from if you’re not as enchanted by IPAs as is Beer Budz. Ardent is open seven days a week, and there is usually a food truck onsite. On April 7 the brewery will host the fourth annual Swine & Brine beer and food festival — a ticketed event with pork, oysters, and more from local restaurants.

The Veil Brewing Co. 1301 Roseneath Road

Beer Budz loves The Veil. Coming up on two years in Scott’s Addition. The Veil has made a great reputation for itself nationally with its delightful collection of IPAs, Double IPAs, Goses and sour beers. Beer releases every Tuesday has an excited group of fans coming from all over the East Coast, and the third Thursday of each month is a fundraiser for a local charity (March’s charity is Stay RVA). There will be a big, week-long Second Anniversary event in mid-April, with special releases and bottles every day. Check their social media for more information.

Blue Bee

1320 Summit Ave. Virginia’s first urban cidery, Blue Bee is now located in Scott’s Addition. They make cider from modern and heirloom apples from all parts of Virginia. Try the Charred Ordinary and the Hopsap Shandy (dry-hopped to the approval of Beer Budz), or some of their small-batch ciders. Lots of events are coming up as well: classes on growing your own cider apple trees; yoga; and even a cider and bacon pairing.

Black Heath Meadery

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Using a variety of honey from all over the state, The Black Heath Meadery creates a number of different honey-based beverages. Mead is made from honey, water and yeast, while fresh fruits, herbs and spices are added into their different seasonal offerings. Beer Budz likes The Muse (traditional mead) and the Blue Angel (made with apple cider from the nearby Blue Bee cidery). Their three-year anniversary will be in midMarch, so they are updating their tasting room in time for the event and will be releasing special aged and rare meads for the occasion.

“De Fles Winkel” is Dutch for “The Bottle Shop.” More familiarly known as “The Wink” (and more easily pronounced as well), this bottle shop has a large selection of beers and an experienced staff to help you choose among them. There’s also has a large corner devoted to wines, with wine tastings most Fridays. You can order kegs through The Wink, and there is a 12-tap growler fill station, with tap choices changing frequently.

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1409 Huguenot Road, Midlothian; 804-594-0100;

Max’s Positive Vibe Café

No two Mellow Mushroom locations are the same. Or am I thinking of snowflakes? Either way, enjoy craft beers and creative stone-baked pizzas at this cool pizza place. Monday through Sunday 3 to 7 p.m. Drafts, select – $3 to $4 House liquor – $2 off House wine – $2 off Oven-roasted wings (5) – $4 Baked cheese bread – $2.99 Pretzel bites – $6.99 Spinach artichoke dip – $5.99

2825 Hathaway Road (Stratford Hills Shopping Center); 804-560-9622; Serving delicious comfort foods, Positive Vibe has distinguished itself for its dedication to training and employing people with disabilities. They don’t have a Happy Hour. They call it their “Un-angry Hour.” Tuesday through Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. Beer on tap – ½ price Wines on tap – ½ price One More Thing: There’s live music on Friday and Sunday nights and other nights when possible. Check their Facebook page for details.

One More Thing: During Happy Hour, enjoy a Sam Adams along with Mellow Mushroom’s pretzel bites, featuring their Signature Mellow dough, cut into bite-sized pieces and finished with garlic butter and parmesan ­— Just ten bucks.

Sergio’s Authentic Pizza & Pasta 4824 Market Square Ln. | 804-744-0111;

Nuevo Mexico 3088 Stony Point Road, Stony Point Shopping Center; 804-320-1385; Facebook: NeuevoMexicoRestaurante Authentic Mexican fare served in a friendly atmosphere. Monday through Friday 4 to 7 p.m. Beer, draft – ½ price Rail drinks – ½ price

This longtime, casual pizza joint serves up classic pies, pasta & other Italian eats, plus 20 craft brews on tap. Monday through Sunday 3 to 7 p.m.

One More Thing: Check for daily lunch specials.

Drafts 16 oz. & 13 oz. pours – $2 off Drafts 10-oz. pours – $1 off All appetizers – ½ off (dine in only) One More Thing: On Sundays, it’s Happy Hour all day when you sit at the bar.

Pop’s Bar & Grill 210 Giant Drive; 804-918-3263; If you’re in to sports (fantasy or otherwise) and sandwiches and beer, then get into Pop’s.

Joe’s Inn at Bon Air

2616 Buford Rd. | 804-320-9700 |

Monday through Sunday 4 to 7 p.m.

This popular family restaurant offers hearty American fare breakfast through dinner. Great pizzas, too.

Liquor, mixed drinks – $1 off

House Wine – $3

Beer, all domestics – $1 off

One More Thing: As the weather warms, their outdoor patio may become one of the most popular in town.

Rail drinks – $3.25 One More Thing: Although there are no appetizer specials during happy hour, Joe’s Inn at Bon Air serves a bruschetta for $7.95 that’s big enough to feed a (small) army.

If you are a restaurant or beverage manager, please send your Happy Hour specials to 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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Events Calendar compiled by Cosima Pellis

Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society, free of charge! Light fare and beverages are available for sale. Artists subject to change. 6p.m. to 9p.m. / Free, no registration required / VMFA, 200 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220 /

ties begin at 10am in Rhythm Hall. LolliPops concerts are ideal for children ages 5 and up, but music lovers of all ages are welcome. 11:00am / Tickets $10 for children; $20 for adults, available at the Dominion Energy Center and Altria Theater box offices, by phone at 804-514-3849 and online at / Carpenter Theater, 600 E Grace St, Richmond, VA 23219 /


Poetry Night at Café Zata MARCH 16 – 18 MARCH 8 – MAY 5

Dames at Sea

A tap-happy gem of a show that celebrates the golden era of movie musicals, this is the show that brought stardom to a 20-year-old Bernadette Peters and continues to delight audiences today.

Mid-Atlantic RV Expo Virginia’s largest RV Expo. Every kind of recreational vehicle you can imagine. Something for everyone’s budget. See website for times and ticket prices / The Meadow Event Park, 13048 Dawn Blvd., Doswell, 804-4677038 /

Find us on the fourth Friday of every month at Westover Hills hangout Cafe Zata, a coffee shop replete with caffeinated goodies, sandwiches, burgers, sweets, house-made donuts, beer, wine & more. Local poets will be taking the stage to share their talents, and we hope you will too! New voices are always welcome; no language or theme restrictions. Join us for a night of open mic awesomeness!

7-9pm / Free / Café Zata, 5047 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225 /

See website for show times / $38 – theatre only; $55 – Buffet and theatre / Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 804-748-5203 /


Peter and the Wolf Richmond Symphony LolliPops MARCH 15, 22, 29

Dominion Energy Jazz Café Groove to an eclectic mix of jazz ensembles every Thursday, 6 – 9 p.m., at VMFA’s Best Café. Dominion Energy Jazz Café is presented to the public by the Virginia Museum of 48 Chesterfield Living

Prokofiev’s timeless tale of boy vs. wolf comes to life in Really Inventive Stuff’s signature performance. This concert is a perfect introduction to music and the instruments of the orchestra. Arrive early for a free pre to concert festival featuring their instrument petting zoo and enjoy interactive activities for the whole family. Pre to concert

MARCH 23 – 25

Virginia Horse Festival Three days of everything equestrian: clinics; demonstrations and seminars; great shopping for tack, riding apparel and horse feed and care products; pro rodeo; canine agility shows; and lots more. See website for hours / $20 – three day pass (ad-

vance); $12 – one day ticket (advance) / The Meadow Event Park, 13191 Dawn Boulevard, Doswell /

end. In addition to great entertainment, there will be plenty of family fun, including children’s games, face painting and Irish themed crafts. Over thirty Irish vendors will be in attendance! Food and refreshments will also be available. See website for times, music schedule and additional details /

art camp timed to coincide with the spring break holiday in area public schools. Morning classes 9am-noon, Afternoon classes 1-4pm / Check website for pricing/ Visual Arts Center, 1812 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220 /

APRIL 6 – 8

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery West Creek Grand Opening The new 55,000 square foot brewery features a 4,000 square foot taproom with arcade games, shuffleboard and a built in stage, plus a 2,000 square foot patio with a fire pit and bocce courts. Check website for times and additional details / 12580 West Creek Parkway;


Southern Food Festival The first ever Southern Food Festival and Amateur Southern Dish Competition. Five incredible food vendors (Grandpa Eddie’s Alabama Ribs & BBQ, Mean Bird, Jake’s Place, Mama J’s, and Early Bird Biscuit Co.) will each show off their Southern Food Specialty with $3 small plates . Two bands and two special beer releases. 1 to 8 p.m. / Free admission / Center of the Universe Brewing, 11293 Air Park Road, Ashland, 804-3680299 /

MARCH 26 – MAY 4

The Adventures of Pinocchio Swift Creek Mill’s Youth Theatre presents the story of the lonely toy maker, Geppetto who carves a very special puppet named Pinocchio, hoping that it might come to life and keep him company. The puppet does come to life, but quickly runs away to search for a way to become a real boy. See website for show times and ticket information / Swift Creek Mill Theatre, 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 804-748-5203 /


Just one day after the Union Army occupied Richmond - and ten days before he was shot - President Abraham Lincoln arrived to tour the city. Explore what he saw here, the decisions he made, and how his visit offers a unique look into his evolving vision of a postwar future. With Mike Gorman, Richmond National Battlefield Park. Drinks are on you, History is on us. 6:30pm / Free / Bottom’s Up Pizza, 1700 Dock St, Richmond, VA 23223 /

APRIL 20 – 21

Church Hill Irish Festival The festival begins on Saturday with the St. Patrick’s Parade and continues with a 4 to block street fair in front of St. Patrick’s Church on North 25th Street between Broad and Franklin Streets on Historic Church Hill. Traditional Irish musicians, bagpipers and dancers will perform throughout the week-

History Happy Hour- Richmond: Lincoln in Richmond

Race Weekend APRIL 2-6

Spring Break ArtVenture At the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, kids make real art with the help of some of Richmond’s most prominent professional artists. Spring Break ArtVenture is a one-week March / April 2018

Racing under the lights with the Toyotacare 250 on Friday night and the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday night. See website for times and ticket options / Richmond Raceway, 600 E. Laburnum Ave., 866-455-RACE (7223) /

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Travel Navigator Your Guide to All Things Travel

Kilmarnock The Hub of the Northern Neck D

by Steve Cook

rive down Kilmarnock’s Main Street, and you’ll get an idea of what Small Town Virginia is all about. Besides a Main Street that looks like it could be a movie set, Kilmarnock offers virtually anything you might hope to find in a 21st-century small town… and much more. Kilmarnock has long been the hub for shopping in the Northern Neck, says Carroll Lee Ashburn, chairman of the board at the Kilmarnock Museum (76 N. Main St.). When the area was first settled nearly 400 years ago, it was known as “Crossroads.” Two Indian trails intersected at the point where the town now stands. Those two trails take somewhat the same paths of what are today Routes 3 and 200. In the early 1700s, William Steptoe began to operate a storehouse and ordinary at the crossroads so that the crossroads came to be called “Steptoe’s Ordinary.” And in 50 Chesterfield Living

1764, Robert Gilmour, an agent for a mercantile firm based in Glasgow, Scotland, was instrumental in giving the name “Kilmarnock” to the location. Gilmour, it is believed, owned property in Kilmarnock, Scotland. Through the years, the town has been the place where locals came to shop. True, big box stores on the outskirts of town have made headway, but for a unique experience, you really need to take a stroll down lovely and lively Main Street. Anne Paparella, executive director for the Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce, describes Kilmarnock’s Main Street as offering, “great boutique shopping with fabulous businesses that you just can’t find in other places.” When asked about her favorite shops, Anne laughs and says, “Every one of my chamber members is my favorite.” Even though she won’t pick favorites, she does tell me a little about what’s in store when you

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and chat. I wanted to meet Fred and his wife Karen as they advertise in this magazine. I was quite impressed with the selection offered in the store, which rivals any jewelry shop you might find in the finest malls. Fred says he started working in his parents’ store when he was 12 years-old. “I started off sweeping the floors and cleaning the bathrooms.” Both Fred and his parents hail from Kilmarnock. He’s lived here most of his shop Main Street. “There are great little gift and furlife — all but about nine years when he moved to niture stores and cute little women’s boutiques for Richmond and worked in a couple of jewelry stores. every price range,” she says. “When I was 20, I couldn’t wait to get out of here,” Susan Cockrell, the deputy town manager, shared Fred says. “When I was 30 I couldn’t wait to get back.” some of her Main Street favorite finds: Kilmarnock He explains that the thing that drove him away Antique Gallery has an amazing collection of oyster is the thing he most appreciates today…the people. plates. These plates were all the rage in the late 19th “[Back then] I felt like everybody knew my business, and early 20th century and are beautifully decoratthat they were looking over my shoulder.” With age ed. It’s worth a visit for oyster afficianados or history Photo: Jacob Sargent comes wisdom. Fred says that now that he’s older buffs. The Watermen’s Way, a public art project is designed he realizes how important it is to have neighbors “A stop at Papaterie brings you to really fun and to honor the men and women who work the region’s that look out for one another. He describes the resicreative stationary wares,” she continues. “Writing waterways. Proceeds from sales of the boots to local dents in the area as “compassionate towards their seems to be a lost art but this store will put you back businesses benefit the Virginia Watermen’s Associaneighbors.” tion, Rappahannock Art League and The Steamboat in the mood for correspondence. Alaina, the owner, Era Museum. Anne agrees in that assessment. She acknowlis wonderful and will help you find the exact item.” edges that when her parents retired and moved to Anne mentions another plus that comes when the Northern Neck, she wasn’t excited about the move. She was a senior in you shop on Kilmarnock’s Main Street, “Almost every shop is operated by high school at the time. “If you moved here from outside the area, you are the owners.” Photo: courtesy Closet Factory called ‘Come-here’s,’” she says. “I tell people I was dragged here.” Fred Burke, whose parents opened Burke’s Jewelers in 1969, is a good Today, she has a greater appreciation for the locals, describing them as example of the type of folks you’ll meet — folks who’ll take the time to stop March / April 2018

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“kind, loving, forgiving, helpful.” She also brags about the “laid-back pace” you’ll discover when you visit. That’s not to say that there’s nothing to do. “There are a lot of really cool things to do,” Anne says. “Water is the appeal. There are beautiful rivers and creeks. If you love the outdoors, this is a wonderful place to come.” Anne slips and lets me in on a little secret when she says, “One of the best things you can do here is walk on one of the most pristine beaches you’ve ever seen.”

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I immediately had to know where this beach was. “It’s our best kept secret,” she says, “Hughlett Point on the Chesapeake Bay.” While I’d never heard of Hughlett Point, I did a little research and found out it’s a state Natural Area Preserve, located approximately 10 miles from downtown Kilmarnock. The state’s website describes it as offering “exemplary undeveloped beaches, dunes and upland forests.” Everyone I speak with during my visit raves about the water-related activities. Jameson Crandall, who’s in his mid-twenties and works in the jewelry store, adds that there are also a lot of activities for young people. “Summertime here is a lot more fun than wintertime,’’ he says. “There’s boating, fishing, tubing, skiing… lots of public beaches. The water is the biggest attraction.” There’s another attraction — the newly completed Town Centre Park in Kilmarnock. Susan had told me about the park when I had met her several months previously at the Oyster Academy at Tides Inn resort in Irvington, just five miles from Kilmarnock. “Our park has an outdoor amphitheater, the Half Shell Stage,”

she had told me at the time. “Music on the Half Shell Stage is our summer concert series with everything from dance music to country. We have local bands plus a regional headliner every month from May to October. The park is a great place for families, including a children’s playground area called ‘River Play’ that features swings and slides and the region’s only splash pad. Our Farmers Market is there on every fourth Saturday from May to October, too. It is a huge hit and right in the center of Kilmarnock.” Susan describes Kilmarnock as “amazing because it is a small Mayberry-like town, where you do know your friends and neighbors. Even visitors quickly feel like they are a part of the community. Friendliness really does come naturally here.” She’s right. Kilmarnock is indeed a cool, little town. “It’s a great place for foodies,” Anne says, adding that there seems to be something going on all the time. For instance, on June 30, the Chamber will be sponsoring Rhythm & Brews by the Bay (call 804-435-6092 for more info), and midNovember brings the annual Taste of the Bay ( at the Tides Inn. When you come to Kilmarnock, you truly have come to the crossroads of the Northern Neck. It’s time to share the secret: this place has it all.

man of the museum’s board of directors. The 80-something Mr. Ashburn makes the history of the town come alive. DINING Car Wash Café (481 N. Main St.; 804-435-0405) Famous for their blueberry pancakes, sandwiches and sweet tea. Chao Phraya (43 S. Main St.; 804-577-4261) Authentic Thai cuisine, Sushi and premier local Seafood off the grill. Lee’s Restaurant (30 S. Main St.; 804-435-1255) Comfort food. Don’t miss the fried chicken. NN Burger (62 Irvington Road; 804-577-4400) Gourmet burgers, shakes, craft beers and live music. SHOPPING Burke’s Fine Jewelers (86 S. Main St.; 804-435-1302) Specializing in custom-made designs inspired by the local rivers and bay. Cathy’s Unique Pursuits (234 N. Main St.; 804-435-1388)

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ACCOMMODATIONS Kilmarnock Inn (34 E. Churh St.; 804435-0034; Featuring a main house and seven guest cottages. Just steps from Kilmarnock’s quaint and picturesque Main Street. The Tides Inn (480 Kings Charter Dr., Irvington; Just five miles from Kilmarnock, The Tides Inn is in a league of its own.

Northern Neck Popcorn Bag (50 Irvington Road; 804-577-4200) Featuring over 50 flavors, all made right in the store. Papeterie (24 N. Main St.; 804-435-1125) A paper and gift shop, specializing in weddings and parties. Weekend’s Fashions (125 S. Main St.; 804-577-4041) Men’s and ladies’ boutique located in a former Sears Roebuck house that was built in 1904. On the cutting edge of fashion with style and distinction.

ATTRACTIONS Kilmarnock Museum (76 N. Main St.; 840-436-9100) The museum is filled with photos and artifacts telling the history of the area. The main attraction is Mr. Carroll Lee Ashburn, the chair-

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s more folks continue to discover the appeal of living in Chesterfield, the need for new homes and new home communities continues to grow. In this issue, we spotlight a new neighborhood in an already popular community — NewMarket at RounTrey — and an entirely new community with a new (to Richmond) homebuilder — The Sanctuary. NewMarket at RounTrey Featuring beautiful Craftsman-style homes from several of the area’s most popular custom builders, Midlothian’s RounTrey community, overlooking Swift Creek Reservoir, has proven to be one of the area’s most popular new planned communities. However, says Miranda Wilhelm, Marketing Director at RounTrey, prospective homeowners over time have expressed an interest in larger, wooded homesites. In an effort to accommodate such sites, the developers of RounTrey have created NewMarket at RounTrey. This new community, which will ultimately connect directly with RounTrey, offers one-third acre lots. NewMarket offers luxurious living in a serene location. Amenities will include a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis court, walking trails and a proposed dog park. “There is something for everyone to enjoy,” says Wilhelm. “Plus, residents of NewMarket will have access to all of RounTrey’s amenities.” “The neighborhood offers a wide range of home styles, mostly Craftsman and farmhouse-style homes, with innovative floor plans built by our exclusive preferred builders,” says Wilhelm, adding, “There’s nothing like NewMarket in the area.”

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She says the homes are offered in the $400,000 to $600,000 price range. Homebuilders in NewMarket include: Biringer Builders, Clay Street Builders, Cottage Lane Homes, Covenant Building & Design, Craftmaster Homes, HHHunt, Jones Homes Custom Builders, Ray Williams Custom Homes, River City Custom Homes, South River Custom Homes and Timbercreek Building & Design. For more information or directions, visit or phone 804-216-0390.

The Sanctuary Larger lots seem to be the order of the day for many would-be Chesterfield new homebuyers. And Schell Brothers, a Delaware-based homebuilder that’s recently expanded into the Richmond area, is answering that need in The Sanctuary, with one-acre wooded lots and private views. The Sanctuary is located adjacent to Hallsley in Midlothian. Schell Brothers promotes an entirely re-imagined approach to the process of designing and building homes. One thing that makes all 28 homesites in The Sanctuary unique, says Jennifer Jinnette, community sales manager for both The Sanctuary and the builder’s Henley community in the West End, is that every site can accommodate a basement. “We started building houses on the beaches of Delaware,” she says, “and mastered the art of basements on flat lots.” Homes styles in The Sanctuary are varied and can range from ranch plans up to 7,000 square-foot two- and three-level homes. Prices run from approximately $400,000 to $1 million. Because of the limited number of lots, no community pool is planned. However, says Jinnette, with the large homesites, there’s plenty of room for homeowners to have their own pools with privacy. “We specialize in masters down, with other bedrooms upstairs,” she says, adding that another area in which Schell Brothers excels is in building energy efficient homes. “I’ve worked with other builders who promote energy efficiency, but no one does it as well as Schell Brothers.” For more information or directions, visit

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It’s What’s on the Outside that Counts

by Angela Weight


ot too long ago, a rectangular patio or deck, complete with barbecue grill and picnic table, was the extent of most homes’ outdoor living spaces. And grilling up a few steaks on the weekends was pretty much all we expected from those areas. Boy, have times changed! Today, porches, patios and decks are as integral a part of our homes as our kitchens and family rooms. From savoring the sunrise over coffee on a favorite porch rocker to gathering around the fire pit for s’mores and tall tales, our homes’ exteriors are becoming the backdrops for our favorite pastimes. “A lot of my clients see their outdoor areas as a place to escape that’s still part of the house,” says Anthony Miller, owner of A Miller Renovation. “Another room off the house that’s just a little bit different.” Looking to upgrade your outdoor living area? Here’s a glimpse of the latest trends and materials to beautify your exterior and increase your resale value. Patio, Deck or Screened Porch? With all the poured concrete, pavers and natural stone designs available, patios lend themselves to a wide variety of design options and layouts. “People like patios because they’re lower down and can offer more privacy, especially with smaller lot sizes,” says Mark McAuliffe, vice president of Cross Creek Nursery and Landscaping. When adding a patio, homeowners often turn to pav58 Chesterfield Living

ers. “Our clients are using multi-dimensional pavers for pool decking and patios,” McAuliffe adds. “They’re more natural looking than ever before and can mirror the look of stone without the cost.” Available in dozens, if not hundreds of shapes, sizes and colors, concrete pavers offer tremendous design variety without potential cracks that can ruin the entire floor surface, as with poured concrete Speaking of the poured stuff, homeowners these days are embracing all sorts of stained and stamped concrete designs that can easily pass for high-end stone. One drawback is that concrete is prone to cracking in cold winter weather and not easily repaired. While decks are still fairly popular, the way they’re built is changing. Instead of wood, Miller’s clients are opting for durable composite materials and aluminum railings. “Ninety-five percent of people are going with maintenance free options and getting away from anything that needs to be power washed, stained or sealed.” For example, Trex composite decking resists rot, warp, splintering and termites and is backed by a 25-year limited residential fade and stain warranty. Screened porches are still the surest way to enjoy the breeze without battling the bugs. Vinyl-coated fiberglass screening is perfect for keeping insects out, but it’s no match for seasonal pollen. To keep the fresh air in and the pollen out, Miller recommends using PollenTec screening. Though more expensive, it’s an effective way to reduce allergens. Fire Pits, Always a Hit For those who prefer gathering friends over gathering armfuls of wood, gas Photo: Closetpopularity Factory fire pitscourtesy are gaining and are becoming more and more high tech.

A lot of my clients see their outdoor areas as a place to escape that’s still part of the house – Anthony Miller, A Miller Renovation

The Boreal Complete Heat gas fire pit table, with soft LED lighting, provides high and low warming vents to keep your toes as toasty as your fingers.

os and decks, keeping those areas up to 20 degrees cooler on hot, sunny days. Available in widths up to 18 feet, they’re relatively simple to install.

The Awning of a New Era Since the weather doesn’t come with a remote control, the next best thing is a retractable awning. Throw some shade and rain protection over your outdoor spaces whenever you and the weather can’t agree. Sunsetter brand motorized awnings provide up to 11 feet of colorful cover for pati-

Gazebo A-Glow If, upon hearing the word gazebo, you picture a round white structure with lots of gingerbread trim, take note that today’s models aren’t your grandma’s gazebos. They can be any shape, color or style you choose. For serious outdoor entertainers, there’s no better investment. Add a grilling station, a bar, a cozy sectional, a wooden swing, a fireplace and big screen TV, or all of the above, and you’ve got the ultimate space to host friends and family, or simply unwind and savor your surroundings. Whether you’re doing a full-scale outdoor room or a simple back porch update, be true to your lifestyle, taste and budget. Check out design magazines and sites like Pinterest for ideas and have fun creating an at-home sanctuary you’ll look forward to escaping to.

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Whose Sod Are

Choosing the right planting method for a healthy lawn By Angela Weight


f the front lawn of my family’s Woodlake home was a head of hair, I’d buy it a baseball cap to cover the 47+ bald spots that are all too noticeable from the street. Instead of trying to fill in those problem areas, my husband and I are getting ready to rip out our old mangy grass and start over with tall fescue (the most popular grass variety here in RVA). If a new lawn is on your to-do list, there’s no time like the present to take advantage of spring rainfall. Know Thy Soil: The first step in any grass-planting project larger than a Chia Pet is to have your soil tested. Find testing kits online, at homeand-garden stores or from your county extension office. The results will show any supplements that your soil may require (such as lime and/or fertilizer) to create optimal growing conditions. Sod or Seed? Need a great looking lawn by dinner time? Then sod is your answer. At around five times the cost of seed, sod comes in carpetlike rolls of mature grass with roots held together by netting. It’s like outdoor flooring that’s alive. Perfect for healthy soil that gets plenty of sunlight, you can install sod yourself or hire a landscaping company. Just be sure it’s put in properly or your yard will look like patchwork. Though sod provides instant “greenification,” your lovely new lawn

may not stay that way, especially in the shade. However, with netting that holds soil in place, sod is perfect for covering slopes and erosion prone areas. Planting grass from seed is significantly less expensive than sod and offers more varieties for differing growing environments. Andrew McAuliffe, grounds manager for Cross Creek Nursery, recommends using a mixture of seeds. “A blend is generally three to four seeds mixed into one bag. The idea behind this is to cover all the bases for each lawn. Generally, each seed thrives in different conditions (shady, sunny, wet, dry),” McAuliffe explains. “I would stay away from contractor blends or cheap seed, as they have a high content of weed seed that you will have to kill off later.” Establishing a lawn from seed can be an investment in time, labor and patience. With proper watering (which is absolutely essential for both sod and seed), new growth can sometimes take three months to reach maturity. But if nurtured early on, your grass should remain happy and healthy for years to come. Sod and seed each have their own pros and cons. Deciding which to plant depends on your lawn specifications, your patience level, and, like most things, your wallet.

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Making a

Splash Pools and Spas for the Home

By Lisa Puster


t’s been a long winter, and the thought of cooling off in your own sparkling pool or soaking in your own cozy hot tub probably seems like an unrealistic summer fantasy. But wouldn’t it be dreamy to have a vacation destination in your own backyard? It could be more of a reality than you think! With several different options available, the most common inground pool styles are vinyl liner, fiberglass and concrete. Here are the advantages, disadvantages and budget needed for all three:

Although custom shapes cost more, it’s still typically less than your average fiberglass or concrete pool.

Choosing Your Pool

Budget Needed: $25,000-$35,000

Vinyl Liner Biggest Advantage: Installation cost. Vinyl liner pools are the most affordable to install, generally costing $10,000 less than fiberglass or concrete pools. While most vinyl liner pools are rectangular, it’s possible to customize the shape, size and depth of the pool.

Biggest Disadvantage: Replacing the liner. While the initial cost of installing a vinyl liner pool may be less, the liner does need to be replaced every five to nine years, or sooner if there’s any damage. This can cost as much as $5,000, offsetting the initial low-cost of the pool within the first 10 years and over its lifetime.

Fiberglass Biggest Advantage: Lower cost of ownership. Even though the initial cost of fiberglass is more than vinyl, you’ll spend less over the life of your fiberglass pool when you figure in the continued cost of

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replacing the vinyl liners. Other advantages to fiberglass pools include quick installation, low maintenance, durability and compatibility with salt water systems. Biggest Disadvantage: Not customizable. Fiberglass pools have a higher initial cost than vinyl liner pools and usually lack the ability to customize the shape, size or depth of the pool. If you’re looking for a pool that’s deeper or a special shape, fiberglass isn’t the best option since the pool shells are manufactured off site in limited shapes and sizes.

Portable Biggest Advantage: All-in-one package. Portable spa units often come conveniently equipped with the spa, support equipment and skirting that hides the equipment. These spas are easy to install, ideal for smaller spaces, energy efficient and transportable, if needed. Biggest Disadvantage: Not customizable. Most portable spas offer limited sizes and shapes since they are manufactured off site in pre-set dimensions. They can also be difficult to disguise and don’t blend easily into the landscaping since they sit above ground.

Budget Needed: $35,000 and up

Budget Needed: $2,000 to $12,000

Concrete Biggest Advantage: Customizable and durable. Concrete allows you the flexibility to customize the shape and design of the pool, which is ideal for those who desire an extremely deep or large pool, or a pool with custom ledges, tilework or other special features. Concrete pools are also extremely durable, meaning no damage to the pool surface from sharp objects, making concrete pools dog-friendly too!

“Bullfrog Spas are the most customizable and energy efficient spas on the market,” says Jacob Clements from Pla-Mor Pools, central Virginia’s only dealer of Bullfrog Spas. “Their patented jetpack technology reduces spa plumbing by up to 90 percent and provides customers with 16 different massage styles, allowing them to move their favorite massage into their favorite seat.”

Biggest Disadvantage: Pricier installation and maintenance. While concrete’s design flexibility is its biggest selling point, it also comes with a bigger price, including higher maintenance, more chemicals, salt water system incompatibility, slow installation time and higher cost of ownership. Budget Needed: $50,000 and up A Little Bubbly for the Backyard A spa or hot tub can boost the appeal of your backyard, providing year-round, warm, bubbly entertainment. The two main types of spas/hot tubs are portable and in-ground. Most portable spas are made of acrylic (not including inflatable hot tubs), while most inground varieties are concrete.

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In-Ground Biggest Advantage: Customizable shape and size. Since in-ground spas are built onsite and not manufactured offsite, your spa can be completely customized to your liking or incorporated into a deck, patio, pool or landscaped area, creating an oasis in your own backyard. Biggest Disadvantage: Pricier installation. In-ground spas are costlier than portable spas since you are basically constructing a jetted, mini concrete pool that requires a professional builder. Construction costs also increase when adding additional custom features, such as tile or extra jets. Budget Needed: $15,000 to $20,000 Loving the idea of a pool and/or spa in your backyard? Contact a pool and spa professional for a free consultation and see if your fantasy can be a dream come true!

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