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Seniors 10 Adventures in Aging A Gift for the Ages

Health 12 Getting Ahead of a Headache The Common Causes of Headaches

Retail Spotlight 14 Ideas for Holiday Gift Giving


Flavor 16 Dining + Entertainment 18 Tastebudz 21 Happy Hour

Travel 22 Travel Navigator Small Town Virginia: Leesburg

Home 24 Winterizing Your Home




The Silver Whisperer Filigree, A Lost Art

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Preparing Your Home for Winter

Things To Do 26 Calendar of Events

Leesburg Small Town Virginia: Beautiful and Historic

WHAT’S GOING ON? All the leaves are brown. And the sky is gray. But there’s something quite beautiful about the season. In case you need someone to remind you as to just what is so great about this time of year, here are some past articles that you can find simply by going to Come on. Get out the ol’ laptop and let’s start searching. Remember to bring your mittens. One of my favorite indoor cold weather sports is sipping on a hot toddy. While we didn’t feature any toddies in our November, 2013 feature, “Cozy Bars and Winter Cocktails,” we did share some of the best winter drinks from several local establishments. Most of these restaurants are still around, but even if you can’t find the drinks, you can find the recipes by simply searching WINTER COCKTAILS.

Would you like to getaway to a place where men are men and winters are winters? Bayfield (near the Apostle Islands) in northwest Wisconsin is just such a place. Discover this beautiful frozen paradise in “Enjoy a Real Winter This Year.” Search: APOSTLE ISLANDS.

Annie Tobey wrote a fascinating article back in 2014 entitled “Embracing Virginia’s Winter.” Search: WINTER and get ready to embrace away.

If you’re more of the active sort, always showing off your finely-honed physique, stay away from me. But you’ll find some good winter workout ideas in Susie Galvez’ piece from this past January, “Winter Workouts Without the Work.” Just search WINTER WORKOUTS.

If you’re NOT the athletic type, but still want some winter fun without having to strap on skis and fall off a mountain, you’ll want to read Jody Rathgeb’s “Look Mom, No Skis!,” from September, 2013. Search: LOOK MOM.

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Nothing takes the chill off of a chilly day any better than a hot bowl of soup. We went in search of some of the city’s best soups back in January, 2016. Just looking at the pictures can be warming. But enjoying the bowls that we featured will make you feel good inside and out. To re-discover our ISO Soups, just search SOUPS.

All this and a Happy Hour Guide, too! That’s right. Keep up with the current Happy Hours. has the best guides in town. Search: Happy Hour November / December 2017

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From the Editor


Imagine sitting down and staring at your blank screen. You’re bracing yourself to write your first From the Editor letter. Hoping to glean inspiration from a different source, you glance toward the open door and in walks a muse. It’s your lucky day! And you haven’t, in the immortal words of Hercule Poirot, exercised one single little gray cell. As it turned out, this muse didn’t have much to add to my preexisting interior monologue. “Write about how great it is to be here and working on these magazines,” he said. Billy Davis, President and Publisher of Richmond Navigator, cracked a smile and added, “You don’t really have to write that.” The truth is that I do think that it’s great to be here in Richmond and working for a group of magazines each focused on a unique region. And it really is an ideal gig for an adventurous relative newcomer and a not-so-new writer and editor. With just over two years under my Richmond residential belt, I’m delighted to have a job that includes talking with locals and writing about my adopted habitat. So why would a native Long Islander who’s lived on both coasts and multiple states choose Richmond as home base? Long story short: a magazine article about best places to live. I could count the reasons why right here but why not explore our magazines and find out for yourself? Operating under the umbrella of Richmond Navigator, West End’s Best, River City, Chesterfield Living and Hanover Lifestyle magazines focus on the things that bind locals to our neck of the woods and entice the rest of us to call it home. Sometimes those are the same things; sometimes they’re different. Our magazines and online presence cover a wide range of topics from new restaurants to favorite watering holes to local business profiles, and regular features on real estate trends, health and seniors to stories about regional and far-flung travel destinations and events. Whatever it is about the area that appeals to you, we hope you’ll enjoy discovering even more on our pages.

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Averill Byrd has been writing for many years, crafting everything from snarky tweets to deodorant ads to political speeches in three languages. She lived in the Philippines and Spain before moving to Richmond in 2016. She likes to cook, read, travel, and have too much dessert, not necessarily in that order. Email her at

Whitney Kiatsuranon

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.

Melanie Rasnic

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

In Our Next Issue: In January and February we’ll offer the annual Look Good/Feel Good feature. Articles will focus on a variety of health and wellness topics from sleep to fitness to diets. Our home features will focus on creative solutions to stashing your stuff in closets that work, creating the best bedroom for a good night’s rest and the latest flooring trends. Winter is the perfect time to get cozy with someone you love so we’ll fill you in our favorite romantic dining spots. Look for upcoming issues of all of our magazines in early January and online at

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After spending the majority of her formative years living overseas, when it came time to settle down Constance quickly chose Richmond as her home. The history, the people, the culture — the food! As dedicated word mercenary, Constance writes for the technical world during the day and uses her gift of prose after hours to document her never-ending quest to explore all life has to offer.

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Fascinated by filigree? An ancient jewelry art form practiced by Ashland-based Alvaro Coronado, handcrafted filigree is a modern day rarity. Derived from filum, a Latin word for thread, precious metal is twisted and formed to resemble lace. Our cover photo features one of Coronado’s original designs: a bracelet with attached decorative hand piece and ring with a floral motif.

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All Over Hanover

The Silver Whisperer by Steve Cook

Alvaro and Caroline Coronado.

lvaro Coronado speaks gently, quietly: “Come on. Don’t break. Keep coming.” He’s talking to silver and, no, I don’t mean the Lone Ranger’s horse. Alvaro is a master in what is becoming a lost art: filigree. His story is an interesting one. As a young boy he was working in a jewelry shop in his native city, Medellin, Colombia. “I was sweeping floors,” he recalls. It was a job that he says allowed him to earn enough for food. But Alvaro was not just sweeping floors. “I took every opportunity to look over the shoulders of the jewelers, one of whom was skilled in filigree.” Filigree is the art of taking very fine strands of silver and gold and weaving them to create delicate ornamental designs. It’s an art that 08 Hanover Lifestyle

has fascinated Alvaro since he was nine years old. His fascination led to persistence. The jewelers would elbow him to keep him from discovering their secrets. But he kept coming back, learning more and more. Even at the age of nine he had begun to create his own filigree jewelry. After finishing high school, Alvaro served in the military, becoming a Colombian naval officer. After that, he took a variety of odd jobs in order to support himself. “For about six months I was homeless, sleeping on park benches or on the beach,” he tells me. Eventually, he obtained work in a hotel but in his spare time he was making and repairing jewelry in a small garage, which was both his home and his shop. In 1985 he met Caroline. Her work as a tour guide had taken her to Cartagena and to the hotel in which Alvaro was employed. He admits to being immediately smitten with her beauty and took the initiative in pursuing her. “I didn’t know that he was living in a garage with only a partial roof over it,” Caroline says. However, that reality did not dampen the love that grew. In that same year, 1985, the couple married and after a short period of time, moved to her home on Long Island, New York. Alvaro went to work in a jewelry shop. Eventually, in order to afford his own shop, the couple moved to Wilson, North Carolina. It was on a train ride between Wilson and New York that they “discovered” Ashland. One day they decided to get off the train to take a walk through the picturesque town that they had seen though the windows of the train on several occasions. That was in late 1994. On New Year’s Day, 1995, the Coronados moved to Ashland.

Photos: Dave Masucci

Alvaro began to build a reputation locally as a creative, talented jewelry designer. Recently, after more than 50 years, Alvaro has returned to the art that had fascinated him as a young boy. To succeed at creating filigree jewelry, one has to have tremendous patience as well as amazing skill. “You also have to have a passion for it,” Alvaro says. During a recent visit to the couple’s home and studio in the heart of Ashland, both Alvaro and Caroline explained to me the painstaking process that results in his exquisite filigree jewelry – designs that are so intricately woven that it baffles my mind trying to imagine how anyone can create something so beautiful and so delicate. It all starts with silver nuggets which are heated and placed in a mold to create an ingot. Alvaro then works with the ingot, flattening it, pulling it, reducing the silver bar down to a long thread of silver that ultimately measures about the width of a single strand of hair. Caroline describes the process as Alvaro pulls the silver through a series of draw plates that allows him to reduce it to the width needed. As she gently holds the elongated string of precious metal, moving further and further away from her husband, Alvaro pulls it through the plates, whispering, “Don’t break, don’t break. Come on. Don’t break.” Once he has his thread of silver, Alvaro then coils the strand into the desired ornamental shape. Of course, just having a design in mind is not enough. “Each piece has to be both beautiful and functional, ” Caroline says. “That means,” Alvaro says, “that I have to be both an engineer and an architect.” He explains that in addition to creating the design, he has to engineer a structure that will allow the jewelry to actually function as something that can be worn. Next comes the hard part. As Alvaro begins to create, starting with tiny silver frames to hold the filigree, he must ever so carefully solder each piece. This is where the entire design can go up in smoke…literally. Alvaro makes the sizzling sound of a piece of silver that’s been melted with a soldering iron. “That’s where everybody messes up. It becomes a nugget…a beautiful nugget, but a whole week wasted,” Alvaro says in explaining what happens when too much heat is applied to the filigree. He works slowly and patiently. He says he developed that patience as a child. “When you worked in the jewelry shop, they fed you breakfast, lunch and dinner,’’ he recalls “If I went slowly, I could come back the next day and they’d feed me again.” Today, Alvaro does commissioned work for his clients, which include other jewelers. His creativity, his skill and his passion have earned him a reputation as a master of what may one day become a lost art. But for now, it’s an art that can be found in his modest Ashland studio. It’s an art that won’t be lost as long as Alvaro Coronado continues to whisper to his silver. To learn more, visit or phone 804-752-7788. November / December 2017

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by Constance Whitney

ull disclosure: I have a birthday coming up. And the holidays are just around the corner, too. Fuller disclosure: I want for nothing. I have an amazing life, full of love and laughter, health and prosperity. I’ve got an amazing family and an even more amazing group of wonderfully eccentric friends. My life’s cup, as they say, runneth over. Also runneth-ing over is my mantle, my shelving units, my closet, under my bed and the various storage units in my garage. My kitchen cabinets are so full that even the dust has to go find somewhere else to settle. In short, I’ve got way more than too much stuff. That’s what happens when you live a lifetime. You accumulate. True, some of the stuff is priceless: the rainbow my grandson drew for me is worth more to me than an original Rembrandt; the letter my son wrote me from his first week at Fork Union is now being guarded better than the U.S. Constitution. But 90 percent of the rest is just stuff; stuff that requires dusting. And arranging. And more dusting. Fullest disclosure: I really hate dusting. As the season of “show your love by giving” approaches, I polled my friends (the ones who contributed to my stuff, and have stuff mountains of their own to which I have been faithfully contributing) to see what their thoughts are on the annual adding to the incredible accumulations that we all have. Over several bottles of Cooper Vineyards’ best, we got down to the nitty gritty: what does a really great gift look like at our age?

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It was easier to determine what it didn’t look like. Unanimously, we declared it didn’t look like stuff. We then quickly excluded anything made by our grandkids from our “no stuff” edict. If grandson number five wants to make a macaroni necklace like his four older siblings did, go for it. You can never have too many macaroni necklaces. But for the rest of everyone, the no-more-stuff ruling stands — no matter how cute that tchotchke looked at the Christmas Bazaar. We also decided that a great gift did not look like something we need. We are all of the age to know that we need new socks, a new frying pan or new battery cables for our car, and, thankfully, have the means to fulfill those needs ourselves. We also decided, slightly less than unanimously, that we didn’t need more bling. We are mostly bling-y enough at this point in our lives. We have enough perfume. Really. Lingerie? Um, no. After a few more bottles, we narrowed the list down considerably and came up with the winner: time. That’s what we all, unanimously, said we wanted. We want time with our loved ones and with our friends, riding horses and watching sunsets. We want time together to go to the Caribbean and sink our toes in the sand. We want time together to drive up to New York City and see the Rockettes’ holiday show. We want time to snuggle up on the sofa with a big bowl of popcorn, watch the snow fall outside and binge-watch House of Cards – together. Time truly is the greatest gift of all.


The Pediatric Dentist: Does Your Child Have One? By Jeff Laughlin, DDS MPH “They are just baby teeth!” This is a common statement that is often heard by the pediatric dentist at a child’s first dental visit. This simple belief implies that because those baby teeth will fall out, there is little care that needs to be devoted to them. Yet, it is well documented that a child with poor oral health is unable to eat and thrive, sleep uninterrupted, concentrate in school, and socialize without embarrassment. The mouth is considered a “mirror” to the rest of the body. In other words, a healthy mouth free of tooth decay, pain, and swelling, positively “reflects” a child’s overall health. However, 4.5 million U.S. toddlers and preschoolers (more than 25%) still experience tooth decay, which is five times more common than childhood asthma. It is important that your child visit a pediatric dentist, as early as age one. A dentist who specializes in children understands that kids are not just small adults. Each child is unique and requires an age-specific plan for prevention and treatment that may involve more advanced behavior management techniques, such as oral sedation or general anesthesia. Your child deserves a positive experience in a kid-friendly dental environment that is

comfortable and fun, allowing their trust with the pediatric dentist to be strengthened over time. It is no longer accepted that baby teeth are unimportant and a child does not need to be seen by a dentist until age 3. An infant with no cavities can quickly progress to a toddler with decayed teeth, causing dental pain and disability—a scenario that can be prevented. Establishing a “dental home” with a pediatric dentist is essential to a healthy mouth and teeth, which can have a tremendous and long-term effect on your child’s general health and well-being. Jeff Laughlin, DDS MPH, treats patients at these four Virginia Family Dentistry locations: Atlee, Irongate, Midlothian, West End. 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

Our two Hanover locations: Atlee–Ashland, (804) 550-3324; Mechanicsville–Hanover, (804) 730-3400 —

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Getting Ahead of a Headache by Melanie Rasnic


ull, throbbing pain around your eye sockets. A vice-like feeling of pressure engulfing your skull. What is the worst thing about a headache? Is it that you can’t predict when it will happen? Or is it that whoever coined the term used the symptoms to create a diagnosis? Many of us know the pain and frustration of having a headache. If we search online for answers we’re faced with a wide array of possible causes. Do I blame it on my friend’s loud chewing or just accept the brain tumor option? The truth probably lies safely on the spectrum between the two. Let’s look at some common causes of headaches that can send people to the doctor:

Tension headache The most common type of headache, it’s often described as a tight and/or band-like pressure. Pain is typically diffuse, or all over, and bilateral, or on both sides. It often causes muscle soreness in the neck and shoulders but generally does not interfere with daily activities. This type can be safely treated by lifestyle modifications and overthe-counter pain relievers. Stress may play a role; more common in women (there’s a joke in there somewhere).

Migraine headache Also common, it is generally described as unilateral or on one side, throbbing and excruciatingly painful, with symptoms often lasting for days. Many report an aura or rush of sensory disturbances such as flashes of bright light, tingling sensations, blurry vision, etc. It’s common for sufferers (often women) to experience nausea, vomiting and 12 Hanover Lifestyle

dizziness. These will interfere with your day, as physical activity often makes them worse,and they can be triggered by sights, sounds, smells and foods. Avoiding these triggers as much as possible is key, which can be challenging. Some sufferers find relief by resting in a dark room, while others find that migraine medicines work best (they usually end in –triptan). It is believed that migraines are the result of fluctuations in neurotransmitters and that there is a strong genetic component.

Cluster headache This type of headache will hover around one eye and cause a burning, teary, congested sensation in that eye. Cluster headaches often occur nightly at the same time, and the cluster period may last as long as 12 weeks, after which a person (usually a man) may be headache-free for many months. Although the exact cause is unknown, the pattern seems to suggest that the hypothalamus (our body clock) plays a role. These can often be treated with preventative medications or oxygen therapy. Didn’t see your headache here? If you are an allergy sufferer, you may be experiencing a sinus headache—seasonal allergies, animals, mold, dust—there is a long list of allergens that could be culprits. A trial run with an over-the-counter allergy medication and a saline nasal rinse could be very helpful. As always, consult a medical professional before starting any medications or if symptoms interfere with daily life or become more severe. Some headaches are unavoidable but it’s safe for all of us to repeat “serenity now” a few times every day, especially during stressful periods.

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Pla-Mor Pools has been family owned and operated since 1968. Their two stores, located in Mechanicsville and Ashland, offer full service for all of your pool and hot tub needs. Products include Bullfrog Spas, Aqua Leader Above Ground Pools, Dream Maker Spas Hot Tubs, Baquacil, Poolife chlorine, Mineral Springs from BioGuard, Pristiva, Leisure Time, GLI Pool Products vinyl liners, AquaDura Heat Pumps and Polaris Automatic pool cleaners. They also offer Big Green Egg grills and smokers for backyard barbecue aficionados.

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TINY TIM’S TRAINS AND TOYS Tiny Tim's Trains and Toys is Richmond's only Full Line Train Store. Discover what is new in S.T.E.A.M. Curriculum. Tiny Tim's Trains and Toys has ever changing selections to help families reduce stress, challenge minds, share history and bring kids of all ages and abilities together. OPEN DAILY. Call Trainmaster Russell, Science Geek Suzanne or Toysmith Sonja at 804-368-0063.



Founded in 1953 in Richmond, Saxon Shoes is the largest full-service shoe store in Virginia; and it’s still owned by the Weiner family. They offer more than 200 brands for men, women and children and knowledgeable staff to help you find the perfect fit.

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Photos: The Tin Pan

8982 Quioccasin Road 804-447-8189

The Tin Pan is a familyfriendly, smoke-free restaurant and listening room located in the West End of Richmond near Regency Square Mall. All ages are welcome. The venue features “any music you’d feel comfortable having dinner with” performed by national and local acts. That might mean folk, bluegrass, jazz, a string quartet or up-and-coming singer-songwriters touring alongside stars. The Tin Pan offers a full dinner menu, specialty cocktails, wine and beer and charges a $20 corkage fee. A food or beverage minimum of $13 applies to all tickets. HOURS:

Regular box office hours are 12PM-5PM, Monday through Saturday. Buy tickets in person or over the phone.


Photos: CinéBistro

Stony Point Fashion Park 9200 Stony Point Parkway 804-864-0460

CinéBistro is a dinner-anda-movie theatre venue with reserved seating. Their American bistro style menu includes fine wines, cocktails and traditional movie snacks like popcorn, Raisinets and Twizzlers. Not hungry? Ordering food or beverages while attending a movie is entirely up to you. Tickets for new releases opening on the upcoming Friday and running through the following Thursday are posted for sale online and at the Concierge Desk by midday Tuesday. Except for special Family Series movie engagements, no one under 21 will be admitted and proper identification is required. HOURS: Lipbone Redding at The Tin Pan.

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Doors open 30 minutes before first show time of the day. In-Theatre Dining: You must arrive 30 minutes before show time for in-theatre service.


Uptown Alley

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6101 Brad McNeer Parkway, Midlothian 804-744-1077

Uptown Alley offers 57,000 square feet of entertainment options including 38 lanes of bowling, two bars, a sports theater, four billiards tables, over 60 video and prize games, live entertainment and private party rooms. Check their site for daily specials, events, live music and familyfriendly entertainment. Red Embers Bar & Grill, which features an outdoor patio and signature fire feature, offers a full menu of chef-created Americana classics. Guests 21 and over can enjoy The Rotunda Bar after 6:00 p.m. daily. HOURS:

Monday – Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Photo: David Masucci

FunnyBone Comedy Club Restaurant Short Pump Town Center 11800 West Broad Street 804-521-8900

Featuring nationally recognized, up-and-coming and local talent, and a full dinner menu, Richmond’s FunnyBone is a nonsmoking venue for 21 and over. A valid photo ID is required to enter. Seating is first come, first seated and four people are seated per table. There are no minimums but dinner and drinks are not included in the ticket price. Bert Kreischer at the FunnyBone. Seating is cut off 30 minutes after the show begins, as late arrivals may disrupt the performances. Show times are subject to change. Seating generally starts one hour prior to show time for the first show of the evening. Seating begins a half hour before show time for the second show of the evening. HOURS:

Wednesday through Sunday night for comedy shows. Show times are subject to change but generally: Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Thursday - 7:30 p.m. Friday - 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday - 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday - 7:00 p.m.

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tastebudz with Steve Cook

There’s plenty of good eating around these parts. Here are a few places in the county, plus one of our favorites just up the road.

so successful that they’ve just opened a second Pie Hole in Midlothian. I asked owner, Karen Verdisco to share her secrets for success. . . Karen says the secret is in the ingredients. “We only use top quality cured meats and cheeses,” she says. The dough just might qualify as another component to Pie Hole’s success. “We make our own dough, in house,” Karen adds. The pizzas are baked in a 900-degree brick oven. Everything except the salads (of course), including the wings, the Brussels sprouts and the meatballs are cooked in that oven. And since a good pizza deserves a good beer, Pie Hole Pizza offers 20 (mostly local craft) brews on tap. They also have Prosecco on tap. Pie Hole also offers a great daily Happy Hour. Check it out in our Happy Hour Guide in this issue.

PUT THAT IN YOUR PIE HOLE: Have you had a chance to check out Pie Hole Pizza at 412 England Street in Ashland? The place has been delighting Hanover pizza lovers since it first opened this past winter. Evidently, these folks have come up with a successful concept of combining delicious Neapolitan-style pizza with a good variety of craft brews. Their concept has been

ON TRACK FOR A GREAT PARTY. If you’re in charge of planning this year’s party for any group between 15 and 35 people, it would be hard to find any better spot than the Iron Horse Restaurant at 100 S. Railroad Ave. For starters, its location right alongside the picturesque Ashland train depot is always a popular spot for locals and visitors. Add to that the culinary skills of chef Rusty Stone. I have never had a bad or even a mediocre meal at the Iron Horse. Rusty is a master in the kitchen. You can expect the same degree of quality food as well as professional service when you book your next function at the junction. I just made that line up, but it kinda works. Give Rusty, or one of his experienced staff, a call at 804-752-6410. Let them customize a menu for either a seated dinner or a standup affair in the restaurant or in a private dining area.

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which they opened as the Farmhouse at Manakin Road restaurant in 2007. After closing for a while in order to make extensive renovations, they reopened as Lola’s (named after the family parrot) in November of last year. Ronnie tells me that Lola’s will be offering a variety of first anniversary specials throughout November. Check their Facebook page for updated information on anniversary events.

And if you’re looking for entertainment for your party, they can probably recommend someone. There’s no better spot to go in Ashland for live music than the Iron Horse. They feature entertainment on most weekend evenings as well as on first Thursdays and on many Wednesdays. And there’s never a cover charge. So, whether you’re taking your best date out to dinner or for drinks and some entertainment, or if you’re planning a party, the Iron Horse is a top recommendation in my book.

YOU DESERVE A BREAK TODAY: Chances are as the shopping season heats up, you’ll find yourself stepping across the county line and heading to Short Pump. There’s no shortage in Short Pump of great shops and boutiques. There’s also no shortage of traffic and congestion. So, after a day of hitting the shops, get away to Lola’s Farmhouse Bistro at 1840 Manakin Road. Even though this wonderful restaurant offers a unique “out-in-the-country” feel, it’s really less than ten minutes from the Short Pump Town Center. Lola’s Farmhouse Bistro is open for lunch and dinner daily Wednesday through Sunday. They also offer a popular Sunday brunch beginning at 10 a.m. Ronnie Hussey, who owns the restaurant along with her husband (and chef) Tommy, tells me that the restaurant was built as a first home for a young newlywed couple in 1865 and was known as the Alvis’ farmhouse. Through the years the house doubled as a general store and post office for the community. After sitting vacant for a time, it was converted into a restaurant in 1961, known as the Fox Head Inn. The Hussey’s acquired the property,

A MEAL OF HISTORIC PROPORTIONS: When was the last time you spent an evening or even a lunch at historic Hanover Tavern (13181 Hanover Courthouse Road)? The place offers such an elegant, refined and sophisticated feel and yet there’s a warm casualness in the professional service offered by the friendly staff. I was there for lunch recently and I believe the dining experience in the Tavern is better than ever. The she-crab soup and the Chesapeake-style lump crab cakes (yes, I sampled both) are wonderful. The tastes of the Southern-style recipes, such as you’ll find in the three-cheese Byrd Mill grits fritters are just what you’d expect when dining in a spot so steeped in history. Go to their website ( and check out their menu for this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner. It’s a buffet featuring such delicacies as rosemary Dijon roasted turkey with gravy, spice-rubbed spiral ham, their classic green bean casserole and their fantastic yeast rolls with butter and plum butter. I’ve only scratched the surface, but I wanted to save room to tell you about the desserts, which include Southern pecan pie, pumpkin pie and pear and apple Brown Betty. You don’t want to miss out on this one. Make your reservations now. Phone 804-537-5050. We’d love to hear from you. Won’t you be one of our Taste Budz? If you have any restaurant news or just a recent dining experience to share, drop us a line to

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Although this popular Ashland restaurant sits right next to the railroad tracks, the name is in reference to the horse-racing motif. Monday through Friday 4 to 6 p.m. House wine - $3.95 Domestic bottles - $2 Yuengling beer - $1.95 Appetizers – Half price One Thing More: You gotta try the Dirty Dogs – Two jumbo hot dogs, grilled and served with chili, onions, coleslaw and cheese, plus your choice of a side…just $7.95.

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Burgers, wings and beer and more. Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Domestic pints - $2.75 Domestic bottles - $3.00 Domestic pitchers - $9 Well drinks - $4 House wines - $4.25

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One More Thing: Awful Arthur’s also offers a Raw Bar Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

The Iron Horse Restaurant

100 S. Railroad Ave.; 804-752-6410; Upscale dining in a warm, casual atmosphere. Monday through Friday 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Beer, domestic bottles - $2.50 Beer, draft (10-oz) - $4.50 Wine, Cabernet Veneto or Pinot Grigio - $5 One More Thing: The Iron Horse presents live music on most weekend nights and on first Thursdays. There is never a cover charge. Check their Facebook page for upcoming performances.

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Travel Navigator Your Guide to All Things Travel

Small Town Virginia: Beautiful and Historic



by Whitney Kiatsuranon

ne thing I love about Richmond is that it sits in the center of so much of the state’s beauty and history. I can go two hours or so in any direction and be in some place that is completely different. That’s exactly what I did recently when I escaped the city. Once outside the concrete jungle we all know and love, I found myself out in the country, traveling north on U.S. Route 15. My destination: historic Leesburg in Loudoun County. U.S. 15 is very much the same route that settlers and visitors have traveled for thousands of years. The Colonists called it the “Carolina Road,” as its terminus was an Indian trading post along the VirginiaNorth Carolina border. Numerous springs along the route and relatively safe fords across major rivers and streams made it a favorite with both the early settlers as well as the Native Americans, who had lived, hunted and traded there long before the Europeans arrived. Some archaeologists point to evidence of prehistoric Native American sites in this area that date back several thousand years.

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Not totally unlike those who had traveled the route centuries before me, I wanted to explore the many treasures that Leesburg has to offer. I had heard that its downtown shopping district was filled with unique wonders offered by local retailers and restaurateurs. I began my day, perhaps as would many a true “Loudouner,” by having breakfast at the Georgetown Café (21 South King St). Leesburg had originally been named George Town in honor of England’s King George, II. In 1858, when the town was selected as the county seat for the newly formed Loudoun County, the name was changed to Leesburg. Despite my intentions of ordering a hearthealthy meal, such as an egg white omelet with twelve-grain toast, I was seduced by the Farmer’s Omelet featuring cheddar cheese, bacon and mashed potatoes. My taste buds reached a pivotal climax at first bite. I also decided to try one of their “Eye Openers” off the menu, which, in this case, was a Bloody Mary made with the restaurant’s own mix. Both the cocktail and the omelet were delish. Photo: courtesy Southside Sentinel

Photo: Visit Loudoun

The Leesburg History Tour, operating from late spring through late summer, takes visitors by historic homes and buildings that span the town’s 200-year history — from 18th century log cabins to elegant Victorian mansions — and tells the stories of some of Loudoun’s most famous residents. by historic homes and buildings that span the town’s 200-year history — from 18th century log cabins to elegant Victorian mansions — and tells the stories of some of Loudoun’s most famous residents. When asked about recommendations for weekend visitors, Whiting said, “Loudoun is rich in B&Bs.” She recommended the Loudoun Bed & Breakfast Guild ( that offers more than two dozen venues from the banks of the Potomac to the slopes of the Blue Ridge. Whiting gave me one more idea for a final stop on my way home when she mentioned that Loudoun November / December 2017

County has more than 40 wineries. I asked around and the winery that was most recommended, based on my route back to Richmond, was Stone Tower ( What a wonderful recommendation. Sitting on more than 306 acres atop Hogback Mountain, Stone Tower offers an exceptional tasting experience that is only exceeded by the exquisite beauty of its locale. Chalk this up as just one more reason that I’m longing to return to what may be one of the nation’s most beautiful and historic small towns — Leesburg, Virginia.

Photo: Steve Cook

After breakfast, I meandered along King Street, which is the main artery in this beautiful town nestled at the base of Catoctin Mountain. I ducked into the Very Virginia Shop (16 South King St.), and I must say if you’re looking for a gift for out-of-town friends or history enthusiasts, this charming little shop is worth a visit. I walked out with honey-kissed peanuts, Virginia Gentlemen barbecue sauce and a jar of local honey. I definitely plan on returning for more gifts. Next on my list was a neat little place called The Other Kind of Jewelry Store (14 South King St.). This quaint store offers rare, antique jewelry including, but not limited to, earrings, pendants, watches and rings. I fell in love with the Lapis Collection, but I had to leave it behind, perhaps for another visit. There is a plethora of tiny boutiques and specialty stores offering something for just about everyone — from home décor to high-end fashion, as well as numerous spas and salons. After spending the better part of the day visiting various and totally unique shops, it was time to try another restaurant. I perused the lunch menu at The Wine Kitchen (7 South King St.). I was intrigued by the website’s description of the place: “Seasonal American bistro menu takes advantage of the great variety of local and organic ingredients raised by farmers of the region.” Since I’d already eaten an unhealthy breakfast I decided I would make up for my gluttonous ways at lunch. Just kidding, I ordered the sweet tea-brined fried chicken. The dish was a recommendation from general manager Erich Bluefeld. “The brine is literally sweet tea,’’ he explained. “The chicken is soaked overnight in sweet tea and then deep fried in a buttermilk batter, served with mac and cheese in a cast iron skillet and seasonal greens.” I don’t eat a lot of chicken, but The Wine Kitchen changed my yard-birdhatin’ eating habits for life. After spending much of the day eating and shopping and eating, it was time to add a little culture to my visit, so I walked around the corner and into the Loudoun Museum (, located at 16 Loudoun St., SW. The museum offers more than 8,000 items, documenting the history of the town and the county. While there, I had the chance to speak with Elizabeth Whiting, president of the museum’s board of trustees. Whiting recommended that visitors to Leesburg take advantage of the many walking tours offered throughout the town as well as other towns within the county. The museum conducts The Leesburg History Tour from late spring through late summer. This tour takes visitors

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ith cold weather sweeping into the region, it’s tempting to just kick back, turn up the heat and relax in the comfort of your home. But there’s not much relaxing to be done if you’re anticipating an outrageously high electric bill at the end of the month. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of this going into heating and cooling costs. What if there was a better way? (There is.)

detectors working. These steps will save you the trouble of turning the temperature up too high or too low and can even help prevent fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Clean your gutters. This is nobody’s favorite chore, but do not underestimate its importance: clean gutters facilitate the flow of water (i.e., melted ice and snow), preventing build up and water damage around roofs, ceilings and walls.

The answer is winterizing. That’s the process of preparing your home for winter. Below you’ll find tips, tools and methods to make your home more energy-efficient so you can enjoy warmth in the winter without squandering your retirement savings. As you break out the scarves and boots, keep in mind these basic measures to ensure maximum enjoyment of this glorious winter season.

Inspection, inspection, inspection. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As with your health, so with your home. There is no substitute for a proper HVAC inspection before the temperature drops. This includes making sure that your air and furnace filters are in good working order so systems work more efficiently, checking the exhaust on your fireplace (you don’t want smoke blowing into the living room), and keeping smoke and carbon monoxide 24 Hanover Lifestyle

Seal and plug. Air duct temperatures can fluctuate with the weather, and duct leaks, especially around connections and joints, are common. These, along with air drafts around your doors, windows, attic, crawlspaces and garage, can make your house colder in the winter, and cause you to use more heat than necessary. Sealing and plugging them should be an easy enough DIY project—visit hardware or home stores to get weatherstripping, sealant, spray foam, draft blockers and similar items.

Use a gas fireplace.

Insulate. The Richmond area has a recommended insulation level of R-38, based on the climate, temperature and weather patterns, which many old houses don’t meet. For most of us, the first step in this direction is insulating the attic. Loose-fill insulation is a reliable and affordable fix. Remember to check other parts of your house as well, such as crawlspaces, ceilings and basements. Insulating pipes and ducts (after they have been sealed, of course) can lower utility costs by requiring less energy to heat up the water for that warm bubble bath you’ve been longing for. Visit the Department of Energy website ( for tips and some serious technical information on insulation methods and related measures.

Use a programmable thermostat. You don’t need to run the A/C as hard when you’re away from home or while you sleep. Programming thermostat changes at certain fixed times—or even controlling the thermostat remotely from your phone— can help minimize your energy consumption.

There’s nothing so comforting as curling up with an oversized throw next to a crackling, flickering fire right in your living room. But not everyone has time to chop firewood, and you can lose as much as 85 percent of heat up the chimney with wood-burning fireplaces. Gas fireplaces, on the other hand, allow you to kindle a fire at the flip of a switch or the click of a remote control. They are also easier to maintain. New models are increasingly energy efficient and are fitted with carbon monoxide and oxygen level detectors to ensure safety.

Consider energy-efficient upgrades. Is it about time for an upgrade? Consider installing storm doors or windows to keep warm air in and cold air out. It’s also a good way to protect doors and windows from hail damage and the like. If you’re looking to replace your old dishwasher, refrigerator, TV, water heater or light bulbs, consider purchasing energy efficient products with the Energy Star badge. More information on these products is available online at Follow these steps—and pull on a pair of fuzzy socks—and you can look forward to a warm and worry-free winter.

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Events Calendar

by Hanover Lifestyle staff


The Nutcracker

NOV 19

Ashland Olde Time Holiday Parade Start the holiday season with hometown merriment. Parade starts at Thompson Street and S. James Street and ends at John Gandy Elementary School. 2:15 p.m. / Free / Thompson Street & S. James Street, Ashland /


Small Business Saturday Christmas Shopping Expo Find something for everyone on your gift list while shopping from more than 50 vendors, crafters and small businesses. For more information or to participate as a vendor, contact the SophisticatesCentralVA Facebook page or email: 10 a.m. / Hilton Garden Inn, Innsbrook, Richmond


Tchaikovsky’s brilliant ballet score comes to life for this magical annual collaboration between Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet. Heralded as “perfect” by the New York Times, Stoner Winslett’s production of The Nutcracker returns as one of the River City’s holiday highlights of the 2017 season! Join the Russian Bear, Chinese Dragon, Butterfly and the Mouse King as they celebrate the magic of the holidays. Times vary / Carpenter Theatre at Dominion Arts Center / 600 East Grace Street, Richmond /


Big Band Holidays: Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis Celebrate the holidays in style as fifteen of the finest jazz soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers, led by the legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, perform a special concert of holiday jazz standards. Regular adult, senior, non-University of Richmond student and child tickets can be purchased through Etix at or by calling 800-514-ETIX (3849). 7:30 p.m. / Altria Theater / 6 N. Laurel Street, Richmond /

Christmas Tree Lighting at The Jefferson Hotel


Now in its 31st year, the evening’s festivities begin with holiday musical performances. The Tree Lighting ceremony includes a host of holiday characters. The ceremony concludes with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus for the lighting of the tree. Guests are invited to the Empire Ballroom following the ceremony to enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Comicon returns to the Old Dominion building at Richmond Raceway for the Winter show. FREE kid’s tickets. 100+ booths of artists, comics, toys and more.

Richmond Comicon at RIR

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. / Richmond Raceway Complex, Old Dominion Building, 600 East Laburnum Avenue, Richmond /

5 p.m. / Free / The Jefferson Hotel / 101 West Franklin Street, Richmond /

Holiday Wreath Workshops

Nov. 28, 6 – 9 p.m.; Nov. 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; Nov 30, 12 – 5 p.m. / $30 person; $25 members / Maymont / 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Richmond /

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12 – 5 p.m. / Free / Multiple sites in Richmond /


44th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols Join the singers of Schola Cantorum and Women’s Chorale for a joyous Christmas celebration through a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in the tradition of King’s College, Cambridge. 5 and 8 p.m. / Free / Cannon Memorial Chapel / University of Richmond /


Holiday Concert with the Henrico Pops Chorus Come relax during the busy holiday season with family and friends and the seasonal sounds of the Henrico Pops Chorus. 7:30 p.m. / Free / The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen / Call for reservations, 804-501-5859

NOVEMBER 28 – 30

Don’t just envy Maymont’s holiday decor. Sign up for one of their popular workshops and learn how to create spectacular evergreen wreaths from the experts themselves. Create a wreath to take home and use your new talent to help make another wreath to decorate Maymont. Greens, forms, wire and instruction are supplied; bring your own clippers and gloves.

shopping for unique gifts, festive tours, hot mulled cider, and holiday treats with period recipe cards are ongoing throughout the day. Event is rain, snow or shine! Bring the family to celebrate Christmas with many of Richmond’s favorite history museums.


Kool & The Gang Ring In NYE 2018


Court End Christmas Enjoy FREE admission to The John Marshall House and eight other historical sites and participate in Richmond’s longest running Christmas Open House tradition. Holiday

Legendary funk and R&B stars will take the stage December 31st to ring in 2018 at Innsbrook in Richmond’s West End. Groove to memorable tunes, see the Mashup Ball Drop, Light Show and more! General admission tickets ($20.17/advance) and Dance Floor Access tickets ($49/advance). General admission tickets night of show, $40. 7 p.m. / Innsbrook After Hours, Glen Allen /

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