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From the Editor Don’t you hate it when you try to have a friendly chat with some folks, especially workmates, and the topic of conversation seems to always center around the day of the week? For instance, you’ll see them on Monday and say, “Hey, how’s it going?” And they’ll grumble, “Okay for a Monday.” Then on Wednesday, you say, “Hey, how’s it going?” And they’ll say, somewhat brightly, “Well, it’s hump day. I made it this far.” Finally, on Friday: “Hey, how’s it going?” And they’re like excited and all that and say, “Great. It’s Friday.” Is the calendar the only thing that these people ever read? The reason I bring this up is that I’m sitting here trying to write this editor’s letter and it dawns on me that I’m no better. My letters seem to always center around what time of the year it is. For instance, for a January issue I might write, “Hey, it’s winter and in this issue, we’ll tell you about some great winter travel destinations.” You get my point? So, let me put some thought into being more original. Hey! It’s springtime. Summer is just around the corner and you know what that means. Well, as the weather warms, we get energized. We start thinking about sprucing up the house. Even though, I’m not the sort of guy who has to always be tinkering around the house, I do enjoy visiting Thrill of the Hunt, in Ashland. It’s a totally unique place to shop. If you’re a fixer-upper, or if you just like to look at interesting furniture ideas, I think you’ll enjoy Josh Young’s piece on Thrill of the Hunt in this issue. The perfect summertime event for me is eating hot dogs at the ball park. Take a look at our “In Search for Great Hot Dogs” article and discover the delicious dogs being served up by the Flying Squirrels at the Diamond. In preparation for this piece, I came upon what has to be (IMHO) the best hot dog in the county at Sam’s Hot Dog Stand in Mechanicsville. Of course, the pictures don’t do those dogs justice. I sampled them all. The chili dog, with mustard and onions, was my favorite. After you’ve tried them, let me know which one is yours. Another summertime treat is taking a trip to the beach. I asked Victor and Kathy Gottlieb to write our Chincoteague article. Have you ever been? It’s a fantastic beach and beach town. If you ever listened to “the Singing Gottliebs” on our old River City Live radio show on WHAN, you have probably heard Victor sing his “Chincoteague Island Song.” If you go to YouTube, you can actually listen to Victor singing it while you read the article. There are other enjoyable seasonal features in this issue, including “Party on the Patio “by Lisa Puster. Lisa offers some excellent suggestions that will help you turn your patio into a real happening place this summer. Read it. In fact, read the entire magazine from cover to cover, especially all of the ads. But before you complain about my letter, just keep in mind that I have a good excuse. I wrote it on a Monday.

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Zach first moved to Richmond to attend VCU, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing in 2010. Serving as a poster child for obsessive behavior, Zach has never been able to casually enjoy anything as subjects that interest him hit ‘allconsuming’ levels in a matter of days. The greatest example of this defect being his love of writing. When he wraps up his daily word quota, you’ll find him playing drums with his band, reading, or enjoying a craft beer from one of his many favorite local brewers.

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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

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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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In Our Next Issue:

Look for our annual Family Friendly Dining Guide in the next issue of Hanover Lifestyle Magazine. Also we visit with singer/songwriter Kari Smith, one of Mechanicsville’s most accomplished performers. Kari’s back in the county after several years in Nashville, where she honed her talents. And, if you’re seeking to add a little pizazz to your kitchen, bathroom or just about any room in your home, you’ll want to see our “Many Faces of Tile” feature. 06 Hanover Lifestyle

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

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ABOUT OUR COVER Who has the best hot dogs in Hanover? The vast majority of those who responded to our ISO Great Hot Dogs feature said they absolutely love Sam’s Hot Dog Stand in Mechanicsville. Jake (age 12) and Jude (age 6) agree. Dave Masucci was on hand to photograph their day of frankfurter feasting at Sam’s.

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Barnes & Diehl would like to welcome back to the firm Anne Roddy.


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received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Public Law from the University of California, San Diego. After college, Anne moved to Richmond, Virginia and received her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. Anne is currently president elect of the Chesterfield Bar Association, and she is active in the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association as a Legislative Committee Member. She is the Young Lawyer Representative on the Domestic Relations Council of the Virginia Bar Association. Anne has served on the Richmond Bench Bar, most recently as the Chesterfield County Representative. Anne has worked in mid-sized firms and she was a solo practitioner. She represents parents and family members in divorce, custody, and visitation matters. Anne is a certified Guardian ad litem. In that capacity she is an advocate for children and for incapacitated adults. “I have handled countless matters acting as a guardian ad litem for minor children, as defense attorney for children and adults, as well as counsel for parents and counsel for grandparents and other third party petitioners. I have appeared in divorce, custody and visitation matters, delinquency cases, protective order hearings, Department of Social Services cases, and in contested adoption matters. My cases have involved juvenile court appearances through to appellate court arguments.” “My experience in every capacity within the courtroom gives me a unique ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each case to best represent my clients. I have significant experience in multiple jurisdictions that allows me to help my clients determine the best avenue for success. Defining goals and reducing anxiety levels is a vital step in the process. I enjoy my time in the courtroom but seek to reach amicable resolutions out of court, where possible.” Recently, Anne coordinated the Chesterfield County Public Safety Wills for Heroes Program. The program coordinated local attorneys, notaries, and witnesses to provide wills and legal documents to public safety personnel at no cost. Over two hundred wills were prepared. “It felt wonderful to provide a valuable service to those in the community who are consistently serving others and ensuring our safety.” Anne is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of California. A Tradition of Experience and Devotion to Family Law

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Events Calendar compiled by Cosima Pellis

of sold out shows, Grammy Award winning superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are showing no signs of stopping as their critically-acclaimed Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017 extends into 2018 The performance has consistently stunned audiences across North America with its sharp production, deep catalog of hits, and McGraw and Hill’s palpable chemistry.

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Desirée Roots Centeio presents the Ladies of Jazz MAY 9

The Illusionists This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists – Live from Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.

You won’t want to miss this performance by Desirée Roots Centeio as she brings to life the ladies of jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Billie Holiday, and Lena Horne. 7 p.m. / $10 / Henrico Theatre, 305 Nine Mile Rd, Highland Springs/

7:30p.m. / Tickets available at the Altria Theater and Dominion Energy Center box offices, by phone at 800-514-3849, and / Altria Theater, 6 N Laurel St. /


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What better way to celebrate the Richmond riverfront than at the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival? Dominion Energy Riverrock, organized by Sports Backers and Venture Richmond Events, LLC, puts the James River and downtown Richmond on display. From music to mud pits, bikes to beer, SUPs to pups, and climbing to kayaks, it’s uniquely RVA! Rock the day and night away, watch professional athletes thrill the crowd, and maybe even get a little dirty yourself. This isn’t your typical festival, but, then, we’re not your typical town!

Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’ and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALLYOU-CARE-TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry. Enjoy seminars in the tasting theater and live music all day. 2p.m. to 6p.m. / Tickets $45 on-site; $39 advance; $59 VIP / Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 E Laburnum Ave. /

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The Bon Secours Mother’s Day Weekend Celebration is a three-day event with many opportunities to honor and spend time with mom and loved ones. The long weekend kicks off on Friday with National Public Gardens Day. Enjoy the popular Butterflies Live! featuring live music, children’s garden activities, shopping, dining, and more. On Saturday, treat your mom to an experience she’ll love, give her a tour of A Million Blooms. Sunday is the popular Mother’s Day Concert. 9a.m. to 5p.m. / $12 adults; $11 seniors; $8 children ages 3-12; free for children under age 3 / Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue/

7:30p.m. / See website for ticket pricing or call (800)745-3000 / The Richmond Coliseum /


June Unhappy Hour Join the Poe Museum for our June Unhappy Hour! This event will feature live music, a cash bar, light refreshments, and Poe-themed fun for the whole family! Be sure to visit the new exhibit: Poe: Beyond The Horror.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Soul2Soul The World Tour 2018

6 to 9p.m. / Admission $8; Members and children 6 and under free / Poe Museum, 1914 E Main St., 804648-5523 /

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Renew Your Passion for Recycling at

Thrill of the Hunt

By Josh Young

In our consumer-driven society, it’s safe to say that many purchases are made to last just long enough for the next model to appear on the shelf. And, judging by the heaps of worn-down, mass-produced furniture headed for the dump each spring, it’s safe to say that this mentality has extended to how some furnish their homes. However, Thrill of the Hunt is choosing to make a difference, and they’re doing it with style.

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Thrill of the Hunt is a leading Richmond-area stockist of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and offers frequent licensed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® workshops.

The Ashland store has been around since 2011, but recently came under new ownership. Mike and Kristina Lyden took over the popular shop and are committed to bringing a renewed passion for upcycling and home decor to Hanover. Art, collectibles and vintage finds … they’ve got it all. “We do workshops; we do custom painting; we do custom upholstery, and some custom furniture,’’ Mike says. “We offer interior decorating and design surfaces.” In regard to home needs, this is your one-stop shop. There’s the old adage that “they don’t make things like they used to,” and there is some truth to that when it comes to the furniture that has been standing strong for 50, 60 and 70-plus years. “Everything that we have are the older pieces that have the quality craftsmanship and good design features, but that needed a little love,” Mike says, adding that they’re bringing these pieces back to life and giving them a second chance. For those Annie Sloan chalk paint enthusiasts out there, this is the place for stocking up on new quality colors and paints and maybe even learning a thing or two at one of their frequent workshops. Mike says their desire to lead workshops and teach these skills is really about being passionate about their product and wanting to be involved. “Our main thing is just getting the paint out into the community,’’

A quick peek into Thrill of the Hunt’s showroom reveals a stunning selection of hand painted furniture with a mix of mid-century modern and antiques, vintage finds, art, home decor and more.

“We don’t want to be the people that just sell you the paint, sell you the supplies. We want to foster that friendship, that if you have a question, we’re here for you to call us. That’s the fun part for us.” – Mike Lyden May / June 2018

he explains. “We don’t want to be the people that just sell you the paint, sell you the supplies. We want to foster that friendship, that if you have a question, we’re here for you to call us. That’s the fun part for us.” So, whether you’re looking for a total redesign of a room, or a few small color changes, go talk to Mike and Kristina. They’re there to help bring your hidden style to life. Hanover Lifestyle 11


Worried about BPA? by S. Tyler Perkinson, DDS

Over the past several years, concerns have arisen over the use of BPA in products, including the materials that dentists use for fillings and sealants. BPA has been shown to trick your body into thinking it’s one of your body’s hormones, which can lead to many problems, especially in infants and children. To understand what BPA is, you need to understand what plastic is. Plastic is a polymer, which means that it is made up of lots of little molecules called monomers that are joined together. One of the monomers that was used commonly to make reusable water bottles and baby bottles was BPA. As soon as people realized that BPA could be dangerous, scientists began to look into how it was being used, and manufacturers scrambled to find new formulas for their products. This is when you began to see “BPA free” on many products. What does this have to do with dentistry? Dental composite, the material that is used for white fillings and children’s sealants, is a plastic that is embedded with small particles of glass to make it stronger and prettier. Many people aware of the risks of BPA began to ask what monomers were used in dental composite. It turns out that BPA is not used and never has been used in dental composite, although the monomers in dentistry are related to BPA. The primary monomer used in dentistry is called BisGMA, although there are dozens more.  If you imagine BPA as a small round molecule, imagine BisGMA as a much larger molecule with BPA as its core but with long arms attached

to it. This leads to an important question: if BisGMA shares some of its structure with BPA, does it also share some of it’s negative health effects? Fortunately, the answer is no. Just like alcohol and water act very differently on the body even thought they share a chemical group, BisGMA and its many close cousins don’t act on the body like BPA. None of them have been shown to mimic hormones like BPA does. After several years of study, the FDA released a statement that the use of BPA in products like water bottles were safe. They determined that while BPA alone did have a negative effect in some cases, once they were joined together in their final plastic form, they tended to stay in the plastic and not drift out in levels at which they could cause problems. By that time, BPA had been phased out of most products anyway.  So, are dental composites safe? The answer is double yes. BPA isn’t as dangerous as we once feared, and dental composites don’t contain BPA or other dangerous components. S. Tyler Perkinson, DDS, practices in Virginia Family Dentistry’s PattersonParham office, located at 8516 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. 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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“The Latest and Greatest” in Cancer Treatment Technology

Few events in life can cause greater anxiety or concern than beginning an aggressive treatment program in one’s battle against cancer. Yes, we’ve all read that tremendous strides have been made in such treatments in recent years. However, when cancer is something that we or a loved Dr. Lang Liebman, M.D. one are personally battling, the subject becomes much more than merely academic. With that acknowledgement, it is nonetheless encouraging when we hear a leading oncologist speak of a new and innovative treatment delivery system as being the “latest and greatest in technology to treat cancer.” That’s how Lang Liebman, M.D. with Radiation Oncology Associates, describes Varian Medical Systems’ TrueBeam advanced medical linear accelerator. TrueBeam uses the latest in technology to deliver radiation treatments to cancer patients. Simply put, the beauty of the system is in its imaging and tracking capabilities that, says Dr. Liebman, “allows us to be more precise and more accurate.” The Richmond native who earned her undergraduate degree from Davidson College and her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, says that typically doctors do a special radiation planning CT scan before beginning a program of treatment in order to create a roadmap for treatment. Prior to the TrueBeam system, further x-rays are done once a week. However, the problem is that based on its location, the tumor could be subject to almost constant movement. For instance, she explains, “The problem in treating a woman with breast cancer is that the heart is so near the left breast. Even if the patient were to take too deep a breath (during treatment), it could expose her heart to the radiation.” However, TrueBeam is constantly monitoring both the tumor as well as surrounding tissue and other parts of the body. “The system delivering the radiation can automatically shut off if the heart or other critical organs become exposed,” Dr. Liebman says. “It allows us to avoid healthy tissue.” Putting the advantages of the system in terms that most of us who have

ever driven a car can understand, she explains that doctors can use GPS tracking to follow the tumor. “We can monitor the prostate, for example, before and during treatment and start and stop the radiation when the target is where we want it.” The precision of Varian’s TrueBeam system is measured in increments of less than a millimeter. This accuracy is made possible by the system’s sophisticated architecture, which synchronizes imaging, patient positioning, motion management, beam shaping and dose delivery. The system performs accuracy checks every ten milliseconds throughout the entire treatment. Such accuracy, says Dr. Liebman, “allows us to feel more confident that we are accurately treating our patients.” In addition to tracking the tumor’s movement, TrueBeam can also produce high-quality 3-D images of the tumor and surrounding anatomy. These images are used to fine-tune a patient’s position, enabling accurate tumor targeting. Through enhanced tumor targeting, doctors can treat some tumors with higher doses, Dr. Liebman says. In some tumors, this can allow for faster treatment. Although cautioning that every patient and every tumor is different, she adds, “I have seen some patients with a small lung cancer who previously we would have had to treat them every day for up to seven weeks. Now with the use of TrueBeam, certain cases require as few as three treatments. This results in better patient satisfaction, the ability to treat patients who otherwise might not have been able to tolerate treatment, and in some cases improved outcome.” There is no treatment technology superior to this. Dr. Liebman says she has been using the latest version of this system for just over a year in her practice at Richmond Radiation Oncology Center in the Bon Secours Cancer Institute at 6605 W. Broad St. She also says that installation has begun on a system at St. Francis Cancer Center at 14051 St. Francis Blvd., and this should be operational in 2018. “My partners and I are thrilled to have this new technology,” Dr. Liebman says. “It allows us to feel more confident that we are accurately treating our patients and that we can treat a smaller area in order to cut down on side effects and improve patient outcomes.”

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Hot Dogs We asked our readers to tell us where they go for a great hot dog. In Hanover, it was virtually unanimous among those who responded. Everyone loves Sam’s Hot Dog Stand. Congratulations to our winner, Linda Tignor. Linda wins a gift certificate to a great area restaurant.

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9502 Chamberlayne Rd., Mechanicsville; 804-559-7267; “The dogs are the type that you used to get 30 years ago at the baseball parks,” said Dave W. “The chili’s are amazing. And the people that operate the business are the greatest.”

Photo: Dave Masucci

We heard that type of praise over and over for both the food and the folks at Sam’s Hot Dog Stand. Judy Williams and her husband Scott, who own the local franchise, say they looked into investing in Sam’s after moving to Richmond from Waynesboro, Virginia (the headquarters for the small hot dog chain). We realized that there was nowhere to get a great hot dog in this area.” What makes Sam’s so great? We heard lots of reasons, but everyone raved about the chili. Including Judy, who said that the main reason they chose to be a part of Sam’s was the chili. “It’s all meat, no beans,” Judy added. Photo: Dave Masucci Sam’s all-beef hot dogs come with your choice of nearly 15 toppings. The chili dog with mustard, onion and coleslaw is one of the most popular. If you choose to top your dog with their delicious sauerkraut, why not order a side of Judy’s own homemade potato salad? You’re gonna love it. Linda Tignor, our winner, summed it up best in telling us why she voted for Sam’s Hot Dog Stand. She wrote, “Simply delicious.”

Richmond Flying Squirrels’ The Dog House

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The hot dogs at the Diamond are so good that you just might here folks singing, “Take me out to the Dog house.” That’s the specialty hot dog cart just behind home plate where you’ll find a tempting variety of gourmet hot dogs. The Diamond Dog, smothered in chili and coleslaw, is a crowd favorite. But when The Travel Channel’s Food Paradise TV crew came to town, they seemed to take a special liking to the Squirrel’s Bacon Me Crazy dog. The bacon jam, which tops the dog, along with bacon and bacon bits, adds a unique and flavorful sweet taste to your dog dining delight.

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tastebudz with Steve Cook

It’s time for our bi-monthly tour of the county’s (and surrounds) food scene. I’ve discovered some new favorites, myself. And, for starters, I’m going to be very frank with you.

TOP DOG: First things first. We have a WEINER! Have you looked at our ISO of Hot Dogs feature yet? We asked our readers where they love to go for a great dog. A little drum roll, please. Our winner, drawn at random, is Linda Tignor. Congratulations Linda. We’ll be sending you a gift certificate to enjoy a meal for two at a local restaurant.

Many of you wrote in to tell us how much you love Sam’s Hot Dog Stand in Hanover Commons (9502 Chamberlayne Road). Margaret H. wrote: “This family owned business serves everyone like they have known them forever! The dogs are perfectly topped with deliciousness and the French fries are just the right accompaniment. You can’t just eat one!!!” I agree Margaret. To be honest, I didn’t even try to eat just one. I finished the whole order off, gleefully. I also sampled several of the dogs during my visit. I loved their hot dog with sauerkraut, which was accompanied by owner Judy Williams’ fantastic homemade potato salad. Judy and her husband Scott run the restaurant. My favorite weiner was the chili dog. Sam’s is a franchise operation and Judy says that one of the things that most attracted her to the company was the chili. It was exceptional. The Williams have been serving up great dogs and lots of Southern hospitality for over eight years.

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KEEPING IT FRESH: I recently spoke with Filippo Giambanco, who operates Giambancos Italian Grill in Mechanicsville (7500 Jackson Arch Dr.) Filippo says they’re constantly working to keep things fresh in the restaurant. That goes for both their food and their beverage programs. As for the food, he says that he’s in the process of finalizing a new seasonal menu, which he may well have introduced by the time you’re reading this. And as for the beverages, Giambancos has just introduced some cool new drinks, including their take on the Moscow Mule, which they’re offering in three flavors. “We have an extensive bar menu,” Filippo says, “with 10 craft beers and some great wines.” The restaurant is also planning a buffet brunch for Mother’s Day. Oh, one more thing. While this is still pretty hush hush, keep an eye out on their Facebook page for an exciting announcement regarding a big honor recently awarded to this cozy Mechanicsville dining spot.



Succulent Seafood __________________ BREW HA HA: Open Mic comedy nights, The Office (TV Series) trivia night, Star Trek trivia night and frequent movie nights. These are just a few of the events that you’d have found on the calendar recently at Intermission Brewing Company in Glen Allen. It’s kind of what you might expect when two self-proclaimed “theater geeks,” husband-and-wife-team Courtney and Justin White, get together and go into the business of brewing beer. The two met in the early 2000s in the VCU Theater department. While you might not automatically expect great beer from theater folk, the truth is their brews are being very well received by those who know their beer. I’ve been hearing lots of good things about them as well as their packed calendar of fun events. The next time you get an intermission, head on out. They’re near Virginia Center Commons at 10089 Brook Road.


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GET OUT OF TOWN: Because of space limitations, we were not able to squeeze in an article highlighting all the great dining, culture and entertainment that awaits in Norfolk. The article, in its entirety, does appear on our website. But I did want to tell you about the exciting dining scene to be found down that way. I had not actually been in Downtown Norfolk in more than a decade. When I was last there, the city was virtually abandoned as far as nightlife and dining were concerned. Waterside was somewhat akin to a ghost town. My, how that has changed. I was amazed to discover what I am wont to call “the New Norfolk.” Their Downtown is again thriving. The funky Ghent neighborhood is alive and well and the city’s new arts district, NEON (New Energy Of Norfolk) offers a dazzling mix of the old (The Chrysler Art Museum) with the new — galleries, studios and restaurants. Waterside District ( at 333 Waterside Drive is bustling with several excellent restaurants including Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse. In the heart of Downtown, at 100 E. Main St., sits The Main, Hilton’s fantastic hotel, which houses over $2 million in art in its lobbies and gathering places. The Main also houses a couple of phenomenal restaurants. Saltines is an ultra cool raw bar and seafood restaurant. The fresh seafood/shellfish on display at the raw bar is especially inviting. I sat on the patio on a rather chilly early spring afternoon and enjoyed the she crab soup along with their crab cake. Both were delicious. The soup was thick, which is how I like it, with plenty of crab meat layered on top. The crab cake tasted like crab, not bread, which is also the way I like it. Later during my visit, I returned to check out the hotel’s Grain Roof Top Beer Garden. The outdoor patio, which overlooks the Elizabeth River, was closed. Thirty-two degree weather and twenty mile per hour winds tend to do that. But, I can only imagine how much that joint will be jumping in the summertime. There are plenty of adult beverages from which to choose, with more than 100 beer taps, plus the full service bar offers a good selection of wines and craft cocktails. If you’re a real wine lover, you’ll probably opt for Varia, an upscale Italian The Main’s Grain Rooftop Beer Garden restaurant in the hotel. I did not get a chance to eat overlooks the Elizabeth River. or drink there, but I was taken with their “wine studio,” which offers more than 100 handselected wines (more than 50 by the glass). Over in Ghent, I discovered one of the best little neighborhood Italian restaurants that I’ve ever had the pleasure to visit. It’s YNOT Italian at 1517 Colley Ave., right in the heart of Ghent. We opted for the Sicilian pie. Our server warned us that it would be a very thick crust. It was. Perhaps a little more dough than I cared for, but we were warned and YNOT Italian brings a touch of authentic Italian if you like that style of pizza, you’re going cuisine to the Ghent neighborhood. to love theirs. The generous toppings are fresh and flavorful. Next time, I’m going to go for their traditional thin crust New York style. The huge menu also offers pasta dishes, Italian entrees, calzones, subs, salads and much more. Just down the street from YNOT, sits Little Dog Diner at 1917 Colley Ave. This is classic diner dining at its finest. It’s the ultimate neighborhood hangout for Saturday and Sunday brunch. Be warned, you may have to wait for an hour to be served. But once you are, you’ll be delighted. Portions are large and delicious. I had the country ham biscuit. Others in our group enjoyed the sausage and gravy and the French toast. It’s all good. During the week, the diner closes at 3 p.m. but on Friday and Saturday nights, it becomes Ghent’s number one late night spot opening from 11 p.m. “till the sun shines.” I wish I had space to share more of my delicious discoveries. Next time, you’ll have to come along. In the meantime, learn more by going to and searching “Norfolk.” 20 Hanover Lifestyle

FRUGAL FOODIE: Here’s something that should please even the most frugal of you foodies, especially if you also happen to be a shrimp lover, too. On Mondays through Fridays, during their Happy Hour (3 to 7 p.m.), Gus’ Italian Café in Mechanicsville (7358 Bell Creek Road) offers a half pound of peeland-eat shrimp for just $5. Wow! I’ll take $50 worth, please. The Cajun tuna bites are just $6 and their Buffalo wings are only $5. And if you want something to wash it down, domestic drafts are $3 a pint.

That’s a wrap for this issue. For regular updates on the Metro area’s dining (and drinking) scene, check out TasteBudz Online at Richmond There’s a new report every Thursday. And if you’d like to share your restaurant’s news or even a pleasant dining experience, drop us a line. Our email is

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moRE than a dream by Victor and Kathy Gottlieb

“…Chincoteague Island, you’re more than just a dream. You’re more than just a vision. You’re paradise to me. I can’t wait to get there. I never want to leave, and I know the blue herons are waiting there for me.” 22 Hanover Lifestyle

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Photo: Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce & Certified Visitor Center

Assateague Lighthouse is operational and one of the most impressive landmarks in Virginia. Visitors may climb to the top for a spectacular panoramic view of Assateague Island, local waterways and marshes. The island is also bicycle-friendly, its level landscape manageable to bikers of all ages.

Victor: Pardon me for quoting the chorus from one of my own songs, “The Chincoteague Island Song” but that’s really how Kathy and I feel about Chincoteague — a beautiful island on the eastern shore of Virginia. My history with Chincoteague goes way back to when I was a kid in Baltimore. It was one of our favorite vacation destinations. I loved the island then and still do because it remains a classic, un-spoiled, small American town, which also happens to be a resort island a few miles off the eastern shore, adjacent (by bridge) to Assateague Island. Assateague has a stunningly beautiful white sand beach and is home to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Editor’s Note: Several years ago, when this magazine sponsored the weekly River City Live radio program, Victor and Kathy Gottlieb (better known as the Singing Gottliebs) were regulars on the program. Victor would sing, as often as we would let him, his Chincoteague Island Song. When it came time to assign a writer for our Small Town Virginia feature

Kathy: Some people might be fa-

miliar with the children’s book, “Misty of Chincoteague”, which is a story about one of the wild ponies for which the island is famous. There is debate about how the ponies arrived on Assateague Island. According to a legend, the ponies swam to the shore when a Spanish galleon was wrecked. The ponies roam free on Chincoteague, I knew there were on Assateague, and sometimes you only two people to whom the assign- can see them standing in the marsh when you drive on the road to the ment should go. beach. Once a year, there is a worldfamous Pony Roundup and Swim, when ponies are herded across a channel from Assateague to Chincoteague and then “paraded” through the streets to holding pens where some are auctioned off to good homes. A real, small-town carnival is held at the same time, and proceeds benefit

the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department. The 93rd annual event, which will be held July 25 to 26, is so popular that some people make their plans to attend a year in advance.

Victor: My father, an avid fisherman, loved to go flounder fishing off Chincoteague and we would schedule our vacations according to flounder fishing season. We would rent a small boat out of (the former) Captain Bob’s Marina and spend our vacation days fishing, playing in the surf on Assateague and eating the freshest, most delicate and tasty flounder sandwiches that you can imagine at one of the local restaurants. At the end of our vacation, we would head home with some beautiful memories, plans to return soon and a cooler full of flounder fillets.

Kathy: Chincoteague has

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Commerce & Certified Visitor Center other fun events like their seafood festival on May 5 and their oyster festival on Oct. 6, both at Tom’s Cove. The Chincoteague salt oyster is one of the finest oysters you could ever hope to eat — briny, fresh from the sea and delicious. There’s an “Art Stroll” from 5 to 8 p.m. the second Saturday of each month, from April to November, when special art and music events are hosted by the local galleries and shops. People go from one interesting event to the other — no need to drive, because these shops are within walking distance of each other.

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Photo: Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce & Certified Visitor Center

Photo: Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce & Certified Visitor Center

Finish your perfect day with a beautiful Chincoteague sunset such as this one captured over Tom’s Cove Campground or wander the picturesque and historical downtown, enjoying the sights and, perhaps, an after-dinner ice cream treat from The Island Creamery.

Victor: Chincoteague’s charming streets are filled with many interest-

Kathy: But don’t forget to try the coconut, pistachio and blueberry (sea-

ing shops and friendly people. They have an old-time movie theater, lit up with neon. You can see people strolling up and down Main Street in beachwear, browsing in and out of shops and eateries, breathing in the fresh salt air and living in the tropical moment. If you could freeze time and just soak in that moment forever, you would surely be tempted. Chincoteague is near Wallops Island, which launches rockets into outer space on occasion. If your timing is right, you might be able to see a Wallops Island rocket launch from a bench in a waterside park on Chincoteague or from the NASA Wallops Visitor Center, which is located a few miles before you reach the causeway that takes you to Chincoteague. The next scheduled launch is for some time in May, when an Antares rocket will blast off on a commercial, re-supply mission for the International Space Station. The exact date has not been set. Some people come to Chincoteague and Assateague just to see the incredible variety of resident and migrating birds (more than 300 species). There are guided and self-guided nature walks, rental boats, boat tours and fishing party boats, which, if you want, will do all the work for you except holding the fishing rod. There’s also a lighthouse, which you can climb, porpoises, seagulls, pelicans, spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and saltwater taffy. A new Hawaiian-themed family water park is scheduled to open in Chincoteague in May. Kathy and I stay at The Island Motor Inn Resort (4391 Main St.; 757336-3141). It is right on the water, and the owners could not be friendlier. Seeing the welcoming faces of the gracious staff who remember us is a real treat.

sonal), which are equally delicious!

Kathy: I particularly love being able to sit on the balcony and look out over the back water, even if the weather is too bad to venture out. We also would recommend the Refuge Inn at 7058 Maddox Blvd (757-336-5511).

Victor: Don’s Seafood Restaurant (4113 Main St.; 757-336-5715) is a local favorite. Steamers (6251 Maddox Blvd.; 757-336-5300) is also popular and has all-you-can-eat specials. Right next door to Steamers is The Island Creamery (6243 Maddox Blvd.; 757-336-6236). Try the homemade “Marsh Mud” ice cream, our favorite flavor. 24 Hanover Lifestyle

Victor: Chincoteague is not a short hop from Richmond, but well worth it. Take the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel from the Virginia Beach area to the Eastern Shore. Be sure to check out the visitor’s center on the bridgetunnel and watch the freighters as they go by. Upon exiting the bridge tunnel, you arrive at the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, where the land is perfectly flat with acres and acres of farmland. It’s about 100 miles north, up Route 13, to the turn off at Route 175, then roughly another 11 miles past the NASA Wallops Visitor Center and over a causeway that takes you to Chincoteague. Give yourself plenty of time. The speed limits are not high and each small town you pass has a stop light. Chincoteague sprays for mosquitoes, but Assateague is a protected area and they do not spray. Either place, it makes sense to use bug repellant, especially on Assateague. The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce is a great resource, and they are happy to share. Use their expertise to help plan your vacation — especially if you want to attend a popular event. If you’re not the planning type, don’t worry about special events and migrating bird schedules. Just being in Chincoteague at any time is a special event. Great natural beauty and wildlife, incredible seafood ­— it’s enough to make you start singing my song: “There’s an island, off the eastern shore. It has everything we want and so much more. It has the water. It has the sun. It has something for everyone, and the blue herons are waiting there for me. Chincoteague Island…” You can listen to my song on YouTube — search Chincoteague Island Song.


Many thanks to Evelyn Shotwell, executive director with the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce and to Sarah Needs at the Nasa Wallops Island Visitor Center, for their valuable assistance (visit ChincoteagueChamber. com and for more info).


Berkeley Plantation

A Destination for Local Tourists By Averill P. Byrd


o many locals make the mistake of never visiting historic landmarks in their hometowns. But sometimes, you stumble upon a gem – a place that surprises you and offers a unique glimpse into the long and complex history of a place, and even of the country, that you just can’t pass up the opportunity. One such place is Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, just 40 minutes outside of Richmond. It has been described by guests as “a hidden treasure,” a place where history “comes alive.” The magnificently restored property sits on the bank of the James River, with a three-story mansion and sprawling grounds and gardens. Here, you step back in time as tour guides in period costumes welcome you to the estate. They take you through the historic events that took place in this space — from the first official Thanksgiving and the birth of a man who would be among those who signed the Declaration of Independence to the occupation by Union troops during the Civil War, the composition of “Taps” and Berkeley’s own winding journey to its restoration. It came to the ownership of the Jamieson family though their patriarch John, who had served as a drummer boy in the Union army and had once encamped at Berkeley. Decades later, he chanced upon the notice of sale and purchased the property with the vision of someday restoring it. This landmark boasts of a deep connection not only to Virginia’s past, but also to its present community and future development. And while

people come from far and wide to visit Berkeley, the local community has a special place in their heart. Its current owner is John’s grandson Jamie, who grew up on the property and desires to continue a close relationship with Berkeley’s neighbors and friends. This includes offering free admission to Charles City residents, offering progressive tours with nearby Shirley and Edgewood Plantations, working with volunteers to help guests with research and partnering with the Chickahominy Tribe to mount the annual Virginia Thanksgiving Festival, which they have done for the past 50 years. Each season brings a slew of exciting events. Every Tuesday from June through August, children 16 and younger are admitted for free. There are also Nature Hunts across the grounds and along the James for families, space for picnics, a chance to “meet” historic figures who’ve graced Berkeley, a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall, seasonal special rates for homeschooling families, ghost tours at Halloween, Christmas events and workshops, and much more — catering to visitors from all walks of life and all corners of the globe (including your favorite four-legged friends). How many slow Saturdays have you spent looking for something fun, new and interesting to do? For a short drive and a small fee, you will find, as John Jamieson did, that Berkeley is not only a place worth visiting, but one that is worth returning to. Berkeley Plantation is open daily. For more information, visit or call 804-829-6018.

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arty on the atio


By Lisa Puster

pring has sprung, and summer is not far behind. For me, there’s nothing better than grilling and relaxing on the patio when the weather is nice. A small grill and a picnic table might be all you need. But there’s so much more that you can do if you really want to party on the patio!

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MAKE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. To create a full outdoor sound system, you’ll need enough speakers to adequately cover your listening area. Depending on your space, you might opt for traditional speakers, wireless speakers or outdoor speakers that look like part of the landscape. My favorite portable, wireless option is the SONOS smart speaker system, which uses your home’s Wi-Fi to stream music inside and outside. 26 Hanover Lifestyle

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TAKE IN A MOVIE. If you’re passionate about both enjoying the great outdoors and watching your favorite shows, consider investing in a weatherproof outdoor television, which will allow you to do both at the same time! Manufacturers like SunBrite and SkyVue make LCD televisions up to 80 inches that are ensconced in housings designed to keep the elements out and temperatures within normal operating range. However, you should be prepared to pay a premium price of $2,000 or more for a a quality model, plus the cost of installation. LET THERE BE LIGHTING. Patio lighting is all about creating atmosphere. Encourage your guests to relax by using subtle “downlighting” attached to trees, aiming the lighting down through the foliage to create a moonlit effect. If you don’t have mature trees but you do have a pergola, the ceiling can support many different outdoor light-

HOME ing options. Looking for easy lighting for a last-minute party? Wrap rope lights around beams or columns, string globe lights or add either flameless candles or LED portable lanterns for a little ambiance.

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PERHAPS A PERGOLA. Pergolas are great for larger backyards, decks and patios when you want to break up outdoor living spaces. Having an outdoor pergola structure can add more dimension to your patio or deck. Years ago, I wanted a screened porch but didn’t have the budget, so I added a pergola instead, to provide both dimension and protection from the sun to my outdoor living area. Pergolas are perfect to add shade and style to either a deck or patio, since they come in a variety of sizes, materials and designs. HEAT UP THE NIGHT. When the sun goes down, extend the use of your patio into the evening with a fire pit. The four most popular firepit types are wood burning, propane, gel fuel and natural gas, available as portable, temporary and permanent structures. One of the best gifts I’ve ever given someone was a portable, wood burning, natural rust patina fire pit with a cut out logo of their favorite NCAA team. The patina finish ages beautifully and the pit is perfect for tailgating or a night on the patio. Discover the wide selection of firepits at Bon Air Hearth and Patio.

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outdoor furniture, prevent water and sun damage, as well as mold and mildew. Shop for patio furniture at NOW YOU’RE COOKIN’. Backyard grilling is an American tradition that summons us outside. If you’re looking for something more than a basic grill, consider one of these popular outdoor kitchen options: Kitchen Kits – Prefabricated kitchen islands that normally include a grill, some counter space, and a variety of add-ons like storage or a freezer. Price range: $3,000 to $10,000. Modular Outdoor Kitchens – A mix-and-match kitchen approach where each pre-made modular piece is combined to create a complete kitchen. Price range: $5,000-$15,000.

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RELAX AND SIT A SPELL. Why entertain inside when you can bring the indoors out? Adding an outdoor living area can broaden your home entertaining options and create beautiful memories for years to come. Whether you’re scoping out the market for a new outdoor dining set or for cozy seating, make sure to choose weather-proof or indoor/outdoor fabric, such as Sunbrella®, to extend the life of your

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A Legacy of

Furniture By Zachary Brown


hat began as a hunt for perfect kitchen islands led to the establishment of Legacy Amish Furniture, the first retail store to offer furniture constructed with Amish craftsmanship in Hanover. It seems like an embellished reaction to finding exactly what you’re shopping for, but owner Mike Ridenour, who also owns Trinity Renovations, does not see it that way. After seeing Amish craftsmanship for himself while he and his wife, Stephanie, were vacationing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he was awed by what he found. “It was not just the larger tables and chairs,” he remembers. “It was everything down to the drawers and cabinet doors which looked amazing and were built to last a hundred years.” Having been introduced to what Mike refers to as a “new level of craftsmanship” with the Amish furniture, he became determined to utilize it with Trinity Renovations. However, upon discovering that there were no Amish furniture retailers in the Hanover area, he found himself with an idea that would not be satisfied until Central Virginians could shop for the furniture for themselves. Though, it was not an easy task, as the Amish are not known for their embrace of technology. “It’s not as simple as making a phone call and placing an order,” Mike admits. Making the trip to Pennsylvania regularly to ensure Legacy’s stock remains filled can be trying, but Mike says that he has come to appreciate 28 Hanover Lifestyle

even that aspect of the business. “Having to have face-to-face meetings with the craftsmen has helped develop not only a solid business relationship, but allowed us to develop a close friendship.” However, the trip and the general toil that comes with establishing a new business has all proven worth it. Legacy offers all real-wood furniture, crafted with expert hands that you would be hard-pressed to find locally. “The average age of furniture you might buy normally would be three to seven years, but the stuff we’re offering is furniture you will be able to hand down to your grandchildren,” Mike says. And so far, it seems shoppers have been in agreement. “The response has been fantastic,” he explains. “I think people are tired of cheap, veneer furniture. It might be good for a starter set, but people want something that is going to look great and last.” Legacy Amish Furniture has a simple philosophy: Have passion for your product and engage with craftsman that can equal or exceed that passion. A trait that leads Mike to the key takeaway for Legacy shoppers. “Our customers don’t ever suffer from buyer’s remorse,” he muses. “The furniture they buy will display its value for years and years down the road.” For more information, check out their Facebook page or website at, 804-442-2007 7500 Jackson Arch Dr, St. G, Mechanicsville, VA 23111

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