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LOCAL 16 18
The Misbranding of Beach Music
RIVER CITY 52
Upcoming events in the downtown area
The Steward School Pioneering Creativity and Real-World Problem Solving
Legwarmers Totally the best 80s cover band
City Dining River City has many places to offer for a late night snack or meal
Communities on the Rise
Islands of River City
See Richmond as a Tourist
A Short Stop in Richmond An interview with the Richmond Flying Squirrels' Joe Panik
As the Museum Turns New permanent exhibit gives science a Boost!
Volunteering as a Family
Tend to your family's health during vacation
Senior Communities on the Rise
FLAVOR Scoop Du Jour Restaurant news for Richmond foodies
In Search of Barbecue
Calendar of Events
Guarding Your Health While on Vacation
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Gorjus Opens Up Shop in Stony Point Fashion Center Flatter Your Figure, Spotlight Your Style By Tammy Brackett
kin and Denise Brown didn’t intend to be the owners of Gorjus – a funky and fabulous clothing and accessories shop in Stony Point Fashion Mall. “This started as a motivational
exercise for our 17-year old daughter.” admits Brown, his good nature apparent. “She was a little directionless and in order to help her find her way, my wife and I thought an introduction to online marketing would be helpful.” Denise Brown started researching accessories and clothing items for her daughter to sell online and the research sparked an immediate interest in her sense of fashion. “My wife is a size 14.” says Brown. “She’d often expressed how difficult it was to find stylish, well-fitting clothes. Every woman wants to feel beautiful and attractive, no matter their shape or size.” Gorjus could have focused on a size 14 and up clientele, but instead, Akin and Denise decided their shop would be about every woman. “Half of our store has an emphasis on sizes small to large and the other half focuses on clothing from extra large to 5X,” he adds. “With bottoms, tops, dresses and accessories for every size and style, Gorjus encourages women to be first, be different, be gorgeous!” Gorjus opened in December of 2012 and features items not typically found in other shops. “One of our biggest sellers is our shoes,’’ he says. “Our flats, heels and boots are totally distinctive. Several styles feature sparkles and bling.” The shop’s jewelry line features unique rings, bracelets and a selection of body jewelry. “Our customers are looking for jewelry that has a bold flair, and they love our wide selection of costume jewelry.” Gorjus is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. n
Periodontal Disease Gum Disease Prevention and Awareness
um disease, or periodontitis, is dangerous because many people have it and are not even aware of it.
As it begins, tartar builds up underneath
the gums, creating inflammation and infection. Over time, this deteriorates the bone that provides the foundation for the teeth. While brushing and flossing are good ways to prevent gum disease, once bone loss starts, pockets form under the gums that can only be cleaned by a professional hygienist. Gum disease can only be diagnosed by a dentist, but there are some warning signs that you can look out for. Gum disease often causes bad breath. Affected gums appear red and puffy. As the disease worsens, gums recede around the teeth and they eventually become loose. In severe cases, painful abscesses can form. Some people are more susceptible to gum disease that others. If your parents or grandparents lost their teeth early, you may be at higher risk. Other risk factors include smoking and having uncontrolled diabetes. See your dentist regularly to maintain a healthy mouth and catch gum disease before it becomes a problem. n Dr. Baxter Perkinson & Associates is a Group Practice of over forty Doctors Specializing in Orthodontics, Cosmetic and General Dentistry, Dental Implants, Prosthodontics, Periodontics, and Sedation Dentistry. With eleven convenient locations in the Richmond Metro Area, we can assist you in creating your youthful smile. For a location near you, visit VAdentist.com.
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Getting Started By Brandy Poss
t’s never too early or too late to start planning for your estate. However, if you’ve experienced a major life change, it’s time
to take action now. For example, after the birth of a child, many new parents ponder for the first time about what will happen after their death. Who will take care of their child? Who will have the responsibility of financially providing for their child? Married couples want to ensure that their spouse and children are provided for efficiently following their death. In addition, both estate and gift tax considerations can be of concern for clients. The implementation of an estate plan is also crucial for anyone who has experienced a significant change in family status, such as separation or divorce. Efficient estate planning can help preserve assets and ensure that property will be distributed according to your wishes. Because it’s an individualized process that must be tailored to each client’s specific needs, hiring an experienced attorney is vital. Each estate plan is designed to fit a person’s financial and family situation, thus there is no universal document that is right for everyone. The primary documents used in estate planning include wills, trusts, advanced medical directives and powers of attorney. However, a qualified attorney can explain all your options and applicable estate planning tools. n Brandy Poss is an attorney with Barnes & Diehl, P.C. in Chesterfield. Brandy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wake Forest University, and she attended the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law where she graduated cum laude. Brandy has written numerous articles for the Virginia Continuing Legal Education programs. She was voted a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyer’s® Magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
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The Misbranding of Beach Music
ere’s a little challenge for you. Reach out to
relatives, not from the South or Southeast, and ask them to name their favorite beachmusic tune. Invariably, their response will be something by The Beach Boys, Surfaris, Jan & Dean, Dick Dale or The Ventures. That, to them, is beach music…and, they’re wrong. Never in the history of branding has the name of a genre been so misinterpreted by those who are not in the know. Beach music is not to be confused with West Coast surf music. In a nutshell, beach music is built on a solid foundation of American rhythm and blues. To provide a little insight as to the songs that are held in reverence within this enigmatic genre, "Sixty Minute Man" by Billy Ward & The Dominoes from 1951 is, to this day, widely recognized as the greatest beach song of all time! To boil it down, it was so-named because it was, not the content of the music, but where one was when the epiphany magically occurred. You were “at the beach” when you discovered Little Richard, Fats Domino and Lavern Baker on the jukebox and solemnly vowed to never again settle for pale Pat Boone or Georgia Gibbs “cover versions” when the real deal was gloriously superior. So, relish the opportunity to scoff at your misinformed cousin from Topeka when he adamantly declares “Surfin' U.S.A.” as his favorite beach tune. Pause momentarily, then, with all the condescension you can muster, mockingly reply, “That’s not beach music. I mean something like “Ms. Grace” or “Carolina Girls.” n
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The Steward School’s Bryan Innovation Lab: Pioneering Creativity and Real-World Problem Solving By Rachel Beanland
he Steward School's West End campus building, the Bryan Innovation Lab, is up and running, giving teachers a new way to educate their students in grades Pre-K to 12. Throughout
the year, special programming, community events and workshops will be offered that fulfill the mission of stewardship, innovation and community engagement. The 6,200-square-foot building, which was designed by 3north and built by RVA Construction, features indoor and outdoor kitchens, a wellness studio, two innovation labs, an outdoor classroom, gar-
dens and an imagination playground. The space incorporates many green-building principles, such as photovoltaic solar panels, underground rainwater cisterns, radiant
its early settlers by growing a colonial garden and testing the various
flooring and geothermal wells, but its primary purpose is to reinvent
natural fertilizers that would have been used to ensure a plentiful
the way students connect with their environment and solve some of
harvest. For contrast, students might examine present-day chemi-
tomorrow’s biggest problems.
cal fertilizers and their impact on agriculture. What has our society
“In gifted and talented education theory, there’s a lot of emphasis placed on this notion that gifted and talented students learn better
“The hope is that it won’t be very long at all before the students
and are much more engaged when they study topics in which they’re
are the ones posing the questions,” Seward adds. “What our society
highly interested,” says Ken Seward, headmaster of The Steward
needs is more innovators, more people asking and answering ques-
School. “At Steward, we want to acknowledge every child’s special
tions. If we want to teach our children to be innovators, we have to
gifts and talents, and we think this building is going to help students
give them the freedom to be creative and the drive to be productive.”
discover what those unique gifts and talents might be.” What makes the Bryan Innovation Lab unique is that The Steward
Even the largely glass-paneled building is designed to be a teaching tool that inspires innovation. Water, electric, gas and sewer lines
School has launched an entirely new curriculum to complement the
are left exposed and color-coded, so students can see exactly how
space. Classroom teachers will bring their students to the building
various components come together during the construction process.
for as little as one day or as long as a semester to implement project-
An energy-monitoring system tracks consumption, so students can
based lesson plans that touch on one of three target areas – energy
experiment with how their choices directly affect their environment.
and resources, health and wellness and the natural and built environment. Teachers are developing lesson plans that take the form of questions, and students are expected to use the building, its physical resources and its visiting scholars to find answers to those questions. For example, a fourth-grade class might learn about Jamestown and 18
gained? What have we lost?
The Bryan Innovation Lab was made possible in part because of a $1 million gift from Mr. and Mrs. John Bryan III, whose daughter graduated from The Steward School in 2009. The community will be invited to a grand-opening ceremony, planned for October. To learn more about the Bryan Innovation Lab, please contact Cary Jamieson at email@example.com or 804-565-2326. n JULY/AUGUST 2013
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COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE By Tammie Wersinger
he Greater Richmond-area housing market is on an upswing, and area builders have kicked up production to keep up with the demand for new homes. Because of the shortage of houses on the market, some communities are selling out before construction even begins. However, serious buyers still can find the home of their dreams – from low-maintenance attached villas to luxury homes in allinclusive neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for a lakefront community with lots of natural space or an urban loft in the heart of downtown, you can find it in Richmond. “Not only are we building homes for buyers, we are also building the economy of the Richmond market,’’ says Marcy Caffrey of Exit Realty Parade of Homes in Midlothian. “It’s a wonderful sound to drive through the neighborhoods and hear the sounds of the hammers and saws. To help our readers get a feel for what’s out there in Central Virginia, we’ve gathered up a sampling of some of the area’s most desirable communities.
(Above) A view of the open kitchen and living room of West Broad Village's Urban Brownstones. (Below) An interior view of a luxury home at Westcott at Grey Oaks.
COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE Riverbank Terraces At Rocketts Landing
210 Rock At Rocketts Landing
Downtown on the James
Downtown on the James
$700s - $1 million and up
$180s to $390s
Three- and four-story
Contemporary one- and
townhomes, from about
3,600 to 4,400 square
minium homes, from
893 to 1,688 square feet
This distinctive, contem-
which are currently
porary six-story building
under construction, will
sets the trend for urban
bring you a truly unmatched, riverfront living experience avail-
living in Richmond and boasts the neighborhoodâ€™s first retail
able exclusively at Rocketts Landing. Residents have access to
space. Reserved, secured garage parking and a separate storage
all Rocketts Landing amenities, including a riverfront pool, 24-
space is included with each home. Residents have access to an
hour fitness center, kayak storage, beach volleyball, community
exclusive rooftop terrace, plus all Rocketts Landing amenities,
gardens, a picnic area with grills, car washing station, Virginia
including a riverfront pool, 24-hour fitness center, kayak stor-
Capital Trail and the James River. There also are three restau-
age, beach volleyball, community gardens, a picnic area with
rants at Rocketts Landing, with more in the works.
grills, car washing station, Virginia Capital Trail and the James
River. There also are three restaurants at Rocketts Landing and
The stunning homes at Riverbank Terraces will offer hardwood
more to come.
flooring, stone and marble tiling, gas fireplaces, outdoor spaces,
two-car garages and private elevators to help you relish each of
The one- and two-bedroom condos and two-story lofts feature
your four floors, including the private rooftop terrace that offers
18-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, spacious balconies and amaz-
uninterrupted views. These exclusive homes, with front doors
ing views of the skyline, neighborhood and James River. Other
facing the river, will be available pre-construction, and home-
amenities include stainless steel appliances, granite counter-
owners will be able to choose from a variety of fine finishes. The
tops, hardwood and ceramic floors, large walk-in closets and
first row of four homes is already under construction and sold
out. Sales on the final row of five is expected to begin later this summer.
ReDefineyour SPACE! Before ReDefine Design
After ReDefine Design
Do you love living in your home? Does your decor make you feel energized, inspired, relaxed or content? Or, do you walk in the door and think, “If only”? If only I could make a change! My house needs a “make-over”. What? No big budget for that make-over to go from drab to fab? That’s great! Because Sherri Flemer, owner of ReDefine Design, doesn’t want you spending BIG bucks when small changes can have a BIG impact.
Sherri will look at your space with fresh eyes and see new purposes for everyday items. Maybe moving a table from the guest room to the living room is just the ticket. How about a splash of color to brighten up a room and your mood? Or moving furniture or rugs so everything is not quite so square? Sherri is committed to staying within your budget, creating a space that works comfortably with your busy lifestyle and is totally you.
Let Sherri and ReDefine Design take you from beige to bright and from tired to sensational. Call Sherri today at 804-740-2794 or learn more by visiting her website, redefinedesignhome.com.
COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE Westcott at Grey Oaks
West Broad Village – The Urban Brownstones Location
Located off West Broad
Henrico County, off
Street in Glen Allen
$700s to $1.3 million
Luxury Estate Homes
ily brownstones, from
come in a variety of
2,745-square-feet and up
styles and sizes
West Broad Village is a
In Westcott at Grey
Oaks, buyers will
urban village in the
discover luxury estate
heart of Richmond’s
homes on half-acre+,
West End. Quaint brick streets connect the charming, stately
wooded home sites. Located in the heart of Short Pump, within
homes to some of the area’s most popular restaurants, pubs
a two-mile radius of major highways, West End’s shopping and
and shops. Clubhouse amenities include: a resort-style pool;
dining choices, Westcott offers families a convenient place to
fully-equipped fitness center; children’s play room; a movie
live and play. Residents enjoy the amenities of the Grey Oaks
theater; pub, with billiards table and full kitchen; poker room;
community, including the pool and tennis courts.
and internet cafe. Just around the corner, is the ACAC exercise complex – a 62,000-square-foot, three-story club with rooftop
amenities, including heated pool and platform tennis.
The 65 brick homes of Westcott feature award-winning de-
open family rooms and raised patios. Among the most popular
signs, such as dramatic two-story foyers, gourmet kitchens,
Eagle Construction is building the nearly-completed, luxury,
design features are deluxe mudrooms and his-and-hers bath-
four-story Urban Brownstones that feature: rooftop terraces;
rooms, with a large meet-in-the-middle shower. As with all of
wide-open floor plans, with front-to-back views; covered
their communities, Boone Homes invites buyers to personalize
porches and balconies and two-car garages. The loft-style
Westcott home plans to create their own custom experience.
homes are low maintenance and Eagle Energy Efficient Certi-
The gourmet kitchens in Westcott come with granite coun-
fied. Each home can be completely personalized with exciting
tertops on the raised kitchen island and counters; stainless
choices like exposed brick walls, chef’s kitchens and European-
steel appliances; and hardwood flooring. Other high-end
style fixtures. Once completed, there will be no more available
finishes include two- and three-piece heavy trim; plentiful
within West Broad Village, so now is the time to take a hard-hat
hardwood and ceramic-tile flooring; and cultured marble coun-
tour and see if these unique and innovative homes suit your
tertops in the bathrooms.
COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE Raleigh
Ellington at Wyndham Location
Off Pouncey Tract, in
Off Sleepy Hollow Road
in the River Road Cor-
ridor of Henrico County
$525s to $700s
Home Size/Type Luxury Estate Homes,
Price Range Starting in the $750s
ranging from 3,100 to
4,900 square feet
and European homes,
This new Wyndham
from 3,800 square feet
community of 56 single-
family luxury homes is
This lakefront com-
the first new neighbor-
munity includes 48
hood in Wyndham in 10 years. Children attend award-winning
executive home sites, adjacent to Henrico’s River Road corridor.
Henrico County schools, including Shady Grove Elementary,
This Premier West End location, near Collegiate, allows you to
Short Pump Middle and Deep Run High. Ellington is located
explore a custom-home experience, with luxury options from
within the exclusive community of Wyndham, at the epicenter
two award-winning builders – Bel Arbor Builders and Creative
of convenience in Short Pump, close to Short Pump Town
Center, the Shady Grove YMCA, West Creek, Innsbrook, the
Twin Hickory Henrico County Library and dining for every imaginable taste.
The homes in Raleigh provide stunning kitchens, owner’s suites, with an option for two owner’s suites and so much more. Interior floor plans include 10-foot ceilings on the first floor and
The architecture will be diverse, with a mixture of Traditional,
nine-foot ceilings on the second floor. Exterior options include
Tudor, French Country, Craftsman and Rustic. These beautifully-
brick, HardiPlank and stone. Choose from one of several plans
designed homes are being offered by Boone Homes – a trusted,
or bring your own ideas and builders will assist you in creating
award-winning luxury homebuilder with a reputation built on
a home that meets your needs. Bel Arbor (www.belarborbuild-
30 years of offering exceptional value, quality and designs that
ers.com), with more than 75 years of combined building experi-
fit the way their customers live. They are thoughtfully designed,
ence, was named Builder of the Year for 2012 for 25 homes or
evolving over time, and offering true one-level living. The floor
less, as well as Best in Region for 2012 and 2013 by Virginia
plans offer flexibility for enlarging living space or adding an
Living Magazine. Creative Home Concepts is a brother-sister
extra room. Options include, second floor plans, with additional
team, who has been building custom homes since 1996. They
bathroom, basements and finished third floor for bedroom,
are also the Certified Southern Living Builder for the Richmond
game room or study.
region. Both builders are Earth Craft/LEAD Certified for energy efficiency and both are local, family-owned businesses.
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Volunteering as a Family: I nstillin g
L i f e - l o n g
Va l u e s
W h i l e
C re a t i n g
M e mories
By Erin D. Pittman
olunteering as a family is an excellent way to display shared values and beliefs, while making a positive impact on the world around you. Everyone wins when families combine quality time with giving back to their communities, and Richmond offers endless ways to mix the two.
The benefits of volunteering as a family
volunteer. Talk about activities that interest each family member
Volunteering instills positive values in children, including the
and brainstorm a good list of possibilities. After determining some
importance of showing that they care for their community and the
options, talk about how much time will be spent volunteering. You
people that live in it, teaching the joy of giving rather than receiving
may settle on an hour a week, one day a month or simply choose
and helping those in need. In children, volunteering enhances
to do a one-time event. Whatever you decide, contact volunteer
development, builds self-esteem, teaches responsibility, increases
coordinators at local organizations to discuss your family’s questions,
empathy and exhibits that one person truly can make a difference.
concerns and availability.
Volunteering also offers opportunities to learn and practice new skills and to develop a strong work ethic. While giving back, families will find the bonds between them
Ideas for family volunteering opportunities Choosing a community area that your family already has an
strengthening, as well. Working together allows time to talk and
interest in can be a great way to start. If you’re uncertain of where
learn more about each other, to forge new bonds through shared
to begin, our list below can help steer you towards a suitable
experiences and to build memories. Family volunteer opportunities
opportunity. You can also visit www.handsonrva.org for a variety of
give adults the perfect chance to serve as positive role models to
listings from local agencies in need of volunteers.
their children and display the behaviors that they hope to see in
Remember, no matter how large or small of a commitment
them as they grow. Studies show that children who volunteer at a
you can make, volunteering as a family instills incredible values in
young age will continue to give back throughout their lives.
children and strengthens families – all the while improving the world around you.
Getting Started Volunteering does not have to be a huge time commitment, so families should find opportunities that fit well into their lives. Start by coming together and discussing why it’s important to 26
Some organizations that may need your help: Cedarfield Assisted Living, Beth Shalom Lifecare Community, Richmond SPCA, Freedom House, HomeAgain, Central Virginia Food Bank, Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Meals on Wheels. JULY/AUGUST 2013
Adopt a senior. Adopting a senior in the Richmond area who doesnâ€™t have local family and is in need of companionship can be a great family volunteer opportunity. Families can create arts-and-crafts projects or baked goods to share, run errands, put together care packages or just offer friendly visits.
Help feed those in need. Volunteering at a soup kitchen, food bank or homeless shelter gives families a chance to serve those in need and teaches children to be grateful for all that they have.
Take part in a walk or run. If your family already has a cause that everyone is passionate about, perhaps you may want to participate in an event that a related organization is hosting. Your family can choose to raise funds, actively participate as runners or walkers, or serve as volunteers at the beginning or end of the event.
Clean up the environment. Participating in community clean-up days in neighborhoods and parks allows families to do something good for the planet.
Care for homeless animals. Volunteering as dog walkers or helping care for shelter animals can be a very appealing opportunity for animal-loving families.
Deliver or prepare meals. Serving with agencies who deliver meals to shut-ins or who stuff backpacks for hungry children can be very meaningful, hands-on opportunities to share as a family.
Take part in a beautification project. Spending time performing gardening and yard work for local schools, churches and gardens allows families to enjoy the outdoors, get physical activity and see the immediate results of their hard work. n www.richmondnavigator.com
SENIOR COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE By Tammie Wersinger
A view of some of Beth Sholom's interesting and unique architecture and an example of a resident's living room. 28
S E N I O R S
SENIOR COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE Beth Sholom
The Hermitage at Cedarfield Location
Adjacent to Deep Run
Far West End off of
Park in western Henrico
Lauderdale Drive and
County at 2300 Cedar-
John Rolfe Parkway
$3670 - $6150 per month,
One-time fees range
no entrance fee
from $146,000 to
$522,000, based on single occupancy; and monthly fees range from $2385- $5300. Healthcare services are provided for residents throughout
Private apartments come in a variety of sizes and layouts from studios to one bedroom apartments.
their life time.
The Beth Sholom Lif-
There are 20 different floor plans, with charming cottages ranging from 1,385 to 2,500 square feet and apartments ranging from 613 to 1,700 square feet.
ecare Community offers a broad spectrum of facilities and services to customize your time there. Whether you are in need of a full-service health care center, a comfortable senior community or a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center, you can find what you need. Enjoy com-
The Lifecare continuing care retirement community – located
munity features such as an on-site medical team, personal train-
minutes away from shopping and fine restaurants – offers a se-
ing, social work services, social activities, transportation services,
rene, quiet setting for active adults, 62 and older. Some ameni-
a beauty parlor, and on-site dining. There are special programs
ties include: fine dining; the Atrium Café for casual dining; a
and areas designed for memory care.
clubhouse; pond, with walking trail; bank; indoor swimming
pool; fitness room; gardening beds; woodworking shop; creative works classroom; wellness clinic; weekly housekeeping; maintenance �services; and concierge.
Each facility offers different room amenities such as safety features in bathrooms, emergency call systems, kitchenettes, nine-foot ceilings, Wi-Fi, and more.
Full-size kitchens, with appliances; nine-foot ceilings; washer/ dryers; crown molding; and patio, balcony or sunrooms. All cottages and select apartments feature fireplaces.
SEE RICHMOND LIKE A TOURIST By Meagan Moore
In an exciting area like Richmond, where tourists never have problems filling their itineraries, why is it so hard for local residents to find something to do? It could be that they’ve never seen our gorgeous, historic River City through the eyes of a visitor. Let’s check out some of the best ways to explore the area.
Brewery Tours The craft beer community in the River City has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. Currently, there are over 40 independent breweries in Virginia, many of them in the Greater Richmond area. “Taking a brewery tour is as local as it gets,’’ says Andrew LaBonte, of Local Suds. “You’re rubbing shoulders with other Richmonders, hearing stories straight from local brewery owners and neighbors.” That’s something you just don’t get at national chains.
Food Tours Even if you’re new here, there’s no way to miss the fact that Richmond’s culinary scene is out of this world and definitely deserves exploration. That’s where food-focused tours come in. “We walk on most of our tours, and when walking, you see a lot more that you’d normally miss,” says Maureen Egan, with Real Richmond tours. “Besides letting you taste the food and introducing you to the restaurants and chefs, we’re big on giving people lots of reasons to come back to the restaurants and neighborhoods we focus on.” Eagan adds that her company emails everyone a list of at least a dozen things to do, even beyond the restaurants.”
(Above) Excited beer enthusiasts on their way to the next stop on a Local Suds Tour. (Right) Local Suds gets patrons up close and personal with breweries such as Hardywood. 30
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BY FOOT Walking Tours Arguably the most time-tested way to get acquainted with a city is to walk its streets. For those who prefer a peripatetic introduction to the River City’s past and present, check out the wide selection of walking tours available for tourists and natives, alike. African American tours help the curious Richmonder become immersed in slavery’s impact and its repercussions on the South and the United States, while Hollywood Cemetery, Canal Walks, and other feet-on-the-ground tours give Richmonders a closer view of the city they love.
Museum Tours If you prefer the great indoors, look no further than Richmond’s varied and numerous museums. For those seeking a less stereotypical museum experience, consider a visit to one of Richmond’s many residences-turned-museums, like Maymont House, Agecroft Hall and Virginia House. “The people who lived in these large houses that became museums are, in many cases, the people who built Richmond or, as with Wilton, ran the colony that helped build the nation,” says William Strollo, with Wilton House Museum in the West End. “Visiting is a great way to see inside the lives of these significant people and a great way to see all that Richmond offered and has to offer”
(Above) A couple strolls through the Museum District in Down Richmond while taking in the sights. (Below) The James River has many water sports to offer.
Canal Cruise The majority of the country's most prominent cities grew up around rivers. Since our River City is no different, why not experience RVA from the water with a canal cruise? From April to November, hop on a canal boat to connect with a piece of historic Richmond and get what Venture Richmond’s Alexander Dahm calls a “full narration that runs the gamut of the city’s history, from Christopher Newport to present day.” Afterwards, guides hope that tour-takers will be inspired to learn even more about the city, especially historic downtown.
Rafting If you prefer a little adrenaline rush with your sightseeing, consider a heart-pounding rafting trip down the James River. “Richmond is the only city that has class IV and V rapids within city limits, and they go
down the James. For those who are looking for a less adventurous
right through the heart of the city,” says Travis Bayes with River City
view of Richmond from the river, local companies also offer kayaking,
Rafting, a local company that leads guided rafting and tubing tours
paddleboarding, tubing and canoeing trips.
BY AIR Balloons Over Virginia If an aerial view sounds like your cup of tea but you’d prefer to take it a little slower, think “balloon.” When asked why they’re so wonderful, Gilbert Martin, owner of Balloons Over Virginia says, “if you’ve ever taken a balloon ride, you know. It’s a magical way to see the sights like you never have.” Then, once you touch back down, celebrate your first flight with champagne and a picture in your balloon’s basket.
By Wheels Segway Tours While many Richmond residents have likely never ventured near a Segway, they’re actually an ideal way to see many facets of our historical city, according to Chad Harvey, an owner of River City Segs. “They’re very easy and anyone, from 14 to 80, can do it,’’ Harvey said. “And, you see all the things you would on a walking tour, up close and personal, but you can cover a lot more ground in less time.” River City Segs currently offers seven different two-hour tours, and two one-hour tours, which Harvey says can be great in very hot or cold conditions . It’s a very unique, fun way to see the city, but don’t worry if you’re not a Segway pro just yet because all tours begin with a comprehensive safety and training session on the only indoor training course in Virginia.
Trolley Tours For a more air-conditioned take on the city, try hopping a trolley – yes, those old-fashioned trolleys we’ve all seen around town. Harvey, who also manages Richmond Trolley Company, describes trolley tours as ideal for those families looking to accommodate a wider age range. There are special rates for children military personnel and senior citizens, so “everyone can enjoy the tour together,” says Harvey. The trolleys go all over the city – from Shockoe Bottom and Jackson Ward to Monument Avenue, Church Hill and the VCU/MCV campus. That way, you can get a full overview of all the highlights of the city, many of which you may want to go back and explore on your own. n
(Above, right) Balloons Over Virginia offers a breathtaking aerial view of the city. (Right) River City Segs offers seven different two-hour tours and two different one-hour tours of the city. 32
Follow us as we go In Search of Burgers in our next issue of West End's Best. Winston’s Backyard Grill pictured here. Photo by Corey Daniels.
Old Original Bookbinders Located in historic Tobacco Row in downtown Richmond, this locally family owned steak and seafood restaurant is unique to Richmond. With exceptional food and service, Bookbinder's is the perfect place to celebrate that special occasion! 2306 East Cary Street | 643-6900 bookbindersrichmond.com
Sakura Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar Traditional Japanese including exciting hibachi-style meals. Try the dinner special – two sushi rolls and soup or salad for $9.99. 9008 W. Broad Street | 747-6848 sakurasteakhouse.net
Kobe Located in the historic Shockoe Slip, Kobe offers exciting hibachi dining, fresh sushi, and Asian cuisine. Don't forget to wash it down with Japanese sake or beer! 9068 W. Broad Street 270-6026 | kobesteakandsushi.com
Franklin Inn Head down to the Museum District for an unforgettable lunch or dinner. Find the epitome of comfort foods such as meatloaf, chicken wings, a killer Reuben, and steak and catch of the day. 800 Cleveland Street 716-9493 | franklin-inn.com
Halligan Bar and Grill This restaurant is a virtual museum and tribute to past and present firefighters of all jurisdictions. From Monday to Friday from 4–7 p.m. enjoy special prices for After Work Social Hour. 3 N. 17th Street 447-7981 | thehalliganbar.com
Zorba's Delicious Mediterranean cuisine has been the spotlight of Zorba's for over 20 years. Greek and Italian recipes are crafted daily with fresh ingredients. Try Zorba's catering for your next event. 9068 W. Broad Street 270-6026 | richmondzorbas.com
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By Tammie Brackett
ake Crocker always has something new going on. This time, we're in touch with Crocker to discuss his third location of the F.W. Sullivan's franchise. It’s opening soon at Riverside on the James in the former Blackfinn Restaurant space, 1001
Haxall Point. F.W. Sullivan's Canal Bar and Grill will continue the tradition of representing an international menu, based on the travels of the fictitious Sully, who tours the world seeking food, fun and
(Left) The cozy and inviting dining area at The American Tap Room. (Above) Brunch at The American Taproom offers a Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar.
adventure. "Our specials always highlight Sully's travels," says Crocker. "But we'll also focus on the broad appeal and excellent quality of our
to food and beverage. “Our concept was to meld casual on-premises
American comfort food, traditional southern fare and our award-
dining with an off-premises sales market that focused on locally
winning shrimp and grits." With great food and atmosphere, F.W.
sourced products,’’ Garrett says. “We’ll serve simple foods, like salads,
Sullivan's Canal Bar and Grill will be a tasty destination. Learn more at
soups and sausage rolls, but our kitchen is minimal.” The Cask Café
will fill a Carytown community desire to have a place to fill “growlers”
Paul Cassimus has had a banner year. He went from teaching
that people can fill with draft beer and take home,’’ he adds. “It’s a big
Cassimus creates his tasty popsicles from locally sourced ingredients
deal in the beer community.” Stay tuned for the official opening date
like honey from Bearer Farms, raspberries and blackberries from
for The Cask Café on their Facebook page.
Agriberry in Studley, Va., and dairy products from Homestead
The American Tap Room is set to open this fall in the newly-
Creamery. A big hit during the summer at festivals, fairs and events
revitalized Shops at Willow Lawn on Broad Street in Richmond, Va.
has been King of Pops’ special blend of Richmond’s Gallmeyer Farms
Shawn O’Quinn, head of business development at the restaurant’s
strawberries and lemonade. “It’s cool and refreshing," Cassimus says.
parent company, Thompson Hospitality Marketing, says patrons
“It’s like summer on a stick.” Find out where to get King of Pops treats
can enjoy chef-inspired fare, paired with local craft beers. Weekend
brunch offers something new – a Make-Your-Own Bloody Mary bar.
“It’s not a restaurant and it’s not a bar,” laughs David Garrett,
– beer aficionados’ version of a Big Gulp. “It’s a 32- to 64-ounce jug
high school Spanish in 2012 to becoming the King of Pops in 2013.
The Willow Lawn location will add a new sit-down, dining option,
one of the co-owners of The Cask Café, which is set to open mid-
“Governor’s Booth,” which allows up to eight guests to enjoy a more
summer. Garrett and Jason McClellan, along with James Talley and
interactive dining experience. The American Tap Room has a history
Shawn O’Hern of Commercial Taphouse, are opening The Cask Café at
of involvement in community and will be a welcome addition to the
208 Robinson St., Richmond, Va., with a decidedly different approach
Shops at Willow Lawn. n JULY/AUGUST 2013
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A platter featuring hefty portions of a pulled pork sandwich, St. Louis spare ribs and Texas rope sausage served with Texas caviar and cornbread topped with honey butter. www. deeprunroadhouse.com 12379 Gayton Road | 740-6301
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1. Hog Sampler Hogshead Cafe
One half rack of tender, Memphis dry-rubbed cherrywood smoked baby back ribs is paired with a half pound of applewood smoked hand-pulled pork and served with two homemade sides. www.thehogsheadcafe.com 9503 West Broad Street | 308-0281
2. Barbecued Pulled Chicken Meal Buz and Ned's Slow cooked using 100% fresh hickory logs, this dish is pictured with a side of homemade coleslaw, three bean baked beans and sour cream redskin potato salad. www.buzandneds.com 1119 North Boulevard | 355-6055 8205 West Broad Street | 346-4227
3. Baby Back Ribs The Halligan Bar and Grill First, these ribs are dry rubbed with a secret mixture of chilies and seasonings and then smoked for over 12 hours to fall off the bone perfection. www.thehalliganbar.com 2451 Old Brick Road | 364-2707 3 N 17th Street | 447-7981
Wood-smoked pork, beef brisket, chicken, ribs and turkey are slow-cooked and seasoned to perfection to provide something for everyone. www.tdsmokehouse.com 8919 Patterson Ave | 741-9804
4. Sampler Platter TD's Smokehouse
7 5. Half-Rack of Ribs Plate Q Barbeque Q's Â famous ribs are pictured here with sides of homemade corn pudding and coleslaw. Visit www.qbarbeque.com for menus and maps to Q Barbeque's four Richmond locations.
6. Texas-Style Beef Brisket Alamo Barbecue This Texas-style Beef Brisket is dry rubbed in a blend of herbs, spices, salt and brown sugar and smoked for over 10 hours. www.alamobbqva.com 2202 Jefferson Avenue | 592-3138
7. Sampler Platter Extra Billy's Barbecue
An offering of three meats--hickory smoked baby back ribs, lean slices of slowly smoked brisket and flame-kissed smoked sausage with two freshly made vegetables. www.extrabillys.com 5205 West Broad Street | 282-3949
Served with a Full Slab of St. Louis-style ribs, a Whole Chicken, Â˝ lb of Pork or Brisket , 3 sides, corn on the cob and corn muffins. www.famousdaves.com 7009 West Broad Street | 755-4450 38
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Hardywood Virginia Blackberry Release with Three Sheets to the Wind August 3. Hardywood Park Brewery
The summer harvest has inspired a Belgian wheat beer brewed with a touch of rye and over 1000 pounds (per batch) of local, plump, ripe blackberries. The tasting room will open at 2 p.m., and Three Sheets to the Wind will take the stage at 5 p.m. to celebrate the new release.
Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival August 10. Rocketts Landing www.sportsbackers.org
Bring your coworkers, family and friends, and join us for Richmondâ€™s dragon boating! Led by a drummer's rhythmic beats, teams of 20 synchronized paddlers, race 500 meters up the river in 40-foot canoes decorated with Chinese dragon heads and tails.
September 6â€“7 Richmond Raceway Complex www.richmondracewaycomplex.com
The races are back in Richmond! Come watch the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 on September
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6. On September 7, the Federated Auto Parts 400 will take the stage.
The Art of Samuel Bak Through July 31 Virginia Holocaust Museum www.va-holocaust.com The Music Man June 28–August 4 November Theater www.va-rep.org Steel Magnolias July 12–August 25 Hanover Tavern www.va-rep.org Hanover Tomato Festival July 13 Pole Green Park www.hanovertomatofestival.org The Avett Brothers July 25 Richmond Raceway Complex www.avettatrir.com Caribbean Wine Festival August 4 Lake Anna Winery www.hovvawinetrail.com Intergalactic Bead Show August 3–4 Richmond Raceway Complex www.beadshows.com Bill Maher August 9 Carpenter Theatre www.richmondcenterstage.org Summer Boat and RV Supersale August 16–18 Richmond Raceway Complex www.richmondracewaycomplex.com Anthem Moonlight Ride August 17 Sports Backers Stadium www.sportsbackers.com
Tuscan Tuna Sandwiches Servings: 4
cup fennel bulb, finely chopped
1/4 1/4 2
cup red onion, chopped
1 2 2
4 ounce roasted red pepper
teaspoons black pepper
cup basil, fresh, chopped tablespoons capers, drained
tablespoons lemon juice tablespoons olive oil
6 ounces tuna, fresh, or albacore
Directions: Grill or broil fresh tuna that has been seasoned with salt and pepper Cook until fish is just barely pink and flakes with a fork. If using canned albacore this step can be skipped. Break tuna apart and cool. Combine chopped fennel, red onion, 1/4 cup basil, capers, lemon juice, olive oil, Add 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, tuna, and roasted peppers in a bowl while stirring well. Serve tuna salad over a toasted or girlled baguette Brush with olive oil and rub with fresh garlic after toasting.
From the Kitchen of Laura Payne, personal chef for Gourmet Your Way www.gourmetyourway05.com (804) 514-6812
Local Recipes Penne with Chicken Italian Sausage, Onion and Bell Pepper
ounces penne pasta, cooked ounces chicken Italian sausage, sliced into circles
tablespoons oil, divided teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1 6
cup parmesan cheese
garlic clove, minced
large green bell pepper, or red Roma tomatoes, chopped
Directions: Cook pasta according to directions. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in 12-inch pan and add sausage. Cook until browned. Place on a paper towel-lined plate. Heat remaining tablespoon of oil and add red pepper flakes; cook 30 seconds. Add onion and pepper and cook until just soft. Add garlic and tomatoes and cook until tomatoes break down, about 5 minutes. Add sausage back in and toss with sauce. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add pasta and stir to incorporate. If needed, add pasta water to thin.
From the Kitchen of Laura Payne, personal chef for Gourmet Your Way www.gourmetyourway05.com (804) 514-6812 www.richmondnavigator.com
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AS THE MUSEUM TURNS New permanent exhibit gives science a Boost! By Jody Rathgeb
Boost! your reaction times by testing your reflexes, then work on he Foucault Pendulum swings and sweeps, marking time and the rotation of the Earth, as it has for years at the Science Museum of Virginia. Now, it is also marking a
The activities of Boost! focus on the body, mind and lifestyle.
countdown to sweeping changes in the museum.
Body events boost flexibility and strength, like: walking a tight
In the next three years, expect to see new exhibits that entertain
wire; getting involved in contests of reflexes; connecting time
and inspire people to learn, plus more community outreach
measurement to meet a goal on a stationary bicycle, and following a
programs, an events center addition at the north end of the building
virtual yoga instructor.
and other improvements to the facilities. It’s all part of a five-year
To boost the mind, museum guests learn about biofeedback,
“Inspire the World” fund-raising campaign to raise $60 million and
play interactive games that stretch memory muscles, and use
reinvent the museum as a “marketing agency for science.”
their dexterity in an attempt to load food onto plates running on a
Leading the way is the June 22 opening of Boost!, the museum’s first new permanent exhibit in a decade. A new approach to selfimprovement, Boost! offers 25 physical and mental challenges that
conveyor belt. Yes, similarities to a certain “I Love Lucy” episode are intended. Activities that help boost lifestyle are focused on creativity, such
open the way to learning the science behind them. It continues the
as: composing music, using animatronic instruments; performing
trend in interactive exhibits.
and recording songs; and working with film clips. There also is a
“New technologies have dramatically increased guest expectations over the years,” explains Richard C. Conti, the museum’s “chief wonder officer.” “Google and the iPad have replaced the
Kitchen Stadium that teaches the science behind what we eat and encourages healthy eating. “Whether you want to increase your happiness or strengthen
need for a museum to be an encyclopedia. Today, guests expect a
your memory, there is something for everyone, and they will likely
physical experience they can’t get at home that has relevance to their
have a little fun along the way,” Conti comments.
everyday lives.” 44
your speed by pushing the buttons that light up.
Boost! will lead the way to other new exhibits. The Speed Gallery JULY/AUGUST 2013
Activities that help boost lifestyle are focused on creativity, such as: composing music, using animatronic instruments and performing and recording songs".
– due in 2014 in the museum’s main concourse – will take a fresh approach to speed, motion and classic physics principles. And, astronomy programming will increase with the opening of the new digital dome early in 2014. Visiting exhibits, currently offered in the space that Boost! will occupy, will move to the events center when it opens in 2015 or 2016. Fans of some older exhibits needn’t be disappointed. Conti says that the current guest favorites – Science on a Sphere, Imagination Playground and Rat Basketball – will be featured in the new Speed Gallery or, in the case of the rats, will be moved to the Barbara Thalhimer Theater, which can accommodate the crowds it draws. The changes also keep in mind the wonderful architecture of the Science Museum of Virginia, which occupies the former train station on Broad Street. “A significant theme of the master plan is to embrace the history and grandeur of our historic building,” says Conti. “We are currently developing an exhibition that focuses on the trains that moved in and out of Broad Street Station.” What about the Foucault Pendulum? Yes, like the popular Kugels,
(Above) Learn a new skill that might come in handy – like how to tie a necktie.
it will stay, swinging its way to mark the march of time at the Science
(Below) Time Machine helps discover how long it takes to reach a
Museum of Virginia. n
weight goal or bike to a destination.
AFTERHOURS EATS By Emily Jones, Photos by Tim Hill
Most people realize grabbing a bite to eat after ten can be a challenge in the suburbs. Whether you want dessert after a movie, dinner after a late flight, or something to satisfy your late-night craving, kitchens start closing down after nine or ten. Here’s a list of places serving well into the evening hours in the West End. Turn to the River City section to find an ever larger and later list of restaurants downtown.*
Open 'Til 11 p.m. Shindigz 5716 Patterson Avenue. 938-3449. shyndigz.com Rotating bakery menu of cakes, pies, and coffees. Open 'Til 11 p.m. Thursday–Saturday. Eat the Tres Leches, the traditional Spanish cake of three milks.
Riad Moroccan Grill 8902 W. Broad Street. 270-0081. riadva.com Authentic Moroccan cuisine. Open 'Til 11 p.m. on Friday & Saturday. Eat the Kotban, a kebab with your choice of chicken, beef, kufta (meatball), or lamb, marinated in a mix of Moroccan herbs and spices.
Dave & Buster’s 4001 Brownstone Blvd., Ste. 101. 967-7399. daveandbusters.com Traditional American food. Open 'Til 11 p.m. Monday & Tuesday. 12 a.m. Wednesday & Thursday. 1 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Eat the Pretzel Dogs. Beef franks are wrapped in pretzel dough, baked fresh and served with spicy habanero dipping sauce.
Open 'Til Midnight Wine Loft 4035 Whittall Way. 368-1768. wineloftrichmond.com Over 75 wines by the glass, small plates, flatbreads, and artisan cheese boards. Open 'Til Midnight Monday-Thursday. 1 a.m. Friday & Saturday.
(Above) Shindigz offers a menu featuring their Tres Leches, a layered cake of
Eat the Crab Stack. Freshly diced mango, avocado, and jumbo lump
Spanish tradition and the fresh fruit cake.
crab, are topped with Old Bay oil and served with a spring mix salad.
(Below) Wine Loft's late night menu offers dishes such as the freshly prepared Crab Stack featuring jumbo lump crab meat and diced mango and avocado.
Silver Diner 10890 W. Broad Street. 346-2020. Diner fare. Open 'Til Midnight Monday–Thursday. 3 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Eat the Baja Fish Tacos. Fried flounder tacos with Southwest ranch, shredded cabbage, cilantro, scallions, black bean salsa, cilantro sour cream, and a side summer citrus salad.
'Til 1 a.m. or Later Sidewalk Café 2101 W. Main Street. 358-0645. sidewalkinthefan.com Greek and Italian entrees, pasta, sandwiches and pizza Open 'Til 1:30 a.m. daily. Eat the Greek Nachos. Nachos are topped with banana peppers, olives, tomatoes, lettuce, feta, and tzatziki sauce.
Quaker Steak & Lube 8000 W. Broad Street. 217-9464. quakersteakandlube.com Wings, ribs, sandwiches, burgers. Open 'Til 1 a.m. Sunday-Thursday. 2 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Eat the Wings Your Way. Choose from twenty sauce flavors such as Asian Sesame, Parmesan Pepper, Cajun, and Boom Boom, on boneless, regular or grilled wings.
Keagan’s 2251 Old Brick Road. 360-9240. keagans.com American, Irish and pub food. (Above) Keagan's Corned Beef and Cabbage. (Below) Toast's Shrimp and Crab Nacho Platter. (Bottom Right) The Halligan Bar & Grill's Memphis style chicken sandwich.
Open 'Til 1:30 a.m. nightly. Eat the Corned Beef and Cabbage. House-made corned beef is served with cabbage and a Guinness Stout mustard cream sauce with homemade garlic mashed potatoes.
The Halligan Bar & Grill Short Pump. 2451 Old Brick Road. 364-2707. thehalliganbar.com Barbecue, sandwiches, wings and classic starters. Open 'Til 2 a.m. nightly. Eat the Memphis Style Chicken Sandwich. Slow-smoked whole chicken is hand-pulled, seasoned and topped with Halligan sauce, and jalapeno jack cheese. n
Toast 7007 Three Chopt Road. 525-4525. toastrva.com Southern classics with a twist. Open 'Til Midnight Sunday–Tuesday. 2 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Eat the Shrimp and Crab Nachos. Tortilla chips are topped with melted jack cheese, crabmeat, shrimp, cabbage, avocado, pico de gallo, and cilantro crème fraiche. * The hours shown are only for the days that the restaurants are open after 10 p.m. Most restaurants have more hours/days open than what is listed for late-night.
more events INNSBROOK AFTERHOURS SnagAJob.com Pavilion. InnsbrookAfterhours.com.
July 17 B.B. King July 24 Steve Bassett & Robbin Thompson July 31 Dierks Bentley August 7 Under the Sun Tour with Smash Mouth Sugar Ray Gin Blossoms Fastball Vertical Horizon August 21 The Band Perry
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: 50 Works for 50 States
July 27â€“October 20 Beginning in 1962, New Yorkers Dorothy and Herbert Vogel began collecting contemporary art. A librarian and postal worker, the couple dedicated one of their salaries to amassing a collection of thousands of works over the next few decades. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. www.vmfa.state.va.us
30th Annual Watermelon Festival
August 1 Beat the August heat in Carytown with the 30th Annual Watermelon Festival. Over 100,000 people gather to enjoy 3000 cold watermelons, 60 musicians, and over 100 exhibitors. This fun-filled festival has become the largest one-day festival
August 28 Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo September 5 Darius Rucker
THE NATIONAL The National. thenationalva.com
August 9 Kings of Hollywood Tour August 10 Jimmy Eat World August 17 Ted Nugent September 4 Hanson
in the state! Carytown. www.carytownrva.com/watermelon 52
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Celebrating the most decadent decade for more than ten years by Tammy Brackett
h…my…gosh! Do you, like, remember the totally tubular 80s? Ever dress in lingerie and lace and fishnet gloves like Madonna or have a Thriller jacket a la Michael Jackson? Is there still an off-the-shoulder ripped tee shirt hiding in your closet? Or maybe a pair of Flashdance-era legwarmers stuck in the back of a drawer?
Whether you were a righteous dude or a babe’o’rama in the 1980s, the era of over-the-top superlatives and lavish decadence left an indelible mark on culture, fashion, history and music.
of success.” says Jorge. The band rotates male and female vocalists to cover over two hun-
Want to relive the era of the excessive 80s? Gather your BFF’s and
dred 80s-era hits. Some members of The Legwarmers are old enough
go see The Legwarmers, a group dedicated to bringing the distinctive
to have enjoyed the 80s the first time around. Jorge points out that the
music and fashion of the 1980s into the 21st century. They are totally
80s were, to him personally, “the last epoch of music I can stand.” He
radical. No, DUH!
says his older siblings introduced him to 80s rock. “I listened to their
We were able to catch up with The Legwarmers’ guitarist, Jorge Pe-
zzimenti (a.ka. Gordon Gartrell) recently to ask about how the
band started and what they love about playing in Richmond. “We started playing in 2001,
45s of Duran Duran, Cindi Lauper and Van Halen and fell in love with
We started The Legwarmers sort of as a goof. We really never expected
this level of success ”
the music.” The Legwarmers dress in period costumes and use vintage instruments as much as possible. Drummer Curtis Reaves Jr. was obsessed with
but we practiced for about a year before we ever performed in pub-
Simmons electronic drums in the 80s. Now he incorporates them in
lic. The name and concept existed long before we ever even picked
his set, living out a childhood dream.
up instruments and learned to play the songs. It wasn’t just about the
“As for me, I really love playing over-the-top Van Halen-esque
music; we also wanted to incorporate age authentic clothing into the
guitar shredding that I most certainly could not allow in my ‘real life.’”
stage show.” he explains. “It’s cool to note that we started The Leg-
warmers before the nostalgia wheel had turned over and people were
The Legwarmers enjoy playing in Richmond at The National. “The
still referring to the 80s as synthetic, decadent and inauthentic. 80s
National has an extremely accommodating crew. I love the history of
haters still exist, but it was interesting to see the general shift in senti-
the place as a vaudeville theatre. Our Richmond fans are very enthu-
siastic and they’re always willing to sing along and dress in ridiculous
The members of The Legwarmers are from various spots around the southeast, like Charlottesville, northern Virginia and Washington
80s fashion. It’s a totally fun time.” Dig out your Madonna duds, padded shoulder jackets, headbands, parachute pants, slap some mousse in your hair and get back in time
DC. “We all knew each other from playing with other bands. We started 54
The Legwarmers sort of as a goof. We really never expected this level
with The Legwarmers. They are the bomb! n JULY/AUGUST 2013
CITYdining By Emily Jones, Photos by Tim Hill
River City Diner
7 N. 17th Street. 644-9418. rivercitydiner.com
If you enjoyed the late night eats in the West End, wait until you take a drive downtown. The River City is full of options for meals after midnight! So catch a play or concert and stay downtown for a unique midnight meal!*
Diner fare, comfort food, breakfast all day, and milkshakes Open 'Til 3 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Eat the Rochester Garbage Plate. Two hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, hash browns, and chili are topped with shredded cheese and baked.
Casa Del Barco 320 S. 12th Street. 775-2628. casadelbarco.com Upscale traditional Mexican cuisine and handcrafted cocktails Open 'Til 1 a.m. on Friday & Saturday. Eat the late night menu after 11pm, which features a variety of tacos, empanadas, and ceviche for under $7, while 80s and 90s movies play on the big screens.
Sine Irish Pub 1327 E. Cary Street. 649-7767. sineirishpub.com Late night appetizer menu starts 11pm Open 'Til 1 a.m. on Friday & Saturday. Eat the Irish Nachos. Fried potatoes are topped with ranch, cheddar cheese, bacon, scallions, tomatoes and jalapenos.
Capital Ale House 4024-A Cox Road. 780-ALES. capitalalehouse.com Extensive beer selection and an American menu Open 'Til 1 a.m. nightly. Eat the Stuffed Pretzel. A split and grilled kielbasa with melted Havarti cheese, sauerkraut, and sweet mustard, is served on soft pretzel bread.
McLean’s Restaurant 3205 W. Broad Street. 358-0369. mcleansrestaurant.com Homestyle meals, breakfast all day, burgers and sandwiches Open All Night. Open from 11 p.m. all night on Friday & Saturday. Eat the Rockfish and French Fries, McLean’s version of fish and chips.
The Halligan Bar & Grill
(Pictured above) River City Diner offers late night diner fare and comfort food,
3 N. 17th Street. 447-7981. halliganbarandgrill.com
with imaginative twists on classic favorites such as the Rochester
Barbecue, sandwiches, wings and starters on the late night menu
Open 'Til 2 a.m. on Thursday–Saturday.
Capital Ale House's extensive beer list and American fare will
Eat the Memphis Style Chicken Sandwich. Slow-smoked whole
make it easy to find a perfect pair or their kielbasa sandwich on
chicken is hand-pulled and topped with Halligan sauce and jalapeno
jack cheese. 56
Weezie's Kitchen 3123 W. Cary Street. 726-1270. weezieskitchen.com Hearty entrees, salads and sandwiches Open 'Til 2 a.m. daily. Eat the Jerk Chicken. A grilled chicken breast is topped with jerk tomato and mushroom gravy and served over rice.
Uptown Market 2400 W. Main Street. 358-2239. uptownrva.com Deli sandwiches, hoagies and grinders Open 'Til 3 a.m. Thursday. 4 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Eat the Porchetta. Pork belly and pork tenderloin are slow-cooked in a white wine sauce and served on a sub with pesto aioli, roasted red peppers, and provolone.
On the Rox 119 N. 18th Street. 303-9444. roxrva.com Late night menu of paninis and fries Open 'Til 1:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Eat the French Fries. Hand-cut and double fried, fries are tossed with fresh herbs and coarse sea salt. Add options such as cooked in duck fat, tossed in truffle oil, or extra dipping sauces (such as buttermilk chive aioli, curry mayo, red pepper ketchup, and baconnaise).
Joeâ€™s Inn in the Fan 205 N. Shields Avenue. 355-2282. joesinn.com Italian dishes, breakfast all day, subs, and pizza Open 'Til 2 a.m. on Friday & Saturday. Eat the Loaded Spaghetti Dinner. Pasta is baked with mozzarella, mushrooms, pepperoni, pork sausage, and meatballs, and topped with your choice of meat or marinara sauce.
Galaxy Diner 3109 W. Cary Street. 213-0510. Sandwiches, burgers, breakfast all day, milkshakes and more Open 'Til 2 a.m. Wednesdayâ€“Saturday. Eat the Fried Twinkie a La Mode. A fried Twinkie is drizzled with chocolate and topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
Don't Look Back 2929 W. Cary Street. 353-8226. dontlookbackrva.com Tacos, burritos and daily specials Open 'Til 2 a.m. nightly. Eat the Chorizo Taco. Tacos with house-made Mexican sausage in the traditional style are topped with cilantro, onion, and lime, in a corn or flour tortilla. n
(Pictured above) On The Rox offers late night paninis and fries tossed with fresh herbs and sea salt. Joe's Inn's late night menu features Italian favorites such as the
* The hours shown are only for the days that the restaurants are open after 10 p.m. Most
Loaded Spaghetti Dinner is perfect for a late night meal.
restaurants have more hours/days open than what is listed for late-night.
Galaxy Diner serves up comfort foods like their Nuclear Waste Burger and Fried Twinkie a La Mode.
Islands of the Go with the flow and find history, wildlife and adventure By Jody Rathgeb, Photos courtesy Phil Riggan and Friends of James River Park
ABOVE BOSHER’S DAM (WILLEY BRIDGE)
Tuckahoe Island This Henrico County island, between the river and the James River Golf Course, sits low in the river’s floodplain, its woods are home to deer and other wildlife. It was a part of Mooreland Farms before the area was developed, and escaped development because the land isn’t viable for building. Tuckahoe is just down river from Robious Landing Park; access is by boat or kayak. THROUGH THE CITY
Williams Island Williams Island’s 95 acres of wilderness is near one of the river’s most popular recreation areas – Pony Pasture. Once the site of a
gravel pit and stone quarry, the island is now a wildlife sanctuary and sland hopping in Richmond? You bet! We may not have palm trees and coconuts, but the James River flows around lots of interesting bits of land that offer our special mix of history,
wildlife, outdoor activity and parties. Let’s take a tour, starting from the west and going with the flow.
part of the James River Park System. Fishermen love the area and it’s a prime spot for sighting deer, turkey, foxes, otters, beavers and even black bears. Dams on both sides of the island include a fishway. It is accessible by boat or, when the river is very low, via rock-hopping. There’s not much on Cedar Island near the James River Railway Bridge, but it makes a good spot for picnics or for watching Dogwood Dell’s fireworks on the Fourth of July.
Belle Isle Originally known as Broad Rock Island, became a park in 1973 and belongs to the James River Park System. Its history includes industry—a nail works, granite quarry and hydroelectric plant once operated here—and a notorious two years as a Union prisoner-ofwar camp during the Civil War, marked by overcrowding, disease and deaths from exposure and starvation. Today, the park offers walking and biking trails, fishing, a rock-climbing wall, opportunities to see wildlife and spots for picnics and sunbathing on large flat rocks, next to Hollywood Rapids. (Above) Great blue heron at Z-Dam at Williams Island. (Below) Paddlers in Pipeline Rapids.
Brown’s Island, between the river and the Haxall Canal, is the beginning of Richmond’s Canal Walk and the site of many local
Hatcher Island in Chesterfield County, which sits across from
festivals and concerts, including the Richmond Folk Festival and
Henricus Park and the Dutch Gap Conservation Area, is home to the
Friday Cheers. Named for settler Elijah Brown, there were originally
Richmond Yacht Basin – the largest marina close to Richmond.
two islands (the other named Johnson’s) that were separated by a
Also near the Dutch Gap Conservation Area is Farrar’s Island,
spillway. They were merged in 1970. Former industry included the
founded in 1611as the city of Henrico and one of Virginia’s
Richmond Union Passenger Railway, a coal power plant, hydroelectric
first settlements. It is named for William Farrar, who arrived
plant and the Dixie Paper Mill. But, in the 20th Century, hurricanes
from London in 1618. The island played a part in the Civil
Camille and Agnes effectively shut down the last of the operations.
War when Federal troops attacked Drewry’s Bluff, which is close to
Access to Brown’s is by pedestrian walkway from Seventh Street and
the Confederate Battery Danzler. Today, Farrar’s is popular for birding
by the Canal Walk from the east.
Islands at Pipeline Rapids Between the Pipeline Rapids to the north and the Southside Rapids are several small islands known for their wildlife, particularly birds. Shad Island, Devil’s Kitchen, Bailey’s Island and Vauxhall Island are the larger ones. Access isn’t too difficult by boat or rock-hopping, but getting around on them can be a challenge; some rough homeless camps tend to spring up here, too. It’s probably best to look for the heron rookery and sight bald eagles and osprey through binoculars from either the Pipeline Trail on the river’s north side or the floodwall walk.
Jones Neck Island Jones Neck Island, across the river from Henrico County’s Deep Bottom Park, was a peninsula until the 1930s, when the Army Corps of Engineers and the Civilian Conservation Corps cut a channel at its base to create an oxbow bypass. The man-made island is a nesting area for bald eagles.
Turkey Island Turkey Island (Presquile National Wildlife Refuge) was named in the early 1600’s by Capt. Christopher Newport. It had several notable owners, including William Randolph, the 26th speaker of the Virginia
House of Burgesses, and Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett, who lived there
Many people don’t realize that they are crossing an island when
it to the U.S. government, and in 1953, it became Presquile National
with his family after the Civil War. A subsequent owner bequeathed
they drive from 14th Street across the Mayo Bridge to Manchester,
Wildlife Refuge. Its 1,329 acres, mostly hardwood swamp, are set
but the fishermen lining the bridge in springtime know about the
aside to protect the habitat of migratory birds and nesting bald
rockfish migration here and the large catfish that can be caught.
eagles. Access to the island is by pontoon boat for scheduled events.
Mayo is privately owned and the site of a recycling operation, parking
Otherwise, prior arrangements must be made with the refuge.. n
lot and warehouses, but it has a lively past. It was home to the Tate Field ballpark for the Richmond Colts – a minor league team that played here from 1921 to 41, and for some time, outdoor concerts and festivals were held on the island. Recent discussions have focused on Mayo Island, as part of the city’s Riverfront Plan.
Chapel Island Named for an early Episcopal chapel, this island has an industrial past that includes an ice company warehouse and, most famously, Trigg’s Shipyard, from the turn of the 20th Century, which produced naval and commercial ships, including two destroyers. Recently, it has been the home of railroad sidings and a sewage retention pond, but that has been changing since the development of the Virginia Capital Trail for bikers and Great Shiplock Park, part of the James River Park System. Trails are being expanded and improved and plans for a nonmotor boat launch are under way. It will soon be a prime walking, fishing and wildlife spot.
Beautiful natural settings exist at the Atlantic Coast Line Bridge and Cedar Island, near Boulevard Bridge.
A Short Stop In
Photo Courtesy: Real Life Events
By Max Heyworth
lying Squirrels shortstop Joe Panik is considered by some to be the best offensive prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization. With his knack for contact
hitting and grinding through at- bats, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that he’ll be sitting somewhere near the top of a major league lineup before year’s end. So, it’s safe to say, that his stay in Richmond, as thrilling as it is, will be temporary. But, before leaving the River City, Joe was kind enough to take a few minutes on a cold Sunday morning to share some of his experiences with America’s pastime. Max Heyworth: So, the first question
JP: That day was pretty surreal, just hearing
winters hitting, throwing and lifting, just not
on everyone’s mind is: How do you like
your name being called. There are a lot of
in the best weather. It’s not too bad.
nerves leading up to it because you never
Joe Panik: Richmond’s a great city. I’m
know who’s going to take you, or where you
MH: Mike Trout hails not too far from you
living downtown in a really nice area by the
are going. But hearing your name called by
in New Jersey. In his rookie season last
river. The weather is nice here, compared
Bud Selig on TV is something you’re always
year, he came out and just blew everyone
to a lot of places I’ve been, especially the
going to remember.
away. Not to say the expectation is that high, but when you see a guy come into
Northeast. Great fans, too…gotta say that. MH: They’re saying 2014 will likely be
the majors like Trout or even Buster Posey,
the year you get called up to the majors,
how does it affect you?
MH: You’re a pro ballplayer in the San
maybe even this year. If and when that
JP: When you see young guys coming up
Francisco Giants organization – a team
happens, who are the first three people
and doing well right out of the chute, it’s
with two World Series titles in the last five
you will call?
good for everybody in every organization.
years. What’s that like for you?
JP: The first call I make will be to my parents,
It shows they don’t have to keep you in
JP: It’s pretty cool, just knowing you’re in
then my brother, who’s out in Indianapolis.
the minor leagues to be successful. If the
an organization that cares about winning.
Third one? The third one’s up in the air right
team pushes you and you keep working
You see guys on that team that have gone
now [laughs], but definitely my mom and
hard, you’ll succeed. Seeing Trout and
through that minor-league system, not just
dad with number one. They’ve been my
[Bryce] Harper and even what Manny
guys that they trade for...
biggest supporters from the beginning.
Machado’s doing right now, it gives everyone
They’ve been wonderful here.
confidence that we can do it ourselves.
MH: Buster Posey, Matt Cain...
MH: Some teams only have one scout
JP: ...yeah, exactly, Crawford, Belt, guys
for the entire Northeast. It’s a different
MH: Favorite baseball movie?
who’ve worked their way through the
environment from states like Florida,
JP: For the Love of the Game.
system. So, you know they give those guys a
Texas and California, where you can play
chance, and it’s pretty cool to see them have
year-round. Being a ballplayer from New
MH: Why that one? Just curious.
success that way.
York, how do you stay sharp in the winter?
JP: Kevin Costner, he’s a great actor
JP: There’s hitting tunnels. You can throw in
[Writer’s note: My curiosity noted above stems
MH: Describe the experience of
gyms and work out just like anywhere else.
from the fact that, while I’m never one to
going first round in the Major League
There’ll be days where it’s 50 degrees and
question another person’s taste in film, I can’t
you can go out and long toss. We spend our
imagine how anyone could pick this installJULY/AUGUST 2013
ment from the Costner baseball canon over Bull Durham or Field of
Big East Championship in 2010. Just the feeling of dog-piling and
winning, as a collective group, with the guys you’ve spent every day in college with – day in and day out. To be able to celebrate with
MH: Any other friends in pro baseball right now?
them was definitely the coolest experience I’ve had.
JP: Yeah, I have a friend who’s a relief pitcher for Trenton [Thunder], Dan Burawa, and a couple of guys in the Rockies and Brewers
MH: How would you say the level of difficulty escalates from
organization. It’s neat to follow them along in their journey as well.
college to the minors to spring training with the major league club?
MH: Does anyone else in your family play?
JP: Definitely, as you move up, the pitchers get better, and the
JP: I have an older brother, who played baseball at Canisius College
velocity...everyone can throw the ball well. They’re consistent,
in Buffalo. He coaches at Butler University right now.
there aren’t too many mistakes. And, not only the pitchers, but the
MH: Yeah, VCU is very familiar with Butler. [Laughs]
defenders are much better. They cover more ground in the outfield and the infielders have more range. So, it’s hard to get those balls to
MH: How about your parents?
fall in. You’ve got to work harder to get hits.
JP: They never really played organized sports, but they’ve always been my biggest supporters. They’re living back in New York now,
MH: Baseball is notorious for its nicknaming culture. What have
both working, but they save up all their vacation time to see me and
you gotten so far, with a name like “Panik?”
JP: My favorite one is “Panik Attack.” I got that one from the local newspaper back in high school. My brother and I played a couple of
MH: At what point did they realize you had something special to
years together, and once, we hit back-to-back home runs that were
where you could actually make a career out of baseball?
the go-ahead runs in the game. The headline said, “Panik Attack,” so
JP: I’d probably say high school. You know, there are so many other
kids who are good in little league and middle school, but once you
MH: Yeah, headline writers love that kind of stuff. [Laughs]
get to high school and travel a little bit, you really start separating yourself. And, after high school, once college hit, that’s when the
MH: What’s the best baseball-related advice you’ve ever gotten?
career idea kind of took off. It felt like there might be a chance there.
JP: Look at the performance, not the results, because you can easily get frustrated in baseball. But, it’s important keep positive and keep
MH: What was your best baseball experience?
moving forward while focusing on having quality at-bats.
JP: Besides being drafted, my best moment was winning the MH: What‘s your favorite sport, other than baseball? JP: I’d probably say hockey. I like to watch it. Though I never actually played ice hockey, it’s a lot of fun to watch. MH: What would you tell a kid who dreams of becoming a major leaguer? JP: Don’t stop dreaming. Keep working hard, and someone will find you. It doesn’t matter where you come from. MH: What would you be doing if not playing baseball? JP: Well, I went to school for finance, but I don’t know if I could follow up with that. [Laughs] I could see myself being a teacher, because I like being around kids and working with them…being a gym teacher or a history teacher, something along those lines. MH: I read somewhere that [NY Yankees shortstop Derek] Jeter is your favorite player. JP: It might be a little cliché – a lot of people love Jeter, especially in my age group – but he did things right on and off the field. That’s the kind of style I try to model myself after, doing the right things and going about your business the right way. n www.richmondnavigator.com
The Tax Man Cometh! By G. Carl Mahler, Jr.
only just filed my 2012 income tax returns, endured the pain I feel every year at this time, and am already sick to my stomach an-
ticipating what lies ahead in April 2014. For
those of us who make up the 50 percent of the country that actually pay income taxes (I thank you for your service in support the growing entitlement army), the actual taxes you pay in 2013 will feel like a punch in the gut. When you add the almost 5 percent top rate increase to the new 3.8 percent healthcare reform tax, you end up with a 25 percent increase. If you’re “unfortunate enough” to have investment gains, the long term capital gain tax rate goes from 15 to 20 percent – a 33 percent increase. Taxes are going to be a bigger deal than ever. You’ve likely heard the old adage “don’t let the tax tail wag the financial dog.” While true, it does make sense to invest in ways that are most beneficial overall. You, your advisor, and your accountant need
I have always been a proponent of paying taxes at the last possible moment so this notion of paying taxes today for future “tax free” growth is a tough one to consider”
to put your heads together to consider taxable, tax-deferred, and/or tax advantage. All are available and each has merit, but also accompanying costs and consequences to consider. I have always been a proponent of paying taxes at the last possible moment so this notion of paying taxes today for future “tax-free” growth is a tough one to consider. You would only do it if you think tax rates will go up in the future. What if Congress actually gets the message in years to come that a lower-rate, flat tax will generate more revenue? Then, the decision to pay today left you with egg on your face. At the very least, you would maximize your contribution to the company 401(k) plan since you don’t pay taxes on your contribution, all investment gains are tax-deferred, and you are likely in a lower tax bracket when you take it as monthly retirement income. Beyond that, there are a number of tax-deferred and tax-advantage options to consider. Each has pros and cons. Caveat Emptor! It’s a jungle out there. n Your Wealth. Your Life. Our Focus. 3748 Winterfield Road, Midlothian, VA 23113 378-1624 | www.pinnaclegroup.net Guarantees are based on the paying ability of the issuer. The information contained in this report does not purport to be a complete description of the securities, markets, or developments referred to in this material. Any information is not a complete summary or statement of all available data necessary for making an investment decision and does not constitute a recommendation. Prior to making an investment decision, please consult with your financial advisor about your individual situation.
The Pinnacle Group An Independent Wealth Management Firm Any opinions are those of G. Carl Mahler, Jr. and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James.
H E A L T H
GUARDING YOUR HEALTH w h i l e
t r a v e l i n g
How to find doctors, clinics and advice on vacation By Kristen Gerencher
etting sick or hurt while on summer
O V E R S E A S
vacation is unfortunate enough. Don't add insult to injury by
T R A V E L
Traveling abroad is more complicated. Medicare
neglecting a few health-related details that
emergency care outside the U.S., except
could save you money in the event you need
for a few narrow exceptions around the
medical treatment. If you're traveling domestically, research in-network providers at your destination to avoid having to pay higher rates for out-ofnetwork care. Go to your insurer's website, or call the toll-free number on your insurance card, for help finding local in-network doctors for nonemergencies. Some insurers offer smartphone apps that allow you to find physicians in a given area. Keep your primary-care doctor's phone number handy as well. You can always call for advice if it isn't an emergency. Another option for relatively minor problems is visiting a retail health clinic or urgent-care clinic. There are more than 1,300 retail
Canadian border and in or near U.S. harbors. Private insurers vary on what, if anything, they cover internationally. Some group health plans may cover a medical evacuation, said Susan Pisano, spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, "especially if the company has employees who travel abroad frequently." One option is to buy travel insurance, which typically runs five percent to seven percent of your total trip cost. Travel insurance for medical needs is usually offered as part of a package, including coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, but standalone medical policies also exist.
clinics in 39 states, and they accept major health plans or cash payment
Policies typically cover everyday issues such as when a traveler falls
if you don't have coverage, said Tom Charland, chief executive of
and needs to fly home for surgery as well as emergencies that require
a chartered flight with medical equipment.
Check your insurer's website to find a facility, or go to the sites of
Without some insurance, the cost of a medical evacuation typically
big operators, such as CVS's MinuteClinic.com or TakeCareHealth.com,
ranges $20,000 to $30,000, said Carol Mueller, spokeswoman for Travel
a Walgreens subsidiary.
Guard, a travel-insurance provider.
Retail clinics offer a limited scope of services, treating ailments like pink eye, bronchitis, ear infections and bladder infections. If you have
A travel-insurance policy could cover "three seats in first class with an attending nurse all the way up to a helicopter," Mueller said.
a non-life-threatening injury, such as a simple fracture, cut or burn, visit an urgent-care center instead.
T A K E
C A R E
It's vital to carry a short health summary for every traveler in your
As you pack up to leave, remember all your health and prescription
family, listing current medications and health conditions, previous
insurance cards. Make sure your prescriptions are filled and that you
hospitalizations, drug allergies, your doctors' contact information
have enough should you be delayed upon return. Bring a medication
and the like. The American College of Emergency Physicians offers a
lockbox if you'll be around children.
variety of forms online that you can print and fill out, including one for
Lastly, take good care of yourself when you hit the road. Apply
children with special health-care needs. (emergencycareforyou.org/
sunscreen regularly to avoid a painful sunburn, and use caution when
hauling and lifting luggage.
If you've had an EKG, take a copy of it in your wallet. This will help
Fight dehydration by drinking plenty of water, and take bathroom
doctors establish a base line and possibly avoid an expensive cardiac
breaks even if they're inconvenient. Delaying urination can tax your
work-up, said Linda Stogner, a family physician.
body in ways that invite bladder infections, kidney stones and gout. n
"It's your record. It's your heart. You should have it," she said. If you or your children are behind on immunizations, get caught up before you take off. "Imagine the cost of falling ill from something like whooping cough or measles unnecessarily," Mulligan said. 64
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By Jennifer Norvell Saunders
After the planting, mulching, grass cutting, weeding and watering is done, do you have a place in your garden where you can actually sit and enjoy the results of your efforts? A place where you can put your feet up? Share a few laughs with your family and friends while soaking up the sun or gazing at the starry sky?
(Above) A natural stone fireplace creates a focal point for this patio. (Right) The relaxing sounds of water features complete a gorgeous garden.
If your yard is all work and no play, a water or fire feature may be the missing element. It’s amazing how watching a flickering flame, contemplating a still pond, or listening to the gurgle of a fountain, can transport you to a place of relaxation. Both are beautiful and functional too. Water features attract and support wildlife while an outdoor fire allows you to enjoy your yard after dark even when there’s a chill in the air. Adding fire and water to your landscape doesn’t demand a lot of real estate. Both have become so popular in recent years, there are now plenty of options available for any size garden and any size budget. You can walk into most home or garden stores and find a simple tabletop fire pot or wall fountain for your balcony garden. You can get your DIY on by making a bubbler for your patio, or you can hire a landscaper watch as they go all out transforming your yard. But before you hop in the car, cue up the DIY video or pick up the phone, it’s a good idea to give some thought to what you want to achieve in your future backyard oasis. Here are some questions to ask yourself: www.richmondnavigator.com
What do I want to achieve – attracting nature, a place to relax, an entertaining spot? All of these?
How much time and money do I want to spend?
How much free time will I have to relax outside?
How many people will I want to accommodate around the water or fire feature?
How much yard or patio space can I devote to my project?
What’s the style I want? Rustic, natural, elegant, playful?
Where do I want to put it? Close to the house with easy access? Tucked away in a private corner?
Is the location safe for pets, children and other structures?
Do I want the feature to be portable or permanent?
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(Above) An outdoor patio strikes a natural balance between water and fire. (Left) Water cascades down a stone wall while a fire flickers on the built-in fire pit.
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To help you fine-tune your direction, you may also want to search
Fire pits or fire rings can be permanent or portable. Smaller fire
the internet, flip through some magazines and talk to friends and
pits are around 3 feet wide while larger ones can be up to 6 feet wide.
neighbors who already have water or fire elements in their yard. As
If you want folks to be able to put their feet up, look at one about 12-
you do, consider these options as starting points:
14 inches tall. If you want to be able to sit on the edge, go with 18-20
WATER FEATURES Bubblers turn any size open container into a water feature with just a pump, pool tubing and rocks. Water bubbles out of the pump and recirculates all in the same container. Fountains or water walls are contained units that plug into an electrical source. Fountains send water from a spout into a basin. Water walls are similar but instead of the water dropping through the air, a sheet of water flows down a wall into a basin below.
inches. Fire bowls come in sizes small enough to display on a table and large enough to be considered a permanent fixture in your yard. Fire tables are both a source of light and warmth and a place to serve food. Available in either dining or coffee table heights, they usually have the fire source in the center of the table, surrounded by a wide rim. Fire hearths give the feel of a fireplace, but usually at a lower cost. Think of them as a cross between a firepit and fireplace.
Ponds are still water that attracts wildlife like frogs, butterflies and
Fireplaces create an intimate indoor hearth feeling outdoors. Be-
birds and can be small or large. Either way, they can take some effort
cause they have chimneys, they direct smoke upward and away from
to install and maintain properly.
Waterfalls typically require a larger space and are often used to
Jennifer Saunders is the owner of Twig, a home décor shop in Lakeside featuring
add moving water to a pond. If you’re interested in a waterfall but
her “Kicked-Up Cottage Living” style of curated vintage and new home décor, local
don’t want the maintenance of a pond, look into a disappearing wa-
and regional artists and fresh flowers. When she’s not in the shop or out looking for
terfall which only requires an underground reservoir big enough to
treasures, Jennifer writes about home décor and provides in-home styling. To learn
keep the pump below water.
more about Jennifer and Twig, visit www.facebook.com/LoveWhereLive.
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U n d e r f o o t ?
By Vicki O’Neal, ASID, CID, VSLD
Thinking about building, renovating, or creating a new look for your interior? That process frequently involves selecting and installing new flooring. The material underfoot is one of the most important design choices, both functionally and aesthetically. Flooring is a dominant visual element in any space, and on a purely practical level, its maintenance impacts life on a daily basis. Because it's a relatively-permanent and style-setting element, I frequently choose flooring material early in the design process and select other materials to complement and coordinate with each other and the floor. Choices include wood, laminate, tile, stone, composite stone, vinyl, carpet, and many exciting design alternatives, both new and not so new. The development of “green” products is receiving due attention, and selections are expanding continuously. They include bamboo– cork, rubber, linoleum, and, surprisingly, leather. Types of hard-surface flooring are plentiful, and there are surprising new faces with old names. Luxury vinyls, for instance, are available in stunning choices that have no visual relationship with their past-life cousins. Porcelain tile is available in new, overscale sizes and updated shapes, many mimicking the look of other materials such as wood or natural stone. Before that dingy floor comes up, the evaluation process should include careful assessment of the space and installation conditions. Study up on material choices that blend with your lifestyle and personal preferences. Durable, eco-friendly, or hypoallergenic characteristics, can be selection criteria. Research and professional advice are of great value and may prevent costly mistakes, especially in renovation projects. The most important criteria in choosing flooring materials are: Application consider where the material will be installed. Foot traffic and circulation in the space observe carefully. Maintenance considerations be realistic. Subfloor, preparation, and installation requirements don’t skimp here.
Wood Floors Wood floors are available in many different species, but basically fall into two classes: unfinished and prefinished. Unfinished wood is installed, sanded in place, stained if desired, and finished with two to three coats of clear finish. New water-based finishes are superior to polyurethane in hardness, are nearly odorless, and do not discolor over time. There are various choices in types of finish–from satin (less gloss) to high gloss. High gloss tends to show more wear and scratching and
(Above) Wood floors add classic beauty to practically any space. Beautiful wood
is not the best choice for high-traffic areas or homes with small chil-
tones and intricate patterns may be incorporated as feature design elements. Parquet floor pattern photo courtesy of E. T. Moore Manufacturing, Inc. Reclaimed Wood (www.etmoore.com).
(Above) Contrasts of flooring colors and materials create striking design details. Transitions between flooring materials require special attention if a level surface is desired.
dren or pets. It takes a few days to install and finish this type of floor,
offer endless design possibilities and produce an elegant, classic, or
so be patient and schedule the extra time required.
contemporary aesthetic, depending on the particular layout. For a
Prefinished-wood flooring does offer a few advantages over unfinished. It’s a walk-away installation. When the floor goes down, it’s
more budget-conscious design solution, man-made tiles can sometimes produce installations that mimic natural stone.
superior to field- applied finishes. There is a downside, as there can be
Carpet and Rugs
some edges of planks that are slightly unlevel. This is usually not too
There are two major types of carpet: cut pile and level loop. These
noticeable, but it can be an issue depending on the subfloor condi-
come in two basic types of construction: tufted and woven. Berber
tion. There are options of different edge details of prefinished floor, so
carpets, popular for family rooms and high-use areas, are an example
be sure you know which one you are getting.
of loop construction. Residential carpet of any surface texture is most
finished, except for trim. The surface is factory finished and is generally
Tile and Stone
likely a tufted construction. Many other characteristics affect the ap-
Natural stone—marble, granite, limestone, travertine, and slate—
fiber content, pad or underlayment, and, of course—color. Major de-
is always a beautiful choice in flooring. The durability of a particular
sign trends in carpet styles include:
stone is due in large part to its inherent hardness. Stain resistance is
Frieze twisted-cut pile, sometimes with soil-hiding color flecks.
also a critical selection factor. Be sure to research the specific charac-
Cut and loop combination pile rich texture, sometimes with an al-
teristics of the stone you are considering. Variations in manufacturing
most 3-D look; frequently seen in geometric or botanical patterns.
and the source of stone greatly affect material cost and account for the
Sculpted pile many patterns and textures available.
huge spread in pricing for the exact same product. Stone can have a
Printed carpet various designs are over-printed onto the carpet fi-
polished, shiny surface, an unpolished, textured finish, or a semi-pol-
ished, honed texture with an almost dimensional appearance.
Carpet tiles squares of carpet, sometimes installed in colorful pat-
Styles of ceramic, clay body, and porcelain tile have changed dra-
pearance and performance of carpet, including density, face weight,
matically over the past few years. There are countless options from tra-
Residential carpets have a rating between one and five, represent-
ditional looks to rich, textured porcelains, gleaming iridescents, mosa-
ing the carpet's ability to withstand wear. When choosing carpet, con-
ics, glass tiles and metallics. Border-tile patterns and medallion motifs
sider the use of the space, foot traffic that can create wear patterns, JULY/AUGUST 2013
the construction, and color. Light colors could be used in bedrooms, for instance, but might not be an appropriate choice for an active area. Know how your carpet will be installed and where the seams will be located. Hard surface flooring can be installed adjacent to carpet at doorways and in heavy circulation paths to improve carpet life and appearance retention. Area and oriental rugs make some of the prettiest and most impressive design statements for traditional and contemporary interiors. Their construction is similar to carpet—tufted or woven—and they can be made by machine or by hand. Natural materials, such as wool and silk, offer an exquisite hand or feel and are unmistakable in their beauty and luxury. For more casual spaces, synthetic materials can be stylish, durable, and budget-friendly options.
Keep it Simple Flooring selections throughout your home should blend gracefully and functionally, one material to the next. Keep the palette simple, and be sure to install the proper threshold when transitioning between surfaces. Sound deadening can be a consideration for hard surfaces, especially when they are installed upstairs. Always finish closets with the same material as the adjacent area. Critical to the success of any new flooring are preparation and installation procedures. Always check the manufacturers’ recommendations and subfloor requirements, and use only specified materials, fasteners, adhesives, and post-installation maintenance. Most warranties are null and void if the product is installed or maintained contrary to the manufacturers’ specifications. Choose wisely to insure enjoyment for many years to come n. (Above) Simple color and material palettes produce a tranquil and restful setting.
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Vicki O'Neal, owner of FORM & FUNCTION, provides commercial and residential interior and landscape design. She is a professional member of ASID, VA Certified Interior Designer (CID), Master Gardener, and a VA Certified Landscape Designer (VSLD) and a Horticulturist. 804.897.8558 FandFdesign.com Information in articles written by Vicki O’Neal is intended for general reference only.
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