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ABOUT OUR COVER Put on your shopping shoes. It’s that time of year again – time for West End’s Best Magazine’s annual Shoppers Guide. No matter who you might be shopping for, even the fussiest of shoppers, just take a look at what’s in store for you.
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ell, we’ve finally made it to November. That means that winter can’t be far away. I hope that also means snow. Don’t hate me because I love snow. Snow is a beautiful thing; not some bullet to be dodged as the weathermen say when they want you to thank them for getting the forecast wrong. They’ll predict ten inches. We get a flurry. And they’ll come on and say, “Gee, this is great. We dodged a bullet.” I don’t want to dodge that bullet. Anyway, the start of November has meant, for several years now, West End’s Best Magazine’s annual Shoppers Guide. One thing that I think we do well, if I may congratulate ourselves, is celebrate the small business people throughout the West End. Our guide is filled with some of the best, little, local gift, hobby and consignment shops that you need to know about. In putting this guide together, I get to meet and speak with many of these business owners. What strikes me is their passion for their shops. These are not folks who are just punching a clock. They take a keen interest in every aspect of the business and are dedicated to providing their customers with quality products and excellent service at reasonable prices. Just so you know, I’m not doing an advertisement here. But I’d strongly encourage you to keep these small businesses in mind as you go shopping for gifts this year. If you don’t mind flipping the magazine over, after you finish reading this riveting letter, of course, I think you’ll enjoy our River
City Magazine. You did realize there was another magazine on the flip side, didn’t you? Or did you just think we printed a few pages upside down? In River City Magazine, Jody Rathgeb has an excellent piece detailing some intriguing untold stories from Hollywood Cemetery. I was fascinated when I read it. It instilled in me a desire to go to Hollywood, as a visitor only, of course. Before I wrap this letter up, let me just call your attention to some of the fun things in this issue. We went In Search Of International Dishes, and came up with some real winners. The next time that you’re feeling a little international, pull this magazine out and pick a great dining spot and enjoy a delicious dish. Finally, back to my love of snow. With winter rearing its beautiful head, it’s time to start making plans to head for the hills. Our “Winter Fun in the Mountains” feature spotlights some of our favorite destinations around the state. In my younger days, I used to ski, and I loved it. It was as much fun as falling down a mountain could be. But these days, I tire out just trying to climb out of the hot tub. Whatever winter activities you’re up for this year, you’ll likely find them somewhere in the mountains of Virginia. Now, go, read and enjoy.
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Is There a Carvana Vending Machine in our byFuture? Zach Brown
e live in the future. Yes, we exist in an era foreseen by the creators of The Jetsons and Star Trek, with self-driving cars, virtual reality gaming and now, automobile vending machines. Is that an odd concept? Phoenix-based Carvana does not seem to think so. “We have an aggressive growth strategy and are looking at new and existing markets where we can expand and give even more people access to a better way to buy a car with Carvana,” says the company’s co-founder, Ryan Keeton. The online car retailer will potentially be erecting one of its 71-foot-tall, five-story vending machines in Richmond’s West End. While rumors have surfaced to the effect that we’ll be seeing a Carvana vending machine, here, Keeton says, “We are looking at new and existing markets. While we do have plans to bring Car Vending Machines like the one launched in Nashville to as many markets as possible over the next few years, we’re not able to confirm any specifics at this point.” What we do know is that Carvana has recently expanded into the Richmond area, allowing them to offer free delivery of vehicles to online customers as quickly as the next day. If the idea of a vending machine for cars seems “wild” to you, rest assured, the concept behind it is simple: cut out the middle man and engage the consumer directly.
Starting in 2013, Carvana put forward the following pitch: shop for your car online, save money doing it and reduce the environmental footprint that comes with a dealership facility. Through its home page (Carvana.com), the company says that it can save shoppers upwards of $1,800 by eliminating “hidden fees” and the costs of maintaining a dealership. Placing fifth on Forbes’ list of “America’s Most Promising Companies of 2015,” the online-retailer’s current business model is run almost entirely through its website. It allows customers to take virtual tours of the car and offers a “7-Day Test Drive” period after purchase. Carvana goes the extra mile by delivering the car directly to the customer’s driveway or (in some cases) paying for the plane ticket to retrieve your out-of-state vehicle. With the vending machine, customers would have the option to pick up their car by visiting the eight-level facility and have their purchase “drop” to them. If and when the vending machine becomes a West End reality, we would be put square in the driver’s seat in a world that even science fiction writers might have a hard time believing.
FLING IS THE THING AT HUNTING HAWK
Golf courses are big, beautiful parcels of land, but they typically are reserved for golfers. A local course, however, is hoping to expand its clientele by introducing a new variation on the centuries-old sport. Hunting Hawk Golf Club in Hanover County adopted fling golf earlier this year, becoming the first course in the area to try the sport. In fling golf, players hurl a golf ball as if they were playing lacrosse, using the same basic rules as traditional golfers and following the same basic course layout. Instead of a bag of golf clubs, players use a single stick, which is fashioned with a pocket on the end of it. “We figured it would be a good way to get new people to the golf course, especially some of the younger generation,” said Smitty Smithson, assistant pro at Hunting Hawk. In addition to golf devotees, Smithson said fling golf should appeal to both those who have never played golf before and those who have played the sport but abandoned it out of frustration. It also lends itself particularly well to group outings. Golfers and fling golfers can play together in the same foursome. This flexibility means that families can get together for a fun and relaxed game. Corporate and fundraising outings can include both golfers and non-golfers. Smithson said it does not take players long to figure out how to throw the ball with decent distance and accuracy. It’s also less time-consuming than a typical tour of a golf course, with rounds that are up to two hours faster than traditional golf.
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THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOE BUSINESS
GARY WEINER LOOKS BACK ON A LIFETIME AT SAXON SHOES AS GARY WEINER,
president and CEO of Saxon Shoes, approaches his 60th birthday next year, I asked him to reflect on having spent virtually an entire lifetime with the successful family-owned retailer. On any occasion that I’ve visited with him in his office, he seems to be handling a dozen different things at a time. While my biggest day-to-day decisions have to do with whether to use a period or an exclamation point, Gary’s seem to be much more demanding. I asked him if he ever becomes tired of all that’s involved with running the business? “It’s not easy, but it is exciting,” he replies thoughtfully. “It’s what I do.” Continuing, Gary explains that the rewards compensate. “I have a job that I need to do, which is supplying quality shoes and delivering them (while working) with great people who know what they do, in an atmosphere that’s warm and inviting.” Perhaps even more importantly, Gary says it makes him feel great to know that he’s been instrumental in building a business that his parents started three years before he was born. “It’s a testament to them,” he says. “I remember there were days when they did no business. I mean zero business. They did the hardest part, getting the business from zero to one. I was lucky enough to take it from there.” Gary and his team now operate two Saxon Shoes locations – a 26,000-square-foot facility in Short Pump Town Center and a 19,000-square-foot store in Fredericksburg. Although Gary grew up helping his parents in their store, he says. “I didn’t decide to join the company until my last year in college. I graduated (from the University of Maryland) on May 19, 1979. I started here on May 21st.” I asked if he recalled a certain moment when he knew his destiny was with the family business. “There must have been an epiphany,” Gary says. “Or maybe I just didn’t want to have to go on job interviews.” So what are the keys to Saxon’s success? “We offer more selections than any other store within 100 miles,” he says. But, it’s more than that. “We are extremely fond of our customers. We treat them very well. You can’t get that on a computer.” Two additional factors, he cites are location and community involvement. Philanthropy has long been a hallmark of Saxon Shoes. As an example, from now through Christmas, the store will be involved in their annual campaign to provide shoes to the needy. “When we started this 24 years ago, we collected 800 pairs of used, but still useable shoes, as well as new shoes,” he says. “Now we collect from 7,000 to 9,000 each year.” The company that his parents began in a small store in the heart of Downtown Richmond has changed a lot over the years. “Our location has changed … several times,” Gary says. “Brands have changed. Heel heights have changed.” What hasn’t changed? “I’m hoping,” he replies, “that people will say the service we provide our customers hasn’t changed.” There’s another constant. “My mother is still the guiding light of Saxon Shoes,” he says. As far as the future of the business goes, Gary simply says, “We’re thinking. It’s tough to stand still on the tracks. Someone might pass you.” I ask if that statement implies that there are future expansion plans. “It implies,” he says with a warm smile, “that we’re thinking.” Looking back on a career that spans his entire life, Gary says, “I could have done other things. If you ask my wife or my mother, they’ll say I should have become a lawyer because I can definitely argue.” But all things considered, Gary seems to be pretty content at the helm of one of the region’s most enduring and successful family businesses. “I love Richmond. It’s a great community. It’s a nice place to grow up and raise your children. I have my family. I have my friends. It’s been very rewarding.” ADVERTISER-SUPPORTED CONTENT
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ccording to Forbes Magazines less than one-third of all family-run businesses survive past the first generation. However given their passion for their family business, Biggs Ltd., as well as the respect for Don Biggs, their father and founder of the business, and their love for one another, Jim, John and Donna Biggs are likely to enjoy continued success in the gift shop that their father started over thirty years ago. Don Biggs, who is still very much involved in the operation of Biggs Ltd., opened his store on Lakeside Avenue in 1984. Over the years, the business has moved from that small storefront to Willow Lawn, then to Virginia Center Commons and now to the prestigious Short Pump area, which Donna calls, “an exceptional location.” “It’s a privilege to be here,” John says. “When people think Short Pump, they think high end.” Those same two words should come to mind when shopping at Biggs Ltd. “High end” aptly describes the unimaginable array of quality gift items customers will find in their impressive 7,000-square-foot-plus retail location. While quality was a hallmark from the very beginning, the inventory has definitely changed. “It’s been a total evolution,” says Donna. “When our father first opened,” explains Jim, “he carried collectibles.” But tastes change, and as successful businesses tend to do, the Biggs family adjusted their product lines to reflect the desires and the needs of their customers. For instance, Donna points to a $15,000 Waterford lamp on display in the gorgeous showroom, and says, “We have the $18,000 chandelier to match it.” She quickly adds, “Don’t worry, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.” And, she’s right. While the quality of the merchandise is high, there’s nothing stuffy about the atmosphere. In fact, some of the items are quite whimsical. For instance, there's the large selection of Disney fine art, with many pieces in the $125 range. Biggs Ltd. also carries Sid Dickens who is best known for his popular and highly sought after tiles called Memory Blocks. You can choose from their selection of almost 200 in stock and they retail for $90 each. There’s also intricate Starlite Originals Legends animal sculptures for $100, and a number of other beautiful, larger wildlife pieces priced from $200 and up.
Speaking of sculpture, take a look at the works of Michael Aram – a world-renowned metal artist, with a wide selection that includes everything from Christmas ornaments to pictures frames, starting at $50. He also creates sculptures and lighting pieces, priced at up to several thousand dollars. Regardless of the occasion, you’ll find the perfect gift. “We specialize in moments in people’s lives, from birth to graduation to their wedding day,” Donna says. “These are heirloomquality gifts that last a lifetime.” For example, how about a beautiful sterling silver baby rattle, hand engraved and only $150? No matter the price, everything at Biggs Ltd. is high quality. And that’s what people want, John says, “They want to give gifts so special that the recipient never forgets the moment." Looking at the list of name brands carried at Biggs Ltd, is like reading a Who’s Who of the top manufacturers around the world – some in existence for over 200 years, according to Donna. These are often European family artisans who have passed their trade down, generation after generation, through the centuries. Product lines include: Lladro (classic figurines), Jay Strongwater (elegant home décor and jewelry), Baccarat Crystal and so much more. “Mackenzie-Childs is a big draw right now,” Donna adds. Their product line includes everything from beautiful towels and serve-ware to Christmas decorations and exquisite handmade furniture. While the store carries many fantastic items in stock, there are tens of thousands of other items that can be ordered. Some may typically take three to five days for delivery. For larger, custommade items, however, you may have a three-month or more wait. “It’s best to order early,” Donna advises. Now, you may be wondering if such a place as this really exists right here in Richmond’s West End. You wouldn’t be alone. Donna cites the example of a local customer who recently discovered the store. “She told me that she’s been driving to D.C. to shop for the things we carry,” Donna adds. “We have customers who order online from Australia, but many who live right here don’t know about us.” If you fall into that category, now is the time to get to know the Biggs family and to discover their amazing store, as well as their courteous, friendly customer service. No doubt, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen in Richmond.
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“What makes the assortment of merchandise at Janet Brown Interiors so special is the well blended selection of products from the past and present!” says Janet. “We strive to provide our customers with superior quality products in a warm and inviting atmosphere. We carry a wide variety of pillows and there are countless styles to choose from including graphic prints, velvets, holiday themed pillows, needlepoint, and dog breed pillows. You’ll feel right at home with our selection of luxurious bed, bath, and table linens. We have offerings from Sferra, Matouk, Peacock Alley, John Robshaw and more!” Janet Brown Interiors also features furniture from the finest manufacturers and designers. “We have carefully selected pieces, including tables, chairs, ottomans, cabinets, chests and upholstered pieces. In addition, we can special order almost any furniture item that you need, customized to your look that will reflect your own personal style and taste.”
“We have anything you might want for the holiday season, especially if it goes on your feet,” says Gary Weiner, president and CEO of Saxon Shoes. “We have the biggest selection of any (shoe) store within 100 miles.” If a wide selection is what you desire, you’re going to find it at Saxon Shoes. “We have tons of shoes, slippers and boots,” Weiner says. Choose from such name brands as Frye, Ugg, Clarks, Hunter and many, many more. But Saxon Shoes is much more than shoes. Shop for accessories and handbags from Vera Bradley, Brighton and baggalini. Plus, there’s college memorabilia from UVA, Virginia Tech, VCU and James Madison. You want more? How about FREE gift-wrap on any Saxon purchase! Shop Saxon Shoes in Richmond and Fredericksburg. Saxon Shoes will open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday, November 25.
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YARDBIRDS For nearly a quarter century bird lovers and hobbyists have been flocking to this Gayton Crossing shop for birdseed, feeders and birdhouses. . But over the years, the store has evolved, says Mark Ackerman, who owns YardBirds with his wife, Linda. “We’ve combined our love for birding and nature with unique gifts.” Today, Yardbirds is one of the most unique gift shops in town. Yes, you can still get all your birding needs at YardBirds, including all fresh, no filler, seed as well as squirrel-proof bird feeders. The store also carries a large variety of birding books and journals. But you’ll also discover a wide array of gifts for any nature lover, from wind chimes and glass artwork to statuary and themed flags. There’s even a children’s section featuring naturethemed puzzles and games. The gifts you find here are gifts you’ll find nowhere else in town.
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CROSSROADS ART CENTER Whether you’re shopping for a gift for someone on your list, or shopping for yourself, or even if you just want to spend a few hours immersed in the works of emerging and established midAtlantic artists, it’s always a treat to visit the 25,000-squarefeet of exhibition space at Crossroads Art Center. There truly is something for every art lover on your list. Owner Jennifer Kirby says the center offers a variety of smaller items that would be perfect for gift giving, such as cutting boards, pottery and homemade soaps. She adds that people are already buying pieces for the home in anticipation of holiday entertaining. “They’re purchasing statement pieces for over the fireplace or over the couch.” Additionally, artists from Crossroads Art Center as well as a couple of other local galleries will be showcasing (and creating) works of art at Regency Square beginning on Black Friday and running through the holidays.
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ATTIC CONSIGNMENT Chances are you’re going to find something for just about anyone on your shopping list at Attic Consignments. But, if you don’t, just come back. “It’s never the same store twice. That’s exciting for most people.’’ says Billy Morse, a jeweler and one of the staff of specialists at the store. Morse adds that the display space can change completely in a matter of hours. You’ll discover fantastic values on furniture, jewelry, housewares, antiques and artwork at Attic Consignments. They offer great gifts in all price ranges, all styles and all time periods – from Victorian to modern day. Whether you have a $300 budget for a couch, or a $2,000 budget for a dresser by Henkel Harris or Stickley, Attic Consignments will work to meet your needs. 1348 Gaskins Road 804-740-9040 AtticConsignments.com
VOGUE FLOWERS & GIFT LTD. Show how much you care by sending the perfect gift from Vogue Flowers. For over 31 years, this family-run business has offered only the very best in their amazing assortment of the freshest floral arrangements, plants and gift baskets designed to make any occasion memorable. They select only the freshest, highest quality flowers and even grow many flowers locally on their family farm. When youy want to send only the very best, let Vogue Flower’s professional and caring staff, including experienced designers, take care of all your floral needs. Your gift from Vogue Flowers will be hand delivered by one of their own drivers and will arrive beautifully presented and personalized with your message. 114 North Boulevard 804-353-9600 VogueFlowers.com
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From unique home décor items to fashions and gifts for every member of the family, you’re going to find the perfect present at Tweed. Discover a huge variety of items for babies and children; including Bashful stuffed animals, children’s duffle bags, lunch boxes, as well as kids’ clothing. Want to make it personal? Tweed offers an amazing selection of gift ideas, from customized piggy banks and baby collegiate prints to embroidered caps and beach towels to engraved serving trays and key fobs. At Tweed, you can choose from a variety of top name brands, including Collard Greens, Mariposa, Simply Southern or Lilly Pulitzer and Kate Spade. If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your home, you can order online and pick up at the store. Tweed also offers free delivery on purchases of $50 or more. 4035 Lauderdale Dr. 804-249-3900 TweedAtHome.com
PLATO'S CLOSET For over 15 years, Lori Collea has been offering her customers high quality resale items at Plato’s Closet. She says, “We buy new and gently used, trendy clothing and accessories for girls and guys. We sell items around 70 percent off retail and our inventory changes every day.” If you’re shopping for girls or guys from 12 to 29 years of age, that’s their target market, however, says Collea, “There is no age requirements to be trendy, fashionable and save money, all at the same place.” As for season’s specials, she says, “We will do the 12 Deals Of Christmas (from December 12 to 23). Each day there will be a special deal. We will advertise it on Facebook and Instagram.” From 10 a.m. until noon on Black Friday, Plato’s Closet will be playing “spin and win,” plus there will be special discounts and one guest will win a $50 Plato’s Closet gift card. 9127 W. Broad St. Richmond 804-273-0834 PlatosClosetRichmondVA.com
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Uptown Cheapskate is not your average thrift store. They buy only the most stylish, gently used clothes and accessories and sell them at up to 70% less than mall prices! Michelle Fryling, who along with her husband, Paul, owns the local store, says, “I've always enjoyed the clothing industry. I was always looking for deals on nice things to wear and wanted to pass on the opportunity to save money to others.” The shop offers men’s, women’s and teen’s clothing in sizes from extra small to 3X, as well as shoes, purses, accessories, outerwear, athletic wear and jewelry. Typical brands include Alter’d State, Jack Rogers, Coach, Alex and Ani, Tory Burch and Michael Kors. About 20 percent of the inventory is new. The boutique atmosphere and great customer service keep teens and their parents, coming back for the constantly changing inventory in a wide range of styles, including a broad selection of menswear. 4338 Pouncey Tract Rd. Glen Allen 804-716-8130 UptownCheapskate.com
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WEST END ANTIQUES MALL PAPER PLUS If you’ve run out of gift ideas, head over to Paper Plus. You’ll find plenty to inspire you, from home accessories to picture frames to some really unique gifts for the babies on your list. Sure, there’s plenty of paper at Paper Plus. Ask owner Carol Watt or any of the helpful staff about their special promotions on customized holiday greeting cards. Or peruse the cookbooks. And with the old year about to make way for the new, how about a calendar or a notebook for 2017? But Paper is only the beginning. There’s also the Plus, such as soaps and bath salts and trays and cosmetic pouches. And for the kitchen, juice glasses and dish towels and bowls and... I could go on and on. Stop in and say hello to Frank. He’s the official greeter as well as the store’s cute little rescue terrier. 5804 Grove Ave. 804-288-2662 PaperPlusOnGrove.com
There have to be good reasons that local shoppers consistently select West End Antique Mall as the area’s best source for antiques. With more than 53,000 square feet of space and 250 booths filled with an ever-changing inventory of antiques and collectibles, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to discover why. Regardless of what you seek, you’re probably going to find it at West End Antiques Mall. You’ll find an amazing array of furniture, plus fine art, glassware, jewelry, mirrors, lighting, pottery, porcelain, silver, carpets, textiles and we’re just getting started. But it’s much more than remarkable selections that makes this mall the best. They offer exceptional customer services, too, including gift cards, layaway options, the opportunity to hold an item for 24 hours at no additional charge and a 72-hour fullrefund return policy. Visit West End Antiques Mall and discover for yourself what makes the place the best. 2004 Staples Mill Rd. 804-335-7898 WestEndAntiqueMall.com
THRILL OF THE HUNT No one has the knack for taking tired, faded furniture and magically transforming it into upcycled works of art, as does the creative staff at Thrill of the Hunt. Have their staff paint that special piece for you or take a workshop to learn how to do it yourself. Let Thrill of the Hunt be your source for truly unique furniture and so much more. Each visit brings new discoveries and new delights. They also stock Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and they’re always happy to offer ideas to help you find the right design, color and finish to create something you will love for years to come.
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ne of greatest joys that music has to offer is variety. Whatever your mood, there's a song or genre that corresponds – from bluegrass to "Baby's Got Back" and everything in between. The great news for Richmonders living in the West End is that the places where you get your live music fix are almost as varied. Big, small, loud, quiet – the ideal experience is just down the road. Some of the biggest names to perform in Richmond stop by the Servpro of Richmond Pavilion, located in Innsbrook, just a stone’s throw from I-64. The pavilion is best known for the INNSBROOK AFTER HOURS concert series, which runs from late spring to early fall. “It’s definitely a summer concert venue,” series producer Matthew Creeger says. “It’s a hangout spot, really.” In fact, it’s an especially reliable hangout spot. The After Hours series has been running for more than 30 years, and trips to the pavilion are routine for music fans from all over the city. “We make an effort to have at least one show, if not two, per week beginning in late May or early June and going through the month of September,” Creeger adds. “The only times we have a break are near holidays… some people will even go to the show not knowing who the headliner is because they know that it’s there and it’s something to do during the summer months in Richmond.” If you do go without knowing who is playing, you’ll likely be pleased. The 2016 series featured longtime favorites like Willie Nelson, Alabama and Joe Walsh. The pavilion is a great option for national acts looking to put on a big show — capacity is 8,500 — and the venue’s size is part of what makes it so reliable, as it can accommodate large crowds comfortably. “Even at the shows where we’re at capacity, customers have enough space to enjoy themselves,” Creeger says. “They can have dinner from one of our food sponsors… and enjoy the summer atmosphere.” Indeed, the communal nature of the venue is key. Friends can start gathering for happy hour when the doors open at 5 p.m., and eat together at food-court style tables across from vendors. 28 West End’s Best
Communal dining is also a central part of the experience at THE which opened in Quioccasin Station Shopping Center (8982 Quiocassin Road) in 2015. “I’ve always wanted to open up a concert venue, but really a supper club,” owner Lisa Harrison says. “I wanted it to be a small, intimate space where you saw national acts… but you can have it all. You come here, and you have your dinner, and you have your drinks, and then you stay at the table, and you see the show with a good view.” The view comes courtesy of The Tin Pan’s carefully curated capacity, which is currently capped at 220. “I could cram more seats in,” Harrison confesses, “but that’s not the environment I want to create.” The Tin Pan’s atmosphere is what makes it truly distinctive, as performers and fans alike can expect quiet, focused shows. “Every time I book someone, I say it’s really important to me and for my venue to do a meet-and-greet afterward,” Harrison confirms. “Some of the artists are out there for an hour and a half signing, and everybody tells them their story … how they first came to their music.” Imagine being able to walk up to Don McLean and tell him what “American Pie” means to you. Tin Pan customers did just that this past August (his was one of those marathon autograph sessions). “His voice was still right-on,” Harrison recalls. “People sat down and gave him every little thing to sign.” While not a full-time venue, ENZO'S ITALIAN CHOP HOUSE (36 Broad Street Road, Manakin-Sabot) affords a similar sense of intimacy, as local acts perform on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights on the restaurant’s climate-controlled patio. “It’s got a huge heating system for the wintertime, so we have music all year long,” says owner Tyler Hollender. “It’s fully covered, with fans for the summertime when it gets hot.” If you’re picturing stately solo piano pieces, think again. “We do a wide variety,” Hollender affirms. “We do some beach music, Motown, country rock… all the big local bands we choose to play.” TIN PAN,
One local legend — Steve Bassett, who co-wrote the official state popular song, “Sweet Virginia Breeze” — has turned the Enzo’s patio into his de facto home base. “He’s there almost every Wednesday,” Hollender says. “He’s a regular at the restaurant, and he said he’d love to do a little music outside, and that’s how it got started. That was a few years back now. It keeps him warmed up. He does big shows elsewhere, but he’ll warm up with us. He has a blast out there with everybody — shakes hands and everything.” Bassett’s appearances are part of the legacy Hollender will be aiming to carry forward. He bought Enzo’s in June and will assume booking responsibilities in 2017. Given the restaurant’s musical tradition — Hollender estimates it has hosted shows for 15 years — the patio will likely remain a promising destination for both diners and listeners. Another owner handling booking responsibilities is Henry Brummitt, who runs J.J.’s Grille, located on Staples Mill Road in Glen Allen. J.J.’s features bands on Friday and Saturday nights and alternates between open mic nights and solo performances on Thursday evenings. “We have 20 to 25 bands that we rotate through,” Brummitt shared. “We try to focus on the ones that have the biggest draw for our customers.” That customer base includes the surrounding Glen Allen area, especially the restaurant’s close neighbor, the CrossRidge community. Brummitt described the acts they host as “a mix of rock and roll and pop music, and everything else from the past four or five decades.” In addition to providing an array of styles, the restaurant’s schedule allows for varied experiences. Thursdays give diners the chance to eat, relax and enjoy lower-key listening, while weekends set the stage for bigger performances. “English Channel is one that has done well here in the past,” Brummitt recalled. “They’ve been playing larger venues, but they’re coming back... so we have four dates booked with them in the future. They’re one of the biggest draws here.”
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Brummitt also counts Pat O’Brien among J.J.’s regular bookings. “[He] has been a staple here for a long time and always draws a great crowd,” Brummitt said. O’Brien’s following extends to Out on a Limb, a version of the popular performer’s backing band, The Wrest. “They’ve done really well,’’ he added. “They have a local following -- they live in Glen Allen.” A treasured Richmond landmark, Rare Olde Times, also makes a concerted effort to showcase local talent. In fact, it doesn’t get any more local than your owner serenading your patrons on a weekly basis. “When I came on board, Andy Jennings was the owner,” manager Michele Gomes recalled. “He was from Dublin and he was a musician. He loved to play music.” That passion put him front and center on weekends. “When he bought Rare Olde Times in 1993, he would sing here every Friday and Saturday night,” Gomes said. “So that’s how that all got started here. He liked to entertain the public.” These days, a diverse roster of bands provide entertainment. “We have some blues; we have some country; we have some Celtic; and we try to get a lot of Irish music in here.” One group specializing in Irish music had a legendary run at Rare Olde Times. Uisce Beatha played traditional Irish music to a packed house nearly every Thursday night for 16 years. “You wouldn’t get in the door,’’ Gomes remembered. “We were so busy we had to have three bartenders on.” The group still performs there occasionally, and if you’re new to Rare Olde Times, you can take heart in knowing that the tradition of the owner stepping up to the mic is alive and well. Owner Cindy Jennings still sings in her popular group, Cindy Jennings & Then Some. You can find live music there Thursday through Sunday, with open mic nights on Monday. Several other spots in the West End feature music on a part-time basis, and some boast jam-packed event calendars. JEFF BERNAS, JEFFSCOTTSHOTS.COM
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WHO YA GONNA CALL? T here’s big change coming early in 2017 for the investment community that will possibly affect your relationship with your investment advisor. In fact, it’s such a big deal that some industry experts are saying that 20 to 30 percent of the people currently out there selling investments will be going out of business. Several years ago, the Department of Labor (DOL) was given the assignment of creating a level playing field for all advisors who market to ERISA Plans. To lay people, that means retirement plans (401ks, IRAs, etc.). So, this affects the person who advised you on investing your IRA or company K Plan. You may not have been aware of it, but the brokerage industry and investment advisors have been at war for some time. The brokerage business and banking have been operating under what is called The Suitability Rule. It states that an advisor simply has to provide investments that are “suitable for the client.” That makes some sense until you drill deeper. You see, many packaged investment products, like mutual funds, come in a variety of share classes. Few in the investing public understand all of them and may not be aware of any. So, it becomes the purview of the advisor to pick A over B. Look also
at a much-abused product: annuities. There are multiple pricing differences from which to choose. You might end up buying one that penalizes you if you surrender in less than 10 years rather than another with a three-year surrender, largely because the advisor makes more commission. Those of us that work as Registered Investment Advisor Representatives (RIAs) and as CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ professionals (CFPs) operate under a different rule. We act as fiduciaries and, as such, must place the interest of our clients above our own. You might have thought that obvious definition was subscribed to by all, but it isn’t. So, here’s where it gets tricky. The broker might have chosen investment A over B even though it might have higher internal costs than B. But, it was, nonetheless, still “appropriate” for the client. The higher fees would enable the broker to make more commission. The fiduciary, on the other hand, knowing the differences in the fees of both A and B, had an obligation to make the client aware of the differences and recommend the most suitable one for the client. As previously mentioned, those of us who subscribe to The Fiduciary Rule have been trying to make that the rule for all
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for many years. The brokerage industry and banking have lobbied heavily against that for years, preferring the much more lucrative form of business. Enter the DOL and the new rules of the road. It forces those advisors to retirement plans to act as fiduciaries. And so, what do these newly converted advisors, who must put your interests first, do regarding advice on your nonretirement accounts? Why, it means they should extend that same level of service to those as well. Those of us who have been operating as fiduciaries for years are ecstatic to see everyone having to operate on a level playing field. Like almost everything that comes from the government, the new rules are currently being dissected and interpreted by the investment community, but the DOL has said everyone will be in conformity by April 2017. Unless you choose to wait until then to possibly see a “For Rent” sign on your advisor’s door, I suggest you initiate this conversation sooner than later, or you might find yourself having to call Ghostbusters! KEEP THE FAITH. FAITH IS THE SPIRIT.
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HOL LY WOOD SM I L E S The next time you are watching an old movie from the 80s or 90s, check
out the teeth. The actors back then did not have perfect smiles. In fact, some of them were downright horrible. Take Tom Cruise, for example. In one of his first movies, The Outsiders (circa 1983), his teeth were brown, broken and crooked, with a big ugly mismatched cap on his front tooth. Since then, he has had extensive cosmetic dentistry, including new caps, braces, and finally a mouthful of porcelain veneers. He is now considered to have one of the best smiles in Hollywood. His career would have more than likely flopped had he not fixed his teeth. Since I became a dentist 15 years ago, I have been a part of a revolution in cosmetic dentistry. Our teeth as a nation are becoming whiter and straighter as we evolve into higher expectations of what makes a beautiful smile. When I watched Risky Business in the 80s, I thought Tom Cruise was hot. Now all I see, looking back, are those two ugly caps in the front. Definitely an improvement from his disfigured Outsider days, but still not perfect. Improved cosmetic products and procedures through the past years have allowed us to make the smile evolution possible. Efficient in-office tooth bleaching has allowed those noncompliant bleaching tray wearers to have white teeth. Invisalign has been perfect for adults who want to straighten their smile without going through the pain of traditional metal braces. And finally, porcelain veneers have taken off in America. They allow instant gratification and a perfect white smile that will never stain or discolor. There are many different cosmetic procedures out there today, and choosing the right one is based on the individual. Some people, like Julia Roberts, have been blessed with gorgeous natural teeth. A little whitening or maybe Invisalign, and these people are set. Others, like Ben Affleck, are born with small front teeth with spaces between them. Porcelain veneers were conservatively placed over his small teeth, and voila, his big beautiful Hollywood transformation. And then we have Keith Urban. His veneers saved his singing career and landed him Nicole Kidman. Try Googling “celebrity teeth, before and after.” It will blow your mind.
Hollywood celebrities have set a gold standard for smile perfection. More and more of us, at all ages and walks of life, are choosing to improve our smiles. As a top cosmetic dentist, I came around at the perfect time in dentistry. The improvements in my field have been exciting, to say the least. I believe strongly that you cannot underestimate the power of a proud, confident smile. Come see me for a free cosmetic consult at the Huguenot location of Virginia Family Dentistry. Catherine Perkinson Crichton, D.D.S. Voted Richmond Magazine’s Best Cosmetic Dentist 2014
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I take good care of myself, eat right and work out daily. On the outside I look great. There’s just this not-so-little issue that I don’t talk about because it’s embarrassing. I have bladder control problems thanks to my pelvic floor muscles getting weaker from having babies and getting older. I fear laughing too intensely, sneezing, coughing or any activity that might make me lose control down there. I can’t jog or go to the gym without wearing a pad to handle the leakage. And it causes some embarrassing problems in the bedroom too.” Sound familiar? Urinary incontinence (leakage of urine) is one of the most common of pelvic floor disorders. “Incontinence affects as many as 40 million Americans,” says Dr. David Rapp of Virginia Urology Women’s Health (VUWH). Unfortunately, many women suffer with incontinence without knowing that there are effective treatments. “Women are often too embarrassed to talk about it with anyone,” says Dr. Rapp, adding that this is a major reason that women don’t receive the help that they need. According to Dr. Rapp, there are a number of nonsurgical treatment options that can help. After initial examination, VUWH’s team of specialists spend time educating their patients on these different treatment options. When surgery is needed, there are a number of minimally-invasive options. Treatment is customized to each patient’s problem and goals. “There are often several treatment options and it is important that each patient chooses the treatment that is best for them,” explains Dr. Rapp. “Although many women are initially apprehensive to seek help, after treatment many women wish that they hadn’t waited so long to take this step,” adds Dr. Rapp. Virginia Urology offers a comprehensive pelvic floor center of excellence that integrates numerous pelvic floor specialists to provide patients the most comprehensive care available. The VUWH center includes urologists, gynecologists, pelvic floor physical therapists and nurse practitioners focusing exclusively on women’s urogynecologic issues. VUWH’s physicians have all received advanced training and board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine (FPMRS). Combined, the integrated staff and resources allow VUWH to provide the most comprehensive care in Richmond. Virginia Urology has offices in seven different Central Virginia locations: Stony Point, Reynolds Crossing, St. Francis, Hanover Medical Park, Puddledock, Emporia, and Tappahannock. If you’re ready to explore options for correcting your symptoms, visit www. uro.com or call (804) 330-9105. Our experienced team in the West End includes: Meghana Gowda, MD, Quinn K. Lippmann, MD, MPH, David E Rapp, MD, Bruce C. Rowe, MD. VUWH physicians do medical mission trips annually to help women in developing countries. Drs. Glazier & Gowda go to Rwanda annually to perform much needed surgeries for women. Dr. Rapp is president of Giving to Extremes Medical Mission, a surgical charity he founded to provide help to those in developing countries. ADVERTISER-SUPPORTED CONTENT
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THE EYES HAVE IT by Melanie Rasnic
THANKS TO MODERN TECHNOLOGY, YOU JUST MIGHT BE ABLE TO THROW AWAY THOSE EYEGLASSES
t isn’t that surprising that over time, eyewear has gotten much more stylish and chic, providing the consumer with increasingly attractive ways to let the rest of the world know “I don’t see well.” Sure, there have been some perks: historically people who wore glasses had a reputation for being intelligent, studious and even mild-mannered (especially when worn as part of a superhero alias). But anyone who has worn glasses or contacts for a significant amount of time knows that it can also be an inconvenience at times. So maybe you’re interested in a more permanent solution to the hand that nature and genetics dealt you—let’s run through some available options and see what might work for you. In general, the term ‘refractive surgery’ is used to describe procedures that correct common vision issues with the goal of reducing dependence on glasses and contacts. Those problems include myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), astigmatism (an imperfection in the curvature of the cornea) and presbyopia (age-related loss of close-up focusing power). Some of the more common surgical procedures done for these conditions are: • LASIK (short for laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis): a thin flap is created using a blade or a laser and the surgeon is able to reshape the cornea to improve the focus of light rays onto the retina. Some patients require a second surgery or may need glasses for certain activities such as reading or driving at night. This is currently the most popular refractive surgery in the US, as there is little to no discomfort immediately after the out-patient procedure, and vision is typically clear within hours. Cost ranges from less than $1000-$3000 (most fell into the $1500-$2500 range per eye as of 2015). • PRK (short for photorefractive keratectomy): also known as surface ablation as there is no flap created. This out-patient procedure also reshapes the cornea and may be more suitable for patients with very thin corneas. The recovery is generally a few days longer than for LASIK and more discomfort has been reported, however the nerve regeneration seems to take place faster in PRK and the outcomes are quite similar for both procedures. Cost is around $2000 per eye. • CK (short for Conductive Keratoplasty): relatively non-invasive, this procedure uses a tiny probe and low heat radio waves to steepen the cornea, providing correction for hyperopia. This can also be used to enhance near vision for those who have had cataract surgery or LASIK already, or to correct presbyopia. Recovery is usually fast, and within weeks, patients can see clearly without the help of reading glasses. Cost ranges from $1500-$2500 per eye.
For those of us who are more seasoned (translation: over 40) or who have more severe vision problems, there is also the option of monovision correction for presbyopia in which LASIK or CK is used to correct one eye for distance vision and the other eye for near vision. That sounds like a face-plant waiting to happen to me, so I am relieved to hear that they suggest wearing contacts to simulate this before getting surgery to see if this approach is right for you. Typically these surgeries are considered elective and/or cosmetic and won’t be covered by insurance. But if eligible, you could set up a Health Savings Account (HSA) or use Flexible Account Spending (FSA) for this purpose and save some money. Military personnel may have benefits that cover these procedures in part or in whole, depending on the nature of their duties. Many eye care practices offer financing plans in order to make these procedures more economically feasible as well. And remember, just like the leaves of autumn and the grocery stores of Richmond, our eyes change. It is unlikely that any one single procedure can offer you permanent, optimal correction for your lifetime. Often multiple surgeries are needed to achieve the best possible vision for your age and desired lifestyle. Be sure to consult your eye doctor for more information on what options would suit you best. Good health to you! WEB
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DON’T BE A VICTIM: Cybersecurity for Seniors
ADVENTURES IN AGING with Constance Whitney
BY CARLY SHAIA
y mom hates computers. To put it more precisely, she hates the internet. The seamless interconnectivity of everyone on the planet with every piece of information available in the world is quite daunting to a generation of people who grew up with the premise that personal privacy was an absolute and security, if even needed, just meant that maybe you locked your front door. The thought that strangers can gain access to her bank account, private health information and personal history is appalling. And it should be. The Internet is a two-edged sword. While on one side there is instant access to the sum of all mankind’s knowledge – whether you are researching the latest developments on string theory or need help settling the debate on what year Garbo’s first movie came out (for the record, 1924). Literally, every ounce of knowledge you could ever possibly need is at your fingertips. On the other side of that same sword, though, are the bottom-feeding scum of the earth who have developed techniques to corrupt this incredible technology to cheat, steal and terrorize all internet users. The hideous corruption of technology, sadly, isn’t new. Nearly every paradigm-shifting leap made by man has eventually been hijacked for malevolent purposes (e.g., Alfred Nobel’s discovery of dynamite – great advancement in mining turned into the devastatingly effective weapon of choice for anarchists). How, then, do we access the internet’s treasure trove without opening ourselves and our lives up to thieves and con-artists? KNOW THE DANGERS: In 2015, the US Department of Justice’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received an average of 25,000 complaints each month. In 2015, 39 percent of internet crime victims were over 50 years of age and they accounted for over 60 percent of all losses – over a billion dollars each year. That’s a whole lot of people trying to steal a whole lot of our money! In fact, 80 percent of all cybercrime victims worldwide are Americans. Historically, many of the internet scams fall into two categories: scammers who give you a sob story to trick you into sending them money and identity thieves who steal your money, your reputation, your livelihood and your future. As if that isn’t bad enough, the new, and potentially most malicious, current scam ravishing the internet is ransomware. This particularly terrifying menace usually comes in the form of an attachment or web links in seemingly innocuous emails. After the victim clicks on the link, a page appears saying the computer has been locked and that the only way to unlock it is to call the phone number on the screen. When the victim calls, the cretin on the phone demands a ransom fee to unlock the computer. According to recent FBI statistics, ransomware complaints have increased 44 percent in just the last six months! From January to March 2016, more than $209 million in ransomware payments were made! While the number of people trying to victimize us increases, we do have the power to do something about it.
PROTECT YOURSELF: According to Peter Stephens, Cybersecurity Expert and President of RVA Computers and Electronics (RVAelectronics.net), the steps to protecting ourselves are straightforward and fairly simple. “Using common sense is important. If you wouldn’t do something in real life, don’t do it in the cyberworld,”Stephens suggests. Thieves on the internet are looking for soft, easy targets. Before you put anything on the internet, ask yourself, “Is this something I would tell a complete stranger on the street?” If the answer is no, then don’t do it! • Keep your security software updated. Thieves are not only looking for information you are putting on the internet, but also ways to get into your computer and steal information you have stored there. Your first line of defense (after your common sense) is your security software. • Don’t use the same password for all your accounts. • Change your passwords often. • Consider using phrases, or quotes from a favorite book, for your password. 1tWasTheBestOfTime$ is a whole lot harder to break than Password123 or your pet’s name. • Look at the website address – if it doesn’t start with https://, don’t type anything in to it! The ‘s’ indicates a secure site. • Consider opening a separate email address to use for filling out forms, giving your email address to merchants, etc. • Never, ever, ever click on an email attachment that you weren’t expecting or just doesn’t look right. When in doubt, throw it out! Even when you’ve taken all of the possible precautions, the thieves still might get in. What do you do? Stephens says “First, don’t panic! Then do not click on anything, or call the number that pops up. Turn off your computer immediately and call your IT professional.” The IT professionals will be able to open your computer in a secure environment that will contain the threat and eliminate it. “Where most people get in trouble is in trying to stop the threat themselves,” Stephens said. “Every file they open, every click they make just increases their exposure.” While waiting for the IT professionals to fix your computer might be a huge inconvenience today, it’s going to be a lot better than losing all of your data, or your bank account! WEB
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In Search Of: International Dishes TEMPLE HILL
TAZIKI’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFÉ
4024 Cox Road; 804-747-8294; TazikisCafe.com No matter how you say it, you’re going to get an amazingly delicious and unambiguously fresh gyro with all the fixings. Delicious and nutritious is often a dining combination that can seem to be an unattainable feat but not at Taziki’s. They believe in fresh, no fryers, no freezers. The Mediterranean salad with salmon features a bed of lettuce with roasted red peppers, red onions, feta cheese, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, roasted pecans and grilled salmon with blackened seasoning, Mediterranean seasoning and lemon juice combined with Taziki’s homemade balsamic vinaigrette.
6221 River Road; 804-282-1509; Azzurros.com Relaxed refinement offering pristine Italian cuisine and impeccable service blended together to create an unforgettable dining experience in a white-tablecloth setting. Azzurro is an elegant dining venue with unforgettable dishes such as the Linguini Sicilia - prepared with oyster mushrooms, capers, lemon, spinach, roasted red pepper, garlic, white wine and sea salt.
36 Broad St., Manakin-Sabot; 804-784-2962 EnzosItalianChopHouse.com This local restaurant has been pleasing customers with homemade Northern and Southern Italian specialties for 20 years. Enzo’s is the ultimate destination for great food and live music in the Richmond area. Try the Enzo’s Braised Veal Osso Buco - Creamy asiago cheese risotto with roasted asparagus topped with a braised veal osso buco finished with veal demi-glaze.
11221 West Broad St.; 804-364-5660 KonaGrill.com This hip and trendy neighborhood bar, frequented by young working professionals, is sure to serve up everything from sushi and sliders to flatbreads and steaks. You are sure to find something appealing to your taste buds! May we recommend the Bama Roll - crab mix, cream cheese, jalapeño, tuna, avocado, soy paper, spicy motoyaki sauce and smelt roe.
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In Search Of: International Dishes BELL HUT
8319 Bell Creek Road; 804-781-4388; BellHut.com This popular Asian restaurant, tucked in a busy shopping center in the heart of Mechanicsville, features a wide array of authentic Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes. The Drunken Sailor Roll is a delicious combination of shrimp tempura and avocado. It is topped with crunchy lobster salad with a honey wasabi eel sauce.
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11321 Nuckols Rd.; 804-965-6999 RicosMexicanGrill.com Celebrating 8 years, this family owtned and operated restaurant proudly serves authentic Mexican cuisine prepared fresh daily. Serving such sizzling dishes as their Pan Filo Burrito - a flour tortilla stuffed with carne asada, fried beans, pico de gallo and guacamole. Topped with cheese sauce.
8801 Three Chopt Road; 804-303-2769 CasaItalianaRestaurant.com This family-owned and operated restaurant serves authentic Italian fare straight from the heart of Italy. , Casa Italiana offers modern twists on classic family recipes that have been passed down over time. The Parmesan Reggiani features shaved, aged parmesan flambĂŠed with brandy and mixed with spaghetti in a homemade Pomodoro sauce.
10622 Patterson Avenue; 804-754-3464 ChezMaxVa.com Classic French cuisine set in a casual and comfortable yet elegant setting. The large stone fireplace is perfect for winter datenight dinners. Pan Seared Halibut served with basil Mashed potatoes and saffron beurre blanc.
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It’s amazing to live in a city where you can hop from one local brewery to the next on a sunny Sunday afternoon. It’s even more amazing when you need to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and you can still enjoy a locally crafted beer. I’m going to the country where the water tastes like…beer! Last month, I sat in an expansive field of sunflowers at Lickinghole Creek, enjoying a Carrotcake Amber Ale. I was instantly sold on the destination brewery. Since then, I have been trying to seek out more pastoral watering holes, and I certainly have my eye on The Mill at Fine Creek Brewery. Opening in April 2017, it has been updating its fans and future patrons on their blog and social media with construction stages, bursting flavor profiles and dreams that are fast becoming realities. The Mill at Fine Creek has been a popular wedding and events venue in Powhatan. The event space and cottages, with their timeless beauty and rustic elegance, have been charming the community since the Benusa family started the Mill 2004.
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Mark Benusa, son of chef and Mill owner Lisa Benusa, has been working on the plans and construction for years. He even had to work with local governments to allow a brewery in Powhatan. “The community could not be more supportive,” Mark explained, adding that he’s very excited to invite them to enjoy what Fine Creek has been brewing up. Mark explained the organic nature of the space. “Here you are on the property where the same well supplies the water for the beer. You can look out and see the cantaloupes growing that were used in the varietal you are sipping.” Mark sought out Gabe Slagle – a family friend, who is an amazing master-brewer and has been part of Fine Creek Brewery since day one. Whether a sour, wild ale or saison, Gabe uses diverse ingredients and time-proven techniques to create beer that fits with the setting and will knock your socks off it’s so good. The dynamic space will allow you to cozy up with a few friends by the fire in the winter or enjoy a bustling crowd in the beer garden during the warmer months – it’s truly a space for all seasons. Check out their social media for updates on tastings and events before the opening date. It is certainly worth the sneak peak!
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with Whitney Kiatsuranon and Steve Cook
Lots of great dining spots to talk about in this edition of TasteBudz. In fact there’s more than Steve or I could eat our way through. One of our favorite Budz, Meredith Dauksz graciously helped us out.
FAMILY REUNION: I've been sitting on this story for so long that my posterior was getting numb. But, finally, now that all the I's have been dotted and T's have been crossed, Joe Kiatsuranon, owner of the very popular My Noodle and Bar and co-owner of Sabai, has announced plans to reunite with his family and open a new Thai restaurant in Downtown Short Pump Shopping Center. Joe cut his teeth in the restaurant game. He and his brother Sonny helped their mother, Sukanya Palaart, in her popular Carytown place, Mom’s Siam, which opened in 2000. Ultimately, both sons left the business and opened their own restaurants. Sonny now runs Fan Noodle Bar, on Main Street. A couple of years ago, I asked Joe if the family might ever reunite for a joint venture. "That's my dream," Joe said, at the time. Explaining the selection of a Short Pump location, Joe says, “I always wanted to be over there. That’s a dream of mine.” Now, both of his dreams are about to come true. The new place, Joe says, will serve upscale Thai Cuisine. As for the name of the new restaurant, Joe tells me that his desire is to honor his mother. "She's my hero," he says. "Now I have my beautiful wife, Whitney and our two children (Anya and Joah). My Mom is also YaYa (a Thai term closely equivalent to 'grandma")." Continuing, Joe tells me that he wants the new place to put a special focus on his mom's cooking. "We plan to offer Thai cooking classes in the restaurant," he says. "So, we'll be calling the restaurant 'YaYa's Cookbook.’" He’s shooting for a March 27, 2017 opening. (SC)
TWO MINUTE WARNING: Football season is winding down but there’s still time left to get in on all the football fun at Carolina Ale House (CarolinaAleHouse.com) in West Broad Village . Come check out Sunday night football and enjoy a 30wing platter for only $23.99. Now, lets talk prizes. On Monday night, you can enter to win one of 10 grab bag prizes. Enter to win a Yetti Rambler or one of nine grab bag prizes on Thursdays. And all winners are entered to win a Yetti Cooler. ! Plus all weekly winners are also entered to win Super Bowl Tickets. And as for the ladies, football fans or not, you can enjoy half-priced house wine by the bottle on Thursday nights for Ladies Night! So, pick up the babies, grab all the ladies and everyone head down to Carolina Ale House. (MD)
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A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU HISTORY BUFFS:
Rock Bottom Brewery (RockBottom.com), in the Short Pump Town
Center has kinda become the 21st century version of the old tavern in Short Pump. According to legend, nineteenth-century stage coach drivers hailed each other just about where Broad street intersects with John Rolfe Parkway. A tavern stood nearby and when the pump’s long handle had to be cut off to work under the tavern’s new roof, it then became the short handled pump. In those thrilling days of yesteryear, when the tavern was a carriage stop between Richmond and Charlottesville, drivers would shout a greeting, “See you at the Short Pump.” The carriage stop is gone, but the fun lingers on. Today, you can meet your friends at the brewery, grab some tasty upscale pub food and enjoy Rock Bottom’s refreshing brews. (WK)
DOWNTOWN FLARE: I don’t know about you, but I am always in the mood for a crab cake. Knowing how much I love that delicious dish, Joel and Leslie Hagman, owners of Patina Restaurant and Bar, recommended that I try their Maryland jumbo lump crab cakes. They’re fabulous. You get two crab cakes, dressed in Manakintowne greens and preserved lemon aioli. The restaurant which is described on their website as offering “Downtown Flare in the Heart of Short Pump,” also offers guests a friendly staff and warm environment that only complement the eloquent menu and fine food. The place is family friendly too. They have a kid’s menu for the little ones in your life. One of the things that I really enjoy about Patina is that they are farm to fork. Leslie says, “Our menu changes seasonally to reflect what the local farms have available. We are proud to say that currently 60% of our menu is sourced from local farms. In addition, our wine list is sourced from small production, family owned and operated vineyards throughout the world.” So, whether you are in the mood for a crab cake or a nice glass wine, or both, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. (WK)
MORE GREAT TOWN CENTER DINING: Not too far from Rock Bottom Brewery you can have an entirely different dining experience at Lehja (Lejha.com) . This upscale Indian eatery is open for lunch and dinner and is serving some of the most tantalizing authentic Indian dishes in the area. At Lehja you’ll delight in their traditional dishes that offer a contemporary flair. Be sure to try their amazing 3 course brunch that includes a beverage and a dessert. Also, new to the shopping complex is the recently opened Matchbox American Kitchen . This D.C.-based small chain offers an extensive menu with such treats as the spicy tuna tartare tacos You get your choice of 3 ($11) or 6 ($18). They’re served with guac, sriracha mayo and crispy wontons. You’ll also discover such entrée choices as pan seared salmon, crispy chicken and porcini rubbed rib eye. All entrees come with delightful side dishes. (WK)
IT WAS A WARM AND CHEESEY EVENING: One of my favorite places to be at on a chilly night is The Melting Pot (MeltingPot.com) in Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. The warm cheeses and fine breads are most comforting to me. I had the pleasure of speaking with David Chantrell, operating partner at this popular West End restaurant, about the origin of fondue. “Fondue literally means ‘to melt’ in French,” he says. Most references agree that cheese fondue originated high in the Swiss mountains. Fondue made its way onto the American scene after World War II. As travelers and soldiers returning from the war came back to the states, they brought fondue with them. “At the Melting Pot, fondue is more than a signature dish,” David says. “It’s a culinary tradition we honor every day and have spent over 21 years perfecting here in the Richmond area.” Guests come not only for their favorite melted cheese or decadent chocolate fondue but also to enjoy the company of their loved ones.” If warm melty cheese served with artisanal and seasonal meats is your thing, then meet me at The Melting Pot. (WK)
FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS: I had the opportunity to visit Shagbark (ShagbarkRVA. com) in the new LIbbie Mill complex, recently. The entire experience was amazing. Neil Diamond’s, 'Forever in Blue Jeans', rang true as our lovely waitress, Jeanne, brought out our first courses. Her relaxed attire and demeanor made our evening a delight. Chef/owner Walter Bundy has created spectacular dishes presented in a beautiful dining room with understated elegance. The dining experience makes you feel at ease; makes you feel at home (of course it helps if your home has beautiful hand made pottery, glistening textured wall coverings and large slabs of Shagbark wood). Truly though, the relaxed candor of our server, sweeping through the dining room in her comfortable denim somehow reversed my expectations of a stuffy evening. The tuna Carpaccio, dressed with local bean salad, balanced perfectly, and the fried oysters suddenly embarrassed all other crustaceans that I have tried in the city; crispy, plump and evident that they were shucked shortly before they were battered and fried. Soon thereafter, our main courses - The steak, beautifully cooked and served over creamy grits, and my absolute favorite, the Frogmore Stew – arrived. Fresh seafood exploded out of an aromatic bowl steaming with saffron and spice. Walter is creating the same amazing food we have seen from him over the years in Lemaire. But now, he’s throwing in more style and personality than we have ever seen from him, before. I will forever be a patron of Shagbark and I will continue to support the wait staff - forever in blue jeans. (MD) 48 West End’s Best
tastebudz GIVE A GIFT: The holiday season is coming and now is the perfect time to reserve one of our awesome party spaces,” says Linzy Browne, marketing manager at Capital Ale House (CapitalAleHouse.com) “Want to give the gift that keeps on giving?” Linzy adds, “It’s time to give the gift of beer. When you purchase a $25 or more gift certificate, you receive a free growler.”(MD)
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WEST END CUBAN: Although this is still somewhat hush hush, I can tell you that Havana 59 (Havana59.net), the popular Shockoe Bottom restaurant and bar, will soon be heading west and adding a second location just west of Parham Road, on Broad Street. From what I’m hearing, the new place should be up and running by spring. (SC)
That’s going to do it for this issue. We want you to be one of our Budz. If you have any interesting little tidbit of restaurant news or if you simply want to share a recent restaurant “find,” email us at Tastebudz@RichmondNavigator. com. Keep up with the latest news in our weekly TasteBudz column online at RichmondNavigator.com.
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11720 West Broad St.; 804-767-6052; MatchBoxRestaurants.com The dining gap from D.C. to Richmond has been bridged by few, but the city can finally welcome the long anticipated Matchbox, American Kitchen and Spirit. The brick-oven pizzas and breakfast menu are sure to please you and your guests. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (BAR ONLY) 3 TO 7 PM All draft beer- $5 (does not include Chimay) Draft wine- $7 Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Malbec and Tempranillo Happy hour cocktails- $7- Seasonal sangria, Patio Pounder, Southern Charmer, Cucumber Gin and Tonic. Spicy mini meatballs- $6 Calamari- $6 3 Short rib minis- $7 Shrimp Diablo skillet- $8 Queso and chips- $5 ONE MORE THING Can’t find a sitter? No problem! Kids will enjoy the food you’ll enjoy the reasonably priced kid’s’ menu.
THE MELTING POT
9704 Gayton Road; 804-741-3120; MeltingPot.com A Richmond favorite for fun, frivolity and fondue. Guests enjoy several fondue cooking styles and a variety of unique entrees, salads, and indulgent desserts. SUNDAY 4 TO 7 PM MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 5 TO 8 PM Specialty cocktails - $3 off Select glasses of wine - $2 off All beer - $1 off All-you-can-eat cheese and chocolate fondue - $20 ONE MORE THING The Melting Pot has often been described as Richmond’s most romantic restaurant (wink, wink, nod, nod).
11800 West Broad St.; 804-364-1111; Lehja.com Lehja has, at its heart, a kitchen that boasts traditional and popular dishes with a contemporary flair. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (BAR OR LOUNGE) 4:40 PM TO 6:45 PM Draft and bottled beer, 20 oz. - $4 Wine by the glass (red or white of the week) - $6 Specialty cocktails - $2 off Amritsari fish – wild salmon, ginger rub, spices, pan fried - $6 Chaat- chef’s selection of the day inspired by street stalls - $6 Banarsi pakora- organic veg fritters, tamarind- cilantro chutney - $6 Karara murg- tawa fried chicken Punjabi spices Gobhi Manchurian- organic cauliflower florets, soy tomato garlic glaze - $6 ONE MORE THING Their authentic menu options feature a great vegetarian selection on both their lunch and dinner menus. Stop by and check out my favorite, the saag paneer which is creamed style spinach and paneer chunks, slow simmered in spices.
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11275 West Broad St.; 804-477-3080; CarolinaAleHouse.com This casual restaurant and sports-bar features American pub fare, a long beer list and a kids' menu. MONDAY THROUGH SUNDAY ALL DAY UNTIL 9 P.M. Featured beers - $3.50 to $4.50 Monday through Friday featured beers drop .50 cents from 5 to7 p.m. ONE MORE THING Every day they feature a signature cocktail for $5. Some favorites include the Mixed Berry Tea, Carolina Hurricane and Lemon Raspberry Sangria.
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11800 West Broad Street #2098; 804-237-1684; RockBottom.com When you hit Rock Bottom, you'll enjoy handcrafted beers and a wide variety of made-from-scratch food. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 3 TO 6:30 PM Daily 9 p.m. – close - (appetizers) “Always on tap” 20 oz. beers - $3 Specialty beers and ciders - $2 off Wines by the glass - $2 off RB cocktails - $2 off Black Bean and corn flautas chorizo - $2 Cotija pretzel bites - $2 Ball Park pretzels - $5 Jalapeno pretzel stix - $5 Crispy chicken fingers - $5 Guacamole made to order - $5 Brewery nachos - $7 Pepperoni pizza - $7 Margherita pizza - $7 ONE MORE THING Tuesday night is flight night. Pick 5 flights and pay just $4 each.
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LOCAL FAVORITE SUSAN GREENBAUM
makes an epic return to the Sara Belle November Stage with this one-nightonly concert event! Join Susan and her band for a night of selections from Carole King’s 1971 Grammy Award-winning album and original selections by the Richmond-based singer and songwriter. Plus, enjoy dinner before the show from DeFazio’s Catering! 5:30 p.m. Cost $23 7 to 9 p.m. Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center ArtsGlenallen.com/calendar
B R E A K FA ST AT S N I F FA N Y ’ S
A gourmet breakfast in a beautiful setting. This is a semiformal event so please put on your pearls and penny loafers. Yolanda Gray, Holistic Life Coach will be sharing with us how to start our holidays STRESS FREE. Come relax, take in a luxurious setting (there are swans!), bid on a silent auction item or two to pamper yourselves, enjoy a fantastic speaker, and help raise money to support individuals with disabilities in their journey to training their service dogs! Tickets will be $45 at the door so order online to save! 9:30 a.m. Virginia Cliffe Inn EventBrite.com
JAC K DAW P O P - U P TA STI N G M E N U AT PATI N A The Jackdaw is setting up shop at Patina in Short Pump. Five course tasting menu. Details and menu to come shortly. $65 Cash bar opens at 6:30 p.m. Come early and enjoy some awesome cocktails, beers, and other libations before the dinner begins. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. Please be on time, as the dinner will begin promptly at 7:30 (no exceptions.) Patina Restaurant EventBrite.com
Events Calendar November 17, 18, 19, 20
F I R E , F LOU R & FO R K
Fire, Flour & Fork is a four-day gathering for the food curious, produced by Real Richmond Food Tours with presenting sponsor Virginia is for Lovers, and it celebrates the best the Richmond region has to offer: its complex history, its rich artistic community and its established and rising culinary stars. What to expect: a highly curated mix of dining events, behind-the-scenes tours, demonstrations, talks, food producers, cookbook authors, visiting chefs, culinary historians and craft spirit makers. Nonprofit beneficiaries include J. Sargeant Reynolds Culinary Scholarship Fund, Renew Richmond, Tricycle Gardens, Slow Food RVA, Shalom Farms, OutRVA, Preservation Virginia, Black History Museum & Cultural Center, VMFA Foundation, The Valentine, Center for Rural Culture, Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen and FeedMore. Tickets available online and prices and locations vary. FireFlourandFork.com
November 25 through January 9 (Closed Dec. 24 & 25)
VISIT DOMINION GARDENFEST OF LIGHTS: LIVI N G CO LO R
An annual Richmond tradition featuring over a half-a-million twinkling lights, handcrafted decorations, model trains, fire pit with s’mores and hot chocolate, nightly family activities and more. Virginia's ultimate winter extravaganza! $13-Adults $11-Seniors 55+ $8-Children 3-12. Children under 3 free. FREE for Members Nightly 5 to 10 p.m. Lewis Ginter Botanical Park
November 25 through December 31
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James Limousine will pick you up at home, hotel or office, and whisk you away for a wonderful Richmond holiday tradition. James Limousine’s Holiday Light Tours are available every night. Package prices vary and can be found online. JamesLimousine.com December 2
THE 32ND ANNUAL GRAND ILLUMINATION OF JAMES CENTER! Bring your family to James Center for a beautiful (free) family tradition. James Center is very excited to present The Rock-n-Roll Chorus as the featured performance! Katie Dupree of WRIC 8 News will be the Snow Queen! Free 5:55 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reindeer and buildings illuminate at 6 p.m. JAMES CENTER TheJamesCenter.com 54 West End’s Best
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HENRICO THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS THE 1940'S RADIO HOUR 8 to 9:30 p.m. Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center ArtsGlenAllen.com
8TH ANNUAL TREE LIGHTING
Free and fun for the whole family! In partnership with the County of Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks, The Center welcomes you to this beloved event featuring magical music performances, hot chocolate and cookies, a toasty bonfire, and the lighting of the 60-foot cedar Christmas tree at The Center’s entrance. 4:30 p.m. Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center ArtsGlenAllen.com
JA M E S R IV E R PA R A D E O F LI G HT S
Sail into the season with the lighted boat parade sponsored by the James River Advisory Council in cooperation with Henrico Recreation and Parks. Join us around the bonfire as we enjoy music and activities. The Toy Parade sponsored by the Battlefield Ruritans will precede the boat parade at 3 p.m. Entertainment and concessions will follow the Toy Parade. 4 to 8 p.m. Information: email@example.com henrico.us/rec
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FIRE WATER Classic Elements Create a Modern Look by Susan Higgins Long ago, man mastered the primordial elements of fire and water and put them to work — cooking, cleaning, heating and illuminating. Today, those same elements serve our passions for leisure and aesthetics — in fireplaces and pits and in a variety of spectacular water features. Thanks to hi-tech and our taste for all things natural, fire and water are having another moment. 59 West End’s Best
Hot new fireplace ideas combine modern, minimalist forms with timeless materials. Highlight them with accent lighting and asymmetrical placement. Ideas include: • Suspended from the ceiling to hover just above the floor, hanging fireplaces come in a variety of forms: slender columns, floating teardrops and pendants that dangle from sturdy spindles. • An indoor fire pit softens the hard edges of a room with circular seating for all around exposure. • Metal fireplace surrounds in stainless steel, copper or zinc add the gleam of polished sophistication or a vintage industrial vibe. • A linear fireplace is a dramatic stroke of heat, light and motion running across a wall or along the floor.
The traditionally opposing elements of fire and water are combined in some of the new water feature designs (top center), creating even more visual interest as the flickering flames reflect in the rippling water. Other fountains feature a stand-alone design (right), allowing the fountain to be placed wherever you want a serene backdrop. COURTESY OF SOOTHING WALLS
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WATER Fountains have been elevated from water feature to architectural element, flowing over walls, across floors and through space. Some of the more popular water features include: • A rain curtain is a sheet of water that slices two spaces with a translucent plane of sound and motion. The light that penetrates and plays off of its shimmering surface creates a fluid transition from one room to another. • In a spout and trough fountain, water spills from its source into a narrow channel or flat plane below where it is sluiced away in a perpetual stream. • A slab of water sandwiched between panes of glass is called a bubble wall. Columns of air bubbles released into the sealed panel rise and burst on the surface above. • LED lights in any fountain can flood the water with crisp, clear color or highlight a focal point. • A water wall is a liquid veil that pours over a reflective plane, creating depth as its movement is mirrored in the surface behind it. An underlay of slumped glass, mirror or stainless steel mesh adds texture.
LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION! Home Securit y for the 21s t Cent ury by Liz Morley
rom smartphone apps that show you just who is ringing your doorbell to picture-taking robots who patrol your home, modern technology has produced some exciting new products that allow you to take a more active role in protecting your home and your family. With smart security innovations, you can easily monitor your home, control the lighting, issue warnings and even sound alarms. Many of the smart security products that are available online, or through big box retailers, department stores and hardware stores, work in tandem with smartphone technology. Some require app subscriptions, and a product’s compatibility may be limited to a certain phone brand or service.
A well-lit home reveals and discourages intruders. The Philips Hue System (MeetHue.com) offers some amazing smart lighting options. As its name implies, the system controls the color of home lighting, as its primary function is to create a pleasant living environment. But Philips Hue also lets you remotely control or automate lighting to give the impression that somebody’s home. Philips Hue lights are controlled by the Hue bridge hub, sold individually for around $60, or as part of a selection of lighting kits. The bridge can control up to fifty lights and accessories at a time, including a motion sensor.
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Home security versions of the Internet protocol camera, or IP camera, provide video surveillance. Different brands may allow two-way audio interaction, send phone alerts when the camera detects activity, and even emit a powerful intruder-deterrent siren. Some are freestanding or easy to install. While individual cameras fall in the $200 range, the size and configuration of your home will determine how many you need. Piper, Canary and Nest Cam are popular camera brands. The Canary Flex is weatherproof for use indoors or out, and has a garden-stake option. Nest products can be programmed to interact with Philips Hue products. (See Nest.MeetHue.com.)
Among specialty cameras, Maximus Lighting’s Smart Security Lights (MaximusLighting.com) resemble traditional porch lights. The fixture, a hybrid of smart lighting and camera technology, holds a camera that uses the Kuna smartphone app to detect motion and send alerts. You can use the app to remotely see and interact with visitors, capture video, and manually or automatically control the light. Maximuslighting.com provides the Kuna app in three monthly subscription levels. Specialty cameras can also be incorporated into a functioning doorbell. Burglars case or break into unoccupied homes by pretending to have legitimate business at the door, sometimes using a disguise to fool neighbors. Doorbell cameras, such as those manufactured by Ring, Skybell and August, allow you to see visitors and record visits. Some products are independent, while others are hardwired to an existing doorbell outlet. The August Doorbell Cam is part of the August Smart Home Access System of products, which interact with the manufacturer’s free app for iOS or Android smartphones. When the doorbell is rung, the August Doorbell Cam sends alerts to your phone and allows you to see and speak to visitors. An on-demand video option allows you to activate an HD video of your doorstep at any time. August.com mentions an upcoming version of the app that will send alerts when the doorbell cam detects motion, whether the bell is rung or not. Established lock manufacturers like Kwikset, Yale and Schlage now make keyless smart locks. The Schlage Sense Smart deadbolt allows access by touchscreen or iPhone. The August Smart Lock responds to either a keypad or the free August app to provide keyless entry to authorized persons. Create “virtual keys” to allow temporary access to guests for specific dates and times, or for limited periods of time. Some webcam robots are advertised as security devices. Moving about on wheels or caterpillar treads, they provide an alternative to a scattered collection of cameras. (Read ads closely, as the buzzword “security” may just be intended to help the right hemisphere of the brain convince the left side to buy a cool new toy.) For around $200, Hammacher Schlemmer’s Smartphone Controlled Home Patrolling Robot (Hammacher.com) transmits live video to iPhones and iPads using your home’s Wi-Fi connection. The robot follows remote commands, including mounting and dismounting its charging station, and provides two-way communication that may be used to issue warnings or manage pets. At a slightly higher price, the iPatrol Riley (IPatrol.net) includes night vision.
The options are out there. You can take the appropriate action based upon your needs and your budget. Whether you already have a smart home system or not, these options can close gaps in your security and enhance your peace of mind. HL
MIRACLE METHOD SURFACE REFINISHING Offering Exceptional Quality, Value and Customer Service WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN, IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN, YOUR COMPANY GOES OUT OF BUSINESS, LEAVING YOU OUT OF A JOB?
That’s the situation one Goochland resident found himself in back in 2009, when his employer, Circuit City, closed their doors for good. “You decide to go into business for yourself,” explains David Dowdy. Although his wife Elizabeth continued in her career as a consultant in customer service training, David says the two of them decided that they wanted to control their own destiny. “If we ever found ourselves out of work again, it would be because of decisions we had made,” he says. So the Dowdys began searching for a franchise that they could believe in. Their search led them to Miracle Method, the largest bath and kitchen refinishing company in the country. “The owners were such good, Christian people, with an outstanding product,” Elizabeth Dowdy says, explaining why they chose this particular business. The Dowdys recognized the value that the company brings to the consumer. Instead of homeowners spending $20,000 or more on a complete kitchen remodel, they could invest a small fraction of that and have a beautiful “new” kitchen. As a wife and a mother of three daughters, Elizabeth also recognized the benefit of being able to offer countertop refinishing with much less disruption to the family. The typical kitchen refinishing, she says, can be done in a day and a half.
The two most attractive features, as she explains, involve the great value in price and quality as well as the quick turnaround time. But, chances are you may want to know more. Such as: How does it work? The Miracle Method process, whether it be for countertops, bathtubs or flooring, involves the application of a nine-layer non porous coating which bonds to the existing surface. What will my countertop look like? “It looks like natural stone, “David says. “We have over 60 options of different stone finishes with lots of colors to choose from.” For bathtubs, the finish resembles that of your typical porcelain tub. She recommends visiting the showroom (see contact info below) to take a look at the textures and colors on display. The showroom is open from 9 a.m. ‘til 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. Is it durable? Definitely. The Dowdys have many commercial customers and the process works well for high-use areas. For added peace of mind, your refinishing comes with a five-year adhesion warranty, although David says that through normal use, a homeowner should be able to enjoy 15 to 20 years of their new surface. What about mold and mildew? If there is an existing mold or mildew issue, Miracle Method will handle the abatement of such. Once the coating has bonded to the original surface, the likelihood of mold and mildew growth is eliminated. Are there any other services I might want to know about? Yes. Miracle Method can also make bathing safer with their Easy Step®. “We cut an opening in your existing tub which allows easier entry and exit for seniors and the mobility impaired,” David explains. More important than even the quality and value, Elizabeth says, is the customer service. “We strive to exceed our customer’s expectations on a regular basis.” But Elizabeth and David Dowdy’s commitment to service goes beyond their careers. As residents of the county for the past 11 years, they are both active in community service as well. He is a volunteer firefighter and EMT with Goochland County Fire & Rescue and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Goochland Chamber of Commerce.
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FALL IS IN THE AIR ...AND A WHOLE LOT MORE
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IN THE MOUNTAINS by Steve Cook
For over 30 years, a host of Richmonders have been enjoying their winter fun on the slopes of the 11,000-acre Wintergreen Resort (WintergreenResort.com). Wintergreen is home to one of the world’s most sophisticated snowmaking systems, which gives Wintergreen the ability to consistently offer some of the MidAtlantic’s best skiing and snowboarding surfaces. Wintergreen is the only ski area on the East Coast to have 100 percent of its terrain covered by automated snowmaking. The resort offers about 25 slopes from beginner’s level to one slope for experts only. For other outdoor winter activities, Wintergreen also offers ice skating. My favorite outdoor winter sport is tubing at the Plunge.
aby, it’s cold outside. At least it’s heading in that direction…I hope. With temperatures in the 80s up ‘til the last week of October, as we prepare our Winter Fun report, one can only hope that we’ll have some winter this year. As the temperatures fall along with some hoped-for snow, folks around these parts start thinking about heading for the hills. For many, that means the slopes. For others, the mountain views will do just fine. Whether you’re skiing, relaxing or sightseeing, here’s a roundup of some of the fun that awaits you.
What’s the Plunge? Here’s how Wintergreen Resort’s website describes it: Imagine being on top of a ten story building and looking out over a hill that's longer than three football fields. Now imagine going downhill on a tube at speeds reaching 30 mph. That's The Plunge! For families with children too small to take the Plunge, there’s Ridgely’s Fun park which is designed for kids three and up. The park offers a mini-tubing carousel, bear paw snow shoes, tunnels, plus a gentle hill for tubing. Check the resort’s website for info on their spa packages as well as lodging and dining options.
Covering about 6,000 acres, Massanutten has been found, by many locals, to be a bit more manageable than Wintergreen. Both resorts are about two hours drive from the city. Massanutten offers two terrain parks and 14 ski trails, 100% lit for night skiing. Plus there’s tubing and ice skating. If you want to get wet without the snow and ice, you’ll also find an outdoor/Indoor water park featuring eight indoor slides. The resort also has a year-round 800-foot dual zip line. Check their website for accommodations, dining and entertainment options that are available.
If your idea of winter fun in the mountains doesn’t include actually falling down the side of the mountain, itself, then you might want to set your sites on my favorite Virginia mountain town:
The entire Roanoke Valley offers a variety of winter activities. “Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a great mountain destination any time of year but when the temperatures drop, the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains glistens,” says Taylor Ricotta, public relations manager at Virginia’s Blue Ridge (VisitVABlueRidge.com) “Whether it be arts and culture, history, adventure, local cuisine or entertainment, there truly is something satisfying for everyone year round.” Ricotta mentions arts and culture. For a small city, Roanoke offers many “big-city” amenities. Take the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (RSO.com) for example. Under the direction of Maestro David Stewart Wiley, the RSO has become a world-class operation. This winter’s performances include the Holiday Pops on December 2 and Handel’s Messiah on December 13. Later in the winter (February 11/12), the Symphony will be performing Tchaikovsky's Romantic Serenade. If live theater is more your thing, there’s the Mill Mountain Theater (MillMountain.org). No, they’re no longer performing on the Mountain, having moved into the Center of the Square in the heart of Downtown Roanoke. From November 30 through December 18, the Theater will be staging Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Art lovers will want to schedule a visit to the Taubman Museum of Art. The nice thing about Roanoke is that you can park and walk to so many of the downtown attractions. If you’re looking for adventure in the great outdoors, there’s ice skating in Elmwood Park from November 12 through February 14. Or take a drive to the star. If you’ve never been to the star on the top of Mill Mountain, you’re missing what is perhaps the very best view of the entire Roanoke valley. Remember to take your camera. 68 West End’s Best
Did you know that Roanoke has its own ice hockey team? The Rail Yard Dawgs opened their inaugural season this past October and play until late March. To get the full flavor of winter in the Blue Ridge, you’ll want to get out of town and take in some of the sights along the Blue Ridge. “Step back in time at the Botetourt County Historical Museum (Botetourt.org),” Ricotta advises, or enjoy a live musical performance at Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount (HarvesterMusic.com).” For such a small town, Rocky Mount draws some top names to the Harvester. Over the next couple months, this intimate performing arts center will play host to the likes of The Embers (December 10), Blood Sweat & Tears (December 11) and the Subdudes (January 14) We’ve only scratched the surface. You’ll want to plan your own weekend getaway or an even longer stay to get the most out of your Roanoke/Virginia Blue Ridge winter visit. “It’s easy to go out and about on a metro-mountain adventure to find scenic overlooks,” says Ricotta, “or stay warm, cuddled up by the fire at a beautiful resort or in a cozy bed and breakfast in the mountains.” Now maybe it’s just my age showing, but that sounds like the sort of winter fun that I’m talking about. WEB
LET’S GO TO THE OUTER BANKS!
t doesn’t take much encouragement for most of us to hop in the car and head to the Outer Banks. It’s close. It’s beautiful. It’s relaxing. And regardless of the season, it’s the perfect weekend getaway. But what if you didn’t have to head home? How great would it be to have a place of your own? Whether you’re planning an immediate move, or seek a retirement home or investment property, the first step is to seek the help of a real estate professional…someone who not only has extensive real estate experience, but someone who is knowledgeable about the area. Many have discovered the value of having Rosemarie Doshier provide them with her expert, professional assistance. Doshier, who head up the Doshier Team with Four Seasons Realty in Duck, has been been selling real estate for more than 27 years, and she’s been living there for more than 43 years. Through her years of experience and by ongoing classroom training, Rosemarie has earned the highest certification a Realtor can obtain as a Certified Residential Specialist. You can be assured that you’re in good hands when you’re considering purchasing a home. What are the advantages of investing in a second home on the OBX? “You have an investment that you can actually enjoy while it is appreciating,” she says. And even if you’re using the home as vacation rental property, Doshier advises blocking off two weeks for personal use during the season. “Buying now while it is still a Buyer’s Market with the low interest rates will increase your investment opportunities,” she says. “When you are ready to retire you can use your home as your primary home while you are deciding if this is where you want to retire.”
Now would be the ideal time to invest in that Outer Banks home. “This a beautiful time of year, Doshier says, “and it’s less crowded. You will have time to stay in your home and enjoy it while you are getting it ready for the new rental season.” Regardless of just what you might be looking for, Rosemarie Doshier stands ready to help you buy (or sell) your home on the Outer Banks. She says, “It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a small lot or a large home. I’ve been in the market over 27 years and each day there is a new adventure. I love it.”
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