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Holidays 2020 SHOPPING GUIDE

KEEPING IT LOCAL Unique gift ideas for an unusual holiday season

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Delicious options for everyone on your list

THAT’S THE STUFF(ER)! A few of our favorite stocking things


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The Arc of the Piedmont wants to thank the community for its support during the current pandemic crisis. Too often individuals with developmental disabilities are overlooked as they quietly struggle each day to live their lives in our communities. While your support has been extremely helpful in keeping our residents and program participant’s safe in their home and the community, we want to remind you the pandemic crisis is far from over and we are facing what may be a most difficult winter. As the pandemic crisis heightened, we have had to shutter program doors, keep people at home and try to keep everyone safe. In turn, our ability to raise funds has been tremendously reduced due to this crisis and we are asking you for your financial support. Regardless of whether it’s $5 or $5,000 (or anything over or in between), please help us keep our folks healthy and safe during this strange and unusual time. Thank you. John Santoski Executive Director

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TREE AND HOLIDAY DÉCOR While COVID has altered many of our favorite activities, one thing that shouldn’t change this holiday season is the selection of your tree and decorations—there is nothing like the sight and smell of fresh evergreens! Whether you are looking for a live tree, a cut tree, garland, or a wreath, here are some local places that offer COVID-safe shopping: Snow’s Garden Center has an assortment of cut Fraser firs, as well as live trees like spruce, which can be planted after the holidays. All trees come with nametags, such as Mistletoe and Jingle, to make the experience more personal. In addition to live garland, wreaths made in-house, poinsettias, and other interior decorations, Snow’s has socially distant, outdoor wreath-making workshops. To learn more, go to snowknows.com. Foxfire Farm offers pre-cut and cut-your-own trees, in addition to wreaths and garland. Be prepared, though, to load your tree onto your vehicle, and pre-ordering your garland is a good idea. Open Friday-Sunday, from 9am5pm, beginning November 22, and Monday-Thursday, by appointment (286-3445, foxfireva.net).

Village Garden Center in Fishersville has converted its main floor into a Christmas Shoppe, where you will find everything you need to decorate for the holidays, including trees and wreaths. For more information, go to villgc.com

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REGIFTING! SORT OF‌ Looking for some unusual gifts this year? Or maybe you just need to stick to a budget. Whether it's DIY craft supplies, locally made treasures, or one-of-a-kind items, here are some area shops that have just what you're after. In addition to vintage and new-with-tags secondhand apparel, handbags, and accessories, ReThreads stocks locally made items and other fun gifts and stocking stuffers (like Blue Q socks and bags). Regular store hours are Wednesday-Friday from 1-6pm, Saturday, noon-6pm, and Sunday 1-5pm (with capacity limits), but the shop also hosts private shopping events for up to eight people. Or you can shop online at rethreadscville.com.

Circa, next door to ReThreads and chock full of unique gifts for those with vintage or eclectic tastes, is great for vintage decor and one-of-a-kind treasures. You’ll also find a huge selection of antique and modern furniture (circainc.com). A&W Collectables is an antique mini-mall with over 50 different vendors and a furniture warehouse, just six miles east of Charlottesville on Route 250. The stock CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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Charlottesville’s favorite spot for antiques, vintage decor and one-of-a-kind treasures.

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Shop Wednesday Friday 1-6, Saturday 12-6 and Sunday 1-5 1716 Allied St. (in McIntire Plaza) • www.rethreadscville.com

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changes daily and includes furniture, jewelry, home decor, artwork, patio furniture, lamps, painted furniture, mid-century gems, albums, glassware, books, garden art, seasonal decor, and more. Open Wednesday-Saturday, from 9:30am-5pm. Darling, a curated boutique, offers women’s consignment and handmade local artisan goods. And this holiday season, the shop is selling Positivity Packages, which feature products from local artists, so your purchase supports not just one, but several local businesses. Starting at $20, the packages offer a wide array of curated items (shopatdarling.com). The Scrappy Elephant, a creative reuse store, stocks reclaimed and reused materials from area businesses and individuals. Feeling unsure of your own crafting skills? The SE’s Green Gallery features items made by local artists from sal-


vaged materials. Open Thursday and Friday from noon-4pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm (165 Main St., Palmyra). Uplift Thrift Shop, on Concord Street in Charlottesville, sells clothing, books, housewares, local art, and more, with a good selection of vintage, at affordable prices. Proceeds from every sale go to support On Our Own, a peer recovery center that provides safe spaces for people who are struggling with life’s challenges due to trauma, mental illness, and addiction, free of charge.

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SPARKLE B Y S T E P H A N I E VO G T M A N As the holiday season begins, families and loved ones celebrate precious time together. And while this year may be slightly different than years past, one thing remains the same: the enjoyment of good food and drink. In many families, sparkling wine tends to take center stage as our drink of choice. "Bubbly" has long been considered the universal pairing wine that easily accompanies a wide variety of foods. There are many methods of production, and sparkling wine delights with its effervescent nature and varying tones. If you are picking up a few bottles to enjoy with your loved ones, why not support our local wineries, which have honed their sparkling skills and are putting out amazing products. Here are some of our favorites—cheers! Early Mountain: 2017 Blanc de Blanc Brut Reserve $45 Comprised of 100 percent chardonnay, the 2017 Blanc de Brut Reserve is aged for two years on its lees (dead yeast cells that give a rich and creamy texture to wine). Pale gold, with notes of pink lady apples and jasmine on the nose, it has a palate of light honey, clementine, and nougat. The current owners and winemaking team at Early Mountain are incredibly enthusiastic in their endeavor to share wine education, so be sure to ask about their upcoming release of this wine! Veritas: 2015 Mousseux $45 Head winemaker Emily Pelton was on a business trip in Loire, France, with her family when she first encountered a style of sparkling wine called Mousseux (“mousse” in French). The wine had a mouthfeel reminiscent of a fresh mousse, and after falling in love with it, she wanted to make a rosé sparkling that emulated the wine she tasted in France. A product of passion, the 2015 Mousseux is made of 80 percent cabernet franc, and 20 percent chardonnay, and is a pale pink color. Aromas of strawberry and baked pear give way to soft flavors of raspberry, marzipan, and freshly baked brioche. It has perfectly balanced acidity and creamy texture, made in the traditional method. Cave Ridge Vineyards: Cuvée Select $28 Cave Ridge Vineyards’ owner/winemaker Randy Phillips takes great pride in a wide selection of sparkling wine in which he utilizes the Charmat method. While all the vineyard’s sparkling is worth a mention, my personal favorite is his Cuvée Select. Made of 80 percent chardonnay and 20 percent traminette, it is bright gold with a full scent of honeysuckle and apples. Of all the sparkling wines on this list, this wine has the most rounded and soft mouthfeel, and has rich flavors of honey, yellow apples, and lychee fruit. Of special note would be Phillips’ “bubble-decker” bus, a classic English double-decker that has been renovated with a “bubbly bar” to enjoy at festivals, weddings, and events. And keep an eye out for the upcoming oystersparkling pairing events, usually held at local caverns and caves. Ankida Ridge Vineyards: 2016 Sparkling Blanc de Blancs $58 Ankida Ridge is well known for its pinot noir, but its brut is excellent too. Straw gold with tiny bubbles, this wine has bright acidity and was aged in


neutral French oak barrels. Lime zest, green apple skin, and rich minerality round out this traditional sparkling. And make sure you spend the day at the estate, where you might be greeted by a welcoming committee of vineyard dogs. Thibaut-Janisson Winery: Virginia Fizz $20 The most prolific sparkling wine producer, Claude Thibaut partnered with lifelong friend Manuel Janisson to create sparkling wines in the Monticello AVA region. At a great price point, the Fizz has a honey golden color and a nose of peach pie and yellow flowers. Creamy with a touch of acidity, the flavor profile shows characteristics of spiced yellow apples and marzipan with tiny bubbles. This is the only ThibautJanisson sparkling wine made with the Charmat method. Trump Winery: 2014 Blanc de Noir $55 While Trump Winery is best known for its Blanc de Blancs, it is the only winery on this list able to produce a Blanc de Noir, composed of 100 percent estate grown pinot. Head winemaker Jonathan Wheeler shows great passion and care with this wine by utilizing early harvesting and gentle pressing techniques, and it is a labor of love. The rich nose carries notes of Bing cherry and strawberry, with bright cranberry and toast on the palate. While there’s bright acidity to this wine, there is a nice roundness to the mouthfeel to create a gentle balance. There's a limited amount of the 2014 vintage left, but the 2015 vintage will be available soon. Bluestone Winery: 2018 Blanc de Blancs $30 One-hundred percent estate chardonnay, the 2018 Blanc de Blancs has bright color and minerality. Fine bubbles with orange zest on the nose showcase a palate with Meyer lemons and wet stone. Bluestone Winery’s estate has a high elevation that allows for diurnal shifts (extreme temperature changes between night and day), and this helps preserve the balance of fruit flavors and fresh acidity in grapes. Done in the traditional method, this bubbly is one not to miss. Ducard Vineyards: 2017 XOXO Blanc de Blancs $45 Set in the valley with the backdrop of Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon, Ducard Vineyards is a gorgeous estate. Its XOXO Blanc de Blancs is made with 100 percent chardonnay, and is set to release this holiday season. The brightest on this list, the XOXO smells of green apples and honeysuckle, with mouthwatering clementine and honeydew melon on the palate, and it pairs best with rich foods of the holiday season.


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AND SHINE Looking for something sparkly to gift your holiday love? Jewelry is a timeless gift—whether it is cementing a relationship or a beautiful token of your love—and these area stores have wonderful selections to choose from. Angelo, a contemporary jewelry gallery on the Downtown Mall, offers a range of hand-crafted jewelry that ranges from high-end special occasion pieces to fun, everyday items. Hours are noon-5pm, Wednesday-Saturday, and the shop is currently taking walk-ins in limited numbers. Or you can make an appointment at angelojewelry.com.

Andrew Minton Jewelers prides itself on excellent service, advice you can trust, and a great selection at good prices. It offers a wide range of gold, diamonds, pearls, and more. Locally owned and operated, and one of Charlottesville’s favorite jewelry stores, it is located in the Seminole Square Shopping Center. Hours are TuesdayFriday, from 10am -5:30pm, and Saturdays from 10am-5pm.

Tuel Jewelers on the Downtown Mall has a wide range of pearls, gold, diamonds, and precious gems, as well as a variety of Virginia cups, including Jefferson cups. Locally owned and operated, Tuel provides watch repair services and free engraving. Open Monday-Friday, from 10am-5pm. Located in the heart of historic downtown Gordonsville, Annie Gould Gallery features local artists as well as those from throughout the country, and showcases paintings, pottery, jewelry, textiles, and housewares. Appointments are recommended and can be arranged any day of the week during the holidays. For more information, call (540) 832-6352 or email anniegouldgallery@icloud.com.

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GIFTING DURING THE TIME OF COVID Gift giving is a little different this year, but there are still plenty of great experiences to give the people on your list. The Front Porch is a local nonprofit music school that offers a wide variety of music lessons at prices that are accessible to all budgets. Purchase lessons or gift certificates that can be applied to group or private lessons as well as future events (frontporchcville.org). If you’re looking for a fun and creative break from online academics or home-learning pods, treat your kids (and yourself!) to Live Arts’ live digital theater. (Or maybe someone you know would enjoy working closely with one of the theater’s experienced teaching artists.) Live Arts electronic gift cards can be used for all shows, events, classes, and workshops. Learn more and view the Teaching Artist Directory at livearts.org.  The Slopes are calling! So why not take advantage of your children’s virtual learning schedule and gift them—and yourself—lift tickets for a day at Wintergreen or Massanutten. Wintergreen is offering a set of four, one-day lift tickets for $229, available in a special package from November 6-29 (wintergreenresort.com). And check out massresort. com for specials and events, including discounts for students and Monday Madness discounts for evening lift tickets. Minerals & Mystics is an eclectic shop that carries gifts for all ages and budgets. From rocks, crystals, and minerals to jewelry, gemstones, incense, and candles, you’ll find a wide selection of gifts. In addition to regular shopping hours, there’s the Rock Star Hour, one hour of personal, private shopping with a consultant to help those who wish to shop local but don’t feel comfortable being around a lot of people. For music-lovers, Sidetracks Music has new and used CDs, vinyl, and accessories. Special orders with quick turnaround and curbside pickup are available. Currently open from noon-5pm, Monday CONTINUED ON PAGE 18

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and Tuesday, noon-6pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-6pm Fridays, and 10am-4pm on Saturdays, but extended holiday hours start December 12. For more info, call 295-3080, or go to calicotunes@mail.com, sidetracks music on facebook, or @sidetracksmusic on instagram. New Dominion Bookshop is currently open for limited browsing, curbside pickup, and free local delivery within eight miles of the shop. To order books, email staff@ndbookshop.com. For personal recommendations or to purchase gift cards, call the shop at 295-2552. For more information, go to ndbookshop.com/ about. Current hours: MondaySaturday, 9:30am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm. Holiday hours (beginning December 1): MondaySaturday, 9:30am-6pm, Sunday, 11am-5pm.

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offers professional installation and setup services throughout Central Virginia. Crutchfield is manufacturer authorized and offers the full manufacturer’s warranty on everything in its stores and on its website. Additionally, Crutchfield offers free lifetime technical support on everything it sells. The Happy Cook is Charlottesville’s premier local kitchenware shop, and carries a wide array of kitchen tools and serving ware, with brand

names like Le Creuset and Demeyere. Curbside pickup is available, as well as gift cards for both the store and virtual cooking classes. Current classes include groceries for local pickup the day before the class, so you can cook along with the instructor from the comfort of your own kitchen. Looking for some home improvement gifts this holiday season? Wooden Sun has an array of stoves that will add some hygee to your pandemic winter.

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STOCKING STUFFERS Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once wrote “…the little things are infinitely the most important” and while he probably wasn’t talking about stocking stuffers, he might have said they’re one of the most important parts of the holiday. O’Suzannah has a wide array of items to tuck into stockings. Bath bombs, socks, candles, chocolate bars, jewelry, hand soap, lip balms, cards, desk calendars, and more. And check out O’Suzannah for littles for the younger members of the family. Both shops offer curbside pickup (osuzcville.com). Scarpa carries everything from skin care and jewelry, to leather goods, scarves, and masks—items that are a perfect fit for stockings. Arguably the shop’s most popular holiday items are its wine tote and lunch bags, with $5 from every bag sold going to the PB&J Fund. Most of its instore products can be found on its website (thinkscarpa.com), where you can also purchase digital gift cards. Physical gift cards are available at the brick-and-mortar store. J. Fenton Too, now combined with the Quilts Unlimited shop, offers clothing for women, including FLAX linen items, and a curated collection of favorite gifts and handcrafts that are perfect for filling stockings (quiltsunlimited.com). Craft Cville, a nonprofit maker's collective that celebrates modern handmade and vintage, supports the development of creativity, and engages the community with art and cultural activities, is putting together its 15th annual Craftacular online as a virtual market on December 5 and 6. Vendors will offer a wide range of handmade items, including jewelry, clothing, soaps, candles, stationary, and ceramics, as well as a variety of art (craft-cville.org).

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FOOD GIFTS

Charlottesville is a foodie town, and here are some of our favorite local spots to find the most delicious gifts. Caromont Farm is offering a Farmstead Cheese Share. Available in threemonth shares, the monthly selection of three cheeses (one soft, one aged, and one a regional specialty) is paired with chef-inspired accoutrements. The farm has partnered with other small, artisan producers to curate seasonal selections of some of the best products Virginia has to offer. Cheese share members are also invited to come out to the Esmont-area farm to connect with the land and animals. Boxes are available for farm pickup, pickup at Albemarle Ciderworks, or home delivery to Charlottesville or Richmond (caromontcheese.com). In addition to its butchery-oriented provisions, Charlottesville’s whole-animal butcher shop, JM Stock Provisions, features a variety of other items, including ramen kits (with frozen pork, broth, and dried noodles for easy assembly at home), curated pantry items, gift cards, and tickets to classes (socially distant of course), as well as shirts, hats, and other gear. Perfect for the meatarians on your list (stockprovisions.com). Whether you want to give someone ready-made treats or the ingredients to make them themselves, Great Harvest Bakery, in the McIntire Plaza, has something for you. In addition to the usual delicious offerings of bread, baked goods, and sandwiches, you’ll find an assortment of gift baskets. Choose from a wide selection of baking mixes and already-baked items, as well as accompaniments like coffee and jam (greatharvestcville.com). Gearharts Fine Chocolates are always a good gift. Whether you’re picking up a box of assorted chocolates, assembling your own mix for that special someone, or dropping one of their candy bars into a stocking, Gearharts has the chocolate-lovers on your list covered. Curbside service and free delivery for orders over $75 (gearhartschocolates.com). Jam According to Daniel and Fairweather Farms are joining forces to offer A Taste of Virginia, four different gift boxes, in three different sizes, to match all tastes and temperaments (plus, as always, you can assemble your choice of herbal teas, no-pectin-added jams, and culinary spices into your own personal gift box at accordingtodsnie.com). Gift boxes are available in small (four items for $34), medium (six items for $51), and large (nine items for $75). All boxes are available for local pickup or delivery, and ship via USPS Priority 2-Day for a $15 flat rate, except the large gift box is only $5 shipping. Hammered Inn Farm and Garden is known for its popular hot sauce. It also has a variety of gift baskets that range in price and feature locally grown goodies. Called Perfect Piedmont Pairings, they are perfect holiday gifts (hammeredinnsauce.com). The Spice Diva carries bulk spices, peppers, salts, rubs, mixes, teas, and extracts, as well as tea ware and small spice-related gifts and implements. You’ll also find locally made chutneys, fine imported olive oils, and more. Curbside pickup and delivery are available this holiday season (www.thespicediva.com).

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