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Come enjoy innovative, locally-sourced cuisine in our European-inspired beer hall & spacious outdoor beer garden. Our 28 draft lines & carefully curated bottle list includes a vast array of local, national & imported craft beers sure to satisfy any beer lover.
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What does it take to be the best? In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell says one needs at least 10,000 hours practicing a thing to be an expert at it. But that doesn’t necessarily equate to “the best.” The best, at least in this town, is more of a feeling: It’s a crisp glass of Virginia wine with a view of the Blue Ridge in the distance; it’s an annual family portrait by the photographer who was there (right there?) when you gave birth; it’s a foot race that takes you past the houses of your neighbors where they’re waiting with bottles of water and a few “woo-hoos!” Best can be quantified in myriad measurable ways, but we use our annual readers’ poll to celebrate the intangible things that make us love living in Charlottesville, from the practical (like your favorite grocery store) to the nice-to-know (like where everyone’s getting their eyebrows waxed). After all, with more than 10,000 hours living here, you’re definitely the experts.—Caite Hamilton
Music group to influencer, these winners have perfect pitch. P.17
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FOOD + DRINK
Find the best restaurant in town— and then some—right here. P.53
KIDS + FAMILY
It takes a village—and we’ve got the greatest one there is. P.141
From wine shop to home store, these spots are spree-worthy. P.79
LOVE is all around. P.162
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Jack & Wendy Brown • Lynn & Kenny Brown • Pam & Frank Edmonds
Chris & Brad Eure
Janna & David Gies
Elizabeth & Joe LeVaca
Julie & Geoff Montross · Susie Morris
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Charlottesville Band cvilleband.org
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FESTIVAL Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival crozetfestival.com
Virginia Film Festival virginiafilmfestival.org
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Tooth and nails
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE LADY ARM WRESTLERS—AKA CLAW—RETURNED IN STYLE after a three-year hiatus. Just before Halloween 2022, the collective that combines cosplay, competition, and charity into a raucous show of bulging biceps clashed at Champion Brewing Company. Each event raises money for a women-led organization or business, and this one honored the Blue Ridge Abortion Fund.
“I came to win tonight, but the real winner is BRAF,” said wrestler Zsa Zsa Gabortion. That night’s CLAWing It Back event raked in nearly $14,000—the most ever for a CLAW show. “All funds raised will support people from or traveling to Virginia for their abortion care,” says Deborah Arenstein, BRAF director of development.
Zsa Zsa Gabortion was the champion of the night, but she was just one member of a colorful cast of outrageous characters locking arms for a chance at glory. Like Sally Williamson, who plays her own mashup of Zsa Zsa Gabor and an abortion rights activist, many women in CLAW don familiar personas or create whole new characters for each performance. And they come from all walks of life, from a wide age range, to take on roles like the dolled-up flapper ChiCLAWgo—portrayed by Amy Hill, a graphic designer and marketing professional, and Fist of Furiosa, a Mad Max-style warrior played by Lucy Fitzgerald, a Ph.D. candidate at UVA.
“We’re just regular people,” says ref Tightship McLeod. “But we do it all—we know how to have fun, and we help the community. That’s what happens when women run the show.”—RD
JUSTIN IDE PHOTOGRAPHY
Our local lady arm wrestlers performed their way to a record-breaking $14,000 (awarded to the Blue Ridge Abortion Fund) at CLAW's first match following a three-year hiatus.
HIGDON O magnum mysteriu
HAILSTORK I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
Saturday, February 10, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 11, 3:30pm
Ken Lam, Guest conductor
Nathaniel Lee, Trombone
DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
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RAVEL Boléro, arr. Rous
Family Holiday Concerts
Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 3, 3:30pm
Michael Slon, Conductor UVA University Singers
Both Holiday Concerts are held at Old Cabell Hall.
Locations and Times
Saturday concerts 7:30pm, UVA’s Old Cabell Hall. Sunday
Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School. artists and venues are subject to change.
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LOCAL TV PERSONALITY
Kasey Hott (NBC29)
Dan Schutte (CBS19)
LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY
Sherry Taylor (Z95.1)
Tom Morgan (Generations 102.3)
LOCAL RADIO STATION
106.1 The Corner
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SHORT AND SWEET
It’s always fun to see a local face on TV (remember when chef Laura Fonner won “Guy’s Grocery Games”?). This summer, it was area realtor Kara Rojer (formerly Bass), who with her now-husband Guillermo Rojer appeared on TLC’s “90-Day Fiancé,” a show in which couples with foreign fiancés who’ve applied for a Visa have 90 days to marry or break up. Rojer and her husband, who is from Venezuela, were the first couple on their season to wed, and welcomed a baby boy in November of 2022. Dreams really do come true.—CH
THE FULL MONTICELLO
Monticello’s “Behind the Scenes” tour offers a fuller picture of life at Jefferson’s iconic home. See the first floor (TJ’s rooms and the public spaces), then take the narrow spiral staircase up to the rooms used by daughter Martha Randolph and her family, guests, and enslaved workers. A highlight is the light-filled circular Dome Room with the children’s “fairy palace.”—CD
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Locals Kara and Guillermo Rojer found love in a hopeful place—on TLC's "90-Day Fiancé."
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The Fry’s Spring bar is in the midst of a renaissance
Saunter up to Dürty Nelly’s on a Wednesday night and you’ll see a gaggle of people crowding the entrance outside. It’s not that they can’t get in—they’re just taking a breather, chatting with friends, maybe having a smoke before they plunge back into the chaos inside. In the parking lot, you might hear a drunken diva blaring through a Kesha song at karaoke, or a local band blowing the doors off. Dürty Nelly’s makes an explosive impression, and that’s before you’re blinded by the bright neon lights of its signature stage sign.
“I think the community loves our thriving divevibes,” says owner Jordan Brunk. “There’s nowhere else like Dürty Nelly’s.” He’s right: People flock to his pub for its party-time atmosphere, and its friendly staff make sure that party rages until the clock strikes midnight.
Since COVID restrictions started easing up, Brunk has been determined to bring more live mu-
sic to Dürty Nelly’s. In the spring of 2021, he hired Koda Kerl to manage the bar’s bookings, in part to emulate the casual live-music setup at Brunk’s other bar and restaurant, Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar. At Nelly’s, Kerl and Brunk have launched a “curated writer showcase,” and expanded their performance space from the single neon-lit indoor stage to an additional pickup truck bed outside.
The pub’s shift toward being a live music venue has caused some locals to declare the bar’s going through a renaissance. But while Brunk can’t vouch for the pub’s heyday—“Dürty Nelly’s is older than I am,” he says, “and the origin story is best told by our lovely happy hour regulars that have been there since day one”—he does believe that Nelly’s is “a safe haven for the talented van people” now that bands are on the road again.
Kerl’s been a touring artist himself, with Chamomile and Whiskey, so he knows the
value of smaller clubs like Nelly’s. And that know-how has helped him bring local talent to “Koda’s Corral,” including Adam Long, Emily Kresky, Kai Crowe-Getty, Rob Cheatham, Will Overman, and Kerl himself.
“We don’t have an enormous budget, but we’ve been gaining a reputation for being fun and an easy stop on the way to more lucrative shows,” Kerl says.
The bar’s booker has striven to keep things diverse, too, from the sounds to the crowds. Country, garage rock, and jangly jagged indie stand side by side on the calendar, and the bar has even hosted music video shoots for local bands. Sometimes the only things showgoers might have in common are a love for cheap drinks and great tunes.
“It’s fun to see people in their 70s hanging out with college kids and people of different tastes,” Kerl says. “That’s the kind of stuff that makes us proud and happy to be a part of the scene.”—RD
Anyone else finding themselves excited to go to Dürty Nelly's lately? Get in line.
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Honky-tonk at Holly’s
HOLLY’S DINER ON EAST MARKET STREET OFFERS UP AFFORDABLE EATS AND A cozy bar, but stick around late enough and you’ll see what keeps patrons coming back for more night after night. Holly’s has a packed calendar when it comes to live entertainment—from open mics to game nights, rockin’ blues bands, and even a goth night. And returning this August on the third Friday of every month is Honky-Tonk Karaoke.
The three-hour event combines live music with karaoke and a two-step dance lesson. A one-hour jam session kicks things off, and by the second hour eager singers donning cowboy hats and boots will be lining up to belt out country tunes with the band. As long as diners know the words and the key, they’ll be good to get on stage. And once the tables and chairs have been pushed to the side to clear the dance floor, you know it’s a party.
But savvy music fans don’t just have to wait for the third Friday of the month for their slice of Americana. Gritty singer-songwriter Eli Cook regularly brings his brand of bluesy rock to Holly’s (with a full band), as do local staples like the Chickenhead Blues Band and Ian Gilliam & The FireKings.—RD
DOWN TO D’EARTH
Jazzman John D’earth has his hands in so many Charlottesville music scene projects that his own record releases can go unnoticed. But his newest LP, Coin of the Realm, demands attention. The seven-track album is vintage D’earth—experimental enough to interest the hardcore jazz fan, catchy enough for the casual listener. “It’s a poetic impulse to play music this way,” D’earth says.—SG
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Boot, scoot, and boogy to Holly's for honky-tonk karaoke.
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Where to catch trivia (almost) every night of the week
Who can say why it’s fun to sit with a group of friends, in a room of strangers, competing to see who can correctly answer questions like, “What sitcom character defeated the Bubble Boy with the Trivial Pursuit answer, ‘the Moops’?” It just is. Especially in Charlottesville, where almost every night of the week a local venue invites you to match wits while wetting your whistle.—ME
Decipher Brewing 6:30pm
National trivia game purveyor Geeks Who Drink provides the questions, but a local host runs the game. Tough questions in an easygoing, dogfriendly atmosphere, with gift cards for top teams, and $3 off tabs for correctly answering bonus questions.
Brightside Beach Pub 6:30pm
Fins to the left, fins to the right, and $1 wings all day! A Jimmy Buffett vibe means no one cares if you come late or can’t spell (especially after downing the pitcher special). Original material, local hosts, and generous gift cards for winners.
Tuesday Firefly 8pm
Playful and community-minded, Firefly offers local comfort food and a later-than-most start time for their Geeks Who Drink trivia. This crowd is young(ish), queer-friendly, and whip smart. Reservations encouraged.
Fry’s Spring Station 7pm
Tricky, wacky questions from an eclectic, droll host. Play from the patio or inside, while munching family-friendly pizzas, or indulging in a Bucket-o-Beer special.
Birdwood Grill at Boars Head Resort 6pm
A distinctly local event, from the Carter Mountain views to the casual Southern fare, with complimentary putting on the Ridges Putting Course. Homegrown questions and hosts each week.
King Family Vineyard 6pm
Teams of up to 10 people play four rounds of original trivia, for tasting room and food truck prizes. Expect light-hearted themes, like Name That Tune, and the occasional wine category (snag a sommelier for your team).
Pro Re Nata 6pm
Crozet locals and guests enjoy custom-curated questions from veteran trivia host Ron. Laid-back fun in a setting that feels like your favorite uncle’s dream of a sports bar brewery.
Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint
First and Third Wednesdays 7pm
Bawdy trivia and banging burgers. “I usually stand on the bar or a stool and ask the questions over a megaphone,” says bartender/host Alyssa. “There is always a lot of fun heckling, some cursing, and I sometimes throw in math equations where 69 is involved—semi-crass humor, if you will.” Get there by 6 for a table!
Starr Hill Downtown 7pm
Nerd heaven. Dairy Market eats, and funnytough questions from legendary hosts Nate and Olivia. Bring friends, and strive to crush the spirit out of the brilliant young wiseacres who usually win.
Potter’s Craft Cider 6pm
Trivia and Thai one Thursday per month
Pair Chimm Thai food with the trivia talents of Mountain View Elementary’s John Daniels. Add a crowd of wild public school teachers. Set the whole thing in a magical forest cidery, and you’ve got a storybook trivia adventure, right down to a grand prize of ringing the historic Chapel Bell in the Tasting Room.
Alamo Drafthouse 7pm
Come for the happy hour-priced drinks and appetizers, stay for the antics of beloved host, Fernando. Questions via Triviatainment’s Thinkand-Drink, except on occasional theme nights, when you’ll need to brush up on your Harry Potter, “Friends,” Star Wars, or “Gilmore Girls” knowledge.
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Cold beer, Neapolitan-style pizza, and a welcoming crowd make this trivia night a feel-good win, even if you place last. Geeks Who Drink questions range from mind-bending to easy-peasy, but the game almost feels secondary to the buoyant community vibe.—ME
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A dynasty is born
UVA’s women swimmers blow the competition out of the water
Six individual national wins. Victory in all five relays. National team champs (for the third year in a row!). It was business as usual for the University of Virginia in March at the NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Senior Kate Douglass won three individual national championships (200-meter individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 breaststroke), while Gretchen Walsh won two (100 backstroke, 100 freestyle). And Walsh’s older sister, Alex, who along with Douglass medaled at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, won the 400 IM. As a team, the Hoos swept the relays with wins in the 200 medley, the 800 free, the 200 free, the 400 medley, and the 400 free.
Before the meet, Head Coach Todd DeSorbo said, “Arguably, we’ve got the best team that we’ve ever had here at UVA, so I feel really good.”
Turns out DeSorbo had reason to feel good: By meet’s end, Virginia’s nearest competitor, the University of Texas, had scored 414.5 team points to UVA’s 541.5. And in case the Cavs’ foes thought they had a chance to catch UVA, the 400-meter freestyle relay team put an exclamation point on the Hoos’ performance during the competition’s final event with a time of 3:05.85, which set a new NCAA and American record. It also made UVA the first team since Stanford in 2018 to sweep all five relays at the national championships.
After the meet, DeSorbo talked to C-VILLE about saying goodbye to the seniors on his team. “They believed and trusted immediately, and were just really excited to be a part of the potential rise of our program. And they’ve all just been such great people and influences and leaders on our team. … They’re definitely gonna leave a lasting legacy, and they play a significant role in where we are today.”
But Gretchen Walsh, who will be a junior next year, is already looking toward 2024, when she hopes to help UVA match Stanford’s 1995 feat of winning four straight NCAA Swimming & Diving titles. “I think we can do it,” she said in April. “We’re creating a legacy, and that’s one of the coolest things about this experience.”
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To help make a four-peat a reality, Walsh pointed to her list of individual goals for next season: Hit 20.5 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 47 seconds in the 100 backstroke—and add another American record by beating 45.56 seconds in the 100 freestyle. Then there’s that Olympic rings tattoo: Silver-medalist Alex Walsh refuses to get her rings tattoo until her sister, who failed to qualify for the 2020 Olympic team the summer before she arrived at UVA, also medals at the Olympics (Gretchen’s fourth-grade self-portrait was of her standing on the Olympic blocks).
“Since coming into UVA, having this change and this new environment, I feel a lot more confident going into next summer, in my abilities and my training, all around,” Gretchen Walsh said. “I think [an Olympic medal] is definitely feasible.”—SS
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WHEN SOMEONE AS FIT AND ACCOMPLISHED AS NICOLE HAWKER OPENS HER first-ever gym, you might think she’d call it No Pain, No Gain, or Good Luck Keeping Up with Me.
An ACE Certified Personal Trainer and CrossFit Level 1 coach, Hawker, 50, has crushed half-marathons and the Richmond marathon. She’s a Prolyfyck Run Creww regular, Crossfit weightlifter, and certified yoga instructor. Oh, and she’s also mom to three adult children and countless foster children, holds a master’s degree in counseling, and, until last year, worked full time in social services.
But when the Charlottesville native opened her nonprofit gym in November 2022, she named it after her fitness philosophy: Heart & Soul Fitness with Nicole. “When we are emotionally and spiritually well, we have greater capacity to take care of ourselves physically and vice-versa,“ says Hawker.
A peaceful studio in the Cherry Avenue Shopping Center, Heart & Soul offers an inclusive space for fitness classes, coaching, and events open to all, regardless of age, athletic level, or ability to pay. “I was drawn to Cherry Avenue because of childhood memories,” Hawker says. “I wanted to be accessible to a community that may not have access to larger, more expensive fitness studios.”
Hawker also partners with the Women’s Initiative and Region 10 to provide women’s wellness classes, and this summer the gym hosted its first annual 5K community walk.
Whether you’re cranking out burpees or clearing your head, Hawker hopes you’ll find strength at Heart & Soul Fitness.—ME
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Hoos running things
TWO UVA TRACK TEAM MEMBERS FOUNDED RUN CHARLOTTESVILLE IN 2018. NOW, THE organization is bringing together college athletes and area kids at three Virginia locations. The mission? Use running to better the lives of young people from up and down the socioeconomic spectrum.
“For me, to see the kids every week get an opportunity to socialize and have fun outside and get more exposure to running and activity in general … it’s special,” says Trina Barcarola, the organization’s incoming president. “It’s great for the UVA students, too, because we don’t get a lot of exposure to kids.”
Barcarola, a UVA track team pole vaulter, says sports has translated to success in other areas of her own life, and that pushes her to make Run Charlottesville the best service organization it can be. Barcarola takes over as president from Owayne Owens, who’s been in the position for three years. Owens hopes that during his own time at its helm, Run Charlottesville has given a few kids the same opportunities running’s given him. “It has done so much for me—it got me a scholarship,” Owens says. “If we can get kids to start running at a young age, we have so much to offer them: working together in groups, discipline, enjoying hard work. I just want to see kids better off because they were made aware of running.”—SG
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Jessica Carter believes that personal development should begin on the field. But not everyone has access to the kind of athletic opportunities that facilitate that kind of growth—and in fact, girls drop out of sports at double the rate boys do by age 14. So in 2020, the former Charlottesville High School JV girls basketball coach and Mary Baldwin University’s all-time leading basketball scorer founded HER Sports. An acronym for Hustle to Earn Respect, the nonprofit uses clinics, training opportunities, and partnerships with local organizations to break down the barriers that prevent girls from engaging in sports, and provide character and leadership development.—CH
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Each year, UVA gives the Edlich-Henderson Innovator of the Year award to a faculty member who is making a great impact on society. In 2022, the award went to Marc Breton, an associate professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences who, in 2004, helped create the first and only simulation environment accepted by the FDA to replace animal studies in pre-clinical assessment of insulin treatment. That helped them get to their next breakthrough: an artificial pancreas that will transform the treatment of Type 1 diabetes.—CH
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Anna Williamson always brings her ‘A’ game
If you’d told a young Anna Williamson that one day she’d be atop a ladder at the John Paul Jones Arena, making the final snip to cut down the net after the UVA men’s basketball team won a share of the ACC regular-season title, she’d have thought you were pranking her. But that’s exactly where Williamson, a thenfourth-year student manager who’s been an uberfan fan of the team her entire life, found herself last March.
“When [Associate Head] Coach Williford came up to me and said, ‘Anna, you’re gonna finish it off, take the rest of [the net down],’ and handed me the scissors, it was so special,” Williamson says. “And to look over and see my family on senior day … I thought about my little self, who’d go to games and watch UVA beat Carolina schools.”
Watching Williamson, the daughter of two University of Virginia alums, climb to the top of that ladder was especially moving because she was born with spina bifida, and is paralyzed from the knees down. A North Carolina native, she has undergone more than a dozen surgeries and wears a brace on her right leg to help her walk. Inclines are difficult for her.
Before last spring’s ACC Tournament, few UVA basketball fans knew much about Williamson, other than that she was one of 10 student managers whom they’d occasionally glimpse on the sidelines—that is, until ESPN reporter Holly Rowe shone a light on her. And that’s when Williamson says parents of children with spina bifida, a birth defect in which an area of the spinal cord in a developing baby doesn’t form properly, reached out to her on social media, looking for reassurance that their children were going to be fine.
Williamson, who graduated in May and will open Revival coffee shop in Charlottesville this fall, is more than fine.
“It’s a mental game,” she says when asked about the often grueling work of being a student manager for a D-1 college basketball program (she estimates that she worked eight hours on game days, and another three or fours on practice days).
“I can do a lot more physically when I get my mind right about it,” Williamson says. “I’m 5-foot-4, and I’m not as strong [as other student
managers], but I did the job to the best of my ability, which is what was asked of me.”
That “ask” came the summer before she started at UVA in 2019. She was working as the first female coach at the Tony Bennett Basketball Camp, when Ronnie Wideman, associate athletic director for men’s basketball, spoke to her about being a student manager when school started in the fall. After considering her strengths and weaknesses, and thinking about what she’d bring to the program, Williamson said yes—and never looked back.
Her job was to “do whatever made the [members of the team’s] lives easier day to day. To oil the machine, do behind-the-scenes work, and watch [the team] shine,” she says. “UVA was my dream school since I was a kid, and I’ve always admired [Head] Coach Bennett,” who Williamson says taught everyone about much more than basketball.
“He taught me a lot of perspective on life, and about hard stretches, and how caring for your friends and family is more important than basketball.”—SS
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Nothing but net for Anna Williamson, a former UVA student manager who made the final snip following last spring's ACC Tournament victory.
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Imagine you get your fortune told and it predicts you’ll get wet shoes. Or your flight will get delayed. Or you’ll step on a LEGO. Sounds like some bad luck, huh? Well, at Bad Luck Ramen, that’s all you’ll get at its fortune telling machine. Inspired by owner and head brewer Andrew Centofante’s trip to a Buddhist shrine in Japan, in which he received the worst fortune imaginable (“bad health, bad career, do not buy a house, do not travel, no romance, a black cloud will follow you … bad,” he says), the black cat machine only deals out dismal predictions.—RD
BACK TO BISCUITS
BBQ is a labor of love. So when Brian Ashworth tired of the labor and threatened to close Ace Biscuit and Barbecue, a ’cue-lover stepped in to save it. “Ace was always one of my favorites—in my opinion the best barbecue in Charlottesville,” said Stefan Friedman, who bought the biz in March. What’s next for Ace? Friedman promises full dinner hours, grab-and-go menu items, live music, and big ’ol biscuits like the ones Ashworth made when he first opened.—SG
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There are certain basic freedoms we hold dear. For one, the enjoyment of a great burger and a beer with friends. This is America, after all, a delicious burger is your right –perhaps even your responsibility.
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Pint-sized Belmont pie hole/bar Lampo took over the former Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative space earlier this year and opened Bar Baleno (Italian for flash). With room enough for 60 guests, the small event space offers Lampo’s full menu for seated dinners or cocktail parties. On Thursday evenings the bar is open to the public, and industry folks should keep watch: Baleno regularly stays open late just for waitstaff, post-service.—CH
When Blenheim Vineyards launched Oenoverse in 2022, it envisioned an inclusive space that would pair wine and community. Since then, the wine club has hosted and promoted events that spotlight what’s cool about Virginia wine, all while making sure anyone who’s interested can be part of the conversation. After all, isn’t half of enjoying wine about bringing people together?—CH
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FEW LOCAL RESTAURANTS HAVE AS LOYAL A FOLLOWING AS Guajiros Miami Eatery.
On weekends, newcomers and regulars alike flock to West Main Street, sometimes happily waiting an hour to get inside and dig into the mouthwatering Cuban dishes inspired by the flavors and culture of Miami and south Florida.
The eatery is owned and run by the Mayorga family, and it’s been a family affair every step of the way.
Three brothers run the restaurant day-to-day: Danilo Mayorga takes care of the front of the house, Harvey Mayorga Jr. curates cocktails, and Sebas-
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tian Mayorga runs the kitchen. Their father, Harvey Sr., keeps the books while mother, Jacqueline Roque, contributes family recipes—dishes she served to her children for years are now on the restaurant’s menu. Sometimes, you’ll see sisters Bessie and Dora, as well as Harvey Jr.’s wife Carla Chavez-Mayorga with their children, littlest Harvey and Eva.
For the Mayorgas, who are Nicaraguan in nationality and Miamian by American dream, their food is a way of celebrating diversity.
“I don’t want to be labeled as a Nicaraguan restaurant,” says Harvey Jr., “because we want to have the melting pot of cultures.”
The menu includes all-day breakfast, sweet Cuban-style coffee, refreshing cocktails, and occasional specials. The classic Cuban with ham, seasoned pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard is one of the most popular items, and for dessert Mama Guajiros famous tres leches is a must-try.—MH
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AS A CHEF, TUCKER YODER HAS DEDICATED 20 YEARS TO FEEDING HUNGRY CUSTOMERS. Yoder began his restaurant career at 15 years old, working as a host, waiter, and dishwasher. After attending the New England Culinary Institute, he worked as a chef at local restaurants Oxo, Clifton Inn, Red Hen, and Back 40, before coming to his current position as executive chef at Broadcloth, where he serves up versatile dishes that highlight Virginia’s seasonal offerings.
For Yoder, the fight to end hunger continues long after the ovens have cooled and his apron is off. Through Chefs Cycle, a fundraising endurance event, Yoder puts the pedal to the metal and helps raise money for No Kid Hungry and its mission to end childhood hunger. In May, the 2023 fundraiser culminated in a three-day, 300-mile race in Santa Rosa, California, where Yoder and other members of the culinary community pushed themselves to the limit for the cause. Yoder helped raise thousands of dollars, and it looks like the preparation for next year has begun—Yoder is already logging some major miles on his rider page.—MH
For years, new brewers all said it: I brew what I like. But times have changed, and spots like SuperFly Brewing Co., which opened this summer at 943 Preston Ave., have changed with them. “The thing that excites me is drinkability,” SuperFly owner Ed Liversidge says. “But when a band writes a record, it’s hard for them to know what the hits will be. The fans decide that.”—SG
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Not all Charlottesville happy hours are alike—each bar/ restaurant is happy in its own way. From seriously gritty to spacious and luxe, there’s a range of options to keep a (slightly crooked) smile on your face.—ME
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Of all the gin joints in all the towns in the world, you could walk into this one at Fifth Street Station and find $6 appetizers, $4 craft draft pints, $5 glasses of wine, and Bogart-worthy cocktails. Easy parking. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
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Grab a stool inside for an afternoon pint ($1 off) with neighborhood regulars, or head to the patio (with kids and dog) to snarf the large nachos ($2 off) while easing into a glass of wine ($1 off). Low-key and lip-smacking.
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A beef-lover’s Platonic ideal of a happy hour: $16 steak frites plus featured wines $8/glass, $32/ bottle, beer/cider $2 off, and $1 off classic cocktails. Upscale but homey.
Fresh and vibrant vegan paradise. $1 off cans of beer and zero-proof cocktails, $2 off glasses of
wine, $3 off cocktails, plus free umami potatoes (Wednesday, with purchase), $5 seasonal spritz (Thursday), and half off bottles of wine (Friday). Queer-celebratory, food allergy-friendly.
Locals love the Texas-style tacos and familyfriendly spaces, and Brazos loves them back with $8 house margaritas, $5 frozen margaritas, $2 off beer, $2.50 select tacos, and all-day happy hour every day for health care workers.
The Cheers of The Shops at Stonefield has a throwback appeal. $2 off draft beer, half off glasses of house wine, $4 well liquor, and $8 cheddar jalapeño sliders, buffalo chicken dip,
and General Tso’s wings. Inclusivity bonus: expert accommodation of dietary restrictions.
Half off drafts. Two bucks off rounds. No food, just drinks. ’Nuff said.
Funky and fun, a soft landing for introverts. Good food, drinks, and folks. $2 off drafts and wine by the glass, rail liquor $4 a pour.
Public Fish & Oyster
Lobster rolls, oyster specials, yacht-rock friendly. Ahoy, matey!
The Quirk Lobby Bar
The Wizard of Oz might hold court at the bar of this castle. Airy, artsy, sophisticated, and playful. $9 classic cocktails, $5 draft beer, $9 wine by the glass. Tuesday all-night happy hour, with live jazz from 6-9pm.
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Caddyshack at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. $4 bottles of beer, $5 rail drinks, $5 appetizers. For when you’re feeling country-clubby. No gophers allowed.
This Black-owned restaurant honors Dr. Walter Ridley, the first Black student to graduate from UVA. $4 off wine, $2 off draft beer, $2 rail liquor plus specials like Monday half off beer/ wine for health care workers, and Tuesday $12 burger night.
The Southern Crescent
Galley and Bar
A Creole-Cajun fantasy. Intimate bar inside; veranda, tin roof bar, fire pits, and cabanas outside. Virginia Oysters on the half shell $1.50/each, $8 cocktails (with fresh-squeezed juices and housemade syrups), $4 beer, $6 glasses of wine.
M-F 4-6pm Twinkling lights surround the vine-covered patio. $5 draft beer, $8 wine, $10 cocktails, and the $10 featured sandwich. Tuesdays pack a Patio Punch ($5 carafes).
Woman-owned, queer-proud, Korean-Japanese restaurant with half-priced drafts and chuhais (shochu/fruit highballs), specialty and classic Japanese cocktails, and addictive Japanese-style chicken nuggets called karaage. Down-home and divine.
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LET IT RAIN (WHILE I ORDER ANOTHER ROUND)
Summer storms can roll up pretty quickly in central Virginia, causing many an al fresco happy hour to end in a hurry. When it rains at Kardinal Hall, the walls come down. Adjacent to its crushed shell bocce courts, the popular beer hall and game spot has erected a state-of-the-art patio cover that allows the fun to continue when the weather takes a turn. Using remote control, the roof can close and shades can be drawn on all sides to create a weather-resistant “room.” Temps drop? Heaters fire up. Too warm? Crack open the slatted roof to let it cool. The modern space remains roomy and comfortable for large parties with enough privacy to catch up with an old friend or charm a first date.—TK
SLICE OF HEAVEN
The closing of the much-beloved Pie Chest in March left a triangle-sized hole in all of our hearts, but we’ve noticed a not-so-new kid in town taking its place: Timberlake’s, the century-old drug store on the Downtown Mall, will forever take the cake—er, pie—for its pecan, its chocolate coconut, and its Kentucky Derby. And don’t forget to wash down your slice with an old-fashioned egg cream.—CH
MODERN JAPANESE C UISINE
We are truly humbled and grateful to receive this year’s Best of Cville Award, and for all of the continued support from our guests over the past year.
68 2022 • Best Kid Friendly Restaurant • Runner Up Cheap Date 2021 • Best Sandwich Shop/Deli • Best Specialty Food Made in Charlottesville • Best Cheap Date 2019 • Best Comfort Food • Best Brunch 2018 • Best of the Best Member 2017 • Best of the Best Member 2016 • Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee 2015 • Best Breakfast 2014 • Best Breakfast 2013 • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Power Lunch Spot • Best Hangover Menu • Best Breakfast 2012 • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Hangover Menu • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Breakfast 2011 • Best Hangover Menu • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Quick Lunch • Best Meal Under $10 2010 • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Quick Lunch • Best Meal Under $10 2009 • Best Meal Under $10 2008 • Best Lunch • Best Meal Under $10 2007 • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Fast Food 2006 • Best Lunch • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Fast Food 2005 • Best Lunch • Best Fast Food 2004 • Best Lunch 2003 • Best Restaurant When You Are Still Trying To Make Rent We’re honored and grateful! 1418 Emmet Street • 505 Preston Avenue 1609 University Avenue www.bodosbagels.com 2023 - Best Sandwich Shop / Deli WOW! Thank you, Charlottesville! Thanks for putting us in the 'Best of the Best, Charlottesville! “Best of C-VILLE” winner since 2003. 2018BEST OF THE BEST MEMBER 2016 - Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee 2015 - Best Breakfast 2014 • Best Breakfast 2013 • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Power Lunch Spot • Best Hangover Menu • Best Breakfast 2012 • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Hangover Menu • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Breakfast 2011 • Best Hangover Menu • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Quick Lunch • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Quick Lunch • Best Meal Under $10 2009 • Best Meal Under $10 2008 • Best Lunch • Best Meal Under $10 2007 • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Fast Food 2006 • Best Lunch • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Fast Food • Best of the Best Member • Best of the Best Member • Inaugural Hall of Fame Inductee • Best Breakfast • Best Breakfast • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Power Lunch Spot • Best Hangover Menu • Best Breakfast • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Hangover Menu • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Breakfast • Best Hangover Menu • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Quick Lunch • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Sandwich Spot • Best Quick Lunch •Best Meal Under $10 • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Lunch • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Meal Under $10 • Best Fast Food WINNER 2019 - Best Sandwich Shop/Deli Comfort Food • Best Brunch (Runner-up) WOW! Thank you, Charlottesville! WINNER
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THANKS TO A COUPLE OF BABIES, THE WINE GUILD OF CHARLOTTESVILLE HAS BEEN keeping locals expertly soused since 2008.
That’s when Ten Course Hospitality restaurateur Will Richey became a dad and (with friends) started a wine buyers club, so he could work from home. The Wine Guild grew a loyal following, and in 2019 culinary pros Will and Priscilla Curley (with local aficionados) bought the club, expanding it from a cramped spot in Belmont to a recently opened wine bar, club, and shop in Rose Hill. Just like Richey before him, Curley now gets to be a work-from-home dad, doting on both his 15-monthold and his other baby, the Wine Guild.
“We love our new home,” says Curley. “The upgraded space allows for drinking and snacking on site, a killer patio, and room for classes and guided tastings.”
Guild members receive discounts and access to special events, but the wine shop and bar are open to the public, offering a curated, sip-and-learn spot for experts and novices alike.
“You may wind up at a Guild tasting rubbing arms with local winemakers, tasting with true masters of the discipline,” says Curley. “And every wine pro that’s a part of the Guild is happy to share a lifetime of wine knowledge.”
The Guild offers (free) Champagne Thursdays and (buy your own) Spritzy Saturdays, the former a “weekly bubbles tasting,” and the latter a “celebration of the Saturday afternoon mindset: slowing down, having a sip of something relaxing and refreshing, and enjoying the vibes.”—ME
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Eat, drink, and be merry with Wine Guild co-owner Will Curley in the club's new Rose Hill spot.
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One more for the roads
ANDRE XAVIER KNOWS BOOZE TOURISM. AS OWNER OF CVILLE TOURS, HE’S SEEN what banding together can do for co-located breweries like those on Route 151.
So when Xavier helped open Patch Brewing Co. in Gordonsville, he got together with other purveyors of fine beverages and branded their alliance Route 231. Along with Patch, the founding members included Keswick Vineyards, Castle Hill Cider, Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard, Early Mountain Vineyards, Barboursville Vineyards, Thistlerock Mead Company, Virginia Foothills Distillery, and the yet-to-open Southwest Mountain Vineyards.
Route 231 officially launched as a branded destination last April, and Xavier says the co-promotion has been successful, with several other wineries since joining the portfolio. He says that, in addition to bringing folks to one place for multiple tipples, Route 231 is about collaborating on best practices, sharing lessons learned and resources, and finding ways to give back to the community.
“What separates us is the diversity of our offerings, but also the commitment of our members to being stewards of the land and embracing agri-tourism,” Xavier says. “Alcohol obviously is the main thing, but the food, the culture, the way of life—those are all critical.”—SG
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
We’d never deny the appeal of grabbing a perfectly chilled glass of wine and parking ourselves on a patio to overlook a mountain view. But sometimes the best view is coming from … inside the house. Such is the case at Glasshouse Winery in Free Union, where you can enjoy your Brosé (a Barbera rosé, that is) in the tropical conservatory. Air-conditioned with seats in partial or full shade (i.e. your glass will be the only thing sweating), it’s a unique experience to be seated among a tangle of banana tree, birds of paradise, and fiddle leaf figs.—CH
Make a visit to Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard, a whimsical stop on the Route 231 beverage trail.
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THE BATESVILLE MARKET HAS BEEN THE HEART OF THIS LITTLE TOWN SINCE THE 1880s—it’s seen so much traffic over those decades, the front entrance’s wooden step has been worn away to the sill. Kristen Rabourdin bought the store for $1 in 2020, when the then-owners needed to move on but wanted to ensure the store stayed open for the community. Rabourdin had moved to Batesville in 2004, and loved the place. “This store is an extension of everyone’s living room,” she says.
During the pandemic, the market became a lifeline for the community (“grocery delivery services don’t come out here,” she notes). Rabourdin took the slower times as an opportunity to build an outdoor patio/performance space, which now hosts live music (from Irish and bluegrass to The Pollocks) and special events like Batesville Apple Butter Weekend and Oktoberfest.
The Market’s kitchen prepares breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and caters as well. There’s plenty of grab-and-go food and drink, and shelves filled with local wines, ciders, snacks, and specialty foods (like The Little Things shortbread buttons from Belmont’s Found. Market Company). Don’t forget to browse the jewelry, pottery, wooden crafts, notebooks, and cards, as well as the soaps and creams from Afton Mountain Apothecary. Hanging above the bar is a double row of beer glasses and steins, many of them individually labeled for the Batesville Mug Club (“We’re the No. 1 beer bar in Batesville,” Rabourdin jokes). As the store’s current owner, she sees herself as part of a long tradition. “People come in and say, ‘I came here as a child.’ Many of the local kids come here to get their first job—I’m not going to turn them away. I’m a steward until the torch passes.” CD
Talk about a good buy: Kristen Rabourdin nabbed The Batesville Market for $1 in 2020.
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These shops are keeping C’ville’s men stylish
Charlottesville’s men sure know how to dress to impress, and local stores are here to help them put their best foot forward. What follows is a list of a few of our favorite clothiers, outfitters, and haberdasheries that carry menswear of every size, style, and budget.
The Men’s & Boy’s Shop
410 E. Main St., Downtown Mall
Whatever the occasion—a summer wedding in Sare, prom, or a mandatory court date— The Men’s & Boy’s Shop can help you find the perfect fit. The locally owned establishment, which has been in business since 1920, stocks modern and traditional clothing, ties, hats, gloves, and more from brands like Ralph Lauren, Barbour, Florsheim, Hart Schaffner Marx, and Armin Oehler, with free alterations for life.
Dashing 115 S. First St.
You can always score a sweet secondhand find at Dashing, the masculine counterpart of Darling Boutique. Browse casual styles from contemporary brands, statement fashion pieces from highend designer labels, seasonal staples like swim trunks, and more, including athletic wear, bags, and shoes.
Eljo’s Traditional Clothes 1067 Millmont St.
Diehard UVA sports fans can take their gameday fits to the next level at Eljo’s. The longstanding shop specializes in custom made-to-measure suits and sport coats, and its officially licensed UVA line includes polos, belts, suspenders, ties, blazer buttons, cuff links, and more.
Kulture Vibez 3918 Lenox Ave.
This urban streetwear boutique opened in the middle of COVID, and has been steadily catching steam ever since. Shop here for modern styles and fashionable loungewear that you can dress up or down. Cool graphic tees, shorts, and sweatshirts are always in stock from brands including Kilogram, Original Penguin, and Effectus Clothing. Before you leave, slip into a pair of Air Jordans and pose in front of the photo op wall.
Quattro Tizi 946 Grady Ave.
For all the latest fashions and trends, head to Quattro Tizi, a contemporary men’s and women’s clothing and lifestyle shop. You’ll impress in trendy tees, chic chinos, and swanky sunglasses from labels like Rag & Bone, Faherty, Veja, and Shinola.
Low 105 Fifth St. SE
Style is cyclical, and Low’s got the vintage goodness you need for a closet rewind. The massive underground space is a denim-lover’s dream, with plenty of perfectly worn blue jeans, jackets, and vests, alongside charming sweaters, sick tees, cool hats, broken-in shoes, and jewelry.
Rethreads 1716–1718 Allied St.
This multi-room boutique is full of eclectic apparel for modern- and vintage-lovers. With size and gender inclusive options, and everything from preloved, vintage, and new with tags, there’s something for every size, style, and budget. Go in for the short sleeve cotton button downs, and leave with a rare vintage find.
High Tor Gear Exchange 1717 Allied St.
If you’re an athletic-wear-all-day kinda guy, check out High Tor Gear Exchange’s selection of lightly used menswear. Snag a cozy fleece in the winter, and colorful swim trunks in the summer, from name brands like Columbia, Eddie Bauer, Patagonia, Lululemon, and Nike.—MH
Find on-trend men's and women's clothing at Ian Dillard's Quattro Tizi.
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When Charlottesville native Daisa Granger Pascall started We Grow with two others in 2021, she couldn’t have imagined that, by the middle of the following year, she’d be at the helm of the Scottsville shop solo. But the store continues to thrive. The full-time art teacher pours herself into creating beauty in many forms, through her work at Leslie H. Walton Middle School—and through We Grow. The downtown shop hosts regular classes—terrariums! bonsais! bouquets!—and partners with other local organizations on floral-centric events.—CH
AS THE OWNER OF BEEHIVE EVENTS, A FLOWER AND DÉCOR BUSINESS she launched in 2006, Shawn Cosette is no stranger to beautiful things. But it was during a trip to Germany with her husband that she settled on her next career move, and launched a new business venture in 2019.
“We were in Munich and I just ran into this store,” Cosette says. “I think I visited three or four times, and I looked at my husband and said, ‘This is it. This is what I want to do.’”
Be Just, which recently relocated from Belmont to Ivy Road, has two main objectives: selling beautiful, durable pieces, and being part of a community. In addition to offering lasting pieces—you’ll find copper kitchen appliances, storage containers, handwoven baskets, and more on the store’s shelves—Be Just hosts classes ranging from flower arranging to mixology. Cossette also hosts the Sunday Supper Series, a monthly dinner event at her farm.
A business owner since the age of 24, Cossette doesn’t shy away from taking chances, and she speaks to the amount of work it takes to be an entrepreneur. “If you’re not physically working, you’re thinking about it all the time,” she says. “I definitely think I have that entrepreneurial spirit, and can’t imagine any other scenario.”—CG
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BOOKSTORE New Dominion Bookshop ndbookshop.com Blue Whale Books bluewhalebooks.com
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EVER BEEN TORN BETWEEN THE PURCHASE OF AN OFFICIAL, VINTAGE MUG FROM The Lion King and a seven-piece Victorian cruet set? Or maybe it’s that Cypress driftwood sculpture, which would fit your decor perfectly. Heyday Antiques & Vintage is a charming, well-curated indoor marketplace with plenty to offer. The store is a collective of 18 vendors who stock and style their own unique shops within an Allied Street warehouse space.
“We want to be different,” says co-op member Laurel Lorigan, who has been selling in two stalls— one vintage and one formal antique—for five years.
That difference manifests naturally throughout each vendor’s thoughtfully organized lot. A stroll through Heyday offers equal parts time travel, discovery, and nostalgia, as shoppers peruse extensive book collections, paintings, furniture, and even a set of high-heel shoe forms, all sourced from travels, yard sales, and family attics.
Lorigan says she started selling as a way to support her own shopping habit, and Heyday’s unique, tasteful selections from the past are sure to support ours. See what’s new and old at heydaycville. com, and follow along at @heydaycville.—TK
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THE HISTORY OF THE B.F. YANCEY SCHOOL COMMUNITY CENTER BUILDING SPANS more than six decades. The building was a segregated school until 1967, when it became a desegregated Albemarle County Elementary School. In 2019, The Yancey Community Center opened its doors, and since then it has offered countless opportunities to area residents.
Yancey Community Center Program Coordinator Ed Brooks knows the impact the building has had on the Esmont community: His mother attended the segregated school, and his three children recently graduated from its elementary. Now he helps organize and run the dozens of programs and opportunities available, including those that focus on the center itself, such as the current exhibit about the building and community’s history, “African American Education in Esmont: Making a Way Out of No Way.”
The programs and resources available at Yancey Community Center include yoga classes, a food pantry, a community garden, and a basketball court, and it partners with agencies ranging from Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Jefferson Area Board for Aging to the Blue Ridge Health District and Friends of Esmont to provide even more.
Thanks to the many new services and opportunities at the center, “I think people are beginning to now say, ‘Wow, the county is really stepping up this game to provide equal services to the urban ring residents as well as to the rural,’” Brooks says. “It has meant a lot in terms of helping people to think of themselves as full-fledged county citizens.”—CG
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IT WAS A FEW DAYS BEFORE PROM, AND A CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR was worried. The full-length, midnight-blue dress she ordered online had finally arrived—and, even with three-inch heels, it dragged on the ground. So her mom reached out to her regular tailor, “and they told me I was too late, that there was no time to shorten the dress,” she says.
On the recommendation of a friend, the pair turned to Kim’s Alterations on the Downtown Mall. Not only did a quick fix save the day, er, night, but the work was beautiful, says the mom. “We were thrilled!”
And the mother and daughter are not alone. According to Alicia Henry, Kim’s “is the best.” Henry says she’s shown up at the York Place shop with “everything from 1920s breeches to modern linen dresses, and [the tailor takes] care of it all with such precision. She [even] helped me with a design idea—repurposing a vintage bustier using 1940s crepe fabric—and she nailed it.”—SS
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The best thing about receiving a flower delivery is, well, everything—the idea that someone thought about you enough to order you a beautiful bouquet, the smell that lingers through the house as soon as you bring the arrangement to the table, the fact that roses even exist in this broken world. But, like many of the best things in life, flowers don’t last forever, so it’s definitely not a gift that keeps on giving—unless it is? At Hedge Fine Blooms, a three-month subscription will run you $255, and afford you (or someone special) a bundle of blooms on your doorstep each month.—CH
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The idea for a communal writer’s space was born in a local coffee shop (naturally). Once a week for more than three years, a group of writers would gather to workshop ideas, share drafts, and talk shop. In 2008, they founded a space devoted to that process, one that could foster an entire community of writers. Today, WriterHouse offers courses and seminars on writing fiction and memoirs, how to find an agent, and navigating the world of publishing—in addition to co-sponsoring author events, readings, and workshops throughout the year.
And their instructors speak from experience. Emily Thiede took her first courses at WriterHouse in 2015—now she’s its vice president. Her debut novel, This Vicious Grace, was one of Oprah’s top 25 fantasy novels of 2022. But her first manuscript didn’t immediately get picked up; she had to regroup at WriterHouse and work on new ideas before finding success. “The writers who tend to succeed are those who refuse to quit trying while continuously seeking out and accepting critical feedback along the way,” Thiede says. “It takes a bit of arrogance to believe that your words deserve to be in front of readers, but this field is too challenging to pursue without that belief, so embrace it—you are your first and greatest champion.”—RD
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To commemorate a century in business, His Barber Shop cut it up in April with a barbershop quartet, snacks, and visits from veteran barbers of 50 years. Founded in 1923 by Albert Staples as Staples’ Barbershop, the Barracks Road mainstay is now owned by Chris Bryant, who was also the shop’s first woman barber.—RD
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Nearly five years ago, Sharon Stone turned the page. With one kid in high school and the other going off to college, she decided to do something that would eventually touch many children’s lives.
“I got the idea [for The Free Book Bus] one day, and I ambitiously made the website and the Facebook page that day, even though I didn’t have a bus,” Stone says. “My husband’s super into buying vehicles online, so he sold his truck so we could buy our first bus.”
The Free Book Bus provides a wide array of reading material, ranging from children’s board books to books at an adult reading level. There’s something everyone, with a sports section, graphic novels, nonfiction, and more. Books also come in a variety of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Dari, Nepali, Swahili, Spanish, and French.
After an influx of refugees to the Charlottesville area last year, Stone bridged a need gap by publishing a coloring book called Welcome to Charlottesville, which was translated into seven languages. To help teach English, the book goes through the ABCs of Charlottesville (of course, B is for Bodo’s).
In addition to books, The Free Book Bus provides personal hygiene products, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and other items that Stone says “bring joy” to the bus’ visitors. After receiving requests for perfumes and makeup, Stone now offers lipstick, Bath & Body Works cologne, and sheet face masks. Visitors on the bus can take one book and two personal care products.
While there is no formal volunteer program, Stone sometimes receives extra help. Faith Cabell began working on The Free Book Bus in 2020. Cabell had lost her favorite book in a house fire,
found another copy aboard the bus, and soon after, started helping Stone.
Now, Cabell shows up whenever The Free Book Bus visits her neighborhood, which is typically the second Wednesday of every month. Besides reminding children of when the bus will arrive, she also helps kids select the books they’d like to read. “When I see children see something that they particularly want, and they’re happy and they’re smiling, that’s most rewarding,” Cabell says.
In addition to the tremendous impact The Free Book Bus has left on the greater Charlottesville community, it’s reached other states, as well. Stone has spoken with someone who’s starting a bus in Kentucky, and people have approached her about franchising the nonprofit or rolling out buses in nearby counties. For now, though, Stone will continue changing children’s lives in the Charlottesville area, one book at a time.—CG
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WHEN IT COMES TO BURYING OUR DEARLY DEPARTED, MOST OF US KNOW WHAT to expect: embalming chemicals, expensive coffins, concrete vaults, and other things that may not be so good for the environment.
But is all that really necessary?
If you ask Stephanie Bonney, the answer’s a hard no. Green burial is “a more responsible way to take care of the Earth—the planet we live on,” says Panorama Natural Burial’s general manager.
During a Panorama green burial, no toxic embalming chemicals are used, and bodies return to the earth in biodegradable boxes or burial shrouds, because “we are only introducing materials that nature can use to nurture new life.” Bodies are buried at three-and-a-half feet, where “soil is more nutrient rich, and organisms are better at doing their jobs.” (And in case you’re wondering, there’s never been a reported case of a naturally buried body being dug up by predatory animals—the farthest they dig into soil is 12 inches.) Simple river rocks, set flush to the ground with a name and birth and death years, marks the graves.
“We’re essentially going back to that principle in Judeo-Christian tradition, which is literally ‘dust to dust,’” says Chris Murray, whose family has owned Panorama Farms in Earlysville for 70 years. With the “current conventional funeral burial practices, the body basically never turns to dust.”—SS
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After 20 years with the rescue squad, CARS Chief Virginia Leavell is still supporting the Charlottesville community
Since her first call to the CharlottesvilleAlbemarle Rescue Squad as a kid, Chief Virginia Leavell knew that emergency medicine would be a big part of her life.
“I was in Charlottesville having breakfast with my grandmother and she went into cardiac arrest,” says Leavell. She called 911 and soon the CARS volunteers arrived. “They actually gave me a job to do—holding an IV bag— and I think that really stuck with me.”
During her time at the University of Virginia, it was this experience that drew Leavell to join the rescue squad in 2003. After graduating with a degree in psychology, it was the rescue squad that made Leavell decide to stay in Charlottesville rather than return to her hometown of Belfast, Maine. “It was just such an important part of my identity, and the place where I felt the most purpose,” she says. “There’s a strong sense of belonging within the crews and the organization as a whole.”
Now in her third term as chief, Leavell is finding new ways to help the Charlottesville community as a whole, including through the CARS Community Accessible Resources Education and Support program. From opioid overdoses to firearm injuries, CARS CARES aims to identify areas experiencing higher occurrences of specific risk factors and provide appropriate training for people in the area. “Spending more time in those communities that have the highest risk factors so that we become trusted by others, so that they are not going to hesitate to call 911 … they have an idea of what’s going to happen and who’s going to show up,” Leavell says. “Making that more accessible we hope will improve outcomes overall.”
Between her role as chief of CARS and her work with the Albemarle County Fire Rescue Community Risk & Resilience division, Leavell spends a lot of time thinking about emergency response. “The only way I fit everything into a day that needs to be fit is wearing those multiple hats at the same time, and trying very hard to take those hats off when I get home,” she says.
Leavell’s entire family is involved with CARS, including both of her children and her partner, who serves as the organization’s medical director. “My youngest was 5 days old when he attended his first board meeting with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad,” says Leavell.
Growing up around the rescue squad, both of Leavell’s children—now 6 and 15 years old—are involved with the volunteer organization. While her older child enjoys helping with outreach events teaching about NARCAN and Stop the Bleed training, her youngest “loves to practice CPR on everybody.”
“In a lot of ways it’s sort of bringing the family into the fold,” says Leavell. “I think that I’ve just been incredibly lucky to segue so much of that into my professional work.”—CR
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Since opening its doors at space 13 in the Visible Records building, the library has acquired more than 500 tools—from wrenches and hammers to arbor presses and pruning saws—available for its members to borrow. Started by a group of friends on Zoom, the Virginia Organizing work project lent out its first tool in March 2022 and has grown rapidly over the last year. Most of the tools have been gifted to the volunteer-run library, but more specialized equipment has been acquired through member contributions and donations.
Because some of the tools can be dangerous, safety training is required before borrowing any equipment, and membership is only available to adults in the Charlottesville and Albemarle area. Don’t worry if you’re not the handiest—on top of lending equipment, the library hosts community workshops and classes for the uninitiated.—CR
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With its scenic Blue Ridge Mountains backdrop, abundance of greenery, and plethora of stunning locales, the Charlottesville area has long been a popular wedding destination. For couples looking for the perfect place to tie the knot, these four new venues will likely fit the bill.
Situated just south of Charlottesville in Nelson County, Rockfish Ranch is a leafy, mountainous retreat overlooking its namesake Rockfish River. After two years of transforming the former vacation property into a rustic venue, the ranch hosted its first wedding in the summer of 2022. Rockfish boasts a range of on-site amenities, including large indoor and outdoor spaces, lodging, a sauna, fire terraces, and several ceremony and celebration spots for up to 250 guests during wedding season, or 20 guests throughout the rest of the year.
Tucked into the forests and rolling hills of Louisa, family-run Avonlea Farms has hosted weddings and special occasions since 2020. Surrounded by stunning foliage and delicate landscaping, the farm has several ceremony and reception sites, including a vintage glass greenhouse on a private lake and a 250-year-old oak tree, and can host up to 200 guests, depending on the location. With un-
limited site visits, a complimentary mimosa bar on the big day, a range of complimentary decor choices, and more, Avonlea Farms provides its guests with numerous amenities.
Located on UVA’s Darden School of Business grounds, The Forum Hotel in Charlottesville is a venue of choice for more than just University of Virginia alumni. The luxury hotel boasts over 40,000 square feet for its events, with several ceremony and reception sites available both inside and out. For catering, the venue offers a range of creative food and drink menus, and will customize options if desired. Able to host up to 700 guests and offering a wedding room block deal, The Forum is a good choice for those with a longer guest list.
Just outside the city in the Farmington neighborhood, historic Gallison Hall is a large but cozy estate with a range of unique features. Designed by original owners Julio and Evelyn Galban, Gallison Hall is a 12,728 square-foot Georgian manor on more than 40 acres of private land, and is able to host up to 200 guests. With views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and ornate and intentional indoor and outdoor architecture, Gallison Hall offers a gorgeous backdrop for any wedding.—CR
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THIS YEAR HAS BROUGHT SOME OF OUR FAVORITE WEDDING TRENDS—BRIGHT colors are back, biodegradable confetti is in, and aerial shots are taking photography to new heights. Using a drone, photographers and videographers can capture never-before seen angles of your ceremony or reception set against Charlottesville’s scenic vistas, vineyards, and venues. Whether you’re looking to add cinematic elegance to a video, or an editorial spread to an album, here are a few of our favorite drone photographers you can find up in the air.
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Meredith Coe Photography. A local photographer with 11 years of experience, Meredith Coe can cover all angles of your big day. “A drone shot elevates, in all senses of the word, your wedding visually,” says Coe. “Artistic large prints in your home or a full two-page spread in your album is always jaw-dropping.” meredithcoephotography.com
Silver Streak Weddings. If you’re looking to include aerials in your wedding reel, Silver Streak Weddings have shot at local venues like The Wool Factory, Castle Hill Cider, Mount Ida Farm, and King Family Vineyards. silverstreakweddings.com
Film and Flourish. Andrew Gilford of Film and Flourish turns love stories into movies. His videos are something special, with documentary-like storytelling and tons of aerials. filmandflourish.com MH
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THIS IS IT—YOU’VE FOUND THE ONE! YOU’RE READY TO HOLD THE CEREMONY in which you tell each other, your families and friends, and the world that you are beginning a new life together, and you want the occasion to be perfect.
But to get there, you face months of decision-making—finding a venue, choosing vendors, negotiating calendars, cross-checking every detail—and signing lots of checks.
“Weddings are wonderful, but they’re still a pain to plan,” says Adam Healey, founder and CEO of new wedding firm Novela. “It’s hard to know what things cost and who’s good. The vendors all have different offerings and terms of service. And it’s also expensive.”
Healey started Novela in January 2022 to help couples navigate this process: “We see ourselves as a wedding concierge.” Novela does the up-front market research and pre-vetting in order to connect its clients with venues and suppliers that fit their style—and their pocketbook. The goal, says Healey, is to connect the right couple with the right partner for the perfect wedding.
Novela begins with an intake interview to go over what the couple wants, what they need, and what they want to spend. The firm then develops a customized list of recommendations for wedding planners, venues, caterers and a host of other services. The plan provides three options for each category—all pre-qualified to make sure they fit the budget and have availability for the couple’s date. “And we’re there to help guide you through the entire process,” says Healey.—CD
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Self-professed “flower fanatic” Karly Murphy of Kmpressed offers a solution: Press them! The artist began pressing plants in 2015 after working in weddings and events with Nature Composed, and says it’s a great way to hold on to your bouquet long after the sparkler exit.—CH
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For Eve Watters, making music is a vocation. “The songs, the stories I tell—they have been passed along for generations,” she says. “These are stories out of time, an invitation to that place where the world opens up without boundaries.”
As a child growing up in New York State, Watters loved fairy tales and storytelling. At age 13, she taught herself to play the guitar. She left home at 18, and headed to England. But it wasn’t until a near-death health crisis in her 20s that she found her calling. “I just knew—I need to be a singer,” she says. “By then I had two children, in London, far from home. I had done some small performances, I was still so shy … but you know, the universe helps us.”
After a few years, she found herself in Charlottesville, a single mother hustling for work as a performer. This was the 1990s, and Watters managed to get a regular gig at the upstairs room at The Muse (now Miller’s Downtown). She began branching out—performing at other venues like the Boar’s Head Inn’s Old Mill Room and the Clifton Inn, playing at private events like weddings, and doing mini-concerts and workshops in educational settings, including schools, libraries, and museums.
Along the way, Watters’ devotion to storytelling and the oral tradition has led her to become familiar with a wide range of cultures and instruments. After harp study in Ireland, she plays (and teaches) the harp in a variety of styles— neo-Celtic, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque; she also plays recorder, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp, banjo, and Native American flute. Her folk songbook ranges across English-speaking and European nations, and into this mix, she weaves stories from the traditions of America and Native America as well as Europe, East and South Asia, and Africa.
“I look for stories across cultures, and I know when it’s a story for me,” Watters says. “I feel like there’s really only one story, and all stories are a part of it. I find most people are starving for that kind of connection.”
While Watters has several themes for her programs, she is an intuitive and improvisational performer. “I’ve developed an aptitude for read-
ing the room,” she says. “One of my assets is a wide range of music, so I always mix it up, and people love it.”
While she loves to connect people through songs and stories from other times and cultures, Watters is also committed to the healing power of music. One of her credentials is as a certified music practitioner, specifically trained to provide live acoustic music to aid in healing and transition—unlike a music
therapist, who is trained to use music as a mode of treatment.
“There’s a lot of research on the therapeutic benefits of music—the actual physical vibrations produced, like the harp does,” Watters points out. As a CMP at UVA Health Systems, Hospice of the Piedmont, and several hospitals around the area, her role is “to see if the patient needs [me to provide] energy or calming. They may be in an acute situation, or healing, or they may be actively dying. Sometimes familiar music is good [because it is] tied to their past or their cultural context … or I may play unfamiliar music when the patient is letting go.”
Whether she is providing comfort and healing, exposing children to other cultures’ stories, or bringing a wedding celebration together, Watters says, “I’m going to put my heart into it. I love playing what will really connect with people.”—CD
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LIKE NEW YORKERS WITH THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING OR WASHINGTONIANS WITH their monument, Charlottesville residents may only visit UVA when guests come to town. Fortunately, the University Guide Service offers a free, hour-long historic tour of the Lawn area daily during the academic year, providing a whole different perspective on our company town.
UGS student volunteers go through a semester-long training program to develop one tour geared to UVA applicants, and another version for visitors, tourists, and locals interested in learning more about the history of the university.
“Everyone thinks UVA and Jefferson,” says rising third-year John Beddell, current UGS chair. “People are amazed at how much history we cover.” They are also surprised to learn that UVA’s founder and architect died after serving only one year as its president.
The guides aim to tell a complete story—not just about the Academical Village, but also about the enslaved laborers who built and worked on Grounds; UVA’s development in the context of Charlottesville’s history; and efforts over the years pushing for change at the institution. A tour focusing on UVA’s Black history is offered every Sunday afternoon. Specialty tours can also be requested—the history of women at UVA, children’s tours, or large-group tours.
But—no surprise to area residents—no tours are offered on days with home football games.—CD
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For artists and art appreciators alike, McGuffey Art Center is the place to be. Housed in a former elementary school (the classrooms were transformed into studios, galleries, and a gift shop), the artist-run cooperative was established in 1975, and celebrates all things creative, with exhibitions, classes, workshops, camps, and more.
“The City of Charlottesville leases this historic building to McGuffey at a discounted rate as part of its commitment to making art of all kinds—visual arts, dance, music—accessible to the public,” says McGuffey Art Center Operations Manager Bill LeSueur about the space that is home to more than 45 renting artists and 100plus associate artists.
From individual artist spotlights to all-member shows, McGuffey’s galleries include a wide variety of work, such as L. Michelle Geiger’s “Flotsam,” which shows how discarded and recycled materials can be transformed into stunning ocean scenes, or the annual Summer Group Show that features recent work from both renting and associate members.
“In addition to members’ work, McGuffey’s exhibition schedule makes room for other groups in our community, including area high schools and The Charlottesville Black Arts Collective,” says LeSueur.
Classes offer creatives of all ages an opportunity to expand their skills in a wide range of mediums, from ceramics and painting, to fiber arts and performance arts (to name just a few). Whether you’re trying out a potential hobby or are an experienced artist, classes like Drawing Essentials and Introduction to Machine Sewing offer adults and older teenagers an opportunity to build their skill sets.
For younger artists, a variety of courses engage participants’ imagination. While most of McGuffey’s classes are meant for children 5 years and older, Blue Ridge Music Together is a year-round gathering for children from birth to kindergarten. Five- to 12-year-olds can try their hands at sculpting, drawing, and painting, or attend one of the center’s many summer camps.
Outside, the center paints its love for the arts with two rotating mural projects: Karina
Monroy’s La Cultura Cura; Somos Medicina covers McGuffey’s north wall with vibrant butterflies and pomegranates that decorate the entryway, while the Red Shed Mural Project, showcasing the work of Laura Lee Gulledge and her students from the 2021 Street Art Camp, delights with swirling hues, neon green, and pink flora, all branching along an amorphous blob on the building’s, well, red shed.
Post-pandemic, McGuffey has continued its virtual offerings, which are available online. Check out the center’s figure drawing video or watch one of the numerous artist talks or poetry readings. Throughout the summer, the cen-
ter also hosts Thursday Evening on the Lawn, which has something for everyone, with music, dancing, life drawing, open artist studios, and food trucks.
Later this year, McGuffey holds its annual Día de los Muertos celebration. “Organized by member Estela Knott in 2011 along with a number of groups in the community, this joyful holiday brings hundreds of volunteers and participants together for a day of prayer and remembrance of friends and family who have come before,” says LeSueur, who adds: “We are a community of artists dedicated to practicing our art and to passing on the creative spirit.”—CR
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Puzzle junkies, history buffs, and wannabe sleuths will all find something to challenge them in Unlocked History Escape Rooms. Check out The British Are Coming, the room that started it all, or take flight in The Raven, a more macabre challenge based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Oh, and don’t forget to reserve in advance.—CR
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LILY CASTEEN WAS 7 YEARS OLD WHEN HER PARENTS ENROLLED HER IN ARC Natural History Day Camp, on the back acres of Panorama Farms in Earlysville. Now in her 20s and a wildlife conservation major at Virginia Tech, Casteen says the summers she spent at “mud camp,” first as a camper and then for seven years as a counselor, were instrumental in setting her on her current career path.
“I’m now doing exactly what I was doing there,” but on a bit larger scale, says Casteen, who’s in Alaska this summer, surveying a threatened species of ducks. “I learned so much from Kevin, and from the other people around me.”
“Kevin” is Kevin Murphy, a retired science teacher who’s been the camp’s director for 33 of its 38 years. The goal of ARC Natural History Day Camp is to “teach young people how to be observant, inquisitive, sensitive, and resourceful.” And discovery is imperative: Every day, campers explore a different habitat—pond, creek, meadow, or forest—“to see what each area has to offer.”
One of the most important lessons, recalls Casteen, is to “leave no trace. When you turned a rock over in a stream, you had to turn it back the way it was. I still do that.”
Sponsored by the garden clubs of Albemarle, Rivanna, and Charlottesville (hence the ARC in its name), the camp runs for two weeks every June, rain or shine, because everyone knows that exploring woods and streams is even more fun when you’re soaking wet and covered in mud.—SS
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159 106.1 The Corner...........................................21 Aberdeen Barn ...............................................67 ACAC 39 ACAC Preschool 149 Ace Biscuit & Barbecue 55 ACME Tattoo & Piercing.................. 115, 147 Alakazam ...................................................... 149 Alamo Drafthouse 25 Alan Barb 47 Albemarle Baking Co. 55 Albemarle Cannabis Company .................81 Albemarle Heating & Air .......................... 103 Albemarle Limousine 129 Alisa Foytik 113 All Things Pawssible 113 Amanda Sovik-Johnston .............................43 Ambassador Limousine ........................... 129 Andrea Rouillard 55 Andrew Collins 45 Andrew Minton Jewelers 89 Animal Connection ............................. 89, 113 Anna Magee ....................................................41 AquaFloat of Charlottesville 47 Arsenic & Old Lace 89 Asado Wing & Taco Co. 69 Ashley Palmer.............................................. 113 Athena Evans ..................................................41 Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group 111 Atlantic Coast Mortgage 111 Bad Luck Ramen Bar 65 Barton Weis.....................................................45 BBQ Exchange ................................................55 Beer Run 55, 65 Ben Around Tattoos 115 Birdwood at Boar’s Head Resort 43 Bizou..................................................................59 Blue Mountain Brewery ..............................55 Blue Whale Books 87 Boar’s Head Resort.................................... 113 Bob’s Wheel Alignment 101 Bodo’s Bagels 67 Bold Rock .........................................................61 Botanical Fare 57 BOUNCE Play-n-Create .............................. 149 Brad Spano 41 Brazos Tacos 69 Brentney Kozuch ........................................ 113 Bright Beginnings Preschool 143 Bristles Hair Design & Day Spa 103 Brooks Family YMCA 39, 149 Burtons Grill & Bar 57 Bushman Dreyfus Architects .....................99 Cake Bloom 127 Cakes by Rachel 127 Camille Gerrick...............................................21 CarMax 89 Carter Mountain ......................................... 129 Carter Myers Automotive 89 Casey Eves Design 107 Chamomile and Whiskey ............................19 Chaps Ice Cream 59 Charlottesville Area Builders .................. 103 Charlottesville Band 19 Charlottesville Midwifery 39 Charlottesville Sanitary Supply Corp... 101 Charlottesville Skin and Laser Center 107 Charlottesville Symphony 19 Chimm...............................................................69 Chris Collins 45 Chung’s Barber Shop ...................................99 Circa 81, 89 City Walk Apartments 99 Clayborne Education................................. 149 Crate & Marrow .............................................89 Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival ......................19 Dairy Market ................................................ 143 Dan Schutte ....................................................21 Darling x Dashing Boutique 81 David Hamer 45 Deborah Elder 41 Decades Arcade 149 Decipher Brewing 55 DJ Derek Tobler 129 Don’s Florist and Gifts 81, 127 Dos Amigos Landscaping 107 Dr. Dawn Anderson Math Tutor LLC 149 Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie 65 Eli Cook .............................................................25 Elizabeth Chance ...........................................39 European Wax Center ............................... 115 FARMacy Food Truck ....................................59 Feast! ......................................................... 87, 67 Fifth Season Gardening 89 Firefly 107 FIREFLY Restaurant & Game Room 55, 65, 143 Fleurie 59, 67 FlyDog Yoga 39, 47 Foods of All Nations 87 Gearharts Fine Chocolates 67 Georgetown Veterinary Hospital 115 Gracie Charlottesville 43 Great Outdoor Provision Company .........89 Green Light Podcast with Chris Long .....25 Greener Things...............................................81 Greenleaf Park............................................. 143 Grit Coffee........................................................57 Guajiros Miami Eatery 55 Habitat for Humanity................................ 111 Habitat For Humanity ReStore 89 HandyMike ......................................... 101, 115 Hannah Rose Event Design 131 Harvest Moon Catering 127 Hedge Fine Blooms ............................ 81, 127 Heyday Antiques & Vintage 81 HI//low Charlottesville .................................47 High Tor Gear Exchange 89 Hive Creative Group 111 Hot Yoga Charlottesville..............................47 House of Cuts Barber Studio 99 Hunter Wyant 107 I Love Charlottesville A Lot 25 Ivy Nursery 89 Ivy Provisions .................................................67 Ix Art Park 19, 25 J.W. Townsend 107 Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint Cville.........................................57 Jason Elliott 21, 99 Jen Fariello 131, 143 Jocelyn Nicole Johnson 21 Joe Cantu 39 John D’earth ...................................................25 John Grisham 21 John Smith 107 Journey Group ............................................ 111 Just A Little Ditty 131 Kanak Indian Kitchen...................................61 Kardinal Hall 65 Karyn Wolfe 147 Kasey Hott .......................................................21 Kathleen O’Neil 42 Kathy Phan ......................................................43 CONTINUED ON PAGE 161 INDEX
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Anchoring the east end of the Historic Downtown Mall, this 4,000 capacity venue has been welcoming national touring acts to its stage since 2005. Some highlights from 2023 include Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Trombone Shorty with Mavis Staples, Noah Kahan, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and many more!
This historic Vaudeville theater turned movie house, began new life as a premier music venue in 2009. Recent artists like Yo La Tengo, Big Thief, Railroad Earth, Blues Traveler, Illiterate Light and 49 Winchester – along with other national and regional acts – routinely rock audiences of up to 800 people.
Playing host to local, regional and national touring artists over 150 nights per year, this subterranean club is small and intimate, with a capacity of up to 300. Locals know it’s the popular place to catch artists on the rise: Billy Strings, Marcus King, Black Pumas, SOJA and Caamp have all graced the stage.
161 Katie Cox ..........................................................21 Kelvin Barrera 57 Kendall Street Company 19 Keswick Vineyards 131 Kid to Kid ...................................................... 143 King Family Vineyards 69 Knight’s Gambit Vineyard 69 Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria 65 Laughing Dragon Kung Fu .........................43 Laura Fonner 57 Lauren Stump 41 Lazy Parrot Backyard BBQ 69 Lee’s Nails ..................................................... 111 Linda Pitt 41 Lindsay Friesen 43 Live Arts 19 Low Vintage ....................................................89 MADabolic Charlottesville 39, 45 MarieBette Café & Bakery 55 Marigold by Jean-Georges 59 Market Street Wine.......................................89 Martin Hardware 89 McGuffey Art Center 19 Mederio Venable 55 Mel’s Cafe .........................................................67 Melodious Strings 127 Meredith Coe Photography 131 Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard 69 Michelle Little .................................................47 Michie Tavern 59 Milan Indian Restaurant 61 Mockingbird 67 Monsoon Siam ...............................................69 Monster Cleaning Services 101 Moo Thru 59 Morgan Newsome 147 Mount Ida Farm .......................................... 131 Mountain High Media 111 Moxie Hair & Body Lounge 103 MS Events 127 Natalie Dressed..............................................81 Nest Realty 115 New Dominion Bookshop 87 Now & Zen 69 Nua Medical Spa 111 O’Suzannah 81 Oasis Day Spa & Body Shop.................... 101 Old Dominion Animal Hospital 115 OLLI at UVA................................................... 101 Orangetheory Fitness 45 Peacock Auto Service................................ 101 Pearl Island Café & Catering 67 Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville 147 Pen Park ........................................................ 143 Peter Chang China Grill 57 Peter Johnson Builders .................. 101, 115 Piedmont Virginia Community College 101 Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard 69 Plan9 Music.....................................................89 Posh Bride 129 Potter’s Craft Cider .......................................61 Pro Re Nata 25 Prolyfyck Run Creww...................................41 Pure Barre 39 Purple Cherry Architects 107 Purvelo .............................................................41 Quirk Hotel Charlottesville 113, 127, 131 Quirk Hotel Charlottesville rooftop.........65 Ragged Branch Distillery 61 Ragged Mountain Natural Area................43 Ralph Sampson’s American Taproom 61 Ramos Painting 107 Red Lantern 57 Rivanna Trail 43, 47 River Hawkins.................................................21 Riverside Lunch 57 Robertson Electric ..................................... 103 Rockfish Brewing Company 55 Royer Caramanis Attorneys 111 Salute the Sun Yoga 47 Sam Hill Entertainment 129 Samantha Freed ......................................... 111 Sarah Cramer Shields 113, 143 Saunders-Monticello Trail ...........................47 Sentara Martha Jefferson 39 Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters 57 Shenanigans 149 Sherry Taylor 21 Sidetracks Music ...........................................89 Signature Medical Spa 107, 111 Sigora Solar.................................................. 115 Silver Lining Day Spa 111 Silverback Distillery......................................61 Skyline Tent Company 127 Solidarity CrossFit 39 South and Central 65, 67 Southern Development Homes 103 Spring Creek Golf Club ................................43 St. Anne’s-Belfield School 149 St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish 113 Stacy’s Music 143 Stephen Basic 45 Stone Creek Village Apartments ..............99 Stone Fox Beauty Project 101 Story House Real Estate ........................... 115 Tacos Gomez 59, 69 Tavola ................................ 59, 61, 65, 67, 129 Ten 69 The Alley Light 57, 59 The Bebedero .................................................57 The Bloom Trio 127 The Bradbury............................................... 131 The Brow House 101, 115 The Catering Outfit.................................... 127 The Covenant School 149 The End Games 87 The Farmhouse at Veritas 129 The Front Porch 143 The Hidden Leaf.............................................81 The House of Beauty (formerly Bridal Bar) 129 The Jefferson Theater 25 The Local 129 The Lodge at Old Trail 99 The Otter Guys ............................................ 113 The Paramount Theater 19 The Paynes Of Painting ............................ 107 The Point 113 The Rising Mind with Sidney Blair...........25 The Scrappy Elephant..................................87 The Southern Café & Music Hall 25 The Spa at Boar’s Head Resort 101, 111 The Virginia Shop ..........................................81 Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery 55 Tiger Solar 115 Tilman’s 59 Ting ................................................................. 107 Ting Pavilion 25 Tips & Toes Nail Salon 111 Tom Morgan 21 Top Knot Studio .......................................... 129 Trader Joe’s 81 Triple C Camp 149 Tru Pilates 47 Truist .................................................................99 Tuel Jewelers 89 Twice is Nice 89, 111 Umma’s 19, 61, 65 UVA Community Credit Union ..................99 Vanessa Bullard .............................................45 Veritas Vineyards and Winery 127 Victoria Vastine 39 Violet Crown ...................................................25 Virginia Film Festival ....................................19 Vivace 61 VMDO 99 W.E. Brown ................................................... 113 Wayne Fusco ...................................................39 Wayside Takeout & Catering 59 Wegmans 81 Well Room .......................................................47 Westminster Canterbury ............................99 Whimsies 143 Wine Warehouse 89 WNRN 91.9 ......................................................21 Women’s 4 Miler............................................41 YMCA Early Learning Center 143 Zoom Charlottesville 41 Zyahna Bryant ................................................99 CONTINUED FROM
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There are many ways to say “I love you.” Here in the 434, we use wine corks, hay bales, lattice, and ski helmets. Charlottesville’s contribution to Virginia Tourism’s Virginia is for Lovers LOVEworks campaign is vast and varied— not to mention extremely Instagrammable. These snaps from locals and tourists alike have us feeling the love.
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