Best of C-VILLE 2022

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C-VILLE BEST OF TOMORELOVE170+ of your things—andCharlottesvillefavoriteafewofourown2022VIBESCITY|FAMILY&KIDS|WEDDINGS|||||2022C-VILLEOFBESTENTERTAINMENTHEALTH&FITNESSFOOD&DRINKSHOPPINGSERVICES LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!You’re out there living it up—we have the votes to prove it Blue Moon’s back! ...and we’re over the roof about it What a trill Victory Hall's serving operauncommonup SHAPING UP Stretch, sweat, repeat: Your picks for getting fit

2 RUNNERUP To our homeowners, trade partners, neighbors, friends, and Charlottesville community for voting us, Charlottesville’s BEST local homebuilder in the Best of Cville! We are honored to be your favorite local homebuilder and extremely proud of the relationships we have built. We are also proud to announce that our very own Design Center Manager, Anna Hunter, received Runner up for Best Interior Designer! We are commited to making the design experience enjoyable. We look forward to helping you create a home that’s just right for you! VISIT US AT WWW.SOUTHERN-DEVELOPMENT.COM FOR MORE INFO! Thank You!


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ADVANCED CARE. COMMUNITYsentara.comSETTING. SENTARA MARTHA JEFFERSON HOSPITAL Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital is dedicated to bringing you the most sophisticated surgical and medical care in the most convenient community setting. And as a part of one of the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, we also have access to an extensive network of health resources, which allows us to continue to improve patient outcomes, safety and quality. Follow us on Facebook @SentaraMarthaJeffersonHospital, and Twitter @MarthaJefferson.

8 Women In Motion Physical Therapy & Wellness Thank you Charlottesville, for choosing us as Best of Cville Physical Therapy 2 years in a row! 434-202-2295 WomenInMotion_Wellness Our physical therapy clinic specializes in Orthopedics, Pelvic health (all genders), Sports Performance, Prenatal and Postpartum care. WINNER


If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If it is, give one of these experts a call. P.93 WEDDINGS The jewels, the food, the flowers, the cake. Your big day starts here. P.123

Never better Charlottesville, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. One, two, three... Spoiler alert: There are a lot of ways, at least according to C-VILLE’s readers. This year, we asked you to pick your favorites in more than 170 different categories, from best outdoor art and proposal spot to eyebrow studio and steak—and you answered the call. But there’s much more to love in our area than your top choices for what to eat and see, and where to play. We’ve been in the business of covering what’s fascinating about our city for more than 30 years, so this year, in addition to the list of winners you chose, you’ll find the C-VILLE staff’s own picks—more than 40 people, places, and things that we think are also worth highlighting. You’ll meet a guy who designed a library for Oprah, experience FOMO over a local roller-skating group, and be tempted by a savory-sweet dessert of mozzarella and crispy pastry dough. Oh yes, living here is sweet exactly where it counts.—Caite Hamilton

The easiest way to work up a sweat? Look to these folks, who bring the burn. P.35 FOOD + DRINK Sandos, coffee, curry, pizza... You really put your money where your mouth is. P.51 SHOPPING Charlottesville’s the ultimate place for retail therapy—you’ve got the receipts. P.77 SERVICES


Hey, parents: Consider this list— from preschools to toy stores— your secret weapon. P.139 CITY VIBES



Charlottesville beyond the basics, from neighborhood to humanitarian. P.153 Best for last A return to D’earth. P.170

These 13 favorites hold your attention, be it stage, screen, or gallery wall. P.19

Best of C-VILLE Editor Caite Hamilton Contributors Alana Bittner, Matt Dhillon, Brielle Entzminger, Shea Gibbs, Will Ham, Brian D. Hamilton, Maeve Hayden, Erika Howsare, Tami Keaveny, Chris Martin, Julia Stumbaugh, Susan Sorensen, Paul Ting Photographers Eze Amos, Jen Fariello, Virginia Hamrick, Hannah Malloy, Sera Petras, John Robinson, Sarah Cramer Shields, Tristan Williams Cover Photo Tristan Williams


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19 ROBINSONJOHN TAENTERINMENT Figurative artist Megan Read takes the win for Best Gallery Artist.

20 Find your MAD WanderLOVE, the strong desire to travel to and through Madison. Take a road trip! Come for the hiking, history, artisans, scenery, fishing, breweries, wineries and more. Stay in a B&B, cabin, camper, RV, lodge, vacation rental house, tent or even a yurt! PRINCE MICHEL VINEYARD & WINERY OLD RAG MOUNTAIN MADISONVA.COM EARLY MOUNTAIN VINEYARDSBALD TOP BREWING CO. FIND WHAT YOU LOVE IN MADISON Take artisans,amore. yurt! WINERY OLD RAG MOUNTAIN MADISONVA.COM FIND WHAT YOU LOVE IN MADISON NOVEMBER 2-6, 2022 RETURNING TO THEATRES THIS VIRGINIAFILMFESTIVAL.ORGFALL CELEBRATE THE ART OF FILM, SUPPORT OUR ENGAGING PROGRAMS, AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF UNIQUE SPONSOR BENEFITS! ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASEINSIDER ACCESSSPECIAL EVENTS AND SCREENINGS 123 E. Water Street | 434.977.4177 | A Must-See Season! Live, local theater in the heart Charlottesvilleof 20222023

21 ENTERTAINMENT CONTINUED ON PAGE 23 BAND ChamomileWhiskeyand Runner-up: Kendall Street Company MUSIC ARTIST Erin & The Wildfire Runner-up: John D’earth CLASSICAL MUSIC GROUP UniversitySymphonyCharlottesvilleattheofVirginia Runner-up: Cville Band SMALL MUSIC VENUE Pro Re Nata 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, 823-4878 Runner-up: The Southern Café & Music Hall 103 S. First St., 977-5590 LARGE MUSIC VENUE Ting Pavilion 700 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 245-4910 Runner-up: The Jefferson Theater 110 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 245-4980 BLOWING IN THE WIND That clarinet gathering dust in your closet isn’t going to play itself, is it? Lucky for you, The Center’s Second-Wind Band offers seniors an opportunity to, well, play it again. Organized in 1994, Second-Wind is a group of experienced musicians that performs classical, Broadway, patriotic, and holiday music during two annual concerts at The Center, as well as a few other venues around town. And a one, and a two...—AB WILLIAMSTRISTAN

LOCATIONS AND TIMES Saturday concerts and the Nov. 11 concert, 8:00pm, UVA’s Old Cabell Hall. Sunday concerts, 3:30pm, Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School. Programs, artists and venues are subject to change. TICKETS Subscriptions: Symphony Office, 434.924.3139 Single Tickets: UVA Arts Box Office or 434.924.3376 Special Thanks to: MASTERWORKS 1 Sonic Spheres Saturday, September 24 Sunday, September 25 Benjamin Rous, Conductor Elizabeth Roberts, Bassoon SCHUBERT Rosamunde Overture HUMMEL Bassoon Concerto in F Major MAZZOLI Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) BRAHMS Hungarian Dances SAINT-SAËNS “Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah MASTERWORKS 2 Songs of Destiny Friday, November 11 Sunday, November 13 Benjamin Rous, Conductor UVA University Singers PÄRT Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten PÄRT Da Pacem Domine BRAHMS Schicksalslied BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 in F Major MASTERWORKS 3 Forces of Nature Saturday, February 11 Sunday, February 12 Benjamin Rous, Conductor BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F Major THORVALDSDOTTIR Metacosmos RAVEL Alborada del gracioso’ MASTERWORKS 4 New World Symphony Saturday, March 18, 8:00pm Sunday, March 19, 3:30pm Paul Ghun Kim, Guest Conductor Brendon Elliott, Violin BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D Major DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E Minor MASTERWORKS 5 Dazzling Dances Saturday, April 22, 8:00pm Sunday, April 23, 3:30pm Benjamin Rous, Conductor Kelly Sulick, Flute ROUSE Flute Concerto JOHANN STRAUSS II “Éljen“Frühlingsstimmen”“Banditen-Galopp”“Accelerationen”aMagyar!” RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio Espagnol AND MORE! Family ConcertsHoliday Saturday, December 3 Sunday, December 4 Michael Slon, Conductor with the UVA University Singers Both concerts at Old Cabell HallPerryKeithPhoto:DinhKhuyenPhoto:DinhKhuyenPhoto: FarrielloPhoto:Jen WINNER 2022-23 SEASON HEAR.TOGETHERBenjamin Rous, Music Director Kate Tamarkin, Music Director Laureate BaileyMichaelPhoto:

How Victory Hall Opera is making opera fun HOO THINKS THEY CAN DANCE?


While some of us were binge watching and baking, the UVA dance team HooRaas spent thousands of hours perfecting the synchroniza tion, expressions, energy, themes, costumes, and doz ens of other elements neces sary to compete at the Raas All-Stars competition in Dallas on April 16. The na tional collegiate dance com petition has soared in popu larity after forming in 2009 around the Raas-Garba tradition, a folk dance that originated in western India. This time around, the Hoo Raas earned an admirable 10 points, and shared third place with Cornell Big Red Raas and Texas Raas, while Rutgers RAGA took home the gold with a score of 16.—TK T he stone walls looming over the deep water of The Quarry Gardens in Schuyler do more than provide a scenic picnic destination 40 minutes south of downtown Charlottesville. They also form a natural stage, where the Victory Hall Opera troupe performed everything from Mozart to Carly Simon last June in what Artistic Director Miriam Gordon-Stewart considers an acoustic collaboration with nature.“Itfeels similar in some ways to singing in an opera house, as you are singing out across the water in these beautiful quar ries,” says Gordon-Stewart. “But it is different in the sense that you also have the natural sounds. You have these beautiful bird sounds, and frogs, and all sort of critters that chime in as you’re presenting the Earlysville-basedmusic.”VHO will begin its seventh season with another unique collaboration.



At Fry’s Spring Beach Club in the fall, Metropolitan Opera soprano Janinah Burnett’s Love the Color of Your Butterfly will intertwine soaring operatic vocals with soulful Americana piano in a groundbreaking blend of opera, blues, and jazz.

Australian-born GordonStewart has performed everywhere from Sydney to Paris to Seoul, but she has nev er seen a performance like Burnett’s or an audience like Charlottesville’s. “Engaging across disciplines and per forming in alternative venues gives people a chance to experience opera in a way that they relate to, and that they can enjoy,” says Gordon-Stewart.—JS

23 DRAMATIC ARTS VENUE The TheaterParamount 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 979-1922 Runner-up: Live Arts 123 E. Water St., 977-4177 GALLERY ARTIST Megan Read Runner-up: Sharon Shapiro CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21 CONTINUED ON PAGE 25 A new aria

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25 ART MUSEUM OR GALLERY The Looking Glass at Ix Art Park 522 Second St. SE, 207-2355 Runner-up: McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW, 295-7973 LOCAL RADIO STATION 106.1 The Corner Runner-up: 91.9 WNRN LOCAL RADIO PERSONALITY Sherry(Z95.1)Taylor Runner-up: Kendall Stewart (106.1 The Corner) LOCAL TV PERSONALITY Kasey Hott (NBC29) Runner-up: Travis Koshko (CBS19) PODCAST “Green Light with Chris Long” Runner-up: “Small Town Big Crime” OUTDOOR ART Ix Art Park 522 Second St. SE, 207-2355 Runner-up: Charlottesville Mural Project CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23 PLAY ON, PLAYERS With Barboursville to the east and Staunton to the sun—er, west, Charlottesville’s practically bookended by the Bard. Four County Players’ offerings set the Swan of Avon’s best work at the Barboursville Ruins, the remains of a Jeffersondesigned mansion, while at the American Shakespeare Center you can get a taste of the playwright’s Globe Theater (read: It’s the world’s only recreation of the historic setting!).—CH ENTERTAINMENT PHOTOSUPPLIED

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Fundraising, but make it fun



Live Arts’ Boozy Drag Brunch celebrates drag, theater, and community O n a Sunday morning in March, Jason Elliott woke up feeling excited and prepared. Makeup and garment bags—five, to be exact—in hand, he headed downtown to begin a crazy day of work as the master of ceremonies at Live Arts’ Boozy DragJasonBrunch.began working with Live Arts when he was hired as the drag consultant on The Legend of Georgia McBride, which follows a young Elvis impersonator who makes a living by becoming a drag queen. Inspired and awed by the colorful costumes and drag culture depicted in the production, Live Arts saw an opportunity to do something completely new with its yearly fundraiser, and the Boozy Drag Brunch was born. No detail was spared at this eleganza ex travaganza. Held beneath the soaring ceilings of Vault Virginia, attendees enjoyed a fabulous array of fun, games, food, and beverages. Brunchers first stopped by the bank to pick up their currency for the afternoon—Drag Bucks. The colorful bills with RuPaul’s face could be used to tip performers, participate in games, or purchase a mystery box. The Bradbury pro vided an unlimited buffet stocked with brunch favorites, and a Bloody Mary bar meant drinks were available all afternoon. After greeting and directing guests, and enjoying the morning's carnival-like atmo sphere, it was time for the main event— drag—and Elliott’s first outfit change. Now wearing a bedazzled jacket, cape, and match ing cap and sunglasses, he got to work en tertaining and introducing the queens, who came ready to slay. On the main stage they performed everything from fierce, acrobatic dance numbers to raun chy, tongue-in-cheek monologues. Michelle Livigne, founder of Driveway Drag Show in Richmond, helped recruit local talent and per formed three numbers of her own. Sweet Pick les hit the stage in a flurry of bright colors and crazy patterns, and brought a whimsical, dolllike vibe, and Javon Love wowed with dancing queen leaps and splits while wearing a seafoam blue mermaid-inspired look, complete with a shell bra. Also working the crowd were Bebe Gunn and Cherry Poppins. A couple of outfit changes later, it was time for Elliott to host the silent auction. A former drag queen himself, Elliott is no stranger to performing or emceeing, but auctioneering was a new challenge.


For its annual fundraiser this year, Live Arts took a cue from The Legend of Georgia McBride, and hosted a Boozy Drag Brunch at The Bradbury on a Sunday morning in March.

Elliott ended the show in his favorite fit— a Boozy Drag Brunch souvenir T-shirt—feel ing proud of his community, the beautiful future they locked in for the theater, and the way Live Arts came together to honor and elevate, not replicate, the art of drag. “They did the research and they asked the questions,” Elliott says. “They made sure they weren’t using the queer community to their benefit, but showcasing the beauty of the queer com munity.”

“My favorite part of the entire event was when we got into this groove of one of the prizes, a hot ticket item. The price kept going up and up, with three people in a bidding war,” Elliott says. “I think I blacked out. I ended up ripping off my jacket and I was dripping sweat. Energy was bursting out of that ballroom and spilling onto the Downtown Mall.”


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37 HEALTH & FITNESS CONTINUED ON PAGE 39 GENERAL PRACTITIONER Barbara Post (UVA Health) 2955 Ivy Rd., Suite 205, 243-4500 Runner-up: Kathy Phan (Sentara Forest Lakes Family Medicine) 3263 Proffit Rd. #101, 654-4600 DENTIST DJ Bickers 320 Winding River Ln., Suite 201, 984-6400 Runner-up: Jay Knight 615 Woodbrook Dr., 293-9793 ORTHODONTIST Suzanne Dennis 895 E. Rio Ct., Suite A, 973-4446 and Bart Orthodontics)(CharlottesvilleWeis(tie) 1101 E. Jefferson St., 226-4192 Runner-up: Andrew Glassick (Hamer & Glassick Orthodontics) 2202 N. Berkshire Rd., Suite 101, 296-0188 DERMATOLOGIST Anna (CharlottesvilleMageeDermatology) 600 Peter Jefferson Pkwy., Suite 230, 984-2400 Runner-up: Deborah Elder (Charlottesville Dermatology) 600 Peter Jefferson Pkwy., Suite 230, 984-2400 MERRILY WE ROLL Courtney Commander and Tobiah Mundt are working on bringing a proper skating rink to Charlottesville, but until then, their occasional pop-up skate events (look for the group at Tonsler Park) have us rocking while we’re rolling, with a live DJ on site, plus food trucks and merch. Don’t skate? They give lessons. Don’t have skates?

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Kat Maier’s new book shares the heritage of herbs I f Kat Maier were a plant, you could say she has released her seeds all around Charlot tesville. She’s been here since 2005, teach ing and practicing herbalism, so at this point she has many former students and clients in and around town. Her Belmont home, also the site of her apothecary, classroom, and garden, is a node where all these people—and many plants, from the weedy to the endan gered—have gathered. The place itself, you might say, is a kind of tincture, or concentra tion, of our area. On a visit in late spring, the garden is burst ing with fragrant azaleas, plus the foliage of low-growing plants like goldenseal, trillium, and bloodroot. Maier is warm and welcoming, with intense blue eyes and a ready laugh. She sits in a shady backyard spot and explains that her new book, Energetic Herbalism, distills wis dom gleaned not only from her years of work in Charlottesville, but the two previous decades she spent in Rappahannock County. It’s a guide to several world traditions of herbalism and 25 of the most essential medicinal plants.

“I never went to herb school,” she says, sum marizing a life history that she details more fully in the book’s introduction. “I really ap prenticed to the plants. I taught myself by spending incredible amounts of time in Shenandoah National Park.” She also trained as a physician’s assistant— a grounding in Western medicine that shows, for example, in her requirement that students bone up on anatomy, physiology, and the Latin names of the plants they use. But one senses that herbalism, for Maier, is really a matter of the spirit. “For me, the foundation is that relationship with the plant,” she says. “I feel like she has been studying it and liv ing it constantly for all these years,” says Kath erine Herman, who completed the three-year herbalism course at Maier’s school, Sacred Plant Traditions, in 2013 and went on to found Gathered Threads, an herb farm in Nelson County. “It’s not just book knowledge. It’s just amazing the amount of wisdom that she has.”

A quick dip into Energetic Herbalism hints at the breadth of that wisdom; you might be looking for basic information on the uses of calendula, say, and find yourself reading about how the history of colonialism relates to our sense of disconnectedness from nature. Ma ier advocates for a lifelong practice of curios ity and humility toward plants. “Often when I lead a plant walk, people ask me whether this plant or that one is ‘good for anything,’” she writes. “Imagine if someone introduced me to you and, after greeting you, I wondered aloud whether you were good for anything, or how I could use you.”

Besides running Sacred Plant Traditions, Maier has also been deeply involved with United Plant Savers, a group that aims to pro tect native medicinal plants. A growing market for medicinals has threatened certain wild species, like black cohosh and ginseng. Maier’s city garden is, she says, a sanctuary for some of these plants and, she hopes, a model for others. “People are talking about how to rewild the urban areas,” she says. “We have to have many different people planting the plants. The time is now.” She grows delicate natives—on this day, a colleague is transplanting wild yam along the side of the house—but that doesn’t mean shunning the plants that Europeans brought to North America and that usually get labeled as weeds. “Our major medicines are chickweed, dandelion, cleavers—all the plants on the Roundup label,” she says, add ing that dandelion’s genus name, Taraxacum, means “remedy of all disorders.” “They were brought over as a primary food and medi cine,” she says. In the age of climate change, she advocates for an inclusive view of the plants we find ourselves living with now, rather than a strict division between native andAtinvasive.anearlier point in her career, she enthu siastically gathered medicinals from around the world, but she’s settled into a belief in bioregionalism—in her definition, “trying to have your food and medicine from the region where you live.” That’s why the book lists the characteristics and uses of just 25 plants. Choosing these, Maier says, was “one of the most agonizing parts of the book,” since she has knowledge of so many others. But work ing with a small number of plants, she says, is a mark of folk herbalists the world over. The book presents three different energetic sys tems—vitalism, ayurveda, and Chinese med icine—based on the idea of elements that make up the universe and the body. During her training, Herman says, this approach “gave us a well-rounded approach to the human body and how to look at herbs.”—EH Kat Maier is a trained physician’s assistant with over 30 years of experience teaching and practicing herbal medicine.


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39 HEALTH & FITNESS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 37 CONTINUED ON PAGE 41 CHIROPRACTOR Wayne Fusco (Cox Chiropractic Clinic) 1006 E. Market St. #A, 442-4911 Runner-up: Sam Spillman (Balanced Chiropractic) 608 Preston Ave. #100, 443-6356 OPTOMETRIST Stephen Basic (Drs. Bare, Basic, & Rohm) 1114-D Emmet St., 971-2020 Runner-up: Suzanne Matriccino (Drs. Record & Record) 1450 Sachem Pl., Suite 202, 978-4090 PHYSICAL THERAPIST Michelle Little (Women in Motion Physical Therapy) 1747 Allied St., Suite D, 202-2295 Runner-up: Matt Holbrook (High Gear Physical Therapy) 2015 Woodbrook Ct., 282-5361 MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL KathleenBehavioral(CompassO’NeilSolutions) Runner-up: Robert Johnston (Virginia Family Therapy) TAKE A WHACK While ax throwing has grown increasingly popular in recent years, it has long been part of the world of lumbersports. In April, Devils Backbone brought lumbersports back to the Charlottesville area with its second Lumberjack Classic, during which 24 lumber jacks and 12 lumberjills from across the country used razor-sharp axes and saws to compete for cash prizes in nearly a dozen events, including standing chop, hot saw, and springboard. The free family-friendly event also featured chainsaw demos, food stands, and—of course—plenty of beer on tap.—BE PHOTOSUPPLIED

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Elite Empire performs original choreog raphy at hip-hop majorette competitions across the region, and has brought home over 20 awards. Dancers also put on com munity performances and participate in team-building activities, strengthening their self-confidence and leadership.

Elite Empire empowers young women through hip-hop majorette dance A fter her husband, Damien Banks, founded the Banks Collage Basketball Association, a men’s summer basket ball league, in Charlottesville in 2010, Shawna Banks was inspired to create an all-women hip-hop team to perform during halftime at the league’s games in 2014. Receiving an over whelming amount of interest, Banks also started a BCBA hip-hop team for young girls. By the following year, the growing dance pro gram had transformed into an all-girls team, featuring dancers ages 9 through 18. In 2018, the newly renamed Elite Empire team transitioned to performing hip-hop ma jorette, a high-energy and unique dance style combining lyrical, West African, jazz, contem porary, and hip-hop choreography. Since the 1960s, hip-hop majorette troupes have per formed alongside marching bands at histori cally Black colleges and universities.

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“We want the dancers to know how impor tant it is to love themselves as they are, as well as everyone around them,” says Banks. “We encourage them to uplift and motivate one another and to be good role models to anyone who may be watching them.”

Work it


Elite Empire currently has six coaches and around two dozen members, and expects to grow significantly within the next year at its new dance studio—before the pandemic, it had as many as 40 members. Starting in August, the team will hold auditions for new members, open to children of all backgrounds.—BE

“We want the dancers to know how important it is to love themselves as they are, as well as everyone around them.”

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New tour company raises the stakes on the ol’ beer-soaked river cruise

“You wouldn’t bring your grandmother tubing down the river, but we’ve had people up to 90 years old out there,” Smith said. “This is a pleasure, flatwa ter float, not an adrenaline ex perience.”—SG

Stream job


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53 FOOD & DRINK CONTINUED ON PAGE 54 RESTAURANT Tavola 826 Hinton Ave., 972-9463 Runner-up: Ivy Inn 2244 Old Ivy Rd., 977-1222 NEW RESTAURANT South and Central 946 Grady Ave., 202-1945 Runner-up: Siren 247 Ridge McIntire Rd., 296-3185 CRAFT COCKTAILS The Alley Light 108 Second St. SW, 296-5003 Runner-up: Bang! 213 Second St. SW, 984-2264 COFFEEHOUSE Grit Coffee 112 W. Main St. #1, 971-8743 2035 Bond St. #185, 284-8461 19 Elliewood Ave., 293-4412 610 Riverside Shops Way, Unit 100, 995-7004 Runner-up: Shenandoah Joe 945 Preston Ave., 295-4563 2214 Ivy Rd., 923-4563 BRUNCH Farm Bell Kitchen 1209 W. Main St., 205-1538 and Guajiros Miami Eatery (tie) 817 W. Main St., 465-2108 Runner-up: Tip Top Restaurant 1420 Richmond Rd., 244-3424 UP ON THE ROOF What beats tucking into a big ol’ plate of Huevos BlueMoo nos? Tucking into a big ol’ plate of Huevos BlueMoonos while enjoying a rooftop view of the city. Always a stellar bet for breakfast, the Blue Moon Diner now boasts an open-air space with primary-colored tables and chairs beneath large umbrellas atop its recently renovated West Main Street digs. And did we mention there’s a sweet little bar up there too? We’ll take a Ghostly Bloody with our eggs, please.—SS FOOD FOR THOUGHT One in six people in Charlottes ville struggle with hunger, meaning the need for organiza tions like Loaves & Fishes— which provides free groceries to families and individuals in need—is immense. The non profit offers food from the USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, as well as donated “pantry” items up to twice a month.—CH AMOSEZE PHOTOSUPPLIED


Pie high Journeyman piemaker Keith Groomes steps up to storefrontfull-fledged

54 FOOD & DRINK CONTINUED ON PAGE 57 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 53 BEER LIST Beer Run 156 Carlton Rd., Suite 203, 984-2337 Runner-up: Kardinal Hall 722 Preston Ave., 295-4255 RESTAURANT WINE LIST Tavola 826 Hinton Ave., 972-9463 Runner-up: Crush Pad Wines 118 W. Main St., Downtown Mall, 284-7119 OUTDOOR DINING BlueBreweryMountain 9519 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton, (540) 456-8020 Runner-up: Kardinal Hall 722 Preston Ave., 295-4255 CHEF Alicia(Tavola)Simmons 826 Hinton Ave., 972-9463 Runner-up: Laura Fonner (Siren) 247 Ridge McIntire Rd., 296-3185 BARTENDER Micah LeMon (The Alley Light) 108 Second St. SW, 296-5003 Runner-up: Mederio Venable (The Bebedero) 201 W. Main St., 234-3763 CUP OF KINDNESS

“I was cooking vegan and vegetarian with my high school English teacher, and we were next to Justin at the market,” he says. “We did smaller festivals and events, and he was the next tier up. I wanted to see what that lane was like.”—SG

—CH WHO IS THE PIE GUY? IN A SENSE, IT’S Keith Groomes who’s always been destined for the Groomesrole. started working with the original Pie Guy, Justin Bagley, in 2015. Bagley then sold the business—at the time a well-known food cart on the farmers' market, festival and Downtown Mall lunch circuits—to cattleman Rob Harrison. Harrison made Groomes a part ner, and in 2018, Groomes bought out Har rison’s piece of the pie. “I’ve done a little bit of everything,” Groomes says. “Things work out.”

Groomes took a big step in rolling out his pie empire in January, opening Pie Guy Cof fee at 1325 W. Main St. In addition to the Guy’s classic savory (pi.e., the Big Sky, with beef tenderloin and burgundy au jus, and the Sun Valley, with green coconut curry, chicken and veg), and sweet pie offerings, the coffeeshop is dealing cinnamon buns, sausage rolls, mac and cheese, and of course some baller brew. For Groomes, the classic pies (eat.g., the savory North Eastern, with chicken and mush rooms in a Dijon cream sauce, and sweet po tato) are still the faves. And the nostalgia doesn’t end there. He still remembers when he first thought about being the Pie Guy himself.

Katie Kishore’s vision—to create a wel coming and inclusive space where adults with cognitive disabilities could flourish— came to life at the height of COVID, when she opened Kindness Café in the lobby of the Brooks Family YMCA. Serving Grit coffee and treats from found., the coffee shop employs eight workers with disabili ties and big hearts.

“I’ve lived in a lot of places, and I’ve never found a community like this before,” says Brinson. “Here in Charlottesville, I feel like people are more susceptible to lifting each other up and supporting each other, espe cially in the food industry.”

Scholarships provided in partnership with Charlottesville’s Office of Economic Develop ment and Albemarle County’s Office of Eco nomics allow Brinson and his team to work with entrepreneurs interested in upward mo bility in the culinary world, regardless of their current economic status.

When Brinson launched Culinary Concepts AB in 2018, he knocked on hundreds of doors to let the community know about a training program designed to create an education pipe line between culinary entrepreneurs and un derstaffed kitchens. Just seven people applied. But when every one of those applicants completed the course, passed certifications, and accepted restaurant jobs, Culinary Con cepts AB caught the eye of Charlottesville food establishments looking for solutions to high workforce turnover in a city densely populated by restaurants.



Food work for the soul

“We found something that works, that not only adds value to the individual that goes to the program, but adds value to the employers.”


“Everyone is in need of talent, and we found a recipe for success,” he says. “We found something that works, that not only adds value to the individual that goes to the pro gram, but adds value to the employers.”

“There’s not really an investment happening on the employers’ part, because the expecta tion is that this person is just here for a pay check,” says Brinson. “And there’s not really an investment on the employee’s part, be cause they don’t see the value in the organiza tion. Our goal is to build that bridge.”

Brinson, a father of three and a former highend resort chef, is looking to expand to a second Virginia location for these programs. Classes mostly take place at Barracks Road, and Brinson receives between 60 and 70 applications each cycle for a kitchen with a capacity of 12.

A student with a 15-year history of in carceration set a goal of getting a job in restaurant management during a cooking class conducted by Culinary Con cepts AB at the Albemarle-Charlottesville RegionalWithinJail.two years of graduating Antwon Brinson’s training program, the student was a manager at a restaurant, where she hired another former inmate.

The most intense Culinary Concepts AB program is the GO Cook bootcamp, a fiveweek, five-day-a-week, four-hours-a-day pro gram that trains and certifies workers in cook ing and food safety. At the end of the boot camp, students get hands-on experience by shadowing chefs at Charlottesville restaurants. Over 75 local businesses have signed up to partner with the program.

Brinson says about 80 percent of Culinary Concepts AB training program graduates parlay their new life skills in communication, prob lem-solving, and time management into a food industry job, often with one of the program partners they helped during their training.

“Every single person on the team wants to do something that is making a difference in this world,” says Brinson. “I think that foun dationally, because we’re aligned, it doesn’t feel like work… We love seeing people grow, and hearing success stories. It’s fuel on the fire. It makes you want to go harder.”—JS

Culinary Concepts AB now works with high schools, vocational schools, colleges, and jails to administer training programs, cooking classes, and team-building exercises to inter ested students at all skill levels. Students are trained in culinary arts and hospitality work, with an emphasis on general life skills.

Students cook up life skills with chef Antwon Brinson at Culinary Concepts AB | 540.456.8000 | 151 Veritas Lane, Afton, Virginia. 22920 COME FOR THE AWARD-WINNING WINES STAY FOR THE EXPERIENCE Vineyard and Winery. Fine Dining. Premier Wedding Venue.

Botanical Fare: This downtown lunch spot fulfills your daily servings of fruits and veggies with its soups, sandwiches, and Insta-worthy bowls like the Crunchy Cauliflower, with white beans, mango, and cauliflower nugs.

Soul Food: Who says com fort food can’t be vegan? Inspired by her daughter’s dietary restrictions, owner Casan dra Rodriguez whips up mouthwatering batches of biscuits and gravy, lasagna, and “Mac no cheese,” 100 percent vegan and al lergy-friendly. Catch the pop-up locations around town.

persuasion have been getting some love lately, with four plant-based eateries opening in the past few months. Check out the following to get your fill of vegetarian and vegan goodness.





GRNBRGR: No diet’s complete without the all-American classic, and Dairy Market’s GRN BRGR is committed to making burgers better. Each one—from the Street Double to the Ba con Ranch—is vegetarian and “easily vegan.”

Vegan Comforts


57 FOOD & DRINK CONTINUED ON PAGE 59 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 54 LARGE WINERY KingVineyardsFamily 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, 823-7800 Runner-up: Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards 5022 Plank Rd., North Garden, 202-8063 SMALL WINERY Merrie Mill Farm & Vineyard 594 Merrie Mill Farm, Keswick, 365-3006 and Eastwood Farm and Winery (tie) 2531 Scottsville Rd., 264-6727 Runner-up: Knight’s Gambit Vineyard 218 Knole Farm Ln., 260-9424 LARGE BREWERY Three BrewingNotch’dCompany 520 Second St. SE, 956-3141 Runner-up: Blue Mountain Brewery 9519 Critzer Shop Rd., Afton, (540) 456-8020 SMALL BREWERY Pro Re Nata 6135 Rockfish Gap Turnpike, Crozet, 823-4878 Runner-up: Random Row Brewing Co. 608 Preston Ave. A, 284-8466 A new leaf

Horton Vineyards has long been recognized as one of our area’s most innovative wineries, starting in 1991 when the late Dennis Horton planted viognier grapes against the advice of many in the industry. It was one of the Madison County winery’s great successes, owing to Dennis’ wife, Sharon, who meticulously nurtured each vine and this year earned the prestigious Monteith Trophy.

Organic Krush Lifestyle Eatery: The East Coast chain comes to Stonefield, serving up all-day breakfast, bone broth, and bowls, as well as an impressive array of smoothies and juices.

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Feast! cheesemonger Elias Reyes says, when it comes to cheese, goat’s the GOAT.


PICKING THE RIGHT CHEESE CAN BE overwhelming—there are so many choices— so we had a quick cheesy chat with local chee semongers Ivan Rodriquez from Foods of Nations and Elias Reyes from Feast!, on what they look for in the perfect fromage. Hint: Manchego for the win.

ER: With our broad selection I can’t keep it to just one, so... My must-have-at-home chees es are the one-year aged Vermont Shelburne cheddar for making grilled cheese sandwich es for my son, and our Reserva Spanish man chego for the rich, nutty flavor of sheep’s milk that goes great with an after-work beer.—MH

ER: All are unique, but goat’s milk is my choice because it has a more powerful fla vor that shines through when cooking and making a cheeseboard. Our goat gouda is my favorite and is always a hit with children and adults. The local dill and garlic chevre is a customer favorite spread on our house made crostini. What’s one must-have cheese you have at home? IR: Truffle manchego to me is an absolute must-have. Manchego is one of the best chees es in the world and comes in a variety of ages and flavors, but truffles take this to another level. Truffles add a nice mushroom flavor with a wonderful aroma to the cheese itself.

C-VILLE: Cow, sheep, or goat’s milk cheese?

IR: To me, I would have to say sheep cheeses are the best. My favorite quality is the nutty flavor typically found in most sheep cheese. Unlike goat cheeses, they aren’t usually tangy but consist of a buttery richness that is very approachable to the majority of people inter ested in cheese. Sheep cheese has something to offer to every cheese-lover.

59 FOOD & DRINK CONTINUED ON PAGE 60 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 57 CIDERY Potter’sCiderCraft 1350 Arrowhead Valley Rd., 244-2767 Runner-up: Bold Rock Hard Cider 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford, 361-1030 DISTILLERY Vitae Spirits 715 Henry Ave., 270-0317 Runner-up: Silverback Distillery 9374 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Afton, (540) 456-7070 SANDWICH SHOP/DELI The Market at Bellair 2401 Ivy Rd., 971-6608 Runner-up: Ivy Provisions 2206 Ivy Rd., 202-1308 FOOD TRUCK Tacos Gomez Runner-up: FARMacy Food Truck VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RevolutionarySoup 108 Second St. SW, 296-7687 Runner-up: Bang! 213 Second St. SW, 984-2264 Let’s talk cheddar Local cheesemongers point us in the right direction

“We’re an organization I started in 2019, for the purpose of working to increase visibility of Black women who enjoy wine and partici pate in the wine industry,” she says. Durrett, who by day is a communications manager for Southern Environmental Law Center, delved into the wine world as soon as she was able to legally drink. “My parents en joy wine and spirits,” she says, “so I learned a lot from them.”


With help from her niece, Courtnee Durrett, on visual content, Tasha Durrett is making space for Black women in Virginia wine.

60 FOOD & DRINK CONTINUED ON PAGE 63 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 59 DIETARY- OR ALLERGY-FRIENDLY Burtons Grill 210 Bond St., 977-1111 Runner-up: Firefly 1304 E. Market St., 202-1050 PLACE FOR LEFTOVERS Guadalajara 805 E. Market St., 977-2676 2206 Fontaine Ave. Ext., 979-2424 395 Greenbrier Dr., 978-4313 108 Town and Country Ln., 108 Town and Country Ln. Runner-up: Kanak Indian Kitchen 385 Merchant Walk Sq., Suite 400, 328-2775 SPOT WHEN THE BOSS IS BUYING C&O 515 E. Water St., 971-7044 Runner-up: Marigold by Jean-Georges 701 Club Dr., Keswick, 284-4200 BAR SCENE The Whiskey Jar 277 W. Main St., Downtown Mall, 202-1549 Runner-up: The Alley Light 108 Second St. SW, 295-5003 SOUL FOOD Angelic’s Kitchen 946 Grady Ave., Suite I, 284-8658 Runner-up: Pearl Island Café 233 Fourth St. NW, 466-0092 Making spaces

Black Women Who Wine is bringing diversity to Virginia’s tasting rooms

A FUNCTIONING—THRIVING—WINE culture like the Monticello AVA requires par ticipation on both sides of the equation: wine makers cultivate varieties of grapes while lo cals curate and encourage community. But when oenophile Tasha Durrett relo cated from northern Virginia to Charlottes ville for a job opportunity, she found herself craving more social and educational oppor tunities at local wineries. Hoping to make space for herself and other Black women in those environments, she launched Black Women Who Wine.

Around once a month, Black Women Who Wine coordinates wine tastings with local wineries for groups of seven to 14 women through its website, blackwomenwhowine. com. Durrett focuses on merging socializing with education, giving Black women a space to engage with the wine community and each other.“Iwant to know how things work and what others think of them,” says Durrett, a selfproclaimed “naturally curious person.” She is studying for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust certification, which helps those looking to teach others about wine and spirits. With the certification, she’ll be able to continue grow ing Black Women Who Wine, and establishing the group’s presence on the Charlottesville wine“Wescene.want to build relationships with winer ies throughout Virginia and I want to see more opportunities for black women in that space,” she says. “We’re here to take up space and enjoy wine.”—CM

Quesabirria is what's really making mouths water in our area—birria and melted cheese in a corn tortilla, served with that riquisimo con sommé, topped with white onions and cilantro, and finished with a squeeze of lime. Most spots serve birria with beef instead of goat, since the fat content, cost, and availability of it fares better in Charlottesville. Wanna try them all? Let’s go, birria crawl-style. Start at 10am Tuesday through Saturday to make sure all the spots are open.—CM

El Tako Nako Food Truck (2405 Hydraulic Rd.)


Plaza Azteca Mexican Restaurant (101 Seminole Ct.) Taqueria El Chavo (1215 Seminole Trail) Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant (various locations)

The Bebedero (201 W. Main St., Downtown Mall)

MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS Eat good, do good: DYK that a portion of annual profits from The Ridley—The Draftsman Hotel’s Black-owned Southern cuisine spot—is given to The Ridley Foundation? Named for Dr. Walter Ridley, the first Black graduate of UVA and the first to earn a doctoral degree from a traditional white college, the foundation pursues high-achieving Black students to attend the university.

Taqueria El Comalito (905 E. Market St.)

Tacos Gomez (above) (1348 Long St.)


Let's taco 'bout it!

Remy’s La Mejor (600 Preston Ave.)

La Michoacana Taqueria & Restaurant (1138 E. High St.)

Birria crawl

This food trend’s got legs CHARLOTTESVILLE IS FAMOUSLY LATE to the trend game (anyone remember the na tional cupcake craze of the early aughts...which hit the ’ville about 10 years later?), but we’re (almost) right on time with this one: Birria—a regional Mexican stew of goat, garlic, cumin, bay leaves, thyme, and chili peppers, slow-stewed— has taken Charlottesville by storm, with nine (and counting!) restaurants and taco trucks serving it on their menus to date. Throw in Mexican Taco at City Market, which serves it as a rare special, and Good Waffles & Co., which sometimes sells birria with its fries, and C’ville has birria loaded up with all the spins. With roots in Jalisco, Birria was popularized in Tijuana through birrierias, after taquero Don Guadalupe Zárate opened a street stand in the 1950s. Los Angeles first got hip to birria in the early 2000s, when restaurants began serving it as tacos de birria, birria en caldo, and quesabirria, but recent articles from The New York Times and Eater (not to mention a “Taco Chronicles” epi sode on the spicy stew) has given it a resurgence.


62 please call 434.972.9463 to reserve in advance 826 Hinton Ave • now accepting reservations for holiday parties in our new private dining room please call 434.972.9463 to reserve in advance 826 Hinton Ave • now accepting reservations for holiday parties in our new private dining room Reservations at • 434.972.9643 826 Hinton Ave • rustic • italian • food • wine craft cocktails • cicchetti bar BEST RESTAURANT • BEST CHEF BEST WINE LIST • BEST ITALIAN THANK YOU CHARLOTTESVILLE! WINNER MODERN JAPANESE CUISINE 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. Love, The Team at Ten Open for Dinner Every Tuesday - Saturday at 5:00 PM Reserve your table today by calling us at 434 295 6691 or by finding us on OpenTable 120B E. Main Street on the Downtown Mall WINNER BEST SUSHI FANCYNOTHINGLOCALLYGROWNFOODPREPAREDBYHAND227W.MAINSTREETCHARLOTTESVILLE,VA22902434-202-1549THEWHISKEYJARCVILLE.COM WINNER BEST BAR SCENE

SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS PUSH HARD to keep the gears of entrepreneurship mov ing and oiled, and Mohammed Alazazi is no exception.Originally from Iraq, Alazazi doesn’t have a background in the grocery business—en couragement from his culture, wife, sons, and in-laws inspired him to represent and sell the food that feeds them. Hummus Grocery is his first business venture, and he spent a long time debating whether or not to open the store.

Alazazi brings most of his inventory from Michigan, where larger Middle Eastern dis tributors are thriving. He makes the trip—a 10-hour drive one way—once a month. Hummus Grocery has been open for two months, selling varieties of Middle Eastern beverages, tahinis, spices, dry goods, and fro zen items. But the real showstoppers are his fresh hummus (obviously) and tabbouleh, which he plans to eventually make part of a full“Oncemenu.I get the proper licenses, I want to start selling sandwiches, like shawarma and falafel,” he Consideringsays.the cost of commercial sinks and other equipment, as well as the time for a kitchen buildout, Alazazi says he’s “going to start step by step. I’m giving it my best.”

Grand experiment



“My wife supports me so much,” Alazazi says. “Without her, I wouldn’t be able to open this business—or do anything else.”

63 FOOD & DRINK CONTINUED ON PAGE 65 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 60 AMOSEZE ITALIAN Tavola 826 Hinton Ave., 972-9463 Runner-up: Lampo 205 Monticello Rd., 244-3226 929 Second St. SE, 244-3226 FRENCH MarieBette Café & Bakery 700 Rose Hill Dr., 529-6118 Runner-up: Fleurie 108 Third St. NE, 971-7800 CHINESE PeterChinaChangGrill 2162 Barracks Rd., 244-9818 Runner-up: Red Lantern 221 Carlton Rd., Suite 16, 979-9968 PAD THAI Monsoon Siam 113 W. Market St., 971-1515 Runner-up: Chimm 365 Merchant Walk Square, Suite 400, 288-1120 CURRY Monsoon Siam 113 W. Market St., 971-1515 Runner-up: Kanak Indian Kitchen 385 Merchant Walk Sq., Suite 400, 328-2775

Mohammed Alazazi is taking his grocery biz one step at a time SAY CHEESE This one’s as old as the hills, but feels so fresh among a sea of brownie skillets and crème brûlées: Künefe, the Middle Eastern dessert invented in the 10th century AD, combines layers of shredded phyllo dough with mozzarella cheese, melted in the oven then drizzled with a lemony sugar syrup. At Sultan Kebab, it’s made to order—with a pile of crunchy pistachios on top.

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65 FOOD + DRINK CONTINUED FROM PAGE 63 BURGER Citizen Burger Bar 212 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 979-9944 Runner-up: Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint 109 Second St. SE, 244-0073 FRIED CHICKEN Wayside Chicken 2203 Jefferson Park Ave., 977-5000 Runner-up: Brown’s 1218 Avon St. BBQ BBQ Exchange 102 Martinsburg Ave., Gordonsville, (540) 832-0227 Runner-up: Ace Biscuit & Barbecue 600 Concord Ave., 202-1403 PIZZA Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie 4916 Plank Rd., North Garden, 245-0000 Runner-up: Lampo 205 Monticello Rd., 244-3226 929 Second St. SE, 244-3226 WINGS Lazy Parrot 594 S. Pantops Dr., 244-0723 Runner-up: Asado Wing & Taco Company 1327 W. Main St., 234-3486 SUSHI Ten 120 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 295-6691 Runner-up: Now & Zen 202 Second St. NW, 971-1177 STEAK Aberdeen Barn 2018 Holiday Dr., 296-4630 Runner-up: South and Central 946 Grady Ave., 202-1945 CONTINUED ON PAGE 67


The Go Bar

There’s something kind of pleasantly dis jointed about enjoying a fancy cocktail from a renovated horse trailer, but therein lies the charm of The Go Bar. Started by two industry vets, the Go Bar offers three taps to mix and match any kind of drink you can imagine: cocktails, beer, cider, wine, and even non-alcoholic bevvies. If you can dream it, they can make it.

Founded by four local musicians and educa tors in the height of the pandemic, Buzzing Bee stocks Lone Light Coffee and serves it in a compostable cup any way you like it: espres sos, Americanos, lattes, or straight with no frills. There’s even a chai on offer. Catch it anywhere from outside a local elementary school to King Family Vineyards.

Oh, go on EVERY YEAR, THE LIST OF THINGS ON wheels grows larger, but it’s hard not to get excited about folks who’ve decked out a vintage horse trailer and repurposed it into something special. It’s the stuff HGTV shows are made of (not to mention what comes next: the goods). Here are three we’re devouring. Kaas & Cure (above) Dani Landi has loved creating cheese and charcuterie boards since she was a kid in the kitchen with her mom, and in 2020 she de cided to launch her dream biz, Kaas (Dutch for “cheese”) & Cure. She curates her sea sonal boards with artisanal cheeses and local ingredients, packaged in a picnic box or charming paper cup. Bonus: You can learn from the master. Landi often hosts work shops at area wineries.


Buzzing Bee Coffee Co.

66 • (434) 971-1515 Monsoon Siam Togogo At West Main Market (434) 284-7117 Thank you Charlottesville! WINNER BEST CURRY AND PAD THAI BEST CURRY WINNER BEST THAI FOOD WINNER BEST THAI FOOD WINNER BEST THAI FOOD WINNER BEST THAI FOOD WINNER RUNNER UP BEST PAD THAI BEST CURRY Of all the ice cream joints in Charlottesville, she walks into mine. |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Chaps EST 1985 ICE CREAM madememories“Whereareonescoopatatime!” 223 E.Main www.chapsicecream.comCharlottesville’sStreetDowntownMall977-4139Celebrating37Years!ICECREAM| BREAKFAST | LUNCH Congratulations Laura on a job well done! 247 Ridge McIntire Rd | Charlottesville | (434) 296-3185 |


WHAT DO OLIVER’S DREAM, A WILSON, a Gus, and a Raucci have in common? The names can be heard, hollered by cooks, in some of our favorite kitchens around town. Chefs get attached to their creations, and many pay tribute to ones they love when nam ing those dishes. Here’s the story behind some popular insider-named eats and drinks. Shrimp Raucci is a pasta dish that Tavola chef/owner Michael Keaveny created early in his career, while hosting his Italian grand mother, who had a love of seafood. In his kitchen, Keaveny found only frozen shrimp and a few spare ingredients including gor gonzola, capers, and some tomatoes—and the signature dish was born. Keaveny deemed it “Raucci” after his grandmother’s The Whiskey Jar, you’ll find two menu items honoring people: The Wilson and Alston’s BBQ Mac. The Wilson is named for owner Wilson Richey (the restaurateur who’s also responsible for The Bebedero, South and Central, Revolutionary Soup, and Café Frank). It combines roasted chicken, griddled Swiss cheese, bacon, coleslaw, and hot sauce on sunflower wheat bread, while Alston’s BBQ Mac is named for Richey’s son. The Gusburger from The White Spot on UVA’s Corner is named for Dr. Gus Egor. Leg end has it that Dr. Egor would come nearly every day to order a cheeseburger topped with a fried egg. Eventually, it caught on, and the Gusburger became immortalized on the menu.

Premiere sandwich shop KITCHENette boasts two of man’s best foods: Oliver’s Dream and The Penny, named for the owners’ dogs. Apparently, Oliver dreams of smoked brisket, apple-ginger chutney, and crunchy onions, while Penny prefers roasted sweet potatoes and roasted red pepper on ciabatta.

In the world of local brewing, Potter’s Craft Cider has Lopé’s Pink Lemonade, a dry cider mixed with lemon, raspberries, and strawber ries, and named after co-founder Tim Ed mond’s dog Lopé, who can be found looking cool on the can’s artwork.

For coffee-lovers, try Dave’s Blend from Shenandoah Joe. Crafted by Roast Master (and Shenandoah Joe’s owner) Dave Fafara, it’s a rich blend of dark French roast and earthy Estate Java from the Indonesian archipelago.

67 FOOD & DRINK CONTINUED FROM PAGE 65 TACOS Brazos Tacos 925 Second St. SE, 984-1163 Runner-up: Tacos Gomez 1348 Long St, 953-5408 TAKEOUT Al Carbon 1875 Seminole Trail, 964-1052 Runner-up: Lampo 205 Monticello Rd., 244-3226 929 Second St. SE, 244-3226 BAKERY MarieBette Café & Bakery 700 Rose Hill Dr., 529-6118 Runner-up: Albemarle Baking Co. 418 W. Main St., 293-6456 FROZEN TREAT Chaps Ice Cream 223 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 977-4139 Runner-up: Moo Thru 946 Grady Ave., 202-8139 SPECIALTY FOODS MADE IN CHARLOTTESVILLE Feast! 416 W. Main St., Suite H, 244-7800 Runner-up: Allen’s Scottish Shortbread COMMUNITY GARDEN Azalea Park Runner-up: Cultivate Charlottesville/ City Schoolyard Garden Tasting inspiration


Spot these sentimental Easter eggs hidden on menus


Get you a burger named for a guy named Gus. The White Spot’s version of the American classic comes topped with a fried egg à la Dr. Gus Egor, who ordered one daily.

68 IN THE HEART OF BELMONT • 407 Monticello Road Open at 9am daily, patio bar fri & sat evenings We can’t say thank you enough Charlottesville! finalist for: ✓ Bakery ✓ Brunch ✓ Sandwich Shop/Deli TRAGER BROTHERS COFFEE HOUSE BAKED BAGELS. HOUSE BAKED ENGLISH MUFFINS. BACON EGG SANDWICHES, CROQUE MADAMES, AVOCADO TOAST. KILLER ITALIAN SANDWICHES. FAUX CHICKEN SALAD ON HOUSE BAKED BAGUETTE. TOASTIES ALL DAY. AFTERNOON WINES. IN THE HEART OF BELMONT WWW.BELLECVILLE.COM • BELLECVILLE@GMAIL.COM • 407 MONTICELLO ROAD • OPEN AT 7AM DAILY, 8AM SAT & SUN ThankCville!You BestFINALISTBarScene 223 W Main Street on the Mall Thank you for making this truly home grown Burger one of favorites!your WINNER

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73 1551 E High St, Charlottesville (434) 872-0070 • FINALIST best pizza WINNER THANKS FOR VOTING US BEST OF C-VILLE! We LOVE serving this town and as a show of appreciation, we’re giving you 25% off your next coffee! GRITCOFFEE.COM/ORDER LIMITED TIME ONLY, EXPIRES 9/4/22 AT 11:59PM. ONE USE PER CUSTOMER. Just use code “BESTOF2022” on your next online order for pickup. WINNER Best Soul Food Serving fried fish, fried chicken wings, Mac, collards, Soul Bowls... and more For catering contact us at

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79 SHOPPING JEWELRY STORE Tuel Jewelers 319 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 295-4258 Runner-up: Andrew Minton Jewelers 192 Zan Rd., 979-7672 FURNITURE STORE Circa 1700 Allied St., 295-5760 Runner-up: The Artful Lodger 218 W. Market St., 970-1900 CONSIGNMENT STORE Twice is Nice 923 Preston Ave., 293-8319 Runner-up: Darling Boutique 115 S. First St., 202-0664 VINTAGE CLOTHING STORE Darling Boutique 115 S. First St., 202-0664 Runner-up: Arsenic & Old Lace 105 S. First St., 989-6151 RECORD STORE Plan 9 Music 339 Hillsdale Dr., 979-9999 Runner-up: Sidetracks Music 310 Second St. SE, 295-3080 SHOE STORE Kicks Unlimited 801 W. Main St., Suite 105 Runner-up: Ragged Mountain Running Shop 3 Elliewood Ave., 293-3367 CONTINUED ON PAGE 81 T


Kinsey Marable has owned several. Marable is a bookseller of an unusual sort. He has no storefront. He lives on a farm just outside of Charlottesville, hunting and col lecting out-of-print books for his buyers from a cottage on the property. He usually trades not in single volumes (though he’s more than willing to seek out a single vol ume if someone needs it), but in whole col lections, whole libraries. The libraries he builds are studiously com posed, ranging from a few dozen books to a few thousand. His specialty is in what he calls “country house libraries,” focused on books about architecture, sport, food, drink, and the like. But he’ll accept any challenge. He’s built libraries about true crime and libraries about alchemy. He’s working now on one collection entirely devoted to Italy, and another collec tion—3,000 volumes—about democracy and liberty. He has even put together a library for Oprah Winfrey, consisting of first editions of every single Pulitzer-winning novel. Marable began his professional life as a se curities trader, of all things, for Goldman Sachs. The job took him often to London, where he discovered the joys of combing out-of-print bookshops for unusual volumes. Books grad ually grew more interesting than finance, so he left Goldman, and under the mentorship of the legendary Jane Stubbs, who ran an eclec tic and beloved art and book shop in New York, opened up his own shop in Georgetown sell ing books and library furniture. Those years gave him his practical education in the book business. “I had no background in this,” Marable recalls. “I was interested in books, I liked buying books for myself, but the only way I really learned was by traveling, and traveling a lot, to bookshops—all up and down the East Coast, a lot in England, even to France a couple of times, just to buy books.” He sources many of his books online these days (though more often he buys whole libraries from others), but of course that wasn’t an option when he started. And Marable is grate ful for that. “By spending all this time going bookshop to bookshop, I found this huge range of books I never knew existed. It was the vi sual, looking through these books all through the country. Otherwise, I don’t know what I would have done. I don’t think I would have been able to do it.”

homas Jefferson wrote only one book during his lifetime, Notes on the State of Virginia. He published it while serving as Minister to France, first anonymously in a limited private edition in 1785, then in a pub lic edition in 1787. It’s a monumentally impor tant work, offering a window into Jefferson’s thinking about democracy, religion, race, and more. As you can imagine, it’s not easy to get your hands on one of those first editions. If you can find one at all, a well-preserved copy even of the 1787 edition will run you tens of thousands of dollars.

The curator Kinsey Marable will build you a library

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NOTHING BEATS THE secondhand find. Whether you think thrifting here the


Rethreads Charlottesville: A multi-room boutique eclectic apparel (and for modern-

SPCA Rummage: The highlight here? The rummage store’s glass and kitchenware.

Schoolhouse Thrift Shop: Clothes for men and women, plus a robust kid’s section, set in a charming schoolhouse off Rio Road.

Erin James and Seth Herman opened High Tor Gear Exchange to get people outside—and be kind to the planet.

as an art, habit, hobby, or lifestyle,

Low: The city’ OG vintage shop, find every thing from costume jewelry to perfectly worn-in denim to romantic lingerie.



and vintage-lovers, with sizeand gender-inclusive options.

Second chance



Twice is Nice: You can always score a fash ionable vintage dress here, plus modern wearable clothes, and shoes.

High Tor Gear Exchange: Nab lightly used name-brand athletic apparel at this Allied Street shop, as well as used outdoor gear and equipment.

81 SHOPPING OUTDOOR GEAR STORE GreatProvisionOutdoorCo. 1125 Emmet St. N, 995-5669 Runner-up: High Tor Gear Exchange 1717-1A Allied St., 260-4026 HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE Martin Hardware 941 Preston Ave., 293-8171 Runner-up: Habitat for Humanity ReStore 1221 Harris St., 293-6331 WINE SHOP MarketWineStreet 311 E. Market St., 202-0511 Runner-up: Wine Warehouse 1804 Hydraulic Rd., 296-1727 CHAIN GROCERY STORE Wegmans 100 Wegmans Way, 529-3200 Runner-up: Trader Joe’s 2025 Bond St., 974-1466 GOURMET GROCERY STORE Foods of All Nations 2121 Ivy Rd., 296-6131 Runner-up: Feast! 416 W. Main St., Suite H, 244-7800 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 79 CONTINUED ON PAGE 83

Arsenic & Old Lace: The folks at this down town shop stick to vintage rules (it must be 40 years old). Find cool clothes and funky décor.


Darling & Dashing Boutiques: From Linnea White (of Darling notoriety) recently came Dashing—a secondhand clothing for men. Agents in Style Luxury Consignment Boutique: Luxury and designer—think Cha nel! Louis Vuitton! Marc Jacobs!—handbags, shoes, and women’s clothing on the Down town Mall.

Natalie Dressed: Contemporary clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.

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Jennifer Mowad knows from chocolate. The Cocoa & Spice owner handcrafts each of her and among them—using chocolate made in-house straight from the cacao bean. In 2019, Mowad took her operation from a small spot on Stewart Street to a shop in York Place. The new space is a far cry from the cart she once pushed down the mall, with an expanded product line that occasionally even includes ice cream. Cocoa & Spice and everything nice, indeed. GARDENS GALORE In honor of her late husband Ray “Junior” Arroyo, who loved to garden, local resident Terri Arroyo teamed up with her daughters to open Plant Studio last fall. The Downtown Mall shop offers walk-in build-your-own terrariums—miniature gardens inside a glass container—workshops, wine and craft nights, and other creative activities, as well as hosts private events and parties, catering to kids and grown-ups alike.

treats—truffles, toffees, barks,


83 SHOPPING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 81 NURSERY/GARDEN STORE FifthGardeningSeason 900 Preston Ave., 293-2332 Runner-up: Ivy Nursery 570 Broomley Rd., 295-1183 PLACE TO BUY A CAR CarMax 1448 Richmond Rd., 295-6351 Runner-up: Reynolds Subaru 257 N. Madison Rd., Orange, (540) 672-3700 INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE NewBookshopDominion 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 295-2552 Runner-up: Bluebird Bookstop 5792 Three Notch’d Rd., Crozet GIFT SHOP O’Suzannah 112 Second St. NE, Downtown Mall, 466-2449 Runner-up: The Virginia Shop 1047-B Emmet St. N, 977-0080 CBD/MEDICAL MARIJUANA VENDOR Greener Things 3046 Berkmar Dr., 529-8760 Runner-up: Albemarle Cannabis Company 2958 Browns Gap Turnpike, Crozet, (888) 970-2304 PET SUPPLY STORE PetSmart 425 Merchant Walk Sq., 422-4526 101 Community St., 964-9213 Runner-up: Pet Supplies Plus 1240 Seminole Trail, 979-2009 EVEN SWEETER




Local retailers make it easy to drink local I t’s no secret Charlottesville is home to a wonderful food and wine scene—situated in the middle of Virginia wine country, ben efiting from strong ties to farm-to-table cul ture, and featuring outstanding chef-driven restaurants and diverse cuisine. In this envi ronment, it should not be a surprise that many local wine shops also flourish. All the favorites presented here feature knowledgeable staff to help find the bottle that best suits your taste and needs, but every shop also has its own focus and character, and part of the fun is finding the one that best suits you.



IN VINO VERITAS Owner Erin Scala describes her store as “glob al selections focused on small producers.” At the same time, Scala features a selection of high-quality Virginia wines on her shelves, and is a great supporter of the local industry. Scala, an experienced sommelier who also oversees the wine and beverage program for Common House, is the true attraction here, and her deep knowledge, professionalism, relationships with winemakers, and infectious enthusiasm for the world of wine encourages customers to try new things and dig deeper on old favorites.

Bottle by bottle

MARKET STREET WINE First opened in 1979, Market Street is a main stay that “relaunched” in 2018 when the for mer owner decided to retire, and two employ ees purchased the shop rather than let it close. Now, the focus is on organic, biodynamic, and natural wine from small and family-owned wineries. In addition to focusing on these “wines with stories,” owner Siân Richards wants the store to make “everyone feel wel come in the world of wine.”

CRUSHPAD A new offering on the Downtown Mall from local restauranter Vincent Derquenne, wellknown locally for both his palate and his per sonal wine cellar. The question can be asked, is Crushpad a wine bar with delicious food that also sells wine, or is it a retail wine shop that begs the customer to linger with inviting seating and wonderful small bites? Whatever question you are asking, Crushpad is the an swer. The food is a step above the average wine bar, and the carefully selected offerings clearly reflect a deep love of wine. Those with a soft spot for large format bottles and Cham pagne will find simpatico here.—PT Guillaume Gasparini and Daniel Kaufman’s wine shop, Bottle House, brings a selection of classic wines to West Main (plus: tastings with high-end bottles!).


For more than two decades, Wine Warehouse has been a no-frills shop that takes pride in a broad and carefully curated collection repre senting both quality and value. The novice and experienced wine drinker alike will find some thing to love here, and the staff does an excellent job of making approachable sugges tions whether you know nothing about wine or want to talk about all the esoteric details. Wide ly known among area wine lovers as the store where “if you can’t find it, they can find it for you,” they also feature an amazingly complete selection of craft beers from all over the world.

BOTTLE HOUSE Bottle House opened in 2020 and has quick ly become known for its hospitality, as wine lovers take advantage of its central location on West Main and free tastings that often feature unusual or higher-end wines. The own ers, Daniel Kaufman, who also owns Public Fish & Oyster directly across the street, and Guillaume Gasparini, a sommelier and part of the family who formerly owned Restaurant Pomme in Gordonsville, focus on more clas sic wines. Their knowledge and experience bring depth to the inventory and there is no hesitation to bring in high-quality bottles— something connoisseurs will appreciate.

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Originally an effort to stand against hate, the publication connected Shoffner with friends and allies across Charlottesville.


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“I’ve learned that overall, the Charlottesville community is tight-knit, fiery, and selflessly committed to being and raising a generation of revolutionary citizens,” says Shoffner. This summer, Revolutionary Humans is launching When We Gather, a virtual collec tive of parent activists helping each other avoid burnout while creating change. The collective is the culmination of an activ ism career that began with Shoffner’s Hold the Line, a digital magazine exploring the intersec tion between parenthood and social justice.

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Through her platform, Revolutionary Humans, activist Bellamy Shoffner organized the collection and donation of thousands of eggs and gallons of coffee for the Charlottesville day shelter.

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Lara, now the organization’s executive di rector, first connected with Sin Barreras and founder Fanny Smedile at its flagship event, Cville Sabroso. There, he discovered the likeminded Latin American community members he’d been seeking.

hen Edgar Lara moved to Charlot tesville 10 years ago, he soon learned two things. One, the Latinx community was isolated. Two, a tiny, brand new local organization, Sin Barreras, was on a mission to change that.

Smedile founded Sin Barreras officially in 2012. It was a 100 percent volunteer agency for roughly its first four years. Smedile and her small group of volunteers built on the work she had done connecting folks with re sources—be it food, interpretation, or legal support—for more than a decade. The organization grew in response to need. Sin Barreras applied for and obtained its first grant in 2015. The group’s volunteers built their budget further through grassroots fun draising and hired their first employee in 2016. According to Lara, the first Sin Barreras hire didn’t work out. That’s when he decided he would pause his own career and take the po sition himself. The 2016 election only acceler ated his plans to push the organization for ward. The 2017 Unite the Right Rally pushed everyone even harder. Today, Sin Barreras provides more compre hensive services to Spanish speakers and the immigrant community than it ever has before: social, legal, and health support; adult educa tion programs; events like the annual Cville Sabroso; and community engagement. The education component is significant—Sin Bar reras assists with primary and secondary schooling and helps folks obtain GEDs and complete leadership and tech training. The group doesn’t have lawyers on staff, but the organization can help those in need through its network of affiliated attorneys. Most re cently, Sin Barreras began advocating for im migrant rights on a national level.

Sin Barreras assists immigrants and Spanish speakers in C’ville and beyond SERVICES

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“We are there for people’s urgent needs first of all,” Lara says. “Our community has all kinds of different needs…every challenge you can imagine.”

Sin Barreras offers office hours Monday to Thursday from 2-7:30pm, and the orga nization still takes calls at the same phone number Smedile gave out as her personal cell years ago.

Smedile herself moved to Charlottesville in 2000 and felt much as Lara did 12 years later. An immigrant from Ecuador, she had taken it upon herself to make changes in her first U.S. home of New Jersey. She brought the same outlook to C’ville. Working mostly through her church at the time, she frequently gave out her cell phone number to Latin American people new to the area and others who she thought she could personally help make their way.

“This is a community that is taken advantage of. It happens constantly,” Lara says. “Every thing we do is advocacy, raising voices, and empowering people.”—SG



“In getting to know Charlottesville, I didn’t see the community I came from,” Lara says. “The people I would meet, they didn’t understand me. The microaggressions—it was constant, and it made me feel like, ‘Wow, you have no idea.’”


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CHARLOTTESVILLE’S TATTOO CULTURE IS ON THE RISE, opening in the past two years to nearly double the While the saturation art doesn’t rival that of neighboring Richmond, which consistently ranks among cities in the country, Charlottesville does absorb some of that

energy and talent.

Scottyrock’s Twisted Ink With decades of experience, owner Scott Morris aims to give his customers exactly what they want. Father and son run the place, and promise to treat their patrons like family.

Spitfire Tattoo In partnership with ACME, this custom-only operation shares an affinity for comic-book heroes, arcade culture, and bold colors, and has experience in large-scale tattoos.

Tattoo parlors and the artists who work in them all have different approaches. Some go through a lot of flash (the premade designs you’ll see hanging on the shop’s walls), others are highly customized, drawing multiple drafts to match a client’s vision. Traditional style features bold, simple lines, basic shading, and colors that pop; photorealism is clearly more realistic; black and gray is reminiscent of a pen-and-ink drawing; and fine art styles adopt techniques of paint ing. It’s important to find the style that matches you.

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town’s total.

Charlottesville staples Ben Around Tattoos (below) One of the city’s longest-running parlors, Ben Around was opened by award-winning tattoo artist Ben Miller in 2006. The shop has sustained its reputation for high-end custom artwork, and Miller particularly enjoys black and gray realism and fine-detail work that comes to life.

Newcomers Magnolia Tattoo Studio Newly opened by Molly Freeman, a former apprentice of Miller’s, Magnolia fosters an intimate, welcoming en vironment. With a degree in fine art, Freeman enjoys fine-lined, delicate botanical work.

Have Heart Tattoo Recently opened on the Downtown Mall, Have Heart focuses on tradi tional black and gray stamps with clear, bold lines.—MD

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F ollowing the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, gun violence spiked in Charlottesville, particularly in the city’s predominantly Black neighborhoods. There were four gun homicides in 2020—a notable uptick from the two homicides in 2019 and one in 2018. By the end of the year, the Char lottesville Police Department had responded to 122 shots-fired incidents. This rise in gun violence continued into 2021, with multiple shootings taking place in or near public hous ing communities. However, the year ended with zero homicides.

To tackle the root causes of gun violence, the squad also aims to expand its commu nity programming. It plans to continue host ing youth events, and will also work to guys are going to be re-incarcerated…if they don’t have certain avenues they can travel to get their life together.”


B.U.C.K. Squad tackles gun violence in city SERVICES

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“The first 72 hours are the most important hours of a person getting out of jail. That’s when he’s going to choose what direction he’s going to go in,” says Dickerson. “A lot of these B.U.C.K. Squad Executive Director Herb Dickerson says the nonprofit is working to secure several grants in order to place 10 to 15 more violence interrupters in each of the city’s predominantly Black neighborhoods.

The city has the B.U.C.K.—Brothers United to Cease the Killing—Squad to thank for this drop in gun-related deaths, says its Executive Director Herb Dickerson. Since January 2021, the nonprofit has intervened in conflicts, at tempting to talk down clashing groups before they start shooting. In 2021, Dickerson says the squad inter vened in about 79 incidents. So far this year, that number has been 46. “The whole thing is developing relationships within these communities, and letting folks know what you’re attempting to do to help [the] guys with these guns and selling drugs. There is another way,” says Dickerson. “Our personal experience and reputation proves that you can do different.”


Under Dickerson’s leadership, the squad has continued to connect conflicting parties with the community resources they need, like men tal health care and job opportunities, and con tinually follow up with them to make sure they do not turn back to violence. “When you get to know them, they don’t really want to shoot these guns anyway,” says Dickerson. “Most of them are just trying to drive attention to themselves,” especially those whose fathers are incarcerated. In addition to gun violence, the squad re ceives calls on its 24-hour hotline related to domestic violence, substance abuse, missing children, and other emergencies.

With additional funding, the organization plans to offer mental health services, career development, financial planning, grief counsel ing, vocational training, and other critical pro grams, as well as establish a permanent physical headquarters—including mediation centers and wraparound services—in the near future.—BE prevent recidivism. In collaboration with Piedmont Virginia Community College, member Bryan Page recently developed a 12-week re-entry program that connects formerly incarcerated people with job train ing and mentorship.



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YOU MIGHT EXPECT THAT THE Bradbury—that monumental, stone building with carved columns on the Downtown Mall— has a storied history. It stands out with an allure of grandeur. That expectation is realized by stepping into the tiled grand hall with par allel rows of towering columns and a high, echoingDesignedceiling.in1916 by prolific Charlottesville architect Eugene Bradbury to house the Peo ple’s National Bank, its tiled grand hall, tower ing columns, and high, echoing ceiling—not to mention its swinging vault—still project the security that would have been valued by that institution. In 2016, the building was re born as Prime 109, a high-end steakhouse. It wasn’t until the summer of 2021 that the cur rent operators got a hold of the space and opened The Bradbury as an event venue. The relatively young spot is driven by the combined experience of Harvest Moon (cater ers), Just a Little Ditty (event planners), Cra mer Photo, and business specialists. Togeth er they form the board of managing partners that launched The Bradbury to synthesize their skills in hospitality.

While The Bradbury expects to find the majority of its clientele via private events such as weddings and corporate bookings, its café is open to everyone from 8am-2pm, MondayFriday, and it has hosted public festivities: fun-cville’s disco parties, UVA’s Crave fashion show, and the Tom Tom fest’s late-night danc ing.—MD


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The two have been dealt a few curveballs in their time as owners of the business: Antol was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016, their shop was mere feet from the deadly Unite the Right Rally in 2017, and, like many retailers, COVID forced them to temporarily shut their doors in 2020.

“I love when customers laugh out loud at a card that I’ve selected, or when someone com ments on our wide selection of products and how much they love our store,” says McNul ty-Haynie, who oversees the retail side of the company. Since they’ve opened, the friends— they were roommates and co-workers looking for a change when they heard RPS was for sale—have made plenty of changes, both big and small. They’ve upgraded the point of sale system, they’ve expanded the team to include six more people, they’ve grown the retail store to include gift items beyond cards.

“Ultimately, what stays the same is our com munity who values shopping local, picking up the product with their own two hands, ap preciating the old-world texture of letterpress or cotton stock,” McNulty-Haynie says.

“Those things don’t translate the same online.”


“If we have learned anything working in the event world, it’s when you’re thrown curve balls, you just have to power through and find a solution,” says Antol, who handles the com pany’s design and art direction. “You try and spin the positive, not just for you but for your clients and community.”

Even prior to Antol’s diagnosis, the women had launched Paper for a Cause, taking 10 per cent of retail sales each Tuesday and donating it to a local charity benefiting causes to which they felt personally connected. After August 12, Antol designed the teal C’ville heart—still a ubiquitous local symbol of unity—and togeth er they created merchandise that allowed them to donate nearly $25,000 to the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Heal Charlot tesville Fund. COVID pushed them to create an online store (“finally!” Antol says), and in spired Project Connect, an initiative in which they partnered with other local businesses to create downloadable PDFs with Charlottesvilleinspired activities to do during quarantine. This sense of community is the retailers’ superpower. They see themselves as part of a larger Charlottesville story, and want to con tribute accordingly. Sometimes that means designing a window display that makes a pass erby smile—like the time they suspended two wooden swings from the ceiling or created larger-than-life ice cream cones from tissue paper—or sometimes it’s designing a unique crest for a couple’s custom wedding invitations.

WILLIAMSTRISTAN Rock Paper Scissors owner Heather McNulty-Haynie and Dani Antol bought the paper goods company 12 years ago and have since turned it into a go-to for all things gifts and greeting cards.

They’ve got the goods

Community is everything for Rock Paper Scissors’ leading ladies A nyone in the event industry knows: Even the best-laid plans sometimes go awry. It’s a little bit like that in the retail space, too. But Dani Antol and Heather McNulty-Haynie have enough experience at this point—having owned Downtown Mall paper goods store Rock Paper Scissors for 12 years—to make lemonade from lemons.

Antol agrees. “Our success has so much to do with being in Charlottesville and this com munity that understands what supporting local means,” she says. “It’s big, C’ville thrives on it, and it’s what makes it all work so well.”—CH

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Another favorite moment is on the wedding day, when Waller and the couple walk into the reception space and see their design brought to life, just before guests are invited to join them.

A University of Virginia grad with a master’s degree in art history, Waller started Day by Fay in 2017 after spending five years assisting a friend with her wedding planning business. She says a semester in Rome, where she im mersed herself in the city’s classical art and architecture, literature, music, and tradition, still inspires her style, “a blend of timeless andWaller’swhimsical.”primary focus, though, is on the planner-client relationship. The first thing she offers her clients is a 45-minute video call, during which she learns more about each of them, their vision for their wedding, and the kind of support or guidance they’re look ing for when it comes to their day. “It’s so important that the relationship is a mutual one in which direct conversations can be had with total transparency, and expectations can beWallermanaged.”saysone of the things she enjoys most about the wedding planning process is present ing a couple with their design board, a reflec tion of their lifestyles and a vision for their wedding with “a uniquely curated design…[that she’s created] just for them.”


Sarah Fay Waller makes your big day the best day I t takes a lot to surprise Sarah Fay Waller. No, she’s not a spy. Nor is she a volcanolo gist or a roller coaster designer or an un derwater welder. She’s a wedding planner, and when she says she’s seen and heard it all (say, a bride who dreamed of synchronized swim mers performing during the cocktail hour), believe her. “I’m always up for the adventure of the unexpected!” Waller says. “And any oppor tunity I have to ensure that a couple’s day is a true reflection of their individual styles and personalities, as well as a blend of their relationship together, is incredibly meaning ful to me.”


Speaking of guests, there tends to be fewer of them these days, she says, because two-plus years of a pandemic has altered the way many couples are heading to the altar. “It’s caused people to rethink and reconsider so many details,” Waller says. Weddings are smaller, and couples are will ing to get married sooner or during the offseason, so they don’t have to wait for an avail able Saturday. Ceremonies and cocktail hours continue to be outdoors, and couples opt for plated meals instead of a buffet, where guests are touching shared surfaces and using the same utensils and dishware. But those smaller wedding ceremonies are often followed by larger cocktail hours and receptions with extended family and friends. As for other trends, Waller says she’s seeing “some absolutely incredible floral installations, which we can never get enough of, and some jaw-dropping veils.” And while she’s “a suck er for a sweet sparkler send-off,” she’s “always excited” to see alternatives—whether it’s a petal toss, a post-ceremony receiving line, bubbles, or glow sticks. But at the end of the (big) day, Waller says what she loves the most about weddings is “celebrating two individuals committing to each other in the presence of the people who mean the most to them: their families and friends.”—SS

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138 THANK YOU CHARLOTTESVILLE FOR VOTING DAIRY MARKET BEST OF CVILLE! And Congratulations to our Dairy Market Finalists: Take it Away, GRNBRGR, Starr Hill, Brigid & Bess 946 Grady Avenue • Charlottesville • 434.326.4552 • • @dairymarketcville ANGELI C’ S KITC HE N • B EE CONSCIOU S BAKING COMPANY • BRIGID & BESS • CHIM M STR EE T CIT IZEN BURG ER STAND • DINO’ S WO OD- FI RED PIZZ A & ROTISSER IE CH IC KEN • ELEVA CO FFE E GR N BRGR • MAIZAL • MA NI LA STR EE T • MASHU FESTIVAL • MOO THRU • QUATTRO TIZI SOUTH AND CENTRAL • STARR HILL BREWERY • TAKE IT AWAY • THE MILKMAN’S BAR THE BRICK CELLAR, OUR UNIQUE EVENT SPACE DAIRY MARKET Best Building Winner Best Kid Friendly Restaurant Runner Up ANGELIC’S KITCHEN Best Soul Food Winner CITIZEN BURGER Best Burger Winner SOUTH AND CENTRAL Best New Restaurant Winner Best Steak Runner Up MOO THRU Best Frozen Treat Runner Up CHIMM Best Pad Thai Winner WINNER UPRUNNER Join us for Family Night every Tuesday night!

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At JABA’s Adult Care Center and Mary Wil liams Community Senior Center, preschoolers and seniors eat lunch, make crafts, play music, and do other interactive activities together. When the pandemic started, the preschool switched to offering safer interactions, like outdoor concerts, but it is now working to return to normal activities. Through a partnership with United Way of Greater Charlottesville, the full-day preschool has grown significantly over the past few years, serv ing families from a variety of backgrounds and income levels. It currently has 40 students, in addition to the 38 seniors enrolled in the program.


JABA’s preschool program forges friendships between young and old IN 2011, THE JEFFERSON AREA BOARD for Aging—a nonprofit serving older adults, disabled individuals, and caregivers in the Charlottesville area—was inspired to create its own preschool, after a Montessori school that had been using some of its space moved to a new location. Located just down the hall from its Adult Care Center, JABA’s Shining Star Preschool allows students to regularly engage with seniors through a va riety of activities, forging intergenerational friendships.“Sometimes our kids don’t have grandparents who are close by. And what we see when the kids and the seniors are together is that they may be sharing information or sharing stories,” says JABA Operations Director Donna Baker. “You can’t not talk about the joy when you see our kids and our seniors get together…it’s just magical sometimes.”

“We don’t force any interactions,” adds Baker. “Some of our older folks, they’ve done their time with kids and are fine not participat ing—but some don’t see their grandkids enough, and [the preschool] is the most won derful thing in the world. It’s a lot of fun.”—BE

Intergenerational ties

141 FAMILY & KIDS 141 KIDS & FAMILY KIDS’ PARK Greenleaf Park 1598 Rose Hill Dr. Runner-up: Ix Art Park 522 Second St. SE SUMMER CAMP Triple C Camp Runner-up: Camp4Real PEDIATRICIAN Paige (PediatricPerrielloAssociatesofCharlottesville) 1011 E. Jefferson St., 296-9161 Runner-up: Jocelyn Schauer (Piedmont Pediatrics) 900 E. Rio Ct., 975-7777 DOULA OR BIRTHING COACH Kelly Cox (Cox Pregnancy & Support)Birth Runner-up: Birth Sisters of Charlottesville KIDS’ CLOTHING STORE Kid to Kid 1885 Seminole Trail, Suite 103, 529-8988 Runner-up: O’Suzannah for Littles 320 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 466-7647 CONTINUED ON PAGE 142

OUT OF THIS WORLD Playtime is essential to being a kid, and Little Planets—a company that creates nature-inspired pop-up play areas for local events and festivals, breweries like Champion and Brew ing Tree, and private homes—wants to bring the fun. From fairy gardens to mud kitchens, Little Planets is serious about play (and, what’s more, giving parents a break from entertaining).

After giving birth to her daughter, artist and art teacher Sarah Sweet decided to get more serious about doing good for the future of the planet. She launched The Scrappy Elephant, a creative reuse art supply store in the winter of 2020, following an inspiring trip to Nashville’s Turnip Green (an organization with a similar mission). Since January 2021, the Palmyra shop has diverted more than 12,000 pounds of art and craft sup plies from landfills—and inspired countless art projects with Sweet’s never-know-what-you’ll-find inventory. Bonus: Sweet is working on a Charlottesville shop, too.




142 KIDS & FAMILY STORE FOR KIDS’ BOOKS Shenanigans 601 W. Main St., 295-4797 Runner-up: Barnes & Noble 1035 Emmet St. N, Suite A, 984-0461 KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Bodo’s Bagels 1418 Emmet St. N, 977-9598 505 Preston Ave., 293-5224 1609 University Ave., 293-6021 Runner-up: Dairy Market 946 Grady Ave., 326-4552 PRIVATE SCHOOL St. Anne’s-BelfieldSchool Runner-up: The Covenant School PRESCHOOL Montessori School of Charlottesville Runner-up: St. Anne’s-Belfield School DAYCARE PlayfulPreschoolLearners Runner-up: Old Dominion Day School CONTINUED ON PAGE 145 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 141


“These people are next to the mom, really caring for her, and that goes hand in hand with lactation, because it’s not just about breast feeding the baby,” Cannon says. “It’s about everything.”WhenCannon founded Milk & Cradle, LLC, in fall 2020, the company offered virtual post partum support and lactation guidance. Her practice has since expanded to provide inperson help and guidance to over 20 Charlottesville families.

In that month and a half spent waiting for her twin daughters to leave the NICU, Can non decided to forgo a veterinary career in order to help other Charlottesville moms.

As a new mother, Cannon had received no prenatal education. She was taken aback when, in the middle of preparing for her C-section, her doctor asked her about her breastfeeding plans.

“When those sessions end, and they’re like, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know how I could have made it without you,’ it recharges me,” Can non says. “I am so grateful for the families that have verbalized that to me. It means a lot. It keeps me going.”—JS

As new mothers arrive home from the hos pital, Cannon can help the new mother feed her baby while ensuring her environment is conducive to peaceful nourishment. Espe cially for women parenting alone or uprooted by military travel, the extra knowledge and support makes early motherhood less daunting.

“My personal lactation experience is what really made me want to go into the field of lactation,” Cannon says. “I wanted to work more with people to make sure they have goodCannon’sexperiences.”training began with certifications in prenatal education and lactation guidance. Eventually, she added accreditation as a post partum doula. Unlike regular doulas, who guide women through labor, postpartum dou las help new mothers after birth with every thing from housekeeping to meal preparation to moral support.

As Cannon knows from experience, a con nection with the local community provides much-needed stability for new families strug gling to navigate the complicated world of postpartum care.

“My story, with preterm infants, and isolation, and no support, and the military, is quite a heavy background most people can resonate with.”

Postpartum support service Milk & Cradle lends new moms a helping hand S even years ago, Tikara Cannon went into labor nine weeks before her twins were due. That day, she learned her daughters would be born on a military base in Nevada, thousands of miles away from her family on the East Coast.

“I find satisfaction in knowing that I’m do ing my part in trying to prevent the experi ences that happened to me,” Cannon says. “I’m not going to prevent it all. But knowing I’ve done my due diligence in attempting, that’s very satisfying.”

Cannon’s new family received well wishes and hot meals during the twins’ first two weeks in the hospital. But as time dragged on, support trickled away, and Cannon found herself nav igating the new and foreign world of mother hood without a strong support system.

Before service, Cannon gets to know the family she is assisting. Afterward, she follows up on mother and child through text. Because her services come at such a transformative time for each family, connection with clients rarely ends with her last session.


A personal touch

“I’m often assisting families that are here for military families, and don’t have support around,” Cannon says. “My story, with preterm infants, and isolation, and no support, and the military, is quite a heavy background most people can resonate with.”


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Re-enter Scott, who, in honor of the mu seum’s 40th anniversary, made a generous pledge to restore the 1910 carousel to spinning glory. Then came a matching grant challenge from the Perry Foundation, and area families, businesses, and foundations quickly stepped up. Local contractor Martin Horn and artist Christy Baker did the work, with a monetary assist from Apex Clean Energy, Bama Works Fund, The Caplin Foundation, Chilton Trust, Loring Woodriff Real Estate Associates, Martin Horn, S&P Global, and Virginia National Bank. During the May ribbon-cutting ceremony, Janine Dozier, the VDM’s executive director, said restoring the carousel, which is free to ride and open to the public during the mu seum’s hours, was “truly a labor of love. … After what has been a long and difficult two years for everyone, reviving the carousel [is] a wonderful gift to the families of Charlottes ville.” To which we say: Giddyup!—SS

145 FAMILY & KIDSKIDS & FAMILY MUSIC LESSONS The Front Porch Runner-up: Blue Ridge Music Together TOY STORE Shenanigans 601 W. Main St., 295-4797 Runner-up: Alakazam 100 E. Main St., Downtown Mall, 971-1717 FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER Sarah (CramerShieldsCramerPhoto) Runner-up: Jill Meriwether PLACE TO THROW A KID’S BIRTHDAY PARTY Jump Cville 1005 Gardens Blvd., 817-2355 Runner-up: Wildrock 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd., Crozet, 823-5100 PLACE FOR FIRST EAR-PIERCING ACME Tattoo & Piercing 104 14th St. NW, 293-6730 Runner-up: Pediatric Associates of Charlottesville 1011 E. Jefferson St., 296-9161 2411 Ivy Rd., 296-8300 1522 Insurance Ln., 974-9600 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 142 145 All the pretty horses TALK ABOUT A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON giving: In 2006, local philanthropist Fred Scott donated an antique carousel to the Virginia Discovery Museum, which oversaw its instal lation on the Downtown Mall. After 15 years and millions of rotations by seven horses (the VDM estimates that more than 100,000 chil dren ride the carousel every year!), the be loved whirling wonder—one of the oldest remaining self-propelled carousels in the country—was in need of restoration.


146 Bringingblueridgemusictogether.com434.293.6361Charlottesville•Crozetharmonyhome!BEST MUSIC LESSONS Charlottesville • Crozet Music And Movement Classes For Babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grownups who love them.® Sessions begin September, January, March & June in Charlottesville & Crozet Indoor and outdoor classes available Sign up now! 434.293.6361 THANKS FOR VOTING FOR US! UPRUNNER 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 2022 - Best Kid Friendly Restaurant Runner Up Cheap Date WOW! Thank you, Charlottesville! Thanks for putting us in the 'Best of the Best, Charlottesville! “Best of C-VILLE” winner since 2003. 8BEST OF THE BEST MEMBER - 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 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 2019 - Best Sandwich Shop/Deli • Best Brunch (Runner-up) WOW! Thank you, Charlottesville! WINNER F ind out what makes Covenant unique! Call Today! Christian Liberal Arts & Sciences Pre-K—Grade 12 Day School 434.220.7330 | Looking for options for Middle School?

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As a first time mom, I was worried about how my little boy would do. After our short time at Playful Learners, I truly feel like your teachers are an extension of my husband and I and am so thankful that your group remains as dedicated to him as we are.”

“I wanted to share our positive experiences thus far with your program team. We have been at the center almost 3 months. During that time, the team has diligently done whatever is necessary to ensure my son was comfortable and cared for in the transition.  They greet him by name each day and always take the time to give me updates when we pick him up. In the time since he’s started we can tell he’s picking up new skills each day. Most importantly for me, they embrace his personality and encourage it. I was hesitant that he might lose some of his spark, but it has only grown with them.

– Lindsay Sackett

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Finally, the communication has been amazing. They’re quick to provide updates and share pictures. I don’t worry when he’s there.


Nearly 11,000 families in our region spend 97% of their monthly financial resources on housing and childcare, leaving, on average only around $76 for all other expenses. write a new narrative for our community. Together. Of these nearly 11,000 families, 35% are Black, despite Black individuals making up only 1% of the total population.


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153 CITY VIBES WILLIAMSTRISTAN Channel your inner gamer at Decades Arcade, this year's Best Place To Geek Out.

We’ve forever had a crush on Chris Long, the former defensive end and two-time Super Bowl champion, who in 2017 donated his last 10 paychecks to charity (and six others to scholar ships in the wake of the white su premacist rally on August 12). And last winter he upped the ante, kicking off his foundation’s new program, EdZone, at Charlottesville High School with an essential needs drive to provide local kids in need with the basics—hygiene products, coats, socks, and more. We’re big fans. TIPTOE THROUGH THE TULIPS


Charlottesville may not have a true “lover’s lane,” but there is one spot where generations of paramours have canoodled: UVA’s Pavilion Gardens. Surrounded by Thomas Jefferson’s famous serpentine walls, it’s not immediately obvious that they’re open to the public—oh, but they are. In addition to picnickers and bridal parties, they’re a prime spot for a romantic tryst among the tulips (and peonies and boxwoods and native species…). If only those serpentine walls could talk.

154 PLACE TO GEEK OUT Decades Arcade 221 Carlton Rd., 962-7986 Runner-up: Telegraph Art & Comics 398 Hillsdale Dr., 974-7512 211 W. Main St., Downtown Mall, 244-3210 PLACE TO BALANCE YOUR CHAKRAS Ragged Mountain Runner-up: FlyDog Yoga 1039 Millmont St., 964-1964 VIEW OF THE CITY CarterOrchardMountain 1435 Carters Mountain Trail, 977-1833 Runner-up: CharlottesvilleQuirkrooftop 499 W. Main St., 729-1234 CHEAP DATE Fridays After Five Runner-up: Bodo’s Bagels 1418 Emmet St. N, 977-9598 505 Preston Ave., 293-5224 1609 University Ave., 293-6021 FIRST DATE The Whiskey Jar 227 W. Main St., Downtown Mall, 202-1549 Runner-up: The Alley Light 108 Second St. SW, 296-5003 LOCAL LIVE STREAM NBC29 News Runner-up: 91.1 WTJU



If you were a tree, what tree would you be?

Steve Gaines

Most any variety of tropical fig would suit me just fine (except the strangler fig, which can be wildly parasitic and usually kills its host tree). I’d be able to produce fruit year-round to nour ish all kinds of wildlife. And between the mon keys, macaws, and big cats that would visit me, I’d have all kinds of interesting company and amusing stories to tell.

Charlottesville’s Tree Commission works with the Parks & Recreation Department to protect the city’s urban forest.

Peggy Van Yahres

The white oak (Quercus alba). For one thing it’s one of the longest-lived trees. I call it the king (or, in this case, the queen) of the eastern for est. It can have a massive crown spread, like the airport oak. It harbors more insects and feeds more wildlife than any other tree in the east, and it’s just so majestic.

Vicki Metcalf I’d be a cedar in a cedar grove. We’d make a great hidden play area for kids. I’d smell great, I’d have blueberries that smell like gin, my bark would peel wonderfully, and I’d be marvelously gnarly.



Mark Rylander I would be an American elm (Ulmus americana), the classic street tree, reaching my graceful, arm-like branches across to link with my broth ers and sisters, and creating a shade canopy that is like a cathedral. Some would say I am doomed since Dutch elm disease has deci mated our population, but great examples live on in Court Square and along East High Street, and some new variations are making a come back. But we can only survive like this in cities if zoning requires buildings to be set back far enough to allow us room to grow.—TK

Standing tall

C harlottesville’s Tree Commission works with the Parks & Recreation Department to protect and improve the urban forest as a natural resource for our quality of life. The commission comprises 10 members plus the city’s urban forester, a plan ning commission representative, and one mem ber of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards. Tree preservation is critical to climate sustain ability, public health, and ensuring environ mental justice and equity. We asked several of these tree huggers to express their deep-rooted passion by answering the question: If you were a tree, which one would you be (and why)?

Jean Umiker-Sebeok

I’d like to be a gala apple tree growing in a com munal food garden in the city. With my horizon tal limbs, I’d be safe enough for kids to climb for fun or fruit but tall and wide enough to provide shade for birds and tired gardeners or picnickers. In early spring, some would say my pink and white blossoms look like little ballerinas, a sight for winter-weary eyes. Bees and other insects would love my nectar and, although I’m self-pollinating, they could help with that if, as I hope, people have thought to plant another gala tree nearby so that I have a friend to keep me company. I would con tinuously breathe out oxygen to make the city air more Beginninghealthful.inAugust, my fruit would ripen into lovely, golden red apples, which are sweet, crisp, and fruity. The neighborhood families who tend the garden would enjoy munching on my fruit as they take a break from their work, later gathering basketfuls and hurrying home to make apple crisp, muffins, pies, or apple sauce. My apples would grace children’s lunch boxes as they return to school, and provide a bit of hilarity as kids dunk for them at Hal loween parties. People would, I hope, share my fruit with the birds, mice, rabbits, squirrels, and deer that live in the neighborhood. As temperatures drop and I prepare myself for hibernation, fallen leaves and apples on the ground would decay, supplying my roots with warmth and feeding the millions of unseen organ isms in the soil that I depend on for my health.

156 It’s easy to stay entertained all year long with all the best activities in Albemarle County. WWW.ALBEMARLE.ORGFINDYOURNEXTALBEMARLEADVENTUREAT

The title novella in Jocelyn Johnson’s My Monticello—which Colson Whitehead called “a badass debut”—will soon be adapted for Netflix.

C’ville’s got talent

Love games Charlottesville native Salley Carson made a memorable entrance and a swift exit on the 26th season of “The Bachelor.” Described as “a real-life Meredith Grey looking for her Mc Dreamy,” the surgery robot operator was en gaged shortly before she joined the competi tion, but she didn’t let that stop her from charming eligible bachelor Clayton Echard. Sparks flew after their initial meeting, and Echard offered Carson the first rose of the season. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be for the two lovebirds. Not emotionally ready for a new relationship, Carson turned down the rose and left the competition before night one.

Answer… University of Virginia student Megan Sullivan’s dreams came true when she made it onto the “Jeopardy! National College Championship.” The classics ma jor knew her trivia chops were up to snuff, so she decided to work on buzzer skills—an overlooked but important aspect of “Jeop ardy!” gameplay. Sullivan’s quick reflexes paid off—she made it all the way to the semifinals. The underdog Envy is the local Jack Russell ter rier who was the smallest com petitor on season two of the A&E show “America’s Top Dog.” The pooch competed with her owner Patricia Howell, tackling obstacle courses and going head-to-head with other dogs. Though Envy had the confidence to keep up with the big dogs, she didn’t make it to round two. She sure is a good girl though. Coming soon Jocelyn Nicole Johnson re leased her debut collection of short stories, My Monticello, to national acclaim. Colson White head called it “a badass debut,” it was a Kirkus Prize finalist, named one of Time magazine’s 10 best fiction books of 2021, and a Netflix adaptation of the title no vella is in the works. “My Monticello” takes place in the midst of a societal collapse caused by ecological disaster. White su premacists are taking over Charlottesville, and First Street resident Da’Naisha Love and her neighbors and family find safety by driving a Jaunt bus to Monticello. No word yet on a release date, but with John son serving as executive producer we’re pretty sure the small-screen adaptation will satisfy fans of the book.—MH


Locals head to the telly in search of love, fame, treats? I s it just us, or does it seem like lately there’s been an abun dance of our friends and neigh bors on television? From a singer and a chef, to an author and a dog, here’s who you may have seen recently on the small screen. Yes, chef It’s safe to say Siren chef Laura Fonner is the champion of Flavor town. Back in 2019, Fonner was the winner of her episode of Guy Fieri’s Food Network show, “Guy’s Grocery Games.” Her win earned her a place in the tourna ment of champions, “Summer Grillin’ Games,” where Fonner duked it out with the best of the best. Fonner’s final task was to create the “ultimate grilled feast” using frozen peaches, Worcester shire sauce, and corn. Her simple take on Mexican street corn and surf and turf won over the celeb rity judges and she went home with the $25,000 prize. Pop star It took less than two minutes for Crozet native Kenedi Anderson to solidify herself as the standout star of “American Idol” sea son 20. Her acoustic rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Applause” wowed judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie so much that they awarded her one of three coveted platinum tickets, sending her straight to the second round of Hollywood Week. Her later perfor mances of “Talking to the Moon” and “Hu man” made her a clear favorite to win. But, after recording her Top 24 performance, An derson announced she was leaving the com petition due to personal reasons. We doubt this is the last we’ll see of the local star—re cently, Anderson’s Instagram showed her busy in a recording booth. Could new music be on the way?


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Daughters of Zion Cemetery remembers post-bellum Charlottesville THERE IS STILL SOME MYSTERY ABOUT who’s buried in the Daughters of Zion Cem etery’s modest plot opposite Oakwood Cem etery. The grounds are not crowded and the headstones are found mainly in clusters by family, but the peace that presides there now must have been hard-fought. The property was purchased in January of 1873 by the Daughters of Zion to serve as a dignified resting place for the Black popula tion of the city, apart from the segregated Oakwood Cemetery. In a 2001 report on the subject, historian Ted Delaney speculated that the Daughters of Zion were a charitable secret society, like a Black female version of the Free Masons. Little trace of the organization re mains, and all of it vanishes by 1933, when the group is thought to have disbanded, but in its time, its members would have been a crucial organized force for the newly freed.


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T he return to playing his trumpet in front of a live audience was emotional for John D’earth—and for the crowd that had gathered once again for Thursday Night at Miller’s earlier this year to see him perform.


These days, the band includes D’earth on trumpet, Peter Spaar on bass, Devonne Harris on drums, JC Kuhl or Charles Owens on sax, and Garen Dorsey and Mark Payne on piano, but D’earth says for the more than 30 years they’ve been playing at Miller’s, there’s been a rotating cast of musicians. They’re what he calls “WWCGH” (when we can get him/her), lending even more magic to the one-of-a-kind performances that, over the last three decades, have gained national (“though secretly,” D’earth says) renown in jazz circles. D’earth says he doesn’t think these gem performances could have happened anywhere but Charlottesville and, more specifically, anywhere but “the sustainable cultural vortex” that is Miller’s.

“As musicians being invited into this milieu, we recognize that we are just damn lucky,” he says. As are we.


Recognizing their immense talent, Miller’s owner Steve Tharpe invited them to take the stage at his Downtown Mall bar, sweeten ing the deal by also getting the best players from Richmond, Wash ington, D.C., and beyond to join them. Current owner Scottie Kaylor picked up the baton and ran with it, keeping Thursday Night at Miller’s alive for hundreds of audiences.

“The minute we played the first notes, they were yelling and cheering,” D’earth says. “And we were elated to be playing again.” D’earth started performing at Miller’s in the early ’80s, after he, Dawn Thompson, and Robert Jospé, the core members of the band Cosmology, moved to Charlottesville from New York City.

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