Helping Your Community Never Tasted Butter; I Mean Better by Dave Slayton
New Beginnings at Genesis by Joyce Wilburn
Before the little brick building near the intersection of Park Avenue and Westover Drive became Genesis Day Spa and Salon, it multi-tasked as a country grocery store and post office. “My great-grandparents, Thomas and Fannie Wright, constructed the building in 1945 and operated a country store. The satellite post office was added in the rear of the store in 1950,” explains Genesis owner, Catherine Adkins. With a hint of justifiable pride, she adds, “My great-grandfather was postmaster and after his retirement my great-grandmother became the postmistress making her the first in the area.” The historic much-loved building became available while Catherine was studying at the Cosmetic Art Center in Greensboro and with a little help from her family, it became the perfect spot to begin a new business after graduation. The transformation wasn’t quick. “We did a complete makeover from floor to ceiling including removing three-layers of linoleum flooring, covering up the cinderblock walls, and adding rooms,” she explains. “We started the renovation in June 2008 and finished right before our opening in February of this year.” Now that the makeover of the former grocery store/post office is complete, customers can relax and appreciate the ambience created by shiny wooden floors, soothing Caribbean- green walls, and dark wooden antique-like styling stations. “This is a full-service day spa, with three hair stylists, a nail specialist, a massage therapist, and an esthetician,” says Catherine, “and we have been very pleased with the response we’ve had.” Genesis--a very appropriate name for 695 Park Avenue where Catherine has given life to an old building and a new business.
Do you like peanut butter? Do you enjoy helping your community and yourself? If you answer yes to either of these questions, read on. Michelle Bender of Dixie Bags & More on South Ridge Street is helping to restock the shelves of God’s Storehouse on Westover Drive and support local farmers and specialty food producers. Each time a jar of natural peanut butter from The Good Earth Peanut Company in Skippers, Virginia is sold at Dixie Bags, she puts another jar into the donation box for God’s Storehouse. Michelle is also helping local farmers because The Good Earth Peanut Company uses peanuts from Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina. So, I’m feeding my peanut butter-and-banana sandwich habit by shopping at Dixie Bags and following the example of the legendary Elvis, who also loved this delicious delicacy. His sandwiches were made with white bread, peanut butter, bananas, melted butter (or melted bacon fat!) and then fried like a grilled-cheese sandwich washed down with a glass of buttermilk. I prefer wheat bread, natural peanut butter and ripe bananas without butter or bacon fat and not fried, thank you, thank you very much. I don’t want to enter Heartbreak (attack) Hotel. When I eat my peanut butter-and-banana sandwich I become All Shook Up knowing that I’m helping God’s Storehouse and our peanut farmers. Put on your Blue Suede Shoes and Don’t Be Cruel by following me to Dixie Bags and doing the same. Becky Wales of God’s Storehouse will not mark the donation Return to Sender, and I bet the recipients of this peanut butter will be thinking…someone must Love Me Tender.
For more information call 434.792.2662. Genesis is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Daring Feats (Feet?) by Dr. Mark C. Wallace Over the years, my fashion sense and sensibilities have changed dramatically. As a college history professor, I am now more acutely aware of my outward appearance and understand that time, thought, and effort are imperative to fashion development and improvement. I am an avid supporter of colorful bowties and well-brushed saddle shoes. Yet, I have often neglected what resides within these saddle shoes: my feet. Until very recently, the word pedicure was not an integral part of my mainstream vocabulary. Yet my wife ultimately convinced me that I should get a pedicure, for blunt honesty often serves as great motivation. Not long ago, she gently informed me that my toes “were the only imperfect thing about me.” So it was that I booked an appointment at Genesis Day Spa and Salon. Upon selecting a full pedicure, I happily followed licensed nail specialist Lorie Rivero to the rear of the building where I reclined in an automatic massage chair, placed my feet in a whirlpool bath and citrus soak and waited for the pedicure to begin. Secluded behind a partition, I contentedly munched on tasty muffins and sipped my complimentary smoothie. The citrus soak and warm whirlpool bath were invigorating, and she enthusiastically and expertly groomed my nails and cuticles. Enjoying the attention, I took a moment to consider the next treatment. The callous removal intrigued me, for my only exposure to this activity involved my dad rubbing his heels on the brickwork of our front
porch, proudly exclaiming that this was the farm version of a pedicure. However, my experience was much different. As Rivero employed her callous scraper, I watched rather tentatively as skin began to fall into a little pile, very reminiscent of someone grating fresh Parmesan cheese. However, it felt surprisingly good and she assured me that my heap of skin morsels was actually quite small. Followed by a milk and honey (my dad, a Baptist minister, would approve of such a biblical concoction) grit exfoliant, which made my freshly scraped heels tingle delightfully, I eagerly awaited the final two treatments: the sea algae detox mask and hot paraffin wax. Knowing that I had not consumed any alcohol before my pedicure, I wondered if that would affect the outcome of the detox process. I quickly realized it would not, and after applying the sea algae to my feet and wrapping them in a thin plastic covering, I became aware of a pleasant, warm sensation pulsing through my feet. Feeling the toxins magically extracted, I knew that foot sobriety was indeed a positive thing, and the hot paraffin dip was the culmination of a wonderful morning. Seeing the wax rolled from my shiny, cleansed, and customized feet, I pondered why more men do not take advantage of such great services. I was astounded at how much I enjoyed the entire experience and marveled that such amazing feats could be performed so pleasurably. Reluctantly leaving the comfort of the massage chair and thanking Rivero for great conversation as well as a superb pedicure, I admired my immaculately groomed feet. My grandmother was fond of saying, “You only feel as good as your feet feel.” Indeed, my feet were exceedingly happy.
Trio to Perform at Opening of Local Music Academy by Joyce Wilburn
The Manhattan Piano Trio will perform at the opening of the Music Academy of the Danville Education, Arts, and Cultural Center, 769 Main Street, on Friday, October 2, at 7 p.m. Hailed by critics as “a grand departure from the usual” (News Herald), the MPT has quickly become one of the most creative, exciting, and dynamic young ensembles in the United States. With more than 300 concerts in its first five seasons alone, MPT is one of the most active groups in the classical music scene, welcomed by enthusiastic audiences in over 30 states and across three continents. Strongly committed to educating new generations of musicians and music lovers, the Manhattan Piano Trio is adept at weaving informative talks into its performances, thereby imparting greater musical insight and emotional clarity to its audiences (www.manhattanpianotrio.com). Before the performance, The Trio will present a workshop for the parents of the students at the Music Academy of the DEACC. Local physician, Dr. Dan Addis, and his wife, Nami, are opening The Music Academy with the support of Virginia Tech’s music and art departments. Classes in violin, guitar, vocals, children’s choir, and the visual arts will be taught by Virginia Tech instructors starting in October. Piano and cello classes will be offered in the near future. Students must be at least three years old. For more information about tickets, call 434.710.0016 or visit www.deacc.com.
9-11 NYC Policeman to Perform in Danville by Jean Vernon
Acclaimed tenor Daniel Rodriguez, the singing New York City policeman whose stirring rendition of God Bless America gave hope in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, will be in concert on Sunday, October 4, in Danville. Rodriguez is completing a southeastern tour before embarking on a west coast tour that will lead him to New Zealand and then an eight-city European engagement. The tenor, now retired from the NYPD, finds joy in sharing traditional and popular music spanning the worlds of opera and Broadway. His Danville concert will be a journey through the different stages of his life and the music that was pertinent to those times including popular, patriotic, and religious. The Danville Police and Fire Departments will be active participants in this event. Rodriguez has most recently worked with Placido Domingo and the Washington D.C. Opera. He has appeared in the role of Canio in Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci and as a soloist with several symphony orchestras. n The Daniel Rodriquez Concert will
be held in the sanctuary of the former Main Street United Methodist Church, 767 Main Street, on Sunday, October 4, at 3 p.m. n Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Ben David Jewelers on Mt. Cross Road. Tickets are $15 at the door. Checks should be made payable to the Danville Preservation League. n For information call 434.791.1546 or visit www.danielrodriguez.com
Published on Oct 5, 2009