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MIDLOTHIAN LUXURY REPORT Neighborhood

Address

Sq Ft

S o l d Pr i c e

Pr i c e / S q F t

Closing Date

DOM

Bellona Arsenal

3822 W Old Gun Rd

6,785

$2,085,500

$307

08/12/19

45

Waterviews at the Reservoir

3312 Sailview Dr

5,962

$1,350,000

$226

07/01/19

12

Hallsley

16418 Fleetwood Rd

6,520

$1,336,700

$205

08/05/19

30

Hallsley

16224 Old Castle Rd

4,664

$1,301,364

$279

08/29/19

43

Founders Bridge

16237 Maple Hall Dr

7,800

$1,300,000

$167

12/02/19

54

Reeds Landing

11801 Aberdeen Landing

9,585

$1,240,000

$129

12/02/19

271

Founders Bridge

16114 Founders Bridge Rd

6,122

$1,208,000

$197

10/25/19

0

Founders Bridge

2524 Founders Bridge Rd

6,501

$1,190,000

$183

08/30/19

93

Tarrington

4512 Welby Turn

9,128

$1,185,000

$130

06/24/19

18

Founders Bridge

2500 Founders Bridge Rd

5,984

$1,125,000

$188

07/31/19

9

Founders Bridge

16213 Maple Hall Dr

6,232

$1,110,000

$178

03/29/19

154

None

3120 Winterfield Rd

4,979

$1,100,000

$221

12/10/19

84

Hallsley

16506 Cheverton Ct

4,000

$1,063,819

$266

06/11/19

5

Tarrington

13306 Kelham Rd

5,984

$997,500

$167

10/31/19

186

Clarkes Forge

12200 Iron Forge Dr

7,883

$990,000

$126

06/11/19

42

Days on Market

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LIFESTYLE LETTER

FEBRUARY 2020 PUBLISHER

Aaron Swart | aaron.swart@lifestylepubs.com EDITORIAL COORDINATOR

Mary Ellin Arch | maryellin.arch@lifestylepubs.com AD DESIGNER

Evan Deuvall

Welcome to February, Midlothian! THIS HEART-FELT MONTH BRINGS THE PROMISE OF SPRING, YET THERE’S STILL ROOM FOR COZY FIRES AND WINTER COATS!

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Carli DiMarco | carli.dimarco@lifestylepubs.com STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

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The Arts and the Makers of the world surely include the wonderful community that is Midlothian, from graphic design to destination distilleries, from avant-garde enterprise to innovative date nights, we all appreciate and take pause to admire how we all aspire to find meaning and connection to the creative world in which we live. Speaking of meaning and connection, this issue also ushers in Valentine’s Day. We all celebrate love in its myriad ways, so we hope you will purposefully honor your love with family, friends, and loved ones around the world. With each new day, be creative, artistic, and even courageous with your expressions of love! Dare to be the one who makes the move toward a stronger friendship, a stronger love, and a stronger future-together. Please, sit back and enjoy Midlothian Lifestyle’s Arts and Makers Issue, as it’s sure to bring warmth and ignite imagination to your heart. We recognize and value the wonderful talent that the Midlothian area brings to the community and to the world, and we hope it will spark in you and your families both a sense of wonder and adventure!

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Jeff Wingo, Wingo Visual Arts | jeffwingo@me.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Mary Ellin Arch, Ginny Ball, M. Katherine Fisher, Stephanie Hower

CORPORATE TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Steven Schowengerdt CHIEF SALES OFFICER Matthew Perry CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER DeLand Shore ART DIRECTOR Sara Minor OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Janeane Thompson AD MANAGER Chad Jensen REGIONAL SALES DIRECTOR Eric Williams

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2020

FEATURES 12 Red Bicycle Design Helping Small Businesses Put their Best Face Forward

16 Reservoir Distillery Award-Winning Whiskey & Bourbon-A Destination to Remember

20 Meet Midlothian Makers Making Midlothian a More Interesting Place to Live Through Their Goods, Art and Creative Spirit!

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24 Your Ultimate Valentine’s Day Outfit Guide Whether you’re going out or staying in, there’s an outfit for you

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DEPARTMENTS 4

Lifestyle Letter

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Around Town

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Giving Back

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Road Trip

24 Trend Setter 26 Renovate & Refine 30 Local’s Choice 34 Lifestyle Calendar


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AROUND TOWN (CONTINUED) in Westchester Commons at 15800 WC Main St.

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awareness to the addiction crisis and to help

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Vertigos and a silent auction to raise funds for the Scott Zebrowski Scholarship Fund at McShin Foundation. End the Stigma. Fight for Tomorrow.  To

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GIVING BACK

RED B I C YC L E DESIGN GIVING BACK The face of a community is reflected in its small businesses. Tucker King, owner and creator of Red Bicycle Design, understands how important it is to support those entrepreneurs and help them thrive. Beginning his career in general graphic design, Tucker soon realized it was difficult to help businesses without understanding their individual identities, like trying to fill in pieces of a puzzle without the bigger picture. In 2013, he founded  Red Bicycle Design, which now has offices in both Raleigh, NC and Richmond, VA. 

HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES PUT THEIR BEST FACE FORWARD

“I fell in love with the process of helping small business owners find clarity in what they stand for and building everything around that,” explains Tucker. “Clients can develop a better relationship with their audience. That’s how my approach changed, from just design to focusing on the companies brand and identity.”

ARTICLE STEPHANIE HOWER

Red Bicycle delivers a professional experience, for both their

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clients and the small business customers their clients serve. He works with a variety of creative professionals to provide the highest level of service. If a project is ever outside of his expertise, he can refer to an expert in that field whom he knows and trusts. “I work with a lot of different creative professionals, and I like to be able to connect people,” Tucker says. By partnering with these local vendors, such as photographers and videographers, Tucker has developed a broad network of fellow business owners, forming relationships which are mutually beneficial. CONTINUED >

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DRAFT BRANDING FREE WORKSHOP SERIES Tucker enjoys brand consulting, and often meets with business owners to discuss ideas, even offering complementary one-time consultations to give general feedback. His passion for brand consulting and helping fellow entrepreneurs led him to develop a free workshop series called “Draft Branding”, which includes business education, brand strategy, and live mentoring. The workshops take place on the first Tuesday of every month at Gather from 12pm to 1:30pm.  “It’s specifically for small businesses and entrepreneurs on branding, covering topics such as how to develop a name, a tagline, creating a logo, visuals, photos, and much more,” says Tucker. Deriving its name from a racing technique (as a play on Red Bicycle), drafting in a cycling race allows one rider to follow closely behind another, thus experiencing less resistance, an idea which applies to the workshops.  “The whole purpose of the workshop is to allow business owners to help each other and take advantage of collaboration and working side by side,” he adds. Seating for each workshop is limited, so participants are asked to register beforehand. For more information, visit  draftbrandingworkshop.com.  Although the Draft Branding workshops are a new series, giving back to his community has always been a priority for Tucker. He worked for various ministries doing design work after college, then moved to full-time graphic design for a non-profit organization before founding Red Bicycle. He continues to work with both non-profit and forprofit businesses, finding new ways to help serve others through his talents.  “There are a lot of agencies in the area, that offer all of these services, but most small businesses aren’t able to start out at a five-figure point for their branding and marketing. By having more of a virtual agency, it allows my company to adapt better to suit the needs of small businesses. Whether they need one service or multiple services, we can scale our team to fit their needs, without them having to pay for a lot of over head or a lot of different salaries.” Overall, Tucker believes that small business owners have quality products and services which deserve to be presented in a manner which reflects that quality.  “The whole goal with branding,” concludes Tucker, “is to take the quality you already have, and let people recognize that immediately, so they can start to build trust and see you for the service you already offer.” redbicylcedesign.com, Richmond Office 804.414.5066

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ROAD TRIP

AWARD-WINNING WHISKEY & BOURBON-A DESTINATION TO REMEMBER

ARTICLE M. KATHERINE FISHER | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED

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up her alley. “You keep finding new things, new ways, new flavors,and new grains. Just different ways to do the same thing and I really think that a lot of that is, if not limitless, it is very close. You are only constrained by what you can dream up” she stated. Mary believes that some distillers may think that it is all science and you have to follow a rigid structure with LOOKING FOR A GET-AWAY SPOT WORTHY OF

little to no deviation. “I choose to follow the path that it

YOUR PALETTE? Go and experience Reservoir

is neither wholly one or the other. It falls somewhere in

Distillery in Richmond’s Scott's Addition. A whiskey

the middle...if you aren’t able to riff a little bit and to ad

and bourbon fanatic’s must-do, the distillery was

lib and to make a creative solution to something then you

founded in 2008 and is the third bourbon distillery in

also will not end up with as strong a product.”

the United States outside of Kentucky. Mary Allison, head distiller and one of the first female head bourbon distillers in the country, started working

This creative process is harnessed with Reservoir’s collaborations, including  local breweries like  Ardent, Hardywood, and a few winery distillations.

with Reservoir a little over four years ago. She excelled

Reservoir has three founding bottles -   a 100%

in math and science in elementary school and high

Wheat Whiskey, a 100% Corn Bourbon and a 100% Rye

school. In college she chose to study the arts – mainly

Whiskey.  The first was the Wheat Whiskey, considered to

theater and music. Mary moved up from part-time to

be an excellent place to start if you are new tasting whis-

full-time and then became head distiller of Reservoir. “I

key. Next, Corn Bourbon which is made from 100% corn is

come from both a very artistic background but also a

a one-of-a kind bourbon. The last of the founding bottles

very scientific background”, Mary acknowledged.  “I

was the Rye Whiskey. Rye is considered a harder grain to

think that having both of those backgrounds and apti-

manipulate, so fewer distilleries make it as a single grain

tudes and the training in them has lent itself to transi-

product. These can be enjoyed straight or blended.

tioning into distilling as a career.”

Other creations to be found are their specialty bour-

Mary never thought she would be a distiller, nor an

bons: Hunter Scott Bourbon Whiskey and Hunter Scott

expert maker of her craft. In hindsight she says it makes

Rye Whiskey. The distillery is also known for it limited

a lot of sense. While science, especially chemistry and

releases and small batches such as Holland's Ghost;

physics as well as agile  math is needed in the day-

Holland's Blade Rummer; Holland's Milkman; Maison

to-day making of whiskey, Mary also believes there

De Cuivre - bourbon finished in french oak Merlot

is an artistry to it all. She knows distillers must adapt

casks; the collaborations with local  breweries; and their

and creatively problem solve during the process to

Boutique-Y Reservoir made for the U. K. Boutique-Y

create whiskey that’s second to none, and that’s right

Whiskey Company.

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Reservoir sources locally wherever possible. All of the grains come from Virginia farms in Charles City and New Kent. The process starts by grinding a sin-

QUALITY AS S U R A N C E

gle whole grain – either wheat, corn or rye - to break up the sugars and starches that naturally occur within

Each barrel of whiskey is checked care-

that grain. This is added to hot water to start cooking

fully for age and maturity. Reservoir requires

the mash. When this reaches the right consistency,

that four makers must agree that a barrel is

it is cooled down so the yeasts can be added and

ready. If one thinks it is not ready, it will be

the fermentation process can start. Reservoir uses

resealed and re-shelved to continue aging.

an open-top fermentation process meaning that the process is open to the environment. Once the fermentation stops, it goes through two distillations. Reservoir uses a pot still instead of a column one for

WA X D I P P E D

a more hands-on approach. Once distilled down to a

Each bottle is crowned with hand-dipped

proof of about 125, it goes into the barrels – usually a

wax. Each are color-coded: blue for wheat,

quarter cask - for at least 2 years. Only oak is used for

black for corn and red for rye

the barrels. Reservoir uses only two coopers to keep the process consistent – especially the custom char that all their casks have, They call it “alligator char” and it is a very dark burn, which is a unique addition for the flavors. When asked what makes Reservoir stand out as a distillery, Mary decidedly answered that the single grain products make all the difference. She feels it’s not a common thing to see in the industry, and it continues to set Reservoir apart. Customers experience

N O W E N J OY A D R I N K !

R E S E R VO I R P E R F E C T M A N H AT TA N

how those grains express themselves as a liquor.

+ 2 oz Reservoir Bourbon

Reservoir is able to create their own mash builds

+ 2 oz Reservoir Rye

using blends of two or all three of its single grains.

+ 0.5 oz Sweet Vermouth

One of Mary’s favorite creations is the Hunter Scott

+ 0.5 oz Dry Vermouth

Bourbon Whiskey. This specialty bourbon won Gold

+ 2 Dashes Orange Bitters

at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

+ Luxardo Cherry

and was just named as a runner-up in the drink cat-

Combine Reservoir Bourbon and Rye,

egory in Garden and Gun Magazine’s  tenth annual

dry vermouth, sweet vermouth and bitters

Made in the South Awards. Come and taste them all,

in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake

it’s certainly worth the trip!

until chilled. Strain the mixture into a chilled

Reservoir Distillery is located at 1800 Summit

glass. Garnish with a Luxardo Cherry.

Avenue, Richmond, VA 23023. The tasting room is open Wednesday through Saturday - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Sunday - 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Bottle sales are available Monday through

R E S E R VO I R O L D FAS H I O N

Friday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visit their web-

Ingredients:

site, www.reservoirdistillery.com,  to book a tour

+ 1.5 oz Reservoir Bourbon

of the production floor, find upcoming events, and

+ 7 Dashes Bitters

learn how to set up a private tour and tastings.

+ 1 Sugar Cube

While there, sign up for Reservoir’s  e-newslet-

+ Orange Peel

ter and visit them on Instagram for drink recipes, @reservoirdistillery.

To make: Muddle the bitters, sugar cube and orange peel in a mixing glass. Add bourbon. Fill glass with ice and pour mixed ingredients over ice. Stir.

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MEET MIDLOTHIAN MAKERS THREE WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES - MAKING MIDLOTHIAN A MUCH MORE INTERESTING PLACE TO LIVE THROUGH THEIR GOODS, ART AND CREATIVE SPIRIT!

KEVA STYLE WHO KNEW A DIVINE CONVERSATION AT THEIR CHILDREN’S

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH GREAT PEOPLE AND LOOK LOCAL. YOU’LL BE SURPRISED THE TALENT YOU FIND WITHIN YOUR OWN BACKYARD.” - KIMBERLY FLEMING

BUS STOP WOULD TURN INTO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS. That’s just what happened when Kimberly Fleming and Eva Harris locked arms to create KEVA Style. KEVA Style is a lifestyle brand that creates handmade, genuine leather jewelry in their Midlothian, VA workshop. Founders, Kimberly and Eva recognized a need in the market for lightweight, statement earrings and their collection has since grown to include accessories for the wrist: leather cuffs, bracelets, and wraps. “The foundation of our business stems from the talents and expertise of our neighbors. Our website designer, photographer, lawyer, office team, marketing and sales director and even our models are neighbors. Who knew one community had so much talent”, says Eva. Having just celebrated their one-year anniversary, KEVA has big plans for this new year (and decade!). Their new spring collection just launched on their website and they’ve recently partnered with Fieldstone, with a national sales team who will represent and sell KEVA to retailers across the country. They also have started a Brand Ambassador program - a grassroots approach to growing their brand. Giving back is at the core of their business and KEVA has partnered with local organizations in their #kevagivesback initiatives: A Night for Scott benefiting The McShin Foundation, EVOLVE’s Beauty Has No Limits campaign, WearRVA Fashion  Show during Richmond’s Fashion Week, and other organizations near & dear to their families’ hearts. Their piece of advice for starting a business: believe in yourself, take calculated risks, hire the expert, give back and celebrate the “everyday wins”. KEVA Style kevastyle.com @mykevastyle

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FLOURISH As a child, Laura lived with a colored pencil in hand.

developed hand palsy, Laura learned that coloring could

From creating picture books and designing paper dolls

be good therapy for this disease. She decided to create

to decorating imaginary palaces from all over the world,

an art book with great detail and love that was mean-

Laura’s love for travel, art, history and illustration began at

ingful, captivating and evoked memories and emotions.

an early age. In her 20s, Laura traveled the world, sending

This gem of a book, along with Laura’s entire collection

home hand-drawn postcards illustrating her adventures

of paper goods and gifts can be found in specialty stores

abroad to her family and friends. She holds a BFA in

and museums across town. With an impressive client list,

Graphic Design & Illustration from Baylor University, with

Laura has also created custom art for Capital One, The

additional study at the Santa Reparata School of Art in

Folk Festival, Virginia Fine Arts Museum, Smithsonian,

Florence, Italy. This education and experience was the

Richmond Ballet and more. With a passion for travel and

foundation needed to turn her passion, art and creativity

a Scottish husband, Laura spends her time between

into a thriving business.

Midlothian and the UK. Her advice that resonates both

You may recognize her award-winning art book, Inky

personally and professionally: take a moment to pause,

Richmond , that celebrates our very own Richmond,

look and experience the life around you. It’s a beautiful

Virginia. Laura never intended to become a coloring

place that she will more than happily illustrate for you.

book artist, but after her aunt, a fine artist herself,

flourishrva.com @flourishrva

THERE’S SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT

Photo by Sarah Der

SITTING OUTSIDE AN ANCIENT BUILDING OR IN A BUSY CAFÉ WITH MY SKETCHBOOK , RECORDING A MEMORY BY HAND RATHER THAN BY A SNAPSHOT.” - LAURA MARR

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MOTHER SHRUB Growing up in West Virginia, Meredyth was first introduced to shrubs - a vinegar based syrup - by her grandmother as a cure for pretty much everything in life. “Drinking vinegars” as many call it has a long history dating back to the American Colonial period when early settlers mixed vinegar syrup with spirits, water or carbonated water to quench their thirst. As with anything in life: what’s old is new again and MOTHER shrub and their collection of shrubs is on the forefront of the artisanal craft cocktail movement. The mother of three boys, MOTHER shrub was named by her son who adoringly (and sarcastically at times) calls her “mother” as an ode to the strong women in Meredyth’s life. MOTHER shrub was awarded Best New Product  by Virginia Living Magazine in 2016 - an award that her husband, local artist Fielding Archer (and creator of the beautiful artwork on each MOTHER shrub bottle) won in 2014 for his stainless steel furniture design. Meredyth  and Fielding Archer are the only couple to have ever won this award in two different categories! With a passion for vintage cookbooks and entertaining, Meredyth’s hope is that MOTHER shrub sparks excitement and creativity in what people choose to drink and eat. We’d be remiss not sharing one of Meredyth’s shrub recipes that celebrate her “familiar yet unexpected” approach to cocktail-making. MOTHER shrub Black Cherry Mint Julep + 2-3 teaspoons black cherry shrub + 1 teaspoon simply syrup or a pinch of sugar + 2-3 oz high proof bourbon + A few sprigs of fresh mint leaves + Crushed ice Gently muddle mint, a few teaspoons of MOTHER shrub Black Cherry shrub and a teaspoon of simple syrup in the bottom of a julep cup. Half-fill cup with crushed ice, add bourbon. Stir. Add more crushed ice if needed. Garnish  with mint and cherries.mothershrub.com @mothershrub 22

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LOOK ONE: This flirty bur-

LOOK TWO: Try a jumpsuit in

gundy leather skirt is balanced

place of a dress for date night

with a sheer sleeve turtleneck

to mix things up. There’s an ele-

and a pair of black booties. We

ment of edge with the leather

keep the skirt as the focus by

jacket but it’s balanced with

not overdoing it with acces-

a lot of feminine sparkle in the

sories, but instead adding just

bag, and some simple heels.

a simple gold necklace. Mix a

The statement earrings will

feminie top with an edgy skirt to

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the jacket is taken off inside.

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RENOVATE & REFINE

OUT WITH THE

NEW IN WITH THE

old WE’RE SHARING TIPS, TRICKS + UNIQUE WAYS TO INCORPORATE YOUR ANTIQUE ITEMS INTO YOUR HOME

ANTIQUES ARE MAKING A COMEBACK. Whether you’re an antique aficionada, a thrifty thrifter or new to the whole concept of vintage revival; whether it’s a hand-me-down, a thrift-store-find or just something cool you stumbled upon at an estate sale; endless opportunities exist to effortlessly incorporate retro, vintage, antique or whatever-you-want-to-call-them items into different parts of your modern home.

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STYLE IT Coffee Table PRO TIP Revive solid-wood pieces with little actual value by refinishing the

item

WHAT IT IS Antique Chest

wood to your liking.

Don’t be afraid to do something different, and don’t take things too seriously. If the piece you’re working with doesn’t have any real value, you have so many options to liven it up, including paint, finish and hardware.

Make your piece multi-purpose by turning the lid into a game table or by storing your cocktail accessories inside for an easy-access mini bar!

Spread the vintage love. Use antiques strategically and as accent pieces to keep your overall aesthetic from coming off as too dated.

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RENOVATE & REFINE (CONTINUED)

WHAT IT IS Vintage books + tchotchkes

Bookends + Paperweights PRO TIP Display vintage books (or vintage-looking books!) as a visual focal point on nightstands, shelves + coffee tables.

item

STYLE IT

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Repurpose old tins, mugs, teacups

Create the most impact by displaying

Make it art. Don’t be afraid to display

or storage containers into succulent

(not hiding!) items that carry the best

unique pieces as wall art. Consider cre-

gardens. Because succulents have

stories or sentimental value. We love the

ating a gallery wall that mixes vintage

shallow root systems, they can sur-

use of incorporating these smaller figu-

photographs, prints, mirrors and china.

vive (and thrive!) in smaller spaces.

rines as bookends and paperweights.

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LOCAL’S CHOICE

TWO TWELVE REFERRAL NETWORK A NEW BUSINESS REFERRAL NETWORK IS SPREADING THROUGH MIDLOTHIAN, AND WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT IT IS JUST A MATTER OF DEGREE. “I CHOSE ‘TWO TWELVE’ BECAUSE

to grow the network. Bringing in three new

THERE’S ONLY ONE DEGREE OF DIFFER-

members in one month carries an additional

ENCE BETWEEN 211 DEGREES, WHICH IS

corporate bonus that covers the referring

HOT WATER, AND 212 DEGREES, WHEN

member’s annual dues to the network.

WATER BOILS TO CREATE STEAM,” SAID

Members also are strongly encour-

ANDY FULGHUM, FOUNDER AND PRES-

aged to deliver “tangible expressions of

IDENT OF THE TWO TWELVE REFERRAL

gratitude” for significant referrals. These

NETWORK. “Steam drives locomotives.

“gratitude incentives,” always optional

It drives industry. Two Twelve is all about

but commonly exchanged, include hand-

that ‘extra degree.’ Everything we do has

written thank-yous, gift cards, homemade

that extra focus.”

brownies and lunch invitations.

Visit a Two Twelve team, and the

Sounds simple - but it’s different enough

difference is apparent. Every meeting

from other networks that in the five years

begins with a reminder that only “permis-

since Two Twelve began, membership has

sion-based referrals” are passed – not

exploded to around 50 teams and more than

leads.

being

600 members. A dozen teams are active in

referred is expecting a call, and the one

Specifically,

the

person

and around Midlothian and Bon Air alone,

calling has been highly recommended as a

and teams also exist throughout Greater

“quality resource.” In other words – there’s

Richmond as well as statewide.

no cold-calling in the Two Twelve world.

Members rave about the organization.

Members also agree to deliver a “high degree

“Two Twelve has brought me a consid-

of business ethics” and superior service deliv-

erable amount of business,” said Jenn Hart,

ered through passed referrals. “This covenant is

a real estate agent and chair of River City

taken very seriously,” said Fulghum.

Resources, a team meeting at Einstein’s

Most striking, though, is the “gratitude

Bagels near Hart’s Robious corridor home.

incentive” or “GI.” Fulghum, of Midlothian,

“I helped one of my teammates buy his first

believes gratitude has been conspicuously

house in Midlothian. The next thing I know,

absent in business for many years, so he built

he referred me to his aunt, and I helped her

Two Twelve on a platform of thankfulness.

buy a house in Colonial Heights. Then the

A member who brings in another member

same team member referred me to another

receives a thank-you letter and $100, a

aunt, and I listed and sold her family estate in

corporate “gratitude incentive” for helping

Chester. It’s been a family affair!” CONTINUED >

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LOCAL’ S CHOICE (CONTINUED)

Steve Feher, vice president of The Ridgefield Group, an IT

Hart agreed. “The Two Twelve ‘GI’ incentive appeals to my

consulting service, was new to Midlothian when he joined

spirit of giving. Gratitude incentives I’ve given and received

a Two Twelve group meeting at Spring Arbor Memory Care

this year range from gift certificates to local businesses to

in Salisbury. In addition to attending his team’s meetings,

custom jewelry. It’s always fun to receive one … and who

Feher frequently visits other teams – a practice Fulghum

doesn’t like to feel appreciated?”

encourages. “Visiting one team soon after I got here led to

Two Twelve also zeroes in on results. Each team tracks

thousands of dollars in closed business. None of these oppor-

referrals, closed business deals, gratitude incentives, and

tunities were publicly known … they were all referrals I had

business development meetings (called “bizchats”). Through

zero relationship with. I could not possibly have won these

November 2019, the network tracked 21,095 referrals and just

opportunities without Two Twelve.”

over $21.2 million in closed business. Members have given

Two Twelve emerged in 2014 out of Fulghum’s frustration

more than a thousand member-to-member thank-yous, and

with traditional networking models. Other networks too often

Two Twelve’s corporate office has written tens of thousands

produced dead-end leads and required long, unproductive

in reward checks.

meetings. Two Twelve meetings follow a one-hour agenda,

Fulghum attributes Two Twelve’s success to its focus on fun-

said Fulghum, who operates Atlantic Logowear. Teams get

damentals. “We believe in gratitude for our relationships and

personalized websites and guest invitation cards, as well as

opportunities, respect for our associates, ethical conduct in our

regular business training and networking socials.

business dealings, dedication to the highest levels of service,

But it’s the focus on gratitude that sets Two Twelve apart.

and professionalism in our trades,” he said. “At Two Twelve, we

“People who join this network notice something immedi-

are laser-focused on helping one another succeed.”

ately,” Feher said. “While we’re serious about business and definitely seek financial success, we know that building a business means being prepared to give first.” 32

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LIFESTYLE CALENDAR Red, White, Black and Blue, a cartoon

famous love stories of 19th century cou-

slideshow that tackles racial illiteracy

DOC & DINE

ples where love was for better or worse!

in America. A public reception will fol-

This is a popular program. Reservations/

low the presentation. This event is free

LaPrade Library

prepayment required. RSVP by February

and open to all. Parking is available for

Enjoy the documentary The 11th

7.

a fee in the West Broad Street, West

Hour (2007) and free pizza! The 11th

Members $24 Pamplinpark.org

FEBRUARY

1

gourmet tea and snacks. Hear about

Park

Members

$20,

Non-Park

Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. Events.vcu.edu

Hour is considered the final moment when change is possible. Specialists reveal how human actions impact the Earth's ecosystems, and what can be done to reverse/slow the damage before it is too late to save the planet. Narrated by Leonardo

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GOSPEL SOUNDS OF CORA ARMSTRONG

Virginia State University

DiCaprio. Registration required. For

Bringing her keyboard and melliflu-

Adults. chesterfieldhistory.com

ous voice, Cora Armstrong brings her

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN IN CONCERT Altria Theater

gift of song to CCPL. Join us for a night

Relive the magic of your favorite

4-9

of music, storytelling and fellowship.

wizard in concert. Based on the third

This program is located at the Anderson

installment of J.K. Rowling’s classic

CATS

Turner Auditorium at Virginia State

saga, fans of all ages can now expe-

University. Chesterfield County and

rience the thrilling tale accompa-

Altria Theater

Virginia State University celebrate Black

nied by the music of live symphony

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-break-

History Month with programs that illus-

orchestra as Harry soars across the

ing 2015 Olivier award nominated

trate the African-American experience.

big screen. Two performances 2pm &

musical CATS comes to Richmond

For Adults Chesterfield.evanced.info

8pm. Altriatheater.com

live again. Altriatheater.com

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FORGING A POLITICAL IDENTITY: A PERSONAL JOURNEY

RRRC SWEETHEART 8K

Queally Center, University of

HOME SCHOOL DAY

This annual Richmond Road Runners

Richmond

Club event featuring a scenic 8K (5

Henricus Historical Park

Michael Steele, Former Chairman of

mile) course through The Grove and

Experience a day designed especially

the RNC, and Former Lt. Governor of

Walton Park communities, historic

for home school families featuring

Maryland, will discuss the develop-

Midlothian Coal Mine Park, and the

hands-on activities, demonstrations,

ment of his political identity, sharing

surrounding roads and trails. The

and crafts at a living history museum!

his personal journey. Steele made his-

race starts and finishes at the Urban

Registration is required by February 4,

tory when he was elected Lieutenant

Farmhouse in The Millworks in

2020 by calling 804-318-8797. Cost: $10

Governor of Maryland, becoming the

Midlothian. There will be a free Kids

per child/$3 ages 2-3/$5 per accompa-

first African-American elected to state-

Run prior to the 8K. www.rrrc.org

nying adult. Henricus Members: $5 per

wide office in the state and again when

child/$1 ages 2-3/free for accompany-

he became the first African-American

ing adults. Ages 4-14. Henricus.org

chairman of the RNC. Richmond.edu

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VALENTINE TEA

19TH ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH LECTURE: KEITH KNIGHT

Come witness the extraordinary rhet-

men in period dress will teach guests

Award-winning

against the King! Tickets required.

19th-century etiquette while they enjoy

Knight returns to VCU to present

direct from its sell-out seasons at the London Palladium. Let the memory

Pamplin Historical Park

At the Valentine Tea ladies and gentle-

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The Millworks

Historic St. John's Church

Cabell Library - Lecture Hall

cartoonist

Keith

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