Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine January 2018

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Happy New Year! With each passing year we face change – various forms manifest over time, but nonetheless, it happens. Over the years, we have seen significant changes within our community: new development, new businesses, loss of favorite businesses and even people. This year, we welcome positive change and hope you do as well. In the past, our January issue featured a business directory, but this year we have modified our content to better serve you. Since technology advances enable us to conduct a prompt query by asking Siri for addresses, phone numbers and websites, we felt this year instead of the directory we would share valuable information on some of our local businesses. We have included stories in this issue on a few businesses: veteran, new, and some have who have left our community. Additionally, our content this month provides resources for nonprofit organizations and general tips if you own or are thinking about starting a small business. Let’s keep the 2018 celebrations going by recognizing the strength and diversity of the businesses our county offers. For some local entrepreneurs, 2017 provided milestone celebrations, which we would like to share. Congratulations to... Biotrek Adventure Travels – 25 years in business Fabric Emporium – 22 years in business (they will certainly be missed - enjoy retirement!) First Baptist Church – 150 years of worship in our town Framecraft – 10 years in business Piedmont Press & Graphics – 30 years in business We realize there are many more local organizations that may have celebrated anniversaries this past year, so if you know who they are, please let us know by emailing us or sharing the information on Facebook (make sure you tag us). We want to celebrate along with all of you who contribute to the economic vitality of our region on a daily basis. Thank you readers, for allowing us to serve you by providing enjoyable content each month. I wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy 2018.





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Families4Fauquier News & Events BY RACHEL PIERCE


A Dream Maker Biotrek Adventure Travels’ Sunny Reynolds BY AIMÉE O’GRADY


What the Tech? Surviving and thriving in an increasingly high-tech business world


The Role of the Chamber of Commerce Learn how membership may benefit your business BY DEBBIE EISELE


Gâteau Bakery Cafe & Tea House

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Lora Gookin expands her existing business BY DEBBIE EISELE




Town of Warrenton’s Economic Growth A priority now and in future BY BRANNON GODFREY


Chef Venus Bazan Barratt Serving up healthy soups and meals BY DEBBIE EISELE


Protecting Your Business Know what insurance coverage is pertinent for your organization BY SIERRA BALL


A Bittersweet Goodbye For successful Fabric Emporium owner Maria Price BY DEBBIE EISELE

A Helping Hand PATH Resource Center provides resources to local nonprofits BY JENN SWEIGART




Quality Cuts & Friendly Faces At Siggi’s it’s not just a haircut, it’s an experience

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An Innate Teaching & Athletic Ability


FHS graduate’s goal of performance has reached a new level



Banking & Financing Needs Vary


Tips for small business owners BY MARGIE MARKHAM


Yoga Banishes Back Pain & Malaise A former nurse reveals how her ninth decade has been transformed BY ROBIN EARL




Small Business Shouldn’t Mean Small Retirement Plan

So You Want to be an Entrepreneur Tips on starting a business in Fauquier County BY MILES FRIEDMAN

On this month’s cover, Lora Gookin from Gâteau Bakery Cafe & Tea Room. Photo by Kara Thorpe.


Is My Dog or Cat in Pain? Pain Management Information to Help Your Pet BY ETHAN MORRIS, DVM


Setting SMART Fitness Goals


Specific, measurable, accountable, realistic and time-frame specific goals are the keys to achieving your fitness target. BY COLBY SCHRECKENGOST


Bridging the Gap From millennials to the silent generation BY MICHELLE KELLEY, LCSW


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This year with all the amazing support, we were able to donate 706 holiday treat containers to Walter Reed!

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January News & Events BY RACHEL PIERCE

Happy New Year! We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and want to thank everyone who volunteered their time to assist with many wonderful projects in 2017. November and December were busy months. We participated in the Warrenton Christmas Parade, Operation Santa – Adopt a Senior/Special Needs Adult, Operation Snowman, Wreaths Across America, and our 3rd Annual SingA-Long event. One highlight of the holiday season was on November 22. RoZy and I made the long trip and navigated holiday traffic to deliver our 6th annual Walter Reed donation. This was by far the greatest donation to date: 706 holiday treat containers each with a chapstick or a patriotic rock and handmade Christmas ornaments,

107 fleece and handmade blankets, 48 personal care bags, 400+ patriotic rocks, 271 blank three-bundled stamped Christmas cards, two books of stamps and four mega boxes of snack packs. Wow! We thank everyone in the community who helped make this an unbelievable event. Additionally, Families4Fauquier delivered 191 pounds of green beans and other non perishable food items for the Thanksgiving food baskets that were distributed to those in need to Fauquier Community Food Bank and Thrift Store in November. Thank you to everyone who helped us to help those in the most need during the holiday season. This year 103 Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes were donated in partnership with Anita Sadlack of State Farm, and our friends within the community

contributed to make this possible. Plus F4F attended the MM Pierce Elementary School PTO meeting in December and kept the children busy with crafts and Christmas Slime! We also dropped off a large number of painted rocks on December 6 for our community garden at the WARF. A special thank you to the following for their support with our December projects: Earth, Glaze and Fire, Handyman Cans, Peak Roofing, Puroclean, Gainesville Pediatric Dentistry, Girl Scout Troop 1908, Anita SadlackState Farm, Jane S., Amy W., Amanda Y., and Edward JonesFinancial Advisor Matthew Fusaro. Our community is full of amazing, giving families. We look forward to offering more fun-filled, family events in 2018. Take a look at what is coming up.

Jog 5K/1 Mile Just Cause F4F Beneficiary Registrations at 8 a.m. Location: Vint Hill Community Center Families4Fauquier will receive 100 percent of your registration fee for those that registered under Families4Fauquier as your nonprofit of choice. Come out and celebrate 2018 and support our organization while you are having fun. FEBRUARY 10 Painted Rocks Club at 10 a.m. Location: Northern Fauquier Community Park This event is hosted by Northern Fauquier Community Park and the theme is "Keeping Fauquier Beautiful.� All rocks and supplies provide. Just bring your smile and join us for some fun.

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JOIN OUR MAILING LIST OR BECOME A CHARTER MEMBER AND GET INVOLVED TODAY! Families 4 Fauquier is your link to family resources in Fauquier County and beyond. F4F is committed to strengthening and enriching the lives of children and families that live right here in our own community. For additional information about joining our membership program, receiving our monthly community newsletter or any of the events listed above please visit our website at www.families4fauquier.com or email us at info@families4fauquier.com. We now offer monthly advertising, website sponsorships and community event sponsors. If your organization has an interest in helping to support our community projects, events and programs please contact us today because together we can make a difference in little ways that can add up big!


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Dream Maker Biotrek Adventure Travels’ Sunny Reynolds BY AIMÉE O’GRADY


s a child, the world was small for Sunny Reynolds. Raised 20 miles north of Syracuse in Central Square, NY, Sunny never dreamed of a life of travel. Her family owned property nearby where they would camp for vacation. Her father, who worked as a tool and die maker for Smith Corona, didn’t enjoy his job and recommended Sunny find a career she was passionate about. Life had big plans for this small-town girl. Possessing a creative eye, Sunny was educated in Theatre Arts and Photography at the University of Syracuse. Rather than the spotlight; however, her interests lay behind the

curtain in set design, costumes, lighting, and makeup. Composition, light, colors, and textures called to her throughout her life. Sunny relocated to Virginia around 1980. This move would change her life. She was in her late 20s and was hired by a bank in Fairfax, Virginia. She settled in Manassas. Sunny rose to bank manager and remained in the industry for eight years. It was during this time that Sunny discovered her real talent for photography. While in banking, Sunny worked with an attorney who recognized her talent. He asked her to photograph his family and decorate his office. His suggestion that she pursue photography full time was a spark that lit a fire. It wasn’t long before she left banking to focus exclusively on photography. “I took my last bank check and started a business,” she laughs. She fully engaged her

passion with more photography classes at NOVA at the Loudoun County Campus and George Washington University. She relocated to Midland and converted a basement room to a dark room. “I wanted to make it big. I used my connections and got an interview with a New York City ad agency. They liked my work and I was hired,” she says. Her work took this inexperienced traveler, who first saw the ocean when she was 30, to exotic places. “One of the first places I went was Costa Rica to shoot an IBM facility. While there, one of the locals showed me around the village.” That trip was the catalyst for Biotrek Adventure Travels. Back home, Sunny, and a partner, opened a gallery at 19 Culpeper Street where famed artists such as Loudoun County artist, Maggie Siner, showed

Opposite page (clockwise from top, left): Argentina, Tanzania, Morocco, Galapagos, Chile, Guatemala. Above (background): India. Above: Reynolds at her Main Street studio. Photo by Kara Thorpe.

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Upcoming Tours Celebrating 25 years of global service from Warrenton, Biotrek Adventure Travels is currently scheduling 2018 trips to:

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New Zealand (NOV 25 -DEC 10)

Sunny’s photography experience and talent is on display in her two published books as well on as her website (sunnyreynoldsphotography.com). The Random House publication Hardie Newton’s Celebration of Flowers, features exclusive photography from Sunny. Additionally, she published her own book Boats, in 2002.

artwork. “We were successful right away,” she says of their sold-out shows. The gallery even sponsored international artists who came to showcase their work. “Although it was successful, it became too much to maintain the gallery and corporate photography,” Sunny explains. When her partner moved on, Sunny relocated to 81 Main Street: “I quit the ad agency and gallery to start a travel company.” Sunny returned to Costa Rica and met with in-country ground operators. “At first, I did it all on my own. I remember personally renting a passenger van and driving people around the country,” she says. Those early trips were full of adventure. “We always had a flat tire, it was just something we could count on because of the quality of the roads. I made a game of it and would see how fast we could change the tire,” she says of making the most out of the situation. “One time, after a flat, in Monteverde, we ended up catching a ride with the local coffee pickers back to town. It’s a memory that will last forever for the guests on the trip,” she reminisces. It was Sunny’s friends and family who embarked on those first trips. “I called that group the ‘Dream Team’; they have travelled to many countries with me over the years,” she reminisces. Twenty-five years later, Sunny is still the Above, left: Galapagos. Above, right: Cuba.


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Warrenton dream maker; making dreams come true for travelers throughout the United States to vacation in exotic locations such as the Galapagos Islands, a place she has visited 38 times. Her tours include 11 additional countries including Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, India, Morocco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, and Tanzania. “To keep my travelers coming back, I continually add new countries like Portugal [added for 2018],” Sunny says of the growing list of locations Biotrek Adventure Travels visits. Over the years she has gained a familiarity with countries and people only time can create. Sunny laughs when she walks off a plane onto a runway, only to recognize all the drivers waiting for passengers, even though only one is waiting for her. Sunny has spent countless days with the locals who work as ground operators and drivers escorting her guests through unfamiliar terrain – from the deserts of the Sahara to the mountains of Peru. “These people have become my family,” she says of the level of trust given to her ground operators. The adventure has changed for Sunny, “Seeing the reaction of travelers is what it is all about now. For people to see wildlife on a safari or the colors of a Cuban street is

It is recommended to book trips six months to one year out. Scheduled payments are available. For information on upcoming expeditions visit biotrekadventuretravels.com or call 540-349-0040.

my reward,” she says. And having her creative eye is gift for everyone. “I know immediately if a hotel will work or not,” she says of the care taken to select accommodations that promote the local culture. Having traveled hundreds of times and to every continent over the years, Sunny and her team have made all the mistakes, so her guests don’t have to: “I know which month to travel to each location for chances of the best weather, the fewest tourists, and most pleasant experience.” Having vetted every ground operator, hotel, and local site, Biotrek Adventure Travels brings a personal touch to travel which is incomparable. Biotrek Adventure Travels limits expeditions to only 10 people, creating an intimate and catered experience. Guests travel with the knowledge that every measure has been taken to ensure they have a wonderful, stress-free trip. From accommodations and restaurants to transportation, packing lists and helpful hints, travelers will be immersed in the local culture with an unparalleled local touch. “It is not uncommon to be invited to our Indian ground operator’s home for dinner,” Sunny shares. Every expedition is environmentally and culturally based. ❖ Destination photos by Sunny Reynolds

About the AUTHOR Aimée O’Grady is a freelance writer who enjoys transforming stories told by Fauquier residents into articles for Lifestyle readers. She learns more and more about our rich county with every interview she conducts.



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Surviving and thriving in an increasingly hi-tech business world BY KLAUS FUECHSEL


ome-based offices and small businesses are increasingly dependent on a rapidly changing network of websites, marketing, e-finance, social media, browsers, web traffic and various kinds of software, applications, and tools. The average business computer runs a version of Microsoft Office which includes Word and Excel. For many years, the Outlook email program was the standard for combining emails, contacts, and calendar functionality. But now, with the increased internet speed, online services such as Gmail, Google Apps, and Google Drive provide access to the same information from almost any network device (i.e. tablets and phones) without Outlook. For accounting, software like Quickbooks goes beyond bookkeeping to manage invoicing, payroll, taxes, bill payment, and deposits – all online. But no home office or small business can afford to neglect computer security. No computer should be hooked up to the Internet without robust virus protection. In my opinion, the built-in protection from Microsoft (Windows Defender) is not adequate. Go with one of the main antivirus programs, and try not to fall for the “fake”


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antivirus scams or remote login scams. And remember: “Microsoft will never call you to tell you that your system has security issues.” If someone tries this, hang up. If you still encounter issues, contact a local, trusted person for help. A good practice to remember is to make sure your software (including the operating system) and hardware is up-to-date. Recently millions of routers and other wireless devices became easily hackable due to a security flaw. In this case, you need to upgrade the “firmware” in your router in order to eliminate the threat. Additional cleanup and tuneup software, such as Malwarebytes



and CCleaner, are helpful but be careful about the source for your download – always get it from their main websites, otherwise you might download stuff you don’t want or need. But none of these measures will keep your data completely secure, if you don’t protect it with solid passwords and backups. Strong passwords should have at least 12 characters which appear to be a completely random arrangement of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Never use the same password for multiple sites. And there is no such thing as too many back-ups. There are various types of backups; many

are “in the cloud.” Backups are your only hope in worst case scenarios. The worst type of computer virus can lock your data with a military grade encryption and then hold it ransom for payment of, let’s say, half a bitcoin. If you pay, you are supposed to receive a program to decrypt your file but this is an expensive risky fix. I recommend you perform at least one backup on a local external hard drive which should be disconnected afterwards. Otherwise, an encryption virus might infect all accessible drives, including your online ones. Do you want to improve the performance of your business technology? If so, bigger hard drives are needed to handle increasing data loads. The largest drive currently on the market is 12TB (equal to 2.5 million times the text of the Bible in plain text format). Consider replacing your computer’s old “normal hard drive” with a solid state drive (with no moving parts), for a significant speed boost. This new type of drive is especially good in laptops, since they use less power and, in case of a drop, are less likely to break. How can internet-based technology help your home office and business? To reach the most people possible, you need to be savvy with Internet-

professional, compassionate I still believe the personal approach is necessary to distinguish small businesses in the cyber world.” based services. Depending on your business, you may want to invest in an attractive revenuedriven website. Presence on social media has become equally important. But if you don’t have time for posting new content on Facebook, Twitter, etc., you can outsource this chore for a monthly fee. To keep up with the speed of online sales and information, you also need the fastest provider and desktops, laptops, or tablets available. I was recently excited to learn Comcast is now delivering Gigabit speed in Fauquier. Fast internet will make remote logins into your office from the road or at home much more enjoyable. Also consider a Voice Over IP (VOIP) telephone system. It uses your internet to make and receive phone calls and can be arranged to handle multiple simultaneous calls through just one official phone number. You can even forward calls to your cell phone and make calls from your private cell phone without revealing your personal mobile number. Despite all of these technology opportunities, I still believe the personal approach is necessary to distinguish small businesses in the cyber world.

Recently, while visiting one of our local retail clients, I was surprised to hear the business is closing. One thing the owner told me kept going through my mind: “We became the showroom for the Internet.” When I asked him what he meant I was told: “People come into the store find some things they like, take a photo, and go home to order it cheaper online.” Another local business shared to compete with the online retail options the local store promotes products which are not available online and offer bundled deals, such as apparel that needs to be customized in person. So what can local, small businesses do to survive and thrive in an increasingly online world? Small Business Saturday is a good start, but it might be better if it were not sandwiched between the two biggest sales events (black Friday and cyber Monday) of the year. Businesses may also benefit from promoting their neighborhood and collaborating in events which bring more foot traffic and clients to each other, such as fairs, festivals, and 1st Friday Warrenton. Target your online marketing and entice clients to visit your shop. I think most people still prefer to deal with a live person and are willing to pay a bit more to be able to ask questions, talk through possibilities, and learn more about your products and services. ❖ About the AUTHOR Klaus Fuechsel owns the local award-winning computer repair store Dok Klaus. He and his team deal with all kinds of computer issues; data preservation is one of their top priorities. You may contact Dok Klaus via phone 540-428-2376 or visit his website www.DokKlaus.com

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ike much of the rest of the Commonwealth, Warrenton is enjoying a prolonged and healthy period of economic expansion. Meals tax revenues in town increased by more than 10 percent last year – the largest single-year growth in more than 10 years. Other revenues also showed annual growth which indicates a strong local economy: sales tax plus 8.7 percent; bank stock tax plus 32 percent; business license plus 3.6 percent. But “sunrise doesn't last all morning,” to quote the Beatles’ George Harrison, “. . . all things must pass.” A recession surely lurks. Now is the time for us to work even harder and use the resources currently available to prepare for the next business upgrades, investments in equipment or machinery, along with cycle. Business-generated revenues represent 60 percent of the other investments. town’s revenue base. In contrast, property taxes make up only 9 PROMOTE. Last year, Town Council recognized the percent of the base. This is why Town Council puts economic importance of a strong Main Street program to promote unique development in its top three priorities for the town government. businesses in our historic Old Town setting. Council supported We must continue to plan, facilitate and promote. the restoration of this organization – now called Experience Old PLAN. Tom Wisemiller is our new economic Town Warrenton (EOTW). EOTW has an energetic development manager. Right now, he is collaborating board of directors committed to: renewing its status with business stakeholders on an economic as a certified Virginia Main Street organization, TOWN COUNCIL development strategic plan. This group of local fundraise, and organize a volunteer base for its PUTS ECONOMIC business owners, developers, building owners and activities. EOTW also incorporated a strategic plan DEVELOPMENT economic development professionals will help draft a IN ITS TOP THREE to promote Old Town business opportunities and strategic plan for Town Council to consider and adopt. better position Warrenton as a destination place. PRIORITIES FOR The plan will include actionable strategies, achievable New businesses which opened in Old Town in the THE TOWN objectives, and targeted business recruitment and last six months include Gateau Bakery, VonCanon GOVERNMENT expansion tactics which may benefit Warrenton’s General Store, Virginia Hobbies, and several gift competitive market advantages. stores. FACILITATE. For small businesses on the verge of expansion, or Our largest commercial district along Shirley Avenue, turning the corner from a lean period, we recently launched the Broadview Avenue and Lee Highway is also showing signs of small businesses assistance grant program in partnership with growth and redevelopment; with a new Popeye’s, renovated the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development Burger King and McDonald’s, and plans for a new Lidl grocery and the Economic Development Authority. Existing businesses and several other new commercial tenants in renovated buildings. located within Warrenton may apply for one to one matching So while we can’t predict when the next economic downturn grant up to $10,000 to expand or upgrade their operations and occurs, we can be prepared for it. ❖ increase their revenues. Eligible program expenses include Brannon Godfrey, Town Manager marketing initiatives, building improvements, technology bgodfrey@warrentonva.gov


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Old Town Warrenton Great Harvest Bread 108 Main Street | 540.878.5200 More than a hand-made, bread-the-way-it-ought-tobe bakery, this cafe features locally-roasted coffee and espresso, bodacious made-to-order breakfast sandwiches (all day!), lunch sandwiches that will knock your socks off, and of course, a beautiful array of simplydelicious desserts. Come in and enjoy the experience that garnered them Business of the Year in Warrenton!

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Local Thirty-Five 35 Main Street | 540.272.7187 Local Thirty-Five is a retail store offering an eclectic mix of home décor, antique & new furniture. Featuring local artisan craftsmanship, many items are original, one-of-a-kind pieces. New items weekly, including artwork, candles, jewelry, lamps, wood carvings – great gift ideas - something for everyone! Quality merchandise at fantastic prices!

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Serving up healthy soups and meals to-go at Warrenton Wellness Kitchen BY DEBBIE EISELE


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arrenton Wellness Kitchen is the culmination of a dream for Venus Barratt. She has been a personal chef for six years, and is now the owner of this Old Town Warrenton business. Although she still offers personalized culinary services and custom menus for her clients, she now provides the public access to her amazing culinary talents. Through the help of some friends, a local designer and business coach, Barratt launched her business with a detailed plan and a space designed to meet her and her patron’s needs. Warrenton Wellness Kitchen opened in December 2016, although there were a few challenges along the way – her biggest one was opening on time. Construction delays occurred



and Barratt’s business opened a few months later than she anticipated. Other than this one challenge, Barratt faced few obstacles, as her business coach prepared her well for her new venture: “He told me I would wear many hats, and that is what I do.” Barratt shared, “But, I’m doing something I love to do and know that what I serve is good for my customers.” Every morning, Barratt prepares her stock, and every afternoon (after 3 p.m.) she diligently works on her planning and marketing strategies and wears all those “hats” rather well. Barratt desired to run a place where people could be exposed to excellent food and service, like they were decades ago. “I remember as a child I would go around the corner and buy

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at the grocery store or other commercialized businesses,” she said. This type of atmosphere is what Barratt has created at Warrenton Wellness Kitchen. PERSONAL CHEF SERVICES From “The kind of entrees to side food I’m offering dishes, Chef Barratt is what people are will created tailored gravitating towards meal options for you and your family – it’s delicious and even provide and healthy for services for those on you,” Barratt specialized diets. said. “My clients want something that’s good for them and not full of processed ingredients. And some of my clients are on a special diet, which I am able to accommodate. My options include gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and low sodium options.” Meals are prepared with fresh ingredients, and the soup offerings vary depending on the season. “I wanted to offer unprocessed food; meals that are truly homemade and I mean from scratch,” explained Barratt. Originally Warrenton Wellness Kitchen was inspired by one of her specialties. Barratt always had bone broth on hand in her own freezer; prepared with whole, fresh, organic ingredients. “The bone broth is what truly got me started.” Barratt explained one of her friends was a cancer patient and it is the only thing her friend was able to eat. “I would take her my bone broth,” remembered Barratt. “From there, other people I knew reached out to me to request the broth and in my mind a vision formed of being able to provide this niche service.” Every day freshly made bone broth, soup or stew is available for walk-ins, while other selections are frozen for customers who wish to purchase and heat later at home. The bone broth is available hot and on-the-go as a recovery meal after workouts, or if customers are feeling unwell. “It is good for the body. Plus I use bones from local organic farms with pasture raised livestock, these ingredients makes this product stand apart



from others,” shared Barratt. The asparagus, fennel and leek soup is so popular it is hard for her to keep in stock. And Barratt is quite partial to her Latin American chicken soup, as well as her chicken vegetable soup with ginger turkey meatballs: “I grew up in New York, so I was exposed to world cuisine and I would have to say my absolute favorite meal to feed my own family is a Spanish style chicken stew served with rice.” In addition to the soup, The Wellness Kitchen offers complete entrees, like a French roast chicken simmered with root vegetables. When asked about her future, Barratt said, “I would like to provide a broader range of delicious food, especially for individuals looking to improve their health.” She also shared her next goal – to develop branded soups and broths on a national level. “I want to grow; but not get too big, too quickly,” Barratt said. “My vision is to prepare food that people can count on, that is good for them, so they can live their lives in a healthy manner.” She is even working with other local establishments to carry her bone broth within the near future. Barratt, a mother of three, was determined to find balance: with her both her career and family. She created a perfect solution by opening this business and hasn’t looked back since. “I couldn’t have done it without my children’s support,” noted Barratt. “All of my kids help where and when they can. They have been supportive and are proud of what I have accomplished. They are at an age where they understand and respect what I do because I am able to do so with a good balance. I encourage my clients to do the same – create that balance between work and their personal life.” Warrenton Wellness Kitchen is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.. Patrons include walk-ins and those who have engaged Barratt’s personal chef service, which even includes delivery. Customers may order online, or stop in for their purchases. Besides the meal-to-go and personal chef options, cooking classes for adults and summer camps for teens are available. For a detailed listing of current classes, stop by to visit Chef Barratt or visit warrentonwellnesskitchen.com. ❖

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nsurance is a necessity, whether you own and operate a new or an existing business. Many people, however, are unfamiliar with state requirements and how to protect their organization when liability issues arise. And for small and new businesses protecting their assets (i.e. their business) is extremely important. Owners should recognize and understand the “must haves” in insurance, what additional policies or information should be considered now and in the future, and know how to select an agent that will work with your best interests in mind. Here are some general guidelines to follow; note this is not a comprehensive list. The best method to select proper insurance coverage for your unique circumstances is to work directly with a licensed agent. MUST HAVES COMMERCIAL GENERAL LIABILITY

provides financial protection for your business in the event of claims, lawsuits or settlements. These may arise as the result of injuries or property damage connected with your business pursuits, or even non-physical acts like slander or libel. General liability is a vital component of business insurance.



protects your business assets: inventory, tools, computers, and other equipment. WORKERS COMPENSATION is required by law. Any business with more than two employees must have this coverage for full-time, part-time, seasonal employees, as well as student interns, minors and working family members. This insurance protects employees under state laws and provides COVERAGE


The person you select needs to be available to assist you, protect your assets, understand what is available for your industry, and educate you on what is really necessary coverage to have in case a situation arises. OPT FOR EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE.

This Ensures the agent(s) you select answer the phone, have an office you may visit, explain options to you in a manner you understand, and offer what you really need to meet the needs of your organization. CONSIDER AN INDEPENDENT AGENT. Independents

medical care, death, disability, rehabilitation benefits and lost wages for workers who are injured or killed on the job. COMMERCIAL AUTO POLICY

is a vehicle insurance policy which provides both liability and physical damage coverage for a business’ vehicles and their drivers. Within the policy, hired and nonowned auto coverage should be purchased as well. Nonowned auto coverage protects your business should it be sued due to an automobile accident while one of your employees is on company related travel in a personal vehicle. Hired auto can either supplement, or replace, a car rental agency’s liability coverage when your company leases a vehicle. CONSIDER HAVING CYBERSECURITY AND DATA BREACH COVERAGE


client’s credit card information and for you if you are hacked and need to hire professionals to assist with IT services. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT COVERAGE

protects the insured (the business owner) in the event it fails to administer 401k, health insurance or any other employee benefit in a manner that causes a loss to the employee. UMBRELLA POLICY is additional liability coverage over all other insurance policies your organization may carry. This is good to have as your business grows and engages in larger projects. SELECTING AN AGENT CHOSE SOMEONE WITH A HIGH LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE.

An agent with experience will have the knowledge base to guide you on what you actually need to cover against loss.

tend to provide a broader range of insurance coverage and pricing options because they are not limited to one specific insurance company’s offerings. OBTAIN AN ANNUAL REVIEW. This is important as they will evaluate changes in your business, any new insurance liability exposures or increased needs based upon your organizational growth. Annual reviews are best completed 30-60 days prior to the end of a policy (most all insurance options are offered in a 12 month policy arrangement). The annual review should consist of analyzing increase or decrease in receipts, and any other content, vehicle, employee changes which may affect the type of coverage your business requires. Remember, owning and operating a small business is difficult and rewarding. Protect yourself and your operation by obtaining valuable, reliable information on regarding essential insurance coverage that is mandated by law and will help you in the event of a liability issue. ❖

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A BITTERSWEET GOODBYE For successful Fabric Emporium owner Maria Price BY DEBBIE EISELE


aria and Joe Price began their journey of business ownership together 44 years ago in Lexington, Virginia. For 22 years they operated a successful store in Lexington, eventually selling that business and leaving the profession for a few years. The Prices moved from Lexington to Lynchburg and didn’t open a business during that time. While Maria was away from the profession, she realized she missed the business too much. Since their youngest child just graduated high school the couple decided to embark on a new journey. Through a friend they heard about a building available on Main Street in Warrenton. “I had never heard of Warrenton until then. Joe and I came to visit, peeped in the windows and went into Old Town Cafe for lunch. We said yes to the building because we loved the charm of Warrenton.” Fabric Emporium was born. For 22 years Fabric Emporium has been an integral part of Main Street. Maria and Joe operated a very successful enterprise. “Local support was crucial to our success. We worked hard at providing the best customer service for each one of our clients. Not only do they deserve this, in many cases, it makes the difference of repeat business,” Maria shared. “Once your customers realize you’re doing the best you can – they will


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come back.” “Perseverance and passion are the key to success,” said Maria. “We were able to build and design items in our own workroom – specifically cornices, valances, headboards, pillows, and upholstery. This allowed us not to be solely dependent on retail sales. You have to roll with the ups and downs. You have to persevere – and we did. We were successful because we were 100 percent dedicated to ownership. I think that is another key to any business succeeding.” The community has been such an integral part of their success. Maria acknowledged she didn’t utilize print



advertisements much more than twice a year, she relied mainly on word-of-mouth referrals. She also relied on attracting visitors to her retail location. One of her methods was utilizing her storefront windows. “The window displays were very important as they showed people who we were, before customers came into the store. It showed our style, products, and colors. The windows drew people into our business,” Maria shared. She did add that a combination of products and services periodically changed in the window displays definitely helped draw the attention of potential customers.

She also shared young people today, especially those with small businesses, benefit from using social media to promote their business. “We didn’t use social media, but it is an effective marketing tool without a ton of expense,” said Maria. Maria was fortunate to have strong, positive role models in her life which she attributed to her success. Maria came to the U.S. from Germany when she was 10 years old. She remembered her family struggled after the war. She witnessed her mother and grandmother’s determination throughout those difficult years. These positive role models

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instilled a strong work ethic in Maria which have impacted her, even now. “My grandmother’s hard work especially stands out to me. She persevered; she wouldn’t give up. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her,” shared Maria. Twenty-two years after opening, Maria and Joe have now retired. As of midDecember, Fabric Emporium has permanently closed its doors. “Joe’s been ready [for retirement] for several years now. We have never taken the time to explore and just do things. Nothing in life is a guarantee, and while we are still able – now is the time to travel.

We wanted to experience all the great phases in life: a great business, great children, and now great travel.” “It was a hard decision to make,” explained Maria. “I’ve enjoyed every minute and am concerned I’ll miss it.” When asked what she would miss the most, Maria said,” My clients. We have such a great relationship. When decorating for someone you really get to know them on a personal level – you even get to know their children. It’s the best of life and it is amazing.” With children located in Haymarket and in Florida, they wanted spend time visiting with their family and taking those long awaited trips that have been delayed. “We want to travel the U.S. – there are so many amazing places to see here in our country we have not been able to visit. I look forward to that.” Although Maria is not working daily on Main Street, she shared some wisdom for other businesses and community members: “It is important to support local small businesses, even if costs are slightly higher. By doing so, the community contributes to the success of the overall economy.” Her advice to new businesses or those thinking about starting one is simple – have perseverance and passion. She also shared the importance of learning: “Mistakes happen – that is how you grow. Even after many years, you will make mistakes. Learn from them as it helps you get better.” Although the doors have closed, and an era has passed, Maria’s wise words resonate throughout the community. This may be a bittersweet goodbye for the Price family, but a new positive journey awaits them. ❖

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and support organizations with evidence-based practices which are best suited for each individual organization. This center was created through a partnership between the PATH Foundation and the Charlottesville-based Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) to provide valuable insights



to organizations in Fauquier, Rappahannock and northern Culpeper counties. Funded by the PATH Foundation, the Resource Center is managed and operated by CNE. Cristine Nardi, executive director of CNE, noted, "We are

trainings, and help organizations troubleshoot, which helps them create a stronger nonprofit. Christy Connolly, excited to partner with president and CEO of the PATH Foundation the PATH Foundation, to help support and stated, “In meetings with strengthen local nonprofit leaders and key nonprofits because stakeholders, we found an we know that strong opportunity to maximize nonprofits create a an organization’s impact strong community." by providing training for CNE staff members staff, volunteers and board working at the Resource members. Networking Center offer technical opportunities and meeting assistance, information, space were other areas we wanted to improve.”

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ADVANCED TRAININGS: These trainings provide an opportunity for in-depth learning about a particular topic. In 2018, these include Board Academy in March and April and a Philanthropy Academy later in the year.

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The Role of the Chamber of Commerce Learn how membership may benefit your business



his month’s publication focuses on our small local businesses – how they benefit the community, how they may be successful, and how they are ingrained into our daily lives and the town itself. To answer some business-related questions which may be helpful, I turned to Joe Martin, President of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce, who shared his five tips for local business owners.


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CONNECT WITH THE LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT “By connecting with them, it allows owners to have someone walk them through the entire process and may assist in expediting the process as well,” explained Martin. “It may also curtail any stumbling blocks that may arise.”



OBTAIN SERVICES OF CPA services A VERY COMPETENT tie in similarly BUSINESS LAWYER to that of a Martin noted, “Lawyers enable assistance with setting up businesses overall: state corporations, LLCs, and IRS information. They also will assist in making sure you have everything you need in terms of employee handbooks and employment contracts.”








“Why? It is the best way to become lawyer. You connected want to ensure “There is a within your that your books broad base community,” are setup of marketing said Martin. correctly and to consider that filings are when launching “The connections completed in a or starting a you make timely fashion. business. You will offer you will require collateral, social potential referrals and media skills, enlighten the website, and community other viable as to your marketing offerings.” pertaining to your services and/or products you are providing.”

Martin also shared that the Chamber provides an inherent value to members. Through monthly events there is always time allocated to network with other businesses. “What this means is that everyone has the opportunity to connect with one another and establish referral relationships as well,” explained Martin. Each month the Chamber offers a speed networking breakfast, various luncheons, and an After-Five event. There are even special events

available through the Women’s Business Council and the Young Professionals Council, where guest speakers or educational presentations are provided to assist local businesses. Currently, the Chamber is in the process of developing a micro-business council, which is part of the unity plan of merging the former Greater Warrenton Chamber of Commerce and the Fauquier Chamber. This council is focused on the sole entrepreneur, as well as small businesses with five or less employees; they will develop ways to assist owners with the daily business operations. “Currently, 85 percent of our members are small businesses, so they are always a main focus for us,” said Martin. The mission and vision statements are currently being developed for the micro-business council and will be announced soon. Martin also disclosed that the Chamber is involved in legislative directives. “We have a very vibrant economic development and legislative affairs committee. The second Friday of December each year we conduct and host a legislative preview, where state legislators let us know what bills they will support during the upcoming general session. We combine this event with the state of the county and state of the towns as well. This is where local government representatives join in and let us know what is going on that will impact local businesses,” Martin explained. “Every year on the last Wednesday in January, the Chamber travels to Richmond with a contingency of members for a day of legislation with local representatives. Once the general session is over the Chamber conducts a legislator rap-up, where the legislators come back to discuss which bills passed here in our community.” The tagline for the Fauquier Chamber is Better Business. Better Community. Without successful businesses, county residents would have to travel far, or move, to obtain services and products they seek and need. Both nonprofit and for-profit organizations are an integral part of our local economy and the Chamber seeks to help them in their success.❖

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Reclaimed wood was used to design the custom made dining tables. Teapots and other architectural elements were carefully selected to decorate the space in a friendly, eclectic manner – blending the character of the old building with modern elements. “I wanted to keep it bright and welcoming in here,” shared Gookin. “I also wanted to preserve the charm of the building. The exposed brick, the nook with bench seating, and the old vault (still in the original location) were left in place to create that blend of old and new.” The attention to details is visually evident in the building itself, as well as her product offerings. Gookin explained she is dedicated to baking only the best food possible. “This is not just a restaurant. This is about incorporating the best possible ingredients and combining it with skilled craftsmanship to offer our customers amazing products. Everything we make is from scratch,” she explained. “We use no dyes, no shortening, and aluminum free leaveners. I look at every particular ingredient for every item we make. Everything is scrutinized in order to offer the best tasting food we may offer.” Ingredients are very important to Gookin. “Sometimes you don’t



need many ingredients for things to taste good,” she explained. “You just need the right, wholesome ingredients.” For Gookin the focus is on organic; no artificial sweeteners are used in her food. She even offers gluten free and vegan items for her customers. Gâteau’s services include a walk-in bakery counter, soups, sandwiches, crêpes, and tea services: dessert tea, high tea and in the near future a royal tea (to include champagne). Gookin offers a wide selection of teas by the cup, or to purchase to take home or to the office. Coffee enthusiasts, do not despair, they offer that too. “I envision this building to be a local place to gather and for my existing business to expand. I want to be a place for local residents to enjoy, as well as be a destination for those from DC or other locations,” noted Gookin. “Essentially, I am here for anyone who wants a dessert – whether it be a single slice of cake, a cupcake or a custom cake for a wedding, birthday, wedding shower, or any other special event.” The next time you crave some treats, stop in and visit Lora Gookin at Gâteau. You will be greeted with delectable options as well as friendly service; more than likely you will be able to visit with others you know while you are there. ❖

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Small Business Shouldn’t Mean Small Retirement Plan BY NATHAN GILBERT

Simplified Employee Pension Plan (the IRS loves acronyms) – allows an employer to make tax deductible contributions directly to an IRA in the name of the employee. For 2017, the contribution limits are 25 percent of the employee’s compensation, or $54,000. These types of plans are often used by solo business owners such as real estate agents and consultants. The business owner and the employee are one and the same, but the SEP IRA structure allows for a much larger contribution to an IRA, while providing a significant tax deduction.


mall business owners have many challenges, and for them prioritizing what to address and when is probably the most difficult part. Many owners wear several different hats, but all too often the hat of “retirement plan administrator” goes unworn. It shouldn’t. Just because you are a small business does not mean there aren’t options for offering a retirement plan to both yourself and your employees (if you have any). Contributing to an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) on your own each year is certainly a good idea, but the current limit of $5,500 per year (for those under age 50) is probably not enough to satisfy a longterm retirement plan. The IRS provides several options for the small or solo business owner, but the two most popular and straightforward are the SEP IRA and the SIMPLE IRA. Both have much higher contribution limits than an IRA and have tax advantages. Most importantly, both have little to no startup or ongoing costs and are simple (no pun intended!) to set up.

THE SIMPLE IRA Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees – is set up much like a 401(k) plan, which most of us are familiar with. Each employee is allowed to defer (contribute) a portion of his or her salary each pay period. And, the employer usually offers a matching contribution of up to three percent of the employee’s salary. The employee must contribute at least that much on his or her own in order to receive the matching contribution. Currently, an employee under the age of 50 may contribute up to $12,500 per year, with an additional $5,000 allowable for those over age 50. Starting a retirement plan for you and your employees should be a high priority. Not only will the plan help you and your staff save for the future, it might also help retain hard-to-find high quality employees. So, don’t be afraid to put on your “retirement plan administrator” hat. ❖

About the AUTHOR Nathan Gilbert is an Investment Advisor and Managing Partner with Meridian Financial Partners in Warrenton, Virginia. Meridian is an independent, fee-only investment advisory firm providing financial planning and investment management. Mr. Gilbert was born and raised in the area and currently resides in Haymarket with his wife and three children.


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Quality Cuts & Friendly Faces At Siggi’s it’s not just a haircut, it’s an experience STORY BY KATIE FUSTER PHOTOS BY KARA THORPE


hen you’re a regular at Siggi’s Men’s Grooming Place, you know to expect not just a great haircut but also a warm greeting from bubbly shop owner Siggi Jamison and her team. “We’re just huggy people,” she says, laughing, of her crew of three barber-stylists, a nail technician, and a masseuse. “People always come in and ask, ‘Where’s my hug?’” Siggi’s Men’s Grooming Place has earned a solid reputation for its friendly staff and outstanding service. And in her new shop in Warrenton Plaza, Siggi has worked hard to create an appealing gathering place with guy-friendly décor, a coffee bar, and clever personal touches like barber stations fashioned from tool chests. “We have guys come in and sit and shoot the breeze with us,” she says, “and it’s fabulous. I just love it. Siggi’s Men’s Grooming Place offers haircuts, straight razor shaves, massage therapy, hand and foot care, and even facials. “Siggi’s is about the people who come in here, giving them a place to relax,” she says. “There are so many pampering services for women. I used to wonder, why is there not something here in our cozy little town of Warrenton? I wanted to create a place for men to be pampered.” “I want for my guys to feel like: ‘I just had an hour of vacation. This was one hour of my time where I forgot work, where I forgot responsibilities, where I got to relax.’” Siggi began studying cosmetology in 1980. “We had to study for three years, which is 6,000 hours,” she remembers. Siggi worked for some time in Germany, then came to the United States in 1988 with her Above: Siggi’s new location in the Warrenton Plaza features guy-friendly décor and clever personal touches like barber stations fashioned from tool chests.


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then-husband, who was in the military. “We traveled to quite a few places, from Kentucky all the way down to Georgia and over to California,” she says. In California, Siggi managed 12 barbershops for various military bases. “These barbershops were for the soldiers at the bases who came in and got their military haircut every few weeks,” Siggi explains. “Each individual branch of the service carries it a little bit differently: a high and tight shave for the Marines, a little longer for the Army men, but tapered on the sides and back, and then the Navy and Air Force haircuts are longer and blocked around the ears.” “That was a stressful job,” Siggi says, shaking her head. “I would never do it again. I am not work-shy, but that was 14-15 hours working every day. Imagine being so busy that you forget your husband’s birthday!” She clucks her tongue. After a stint in Georgia, the military brought Siggi and her husband to Virginia in 1993; they moved to Warrenton in 1998. “I grew up on the outskirts of a city called Schweinfurt,” Siggi explains, “and I was always drawn to smaller towns, smaller communities where people get to know each other. To me, Warrenton has a homey feeling, and Virginia is so beautiful. I just love About the AUTHOR


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the mountains.” Siggi also loves Fauquier’s “horse factor”; she has been an equestrian for 33 years. “I can go and visit a bigger city, but living in a bigger city was just not for me,” Siggi says. “Warrenton just had that ‘it’ factor for me. It is a smaller community where people gather and get together, with the Old Town, the festivals – it was just home to me.” In 2003, Siggi opened Siggi’s Sports Barbershop on Main Street. After a year, she moved the barbershop to Broadview Avenue. Siggi’s Barbershop operated in that location for 13 years, until the owners sold the building. The sale was a blow for Siggi. “Honestly, for three days I was crying,” she says. “I thought of going to work for somebody else, but then my husband took me in his arms and he said, ‘Honey, you cannot work for anybody else. People come to you because of Siggi. We need to find another shop for you.’” Siggi’s eyes brighten remembering it. “So then he said I have been crying, but now it’s time to go to work. I told a friend of mine who was in real estate, ‘You’ve got to help me! I’ve got to find something!’ And after searching, we found a spot in Warrenton Plaza.” “The owner, Nick, was so gracious,” Siggi remembers. “At the end of the plaza, he had a small shop where I worked out of for a couple of months until we had the current location finished and we could move over there.” Siggi had taken interior architectural design

Siggi glows as she remembers meeting Michael: “He walked through the doors, and I thought he was so handsome. We started a conversation, and we had so much in common.” Siggi continues, “And so I asked if he would like to have a cup of coffee sometime to continue this conversation. He came in to the old barbershop two more times, and then he asked me to go to dinner. He was my customer in January, and in March we were going to dinner,” Siggi laughs. “We hit it off so beautifully,” she recalls. “I asked in my prayers for somebody who loves God more than me, who I can share my beliefs with, and that was Michael. We went to Longhorn Steakhouse for dinner. He reached across the table and he asked if I would like to say grace, and as he said grace, I had tears coming down my face because I knew this was the man for me.” The couple married in the fall of the following year. The next summer, Siggi and Jamison worked on moving the shop. He worked at his contracting and carpentry jobs during the day, then worked on making Siggi’s dream barbershop a reality at night and on weekends. “I kept thanking him for doing this,” Siggi says. Jamison said to her: “Honey, I love you, and this is what I want to do for you. I want for you to have a beautiful place to go to and to work.” Siggi shares, “If it would not have been for Michael this dream would have not come true. This is something

“It’s all about our clients – the quality of haircuts, the friendliness, the care we can give to them. We want them to leave in a better state than when they came in.” courses in Germany; now, she relished the chance to design a shop from the ground up. “That’s when my wheels were turning, and I was thinking, what I was going to do? I got suggestions from my guys,” she says of her customers. “They said, ‘Siggi, let’s do something for men where we can have a total spa day and shoot the breeze and get a massage and get our nails done and enjoy OUR time.’ And I thought, this is great, we need to do that!” Siggi also enlisted the help of her husband Michael Jamison, a master carpenter and contractor. Siggi and Michael first met in 2015 in her old barbershop. “Michael was sent by a really dear friend of mine who is also a customer,” says Siggi. Michael had asked his friend where he got his hair cut, as he needed to find someone to trim his hair. And his friend said: “You don’t know of Siggi? You have to go and see Siggi.”

I am going to be grateful for – for the rest of the rest of my life.” Now that she has begun to settle into her new location, Siggi is making big plans for the future. “My thing is, I want to do more for this town. I love Warrenton and the people who are in this town. I have more visions – I want to have wine tastings and beer tastings on the weekends,” says Siggi, who has been chatting with the ABC. “And why not have artists who can come in and display their art, a musician who comes in on Saturday and plays the guitar?” Whatever the future holds for Siggi’s, it’s sure to be great. “We’re just happy people in here,” Siggi says. “It’s all about our clients – the quality of haircuts, the friendliness, the care we can give to them. We want them to leave in a better state than when they came in. Customers who come to Siggi’s, they definitely leave happy.” ❖

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f you own a small business or are starting a small business, you need to spend some time thinking about the finances and know what you need from your bank. Interview banks to make sure your specific needs will be met appropriately and consider not only accounts, but services and lending options as well. Here are some general tips business owners may find helpful.

determine what the financial institution’s business deposit account offers and what the cost of those accounts will be. Many banks offer free checking to small business – without requiring a minimum balance. Banks also offer several optional business services which may assist a company with efficiency.




Research how business friendly the financial institution is. Are there online banking options available? Are there options such as business bill pay or ACH (Automated Clearing House) available? Understand how deposits are made. Remote deposit systems allow owners to make deposits without having to go to the bank which allows individuals to spend more time on their business. Business banker’s provide valuable insight on all the various services available which may fit well with your specific needs. Keep in mind some additional services have fees, so verify the costs and conduct the interview with the financial institution prior to opening an account.

If you are a new business owner and seek financing for your venture the banks will require a business plan. This plan outlines how you will support your business and yourself during the launch of your venture. If you do not have or know how to create business plan you may turn to others for assistance. The Small Business Development Center at Lord Fairfax Community College and classes offered through People Inc. are just a few of the local entities which provide assistance in these matters.

There are many loan options for business. Banks can offer Lines of Credit, Term Loans, Commercial Mortgages and more. Also most banks offer loans that are supported by the Small Business Administration. When meeting with your banker, make sure that you are prepared to discuss your need not a specific product. The business banker will want to match the loan product to the purpose you have for the loan.

One thing to keep in mind, not all banks are the same, so make sure you find one to fit your needs. For more information regarding banking and lending solutions, contact your local bankers to see what solution will work for you. ❖ About the AUTHOR Margie Markahm has 35 years of experience in the banking industry and has served the Warrenton business community for the past 14 years. She is the vice president of commercial lending with Summit Community Bank. For more information visit Summit Community Bank’s website or call (540-347-7779).


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SPECIAL WINTER PROMOTIONS AT THE WELLNESS CENTER The Fauquier Health Wellness Center has a variety of seasonal promotions to help keep you healthy all winter long. For the month of January, new or current Wellness Center members who pay six months up front will receive: • 1/2 off of the joining fee, and • Either one hour of personal training or a free one-hour massage. The bonus can be split into a halfhour of training and a half-hour massage ($60/$56 total value).



our years ago, Dolly Roberts of Jeffersonton was at a crossroads. Her husband passed away and there was talk of moving to an assisted living situation. One of her sons suggested, “You don’t want to move out of your house, but you need to be around people. Why don’t you join a gym?” She passed by a gym or two, then her doctor suggested the Fauquier Health Wellness Center. Dolly soon became a fan. “I had back pain when I started here. After a while, I realized that my back didn’t hurt any more.” Dolly, 84 years old, attends stretch, strengthen and balance, barre and yoga classes four days a week. She says she thinks it’s important for her to maintain her schedule at the Wellness Center. “The staff encourages you to come consistently. I come Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the day, and Thursday in the evening. It’s my night out. I have developed real friendships here, too. It adds to my social life. Everyone here is so kind.” The real game changer for Dolly has been yoga. In addition to the group class, she meets

with exercise physiologist Denise DeCarlo for an individual session once a week. As Denise guides Dolly through flexibility and strength exercises, the two joke and laugh, and share stories from the latest yoga magazine. “Denise is a real yoga person, and I love it too. When I started, I realized I wasn’t as strong as I thought I was and that I had some balance issues. My balance and flexibility have definitely improved. I do strength training once a week with exercise physiologist Meghan Costello, and I know that has helped too,” Dolly said. “I feel better. I used to suffer from malaise. I was so tired. Now they tell me I have lots of energy. Old people are supposed to be inactive, but not me. I have so much to do.” Dolly, a former nurse, is happy to be continuing her active lifestyle. She grows her own vegetables and keeps guinea hens. Engaged and engaging, Dolly will wax eloquent on organic veggies and grass-fed beef, given half a chance. She says she wants to stay busy through her 100th birthday and beyond. She has also, in recent months, learned how to use a computer – a great way to research yoga moves or new Brussels sprout recipes. ❖

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EOTW Board Chairman, Amelia Stansell Vice Chairman, Gary Shook Treasurer, Marc Bogan Director of Governance, Hank Day Exofficio, Carter Nevill Director of Communications, Paula Combs Directors of Economic Vitality, Gina Clatterbuck and Tom G. Wisemiller Directors of Design, Vice Mayor Sunny Reynolds and Maggie Lovitt Director of Fund Development, Lucia Coffey Director of Events and Promotions, Lee Owsley Directors of Event Fundraising, Lachelle Yoder and Jennifer Puffenbarger Director of The Friends of Experience Old Town Warrenton (Volunteers), Reverend Bob Grant Volunteer Interim Executive Director, Aimeé O’Grady

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Before applying for permits, business licenses, etc. it is strongly recommended you give careful thought to several issues, including, but not limited to: What is it you want your business to be? What is your value proposition; what do you have that people will pay for?

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f you are opening a business in Fauquier County, the very first thing you should do is visit one of the county’s three business incubators; take advantage of the free counseling they offer. The Mason Enterprise Center - Fauquier, is located at 70 Main Street. Renee Younes, the director, will work with you and arrange appointments for you with counselors from the Small Business Development Center, George Mason University, and other helpful agencies. The other two centers are managed by Jennifer Goldman, who spends time at both the Vint Hill and Marshall locations; these are referred to as the Fauquier Enterprise Centers. Both offer free assistance to anyone who lives and/or has a business in Fauquier County. There is paperwork to complete, including business licenses from the County or Town, tax forms, permits and other forms, but the business centers referred to above, as well as the County and Town economic development staff, will help you sort your way through those steps. We may also help you make an informed decision about whether you really want to start a business, or if your concept is viable.


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How are you financed: savings, family money, investors, loans, mortgages? Do you have a business plan? What is your budget? Have you accounted for all costs? Where do you need to be in order to reach customers and suppliers? What kinds of marketing techniques do you plan to use? How will your business be managed? How will you keep track of your finances? What kinds of insurance do you need and how much will it cost?

Answers to these questions will give you a starting point. And the three business incubators can provide you with help in addressing these issues. Last, but not least, are you ready for the roller coaster ride that is involved in starting and running a business? Boom and bust is not an uncommon form of stress during both cycles, for most new businesses. The good news is Fauquier is a vibrant community where opportunity abounds. Best of all, there is lots of assistance available to help you succeed. For further information and/or referrals to the folks listed above, please contact Fauquier business development coordinator, Beverly Pullen at 540-4228270 or Beverly.pullen@ fauquiercounty.gov. â?–

About the AUTHOR Friedman has been the the Director of Economic Development for Fauquier County since 2013. He has a deep and diverse background in economic development, including consulting, teaching, lobbying and leading a national economic development group in Washington, DC. Friedman and his wife of 41 years, are the proud parents of two grown children, and Miles enjoys spending time with his two young grandsons and two granddaughters.

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An Innate Teaching & Athletic Ability FHS graduate’s goal of performance has reached a new level STORY BY DEBBIE EISELE PHOTOS BY KARA THORPE


ichael Manfro grew up in Warrenton and attended Fauquier High School. He was an athlete and an excellent baseball player. Michael even played up and down the East Coast and competed in professional baseball tryouts. He always enjoyed being an athlete. Then he went away to college to pursue a career not related to sports, but along the way he found the path to his true vocation. Initially, Michael thought he wanted to be a teacher; by his sophomore year at Greensboro College he realized sitting in a classroom day in and day out was not the type of instruction he envisioned. With the assistance of mentor Dr. DeAnne Brooks, assistant professor of exercise science at Greensboro College, he soon realized that he would still be able to teach, and incorporate his love for performance training into a career – performance training and fitness. Michael was positively influenced by a few other mentors – Dr. Michelle Lesperance and Dr. Brenda Burgess.


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“My motivation really was my clients and the fact that I grew up here... I wanted to give back to my hometown and help local athletes and individuals with their training needs”



His professional training included over 1,000 hours of internships while he was still in school. He has worked in and around northern Virginia in various facilities and as a freelance trainer for about 10 years now. During this time he worked with children – even those with special needs, sports teams and adults. Michael’s client base kept growing and knew he needed to open his own facility – a place he could provide an even greater level of service to his customers. His business, 360º Health + Fitness, is located in Old Town Warrenton and provides a myriad of services. Michael works with sports teams (hockey, golf, baseball, football, and more) and even with children as young as eight years old. He also works with teens, adults, and even professional athletes; all very diverse clientele. Some

individuals have very unique needs: learning disabilities, diabetes, heart disease, chronic back issues, and more. Michael is focused on optimal performance training for each individual. “My motivation really was my clients and the fact that I grew up here. I went to Fauquier High School where I played baseball; I wanted to give back to my hometown and help local athletes and individuals with their training needs,” shared Michael. Customized training regimes for clients is important to him, as some wish to work on core development, body building, swimming and other areas in order to improve overall performance. Michael’s focus consistently remains on the individual. Kristen Trivett, his fiancé, business manager and assistant trainer, said “He’s really good at understanding them [his clients] and knowing

Above: Manfro at his facility on Main Street. Next page: Manfro training in a small group setting.

Opening a business with a dedicated space has been both challenging and rewarding for Michael. He and Kristen have learned a great deal – from selecting the “right” location for your business to obtaining advice from other business owners and organizations. Kristen advised, “If you are starting a business, be prepared. Consider all the financial requirements and know there is more work than you realize when starting a business.” Michael said, “Know what questions to ask. Go to the Chamber and find someone who knows information about starting a business. Know the ordinances and any other county, town, and state requirements before launching.” Michael proved there is a similarity in owning a business and being an athlete – there are goals to be met and there is always room for improvement. His goal is to continue to challenge himself and his clients to achieve greater strength, performance and confidence. For more information on 360º Health + Fitness visit their website at www.360HealthFitness.com, or contact Michael Manfro BS, CFSC, MDS, FMS (owner/performance coach) by email (trainhealthy360@ gmail.com). Follow 360º Health + Fitness on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ❖

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Is My Dog or Cat in Pain? Pain management information to help your pet



any times owners will ask me, “is my pet in pain? Does my dog or cat feel pain like we do?” The answer is a resounding “Yes.” Dogs and cats are very similar to us physiologically. How their muscles, bones, tendons, nerves, etc. respond to pain/stimuli is identical to how people respond. How our pets communicate pain to us is where we differ.

Should we treat our pet’s pain?

How do I know if my dog or cat is in pain?

There are many indicators that our pets use to let us know they are in discomfort, including the following: • When dogs and cats are in pain they will often seem less alert or quieter. They will be less engaging when they normally are very social and playful. • They will hide and avoid being with other animals or people in the house. • They may show “stiff” movements or be less willing to move when called or greeted. For example, dogs and cats with sore backs or necks will appear less likely to want to move at all. • Dogs and cats in severe pain may position their bodies in abnormal postures. For example, dogs with severe abdominal pain will appear to be “praying,” with their front legs lowered and their back legs extended. • Dogs or cats with less severe pain may seem anxious or more alert. They may pace excessively and seem agitated. • Other signs of pain in dogs and cats include panting,


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vocalizing, shivering, shallow breathing, and pupils that appear larger than normal. Dogs in particular may lose their appetite when they are in pain. When dogs and cats are lame (favoring a leg) after running, jumping, rough play, or trauma—this is an indicator that the leg is painful and they are unwilling to use the leg normally.

What is the next step once we recognize that our dog or cat is in pain?

I recommend that you contact your regular veterinarian if you believe your pet is in pain. There are numerous causes of pain that may be a medical emergency. What ailments can make your dog or cat be in pain?

Trauma is the leading cause of acute pain in our dogs and cats. The trauma sustained can be as severe as being struck by a car leading to



fractures (if your pet is struck by a car it should be seen immediately by a veterinarian), or trauma from chasing a squirrel in the backyard. Gastrointestinal problems can lead to abdominal pain. Ingestion of inappropriate items, liver disease, and pancreatitis can be agonizing, Urinary problems can be painful in dogs and cats. Blockages due to stones in the kidneys, urethra, and ureters can be very uncomfortable. Chronic arthritis is one of the most common types of pain we treat in veterinary medicine. As discussed earlier, our pet’s physiology is very similar to our own so when your dog or cat is diagnosed with arthritis their discomfort is similar to ours. Arthritis can be secondary to an old injury, such as an old fracture or from a ligament tear, hip dysplasia, or degeneration due to age.

Yes, we should always make an effort to treat our pet’s pain. The research is conclusive that pain, especially if it is experienced over a long period of time, can actually be hazardous to a dog’s or cat’s health. The reason is that pain is a stressor and the body begins to release a set of stress-related hormones in response to that stress. These affect virtually every system in the body. They alter the rate of metabolism, cause neurological responses, and cause the heart, thymus glands, adrenal glands and immune system to go into a high state of activity. If this situation continues long enough some organs may become dysfunctional. In addition, the tension that the state of pain-related stress induces can decrease the animal's appetite, cause muscle fatigue and tissue breakdown, and also rob the dog or cat of essential healing sleep. The stress that the pain causes can prevent our pets from healing. How do we treat our pet’s pain?

It is our goal to treat our pets appropriately for their specific diagnosed problem. With the known diagnosis, we can customize our pain management plan. Not all of the following pain medications may be beneficial for your pet, so please ask your veterinarian what is appropriate. All pain medication should be prescribed by your veterinarian—do not use your own pain medication to treat your dog or cat. It is important to treat the underlying cause of pain to help your pet improve.

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The following is a list of common practices used in veterinary medicine for treating pain: • Narcotics are widely used in veterinary medicine for acute and chronic pain. Such drugs as fentanyl, hydromorphone, morphine, and buprenorphine are commonly used in veterinary hospitals for treatment of pain associated with trauma, surgery, post-op surgical pain management, and chronic diseases. • Non-steroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs) are very commonly prescribed by veterinarians for treatment of pain in dogs and cats. There are a greater number of NSAIDs available for dogs than for cats. Cats metabolize some NSAIDs drugs more slowly than dogs, potentially increasing the risk of adverse drug reactions. Cats can be difficult to medicate; they often resist administration of oral medication and therefore have a limited number of options when it comes to veterinary approved pain medications. • Gabapentin or Neurontin is commonly used in dogs About the AUTHOR

for acute and chronic pain. Physical therapy can be used in pets for chronic injuries to strengthen and decrease pain from ligament and tendon injuries, back and neck pain, and old fractures from severe trauma. Veterinary physical therapists use the same modalities for our pets as are used for people, including the application of heat and cold, stretching, repeated exercises, ultrasound, laser, and water therapy. • Acupuncture is widely used in veterinary medicine. It stimulates the release of the body’s own pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory substances. Acupuncture also causes relaxation of muscles at the site of needle insertion, creating both a local and generalized painrelieving effect. In addition, acupuncture improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins. If your pet seems to be in pain, it is always best to see your veterinarian and address the pain and its cause promptly. ❖ •

Dr. Morris is the director of the Surgery Division of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in Manassas and the owner of the practice. His experiences while working at the Audubon Zoo as a student reinforced his enthusiasm for a career in veterinary medicine. He graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and then completed a one-year Small Animal Surgery/Medicine/Emergency Internship at the Darien Animal Hospital in Darien Connecticut and a three-year surgical residency at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Teaching Hospital where he was trained in orthopedic, neurological, and soft tissue surgeries. He has special interests in cranial cruciate injuries, thoracic surgery, and juvenile hip dysplasia. Dr. Morris can be reached at 703.361.0710, ext. 3 or drmorris@vrc-nova.com.

We would like to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year! We can’t wait to see what this year holds. Whether buying a new home or selling your existing home we will be there to help you with every step of the process. Now is the time to start thinking about the Spring Market! Call us today for a free market analysis. We also will let you know what, if anything, needs to be done to have your house market ready.

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Setting SMART Fitness Goals

Specific, measurable, accountable, realistic and time-frame specific goals are the keys to achieving your fitness target.


hen you look at a men’s or women’s fitness magazine with ”the Rock” or Heidi Klum on the cover do you find yourself wishing and dreaming you could look like that too? What about your Facebook feed with the 25 year-old ripped fitness models doing chin-ups easier than you can get out of bed in the morning? I must confess that I wish I had that muscular, chiseled look that has made Dwayne Johnson a household name. But I also realize that although I can improve my current physique, it’s not possible for me to be built exactly like another human being. We all have DNA that is specific to us. I want you to see yourself as an individual and not compare yourself to models, media stars or your really fit friends. Let me be clear, it’s good, and necessary, to have goals. But often times, the goals we set are unobtainable, and when left unmet result in a sense of failure. The intent of this article is to encourage a mindset change towards setting goals.

S.M.A.R.T. One of the best tools that I have used when creating goals with new clients is the S.M.A.R.T. approach. The acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Realistic, and Timeframe specific. Let’s go through these one at a time and I’ll explain how they can relate to you, and specifically attaining your goals.


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people come to us wanting to lose weight. I ask, what do you weigh now? “I don’t know,” they say; they’re afraid of the scale. Most people think they want to lose weight but what they are actually looking for is fat loss. Both weight loss and fat loss are specific goals, and they are measurable. The other specific way to set goals is around reductions in dress size or pant size.



Before we set goals we MUST measure! And what’s awesome about this is we now have an extremely accurate way to measure fat composition with a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) – a medical grade, non-invasive technology that measures body fat, lean muscle, and water in less than a minute. By using your BIA, we can set specific percent body fat loss as a goal. If you don’t know where you are trying to go, how will you know when you’ve reached your destination?



There are several ways to hold yourself accountable. One of the most effective that we have found is participating in a fat loss challenge. I have run 30 or more of these and can tell you they work well because of the accountability tools like turning in a food journal to be reviewed, having accountability partners, checking your name off of a chart after

each workout, or simply announcing your goal to your friends, family, and co-workers. We always suggest that you take the time to not only write down your goals and put them up where you can see them several times per day, but to also write down your “why.” What are the reasons you want to lose weight? Those reasons serve as huge motivators when the going gets tough.



I mentioned previously, set goals that are realistic and achievable. Take into consideration your height and body type, your family history, and your past mentality towards training and eating correctly. Once a client said to me “I’ve never worked out, but I want to go six days per week starting January 1.” I replied, “Well, let’s get started with two times per week and work towards the six,” which is a more realistic goal.



Break your goals down into eight-week or twelve-week mini goals. If your goal is to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year, start with losing 10 pounds by March 30. Better yet, how about losing five percent of body fat by March 30?

Linda McGuire checks off her accountability chart at Next Level Fitness.

TIPS TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR 2018 FITNESS GOALS • Consistency is key. Whether it’s trips to the gym or nutritional habits, nothing beats consistency. • Find a coach. You’ll need accountability, exercise and injury recovery knowledge, food prep skills, and encouragement. Once you have the right coach everything starts to fall into place. • Attitude overcomes a lot of failures. Get up. Show up. Do your best. • Track your progress. Use a calendar, a Fitbit, check in with your coach, or even make a simple check mark on a spreadsheet on your desk at work. • Start now! There is no better time than the present. No one knows when that health scare is coming. Make a decision to do it and get started.

We all want to be in better shape. We all want to be healthier. Are you willing to set those personal goals and tell everybody about them? Do you know why you want to do it? Are you willing to skip desert? Eat a salad instead of a burger and fries or pizza? Are you willing to get up at 5:30 a.m. and show up? Can you give up that half bottle of wine every night? Now set those goals and get started! ❖

About the AUTHOR Colby Schreckengost is the founder/ owner/director of training at Next Level Fitness & Performance in Haymarket, which specializes in sports performance for athletes and life-changing body transformation for adults. Next Level trains over 600 athletes per year from beginners to professionals and over 300 adult clients. Colby holds a BS and MS and is a former strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tulsa. He is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. He also holds certifications with the Titleist Performance Institute and is a certified Functional Movement Screen Specialist. For more information on getting started at Next Level, please contact info@ nltraining.com or call 703-754-0161

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GAP THE MILLENNIAL G E N E R AT I O N (born between 1980 - 1995)

From millennials to the silent generation BY MICHELLE KELLEY, LCSW


o you ever struggle to understand someone from a different generation? Does their behavior or view seem foreign, confusing or annoying to you? Generational differences can feel overwhelming – causing irritation, perplexity and division among family members and society. In other words, if you don’t understand what your granddaughter is trying to tell you and vice versa, you are not alone. But how can you nurture a loving relationship when the generation gap feels like there’s an ocean of


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misunderstanding between you? There’s nothing new about the comments people make about “how kids these days” are different from previous generations. In fact, grown-ups have been saying this since ancient times. Plato is attributed with the following: “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.” Still, today’s young adults seem unique in almost every aspect. Millennials are digital natives. They have grown up online and plugged in. A millennial would prefer to text or message someone whereas other generations would prefer face to face communication. While it’s clear to everyone technology has changed the way we connect and communicate, we must continue to make an effort to bridge those gaps. The first step is to understand each generation values different things – not better or worse.



Millennials are surpassing baby boomers as America’s largest generation. Typically, stereotypes about generations are overwhelmingly negative and millennials are no exception. They are often viewed as selfish and lacking in drive. A 2008 Pew Research Poll found that most millennials identify as liberals, are more socially progressive, and less religious than previous generations. They are more purpose-driven and more likely to place greater value on career and education – even above family. Common characteristics of Millennials: • More likely to live at home longer • Less likely to be in a rush to own a home or purchase a car • More likely to have student debt • More likely to describe themselves as political independents

G E N E R AT I O N X (born between 1965 -1980)

Largely ignored by the media, Gen Xers are more autonomous and self-reliant than previous generations. Often identified as latchkey kids, Gen Xers were home alone since both their parents worked. Today, they are homeowners who are raising families and have a pessimistic view of retirement because they don’t believe they will retire at the same age as their parents did. Many of their purchases are conducted online. Common characteristics of Gen X’ers: • Technologically adept • Value freedom and responsibility in the workplace • Eager to learn new skills • Resourceful, independent, and self-sufficient

BA B Y B O O M E R S (born between 1946 - 1964)

Shortly after World War II, Americans experienced a postwar baby boom. With a bit more optimism, the Baby Boomers grew up in suburban developments as men and women settled in traditional roles. They watched the Mickey Mouse Club and danced to Elvis Presley’s music. Common characteristics of baby boomers: • First generation to adopt a widely accepted label • Covet the American dream of home and car ownership • Strong work ethics, independent, self assured, team/family oriented

T H E S I L E N T G E N E R AT I O N O R T R A D I T I O NA L I S T S (born between 1925 - 1945)

As children, this generation was told they were to be “seen and not heard”, thus earning the title, the silent generation. They grew up during the Great Depression and World War II and many fought during the Korean War. They rarely focused on how to change the system, but rather how to work within the system and valued stability, safety and commitment.

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Common characteristics of the Silent Generation: • Raised in a paternalistic environment • Loyal, strong work ethics, team players • Resistant to change, conflict avoidant Each generation brings its strengths, weaknesses, and viewpoints. When we embrace and try to understand a different generation’s point-of-view, we not only grow closer to that person but we also develop our ability to empathize, listen carefully and make ourselves known. The answer to living and working side by side successfully lies in (1) understanding, (2) embracing differences, and (3) respecting someone else’s worldview. Be sure to ask Grandma to show you how to make her famous cheesecake; maybe she’ll be brave enough to ask you how to download some Rolling Stones onto her mobile phone. ❖

About the AUTHOR Michelle Kelley, LCSW, is a licensed counselor specializing in women’s emotional health and relationships. She is the owner of Warrenton Women’s Counseling Center. For more information visit www.WarrentonWomensCounselingCenter.com

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