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Makeup consultations in Plant Zero; new golf course in Petersburg; new pools in Chester
138 Beatinâ€™ the odds Former Molly Hatchet drummer Bruce Crump nears five years cancer-free.
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UpFront Professional makeup artist Tiki Barbour hopes her work empowers women.
Plant Zero’s Makeup Maven You may recognize professional makeup artist Tiki Barbour for her local work: makeovers on WTVR 6, advice articles in Style Weekly, seminars at Camp Diva for underprivileged girls, or even from her days as an artist for MAC. What you may not realize is you’ve seen her work in the pages of People, Allure, and O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as on screen in movies and music videos. Barbour has been honing her craft since age 15. Formerly only available for in-home consultations, she opened up shop after frequent requests for a studio address. With the launch of her studio,
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Tiki Doll, in Plant Zero, more local ladies can tap into her skill and advice. Barbour is interested in helping everyday women in addition to those in the entertainment industry and hopes her knowledge can help empower women from all walks of life. In the open, inviting space she performs consultations and application. Barbour even “intercepts the drama at the counters” by offering shopping services as well. Consultations are $150 for up to an hour and a half. Contact Barbour at 307-0001, 565-3679, or visit tiki-doll. com to schedule a consultation. —Maree Morris
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UpFront Malvern on the James Enters Construction Phase
Growth Brewing in Midlo Cold beer is being heralded as a sign of progress on Chesterfield County’s western Midlothian corridor. The late April opening of Capital Ale House at Midlothian Village Square near Route 288 is the latest evidence that commercial development in the area is starting to blossom as expected, economic-development officials say. The shopping center is both a complement to and product of the monster development under way at the Watkins Centre, a 640-acre mixed-use project located just west of Route 288, which connects the area to Chester to the south and Western Henrico to the north. So far, it boasts the Capital Ale House, Zero’s Subs and Café Caturra, a coffee and wine bar with an outdoor patio and fireplace. Chris Holder, vice president of Capital Ale House, says the Midlothian Village site was chosen for its third location in the region over 134
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sites in more established areas such as Chester and Hull Street Road. “There’s really nothing out here as far as the unique presence we give,” he says of the 8,000-square-foot brewpub and eatery. “The clientele has been great, and sales have really exceeded our expectations.” With another large, mixed-use development — Midlothian Town Center at Winterfield and Midlothian Turnpike — also in the works, Chesterfield County officials believe the area is ripe for supporting commercial activity. “It’s an excellent demographic area, and we are looking for appropriate destination retail growth,” says Will Davis, the county’s economic-development director. “Everyone wants a nice grocery store or a nice box, but what we need in Chesterfield is unique retail that will bring people to this area to spend their money here.” —Bill Farrar
Along Huguenot Springs Road, just east of the 288 interchange, a renovation project is set in place to transform a 1780 Powhatan County home, Malvern, and the 110 acres it sits on into an inn-like setting for large events, family vacations or couples’ getaways. Lisa Benusa, owner of special events venue The Mill at Fine Creek, bought the house and property between the James River and Huguenot Springs in April. She says her goal is to create a venue for modern-day, large events while maintaining the history of the area. “We are trying to honor the French-Huguenot history of the [land],” Benusa says, adding that the name Malvern was given to the house in the early 1800s. “It’s a gem that Powhatan has, and we’d like to let the area know about that history and educate people in the French-Huguenot history.” Little is being done to the well-preserved historic features on that house, she says, beyond hanging historical pictures and plaques about the French-Huguenots. Malvern on the James will include a space in the west wing for 250 people to attend a sitdown event and 400 for a cocktail event. There will be 12 to 15 guest rooms (four can be used as doubles for families) in the east wing, a pub in the English basement, and five private cottages. One two-bedroom cottage will be handicapped-accessible; the unit will include highervoltage outlets to accommodate special healthcare devices or assistive technology, a call button for emergencies and space for a nurse to stay. In addition, a full-service spa will be built in a separate cottage. Benusa says the goal is for the first phase to be completed in the fall of 2009. In phase two, there are plans to build a small theater on the land and to add a farmer’s market showcasing local arts as well as French-Huguenot history. —Bethany Emerson
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Poseidon Plans Big Splash Organizers of a new swimming and soccer complex under development in Chesterfield County envision more than the backstroke happening there. They foresee better-grounded youth and dollar signs for the entire region. When the state-of-the-art center is finished in early 2009, it is expected to draw thousands of swimmers, soccer players and their families from all over the East Coast for weekly games and dozens of multiday competitive events, creating a new regional tourist draw. “It’s a huge boost for the economy,” says Mary Doswell, president of the Poseidon Swimming Foundation, which is developing the 34-acre site at Chippenham Parkway and Ironbridge Road in cooperation with the Richmond Kickers, which owns the land. The complex will include three pools — two 50-meter and one 25-meter warm-
up pool — that will be transferred here after their use in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., to be held June 29 through July 6. It also will include six lighted soccer fields, four with artificial turf and two with natural grass. The total price tag is estimated at $8 million, according to Will Davis, Chesterfield’s economic-development director. Poseidon, which currently holds meets at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center on Robious Road in Chesterfield, had been eyeing a site on the North Boulevard corridor in the City of Richmond near the Arthur Ashe Center for its new home. But talks with the city — which is reviewing private developers’ proposals for the future of the larger area that includes the existing baseball Diamond — weren’t moving fast enough to suit Poseidon’s schedule. “It just seemed to be dragging,” Doswell says.
In November, the Kickers came knocking with a proposal of their own, and by January, the Chippenham Crossing site in Chesterfield was announced. “It’s a great location with good access, and it just started to come together,” says Doswell. Rob Ukrop, president of the Richmond Kickers Youth Soccer Club, says the two organizations shared a common goal of using sports programs to build character in the area’s youth as well as a sense of urgency to make the project happen. “There are so many at-risk children in the region, we felt like the sooner we could get this together, the better,” he says. According to Ukrop and Doswell, the closest comparable aquatic complex is in New York, where local swimmers travel to compete, and the nearest soccer complex with multiple artificial turf and grass fields is in Williamsburg. —BF
Petersburg Tees Off Say “Petersburg” and most people think
course now welcomes
of cannonballs, the big, heavy, Civil War
golfers of all ages and
kind. It’s time now to think of golf balls,
the small, white kind that a good 8-iron
In addition to the
can send soaring like a bird above a long,
course, Dogwood Trace
lush fairway. Dogwood Trace Golf Course
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has everything a golfer would expect:
range, putting green
undulating hills, sparkling sand traps and
and chipping area.
natural scenery. The bent-grass greens are
PGA teaching profes-
well-manicured and free of divots. Lines
sionals lead a com-
of mature trees, at least seven water haz-
ards and the surrounding woodlands make
the course a worthy challenge.
thy are the programs offered for junior
rates based on age, weekdays vs. week-
golfers, ages 6 to 17. They include sum-
ends, or whether a player is a Petersburg
redesigned the course, which had lain
mer golf camps, complimentary Saturday
resident. Carts are also available — and a
fallow for years before the Petersburg
junior clinics, a partnership being devel-
good idea, with sets of tees ranging from
City Council took ownership and decided
oped with local schools, and a Dogwood
4,874 to 6,707 yards. Dogwood Trace is
in March 2007 to pay for its reconstruc-
Trace Junior Championship (date to be
located at 3108 Homestead Drive, across
tion. The course officially reopened this
from Petersburg High School. 732-5573 or
Award-winning architect Tom Clark
April. An 18-hole, par-72 championship
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Private lessons are offered, with varied
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As Chesterfield’s prepares to celebrate five cancerfree years, the former Molly Hatchet drummer looks back
hile setting up for a concert in the Outer Banks in the spring of 2003, Bruce Crump asked one of his Daddy-Oh bandmates to take a look at his neck. His successful New Year’s resolution to get in shape had revealed more than a leaner body: As Crump shed the pounds, something was left behind that he hadn’t noticed before — a grape-sized lump on the left side of his neck. Keyboard player Kevin Smith, an OB-GYN by trade, wasn’t sure about a diagnosis, but the knot was definitely abnormal, and he recommended that Crump see an ear, nose and throat specialist as soon as possible. Four months later, difficulty swallowing ended Crump’s procrastination, and he found himself in the Chesterfield office of Dr. Nicholas Tarasidis, who threaded a flexible fiber-optic scope through Bruce’s nose to get clear view of the nasal passageway and into the throat. After removing the tube, Tarasidis shook his head. “I am deeply concerned,” he said. The diagnosis? Cancer. Biopsy results later confirmed Tarasidis’ hunch and revealed that Crump had three cancerous growths, one on each side of his neck and one in the back of the throat.
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n the spring of 1976, during Crump’s senior year in a Jacksonville, Florida, high school, a friend had told him about a band playing at La Vida’s, a club in nearby Neptune Beach. After listening to Molly Hatchet play hits from Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special and others, Crump was hooked. “I saved enough money for some drums and I put up an ad that said, ‘Drummer looking for work. Eight years experience.’ It was more like eight hours since I set up the drums,” he says. The intent was to play in a band, any band. Still a teenager, Crump’s ultimate plan was to become a marine biologist and jump on a surfboard at every opportunity. The drums were just a fun diversion. Then Banner Thomas, Molly Hatchet’s bass player, phoned Crump and invited him to audition. “They thought I was terrible!” Crump says. “But they saw some determination in me and hired me.” Lacking any formal training, he got to work and taught himself to play by drumming along with recorded music. What started out as a cover-band gig gradually transformed into writing and performing original material throughout the Southeast. On Dec. 24, 1977, the band signed a recording contract with Epic Records. Their first album, Molly Hatchet, was released in 1978 and went multiplatinum. The band’s bookings immediately jumped, and they found themselves touring with the likes of Bob Seger, Cheap Trick, Journey and the Rolling Stones. Then just 21 years old, Bruce Crump was in the middle of a life-changing experience. hen he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 46, Crump’s life bore little resemblance to the one he was living during his time in Molly Hatchet. Not that he necessarily minded. “People liked you because of what you did, not because of who you are,” he says of his time in the band. “They didn’t really know anything about you.” In the years since he’d left Molly Hatchet for the final time in 1990, Crump had been married and divorced four times, with the unions producing four children; he’d begun a career as a Realtor; and he’d settled in Chesterfield County with his current wife, Nancy, and their two children, Jaden and Kyle. In the fall of 1998, Crump was in Richmond auditioning for a band when he was introduced to Nancy Sontag, who was friends with a member of the group. His first impression? She was “drop-dead gorgeous.” As for Nancy, she wasn’t particularly attracted to Crump at first. “I thought he looked like a surf rat,” she recalls. A first date, however, allowed Nancy to see beyond Crump’s exte140
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These days, Bruce Crump practices with Journey Christian Church’s praise band.
rior, and she found his invitation to go to a casual lunch and do some shopping to be a refreshing change. The two were engaged on a pier at Virginia Beach in April 1999, following a Bryan Adams concert. The joining of Episcopal Bruce to Jewish Nancy proved to be a challenge. “We couldn’t get married in the Episcopal Church or a synagogue, so I just opened the phone book and started looking for a nondenominational church,” Crump says. The Rev. Steven Carpenter of Countryside Christian Church in Midlothian, now Journey Christian Church, agreed to marry the couple on the condition that after their honeymoon, they would return for one Sunday service. Soon after their April 2000 wedding, the Crumps fulfilled their promise, visiting Countryside Christian as husband and wife. “When we walked in, the band was playing the most uplifting music.” Crump recalls. That was his introduction to “praise music,” and he was hooked, eventually filling in on
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the drums for the band. “This new praise music was God’s welcome home,” he says. n the wake of Crump’s cancer diagnosis, a treatment schedule was developed, but attacking his cancer would leave collateral damage. Radiation often destroys taste buds and saliva glands. It sometimes causes a sore throat severe enough that the patient is left unable to take nourishment by mouth, thus requiring the implantation of a feeding tube. Two weeks prior to his first session, however, Crump was told that he was a candidate for a new treatment called Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). This procedure would require Crump to lie in a semi-reclining position while a device applied varying levels of targeted radiation as it circled his head and neck. The 15-minute treatments would be performed five days a week for six weeks at CJW Medical Center’s Johnston Willis campus. Crump was told that although the IMRT treatment had shown positive
results in others, if it failed, surgeons would have no choice but to perform a “radical neck dissection” and cut open his throat to remove the lymph nodes. This could result in a loss of function in the neck and shoulder muscles, nerve damage, loss of movement in the lower lip, numbness in the tongue or ear, and chronic pain. After undergoing IMRT, Crump’s condition was tenuous at best. The once-vibrant musician was present in body only, with no memory of visits to the doctor’s office, and Nancy thought the end was near. “One day I woke up and said, ‘I feel better,’ ” Crump remembers. “Nancy said, ‘Better than what?’ I said, ‘Better than I did yesterday.’ That’s when Nancy told me that I had been out of it for 10 days.” The medical costs weren’t fully covered by Crump’s insurance, so friends and former bandmates decided to join forces to raise money to help out. On Nov. 2, 2003, musicians from around the country performed at a benefit concert held at R I C H M O N D
the Canal Club in Richmond. Autographed guitars were offered for auction, and band members mingled with the crowd. By night’s end, more than $10,000 had been raised for the cause. “The generosity moved me to tears.” says Crump. “Especially when it came from people I didn’t even know.” eanwhile, Crump had once again developed difficulty swallowing. His cancer hadn’t returned, but doctors determined that Crump was one of the 2 percent of patients who experienced serious side effects from radiation treatment. Simply put, Crump’s throat was closing. He underwent countless esophageal dilations, during which a tube is passed through the mouth to the back of the throat in an attempt to stretch the esophageal opening. Although each procedure appeared successful, the esophagus would quickly close again. Doctors then resorted to implanting a feeding tube into Crump’s abdomen to bypass his narrowed esophagus. Taking no food by mouth, he struggled to maintain sufficient weight. A transhiatal esophagectomy, in which part of the esophagus is removed and the stomach is stretched and lifted to join to the remainFrom left: Molly Hatchet (Crump is back row, second from left) at Madison Square Garden in 1979; a drum signed by attendees of a spiritual retreat through Crump’s church; gold and platinum records from the Molly Hatchet years.
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ing esophagus, allowed doctors to remove the feeding tube in 2007, and Crump can now receive liquids and some regular food by mouth. He continues to undergo dilations about once per week and is scheduled for further testing and possible procedures to try to correct the problem. Today, he finds comfort in comparing his ordeal to that of the Apostle Paul, who suffered from an unknown malady referred to in the Bible as a “thorn” in his flesh. Like Paul, who eventually accepted the thorn because God’s grace was sufficient, Crump also feels that the Lord’s grace is sufficient, the grace of having a loving family and the medical resources to bring him through such an ordeal. After all, Crump notes, “It beats the alternative.” There is no visible sign of damage to his throat, neck or
mouth, and he has retained his ability to sing when it was expected that he would be left with only a whisper. Crump walks each year in the Massey Cancer Center’s fund raising challenge in conjunction with the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K under the team name of “Crump’s Cancer Crushers.” He continues to drum for Journey Christian Church’s praise band and plays with Gator Country, a band made up of various Molly Hatchet alumni and friends, about twice a month. October will mark five years of cancer-free life for the 50-year-old Crump. His way of celebrating this milestone is to participate in cancer fundraisers like “Rock for Life.” “Ten or 20 years ago, I had no priorities, other than writing and performing, because someone else decided them for me,” Crump says. “Now my priorities are being a husband, father and Christian. I haven’t achieved my goals yet, but it’s a lifelong process.” He describes his metamorphosis this way: “Have you ever noticed that the mountaintops are usually barren but the valleys are green with growth? Well life has mountaintops and valleys. The mountaintop experiences are great, but it’s in the valleys that you grow.” ■
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