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Flowers at hand. … Antiques in Manchester. … Cocojo and Company’s artisans in the Fan. … Smiles after shirts. … Just browsing with Emily Cole. … Pink gala and other news for Breast Cancer Awareness month. by Elizabeth Jewett

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Alternatives: Mother Nature isn’t on

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Late Bloomers Summer blooms may fade, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up all things floral now that fall’s here. Embrace your playful side with handpainted blooms atop antique brass bands and adorned with Swarovski crystals. Local artisan Maryellen Kim sells them for $28 at twiststyle.com.

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Faces of ChanGe Steer the man in your life toward better fashion this fall and contribute to a great cause at the same time. Richmond-based men’s shirt company Ledbury is running the Shirts for Smiles campaign through the end of the year. The campaign will donate a percentage of select shirt sales to the nonprofit, Operation Smile, which treats children with cleft lips and facial deformities in the developing world. Ledbury is at 117 S. 14th St., next to La Diff. operationsmile.org; ledbury.com.

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First there was Antiques on Broad. Then there was Antiques on Monument. This fall marks the arrival of Antiques in Manchester, an open-air market open to the public through December. Co-sponsored by Micheal Sparks Design, Ghostprint Gallery and

Maurice Beane Studios, Antiques in Manchester will be open every Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the covered walkway beside 205 Hull St. Spend a fall Saturday sifting through the market for midcentury modern style furniture, art, antiques and collectibles. aimrva.com.

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Emily Cole knows Richmond theater. She has not only worked in development for Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV for the past six years, but also acted in and provided music for various local productions. To help mark the fourth annual Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards at the Empire Theatre on Oct. 16, Emily shares her top three local theater website picks besides her own.

Think of the newly opened artisan marketplace Cocojo and Co. as the in-person equivalent of Etsy. Artists of varying specialties and talents, united in one marketplace, are given free rein to create and sell. That’s what owner Jo Best-McClain had in mind when she acquired the space of a former hair salon on Robinson Street. McClain, a jewelry designer who uses semiprecious stones and recycled timepieces in her work, understands the limitations of selling in other people’s boutiques. “You’re at the mercy of someone else’s business plan,” she says. “I felt very stifled and kind of disenchanted with the boutiques business. It didn’t seem like I was getting the promotion that I wanted. I wasn’t marketing myself the way I wanted.” Hearing similar stories from other local artists provided the spark needed to open Cocojo and Co., 119-A N. Robinson St., where artisans can lease space in the shop month-to-month to sell their wares with autonomy. “This is a place where people can come and be themselves,” McClain says. “If they’re evolving they can evolve. I want them to promote themselves.” Current artisans in the open-floor plan space include Denise Galloway, who makes woven leather bracelets and cardigans of repurposed sweaters. Abstract artist Diane Clement sells hand-painted canvas bags and a playful line of black fortune cookies that give out insults instead of fortunes. Steel sculptures, honeysucklescented candles and other goods share space with an on-site tailor. McClain envisions Cocojo and Co. as an artists’ hub that will hold workshops and classes Jo Best-McClain and serve as a meeting place for like-minded creative types. “I don’t have a retail space gathers local artisans and diverse that’s driven by a certain style of clothing or shoes or products,” she says. “It’s all local arwares at her new tisan driven. Everybody can come here, try and market themselves and grow.” Cocojo and shop in the Fan. Co. can be reached at 358-4182.

Richmond Shakespeare

Richmondshakespeare.com I can’t mention theater without paying homage to the Bard himself. Richmond Shakespeare delivers lovely productions of the classical faves and also contemporary works that cite Shakespearean influences. With shows at Agecroft Hall and CenterStage, old and new are given a chance to shine.

Swiftcreek Mill Theatre

Swiftcreekmill.com Colonial Heights is only 20 miles away, which is closer than Short Pump for some. So when you’ve grown weary of chain restaurants and parking lots, zip down Interstate 95 for some feel-good theater entertainment (and a meal, while you’re at it) at the oldest grist mill in America, next to the falls of picturesque Swift Creek.

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Firehouse Theatre Project

Firehousetheatre.org If you’re hankering for theater that’s off the beaten path, I recommend the productions at the Firehouse. Located in the 101-yearold former Station House No. 10 of the Richmond Fire Department, it offers contemporary and often edgy work that tends to keep audiences talking long after the show is over. To find out about Emily visit emilyjcole.com. For information about the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle Awards, sponsored in part by Style Weekly, visit rtccva.org.

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my Black of Trademark Tattoo has been a tattoo artist in Richmond for more than a decade and was voted 2011 best tattoo artist by Style Weekly readers. But no amount of experience or acclaim could prepare her for the impact of her recent work with breast cancer survivors. Black performs a procedure known as nipple repigmentation for post-mastectomy patients out of her Carytown studio and in conjunction with the Richmond Plastic Surgeons group. “One of the first ladies that I worked with,” Black recalls -- “I literally felt like I just saw these waves of huge stress just sort of melt right off of her. To be able to stand up and look in a mirror and look down on herself and she didn’t have to see that one discolored nipple anymore. Everything was right again. And she was really happy.” Black says there’s a lack of awareness in the breast cancer community that certain skilled tattoo artists can perform the work. Initially available only in plastic surgeon’s offices, the form of medical tattooing has moved more into the domain of tattoo artists who treat the process with the complexity and subtlety it requires. “A lot of these women think that all you get is what the plastic surgeon tells you,” she says. “Sometimes all they get is two kinds of different colored, flat pink circles -no shading, no detailing. But that’s not the plastic surgeon’s job. The plastic surgeon has plenty on their hands.” Black sees her work as the punctuation mark at the end of a long ordeal of cancer treatment. “For them it’s their final passage,” she says, “the final mile marker after what is usually at least a two-year journey from the moment they’re diagnosed to radiation and chemo to a mastectomy to the implants.” Black works to give breast cancer survivors as natural a look as possible. It’s less about the medical side of treatment as it is the holistic aspect of becoming whole again. “It’s bigger than me. I knew that going into it,” Black says. “This isn’t about me trying to get exposure for myself. It’s about trying to get these ladies the best possible recovery. It’s small, but it’s really beautiful.” Trademark Tattoo is located at 3125 W. Cary St. To find out more visit trademarktattoo.blogspot.com.

Dance for Survival

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For most people, dancing in front of 600 strangers would be an exercise in terror. But for the Celebration of Life dancers, who will perform at the annual Pink Tie Gala on Oct. 22, it’s anything but. Event organizer Susan Groves, founder of River City Charities, says it’s an opportunity to celebrate: “They’ve overcome cancer. A crowd of 600 people is not a big deal to them.” Each year Groves selects the team of breast cancer survivors at varying stages of their treatment or recovery. Each team member picks a dance and is paired with a partner, either a professional dance instructor or member of the community. Twelve weeks of dance rehearsals follow; Rigby’s Jig Dance Studio donates the time and space. Groves posts video and pictures of the progress online so that fans can follow. “People will pick their one for whatever reason,” she explains — “whether they went to school at the same place or are the same age — and they’ll follow them the whole way. People really become attached to them.” It’s this attachment that makes the final dance an emotional and triumphant experience. The Pink Tie Gala is presented by Bon Secours Cancer Institute. Proceeds benefit the Central Virginia affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. pinktiegala.org.

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Celebration of Life dancers, front row: Chelsey Kidd, Novi Melchert, Debbie Chadick, Susan Nienaber. Back row: Bethann Canada, Julie Hignett, Eileen Hastings, Laura Gayle

Dinner with Friends

Celebrity waiters, including politicians and newsmakers, will serve guests at the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation’s 15th annual Breast Cancer Awareness dinner Oct. 24 at the Brickhouse Run restaurant in Petersburg. A special menu for the night is $35 per person. All tips will go directly the foundation, whose goal, according to the event’s chairwoman, Kathy Funk, is to “educate, advocate, and eradicate breast cancer in the near future.” For reservations call 862-1815. For information about the event or the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, visit vbcf.org.


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Lush Life Seat savers, ’zines and their makers, fall flavors and folk put October into high gear.

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Karen Newton

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ow that we’re firmly in the rhythms of fall, it’s not about deciding whether or not to go out, it’s choosing from all the possibilities.

Cameron Carpenter brings organ magic to the Byrd.

Backsides to the future: Let’s start by making Richmond a more comfortable place to see a movie, shall we? Whether you’re a native or a transplant, we all can agree that the Byrd Theatre needs new seats. Who hasn’t suffered for the sake of a $2 film? Here’s your chance to help with fundraising to make new seats happen sooner rather than later. The Byrd presents a Night with the Mighty Wurlitzer on Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. with world-renowned organist Cameron Carpenter. Don’t expect your grandmother’s organist at this show — Carpenter is a virtuoso composer and performer who breaks organ stereotypes with his showmanship while creating a major buzz about his talent. Tickets are general admission or VIP, which gets you front-row seats and access to the preshow party. All proceeds go to the Byrd Theatre Foundation and move our backsides one step closer to better. byrdtheatre.com.

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’Zines held dearly: For something completely different, check out the Richmond ’Zine Fest on Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gay Community Center, 1407 Sherwood Ave., next to Diversity Thrift. ’Zine is short for fanzine, self-published works intended for a small circulation. They can be on any topic, and at the ’Zine Fest you’ll see them as wide-ranging issues as music, gender issues, art. love and politics. I once bought a ’zine devoted entirely to singer Ben Folds. Page after page of adoration and illustrations made for a quirky read. It’s interesting to walk around dozens of tables and meet the creators of this art form, especially because we keep hearing that the printed word is dead. These slender publications testify to the passion many people feel for creating pages the reader can hold and keep. Most sell for a dollar or two, making it an inexpensive way to support local artists. richmondzinefest.org.

Will’s Tempest gets a staged reading downtown.

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Bard of the vines: Need some drama? Head to CenterStage on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for a staged reading of “The Tempest.” I love these readings — and not just for the glass of wine that comes with the price of admission. The setting is intimate, and often you get a much larger cast than you would in a full production. “The Tempest” is thought to be the last play Shakespeare wrote alone and it’s a grand story of romance and magic. But it also focuses on its own nature as a play, making for an interesting head game for the audience. If it gets to be too thick, head to the bar for dessert and more wine at intermission. richmondshakespeare.com.

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Acoustic gets game and vintage chic: No month would be complete without an excellent evening of music. My recommendation is the Crooked Fingers show at the Camel on Oct. 30 at 8:30 p.m. Former Archers of Loaf lead singer Eric Bachmann’s current project is alt folk from a man who isn’t afraid to show his emotions. If you’re into stellar lyric writing, harmonies and acoustic guitars, make your way to the Camel to let Crooked Fingers wash over you. Because the show doesn’t start until 8:30, make a stop first at The Magpie for a bite to eat. It’s only a few blocks away at West Leigh and Norton streets in Carver, and the charming space feels like a turn-of-the-century salon with a red velvet banquette and dark wood. The menu has interesting choices such as antelope and wild boar sausage to sate you through a night of heartfelt folk. The next morning will be Halloween with November right behind it. Holy cow, it’s going to be 2012 before we know it. Crooked Fingers make harmony at The Camel.

Karen Newton blogs about almost everything she does at icouldgoonandon.blogspot.com.

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amping should be in my blood. It should be my birthright. After all, I was conceived in a tent on my mother’s birthday in the middle of October above the valley that would become my namesake. When I was younger my Dad took me on many long trips into the mountains where, between campfires, my friends and I were allowed to run wild, shooting bows and arrows, creating our own battle cries and imaginary worlds. We ate hot dogs and marshmallows, running through the woods in our nightgowns like feral cats. Even when we were miserable, we were happy. I recall cracking my eyes open in the predawn light, surprised I hadn’t frozen to death, and on weekends at home directing the air-conditioning vents into my face to recreate the feeling. I was no Girl Scout (unless you count being a Brownie for a year in hopes of getting a special rate on the cookies), but my Dad taught me how to pitch a tent, gather kindling, build a campfire and hold onto the rails in the back of the pickup while he sped down the mountain. My mother too had a taste for nature, giving me a grand tour of KOA campgrounds from here to Wyoming, stashing a certain yellow bucket in our tent for after-hours emergencies.

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In my early 20s I roughed it with the best of them. I knew how to wash my whole body in one small sink and thoroughly enjoy a meal of halfcooked rice and crunchy beans. Chain-smoking while hiking without coughing was a point of pride. Camping, back then, was cool. And, hiking boots over long johns beneath beaded, ratty dresses, I was the height of cool. So I’m not sure when exactly I started connecting more deeply with my mouse than with other woodland creatures. Or when Netflix, Tivo and Xbox became easier to operate than an oil lamp or Sterno. Or when g-mail and Facebook began to offer more lifeblood than sunsets and gurgling brooks. Or why my husband is more prone to hunting aliens and zombies than for our dinner. In our most recent power outage — aka Armageddon — when I was sent reeling back to my naturebaby-with-no-status-update-roots, I came to a Jewish-Jesus moment. I’d been out scavenging like a cockroach for WiFi through the crumbs of Krispy Kreme and coffee grounds. “Why, oh why, don’t I have a smart phone?” I keened, feeling dumb indeed. But my son had a different reaction. “Let’s go camping!” he said. “OK,” I said, because although this sounded less fun than eating steel wool, my hair already

had started to dread, making me nostalgic for the olden days. “If we’re going to be this gross we might as well go camping!” My husband pulled his truck into the yard and we started to throw stuff from the inside out, including the Incredible Hulk sleeping bag that gave me nightmares as a child. We packed everything but the kitchen sink — or anything else that might need to be plugged in. Even without power, something switched on as soon as we got to our campsite. Instead of feeling dirtier, I felt like a swath of static electricity suddenly had been stripped away. We went skinnydipping in the river and made our own pit for a fire. Although we ate food from wrappers, it tasted better — like we’d earned it. When we finally lay down in our bags, it wasn’t quiet and dark. The moon was bright and the crickets were loud. There was a lot going on in those woods — a whole lot more than I remembered. I was glad I’d gotten unplugged long enough to let it soak back in. And I’m proud to say that I not only survived 16 full hours away from civilization, but my son, who will turn 7 the week of Halloween, now knows how to do everything the Pope knows how to do — in the woods. It’s his birthright, too. For weekly posts, visit valleyhaggard.com.


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n the cubbies at Studio X are some mighty fine stripper shoes. And I am jealous. I brought my sexiest, highest heels to Basic X fitness class, and it turns out they are neither. I didn’t know, when I started my day, that it would include coveting Lucite towers with fake pink roses in the hollow heels. Kate Austin opened Studio X six years ago. “I had a lot of requests from people who wanted me to teach them to dance,” she says. “And also I could see the art of it getting lost, and I wanted to keep it alive by teaching other women. Plus it’s just fun. It’s just so much fun.” Studio X offers a variety of exotic, dancebased fitness classes, from beginner to advanced, including special workshops on things such as burlesque fan dancing, all designed with the intention of improving strength, flexibility and confidence. “I’ve had people tell me that they get approached by strangers who don’t know they do this,” Austin says, “and they tell them they are standing and moving so nicely — and that’s after relatively few classes. I think it just kind of improves the way you present yourself on a

day-to-day basis because it makes you a lot more aware of your body.” The Basic X class starts with stretching and warm-ups, and soon we’re into the aerobic portion, dancing to Motown. And yes, there are stripper poles in the room. I can’t take my eyes off them. The music is great, and I’m actually able to follow along with the moves and work up a sweat, which is a change from the clapping after the beat and giving up that usually happens when I attempt a dance class. Austin teaches us some exotic moves, such as stripper posture, which involves sticking out exactly the parts you would think. We also learn a booty wave, which isolates muscles I didn’t know I had. I get it waving some, but then the thing just breaks down and won’t go anymore. What delights me is that just don’t care. I can’t wipe the smile off my face. “When you think of pole dancers, you think of something that’s taboo,” says Karen Bartle, who’s been taking classes for five months and now has a pole in her craft room. “But when you get in there it has the same exact feel to me as when you are a kid in elementary school and all the little girls get together and play on

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the jungle gym.” At last it’s time to get on the pole, and Austin tells us to put on our heels if we have them. She straps on a pair of black stilettos, lethal as knife blades. Bartle offers to loan me a pair of her shoes, but unfortunately they’re the wrong size. “You can spend way too much time on the Internet looking at stripper shoes,” she says. “All you have to do is Google stripper shoes and you can be gone for hours.” She likes to shop for them on her phone during her son’s soccer practice. To my utter joy I’m able to get aloft, spinning around the pole. I’m sure it looks like something taking flight that shouldn’t, but I’m having too much fun to care. Women of all ages and sizes take on the pole, practicing the short routine we learned. The class ends with Austin dancing for us, showing us the complete routine in different tempos, lithe, powerful and very, very sexy. The next day I’m sore all over, have bruises on my knees and cannot wait to do it again. For information, see dancestudiox.com or call 338-5252.

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What makes some witches good and others bad? Is “Wicked” the most popular musical ever to hit Richmond? Figure it out as the Landmark Theater reprises Broadway’s “Wicked the Musical” in a 16-performance run starting Oct. 5. Tickets start at $35 but sold out quickly last year. landmarktheater.net. | 24 | OctobEr 2011

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Worlds peacefully collide at the Richmond Folk Festival, when musical acts from an array of cultures convene on Brown’s Island for the city’s largest annual event. Artisan goods, global street cuisine, children’s activities and the bonus of free admission make this a must attend. (Donations are encouraged.) The crowd-averse can listen on WCVE. Oct. 14-16. richmondfolkfestival.org.

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Mixed Marriages In “Kissing Outside the Lines: A True Story of Love and Race and Happily Ever After,” author and actress Diane Farr bores into interracial marriage with honesty and ferocious humor. Shining through the prejudice that she and the story’s couples encounter is something worth fighting for: enduring love. (Seal Press, $24.95) — J.G.

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Annie Clark’s first guitar was made of cardboard with rubber-band strings. The Tulsa, Okla.-born musician known as St. Vincent is a constantly evolving artist whose growth is exponential with each album. Her debut, “Marry Me,” was adored by the prog-rock set, while the textured follow-up, “Actor,” largely was inspired by old Hollywood scores. Her latest, “Strange Mercy,” cuts loose and finds the singer unrestrained and swept away by ferocious riffs and unlikely beats. Darker themes and Clark’s ethereal vocals make this a little eerie at times. Put on your headphones and be entranced. (4AD).

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Richmonder Kelly McCants shares a talent as bright and fun as her medium in “Sewing with Oilcloth.” Twenty patterns, clear instructions and colorful pages may get you into oilcloth overdrive while you whip out tablecloths, seat cushions, bibs, totes, banners and sandwich wrappers, among other crafts. Also included are patterns for chalk cloth and laminated cotton. (Wiley, $18.99) — J.G.

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mored to have been inspired by his acid-dabbling ex-girlfriend. While she’s out of the picture, Palomo may have found her stash. His ambient groove meets dark and fuzzy guitar soundscape in “Era Extrana” is trippy at times. Burbling electro grumbles dodge reverberating laser waves and occasionally, the loop of video-game sound bites makes things all the more strange. What saves the album from being just another noise oddity is that wellcrafted pop structure makes it both danceable and accessible. This 23-year-old is one of the scene’s brightest young things. (Static Tongues).

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he endless variations of craft beer are exciting or overwhelming, depending upon your perspective. Four standard ingredients — water, barley, yeast and hops — can be juggled to create beers that are sweet, sour, bitter, light, dark or rich. Seasonal beers, such as fall’s pumpkin ale and Oktoberfest, expand the flavor possibilities even further. Sales from more than 1,700 craft breweries continue to rise, even while the large brewers blame the economy for sagging sales. Women are part of this expansion, as consumers and within the industry. They own and operate successful craft breweries and work as brewers, buyers, beer writers and editors, and distributors. | 26 | OctobEr 2011

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In addition to fanning the flames of the local beer movement, Capital Ale House has kindled the interest for women. Currently, their three local beer buyers are women and several previous employees have moved on to other industry jobs. Year-old Richmond Beer Lovers, a meet-up group, is attracting nearly as many women as men. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the number of women in our group,”  says Amy Kramer, who founded it for tasting events, trips and beerrelated fellowship that’s not about getting drunk on weekends. “We even have some events where there are many more women than men,” she says. Emily Casey and Rachael Cardwell started working at Capital Ale House before they were of drinking age. They just were looking for jobs, but

they became passionate about Rachael Cardwell the beverage and the busi- makes the beer ness, and later became beer menu decisions for Tarrant’s Café buyers. downtown. Casey, now beer buyer at retailer Once Upon a Vine South, acknowledges that she didn’t like beer at first. But while gaining knowledge about the beverage, she says she learned to love it. “I saw it as such a great market,” she says, “such a great way to make people happy.” Cardwell makes the beer-buying decisions for Tarrant’s Café downtown. She enjoys the perks in the business, such as samples, tickets and especially the local beer community. For industry newcomer Summer Delph, the pas-


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Emily Casey helps customers explore the nuances of craft beer in her buying job at Once Upon a Vine South.

Microbrew Basics sion for craft beer came first. “I like how craft brewers are involved at each and every step,” she says. “There’s so much heart and soul that goes into it. I love the craft beer drinkers — they’re so devoted.” “You gravitate to what you love,” Delph says, “so I started hunting for a beer job.” She earned her certification as a cicerone, like a beer sommelier, and now serves as a rep for Specialty Beverages. Delph co-teaches a beer class for other company reps and an evening class for consumers. Though the business remains dominated by

Summer Delph holds a cicerone certification, the beer equivalent of a sommelier, and teaches others about the beverage.

men, attitudes are changing. Casey notices that fewer people are surprised to learn she chooses the store’s beer. “People are surprised at how much I know and how much I’m into it,” Cardwell says. “Keep an open mind,” she tells people who are beginning to explore the nuances of beer. “It’s surprising what you like, and it can really open up a new world to you. Don’t be scared to try things.” Learn more about the local meet-up group through richmondbeerlovers.com.

Beer often is an acquired taste, especially the flavorful microbrews. From personal experience and training, these women offer tips for transitioning from big-name brands to craft beers. “It’s a lot easier finding a woman a beer to drink,” Emily Casey says, because they typically have better palates and can pick out more flavors. “They can tell me exactly what they don’t like about something or what they do like about it. And they’re more open-minded.” “Start off with something real simple,” Casey recommends — “not a lot of hops and not too rich or malty; lower alcohol, something real easy to get into, like Bell’s lager or Genesee Cream Ale.” She also suggests that the citrusy note of a hefeweizen or wheat beer appeals to many new beer drinkers. Rachael Cardwell recommends pilsners or white ales to transition from beers such as Miller Lite, then to ambers such as Breckenridge Avalanche or New Belgium Fat Tire, which are darker in color but light in body and easy to drink. From ambers, it’s an easier transition to pale ales and India pale ales and then to brown ales, porters and stouts. Casey and Cardwell have found that many wine drinkers like sour beers. Casey also suggests beers that are aged in wine barrels, like the Stillwater Chardonnay Barrel-Aged Stateside Saison. “Consider what flavors you like to help you narrow down your choices,” suggests Delph: “Sweet, bitter, sour, tart, fruity.” She recommends Lionshead lager or Left Hand Brewing’s Polestar pilsner as lighter transition beers. “The more beer you drink the more you learn about the flavors,” she says, “and the more educated your palate becomes, to appreciate those flavors.”

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Best Local Roasts A cheat sheet of my favorite beans. Remember that selections may change.

Blanchard’s at TaZa Coffee 5047 Forest Hill Ave., 687-9443. Also available at Martin’s and online at blanchardscoffee.com. Light: Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Medium: iron blend (also benefits River City Collective) Dark: dark as dark

Lamplighter Roasting Co. 116 S. Addison St., 7282292, richmondcoffee.net. Light: Costa Rican Tarrazu Medium: Sumatra mandheling (the best Sumatra I’ve found so far) Dark: Lamplighter house blend

Rostov’s Coffee 1618 W. Main St., 355-1955, rostovs.com. Light: Guatemalan peaberry Medium: Viennese blend Dark: Copenhagen or Mamma ’Zu blends

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t’s the liquid, black gold most of us need to kick start our day. Ahh … coffee. Since I closed my restaurant, Savor, I have more appreciation for my cup of coffee. I used to have all-day access to fresh brew, but now I make it mostly in the morning. I’ve always loved the taste, because growing up in Java I was reared on cups of coffee and teas from nearby provinces. But when I went home last year, I was sorely disappointed, but hardly surprised, that we didn’t have good coffee there anymore. All the good beans are exported. The best cup to drink in Java is -- ready for this? Nescafé. Yes, the instant kind. Ironically, the rising demand of specialty coffees in the United States makes it easy for me to get my favorite. A vast improvement from when I arrived in 1994: Those first cups of coffee I had on campus were so awful I quit drinking it. Coffee and I were in an off-and-on relationship, until my husband and I moved to Richmond in 2001 and discovered Rostov’s. I was faithful to Rostov’s, until Blanchard’s seduced me with its Harrar. And when Lamplighter opened, my caffeine love life got more promiscuous. Now I buy my weekly beans from these three roasteries. Thanks to them I’ve expanded my palate from the alwaysfavorite earthy, chocolaty Indonesian beans to buttery Guatemalan, fruity Yirgacheffe or mild-mannered Kona — each always fresh and expertly roasted. In the past few years, coffee has become a lifestyle and a luxury. Strong customer demands, poor harvests because of recent natural disasters, and overcaffeinated Wall Street traders have pushed the second-largest traded commodity to record high prices.

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Yes, retail coffee prices have been creeping up since last year, but I can assure you, the independent businesses are taking a thinner margin. It’s very difficult for indie shops to raise the consumer-end prices because national brands such as Starbucks pretty much dictate the market price, both on drinks and retail bean prices. While giant companies have the financial muscles to cut out middlemen, lock in bulk pricing for two or three years and hedge against changing coffee prices, the independent stores don’t have those advantages. Most can keep only enough supplies for a week or two, so they’re heavily affected by fluctuating prices, yet must keep their retail prices competitive with the industry Goliaths. Furthermore, small roasters buy top-grade Arabica beans that cost even more. Mostly it’s their dedication to the craft; to produce the best result, we must start with the best ingredients. They’d say it’s for customers’ benefits, but to be honest, I, and most coffee drinkers, wouldn’t be able to differentiate between Balinese and Sumatran beans if we didn’t read the label. As a chef, I understand that commitment. As a coffee lover, I’m grateful. The next time you need a bag of coffee, check out one of the local roasters to help you find your favorite. Prices are comparable to the bags of Starbucks or Peet’s I found in a Kroger aisle. These days, expect to pay $10-$14 per pound except for rare and premium beans, and please note that most retail packs are 12 ounces, not a full pound.

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Coffee is an organic ingredient and loses flavor over time. Try not to buy more than two weeks’ supply. Whole beans stay fresh longer than ground coffee. Coffee’s main enemies are moisture, air, heat and light. Here are some other tips: •

Chef Ellie Basch is a private caterer, food activist and writer. This is her first in a series of columns for Belle. Her goal is to help restaurant customers see behind the scenes.

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Never refrigerate coffee because it will suck moisture and odor in the fridge, making the coffee stale. Store coffee in an airtight ceramic or glass canister in a dark, cool place for up to two weeks. Longer than that, you may want to freeze it. If you must freeze your coffee, double-wrap it in Ziploc freezer bags, squeezing out as much air as possible. Always wipe the inside of the container before storing newer beans. Coffee leaves oil residue that eventually turns rancid.

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Running Toward Empty A mother’s love means letting go. y husband and daughter love spending time at a little cabin in West Virginia where they hike, fish and take photographs. While they were there recently my husband called me at home to tell me he had taken our 16-year-old out driving. It’s a rite of passage: teaching your child how to leave you. “That’s great!” I said, pleased that she’d gotten driving experience and even more pleased that I hadn’t been there. Like her brother before her, she’s been reluctant to get behind the wheel, and I’ve been equally reticent about teaching her. After I hung up the phone I let out a little squeak of relief. When our children were small, I told my husband repeatedly that he couldn’t die until he’d taught them both to drive. He always grinned and said he knew that was on his Lifetime Job list. So when our son got his learner’s permit, my husband was there in the trenches, riding shotgun beside

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the green driver on the busy streets of Richmond. It wasn’t accomplished without some gnashing of teeth by both parties, but eventually the boy got his license. He can now leave us whenever he wants. But when our daughter got a learner’s permit, her father was in the hospital. Actually he was in and out of the hospital for months, undergoing procedures at Duke Medical Center, brain surgery, and a never-to-be-forgotten stay in the intensive-care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital. At one very low point I sat beside him while he slept and said nonchalantly, “You can’t die yet — you haven’t taught your daughter how to drive.” I tried to say it with a casual little chortle, but that fine line between laughter and tears snagged me. The next moment I was whimpering, “Please don’t leave me,” knowing he couldn’t hear me, and wiping my nose on my sleeve. Sitting with watery eyes next to his bed, watching the monitors while they beeped above, I longed for a life where the most

frightening thing I could imagine was our daughter behind the wheel of a car. Eventually, wonderfully, slowly, he recovered. His hair is shorter, and when I hold his head I can still feel two holes in his skull from the surgery, but mostly those terrible months are receding in my mind, those fearsome memories fading softly into the murky shadows of the past. So now he can take her out driving. “She told me she hated me the whole way,” he chuckled, and we both tittered quietly in that way parents do when they’ve caused their child some necessary discomfort. “I made her do it anyway.” He’s always been the calm one in the family. That’s why he’s such a good teacher: He plows through with great assurance that everything will turn out. He was sick but never doubted he would get well. She can learn to maneuver a half-ton truck. And when I begged him, “please don’t leave me,” he must have been listening after all.

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Meet the 2011 Top Trendsetter!

Larissa Wisniewski, 2011 Project Style winner

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My name is Larissa Wisniewski, and I am a 21 year old with a deep love for fashion and writing. After writing for my school newspaper, I really found my love of writing. I have also always been in love with fashion and style, so I knew I wanted to combine the two one day. After graduating high school, I started fashion blogging as well as working in retail. My love and knowledge of fashion really grew as time went on, and in February 2011 I interned at New York Fashion Week. It was an amazing experience that really opened my eyes to the fashion industry and made me want to work really hard to reach my goals. As soon as I got home, I decided to start a website about fashion, trends and style in Richmond called fromtherunwaytorva.com. Since then my website has really taken off, and I have been dedicating most of my time to running and editing it. I hope my website continues to grow and that I can one day be a successful writer and stylist. In addition to fashion and writing, I love sewing, reading, shopping, spending time outside with my dogs and enjoying life!!

What are your fashion inspirations? I am mainly inspired by vintage fashion, particularly the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, very feminine and glamorous clothing, as well as current runway trends. I love high end fashion, especially Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Rodarte, Christian Dior, Prada, and Marc Jacobs. I am also extremely inspired by the style of Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, Rachel Zoe, Chloe Sevigny and many fashion bloggers. How would you define your personal style? I love many different styles and trends, but for the most part I would say my look is “feminine vintage style with an edge.” I am also obsessed with jewelry, so I wear a lot, especially vintage brooches, big earrings and rings. I follow trends but always put my own twist to it. I think it is very important to stay true to your look. Why did you apply for Project Style? I am the owner and creator of a local fashion website called fromtherunwaytorva.com, and I was doing an article about Project Style, how it works, etc. After I posted it I thought it would be fun to apply, not

thinking anything would come from it. I am so glad I decided to do it. What are your fashion goals, if any? I am working very hard right now to expand my website fromtherunwaytorva.com and better my brand. I love writing about fashion, so I hope my website continues to grow so I can keep doing what I love. I would love to one day be able to attend shows at fashion week in New York as well as Paris, Milan, and London. I love fashion and can’t imagine myself ever doing something other than working in the fashion industry. What advice would you give to someone less knowledgeable of fashion? There are 3 major things: 1. Don’t be afraid of trends; there is always a way to tweak it so it works for your style. Just because you see it on the runway one way doesn’t mean you can’t style it a totally different way. 2. Make sure your clothes fit. It may be an adorable shirt but if it doesn’t fit you right it won’t matter how cute it is. 3. Never wear something that doesn’t make you feel good. If you don’t feel good you won’t look good, it’s that simple.


Belle October 2011  

Style Weekly's Magazine for Richmond Women.

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