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SENIOR SERVICES SPECIAL SECTION Launching “The Conversation” for the Golden Years

BODY Total Transformations— Stories to Inspire Change in All of Us

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BEST OF 2015 AWARDS Reader Rated List of the Region’s Top Picks

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ORIGINAL CHALK ART LETTERING BY LOCAL ARTIST LEAH WIEBE. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND COVER ON PAGE 21.

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JOSH “BUBBA” WADE HAS LOST 300 POUNDS IN THE LAST TWO AND HALF YEARS. READ HIS STORY ON PAGE 37. PHOTO BY LASHONDA DELIVUK AT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY.

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ome of the most inspiring stories I’ve heard lately are those of local individuals who decided to stop letting life “happen to them,” forego the passivity they were used to and commit to changing themselves. All of these individuals changed their lives drastically—for the better—and while in adulthood. So, I guess the old adage isn’t true after all; some of us can learn some new tricks! And stories of transformation are important for this very reason— they remind us that true change is possible. Turn to page 37 for some motivation to jumpstart your own changes for this New Year. I promise you’ll be amazed. If you’re like me, one of your favorite issues of Lynchburg Living is the “Best Of” feature. Every year since moving here (11 years ago this January), I’ve enjoyed poring over the winning categories, looking for new recommendations, affirmations of my own favorites and ideas for new things to try and explore in the region. With more than 80 categories and over 400 winners listed, this year’s awards have more to offer than ever before. And if there’s one or two you don’t agree with, that’s okay—it happens! Remember our next contest will launch summer of 2016, and you’re welcome to nominate and vote away for your own favorites. People certainly did this year because more than 104,000 votes were cast! So, without any more delay, jump over to 63 to see all of our winners and congratulations to those who placed. Make sure to check out our brand new Upfront section just a few pages over on 19. In an effort to best serve our community and to keep this a top-notch publication, we’ve decided to bring you some quick reads in every issue. From interesting individuals we want you to meet to some beautiful photos of life in this community to cultural happenings and more, this section promises to deliver what you need to stay informed. And for weekly calendar events, be sure to sign up for our “It List.” Just visit www.lynchburgliving.com to submit your email address and never miss another local event. As I sit to write this, we’re only a few days from the due date of our second baby girl. With such a huge change just around the corner, I’ve had a lot of time to think about the life we have and how it may look in the coming year. I’ve also come to realize that life never actually “slows down.” It’s full of change and constant motion. Like a river, time stops for no man. The question is, will we let it pass us by or will we do our best to make the most of it? With some big changes on my own horizon, I’m hoping to make 2016 a year of unforgettable memories and purposeful activity. Here’s hoping the same for all of you—Happy New Year!

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Giving Back Awards Our second annual Giving Back awards reception was held on November 3 at Phase 2; see photos from the event on page 129 and on our Facebook page.

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Don’t Miss All the Articles & Comments Online! “Patrick Henry’s Red Hill was honored to receive Lynchburg Living’s Giving Back Award this year! Thanks to all of our volunteers and staff who help us preserve the legacy of Patrick Henry and educate everyone who walks through our doors. Our volunteers are the heart of our organization as they bring history to life for school children across the state.” (Shared on their Facebook page.) Warm Streets posted on Facebook about winning nonprofit, Miriam’s House: “Yay! One of our favorite partners! Sarah, Kristen, Amber—you guys are AWESOME! You’re a real inspiration to everyone who works with you!” H OME

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If you are interested in adopting Linda, please call the Lynchburg Humane Society at (434) 448-0088 or visit the shelter at 1211 Old Graves Mill Road.

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Coco, last issue’s Pick of the Litter, was adopted!

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“The long hike through the cold and snow was so worth it to capture the beauty of the ice in and around the tunnel! It usually takes at least a week of below freezing weather to freeze the ground water that is dripping from above (remember— late February 2015 we had all time record lows for this area), so this may have been a once in a lifetime capture of this much ice!” — Photo by Kevin Struble; see more of his local images on instagram @kevinjstruble, or visit his site, kevinjstruble.com.

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Regional History: With the start of the New Year, the Lynchburg Museum will be opening two new exhibits. To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade, a traveling exhibit from the Library of Virginia, explores slavery from the perspective of painter Eyre Crowe. In the 1850s, Crowe, a British traveling artist, visited Richmond and sketched the slave auction rooms near his hotel. Catch this unique exhibit from January 15 to March 6. A Feast for the Eyes: Quilts and Textiles from Central Virginia encompasses vibrant quilts, historic samplers and intricate lace work from the early 1800s to present day. View this textile art from January 8 to the end of 2016. Both exhibits can be found in the Lynchburg Museum at 901 Court Street.

Alfresco Art: Enjoy a unique display of free, public art in downtown Lynchburg from February 5 to March 5. Entitled “Winterlights,” outdoor light-based art displays created with recycled holiday lights will span the newly finished Bluffwalk, which runs parallel to Commerce Street. Opening night is First Friday of February and will include a ceremony featuring music, entertainment and food trucks offering warm beverages. Mid-month, at a secondary event, cash prizes will be awarded to the best three illumination designs, chosen by a panel of judges and separately by popular voting through social media and newspaper. Follow James River Council for the Arts & Humanities on Facebook for updates.

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Live Theatre: If you don’t enjoy eating brussel sprouts, you may enjoy seeing them live! Yes, it may sound too strange to be true, but veggies are coming to a stage near you this February. The result of collaboration among Endstation Theatre, writer Joshua Mikel, Live Healthy Lynchburg and more, “The Whole Bunch” will share the story of quirky cowboy Sam Sarsaparilla and his sidekick Horseradish who will learn about healthy eating with the help of friends such as Gary Garlic and Russell Brussel. Promising to be unique and full of laughs, local schools will be having showings throughout the month, but adults can catch it at Randolph’s Thoresen’s Theatre the weekend of February 19-21. For more on local theatre offerings, see page 25 for our spring theater preview!

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OCCUPATION: Physician RESIDES: Lynchburg Dr. Salmon, what’s your day job? I am a pathologist here in Lynchburg with Pathology Consultants of Central Virginia. We provide pathology and laboratory services to the hospitals and clinics of Centra Health.

How did you become involved in race car driving? I have been a car nut since I was a kid, but I didn’t start racing until about 5 years ago. I bought an old race car, almost on a whim, because I thought it looked beautiful and insanely fun. My Lynchburg buddies and fellow racers, Dan Payne and Tom Kent, got me hooked.

Why do you race? Driving a car fast is fun, driving a car fast on a race track, even more so. Driving a dedicated race car is another notch up. But when you add 20 other nuts in similar cars all pushing to cross the line first—it’s indescribable.

Medicine and racing seem an unlikely mix? Both are a fantastic mix of science and art. Medicine requires knowledge of the physiology, the disease processes, but applying the knowledge—that’s an art. Racing is very similar. You have to understand the technology, the physics involved with making the car go fast. But you also have to be able to apply it.

What do you love the most about racing? It’s the most completely engrossing activity I have ever been involved in. The sights and sounds, the adrenaline, the competition, the physical and mental challenge. It’s almost overwhelming but in a completely fulfilling way.

What’s something most people don’t know about racing? The more you watch and get involved, the more complex and interesting it becomes.

What’s coming up around the bend in 2016? I will be racing at VIRginia International Raceway during the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Aug. 26-28. It's tremendous, as this is the top level of sports car racing in the U.S. The Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda will showcase up-and-coming drivers as part of that weekend, and it's a huge honor to race in that arena. It's going to be an incredible event!

What do you appreciate about “Lynchburg Living?” We have been here for 15 years, and we just love it! I feel like it has everything we want. I love my job… we have so many great friends. My kids love school and have so many things they are involved in.

For someone new here, what should they know? That small town feel is what makes this community a community. You do have to poke around to find the hidden gems, like the farmers market, or great performances, or wonderful restaurants, but it’s the people that are the best, and that does take some time if you are new.

What makes our region unique? Lynchburg is like the city Goldilocks would choose: everything is just right. It’s not too big, not too small. It’s not too far north, nor too far south. It’s near the mountains, but still close to the shore. We have art and culture, and we have farmland. Two things that often suffer in more rural areas—the schools and the medical community—are some of the best anywhere.

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4 Local Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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old temperatures got you feeling a bit under the weather? Don’t give in to another weekend of bingewatching Netflix. Try some of our favorite cures for the winter blues and make sure to #LynchburgLiving as you do!

1) Get Moving! Now is the perfect time to try out a new group exercise class or check out a local gym. Ever try a dance class? Spin? Yoga? You may be surprised how fun exercising can be. Bonus: You’ll probably make some new friends along the way. 2) Cook Up Something Warm! With thousands of recipes to choose from online—and photos to browse from food blogs like our own food editor at PatrickEvansHylton.com—there’s no time like the present to stir up something warm and savory. Bonus: A big batch can provide lunches throughout the week or you can freeze some for later. 3) Find a Good Book! Grab a warm drink and browse the many shelves at Givens Books or take your children to a story time in the beautiful Lynn Dodge Story Room at the main Lynchburg Public Library on Memorial Avenue. You should also be sure to visit the recently relocated and expanded Timbrook Library just off Leesville Road. Bonus: Dinner time conversation can be enriched when everyone shares what they’ve been reading and learning. 4) Become a Volunteer! Many of our local nonprofits see a drop in participation once the holiday rush has subsided. Cold winter temperatures also increase the dire need that the homeless and impoverished face. Consider donating some warm clothing basics like socks or nonperishable food items. Better yet, donate your time! Bonus: There’s no denying that acts of service have a way of making the giver feel better as well—and that’s a warmth that will last for days!

Behind-the-Scenes This issue of Lynchburg Living featured the original work of local artist Leah Wiebe, owner of Regeneration and co-founder of Vintage Lynchburg. The concept took weeks of development and collaboration with editors. Wiebe, who specializes in hand-lettered, custom chalk art, spent over 15 hours perfecting the final images. “Because I used a different piece of paper for every individual graphic element, I went through roughly 20 sketches,” Wiebe says. To the right are some of the earliest concepts. Contact Wiebe at leah@regenerationlynchburg.com or Facebook.com/regenerationlynchburg.

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Hello! to Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treat Shoppe, which is expanding from a booth at the Lynchburg Community Market to a storefront on Commerce and will be officially opening their (new) doors this January. Read more about their winning treats on page 146, where we have an interview with owner Tarsha Joyner, recent Food Network winner of the “Christmas Cookie Challenge.”

Goodbye! to long beloved Cinemark Movies 10—locally known as “the dollar theater”—

which tore its last ticket stub in early November. A popular choice for date nights, affordable family outings and cheap college students, this community favorite will be sorely missed by all. “Parting is such sweet sorrow…”

Hello! to Frolic by Celebration, which opened at the beginning of December on Main Street. An off-shoot of Celebration Bridal & Formal, this new boutique is sure to please ladies looking to add some glamour and fun to their wardrobes.

Goodbye! to The Garden Deli, which closed late fall. Nestled on the side of Lynchburg College and known for their tasty delicatessen offerings, this will be a loss felt for some time.

“Decide to change today and don’t sabotage yourself. If you don’t decide to make [change] a priority… it won’t matter.” —Josh Wade who has lost more than 300 pounds since 2013. Read his story on page 37.

Facts & Figures This year’s Best Of contest drew more interest than ever before!

104,781 total votes cast • 82 total categories • 410 winners •

See all of the winners starting on page 63.

#LynchburgLiving Share what life looks like in the Hill City. Tag your photos on Instagram, and you may see them featured in a future issue! Know of someone or something exciting? Tell us! Send info to feedback@lynchburgmag.com.

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How did you navigate from formally studying various art media in college to graffiti, or, street art? While attending Virginia Commonwealth University, studying painting and printmaking, I started noticing different forms of graffiti and street art all over Richmond. I started sketching different letter styles and characters. I also dabbled in stencils.

Which term is more accurate—graffiti artist or street artist—and why? I think they are separate things. A graffiti artist paints illegally in the street usually creating a unique letter style or combination of characters and symbols. A street artist is painting legally and publicly.

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ARTIST PROFILE What appeals to you about the process of public, street art like murals? I love creating a large piece of work in the beautiful outdoors. Public art is essential because everyone can view it, forming their own opinions. It can inspire feelings you might not normally have while walking your regular way to work.

What role can street art play in a community? I believe street art can play a positive role for the community by bringing art to our daily lives. It creates an open-air market for creativity and imagination.

What have been some of your favorite projects in the past? I’ve painted all over the U.S., but one of my more recent projects topped my favorites list. I helped coordinate a collaboration of nine artists at the VA Street Art Festival in Waynesboro, Va., which brought positive attention to the legitimacy of street art. Another favorite was having the opportunity to teach a class for children in Charlottesville.

Explain the typical mural development process. How do you approach it? I start with numerous sketches of ideas or letters that would fit the wall that I’m painting. Sometimes it’s just what comes out of my head, or it’s a collaboration of ideas by a client and myself. Then, I plan out the colors and purchase the paint necessary for the project. Depending on the size of the wall, I may create a grid, then I paint.

Explain the starting vision for your most recent work at The Academy Center of the Arts. I wanted to create something that would be appealing to all ages. I knew I wanted it to be full of vibrant colors.

How did your involvement with this mural come about? Geoff Kershner [Director of the Academy Center] brought me into this project. We believed there was a desire for this type of art in Lynchburg. Geoff also supported offering a street art class at the Academy.

The ground below the mural is at two levels, [and] this created some ladder issues, but you figure out a way to make it what you see in your head.

What is the mural’s formal name? “Creative Calamity #3”

You’ve been quoted saying that this mural represents what happens at the Academy—“imagination and creation.” Can you explain the visual elements that represent those concepts? The little girl is blowing bubbles that turn into balloons carrying objects that reflect what happens inside The Academy: photography, music, pottery, theatre and more. The transformation of the bubbles and the colored smoke represent the creative process of an idea, whether it’s logical or illogical. The girl represents our youth—the place where it all starts.

What are the benefits to involving children in the visual arts? I think involving kids in the arts is not only great for their development but also helps foster well-rounded people. I hope to run another session of the street art class, which would culminate with displays of student works.

What do you envision for public art in Lynchburg over the coming years? More, more, more. I think the city is moving in a positive direction, continuing to support art projects throughout Lynchburg—especially in downtown.

What do you appreciate about the art community in Lynchburg? I appreciate the support I have received from both the local art community as well as the public. I am glad to have had the opportunity to share what I love to do with this community and hope for more opportunities in the future.

Did you design the mural or was it the result of collaboration? How long was the planning process? I did a few color sketches based on a similar theme of youth and what The Academy has to offer the whole community. They chose the one they felt fit the best, and I executed it. The whole process took about four months.

How long did it take to complete the mural? What type of challenges and/or considerations had to be considered? It took about three weeks to complete. Weather was a little bit of an issue [when] we had all that rain.

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ven in this day and age where cat videos rule the world of YouTube, there’s something about live theatre that still draws us in. On the modern theatrical stage, audiences are captivated

by dramatic works ranging from the classics of William Shakespeare to the existential dramas of Tennessee Williams. All tastes will be satisfied with this season’s local offerings from comedies to tragedies and everything in between. Here in Lynchburg, the theatre scene is alive and well with local schools promising to enchant audiences over the coming months. Here’s what you can look forward to! >> EXCITEMENT ABOUNDING— Cavalier Theatre at Jefferson Forest High School is one of several local theatre programs with lots to offer the region this spring season.

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RAISE YOUR VOICE— Tower Theatre will produce two musicals this season: “Beauty & the Beast” and “Brigadoon.”

TOWER THEATRE Formally established only 11 years ago, Liberty University’s theatre arts department has put on some of the most elaborate and showstopping productions in the Lynchburg area. Due to the substantial amount of resources available to the theatre department, they boast the ability to put on large-scale shows and do them well, along with guidance from Broadway professionals. This spring, Liberty’s Tower Theatre will be presenting a diverse range of productions including “Brigadoon,” “Steele Magnolias,” “Beauty & the Beast” and “Henry V.” “Beauty & the Beast” will have the most elaborate scene designs, and as one of two musicals being performed at Liberty this spring, will require hours of dance practice overseen by outside professional choreographers. Linda Nell Cooper, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Liberty’s theatre arts department says, “Students meet six nights per week to rehearse for five to six weeks prior to opening night.” The show will incorporate the beloved tunes and iconic characters that audiences fell in love with more than 20 years ago in Disney’s classic feature film. “The Lynchburg community is inspiring, and because of that, Lynchburg is raising a generation of youth who appreciate culture and have embedded that culture into their whole person(s),” said Cooper. Liberty also encourages families to attend their shows, as all of their spring productions will be family-oriented, life-affirming and inspiring. Visit them at www.liberty.edu/academics/communications/theatre. 26

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OUTSIDE THE BOX—Students in Lynchburg College productions explore diverse and creative intersections of life, art, history, culture and music.

DILLARD THEATRE With alumni who have appeared in both TV shows and films such as “Affairs of State,” “NCIS,” “Mad Men” and “Heroes,” it is always exciting to see what Lynchburg College (LC) theatre students are up to. Started in 1948 with the arrival of Dr. Robert C. Hailey, the LC theatre department has a rich history of performance art and community involvement. The LC 2016 spring season promises not to disappoint with some unique offerings in the performing arts. LC will kick off the season with a rendition of the musical “Cabaret”—a musical produced in the shadows of the Third Reich with a setting in Berlin during the 1930s. The production will include a historic perspective, familiar songs and parallels to current political and military events from around the world. In addition, the college will feature two student-produced shows that will explore the contemporary voices of new playwrights, and the dance ensemble will use famous paintings as inspiration pieces for a concert to be presented at the end of April. The chair of the theatre department, Professor Jeffrey K. Wittman, says, “I think we [LC and the other local school theatre departments] share a great deal of vision and values. We all try to provide learning and training opportunities through course work and productions. We are fortunate to have so many colleges and universities in the area that offer an array of events and performances.” Visit them at www.lynchburg.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/theatre. >>

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A STORIED TRADITION— Glass Theatre will build on their established reputation this spring with a dinner theatre production and a musical interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.”

GLASS THEATRE E.C. Glass High School has had an active theatre department since its opening in 1953. Glass Theatre was officially established 36 years ago by the long-time director of drama, Jim Ackley, and over the years, the theatre program has won numerous state and regional accolades for its theatre productions, making E.C. Glass shows must-see events in the community. This coming February students will be putting on a show entitled “The Hollow,” inspired by the Agatha Christie detective novel of the same name. Presented as a dinner theatre in conjunction with E.C. Glass’ award-winning Culinary Arts program under the direction of Renee Stephens, “The Hollow” will incorporate a masterful blend of suspenseful storytelling, rich character-development and subtle humor. In April, students will be performing Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me Kate” along with a fun musical inspired by Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew,” chosen to connect their season with the 400 year anniversary of the playwright’s death. The school will also put on a special gala performance on April 23rd, the supposed date of his death, to commemorate the passing. Tom Harris, the director and instructor of theatre arts at E.C. Glass says, “Theatre teachers are developing characters both on and off the stage. You have to understand your own truth─beliefs, opinions, emotions, physicality and idiosyncrasies¬─before you can understand those of your own character.” Harris, along with all of the theatre teachers at E.C. Glass, aspires to teach students the rich history of the performance arts and also the power of the theatre to unite a community through cultural awareness and societal change. Visit them at www.ecglasstheatre.org. >>

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Jefferson Forest High School’s (JFHS) Cavalier Theatre was founded in August of 2010, and has won numerous awards for its productions, receiving recognition at both the state and regional levels. With the recent creation of a fundraising program, Cavalier Theatre Boosters, Inc., and through the guidance of the theatre instructor, Spence White, the JFHS theatre program has grown to include over 100 students and has become one of the most promising theatre programs at the high school level here in our community. From January 21-24, the Cavaliers will be performing Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” also in commemoration of the 400 year anniversary of his death. In addition, starting April 28, JFHS plans to present a four day production of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” Be sure to catch this one-of-a-kind experience as it is only one of two high school productions to be performed in the entire country! White instills his students with the importance of a diligent work ethic and a sense of pride in their performances. “We believe strongly in the power of play,” he says. “A particularly high emphasis is placed on physicality. Projection and articulation are essential. Longer rehearsal hours. And, above all, professionalism.” White sets high standards for his students. This thorough approach is what allows the theatre department at JFHS to continue to grow. Visit them at www.cavaliertheatre.com.

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LAB THEATRE Randolph College’s performance arts academic program was founded in 1975 by Thomas W. Stephens, a then-playwright in the English department. But dating all the way back to 1909, Mabel K. Whiteside introduced the Greek Theatre program to the Randolph stage and directed Greek plays until her retirement in 1954. The Greek play was later reintroduced in 2000 by Dr. Amy R. Cohen, the current Professor and Chair of Classics and Theatre at Randolph College. Since then, the school has become nationally known for its bi-annual masked productions in their Greek Theatre. The Randolph theatre program will present a production of Jean Genet’s “The Maids” from February 11-14 within the Lab Theatre. It will be performed by a three-person cast and will demonstrate an overall theme of absurdity. Later this spring, from April 14-18, come and see the theatre’s musical production of “Once Upon a Mattress.” Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s tale, “The Princess and the Pea,” this show promises memorable songs and lively characters. Dr. Amy R. Cohen says, “We have three wonderful spaces to use: Thoreson Theatre, a 275-seat proscenium; our Lab Theatre, an endlessly re-configurable black box and the Mabel K. Whiteside Greek Theatre, our 1,000-seat outdoor space modeled on the earliest theatres in Greece.” Randolph’s theatre program attracts so many viewers because of their ability to showcase a full range of shows from the beginning of the history of drama to the most recent theatrical innovations. Visit them at www.randolphcollege.edu/theatre.

NO BOUNDARIES—Randolph theatre productions span the centuries from Greek productions all the way to modern works. Photography by Parker Michels-Boyce for Randolph College.

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Having “The Conversation:” HOW TO BE FINANCIALLY AND LEGALLY PREPARED FOR THE GOLDEN YEARS AND WHATEVER MAY COME BY JEREMY ANGIONE WITH REPORTING BY DREW MENARD

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state planning. Power of Attorney. Beneficiaries. Trustees. Executors. Such a list of terms can be intimidating and overwhelming. It may be why you’ve convinced yourself that you’ll “cross that bridge when you come to it.” However, not starting the conversation about your future and that of your loved ones can prove more taxing—emotionally and financially—than a few meetings and some paperwork. Roughly 60 percent of Americans believe in the importance of plans and documentation to protect one’s assets and families according to a 2011 survey conducted by EZLaw Wills and Estate Planning. However, only about 44 percent of Americans have taken measures to actually prepare said documentation. The National Association of Estate Planners and Councils confirms that data, estimating that about 120,000,000 Americans do not have up-to-date estate plans in place for themselves or loved ones. So why the hesitation? That same EZLaw survey sheds light on a few reasons that may contribute to such procrastination. Some feel the need to focus on the essentials of “here and now,” such as bills and current living expenses. Others believe the process to be cost prohibitive. And many others believe the process is simply too difficult and costly over time. Financial Planner Tommy Doukas, who offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC, offers a sobering, and perhaps more common reason people may choose to delay estate planning.

“One of the biggest roadblocks can be our own hesitation to begin addressing a very unpleasant and difficult issue of what happens when we are gone,” Doukas said. Despite the various concerns that can present themselves as obstacles to a plan for the future, if you feel ready to begin the process, a few local experts have shared tips to make it all a bit easier.

LAY IT ALL OUT As with any good plan, it helps to see the bigger picture. It’s easy to get bogged down with all the meetings, jargon and emotions but having a plan can make things far more manageable. Cherie A. Washburn Esq., of Wetzel & Washburn, provides a few easy-to-follow, preliminary steps to estate planning. “Drafting the documents is not the difficult part of planning,” said Washburn. “The most difficult part of estate planning is getting started. Our firm thinks of it as four easy steps: • Fill out a questionnaire with general information: Name, address, family member names, bank accounts, general asset list and special instructions. • Meet with an attorney or estate planner. Pay the flat fee. • Meet a second time with the attorney to go over all draft documents. • Prepare document execution and family explanation of all documents so each person knows what roles and responsibilities they have should something unforeseen occur.”>>

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TAKE STEPS FORWARD—Estate planning can be a daunting process but the most important thing is to actually begin.

Washburn admits that the process can seem daunting, but it can also “be as complex or as simple as the client wishes.” Across the board, the advice is the same. When approaching estate planning, take your time and do it right. “People may think planning is an event, but it is a process that involves multiple reviews and corrections,” Doukas said. “Basic analysis and an initial consultation should almost always be free and can really help ease worry. The planner is trained to meet you where you are financially and provide advice and resources to get you moving towards your goal.”

COMMUNICATE YOUR EXPECTATIONS Although you may not be up on your financial or legal terminology and practices, you generally have a basic understanding of preferred care for both you and your family. That’s a good starting point. “When I begin talking to clients about estate planning, I ask about what is most important to them,” Washburn said. Another point the experts seem unanimous on is the importance of trust—trust in where you dole out your assets, place your care, and, of course, who assists you in doing so. “First, it’s important for the family to have good advice,” said John N. Hall, Certified Financial Planner at MontVue Capital Management. “This advice can be in the form of a trusted attorney, accountant or financial advisor. Often, it’s a team approach with these individuals who can help make sure there are no missteps. Even the brightest amongst us shouldn’t have to navigate the estate distribution process alone.” While your attorney may know the ins-and-outs of your burgeoning estate plan, it is important to comprehensively communicate those plans with your family as well, at least those whom the plan directly affects. Whether you are building your own estate plan or encouraging a family member to do so, a discussion of responsibilities and distributions should be a priority. It can be troublesome down the road to assume certain things are understood. “Communication is key. The idea of a ‘family meeting’ might seem old fashioned, but it can save time, money and, most34

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importantly, ill-feelings. Speak openly with your loved ones about their wishes and yours. Make sure that everyone is on the same page,” Hall said. Doukas says that communication has to be a balanced subject. While there are many things that individuals might like to keep to themselves (e.g. medical records) or only among trusted advisors, too much privacy can be a hindrance. “There can often be a lack of communication between family members, which can lead to rifts and issues. Privacy is important, but it should be balanced by the potential impact of not clearly sharing information about how your estate will look or be distributed,” Doukas said.

KNOW THE ESSENTIALS It is perhaps quite easy to think of estate planning as simply “where my money will end up,” but experts assure, there are many more considerations to be aware of. If no plans were made prior to an individual’s passing or incapacity, most, if not all decisions, will fall upon the state. Washburn names just a few things that should be considered when planning for the future, including: the guardianship of minor children, Power of Attorney and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). These steps are another area in which trusted agents or family members are paramount. “It is important to have a medical directive properly drafted to include HIPPA forms such that the named agent can have all access to the medical records and therefore make the best health care decisions,” Washburn said. The Power of Attorney (POA) is a compelling document, according to Washburn. “This document allows the named agent all the decision making power as the individual. Essentially the POA steps into the shoes of the individual.” It is important to have a “no stone unturned” sort of attitude when estate planning. What is not planned for will generally be decided by the state and possibly to the individual or family’s chagrin. >>


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GIVE ADVICE AND ACCEPT IT In almost any facet of life, it is far easier to dole out advice than it is to hear it from others. This issue can be compounded when dealing with the sensitive issues that often arise from estate planning. As the kids begin to have their own kids and retirement is not so distant as it once seemed, getting things in order is imperative. Procrastination can only serve to heighten the issues that your family could face without a plan. “Get started now [and] stop procrastinating. Choose a planner who will be upfront and honest. The news may not be pretty when you start too late, so be realistic, and be prepared to make changes to what you thought. Whatever you do, do not give up and just continue to avoid the problem in the hope that it will simply go away,” Doukas said.

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To reiterate, communication is a large component of assisting an elderly loved one with their estate planning process. Helping them through things can provide a sense of peace to what can be a difficult and emotional process. “Meet the people that your family members deal with. If your parents work with a certain attorney, accountant, or financial advisor [then] ask them to introduce you,” Hall said. “Have a meeting together to discuss what will happen to the estate. It can make things easier down the road.” Keep in mind, it is still equally important to have a plan at a relatively younger stage in life. If you find yourself wagging your finger at your elderly parents for lack of a plan, but have none of your own, you might want to get a jump on things. “The best time to start planning is probably early to mid-thirties. Generally that’s when people have reached a level of stability and have an idea of the direction their lives will take in the future,” Washburn said. Perhaps no amount of planning can change the emotions stirred up by discussing the inevitable, but a clear set of expectations can make the healing process easier. Start the conversation sooner rather than later whether it’s with a spouse or a parent. “Be patient but persistent. You cannot force a loved one to plan better, but you can encourage them to seek guidance sooner. Remember to follow your own advice first and foremost,” Doukas said.


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Starting weight: 578 lbs.

TIME TO CHANGE—Just around three years ago, Josh Wade’s health was so poor that he needed a cane to move around. He was faced with the reality of a life or death decision, and he was only in his mid-twenties.

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At the age of 26, Wade found himself faced with the option of changing everything about his life—or losing it. A multitude of health problems and a 578-pound frame that could no longer support an independent lifestyle was his breaking point. In those darkest moments, Wade remembers confronting himself, “‘Bub, if you don’t change something, you won’t see your 30th birthday’… I was a dead man walking.” After some deliberation, Wade reached out to a friend, Ben Crosswhite, who came alongside him on his path towards health and wholeness. “He told me that he had been praying over my diet plan and exercise for years. He wrote down 3 numbers on a paper and slid it over to me. It said ‘200 [lbs].’” Wade’s initial thought was that he had never lost more than 78 pounds and always gained it back plus more. His hesitant response was, “If you tell me to be here, I’ll be here and if you tell me to eat something, I’ll eat it—that I can commit to.” Wade left the meeting in a state of shock because he knew this time, things had to change. It was when he came-to again in front of his favorite fast food restaurant that Wade realized he had more than a struggle with weightmanagement. Wade had an addiction; one which had ultimately created a fear of living. >>


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Wade says, “I was committed, but I honestly didn’t believe it would work. It wasn’t until I had gotten to the 100 pounds lost mark that I believed I could do it. Since 100 pounds and beyond, I’ve been 100% committed… Within a year [of starting] I had lost 200 pounds, [and] for the first time in my life, I looked into the mirror and was happy.” Since starting his journey in mid-2013, and with consistency, dedication, hard work and careful attention to both his weaknesses and strengths, Wade has lost 300 pounds! Today, he says, “I love life, [and] I want to live …to the fullest.” Wade’s parting advice to those seeking more from life is to find accountability, stay the course and don’t look back. “Decide to change today and don’t sabotage yourself… If you don’t decide to make it a priority… it won’t matter.” Wade keeps a blog at bubbasodyssey.blogspot.com to help others who are looking for inspiration on their own journeys to wellness. >>

FEEL THE BURN— Wade regularly works out and credits Ben Crosswhite (pictured left) in helping him get started on this journey.

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REINVENTION—Bunny Goodjohn never anticipated the direction her life would take, but the current Randolph College professor has published three books and shows no signs of slowing down.

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“I knew by the time I was 12 that alcohol did something for me that it didn’t do for others.” Transformation comes in many forms but none so harrowing as those that daily overcome addiction. Self-described, highfunctioning alcoholic, Bunny Goodjohn says of an addict’s balancing act: “We hold down jobs and families and friends.” But, however well someone can function with an addiction, the time comes when they must face themselves. Goodjohn explains, “In my 20’s, I became a black-out drinker. I would come-to in the morning because I passed out the night before. I could handle that, but then I started finding myself in situations and locations I couldn’t remember.” 42

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“I immigrated in the 90’s to the U.S., thinking that if I left [England], I could be a different person. I got on a plane at Heathrow …and by the time the plane landed in Charlotte, I was drunk.” Months without a work visa led to days without purpose, and the drinking became more prevalent. On one particular day of wandering, Goodjohn found herself at Randolph College where she saw something that held her attention. “I saw a sign that said ‘Prime Time’ …and near it a woman behind a desk who said, ‘Can I help you?’ Those words changed everything.” Never having finished her education, Goodjohn returned to school where she found not only a talent but a love of writing and poetry. The drinking, however, continued. “I couldn’t trust myself to be outside of the house or not to drink. I would go to college and then run home, metaphorically and literally, to go drink.” After a trip home to England, Goodjohn reached her rock bottom and after running out


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Goodjohn slyly smiles as she continues, “I never imagined that in 10 years, I would have three books published and a gorgeous man in my life.”

Goodjohn’s advice for those, particularly those wanting to leave addiction and find sobriety: “You just have to get past that first day in recovery, reach out and have a bit of courage. You have to be ready to change…and know that you are worth that new life.” >>

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the clarity of simplification remained. Each item that made the move had either function or meaning. Porter laughs, “We don’t have a true laundry [or] designated guest room…or big serving dishes… but ‘first world problems,’ right?” Fast forward to today; Eden is making an amazing recovery, and the Porter’s love their streamlined condo with its peaceful, mountain views. Porter continues, “I love things that are functional and beautiful, nothing is superfluous.” She explains that family time is now time together: “Being in a smaller space forces people to be together. We have more than everything we need now, and we enjoy each thing we have more!” Porter encourages those wanting to streamline their lives by downsizing to take a realistic look at the space available and find its potential. “Look at the floor plan and the functionality of your family” and secondly, “Be picky about what you take with you [and] get your family involved to ask what is important to them.” Porter concludes that simplicity was just the change they needed for this season of life and when the time comes for this season to change, they will still have the appreciation and wisdom gained from this experience.


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“The YWCA is about transforming lives and providing a safe haven to rebuild those lives,” stated the Design House website. “Transforming a home in this way through the Design House event is the perfect metaphor for what we do day in and day out.” Each designer was given an area in the house to transform and then the freedom to see their visions come to life. Like most homes, designers highlighted the unique architectural features of the home while injecting a sense of personality and charm. Here we revisit their designs and share some inspiration for all of our homes.

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FOYER Like most homes, the beautiful entryway (pictured on previous page) set the tone for the entire house with its calm and soothing shades of whites, aqua, citrine, greens, grays and silver. The dark hardwood floors and banister on the stairs grounded the airiness of the light neutral tones, yet the scrolled framed pattern on the wallpaper and the white architectural features of the wainscoting became focal points. Carolyn Mahone of Mahone & Sons Decorating Center is an expert on paint and wallpaper and used her knowledge to reflect a classic take on an age-old design element. Wallpaper has come a long way and can create a high-end feel in even the smallest of rooms. “I’ve always thought of the foyer as the heart of the home where you greet family and friends; the dog runs out while the cat scampers in,” said Mahone. “My goal was to create in the visitor’s mind a feeling that is clean, fresh and soothing.” In homes without quite as grand of an entrance, guests can still feel instantly welcomed through carefully selected finishes that will make a lasting impression.

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FRONT PARLOR A much brighter and more colorful palette was used by Elizabeth Harrington of Studio H Home in the front parlor. Reflected through her fabric selections for the curtains, upholstered bench and sofa pillows was a batik print by Thibaut. Harrington selected a timeless blue and white

color scheme, and the casual style of the sisal rug blended well with her selection of modern and antique accessories. This transitional style was inspired by an exotic Indonesian influence and is a great example of reflecting one’s travels through their home décor. “Americans have always been fascinated with Asia and the Far East, so I wanted to bring an East meets West classic modernism to my room,” Harrington said. “Consumers have been exposed to neutrals for several years so I felt this was a nice departure. I wanted to show how one can use color on the walls and neutrals on the upholstery and furnishings.” Use personal travel experiences to inform your décor; this can be a brilliant way to add unique, cultural influences with a personal flair to any room. >>

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LIBRARY Beverly McCloskey, founder of Beverly McCloskey Designs, used her wealth of design experience to inject fun into the home’s library by accenting the room with rich, modern patterns and textiles. Filled with culture and diversity, this Indian-influenced room was anchored by the vibrant and bold antique Mahal rug that spanned from one wall to the next. McCloskey’s varied use of primary colors, such as cranberry red, gray-blue and gold, transformed these three hues into a palette that works well for children and adults alike, both of which she envisioned utilizing the space. “I was inspired by the library—especially by its floor to ceiling built-in bookcases and windows,” McCloskey said. “While this room would be for the whole family to enjoy, I imagine it as a cozy spot in the house for adults to enjoy a cocktail and plop down to surf the web or escape in a good book.” By selecting primary colors from the color wheel, which are often seen in children’s spaces, this room can easily transition from an adult space to a more childfriendly room with just a few accessory changes. >>

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SPEND TIME IN STYLE—Whether gathered in the family room (top images) or a more intimate space such as a library (bottom images), well planned rooms can bring enjoyment to many a visitor.

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A simple and cost-effective way to give a kitchen a facelift is to paint the cabinetry. This is one of the easiest ways to elevate the style of a kitchen on any budget.

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“I love working with creative people and seeing the end result as a group effort,” Mortemousque said. “I also enjoyed meeting the other designers. . . some were new faces to me, and it was fun to see all the different styles and talent under one roof.” Don’t be afraid to incorporate a bold color or pattern in unexpected ways. Stepping outside your traditional décor box, by painting ceilings or floors, may lead to surprisingly pleasing results.

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“The four-poster canopy bed is the focal point of the room, which was originally a 1980’s craftsman red and has been repurposed and painted to linen white,” Deacon said. On any budget, refinishing, reupholstering and repurposing old furniture is a classic and affordable way to breathe new life into a room.

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FRONT LEFT BEDROOM Kathy Potts of Decorating Den Interiors was tasked with decorating a smaller bedroom to function as a guest room. With a garden theme as her foundation, Potts utilized the colors of nature and spread blues and greens throughout the walls, drapes and bed linens. Inspired by sunshine, Potts brought in pops of orange as an accent color. The floral duvet cover was her central inspiration. Adorned with dragonflies, butterflies and water lilies, the room truly reflects the diversity of nature. “A guest room should provide your friends and family with comfort and the subtle feeling of ‘getting away’,” Potts said. “The cool backdrop of blue and green scattered with pops of orange will calm and excite your guests at the same time.” Studying the natural world is a great way for any novice to learn what patterns, colors and textures can go together.

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FRONT RIGHT BEDROOM Coincidentally, Tera Auch with Tera Janelle Design also drew inspiration from nature—the Virginia countryside. Her goal in styling the other guest room was to represent a comfortable, pared-back Southern style by incorporating linen fabrics with classic patterns and textures. Her interpretation of a modern style resulted in a comfortable space that is both restful and approachable, allowing guests to relax without feeling cramped or over stimulated. By focusing on textures and finishes above color, Auch’s design draws the eye to the aged woods and polished metals that are present as well as to the worn leather and plaid patterns. With a combination of garage sale finds, off-the-shelf accessories, and investment pieces, she was able to speak to any budget with her design. “This home is clearly a grand one, but that doesn’t mean the design has to be pretentious or overdone,” Auch said. “Homes with grand architectural style pair beautifully with simple design. It allows the home’s architecture to take center stage. Those pieces are what give a home a sense of soul.” Don’t hesitate to mix investment pieces—such as a high quality leather chair and tufted headboard—with more affordable décor, like the floor lamp handmade from salvaged pipe. >>

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HOSTING HAVENS—Beautiful spaces, whether indoors or out, make it fun to entertain guests.

PORCHES Kaycie LaGrone, co-owner of Circa Studio downtown, found the perfect backdrop in nature when setting the stage for her styling of the outdoor areas. Accenting views of the yard by framing the scenery with sheer panels, LaGrone incorporated distinct furniture and accessories, selected for their bold contrast of blacks, whites and turquoise, and making the porch area more eye-catching to arriving guests.“Winter played a large role in our side porch design,” LaGrone said. “When selecting pieces to display, we had to make sure they would be durable enough to withstand the elements while still making a visual statement.” Porches and patios can offer unique challenges TIP: since the furniture and accessories need to be weather resistant. Today’s market has many beautiful fabrics, furnishings and area rugs available that can transition for both indoor and outdoor use.

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she invoked a sense of nostalgia by incorporating vintage pieces all locally sourced. By repurposing brass lighting, industrial wood furniture and unique trunk side tables, she created a space that felt natural for everyday living. Adding structure and function to an often-overlooked room, the custom painted fireplace directs attention to the focal point of any entertaining space—the television. “Most times as a designer you get to suit the taste of the client and use their furnishings,” Pavao said. “It was unusual and really enjoyable to choose the items I thought would appeal to the broad spectrum of men and women. My main goal was creating a warm, laid back atmosphere that felt natural to the space and inviting.” Taking the time to purposefully design even the common rooms in your home can lead to an elevated style throughout and make you more appreciative of the spaces you have.

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What better time to focus on the “best” of our region than at the start of a new year? We were once again pleasantly surprised by the surge of community interest and support in voting for the

This year we have even more to celebrate because in addition to listing the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners for each category, we decided to expand and also include the first two Honorable Mentions

12th annual winners of our Best Of contest.

for each. With some categories receiving over 20 nominations in the first round of voting, kudos are well deserved to all of our local businesses in the top five of any and all categories.

Consider these stats: • 104,781 total votes cast • 82 total categories • 410 winners

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A Fun Tropical Atmosphere Featuring Great Live Entertainment.

Thank You for Choosing Us! Jane Bradley Photography

Great Music, Great Food! Specialty Gifts, Home Decor, Plants & More

Full Lunch Menu

Serving Lynchburg Since 1919 | Delivery Available

$7.95 Lunch

includes beverage

Big Lick TropicaL griLL 4001 Murray Place Lynchburg, VA 24501 (434) 528-3604

Boonsboro Shopping Center 4925 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503 www.BloomByDoyles.com 434-239-4444

A Tradition of Service, A Reputation for Results

k n a h T u! Yo Two Offices to Serve You

18281 Forest Rd, Lynchburg, VA Phone: 434.455.4777

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n behalf of Dawson Ford Garbee, I want to thank Lynchburg Living readers for awarding us this honor and making 2015 our best year yet!” Robert E. Dawson, Owner/Broker 2016 Lynchburg Association of REALTORS® President (434) 841-0890 phone/text robertdawsonrealtor@outlook.com

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CHARLEY'S RESTAURANT & CATERING Gold Award Winner BEST CATERER

Silver Award Winner BEST PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH Bronze Award Winner BEST PLACE FOR A REHEARSAL DINNER OR EVENT Honorable Mention BEST LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT

BEST BUSINESSES

BEST BED AND BREAKFAST

BEST CAR DEALERSHIP

Gold Acorn Hill Lodge

Gold Billy Craft Honda

Gold Davidson, Doyle & Hilton CPA

Silver The Carriage House Inn

Silver Shackleford & Werthman

Bronze The Farmhouse at Veritas

Silver Mabry Automotive Group: Lynchburg Mazda & Lynchburg Nissan

Bronze Forest Accounting Services

Honorable Mention The Babcock House Federal Crest Inn

BEST ACCOUNTING FIRM

Bronze Pinkerton Chevrolet

BEST BOOKSTORE

Honorable Mention Apple Ford of Lynchburg Terry Volkswagen Subaru

Gold Givens Books-Little Dickens

BEST CATERER

Gold Harris Tire

Silver Barnes & Noble

Gold Charley's Restaurant and Catering

Silver Billy Craft Honda

Bronze Lifeway Christian Books

Silver Magnolia Foods

Bronze Laslie's Auto Body

Honorable Mention Bookshop on the Avenue

Bronze Taste {RA} Bistro

Honorable Mention Lovelace, Norvelle & Matthews, PC Dolan Group

BEST AUTO SERVICE

Honorable Mention Larry's Tire & Auto Repair Waterlick Garage

Honorable Mention Benjamin's Avenue Foods >>

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Patel & Dalrymple at torne ys at law

5200 Fort Avenue, Lynchburg, Virginia | (434) 832-7030 Thank you for voting us one of the best law firms in Lynchburg!

Real Estate Closings Estate Planning Business Law Serious Personal Injury Adoption Law Employment Law

Construction Law Civil Litigation

Cavalier Tours

Thank You for Voting Us One of the Best Travel Agencies We are a locally owned and operated full-service agency serving Central Virginia for 41 years. Specializing in world-wide vacations, honeymoons, group travel, and escorted tours locally hosted from Lynchburg.

7212 Timberlake Rd • Lynchburg, VA (434) 237-8087 • www.cavaliertours.com

Givens Books Little Dickens est.1976 Voted Best Bookstore & Children’s Store Thank you to everyone who voted for Larry’s Tire & Auto Repair for Best Automotive Shop! We greatly appreciate our customers and our community! 1070 Woodberry Square Place Lynchburg, VA 24502 434.455.4967 www.larrystireservice.com 66

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Find it here, buy it here, keep us here. Thank you for supporting all locally owned & operated businesses.

Shop Locally to Strengthen Your Community. 2236 Lakeside Dr. Lynchburg,VA | 434-385-5027 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-8pm | Sat. 9am-7pm


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BILLY CRAFT HONDA Gold Award Winner

BEST CAR DEALERSHIP Silver Award Winner BEST AUTO SERVICE

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SNOW PROBLEM Bring your family to Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre — the East Coast’s premier spot for year-round skiing, snowboarding, and tubing! With beautiful lodge views, free lessons, and Wi-Fi, Snowflex is fun for groups of all ages. | www.Liberty.edu/Snowflex | (434) 582-3539 | Snowflex@liberty.edu

THANK YOU

For Voting Us One Of The Best Pediatricians!

JOHNSON H E A L T H

Thanks to all our Volunteers, Donors, and ReStore Shoppers!

We envision a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Thank you to our community for voting us “Best Home Builder”! You helped build it!

C E N T E R

Amherst

Lynchburg

Bedford

Amherst County Health Center (434) 929-1400

Johnson Health Center (434) 947-5967

Bedford Health Center (540) 425-7910

James River Dental (434) 847-4691

JHC Pediatrics (434) 455-3260

Bedford Dental Center (540) 425-7914

JHC OB/GYN (434) 455-3270

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PUTTING THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE TOGETHER FOR YOUR OPTIMAL HEALTH

ING THE PIECES HE PUZZLE TOGETHER COLD LASER YOUR OPTIMAL HEALTH

THERMOGRAPHY THANK YOU

THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE

OLD LASER DETOX PROTOCOLS FOR YOUR VOTE HERMOGRAPHY GENTLE ADJUSTMENTS ETOX PROTOCOLS NUTRITIONAL GUIDANCE GENTLE ADJUSTMENTS Pulsed Electro Magnetic Frequency Treatments NUTRITIONALPEMF GUIDANCE EMF Pulsed Electro Magnetic Frequency Treatments

Brown Chiropractic & Wellness Center 1922 Thomson Dr #C, Lynchburg

1922 Thomson Dr #C, Lynchburg

434-528-4030

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GOODWILL INDUSTRIES

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OF THE VALLEYS

BEST CONSIGNMENT/ THRIFT SHOP

Gold Award Winner

BEST CHILDCARE FACILITY

BEST CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

Gold Elizabeth's Early Learning Center Liberty Christian Academy— Early Learning Center

Gold Gladiola Girls

Bronze The School Zone

Bronze Penelope

Honorable Mention Caterpillar Clubhouse Blue Ridge Montessori School

Honorable Mention Francesca's Maurices

BEST CHILDREN'S STORE

BEST COMMUNITY BANK

Gold Givens Books-Little Dickens

Gold Bank of the James

Silver Once Upon A Child

Silver BB&T

Bronze The Children's Place

Bronze Wells Fargo

Honorable Mention Sweet Pea Consignment Baby B's

Honorable Mention First National Bank Beacon Credit Union

Silver J. Crew

BEST CONSIGNMENT/ THRIFT SHOP Gold Goodwill Industries® of the Valleys Silver On Second Thought Bronze Pastiche at Main Honorable Mention Once Upon A Child Salvaged

BEST DAY SPA Gold London's Salt Spa Silver The Parlor Spa Bronze Spa 4109 Honorable Mention Body Works Day Spa & Salon Acorn Hill Lodge Spa & Salon >>

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MICHAEL'S CARPET WORLD BEST FLOORING COMPANY Gold Award Winner

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Thank You for Voting Us Gold Level “Best Bed & Breakfast!” Lodging, dining, events and spa all in one great location! Thank you for voting us Gold Level “Best Caterer,” also one of the Best Restaurants for a Rehearsal Dinner or Event, Best Places for a Business Lunch, and Best Locally Owned Restaurant!

Your Home Away From Home • www.acornhilllodge.com • info@acornhilllodge.com • 434.528.0983 • 2134 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg, VA

Thank You From

Call or e-mail Charley’s today for more information about our off site catering services. 707 Graves Mill Rd • Lynchburg, VA

434-237-5988

info@charleyslynchburg.com

for voting us one of the best gift & specialty shops

We strive to provide a fun and relaxing atmosphere, where you can enjoy the exquisite Japanese culture as well as taste our fine cuisine. Thank you for voting us one of the Best Asian and Ethnic food Restaurants!

434-847-1288

Like us on Facebook

www.wasabilynchburg.com

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FUNERAL HOME BEST FUNERAL SERVICE COMPANY

Gold Award Winner

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GET JANUARY FOR JUST $1 WHEN YOU PAY FEBRUARY UPFRONT PLUS NO JOINING FEE New members only. Some restrictions may apply, inquire at the front desk. Expires January 31.

Membership includes unlimited visits to all three YMCA of Central Virginia locations each month (plus reciprocity at any YMCA in Virginia). Enjoy the many benefits of membership: FREE child watch while you work out, FREE unlimited group exercise classes, water fitness and indoor cycling, free-weight areas, basketball and racquetball courts, and MORE! Plus fee-based programs like CrossFit, TRX, or personal training.

NEW in January: Les Mills classes!! See our website for more information.

FAMILY WELLNESS NEVER LOOKED BETTER Downtown Y 1315 Church St. 434-847-5597

Jamerson Y 801 Wyndhurst Dr. 434-582-1900

Y Express 3408 Old Forest Rd. 434-455-5996 (18+ facility, no child watch)

YMCA of Central Virginia ymcacva.org


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COMPLETE FAMILY DENTISTRY

WE WELCOME NEW PATIENTS Our friendly and compassionate staff will make your visits comfortable.

Come & Discover Central Virginia’s only salt spa 6152 thomas Jefferson rd., Forest, Va 24551

VOTED #1 DENTAL CENTER

Thank you Lynchburg, for voting to make us #1, and to all our patients for trusting us with their smiles. Dr. Joshua Binder | Dr. Daniel Yeager Dr. Brian McAvoy | Dr. Jennifer Lysenko Dr. Jenna Chalk | Dr. Victoria Yeager

Welc Dr. Victo ome ria Y to the te eager am!

434-385-7307

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Call us today! We welcome you to come and breathe the air in Central Virginia’s 1st Therapeutic Salt Cave. Our air is 100% purer than the air outside! Whether it’s casual or for business you will leave feeling refreshed!

Thanks for voting us Best Day Spa Gold!

serViCes • book the Salt Cave

2× Month for Couples Massages in the Cave

• We oFFer 30, 60 & 90 MINUte MaSSageS add a salt scrub to any of our massages for a real treat leaving your body silky smooth

Stop in our salty gift shop to check out our large assortment of Himalayan salt products including salt scrubs, Himalayan lamps, fire bowls, table salts and more!

• SChedUle a roMaNtIC CoUpleS MaSSage today Available Sundays twice a month

Monday-Friday 10am-7pm • Saturday 10am-5pm

facebook.com/londonsaltspa www.londonsaltspa.com 434-525-7727

• great For brIdal partIeS

• hIMalayaN FaCIalS

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FARM BASKET Gold Award Winner BEST GIFT & SPECIALTY STORE Bronze Award Winner BEST DELI

BEST DESIGNER EYEWEAR & SUNGLASSES Gold Harman Eye Center Silver St. Clair Eye Care Bronze Piedmont Eye Center Honorable Mention McBride-Blackburn Opticians Virginia Eye Clinic

BEST FLOORING COMPANY Gold Michael's Carpet World Silver The Floor Show Bronze Piedmont Floor Design Honorable Mention Blue Ridge Floors Sherwin-Williams Floorcovering

BEST FUNERAL SERVICE COMPANY Gold Tharp Funeral Home Silver Whitten Funeral Homes Bronze Diuguid Funeral Service Heritage Funeral Service

BEST FLORIST

BEST GIFT & SPECIALTY STORE

Gold bloom by Doyle's

Gold Farm Basket

Gold Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Silver The Flower Basket

Silver Accents Flags & Gifts

Silver Edward Jones Investments

Bronze Arthur's Flower Cart

Bronze Lynchburg Community Market

Bronze Davenport & Company LLC

Honorable Mention Cheryl's Secret Garden Kathryn's Flower & Gift Shop

Honorable Mention Pastiche at Main Penelope >>

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNING COMPANY

Honorable Mention DePaul Wealth Management Financial Designs

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WOOLDRIDGE HEATING, AIR & ELECTRICAL INC.

BEST HEATING & AIR COMPANY Gold Award Winner

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Need to Sell? Relocating?

Need to Buy? Downsizing?

You NEED Nadine Blakely, Realtor! “Your Neighborhood Specialist”

Nadine Blakely, Realtor® Accredited Staging Professional Senior Real Estate Specialist

Now Staging Homes for Spring!

Thank you for voting to make us one of the best real estate agencies in Lynchburg!

(434) 444-2226 www.NadineBlakelyHomes.com Email: nadineblakely@remax.net

Choose a Realtor who chooses to give back!

Nadine Blakely gives from every closing to these charities and organizations.

RE/MAX 1st Olympic


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SKIP THE WEATHER REPORT TODAY.

Thank you for voting us one of the best car dealerships!

Steak • Seafood • Fresh Catch Gourmet Desserts & Much More! ENJOY OUR OUTDOOR DECK DINING WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!

Thank You for Voting Us One of the Best Florists!

434.239.0247 | www.cherylssecretgarden.biz

FOREST ACCOUNTING SERVICES Voted Best Night Spot for Live Music, Best Locally Owned Restaurant, Best Atmosphere, Best Breakfast, Best Seafood and Best Waitstaff

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CS CUSTOM STRUCTURES BEST HOME REMODELING COMPANY BEST HOMEBUILDER

Gold Award Winner

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TAYLOR BROTHERS BEST HOME SERVICE COMPANY

Gold Award Winner

BEST HEATING & AIR COMPANY

BEST HOME REMODELING COMPANY

Gold Wooldridge Heating, Air & Electrical Inc.

Gold CS Custom Structures

Silver Southern Air Residential Bronze Maddox Air & Electrical Honorable Mention Davis Heating and Cooling Campbell Heating & Cooling

Silver L. G. Flint General Contractors Bronze Rempfer Construction Honorable Mention Deitz Lilly, Builder Inc. Gravitt Construction

BEST HOMEBUILDER Gold CS Custom Structures Silver Deitz Lilly, Builder Inc. Bronze Habitat For Humanity Honorable Mention Foster Construction, Inc. Gerdy Construction Company, Inc.

BEST JEWELRY STORE

BEST HOME FURNISHINGS

BEST HOME SERVICE COMPANY

Gold Grand Home Furnishings

Gold Taylor Brothers

Silver Fink's Jewelers

Silver Green Front Furniture

Silver Rempfer Construction

Bronze Penelope

Bronze Lancaster Galleries

Bronze The Brothers that Just Do Gutters Generation Solutions B.P.'s Mobile Wash

Honorable Mention Hamilton Jewelers Kay Jewelers >>

Honorable Mention Pastiche at Main T.J. Maxx

Gold Bowen Jewelry Company

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Women, Men & Children Cuts Keratin Treatments Color/Foiling Manicure/Pedicure Shellac Air Brush • Massage Body & Facial Waxing Eyelash Extensions

5 1 0 L E E S V I L L E R O A D • LY N C H B U R G , VA (434) 485-1883

APPLE FORD

Thank You for Voting us Best Car Dealership! 2113 Lakeside Dr • Lynchburg,VA 24501 New: 888-663-4358 • Used: 888-739-9641 Service: 888-471-8570 • Parts: 888-432-3963 www.applefordva.com

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WE PROUDLY SERVE 100% All-Natural, Freshly Ground y Hand-Formed

Thank You for Voting us Best Burger & Best Bar!

BLACK ANGUS BURGERS All-Natural Without Hormones, Antibiotics, Preservatives, or Steroids

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Lynchburg Living Gold Level Award Winner for

BEST BURGER 14805 Forest Road • Suite 221 • Forest, VA 24551 Carry-Out Phone: (434) 525-2727 Mon-Thurs: 11am-9:30pm • Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm • Sun: 11am-9pm ANGUS BURGERS STARTING u $4.79

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OVERBEY, HAWKINS & WRIGHT BEST LAW FIRM Gold Award Winner

BEST KITCHEN & BATH COMPANY Gold Bed Bath & Beyond Silver Ferguson Bronze Lowe's Home Improvement Honorable Mention Kitchen & Bath Ideas The Home Depot

BEST LANDSCAPING COMPANY Gold Southern Landscape Group, Inc. Silver Gary's Garden Center Bronze Rainfrost Nursey Honorable Mention RSG Landscaping & Lawn Care CLC, Incorporated

BEST LAW FIRM Gold Overbey, Hawkins & Wright Silver Caskie & Frost Bronze Edmunds & Williams Honorable Mention Patel & Dalrymple, PLLC Randall J. Trost, P.C.

BEST LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER Gold Sam Stroud Photography Silver Sherry Conrad Photography Bronze Laura Bryan Photography Honorable Mention Lindsey Hinkley Photography My Little Walnut Photography

BEST LAWN & GARDEN SUPPLY

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENCY

Gold Gary's Garden Center

Gold Dawson Ford Garbee & Company

Silver Lowe's Home Improvement

Silver Century 21 Real Estate

Bronze Rainfrost Nursey

Bronze RE/MAX 1st Olympic

Honorable Mention Virginia Garden Supply Aylor's Farm & Garden

Honorable Mention Keller Williams Realty John Stewart Walker, Inc.

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BEST SALON

BEST TRAVEL AGENCY

BEST WEDDING VENUE

Gold Sage Tryall Salon

Gold Travelbugs, inc.

Gold Sierra Vista

Silver Arte dei Capelli Salon

Silver Travel Lovers

Silver Tresca on 8th

Bronze Maven Salon

Bronze Cavalier Tours, Inc.

Bronze Sorella Farms

Honorable Mention Fusion Salon Blown Away Hair Salon

Honorable Mention The Travel Team AAA–Lynchburg

Honorable Mention West Manor Estates Old Pate Chapel

BEST STUDIO & INTERIOR DESIGN

BEST VETERINARIAN

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Gold Pastiche at Main Silver Curtains, Blinds & Bath Bronze Interiors by Moyanne Honorable Mention I Heart Design The Patriotic Peacock 88

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Gold Peaks View Animal Hospital Silver Lake Forest Animal Hospital Bronze 7 Hills Animal Hospital Honorable Mention Amherst Veterinary Hospital Bedford Animal Hospital

BEST CHIROPRACTOR Gold Light Chiropractic Silver Comonwealth Pain Relief Center Dr. James White (Best Chiropractor cont. on pg. 92) >>


THANK YOU FOR VOTING US ONE OF THE BEST HAIR SALONS

Maven Salon is Lynchburg’s premiere hair salon and exclusive shop for haircuts, hair coloring, and hair styling in the Lynchburg/Forest area. Whether for men’s, women’s, or children’s haircuts, Maven promises to give you a luxury cut at a reasonable cost. Maven Salon’s service and styling excellence is unmatched in the area. While other salons in Lynchburg are distracted by spa and nail services, only the stylists and specialists at Maven Salon promise to be just that: mavens at their craft.

Maven SALON

Maven Salon 112 Cornerstone St. Lynchburg, VA 434.534.3115

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, call or visit us online at www.mavensalon.com MavenSalon

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FOREST RD.

BARRICKS LN.

(434) 239-9701

(434) 237-4009

(434) 528-6800

(434) 525-4737

(434) 332-1600

(434) 846-6079

(434) 846-2248

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SIERRA VISTA BEST WEDDING VENUE Gold Award Winner

Megan Vaughan Photography

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ANIMAL HOSPITAL BEST VETERINARIAN Gold Award Winner

(BEST CHIROPRACTOR CONTINUED) Bronze Stickle Chiropractic Health Center Honorable Mention Lynchburg Chiropractic Center: Dr. Joey Arthur Brown Chiropractic Wellness

BEST DENTIST

BEST DERMATOLOGY PRACTICE Gold Dermatology Consultants, Inc. Silver RidgeView Dermatology Bronze Central Virginia Dermatology

Gold Forest Dental Center

Honorable Mention Dr. Grace A. Newton, M.D. Dermatology

Silver Libbey Family Dentistry

BEST DOCTOR

Bronze Forest Family Dentistry Honorable Mention Childrens Dentistry and Orthodontics of Lynchburg

Gold CVFP: Central Virginia Family Physicians Silver Medical Associates Bronze Wyndhurst Family Medicine

Dr. Howard

Honorable Mention Physicians Treatment Center Centra Medical Group窶年ationwide

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BEST EYE CARE Gold Harman Eye Center Silver Piedmont Eye Center Bronze St. Clair Eye Care Honorable Mention Virginia Eye Clinic Wagoner Family Eye Care, PLLC

BEST FAMILY PRACTICE Gold CVFP: Central Virginia Family Physicians Silver Medical Associates Bronze Wyndhurst Family Medicine Honorable Mention Centra Medical Group窶年ationwide Light Medical, Inc. >>


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our traditions continue... thank you lynchburg! 4 Best Gift & specialty store • Best deli $

thefarmbasket.com

All Fired Up

A Paint Your Own Pottery Studio Fun, Relaxing, and Affordable!

Express your creativity by painting your own work of art! Great for Kids & Adults. Walk-in and have some painting fun! We host Birthday Parties, Group Events, and Church Groups.

Thank You for Voting Us One of the Best Art Studios!

18478 Forest Rd, Ste 1 • Forest, Virginia (434) 385-8223 • www.allfireduplynchburg.com

SAVE THE DATES! 5th ANNUAL

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LIGHT CHIROPRACTIC BEST CHIROPRACTOR Gold Award Winner

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engaged IN LIFE

Enjoy Peace of Mind in our Life Plan Community At The Summit Assisted Living we promote your independence while providing assistance with day to day activities. Here, you’ll find an environment tailored specifically for each resident and their family. Our friendly, experienced staff adapts assistance to each individual, helping with both routine activities and special needs. Call today and start planning your future at The Summit and be Engaged in Life.

Now Offering Sunday Brunch!

Come relax on our patio and enjoy the full sandwich menu, mimosas, quiche, all case items and all wine/beer without corking fee.

Gourmet Deli | Catering | Boutique Wine | Craft Beer | Cakes

2476 Rivermont Ave. | 434-528-5442 | www.magnoliafoods.com Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-2pm

New Year... New Mattress All mattresses are not created equal. That’s why at Grand we have nearly 70 different models to choose from with factory-trained staff to help you understand the range of choices and match your needs with a new mattress that’s right for you. Whether you choose an innerspring or a memory foam mattress no one in the area sells more mattresses than Grand. Ask about our Free Next Day Delivery, Mattress Comfort Assurance Program and 125% Price Guarantee!

Start each day fresh this year with a new mattress set!

LYNCHBURG

Call today to plan your visit: 434.582.1500

5401 Fort Ave 434.239.5900

1400 Enterprise Drive / Lynchburg, VA 24502 SummitLynchburg.com

OPEN EVERY DAY www.grandhomefurnishings.com

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PEAKS OF OTTER WINERY BEST CENTRAL VIRGINIA WINERY Gold Award Winner

BEST PEDIATRICIAN

BEST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

BEST CENTRAL VIRGINIA WINERY

Gold The Summit

Gold Peaks of Otter Winery

Silver Richeson Drive Pediatrics

Silver Westminster Canterbury

Silver Rebec Vineyards

Bronze Advocates for Children Pediatrics at the Rimland Center

Bronze Liberty Ridge Health & Rehabilitation Center

Bronze Veritas Vineyards & Winery

Honorable Mention Dr. Teresa Brennen Johnson Health Center

Honorable Mention Bentley Commons at Lynchburg Valley View Retirement Community

Gold F. Read Hopkins Pediatrics Associates

BEST PHYSICAL THERAPY CENTER Gold Rehab Associates of Central Virginia Silver Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia

LIFESTYLE BEST ART STUDIO Gold Academy Center of the Arts Silver Liberty University Art Gallery

Bronze Centra Health Physical Therapy

Bronze All Fired Up

Honorable Mention Blue Ridge Therapy Jamerson YMCA Rehab

Honorable Mention Riverviews Artspace The Patriotic Peacock

Honorable Mention Chateau Morrisette Winery DeVault Family Vineyards

BEST FAMILY FRIENDLY SPOT Gold Amazement Square Silver Blackwater Creek Trail Bronze Smith Mountain Lake Honorable Mention Lynchburg Hillcats Putt-Putt Fun Center >>

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April 22-24 & 28-30 in the E.C. Glass Auditorium Glass Theatre brings The Bard back to life on the 400th anniversary of his death, as we present Cole Porter's brilliant musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. Visit www.ecglasstheatre.org for tickets and more information Sponsored by the Depot Grille Artwork by Olivia Baker

Thanks for voting Blue Ridge Floors “Best Flooring Company”

Blue Ridge Floors has been serving the Forest area since 1994, when owners Jeff and Mark worked out of Jeff ’s basement. They have grown the business into a beautiful 5000 sq. ft. showroom with hundreds of choices in ceramic tile, hardwood, laminate, carpet and vinyl. They have one of the largest selections of well known brands in the region, and are members of the Lynchburg Green Building Initiative! They have a friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you find just the right flooring to make your house a beautiful home. It is like having your own personal assistant! Only experienced, licensed and professional installers are used. They offer custom tile showers, tub surrounds, and kitchen backsplashes, in house binding, custom made rugs, and runners. Choices are provided for every purpose, budget, and style. Estimates, financing and decorating consulting are all free! You can expect the very best service, and we stand behind our work to make sure you are pleased with the result. If you are looking to build a new home or just remodel your current home, come visit the Blue Ridge Floors Family for beautiful results that you will be pleased with for years to come. If you are unable to come to us, call and we will come to you! Owners Mark Hendricks

and Jeff Hall

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Women’s Clothing Boutique Furniture & Home Decor Since 2004

Thank you for selecting us one of the Best Of Consignment/ Thrift Shops! Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10-5 17860 Forest Rd., Forest 434.316.9844 OnSecondThought.biz

the bridal shop at the j . crew clearance store

25 Millrace Dr.

Thank you for voting us the GOLD winner for Best Breakfast. CM001_ClutchGuide_HOL14;12.indd 2

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CVFP:

CENTRAL VIRGINIA FAMILY PHYSICIANS BEST DOCTOR BEST FAMILY PRACTICE Gold Award Winner

BEST FESTIVAL OR EVENT

BEST LIVE THEATRE

Gold The Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival

Gold Liberty University Tower Theatre

Silver Food Truck Thursdays

Silver Liberty Christian Academy Theatre

Bronze Get Downtown!

Bronze E.C. Glass High School Theatre

Honorable Mention Lynchburg Beer and Wine Festival The Virginia 10 Miler

Honorable Mention JFHS—Cavalier Theater Academy Center of the Arts

BEST GOLF COURSE

BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION

Gold London Downs Golf Club

Gold Blue Ridge Parkway

Silver Boonsboro Country Club

Silver Smith Mountain Lake

Bronze Ivy Hill Golf Club

Bronze Peaks of Otter

Honorable Mention Poplar Grove Golf Course Poplar Forest Golf Course

Honorable Mention The National D-Day Memorial Red Hill: Patrick Henry National Memorial

GREAT OUTDOORS BEST VIEW OF THE CITY Gold Candlers Mountain/Snowflex/ LU Monogram Silver Bank of the James Bronze Blue Ridge Parkway Honorable Mention John Lynch Memorial Bridge from Madison Heights Monument Terrace >>

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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY Gold Award Winner

BEST TOURIST ATTRACTION Bronze Award Winner BEST VIEW OF THE CITY

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BEST OF LYNCH BURG 2015 Your one stop shop for all your repairs. Family Owned and Operated

Thanks to all of our loyal customers who keep Waterlick Garage going! We Treat Every Car As Our Own Serving All of Your Automotive Needs In 2016, Let Us Do a Bumper-to-Bumper Check-up of your Car

434.239.4561

673 Crowell Lane • Lynchburg, Va 24502

Ho me-Style Co untr y Co oking

Thank Yo u for Voting Us One of the Bes t Breakfasts!

15173 Forest Rd. Forest, VA

Thank You for voting us one of the Best Tourist Attractions!

1250 Red Hill Road, Brookneal, VA 24582 | 434.376.2044 434-525-9181 eatatcarols.com

Visit us online: www.redhill.org

Thank You for Voting Us Gold Level for Best Clothing Boutique! icWear

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2011 Enterprise Drive Forest, VA 24551

Tile, Carpet, Hardwood, Area Rugs & more.

, You ll be Floored!

Residential & Commercial

434.316.5985 PiedmontFloor.com

Forest Family Dentistry Because you deserve thorough, personalized attention every time.

Thank You for Voting Us One of the Best Dentists!

Implants | Cerec | Root Canals | Laser Crown and Bridge Work Dentures and Partials including repairs Digital X-rays including 3-D imaging In office Venus Whitening or Custom Trays Whitening Gift Certificates Available

New Patients Welcome!

434-316-6050

1045 Thomas Jefferson Road, Forest, VA Corner of Rte. 221 & Rte. 811 www.ForestFamilyDentistry.com

We are participating providers for Anthem, Delta Dental, and PCHP and we will file all insurances.

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BLACKWATER CREEK NATURAL AREA BEST BIKING/ HIKING/ RUNNING TRAIL Gold Award Winner

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Best Bedside Manner 2015 First Place Dr. Jason Givan

Best Bedside Best Bedside Manner 2015 Manner 2015 Honorable Third Place Mention Alexis Chantal, PA Dr. Samantha Hill

To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, call or visit us online at www.ridgeviewdermatology.com RidgeViewDermatology

@RVDerm

To better serve our patients, we now have two locations!

Lynchburg: 101 Candlewood Court Lynchburg, VA 24502 Office: 434-363-4190 Fax: 434-363-4191

Smith Mountain Lake: Westlake Towne Center Professional Park 278 Westlake Road Hardy, VA 24101 Office: 540-759-7500 Fax: 540-759-7501


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PEAKS VIEW PARK BEST PARK Gold Award Winner

BEST PARK

BEST FISHING SPOT

BEST LOCAL BAND

Gold Peaks View Park

Gold Smith Mountain Lake

Gold Dragonfly

Silver Riverside Park

Silver James River

Silver The Worx

Bronze Smith Mountain Lake State Park

Bronze Buggs Island Lake

Bronze BRB

Honorable Mention James River State Park Lynchburg Dog Park

Honorable Mention Leesville Lake Piney River

Honorable Mention The Ruckus Out of Spite

PERSONALITIES

BEST LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR

BEST BIKING/HIKING/ RUNNING TRAIL Gold Blackwater Creek Natural Area

BEST CIVIC LEADER

Gold Danner Evans

Silver Peaks of Otter

Gold Pastor Jonathan Falwell

Silver Noreen Turyn

Bronze Percival's Island Natural Area

Silver Joan Foster

Bronze Len Stevens

Honorable Mention Crabtree Falls RiverWalk Trail from Downtown Lynchburg

Bronze Len Stevens

Honorable Mention Dennis Carter Patti Martin >>

Honorable Mention Pastor Woody Torrence Matt Ferguson

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MODERN CASUAL

Thank YOU for voting us one of the BEST: locally owned restaurants, wait sta, places for a business lunch, restaurants for a rehearsal dinner or event, and more! LO C AT I O N 1344 MAIN ST

DINING

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Service Excellence

Value Beyond Compare

Paul C. Whitten President, Whitten Funeral Homes

whittenfuneralhome.com

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Beyond Organic Full Service Restaurant with Outdoor Seating & Pickup Options Available: True Farm to Table Experience Organic Grocery: Devoid of Artificial Ingredients of An Kind Any

AAA thanks the readers of Living Lynchburg for voting us a

Top 5 Travel agency in the “Best of” Lynchburg 2015 contest!

For all your needs, we’re just a call, click, or visit away! Graves Mill Center 18013 Forest Road; Suite A Forest, VA 24551 434-385-0091

Old World, Whole-Animal Butcher Shop: Locally Sourced Meats From Small Family Farms with Beyond Organic Farming Methods Old Fashioned Soda Shoppe: Organic Coffee Specialities Ice Cream From 100% Grass-Fed Cows House Made Sodas

T hank You r a n t! N e w R e s ta u t s e B s U g F o r V o ti n 1220 Greenview Drive Lynchburg, VA 24502

(434) 534-3140 www.cornermarketva.com ©2015 AAA Mid-Atlantic

Lynchburg Area, Thank You for Voting Us Best Veterinarian and for Your Continued Support!

LLC

Compassionate Care for Creatures Great & Small for Over 30 Years

1064 Centerville Road Bedford, VA 24523 (540) 586-0372 www.animalhospitalbedford.com

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Lunch & Dinner

Tuesday through Saturday

Sunday for Brunch 4925 Boonsboro Road www.isabellasitalian.com

Gold Level Award Winner for Best Italian


BEST OF LYNCH BURG 2015

MARKET AT MAIN Gold Award Winner

BEST BREAKFAST Honorable Mention BEST DELI

BEST RADIO DJ Gold Danny and Zack— The Mornin' Thang on K92

Honorable Mention Mi Patron Mexican Restaurant Andy Chang China Grill

BEST BARBECUE Gold The Silver Pig

Silver Michael & Erica— SPIRIT FM Morning Show

BEST ATMOSPHERE

Silver Pok-E-Joe's

Gold Waterstone Pizza

Bronze Larry and Janet— The Morning Line on WLNI 105.9

Silver RA Bistro

Bronze Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Honorable Mention Dick and Dave— The Morning Show on Q99 Barry and Linda Armstrong— The Journey on 88.3

RESTAURANTS BEST ASIAN/ETHNIC FOOD Gold La Carreta Mexican Restaurant Silver King's Island Restaurant Bronze Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Bronze The Neighbors Place Honorable Mention The Crown Sterling Benjamin's

Honorable Mention Blue Ridge BBQ Devils Backbone Brewing Company

BEST BREAKFAST Gold Market at Main

BEST BAR

Silver Cracker Barrel

Gold The Neighbors Place

Bronze Koffee Kup

Silver RA Bistro Bronze Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Honorable Mention Carol's Place Benjamin's >>

Honorable Mention Rivermont Pizza Bräuburgers

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Many Thanks to our Loyal Patients for Voting! 206 Enterprise Dr. Forest, Virginia (434) 316-9090 • www.libbeydentistry.com

Thank You for Voting Us One of the Best Home Service Companies!

Liberty Christian Academy See Virginia’s largest private School in action!

Our Services:

Commercial & Residential Pressure Washing New Construction Washing • House Wash Roof Wash • Fleet Wash • Steam Clean Restaurant Deep Clean • Licensed & Insured

434-444-5812 • www.bpmobilewash.com

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BLUE RIDGE

HERAPY ASSOCIATES

Thank you for this award!! At Blue Ridge Therapy our goal is to provide quality therapy, uphold strict ethical standards and to curtail healthcare costs for the family as much as possible.

BRTA is a therapist owned private practice. We are a comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility and employ licensed Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational and Physical Therapists. We provide services to people of all ages, birth through geriatric. We develop individual treatment plans and encourage therapeutic home programs. Some things that set our practice apart are: One-on-one evaluations and treatment Individual treatment sessions, with your licensed therapist, ranging from 30 min – 1 hour Therapeutic consistency with the same therapist as much as possible Free screenings for certain services Preventative screens and education to Physician practices, Universities, and Patients. SerViceS incLuDe But nOt LiMiteD tO: Speech We offer various specialties for speech including delays and disorders affecting: communication (receptive or expressive) Language Voice Oral-Motor and Myofunctional skills Articulation Swallowing/Feeding Modified Barium Swallow Studies

OccupAtiOnAL therApy Occupational Therapy involves rehabilitation of finemotor and sensory function delays and disorders, fine-motor control and coordination. Areas this may affect are: · posture and strength · Sensory integration · Visual perception · Visual Motor · Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) · handwriting

phySicAL therApy Physical Therapy involves rehabilitation of gross-motor and orthopaedic delays and disorders, balance, and coordination. Special certifications held for Dry Needling, Performing Arts Medicine, and NDT techniques. Rehabilitation may be needed for: · Orthopedic and fracture problems · Strength and gross motor control · pain Management · trigger point therapy · neuromuscular re-education  

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BRÄUBURGERS Gold Award Winner

BEST BURGER Honorable Mention

BEST BAR

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Tracing its origin back to 1885, Edmunds & Williams is the oldest and largest law firm in Lynchburg and is one of the leading law firms in Virginia. For over 125 years, the firm has demonstrated the ability to provide its clients with legal services of the highest quality.

Robert C. Wood III

Kristine H. Smith

Henry M. Sackett III

Darryl D. Whitesell

Rayner V. Snead, Jr.

S. Henry Creasy IV

Bernard C. Baldwin III

John W. Francisco

Wm. Tracey Shaw

Veronica M. Jacobs

William E. Phillips

R. Patrick Bolling

Eric J. Sorenson, Jr.

David J. Knoespel

828 Main Street, 19th Floor, Lynchburg, Virginia 24504 (434) 846-9000 • www.ewlaw.com


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WATERSTONE PIZZA Gold Award Winner

BEST ATMOSPHERE BEST PIZZA Silver Award Winner BEST LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT

BEST BURGER

BEST DELI

BEST FROZEN DESSERT

Gold Bräuburgers

Gold Westside Deli

Gold Mister Goodies

Silver Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Silver Magnolia Foods

Silver MayLynn's Creamery

Bronze The Cavalier

Bronze Farm Basket

Bronze Sweet Frog

Honorable Mention RA Bistro Texas Inn TRoom

Honorable Mention Jersey Mike's Market at Main

Honorable Mention Monkee Joes Java & Creamery Cold Stone Creamery

BEST COFFEE

BEST DESSERTS

BEST ITALIAN

Gold Joe Beans

Gold Mister Goodies

Gold Isabella's Italian Trattoria

Silver The White Hart/Blackwater Coffee

Silver Mama Crockett's Cider Donuts

Silver La Villa Italian Restaurant

Bronze Starbucks

Bronze Montana Plains Bakery

Bronze Olive Garden

Honorable Mention The Muse Coffee Company Bean Tree Café

Honorable Mention Cao Artisan Chocolates Main Street Eatery

Honorable Mention Vinny's Italian Grill & Pizzeria Milano's Italian Restaurant >>

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ITALIAN TRATTORIA BEST ITALIAN Gold Award Winner

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Light Medical, Inc. Thank you for voting Light Medical

Best Family Medical Practice

LightCare "Options for your individual and family's healthcare" Family Medicine Travel Medicine Patient-centered Medical Home Occupational Health

Women's Health Drug Testing Weight Loss Urgent Appointments Addiction Treatment Allergy Testing

"Let's talk about the future"

lightmedical.org

DirectCare

2811 Linkhorne Drive

Telemedicine

434-384-1581

We’re honored to be voted Best Law Firm.

Where You Can Always Find A Passion for American Cuisine & Southern Hospitality

Thank You for Voting Us Gold Level Best Place for a Business Lunch, also Best Atmosphere, Best Restaurant for Rehearsal Dinner or Event, Best Locally Owned Restaurant and Best Bar!

Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-10pm Fri & Sat: 11:30am-11pm Sun: 11:30am-9pm

OverbeyLaw.com 434-332-5155

104 Paulette Circle • Lynchburg, VA (434) 455-4300 www.theneighborsplace.com

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BLUE RIDGE BBQ 434-609-4473 Lynchburg, VA

Around the corner is a location. And a state of mind.

CATERING & CONCESSIONS

At BB&T, we believe a local approach to banking should never go out of style. For more than 140 years, we’ve been sharing the knowledge our clients need to move in a brighter financial direction. Supporting our schools, arts and sports programs. Helping businesses grow and families become homeowners. And seeing our connection to this community grow stronger by the year. BBT.com

Thank You For Voting Us One Of The Best in BBQ!

Mark Packard Market President 434-847-3868 MPackard@BBandT.com

Visit Our Website For Menu And Location Schedule

BlueRidgeBarbecue.com

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Branch Banking and Trust Company is a Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. Loans are subject to credit approval. Only deposit products are FDIC insured. © 2015, Branch Banking and Trust Company. All rights reserved.

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BENJAMIN"S Gold Award Winner BEST LOCALLYOWNED RESTAURANT BEST NIGHT SPOT FOR LIVE MUSIC Silver Award Winner BEST SEAFOOD Honorable Mention BEST ATMOSPHERE BEST BREAKFAST BEST CATERER BEST WAITSTAFF

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AUBURNLEA FARMS CORNER MARKET BEST NEW RESTAURANT

(1 YEAR OLD OR LESS) Gold Award Winner

BEST KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Gold Chick-fil-A

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Silver Cici's Pizza

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Bronze Lola's Mexican Cuisine

Honorable Mention La Villa Italian Restaurant The Depot Grille

Honorable Mention Fiesta Tapatia Taqueria "La Tradicional Mexican Grille"

BEST LOCALLY-OWNED RESTAURANT

BEST NEW RESTAURANT (1 YEAR OLD OR LESS)

Gold Benjamin's

Gold Auburnlea Farms Corner Market

Silver Waterstone Pizza

Silver Trio Brick Oven Eatery

Bronze RA Bistro

Bronze Mama Crockett's Cider Donuts

Honorable Mention The Neighbors Place Charley's Restaurant & Catering The Crown Sterling

Honorable Mention Kegney Brothers Lola's Mexican Cuisine

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BEST NIGHT SPOT FOR LIVE MUSIC Gold Benjamin's Silver Phase 2 Bronze Jimmy's on the James Honorable Mention Apocalypse Ale Worx Big Lick Tropical Grill

BEST PIZZA Gold Waterstone Pizza Silver Rivermont Pizza Bronze Upper Crust Pizza Company Honorable Mention Original Italian Pizza La Villa Italian Restaurant

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Classic cuisine in a historic setting with international flair. Since 1998.

The place to celebrate! Open Mon.–Sat., 4:30pm, seating until 9:30pm 907 Main St., Lynchburg, VA 24504 434.847.2526 • www.mainsteatery.com

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WESTSIDE DELI BEST DELI Gold Award Winner

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Thanks for Voting Us One of the Best Retirement Communities Liberty Ridge specializes in respectful and compassionate choices: short term rehab; short and long term skilled nursing care; and respite care. Our team of dedicated professionals provides the highest level of medical and nursing care in a great atmosphere. Please call us to make arrangements to discuss your individual needs. We look forward to hearing from you!

189 Monica Blvd. Lynchburg, VA 24502 Phone 434.847.2860 Fax 434.847.2738 saberhealth.com/libertyridge

Thank you for voting The Patriotic Peacock Best Art Studio and Best Studio and Interior Design! Painting Classes Private Paint Parties Now offering classes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

901 Jefferson Street | Lynchburg Va 24504 | www.ThePatrioticPeacock.com | 434.238.5394

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www.stclair-eye.com

DOCTORS OF OPTOMETRY Dr. Gary H. St. Clair Dr. Clifford I. Phillips Dr. Mark D. Rodammer Dr. Anna H. Farouq

Eye Care Family Caring For

Dr. Ashley C. Veloso

Family

OFFICES TO SERVE YOU 20838 A Timberlake Road 2514 Langhorne Road Shoppes of Appomattox

239-2800 845-6086 352-5908

Thank YOU for voting US one of the Best Of Eyecare, and one of the Best Of Designer Eyewear and Sunglasses

PHOTOS BY K.D. BURKE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sponsor of Lynchburg Business magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 & Lynchburg Living’s Giving Back Awards Phase 2 has everything you might need to provide excellent full service for your next event of any size! • Affordable, yet upscale • Complete, multi-room distributed AV system • Suitable for small and large meetings up to 1000 attendees • Full-service catering PHONE: 434-846-3206 FAX: 434-528-3448 4009 Murray Place Lynchburg, VA www.phase2club.com

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SHOEMAKERS

AMERICAN GRILLE Gold Award Winner

BEST RESTAURANT FOR REHEARSAL DINNER OR EVENT Bronze Award Winner

BEST STEAK

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Delivering to Lynchburg, Amherst County and the surrounding areas

116 Commonwealth Dr, Madison Heights, VA 24572 • 434-929-1960 • www.flowerbasketva.com

2015 D AWARD GOL

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“Best Financial Planning Firm”

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THE NEIGHBORS PLACE Gold Award Winner BEST BAR BEST PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH Bronze Award Winner BEST ATMOSPHERE Honorable Mention BEST RESTAURANT FOR REHEARSAL DINNER OR EVENT BEST LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT

BEST PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH

BEST RESTAURANT FOR VEGETARIAN/VEGANS

Gold The Neighbors Place

Gold Zoe's Kitchen

Silver Charley's Restaurant & Catering

Silver Crisp

Bronze RA Bistro The Crown Sterling

Bronze Magnolia Foods

Honorable Mention Shakers Restaurant

Honorable Mention Millie's Living Cafe Milan Indian Cuisine

BEST RESTAURANT FOR REHEARSAL DINNER OR EVENT

BEST SEAFOOD

Gold Shoemakers American Grille

Silver Benjamin's

Silver The Crown Sterling

Bronze Blue Marlin Seafood Market

Bronze Charley's Restaurant & Catering

Honorable Mention The Dalhia Harbor Inn Seafood

Honorable Mention RA Bistro The Neighbors Place

Gold Red Lobster

BEST STEAK Gold New London Steakhouse Silver The Crown Sterling Bronze Shoemakers American Grille Honorable Mention Perky's Restaurant Texas Roadhouse

BEST WAITSTAFF Gold Chik-fil-A on Wards Rd. Silver The Crown Sterling Bronze RA Bistro Honorable Mention La Carreta Mexican Restaurant Benjamin's

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GIVIN G BACK AWARDS RECEP TI O N

2nd Annual

Giving Back Awards Reception On November 3, 2015, representatives of our top nonprofits gathered for the 2nd Annual Giving Back Awards reception, sponsored by Piedmont Eye Center, and held at Phase 2, our generous event sponsor. Each of our reader nominated and voted Top 25 nonprofits were recognized for their contributions to our community. With over 170 starting nominations, this year saw great growth from our first year. See all of our photos on Lynchburg Living's Facebook page. Plus, read about these nonprofits and see our entire Top 50 nonprofit list on the web at www.lynchburgliving.com.

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THE QUEEN OF FLOWERS WORDS AND PHOTOS BY SUSAN TIMMONS

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s a lady of a certain age, I may not remember what I ate for lunch, but I’ll never forget feeling like a princess at the age of 10 when Daddy presented me with a delicate white orchid for

Easter. Mom ceremoniously secured this frilly flower to the shoulder of my brand-new Easter dress with a grown-up-lady pearl hatpin—the crowning touch on my Easter finery. Then, after the day’s celebrations, my orchid was stashed away in its very own florist box for safe keeping in the fridge.

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LIVING COLOR— Top Left: A Phalaenopsis orchid display in the Conservatory at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. Below: Two varieties of Cattleya orchids blooming in the Lankester Botanical Gardens of Costa Rica.

After all, orchids were rare and exotic, as precious as crown jewels. And I was beguiled by their dazzling beauty. From that first introduction, it was a short and enthusiastic leap into creating elementary school geography, science and art projects on tropical foreign lands with jungles, monkeys and lush over-sized, bright white, pastel and colorsaturated flora like the orchid.

ORCHIDS, ORCHIDS EVERYWHERE Even as an adult I thought of orchids as expensive imported luxuries to be admired in wedding bouquets and high-end hotels—too exotic and finicky to grow at home. But that’s all changed. Fast forward to today’s ease of buying them at local nurseries and grocery store chains for prices comparable to a bunch of cut flowers. So, of course, I started picking up an occasional potted orchid that called my name, and friends gave them to me as gifts. To my amazement, they lived and re-bloomed.

SCHOOL PROJECT PAYOFF Flashbacks to my childhood fascination with orchids and my increasing confidence in growing them fed each other. So I couldn’t pass up a trip to Costa Rica in 2008 with a guide who was not only an ornithologist but also an orchid expert. I’d landed in heaven. Yes, I was delighted by the birds, but I was in love with the orchids. My Costa Rican guide quickly challenged my limited schoolgirl understanding of orchids. First off, orchids comprise one of the largest and most diverse families of plants in the world with over 35,000 different species. According to the American Orchid Society website, another 100,000 ornamental hybrid orchids now exist, and new orchids are being discovered or hybridized every year. >>

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A DIVERSE FAMILY: Orchids blooming in the Lankester Botanical Gardens, a research center for the University of Costa Rica. Clockwise from left to right: Spider orchid, Cattleya orchid, and two varieties of Slipper orchids.

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And not all orchids are steamy jungle dwellers. They actually grow all over the world—in every continent except Antarctica, almost every country of the world, and every state of the U.S. (including Alaska) in habitats that range from cold to hot, wet to dry. With almost 1,400 species, Costa Rica claims the most diverse orchid flora in the world in a wide range of micro-climates from primal rain forests and Caribbean coastal beaches to mountainous cloud forests and arid volcano craters.

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Although some orchids grow in soil or on rocks, most grow high in the tree canopy on trunks or branches out of sight and seeking light. These orchids are epiphytes—meaning they are plants that grow on other plants but are non-parasitic, producing their own food by photosynthesis.

SO WHAT MAKES IT AN ORCHID? The most beautiful and bizarre of flowers, orchids display remarkable variety in flower size, shape and color. Some orchid flowers even have a startling resemblance to angels, dancing ladies or even monkeys. How could so many species that look so different be in the same family? What classifies them as orchids is a unique set of flower characteristics. The three sepals and three petals are often similar but one of the petals is showier than the rest. This labellum, or lip, may be adorned with speckles of color, wart-like bumps and ruffles that attract and provide a landing platform for pollinators.


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While they share physical characteristics, their habits vary. Some fully formed orchid flowers in Costa Rica are so minuscule that we could see them only through the lens of a researcher’s microscope. Others flower for only a day or two a year, and the whereabouts of most is a highly guarded protective secret to foil poachers. Much about orchids remains an intriguing mystery. As Charles Darwin noted, “I was never more interested in any subject in all my life than this of orchids.”

BRING THE BEAUTY IN: Orchids can adapt to indoor environments quite well. Top Left: A Phalaenopsis (or moth) orchid in Susan’s sunroom. Top Right: A display of Phalaenopsis orchids at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va.

GROWING ORCHIDS AT HOME A long-standing myth claims that orchids are next to impossible to grow at home without a greenhouse. Yet there are many popular, easy-to-grow types that readily adapt to our home environments. Typically, the orchids we buy locally are Phalaenopsis (moth), cymbidium, cattleya, dendrobium or oncidium; and they are far tougher and more adaptable than I’d ever imagined. But to keep them healthy and happy, we need to understand their requirements.

ROOTS MUST BREATHE I plant my orchids in loose bark nuggets that simulate their native habitat on trees so the roots can get oxygen. A fast-draining, but water-retentive medium is essential to keep roots well-aerated for a healthy root system. Potting our typical household orchids in soil is actually one of the best ways to kill them. Orchids occasionally need repotting when the potting medium breaks down and compacts or when the plant outgrows the container. My orchids seem fine for years in fairly small pots. Of course, when I do repot, I always use fresh bark, which is available in nurseries, big box stores, craft stores and online.

HOW TO KILL AN ORCHID The surest way to kill an orchid is letting the roots sit in water. (Yep, mea culpa.) Oxygen deprivation causes roots to suffocate and rot. So water and drain your orchid pots once every week or 10 days and allow them to dry out before watering again. Orchids are better able to survive bark drying out entirely than overwatering.

Have you ever seen “ice orchids” in grocery stores? Do you know what that’s all about? My theory is it’s a marketing gimmick. Instructions state to water orchids with only a couple of ice cubes a week, thus offering a fool-proof insurance policy against over-watering. And so, emboldened by pride in our success at not killing our orchids, we’ll go out and buy more. Voila! >>

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I’m partial to decorative, nondraining pots and discovered that orchids do very well with a severalinch deep layer of pebbles or even floral foam (Oasis®) lining the bottom of the pot under the potting bark and plants. Water wicks up through the Oasis and bark and also evaporates to humidify the plant.

A LITTLE FERTILIZER GOES A LONG WAY Conventional wisdom says for regular blooming it helps to apply a weak, diluted solution of 20-10-20 fertilizer weekly and then flush with plain water to remove accumulated fertilizer salts monthly. My philosophy is: When in doubt, give less fertilizer rather than more. So maybe I’m lazy and my blooms are a bit smaller, but I’ve never burned up an orchid by over-fertilizing. Most orchids in our homes require plenty of light—but not direct sun—at least six hours a day. Some, such as Phalaenopsis, tolerate less light than others, but more light enhances flowering potential. They also need alternating periods of light and dark as in nature, so don’t park them under a 24-hour grow light. Oh, yes, I’ve made that mistake too. My orchids enjoy summer and fall on our screened porch and winter and spring in the sunroom with glass on three sides: east, north and west. They do get a bit of direct winter sunlight in early morning and afternoon, but windows with UV protection help filter harmful excess. Many orchids prefer night temperatures that are 10-15 degrees cooler than during the day. I leave my orchids on our screened porch in fall for cooler evening temperatures, bringing them inside just before first frost. This little trick can mean the difference between an orchid plant that merely survives and one that sets buds that unfold into attention-grabbing flowers in January to lift our spirits throughout dreary winter months.

GO FOR RE-BLOOMING Some orchids re-bloom once a year, others several times a year, and some even bloom continuously. How long blooms last depends on the type as well as conditions. Cattleya blooms may last from one to four weeks, and Phalaenopsis typically last several months, although I’ve occasionally had blooms last up to 8-9 months. 134

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UNCOMMON BEAUTY—From left to right: A colorful Cymbidium orchid at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va. A Cymbidium orchid blooms in Susan’s sunroom. A Phalaenopsis orchid sunbathes in Susan’s home.

Of the more commonly available orchids, only Phalaenopsis will re-bloom from its old spike (flower stem). When the last flower falls, I leave the spike on, and it will bloom again. I continue to experiment with water, light, temperature and other factors in my efforts to keep my orchids happy. They return the favor with gorgeous blooms and an unfailing ability to bring great beauty and joy to our home.

GIVE IT A TRY A final piece of advice if you’re not already an orchid devotee: Just go out and buy one and enjoy experimenting. For more information, visit the American Orchid Society website, www.aos.org. For inspiration, visit the permanent orchid display and annual orchid shows at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, www.lewisginter.org. If your orchid croaks, it’s not the end of the world. Just buy another one and try something different. But beware! Experimenting with orchids can be habit-forming. A fellow orchid-lover once confessed that growing one orchid is like eating one peanut. Once hooked, I “experimented” my way into a collection of 70 orchids. Thanks to friends who kindly accepted my orchid gifts, I’m down to a manageable one dozen. Without a greenhouse, that’s just about right.

Meet the Gardener Susan Timmons served in the 1970s as Virginia’s first Environmental Impact Statement Coordinator, then Assistant Administrator and Acting Administrator of Virginia’s Council on the Environment and editor of The State of Virginia’s Environment. During that time she also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Environmental Professionals and received the National Wildlife Federation’s Award for Environmental Communications. More recently, she worked in higher education and nonprofit management and, in retirement, she serves as a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Hill City Master Gardeners Association with a series of talks on “Gardens of the World.” Susan and her husband, Tim, live and enjoy their mostly DIY country garden at Walnut Branch Farm in Bedford County.


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GET YOUR ART ON: Harrisonburg has plenty to offer visitors who love the arts from the Darrin McHone Gallery (above; photo courtesy of Arts Council of the Valley) to the children’s museum, Explore More Discovery Museum(left).

et against the backdrop of naturally beautiful scenery, Harrisonburg is home to James Madison University (JMU), one of the state’s top-tier universities. Much like our town, Harrisonburg is an active, healthy community interested in conservation and historic preservation. Harrisonburg is one “Great American Main Street Community” that needs to be on your radar! Just two hours from Lynchburg, Richmond and Washington, D.C., it might be the perfect spot to meet-up for a girls’ trip, couples getaway or a family weekend. Here we’ll share plenty of resources to help you plan your trip. Before going, check the websites of the City of Harrisonburg and its department of tourism to review activity calendars and find links to local lodging and hot spots. But once you’ve arrived, make your first stop the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center in the heart of downtown. Here, you’ll meet several friendly faces that can help orient you to the area and share details about local events, dining and popular attractions. The Valley Turnpike Museum and Civil War Orientation Center, located inside the Hardesty-Higgins House, can also direct history buffs to 30 different historic sites, battlefields and cemeteries scattered throughout the area.

DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT— THE HEART OF THE ARTS Harrisonburg’s downtown was the first officially designated “Arts and Cultural District” in the state of Virginia. Make the Arts Council of the Valley, located in The Smith House on South Main Street, your go-to place to find current art exhibitions, theater events and local museums. Downtown’s easily walkable 10 block historic district is rich in architecture, family-friendly museums, new restaurants and trendy shops. The city center plays host to many festivals and events throughout the year, including weekly live music performances and numerous beer, wine, music and art festivals.

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Harrisonburg is a hotbed of live performance art. The Court Square Theater is a compact venue located in a renovated historic building that regularly hosts screenings, film festivals and live musical performances. JMU’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is a modern, spacious facility where choral events, plays, dance performances and concerts are regularly performed. On the west side of JMU’s “Historic Quad”—home to its schools of theater, music and dance—are housed works from the school of art and art history. May We Recommend… visiting the John C. Wells Planetarium on the campus of JMU. This state-of-the-art facility (reportedly the only one of its kind in the world!) has an ultra-high resolution digital projection system that provides visitors with an ultra-realistic night sky.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES— EXPERIENCE NATURAL BEAUTY Walking, hiking and cycling are widely popular in Harrisonburg—it’s a pedestrian’s dream town. Most local trails and paths are open to cyclists, runners and walkers. The Rocktown Trails at Hillandale Park are a particular local favorite, offering mixed terrain with varied levels of difficulty. Also popular among gardeners and dog-walkers alike is JMU’s Edith J. Carrier >>

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURES— Like Lynchburg, the city of Harrisonburg provides a wide range of outdoor activities that appeal to the history buffs, adrenaline junkies and casual visitors alike.

Arboretum, which has beautifully maintained gardens and extensive walking trails with a broad diversity of flora and fauna. The grounds are free and open from dawn to dusk, every day of the year. The Community Bike Map (available at bike shops, the visitor center and online) helps cyclists plan their routes through town, classifying streets based on the types of challenges bikers might face along their routes. Check out Rocktown Bicycles, Shenandoah Bicycle Company and Walkabout Outfitter for rentals, repairs, trail maps, clothing, footwear and gear. For the most scenic selfies, climb the High Knob Fire Tower, on West Highway 33 about 25 miles from Harrisonburg at the Virginia/West Virginia state line; there you will find the most outstanding views of the Shenandoah Valley. A 40-minute hike leads to the tower, which was constructed by World War I veterans and the Civil Conservation Corps in 1939. Once you come back down to earth, be sure to find the “Love-works Harrisonburg” outdoor art installation and don’t forget to share the love and hashtag it for social media! You can find the LOVE artwork in the grassy lot behind The Smith House on South Main Street, facing the municipal parking lot. If you’re visiting with children, the Dream Come True Playground and Liberty Swing on Neff Avenue is an accessible/inclusive playground with many unique and one-of-a-kind features. 140

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The Liberty Swing allows children in wheelchairs the opportunity to experience the joy of having a swing and is the only swing of its type that is fully lockable and allows a maximum swing height. The park is open year round unless the temperature is 32 degrees or below or the ground is frozen. Your group might also enjoy having a spring fling (with a Frisbee!) at the Westover Park Disc Golf Course. The 21-hole course begins near the West Market Street entrance of the park. Scorecards/loaner discs are available at the front desk of the park’s community activities center. For indoor play, the Explore More Discovery Museum on South Main Street has interactive, multi-sensory exhibits focusing on the sciences, mathematics, humanities and the arts. For those looking to relax and rejuvenate, visit the White Oak Lavender Farm. It’s a family-owned farm with over 6,000 lavender plants, located near the historic Cross Keys Civil War Battlefield. Open all year, you can pick lavender, tour the farm, enjoy a class, buy a plant or lie down in a lavender field! Children will enjoy the goats, miniature horses, alpaca, ducks and other farm animals. May We Recommend… Massanutten Resort at 1822 Resort Drive in McGaheysville, just 20 minutes from Harrisonburg. Here winter sports enthusiasts and water park lovers can enjoy the best of both worlds. The resort welcomes day visitors and overnight guests. If you’re traveling with kids, it’s worth


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FARM-TO-TABLE: Explore the Community Market (above) or taste how eateries have incorporated local offerings into creative and tasty dishes like the wood-fired pizza from Bella Luna (right).

Harrisonburg is also the first city in Virginia to have a designated “Downtown Culinary District.” Throughout its history, this region has been home to food-related businesses that make a widespread impact on the food industry. In fact, during the Civil War, thanks to the prosperity of the area’s agriculture, it was nicknamed “the breadbasket of the Confederacy.” So, around here, the farm-to-table trend is nothing new. Downtown Harrisonburg has more than 30 unique, locallyowned restaurants and a fantastic year-round farmers market. Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza on West Water Street is Harrisonburg’s first farm-to-table pizza place. The menu features handmade pizzas, pastas, fresh seasonal salads/sandwiches and delectable desserts. The bar serves local microbrews and hard ciders on tap, in addition to choice wines and artisan cocktails. >>

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CULINARY CHOICES—With dozens of local restaurants, foodies can explore a range of delectable dishes. Clockwise from top left: Pasta from Vitos; grouper and shrimp from the Joshua Wilton House; a spread at the Clementine Café (photo by Michael Sheeler).

The Clementine Café on South Main Street serves up an ever-changing menu of food, music and art. Be sure to try the excellent house-made potato chips! Ask your server about the extensive list of off-menu vegetarian options. They also have live music on most Friday and Saturday nights. Though it’s technically not a restaurant, you don’t want to miss stopping by the Downtown Wine and Gourmet where they have weekly “wine down the week” wine tastings on Fridays and free beer samplings on Saturdays. Carrying a selection of gourmet foods and cocktail supplies, including crackers, cheeses and stuffed olives, plus honey, olive oil and vinegars, peanuts, locally made chocolates, coffee and more, this is the place to buy a few treats to take with you. Next-door neighbor restaurants Jack Brown’s and Billy Jack’s share the same South Main Street block and have the same owner but feature different menus. Both spots are super casual with fun atmospheres. Jack Brown’s is known for its amazing burgers and craft beer. Its much roomier cousin Billy Jack’s is where hearty, inventive pub grub rules the menu. These are not your ordinary sliders and wings! [Psst! Hidden behind a plain tan door in a loft over Billy Jack’s on the Water Street side of the building is a speakeasy called Jack’s Hideaway. It’s all about the art of the cocktail here, so get dressed to the nines, approach the doorman and hope that he’ll invite you through the secret door at the end of the hall. Jack’s Hideaway is only open Thursday through Saturday to adults over age 21.] Jess’ Quick Lunch on South Main Street is the hometown diner where you can get a great hot dog and an old fashioned handdipped milkshake. A dash of nostalgia is served up with the food in this fast, friendly and inexpensive restaurant. >>

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PULL UP A CHAIR—Harrisonburg offers a variety of locally-operated bars, breweries and wineries that will keep you coming back for more.

RAISE A GLASS TO THE AREA’S BREWERIES & WINERIES Brothers Craft Brewing on North Main Street has won multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival and Virginia Craft Brewers Cup. The venue frequently hosts beer tastings, live music and food trucks. Pale Fire Brewing Company on South Liberty Street is Harrisonburg’s newest brewery. Try the award winning Salad Days® American Saison. Every Friday, Three Notch’d Brewing Company on East Market Street releases a new beer brewed by their award-winning brewer Mary Morgan. The setting’s great too—the taproom won Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance “Design Excellence Award” in 2014. May We Recommend… Cross Keys Vineyards in Mt. Crawford, just a few minutes away from downtown Harrisonburg. Enjoy weekly happy hours in the courtyard every Friday and one of the best spots for Sunday Brunch in the area.

WHERE TO STAY—COMFORT & STYLE Harrisonburg is a college town, so there’s no shortage of bigname hotel brands like the Holiday Inn, Courtyard by Marriott and the Residence Inn. But why not branch out and stay somewhere locally-owned and -operated? The Stonewall Jackson Inn Bed and Breakfast on East Market Street is just a short walk from the historic downtown and offers all the usual amenities you’d expect (non-smoking private rooms and baths, complimentary high-speed internet, free parking) but in the setting of a beautifully restored

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• Westover Park Disc Golf Course: 305 South Dogwood Drive

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• Dream Come True Playground and Liberty Swing: 1050 Neff Avenue

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• Explore More Discovery Museum: 150 South Main Street, iexploremore.com • White Oak Lavender Farm: 2644 Cross Keys Road, (540) 421-6345 or whiteoaklavender.com • Massanutten Resort: 1822 Resort Drive, McGaheysville. (540) 289-9441 or massresort.com


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hristmas may be but a fading memory, and those sugar plum fairies dancing in your head have vacated post. But for many in Lynchburg, a holiday highlight remains front-and-center, promising more treats to come. Tarsha Joyner, known as Missus Joy, shaked and baked her way to a win on the Food Network television special “Christmas Cookie Challenge” only a few weeks ago. And at the end of this month, she’ll open Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treat Shoppe. “I feel that everything I’ve done in my life up to this point has prepared me for this, and I’m more than ready for the challenge,” she says. Joyner met her husband while he was a marine at Camp Lejeune. “I married him, and he brought me back and made a ‘Lynchburger’ out of me,” she says. The North Carolina native graduated from Lynchburg College in 2013 with a degree in art and an emphasis on graphic design and photography. She got seriously into baking in the past three years, stemming from a graphics design project where she had to brand a product line, including name, logo, packaging—everything. You can guess the product line. The project garnered her an “A” in class and two ADDY (American Advertising) awards. How did you get into making such amazing cookies? I started with shortbread cookies and, after researching hundreds of recipes, I started lurking in groups on Facebook and reading what everyone else was doing. I loved the decorated sugar cookies everyone was doing and decided to give it a go. I didn’t even own a cookie cutter! I went and bought some basic shapes and just went for it. The first set was rather embarrassing, but it was mostly to get an understanding of flooding and different consistencies of the royal icing. I’ve been doing cookies now for about a year and a half. Sugar cookies are the best for decorating. That’s what us cookiers call them, but it’s not the sugar cookie I remember as a child. The ones we use now hold their shape far better and come in a wide variety of flavors. What inspires you in regard to your cookies? Everything inspires me. Everything! There was a time when I wanted to paint a picture of everything. Then I felt like I could design and make a quilt of just about any subject. Now I believe that I could "cookiefy" anything. 146

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DELECTABLE DESIGNS— Joyner’s background in art and design has translated well to the cookie realm where she can create almost any edible item with startling detail. Courtesy Photos

How long do you spend decorating a cookie? It all depends on the cookie. It’s not just about the decorating. You have to make the dough, roll the dough, chill the dough, cut the cookies, bake the cookies, cool the cookies, and then comes the decorating. The longest I’ve taken to decorate a cookie was about 8 hours. Of course I was working on an entire set at the same time. It’s not feasible to work on just one cookie. Because I tend to work in layers, I often have to wait for layers to dry before I can finish all the details. Tell us about your business. I plan to open Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treat Shoppe by the end of January [on Commerce] and Food-O-File work for myself for the first time in my life. Tarsha Joyner I’m not just a cookier. I like making all Owner & Head Treatmaker sorts of treats. I make cakes, caramels, Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely brownies, donuts, candies, homemade Fabulous Treat Shoppe marshmallows, pies, whoopie pies, www.Treats.MissusJoy.com shortbread, alfajores, and whatever else MissusJoy@gmail.com that interests me, and I think will sell.


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t seems as if we were all told by our mothers growing up to “eat our vegetables.” Turns out many of us are doing just that.

And for a number of reasons—including health,

moral and religious concerns—folks are celebrating the vegetable. That doesn’t mean that many don’t like meat, too, but whether it’s exploring new flavors or trying to trim down a bit, diners are shifting towards a more plant-based diet. The term is flexitarian, meaning that an otherwise

The truth is, for many cultures in the world, being fleixtarian has been a way of life for a long, long time. When you look at some other global cuisines, such as Asian or Latin, meat often takes a back seat and is used minimally. And for many Catholics, Fridays are meatless, often featuring fish instead of beef. So no one is calling for an end to meat at a meal but instead for consideration—and, of course, it’s a highly personal choice.

carnivorous diner is shrinking the portion of meat on the

But in a world of wild mushroom pizza with truffle

plate and sometimes eliminating it all together in favor of

oil, eggplant parmesan, soba noodles with braised tofu,

fruits, grains and vegetables.

three cheese lasagna, grilled veggie and hummus wraps,

This differs from true vegans and vegetarians who eschew meat and animal products completely.

butternut squash risotto, chickpea curry over long-grain rice, spicy lentil cakes topped with poached eggs,

Currently the trend has gained momentum through

tomato pie, Chinese noodle salad with sesame dressing,

Meatless Monday, an initiative associated with the Johns

white bean soup with escarole, grilled cauliflower steaks,

Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a

baked mac and cheese … well … you get the picture.

Livable Future. The goal is to improve people’s health as well as the health of the planet.

In a world of wonderful options, you may find yourself not asking where’s the beef, but why the beef? >>

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Stop me if you’ve done this before: you order a delicious-sounding dish out at a favorite restaurant. You take a bite—yummy. You take another bite, then another, and another, until you’ve eaten it all. Then you realize—your meal was completely meatless. Often some of our favorite things to eat are meatless, or more plant-centric, than we realize. Don’t believe us? We bet you love (or will love) the six options below, all of them sans animal protein.

Six to Sup A HALF DOZEN MARVELOUS MEAT-FREE MEALS

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CountrySkillet B reakfast Potatoes BREAKFAST Just the right amount of light, fluffy pancakes is served up with warm maple syrup from the breakfast Hot Items menu; add breakfast potatoes on the side for a savory foil.

The Great Room 2900 Candlers Mountain Rd., Lynchburg (434) 455-1301 www.GreatRoom-Restaurant.com

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French toast is one of those treats we don’t think about often enough, but these, when chocolate chips are added on top, go to the front of the line in our frontal lobes. Shredded potatoes make a classic addition to the plate.

A timeless classic, hummus is a dip/spread made with ground chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil. Here, as a starter, it’s served with pita bread. As a Mediterranean plate, it’s offered along side some other meatless marvels: tabouli and baba ghannouj.

Carol’s Place 15173 Forest Rd., Forest (434) 525-9181 www.EatAtCarols.com

Hot & Cold Café 205 Ninth St., Lynchburg (434) 846-4976 www.HotColdCafe.com

Dish-tionary:

Just what is a Flexitarian, anyway? There are many reasons folks reduce (or eliminate) meat and other animal products from their diet, including health, moral or religious concerns. You’ll hear a lot of terms tossed around—here are a few to bring you up-to-speed: Carnivore: a person who regularly eats meat or other animal products Flexitarian: a person who will occasionally eat eggs, dairy, fish/seafood and meat or other animal products, but is primarily vegetarian

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Lacto-ovo Vegetarian: a person who eats eggs and/or dairy products but not meat or other animal products Omnivore: a person who eats meat or other animal products as well as a plant-based diet Pescetarian: a person who does eat fish/seafood but not meat or other animal products Vegan: a person who strictly does not eat meat or animal products; they will not use animal products either Vegetarian: a person who does not eat meat or other animal products; they may or may not use animal products -PEH


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Somerset Cheese & Onion Tart LUNCH Tarts are a British Isles favorite; think rich and creamy savory pie. Here a tart shell is filled with a mixture of English cheddar cheese and sweet onion then served on a bed of mixed greens and with a fruit garnish.

Ploughcroft Tea Room 1215 Commerce St, Lynchburg (434) 832-7467 www.PloughcroftTeaRoom.com

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DINNER Pizza was made to be customized, and the Drew Brees pizza becomes meatless with the elimination of one ingredient—the Andouille sausage. You’re left with a savory pie of red sauce, spinach, mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, goat cheese and a three cheese blend.

Rivermont Pizza 2496 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg (434) 846-2877 www.RivermontPizza.com

Madeira-Mushroom Sauce for Pasta Here’s a meaty-but-meat-free dish that’s quick and easy to make and very versatile. You can serve it over rice or other grains, but I love it over pasta, topped with a generous grating of parmesan cheese and garnished with freshly-snipped herbs.

INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1⁄2 pound fresh mushrooms, stemmed and quartered 3 tablespoons minced shallots 1⁄2 cup Madeira wine 2 1⁄2 cups vegetable stock 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme 1⁄4 teaspoon white pepper

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sta a P n ria a t e g e V DINNER A generous bowl of pasta is tossed with sautéed seasonal vegetables for a filling meal that you won’t realize is meatless.

Jimmy’s on the James 610 Commerce St., Lynchburg (434) 845-1116 www.JimmysOnTheJames.com

Mock Eat this: AMeat Manual We’ve all heard of tofu, but there are more meatless ways to get protein in your diet than curds from mashed soybeans. Here are a dozen of our favorites; some work well to toss into chili or soups; others can be mashed into patties and fried or grilled; some can be pureed into spreads or dips, and still others can be sliced and baked or grilled. Beans • Beets • Cauliflower • Chickpeas Eggplant • Lentils and Legumes • Mushrooms Nuts • Potatoes• Tempeh • Tofu TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) A quick Internet search will give you some recipes to try or email us for some ideas. - PEH

METHOD Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until the butter melts and the mixture is hot. Add the mushrooms and shallots, and cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes. Add the wine to the skillet, reduce the heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, thyme, and white pepper, and cook, stirring frequently until the sauce thickens, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, gently stirring until it melts. Keep warm on the stovetop until ready to serve. YIELDS 2 – 2-1/2 CUPS Editor’s Note: A variation of this recipe is found in my book Dishing Up Virginia.

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Sweet potatoes seem to be the perfect match for winter. Their rich, sweet flavor takes on many applications, from biscuits to casserole, and warm us from the inside out. Just months ago, soil in fields across Virginia was broken up by tractors, and the sweet potatoes emerged from the ground, shaken free of clinging dirt. These beauties have since been sitting and curing, developing their sugar content. There are many varieties of sweet potato. Some sweet potatoes, when cut open, reveal an amber yellow-orange flesh while some are a deeper red. There are also some that are white inside, their color belying the fact that they vary so greatly from traditional baking-type spuds. It has been a long journey for the sweet potato both in distance and time to get to our area. An ancient, edible root, they have their origin in Central and South America. By colonial times, sweet potatoes had taken root here, and become an important part of southern cuisine. It is also about this time that sweet potatoes became known as yams, although they are not a true yam. Regardless of what you call them, they are delicious, and one of our favorite ways to enjoy them is in the form of a timeless Virginia treat: sweet potato biscuits stuffed with thin slices of Virginia ham.

WE’RE SWEET ON SWEET POTATOES BY PATRICK EVANS-HYLTON

Meet Chef Patrick Evans-Hylton

Lynchburg Living food editor Patrick Evans-Hylton is a Johnson & Wales-trained chef and award-winning food journalist. He has reported on food in print, television, radio and social media since 1991, including being senior editor for food and wine at Coastal Virginia Magazine. His latest book is Dishing Up Virginia. He blogs at PatrickEvansHylton.com.

Sweet Potato Biscuits

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INGREDIENTS 2 cups self-rising flour 1⁄2 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt
 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1⁄2 cup vegetable shortening 4 medium sweet potatoes, baked and mashed (about 2 cups) 2–4 tablespoons whole milk
 4 tablespoons butter, melted Peach (or other) chutney 12 slices thin Virginia ham

Work the shortening into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter until well mixed.

WITH PEACH CHUTNEY AND VIRGINIA HAM

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease a baking sheet and set aside. Whisk the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a medium bowl. Fold in the sweet potatoes and knead, adding a little more flour if the dough is too wet. If the dough is too dry, add the milk a little at a time. The mixture should be firm and smooth. 
 Roll out the dough on a floured cutting board to about a 1⁄2-inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a greased baking sheet and brush the melted butter on top. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the tops are light brown; reduce the heat to 400°F if tops are cooking too quickly. 
Split the biscuits and spread with the chutney; top with a thin slice of ham, close the biscuit, and serve immediately. 
 Editor’s Note: A version of this recipe appeared in my book Dishing Up Virginia.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS JANUARY 8

JANUARY 29-31

First Fridays Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street, Lynchburg 5 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Information at www.academycenter.org.

“Hansel & Gretel” Co-presented by the Academy and Opera on the James Jan. 29: 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 30: 3 p.m.; Jan. 31: 2 p.m. $8 for children; $10 for adults. Tickets available at www.academycenter.org.

JANUARY 14

JANUARY 30

Second Fridays in Centertown Bedford 5 to 8 p.m. Art Galleries, museums and shops will be open to the public.

Annual Bridal Luncheon Hosted by the Central Virginia Bridal Guide The Trivium Estaste & Conference Center, 7821 Bellevue Road, Forest 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come see regionals vendors, try great food and enter for a chance to win Bride of the Year in the magazine! Limited space available! For information and tickets visit www.VaBridal.com.

Art Talks Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street, Lynchburg 5 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Features artists showcased in the Academy’s galleries or on stage, as well as artists who are doing interesting work in the community. The artist/s will share their process, perspective and story. Information at www.academycenter.org.

JANUARY 17 “Julius Caesar” performed by the American Shakespeare Center Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street, Lynchburg 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets available at www.academycenter.org.

JANUARY 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lynchburg Museum & Point of Honor, Lynchburg 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both locations will be open and free to visitors.

JANUARY 21-24 “As You Like It” performed by Cavalier Theatre Jefferson Forest High School, 1 Cavalier Circle, Forest 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy a comedy about flirtation, friendship and mistaken identity. Tickets for $10. Information at www.cavaliertheatre.com.

JANUARY 22 Masquerade Ball—“I Carry Your Heart” The Trivium Estate & Conference Center, 7821 Bellevue Rd., Forest 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. Black and white formal attire and masks encouraged; a fundraiser to raise awareness of infertility. Tickets for $75 per person and include two drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Information at www.ICarryYourHeartFund.com. Guest Artist Recital Wimberly Recital Hall, Randolph College 7:30 p.m. Music by Beethoven, Chopin and Lizst performed by renowned pianist Kwan Li. Tickets $20; $10 for students. Information at (434) 258-1659 or www.LynchburgTickets.com.

JANUARY 27 “125 from the Permanent Collection”—Exhibit Opening Reception Maier Museum of Art, Randolph College 5 p.m. Exhibit theme based on 125 Founder’s Day Anniversary celebrations. Selection of “Top 125” works in the collection. Free and open to the public. Refreshments and cash bar (beer/wine) provided.

JANUARY 28 Piano Lecture Recital Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall, Lynchburg College 7:30 p.m. Esther Olin led by Dr. Cynthia B. Ramsey presents a piano recital. Open seating. No tickets required. 152

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FEBRUARY 2-6 E.C. Glass presents “The Hollow: A Dinner Theatre Event” Alumni Studio Theatre, 2111 Memorial Avenue, Lynchburg 7:30 to 10 p.m. Presented in conjunction with the award-winning E. C. Glass Culinary Arts program, a limited number of seats will include dinner and the show! Adults, $12; students and seniors, $8. Contact: www.glasstheatre.org or glasstheatreboxoffice@gmail.com.

FEBRUARY 5 First Fridays Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street, Lynchburg 5 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Information at www.academycenter.org.

FEBRUARY 11 Second Fridays in Centertown Bedford 5 to 8 p.m. Art Galleries, museums and shops will be open to the public. Art Talks Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main Street, Lynchburg 5 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Features artists showcased in the Academy’s galleries or on stage, as well as artists who are doing interesting work in the community. The artist/s will share their process, perspective and story. Information at www.academycenter.org.

FEBRUARY 12-13 Sweet Briar College Theatre presents: “The Girls We Were to the Women We Want to Be” Babcock Studio Theater, Sweet Briar College 7:30 to 11 p.m. Musical theatre cabaret presented as a senior project by Mayalin Quinones and Ashlynn Watson. Tickets from boxoffice@sbc.edu or visit www.LynchburgTickets.com.

FEBRUARY 12-14 Happy Valentine’s Day at Peaks of Otter Winery Peaks of Otter Winery, 2122 Sheep Creek Rd., Bedford Feb. 12: 12 p.m. Feb. 14: 5 p.m. Just Married? Receive a free gift. Come sit by the fire and enjoy wine tasting. Also, picnic and enjoy visiting our many farm animals. Information at www.peaksofotterwinery.com.

FEBRUARY 13 GI Jive 1940’s Valentine’s Dance The Trivium Estate and Conference Center, 7821 Bellevue Rd., Forest 6 to 10:30 p.m. A 1940’s dance like no other! It’s the perfect night of food, fun and fancy footwork. A great Valentine’s Day gift! Big band sounds, silent auction and fabulous dinner. Wear black tie or period clothing. $80/person or $150/couple. Information at (540) 586-3329.


EVENTS FEBRUARY 15 President’s Day Lynchburg Museum & Point of Honor, Lynchburg 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both locations will be open and free to visitors.

FEBRUARY 19 African American Genealogy Workshop Legacy Museum, 403 Monroe Str., Lynchburg 2 to 4:30 p.m., 5 to 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Library of Virginia. Presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibit To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade on display at the Lynchburg Museum. Free to visitors.

FEBRUARY 19-28 “Brigadoon” Tower Theatre, Liberty University Information and tickets at www.liberty.edu/theatre.

FEBRUARY 25-28 “Cabaret” Dillard Fine Arts Theatre, Lynchburg College Feb. 25-27: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28: 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 seniors; $5 students. Tickets at (434) 544-8380 or www.LynchburgTickets.com. “August Osage County” Murchison Lane Auditorium, Babcock Fine Arts, Sweet Briar College Feb. 25-27: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28: 2:30 p.m. Tickets at boxoffice@sbc.edu or www.LynchburgTickets.com.

FEBRUARY 26 National D-Day Memorial Lecture Bedford Welcome Center 816 Burks Hill Rd., Bedford Noon to 1 p.m. In recognition of Black History Month, explore the fascinating history of the 555th Parachute Battalion, known as the Triple Nickels during World War II—the first all-black Parachute Battalion organized in 1943. Free. Donations appreciated. Information at www.dday.org.

FEBRUARY 28 Red Carpet Gala West Manor Estate, 3594 State Rt. 666, Forest 6 to 11 p.m. Oscar viewing party held in conjunction with the 88th annual Academy Awards. Watch live performers and musicians, experience casino games, a silent auction and walk the red carpet! $125 per ticket. Information at tabitha.abbott@unitedwaycv.org.

FEBRUARY 29 Leap Year Open House at Peaks of Otter Winery Peaks of Otter Winery, 2122 Sheep Creek Rd., Bedford Noon to 5 p.m. Propose or get married at the winery on the 29th and save on anniversary presents! Once every four years come back for free tastings if you are married on February 29th! Picnic and enjoy visiting the many farm animals. Information at www. peaksofotterwinery.com or (540) 586-3707.

Have a Calendar Event to Share? Send an email to feedback@lynchburgmag.com by February 2 with details for March/April 2016 event(s).

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Living the Life: The magical allure of sledding snow covered hill Virginia Beach History Museum down a newly these isn’t bound by time. Enjoy and vintage scenes of snow day fun t leas at e here’s to hoping we hav one of our own “snow-cations” sometime this winter!

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Riverside Park ca. 1920

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