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bliss wedding guide 11
expanding your home 38
look good, feel good,
CONTENTS January/February 2010
8 BUSINESS WATCH 24 The New Hilton–An Ultimate Experience
8 Bella Arte 26 The Red Hat Society
ETIR Heating and Cooling 27 Calendar of Events
9 Remodeling? Consider a Fireplace
Wild Bird Center 30 LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD: DE-STRESS
10 Lavendar and Lace 32 Rejuvenate Your Eyes, Look Good with Dr. Niamtu
34 Feel Good From Head to Toe
11 BLISS Look Good with a Healthy Smile
12 Budgeting Your Wedding Day 36 Kick Up Your Defenses
14 Get Personal: Wedding Favors That Suit Your Style by Protecting Your Ears, Nose and Throat
Still Looking to Cut Costs?
16 Breaking Tradition with Trends for 2010 38 AROUND THE HOUSE
18 Advice on Creating a Strong Marriage 38 Expanding Your Home–Up, Down or Out?
Not-So-Far-Off Destination Weddings
19 FLAVOR 44 The Homes at Hallsley
20 Maitre D’ Restaurant Guide 46 A Look at the 2010 Real Estate Forecast
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Bella Arte By Max Heyworth
If you’ve ever spoken the phrase: “I don’t know much about art, but
I know what I like,” you’re not alone. Art collecting is viewed by many
of us as something of an exclusive activity; one relegated mainly with-
in the walls of high society. But at Bella Arte in Midlothian, there’s a
family of insiders looking to welcome Richmond’s newcomers into
the art world.
Walking into Bella Arte (pronounced “Artay”) feels not so much like
entering an art gallery as it does a person’s home, albeit a very taste-
fully decorated one. Instead of the Spartan white walls one would
expect, the pieces are displayed against a soft yellow color that adds
warmth to the room. There’s also very little pretense with the display;
most pieces are out in the open, and some, like the hand-carved
whale tail stools by French artist Polyte Solet, even invite customers
to have a seat.
“We try to bridge the gap between the connoisseur and the con-
sumer by offering something for everyone,” says Catrina Restelli,
daughter of Bella Arte’s owners, Rena and Ed Klump. “You can come
into our gallery to find a gift for someone special or to make a serious
addition to your collection.”
One can find pieces here ranging from paintings and blown glass to
carved wood and jewelry. Among these are works by renowned artists
such as watercolorist Eric Christensen and famed glass blower Randy
Strong. Even limited edition collectibles, such as hand-painted Dis-
ney art glass and giclée prints by Dr. Seuss, can be found here.
So, apart from the inviting atmosphere and unique selection, what
makes Bella Arte stand out? “It’s the service,” says Catrina. “This is a
family business, and we want each of our customers to feel welcome,
whatever they’re looking to buy.”
So, whether you’re looking to spice up you’re living room with an
Andrew Atroshenko originals and limited edition painting, add some
sparkle to your attire with a MetaLace necklace, or make a sizable in-
vestment in a Randy Strong glass sculpture, Bella Arte has the piece
with your name on it. www.Bella-Arte.com
ETIR Heating and Cooling By Max Heyworth
Now that the solstice is officially in full swing, Richmonders or keeping the outdoor unit free
are bracing themselves for what could be a winter for the ages. of snow and debris. Still, Robin-
With record snowfall just in the first few days of the season, the son stresses the importance of
dread of braving the cold looms ever larger for those of us with getting each system profession-
older or poorly maintained heating systems. Thankfully, profes- ally serviced every year.
sionals like Bobbie Robinson at ETIR Heating and Cooling are “Whether you have a gas or
standing by to help. electric heating system, if you
“In most cases, problems with residential heating systems can don’t get it serviced regularly, it
be traced to lack of maintenance,” said Robinson, a 17-year vet- can fail. It can lose its efficiency if
eran of the heating and cooling industry. “Heating systems are the components aren’t inspected
made to do a very demanding job, and without consistent up- and repaired or replaced when they need to be, ultimately leav-
keep, they can’t perform as well, especially during harsher weath- ing you with a bigger heating bill and a colder house.”
er conditions like we’ve had recently.” While we can’t keep the mercury from falling around Rich-
While regular maintenance can sound like a yearly budget mond, we can at least turn to Bobbie and the rest of his team at
killer, it can be as simple as changing air filters every 30-90 days ETIR to keep us out of the cold. www.etirinc.com
8 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010
Wild Bird Center
By Erika Gleeson
When Mark Ackerman purchased the
Wild Bird Center from its previous owner
over eight years ago, he was making a
huge career shift. Formerly in manu-
facturing, Ackerman found that watch-
ing the birds in his yard each morning
helped relax him from the stresses of his
work life. Already a happy customer of
Wild Bird Center, he decided to buy it.
“This was a store I loved to come to,” said
For 18 years, the Wild Bird Center
has provided its customers with an as-
sortment of products designed to bring
nature closer to home. The store offers
everything from birdhouses and bird-
Serenity Direct Vent Gas Fireplace, Kingsman, Marquis Collection feeders to garden art and fountains, as
well as nature-related games and books.
Remodeling? Consider a Fireplace Their most popular items include spe-
cialty birdhouses, squirrel-proof feeders,
and bluebird houses. According to Ack-
If you are planning to remodel a room
Do you want to keep the old fireplace erman, the thinning bluebird population
in your home or construct a new addition,
and dress it up a bit? No problem. First in the Richmond area has come back
now is the perfect time to consider includ-
step is to have your gas fireplace cleaned strong due to people providing special-
ing a fireplace in your design. It’s best to
and serviced. A professional hearth tech- ized houses for them.
include the plans for a fireplace early in
nician will clean the fireplace and make Ackerman commented, “What makes
the design process so that sizes, specifica-
sure it is running safely and efficiently. our store special is our relationship with
tions and colors match the project.
Next, decide the look you want for our customers. We have the best custom-
Consider how great it would be to have
your fireplace. Here are some ideas: ers in town.” The staff focuses on giving
a see-through gas fireplace between your
• Choose a new surround or mantel their customers personal attention, find-
bedroom and bathroom. Imagine the to complement your space ing out what projects they are working on
warmth of a gas log set in your updated
• Hire a brick or stone mason to and helping them find the right equip-
family room. Perhaps a decorative fire-
resurface the hearth and surround ment. Ackerman said that close personal
place in your kitchen would add a special
• Paint or faux paint your mantel or attention is “one of the things we feel re-
touch. Be unique! Be creative!
brick surround ally good about.” Gayton Crossing Shop-
Alternatively, if you have recently re-
• Add beautiful glass doors to a log ping Center. 804.741.BIRD.
modeled a room in your home you don’t
have to endure an outdated gas fireplace set which also saves on utility costs
that just doesn’t fit with your new décor. • Add decorative touches such as an
One option is to remodel your old fire- interesting fireplace screen, match-
place to match your fabulous, new space. ing tool set or hearth rug.
Fortunately, there are many ways to Whether planning a fireplace in a new
update the look of your fireplace – de- remodel or updating an outdated fire-
pending on your style and your budget. place in your newly decorated room, the
If you’d like to start from scratch, there friendly experts at the Hearth and Home
are a variety of beautiful new gas fireplaces Shoppe in Mechanicsville can provide
and gorgeous log sets that would comple- information, product ideas and tips for
ment any décor from traditional to con- great remodeling and decorating results.
temporary. Paired with a great surround Hearth & Home • 804.730.3800
and mantel, your new fireplace could be- 8154 Mechanicsville Turnpike
come the focal point of your room. www.hearthandhomeshoppe.com
Lavender & Lace
By Ann C. Easterling
Pamper your Valentine with a spe-
cial gift from Lavender & Lace Lingerie,
a new boutique on Libbie Avenue. With
its tranquil atmosphere, knowledgeable
staff, and exquisite selection of fine linge-
rie, Lavender & Lace is heaven for women
who love beautiful sleepwear and under
Inspired by the glamorous movies
of the 1930s and 40s, owner Elizabeth
Bourke and T.J. Kliefoth have created an
elegant shopping experience. Bourke se-
lects luscious fabrics and lines that are
chic, yet comfortable. The staff’s attention
and expertise in proper fitting is reminis-
cent of the lingerie departments of Miller
& Rhoads and Thalhimer’s. “I think we fill
a long-missed niche in the retail commu-
nity,” said Bourke.
You’ll find nightgowns, camisoles,
robes, bras and panties in bold prints and
soft pastels from Natori, NiteSweatz (for
women of that certain age), Pj Harlow,
Pashmina Boutique (full-length cashmere
robes), Yummie Tummie™ (to smooth
and slim this and that!), Prima Donna and
Quilted slippers and marabou mules,
beautifully packaged Le Spa French-
milled soaps and MOR Emporium Body
Butter, and even gifts for the “posh baby”
from Plain Mary are available.
Indulge yourself or your special some-
one with a delectable Valentine’s Day gift
from Lavender & Lace Lingerie.
306 Libbie Avenue • 804.484.6005
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Your Big Day
Below is a rough idea of how
much the typical wedding budget
is divided up. Use this as a guide,
and modify it for your preferences.
food, venue, drink, cake
dresses, hair, make-up, accessories, tuxes
prints and fees
Budgeting Your Big Day
dj, band, musicians, and entertainment
all bouquets, boutonnières, centerpieces and decor
WITHOUT EMPTYING YOUR WALLET 3% invitations
By Amanda Krieger thank you cards, programs, guest books
venue, officiant, candles, etc.
Weddings are all about flowers and dresses and making dreams come true, but all
of those things come with a price tag. Sticker shock can be almost as surprising as the
engagement, so before you start planning your wedding, it’s a good idea to figure out
to and from ceremony and reception
The bride and groom should have an honest conversation with their parents and
figure out who will be paying for what. This will avoid difficult conversations when it
favors and gifts for the wedding party
comes time to select and pay vendors.
Once you know how much is in the piggy bank, you can start divvying out funds.
Sit down with your partner and decide what aspects of the wedding are most important
5% unexpected extras
to avoid wedding-day disasters!
to you. Prioritize the dress, the food, the music, the photography, etc. Set a budget
according to those priorities and ruthlessly stick to it. If you said you’d sacrifice your
wedding dress, don’t try on the $10,000 gown. A plan will help curb spending before
you even start.
Remember, it’s about you getting married, not crystal chandeliers and doves flying
overhead. Try not to get swept up into the wedding industry and lose sight of what
you’re really doing– making an important commitment to the person you love, and will
love for the rest of your life.
Make sure to write down every penny you spend. Thirty dollars for a manicure
might not seem like a lot (especially when you’re dropping so much cash elsewhere)
but those little things really add up. Keep track of everything to make sure you don’t
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Get Personal: STIll lOOKING
fOR WAyS TO
WEDDING FAvORS THAT SUIT YOUR STYLE CUT COSTS?
By Amanda Krieger
Serve a small formal wedding cake
and opt for sheet cake or another
Wedding favors are a chance for the GIVE A GIFT THAT GIVES BACK creative dessert for guests. Cupcakes,
bride and groom to thank their guests Instead of giving a small gift, use the brownies and other options are
for sharing in their celebration. Here is a money you would have spent on favors money savers that guests love.
chance to give your guests something that and give it to charity. Leave a card at each
Reviewing your guest list is perhaps
will remind them of the wedding and cou- place setting to let them know you’ve made
the best way to start cutting back.
ple. Wedding favors should reflect your a donation to a charity in the name of each Even eliminating a few guests can
own personal style, personality and tastes. guest. drastically cut your food costs, which
Here are a few ideas for non-traditional, KEEP A THEME add up quickly.
and traditional, wedding favors: If your wedding has a theme, your fa-
Think about timing. The time of day
SOMETHING SWEET vors should stick with the theme. If you have
dictates what food you serve. Lunch
Everyone has a sweet tooth. Make it a barbecue wedding, give small bottles of is cheaper, and just as nice.
personal by selecting the bride or groom’s barbecue sauce to your guests. If you have
favorite candy or an Asian-inspired If you’re serving alcohol at the wed-
ding, see if you can buy in bulk and
cookie, or match wedding, give your
the candy to your guests chopsticks.
wedding colors. You GO GREEN! Pick flowers that are local and in
can also customize Just like every- season.
M&M’s, Hershey thing else, there are
Watch out for sample sales when
Kisses, jelly beans or now eco-friendly shopping for your dress, and buy off
cookies. wedding favors to the rack if possible. Also, don’t be
LOVE SOUNDS choose from. Give opposed to checking out consign-
Make a CD of your guests some- ment shops.
your favorite mu- thing to grow (and Book your wedding on a weekday.
sic, songs you fell attach a tag that Reception halls and hotels often offer
in love to, or songs says “watch our love deep discounts for weekday events.
you featured at your wedding. Guests will grow!”). You can give wildflower seeds, a
DIY, but not too much. Doing a lot
always think of you when they listen to the flower bulb, or saplings. You can also give
of the planning and details yourself
CD (make sure to get appropriate rights to a donation to an eco-friendly charity, or might save money, but it’s not worth
songs). choose a traditional favor that is made with it if it stresses you out.
A BOTTLE OF WINE environmentally friendly materials.
Think about weddings you’ve been
Your guests will be toasting your wed- PERSONALIzED FAVORS
to. What small details really made
ding for weeks to come with a nice bottle of Almost everything can be personalized a difference, and what did you not
wine as a favor. Let them select from white for a wedding favor. Pouches of coffee, even notice? Focus on details that
or red wine, and consider offering the bride matchbooks, candlesticks, wine glasses, will really make a difference.
and groom’s favorite wine or a sample soaps, coasters, ornaments, and magnets
Negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. You
bottle from a local vineyard. Labels can be are all examples of things that can be
can save up to fifty percent with a
personalized with a monogram, message monogrammed or personalized. Think of little savvy negotiating.
from the bride and groom, or photo of the something your guests will appreciate and
happy couple. will use.
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BREAKING TRADITION WITH THE
Trends for 2010
That’s right...designers are showcasing a
new style of dress this year...the mini dress.
Whether you are looking for a casual alterna-
tive to a gown fit for a princess or just want to
be comfy as you dance the night away, you just
might find what you are looking for in this new
style. Do you feel that a higher hemline may
not be fit for your ceremony? You could change
into a mini dress just for the reception, or even
for an event leading up to wedding, such as a
Eliminate the venues AND save some
purring down the aisle cash! Enjoying the comfort of home on one
Pets are part of the family, and family of the most important days of your lives can
members are part of every wedding ceremo- be both sentimental and budget-friendly. Be-
ny. Dogs, cats, horses and even parrots have tween caterers to florists to rental companies,
held honored positions with the bride and everything you need can be delivered to your
groom. Pets of celebrities including Tori Spell- doorstep. You get to set the rules at this site
ing, Adam Sandler and Gavin Rossdale all and choose your vendors as you wish. Don’t
held esteemed roles in their famous owners’ see your own backyard as a wedding para-
weddings. Even if you can’t arrange for them dise? Perhaps, there’s a house with a view
to be part of the ceremony, including them in you love that you could rent. This is a way to
the photos is a great way to create wedding get an intimate wedding with the budget of
day memories with your beloved pet. your choice!
gowns that flatter your girls
Bridesmaids come in all different shapes, sizes and tones, and so should their dress-
es. Many brides now choose the color and fabric for their wedding day attendants, but
let them choose the style. No doubt your best friend will be grateful to not have to force
the halter style that graces your sister so well into complimenting her figure! Breaking a
little farther away from tradition, brides are even choosing gowns that are in different
shades of the same color, or different complimentary hues. A few non-traditional brides
are even ditching the fancy silk for a delicate print.
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A BRIDE’S GuIDE fOR
By Amanda Krieger
Building your bridal party is an important
decision, and the girls you pick could impact
your wedding day positively or negatively.
When you’re picking your bridal party,
consider the following:
Friends for life
When choosing your bridal party, consider
people who have been in your life in the past,
the present, and will continue to be in your life
in the future. Choose people you can depend
on to support you through engagement and
when you get married.
Your friends are close, but when you really
get down to it, it’s your family that you’ll be
spending Christmas with with for the rest of
your life. There’s no law that you have to
ask your sisters or his, but etiquette generally
advises it. If you don’t choose your sisters,
explain to them why and give them another
role in the wedding.
Dependable, reliable and fun
You’ll be spending a lot of time with
your bridesmaids, and if you have any
minor disasters you’ll be thankful that you’re
surrounded by trusted, close friends that you
can count on. You want girls who will be on
time, will get their fittings done, who will help
you with pre-wedding errands.
Watch your wallet
Simple dollars and cents, the more
members of the bridal party there are, the
more money you’ll be spending. Traditionally,
the bride and groom pay the for the bridal
party’s accommodations the night before the
wedding, buy gifts, and pay for bouquets. It
all adds up very quickly.
Pick girls you can have fun with. This is an
incredibly important day. You want it to be
joyful, fun and being surrounded by girls who
love you and are excited for your marriage
will help you enjoy your day and focus on
your new life with your groom!
ADvICE ON CREATING NOT-SO-fAR-Off
A Strong Marriage
By Amanda Krieger
No plane tickets needed for these ro-
mantic weddings which double as a retreat
Leading up to a wedding, it’s easy to get so caught up in the details of the big day
for your guests. Besides, who doesn’t like
that you forget the real reason for the wedding – marriage! The real purpose of the big
an excuse for a vacation? Make the affair
day isn’t to pick the right combination of songs that will get both your friends from col-
a “wedding weekend” to spend even more
lege and Aunt Mildred out on the dance floor, it’s about making a commitment in front
time with your friends and family. Or let it be
of your friends and family that you will love and cherish forever.
your excuse for an intimate affair!
Here’s advice for after you’ve said your vows and the honeymoon is
(literally) over, on how to create a strong marriage and family. MARINER’S LANDING
Smith Mountain Lake provides a breathtak-
1. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you shouldn’t date. ing backdrop with mountains cascading into
Remember those candle-lit dinners and trips to the movies when you were dating? the emerald water. Mariner’s Landing will
Those don’t have to stop once you get married! Reserve one night a week to spend customize your package including the cer-
some quality time together, even if it just means enjoying a pre-dinner glass of wine. emony site, reception for up to 200, your
Get in the habit of prioritizing time with each other, the investment will pay off big bridal suite, and all the other details with
long-term. the area’s vendors. Plus, your guests will
2. Have some friends over. have a great getaway with everything the
Newlyweds need some time to get used to their resort has to offer. www.marinerslanding.com.
new stage in life. But while you’re adjusting, be 540.297.4900.
careful not to alienate your friends. Have friends ELOPEMENT PACKAGES VIRGINIA
over for a game night or make sure you don’t miss More and more couples are choosing
the next girls’ night out. the “Elopement style” wedding. They find
that by eloping, they can have a beautiful
3. fight fair.
wedding without the stress....at a very af-
The new ring on your finger doesn’t give
fordable price. Whether you are dreaming
you a free pass to hit below the belt. When
of the beach at sunset, the snowy slopes of
things get tense, remember whom you’re talking to before you start throwing daggers.
Wintergreen, or a serene bed and breakfast
Take a deep breath and cool down. Remember, you’re talking to your soul mate.
in the valley, they can help you make your
4. Give more than half. dreams a reality.
They say every great relationship is 50/50, but the idea of 50/50 leaves a bit of www.elopementpackagesvirginia.com
a deficit. If you’re only doing half of the work, then you’re leaving your spouse to pick
up the slack. Instead, try 100/100. Both parties should always strive to be serving the
other, helping and loving them. In your vows, you promise to love your spouse till the
end of your life. That’s not something to be done halfway.
5. Don’t expect marriage to fulfill you.
No matter how incredible your spouse, they are still human and fallible and at times
they will fail and disappoint. Being married doesn’t catapult you to a state of life in
which you’re completely blissful. Sure, marriage is great, but it isn’t perfect. The purpose
of having a spouse isn’t to complete you–it’s to refine you. If you expect your spouse
to completely and perfectly meet your needs, you will be consistently disappointed.
Instead, marriage will call you to sacrifice, confess, repent and love in spite of yourself.
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Malabar Indian Cuisine offers a variety Now open till 1:30am with specials
of Indian delicacies such as Masala every night. One big hit is the Sun-
Dosas, Idli, sambar, Rasam soup, Palak day Prime Rib Special. Locally owned
Paneer, Baingan Bhartha, Kerala fish and serving local products whenever
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French-inspired cuisine in a warm,
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dinner and catering. 10190 W. Broad
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Proudly owned & operated by the Trak “Extra-aged” steaks, fresh seafood and
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family friendly seafood grill that is invit- this Richmond’s premier destination
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11129 Three Chopt Rd. 270-RIBS.
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Davis & Main www.GrandpaEddiesBBQ.com
Creative American grilled cuisine. live jazz every Phillip’s Continental Lounge
Casual dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a TD’s Smokehouse BBQ
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Richmond landmark. 5704 Grove Ave. 288-8687.
Dot’s Back Inn 741-9804.
your neighborhood restaurant. family-friendly The Pour House
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Serving burgers, nachos, wings and more. 3438
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Seasonal cuisine served with a distinctly Southern
flair. 1000 Virginia Center Pkwy. 727-1480.
River City Diner at
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Glory Days Grill The NEW River City Diner with new menu items,
American favorites, ribs, wings, sandwiches and atmosphere. 2160 John Rolfe Pkwy. 754-3762. Texas De Brazil
more in a sports setting. 10466 Ridgefield Pkwy. Authentic Brazilian “Churrascaria”. Regency
754-3710. Shackleford’s Restaurant & Raw Square Mall. 750-2003.
fine dining with a laid-back atmosphere. Catering
Since 1993, Shackleford’s has developed into BuffET
a dining tradition, featuring a mix of regional
available. 6010 Hermitage Road. 264-7400. Super King Buffet
American grilled and sautéed cuisine.
Chinese buffet including sushi and a Mongolian
10496 Ridgefield Pkwy. 741-9900.
grill. 8087 W. Broad St. 270-7799.
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fresh Chinese dishes for take-out or dine-in. 9809
W. Broad Street. West Park Shopping Center.
Authentic Chinese, including dim sum, in a casual
atmosphere. 6400 Horsepen Road. 673-2233.
Yum Yum Good
5612 Patterson Avenue. 673-9226.
full Chinese menu. 9125 W. Broad Street.
Enjoy french cuisine in Paris of the early 1900s.
3120 W. Cary Street. Carytown. 358-PARIS
Malabar Indian Cuisine offers a variety of Indian
delicacies. lunch buffet Tuesday-Sunday. 3456
lauderdale Drive. 364-7077.
Apollo’s Flame Baked Pizza & Grill
Italian cuisine cooked in a flame, brick oven.
9410 W. Broad St. 965-5554. 10226 Midlothian
Angela’s Ristorante is celebrating its 25th
anniversary of serving the finest italian cuisine
by Chef Michael including northern and southern
italian classics all made to order. 425 Ridge
Road, Tuckahoe Shopping Center. 804.288.7483
Brick oven pizza and other Italian favorites in a
relaxed, formal setting. 6221 River Road. River
Road Shopping Center. 282-1509.
Over 27 varieties of oven-baked pizzas and
specialty sandwiches. Bread made on site daily.
8026 W. Broad Street. fountain Square Shopping
Mamma Felicia’s Italian
Ristorante & Pizzeria
Everything prepared daily from the finest of
ingredients to assure premium quality & freshness.
9681 West Broad Street, Glen Allen. 346-4070.
Nick’s Roman Terrace
Italian specialties at very affordable prices. 8051
W. Broad Street. Westland Shopping Center.
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Slice Of Grapevine
Enjoy speciality pizzas, calzones, pastas, subs,
STEAK & CHOP HOuSE
salads and more. Delivery available. Open 7 days Buckhead’s
a week for lunch and dinner. 11636 W. Broad “Extra-aged” steaks, fresh seafood and an award-
Street. 364-4000. www.richmondgrapevine.com winning wine list have made this Richmond’s
premier destination dining location for fifteen
years. 8510 Patterson Avenue. 750-2000.
Ichiban Perfectly aged, corn fed prime steaks, succulent
Authentic cuisine such as fresh sushi, tempura, seafood dishes, an award winning wine list, and
and noodles.10490 Ridgefield Pkwy. 750-2380. a passionate service staff are ready to surpass
Kenji your highest expectations. 4024-C Cox Road.
full sushi menu, teppen grill, bar and more in 968-4323.
a hip, upscale setting. Open lunch and dinner. Ruth’s Chris
located next to Petsmart, across from Dillard’s. Whether it’s a romantic steak dinner for two,
11740 W. Broad Street, Suite 102B. 364.1788. a business luncheon, or a private party, Ruth’s
Osaka Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs
famous sushi bar, traditional Japanese and in a warm, comfortable atmosphere. 11500 W.
Hibachi. 11674 W. Broad Street. 364-0800. Huguenot Road. 378-0600.
MEXICAN Mom’s Siam
Casa Grande Real, authentic Thai food in a casual atmosphere.
Mexican food in a casual atmosphere. 7818 W. 2929 W. Cary Street. 359-7606.
Broad Street. 755-2388.
Don Papa Grande All of your Thai favorites in a modern atmosphere.
Authentic Mexican Cuisine in a fun and exciting Short Pump Town Center. 11800 W. Broad Street.
atmosphere. 8900 West Broad Street. 270-7725. 360-0001.
El Caporal Thai Diner
Authentic Mexican family restaurant. 1417 Thai cuisine is typically to be hot and spicy. 8059
Eastridge Road. 673-1090. West Broad St. 270-2699. www.thaidiner.org
Mexico Restaurant Thai Gourmet Restaurant
Great Mexican cuisine. 6406 Horsepen Road. All dishes are prepared to your taste. Open seven
282-7357. 4040-G Cox Road. 290-0400. days a week. lunch, 11:00 to 2:30. Dinner, 4:30
11621 W. Broad Street. 330-9446. to 9:00. 9555 Kings Charter Dr. Ashland, VA
Authentic Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. Da Lat
1847 W. Broad Street. 359-1224. Vietnamese cuisine with excellent service. Delivery
available. 9125 W. Broad Street. 762-9330.
SEAfOOD Mekong Restaurant
Exciting flavors of Vietnam paired with one of
Byram’s Lobster House
the largest selections of premium Belgian beers in
large seafood menu in a family friendly
Richmond. 6004 W. Broad Street. 288-8929.
atmosphere. 3215 W. Broad Street. 355-9193.
Moshi Moshi Vietnam Garden
Cool new Sushi place from the folks who brought Authentic Vietnamese dining. 3991 Glenside
you Sumo San. 3321 W. Cary Street. 359-1151. Drive. 262-6114. n
Seafood with a Mediterranean flair.
3061 lauderdale Drive. 360-0900.
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THE NEW RICHMOND
A Touch More
By Erika Gleeson
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When Shamin Hotels, the largest ho- ing space, the conference center can host bride and groom.
tel management company in Central Vir- any size banquet and boasts a grand ball- The 254 guest rooms and suites feature
ginia, decided to open their thirty-sixth room that can accommodate up to 1,300 oversized bathrooms, complimentary
property, the Richmond-based company people. The hotel provides a number of high-speed Internet access, and Hilton’s
decided that the newest hotel should be options for wedding receptions, from Serenity bed package for guest comfort.
a Hilton. “There is a definite need in the plated dinners to heavy hors d’oeuvres. Outside the hotel, guests can visit the
West End for an upscale hotel with large All wedding packages offer a complimen- Short Pump Town Center for shopping,
meeting and banquet facilities,” says Lori tary wedding cake and chocolate-dipped dining, and entertainment.
Darling, Vice President of Sales and Mar- strawberries, in addition to a complimen- For guests looking for that certain
keting. “There are not a lot of options tary suite for the bride and groom on their something extra in their stay, Shamin Ho-
other than downtown with a facility to ac- wedding night. tels offers its own particular brand of cus-
commodate over 1,300 guests like this.” Inside the hotel is the Aura Spa and tomer service, labeled the Shamin Touch.
The company’s newest property, the Salon, which caters to brides with bridal “It is the extra special things that we do to
Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa at Short packages including hair and make-up for go above and beyond for our guests’ com-
Pump, opened in December next to the the bride and bridesmaids and a couples fort and convenience to create the ulti-
Short Pump Town Center. Darling says the massage for the bride and groom. Pack- mate guest experience,” explains Darling.
company chose to open the first Hilton in ages for the bride’s mother and mother- “It’s all individual to the guest’s needs. We
the Richmond Area for over 10 years be- in-law are also available. do as many extra special things as we can
cause of “the level of service and the ame- Shula’s Lounge, located in the lobby each and every day to ensure the guest en-
nities the brand allows us to provide to our area, has three private dining rooms, joys their stay in the Hilton or any Shamin
valued guests.” which are perfectly sized for rehearsal Hotel.” For more information, visit
With over 22,000 square feet of meet- dinners and farewell brunches for the www.shaminhotels.com.
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The Red haT SocieTy
“When I am an old woman
I shall wear purple with a red hat
that doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me.”. .
By Bruce Moore
The Red Hat Society is a social group that was established in 1998 by Sue El- to go to one and I have enjoyed it
len Cooper. According to the Society’s website, “In 1997, Cooper gave a friend ever since. What I like the most
a 55th birthday gift consisting of a red fedora purchased from a thrift store about being in The Red Hat
along with a copy of Jenny Joseph’s poem “Warning” which begins with a Society is the friendships,
line that sums up the chapters whimsical and carefree spirit. “When I am an and the bond between
old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn’t go and doesn’t the women. Whenever we
suit me.” get together, there is nonstop
The group was formed as a way to encourage social interaction laughter.”
among women approaching the age of 50 and beyond. Unlike The most noticeable and
many other social organizations, though The Red Hat Society is striking feature of The Red Hat
not a community service club. The main focus of the Society is to Society is without a doubt their
create lifelong relationships focused on friendship and compan- intriguing and eclectic dress.
ionship amongst women. Members 50 and over wear red
Deborah Mowbray-Dowdy has been a member of the Red hats and purple attire to all func-
Hatters of Mechanicsville for about two years now. “My friend, tions. Woman under the age 50 may
Kerry, had been asking me to go to meetings for awhile, but I become members, but they are re-
was always too busy.” Mowbray-Dowdy said, “But after being quired to wear pink hats and lavender
stuck in the house recovering from cancer for months, I decided attire until they reach their 50th birth-
days. During this period of time these
members are known as “Pink Hatters.
Founders or leaders of local chapters are
referred to as the “Queen” and the mem-
bers are called, “Red Hatters.”
The Society may have only been in
existence since the late Nineties, but they
boast 24,000 chapters from twenty-five
countries. With the individual member-
ship estimated at almost 40,000 mem-
bers The Red Hat Society is the largest, all
woman’s social group in the world.
For more information, visit www.red-
Pictured above: Founder of the Red
Hat Society, Sue Ellen Cooper
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february 12-14 • Thunder Nationals
Don’t miss the monster truck bad boys battle it out!
Richmond Coliseum • www.monsterjamonline.com
RICHMOND SyMPHONy: January 29-30 February 12-14 February 27
January 30: Simply Sinatra! The Wedding Singer Richmond Camping & Richmond Kid’s Expo
February 6-7: Paganini & Petrushka Landmark Theater RV Expo With a blend of great products to
February 20: Peter and the Wolf www.ticketmaster.com Richmond Raceway Complex see and buy, fun hands-on children’s
February 27-28: Beethoven’s Emperor www.agievents.com activities, contests, prize drawings,
January 29-February 14
Carpenter Theatre at Richmond family-friendly entertainment and
The Song of Mulan February 12-13
Centerstage. www.ticketmaster.com information workshops.
Noble Chinese folk tale featuring an Richmond Ballet: Richmond Raceway Complex
RICHMOND SHAKESPEARE extraordinary heroine. Romeo & Juliet www.richmondkidsexpo.com
February 9: Merchant of Venice Empire Theater Carpenter Theatre at Richmond
February 11–March 14: Othelo www.theatreivrichmond.org CenterStage. www.ticketmaster.com February 27
March 9: Taming of the Shrew Richmond Blues Festival
January 29 February 13
Gottwald Playhouse at Landmark Theater
Carniball Gala Mike Epps and Bruce Bruce
Richmond CenterStage www.ticketmaster.com
Grown-ups get a night of play Landmark Theater
with food, drink, entertainment www.ticketmaster.com March 5
January 15 & February 19. and a special auction–with all the Richmond Symphony: Ravel,
Target $1 Family Night proceeds providing museum visits Rodrigo and Bizet
Children’s Museum of Richmond for children in need. Modlin Center for the Arts, Camp
Savor the signature cocktails and
www.c-mor.org Children’s Museum of Richmond Concert Hall
beverages of some of Richmond’s
January 17 most popular local restaurants,
Freedom Classic Festival January 30 while heating up the dance floor March 5-7
Designed to acknowledge and 11th Annual Virginia with hot Latin music and dancing. Richmond Home & Garden
commemorate the life and legacy of Dance Festival Maymont Robins Nature and Show
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the festival Featuring over 300 dancers visitor’s Center Richmond Raceway Complex
includes a basketball competition, performing traditional and cultural www.maymont.org www.agievents.com
entertainment, vendors, cultural dances, as well as a silent auction.
February 19-21 March 5-7
exhibits, area cuisine and more for Proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital
Richmond Boat Show Virginia Opera: Don Giovanni
the whole family. Richmond Coliseum Foundation of Richmond. Purchase
Richmond Raceway Complex Carpenter Theatre at Richmond
www.freedomclassic.com tickets at door. James River High
January 21 www.ticketmaster.com
FMI: 804.739.7600 February 19-22
Maymont Flower & March 6-9
Carpenter Center at Richmond January 30
Garden Show CAA Basketball
Centerstage. www.ticketmaster.com FREE College Readiness
Greater Richmond Championship
January 22 Convention Center Richmond Coliseum
For Parents of Kindergarten Thru
Band of the Irish Gruad and the www.maymontflowershow.com www.caasports.com
8th Grade. 12:30-2pm. RSvP by
Royal Regiment of Scotland
January 27th. Tutoring Club February 23 March 10-28
Carpenter Theatre at Richmond Call 804.967.6278. Monterey Jazz Festival Wicked: The Untold Story of
Carpenter Theatre at Richmond the Witches of Oz
January 22 & February 26 CenterStage Landmark Theater
Fridays Over the Patio www.ticketmaster.com www.wickedthemusical.com
Families can enjoy face-painting,
James River Cellars. 6-9pm. balloons giveaways, special treats, February 23-28 March 12
www.jamesrivercellars.com and more. 10am-4pm. Buffalo Soldier Shine All Night Tour: Martina
January 23 Children’s Museum of Richmond This dramatic play with music tells McBride and Trace Adkins
AIFA Kickoff Classic www.c-mor.org the heroic story of brave soldiers. Richmond Coliseum
All-Star Indoor Football Empire Theater www.ticketmaster.com
The American Indoor Football www.theatreivrichmond.org
Chili Cook Off
Association’s features the Richmond Wine Trail Weekend
Raiders against a squad of All-Stars. Tour Central virginia’s Premier
Richmond Coliseum Wineries. www.HOvAwinetrail.com
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28 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010
THE TRUTH ABOUT
Dyslexia From LearningRx
Dyslexia is one of the country’s most common learn- ing skills. They include:
ing disabilities and is often misunderstood. Examina- A SAMPle • Sound segmenting games: Say a two-sound word,
tions and tests can be some of the most trying times Profile of like bee or tie, and have the child tell you which sounds
for those with dyslexia, as accommodations for test-
DYSlexiA: are in the word (“b” and “ee” for “bee” and “t” and “i”
ing may not be enough to allow students to accurately for “tie”). Then start to increase to three-sound words
display their academic achievements. Test your knowl- 1. Family history of like cat, (“c” “a” and “t”) and tree (“t” “r” and “ee”). This
edge on the following misconceptions. reading problems builds auditory segmenting which is necessary for
MYTh #1: DYSlexiA iS ABouT reverSinG leTTerS. spelling when children get older.
2. Predominant in • Phonetics using building blocks: Help develop
The most basic sign of dyslexia is not “reversed let-
ters” as many people think, but rather weak phonemic
males (8:1, M:F) analysis skills by using blocks to make up nonsense
awareness skills. Phonemic awareness and auditory 3. Average/above words starting with two to three blocks. Create a non-
sense word, then have the child remove one of the
processing skills are the underlying cognitive abilities average IQ
to hear and remember the smallest individual units of blocks and add a new one while verbally trying to figure
sound in a word. 4. Math proficiency out what the new nonsense word sounds like. (If they
The word dyslexia actually means “poor with words not uncommon can’t read, just say the sounds for them, and ask them to
try to figure out from hearing the sounds what the new
or trouble with reading.” This could mean reading flu- 5. No enjoyment of
ently, out loud, reading new words, and/or pronounc- word would sound like when they switch the blocks.)
ing words correctly. • Rhyming games: Say a word and then take turns
SoMe of The MoST coMMon SYMPToMS incluDe: 6. Poor visual with your child trying to come up with a new word that
1. Difficulty transferring what is heard to what is seen and vice versa.
memory for language rhymes. This develops auditory analysis, which is im-
symbols portant for reading and spelling as well as processing
2. Struggles pronouncing new words.
3. Poor at distinguishing similarities/difference in words (no, on) 7. Auditory language “Again, I’d suggest that parents try these exercises at
4. Weak at letter sound discrimination (pin, pen) difficulties in word home to complement a cognitive skills training pro-
5. Low reading comprehension finding, fluency, gram,” says Mitchell. “After working with a professional
MYTh #2: DYSlexiA iS A lifelonG lABel.
meaning, or sequence (brain trainer) in a one-one-one setting, most children
Dyslexia doesn’t need to be a permanent diagnosis who have been labeled as having dyslexia other learn-
or condition. It is simply a term identifying a child (or teen or adult) ing disabilities like ADD and ADHD can improve from
who reads poorly. three to five grade levels.”
As with almost all learning struggles, the most common root cause MYTh #4: onlY A SPeciAl eD TeAcher cAn Screen for DYSlexiA.
is one or more weak cognitive skills – the fundamental tools of effec- Some brain training companies offer free screening tools to kids
tive learning. and teens to help evaluate for several types of learning issues. Here
“Cognitive skills are the underlying tools that enable us to success- are some sample questions taken from a free online test created by
fully focus, think, prioritize, plan, understand, visualize, remember LearningRx, a national brain training franchise:
and create useful associations, and solve problems,” explains Tanya 1. Does your child misread similar words?
Mitchell, co-author of “Unlock the Einstein Inside: Applying New 2. Does your child need words repeated when taking spelling tests?
Brain Science to Wake Up the Smart in your Child.” “A child’s cogni-
3. Is your child’s oral reading slow or choppy?
tive skill set is made up of several cognitive skills including auditory
4. Does your child make spelling errors in written assignments?
processing, visual processing, short and long-term memory, com-
5. Does your child have difficulty sounding out unknown words?
prehension, logic and reasoning, and attention skills. In children
If you answered “yes” to three of more of these questions, visit
with dyslexia, the weakest cognitive skills are phonemic awareness
www.learningrx.com/richmond-west or call (804) 612-9959 for a
and auditory processing, although other areas may suffer as well.”
full evaluation. Located at 9770 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA 23238.
MYTh #3: There’S noThinG PArenTS cAn Do To helP.
“The good news is, weak cognitive skills can be improved,” says
Although Mitchell recommends a thorough, intense program of
Mitchell. “Brain training does for the mind what physical exercise
‘brain training’ for children who have been diagnosed as dyslexic,
does for the body. A diagnosis of dyslexia doesn’t need to remain
she also offers suggestions for games that parents can do at home to
with a child throughout life.”
improve their children’s phonemic awareness and auditory process-
As the pace of our lives quickens and
intensifies, carving out time to slow down
look Good, and relax only gets more difficult to
manage. It also grows more important.
feel Good Stress relief is not just a matter of leisure or
even emotional well-being -- it is critical to
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pressure and immune system benefit from
effective stress management. Fortunately,
there are numerous activities that are
readily available that can help us ease the
pressures of a demanding lifestyle.
By Thomas Gresham
30 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010
MASSAGE chore. However, fitness classes, espe-
cially for new and unfamiliar exercises,
are filling up in the area. But exercise fa-
cilities also offer classes in styles such as
Massage therapy offers one of the most help overcome that feeling of reluctance, line-dancing and oldies music. Classes in-
palpable and immediate relievers of stress. which can be especially pervasive in the spired by combat, whether it’s boxing or
An isolated, well-timed massage can have winter months. martial arts, are also great ways to relieve
a gratifying impact. However, scheduling Dance classes have become increas- stress with aggressive, taxing exercise.
routine massages is a more effective use ingly popular in recent years as outlets
of massage, especially when dealing with
for exercise, bringing smiles to the faces
chronic issues that re-emerge without of participants even as they push and
steady attention. A massage program that Yoga devotees often speak of its calm-
includes regular appointments can boost ing powers – a valuable asset to any work-
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energy levels, as well as level out those out, especially when stress is hounding
knotty aches and pains that annoy. To en- you. The intense attention on breath and
courage customers to embark on a sched- movement places particular focus on in-
ule, many local massage providers offer ternal awareness and a unity of body and
memberships that yield reduced rates or mind. Some yoga workouts are medita-
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workouts can carry over to the day away
SPA from the yoga mat.
Yoga providers are welcoming to new-
A trip to the spa for thorough profes-
comers. Many offer introductory classes
sional pampering can change one’s entire
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outs -- so do not hesitate if you are not
The packages, which often include several
already a contortionist.
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Some packages even include a meal. The
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perhaps most importantly, the opportu- needles in points on the body, can give
nity to be treated like royalty -- a tonic for pause to those unfamiliar with it, but it
the demands of work and home that leave has been practiced successfully for thou-
little time for yourself. sands of years. A standard of traditional
challenge. BodyJAM, which uses modern Chinese medicine, acupuncture can be
dance moves and a combination of popu- used for preventative, therapeutic and
lar music, and Zumba, which is based on treatment purposes, as well as target anxi-
Exercise can get dull and repetitive with- Latin music and dance, are two new and ety and stress management and can be
out partners, feeling too much like a popular dance-based exercise classes that utilized in a weight-loss plan.
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Did you know that the upper face ages faster than the lower face? Many people in their late
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KicKinG up Your DefenSeS
While Protecting Your Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat
By Melinda Martin RD, CD-N
It’s that time of year again–cold and flu season. A few ways to keep your immune sys-
tem at its best include getting the recommended amount of sleep nightly, washing your
hands frequently, getting vaccinated and eating right. The foods you eat can actually
increase or decrease how well your immune system works. Viruses and bacteria as well
as other chronic disease such as diabetes can affect your eyes, ears, nose, and throat.
Dr. Stephen M. Busch of Chesterfield Ophthalmology shares his advice for preventing
chronic disease that affects the eyes. “The best prevention is staying as healthy as you
can…nutrition is important,” says Dr. Busch. He also recommends eating plenty of leafy
green vegetables and fruit to keep your peepers at peak performance.
Here are some KEy NUTRIENTS that BOOST IMMUNITy and help prevent chronic diseases:
1. VITAMIN C mended amount by consuming six servings of fruits and veg-
This nutrient is a powerful etables per day. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin
antioxidant and increases the A which itself has immune boosting properties. Taking vitamin A
production of infection fight- supplements is not recommended, as excess vitamin A is stored
ing white blood cells. Experts in the body and is toxic in large amounts. If you consume more
agree to benefit from its infection- beta-carotene in your diet than you need your body will simply
fighting potential, aim for about 200 mg stop making vitamin A.
daily. This amount can be obtained by consuming six servings of
fruits and vegetables. High vitamin C foods include citrus fruits, 4. SELENIUM
kiwi, strawberries, papaya, mangos, guava, and cantaloupe. This mineral increases the number of
natural killer cells made by your body.
2. VITAMIN E The best sources of selenium contain-
Vitamin E stimulates the pro- ing foods include tuna, red snapper,
duction of natural killer cells; whole grains, lobster, shrimp, cot-
cells that seek and destroy cold tage cheese, egg yolks, white meat
and flu germs. Vitamin E also chicken, brown rice, sunflower
enhances the production of an- seeds, garlic, Brazil nuts, and lamb
tibodies that destroy bacteria. This chops.
vitamin is abundant in foods such as
nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and whole grains. An increase 5. zINC
in vitamin E consumption can reverse some of the decline in im- This valuable mineral increases the production of white
mune function commonly seen in aging. For maximum benefit, blood cells and actually helps white blood cells fight harder to
aim for the recommended daily amount of 30 to 60 mg. destroy harmful bacteria. Oysters, crab meat, dark meat turkey,
and beans are all good sources of zinc. The recent studies on
3. BETA-CAROTENE whether or not zinc supplements help
This powerful antioxidant can be found in yel- to prevent colds are inconclusive.
low and orange fruits and vegetables. Beta- However, it is believed that
Carotene is part of a group of nutrients an overabundance of zinc
known as Carotenoids that increase supplementation can sup-
the number of bacteria fight- press immunity. My advice,
ing cells your body makes consume zinc from your diet
to fight off infection. You in moderate amounts daily to
can achieve the recom- receive full benefit.
36 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010
Up, Down, or oUt?
hinking about building an addition or remodeling your home? Is your house burst-
ing at the seams, or do you just need more room for enjoying life? You may simply
be interested in making the space you have more functional and pleasurable.
The layout of many homes does not integrate well with contemporary living and modern
technology. A family may have a new baby on the way, or growing children needing more
room to just be children. A couple who love to entertain might like their home to be more
conducive to larger gatherings. Perhaps you’d like to have an artist’s studio, hobby room, or
workshop. Home theaters and home offices have been a trend in recent years and may require
Vicki O’Neal, owner of FORM & FUNCTION, provides
commercial and residential interior and landscape Today there are compelling reasons to make our homes the best they can be rather than sell-
design. She is a professional member of ASID, VA
ing and moving on. In many situations, building an addition or remodeling might make good
Certified Interior Designer (CID), Master Gardener,
and a VA Certified Landscape Designer and economic sense. You may love your neighborhood or may not be able to find the right house in
Horticulturist. the area you would like to live. Land is becoming scarce in many areas and localities. Whatever
(804) 897-8558 the reason, building an addition, converting an attic, finishing a basement, or making any sig-
The material contained in articles written nificant alterations to your home is a major decision and requires careful thought and planning.
by Vicki O’Neal is intended for general information only.
Is yoUr hoUse bUrstIng at the seams...
Arts and Crafts
renovations by Vicki
O’Neal, ASID, CID.
38 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2010
where to begIn
I frequently suggest starting your project with a wish list identifying
your objectives and dreams. Also helpful is to generate an idea file with
pictures and articles from magazines, books, newspapers, and online
sources. Create a list of “must haves,” and make sure these are planned
according to their priorities. Think about where in your home or on your
Design by Banerjee and Goff,
construction by JC Bonniwell, Inc.,
hardscape by Kennedy Landscape, Inc.
property the new space might be most functional and fit best with the
existing plan. Objectivity and good design advice may bring about some
Because there are so many possibilities, the idea of building or remodel-
ing might seem a bit daunting. How will the new space affect the flow and
function of the existing layout? What is the access and circulation? Can
it be large enough to be comfortable and functional yet spatially efficient
and cost effective? How will the design integrate aesthetically? What are
the structural and construction considerations? To avoid potential costly
changes, these very important questions need answers during the project
Some of the easiest spaces to renovate or convert are those areas that are thInk It throUgh
already a part of your home’s basic construction. Perhaps enclosing part If you are considering an addition, a few initial
of your attic to become a home office or play room would be a good solu- preparation steps include checking any neighborhood
tion. Sunrooms or porches are sometimes fairly easy additions on the back covenants, property setback requirements, easements,
or side of a home and can bring in natural light and capture new views utilities, and building codes or restrictions. If available,
to the outdoors. A garage can be converted to a nicely sized family or your property plat may provide some useful informa-
recreation room. Basements offer great opportunities for found space but tion and valuable site criteria that may help guide the
require specific planning and must be waterproofed with particular care. preliminary process. Obtaining necessary building
permits and related inspections, etc. needs to be fac-
tored into the building schedule.
Working with a designer or architect could be the
most important step in achieving your goals. For an
addition, integrating the new footprint, rooflines, and
three-dimensional elements with the existing struc-
ture can present unique challenges. A well conceived
renovation can sometimes cleverly take advantage of
borrowed adjacent square footage such as closets, hall-
ways or other underused spaces to create a highly ef-
ficient space plan.
The team you choose can ultimately make or break
your project. Choose a reputable, experienced, licensed
and insured contractor. My motto for some time has
been “installation is everything,” because plans, de-
signs, and details may be beautifully conceived and
drawn, but skillful construction and execution are
critical to the final outcome.
Project by Wilton Construction, Richmond.
how wIll the new space affect the flow anD fUnctIon of the exIstIng layoUt?
make It beaUtIfUl
Usually it’s best to keep your material palette simple.
Matching existing materials, colors and surfaces where pos-
sible and appropriate is an obvious way of blending in the
new construction. Take notice and choose new features such
as doors, windows, trim, hardware, and light fixtures to har-
monize with the existing elements. On the other hand, an ad-
dition may be the perfect opportunity for a simple or more
elaborate face lift adding updated elements and details. With
careful planning and attention, the blending of old and new
can add timeless appeal and value.
Additions, and construction in general, always have an
impact on the site as well as the interior of a home. Heavy
equipment and foot traffic may cause significant damage to
the existing lawn, landscaping, and trees. Where possible, in-
the bIg pIctUre
stall barriers around existing trees to prevent root damage
There are clearly numerous factors to think about
and insure sustainability. Depending on the relationship of
when planning any addition or renovation. Consider
the addition to existing layout, a landscape re-design may
future maintenance and keep the project manageable.
also be in order to incorporate the new construction and to
Costs and payback are important, as well as your toler-
correct existing issues. Pathways and function may be sig-
ance level for disruption. Weather can play an unex-
nificantly impacted, so it’s a good idea to address the exterior
pected role in the schedule. Plan for future as well as
design in the early stages of the project.
present needs in order to insure project sustainability.
In the final analysis, the process and effort will quickly
fade in memory when the last piece of furniture is put
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A LOOK AT TH E 2010
By Steve Cook
Forecasts for just about any facet of you could look at that as a negative, but
the economy these days are about as ac- when you consider that, in effect, both the
curate, it would seem, as the weather fore- buyer and the seller have benefit, it would
cast. When it comes to real estate, we’ve be hard to see that as such a bad thing.
seen forecasts all over the board. But, Looking at the positive, John Yun, chief
generally, those who make it a practice to economist with the National Association
predict such things agree that 2010 will be of Realtors says, “Preventing further price
a better year. One of the most significant decline or even nudging prices up a bit
reasons for the optimistic outlook can be stabilizes housing wealth, which makes
summed up in four words: Home Buyers homeowners more comfortable in their
Tax Credits. spending.
This is one government initiative that “They’re more likely to go out to the
has actually worked! Across the nation, stores or buy a new car. That provides a
according to a study released by the Na- boost to the overall economy.” If Yun’s year for both homebuyers and sellers, it
tional Association of Realtors, first-time prediction that home prices will grow by could be a good year for individuals to
homebuyer sales accounted for a whop- 3.6 percent in 2010 is correct, that would embark on a real estate career. “This is a
ping 47% share of all home sales in 2009. be a far cry from last year’s 12.9 percent fantastic opportunity for those who have
That’s up 41% from the previous year. decline, nationally. been impacted by corporate layoffs to
With the extension of the tax credits His assessment suggests that not only explore a career in real estate,” says Caf-
($8,000 for first-time home buyers), in- is this a good time for homebuyers, but frey. She believes that many such ones
cluding a new provision that allows up to also for those considering selling a home. will bring their talents into the real estate
$6,500 in credits to existing homeowners Marcy Caffrey of Exit Realty Parade of industry.
who purchase a new home, it would ap- Homes in Midlothian agrees. “If there are “These will be more experienced and
pear that the somewhat rosy expectations buyers in the market,” Caffrey says, “then educated in the business world,” she says.
for 2010 are realistic. Of course, there are this is a good time for sellers to present “This could lead to a very positive upgrad-
certain limitations and restrictions, and their homes.” She cautions those selling ing of attitudes toward our industry.”
one would be well advised to consult a to ensure that their homes are priced in Success in real estate in 2010, Caffrey
professional for full details. accord with what the market will bear. says, depends largely upon the willing-
Keep in mind that in order to qualify And, she says, “Your home must be in sell- ness of real estate professionals to edu-
for the tax credit, the home buyer must ing condition. If all of these things blend, cate themselves properly. “Those who
sign the contract by April 30th and close your home will sell in any market.” continue to educate themselves in the
by June 30th, so NOW is the time to look Obviously there are other factors, such needs of the buyers and sellers will suc-
into this if you’re contemplating such a as unemployment, which could minimize ceed in 2010.”
move. the positive impact. But if you’re a real es- And, I might add, such professionals
Some have suggested that the tax cred- tate professional, or, if you’re contemplat- will help to ensure the success of those
its had not had as much of an impact as ing buying or selling a home, the first half buying and selling homes. It looks as if the
has been reported. Their argument is that of 2010 could well prove to be a great time worst of times may be behind us. Here’s
the tax credits have actually allowed home for you. hoping for a successful 2010, for the real
sellers to raise their asking prices. I guess And, since 2010 is likely to be a good estate industry and beyond.