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    FEATURES                                        SECTIONS
    Bliss Bridal Guide.....................16    Business Watch                                             Flavor
                                                 Chesterfield Ophthalmology.....................10          Maitre D’ Restaurant Guide......................23
    Budgeting Your Big Day
                                                 Windows & More...................................10        Certificates
    Destination Weddings                                                                                    Special Offers From Our Advertisers.......24
                                                 Owen & Owens.......................................10
                                                                                                            Calendar of Events..................................30
    Wedding Favors Get Personal                  Shamin Hotels.........................................11
                                                                                                            Tandoori Hot Spot Adds Local Flavor......32
    Wedding Trend for 2010                       The Morningside View.............................11

    What Makes A Strong Marriage                 The Pinnacle Group                                         Health
                                                 Title......................................... 12          Kicking Up Your Defenses.......................40

    2010 Annual                                  County Connection                                          Senior Living
    Look Good,                                   First Choice                                               The Red Hat Society...............................42
    Feel Good Guide......................34      The 2010 Census - It's In Our Hands..........13
                                                                                                            Around The House
    Destressing                                  People & Places                                            Expanding Your Home
    Good Night?                                  A Day At Rockwood Park.....................14              Up, Down, or Out?..................................44
                                                                                                            Area EasyLiving Home® Builder..............47
    A Healthy Smile
    Rejuvinate Your Eyes                                                                                    Open House
                                                                                                            Real Estate Forecast for 2010....................48
                                                                                                            The Homes At Hallsley............................50

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                                                                     William J. Davis, Jr.

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                                                                    CREATIVE DIRECTORS
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                                                                         Chris Baglio
                                                                   Meghan F. Coates, MS
                                                                        Erika Gleeson
                                                                       Don J. Kappel
                                                                      Amanda Krieger
                                                                   G. Carl Mahler, Jr. CFP®
                                                                  Melinda Martin RD, CD-N
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                                                                       Robert Thomas
                                                                      Kathleen Whitlow

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business watch
        Chesterfield                                    Windows & More                                   Owen & Owens
       Ophthalmology                                               By Erika Gleeson

             By Kathleen Whitlow

                                    eing a sea-
                                    soned pro-
                                    fessional is
                           something that re-

                           ally matters in the                     uilding my own home got me

                           world of medicine,                      into the business,” explains                he law firm of Owen & Owens is
                           and so does being                       Bob Weatherford, founder of                 pleased to announce Mary Bur-
                           able to give your          Windows & More, a Chesterfield-based                     key Owens has been selected as
                           patients individual-       company serving clientele from Washing-        one of Virginia’s 2009 “Legal Elite” by Vir-
ized attention and service. These are two             ton, D.C. to North Carolina and every-         ginia Business magazine for her work in the
things that are an essential part of Chester-         where in between. Weatherford started the      Family/Domestic Relations category.
field Ophthalmology.                                  company in 1986, and he now has 32 years         Virginia’s “Legal Elite” are selected an-
     Dr. Busch, the practices solo practitioner,      of experience in windows – and more!           nually by their peers. This year, more than
has been an ophthalmologist for 18 years.             Weatherford is proud of his company’s ver-     12,000 attorneys received online ballots
Dr. Busch specializes in cataract surgery,            satility. “We represent over fifteen brands    from Virginia Business magazine editors in
after years of experience and education.              of windows and seven lines of cabinets,” he    coordination with the Virginia Bar Associa-
He graduated from Philadelphia College of                                                            tion. Nominations were made in 15 practice
                                                      says. The company is versatile not only in
Osteopathic Medicine in 1986.                                                                        categories.
                                                      the products offered, but also in the types
     Chesterfield Ophthalmology is unique in                                                           Owens is a partner at Owen & Owens
comparison to other practices that special-           of jobs performed. “You probably can’t         and leads the firm’s Family Law Team. She
ize in family eye care, “I believe that giv-          name a window job we haven’t done,” says       focuses her practice on family law, real es-
ing my patients a thorough understanding              Weatherford. Windows & More provides           tate and other civil litigation matters. She is
of their medical problems and care options            their services for commercial construction     a founding member and former president of
allows them to play an active role in their           and individual homes, with a variety of        the Metro Richmond Family Law Bar and
treatment, as well as the healing process.                                                           past president of the Chesterfield County
                                                      products for any budget. Among their new-
Each of my patients can count on seeing me                                                           Bar Association.
                                                      est products are fiberglass windows, which
and dealing with me, directly, during each                                                             Owens was recently recognized as one
and every visit,” said Dr. Busch.                     are an environmentally friendly option with    of the “Top 25 Women Virginia SuperLaw-
     The practice provides a range of services        the same attractiveness as wood windows.       yers” by Law & Politics after extensive peer
for its patients including cataract surgery,          Another main focus of Windows & More           review and editorial research. She is a grad-
lid surgery, glaucoma and refractive sur-             is on experience. “Our current sales and       uate of Virginia Tech and the University of
gery, treatment of diabetic retinopathy,              service staff is well trained in windows and   Richmond School of Law.
contact lens fitting and contacts as well as                                                           From family law to personal and com-
                                                      cabinets,” says Weatherford. He adds that
many other types of ophthalmic care.                                                                 mercial representation, Owen & Owens
                                                      the staff works closely with their custom-
     Dr. Busch and his staff make it their mis-                                                      focuses its practice on the premise that
sion to educate patients, while providing             ers to discuss product options in order to     “Every Client Matters.” The firm is located
the safest, and most advanced medical and             “make sure the product they receive is what    at 15521 Midlothian Turnpike, Suite 300,
surgical care. n                                      they expected.” n                              Midlothian, Virginia 23113. n

2385 Colony Crossing Place | Midlothian                    For more information about                    For more information, please visit
            804-739-2220                               Windows & More, visit their website at                 www.owenowens.com.

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                                                                                                                    business watch
                                Shamin Hotels                                                                  A Morningside
                                      By Erika Gleeson
                                                                                                                      By Chris Baglio

              hen Shamin Hotels, the larg-         Also available is the Aura Spa and Sa-

              est hotel management com-          lon, which features two couples’ treatment                    ome may believe that assisted liv-
              pany in Central Virginia,          rooms. Guests can dine at Shula’s Ameri-                      ing facilities are locations to place
decided to open their thirty-sixth property,     ca’s Steak House, a full-service restaurant                   elderly relatives and let other people
the Richmond-based company decided               located within the hotel and themed after             tend to their needs. However, assisted liv-
that the newest hotel should be a Hilton.        the Miami Dolphins’ undefeated season in              ing at Morningside of Bellgrade provides a
“There is a definite need in the West End        1972.                                                 supportive environment with opportuni-
for an upscale hotel with large meeting and        Within the lobby area, guests can vis-              ties for socialization and individual enrich-
banquet facilities,” says Lori Darling, Vice     it Shula’s Lounge, Aroma Coffee shop,                 ment.
President of Sales and Marketing. “There         proudly brewing Starbucks coffee, or make               Morningside offers a six level care sys-
are not a lot of options other than down-        use of the complimentary Wi-Fi access. On             tem with an around-the-clock nursing
town with a facility to accommodate over         days with nice weather, guests may choose             staff. Each resident lives in a private apart-
1300 guests like this.”                          to spend time visiting the outdoor patio              ment and enjoys the included amenities of
  The company’s newest property, the             and fire pit. Outside the hotel is the Short          three daily meals, transportation, laundry
Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa at Short           Pump Town Center, which offers a variety              and housekeeping.
Pump, opened on December 4 and is locat-         of options for shopping, dining, and enter-             Nan Pascal, director of admissions, has
ed just off Broad Street, next to the Short      tainment.                                             worked at the Midlothian location for
Pump Town Center. The new hotel is the             For those guests who are looking for that           more than 8 years, informing the families,
first Hilton in the Richmond Area for over       certain something extra in their stay, Sha-           physicians and other healthcare provid-
10 years. Darling says the company chose         min Hotels offers its own particular brand            ers about the benefits of the Morningside
to make the hotel a Hilton because of “the       of customer service, labeled the Shamin               lifestyle. “Our level of care distinguishes
level of service and the amenities the brand     Touch. “It is the extra special things that we        us because of the broad scope of services
allows us to provide to our valued guests.”      do to go above and beyond for our guests’             we provide to our residents and their fami-
  With 254 guest rooms and over 22,000           comfort and convenience to create the ul-             lies…including outpatient physical and oc-
square feet of meeting space, the hotel pro-     timate guest experience,” explains Darling.           cupational therapy.”
vides a variety of options for its guests. The   “It’s all individual to the guest’s needs. We           Among its many features, Pascal says the
guest rooms and suites feature oversized         do as many extra special things as we can             most unique is the “Bridge to Rediscov-
bathrooms,     complimentary      high-speed     each and every day to ensure guests enjoy             ery” program, designed to aid those with
Internet access, 42-inch televisions, and        their stay in the Hilton or any Shamin Ho-            Alzheimer’s or memory loss.
Hilton’s Serenity bed package for guest          tel.”                                                   Over the past 13 years they have set
comfort.                                           Shamin hotels owns and manages prop-                themselves apart from other communities
  The conference center can host every-          erties in Virginia, North Carolina, and               as a provider of consistent quality care.
thing from business meetings to banquets,        Maryland and will be opening their thirty-            Morningside is a proud member of the Five
and boasts a grand ballroom that can ac-         seventh hotel in Waldorf, Maryland in the             Star Senior Living network.
commodate up to 1,300 people. In addi-           spring of 2010.                                               For more information,
tion, the hotel offers an executive floor                Visit www.shaminhotels.com                             visit the Web site at
with executive and presidential suites.                      for more information.                        www.morningsideofbellgrade.com.

                                                                                       January/February 2010      ChesterfieldLivingonline.com     11
business watch
               Life Events
                By G. Carl Mahler, Jr. CFP®
                                              There       are      few
                                         things we humans
                                         have to deal with
                                         more difficult than
                                         the loss of a spouse
                                         or other loved one,
                                         particularly           when
                                         it    happens           quite
     suddenly and unexpectedly. As I’ve man-
     aged the financial affairs of many families
     over the past 41 years, I’ve had occasion
     to be called on repeatedly to help in these
     difficult times. Unfortunately, while the
     emotional factors of the loss are still fresh,
     causing disruption to rational thought, the
     financial elements of day to day living con-
     tinue unaffected by the event.
        From 1995-2000, I hosted a weekly,
     financial talk show on WRVA radio
     (1140AM). It took several years before
     more and more people started calling us
     for appointments. As we started seeing
     these families it became apparent to us
     that the calls were based on a significant
     life event. It seems to me that couples
     don’t have this revelation that they need to
     come to grips with their lack of develop-
     ing a financial plan while sitting around on
     a Saturday morning at the breakfast table.
     It takes a triggering event like a death, be-
     ing downsized, retirement, inheritance, or
     some other “biggie” that creates the need
     to focus on the impact of the event as well
     as the long-term implications. It’s these life
     events that often bring people to us.
        One of the revelations of an unexpected
     death of a loved one is, “I wish we had
     done better planning before John died”.
                                          Continued on page 55

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                                                                                                                         county connection

                                                                             The 2010 Census - It’s In Our Hands
                            First Choice is a bi-monthly
                         information column provided for the                                  Don J. Kappel, Director of Public Affairs,
                           citizens of Chesterfield County                                           Chesterfield County, Virginia

               elcome to the New Year! It’s                    tion of those residing in the household. All     March, you should be receiving your cen-
               hard for my family to believe                   personal information gathered is strictly        sus questionnaire by mail. Chesterfield
               that in 2010 we will have been                  confidential, and cannot by law be shared        County encourages you to take the time to
Chesterfield County residents for 16 years.                    with any other government agency—in-             complete and return the census form so we
During my 20-year Marine Corps career,                         cluding law enforcement, the IRS, Welfare,       all can be counted. It’s in our hands.
we had relocated often, both in the U. S.                      the FBI or Immigration.                             For more information about the 2010
and overseas. In 1994, my family eagerly                          Soon, you will begin to see more in-              Census, please visit this Web site:
sought a permanent location with out-                          formation about the 2010 Census, and in             http://2010.census.gov/2010census/
standing quality of life, great schools and
an excellent location with four distinct sea-
sons, hopefully, none of them as extreme as
some we’d encountered! We wanted a place
to call “home” at last. We were very for-
tunate to get settled here in what has been
a FIRST CHOICE place in which to live.
   Soon, our family members will be count-
ed in the 2010 Census, and so, hopefully,
will all the people in your household. It’s a
process that has taken place in the United
States every decade since 1790.
   Census data helps the nation’s leaders
make decisions about a wide range of mat-
ters, including reapportionment and redis-
tricting, which affects representation in the
House of Representatives. Additionally,
this data is used to decide on the distribu-
tion of more than $300 billion in federal
funds to state, local and tribal governments
each year.
   Funding for such things as programs for
the elderly, Head Start programs, road re-
habilitation and construction, emergency
food and shelter planning and more hinges
on data reported in the census. Businesses,
churches and other organizations use cen-
sus data to plan expansions and future lo-
cations. Health and educational services
for people with disabilities can be planned
more effectively with current census data
as well, and there are many more examples
of ways in which an accurate count helps
us all.
   Your household will receive a short form
that will ask for the name, gender, age, na-
tionality and other demographic informa-

                                                                                                 January/February 2010       ChesterfieldLivingonline.com   13
people & places

 A Day At...

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                      Rockwood Park

   Rockwood Park, the county’s oldest, is a 163-acre site featur-
ing nine tennis courts, four picnic shelters, seven baseball fields,
3 basketball courts, a playground, public garden plots, a web of
walking trails, a nature center and the county’s only dog park.
Basketball and tennis courts 1-3 remain lighted until 9:30 p.m.
during the winter; however, the rest of the park closes at dark. The
trails, which were revamped in 2009, trace the park’s border with
Gregory’s Pond and offer 5.5 miles of wooded paths to escape the
hustle and bustle of city life. The nature center houses several spe-
cies of snakes and turtles. A naturalist is on staff during business
hours to answer questions and explain the displays. The nature
center also offers educational programs for children. The newest
addition is Rockwood Dog Park. The dog park offers safe, off-
leash exercise for dogs and a great place for dog lovers to socialize.

                 3401 Courthouse Road, Richmond, VA 23236
                      For more information or reservations
               call (804) 748-1623 or visit www.chesterfield.gov

 Information & Photos provided by Meghan F. Coates, MS; Special Events Coordinator;
                      Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation

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                                                                                                       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.

                                                                                                          45% reception
                                                                                                               food, venue, drink, cake

                                                                                                                10% attire
                                                                                                      dresses, hair, make-up, accessories, tuxes

                                                                                                        10% photography
                                                                                                                   prints and fees

                                                                                                                 8% music

     Budgeting Your Big Day
                                                                                                       dj, band, musicians, and entertainment

                                                                                                               8% flowers
                                                                                                  all bouquets, boutonnières, centerpieces and decor

     WIThOuT EMPTyIng yOuR WAllET                                                                           3% invitations
     By Amanda Krieger                                                                                 thank you cards, programs, guest books

                                                                                                          2.5% ceremony
                                                                                                            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
                                                                                                      2.5% transportation
                                                                                                         to and from ceremony and reception
     your budget.
         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
                                                                                                                  2% gifts
                                                                                                        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

16     ChesterfieldLivingonline.com       January/February 2010
     no plane tickets needed for these ro-
mantic weddings which double as a re-
treat for your guests. Besides, who doesn’t
like an excuse for a vacation? Make the
affair a “wedding weekend” to spend
even more time with your friends and fam-
ily. Or let it be your excuse for an intimate

Smith Mountain lake provides a breathtak-
ing backdrop with mountains cascading
into the emerald water. Mariner’s landing
will customize your package including the
ceremony site, reception for up to 200,
your bridal suite, and all the other details
with the area’s vendors. Plus, your guests
will have a great getaway with everything
the resort has to offer. www.marinerslanding.
com. 540.297.4900.

    More and more couples are choosing
the “Elopement style” wedding. They find
that by eloping, they can have a beauti-
ful wedding without the stress....at a very
affordable price. Whether you are dream-
ing of the beach at sunset, the snowy
slopes of Wintergreen, or a serene bed
and breakfast in the valley, they can help
you make your dreams a reality.

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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
                                                                                                                   pay corkage.
     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 bot-      soaps, coasters, ornaments, and magnets
                                                                                                       negotiate, negotiate, negotiate. you
     tle from a local vineyard. labels can be per-   are all examples of things that can be
                                                                                                        can save up to fifty percent with a
     sonalized with a monogram, message from         monogrammed or personalized. Think of                   little savvy negotiating.
     the bride and groom, or photo of the happy      something your guests will appreciate and
     couple.                                         will use.

18     ChesterfieldLivingonline.com      January/February 2010

Trends for 2010
                                                   mini-wedding dresses
                                                       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
                                                   rehearsal dinner.

                                                                                              backyard weddings
                                                                                                  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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     ADVICE On CREATIng                                               1. Just because you’re married doesn’t mean you shouldn’t date.
                                                                          Remember those candle-lit dinners and trips to the movies when you

     A Strong Marriage
     By Amanda Krieger
                                                                      were dating? Those don’t have to stop once you get married! Reserve
                                                                      one night a week to spend some quality time together, even if it just
                                                                      means enjoying a pre-dinner glass of wine. get in the habit of priori-
                                                                      tizing time with each other, the investment will pay off big long-term.
        leading up to a wedding, it’s easy to get so caught up in     2. Have some friends over.
     the details of the big day that you forget the real reason for      newlyweds need some time to get used to their new stage in life.
     the wedding – marriage! The real purpose of the big day isn’t    But while you’re adjusting, be careful not to alienate your friends.
     to pick the right combination of songs that will get both your   have friends over for a game night or make sure you don’t miss the
     friends from college and Aunt Mildred out on the dance floor,    next girls’ night out.
     it’s about making a commitment in front of your friends and      3. fight fair.
     family that you will love and cherish forever.                       The new ring on your finger doesn’t give you a free pass to hit be-
        here’s advice for after you’ve said your vows                 low the belt. When things get tense, remember whom you’re talking
     and the honeymoon is (literally) over, on how to                 to before you start throwing daggers. Take a deep breath and cool
     create a strong marriage and family.                             down. Remember, you’re talking to your soul mate.

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4. give more than half.
      They say every great relationship is
50/50, but the idea of 50/50 leaves a bit
of 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 serv-
ing 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 mar-
ried 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 com-
plete 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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                                                  Palermo Trattoria Pizzeria, Midlothian
                                                  Photo by Robert Thomas Photography

             A TASTE OF ITALy                                      CHOPSTIx
             13547 Waterford Place. Midlothian.                    15801 City View Dr. Midlothian.
             763-2400.                                             379-8308.
             A local family owned restaurant                       Only the best and freshest
             established since 1999, serving                       ingredients used to create their
             authentic Italian food. Pastas,                       unique menu. Sushi, sashimi,
             pizzas, and sauces are home                           asian favorites, tempura, teriyaki,
             made, as are all the prepared
                                                                   hibachi, and more.
             dishes on the menu.

             HOWLETT’S                                             SUSHI-O
             3530 Festival Park Plaza. Chester.                    1228 Alverser Plaza. Midlothian.
             930.1034.                                             897-9878.
             www.howlettstavernchester.com.                        Full Sushi Menu, signature rolls,
             The finest in prime rib, crab                         bento boxes, tempura, teriyaki,
             cakes, fresh seafood and steaks                       and kitchen specialties in an
             seared to perfection. Extensive                       atmosphere that reflects the
             lunch menu and made from
                                                                   simplistic and artistic nature of
             scratch desserts.
                                                                   the Japanese culture.

             PALERMO                                               CAPITAL ALE HOUSE
             TRATTORIA PIzzERIA                                    13831 Village Place Dr. Midlothian.
             15717 City View Dr.                                   780-ALES. www.capitalalehouse.com.
             Midlothian. 378-7643.                                 Now open till 1:30am with specials
             Antipasti, pasta specialities or                      every night. One big hit is the
                                                                   Sunday Prime Rib Special. Locally
             create your own, seafood, veal,
                                                                   owned and serving local products
             chicken, vegetarian entrees,
                                                                   whenever possible. VA's largest se-
             sandwiches, and pizza.
                                                                   lection of draft and bottled beers.

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                                                                        Bottega Bistro
                                                                        11400 W. huguenot Road. 379-9899.
                                                                        An eclectic menu offers a variety of fresh
                                                                        seafood, beef, chicken, veal, pasta and
                                                                        wood-fired pizzas.
     now open for lunch Monday-friday with entrees from just $7.95
                                                                        The Grill At Waterford
                                                                        13548 Waterford Place, Midlothian.
      Thank you for naming us one of the best in Richmond Magazine      763-0555. www.thegrillatwaterford.com
           “Most innovative restaurant” & “Best southside restaurant”   Seafood, Steaks, Sandwiches. Open for
                                                                        Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

     13126 Midlothian Turnpike • Midlothian 804-379-7121                Howlett’s
                                                                        3530 Festival Park Plaza. Chester. 930.1034.
                                                                        The finest in prime rib, crab cakes, fresh
                                                                        seafood and steaks seared to perfection.

                                                                        Tropical Smoothie
                                                                        See www.tropicalsmoothie.com for the
                                                                        location nearest you.
                                                                        Eat Better, Feel Better at Tropical Smooth-
                                                                        ie. Featuring great salads, sandwiches and
                                                                        wraps, and, their famous smoothies. Cater-
                                                                        ing for any occasion.

                                                                        15801 City View Dr. Midlothian. 379-8308.
                                                                        Sushi, sashimi, asian favorites, tempura,
                                                                        teriyaki, hibachi, and more.

                                                                        1228 Alverser Plaza. Midlothian. 897-9878.
                                                                        Full Sushi Menu, signature rolls, bento
                                                                        boxes, tempura, teriyaki, and kitchen

                                                                        Wild Ginger
                                                                        3734 Winterfield Rd. Midlothian. 378-4988.
                                                                        Pan Asian-influenced cuisine in a beautiful
                                                                        contemporary setting. Call for reservations.

                                                                        Brock’s BBQ
                                                                        11310 iron Bridge Road. 796-7539.
                                                                        Family style restaurant open since 1975,
                                                                        serving everything from BBQ to seafood.
                                                                        Dine-in, carry-out or catering for up to

                                                                        PQ’s BBQ
                                                                        13569 Midlothian Turnpike. 379-5267.
                                                                        Midlothian Station Shopping Center.
                                                                        Voted Richmond’s Best BBQ. Ribs,
                                                                        BBQ & Chicken.

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Hong Kong King Buffet
10334 Midlothian Tnpk. 272-8808.
International foods.

Sino-American Buffet
8701 Midlothian Tnpk. 272-1818.
An international all-you-can-eat buffet with
something for everyone at a reasonable

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
9212 Stony Point Fashion Park. 253-0492.
Experience Chinese cuisine, attentive
service, and an extensive wine list in a
stylish, high-energy bistro.

Winterpock Crossing. 6701 Lake harbour Dr.
oxbridge Square. 9951 hull Street Road.
Traditional Chinese cuisine. Peking
duck, several low-fat dishes. Offering an
excellent lunch buffet 7 days a week, and
featuring a wide variety of well-prepared
Oriental dishes.

Belle Vie European Bistro
1244 Alverser Plaza. Midlothian. 379-3338.
Elegant but casual bistro serving dishes
with a French Belgium & European flavor.

Tandoori Tikka & Kebab
11400 W. huguenot Rd. 379-5694.
Taste the difference - vegetarian curries,
birianies, tandoori dishes, non-vegetarian

A Taste of Italy
13547 Waterford Place. Midlothian.
Pasta, sandwiches and pizza.

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              Antonio’s Ristorante
              11956 ironbridge Plaza.
              in front of Walmart Supercenter. 768-4255.
              Italian seafood, pasta, veal, chicken, pizza
              and subs in a casual atmosphere.

              13301 Riversbend Blvd. 530-1047.
              in front of Riversbend Shopping Center.
              Italian seafood, pasta, veal, chicken, pizza
              and subs in a casual atmosphere.

              Palermo Trattoria Pizzeria
              15717 City View Dr. Midlothian. 378-7643.
              Antipasti, pasta specialities, seafood,
              chicken, sandwiches, and pizza.

              10438 Midlothian Tnpk. 323-4000.
              Japanese style steakhouse.

              5023 huguenot Road. 288-8801.
              Famous sushi bar, traditional Japanese and

              Don Papa Grande
              Breckenridge Shopping Center. Chester.
              Experience Mexican dining and Mexican
              favorites at their best.

              13564 Waterford Pl. Midlothian. 763-3760.
              Authentic Mexican Cuisine.

              Hot Tamale Cafe
              13815 Fribble Way (off hull Street).
              595-0138. www.hottamalecafe.com.
              Enjoy seafood, salads, fantastic desserts,
              and all the best of Mexican cuisine.

              Los Bandidos
              170 Southgate Square. Colonial heights.
              Great Mexican food in a casual atmosphere.

              Mexican grill offering signature burritos, ta-
              cos, salads, quesadillas, nachos and more.

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The Boathouse at Sunday Park
4602 Millridge Parkway. 744-2545.
Seafood, Steaks, Rawbar & Pizza Oven.

13126 Midlothian Tnpk. 379-7121.
Freshest seafood around, only 12-24 hours
out of the water. Latin-inspired seafood in
a Caribbean atmosphere.

Milepost 5
1300 Sycamore Square. 794-9344.
You’d think you were in the Outer Banks.

Glory Days Grill
6151 harbourside Centre Loop. 608-8350.
Family-oriented, sports themed restaurant.

Sports Page Bar & Grille
14245 Midlothian Tnpk. 379-1844.
35 TVs, pool tables, darts, great food,
raw bar.

204 Southgate Square Shopping Center.
Steaks, chicken, burgers, ribs and seafood.

3737 Boulevard. Colonial heights.
Steak cut tableside in a cozy atmosphere
overlooking scenic Swift Creek.

Asian Bistro & Pho
13520 Midlothian Turnpike. 794-8798.
Authentic Thai dishes such as mango
salad, sea war, thai lamb, lady shrimp, and
homemade Thai Ice Cream.

Little Saigon
10012 Robious Road. 320-6098.
Rice vermicelli with charbroiled pork,
a favorite.

Saigon Gourmet Restaurant
11033 hull St Rd. Midlothian. 745-0199.
Authentic Vietnamese restaurant.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS   15                                                     21                                                 January 2010
                     FRIDAY                                                 THuRSDAY
                     TaRgET $1 Family nighT                                 RodnEy caRRingTon
                     children’s museum of Richmond                          carpenter center at Richmond
                     www.c-mor.org                                                                                                         SATuRDAY
                     Bring the whole family to enjoy                                                                                       11Th annual viRginia
                     what The Children’s Museum has to                                                                                     dancE FEsTival
                     offer from 5:00-7:30pm on the third                                                                                   James River high school
                     Friday of the month for just $1 per                                                                                   Jessica morgan (804) 739-7600
                     person.                                                23                                                             Dance Performers Showcase Com-
                                                                            SATuRDAY                                                       munity Talent to Benefit Children’s
                                                                            aiFa                                                           Hospital Foundation of Richmond.
                                                                            KicKoFF                                                        Tickets can only be purchased at
                     15-17                                                  classic                                                        the door. Showtimes: 3pm & 7pm.
                     FRIDAY-SuNDAY                                          all-sTaR indooR FooTball

                     Richmond Fishing Expo                                  Richmond coliseum
                     Richmond Raceway complex                               www.richmondraidersfootball.com
                     This Annual Show promises to have
                                                                            The American Indoor Football As-
                                                                            sociation preseason 2010 Kickoff
                                                                                                                                         EVEnTS CALEnDAR
                     more rods, more tackle, and more                       Classic, featuring the Richmond                               Visit these websites for complete
                     fishing products and services than                     Raiders against a squad of 2009                                      2010 event calendars:
                     you’d ever expect in one location.                     AIFA All-Stars and featured players.
                                                                                                                                                 RICHMOND SyMPHONy

                                                                                                                                                SWIFT CREEK MILL THEATRE
                     17                                                    30-31                                                                 17401 Jefferson Davis Hwy
                                                                           SATuRDAY-SuNDAY                                                            Colonial Heights
                                                                           chili cooK oFF WinE TRail                                              www.swiftcreekmill.com
                     FREEdom classic
                     FEsTival                                              WEEKEnd
                                                                                                                                                  SyCAMoRE RoUgE
                     Richmond coliseum                                     www.hovawinetrail.com                                              21 West Old Street • Petersburg
                     www.freedomclassic.com                                Tour Central Virginia’s Premier Win-                                  www.sycamorerouge.org
                     This festival includes basketball                     eries: Cooper, Grayhaven, James
                     competition, quality entertainment,                   River and Lake Anna! During this                                          ViRginiA oPERA
                     an array of vendors, cultural exhib-                  weekend you will get to sample Chili                                CentreStage • 600 E. Grace St.
                     its, delicious Richmond area cuisine                  at each winery, then vote for your                                        www.vaopera.org
                     and more for the whole family.                        favorite one!

         All events are subject to changes. To submit an event call (804) 639-9994, fax your event and contact information to (804) 739-9549 or email it to events@advertisingconceptsinc.com.
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                                                                                                                                                                              CALENDAR OF EVENTS
February 2010                                                                THuRSDAY-SuNDAY
                                                                                                 18-21                     19
                                                                      mac EvEnTs homE                                      maymonT’s 6Th annual
                                                                shoW/maymonT FloWER &                                      cocKTail classic
4-7                                                                      gaRdEn shoW                                       Robins nature & visitor center
THuRSDAY-SuNDAY                                                                 greater Richmond                           www. maymont.org
Richmond acadEmy                                                                convention center
oF mEdicinE alliancE                                                                (800) 332-3976
FoundaTion bEnEFiT                                                            www. macevents.com
anTiquEs & FinE aRTs shoW
science museum of virginia
(804) 551-3723, www.ramaf.org
                                                                                                                           viRginia WinE Expo
Admission Fee: $15.
                                                                                                                           greater Richmond

                                                             19-21                                                         convention center
                                                                                                                           (804) 349-6909
                                                             FRIDAY-SuNDAY                                                 www.virginiawineexpo.com
12-14                                                        22nd annual Richmond
FRIDAY-SuNDAY                                                boaT shoW
                                                             Richmond Raceway complex
25Th annual Richmond
camping Rv Expo                                              Ticket Prices - Adults: $7, Ages
Richmond Raceway complex                                     6-16: $2, Under 5: Free. Parking is
www.agievents.com                                            FREE!
Ticket Prices - Adults: $7, Ages
6-16: $2, Ages 5 and under: Free.
Parking is FREE

                                                                                                                           7Th annual Richmond Kids
12-14                                                                                                                      Expo & babiEs Too
FRIDAY-SuNDAY                                                                                                              Richmond Raceway complex
ThundER naTionals                                                                                                          (757) 496-1000
Richmond coliseum                                                                                                          www.richmondkidsexpo.com
www.monsterjamonline.com                                                                                                   Admission: Adults $6.00, Kids (2-
www.ticketmaster.com                                                                                                       12) $2.00, Under 2 FREE.

All events are subject to changes. To submit an event call (804) 639-9994, fax your event and contact information to (804) 739-9549 or email it to events@advertisingconceptsinc.com.
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     TAnDooRi hoT SPoT
     ADDS LOcAL FLAvOR                                                           By Chris Baglio

             ired of the same old family outing      Tandoori 10 years later in August. Since
             to a chain restaurant or fast-food      then, business has been thriving.
             joint? Does the thought of eat-           Each dish is cooked to order using tra-
     ing a second round of leftovers make your       ditional methods and ingredients which
     stomach turn? The staff at Tandoori Tikka       include an array of spices, milk products
     & Kebab offers a fresh dining experience,       and wheat rice. Although meals are typi-
     lavished with faraway tastes that will tickle   cally vegetarian, they provide a variety of
     the taste buds.                                 entrees for meat lovers as well.
       Located in the middle of The Shoppes at         If you plan on taking the dive, Tan-
     Bellgrade, the cooking staff is dedicated to    doori’s fans suggest the samosa appetizer
     providing authentic Northern Indian cui-        and the palak chicken for the milder pal-
     sine, environment and attitude, especially      ate, and for a challenge, try one of its many
     its owner Krishan “Kris” Sehgal, used to        spicy curry dishes.
     own and operate Richmond’s famous Pan-            The restaurant’s lunch hours run from
     jab Restaurant from 1983 to 1990.               11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through
       “Our location was always ranked in the        Saturday, and its dinner hours are 5:00 p.m.
     ‘top ten’ [restaurants] of the area.”           to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday,
       Sehgal says he decided to break from          and as late as 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
     his craft after his wife lost her battle with              For more information,
     cancer in December 1998, and after much                    call (804) 379-5694, or
     encouragement from his peers, opened                visit www.tandooritikkakebab.com.

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         Good FeelGood
A                                                                                    De-Stressing
          s the pace of our lives quickens and intensifies, carving out
          time to slow down and relax only gets more difficult to
          manage. It also grows more important. Stress relief is not
just a matter of leisure or even emotional well-being -- it is critical
to physical health, too. Our heart rate, blood 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.

Massage                                                       Group Fitness Classes                     Yoga
     Massage therapy offers one of the most palpable              Exercise can get dull and repeti-       Yoga devotees often speak of its calming
and immediate relievers of stress. An isolated, well-         tive without partners, feeling too        powers – a valuable asset to any workout, es-
timed massage can have a gratifying impact. Howev-            much like a chore. However, fit-          pecially when stress is hounding you. The in-
er, scheduling routine massages is a more effective use       ness classes, especially for new and      tense attention on breath and movement plac-
of massage, especially when dealing with chronic is-          unfamiliar exercises, help overcome       es particular focus on internal awareness and a
sues that re-emerge without steady attention. A mas-          that feeling of reluctance, which         unity of body and mind. Some yoga workouts
sage program that includes regular appointments can           can be especially pervasive in the        are meditative. The awareness learned during
boost energy levels, as well as level out those knotty        winter months.
                                                                                                        yoga workouts can carry over to the day away
aches and pains that annoy. To encourage customers                Dance classes have become in-
                                                                                                        from the yoga mat.
to embark on a schedule, many local massage pro-              creasingly popular in recent years
                                                                                                          Yoga providers are welcoming to newcom-
viders offer memberships that yield reduced rates or          as outlets for exercise, bringing
                                                                                                        ers. Many offer introductory classes to help
                                                              smiles to the faces of participants
packages of multiple visits at a discount.                                                              overcome any wariness of starting the activity.
                                                              even as they push and challenge.
                                                                                                        Flexibility is not a prerequisite -- it's an out-
                                                              BodyJAM, which uses modern
Spa                                                                                                     come of regular yoga workouts -- so do not
                                                              dance moves and a combination of
     A trip to the spa for thorough professional pam-                                                   hesitate if you are not already a contortionist.
                                                              popular music, and Zumba, which
pering can change one’s entire outlook.
                                                              is based on Latin music and dance,
     Spas have a-la-carte ordering for specific services,
                                                              are two new and popular dance-            Acupuncture
but most also offer packages that take a comprehen-                                                       Acupuncture, which involves placing nee-
                                                              based exercise classes that are filling
sive approach. The packages, which often include                                                        dles in points on the body, can give pause to
                                                              up in the area. But exercise facilities
several hours of attention, typically include some            also offer classes in styles such as      those unfamiliar with it, but it has been prac-
combination of manicure, pedicure, facial, massage            line-dancing and oldies music.            ticed successfully for thousands of years. A
and even spray tanning. Some packages even include                Classes inspired by combat,           standard of traditional Chinese medicine, acu-
a meal. The object is escape and rejuvenation, and,           whether it's boxing or martial arts,      puncture can be used for preventative, thera-
perhaps most importantly, the opportunity to be               are also great ways to relieve stress     peutic and treatment purposes, as well as tar-
treated like royalty -- a tonic for the demands of            with aggressive, taxing exercise.         get anxiety and stress management and can be
work and home that leave little time for yourself.                                                      utilized in a weight-loss plan. n

                                  See Directory of Local Look Good, Feel Good Services on page 38.

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   Good FeelGood

                              Good Night?
        n today’s busy world with all the responsibilities that overtake us, we may feel
        that sleep is low on our list of priorities. But key to feeling better during the
        day is getting a better sleep at night, since the tasks performed during sleep is
     what enables us to feel refreshed and reinvigorated so that we can function at our
     best. So, how do we get a good night’s sleep?

                                                                                              Dr. Glenn Giessel, of Sleep Disorder Centers
                                                                                            of Pulmonary Associates, shares a few ideas
                                                                                            with Chesterfield Living magazine that might
                                                                                            just be the ticket for getting a good night’s sleep.
                                                                                              Giessel says it's important to get seven to
                                                                                            eight hours of sleep every night. If you feel like
                                                                                            you are burning the candle at both ends, then
                                                                                            here are a few things you need to know to feel
                                                                                            completely rested and energized in the morn-

                                                                                            1. Set a time to go to bed and wake up and
                                                                                            stick with it even on the weekends.

                                                                                            2. Avoid excess alcohol, as it may help you fall
                                                                                            asleep, but it will also keep you in a light stage
                                                                                            of sleep. When the effects wear off toward the
                                                                                            middle of the night, it will disrupt your sleep.

                                                                                            3. Avoid caffeine and exercise before going
                                                                                            to bed. Both are stimulants and non-condu-
                                                                                            cive to sleep.

                                                                                            4. Your bed should be for sleeping. If you are
                                                                                            having problems, watching TV, reading, talk-
                                                                                            ing on the phone, or paying bills will make
                                                                                            things worse. Remove anything that will dis-
                                                                                            tract you from sleep.

                                                                                            5. Associate your bed with sleep and keep the
                                                                                            room dark and at a comfortable temperature.

                                                                                              If you are snoring, drowsy during the day, or
                                                                                            engage in abnormal activities while you sleep,
                                                                                            you could have Sleep Apnea or some other sleep
                                                                                            disorder. A sleep evaluation can help determine
                                                                                            the cause of your disruptive sleep pattern.
                                                                                              For more information call Sleep Disorder
                                                                                            Centers of Pulmonary Associates at (804) 320-
                                                                                            4341 and schedule your sleep evaluation today
                                                                                            so that you can Look Good, Feel Good and ex-
                                                                                            perience a better tomorrow! n

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A Healthy Smile                                                                                  Good FeelGood
 Dr. Baxter Perkinson
   and Associates                                                           Rejuvenate Your Eyes
                                                                            Dr. Joe Niamtu
                                                                                  Did you      ic as the laser
                                                                            know      that     treatment, but
                                                                            the      upper     the recovery
                                                                            face      ages     is faster.
AFTER                                                                       faster    than         “Many
                                             the lower face? Many people in their late         patients
                                             30’s and early 40’s begin to develop aging        mistake
                                  BEFoRE     changes around their eyes that make them          a      droopy
                                             look old and tired. Common aging chang-           brow         for
   At Dr. Baxter Perkinson and As-           es include droopy skin on the upper lid           eyelids problems. Some patients actually
sociates, we offer our patients access to    that makes it difficult for females to apply      need a brow lift instead of or along with
many procedures other than General           makeup and sometimes blocks vision in             upper eyelid surgery,” notes Dr. Niamtu.
Dentistry. Periodontics, Endodontics,        men and women. In the lower eyelid, fat           “It’s important to choose an experienced
Orthodontics, Implants and Advanced          bags and crinkly skin are the biggest prob-       doctor who can recognize the subtle dif-
Bone Grafting are routine in our nine        lems. As a result, some of the most popular       ferences that indicate each specific proce-
Richmond area locations. All of our          cosmetic facial procedures done today are         dure.”
doctors have been trained to help pa-        on the eye area.                                      The above patient underwent blepha-
tients with these needs and to also help        Dr. Joe Niamtu specializes in cosmetic         roplasty by Dr. Niamtu with CO2 la-
anxious patients with various forms of       surgery of the face and neck and has done         ser resurfacing of the lower eyelids. The
sedation. As the demand for cosmetic         hundreds of upper and lower eye proce-            improvement with the non-surgical laser
dentistry increases, our doctors excel at    dures. They are performed in his fully ac-        procedure is dramatic and does not require
working with patients to achieve a beau-     credited office surgery center with light         an incision scar of the lower lids.
tiful result, whether that requires fixing   IV or local anesthesia. Dr. Niamtu uses               “Many people watch what they eat,
a single broken or darkened tooth, or        the newest technologies of laser and ra-          they exercise and they pay attention to
redesigning their entire smile. Modern       dio-wave surgery for eyelid surgery. This         their appearance. Although they feel
materials have allowed us to create ve-      produces less bleeding and tissue damage          young, they complain that when they look
neers and all ceramic crowns that are not    which means less bruising, faster healing         in the mirror they see a person that looks
only esthetic, but also strong and func-     and less post operative pain. This surgery        much older than they feel,” says Niamtu.
tional.                                      takes about 15 minutes per eyelid and the         “By rejuvenating the eyelids, patients look
   Our focus is not limited to the teeth     recovery time is usually about a week.            more alert, awake and refreshed. They say
themselves. Gum recession and other          Most patients that have eyelid surgery on         people often ask if they’ve taken a vaca-
periodontal defects can also affect the      Thursday or Friday can recover over the           tion.”
cosmetics of a smile. That’s why we          weekend and “pop on a pair of shades and              Dr. Niamtu is well known in inter-
offer our patients what can most accu-       sneak to the mall by Monday or Tuesday.”          national cosmetic surgery circles as an
rately be called Gingival Plastic surgery.      Dr. Niamtu frequently treats the area          surgeon, author and lecturer. He teaches
These procedures are predictable and         around the eyes with laser resurfacing as         courses in eyelid and brow lift techniques
painless, as opposed to some techniques      well. This produces a more dramatic re-           to surgeons from all cosmetic specialties.
in the past and offer better cosmetics.      duction in wrinkles and crow’s feet. After        To find out if any cosmetic facial proce-
The result restores your gums to their       laser resurfacing, the patient will be red for    dure is right for you, visit his informative
original contours and has little or no       a week and then pink for another week.            website at www.lovethatface.com and see
post-operative discomfort. You can be        Makeup can be used to cover the pinkness          real examples of all the techniques he can
confident that as the state of dentistry     until it resolves. For minor to moderate          perform. Dr. Niamtu also offers compli-
advances, we will continue to expand         lower eyelid wrinkling, a chemical skin           mentary consultations to discuss your in-
our knowledge and experience of the 40       peel can be performed and heals in about a        dividual needs. To schedule your consult,
doctors in this practice to better respond   week. The results are not quite as dramat-        call Dr. Niamtu at 934-FACE (3223). n
to the needs of our patients. n

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     Kicking Up Your                         Defenses
     While Protecting Your
     eyes, ears, nose, & ThroaT
     By Melinda Martin RD, CD-N

         t’s that time of year again. I’m not talking about the holiday season; I’m
         talking about the cold and flu season. There are some simple things you
         can do to reduce your chances of getting sick, not just during cold and flu
     season, but also all year long.

                                                                                         A few ways to keep your immune system
                                                                                       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. Studies suggest that good nutrition
                                                                                       can also prevent the onset of some chronic
                                                                                         Both chronic disease and germs can be kept
                                                                                       at bay by good nutrition. Viruses and bacte-
                                                                                       ria 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 pre-
                                                                                       venting 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
                                                                                       This nutrient is a powerful antioxidant and
                                                                                       increases the production of infection fight-
                                                                                       ing white blood cells. Experts agree to benefit
                                                                                       from its infection-fighting potential, aim for
                                                                                       about 200 mg daily. This amount can be ob-

40     ChesterfieldLivingonline.com    January/February 2010
tained by consuming six servings of fruits         5. Zinc
                                                                                                               Confused by all the informa-
and vegetables. High vitamin C foods in-           This valuable mineral increases the production of
                                                                                                             tion? Don’t be. By consuming a
clude citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, pa-       white blood cells and actually helps white blood
                                                                                                             diet rich in whole grains, fruits,
paya, mangos, guava, and cantaloupe. If            cells fight harder to destroy harmful bacteria. Oys-
                                                                                                             beans and vegetables, moderate
you take vitamin C supplements, its best to        ters, crab meat, dark meat turkey, and beans are all
                                                                                                             in lean meats and dairy, you can
take them in small amounts throughout the          good sources of zinc. The recent studies on whether
                                                                                                             achieve all the needed nutrients
day since your body can only absorb small          or not zinc supplements help to prevent colds are
                                                                                                             in adequate amounts to support a
amounts at one time.                               inconclusive. However, it is believed that an over-
                                                                                                             healthy immune system as well as
2. Vitamin e                                       abundance of zinc supplementation can suppress
                                                                                                             other added benefits. Eat right and
This nutrient doesn’t get as much press as         immunity. My advice, consume zinc from your diet
                                                                                                             stay healthy this season! n
vitamin C, yet it is a very effective immu-        in moderate amounts daily to receive full benefit.
nity booster. Vitamin E stimulates the pro-
duction of natural killer cells; cells that seek
and destroy cold and flu germs. Vitamin E
also enhances the production of antibodies
that destroy bacteria. This vitamin is abun-
dant in foods such as nuts, seeds, vegetable
oils, and whole grains. An increase in vita-
min E consumption can reverse some of the
decline in immune function commonly seen
in aging. For maximum benefit, aim for the
recommended daily amount of 30 to 60 mg.
3. Beta-Carotene
This powerful antioxidant can be found in
yellow and orange fruits and vegetables.
Beta-Carotene is part of a group of nutri-
ents known as Carotenoids that increase the
number of bacteria fighting cells your body
makes to fight off infection. Beta-Carotene
is the most well known Carotenoid but
is only one of a large group, all of which
have immune boosting properties. You can
achieve the recommended amount by con-
suming six servings of fruits and vegetables
per day. Your body converts beta-carotene
into vitamin A which itself has immune
boosting properties. Taking vitamin A sup-
plements is not recommended, as excess vi-
tamin A is stored in the body and is toxic in
large amounts. If you consume more beta-
carotene in your diet than you need your
body will simply stop making vitamin A.
4. selenium
This mineral increases the number of natu-
ral killer cells made by your body. The best
sources of selenium containing foods in-
clude tuna, red snapper, whole grains, lob-
ster shrimp, cottage cheese, egg yolks, white
meat chicken, brown rice, sunflower seeds,
garlic, Brazil nuts, and lamb chops.

                                                                                     January/February 2010       ChesterfieldLivingonline.com      41
                                                                            The Red hat Society
Photos courtesy of The Red Hat Society. Photography by Kevin Farrington.

                                                                                                                                  By Bruce Moore

                                                                                                                                           he Red Hat Society is a social group that was established
                                                                                                                                           in 1998 by Sue Ellen Cooper. According to the Society’s
                                                                                                                                           website, “In 1997, Cooper gave a friend a 55th birthday gift
                                                                                                                                  consisting of a red fedora purchased from a thrift store along with a
                                                                                                                                  copy of Jenny Joseph’s poem “Warning” which begins with a line
                                                                                                                                  that sums up the chapters whimsical and carefree spirit. “When I am
                                                                                                                                  an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn’t go and
                                                                                                                                  doesn’t suit me.”

                    42                                                     ChesterfieldLivingonline.com   January/February 2010
  The group was formed as a way to
encourage social interaction among
women approaching the age of 50 and
beyond. Unlike many other social or-
ganizations, though The Red Hat So-
ciety is not a community service club.
The main focus of the Society is to cre-
ate lifelong relationships focused on
friendship and companionship amongst
  Deborah Mowbray-Dowdy has been
a member of the Red Hatters of Me-
chanicsville for about two years now.
“My friend, Kerry, had been asking me
to go to meetings for awhile, but I was
always too busy.” Mowbray-Dowdy
said, “But after being stuck in the house
recovering from cancer for months,
I decided to go to one and I have en-
joyed it ever since. What I like the most
about being in The Red Hat Society is
the friendships, and the bond between
the women. Whenever we get together,
there is nonstop laughter.”
  The most noticeable and striking fea-
ture of The Red Hat Society is without
a doubt their intriguing and eclectic
dress. Members 50 and over wear red
hats and purple attire to all functions.
Woman under the age 50 may become
members, but they are required to wear
pink hats and lavender attire until they
reach their 50th birthdays. 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 members are
called, “Red Hatters.”
  The Society may have only been in
existence since the late Nineties, but
they boast 24,000 chapters from twen-
ty-five countries. With the individual
membership estimated at almost 40,000
members The Red Hat Society is the
largest, all woman’s social group in the
world. n

     For more information:

                                            January/February 2010   ChesterfieldLivingonline.com   43
around the house

                                                                             Your Home
                                                     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
                                                                           special considerations.
     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...

                                                                                                                                                         Design of
                                                                                                                                                   Arts and Crafts
                                                                                                                                                     addition and
                                                                                                                                               renovations by Vicki
                                                                                                                                                O’Neal, ASID, CID.

44   ChesterfieldLivingonline.com                                January/February 2010
                                                                                                                                 around the house

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
surprising solutions.
  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
design stage.
  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?

                                                                                                         January/February 2010    ChesterfieldLivingonline.com   45
around the house

              make It beaUtIfUl
                        Usually it’s best to keep your material palette simple. Match-
              ing existing materials, colors and surfaces where possible and ap-
              propriate 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 harmonize with the exist-
              ing elements. On the other hand, an addition may be the perfect
              opportunity for a simple or more elaborate face lift adding up-
              dated 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 im-
              pact on the site as well as the interior of a home. Heavy equip-
              ment and foot traffic may cause significant damage to the exist-
              ing lawn, landscaping, and trees. Where possible, install barriers                      the bIg pIctUre
              around existing trees to prevent root damage and insure sustain-                        There are clearly numerous factors to think about when plan-
              ability. Depending on the relationship of the addition to existing                      ning any addition or renovation. Consider future mainte-
              layout, a landscape re-design may also be in order to incorporate                       nance and keep the project manageable. Costs and payback
              the new construction and to correct existing issues. Pathways                           are important, as well as your tolerance level for disruption.
              and function may be significantly impacted, so it’s a good idea                         Weather can play an unexpected role in the schedule. Plan
              to address the exterior design in the early stages of the project.                      for future as well as 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
               ...keep yoUr materIal palette sImple.                                                  in place and you can relax and enjoy your new space. n

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                                                   A LOOK AT THE
                                                   REAL ESTATE FORECAST
                                                   By Steve Cook
                                                Forecasts for just about any facet of the       This is one government initiative that
                                                economy these days are about as accurate,     has actually worked! Across the nation,
     it would seem, as the weather forecast. When it comes to real estate, we've seen fore-   according to a study released by the Na-
     casts all over the board. But, generally, those who make it a practice to predict such   tional Association of Realtors, first-time
     things agree that 2010 will be a better year. One of the most significant reasons for    homebuyer sales accounted for a whop-
     the optimistic outlook can be summed up in four words: Home Buyers Tax Credits.          ping 47% share of all home sales in 2009.
                                                                                              That's up 41% from the previous year.
                                                                                                With the extension of the tax credits
                                                                                              ($8,000 for first-time home buyers), in-
                                                                                              cluding a new provision that allows up to
                                                                                              $6,500 in credits to existing homeowners
                                                                                              who purchase a new home, it would ap-
                                                                                              pear that the somewhat rosy expectations
                                                                                              for 2010 are realistic. Of course, there are
                                                                                              certain limitations and restrictions, and
                                                                                              one would be well advised to consult a
                                                                                              professional for full details.
                                                                                                Keep in mind that in order to qualify
                                                                                              for the tax credit, the home buyer must
                                                                                              sign the contract by April 30th and close
                                                                                              by June 30th, so NOW is the time to look
                                                                                              into this if you're contemplating such a
                                                                                                Some have suggested that the tax cred-
                                                                                              its had not had as much of an impact as
                                                                                              has been reported. Their argument is that
                                                                                              the tax credits have actually allowed home
                                                                                              sellers to raise their asking prices. I guess
                                                                                              you could look at that as a negative, but
                                                                                              when you consider that, in effect, both the
                                                                                              buyer and the seller have benefit, it would
                                                                                              be hard to see that as such a bad thing.
                                                                                                Looking at the positive, John Yun, chief
                                                                                              economist with the National Association
                                                                                              of Realtors says, “Preventing further price
                                                                                              decline or even nudging prices up a bit
                                                                                              stabilizes housing wealth, which makes
                                                                                              homeowners more comfortable in their
                                                                                                “They're more likely to go out to the
                                                                                              stores or buy a new car. That provides a
                                                                                              boost to the overall economy.” If Yun's
                                                                                              prediction that home prices will grow by
                                                                                              3.6 percent in 2010 is correct, that would
                                                                                              be a far cry from last year's 12.9 percent
                                                                                              decline, nationally.

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010             FOR 2010
  His assessment suggests that not only
is this a good time for homebuyers, but
also for those considering selling a home.
Marcy Caffrey of Exit Realty Parade of
Homes in Midlothian agrees. “If there are
buyers in the market,” Caffrey says, “then
this is a good time for sellers to present
their homes.”    She cautions those sell-
ing to ensure that their homes are priced
in accord with what the market will bear.
And, she says, “Your home must be in sell-
ing condition. If all of these things blend,
your home will sell in any market.”
  Obviously there are other factors, such
as unemployment, which could minimize
the positive impact. But if you're a real
estate professional, or, if you're contem-
plating buying or selling a home, the first
half of 2010 could well prove to be a great
time for you.
  And, since 2010 is likely to be a good
year for both homebuyers and sellers, it
could be a good year for individuals to
embark on a real estate career. “This is a
fantastic opportunity for those who have
been impacted by corporate layoffs to
explore a career in real estate,” says Caf-
frey. She believes that many such ones will
bring their talents into the real estate in-
  “These will be more experienced and
educated in the business world,” she says.
“This could lead to a very positive upgrad-
ing of attitudes toward our industry.”
  Success in real estate in 2010, Caffrey
says, depends largely upon the willing-
ness of real estate professionals to educate
themselves properly. “Those who continue
to educate themselves in the needs of the
buyers and sellers will succeed in 2010.”
  And, I might add, such professionals
will help to ensure the success of those
buying and selling homes. It looks as if the
worst of times may be behind us. Here's
hoping for a successful 2010, for the real
estate industry and beyond. n

                                               January/February 2010   ChesterfieldLivingonline.com   49
The Homes At Hallsley. . .
                                 Norman Rockwell. Thomas Kinkaid. We’ve all seen
                                 the portraits. They conjure up warm, fuzzy feelings of family
                                 and home. Those visions can become a reality for homebuy-
                                 ers. Whether you are looking for a well-proportioned cottage
                                 or grand estate, Hallsley delivers the charm, style and character
                                 of yesteryear with all the luxury and modern conveniences of
                                 today. Along with a range of housing choices for families, pro-
                                 fessionals and empty nesters, Hallsley delivers unprecedented
                                 value with homes smartly priced from $400,000 to over $1 mil-
                                 lion in a beautiful, convenient setting.
                                   Custom home styles include Traditional, Victorian, European
                                 Romantic, Cottage, and Arts and Crafts. Do you envision for
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     This Roseland Custom        covered front porch? How about a luxury Master suite, an award
   Home with a Mahogany
  front door has a covered
                                 winning master bath, or enormous walk-in closets? Hallsley has
     front porch, side utility   a plan for that. Entertaining family and friends will be a pleasure
porch as well as back deck.
                                 with your Gourmet cook’s kitchen, expansive outdoor-screened
                                 porches, grilling decks and patios, as well as cozy family rooms
                                 with wood burning fireplaces, and media rooms. For your quiet
                                 moments, consider incorporating a library, study or art-studio.
                                 Hallsley completes your family portrait with custom designed
                                                                                          TOP LEFT:
in-law suites, and taking into consideration the children, plans              Beautiful Arts & Crafts
that include children’s lofts and private, fenced in back yards. All        style home that features
                                                                                 both an in-law suite
you need to add to complete your Rockwell setting is the tire
                                                                                      and art studio.
swing hanging from a tree.
                                                                                   TOP & BOTTOM
  With the cost of energy increasing everyday, you will appreci-                                RIGHT:
ate Hallsley’s energy-efficient construction with instant hot wa-             The Greywell Cottage
                                                                           plan showcases a striking
ter and cutting edge GEOTHERMAL heating and cooling sys-
                                                                              European manor with
tems. Whatever you dream or envision for your family, Hallsley            luxurious first-floor master
can make your dream come true!                                                suite including library.

                                                           For more information:
  call Roseland Realty Co. at (804) 794-6008, or visit us on the web at www.hallsley.com. Better yet, come visit our welcome center
   and experience the neighborhood by touring The Homes of Hallsley for yourself at 1700 Bedwyn Lane, Midlothian, VA 23112.
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We hear that way too often. That’s why,
with our clients, we are proactive in sug-
gesting to mom & dad that we host a family
meeting where we share with everyone ex-
actly where they stand today and what’s to
happen when they pass. We have often had
couples say to us what a relief it was to final-
ly get everything on the table so there would
be no surprises and, hopefully, no conflict
when the time came. The family members
now know what the assets and liabilities
are, how they’re titled, and where they are
scheduled to go. They are told where every-
thing is located and who’s responsible for
  The deep relationships we’ve created
with many of our clients over the years has
added a surprisingly pleasant element to my
job that few others find in their vocations.
Providing comprehensive financial planning
to our clientele is what we’re all about. Our
doors are always open. When, not if, you
find yourself faced with one of life’s signifi-
cant events, we would be honored to help. n

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