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Choosing a Vet for Your Pet

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Oct 09, 2019 @ 02:22 PM

Capture-22Your pets are beloved members of your family and you want to make sure they receive the very best medical care. But how do you choose the right vet for your pet? We've outlined some important considerations below when selecting a veterinary practice for your fur baby.

Communication is Key
Ask your friends, family, and neighbors who they recommend. People with first-hand experience are great sources of information and someone who has had a great experience is eager to sing the praises of their veterinarian.

Responsive
Call potential veterinary practices: Do they answer the phone, or if not, do they return your call promptly? Is someone available to answer your questions? Can you easily get an appointment? Are you able to call and check on your pet frequently if they are having a procedure? You want to choose an office that communicates well with their clients.

Philosophies
Ask the veterinarian about their philosophies on pet health care. A few topics to discuss are euthanasia, cancer care, chronic disease planning, and spaying and neutering. Do they mesh with your own? Having a care giver with like­minded philosophies will help when faced with difficult decisions. Observe how they react and respond to your specific questions. Does this seem like someone with whom you'll be able to communicate and trust?

Take a Tour
A good office or hospital is proud of their facility and should be willing to give prospective clients a tour of their facility. Check the cleanliness of exam rooms, check out their medical equipment, do they have access to x-ray, ultrasound, dentistry, labs, and the like? Also, be sure to inquire about health care specific to your pet and any special care they might require. 

Interaction
Introduce your pet to your potential veterinarian and their staff long before your first appointment. Observe how everyone interacts with you and your pet. Are they welcoming, calm, and attentive to you both? Observe how your pet responds to them as well. Choosing a warm and caring practice can soothe a stressful situation for your pet.

Location and Hours
This isn't as important as good, solid care, but convenience is a factor to consider. Choose a vet you can access in a reasonable amount of time, and with hours chat work with your schedule. Choosing a wonderful practice that you can never get to won't do anyone any good.

Busier Can Mean Better
Don't be put off by a busy waiting area. A crowded, fast paced waiting area can be signs of a great, well-liked, hardworking practice.

Money Matters
Vet bills can add up quickly. Be sure to ask about costs of routine care like office visits and vaccines and ask about emergency services like x-ray.

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Carytown Farmers Market Now Open Through November 3rd

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 12:04 PM

jakub-kapusnak-296131-unsplashThe Carytown Farmers Market is open every Sunday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at 3201 Maplewood Ave.

Their mission is to enhance the unique character of the Carytown neighborhood while providing residents and visitors alike a healthy shopping alternative. By creating a fun and interactive atmosphere, our focus is to support local farmers and artisans as small businesses along with providing an educational and social experience to our shoppers.

Carytown Farmers Market...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

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Westchester Concert Series Returns for its 5th Year

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 11:56 AM

mean-shadows-417848-unsplashThe Westchester Concert Series returns for its 5th year and you’re invited every other Friday night to enjoy great friends, food, fun, and, of course, live MUSIC! All events are FREE to attend, and there will be food and beer/wine available for sale. (Please, NO outside alcohol is allowed at these events!) As of now, concerts are held on the Village Green, near Plaza Azteca and Noodles & Company.

May 17 – Southern Tide

May 31 – En’Novation

June 14 – Red Neck Pool Party

June 28 – Diamond Heist

June 29 – 5 Second Rule

July 12 – Totally Random

July 26 – The Embers

August 9 – Spectrum

August 23 – South of James

September 6 – MSB, featuring Steve Bassett

September 20 – Flashback

October 4 – The Voltage Brothers

Westchester Concert Series...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Innsbrook After Hours

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

hanny-naibaho-388579-unsplashOne of Richmond’s most popular concert series, Innsbrook After Hours, is back! From now until September, head to Innsbrook for some of the biggest names in rock, pop, and country music right here in Richmond. Feel free to bring a chair or blanket, but remember, food, beverages, coolers, baskets, knapsacks, tents and pets are not allowed! Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

June 27 (6pm) – Jake Owen
July 17 (6pm) – Jonny Lang & JJ Grey & Mofro
July 18 (6pm) – Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening
July 25 (6pm) – Killer Queen & Abba The Concert
July 31 (6pm) – Earth Wind & Fire
August 2 (6pm) – John Butler Trio+
August 8 (6pm) – Brett Young
August 21 (6pm) – Boyz II Men
August 31 (6pm) – Chris Young
September 7 (6pm) – Little Big Town
September 14 (6pm) Brantley Gilbert
September 20 (6pm) – Gary Allan

Click to purchase tickets!

Innsbrook After Hours...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Beer and Wine Classic at Maymont

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 12:15 PM

mattias-diesel-281546-unsplashMaymont’s annual Beer & Wine Classic is happening on Friday, May 3rd from 6-10pm.

Enjoy live music, food trucks, lawn games and more while sampling some of Virginia's finest beverages from dozens of local breweries, cideries and wineries. Maymont members receive a discount. Parking available at the Historic Estate Entrance.

Click here for tickets.

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Richmond Symphony: Star Wars A New Hope

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 12:01 PM

kael-bloom-567370-unsplashMay 4, 2019
7:30pm
Altria Theater

The Richmond Symphony will present the Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert featuring screenings of the complete film with Oscar®-winning composer John Williams’ musical score performed live to the film. The concert will be led by acclaimed conductor Keitaro Harada.

Since the release of the first Star Wars movie nearly 40 years ago, the Star Wars saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams.

Click here for tickets.

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Richmond Tacos N' Tequila Crawl

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

taiana-martinez-1430583-unsplashThe first annual Tacos N' Tequila Crawl coming to Richmond on May 4 from 2-10pm.

Tacos, margaritas, dancing...oh my!  Want to get in on the fun?  Purchase your tickets now before they run out.

BASIC TIX INCLUDES: $19.99
★Entry @ 3pm
★ FREE Sombrero
★ FREE 16oz Cup
★ Up To 40% OFF drinks (margs, tequila, beer & more)
★ Up To 25% OFF food
★ DJs at most venues to dance off the tacos
★ Detailed map of all participating venues
★ Videographers & Photographers
★ AFTER PARTY
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LIVE TIX INCLUDES: $39.99
★ Entry @ 2pm
★ 4 Complimentary Tacos
★ FREE Sombrero
★ FREE 16oz Cup-
★ Up To 40% OFF drinks (margs, tequila, beer & more)
★ Up To 25% OFF food
★ Exclusive KICK-OFF PARTY
★ Exclusive HALFTIME PARTY
★ AFTER PARTY
★ DJs at most venues to dance off the tacos
★ Detailed map of all participating venues
★ Videographers & Photographers

VENUE LIST:
● On The Rox (KICK-OFF PARTY w/KARAOKE)
● Ponies & Pints (w/GAMES)
● The Top (W/DJ)
● Cha Cha's (HALFTIME PARTY)
● Agave Lounge (w/DJ)
● Main Stage (w/DJ)
● More TBA...

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Let's Shop Consignment

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 12:38 PM

alexandra-gorn-493032-unsplashWhen looking for high quality and unique home furnishings for a great price, consider visiting a consignment shop.

There is a common misconception that consignment is a glorified thrift store, but with high-end, discerning consignment shops becoming more popular, nothing could be further from the truth. The consignment stores featured in this article are known for the high-quality offerings at great prices. Many customers often brag about the great deals they’ve scored; being able to spot a great deal at a bargain price is a badge of honor for many.


People consign their home furnishing for various reasons, children move in or out, people upgrade or downsize, people move or buy a new home. Life changes all the time and consignment stores are the place to go when your furnishings are too high-end and well-kept for an estate or garage sale. Consigning seeks to strike the balance of a good return for the seller on high-quality pieces and a good deal for the buyer.

Quality consignment shops except only well-cared for furnishings that are attractive, stylish, and will most likely sell. They then arrange the furniture in attractive vignettes and seek to find the valuable pieces new homes. By accepting only the best furnishings and filling their shops with likeminded pieces of similar quality and value, these shops are able to command more value for the furnishings and provide a better return for the seller.

So how does it work? Consignment shops will inspect your potential consignment furnishings in a few different ways, you can show pictures of your pieces, you can bring your smaller items in for review, or you can set an appointment for the shop owner to come to your home to consider larger pieces and collections of furniture. Some shops ask for pictures of your home including your kitchen and bathrooms to gauge your lifestyle and cleanliness, and ensure the piece was in a clean environment before accepting it into their shop. Some shops
even offer pick-up and delivery services for a small fee.

Once a piece is accepted into the shop for sale, the seller and shop owner usually work together to price the item. The initial price is usually reduced somewhere around 15% after the first 30 days if it hasn’t sold. After another 30 days, or 60 days from entry into the shop, the piece is reduced another 15% for a total of 30% off the original price. Most shops only agree to keep pieces on their floor for 90 days. After that if your piece hasn't sold you can pick it up or donate it. The shop owners are so discerning that most pieces sell within 30 days of entering their shop.

If your piece does sell, you split the profit with the shop owner. The general industry standard is 50% for each party, but some shops are more generous and give the seller 60% and keep 40% for themselves.

Most shops sell in store only, but a few post pictures and prices of their pieces online and sell items to buyers all over the country.

In these high-end shops you’ll find upscale designer home décor, furniture, handmade rugs, and more. Many work with interior designers and sell their staging pieces that are virtually brand new. Shop owners say it’s all about getting great inventory and turning it over, that rapid sale breeds more inventory as people get excited their items are selling and bring in more merchandise to sell. This constantly changing inventory attracts more
purchasing clients, many visiting weekly to see what’s new.

Shop owners say rustic farmhouse styled pieces are flying out their doors, as stores like Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware, and Pottery Barn are currently in vogue. Classic pieces like leather sofas and chairs are always in demand and are usually sold in less than a week. Today’s style of mixing and matching sets,
wood tones, and fabrics make consignment shops a great place to update your home's look while staying within budget.

Consignment shops offer good quality home furnishings at a value that benefit both the buyer and seller, as well as the small business owner.

Here are a few of our favorite local consignment shops:

In Williamsburg:

The Vintage Rabbit
240 McLaws Circle
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 903-4083

The Velvet Shoestring
311 2nd St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-9494

On the Peninsula:
Design & Consign LLC
9961 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 223-7707

Phoebus Auction Gallery
18 E Mellen St.
Hampton, VA 23663
(757) 722-9210

Rooms, Blooms & More
10239 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601
(757) 599-9299

In Richmond:
Impulse
419 North Ridge Road
Henrico, VA 23229
(804) 288-7300

Revival
9750 Gayton Rd.
Richmond, VA 23238
(804) 750-2200

Izzie’s Consigning with Grace
14300 Midlothian Tpke
Midlothian, Virginia 23113
(804) 378-5005

Great consignment shops...just another reason why we love where we live!

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Day Tripping: Virginia Beach

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Mar 18, 2019 @ 02:59 PM

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Virginia Beach has all the elements of a classic seaside resort town all within a short drive making it the perfect day trip beach destination.  Just an hour or two away, you will find gorgeous beaches, a bustling boardwalk, a variety of excellent restaurants, and fun activities sure to appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and kids. Virginia Beach is a year-round destination with beach fun and water play in the summer and many attractions to explore in the less crowded, cooler months.  Let’s head east and explore! 

Virginia Beach first and foremost offers miles of wide, gorgeous sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. People near and far flock to Virginia Beach to sun bathe on the shore, splash in the waves, and enjoy the boardwalk.

If you like adventure, Virginia Beach has exciting waves that attract boogey boarders and surfers daily, especially around the south end of the beach.  The locals usually surf around 1st Street at the oceanfront if you want an authentic surfing experience.  Still a grommet on the waves?  No problem, several outfits offer surfing lessons and board rentals including VB Surf Sessions, Seth Broudy School of Surf, and Pungo Board House.  You can find more information on lessons and rentals on their websites at www.vbsurfsessions.com, www.sethbroudyschoolofsurf.com and www.pungoboardhouse.com.

Those wanting to enjoy the water at a slower pace might enjoy stand up paddle boarding, or SUP as seasoned paddlers call it.  Companies offer lessons, rentals, guided eco tours, and even SUP yoga on the calmer waters around Virginia Beach including First Landing State Park, Rudee Inlet, and Back Bay.  SUP is great exercise and offers beautiful nature views that often include pods of dolphin, osprey, bald eagles, great blue herons, and more.  A few tour companies to check out are Beach Eco Tours, Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle, and Tula Adventure Sports Stand up Paddleboard & Kayaking.  You can learn more on their websites at www.beachecotours.com, www.paddleboardvb.com, and www.tulasports.com.

For those looking to just sit back and enjoy the view, a boat tour might be more your speed.  Many tours are offered including fishing, dolphin watching, and there is even a Craft Brews Cruise offered by the Virginia Aquarium!  Capt. Jack’s Pirate Ship Adventures are very popular with tourists of all ages.  Aboard Capt. Jack’s Black Pearl, a bright red ship flying iconic Jolly Rogers, passengers sing and dance along with the crew, enjoying the show as much as the view.  More information on boat tours is available at www.rudeetours.com, www.virginiaaquarium.com, and www.virginiabeachpirateship.com

When exploring Virginia Beach’s land-based attractions, the VB Wave, a trolley-inspired bus, makes getting around fun, easy, and affordable.  The VB Wave transports passengers around the oceanfront, Rudee Inlet, and First Landing State Park.  Just hop aboard at one of the many stops and sit back and enjoy the ride!  Fares are due in cash and cost $2.00 per adult and children 17 and under are free with a paying adult!  Day passes are available for $4.50 each.

All of the fun in the sun is sure to make you hungry and Virginia Beach has many delicious and unique dining options.  A couple of our favorites include Citrus, breakfast here is a must!  Located at 2265 W Great Neck Road and made famous by appearing on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, locals and tourists alike stand in line for citrus orange glazed pancakes and innovative benedicts.  And what’s a trip to the beach without enjoying a raw bar?  Local favorite, Big Sam’s Grill and Raw Bar located at 300 Winston Salem Ave. in Rudee Inlet serves up fresh, locally caught seafood dishes and raw bar items in a comfortable setting with views of the marina. 

Thirsty for an adult beverage? Quench your thirst with an Orange Crush, the unofficial drink of Virginia Beach, made famous by Waterman’s Surfside Grille, a great oceanfront restaurant at the south end of the beach.  The recipe is a blend of the juice of one whole fresh orange with flavored vodka, orange liqueur and a splash of Sprite served over crushed ice.

If you decide to turn your day trip into an overnight, there are numerous hotels and motels for every budget.  One of our favorites is the Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront located at 3315 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach.  This hotel is at the northern, quieter end of the beach and features an indoor/outdoor pool and their onsite restaurant, Lagerheads. 

There is so much to see and do in Virginia Beach, enough to fill up many, many day trips.  It’s a good thing this jewel is just a short drive away! Other day trip options include a visit to the Virginia Aquarium and their Adventure Park, seeing a concert at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, visiting the Military Aviation Museum, touring an oyster farm, visiting the Cape Henry Lighthouse, playing at Top Golf, and so much more.  Plan your trip today!

Virginia Beach...just another reason why we love where we live!

 

 

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GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 11:05 AM

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Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has announced its theme for this year: “Bringing Art to Light” to celebrate Richmond’s thriving arts scene.

The lights and hand-crafted decorations were inspired by well-known works of arts, such as Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers, Van Gogh’s sunflowers and Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.”

The past few years have seen record-breaking attendance at GardenFest, drawing 80,000 to 90,000 visitors per season, depending on the weather. The number of lights at GardenFest of Lights have also increased from half a million in years past to over a million lights this year, according to organizers.

Holiday favorites like the two train displays, the splashy opening night performance, holiday dinners, as well as s'mores and hot chocolate, will also be returning for the season.

GardenFest of Lights will run Nov. 23 through Jan. 7, 2019. Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $8 for children age 3 to 12. GardenFest is closed on Dec. 24 and 25. More information at www.lewisginter.org.

GardenFest of Lights...just another reason why we love where we live.

 

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