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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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Sunset Paddle Yoga Every Monday, Wednesday, & Sunday

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 11:40 AM

damir-spanic-1206760-unsplashLooking for a great workout with an even better view? Sunset Paddle Yoga allows you to take your practice outdoors and into nature. After a brief intro to paddleboarding, you'll paddle out and anchor your board. The instructor will guide you through a gentle yoga sequence for all levels. Modifications are given for beginner to advanced. This yoga session happens as the sun is setting allowing the day to just melt away! 

Every Monday, Wednesday, Sunday 6:30 - 8:15pm at Chickahominy Riverfront Park through Sept. 15, 2019.

Click here for tickets!

 
 

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Williamsburg Farmers Market Open Every Saturday

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 11:30 AM

dane-deaner-411531-unsplashThe Williamsburg Farmers Market, open Saturdays 8am-noon, is located in Merchants Square in the heart of Williamsburg on Duke of Gloucester Street across from the College of William and Mary. Enjoy a peaceful morning of shopping while enjoying coffee, muffins, and music. Among the local products available are honey; free-range chicken, beef, lamb and pork; peanuts; baked goods;  potted plants and cut flowers. This award winning producer-only market has been growing since 2002.

To view the complete list of vendors, click here.

FREE parking on Francis Street (lot P6) on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until Noon. Prince George Street Garage is open for $1/hour. All other lots are posted as one hour or two hour parking and are patrolled from 8:00 a.m.

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

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Summer Breeze Concert Series on Merchant's Square

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Mon, Jun 24, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

The Summer Breeze Concert Series is back in Colonial Williamsburg! Concerts take place every Wednesday from 6 – 9 pm. Food, Beer and Wine available for purchase. Event held rain or shine!

israel-palacio-459693-unsplashJune 26 – BJ Griffin and the Galaxy Groove – Pop/Dance

July 3 – 504 Supreme – Jazz/Swing

July 10 – Slapnation – Party Band

July 17 – Party Fins – Jimmy Buffet

July 24 – Bobby Blackhat – Blues

July 31 – Good Shot Judy – Jazz

Aug. 7 – Tidewater Drive Band – High Energy

Aug. 14 – Blind and Dirty – Grateful Dead

Aug. 21 – Fuzz Band – Party Band

Aug. 28 – The Janitors – R&B/Dance

Sept. 4 – Brasswind – Soul/R&B

Sep. 11 – TBD – TBD

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

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LPGA Pure Silk Tournament at Kingsmill

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:34 AM

ludwig-schreier-1081991-unsplashPure Silk
May 20 - 26, 2019, 7am - 5pm

The top LPGA players will gather for the 38th professional golf tournament, hosted on the resort's famed River Course, a 6,379 yard, Par 71, Pete Dye designed layout. During this prestigious week-long event, women golfers from around the world will compete for a $1.3 million purse in a 72 hole stroke play tournament.

Click here for tickets.

ADMISSION:
Foursome Single Day Clubhouse Package: $300
Foursome Single Day Grounds Package: $80
Friday Pavilion: $Advance $110 / Gate $120
Friday VIP: $Advance $160 / Gate $175
Junior Tickets (Guests 17 and under): $Complimentary Single Day Grounds
Saturday Pavilion: $Advance $130 / Gate $140
Saturday VIP: $Advance $180 / Gate $195
Single Day Clubhouse: $Advance $80 / Gate $85
Single Day Clubhouse (Military): $60
Single Day Grounds: $Advance $25 / Gate $30
Single Day Grounds (Military): $20
Sunday Pavilion: $Advance $130 / Gate $140
Sunday VIP: $Advance $180 / Gate $195
Thursday Pavilion: $Advance $110 / Gate $120
Thursday VIP: $Advance $160 / Gate $175
Weekly Clubhouse (Military): $160
Weekly Clubhouse Badge: $Advance $200 / Gate $215
Weekly Grounds (Military): $70
Weekly Grounds Badge: $Advance $80 / Gate $100

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Jamestown Day at Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:26 AM

diego-catto-423909-unsplash"Jamestown Day", Saturday May 11th, features Historic Jamestowne's ongoing archaeological discoveries of the 1607 fort and one of Jamestown Settlement's ships sailing in the James River. A variety of family friendly programs on Powhatan and English weaponry, military and maritime demonstrations, and traditional music and entertainment will take place at both sites.

The event is jointly sponsored by Historic Jamestowne, site of the original 1607 settlement, and Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia.

Separate admission to Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement. Four-site value ticket available to Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center. Free parking at both sites. 

Full schedule of events at http://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/jamestown-

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Williamsburg Taco Festival

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

krisztian-tabori-1405309-unsplashThe Williamsburg Taco Festival is happening on May 5th from 1-5pm at Billsburg Brewery - 2054 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg.

Tickets are $6.50 and will go on sale closer to the event. 100% of ticket sales will go straight to the Alzheimer's Association. Each Taco will cost $5 and $1 from every Taco sale will go to the Alzheimer's Association.

Billsburg Brewery is combining two of the best things ever, Craft Beer and Taco's for one very special afternoon to raise money for Alzheimer's Association - Southeastern Virginia Chapter #TheLongestDay campaign. DJ Music provided by Time Passages Mobile DJ Service. Live music from Hangar 09 makes the day complete. Tacos from Stuft - Restaurant . Food Truck . Hot Sauce, FoodaTude..Food with Attitude, Matchsticks BBQ Co., Two Drummers Smokehouse / Two Drummers Offbeat Eats. More Local Food Trucks to be announced! 

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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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Celebrate the Holidays in Colonial Williamsburg

Posted by Lynnette Tully on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

element5-digital-462720-unsplashThis December, you can experience a holiday event every day of the month in Colonial Williamsburg!

Colonial Williamsburg is a community returned to its 18th-century appearance and an experiment in civic engagement.  From hands-on activities to guided tours of original 18th-century buildings to our unmatched folk-art collection, there’s something for everyone at Colonial Williamsburg.

Click here to visit the holiday event calendar.

Colonial Williamsburg...just another reason why we love where we live! 

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