Coffee & a Show

Everyone has their own favorite place to get great coffee, but let’s face it:  not all java shops are created equal. And thanks to some incredibly unique features (plus three iconic locations), Lamplighter Roasting Company in Richmond, Virginia is putting their own spin on the traditional coffee house. In 2009, founders Zachary Archibald, Jennifer Rawlings, and Noelle Archibald were in agreement: their focus was to be roasters only, and leave the coffee bar job to the other guys. But when the people of RVA wanted more, they decided to listen [... more]

A Two-Wheeled Build

Aaron Dykstra heard stories from his grandparents of their travels across Europe on bicycles after World War II from a young age. Dykstra would eagerly listen as his grandfather would show him pictures and slides, and describe stories of the places he saw on two wheels. The inspiration never left Aaron and has fueled his love of bicycling ever since. He began racing, working as a bicycle mechanic, and eventually training to become a bicycle frame builder.   Aaron currently lives in Roanoke, Virginia where he crafts [... more]

Summer Night Lights

Why do Southerners find such delight in the first sight of fireflies during the summer? Maybe it’s because it takes us back to our childhood, when we would spend warm summer nights catching fireflies in Mason jars. Handmade in Charlottesville, Virginia, this Vintage Inspired Mason Jar Chandelier ($103) happily reminds us of those carefree days. Perfect for the outdoors, the light fixture throws a warm glow over any get-together. Made from durable Red Oak with a hand-rubbed wax finish, the base of the fixture will weather the [... more]

Read Wall, the New Brooks Brothers

Right after graduating from college in 2009, Washington, DC, native Read Wall started a one-for-one fashion line called Read’s Clothing Project where he donated a book to a child in need for every product sold. His line, which he renamed Read Wall, has grown by leaps and bounds, but customers can still choose the book they want to give with each purchase. Without trying to reinvent the wheel, the line strives to make preppy staples for men that can be worn over and over again. In an [... more]

Get ‘Em While You Can

Uniqueness has often been the holy grail when it comes to fashion. Our search for distinct and individual style fuels the popularity of limited-edition merchandise, ensuring only a select few will possess an identical product. Ledbury, the Richmond, Virginia-based menswear company, has implemented its own form of limited-edition merchandise through the Short Run Shirting process. Each week, Ledbury releases a new collection of five shirts offered in small quantities and available for purchase for only four weeks. This process allows you to snap up some high-quality and [... more]

Family-Friendly Virginia Escape

After a long winter, your family needs some well-deserved fun. Of course, the ideal vacation includes 5-star accommodations at a resort the entire family will love. Check. But you don’t want to blow your budget. Check, check. The Spring Fever package at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, promises big fun on a limited budget. Get two nights of lodging for a family of four complete with tickets to Busch Gardens. To sweeten this already fantastic deal, enjoy daily breakfast in the Bray Dining Room, complimentary transportation to [... more]

Like Home, But Better

When investment banker-turned-chef Harrison Keevil opened Brookville Restaurant in Charlottesville, Virginia, he vowed to deliver “honest home-cooked food” using ingredients from the region—many within 100 miles or less. This obsession with freshness means new items on the menu daily, with some staples—Chicken and Waffles, Tasso Grits—making regular appearances along with a few “out-there” choices such as Fried Pig Head or interesting spins on such classics as the BLT (gouda, bacon, and Granny Smith apples served on French bread). Keevil’s “homey” pledge extends to the restaurant’s cozy second-floor [... more]

I Done Did It in Charlottesville

In my opinion, the Skybar in Charlottesville, Virginia, gives you the best view of the historic Downtown Mall. While I was enjoying the sights of the city, I decided to try one of their specialty cocktails, the “Done Did It.” Despite the funny name, this drink was no joke. The Southern Comfort, cider, and ginger beer worked together to pack this cocktail with flavor. The “Done Did It” inspired me to make the extra effort to sip and savor the cocktail. Photo Source: Commonwealth Skybar