Alexa Nash



Save some room: 5th Street Station expands its options

Fifth Street Station is serving up another helping of restaurants, which includes a second location for a Corner favorite, and a Manassas-based traditional Thai restaurant. Jersey Mike’s Subs: Grab a submarine sandwich from the New Jersey-bred chain at one of the newest additions to its 1,500-store résumé. The approachable menu assigns numbers to each sandwich, […]

Joseph Linzon, co-owner of the Corner Juice Bar, says the restaurant on University Avenue aims to fill the need of fast, affordable food for students. Photo by Natalie Jacobsen.

Main squeeze: The Corner’s not running out of juice

The Corner has a new addition in time for the start of the school year. Corner Juice Bar at 1509 University Avenue offers cold-pressed organic juices, fruit smoothies, acai bowls and paninis. Co-owner Joseph Linzon (who also co-owns Roots Natural Kitchen) says the business is filling the need for fast, affordable food for students. “We’re […]

Scott Roth, chief financial officer of Three Notch’d Brewery, says the 11,000-square-foot space at IX Art Park will be similar to a traditional beer garden with indoor/outdoor areas, as well as a full-service kitchen. Photo by Eze Amos

Three Notch’d Brewery shares expansion plans

Sitting at the edge of IX Art Park is the new Three Notch’d Brewery restaurant and production facility, which will top out at 11,000 square feet between the indoor and outdoor spaces. The setup is similar to a traditional beer garden, but bigger, and Three Notch’d says it will be the largest restaurant in Charlottesville. […]

Rock and Megan Watson started their by-the-slice cake business after seeing a similar operation in Dallas. Photo courtesy of Lora Kelley.

Get your fix at new mobile cake bar

Have your cake and eat it, too: The newly launched Sliced. Cake Bar offers homemade cake by the slice, buttercream shots and cake flights (like a beer flight, but with cake). Co-owners Megan and Rock Watson got the idea after visiting a popular Dallas cake bar. Only Rock thought the sweet treats couldn’t hold a […]

Keep your cool this summer by ordering any of The Juice Place’s smoothies in popsicle form. Staff photo.

Freeze frame: Local treats to help you play it cool

Summer in Charlottesville can be brutal, and this year is no exception (our car’s temperature display read 104 degrees last week!). Relief comes in many forms, but, let’s be honest, an icy, frozen treat on a scorching day is the ultimate refresher. Whether it’s a guacamole sundae at La Flor Michoacana or a boozy “poptail” […]

Andy McClure is opening Penny Heart, a lunch spot and small event venue, in the former 11 Months space on the Downtown Mall. Photo courtesy of Eze Amos.

Fast food: New to-go lunch spot doubles as event space

A quick to-go bite to eat on the Downtown Mall is sometimes hard find, but Andy McClure, owner of the Virginian Restaurant Company, is making it easier with the opening of Penny Heart, a new lunch spot and small event venue that’s going into the former 11 Months space. “Our fast casual options [on the […]

Alamo Drafthouse at 5th Street Station offers seven theaters complete with rocking seats, recliners and your very own waiter. Photo by Ron Paris

Dinner and a movie: Full experience at Alamo Drafthouse

Imagine making a reservation for a seat at a movie theater, knowing that your meal could match the movie you’re watching—and it’s all delivered to you. That reality exists at Alamo Drafthouse at 5th Street Station, which opened July 20. The theater features seven screens, with rocking theater seats and recliners. Reservations and walk-ins are […]

Mary Beth Schellhammer closed My Chocolate Shoppe on the Downtown Mall July 15 but has started Clean Conscience Chocolates, a line of paleo, vegan, organic and gluten- and dairy-free treats. Photo courtesy of Eze Amos.

Truffle shuffle: Know what you’re going to get in this box of chocolates

My Chocolate Shoppe on the Downtown Mall has closed, but owner and chocolatier Mary Beth Schellhammer isn’t giving up candy for good—she’s started Clean Conscience Chocolates, a line of paleo, vegan, organic, non-GMO, gluten- and dairy-free sweet treats. “I cannot continue to contribute to our obese society, and I cannot continue to sell gummy bears […]

Bodybuilder Severine Bertret sticks to a strict diet, exercise and pose-practicing regimen when training for a competition. She works out seven days a week; her “rest day” is cardio only. Photo courtesy of Martyn Kyle.

Bodybuilder Severine Bertret trains to compete

Charlottesville is dark and quiet when Severine Bertret starts her day at 4am. First on her schedule is fasting cardio, so she doesn’t eat before hopping on the treadmill or doing sprints around a track. She measures and weighs her food, eats, then lifts: high repetitions of heavy weights (with, say, a 15-pound dumbbell in […]

Tommy Lasley, executive chef at Fry’s Spring Station, says the restaurant’s must-have Charlottesville Restaurant Week item is its pizza. Varieties include The Dude Abides, Happy Accident and Piggy Smalls. Photo by Sanjay Suchak

Dig in! It’s a full plate for Restaurant Week

Hope you’re hungry: Charlottesville Restaurant Week is upon us, that glorious, twice-a-year event, this time featuring 42 restaurants (including five new participants) offering three-course menus at different price points: $19, $29 and $39. With $1 of each meal donated to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, you have an extra incentive to eat out July […]

Downtown Charlottesville’s City Market, located at the corner of Water and South streets, is packed with more than 100 vendors every Saturday from 7am to noon. Photo by Skycladaerial.com

In the market: Fresh options abound from area vendors

From shumei-raised produce at Stonefield, to Piedmont Master Gardeners’ advice in Crozet, this round-up of farmers market finds includes insider tips for everyone. Green Market at Stonefield 2100 Hydraulic Rd. 531-9646 With about a dozen local vendors per week, the Green Market at Stonefield has high-end, healthy produce, meats, bath products and more to suit […]

FlyDog Yoga studio, co-owned by Brad Whiteman, will start offering Warrior for Life classes next month. The classes are tailored to the needs of veterans, active-duty military personnel and first-responders. Photo by Natalie Jacobsen

Yoga reconnects veterans with their inner warriors

When veterans and first responders look for therapy and support to get them through their day-to-day lives, yoga is not typically the first thing that comes to mind. But a recovery program at FlyDog Yoga is shifting that perspective. Brad and Eliza Whiteman founded FlyDog Yoga in 2014, focusing on vinyasa power yoga as Eliza […]