Alexa Nash

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

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 […]