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Running in ruffles?

Running in ruffles?

People go running in all sorts of inappropriate things. Take, for example, the c. 1985 Champion sweatpants and the treadless Converse high-tops of the guy that passed me during the Charlottesville 10-Miler a few weeks ago. The unconventional gear, obviously, didn’t slow him down any. But a skirt? That’s not the article of clothing that […]

Two products to pretty

Two products to pretty

The makeup counter makeover is about the best deal going. It’s like test driving a car, only, in this case, after the car dealer helps you pick out the perfect vehicle, she lets you ride around in it ALL DAY simply for the promise of buying a little Turtle Wax or tire cleaner. You’re obviously […]

Deep-down workout

Deep-down workout

Many women don’t know much about Kegel exercises—unless they’ve been pregnant, in which case, they probably received cursory instructions about restrengthening their pelvic “floors” after childbirth. Well, it turns out that some of that information may be wrong, or at the very least, a lot less comprehensive than it should be. Passages Physical Therapy offers […]

Lashing out over Lumigan

Lashing out over Lumigan

Not since the PETA folks learned that Jennifer Lopez likes to use real fox hair for her false eyelashes has there been such an uproar over the eyelash. You might know that cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists have recently prescribed Lumigan, a prescription medication for glaucoma, to patients with healthy eyes who just want to benefit […]

Solve your style

Solve your style

Many of us think of ourselves as decent dressers. At least we think our attire isn’t shameful—not like those people on TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” But most of us don’t have the benefit of secret video footage to reveal the truth, nor do we have truly objective observers around to say, “Yes, those jeans […]

Me smell good

Me smell good

Take rock. Rub rock under arms. No smell bad. This could be the ad campaign for crystal deodorant—the latest way to naturally smell nice. It’s made of 100 percent pure mineral salts, and that may seem kind of primitive, but it’s actually pretty revolutionary. Instead of preventing perspiration or masking body odors with synthetic chemicals—like […]

February 08: Family getaway

February 08: Family getaway

When your home is also your business, a room of your own is a difficult proposition. Sure, Cynthia Bruce, who runs the High Meadows Vineyard Inn in Scottsville with her mother, Nancy, does have private quarters for herself and her two children, ages 5 and 8, but she doesn’t fancy those rooms too much. That’s […]

Home style

Home style

More feature articles: Function is the new formTwo architecture firms find beauty in utility Rock this townMatt Pamer on designing music posters and paying his bills Fresh airA modern landscape breathes new life into formerly segregated Washington Park Democracy in designMaurice Cox champions a traditional ideal to solve modern urban problems If there is a […]

2008 Design Annual: Intelligent design

2008 Design Annual: Intelligent design

When you think of design in Charlottesville, you probably think of UVA’s Lawn and the Rotunda and Monticello and blah bity blah, blah, yeah, yeah, yeah. But do you also think of Booker T. Washington Park? Blue Light Grill? The Live Arts building? The silkscreened posters for the Wilco show at the Pavilion? You should.

Function is the new form

Function is the new form

Feature articles: Rock this townMatt Pamer on designing music posters and paying his bills Fresh airA modern landscape breathes new life into formerly segregated Washington Park Home styleTransplants shop for tradition; tourists come for the cutting edge Democracy in designMaurice Cox champions a traditional ideal to solve modern urban problems According to one local architect, […]

Old new urbanism

Old new urbanism

Charlottesville’s Rose Hill neighborhood has a lot to teach us about this town’s history—the good and the bad—and its present status—the good and the bad. Exhibit A: The 81-acre area northwest of downtown is home to one of the loveliest and most well-designed public spaces in Charlottesville—Booker T. Washington Park (designed by nationally-renowned landscape architect […]

Neighborhood: Youthful discretions

Neighborhood: Youthful discretions

Whatever you do, do not try to drive through the Orangedale neighborhood around 3:50pm on a weekday. That’s when the Charlottesville High School bus lets out on the corner of Bailey Road and Prospect Avenue off Fifth Street SW, and that’s when Orangedale’s younger residents pour into the streets, communing in the road to chat […]

The frog’s prince

The frog’s prince

Jim Chang is your typical reluctant neighborhood association president—he took over the job “by default,” he says. You know, somebody’s got to step up and organize the annual neighborhood potluck. Oh, but if only Chang’s job were that glamorous and fluffy. No, figuratively speaking, when Chang was the last Meadows resident to shout, “not it” […]

Water Street design contest wins big

Water Street design contest wins big

When I agreed to report on the results of the city’s design contest for the Water Street parking lots, little did I know the Charlottesville Community Design Center (CCDC) would receive a whopping 63 submissions from six countries. Wait, what? How many ways can you redesign a parking lot? Especially when you have to comply […]

Parentproof

Parentproof

When I announced, eight months pregnant, at my baby shower that (1) I planned to be back in my bikini by summer, (2) I intended to tag along with my spouse on a planned work trip to China with a nine-month-old, travel-loving baby in tow and (3) I planned to never, ever appear in public, […]

Well-appointed world

Well-appointed world

When Ken White moved to Charlottesville and bought his home in Dunlora three years ago, he says he had few other options. He saw, maybe, five or six houses in his price range that fit his requirements. He wasn’t necessarily looking for a subdivision with a pool and clubhouse—just enough space for each of his […]

$7,845 versus $25,945

$7,845 versus $25,945

If you’re like many smug out-of-state undergraduates, you came to UVA proudly boasting your Pennsylvania pedigree, and you spent your first year finding subtle ways to constantly remind everyone that you got into UVA even though you don’t hail from Virginia and can’t dribble a ball or run a 4.6-second 40 to save your life, […]

Get your game on

Get your game on

Every year we at C-VILLE wait in giddy anticipation of the Best Of survey results and we wonder: Will this be the year of a major upset in the pizza category? Of course not, you say! Duh, you say.

Country preserves

Country preserves

But in the case of Whitley’s Garden Gate Farm subdivision in North Garden, the statement’s not just a throwaway. That’s because along with the three-car garage, vinyl siding and first-floor master suite that comes with your neo-colonial on Garden Gate Court, you get a warm and friendly pseudo-grandpa. That would be Whitley, who lives with […]

Roam if you want to

Roam if you want to

Claudia “Poody” Wisman is ready to move out of Greenbrier Heights, but not because she hasn’t loved living there during the past 20 years. “I think it’s time for us to move and let another family have a chance,” she says. A chance at what exactly? In her case that would be the chance to […]

Virginia pastoral

Virginia pastoral

Earlysville is one of those picture postcard examples of Central Virginia: Barrels of hay line the main drags through town, grazing cattle dot the rolling hills against a Blue Ridge backdrop and flocks of geese make pit stops in people’s front yards. It’s a place where many residents give directions like: “Take a right at […]

Cook assault case ends in second mistrial

Cook assault case ends in second mistrial

Prosecutors can’t catch a break in their assault case against Kerry Von Reese Cook. Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward L. Hogshire granted a mistrial last Wednesday after a juror announced that he knew one of the people involved in the August 2004 domestic dispute at Friendship Court that led to Cook’s arrest. Cook was convicted […]

Working for a song

Working for a song

Sue Holden is a lousy musician. So instead of standing in the spotlight, she’s backstage and frontstage and in the wings and behind the curtains running security and supervising the ushers at the Charlottesville Pavilion, the JPJ and the Paramount, ensuring that you can see a really good musician. And I mean “see,” literally—when I […]

Median home price drops 9.2 percent

The housing market pendulum has swung, and sellers are no longer riding high. Sales and prices are down, inventory is up, and it’s the best time to buy a home in the last decade according to the first quarter market report from the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors (CAAR). It was during the first quarter […]