Shea Gibbs

In this Garth Road laundry room designed by Reveal Builders, a top-loading washer was preferred. While front loaders have made strides in fan technology, top loaders are still the most popular—and less expensive—option. Photo: Andrea Hubbell

Appliance compliance: Make sure they fit your needs before buying in

Traditional wisdom says fall is a great time to buy appliances, as that’s when manufacturers crank out new models and retailers drop the price on older equipment. But, according to several local retailers, that’s not necessarily so. “I wouldn’t say there is a typical timeframe,” says Jeff Kramer, a sales consultant for the local outpost […]

Blue Light Grill recently started serving lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and, according to co-owner Rich Ridge, may go to every day of the week. Staff photo

The lunch bunch: Downtown Mall lunch scene continues shake-up

Lunch may not mean all that much to you and me. The meal’s far less “important” than breakfast, so they say, and at best it’s kind of like dinner’s kid brother. The kid brother who makes you eat salad. But if you’re a restaurant proprietor on C’ville’s Downtown Mall, you probably do a pretty good […]

In our area, slate roofs are popular due to our proximity to Buckingham Slate, a major domestic producer. Photo: Courtesy W.A. Lynch Roofing

Up on the housetop: Replacing your roof? Here’s what you should know

Hate to break it to you, but that tin roof on your love shack is rusted. Time for a replacement. What are your options? Bruce Martin, an estimator and project coordinator for Charlottesville’s Blue Ridge Roofing, said metal roofs, created by paneling together solid sheets at junctions called “standing seams,” are actually quite popular in […]