Soprano Sara Duchovnay (right) reprises her role (pictured in the San Francisco production) as Dorothea for Charlottesville Opera's production of Middlemarch in Spring.  Image: Composers Inc.

ARTS Pick: Middlemarch in Spring

Thursday 3/23  & Friday 3/24 George Eliot’s novel arrives on stage as Middlemarch in Spring, a chamber opera that premiered in 2015. The musical treatment (part of the Virginia Festival of the Book) offers humor, passion and political upheaval, while serving to commemorate Ash Lawn Opera’s 40th anniversary as it relaunches as Charlottesville Opera. “We’re […]

Mel Walker says the staff thinks of customers like family at Mel’s Cafe on West Main Street. Photo by Eze Amos

Small businesses make big impacts

Small businesses make up 99 percent of all businesses nationwide—a percentage that carries over to our local economy. A study completed by the Virginia Employment Commission in the third quarter of 2016 revealed 2,477 Charlottesville businesses had 499 employees or fewer—the standard definition of a small business is one with 500 or fewer employees. In […]