Lynn Thorne

Ma Spa owner Mary Coleman hopes to give moms room to recharge. Photo: Matthew Burke

Spa day: Ma Spa is encouraging alone time

“Moms deserve to have a space that is dedicated just to them.” Mary Coleman should know. As a mother of seven, she’s the entrepreneur behind Ma Spa, a new business in the Legend Building on Woodbrook Drive in Charlottesville. Ma Spa’s slogan pretty much sums it up: “Come pamper your soul.” Coleman offers moms of […]

Photo: Amy Jackson

Into the water: Learning to swim isn’t just for fun

Like many kids, Megan Greenwood enjoyed summers at her local pool. Unlike most, she hasn’t spent much time out of the water since. That’s why she founded Swim S’cool, a Charlottesville-based business offering swimming lessons at Fry’s Spring Beach Club and Fairview Swim and Tennis Club. Greenwood, an NCAA All-American swimmer for UVA under coach […]

Ready, set, shoot! A group of scouts practice their archery skills at Sugar Hollow Girl Scout Day Camp in Crozet. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Scouts honors: Century-old group still going strong

The year 1912 was pretty bleak for females. Women couldn’t vote. They couldn’t own property. They were only allowed a job outside the home if they were single. But while women’s rights were still virtually nonexistent, young girls got to take a purposeful step forward when a nonprofit organization formed to empower them: Girl Scouts […]

Nestled along the Blue Ridge in North Garden, Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard seems custom-made for wedding albums. Photo: Jen Fariello

The view from here

Pippin Hill’s mountain vista is picture-perfect “It’s a blank canvas.” That is the first message Meg Forch, event sales and marketing manager, conveys about Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards as a wedding venue. Just how versatile is it? One couple brought in magnolia trees for their wedding reception. Forch says they chose really serene green […]