This Saturday, June 19, Belle Rock Farm in Kents Store will have a pick your own lavender event! There are no walk-ups allowed. You must pre-register. Pre-register on the Belle Rock Farm website here. This is a perfect chance to experience nature and treat your senses to the intoxicating scent of lavender. The You Pick event has no distractions except birds chirping, bees buzzing and farm animals enjoying the great outdoors. There will also be lemonade with a sweet lavender-f
I'm wrapping up my tour of small businesses here on Friday. I hope you've enjoyed this week of celebrating Small Business Week! I started just up the road from my office by ducking into the Scrappy Elephant. Then I drove up to Jefferson Centre to see Rivanna Woods Financial Tax Services, Pearls & Nails, Protel AT&T, Blue 53, Villa Nova's, Amo Gelato Caffe, Monticello Mattress & More, Asian Cafe and Mailbox Express. Then I was over to Heritage Place to visit with the Elephantz
Day four of Small Business Week! I went along the Crofton area to thank businesses for being #fromFluvanna. I started the day with a home visit to Fluvanna Sports Photography. Then started Crofton with Orme Family Fitness, Jenuine Jeanes Nails, Soothing Moments Massage, Fluvanna Self Storage, Hammond Insurance and Cogswell Stone. Ace Fluvanna Hardware has a nifty sign about why shopping local is important. The rest of the Crofton Plaza has many businesses including: Krystal N
Happy Monday of Small Business Week here in Fluvanna! We are celebrating all of our small businesses from Fluvanna this week! Today I went out and handed out stickers, placed yard signs, and thanked every business owner I could find! I first stopped to surprise Silk City Printing and Authentic Knitting Board with a yard sign at their entrance. Then I headed to Scarlett's Flowers & Gift Baskets and Bowles & Associates. I stopped in to see Dane at Fork Union Pharmacy and Archie
This month's business from Fluvanna spotlight is Crossroads Gymnastics Center! Crossroads Gymnastics is located in the Zion Crossroads Industrial Park, behind Red Rocker Candy. You can find them at their new location 166 Industrial Way. Crossroads Gymnastics has classes for children starting at age 4. Both boys and girls enjoy classes at the center. There are also classes for individual cheer and teams. Most especially, Crossroads Gymnastics Center is so appreciative of the s
Every year about this time I say, "It would be cool to post a picture a day!" And every year I then go, "365 pictures? That seems like a lot." If I would've done it for 2020, it would've 366 photos! Daunting. In 2021, I want to do it and I can't do this alone. I'll need your help. I'll go through the collection of photos I have available to me but I would love to include yours! To submit your photo for use, just go to this link to allow the County to post your photo. If you d
Sometimes the perfect gift for someone is a basket of gifts! The gift basket idea is perfect when you want to include a little something of a lot of somethings. Dolce Vita Baskets is a gift basket company #fromFluvanna. You can find them at dolcevitabaskets.com. This specialty gift basket delivery company features unique designs for all occasions. This could work for family or corporate gifts. They ship anywhere in the contagious United States so plenty of people on your list
Last month we had our first photo contest called #floatFluvanna. Your best water photos were uploaded to your favorite social media platforms and the Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Council voted on a winner. Congratulations to Tom Smedley for winning a $25 gift certificate to Hudson Henry Granola! This month we are doing #fallFluvanna. Post your favorite autumn related photos. How big was your pumpkin from Crossing Brook? Is it a wonderful time picking apples at Fr
Have you posted your favorite water related photo from 2020 yet? Post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #FloatFluvanna and #FromFluvanna. Remember, make sure your post is public so we can see it! Learn more about the #FloatFluvanna photo competition That brings me to a water related photo I took a few weeks back. I've driven over Petit Bridge numerous times. If you include the original Pettit Bridge too, it has been countless times! Do you know what Pettit Bridge is?
As summer has wound down we want to see your favorite photos from this past water season. Or, maybe you're still enjoying the water as we turn to fall! Did you get that picture perfect shot of the fish you caught at the Ruritan Lake? Did you have an epic rafting picture on the James River? What kayak photo did you get from the Rivanna River? Did you snap a fun water skiing on Lake Monticello? We want to see them all! The Economic Development and Tourism Advisory Council (EDTA
I'm not sure anyone's world hasn't turned a lot since the COVID-19 health crisis began. The Economic Development Office is no different. This week on the #FromFluvanna podcast, I discuss with our intern what the Economic Development Office has been up to. We have had changes such as a new intern, an app, a grant program, and a project with UVA! All of these started in May. Listen to the podcast here or find it on your favorite podcasting platform by searching "From Fluvanna".
I’m very excited to announce that the Board of Supervisors has allocated $350,000 to use for the Funds for Recovery and Operations Management (F.R.O.M.): Fluvanna Small Business Grants! The Board of Supervisors allocated 15% of the County’s CARES Act funding to support businesses #fromFluvanna during the health crisis! Now, you may be wondering “Can I apply for this grant?” Well, if you are a for-profit businesses or private/nonprofit school based in Fluvanna, operational as
Today is a day over a month in the making! You may not have anticipated it as much as I have but I'm so excited to announce the "From Fluvanna app!" First disclosure, it isn't an app that you download from the app store. You go to app.fromfluvanna.org, when you are on your phone, click "add to home screen". Now, it will operate just like any other app! It is that simple. If you are on a computer or tablet, click "full". As we update information, your app in any form will upda
We are in the middle of Virginia is for Restaurant Lovers Takeout Week! This is a statewide effort to encourage everyone to eat takeout this week. We have a list of restaurants #FromFluvanna who are operating with modified schedules or modifying service. Check it out here. Takeout week is a chance to support business from Fluvanna and keep the kitchen clean that you just deep cleaned. Or if you are like me, planned on deep cleaning this past weekend and somehow pushed it to n
I love meeting our various small business owners because they are so passionate about their business. This month's From Fluvanna podcast focuses on Erika Mitchell, owner of Sweet Art Emporium. Erika is a local artisan and when the shop she was listing her products in announced it was closing, Erika's lifelong dream of opening an artisan store suddenly became her reality. She now has 50 artists at her shop in Village Station in Palmyra. Sweet Art Emporium opened February 2019.
Did you know Fluvanna has a certified visitor center now? The Pleasant Grove House and Museum is a certified tourist information center. County officials applied to the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) for certification in January and this week were notified the visitor center is certified! This is tremendous news. The county completed a historical renovation of the Pleasant Grove House in 2014. Plans included the facility to serve as a visitor center. The 2018 Tourism Stra
In case you were looking for a place to take a Palmyra selfie, I now have a great location scouted for you. This location is easy to get to and you don't have to worry about people photobombing you. No one wants a selfie photobombed. Just head to Palmyra and stop by Village Station on Route 15. On the north side of the building, there it is! A life-sized postcard of Palmyra. You can grab that Palmyra postcard selfie to show people you are #FromFluvanna. Afterwards make sure t
Every year the Virginia Career Works -- Piedmont Region hosts a job fair at Fluvanna County High School. This year the event will be February 25 from 4 to 6:30 pm. The job fair brings area recruiters in looking to hire Fluvanna residents. The job fair is for all ages from part-time help to career workers! This year we will have an added Fluvanna spin with employers that are #FromFluvanna. If you are currently one of the many residents traveling 30+ min to work, maybe this is
Sunday you may or may not have friends over to watch an event on television that everyone talks about the next day. You know, the one. The one where the participants claw their way to the top. The one where the participants are just trying to better themselves with a life changing event. Of course, I mean the PUPPY BOWL! Did you know that for Puppy Bowl XVI, a dog #FromFluvanna is playing on Team Fluff. Killian, a Great Dane from Green Dogs Unleashed, was 16 weeks old at the
Owner of Wahoo BBQ, Howie Brown, describes his restaurant as a “BBQ joint with a country store front.” The set menu is simple with brisket, pulled pork, chicken and ribs. He throws in wrinkles with salmon, wings, expresso coffee and more. The community support for Wahoo BBQ has been impressive. Wahoo BBQ opened on October 11. They sold out of meat by 2 pm. The second day Brown doubled how much meat he prepared and still didn’t make it to dinner. Same story the third day. By t