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New to Cville: Food truck spicing up Cville’s streets with gourmet seafood

June 8, 2015
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SpiceSea Gourmet food truck

As Charlottesville’s food truck scene becomes increasingly crowded with more chefs taking to the streets, Whitney Matthews understands it’s important for her menu to stand out. Matthews, chef and owner of the SpiceSea Gourmet food truck, is hoping that her hard work, high-quality ingredients, and unique menu dedicated almost exclusively to made-to-order seafood will catch […]

Local Music Check-In: Lester Seal

June 3, 2015
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Lester Seal

Lester Seal has an extraordinary voice. During a recent show opening for the Will Overman Band at The Southern, Seal took the stage with just his guitar and a mic. He strummed, sang, and stomped his bare feet on the carpeted stage, sounding at times like the second coming of Jeff Buckley. “I grew up […]

Pie Day, Every Day: The Pie Chest

May 29, 2015
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Photo by Lauren Stonestreet

All photos by Lauren Stonestreet The Pie Chest opened its door on the morning of Saturday, March 14 (Pi Day), its glass pastry cases stocked with around 140 pies. By early afternoon, the cases were empty. Every last slice of pie had been sold. The Pie Chest sold out of pie on its second day, […]

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Local Artist Check-in: Jean Sampson

May 13, 2015
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Painter and poet Jean Sampson has a long history with the building that houses the McGuffey Art Center as she graduated there in 1960 from what was formerly McGuffey Elementary School. She now paints in her studio and teaches two classes: “Gutsy Abstract Oil Painting” on Monday nights and “Beginning Drawing for Chickens” on Tuesday […]

Checking in with the Locals: Ike Anderson

May 12, 2015
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Ike Anderson Describe what you do in town. I’m a local dance choreographer that specializes in Hip Hop. With 15 years of experience, I’m now hosting Hip Hop WERKshops for Teens and Adults every Sunday at 3pm, $15 a session, at the Music Resource Center. Each session is an hour of nonstop fun with high-energy movement and fat […]

Tuning In with Sally Rose Monnes

May 7, 2015
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Sally Rose Monnes / Photo by Ashley Travis

Sally Rose Monnes started playing music in bars when she was 13 years old. By that time, she had already been writing songs for five years and playing guitar for two. Now, at nearly 24, Monnes is an integral part of two local bands: The Sally Rose Band and Shagwüf. Monnes sings, writes and plays […]

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Checking in with the Locals: Jason Becton

April 28, 2015
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Jason Becton Describe what you do in town. My husband, Patrick Evans and I own MarieBette Café & Bakery in the Rose Hill neighborhood. He is the baker. I am the chef. Describe yourself in 5 syllables or less. Living our dream. (Corny but true.) A favorite dish in town. The Margherita DOC at Lampo […]

Checking in with the Locals: Patrick Evans

April 21, 2015
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Patrick Evans Jason and Patrick, the owners of MarieBette Café and Bakery, are a dynamic culinary duo. This couple is living their dream and making some seriously delicious food over on Rosehill Drive at their European-style restaurant and bakery. This week, meet Patrick. Next week, meet Jason. Describe what you do in town. I am […]

Tuning In with Y’ALL

April 16, 2015
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Y'ALL is: Christian Smith (tweed), Adam Wolcott Smith (blue button-down), Adam Brock (orange button-down, brown jacket), Jon Bray (jean jacket) / Photo by Tom Daly

Tonight, Y’ALL reunites for one night only at The Southern in support of rocking lady band Ex Hex. “We are rearing our psychedelic head again for this special, yet arbitrary event, and hope to put smiles on everyone’s collective face,” says Y’ALL guitarist and songwriter Adam Wolcott Smith. It’s going to be awesome. You can’t […]

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Getting the Band Back Together: Y’ALL to Reunite

April 8, 2015
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Y'ALL is: Christian Smith (tweed), Adam Wolcott Smith (blue button-down), Adam Brock (orange button-down, brown jacket), Jon Bray (jean jacket) / Photo by Tom Daly

Y’ALL, the band that was born from the ashes of local favorite the Invisible Hand, dispersed and scattered last year when songwriter Adam Wolcott Smith moved west to Seattle and guitarist/sound landscape artist Christian Smith moved north to New York City. Y’ALL’s other half, Adam Brock and Jon Bray, are still making music and mischief […]

Checking in with the Locals : Ally Pamer

April 7, 2015
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Ally Pamer This gorgeous local gal is a jack of all trades, from calligraphy to film to yoga. Check out her local picks, and her local talents! Describe what you do in town. My calligraphy business, Thick and Thin, launched late last year, and I have had the privilege to work on everything from wedding […]

Jack Brown’s Brings Laid-back Vibe Downtown

April 6, 2015
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Jack Brown's Beer & Burger Joint teamed up with Spudnuts to create the Showalter burger.

The newest burger joint in Charlottesville is hoping its laid-back approach will bring in beer and food lovers looking for a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of activity on the Downtown Mall. Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, which held its grand opening in early March, is not the typical downtown restaurant looking to […]

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The New Buzz of the Week

April 2, 2015
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Our buzz of the week is getting a crowd sourced facelift, aka we’ve created a hashtag: #cvillenichebuzz! There’s so much happening in Charlottesville, lets work together to get the word out. (check out tips below) If you are hosting or excited about a cool, upcoming local event, add #cvillenichebuzz to your caption when you’re sharing it […]

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Local Artist Check-In: Rich Tarbell

April 1, 2015
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Photographer Rich Tarbell has collaborated with Stephanie Helvin and Mallory Paige of Moonlight Circus to create silhouettes that convey the movement and strength in their aerial acts. Tarbell says, “It occurred to me the aerialist acts would make for a mysterious and attractive silhouette fully body portrait… We rented the warehouse of the IX Art […]

Checking in with the Locals: Sharon Shapiro

March 31, 2015
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Sharon Shapiro A local artist with a true passion for depicting women in paintings and drawings with beautiful versatility. When she’s not painting you can find her instructing at our local Pure Barre (and at short pump!). A strong lady who’s affecting our community through art and movement! What more could we look for in our […]

Tuning In with Grits n’ Gravy

March 26, 2015
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Robin Tomlin (left) and Colin Powell (right) at a Grits n' Gravy dance party at R2 / Photo by Elli Williams

One Saturday night this past February, a line formed outside the door of Richmond’s Balliceaux. The venue was hosting a Grits n’ Gravy dance party, and people were eager to get in and dance to the funk and soul that poured through the sound system, a series of old school singles spun by one of […]

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Checking in with the Locals: Randi Laudisio

March 24, 2015
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Randi Laudisio From educational travel expert to cupcake extraordinaire, this local lady is a sugar and spice and everything nice. When Randi isn’t frosting cupcakes, she and her hubby, a.k.a. Johnny Cheeseburger, enjoy a bite out (a.k.a. stealing food off each other’s plates), and, of course, spending time with their pup, Sampson. Check out her top […]

Tuning In with 2sly

March 20, 2015
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Ashley Miller (Photo by Adrienne Eichner)

Ashley Miller, aka 2sly, has been producing music since he was in high school. So, when he starting playing on an acquaintance’s turntables during his sophomore year of high school, DJ-ing seemed like a logical next step. Nowadays, Miller says that when he’s not playing music, he’s not awake. He is always checking out his […]

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Local Music Check-in: Will Overman Band

March 18, 2015
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The Will Overman Band is set to take over the stage at The Southern on Friday, March 27. The Cville Niche recently caught up with the four band members to chat about their music, their variety of influences, and a few of their Charlottesville favorites. Tell us a little about yourselves. Where are you from? […]

Dressing Up with Darling: Transitions

March 13, 2015
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Photo by Scott Tiernan

Over a year and a half ago, in October 2013, the Dressing Up series came to life. It started as a small collaboration with Elizabeth Steel, former owner of Darling. Over the past year, it’s grown into a collaboration with five local boutiques! In the past months, a collaboration with Allie Merrill of M Squared Creative introduced […]

Checking in with the Locals: Tara Montgomery

March 10, 2015
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Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche celebrates that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins! Tara Montgomery This lovely local lady designs lovely local jewelry. From super mom to super artist, Tara is a […]

Dressing Up with The Yellow Button: Waiting on Spring

February 27, 2015
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Photo by Megan Tiernan

March is right around the corner, and to us, that means it’s time to start beckoning in Spring. And that’s exactly what we did with this styled outfit featuring The Yellow Button in the Shops at Stonefield. This Spring, try a reimagined shirtdress, like this Johnny Was vibrant floral number with double high slits (and pockets!). […]

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Tuning In with Will Overman

February 26, 2015
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The Will Overman Band

Will Overman was about nine years old when his dad turned 40 and decided that both guys should learn an instrument. “Music had always been an important part of our relationship, and I was blessed to have parents who shared their knowledge and appreciation of music with me,” explained Overman. “So my dad and I […]

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The Buzz of the Week: 2.26 – 3.4

February 26, 2015
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Check out this week’s buzz! THUR 2.26 I’m Not Racist…Am I? Screening @ The Paramount | 7pm | Details »   FRI 2.27 WTJU Presents Borrowed Beams of Light Split Tape Release Show with New Boss and Klauss @ The Southern | 9pm | Details »   FRI 2.27 Barn & Brew Night! Featuring The Rock Barn & Blue Mountain Brewery @ Ivy Provisions | 5-7pm | Details » […]

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Checking in with the Locals: Megan Tiernan

February 24, 2015
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Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche celebrates that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins! Megan Tiernan This Michigander transplant has a big vision and an even bigger heart. You can find Megan, one […]

Fitness Check-in: barre.[d]

February 20, 2015
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The aftermath of class on the glass.

A couple of years ago, when barre workouts started popping up in fitness magazines and on my Facebook news feed, I looked around the internet for an easy barre workout to do at home. I found one on Shape magazine’s website, and sometimes pulled a kitchen chair and a few small free weights into my […]

Local Artist Check-In: Charlene Cross

February 18, 2015
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At the McGuffey Art Center downtown, housed in a building that has stood since 1916 and used to serve as a school, you will find jewelry-maker Charlene Cross’s studio, among 44 other artists renting space. Among those other artists is painter Jean Sampson who describes Cross as “a wonderful and extremely creative jewelry-maker.” The McGuffey […]

Checking in with the Locals: Natalie Barton

February 17, 2015
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Photo by Melissa Batman Photography

Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche celebrates that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins! Natalie Barton This purveyor of local entrepreneurs and freelancers is one lady to watch. And she has great taste […]

Dressing Up with Jean Theory: VDay Edition

February 13, 2015
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Photo by Scott Tiernan

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all pink hearts and red roses, although there isn’t anything wrong with that. A head-to-toe black ensemble with pops of red, pink, or even leopard bring an edgier vibe to the Hallmark holiday. In the last Dressing Up post, we announced an exciting new collaboration with Allie Merrill of […]

The Buzz of the Week: 2.12 – 2.18

February 12, 2015
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Check out this week’s buzz! THUR 2.12 SPCA Valentine’s Benefit @ Suz Somersall Stonefield | 10:30am-8pm | Details »   FRI 2.13 Made by Mieka Olive Oil Soap Demo @ Rebecca’s Natural Food | 11am-2pm | Details »   SAT 2.14 FREE Seated Chair Massage from Alyssa of JLA Massage @ jean theory | 10am-2pm | Details »   SAT 2.14 Second Saturday Yoga Art Grooves @ Second Street Gallery | 3-4:15pm | Details » […]

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Checking in with the Locals: Renee Byrd

February 10, 2015
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Photo courtesy of Will Frolic for Food

Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche celebrates that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins! Renee Byrd Follow this lady on Insta – right now. If her photography doesn’t make you instantly drool all […]

The Buzz of the Week: 2.5 – 2.11

February 5, 2015
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Check out this week’s buzz! THUR 2.05 Nettles Record Release Party @ The Southern | 8pm | Details »   FRI 2.06 New City Arts presents “Elements”, new encaustic works by Amanda Smith @ The WVTF and Radio IQ Gallery | 5-7pm | Details »   SAT 2.07 Max Strom Weekend Workshops  @ Opal Yoga | 11:30am – 5pm | Details »   SAT 2.07 Monte La Monte and Melaudio @ […]

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Checking in with the Locals: Alicia Cost

February 3, 2015
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Photo by Linnea White

Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche celebrates that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins! Alicia Cost This local lady is an inspiration. From her work with the Charlottesville youth through a local non-profit […]

Tuning In with Brad Savage

January 29, 2015
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Photo by Linnea White

Brad Savage has one of Charlottesville’s most recognizable voices. From talking to local politicians and environmentalists on 106.1 The Corner’s Breakfast Show to interviewing bands and artists on The Corner Lounge, and sharing some of his favorite vinyl cuts on the Brad’s Bin segment, his friendly, enthusiastic voice is hard to miss. It’s clear that […]

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The Buzz of the Week: 1.29 – 2.4

January 29, 2015
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Check out this week’s buzz! THUR 1.29 Shop Winter Sales @ Local Boutiques – Jean Theory, Darling, BitterSweet, Duo, and more! | Details »   FRI 1.30 Milli Jokes Stand Up Comedy @ Milli Joe | 8pm | Details »   FRI 1.30 Carl Anderson & Mary Bragg @ The Pink Warehouse | 9pm | Details »   FRI 1.30 Grits and Gravy! Soul Dance Party @ R2 […]

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Local Music Check-In: Ross Schiller of Yearbook Taco

January 28, 2015
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Yearbook Taco has drawn locals through its doors with the promise of delicious tacos and good tunes. Yes, tunes, and a variety of tunes at that. Depending on the night of the week, you can find a DJ spinning vinyl, playing 90s hits, hip hop, or house/EDM, or a troupe of singer/songwriters sharing their songs […]

Checking in with the Locals: Billy Hunt

January 27, 2015
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Billy Hunt by Aaron Farrington

2015 ushers in another year of Checking in with the Locals! Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche celebrates that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins! Billy Hunt He’s a one-of-a-kind creative, a maker […]

Dressing Up with Duo: One Dress, Two Ways

January 23, 2015
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Photo by Scott Tiernan

Wear it now, and wear it later. A shirtdress embodies versatility. From Winter to Spring, from a casual afternoon to a night on the town, the right shirtdress has endless possibilities – layered for colder weather or as a dress, unbuttoned or belted, over jeans or beneath a leather jacket, dressed up with pumps or dressed down […]

The Buzz of the Week: 1.22 – 1.28

January 22, 2015
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Check out this week’s buzz! THUR 1.22 Weekend Warm up With Thomas Dean @ Yearbook Taco | 9pm | Details »   FRI 1.23 “This is It” Tasting: Select Blenheim Vineyards Wines @ Beer Run | 5-8pm | Details »   FRI 1.23 Exploring Acroyoga with Kaelyn Rogers @ Flydog Yoga | 630pm through 330pm on Jan. 24 | Details »   FRI 1.23 Barn & Brew Night […]

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Inside the Big Blue Door Story Slam V

January 21, 2015
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Photo credit: April Muniz

Sound check is at 7:15pm and I arrive at Bon a few minutes early. Jen and Joel Jones, the founders and producers of Big Blue Door, are setting up chairs and selling tickets, Lewis Reining is checking the sound (and probably practicing the story he will also tell), and the ballots are stacked on a […]

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Checking in with the Locals: Allie Merrill

January 20, 2015
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2015 ushers in another year of Checking in with the Locals! Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche celebrates that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins! Allie Merrill This local gal is a bundle […]

Tuning In with Marie Landragin

January 15, 2015
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Landragin DJ-ing at Champion Brewery (top, photo by Brad Day); and screenprinting (bottom)

Like many musicians, Marie Landragin’s first instrument was piano (she started playing at age 7 while living near Melbourne, Australia). But when, as a teenager, she moved to Culpeper, Virginia, with her family, she began taking classical guitar lessons at school. “I remember when my parents gave me my first classical nylon-stringed Yamaha,” she says. […]

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The Buzz of the Week: 1.15 – 1.21

January 15, 2015
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Check out this week’s buzz! THUR 1.15 Big Blue Door SLAM V: Theme: Don’t You Forget About Me (True Stories Show) @ BON | 8pm | Details »   THUR 1.15 Lora Kelley CD Release Show w/ Sam Bush @ The Southern | 8pm | Details »   FRI 1.16 Free Movie Friday: Gone Girl @ PVCC – V. Earl Dickinson Building | 730pm | Details »   FRI 1.16 […]

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Checking in with the Locals: Amy Sarah Marshall

January 13, 2015
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Photo Credit: Billy Hunt (billyhunt.com)

2015 ushers in another year of Checking in with the Locals! Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche celebrates that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins! Amy Sarah Marshall One of the most passionate […]

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