Checking in with the Locals: Justin Stone

Posted on November 5, 2013 by


Charlottesville is a city filled with local-loving people, and a spirit of community and collaboration unlike anywhere else. Every week, Cville Niche will celebrate that spirit by featuring a local’s top picks. Check out previous local check-ins!

Justin Stone

Ever the dapper host, Justin has a knack for thrifting, crafting cocktails, and creating, evidenced at each forage dinner.

jstone © Cville NicheDescribe what you do in town.

Some days, I feel as if all I do in town is wander around with admiration and inspiration for what everyone is doing. The people and their pursuits in this town are remarkable. On the other days I work for a company organizing educational travel programs for universities and co-run the seasonal dinner series, Forage, with Megan Kiernan. In past time here, I have worked for an area vineyard (Barboursville), local restaurant (The Whiskey Jar), and wine tour company (Blue Ridge Wine Excursions).

Find me downtown taking in the art, food, and drinks or out in the county enjoying the wines, thrift stores, and occasionally quietude that surrounds the vibrant activity going on everywhere.

Describe yourself in 5 syllables or less.

Often awe struck.

Top Picks

A favorite dish in town, what it’s called, where it’s at, describe what makes it special/different/one of your favorites.

I worked just off the downtown mall which means that I am often among the masses frequenting the various lunch venues, patios, food carts, and salad bars that fuels us for our afternoons. There is no place where I go more than Song Song’s Zhou and Bing. Order any of her small menu items. Healthy Chinese is the way she describes it. Her preparations are fresh and delightful. I always walk out with both the Carrot & Celery and Muer.

A favorite local fitness class, name of the class, fitness center, brief description of the class and why you love it.

Posture Studio – Carla and Grace have a profound understanding of body mechanics and passion for enlightening you about yourself. Their small group mat or reformer classes provide the perfect setting as they coax your body into moving the way it is meant to.

A favorite local music venue, name of venue, where’s it located, what makes it special, most recent show you enjoyed there.

Stinson Vineyards in Whitehall – not only is this one of my favorite vineyards due to their wines and wonderful hospitality but their setting – perched atop a rolling hill in the heart of Whitehall – provides an incredible backdrop for any show. On Thursdays throughout the summer they host local musicians and welcome guests to grill out as they keep wine flowing until well into the evening hours.

A favorite local artist (any type other than musician), who is it, what type of medium do they use, where was your favorite showing of their art.

Lindsey Oberg – her mixed media collage style pieces bring you in close, often within inches, to uncover the layers of mediums, items, histories, and modern narrations that she invokes to bring her piece truly off the canvass. Her recent exhibition Animal Kingdom at the Downtown Mudhouse was a series of extraordinary pieces depicting fantastical world and real emotions. Check out her site to see when and where her work pops up next.