About Us

The live.love.local Mission:

Cville Niche is a blog-a-zine targeted at Cville’s young professional and University student communities to inform them not only of events, restaurants, businesses, and retailers available in the larger Charlottesville community, but also the opportunities they have to participate together with the Charlottesville community.

The primary goal of this blog is to connect the UVa students with all things local, as well as cross-promote with businesses through local cooperative trade. Secondly, it will also provide and expose students and young adults to a wider selection of different and enjoyable opportunities both on and off Grounds to fit a range of budgets and interests. Lastly, Cville Niche aims to be a resource and forum for reader networking, suggestions, questions and reviews.

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The Team

katerina

Katerina Diplas | Founding Director & Creative Director

Hometown?

Blacksburg, VA

Where do you go in Cville to think?

Beaver Creek

Where do you go in Cville to do anything but think?

Whiskey Jar

For some meditative non-thinking, Opal for some vinyasa.

Favorite local bottle of wine?

Blenheim Rose

Favorite spring picnic spot?

Grace Estate hill

Favorite local food stop?

  • Tavola for a long evening catching up with friends
  • Beer Run for some amazing nachos and sandwiches
  • Blue Mountain Brewery for some apple and bratwurst pizza and cornhole!

Describe yourself in 5 syllables. 

Spontaneity


Linnea White | Editor & Managing Director

linneaHometown?

Virginia Beach, VA

Where do you go in Cville to think?

But first, coffee. Milli Joe.

Where do you go in Cville to do anything but think?

A dance studio. (Or any other large open space.) It has always amazed me how a great dance class or choreography session can both clear your head and inspire you at the same time.

Favorite local bottle of wine?

Potter’s Cider is a recent favorite, and constantly stocked in my apartment. Favorite red currently trending for my taste buds: Blenheim’s Painted Red 2012.

Favorite spring picnic spot?

Beaver Creek

Favorite local food stop?

Mas. I wish I could eat there every day of the week… necesito MAS dinero.

Describe yourself in 5 syllables. 

Serendipity — “I dwell in possibility.” (Emily Dickinson)


Erin O’Hare | Tunes and Lifestyle Writer

ErinWithCakeHometown?

Arlington, Mass.

Where do you go in Cville to think?

On a walk to Melody Supreme.

Where do you go in Cville to do anything but think?

Hot Yoga Charlottesville, or a show at the Jefferson or the Southern.

Favorite local bottle of wine?

King Family Vineyards Crozet Rose or Cab Franc. For beer, Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager.

Favorite spring picnic spot?

Pollack Vineyards

Favorite local food stop?

C&O. Or Mas. Or The Flat. Or Sweethaus, when I need a chocolate frosting fix.

Describe yourself in 5 syllables. 

Yes, I still love cake.


Darren Sweeney | Beverage and Food Writer

LonghairDHometown?

Akron, Ohio/Danville, Va.

Where do you go in Cville to think?

Do most of my thinking in my apartment

Where do you go in Cville to do anything but think?

Usually, Champion Brewing Company

Favorite local food stop?

Downtown Grill

Describe yourself in 5 syllables. 

Quiet extrovert


Sara Firestone | Music Writer

sara firestoneHometown?

Gainesville, Virginia

Where do you go in Cville to think?

On a drive anywhere

Where do you go in Cville to do anything but think?

The Jefferson

Favorite local bottle of wine?

Pippin Hill Merlot

Favorite spring picnic spot?

The Lawn

Favorite local food stop?

Bang!

Describe yourself in 5 syllables. 

Cute… but kinda weird


Raennah_childhoodRaennah Lorne | Art Writer

Hometown?

Lexington, VA

Where do you go in Cville to think?

Shenandoah Joe’s on Ivy or WriterHouse

Where do you go in Cville to do anything but think?

The Jefferson or My Chocolate Shoppe

Favorite local bottle of wine?

I’m more of a cider gal, so it’d have to be Celestial from Castle Hill.

Favorite spring picnic spot?

King Family Vineyards

Favorite local food stop?

Lemongrass

Describe yourself in 5 syllables. 

I think on paper


Shannon Gillen | Foodie and Local Events Writer

ShannongHometown?

Charlottesville, VA

Where do you go in Cville to think?

The Monticello Trail

Where do you go in Cville to do anything but think?

The Whiskey Jar for some music & bourbon

Favorite local bottle of wine?

King Family Vineyard’s Crose and Ankida Ridge’s Pinot Noir

Favorite spring picnic spot?

Pollak Vineyard

Favorite local food stop?

Now & Zen

Describe yourself in 5 syllables. 

Adventurer

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Archived Staff Members | Kelly Skeen, Elizabeth Casey, MC Saunders, Rachel Robinson, Alex Wead, Caitlin Rivas, Scott Tiernan, Rebecca Effron, Dalia Bolotnikov, Simone Egwu, Kelly Sullivan, Charlotte Lamontagne, Caroline Newman, Michelle Doty, Lauren Doerr, Alexandra Orsini, Vicki Fort, Melanie Dick, Jill Martiniuk, Kate Garber, Abby Skolits,  and Annie Wilmer

9 Responses “About Us” →

  1. Jesse Martin

    November 10, 2011

    it was great to meet your team tonight!

    Reply
  2. How can I pitch an idea for a story? I didn’t see an email address on your site? thanks!

    Reply
    • Hi Melissa,

      Our names are linked to our email addresses but good point we will also make sure to point out the actual address. We’d love to hear what your idea is, feel free to shoot us an email at editor@cvilleniche.com

      all the best!

      Reply
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