Entries by vaobserver

Berryville Gets Two New Pharmacies

After several months of having no pharmacy in downtown Berryville, the town will see the opening of two in December and January. Both will be pharmacies in the traditional sense: rather than operating as small grocery or general stores, each will focus on prescription services, patient care, over-the-counter medicines, and health-related products. First to open […]

Nature The Teacher At Oak Hart Farm

by Annie Young When is a farm more than a farm? When it’s a classroom! At  Oak Hart Farm the fields, hoop houses, kitchens, and streams are all places where learning happens. “Let nature be your teacher” is their mission. The whole family brings the philosophy into everything they do at the farm. Shawna Hartsook, […]

Ennobling Energy Of The Fire House

In the three short years since the Fire House Gallery opened in the old fire house on Berryville’s Main Street, the gallery has already become a vital arts and economic engine that many people can’t imagine life without. This meteoric rise from neat idea to regionally known craft and art space might surprise some people, […]

Keep Your Pet’s Christmas Merry

It’s holiday time. Pine trees, twinkling lights, shiny ornaments, brightly wrapped packages. And vomiting cats, obstructed dogs . . . Oh my! There are always unsuspected dangers around the house, but especially during the holidays. Tinsel, garland, ribbon. These are dangerous to both dogs and cats. Eating enough of any of these objects can cause […]

En Garde!

by Claire Stuart As a child, David Copeland was fascinated by the swordplay in Three Musketeers and the light sabers in Star Wars. He did not outgrow his enthusiasm. He has been fencing for about 20 years, first competitively, and for 15 years as a fencing teacher and coach. He and his family live in […]

Buying Local Is Good For You

by David Lillard There are two hardware stores nearby. One is a big name-brand store that has everything I need, often at lower prices, open seven days a week. The other has hours — they close at noon on Saturdays — and prices are a little higher. They don’t have nearly the same selection either. […]

A Safe Holiday For Pets

It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You have the day off and you are planning to hit the sales.  You wake up bright and early, walk into the kitchen and turn on the light. All around you is trash. Yesterday’s turkey carcass is in pieces and you notice that most of the bones are missing.  There […]

Business Briefs

Fair Trade Gift Shop opens in Berryville My Neighbor and Me, a new Fair Trade gift shop in Berryville, opened its doors in September at 317 First Street (Boom Road) in Berryville across from the old box factory and down the street from the Opus Oaks art studio. Nestled in the enclosed porch of Christina […]

Cauldron, Currents, and Kites

by David Lillard They started out simply to make a movie. They may have invented a new way to use film, video, and the internet to help conservation groups collaborate and spread their messages wider than ever before. The Downstream Project got rolling when two Clarke County residents, longtime conservation advocate George Ohrstrom and documentary […]