The Dude Ranch Pet Resort’s “next-generation facility” is the culmination of five years of research and consulting with pet-care professionals and dog owners. Situated on 47 acres of picturesque landscape—including fields, lakes, and forests—the resort eschews cinder blocks and chain-link fences for climate-controlled, stainless-steel villas that won’t attract mold or bacteria. At daycare, charges romp across 15,000 square feet of outdoor play yards that feature double trapdoors. Overnight guests bunk on platform beds in private suites or deluxe villas, surrounded by soothing background music and continuously filtered air. Cats, too, are welcome to rest in their own exclusive area replete with nail scratchers and catnip toys. While pets snooze, the staff remains on duty, walking the halls to ensure dogs are safe and not staying up too late telling ghost stories. The resort also offers grooming sessions and training classes that range from basic obedience to dog-show skills.
At Acrylic and Mixed Media Painting.com, artist C F Jernigan encourages students to move across mediums as they explore their artistic process. C J starts with a foundation in acrylics; from there students can choose to move onto classes that integrate elements of bas-relief, metal embossing, and decoupage. Students strive to create images defined by touch and texture as they create work that bubbles and moves up off the canvas.
Feathernesters' proprietors, Marc Goswick and Tony Turner, scour their local farmers' market for fresh produce and eggs they transform into elegant spreads that have earned praise from RVANews. Marc, an avid gardener and cook, draws on homegrown recipes handed down from his mother and grandmother to craft the tasty creations found in Feathernesters' bakery. Among these creations, the signature buttermilk pie reigns supreme, earning a mention in Richmond magazine for the care Marc takes when making each pie fresh by hand every morning.
During afternoon tea, fingers emerge from their bowling-ball hiding places to pluck sandwiches and fresh scones from a two-tiered tea tray as loose-leaf tea blends steep in personal pots, peppering the air with floral aromas. Brunch in the tearoom plays host to a smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat goodies, including baked Virginia apples with cinnamon and brown sugar, seasonal fruit, and Southern cheese grits. After meals, patrons can peruse Feathernesters’ 5,000-square-foot shop laden with vintage jewelry, handmade folk art, and hand-painted furniture arranged in displays designed by Tony. Marc and Tony also welcome parties to the tearoom, with events for all occasions from bridal and baby showers to tea parties for children aged 5–10 and child-sized cornhusk dolls.
Colorful paper projects decorate the pastel blue walls of Heaven Sent Childcare, a childcare facility that welcomes infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and schoolchildren up to the eighth grade. From 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. each day, specialists engage kids with social play and learning activities, tailoring their lessons for different age groups. To ensure the safety of each child, the center maintains a low infant-to-teacher ratio and hires staffers who are certified in CPR and first aid.
Manakin Sabot Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is overseen by the highly trained and certified gaze of Dentist Dr. Peter Murchie. The 60-minute teeth whitening process is available to restore the sheen dulled by caffeine, tobacco, and motorcycling through fields of mulberry trees, without resorting to the abrasive whitening substances offered in many dental offices. The simple, effective treatment uses the Opalescence Boost whitening system to blast away color and stains, without bothersome heat or ultraviolet rays of a cantankerous bubble machine. Instead of being hassled for the size of your canines by taking mouth molds, the Opalescence treatment uses a topical serum that is fortified with potassium nitrate and fluoride to boost cavity protection and complete the cycle of dental domination.