Michael Glatter has appraised fitness from many different perspectives—as an athlete on a wrestling team, as a competitor in power-lifting meets, as an Applied Health Science student in a college classroom, and as a personal trainer. He brings his extensive athletic experience to Glatter Fitness, pulling from his knowledge of kinesiology and expertise in various training methods to craft workouts designed to slim physiques and tone muscles. His constantly varied boot-camp workouts are packed with strength-training and cardiovascular exercises such as kettlebell swings, lunges, and mountain-climbers.
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.
VA Shirt Shop's services make it easy to wear your heart on your sleeve. Customers begin by choosing an article of clothing, such as a T-shirt or hoodie, then launch the shop's digital design tool. Acting as their own designer, they can decorate their apparel with custom sayings or images downloaded from their email, social-media accounts, phone, or photographic memory. Professional graphic-design services can also be used to create a company logo or customize uniforms for athletic teams, and VA Shirt Shop's own team can capably handle large orders ranging from a dozen T-shirts to 1,000 or more.
James Reynolds leads the team of experienced firearms instructors at Proactive Shooters. He brings 12 years of law-enforcement experience into the classroom at his training facility. For live-fire training, James and his team travel to local indoor and outdoor ranges. Here, they lead courses such as Defensive Handgun I and cater the training to all skill levels. Aside from firearms training, Proactive Shooters hosts self-defense classes, including the NRA's Refuse To Be A Victim class.
At Purple Petals, massage therapists take their time to pamper clients, performing fluid Swedish massages or therapeutic treatments that alternate light and deep pressure. Reflexology sessions work to treat ailments through precise pressure on the feet, and deep tissue massages use slow, firm pressure to relieve stubborn aches.
Suenaka-Ha Aikido is an effective martial art for self-defense, it also offers a positive philosophy that includes the concept of unification of mind and body. Many of the things you learn on the mat will also enhance activities in your daily life. The techniques of Aikido include a focus on taking your opponents balance an