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.
Upon entering Petite Pet Inn & Spa, guests can't help but think, "These dogs think they're people!" as the staff lavishes pups with full manicures and relaxing hydromassages. When owners drop off their furry friends, they can rest assured that they are enjoying a resort experience, whether they're staying for the day or overnight. Only dogs on the smaller side of the canine spectrum are allowed inside this posh yet homey environment, which the staffers scour with a chemical-free, hypoallergenic cleaning process imported from Milan, Italy. The lounge is packed with comfortable chairs and an antique piano, where dogs can watch staffers tickle the ivories and then jealously growl at the ivories. In the spa's spacious, fenced-in backyard, tail waggers can caper about during supervised play sessions, chewing toys and racing through an accordion-like tunnel.
After pooches play, groomers set to work cleansing coats before drying them with Snyder pet dryers, which evaporate water with a stress-reducing warm breeze. In addition to play time and pampering, canines can head to the spa for obedience training and socialization immersion, developing good manners for playing at the park or attending the next charity gala.
The family owned and operated Old Dominion Cleaners expertly cleans the stains and smells from duds such as dress shirts and skirts and home linens such as towels and tablecloths. The outfit also makes an effort to fit seamlessly into hectic schedules, with free pickup and delivery of the clean duds.
Sterling Art & Frame's framers each have decades of industry experience and are well versed in protecting clients' paintings and photos with museum-caliber glass and a wide selection of frames. For those in need of something to frame, onsite painting workshops allow guests to explore their own creativity. Outside of art and framing, the shop also sells custom mirrors made using a silvering technique developed in 19th-century Germany.
Inside Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s sprawling warehouses and showrooms, friendly staffers stock plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories. Expert designers craft these dwelling fillers, testing raw materials' durability and basic arithmetic skills before transforming them into classy furniture items that mesh with any decorating style. They build many tables and chairs to meet eco-friendly business standards, using recycled engineered wood to reduce landfill waste and slow down deforestation. Ashley also stocks nonwood items, including a selection of state-of-the-art body-cushioning mattresses from brands such as Sealy and Simmons.
For an additional charge, Ashley Furniture HomeStore transports its furniture using its own fleet of semi trucks and fighter planes, which ensure that comfortable couches and slick dining-room tables are never damaged and always fresh smelling. Each location is locally owned and operated, meaning staffers are friendly residents who know which couches best complement regional design trends and indoor weather patterns.
Catering by Jill, a full-service catering company, supplies dishes for events ranging from picnics to elegant black tie affairs. In addition to planning events, consulting for bridal menus, or answering questions about the biggest sandwich ever made, the caterers design menus tailored to specific requests. Hot lunch menus feed hardworking film crews, and picnic menus serve up traditional hamburgers, slaws, and potato salads. Catering by Jill also equips events with items such as glass plates, flatware, linen napkins, or inflatable gravy rafts at no additional charge.