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.
Summer Classics was founded in 1973 as a manufacturer of plastic umbrella bases. After the breezy craze of umbrella disco died out, the company branched out into designing and building its own line of home furnishings. Summer Classics produces high-quality products that are largely customizable via a variety of color and fabric options. Its large inventory selection includes posterior-supporting Palm collection side chairs ($477 each for frame, cushions $83–$168), and piña-colada-supporting Ocean Grande collection end tables ($496). No back porch is complete without a sturdy armchair in which to read the daily paper and lecture your sprinkler system, such as the Plaza collection arm chair ($379 for frame, cushions $70–$140). Cushion a planned fall with a set of Aqua collection large throw pillows ($97–$196 each), or opt for a smaller decorative throw in a color such as mango or blue bell ($107–$252 each). The friendly and helpful staff at Summer Classics is on hand to answer any questions you may have about fabric trims or weather patterns.
Bed sets, sofas, and barstools populate the showroom at Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace, set up in arrangements of household rooms. In addition to carrying luxury furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and personal aircraft carriers, Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace specializes in building custom pieces to accommodate room measurements and the creative visions of clients. With more than 300 fabric, color, and leather options, customers can match existing room decor or draw attention away from evidence left from hosting a weekly food-fight club.
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.
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.