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.
Aveda Institute–trained stylist Jesse Rone turns everyday hairdos into wearable masterpieces with smoothing keratin treatments, eye-catching highlights, and summery, natural-looking ombre coloring. The accomplished hair artisan goes to great lengths to surround each visitor in a relaxing cocoon of luxury, working away stresses with soothing complimentary scalp massages, and inducing naptime with cozy warm towels.
The staff at Layers Bed Company believe that a good night’s sleep shouldn’t be a rare occurrence. To make sure their customers sleep well every night of the year, they stock only high-quality mattresses, linens, bedding, and pillows. Handmade to order in Virginia, the mattresses custom layer springs, memory foam, and latex to quicken the journey into the Land of Nod. The layers also work and breathe together to combat dust mites, promote orthopedic comfort, and avoid mustiness. Four degrees of firmness—from plush to firm—can also be layered within a single mattress, which is helpful when one spouse wants to sleep and the other wants to dream-wrestle a polar bear.
Before customers fall asleep on the store’s display beds, the staff demonstrates the luxurious comfort of a down pillow and linens by designers such as DKNY, Matouk, and Sferra. Cashmere throws and down comforters warm sleepers through spring, summer, autumn, winter, and baseball. :m]]
Ashwood Gardens & Nursery is a family-owned-and-operated business offering a vast array of annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. The majority of plants offered are raised and educated on Ashwood’s 2-acre, park-like land. Browse the greenhouse’s tropical plants, annuals, herbs, and beautiful hanging baskets, or stroll among 25,000 square feet of beds of shrubs and trees in the nursery section. Put your Groupon toward a flowering plant such as a 10-inch petunia basket ($15.99), a 3-gallon rhododendron ($32.99), or a 14-inch geranium tub ($34.99). Purchase an empty 14-inch ceramic pot to start your own planter or carnival beanbag toss game ($31.99). Ashwood Gardens & Nursery’s knowledgeable staff will help with questions about care, landscaping, and design.
Ashland Ace Hardware stocks its shelves with a wide variety of products to improve automobiles and abodes. A liquid rainbow of Benjamin Moore paints coats interiors, exteriors, and neighbor's cars with hues expertly blended in-store. Customers tidy up homes with eco-friendly Mrs. Meyers cleaning products, and accommodate extra dinner guests with Living Accents folding chairs ($12.99 each). The shop also stocks holiday accessories such as 100-count strings of LED, icicle, or heavy-duty lights in addition to thousands of other essentials.