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Friday, November 18th, 2022

Enter the Holidays through the Front Door

You know what they say, “when one door closes … go ahead and decorate it!” (They do say that, right?) At the pinnacle of symbolism, a door is a passageway, a transition threshold, where visitors leave one place, both emotional and physical, for another place. A door’s purpose is a balance of both welcoming friends

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

Fusion of Luxury and Function . . . with Dazzling Holiday Décor

Roya Gharavi had many advantages when designing her Blacksburg house. She and husband Floyd Merryman both embraced a mountain contemporary design which utilizes natural materials and capitalizes on large windows and beautiful views. “It made it easy...

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

Time to Dance . . . holiday classic graces NRV stages

Famous for its whimsical take on one girl’s dream, “The Nutcracker” ballet, in all its glitter snow and sugar plum glory, was first performed in December of 1892 in Russia. At the heart of the narrative, it...

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

Hot Rod Santa

When kids ask the Hot Rod Santa “Where is your sleigh?” and “Where is Rudolph?”, he looks around and responds: “They are still in the North Pole because there’s no snow here yet.” This seems satisfactory to...

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

One Glass Bubble

Parker Stafford was 12 years old when he remembers first being impressed by glass. He had traveled to England with his grandparents and was awestruck by stained glass windows. After graduating from high school in Floyd County,...

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

Sport with a Bit of an Edge

At a party back in my 20s in Boulder, Colorado, I could make a rum-and-Coke-over-ice or one can of Coors beer last several hours. That might make me the only sober person in attendance. At one house,...

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Friday, November 18th, 2022

Floyd County chocolatiers behind the charming “Cocoa Mia”

Cocoa Mia owners Grayson and Jennifer Rudd are bringing the fanciest floral flavors to downtown Floyd. The chocolatiers have created an aromatic ambiance where new patrons are greeted with decadent samples of their knock-your-socks-off hot cocoa and...

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Friday, September 23rd, 2022

Approaching Art . . . Like an Athlete

Hani Naji spends most all his mornings into the afternoon drawing at Mill Mt. Coffee & Tea in Blacksburg. His seat of preference is a far back corner wood bar stool at the left-side tip of the...

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Friday, September 23rd, 2022

“Geared Up”

Have you ever had that nightmare where you’re back in grade school, and it’s the day of the big game, and you show up to the field without your mouth guard? Or you forgot your cleats? Or...

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Friday, September 23rd, 2022

VT Men’s Soccer Head Coach ~ Mike Brizendine

There’s an old joke that says watching soccer is like watching grass grow, except with soccer players in the way. The real joke is the absurdity of that statement because soccer – known as football everywhere outside...

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