Best wardrobe pieces: Winter jacket, mittens, waterproof boots, heavy socks, turtleneck, warm hat with pompom on top, long thick scarf, cable crew sweater, flannel lined jeans, long wool or flannel skirt.

For outdoor work, add: Longjohns and/or winter insulated coveralls or bib overalls, shearling-lined leather gloves, pocket warmers.

Indoor essentials: Warm slippers, soft throws, magazines, plaid pillows, flannel jammies, soft sweats, library books, seed catalogs.

Places to go: Coffee shops, movies, aquatic center, Wonder Universe and Lily’s Playground (both at Uptown Christiansburg, formerly NRV Mall), axe throwing, bowling, arcades.

Unique ideas: With creative State Farm ads all over the NFL football games, consider taking your insurance needs for the coming year to Eric Johnsen over in Christiansburg. He’s been in the business a loooooong time, and he’s ready to help you evaluate what you need – and what you don’t need.

Check out The Lyric Theatre every week at The popcorn is tasty, and annual memberships for students, individuals and families are less than $50.

Allure Spa offers myriad personal services to lift the winter blahs. From massage and the halo infrared sauna to salt therapy and advanced skin care treatments, this is the place for a very special winter outing.


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Take your entire year’s list of birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions and even next year’s Christmas gifts to the P. Buckley Moss Gallery. Paintings and prints are abundant, along with porcelain, playing cards, ornaments and a variety of gift surprises. Imagine having all your gift shopping done before the first daffodil blooms!

Book a winter night getaway at The Oaks Victorian Inn. Re-opened last year by sharp new owners who are full-time, on-site, experienced innkeepers, it’s a glorious place to refresh a relationship or indulge in a solo winter staycation and enjoy NRV’s Victorian style, silver, lace and grace at its finest.


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