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Monthly Archives : April 2016

Fun & clever live plant solution for thin horizontal spaces – Part One

One of my goals this year is to make my living/family room area a soul space. This is a small room with two doors, an open entryway to the kitchen and two low windows on each of the longer walls. The most visible spaces for decorative touches are long, narrow…

7 no-cost small business tips to help you stand out from the crowd

It’s been an interesting experience searching for vendors in a new city. I’m mostly focused on creating a local support team for copy writing/marketing company needs as this is my primary income, but keep my eyes open on the produce side too. Early priorities have included computer support, graphic design…

The Donut – what is it Wednesday?

If you ask someone in Roanoke about County or City limits, you’re likely to hear the term donut (or doughnut) pretty quickly. Roanoke City is not in Roanoke County. Instead, it’s surrounded by it. This takes a bit of getting used to if you hail, well, from most any other…

Grandin Market starts this Saturday – come see Halcyon Acres there

Spring has sprung. The growing season is producing earlier than what I’m used to with harvests of delightful young radishes, baby spinach, herbs and strawberries already gracing my plate. Incredibly, the Grandin Market goes into full swing this coming Saturday, April 30th from 8 a.m. – noon. While herb planters…

Local artists create while you watch

The Monster Art Rally is a brilliant idea. Held at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA, it’s an interactive event that invites the public to witness the creative process. Dozens of artists converge in the atrium of the building during two one-hour sessions. All work done during this…

Painting for a pick-me-up

There are jobs best delegated to contractors. While waiting (and waiting) for selected providers to show up for the big problems, I decided painting was a little thing I could do to dramatically improve my mood. Whether your aim is to brighten a room, create a feel, change a decor…

Getting legal with a business in Roanoke County

Landing in Virginia marked the first time I tried to transfer a business from one state to another (a NYS LLC and DBAs). I felt dumb about the things that challenged me with this process, so hope to help you avoid some of the mistakes I made. Licensing was a…

Virginia ABC – What is it Wednesday?

Soon after my Virginia transplant, I was looking for sherry. It’s a cuisine ingredient I enjoy, particularly with soups. After lots of time looking for it in the usual places – even grocery stores for the “cooking” variety (so not the same), I discovered the State controls all liquor sales….

3 easy edible spring harvest perennial delights

This year is going to be a bit of an experiment as what works in the Northeast may shirk from the heat several USDA Hardiness Zones away in Roanoke. One thing is for sure – I’m loving spring with outdoor harvests already happening earlier than I’m used to preparing for…

Roanoke Down by Downtown Music Festival

Saturday, I headed to downtown Roanoke with two aims – to check out the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the Taubman Museum of Art and to find Elmwood Park for free live music enjoyment. The Normal Rockwell viewing didn’t happen. I was amazed to discover museum admission was free for all…


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