Waterford Art Harvest

This weekend, October 17-18, the small village of Waterford, Virginia will provide a special opportunity to step back in time and observe first-hand the rich artistic heritage and craftsmanship of this region with the Waterford Art Harvest. Waterford Arts Festival

Established in 1733 by Quakers, the little village is remarkably untouched by the hands of time, with most of its 18th and 19th century homes, barns, storefronts, and churches not only intact but continuously used and lived in.  Because of this, the entire village of Waterford is now listed as a National Historic Landmark.

Waterford Arts Festival

This year’s Art Harvest will have several stations set up within the historical buildings of the town:  The Bond Street Barn, the Corner Store, the Old School Auditorium, as well as the Heritage Farm Exhibit at the Schooley Mill Barn which celebrates Waterford’s agricultural history.

Waterford Arts Festival

The large gathering of artisans and craftspeople creating everything from paintings to pottery and quilting to woodworking is advertised as “the oldest and best-juried crafts fair in Virginia.”

Waterford Arts Festival


The Waterford Art Harvest will be held from 10:00am until 5:00pm both Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18th.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit  www.waterfordfoundation.org


Waterford Arts Festival

Heroes Caring Community

In our efforts to save our local HEROES as much money as possible (and thank them for their services), we are beginning OPEN ENROLLMENT to all business owners, services providers and companies willing to give a discount to any HERO enrolled in the Heroes Home Advantage program. caring community

If you own or work for any of the following types of companies, or know someone that does (please share this blog post!) and are willing to offer a small discount, please contact us (naomi@8thandHome.com) and be a part of our Heroes Caring Community.

• Accountants

• Alarm/Home Security Companies

• Appraisers

• Appliance Stores

• Architects

• Asbestos Mitigation

• Attorneys (General Practice, Real Estate, Family/Divorce, Wills, Trusts, Estates & Probate)

• Auto Body Shops & Repair

• Auto/Car Dealerships

• Auto Mechanics

• Baby-Sitters

• Banks (Personal & Business)

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• Builders (New Home & Improvements/Add-ons)

• Cabinet Supply & Installation

• Caterers & Party Planners

• Carpenters

• Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners

• Carpet Supply Stores

• Chimney Cleaning and inspections

• Chiropractors

• Cleaning Services

• Clean Out Companies

• Computer & Networking Servicing

• Concrete, Cement & Pavers

• Construction Contractors

• Countertop Supply & Installation

• Credit Unions

• Day Care

• Deck Construction/Repair

• Dentists

• Dermatologists

• Doctors

• Driveway Companies

• Drone Services

• Dry Cleaners

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• Dry Wall Companies

• Electricians

• Engineers (Civil & Structural)

• Estate Sale Companies

• Event & Community Centers

• Excavating Services

• Fencing Companies

• Financial Planners

• Fireplace Supply & Repair

• Flooring Companies

• Florists

• Furniture Stores

• Garage Door & Repair

• Garden & Nurseries

• Geological & Soil Testing

• Glass Shower Doors and Custom Glass Companies

• Gyms & Fitness Centers

• Hair Stylists

• Handyman Services

• Hardware Stores

• Home Inspectors

• Home Stagers

• Home Warranties

• HVAC Companies (Heating & Cooling)

• Insurance (Auto, Health, Homeowners, etc.)

• Interior Designers

• Jewelry Stores

• Landscape Stores

• Landscapers

• Lawn Care

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• Lighting Stores

• Locksmiths

• Massage Therapists

• Masonry

• Mold Inspection & Mitigation

• Mortgage Lenders

• Movers (local & national)

• Mud-Jacking Companies

• Music (DJ & party services)

• Nannies

• Notaries

• Office Machines (copiers & printers)

• Office Supply & Furniture Stores

• Optometrists

• Orthodontists

• Paint Stores

• Painter

• Pediatricians

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• Pedicure Shops

• Personal Trainers

• Pest Inspection and Control Companies

• Pet Fence Companies

• Pet Kennels

• Pet Sitters

• Photographers

• Plumbers

• Pond Companies

• Pool Contractors

• Pool Care & Supply

• Pressure Cleaning

• Printing Companies

• Property Management

• Radon Inspection & Mitigation

• Rain Gutter Installation & Repair

• Restaurants • Retail Stores

• Roofing Companies

• Senior Living Communities (Convalescent Homes & Assisted Living)

• Septic & Sewer Companies

• Siding & Stucco Contractors

• Sign & Banner Companies

• Snow Removal

• Spa & Tub Supply/Service

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• Sprinkler/Irrigation Supply/Repair

• Stock Brokers

• Storage Companies

• Structural Inspector and Company

• Surveyors

• Tax Exchange (1031 Tax Exchange Consultants/Accomodators)

• Tailors

• Tile & Grout Contractors

• Title & Escrow Companies

• Trash Disposal & Hauling Services

• Veterinarian

• Video Services

• Water Damage Remediation

• Wedding Planners

• Well Inspection & Testing Companies

• Window & Glass Supply

• Window Covering Supply & Services

• Window Cleaning

Once we hear from you with your interest, we will be in touch to obtain your logo, website and contact information so that we can feature you on our Heroes Caring Community site! THANK YOU in advance for partnering with us to save our heroes even more of their hard-earned money!

If YOU are a Veteran or active duty military, in Law Enforcement, Firefighter or First Responder, a Health Care Provider or Teacher, please contact us to find out how to register for these amazing savings.

The Soap Chef

Lucketts Virginia Summer Series 8th and Home We are excited to feature local events, business, artisans and products in the Northern Virginia area over the coming months! This post continues the series highlighting Lucketts, Virginia! We look forward to sharing more about the communities, neighborhoods and offerings in each corner of Northern Virginia.


The Soap Chef Lucketts Virginia

Meet Bruno & JoAnn Grande, the owners of The Soap Chef and residents of Lucketts, Virginia in Loudoun County! We happen to LOVE The Chef's Special (tied a close second to the Meadow Flowers with Cocoa and Shea)!  We took some time out to ask some questions of JoAnn and are excited to share her answers with you:

  1. What is the story behind The Soap Chef and how did it come to be?

The Soap Chef originated from Bruno’s passion for cooking and creating. He has always loved to cook and bake a variety of different foods. The first time he experimented with soap making was 30 years ago. That was just the spark that started The Soap Chef. We have two (adult) daughters who have allergies to certain ingredients in big brand soap, so creating something custom and natural was important to us.

  1. If the sky was the limit with your business, what do you envision happening?

We would love to eventually expand and distribute soap around the world. That’s definitely not in the near future, as we are just starting out. Right now, we have just made natural/vegan soaps available to the public, but we already have creams, sugar and salt scrubs, lip balm, and more, in the works.

The Soap Chef Lucketts Virginia

  1. Is there any recipe / technique that is intimidating for either of you?

There is a liquid soap made with two different types of lye. It’s a longer process with more complex calculations. It’s intimidating, but we are still working towards making it.

  1. What is your FAVORITE way to spend a weekend morning?

We live next door to one of our two daughters, and son-in-law. We usually take our four dogs to their house on Saturday morning for coffee. We also like to visit local farmer’s markets and antique stores.

The Soap Chef Virginia

  1. What is your go to place in the Leesburg / Lucketts area to visit, take visitors?

The Luckett’s Store; we love to bring visitors and explore what the outdoor and indoor vendors have in stock.

  1. What are your favorite ways to give back to others - whether in your community or on a larger scale?

For many years we have donated money to various charities and causes, such as: St. Jude’s, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department, animal shelters and local music and arts groups. It’s the very least we can do, and once I am retired, Bruno and I will volunteer our time somewhere local as well.


Whether for a gift or for your own home, The Soap Chef is a delightful choice and is currently available at Loudounberry Farm. Open daily from 10am-7pm and located at 42343 Spinks Ferry Road in Lucketts, Virginia. You can also find them on Facebook: The Soap Chef, give them a "like" !


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West End Farmers Market

West End Farmer's Market Alexandria With a tagline of "Your Neighborhood, Your Market" it's no wonder that the West End Farmers Market is a bustling hive of activity on Sundays from May to November! Opening May 3, 2015, Sundays in Alexandria take on a flavor of "eat well and have fun" from 8:30am - 1:00pm.

Located at the south end of Ben Brenman Park, the market offers a wide variety of farmers, bakers, cooks and artisans. We don't know about you, but the character of the Farmers Market is a huge draw, in addition to the offerings available for purchase. All food vendors are local, including three farmers, one gardener, as well as representatives from two orchards. Add to the mix gourmet cheeses from Tommy, free range meat from Lambs Quarter Farm and flowers from Billie, you're sure to find everything on your shopping list.

Have a four legged friend? Barbie has everything you need for your pups and the Beatley Library sells used books. If that isn't enough to whet your appetite and interest, bring your compost and help the City of Alexandria create dirt!

If you weren't quite in the market for food and produce, look no further than the Farmers Market for gifts, home decor, toys, clothing items and more! Read more about all of the amazing vendors by visiting their site.


You can find the West End Farmers Market folks on Facebook or Twitter!

Tour this beautiful condo just minutes from the West End Farmers Market and then pay the vendors a visit this weekend!