Farmers Market in Lucketts

Each spring, locals in Lucketts rejoice and delight as the season begins for Farmers Markets in Lucketts! Recently opened, the multiple farmers markets in the Lucketts area offer bountiful and diverse offerings.

Farmers Market Lucketts
Photo Credit: Veeterzy

No matter what you’re in the “market” for, the Farmers Markets in Lucketts have you covered!

Farmers Markets in Lucketts

Brossman's Farm Stand

14740 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg VA
(703) 777-4432
Hours: 9AM-7PM
Brossman’s is a family-owned farm located on Route 15 outside Leesburg, Virginia. Open for business since 2005, the farm stand continues to expand and increase their offerings. From produce to garden plants, ice cream, fresh eggs and more, Brossman's also offers Jules' BBQ on the weekends, Christmas trees in the winter and more!

Farmer Johns

15520 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 771-8982
Hours: 8AM - 8:30PM
At Farmer John's, daily picking ensures that you are purchasing the very freshest produce available. Famous for their sweet corn, tree ripened peaches, vine ripened tomatoes and Sugar Baby watermelons - but don't miss their hot peppers and delicious pies!

Loudounberry Farm & Garden

14917 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 772-8104
Hours: 9AM - 6PM
At Brossman's, another true family-run farm, you'll find locally sourced goodness (jams, artisans items (soaps, hand turned spoons and candles), potato chips, honey and more) as well as fresh quail eggs, milk, garden supplies, fresh flowers and more!

Perhaps you’re also “in the market” for a new home! This gorgeous Sunnyside farm is located at 13717 James Monroe Hwy in Lucketts (Leesburg) is just around the corner from all of the Farmers Market locations in Lucketts! Sunnyside Farm — once featured as the Washington Post Home of the Week — has 25 acres overlooking Sugarloaf Mountain and combines the best of history with modern upgrades. With five bedrooms and three baths, the 4,700-square-foot home has a traditional fenced back yard, lush gardens, a lovely patio and wood porches. The completely renovated kitchen features granite countertops, upgraded appliances, and a custom made heart pine island with seating. The Family Room was originally a log cabin, and its working fireplace and custom designed bookcases make it a warm and welcoming space. Highlights of the property include a 1850s bank barn with water and electric, detached garage (water, electric and work area), historic blacksmith shop, 3 stall run-in shed with a tack room, a carriage shed, and a chicken house.



For more information about this amazing 5 bedroom, 3 bath farmhouse and 25 acre property just North of Leesburg in Lucketts, learn more about its offerings on the property website for 13717 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg VA or call/text Naomi Hattaway at 571-482-7356.

Brambleton Restaurants

If you haven't yet checked out the Brambleton restaurants, now is the time! The weather is turning nicer by the day, and many of our top favorites have outdoor seating! Photo Credit: Asian Spice Cafe

ASIAN SPICE CAFE, 42395 Ryan Road, Brambleton (703-327-2525)

CALIFORNIA TORTILLA, 42385 Ryan Road, Brambleton (703-542-8822)

FROOTS, 42395 Ryan Road, Brambleton (703-327-7901)

MY THAI PLACE, 42385 Ryan Road, Brambleton (703-327-5900)

PAPA TONY'S TRATTORIA, 22855 Brambleton Plaza, Brambleton (703-327-8600)

PEET'S COFFEE & TEA, 42385 Ryan Road, Brambleton (703-722-6125)

Wish you could live somewhere close enough to WALK to the Brambleton Town Center?
Check out our latest listing at 42523 Magellan Square :

Vino 9

Vino 9 Market Logo  

At the corner of Clarke's Gap Road and Charles Town Pike in Paeonian Springs, sits Vino 9 Market. With an amazing selection of craft and specialty beers and a super large selection of wine, this is a great one-stop shop when you're in the area! With local foods, snacks, vintage sodas and an Ariston Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Station, where you can purchase and refill your bottles. It doesn't stop there. They also have fantastic award winning pulled pork bbq and a full menu!

Photo Credit: Vino 9

You can pick up to-go, or enjoy a beer, cold drink or a bite to eat on their outdoor enclosed patio. With the WO & D bike trail only a block away, Vino 9 makes a fantastic rest stop on your journey. On the weekends, local music and entertainment grace the makeshift stage and you can often see not only bicyclists on the W & OD Trail but bikers (motorcycles) and folks stopping in on their wine tastings or antique shopping tours!

We happen to love Paeonian Springs and not just because of Vino 9. Check out our newest listing at 16999 Highland Circle, an amazing historic home just around the corner from Vino 9 Market:


To learn more about this amazing home, see photos or to schedule a showing please visit: 16999 Highland Circle | 8th & Home


Northern Virginia Holiday Lights 2015

Christmas light display Leesburg Is the lack of snow dampering your excitement for the season?  Is the unseasonably warm weather messing with your Ho-Ho-Holiday spirit?

Take some time this weekend to go out and see some lights in the Northern Virginia area! Get in the mood with some holiday tunes and go see the holiday lights display around town!

Lucketts Fire Station Santa

Some of our favorite:

Fairfax Christmas Lights ... or take a drive to the home near the junction of Elm Tree Lane and E. Juniper Avenue in Sterling (turn your radio station to 106.5fm to hear the accompanying music!)

The Bull Run Festival of Lights is another popular destination and the same home that got major attention at Halloween has done it up again for Christmas in Edwards Landing (visit the link for information on donations and hours of display)!

Legacy Park in Brambleton is another home run hit for beautiful lights and word on the street is that you also can't go wrong with the Purcellville Trolley Tours!

If you're in my neck of the woods in Lucketts, check out the beautiful home on Eagles Rest in Village Green, many homes in the Glynn Tara neighborhood and there is some fierce competition in the Town of Lovettsville amongst neighbors! Visit their website for the winning homes!  Pssst.  Eisentown Loop (part of Eisentown Drive) won the "BEST STREET award!

Our wishes to you and your loved ones for a magical holiday season!

Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery

Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery A craft that began thousands of years ago simply as a functional way to store food and water, pottery quickly became a true art form in all of the major civilizations of the ancient world.  The tradition continues to this day right here in our own community with local potter Shawn M. Grove.

Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery

Nestled in the woods on the outskirts of the Village of Lucketts is where you will find the large wood-fired kiln, workshop, and gallery of local potter Shawn Grove, just behind his centuries-old farmhouse that he shares with his wife, Rebecca, and children.

“I came out here to be a part of this community. Historically, potters settled in a town and became the local potter.”

Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery

A local high school art teacher by day, Shawn first began gravitating towards pottery during his college years.  Specifically, pottery provides “a little celebration that people can interact with,” Shawn explains.  He also enjoys the use of raw natural elements to create his art:  Earth, water, wind and fire.

Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery

Shawn has studied the history, styles and techniques of pottery from different cultural origins, providing a heavy influence in his own works from England, Germany, Korea, and Japan.  This is one of the reasons Shawn’s style of pottery is more traditional and organic in nature.  No electric or gas-fired kilns are used.  Instead, Shawn built a large, traditional brick, wood-fired kiln in his backyard with the help of his friend Brian Mattrow beginning back in 2002.

Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery

Shawn’s production process is done in two stages, seasonally:  First is the actual “throwing” or “turning” of the pots.  This is where the raw clay is sculpted on a potter’s wheel and then set aside to air dry.  Different types of glazes can be added, too.  Shawn usually spends the winter and summer months in this phase—turning the pottery and stock piling them for the second stage which is “firing.”

Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery

The firing process is done usually only two times a year, sometimes three, due to the large amount of time that it takes—about 36 hours!  Shawn typically holds a firing in his kiln in the spring and autumn, firing all of the pieces that he has “turned” during the previous season.

A firing starts early in the morning on a Saturday and usually ends mid-afternoon on a Sunday.  Shawn enlists the aid of his friends or other local potters.  First, the wood-fired kiln must be pre-heated for 10 hours.  The kiln, packed full with around 180 pieces of pottery, is closed off by bricks and allowed to sit for many hours with temperatures sometimes getting as high as 2,500 degrees.  Finally, the pottery sits inside the kiln to cool down for about a day and a half.

Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery

Shawn invites you to visit his studio and gallery open this weekend, December 12th and 13th, located at 41718 Browns Farm Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176, or you may call for an appointment:  703-477-7021.

Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery

Shawn’s works are also displayed and available for sale locally at the Waterford Corner Store in the Village of Waterford.  Says Shawn, “That’s a good fit.  The money they make goes straight to the Waterford Foundation,” which helps to preserve the village, registered as a National Historic Landmark.

Hope Farm Holiday Festival

Holiday Festival Hope Farm  

Hope Farm was purchased by Holly and Evan Chapple, long time Loudoun County residents, just this summer, and they have put a massive amount of love, effort and energy into preparing it for the public. This weekend is the time we've all been waiting for! Visit the manor house (built in the 1820s!), stone carriage house and the main barn during the amazing Holiday Festival December 5th & 6th, 2015!

Hope Farm Holiday Festival 2015

On display will be will be kissing balls, garlands, wreaths, centerpieces, mantle pieces, candles, lotion, ornaments and fabulous vendors. The lights have been hung and a massive 14 foot tree will be on display as well! 

Hope Farm will be joined by Fabbioli Cellars, Shawn Grove Wood Fired Pottery, K and S Pewter, Savoir Fare food truck, Jumbo Bottom Barrel furniture, jewelry and so much more.

Located just a few miles from where Holly resides in Lucketts with her family, Hope Farm is steeped in history and was once a working dairy farm. With a desire to expand her business, Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Holly set on a course to find the perfect property for her new venture, with a mind towards creating a business to provide education, teaching and mentoring to fellow floral designers. Her dreams do not stop there, however and she envisions Hope Farm as being a sought after location for retreats, well known for their seasonal festivals as well as becoming a recognized destination for the creatives in Loudoun County to increase their impact and opportunities with workshops, shoots, farm-to-table dinners and more.

Hope Farm also provides flower therapy classes to the greater community and in honor of Holly's seven children, 7% of all proceeds from those classes are used to offer scholarship classes for seniors and troubled youth.


Business Spotlight: Comfenergy

  Comfenergy Logo

This week's business spotlight is on Comfenergy, a business co-owned by Justin Dobson. Justin recently won "Entrepreneur of the Year" from the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and we wanted to provide more information about Comfenergy to you!

What led you to create Comfenergy?

I started Comfenergy 4 years ago because there was a missing need in the HVAC/Comfort industry.  What people don't realize is there is more to home comfort than HVAC alone.  I owned a family HVAC business (still in operation today) and we kept having homeowners complain about comfort issues that could not be solved with HVAC.  The issues also involved duct work and/or insulation and air leakage issues.  Take a look at the "Comfort Triangle" image to show what I mean.

Comfort Triangle Comfenergy

What do you wish most homeowners knew about their home's efficiency (or lack thereof).

That HVAC makes hot air or cold air. That's it!!!  Nothing more, and nothing less.  So, if they have no AC or heat they need to call an HVAC company to make it work again.  BUT, if the AC or heating is working and they have any other comfort or energy complaint under the sun, they need to call a home performance contractor like Comfenergy to diagnose the problem and provide the solution.  I also wish homeowners wouldn't "self diagnose" the solution.  You wouldn't tell a doctor how to fix your painful elbow.  You would tell the doctor that your elbow hurts, and they would perform tests to determine how to fix that painful elbow.

Comfenergy Leaky Home Diagram

What is your 30 second elevator pitch to best explain Comfenergy's services to someone who has never heard about it previously?

Comfenergy is the leading home performance contractor in Northern VA. We concentrate on solving problems in your home like hot/cold spots, drafty areas, high/low humidity, cold floors, and hundreds of other issues. If your HVAC equipment is working and you have other complaints, call Comfenergy for a free in home diagnostic evaluation to determine why the issue exists, and what to do to fix it.

Why are you proud of being a Loudoun County business owner (and Chamber Member!)?

There are not many places in this country that have an economy like Loudoun County.  We shop local and support each other.  I have made a tremendous number of working relationships with other local business owners and we are all very willing to help each other out in any way.  It's a very unique place to live and work!

What are some of your favorite fellow Chamber Member's businesses in Loudoun County that you love to support?

I have tons of fellow Loudoun County businesses that we support.  From restaurants, home service businesses, non-profits, retail, farmers markets, and wineries to give a few examples.  There is really no need to leave Loudoun County to support a business....we have it all right here in our back yard!

Justin Dobson ComfenergyIf you had a Saturday morning with no obligations, how would you spend it in Loudoun County?

I would most likely sleep in a little.  Then, get up and work in the yard mowing, cutting wood, clearing fallen trees and branches.  Maybe in the afternoon go to a restaurant or winery and relax.


For more information on Comfenergy or to schedule your free no-obligation assessment of your home's energy audit, visit their website or call 1-844-478-4534.

Happy Hound in Lansdowne

One of the many benefits of living in the Lansdowne community is the close proximity, in many cases walking distance, to groceries, banking, a major pharmacy, boutique stores, salon services, home furnishings, and a variety of restaurants—all found at the Lansdowne Town Center.  And this benefit doesn’t just apply to humans, but mankind’s best friend as well! Happy Hound Lansdowne

Meet Ross Wujkowski, the co-owner and operator along with his wife, Laura, of Happy Hound, “the Dog Lifestyle Company.”

Ross and Laura Wujkowski Happy Hound Lansdowne

Happy Hound is the one-stop shop for everything dog-related, but make no mistake, this is NOT your average, generic big-brand pet store.

Happy Hound Lansdowne

Happy Hound is a locally-owned mom-and-pop business that prides itself in providing carefully selected grooming products, high-quality dog foods, and hand picked specialty toys.

In addition, there are two self-serve dog washing stations that beat the competition with their privacy and large size.  Each station able to accommodate two dogs at the same time.

Happy Hound Lansdowne

Ross explains that Happy Hound wants to be more than just another dog owner’s supply store.  Happy Hound strives to become a “community center” for dogs and the humans that love them.

“People think of their dog as a member of the family,” says Ross, and just like any family member, “they want to offer their dog a good healthy diet, not fast food, and good quality healthcare.”

Happy Hound Lansdowne

“If someone is new to the area and wants to find out about a good vet, walking services, or boarding, we can give them all kinds of recommendations.  Or if they just want to know about a good trail to hike with their dog, we can give some good ideas, too.”

Happy Hound Lansdowne

Happy Hound proudly sponsors regular charity events supporting local  animal shelters or Rescue organizations, usually around holidays, such as their “Santa Paws” event or their Valentine’s Day “Smooch a Pooch” event, featuring a photo booth where donors can have their picture being kissed by a very friendly English Bulldog!

Happy Hound Lansdowne

For more information, visit, or pay a visit to  Happy Hound with your canine family member at the Lansdowne Town Center.

Monday  CLOSED Tuesday-Friday  10am -  8pm Saturday  10am - 7pm Sunday  12pm - 5pm

Lansdowne Town Center 19352 Promenade Drive Lansdowne, VA 20176 571-333-2171

Trinity House Cafe

One of our favorite places in Leesburg, Virginia is the Trinity House Cafe! If you need a spot for networking, coworking, a great coffee, awesome lunch, live music on the weekends or even a happy hour glass of wine, Trinity House Cafe is YOUR place to be! We caught up recently with Ever Johnson, the owner of Trinity House Cafe and asked for a quick Q&A about how the business came to be!


What is the "behind the scenes" story about how Trinity House Cafe came to be?

My husband and I started a non-profit called the John Paul II Fellowship in 2006. Our mission is to renew community and culture. We did lots of events in parish halls, but really wanted to be in public. So, we came up with this idea of a café – my family was in the restaurant business.

Trinity House Cafe logo


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

I would love to see a national network of Trinity Houses, but now that I know how hard it is to run one, it is hard to imagine!


You run some amazing workshops at Trinity House Cafe. What motivates you to create and share these workshops?

Our common culture is made up of consumerism and superficial entertainment. We would love to see people return to more creative pursuits – crafts, fine arts, music, gardening, cooking – as a way to spend their leisure time. So, our workshops are designed to encourage that creativity as we try to renew our culture.


What is your go to place in the Leesburg area to visit, or tell others about?

I love historic homes, so maybe Oatlands or Morven Park.

Trinity House Cafe

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

Trinity House Cafe is a non-profit, and it is definitely my favorite way to give back! I encounter every kind of need imaginable there, so there’s always an opportunity to serve. I’m also a mom of five young kids, so trying to raise them right is a way to give back too.


What has been your biggest surprise as you've developed the Trinity House Cafe business?

I often used to think I was at my limits with raising five kids. I’m surprised that I can also work a full-time job and not die from exhaustion. I am definitely unsustainably busy, but it is surprising what moms can endure when they feel called!


What is your favorite item on the menu?

Oh, I have so many favorites! I love the Don Bosco, a tea latte. And I love the smoked salmon bagel, the curried chicken salad, and the beets and goat cheese salad to name a few.

Trinity House Cafe

What motivates you and the rest of the Trinity House Cafe team?

We are motivated by the great need we see for community and culture that accords with human dignity. People deserve that!


For more information about Trinity House Cafe, visit their website OR stop in and sit a spell!  P.S. Email us for some secret tips on parking locations when you visit!

101 East Market Street

Leesburg, VA 20176



Sun-Mon: 8-4; Tue-Sat: 8-9

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 ( 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)

Heroes Home Advantage Teacher

• 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

Heroes Home Advantage Firefighter

• 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

Heroes Home Advantage Law Enforcement

• 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

Heroes Home Advantage Health Care

• 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

Heroes Home Advantage Military

• 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.

Expressive Photography Workshops with Julie Fischer McCarter

Meet Julie Fischer McCarter!  A Lucketts, Virginia resident, she is the founder and owner of two businesses that happen to blend well together- she is a licensed therapist and a professional photographer. We asked her to join us for a Q&A and allow you to learn more about her businesses and get to know her a bit better. Julie Fischer McCarter, Shoot Photo Inc., Photo Credit: Heather Chesky

Tell us a bit about your work and your clients: 

As a licensed therapist in private practice (Julie McCarter, LLC), I specialize in helping clients with mood disorders and addiction live fuller and more balanced lives. In my practice, I incorporate with use of therapeutic photography; which is a way to use photography to aid in the healing process.

As a portrait photographer with Shoot Photo Inc., I work with corporate clients and families to create images that beautifully tell their story and capture their unique personalities. My skills as a therapist come in handy here, as it really helps me put people at ease in front of the camera.

How did you get started?

I studied fine art photography at The Academy of Art in San Francisco, but I never thought I’d go into business as a portrait photographer. It’s not until I started photographing my newborn niece (13 years ago),that I fell in love with photographing people. I’ve been shooting portraits ever since. Of course, I still exercise my fine art photography skills by capturing the natural beauty of Loudoun County with my camera. The portfolio I am currently working on is my own emotional expression while practicing presence and mindfulness with Mother Nature.

Julie Fischer McCarter, Shoot Photo Inc.

If the sky were the limit in what you see your business doing, what would that be? 

I teach expressive photography workshops for teens and adults, in which I offer a simple method of photography that can be used as a tool for health, healing and emotional balance. If the sky were the limit, expressive photography would be a daily practice for the masses. I would like everyone to experience the joy, peace and creativity that is so readily available with just a cell phone camera.

What events do you have upcoming to tell our readers about?

My two upcoming workshops are: Girl Vision: A workshop designed just for teens ages 13-17, using photography to explore topics of self-acceptance and empowerment (September 20th).

Girl Vision Julie Fischer McCarter

Expressive Photography and Mindfulness: A workshop for adults to expand their creativity, develop personal insight and practice mindfulness skills (September 27th).

Expressive Photography Workshop Julie Fischer McCarter


What has been your biggest surprise?

My biggest surprise has been how hungry people are for creative expression in their lives and how creative we ALL ARE when given the opportunity to express ourselves.

What is your FAVORITE thing to shoot?

My favorite subject to shoot these days are entrepreneurs who want to change the world. I love that they have such unique vision for their businesses and they have incredible passion which is just really fun to capture with a camera.

What is your favorite way to spend a weekend morning?

My favorite way to spend a weekend morning is a late start to the day with my husband, cooking a healthy breakfast with delicious food from our garden.

Where is your favorite spot in Loudoun County?

My husband and I love the easy access hiking trails at Balls Bluff Regional Park. We take Charlie, our golden retriever, for a dip in the creek and make some time there for exercise and meditation. Shhhh…don’t tell anyone, but we actually got lost once for about a hour (which is hard to do) with no cell phone and no trail guide.

How do you give back to others?

My favorite way to give back to others is by using my skills as a photographer to cover events & portraits for non-profits. I was honored last year to photograph the cast headshots and the live show for This is My Brave (An annual performance that aims to reduce mental health stigma by showcasing true personal stories through poetry, essay and song). I often work with local non-profits that don’t have the budget for photographers, but could benefit greatly from images that showcase their amazing work with others.

This is My Brave Julie Fischer McCarter, Shoot Photo Inc.

What motivates you?

I am motivated by my desire to help others shine their own light in this world, both while in front of my camera or in my therapy practice. I believe fundamentally that we each have all that we’ll ever need to thrive inside of us – and it is both through connection with others or our higher self where this is revealed.


To learn more about Julie and her businesses, or to stay up to date on her workshop offerings, feel free to join her mailing list!

Julie Fischer McCarter, Shoot Photo Inc.

Lucketts Fair 2015 Artisans and Vendors

  Lucketts Virginia Summer Series 8th and Home

It is almost time to wrap up our Lucketts Summer Series! This next post is a doozy, filled with some of our FAVORITE vendors and artisans who will be showcasing their talent at this weekend's Lucketts Fair! Will you be there? Stop by and say hello! Some members of our team will be at the Lucketts Elementary PTA Booth selling some AMAZING hand churned ice cream!


I am sea glass jewelry Talula Bea

Talula Bea Designs, Laurien Dowdy (read our post about her amazing creations) is the creator of unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, and also the artist behind the "i am" pendant. A true labor of love, this piece was created using 3D imaging in the true organic shape of sea glass. Encouraging its owners to wear the piece close to their hearts, the raised letters “i am” allow the wearer to focus on the strength already inside them on a regular basis. Not all jewelry is interactive, or becomes a part of one’s daily routine, but we believe this Talula Bea Sea Glass jewelry DOES have a message and a purpose.


Swirladelic, John Bailey is a Harper's Ferry WV resident that has QUITE the amazing business! Swirladelic Lucketts Fair They say: “We have a tray of liquid; it’s a bit thicker than water. You drop paint on that, and with a stick, you can make designs — hearts, flowers or swirl it for something surreal and abstract.” After the liquid is prepared, a silk scarf is place on top of the liquid. “It’s really just a kind of print making,” Bailey said. “It’s fast, though. It only takes about 5 to 10 minutes to make a scarf.”


Wikiwood Naturals - A small family owned business located in Springfield, Virginia, the Blevins were inspired by a surprise romantic camping trip in 2012.  Sitting around the camp fire, roasting marshmallows, and listening to the relaxing sound of the bonfire crackling, motivated them to bring that same relaxing feeling, aroma and atmosphere to our home and they have re-created that same atmosphere when we burn our candles.

Polish Potter Lucketts FairTwins Polish Pottery - a little known fact about Jenny Puckett and Holly Trevino, the twins behind this beautiful polish pottery, their husbands built a "twin plex" where both families reside, and the sisters did all of the design work! They operate their business in the rolling pastures and vineyards of eastern Frederick County.



With You In Mind, Joette Dorosheff creates stunning wreaths made of natural materials. This artistic display will be a focal point of your decor. The wreath is created on a wire frame from pinecones, nuts and pods. This unique design will be a year round cherished feature of your home or office.


Back to Basiks Lucketts FairBack to the Basiks - What began as a single spice blend given to friends as a Christmas gift, has grown into a blooming business. The company was started by Anne Shomberg and Heidi Basik in 2008 out of a love for cooking and sharing food with others. Over a short period of time, the two moms were successfully selling Basiks Spice Blends to stores and restaurants around the U.S. They traveled across the country introducing people to their all natural spice blends at trade shows, women’s events, and craft fairs. f


The Larkin Tea Company was founded in 2001 with an initial focus on educational programs. Over the years, their high-quality loose leaf teas has become an important part of business from a sales perspective! Both Bill and Judy are certified tea specialists. Their teas are sourced from all over the globe. She says “We buy in small quantities to ensure the tea you purchase is as fresh as possible and hasn’t been sitting on the shelf for months. It is for that same reason we don’t carry a huge selection of teas.”


Sequoia Springs was started by Lorraine McConnell, an Interior Designer and is a line of luxury-inspired, pillows and throws continue to be popular to those seeking distinctive, beautiful, and wonderfully functional accessories for their home. In 2002, Lorraine's husband, Jamie, joined the business and they have expanded to include accessories that integrate the beauty of nature, using as many natural materials as possible including feathers (to pay homage to Jamie's love of fly fishing!)


Falling Bark Farm LLC - Syrup produced in small batches from select hickory bark and still involves the tradition of foraging and WILDCRAFTING in the Virginia forests.  Bark from the shagbark hickory tree is shed naturally, so the tree is not harmed during the process.


Shenandoah Crafts - John and Karin Tipton offer sewing crafts, needlework and painted crafts and refinish furniture. Staunton, VA. 540-280-5519, Fabric and Woodwork

Nola Watkins Collection - produces high quality hand-painted ceramic christmas ornaments, herb and flower pots, and many other fine gifts.


Gypsy Hill offers amazing rubs and spices! Margaret O'Neill says “We have always had some herbs and then about 10 years ago we took what had been our flower beds and my husband, when would find an unusual plant or herb, would start planting,” and because there are only a few herbs they can sell fresh, the O'Neill's dehydrate them with their dehydrating machine to sell later.


Designs by Grace, Grace Rochford is a stay at home mom of three, with a love for Early American History, which led her being making colonial american floorcloths.

Wood Eye Wood Products, Keith Schoonover operates this Frederick County based full service sawmill providing quality lumber and wood products from local, sustainably harvested or salvaged timber. The Sawmill also facilitates custom processing of logs into usable furniture products. Each of Keith’s pieces is a one of a kind by its very nature; no two custom wood-workings can be the same.

Rennaissance Lavender - Marianne Weitzel wanted a new challenge and began growing lavender on her farm in Virginia. The intoxicating scents and healing properties of lavender along with other botanicals have generated many popular products that will be at the Lucketts Fair.


The Lucketts Fair

42361 Lucketts Road, Leesburg VA

August 15-16, 2015 | 9 am-5 pm

Rain or Shine | $5. Children under 6 years old are free

Parking provided by the Lucketts Ruritan Club

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Bridle Paths Northern Virginia Equine Therapy

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.

Introducing Katie Fallon and Bridle Paths!

Bridle Paths Lucketts Virginia

What is the story behind Bridle Paths and how did it come to be?

The Bridle Paths program is a nonprofit organization that offers strength, support, and healing to individuals and families through safe, effective, and high-quality equine-assisted activities and therapies. We offer a unique combination of mounted and unmounted programs, including both therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted psychotherapy. The program provides a safe and supportive environment in which clients can be honest and authentic, think clearly about their challenges, and achieve growth, learning, and healing.


The Bridle Paths staff works with both individuals and families, and has particular expertise in working with those coping with experiences of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Although she had worked with horses for many years, Bridle Paths President Katie Fallon did not become involved formally in equine-assisted activities until her daughter was diagnosed in infancy with hydrocephalus and a Chiari I malformation and began participating in therapeutic riding activities. She swelled with powerful emotion as she watched her daughter achieve physical and cognitive milestones that initially seemed out of reach for her, and was struck by the incredible motivation and connection that the horses offered to her.


For that reason, Katie achieved certifications in both therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted psychotherapy, and founded the Bridle Paths program to integrate the physical, psychological, and emotional benefits of working with horses. Katie notes that working with horses requires her to be her best and most authentic self, and she believes strongly in the efficacy of this work in helping others to discover those strengths for themselves as well.


Bridle Paths Lucketts Virginia


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

The Bridle Paths program seeks to provide a setting in which clients are defined not by their disabilities, experiences, or diagnoses, but rather by their abilities and possibilities, in partnership with horses. In an ideal world, we would be able to offer equine-assisted activities and therapies at little to no cost to those in need in our community. In many cases, those who stand to benefit the most from these services are those who are least able to pay for them; making these services available at a greatly reduced cost would be a huge benefit for many families. For example, we would love to serve adoptive and foster families and children who have experienced abuse and neglect through the Loudoun County Department of Family Services. We also seek to partner with local governmental, community, and nonprofit organizations to serve youth and adult survivors of sex trafficking. Additionally, we would like to expand our riding, psychotherapy, and camp services to serve the large and growing population of military families in the Northern Virginia area.

Bridle Paths Lucketts Virginia


Are there any goals that are intimidating for you?

Financing these goals is a daunting challenge. Keeping horses is an expensive proposition under the best of circumstances, and many of our program horses have come to Bridle Paths from other careers and require specialized care to remain healthy and sound in service to our clients. We recognize that our clients frequently juggle multiple therapies and treatments, and for that reason we strive to keep our program fees as low as possible. At present, program fees cover less than 50 percent of the total costs of program operations. Community support is vital to help cover the costs of maintaining our herd and offering innovative and effective programs to our clients.


What is your FAVORITE way to spend a weekend morning?

Every weekend morning, you’ll find Katie at the Bridle Paths facility, teaching lessons, running psychotherapy sessions, training volunteers, and caring for the horses. It’s her favorite place to be, and she wouldn’t have it any other way!

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What is your go to place in the Leesburg / Lucketts area to visit, tell others about?

Katie’s go-to place in the Lucketts area is, of course, the Bridle Paths facility, located at Pat and Bob Meurer’s glorious Stone-Horse Farm. There’s little that compares to the promise of a sunrise over verdant fields, or to the peaceful sound of horses munching evening hay in their stalls. When she’s not at the farm, Katie and her family love sampling the ice cream at Brossman’s and enjoying the bounty of produce at local farmers’ markets. We look forward to the opening of the Little Rock Tea House at the corner of Spinks Ferry Road and Route 15 in the near future!


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

At Bridle Paths, we seek to give back to the families in our community each day. We strive to provide a safe and supportive setting where clients and families can do their best thinking about challenges, enjoy honest and nonjudgmental experiences, learn new skills, and reconnect and relate in new and improved ways. Without question, however, we get much more than we give; the families are endless sources of inspiration and hope for us, and we hope to provide these services for many years to come.


Bridle Paths Lucketts Virginia


Contact 571.216.9089

Facility Address Stone Horse Farm 43247 Spinks Ferry Road Leesburg, VA 20176

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Happy Hour with Hidden Brook Winery and Cured Food Truck

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 20th from 5-7pm for a fantastic happy hour at Hidden Brook Winery in Lucketts, Virginia! Not only will there be wine tastings galore, but the Cured Food Truck will be on hand with their amazing menu to solve your "What's For Dinner" dilemma! (Attendees are also welcome to bring picnic dinners to dine with their families)

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43301 Spinks Ferry Road Leesburg, Virginia 20176



Thursday, August 20th


Cured Food Truck 8th & Home Happy Hour Hidden Brook Winery


Cured Food Truck 8th & home

Stay tuned for the menu selection for that night, but to whet your appetite:

cured food truck menu

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Burke's Workshop

  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.

Meet Matthew Burke, the owner and founder of Burke's Workshop. Handmade in Lucketts, Virginia, Matthew creates each unique piece by first choosing different types of wood that complement each other and then pieces them together, one at a time. When creating the spoons (which are the personal favorite of the 8th & Home team) after the wood has been joined, the spoon shape is drawn on the larger block of wood and then hand carved.

Burke's Workshop Matthew Burke Lucketts Virginia


Burke's Workshop Matthew Burke Lucketts Virginia


What is the story behind Burke’s Workshop and how did it come to be?

I’ve always enjoyed doing woodworking—I used to make small wood boxes when I was 13 years old. When I turned 18 I became a carpenter for a small company for which I worked for 15 years. In 2013 we moved out to Lucketts and into our home in Village Green, there was enough space in the basement to build myself a workshop. I have been using the tools I have collected over the years and have slowly been working on selling pieces and building up my tool inventory.

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

Having my products in shops. I of course wouldn’t quit my day job, but would love to see products in shops in the area and maybe even around the country.

Burke's Workshop Lucketts Virginia

Is there any technique that is intimidating to you?

The process of selling. I never know if what I made will be appreciated by others and I’m quite critical of my work, so I find it a bit nerve wracking to actually sell.

What is your FAVORITE way to spend a weekend morning?

Spending time with my wife in the morning then I usually head down to the workshop to prep projects for the day.

Burke's Workshop Lucketts Virginia

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

Mom’s Apple Pie is one of our favorite places to bring visitors and just stop in for weekend goodies.

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

When we can, we donate to charities and always try to help kids in the neighborhood with fund raisers for school and even the ones just for fun. Lucketts has been such a great place to live, so it’s easy to want to give back to the community.



Learn more about the beautiful items Matthew creates by visiting the Burke's Workshop Etsy page or visit (and LIKE!) his Facebook Page! These are one-of-a-kind pieces and the items listed on the Etsy site are first come, first served!




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Old 690 Brewery

On a recent beautiful Saturday, my daughter and I traveled to Old 690, a new brewery in Loudoun County. I wanted to check out their on-location brewed root beer (which is AMAZING) and sample some of their diverse selections. The air was just cool enough to need a light jacket and the sun warmed our shoulders as we drove the winding roads with the sunroof open. With very little signage (which can sometimes be a welcome change of pace for vineyards, wineries and breweries), we all of a sudden happened upon Old 690.


Old 690 Brewing Company Naomi Hattaway

I took some time to talk with some of the founders, Tammi and Darren Gryniuk, to get the real scoop on this new brewery.

Tell me the story of Old 690, the one that feels too long to tell the normal person who asks. What was the driving force behind this brewery and whose dream was it?
The story of Old 690 started 10 years ago on the football field when Mark Powell and Darren Gryniuk met coaching in the Upper Loudoun Youth Football League in Purcellville.  The norm after all games was to drink some beer and you can imagine over the course of all those years that alot of beer was consumed.  Fast forward until 2 years ago when Mark, Darren and another friend met at Mad Horse Brewery in Lovettsville where we had a few beers and started talking about making our own beer.  We looked at each other and said "let's open one!" and that's all it took. From that point on we started the process of researching and soon building in April 2014.  Thanks to a virginia senate bill (SB430) turning into law on July 1 2014, Old 690 Brewing Company was allowed to open.  This law effectively allows farm breweries to open in rural parts of the State of Virginia where previously they were not allowed to open.   The driving force behind the brewery is family.  The Powell's and Gryniuk's started the dream and brought on another family through our master brewer Bob Lundberg also a resident of Purcellville.  So the force of 3 great families and the warm welcoming family environment at the brewery keeps us pointed in the right direction....but I would be remiss to leave out the fact that the beer we make is really good beer.
What was the biggest obstacle you faced during the birth and launch of this business?

The biggest obstacle has been zoning and the county government as the process to accept the new zoning law in Loudoun County isn't a one and done process like it would be if a new seatbelt law took effect July 1.  The next day the police would be writing tickets.   With zoning the law must be interpreted, discussed, reinterpreted and re-discussed by many groups, departments and committees.  It's a very very slow process and a perfect analogy to government being slow.

Old 690 Brewery

I am a huge supporter of businesses who choose to give back to their community. How does Old 690 give back?
Old 690 does a number of community related things from supporting local first responders via fund raisers (recently did one for the Purcellville Fire Department) to providing gifts that support a number of causes for sick children to the local food shelter.   We also recently organized a chili cook off fundraiser for the Loudoun Homeless Services Center in Leesburg. We will continue to keep an active connection to the community in support of people in need.
What is your big, wild, hairy audacious dream for Old 690?
The big dream is to eventually market our beer nationwide, but we have a lot of baby steps to take to get even to the local Purcellville restaurant and bar scene.   I think a more realistic goal is to eventually open a Key West FL branch of the brewery.
If your brewery could talk, what would it tell future customers and friends of the business?
If the brewery could talk it would say that it is the warmest most welcoming brewery in the area where everyday feels like a family reunion.  People just don't want to leave when they get's truly a remarkable country vibe.

The root beer is crisp, clean and has the most authentic taste, home brewed by the folks at Old 690. While I wasn't able to sample all of the beers because of time constraints, pumpkin ale was MY standout favorite! With live music, a place for children to play, great seating indoors and out, big screen televisions for sporting events and dog friendly, you can't go wrong with this location, 15670 Ashbury Church Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132. Open Fridays 5-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm and Sundays 11am-6pm.

Tell me. Have you been to Old 690? If not, what are you waiting for?