The Studio Salon, Spa & Boutique: Hidden Gem of Motivation, Inspiration and Fashion
Apr01

The Studio Salon, Spa & Boutique: Hidden Gem of Motivation, Inspiration and Fashion

By: Chelsea Tederick “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself”- Coco Chanel Spring is finally making an appearance and it is, without a doubt, the year to be sweet and kind yourself. We are in a world that gives us Instagram models and celebrities to compare ourselves to, however, 2019 is the year to reclaim your inner beauty by treating yourself to the luxurious experience of a full body beautification at The Studio Salon, Spa and Boutique, just off of Winchester Ave. in Martinsburg, WV. . While it is easy to say that beauty comes from within, it seems like something less tangible in person, however, spend a day with the girls at The Studio and you will radiate from within and every inch of you will be covered in the tranquil confidence that you can be yourself and look fabulous doing so. The Studio is a chic, unique and ever evolving salon, spa and boutique that gives their clientele the experience of the best technical work, the most modern services and the ultimate in self-care professionalism. Each individual hairdresser, nail technician, esthetician and massage therapist (Equipped with the best brands) are talented artists with the education and creativity to have you looking and feeling beautiful as well as refreshed and ready to take on the world. While watching customers in their individual chairs, speaking to their technician, you can see and feel the confidence radiating around the room. From the moment I stepped foot into The Studio Salon, Spa and Boutique, even I couldn’t deny the urge to be pampered and showered with beautifying attention. Stacey McFarland, gorgeous owner of The Studio Salon, Spa and Boutique, just recently stepped away from her own chair after 32 years of mastering dedication to her craft of hair care. It is that very passion and love for what she achieved that inspired her to open this hidden gem that feels as though you have been transported into the most modern of salons in a world that is filled with all of the major brands and services to suite any and all tastes. Stacey is a breath of fresh air in this industry as she is forward thinking, modern and maintains staying very relevant in an ever-evolving business. While speaking, it is apparent that her main goal is the encouragement, lifting up, and support of our fellow women as she exudes an enigmatic personality that is both magnetic and charming. With the motto to “Breath love, hope and encouragement”, it is easy to feel relaxed immediately in the tranquil décor, laden with inspirational quotes as well as the most beautiful...

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A Place to Meet and Greet with Great Eats
Apr01

A Place to Meet and Greet with Great Eats

by Bonnie Williamson Domestic has a number of definitions. It can mean relating to home, household or family. It can also mean something produced or manufactured in one’s own country. Both definitions can be applied to Domestic, a restaurant in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. “We have an open and welcoming casual environment. We’re not pretentious. We want people to feel at home,” says Domestic’s owner and chef Doug Vaira. “We’re a casual American restaurant with classic iconic American dishes that remind people of their childhood. We also have American wines and a selection of domestic craft beers.” Burgers have always been a particular popular bit of American fare. Of course, they’re on the menu, but Vaira adds creative twists to that dish. Rise and Shine, for example, consists of the burger, an over-easy egg, bacon, white cheddar cheese and garlic aioli. Then there’s Glazed and Confused where the burger is served on a glazed donut bun, along with bacon and sriracha aioli, a hot sauce containing eggs, garlic, oil, lemon juice and spices. Vaira lists two entrees offered as the most popular ones. They include blackened catfish served with cheddar grits, tomato gravy, and balsamic brussel sprouts. The other dish is pan-seared crab cakes with green goddess sauce, which contains mayonnaise, sour cream, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice and pepper, along with shaved butternut squash and carrot salad and hand-cut fries. “People also like our tot-chos. It’s a tater tot with a difference,” Vaira says. The loaded tot-cho is a tater tot dipped in queso, salsa with beer-pickled jalapenos. Other appetizers include bacon-wrapped scallops and crispy fried green beans. A wide variety of sandwiches are included on the menu, like the Reuben: corned beef, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing; fish and chips; the clubber: grilled turkey breasts, bacon, tomato, red cabbage slaw and garlic aioli; a variation on the Sloppy Joe called Sloppy Jose: ground beef, cumin, jalapeno, tomato and white cheddar; and something called the not-so-philly cheesesteak: shredded white cheddar, chipotle aioli, diced jalapenos, roasted red peppers and caramelized onion. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are also on the menu. “We cater to carnivores and others,” Vaira says. Domestic even has a brunch menu with such items as French toast, biscuits and sausage gravy and sausage biscuit quiche with red pepper, purple onion, white cheddar, chilis and mesclun salad, a mix of assorted salad greens. Snack and share items include southern pan-fried grit cakes, fried pickles and beer-battered onion rings. Under the heading land and plant, Domestic offers Asian grilled chicken salad: romaine lettuce, bacon, red chiles, green onions and creamy miso ranch dressing; and honey-garlic chicken: brussel sprouts,...

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How Sweet It Is at Sanders’ Cookie Jar Bakery
Feb01

How Sweet It Is at Sanders’ Cookie Jar Bakery

by Bonnie Williamson “What about desserts?” I asked. “If the world comes to an end, I’m going to want cookies.” That quote, which comes from young adult science fiction writer Susan Beth Pfeffer’s book, Life As We Knew It, could be the mantra for many people. Cookies and other sweet delights are essential to a happy life. Well, Perry Sanders has been doing his bit to meet those cravings for more than 50 years. Sanders, 57, is the proud owner and chief baker at Sanders’ Cookie Jar Bakery in Hagerstown, Maryland. He jokingly says he has had a hand in the Cookie Jar since childhood. “I began helping out when I was about eight years old. It was fun. Soon I was doing more than just helping out. I was rolling out the dough for cookies and cutting the cookies out,” Sanders says. Sanders comes by his choice of career as part of a family tradition. He is the third generation of bakers. His grandfather Preston owned a bakery in Aberdeen, Maryland. His father Don started his own business in downtown Hagerstown at 20 East Washington St. in 1965. Sanders briefly tried other jobs for about three years before returning to the bakery business in 1984. “It got into my blood,” he says. He worked with his father for about ten years. His father eventually decided to sell the Cookie Jar. Sanders took him up on the offer, purchasing the business in 1994. He opened up Sanders’ Cookie Jar Bakery at its current location at 13140 Pennsylvania Ave., in 2000. He’ll celebrate his 25th anniversary as owner of the bakery this year. Sanders describes the Cookie Jar as a “full-line” bakery. “We do just about anything you could want, not just cookies. We have such a wide variety. Decorated cakes, anniversary cakes, special occasion cakes, butter rolls, buns, doughnuts, pies, breads, and danishes. Ninety percent of the work is done from scratch. It’s all done on site. I do all the baking and most of the mixing,” says Sanders. Keeping things fresh is important at the Cookie Jar. Since no preservatives are utilized, customers should store their items properly to maintain freshness. All products other than those that contain pastry cream or whipped cream can be left at room temperature for two days as long as they are stored in airtight containers or under cake domes. After that, they should be kept under refrigeration if they are to be eaten over the next few days or in the freezer where they can be stored for several weeks in ziplock bags. Most pastries can be heated gently in the microwave....

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George’s Food and Spirits
Feb01

George’s Food and Spirits

If you have ever been to downtown Winchester, it is very likely that you have seen the iconic George Washington Hotel. It marks the entrance to a vibrant destination in Winchester, sitting a mere block away from the popular walking mall replete with shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. It is also right around the corner from George Washington’s 18th century office outfitted with period pieces and history placards telling of times past. The hotel is home to the Christopher Rankin Design Studio, which specializes in unique travel-inspired jewelry. Did you know that The George Washington Hotel is also home to the full-service restaurant, George’s Food and Spirits? Well, it is, and this restaurant is one of Winchester’s best kept secrets. The George Washington Hotel is in its second iteration as a place to for travelers to rest their heads. The original structure, built in 1924, operated as a hotel for over 70 years, playing host to notable celebrities like comedienne Lucille Ball, heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, and the inimitable Vienna Boys Choir, who serenaded guests one evening during the American leg of their world tour. The hotel’s close proximity to the Winchester B&O railroad station made it a popular choice with travelers using the rail in its heyday, when travel by coach was all the rage and people from all walks of life were starting to venture out and experience different environments from their own. In the late 1970s, the hotel was converted into The George Washington Home for Adults and the space served in this capacity for 18 years. After serving as a sentinel for the charming community, vacant of occupants for 10 years but still a force to be reckoned with, its five-story height acting as a beacon in the Winchester skyline, the revitalization of The George Washington Hotel began anew. After $30 million dollars in renovations, which included private bathrooms in each unit and contemporary amenities like Wi-Fi and entertainment options, and 4.5 years in the making, The George Washington Hotel opened its doors to a new generation of guests in 2008. The décor is an eclectic mix of art deco and contemporary accents, updating the look while maintaining the historic integrity of the establishment. The hotel retained the original molding and marble floor from the early 1920s, but the seating and color palette reflect a more contemporary vibe. Guests from all over the world come to visit Winchester, VA for the rich history it possesses. The George Washington Hotel is a popular destination with its Roman bath, indoor pool, upbeat lounge called the Half Note, 90 updated rooms (including 10 suites), and proximity to local...

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Self-care is not selfish
Feb01

Self-care is not selfish

by Bonnie Williamson Different approaches to health care are becoming more and more popular. One of these approaches is massage therapy. Yet massage therapy is nothing new. It has been practiced for thousands of years. There are more than 80 massage therapy styles that involve different pressures, movements and techniques. Muscles and other soft tissues are pressed, rubbed and manipulated. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), up to 25 percent of American adults had a massage at least once during 2016-2017. And, they have a wide range of reasons for doing so. More and more people are recognizing the health benefits of massage to gain relief or heal injuries, to help with certain health conditions and to promote overall wellness. Massage is also a great way to relieve stress. The world is a stressful place. Trying to keep it together while problems continue to crop up day after day can be exhausting. Not only that, people can be doing tremendous harm to their bodies without even realizing it. Spending so much time meeting the needs of others, ignoring one’s own needs, can take its toll. Ignorance is not bliss. The motto of a new business, “Self-care is not selfish,” is taken seriously by Angela Wethington, a licensed massage therapist (LMT), who recently expanded her business, Synergy Massage and Wellness, in July of last year. Synergy, located in Martinsburg, West Virginia, is not a spa, but features a holistic approach to health. Synergy offers a variety of bodywork modalities, stretching, massage related to self-care tips, as well as Tai Chi and Yin Yoga with Fascia Release. Synergy also plans to host nutritional workshops provided by certified professionals throughout the year. Those at Synergy strive to keep the body balanced, When balanced, it functions better as a whole unit. When an imbalance exists in one area, pain and stiffness can often be felt elsewhere. “For example, you may have a pain in your neck that could actually be caused by a problem with your foot as the body is continually trying to correct itself on the next level in the body’s kinetic chain. We’ve had clients hobble in and walk out feeling better. It is so rewarding. We work with the nervous system through receptors in the body to help facilitate the body’s natural healing response. Sometimes it almost seems like magic how the body responds to certain techniques. Clients have remarked after a session that they had forgotten how good they could feel.” Wethington says, smiling. Working with the nervous system explains the business’ name: Synergy. Synergy is defined as the interaction or cooperation of two or more...

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Winchester Floral – Art and Soul
Feb01

Winchester Floral – Art and Soul

by M.T. Decker Talking to Stephanie Tierney of Winchester Floral, you soon realize that the business is about a lot more than flowers. It’s about art and soul. Winchester Floral first opened in 1985 and began building a reputation as one of the premier florists in the Northern Shenandoah Valley, being voted “Best Florist in the Valley” for two years running. Located at 1939 Valley Avenue in Winchester Virginia, Winchester Floral is family owned and operated. Stephanie started working at Winchester Floral in the early ’90s, and has owned the store for the last five years. Everything she knows about flowers and flower arranging, she’s learned from experience. The original owner of Winchester Floral had grown up in the floral business in New England and passed her knowledge on to Stephanie. One of the things Stephanie loves about the business is the fact that she has been a part of people’s lives. “Over the years, I’ve seen children who would come in with their parents – and now we’re doing flowers for their prom, bouquets and centerpieces for their weddings…” Its one of the many things Stephanie loves about her business: being a part of life moments for their customers. While she loves working on Wedding bouquets and centerpieces, Stephanie admits it’s a lot of work. “But it’s pretty awesome,” Stephanie assured me. “We get so many people complimenting the flowers – people just call to say thank you.” There are other life moments that Winchester Floral is a part of – when people are ill or on the mend. They work hard to make sure that the bouquet or gift basket are designed specifically for the recipient. “We do baskets for people that we fill with snacks, and magazines. We did one basket for a lady who loved crossword puzzles,” Stephanie told me. They’ve also created arrangements for funerals, customized to honor both the people who have passed and their families. “We had one funeral,” Stephanie told me as she remembered the arrangements with a somber pride. “The man had been a softball coach. We incorporated that into the arrangement.” By adding a softball, a glove, and a hat to the arrangement the staff at Winchester Floral created something special for the family. Stephanie loves going that extra step to make sure that the flowers have that personal touch. When they make plant gardens, Winchester Floral usually make them with a person in mind, but they work to make sure they always have something on site for people who come in and need something right away. “Dish gardens make a great gift,” Stephanie points out, and I can...

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