Business Briefs: September 2022 | Crozet’s Journal

Huss Hussain, shown here with his father Shah Sahab, is the new owner of Ridge Mini Market. Photo: Malcolm Andrews.

New Owner, Expanded Merchandise at Ridge Mini-Mart

The former Los Cabanas, now Ridge Mini-Mart, has many of the same attractions under new ownership—homestyle Mexican food and the lowest gas prices in town—and has added an assortment of grilling items and an expanded breakfast sandwich lineup. Huss Hussein, the new owner, said there will be charcuterie, egg and cheese, hot chicken and other sandwiches along with tacos, empanadas and carnitas. Sparkling clean and recently refurbished, the gas station, hot food counter and convenience store are open 6am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 8am to 8pm on Sunday

Music in the vineyard

The Grammy-nominated Dover Quartet comes to Crozet as part of the Marinus in the Vineyard series. The quartet will perform a short concert, Haydn’s haunting “Emperor,” on Sept. 19 at King Family Vineyards. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic and enjoy a glass of wine from 6:30 and stay for the half-hour concert at 7:30. The concert will be in the carriage.

On September 20, the Dover Quartet will be joined by Marinus founders Rachel Kuipers Yonan on viola and Joseph Kuipers on cello, playing Brahams’ Sextet in B-flat Major and Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht. Chamber music lovers are invited to come early with a picnic and wine and stay for the music.

The Dover Quartet – Joel Link, Brian Lee, Milena Pajaro-van de Stade and Camden Shaw – has been called one of the best string quartets of the last 100 years. Photo: Roy Cox.

North Garden resident Rachel Kuipers Jonan is a music instructor. She said both concerts will be performed in the round, meaning the audience is on the same level as the performers, playing as if they were in your living room. Yonan said the members of the Dover Quartet were just getting started when she graduated with them from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Since then, they have continued to be called one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years. “It’s a special pleasure to be able to introduce them and play with them here in my new home,” Yonan said. Find tickets ($25 each) at Marinus and

Wine Bar opens in downtown Waynesboro

Brandon and Kelly Shealy opened the doors to their wine bar and market late last month, after months of planning and renovations. City Foxes will be open Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

City Foxes Wine Bar opened last month in downtown Waynesboro. Photo sent.

They chose their name after spying foxes running and playing in their urban neighborhood, giving them much-needed entertainment during the pandemic. The Sheeleys wanted to highlight local wine, beer, cider, cheese and art in Waynesboro’s growing business district. They offer a limited but carefully selected selection of Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge wines and will offer tastings as well as bottle sales. Visitors will be able to buy gifts of food and wine, as well as bottles of cider and beer, or try a glass along with food that pairs well: charcuterie boards, paninis, hummus and desserts on site. The wine bar is at 414 W. Main Street in Waynesboro. For a detailed menu and wine flights, visit

Presentation of tai chi

Blue Ridge Tai Chi offers a new set of classes aimed at beginners to the practice. Free introductory sessions are being offered this month, with the first class beginning next week, instructor Lee Felton said.

The free sessions are offered on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30pm at Tabor Presbyterian Church and Monday, September 12th at 9am at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. The current sessions will start next Monday and Thursday at the same times and places and run for 12 weeks.

Lee Felton of Blue Ridge Tai Chi demonstrates the single whip tai chi form. Photo sent.

People bring different expectations to their first class, Felton said, depending on their goals and everything they’ve been exposed to about Tai Chi. “At the simplest level, a daily practice of Tai Chi can greatly contribute to ease of movement, flexibility and balance. It can also reduce stress and anxiety and improve the immune system and cardiovascular function.

Those who have benefited from Tai Chi call it meditation in motion, floating in the air and acupuncture from the inside out. “The practice dates back more than 5,000 years,” Felton said, “but it’s a great tool for surviving and thriving in the 21st century.”

Glass Art at Artisan Depot

Those who have been fascinated by the glass studio at the McGuffey Art Center can see the artist’s work closer to home at The Crozet Artisan Depot in September. Vi Oswalds is the guest artist and his work will remain there all month. Oswald’s show, “Glass Paintings in the Dalle-de-Verre Technique,” features pieces assembled from one-inch-thick slabs of glass called “Dalles” that are broken or cut into shapes for designs. The edges of the cup are faceted so that light is refracted through them, then set into a mold and finished with resin. When the resin hardens, the finished piece can be held up to the light.

Rainbow by Vee Ovalds is on display at the Crozet Artisan Depot through September. Photo sent.

The one-inch glass used in this technique is much thicker than standard glass, so the resulting colors are much richer and deeper when placed in strong sunlight.

Oswalds became interested in stained glass while living in Europe in 1972, where visits to many of the great cathedrals inspired an interest in art glass. After years of study, Oswalds opened his own studio at the McGuffey Arts Center in 1980.

Business briefs

The Brownsville Market is under new management. Ali Lutus, who bought the popular business from Chris Suh a few months ago, has kept the regulars and the sought-after fried chicken and sides.

“Eat, Heal, Glo,” plant-based restaurant and health center, will not open in the former Trey’s restaurant as planned, said business owner Nancy Bond. She is looking for a place to run her health-focused catering business. Landlord Mark Green, who owns the property, said there was no news yet of any other business coming there or to the former Crozet Tack and Saddle.

The Crozet Grow Shop opened next door to Skyline Pharmacy on Route 250, with products for the home gardener and grower.

The Crozet Grow Shop, adjacent to Skyline Apothecary, is now open with an array of garden supplies. Photo: Malcolm Andrews.

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