This Week – Half Off Tapas, Art Underfoot, Chili Smack Down, Dixie Diner Entertainment

Happy Labor Day weekend! Many of your favorite stores and restaurants are open all weekend (call ahead to be sure about Sun and Mon – directory at . On Tuesday, check out Wabi Sabi’s half priced tapas from 5 to 9, plus $1 beers! We went last week with friends, saw […]

Happy Labor Day weekend! Many of your favorite stores and restaurants are open all weekend (call ahead to be sure about Sun and Mon – directory at . On Tuesday, check out Wabi Sabi’s half priced tapas from 5 to 9, plus $1 beers! We went last week with friends, saw some more friends while there, and had a great time sampling many tapas. All the food was excellent! Keep this in mind for a pleasurable Tuesday evening routine.

Friday for the Arts comes around again on Sept. 11. I will be out of town again, and probably can’t post the schedule. Please check or for the details after they are finalized (next week sometime). Below are some upcoming events and other note-worthy items. You may also check any time for up to the minute information on Old Towne happenings.


**** Minerva Books – Saturday, Sept 5 11am – 6 pm – one last, last chance. The final, end all be all, no holds barred steel cage match. Just you and the books. No pesky shelves to get in the way. Here’s the deal: bring your grocery sacks with you, and I will sell you as many USED books as you can stuff in and still carry for $20 each bag. New books will be at the final clearance price of 60% off. I still have a few fixtures: garbage cans, an odd podium, silverware, etc, which I will also be looking to send to a good home. Please forward this to as many people as you think might be interested. Lots of good books remain in all genres. Come on out one final time. I’d like to see you!
Minerva Books | 233 Bartow Alley /

**** Gardener’s Gate will be having a 75% OFF sale 9/8 – 20. They are closing the Old Towne store. We are sorry to see them go, but you can still go to the Hopewell store, which will remain open. 12 Bollingbrook St., 861.1181.

**** Utopia announces “Facial Fridays”! Schedule your facial for a Friday and Save $10 off your service Plus a FREE Soyaffin treatment for your hands or feet! That’s a $25.00 savings!
And… Yoga sessions will be starting on Tuesday, September 8th at 5:30 & 7:15pm and Thursday September 10th at 9:00am. Six week sessions are $55.00, and include 1 class per week (60 minutes of Yoga & 15 minutes of deep, guided relaxation!) Please pre-register. The classes are limited in size and are on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions about sign up, or if you’d like to see us provide a “Beginners” class, please contact denise at 804.732.1234 l… any questions concerning the Yoga, please contact Debbie Clayton, Om Mani Yoga at 804.721.3468 or at Please join Utopia Spa’s email list (from their website) to get exciting news on upcoming services and features, and first notice of discounts! Utopia Spa LLC / 115 N. Sycamore St., Historic “Uptowne” Petersburg / 804.732.1234 /

**** Penniston’s Alley-102 W. Old St. 6:30pm to 9:30pm NEXT FRIDAY FOR THE ARTS, SEPT 11 – Exhibit of original oils by PAMELA C. RENFROE. On display will be a collection of Pam’s early oil paintings depicting southern life. She studied at the U. of Georgia in the early sixties and started painting professionally in 1978. She is currently licensed to paint for Coca-Cola Company, John Deere, Dairy Queen, Wurlitzer Jukebox and Elvis Presley Enterprises. Her work has resulted in numerous awards, newspaper and magazine covers, artist signings and television appearances. Pam, her husband and cat Claude Monet, live in Hartwell Georgia, a beautiful small town in Northeast Georgia. 102 W Old St., 722.0135 / .

**** Old Towne Market Place – 10% OFF Tuesday. This special discount is only for mailing list members, and “regulars.” ASK FOR the Tuesday discount to get 10% off all items in stock. 124 W Bank St., 733.4955.

**** Therapeutic Massage Center & Boutique Feeling stressed and rushed is not healthy. Consider a relaxing massage from one of our licensed massage therapists. Looking for a healthy spa experience during your pregnancy? Consider a massage by a trained nurse/massage therapist using special pillows to support you and your baby safely. Don’t forget a manicure or pedicure with our chemical free ZOYA product line. “Your Health is Our Business”. Hours M-F 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm. , 27 Bollingbrook Street, 2nd Floor. (804)722-1720.

**** The end of Summer may be near but Summer Sales at The Oak are still going strong!!
The second floor of The Oak will be stocked with New Old Stock Cabinet Hardware! These parts and pieces are great for restoring antiques and replacing missing or broken hardware. All of this will be on display starting Sunday September 6th!
We also have a great selection of Vitrine front cabinets for displaying your prized china! Our collections of Lennox, Occupied Japan, and Waterford are a must see! Many items throughout the mall are up to HALF OFF!
Also, we have an amazing lay-a-way program that makes purchasing your favorite antiques as easy as 1-2-3!
We hope to see you this weekend for our Labor Day Sales Event!
400 N. Sycamore Street, (804) 861-6111,

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**** ART UNDERFOOT – A collaboration of the City of Petersburg, area artisans, residents Kimberly Ann Calos, Gail McCann, Mark Pehanich and Barry Roebuck and sponsors Franklin Development Group, LLC and Palmore Decorating Center
What better way to stop Petersburg’s cracking sidewalk problem than to brighten them up with original works of art created by some of the premier artists around?
From now until September 11th, artists may sign up to have their talents immortalized on concrete. The painting will take place daily from Saturday, September 13th thru Saturday October 2nd, 2009 and will be “unveiled” on Friday for the Arts, October 9th, 2009.
The art will adorn the sidewalks on much of the 200 block of N. Sycamore Street between Bank and Tabb Streets.
On Saturday, October 10th, from noon until 4, the sidewalk artists will sell their other art forms during the ART UNDERFOOT ART FAIR. Rain date is Sunday, October 11th from noon until 4pm.
For more information or to request an Artist Participation Form, please call Kimberly Ann Calos at 804-586-1633 or email her at

**** The Great American Chili Smack Down! Calling Tri-Cities area 501-C3 Non-profits organizations.
The Petersburg Kiwanis Breakfast Club challenges your best Chile Cooks to participant in The Great American Chili Smack Down during the Fall Family Fun Festival – October 17, 2009. Put your team together for a great day of fun and competition. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category.
The entry fee is $25.00 and space is limited to the first 25 entries. Ticket price is $6.00 per adult, children 10yrs and under are free. The proceeds will support the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. Serious Chili eaters can purchase their favorite Chili by the Qt. ($6.00) (booth keep the proceeds)
Special note: This contest is only for non-profit organizations. Chili has to be prepared off site, i.e. church kitchen. Chili must be kept warm on site. Entry fee is $25.00 per team payable to Petersburg Kiwanis Breakfast Club, 201 Temple Ave. Suite D, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

**** The Thursday in Old Towne concerts continue until September 24. Admission is $10, doors open 6:30, Rain or Shine. Get the schedule and info at .

**** Antiques Jamboree & 2nd Annual Appraisal Fair – Saturday, September 19
Hosted by the Battersea Foundation at Battersea, an Anglo-Palladian villa built in 1768 by a founding father, Colonel John Banister, one of the signers of the Articles of Confederation.
30 – 40 selected antique dealers will bring items for sale
Antique appraisers of note will be at Battersea to identify, authenticate, explain and appraise your collectibles including: furniture, dolls, art work, militaria, glassware, porcelain, silver, sports collectibles and items from many other genres.
There will be a $5.00 admission fee to the jamboree. The jamboree will be open from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm with a $10.00 “early bird” fee for admission at 8:00 am. Antique appraisals will be given between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm at no charge. Contributions are always welcomed! For additional information contact the Battersea, Inc. office (804 732-9882).

**** PCSing to Ft Lee? Moving to the area? Join us in charming, historic Old Towne Petersburg. Beautiful luxury HIGH STREET LOFTS feature open and airy floor plans, hardwood floors, ceramic baths, exposed beams, granite countertops, large closets in the renovated Seward Luggage Factory. The High Street Lofts are located at 422 High St in historic Old Towne. NOW OFFERING rent to own options and $5,000 paid in closing costs (for a limited time only). Act now and also take advantage of the first time homebuyers’ $8,000 Federal Tax Credit. For more info or arrange a showing, contact Brenda Atkins, 804.874.3398 / / office is OPEN Thurs thru Mon 1-6 pm.

**** Did you know Petersburg’s cemeteries were once segregated by race and religion? A walking tour entitled
“People’s Memorial Cemetery: African American Heritage” will be conducted
Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 7:00pm.
The tour will begin at the cemetery itself. Please park on Mingea or St. Andrews Streets. The forty-five minute tour will explore the history of the cemetery and will feature interesting stories of some of the burial grounds’ permanent residents. Tour participants will be encouraged to share family histories as well.
Admission is free. This event is sponsored by the City of Petersburg and the Petersburg Museums. For further information, please call 733-2396.

**** The First Annual Festival of Grapes and Hops will be held Sat., Sept. 26, 2009 in Old Towne. Sponsored by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. Get more on Chamber events at .

**** And, note the Fall Family Festival coming up on Oct. 17. Get details on ..

**** Entertainment at the Dixie Diner:
Friday Sept 4: Open Jam w/JR 6-9 pm no cover / Wild Debbie :9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Sat Sept 5: Wild Debbie 9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Sun Sept 6 : Coffee Jazz w/ Redman Edwards : 12 noon – 2 pm : no cover
Tues: Sept 8: Senior Bingo 9 am – 10 am : no cover
Tues Sept 8 : Oldies Sax w/Mastin Kitchen : 11 am – 1 pm : no cover
Fri Sept 11: Lin Doak Acoustic 5:30 – 7 pm : no cover
Fri Sept 11 Dale Traylor : 7 pm – 9 pm : no cover
Fri Sept 11 : El Jay (of Throwin Knives) : 9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Sat Sept 12 Wild Debbie : 9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Sun Sept 13 Coffee Jazz w/ Redman Edwards : 12 noon – 2 pm : no cover
Tues Sept 15 Senior Bingo: 9 am – 10 am : no cover
Tues Sept 15 Oldies Sax w/Mastin Kitchen : 12 noon – 2 pm : no cover
Fri Sept 18 Open Jam w/JR : 6pm – 9 pm : no cover
Fri Sept 18: What Price Victory AND Dirty Appomattox : 9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Sat Sept 19: Wild Debbie : 9 pm – 2 am : no cover
Sun Sept 20: Coffee Jazz w/Redman Edwards : 12 noon – 2 pm : no cover
250 N Sycamore St. / / 732.7425.

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