Business Briefs: January 2018

Expanded produce section at Crozet Market. Photo: Theresa Curry.

More Changes at the Crozet Market

Over at the Crozet Market, it’s obvious that things are happening. There’s a new floor, and the produce section has expanded to line the front wall with fresh vegetables and fruits, beautifully arranged for those who like to take a close look at their produce before plopping it in the cart.

On the side wall, several freezers have been taken out to make room for the opening that will allow access to the deli section coming next door.

Deli coming soon at Crozet Market. Photo: Theresa Curry.

The deli will have seating and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, said manager Greg Davis. While the menu is still being worked out, Davis said that Boar’s Head meats and cheeses will be served, as well as specialty salads, hot dishes and fried chicken. Davis, as well as several other market employees, came to Crozet from Foods of All Nations on Ivy Road.

A Little Help for New Year’s Resolutions

Anyone looking to change their life for the better in 2018 can find plenty of support from local businesses. At Santosha Yoga, now at its new expanded headquarters on Three-Notched Road, you can experience a 5-day New Year detox that includes yoga, meditation and nutritional counseling, starting Monday; or “Reset your Compass” in a three-hour class January 20. There are other special offerings, too. For details, visit

New studio space at Santosha Yoga in downtown Crozet.

Santosha’s former neighbor at Piedmont Place, Smojo, will offer food to accompany the detox. Owner Beth Harley said anyone interested can order a day’s worth of plant-based, gluten-free food—three hearty meals and a snack—whether taking the class or not. Reach Harley through the Smojo Facebook page, or stop by to order.

Beth Harley of Smojo. Photo: Theresa Curry.

Over at A Place to Breathe, there are several opportunities to prepare yourself for the year ahead: “Cultivating Loving Kindness” Sunday; and “Create Balance in the New Year” Thursday. For more information, visit

Johannah Dottore and Crystal Oliver of A Place to Breathe. Photo: Theresa Curry.

Fitness expert Carl Zovco, who is a physical therapist as well as the owner of ZSP Crossfit, has some good advice for those of us wanting to be more active: “Simplify the resolution,” he said “Resolve to do something three times a week: run, bike, practice yoga, go to the gym, experience CrossFit.”

He advises that showing up for something three times a week should be the first goal. And, once you’ve shown up consistently for three months or so, then address your nutrition with whatever healthy plan interests you. Then make the next goal: sign up for a race or a new sport.

“When we try to change too many things at once, we get overwhelmed and we stop,” he said. “Don’t allow yourself to stop. Sign up and then show up. Amazing things can happen in 2018.”

Maura McLaughlin of Blue Ridge Family Practice, warns us not to take too narrow a view of our health: “As a family doctor, I focus on not just treating disease but also on helping people to get and stay healthy,” she said.

Dr. Maura McLaughlin. Photo: Mike Marshall.

Dr. McLaughlin is interested in the “Blue Zones,” the places around the world where people remain healthy into advanced old age. What struck her the most about Blue Zones was the enormous positive effect of social support on people’s ability to live a long and healthy life.

“Most of us think about diet and exercise as important parts of staying healthy, and while those are certainly important, it turns out that having a supportive social community potentially is the most important factor in longevity,” she said. She tries to talk with her patients about the need for family, friends and religious communities, social supports that actually increase the number of years people live. Not only are these supports accessible to all of us, she said, but they also bring us joy.

Dr. McLaughlin also observed that people in the Blue Zones didn’t use extreme willpower or one specific diet or exercise program. “They lived longer because their environments—both physical and social—were set up to support healthy habits,” she said. “Their environments made the healthy choices the easy ones.

“Something as simple as leaving the fruit bowl out on the counter, or not keeping ice cream in the house, can have lasting changes in people’s health,” she said.

“We are fortunate to have a community in Crozet with accessible parks, trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, community gathering spaces—all these factors in the physical environment that increase the activity level and health of the whole population.”


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