Business Briefs: March 2022

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Pat Salin Huston shows how images on a sonogram can help a patient (here, represented by Cara Hall) understand how how muscle groups perform in certain movements, and how different groups work together. Photo: Malcolm Andrews.

Passages Physical Therapy Opens in Clover Lawn

Pat Salin Huston, MSPT, BCB-PMD, long-time physical therapist and owner of Passages Physical Therapy and Wellness, has gone through a recent passage herself, one that’s been a dream for a while. After commuting to Charlottesville for 16 years, she’s now located in new offices in Clover Lawn. Her Crozet office is on the second floor of the west office compound, which houses Bacio Mediterranean Grill and Haynes Law Office. She also helps clients virtually from her home in White Hall. She’s joined by physical therapist Laura Panzarella and administrator and PT Tech Cara Hall.

Although Passages offers a wide array of physical therapy services, it gets its name from the specialty Huston selected after helping countless clients with problems they believed were embarrassing, uncommon, or somehow their fault. After instructing a number of patients with pelvic muscle difficulties, she saw that many of them were going through normal life transitions or passages: adolescence, pregnancy, childbirth and aging. Many believed there was not much to be done about sensitive issues like pelvic separation, pain, or incontinence, but were pleased to find that anatomical education, training, targeted exercise and biofeedback can often correct even chronic difficulties without drugs or surgery. 

Pat Salin Huston and Cara Hall of Passages Physical Therapy demonstrate some balance and core work. Submitted photo.

Huston was determined to make her practice as welcoming as possible, both for women and men. She found that many of her clients (as well as the world in general) don’t realize the importance of the pelvic muscles in supporting all bodily systems, and the necessity of preserving their strength, while reducing tension as they age.

When Covid precautions became necessary, she was curious about how a remote practice would work, and was happy to discover her patients really liked it. “So much of this is education,” she said. Huston is a natural teacher (in one video she uses a rubber chicken to illustrate how the pelvic muscles work) and she clearly enjoys it. Now, patients can choose a mix of office visits, online videos and individual instruction. They’ll also find a mix of cutting-edge medical technology and time-honored, low-tech movement, wellness and hands-on therapies. “We love being able to bring our clients the best of both worlds,” Huston said.

Passages provides physical therapy for a full range of postural and orthopedic issues. A complete list of services, as well as other information, is on their website, passagespt.com.

Ivy Square Businesses Inch Closer to Crozet

A collection of businesses, presently located in Ivy Square adjacent to Foods of All Nations will move west, relocating a mile or so closer to Crozet shoppers, into the space next to the Bellair Market. The space, which is being extensively remodeled, was vacated by Virginia Tractor a couple of years ago.

“I wish we could tell you exactly when we will move,” said Kenny Ball, who owns the antique shop bearing his name, “but it depends on construction.” He said the move will come in the next few months, and the relocation of his collection of 18th and 19th century European antiques will be followed at various intervals by other Ivy Square business, most of whom specialize in home furnishings. Antique dealers Comer & Company and Helen Storey Antiques will move to the renovated complex, as will the Shade Shop and Lighting Gallery. Ball said they will be joined by a rug dealer not presently located in Ivy, and also by Cou Cou Rachou, the popular bakery currently doing business in Charlottesville. It will be a good destination for a variety of quality home furnishings, Ball said. The property at Ivy Square that formerly housed many of the shops was purchased by a firm connected with the UVa Foundation.

Art, Drama, History, Philosophy Blossom in March

Two Virginia artists exhibit at Crozet Artisan Depot through March, one showing creative paper art and the other showing uniquely patterned pottery. 

Cyndi Mylynne’s show, “Adventures in Paper Art,” exhibits her one-of-a-kind paper art incorporating abaca and cotton linter, in the form of wall art and in paper shades for unique lamps. She’s collaborating with Tom Schimming on the lamps, which he fashions out of Ambrosia maple. In her nearly forty-year career, Mylynne has given countless lectures and demonstrations featuring paper art. She’ll be joined by Wendy Werstlein of Wrenn Pottery, showing “Evolving Vessels.”

“Moons” by Cyndi Mylynne is part of the March exhibit at Crozet Artisans Depot. Submitted photo.

Werstlein observes forms and lines from nature and uses them in her pots to give a sense of movement. Both artists will be at the Depot from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 12. To those new to Crozet, the Artisan Depot is in the historic train depot on Three Notch’d Road above the railroad tracks.

Wendy Wrenn Werstlein uses forms from nature in her pottery. Submitted photo.

The Waynesboro Heritage Museum has put together an exhibit starring the Crozet Tunnel, including historic photos, narrative accounts and a mock-up of the tunnel. The museum, on Waynesboro’s Main Street, will hold an opening social March 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. Choosing March for the opening is meant to honor the Irish heritage of many of the tunnel workers, said Shirley Bridgeforth, Museum Director. 

Also on Waynesboro’s Main Street, the Russell Museum presents a series of monthly speakers for its 2022 Homecoming: “Moving Into the Future.” Well-known author PMH Atwater, who was forever changed by three near-death experiences, will talk about the critical energy shifts ahead. Dr. Atwater will demonstrate ways to approach the shifts and thrive in a world of change in her talk, “What We Have Been Waiting for is Here,” March 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The Waynesboro Heritage Museum presents an exhibit, opening in March, to celebrate the Blue Ridge Tunnel. This photo was taken in the early 1900s. Submitted photo.

She’ll be followed by monthly guest speakers on the second Thursday of the month through June. All the discussions are open to all by donation, and are available both for in-person attendance and online via Zoom.

Live music, science lectures, classic films, and student performances of “Willy Wonka Jr.” and “The Jungle Book” are scheduled at the Wayne Theatre in March. There’s also a class in cartooning, a new art exhibit and, for fans of Celtic Music, the Celtic Angels, March 14. The regular film programming continues every Monday, and a performance by Jonathan Blanchard honoring music’s great basses is scheduled for March 4. Blanchard will also welcome students for his program “From History to Hip Hop,” earlier in the day. For complete information, visit waynetheatre.org

Amazon Fulfillment Center Coming to Fishersville

A one-million-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center will be built in Fishersville, according to a news release from Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Like the one recently launched in Waynesboro at the former Kmart, it’s a packing facility, except this one will specialize in packing and shipping larger items like rugs and furniture.

Augusta County rezoned the property last August to accommodate the center, scheduled to be finished by spring 2023. At the time of the rezoning, neighbors asked for more details about traffic and water run-off.

The news release said the center will bring 500 new jobs to the area, and put the present total of Amazon employees in Virginia at more than 30,000. Positions will start at $15 an hour, with benefits for full time employees.

Biz Bits

In the continuing downtown Crozet business shuffle, Countryside Pet Grooming will move to the space that formerly housed the Crozet Frame Shop and Art Box in early April. Heather Dabney, the business owner, said the move gives them double the space and will allow the constantly-booked-up pet groomers to accept more appointments. “Right now, we have to schedule our appointments a month and a half out,” she said. She hopes to be able to shorten the wait and to accommodate more clients. Renovations in the space have been extensive, she said, owing to the specialized nature of the business. “We’ll also be looking for more staff,” she added. There will be a new business moving in to the familiar lavender building once they vacate, as yet not ready to go public.

After six years of being connected with the Sam’s Hot Dogs franchise, Trey Wilkerson has now re-branded Trey’s Restaurant as a completely separate enterprise. Wilkerson said he will continue to serve the same menu that has made his growing establishment so popular, with creative and seasonal additions. He welcomes everyone’s continued patronage, and will have more announcements over time. 

Brian Yeagle, who has been connected with ACAC and Crozet Park in many capacities, is now the interim site manager for the Crozet Park Aquatic and Fitness Center, while the search is on for a permanent manager. 

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