The Buzz March/April 2020

BEHIND THE SCENES Temperatures were in the teens as we descended on Atelier Studio & Gathering Space January 23 for a styled spring-inspired photo shoot.


behind the scenes

Temperatures were in the teens as we descended on Atelier Studio & Gathering Space January 23 for a styled spring-inspired photo shoot. Inside the Madison Street business, it was all hands on deck (or in some cases, ladders were used) to create two unique table settings—from the perfectly tied napkins to the exquisitely styled flower arrangements.

Later in the day, at the home of Jill Rufus in Forest, the family dog Hershey offered plenty of comedic relief as our freelance photographer, Laura Beth Davidson, worked her magic—(we’re not 100 percent sure, but we think he was subtly telling us he wanted a belly rub?)

Flip to our expanded Home & Garden section on page 25 to see how it all turned out!

Local Openings & Closings

Hello! to Hawaii Poke and Greens in Cornerstone.
Hello! to County Smoak on Timberlake Road (near Tiny Town Golf).
Goodbye to the Calle Cruz Miami and Uprooted food trucks as the owners relocate to Florida this year.
Hello! to Mardel Christian & Education. The book store will open next to Hobby Lobby this spring.
Hello! to Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats. The bakery will not be relocating and is staying in Downtown Lynchburg!
Goodbye to Whole Health Physical Therapy in Wyndhurst.
Goodbye to Waitr in Lynchburg. The app stopped its service here in late January.
Hello! to a new location of Batter Bar on Church Street.

Mark Your Calendars

M*A*S*H, The Play
March 5-7, 8 p.m.
Based on Richard Booker’s 1968 novel about three Army doctors, this Renaissance Theatre performance is full of comic adventures… with a little bit of romance and drama, too. Buy tickets at and see our complete Theater Preview Guide starting on page 52.

Empty Bowls 2020
March 21, 10:30 a.m.
Raise money for Lynchburg Daily Bread at this 12th annual event at the Academy Center of the Arts’ Warehouse Theater. Your $20 ticket includes a hand-made ceramic bowl (all are donated by
local potters), soup tastings, bread, dessert and a beverage. Buy tickets at

Lynchburg Garden Day
April 21, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This self-driving tour, part of Historic Virginia Garden Week, features five local properties full of history and unique charm. This year’s lineup includes the octagonal villa and ornamental gardens at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Find more information at

Antique Rose Festival & Sale
April 25 – May 31
2020 marks the 25th anniversary of this beloved Hill City event at Old City Cemetery that’s also the largest antique rose sale in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The festival includes a series of special events at the cemetery and downtown. Learn more at and read more about the history of the festival starting on page 93.

Dance Theatre of Harlem
May 2, 7:30 p.m.
This dynamic, multi-ethnic ballet company will take the stage at the Historic Academy of Music Theatre. Dance Theatre of Harlem’s performances include classic as well as contemporary works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture. Buy tickets at

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