Meet Your Neighbors


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Heather McNulty Haynie & Dani Antol of Rock Paper Scissors


Rock Paper Scissors Co-Owners Heather McNulty Haynie and Dani Antol first purchased the boutique in 2010 from SCARPA-owner Amy Gardner. The two had worked together at a local advertising agency and shared a love of paper and clean design…. Read more here


Fran & Mary Ann Valente of Pasta Valente
Fran Valente – who owns Pasta Valente with her daughter Mary Ann – started selling her pasta at the City Market in the 1980s when specialty food was just beginning to take off. “…quite often she sold out before the day was over,” recalls Mary Ann. Read more here


Phil Wendel of ACAC
In the nearly 30 years since Phil Wendel first opened ACAC, he has made it his mission to reach the “uninitiated believers” of exercise — those who want to become healthier and more physically active, but, for whatever reason, have not yet done so. Read more here


Ira Wallace of Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival
Ira Wallace, co-manager of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, first got the idea for Monticello’s Heritage Harvest Festival during a conversation about getting the word out about heirloom varieties and sustainable agriculture. Read more here


Byrd Abbott of Roy Wheeler Realty Co.
After getting her start in real estate in the 1980s, Byrd Abbott has completed more than $248 million in sales during the past two decades, winning a myriad of accolades and awards along the way. Read more here.


Yvonne & Cassandra Mathis of Alakazam Toys & Gifts
Mother/daughter duo Yvonne and Cassandra Mathis opened Alakazam after Cassandra decided to leave her corporate job for the magical world of toys. The two love their spot on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall…. Read more here.


Corbin Snow of Snow’s Garden and Landscaping Center
A hundred years ago, Snow’s Garden and Landscaping Center opened for business. You could say, given their longevity, they’re more local than most! Their roots are deep in the community, as four generations of Snows have owned and operated…. Read more here.


Bruce Locker of Robertson Electric
Bill Robertson opened a one-man electrical business out of the basement of his home in Charlottesville. That was 1968…. Bruce Locker joined Robertson in March of 1977 and became president and part owner in 1994. Read more here.