Sunday, June 25, 2017

Phillip Wright Memorial Cornhole Tournament

After months of planning, the Phillip Wright Memorial Corn Hole Tournament was held today at the Atkinson Barn in Danville.  
Our family just got home from the event, and I can't say enough positive things about the Wright family and all of their efforts and planning, their volunteering of time and labor, and of Paul’s construction of the corn hole boards. Philip was so blessed to have such a wonderful family in the Wrights, and I am so proud to call them extended family. 
I know that if Phillip could see all the people who showed up and helped out today, he would be so pleased. I know he would be especially pleased that his family is working to honor his memory, and to help raise money for and awareness of mental health and suicide awareness and prevention. 
I do want to acknowledge the sponsors of the event and the participants and volunteers who helped make the event possible. Of course, Paul Wright of BuiltWright Woodworking and Jeanette Burnette, Phillip’s aunt and uncle, organized the event, so a special thank you to them! The platinum sponsors of the Phillip Wright Memorial Corn Hole Tournament are Point Blank Sporting Goods, Columbia Forest Products, TS Trophy and Sign, Bojangles, Davenport Energy, Ramsey, Yeatts and Associates Realtors, Teresa Moody Real Estate, Lands Towing, Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine, Chesapeake Bay Trading Company, W. L. Bowman Home Improvement, LLC, A and L Hauling in Gretna, Polynt Composite, Atkinson Farms, Tyree Heating, Cooling, and Electrical, and GoDocs Healthcare Center. Gold sponsors included Home Depot, Old Dominion Insurance, Gretna Animal Clinic, M&W Flower Shop, Chatham Shirts and Signs, Cherrystone Veterinary Hospital, Tucker Road Tactical, Sparkle and Shine Car Wash, Creative Expressions, State Farm Agent Diane Waller, Make America Great Again, Doomsday Tackle Company, Butcher’s Block, BB’s Place, CRB electric, 57 Superette, Gretna theater, Family Pharmacy in Tight Squeeze, Fisher Auto Parts in Chatham, and Chatham DMV Select. Paul Wright constructed the cornhole boards and scoreboards, and Olivia Bartell made all of the cornhole bags.
Volunteers from the Danville-Pittsylvania County Out of Darkness Walk were present with information about suicide awareness and prevention, as well as signs lining the walkway leading to the event entrance. Terry Sharpe, The Walking Marine who walks to bring attention and awareness to US military veteran suicides, was also present.
In addition to sponsorships and participant registration fees, concessions were sold, prizes were raffled, and a silent auction was held. The funds will go toward any final family expenses, and any proceeds that remain are going to go toward the family’s participation in the Danville- Pittsylvania County Out of Darkness Walk to be held in November. There is more information about the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, as well as how you can walk, volunteer, or donate at www.AFSP.Org/walk.

Congratulations to today's winners Nick Travis and Mickey Pope. Thank you again to all of the people who donated silent auction items, who sponsored the event, who volunteered, participated, and who showed up and were simply present today. It was a special day that we were happy to share with so many. Thanks for helping us honor Phillip's memory, bring awareness to some very real, difficult, and important issues, and raise some money for a good cause. Thanks to our community for continuing to love our family. We love you right back! 
xoxo, Erin

Thursday, June 8, 2017

An Inside Look at Joe and a Bow, the New Coffee Shop and Children's Boutique in South Boston, Virginia

South Boston, Virginia, is a charming small town, but as much as I enjoy strolling and shopping here, I've felt for a while that something was missing. If you're one of those who has wished for a downtown coffee shop, you're in luck. That something missing has been found in the form of Joe and A Bow, a unique hybrid coffee and tea shop along with a children's boutique providing children’s gifts, clothing, and ruffles, tutus, and hairbows for days! I was lucky enough to have an inside look at the new business, just in time for their opening, and can’t wait to share it with you!
Joe and a Bow is located in the old laundry building at 530 Wilborn Avenue. The building has been recently renovated by property owner Vilma Pambid.  The interior of the coffee shop is absolutely stunning. Mrs. Pambid had the original brick walls cleaned, repaired, finished, and sealed. She was able to preserve the original pulley system that was used in the original laundry. It is still intact and on display above the cafe seating area. The ceiling and roof of the building is absolutely beautiful with wooden beams and natural light windows. 
Stephen and Brittany Adamson, proprietors of Joe and a Bow, hired a contractor to build the coffee bar using reclaimed sheet metal from an old local barn.   The rustic, industrial feel of the interior of the building is perfect for a downtown coffee shop, and is a fun backdrop for the frills and sequins for sale in the store front.

There are so many sweet and playful little girls clothes that it was difficult to pick a favorite, so naturally I had to pick three. This lemon print dress is bright, cheerful, and so pretty. (I would love a more grown-up version for myself.) I adore this colorful infants one piece romper trimmed in pom-poms. Thee back-to-school two-piece set is perfect for the upcoming Kindergartner. Parents and grandparents, don't delay on this outfit. I have a feeling this item will sell fast! These pom-pom trimmed shorts are simply adorable. 
In addition to offering coffee, Joe and a Bow offers many varieties of hot tea, as well as spices. The children's boutique offers children's gift items, toys, and these baby swaddlers and wraps.
And of course, hairbows!

The Adamsons were among 12 winners in the SoBo Start-Up! business grant competition. $52,500 in start-up costs plus $10,000 in goods and services was distributed amongst the winners to launch or expand their business in downtown South Boston. The SoBo Start-Up! Program was one of five in the state which are part of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia Community Business Launch Initiative. SoBo Start-Up! is overseen by Destination Downtown South Boston. In the next few months, expect to see a new bakery, health food store, the expansion of Southern Plenty, a personalized t-shirts and gifts store, and a new clothing and accessories boutique.
Brittany and Stephen Adamson moved to South Boston from Texas about six months ago, when Stephen accepted a position at ABB. They quickly found the area to be both friendly and a great place to raise their children. Stephen told me that they love it so much, they never plan to leave. We are so glad to have the Adamsons here, so glad to have a new coffee shop and children's boutique, and wish them the very best.  Located at 530 Wilborn Avenue, Joe and a Bow will open for business at 6:00 am tomorrow, Friday, June 9 with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. I can't wait to show my support for this business and finally enjoy that downtown coffee shop I have been craving for so long. I hope to see you there.  
xoxo, Erin
Southern Virginia Mom