Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Restaurant Review: The Village Grill-Chester, VA

Sorry I haven't been on in a while but we haven't been able to get out and about to the antique shops due to some car vandalism.  However, on my work travels I happened upon a little grill in Chester, VA called The Village Grill.  I would have missed it since it's not on the main road (Rt. 10).  I turned into the parking lot at the fork where there is a Dunkin Donuts to grab lunch while I waited to have a meeting and spied the grill across the street.  My curiosity got the best of me and I pulled in to give it a try.

I am always up to try a small grill, they usually have the best food and if motorcycles are out front that's always a good sign.  Bikers know the best places to eat.  I walked in and noticed the decor which was little round tables with checkerboard table covers and iron heart back chairs.  The walls decorated with a hodge podge of memorabilia, some inspirational and some just plain comical.  They also have a TV.

I ordered a double cheeseburger with chili and slaw.  Just the basics and my favorite.  If that passed the taste test I'd be back with reinforcements.  The owner brought my burger and it was big and messy just like I like it.  I bit into it and an uncontrollable moan of pleasure escaped my mouth.  It brought back memories of 2nd Street Lunch in my home town in North Carolina.  Actually it was better!  You have no idea how difficult it is to get a burger made that way.  I'm won over!

They have a wide selection of grill items, sides and ice cream treats including milkshakes and banana splits.  They also have breakfast but they only serve until 10:30 a.m.

This building looks like an ice cream parlor converted to a grill.  There is not much seating and the chairs are a bit uncomfortable.  Wait to use the restroom as it's outside in the back of the building.  You don't come here for the ambiance, you come here for the food and conversation. The owners are pretty darn nice, too. Dress casual.

I am looking forward to bringing hubby or my employees out to try it one day soon.

Look for them on facebook.

Recommended by Small Town Travelers for value and great eats.

Izze & Sean

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Governor's Antiques Mechanicsville, VA

Tucked away on a side road called Antique Lane in Mechanicsville, VA, hidden from the causal passerby is a treasure trove for the home owner and antique shop enthusiast, alike.  A plethora of items from lighting to claw-foot bathtubs is to be found.

We were quite surprised at the sheer footage let alone the wall to wall selection from door knobs to vintage art.  Stained glass windows litter the space as well as Tiffany style lamps, artwork, vintage toys and a host of garden statues.

There is even a man cave with instruments, old radios, neon signs and sporting goods.  
The Man Cave

Man Cave #2

Man Cave #3

Man Cave #4

Man Cave #5
For the ladies they have a case of jewelry, crystal, knick knacks from Hummels to a room that is primarily dedicated to gnomes.

Collectible plates, lights and chandeliers

Oil lamps

Toys! Oh boy, I feel like a kid again.

Christmas is never that far away.

Wow! These clubs and golf bag are pretty vintage.

Great for St. Patrick's Day and anyone who loves Irish themed figures.

Bottles and stoneware.

A small selection of furniture.

More furniture.

Ah...the gnomes I spoke of earlier.

Vintage electric and tube radios.

Too cute!

Loved this!

One of many aisles of interesting decor and furniture.

Loved this Electric Action player piano

A shot of the inside of the piano.

Very cool!

Jukeboxes and Pinball machines for your rec room.

Love this figurine, it was locked in the glass.  Probably what hubby and I will look like when we are old.


More artwork!

Even more artwork! Must come take a peek.
 Lawn decor ranged from small to gigantic.

The yard of statues, marble, clawfoot bathtubs, etc.

Adorable yard statue.

They have quite a few whimsical children yard statues.

Dolphin yard statues.

Prices are wide ranging depending on the item and it's age.

The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable, ready and able to help you find what you need. They told us that they also install and repair items purchased from them so you wouldn't need to seek outside services.

They say, "if you can't find it here, you won't find it."

Hubby found a few pipes to refurbish and add to his collection.  Sadly, I didn't find a treasure this time but when we get our house I know where to go.

Govenor's Antiques is a Small Town Traveler recommend especially for giving your home that special character and charm with repurposed, vintage and antique fixtures and decor.

Check out their website for a video tour and on Facebook.

If you visit this shop please tell us about your experience.

Happy hunting!
Izze and Sean

Monday, March 12, 2012

Restaurant Review: Willie's BBQ Quinton, VA

Richmond have I got a gem of a BBQ find for you.  Just .15 minutes from downtown is BBQ heaven!  Located at the Bottoms Bridge exit off 64 (Rt.60/Pocahontas Trail) is a meal to remember. You must try Willie's Smoked Carolina BBQ.

Healthy helpings of freshly smoked BBQ, freshly made homemade sides and desserts that will rival your mother's cooking.  There is a pretty lengthy list of sides to choose.  We guarantee that you will have leftovers.  Well, unless you are really hungry.

Image courtesy of Urbanspoon

Make sure to leave room for one of their homemade desserts such as banana pudding, brownies, cheese cake and 4-layer cake.

A plate is $8.95 which includes a meat, two homemade sides, your choice of roll or a piece of sweet cornbread the size of a piece of cake and a drink!  

Sweet tea? But, of course!

Another favorite is Willie's fresh, hand-squeezed lime and lemonade.

This little BBQ gem is well worth the drive for the best BBQ in Virginia, we think, and for their value.

Dress casual and come hungry. 

If you visit this restaurant please tell us about your experience.

Winter Hours:  

Thursday - Saturday 10:00 am -8:30 pm
Sunday - Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hanover, VA - Chamberlayn Road Antique Malls

We continued our excurstions in Mechanicsville, VA this weekend with a trip out to Chamberlayne and Atlee roads.

First stop was the McLawhorn Red Barn Antiques also known as Borkey's Store.  They also do furniture restoration.

 This little place has a little of everything but mostly furniture. Most items were reasonably priced.  I did not see any jewelry but were lots of linens, pots and pans as well as knickknacks.

Main entrance.

If we only had a house I would definitely want this! It's a beautiful and functional piece of bedroom furniture. Back in the day pieces like this were built as space saving storage for a fabulous all-in-on.

Love this vanity!  I didn't even look at the price.

I prefer the enclosed washstand so it has more storage space 
but this is a nice piece for $27.00.
We didn't stay here long as we wanted to get to the larger malls that would take  more time to browse.

On Chamberlayne Road were three shops in a row.  At the furthest point was Chandler's Antiques.  A very small shop and overpriced in our opinion.  Many items in great disrepair but some people prefer that distressed and worn look to give it character.  This shop also has jewelry, old photos, furniture, toys., etc. so it depends on what you are seeking.

Vintage or Antique stroller.

This is a little more ornate that I would like but I thought the craftsmanship was nice.

The second stop was a rather large antique mall called Through the Garden Gate Antiques also on Facebook.  The shop boasts "20,000 square feet of Treasure Hunting" on two levels.  It is a mixture of vintage and new items.  We enjoyed this shop very much and spent a couple of hours here browsing around and of course taking pictures.

Rather large building!
Love to look through knickknacks!
One day...I will have a Lane Cedar Chest.
Autographed photos! Loved Shirley Temple movies as a child-alright I still do.
Rooms very nicely laid out and and many color themed.
My treasure find for the day for $3.00-4.00! Don't you love the colors and the message.
Sparkly things!
This Through the Garden Gate, not the antique store. Everything is cream or white.  A bit unusual and a bit pricey.  They have some vintage clothing that was interesting on the manikins.
I have felt like this some days, haven't you? This gave me a chuckle.
Upstairs in the mall-wow so many items, nooks and crannies to explore.
Hmmmm, not sure what I think about this purse but it was interesting.
Nice vanity set for only $10.00 and 20% off.
Purses, purses and more purses!
More sparkly items.
Reminded me of Emmet Kelley.  Love music boxes.
With my one treasure in hand we headed down the road to our final destination, the Antique Village

This shop boasts over 50 dealers.  It was a smaller shop comparatively, however, they had a wide variety of items from jewelry, war memorabilia, furniture and knickknacks to old telephones.  I enjoyed browsing this shop the most because of the variety of vintage items.

Oh where to begin!
Many dealers had sales.
Lovely jewelry selection at several vendors.
This metal musical almost became one of my treasures of the day except I didn't like the tune. I've been interested in metal musicals lately for some reason but most are too big and I have no place to put them.
Old phonographs and metal toys.
Quite a selection of telephones.  With the advent of the cell phone I believe these are becoming obsolete in homes.  Do you still have one?  We have one just in case of power outage.
This is a reproduction but absolutely adored it.  Would look nice in my mountain cabin one day.
Beautiful wash bowl and pitcher.
For the Irish in you.
This booth was fun to look through.
First time I've seen Coca-Cola on this type of serving ware.  Posh isn't it.
This was an interesting purse.  Not my taste but someone is sure to love it.
Love trinket boxes aren't these so pretty?
I've not seen this style of Vintage Black Americana.  Very unique.
My treasure of the day and a real bargain at $12.00.  I'm not much of a ring wearer but this was just so lovely with it's blue and pink flowers with green peridot leaves that I couldn't pass it up.

We had a great Saturday afternoon visiting Hanover and exploring the shops.  The owners and employees were very nice and I want to extend a sincere thank you for allowing me to take pictures to share and hopefully generate more interest to stop in and shop.

Also want to give a shout out to Rachel of Silver Lining Decor on Etsy who I met while browsing at the Antique Village.  She makes re-purposed vintage jewelry.

If you visit one of these shops please tell us about your experience.

Happy treasure hunting!

Izze and Sean