Monday, March 11, 2019

14th Annual Fredericksburg Spring Home Show

For Immediate Release
March 11, 2019

Find the best resources in home improvement, landscaping, and design services at the 14th Annual Fredericksburg Spring Home Show, March 22-23-24.

Discover new ideas, walk through Landscape displays, take in seminars

Fredericksburg, VA.  The goal of the Fredericksburg Spring Home Show set for March 22-23-24 at the Fredericksburg Expo Center,  is to inspire, motivate and excite home owners to take on upcoming home improvement projects - whether it's something on the honey do list, a minor renovation or a major remodel.

The 14th Annual Fredericksburg Spring Home Show will feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. Meet with and compare ideas with experts who will help inspire, motivate and kick start your exciting plans and enhance the thrilling possibilities that come with your project!  

There will be so much to see and do including taking in the beautiful landscaped outdoor displays to walk through, the latest trends in home and gardening, a full fun outside bar area inside the Fredericksburg Expo Center along with Man Sheds and She Sheds, interior designers all under one roof.  

The Fredericksburg Spring Home Show and Stafford Nursery is sponsoring a $5000 Landscape Makeover.   Do you wish you could take your outdoor space from plain to the envy of the neighborhood? You can—all you have to do to go to the Home Show Facebook page to enter! One Lucky Winner will be picked.

Be inspired at the Fredericksburg Spring Home Show, March 22-23-24.  Tickets are good all three days and kids 12 and under are free.  Friday, March 22 is $5 Senior Day.  For more info, the seminar schedule or to get tickets


Friday, March 8, 2019

REC’s Koogler Tapped to Lead Energy-Efficiency Organization



Date:               March 8, 2019                                    

Contact:          Casey Hollins
                        Director of Communications and Public Relations
                        (540) 891-5908,


REC’s Koogler Tapped to Lead Energy-Efficiency Organization 

Fredericksburg, Va. –  Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners now have a prominent seat at the table when it comes to energy efficiency. David Koogler, vice president of member services and external affairs, was recently selected as chairman of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, or VAEEC. His two-year term began last month.

The council includes Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, universities, nonprofits, local governments, state agencies and utilities such as REC. The council’s goal is to ensure energy efficiency is recognized as an integral part of Virginia’s economy.

“The VAEEC provides a forum for stakeholder engagement around energy efficiency and also a platform for supporting programs, innovation, best practices, and policies that advance energy efficiency in Virginia,” Koogler said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to represent REC member-owners by chairing this important Board.” Under the Virginia Energy Plan, energy efficiency is one of five areas of focus, along with solar, onshore wind, offshore wind, energy storage and electric vehicles/advanced transportation. 

“REC already offers member-owners a variety of tools and resources to help them use energy efficiently,” Koogler said. (Learn more at “My involvement with this state council will allow the Cooperative to lead by example and also to learn of more opportunities to help our member-owners use energy more efficiently.” 

REC provides electric service to nearly 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fredericksburg’s Imbibe Craft Beer & Arts Festival Releases Education Stage Lineup

Release Date: 
March 7, 2019 

Organizers Expand VIP Experience and Announce Official After Party 

FREDERICKSBURG, VA - A new festival hits the region in just under 30 days featuring craft beer, art, music, games, and education. Organizers from Fredericksburg-based Eastern Sports Management (ESM) will produce the annual touring event at the Fredericksburg Field House on April 6, which was previously held in Virginia Beach. 

The festival’s inaugural Fredericksburg date will be headlined by three-time Grammy-nominated southern blues-rockers North Mississippi Allstars with support from Virginia’s People’s Blues of Richmond and The Trongone Band. “I like to think of it as an intimate music festival with ridiculously good beer,” says Kristi Finigan, Director of Regional Business Development for ESM. 

Upwards of 40 Virginia breweries will be in attendance with several others coming in from out of state. Imbibe will also feature a curated Artisan Market featuring around 20 regional artists who will be showcasing their handmade wares throughout the event. Food trucks from as far as Richmond will make the trek to serve up food to guests. The festival also provides a Craft Soda Garden for non-drinkers or anyone looking to take a step away from the libations for a bit. With more than 20 styles of handcrafted sodas and kombuchas poured in this area alone, everyone will be able to enjoy a unique tasting experience as their friends. 

“I think what sets us apart from so many other festivals in the state is our focus on education. There are a vast array of fantastic artisan brewers here in Virginia, but there’s so much more involved in the craft beverage scene, especially here in the Commonwealth, and we aim to showcase as much as we can on our BrewU Education Stage. It really sheds some light on some of the farmers, purveyors, chefs, mixologists, distillers, and historians that can very effectively tell the story of Virginia’s beverage industry as a whole.” This stage will play host to industry professionals including renown Virginia beer historian, Lee Graves, as well as leaders from the University of Richmond, Murphy and Rude Malting Co., 1781 Brewing Co., Adventure Brewing Co., Stafford Brewers Club, Spencer Devon Brewing, and the list goes on. The festival rolls out its full BrewU Craft Education Stage lineup at 2 pm today on its website. 

Indian Motorcycle of Fredericksburg will be debuting two of their never-before-seen models at the event as well as presenting the event’s VIP Experience. Here, patrons can take advantage of premier views of the Main Stage, early entry to the festival, indoor restrooms, specialty brews unavailable elsewhere on site, and unique tasting experiences from Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. and Belle Isle Moonshine. VIP tickets are limited and include all of the above for $75. 

Also being announced today is the Official After Party which will be held just down the street from the event site at Strangeways Brewing Co. Admission is free, and attendees can expect live music and abundant food options from RVA’s ...


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

REC’s Youth Tour Students go to Richmond Legislative Day


Date:               February 26, 2019
Contact           Casey Hollins
Director of Communication and Public Relations
                        (540) 891-5908,


REC’s Youth Tour Students go to Richmond Legislative Day

Fredericksburg, Va. – Going beyond the textbook, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) recently hosted its annual Richmond Youth Legislative Day. Natalie Heiser of Culpeper, Nada Ismael of Fauquier, Jeremy Petrie and Abigail Varricchio of Frederick, Karrington Wilson and Kennedi Wilson of Hanover, students from REC’s 2018 Washington Youth Tour program, traveled to Richmond to see Virginia state government in action.

While there, the students brought their school lessons to life by visiting with House of Delegate members Michael J. Webert, R-Fauquier, and Hyland F. “Buddy” Fowler, R-Hanover, attending a session of the Virginia House of Delegates and touring the Virginia State Capitol.

When speaking to the students, the officials stressed the importance of younger adults participating in the democratic process and offered insight into the legislative issues affecting Virginia at the state level.

“It’s very important for high school students to become involved in the democratic process,” said Brian Wolfe, REC’s youth tour coordinator. “The Cooperative’s Youth Tour program provides students a stepping stone to learning how they can make a difference. And actions by the General Assembly directly impact every one of us, including young adults.”

Know a rising high school junior? Encourage them to apply! Applications for the 2019 Washington Youth Tour have closed, but applications for the 2020 trip are open year round. For additional information about the program or to obtain an application, please visit or contact Brian Wolfe at 1-800-552-3904, ext. 5914.

REC provides electric service to over 168,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.                                                                

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Local Athletes to Compete for Special Olympics USA in Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi

 February 20, 2019

Media Contact:
Special Olympics Senior PR Director Holly Claytor
804.726.3025 (w) 

VA to UAE: Trading Snow for Sand

Local Athletes to Compete for Special Olympics USA in Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi

Fredericksburg, Virginia - Special Olympics Virginia will proudly send 7 athletes and 1 coach to compete as part of Special Olympics USA, the 314-member delegation representing the United States at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. The event will be held March 14-21, 2019, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Special Olympics USA is comprised of 215 athletes, 65 coaches and approximately 34 delegation members who support team operations. Team members will compete in 18 of the 24 sports offered: athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, equestrian, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics – artistic, gymnastics – rhythmic, open water swimming, powerlifting, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, and volleyball.

Grace Anne Braxton, who hails from Fredericksburg, has been a Special Olympics golfer and swimmer since 1981. In March at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi, she will focus her energies on the greens after taking home gold in golf high performance singles at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. In 2007 and 2011, she was the top-rated female Special Olympics golfer in the world, and she’s looking for another top sp­­ot on the Special Olympics podium in Abu Dhabi. To watch a video about Grace Anne and her story visit:  

In addition, Ron Manilla will attend as a tennis coach as well as 6 Special Olympics Virginia staff members: Dave Pawlowski, medical team; Ellen Head, sports manager for gymnastics; Katie Botha, communications director for US delegation; Daniel Leake, technical delegate for volleyball; Nancy Morehouse, Unified Sports® delegate; and David Thomason, who'll be assisting with Global Messengers. 

To learn more about the delegation, please visit for a full team listing, photos and bios.

Can’t make the 14 hour flight? ESPN’s global television networks and digital media will bring extensive coverage to sports fans and supporters of the Special Olympics movement around the world. As the official broadcast partner of Special Olympics, ESPN’s television coverage will be carried across its networks in the U.S. as well as streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN App.

To follow Special Olympics USA, visit, and follow on Facebook:,Twitter: @specialolyUSA, and Instagram: @specialolympicsusa. Hash Tag: #Cheer4USA

Media interested in featuring a local World Games athlete should contact Holly Claytor at or 804-726.3025.   

For more information visit


About Special Olympics Virginia

Special Olympics Virginia is an accredited state program of Special Olympics Incorporated; an international organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports every day around the world. Through work in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics addresses inactivity, injustice, intolerance and social isolation by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, which leads to a more welcoming and inclusive society. Visit us at Engage with us on Twitter @solympicsva;; Instagram @specialolympicsva and ...


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Tulip Salon & Spa Named to the Salon Today 200 by Salon Today

BUFFALO GROVE, IL (January 2019) – Tulip Salon & Spa, Fredericksburg, VA, owned by Priscilla & Ralph Priebe recently was named to the SALON TODAY 200 by SALON TODAY, the leading business media for salon and spa owners.  

The magazine’s 22nd annual SALON TODAY 200 issue profiled the selected salons in its January/February 2019 edition. The 200 salons were honored for their best business practices from applications submitted by SALON TODAY readers, who represent the 20,000 top-producing salons and spas in the country.  

The magazine honored applicants in 11 different best practice categories, including, Compensation & Benefits, Customer Service, Employee Education, Inventory Management, Philanthropy, Profit Center, Retail & Merchandising, Retention & Referral Programs, Salon Culture, Technology and Growth. Tulip Salon & Spa was honored in the following: Profit Center and Growth. 

“Our editors recognize that strong business leadership requires the mastery of a number of different best business practices,” said Stacey Soble, editor-in-chief of SALON TODAY. “The salons named to the SALON TODAY 200 for 2019 not only proved they excel in one or more of these areas, they also have created rewarding environments for their staff members and standout experiences for their clients. Their willingness to share their success offers our readers important business benchmarks and inspirational business-building ideas.” 

In the commemorative January/February 2019 issue, SALON TODAY profiled 200 individual salons, although these salons could be honored in more than one category. The 2019 SALON TODAY 200 honored 100 salons in Growth; 35 salons in Compensation & Benefits; 40 salons in Customer Service; 25 salons in Employee Education; 36 salons in Inventory Management; 35 salons in Philanthropy; 23 salons in Profit Center; 40 salons Retail & Merchandising; 37 salons in Retention & Referral Programs; 37 salons in Salon Culture; and 35 salons in Technology.  

Priscilla Priebe, owner and manager of Tulip Salon & Spa stated: “Tulip Salon & Spa has been very          fortunate to experience steady growth since opening in the Village in 2010.  Receiving this prestigious award is an honor which acknowledges the contribution of talented team members and the support of loyal guests and community.  To be among the Top 200 salons certainly makes us proud of our people who are developing their professional careers with Tulip Salon & Spa. “ 

“Thank you all for choosing to visit Tulip Salon & Spa.  We look forward to continuing to bring premier products and services to our guests. Visit our website at to view services, our team members as well as current promotional offers.” 

Salon Today is a division of Modern Salon Media, which is owned by Bobit Business Media in Torrance, California.  Stacey Soble, Editor in Chief, Salon Today 


Friday, February 22, 2019

Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite's Donny Self and Cameron Coleman Sell 5635 Plank Road

Media Inquiries:  
Cameron Coleman 
Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite 



(Fredericksburg, VA, February 11, 19) – Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite is pleased to announce the sale of the fully-leased multi-tenant retail building located at 5635 Plank Road in the Harrison Crossing shopping center.  The building is strategically located on an out-parcel of the Harrison Crossing Shopping Center anchored by Home Depot and Giant Food directly off Plank Road with a combined traffic count of 55,000 VPD, near the recently expanded Park & Ride Commuter Lot and adjacent to Riverbend High School.  

Donny Self and Cameron Coleman were proud to represent Net Lease Development in the purchase of this land a little over a year ago and successfully pre-leased the 8,087 SF retail building--bringing in Burger King, Super Cuts, Jersey Mike’s, AT&T and Wing Stop as tenants. Directly after fully leasing the building, and during construction Self and Coleman were able to procure a purchaser. Chris Via of Net Lease Development lauded Self and Coleman’s efforts, saying “We enjoyed working with Cameron and Donny for the purchase, pre-lease and eventual sale of 5635 Plank Road. We were so pleased to be able to develop and sell this retail building in just over a year with their help, bringing sought-after businesses to the Harrison Crossing shopping center.”  

Self and Coleman commended the developers, saying “In today’s retail real estate climate it is refreshing to work with such a creative and goal orientated group like Net Lease Development. From the pre-leasing to the sale the team at Net Lease Development made each transaction seamless due to their desire in making sure each party to the deal is treated fairly.”  

The Fort Worth, TX-based Net Lease Development is a client focused build-to-suit retail developer with a presence across the country. They handle everything from site selection, pre-development including entitlement, design and permitting as well as construction through turn-key delivery to clients with 100% real estate and construction costs funded with flexible and creative deal structures. 

About Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite 

As the Fredericksburg region’s largest commercial real estate company, Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite is the premier commercial real estate market leader. Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite was awarded the #1 Coldwell Banker Commercial Affiliate Office in Virginia for the past 4 years (2013-2016)! The  Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite Team  is as dedicated to your success as you are. Our company provides in-depth commercial real estate solutions and services including landlord and tenant representation, buyer and seller representation, property management, investment acquisition and disposition services and development consulting. Our primary focus area consists of the greater Fredericksburg region (Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, Caroline, City of Fredericksburg), while also servicing the Washington, D.C. Metro area and all of Virginia. For more information, visit:  



Friday, February 22, 2019

REC Leaders Meet with Legislators

Date: February 22, 2019
Contact:          Casey Hollins
Director of Communications and Public Relations
(540) 891-5908,


REC Leaders Meet with Legislators

Fredericksburg, Va. - Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) leaders joined more than 150 of their peers from across Virginia to advocate for cooperative member-owners at the 2019 Legislative Day in Richmond. The activities were coordinated by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.

The annual event is an opportunity for electric cooperative leaders to visit with state delegates and senators to discuss legislation related to their industry. This year, REC focused on two main issues: reducing regulatory costs, and modifying the net metering rules to allow member-owners equitable access to roof-top solar.

“It’s always important to remain engaged with those who make laws that affect us every day,” said Matt Faulconer, manager of external affairs. “In today’s world of extreme political views, member-owned co-ops can often bridge the gap, as we did with net metering. Taking time to listen to all of the concerns and to find a consensus-based solution demonstrates REC’s commitment to serving our members. By being involved early in the legislative process, we can more efficiently serve all of our members.”

The following REC board members attended this year Eugene L. Campbell Jr.Darlene H. CarpenterWilliam C. FrazierLinda R. Gray, , Sanford Reaves Jr.Christopher G. ShipeJesse R. “Randy” Thomas, and J. Mark Woods. They were joined by the following REC executives: Kent D. Farmer, president and CEO; John D. Hewa, vice president of corporate services; and David F. Koogler, vice president of member services and external affairs.

REC provides electric service to over 169,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Mill Race Commons Building Fully Occupied for the First Time in Over 10 Years

Media Inquiries:  
Ben Keddie 
Vice President of Commercial Division 
Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite 
(540) 786-1402  


Mill Race Commons Building Fully Occupied for the First Time in Over 10 Years 

Fredericksburg, Virginia: In just over a year, Coldwell Banker Commercial Elite agent Cameron Coleman and broker Ben Keddie have successfully leased all of the remaining spaces in the Mill Race Commons building—some of which had been vacant for over ten years. 

The 28,330 square foot historic office building’s unique design alludes to its past as a textile factory, built in 1929. It’s since been renovated and converted into a professional office building, featuring lofts, skylights and exposed beams. Strategically located in the heart of Downtown Fredericksburg, the new tenants of Mill Race Commons are just minutes from Route 3, I-95, shopping, and restaurants.