News & Notes

A New Dental Practice Serving Nelson County

A practicing dentist for 12 years, Carla Chavez-Mayorga, DDS recently opened a practice in Afton.

Originally from Nicaragua, Chavez-Mayorga went to Dental School at Universidad Americana UAM in Managua, Nicaragua.

She completed a dental residency program at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio and a second year of residency program at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Chavez-Mayoraga then moved to Charlottesville in 2017 and joined the dental residency program at UVA in 2017 as an Assistant Professor.

She lives in Charlottesville with her husband, son, daughter, 3 dogs and 1 fish, all happy to be a part of Nelson County. For more information, see p. 10.

New Arts & Gift Shop Open

The Heart of Nelson Artisan Collective is a group of 24 artists seeking to bring their love of traditional skills and techniques to the Nelson County community. Open since Dec. of 2020, on Front St. near the Courthouse, the Collective members have their talents on display and available for purchase using the mediums of wood, fabric, metal, soaps, beads, paintings, florals, pottery, jewelry, sculptures and more. Classes are offered, and on the 2nd Saturday of each month an outdoor market is held outside next to the shop.

   The Heart of Nelson’s officers include Carla Quenneville, Rose Brame, Angie Dickie-Boyd and Randi Brown. For more information, see the ad on page 19.

New Mead, Beer, Honey & More Store Open In Afton

Mountain House Trading Company LLC opened their retail store in October of 2020. The parent company was established in 2013. The Afton location is their first direct retail location; the parent company previously only dealt with wholesale, web sales, and collaborations with their seven alcohol-producer partners, ranging from Meaderies, to Distilleries, Cideries, and to Breweries.

Dax Rhodes and Chuck Burden are the co-owners of the Afton location, and both have been beekeepers for many years.

The parent company operates over two dozen apiaries spread-out across Central

Virginia, including Afton, Nellysford, Faber and Shipman. For more information, see the ad on page 18.

Lovingston Recognized as 2021 Main Street America Affiliate

Lovingston has been designated as an affiliate Main Street™ program. Each year, Main Street America and its partners announce the list of nationally recognized affiliate programs in recognition of their commitment to creating meaningful improvements in their downtowns and commercial districts using the Main Street Approach™, a framework for preservation-based economic development and community revitalization.

Lovingston’s performance is annually evaluated by Office of Nelson County Economic Development and Tourism, which works in partnership with Main Street America to identify local programs that are committed to comprehensive revitalization and achieving meaningful community outcomes.

Maureen Kelley, Nelson County Director of Economic Development and Tourism notes, “Revitalization of any downtown requires patience and commitment. We are seeing the incremental progress that results from a sustained public-private effort.”


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