Scouted Event: Locke Store Celebration

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Gas up the car and head to Millwood this weekend – it’s your chance to experience all the LOCAL goodness our favorite modern, country store has to offer: famously, delicious housemade foods; local goods; craft beers and superior wines.

A particular Locke Store favorite for this busy mom of 3 – Chicken Pot Pie! Farm-to-table goodness and sustainability is important, but we don’t always have the time to bring our best intentions to the table. The Locke’s Chicken Pot Pie is  a “clean-the-plate” favorite for everyone in my house (after you try a bite, it will be a “go-to” for your weekly dinner plan too).

Taste, fall in love, and find your inner Locavore at Locke Store THIS WEEKEND!

 

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2049 Millwood Road

Millwood, Va 22646

540.837.1275

 

Sep
25
2014

SCOUT SPOTLIGHT: Tri-County

Not your ordinary Feed Store

TriCounty_HuntCountry2014_OFA8 I will never forget my first visit to Tri-County. It was love at first sight! I left that day with my 1st pair of Dubarry boots (an addiction that continues to this day), the TOMS my 11 year old had been craving for months, and a cozy bed for my 4-legged baby (a spoiled Rottweiler, named Razzie). Everything, carefully loaded in recyclable shopping bags! I was TRI-COUNTY-hooked!

The truth is, the feed store has been expanding its product offerings for years all in an effort to serve we locals better. I sat down with owners Bill & Jeri Jackson to get the full scoop on our favorite…”so-much-more-than-a feed store.”

1. Walk us through the early days. What was Tri-County like when it first opened in 1978?

“In the beginning, Bill said, I only sold livestock bedding. I would visit farms in the morning, and deliver what they needed at night. Soon my customer’s asked if I could deliver feed. So, I did. That is how every new product expansion has come to be at Tri-County. We listen to our customers and strive to meet their needs. It started with a desire to help people take care of their animals. We are still very dedicated to that principle today. After all, if you can find everything you need in one place – you have more time to spend with your horse – or do the things that you love.” 

(Here’s Bill in front of the 1st Tri-County with two satisfied customers. circa 1978).

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 ”It started with a desire to help people take care of their animals. We are still very dedicated to that principle today. After all, if you can find everything you need in one place – you have more time to spend with your horse…”                                       Bill Jackson, Owner, Tri-County 

2. How did Tri-County grow to be the 12,000 square foot experience it is today?

Bill’s reply, “We ran out of space! Our customers were loyal and coming back regularly to buy their fed, hay, bedding and supplements at our old location on Frost Street. But, they had to go elsewhere for equestrian apparel, footwear, tack and other things. We wanted to have everything they needed – and offer it in a place that was easy, comfortable and fun.” 

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AND OH WHAT FUN IT IS! Pics above are just a few of my favorite things spotted today…this adorable Patagonia shift, vest from Goody Rider, and his and her wool sweaters. LOVE!

3. The new store just celebrated its 7th anniversary. What will Tri-County look like seven years from now?

Jeri tell us, “We are always thinking of ways to enhance our “shop local” experience. On the feed side, we will continue to improve efficiency and variety of offerings. On the retail side, we’ll continue to bring on new lines we know our customers want. We just recently added Purdey and Beretta to great reviews and we will be adding Barbour and Filson in 2015. (and, for those traveling a bit to get to us…there may be a Tri-County Cafe’ in our future).”

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“We are always thinking of ways to enhance our “shop local” experience.”                                                       Jeri Jackson, Owner, Tricounty

4. What is the one thing in your shop every two-legged customer should own? And, what’s the must-have for those of the four-legged variety?

“Four-legged varieties, Jeri says they ALL deserve high quality nutrition, tasty treats, and a warm blanket or coat. For our two-legged customers we’ll always have quality apparel and footwear, original gifts for their loved ones, and chocolate!”

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5. When you are not at Tri-County, where are you?

Jeri said, “Our favorite past time is a quiet walk through Rectortown – there’s nothing like home. We also love to travel and often find ourselves researching new product lines for the store from abroad. We love bringing great finds from our travels home to hunt country.”

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So many reasons to love this local treasure! If you have never visited Tri-County, plan a trip soon. Be prepared…you too will be leaving with several (environmentally-friendly, recyclable shopping bags) – all loaded with great finds from the Feed Store!

Be sure to tell them…SCOUT sent you.

 

TRI-COUNTY: Feeds. Fashions. Finds.

7408 John Marshall Highway

Marshall, Virginia

540.364.1891

 

Sep
23
2014

Scout is Out Soiree

It’s official! Our beautiful book is here and we’ve launched our arrival in true “TSG Hunt Country style” (with a lot of help from some very talented friends).

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The Goodstone Inn & Restaurant transformed their dinning area into a spectacular great room. The space was charming, intimate, elegant (just as you would expect from the Goodstone). Every detail exceptionally executed. The evening was absolutely PERFECT! Special thanks to Jenna Ware, Chef John Leonard and the Goodstone staff for an extraordinary effort and an evening that exceeded expectations.

2014-09-10 18.40.43 TSG friend and floral design-extrodinaire, Holly Heider Chapple filled this perfect setting with an abundance of texture and gorgeous color. The flowers were absolutely magical – quintessential “Holly-ish.”

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Of course the best part of the evening was the reunion of our TSG HC family. It was wonderful to have so many of you attend and special thanks to those who let me grab a quick pic to share: Philip Miller - Highcliffe Clothier, Peggy Duvall - Duvall Design Gallery,  Donna Clark, Tully Rector, Karen Jackson - Tully Rector , Jake Dunning - Throwleigh Fireplace Fenders, Will & Rachelle Eicher - J.D. Eicher Builders and Jim Timberlake, The Paint Shop.

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2014-09-10 18.46.49 A heart-felt thanks to two very special TSG partners for giving our guest favors a little Hunt Country flavor! All who attended where treated to a bottle of the Locke Store’s “soon-to-be famous” Wizzie’s Ice Tea and sample of this local’s biggest weakness - Shenandoah Chocolates!!

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Looking forward to sharing our beautiful book with the world. It was another fabulous year in the making and we are grateful for all who made it possible! Grab your copy NOW at any of our TSG participating businesses (listing below)…and we will be LIVE soon at huntcountry.thescoutguide.com

Aurora Services

Belle Grey Farm

Beverly Equestrian

Duchessa of Middleburg

Richard Allen Clothing

Duvall Designs Gallery

Highcliffe Clothiers

J.D. Eicher Builder

Jane Covington Restoration

Locke Store

Lucy Brown Armstrong Photographer

McKinsey Development

Melmore, Inc.

Metropolitan Aviation

Middleburg Events Studio

Middleburg Spring Races

National Sporting Library

The Outpost

Salamander Resort & Spa

Salon Emage

Shenandoah Fine Chocolates

Sheridan MacMahon

Skyline Tent Company

The Other Elizabeth

The Paint Shop

The Whole Ox

Throwleigh Fireplace Fenders

TriCounty

Tully Rector

Wakefield School

Washington Fine Properties

Windy Hill Foundation

Wiseman & Associates

 

 

Sep
12
2014

SEPTEMBER LOVES

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1. Apple Time:  Nothing says fall has arrived like a family day trip to a local orchard for apple picking fun. Stribling Orchard in Markham, VA is this locals favorite picking spot. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday, 9am-5pm and start serving fresh cider in September. 540. 354.3040.

2. Trail Rides: With the onset of Fall foliage, our Virginia countryside becomes magical. And there is no better way to take in the fairytale setting than a trail ride. Salamander Resort’s Equestrian program offers Trail rides, carriage rides, lessons and more on its 340-acre resort of pure Hunt Country splendor. 800.651.0751.

3. Latte. Cool weather brings latte cravings. Look no further than Middleburg Common Grounds. 540.687.7065.

4. Cashmere: Soft, cozy perfection! Find your favorite best friend for Fall at Tully Rector in Middleburg.

5. The Bootie: Retire the flops and slip into a great Fall Bootie. Tully Rector. 540.687.5858.

6. Home Project: Wake up your inner-DIY. The kids are back at school and we can finally take on that dresser we know can go from drab to fab with just a little love and great coat of paint. Find all the inspiration and quality paints you need at The Paint Shop in Warrenton. 540.347.4484.

7. Girl’s Getaway: Nothing refreshes the soul like a little quality time with friends. Add a full spa, award-winning farm-to-table cuisine and luxurious accommodations nestled in the gorgeous, quite serenity of Virginia countryside and you have girl-time in paradise. Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg, VA. 540.687.3333.

Of course our favorite part of September is the release of our most recent TSG Hunt Country! Our Volume #3 will be arriving soon and in your favorite local businesses and destinations. WE CAN NOT WAIT FOR YOU TO SEE!!! Stay tuned & September LOCAL!!

Tell them SCOUT sent you.

Sep
3
2014

Labor Day Weekend Planner: Epic Experience

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No need to travel far this Labor Day weekend. Beachcombers, river rats, stay landbound this holiday, it’s time for Epicurience Virginia!  An EPIC experience of fine, Virginia-made wines and delectable, farm-to-table cuisine.

Saturday, August 30, 12-6pm – Grand Tasting, Morven Park, Leesburg, Virginia

The Grand Tasting is EPIC-candy for all your senses. Live music, a breathtaking setting and an Epicurience tent filled with wine makers, pie bakers, celebrity chefs and tastemakers. It is a must-attend for who appreciate artisans of the edible!

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Sunday, August 31, 10:30am-3:30pm – Epicurience Brunch Spectacular, Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia

Treat yourself to a Brunch Spectacular  at one of our area’s most saught-after destinations. The Salamander Resort & Spa is nestled in 340-acres of gorgeous Virginia countryside. It offers spectacular views, luxurious surroundings, family-fun activities, a full service spa and award-winning cuisine – it is an epic experience all on its own. Couple all that with with a bountiful breakfast, bottomless mimosas and a chance to taste some of our area’s finest wines …you’ve got a Brunch Spectacular.

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Bonus: Salamander Resort & Spa is celebrating its ONE-year anniversary this weekend. Click through to get all the Birthday Bash details (from cooking classes to tree-top zip tours, this will be a birthday to remember)!!

Sunday, August 31, 11am – Picnic in a Vineyard, Greenhill Winery & Vineyards, Middleburg, Virginia

One of our favorite places to slow down and savor a great wine is the next stop on the Epicurience tour.  There truly is no better way to spend an afternoon in Hunt Country.

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Sunday, August 31, 1-3pm – Tour Fresh, Tour Local at Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg, Virginia

It’s a farm-to-table tour of this amazing 265-acre estate lead by Farm Manager, Chris Hines. Tour goers will learn responsible, earth-friendly farming practices and then be treated to a gourmet picnic prepared by Goodstone, award-winning chef, Jonathan Leonard. (added bonus: leave with your very own complimentary, Goodstone-grown veggies and eggs).

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Happy Labor Day everyone!

May it be relaxing, fun-filled and utterly EPIC!

Tell them SCOUT sent you!

 

Aug
28
2014

August Loves

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August brings our final days of summer. Here’s to making the most of every one of them – LOCALLY! Bask is summer’s sun in great style (and a fabulous hat) Tully Rector and Duchessa of Middleburg have everything you need to make statement any time of the year. If you can’t make it to the shore, hit the Shenandoah this weekend and tap into your adventurous side with a little help from Shenandoah River Outfitters. After a perfect day outdoors, get your grill on! How about a skirt steak from our favorite artisan butcher - The Whole Ox and batch of Sangria (for best results, get ALL your ingredients locally). We’re hoping you’re able to take advantage of these final days to sleep in. Hit snooze and relish the quiet. And, if your student is not yet set for their 1st day of school, head to TriCounty in Marshall, VA. They have the latest from Patagonia…TOMS & more (all your student needs to hit the books in style).  Warning: you’ll be hard-pressed not to find something you have to have too.

Enjoy August everyone & keep it LOCAL!

Aug
17
2014