Sperryville column for Jan. 22

Single malt . . . soap!

Valley Green Naturals owner Cindy Devore.
Valley Green Naturals owner Cindy Devore.

Cindy Devore, founder of Sperryville’s Valley Green Naturals, announced recently that she has partnered with River District neighbor Copper Fox Distillery to produce two exclusive products: Bathtub Gin Soap, blended with steam-distilled botanicals and Copper Fox Single Malt Vir-Gin; and Smoked Applewood Whisky Soap, blended with smoked sea salt and Wasmund’s Single Malt Whisky. Said Cindy: “Both products are so popular, it’s a challenge to keep them in stock on Copper Fox Distillery shelves!” Drop by the Copper Fox and pick some up; they’re occasionally also available at Valley Green, which is next to the distillery at 4 River Lane (540-987-3170 or visit valleygreennaturals.com for more information).

Out of the oven, into the world

Bakers Eileen and Lucky Yilmaz’s new cupcake, Yasmin.
Bakers Eileen and Lucky Yilmaz’s new cupcake, Yasmin.

Back in July, we reported that “pies not the only thing in the oven” at Sperryville’s popular Creekside Bakery. Indeed, the long-awaited child that owners Eileen and Lucky Yilmaz have tried for years to have was born Jan. 9. Tiny Yasmin is beautiful, all 7 pounds, 14 ounces of her! Eileen’s dad, Wayne Weller, had told me months ago that he was “looking forward to the pitter and patter of little feet”; Eileen’s enthusiasm and joy are infectious when she says she’s “so excited to be given an opportunity to raise a child in my beautiful Rappahannock. We are so incredibly blessed to announce that the love of our life, our greatest achievement arrived yesterday. She is healthy and we are so incredibly thankful that God has given us this precious gift! Happy New Year to everyone! See you guys in February.”

Congratulations to a couple the rest of us in Rappahannock are lucky to have, and welcome to the world, beautiful little Yasmin.

Thanks for the great year(s)

True to its mission, One Year Only, the pink-trimmed whimsical gingerbread cottage gift shop on Main Street that opened in July 2013, closed its doors in December. (To account for the extra time the shop last summer changed its name to One More Year Only). But now the lighthearted brainchild of a crew of seasoned and talented artists who became friends on the Virginia art show circuit has come to an end.

Peggy Severson, Eva Malerich, Lynn Schultz, Wynn Ludwig, Kris Ratches and Linda Elliff, ladies all about humor (especially the self-deprecating sort when it comes to their age and experience) decided on a limited-edition “last hurrah” (thus the name One Year Only). Now they are all spending much time with family and especially grandchildren. Thank you all for sharing your talents and humor with our tiny hamlet.

Chris Green
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Chris Green (formerly Chris Doxzen) is an an executive recruiter by profession who enjoys exploring and writing about all things Rappahannock. Friends and neighbors with potential stories for her Sperryville column should email her at chrisdoxzen@gmail.com.