Left: “Do you know if anyone can spare my brother, Albert Wayne, a kidney? He needs a $2800 kidney transplant. He won’t live to see another year if he can’t get one. If someone could help out, maybe he could get what he needs. Have them call (434) 981-1869 or (434) 295-5003. Thank you!”
Right: “I met Johnny Cash when he was here [in Charlottesville] in 1992. I’ve been to about 15 states, and I’ve been as far out West as Las Vegas. I went there because I won a trip out there from WWWV 97.5 FM.”
The DTM is please to welcome new contributor Haley Burton, whose Facebook page Individuals of Charlottesville documents random people and their stories.
“As a journalism major and art student at James Madison University, ” says Burton, “my three passions are people, photography, and culture. I believe that the Individuals of Charlottesville make up their own striking culture that is diverse, interesting, and friendly. Through people one can learn so much.”
Burton says she got the idea while she was sipping coffee and people-watching on the DTM. Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” photo series, Burton began snapping shots and taking notes.
:As soon as I finished my coffee that morning,” she says. ” I raced home, grabbed my notepad, returned to the Downtown Mall, and began photographing.”
While The DTM will be featuring Burton’s work, you can visit the Individuals of Charlottesville Facebook page to see people in other locations around Charlottesville. We’ll be archiving Burton’s photos here.
This view of the west entrance to the Downtown Mall was taken in the 1980s from the top of what historically is known as “Vinegar Hill”. This is after the Omni Hotel was constructed (1984) but well before the ice park. The paved street seen here is Water Street but Main Street once ran down Vinegar Hill in the center of this view. More vintage photos of Charlottesville at www.cvilleimages.com (photo from the Preston Coiner Collection at C’ville Images)
Looks like some authentic Neapolitan Pizza is coming to (well, near the DTM) in the form of a place called Lampo, the brainchild of a couple of MAS and Tavola chefs, who’ll be taking over The Farm Cville space (they’re moving to a larger location) next to Spudnuts. This is good news for pizzaphiles, as the Neapolitan is the real thing, a 200-year old recipe using a special flour from Naples, called cabuto, and fired up in a wood-fired oven that reaches temperatures up to 800 degrees. It’s cooked fast and hot in only 60 to 90 seconds, and best eaten right on the spot. There’s even an Italian association that protects the professionalism of the pizza makers in Italy and around the world, making sure real Neapolitan Pizza is made according to tradition, called the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN). Look for it to be open sometime in the fall.
Tasty tacos from Richmond coming to the DTM?
Looks like El Puerto on the DTM got an offer they couldn’t refuse. According to the TimesDispatch, Richmond restaurateur Hamooda Shami, owner of New York Deli, Don’t Look Back and Portrait House restaurants in Carytown, just purchased El Puerto’s at 223 West Main Street, next to the Whiskey Jar and Brookville:
“Shami said he came across the restaurant while staying in Charlottesville recently and saw potential in the space. He introduced himself to El Puerto’s owner and within a week he’d struck up a deal to buy the restaurant.
Shami says he’s still working out the details on the name and concept, but he’s partnering with Don’t Look Back co-owner Nathaniel Gutierrez on the Charlottesville spot and it likely will be a version of the pair’s popular Carytown taco shop.”
According to the TD, the place is expected to open in October. Stay tuned for more details. For a look at the Don’t Look Back concept, click here.
Back in the late 1990s, a young graduate of Hampden-Sydney College became my office-mate at a doomed Internet-start-up called Value America. It was his first real job out of college, and he hated it. We shared an office the size of a broom closet with no windows, and created and cranked out stupid ads for laptops and Weber grills that ran in USAToday and the The Wall Street Journal. We had greedy hopes that our stock options would be worth something one day. Alas, Value America went down in flames. One Christmas, though, young Taylor Smack received a home beer-brewing kit. The rest, of course, is local history. Now, Smack and his partners have purchased South Street Brewery on the DTM, where Smack actually worked for five years as he was hatching his beer-making plans. Below, you’ll find a release from Smack – who was always a fine writer, by the way – that’ll give you some details about his plans for the place. This, my friends, is a welcome development for the DTM. – David McNair
This view of downtown Charlottesville is looking north on 5th Street East from Water Street. The photograph was taken in 1972 before the construction of the Downtown Mall. Main Street at that time had a major furniture store (M.C.Thomas) and also a full-service grocery store (Reid’s) that faced East Main Street in the 500 block and had its own parking garage underneath. Tragically, Reid’s Supermarket would later burn down, but the business still continues today on Preston Avenue. Also seen in this photo in the distance is the Monticello Hotel and part of the Albemarle County Court House on Court Square. More vintage photos at www.cvilleimages.com
Main Street, 1963. This photograph by Ed Roseberry shows the 200 and 300 blocks of East Main Street (looking west from about Fourth St.) A full decade before the Downtown Mall would be built, automobile traffic flowed one-way (west) at the time. Note the businesses along Main Street: the tall building to the right was Miller & Rhoads. Arthur’s Grill is a few doors down. The Paramount Theater had an enormous vertical sign back then. More of Ed Roseberry’s vintage photographs can be seen at an upcoming slideshow on June 11 at C’ville Coffee. Details at www.cvilleimages.com