Sunday, November 28, 2021

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I know that I preach and preach about shopping local, but when you do, you make more of an impact than you know. I’m not asking you to spend more money than you plan to spend, just that you choose to spend your money with local businesses. In this week’s Chamber Talk, instead of just talking about shopping locally, let’s talk about some locally-made products and items unique to the LKG region.

Have you tried Uncle Bob’s Sassy Sauce, the original barbeque sauce recipe from Uncle Bob of Uncle Bob’s Backyard Barbeque? Well, the sauce not only is DEE-licious but also makes a great stocking stuffer or gift for the BBQ lover. You can find Uncle Bob’s Sassy sauce at Top This Pizza in Bracey, Talley’s Butcher Shop in South Hill or Norton’s at the Lake in Henrico.

How about coffee from around the world, roasted to perfection right here at Lake Gaston? Look no further than Lake Gaston Coffee Company, where Jason and Shelly Shearin are waking quite a few people up in the morning with their delicious brew. You can conveniently order online at with free shipping on orders over $30. You can also purchase locally at Ace Hardware of Lake Gaston, Littleton Hardware, The Kitchen Table (formerly Pea Hill Creek Café) in Gasburg and Norton’s at the Lake. This hip micro-roastery offers the following blends: Congo, El Salvador Finca El Guarual Black Honey, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Kenya Gichugu Division, Guatemalan Lake Atitlan Decaf, Indonesian Sumatra and more. They also have several varieties in a gift basket, as well as mugs, aprons, t-shirts and totebags.

I am a proud wine club member at Rosemont of Virginia, located near Lake Gaston in La Crosse, VA. Every quarter, I have a selection of three wines chosen by the winemaker waiting for me at the winery. Some members opt to have their wines delivered to their homes. Wine Club membership has other benefits, such as access to new releases, limited production and Wine Club exclusive wines; 10% off all wine and Rosemont branded gifts, !5% off wine purchases of a case or more, invitations to exclusive Wine Club events and discounts on Rosemont events and complimentary tastings for members and one guest. Rosemont wine and Wine Club membership makes a wonderful gift. Visit for more information.

Warren FoodWorks in downtown Warrenton is offering a Meat & More Holiday Box, making it easy to eat well and support local farms this holiday season. The process could not be simpler. Order online or by phone and choose meat, bakery, entrée and fresh veggies. Pick up your box at Warren FoodWorks. Enjoy with family and friends or give as a gift. If it is too late to order a Meat & More box for the holidays, Warren FoodWorks still has plenty of locally-grown and -sourced items that will delight any hostess or guest. Call 252-257-0205 or 252-257-1239 or visit

Besides food there are many Lake Gaston product options that people love. Lake Life Clothing Company offers her well-known Lake Life jerseys in a wide variety of shirt colors and text designs with consistent comfort and quality. There are many other businesses offering Lake Gaston or lake-related products that are perfect for your lake family and friends – Ace Hardware, A Bird’s Eye View, Salted Rim Designs, Wildwood Nursery, Ollie’s Computers and Country Gift Shop to name a few! Our non-profit, the Lake Gaston Foundation, offers posters (framed and unframed), notecards, cutting boards, rugs, and afghans of the Creeks of Lake Gaston print for a donation to the Foundation, a portion of which is tax-deductible.

Whatever you choose to purchase during your last-minute holiday shopping, I hope you will purchase locally. Make it a great Lake Gaston Christmas for yourself, your family and friends and for our Lake Gaston regional businesses!

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