What Matters Warren

What Matters Warren
WATCH: Now ready to be dispersed into the community
December 8, 2017

This week, Linda Allen from the Center for Workforce Development housed in Brooklyn’s Marketplace and Kathy Leonard from Roth of FR stopped in the Buckton Presbyterian Church off Strasburg Road to pick up 25 cozy warm sleeping bags that were handmade with love.  Over the past year, a group of amazing women have been meeting and sewing these sleeping bags with the intention of sharing them with the homeless to help keep warm over the cold winter months.  We are so fortunate that we have organizations like the Center for Workforce Development and ROTH of FR who work directly with the homeless and do all they can to make a difference and make connections.

Please note: December 15th and 29th there will be a community breakfast, free of charge.  All are welcome. Good food and good company at the Cavalry Episcopal Church located at 132 N Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA.  Safe place to enjoy a hot meal, engage in conversation or just sit quietly in peace.

If you know of anyone who is in need, please don’t hesitate to contact either organization right away for help.

Linda Allen | 540-550-0110 |Center for Workforce Development | 206 East Main Street | Front Royal, VA | www.facebook.com/Center-for-Workforce-Development-Inc-1263716117045639/

Kathy Leonard |ROTH of FR:  www.facebook.com/ROTHofFR
Join the ROTH of FR group page: www.facebook.com/groups/ROTHofFR

*ROTH group page will keep you up to date on needs that people have out in the community.  You never know what you might have extra in your basement that someone else could really use.  Great way to know how to donate and support others!

To view the original story about the ladies who make the sleeping bags for the homeless, click here.

What Matters Warren
WATCH: Town Tip Thursday 12-7-2017
December 7, 2017

Meet Dr. Neema Tillery Moore, Chiropractor & Health Coach!  Two great programs to learn about.

During the holidays some of us have trouble with depression, stress, missing a loved one we have lost or difficult family members.  Dr. Neema and her co-host Charis Endonhofer have put together a FREE program to help bring HARMONY for the holidays!  To sign up for Harmony for the holidays: http://charisedenhofer.com/harmony Starts December 8th.

There will be a vision board workshop on January 14th at Open House on Main Street from 1pm-4pm hosted by Dr Neema.  What a great way to kick off the new year!  Vision boards help inspire and reveal your true life purpose.  More will be posted soon on this event.


Interview with Beth Waller and Dr. Neema Tillery Moore.

What Matters Warren
Main Street Window Report 12.06.2017
December 6, 2017

Be sure to check out the Christmas parade from December 2 on the Royal Examiner.  www.royalexaminer.com  Coming up on Thursday night at the Blue Ridge Arts Council, we have mixologists in action creating artistic cocktails and pairing food with beautiful art all around.  This weekend we have all you can eat pancakes with Santa, a bazaar and so much more. Check out the links and this video to learn more!

Thank you Tammy Ruggiero for being our guest this week.  Great job. 🙂

Christmas Bazaar, December 9, 2017, 8AM-3PM at the Front Royal Moose Lodge. Benefits the Front Royal Women of the Moose. Open to the public.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/frontroyal.mooselodge/

Blue Ridge Arts Council has challenged local amateur and professional mixologists to each select a holiday inspiration and create an artistic cocktail and food pairing in celebration of the happiest season of all! Attendees will sample 5 different pairings while enjoying beautiful art, lively conversation, and entertainment, all while raising funds for the programs of Blue Ridge Arts Council.
Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 5:30pm to 7:30pm  | $35 per person
Tickets can be purchased online at https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/25511
or by calling 540.635.9909.
Very limited number of tickets available at the door. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Pancakes with Santa at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department
December 9 | 7am – 11am | 221 N Commerce Ave, Front Royal VA
Pictures with Santa too!

Expansion Grand Opening Party | Hosted by Brooklyn’s Marketplace
Saturday, Dec 9 at 10 AM – 8 PM | Brooklyns Marketplace  | 206 E Main St, Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/135238430513690/

2nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest | Public · Hosted by InfoTech Cell Phone & Computer Repair
Voting has begun.  Stop by and view the contestants in the window display and vote for your favorite.  Great prizes for the winners and a fun way to enjoy some holiday fun! The winner will be announced on December 16th.
Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/679635488895097/

Diaper Drive for YoungLives until December 18th YoungLives Warren County
Evening of December 18th will be a Donuts & Diapers event at Martin’s from 6-8pm to give out the diapers to the moms. Drop-off locations are:
Apple Valley Dental, Blue Ridge Hospice (all locations), Body Renew (all locations), Country Treasures, Daily Grind, Exit Premier Realty, Fitness Evolution, Grace Place, Happy Creek Coffee, Jack Evans Chevrolet, Marlow Motor Company, Marlow Heights Baptist Church, Northwestern Community Services, Performance Sport & Spine, Samuels Public Library, Shear Elegance Pet Boutique, Spelunkers, Sweet Frog, Tres’ Bella Day Spa and Boutique, Valley Health Rehab, Verizon Authorized Retailer – Cellular Sales, Virginia Hills Church & What Matters W2
Learn more: https://youtu.be/nE8_tKv1gTM or visit fb.me/YoungLivesWarrenCounty

Glory Bea – Selah Theatre ProJect in December Selah Theatre ProJect

Letter to Santa – Be sure to fill out your letter for Santa through the Rotary this year.

Doll House Raffle for the Warren County Humane Society. Buy your ticket today. Drawing is on December 15th. Humane Society of Warren County

Brought to you by Jen Avery and Tammy Ruggiero (Beth Waller is out of town this week)
A What Matters Initiative

What Matters Warren
Town Tip Thursday: Bea Sweet ‘n Sassy – Beautiful cookies and more!
November 29, 2017


Bea Sweet ‘n Sassy cookies will be sure to complete any special occasion.  Stop by City National Bank on Commerce Ave to see the Spotlight Business display and sample a cookie!  Tammy Carlyle has followed a demand that she discovered after making cute cookies for her granddaughter’s birthday party.

Watch this video to learn more! Exciting additions to her product line for the new year.

Tammy Carlyle | Bea Sweet ‘n Sassy | www.facebook.com/Beasweetnsassy | (540) 252-6812

Be sure to contact City National Bank to learn more about their Spotlight Business display that is available to all local small businesses.  In addition, during the month of December, there are opportunities to have your Shop Local material displayed around the bank.

600 N Commerce Ave | Front Royal, Virginia 22630 | (540) 635-4137

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Front Royal Brewing Co update and views of progress inside
November 27, 2017

Let’s take a minute to meet the Barnharts and learn a little about who they are and how did the idea to purchase two buildings on Main Street come about….

The Barnharts have lived in Warren County for about 4 years now.  They are currently retired and were attracted to Warren County for its beauty, river, trails and historic Main Street.  They noticed, like many of us have, that Main Street is an underutilized asset.  Tim explains, one day they decided to be the people who finally step forward and invest in this beautiful street!

The synergy in all of the projects that the Barnharts are working on is just amazing.  In this video we will give you an update on the Front Royal Brewing Co, but also explain a bit about the “Base Camp” project.  This joint effort will be so helpful to hikers, rafters, climbers and outdoor adventurers providing a shower, lockers, washer/dryer and packing station.

**Reminder: Mountain Trails is now open for business!

Interview with Beth Waller and Tim & Kerry Barnhart

What Matters Warren
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Main Street – Christkindlmkt Dec 1
November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We have an exciting event coming up next weekend…Christkindlmkt is finally here.  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on Main Street and in the evening on December 1st we will certainly be kicking off the count down in style with a Silent Monk performance and more.  We have several vendor fairs available for people to show off their trade and sell items for the holiday season.  In the theater line up for Selah, we can all be excited for Glory Bea.  Get your tickets!

Open Mic for a Cause was a big success!  Thank you to everyone who performed, organized and donated — and watch the video with interviews of a few homeless people in our community who we had the honor to spend time with and learn from.
Click here to see a video with clips from the night. 

Continuing the Conversation – December 2 Diversity & Equality
fb.me/ ContinuingConvo

Diaper Drive for YoungLives until December 18th
Evening of December 18th will be a Donuts & Diapers event at Martin’s from 6-8pm to give out the diapers to the moms.
Learn more: https://youtu.be/nE8_tKv1gTM or visit fb.me/YoungLivesWarrenCounty

Glory Bea – Selah Theatre ProJect in December

Letter to Santa – Be sure to fill out your letter for Santa through the Rotary this year.

Doll House Raffle for the Warren County Humane Society.  Buy your ticket today.  Drawing is on December 15th.

Christkindlmrkt – December 1 and 2 with 4pm parade on Saturday
See a full schedule: www.ckmfrontroyal.com

What Matters Warren
Town Tip Thursday -5K Match – What Matters W2 is going to Uganda
November 24, 2017

What Matters W2 would like to introduce a new match campaign!  We are launching this campaign as we announce our trip to Uganda next month.  Please watch this video to learn more.  This is just the beginning of the journey.  Much more to come.  We would like you to join us and learn along with us.  We all have different ways we can help, big or small.  It all counts.  We are going to find out what we can do during our trip and share.

Please visit GoFundMe campaign:

Learn more about Light Up Life Foundations:

Learn more about What Matters W2:

What Matters Warren
YoungLives Diaper Drive now – December 18th
November 22, 2017

Be on the lookout for Diaper Boxes!  YoungLives is an organization helping teen moms by empowering and equipping them with needed supplies and support.  Learn more on their facebookpage: fb.me/YoungLivesWarrenCounty.  There will be a Donuts & Diapers event at Martin’s Community Center form 6-8pm on December 18th to hand out diapers to the young moms who could use them during the holiday season when money is tight.

YoungLives Warren County – YoungLives is a ministry for teens who are pregnant or parenting. We offer support, hope and friendship during a difficult time.


Interview with Beth Waller, Misty Bordner and Delores Oates
Created by Jenspiration, LLC

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New Italian/New York style cafe now open on Main Street
November 17, 2017

Café Amore is OPEN for business!  Be sure to stop in to see the gals (Raquel & Olivia Dattoli and Colette Battista) for a fabulous hot beverage, Italian soda, morning croissant sandwich, or delicious cup of soup and sandwich.

The menu looks amazing and the coffee list looks impressive.  Don’t be intimidated by all of the options, questions are welcome.  Get all the answers you were always afraid to ask at a Starbucks!

Opening this café has always been a dream for the three, Raquel explains.  Originally from Long Island, NY, these owners relocated to Front Royal about 2 years ago.  They are so excited to be welcomed so warmly to Main Street.

Reviews are in already!

Took a little break, went next store to visit the fantastic new Italian restaurant, Cafe Amore right next to Grace Place. I got a croissant and pumpkin chi. Great food, prices and atmosphere Come on out and check out all the new buzz on Main Street. – Bonnie Hart, Grace Place


Café Amore
Italian/New York Style cafe offering paninis, breakfast, Italian desserts and specialty lattes. Welcome to the family!
131 E Main Street | Front Royal, VA
Hours: Monday Closed | Tuesday & Wednesday 8am – 9pm | Thursday 8am – 6pm | Friday & Saturday 8am – 10pm | Sunday 8am – 7pm


Interview with Beth Beth Medved Waller, Raquel Pacelli Dattoli, Olivia Dattoli and Colette Battista

What Matters Warren
Main Street Window Report 11.17.2017
November 17, 2017

We have an exciting few weekends as the holiday season starts to kick off into full swing.

Not only are there a lot of fun events to attend, there are fundraising efforts or collections taking place as well.  The River 95.3 crew have been out on the school bus collecting money and goods for C-CAP stationed in the Royal Plaza Shopping Center 24/7. Collection is over on November 18 so please stop by to donate if you can! (theriver953.com/CampingForHunger)

At Open House we have a baby diaper collection box for YoungLives, a group helping teenage moms.  About 25 businesses have agreed to have box!

15th Annual Deck the Halls November 17th and 18th – Blue Ridge Arts Council

Open Mic Night at Open House to benefit ROTH of FR on November 18

Doll House Raffle

Santa Letters!  The Rotary Club of Warren County has agreed to act as his elves. We’re sending FREE letters from Santa to anyone. Simply complete the attached form and a personalized letter will be sent to that person. You can either mail your letter request or e-mail it to Felicia Hart at [email protected] Make sure and share this with all your friends and family – and help make someone smile.

Christkindlmrkt in Front Royal on December 1 and 2

YoungLives – offering hope to pregnant and parenting teen moms.
YoungLives teams up with mature Christian women to provide teen girls in crisis with timely encouragement, guidance, and ongoing support. It is designed to EMPOWER and EQUIP teen moms to become productive citizens in the community.

Brought to you by Beth Waller and Jen Avery
A What Matters Initiative