Christmas Trees in and Around Crozet

Before you know it, I’ll be posting the “here’s where to recycle Christmas trees” post (usually in Crozet Park). For now, here’s a list of some of the places in and around Crozet to get a Christmas tree.


My post from 2011 is mostly still accurate, but a few links are dead, so at a friend’s/client’s request, here is an list of places to get Christmas trees in and around Crozet. (Thanks to the Facebook & RealCrozetVA Twitter friends!)

Pick your own + pre-cut Christmas trees

(list pulled from my post at RealCentralVA)

Ring Christmas bells for Salvation Army at Crozet Great Valu Market?

via email –

Ring Christmas bells for Salvation Army at Crozet Great Valu Market

This Christmas season the Lions Club of Crozet again invites all of our friends and neighbors in Crozet and environs to ring bells for the Salvation Army in front of the Crozet Great Valu Market.
Bell ringing is scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from December 1 through December 17, and every day from December 19-24.
On weekdays we plan to ring the bells from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., and on Saturdays from10:00 until 4:00. Volunteers are asked to ring the bells for one hour with another person or with family members
We hope you are willing to participate in this happy, meaningful activity.

If you are comfortable with using the web, you can sign up at this website.

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Crozet Board of Trade Meeting 11-21-2016 Recap

Quite a few business owners at Pro Re Nata tonight for the Crozet Board of Trade meeting.

  • One of the new Great Value owners spoke
  • VDOT guy talked about roads and possible changes/improvements in and around Crozet
  • Lots of good information about the new Crozet Master Plan survey
  • Good post-meeting discussions ensued.

I’d planned to pull out a few select tweets here, but “few select tweets” became at least 10 … so,  please click through, scroll to the bottom of the tweets, and make your way back up. Also, note the Crozet Gazette’s recording!)

Then come to the next CBOT meeting, and if nothing else, be aware of – and participate in – the Crozet Master Plan update the Crozet Community Association (CCA), Crozet Community Advisory Committee (CCAC), and Crozet Board of Trade (CBOT) are doing.


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CCAC Meeting Recap – 16 November 2016

Local government matters. Participate, please.  Come – and stay – even when your backyard isn’t being affected.

So much discussed last night that will affect Crozetians, and those seeking to move to Crozet.

Click through, go to the end, and make your way back up.

Update: Elaine Echols sent me the two documents handed out at the meeting. Thanks, Elaine!

I’ll post the Crozet Gazette’s video when it’s up.

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Great Valu Sold

Busy day in Crozet!

Great Valu in Crozet
Great Valu in Crozet


From Allison Wrabel’s story (make sure to click through and read the whole thing)

Crozet Market LLC, comprised of the owners of the Crozet Shopping Center and Raphael Strumlauf, owner of the Market Street Market in downtown Charlottesville, purchased the Great Valu from Red Front Stores, Inc. and the Wagner family.

General Manager Jean Wagner is retiring at the end of the year, according to a press release.

The new team is taking over operations of the store immediately, but Wagner will be working alongside them until the end of the year, according to the release.

The store will continue to operate under the Great Valu name.

Update 16 November 2016 – Great story at the Crozet Gazette. (read the whole thing)


He’s already decided some changes on for the Great Valu. “We’re going to add a deli and a bakery and do more with produce. We’ll try fresh seafood and see if people are receptive. We’ll expand the organic section. To me this is a lot of space.” The Great Valu has 14,000 square feet total with 10,000 sq/ft in the selling area and the remainder in storerooms and work areas.

“What makes a store nice is customer service,” Strumlauf said. “Really knowing the customer. Nobody knows better what direction a store should go than the customers. I’m going to be spending a whole lot of time here through the holidays. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this. I don’t want to take away a single thing the store has. I want to remerchandise some things.” He gave as an example the possibility of moving some drink machines. “I don’t want to take a great store and get arrogant about changing things. I want the first thing people see when they walk in to be something fresh. It sets the whole tone for the store. That’s the direction. I want it to be a really nice place to shop. I want the people in Ivy to come here.


CCAC Meeting 16 November – Land Use, Growth, Politics

Lots on the agenda.


Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


  1. Agenda Review (David Stoner -CCAC chair)
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Residential development pipeline, patterns, and zoning/proposed land use (Elaine Echols – 45 min)
  4. Net v. Gross Density Calculations &Policy (ElaineEchols–15min)
  5. Discuss Focus Areas Priorities (All–45min)
    (Focus area liaisons please come with thoughts on “top 3-4” priorities/goals/actions)
  6. Items Not Listed on the Agenda
  7. AnnouncementsDCI/Milestone Crozet Plaza Design Open House – Dec 8, 5-8pm, Piedmont Place
  8. Future Agenda Items

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CCA Meeting Recap – 10 November 2016

I couldn’t make the meeting last night, but thankfully, @CrozetCommunity was tweeting it. Thank goodness for transparency!

Update 17 November 2016: These two files came in the email announcing the Crozet Board of Trade meeting on 21 November 2016:

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Crozet Angel Tree – 2016 Edition

Update 17 November 2016

It’s that time of year again. Wow.

via email:

I can hardly believe that it is Angel Tree time again, but it is.  I am wondering if you might be able to help spread the word as you have done the past few years?  We have received angel information from Crozet Elementary, Brownsville Elementary, Henley, and Western and we need HELP!! We have 199 angels who need a sponsor to help brighten the holidays by providing NEEDED items, such as clothing, coats, shoes etc.

Please consider partnering with us and sponsoring an angel, or a family of angels. This is a great project to do with your children or at your place of employment. UNWrapped gifts are due to Crozet Baptist Church by Monday November 28th. Please contact Tracey Pugh at [email protected] to find out more about this wonderful program, or to request an angel.

Many thanks!


Believing the Best,




Tracey R. Pugh

Minister of Children, Youth and Community Connections


Crozet Baptist Church


For context