Renovations at Ellwood Thompson's Natural Market; live jazz at the Fox Head Inn; the Gray Swamp Inn's summer wine dinner 


Shoppers love it. "One customer said she feels like she now has wiggle room," says Eric Walters about the renovations at Ellwood Thompson's Natural Market, his popular specialty-foods store near Carytown. Along with a general expansion of the store, ET's now has a good-sized salad bar featuring its organic vegetables and deli food.

Ukrop's might not love it, however. Though ET's is still very much the little guy on the block, both Ukrop's and Kroger have large natural foods sections at their Carytown locations. Sort of looks as if they are aware of the natural foods trend, or at least of the competition.

So is ET's trying to give the big boys a run for their money? "I don't know about that," Walters laughs.

Competition can make you tired. And thirsty. Wouldn't it be nice to relax on your patio with a mint julep and listen to a live jazz band? Well, we can't all have live jazz bands, or mint juleps, or even patios. But you can find all three every Thursday night in June at the . Just show up after a long day at work from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and the restaurant will take care of everything, the cocktails, the live tunes and the a la carte appetizer menu. 784-5126.

If you want to make it a full dinner make reservations now at the out on Patterson Avenue. Under new ownership since 1999, the restaurant has been getting steady word-of-mouth buzz from customers. The Inn's summer wine dinner is Tuesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. and features wines by The Robins Cellars and a five-course meal. $60 per person. Make your reservation at

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