Best of the Burg 2023


Best of the Burg 2023 celebrates businesses and organizations that make Fredericksburg an enjoyable place to live, work, and play. The Free Lance-Star honors these businesses with an award based on nominations submitted by community members and votes cast by voters from Fredericksburg.

Every morning, InTheBurg serves up mouth-watering bites, new business features, multimedia arts, and active living events in Spartanburg County and wider 864 Upstate. Don’t miss it!

Fortress Foundation Solutions

Fortress Foundation Solutions has been serving residents in Central Virginia since 2018 by providing premium basement waterproofing, crawl space encapsulation, and foundation repair. Locally owned and operated, Fortress offers free, non-committal estimates to local customers looking for solutions to bowing walls, sinking floors, or cracking concrete surfaces in their homes.

Fortress has earned the ICC-ES certification on their carbon grid strap fiber reinforced polymer composite system used to repair leaning and bowing walls in residential properties, which enables them to guarantee their work with a lifetime transferable warranty. They also offer dehumidification services designed to prevent mold growth in crawl spaces and dehumidifier services designed to keep crawl spaces moisture-free – while their team of engineers and structural experts strives to deliver an unforgettable experience to each customer they serve.

Mari and Anthony from Fortress Foundation Solutions will join Mari on this week’s WLNI show as they interview Jerry Glinski and Laci Harvey from Fortress Foundation Solutions about how the company delivers a memorable customer experience, how long projects typically take to finish, the upcoming Car Truck Bike Show with over 160 prizes to give away, plus Megan Huffman from SHARE Greater Lynchburg to discuss Partnering for Good Segments presented by Bank of the James, Give Good Tuesday events, etc.


Puzzleburg may not be an action-packed title but it creates a delightful weekend play experience. Set against the scenic coastal town of Puzzleburg and featuring you as an adventurous young woman traveling alone on vacation, Puzzleburg encourages small acts of kindness for its inhabitants through quests that you can complete at your leisure – possibly yielding rewards or souvenir items to take back with you as souvenirs!

Puzzleburg offers many activities, from horseback riding and playing arcade games to visiting sandwich shops and taking pictures of its stunning landscapes. I loved its dialogue and overall wholesome feel. The graphics are excellent; however, loading times can sometimes take a while. Furthermore, glitches lingering on your screen or disappearing mapping notes can sometimes become frustrating.

Kingsburg is a fantastic game for four or five players to enjoy together, with minor menu navigation issues being the only downsides. A strategy game combines different genres to form one compelling experience of gaming. Deliberating which advisor actions to take can be exciting; complete player counts bring added competition for advisor spaces, making identifying which actions will give optimal results during productive seasons even harder!

One of the many attractions of Kingsburg is that it creates a sense of discovery. You’ll come across new buildings and upgrades to existing ones; discover ingredients and recipes that will aid your progression, especially during its first year when raw science can be collected to unlock unique recipes with added attack or defense capabilities.

This subdued drama offers a captivating tale about choices people make and the events that seem almost to unfold according to fate. While not a stunning spectacle, the film will keep audiences guessing until its conclusive scene.

Gleaning for the World

Gleaning for the World Inc, located in Concord, Virginia, and founded in 1998 as Gleaning for the World Membership Organizations Inc., operates within the Membership Organizations business/industry sector. Led by Mark O’Brien as President/CEO since 2011, Best Of The Burg 2023 provides a fun and unique way for residents and visitors alike to share what businesses they love in our community – nominate your favorite locations until February 28th, when voting will start! You’ll find full details and rules here.

Anthony McAvoy and Brian Weigand will return this Friday from vacation, discussing National Days of Celebration and exciting upcoming events like Lynchburg Hillcats Gleaning for the World Night.

Parks & Rec

Chris Higgins with Lynchburg Parks & Recreation’s Park Services joins Mari and Anthony this Friday to talk about what their organization does, specifically their Blackwater Creek Trail System, pocket parks, and future plans they are working on. In addition, Bank of the James is sponsoring Partnering for Good, and the 4th annual Gleaning for the World night with Lynchburg Hillcats is also discussed.

Best of the Burg 2023 allows individuals to cast votes for their favorite local businesses and organizations across over 100 categories across four regions; from September 14 to October 1, voters may nominate their top five from each area before final voting takes place on December 7. Voting takes place from September 14 to October 1, with winners and finalists announced via print media and online platforms on December 7.

Parks and Recreation, an American comedy television series, received nominations for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for four consecutive years, winning two. Written and directed by Greg Daniels and Amy Poehler, it features dark comedic elements with social commentary; Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris Pratt all star in it.

Charlie Burg is an eclectic multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter, drawing influences from all corners of music to craft his signature brand of warm soul and upbeat funk. Inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays, Burg’s first three EPs were named for sections from those essays: One, Violet, and Moonlight.