Vespa opens: It's not a moped

Virginia's first authorized Vespa dealership hosted its grand opening party on Thursday, June 13, inside the old George Rennick auto showroom.

The former Preston Avenue auto dealership space was packed with friends and customers admiring the mod decor, the funky Vespa lifestyle wear, and, of course, the full line of the famous Italian-made scooters.

Many local scooter owners rode right on in to the event, adding flair to the already hip atmosphere. To top things off, there was more meat on a stick than you could shake a stick at, provided, of course, by Charlottesville's own Sticks kabob shop.