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July 15 is National Giveaway Day! Check out these top-notch contests and giveaways from local RVA businesses. 

Click on the posts below and follow the instructions for your chance to win big at a small business! 

See more on Instagram and on Facebook.

July 11 / Local Experience

Happy Fourth of July! Local businesses are celebrating all over RVA - join in and see what's cooking! 

June 26 / Local Stories

“When you’re dressed properly, and when it fits properly - you feel like you can conquer anything that comes your way.” - Kevin Reardon, Owner, Franco’s Fine Clothier


June 14 / Loyal to Local

Dad, a small title for someone who's got some big shoes to fill!

Local businesses have lots of ideas for gifts to give, things to see, places to go, foods to eat, and other great ways to celebrate dad (including dog dads).

See more on Instagram with #RVAfathersday.

June 13 / Local Stories

Mom's, the unsung heroes.

Local businesses have lots of ideas for gifts to give, things to see, places to go, foods to eat, and other great ways to celebrate the best person ever - mom.

See more on Instagram with #RVAmothersday.

May 03 / Local Stories

Coming to Crossroads Art Center


Crossroads Art Center exhibits the work of emerging and established local artists as well as,  promotes the awareness and understanding of art forms, from crafts to fine arts. With more than 225 artists represented, Crossroads Art Center is a cultural resource and an active participant in Richmond’s thriving art community.



At this month’s Open House, Crossroads Art Center is helping celebrate award-winning local artist, David Tanner.

May 01 / Local Stories

Always a stunning 72 and sunny, Strange’s Florist & Garden Center is one of Virginia’s largest greenhouse growers and is one of the largest retail garden centers in the United States.


April 19 / Loyal to Local

April 22 is Earth Day, Richmond! 

Time to reduce, reuse, and recycle! Help celebrate Earth Day and make a difference where we live.

Since 1970, people have been commemorating Earth Day on April 22, to help protect the planet from the harms of pollution and as a way to promote the difference that healthy habits of sustainability can make. Here's more info on the history of Earth Day.

Local RVA businesses are all about making sure their community is taken care of!
Check out how they're celebrating with #RVAearthday.


April 19 / Local Stories

You know, making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. It sure would help a lot to take a break from all your worries.

Maybe go somewhere everybody knows your name? Where everyone's glad you came and maybe see that all our troubles are the same?


April 06 / Local Experience

Don't you just love this beautiful Spring weather? Typical Richmond.

Check out what local businesses have going on around town and how they're celebrating Spring coming to town.

March 21 / Why Local

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, so break out your green & check out some of the awesome local festivities happening around town!!



March 09 / Local Stories

Victory is sweet and so are these treats… Here are some authentically Richmond shops that just can’t be beat!

February 22 / Local Stories

Leading global travel authority Lonely Planet has announced its Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2018 and Richmond is on the list, coming in at number seven. According to Lonely Planet, “River City has flipped from humdrum to happening, but the ‘hey y’all’ hospitality remains.”

February 07 / Loyal to Local

Why love Richmond? Oh, let me count the ways! There are a million little things that, when added all up, are just supposed to be together...

Here are a few of those many little things in RVA that we just can’t quit.


February 07 / Loyal to Local

We love local businesses and local businesses love you. Check out gift ideas, discounts, and more using #RVAvalentinesday.


February 07 / Loyal to Local

Does all this warm weather have anyone else itching to get out and about?

With the snow melted, it's time to break out of hibernation. So get out there, fellow Richmonders, and enjoy all this great city has to offer!


January 24 / Local Stories

The 804 connection...
You know that feeling you have when you forget your phone at home, or worse, you have it with you and it dies? There’s nothing worse than that dreaded feeling of disconnect and not being able to communicate. 

December 26 / Local Stories

Who isn’t looking for that perfect place to call their home away from home? Well, you’re in luck! Such a place exists at Capital Ale House.

December 26 / Local Stories

Our local businesses are what make Richmond, well, Richmond - full of vibrant character!

Lucky for us, RVA retailers also offer an amazing array of unique gifts and experiences for everyone on your list. And the best part of all? There’s no shipping required.

December 14 / Local Gifts

For that art lover in your life, look no further than Crossroads Art Center to find gifts that are sure to brighten their holiday. Crossroads Art Center exhibits the work of over 225 local artists and promotes both the awareness and understanding of various art forms.


December 12 / Local Gifts

The holiday celebration starts as soon you step into this Carytown favorite - Ladles & Linen Kitchen Shoppe! With an endless supply of neat and nifty finds, just entering their doors is as fun as the party you’re shopping for! Whether you are looking for hostess gifts to freshen up the bar cart, an aspiring chef, or your picky mother-in-law - they’ve got you covered with fun, yet functional, gifts!


December 12 / Local Gifts

On the quest to find awesome gifts for the kids this holiday season? Well look no further - your search starts and ends at World of Mirth. Anyone familiar with the streets of Carytown has seen, and most likely wandered into, this funky toy store near the corner of Cary and Sheppard Street. But the store’s vibrant personality isn’t just in the aesthetics, you are sure to find a whimsical treasure inside.


December 12 / Local Gifts

Who isn’t just a little stressed this time of year? Now we’re not suggesting eating your feelings away, but there is certainly something to be said about a little something sweet from Gelati Celesti to make your holiday merry and bright! I mean, heaven on earth, peace, and goodwill, right?

They are sure to have that perfect “pick-me-up” after a rough day of last-minute holiday shopping (shop local plug goes here). Or, add to your family’s holiday tradition by bringing a pint of homemade ice cream to pair with Grandma’s famous pie. 

December 12 / Local Gifts

Fleet Feet Sports Richmond is a specialty running store right here in RVA. It’s not only their knowledge and expertise of their product that sets them apart, but also their commitment to serving the community. They are dedicated to bringing the very best products and using the latest technology (more on that below!) to serve their customers.  

December 12 / Local Gifts