LOCAL STORIES



  • ‘Tis the Season to Keep It Loyal to Local

    ‘Tis the Season to Keep It Loyal to Local

    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.

     
  • Budget-friendly Gifts at Crossroads Art Center

    Budget-friendly Gifts at Crossroads Art Center

    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.

     

     
  • Best Hostess Gifts at Ladles & Linen Kitchen Shoppe

    Best Hostess Gifts at Ladles & Linen Kitchen Shoppe

    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!

     

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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

Ellwood Thompson’s proudly offers some of the very best local products. From fresh and organic produce to herbal remedies and salt lamps, they have everything you need for a holistic and healthy holiday season. Their mission is “to feed the heart and soul of our community” - they promote the reason for the season year-round!

December 12 / Local Gifts

There’s nothing quite like decorating for the holidays.

Picking out the perfect tree, having a festive wreath greet you at your door, and surrounding yourself with all those little décor pieces remind you of the season’s cheer.

Make it easy on yourself and visit Strange’s Florist to pick out everything that fills your home for the holidays. Walking into Strange’s Florist, it’s easy to see why they were voted “Best Florist & Garden Center in Central Virginia.” Their selection of trees, wreaths, and greenery make it the perfect place to find your holiday décor.

December 12 / Local Gifts

Rejuvenate. Recharge. Repeat. Isn’t that on everyone’s wish list? Well, you’re in luck! CryoRVA offers an escape from the holiday chaos with services that refresh your overall well-being. Using modern technology in cold therapy, their methods reduce inflammation to help manage pain and increase your personal health.

December 12 / Local Gifts

Quality shows, which is why we love gifts and attire for men from Franco’s Fine Clothier. They strive to give you an instant level of comfort - knowing that each and every garment purchased is unique to your personal preference, size, and lifestyle.

December 12 / Local Gifts

Just walking into Fraîche makes you feel at home. They take great care in presenting their vast array of distinctive furnishings and chic accents to help everyone here in RVA embody that “fresh” aesthetic. Whether you’re looking for gifts for your friends, family, or even the in-laws, you are sure to find something here to fit anyone’s individual taste and style.

December 12 / Local Gifts

 

Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond is your go-to source for shopping, dining, and entertainment. They offer  consumers the opportunity to shop a wide selection of the latest products and trends, all while supporting local!

Check out all the holiday happenings, locally owned shops, and great areas for gathering throughout the season at Stony Point Fashion Park. 

 

December 11 / Local Gifts

The Gift They’ll Remember...

Looking for that one-of-a-kind gift that’s sure to bring a smile to their face? LaDiff is your solution. It’s quirky, it’s functional, and it’s sure to steal the spotlight this holiday season! (And between you and me - it’s the easiest gift you’ll ever give! Not only are their items affordable, but they’ll even gift wrap it for you!)

 

November 30 / Loyal to Local

When you decide to support local and shop small, you cast a vote for a better community. You support the hopes and dreams of entrepreneurs, you invest in the growth of the community, you help tell a bigger story.

We're in love with how local artist, Ed Trask, shares the story... 

P.S. Keep scrolling for deals and happenings from truly local businesses...

 

 

November 22 / Local Stories

Warm greetings from RVA! We're so thankful for Richmonders and their dedication to growing and building a beautiful community.

Here are some Thanksgiving happenings from local RVA businesses...

November 22 / Local Stories

Support local! Here are some Black Friday deals and happenings from local RVA businesses...

November 22 / Local Stories

Now that Fall has finally arrived, here are some of our Fall "must-haves" from some local businesses. Enjoy the season by patronizing some local places that have everything you need.

November 01 / Local Experience

In 1482, Columbus sailed the ocean blue - in 2017 these local businesses did these things ... 

#RVAColumbusDay

 

October 07 / Local Experience

 

Jenni Kirby wasn’t always immersed in the arts but decided to expand her horizons by opening Crossroads Art Center with a friend in 2002. Kirby became the sole owner in 2012. Today, Crossroads Art Center has significantly increased in size and popularity and is now the home to over 225 different local artists. As her appreciation deepened, she started her second art endeavor, BuyRVAart, which she co-owns.

Her passion for connecting the community with the arts is almost unrivaled. Anyone who knows Jenni knows that she is always up for making connections, helping to promote her neighbors, and finding new, creative ways to be loyal to local.

 

October 04 / Loyal to Local

Doing something nice is so refreshing. Check out these local businesses that are doing things that are, well, nice ...

#RVAdosomethingniceday

 

October 04 / Local Experience

 

Good design can be seen and acknowledged.
Great design, however, can be felt with the heart -it can be experienced, it can inspire you.

 

Motivated by the beautiful designs and craftsmanship he had seen while on a job stint in Haiti,  Andy Thornton, Founder and Co-Owner of LaDiff, decided this was something that needed to be introduced to back home. 

 

September 07 / Loyal to Local

What better way to celebrate Labor Day than to support local! Here are some ways local businesses are celebrating.  

#RVALaborDay

 

August 31 / Local Experience