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  • Top Five Local Father’s Day Celebrations

    Top Five Local Father’s Day Celebrations

    This Father’s Day celebrate your spider killing, stuff schlepping, punny-joke telling guy with a uniquely local Richmond twist. From locally crafted gifts to supporting the hometown team, we’ve rounded up our top five ways to celebrate Dad, while also celebrating local.


  • Skrimp Shack Serves Up Summer Fish Fry Flavors

    Skrimp Shack Serves Up Summer Fish Fry Flavors

    Tucked away off of Broad Street, Skrimp Shack’s newest location (it’s fourth in the Richmond area) sits like a secret seafood mecca, serving up the flavor of a southern summer fish fry, without the hassle.


  • It’s a Patio Life: Seven Patios to Enjoy this Season

    It’s a Patio Life: Seven Patios to Enjoy this Season

    Someday, it will be discovered that food and drinks truly do taste better on a patio. When that day comes, Richmond will be in luck because the river city is packed with opportunities for enjoying the sunshine with your meal. Here are a few of our favorite places to enjoy a serving of fresh air with your beverage of choice.

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Local Stories

Why should couples have all the fun? This February, celebrate those you love whether they are your best gals, pals, or yourself during the week traditionally set aside for romance.


February 06 / Local Experience

Roses are nice and candy is sweet, but you know what’s sweeter? Showing your Valentine that you’re smitten with them, and with staying loyal to local this Valentine’s Day and supporting local businesses.



February 01 / Loyal to Local

The Big Kitchen opened its oversized bay doors last week offering Richmonders a brand new way to “do dinner.” Big Kitchen Hospitality, the team behind the popular Tazza Restaurants, has created a prepared meals concept allowing diners to enjoy handcrafted meals in the comfort of their own homes – and without having to get out of their cars.  

January 25 / Local Experience

Hot Chick, the newest restaurant concept by Richmond-based Eat Restaurant Partners – the team behind local favorites Wong Gonzalez and Pizza & Beer of Richmond, among others – is giving people a new reason to visit the newly reopened 17th Street Farmers Market area.


January 24 / Local Experience

With recent temperatures, rain, and not so much sunshine sending most of the Richmond area into hibernation mode, cabin fever has become a real threat – after all, there’s only so many crock pots of chili and Netflix binges one can handle. Below are a few ways you can get out of your house locally, without freezing.  

January 21 / Local Experience

While its exact origins are debatable, the concept of “Drynuary” or “Dry January” has grown with increasing popularity in recent years. Drynuary, where one “goes dry” or gives up alcoholic beverages throughout the month of January, now seems more popular than ever following the seemingly endless parade of holiday parties, dinners, and happy hours that fall between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. The month gives holiday revelers, typically social drinkers, a chance to reset their bodies, or perhaps serve as a more personal challenge.

January 10 / Local Experience

Whether you’re making a formal New Year’s Resolution, or just looking to try something new in 2019, the start of a new year brings with it a healthy dose of promise, possibility, and the opportunity to step outside your regular routine and see what else Richmond has to offer.

If you’re looking to…

January 03 / Local Experience

During its annual award ceremony held Friday, December 7, Retail Merchants named Rick Hood, owner of Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, the Distinguished Retailer of the Year for 2018. The annual award ceremony dates back more than 50 years and has honored some of the city’s most legendary local retailers including Thalhimer’s, Miller & Rhoads, and Ukrop’s.

December 19 / Community Support

Gift giving can be hard. Everyone has that one person (or ten) on their list who always seems to stump them. Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration to get those creative ideas flowing. The 2018 Local Gift Guide is packed with wonderful gifts for all ages and the Retail Merchants staff, aka the team behind the Think. Shop. Buy. Local program, has selected a few of our favorite things to help jumpstart your gifting this season.


December 13 / Local Gifts

Richmond celebrates the holidays in a big way and this season is no exception. This weekend is packed with local events sure to bring out the festive cheer and merriment. So whether you still have a few people to check off your shopping list, or you’re just looking for something fun where the kids can make a few memories, take a peek at these local festivities sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

December 13 / Local Stories

From Carytown to Short Pump, Westhampton to Midlothian, the Richmond region is bursting with local retailers, handmade specialty items, and personalized gifts that add to the city’s distinct character. Charming without a doubt, these local purveyors make gift giving an art – offering boundless options that you truly won’t find anywhere else.

Our 2018 Gift Guide features unique gifts at every price point– from peanuts to diamonds, literally. Sure, you could stay home and order a gift online – but anyone can do that. A locally sourced gift shares a little bit of our treasured city with those for whom you’re shopping. 

November 16 / Local Gifts

GRTC bus routes connect with many exciting and important holiday destinations in Greater Richmond! With expanded service and hours, we serve more shopping and employment centers than ever before. We've picked some of our top bus routes below to connect you with the best holiday experiences in Henrico County, the City of Richmond and beyond!


November 21 / Local Gifts

Regency is centrally located in the heart of Richmond’s West End. The mall is anchored by the market’s flagship JCPenney and XXI Forever. Regency features a comprehensive mix of fashion and lifestyle retailers including Sephora, Charlotte Russe, Foot Locker, and Zales. Regency also features an extensive selection of local retailers, so be sure to think, shop, and buy local!

November 21 / Local Gifts

Are you looking for "unique" this Holiday Season? Find it at South River Compounding Pharmacy. In the world of medicine, we are where "East meets West," and where our expert staff can help you navigate the path to a happier, healthier lifestyle. In the world of gifts we're just as unique with our line of hand-selected gifts and decor, especially focused on holiday and seasonal selections. If you wish, to find an original gift for a special person(s), look no further than either of our two locations serving the Richmond area.


November 21 / Local Gifts

Strange's Florist is Richmond Virginia's largest family-run florist, started by Mr. G. A. Strange in 1935. They have been growing for well over 70 years to provide the best green products for the Richmond community. Check out these gift holiday decoring ideas for the those with and without green thumbs.


November 21 / Local Gifts

Stony Point Fashion Park offers a charming park-like atmosphere, beautiful fountains, and local architectural features. Visitors to the center can enjoy a dog-friendly shopping environment and find some of the most sought-after local retailers and restaurants.

November 21 / Local Gifts

The Reservoir Distillery process has broken old rules and spawned new traditions. But it all began with people. No matter a distillery's methodology, you have to choose your ingredients with extraordinary care. It's one of the reasons they chose to establish themselves in their hometown, Richmond, Virginia. Because the craftsmen, farmers, and stillmen are extraordinary themselves. 

November 21 / Local Gifts

From our fun-loving instructors and shiver-free pool to our convenient swim shop, snack shack and more, we’re confident that we can give your child the courage to make a splash. Our premier swim school in Richmond uses The Science of SwimPlay® and play-based teaching methods to help kids, infants, and toddlers develop important life skills. In addition, our curriculum is specially designed to work with busy schedules, like yours. 


November 21 / Local Gifts

Honor your friends, family, co-workers and/or loved ones than with a gift to help feed more! During the months of November and December, Feed More offers a unique way to share in the holiday spirit with Holiday Cards. Every Holiday Card purchased helps provide nutritious food to the nearly 200,000 Central Virginians who face hunger.

November 27 / Local Gifts

At Fleet Feet Richmond, you will find a welcoming environment where runners, walkers, and fitness enthusiasts of all abilities receive unparalleled service and support. Fleet Feet's Fitlosophy is to help you find the right ''FIT'' in every facet of your active lifestyle. You may think of us as a running store, but we're so much more.

Whether you walk, run, or simply need a good fitting pair of shoes, the educators at Fleet Feet Richmond will work with you to evaluate your foot’s gait and natural biomechanics to help you select a shoe that offers the best fit and function for you.

Fleet Feet Richmond is committed to enhancing and growing our local running and walking communities and offering educational resources and training opportunities to assist you in achieving your fitness goals. Each store is locally owned and operated.


November 21 / Local Gifts

Visit Janet Brown in our new location in Scotts Addition and find the perfect gift and home accent items to complete your Holiday!


November 21 / Local Gifts

For over 50 years, the Adolf family has filled the Richmond community with brilliant and beautiful jewelry. Beyond fine jewelry, however, the Adolf family is known for something far more valuable – creating lasting relationships.

Adolf Jewelers built its reputation by focusing on the people it served, the playful experiences it created, and the lasting relationships it built. While the Adolf Jewelers brand has come to an end, a new one has begun. That brand is LUSTRE. And we invite you to experience it.

LUSTRE is a new start. While you will recognize some of the faces you grew to love at Adolf Jewelers, LUSTRE is a vibrant, new shopping experience in the previous Adolf Jewelers location in the Ridge Shopping Center. Robin Adolf Salzberg and Daniel Wright, co-founders of Lustre by Adolf, invite you to come celebrate fine jewelry with us and to help define the next 50 years. 


November 21 / Local Gifts

Ladles and Linens specializes in all things cooking, baking and entertaining! You'll love our gadgets, cutlery, cookware, gifts, bar-ware, linens and more!


November 21 / Local Gifts

Few stores embody the loyal to local movement more so than Good Foods Grocery.

November 20 / Loyal to Local