LOCAL STORIES
  • Before Summer Fades Away…

    Before Summer Fades Away…

    How is it already August? Before the sun sets on summer enjoy Richmond the local way by hitting up these awesome spots for a good time.

    You can’t end the summer without heading over to Gelati Celesti to pick up a pint. 

     
  • Slow down & enjoy

    Slow down & enjoy

    Whether you are meeting up with friends, unwinding after work, or just looking to try something new these local places offer a seat at the bar and lots to enjoy.

     
  • RVA Giveaway Day

    RVA Giveaway Day

    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.

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Local Stories

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

Because eclipses are cool and Richmond is too, here are some things local businesses are doing to celebrate.  

#RVAeclipse

 

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August 18 / Local Experience

Back in 1928, James River Transportation began with the Story family and their mission to being Virginia’s single transportation solution. With a single bus, they were able to help bridge gaps in the community by providing transit for commuters from rural Virginia into downtown Richmond. This opened up new opportunities for employment and connected shoppers with the bustling city shops.

 

August 03 / Loyal to Local

Escape the heat and become a tourist in your own city by visiting these local museums and landmarks… may we also suggest a nice pairing of a local brewery afterward?

July 12 / Why Local

Local businesses are celebrating the Fourth! Check out these patriotic deals and happenings from around RVA.

 

June 29 / Why Local

If you're like us, you're looking for a last-minute Father's Day gift that will wow your dad, and that will be relatively painless to get. Check out these local gifts you can quickly pick up today or this weekend. #LoyaltoLocal

June 13 / Local Stories