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  • Grand Opening, The Good Feet Store

    Grand Opening, The Good Feet Store

    They say, put your money where your mouth is and, in 2014, that’s just what The Good Feet Store’s Jonathan Cotten did. He believed in the product so much, that he bought the store and this past weekend, The Good Feet Store moved into a brand new, and much larger, location – with more on the way!

     
  • Top Three Family Friendly Easter Weekend Activities

    Top Three Family Friendly Easter Weekend Activities

    Celebrate Easter in Richmond with these family-friendly activities for all ages this weekend.

     

     
  • Top Five April Events to Usher in Spring

    Top Five April Events to Usher in Spring

    The flowers are starting to bloom, people are starting to crawl out of hibernation, and the city is starting to buzz with life once again. This April is packed with distinctly spring things to do out and about in this beautiful city and we’ve rounded up our top five below:

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Local Stories

They say, put your money where your mouth is and, in 2014, that’s just what The Good Feet Store’s Jonathan Cotten did. He believed in the product so much, that he bought the store and this past weekend, The Good Feet Store moved into a brand new, and much larger, location – with more on the way!

April 18 / Local Experience

Celebrate Easter in Richmond with these family-friendly activities for all ages this weekend.

 

April 18 / Local Experience

The flowers are starting to bloom, people are starting to crawl out of hibernation, and the city is starting to buzz with life once again. This April is packed with distinctly spring things to do out and about in this beautiful city and we’ve rounded up our top five below:

April 03 / Local Experience

You heard right -  Evolution Hearing is now open. The independently owned, private audiology practice has opened its second location in Central Virginia, just off of Broad near Willow Lawn.

 

March 28 / Local Experience

Two distinctly different tenants of the newly completed Westhampton on Grove building joined forces last week to celebrate their grand openings together with the help of Richmond Mayor, Levar Stoney.

March 22 / Local Experience

The intoxicating scent of fresh-baked bread dances out the doors of Montana Gold Bread Co., wafting through the parking lot and into the street, just as it’s done for the past 25 years. Perched at the very top of Carytown, Montana Gold, founded by Rich and Sher Lahvic, celebrated its 25th anniversary this past weekend – on St. Patrick’s Day to be precise.

March 21 / Local Experience

Spring has sprung… well technically, at least. While we’re confident that warmer weather is just around the corner, this week marked the beginning of spring and for many, that means it’s time to get dirty, literally – the garden season is finally here! To help, We’ve asked Strange’s Florists Greenhouses & Garden Centers for a few of their top tips for creating that picturesque garden, perfect for a season of outdoor entertaining.

March 21 / Local Experience

Embracing the nationwide trend towards more natural health products, Regency’s newest tenant offers customers natural pain solutions in a variety of forms. Promising “health without the high,” Your CBD Store opened March 17 on Regency’s second level and features an assortment of CBD products for both adults and animals.

 

March 20 / Local Experience

For one day, we’re all a little bit Irish. We pile on the green clothing, perhaps a red beard or a few layers of green and gold beads, and we head off in search of a day full of revelry, and perhaps a pint or two. Check out a few of the ways you can add a little green to your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with local businesses.

 

March 07 / Local Experience

With more than 12.3 million women-owned businesses making up more than 39% of the 28 million small businesses in the U.S., supporting local and supporting women-owned businesses go hand in hand. These businesses account for more than $1.8 trillion in revenue and employ 9.2 million people. * This year in honor of International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8, we invite you to stay loyal to local women and check out a few of the amazing women-owned businesses in the Richmond area.

March 06 / Why Local

At its core, shopping local means supporting a community. 

Behind your favorite Richmond area shops, restaurants, and businesses are people – your own neighbors, friends, and family who work tirelessly to provide goods and services for all of us. These hardworking entrepreneurship have poured their hearts and souls into their businesses while also recognizing the vital role that small businesses have in giving back to their community. 

In celebration of National Entrepreneurship Week, we’d like to introduce you to a few of them and let them tell you, in their own words, what it means to be a local business owner.

February 21 / Why Local

The Kroger Co. recently announced the launch of the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund and its first open call to support the company’s bold and ambitious plan designed to end hunger in its communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025. 

Kroger invites eligible innovators to submit a letter of intent through March 4, 2019, for ideas and solutions to prevent food waste.

 

February 20 / Community Support

As soon as the shop bells chime, Ruth McMahon, owner of Kiss & Make-Up, warmly greets customers, popping her head out from behind the corner counter or one of the many garment racks. With a skill finely tuned after more than three decades in business, she sets about welcoming and getting to know her customers, instantly washing away feelings of self-consciousness, and setting them at ease in a store which, to some, might otherwise prove anxiety provoking.

February 13 / Local Experience

Check out what local Richmond businesses have going on for Valentine's Day. #RVAbemine

 

February 07 / Local Experience


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