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A spirited solution: GRTC sources sanitizer from Reservoir Distillery

Normally barrels and buses are buddies as a safe solution for patrons traveling after imbibing. Today there’s a new spirited solution. As hand sanitizer supplies quickly back-ordered during the COVID-19 crisis, GRTC needed to find a supplier quickly to refill dwindling inventory for essential employees. A Richmond Times-Dispatch news story about local businesses shifting production from spirits to sanitizer sparked a solution.

GRTC contacted Reservoir Distillery last week to place a recurring bulk order for their newly produced sanitizer. Just as sanitizer dispensers at GRTC’s headquarters emptied, reinforcements arrived today from Reservoir Distillery, normally a bourbon whiskey producer in Scott’s Addition.

“Creative solutions like this are exciting, said GRTC Chief Executive Officer Julie Timm. “Our essential employees need sanitizer at headquarters and in the field, and a local business benefits from our need. This is a win-win solution for both of us and I am proud of our Procurement Department’s ingenuity.”

“We are happy to be able to support GRTC during this unprecedented time,” says Dave Cuttino, co-founder of Reservoir Distillery. “Reservoir will continue to make hand sanitizer as long as resources are available and the need is there within our community.”

More than 100 gallons of liquid sanitizer were picked up Monday from Reservoir Distillery, helping GRTC staff reporting to headquarters maintain proper personal hygiene practices. Operators and other frontline staff can refill personal bottles to use in the field.

Planning officials unveil conceptual renderings of a future, higher-density Scott’s Addition

Richmond planning officials unveiled a preliminary vision for the Greater Scott’s Addition neighborhood Tuesday evening at Diversity Richmond. The meeting was the third of four held by the Richmond 300 commission studying ways to encourage smart growth, best and highest use cases for future development and redevelopment, and create recommendations for zoning and planning policies that foster cohesiveness neighborhood-wide.

While the committees are studying areas around the city, the Scott’s Addition neighborhood is unique in its areas of opportunity, including nearly 30 acres of largely vacant land around The Diamond. Using input from over 1,000 respondents to a survey asking residents and other stakeholders what characteristics future development in the neighborhood should have, planning officials unveiled high-level renderings and cordoned the neighborhood off into six distinct districts. For the purposes of this study, Scott’s Addition encompasses approximately 800 acres and stretches from I-195 on the western bound to Lombardy Street on the east; I-95 on the north to West Broad Street on the south.

The largest and most dense, the Gateway District, would see the encouragement of cohesive, high-density development along Arthur Ashe Boulevard near the Diamond site. Other areas including the “core” of the Scott’s Addition Historic District would remain mixed-use industrial to allow for a variety of uses from single story warehouses to six-to-twelve-story buildings as is currently the case.

The plan emphasizes tenets including open space, affordable housing, walkability, density, and access to transit. De-emphasized are lower density uses like single-story buildings and parking lots, which are no longer allowed as “by right” developments per code.

The renderings were presented on printed boards, charette-style, for attendees to reflect on and leave feedback via sticky notes. Planning officials including Director of Planning Mark Olinger were on hand to answer questions and give clarification. Mayor Levar Stoney opened the meeting with his thoughts on cohesive development, and Second District Councilmember Kim Gray was on hand as well.

After gathering additional feedback from stakeholders, planning staff will create draft recommendations that will guide future growth and development and present a final plan in May.

See the full presentation (PDF) here.

Please Welcome Your New 2020 SABA Board Members!

If you didn’t get a chance to meet them in person last week at our February public meeting, please give a warm welcome to our new 2020 SABA board members! We’re excited about what we’ll achieve together in 2020 and beyond as our growing neighborhood moves forward.

Please join us in welcoming:

  • Jay Bayer, Bingo Beer Co.
  • Phil Crosby, Richmond Triangle Players
  • Dr. Jeremy Hoffman, Science Museum of Virginia
  • Sue Mellen, Virginia Municipal League
  • Erin Wischer, The Community Foundation

Here’s a shot of our full 2020 board. We look forward to working together to make our neighborhood the best place to live, work, and play.

At Last, Whole Foods moves into Richmond!

It seems like it’s been under construction forever, but it’s finally here. Whole Foods is now open on Broad Street next door to Lee’s Chicken (Just a short ride or walk east of Scott’s Addition). Thursday morning, crowds lined up for the first peek inside the 47,000sf building.

Remember, the store was built on the spot where the old Pleasants Hardware once stood. In fact, some of the original Pleasants architecture was used in the new building.

This Whole Foods is similar to the store in Short Pump, with all the natural/organic food and self-care sections, but there is a mezzanine taproom at this location with indoor/outdoor seating and pub like food for sale.

And I kinda love the idea that at this location, customers are invited to buy a drink and sip while shopping. I’m not sure I knew that was a thing, but it works for me.

Yep – the partnership with Amazon applies here. So, you can use your Prime membership for benefits and deep discounts. The store will be open from 7am-10pm daily. The address is 2024 Broad Street.

Here’s more about the new store from RVA Hub photos below from Richard Hayes.

Photo: Richard Hayes

Photo: Richard Hayes

Photo: Richard Hayes

Cider Week Virginia kicks off November 9th with Richmond Cider Celebration in Scott’s Addition

Cider Week Virginia returns November 15-24 for a week-long celebration of all things cider across the Commonwealth. Sixteen cideries are participating this year, with both new and returning makers in the lineup.

“Nationally, sales of cider have grown ten-fold over the past decade,” Anne Shelton, president of the Virginia Association of Cider Makers, said. “Virginia mirrors this growth and is now home to 26 cideries and counting.”

Cider lovers can expect to enjoy events at participating cideries ranging from educational workshops to tastings with the cider makers.

Potter’s Craft Cider will also be marking the occasion with the opening of its new tasting room while Richmond’s Truckle Cheesemongers opens a shop inside Blue Bee Cider.

As one of the most quickly growing categories in alcoholic beverages, the cider industry has made a triumphant return, not just in Virginia but across the country.

With a history dating back to colonial times, Thomas Jefferson was a known lover and producer of cider. Cider Week Virginia has revived the cider tradition by encouraging growth and production of fine ciders.

Several events will take place as part of the celebration in Scott’s Addition.

Head out to kick off Cider Week VA with the 7th Annual Richmond Cider Celebration on Saturday, November 9 from 11am – 4pm.

This festival will feature 15 Virginia cideries, as well as local food and artisan vendors. Enjoy three different flights of five ciders, all separated by region. Share with your friends and vote on your favorite flight! Each flight is $15 with a portion of proceeds benefiting Enrichmond Foundation and Virginia Association of Cider Makers.

Richmond Cider Celebration will be held at Blue Bee Cider, located at 1320 Summit Ave, Richmond, VA. Free street parking is available in the neighborhood.

Indoor and outdoor seating will be available, but feel free to bring lawn chairs. We’ll have live music and tents to kick back under! This is a rain or shine event. No fee for entry.

Your four-legged friends are welcome – they must be socialized and leashed (no retractable leashes, please).

There will also be a Cheese and Cider Pairing Class Tuesday, November 19, 6 – 9 p.m. at Blue Bee Cider

From stinky to mild, Truckle Cheesemongers and Essex St. partner on this special event bringing together two favorites. Class includes a cider and cheese flight.

Check out a complete list of events and in-cider information on the website, www.ciderweekva.com.

Paisley & Jade Pop Up Shop & Open House

It’s that time of year again. Time for you to get a good deal on the Paisley and Jade pretties! The Paisley and Jade Pop Up Shop is Sunday, August 11.

Oh – you don’t know what Paisley and Jade is? Well, let me happily tell you.

In summary, it’s the company that rents out vintage and eclectic items to decorate your wedding, event, trade show or film set.

Need a pink, velvet, tufted sofa? Check!

Need a vintage bar or serving table? Check!

Need some chalkboard art, lanterns, or chandeliers? Check, check, and check!

The 10,000 square foot shop that houses P&J on the corner of Highpoint and Moore is dreamy. It’s a showroom, a warehouse, and a workspace. You can even use it for photoshoots because it’s pretty much ready to go.

On Sunday the 11, the P&J team will host an Open House along with the Pop Up Shop. Last year, customers started lining up to get in about 30-minutes to an hour before the doors opened. You would have thought they were serving free food the way the crowds gathered. So, it might not be a bad idea to get there early.

 

Here are the deets:

  • Paisley & Jade Pop Up Shop
  • Sunday, August 11 – 10am
  • Items sold first come, first serve. Pricing is not listed in advance. Delivery options are available.

Get It While It’s Hot

More food choices are coming to the neighborhood!

The folks who manage the Symbol Apartments, and a few others in Scott’s Addition – are inviting more food trucks into the area, during lunch time in particular.

They said they added a concrete pad in the Symbol parking lot (behind the blue building on Rockbridge St.), during development, for this very reason; To give food trucks a place to park.

We saw the trucks they’ve booked and it’s everything from comfort food to Caribbean. In fact tomorrow, Wednesday, The Hungry Turtle food truck will bring us some Asian Fusion with Vietnamese styles and vegan options.

Check it out if you’re in the area and ready for some new options. Here’s the link to see what’s parked in the lot before you head over.

https://streetfoodfinder.com/SYMBOL

PS – Want a food truck at night or on the weekends? Be sure to visit one of our many beverage spots. My fave truck, Intergalactic Tacos, is a regular at Veil on Tuesday nights but there are often trucks at Vasen, Isley, Ardent, Three Notched and Blue Bee.

Vasen Brewing Company Hosting Block Party for Second Anniversary this Saturday

Väsen Brewing Company is celebrating two years this Saturday with a big block party outside its facility in Scott’s Addition. The Vasen 2nd Year Anniversary Festival will be a block party with two sessions. Session #1 will start at 12 PM and end at 3 PM, Session #2 will kick off at 4 PM and run through 7 PM. Last call will be 15 minutes before the end of each session.

Expect bands all day, more than 25 guest breweries, cideries, and meaderies, plenty of delicious food from some of our favorite food trucks, outdoor activities, and other surprises.

BANDS:

Session #1 : 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Session #2: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

LIBATIONS:

Session #1:

  • Alewerks Brewing Company
  • Ardent Craft Ales
  • Benchtop Brewing Company
  • Blue Bee Cider
  • Commonwealth Brewing Company
  • Fine Creek Brewing Company
  • Red Dragon Brewery
  • Rocket Frog Brewing Company
  • Tabol Brewing
  • Trapezium Brewing Company
  • Triple Crossing BeerSession #2:
  • Black Heath Meadery
  • Bingo Beer Co.
  • Canon & Draw Brewing Company
  • Final Gravity Brewing Co.
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Reason Beer
  • Solace Brewing Co.
  • Steam Bell Beer Works
  • That Damn Mary Brewing Company
  • The Virginia Beer Company
  • RVA Collab House – Three Notch’d Brewing Company

Both Sessions:

ACTIVITIES:

Tickets start at $20. Learn more here.

PHOTOS: Arthur Ashe Boulevard Renaming Kick-Off Party at River City Roll

Hundreds of folks came out Friday, June 21st for the Arthur Ashe Boulevard Kick-Off Celebration at River City Roll. The entire evening was a benefit for the Metro Richmond Tennis Club and raised over $10,000 for the organization.

A huge thanks goes out to everyone who sponsored a lane or made other contributions towards this worthy local cause, and more than that, all of those who helped make the vision of renaming the Boulevard for Arthur Ashe a reality. It took a lot of time, effort, and hard work, and we made it happen together.

(Photos: Michael Way Photography)

Join Us For a Weekend of Events Celebrating the Renaming of Arthur Ashe Boulevard Beginning Friday at River City Roll

The Arthur Ashe Boulevard Initiative will sponsor a three-day celebration honoring tennis great Arthur Ashe. Citizens, leaders, community organizers, and Ashe family members will commemorate the naming of Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond on June 20th through 22nd – and the Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association is taking part in a big way, hosting our own kick-off celebration Friday evening.

In addition to an official sign unveiling to re-name the roughly 2.5-mile Boulevard in honor of the late tennis champion, the celebratory events will re-introduce Ashe’s inspiring life story to Richmond and offer a variety of family-friendly events.

The official dedication and street unveiling ceremony, sponsored by the City of Richmond, Dominion Energy, and the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC), will be held at Saturday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at the VMHC.

National, state and local elected leaders will be in attendance and participate in the dedication ceremony, along with Ashe family representatives. Civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John R. Lewis, (D-Ga.) will deliver the keynote address.

“We’re thrilled to name Dominion Energy as our presenting sponsor for our weekend celebration, as we officially rename the Boulevard after my uncle, said David Harris, nephew of the late Arthur Ashe and a key driver in the Boulevard’s renaming. “Together, we’ll celebrate Ashe’s achievements both on and off the tennis court. My uncle’s incredible legacy transcended sports and is tied to foundational roots of Richmond. With Dominion Energy’s support and others, we’re putting a stake in the ground for Arthur Ashe’s legacy of social justice for generations to come.”

“This is a great step forward for Richmond to honor Arthur Ashe in a bold way,” said Tom Farrell, chairman and CEO of Dominion Energy. “We’re proud to be part of it, and to celebrate our hometown with friends, neighbors, and the Ashe family.”

The company’s sponsorship is being provided through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

The latest schedule of community events—all of which are free, family-friendly and open to the public include:

  • Arthur Ashe Boulevard Social Justice Forum, Thursday, June 20, 7-9 p.m., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Learn about social justice and find out how it was part of Arthur Ashe’s legacy.
  • Arthur Ashe Boulevard Tennis Tournament & Movies at the Park, Friday, June 21, 6-9 p.m., Byrd Park. Join local tennis organizations in celebration of Ashe’s sport; stick around for an evening of movies and other festivities.
  • Arthur Ashe Boulevard Kick-off Celebration & Bowling Party, Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. to midnight, River City Roll. Enjoy kids and family bowling night (7-9 p.m.) as well as live music (9 p.m. to midnight) at this Scott’s Addition bowling alley along Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Donations suggested.
  • Arthur Ashe Boulevard Unveiling Ceremony & Exhibition Opening, Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Join us as we make history with the City of Richmond; A-list celebrities, city officials, and government dignitaries will officially unveil the re-named Boulevard.
  • Arthur Ashe Boulevard Community Celebration, Saturday, June 22, 1-5 p.m., Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center. Celebrate with the community and participate in sponsored tennis clinics for kids and adults.
  • Arthur Ashe Boulevard After Party, Saturday, June 22, 8-11 p.m., The Graduate Richmond: the official Arthur Ashe Boulevard Celebration host. Cap off three days of excitement around Arthur Ashe and the City of Richmond.

To learn more about Arthur Ashe Boulevard or the schedule of events, visit arthurasheblvd.com.