April 2011

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12 Apr 2011

Drugstore soda fountains: A bit of nostalgia, a lot of home

Drugstore soda fountains largely disappeared by the 1970s. But Old Mechanicsville has two, with a third located about a mile away in Henrico County.

12 Apr 2011

First Fridays Art Walk Galleries Hope For a District

Every first Friday of the month, a sleepy section of Broad Street here in downtown Richmond experiences a frenzy of activity.

12 Apr 2011

Almost through the cracks

By Zakia Williams Richmond, Va. – A year ago, Ja’Quan Hicks,16, found himself falling through the cracks. “I really didn’t go to class. I used to skip all the time,” Hicks said. Hicks attended Armstrong High School located in the East End. His empathy was a result of the faculty and staff not caring, Hicks […]

12 Apr 2011

Tradition In Transition: Libbie, Grove, And Patterson

Dobbins-Johnson is co-owner of Shops at 5807, in the Patterson and Libbie Business District, nestled between Richmond’s West End and Fan District. The area, just like its neighbor, Libbie and Grove, is steeped in history and tradition, with many independently-owned shops and restaurants. But now, the two are coming together and looking to change.

12 Apr 2011

The First Laugh: Stand-Up Comedy in Richmond’s Museum District

As Brian Mann steps off the stage at Café Diem, fresh from performing a joke which ended with him in the arms of a burly bar employee, he heaves a sigh.  “That felt good.” he said. Before Mann is able to take his seat the bearded MC is already on stage, insulting the crowd before […]

12 Apr 2011

After 15 Years, Short Pump Marches Onward

In 1996, many of Short Pump’s major landmarks were completed, setting off a wave of development that takes it closer and closer to being a business and leisure destination.

12 Apr 2011

Struggling to Revive Business in Jackson Ward

Historic Jackson Ward continues to fight urban blight, despite more than 20 years of revitalization efforts. But a potential boost to this community may not be far away.

11 Apr 2011

Southside Business Owner Runs for Virginia Senate

By:Angel Booth RICHMOND, Va. – Inside Heart and Soul Sidewalk Café, a narrow dimly lit soul food restaurant on Hull Street, August Moon sat in the back corner booth. It was Super Bowl Sunday, and the Green Bay Packers were defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers live on the flat screen above Moon’s table. But he paid […]

11 Apr 2011

Neighborhood Story: Centerville

By: Saquoia Freeman WILLIAMSBURG,Va. – Freedom Park, a place where families from all over come to visit. Just like Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Jamestown Settlement, Freedom Park is a tourist attraction.   A serene county park in Williamsburg, Virginia with two miles of hiking trails and 15 miles of mountain bike trails. However, what visitors do […]

11 Apr 2011

Carytown Prepares to Host Richmond’s First Riesling Crawl

11 Apr 2011

Church Hill community comes together, promotes unity

It may appear like just a basketball court from the outside but Hosea Bland, a minister at Mount Olivet Church in Church Hill, has a bigger plan. “Basketball itself attracts a lot of attention and we want everybody to come and just play,” Bland said. “A basketball court– we feel like that’ll be a catch.”