From day one (April 2005) we set out to lend voice to a subdued creative class of Richmond. RVA has succeeded in creating a brand that searches out the best artists, ideas, events, bands, photographers and culture-jammers Richmond has to offer and gives them a platform for exhibition that “gets” them.

“Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steelmaking.”

—Richard Florida, economist and author

In a city best known for it's role in the Civil War (insert eye-rolling here) the battle to be bigger than our past has been formidable. For generations, city leaders have banked on the faded silver of dubious honors - Capital of the Confederacy etc, and ignored the 21st (and 20th) centuries.

With world-class schools such as VCU growing organically on their own record of excellence, media giants like the Martin Agency cementing their footprint in our cobblestones, and Fortune 100 companies relocating to attract the hordes of creatives emerging here, Richmond is exploding. New construction and development is rampant in heretofore decaying downtown retail and nightlife centers.

City government has aligned itself to a more liberal, open-minded culture of inclusion and exploration. Much like Brooklyn in the late nineties and Silverlake/Echo Park in the early aughties, entire neighborhoods are being overhauled to keep up with the influx of wealthy young professionals with entertainment and fashion needs. Lofts, marinas, from-scratch entertainment districts, clubs, music venues and galleries have been sprouting like weeds, offering the promise of a sustainable population more likely to relocate to New York or Los Angeles in years past. Cultural optimism is at a high and only growing more intense.

Contact John at john[at] / 276.732.3410 for more information.


“RVA created a niche in Richmond media and then created the culture to fill it. They’re our go to guys for engaging the right people in the city — It’s the only place we advertise in Richmond.”

— Chris Bossola & Gabriel Riccioppo, Co-Owners of Need Supply Co.

“We started working with RVA magazine the first chance we got and haven’t looked back since. From reintroducing our 20-year old company to incoming students to firmly establishing our image through print, video and new forms of media, they’ve led us down the right path and we’ve had a blast along the way.”

— Miles Quillen, Creative Director of Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market

“Working with the creative team at RVAmag has been one of the most empowering and creative accomplishments I’ve been part of in Richmond. Seeing the outpouring of art that has gestated in Richmond has been profound and RVA has been the catalog of that underground art and recording of the aspirations of a 21st century creative culture.”

— Todd Raviotta, Natural Science Productions

“Our experience working with RVA Magazine over the years has helped our business in many ways. They are easy to work with, turnaround time is quick, and we end up with eye catching ads that manage to express our image in a unique way to our target audience.”

— Thea Brown, General Manager of World Of Mirth

“RVA Magazine feels the pulse of Richmond, which comes across in the parties and events they sponsor and promote. When we first opened, there was a wild energy surrounding our restaurant and RVA magazine helped us bring that back.”

— Daniel Koen, General Manager of New York Deli

“CapitolMac has been proud to work with RVA over the past year. Their team has created and executed some fantastic creative for us, and has always been proactive in brainstorming new ideas and marketing opportunities. As we opened a new location in Baltimore, they remained on top of tailoring our message to our new market, while at the same time keeping a consistent voice in Richmond.”

— Dheeraj Vasishta, Owner of Capitol Mac

“RVA Magazine has been incredible in pushing the Sticky Rice brand to our core audience while developing joint projects that keep people coming back for more. RVA is a multi-faceted media group that every company should consider for their marketing and goodwill plan.”

— John Yamashita, Co-Owner of Sticky Rice

Our quest to highlight the beauty of community interaction across class, race and economic boundaries is, we believe, our greatest contribution to Richmond's cultural landscape. We've created a brand for all progressive and independent thinkers to rally around. We're very proud to be a close friend and promoter of the arts, in all its forms. Many of our featured artists have gone on to win national design contracts, gallery tours and professional creative positions based on the exposure offered by RVA.

We've created a new marketplace for radical chic - an urban palette reminiscent, yet transcendent and independent of Lower East Side and DUMBO scenes of recent past. We've endeavored to be the glue that keeps this community together and conversing. We've become partners with our clients, facilitating the introductions - between bands and audiences, artists and buyers, retail boutiques and their corresponding style tribes - necessary to keep the engines of inspiration and commerce greased and revved.

Countercultures once relegated to "scene-and-notheard" status have emerged as once-hidden gems of local flavor, accepted across the board by hipster cynics and captains of industry alike. First Friday art celebrations have long been a hallmark of a thriving open community, and Richmonds' is no exception. This monthly citywide open house attracts thousands of art aficionados and hopeful wallflowers downtown and transformed "undesirable" neighborhoods into sought-after real estate for developers and opportunities for marketers.

The punk/metal scene, once vaunted and heralded as the next coming of Seattle and Chapel Hill under the banners of AVAIL, Sleepytime Trio, Inquisition and GWAR, has re-emerged with Lamb of God, Ultra Dolphins, Municipal Waste, Smoke or Fire and Strike Anywhere. Visual artists hailing from Richmond's cradle include Dalek, Timothy Johnston, Jim Callahan, Adam Juresko and many others. From film to irreverent video, Richmond is making itself heard, with miscreants DaybyDay, and our own RVA TV.


  • Sticky Rice
  • Need Supply
  • American Apparel
  • Ellwoood Thompson
  • The Camel
  • Weezies
  • Mekong
  • Capitol Mac
  • Ghostprint Gallery
  • Hat Factory
  • Belly Timber Tavern
  • Katra Gala
  • Ny Deli
  • Strange Matter
  • World of Mirth
  • Balliceaux
  • Blackbird Salon
  • Kulture
  • Kuba Kuba
  • Ipanema
  • Cartytown Sushi
  • Look Salon
  • Plan 9
  • Rumors
  • Play N Trade
  • J Fergeson Gallery
  • Strawberry Street Market
  • Bogarts
  • Halcyon
  • 930 Club
  • Yours Truly
  • Chop Suey Books
  • Wack Salon
  • B Sides
  • River City Roller Girls
  • WRIR 97.3
  • Cafe Gutenburg
  • Bunny Hop Bikes
  • West Coast Kix
  • Black Hand Coffee
  • Saunders Custom Tattoo
  • Quickness RVA
  • Nile Resturant
  • Steady Sounds
  • Gallery 5
  • Mojo's Resturant
  • Green House Glass
  • Excile
  • Rev It Up Coffee
  • Azizas
  • Empire
  • The Byrd Theatre
  • The Martin Agency
  • River City Cellars
  • Chrome Bags
  • Cary Street Bugers
  • Hydra Head
  • ForceField Records
  • Viking Recordings
  • Healing Arts Center
  • Vinyl Conflict
  • Pine Street Barber
  • Avalon
  • Henry
  • Momotaro Sushi
  • The Apprentice Salon
  • All Star Market
  • Sprout
  • VCU
  • Napoleon Taxi
  • y101 - 100.9 FM
  • Harvest of Hope Festival
  • Deep Groove Records
  • No Idea Records
  • WNRN 103
  • The Fest - Gainesville, FL
  • Mezzanine
  • Born Ugly Magazine
  • Brooklyn Park Tattoo
  • Strong Hill
  • Modlin Center (University of Richmond)
  • Vapormaxx
  • Godfreys
  • The Belvidere
  • Velocity Cycles
  • Racine Restaurant
  • Virginia Realty
  • Pharr Out
  • 821 Cafe
  • Bottom and Back Bus
  • Virginia Nightlife