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Our Richmond Barfly’s Happy Hour List 2024 

Picking a spot for happy hour in downtown Richmond can be a pain. But don't worry, we've got you covered. If we've missed your favorite haunt, need to update the information or you want your business included, just reach out. We’ll be adding to this list as we go...

Milk River Arts: A Sanctuary of Creativity for Disabled Artists

After the death of his father and his retirement from the military, Aly Costanzo felt lost. That changed when his sister found Milk River Arts. “It gave me a purpose,” Costanzo said. “I really had no purpose. My sister found (founder Sally Kemp) for me, and Sally...

RVA 5×5 | Green on Dock Street

The James River is (literally) what made and unifies Richmond. The Fall Line and the separation of the tidal from the freshwater and the rockfalls created our River City. And the city has for decades now embraced it and is the one thing that unites the entire Richmond...

The Only Richmond Juneteenth Bash You Need to Be At

This June 19, 2024, in observation of Juneteenth 2024, Cassidy Snider brings together and curates her third annual celebration concert. Sharing the stage with a wide range of Richmond music artists of color each bringing diverse musical styles from Songwriters, MC’s,...

RVA 5×5 | Bonding With (Or Against) The People?

There has been a lot of activity across the region recently about bond ratings and localities issuing bonds. It is a timely comparison of priorities of local leaders, a glimpse of a possible future, and what happens if you have people in charge who worry more about...

RVA 5×5 | Substantial Doubt of Competency, More Meals Tax Issues

While the Mayor and friends were busy celebrating the AAA bond rating upgrade atop City Hall, inside the lower levels the city continues to fall apart. Most notably, the meals tax fiasco that we were told was being handled and improved is showing more and different signs of being more dysfunctional than we thought. The latest is an astonishing...

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RVA 5x5 _ Substantial Doubt of Competency, MOre Meals Tax Issues by Jon Baliles_photo by Taber Andrew Bain_RVA Magazine 2024

Legislators Reject Youngkin’s Skill Games Limits

Will skill game machines resembling slot machines return to convenience stores? Not immediately, but legislators have set the stage for these machines to potentially make a comeback, should the Governor choose not to intervene. In a bipartisan measure, Democrats and Republicans rejected the Governor’s amendments on skill games. The Senate's...

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Legislators Reject Youngkin's Skill Games Limits by Goad Gatsby_RVA Magazine 2024 3

Behind the Rebirth: Inside Story of Harry’s at the Hofheimer

I was strolling down Broad Street on what was an unseasonably beautiful day in March, and as I rounded the corner at Arthur Ashe Boulevard I was greeted by the familiar yet striking architecture of The Hofheimer Building. I was making my way there that day to meet with Carter Snipes, co-owner of the building since 2015, and Natalie McNamara,...

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Behind the Rebirth: Inside Story of Harry's at the Hofheimer by Andrew Bonieskie_RVA Magazine 2023

“Smash the Byrd” Returns to Help VCU Children’s Hospital

Dawnstar Games and its devoted regulars are no strangers to a good melee or two. Saturday, March 16th “The Star” ups the ante and welcomes the return of its anticipated “Smash the Byrd” charity event to The Byrd Theater. While Dawnstar Games regularly has various fighting game nights at its newly expanded location in Scott’s Addition, this...

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Dawnstar Games Smash The Byrd 2024 story by Ash Griffith MAIN

Guns, Gambling, Vaccines & More: MLK Day in Richmond

Martin Luther King Day at the Virginia Capitol featured groups lobbying to get the attention of elected officials about their various causes. The Virginia Citizen Defense League holds their annual event with hundreds of their members showing up. The VCDL is like the NRA with gun rights lobbying but confined to Virginia. The...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day aka Lobby Day 2024 by Goad Gatsby

The Highs and Lows of Virginia’s Latest Marijuana Legislation

Last Wednesday, the Virginia General Assembly kicked off its 2024 session, now under the fresh leadership of a Democratic majority in both chambers and one of the first things we want to mention is new bill, HB 698, introduced by Del. Paul Krizek (D) and backed by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D), aimed at legalizing marijuana sales. This move is a big...

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RVA Meals Tax Fiasco: A 5-Part Tragic Opera

Hope you had a great holiday and the New Year is off to a great start! This week’s news has been dominated by one major topic and it’s so important we are breaking it down in a free-to-all-readers, five-part story sadly worthy of a tragic opera.  More from Jon Baliles and his 5x5 Substack HERESTORY #1 — Act I: PrologueStarting about 25 years...

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RVA Meals Tax Fiasco: A 5-Part Tragic Opera by Jon Baliles 2024

You Voted! Here Are Richmond’s Favorites Things in 2023

We asked and you responded with thousands of votes cast over 10 days. Thank you. Now, without further delay, we present the results of the Favorite Things Reader’s Poll 2023. Or before you jump in, you can take a look back at last year's results HERE. 👋 Also, if you would like to partner with us, we are currently offering advertising at 50%...

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