RVA Mag would like to extend a very warm thank you to the following sponsors. These organizations have been extremely gracious in supporting arts and culture in Richmond by providing financial contributions to RVA Mag. This has allowed us to thrive as an independent voice in our community and evolve with the city at the same dynamic pace. We cannot overstate the importance of local businesses in supporting the community and how this creates an environment where culture and art can thrive. The pages of our publication will remain full of editorials and reporting which encourages investment and engagement in locally run businesses. They remain the key to the city of Richmond.

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Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is a non-profit institution which exists to foster awareness, exploration, and understanding of the significant art of our time. Through excellence and diversity in our changing exhibitions and educational programming, MOCA stimulates critical thinking and dialogue throughout the Hampton Roads community.


Ideally situated one block from VCU and within walking distance of downtown Richmond, discover the city’s smartest place to stay – Graduate Richmond! Drawing inspiration from the city’s forward-thinking mindset, the 205-room hotel encapsulates southern charm, urban creativity and cultural innovation. The hotel features two food and beverage concepts: Brookfield, a lobby café, and Byrd House, the city’s highest rooftop bar & pool. The lobby is the perfect place to study or enjoy a cup of coffee, featuring a design that pays homage to native hero Arthur Ashe’s personal style and the tennis fashion he inspired. The rooms navy walls are adorned with punk music references and framed photos of the American Fox Hound, VA’s state dog. The hotel also features 2,800 sq. ft. of event and meeting space.



World of Mirth is the perfect store for the weird little town that is Richmond, VA. Built on the simple idea that toys can bring people together then asking everyone “To Come In and Play!” is as Richmond as it gets. Owner Thea Brown and Company bring joy to thousands of kids and adults each year with a selection of unique toys, brain busting puzzle games, hard to find postcards, tine animal figurines, super fun card games, kinda-out-there costumes, quirky rubber masks, witty/smart ass books, and more from all over the world under one roof.

Thank you for being RVA Mag’s first consistent supporter — honestly the team could not have eaten those first years without your belief in us, thank you.


The magazine’s very first distributor back in 2005, Ellwood Thompson has shown a commitment to supporting not only RVA Mag and GayRVA but EVERYTHING good that is local. From helping raise money for non profits, to buying direct from local and regional farmers, spotlighting the best in our city’s beer scene, and supporting any number of awesome causes — Ellwood Thompson has been a bed rock of our community. Thank you guys.


There once was a time Richmond, VA wasn’t a craft beer destination – that all changed when Mekong owner An Bui declared “Mekong is for Beer Lovers!” years ago. That was the beginning of the unstoppable gospel that is craft beer in Virginia and eventually everyone in town became true believers. Thank you for getting us hooked on the brew and supporting us non-stop for almost a decade.


Dave, Pete and all the great people at Legend Brewing Company have been brewing their craft beer for years before it became “the thing” in the city. A Richmond, VA original from the get-go with it unique brew and spot overlooking the James has become iconic for representing the values of our city — DIY culture, good times and honest products. A great place back then has grown into a regional powerhouse with legions waiting for their new beer cocktails now and we at the magazine cannot thank them enough for supporting us when we were struggling to reach our full potential.


The people behind Hardywood pushed everyone to rethink the level that our city can aspire to. We enjoyed good craft beer before in Richmond but Hardywood’s highly rated beers sent ripples across the nation and set the stage for the explosive growth in the craft beer scene we all currently enjoy. Add the events and support for the local culture, Hardywood is appreciated by everyone in the scene and we thank you.


Where would this city be without music venues like The Camel? For years, The Camel has provided Richmond a place where the community could come together and hear touring bands from all over the country and all over the world. But more importantly it has also provided a space for local acts to come together and share their art and music with the community. We often times forget just how much value this provides our city. And for those of us who have made Richmond our home, this is not just about nightlife, beer, food, or entertainment, but about a sense of community which makes our city strong and vibrant.


Innovation comes in many forms and Hamooda has been on the forward edge of innovation in this city for many years now. His restaurant ventures have breathed life into Carytown, and re-energized the food scene in a way that has inspired other restauranteurs and restaurant goers throughout Richmond. His newest venture,11 Months, is on the forward edge of what is possible when food, design, and innovation can intersect in one location. Why is this important? Because Richmond’s magic is driven by creative people who have a vision that can go beyond their own surroundings and inspire all segments of our city.


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