#804Day on August 4, at Buskey’s Cider

Buskey Cider was highlighted on , about expanding production and their #804Day, this Thursday.

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The cidery at 2910 W. Leigh St. purchased three 60-barrel fermenters that will allow it to double its production.

“The biggest fermenter we had was 31 barrels, so adding three 60-barrel fermenters (1,860 gallons each) allows us to produce double of what we currently do,” said Will Correll, founder and CEO of the company.

Buskey’s will host #804Day on Aug. 4, at which nonprofit groups, musicians, restaurants and other Richmond businesses will feature their offerings. Boulevard Burger and Brew will sell some of its food at the event, and Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market will collaborate with Buskey’s to create cider through the use of its local produce to be served in Buskey’s tasting room on #804Day.

Buskey’s will donate 10 percent of cider sales from the event to HandsOn Greater Richmond, a nonprofit group that enables individuals, families and corporate groups the ability to engage in volunteer opportunities across the region. Read the rest of the article, here.

510 Architects jump into Art Deco HandCraft Building

The architects tasked with helping design the reinvention of one of Scott’s Addition’s most recognizable buildings have carved out a spot for themselves in the project.

510 Architects recently signed on as the latest tenant at the HandCraft building – the 87,000-square-foot, former industrial cleaning facility at 1501 Roseneath Road that’s being repurposed for new commercial tenants.

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The firm, which is handling design work on the redevelopment, will take 2,300 square feet along the building’s Mactavish Avenue-facing side and should move in early next year.

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The pending move is an unexpected change of plans for 510, run by husband-and-wife Virginia Tech graduates Heather Grutzius and John White.

The five-person firm had been on the hunt for new offices elsewhere in Scott’s Addition as an upgrade to their current home in a coworking setup at 3121 W. Marshall St., but hadn’t been considering the HandCraft building. “We always thought HandCraft was too large for us,” White said.

Most of the other tenants that have signed on in recent months are taking much larger blocks of space. Vasen Brewing has around 17,000 square feet, electric car charging startup Evatran has about 21,000 square feet and consulting firm Fahrenheit Group has 6,500 square feet.

But when a deal up the street fell through and layout in the HandCraft space changed in their favor, White said they jumped on it. “It carved out this little space,” he said. “It kind of fell in our lap.”

Read the rest of the story here, on Richmond BizSense.

NOTE: The HandCraft building will also play host to Richmond BizSense’s Hard Hat Happy Hour next month.

A NEW ballpark for VCU and the Flying Squirrels

Richmond BizSense revealed today that the future of professional baseball in Richmond has become a bit clearer. The Richmond Flying Squirrels, VCU and Mayor Dwight Jones’ office jointly announced the signing of an agreement yesterday afternoon to “guide the final stages of planning for a new ballpark in Richmond to be used by VCU and the Flying Squirrels.”

The so-called memorandum of understanding was signed by the Squirrels and VCU and calls for a new ballpark to be built near the current site of The Diamond to the tune of $50 million to $60 million. The team and university would be the primary users of the new ballpark and the major contributors to the cost.

Monday’s announcement does not specify the location of a future stadium, stating only that it will be close to the Diamond, but not on the city-owned 60 acres bounded by North Boulevard and Hermitage Road that the city is positioning for redevelopment.Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond, Scott's Addition, New Stadium

Local reports previously said a complex that currently houses the Virginia ABC at 2901 Hermitage Road was a likely site for the ballpark. Read the rest of the article, here.

Ad Agency NDP is advertising Scott’s Addition as the place to be found!

Veteran Richmond ad agency is following the call of the city’s hottest neighborhood. Now, that is good marketing for Scott’s Addition! Found in Richmond BizSense, check out the before and after (rendering), below. NDP, formerly known as Neathawk, Dubuque & Packett, is moving from 1 E. Cary St., where it has been headquartered since the turn of the century, to a warehouse building in Scott’s Addition at 2912 W. Leigh St.

Ndp, formerly known as Neathawk, Dubuque & Packett, in Scott's Addition

The agency has signed a 10-year lease for a 15,900-square-foot space currently occupied by auto parts supplier Auto Plus. The company will move out in the next several weeks to make room for ndp, which plans to move in by June or July.

Danny Fell, president and CEO of ndp, said the building’s open interior and location in the fast-transitioning, historically industrial neighborhood made it appealing over other properties considered in Scott’s Addition, downtown and across the river in Manchester.

“Finding something that had essentially an open box that we could configure the way we wanted was ideal,” Fell said. “In the end, it really fit well with what we wanted to do, and Scott’s Addition is a great neighborhood relatively close to where we are and a lot of our associates live.

“Being a part of that whole neighborhood development hopefully will raise our profile that we’re committed to being here in the city and growing the business and being a part of a vibrant, creative community,” he said.

Ndp, formerly known as Neathawk, Dubuque & Packett, in Scott's Addition

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The firm is working with Mimi Sadler of locally based Sadler & Whitehead on historic preservation work for the one-story brick building, which was built in 1946. He plans to manage construction himself and is working with contractor Phil Noonan of local firm The Noonan Company.

Other firms involved in the renovations include Concreate, a Midlothian-based concrete restorer that is refurbishing the floors of the Main Street Station train shed.

Ndp’s new headquarters is beside Buskey Cider and around the corner from the Fat Dragon restaurant on the Boulevard. It is also near other design firms and production studios that have made the Scott’s Addition-Boulevard corridor home, including Studio Center, 903 Creative and Park Group, which recently moved its studio from Shockoe Bottom to the nearby Cort Furniture retail building.

Fell said the agency will benefit from being part of the Scott’s Addition community and in proximity to more activities and potential collaborators.

“Whether we do something next door with the cidery guys or collaborate with one of the other marketing groups in that area, I think it will be fun to get to know new folks and find some things that we might be able to do jointly.”

Alton Lane’s moved corporate headquarters to Scott’s Addition is now is expanding again!

“Now that we are settling in in Richmond, we have our sights set for national expansion,” said Colin Hunter, the retailer’s chief executive officer and co-founder.

“The cost of having all of our back office in New York City didn’t make sense,” said C. Peyton Jenkins, the company’s chief financial officer who grew up in Henrico County and graduated from the Collegiate School in 2000.

Corporate headquarters of Alton Lane, in Scott’s Addition has allowed growth over the last year and now…is expanding again. Read the rest of the story, here

Another feather in the cap for McKinnon and Harris!

From Richmond Times-Dispatch: furniture designers McKinnon and Harris featured in Garden & Gun magazine

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Will and Anne Massie, the brother and sister team behind McKinnon and Harris outdoor furniture, are featured in the August/September issue of Garden & Gun magazine. The issue explores secret gardens in the South. The Richmond-based brother-sister team was highlighted for their dedication to creating high quality, handcrafted outdoor furniture that can be passed down like an heirloom. Anne Massie explained how her Virginia roots led to the inspiration for their furniture line in the article.

“Growing up in Virginia brings a sense that what you do will be inherited, and maybe even closely examined by subsequent generations,” she said in the article.

“To me, the garden is such a part of a house that it doesn’t make sense to put furniture outside that isn’t the equal of the interior,” Will said in the article.

Read the rest of the article, here.

Ardent Craft Ales – on tap at a restaurant near YOU

Ardent Craft Ales on tap, in Scott's AdditionJust in time for its second anniversary, a Scott’s Addition brewery has expanded its brewing capacity and is rolling out a new line of products.

Ardent Craft Ales is investing in an in-house bottling system that for the first time will let the brewery produce and sell six packs of 12-ounce bottles of beer. Ardent co-owner Tom Sullivan said sixers of Ardent’s saison and IPA will be ready to sell late in August.

Sullivan said over the past year Ardent has sold a few thousand cases of larger, 750-milliliter bottles as part of the beer maker’s Black Paper Series in an effort to establish a track record of sales to get on store shelves. Sullivan said about 10 percent of Ardent’s sales come from bottled beer sales – a figure he hopes will increase once Ardent’s six packs hit the market.

The rest of Ardent’s sales come from its taproom at 3200 Leigh St. in Scott’s Addition and at the more than 120 locations that has Ardent brews on draft. The company’s distributor is Brown Distributing. Ardent has 10 full-time and 10 part-time employees and will celebrate its two-year anniversary June 25. Read the rest of the article, here.

Back Door Dogs will be in Scott’s Addition, Sat., June 30, noon-1pm

Back Door Dogs will be in Scott’s Addition THIS Saturday, July 30th at 3112 W. Leigh Street. This Saturday-only event will happen weekly, bar further notice. Be there!

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Stroop’s Dogs are making their way to our stomping grounds – find creatively topped “Back Door Dogs” at 3112 W. Leigh St. starting THIS Saturdays from noon to 1pm served with the brand’s popular house-made soda.

Their hip & quaint storefront is located at 2709 E Marshall St. in the historic district of Church Hill, serving kid-friendly frankfurters and delicious flavor combinations–sure to please any age. We’re excited to welcome them to Scott’s Addition, this Saturday.

Banking on another Brewery in Scott’s Addition

A duo of local restaurateurs is looking to make a statement by giving the brimming Scott’s Addition beer scene some Broad Street frontage.

Jay Shah and Joel Gilbert plan to convert the former SunTrust branch at 3022 W. Broad St. into Statement Brewing Company.

Sun Trust Building in Scott's Addition

The 10,000-square-foot site will be reconfigured to accommodate a brewery and restaurant. Plans call for Statement Brewing to brew its own beer onsite at one end of the facility, with the restaurant on the other end of the building.

“We want to make this a destination,” said Shah, majority owner of the venture and an executive at locally-based Shamin Hotels. “So we thought that bringing in a restaurant would accomplish that, given what’s occurring in Scott’s Addition.”

Statement Brewing is scheduled to make its debut September 2017, Shah said, with construction hopefully starting on the site around February or March.

Despstatement-brewingite laying claim to a few well-known national and regional restaurant brands, Shah said the pair’s Scott’s Addition venture will be independently developed to appeal to the up-and-coming neighborhood.

“We want to cater to that location in Scott’s Addition…it’s going to be something very different,” he said.

Read the rest of the story, here.

Barre is now offered in Scott’s Addition, at TURN

Now, the area of Richmond best known for our breweries has a new kind of “barre!”

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TURN Cardio Jam Studio is pleased to announce the addition of the popular fitness program, Barre. Simply put, the workout is a mix of Pilates, yoga, ballet and isolated muscle movements. The training is set to popular music and can incorporate small light-weight balls and hand-weights for a total body workout that will sculpt and tone.

“Barre is offered at several studios and gyms in Richmond – along with being offered nationwide. Our students have been asking for it and we’re happy to be the first in Scott’s Addition to offer it,” said Sandi Cauley, TURN Owner. “We tried it out over the summer to see if it would work for our clients and we found that it was a perfect compliment to the Urban Ballet class we started offering when we first opened last year. So now students, have two ballet inspired classes offered two to three times a week for consistency in their workout,” Cauley added. Right now the class is offered at 6:30am on Mondays and two Fridays a week but there are plans to add it to another weekday.

New students can try any of TURN’s classes for free on their first visit, but TURN is now offering a special for students who live or work in Scott’s Addition: two week unlimited trial for $25. The regular price of a single class visit is $15, so it’s a considerable savings to be able to try so many classes for just $10 more.

turn-logoOpened in February 2015, TURN is a 3,300 sf boutique studio that offers group classes to adult fitness enthusiasts. In addition to Barre, TURN currently offers: Dance Trance, Pound. Rockout. Workout, Surf Fit, Urban Ballet, Fighting Fit, Urban Sculpt, Bootcamp and personal reformer Pilates by appointment. Visit turnrva.com/classes for a full list of offerings and descriptions. Created by Sandi Cauley, a former journalist, mother and owner of Dance Trance Richmond, the studio is founded on the idea that you’ll stick to a workout, if it doesn’t feel like work. With marquee and specialized lighting, along with a nightclub style sound system, and a free-floating wood sprung fitness floor, the venue feels more like a club or New York dance studio than a basic gym. To contact TURN email turnrva@gmail.com or call 804.601.TURN (8876).