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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 5:18 PM | Sandi Cauley (Administrator)

    It’s getting down to business at Jackson & James, a new menswear store coming to Scott’s Addition. After months of waiting on construction to be completed and permits to be approved at the Symbol building on Rockbridge Road, the grand opening is finally right around the corner.


    I met up with Rachel and Mike Anderson, the brother and sister team behind the retailer, who were still hard at work; Rachel in cleaning mode and Mike armed with a paintbrush touching up dressing rooms. Both looking excited, yet anxious and a little exhausted from the process of opening up your own small business.

    “Yeah, we’re pretty much here every day now,” Rachel testified.  

    She showed me around the space that is a beautiful mix of sleek modern meets vintage eclectic. And, I’m just talking about the lighting and furniture; Not even talking about the cool carefully folded tops or, the button-down shirts and crisp denim hanging from the custom designed wood and metal racks or, the barware, belts, bags and apothecary purposefully placed on the antique tables and finds they hunted for at spots like Caravati’s or Class and Trash.


    Shoppers at Jackson & James will soon be able to purchase hard-to-find, handcrafted men’s clothes from the east and west coast, along with unique items made just for the store via Virginia collaborations. Like denim spray made with maker Maven Made and custom belts from Lineage Goods. All of it is showcased alongside two dressing areas, a small den equipped with a flat-screen, a cash wrap as cool as a cash wrap can be, and a pair of laid-back siblings ready to get to know you, your personal style and your budget.

    And speaking of budget… Jackson & James tees range from $30-$40, button-downs $68-$150 and denim $160-$280. Perhaps the jeans may seem like a splurge, but the Andersons are steadfast in the belief that a pair of well-made, handcrafted jeans that fit amazing and that you love to wear, will be worth every penny when you also realize you can dress them up or down, as often as you like.


    Before going into retail, the Andersons were each commuting an hour to work and they knew they needed to make a change. Rachel had a career in marketing, Mike in banking. Their combination creates balance in business, their wellbeing, and their family dynamic. I asked Rachel how they decided on a men’s store. Her answer was simple, “It was a need not being met in Richmond”.

    Like the resurgence of men’s barbershops, so comes the rebirth of men’s boutiques. In Richmond, men can find high-end custom clothing at spots like Ledbury, Alton Lane and Peter-Blair, to name a few, but when it comes to weekend wear – specifically makers denim, the pickings are slim with Shockoe Atelier and Need Supply Co. at top of mind.

    Rachel tells me Mike really noticed the difference after relocating to Richmond from Charlotte. He was looking for a pair of shoes and couldn’t find an appropriate store, let alone the shoes themselves.

    “Mike says he used to go into this store in North Carolina and the owner knew him so well, one time he called Mike and said, ‘I saw this jacket and bought it in your size, because I think you’re going to love it.’ And it’s that kind of customer service that we want to recreate here at Jackson & James.”

    As for the name, Jackson & James, it is chosen from the two rivers where the Andersons each grew up. The siblings are 12-years apart so their childhoods were spent in different Virginia cities, Covington and Richmond. Rachel says she can’t think of a better person to open a business with or a better place in Richmond to launch their entrepreneurial endeavors.

    “There’s a definite buzz going on in Scott’s Addition and we wanted to be part of that. We also felt the laid back atmosphere and the many locally owned businesses and breweries fit in well with us.”

    Even though Jackson & James is a men’s store – the siblings have kept women in mind. “We recognize that women do a lot of the shopping for their partners, or simply point them in the right direction and there are a lot of items here that women will want to purchase for themselves as well.”


    You can start shopping at Jackson & James this Saturday, May 20, or just drop in to say hello. It’s been the highlight of the Anderson’s small business story.

    “We’re really lucky to meet so many wonderful, supportive, creative people who are super enthusiastic about what we’re doing,” said Rachel.

    Jackson & James is located at 3200 Rockbridge St. Suite 102. Or, if you identify with landmarks – look for the large blue building at the back edge of the north end of the neighborhood. Store hours will be Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm. Follow the Jackson & James Instagram and Facebook pages to keep up with their upcoming events and seasonal inventory.

  • Thursday, May 04, 2017 4:23 PM | Sandi Cauley (Administrator)


    Photo Credit: Blue Bee Cider

    Some good news for Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood. Craig Beiber, the legislative assistant for Councilwoman Kim Gray, confirms $60,000 will be in the City’s 2018 Capital Improvement Plan and completely earmarked for a traffic study of the neighborhood. And, Bieber says the administration has advised that it will cover any additional costs to fully cover the expense of the traffic study.

    Residents and business owners in Scott’s Addition have expressed concern about the amount of one-way streets in the neighborhood that seem inconsistent and can create confusion for drivers unfamiliar with the area. Moreover, many of the main thoroughfares in Scott’s Addition are one-way roads, assigned when the neighborhood was heavily industrial, and perhaps not applicable given the current growth of the area. 

    Parking is also a growing concern. One section of Summit Ave. has the reverse-angle parking system in place but members of the community have asked if it should be adopted throughout the neighborhood to maximize space or if it should be removed all together. 

    The hope is the traffic study will address all of the concerns and offer clarity on how to improve access in and around the area that is bordered by Boulevard and Broad Streets. 

    In addition to funding for the traffic study, proceeds from the sale of the Richmond Horse Stables to Blue Bee Cider will also be in this year’s budget. As promised, $394,950 will be earmarked for green space in Scott’s Addition.

    As mentioned, with the area once being primarily industrial, few if any properties have landscape. And with a growing residential population bringing in children and pets – the desire is to create a gathering area to help reinforce the community. 

    A VCU urban planning student recently assessed the need and possibilities for green space in her personal school study. She presented her findings at a recent Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association meeting and offered suggestions of perhaps buying or being gifted property specifically for a park, or even looking at repurposing land near the railroad track on the backside of the neighborhood near Carlton Street or Paton Avenue. 

  • Tuesday, May 02, 2017 3:52 PM | Sandi Cauley (Administrator)

    Have you been to Gather's second location in Scott's Addition? Today, I was fortunate enough to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the spacious building located at 2920 W. Broad Street.

    Walking through the front doors, you're immediately faced with a modern, yet invitingly cozy lobby / workspace / kitchen. It's roomy and wide open and sectioned off into a reception area, kitchen-bar, phone booths and group workspaces along with a small sofa and den set up.

    I had only been to Gather on one other occasion - for a group meeting. I knew the space was designed to be a work co-op but what I didn't know is that several local and even national businesses and non-profits have set up shop inside Gather's walls. Many on a long-term basis. UVA, Jimmy Johns, Red Hat and Unbound RVA were a few of the names I saw on the tour.

    I was invited to Gather by Jessica Back, The Community Manager, who gave me an hour of her time to talk about Gather's design and mission and show me the sweet, sweet two-story layout. 

    During my tour, I could tell this was something special. 

    It's got that resourcefulness you feel when you go to a really great library, but it also has that state-of-the-art creative feeling you get when you walk into the Martin Agency or Capital One West Creek and the laid back feeling you get when you go to Urban Farmhouse or Starbucks. 

    You realize quickly, nothing is there by accident. It all has purpose to support your work needs. 

    Jessica agrees and says she hears similar comments from others who first visit the community workspace. But, she described it like this: "It's an environment with less formalities and distractions, providing our community with more room for enjoyment and productivity."

    Honestly, it beats going to some random Starbucks or Panera to get your work done.

    At Gather you can drop in for $20 a day and have access to wifi, phone booths for private phone calls, Black Hand coffee, water and of course -- workspace from 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. 

    This is perfect for say, someone who works from home but needs to just be around other people for a spark of creativity. Or, maybe, for someone who owns a small-business and doesn't have the need for an office, yet. 

    But membership literally has its privileges here. 

    Depending on what level membership you participate in, you can access the building 24/7, have your own private office, list Gather as your business address and have your mail sent there and signed for, gain access to the Community Manager, conference room access (there are five conference areas in Scott's Addition), kitchen access, copier/fax/scanner access, networking events and happy hour event access and depending on which location your at -- you can use the gym and showers. 

    Yes. The Scott's Addition location has showers! 

    They also provide you with furniture when you have an office there. You get to add your own unique flare. And, on Wednesdays cookies are baked fresh in the kitchen by Sugar and Twine. (I'm going back on Wednesday, for sure!)

    So, what does all that cost? 

    Well, it can range from $250-$350 a month, if you're just doing something small. Or, for something more permanent, it can cost in the ballpark of $500 to $1,500 a month. And that's all inclusive. No need to worry about utility, maintenance and insurance bills like you would if you signed a lease on your own brick and mortar.

    Jessica says Gather has about 83-private offices under its roofs and about 300 members. I said "roofs" because Gather has another location in downtown Richmond at 409 E. Main Street. That's the flagship location that also has the gym. 

    Jessica tells me right now Gather has a waitlist for membership office space, but that can change at any time. 

    Gather was originally started by Polly and Doug White who operate Whitestone Partners Inc., a small-business consulting firm, the two teamed up with Andy Beach and Jeff Bunch of Urban Core Construction, and Duke Dodson of Dodson Property Management to form Gather in 2014. All saw a need for work collaboration. 

    When the idea for a second location was born, James Crenshaw was added into the group as a Managing Partner. 

    Mrs. White has an office in the Scott's Addition location. I got to meet her while on the tour. She said having an office inside Gather has even transformed her productivity. She also shared with me some big plans in Gather's future. But, I've been sworn to secrecy. :)

    To find out more about Gather or to set up a tour email info@gatherrva.com

     Photo Credit: Kate Magee @katemagee






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