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River City Roll – boutique bowling alley set to roll along Boulevard

River City Roll in Scott's Addition

A local development team is lining up what it bets will be a strike for the city’s hottest neighborhood ===> Scott’s Addition.

Rob Long, a former investment banker with BB&T Capital Markets, is leading a team that includes former Jefferson Hotel restaurant director Ben Eubanks to bring a high-end “boutique” bowling alley to a mostly vacant lot between the Boulevard and the Cookie Factory Lofts.

To be called River City Roll, the $5 million project is planned for a 2-acre plot at 939 Myers St., a block east of the Boulevard across from Scott’s Addition. The 25,000-square-foot facility would include 150 parking spaces and replace a pair of dilapidated storage buildings on the site.

Long said he came across the so-called boutique bowling concept – alleys with fewer lanes and an emphasis on high-end food and finishes – in bigger cities while working debt capital raises for some of the country’s largest corporations.

“I lived in San Antonio, Charlotte and Boston, where these concepts were doing very well. Being from Richmond and understanding the market here, I knew this was a concept that could work here,” he said.

“You have so much happening within this vicinity of the city … it just made sense to start this venture here,” said Long, who said his team is eyeing additional bowling alleys locally and nationally. “Given the renewed activity in the city, especially Scott’s Addition, we feel like this model can be very successful in Richmond,” he said.

Ben Eubanks and Rob Long River City Roll

Development team members Ben Eubanks, left, and Rob Long on the future River City Roll site, adjacent to the Cookie Factory Lofts. (J. Elias O’Neal)

Long said each lane at River City Roll will be named for a Richmond street or landmark and include leather seating and custom-made tables, where wait staff will deliver drinks and food. Eubanks, a former restaurant director at The Jefferson, is overseeing River City Roll’s food and beverage concept.

“[Eubanks] is very well known for his craft and attention to detail,” Long said. “Our food and beverage options are going to be very memorable.”

The venue will include shuffleboard and Skee-Ball and a stage for live music.

“We want it to be more than just a high-end bowling alley,” Long said. “We want there to be something for everyone, even those who don’t like to bowl.” Read the rest of the story, here.

Trees, Valuable Trees – in Scott’s Addition!!

WHY should Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association plant more trees in the city of Richmond? For lots of reasons – read, below, for the short list. But before we tell you all of the GREAT reasons to plant trees in Scott’s Addition, we want to tell you that besides the tree planting on January 28, we had another 25 trees planted by Richmond’s city contractor. We are greening Scott’s Addition, like crazy!! Our Tree Stewards and volunteers couldn’t be happier. Neither could our neighbors! This particular planting happened as part of a State Grant we were preliminary awarded, late 2016. The 25 trees  planted (on the map, below) were part of the 2016 Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program.

2016 Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program's 25 trees in Scott's Addition

2016 Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program’s 25 trees in Scott’s Addition!

  • 2016 Virginia Trees for Clean Water Program's 25 trees in Scott's Addition

    Here is some new babies trying to fight their way through this cold snap, in Richmond! These trees were planted in January 2017.

    Why worry about planting trees in the concrete jungle?

  • Trees provide oxygen –  one acre of mature trees can provide enough oxygen for 18 people.
  • Trees combat climate change – trees absorb CO2, removing and storing the carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air.
  • Trees clean the air – trees absorb odors and pollutants (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.
  • Trees cool the streets and the city – trees cool the city by up to 10°F, by providing shade and breaking up urban “heat islands” and releasing water vapor into the air through their leaves.
  • Trees help prevent water pollution – trees reduce runoff by breaking rainfall and when mulched, trees act like a sponge that filters this water naturally and uses it to recharge groundwater supplies.
  • Trees reduce violence – Neighborhoods and homes that are barren have shown to have a greater incidence of violence in and out of the home than their greener counterparts. Trees and landscaping help to reduce the level of fear.
  • Trees bring diverse groups of people together – look at the neighborhood engagement that Scott’s Addition has had because of cleanup and tree planting! All cultures, ages, and genders have an important role to play at a tree planting event.
  • Trees block things – trees can mask unsightly views and muffle sounds – creating an eye-soothing canopy of green. Trees absorb dust and wind and reduce glare.
  • Trees increase property values – The beauty of a well-planted street and neighborhood can raise property values by as much as 15 percent. For that we are grateful, in Scott’s Addition!
  • Trees increase business traffic – studies show that the more trees and landscaping a business district has, the more business will flow in. A tree-lined street will also slow traffic – enough to allow the drivers to look at the store fronts instead of whizzing by.
  • The best reason to plant trees, as far as we know is to bring this neighborhood together, for a common cause. We love Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association and so do all of our tree planters. What’s not to love?

Pop another cork, Scott’s Addition!

From Richmond BizSense, Self-serve bar adds wine to Scott’s Addition brew scene

A Richmond real estate agent will soon uncork the latest stop on Scott’s Addition’s booze map. Bill Hartsock, an agent with Long & Foster, is launching Richmond Wine Station, a self-serve wine bar that’s taking over a wing of the Gather coworking building at 2930 W. Broad St., next to Three Notch’d Brewing Co.

When it opens in March, the 2,400-square-foot bar and retail shop will pour from dispensers built into the walls (think fro-yo shop). Customers load money onto a card, then walk around the shop tasting different wines. Racks will line the walls with bottled wine, so customers can sample something, buy a glass, then take a bottle home.

Silicon Valley-based Napa Technology creates the dispensers, and Richmond Wine Station will feature 16 dispensers and 64 different wines, as well as eight beer taps.

Richmond Wine Station

Hartsock has been in the real estate and country club businesses for more than 40 years, and said when he saw a similar operation in South Carolina, he had to go for it.

“It’s a different concept, something Richmond doesn’t have,” he said. “It’ll be the only wine bar and wine shop in the area. Scott’s Addition is all breweries and distilleries, so I’m excited to be the only wine shop,” Hartsock said.

Richmond Wine Station also will offer appetizers like flatbreads, cheese and crackers, and charcuteries. Hartsock said he’s in talks with a local restaurant to provide Richmond Wine Station’s food.

Efficiency is a common theme in Hartsock’s business model, which he said is privately funded. He said the minimalistic menu and self-serve aspect will keep operational costs down. His staff won’t exceed four people since he doesn’t need bartenders or a kitchen staff. The cards used by the dispensing machines can be reloaded, and track what customers taste and buy. Hartsock said he plans to use the data for marketing.

“Say you come in and try five or six Cabernet Sauvignons. We can then turn around and email you when we’re running a special on Cabernets, when we have a happy hour for them, stuff like that,” Hartsock said.

Breweries, cideries, and distilleries have flocked to Scott’s Addition in recent years, and Hartsock is ready to embrace the area, describing it as “hottest neighborhood in town.”

“I knew I had to be in Scott’s Addition from the get-go,” he said. “The idea is people can come in, taste wine, have some light food, buy wine, and then go get dinner somewhere else.” Read the rest of the story, here!

Self-tabbing beer walls and vintage pin ball – ready, Scott’s Addition?

From Richmond BizSense, Bar-arcade war may be brewing in Scott’s Addition

Like Pac-Man chomping after power pellets, two separate bar-arcade ventures are hungry to get into the city’s hottest commercial district.

Robert Lupica’s bar-arcade concept is slated to host over 70 vintage pinball and arcade games.

Two groups – one backed by a local frozen yogurt franchisee, and the other steered by several well-known Richmond restaurateurs – are planning what may amount to dueling entertainment venues in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood.

After more than a year of searching, Robert Lupica, a local businessman and one of the original franchisees of Richmond-based fro-yo chain Sweet Frog, is planning his bar-arcade concept in a 6,300-square-foot portion of 3121 W. Leigh St.

Lupica, who will own and manage the Scott’s Addition venue, has signed a lease for the space and is targeting an April opening date.

While the name for the new venture is pending, Lupica said the arcade will host over 70 vintage pinball and arcade games from the ’80s, ’90s and 2000s. They include Mortal Kombat, Donkey Kong, NBA Jam, NFL Blitz and Pac-Man. Board games, shuffleboard, giant Jenga, air hockey, skee ball and large projection screens with classic video games also will be offered at the site.

Instead of a typical bar with a bartender, Lupica said his venture will use an automated “self-tabbing beer wall” with 60 craft beers, ciders and wine from local, regional and national breweries.

Meanwhile, Jason Alley and Michele Jones, co-owners of Comfort and Pasture restaurants, along with Saison owner Jay Bayer, are partnering yet again and finalizing plans to bring an arcade-brewery-restaurant combo concept to Scott’s Addition.

“It’s going to be a good mix of video games and pinball machines,” Bayer said.

With Scott’s Addition’s many breweries, cideries and burgeoning food scene, Bayer said it was a matter of time before the bar-arcade concept slipped in. “Part of what we have been excited by is the opportunity to be the living room for a neighborhood with such high density,” Bayer said. “Scott’s Addition seems ready for something like this.” Read the rest of the story, here.

Former Bingo Hall is going once, going twice….SOLD

From Richmond BizSense Former Scott’s Addition bingo hall finds a buyer! Going… Going…. SOLD!

An entire block of prime West Broad Street frontage along Scott’s Addition’s southern border is now under the control of a single ownership group. A company led by Charles Bice of Richmond-based KB Building Service and Birck Turnbull of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer last week purchased the former bingo hall building at 2900 W. Broad St. for $1.2 million, according to city records. The 19,000-square-foot property, previously owned by Yeshiva of Virginia, is assessed at $1.06 million. With the bingo hall in its possession, Bice and Turnbull’s group now owns all the storefronts along West Broad Street between Altamont Avenue and North Sheppard Street in the city’s most rapidly developing neighborhood.

Bice said in an email that his group looks to “develop a use that will enhance our other tenant businesses on the block, including Gather, Three Notch’d Brewing, The Dog Wagon and, soon, The Richmond Wine Station.”

Bice and Turnbull have been staking their claim in Scott’s Addition for quite some time.

They led the redevelopment of the Gather building at 2920 W. Broad St., which in addition to the coworking brand has attracted Three Notch’d, The Dog Wagon and Richmond Wine Station. In 2015 they purchased the neighboring former Joy Garden property at 2918 W. Broad St.

Developers and investors have been lining up to grab a slice of Scott’s Addition, luring new residences, breweries, entertainment, and retail and office space to an area that was once largely industrial.

Among the latest plans for the neighborhood are two potentially competing bar-arcade concepts, a new location for a local ice cream chain and a second outpost for a Fan barbershop. Read the rest of the story, here

Thank you Tree Stewards, of Scott’s Addition

Scott’s Addition Tree Canopy Campaign has been a success since the beginning of neighborhood engagement – and this weekend was no exception. Louise Seals reports that we had a great turnout this for tree planting. On this past, cold Saturday morning, 3 flowering Crabapples and 3 Princeton elms were planted, as part of our Community Roots tree give-aways. Lee Stewart (kneeling behind the tree, in the green ball cap, in the first photo), says that we have planted about 100 trees, in the last few years. Tree Stewards and Tree Planting in Scott's Addition

Many thanks to all who came out this weekend to help green Scott’s Addition! Special thanks to Steward JoLee Kenney (in safety vest, in the first photo) and Lee Stewart for all their work to make this happen. Shout out to Peter Girardi of True Timber (kneeling 3rd from left) for helping unload all the trees Friday morning, housing the elms overnight and then bringing them to the planting site Saturday morning. We are especially grateful to our community volunteers, and to Steward Trainees Sara Sanderlin and Judy Rurak (next to JoLess Kenney).



Tree Stewards in Scott's Addition January 2017



The “re-treeing” of this formerly industrial area is exciting. Engaged citizens can accomplish a lot – and Scott’s Addition is one engaged community.

High Point Barbershop & Shave Parlor

In Richmond’s BizSense, Scott’s Addition nets a well-groomed tenant

With an ice cream shop already locked in, a redeveloped mixed-use building along North Boulevard can now add a barbershop to its tenant list. High Point Barbershop & Shave Parlor is opening a second location this spring at 1705 Altamont Ave., along the eastern border of Scott’s Addition.

High Point Scott's Addition

The 1,600-square-foot space is on the back side of the former ARC building, which is being converted into apartments and commercial space by UrbanCore Development and Duke Dodson of Dodson Property Management. Local ice cream maker Gelati Celesti is set to open next month as the building’s first retail tenant.

David Foster, co-owner and barber at High Point, said the new location will help with spillover from its Fan location at 112 N. Meadow St., which opened in 2014. Foster said it’s routinely booked up to a month in advance, and the new location will help shorten the wait.

“We’re hoping to have a walk-in barber at the new spot,” Foster said.

He said the Scott’s Addition outpost also will allow them to serve more Richmond neighborhoods.

“There are a lot of people we can’t get in chairs right now,” Foster said. “Here, we’ll be close for people who live in Scott’s Addition, Northside, Museum District, places like that.”

The new shop is larger than High Point’s 1,000 square feet on Meadow Street, allowing for eight barber chairs, up from five at the Fan location.

“Around Christmas of last year, we worked with Lamplighter (Roasting Co.) to make a High Point coffee,” Foster said. “We’re working with The Veil (Brewing Co.) to make a craft root beer that’ll be on tap at the new shop.”

High Point’s old-school aesthetic will decorate the new location, but Foster said he plans for it to feel more industrial, given the neighborhood’s history.

It’ll offer the same cuts and shaves as the Fan location, ranging from $15 to $60, and Foster said it will continue to serve both women and men.

High Point won’t be the only groomers in Scott’s Addition. It joins The Hive Salon, a shared-space operation at 1801 Highpoint Ave., where independent stylists rent individual suites. The Hive opened in August 2016.

Brrrrr – Meet our Chilly Neighbor

Ice cream shop readies Scott’s Addition location

by J. Elias O’Neal January 25, 2017 in Richmond BizSense

Work continues on Gelati Celesti's fourth location at 1400 N. Boulevard in Scott's Addition. (J. Elias O'Neal)

Work continues on Gelati Celesti’s fourth location at 1400 N. Boulevard in Scott’s Addition. (J. Elias O’Neal)

The eastern border of Richmond’s hottest neighborhood is about to get a frosty new tenant. Local ice cream chain Gelati Celesti plans to open a 2,100-square-foot store at 1400 N. Boulevard on Feb. 9.

Gelati Celesti Scott's Addition

It’ll be the fourth location for owners Steve and Kim Rosser, their biggest shop yet and the brand’s second within city limits.

The new store joins the original Gelati Celesti shop at 8906 W. Broad St. in the Gold’s Gym Plaza shopping center, an outpost in the Stony Point Shopping Center on the Southside, and in the Corner at Short Pump.

“To give some perspective, our Short Pump store is 1,275 square feet,” said Steve Rosser. “This is one of our biggest investments yet.”

The new shop is a ground-floor tenant of the redeveloped 17,000-square-foot building that formerly housed a local printing company. The building’s second floor is being converted into apartments. UrbanCore Development and Duke Dodson of Dodson Property Management are behind the rehab. “We’re confident we will have ample parking for our customers at this location,” Rosser said. “Scott’s Addition is a hot neighborhood. We like the association with the other businesses coming into the neighborhood, and we’ll be central to The Fan, Northside, and the Malvern area.” The Rossers plan to open their Boulevard location by early August, and plan to start hiring “scoopers” to work in the store in the early summer. The store will create between 15 and 18 new jobs.

Read the rest of the story, here

Buskey Cider available in cans – coming to a grocery store near you!

From Richmond BizSense: Scott’s Addition cidery puts lid on first canning venture

A local startup cider maker now has 10,000 new ways to quench Richmonders’ thirst. Buskey Cider’s first batch of cans hit the street last week, after it brought a mobile canning company into its Buskey Can Scott's Additionn facility to produce a round of nearly 10,000 12-ounce cans.

The move to begin canning is a result of Buskey’s recent expansion of brewing capacity at its 7,500-square-foot cidery at 2901 W. Leigh St. It spent around $30,000 last year to install three 1,860-gallon fermenting tanks.Buskey Cider Scott's Addition

“If people wanted our cider to go, the only option was growlers,” founder Will Correll said. “The cans will be available here at the cidery and at bars around town.”

The cans also will allow Buskey to sell to local grocery and beer markets in the region. It is available on tap at 13 local bars and restaurants through its distributor, Loveland Distributing Co. Correll said that, while only its flagship RVA Cider is being canned right now, the company might offer limited-edition batches in the future. Read the rest of the story, here

A few meet & greet opportunities with Councilwoman Gray

Dear Friend:

I was sworn in as Councilwoman for the 2nd District earlier this month.  Much is happening with City government, so I wanted to provide you with a brief update.

Kim Gray 4 RVA


I have been appointed to the following City Council Committees: Finance and Economic Development; Land Use, Housing and Transportation; Education and Human Services; and Governmental Operations.  I was appointed as an alternate to the Public Safety Committee.  Additionally, I have been appointed as a Council representative to the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission.


On Wednesday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m., I will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the draft Pulse Corridor Plan developed by the City’s Department of Planning and Development Review.  The meeting well be held at Fox Elementary School, 2300 Hanover Avenue.  The City’s Bus Rapid Transit system, or “Pulse,” will bring significant changes to neighborhoods along Broad Street and the entire 2nd District; please attend this important meeting to find out more about the proposed plan and ask questions of Planning Department staff.

Finally on Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m., please mark your calendar to attend my first District Citizens’ meeting.  It will be held at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center located at 2400 W. Leigh Street.  An agenda for that meeting will be announced soon.

It is an honor and privilege to serve as your City Council representative.  Please contact me at any time to share your thoughts and concerns.


Kim Gray, Councilwoman

Richmond North Central 2nd Voter District