Sneak Peak: Park Group’s studio

From Richmond BizSense:  A year after leaving Shockoe Bottom for the Boulevard, a local production studio is rolling in its new space near The Diamond. Park Group has finished remodeling its studio behind the Cort Furniture retail building at 1207-B N. Boulevard, where it moved and expanded its Shockoe Bottom facility to make way for an apartment project there.

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The studio’s “video village” space where clients can view shoots, complete with a kegerator. (Jonathan Spiers)

The studio moved into the 15,000-square-foot space a year ago and immediately started filming spots for clients such as Geico and Walmart, said Stacy Murphy, president and executive producer of Park Group and sister company Juicy Films. Construction and remodeling continued during that time but has finished inside, added founder and CEO Dave Trownsell.

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Film crews during a shoot in the space. (Courtesy Park Group)

“One thing left for us to do is to finish the outside, add some curb appeal,” said Trownsell, who hinted at signage and other ideas in the works that he said would help the studio stand out among its neighbors in the burgeoning Boulevard corridor.

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Stacy Murphy and Dave Trownsell in front of the 40-by-60-foot shooting space, a literal blank canvas. (Jonathan Spiers)

“I want this to be a fixture here in Scott’s Addition,” he said of the building. “It’s such an up-and-coming area, and there’s so many restaurants and resources for our clients when they’re here. We couldn’t have asked for anything better.” Read the rest of the story, here.

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Park Group joins a growing community of production houses, design studios, web design, and graphics creation in the Boulevard-Scott’s Addition area, including Richmond Sign & Design, AlphaGraphics, Pro Printing, Richmond Design Studio, Boulevard Creative, Studio Center, Sound of Music Recording Studios and 903 Creative. Scott’s Addition continues its influx of creative minds!

Hardywood is making something sour – with a smile

Found in the Richmond Magazine: Hardywood establishes its sweet spot with a sour-barreling program

Confluence Coffee Company heading to Scott’s Addition for more room

From Richmond BizSense: Confluence Coffee Co. is heading to a 10,450-square-foot warehouse, in Scott’s Addition, at 2522 Hermitage Road. Rapid retail growth and an increasing thirst in the market for cold coffee is forcing a young Richmond-based company to abandon its Manchester digs for a larger facility near The Diamond. We’re thrilled!

Confluence Coffee Co., Scott's Addition

The warehouse and distribution facility is moving to 1716 Rhoadmiller St., from 700 Bainbridge Street, confirmed company co-owner and president Terry Darcy.

“We’re busting at the seams,” said Darcy, who launched the company last year in Washington, D.C. with co-owner Michael Woitach, before moving to Richmond in 2016. “We really don’t have any more space where we currently are to grow the way we need to grow.” Read the rest of the story, here.

mocha-confluence-coffee-coConfluence Coffee makes three styles of cold brew coffee: its signature Nitro and Mocha flavors and a season coffee brew. This year, the company launched a Maple Toasted Coconut coffee as its winter coffee brew. All of the coffee is infused with nitrogen gas and sold in cans and kegs, and does not include dairy or sugar. Cold brew coffee can have more caffeine and is less acidic than its more popular hot-brewed form, Darcy said – a benefit Darcy said has helped the company grow into 130 outlets across the region and state. Follow them, on Facebook.

McKinnon and Harris is moving headquarters in Scott’s Addition, to larger property, by Fall 2017

Concluding a deal with the city three years in the making, a local furniture maker finalized its purchase last week of a property off North Boulevard that will be transformed into its new $9 million headquarters. McKinnon and Harris, a Scott’s Addition company that makes aluminum outdoor furniture, is the new owner of the 65,000-square-foot warehouse at 1722 Arlington Road. The 25-year-old company bought the property from the city for $1.75 million. The deal closed Nov. 4, according to city records.

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The building was previously used by the city school board for storage and driver’s ed. The two sides have been working on the deal since at least 2013, when the school board declared the property surplus.

McKinnon and Harris will relocate from its 36,000-square-foot home elsewhere in Scott’s Addition on Summit Avenue. The company said the property will serve as its headquarters office, showroom and workshop. About 60,000 square feet will be used for furniture manufacturing. Read the rest of the story, here, on Richmond BizSense.

University of Richmond creates a Beer Brewer Professional Certificate!

In Richmond’s BizSense, we discovered a new course, at the University of Richmond: a Beer Brewer Professional Certificate. The effort, designed in light of growing brewery workforce demand fueled by the rise of independent beer makers, is the only brewing certificate program offered by a private university in the state.

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Bobby Faithful, assistant manager of The Answer Brewery (left) and Tom Parfitt with the University of Richmond

The school welcomed its first cohort of 20 students when classes began Oct. 17. A second 20-person cohort is set to start classes in April 2017, and applications are open for 20 slots in its third session in October 2017.

“The classes are being received very well,” said Tom Parfitt, senior program manager of professional development and noncredit programs for the University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. “The idea is make sure that whenever these students leave this program, they are prepared to handle the day-to-day operations no matter what aspect of the brewing business they choose.”

The University of Richmond’s brewing certificate program was created to guide students through the entire brewing business – from marketing and manufacturing, to licensing and regulation taught by University of Richmond facility, area brewers and legal counsel. Read the rest of the story, here.

BRT (GRTC) Pulse Traffic Update for Scott’s Addition

This update is from Department of Economic and Community Development

Pulse - Scott's Addition

SPECIAL NOTICE:

  • LANE Construction continues with utility relocation activities along Broad Street and Main Street
  • Preliminary station construction also has begun on Broad Street
  • Most work is permitted for daytime hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Saturday
  • Night work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. is required on Monday, November 21 and Tuesday, November 22ndon Main Street at 15th Street
  • All schedules are weather and progress-dependent

 CONSTRUCTION LOOK-AHEAD:

  • Monday, November 14 to Saturday November 19 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.):

o   Utility relocation:

  • South side of eastbound Broad Street from Thompson St. to Laurel St.
  • South side of eastbound Main Street from 14thto 17th St.

o   Impact: Temporary closures of the curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and any bus stop will occur in the work zones

o   Phase I Station Construction Activity: This work is continuing from the previous week.

  • Where:  North side of westbound Broad St., between Allison St. and Strawberry St.
  • Impacts: Temporary closures of the westbound curb lane and adjacent sidewalk, as well as temporary loss of street parking, from Allison St. to Strawberry St.

o   Installation of Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) Signage:

  • Where:  Eastbound and westbound Broad Street, from Thompson St. to Foushee St
  • What:   Signage will be installed in the sidewalk, in advance of median station construction.  These signs will be used for maintenance of traffic during construction.  The signs will be covered over until the construction activities require the maintenance of traffic.
  • Impacts:  Temporary closures of curb lanes and parking, between Thompson St. and Foushee St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions.  Parking will be restored in areas once signs have been installed.

 o   Traffic Signal Work:

  • Where:
  • Broad Street at Willow Lawn Drive east to 14thStreet
  • 14thStreet between Broad Street and Main Street
  • Main Street at 14thStreet east to Orleans Street
  • NOTE:  Work is occurring in both eastbound and westbound directions.
  • What:  This work will involve drilling and soil testing in locations where new signals are planned to be installed at approximately 55 intersections.
  • Impacts:  Temporary closure of curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and bus stops will be closed in affected areas
  • Monday, Nov 21st, Tue Nov 22nd, and Saturday, Nov 26th(7 a.m. – 5 p.m.): NOTE:  In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, LANE follows holiday restrictions and marks non-work days as Wed., Nov 23rd – Friday Nov 25th.  Work will not occur on these days.

o   Utility Relocation:

  • Where:  South side of eastbound Broad Street from Thompson St. to Laurel St.
  • Impacts:  Temporary closures of curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and bus stops in work zones

 

o   Nightly work (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) Monday November 21st and Tuesday November 22nd

  • Where:  Main St. at 15thSt.
  • What:  Work will occur laterally across eastbound and westbound directions of Main St. at 15thSt.
  • Impacts:  Alternating, temporary single lane closures.  One travel lane will remain open in each direction.  Motorists should expect nightly lane closures in this location

 

o   Phase I Station Construction Activity: This work is continuing from the previous week.

  • Where:  North side of westbound Broad St., between Allison St. and Strawberry St.

o   Impacts: Temporary closures of the westbound curb lane and adjacent sidewalk, as well as temporary loss of street parking, from Allison St. to Strawberry St.

o   Installation of MOT Signs:  This is continuing from previous week.

  • Where:  Eastbound and westbound Broad Street, from Thompson St. to Foushee Street
  • Impacts:  Temporary closures of curb lanes and parking, between Thompson St. and Foushee St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions. Parking will be restored in areas once signs have been installed.

 o   Traffic Signal Work (continuing from previous week):

  • Where:
  • Broad Street at Willow Lawn Drive east to 14thStreet
  • 14thStreet between Broad Street and Main Street
  • Main Street at 14thStreet east to Orleans Street
  • NOTE:  Work is occurring in both eastbound and westbound directions
  • Impacts:  Temporary closure of curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and bus stops in affected area

EXTENDED LOOK AHEAD:

Monday,  November 28 to Saturday, December 3

Median Station Construction:

  • Where Median of Broad St., from Thompson St. to Foushee St
  • Impacts:  Closures of inside lanes from Broad St., in both the eastbound and westbound directions, between Thompson St. and Foushee St.

Utility Relocation:

  • Where:  South side of eastbound Broad St. from Thompson St. to Laurel St.
  • Impacts:  Temporary closures of curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and bus stops in work zones

Phase I Station Construction:

  • Where:  North side of westbound Broad St., between Allison St. and Strawberry St.
  • Impacts:  Temporary closures of the westbound curb lane and adjacent sidewalk, as well as temporary loss of street parking, from Allison St. to Strawberry St.

Traffic Signal Work (continuing from previous week):

  • Where:
  • Broad Street at Willow Lawn Drive east to 14thStreet
  • 14thStreet between Broad Street and Main Street
  • Main Street at 14thStreet east to Orleans Street
  • NOTE:  Work is occurring in both eastbound and westbound directions
  • Impacts:  Temporary closure of curb lane, adjacent sidewalk and bus stops in affected areaSTAY CONNECTED:
  • The construction hotline is active at 804-980-0084, providing updates on construction and expected impacts.
  • For updates online, information is available at the Pulse BRT Construction Updates page: http://www.ridegrtc.com/brt/construction-info
  • You may also follow us on Twitter for real-time updates: https://twitter.com/GrtcPulse

NOTE:  Any photos posted on Twitter, please feel free to use in the media by crediting GRTC.

 OPEN FOR BUSINESS:

  • The DB Team will proactively minimize disruption to businesses and residents during construction. Any activity that would impact parking, loading zones, access, utilities and other business-related functions must receive prior approval from VDOT who will ensure that continuous access will be provided to all businesses at all times. All Project team members are committed to providing prompt information to ensure a smooth construction phase for businesses, residents and patrons of the region as part of the overall success of the Project.

SAFETY FIRST:

  • As we work on your block, you may see protective fencing installed near your business to clearly mark the work zones.
  • Let’s look out for each other – please remind your staff and patrons to watch for signs and work crews!
  • Please follow construction signage and be aware of construction workers and vehicles within the Work Zone(s).
  • Pedestrians are advised to follow Work Zone signage in the sidewalk area.

If you have any more questions, feel free to contact Amy Inman, of Department of Economic and Community Development, at (804) 646-5871 or amy.inman@richmondgov.com

Richmond Triangle Players Undergoes a Big Restructuring

In the Richmond Style Weekly, we hear that the Richmond Triangle Players is undergoing some changes. For instance a new mural, which shows its signature triangle shape repeated in a rainbow above the company’s location in Scott’s Addition.

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Inside, upgraded sound and lighting systems offer a more vibrant and flashy theatrical experience.

The more fundamental changes are less visible. The company’s managing director, Phil Crosby, recently received a position upgrade to executive director and, under his leadership, the company is taking steps to stabilize its infrastructure and bolster its financial stability.

The moves are part of a long-range plan, Completing the Dream: RTP@25, which is being implemented as part of the run-up to the company’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2017.

The establishment of an executive director, in particular, reflects the official transition to a new operating paradigm for the theater.

Performing arts groups traditionally have an artistic director who focuses on the creative output of the company working in tandem with a managing director who deals with business matters. The management structure has been in transition since founding artistic director John Knapp left the company in 2014. Instead of sharing leadership responsibilities with an artistic director, Crosby will work with an artistic committee that will research and suggest potential plays. They will develop the company’s season together.

An organization that explores issues from an LGBT perspective benefits from using this committee approach, Crosby says. Read the rest of the story, here.

richmond-triangle-scroogeRichmond Triangle Players ushers in the holiday season with the wackiest take on the classic Dickens story you have ever seen, when RTP revives Scrooge in Rouge – An English Music Hall Christmas Carol beginning Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at its theater at 1300 Altamont Avenue.

Tazza Kitchen may be joining other restaurants in Scott’s Addition, in 2017

From Richmond’s BizSense:  Scott’s Addition’s recent growth spurt has been fueled by apartments, office space and breweries. Now here come the restaurants.

Local restaurant brand Tazza Kitchen has preliminary plans to occupy about 3,800 square feet in the 106,000-square-foot building at 1500 Roseneath Road, confirmed John Haggai, one of the co-founders of the regional chain.

A preliminary rendering of the planned Tazza space in Scott’s Addition. (Courtesy Tazza)

A preliminary rendering of the planned Tazza space in Scott’s Addition. (Courtesy Tazza)

“The location most definitely fits our vibe,” Haggai said of Scott’s Addition. “Given what’s going on, we’d like to be down there.”

Tazza’s plans for its portion of the property are detailed in an application it filed in September with the city’s Urban Design Committee for an outdoor dining patio fronting Roseneath Road.  The restaurant has enlisted Richmond-based 510 Architects to help with that design, according to the documents on file with the city. Since the proposed patio would encroach on the city’s sidewalk, Tazza Kitchen must submit its plans for how it plans to mitigate any loss of space to the sidewalk, along with its construction plans for the patio. Read the rest of the story, 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.

Philip and Patricia King hang their hat in Scott’s Addition – Richmond’s hottest neighborhood!

A real estate exec whose company entered the Richmond market last year has grabbed a piece of the city’s hottest neighborhood.

Philip King of Baker Properties, along with his wife, Patricia, this month purchased the industrial property at 1600 Altamont Ave., in Scott’s Addition, for $805,000. The Kings bought the 6,000-square-foot building through Boo Crunch LLC and plan to renovate it for commercial tenants.

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King, a recent transplant from Connecticut, said the deal for the Altamont property is separate from the business of Baker Properties, the New York real estate company that last year snatched up a portfolio of local office buildings, and of which King is president.

King’s duties with Baker Properties often bring him to Scott’s Addition to work with local contractors, and in August he walked by 1600 Altamont Ave. and saw a “For Sale by Owner” sign in the window.

King said he was attracted to invest in Scott’s Addition because of “the eclectic makeup of new and old people visiting and walking.”

“The vitality of that location makes it unique,” he said.

Continue reading about King’s plans, on RichmondBizSense.com