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Kickers down Red Bulls 2-1

Jackson Eskay for the win.

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Thanks to bit of last minute heroics by a kid that has seen less than 30 minutes of playing time the Richmond Kickers earned all three points on Saturday. The game also had a pretty special half-time as a member of the Red Army got down on bended and proposed. She said yes.

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Kickers hit the road and travel to the Rochester Rhinos on Wednesday. Rhinos (defending champs) and Roos are tied on points at 32.  The next home game Saturday, Aug 13th against FC Cincinnati.

From Richmond Kickers:

Richmond continued to threaten the Red Bulls’ goal. Michael Callahan again setup a goal scoring opportunity, this time finding Anthony Grant, who would have his shot saved by Meara and forced out for a corner kick.

Brandon Allen continued to be threat for the Red Bulls as he tested the Richmond goal again, this time from outside the box. Allen received the ball outside the 18 and drilled a shot that Dykstra saved with his chest.

In the final minute of stoppage time the Richmond Kickers found the winning goal. Michael Callahan crossed the ball into the box that was met by the New York goalie, but his attempted punch clear fell at the feet of Jackson Eskay, who with his first touch of the game, fired a low, left footed shot past the goalkeeper and into the net, scoring his first goal for the Kickers to give Richmond the 2-1 win.

Image by James Loving

Image by James Loving

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Image by James Loving

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Toy Drive at WPA

Buy a treat for yourself and donate a toy for someone else.

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Just saw this on Facebook and thought the good folks of H&H might pitch in to help some kids.

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Hello WPA family! We are hosting a toy drive to support a local non profit @cc4virginia. Grab a treat and drop off a toy into Santa’s bag❤️💚 accepting donations up to 12/20/25
— at WPA Bakery.

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Sip and Shop at Stony Point this Holiday Season

Stony Point Sip & Shop features a new lineup of 50 local vendors each day, with over 200 rotating artisans, craft and other local business vendors throughout the series.

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PopUp RVA’s Stony Point Sip and Shop continues to offer a Holiday Shopping experience full with local artisans, crafters, and dozens of local businesses of all kinds.  Stony Point Sip & Shop will continue to run every Saturday and Sunday through December 18th.

Stony Point Sip & Shop features a new lineup of 50 local vendors each day, with over 200 rotating artisans, craft and other local business vendors throughout the series.  This event also features food & desserts and adult beverages including 20 varieties of Spiked Hot Chocolates; beer, wine, & mixed drinks are also available.  Types of local vendors include, Woodworking, Art & Homemade, Activities & Games, Clothing, Candles, Soaps, Jewelry & Accessories, Kitchen & Beverage, Beauty Supplies & Services, Pet & Pet Supplies, Kids Games, Books, & Activities, Desserts, Beer & Wine, Locally Grown Products, CBD, Virginia Distilleries, & MORE!

Stony Point Sip & Shop exclusively features local businesses of all kinds. “We’re excited to continue these weekly markets through the winter, our passion is creating an opportunity for small business“ says PopUp RVA Founder Brian Sullivan.  “We’ve created these local markets to give Richmond an easy way to support and shop local.  Every day is different and has something for everyone.”

The full lineup of participating vendors can be viewed at StonyPointSipandShop.com.  Local vendors and other businesses interested in participating can find more information and register through the website.

This weekend (December 10th & 11th) will feature: Kruize Crafts, JJ Kings Secret Sauce, Labella Vibes, 2 Paper Sisters, Vitae Spirits Distillery, Chikis Pancake, Conscious Crystals, Creationsbykey, Honee Beaz, JAXXRVA, Cupcakes by Shyla, Lulu’s Lollies, Uniquely Crafted, Simple Engravings, KraftsbyKristinH, Beez Wax & Co, Pink Slippers Clothing, Joyfully Crafted Décor, Beads by Candy Lynn, Hand Knits by Karen, Blue Door Art Gallery, Jasmine’s Essence, Naborforce, Blue Ridge Seed, Slightly Askew Candle Company, Crystal’s Creations, J’Adore Jolie Boutique, Macon Megs, Graceful Creations by Anika, Cirrus Vodka, Ronquest Art, Soaps & Yarn, RVA Flan and Delicacies, Resonate Crystals, L. Chaser Photographs, Little Wish Toys, OtakuRVA, Gaudet Woodthings, The Mint Sweater, Upcycling by Jay, Kaylee’s Kandles, h8r fan club, Lori Houston Art, EB’s Kitchen & Catering, Lady E’s Sweet Treats & Eats, Morgan’s Art, Discovery Toys, Miss Classy, Eva Grace Skincare, Eco Inspired, LyfeVine, Uniquely Crafted, Jake and Dean Nostalgic Design, Jasper Drilling Art, Mikes Crafts, Beloved Scents & Fragrance, Carrie Blair Crochet, Free Range Innovations, One of a kind store, 360 Total Wellness, Custom Dunn Designs, Cave’s Creations, Lex Jewelry Designs, Manic Scents Candle Company, Robinwood & Co, Intercept Health Treatment Foster Care, Be Kurved, and Spiked Hot Chocolates.

This Sunday, 12/11,  is also featuring a free ornament and cookie decorating session for kids & families from noon-2pm, hosted by Little Wish Toys.

PopUp RVA also runs weekly local vendor markets at The Diamond in Richmond every April to October.

Sip & Shop is held indoors in the old H&M, next to the Ice Skating Rink.  There is no entry fee to attend.  Dogs are welcome.  The type of vendors at Sip & Shop will vary from day to day.

WHAT: 3rd Annual Stony Point Sip & Shop
WHERE: Stony Point Fashion Park, Indoors, unit #164 (former H&M)
WHEN: Saturday 11am-7pm & Sunday noon-6pm, December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th
TICKETS: No Cost to Attend

Participating Vendors can be viewed at StonyPointSipandShop.com

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Richmond releases FAQ explaining why its hands are tied on Sheetz project.

The “Not a Done Deal” signs have sprung up and despite the sentiment, it very much appears to be a done deal.

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If you’ve been anywhere near the local neighborhood groups or god-forbid brave enough to enter NextDoor you’ve no doubt seen some neighbors that have been adamantly opposed to the Sheetz that is going into Stratford Hills. The “Not a Done Deal” signs have sprung up and despite the sentiment, it very much appears to be a done deal.

Councilperson Kristen Nye linked to this handy FAQ on the Sheetz project and why the city won’t be stepping in.

Q: When was the Sheetz project first introduced to the city?

A: A development review committee meeting was held on June 29, 2021. The applicant submitted their official application with a complete set of plans on March 7, 2022. All City development applications are public documents and are available to every citizen who requests them.

Q: What was the approval process for this project?

A: This is a by-right project, meaning the requested use (construction of a Sheetz) was permitted based on the zoning regulations (B-2, which is designated for “community- wide business establishments”) for the parcel. As a by-right project, the project was approved by the City of Richmond Department of Planning & Development Review (PDR) once all City codes and zoning requirements were met. Multiple agencies, including PDR, Public Works, and Public Utilities reviewed the plans to ensure the project met or exceeded minimum requirements.

Q: This corridor doesn’t need another gas station. Why didn’t the City reject the gas station proposal in favor of a different type of business?

A: The city does not have the authority to reject the use of by-right projects. The city does exercise its authority to ensure the project meets all city codes, zoning regulations, and safety regulations. However, if a proposed project meets all requirements, then the city may not infringe on a property owner’s rights or discriminate against a potential business by rejecting the proposed use (for example, rejecting a gas station in favor of a grocery store). To do so would be unlawful.

Q: When did the City Council vote to approve this project?

A: City Council did not – and will not – have a vote to approve this project. City Council does not have any authority over by-right projects.

Q: When does the City Council vote on development projects?

A: City Council votes on individual development projects when the owner is asking for a change in the land’s zoning or to deviate from the zoning requirements through a special use permit or conditional use permit. The Sheetz gas station project did not require any changes to the zoning or any conditional or special use permits, meaning there is no action to be taken by City Council.

Q: Can construction at least be paused so residents have more time to engage with the City?

A: While the city always welcomes engagement with residents, it does not have the legal authority to pause, delay, or hinder the development of a permissible by-right project.

Q: Why was this project approved without a traffic impact analysis?

A: There are specific threshold use requirements that would necessitate a full traffic impact analysis, which this project did not exceed given the existing uses of this parcel and the commercial corridor.

Q: What specific enhanced traffic safety measures will be implemented upon completion of this project?

A: City traffic engineers have devoted significant time and resources to studying the project-specific impacts of this development. By doing so, the city has recommended improvements to signage, lighting, the timing of pedestrian signals, and other traffic considerations. The city was also able to ensure traffic-related adjustments to the development plan prior to the project’s approval. Safety has been – and will continue to be – a top priority with this project. Additionally, there is an upcoming project receiving federal grant funds that will focus on retiming approximately 400 traffic control signals citywide. This will occur over the next two years.

Q: The Richmond 300 Plan calls for the Stratford Hills area to become more walkable with less auto-related use businesses. Why isn’t this plan being followed?

A: Richmond 300 established the desired community vision for our city. To achieve the vision outlined by Richmond 300, the city is working to make significant changes to zoning districts and the zoning code across the city, which will be a multi-year process involving public outreach, engagement and comment, collaboration between agencies across the City, and approval by City Council.

As the current zoning code provides the legal basis for development, the city cannot reject projects that are permissible under the current zoning district because they may not be permissible in the future. While we understand the dissonance that this creates, the city legally must follow the current zoning regulations.

Please note that rewriting the zoning code is a top priority and PDR is working to hire a consultant to manage the process that should commence in 2023. This will be a complex, and very public process, that involves mapping our current development form, and establishing frameworks for a new ordinance and districts. The Director of PDR provided an update to this work a few weeks ago.

Q: Given the time required to make changes to the zoning ordinance, is there a way to expedite the process for implementing Richmond 300 in the Stratford Hills node?

A: The zoning ordinance and Richmond 300 consider the general welfare and long- term development of the entire city of Richmond. The city collaborates with developers to implement Richmond 300 as effectively as possible. However, in this case, the development is permitted by right, and expediting the process will have no impact on the situation. The best way to avoid such incidents in the future is to update the entire zoning code to reflect Richmond 300’s vision without giving any neighborhood special treatment.

Q: The head of the city’s Planning Commission is associated with Wilton Company, which owns the shopping center where the Sheetz will be located. Isn’t this a conflict of interest?

A: The Planning Commission has no input into this project. The Planning Commission is an appointed board that considers changes to land use. As a by-right project, there are no changes to the land use for this project. Therefore, there was no planning commission vote or allowances for this property or project. This project required review and permits via various city agencies. The Planning Commission has no influence or authority over any city agency.

Q: I’ve read that there will be 4,000 visits in this corridor because of the Sheetz. I am concerned about the increase in traffic. Has the city looked at this issue?

A: The city has devoted considerable research to determine the traffic impact of this specific project. While entities external to the city have cited traffic numbers for a generic Sheetz, the intensive research and analysis from the city engineers have determined that, at the high end, 30% of the trips into the project would be “new trips,” or occurring from vehicles that would not have otherwise been in the area. The majority of vehicles accessing this project would have been traveling on Forest Hill already and will be diverted from other options on the corridor.

Q: We love the local businesses in the existing shopping center. Will this construction put them out of business?

A: The city also loves all local businesses, including those in this shopping center, and strives to make Richmond a place that is open to business! The city has prioritized the success of existing businesses throughout this development process and while construction can be intrusive, the owner and developers have made various assurances related to the continued success of the small businesses. Specifically, assurances have been made that restaurants and storefronts will remain accessible throughout construction, overall shopping center improvements will be made (such as a new roof that was just added), and that parking disruption will be kept to the minimum possible level. We will continue to support our Richmond small businesses and hope residents and neighbors will do the same.

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