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Summit Media debuts classic hip hop format on new signal with “G104.3”

Ain’t nuthin’ but a ‘G’ thang, baby.

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At a time when an increasing number of FM stations are filling open frequencies on Richmond’s airwaves, radio group Summit Media has added one more. The latest addition, however, is something entirely new to the market.

On Wednesday at noon, the company launched “G104.3,” at 104.3 on the FM dial featuring classic hip hop from the 1980s through the 2000s and artists such as Snoop Dogg, Salt N Peppa, Jay Z, TLC, Naughty By Nature, Run DMC, and 2Pac. The station stunted by playing a loop of Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” for several days leading up to the launch.

“This station appeals to a diverse group of listeners who grew up embracing Hip Hop Culture and listening to Hip Hop,” said G104.3 Program Director Melissa Chase. “While they have matured in age, lifestyle and social awareness they are still extremely passionate about this music.”

G104.3 (licensed as W282CA) is an FM translator of WKHK-FM–which means its signal strength is a bit weaker than most full-power broadcast stations–is aided by its central tower location in Richmond’s Near West End and can be clearly heard throughout Metro Richmond (check out the coverage map here).

“SummitMedia is thrilled to launch a new signal into the market,” said Richmond market President Bob Willoughby. “Classic hip hop is an underserved audience segment and we are excited to be able to bring G104.3 to Richmond.”

With the addition of G104.3, SummitMedia Richmond now operates six FM stations in the market including country station K95 (WKHK 95.3 FM), Classic Rock 96.5 FM (WKLR), classic hits format Star 100.9 (WJSR-FM), adult contemporary 103.7 Play (WURV) and top 40 station Hot 106.1 (WURV HD2–the company’s first translator-based station in the Richmond market).

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Blue Bee Cider property bought, changes on the way according to city documents

The buildings that comprise the site in Scott’s Addition were built from cobblestones that once lined Richmond’s streets.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Changes are in the works at a Scott’s Addition cidery, and they may include bringing a different kind of booze to the site.

Blue Bee Cider owner Courtney Mailey confirmed this week that her cidery’s property at 1320 Summit Ave. is under contract to be sold and that negotiations are underway for a sale of the business.

Mailey listed the 0.35-acre property that houses Blue Bee over the summer for $3.2 million and has continued to run the cidery onsite.

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Short Pump Town Center seeks open container ABC license

Soon you might be able to sip and shop at the Far West End mall.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Short Pump Town Center wants to allow people to walk around the mall with alcoholic beverages open and in hand.

The Henrico County mall recently filed a request with the Virginia ABC for one of the alcohol control agency’s commercial lifestyle center licenses, which would allow Short Pump’s visitors to consume alcoholic beverages in the mall’s common areas. The mall hopes to offer the perk no later than spring 2023.

“In short, it is similar to an ‘open container’ license and will allow visitors over the age of 21 to take their purchased alcoholic beverages (bought at one of our tenant restaurants) out with them while they shop,” said a spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties, the New York firm that co-owns the mall.

The company offers similar open-container programs at other properties in its portfolio.

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Library of Virginia partners with Can Can Brasserie to open downtown cafe

“We are thrilled to help bring one of the city’s best-loved restaurants to downtown Richmond,” said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation.

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A partnership between the Library of Virginia and a popular, longtime Carytown restaurant will bring a convenient breakfast and lunch option to the heart of downtown. Can Can Brasserie, a Parisian-style bistro and bakery, will open the Can Can Café in the Library’s lobby on Monday, September 19th, 2022.

“We are thrilled to help bring one of the city’s best-loved restaurants to downtown Richmond,” said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation. “Paul and John Kincaid and their team at Can Can are excellent partners. We cannot wait for our patrons and the downtown community to enjoy their amazing food in the Library as we head into our 200th anniversary year.”

Can Can Café will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast will include fresh-baked pastries and lunch will feature soup, salad and sandwiches, as well as to-go pastries, desserts and other items. Can Can’s signature coffee service will be available throughout the day.

“Since we began the difficult road of opening post-Covid, people have been asking us about our previous morning coffee service,” said Paul Kincaid, co-owner. “Countless people missed a beautiful location, quick coffee and pastries, and a chance to get out of the office and have a quick meeting. Opening Can Can Café in the Library of Virginia, we’re happy to be able to offer all of those things!”

Co-owner John Kincaid added, “With its spacious and beautiful interior, we’re excited to serve morning coffee, along with an assortment of sandwiches and salads for lunch, in a convenient location for so many folks in the downtown area.”

Limited free parking for Can Can Café is available on Level B1 of the Library’s parking garage accessed via entrances on 8th and 9th Streets.

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