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PHOTOS: Developer plans modern eight-townhome project in the Museum District

The development, to be known as The Meridian, will be located at N. Thompson Street and Cutshaw Avenue.

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A local real estate firm is looking to bring some modern flair to a block of the Museum District. Snipes Properties announced plans Tuesday for eight new town homes at the corner of N. Thompson and Cutshaw Avenue to be part of a project called “The Meridian.”

Site work and construction, which will include the demolition of an existing office building, will begin in the next few weeks. Each unit will be approximately 1,800 square feet and will feature rooftop decks, open floors plans and off-street parking.

Homes will range in price from $450,000 to $500,000, generally comparable to prices of existing homes in The Fan and Museum District.

“Meridian will be similar to other modern infill projects but we’re bringing our product to market at a much more attractive price point,” Snipes said in a news release. The developer acquired the office building two years ago, using a portion of it for his own company’s offices. “It was a decent office building, but it’s not historic and it’s not the most attractive 1970’s-era building,” he continued.

The project will be similar in style to other modern infill projects recently developed in the area including Citizen 6, 7West, and A2. The developer anticipates The Meridian will be desirable due to its location on the borders of both Scott’s Addition and the Museum District–hence the name The Meridian.

“Scott’s Addition is hot right now and the Museum District is a classic,” Snipes said. “The Meridian will literally be right in the middle of it all. You can workout across the street [to] Crunch (Fitness) in the morning and when you get home you can walk over to (The) Veil (Brewing Co.) and enjoy a cold brew.”

The project was approved by City Council last year and permits have been submitted. Snipes will begin selling homes immediately and each will take approximately 9 months to complete from start to finish.

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Kickstarter-funded Ruby Scoops ice cream shop to open on Brookland Park Boulevard later this fall

“We’re trying to create memories, and we’re trying to create moments in your life that you will always remember that kind of stem from what we make,” Kamara said.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Rabia Kamara recalls drinking a sweet, sugary Colombian beverage as a 5-year-old in Silver Spring, Md. It wasn’t until she was at an international market over 25 years later that she came across the beverage again and fell in love with it anew.

Kamara wants to create similar memories for customers at her ice cream shop, Ruby Scoops Ice Cream and Sweets, which is in the works on Richmond’s Brookland Park Boulevard in North Side. There, Kamara plans to add a unique spin on ice cream flavors, with twists such as Peaches N’ Herb, Sweet Corn Basil and Lemon Honey Chamomile.

“We’re trying to create memories, and we’re trying to create moments in your life that you will always remember that kind of stem from what we make,” Kamara said.

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CEO of Richmond-based Elephant Insurance’s parent company gifting employees $13 million

As a thank you to all the staff at Admiral and Elephant Insurance who have made his 29 years with the company so special, David Stevens and his wife, Heather will give £1,000 to every full-time member of staff and £500 to all other staff. For employees in the United States, this equates to around $1,300 for full-time employees and $650 for part-time employees.

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David Stevens, CEO and co-founder of Elephant Insurance’s parent company, Admiral Group, announced yesterday he will give a personal gift of around $13 million to over 11,000 employees ahead of his retirement.

As a thank you to all the staff at Admiral and Elephant Insurance who have made his 29 years with the company so special, David Stevens and his wife, Heather will give £1,000 to every full-time member of staff and £500 to all other staff. For employees in the United States, this equates to around $1,300 for full-time employees and $650 for part-time employees.

“Saying thank you to all the Admiral staff in this way is the right thing to do, and I’m so proud and fortunate to have worked with such a special group of people,” said David Stevens, CEO and co-found of Admiral. “Their hard work and dedication has allowed Admiral to grow from a start-up with one brand, zero customers and 57 members of staff, to a FTSE 100 company worth around £8 billion with multiple brands, millions of customers and over 11,000 staff worldwide. Thank you from myself and my wife to everyone at Admiral.”

All Admiral staff, whether they work in Richmond or Rome, Newport or Delhi and everywhere in-between, will benefit from the gift.

“Today and every day, we are so appreciative to work for a company under the Admiral umbrella,” said Alberto Schiavon, CEO of Elephant Insurance. “David Stevens’ generosity will impact all of Elephant’s more than 630 employees, most of whom are here in Richmond. We wish him well in this new stage of life and look forward to welcoming Admiral’s new CEO, Milena Mondini de Focatiis.”

For more information about Elephant Insurance, visit www.elephant.com.

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Urban Farmhouse in Scott’s Addition closes doors after six years

The local chain of market cafes is now down to just two locations – one in Shockoe Bottom and the other in Midlothian.

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A local café-and-market chain has retreated from Scott’s Addition as it cuts costs amid the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

Urban Farmhouse has shuttered its location at 3015 Norfolk St., capping off an almost six-year stint in the neighborhood. The homegrown brand is now down to two locations, one in Shockoe Slip and the other in Midlothian.

The chain, which had six shops in 2016, eliminated the 4,000-square-foot Scott’s Addition location as it seeks to come out on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic, owner Kathleen Richardson said.

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