The week in brief
Good afternoon faithful Wrap subscribers. We’ve come to the end of another week, and there are beers (quite likely green ones) to drink, so I’ll keep this all short for you this week. St. Paddy’s Day is upon us, and while there were many events last weekend due to the timing of the holiday, there’s St. Paddy’s Palooza and a few other events going on. Check out our Weekend Event Picks to get caught up on this, several 5K runs around the area, the Southern Women’s Show and much more! Looking for some beer-centric events? Richard’s got you covered with his RVA Beer Explorer. Have fun and be safe!
March Madness is in full swing, and while VCU may be out of the running in the NCAA Tournament after their loss to St. Mary’s last night, HAVOC reigns supreme. During last Sunday’s A10 game against Rhode Island, everyone’s favorite VCU hype man Pav was seen cheering on the rams while something quite adorable happened. Check it out.
What a crazy weather week, huh? We started out the week with school closures and power outages from the winter weather and an earthquake. March may not have come in like a lion, but we definitely heard its roar. Can we have February’s weather back now? Thanks in advance. Speaking of warmer weather, the Richmond Flying Squirrels are getting a new marquee in advance of Opening Day April 6th. Shiny!
Whole Foods is finally coming to The Fan, Richmond Magazine reported this week. Plans were submitted to the City this week, which you can see right here. The building will generally be in the same footprint of the current Pleasants Hardware building, which should soon be razed. The main entrance will face the current parking lot. Some personal notes here. First, the Kroger on Lombardy just down the street is terrible. It’s an abbreviated, crowded version of the one in Carytown with a terrible parking lot and nothing but VCU students (no offense), so this is a nice alternative for folks in or near The Fan, albeit a lot pricier. Also, I’d have liked to see Whole Foods face the entire building towards W. Broad Street and have them give the parking lot less emphasis, but here we are. Oh and some good news–Lee’s Chicken will remain and the new buildings anchoring the forthcoming development will surround them.
Our Capital News Service reporters have details on a number of bills Governor Terry McAuliffe has vetoed because he’s worried they’d restrict voting rights. He’s also expected to relax penalties for those caught with small amounts of marijuana. Details on that here.
Five things to know
- Ardent Craft Ales has announced they’re doubling the size of their building in Scott’s Addition after purchasing it outright.
- Richmond is in the running for the world’s most LGBT-friendly city, and you can vote right here.
- Got a business idea? See if it can scale with this nine-week business incubator.
- The Byrd Theatre will host a film festival featuring nothing but Bill Murray films in May.
- Move over, April The Giraffe. The RVA Osprey Cam is the most mesmerizing and productivity-killing thing in RVA.
Odds & Ends
The Wrap will be on hiatus next week, as I’ll be in New York City with my beautiful fiancé Katie, celebrating her 30th birthday! Richard Hayes will take good care of you in the meantime. Speaking of, I’d just like to thank everyone who’s given our little-website-that-could a chance over the past eight months. I’m happy to announce we’re growing really rapidly, so much in fact that our friends at Antimatter Co. will be migrating our site to a new server this weekend. With all the extra traffic, RVAHub’s gotten a little slow, but that should all change in a few days!
Also, we’re still seeking an ad sales representative. Know a good candidate, or could that be you? Click here!
Make it a great weekend, y’all!