Renovations continue at Regency Square, which is continuing its transformation amid millions in renovations. This week, three new tenants were announced for the center, in addition to yesterday’s news regarding NOVA’s intention to turn the former Macy’s store into an aquatics center.
From Regency Square:
Your CBD Store – Richmond will open their first Richmond location on March 3rd. The store will sell products made from CBD which is extracted from the cannabis plant. CBD oils are a natural and organic remedy used to aid in the treatment of many common ailments such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, migraines, diabetes, and seizures. CBD hemp byproducts should not be confused with marijuana. Marijuana contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the chemical compound resulting in a mind-altering high when consumed. CBD does not contain THC.
Curtain Call Home Décor, Richmond’s high-end home and décor consignment pop-up retailer, returns to Regency beginning March 8th. Customers can enter the 2019 sale only from the upper deck near JCPenney through March 24th. Curtain Call features furniture, rugs, window treatments, lamps, pillows, framed artwork, and home accessories on consignment. Consigned items range major retailer’s former showroom pieces to items homeowners no longer need. “Sustainability in today’s environment includes repurposing and reusing décor items which is perfect for the first-time homeowner or college student,” says Mary Warren, Regency’s property leasing director. Beginning March 20th, all items will be discounted gradually, starting at 20 percent off and increasing to 50 percent off on the final day. A percentage of sales will be contributed to CARITAS. Once the sale is complete, unsold pieces are also donated to both CARITAS and Habitat for Humanity.
La Cocina Mexican Delicacies will be opening at the end of March in the Food Court. The menu includes tamales, sopes, empanadas, chilaquiles soup and arroz con leche. Other stores have opened their doors at Regency over the past few months. Located on the lower level near Sephora, Dynasty Kickz buys, sells and trades rare and hard to find sneakers. Universal Threads specializes in African-inspired apparel, jewelry and handcrafted home décor. Upstreamers sells on-trend jeans, leggings, t-shirts, hats, coats, socks, and accessories. They are a licensed retailer for “The North Face” and “Levis” brands. Both Universal Threads and Upstreamers are located on the second level across from Forever 21 (XXI Forever).
The Richmond Night Market launches holiday villages across the city to celebrate the season
The Holiday Villages are a multicultural holiday market shopping experience that will feature local goods, art, food, music, and the best of Richmond culture.
The Richmond Night Market, in partnership with the City of Richmond, Office of Economic Development, Flying Squirrels, Brok Productions, and media partner, Richmond Magazine, announced it will open five Holiday Villages across the city this holiday season to celebrate the Richmond community and its resilience. The open-air markets will be open every Saturday from 12 to 7 p.m. beginning November 28 to December 19. Vendors are encouraged to apply.
“Richmond is an amazing city and we want to make sure folks don’t forget about that, especially during these challenging times,” said Melody Joy Short, co-founder of Richmond Night Market. “We are a village and it’s important that we continue to support each other, especially our artisan and small business community. Let’s spread some holiday cheer, celebrate each other, and do our part to uplift the local economy.”
The Holiday Villages are a multicultural holiday market shopping experience that will feature local goods, art, food, music, and the best of Richmond culture. The open-air markets are spread across several locations to encourage social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19, with strict COVID-19 measures in place supported by the City of Richmond. Plus, attendees will have an opportunity to explore different neighborhoods including Manchester, Scott’s Addition, the Arts District, Jackson Ward, and Shockoe Bottom.
“Every neighborhood has its own vibe and flavor,” said Adrienne Cole Johnson, co-founder of Richmond Night Market. “The food, shopping experience, retailers and services are all unique to each part of the city and we want to recreate that with our Holiday Villages. We want people to shop and buy local, as well as showcase all of the gems in the city.”
“Artists and small businesses across the board should sign up to become a vendor,” Cole Johnson added.
The Richmond Night Market launched in April 2019 as a monthly gathering at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market in Shockoe Bottom as a way for locals and tourists to shop for clothing, jewelry, visual art, organic products and even artisanal food. Event organizers shifted their approach during the pandemic, launching a successful virtual experience that allowed patrons to engage with independent, small businesses in a new way on social media.
“We see our Holiday Villages as an extension of what we’ve been doing all year,” said Short. “Most, if not all businesses, have experienced some disruption and we want to ensure there is true recovery. Our efforts have increased sales by 40 percent for many artists. With the holiday season around the corner, our aim is to keep creating these opportunities to generate revenue and uplift this community.”
Patrons will be able to start their shopping experience on Small Business Saturday (November 28) and explore all of the Holiday Villages through Saturday, December 19. Those interested in becoming a vendor can apply at www.richmondnightmarketva.com.
Governor Northam tightens Virginia COVID restrictions as daily new cases increase rapidly
The new rules affect the restaurant industry most heavily, as gatherings are now capped at 25 people and no alcohol may be served after 10:00 PM beginning Sunday night.
As COVID-19 surges in states across the country, Governor Ralph Northam today announced new actions to mitigate the spread of the virus in Virginia. While the Commonwealth’s case count per capita and positivity rate remain comparatively low, all five health regions are experiencing increases in new COVID-19 cases, positive tests, and hospitalizations.
“COVID-19 is surging across the country, and while cases are not rising in Virginia as rapidly as in some other states, I do not intend to wait until they are. We are acting now to prevent this health crisis from getting worse,” said Governor Northam. “Everyone is tired of this pandemic and restrictions on our lives. I’m tired, and I know you are tired too. But as we saw earlier this year, these mitigation measures work. I am confident that we can come together as one Commonwealth to get this virus under control and save lives.”
Governor Northam shared a new video to update Virginians on the additional steps the Commonwealth is taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which is available here.
The following measures will take effect at midnight on Sunday, November 15:
- Reduction in public and private gatherings: All public and private in-person gatherings must be limited to 25 individuals, down from the current cap of 250 people. This includes outdoor and indoor settings.
- Expansion of mask mandate: All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces. This expands the current mask mandate, which has been in place in Virginia since May 29 and requires all individuals aged 10 and over to wear face coverings in indoor public settings.
- Strengthened enforcement within essential retail businesses: All essential retail businesses, including grocery stores and pharmacies, must adhere to statewide guidelines for physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and enhanced cleaning. While certain essential retail businesses have been required to adhere to these regulations as a best practice, violations will now be enforceable through the Virginia Department of Health as a Class One misdemeanor.
- On-site alcohol curfew: The on-site sale, consumption, and possession of alcohol is prohibited after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms must close by midnight. Virginia law does not distinguish between restaurants and bars, however, under current restrictions, individuals that choose to consume alcohol prior to 10:00 p.m. must be served as in a restaurant and remain seated at tables six feet apart.
Virginia is averaging 1,500 newly-reported COVID-19 cases per day, up from a statewide peak of approximately 1,200 in May. While Southwest Virginia has experienced a spike in the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases, all five of the Commonwealth’s health regions are currently reporting a positivity rate over five percent. Although hospital capacity remains stable, hospitalizations have increased statewide by more than 35 percent in the last four weeks.
On Tuesday, Governor Northam announced new contracts with three laboratories as part of the Commonwealth’s OneLabNetwork, which will significantly increase Virginia’s public health testing capacity. Contracts with Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, and Sentara Healthcare in Norfolk will directly support high-priority outbreak investigations, community testing events, and testing in congregate settings, with a goal of being able to perform 7,000 per day by the end of the year.
Axe-throwing venue Shield and Sheath Hatchet House coming to Scott’s Addition
The husband-and-wife duo behind The Virginia Axe Co. in Goochland are opening a new hatchet-throwing venue in the growing neighborhood.
From Richmond BizSense:
Tamera and Dan Pegg are heading to Scott’s Addition after two years of throwing axes in Goochland, and this time they’re bringing knives with them.
The wife-and-husband duo is preparing to open Shield and Sheath Hatchet House, an axe and knife-throwing venue at 1511 Altamont Ave. in Scott’s Addition.
The Peggs are co-owners of The Virginia Axe Co. in Rockville, which they opened with business partners Greg and Kathy Ullmann in 2018.
The Virginia Axe Co. was among the first axe-throwing venues to arrive in Richmond, and its success has led the Peggs to go out on their own and open Shield and Sheath.