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New Richmond Region Tourism visitor center opens at the VMFA’s Robinson House

The newest visitor center – Richmond Region Tourism’s fourth – is housed in the historic and recently-renovated Robinson House on the campus of the VMFA.

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Richmond Region Tourism has opened its fourth Visitor Center within the historic Robinson House at the Virginia Museum Fine Arts. The new center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and offers free sightseeing and tourist info for visitors.

RRT’s Visitor Centers are staffed with specialists who are available to assist with tour suggestions, regional maps, hotel reservations, and other travel needs. More than 40,000 people took advantage of the complimentary service last year.

Because of the Robinson House’s location on the Boulevard and proximity to I-95/I-64, the new Visitor Center is a convenient stop for people traveling to and through Richmond. The Visitor Center also sits between two of the region’s prominent museums: The VMFA and the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.

Signage on the interstate will direct travelers to the Visitor Center. Free 30-minute parking is offered at the VMFA deck. Bus parking is also available.

“We are grateful for our partnership with the VMFA that helped make this new resource for travelers a reality,” said Jack Berry, Richmond Region Tourism President & CEO. “With 7 million visitors spending more than $2 billion annually, tourism continues to be an important part of our region’s economy. Richmond Region Tourism’s Visitor Centers help ensure visitors have a great experience as they explore everything our region has to offer.”

Approximately 20 part-time Destination Specialists work across RRT’s Visitor Centers. According to a study commissioned by the organization in 2011, Visitor Centers help boost visitor spending by an additional $650,000 annually.

In addition to the Robinson House, RRT operates Visitor Centers inside the following locations: the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 405 N 3rd St., Richmond; the Airport Visitor Center, 1 Richmond E. Byrd Terminal Dr., Suite A, Sandston; and Bass Pro Shops, 11550 Lakeridge Parkway, Ashland. A Mobile Visitor Center also travels to events throughout the region.

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Child care providers can pick up essential cleaning and PPE supplies at two upcoming drives

Supplies include bleach, spray bottles, masks, thermometers, and more. The drive is free, but pre-registration is required.

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VPM, our local PBS affiliate, is one of several community partners coming together to hold two upcoming essential supply drives for child care providers. Those who run child or daycare services can register to pick up supplies at two locations–one at the Arthur Ashe Center on November 21st from 10:00 AM until noon, and the other on Saturday, December 5th at the YMCA in Chester.

Supplies include bleach, spray bottles, masks, thermometers, and more. The drive is free, but pre-registration is required.

Learn more and sign up here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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