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Fuel Pump Coffee Station & Wine Bar set to open soon in Carytown

The former 10 Italian Cafe space at 3200 W. Cary Street will soon reopen as a new concept serving coffee, wine, and a small but mighty food menu.

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A new coffee shop and wine bar will soon open in the darkened doors of what was once 10 Italian Cafe in Carytown.

Fuel Pump Coffee Station + Wine Bar, located at 3200 W Cary Street, will be open seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, serving coffee, tea, wine, and beer, plus a small menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections. The new venture is owned by husband-and-wife team Mary Dail and Andreas Waltenburg.

Calling on the best products they can find from around the country, Mary and Andreas have partnered with Intelligentsia coffee, Belloqc tea, and will be offering a selection of traditional varietal and new-world wines. What’s the common thread among these offerings? Quality. This is the stuff that Mary and Andreas are passionate about sharing with RVA.

“We are thrilled to have found such an appealing corner in Carytown,” Dail said. “We knew right away that this space had so much potential and would be a place we’d want to hang out. Our goal is to make it exactly that: a hang-out, a sun-kissed spot for morning coffee and a people-watching corner for indulging in our delicious wine selection.”

Upon opening, the menu will focus on quick breakfast options from assorted pastries and bagels to ricotta toast with preserves. A full menu will be developed to showcase the skills of their back of house staff as well as their own personal tastes – literally the food they like to eat.

“Our coffee, teas, wines and forthcoming menu items have been curated and sourced from some of our favorite purveyors both locally and nationally. Our choices have been informed by my 20+ years of experience in the restaurant industry, with influences from both the global table that is New York City and my Scandinavian roots,” Waltenburg said.

to bring some of their favorite food and drink experiences to their new home in Richmond, VA.

Andreas is a Swedish native who after moving to the US in 1994 realized his dream of opening up his own bar/restaurant in NYC – The Folly – in 2014. “Dre” is excited to share his second venture and second love – only to tequila – with his RVA neighbors.

Mary moved to NYC in 1995 after graduating from UNC-CH in her home state of North Carolina. After working as a photography editor for Martha Stewart Living, where she developed a passion for all things food and home, she started her own creative agency – Big Leo Productions – representing food and interiors photographers, directors and stylists. An unending search for that stellar cup of coffee and the desire to put down roots in Richmond led her to partner with her connoisseur husband. “He truly makes the best cortado I’ve ever had,” she said.

Fuel Pump is planning to open in the next several weeks, pending required permits.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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Veteran baker to open brick and mortar bakery operation in Lakeside

Up All Night Bakery, a new brick and mortar for 20-year baking veteran Jonathan Highfield, will take over the former Pulp RVA space at 5411 Lakeside Avenue.

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Jonathan Highfield has kneaded dough for about 20 years, both in the employment of and instruction of others. This year, he’s baking a venture entirely of his own creation.

He recently signed a lease on 5411 Lakeside Ave., where he plans to open a production facility for his Up All Night Bakery by March.

Up All Night was launched as a part-time gig in late 2019, making croissants, breads, cookies and other baked goods that are sold at farmers markets and to a few wholesale customers around town.

Highfield currently bakes in the kitchen of the Early Bird Biscuit Co.’s Bellevue Avenue location during the business’s off-hours. He said he decided to move Up All Night elsewhere because he had outgrown the Early Bird space.

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Family of local freight and transportation company makes $2 million donation to children’s hospital construction project

The Children’s Hospital Foundation’s matching campaign effectively will double the gift to $4 million.

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A local freight and transportation provider has made a major gift towards the construction of the forthcoming Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU expansion. In addition to the company’s gift of $150,000, Estes family members committed $1.85 million to support the Wonder Tower, the new home for Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU’s inpatient, emergency, and trauma services.

The two donations from Estes Express Lines and the Estes family were matched by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, maximizing the total investment in the Wonder Tower to $4 million. As part of the capital campaign to raise $100 million, the foundation is matching the first $25 million in gifts from the community.

“The support of Estes Express Lines and the Estes family is extremely meaningful. We’re grateful they’ve added their voice and support to our mission to build a world-class pediatric hospital in Richmond,” said Lauren Moore, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital Foundation. “They’re truly a values-focused company and family, and their gifts reflect the importance they place on protecting children and their childhoods.”

“We are a family-owned business that’s had the honor of working with thousands of Richmond-area families for nearly 90 years,” said Rob Estes, president and CEO of Estes Express Lines. “Children deserve the best possible medical care when they need it, and we’re proud to support Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, as a company, and as a family.”

As part of the donation, some areas of the Wonder Tower will be named in honor of Estes, including the hospital’s loading dock, a nod to their work as a freight carrier business. The gift includes additional recognition of the family’s generosity throughout the building.

Once complete in spring 2023, the Wonder Tower will bring world-class pediatric facilities to Central Virginia. Located in downtown Richmond, the 16-story tower will be home to CHoR’s Level 1 pediatric trauma center, emergency room, inpatient units, new operating rooms, increased imaging capacity, and family amenities — all in an environment created just for kids and their loved ones.

“The children’s tower is being built for and by our community thanks to generous friends like the Estes,” said Elias Neujahr, CEO of CHoR. “It will be a beacon of hope for kids and families across the Commonwealth while helping us attract and retain top talent so our children have access to be the best care, close to home.”

In 2021, Estes Express Lines will celebrate its 90th anniversary as CHoR finishes its centennial year. “Let’s all come together to support the Wonder Tower, a special place where all families and children can receive exceptional pediatric care, right here in Richmond,” said Estes.

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New Publix supermarket opens its doors in Carytown

The new grocery store at Carytown Exchange is the fourth within a two-block radius and joins Kroger, The Fresh Market, and Ellwood Thompson’s.

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After years of anticipation, Publix supermarket will open its doors in Carytown Wednesday morning.

The 48,000 square feet grocery store, located at 3535 Ellwood Avenue, will celebrate its grand opening at 7 a.m.

The supermarket will anchor the new Carytown Exchange shopping center which will also feature free parking in a new two-story parking deck.

In December 2018, Publix signed a lease to anchor the Carytown Exchange shopping center, replacing the former Martin’s in the Richmond Shopping Center.

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