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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 Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.

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PHOTOS: Grow @1717 Accelerator honors childcare businesses in Richmond

Capital One Financial Corp (COF) this week recognized seven licensed home base childcare providers for their completion of the [email protected] Accelerator, a 12-week small business program designed to help strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem and elevate the Richmond region as a destination for innovation.

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Capital One Financial Corp (COF) this week recognized seven licensed home base childcare providers for their completion of the [email protected] Accelerator, a 12-week small business program designed to help strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem and elevate the Richmond region as a destination for innovation.

Cohort members received $5,000 in funding to support business stabilization and growth, along with a business needs assessment, 90-minute learning workshops, skills-based support from COF associates, and a network of peer mentors. The cohort was selected and funded in partnership with ChildSavers, a non-profit that provides children’s mental health services and childcare resources to Richmond residents.

“We know that family day home care is the most common form of childcare in this country, but oftentimes, home-based providers are the most overlooked for support as small business owners,” said Toria Edmonds-Howell, Community Engagement Manager for the Capital One 1717 Innovation Center. “The Grow @1717 program was designed to meet emerging needs within our region, and as Richmond childcare providers continue to experience the impacts of the pandemic, we want to help.”

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Photos: Michael Simon Photography

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Local rapper launches new creative and co-op work space downtown

A grand opening for the new space, CNTR, will be held 5-10 p.m. Friday, November 4th, coinciding with the Arts District’s First Fridays event.

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A new retail, creative and co-working space named CNTR opens next month in Richmond’s Arts District.

Located at 318 W. Broad St., the 3,408-square-foot space also is home to theMSQshop, which opened earlier this year. It provides brand design, creative content services and a recording and production studio.

Owner and Creative Director Will Keck, who performed for 15 years in Richmond as OG ILLA, aims to provide a resource for creatives and a safe, welcoming space for Richmond’s hip-hop and R&B culture.

“I want to encourage young artists and entrepreneurs in our community,” Keck says. “CNTR is here as a resource, business incubator, and place to elevate their work through business education.”

CNTR is available for bookings as well — for pop-ups, shows, events, workshops, conferences, and video and photo production.

The business venture, powered by theMSQshop, also includes a retail shop featuring Virginia-based streetwear, an art gallery showcasing local artists, and a co-working space that includes Richmond’s first black-owned hemp company.

A grand opening for CNTR will be held 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, coinciding with the Richmond Arts District’s First Fridays.

The free event will feature pop-ups from local vendors, an art exhibit with work from ErvEyes, JAE, Paris and Khaos Ky, and music performances by Rudy Walker, Era Hardaway, Machine Mook, OG Souul, illwilliam and Hannah Grace.

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BigWife’s Mac and Cheese food truck now open while construction continues on brick-and-mortar space

Menu items include a Buffalo Mac, Little Figgy Mac, Greek Wedding Mac, and Mac Lorraine, in addition to a few salads and a giant cookie – aptly named the “Big Ass Cookie.”

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A new food option coming to Scott’s Addition has set up shop in a food truck while construction continues on its brick-and-mortar operation.

BigWife’s Mac & Cheese is now operating a food truck located at 1017 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard, next to Starbucks. A storefront in the same location is expected to open later this year in the former Growlers To Go.

Menu items include a Buffalo Mac, Little Figgy Mac, Greek Wedding Mac, and Mac Lorraine, in addition to a few salads and a giant cookie – aptly named the “Big Ass Cookie.”

This is a new restaurant concept from John and Jayme Taxin, owners of Bookbinder’s Seafood and Steakhouse. The couple first tested the waters as a pop-up operating during the pandemic and, after its success, decided to expand to this new location.

Online orders for pickup can be placed here. The truck is serving Mondays through Saturdays beginning at 4:00 PM.

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