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James River Master Plan Review July 17th

The Master Plan could have a massive impact on the James River Park system. Next Wednesday is your chance to voice an opinion about what should happen in the park.

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The James River Park Draft Master Plan is the result of a thorough public comment period with guidance pulled directly from over 2,000 surveys and 10 public meetings held at every voting district in the City of Richmond which began in January.

Your input helped to create the Draft of our Ten-Year Master Plan. On the evening of Wednesday, July 17th, city residents and all in the region who love the James River Park system are invited to attend a meeting at Patrick Henry School (3411 Semmes Avenue) to review the Master Plan Draft and provide feedback. For more information: http://bit.ly/2xwoTKJ

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Crossroads to Re-Open on September 30th

When it opens, Crossroads will be to-go and offer limited patio seating.

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It’s been a long 6 months without one of the neighborhood favorites, Crossroads. As you can see from the above sign, they’re planning on re-opening on Wednesday, September 30th. When I stopped by to take the photo Will Herring (owner) was there working on the interior and stepped out to briefly chat.

Just like all of us it’s been a struggle to figure out what was best for his business, employees, and customers. He has truly missed being part of the community. After looking at the limited options, he’s decided that the to-go and limited patio sitting are the best paths forward. Reminiscent of  an old 50’s drive-in, take-out joint customers will be placing their orders at the window to the right of the door and picking up around the corner if taking off and at the windows to the left if claiming a patio spot. The menu, will be very similar to before the closure and it wouldn’t be Crossroads without an impressive beer list.  Some signage is still on the way to make it easier to navigate but Will and his staff are very excited to see their neighbors soon.

After opening on the 30th the plan is to be open from 8 AM – 3 PM, Wednesday – Sunday. Expanding hours and days as needed. Be sure to give their Facebook a follow to keep up with any changes.

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Take the Southside Stroll Later this Month and Walk Home with Art

We can’t have the 43rd Street Art Festival but we can still enjoy walking and checking out art in the Forest Hill Neighborhood.

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Ready to visit with your artist friends again in a safe outdoor setting? The Southside Stroll through a few blocks of Forest Hill Neighborhood will allow you to enjoy a day of socializing and buying art, eating food, and listening to music. All at a safe distance of course and masks required. Music by “Out of Time” on 43rd Street.

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Brewer’s Cafe Wants to Get Juicy

The Manchester coffee shop is trying to break into the juice business.

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Brewer’s Cafe is a place I always sing the praises of but it just enough out of may that I don’t give the financial support I should. Owner Ajay is always finding new ways to improve the neighborhood and the latest effort is more of the same. He’s started a Kickstarter to provide cold-pressed juice in 16 oz reusable glass bottles containing 100% raw fruits and vegetables sourced from locally-owned farms in Virginia.

Why should you support Brewer’s Cafe Cold-Pressed Juice? To answer that, I have to tell you how it all began.

My journey to entrepreneurship started back in 2015 when I quit my job as a stock broker and began working on a business plan to open a coffee shop on the south side of my hometown, Richmond, Virginia. I had quit my job just 3 months after my son, Parker, was born. As a new dad, I felt a huge responsibility to do something more meaningful with my life. I wanted to create something that I could proudly pass on to my son; and I wanted to give back to the city that raised me. It was my belief that successful black men should not move away from the underserved communities that they may have grown up in, but should live and work there, in order to truly make a difference. So I opened up my coffee shop, Brewer’s Cafe, in the fall of 2015 in the neighborhood I grew up in, one that had long been neglected, in hopes to be part of the effort to breathe new life into it.

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