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Drive Shack set to open 65,000-square-foot golfing facility in Short Pump September 20th

The 65,000 square foot facility features interactive golf gaming, retro arcade games, themed events, chef-driven fare, and craft beverages. The facility will open prior to Top Golf, coming to the Westwood area closer to the city.

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On Friday, September 20th, Drive Shack will open the doors to its 65,000-square-foot Richmond-Short Pump venue. The new golfing, social, and dining destination will offer a mix of friendly competition, food and drinks, and interactive golf gaming.

Guests can socialize in one of the 96 private, all-weather driving bays as they try to best each other at a variety of fun, augmented-reality games.

Drive Shack is meant for all skillsets and there is no membership required to partake in Drive Shack’s proprietary interactive golf games, which include Monster Hunt, a creature-slaying challenge where the goal is to be the first to rescue the Drive Shack princess. Access to the range, golf clubs, unlimited balls, all games, and virtual courses are included in the hourly price.

Drive Shack’s ranges are also equipped with an augmented reality experience called TrackMan, a Range Doppler radar-based technology which provides precision ball tracking in real-time.

Guests can also compete at a number of retro arcade games dispersed throughout the multi-level venue; take in the view from the rooftop terrace lounge equipped with firepits; watch the latest sporting events on one of the venue’s more than 300-plus TVs; or hit up Drive Shack’s range of special and themed events, including social leagues, boozy brunches, live music nights, and holiday bashes.

The menu of chef-driven dishes is designed to be shared and includes truffle flatbreads, pork wings, watermelon “poke” bowls, and specialty ice cream sandwiches, featuring unique and locally-influenced flavors. The bar program offers a variety of creative cocktails, canned wine, treats like boozy cereals, and local craft beers including a Drive Shack house brew made by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

Drive Shack also caters to avid golfers with virtual courses from around the world such as St. Andrews Links Old Course and PGA National, as well as Pro Practice technology, which reports on golfers’ swings measuring ball distance, spin and speed. Drive Shack Academy provides lessons and clinics with a PGA Pro instructor. For kids, Drive Shack’s Summer Swing Academy offers five fun-filled days of golf coaching.

The Drive Shack Richmond-Short Pump venue is located at 1647 Four Rings Drive, Goochland, Virginia, and will be open Sunday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Pricing ranges from $25 to $45 per hour, based on time of day.

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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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