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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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Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store

Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.

The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.

Construction should begin late in the spring.

The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.

The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.

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Richmond-based company launching digital TV streaming network today with event at VMHC

Richmond-based Soulidifly Productions will launch the new streaming TV network today and is throwing a launch party tonight in celebration.

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Richmond based Soulidifly Productions is launching a new digital TV streaming network today known as SoulVision.TV. The new network will feature over 200 hours of “authentic, positive, and often untold human stories shown in feature films and movies, TV shows, news, interviews, cartoons, and more,” according to a news release.

The network will be accessible from all devices including all leading streaming platforms – Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire – and on all mobile platforms, tablets and other devices including smart TVs and home computers.

Entertainers Cecily, Carla Jackson, JJ Squire, and vocalist Imani Waters will headline an event this evening at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture ahead of the network’s launch.

The event takes place beginning at 6:30 PM at the museum at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Attendees can also get complimentary tickets by entering code “SVTV” on the ticketing page.

Learn more and get tickets here and check out a preview of the new network below.

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Henrico clears the way for redevelopment of Azalea Mall, Virginia Center Commons sites

Two derelict properties in the Northside of town will soon have new life breathed into them as Henrico greenlit their redevelopment Tuesday.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

As Henrico County officials are preparing for the redevelopment of Virginia Center Commons with a public arena, the operators of a senior living community are ready to expand on top of land where another county mall was demolished in 1999.

On Tuesday, the Henrico Board of Supervisors approved zoning and permit changes to let Westminster Canterbury of Richmond expand its continuing-care retirement community over part of the lot where Azalea Mall once stood. The board also voted to authorize the use of $50 million to build an indoor sports arena at Virginia Center Commons.

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