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New CBD, health, and wellness store BLOSSOM now open in the Fan

The company’s official grand opening will be on Saturday, November 30th and in addition to their sample discovery bar, they will be offering discount prices to encourage support of Small Business Saturday.

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BLOSSOM, a locally owned and operated plant-based health and wellness store providing a curated collection of high quality, sustainable, and ethically sourced products for health-conscious and wellness seeking individuals, quietly opened their doors on Saturday, November 9th in the Fan District.

To celebrate the company’s start, BLOSSOM plans to host a grand opening event with free samples, giveaways, and holiday pricing in time for the gift-giving season and in support of the 10th annual Small Business Saturday, which will be observed on November 30, 2019.

BLOSSOM planted its roots in a newly renovated 1,000 square foot space located at 2128 W Cary Street, surrounded by local shops, restaurants, and the nearby VCU campus. The store allows customers to shop, learn, and try a wide range of adaptogens, hemp cannabidiol (CBD), and other plant-based products from the discovery bar.

The company carefully researches, uses, and hand-selects each brand from established partnerships throughout the country and BLOSSOM’s natural products include adaptogens, hemp CBD, and plant-and-fungi-based supplements in the form of tinctures, creams, powders, beverages, edibles and more, to help individuals with a wide range of health and wellness goals.

Owners Jared Preston and Vince Oley, both Richmond natives and Benedictine High School graduates, started talking about opening a store back in December of 2018, and have been pursuing their dream ever since. “We saw the building the first day it was advertised and instantly knew it was the perfect spot for us” says Oley, “I love that BLOSSOM will be able to introduce people from all backgrounds to the benefits of cannabinoids. It’s exciting to be the one introducing these amazing products to the people in our home town.”  Oley currently resides in Denver, and handles the supplier relations and product sourcing. Preston, VCU alumnae, lives in Richmond and runs the storefront and daily operations.

The company’s official grand opening will be on Saturday, November 30th and in addition to their sample discovery bar, they will be offering discount prices to encourage support of Small Business Saturday.

BLOSSOM’s storefront is located at 2128 W Cary Street and is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Check out their website here.

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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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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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