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Savage Apparel Co. announces merger with West Coast rivals

Savage Apparel Co., Five Ultimate, and ARIA Discs have come together to officially announce the launch of XII Brands. XII Brands now operates as the parent company of Savage and Five as well as ARIA, the disc company created by Five’s founders.

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Savage Apparel Co., Five Ultimate, and ARIA Discs have come together to officially announce the launch of XII Brands. XII Brands now operates as the parent company of Savage and Five as well as ARIA, the disc company created by Five’s founders. The name XII comes from the combination of Savage (known for its VII logo) and Five.

As two of the top apparel providers for Ultimate Frisbee teams, Savage and Five have a friendly but long-running rivalry that extends over a decade. With Savage on the East Coast and Five on the West, both companies have cultivated unique brand identities with devoted fans and followers across the globe.

The owners of Savage Apparel Co. (Todd Curran, Dan Curran, and Dan Lee) and Five Ultimate and ARIA (Zahlen, Xtehn, Vehro, Rohre, and Qxhna Titcomb) now share ownership of XII Brands, creating a mutual interest and investment in the success of the three companies existing under its wings. Savage continues to operate out of Richmond, Va., and Five and ARIA hold down their longtime headquarters in Seattle with current staff members remaining in place on both sides.

Savage, Five, and ARIA will continue to exist as distinct brands, but will share resources in order to grow stronger together and serve the community more effectively as a result. Each company’s sales and marketing teams and designers along with unique fabrics, cuts, and general company cultures will remain unique. Five and ARIA will continue to focus on Ultimate Frisbee, while Savage will continue expanding into other active markets such as disc golf, dodgeball, Spikeball, and quidditch.

In 2019, Savage Apparel Co. committed to greening their operations by introducing the GreenLine, a new generation of activewear made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The most significant change to note for Five Ultimate is that the company will also be transitioning to using recycled fabric developed specifically for their catalog. In addition, the goal is to move U.S. orders, which were previously produced overseas, to domestic production — at the XII headquarters in Richmond, Va. This means a drastically reduced carbon footprint for all domestic orders. Five and Savage are both working with partners in Canada, France, and the Philippines to produce international orders to reduce carbon emissions for those markets as well.

Savage founder Todd Curran will serve as the CEO of XII Brands. “Teaming up Five, Savage,  and ARIA is setting up XII Brands to be the number one company in Ultimate,” Curran says. “We’re prepared to provide top quality and service to the entire global Ultimate world.”

Former Five Ultimate CEO and XII Brands vice president Vehro Titcomb is equally excited. “So much business news these days is just lip service. This is different. This is about making Ultimate better. We’re ready for this next stage.”

ARIA co-founder and product engineer Zahlen Titcomb is all in on the new relationship as well. “I’m a big fan of scalability. The original vision of ARIA has always been to give the world a better Ultimate disc and a better approach to how we think business should be done. We’re really excited to team up as XII and leverage this new partnership, and future expansions, to deliver even more excellence and joy around the world through discs. Innovation is here, and it’s time to boost it.”

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Venture Richmond teams up with city for “Picnic in a Parklet” program to assist businesses during reopening phases

“We acknowledge the difficulty Richmond businesses face when trying to safely reopen and want to do what we can to make that easier on them,” said Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking for Venture Richmond. “Parklets have the potential to offer an attractive, comfortable space for customers to physically-distance adjacent to the business, which may be needed for a smoother reopening. We look forward to working with any business in the city that submits a request.”

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Venture Richmond has announced a new initiative, “Picnic in a Parklet,” a program designed to assist Richmond restaurants and other businesses with Phase 2 and 3 of Forward Virginia. Through this new partnership with the City of Richmond, business owners can receive design and permitting assistance for their requests for more outdoor space, particularly parklets.

Parklets are outdoor patio spaces constructed in the on-street parking lane of the street in front of a business that can function as an area for customers to gather and/or take to-go orders and eat outside in a physically-distanced environment. Parklets are, by definition, public space; but, restaurants can offer lightly packaged to-go orders for people who simply want to dine in the parklet in front of the restaurant.

“Transforming our use of public space innovatively and sustainably requires partnerships just like this one,” said Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney. “By linking the business and design communities, this program will expand the city’s growing network of creatively designed public spaces.”

Business-owners who are interested in temporarily converting an on-street parking space adjacent to their storefront into a parklet will be connected with Venture Richmond to better assess their needs. If a parklet will be helpful and appropriate, Venture Richmond will work with the American Institute of Architects Richmond Chapter (AIA Richmond) to connect businesses with a certified architect for pro-bono parklet design services. Venture Richmond will assist the applicant through the steps needed to obtain a permit from the City of Richmond.

“We acknowledge the difficulty Richmond businesses face when trying to safely reopen and want to do what we can to make that easier on them,” said Max Hepp-Buchanan, Director of Riverfront and Downtown Placemaking for Venture Richmond. “Parklets have the potential to offer an attractive, comfortable space for customers to physically-distance adjacent to the business, which may be needed for a smoother reopening. We look forward to working with any business in the city that submits a request.”

Unless otherwise specified or revoked, parklet permits are valid for three years. All requests within Richmond City limits will be considered.

Requests for parklets can be submitted through the RVA Strong website. General information about parklets can be found here, and more information about the City of Richmond’s Parklet Program can be found here.

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Former staff from Julep’s, Pasture, Comfort launch Richmond’s first “ghost kitchen”

Their business, Dunharrow Concepts, launched its first restaurant concept on Thursday, June 25th with a limited menu. Garden Party is a strictly vegetarian and vegan concept featuring indulgent snacks, sandwiches, and salads. 

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Jon Martin, formerly of Julep’s and Pasture, and Liz Clifford, formerly of Comfort, have opened Richmond’s first ghost kitchen.

A ghost kitchen is a delivery-only restaurant that allows the parent business to operate multiple concepts from one commercial kitchen.

Their business, Dunharrow Concepts, launched its first restaurant concept on Thursday, June 25th with a limited menu. Garden Party is a strictly vegetarian and vegan concept featuring indulgent snacks, sandwiches, and salads.

With no brick and mortar, Clifford and Martin can keep the focus on the food.

“We’ve spent our entire professional careers feeding people,” Clifford said. “The ghost kitchen concept allows us to keep overhead low. We don’t have to worry about the expenses that come with running a traditional restaurant including designing, maintaining, and staffing a physical space.”

Dunharrow Concepts operates out of Hatch Kitchen RVA, a food and beverage incubator and commercial kitchen located at Clopton Siteworks in Manchester. They have partnered with UberEats with plans to add other delivery services in the coming weeks.

The husband-wife duo, who moved from DC two years ago, is passionate about ensuring those with food restrictions don’t have to miss out on experiencing a good meal.

“Cooking for vegans with a nut allergy makes you push boundaries,” says Clifford. “With all ordering online, items can be easily customized to accommodate most dietary restrictions and food preferences.”

Menu items range from a BBQ Tofu Bahn Mi, crispy green beans, a Tex Mex Salad to homemade fudgy brownies.

Next month, Clifford and Martin plan to launch two additional concepts, Fat Kid Sandwiches which will feature overstuffed subs and clubs, and Victory Garden which focuses on made-to-order salads.

For more information on Dunharrow Concepts and Garden Party, visit gardenpartyrva.com or follow @gardenpartyrva on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Carytown Panera closes permanently, joins Stony Point location’s announced closure last week

The Carytown Panera has shuttered permanently, according to Richmond BizSense. The announcement follows another last week indicating the Stony Point location will be shut down for good, too.

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The Carytown Panera has shuttered permanently, according to Richmond BizSense. The announcement follows another last week indicating the Stony Point location will be shut down for good, too.

From Richmond BizSense:

Another local outpost of Panera Bread has hit the chopping block, this time in Carytown.

The restaurant chain’s location at 10 N. Nansemond St. in the Carytown Place shopping center is permanently closed. The closure follows that of the Panera outpost in Stony Point Fashion Park.

It’s unclear when or why the Carytown Panera permanently closed. The restaurant didn’t alert Maryland Financial Investors, which manages the center, about the closing, property manager Scott Cherry said.

“We found out about it the same way the community did,” Cherry said.

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