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Legend Brewing Company Brady’s Blonde Ale Going to the Dogs for a Good Cause

Brady’s Blonde Ale released next week will feature a dog adopted from the Richmond SPCA, during Be Kind to Animals Week.

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We get word from Legend about a new beer that features a lovely dog named Brady.

When the live auction opened at the Richmond SPCA’s last Fur Ball on November 2, 2019, bidding was fiercely competitive on the first package introduced to the audience: the opportunity to work with the brewers at Richmond’s Legend Brewing Company on a limited-release beer to feature the winning bidder’s own pet on the label. The resulting creation from Legend Brewing Company, Brady’s Blonde Ale, will debut during Be Kind to Animals Week on Friday, May 8, 2020.

The flavorful and easy-drinking blonde ale has a zippy, citrusy hop aroma complemented by mild notes of honey and spice. Four-packs of Brady’s Blonde Ale will be available from Legend Brewing Company’s Richmond Brewpub beginning at noon next Friday. Takeout family-style meals are available from the Richmond pub, along with their full menu, with contact-free curbside pickup as well as free delivery options in the Manchester and Forest Hill neighborhoods.

The smiling blonde dog who is prominent on each can is Brady, the beloved companion of Jack and Katherine Nelson, who adopted him from the Richmond SPCA in January of 2019. The Nelsons’ winning bid of $14,000 for the auction package went to the Richmond SPCA’s Cinderella Fund and is being used to deliver lifesaving veterinary treatment to sick and injured dogs and cats taken into the care of the local nonprofit humane society.

Katherine Nelson describes Brady as an exuberantly affectionate dog who was the perfect fit for their family. “We are excited that having Brady’s cute face on a Legend Brewing label will let us share his effervescent personality and the hoppiness in his heart with friends while bringing attention to pets at the Richmond SPCA and funding the veterinary care that Brady was so fortunate to receive while he waited to be adopted,” she said.

Legend Brewing Company Regional Pub Manager Allen Valencia said, “It’s important to think of all of us—every member of the family—not just the human ones during COVID-19. We want to make sure we are doing our part to help animals. It has been a great pleasure to team up with Brady’s family and the Richmond SPCA to bring awareness to all of the other pets out there looking for a family they can adopt and complete.”

Brady was photographed by Amanda Arnold Photography for the can designed by The Zest Lab.

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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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Richmond BizSense Reporting that Sur La Table has Thrown in the Napkin at Stony Point Fashion Park

I’m not a retail expert but it seems to me that Stony Point Fashion Park is not doing well. Technically not the fault of the mall on this one but still it’s not looking good at the mall.

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The latest retailer to call it quits at Stony Point Fashion Park is Sur La Table. They’re packing up their pots and pans and hitting the bankruptcy highway.

Richmond BizSense.com has the limited details.

An assistant manager confirmed on Wednesday the store would permanently close, along with other stores throughout the country. The manager didn’t know the exact date the Stony Point location would shutter. She referred further questions to the company’s corporate headquarters.

The company announced Wednesday it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It intends to restructure and pursue a sale of the entire company, subject to court approval. In its Wednesday announcement, the company didn’t elaborate on its plans to close stores. The company seeks permission to continue to operate stores during bankruptcy proceedings.

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Well known local tattoo artist auctioning off mural of George Floyd adorning Carytown shop

“I didn’t really want to board up my business, but it was recommended so we decided to follow suit,” he says. “After we put it up, I thought, there’s a surface that needs to be decorated. I didn’t want to just write ‘Black Lives Matter’ all over everything. I wanted to create something that was more impactful.”

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The City of Richmond has remained an apex of the evolving Black Lives Matter movement. The city is known for its statues and monuments honoring leaders from the Civil War era, but also its prolific and progressive artist community who have come together to deploy a series of creative and uplifting responses during the past month. This includes the owner of Loose Screw Tattoo, Jesse Smith.

When the rest of his Carytown business neighbors boarded up their storefronts in anticipation of predicted riots and looting, Smith followed recommendations and added plywood to the front of his tattoo shop.

“I didn’t really want to board up my business, but it was recommended so we decided to follow suit,” he says. “After we put it up, I thought, there’s a surface that needs to be decorated. I didn’t want to just write ‘Black Lives Matter’ all over everything. I wanted to create something that was more impactful.”

Smith snagged up a couple of cans of spray paint he had laying around in his garage and headed over to his shop. The mural took four hours in total to complete. His George Floyd portrait is one of many new murals related to the Black Lives Matter movement in Richmond. Other mural artists who have added color to the city include Hamilton Glass, Nico Cathcart, Nils Westergard, Emily Herr, and many other artists who have come together to be a part of the Mending Walls Project. Artists around the country have also marked buildings and landmarks with designs, words, and other calls to action.

Smith’s mural will be up for auction to benefit Mutual Aid Disaster Relief – Richmond (MAD RVA) starting July 7. The network launched in 2018 in response to needs associated with public housing.

“We operate collectively and are primarily functioning as a supply delivery for folks who cannot access medicine, food, cleaning supplies, and other life necessities,” says member Tamanna Sohal.

MAD RVA also has a mini-grants program that provides communty members with direct financial aid of up to $125, prioritizing Richmonders who are Black, brown, queer, trans, immuno-compromised, elderly, pregnant, and/or have several people in their household. All funds raised are redistributed through items for their supply drive and mini-grants.

The auction is presented by the Giving Arts Foundation (GAF), founded by Smith. The mission of GAF is to unite the arts community to support urgent and meaningful causes locally and internationally.

Learn more about MAD RVA here.

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Photos: Vindicatrix Takes Flight

Vindicatrix sat atop the column at the Jefferson Davis Monument. On Wednesday afternoon she came and other symbols of the Confederacy came down.

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Vindicatrix sat atop the column at the Jefferson Davis Monument. On Wednesday afternoon she came and other symbols of the Confederacy came down. The history of the statue was the subject of a recent Richmond Magazine article.

 

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