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A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

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Where Spotted: Pony Pasture (very dead the bug not Pony Pasture)
Common Name: Cicada aka Get the Hell Out of My House Demon Bug
Scientific Name: Neotibicen canicularis aka Dog-day Cicada or a eotibicen davisi davisi aka Davis’ Southeastern Dog-Day Cicada
Length: 2 to 5 cm (1 to 2 in)

Quick Facts

  • Cicadas have been featured in literature since the time of Homer’s Iliad, and as motifs in art from the Chinese Shang dynasty. They have also been used in myth and folklore as symbols of carefree living and immortality.
  • At least 3000 cicada species are distributed worldwide with the majority being in the tropics.
  • Cicadas appear either annually (every year) or periodically (every 13 or 17 years) depending on the species.
  • The timing of a 13- or 17-year cycle is one of the great mysteries of the insect world. Research and mathematical modeling suggest that the length of these brood cycles could be attributed to predatory avoidance.
  • The “singing” of male cicadas is produced principally and in the majority of species using a special structure called a tymbal, a pair of which lies below each side of the anterior abdominal region.

Pollywog at Richmond SPCA

Pollywog is a big handsome boy with a lot of love to give to a new lucky family. Pollywog enjoys being the center of attention and getting tons of praise. Schedule a visit to meet Pollywog at the Richmond SPCA today to see what a special companion he is.

Age: 1 year,
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Black / White
Size: XL (dog size guide)
ID: 45048293

Adopt Pollywog at Richmond SPCA

Learn more about their adoption process.

To reduce visitor traffic, during the COVID-19 outbreak they are scheduling adoption appointments beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please leave your phone number in a voicemail or email and an adoption counselor will call to set an appointment for you to meet with a pet. Email the adoption center or call 804-521-1307.

 




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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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Crossroads to Re-Open on September 30th

When it opens, Crossroads will be to-go and offer limited patio seating.

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It’s been a long 6 months without one of the neighborhood favorites, Crossroads. As you can see from the above sign, they’re planning on re-opening on Wednesday, September 30th. When I stopped by to take the photo Will Herring (owner) was there working on the interior and stepped out to briefly chat.

Just like all of us it’s been a struggle to figure out what was best for his business, employees, and customers. He has truly missed being part of the community. After looking at the limited options, he’s decided that the to-go and limited patio sitting are the best paths forward. Reminiscent of  an old 50’s drive-in, take-out joint customers will be placing their orders at the window to the right of the door and picking up around the corner if taking off and at the windows to the left if claiming a patio spot. The menu, will be very similar to before the closure and it wouldn’t be Crossroads without an impressive beer list.  Some signage is still on the way to make it easier to navigate but Will and his staff are very excited to see their neighbors soon.

After opening on the 30th the plan is to be open from 8 AM – 3 PM, Wednesday – Sunday. Expanding hours and days as needed. Be sure to give their Facebook a follow to keep up with any changes.

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Jackson Ward Interior Design Firm Starts New Venture

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News out of Jackson Ward.

Today, Flourish Spaces, the Jackson Ward-based retail and commercial interior design firm, is announcing the opening of its retail showroom, The Flourish Collective, later this fall.

For Founder Stevie McFadden, interior design started as a passion before evolving into a career. As such, she is uniquely familiar with the struggles of both groups: design-lovers who want to curate their own homes, desperate to access product lines only available through designers, and interior designers running out of stores where their clients touch and feel samples before making a major purchase. The Flourish Collective solves for both problems.

The Flourish Collective will showcase custom furniture, fixtures, art, and home accents. Interior designers can bring clients to peruse before purchasing, while design-lovers can shop sought-after product lines while tapping into the expertise of the collective’s members who will be staffing the showroom on a rotating basis.

Inaugural members of The Flourish Collective include Flourish Spaces (interior design), Jamie Coffey (furniture, linens, and decor ), Wendy Umanoff (lighting design), Whittney Forstner (art and art curation), Sarah Rowland (wall coverings), Jason Lefton (dimensional wall murals), and Devon Cushman (tablescapes and holiday decor).

The Flourish Collective will be located at 221 E Clay Street. The space was previously occupied by Flourish Spaces, which has moved to the building’s second floor. At the time of opening, The Flourish Collective will be by appointment only, for both the public and designers.

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Richmond BizSense Reporting Takeout Tacos Taking Over Naked Onion Spot

Good news for lovers of the taco. If you don’t love the taco, I don’t know if we can be friends.

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In these uncertain dining times, it’s good news to see a new take-out option opening up.

From Richmond BizSense.com

TBT El Gallo, an upstart Mexican takeout concept, plans to take over the space in October.

TBT refers to the restaurant’s mainstay menu items: tacos, burritos and tortas. El Gallo, which means the rooster in Spanish, is the family nickname of owner Carlos Ordaz-Nunez. He picked it up thanks to a particularly bad childhood haircut.

“Richmond still needs a (a place for) very traditional Mexican-inspired tacos,” he said.

If you can’t wait to try the menu follow TBT El Gallo on Facebook. They are often hosting pop-ups around town and Facebook will keep in you the know.

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