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Tomorrow is the last day to donate to Toys for Tots at select Bellevue merchants

These toys go to the most vulnerable in our community and to families that otherwise may not be able to afford to provide holiday gifts for their families, especially after what has been a tough year for so many amid the pandemic.

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Despite the popular Christmas on MacArthur event being canceled in Bellevue this year during COVID-19, the Bellevue Merchants Association is still conducting their annual toy drive for Toys for Tots. The last day to drop off toys is tomorrow, December 16th.

Collection boxes for new, unwrapped toys can be found at Appliances on Lakeside, Classic Touch Catering, Dot’s Back Inn, Lakeside Farmers Market, Little House Green Grocery, Once Upon a Vine, Stir Crazy Cafe, and The Mill on MacArthur.

These toys go to the most vulnerable in our community and to families that otherwise may not be able to afford to provide holiday gifts for their families, especially after what has been a tough year for so many amid the pandemic.

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New Ginter Park apartment community sells to local buyer for almost double assessed value

The Canopy at Ginter Park apartments, which sold for $83 million, was recently assessed by the City of Richmond at a value of $45 million.

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From Richmond BizSense:

In their second such deal in as many years, a local real estate firm has picked up a Tennessee-based builder’s latest apartment development in the Richmond market.

Bristol Development Group sold its 301-unit Canopy at Ginter Park apartments for $83.75 million to Capital Square, the Innsbrook-based firm that just over a year ago bought Bristol’s 2000 West Creek apartments in Goochland County.

The Canopy sale closed Dec. 30, with Colliers’ Mid-Atlantic Multifamily Advisory Group brokering the deal. The sale price amounts to $278,239 per door, and represents a nearly $29 million windfall for Bristol, which finished the complex last spring at a cost of $55 million.

The latest city assessment valued the 15-acre property, at Brook Road and Westwood Avenue in Richmond’s Northside, at $45.6 million.

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Veteran baker to open brick and mortar bakery operation in Lakeside

Up All Night Bakery, a new brick and mortar for 20-year baking veteran Jonathan Highfield, will take over the former Pulp RVA space at 5411 Lakeside Avenue.

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Jonathan Highfield has kneaded dough for about 20 years, both in the employment of and instruction of others. This year, he’s baking a venture entirely of his own creation.

He recently signed a lease on 5411 Lakeside Ave., where he plans to open a production facility for his Up All Night Bakery by March.

Up All Night was launched as a part-time gig in late 2019, making croissants, breads, cookies and other baked goods that are sold at farmers markets and to a few wholesale customers around town.

Highfield currently bakes in the kitchen of the Early Bird Biscuit Co.’s Bellevue Avenue location during the business’s off-hours. He said he decided to move Up All Night elsewhere because he had outgrown the Early Bird space.

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Keep Virginia Cozy Cleanup this Saturday

Help to make Northside even better.

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Spotted on Keep Virginia Cozy’s Facebook.

Come get TRASHY with us over in Northside! We are going to be meeting on the sidewalk, adjacent to The Mill on MacArthur Avenue, just look for the silver subaru with stickers on the back! We hope all of y’all have had a wonderful holiday season and we can’t wait to get back together for January’s cleanup!
As always, all gear is provided, we just ask that you dress warmly in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!
Grab your friends, bring your pup, fill up your coffee cup, and come get trashy with us as we beautify our wonderful city!

Be kind. Smile at strangers. Pick up litter. Work together for good. Keep Virginia Cozy!

**All of your events are in accordance with the latest safety standards from the CDC. Masks and gloves are provided and social distancing occurs naturally outdoors!**

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