A well-known dining fixture is set to make its triumphant return this week. RTD has all the details on the Positive Vibe reopening.
It shut down in March 2020 and has remained closed, though founder Garth Larcen hopes the restaurant will reopen by the end of summer with the help of funds raised this coming Sunday at Vibefest 2021, an annual music festival (it was held virtually last year) in the parking lot of Stratford Hills Shopping Center.
The event, from noon to 6 p.m., will feature eight bands, food and beverages for purchase. Admission is $10 at the door.
Unlike a lot of restaurants, the Positive Vibe Café falls in the nonprofit category because it is operated by the Positive Vibe Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that provides training and employment for young adults with disabilities.
“The training program is the whole reason we’re here,” Larcen said of the restaurant that opened in 2005 in the shopping center on Forest Hill Avenue at Hathaway Road.
As a nonprofit, the Positive Vibe did not qualify for the recent federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund program, which provides emergency grants for restaurants and bars affected by COVID-19.
“We need people to support us in other ways, as they have over the years,” Larcen said.
Permit Points to Winery Coming to Westover Hills
Don’t whine about what’s going into old dry cleaners unless you don’t like wine.
Once again our eagle-eyed reader John Murden pointed out this bit of news to us. The former dry cleaner next to Outpost on Forest Hill Ave. has applied for a winery license. Work has been going at a steady pace since the plans for Rage RVA fell through. We’ll keep an ear out and update you with more information as it comes out.
Three Businesses Heading Into Red Cap Patisserie Spot
Where once stood a bakery will now stand vendors selling Filipino food, Italian food, and coffee.
Red Cap Patisserie was one of my favorite bakeries in town. Unfortunately, it hasn’t survived. The location at 719 N. Meadow instead is turning into Market on Meadow.
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We are SO EXCITED to finally announce our small business collaboration, Market on Meadow.
We are founded by 3 local RVA market vendors who create their products from the ground up:
- Polpetti, with the most delicious Italian goods & creators of the amazing Polpetti Pockets.
- Auntie Ning’s, a Filipino-owned business spearheading quality Filipino food into the RVA scene with their lumpia, pancit, lechon, empanadas, and much more.
- Column 15, a Black & Filipino, women-owned coffee roastery that specializes in nitro cold brew and adds those really refreshing coffee ice spheres into your drink.
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Filipino food truck Auntie Ning’s, coffee shop Column 15 and Polpetti Catering, which sells Italian fare, are going in together to launch Market on Meadow in the former Red Cap Patisserie at 719 N. Meadow St.
Combining retail sales, a shared kitchen and a sit-down dining area, the market also will feature a commissary kitchen program for other users.
Each of the three tenants will continue to operate as an independent brand. Each concept will have a separate menu and retail offerings, and will each facilitate its operations at the market with its own staff, Column 15 co-owner Victoria Goldsby said.
Science Museum of Virginia and RVAir Looking for Volunteers to Check Out Forest Hill Park
Collaborators will take walks through Forest Hill Park or other Richmond neighborhoods to collect data using hand-held AirBeam sensors to test for particulate matter (PM).
Details snagged from the Science Musuem of Virginia RVAir page.
What Is RVAir?
The Museum’s current community science project is studying air quality in Richmond neighborhoods and we need you! We need individuals and community partners to help us measure local concentrations of airborne pollution known as particulate matter (PM), a mixture of microscopic particles in the air that has been linked with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
Why Is This needed?
According to our project partners at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Richmond region experienced zero unhealthy ozone air quality days for the first time since monitoring began in the 1970s in 2019 (yay!). However, the National Asthma and Allergy Foundation consistently ranks Richmond as the 12th worst city in the U.S. for asthma sufferers. Why might this be?
Air quality ratings for the entire Richmond area are based on data collected that represents the regional “airshed.” We know from studies in other cities that local changes in the environment such as wide streets, traffic volume, close proximity to interstates and the number of trees lining streets can significantly change the amount of pollution in the air we breathe at the hyper-local level.
By getting local experts (you!) to help us get locally-specific air quality data throughout Richmond, we can help create home-grown solutions to Richmond’s climate resiliency challenge.How Can I Get Involved?
We need collaborators to join us on walks through Richmond neighborhoods to collect data using hand-held AirBeam sensors to test for particulate matter (PM). By joining us whenever you can, you’ll be helping us collect data that will be directly uploaded to public, open source GIS maps showing local PM concentrations.
- Feel free to bring kids! Families are encouraged to participate. Just have one lead adult fill out the form.
- You must be 18 or older to participate on your own.
- Routes vary from 2-4 miles and typically take about an hour, but shorter 30-minute options are available.
- Most route options are on flat, paved surfaces and are wheelchair accessible.
- Accompaniment is available for anyone who may require assistance.
- Biking is an option.
- There are options for remote participation.
- There’s no cost to participate.
- Let us know about anything else you may need to ensure this project is accessible and inclusive.
Looks like they need 12 folks each day for three different days later this month. They’re also looking for volunteers to hit up Abner Clay Park and the Science Museum of Virginia.