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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting Manchester Property Owners Hilds Sued for $110 Million

In addition to the cash the Live Well Financial bankruptcy trustee is looking to take control of the Hild’s numerous properties and businesses.

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The Hilds own three current businesses in Manchester, Butterbean Café at 1204 Hull St., Dogtown Brewing at 1209 Hull St. and Hot Diggity Donuts at 1213 Hull St. These businesses all closed due to the pandemic and have remained close. These three are just the tip of the financial woes.

From the Richmond Biz article.

In addition to extracting monetary damages, the trustee also is looking to take control of the couple’s business holdings. Carickhoff has asked the court to impose a trust that would hold and maintain the real estate, bank accounts and businesses and other personal property of the Hilds and make those assets of the bankruptcy estate.

That would include wresting control of Church Hill Ventures, which the Hilds used to acquire at least 38 properties in Richmond between 2015 and 2018, using funds that traced back to Live Well. The government found that the Live Well fraud ran from 2014 to 2019.

Also in line to come under the trustee’s grip is the Hilds’ Kingfisher LLC and its 17 properties in Richmond, and their Gardenia LLC and its six local properties.

The trustee also wants Anderson’s Neck Oyster Co., which Hild launched in river country in Shacklefords, Va., and the couple’s three businesses in Manchester: Butterbean Café at 1204 Hull St., Dogtown Brewing at 1209 Hull St. and Hot Diggity Donuts at 1213 Hull St.

The lawsuit further claims funds from Live Well were funneled through various LLCs that never actually launched legitimate businesses, including Urban Bleat Cheese Co., Manastoh Brewing, Aragon Coffee Co., Pin Money Pickles and Valentine’s Meat-Juice Co.

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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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RRRC Pony Pasture 5k

Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still.

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This Saturday at 7:30 AM runners will gather to honor a friend and raise money for the RRRC Scholarship Fund.

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Richmond Road Runners Club dedicates this annual 5K race to the memory of Dr. Peter Still. Peter was a scholar, gentleman, runner, and a friend to many. The proceeds of this race benefit the Richmond Road Runners Club Scholarship Fund. Each year the club has awarded $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The scholarships are awarded to individuals who have and will represent the beneficial aspects of running as a healthy lifestyle. The recipients of the 2021 scholarships will be announced at the conclusion of the Pony Pasture 5K.
RRRC Pony Pasture 5K, in memory of Peter Still, is a RRRC Club Championship Race for 2021.

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New murals add a splash of color to Willow Lawn

A mural project recently wrapped up at Willow Lawn, where several new murals painted by acclaimed Richmond-based muralist Ed Trask are on display throughout the shopping center.  

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A mural project recently wrapped up at Willow Lawn, where several new murals painted by acclaimed Richmond-based muralist Ed Trask are on display throughout the shopping center.

Richmond-based marketing agency Rocket Pop and Trask collaborated on the design of the murals, which represent Richmond, the history of Willow Lawn, and birds, a common element in Richmond’s populated mural scene.

The project incorporates Richmond skylines and the James River – acknowledging Richmond is known as the river city – and the Blue Ridge mountains.

“There is no better means to connect with people than through art,” said Deirdre Johnson, Vice President of Asset Management.  “This mural provides a unique photo opportunity by featuring elements of the community, environment, and history while engaging with customers as they enter the property from Monument Avenue.”

Willow Lawn, Richmond’s first shopping center, originally opened in 1956. “We incorporated the Willow Lawn arch signage from the 1960s as a nod to the long-standing history of the center,” says Cara Dickens, president of Rocket Pop. “For many Richmonders, Willow Lawn is a nostalgic landmark.”

The birds are meant to give a lighthearted, cheerful vibe. Trask often incorporates birds into his murals and specifically incorporated Virginia’s state bird, the cardinal, into the Willow Lawn project.

“Birds represent everything from environmental health to freedom to a sense of place, but in Richmond, they often convey the fact that Richmond is an urban city with a ton of green space, nature, parks, rivers – a connectedness to the nature around us,” says Trask. “I often use birds to convey a connection to nature, but also the direction the bird is facing is very purposeful in my work…they are looking toward what I want the viewer to look toward.”

Lighting elements were added to the mural to provide a three-dimensional component to the project. The mural design started in May of 2020 and was completed in June of 2021.

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Moto Richmond and Scoot Richmond Rolling Down the Road

I’ve never ridden on a motorcycle or scooter so never had a need to go to the shop but it will be weird to drive past their old location and not see all the lovely bikes.

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BIG NEWS! Moto Richmond and Scoot RIchmond is MOVING to a new location. We’re still in Manchester thru this week, but on Tuesday July 27, you’ll find us in our new home at 6000 Midlothian Turnpike. Are you excited, because WE CERTAINLY ARE! Pardon our dust if you come by 217 W 7th this week to say your farewells, but we’re STOKED to show you the new spot.

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