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Meet the “new kids” on the block: baby goats Dolly, June and Tammy now on view at Maymont

The public is invited to come to meet the new kids, named Dolly, June, and Tammy, who are visiting Maymont for a few months from their home in Hanover County.

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To celebrate spring, Maymont has welcomed three baby goats and will soon add a trio of lambs to the Maymont Farm. The public is invited to come to meet the new kids, named Dolly, June, and Tammy, who are visiting Maymont for a few months from their home in Hanover County. The three Tennessee Fainting goats were born this spring and are now fully weaned.

Two baby lambs, on loan from Love Ewe Farm in Montpelier, Va., charmed many of the over 10,000 guests at Dominion Energy Family Easter at Maymont on April 16. In early May, three young male lambs from Love Ewe Farm, along with their mother and a neutered adult male, also known as a wether, will permanently join the Maymont Farm family. They are Romney sheep, a breed that originated in Southeast England, prized for the quality of their wool.

The new kids on the block will be available to view daily at the Maymont Farm, frolicking, running, jumping, eating, sleeping, and snuggling.

“I know I’m not the only Richmonder who looks forward each spring to the arrival of baby animals at Maymont Farm,” said Executive Director Parke Richeson. “We are delighted to bring this experience to the community. For many city residents, a visit to Maymont may include their first time seeing and interacting with a live sheep or goat.”

“Having baby animals at Maymont in the spring places animal life cycles into context with the seasons,” said Krista Weatherford, Director of Programming and Community Engagement. “Our environmental educators teach many life cycle programs in the spring. Seeing baby animals as well as adults gives students a deeper experience outside of our classroom-based programs at the Farm.”

Between the Farm animals, The Robins Nature Center, and the rescued native wildlife that resides at Maymont after being deemed non-releasable, Maymont cares for over 400 animals representing over 85 different species. Anyone who would like to help feed and care for the new babies and the rest of the Maymont animal family is encouraged to donate to the Adopt an Animal program at maymont.org/adopt.

Free parking is available nearby at the Farm lot off Spottswood Road. Admission to Maymont is free, a suggested $5 donation is welcome. Maymont is open from 10 am to 7 pm from March to October.

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The Dairy Bar in Scott’s Addition closes after 76 years; Tang & Biscuit to take over with new concept

After over 76 years in business, The Dairy Bar has closed its doors in Scott’s Addition, but new life is planned for the space.

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After over 76 years in business, The Dairy Bar has closed its doors in Scott’s Addition, but new life is planned for the space. The restaurant, which opened in 1946 as The Curles Neck Place (when owned by Curles Neck Dairy) and was renamed The Dairy Bar in the 1980s, was a mainstay in the constantly-changing neighborhood. It ultimately succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation, according to a post by owner Corey Martin, who purchased the business from longtime owners Bill and Tricia Webb in 2020:

To our valued patrons:

It is with heavy heart that the Dairy Bar has shut down. It has been somewhat of a Richmond Landmark since 1946. COVID placed a heavy hit on the Dairy Bar and once reopening was allowed the decline in sales along with increase in wages as well as food costs proved to be all but impossible to show a profit for a business with such tight margins. Once we were made aware that the former Landlord had sold the property we were pleased to find that the new buyers were literally business people from Scotts Addition neighborhood [sic]. They worked with us to allow an amicable and smooth transition. We so appreciate having the opportunity of meeting so many wonderful and colorful people both the patrons as well as our dedicated employees

The new owner Martin was speaking of is Stanley Shield Partnership, which bought the building and adjacent properties totaling 1.5 acres earlier this year for $7 million, according to Richmond BizSense. While there are currently no known plans to redevelop the property, the firm has developed nearby mixed-use projects including The Scout on Myers Street.

Neighboring shuffleboard bar Tang & Biscuit, which opened in 2018, announced today it will be taking over the space and plans to create a breakfast and lunch spot with a “funky diner feel” called Biscuits & Gravy.

No word yet on when renovations will take place or when the space will open.

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Field Day RVA event benefiting Higher Achievement returns after two-year hiatus

Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks.

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Field Day RVA, a community fundraising event for the nonprofit organization Higher Achievement, presented by BrownGreer, is set to take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 11 a.m. The event took a two-year pause due to the pandemic and has returned to the Richmond community this year.

The day-long event takes place at the Bon Secours Training Center, formerly known as the Washington Redskins Training Camp, located at 2401 West Leigh Street. Teams of five to nine people register to compete in field day events, including water balloon toss, relay races, capture the flag, corn hole, and tug of war, as well as enjoy prizes, music, beer, and food trucks. Previous years have been in attendance by Mayor Levar Stoney, Dominion Energy, ABC News teams, and community members all throughout Richmond.

“We were disappointed when our 2020 and 2021 events had to be postponed, but could not be more thrilled to be back this year. Higher Achievement Richmond has profound impacts on the middle school scholars within Richmond, and this event is a great way to support our mission,” said Katey Comerford, Executive Director for Higher Achievement Richmond.

To attend Field Day RVA 2022, individuals can register at fielddayrva.eventbrite.com.

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Schwarzchild Jewelers moving from longtime home in Cary Court to new Carytown Exchange development

The jeweler has leased 5,500 square feet at Carytown Exchange located at 3550-3403 West Cary Street & 3403-3550 Ellwood Avenue.

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Schwarzschild Jewelers will be moving from their current location at Cary Court Shopping Center, commercial broker Thalhimer reported this week. The jeweler has leased 5,500 square feet at Carytown Exchange located at 3550-3403 West Cary Street & 3403-3550 Ellwood Avenue.

Schwarzschild Jewelers at Carytown Exchange will anchor the main building that faces Cary Street alongside J.P. Morgan Chase and other high-end retailers. The new custom-built location will have a modern yet elegant look and feel featuring state-of-the-art displays and amenities, Thalhimer said in a release.

The exterior of the building will keep with the eclectic nature of Carytown by showcasing an intense blue hue. The interior will highlight Schwarzschild’s commitment to customer service – showcasing boutiques from some of the world’s top jewelry and watch brands, a built-in entertainment bar, and an on-site jeweler and watchmaker for quick service. A grand opening will be held upon completion of construction scheduled for mid-2023. Schwarzschild Jewelers celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2023.

“Today, Carytown is one of the area’s most vibrant shopping areas in the City of Richmond,” said Kiley Schiffman Storrs, Director of Marketing for Schwarzschild Jewelers. “Schwarzschild has a tradition of innovation and culture geared towards providing the highest level of customer service to our clients, which includes positioning our stores in areas that are most convenient to our customers. Our new location puts us right where we want to be – in the center of one of the highest traffic areas, allowing us to provide the best experience possible.”

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