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New “lifestyle boutique” Blu Hazel coming to Libbie Mill

Owners Stacey Marchetti and Yedda Stancil say they hope the space will be “a fun, artsy, mindful lifestyle boutique, and Richmond’s home for curating your authentic self.”

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Blu Hazel Lifestyle Boutique, a new personal and home accessories retail store, has leased approximately 1,632 square feet in Suite 160 of the Tanner Row building at Libbie Mill, located at 4900 Libbie Mill East Boulevard. The space faces Staples Mill Road, adjacent to The Corner Shops. The remainder of the building is leased by Crafted Restaurant, Airrosti Physical Therapy, and the Marsh Mclennan Agency.

Owners Stacey Marchetti and Yedda Stancil say they hope the space will be “a fun, artsy, mindful lifestyle boutique, and Richmond’s home for curating your authentic self.”

Ms. Marchetti and Ms. Stancil, joined forces to create a dynamic partnership built around products for an individual’s outer and inner world. They both owned successful separate businesses – Ms. Marchetti’s an online accessory boutique and Ms. Stancil’s a lifestyle coaching business – but recognized the potential synergies available to both businesses by opening a combined brick and mortar storefront.

“When Stacey and I met, we realized we shared a common purpose: mindful living. Through working together, we learned that our energies were aligned, so we created a partnership to help our clients become their most authentic selves and discover a sense of belonging, love, and unity,” says Ms. Stancil. Blu Hazel’s space is currently under construction and they plan to be open later this year.

In addition to the Blu Hazel Lifestyle Boutique lease, Libbie Mill has recently signed leases with River Run Dental, ACACIA midtown, and Brass Tap Beer Bar.

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Richmond Region Tourism partners with VisitAble to offer disability awareness education to local hospitality community

A new partnership between Richmond Region Tourism and VisitAble is working to make the region more inclusive for visitors of all abilities.

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A new partnership between Richmond Region Tourism and VisitAble is working to make the region more inclusive for visitors of all abilities.

The region’s tourism marketer recently engaged VisitAble to provide free disability inclusion and awareness education programs to local businesses and organizations.

A startup based in Central Virginia, VisitAble works to improve accessibility and disability inclusion by engaging businesses, governments, and educational institutions in its Advocate+ Certification program. The process includes training 80% of staff on disability etiquette and inclusion, an accessibility test for public-facing locations, a mystery guest experience from an individual with a disability for staff to put their training intro practice, a report with feedback and advice from VisitAble and the mystery guest(s), and a website listing on VisitAble’s database of accessibility information to alleviate the uncertainty that may prevent customers and visitors from visiting.

After completing the certification process, hospitality partners will receive an Advocate+ Certification sticker for their door or window, a digital badge for use on their website, and recognition on Richmond Region Tourism’s website to broadcast the partner’s efforts and to further alleviate any uncertainty that potential tourists with disabilities may have.

“Our Advocate+ certification indicates an organization is actively working towards disability inclusion,” said VisitAble founder Joe Jamison. “Increased training, awareness, and transparency from the certification process helps organizations create a better experience for everyone. We’re thrilled to partner with the Richmond Region Tourism team to make a great impact on disability inclusion not only for tourists of the greater Richmond area, but also the greater Richmond community.”

“As we welcome new and returning travelers to the region every day, we’re constantly thinking about ways to improve the visitor experience while enhancing the quality of life for residents,” said Jack Berry, president and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “We’re proud to offer these free education programs with VisitAble to hospitality partners to help improve accessibility and inclusion for everyone in the region.”

There are limited slots available for the initiative. Local hospitality-focused businesses and organizations interested in a free Advocate+ Certification from VisitAble can submit an application here.

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Blue Bee Cider lists Scott’s Addition home for $3 million; future of business unclear

“I’m hoping to find a buyer who’ll love and appreciate it as much as I do,” owner Courtney Mailey said.

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The future of a Scott’s Addition cidery is up in the air as it lists its prime real estate for sale.

Blue Bee Cider’s compound at 1320 Summit Ave. hit the market this week with an asking price of $3.2 million.

Owner Courtney Mailey said whether the cidery will continue operating there will depend on a buyer’s plans.

“I’m hoping to find a buyer who’ll love and appreciate it as much as I do,” Mailey said of the property. “We’re just trying to find the right match. Once the building finds the right owner, we’ll start to think about the cidery.” Continue reading here.

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MEDARVA Foundation opens interactive medical science learning space at Short Pump Town Center

The center, open through the end of August, will let visitors learn about human anatomy, surgery, and the MEDARVA Foundation’s work to support scientific research and medical access in Central Virginia.

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The MEDARVA Foundation has opened Surgeon Immersion, an experiential center at Short Pump Town Center, during the month of August. Admission-free, the center will let visitors learn about human anatomy, surgery, and the MEDARVA Foundation’s work to support scientific research and medical access in Central Virginia.

“We are excited to celebrate MEDARVA Healthcare’s 70th anniversary by bringing our mission directly to the community,” said Joanne Whiley, chair of MEDARVA Healthcare’s Board of Directors. “We were well known as the Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital for our first fifty years. This is a great opportunity to educate the community on the ways we have evolved since and how we provide service today.”

MEDARVA Healthcare is the last Richmond-based, independent, non-profit health system, operating MEDARVA Surgery Centers at Stony Point and West Creek, MEDARVA Imaging Center, MEDARVA Low Vision Center, and the MEDARVA Foundation.

“The MEDARVA Foundation has been quietly funding medical research at VCU Medical School and UVA Medical School, among others, as well as supporting other local nonprofits that provide direct care to the medically underserved,” explained Cheryl Jarvis, chair of the MEDARVA Foundation Board of Directors.  “But during the pandemic, we started to see the need to support younger scientific researchers as they first start out in middle and high school.  The level of work these students are performing is amazing, and when we started to think about how we could highlight them and inspire others, we developed the idea of a community space that would engage and educate.”

MEDARVA Foundation’s Surgeon Immersion will be open every day in August from Short Pump Town Center’s opening until 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sundays) and includes a state-of-the-art digital cadaver table, and simulated surgery kiosks, 2022 Science Fair winning projects, children vision screenings, and more.

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