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Paper Tiger Roars Into Stratford Hills

Comics, graphic novel, collectibles, games and more are ready for your perusal on Forest Hill Avenue.

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With the closing of Stories years ago you had to go much further afield to get your comic fix. That problem is now alleviated with the opening of Paper Tiger (7522 Forest Hill Ave). The soft opening was this past weekend and their current hours are limited to Tuesday-Saturday 12-6 PM. The hours could change in the future as they figure out the balance of running a business, raising small children, and balancing family time.

If you’ve eaten at a restaurant in Richmond, especially Carytown, it’s likely you already know the owner Hamooda Shami’s handiwork. He’s scaled back his restaurant empire to just Don’t Look Back. The observant amongst you will notice the address is next to the now-shuttered Don’t Look Back Southside. The original plans were to make the Paper Tiger space into an extension of Don’t Look Back Southside but the pandemic had other plans. The dining communities’ loss is the collectibles community’s gain.

Owner Hamooda Shami (L) and Manager John Reinhold (R) – John is also CXO – Sales & Communications of RVA MAG

In the extensively remodeled shop, which Hamooda stated he was extremely proud of perhaps his best remodel, you’ll find all manner of goodies. It’ll be easier to show rather than tell.

 

The back room had the top-end rare comic that have all been professionally graded. If you’re looking for a rare edition this is the room.

Currently on the walls are prints by Jay Ryan which are for sale.

 

First editions ready to go. Paper Girls is awesome by the way. Don’ worry if you need current comics they’ve got that covered as well I just didn’t take a photo.

Never Give Up – Never Surrender your Star Trek collectibles. There are new and old figures to be had.

Yes, that’s a David Bowie Barbie you see on the top shelf. Not pictured are a small selection of board games that cover a nice age and complexity range.

 

Magna was a late addition to the inventory.

The word that comes to mind immediately is curated. Both Hamooda and Store Manager John mentioned how they had a hand in every item in the store and wanted to make sure that customers were getting the best value. To that end comics and cards (Pokemon, Magic, Sports) are graded so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Rare Pokemon and Magic cards can be added to your deck or to sit on a shelf and be admired and taunt your fellow players. There were plenty of sports cards as well including a Bo Jackson that was the subject of much discussion while I was there.

 

Hamooda and John are very welcoming and extremely knowledgeable about everything in the store. Looking for something in particular, they’ll help you track it down. If you’ve read this far you’re definitely the target audience so you should head on up there. Don’t go looking for an Iron Giant with 16 points of articulation, interchangeable hands/weapons, and light-up eyes because I bought the last one.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t give Carrie Piefur (Karri Peiffer) a shout-out and link to her article over on Axios about the opening. Quality work as always and she beat me to the punch.

 

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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.

Crime

Richmond Police identify 83-year-old victim struck and killed by vehicle outside Libbie Market

The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, remained on scene.

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From Richmond Police:

The Richmond Police Crash Team has identified the individual who died after being injured in a collision in a parking lot on Libbie Avenue as John Busch, 83, of Richmond.

At approximately 8:15 a.m., officers were called to the 400 block of Libbie Avenue, in the parking lot of Libbie Market, for the report of a person struck by a vehicle. Officers arrived and found a male, Busch, down and injured in the parking lot of a business after having been struck by a vehicle in the lot. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injury.

The driver of the vehicle, an adult male, remained on scene.

The RPD Crash Team responded to the scene and interviewed the driver and witnesses. The investigation is ongoing. Investigators have not placed charges at this time.

Anyone with further information about this collision is asked to contact RPD Crash Team Sergeant D. Cuffley at (804) 646-3135.

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Road Closures for Richmond Folk Festival

Quick summary, all the roads around Brown’s Island

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Road Closures/No Parking 4 p.m., Friday, Oct 7 – 11:59 p.m., Sunday, Oct 9 Starting Friday afternoon, several roads near Brown’s Island will close through the weekend for the Richmond Folk Festival. Parking will be prohibited.

Road specifics.

  • North 6th Street between East Broad and East Grace streets
  • Tredegar Street between South 7th Street and Belle Isle lot
  • South 10th Street between Haxall Point and Federal Reserve Bank
  • Spring Street between South 2nd and Belvidere streets
  • East Byrd Street between South 2nd and South 7th streets
  • South 2nd Street between Lee Bridge off ramp and East Byrd Street
  • South 3rd Street between East Canal and East Byrd streets
  • South 4th Street between East Canal and East Byrd streets
  • South 5th Street between East Canal and Tredegar streets

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by the Richmond SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Wetlands
Common Name: American Redstart
Scientific Name: Setophaga ruticilla
Length: 4.3-5.1 in (11-13 cm)
Weight: 0.2-0.3 oz (6-9 g)
Wingspan: 6.3-7.5 in (16-19 cm)

Quick Facts Courtesy of Cornell Labs

  • Like the Painted Redstart and other “redstarts” of the Neotropics, the American Redstart flashes the bright patches in its tail and wings. This seems to startle insect prey and give the birds an opportunity to catch them. Though these birds share a common name, they are not closely related to each other. In fact, there are other unrelated birds around the world—such as the fantails of Australia and southeastern Asia, and other redstarts of Europe—that share the same foraging tricks.
  • Young male American Redstarts have gray-and-yellow plumage, like females, until their second fall. Yearling males sing vigorously in the attempt to hold territories and attract mates. Some succeed, but most do not breed successfully until the following year when they develop black-and-orange breeding plumage.
  • The male American Redstart sometimes has two mates at the same time. While many other polygamous bird species involve two females nesting in the same territory, the redstart holds two separate territories that can be separated by a quarter-mile. The male begins attracting a second female after the first has completed her clutch and is incubating the eggs.
  • The oldest American Redstart was at least 10 years and one month old, when he was recaptured and rereleased during a banding operation in Ontario.

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Funny Face at Richmond SPCA

Age: 4 years,
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Grey / Apricot
ID: 51197499

Are you searching for a fun, friendly and adorable family member? My name is Funny Face and I’m the girl for you! I am pretty lonely here by myself, just waiting for my special someone to come along. Won’t you please take me home today?

Adopt Funny Face at Richmond SPCA

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