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Library of Virginia partners with Can Can Brasserie to open downtown cafe

“We are thrilled to help bring one of the city’s best-loved restaurants to downtown Richmond,” said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation.

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A partnership between the Library of Virginia and a popular, longtime Carytown restaurant will bring a convenient breakfast and lunch option to the heart of downtown. Can Can Brasserie, a Parisian-style bistro and bakery, will open the Can Can Café in the Library’s lobby on Monday, September 19th, 2022.

“We are thrilled to help bring one of the city’s best-loved restaurants to downtown Richmond,” said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation. “Paul and John Kincaid and their team at Can Can are excellent partners. We cannot wait for our patrons and the downtown community to enjoy their amazing food in the Library as we head into our 200th anniversary year.”

Can Can Café will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast will include fresh-baked pastries and lunch will feature soup, salad and sandwiches, as well as to-go pastries, desserts and other items. Can Can’s signature coffee service will be available throughout the day.

“Since we began the difficult road of opening post-Covid, people have been asking us about our previous morning coffee service,” said Paul Kincaid, co-owner. “Countless people missed a beautiful location, quick coffee and pastries, and a chance to get out of the office and have a quick meeting. Opening Can Can Café in the Library of Virginia, we’re happy to be able to offer all of those things!”

Co-owner John Kincaid added, “With its spacious and beautiful interior, we’re excited to serve morning coffee, along with an assortment of sandwiches and salads for lunch, in a convenient location for so many folks in the downtown area.”

Limited free parking for Can Can Café is available on Level B1 of the Library’s parking garage accessed via entrances on 8th and 9th Streets.

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Blue Bee Cider property bought, changes on the way according to city documents

The buildings that comprise the site in Scott’s Addition were built from cobblestones that once lined Richmond’s streets.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Changes are in the works at a Scott’s Addition cidery, and they may include bringing a different kind of booze to the site.

Blue Bee Cider owner Courtney Mailey confirmed this week that her cidery’s property at 1320 Summit Ave. is under contract to be sold and that negotiations are underway for a sale of the business.

Mailey listed the 0.35-acre property that houses Blue Bee over the summer for $3.2 million and has continued to run the cidery onsite.

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Short Pump Town Center seeks open container ABC license

Soon you might be able to sip and shop at the Far West End mall.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Short Pump Town Center wants to allow people to walk around the mall with alcoholic beverages open and in hand.

The Henrico County mall recently filed a request with the Virginia ABC for one of the alcohol control agency’s commercial lifestyle center licenses, which would allow Short Pump’s visitors to consume alcoholic beverages in the mall’s common areas. The mall hopes to offer the perk no later than spring 2023.

“In short, it is similar to an ‘open container’ license and will allow visitors over the age of 21 to take their purchased alcoholic beverages (bought at one of our tenant restaurants) out with them while they shop,” said a spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties, the New York firm that co-owns the mall.

The company offers similar open-container programs at other properties in its portfolio.

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Richmond broadcast legends team up to launch new internet radio station “The Breeze”

Bill Bevins, Bud Myers, Adam Stubbs, and Ilyse Jennings will launch the new soft album rock station October 1st.

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Some of Richmond’s best-known radio personalities are coming back to the airwaves – only this time, digitally. Veteran radio host Bill Bevins, who has been heard across Richmond’s radio dial and on TV for a combined five decades, most notably on Lite 98 and WTVR-TV (CBS6) has teamed up with self-described consumer electronics guru and former WTVR-TV reporter Bud Myers to launch internet radio station The Breeze.

The two lifelong friends envision the new station, which will play five decades of soft album rock by national artists and also spotlight Richmond musicians, as a “breath of fresh air” among the landscape of corporate-owned radio in Richmond and across the country that has seen the consolidation of both music playlists and local personalities over the years.

The Breeze, Bevins hopes, will be a reprisal of Richmond radio’s glory days, but with a modern spin.

“We remember when disc jockeys had the freedom to select and talk in depth about the various songs they played,” said Bevins. “That is not the case today. Corporate radio limits the music selection, the programming, and the role of the show’s host, which in our opinion, limits the enjoyment of the listener.”

“So many of the great songwriters have been creating excellent music over the past 50 years, but other than their 1970s hits, you never hear them on today’s radio,” Myers added. “Streaming The Breeze catches you up with their music, which has matured and deals with the things that life has brought to all of us. From album cuts of singer/songwriters to the blues, soft jazz or 60s soul, this is what The Breeze offers our listeners and in full CD quality.”

Bevins pointed out that there also has been little opportunity to hear Richmond musicians on the radio. “Local artists rarely get airtime, but The Breeze will now bring their music to the public every day,” he said.

Once the station officially launches October 1st, Bevins will helm the morning slot. Myers will host a deep cuts show “The Listening Room” in mid-days, and Adam Stubbs, who worked with Bevins at B103.7 and Lite 98 over the years, will helm the afternoon shift, which is familiar territory to him. “It’s a dream to work with people who care equally about the community, great music, and want to give ultimate flexibility for the broadcasters,” said Stubbs.

Ilyse Jennings, who has been heard on former station XL102 since the 1980s, will round out the team and host evenings.

The full lineup is as follows, per station owners:

  • The Morning Show with Bill Bevins 7am- 11am, featuring the best top 40 songs with RVA’s favorite morning personality;
  • The Listening Room with Bud Myers 11am-3pm, showcasing 50 years of soft album rock by America’s and RVA’s favorite artists;
  • Adam in the Afternoon 3pm-7pm, with fan favorite Adam Stubbs coming back to afternoon drive time playing the best of soft album rock with a touch of his island flair;
  • Richmond After Dark 7pm-11pm, hosted by Ilyse Jennings presenting the Great American Songbook of beloved standards performed by today’s artists
  • Evening Soul 11pm-1am with Rhonda, playing the best of the Quiet Storm 80’s soul and smooth jazz from Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Smokey Robinson and the greatest soul ballads ever

There will also be a daily “Richmond Minute” serving up tidbits of Richmond’s past from WTVR’s historian, Don Talley. Other special programs are in the making and will be announced soon.

“We’ve put our hearts into this, and I hope you can hear that coming through your speakers,” Bevins added. “Every song is handpicked and programmed to give you a lift throughout your day.”

“It’s a different vibe that is a bit nostalgic, but for the right reasons,” Myers said. “It’s not an oldies station, but I hope we open your ears a bit with great music regardless of genres. We are not going to be categorized, which pretty much summarizes both Bill and me.”

The Breeze officially launches Saturday, October 1st and can be streamed online at vabreeze.com or on Alexa.

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