A Weekend in Richmond
Posted on 7/18/2018 by Stanley Martin Homes
Last year, I had the opportunity to write about a weekend in Charlottesville. Charlottesville has been my home for nearly 9 years, but as much as I love that sweet little town, I decided it was time for a change. I've worked for Stanley Martin Homes for over 4 years and was thrilled when the opportunity came up for me to move to a position in Richmond, VA.

Let me tell you, Richmond has yet to disappoint me! Last weekend I had the opportunity to explore the city and I had so much fun. On Friday, I met up with some friends for Friday Cheers. Friday Cheers is a weekly concert on Brown's Island, which runs along the James River near Downtown Richmond. It attracts 3,000-6,000 people each week. For a small entry fee ($5-$10), I was able to enjoy a few hours of live music, craft brews, and local food.

When Friday Cheers wrapped up, my friends and I headed to Grandstaff and Stein, a speakeasy-style restaurant. From the outside, it looks like a library, but in order to get in, you must know the password of the week. Don't worry though, that's not too hard to find (hint: look on their Facebook page). Once you give the password, they open up a bookshelf to reveal a large area in which my friends and I enjoyed a wide variety of items from their fine dining menu. It was great!

The next morning, I headed to the South of the James Farmers Market in Forest Hill Park. The market features over 100 vendors each week and is dog friendly! I walked around with friends and bought local produce, but couldn't leave without trying Mrs. Yoder's donuts. They were so good! They are about the size of your head and are a must have if you visit the market.

In the afternoon, I popped out to Short Pump Town Center to grab a few items from the mall. The West End of Richmond has become a popular place for families and new home construction. It's brimming with shops, grocery stores, and activities for the whole family.

Later in the evening, I met up with some friends at River City Roll in Scott's Addition. This new, boutique bowling alley features a full restaurant and bar and seems to be quite the atmosphere. Unfortunately, River City Roll is only family friendly before 5 pm, after which, no one under the age of 21 (including infants), are permitted. Since my friends had an infant with them, we ended up on the search for another place to enjoy our evening. The good news is that Scott's Addition is filled with fun restaurants, bars, and things to do. We headed to Don't Look Back, a restaurant that features pool tables and shuffle boards. We had such a fun time in their relaxed atmosphere!

On Sunday morning, I met some friends for brunch at Lunch and Supper before heading to the Virginia Fine Arts Museum. Lunch and Supper is a crowd pleaser in Richmond, featuring Southern inspired fare. I was thrilled to visit the VMFA, as I've always wanted to see the Faberge eggs. They recently hosted the Terracotta Army of China and will soon feature Congo Masks of Central Africa. I've been really excited to enjoy everything Richmond has to offer and can't wait to explore more on my weekends off!

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