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The interior of Ardent Craft Ales. Photo by Daniel Warshaw

About 10 years ago, I worked in a forgotten Richmond neighborhood. I’d tell people that my artist’s studio was in Scott’s Addition, and they’d inevitably reply, “Where?” These days, though, Scott’s Addition is booming. more

Mar 4, 2015 2:08 PM FEATURES

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Bruschetta paired with a variation of the French 75 featuring Belle Isle Premium Moonshine at Grandstaff and Stein Booksellers. Photo by Robert Thomas

Having grown up in Franklin County in Southwest Virginia, I was pretty excited when we decided to feature moonshine cocktails in this edition of Raising the Bar. You see, Franklin County is, without a doubt, the moonshine capital of the world. Oh... more

Mar 4, 2015 2:07 PM Raising the Bar

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Sukanya Pala-art (middle) with her two sons Songkran (left) and Joe (right) Kiatsuranon. Photo by Robert Thomas

When I first met Sukanya (Sue) Pala-art in 2002, she spoke very little English. I spoke zero Thai. Despite that, she, her two sons, Joe and Songkran (Sonny) Kiatsuranon, and I became business associates, and, I’d like to think, good friends. more

Mar 4, 2015 2:07 PM FLAVOR

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Kepone performing at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery on 5/31/14. Photo by Jesse Peters

In 2012, when the Virginia General Assembly passed SB 604, the bill that made it legal for breweries to sell beer for consumption on premises, there was much rejoicing in Richmond’s craft beer community. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, an anchor of... more

Mar 4, 2015 2:06 PM Backstage

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Doug Fisher and Trang Nyuyen discussing The Art of The Flower exhibition design. Courtesy of the VMFA

As you stroll through the special exhibits at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), you get a mental massage, as the displays gently knead your aesthetic and intellectual sensibilities. You move slowly from room to room, piece to piece... more

Mar 4, 2015 2:00 PM FEATURES

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