River City magazine

What’s even more empowering than major-label backing? The creative power within — and Angelica Garcia is harnessing hers on a follow-up to her 2016 debut, Medicine for Birds. That album arrived in September of 2016, and it was extraordinary both... Read more


People today are busier than ever. Prolonged hours at work often greatly reduce the amount of time that can be spent at home with the family pet. Why not make sure your best friend is taken care of while you are away? Dog daycare may seem like a... Read more

Business Spotlights

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the libations are so delightful. For this issue, we used the weather as a good excuse to go in search of some delightful cold weather cocktails. Our photographer Jay Denny and I found the drinks we were... Read more

Raising the Bar

Take a stroll along Richmond’s Canal Walk and you’ll come upon a small plaza honoring a great Virginian (Dock Street at 15th Street). The honoree is Henry “Box” Brown — an innovator, activist and slave, who in 1849, managed to mail himself to... Read more



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. Read more



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... Read more

Raising the Bar


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. Read more



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... Read more



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... Read more


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