Southside RVA

International Grocery Store Coming to Former Kmart

Posted on March 26, 2013 by | Comments Off on International Grocery Store Coming to Former Kmart

The Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting today that the former Kmart at 6807 Midlothian Turnpike has officially been leased by a Virginia Beach company that owns a Grand Mart International Food store, which is pretty intriguing.

The store emphasizes international fare, with food products from Asia, South America and Europe, as well as from North America.

S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. listed the property. Read F. Good Jr., regional director with Nusbaum, said Lee plans a full-scale, full-service international grocery for 95,000 square feet in the former Kmart building.

Read the full article here.

Doing a quick internet search, it looks like there are numerous stores in Virginia and this more detailed information came up on Bloomberg Businessweek.

Grand Mart International Food LLC operates as a Korean food grocery store company. It offers Latino, German, Asian, and Hispanic food items. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Centreville, Virginia. It has locations in District Of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia.

We’ll keep you posted!

Information Wanted in Hit & Run on Hull Street Road

Posted on March 2, 2013 by | Comments Off on Information Wanted in Hit & Run on Hull Street Road

Richmond Police Department is seeking information in the hit and run death of a Hispanic man found at the 5200 block of Hull Street Road early this morning, as reported today in the Richmond Times Dispatch. If you know anything, please contact Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 or text Crime Stoppers at 274637 using the key word “ITip” followed by your tip.

Semmes Avenue Will Soon Welcome New Arts & Antiques Gallery

Posted on February 18, 2013 by | Comments Off on Semmes Avenue Will Soon Welcome New Arts & Antiques Gallery

Southside residents Marcel Outeiro and Mark Robertson are converting a long vacant Forest Hill house intoNest, a retail hub for local art, jewelry, garden supplies and home furnishings. The owners are shooting for a March 1 opening.

Richmond BizSense just posted an interesting interview with the owners of Nest Antiques, Mark Robertson and Marcel Outeiro, who will soon open a new space at 3403 Semmes Avenue in the Forest Hill/Woodland Heights area. This new antiques shop/art gallery will revitalize a vacant property into a new creative space right down from Crossroads Coffee and the recently opened Coqui Cyclery shop.

We’re really excited to hear of a new cool locally run shop moving to Southside. The owners are currently looking for dealers as well as artists to display their works.

Shooting at Forest Hill & West 34th Street

Posted on February 18, 2013 by | Comments Off on Shooting at Forest Hill & West 34th Street

Last night was a deadly night on 34th Street on Southside when a shooting occurred on Sunday, February 17 just after 9pm near the intersection of Forest Hill Avenue and West 34th Street. Police are still looking for the gunman, states a report by WWBT-12. ‘Detectives said the shooter had an accomplice, who drove him away in a early 2000 model gold Ford Taurus. The victim is a male in his 30s. It’s not clear if he’s from the neighborhood or another part of town. Police are saying the motive for all of this appears to be drug-related.’

Police encourage anyone who can help with an arrest to anonymously call Crime Stoppers.

Urban Agriculture Class Schedule Announced

Posted on February 15, 2013 by | Comments Off on Urban Agriculture Class Schedule Announced

The City of Richmond’s community gardens initiative and partner organizations are presenting a series of six instructional classes promoting urban agriculture/gardening, starting Saturday, February 16 and continuing through Saturday, March 23 from 11am-12:30pm. The slate of instructors has been announced and includes some great names in Richmond’s green, gardening movement. The classes were originally scheduled to be held at Broad Rock Library but due to the large number of reservations, the first class will be held at Southside Baptist on Bryce (where the 9th District Community Meetings used to be held.) Check back for exact locations for future classes or read more at the Facebook event page.

Classes are free but you must register by emailing:
Feb 16 – Dominic Barrett of Shalom Farms – The Importance of Urban Agriculture *First class is at Southside Baptist, 5515 Bryce Lane Richmond, VA

Feb. 23 – Lisa Taranto of the Office of Urban Ecology- Gardening 101

March 2 – John Lewis of Renew Richmond – Community Engagement with Community Gardens | David Stover of Urban Aviaries – Beekeeping

March 9 – Hands Service Learning @ Roots of Woodville Community Garden | Gay Stokes of Richmond Dept of Public Utilities – How to Make Rain Barrels

March 16 – Danny Finney of Tricycle Gardens – Vermiculture (Worm) Composting | Matthew Daniel of William Byrd Community House – Garden Planning

March 23 – Ana Edwards of William Byrd Community House – Cooking from your Garden

Free Urban Gardening Classes Coming to Broad Rock Library

Posted on February 1, 2013 by | Comments Off on Free Urban Gardening Classes Coming to Broad Rock Library

It’s a unique event when free classes are offered in urban gardening, but especially when they’re happening on Southside.

The upcoming Urban Agriculture Learning Series looks like it’s going to be a great series of classes since people like Duron Chavis, of the Noir Market; Lisa Taranto, founder of Tricycle Gardens; and John Lewis, of Renew Richmond look to be involved. These guys know their stuff and are eager to bring awareness of living healthy to areas of Richmond like Southside that get the short end of the stick when it comes to educational opportunities and options for eating healthy (our world for a descent grocery store) The bottom line is, te highly recommend you checking it out whether you’re a novice in the yard or have some experience under the gardening belt.

If you’re on Facebook, and you should because WE’RE on Facebook, you can read more at the event page. The basics: Classes will be held on Saturday mornings at 11am-12:30pm, beginning on February 16 and continuing until March 23. Registrants should meet at the Richmond Public Library’s Broad Rock Branch, which is located at the corner of Warwick Road and Broad Rock Boulevard. (Just off of Hull Street Road)

Weather Update: Tornado Warmin

Posted on January 30, 2013 by | Comments Off on Weather Update: Tornado Warmin

This crazy weather just continues. Our friends over at are reporting updates from the National Weather Service.

Be advised that there is a tornado warning for the Richmond area until 2:00am Thursday, January 31.



Tis the Season for Robberies

Posted on December 23, 2012 by | Comments Off on Tis the Season for Robberies

Unfortunate news comes from the Richmond Times Dispatch today announcing a robbery at the Food Lion located in the hood at 5620 Hull Street Road at 10:35pm last night, Saturday, December 22, 2012. This is the first robbery that I’ve heard of at the Food Lion and hopefully the last. Holidays are sad times for some and the economy doesn’t help to drive people to drastic situations.

Introducing Incoming 9th District Councilwoman Michelle Mosby

Posted on December 6, 2012 by | Comments Off on Introducing Incoming 9th District Councilwoman Michelle Mosby

Incoming 9th District Council Representative, Michelle Mosby (from Style Weekly)

As Style Weekly recently reported, Michelle Mosby’s win in the 9th District certainly did come as a surprise. City Councilman Doug Conner has been a popular, hard working representative, bringing long overdue attention and financial support to one of Richmond’s often forgotten areas. And he’s been quite a change following ineffectual representatives like longterm Councilwoman Carolyn Wake of the 1980’s, a spat of one-term candidates in the 90’s, and then the now famous Rev. Gwen Hedgepeth who was federally prosecuted for bribery and extortion in 2002-2003. His personal attention to his constituents has always been appreciated, his frequent clean-up projects are well attended, his monthly community meetings are always full, and his service on the Land Use Committee as Vice Chairman has also been commendable.

So how did he lose? Out of no where it seemed, Ms. Mosby received the unexpected endorsement of the Richmond Democratic Committee. Whatever your political preference, it’s hard to deny that they did a superb job getting the word out about their preferred candidates, and many people voted based on their sample ballots that were seen widespread at the polling booths.

But if we look at Michelle Mosby’s background, she has a longstanding record working in the local community and nonprofit sector supporting efforts to improve the lives of those once incarcerated – an issue of great importance to those personally affected as well as to everyone who plays taxes.

Councilman Conner will surely be missed so all eyes should be on Ms. Mosby to see if she can not only maintain the level of credibility that he’s brought to the District, but to advance his work to improve the area and reach even higher.

An excerpt from Style Weekly:

A real estate agent, Mosby also runs International Hair, a salon on the corner of Forest Hill Avenue and Westover Hills Boulevard. The shop is sandwiched between Maldin’s Ristorante and an Asian food store in an unassuming strip mall. Inside, men get haircuts toward the front of the store while women sit in rows of chairs in the back, chatting under hairdryers.

Mosby opened the salon in 2001, but not because she knows anything about doing hair. (She doesn’t.) She wanted to give ex-offenders, people getting out of jail or prison, a place to work and learn a trade. She says she was sick of seeing rejection letters pile up in the mailboxes of friends and neighbors who were trying to turn their lives around.

“They can come home,” she says, “they can build a trade here and begin to care for their families.”

For similar reasons, Mosby co-founded and directs Help Me Help You, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to easing the transition from incarceration and reducing rates of recidivism. Among other things, the group provides family counseling and GED tutoring.

Do We Really Need Another Kroger? New Life Emerges at Cloverleaf Mall

Posted on December 6, 2012 by | Comments Off on Do We Really Need Another Kroger? New Life Emerges at Cloverleaf Mall

Kroger Southside

News of the revitalization of Cloverleaf Mall comes with mixed feelings. Of course I want to see Southside improve, but having visited what was once one of Richmond’s most popular malls throughout my childhood and adult years still conjures nostalgic feelings. It also makes me sad that a mall, of all things, can do this. But it wasn’t all shopping. It was spending time with family and meeting up with friends or going to see so many movies at the Cloverleaf Mall Cinema. Or early dates with my high school sweetheart. For American youth since the 70’s, malls are one of the few places you can go. (Co

Today, I can visit the “new and improved” Cloverleaf by taking in the first installment of 2012 improvements to the vast commercial plot located in Chesterfield County on the county/city border on Midlothian Turnpike where Chippenham intersects. The 123,000 square foot property is the first to open at what will soon be known as “Stonebridge” – a multi-use development to include retail and housing. The new Kroger Marketplace is a true big box store featuring not only a wide grocery selection, but also a Starbucks (of course) and furniture, children’s clothing, housewares, and more.  Outside, shoppers will find a fuel station open with more retail under construction.

The cool site Richmond Bargains visited the new Southside Kroger and has a good breakdown of specials currently being offered during its grand opening. (picture borrowed from Richmond Bargains)

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports on opening day, Wednesday, December 5th, and notes that the store hopes to connect with the area’s growing Hispanic population by carrying popular Latino brands and staffing each department with Spanish speaking employees. Now that’s an improvement I can embrace.

Editor’s Note: As someone who never shops at Kroger since the corporation often supports issues that I’m opposed to and that they are the number two distributor, after WalMart, of genetically modified produce, I don’t expect to be supporting this development. But we’ll see how “Stonebridge” (hate the name) works out. Hopefully locally run businesses will have an opportunity to shape the improvement to Southside and I’ll be the first in line.

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We’re spreading the word out about an amazing effort to help New York citizens impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Richmond’s now famous marketing agency, The Martin Agency, is coordinating the collection of much needed donations for delivery. Click on the image below for more information, including the list of needed items. Take your donations across the river to the Martin Agency, located in Shockoe Slip, on Thursday, November 9 between 9am-5pm.

Election Night Surprise for 9th District

Posted on November 6, 2012 by | Comments Off on Election Night Surprise for 9th District

Shocking news coming in across Twitter on the 9th District Richmond City Council election. At this time, Richmond Times Dispatch is calling the seat for unknown candidate, Michelle Mosby over incumbent Douglas Conner. I know the night is young, but this could be a big surprise taking into consideration that Conner has been such a popular representative for the district.

We’ll continue to cover this story as the night goes on.

5 Questions With the 9th District Candidates

Posted on November 5, 2012 by | Comments Off on 5 Questions With the 9th District Candidates

It’s almost Election Day. Do you know who’s running for City Council seat of the 9th District?

Candidate Michelle Mosby takes on the incumbent Doug Conner in this the 2012 election. Both candidates are vying for your vote on Tuesday, November 6 so be sure to educate yourself and get out the vote. Local news and entertainment website,, caught up with the two candidates in the recent series, ‘5 Questions With a Candidate’.

5 Questions With a Candidate: Doug Conner

5 Questions With a Candidate: Michelle Mosby

Need information on voting? See the Virginia State Board of Elections for information:

Music at the Crossroads Tonight

Posted on November 3, 2012 by | Comments Off on Music at the Crossroads Tonight

Rattlemouth at Crossroads

Have you been to Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream on Forest Hill Avenue? If you haven’t, you’ve probably seen it, and you need to stop in. It’s the cute, orange gas station repurposed into Southside’s coziest coffee shop. Located where Semmes Avenue turns into Forest Hill Avenue; a tricky little turn but worth the wait.

For years, Crossroads has been a place where people from all walks of life have come together to hang out, study, hold office hours, and grab a bite to eat. Over the past couple of years though, it’s become a little music mecca in Richmond, bringing people not just from Southside together to have a good time. Crossroad’s draw is that there’s no cover, and the space offers patrons an opportunity to sit feet from their favorite musicians or tables and chairs outside to visit with friends.

While beer geeks will be thrilled with the beer selection, wine lovers will prefer some more choices. And the menu could use a change up. But overall, Crossroads is a community treasure. A community center in our backyard!

You can check out Rattlemouth tonight, who perform a regular gig on the first Saturday of the month from 8-10:30pm. Keep Crossroad’s Calendar bookmarked!

City Cold Weather Shelter Helps Keep You Warm This Weekend

Posted on November 3, 2012 by | Comments Off on City Cold Weather Shelter Helps Keep You Warm This Weekend

The city’s Cold Weather Overflow Shelter opened Friday night, November 2, and will remain open until Sunday, November 4 as overnight temperatures are forecasted to remain at or below 40 degrees.

The emergency shelter is located at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church, 14 West Duval Street. The shelter opens at 7 p.m. and closes the following morning at 6 a.m. Food will not be provided and pets are not allowed.

Residents in need of overnight shelter are asked to report to Commonwealth Catholic Charities Central Intake by 5 p.m. for a comprehensive intake and referral to the appropriate shelter. Commonwealth Catholic Charities Central Intake is located at the Freedom House Conrad Center, 1400 Oliver Hill Way, next to the Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and the Richmond City Jail. A referral to the Cold Weather Overflow Shelter will be provided to individuals who are not eligible for an existing shelter or if all available beds have been filled.

The city’s Department of Social Services (DSS) will accept Crisis Assistance applications through March 15, 2013, at 900 East Marshall Street, Monday through Friday; from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This program provides assistance with furnace repair or replacement and security deposits on a primary heating source. Residents may also call the Fuel Line at (804) 646-7046. DSS also provides emergency assistance with gas and electric disconnection notices for residents who qualify.

Elderly or residents with disabilities should contact Senior Connections for assistance at (804) 343-3000, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 12:08 PM

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