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  1. A publication called AFAR Travel Guide has a lot of nice things to say and pictures to see of Richmond's historic attractions as well as a tribute to the city's restaurants which are described as a 'destination for food pilgrims.' We can thank Karri Peifer of Richmond dot com for bringing it to our attention. The site is difficult to navigate but if you scroll around and click here and there you'll have a good time. KUBA KUBA, CAN CAN, PASTURE and ROOSEVELT are among restaurants mentioned and pictured. http://www.afar.com/travelers/afar/wanderlists/eat-here-now-6-great-picks
  2. Brrrrr. Kayaking and , er, walking on the James? From today's RVANews: http://rvanews.com/features/life-on-the-river/83477
  3. It wasn't that the former DeLux was losing money. In fact, the glitzy bar was bringing in top dollar. It's just that Michelle Williams and partners grew weary of the operation. DeLux was stripped of its elegant look and will open as a rather plain looking PEARL RAW BAR later this month. It is on the corner of West Main and Strawberry Streets in The Fan. Deveron Timberlake has other news in her Short Order column this week, and one of the items puzzles me. PIZZA 111 is about ready to open in the old Southern RR Deli space on 14th between Canal Street and the canal turning basin but its address is 111 Virginia Street which is also the address of MORTON'S STEAK HOUSE. From today's Style Weekly: http://www.styleweekly.com/richmond/short-order/Content?oid=1826589
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    Richmond Events

    Here are interior photos of the Power Plant before and after the building was stabalized: http://3north.tumblr.com/
  5. An annual real estate market review of the Richmond area drew about 300 people to the Jefferson Hotel yesterday. Burried in the story is speculation that the high rise 700 Building at the northeast corner of 7th and Main Streets may be converted to a hotel or apartments. There is no information about the long discussed 700 Center at northeast corner of 7th and Franklin, nor is the proposed McGuire Woods tower mentioned. From Carol Hazard in today's RTD: http://www.timesdispatch.com/business/banking/commercial-real-estate-in-area-recovering/article_5a77dbd3-65e3-51b3-ba94-e21844e7d984.html
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    Richmond Events

    If you have tickets for MARY POPPINS next week at The Landmark Theatre be sure to check them to be sure of performance times bcause they vary from day to day. http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/eventSearch.jsp?event_id=10921&cobrand=BIR3&utm_source=Richmond+Landmark+Theater&utm_campaign=34dbf1fd1b-M-Poppins-subs&utm_medium=email
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    Richmond Events

    Just a reminder: The Lego Kids Fest this weekend is SOLD OUT and no tickets will be sold at the door. There is a possibility the event will return to the area. Next stop: Louisville. http://www.legokidsfest.com/
  8. Here is the cabaret performance schedule for Ringwald: http://send.email2contacts.com/t/ViewEmail/r/D7BDA25A889CFEAD/4E594C99644031EFC67FD2F38AC4859C
  9. Molly Ringwald is in town with her accompanist for 4 cabaret style performances in the intimate Rhythm Hall at Richmond CenterStage. They had dinner last night at PASTURE. From today's Richmond dot com: (click photo to enlarge.) http://www.richmond.com/food-drink/dish/article_caa7a01e-7539-11e2-b069-0019bb30f31a.html:
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    VCU Developments

    Joseph Seipel, dean of VCU's School of Arts, says the new Institute for Contemporary Art at Belvidere and Broad will be a catalyst for Richmond. 60% 0f the $35 million needed has already been raised and its hoped the Steven Holl designed building will open in 2015. From yesterday's RTD: http://www.timesdispatch.com/business/economy/calendar-highlight-vcu-s-institute-for-contemporary-art-will-be/article_be2771b0-1439-54cf-9823-63c51a2f1334.html Here's the building rendering: http://www.archdaily.com/229760/steven-holl-architects-unveils-vcu-institute-for-cotemporary-art-at-meulensteen-gallery/night-view_01_90sd-version/
  11. Maybe that design (somewhere in this thread) released during Tim Kaine's Governorship for a new state office building on the Broad Street lot between 8th and 9th will become a reality sooner than later. From today's RTD: http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/latest-news/general-assembly-building-s-newest-problem-bathrooms-shut-down/article_e3a0be80-753d-11e2-9ca5-0019bb30f31a.html
  12. Apparently I was misinformed when reporting earlier in this thread that The Dale Chihuly Glass Art Exhibit had outdrawn the Picasso show in attendance figures. I was told that by a museum attendant during a Christmas trip to Richmond, but it's likely he was referring to a December monthly comparison. The Chihuly exhibit, which closed Sunday, attracted considerably more visitors that anticipated -- approximately 160,000. Museum Memberships at VMFA rose to about 40,000. Here is a story from Sunday's RTD: http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/chihuly-bids-adieu-to-richmond-vmfa/article_90ff2857-07a7-5088-b3c9-fd825e750e1d.html
  13. Hancock village across from Swift Creek Reservoir on Hull Street Road in western Chesterfield County is 100% leased. Nonetheless, it faces foreclosure. Among the stores is a huge and nice looking WalMart that does fantastic business. It purchased the land on which it is located and is not subject to the foreclosure action. From today's Richmond Biz Sense: http://www.richmondbizsense.com/2013/02/12/major-shopping-center-faces-foreclosure/
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    Richmond Coffee House

    Norwood resigned today and a new Richmond Chief of Police was immediately named. He is Ray J. Tarasovic. Many believe that Norwood and Mayor Jones were not in accord on many matters. Norwood was one of three applicants interviewed by officials in Raleigh to assume the role of Chief of that city's police force but he was not the finalist. There are reports that Los Angeles prosecutors were not happy with Norwood's handling of Virginia native Chris Brown's parole activities in Richmond after the singer's arrest in LA on assault charges. From today's RTD: http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/update-norwood-out-tarasovic-in-as-richmond-police-chief/article_0c0b1208-751b-11e2-950c-0019bb30f31a.html
  15. More apartments are on the way along the Manchester Canal and the Flood Wall on the south side of the James River -- that is, if I interpret this story correctly. Tom Papa, principal at Fountainhead Properties, says that the apartment market is still hot in downtown Richmond -- in fact, he says properties his firm controls are 95% leased. New Fountainhead projects will add 286 new units in two old building complexes in Manchester. Isn't Fountainhead also involved in the nearly completed renovation of Reynolds North along the Haxall Canal, and isn't there a building between 12th and Virginia Streets that is slated for demolition and new construction of apartments as part of The Locks? From today's Richmond Biz Sense: http://www.richmondbizsense.com/2013/02/12/old-paper-mills-rehab-to-begin-by-summer/
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