RVA French Food Festival by Little Sisters of the Poor

Little Sisters of the Poor’s sixth annual RVA French Food Festival will be on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. In 2009, this festival was created to help the Little Sisters of the Poor raise funds to support the Virginia Elderly Poor.  For over 138 years, Little Sisters of the Poor have provided the elderly poor with compassion and a place to call home.

This event is the chance to experience all things French! The festival features world-renowned Chef Paul Ebling, and Chef Sean Murphy of the Savory Grain, along with dietary manager Chef Alain, and pastry chefs Sister Teresa and Chef Phillip. You can explore French cuisine, hear live jazz music, shop the Parisian marketplace full of vendors, and enjoy games and entertainment for the kids.

Those of all ages are invited to come enjoy the festival from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm at 1503 Michael’s Road in Richmond. Free parking is available in the Forrest Office Park lots next door. All proceeds from this event will benefit the elderly poor who are lovingly cared for by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

For more information on the festival or how to volunteer, please click here.

Robert Thomas Photography Captures the Moment

Robert Thomas Photography is going to be capturing the moment at our First Friday Forum! If you’ve ever wondered where we get all those lovely pictures from events, check Robert Thomas Photography!

April’s First Friday Forum is all about how you can leverage social media for your business! Come learn from the experts on this important topic.
Register today: www.retailmerchants.com

Robert Thomas


Village Bank Helps Retailers

We are so excited to have Village Bank as the Title Sponsor for our featured event series created to help local retailers, First Friday Forum.

This forum is all about leveraging social digital channels to help your business! Make sure your marketing and communications people are registered for this can’t miss forum!

Thanks again to Village Bank for making this event possible.FFF_FEB2014_051


Capital Ale House Sponsors National Beer Expo in Richmond!

Craft beer has become a big part of Richmond’s culture, and Capital Ale House prides themselves on being one of Virginia’s beer authorities. and with that they have just announced that they will be the Title sponsor of the inaugural National Beer Expo in Richmond (NBE)!

Capital Ale House will be collaborating with Variant Events to promote the event, the same organization that operates the successful Virginia Wine Expo every year in Richmond.

“We feel that we have been a big part of the craft beer movement locally, and we hope to continue to be an influencer by making this the premier beer event on the East Coast,” said Capital Ale House President Matthew Simmons.

The NBE is scheduled to take place from July 15 to July 20 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and nearby venues. The final details aren’t out yet; however, there are plans to have a major walk-around grand tasting, farm-to-table craft beer and food pairing events, dinners, lunches, brunches, brewery tours, seminars and much more!

To track the latest NBE news and information, follow Capital Ale House and NBE on Facebook and Twitter, or visit NationalBeerExpo.com.

Facebook: facebook.com/CapitalAleHouse, facebook.com/NationalBeerExpo
Twitter: @CapitalAleHouse, @NationalBeerExp

National Donate Life Month – Store Display Contest!

Deadline: April 9th


Flaunt Your Colors!

Retail Merchants Association and Donate Life Virginia are teaming up for Retailers 4Life to help spread awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors during the month of April – National Donate Life Month!

We’re asking our members to support Retailers 4Life’s efforts by creating a Blue & Green display in your stores to complement your Donate Life display. Get your free registration packet at our office, or contact Preston Perrin at 804.662.5504.

Email a photo of your blue and green display to Patti Dean at Patricia_Dean@lifehealth.org by April 9, 2014, to enter the contest.

On April 11, a winner will be drawn at random and will receive:

  • A $100 gift certificate to The Crossings Restaurant at The Westin Richmond
  • A Networking Lobby Table to promote their business at the May 2nd RMA First Friday Forum ($100 value)

Help spread the word and download National Donate Life Month promotional material at donatelife.net/april2014/.






April 1st – Free Networking Event @ the Diamond!

The Flying Squirrels’s Spring Training is starting! 

The Richmond Flying Squirrel’s Spring Training networking event @ The Diamond has been postponed till Tuesday, April 1, due to the cold weather.

Don’t forget to register by emailing or calling Devin Logue!



GrowRVA’s Fourth Fridays hosted by Urban Farmhouse Market& Cafe


Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe is excited to announce the continuance of the Farmhouse Farmers Market sponsored by GrowRVA! 

Due to their huge success at the urban Farmhouse grand opening, every 4th Friday of the month from 4-9 pm (starting March 28th) they will be continuing the event! Live local music and local craftsmen, artisans, and vendors will be on site!

They are so excited to carry on their involvement with the Church Hill community and GrowRVA. They are particularly exctied to have the support of The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille, Coucilwoman for Richmond City Council.

Visit them on the web for more information: theurbanfarmhouse.net.urban opening

Nominate Your Outstanding Employee!

Have you nominated your outstanding employee for the I am Tourism Awards Program?

Richmond Region Tourism will be recognizing outstanding employees at their Richmond Region Tourism National Travel and Tourism Week Reception on May 8th!

Nominate your employee for one of these great categories:
Customer Service Award
Tourism Leadership
Rising Star 

Nominating is easy! Here are the details: NTTW_Award_Criteria

Nominations must be in by Monday, April 14, 2014.

Richmond 2015 Launches “Prologue” Event Series

2015Richmond 2015 has launched a series of “Prologue” events around the region to engage neighborhoods and communities about the details of both Championship events.

The Prologue events are intended to inform, engage and excite cycling enthusiasts in these communities so they can effectively plan any necessary transportation alternatives during the event and how to maximize the events’ proximity, by planning viewing events and parties along the courses.

Here are the upcoming dates:
For more information, visit them on the web at richmond2015.com/2014/02/25/the-prologue/.

Monday, March 10, 2014
Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center
2880 Mountain Road, Henrico VA 23060
6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 W. Broad Street 23220
6:30 pm

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
23 Sesame Street, Richmond VA 23235
6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Hanover Tavern
13181 Hanover Courthouse Road, Hanover, VA 23069
6:30 pm