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New Church Hill market, Potter's gets a makeover and more.



Market With a Mission

If it's delicious, natural and a little unusual, you'll likely find it at the new Church Hill Market, whose motto is "conveniently gourmet" and whose goods are now available only online while the market's building gets a major overhaul.

Mason Wyatt, Je Depew and Virginia MacArthur are the taste buds and entrepreneurs behind the new venture coming to 2824 E. Broad St.

For now, look for home deliveries of such items as organic roasted ground soy, triple-chocolate cake mix and Texas sangria mix through the market's Web presence,, which is up and running and expanding its inventory daily.

"My business goal," Wyatt says, "is to provide a community service founded on what I would like to have — a quality, tasty, top-of-the-line product. I want to deliver to my neighbors and have confidence in what I'm selling and eating."

Monthly tastings of new products will expand the range of goods and introduce customers to guest chefs and the market's personnel.

Once the circa-1900s market gets a full refurbishment, it will feature a wine cellar, a bakery, an assortment of gourmet prepared foods, house-label pantry items, cheeses and chocolates, and a range of specialty meats, seafood and produce.

Its Church Hill and downtown delivery radius will be a bonus factor for neighbors who crave hot lamb or artisan cheese or want to throw a fully prepared dinner party down to the plates, candles, wine and flowers — without leaving home to get it.

New to the Village

City Limit, where Potter's Pub used to be in the Village Shopping Center, is open and attracting a quite different West End following than its previous phalanx of pubsters. Wooden booths, a long bar and colorful interior touches have transformed the place, and its menu of meat and seafood entrees and specials also includes soups, salads and sandwiches. It's serving lunch or brunch and dinner daily.

Fun With Food

"Designing and Growing Kitchen Gardens." Author David Hirsch, who's recently reissued "Moosewood Restaurant Kitchen Garden," and organic gardener Amy Hicks will share ideas on designing gardens for culinary use. April 6, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. 262-9887, ext. 322.

Can Can Celebrates. Join an interactive forum to meet artists, learn about galleries and programs, and talk about projects. Light fare and wine tastings for $1. Tuesdays, 6-7 p.m.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt. Easter Seals Virginia's benefit called Eggstravaganza will be held at 7 p.m. April 1 at The Children's Museum of Richmond. Cocktail buffet, auction, jazz. 287-1007.

First Thursday Jazz. 1 North Belmont offers a spring prix-fixe seafood dinner with music from the Carol Covell Trio April 6. Two seatings. $69 plus tax and tip. 358-0050.

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