Anderson’s Neck Oyster owners Michael and Laura Hild have formed Church Hill Ventures
, a development company that aims to revitalize old neighborhoods. First up: the Hull Street business corridor. In 2018, look for Hot Diggity Donuts
, a made-to-order doughnut shop that will also serve cocktails, beer and wine
, and the Butterbean Market & Cafe
, a small grocery stocked with staples and a cafe that serves soups, salads and sandwiches.
The big white building on the corner of Cary and Lombardy streets that once housed a gym will open at the beginning of the year as the Hop Craft Pizza & Beer
. Owner Evan Byrne, formerly of Richmond Restaurant Group is planning to divide the space between a restaurant space for pizza and a retail operation selling beer.
On a visit to Switzerland, South African native Lynne Potgieter was denied entry when she wanted to come back home to Richmond. The owner of Jackson Ward’s Nettie’s Naturally, a bakery and wholesale operation that specialized in baked goods for people on special diets, had to give up her business and has started a new life in her old country. Still, the story has a slightly more upbeat ending, reports Richmond BizSense
. Shola Walker, Potgieter’s assistant baker, has taken over the space at 100 W. Clay St., now renamed Mahogany Sweets
, and is planning to offer a similar line of products with a Southern focus — with Potgieter’s blessing.
And don’t forget about the Richmond Potluck and Puerto Rico Relief
event at the Anderson gallery on Friday, Oct. 6 starting at 5 p.m. Bring a dish to share, gaze at — or even purchase — interesting student artwork, enjoy a drum circle and maybe prepare a little something on the topic of food for the open mic. Art sales help benefit Puerto Rico
, and the Anderson is collecting money and supplies.