New coffee roastery headed for Lakeside

It turns out Lakeside is getting a double shot of coffee shops this summer. Bright Spot Coffee, run by Outer Banks native Eli Thompson, is planning to open a cafe and roastery at 6114 Lakeside Ave., a few doors down from Final Gravity Brewing Co. Thompson started Bright Spot last spring, roasting beans in his father-in-law’s garage in Amelia County. “I was on a tiny little roaster that did one pound at a time,” Thompson said. “I got started learning, and it grew and it’s worked out.” Bright Spot since has picked up about 15 wholesale accounts throughout the region, with Perk Bon Air being the first to sign up and Ginger Juice’s Midlothian location being one of the most recent. Thompson said the company since has upgraded its roaster and is bringing the operation to Lakeside Towne Center. B...

Retro-themed Pop City opens in Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — A new retail shop with a nostalgic streak has opened in Jackson Ward. Pop City opened March 21 at 106 W. Broad St., operated by owners and engaged couple Tiffany Browning and Keith Goldsmith. In addition to clothing, Pop City is filled with retro memorabilia, including an Andre Agassi poster, first-generation iMac computers, Super Nintendo games, and cassette and VHS tapes. “It’s ’70s, ’80s and ’90s pop culture nostalgia. We want it to feel fun, like when you come in, you’ll recognize something from (those eras),” Browning said.

Urban Farmhouse owner discusses future after closing another Richmond location

RICHMOND, Va. — A home-grown coffee shop and café brand is preparing to shutter yet another one of its locations as it zeros in on a bigger space in the region’s western suburbs. Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe is closing its store in the Linden Row Inn at 100 E. Franklin St. by April 24, said Kathleen Richardson, who owns the chain. Until its permanent closure, the store will operate with reduced hours — closing at 3 p.m. daily. “Right now we are focused on growth, but we have to be smart about how we go about doing it,” Richardson said. “It’s never an easy decision to close a location, but given the direction we are taking, it just made sense for us to close our store in Linden Row.”

Lingerie brand leaves two local malls

Another national womenswear retailer has closed some of its local stores, adding to vacant space at two area shopping malls. Victoria’s Secret this month closed its Stony Point Fashion Park and Virginia Center Commons locations. The women’s retailer is owned by Ohio-based fashion company L Brands, which also owns Bath & Body Works. The publicly traded company previously announced it would be shutting 53 Victoria’s Secret stores this year after closing 30 in 2018. L Brands confirmed that the Stony Point location closed March 18. The VCC location also closed this month. L Brands did not confirm a date for that closure. Victoria’s Secret now has three stores in the region, all in malls – at Short Pump Town Center, Chesterfield Towne Center and Southpark Mall. There are about 1,100 Victori...

Richmond outdoorsmen buy into Riverside Outfitters

As spring and river season set in, a local outdoor recreation company is bringing in some new owners and adding to its offerings. Andy Thompson and Ryan Abrahamsen are purchasing a minority stake in Riverside Outfitters, a Forest Hill-based business that offers guided raft, kayak and paddleboard excursions down the James River, as well as youth camps, equipment rentals and firewood sales. Scott Turner founded the company in 2005. Matt Perry joined the ownership group two years later and has been handling operations since. Turner now owns and runs Truetimber Arborists, but retains his stake in Riverside. Abrahamsen and Thompson co-own mapping company Terrain360 and Wild Streaming, which runs cameras of wildlife nests around the region. Thompson also owns outdoors news site Richmondoutside.c...