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November
21

New Restaurants in Downtown Richmond

Downtown Richmond

Richmond has gained an impressive reputation in recent years as a culinary city! One of the best things about Richmond's culinary scene is that it is constantly changing and evolving. Our real estate agents are excited to share their favorite new restaurants in the downtown area that have opened in the last year. 

  • ML Steak - 328 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    Steakhouses have taken on a reputation for being stuffy and old-fashioned, but ML Steak has brought a fresh approach to the classic chophouse concept. Located right in the heart of the City Center within a short drive of countless Richmond homes for sale, ML Steak brings a fun, fresh atmosphere to the table, along with steaks that are some of the best in the city. Their Filet Medallion Flight features three cuts of meat prepared three ways and is a great way to sample a broad spectrum of what this modern chophouse has to offer. 

  • Can Can Brasserie - 3120 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
    A Parisian-style bistro with a relaxed, welcoming ambiance, Can Can Brasserie is an exciting new café on Carey Street. Can Can Brasserie has quickly become a favorite Downtown brunch spot, serving up classics like eggs benedict, duck crêpes, niçoise salads and brioche French toast. But their French-inspired dinner menu is also packed with expertly prepared standout dishes like summer squash ratatouille and beef bourguignon. And you can count on their friendly servers to recommend the perfect wine to go with any meal.

  • Nami - 218 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
    A new seafood-centric Japanese restaurant in Monroe Ward, Nami offers fresh seafood dishes that go well beyond what you might expect from a sushi bar. Make no mistake, their sushi and sashimi are outstanding, but there's a whole lot more to experience here, including outstanding soba noodles, hibachi dishes, and bento boxes. Nami also has a fun, vibrant atmosphere, with a bar facing the open kitchen where you can watch your meal being prepared. They offer a great selection of domestic and Japanese beer, wine, and sake. 

  • Jubilee - 1303 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224
    Tucked away in the charming Manchester/Blackwell neighborhood, Jubilee is the creation of chef Mike Lindsey and hospitality expert Kimberly Love-Lindsey, who have worked together to create an amazing menu with an atmosphere to match. Jubilee serves up seasonal fare built on Southern ingredients and global influences, from starters like smoked pork wings and roasted brussels sprouts to mains like double-cut lamb chop and seared cauliflower steak. The bar serves up some outstanding craft cocktails too. The menu is always changing, inviting you to come again and see what's new. 

  • 1800 Brewhouse - 1800 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
    You'll find some of Richmond's best-elevated pub grub at 1800 Brewhouse, a new joint that opened up this year behind a corner storefront in the historic Shockoe Bottom neighborhood. Along with menu standouts like Hawaiian Supreme cheeseburgers and whiskey-battered onion rings, 1800 Brewhouse also offers great specialty drinks and a fantastic selection of craft beers on tap. A lot of the ingredients that go into the menu are sourced from local farmers' markets, ensuring that you're always getting the best seasonal flavors that Richmond has to offer. 

The dining scene in Central Virginia is always changing, and you're sure to find delicious meals outside of the downtown area as well! 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Richmond area. And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find your dream home in Central Virginia. 

October
31

Richmond Beer: Where to Order Seasonal Favorites

Richmond Breweries

Over the last 20 years, Richmond has developed into one of the most vibrant craft beer scenes in America. A glance at some of the area's leading breweries makes it obvious that Richmond is a city rooted in tradition while constantly pursuing new innovations. 

Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite local craft breweries in the Richmond area. Some are established titans of the craft beer world, while others are young upstarts pursuing their own visions. All offer a spectacular array of unique seasonal flavors. 

  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery - 2410 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220
    One of the biggest names in Richmond's craft brewery scene, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has been creating some of Virginia's most unique and delicious beers, ales, and lagers since 2011. Their flagship location is just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale in the city's Historic German Brewing District and includes a renovated public taproom, beer garden, live entertainment stage, and pizza kitchen. This fall marks the release of Hardywood's Rum Barrel Pumpkin Ale, which joins the ranks of signature brews like Richmond Lager and Great Return IPA.

  • Ardent Craft Ales - 3200 W Leigh St, Richmond, VA 23230
    Nestled in Richmond's historic Scott's Addition neighborhood, Ardent Craft Ales celebrates its 8th anniversary this year. Their rustic taproom and breezy outdoor beer garden are great places to sit, socialize, and sample all the brewery's flavors. One of their best seasonal offerings, Sweet Potato & Sage Saison, is back this fall, and it's a great way to welcome the crisp autumn weather in Richmond. 

  • Intermission Beer Company - 10089 Brook Rd Unit A, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    The journey of Intermission Beer Company started with a home brewing kit back in 2007 and finally culminated in the opening of their beautiful brick-and-mortar location in 2017. A short drive from many Glen Allen homes for sale, Intermission Beer Company offers some great brews in their rotating taps, like the light, refreshing Peaches N' Scream Sour. They also serve up tasty brick oven pizzas and pub snacks. Their pet-friendly patio is a welcoming place to sit and sip for a while. 

  • Steam Bell Beer Works - 1717 Oak Lake Blvd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Serving up fantastic beer near Chesterfield County homes for sale, Steam Bell Beer Works is the perfect place to meet up with friends for a pint or consider signing up for their cornhole league! Check out their website for the latest information on what's on tap at their Midlothian brewery. Hungry after your beer and game of cornhole? Stop by their onsite food truck for fantastic food to pair with your favorite beer. 

  • Trapezium Brewing Co. - 423 N 3rd St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Located in a historic building in Petersburg, Trapezium Brewing Co. offers a warm, welcoming taproom and outdoor beer garden adjacent to their 30-barrel production facility. New beers are always being added to their lineup, and the new Upstream Kolsch is one of the most exciting seasonal additions this fall. It joins a core lineup that includes their White Ale, IPA, Session IPA, and unique Lemon Honey Ginger. Pay them a visit if you're in town looking at Petersburg homes for sale

Contact us today to learn more about all the unique sights, sounds, and flavors that Richmond has to offer. If you're looking for your dream home in Central Virginia, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it. 

August
29

Family Fun in Richmond: Plan a Weekend the Whole Family Will Enjoy

Richmond Family Fun

With the incredible assortment of activities around Richmond homes for sale, every weekend is a vacation. Our real estate agents and their families love spending quality time together at these exciting Richmond locations.

  • Swaders Sports Park - 4725 Whitehill Blvd., Prince George, VA 23875 
    Swaders Sports Park, located just minutes from Prince George homes for sale, offers so many activities that you won't even know where to start. Do you hit the go-kart course? Maybe you have a lively game of laser tag or a mini-golf match. Challenge your baseball skills in the batting cages. When you're ready for a break, head to the arcade or the Hologate virtual reality arena. Hours through Labor Day are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon. Visit the website for pricing information.

  • Byrd Park - 1209 Admiral St., Richmond, VA 23220 
    Richmond is full of beautiful green spaces, and Byrd Park is the most popular spot for people to enjoy the great outdoors. The centerpiece of this sprawling 287-acre park is Fountain Lake, with activities including fishing and pedal boat rides. Get physical on the Vitacourse, a year-round exercise trail, or take part in a leisurely Frisbee toss. Leashed pets are welcome, so don't forget to pack some doggy treats in the picnic basket. Byrd Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

  • Escape Old Towne - 104 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Have you been bitten by the escape room bug yet? You'll be hooked after a visit to Escape Old Towne, right down the street from Petersburg homes for sale. Like a video game come to life, escape rooms challenge your problem-solving skills, logical thinking, and time management. Teamwork is essential as you work together to solve the puzzles before time runs out. Four themed rooms present different levels of difficulty to accommodate all players. Admission is $25 per person, with a fee of $22 for college students. Escape Old Towne is open 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Science Museum of Virginia - 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220 
    Rain or shine, a day at the Science Museum of Virginia is always entertaining. The 223,000-square-foot building is full of enthralling interactive exhibits that make STEM learning fun. Continue the "lessons" outdoors on the 22-acre grounds, which include displays ranging from a pollinator garden to an 80-ton aluminum submarine. Don't miss The Dome, a 76-foot theater screen that's the largest in Richmond, putting you right in the center of the action. Admission is $16 for adults, $13.50 for ages 6-12, and $10 for ages 3-5. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., seven days a week. 

  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228  
    Find out why national sources such as USA Today and the Travel Channel have recognized Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as one of the top gardens in the country. Each year, nearly half a million people visit Lewis Ginter to marvel at more than a dozen themed gardens across 82 acres. Kids love to dig in the dirt or climb the Klaus Family Tree House in the Children's Garden. Admission is $17 for adults and $8 for ages 3-12. Lewis Ginter is open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesday and Thursday through September.

Looking for a new home in Richmond for your growing family? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to get started.

July
25

Where to Order Boba Tea Around Central Virginia

Boba in Richmond

Boba tea has expanded its popularity around the world, including right here in Central Virginia. You may have heard boba tea referred to as bubble tea, pearl tea, or tapioca tea – no matter the name, boba tea is a sweet, refreshing drink ideal for summer sipping.

A popular treat in Asian cuisine, this drink has become a growing food trend, and with Central Virginia being a great culinary area, there are plenty of restaurants serving up boba tea options. You won't have to travel far to enjoy this delicious drink. Our real estate agents have all of the details on 6 of the best shops for boba tea in Central Virginia communities.

  • GiGi Tea Time – 1355 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    We start our journey with GiGi Tea Time, which is conveniently located near Richmond homes for sale with curbside pickup and delivery available every day from Wednesday through Monday. They are constantly adding new boba tea flavors, like Matcha-Jasmine Green Tea and Osmanthus Flavored Oolong Tea. Enjoy your tea with a side of Taiwanese fried chicken, a rocket shrimp roll, or a sweet French crepe.

  • Zzaam! Kokee Midlothian – 4508 Commonwealth Centre Pkwy., Midlothian, VA 23112
    When you're in the mood for a full meal with your boba tea, Zzaam! Kokee Midlothian is the perfect place to visit. This restaurant specializes in Korean cuisine, with fully customizable bowls, Korean barbecue, wraps, sandwiches, and more. There are dozens of different types of boba tea to try, including some coffee-infused teas that are perfect for starting off your day, along with a variety of tea recipes that have been sourced from countries all around the world.

  • Happy Yappy Bubble Tea – 11500 Midlothian Turnpike, Chesterfield, Richmond, VA 23235
    If you're seeking to satisfy your sweet tooth near Midlothian homes for sale, then Happy Yappy Bubble Tea more than has you covered. In addition to fully customizable boba tea drinks, Happy Yappy Bubble Tea offers a diverse selection of frozen yogurt, sweet slushies, milkshakes, and chocolate treats. The boba tea menu includes non-dairy options which aren't available at every tea shop.

  • Boba Tea & Snow Ice House – 3431 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Searching for a boba tea shop that the whole family will love? Boba Tea & Snow Ice House has one of the best boba tea selections in Central Virginia, with a long list of always-available teas and even more rotating selections that switch up for every season. There are also a variety of fruit smoothies to enjoy, along with sweet, fruit-flavored snow ice snacks for the kids.

  • Nisa Thai Cuisine – 133 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    For some of the best Thai cuisine near Petersburg homes for sale, as well as bubble tea, Thai iced tea, and Thai iced coffee, try a visit to Nisa Thai Cuisine. The menu is packed with great appetizers, curry, soups, stir-fry, Thai desserts, and extensive vegetarian options. You may already be familiar with the other Nisa Thai restaurant located on Belvidere Street in Richmond, and you can expect the same excellent experience at the Petersburg location.

  • U Tea – 1601 Willow Lawn Dr., Ste. 130, Richmond, VA 23230
    Located just off Broad Street in Richmond, U Tea is an excellent local shop for picking up some refreshing boba tea during your busy day. The menu includes the most popular flavors and styles of boba tea, and the tea shop is located within a Pho restaurant, so you can grab a quick, delicious meal to pair with your drink.

Ready to buy or sell your next home in Central Virginia? Let our real estate team help you accomplish your goals. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Central Virginia communities.

July
11

Events at Richmond Breweries this Summer

Richmond Breweries

Richmond's vibrant craft brewing scene isn't just nationally recognized for all of the unique, delicious craft beers available in the city. Local breweries also play host to some amazing special events, and summer is an especially busy time for events at Richmond breweries. Our real estate agents have the latest details on 5 fun events at local breweries around Richmond this summer.

  • BINGO Night – 3331 West Moore St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Held at Vasen Brewing on July 19 from 7:00-9:00 PM, BINGO Night is sure to be a fun evening for all. There will be prizes awarded to the winners after every round of bingo, as well as delicious food from Stella's Grocery. If you love this event, stop by again on August 16. Vasen Brewing is one of the most creative breweries in the area, blending flavors made famous in the American brewing scene with the best of classic Belgian beers.

  • Welcome-ish Sunflower Wreath Workshop – 423 3rd St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Make a fun craft for your home at Trapezium Brewing Company's flagship location near Petersburg homes for sale. Dragonfly Door Decor will be there on July 24 to walk guests through how to make a sunflower-themed wreath that you can work on while enjoying great beer. Buy tickets in advance to reserve your spot for this crafty event. 

  • Books & Brews – 10089 Brook Rd., Unit A, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    The team at Intermission Beer Company loves great books and even better beer, so they've started quite a unique book club located around the corner from Glen Allen homes for sale. On the first and third Sunday of every month at 4:00 PM, the Books & Brews club meets to discuss books and enjoy a few outstanding craft brews. The event is open to all, and there's no assigned reading involved. Instead, participants show up to discuss the latest books that they're reading with the group.

  • Tropic Like It's Hot Cookie Workshop – 2410 Ownby Ln., Richmond, VA 23220
    The Tropic Like It's Hot Cookie Workshop on July 19 is a chance to learn some new baking techniques in a fun, inviting setting at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery location near Richmond homes for sale. Baker Morgan Huynh will take you through the step-by-step process of creating your own royal icing cookies with colorful tropical designs and delicious flavors. You'll leave the event with 5 royal icing cookies to try, along with plenty of tips for creating your own batches of tropical cookies at home.

  • Brewtown, USA Brewfest '22 – 2000 Dock St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Many of your favorite craft breweries from the Richmond area will be coming together once again this summer for the Brewtown, USA Brewfest '22 on July 16. The event will be held on the Richbrau Brewing Brewfest lot, with live entertainment, craft beer, and fantastic food available all day long. There will be 3 live bands performing throughout the event, as well as 1 live DJ. The Kids Corner area will feature plenty of exciting attractions for younger visitors, making this an event that the whole family can enjoy.

Ready to find your next home close to all of the attractions and events in the Richmond area? Let our team help you find the perfect match. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

June
13

International Sushi Day: 5 Places to Order Sushi in Central Virginia

Richmond Sushi

Have you been itching to visit your favorite sushi restaurant? International Sushi Day, which takes place every year on June 18, provides the perfect excuse to enjoy your favorite Japanese delicacies. Whether you're already a pro with chopsticks or you're interested in trying something new, you can find fresh, delicious sushi close to home in Central Virginia. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 Central Virginia sushi spots for International Sushi Day this year.

  1. Wabi-Sabi – 29 Bollingbrook St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    For a full night of fun and fantastic food close to Petersburg homes for sale, it's tough to top the experience at the Wabi-Sabi sushi restaurant. Start your evening in the dining room, where you can sample some of the best sushi that Central Virginia has to offer in an elegant setting with antique hardwood floors and high ceilings. Then try a visit to the Martini Bar, where expert bartenders whip up creative spins on your favorite cocktails, or head downstairs to the Tavern to grab a seat at the bar while you take in the evening's live entertainment.

  2. Kanpai Steak & Sushi – 5303 Oaklawn Blvd., Hopewell, VA 23860
    Open every day near Hopewell homes for sale for lunch and dinner, Kanpai Steak & Sushi has been family-owned for more than 28 years. The family-friendly atmosphere is apparent as soon as you walk through the door, with friendly, personal service and a menu that features something for everyone. The restaurant also features a full-service bar, hibachi tables where you're sure to be entertained while you dine, and event spaces to accommodate groups of any size for International Sushi Day.

  3. Hiro Sushi – 9958 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
    With great daily lunch specials, convenient online ordering, and delicious dinners, there's never a bad time to visit Hiro Sushi for a meal. The rotating chef's specials ensure that you'll always have something new to try, and every meal is carefully prepared down to the beautiful presentation of each dish. If you visit for dinner, be sure to leave room to enjoy the extensive dessert menu that features some unique treats that you won't find at other restaurants.

  4. Yoshi Sushi Restaurant – 1601 Willow Lawn Dr., Ste. 800, Richmond, VA 23230
    Known for serving some of the best sushi near Richmond homes for sale in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere, Yoshi Sushi Restaurant has earned its place as a local favorite. All of the sushi here is made with fresh, high-quality ingredients, and everything is served with a smile. As a casual restaurant, Hiro Sushi is an ideal choice for a quick lunch during work or an evening out with friends. The reviews for Yoshi Sushi Restaurant consistently highlight the high quality of the service and the friendliness of the staff.

  5. Carytown Sushi – 2925 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23222
    An affordable menu packed with unique, creative chef specials highlights the experience that you can expect when you visit Carytown Sushi. Lunch is available on the weekend, while dinner is served every evening from Tuesday through Sunday. In addition to dozens of sushi rolls, the menu features soups, salads, teriyaki, hibachi, and vegetarian options. Visiting with a group? Try the Sushi Heaven platter, which is sure to satisfy any appetite.

Ready to buy or sell your next home close to the great dining destinations of Central Virginia? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Central Virginia communities.

May
31

Minor League Baseball in Richmond

Minor League Baseball

Summer is coming, and there's no better time to catch a baseball game here in Richmond! There's just something about the sizzling summer air that makes a cold beer taste better, and a night at the baseball diamond even better. 

Our real estate agents are always excited to watch the Richmond Flying Squirrels play on their home turf, and with the 2022 season well underway, it's definitely time to play ball. Here's what you need to know about our local team!

Meet the Flying Squirrels

RVA's own minor league baseball team is the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Part of the Eastern League, the Squirrels are the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, and they've made their home at Richmond's Diamond stadium since 2010. 

The Flying Squirrels have plenty of home games coming up. In June they'll be facing off here in Richmond for a six-game series against the Erie SeaWolves from June 7-12, before taking on the Portland Sea Dogs for six more games from June 21-26. 

And the season is far from over! The team usually plays 71 home games at the Diamond every year, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to see the Squirrels play well into fall. Check out their full schedule here

About the Diamond

Built in 1985, The Diamond has been the home of the Flying Squirrels since they started their tenure in Richmond.

The Diamond seats up to 12,134 people (seating for Flying Squirrels games is 9,560) and is located within minutes of many Richmond homes for sale. It's not uncommon to find it close to full capacity during home games, so be sure to get your tickets in advance. 

Fans have a lot of fun seating options in The Diamond as well as several spots to grab some food and drinks, including Rosie's Bistro at the Bullpen and Brewski's 804 Corner Cantina. The Cross Timbers Party Pavilion offers an all-you-can-eat buffet with a great view of the action from just outside right field. 

Other Things to do Nearby

The Diamond is located in an area known as the Diamond District, which is an area of Richmond poised for redevelopment and revitalization. Nearby neighborhoods have seen a ton of urban renewal over the last decade, and the neighboring Scott's Addition Historic District is one of Richmond's most vibrant neighborhoods. 

Lots of industrial spaces near the stadium have been repurposed in recent years. Craft brewing, in particular, has exploded. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Castleburg Brewery, and Main Line Brewery are all minutes away from the stadium and are popular game-day hangouts.

The Diamond also hosts other events throughout the year. The weekly PopUp RVA Market at the Diamond takes place every Saturday from April through October, and The Diamond Flea Market is a monthly event, usually happening on the third Sunday of the month.

Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond. Our city really comes to life in the summer, and our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in Richmond and the surrounding areas. 

May
16

How to Pick the Right Furniture for Your Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor Furniture

With warmer temperatures and flowers in bloom, it's the perfect season to start spending more time outside. If you just bought one of the Richmond homes for sale with a backyard or patio, you're probably looking forward to how you'll use it this season! You could lounge outdoors while reading a book or grill some food to share with friends. Of course, this is most enjoyable when you have outdoor furniture that suits your needs. Make the most of your outdoor spaces by selecting the right furniture. Here are some tips for selecting furnishings for your own patio or yard.

  • Measure Your Space
    Outdoor spaces often look larger than they actually are. You don't want to arrive home with a new patio set and find out it doesn't fit your space. Make sure to measure the area you're planning to furnish and bring those measurements with you as you shop.

  • Map it Out
    As you look at various furniture sets, use a piece of graph paper to sketch the way you'll arrange the furniture. Use the measurements you took of your space, along with the measurements of the furniture, to guide you. Experiment with different layouts to see which option you like best.

  • Sit on Chairs Before Buying Them
    People often focus on the appearance of outdoor furniture, overlooking the fact that furniture should be comfortable, too. This is why it's a good idea to shop for furniture in person. Sit in the chairs before you buy them and make sure you choose ones that are comfortable. Does the back offer enough support? Are you at a reasonable height when you scoot up to the table?

    Some people prefer patio chairs with cushions, but there are some really comfortable, non-cushioned chairs out there, too. Sit in a few and see how you like them. It really is a matter of personal preferences.

  • Choose a Low-Maintenance Material
    Maintaining outdoor furniture is not as fun as relaxing in it. So, make sure you choose furniture made from easily cleanable materials. Vinyl and aluminum are both good choices. If you like a more natural look, teak and cedar tend to be the best wood options. These woods resist rot, so you can hose them off to clean them.

  • Look for Easy Storage
    Most people like to store their patio furniture in a garage or shed during the winter months. So, when looking at various furniture choices, consider how easy it is to store. Chairs and tables that fold up will take up less space in storage. If you prefer rigid chairs, look for ones that stack. Also, try picking up the furnishings. Be sure to choose furnishings you can lift and carry safely. Vinyl is a good, lightweight material for those with less strength. Wood, while beautiful, can be heavy. So if you go with wooden furniture, make sure you have help moving it.

  • Coordinate Colors With Your Landscaping
    Neutral colors like white, black, and natural wood should look good with most any landscape. But if you want brighter-colored furniture, make sure the color you choose coordinates with your landscape and home exterior.

    It often works well to choose a color that is seen in small amounts elsewhere in your yard or garden. For instance, if you have purple flowers, purple furniture may look nice. If you have forest green trim, then outdoor furniture with some green is an option.

With these tips, you're sure to find the perfect outdoor furniture for your yard or patio. If you're still looking for the perfect house and yard to furnish, contact us. Our real estate agents will gladly walk you through the buying process.

April
18

Homemade Ice Cream in Central Virginia

Homemade Ice Cream

Are you ready to enjoy some homemade ice cream in Central Virginia and throughout the RVA? Spring is here, and one of our favorite ways to celebrate the season is with locally made ice cream! Our real estate agents are here to help you find your favorite flavor and ice cream shop in the area.

With a thriving culinary scene that includes plenty of unique local brands, there's something here to indulge anyone's sweet tooth – and many options are within minutes of Richmond homes for sale.

Here are some of the places where you can scoop up your favorite flavors:

  • Ruby Scoops – 120 Brookland Park Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23222
    Ruby Scoops burst onto the scene in Richmond as the result of a successful crowdfunding campaign. Now nearing its 10th anniversary, it is the vision of owner Rabia Kamara, who had a dream to increase the quality of local deserts in the RVA. Ingredients come from local farms and showcase splendid flavors like black sesame, butter pecan, and Ruby's own in-house take on cookies and cream.

  • Boppers Malt Shop – 414 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Boppers Malt Shop is the place to go for a good old-fashioned diner experience that also includes plenty of fresh, homemade ice cream. In addition to the milkshakes, malts, and scoops (coming in a dozen lively flavors), you can also enjoy burgers and hotdogs with all the fixings. With the "Straight Eight Meal Deal," you'll get your choice of cone, a soft drink, and a hotdog for $8.88. It's sure to become a favorite stop near Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Scoop RVA – 403 Strawberry Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Are you looking for small-batch ice cream made right on-site with the freshest local ingredients around? With takeout, curbside, and delivery options, Scoop RVA has you covered. Its delectable ice cream cakes come in sizes of 6" or 10" with six creative flavors. Can't quite get enough? Join the Pint Club for three pints every month – one signature flavor, one seasonal, and one special for members only.

  • Bev's Homemade Ice Cream – 2911 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Bev's Homemade Ice Cream is a Richmond mainstay that's been around since 1998. A friendly, woman-owned local business, it is beloved for its rotating list of seasonal flavors. Bev's has also made a name for itself as a baker of choice for special occasion cakes, whether it's a birthday, wedding, or anniversary. An attached cafe offers all your favorite coffee drinks as well as milkshakes, sundaes, and more.

  • Gelati Celesti – 11805 West Broad Street, Henrico, VA 23233
    Located in The Corner at Short Pump Shopping Center, Gelati Celesti is one of the area's most beloved ice cream chains. Promising "heavenly handmade ice cream" from a variety of locations, including one near Henrico homes for sale, it highlights a rotating assortment of two dozen house flavors you can enjoy as pints, quarts, and ice cream cakes, or even alongside your favorite pie.

Ice cream isn't the only sweet find in the RVA! Contact us to find out more about real estate opportunities in Central Virginia.

April
11

Hop on a Richmond Trolley Tour

Richmond Trolley

What's the best way to see the beautiful city of Richmond? Every year, thousands of potential residents explore Richmond homes for sale by driving or walking through the area. If you prefer something a little more adventurous, our real estate agents may have a suggestion or two!

You don't need to go to San Francisco or New York City to get a unique view in a classic way – as a passenger on a trolley.

A trolley tour gives you the opportunity to bring your group or meet new people as you discover everything Richmond has to offer. The tours are led by experienced guides who are glad to answer questions along the way. They'll also give you plenty of chances to snap great pictures.

Why Choose a Trolley Tour?

A trolley tour is a truly unique way to get around. You can enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of a fully restored historic or replica trolley complete with plush seats and intricate interiors. Plus, you have a chance to make new friends and connect in a warm and inviting atmosphere with social seating.

RVA is known for its beautiful weather and its lovely surroundings. The city has a true soft spot for trolleys, as it was the site of the very first trolley system – beginning operations back in 1888. At the time, it was lauded as the most advanced public transportation system in the world.

These days, trolleys are still seen on the streets of Richmond, but most of them operate under private tour guides. They're a fun and exciting way to get a tantalizing taste of the authentic Richmond.

What Kind of Trolley Tours Can You Do in Richmond?

If you decide to go with the classic trolley tours from RVA on Wheels, you have three options:

  • RVA Historic Trolley Tour
    Richmond was a key part of the Revolutionary War era and is full of all kinds of historical sites from the colonial period and beyond. With the RVA Historic Trolley Tour, you'll be introduced to four centuries of history in one of America's oldest and most diverse cities. The tour runs for two hours and will take you on a whirlwind excursion to some of the top historical highlights across the ages.

  • Hop On Stand Up Comedy Brewery Tour
    Taking place on the third Friday of each month and running through the evening, the "Hop On Stand Up Comedy Brewery Tour" lets you get on and off whenever you wish. You'll stop by some of the city's top craft breweries in the company of three local comedians. Get their unique observations and insights on the RVA while you discover the ins and outs of the city's unique dining culture.

  • Hollywood Cemetery Tour
    It's the "haunted" Richmond tour you can enjoy any time of the year, not just Halloween! Hear some of the local legends of the RVA, including duels for honor that lasted well into the 1880s, Virginia Governor "Extra Billy" Smith, and much more. The Hollywood Cemetery helped to ignite interest in creating the national holiday of Memorial Day, and now you'll learn all about it on your trolley tour!

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