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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. 

November
14

Small Business Saturday: Where to Shop in Richmond on Nov. 26

Richmond Shopping

If you're looking for places to shop locally, you don't have to look very far in the Richmond area. Our city is home to an amazing variety of locally-owned shops and boutiques, and our real estate agents are eager to highlight some of their favorites just in time for Small Business Saturday!

  • Maven Made - 1321 1/2 E Main St Ste 113, Richmond, VA 23219
    Richmond-based Maven Made has been offering handcrafted, plant-based wellness products since 2014. From skincare and body care to fragrances and aromatherapy, their products are simple and unpretentious and made using botanical ingredients that are organic, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. Find them on East Main Street, just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale.

  • Little Nomad - 104 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    One of Richmond's most unique children's stores, Little Nomad offers a thoughtfully curated selection of toys, books, and sustainable clothing for kids, babies, and toddlers (and some pretty cool items for grown-ups too). Their broad selection of games, puzzles, wooden toys, arts and crafts, stickers, and stationery make Little Nomad a truly enjoyable place to shop. 

  • 43rd Street Gallery - 1412 W 43rd St, Richmond, VA 23225
    You can always count on finding something special at 43rd Street Gallery, a beautiful art space and shop that highlights work by local artists. From paintings and prints to pottery and jewelry, their offerings are ever-changing and always unique. The gallery will be open for extended hours during the annual 43rd Street Gallery Holiday Open House from November 25 through December 24. 

  • The S.E.E. Boutique - 1244 Sycamore Square Dr, Midlothian, VA 23113
    An amazing selection of women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories is on display at S.E.E. Boutique, which was voted the Best Local Fashion Boutique by Style Weekly. Founded by the mother-and-daughter duo of Cathy and Sarah Estes, the boutique offers a broad range of high-quality goods to match anyone's style and taste. The shop is located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale in the Sycamore Square Shopping Center. 

  • The Flower Mart - 312 E Washington St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Flowers make a great gift for almost any occasion, and you'll find an incredible variety at The Flower Mart, a beloved local florist shop in Petersburg. As the seasons change, you can count on seeing some great holiday floral arrangements here. The Flower Mart offers delivery as well as in-store pick-up at their brick-and-mortar location, which is just a short drive from these Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Twig - 6112 B Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
    A local, woman-owned small business in the Lakeside area of Richmond, Twig is an eclectic boutique that offers a tasteful selection of local handcrafted and curated gifts. The goods here are all hand-picked and sourced from local artisans, vendors, estate sales, and auctions. From clothing and jewelry to décor and baby items, there's a wealth of fun and colorful gifts here to be discovered.

Contact us today to learn more about all the amazing opportunities Richmond offers. And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how they can help you find your dream home in Central Virginia. 

November
7

Holiday Events and Markets Near Richmond

richmond holiday events

The holiday season is upon us here in the Richmond area, and our real estate agents are ready to celebrate in style! Whether you're shopping for the perfect gift or simply in the mood to enjoy some holiday festivities, be sure to check out these upcoming holiday markets and events in the Richmond area.

  • The Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Collection - 600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
    Located at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Bizarre Bazaar is a unique marketplace that offers a wide range of gift and craft vendors. They host several unique events every year, but the Bizarre Bazaar Christmas Collection is one of the most anticipated. This holiday-themed market returns for its 47th year on December 1-4, 2022, and promises a festive holiday shopping experience with more than 400 vendors.

  • The Barns of Kanak Christmas Market - 5503 Ruffin Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
    With beautiful 13-acre grounds located a short drive from many Prince George homes for sale, the Barns of Kanak hosts their annual Christmas Market on December 10 this year, providing a great opportunity to really savor the season. In addition to vendors offering arts, crafts, gifts, and treats, the market will include train rides, holiday refreshments, meals from the Boka Tako food truck, and even photo ops with Santa himself. Train rides and photos with Santa are included with every admission ticket. 

  • Yuletides at Agecroft: Christmas Open House - 4305 Sulgrave Rd, Richmond, VA 23221
    Agecroft Hall and Gardens is a historic Richmond landmark located within minutes of many Richmond homes for sale. It's become an annual tradition that the home and grounds are opened to the public for Yuletides at Agecroft: Christmas Open House every holiday season. This year's event takes place on Sunday, December 11, and offers visitors a glimpse back in time as historical re-enactors portray Christmas in three different time periods: England in 1640, London in 1860, and Richmond in 1942.

  • Christmas Pop-Up Boutique - 4050 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Head to the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook on Saturday, December 17, for some shopping and holiday fun! The Hilton will be hosting a Christmas Pop-Up Boutique with drinks and light snacks, swag bags, raffle prizes, and a chance to pick up gifts for a few hard-to-shop-for folks on your list. The market is convenient to these Glen Allen homes for sale and runs from 10 am to 4 pm.

  • Holiday Dinner Wine & Dine - 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr, Glen Allen, VA 23059
    From 6 to 8 pm on December 17, head to Publix Aprons Cooking School in Glen Allen for Holiday Dinner Wine & Dine! This demonstration-style cooking class offers not only a chance to enjoy a tasty meal but can also provide you with some new skills you can use when it comes time to host your own holiday gathering this season. Sit back and enjoy as the chefs demonstrate how to prepare dishes that include bloody Mary-marinated jumbo shrimp and crab cocktail, multi-cooker-braised chuck roast with farro risotto, and crispy chocolate-raspberry truffles. 

Contact us today to learn more about all the ways to celebrate the holidays in Richmond, 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. 

October
17

Classic Diners in Central Virginia

Richmond Diners

There's nothing else quite like the classic diner experience. Our real estate agents will be glad to introduce you to a few tasty options.

The iconic American diner reached its apex in the 1950s. It was known for such classics as burgers, fries, fountain soda, and milkshakes. It's no secret that the Richmond area offers fantastic culinary experiences, with some places serving up a side of nostalgia with their meals! Let's take a look at some real "blast from the past" diners right here in Central Virginia:

  • Galaxy Diner – 3109 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Galaxy Diner prides itself on delicious diner fare not too far from some of the best Richmond homes for sale. Hearty burgers anchor the menu, along with platters piled high with your favorite fries, mozzarella sticks, quesadillas, tater tots, hot dogs, and more. There are also lighter options and salads, giving you something for everyone in the whole family. Its regulars come back again and again, and you can too!

  • City Diner – 2237 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Billing itself as "Richmond's favorite diner," City Diner offers robust comfort food. Everyone from students to construction workers to the mayor has been seen partaking in its offerings. Aspiring to be "the Cheers bar of breakfast spots," the staff always goes the extra mile to help you feel welcome. Drop in at any time for a delectable breakfast or lunch at an affordable price.

  • Glen Allen Bistro – 10209 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Glen Allen Bistro is one of the places you just shouldn't miss when you're in town to visit Glen Allen homes for sale. It combines quality local ingredients with family recipes, some of which have been passed down for generations. Not quite limited to the usual image of what you think of in a diner, there are Philly cheesesteaks, rib-eye steak sandwiches, and a variety of beloved Italian mainstays.

  • Boppers Malt Shop – 414 North Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Boppers Malt Shop does its best to create the perfect picture of a 1950s diner – the only thing missing is the waitstaff on roller skates. Just a few minutes from Petersburg homes for sale, it's a fun place for an "all ages" family outing. Lunch starts promptly at noon, and you'll have a chance to try out the famous Bopper Burger. It's a veteran-owned business smack dab in the midst of historic Olde Towne Petersburg.

  • Dot's Back Inn – 4030 MacArthur Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227
    Dot's Back Inn is dedicated to the memory of the original Dot, who started working at the diner back in the 40s and racked up an impressive tenure of nearly 50 years. Now owned and operated by head chef Jimmy Tsamouras, it is open for indoor dining, and it also boasts recently expanded patio seating. Right in the desirable Bellevue neighborhood, it will give you an unforgettable time.

Contact us to discover more of what Central Virginia has in store for you.

October
3

National Taco Day: Central Virginia Taquerias

Central Virginia Tacos

Whether you prefer classic beef, al pastor, or shrimp, it's hard to imagine a more satisfying food than tacos. Tacos are so beloved, in fact, that they have their own day, and no, we're not talking about Taco Tuesday! October 4th is National Taco Day, and our real estate agents recommend celebrating by visiting one of these Central Virginia taquerias.

  • Taqueria Panchito: 6531 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23225
    Taqueria Panchito is an authentic Mexican restaurant with an extensive menu. On Wednesdays, tacos are only $1 each. Choose from chorizo, carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, and barbacoa. The pollo al carbon, or charcoal chicken, is also delicious. These tacos come in soft corn tortillas with your choice of sauce.

    In addition to tacos, Taquria Panchito has delicious fajitas, burritos, and tortas. Complete your meal with flan for dessert, then look at some Richmond homes for sale while you're in the area.

  • Barrio: 2229 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Barrio is another Richmond staple for tacos. If you dine here, definitely start with an appetizer. The Mexican Street Corn, seasoned with chipotle aioli, cotija cheese, lime, and cilantro, is incredible.

    When it's time to choose your entree, you can't go wrong with the adobo chicken tacos made with corn relish. The crispy shrimp tacos, made with jicama, pickled pineapple, and scallions, are another unique favorite. The menu also includes some classics, like carne asada and carnitas tacos. Barrio recommends making a reservation, although they're not strictly required.

  • Two Compadre's: 13830 Village Place Drive, Midlothian, VA 23113
    If you're looking at Midlothian homes for sale, this is the perfect place to stop for tacos. Two Compadre's is a bar-and-grill-style Mexican restaurant. They have a great selection of margaritas, including the Watermelon Margarita and a Dulce Vida Grapefruit Margarita.

    The menu at Two Compadre's has a whole section dedicated to tacos. Each order comes with refried beans and Spanish rice, along with three tacos. Choose from carnitas, chorizo, carne asada, shrimp, and fish tacos. The seafood tacos, stuffed with both shrimp and scallops, are another favorite.

  • La Cabana Restaurante y Taqueria: 4086 Crockett St., Richmond, VA 23228
    La Cabana Restaurante y Taqueria
    is a small but inviting Mexican restaurant with great tacos. They offer online ordering and takeout, so you can enjoy your tacos at home if you prefer.

    La Cabana allows you to order tacos a la carte. Most are only $3 each, with extra charges for additions like sour cream and guacamole. The shrimp tacos are a favorite here. They also have delicious cactus tacos, which are a good vegetarian option. If you want something filling and comforting, try the slow-cooked beef brisket tacos. Rinse it all down with a Michelada or Mexican sprite.

  • Tortilleria Mixteca Petersburg: 101 South Crater Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
    You could make a day out of looking at Petersburg homes for sale and eating tacos at Tortilleria Mixteca Petersburg. This place makes its own tortillas, and they're known for their flavorful, marinated meats. Their tacos de Asada are $3 each, and you'll definitely want at least three. You can also order their tortillas by the pound, so consider taking a few home to make your own tacos.

If you'd like some assistance on your home-buying journey, we're here to help. Contact us to learn more about our real estate services in Central Virginia.

September
19

Recreation Centers in Henrico County

Henrico County

The seasons are changing, and local parks and recreation centers offer a front-row seat to everything the fall season has to offer.

Our real estate agents work fitness and fun into their busy schedules at these wonderful Henrico County recreation centers near Richmond homes for sale

  • Belmont Recreation Center - 1600 Hilliard Rd., Henrico, VA 23228
    In earlier times, Belmont Recreation Center was a private home that later became Hermitage Country Club. As a result, the beautiful building and grounds are a great site for parties, meetings, and other large events. In addition to a golf course and tennis courts, the center has a community game room and drop-in programs for bridge, pinochle, and Colonial dance. Belmont Recreation Center is open 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m on weekdays.

  • Eastern Henrico Recreation Center - 1440 N. Laburnum Ave., Henrico, VA 23223
    Who needs a pricey gym membership? Eastern Henrico Recreation Center has a fully-equipped fitness center with free weights, machines, an exercise studio, a locker room, and showers. Outdoor park hours are dawn to dusk daily. Visit the website for fitness center/gym hours and application for an access pass.

  • Hidden Creek Park & Recreation Center - 2417 Brockway Ln., Henrico, VA 23223
    History meets nature at Hidden Creek Park & Recreation Center. The centerpiece of the park is a lovely garden dedicated to the memory of the 1986 Challenger space shuttle crew. Amenities include a playground, walking trails, tennis courts, and picnic facilities. Hours are dawn to dusk daily.

  • Laurel Recreation Area & Skate Park - 10301 Hungary Spring Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Catch some air at Laurel Recreation Area & Skate Park. Use the facility to build skills with skateboards, BMX with Gyro, non-motorized scooters, in-line skates, and Heely-wheeled athletic shoes. The center also features baseball/softball and football/soccer fields. Hours are dawn to dusk daily.

  • The Springs Recreation Center - 302 Lee Ave., Henrico, VA 23075
    During the early 20th century, the Richmond and Rappahannock Railroad ran through the property that is now The Springs Recreation Center. Today, wonderful Henrico homes for sale are just down the street. The building retains stunning features such as wooden beams and a parquet floor. Enjoy the old-school charm of croquet, learn the popular new game of pickleball, or nurture your creativity in the self-guided art studio. Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk, while the center is open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.

  • Twin Hickory Park & Recreation Center - 5011 Twin Hickory Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    On hot days, let your kids make a big splash at Twin Hickory Park & Recreation Center, not far from Glen Allen homes for sale. Children 12 and under love to frolic in the center's refreshing spray park. There are also two separate playgrounds for ages 2-5 and 6-12. The whole family can enjoy a walk along the nature trails. Park hours are dawn until dusk, seven days a week.

  • Virginia Randolph Recreation Area - 2175 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Team sports provide kids with a way to stay physically active while developing valuable social skills. With baseball/softball fields, football/soccer fields, basketball courts, and play equipment, Virginia Randolph Recreation Area accommodates the most popular sports. If you prefer one-on-one or doubles, the center also has tennis courts. Virginia Randolph is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk.

Life in Henrico County offers something for everyone. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more.

September
12

Upscale Dining Options Throughout Central Virginia

Upscale Dining

For those special occasions, there's nothing like the experience of dining at an upscale restaurant. When our real estate agents have something to celebrate, they head to these top fine dining restaurants near Richmond homes for sale

  • Amuse Restaurant - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Upscale cuisine has a strong visual appeal, so it's only fitting that Amuse Restaurant is located in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Customers love the creative dishes such as curry fried oysters and leek & Northern bean bastilla, which is Moroccan-style vegetables prepared in phyllo dough. The dining room looks out on the Sculpture Garden and the Atrium, so the ambiance is as striking as the food and the art. Admission to the VMFA is free, so you can visit the restaurant anytime. Amuse is open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with extended hours until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. 

  • Maria's Old Town 21 - 21 W. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    You don't need to book a flight to Italy to experience authentic Italian recipes in a delightful setting. All you need to do is head over to Maria's Old Town 21 in downtown Petersburg. Conveniently located in Old Towne Petersburg and near many of our Petersburg homes for sale, the restaurant offers a perfect spot for family meals, date nights, or to host your next event in their banquet room. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

  • Lemaire - Jefferson Hotel, 101 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Lemaire, located in the historic Jefferson Hotel, also pays tribute to Richmond's storied past with their name. Etienne Lemaire served as President Thomas Jefferson's maitre d'. During his tenure, Lemaire is considered to have introduced the art of cooking with wine to the United States. Appropriately, Lemaire's carefully curated wine list includes more than 200 selections. The dinner menu includes a good representation of Atlantic seafood, and even the burgers are topped with foie gras for a touch of elegance. Hours are 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., seven days a week.

  • The Boathouse - Rocketts Landing, 4708 E. Old Main St., Richmond, VA 23231
    Waterfront dining never gets old, especially when the food is as exquisite as the dishes served at The Boathouse. Enjoy scenic views of the James River along with raw oysters, shrimp & grits, and other seafood favorites. The Boathouse's signature crab cakes, which date back to the restaurant's founding in 1988, are served with a tangy mustard dipping sauce. There is a second Richmond location at the Short Pump Town Center. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Julep's New Southern Cuisine - 420 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
    In a city like Richmond, referred to as a "hidden culinary gem," the list of accolades awarded to Julep's New Southern Cuisine is truly remarkable. In addition to landing on several "Best of" lists, Julep's fried green tomatoes were recognized as one of the "20 Most Iconic Tomato Dishes in America" by Food Republic. Other popular dishes include duck breast with roasted corn and jalapeño spoonbread and Julep's signature shrimp & grits, which gets some zip from andouille sausage and a spicy broth. Hours are 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Any of these restaurants are a great choice to celebrate your purchase or sale of a home in Richmond. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to get started.

September
6

Historic Hotels to Stay at in Richmond

Historic Hotels Richmond

Richmond is steeped in history dating back to the earliest colonial days. As you visit beautiful Richmond homes for sale, you'll also discover plenty of historic sites from across the centuries. The same is just as true for the most desirable Petersburg homes for sale.

Our real estate agents are always glad to welcome you to the area, no matter whether you're coming in from out of town, out of state, or the other side of the world. To make your trip memorable, you should consider staying at one of Richmond's distinguished historic hotels.

Let's visit some of Richmond's truly remarkable hospitality properties:

  • Berkeley Hotel – 1200 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Berkeley Hotel is situated in one of Richmond's best locations and prides itself on impeccable service. Perched on the western edge of the cobblestone-paved Shockoe Slip, it's the place to be when you want to tour the city's other historic structures. The popular and equally pedigreed Sam Miller's Restaurant sits just next door, giving you an authentic taste of Richmond's iconic oysters and other fresh seafood.

  • Jefferson Hotel – 101 West Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Jefferson Hotel stands out for its "masterfully crafted" dining, including the afternoon tea and Sunday champagne brunch. The tea is framed in Southern style with assorted finger sandwiches and warm baked scones along with pastries and a choice of tea. Don't overlook the hotel's Lemaire restaurant, with a dinner menu featuring Ancho chili-rubbed salmon, roasted red snapper, and caramelized sea scallops.

  • Boulevard Inn – 1 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220
    Boulevard Inn is a bit different from many of the selections on this list, as it offers a complete bed and breakfast experience to its guests. You'll be enthusiastically welcomed to the 1914 colonial revival farmhouse, which has been lovingly maintained to provide an immersive cultural and historic setting. Right in the heart of Richmond's dining scene, you'll be only steps away from other top attractions.

  • The Commonwealth – 901 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    The Commonwealth has a gripping history that reaches all the way back to its original founder Louis Rueger in 1842. After being seized for use by the Commodore of the Confederate Navy, the inn was decimated, only to be rebuilt anew by Rueger. Now, you can enjoy spacious suites, luxurious surroundings, and a lavish all-day menu that fuses local Richmond cuisine with global influences.

  • Linden Row Inn – 100 East Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    Billing itself as "a great American inn," Linden Row Inn is a 70-room boutique hotel where you can feel "away from it all" while remaining in the midst of all Richmond has in store for you. With an Old World European approach to luxury and customer care, Linden Row stretches across the manicured grounds of seven row houses from the 1800s, all entered in the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Scents of Cedar Bed and Breakfast – 15126 Providence Road, South Prince George, VA 23805
    You aren't far from Prince George homes for sale when you book a stay at Scents of Cedar Bed and Breakfast. Choose between staying in a cabin or in one of their guest rooms. Either way, a delicious breakfast will be included in your stay. While Scents of Cedar was constructed in 1997, the grounds have a storied history. Besides being a bed and breakfast, they can also host special events. 

Want to learn more about Richmond? Contact us to get started today.

August
1

Food Truck Favorites in Richmond

Food Trucks in Richmond

The Richmond area has so much to offer, including gorgeous outdoor parks, entertaining festivals, and a lively downtown. And at all these spots, you'll probably spot a food truck! Whether you're in the mood for tacos, pizza, or something totally creative, chances are you can find it at a Richmond food truck. Check out these local options.

  • Babbs' Food on the Move
    Babbs' Food on the Move serves American classics all over town. Customers love their cheesesteaks subs, smoked sausage, and grilled hot dogs. This is the perfect place to grab lunch when you're on the go or stop for dinner on your way to an event.

    Babbs' Food on the Move updates their location often on Facebook, so you can find them easily. You'll also spot them at a lot of local concert series and at Midnight Brewery some Saturday nights.

  • Intergalactic Tacos
    Intergalactic Tacos serves tacos that are totally out of this world. Start your meal with an order of chips and salsa — the salsa is made in-house. Follow it up with the Local Pork Tacos or Local Steal Tacos, both of which are loaded with fresh sauces and veggies. Add a Mexican soda, and you have a great meal.

    Intergalactic Tacos posts their location on social media sites regularly. You'll often find them at Veil Brewing - Scott's Addition, and you may spot them while looking at Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Momma's BBQ
    Momma's BBQ likes to call itself "Richmond's Favorite BBQ truck," and our real estate agents really can't argue with that. They make real, pit-smoked, slow-cooked barbecue and comforting sides. Enjoy a pulled pork sandwich, cornbread muffins, mac-n-cheese, and country coleslaw.

    Momma's BBQ offers order-ahead services on their website. You can see where they'll be in the coming months on StreetFoodFinder.com.

  • Fireside Pizza
    Fireside Pizza
    keeps things simple, and it works for them. Their Neapolitan pizzas are so good they really don't need to serve anything else. They do have several different pizza options. The Heavyweight is a delicious pie topped with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, bacon, sausage, and pepperoni. The Maggie comes topped with roasted garlic and basil — vampires, beware!

    Fireside Pizza does offer online ordering via their website. They attend a lot of festivals but also park in various neighborhoods on weekends. You'll see them in The Grove, Bel Crest, and Winterfield Park.

  • JiJi Frozen Custard
    If you're in the mood for frozen custard, JiJi Frozen Custard is the place to go. This dessert food truck hand-dips their custard, and they have lots of tasty flavors. Order it in a dish or a giant waffle cone, and enjoy.

    JiJi can often be found downtown. They visit Walton Park, The Highlands, and Bexley. Look for them while you're out looking at Chesterfield County homes for sale.

  • Chili P's
    Chili P's does chili dogs right, topping each dog with a generous portion of their house-made chili. They also serve fries, which are seasoned with their own proprietary spice blend.

    Chili P's is a Veteran-owned company. They stop at a lot of locations around Richmond and post their location on Facebook often. You'll often find them at The Answer Brewpub and at local swim meets.

Food trucks are always one of the best things about events and festivals in Richmond. We hope you stop by a few food trucks and enjoy some of the area's best casual fare. Contact us if you're new to the area and looking for a place to call home.

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.

July
5

Why Richmond is a Culinary Gem

Richmond Culinary Scene

Fertile farmlands, award-winning chefs, and appreciative foodies like our real estate agents all combine to make Richmond one of the country's latest culinary hotspots. Visit these remarkable restaurants and see why Forbes Magazine calls Richmond a "hidden culinary gem." 

  • Longoven - 2939 W. Clay St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Tasting menus provide a great way for diners to sample a range of different dishes. Just three years ago, Longoven landed on Bon Appetit's list of America's Best New Restaurants. Their 10-course tasting menu, which changes to accommodate seasonal ingredients, earns high marks for offering sophisticated food in an unpretentious way. Dine indoors or out on their covered garden patio. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Reservations are strongly recommended.

  • Brenner Pass - 3200 Rockbridge St., Suite 100, Richmond, VA 23230
    Richmond's culinary scene received some high-profile validation on Top Chef. Brittanny Anderson, executive chef at Brenner Pass, was a recent contestant on Bravo's iconic cooking competition show. Brittanny's love of European influences is highlighted in dishes such as grilled quail, braised lamb, and nettle agnolotti. Customers love the Brenner Pass Burger, a blend of ground brisket and short rib with a dollop of luscious fondue. Hours are 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Cobra Cabana - 901 W. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Take a walk on the wild side at Cobra Cabana, which has been described as a "spot for vegan punks." Creative sandwiches come with irreverent names such as the Bahn Mi So Hungry and the Edgar & Allen Frog Brothers Poe Boy. Don't eat vegan? There are some meat-friendly items on the menu as well, although their vegan version of the McRib sandwich might make you a convert. Stop by for lunch while viewing Richmond homes for sale. Cobra Cabana is open 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon.

  • Africanne on Main - 1102 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23220
    As the colorful mural at Africanne on Main proclaims, "It's OK to lick your fingers here." Chef Ida MaMusu, a native of Liberia, brings the exotic flavors of West Africa to Richmond with chicken yassa, jollof rice, and other traditional favorites. Enjoy a variety of dishes with the daily buffet for $7.99 per pound. During the past year, Chef Ida has expanded the menu to incorporate more vegetarian and vegan options. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday.

  • Proper Pie Co. - 2505 E. Broad St. #100, Richmond, VA 23223
    With flaky crusts that adapt to a multitude of fillings, pies are just too good to be limited to desserts. Proper Pie Co. specializes in New Zealand-style pies that are hand-held for easy portability. Savory choices included the popular smoked salmon, leek, and potato, as well as pork chile Verde and chorizo. Of course, they also sell wedges of dessert pies such as coconut cream, chocolate pecan, and sour cream & wild blueberry streusel. The taste and convenience of the pies makes them a natural choice to fill a picnic basket. Order online for pickup at the "piehole." Proper Pie is open Thursday through Sunday from noon - 6 p.m. 

  • Croaker's Spot - 9 E. Old St. Petersburg, VA 23803
    Perhaps one of the best things about Richmond's culinary scene is that great local restaurants are all throughout the Central Virginia area. For example, Croaker's Spot is a fantastic Soul food restaurant serving up comforting dishes in both Richmond and near Petersburg homes for sale. When you live near the RVA, great restaurants like this are never far away! Stop by their Petersburg location between 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. on weekdays, or 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Friday. Weekend hours are noon - 10 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon - 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Want more information about Richmond's lively dining and entertainment scene? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for other insider tips.

June
27

Take a Walking Tour of Richmond This Summer

Richmond Walking Tour

There's no better way to discover all that Richmond has to offer than by taking a walking tour, and there are fascinating local tours available for every interest. Whether you want to tour historic neighborhoods, discover the city's vibrant arts scene, enjoy a self-guided tour, or try a spooky ghost tour, there are so many fun ways to build a deeper connection with Richmond. Our real estate agents have the details on 6 of the best ways to take a walking tour of Richmond this summer.

  • GPSMYCITY Self-Guided Walking Tours – Mobile App
    While there are many expert-guided tours available near Richmond homes for sale, you don't necessarily need a guide to enjoy a great tour. With the GPSMYCITY Self-Guided Walking Tours mobile app, you can take a self-guided tour at your own speed. Popular tours on the app include the Richmond Introduction Walking Tour, Historical Homes Walking Tours (I & II), Maymont and Carytown Walking Tour, and Richmond Civil War History Walking Tour.

  • Richmond Tour Guys – 405 N. 3rd St., Richmond, VA 23219
    With a variety of weekly tours that can take you to nearly every corner of Richmond, the Richmond Tour Guys have the city covered like few other tour services. The Richmond Tour Guys offer six distinctive experiences, including Public/Private Signature Tours, Group Tours, Specialty/Seasonal Tours, Experience Richmond Tours, and Step-On Tours. Signature Tours are available for Downtown Richmond, Church Hill, Shockoe Bottom, and the Virginia Capitol building.

  • Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours – 5 S. 20th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    The team at Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours has been helping people tour the spooky side of Richmond history for nearly 20 years, with 90-minute ghost tours through some of the city's most historic neighborhoods. In addition to haunted walking tours for kids and adults, Haunts of Richmond Ghost Tours also offers a series of private haunted dinners and pub crawls perfect for a fun social gathering.

  • RVA First Fridays Art Walks – Richmond Arts District, Richmond, VA 23220
    If you want to get in touch with Richmond's artistic side, then RVA First Fridays Art Walks are the perfect place to start. On the first Friday of every month, many of the art galleries, dining destinations, and small businesses in the Richmond Arts District stay open late with fun special events to explore. RVA First Fridays present the perfect opportunity for a self-guided walking tour of the Arts District.

  • Walking the Ward – Jackson Ward, Richmond, VA 23219
    The Walking the Ward tour series from expert guide Gary Flowers highlights the many sites found throughout Jackson Ward. Each tour covers 20 stops throughout Jackson Ward, including the Black History Museum and the Maggie Walker Historic Site. The basic tour lasts for 75 minutes, while the enhanced tour is a 2-hour journey which includes historic videos at the Black History Museum.

  • Petersburg National Battlefield – 5001 Siege Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
    There are many fascinating places to visit around Petersburg homes for sale as well, including the historic Petersburg National Battlefield. Start your journey at the Visitor Center, where you can learn more about the historic site you're about to experience. Then tour the historic battlefield where the nine-and-a-half-month Siege of Petersburg took place.

Discover a neighborhood you'd love to call home during a walking tour? Whether you're buying or selling, our team is here to help with all of your Richmond real estate needs. 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.

June
6

Summer Reading: Take Your Books to These Central Virginia Spots

Richmond Reading

Reading is fun for all ages, and our real estate agents know the right environment makes it even more satisfying. As you visit Richmond homes for sale, you are sure to find plenty of cafes, restaurants, and other spots where you can take your latest summer read or books to study.

With its strong culture of learning and vibrant educational institutions, Central Virginia will entice you with places where you can sit and sip your favorite coffee or tea as your stories unfold. 

Let's take a closer look:

  • Ellwood Thompson's Local Market – 4 North Thompson Street, Richmond, VA 23221
    Ellwood Thompson's Local Market is a small, independent organic market known as a hub for plenty of interesting events throughout the year. You can dine right on-site with its hot bar, juice bar, or salad bar, or just pick something up from one of the many local suppliers. Events have recently returned to the sit-down cafe at The Beet – classes, breakfasts, screenings, seminars, and tastings are held.

  • Pomona – 2025 Venable Street, Richmond, VA 23223
    Pomona is a retail and cafe space right in the heart of the desirable Union Hill area. You can find just about anything local to RVA here, including houseplants, coffee, and handmade gifts. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 o'clock, readers love the casual atmosphere. Light and fresh food comes from the local Sub Rosa Bakery, while the coffee is from Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co.

  • Bryan Park – 4308 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23227
    Looking for an outdoor space where you can get away from the crowds? As one of Richmond's many beautiful green spaces, Bryan Park may be exactly what you need. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it now attracts birdwatchers from all around the state on the first Saturday of every month. A farmer's market also calls the park home from May through November.

  • Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse – 1211 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Greenbriar Cafe and Coffeehouse will delight you with its "from scratch" home cooking paired with some of the best coffee in the RVA. Breakfast and lunch are both served all day, with mainstays like a smoked salmon bagel or the breakfast sandwich with egg. Lunchtime fare has many vegetarian and vegan options and thrives on unique sandwich combinations leveraging fresh ingredients.

  • Restored Cup Coffee Shop – 105 West Bank Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Formerly known as the Sweet Blis Cafe, Restored Cup Coffee Shop is a local cafe where you can sit, relax and unwind with your latest read. Located in historic Old Towne Petersburg just minutes from Petersburg homes for sale, it has coffee, pastries, juices, smoothies, and much more to choose from.

  • Art Factory Play Cafe & Party Place – 4810 Market Square Lane, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Art Factory Play Cafe & Party Place is a fun and exciting place to visit not too far from Midlothian homes for sale. Here, you can enjoy the full-service coffee shop or visit the open studio to choose a project to make. There's even a play area for kids five and under.

Ready to start your story in the Richmond area? Contact us to find out more about Central Virginia.

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
23

Plan a Staycation in the Richmond Area

Richmond Staycation

Why spend money and deal with the hassle of traveling when amazing vacation adventures can be found just minutes away from Richmond homes for sale? Whether you're new to the area or have lived in Central Virginia your entire life, there's always something to explore. Plan an entertaining and memorable staycation around these exciting local activities.

  • Virginia Repertory Theatre - 114 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    With four venues offering a variety of productions, Virginia Repertory Theatre is one of the largest performing arts organizations in Central Virginia. In addition to staging many of Broadway's most popular shows, the theater develops and produces original plays which go on to performances by other companies. When summer rolls around, Virginia Rep's summer camps are a great opportunity for kids to explore their own creativity. Visit the website for event calendar and ticket pricing.

  • Maymont Park - 1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Even a full day isn't enough to explore all the incredible sights and sounds of Maymont Park. The centerpiece of the 100-acre park is Maymont Mansion, a stunning Queen Anne/Romanesque Revival building that served as the home of the Dooley family. View nature's glory in the arboretum and numerous specialty gardens, including the oldest public Japanese garden on the East Coast. Kids love getting up close with the farm animals, and Robins Nature Center includes interactive exhibits spotlighting the ecology of the James River. Park grounds and gardens are open daily from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. with a suggested admission price of $5. Visit the website for hours and admission for the various attractions.

  • Riverfront Canal Walk - 14th and Dock Streets, Richmond, VA 23219
    Richmond's glorious scenery and rich history meet in a stroll along the Riverfront Canal Walk. The story of four centuries is depicted in medallions, statues, and exhibits along the 1.25-mile path, which is open to pedestrians and bicyclists. After you've worked up an appetite, relax over a leisurely lunch at one of the wonderful restaurants nearby. For a different perspective, take one of the 40-minute narrated Riverfront Canal Cruises. The Canal Walk is accessible 24/7 and there is no charge.

  • Pony Pasture Rapids- 7310 Riverside Dr., Richmond, VA 23225
    While you'll no longer see any of the namesake animals, there's still plenty of fun to be had at Pony Pasture Rapids. Located two miles downriver from the Huguenot Bridge, Pony Pasture's signature attraction is the rapids, which are popular for swimming, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, or just sunbathing. Pony Pasture is also known as a prime spot for bird-watching, with trails that pass through wooded areas and inland meadows. Hours are dawn to dusk daily.

  • Children's Museum of Richmond - 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Yes, learning and fun can co-exist, and both go hand-in-hand at the Children's Museum of Richmond. Skills such as problem-solving, language and communication, reading, and motor development are improved more readily through the museum's interactive exhibits. During the summer months, water jets in the Front Yard offer a break from the heat before lunch in the picnic area. Watch the calendar for special events such as "Seymour's Living Lab." Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $9, with no charge for children under 1.

  • Old Towne Petersburg - 216 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1815, Old Towne Petersburg became a thriving crossroads for commercial ships and railroads. Today, those beautiful brick buildings are home to an eclectic assortment of antiques, restaurants, boutiques, and galleries, right down the street from Petersburg homes for sale.

Whether you're buying or selling a home, our real estate agents are your #1 resource for experienced help and up-to-date information. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more.

May
9

Free Activities for the Whole Family in Central Virginia

Family Activities

If the best things in life are free, it doesn't get any better than Richmond. You don't have to spend a lot on a fun day out with the whole family! The price is right at these great family-friendly attractions near Richmond homes for sale

  • Falling Creek Ironworks Park - 6407 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Chesterfield, VA 23234
    Nature and history meet at Falling Creek Ironworks Park, right down the street from Chesterfield homes for sale. In the past, the grounds were the site of the eponymous ironworks, including a blast furnace and iron forge, as well as a grist mill that dates back to the 17th century. The park also includes a fully refurbished brick cottage that was relocated from nearby Moore's Lake, which was a popular vacation area during the mid-20th century. Get a panoramic view of the entire site from the promontory to the north of old Marina Drive's end. Park hours are dawn until dusk, seven days a week.

  • Echo Lake Park - 5701 Springfield Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    With its beautiful pond centerpiece, Echo Lake Park is as peaceful and serene as its name implies. Try your hand at fishing or just enjoy the scenery from the pier, watching the ducks swim by. Get your steps in along the half-mile hiking trail or boost your heart rate on the exercise course. There's a play area for little ones and picnic tables to enjoy a leisurely lunch, so you can take a pleasant break while viewing Glen Allen homes for sale. Echo Lake Park is open daily from dawn to dusk. 

  • Riverfront Canal Walk - 139 Virginia St., Richmond, VA 23219
    There's so much to see and learn at the Riverfront Canal Walk that it's always worth a repeat visit. The pet-friendly path spans only 1.25 miles, but it's packed with exhibits highlighting points of interest throughout centuries of Richmond's history. Don't miss the gallery of street art murals decorating the old hydroelectric plant. When you get hungry or want to explore a little further, check out the 100+ restaurants and attractions within walking distance. 

  • Historic Farmers Bank - 19 Bollingbrook St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Historic Farmers Bank has a fascinating legacy that goes beyond its beautiful Federal-style architecture. In 1812, as fears of war with England were growing, the state's General Assembly authorized the Farmers Bank of Virginia to lend money to the United States. When the original building was destroyed in the disastrous 1815 fire, a new building was constructed at the current location, just minutes from Petersburg homes for sale. Today, the building is maintained as a way to educate the public about local life and business during the early part of the 19th century. Free tours are conducted Friday and Saturday between 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Lavender Fields Herb Farm - 11300 Winfrey Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    You don't need a green thumb to visit Lavender Fields Herb Farm, considered a "hidden Richmond gem" by local residents. The 37-acre farm has remained in the same family through six generations, producing herbs and gourmet vegetables. Their charming store features a unique mix of items, including raw honey, herbal salt and pepper, flavored sugars, and a number of lavender-themed products. Relax on the deck overlooking the Chickahominy River with some lavender lemonade or ice cream. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

Whether you're buying or selling a home in Richmond, our real estate agents will help you reach your goal. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more.

May
2

Top Brunch Spots in Central Virginia

Brunch Central VirginiaWhat could be better than a weekend brunch at one of your favorite Central Virginia restaurants? There are so many great options to choose from, whether you want to enjoy an outdoor brunch on a patio, a meal with some live music in the background, or a family-friendly restaurant with extensive dining options for kids.

Plus, with Mother's Day right around the corner, you might want to consider taking mom out to brunch to celebrate all she does! 

Our real estate agents have the delightful details on 5 of the top brunch spots around Central Virginia.

  • The Savory Grain – 2043 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    You might already know The Savory Grain for its outstanding New American cuisine and one of the best local craft beer selections near Richmond homes for sale. But did you know that they also offer a fun Sunday brunch? Starting in May, The Savory Grain offers its weekly Jazz Sunday Brunch, with great music and even better food. The brunch menu here features favorites like chicken & waffles, biscuits & sausage gravy, shrimp & grits, a breakfast burger, and even a station where you can build your own breakfast sandwich from fresh, local ingredients.

  • Parterre Restaurant – 100 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23219
    When you're in the mood for outdoor dining – even on a chilly day – Parterre Restaurant has you covered. The outdoor garden patio provides the perfect atmosphere for brunch, and it's heated, so you can enjoy an outdoor meal during any season. The service here is highly rated in all of the reviews, and the atmosphere makes it an ideal choice for a brunch date. Of course, the menu is also excellent, filled with traditional Southern favorites and a distinctive lineup of craft cocktails.

  • Hondos Steak House – 4120 B Cox Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    Known as one of the best places for steak near Glen Allen homes for sale with an elegant atmosphere and menu to match, Hondos Steak House is also a great place to enjoy brunch every Sunday. Brunch here is served buffet-style, with some unique options that you won't find on every brunch menu. In addition to classics like hickory bacon, maple sausage, gravy & biscuits, and an omelet station, brunch here includes some steakhouse staples. Who could say no to some barbecue ribs, prime rib, or a fresh salad station that includes smoked salmon?

  • West Coast Provisions – 301A Maltby Blvd., Henrico, VA 23233
    In the mood for seafood instead of steak? Then head over to West Coast Provisions, which is located around the corner from Henrico homes for sale. The brunch menu here is heavy on seafood options, from a crab omelet to crab cake benedict, grilled oysters, lobster rolls, and fish tacos. There are also tons of great sandwiches, soups, salads, and tasty desserts like the delicious house donuts.

  • Huddle House – 11807 South Crater Rd., Petersburg, VA 23805
    When you're planning a brunch with the whole family, it's hard to top the experience at Huddle House. And technically, you don't even need to visit during normal brunch hours. Huddle House offers breakfast and lunch all day long, with a convenient location near Petersburg homes for sale. The menu here includes plenty of great options for kids, as well as platters that are sure to satisfy any appetite. You can even order to-go and enjoy a great brunch at home.

Your next great meal is never far from your front door when you live in Central Virginia, and our team is here to help you find the perfect home in the area. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Central Virginia communities.

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!

Ready to learn more about what the Richmond area has to offer? Contact us to find out more about Richmond today.

April
4

National Deep Dish Pizza Day: Pizza Shops Richmond

Deep Dish Pizza

Deep dish pizza may have originated in Chicago, but our real estate agents agree that some of the tastiest versions can be found near Richmond homes for sale. On Tuesday, April 5, celebrate National Deep Dish Pizza Day with a delicious pie from one of these local restaurants.

  • Mary Angela's Pizzeria - 3345 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
    Ever ordered a pizza and wondered if they forgot the toppings? You won't have that problem at Mary Angela's Pizzeria, where customers appreciate how the toppings are applied with a generous hand. Customize your Sicilian pan pizza with different ingredients on each half so everyone gets what they want. Choose from 30 toppings ranging from pepperoni and mushrooms to eggplant and artichokes. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday, when closing time is 11 p.m.

  • Bottoms Up Pizza - 1700 Dock St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Located in the historic Shockoe Bottom district, Bottoms Up Pizza is in a brick building that evokes the city's past. Inside, the menu has modern touches, including gluten-free, low-carb, and vegan options. The sourdough crust makes a pleasantly chewy base for signature pies such as the Chesapeake, with Old Bay-seasoned crabmeat and sweet onions, and the State Fair, topped with spicy brown mustard, sausage, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers. Bottoms Up is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Picciotti's Pizza - 9039 W. Broad St. #3, Henrico, VA 23294
    With New York-style, Chicago-style, and Sicilian-style, Picciotti's Pizza has all the bases covered. Purists love Grandma's Pizza, with mozzarella, ricotta, basil, garlic oil, and red sauce on top. Adventurous types go for the Lasagna Pizza, which doubles down on the Italian technique with lasagna noodles, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and ground beef. Stop by on Thursday after viewing Henrico homes for sale to pick up a large cheese pizza for only $10.99. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Simona's Pizzeria - 30 Medical Park Blvd., Petersburg, VA 23805
    For nearly 20 years, the Ingargiola family has been serving authentic Sicilian-style Italian cuisine at Simona's Pizzeria, right down the street from Petersburg homes for sale. In addition to traditional pies, Simona's menu includes stromboli and calzones, also known as half-moon pizzas, that are eaten sandwich-style. If you're cutting carbs or have food sensitivities, go with gluten-free or cauliflower crust. Order online for quick pickup from the convenient drive-thru window. Simona's is open from 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Chicago's Pizza with a Twist - 3641 Cox Rd., Suite F, Richmond, VA 23233
    While it's been open for only three years, Chicago's Pizza with a Twist has already developed a loyal following. So, what's the "twist?" Indian flavors are used to create inventive specialty pies such as Chicken Tikka Masala, Palak Paneer, and Tandoori Veggie. Halal meat is available, along with cauliflower and gluten-free crusts. Margherita, Hawaiian, and other traditional pies are also on the menu for a full range of choices. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when doors are open until 11 p.m.

The best pizza is the one enjoyed while relaxing in your own Richmond home. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for all your real estate needs.

March
21

Coffee Roasters in Central Virginia

Coffee Roasters

Much like the craft beer explosion, coffee has grown from a handful of basic brands to a wide spectrum of flavors, blends, and roasts. Thanks to bulk sales and online ordering, you can even enjoy gourmet coffee at home. Our real estate agents get their java fix from these amazing coffee roasters only minutes away from Richmond homes for sale.

  • Demolition Coffee - 215 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Start your day with a charge when you pick up one of the delicious beverages at Demolition Coffee. Choose from coffee or tea, handcrafted in Richmond, and sit back in their cozy shop in a historic building near Petersburg homes for sale. Demo Coffee is open 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. weekends.
  • Ironclad Coffee Roasters - 1805 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23223 
    Ironclad Coffee Roasters
    has its promise to customers built right into their name. After living in Europe for nearly five years, founder Ryan O'Roarke knew he wanted to provide a first-class product along with an "ironclad" commitment to a level of customer service he found lacking in many other businesses. Get a free bag of coffee with an order of Mexican Cocoa, Earl Grey & Lavender, or one of their other whole layer cakes. Cafe hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on weekends.

  • Roastology Coffee - 2701 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Dan Allen, the owner of Roastology Coffee, believes he has a greater purpose than creating a superior brand of coffee. In order to build a strong community connection, Dan shares his knowledge with the public to enrich their own experience. Dan's approach is working as Roastology moved into a new 4,500-square-foot facility to accommodate their booming business. Roastology is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Riverbend Roastery - 2623 E. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23223
    After traveling the country in an RV in search of a "real job," Alexa and Brittany Schuett realized their calling was back in their hometown of Richmond. In a stroke of serendipity, they took the opportunity to purchase Riverbend Roastery. In late 2021, Riverbend brought back the popular Church Hill Blend, a delicious mix of hazelnut and cinnamon. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends.

  • Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co. - 3121 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230
    Coffee from a vending machine? No, not the white paper cups of generic brew you used to find in hospitals and laundromats. Blanchard's Coffee Roasting Co. operates vending machines around town where you can purchase bags of their quality gourmet coffee. Be sure to check out Handshake Quarterly, Blanchard's digital newsletter, with fascinating insights into their business and the coffee industry overall. Weekday hours are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., and weekend hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Legacy Roasting - Guncotton Coffee, 238 E. Broadway, Hopewell, VA 23860
    The Legacy Roasting operation began in a garage with a grill purchased off Craiglist and supplemented with a Chevy windshield wiper motor and rotisserie drum. Today, the process takes place in a historic 1920s brick building, just down the street from Hopewell homes for sale. In addition to shipping online orders, Legacy has partnered with Guncotton Coffee to provide a convenient retail outlet. Hours are 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

When you wake up in your own Richmond home, it's always a great day. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for help with all your real estate questions. 

March
14

Richmond Art Gallery Guide for 2022

Richmond Art Gallery

Exploring a local art gallery is a great way to spend a free afternoon, and Richmond has plenty to choose from.  

Many of our real estate agents are art lovers themselves, and over the years, they've spent a lot of time in the galleries around our Richmond homes for sale. Before your next outing, take a look at our guide below and discover some of the art galleries that you should visit this year. 

  • Artspace - 2833-A Hathaway Rd, Richmond, VA 23225 
    Artspace is a non-profit member-operated gallery that has been a vital part of Richmond's art scene for over 33 years. They are currently located inside the Stratford Hills Shopping Center and feature a number of individual and group exhibitions by talented members of the community, including a collection of pieces by local middle schoolers. Plus, they host Artist Talks where you can learn from their featured artists. 
      
  • The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen - 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is home to four different galleries that art lovers are sure to appreciate. The artwork on display are pieces from regional and international artists, plus this arts center is conveniently close to Glen Allen homes for sale. Their four galleries are Gumenick Family Gallery, Slantwall Gallery, Midway Gallery, and Glass Door Gallery. Be sure to keep an eye on their website for the latest on featured local artists.
     
  • The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design - 2501 Monument Ave, Richmond, VA 23220 
    The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is one of the more unique gallery experiences in Richmond. Devoted to exploring how and why things are designed the way they are, the museum explores its subject matter from all angles and includes some very unique pieces as a result. Cityscape paintings, audio exhibits, and even furniture have all been integral parts of recent showcases. If you're open to thinking about art a little differently, this place is well worth a visit.  

  • Artemis Gallery - 1601 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220 
    The Artemis Gallery is a small, locally-owned art gallery with works by more than 175 local and international artists in its collection. The pieces span a range of mediums, from photography and ceramics to wood and metal works. You'll always find something new and innovative to admire here - and if you fall in love with a piece, you may be able to take it home with you. Many of the works on display are available for purchase. 
  • Walton Gallery -  17 N Sycamore St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    There are many art galleries in downtown Richmond, but thanks to Walton Gallery, you can check out contemporary fine art in Petersburg's Old Towne District. This family-owned gallery first opened back in 2011 and has been a delightful addition to the local art scene ever since. Consider stopping by after viewing some Petersburg homes for sale.

Richmond's art scene is rich, diverse, and always changing, so why not live closer to the action? Contact us today for more information on any of our Richmond homes for sale or to book a viewing for one that's caught your eye.  

February
21

Hard Seltzer Made in Richmond

Richmond Seltzer

In just over five years, since the debut of White Claw, hard seltzer is now challenging craft beer as the country's adult beverage of choice. Boasting a legendary brewing scene, it was only a matter of time until Richmond started crafting hard seltzers and perfecting that as well! 

Our real estate agents look forward to raising a glass to this taste sensation with these great hard seltzer brands around Richmond homes for sale

  • River City Seltzer - 2114 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Hitting the market in August 2020, River City Seltzer already had a hometown advantage. The new brand is a spin-off from Bryant's Cider in Nelson County, which has a popular taproom in the trendy Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond. Jerry Thornton, owner of Bryant's, was inspired to start his new venture when he realized he didn't care for any of the national brands. River City Seltzers are naturally carbonated, with no processed sugar or flavors. Coming in at only 100 calories, seltzers such as Peach and Unicorn Fuel are light and refreshing. Taproom hours are noon - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Richmond Seltzer Co. - Stoplight Gelato Cafe, 405 Brook Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Vanessa Gleiser developed an interest in craft spirits while working at Bryant's Cider. When Vanessa and her childhood friend-turned-partner Iain Gordon decided the city needed a hard seltzer taproom, Richmond Seltzer Co. was born. Plans are in the works to share space with Stoplight Gelato Cafe in Jackson Ward. In the meantime, Vanessa and Iain are turning out blackberry sour, peach hibiscus, and passion fruit/guava/orange hard seltzers from their apartment kitchen.

  • Benchtop Brewing - 434 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
    Norfolk's Benchtop Brewing is bringing its award-winning beverages and innovative spirit to Richmond in early 2022. Owner Eric Tennant seized the opportunity to open a satellite location in the Manchester neighborhood, forming a beer-centric area with fellow breweries Legend and Basic City. Eric uses his unique background as a food scientist to continuously improve his lineup of tasty, high-quality brews. "Benchtop" is a term used to refer to the first iteration of a new prototype, honoring Eric's goal to keep the brewery's product new and exciting. Last May, Eric tried his hand at hard seltzer when he produced the "world's first snobby seltzer." Dubbed the Bubbler, the drink is made with raspberries and phantasm, a high-tech ingredient created by freezing the skins of sauvignon blanc grapes. Watch the website and follow Benchtop on Facebook for information about the Richmond opening.

  • Buskey Cider - 2910 W. Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23230
    While other students at Hampden-Sydney College were cramming for exams, Will Correll was working toward his future by learning to make cider in his dorm room. Will's efforts paid off in 2015 when he and his wife Elle opened Buskey Cider in a 7,000-square-foot historic building in Scott's Addition, one of the country's most notable beverage districts. Buskey Cider is made with 100 percent fresh-pressed Virginia apples with no added sugar, dilution, or acid adjustments. The result is a flavorful drink that's at a level above most cider brands. Incorporating the new trend, Buskey has begun producing a "light" cider that's similar to hard seltzer. Buskey Cider is open 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

Traditional and contemporary find their perfect meeting place in Richmond. If you're buying or selling real estate, contact us at Napier Realtors ERA. 

February
7

6 Dog-Friendly Places in Central Virginia

Dog Friendly Richmond

For many of us pet owners and dog lovers, quick access to pet-friendly amenities is essential. Things like boarding and pet stores are important, but sometimes your pup needs a little bit of luxury too. Central Virginia has it all -- from options for pet-friendly outdoor activities, doggie spas, and even upscale overnight accommodations. Our real estate agents love pets, so it only made sense that we'd create a quick list of our favorite places around Central Virginia to treat our pups.

  1. Dog Krazy - 3310 W. Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
    If you're looking for some of the highest quality pet products around, a stop by Dog Krazy is in order. This specialty pet store offers a wide selection of quality dog food as well as essentials, toys, and treats. You'll also enjoy checking out their assortment of doggie baked goods. 

  2. Ruff Canine Club - 1924 Ellen Rd, Richmond, VA 23230
    This members-only dog club offers a recreational haven for your pup. Dogs have plenty of room to run around and play at Ruff Canine Club, while owners can enjoy a drink at the dog bar. Memberships are available on a monthly or annual basis, but you can also buy a guest pass for the day if you want to check it out.

  3. Dogtopia - 13615 Hull Street Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Looking for some great boarding options? Dogtopia is a premier destination for daycare, boarding, and spa services. However, this is more than just a place to drop off your dog -- the staff at Dogtopia offer training to help pets learn valuable social skills during their stay. The daycare is an off-leash setting, so your dog will have complete freedom to explore. Dogtopia is a great option for pet boarding, especially if you're considering one of these great Midlothian homes for sale nearby.

  4. Swift Creek Animal Hospital & Pet Resort - 2331 Colony Crossing Pl, Midlothian, VA 23112
    Easy access to high-quality medical care can be found at Swift Creek Animal Hospital. This vet clinic offers comprehensive services to help keep your dog feeling healthy. Emergency services, basic health care, dental care, and even laser treatments, you'll find everything you need and more. They also have an onsite pet resort for daycare, boarding, and spa services.

  5. Scott Memorial Park - 6680 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA 23875
    If your pet is in need of some fresh air, a nice walk Scott Memorial Park could do you both some good. This beautiful park consists of ballfields, playgrounds, walking trails, and obstacle courses, spread across 10 acres of land. It's the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. If you love this park, you might enjoy checking out some great Prince George homes for sale just down the road.

  6. Dorey Park and Recreation Center - 2999 Darbytown Rd, Henrico, VA 23231
    Head on over to Henrico and check out one of the best dog parks in Central Virginia. Dorey Park has an excellent outdoor, off-leash dog park. It's about 1 acre and is surrounded by a 6-foot fence. The park has its own section for small pups and another one for large dogs. There is also a trailhead for the Virginia Capital Trail right next to the park, so you can head on a nice walk in the woods. There are also plenty of gorgeous Henrico homes for sale not too far away.

Access to amenities and resources for your pet is important when selecting a new place to live. Contact us for more information on all the great things Central Virginia has to offer.

January
31

Date Night Idea: Richmond Cooking Classes

RVA Cooking Classes

Looking for a fun way to spend your next date night with someone special? A cooking class is a great way to spend some quality time, learn something new, and enjoy some fantastic food in the process. No matter your experience level with cooking or what types of food you enjoy, there's sure to be a local cooking class that you'll love for your next date night. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on 5 of the best places for cooking classes in the Richmond area.

  • Mise En Place – 104 Shockoe Slip, Richmond, VA 23219
    With a convenient location near Richmond homes for sale and a wide variety of classes available, Mise En Place is one of Richmond's most popular places for cooking classes. There are multiple fun, educational cooking classes here every month, with diverse subject matter that allows you to learn about and enjoy cuisine from all around the world. There are even special Couple in the Kitchen classes, perfect for a date night. Be sure to check the schedule online and reserve your place ahead of time, as spaces in these classes tend to fill up fast.

  • Publix Aprons Cooking School at Nuckols Place – 5400 Wyndham Forest Dr., Glen Allen, VA 23059
    When you book a cooking class with Publix Aprons Cooking School at Nuckols Place, you can conveniently shop for groceries right after to try out your new culinary skills. Plus, the location is convenient to many Glen Allen homes for sale. Be sure to check out their online calendar for full details on their Wine and Dine demonstrations or cooking class evenings.

  • Midlothian Chef's Kitchen – 11501 Busy St., North Chesterfield, VA 23236
    Operated by the husband-and-wife team of award-winning chef David Dunlap and his wife Brittany, the Midlothian Chef's Kitchen is one of the more popular dining destinations near Chesterfield County homes for sale. You can stop by anytime for an excellent meal, visit a special event to learn more about how to create your own culinary masterpieces, or even book a private party for you, your special someone, and a group of friends. The menu here focuses on New American cuisine, prepared with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

  • Pitmastery – 164 Edgefield St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Is barbecue more your speed? Pitmastery has classes that will teach you to become a true expert at barbecuing and smoking on any grilling device. If you're serious about grilling, then you're sure to love the classes offered by Pitmastery. They'll teach you everything from the basics to the most advanced techniques and even offer a certification that qualifies you as a pitmaster. There are educational classes, masterclasses, and private events available, making it easy to plan your next date night.

  • From Scratch Cooking School – Richmond, VA
    Owned and operated by local chef Elizabeth Oliver, From Scratch Cooking School is all about teaching you how to create fun, flavorful, healthy meals for your family. Chef Oliver offers a variety of hands-on classes, cooking demonstrations, and workshops that are ideal for a date night. Have a fun night out, and learn some great tips to help you enjoy every meal with your family at home.

Interested in buying or selling a home close to all of the amazing attractions and fun activities around Richmond? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA, area.

January
24

Opening in Richmond Early 2022: Hatch Local Food Hall

Richmond Food Hall

Richmond has a vibrant culinary scene, and that means we always have new restaurants to try! Food halls are growing in popularity across the country, and there's one expected to open in the downtown area very soon.

Our real estate agents have passed by the building many times on their way to and from our Richmond homes for sale. With its grand opening so close on the horizon, let's take a closer look at this promising new dining destination.

The Location 

The Hatch Local Food Hall is currently being set up at 400 Hull Street in Richmond, VA. When it's complete, it will feature a coffee bar, a full-service bar, and a lively local market. There are also plans for a space for outdoor dining and events. Patrons will be able to reserve the space ahead of time for occasions like birthday parties or corporate gatherings.  

The Vendors 

The hall is set to host seven local food establishments at first, including: 

  • Buttermilk + Honey by Mike Lindsey and Kimberley Love-Lindsey. This shop sells delectable fried chicken and southern sides. Their chicken sandwich is reported to be excellent, and they even offer gluten-free and vegan fried chicken options so everyone can enjoy their dishes.
     
  • Oro by Laine Myers. This establishment is run by an award-winning chef and serves multi-regional Italian foods with a local twist. Their dishes incorporate fresh noodles and seasonal vegetables to create a bright and enticing array of pasta dishes.  

  • Sincero by Adam Bobadilla and Karen Negvesky. If you're hungry for some authentic Mexican cuisine, this restaurant is the place to go. Deliciously seasoned tacos, burritos, tostadas, and more are all on the menu here. 

  • Royal Pig by Vanna Hem and Adam Stull. This restaurant highlights the rich aromatic flavors of Cambodian comfort food, serving market-friendly favorites like coconut curries and beef skewers.
     
  • Fat Kid Sandwiches by Jon Martin and Liz Clifford. Run by a couple with a passion for simple yet delicious dishes, this sandwich shop blends bar food staples with Italian and Southern influences to create an irresistible lunch menu.
     
  • Odyssey Fish by Lee Gregory. This small shop adds something new to the lineup with casual yet sustainable seafood dishes you're sure to love. The menu was prepared by the same team who created the food at Alewife, a top local restaurant recently named Southern-Living's "Best Restaurant of the South" in 2020. 

  • The Beet Box by Ashley Lewis and Antione Meredith. A great stop for the health-conscious, this hip juice bar serves natural high-nutrition options like smoothie bowls, fresh-pressed juice, and gourmet toast. 

Coming Soon 

Hatch Local Food Hall is currently set to open in early 2022. When it does, it will operate every week between Wednesday and Sunday from 8 AM to 10 PM. For now, you can observe their progress and check out some of the delicious dishes that will be available on the hall's Instagram page. You can also purchase an e-gift card for anyone you know who might be interested in visiting once the hall is up and running.  

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January
3

Say 'I Do' At These Central Virginia Wedding Venues

Central Virginia Wedding

It's hard to imagine a more romantic place to get married than right here in Richmond. With its amazing restaurants, beautiful gardens, and historic cobblestone streets, Richmond is a very romantic city to tie the knot. 

But you still need to book the perfect venue, and luckily, you have a lot of options. Plan your big day at these wedding venues in Richmond and the surrounding areas. 

  • Tiny Chapel Weddings - Richmond, VA 23261
    One of the best venues for a small wedding in Richmond is the Tiny Chapel, a mini-church that takes a few cues from the 'tiny house' movement. This 100 square-foot chapel is modeled after a traditional country church, and best of all, it's mobile. The Tiny Chapel can come to you, so wherever you want to get married in the Richmond area—even your own backyard—the Tiny Chapel is an option. 

  • Altria Theater - 6 N Laurel St, Richmond, VA 23220
    If you're planning an epic wedding and need an equally epic venue, consider the Altria Theater. Located at the southwest corner of Monroe Park in the heart of downtown Richmond, this theater can host parties up to 800 seated and 1,400 standing in its majestic Grand Ballroom. It's one of the city's most elegant, stylish wedding venues, and it's just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale.

  • The Boathouse at Sunday Park - 4602 Millridge Pkwy, Midlothian, VA 23112
    The Boathouse at Sunday Park is a charming indoor/outdoor event venue overlooking a beautiful 1,700-acre lake. It's elegant yet relaxed and a perfect venue for a spring, summer, or fall wedding. The lake makes a spectacular natural backdrop for your ceremony and reception. Located a stone's throw from many Midlothian homes for sale, the Boathouse at Sunday Park offers several different wedding packages, with a potential capacity up to 225. 

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220
    First opened in 1936, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is open 365 days a year and has earned a reputation as one of the finest museums in Richmond. It also has several spaces that can be rented out for private events, including weddings. The VMFA offers an opportunity to get hitched beneath the Atrium's towering skylights surrounded by 35,000 works of art. 

  • The Ward Center - 132 N Sycamore St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Petersburg's Ward Center for Contemporary Art is a spacious gallery, studio space, and event venue. Newly renovated in 2014, the Ward Center offers a unique blend of historic charm and state-of-the-art modern amenities. The event venue side of the center can accommodate up to 500 guests, with a VIP loft area and a fully equipped commercial kitchen. It's just 25 miles from Richmond and minutes away from these Petersburg homes for sale.

  • Common House - 303 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    An in-demand space for rehearsal dinners, weddings, and receptions, the Common House offers several unique spaces in a renovated historic building. Located in the heart of Richmond's Arts District, it's a rustic-chic space with indoor and outdoor venues that can host up to 160 guests. Common house also offers in-house catering, along with a vast wine cellar and a staff sommelier who can help choose the perfect wine for your reception. 

Getting married is just the first step. When it comes time to find a perfect home where you can spend the rest of your lives together, our real estate agents are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about finding your dream home in the Richmond area!

December
27

How to Find a Coworking Space in Richmond

Richmond Coworking

The last few years have made people rethink where and how they work. It comes as no surprise that the number of coworking spaces and people who use them has skyrocketed in 2021. 

In all fairness, coworking was already a major trend before the pandemic changed everything—the number of flexible workspaces in the U.S. grew by more than 200% between 2014 and 2018—but being forced to work from home has shifted everyone's perspectives. After all, wouldn't it be great if you could work from home... but not from home? 

What is Coworking?

If you've ever used a local coffee shop as a place to get work done, then you have an idea of what coworking is all about. But a dedicated coworking space is different because it's actually designed with the needs of remote workers in mind. 

At a typical coworking space, you'll see individuals and groups all working independently on their own projects in a space that's made for working. Coworking spaces have all the amenities remote workers need, like Wi-Fi, printers, various workspaces, and conference areas. 

Unlike a coffee shop, you won't feel like you're on display. And unlike a coffee shop, you don't have to keep buying a steady stream of coffee and scones to avoid feeling like a freeloader (but don't worry; many coworking spaces have coffee and snacks). 

Coworking Spaces in Richmond

The number of spaces dedicated to coworking in the Richmond area has gone through the roof in recent years. Check out some of these amazing places convenient to Richmond homes for sale

  • Venture X - 1806 Summit Ave Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23230
    Spanning 18,000 square feet, Venture X is one of the largest coworking spaces in the city. Venture X is designed with various workers' needs in mind, and you can choose different membership plans depending on what works best for you. Options range from a shared or individual desk to a conference room or communal office. Plus, there's free coffee at the onsite cafe. 

  • Expansive - 11 S 12th St, Richmond, VA 23219
    The Richmond location of Expansive (a growing nationwide group of coworking spaces) is conveniently located where the historic Shockoe Slip neighborhood meets Richmond's financial district. Nestled in a red brick building dating back to 1905, Expansive offers a modern, vibrant and flexible workspace with dedicated desks, conference rooms, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, private offices, and even a working mothers' room. 

  • Common House - 303 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    A unique multi-function space in the heart of Richmond's arts district, Common House offers a little bit of everything. It's equal parts common space and social club, with open coworking and meeting spaces as well as food and drink, community lounges, and an event venue space. They even have an outdoor pool and a wine club. It's a whole new way to look at working remotely.

  • Gather - 313 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Gather provides one of Richmond's premier coworking spaces, with beautifully renovated offices, meeting spaces, and communal work areas. It's a perfect environment in which freelancers, start-ups, and entrepreneurs can grow and thrive. In addition to the Gather location in the Downtown arts district, Gather also operates coworking spaces in Midlothian, Short Pump, and Scott's Addition. Membership to one grants you access to all of them. 

Contact us today to learn more about living and working in Richmond, VA. Whether you work from home, from a coworking space, or at a traditional workplace, Richmond offers a host of amazing opportunities. 

December
20

Spend a Day in Old Towne Petersburg

Petersburg Old Towne

Offering a mix of charming restaurants and shops, Old Towne Petersburg has something for everyone to enjoy in a beautiful historic setting. 

This district remains the heart and soul of the city, as evidenced by these wonderful spots our real estate agents love to visit.

  • River Street Market - 30 River St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Enjoy the fruits of the community, both literally and figuratively, at the River Street Market. Shop for the freshest regional produce, often picked that same morning, along with specialty foods, baked goods, jewelry, and other products from local artisans. Live music adds to the festive atmosphere. Pressed for time? Pre-order online between 2 p.m. on Sunday and noon on Thursday for convenient pickup at the market, which is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. - noon.

  • Croaker's Spot - 9 E. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    For more than 20 years, Croaker's Spot has been "The Soul of Seafood" near Petersburg homes for sale. Their status was further cemented a year ago when they moved into the iconic Farmers Market building, which dates back to 1879. Croaker's Spot is a loving homage to a Harlem restaurant of the same name that was founded by a jazz musician from Richmond. Satisfied diners keep coming back for the catfish, crab cakes, oysters, and specialties such as hot buttered soul wedges, their delicious cornbread drizzled with "soul sauce." Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • The Oak Antique Mall - 400 N. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    The Oak Antique Mall has such an incredible selection of vintage items that it takes two floors to hold them. With 50 stalls showcasing an eclectic assortment ranging from furniture and clothing to housewares and collectibles, you'll find something new and interesting on every visit. Customers frequently cite the gracious and helpful customer service as one of the mall's top features. The Oak Antique Mall is open noon - 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

  • Trapezium Brewing Co. - 423 3rd St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Craft beer may be all the rage across the country, but Trapezium Brewing Co. takes it to new levels of creativity. Cinnamon roll, Almond Joy, and peach pie are just a few of the unexpected flavor profiles of Trapezium's brews. Pair your drink of choice with an appetizer or Neapolitan-style oven-fired pizza. When the weather's nice, enjoy outdoor seating on their dog-friendly patio. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday, noon - 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 7 p.m. Sunday.

  • Petersburg Area Art League - 7 E. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Founded in 1932 by Anna Mercer Dunlop, known as the "Dean of Petersburg Artists," the Petersburg Area Art League has fostered and promoted downtown's rich creative legacy. PAAL maintains three gallery spaces along with an Art Education Center offering classes, workshops, and kids' camps. For more than 40 years, PAAL's annual "Trees of Christmas" has been one of the most anticipated holiday events, while "Friday for the Arts," on the second Friday of each month, is another favorite tradition. Visit the website or follow them on Facebook for information about current exhibits and events.

What else makes Petersburg such a perfect blend of old and new? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA to learn more about homes and real estate in Petersburg.

December
13

7 Things to do in Richmond This Winter

Richmond Winter

Winter is a wonderful time in Richmond, with a great mix of holiday and traditional attractions to explore with the whole family. It's the perfect time to check out some of the city's most popular cultural attractions, enjoy events that will get you in the holiday spirit, or see some of your favorite outdoor attractions transformed for the winter. Our real estate agents have 7 fun Richmond activities to keep you busy this winter.

  • Holiday Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
    An annual holiday classic close to Richmond homes for sale, the GardenFest of Lights sees the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden transformed for the holiday season. This lovely event is open every night from November 22 through January 9, featuring holiday lights, great food, delightful decorations, and so much more. Tickets are only available online, so be sure to purchase them before your visit.

  • Festive Beers at Trapezium Brewing Co.​​​​​​​ – 423 3rd St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Richmond's brewing scene is well known among craft beer fans! Head south of Richmond to the Petersburg area and check out what seasonal beers Trapezium Brewing Co. has on tap. Make a day of it and check out Petersburg homes for sale while you're in the area.
     
  • Family Fun at the CMoR – 2626 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Looking for a way to keep the little ones entertained? Kids of all ages will have a great time at the Children's Museum of Richmond, where educational family fun is always on the schedule. The museum is open every week from Wednesday through Sunday, with online tickets that make it easy to plan your visit.

  • Shopping at Short Pump Town Center – 11800 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23233
    An open-air mall with over 100 stores and more than 20 restaurants, Short Pump Town Center is a great place to have some fun while you check items off of your holiday shopping list. While you're there, enjoy some holiday decorations, pictures with Santa, pet nights with Santa, and other fun events throughout the holiday season.

  • Discover the Story of Virginia at VMHC – 428 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    Operated by the Virginia Historical Society, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture is an excellent destination for learning more about the stories that have shaped the wonderful state that we call home. Check out great exhibits like The Story of Virginia, Landscapes of Virginia, and Partners of History, along with a busy schedule of special events.

  • See a Show at Altria Theater – 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Settle in for a show that the whole family will love at Altria Theater. Plus you can catch some of the biggest live music acts to visit Richmond all winter long. Or give the gift of theater and buy tickets for those still on your holiday shopping list.

  • Skating at Richmond Ice Zone – 636 Johnston Willis Dr., Richmond, VA 23236
    Why wait for the winter weather when you can enjoy some frozen fun anytime at Richmond Ice Zone? One of two ice skating rinks in the city that is open all winter long, the Ice Zone offers public skating most days of the week, lessons, and all of the equipment that you need to enjoy your time on the ice.

Is shopping for a home at the top of your to-do list this winter? Let our team make your life easier. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Richmond, VA area.

December
6

National Lager Day: Richmond Brewery Spotlight

Richmond Lager

Our real estate agents know many local homebuyers are passionate about craft brewing.

When you explore Richmond homes for sale, you'll be minutes from the hub of the craft brewing craze in the historic neighborhood of Scott's Addition. And with National Lager Day coming up fast on December 10, it's never been a better time to go on an exciting Richmond brewery tour of your own.

Lager is beer brewed and conditioned at low temperatures, and it comes in pale, amber, and dark varieties. Most popular retail beers are American-style lagers. 

Let's check out some top places to celebrate National Lager Day:

  • Hardywood Richmond – 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive, Richmond, VA, 23238
    Hardywood Richmond is known for its Richmond lager, which is fully unfiltered and comes from top-quality ingredients. Virginia-grown Cascade Hops make the Richmond lager a true taste of home that simply can't be duplicated anywhere else.
     
  • Väsen Brewing Company – 3331 Moore Street, Richmond, VA 23230
    Väsen Brewing Company stands out for its creative flavors, including the smooth Velvet Walrus milk stout aged in bourbon barrels and conditioned on hazelnut coffee. Regulars love the company's commitment to the environment and its passion for the great outdoors.

  • The Veil Brewing Co. – 1301 Roseneath Road, Richmond, VA 23230 
    With three locations in Richmond and one in Norfolk, The Veil Brewing Co. is never far from where you want to be. The original Scott's Addition location opened its doors in 2014 and is still the hippest and happening in The Veil portfolio. In addition to more than two dozen options on draft, you can always find cans or bottles of your favorite craft brew concoctions available for pick up or to go.

  • Bingo Beer Co. – 2900 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    For food, fun, and games along with some of the best lager in town, Bingo Beer Co. is the place to be. In addition to nearly a dozen lagers including the house favorite Free Space and the sugar-free Potter's Cider, you'll also find a full selection of cocktails, wine, and liquor. The menu is full of surprises, from the cheesesteak eggs rolls to the "Viet Po'Boy" and the bacon jam burger.

  • The Taphouse at River's Bend – 13131 Rivers Bend Boulevard, Chester, VA 23836
    Conveniently located inside a popular local Food Lion, The Taphouse at River's Bend turns heads with its array of 20 taps and its classic menu. Foods run the gamut from pub fare like wings and shrimp to the more complex charcuterie plates, Caprese salad, and hot-pressed paninis. Every Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can drop in to see live acoustic musicians from the local area. It's one more terrific reason to choose Chester homes for sale.

  • Trapezium Brewing Co. – 423 3rd Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Trapezium Brewing Co. sits right at the heart of Old Towne Petersburg, just a short distance from some of the most sought-after Petersburg homes for sale. In fact, the original is so beloved that it has just recently opened a new location in Amherst. Come to the Petersburg taproom, open since 2016, for the original experience complete with fresh-baked Neapolitan-style pizzas, appetizers, and desserts.

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November
8

National Espresso Day: Central Virginia Cafe Guide

Cafes in Richmond

If espresso is your favorite "pick me up," our real estate agents have some great news for you!

National Espresso Day 2021 is coming up on Tuesday the 23rd. No matter where you are in Central Virginia, you'll find plenty of places where you can perk up with a cup of this powerful beverage. Whether you prefer your espresso hot, iced, on its own, or combined with milk, you'll find plenty of options in Richmond area cafes.

Let's look at some options for celebrating National Espresso Day in style:

  • Grit Coffee Roasting Co. – 409 Libbie Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226
    You can order online for convenient pickup at Grit Coffee Roasting Co., an area staple not far from Richmond homes for sale. It's come a long way since opening its very first location in 2008 just off the University of Virginia campus. Known for globally sourced roasts like "Side Hustle" and "Night Shift," it's also a friendly and happening place to raise a cup for National Espresso Day.

  • The Village Cafe – 1001 West Grace Street, Richmond, VA 23220
    Open daily from 9 a.m., with extended hours all the way to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, The Village Cafe is a family business that has been owned by the Ruegers since 2004. In addition to the espresso, you can find a wide range of treats on a menu bursting with flavor: Starters, salads, loaded potatoes, baked subs, sandwiches, croissants, burritos, pizza, pasta, and signature dishes are all available.

  • Demolition Coffee – 215 East Bank Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
    A treat nestled just a short drive from Petersburg homes for sale, you can visit Demolition Coffee for your morning or afternoon pick me up. Menu options featuring their fantastic espresso include their mocha, cappuccino, and dirty chai. Or add an extra shot of espresso to your beverage for only $1.50. Don't forget to check out their pastry case while you're there!

  • Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe – 13872 Coalfield Commons Place, Midlothian, VA 23114
    Conveniently located right next to the Midlothian Library, Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe is a place you might just love to visit if you choose Midlothian homes for sale. Dedicated to "bringing the farm to the city," it's where to look first for locally sourced, wholesome meals based on fresh produce, dairy, and humanely raised meat. And you won't want to forget the espresso, either!

  • Coal Mine Coffee – 117 Browns Way Road, Midlothian, VA 23114
    Coal Mine Coffee has a menu of different coffee styles to choose from, including favorites like espresso and new takes on the classics, not to mention cake pops. It also delivers a full list of events such as book signings and tastings inside the coffeehouse and beyond. 

Now that you've ordered your espresso are you ready to explore real estate opportunities throughout Central Virginia? Contact us for experienced assistance buying or selling properties throughout the area.

October
25

Where to Find Southern Food Near Richmond

Southern Food Richmond
There's a chill in the air as the seasons change. And the drop in temperature is the perfect reason to order classic comfort food. Plus, in Central Virginia, there are plenty of restaurants serving up comforting Southern-style dishes. When our real estate agents are craving some genuine Southern-style cooking, they head to these amazing restaurants around Richmond.

  • Nanny's Southern Style Restaurant – 11900 S. Crater Rd., Petersburg, VA 23805
    Stewart family recipes passed down for generations are just one reason why Nanny's Southern Style Restaurant has been a fixture near Petersburg homes for sale since 1986. Customers also come back for the warm, down-home hospitality from the friendly staff. Nanny's mouthwatering fried chicken, beef brisket, and pork BBQ are available for dine-in and curbside pickup. Be sure to check out the Friday and Saturday specials. Hours are 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, and 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday.


  • Mama J's – 415 N. 1st St., Richmond, VA 23219
    With Mama J's, Richmond native Velma Jackson wanted to recreate the experience of Sunday dinner at her grandmother's house. By all accounts she's succeeded, with Thrillist naming Mama J's on their list of "50 Restaurants to Try Before You Die." People travel from far beyond Richmond homes for sale to enjoy Velma's fried chicken, mac & cheese, and catfish nuggets. Visit the website or call to order. Hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily except Friday and Saturday when closing time is 9 p.m.


  • Alewife – 3120 E. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23223
    Southern food may go back for generations, but it's versatile enough to adapt to other styles and trends. The creative, farm-to-table approach at Alewife earned "Best New Restaurant" recognition from national publications such as Esquire and GQ. Alewife's menu showcases mid-Atlantic seafood prepared with a global influence and sustainable ingredients, such as the Buffalo shrimp katsu sandwich with Old Bay slaw, dill pickles, and tater tots. Reservations are strongly recommended, and carryout is always available. Alewife is open Monday through Saturday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., while brunch is served Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


  • The Roosevelt – 623 N. 25th St., Richmond, VA 23223
    The heart and soul of Richmond infuses every part of The Roosevelt, a local institution housed in a turn-of-the-20th-century building in Church Hill. Called an "untraditional celebration of the food of the South," the award-winning menu of elevated comfort food classics includes Hoppin' John salad, pimento cheese grits, rabbit pot pie, and braised pork shoulder. Reservations are highly recommended, or you can order online for convenient carryout. The Roosevelt is open 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Wednesday through Saturday and 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Southern Taste Diner – 9951 Hull Street Rd., North Chesterfield, Va 23236
    Since Southern Taste Diner opened in 2019, they have been serving up fantastic home-cooked dishes near Chesterfield homes for sale. Whether you're stopping in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you're in for a great homestyle meal packed with flavor. Menu options include comforting meals like pot roast, country-fried steak, and meatloaf. Stop by between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Plus, they're open for breakfast at 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday, closing at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. 

Find out why Richmond is a unique blend of modern amenities and traditional charm. Contact us at Napier ERA to learn more from our helpful and knowledgeable real estate agents.

September
20

Plan Ahead for the Richmond Folk Festival

Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival is back and better than ever! After holding a virtual event in 2020, the festival returns to its place on the riverfront for an in-person event in October 2021. As always, you will be treated to live performances from a diverse, international collection of bands in a fun festival atmosphere with activities for all ages to enjoy. There's no admission fee for this outstanding event, and its convenient location near Richmond homes for sale attracts visitors from throughout Virginia. Our real estate agents have all of the details on what you can expect at the Richmond Folk Festival this year.

Plan Ahead for the Richmond Folk Festival

The Event: Richmond Folk Festival

When: October 8 – 10, 2021

Where: Downtown Richmond Riverfront

Admission: Free

Enjoy a Free, Culturally Diverse Live Music Festival

The highlight of the Richmond Folk Festival, as always, is the amazing lineup of artists set to perform. There will be six performance stages located throughout the riverfront area, with performances happening all day throughout each of the event's three days. The first group of artists announced for the festival includes Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, the Nava Persian Trio, Joanie Madden & Cherish the Ladies, Plena Es, Rare Essence, and Sean Jones. In addition to the live music, there will also be dance performances that highlight cultures from around the world.

Fantastic Food and So Much More at the Marketplace

It's not just great music that makes the Richmond Folk Festival such a must-visit event. The Marketplace is where you'll find food from some of the best food vendors from Richmond and beyond, all in one place. Sample a unique selection of multi-cultural cuisine, and be sure to save room for dessert! In the Marketplace, you will also be able to shop from a selection of artisans offering unique gift items, clothing, home décor, and crafts of all kinds. Stay tuned to the Richmond Folk Festival website to learn more about which artisans and vendors will be setting up shop in the Marketplace this year as they're announced closer to the start of the festival.

An Epic Scavenger Hunt and Fun Family Activities

The Richmond Folk Festival is geared toward families and visitors of all ages, with a wide variety of fun activities available in the play area for kids. And you don't have to wait for the festival to start having a great time. There are also two scavenger hunts that you can participate in to learn more about the festival, discover new artists, and get excited about the big event. 

A History of Excellence in Richmond

The Richmond Folk Festival has been one of the city's favorite annual events ever since it was first established in 2004 and has grown into one of the largest festivals in Virginia. It all started with the goal of celebrating the many unique cultures that combine to make Richmond such a special place to live, and festival organizers find new ways to add to that celebration every year. 

There's always another exciting event coming up on the calendar in Richmond, and our team would love to help you find your next home close to all of the action. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA, area.

September
7

Where To Stop For Breakfast Around Central Virginia

Richmond Breakfast Spots

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here in Richmond, our real estate agents are lucky to live in a place where a great breakfast is never hard to find. 

September is officially Better Breakfast Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're excited to share some of our favorite breakfast spots in Central Virginia! Whether you're looking for a classic diner breakfast or perhaps some healthier fare, you have a lot of great options to choose from.

  • Moore Street Cafe - 2904 W Moore St, Richmond, VA 23230
    A classic diner in Richmond's Scott's Addition neighborhood, Moore Street Cafe has served up top-notch breakfast fare in a building that has housed restaurants since the 1940s. They're known for the best pancakes in town, and their whole vibe, from the brick-clad exterior to the retro-styled dining area, makes you feel like you've stepped into a diner from yesteryear. Located just minutes from these Richmond homes for sale, Moore Street Cafe serves breakfast all day, and it's never a bad time to stop in. 

  • 521 Biscuits & Waffles - 521 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
    Biscuits and waffles are breakfast staples in Virginia, but few places make them quite like 521 Biscuits & Waffles. Not only is everything on their menu delicious, but it's also 100% gluten-free. From their bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on a buttermilk biscuit to a lemon poppyseed waffle topped with blackberries, you simply cannot go wrong. The folks at 521 Biscuits & Waffles even squeeze their own orange juice fresh in-house. 

  • Millie's Diner - 2603 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23223
    For more than 30 years, Millie's Diner has been offering stellar breakfast and lunch fare. They've been voted Richmond's best brunch almost every year since they opened their doors and have built a reputation based on bold flavors and fresh ingredients. The frittatas and omelets are out of this world, and the menu abounds with specialties (lump crab and scrambled egg enchiladas, anyone?) that simply beg to be tried. Also try their famous potatoes, prepared with peppers, onions, and Indian spices, which are served as a side with just about everything. 

  • Demolition Coffee - 215 E Bank St, Petersburg, VA 23803
    Some mornings, a great cup of coffee is your first priority, and you can build your breakfast from there. On those mornings, Demolition Coffee is the place to be. Not only do they serve some of the best coffee and espresso drinks in Central Virginia, but they have a fun menu filled with tasty breakfast treats, including egg and cheese sandwiches and homemade waffles. All their baked goods are great too, and with a location convenient to many Petersburg homes for sale, Demolition Coffee is an easy place to make part of your daily morning routine. 

  • Shore Dog Cafe - 435-B N Ridge Rd, Henrico, VA 23229
    Shore Dog Cafe is one of the most reliable breakfast spots in the RVA area. Their breakfast burritos and lox & bagels are next-level. They also offer a tasty breakfast bowl—quinoa, egg, kale, tomatoes, and parmesan—for anyone looking for a healthy option. Shore Dog also serves locally roasted coffee from Lamplighter Coffee Roasters. The cafe is located within walking distance of many Henrico homes for sale, and they also happen to make some of the best crab cakes around, so you might want to stop back in for lunch. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Richmond and the surrounding areas. Or real estate agents can't wait to help you find your dream home in Central Virginia!

August
23

Scenic Dining Options in Central Virginia

Richmond Scenic Dining

It's no secret that Richmond and the surrounding areas feature stunning scenery. From the city skyline to the James River, there's a lot to see, even while you're dining. Our real estate agents love to feast on the views found at these great restaurants around Central Virginia. 

  • The Boathouse - 4708 E. Old Main St., Richmond, VA 23231
    How many cities have a downtown with spectacular waterfront views? The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing overlooks the James River, offering a view framed by lush greenery. While The Boathouse is known for their iconic crab cakes, the rest of their menu is equally impressive. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

  • Conch Republic - 11 Orleans St., Richmond, VA 23231
    Enjoy the flavors and ambiance of Key West just minutes from Richmond homes for sale at Conch Republic. Take in a beautiful sunset as you dine on island-inspired dishes such as conch chowder, Islamorada fish tacos, and Cuban sandwiches. Don't be surprised if a bald eagle or heron flies by to complete the picture. Conch Republic is open 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. 

  • Byrd House - 301 W. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23220
    Fly high at the aptly named Byrd House, not far from the VCU campus. You'll literally have the city at your feet as you relax on the rooftop bar that provides stunning 360-degree panoramic views. The menu includes veggie egg rolls, shrimp tacos, and other shareable small plates, but you'll want one of the signature Graduate Smash Burgers all for yourself. Byrd House is open through November, with hours from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 5 p.m. - midnight Thursday through Saturday.

  • Amuse Restaurant - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23220
    After viewing incredible works of art, gaze at a masterpiece from Mother Nature while dining at Amuse Restaurant. Locals refer to Amuse, located in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as one of the city's hidden gems. Many tables look out over the Sculpture Garden behind the museum, while others have a view of the stunning atrium. The menu changes based on the freshest seasonal ingredients, but there are always vegetarian and gluten-free options. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

  • Maria's Old Town 21 - 21 W. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Owners Vincenza and Giovanni Crapa bring the sights, aromas, and flavors of their native Sicily to the area near Peterburg homes for sale with Maria's Old Town 21. The rustic decor and charming patio are reminiscent of a countryside trattoria, while the menu includes classic dishes such as antipasto, penne alfredo, and pollo marsala. Maria's is open 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Capital Ale House - 13831 Village Place Dr., Midlothian, VA 23114
    Cap off a day of viewing Midlothian homes for sale with dinner and drinks on the patio at Capital Ale House. The menu is an upscale take on a German beer garden, with favorites such as pierogies, jägerschnitzel, and a sausage platter. The impressive beer list includes dozens of domestic and imported draft, bottled, and canned brands. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - midnight Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - midnight Sunday.

There's always something special to see in Central Virginia, including the amazing homes. Have questions about real estate? Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA.

August
16

Antique Stores Around Central Virginia

Richmond Antique Stores

Everything old is new again, especially when it comes to the incredible variety of vintage furniture, artwork, home accessories, and jewelry found in local antique stores. Our real estate agents love to spend weekends antiquing at these great shops around Central Virginia.

  • West End Antiques Mall - 2004 Staples Mill Rd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Why do people consistently name West End Antiques Mall as the best antique mall near Richmond homes for sale? With more than 250 booths across 53,000 square feet, you're sure to find something that catches your eye. The comprehensive assortment of antiques and collectibles spans a full spectrum of periods and styles. Just 25 percent down holds any purchase of $100 or more for 45 days. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Sheppard Street Antiques - N. 1126 Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond, VA 23230
    Virginia native Sara Garza blended her passion for antiques and dreams of entrepreneurship when she opened Sheppard Street Antiques. Originally, the shop specialized in vintage garden-related items, reflecting another of Sara's interests. As Sheppard Street Antiques became more successful, Sara expanded the scope to include an eclectic offering of antiques and collectibles. In support of her native state, Sara also carries a number of handmade jewelry and gift items by local artists. Sheppard Street Antiques is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

  • Sixty West Vintage - 8004 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235
    When you visit Sixty West Vintage, you may feel like you're in someone's home rather than a store. Sixty West Vintage is well-known for featuring high-quality wood furniture from top brands such as Pennsylvania House and Thomasville. Be sure to stop in the gallery of Carole Stewart and take home one of her original oil paintings to grace the walls of your home. Hours are 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Penniston's Alley Antiques & Collectibles - 102 W. Old St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    Historic Old Town is an appropriate location for Penniston's Alley Antiques & Collectibles, just down the street from Petersburg homes for sale. Two Federal townhouses dating back to the early 1800s form the setting for the shop, creating a gracious and comfortable ambiance. Owners Sid Scott and Chris Brown took advantage of their jobs as flight attendants to bring back stunning furniture and accessories from around the world. Sid, Chris, and their staff love to share information about antiques as well as historic tales of Petersburg. Penniston's Alley is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Tye's Antiques - 4200 Steger Creek Dr., Powhatan, VA 23139
    Like many of the best entrepreneurial ideas, Tye's Antiques started out as a personal hobby for owners Tom and Robyn. The pair soon filled their home with furniture and family heirlooms Tom restored in their garage-turned-workroom. In addition to selling antiques, Tom puts his refinishing skills to work on customer-owned pieces ranging from a drop-leaf table to a pair of old church pews, many of which are now proudly displayed in Powhatan homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 

Central Virginia's historic past and lively present make it the perfect place for your future. Contact us at Napier Realtors ERA for expert help buying or selling a home. 

July
26

National Chicken Wing Day: Where to Order in Central Virginia

Richmond Chicken Wings

July 29th, 2021 is National Chicken Wing Day, and our real estate agents are the first to admit that we don't need any excuse to celebrate this particular occasion. If you happen to be in Central Virginia in time for the holiday, we recommend these top spots for wings in Richmond and the surrounding areas. 

  • The Cocky Rooster - 2523 W Main St, Richmond, VA 23220
    The folks at The Cocky Rooster know a thing or two about chicken. You can order your wings fried, smoked or boneless, and drenched in finger-licking sauces like spicy honey butter, garlic parmesan, and of course classic mild, medium, or hot. The Cocky Rooster is just a short drive from these Richmond homes for sale, and they even have vegan wings for plant-based diners!

  • Brew Craft Bar & Kitchen - 6525 Centralia Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832
    A cozy gastropub with tasty bar food and 30 rotating beers on tap, Brew Craft Bar & Kitchen is a perfect spot to sip a cold one and tear into some wings. Their super-crispy chicken wings come doused in buffalo bourbon or sweet Thai chili sauce, with a side of bleu cheese for dunking. They also make some of the best beer-battered onion rings in town and are located mere minutes from these Chesterfield homes for sale.

  • Flyin' Pig - 13560 Waterford Pl, Midlothian, VA 23112
    With a laid-back bar and grill vibe, Flyin' Pig is a great spot to relax and mow down a dozen savory, perfectly crispy wings. Located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale, Flyin' Pig hickory smokes their wings and serves them up with any of their 10 signature sauces. Choose classic buffalo sauce, honey BBQ, pineapple teriyaki, or 'waiver wings' so hot you have to sign a waiver before eating them.

  • Legend Brewing Co. - 321 W 7th St, Richmond, VA 23224
    No one can deny that Legend Brewing Co. makes some of the finest craft beers, ales, and lagers in town. But their wings are also next-level. They're grilled and dry-rubbed to perfection, and they taste great dunked in Porter BBQ sauce and washed down with a Legend IPA. Legend Brewing Co. also has a spacious deck and beer garden that will make you want to stay for another round. 

  • Hurley's Tavern - 4028 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
    A beloved local watering hole with some of the best-elevated pub grub in town, Hurley's Tavern makes some seriously tasty wings. They're perfectly crunchy and crispy, and you can order yours any of 10 sauces or six dry rub seasonings (maple-bacon and Memphis BBQ are perennial favorites). Make it a 'Wings and Rings' combo with the addition of onion rings! Hurley's is just minutes from these Glen Allen homes for sale.

  • HogsHead Cafe - 8902 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23294
    Although HogsHead Cafe is known for barbecue first and foremost, they also happen to serve some of the best wings in Richmond. Their jumbo spice-rubbed wings are cooked to juicy-yet-crispy perfection before being slathered in sauce and served with bleu cheese and celery. Sauce options include classic buffalo and BBQ, along with their signature Fiery Hog Sauce. Go ahead and order some loaded tater tots on the side. You won't regret it. 

  • Brother's Pizza - 25809 Cox Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803
    With a name like Brother's Pizza, you expect a menu full of great pizza and Italian favorites. But they are on this list for a reason, and that's because of their wing zings. Available in orders of 6, 10, or 20, these crispy fried wings make the perfect appetizer for your Italian meal. Or get their appetizer sampler to try other appetizers along with the wing zings. Either way, you're in for a treat! Plus, their location is close to many Petersburg homes for sale.   

Contact us today to learn more about life in Central Virginia. From rich history to a great food scene, it's a truly special place to call home, and our team is dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Richmond, VA, and the surrounding areas. 

July
5

Summer Cookout Near Richmond: Local Butcher Shops for Summer Grilling

Summer Cookout Richmond

What could be better than a warm, pleasant Richmond summer evening spent around the grill, creating and enjoying a fresh, delicious meal with your whole family? Whether you're already a grill master or you're just getting started, the outstanding butcher shops of the Richmond area have both the fresh ingredients and expertise to help you make the most of your time in front of the grill. Our real estate agents have all the delicious details on 5 great butcher shops where you can find fresh ingredients and so much more around the Central Virginia area.

  • Belmont Butchery – 15 N. Belmont Ave., Richmond, VA 23221
    If you're looking for a butcher that offers more than great meat and has a convenient location close to Richmond homes for sale, it's hard to top the experience at Belmont Butchery. The husband and wife ownership team of Tanya Cauthen and Henry Reidy are there to help you make the most of their high-quality ingredients. Tanya is the butcher and expert on all things meat, while Henry can help you pick the perfect wine pairing for your next summer grilling session.

  • Libbie Market – 400 Libbie Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
    Stock up on everything you need for an evening of grilling at Libbie Market, a locally owned and operated market with a reputation for stocking the highest quality ingredients. Libbie Market is best known for its Certified Angus butcher shop, where you can pick out your fresh ingredients with the help of an experienced butcher. It's also a full-service grocery store with a bakery, fresh produce, and a selection of artisanal ingredients that you won't find anywhere else.

  • Tom's Meats & Produce – 2410 Magnolia Court, Richmond, VA 23223
    A wholesale supplier that is happy to accommodate orders both small and large, Tom's Meat & Produce is a great place to shop when you're looking to stock up your freezer for the whole summer. Tom's Meat & Produce offers nearly every cut of pork, chicken, and beef you can imagine, along with a selection of fresh, local seafood that's ready to grill. This market has been locally owned and operated since it first opened its doors in 1975.

  • Randolph Market – 300 N. 6th Ave., Hopewell, VA 23860
    With fresh ingredients, a wide selection of meat, and tons of weekly specials, Randolph Market is your one-stop shop for grilling needs near Hopewell homes for sale. If you're looking for great deals, you can find them here. Be sure to check the weekly advertisement for the latest deals from the butcher at Randolph Market. This market also offers a great selection of customized fruit baskets and deli trays perfect for when you're entertaining guests around the grill.

  • Tom Leonard's – 4150 Tom Leonard Dr., Glen Allen, VA 23060
    An award-winning, local farmers market close to Glen Allen homes for sale that has been recognized for offering the best fresh produce in the region, Tom Leonard's also features a full-service butcher shop with an experienced butcher to help you get the perfect cut of meat for your next masterpiece on the grill. Nearly every cut of meat at Tom Leonard's is sourced from local Virginia farms, providing quality that you can count on. 

Searching for a home with the perfect yard for grilling and entertaining? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the area.

June
7

Educational Opportunities for Your Kids in Central Virginia

Summer Kids Camps

When summer rolls around, learning opportunities don't end, they just get more fun. This summer, our real estate agents are excited to highlight some great opportunities for kids to keep learning.

Check out these fun educational opportunities for kids in Central Virginia this summer. Your youngsters will gain some serious knowledge and experience and have a blast doing it!

  1. Children's Museum of Richmond - 2626 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220
    Endless opportunities for hands-on learning are available at the Children's Museum of Richmond. The museum's mission is all about learning through play, and they offer a wide range of programs and exhibits that allow kids to do just that while developing crucial socialization skills and language development at the same time. Located a stone's throw from many Richmond homes for sale, the museum offers experiences for all ages. Check their online calendar for upcoming events. 

  2. Metro Richmond Zoo - 8300 Beaver Bridge Rd, Moseley, VA 23120
    It's hard to imagine a better place for kids and grownups alike to embrace their wild side than that Metro Richmond Zoo. For kids interested in learning more about the zoo's wildlife, Summer Safari day camps are the perfect adventure. Open to ages 10-13, the 6-hour day camps include a behind-the-scenes zoo tour and unique insights into the lives of penguins, cheetahs, and other zoo residents, all under the supervision of expert zookeepers. Junior Summer Safaris are also available for children ages 6-9.  

  3. Children's Museum of Chesterfield - 6629 Lake Harbour Dr. Chesterfield, VA 23832
    The sister museum to the Children's Museum of Richmond, the Children's Museum of Chesterfield, offers many similar opportunities, plus a few fun extras. Kids can explore a full art studio plus, along with a "transportation station" that includes an authentic fire truck. With a location convenient to many Chesterfield homes for sale, this museum offers plenty of opportunities for kids to grow and learn while having a great time. 

  4. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - 200 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23220
    Home to a stunning collection of artwork from around the globe, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts also has a reputation for giving countless young artists a head-start on their artist journeys. The museum hosts art classes, lectures, and workshops on a wide-ranging variety of subjects and mediums, including hands-on classes tailored for kids in every age group, from toddlers to teens. 

  5. Code Ninjas - 13569 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
    If you have a budding computer wiz on your hands, Code Ninjas might just be the perfect place where they can develop their skills. Located just minutes from these Midlothian homes for sale, Code Ninjas offers Coding for Kids programs, in which youngsters can learn more about computer programming by creating their own video games. They'll have so much fun they won't even realize how much they're learning. 

  6. Maymont Summer Camps - 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
    Maymont is a spectacular 100-acre historic estate that has been transformed into one of Richmond's most beautiful public parks. Complete with an arboretum and wildlife exhibits, Maymont hosts summer camps every year that give kids a chance to connect with nature and learn more about the wild world all around them. Summer camps are available for various age groups and include everything from outdoor adventures and animal encounters to crafts and games.

Ready to learn more about life in Central Virginia? Contact us today to learn more about life in the Richmond area and all the opportunities that await in Central Virginia. 

May
10

BBQ Spots in Central Virginia for National BBQ Day

Richmond BBQ

There's never a bad day to fire up the grill, and National BBQ Day is right around the corner. That's right, May 16th is an entire day dedicated to celebrating this American favorite! 

Plus, if you prefer to let someone else do the cooking, you're in luck. There are a ton of great BBQ restaurants in the Central Virginia area. Stop by these BBQ spots for flavorful dishes that will have you celebrating National BBQ Day all year long. 

  1. Deep Run Roadhouse: 12379 Gayton Rd., Henrico, VA 23238
    If you're looking for delicious Tex-Mex, regional BBQ, and comfort food, look no further than Deep Run Roadhouse. They make everything from scratch using fresh ingredients. On the menu, you'll find items like their signature sliced brisket, rope sausage, fried catfish, smoked fried wings, and more. After you enjoy your meal, we suggest taking a drive around the area. It's home to some of the best Henrico homes for sale.

  2. Alamo BBQ: 2202 Jefferson Ave., Richmond, VA 23223
    For a taste of Texas right in Richmond, you can't go wrong with Alamo BBQ. From the award-winning beef brisket to southwest-influenced items like grilled burritos and fish tacos, their menu is sure to please even the most discerning of diners. Alamo BBQ is located in historic Church Hill, just minutes from downtown. When you're in the area looking at Richmond homes for sale, you'll definitely want to stop by or order take-out to enjoy when you get home.  

  3. Pig & Brew Barbecue Bar: 1313 Hull St., Richmond, VA 23224
    When you visit Pig & Brew Barbecue Bar, you may come for the food, but you'll stay for the fun! This kid-friendly neighborhood restaurant/bar is the area's best place for authentic North Carolina-style barbecue. We love the smoked wings and the Hillbilly Fries topped with cheese, bacon, and NC-style pork BBQ.

  4. Saucy's Sit-Down Bar.B.Q: 257 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
    If you've been exploring Petersburg homes for sale, you'll definitely want to get to know Saucy's Sit-Down Bar.B.Q. They were voted "The South's Best Butt" by Southern Living Magazine not once but twice! The menu features all the classics and some interesting items like fried mac & cheese balls. 

  5. The Original Ronnie's BBQ: 2097 New Market Rd., Henrico, VA 23231
    The Original Ronnie's BBQ is definitely worth the stop! This family-owned-and-operated roadside BBQ joint serves up boxed specials like ribs, chicken wings, or beef brisket with your choice of two sides. If it's your first time, we recommend splurging on the Sampler Box. It comes with brisket, a chicken leg, smoked ribs, and a mound of Carolina BBQ. 
     
  6. Sibley's BarBQue: 12000 Winfree St., Chester, VA 23831
    Whenever we're in the area showing Chester homes for sale, we love to stop by Sibley's BarBQue. This excellent BBQ restaurant has been an area favorite for over 20 years. We recommend the hickory-smoked BBQ ribs, pork chops, and hand-breaded catfish. Make sure you save room for some of their almost-famous homemade pies - you'll be glad you did. 

Ready to learn more about the Central Virginia area? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled real estate agents. 

            May
            3

            Central Virginia Restaurants Perfect for Mother's Day

            Richmond Restaurants

            Mother's Day is the biggest holiday of the year for restaurants, surpassing even Valentine's Day. If you're taking mom out for brunch or dinner, head to one of these great restaurants in Richmond recommended by our real estate agents

            1. Independence Golf Club - 600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23113
              Treat mom to stunning sunset views near Midlothian homes for sale at Tavern 19, the onsite restaurant at Independence Golf Club. Relax on the patio or at the Lexus View as you dine on inventive small plates such as coconut lime cauliflower, short rib egg rolls, or seared sesame seed tuna. You can't go wrong with Tavern 19's hand-tossed and wood-fired pizzas, available in both traditional and gourmet options. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday.

            2. Laura Lee's - 3410 Semmes Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
              Laura Lee's is named after owner Kendra Feather's mom, making it a particularly appropriate choice for a Mother's Day outing not far from Richmond homes for sale. With vibrant artwork on exposed brick walls and beautiful splashes of greenery, Laura Lee's is a 21st-century update of the iconic fern bar. The menu includes seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes, so there's something to satisfy any taste. Dine alfresco on the charming and secluded garden patio. Laura Lee's is open 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

            3. Howlett's Restaurant & Tavern - 3530 Festival Park Plaza, Chester, VA 23831
              After a day of viewing Chesterfield County homes for sale, join mom for a special dinner at family-owned Howlett's Restaurant & Tavern. Customers keep coming back for Howlett's famous prime rib, offered in 12-ounce and 16-ounce portions, as well as their crab cakes, prepared with their own special recipe. Make sure mom saves room for one of co-owner Brooke Helbling's homemade desserts, such as the signature peanut butter pie. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

            4. The Boathouse - 701 W. Randolph Rd., Hopewell, VA 23860
              While the name has changed since the restaurant's debut in 1988, The Boathouse has always focused on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Located just minutes from Hopewell homes for sale, the restaurant overlooks the Appomattox and James Rivers. Not surprisingly, seafood takes center stage, from the popular crab cakes to the Southern classic shrimp and grits. If you prefer an earlier celebration, The Boathouse serves Sunday brunch with a mix of breakfast favorites, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Hours are 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday, with brunch until 2:45 p.m. Reservations are required.

            5. Kitchenette - 1405 Prince Arthur Rd., Richmond, VA 23225
              Treat mom to a home-cooked meal where she doesn't have to do the work. Kitchenette is a take-out eatery that offers full meals and a la carte main dishes, salads, and sides. Daily specials include mouthwatering items such as Parmesan-breaded chicken tenders, garlic-citrus pork tenderloin, and meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Mix-and-match your own dinner with choices like salmon filets, pasta, grilled asparagus, and roasted butternut squash. Hours are 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. - noon Saturday.

            Richmond's history, culture, and natural surroundings make it a perfect place to raise a family. Contact us for friendly and knowledgeable help with all your real estate needs.

            February
            15

            Margarita Day in Richmond: Where you Can Celebrate

            Richmond Margaritas

            Pass the salt! National Margarita Day is on Monday, February 22nd, and our real estate agents are ready to celebrate. While the Richmond area is known for the local breweries and cideries, the margarita selection certainly won't disappoint. Whether frozen or on the rocks, order a margarita at these local spots around Richmond. 

            1. Plaza Azteca — 12020 W. Broad St., Henrico, VA 23223
              Plaza Azteca is your shortcut to Mexico and a great place to celebrate National Margarita Day. A plate of OMG Nachos and a fresh margarita will give you plenty of time to peruse their menu full of delicious quesadillas, enchiladas, and burritos. If you're in the area checking out Henrico homes for sale, Plaza Azteca is now offering margaritas to go so you can order takeout and enjoy National Margarita Day at home.
               
            2. Lalo's Cocina Bar & Grill — 2617 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
              If there's one place you need to visit on National Margarita Day, it's Lalo's Cocina Bar & Grill. They have not one, not two, but twenty different margaritas to choose from. The Jalapeno will spice up your night while the Swirl mixed with Red Sangria combines the best of both worlds. Perhaps it's best to order a three-flavored Caribbean margarita and pretend you're celebrating National Margarita Day on a Baja beach.

            3. Tio Pablo — 1703 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA 23223
              Trust us, Tio Pablo won't let you down on National Margarita Day. Though they're still closed for in-person dining, their Tio To Go menu includes the Tio Pablo Margarita and their flavor-of-the-day margarita. Pair either with house specials like pupusas, camarones rancheros, and chille relleno. Add a cheesecake habanero, flan, or tres leches cake and end the night with a full stomach.

            4. Little Mexico — 1328 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
              If you can't make it south of the border on National Margarita Day, Little Mexico is the next best destination. Authentic cuisine awaits including pollo Yucatan, enchiladas verdes, and Texanas fajitas. Wash everything down with a frozen margarita mixed with sangria or upgrade to a premium margarita like a Mezcal Mule.

            5. Maya — 525 E. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23219
              Modern Mexican cuisine and tequila culture make Maya a wonderful RVA stop for National Margarita Day for one magnificent reason: five-dollar margaritas during their happy hour. Charred octopus, lamb sliders, ceviche, and flautas will fill your table with authentic flavors.

            6. Andrade's International — 7 Bollingbrook St., Petersburg, VA 23803
              The finest cuisines from Mexico, Cuba, Spain, Peru, and Bolivia come together at Andrade's International Restaurant. From modern recipes to your favorite traditional foods, Andrade's International near many great Petersburg homes for sale delivers exceptional taste with dishes perfect for pairing a margarita with. Though they are closed on Mondays, why not celebrate National Margarita Day a little early with their Sunday brunch?

            Searching for a home within a safe walking distance or short rideshare away from the best restaurants and pubs in the RVA? Let us help you. Contact us today to tour our Richmond homes for sale.   

            February
            8

            Date Night in Richmond: Restaurants Perfect for Takeout

            Romantic Restaurants in Richmond

            Richmond is home to many fantastic restaurants perfect for a romantic dinner! Skip cooking this Valentine's Day and leave the cooking to the talented chefs in the Richmond area. It's easy to create a charming, intimate atmosphere at home! Set the table, light some candles, and order a delicious meal from one of the area's best restaurants. Here are a few local hot spots that our real estate agents recommend. 

            1. Kirin Cafe: 302 N. Robinson St., Richmond, VA 23220
              If you and your significant other love sushi, you can't go wrong with an order from Kirin Cafe. They offer a huge selection of sushi rolls, entrees, and lunch specials. For a romantic touch, consider ordering the Sweetheart Roll, a heart-shaped presentation made from a spicy tuna roll wrapped with fresh tuna. Kirin Cafe offers both pick-up and delivery options with convenient online ordering. This makes it the perfect choice for planning a date night after a busy day of exploring Richmond homes for sale

            2. 821 Cafe: 825 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220
              Dates don't have to be fancy, and they don't have to involve dinner. 821 Cafe has a great breakfast menu, including decadent items like a Bacon and Brie Omelet or Nutella Stuffed French Toast topped with bananas. A great option for starting out your Valentine's Day morning! They also serve a full lunch and dinner menu with items like sub sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and more. 

            3. Lunch.Supper!: 1213 - 1215 Summit Ave., Richmond, VA 23230
              Lunch. Supper! has been pleasing guests in the Richmond area since 2012. This classic southern smokehouse offers various meats that have been cured, brined, and smoked in-house. Consider trying the Pork Rind Nachos, Shrimp & Grits, or Boneless Braised Short Ribs.
               
            4. Tavern 19 Kitchen & Taphouse: 600 Founders Bridge Blvd., Midlothian, VA 23113
              Located at the Independence Golf Club, Tavern 19 Kitchen & Taphouse serves classic American food, including burgers and hot dogs, sandwiches, pizza, tacos, and dinner entrees. Whether you want something simple, like a Tavern Burger or Chili Dog, or a more upscale meal, like their Bacon Shallot Ribeye, you'll find exactly what you're looking for here. If you've been looking at Midlothian homes for sale, this restaurant is sure to become one of your favorites. Make sure you check out their daily specials and sign up for their new loyalty program so you can get rewarded every time you dine in or order takeout. 

            5. Alexander's Fine Food: 101 West Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
              An area favorite since 1977, you can always expect a stellar meal from Alexander's Fine Food. The menu features various Italian, Greek, and American cuisine, including classics like Spanakopita, Lasagna, Chicken Parmigiana, and Souvlaki Sandwiches. It's also located nearby some of the most beautiful Petersburg homes for sale. We recommend taking the scenic route home so you can get to know some of the great nearby neighborhoods. 

            Love is in the air, and there's no better time to find your dream home. Our real estate agents are here to help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

            January
            18

            National Cheese Lover's Day: Cheese Shops and Delis in Richmond

            Richmond Cheese Shops

            It's almost time to celebrate a very delicious holiday, with National Lover's Cheese Day right around the corner. Fortunately, the delis, markets, cheese shops, and wine bars of the Richmond area are ready to supply everything you need for this special day, including some of the best cheese that you'll find anywhere. These shops offer a mix of fresh, locally created cheese, and delectable imports from all around the world. Our real estate agents have all the details on 5 local shops where you can find special treats for National Lover's Cheese Day this year.

            1. Truckle Cheesemongers – 1320 Summit Ave., Richmond, VA 23230

              If you're searching for the best cheese close to Richmond homes for sale, then Truckle Cheesemongers is the perfect place to start. Every cheese here is cut to order, the selection is outstanding, and contactless delivery is available by appointment. You can also stop by the shop to see the selection in person, check out the great options for cheese boards, grab a gift basket, and get personalized advice from Richmond's cheese experts.

            2. Secco Wine Bar – 325 N Robinson St., Richmond, VA 23220

              Would it truly be a cheese celebration without a nice glass of wine to pair with your favorite cheese? Pick up everything you need in one place at Secco Wine Bar, which offers delicious cheese, fantastic wine, and so much more. Grab a fantastic cheese board with selections from Chef Julie Heins, or shop from a great selection of gourmet cheese, meat, and wine. You can pick up your cheese in-store, or schedule a local delivery anytime.

            3. Belmont Butchery – 15 N Belmont Ave., Richmond, VA 23221

              If you're aiming to put together a charcuterie board to pair your cheese with delicious meats, nuts, and dried fruits, then Belmont Butchery is more than worth a visit. This Richmond butcher shop offers a wide variety of specialty items, including special smoked cheeses and a huge selection of artisanal meats that are hard to find at other butcher shops. The knowledgeable team here will be happy to help you pick the perfect pairings, and put together a charcuterie board that your guests are sure to love.

            4. Murray's Cheese – 14101 Midlothian Tpke., Midlothian, VA 23113

              For the best cheese close to Midlothian homes for sale, try a quick visit to Murray's Cheese. If you want the widest selection of cheese and meat from around the world, this is the perfect place to shop. The list of cheeses available at Murray's Cheese is a mile long and includes varieties that you may not find at other shops. Don't want to restrict your celebration to National Lover's Cheese Day? Sign up for a monthly cheese club, and enjoy something new in your mailbox every month.

            5. Route 1 Country Store – 13723 Boydton Plank Rd., Dinwiddie, VA 23841

              Great cheese is never far from your front door around Dinwiddie homes for sale, thanks to great local shops like the Route 1 Country Store. This family-owned and operated shop has a little bit of everything, with a full-service deli that offers cheese, fresh cold cuts, and delicious sides. Planning a full meal for National Cheese Lover's Day? Be sure to check out all of the fresh bread, delightful desserts, and specialty drinks available at Route 1 Country Store.

            When you want access to food that's as fresh as it gets all year long, the Richmond area is the perfect place to call home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

            December
            21

            Your Guide to Last Minute Holiday Shopping in Richmond

            Richmond Shopping Guide

            If you're like our real estate agents, then there are a few people still on your gift-giving list. This year, it's more important than ever to think, shop, and buy local. By purchasing from locally-owned stores, your money goes back into the community and supports your family, friends, and neighbors.

            Think. Shop. Buy. Local.

            No matter how long you've lived in a place, there are surely a few hidden gems you've yet to stumble upon. Think. Shop. Buy. Local helps you discover the wonderful mom and pop shops around Richmond. If you prefer in-store browsing, you'll be happy to know that these shops all have made adjustments to provide safe, socially distant shopping experiences. However, these shops will also offer curbside pickup for those who order online. For a completely zero-contact experience, you can order from these businesses and have your products shipped directly to your front door. Some of our favorite shops highlighted by Think. Shop. Buy. Local include:

            • AR Hot Southern Honey, selling tasty Virginia honey products.

            • Disco Sports, a staple of the Richmond sports scene for over half of a century who knows how to get you game-ready.

            • Little Nomad, housing a collection of clothes, toys, and other products for young children.

            • Re-Funk-It, a funky art shop with works created by artists from in and out of Virginia.

            • The Boho Basement, perfect for gifts for the upcycler in your life.

            • Thistles, a Richmond tradition for delivering distinctive gifts to those you care about most.

            Local Shops Around the RVA

            It's no secret that there are plenty of other great locally owned shops around the city. If you've explored everything you could in downtown Richmond, there are a few other towns to check out. If you're still searching for that special gift, may we suggest visiting one of the many shopping areas near Midlothian homes for sale, or venturing further south to downtown Petersburg:

            • Cottage Lane — 1353 Sycamore Square, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Though Cottage Lane is not offering in-store shopping right now, you're welcome to buy online and retrieve your purchase at the curb. Gifts and home décor are available from a number of wonderful shops. 3 Marthas stocks quality products for infants while Catstudio produces geographic towels, glasses, and pillows. Jelly Cat has plush animals for children or the young at heart, and you will never go wrong when gifting a box of Byrd's Famous Cookies.


            • Old Towne Petersburg — 216 N. Sycamore Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
              Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the once burned down Old Towne of Petersburg has found new life as a district boasting unique shops and renovated homes. The antique lover will find great pieces at Sycamore Antiques and Architectural Art or at The Oak Antique Mall. Second Hand Rose, Mad Biddy's, and Camera & Palette also have interesting items for sale that make for one-of-a-kind gifts for the antique collector on your list. Be sure to stop by after browsing Petersburg homes for sale in the area. 

            Is a new home in the RVA on your shopping list as well? Let us help you cross it off your list. Contact us today to tour our many Richmond homes for sale.

            December
            9

            Going On Now: Massey Street of Hope

            Massey Street of Hope Luxury Home Show

            This is your last weekend to attend the most charitable home show in our region!


            Massey Street of Hope is a NAHB award-winning special event featuring designer furnished new homes for tour to the public in an effort to raise money for VCU Massey Cancer Center.

            The homes showcase the latest in interior decorating ideas, trends, and innovations with an emphasis on unique designs and creative use of space.

            Napier Realtors ERA is the proud Real Estate Sponsor of this limited-time event! Join us in supporting Massey Cancer Center at VCU and see some of the best new homes of Central Virginia.

            Learn more about home builders, get directions to Meadowville Landing, and support Massey Cancer Center at VCU on the official website.
            December
            8

            Meet Our Team: Kim Harvey

            Meet Kim Harvey, West End office administrator 

            When you work with Napier Realtors ERA, you're working with a team of professionals that are devoted to you! Whether you are an agent or client, our team works hard to get transactions closed in a timely manner that makes it all easy. We're proud to have a West End office that's filled with family values, professional ethics, and smiling faces. Thanks to Kim for being a spectacular part of our team! 

            November
            19

            Toys for Tots 2020

            Hey Central Virginia – join us in our goal of gathering hundreds of toys for local kids this holiday season!

            All Napier ERA offices are gathering new, unwrapped toys to be donated to the Marines Corps Toys for Tots foundation.

            Drop off toys during business hours (or have them delivered in the mail – Santa style!) at any of our locations in Central Virginia:

            Midlothian/Corporate 14361 Sommerville Court

            Midlothian, VA 23113

            Powhatan 2600 Rocky Oak Road

            Powhatan, VA 23139

            Tri-Cities 20 Dunlop Village Circle

            Colonial Heights, VA 23834

            West End 10148 W. Broad St, Suite 200

            Glen Allen, VA 23060

            November
            16

            5 Richmond Florists for Your Holiday Poinsettias

            Richmond Poinsettias

            Did you know that the first poinsettias came to the United States from Mexico in 1828? This popular holiday flower gets its name from Dr. Poinsett, the ambassador to Mexico at the time who brought the first poinsettias to the US. Nearly a century later, poinsettias remain the most popular holiday flower, and Richmond's florists feature a beautiful variety of poinsettias whether you're looking for the ideal gift or the perfect finishing touch for your holiday decorating at home. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 local florists where you can order beautiful poinsettias this year.

            1. Strange's Florists – 3313 Mechanicsville Pike, Richmond, VA 23223

              With more than 30 varieties of poinsettias, two locations near Richmond homes for sale, and delivery available throughout Central Virginia, Strange's Florists is an excellent place to shop for your favorite flowers this holiday season. The team at Strange's Florists develops their own poinsettia varieties every year, with a selection of colors and styles that you won't find anywhere else. Order a traditional red poinsettia, or try unique varieties like the Jingle Bell, Marble, Monet, or pink poinsettia. Every poinsettia you can order has been hand-picked, wrapped, and finished with a beautiful bow.

            2. Coleman Brothers Flowers – 2104 Dumbarton Rd., Richmond, VA 23228
              Coleman Brothers Flowers has been serving the Richmond area for more than 45 years, offers same-day delivery in the Richmond area, and has an excellent variety available whether you order online or visit the store. In the fall, Coleman Brothers Flowers stocks a diverse selection of red, white, and pink poinsettias for you to choose from, all beautifully packaged for gift giving or decorating your home. You'll find a special selection of flowers at Coleman Brothers for nearly every holiday, so be sure to check back often.

            3. Flowers Make Scents – 1272 Alverser Plaza, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Flower Make Scents is a family-owned and operated florist with a convenient location close to Midlothian homes for sale. In addition to a lovely selection of poinsettias, Flower Make Scents specializes in creating bouquets for any occasion. This shop offers same-day delivery in the Midlothian area, perfect for surprising someone special with a gift of poinsettias.

            4. Rivers Bend Florist – 220 Johnson Creek Dr., Chester, VA 23836

              It's easy to find beautiful poinsettias near Chester homes for sale, thanks to great local shops like Rivers Bend Florist. You can order online or shop in the store – either way, you'll love the gorgeous red poinsettias from Rivers Bend Florist. Searching for a little something extra to decorate your home? Rivers Bend Florist also offers a beautiful selection of holiday centerpieces and decorative bouquets for your home.

            5. The Great Big Greenhouse – 2051 Huguenot Rd., Richmond, VA 23235

              Whether you're shopping for poinsettias, a gift bouquet, or flowers for your garden, it's hard to match the selection available at The Great Big Greenhouse. This popular local garden center, which merged with Meadows Farms Nursery, brings nearly a century of combined gardening experience to help you pick the perfect plants. The Great Big Greenhouse offers an excellent selection of poinsettias for the holidays, which you can order online or shop for in the large Richmond store location. 

            Still searching for the perfect Richmond home where you can display your holiday decorations this year? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

            October
            5

            National Cookie Month: Bakeries Around Richmond

            Bakeries in Richmond

            How much do we love cookies? Sesame Street has an iconic character who personifies our endless craving for these delicious baked treats. October is National Cookie Month, so it's a perfect time to indulge at these great bakeries around Richmond suggested by our real estate agents.

            1. La Sabrosita Bakery - 7730 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
              When Argentina Ortega opened La Sabrosita Bakery in 2005, she was essentially a one-person operation in a 600-square-foot storefront. Her baked goods were such a hit that today Argentina works from an 8,000-square-foot facility that serves as a community gathering place near North Chesterfield homes for sale. The wide range of products includes Latin American specialties such as gingerbread Marranos, a traditional pig-shaped cookie, and almond-flavored polvorones, also known as Mexican wedding cookies. La Sabrosita is open 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except Sunday when closing time is 7 p.m.

            2. Sweet Creations Bakery - 12012 Southshore Pointe Rd., Midlothian, VA 23112
              Sana Aniz, the founder of Sweet Creations Bakery, recognized her passion at the age of 5 using her second-hand Easy-Bake Oven. After honing her craft through extensive training and competition, Sana opened her custom bakery not far from Midlothian homes for sale. The cookie menu includes classic flavors such as oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodle, and coconut macaroons, but Sana is happy to accommodate any other requests you may have for flavors or special diets. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

            3. Sugar & Twine 2928 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
              To dunk or not to dunk? Sugar & Twine is dedicated to the delicious pairing of coffee and pastries and serving them up near Richmond homes for sale. Sip on a coffee or espresso drink, brewed with beans from local roasters, as you savor the sweetness of a chocolate chip sea salt or peanut butter cookie. Dairy- and gluten-free options are also available. Sugar & Twine's convenient walk-up window is open 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. seven days a week.

            4. WPA Bakery - 3414 Semmes Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
              How community-minded is WPA Bakery? Owner David Rohrer lives only a block away from the shop's Southside location. WPA stands for "Well-Made Pastry Alliance," and the bakery's slogan is, "A Bakery for the Rest of Us." Their cookies and other baked goods are just like grandma used to make, but with a modern addition of vegan and gluten-free options. WPA Bakery is open for takeout and delivery from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

            5. Puerto Rican Bakery & Café - 1410 Blvd., Colonial Heights, VA 23834
              When Marvin Torres and Damaris Pérez moved their family from Puerto Rico to Virginia in 2001, opening a restaurant was not on the agenda. Fast-forward to 2017, when the couple's love of cooking and baking led to the opening of Puerto Rican Bakery & Café. Marvin and Damaris enjoy bringing the flavors of their homeland to fellow transplants and others around Colonial Heights homes for sale. While their cookies are delicious, why stop at sweets? Pick up some mofongo, sandwiches, or one of the daily specials to go with your treats for a full and satisfying meal. Stop by for takeout starting at noon Tuesday through Sunday.

            Life doesn't get any sweeter than a home in Richmond. For experienced help buying or selling a local home, contact us at Napier ERA.

            September
            28

            Visit These Richmond Cideries This Fall

            Richmond Cideries

            As the crisp autumn weather rolls into the RVA, now is the perfect time to grab some fresh air and a cold drink. If you're interested in sipping on something sweet, our real estate agents encourage you to stop by one of these Richmond cideries for a true taste of the fall season.

            1. Blue Bee Cider – 1320 Summit Ave., Richmond, VA 23230
              Take a drive down to the historic Scott's Addition district to visit Virginia's first urban cidery. Offering distinctive ciders that embrace yet challenge the traditions of the craft, Blue Bee Cider uses apples from throughout the state in their delicious drafts. Try the Aragon 1904, their original cider, before moving onto Hewe's Crab Apple or Rocky Ridge Reserve. If you want more than one fruit in your cider, sample the Mill Race Bramble infused with blackberries and raspberries.

            2. Ashton Creek Vineyard – 14501 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Chester, VA 23831
              There's no place quite like a Virginia vineyard in the fall. Ashton Creek Vineyard invites you to enjoy the cool weather while sampling their wines. They're ready to fill your glass with a variety of whites, reds, and roses. A 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, a 2017 Twee Blanken, and a 2018 Lady May Rose are only a few of the delicious aged wines on their menu. Make sure you come hungry as well; their kitchen menu includes charcuterie and cheese boards, sliders, fries, and baked crab dip that all pair well with the vino. Ashton Creek Vineyard is the perfect place to have a celebratory drink after you close on one of our Chester homes for sale.

            3. Courthouse Creek Cider – 3300 W. Broad St. #106, Richmond, VA 23230
              Courthouse Creek Cider is the only cidery in the state to produce all of their ciders naturally. They grow their own apples and use sustainable practices throughout their orchard and fermentation processes. Take one sip of any of their nine ciders and you'll taste the flavors of their family-run farm. Cheers to the good life with a Bella Vita or taste the Hoppy Girl that drinks like a light beer. If you're still longing for the summertime, the Endless Summer will transport you back to sunnier days.

            4. Capital Ale House – 4024-A Cox Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23060
              Craft beer and cider lovers don't have to venture far for a huge selection thanks to Capital Ale House. There are five locations throughout the area ready to serve you a seasonal pint. If you are up looking at Glen Allen homes for sale, stop by their taphouse to check out their latest selection of hard ciders on the menu. Current options include adventurous ciders like blueberry and grapefruit. 

            5. Oak & Apple – 1814 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23223
              What's better than fresh cider? A plate of slow-cooked barbeque and a dog-friendly patio to enjoy them on. Oak & Apple have a draft list containing ciders, beers, and cocktails. As far as ciders go, we recommend trying a few Virginia favorites like the Guava Galaxy from Free Union, the Pineapple Cider from Nellysford, or the Lime of the Ancient Mariner from Hampton. Their tasty ciders are only rivaled by their delicious menu. 

            6. Buskey Cider – 2910 W. Leigh St., Richmond, VA 23230
              Located in Richmond's craft alcohol neighborhood, Buskey Cider is another fantastic cidery in Scott's Addition. Over a dozen ciders are on tap and ready to serve. If you're new to ciders, try their two flagship options: the RVA Cider and the Tart Cherry Cider. Their other taps are often limited-release flavors so be sure to try them before they're gone. We recommend the premium Heritage Blend Cider, the classic Buskey Dry Cider, or the no-added-sugar Little Bit Sweet Cider.

            Are you hoping to savor the flavors of the RVA in your own home? Contact us today to schedule tours for our Richmond homes for sale.

            September
            21

            Richmond: Where to Play Tourist for a Day

            Richmond Tourism

            World Tourism Day is on Sunday, September 27th, and although we may not be able to grab our passports and jet off to parts unknown around the globe, we can still explore the many wonders of the world in our own backyards. Have you ever tried to act like a tourist in your own town? Our real estate agents encourage you to view the RVA through the eyes of a visitor with stops at these fantastic local places.

            1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, VA 23228
              50-acres of outdoor gardens are waiting for you at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. As one of the top gardens in the country, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has over a dozen themed gardens, including a Rose Garden, Children's Garden, and Cherry Tree Walk. Ideal for taking a relaxing stroll around gorgeous scenery, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is a must-visit for anyone who wants to see one of the most beautiful areas of the RVA.

            2. The Poe Museum – 1914 East Main St., Richmond, VA 23223
              Edgar Allan Poe, one of Richmond's most famous residents, is immortalized at The Poe Museum. Featuring the world's most comprehensive collection of Poe memorabilia and artifacts, including first editions, movie posters, and handwritten letters. Whether you can quote The Raven by heart or if you only know a little about this world-renowned author, a visit to The Poe Museum is a fun and interesting way to learn about the life, death, and legacy of Edgar Allan Poe.

            3. Maymont – 1000 Westover Rd., Richmond, VA 23220
              Maymont
              is a sprawling historic park and estate containing gardens, arboretums, a nature center, historic buildings, and many more interesting sights. Covering 100-acres, this estate and park is a popular space for both public and private events throughout the year. From watching and petting wildlife to viewing the carriage collecting and learning about the history of the property, Maymont's engaging atmosphere has earned it a Best of Virginia Award in 2020.

            4. Three Lakes Park and Nature Center – 400 Sausiluta Dr., Henrico, VA 23227
              When you're touring Henrico homes for sale, take a moment to learn about the natural area surrounding these charming neighborhoods at the Three Lakes Park and Nature Center. The Center offers 6,500-square-feet of exhibits, an aquarium, and interactive displays in nearly every field of natural interest. Three Lakes Park and Nature Center is a great stop for children of all ages. Outside of the Nature Center, the park offers fishing, a playground, hiking trails, and a picnic area where you can spend hours getting in touch with nature.

            5. Lavender Fields Herb Farm – 11300 Winfrey Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059
              Close to Glen Allen homes for sale is Lavender Fields Herb Farm, where you can stock up on unique gifts from the farm and, of course, all things lavender. Their website is updated regularly to show what's in season on their farm. While their lavender fields are at their peak in June, you can visit at any point in the year and enjoy their Lavender Tour. 

            6. Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum – 880 West Roslyn Rd., Colonial Heights, VA 23834
              After looking at nearby Colonial Heights homes for sale, take a trip back in time when you visit Keystone Antique Truck and Tractor Museum. Featuring a rare collection of tractors, this museum is the perfect opportunity to learn about this history of agricultural equipment. The tractors on display are always changing, making this a great place to visit multiple times. 

            7. Centre Hill Mansion – 1 Centre Hill Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803
              Petersburg is packed with history, and one of the best places to learn about it is Centre Hill Mansion. Constructed between 1818 and 1823, this mansion now serves as a museum displaying 19th and 20th-century furniture and art. Tours are available Saturday and Sunday. Stop by for a tour and learn about the area after looking at Petersburg homes for sale

            Did you discover charming new neighborhoods during your tour of the RVA? Contact us today to schedule tours of the many great Richmond homes for sale.

            September
            8

            National Waffle Week: Where to Get Brunch in Richmond

            Waffles in Richmond

            Every once in a while, a holiday comes along that we can really get behind. Did we mention that National Waffle Week is this week? It's the first full week in September, and we are ready to celebrate! 

            Our real estate agents love Richmond for a lot of reasons—the culture, the nightlife, the music, the rich history, and scenic beauty—but at the end of the day, the thing that might stand out the most is the food. With that in mind, let's all take a tour of some of the Richmond area's best brunch spots in honor of National Waffle Week!

            1. Aunt Sarah's Restaurant - 9010 Brook Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
              Sometimes, there's simply nothing that beats a classic diner breakfast. When that's what you're in the mood for, head to Aunt Sarah's Restaurant. Breakfast is offered up all day, including hearty waffles served with bacon and a generous scoop of homemade mashed potatoes. Sarah's has two locations, one on Broad Street in Richmond and another in Glen Allen, just around the corner from these Glen Allen homes for sale

            2. The Shaved Duck Restaurant - 15408 WC Commons Way, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Duck is indeed a menu staple at The Shaved Duck Restaurant, which provides a unique take on some classic brunch dishes. Duck and Waffles is a menu highlight—and a twist on the more traditional chicken and waffle combo—with a confit duck leg served on a fluffy, crispy waffle and drizzled with rosemary-bourbon syrup. The Shaved Duck is located a stone's throw from these Midlothian homes for sale and is open for brunch Saturdays and Sundays. 

            3. Capitol Waffle Shop - 1110 E Main St, Richmond, VA 23219
              Capitol Waffle Shop takes a simple concept (make great waffles, serve them all day, repeat), and stretches it to the max. When you need a waffle any time between 9 am and 8 pm, this is where you go. They also make killer mimosas and are within walking distance of some lovely Richmond homes for sale.

            4. Lulu's - 21 N 17th St, Richmond, VA 23219
              With one of the best brunch menus in Richmond, Lulu's is always a reliable place to get your waffle fix. Red velvet waffles are one of their specialties, topped with pecan cream cheese and strawberries. Brunch is served Tuesday through Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm. If you're looking for a drink with a little kick to go along with it, Lulu's bloody Marys, mimosas, and Irish coffees are all great choices.

            5. Boychiks Deli - 4024 Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
              It's as if an old school New York-style deli somehow wandered its way south, made it to Virginia, and decided to stay. Family owned and operated since 1990, Boychiks Deli serves some of the best bagels south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and you can even get yours with generous portions of lox, onions, and cream cheese, just like in NYC. The menu is rounded out with all the classic breakfast and brunch staples, from Belgian waffles and French toast to omelets and egg sandwiches. 

            6. Edna's Country Cookin - 3268 S Crater Rd, Petersburg, VA 23805
              If you are in Petersburg looking at Petersburg homes for sale, make sure to stop by Edna's Country Cookin. Open every day from 6 am to 10 pm, their kitchen serves up classic comfort food and breakfast all day. For National Waffle Week, we recommend trying their waffles, which you can get topped with blueberries or strawberries. Or get their Waffles and Four Wings special for an unbeatable sweet and savory combination.  

            Richmond has a lot of things going for it, but its culinary scene really is second to none. Contact us today to learn more about life in Virginia, and talk to our team about finding your dream home in RVA and the surrounding areas!

            July
            27

            National Cheesecake Day: Bakeries Around Richmond

            Cheesecake in Richmond

            The Richmond area is home to many talented bakers! Our real estate agents love stopping by a local bakery to pick up a sweet treat, or two. With National Cheesecake Day coming up on Thursday, July 30 be sure to check out these great bakeries and restaurants around Richmond to celebrate.

            1. WPA Bakery - 2707 E. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23223
              Are you craving cheesecake "just like your grandma would've made 'em?" That's the promise from WPA Bakery, whose name stands for "Well-Made Pastry Alliance." WPA's tasty baked goods are often found in many kitchens, restaurants, and retail outlets around Richmond homes for sale. In addition to classic cheesecakes, WPA offers popular flavors such as mocha, cherry, and sticky bun. Have allergies or special dietary needs? Most items are available as vegan or gluten-free. Allow 48 hours for special orders. WPA is open 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

            2. Geescakes - St. Stephen's Farmers Market, 6000 Grove Ave., Richmond, VA 23226
              When it comes to Geescakes, less is truly more. In 2016, Gee served her miniature artisan cheesecakes at her Christmas party, where they were a huge hit. Word of mouth took over, and three months later Gee began her successful retail business. Shop Geescakes each Saturday from 8 a.m. - noon at St. Stephen's Farmers Market or visit the web site to pre-order trios of classic, key lime, or red velvet for $12.75. Daily and specialty flavors, including carrot cake and maple bacon, are also available with a minimum order of 12. If you can't make it to the market, contact Gee to make alternate plans for pick-up.

            3. The Dessert Diva RVA - 1726 Altamont Ave., Suite C, Richmond, VA 23230
              "Diva" is defined as "one who is spoiled and entitled." But at The Dessert Diva RVA, the only ones who are spoiled and entitled are the customers, who keep coming back for their luscious cheesecake. Try a slice of the classic flavor with a drizzle of strawberry sauce, banana pudding, or one of three other toppings. Go full-on diva with a slice dipped in white or milk chocolate. Visit Dessert Diva's Facebook page for the link to their convenient ordering app. Hours are noon - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

            4. A N.Y. Slice - 133 Browns Way Rd, Midlothian, VA 23114
              Who says you have to head all the way to the Big Apple to enjoy New York-style pizza and cheesecake? In fact, you don't even have to venture too far from Midlothian homes for sale! As the name suggests, A N.Y. Slice offers slices of New York-style delicacies including a cheesecake perfect for celebrating National Cheesecake Day. Open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday through Saturday open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. And Sundays 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

            5. Buttermilk Bake Shop - 257 E. Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
              Buttermilk Bake Shop is the perfect place to stop in if you need to satisfy your sweet tooth after looking at Petersburg homes for sale. Their menu is full of made from scratch goodies, but to celebrate National Cheesecake Day we recommend their delightful mini cheesecakes! Stop by between 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Also, open on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

            No wonder the New York Times named Richmond as a city on the "cutting edge" of food. Contact us at Napier ERA to learn more about why Richmond is a wonderful place to call home.

            June
            1

            Celebrate National Doughnut Day at these Richmond Bakeries

            Richmond Bakeries

            Richmond homes for sale are in demand, and there are lots of good reasons why.

            This safe, close-knit community is a great option for both established professionals and those ready to start a family. Terrific local bakeries are just the icing on the cake ... or the doughnut!

            Richmond's dining scene is one of its most attractive features. And friendly, family-owned bakeries are just one more delightful way that Richmond stands out from the rest. 

            Whether you're looking for a breakfast pick me up, lunchtime treat, or dessert after eating at one of our world-class restaurants, you'll never run out of options around Richmond. Delectable doughnuts are waiting for you whenever you get a craving.

            Our real estate agents want to remind you that National Doughnut Day is coming up fast on Friday, June 5 which is the perfect excuse to order a dozen doughnuts at one of these Richmond bakeries. 

            Some of our favorite bakeries in the Richmond area include:

            1. Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee – 1001 North Lombardy Street, Richmond, VA 23220
              With two locations in Richmond and one in Chesterfield, Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee is high on the list of family favorite doughnut places in Richmond. Keep your eye on the ever-changing flavor selections: Rare picks like chocolate and caramel with sea salt, blueberry cake, and red velvet cake mean Sugar Shack is always worth a second visit.

            2. The Treat Shop – 6114 Jahnke Road, Richmond, VA 23225
              The Treat Shop wants to be your home for doughnuts, ice cream, funnel cakes, and ... barbecue? Yes, this unlikely menu makes for a winning combination reminiscent of the local fair. In addition to lip-smacking doughnuts, many people swear by their breakfast sandwiches in the morning or burgers in the afternoon. It's all available for curbside pickup or delivery.

            3. Country Style Donuts – 4300 Williamsburg Road, Richmond, VA 23231
              Wondering what makes a doughnut country style? If Country Style Doughnuts is anything to go by, the answer is fresh ingredients, and fantastic taste served daily. Country Style opens at 5 a.m. on most weekdays and is so popular it often sells out before the end of the day. 

            4. First Stop Doughnuts – See Website for Locations Throughout Richmond, VA
              First Stop Doughnuts is a little different ... it's a food truck! Tooling around public locations in Richmond Friday through Monday, First Stop attracts a cheerful crowd wherever it goes. You can order online the day before for a fast and friendly pickup. 

            5. Westhampton Pastry Shop – 5728 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226
              "Baking" Richmond a better place since 1952, Westhampton Pastry Shop is one of the city's oldest continuously operating places to buy fresh doughnuts. Built around secret family recipes passed down for generations, it offers doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and bread. It's most famous for its decorated cakes!

            On the lookout for a "sweet" deal in the Richmond real estate market? Contact us for expert advice.

            May
            7

            Thanking the Hometown Heroes Among Us

            Thank you, Hometown Heroes!

            The people on the frontlines are serving our community and continuing to make Central Virginia a wonderful place to call home. From all of us at Napier Realtors ERA, thank you!

            We are so happy we've been able to partner with Stuffy's Subs of Gayton Crossing, River's Bend Grill of Colonial Heights, More than Greek RVA of Mechanicsville, Burger Bach Midlothian, Galley, and Mi Rodeo of Colonial Heights to provide over 200 meals for frontline workers and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

            Right now more than ever is the time to show love to our neighbors and hometown businesses. Thank you to everyone who makes our community a wonderful place to live. 

             

            March
            30

            Keep Calm and Nom Nom: Support Richmond Local Restaurants

            Richmond Restaurants

            One of the great things about living in Richmond is the way that the community comes together to support one another in challenging times. Local restaurants add so much life to Richmond neighborhoods, and are also among the businesses hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis due to restrictions on public gatherings. The good news is that there's still plenty you can do to support your favorite local businesses – from buying t-shirts to ordering takeout – and our real estate agents have all the details on how to Keep Calm and Nom Nom. The Keep Calm website was created by a Richmond ad agency, Familiar Creatures, to help area businesses during this time. We highlight some of our favorite Richmond dining staples and how you can support them below! 

            • The Fan
              Can't get enough of Richmond's historic architecture? The Fan neighborhood is loaded with historic homes, museums, and beautiful boulevards, conveniently located near Richmond homes for sale. There are restaurants here for every taste, from basement bars where you can dance the night away to quiet coffee shops perfect for escaping from a busy day. Right now, you can still pick up pizza and craft beer from The Hop, order something sweet from Red Eye Cookie Co., or grab one of the legendary sandwiches from Garnett's Cafe.

            • Downtown
              Not quite sure what you're in the mood for? Downtown Richmond has you covered. This is the urban heart of Richmond, with vibrant culture, busy boutiques, top-rated art galleries, public art, and history at every turn. It's also home to the Grace Street corridor of restaurants, which includes some of the biggest names in the Richmond culinary scene. Order inspired Indian food from Nama, have some fresh, delicious oysters delivered from Rappahannock Oyster Co., or dig into one of the unique pizza creations from Bottoms Up.

            • Scott's Addition
              The craft brewing scene in Richmond is legendary, and Scott's Addition is the brewing capital of the city. This formerly industrial neighborhood has been re-imagined, as former factories are turned into popular breweries, restaurants, and shops. Support Scott's Addition by ordering a takeout brew from Strangeways Brewing, grabbing some authentic Richmond BBQ from Buz and Ned's, or stocking up on all of the best local beers from Growlers to Go.

            • Carytown
              Love shopping and style? Then Carytown is the place to be. This Richmond neighborhood is home to many of the city's famous boutique shopping spots, offering clothing, books, records, antiques, and so much more. It's also home to many quaint cafes and bustling bistros, with flavors for every taste. Many Carytown restaurants are still offering takeout, delivery, and gift cards. Grab an amazing slice of pizza from the Mellow Mushroom, pick up a delicious drink from Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery, or sample Vietnamese food made with fresh, local ingredients from Sen Organic.

            • Church Hill
              Richmond is an amazing place to call home for anyone who loves history, and the Church Hill neighborhood is likely the most historic corner of the city. Libby Hill Park is one of the oldest city parks in the United States, having first opened to the public in 1851, while historic St. John's Church is the oldest church in the city. This neighborhood also happens to feature some of Richmond's best-known restaurants, with delicious pub grub at Patrick Henry Pub & Grille, fantastic seafood at Bookbinder's Seafood & Steakhouse, and so much more.

            Are you ready to live in a city that knows how to come together in challenging times, and celebrate together during happy days? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond area.

            March
            2

            Read Across America Day: 5 Local Bookstores in Richmond

            Richmond Bookstores

            Read Across America is held each year on March 2 - on Dr. Seuss's birthday - to encourage children as well as parents and teachers to read and share the joy of reading. What better day to visit some of Richmond's local independent bookstores?

            Our real agent agents love shopping local in the Richmond area and recommend these local bookstores:

            1. bbgb - 3003 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
              Although bbgb specializes in kids' books, you'll also find some choices for adults as well. The shop offers unique activities as well as staff recommendations, author events, and more, so it's well worth a stop as you're looking for Richmond homes for sale. It's also the perfect place to pick out a gift that keeps on giving, with A Year of Tales in 6- or 12-month subscriptions. The shop's book experts choose titles according to the recipient's age, gender, and interests. You can also sign up to receive 1 kids' book each month, with 10 donated to the community at the same time.

            2. Fountain Bookstore - 1312 East Cary St., Richmond, VA 23219
              Fountain Bookstore has sold books to Virginians for more than 40 years with the help of knowledgeable staff members who are happy to answer questions and share book recommendations. When you're browsing in the store, you can also check out some quirky cards and gifts. Fountain Bookstore also hosts many events - including discussions with authors, book club meetings, and new book launches - that are popular with customers.

            3. The Little Bookshop - 1318 Sycamore Square, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Priding itself on personalized service and a carefully chosen selection of books, The Little Bookshop is worth a stop. Visit and browse through books, greeting cards, stuffed animals, journals, and more as you're looking for Midlothian homes for sale. You can also drop by for one of the shop's events, such as story and craft time for kids, book signings, author readings, and new book launches.

            4. Book People - 536 Granite Ave # A, Richmond, VA 23226
              You'll find new as well as used fiction and non-fiction books at Book People, which also boasts an extensive foreign language section. The shop has served Richmond readers since 1980 and hosts interesting events such as poetry readings by the authors and Scrabble nights in English, French, and German.

            5. Chop Suey Books - 2913 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221
              The unusual name of Chop Suey Books was adopted when the original store moved into the former home of George's Chop Suey restaurant. A rusted sign remained, so the bookshop adopted the Chop Suey name and found it suitable for a shop selling a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Chop Suey houses over 45,000 books, and your money will go far since most are used, and you can trade-in your books for cash or store credit. You'll find plenty of literature, art photography, architecture, design, poetry titles, as well as books in other categories.

            Contact us to find out more about the Richmond real estate market. Our agents are experts in buying and selling homes in the local market as well as in its shops, attractions, and other popular destinations. 

            January
            30

            Platinum Status: Achieved!

            Cartus Platinum Broker

            We are very proud to announce that Napier ERA has achieved Platinum Status in the Cartus Broker Network for 2019!

            Cartus is the industry leader in corporate relocation services. We have been working with the Cartus Broker Network for many years and are proud to have the Platinum status for 11 years in a row. 

            Napier ERA Realtors congratulates and thanks the Relocation Team and our agents for their outstanding service to our Cartus clients! 

            January
            13

            Inspire Your Heart with Art Day: Art Classes in the Richmond Area

            Richmond Art Classes

            The Richmond art scene doesn't end with going to the museum. Many of our REALTORS® love to get in touch with their creative side with hands-on classes offered all over the area. Many arts organizations have a full range of classes for kids and adults.

            Inspire Your Heart With Art Day is coming later this month on Friday, January 31. Let's look at some of the best ways you can have fun and unleash your vision with local art classes:

            1. Visual Arts Center of Richmond – 1812 West Main Street, Richmond, VA 23220
              Not too far from great Richmond homes for sale, you'll find Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Founded in 1963, it's dedicated to helping adults and kids alike explore their creativity. About 40,000 people every year visit its array of 1,000 visual and creative arts classes. With more than 100 volunteer art instructors, it has taught on everything from clay to wood to fiber.

            2. ArtHaus Visual Arts Studio – 1811 Huguenot Road #303, Midlothian, VA 23113
              ArtHaus Visual Arts Studio is one more terrific reason to select Midlothian homes for sale. It offers art classes for students ranging from pre-school to adult. All skill levels are welcome. Ceramic wheel throwing is an especially popular course for adults and older teens. Younger students love the drawing and painting classes. Sewing and mixed media are available, too.

            3. Studio Two Three – 3300 W Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23230
              A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Studio Two Three is known for its unique studio space, creative events, and mobile print truck. Visitors can enjoy a remarkably wide range of classes: Everything from screen printing to weaving to sketching. Every year, the Winter Print Fair offers the best works of the year along with vintage holiday portraits, tomato soup, and a grilled cheese bar.

            4. Hand Thrown Studio – 123 West Brookland Park Boulevard, Richmond, VA, 23222
              Hand Thrown is a ceramics studio with a focus on fostering community. Members have access to the studio space around the clock, but members of the public can still visit for its many events. Fun and fulfilling classes run the gamut from wheel throwing to hand building. For a fraction of the usual cost, you can "give it a shot!" with a 1-day, 2-hour session to see what ceramics is like.

            5. Timothy Judd, Violinist – 2925 Sara Jean Terrace, Glen Allen, VA 23060
              For adults exploring the world of music for the first time, personalized instruction from an expert is the way to go. Timothy Judd, Violinist, can be your guide to the world of performance if you choose Glen Allen homes for sale. A member of the Richmond Symphony with decades of professional playing experience, Mr. Judd shares his passion on Skype or face to face.

            6. The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen – 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
              All ages will all find something great at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen. The Center offers more than 40 adult classes in 15 different artistic disciplines. Anyone can enjoy hands-on, creative experiences with everything from jewelry to fiber arts to watercolor. Unlike many other organizations of its kind, it even includes the culinary arts.

            Feeling inspired? Let us help you find a Virginia home that will make your heart glad. Contact us today to learn more.

            November
            4

            National Cappuccino Day: Where to Get Your Caffeine Fix in Richmond

            Coffee Shops in Richmond

            Whether you're looking to celebrate National Cappuccino Day or you treat every day like a holiday for your favorite drink, Richmond has excellent coffee shops. The coffee shops of Richmond are as diverse as the city itself, with a mix of small cafes, diners, breakfast shops, and simple coffee retailers that deliver fabulous flavors from around the world.

            Our REALTORS® are ready for National Cappuccino Day, and we've got the details on 6 of the best spots to get your caffeine fix around Richmond.

            • Black Hand Coffee Co. – 3101 Patterson Ave., Richmond, VA 23221
              With an incredible selection of coffee, cappuccinos, and more from around the world, Black Hand Coffee Co. is the perfect place to get your caffeine fix close to Richmond homes for sale. Locally owned and operated, Black Hand Coffee Co. imports its beans from farms across the world and uses them to create unique, flavorful blends.

            • Demolition Coffee Co. – 215 E Bank St., Petersburg, VA 23803
              Searching for a caffeine fix near Petersburg homes for sale? Head for Demolition Coffee Co. for a cappuccino, along with a full breakfast and lunch menu. Demolition Coffee Co. offers all of your favorite drinks, from hot coffee to espresso, and iced coffee. Grab some take out, or sit down for a drink at Demolition Coffee Co's historic Petersburg location.

            • Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee – 1501 N. Parham Rd., Henrico, VA 23229
              Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee
              is a Richmond original, which has grown into a popular local chain. Henrico homes for sale make it easy to visit Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee anytime to get your caffeine fix and satisfy your sweet tooth. There are fresh, hot donuts throughout the day at Sugar Shack, along with a huge selection of coffee, espresso, and specialty drinks.

            • Shockoe Espresso and Roastery – 104 Shockoe Slip, Richmond, VA 23219
              Whether you're stopping for breakfast, lunch, or just a quick cappuccino, Shockoe Espresso, and Roastery always has what you need. Shockoe Espresso stocks a full selection of local Mill Mountain Coffee, and features an extensive tea menu when you're in the mood for something different. Stop by anytime for breakfast, lunch, and a caffeine fix.

            • The Lab by Alchemy Coffee – 814 W Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220
              With a scientific approach to quality and one of the most diverse coffee menus in the city, The Lab by Alchemy Coffee is one of Richmond's favorite spots for a hot drink. The knowledgeable team at The Lab is happy to teach you all about the secrets of a great cup of cappuccino, in a friendly, approachable setting.

            • Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream – 3600 Forest Hill Ave., Richmond, VA 23225
              Looking for a coffee shop that the whole family will enjoy? Crossroads Coffee and Ice Cream serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream, and fantastic cappuccino in a truly unique setting. Crossroads is a bit of a hybrid, with a funky diner atmosphere and a menu a mile long. The family-friendly atmosphere and diverse menu have made Crossroads a popular local destination.

            Whether you're celebrating National Cappuccino Day or looking for a pick-me-up before work, Richmond's coffee shops always have what you need. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Richmond.

            October
            11

            Richmond's Best – for 5 years in a row!

            Napier ERA Team at the RTD Best Fest

            Who did Richmond vote as THE BEST in Real Estate? Napier ERA Realtors!

            We're so proud of the Napier ERA team for representing us at the Richmond Times-Dispatch's BEST FEST!

            Dianne Long once again took home the title of The Best Real Estate Agent! Dianne was voted The Best in 2017 and 2018 from Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond.com readers and was also Richmond Association of REALTOR's Realtor of the Year in 2018! Dianne is consistently a top producer and we are proud of her commitment to her clients.

            The Chalk Homes Team placed 2nd in the Best Real Estate Team segment. Bryan and Amy are invaluable members of the Napier ERA team and we couldn't be prouder of them and their accomplishments in the past year!

            For the 5th year in a row, Napier ERA finished in the top three in the Best Real Estate Firms category. 

            Thank you to everyone who voted for Napier ERA and our agents! We are so appreciative of our Central Virginia community and couldn't do what we do best without your support! 

            The Best Fest was a lovely evening with our friends and colleagues from all around town! Thank you to RTD for hosting and honoring so many amazing businesses in our area. 

            September
            16

            Music For Massey: The Results Are In!

            Music for Massey final check donation

             

            Napier Realtors ERA is proud to announce that with your help, we've raised over $27,000 for VCU Massey Cancer Center and Connor's Heroes Foundation with Music for Massey 2019! You may have joined us in July for a night of music with Bruce Hornsby and Amos Lee – and these are the results of all the fun we had! 

            Supporting our community is at the heart of Napier ERA's values.

            Thank you to Dr. John McCarty, MD, Director of Cellular Immunotherapies and Transplants and Dr. Gordon D. Ginder MD, Director of the VCU Massey Cancer Center for being open to fun ways to raise money for childhood cancer research!

            And of course, thank you to everyone who supported Music for Massey in 2019 and throughout the years! Putting on this charitable concert has been a fantastic way to show our love for our music-loving and fun-loving community and we are so happy to share the success in order to raise money for childhood cancer research. 

            September
            9

            What's Brewing in Scott's Addition Breweries & Cideries

            Scott's Addition Breweries - Napier ERA

            There are some exciting evolutions brewing in the Scott's Addition area. A brewing industry is emerging, giving the "big boys" of beer a run for their money. Sit back and enjoy a cold brew with your friends as you discuss Richmond homes for sale. We recommend these incredible breweries in Scott's Addition. 

            • Vasen Brewing - 3331 Moore Street, Richmond, VA 23230
              If you love European style beers, you are going to fall head over heels for this Swedish treat. Vasen Brewing relies on locally sourced goods to create an eco-friendly brew. 
            • Buskey Cider - 2910 W. Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23230
              There's something sweet about a summertime cider in Virginia. For the past three years, the team at Buskey Cider has honed their craft and offers one of the best ciders. At the heart of each recipe are delicious Virginia apples, giving each glass of cider the right amount of southern sass.
            • Blue Bee Cider - 1320 Summit Avenue, Richmond, VA 23230
              Known for using traditional techniques and recipes to craft their cider, the busy bees down in the lab at Blue Bee Cider are turning their eyes towards the future and experimenting with ciders infused with raspberries and blackberries. Plus, some brews feature Colorado hops to give it a kick.
            • The Veil Brewing, Co. - 1301 Roseneath Road, Richmond, VA 23230
              If you love the taste of hops and want a barrel-aged beer guaranteed to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, then you will love the beers at The Veil Brewing Co.  
            • Cirrus Vodka - 1603 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220
              If you think the best vodka comes out of Sweden or Russia, you are in for a surprise. The best of the best is at Cirrus Vodka where their artisan creations are some of the best in the nation.
            • Castleburg Brewery - 1626 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220
              What started with a home brewing kit has grown into one of the best beer companies in Virginia. All it takes is one visit to Castleburg Brewery, and there's a good bet you are signing up for their mug club and enlisting with the Knights of Malta to defend the brewer's secrets with your pals.
            • Courthouse Creek - 3300 W. Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230
              The cider garden and outdoor patio are the most popular places in Richmond for a summer evening. You will fall in love with the custom-crafted ciders at Courthouse Creek and the top-notch service with every glass.
            • Ardent Craft Ales - 3200 W. Leigh Street, Richmond, VA 23230
              Supported by one of the strongest brewing teams in Richmond, Ardent Craft Ales is determined to deliver the finest quality with each batch of brew. From pilsners and IPA's to porters and stouts, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

            Contact us to discuss the Richmond homes for sale we have available. It's our pleasure to help you find a home that is close to the schools, parks, shopping, and breweries you enjoy. 

            July
            22

            Teeing Off Around Richmond

            Richmond Area Golf Courses
            The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and there are 400 yards of natural beauty separating you from your destination. All that's left is to pick a club and make your swing. It's golf season, and you have a wealth of excellent local courses to visit in our area.

            Whether you're a new golfer looking to learn the ropes or an experienced player aiming to lower your handicap, you'll find a golf course that's perfect for your needs close to home. The rolling, natural terrain and scenic landscapes of the area provide the perfect setting for a round of golf with friends. Our REALTORS® know the Richmond-area golf scene, and we've got the inside scoop on five nearby courses for you to try.

            1. Glenwood Golf Club – 3100 Creighton Rd., Richmond, VA 23223
              Voted one of the best courses in the area and holding the distinction as the oldest public golf course in Richmond, Glenwood Golf Club is an excellent, local destination if you're shopping for Richmond homes for sale. The course was first established in 1927 and has been delivering fun times ever since. Glenwood provides a unique challenge, with small, narrow greens, but large fairways to aim for from the tee box. The layout rewards accuracy on second shots while providing a variety of ways to approach each hole from the tee.

            2. Dogwood Trace Golf Club – 3108 Homestead Dr., Petersburg, VA 23805
              Located close to Petersburg homes for sale you'll find the lovely Dogwood Trace Golf Club, voted one of the top ten courses in Virginia in 2018. Dogwood Trace measures 6391 yards from the blue tees, providing a fun, fair challenge for golfers of all experience levels. Stop by the Grille Restaurant after your round for a delicious meal, or host an event of your own at the expansive Dogwood Trace facilities.

            3. The Foundry Golf Club – 3225 Lee's Landing Rd., Powhatan, VA 23139
              Searching for Powhatan homes for sale? Clear some time on your schedule to visit The Foundry Golf Club, a beautiful, water-lined course located on one of the area's most scenic properties. If you're looking for a naturally stunning course that also offers a steady challenge, this storied, historic site is a great place to visit. The course takes advantage of naturally rolling terrain and winding waterways to create a tactical challenge that also makes for sensational scenery.

            4. Windy Hill Golf and Sports Complex – 16500 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
              If you're looking for family fun close to Midlothian homes for sale, then the Windy Hill Golf and Sports Complex is the place to be. Windy Hill features the 18-hole Lake Course, along with the 9-hole Par 3 Course perfect for fitting in a quick round. The complex offers so much more, including go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages, party space, and everything you need to entertain kids and adults alike.

            5. Belmont Golf Course – 1600 Hilliard Rd., Henrico, VA 23228
              Golf is never far away when you shop for Henrico homes for sale, thanks to fantastic local destinations like Belmont Golf Course. Open to the public with affordable rates, Belmont Golf Course features a fun, challenging layout with a long history. The course was host to the 1949 PGA Championship and has remained a popular spot for golfers of all ages ever since.

            Loving life on the local links, and looking for a Richmond area home to call your own? Let our experienced, local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

            July
            15

            6 Favorite Ice Cream Shops in the RVA

            Richmond VA Ice Cream Shops

            July 21 National Ice Cream Day

            When Weather.com forecasts Richmond-area temperatures to soar above 90 degrees, you need to find a way to beat the heat.  Why not cool off with a scoop or two of your favorite frozen treat?  National Ice Cream Day is July 21.  While consuming copious amounts of this cool confection is a great way to celebrate this holiday, our REALTORS® know ice cream isn't just for summer anymore.  

            So, if you're new to our area and can't go another day without two scoops of mint chocolate chip, we've got our list of six local ice cream shops waiting for you.

            1. IC Scoops - 12106 C Boydton Plank Rd, Dinwiddie, VA 23841
              The friendly atmosphere at IC Scoops is perfect for families with Dinwiddie homes for sale and everyone else too! With 36 flavors you're sure to find something you like. Try a milkshake in your favorite flavor for a memorable summer treat! 

            2. Tj Petal - 11500 Midlothian Tpke. Richmond, VA 23235
              If you're looking for something a little different check out the trendiest dessert in town at Tj Petal in Chesterfield Towne Center near Richmond homes for sale. Rolled ice cream is taking the dessert world by storm, and for good reason! There's a variety of fruit flavors, as well as more unique options like green tea and lots of mix in's and toppings.

            3. Sweet Frog -72 Southgate Square, Colonial Heights, VA 23834-3611
              Sweet Frog
              is located not far from our homes for sale in Colonial Heights. Sweet Frog's menu at its Colonial Heights location includes 16 flavors of self-serve, premium frozen yogurt made with fresh ingredients and over 60 toppings are available from its self-serve bar.  One scoop or two ... it's up to you.  At Sweet Frog's you pick the flavors and toppings to create your healthy, sweet treat.

            4. Bev's Homemade Ice Cream - 2911 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221
              Bev's Homemade Ice Cream
              delivers exactly what the name promises.  Homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors like Espresso Oreo, Raspberry Chip, and traditional favorites, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry. A local Richmond staple since 1998, Bev Mazursky and her crew have specialty flavors ready for customers to enjoy every day. Bev's is open Sunday-Thursday noon-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday noon-11 p.m.

            5. Bruster's Real Ice Cream - 2602 Anderson Hwy, Powhatan, VA 23139
              Stop by Bruster's Real Ice Cream for a sweet treat after looking at Powhatan homes for sale. Their classic ice cream is made on site and you can even bring the pup by for a free treat.  Try a waffle cone with Sea Salt Caramel with almonds or indulge in one of Bruster's Peanut Butter Banana Sundaes. 

            6. Gelati Celesti, 11805 W Broad St. Henrico, VA 23233
              After a busy afternoon looking at Henrico homes for sale, go for a one-of-a-kind taste experience at Gelati Celesti. Handmade ice cream with only the best ingredients will leave you wishing for more! With 85 rotating flavors, you can have something different every time you come and try just about any flavor imaginable.

            Our REALTORS® know about all the things that make the Richmond area a great place to live, and we're sure you'll love it too! Napier ERA can help you find the home that's right for you. Contact us today to get started.

            June
            3

            Best Spots to Celebrate Father's Day Around Richmond

            Richmond VA Fathers Day Events

            Richmond real estate isn't just about beautiful homes, but the communities you live in.

            Our real estate agents work overtime to let clients know about the amenities, sights, and activities they can enjoy in our area. There's something to do for everyone, and that definitely includes Dad.

            Wondering about the best ways to celebrate Father's Day in the RVA?  We've got you covered with these suggestions:

            1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, VA
              Richmond homes for sale are not far from one of the biggest and best botanical gardens in the whole United States. Lewis Ginter Father's Day weekend will run Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16. Saturday will feature kid-friendly arts and crafts, while Sunday centers around live music and a cookout. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is pet-friendly and ADA-compliant.
            2. Father's Day Celebration at James River Cellars Winery – 11008 Washington Hwy, Glen Allen, VA 23059
              Join us at James River Cellars Winery on Father's Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for "Bagels at the Bar with Dad."  James River Cellars is a short drive from Glen Allen homes for saleAny wine purchase (tasting, glass, or bottle) includes the mini bagel bar with cream cheese! Bagels will be available from 11:00 a.m. - until we run out!
            3. Father's Day at Southpark Mall – 230 Southpark Circle, Colonial Heights, VA
              Colonial Heights homes for sale have the benefit of being just down the street from some of the best shopping in the region: The Southpark Mall. For Father's Day, Southpark Mall shopping gets even better with a wide range of deals on gifts for any kind of Dad, not to mention fun discounts from many different eateries. Whether the Big Guy likes Firehouse Subs to IHOP, you'll find everything from formal dining options to the quirky and offbeat.
            4. River Street Market – 30 River Street, Petersburg, VA 23803
              The River Street Market will be open for the season this June just a short hop from Petersburg homes for sale. Bring Dad out to enjoy a day out exploring this blend of arts, produce, and culture: One of the best places to get farm-fresh produce in the area. Since it's right in the heart of Old Town Petersburg, you can also explore historic sites in the area and the relaxing riverside. Artists will be on hand to display and sell unique souvenirs, too.
            5. RRRC Thanks Dad 5K –13872 Coalfield Commons Place #102, Midlothian, VA
              Midlothian homes for sale are "on track" to be part of one of the biggest local Father's Day celebrations. The Thanks Dad 5K run highlights the special bond between fathers and their kids. Participants can choose to register as part of a competitive team, non-competitive team, or as individual runners. It starts at 8:30 a.m. and is touted as a dog-friendly event.

            Whatever day it is, there is always something to celebrate when you live here in the Richmond area. Our team will make it easy for you to find the home of your dreams and close without a hitch. Contact us to find out more. We look forward to advising you.

            May
            29

            Richmond VA Summer Events

            Summer Events Near Me Richmond VA

            There are always lots of things to do in the river city, especially during the summer festival season. We've picked our top events for each summer month for you to check out throughout the metro Richmond area – enjoy the many events and get out and about this summer!

            May Highlight: Greek Food Festival

            Greek Food Festival – the best way to start summer with a bit of "Opa!" enthusiasm. Recently voted as Richmond's Best Food Festival in Style Weekly, the Greek Food Festival celebrates classic Greek cuisine and culture with all sorts of folks right in the Carytown neighborhood. 

            Where: Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Ave.

            When: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1; and noon-7 p.m. Sunday, June 2

            Cost: free entry; pay as you go

            More info: www.greekfestival.com

             

            June Highlights: Broad Apetit, Village Vibe, Powhatan Music Festival

            Broad Apetit – also known as the foodie's must-attend event, this food festival returns for its 12th year with some of Richmond's favorite restaurants, food trucks and vendors dishing up $3 sample plates.

            Where: West Broad Street between Henry and Adams

            When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 2

            Cost: free entry; pay as you go

            More info: www.broadappetit.com

             

            Village Vibe with The Flashback Band – this annual concert event is sure to delight Powhatan people and beyond. With concerts going on all summer long in the Village Meadow, the community of Powhatan is rocking out monthly, especially in June with the Flashback Band. Go join our friends for music, brews, food, and raffles that benefit the community and local organizations.

            Where:  Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA

            When: 7-10 PM, Friday, June 7

            Cost: Free, donations and raffle purchases appreciated

            More info: https://www.powhatanchamber.org/events/village-vibe/

             

            Powhatan Music Festival – one day of awesome musical talent centered around a family friendly festival environment. All types of music will be played – rock, blues, R&B, funk, jazz, and more. Napier ERA is a proud sponsor of this event because we're honored to be part of an effort that recognizes extraordinary local music.

            Where:  Village Meadow, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA

            When: 11 AM - 7 PM, Saturday, June 22

            Cost: Free for children under 10, $20 tickets at the gate for adults, or for sale for $15 on Eventbrite

            More info: https://powhatanmusicfestival.com/

             

            July Highlights: Henrico County's July 4th Celebration, Music For Massey, International Disc Sport Championships

             

            Henrico County's July 4th Celebration – Red, White, and Lights in Dorey Park! Parks in Henrico County are great, and Dorey Park is an excellent example. The largest park in all of Henrico is Dorey Park, making it perfect for Independence Day celebrations. Join Richmond Symphony's Big Tent for an evening of community fun on July 4.

            Where:  Dorey Park, 2999 Darbytown Road Henrico, VA 23231

            When: 4 PM - 11 PM, Thursday, July 4

            Cost: Free

            More info: https://henrico.us/calendar/red-white-and-lights-2019/

             

            International Disc Sport Championships – if you love alternative sports, trying new things, or throwing around a frisbee, this is for you! You may have seen a casual game of frisbee before, but nothing like this. Check out international champs of disc sports throwing and showing their stuff at local parks all around Richmond on the week of July 8 - 13.

            Where: Bryan Park, Dorey Park, Forest Hill Park, and more. See the full schedule for details.

            When: July 8 - 13, Times vary each day.

            Cost: You must register to get in on the championships, but watching and throwing for fun is free!

            More info: https://www.rvadisc2019.com/

             

            Music For Masseya fundraiser for VCU Massey Cancer Center, taking place at Maymont!  For the past 13 years, Napier Realtors ERA has raised over $222,000 for pediatric cancer research thanks to community involvement with this fun, Americana-focused concert series. Join us this year for performances from Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and Amos Lee. There are still sponsorship spots available for other local businesses interested in supporting pediatric cancer research.

            Where: Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220

            When: Gates open at 6 PM on Saturday, July 20

            Cost: Tickets start at $41, and children under 10 can attend for free

            More info: On Napier ERA's website



            August Highlights: Richmond Jazz Fest, Innsbrook Afterhours

            Innsbrook Afterhours – if you're looking at homes in Henrico, you need to know about Innsbrook Afterhours! This outdoor concert series is a classic Richmond event, bringing internationally acclaimed artists to our suburbs for 34 years. In August, catch artists like Chris Young, Boyz II Men, and Brett Young in Glen Allen, Virginia.

            Where: Innsbrook Pavilion, 4901 Lake Brook Drive, Henrico

            When: All summer long!

            Cost: $16 early bird and up

            Info: www.innsbrookafterhours.com

             

            Richmond Jazz Fest – For the 10th year in a row, there are four days of jazz and its direct descendants—blues, R&B, funk, soul, hip-hop, and fusion—at one of the most beautiful venues in Richmond, Maymont Park.

            Where: Maymont Park

            When: August 8th - 11th

            Cost: Tickets are currently cheaper with early bird pricing

            Info: https://richmondjazzfestival.com/

             

            May
            27

            Farmers Markets Around Richmond

            Farmers Markets Around Richmond
            Five Farmers Markets Picked For You

            Our real estate agents know the value of a balanced breakfast, and you can't quite get it right without plenty of fresh produce. But farm-fresh fruits and vegetables are often hard to come by.  That is unless you live in an area with plenty of thriving farmers markets like the RVA.

            A farmers market serves as both a market for fresh produce and a community gathering place where locals can deepen their connection to the Earth and the way their food is produced. These open-air retail areas give consumers a chance to buy directly from farmers.

            This has a number of wonderful effects on the community and economy.

            Farmers markets cut costs on both sides of the equation. Produce doesn't have to be trucked from far away to reach consumers, and farmers don't have to make agreements with distributors who add costly overhead fees. Produce is fresher, and there's less environmental impact.

            There are several different farmers markets throughout the RVA. While many of them are found near Richmond homes for sale, they are also distributed all across the region. When you live in Virginia, you'll never have to fret over "food deserts" where good produce isn't available.

            Here's a quick look at some of the farmers market in our local communities.

            1. South of the James Market – New Kent Avenue, Richmond, VA 23225
              South of the James Market is an initiative of GrowRVA, a nonprofit that promotes sustainability in partnership with local farms and the arts. It is one of the best-known farmers markets here in Virginia and is open every Saturday from 8 in the morning. With seasonal produce, beverages, spices, honey, and local crafts, there's always something new to be found.
            2. Prince George Farmers Market – 6380 Scott Memorial Park, Prince George, VA 23875
              Prince George Farmers Market is a fun feature adjacent to Prince George homes for sale that will brighten up your Saturdays. It's a producer-grower market that focuses on keeping food regional and sustainable. Strict quantity standards help ensure every piece of produce is exactly what consumers expect. Plus, it's right beside the local library. Make a morning of it!
            3. Lakeside Farmers Market – 6106 Lakeside Avenue, Henrico, VA 23228
              Henrico homes for sale aren't far from Lakeside Farmers Market. It's one of the original neighborhood farmers markets and is open all year long. Seasonal schedules do vary, but it's always open all day on Wednesday. In addition to scrumptious fruits, veggies, cheeses, and even meats, you'll enjoy the guarantee: You can return any unsatisfactory products within a week.
            4. Westchester Farmers Market – 15785 WC Main Street, Midlothian, VA, 23113
              Westchester Farmers Market offers the best fruits and vegetables around to the future owners of Midlothian homes for sale. Formerly known as the Powhatan Farmers Market, it is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. Opening day is May 16th every year. On the first Thursday of each month, the market welcomes young entrepreneurs to sell produce and crafts at the Kids' Market.
            5. Chesterfield County Farmers Market – 6701 Mimms Loop, Chesterfield, VA 23832
              Look at Chesterfield County homes for sale and you'll have access to this famous farmers market. From May through August, Chesterfield County Farmers Market will delight you with magnificent fruits, veggies, eggs, bread, and jam. Kids love the kettle corn treats! Recently, the market teamed up with local food trucks to participate in Food Truck Wednesday, too.

            Amazing farmers markets are just the beginning of what you can discover around RVA. Our expert real estate team will help you find a Virginia dream home. Whatever your goals, we give you the inside track.

            Contact us today. We look forward to helping you soon.

            May
            20

            Memorial Day Events In and Around Richmond

            Richmond VA Memorial Day Events
            Memorial Day is a time to pause our usual activities and take a moment to offer gratitude and respect for those who gave all to protect our freedom. Our real estate agents suggest taking a short break from exploring Richmond real estate opportunities so you can enjoy some of the most memorable Memorial Day events happening around the area.

            Not only will taking a break give you time to relax and recharge but spending some time out in the community will also help you get a feel for what living here is really like. Not sure what to do over Memorial Day weekend? Here are a few of the most popular events you'll want to check out! 

            1. Virginia War Memorial's They Gave All (TGA) 5k - 621 S. Belvidere St., Richmond, VA 23220
              On Saturday, May 25th, join the Virginia War Memorial in honoring our fallen soldiers by participating in the They Gave All (TGA) 5k. Registration is currently open, and participants are welcome to run, walk, or sponsor a memorial flag.

              You'll love the beautiful scenic route that winds through the Hollywood Cemetery and passes the Virginia War Memorial Shrine and the James River. This popular race is in its 8th year, and all proceeds from the event support the Virginia War Memorial Foundation.

            2. Pamplin Historical Park - 6125 Boydton Plank Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803  
              History lovers will enjoy the events that are taking place all three days over Memorial Day weekend at the 25th Park Anniversary Commemoration Weekend at Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be tours, demonstrations, exhibits, and special activities for the kids.

              Monday's celebration ceremony includes a wreath-laying and Honor Guard presentation with military firing and playing of Taps. Other demonstrations are also planned throughout the day. While you're in the area, take a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Petersburg homes for sale near the park. 

            3. Glen Allen Community Center Memorial Day Cookout - 10800 Brookley Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060
              The staff at the Glen Allen Community Center invites the community to attend their annual Memorial Day Cookout. Hotdogs, hamburgers, condiments, and sides will be provided by the GACC, please bring a dessert to share. The fun begins at 4:00 pm on Monday, May 27. Guest fees are $10 per person. Glen Allen homes for sale are just around the corner from this celebration.  Take time to schedule a showing with our team while you're in the neighborhood.
            1. Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens - 1800 Lakeside Ave, Richmond, VA 23228
              On Monday, May 27th, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is offering free admission and discounts at the gift shop and cafe for military personnel, first responders, and their dependents. Anyone else in the party can also enjoy half-price admission. Your family and friends will enjoy spending the day exploring the 50-acres of gorgeous gardens and kid-friendly exhibits.  

            2. America's First College 1619 & Memorial Day Celebration -  Henricus Historical Park, 251 Henricus Park Rd. Chester, VA 23836
              Experience an unforgettable recreation of early-American military times at the Henricus Historical Park's Memorial Day Celebration. On May 25th from 10 am to 5:00 pm Henricus Militia and Henricus interpreters will provide weapons demonstrations, musket firings, and several cannon salutes throughout the day. Admission is free for active and retired military members and their immediate families.

              Once you spend some time exploring the area, you'll quickly understand why so many home buyers ask us to show them Chesterfield County homes for sale as soon as they're listed. 

            When you're ready to find the home of your dreams, we're here to help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and schedule an appointment. 

            May
            3

            6 Years as a Top Workplace!

            Jim Napier at Top Workplace Awards 2019

            Napier ERA was recognized as a Top Workplace for the sixth year in a row!

            This title comes from Richmond Times-Dispatch and is based on an anonymous survey that was sent out to all of Napier's employees and real estate agents. We are so happy to see another year of great reviews! 

            The survey asks about numerous topics that impact the workplace – including leadership, benefits, training, diversity, community involvement, and more. Our managing brokers and owners take great pride in investing in our people, supporting one another, and overall treating each other like a business family.

            Thank you to everyone in Team Napier for making this award possible, and we wish a hearty congratulations to all the local businesses honored. 

            May
            6

            6 Swimming Pools & Splash Pads for Our Kids

            RVA Swimming
            The weather is getting warmer, and many would-be buyers have started asking our real estate agents about their favorite local spots for summertime fun.

            If your dream home doesn't include a backyard pool, don't sweat it! From free public pools and splash pads to private aquatic centers, you have plenty of options for keeping the entire family cool and entertained all summer long. Here are six of the most popular area spots for summertime fun.

            1. Colonial Heights Swim & Yacht Club: 1225 Duke of Gloucester St, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
              The member-owned Colonial Heights Swim & Yacht Club has a large swimming pool, a smaller children's pool, and a fun, family-friendly play area. Whether you want to enjoy a competitive game of basketball or tennis or grab a tasty treat from the snack bar and lounge poolside, this club has exactly what you need. It's no wonder  Colonial Heights homes for sale are in demand.

            2. Battery Park Pool:  2719 Dupont Cir, Richmond, VA 23222
              The Department of Recreation's Battery Park outdoor pool is a popular destination for many Richmond families. In addition to open swim and designated lap swim times, residents can also strengthen their swimming skills with American Red Cross "learn to swim" classes for all skill levels. You can also take first aid and CPR training classes and lifeguard certification. 

            3. Battlefield Park Swim & Racquet Club: 3108 Homestead Dr, Petersburg, VA 23805
              After paying a visit to Battlefield Park Swim & Racquet Club, you'll quickly see why so many buyers ask about the availability of Petersburg homes for sale nearby. As one of the largest outdoor recreational parks in the state, this club boasts a giant 50-meter pool, a 25-meter pool, and a shaded baby pool. They also offer water aerobics, swimming lessons, and a swim team for kids between the ages of 5 and 17. 

            4. Anirav Swim Club: 13131 Overhill Lake Ln. Glen Allen, VA 23059
              Not far from some of the best Glen Allen homes for sale, the private Anirav Swim Club is the perfect spot for family-friendly fun. It features a 200,000-gallon pool with a diving board and lap lanes, a separate kiddie pool, showers, and changing rooms. The swim club offers swim lessons and also has a playground, basketball court, ping pong tables, and a snack bar. 

            5. Twin Hickory Park & Recreation Center: 5011 Twin Hickory Road Glen Allen, VA 23059
              The splash park at Twin Hickory Park & Recreation Center is a perfect way for families with younger children to get some relief from the summertime heat. The park also offers visitors several walking trails, two playgrounds, and a sheltered picnic area. Check out the center's website to learn about upcoming events and classes for both children and adults. 

            6. Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club: 14710 Village Square Place, Midlothian, VA 23112
              If you've been looking at Midlothian homes for sale, you'll definitely want to check out the Woodlake Swim & Racquet Club. This beautiful recreation center features a large outdoor pool with lap lanes and a diving board and an indoor pool with a waterslide, children's mushroom water feature, and a kiddie pool. There's also outdoor beach volleyball and a gazebo deck where families can enjoy a relaxing lunch. 

            Summer might not be here quite yet, but there are plenty of hot Richmond real estate deals available right now. We would love to help you find your dream home and get settled before the temperatures start to rise. Contact us today to get started! 

            April
            29

            Where to Host Your Child's Birthday Party Near Richmond

             

            Richmond Children's Birthday Party Venues
            The only thing better than celebrating your own birthday is throwing an unforgettable birthday party for your children. Our real estate agents know that planning a child's birthday party can be an overwhelming endeavor which is why we've compiled a list of the six coolest places in Richmond that are perfect for hosting a B-day bash that all of the kids will enjoy!

            1. Laser Quest – 889 Research Rd., Richmond, VA 23236
              Birthday parties at Laser Quest are out of this world! For over two decades, Laser Quest has offered Richmond area families the ultimate birthday experience for children and adults of all ages. Their 15,000 square-foot facility features levels upon levels of exciting laser tag action. This hassle-free party, conveniently located near many Richmond homes for sale, will provide hours of fun for boys and girls. With additional video games to play and delicious pizza to eat, hosting a birthday party at Laser Quest will make everyone feel like a kid again!

            2. Fairy Tale Parties & Events Boutique – 10861 West Broad St., Glen Allen, VA 23060
              Every parent dreams of turning their child's birthday party into an amazing memory that their kids will cherish for a lifetime. Located near great Glen Allen homes for sale, Fairy Tale Parties & Events Boutique is here to help you make that dream a reality by throwing your child a party that is straight out of a storybook. Their wonderful party package themes feature princesses, rock stars, painting parties and more. They'll even take care of the treats and goody bags so all you need to do is take pictures and enjoy a fairytale ending to your child's perfect party.

            3. G-Force Karts – 4245 Carolina Ave., Bldg. B, Richmond, VA 23222
              In a hurry to find a fun-filled place to host your child's birthday party? Then race over to G-Force Karts and let them take the wheel. G-Force Karts is the place for action, adrenaline, and awesome entertainment. Their indoor facility offers go-karting, archery tag, laser tag, Bazooka Ball and much more. Every child also receives a free arcade card preloaded with $5 for games. Choose from one of their great packages or customize your own to plan a birthday bash that doesn't burn out.

            4. Peak Experiences – 11421 Polo Circle, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Do you want to take your child's birthday party to a higher level? Then host their celebration at Peak Experiences. This indoor rock climbing center offers children of all skill levels the chance to safely scale rock walls as high as 50 feet. After the climb, the party area on the mezzanine will be set up for ice cream, cake, and presents. While the kids enjoy their treats, perhaps you'll want to ascend the rock wall yourself to see if you can grab a peek at any beautiful Midlothian homes for sale.

            5. Off The Wall Indoor Bounce & Party Place, 721 Hundred Road, Chester, VA 23836
              Celebrate your child's big day by scheduling their party at Off the Wall Indoor Bounce and Party Place located next to some of our finest homes for sale in Chesterfield County.  Off the Wall has three party packages for groups from 8 to 20 guests with Party Planners whose main goal is to make sure your child a birthday party they will remember for years to come. 

            6. Cartwheels & Coffee – 2820 West Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221 
              Looking for a manageable place for your preschooler to enjoy their birthday party with friends? Cartwheels & Coffee, close to quaint RVA homes for sale, is a special spot where young ones and adults can relax and socialize. Their playland can be reserved for birthday parties of up to fifteen children while parents sit and enjoy handcrafted beverages in the café. They'll even structure the party around a theme to give the kids an immersive, memorable playday.

            Planning your child's birthday party doesn't have to be a stressful affair. Let our real estate agents help you find the perfect party spot around RVA. For more suggestions or to view Richmond homes for sale, contact Napier ERA today.

            April
            8

            Vote Napier Realtors ERA as "The Best!"

            RTD The Best - Napier Realtors ERA

            We need your help again to nominate Napier ERA, our agents and our teams for RTD's annual competition to select "The Best" Real Estate Firm, Agent and Team. For multiple years we have competed for The Best titles and would love your help to keep the streak going!

            Have a favorite Napier agent or team? Had a great experience buying, selling, or relocating with Napier ERA? This is one of the best ways to show some love.

            There's a limited time to vote, and you're able to vote once daily, so we encourage you to vote early, and vote often!

            Thank you for supporting Napier ERA Realtors – we love being a part of the Central Virginia community. 

            VOTE NOW by going to the Home and Garden section and nominate Napier ERA as The Best Real Estate Firm! 

            April
            8

            5 Pet Adoption Centers in the Greater Richmond Area

             

            Henrico County Pet Adoption Centers

            National Lost Dog Awareness Day is on April 23rd, and our real estate agents want to find homes for you and the four-legged friends that need a loving family. As we show you around beautiful Richmond homes for sale, we encourage you to pay a visit to one of these local animal shelters if you're hoping to welcome a furry family member into your new home.

            1. Henrico Humane Society – 11331 W. Broad St., Glen Allen, VA 23060
              The many cats and dogs throughout Central Virginia deserve a loving home, and the caring volunteers at Henrico Humane Society are ready to help these animals find their forever home in the greater Richmond area. This rescue center has cuddly critters ready to adopt or foster. Keep in mind that this organization does not have a public housing area where you can visit the animals. Instead, you can find them every Saturday at Petco in Short Pump. If you find a particular pet on their website that you'd love to meet in person, they can bring the animal to the adoption stand near great Glen Allen homes for sale.

            2. Henrico County Police Animal Shelter – 10421 Woodman Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
              No pet deserves to be abandoned. Thankfully, the Henrico County Police Animal Protection Police Unit works hard to find a loving home for every abandoned dog, puppy, cat, and kitten. Visit the Henrico County Police Animal Shelter to give one of their pets a home in Henrico with you.

            3. Richmond Animal League – 11401 International Drive, Richmond, VA 23236
              If you think the pet adoption process is complicated, think again! The Richmond Animal League can help you expand your furry family in three easy steps. RAL only wants to place their dogs with loving, responsible families which is why they interview each potential owner and require them to fill out a questionnaire. To match pets with the right owners, their adoption counselors will help you find the dog that is the right fit for your home. If you're moving into the area, let our real estate agents at Napier ERA show you Richmond homes for sale.
               
            4. SPCA of Petersburg-Colonial Heights - 301 Charles H Dimmock Pkwy, Colonial Heights, VA 23834
              Pick out the perfect pooch
              for you and your family at the Colonial Heights Animal Shelter.  Given the responsibility for the care and protection of animals in our Colonial Heights community, the SPCA has a long and successful history of providing housing and care to pets in need. Save a life while enriching your own when you adopt a four-legged friend and welcome them to your home in Colonial Heights.

            5. Hopewell Animal Services - 507 Station St, Hopewell, VA 23860
              Each week, the kind folks at the Hopewell Animal Services find homes for precious animals that need loving intervention. They accept pets that families are no longer able to care for. What better way to share your love and home than by adopting a dog that was sadly separated from their original owner and bringing them to your Hopewell home?

            Contact Napier ERA for assistance in finding Richmond homes for sale for you and your new furry friends.

            March
            11

            Napier ERA is a Top Workplace in Richmond!

            Top Workplace 2019

             

            For the 6th year in a row, Napier ERA has been named one of Richmond's top workplaces! In 2019, 65 companies from the Richmond region are being honored with this title and we are so happy to be included yet again. This title comes from Richmond Times-Dispatch and is based on an anonymous survey was sent out to all of Napier's employees and real estate agents and we are so happy to see another year of great reviews! The survey asks about numerous topics that impact the workplace – including leadership, benefits, training, diversity, community involvement, and more. 

             

            Working at Napier ERA is all about integrity, support, professionalism, and family values. To see the full list of Top Workplaces, visit the RTD online. To learn more about the reasons why Napier ERA is one of the best places to work in the Richmond Region, visit our recruiting page and learn more about working with Richmond's best! 

            March
            11

            Peter Chang Restaurants in Richmond and Glen Allen

            Richmond Glen Allen Peter Chang

            There are plenty of excellent places to dine out in Richmond, but if you haven't been to Peter Chang yet, you're definitely missing out. This unique Szechuan-style restaurant is a go-to destination for locals and visitors alike.

            While our real estate agents prefer not to pick favorites, they can't help but rave about the outstanding dining experience at Peter Chang. Here are just a few reasons to put this restaurant on your list of Richmond's must-visit locations.

            Peter Chang - An Award-Winning Chef

            Since beginning his career at posh hotels in the Chinese province of Hubei, award-winning master chef Peter Chang has lived an exciting life. He has served as head chef on a popular cruise line, cooked for the Chinese embassy, and made a name for himself while cooking at the China Star restaurant in Arlington.

            After receiving a few positive reviews from food critics, he virtually disappeared. For a period of time, he jumped from restaurant to restaurant across the country. With each new appearance, he gathered more loyal fans and obtained an almost mythical status. As the buzz continued to grow, so did the question, "Where will Chang show up next?"

            By the time he finally settled down and opened Peter Chang in Richmond, he had earned himself a continually-growing legion of devoted followers. He now prides himself on creating the delicious and spicy Szechuan dishes that have made his restaurants so famous.

            Exciting Menu Items

            The menu selections at Peter Chang are sure to please your palate and leave you wanting more. Some of the most popular signature dishes include crispy pork belly, Szechuan beef, lamb chops stir-fried in chili and cumin, and duck stewed in "Ma La" sauce. The menu also includes dumplings and dim sum, hot and cold appetizers, traditional Szechuan meals, lo mein, fried rice, and popular lunch specials.

            Two Great Locations in Our Community

            While you're in the Richmond area, you have two great locations to choose from.

            • The original Peter Change flagship restaurant in nearby Glen Allen is located at 11424 W. Broad Street. Here you'll find a full range of menu options and a selection of beer and wine.
            • Peter Chang Scott's Addition is located at 2816 W. Broad St. in Richmond, close to the city's center. This trendy and somewhat industrial location has a slightly scaled-down food menu but is also the only Peter Chang restaurant to feature a full menu of exotic liquor drinks.

            Whichever location you choose, you're sure to have a dining experience you won't soon forget.

            A wide selection of restaurants is just one of the many things that make the city of Richmond such an excellent place to live and work. If you're considering making a move to the Richmond area, we would love the opportunity to show you around. Contact Napier ERA today to discuss your home-buying goals and schedule an appointment.

            February
            4

            Platinum Status in the Cartus Broker Network for 2018!

            CARTUS Broker Network

             

            The only real estate company in Central Virginia to reach Platinum Status in the Cartus Broker Network for 2018... Napier ERA! 

            Cartus is the industry leader in corporate relocation services. We have been working with the Cartus Broker Network for many years and are proud to announce that Napier ERA is the only real estate company in Central Virginia to reach Platinum Status for 2018! We congratulate and thank the Napier Relocation Team and our agents for their outstanding service to our Cartus clients!

            Celebrating Platinum Status

            Fran Hessler and Jim Napier celebrating Napier ERA

            Napier ERA Midlothian team celebrations

            Thank you to the whole Napier ERA team for making us a company of diligent real estate professionals. Let's keep it going in 2019! 

             

            January
            21

            Richmond Sports Fans Score Big on Game Day

            5 RVA Area Sports Bars to Watch Your Favorite Team

            Richmond Area Sports Bars

            Our real estate agents at Napier ERA don't like to play favorites, but we are looking forward to watching "the Big Game" on Sunday, February 3.  And when it comes to the biggest game of the year, where you see it is just as important as when.

            Nobody wants to miss out on watching the action as it unfolds live. It's even better if you have the chance to do it with friends in an atmosphere that offers fun, excitement – and lots of tasty food.

            When it comes to an unforgettable game-day experience, Richmond's got you covered. Let's check out five of the best places in and around Richmond to watch your favorite team.

            1. Home Team Grill - 1630 W. Main St., Richmond
              At Home Team Grill you'll experience one more fantastic reason why homes for sale in Richmond are so enticing. This neighborhood watering hole has been named one of the 101 best sports bars in the United States by CNN. It's known for its 360-degree visibility of big HD TVs and its enjoyable outdoor seating for warm weather.

            2. Legends Grille - 1601 Willow Lawn Drive, Suite 840, Richmond
              Want to enjoy a fun and relaxing time that's welcoming for the whole family? Legends Grille is the place to be. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. most days, it provides $2 Taco Tuesdays and a mouth-watering weekend brunch. The famous spicy wings, Angus burgers, and classic steaks round out a menu that has something for every sports fan.

            3. Pop's Bar and Grill - 210 Giant Drive, Richmond
              Pop's Bar and Grill is a "pop"-ular local gathering spot, and not just because of the delectable menu. It also shows off a number of hot pay per view events every month. It's also renowned as a venue for live music and private parties. Nachos, zesty chicken rolls, crunchy shrimp, and more give its cuisine a versatile flair.

            4. Wood and Iron Game Day - 11400 W. Huguenot Road, Suite 109, Midlothian
              When it's time for that long-awaited coin toss, Wood and Iron Game Day won't disappoint. Midlothian homes for sale are a short drive from this local institution, which features a full menu of burgers, tacos, sandwiches, flatbreads and more – plus a slew of beers, wines, and cocktails. All kinds of specials go on practically every day, hence the motto: "Pre-Game, Post-Game, Every Game!

            5. Hurley's Tavern - 4028 Cox Road, Suite J, Glen Allen
              Glen Allen homes are right within reach of the classic Hurley's Tavern. Prized for its fast and cheerful service, Hurley's has been compared to Cheers: The kind of bar where "everybody knows your name." Every seat in the house is intended to have a clear view of at least one high-def TV. Sports clubs often visit to take advantage of the big private room available for parties.

            Score a Touchdown with Richmond Homes from Napier ERA

            There's no question about it: Richmond gets excited for game day. But, locals know there's plenty of reasons to be excited about Richmond all year around. Excellent shopping and dining combined with a welcoming community make this a terrific place to put down roots.

            Contact Napier ERA to find out more. We look forward to helping you.

            January
            28

            6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day Like a Local

            Richmond Area Valentines Day Suggestions
            Finding just the right way to celebrate the love between you and your Valentine can be a challenge if you're spending the holiday in an unfamiliar place. The good news is that Richmond is an awesome place to be for Valentine's Day, and our real estate agents are here to help you out with the inside information you need to make the most of it. If you'll be in the area shopping our lovely selection of homes for sale in Richmond this February, here are six ways to celebrate Valentine's Day like a local:

            1. See the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond
              A tour of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a wonderful way to start off a romantic day with your Valentine. This top U.S. art museum hosts a collection made up of artistic works spanning 5,000 years of art history and hailing from all around the world. Once you've toured the galleries, be sure to stroll through the museum's Sculpture Garden, then stop in for a glass of wine or a nice cup of premium coffee at the café.

            2. Dine on a decadent dessert at Shyndigz, 1903 W Cary St, Richmond
              Instead of going with the standard box of chocolates for your Valentine, take your celebration to the next level by stopping by Shyndigz for a decadent dessert. You can dine on any of a vast selection of decadent treats at the Shyndigz café or get your sweet treats to go next door at the Shyndigz market.

            3. Stroll the downtown pedestrian bridge
              The perfect place for a romantic Valentine's Day stroll, the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge offers spectacular views of the Richmond skyline, the river and lots of local landmarks. You'll also get to explore a bit of local history, with historical quotes embedded in the planks along the way.

            4. Time Travel at Maymont Estates, 1700 Hampton Street, Richmond
              Take your Valentine's celebration back to one of the most romantic eras in history – the Victorian era – with a tour of the Maymont Estates. The Maymont Mansion is a remarkably complete snapshot of the era, with its romantic 19th-century décor and features elegantly costumed ladies and gentlemen to display and explain the romantic courting customs and love stories of the era in which the mansion was built. You can even arrange to top off your tour with a private horse-drawn carriage ride.

            5. Sample your favorite wine at the James River Cellars Winery, 11008 Washington Highway, Glen Allen
              What spells Valentine's Day better than a pairing of local fine wine and sweet treats? This is just what you'll find at the James River Winery during their Wine and Cupcakes event, which runs from February 10th through the 14th.

            6. Get your motors running at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting, 1365 Carmia Way, Richmond
              Rev things up a bit this Valentine's Day with a visit to Thunderbolt Indoor Karting. You and your Valentine can cater to your need for speed, fun and friendly competition at this great local indoor go-kart racing center.

            If you need more advice on ways to celebrate Valentine's Day like a local in Richmond or have any other questions about the area, please feel free to contact Napier ERA. We're always happy to help new residents, visitors or people who are thinking of moving to the area discover the many reasons why Richmond is such a special place to call home.

            January
            7

            Richmond Foodie Favorite: ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque

            Richmond ZZQ Restaurant
            Doing it differently is what the team at ZZQ enjoys doing every day: doing it best is what makes them better than everyone else. It's the perfect place to spend a lunch or dinner for those who love Texas barbecue and want to enjoy it without having to catch a flight to Dallas. It's a favorite of our real estate agents, and it's one of the first places our clients go to celebrate after they buy one of the many homes for sale in Richmond.

            Richmond ZZQ Owners
            Built brick by brick by Texas native Chris Fultz and his wife Alex Graf in 2013, ZZQ has risen through the ranks to become Virginia's top BBQ restaurant. This rising star is collecting stars and accolades galore with each national competition they complete, and each award they receive. At the rate they're flying, it won't be long before they are named the best barbecue establishment in the country.  

            A Menu that Melts in Your Mouth

            Richmond ZZQ Food

            ZZQ, located at 3201 West Moore Street in Richmond's Scott's Addition neighborhood, prides itself in producing some of the most tender barbecue this side of the islands where the craft originated. Their brisket falls apart on the fork. The shredded pork can be cut with a spoon. Molasses collard greens are so fresh and crisp that your mouth will crave every bite. This makes it a perfect meal for everyone in the family, including the cowboy with a soft heart and the tenderfoot with the temperate stomach.

            The pitmasters are famous for their mastery of smoke and flame. These trained artists of the fire know how to craft beef brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs, turkey breasts, and sausages, unlike anything you have ever sampled. Give 'em a try, and you'll see why they are the talk of the town. 

            Sides to Boot

            There's more to ZZQ than just the main menu. As with any barbecue, it's the sides that complete the dish. To that end, you just might fall in love with their Jalapeno Mac and Cheese, and their Buttermilk Potato Salad is so good you are going to ask for seconds. That's not even going into the fantastic flavors you'll find in every spoonful of Daisy's Butter Beans and their close cousins Mama Singh's Black-Eyed Peas.

            Each of these side-dishes is hand-crafted to culinary perfection. Each is the brainchild of Russell Cook, the Culinary Director for ZZQ. His recipes are designed to build and layer flavors within the dish. This creates complexity and depth that most restaurants overlook. It's this ability to build and create a flavor that has propelled ZZQ to the number one spot in the state so quickly.

            Catering Your Richmond Celebrations

            What's the best way to celebrate a new home purchase in Richmond? If you ask us, there's no better way than by hosting a ZZQ-catered barbecue where your family, your old friends, and your new neighbors can get together and enjoy some delicious food as you get to know one another. 

            We encourage you to contact Napier ERA for more information about homes for sale in Richmond right now. Our agents would be happy to sit down with you and discuss the listings they recommend. When you're ready to buy, we can sit down in the office or over at ZZQ to sign the papers and help you celebrate.

            December
            18

            Richmond Association of Realtors 2018 Awards - 4 Big Honors!

            With thousands of real estate agents in the Central Virginia area, it's tough for any one agent to win an award from the Richmond Association of Realtors. That's why we're absolutely delighted to announce that Napier agents were honored four times at the recent Richmond Association of Realtors at the 2018 RAR Awards and Officer Installation.

            David Hamil

            Our first congratulations goes to David Hamil, winner of the 2018 LaVerne A. Boschen, Jr. Outstanding Educator of the Year Award for his commitment to education for the Richmond Association of Realtors. David works through the association to train and certify that all agents are up to speed on new regulations, legal requirements and a host of other requirements that any agent licensed in Virginia must adhere to. David has been a member of the Napier team for almost 18 years, having managed two of our offices (Mechanicsville and West End) and is now an associate broker at our West End office now. Thank you, David, for your years of service and dedication to teaching Realtors in our area.

            Named for her outstanding commitment to community service is the managing broker of the Napier ERA Tri-Cities office, Libby Gatewood. Libby has been a licensed real estate sales associate in the Commonwealth of Virginia since 1979 and obtained her broker license in 1982. She is a licensed certified residential appraiser and a licensed real estate instructor. In addition to serving Napier agents and clients in the Colonial Heights, Petersburg and many other tri-cities communities, Libby is very active in serving her community through the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation and other charitable organizations. Libby received the C. Porter Vaughan, Jr. Outstanding Service Award for her faithfulness to the principles of organized real estate and community involvement. Libby was also inducted as the Vice President of the Board of RAR for 2019. We offer our congratulations and thanks to Libby for all that she does for breast cancer awareness and research as well as the commitment you have to upholding and enhancing the values of Realtors.

            Last but certainly not least, a hearty congratulations to Dianne Long, winner of the coveted Realtor of the Year award! Winners are chosen based on their faithfulness to principles and laws of organized real estate, efforts to encourage good real estate practice among other real estate brokers, time spent with press and general public explaining the real estate profession, as well as their work with the Richmond Association of Realtors, the Virginia Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. Winners are also chosen on the basis of involvement in community affairs and their business accomplishments. Dianne has served on several committees and is a past recipient of the RAR Lifetime Membership award and Outstanding Sales Associate of the Year award. A Napier agent for more than 30 years, Dianne is known for serving with class, commitment, and a smile on her face. Congratulations, Dianne, for this prestigious award and thank you for contributing to Central Virginia's real estate market for many years. We are blessed to have you on the Napier ERA team.

            Mark Joyner, David Hamil, Libby Gatewood, Dianne Long, and Jim Napier

            One more note for this special night is for Cory Metts, who was accepted into RAR's distinguished Leadership Academy. The Leadership Development Academy is a six-month program designed to develop visionary, service-oriented Realtor members for professional, civic and community leadership roles, and those selected represent the cream of the crop of young Realtors. Cory is an alumnus of Longwood University and stays very active throughout the Central Virginia area in his work with the Young Leaders Board of World Pediatric Project, the YMCA board, and CAPITAL& Career Accelerator. We look forward to having Cory on our team for a very long time!

            The 2018 RAR meeting and celebration was held at the beautiful Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. If you haven't gone to see their lights yet, make it a priority to go this holiday season. From Bob Ross to unicorns to a peacock, there are many beautiful light displays that will de-"light" you, your family, and friends. Check out the holiday-themed GardenFest here!

            Thank you to RAR for recognizing real estate agents' hard work and commitment and hosting such a great evening celebrating the future of real estate. Congratulations to all honorees and officers. It is a distinguished privilege to work in a community of Realtors committed to advancing our communities and elevating the profession.

            Don't forget to send your words of congratulations to our team on Facebook and Instagram. If you're interested in joining the award-winning Napier ERA team, please visit our recruiting website at joinnapierera.com!

            December
            24

            5 Local Richmond Photographers for the Perfect Family Portrait

            Richmond Area Professional Photographers
            The holiday season always allows us to be grateful for our family.  Your family is constantly changing whether it's with a brand new baby or a rescue dog. Now is the ideal time to document every member of your expanding family. Whether you're looking for newborn photos or lifestyle sessions with the family dog, our real estate agents can recommend their favorite family photographers in the Richmond area.

            1. Rebecca D'Angelo Photography - Serving the Richmond area
              Rebecca D' Angelo Photography specializes in photographing animals and their families. She loves capturing the loving relationship each person has with their pet, and how pets are part of the family too.  She also does family and wedding photography but her passion lies with including the animals throughout. While you're in the area, take the time to tour some Richmond homes for sale.

            2. Jacki G. Photography
              Serving the Henrico area Jacki G. Photography covers all the important milestones in your family's life. She offers everything from maternity photos to Fresh 48 sessions, detailing your baby's first two days. She also features newborn photos, first birthday photos with candid's of the cake smashing, and family portrait sessions.  With your expanding family, check out some Henrico homes for sale.

            3. Laura Matthews Photography - Serving the Glen Allen area
              Laura Matthews Photography
              specializes in senior pictures and family lifestyle sessions. Her one-hour lifestyle sessions occur either in your own home or a preferred location, capturing the candid, everyday moments of your life. However, she uses a minimalist technique with newborns and prefers to photograph them in your home. While you're in the area, check out some Glen Allen homes for sale.

            4. Photography by Nicole Johnson - Serving the Richmond area
              Photography by Nicole Johnson specializes in wedding and baby photography. Since Nicole is usually busy shooting weddings on weekends, she usually schedules her baby and family sessions during the week. She covers everything from maternity photos to newborn photos to first birthday sessions. She works out of her studio but parents are welcome to bring any props or snacks needed to make their baby feel comfortable.

            5. Meghan McSweeney Photography - Serving the Richmond area
              Megan McSweeney Photography specializes in wedding and family lifestyle portrait photography. Some of her clients she's had since their wedding through their evolving families. She photographs babies through senior pictures, along with entire families, aiming to get the little moments of laughter as children grow.

            Capturing family milestones on camera means you'll always have these family memories to cherish. Richmond and its surrounding communities include any number of talented photographers and scenic locations for your photos. Contact Napier ERA to learn more about the area and to discuss Richmond real estate opportunities.

            December
            17

            6 Henrico Gyms to Jump Start Your Resolution

            Henrico Area Gyms

            Resolutions: We all make them. Unfortunately, according to U.S. News & World Report, we let roughly 80 percent of New Year's resolutions fail. They can be noble ("I'll get more exercise"), or they can be nagging ("I'll go to the gym tomorrow"). If you have the determination to keep a New Year's resolution to get in shape, here are six fitness centers in and near Henrico, Virginia that can help. 

            1. Crunch - 5420 Glenside Drive, Henrico
              This Glenside location in Henrico is smack in the middle of some great Henrico homes for sale that reflects the upbeat mix of Henrico residents. Crunch gives out endless encouragement with every class. From cozy homes that may not have enough room for a complete home fitness center to historic farmhouses big enough for your own running track, you can find a great home close enough to Crunch to keep your resolution and your good health.
               
            2. Total Training - 7900 Shrader Road, Suite 100, Henrico
              Located on Patterson Avenue, Total Training specializes in individualized strength training for athletes. It also offers a non-athlete or adult program designed for either three or four days a week, for anyone who spends a little too much time behind a desk.

            3. Balance Pilates Training Center - 2123 Staples Mill Road, Richmond
              Balance Pilates Training Center is surrounded by attractive Richmond homes for sale and is here to help you keep your resolutions and your flexibility through year-round Pilates training. Feeling tired and grumpy? Get to the core of your problem with core training and feel better, fast! If you're new to Pilates, consider the introductory series, or simply try a single session.

            4. Mayhem Fitness & Cross Training - 7503 Ranco Road, Henrico
              "Mayhem" may be an odd name, but the attention at Mayhem Fitness & Cross Training is personal, intense, and extremely helpful, starting with a free transformation session.
               
            5. Phyzique Fitness & Wellness Club - 3693 Deep Rock Road, Richmond
              Phyzique Fitness & Wellness Club offers helpful, personal training, yoga, and other touches like nutritional guidance and massage therapy.
               
            6. Phoenix Fitness & Martial Arts - 3957 Deep Rock Road, Henrico
              You can let your New Year's resolution rise again at Phoenix Fitness & Martial Arts, since you can get the personal training you need and branch out into new ways to feel better about yourself, like Muay Thai kickboxing, Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, and boxing. If you feel a little uncomfortable with individual training, consider starting out in a group training session. These are typically three, 45-minute sessions a week. 

            If one of your New Year's resolutions is to find a great home in the Henrico, Virginia area, contact Napier Realtors ERA! We serve the Henrico, Napier and Richmond area with helpful, personal attention to your needs. Whether you want a place convenient to a fitness center, or prefer a house that will hold a lot of couches, we can get you into a lovely home just right for you. 

            December
            5

            Shop Local This Holiday Season at Orange RVA

            Richmond Shop Local Holidays
            Local businesses bring a certain "sparkle" to their communities.  They add charm and uniqueness not found anywhere else. Across Central Virginia in areas like Midlothian, Petersburg, and Richmond, you'll discover locally-owned shops and boutiques filled with specialty items and gifts perfect for giving--especially at this time of the year.  Our real estate agents are here to tell you about one neighborhood gem, Orange RVA, found in our Scott's Addition neighborhood.

            Visit Orange RVA in Scott's Addition

            As Richmond's fastest-growing neighborhood, Scott's Addition has been steadily picking up popularity for being a fantastic place to go for shops, bars, breweries, restaurants, and entertainment. From bowling alleys to cinemas, shuffleboard clubs to arcade bars, Scott's is bound to have something to pique your interest.

            On today's agenda, we're here to introduce you to Orange RVA, a unique boutique that works in hand-in-hand with local artisans to sell home decor, works of art, and a variety of gift items. Orange just recently made its move to Scott's Addition, and as owner Cathy Davis has stated, their new location is a perfect fit for Orange RVA: The front of a warehouse in a building full of artists. 

            Orange has been in operation for more than five years and partners with more than 120 artists, with an inventory that updates weekly. Davis herself created the boutique as a means to display and sell her own artwork, and the business simply grew from there. Orange is the perfect place to visit for gifts, or if you love to browse until something clicks with you.

            From candles and artwork to t-shirts and jewelry, Orange's artisans work hard to produce a broad variety of crafts, and it shows! If you're at all interested in seeing and supporting the works of Richmond's local artisans, by all means, drop in and give Orange a look. And if you're a Richmond artist yourself, Orange is always interested in picking up new talent.

            Discover Richmond Real Estate with Napier ERA

            Scott's Addition certainly has a lot going for it - but it's by no means the only place worth visiting in Richmond! RVA is full of thriving neighborhoods, places to go, and things to do. That's part of what makes Richmond such a great place to live.

            When you're searching for Richmond homes for sale this holiday season--or any time of the year, let us take some of the stress off your shoulders and help make sure you meet your real estate goals. Contact Napier ERA today, and find out why we should be your go-to pro for Richmond real estate.

            October
            31

            Celebrate Thanksgiving in Chesterfield at the Half Way House

            Chesterfield VA Thanksgiving
            When it comes to preparing Thanksgiving dinner, if you're like many Chesterfield locals, you may opt to make reservations instead of a turkey.

            If your heart sinks at the thought of missing mom's homemade mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin pie, don't despair. Our real estate agents have a solution that combines honoring the holiday with local history and coming together with family and friends.

            Why not make your family's Thanksgiving Day reservation at the Half Way House in Chesterfield? Often referred to as "the best-kept secret in Richmond," Rick and Sue Young, Chesterfield residents and owners of the Half Way House, offer guests fine cuisine in a cozy, intimate atmosphere.

            History of the Half Way House

            Built in 1760, the Half Way House served as a resting point for people traveling between Richmond and Petersburg (it was approximately halfway between the two cities) from the Revolution until late in the 19th Century.

            Some of its more famous visitors were the Marquis de Lafayette, Generals Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. Today, Chesterfield's locals and visitors can take a step back in time and see the original Manor House and the authentic antiques that furnish it. A unique feature of the Half Way House is that the kitchen is in a separate building from the Manor House.

            Daily Dining in Chesterfield

            Executive Chef Raymond Allen leads the restaurant's staff preparing both lunch and dinner fare. Topping the list of favorite meals are Chesapeake Bay blue crab cakes, blackened duck breast, and hot apple pie. Reserve the Half Way House for private dining as well.

            Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 am until 2:00 PM. Dinner is served nightly from 5:30 PM until 9:00 pm.

            Making Thanksgiving Reservations for You and Your Family

            Thanksgiving dinner here is like none other in the area. A local Thanksgiving Day staple in Chesterfield for generations, the "gobbling" starts at noon on Thursday, November 22 and lasts until 7:00 PM.

            You'll enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving Day menu with your choice of favorites like roast turkey and baked ham. If you're in the mood for something a little different, order a petite filet, salmon, shrimp, or prime rib entrees.

            Make sure to leave room for a homemade dessert: pumpkin pie, pecan pie, hot apple crisp ala mode, and gingerbread with brandied hard sauce top off the meal.

            We recommend reservations. Call 804.275.1760.  You can find The Half Way House at 10301 Jefferson Davis Highway, North Chesterfield, Virginia.

            Come and visit this historic landmark in Virginia and become a part of nearly three hundred years of history.

            Your Chesterfield Real Estate Professionals

            If you're finding yourself with Chesterfield homes for sale on your mind, contact us at Napier ERA Real Estate to find out more about starting your search for homes in the Richmond real estate area.

            October
            26

            THE BEST Real Estate in RVA!

            Jim Napier, Lummie Jones, Dianne Long

            Thank you, Richmond friends and family!

            Another year of being voted as one of THE BEST Real Estate Firms in the Central Virginia area from Richmond Times-Dispatch. This is our fourth year as a finalist!

            We are so grateful to work in communities we love with amazing people that made these awards possible. A hearty congratulations to agent Dianne Long for being voted #1 Best Real Estate Agent for the second year in a row.

            Today, we are very proud of our whole team and our community! We loved working with you in 2018 and strive to give our best service in 2019. 

             

            October
            25

            Scott's Addition: Tang & Biscuit Shuffleboard

            Richmond Scott's Addition Tang & Biscuit

            Richmond homes for sale are some of the best in the nation, and it's no wonder! Considered one of America's best places to live, Richmond offers a fantastic quality of life and more amenities than you're likely to find anywhere else. Add in Richmond's beautiful scenery and the gorgeous architecture prevalent in its thriving neighborhoods, and you've got the recipe for the perfect place to live.

            Scott's Addition - Trending in Richmond

            If you're a resident or potential future resident of Richmond, Virginia, then becoming familiar with the various neighborhoods and where to go for entertainment is paramount to enjoying life. Thankfully, our real estate agents are always on the hunt for new locales in the area.  Scott's Addition is one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Richmond, gaining popularity for its shops, bars, breweries, restaurants, and numerous options for entertainment.

            Tang & Biscuit Shuffleboard Opens in Scott's Addition

            Newly-opened and already picking up interest from locals, Tang & Biscuit Shuffleboard Social Club (quite a mouthful, we know!) represent an ambition to bring people together again. Tang & Biscuit opened at the end of August 2018 and proudly advertises itself as RVA's first shuffleboard social venue. The venue offers delicious food, ten full-size shuffleboard courts rented for an hour at a time, a 50-foot bar complete with Tang-inspired cocktails alongside the usual bar fare, live music, and a menagerie of other games to fill the time while visitors wait for a court to open.

            If you are unfamiliar with shuffleboard, you may be confused at the business's name. In shuffleboard, the 'tang' is another term for the tool players uses to push a puck--or 'biscuit'--into a goal area to score points. Keeping with this theme, Tang and Biscuit's menu has plenty of Tang (yes, the tangy orange powdered drink) and biscuit-themed options. Don't worry, though! If that's not your style, Tang and Biscuit offer a variety of delicious tots, salads, beers, drafts, and wine alongside their trademark 'Tangtails' and 'Biscuit' menu items.

            Tang & Biscuit - A Bright Future in Richmond

            Tang & Biscuit COO Gary Chadwick has a clear goal in mind for the venue, and that is to create a place that is community-minded and as inclusive as possible. There's something for everyone at Tang & Biscuit, and so far the business seems to be living up to its hype.

            Whether you're 5 or 95, nothing is stopping you from having a good time and making new friends along the way. So bring your kids, friends, parents, or grandparents, and have some fun! Tang & Biscuit workers are welcoming and would be more than happy to show some shuffleboard first-timers the ropes. Not a rookie to the game? Gather up a team of some shuffleboard-veterans and get involved in some league matches!

            Join the Richmond Community with Napier ERA!

            Tang & Biscuit Social Club and the other exciting venues of Scott's Addition are only a small slice of what Richmond, Virginia has to offer. Whether you're a prospective home buyer or a current Richmond homeowner looking for the best in the business to get your house sold to someone who wants it, our realtors at Napier ERA are here for you. Contact Napier ERA today, and find out how we can help you meet your real estate goals.

            October
            2

            Richmond Folk Festival Begins October 12

            Richmond Folk Festival
            When it comes to Fall festivals, our real estate agents will tell you that the city of Richmond has plenty to offer. When you're touring Richmond homes for sale, you'll want to carve out some time to pay a visit to the Richmond Folk Festival taking place October 12 - 14. Here's everything you need to know so you can get this most out of this popular event.

            What to Expect at the Richmond Folk Festival

            A day spent at the Richmond Folk Festival is sure to be a memorable one. As one of the most significant events held in the state of Virginia, this free three-day festival attracts over 220,000 visitors to downtown Richmond's riverfront. While attending the festival, you can expect to see plenty of live music and dance performances, an arts and crafts marketplace, and a stellar selection of ethnic and regional foods.

            Entertainment

            With seven live music stages and over 30 performers, the Richmond Folk Festival offers something for everyone. Here you'll find jazz, bluegrass, blues, zydeco, salsa, polka, reggae, rockabilly, gospel, and more.

            The Virginia Folklife area features costume artists, master crafters, stilt walkers, contortionists, dancers, and revelers. Families will love the CarMax Family Arena where children can learn about various cultures, do crafts, play games, and win prizes.

            Shopping

            Stop by the Crafts Marketplace to browse the handcrafted and traditional items made by local and national artisans. Here you'll find jewelry, pottery, artwork, handcrafted soaps, clothing items, and more. You can also commemorate your trip to the festival with merchandise like original posters, stickers, ceramic mugs, and hats.  

            Food

            Throughout the event, you'll find plenty of traditional festival foods like fried Oreos, funnel cakes, corn dogs, and kettle corn. Ethnic food options include Indian, Thai, German, Mexican, Greek, and more.

            Those feeling a bit more adventurous may opt for menu choices like fried alligator, Ruben egg rolls, a steam shrimp boil, or gourmet mac & cheese. No matter what your tastes, be sure to bring your appetite so you can enjoy the wide selection of delicious foods. 

            Important Event Details

            This year's Richmond Folk Festival runs from October 12 - 14. Event hours are Friday from 6 pm until 10 pm, Saturday from noon until 9:30 pm, and Sunday from noon until 6 pm.

            There is no charge for the event, although there is a suggested donation of $10 per person per day. Free parking is available.  Free shuttles will regularly run throughout each day. You can find more event information including schedules, directions, and parking information on the Richmond Folk Festival website. 

            Your Richmond Real Estate Professionals

            Learn more about living and working in Richmond with us.  Our agents love welcoming new clients to our community. Contact Napier ERA today to learn how we can help you find your dream home in Richmond and our surrounding areas.

            September
            18

            Made in Richmond: Don't Miss the 2018 RVA MakerFest

            Richmond VA MakerFest 2018

            Our real estate agents are always looking for local attractions to recommend to clients buying homes for sale in Richmond.

            Local Fall events like the RVA MakerFest jumps to the top of our lists to talk about with newcomers to our community.  What is the MakerFest?  Read on to get the details on what makes this local event so unique.

            About the RVA MakerFest

            The RVA MakerFest
            Location:  Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
            When: Saturday, October 6, 2018

            What is the RVA MakerFest

            The Richmond Virginia MakerFest is an impressive event that redefines the term "maker" to include of all forms of creativity. It brings together artists, artisans, entrepreneurs, scientists, tinkerers, and inventors to show you what they can do. They hope to demonstrate their skills, share their ideas and inspire even the non-creatives in the crowd. 

            RVA MakerFest is the product of a non-profit initiative. Volunteers come together to promote lofty ideas. They want to tear down the barriers between creative groups and foster DIY collaboration. They want to promote learning and innovation, and they see their efforts as a way to encourage child makers and encourage STEM disciplines. 

            The Makers

            Richmond VA MakerFest Sign
            The makers are the key to the event. They come from all walks of life, hoping to inspire creativity with an exciting mix of materials, methods, and skills. Glass-blowers, laser-cutters, musicians, and more will entertain and motivate you.

            The Central Virginia Blacksmith Guild will demonstrate how they forge metal wares with traditional blacksmith tools and techniques. A Lego artist will create works of art with those colorful chunky little blocks. You'll see robotics, soap-making, baking, pottery and more. For a complete list of makers visit the RVA MakerFest Blog.

            The Science Museum of Virginia

            The MakerFest is held on the grounds of the Science Museum of Virginia. It's an exciting and educational venue with three floors of permanent exhibits, interactive displays, artifacts, and experimental presentations. The staff provides STEM and laboratory learning opportunities, and educator resources that promote the Maker idea. 

            The museum also presents special events and programs for children and adults. September 11 - 14 homeschool students can attend a program that focuses on "Creative Thinking." Adults can pack a lunch and attend Lunch Break Science events scheduled throughout September.

            Rain or Shine

            If it rains, the event will still take place. Most of the event displays will relocate to the inside of the museum. 

            Refreshments

            RVA Makerfest food truck
            Food truck vendors, Airborne Kettle Corn, Sammich, Ninja Kombucha, Happy Empanada, and others will be on site selling your favorite snacks and entrees. Refreshment vendors will sell beer and soft drinks. 

            Public Parking

            There are eight lots designated as event parking areas. Check the parking diagram on the MakerFest event map page to locate the most convenient spot for you. 

            Your Richmond Real Estate Professionals

            Contact Napier ERA when you're buying or selling homes in the Richmond area. We'd love to do a little bragging about why Richmond is such a great place to make your home.

            September
            11

            Richmond Neighborhood Highlights: Monument Avenue Historic District

            Richmond Monument Avenue Historic District
            From the pillars of the Virginia State Capitol to the lush greenery of the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in America. Anywhere you look in Richmond something catches your eye. And if you're a history buff or a lover of beautiful architecture, you don't need to look any further than Monument Avenue.

            Richmond boasts a rich history, and nowhere is that better displayed than along the beautiful Monument Avenue. It's one of the must-see sites in town. So if you're in the area touring Richmond homes for sale, be sure to set aside a little time to check it out. 

            A Stroll Through History

            Monument Avenue was conceived initially as a site for a memorial statue of General Robert E. Lee after his death in 1870. The statue was unveiled in 1890 and was joined by a host of other monuments in the years following. Only after the turn of the century did Monument Avenue begin to transform into a residential street, and quickly became one of the most desirable places to live in the city, with dozens of vast, splendid homes popping up rapidly along the asphalt block-paved street between 1900 and 1925.

            Today, many of those homes exist virtually unchanged and represent an incredible link to Richmond's past. Monument Avenue is a designated National Historic Landmark District and resides on the National Register of Historic Places. 

            Monument Avenue offers an opportunity to explore the architectural styles of a bygone era, including the Colonial Revival style that was popular at the time, along with a smattering of Spanish Colonial, Tudor Revival, French Renaissance and Italian Renaissance-style homes. Many buildings along Monument Avenue were designed by the greatest architects of the early 20th century, like the fetching Branch House, designed by John Russell Pope in 1917.

            Exploring Monument Avenue

            The monuments of Monument Avenue, many memorializing Virginian Confederate veterans of the American Civil War, sparked controversy when they were first built. These statues, however, are only a small part of what makes Monument Avenue so striking. It's a broad, tree-lined avenue flanked by magnificent mansions, and churches, and shaded by towering oaks and sugar maples. Strolling down its sidewalk is like stepping back in time. 

            Overall, there are 263 residential, religious, and commercial properties on Monument Avenue and adjacent West Franklin Street that make up the National Historic Landmark District each having its own story to tell.

            Richmond Area Real Estate Experts

            Contact Napier ERA to learn more about life in Richmond, Virginia. From its rich history, splendid architecture and endless options for entertainment, it's an incredible place to call home. Be sure to ask how our real estate agents can help make your dream home a reality in Richmond. 

            September
            4

            Stone's Throw Down Happens September 8

            Richmond-Stone's Throw Down

            Richmond homes for sale stand at the crossroads of one of America's most vibrant craft brewing scenes. And it's not just about the drinks: Many of those breweries are local institutions that have real connections with the community. That makes things a lot more fun, after all.

            Our real estate agents know you're looking for many things in a community to call your own, and it doesn't hurt if there's plenty of exciting events on the social calendar. With Richmond, you'll always have something to look forward to – in the taproom or out on the town.

            Stone Brewing is one of the big local names, and it always has a surprise in store.

            One milestone that locals remember every year is the annual Stone's Throw Down, always sponsored by Stone Brewing. It's the top local music and craft beer festival, and it's taking place on Brown's Island this coming Saturday, September 8.

            Stone's Throw Down in RVA is the Complete Music Festival Experience Right in Richmond

            Music and craft brews go hand in hand, and that's obvious at the Stone's Throw Down.

            In an industry that moves fast and is known for its compelling stories, Stone's Throw Brewery still stands apart: It's been around since 1996, riding one of the earliest waves of the next-gen brewing craze. And it's been running Stone's Throw, the biggest local party, for many years.

            Tickets are just $15 to $20 depending on when you lock in. Everything goes to benefit deserving charities that contribute to a thriving Richmond: The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, Venture Richmond, James River Association, and Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater Fulton.

            Smooth craft brews are a big draw, and you'll get to enjoy all of the biggest hits produced by the legendary Stone Brewery. Of course, the musical acts are the real highlight here.

            The roster of top local and national talent will include:

            • Drive-By Truckers
            • Antibalas
            • No BS! Brass Band
            • Futurebirds
            • Spooky Cool
            • Kenneka Cook

            Brown's Island is the remarkable venue for this spectacular music extravaganza. Right on the James River, the island is the hot spot for touring musical acts from around the country. It also hosts the Friday Cheers Concert Series and is a popular waypoint during charity marathons.

            Keep your eyes peeled for the historical exhibits and public art that enliven Brown's Island as you mingle with other music fans. A full range of amenities will be available, and you'll also be able to bring your folding chairs to the show if you wish.

            With Stone's Throw and its other events, Stone Brewing has contributed more than $3 million to nonprofits in its two decades of operations. When you choose to attend the festival, you'll become part of the story that has helped so many in Richmond.

            Napier ERA Will Introduce You to the Real Richmond

            At Napier ERA, we love Richmond – and we think you will, too.

            It's easy to get excited about all Richmond has to offer when you've got the benefit of the best experience on your side. Our team is dedicated to making things easier for you: From the house hunt until closing day (and even beyond!) we'll be there.

            Contact Napier ERA to hear more. We look forward to helping you.

            August
            28

            What Locals Love: Thunderbolt Indoor Karting in Richmond

            Richmond Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

            Our real estate agents work hard to find you the best Richmond homes for sale. When you work hard, you need to play hard too.  And that's why we love to talk about Thunderbolt Indoor Karting as a top spot in Richmond for family and friends. 

            You'll find Thunderbolt Indoor Karting in Chesterfield County near Chesterfield Towne Center.  Families love Thunderbolt Indoor Karting because it's exciting, high-speed fun. Drivers who have a "need for speed" delight in the karts' levels of speed and control. 

            Get Your Adrenaline Pumping at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

            Thunderbolt Indoor Karting

            Location: 1365 Carmia Way, Richmond, VA 23235
            Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm; Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 am; Sunday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

            Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is a Richmond-based indoor racing facility that focuses on providing a premium racing experience for everyone to enjoy. We'll guess you might agree that driving one of Thunderbolt's electric karts will leave all other indoor karting experiences "in the dust," but we'll let you make that decision to you.

            Thunderbolt's STORM series electric karts are made by OTL Italy--the same country as the Ferrari and Lamborghini--and designed with performance and safety in mind.  Electric karts allow for better take-off and improve acceleration.

            Fun Competition

            Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is the place for friendly competition between family and friends. Whether you prefer to challenge your friends to a high-speed race or want to relax and have fun, Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is a great place for all types of entertainment. Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is also open each day of the week, which makes it an excellent opportunity for new homeowners to visit at their convenience. 

            Safe Entertainment & Eco-Friendly

            Each kart is electric, which is much safer than fuel-powered karts. The weight is distributed evenly, which significantly reduces the chance of flipping. Each kart comes equipped with rollbars, resistant framing, and safety belts for your added protection. Our karts come with self-ventilating disk brakes and chain drive transmission for bump-free racing. Electric karts are also much more eco-friendly, as racers do not have to deal with the loud noise or exhaust fumes that can cause headaches.

            Friendly Staff

            Customers are always the top priority at Thunderbolt Indoor Karting, as the staff is available to answer questions at any time and ensure that you are completely comfortable on the race track. If you have any concerns, a staff member will guide you on how to safely drive a kart and ensure that you feel confident driving on the race track.

            Of course, Thunderbolt Indoor Karting is only one of many attractions in Richmond that our locals love. Our team at Napier ERA knows where to find all of our community's best things to do and places to live in our nearby communities.

            Contact us when you're ready to find the home of your dreams in Richmond, Virginia.

            August
            20

            Start Your Engines at the Richmond Raceway

            Richmond Raceway
            Looking out over Richmond Raceway, you can almost hear the rumble of all the countless cars that have roared to victory or defeat on this iconic track. It's one of our real estate agents' favorite places in the city, and we have a feeling it might become one of yours, too.

            Though it's changed in name and configuration many times over the years, Richmond Raceway has been a fixture of Richmond, VA in some form or another since the 1940s. And with NASCAR Races set to return to the raceway this September, now is a perfect time to plan a trip to this one-of-a-kind racetrack.

            Get to Know Richmond Raceway

            Richmond Raceway is a 0.75-mile, D-shaped, asphalt race track just outside of Richmond. Sometimes referred to as "America's premier short track," Richmond Raceway hosts the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. These, of course, are only the latest in a long line of events that Richmond Raceway has hosted, including 33 consecutive sold-out NASCAR Cup Series races.

            There's nothing quite like the experience of watching a NASCAR event at Richmond Raceway, surrounded by the roar of the engines and 60,000 screaming fans. This particular raceway is also unique in that it is one of just a handful in the country that hosts all of its events at night.

            Richmond Raceway hosts all kinds of events throughout the year – the Richmond Home and Garden Show, the Richmond RV Show, the Bizarre Bazaar and Southern Women's Show, just to name a few – but it is and will always be most famous for its races, which are some of the most thrilling in America.

            Richmond Raceway

            Experience the Excitement

            The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series are set to return to Richmond Raceway this September when the raceway hosts its first-ever playoff weekend. That makes right now the perfect time to get tickets and plan your visit before the Federated Auto Parts 400 (the second race of the first round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) hits Richmond.

            Longtime fans of Richmond Raceway have something else to look forward to when September rolls around. As USA Today reports, the raceway is in the midst of major renovations, and fans who return in September will see a revamped infield with a state-of-the-art garage and walkway, brand new infield suites, and an enclosed bar and club with a covered rooftop deck that will offer a spectacular view of the racetrack.

            Richmond Raceway is just 15 minutes north of Richmond, VA in Henrico County, surrounded by nearby attractions like G-Force Go-Karts, Henrico County Center for the Arts, Azalea Flea Market, and Three Lakes Park. Visit the raceway's official website to get tickets and learn more about upcoming events at Richmond Raceway.

            Richmond, VA is a special place, filled with rich history and unique attractions. If you're looking for Richmond homes for sale, we're here to help. Contact Napier ERA to learn more about finding your dream home in the Richmond area.

            July
            26

            Catch a Flying Squirrels Baseball Game in Richmond

            Richmond Squirrels Game
            With Richmond homes for sale, you're within an easy trip of some of the top sports venues around. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents will be glad to let you know about all of the amazing opportunities for a day out – but the real "big game" is helping you find a new home. 

            But you don't have to go to the Major League for an amazing time at the ballpark. 

            Minor League games bring their own type of fun, and you can catch rising talent as they build the skills they need to compete at a different level. The Minor League may not make huge headlines, but it can provide endless fun to a whole community.  And in Richmond, you have an opportunity to enjoy it whenever you wish.

            Yes, Richmond is home to one of the most celebrated Minor League teams. They're the Richmond Flying Squirrels, and you'll see them in action right in our amazing town.

            The Richmond Flying Squirrels Soar at The Diamond

            The Flying Squirrels are the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants and were formerly known as the Connecticut Defenders. They play right in Richmond, VA at The Diamond – which offers a capacity of more than 9,500 seats when the Flying Squirrels are playing.

            The Diamond broke ground in 1984 and officially opened in 1985. It was renovated as recently as 2009 with all-new seats, major remodeling, and a variety of new amenities. All this effort – at a cost of more than $1.5 million – has ensured one of the best Minor League venues anywhere.

            In 2011, the park was enhanced even further. The scoreboard was made even more striking and easy to read, while beautiful new party decks were added to the upper level. That gives visitors the opportunity to have a truly memorable time while watching a great Richmond game.

            As for the team itself, the name was chosen through a reader contest at the local Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper. After the contest concluded in October, 2009 the new team logo was unveiled in December. Who doesn't love flying squirrels?

            Flying Squirrels Nutsy

            The mascot, Nutsy, can be found soaring high overhead whenever the team is playing.

            Naturally, the Flying Squirrels can be enjoyed throughout the Minor League baseball season, which opens in the first week of April every year. It runs through the whole summer and it typically has its last major game all the way in September.

            Of course, training and other events continue to go on throughout the year. Some of these are even open to the public. The stadium is also known for its 4th of July fireworks show, which has been consistently sold out for nine years in a row.

            Fly On Over to Napier ERA for a Richmond Home Right in Squirrels Territory

            At Napier ERA, we know that a community has many parts: Homes, people, amenities, and the important relationships between them all. We want to help you find the perfect property for you so you can enjoy everything that Richmond has to offer.

            Our experienced real estate agents will provide you with the expert advice you need to make sound decisions every step of the way – and our team's customer service is always top notch.

            Contact Napier ERA to find out more today.

            July
            16

            Virginia Capital Trail: A Bike Ride Through American History

            Richmond Virginia Trail
            Richmond homes for sale
            put you within reach of some of the most historic areas in Virginia. Our real estate agents will be glad to show you all the real estate opportunities the area offers – but you'll definitely want to make time to explore the history on your own! 

            One of the best ways to combine that look into history with some outdoor fun is to go bicycling on the Virginia Capital Trail. It's an enjoyable way to get acquainted with some of the most captivating sights. Plus, you'll benefit from one of the best-maintained trails in the region.

            See History Unfold from the Seat of Your Bike

            Richmond Virginia Trail

            The Virginia Capital Trail runs 52 miles through the heart of the state. It was conceived in the 1990s but broke ground in 2005 at one of the most historic places in the nation: The location of Jamestown, Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

            With a start like that, you can imagine that there'll be plenty to see and lots to learn on the trail, and you'd be right. Although it only opened in October of 2015, it has already proven to be one of the most sought-after ways for history buffs to soak in the ambiance of Virginia.

            You'll pass dozens of historic properties on this scenic byway. Many areas benefit from a lush canopy of trees, giving you more shade so you can relax and enjoy throughout most of the year. Unlike many other major hiking and cycling trails, it remains popular in summer.

            Of course, you can take the trail at any pace you desire – but it's intended to be a good fit for cyclists of all skill levels. You'll need to know these important facts before you get started:

            • The Trail is Long and Flat
              Since there are no hills, you won't have to worry about pumping hard uphill or looking out for unseen traffic going downhill. The path is paved from end to end and follows along Route 5. Its gentle, meandering course will keep you moving forward without getting bored.
            • Most Journeys Start from Richmond
              From your new Richmond home, you'll have the perfect launching point for your Virginia journey. The trail on the Richmond side starts along the James River, right at Shockoe Bottom. You can park on Dock Street – at Great Shiplock Park – to begin your adventure.
            • There Are Break Points!
              There are several areas along the trail that offer time to stop, rest, reflect ... and use the restroom. Refreshments are even available at some stops. The midway point is located at the Charles City Courthouse, where you can stop in at Cul's Courthouse Grill for a bite to eat.
            • Some Sights Are Off the Trail
              The trail is designed to wend its way through all the major landmarks of the area – but there are a few notable exceptions you may want to be aware of. For example, the Berkeley Plantation (also in Charles City) was the birthplace of President William Henry Harrison.
            • The Trail Ends in Jamestown
              From the Richmond side, you can save the best for last by ending your excursion at the thrilling re-creation of the Jamestown settlement. The site includes a number of re-created buildings, exhibits, and even a model "Powhatan village" where you can see how indigenous people lived.

            The story of Richmond, Virginia is far from over, and you can be part of it. Make your mark in Richmond when you contact Napier ERA today.

            July
            2

            Hanover County's Tomato Festival July 14

            Hanover County Tomato Festival

            Hanover County homes for sale have attracted a lot of attention in the last few months as the summer real estate season kicks into full swing. Our real estate agents are keeping busy across Hanover and the rest of Virginia, but there's always room to welcome another client. 

            Hanover County includes such notable communities as Ashland, Mechanicsville, Doswell, and Montpelier.  Hanover County's towns and cities are welcoming, safe, and tight-knit, reflecting a commitment to community that has persisted for centuries. For all the things that bind the locals together, though, there's one you might not think of at first: Tomatoes.

            That's right – tomatoes are one of Virginia's most important crops.

            And Hanover County is home to the top tomato festival in the United States.

            Tomatoes Help Shape the Culture of Eastern Virginia and Hanover County

            The 4th of July isn't the only major celebration that goes on in Hanover in July.

            If you've never had a delicious farm fresh tomato before, you might be surprised just how rich and flavorful they can be. However, Virginia locals know that a good tomato is just as nuanced as any other part of your salad – whether you consider it a fruit or a vegetable.

            Tomatoes are one of the main crops in Virginia, so it's no surprise local farmers have had plenty of practice creating the most succulent, colorful, and plain old delicious tomatoes around.

            Each year, the state harvests more than 2,000 acres of fresh-market tomatoes. All those salads, soups, sandwiches, and much more lead to more than $34 million in sales annually.

            That's a lot of tomato sauce!

            The Hanover County Tomato Festival is Coming Your Way on July 14

            Virginia's Eastern Shore is the biggest hub of tomato-focused agriculture, but it can be found all throughout the state. Hanover County has the distinction of being home to the most popular tomato-based event: In fact, this year will be the 40th Annual Hanover Tomato Festival.

            It's taking place on Saturday, July 14 in Pole Green Park, Mechanicsville.

            Every year, the event showcases the best that tomatoes have to offer. Tomato tastings are the centerpiece of the event, but attendees will also enjoy live music, vendors, contests, and much more. It's a fun, festive, family-friendly atmosphere.

            There'll even be a special cooling station for pets – Bow-Wow Beach – and an area with lots of exciting activities for kids 12 and under. With that care and attention to detail, there really will be something for everyone ... even if you (gasp!) don't like tomatoes.

            More than 150 artisans and businesses will be on hand with merchandise including apparel and art.

            If you can't get enough of tomatoes, then stop in early on Friday, July 13 to get your foot in the door with "Tomato-Palooza." The highlight that day is tomato-first cuisine, including food trucks using locally-sourced tomatoes in iconic dishes.

            Tomatoes Aren't the Only Tasty Treat in Hanover – Your Dream Home Awaits

            At Napier ERA, we're passionate about everything Hanover has in store. When you have a chance to take a look at all of the amazing homes for sale, you might just feel the same way.

            Contact Napier ERA to find out more about finding your home in Hanover.

            June
            18

            Kings Dominion Star Spangled Celebration

            Kings Dominion CelebrationAmerica's birthday is right around the corner, and as usual, we're getting ready to throw her quite a party here in Virginia. Located in Doswell, Virginia--just 25 minutes north of Richmond--Kings Dominion is Virginia's premier amusement park, and our real estate agents are planning to observe the 4th of July in style with the Star Spangled Celebration at Kings Dominion!

            Celebrate Independence at Kings Dominion June 30 - July 4

            The Star Spangled Celebration will find Kings Dominion decked out in red white and blue, with lots of special events along with all the rides and games you love. The celebration stretches all the way from June 30 to July 4, and there are plenty of reasons to make a visit to Kings Dominion part of your annual Independence Day tradition:

            • Fantastic musical performances from local military bands
            • Dazzling firework shows
            • A huge variety of water park and theme park rides
            • Opportunities to get your picture taken with Uncle Sam

            Best of all, Kings Dominion is honoring service members by offering FREE admission for active and retired military during the Star Spangled Celebration. All veterans with honorable or medical discharge will also be able to get in for free, and discount tickets are available for friends and family members.

            Fun All Summer Long

            Kings Dominion
            Whether you visit Kings Dominion during the Star Spangled Celebration or are planning a trip later in the summer, you can count on enjoying an amazing variety of rides at the greatest theme park in the state. Theme park rides range from the hair-raising Intimidator 305 – tallest, fastest and most thrilling roller coaster on the East Coast – to the chill, kid-friendly (and ever-expanding) Planet Snoopy.

            Kings

            Of course, with it being summertime, there's a good chance you'll want to head straight for Soak City, a 20-acre water park that has everything you need to cool off and experience a few thrills on a hot day. Admission to the water park is included with all Kings Dominion tickets. Experience two massive wave pools, extreme water slides including a 65-foot tall slide tower, an interactive splash pad for kids, and much more.

            Kings Dominion also hosts several other events throughout the year, like KidsFest, Taste of Virginia and Halloween Haunt. Be sure to check back for more fun upcoming events!

            Your Richmond Real Estate Source for Everything from Homes for Sale to Local Fun

            Contact Napier ERA to learn more about life in the Richmond, VA area. From Glen Allen to Powhatan and everywhere in-between, we offer the best Richmond homes for sale, and our team is committed to getting you the best deal on your dream home.

             

            June
            11

            Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

            Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
            Richmond, VA is arguably best known for being steeped in colonial and Civil War history, but it's also home to an exciting art scene that is as vibrant today as it has ever been. At its heart is the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which houses a vast collection of art and artifacts ranging from ancient Greece to contemporary America.

            If you're an art lover and are currently looking at Richmond homes for sale, be sure to set aside an afternoon to browse through the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts.

            Visit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

            The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has been ranked as one of the best and most comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (and until 9 pm on Thursdays and Fridays) 365 days a year. General admission is always free. Walk-in tours take place every day, excluding holidays, and art programs are available for all age, from young kids right up to adults. Visit the museum's official website to learn more about planning your visit, including information on the latest programs and exhibits.

            An Incredible Collection From Around the World

            Virginia Fine Arts - Contemporary

            The permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts includes more than 33,000 works of art that span 5,000 years of world history. Highlights include:

            • American Art: From the 17th to 20th centuries, the American Art collection includes 2,700 objects, with works by Edward Hopper, John Trumbull, John James Audubon, George Innes and Max Weber.
            • European Art: Check out more than 10,000 pieces in the museum's collection of European art, including works by Bacchiacca, Poussin, Gentileschi, Goya, and Bouguereau, as well as a collection of 18th and 19th century English silver and the largest collection of Fabergé eggs outside of Russia.
            • Native American Art: The Robert and Nancy Nooter Collection
              features objects from more than 50 different Native American cultures, from exquisite Navajo textiles to baskets made by Apache artists.
            • Ancient Art: Since 1936, the museum has amassed a tremendous collection of Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, Phrygian, Etruscan, Ancient Roman, and Byzantine art and artifacts.
            • Photography: Made up of around 2,000 photographs, this collection represents the most important developments in the history of the medium, as well as essential 20th- and 21st-century photographers like André Kertész, Gordon Parks, Edward Weston, Cindy Sherman and Sally Mann.
            • African American Art: The museum's collection of African American art has been growing since 1945, and now encompasses an incredible variety of African, African American, and African Diasporic artists.
            • Contemporary Art: The Modern and Contemporary Art collection includes 20th-century European art, American art from after 1950, and 21st-century art from around the world.
            • Asian Art: The museum offers collections of both East Asian and South Asian art, including Indian and Himalayan art as well as centuries worth of paintings, ceramics, prints, sculptures, metalwork and textiles from China and Japan.

            The museum also features a wide-ranging rotating collection, as well as special events that highlight unique cross-sections of world art. Current exhibitions for 2018 include contemporary art from Portugal, a huge collection of art from the Islamic world, and an exhibit highlighting the horse in Ancient Greek art.

            Your Virginia Real Estate Professionals

            Contact Napier ERA today to learn more about life in the Richmond, VA area. From rich Civil War history and a thriving arts scene to extraordinary restaurants and outdoor attractions, it's a place like no other. Our real estate agents are here to help you find your dream home in the Richmond area.

            May
            29

            Richmond Museums: Science Museum of Virginia

            Science Museum of Richmond Kids
            Are you searching for a fun, educational experience in Richmond that the whole family will enjoy? While it's hard to stand out in a city filled with so many fantastic museums, the Science Museum of Virginia manages the feat with a combination of education, entertainment, and fun activities for all ages. Enjoy a movie or astronomy presentation on the gigantic screen in the Dome, indulge your curiosity about all things science with truly unique exhibits, or try your hand at interactive, hands-on science activities. Our real estate agents have all the exciting details about the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, VA.

            Find Educational Fun for All Ages at the Science Museum of Virginia

            Where: The Science Museum of Virginia – 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA
            Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am to 5:00 pm 

            Science Museum of Virginia

            Experience the Most Advanced Domed Theater on the Planet

            While there are many exciting attractions at the Science Museum of Virginia, there's no doubt that the Dome stands out in the minds of many visitors. The Dome is home to one of the largest movie screens in the world, with both education and entertainment on the menu every day. Visit the Dome to catch a giant-screen movie, tour some of the world's most spectacular natural sites, and explore the cosmos in incredible, high-definition detail. Cosmic Expeditions at the Dome provide a chance to explore the stars, learn about the wonders of the universe, and discover the long, fascinating history that has lead our universe to where it is today.

            Exciting Exhibits for All Ages at the Science Museum of Virginia

            The Science Museum of Virginia is all about hands-on, interactive experiences which are designed to provide the perfect mix of education and fun. One look at the museum's Curiosity Guide, and you'll realize that there's more than you can ever see in one day. But that's just the perfect excuse to schedule another visit on your calendar.

            • The LightPlace – Designed for children from infants to five-year-olds, the LightPlace is an area of exploration, play, and science. The friendly, helpful staff is always available to help your kids make the most of their time in the LightPlace.
            • Speed – Centered around a retired SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, the Speed exhibit brings the fundamental forces of the universe to life with interactive exhibits, educational experiences, and fun physical activities.
            • Green Science – Explore the future of green science, and learn more about your local Virginia ecosystems. The Green Science area of the museum is a great place to learn about conservation, discover green technology, and even get a peek at the world's first aluminum submarine, which is part of the exhibit.
            • The Idea Factory – Learn, discover, and share ideas at the Idea Factory. Kids will love creating art with light, building structures in the imagination playground, and tackling scientific challenges. Teens will enjoy spending time at The MiX, where they can build robots, and explore technology.
            • Live Science Demonstrations – Throughout the Science Museum of Virginia, you'll find exciting live science demonstrations conducted by Gallery Educators. Demonstrations cover a wide range of topics, from chemistry experiments to climate science. If you're feeling inspired after a demonstration, simply head to one of the Live Science Labs to get hands-on with your favorite topics.

            Ready to start shopping for Richmond homes for sale, and have easy access to all of the exciting attractions that the city has to offer? Contact us at Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

            June
            1

            Your Kids Will Love the Children's Museum of Richmond

            Children's Museum of Richmond

            Our real estate agents are always thrilled at the opportunity to help anyone find the perfect Richmond homes for sale. Of course, there's also a special pleasure that comes from making sure that a family will have the amazing chance to see their kids grow up in this wonderful community.

            There are so many great amenities here for young people that it's hard to narrow it down to what really matters most. Of course, there is a selection of fine public schools and a safe, welcoming atmosphere – but you'll also find plenty of venues for fun, enrichment, and extracurriculars.

            When it comes to making learning fun, the Children's Museum of Richmond is a true leader.

            The Children's Museum of Richmond: 35 Years of Learning and Play

            With four locations throughout Virginia, the Children's Museum is known far and wide.

            Its flagship campus is right in the Downtown Richmond area, though, so you'll never run out of things to do with kids of all ages. Children and adults visit for just $9 a piece and CMoR is open an astonishing seven days a week from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm!

            When you drop in, you'll find nearly two dozen long-term exhibits covering all kinds of topics. All exhibits are interactive and focused on the power of learning through play. Everything is housed in a state of the art 44,000-square foot facility opened in 2000 and renovated on a regular basis.

            Tykes can find their way through learning experiences like these:

            • Sun Tubes
              Kids love to watch all kinds of objects go flying through these fun, twisty, turn-y tubes. Scarves, pom-poms and other small, soft objects can be inserted in the tubes and come flying out the other end. It's a wondrous way for young kids to develop hand-eye coordination.
            • Water Play!
              Water play helps younger children to lay the foundation for creative thinking and problem-solving. Kids love to see the miniature whirlpool in action and discover how it works. They can also send tiny boats splish-splashing down the water slide.
            • Silver Diner
              It's never too early to start learning about healthy eating, and that's the idea at Silver Diner. In this neat 1950's environment, kids can co-play while they learn more about organizing tasks and putting things in order. There's even a working jukebox!
            • The Dig Pit
              The Dig Pit is like the old-fashioned sandbox with a scientific and educational twist. Future archaeologists have the chance to discover what's underneath the layers of sand by sorting and sifting. Kids can spark a love of exploration and foster useful skills.
            • The Children's Garden
              A real treat for kids and adults alike! The young ones get to find out the basics of gardening, including just what it takes to nurture and grow an organic garden. Tykes will absorb lessons on plant anatomy and have the chance to identify what's growing in the garden.

            The Children's Museum of Richmond Could Be Right in Your Backyard

            It's one of the top kid-friendly museums in the United States, but CMoR is only one of the many things that makes Richmond special. You'll find outstanding employers, a flourishing restaurant and craft brewery scene, and much more here – there's truly something for everyone.

            At Napier ERA, our experts provide personalized advice for clients who want to buy and sell in Richmond. We're dedicated to helping clients like you find a beautiful home you'll love on the timeline and budget you want.

            We've already helped thousands – and you could be our next success story!

            Contact Napier ERA to find out more or get started today.

            May
            22

            Summer Camps for Kids in Richmond

            Richmond Summer Camps
            Believe it or not, summer is already just around the corner, and soon schools throughout the Richmond, VA area will be closing for the season. If you're looking for fun, educational options to keep the kids busy this summer, Richmond offers a wide range of summer camps geared toward every age-group and interest. There are tons of outdoor-themed camps in the Richmond area, along with educational camps and even fishing camps for kids who love spending time on the water. Our real estate agents have all the details on where to find the best summer camps in Richmond, VA this year.

            Where to Find the Best Camps for Kids in Richmond, VA This Summer

            • James River Park System Summer Camps
              Looking for outdoor adventures that kids of all ages will love? The James River Park System offers a ton of fun classes and camps to keep the kids busy this summer. Camps include beginner mountain biking, intro to rock climbing, kayak pool sessions, tubing, a beginner's whitewater weekend, and a meteor shower bike tour under the stars. These camps are designed to offer a great time while improving environmental literacy in the process. Many of the camps and classes offered by the JRPS are open to residents of all ages, in addition to children.

            • Passages Adventure Camp
              The team at Passages Adventure Camps proudly claims that "We Make Kids Tired," through full days packed with fun outdoor activities. Camps at Passages feature a wide range of unique activities, like rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining, and cruising the water on paddleboards. There are day camps for kids from 5–7 and 8–16 years old, along with overnight camps for kids age 11 to 17. Everything is overseen by the experienced team at Passages, which knows how to keep kids safe while offering a fun, engaging environment in the process.

              Richmond Summer Camps
            • Maymont Summer Discovery Camps
              With a mix of education, outdoor fun, and exploration, Maymont's Summer Discovery Camps are among the most popular in the Richmond area every year. Younger campers will have the opportunity to learn about the environment, tour outdoor spaces, create fun arts and crafts, learn more about animal antics, and even learn how animals construct their homes. Maymont Summer Discovery Camps also offer opportunities for teens from age 15 to 18 to participate by volunteering as camp counselors and earning valuable, hands-on experience with environmental sciences for the process.

            • Riverside Outfitters Outdoor Camps
              Outdoor fun is on tap for kids of all ages at Riverside Outfitters Outdoor Camps, where climbing, adventure, and waterfront fun are always on the menu. These week-long camps allow children to experience the natural side of Richmond, with activities centered around the St. James River and Riverside's unique urban forest. Camps are divided into three age-groups: Saplings (6–9), Oaks (9–12), and Old Growth (12–16). Many campers return every summer, progressing through each age-group, and having a great time in the process.

            • Virginia Fishing Adventures
              Kids of all ages will love exploring the outdoors and dropping lines in the water at Virginia Fishing Adventures summer camps. There are camps for mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, and general outdoor fun. This is a great opportunity for kids who already love fishing, as well as a place where kids who aren't familiar with fishing can learn the ropes and develop a life-long passion in the process.

            Are you searching for Richmond homes for sale close to all of the camps, outdoor attractions, and summertime fun in the area? Contact us at Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

            May
            3

            Village Vibe event benefitting Back Packs of Love

            Napier REALTORS® ERA is excited to join with Movement Mortgage in sponsoring one of the Village Vibe events for 2018. Our event takes place on Friday, June 15th from 7-10pm… which also happens to be the 'LAST DAY OF SCHOOL' thus a great reason to come out and celebrate!!! The event is located at 3920 Marion Harland Lane in Powhatan and takes place rain or shine, so be sure to bring an umbrella if the weather looks questionable, and a chair for comfort.

             

            "The Taters" will be our band for the evening and if you haven't heard them yet, please check out their website http://thetaters.com/music/. There will also be a Raffle Drawing at 8:15pm offering up several great 'MUST HAVE' prizes. Or if it's a cash prize you desire, then you'll want to stay for the 9:30pm 50/50 Raffle Drawing. All proceeds to benefit Back Packs Of Love [BPOL]… a nonprofit committed to "eliminating hunger in school-age children by providing nourishing food for their weekends". BPOL currently provides food to Powhatan, Cumberland, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Amelia, Henrico and Goochland with goals for expansion into other Central Virginia counties.

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            May
            7

            Don't Miss Dominion Energy Riverrock in Richmond

            The Nation's Premier Outdoor Sports and Music Festival

            Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock
            Our real estate agents
             have been truly excited about the many great Richmond homes for sale that have entered the market over the last few weeks.

            Buyers have some terrific opportunities here, but homes never stay on the market for too long. Part of the reason is that Richmond's many annual races, concerts, and other events attract so many visitors who ultimately decide to make the city home.

            Thousands of guests will be arriving in Richmond for Dominion Energy Riverrock.

            It's billed as the nation's premier outdoor sports and music festival, and it's coming May 18th.

            Riverrock is an Experience Like None Other for Live Music Fans

            This year's Riverrock is a joint collaboration of the nonprofits Sports Backers and Venture Richmond, the latter serving as the city's business association for a vibrant Downtown.

            Riverrock is one of the most exciting events on the calendar every year, drawing bands and solo performers from all over the United States in a huge variety of styles.

            The whole thing happens right along the riverfront in and around Historic Tredegar Iron Works, a unique venue that was one of America's biggest and best iron works in its 1860 heyday. Today, it's operated by the American Civil War Museum, but it hosts portions of Riverrock each year.

            Throughout the three days of the festival, amazing acts like the Cris Jacobs Band, The Wood Brothers, and Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds will take the stage.

            RVA Offers Wild and Crazy Challenges for Athletes During Riverrock

            Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

            RVA is the official booster organization for all things Richmond, VA. It'll be offering a wide range of fun and exciting events for festival-goers to participate in as part of its Go RVing Interactive Village: An opportunity to try creative competitions and cool equipment hands-on.

            Richmond Riverrock Mud Race

            Some of the amazing contests in store include the Filthy 5K Mud Run and Sierra Nevada Kayak Boatercross. All necessary equipment will be provided for many events, like the Slack Line Demo and Competition, but racers must sign up at the Go RVing registration tent.

            Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

            The Adventure Race offers the toughest challenge, with a four-hour, multi-sport event featuring team and individual components. Racers will need to navigate with map and compass as they ride, run, and paddle from a mystery start location, ending right in the middle of the action!

            The River Rumble is a triathlon featuring the James River Scramble, Sierra Nevada Down River Paddle, and – perhaps toughest of them all – the 20-mile Urban Assault course. Only one male and one female racer will win it all and take home the title of River Rumble champ!

            Many of the most intense events will start in Historic Tredegar and end all the way down the James River on Brown's Island. Beer trucks, food vendors, and souvenir tents will be distributed all through the festival, so you'll never be far from anything you need.

            Richmond Dominion Energy Riverrock

            Note that while many of the demos are kid-friendly and most are free, some of them require a separate participation fee. Most of these are $20-$30, but the Trail Trio running event combo will set you back as much as $190 per day. It might just be worth it for the bragging rights!

            The Full Festival Experience Like You've Never Seen it Before

            What else can you expect from Riverrock? Too much for one little blog post to hold!

            If you ask us, the only thing better than visiting Richmond for Riverrock is staying for keeps!

            To learn more or get started, contact Napier ERA.

            April
            19

            The Riverfront Canal Walk For An Upclose View of Our City

            Riverfront Canal Walk
            Richmond is a modern city with new job growth and a healthy economy. That's a big reason why people of all ages are moving here. At Napier ERA, we are thrilled when new residents contact our office. We not only love to show them Richmond homes for sale, but we also like to tell them about Richmond and our surrounding communities of MidlothianColonial HeightsPowhatanGlen Allen--just to name a few.

            Our real estate agents live and work in this community.  While we could talk endlessly about our favorite things to do in Richmond, one thing we all agree upon is the Riverfront Canal Walk is a don't miss experience.  Here's why.

            Segway Tours

            The Riverfront Canal Walk

            The Riverfront Canal Walk is a 1.25-mile path located between 5th and 17th Streets along the James River. It is wide enough for bicycles, pedestrians, and even Segways!  Along this walk, you can experience Richmond in a way that is unique to our city.

            Whether you are looking for historic monuments, museums, nature, or even pizza, you can find it on the Riverfront Canal Walk.

            You can also swim or float the river, either in a tube or in an actual river raft. There are even some rapids roaring through the downtown area, so you can have an adventure right in the middle of the city. Not too many cities can claim that! There are river rafting outfitters right downtown, so your adventure awaits.

            Riverfront Canal Cruises

            The canal system in Richmond dates back to the days when George Washington roamed our streets. It is said he was the brainchild behind the canal system, with his visionary goal of connecting the harbors on the east with the trade opportunities on the west. Today there are canal cruises and even private charters available on both the James River and Kanawha Canal. The cruises are seasonal (from April to November), but it's an activity everyone who comes to Richmond should absolutely do.

            Canal Walk Lincoln Statute

            Monuments and Statues

            If you're considering relocating to Richmond, you'll want to spend some time getting to know more about our city's famous history. Monument Avenue in Richmond is just off the Canal Walk, and the entire street is a historic landmark.

            There are lots of beautiful statues in this area (and throughout the rest of Richmond), and one of our favorites is the touching statue of Abraham Lincoln and his son, Tad, which sits on the hill behind the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitors Center. The story goes that the President and his son visited Richmond in 1865, shortly after the Capital of the Confederacy had been burned. You can almost hear President Lincoln explaining about the perils of war as you look at this beautiful bronze statue.

            Fun on the Canal

            Back on the Riverfront, you're bound to find a festival, concert or other activity going on, and the old buildings and warehouses around this part of the city are becoming extremely popular places to live and work. There are lofts and coffee shops, galleries, shopping and more than 160 restaurants to choose from. And because Richmond is a walkable city, you'll want to get out and explore as much as you can. The weather will likely cooperate, with moderate temperatures nearly all year long, and far more days of sunshine than rain.


            Richmond is a vibrant and fun city -- one that honors its past but isn't stuck in it. If you are considering moving to Richmond, we hope you'll let us share our enthusiasm for our city and provide our expertise in helping you find a new home. Contact Napier ERA to make an appointment to see both beautiful homes and tour our wonderful city with us.

            April
            3

            Historic Homes in Glen Allen: Meadow Farm Museum

            Glen Allen Homes Meadow Farm
            When you're searching for a Glen Allen home, make sure to check out one of our town's more unique locations: the Meadow Farm Museum. 

            Situated in beautiful Crump Park, Meadow Farm Museum is a taste of history that is truly unique to the area. Dating back to the 1860s, it is one of the best places in the entire nation to witness the living history of what life was like in the rural South of the nineteenth century.

            Meadow Farm Museum Gives Visitors a Rare Window into History

            The Meadow Farm Museum located at 3400 Mountain Road in Glen Allen is the restored home of John Mosby Sheppard, a recognized national historic site. Tour guides in period clothing will help you explore the manor and farm that bear witness to some of the most pivotal moments in American history.

            Historic facilities and sites have been painstakingly preserved, including details like outbuildings. Guides are trained on a number of significant happenings tying the farm to the antebellum and Civil War eras, including the warning that saved the farm from Gabriel's Rebellion.

            In addition to the farmhouse and barn, you can expect to see the doctor's office, blacksmith forge, kitchen, fields, and pastures. The land at Crump Park passed through seven generations beginning all the way back in the 1700s before being donated in 1975.

            Interactive exhibits and activities make this an ideal learning experience for all ages.

            Crump Park is a Terrific Place for a Picnic

            You won't want to miss out on exploring Crump Park before or after your visit.

            The Crump Park grounds are open every day from dawn until dusk, serving as a full-featured park in the finest of Virginia traditions. You can enjoy fishing, hiking, and numerous picnic areas, including a sheltered area that is available for reservations.

            An open play area and children's playground round out the site.

            When in season, volunteers and visitors can enjoy the handiwork of several period-appropriate "guilds." These volunteer organizations produce such things as textiles, baskets, and vegetables to support the mission of the Meadow Farm Museum.

            Many of the guilds require no prior experience, and some are even open to children aged 16 and under with adult supervision. It's an outstanding way to learn while becoming part of history!

            Experts in woodworking, blacksmithing, and other areas are always being sought and often perform live demonstrations. These more advanced participants also benefit from on the job training to complement their existing skills.

            Choose a Glen Allen Home in Virginia

            Historic Glen Allen appeals to many different types of homeowners. No matter what your vision for the ideal Virginia home is, our real estate agents will be glad to help you.

            Our years of experience mean we are second to none when it comes to finding your first or second home in Glen Allen or trading up from an existing home. You'll always get personalized advice from leading local experts who truly understand Glen Allen's housing market.

            Contact Napier ERA to find out more or get started.

            March
            29

            Have You Tried Carytown Cupcakes in Richmond?

            Carytown Cupcakes Richmond

            Richmond's Carytown Cupcakes Delivers Sweet Perfection

            Whether you have a sweet tooth to satisfy, a hankering for a quality craft beer or wine, or just want to connect with other locals in a cheerful atmosphere, check out Carytown Cupcakes in Richmond. Located at 3111 West Cary Street, this gourmet bakery is known for their creative cupcake crafting skills, as well as what is now known as the "Carytown Cupcakes law," allowing them to serve craft beer and wine alongside their famous desserts.

            Stop in today for a taste of the sweet perfection Carytown Cupcakes is known for. 

            • Cupcakes
              One bite of a Carytown Cupcake and your entire definition of what a cupcake is will change. Instead of those boring grocery store cupcakes, these delicious little morsels are crafted around rotating themes. Around the holidays they were known for holiday flavors such as eggnog, but in April you'll find more spring-themed cupcakes in the case, such as strawberry shortcake. They always have a couple gluten-free and vegan flavors to choose from--not the same old boring ones every time but inspired flavors such as gluten-free key lime pie and vegan strawberry lemonade in April. If you're a vanilla type of person, there are also always a selection of favorites to satisfy your need for comfort food, such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, lemon, and carrot cake.

            Carytown Cupcakes Menu

            • Craft Beer and Wine
              Carytown Cupcakes isn't just for kids, and the fact that they serve craft beer and wine to pair with your cupcakes proves that their treats are engineered to appeal to more mature tastes. They worked hard to be able to serve beer and wine with your dessert, lobbying to expand Virginia's original law that limited bakeries to just serving cordials and dessert wines. Their dedication to the quality of your cupcake experience is why you can now pair a craft beer with your fancy cupcake in Richmond.

            • Puppy Treats
              Don't forget your four-legged best friend! While you're enjoying a sweet treat at Carytown Cupcakes, you can also have a treat for your favorite canine wrapped up in a real "doggy bag." Created by dog lovers for dog lovers, these delicious doggy treats are sure to please your pup.

            Carytown Cupcakes is just one of many local businesses in which you can see how communities thrive here in Richmond. Interested being a part of something this exciting and welcoming? Contact Napier ERA today and browse Richmond homes for sale. Your dream home is waiting for you here, and one of our real estate agents will help you find it!

            February
            26

            Richmond Named by Zagat to Top 30 Most Exciting US Food Cities

            Richmond VA Top US Foodie City
            Richmond has long enjoyed a rich and diverse culinary scene. Recently, though, it has attracted more attention – drawing visitors from across the U.S. and even around the world.

            In late 2016, WalletHub helped put Richmond on the map, noting it was #1 Per Capita in Craft Breweries and Wineries among America's 150 top cities and #9 overall for the best food and within the top ten in four other categories. In 2017, Zagat added Richmond to their list of the "30 most exciting food cities in America 2017." 

            No matter if you're taking a long weekend or checking out Richmond homes for sale, there are some local restaurants you simply shouldn't overlook. If you're ready to get a true taste of Richmond, we've got some memorable recommendations for you!

            Six "Can't-Miss" Dining Experiences in Richmond, VA

            1. L'opossum, 626 China St., Richmond, VA

              Richmond - L'opposum

              When you think of delicious food, an opossum might be the last thing on your mind. The unusual name conceals one of Richmond's premium dining experiences, consisting of a creative, quality menu at affordable prices. Prepare to enjoy one of the city's best wine, beer, and cocktail menus alongside entrees like jumbo lump crab cakes and exquisite desserts.

            2. Metzger Bar and Butchery, 801 N 23rd St., Richmond, VA

              Richmond - Metzger Bar & Butchery

              Metzer brings a touch of German culinary tradition to the Richmond area with rustic food, wine, and cocktails centered around the season's finest ingredients. Led by Richmond-born, New York-trained chef Brittanny Anderson, it is open for dinner and brunch with both small and large plates. Chicken schnitzel, beef cheeks, and steelhead trout are just some of the selections.

            3. Sub Rosa Bakery, 620 N 25th St., Richmond, VA

              Richmond Subrosa

              Sub Rosa is a traditional wood-fired bakery that prides itself on the craft of delicious fresh bread and pastries. It uses organic heirloom and regional grains in confections ranging from sesame rye to stone ground shortbread cookies. You can enjoy a light breakfast, tea, or coffee at the espresso bar. Plus, virtually anything on the menu is available to special order for your event.

            4. The Roosevelt, 623 N. 25th St., Richmond, VA

              Richmond - The Roosevelt

              The Roosevelt is a celebration of Southern food with a number of charming, unconventional twists. After opening in 2011, it was named 2012 Restaurant of the Year by Style Magazine and has been going strong ever since. In addition to scrumptious seafood including roasted rockfish, mahi mahi, and seared scallops, its bistro steak and slow-cooked pork shoulder are celebrated.

            5. Proper Pie Company, 2505 E. Broad Street #100, Richmond, VA

              Richmond - Proper Pie Co.

              Described by one reviewer as a "wonderful, magical place," Proper Pie Company is a cozy local storefront with a wide range of sweet and savory pies. Delectable sensations like the lamb and vegetable pie have won kudos from as far away as New Zealand. The menu includes plenty of vegan options, too – the vegetarian "steak and cheese" is a particular delight.

            6. River City Food Tours, 3199 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA

              Richmond (c) River City Tours

              If you want to enjoy all of the mouth-watering delights that Richmond has to offer, one of the best ways is with an established food tour. River City Food Tours is one of the favorites, thanks in part to its two exciting options. You can choose from the Carytown Food Tour or Arts District Food Tour. Each takes in five or six sights in one easy mile – a great way to spend about three hours.

            Once you get a taste of all Richmond has to offer, you might just find you're not so eager to leave. Contact Napier ERA and we'll help you find the right new home for you in the heart of Richmond or any of our welcoming local communities.

             

            February
            13

            Richmond Is No. 1 Beer Destination in the World

            Richmond Beer Destination - Hardywood Craft Brewery
            When you think of beer, you might think first about Milwaukee or even about Oktoberfest in Berlin, Germany. If you've followed the recent trends in craft beer, however, you might have heard there's at least one more place that deserves to be mentioned alongside those world capitals of beer.

            That's Richmond, VA.   And it's actually the #1 beer destination in the world.

            How the heck could that be possible? Just ask Vinepair.com, a leading beer review and travel site, which named Richmond the world's top beer destination for 2018.

            Central to the story: The huge proliferation of top-quality local breweries. From a humble start with just a small handful of them, Richmond now boasts at least 32 active breweries – with even more slated to open in the coming years.  That gives it one of the most active brewing cultures (pun not intended) in the world.

            Adding to the excitement, WalletHub called Richmond one of the best cities for foodies, noting that it rates as sixth in both restaurants per capita and ice cream shops per capita. When it comes to a variety of foods, Richmond delivers as #3 in grocery stores per capita, too.

            Richmond Beats Out Global Destinations to Reign as King of Beers

            In ranking the leading beer destinations, Richmond was scored against global cities including New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and many others. Although it might seem surprising at first, taking a closer look at Richmond makes it clear just how it earned the gold.

            Richmond Beer Reigns No. 1 Strangeways Brewing

            A vibrant, creative world of craft brewing is truly part of this city's beating heart.

            Richmond Beer Trail Tour Triple Crossing Brewery

            Each year, thousands of tourists are drawn to the area to explore the Richmond Beer Trail. There are even local tour operators who'll help visitors see all the different breweries and other beer landmarks – from the City of Richmond through the whole Richmond region.

            (This Richmond Beer Trail map serves as a start for the curious.)

            Although Richmond has never been quite as popular as it is right now, it has a historical connection to American brewing going back more than a century.

            In fact, Richmond was the first place in the United States where beer could be purchased in a can. The same spirit of entrepreneurship persists to today when many craft beer executives focus on giving back to the community and supporting a vibrant downtown for Richmond.

            The first wave of craft breweries arrived in the 1990s, with a handful claiming an even longer lineage. In 2012, Virginia's then-governor Bob McDonnell signed a pair of laws that expanded breweries' ability to do business in Richmond.

            Not only did this give breweries the ability to run their taprooms without having a full-service dining facility, but it created the conditions for many smaller breweries to get their start: By leasing space within larger, more established brewing businesses.

            That, in turn, has helped to sustain a spirit of cooperation truly unique to Richmond.

            From Breweries to Bakeries, Richmond Has Lots to Offer

            Ardent Craft Ales Richmond

            Today, Richmond is #1 per capita in breweries and serves as home to top brands like Ardent Craft Ales, Intermission Beer Company, and Legend Brewing Company. This cast of colorful characters is sure to expand as locals welcome more "brewtrepreneurs."

            No matter what you're looking for in Richmond, Napier ERA can help you find it. Our real estate agents are experts in all the great amenities and neighborhoods of Richmond. It's never been easier to find Richmond homes for sale that suit your lifestyle, needs, and budget.

            Contact Napier ERA to find out more about living in Richmond and all that our community has to offer.

            January
            16

            The Secret is Out - Midlothian is a Great Place to Live

            Midlothian is a Great Place to Live
            Do you love the Richmond area and want a scenic, suburban community where you can enjoy all that the region has to offer? Then we've got a secret to share with you! Midlothian, VA has long been a beloved location for anyone who calls the community home with more new residents learning the secret of how great life can here. This historic, growing community is just waiting to be explored with outdoor activities, local businesses, and historic destinations around every corner. Our real estate agents are ready to spill the beans on just why Midlothian is such a great place to call home.

            The Secret's Out: Midlothian Is a Great Place to Call Home

            Located just outside of Richmond, the village of Midlothian is a large, growing suburb with a fascinating history that dates back centuries. With an affordable cost of living and ample entertainment options, Midlothian homes for sale are popular with shoppers from every generation.

            A Historic Community

            When we say the history of Midlothian stretches back centuries, we're not kidding. For many years, Midlothian was a mining community, and you can find remnants of that period throughout the community today. It was the site of some of the first coal mines in the country along with the first railroad in Virginia. Today, Midlothian has become more of a residential community with a mix of luxurious homes and attractive, affordable options for shoppers looking to make the most of their budget.

            Fun and Entertainment Close to Home

            In addition to exploring local history, there's a ton to do in our area. The community's many parks offer a great way to spend the day outdoors, and the local YMCA is a popular gathering place for all of your favorite athletic activities. There are a great antique shops to explore in the area along with local small businesses of every type offering unique products and services. The community's close proximity to downtown Richmond makes also it easy to enjoy a day in the city whenever you please.

            Affordable Cost of Living and Attractive Real Estate

            Midlothian offers an affordable cost of living about five percent below the national average, which leaves plenty of room in the budget to enjoy all that the community has to offer. The luxury real estate market in the community has grown significantly in recent years, with both new and historic homes available to suit every shopper. If you love outdoor beauty close to home, be sure to check out the waterfront homes available in the Swift Creek Reservoir area. If you're not shopping the luxury market, don't worry – there are appealing homes in Midlothian to suit every budget.

            A Healthy Economy

            Are you searching for a community on the rise with an exciting present and an even brighter future? Midlothian has grown significantly by any measure in recent decades, and there's plenty more to come. Today, Midlothian is home to a population of more than 68,000 residents with a median household income of $77,158, which was enough to earn a spot on Money Magazine's prestigious list of best places to live in 2017. Expect to see continued growth on both fronts, as more new residents learn the secret of why Midlothian, VA is such an excellent place to call home.

            Ready to find a home of your own in Midlothian, and learn first-hand why so many love calling the community home? Contact us to buy and sell homes in Midlothian, VA.

            January
            11

            Hot Art, Cold Beer at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

            Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Mural
            You may have noticed in recent years that murals have had a renaissance in Richmond, VA, which was sparked in part by the persistent work of muralist Ed Trask. His work appears throughout the city, including many works of art at beloved local businesses. You may have also noticed that our city has become a hot-spot for fantastic craft beers, especially in the historic German Brewing District of the city. Why not combine attractive art with delicious beer, and visit the Ed Trask mural at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery? Our real estate agents have all of the details about this exciting, local business. 

            Ed Trask with Mural Hardywood

            Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the Ed Trask Mural 

            Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is a business started by two friends, who traveled the world to learn the secrets of creating unique, delicious craft beer. Located in the German Brewing District, Hardywood Park offers an outdoor beer garden, a busy schedule of special events for all ages, amazing beer, and a beautiful mural by Ed Trask. It's a great place to visit, and a perfect example of how unique, local businesses make life in the city special.

            • Outdoor Beer Garden – Spend an afternoon in the sun, sipping on delicious craft beers while you share stories with friends both new and old. The Hardywood Park outdoor beer garden is a great place to kick back, relax, and enjoy everything Richmond has to offer. There's live music on the weekends, with free shows for all ages, along with spaces dedicated to bocce ball and corn hole. The outdoor beer garden is open every Tuesday through Sunday, so be sure to stop by.

            • Special Events – Looking to spice up your schedule with a unique special event in Richmond? There are tons of events to enjoy at Hardywood Park, from release parties for new IPAs to ugly sweater parties for the holidays. Hardywood Park also sponsors off-site events in the city, often raising money for good causes. You'll also find local events at Hardywood's various taprooms, which are often free and open to all ages.

            • Craft Beer – If you love soaking in every detail of your favorite craft beers, you'll fit right in with the crew at Hardywood Park. The list of Hardywood Park beers is a mile long, with unique spins on classic flavors, along with totally new creations. Enjoy lagers, stouts, IPAs, barrel-aged beers, and even one-off pilot projects.

            • Ed Trask Mural – It seems fitting that one of Richmond's most unique businesses is home to a mural by local artist Ed Trask. The Trask Mural at Hardywood Brewery is a spectacular ode to the city of Richmond, and the world of craft beer. Ranked as one of the "10 coolest murals you'll find a breweries," the Ed Trask mural provides the perfect backdrop for an evening at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.

            • Giving Back to Richmond – In addition to all of the free events on the schedule, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery gives back to the community by donating $2 for every barrel of beer produced to local non-profit organizations. The crew at Hardywood is happy to support a diverse group of causes, including environmental, humanitarian, and educational organizations located in the communities where Hardywood sells its many craft beers.

            Hardywood Home
            Are you in the searching for your next home and looking for an experienced, local real estate team to help you accomplish your goals? Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes throughout the Richmond, VA area.

            December
            4

            Our Favorite Christmas Towns in Virginia

            It's a Wonderful Life in These Six Local Communities 

            Six Local Christmas Towns

            There's no shortage of Christmas cheer here in Virginia, but six towns truly capture the spirit of the holiday season. At Napier ERA, our real estate agents love helping families create new traditions in their homes and these towns are great places to do just that.

            1. Richmond, VA
              Our state capital, Richmond, is a big city with a small-town feel, especially when it's time to celebrate Christmas. While you're looking at Richmond homes this holiday season, make sure you check out all the family-friendly events (and adult-friendly night life) that comes to Richmond this month too. On December 15, visit the historic and beautiful Tuckahoe Plantation for their annual Christmas Open House.Then ring in 2018 at the Moonlight Masquerade, a New Year's Eve tradition at the Doubletree Hotel downtown.

            2. Glen Allen, VA
              Did you know the North Pole has a branch right here in Virginia? Every December The Virginia Cliffe Inn, one of the most historic old homes in Glen Allen, transforms into the Glen Allen Christmas Cottage, complete with children's workshops for creating holiday crafts and toys. Visit Santa in his cottage and tinker in four different holiday children's workshops this December 9 at the beautiful inn, just 15 minutes away from downtown Richmond. Next year, get tickets ahead of time to enjoy breakfast with Santa the morning of the workshops.

            3. Petersburg, VA
              From a festive holiday parade to a town-wide holiday party, picturesque Petersburg knows how to celebrate the season. If you or someone you love went to Petersburg High School, don't miss the 11th Annual PHS Alumni & Friends Holiday Party at the Civic Center on December 23. People who grew up in Petersburg (or currently have homes in Petersburg) look forward to this party all year long, and it's right before Christmas to make sure the reunion is as big as possible.

            4. Midlothian, VA
              Midlothian is a Richmond suburb with a personality of its own, and holiday activities are as abundant here as its creeks. For families with homes in Midlothian, holiday cards are a cinch too. Kids can take photos with Santa at the Art Factory (this year's photo-op happens on December 7). A few days later, take the whole family to have brunch with Santa at Independence Golf Club, which is hosting the special holiday event on December 10. On December 11 and 16, Clover Hill Church hosts Christmas Mansions & Festival, a ticketed tradition that now includes an outdoor festival with food trucks, a hayride, and more.

            5. Powhatan, VA
              Known for its horse pastures and rolling hills, Powhatan is a lovely place to celebrate the holidays, but make sure you visit one place in particular. At first glance, Mabel's Espresso Bakery Café looks like one of many adorable Powhatan homes. But inside, it's a charming and timeless little restaurant where you can grab a bite with friends or neighbors – or even Santa Claus himself. Don't forget to get tickets for their Santa Brunch on December 16 and their Christmas Cookie Decorating Class on December 19.

            6. Henrico, VA
              Families who want a quick commute to Richmond have plenty of homes in Henrico County to choose from. Once they move in, they have plenty of seasonal activities to enjoy too! Our favorite is the Jingle Jam 2017, a huge holiday party at HOPE Church's West Creek campus on December 9. This interactive Christmas event includes farm animals, Christmas characters, a photo booth, and a show that tells the Christmas story in unique and hilarious ways.

            Need a new home for the holidays near Richmond, VA? Contact Napier ERA for advice and help with your search.

            November
            13

            Richmond Celebrates the Holidays at The Jefferson Hotel

            Richmond The Jefferson Hotel Tree Lighting
            The Jefferson Hotel is one of Richmond's true historic gems with spectacular interior design, loads of luxury and fascinating stories around every corner. The Jefferson is also an excellent place to spread some holiday cheer! Every year, starting just after Thanksgiving, The Jefferson Hotel hosts a series of holiday events at its five-star facilities that always rank among the most popular in Richmond, VA. The fun begins on Monday, November 27 with the 31st Annual Tree Lighting.

            Richmond Holiday Fun: 31st Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel

            Our REALTORS® have spoken, and the tree lighting ceremony at The Jefferson Hotel definitely ranks among our favorite events of the season. The luxurious Jefferson Hotel is a living example of Richmond history and a spectacular setting to spend some quality time with your favorite people during the holidays.

            • A Scenic Setting
              Richmond homes for sale 
              are located in one of the country's most historic cities and locations like The Jefferson Hotel are a big reason why that's the case. Visit The Jefferson throughout the holiday season for live music, delightful decorations and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The holiday season begins with the tree lighting ceremony on Monday, November 27.  

            • The Ceremony
              The tree lighting ceremony has long been a local tradition and is entering its 31st year. Everything kicks off at 5:00 PM on November 27 with live holiday music before the big show begins. The ceremony takes place in the regal Palm Court Lobby with the tree lighting getting into full swing at 5:45 PM. Of course, it wouldn't be a true holiday celebration without a little help from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

            • Free Fun for the Whole Family
              The Jefferson Hotel is a very luxurious facility, but it also has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for all who visit. The tree lighting ceremony is a free event and a great opportunity to have some fun with the kids during the holiday season. All of the kids (and adults!) in the crowd love seeing the moment when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to start the tree lighting celebration.

            • Holiday Cheer throughout the Season
              Can't make the tree lighting ceremony or simply looking to spend some more holiday time at one of Richmond's most unique destinations? The Jefferson has plenty of holiday events scheduled throughout the season running straight through New Year's Eve. Stop by during the afternoon for a rotating schedule of live musical performances or visit anytime to see all of the gorgeous decoration throughout the property. The Jefferson Hotel is also a great place to enjoy a holiday meal or plan a luxurious getaway of your own.

            • Plan Your Own Party
              If you're looking for the ideal place to plan a holiday event of your own, The Jefferson has you covered. Whether you're looking to plan an event with the whole family or treat your employees to some holiday cheer, staging your event at The Jefferson Hotel is sure to lead to great memories for everyone who attends.

            Are you searching for the right home in Richmond and the real estate team who will help your holiday dreams come true? Contact Napier ERA for all of your real estate needs throughout the Richmond, VA area.

            November
            8

            Henrico County Welcomes Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights

            Holiday Fun at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden


            There's no doubt about it, the holidays are a special time of year. Gathering with family and friends to celebrate the season is more than just sharing food and gifts—it's an opportunity to experience the best holiday events in Henrico County has to offer. November 24, 2017 – January 8, 2018 (closed Dec. 24/25), Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden offers shimmering holiday fun for the whole family. Henrico County's ultimate holiday tradition features more than 500,000 twinkling lights, hand-crafted botanical decorations, family activities, model trains and more.

            Who doesn't love a good story? This year, the theme at GardenFest of Lights is Naturally Ever After: Stories in Lights. From fairy tales and folklore to time-treasured classics, these holiday events highlight stories, legends and rhymes that encompass many different eras and cultures through indoor and outdoor displays of light.

            Holiday Events and Activities

            Celebrate the seasons and nature with engaging events and activities that explore natural phenomena, teach life valuable lessons and connect people through the wonder of plants.

            • Merry Mondays
              The Garden Keeper hosts a fireside story time featuring Aesop's Fables at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 PM on Mondays in the Library Reading Room. "Santa sightings" in the Conservatory Mondays, 6 - 8 PM through December 18

            • Enjoy the Library
              Explore the timeless children's tale, Miss Rumphius, The library will be transformed into mini-galleries that highlight the works and stories the stories of area artisans and their hand-crafted wares.

            • Caroling Tuesdays
              Holiday caroling throughout the Garden 6:30 - 8 PM. Tuesdays.

            • Crafty Wednesdays
              Crafting based on this year's GardenFest theme with the help of staff and volunteers. 5 - 8 PM in the Kelly Education Center.

            • Musical Thursdays
              Acoustic musicians provide festive live holiday entertainment. 6-7 PM & 7:30-8:30 PM in the Lora Robins Library.

            • GardenFest for Fidos
              Bring your leashed dog to enjoy the holiday lights at GardenFest for Fidos on Thursday, November 30, 2017 and Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

            • The Garden Shop & The Bling Shop
              The Garden Shop offers all kinds of handmade gifts that are perfect for holiday shopping. Open Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 10 PM, Sunday: noon - 10 PM The Bling House retail shop is open on select nights.

            • Tea House Dining at GardenFest
              Open Nightly; 5 – 9 PM Exceptional fare with fine wines and stunning Asian Valley views.

            • Santa Brunch & Santa Dinners
              Meals with Santa can't be beat! Reservations highly recommended. If you have a group of 15 or more, consider GardenFest Dinners.

            • New Year's Eve Family Frolic
              Rock and roll with the "Ululating Mummies," take photos with the GardenKeeper, make a party hat and "roll in the New year" with the annual hillside tumble.

            • Instagram Contest
              Share your best photos and tag #GardenFest

            If you're ready to celebrate the holidays with a new home, our real estate agents can help you find homes in Henrico County you'll love. To learn more about fun, festive living in Henrico County, contact Napier ERA today!

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            October
            24

            Celebrating the Best of Glen Allen at The Cultural Arts Center

            Supporting the Visual and Performing Arts in Glen Allen

            Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center
            When you're touring homes for sale in Glen Allen, take time to visit The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

            The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen offers local residents in the Richmond area an opportunity to discover the arts, develop a talent, and experience  all our community has to offer.

            Young and old gather at the Center to share artistic experiences and develop creative skills. Four galleries showcase work from local and regional artists. Performance stages come alive with music, dance, and theater presentations. Regional artists and artisans market their work in a warm and friendly setting. The Center also rents four beautiful spaces for special occasions.

            Our real estate agents live and work in the area. We know The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is a valuable community asset and celebrate the Center's best by sharing these upcoming programs and special events with you. 

            Glen Allen Community Events   

            • Halloween: Dia De Los Muertos
              The Center celebrates Halloween with a cultural twist. The family-friendly event celebrates Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with the Latin Ballet of Virginia. Visitors will enjoy music, dancing, treats, food, and creative activities. The Richmond Ballet Mind and Motion Ambassadors from will perform. Mercado Muertos will sell themed merchandise. October 29, 2017, 1-5PM; Free

            • Virginia Cultural Marketplace
              Regional artists and artisans will sell jewelry, bath & beauty products, wreaths, pottery, and more just in time for you to purchase gifts for the holidays. The Center's Atack Family Gift Shop will sell creations by local and national artists and artisans. The galleries will be open as well, showcasing a collection of art by local and regional artists. Friday, November 10, 2017, Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10AM-8 PM; Free
            • 19th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
              The Center will collaborate with the Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks to present the annual lighting of the Center's 60-foot Christmas tree. Guests will enjoy a bonfire, hot chocolate and cookies, a musical presentation and a visit from Santa. Saturday, December 2, 2017, 4:30PM; Free
            • Illumination: A Festival of Trees
              After the Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Cultural Arts Center hosts "Illumination," a festival that celebrates Christmas trees. The event features an exhibit of specially themed trees. Santa will be there with his elves and young visitors can participate in a holiday scavenger hunt. Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5-7PM; Free

            Live Presentations at The Cultural Center

            The Cultural Arts Center celebrates the season with live concerts and theater performances. These upcoming events will start your holiday season out on a joyful note.

            • A Tribute to the Carpenters: Susan Greenbaum Band
              Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 7PM; Tickets: $30.

            • A Charlie Brown Christmas
              Friday, December 8, 2017, 7PM; Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11AM and 1PM; Tickets: $12.

            • The Richmond Divas: Holiday Divas
              Debra Wagoner, Cathy Motley-Fitch, and Desiree Roots perform holiday favorites. Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 7PM; Tickets $30.

            • Twas The Night Before Christmas
              The VA Rep Tour presents a fun musical inspired by Clement Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11AM and 1PM; Tickets: $12.

            When you need information about Glen Allen real estate, we're available to answer all of your questions. Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes in Glen Allen, Virginia.

            September
            18

            Trapezium Brewing Co in Petersburg

            Trapezium Brewing Co. Petersburg VABringing Great Times and the Best Brews to Petersburg, VA

            Before the Trapezium Brewing Company first opened its doors in 2016, Petersburg didn't have a brewery to call its own. My how times have changed! Since opening its doors, Trapezium Brewing Company has become a staple of the community, and one of the hottest spots in the Tri-Cities area. Today, you can spend some quality time in the taproom, enjoy a wide selection of unique, local beers, and even go behind the scenes to see how the Trapezium team produces such fantastic flavors. Our real estate agents are here to introduce you to one of Petersburg's favorite destinations for great meals, cold beer, and fun special events.

            Crafting its Own Way in the Tri-Cities

            One thing's for sure when you shop for homes in Petersburg, VA – you'll never be far from a cold drink or a hot meal. Trapezium Brewing Company serves the Petersburg area, but residents of Colonial Heights and Hopewell also love making the short trip to the brewery. Once you visit, you'll soon see exactly why Trapezium has quickly become such a local favorite.

            • Unique, Local Beers – The team at the brewery loves to concoct creative flavors, and spares no expense in delivering the best beer to your pint glass. The menu includes Trapezium's four "core beers," including Lucky 47 White Ale, Lucky 39 IPA, Lucky 27 Session IPA, and the unique Lucky 75 Honey Lemon Ginger Ale. You'll also be able to enjoy plenty of other unique Trapezium beers, depending on the season.

            • Excellent Atmosphere – Some breweries take themselves very seriously, but the team at Trapezium believes that making great beer should be fun! Whether you're visiting to see the brewery or spending an evening in the taproom, rest assured that the staff is having just as much fun as you are. The company gets its name from the nearby Trapezium House, a quirky, historic building that perfectly reflects the team's fun, positive attitude.

            • Enjoying the Taproom – The taproom is at the heart of the Trapezium experience, and it's easy to see why when you visit. In addition to the long list of craft beers available on tap, you'll find a menu filled with brick oven pizzas that will make your mouth water. Just as with the beer menu, you can expect some creative offerings when it comes to the tasty meal that you'll enjoy with your favorite drink.

            • Behind the Scenes – Ever wonder what goes into creating all of the unique flavors at the Trapezium Brewing Company? Visit their website for a behind-the-scenes look at this fascinating facility. The impressive, modern facilities at Trapezium provide the team with all of the tools they need to keep producing great, unique beers season after season.

            • Special Events for the Petersburg Community – The team at Trapezium believes in supporting the community, and shows its love with a regular schedule of special events. Come out for Boot Camp and Brews to learn first-hand why a workout is always more fun when you have a cold glass of one of Trapezium's beers waiting at the end. There are also big events for the introduction of each season's beers, and a busy schedule of events year-round at locations across Virginia. Of course, you'll often find plenty of great live music when you visit the taproom, too.

            When you're ready to find the right Central Virginia home for your needs, our team is here to assist. Contact Napier ERA to buy and sell homes in the Petersburg, VA area.

            August
            28

            Family Fun at the Goochland Drive-in Theater

            Summer's Not Over Yet - Plenty of Fun Left in Goochland

            Goochland Drive-in Theater

            No matter what, there are certain places that take you back to your youth and a time you'll never forget. For many living in the Richmond area, it's a summer evening at the Goochland Drive-in Theater. The Goochland Drive-In Theater is a community-oriented, family establishment that offers new/current release movies and plenty of fun for the entire family.

            The Goochland Drive-In Theater

            A much-loved staple of the community in Goochland, the drive-in's focus is on family entertainment, and provides a safe, wholesome atmosphere for people of all ages. No alcohol is permitted. It features a playground for kids under 12, and you can bring games, Frisbees, or footballs for pre-show fun (arrive early to get a good spot). Quiet, well-behaved pets are also welcome. No outside food or drink is allowed, but the Goochland Drive-In offers affordable, classic-American food and concessions, a gluten-free menu, and admission is just $4 for kids and $8.50 for adults.

            In the late 1950s to early 1960s, more than 4,000 drive-ins captivated American moviegoers. While drive-ins have slowly disappeared around the US, they have seen a revival in recent years. The beloved Goochland Drive-In Theater has been bringing movie lovers and people of all ages together since 2009, creating and nurturing a sense of community and human connection. Just a 30-minute drive from Richmond and Charlottesville, the Goochland Drive-In attracts people from miles around.

            Reminiscent of the classic drive-ins of yesteryear, the Goochland Drive-In is an ideal night out for families. A fun and unique way to catch a movie and connect with members of the community, come and enjoy some nostalgia laugh and hang out with friends and neighbors.

            Can't get a babysitter for date night? Bring the kids and let them enjoy the playground while you chat with new friends or neighbors; then hunker down and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car (you can bring chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars, too!). The Goochland Drive-In also provides a safe and wholesome environment for teens, so you can rest easy knowing that your teenagers have a positive and entertaining place to go on dates or out with friends.

            Call Goochland Home

            If you are interested in buying a home in Goochland, our real estate agents can help you find a home you'll love. From new construction to classic historical houses, we have a variety of available homes for sale Contact Napier ERA to get started.

            August
            7

            Discover the Richmond Jazz Fest - August 10 - 13

            The Richmond Jazz Festival is a World-Class Musical Destination.

            8TH ANNUAL RICHMOND JAZZ FEST
            Do you enjoy good wine, great jazz, and historic Richmond sites? The Richmond Jazz Festival, the East Coast's premier musical event, is definitely the event for you. The eighth annual installment of this multi-day jazz festival will take over the Richmond area from August 10 to 13 with performances throughout Carytown and the main acts taking the stage at Maymont. Whether you're new to Richmond or looking for new things to love about your hometown, this festival is quickly becoming a town tradition, and we encourage you to participate too.

            So, what happens during the Jazz Festival? Here are some of the fun things you can do during our annual jazz celebration:

            Richmond VA Jazz Fest Performer

            Catch Erykah Badu, Common, and Other Major Talents

            Who needs Bonnaroo when you have Erykah Badu right here in Richmond? A festival that emphasizes "elevation music" over "elevator music", the Richmond Jazz Festival attracts world-famous talent and local legends alike. This year, the R&B queen Badu headlines an all-star lineup that also includes recent Oscar winner Common (performing alongside our very own Richmond Symphony), the Isley Brothers, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, David Benoit, The Manhattan Transfer, Robert Cray, Peabo Bryson, and many more.

            Enjoy Free Jazz Performances

            While the Jazz Festival is well worth the price of admission, you don't have to buy a pass to enjoy jazz this August in Richmond. Before the festival, CaRue takes over Carytown for six days of free, pre-festival jazz shows. Catch performances at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and the pop-up Jazz Café at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, all completely free, along with performances by local artists at smaller venues throughout the town. And the night before the festival, "Homegrown at the Hipp" takes over the Hippodrome Theater for a collaborative jazz show that features Nathan East and only costs $30.

            Explore the Maymont Grounds

            The Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont is designed to be an immersive sensory experience, not just a place to hear good music. Maybe that's why the venue is one of Richmond's most beautiful and historic places to spend the day. Maymont is a 100-acre estate that includes one of the most historic homes in Richmond, Maymont Mansion. This Victorian home will be open during the festival to make sure you get the full Maymont experience. The estate also houses hundreds of native animals, including river otters, a bobcat, black bears, goats, and bald eagles. Conservation and education are important to the staff at Maymont, and if you make the festival a family affair, your kids will get to see some of Virginia's most awe-inspiring and threatened species.

            Richmond VA Jazz Fest Audience

            Try Some of Virginia's Finest Wine, Food & Art

            Of course, no festival can engage all the senses without gorgeous artwork to browse and delicious foods to taste (and wine to sip). During the Richmond Jazz Festival, some of the region's best chefs and artists will be putting their work on display. Catch chef demonstrations, shop for jewelry, art, and more from local merchandise vendors, and sample amazing local cuisine in between jazz performances. And don't miss the complimentary wine tasting from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, whose products pair perfectly with jazz music whether you're in the bathtub or the middle of Maymont.

            Looking for your next home in Richmond? Contact Napier ERA to find the perfect property. Our real estate agents are an all-star lineup of local pros, and they're always eager to help new families navigate our market and find their next homes.

             

            July
            31

            5 Good Reasons to Love the Powhatan Farmers Market

            Powhatan Farmers Market
            Every Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, Powhatan's favorite farmers and artisans come together at Westchester Commons to provide their wares for sale. Whether you are in the market for fresh produce for your dinner table or unique jewelry for your wardrobe, you will find it at the Powhatan Farmers Market from the beginning of May to the end of October.

            Powhatan Farmers Market

            The farmers market offers Powhatan residents the opportunity to enjoy locally-grown, low-pesticide produce and meats. They also give a venue for local artisans to showcase their good, so you can buy unique gift and home decor options. Items are fresher, more unique and often less expensive when you shop at the farmers market, and the Powhatan Farmers Market is packed with vendors. In fact, our Powhatan real estate agents believe the farmer's market is one of our area's best features, and here are five reasons, in particular, why we think you will love them too!

            1. Casselmonte Farm LLC
              Casselmonte Farm makes it easy for people with homes in Powhatan to enjoy the best heirloom veggies and berries around. Located on the banks of the Appomattox in Powhatan County, Casselmonte Farm primarily focuses on nine different products...bringing the best produce to your dining table. Each season you will enjoy asparagus and forest-grown shiitake mushrooms, followed by heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes and blueberries. As summer moves on you will find blackberries, Bradford watermelons, honey. and baby ginger.

            2. Pleasant Fields Farm
              Folks with homes in Hanover know Pleasant Fields Farm as a small family farm located on a 73-acre plot of land. In addition to vegetables of all types, the farm offers cut flowers, hanging baskets and small fruits. If you can't catch Pleasant Fields Farm at the farmers market, head to Hanover to get your own produce in the U-Pick fields.

            3. Grassbelly Farm
              This family-owned farm is located in Powhatan. As its name implies, Grassbelly Farm offers grass-fed and free-range meat products including woodland/pastured pork, chicken eggs and chicken with the addition of beef coming soon. The farm is committed to providing a natural lifestyle for animals, and all pastures are free from pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers giving consumers a better quality meat product. Animals are supplemented with non-GMO feeds when needed.

            4. Arcangels Creations
              If you're looking for something spicy, Arcangels Creations delivers with fresh-made salsa, guacamole and gazpazcho. Arcangels Creations' products are all-natural, with no sugar or salt added, and they are completely gluten free. You can purchase a quart or a pint of your favorite flavor.

            5. Alpaca Woods Farm
              Nothing is quite as soft as alpaca wool, and Alpaca Woods Farm allows you to purchase items made from this soft material. If you own a home in Midlothian, you may know Alpaca Woods Farm as the place to see the community colorful herd of alpacas. When you stop by their booth at the Powhatan Farmers Market, you'll be able to find rugs, yarn, wall hangings, planters, and scarves made from this beautiful fiber.

            Calling Powhatan Home
            If you're shopping for homes in Powhatan, Hanover or Midlothian, you will be able to enjoy the Powhatan Farmers Market regularly. Contact Napier ERA to get your Powhatan house hunt started.

            July
            24

            9 Places to Eat When You're Moving to Midlothian

            Considering a move to Midlothian?

            Napier ERA Favorite Midlothian Restaurants

            Whether you're planning a visit or considering a permanent move to Midlothian, finding out what it is like to live in our community might be a challenge if you don't know where to turn. Granted, Yelp and Tripadvisor can introduce you to the most talked about restaurants in a city; however, these may not be the places where locals eat.  There's no substitute for the advice from someone who lives in a city.

            So while you're searching for homes in Midlothian, take a moment to check out our real estate agents' recommendations for their favorite local restaurants.  Our list is peppered with places you'll soon call your hometown favorites too.

            Craving a flavor from around the world?  How about a juicy burger or maybe some sushi?  Midlothian eateries specialize in the tastes you hunger after. They offer local and international menu items, extensive beer and ale selections, and a perfect atmosphere for your dining experience.

            1. Pescados - 13126 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113
              At Pescados you can dine on a lunch or dinner menu of Caribbean inspired food. Dishes feature crab, calamari, conch, and of course, pescados (fish).

            2. Burger Bach, 101 Heaths Way Road, Midlothian, VA 23114
              Burger Bach calls itself a New Zealand inspired gastro pub. They create thick burgers with grass-fed Black Angus beef, grass-fed lamb, and free range chicken. They serve vegetarian burgers if you prefer, and also craft beers, small plates, salads, and sides.

            3. Latitude Seafood, Westchester Commons, 15532 WC Commons Way, Midlothian, VA 23113
              The Latitude menu includes fresh fish delivered daily, and crab, lobster, and shrimp. They also serve delicious grilled chicken, steaks, and bone-in pork chops.

            4. Palermo Trattoria Pizzeria, 15717 City View Drive,  Midlothian, VA 23113
              Palermo Trattoria Pizzeria 
              brings a taste of old Sicily to Midlothian families.  Their menu includes a selection of soups, salads, pastas, seafood and traditional Italian pizza pies.

            5. Orexi Greek & Mediterranean Restaurant, 13979 Raised Antler Circle, Midlothian, VA 23112
              Orexi satisfies your craving for genuine falafel, hummus, and other Mediterranean dishes. They also serve vegetarian entrees.

            6. Bell Greek Authentic Grill, 11307 Polo Place, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Bell Greek serves moussakas, pasticcio, 5 different types of gyros, and they even have a 12-and-under children's menu.

            7. Capital Ale House, 13831 Village Place Drive, Midlothian, VA 23114
              As the name implies, the Capital Ale House offers a lengthy list of ales. The non-ale menu includes seafood, pork and crab entrees, a variety of small plates and 3 varieties of mac 'n cheese.

            8. Katana Sushi, 13825 Village Place Dr, Midlothian, VA 23114
              Katana Sushi attracts the region's sushi lovers. Diners love their fresh fish, large portions, and bento boxes.

            9. Sedona Taphouse, 15732 WC Main Street, Westchester Commons, Midlothian, VA 23113
              Sedona Taphouse showcases hundreds of craft beers but their food menu is also worth a taste. The chef creates a variety of beef, seafood, and chicken dishes including tasty wood-grilled entrees.

            We Know Your New Hometown

            Our real estate agents live and work in the Midlothian and Richmond areas. When you contact Napier ERA, we'll be happy to share indispensable home-buying information like how to find the right Midlothian neighborhoods, school districts, and, of course, restaurants.

             

            July
            17

            Boathouse Restaurant Opens Hopewell Location

            Boathouse Opens Hopewell

            Our real estate agents are excited to see The Boathouse at City Point become a part of Hopewell's commercial revitalization. The restaurant's contemporary style, good service, and great food fit neatly into the city's entertainment traditions. 

            Boathouse Waterfront View

            The Boathouse is located on a scenic waterfront site that presents diners with a dramatic view of the James and Appomattox Rivers. It offers locals a new upscale dining option for family celebrations or a special date night. Residents with homes in Hopewell need only drive a short distance to enjoy the newest restaurant in the area.

            Contemporary Building
            Boathouse owner, Kevin Healy, transformed an existing commercial building into a contemporary showplace. Exterior dining areas now offer a stylish yacht club atmosphere and an impressive view of both rivers.

            Interior dining spaces, bar, and private event areas have an open, modern look. Each section is accessorized with trendy seating, modern light fixtures, and artisan-inspired metal, glass, and fabric decor.

            Boathouse Great Food

            Great Food
            The Boathouse at City Point serves a menu similar to the three other Boathouse restaurants. You can begin your meal with calamari, clam chowder, raw bar options, and a variety of additional delicious appetizer choices.

            Entrees include fresh seafood, steak, and chicken dishes, and the restaurant's legendary Boathouse Crab cakes. Many menu items are prepared with locally-sourced ingredients.

            The restaurant operates a full meal schedule each day.

            • Lunch: Daily beginning at 11:30, except for Sundays
            • Dinner: Daily beginning at 3:00, 4:00 on Sundays.
            • Happy Hour: Food and drink specials from 3:00 to 7:00, Fridays 3:00 to 6:00
            • Sunday Brunch: 10:00 to 3:00, Sunday dinner served at 4:00, No happy hour on Sundays

            Boathouse Events

            Private Events
            The Boathouse event staff will tailor a special event that exceeds your expectations. The staff can plan the menu package of your choice: breakfast, lunch, dinner, hors d'oeuvres, and more. They keep your planning options open with venues sized to accommodate weddings, office parties, and other private events.

            • The Navigator's Den holds up to 40 people.
            • The Tent Pavilion accommodates larger groups such as wedding receptions.

            Boathouse Holiday Events
            On July 1st, diners were the first to enjoy a Holiday meal at the new Boathouse at City Point. The chef creates a special menu for these occasions. Be sure to check the Holiday Menu page for upcoming events.

            Let us Help You Find a Home in Hopewell

            We believe that getting to know your community is an important part of settling into your home. Contact Napier ERA if you have questions about buying or selling a home in Hopewell. We're here to help.

            July
            10

            The Seven Hills of Richmond - Church Hill

            Church Hill Richmond
            When you're searching for a home in Richmond, you are sure to hear about our Seven Hills. Although never receiving an official designation, according to a 1937 ordinance by the City of Richmond, the seven hills of RVA are: Union Hill, Council Chamber Hill, French Garden Hill, Navy Hill, Gambles Hill, Shockoe Hill and Church Hill. These neighborhoods have shaped RVA's history and are part of what makes it such a special place to live today.

            Church Hill - Richmond's First Neighborhood

            Church Hill Home

            Church Hill holds the distinction of being the first official neighborhood in Richmond. It's home to the original 32 blocks of the city and as such has a rich history and many historic buildings. The old architectural styles are still enjoyed and protected in Church Hill, and gas street lamps still line the red brick cobblestone sidewalks. This is a distinctive community that is full of character and charm.

            Church Hill is found on the eastern end of Broad Street. It sits within walking distance of Richmond's downtown, but has its own collection of shops, restaurants and businesses. Church Hill also has a beautiful collection of residential properties that embrace the historic ambiance of this neighborhood. Here you can find homes that show the Greek Revival, Federal, Queen Anne and Italianate architectural styles and these properties have been carefully and lovingly maintained throughout the neighborhood's history. Today, the Church Hill North Historic District is part of the National Register of Historic Places.  Homeowners and business owners alike are dedicated to preserving the history and architecture of the community for future generations.

            Unique Blend of Past and Present

            Today, Church Hill provides Richmond homeowners with the perfect blend of historic with modern. The homes and their classic architectural styles, along with the beautiful streetlamps and cobblestone sidewalks, are the historic side of Church Hill. It's also home to Chimborazo Park and the Richmond National Battlefield, which is home to a museum that houses artifacts from Civil War history. Patrick Henry Park is also in Church Hill near the site where he uttered his famous quote, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" Libby Hill Park, one of the first parks established in the city, is another historic community site. Everywhere you look in Church Hill, history awaits discovery.

            Church Hill - The Roosevelt

            Church Hill is modern at the same time. The community is located within walking distance of the city's vibrant and modern downtown. Within Church Hill, you will find local eateries, photography studios and locally owned shops. This blend of modern and historic is part of the reason Church Hill has continued to be a popular Richmond residential community.

            Find Your Church Hill Home Today

            If the history and ambiance of Church Hill appeals to you, our real estate agents at Napier ERA are ready to help. Contact us to start the search for your own historic property in Richmond's charming Church Hill neighborhood.

            June
            26

            Richmond VA July 4 Celebration Guide

            Best Places to Spend a Star-Spangled July 4 in Richmond

            Richmond VA July 4

            Where better to bring in the Fourth of July than a city rich in early American history? Whether you're a local or just visiting, Richmond is a great summer destination. Here are just a few ideas we've come up with so you, your family and friends can enjoy a memorable July Fourth holiday in Richmond.

            • Innsbrook Taste of Virginia
              Start celebrating America's birthday a few days early at this amazing, family friendly event. On Saturday, July 1st, The Second Annual Innsbrook Taste of Virginia, will feature live music, artisans, a kid's zone, and of course plenty of craft beer, wine and delicious cuisine from local restaurants competing for the "Taste of Virginia" title! The fun begins at 3:30 and ends after dark with a dazzling fireworks display. All proceeds to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

            • James River Park
              There is something for everyone in this vast 600 plus acre park, situated along the James River. With so much to do, it's the perfect place to spend the day.

              Pack your blankets, chairs, and picnic and head to park areas like Belle Isle and Texas Beach where you can swim, fish, hike and bike. If you just want to take it easy, grab your binoculars to do some bird watching, sunbathe on the flat rocks, and don't forget your camera so you can capture some beautiful nature photographs. Some park areas can only be reached by bike or boat, but located off Riverside Drive, Pony Pasture has easy access, the most parking available and has water areas calm and shallow enough for small children.

            • Dogwood Dell July 4th Concert and Fireworks
              Located in beautifully landscaped Byrd Park, the Dogwood Dell Ampitheatre will host a free night of live music starting with jazz band, Simply Kevin at 5:30, followed by Carillon bells and at 7:30, the Richmond Concert Band. Come early to ensure a seat, or bring your own blankets and chairs. Pack a picnic dinner, enjoy the music and stay for the fireworks.

            • Liberty or Death Re-enactment
              On Saturday, July 4th, the St. John's Church Foundation will present a historical reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention of 1775, an event they've hosted since 1976. Doors of the Historic St. John's Church open at 1 PM and although the event is free, it is strongly suggested you purchase tickets in advance to ensure a seat.

            • Louis Ginter Botanical Gardens
              To help celebrate Independence Day, Louis Ginter Botanical Gardens is offering free admission all day, from 9 AM to 5 PM. Decorate your wagons, strollers and yourselves for the parade at 2 PM in the Children's Garden, enjoy live music and visit their incredible butterfly display, "Butterflies Live"!

            • Hit the Richmond Beer Trail
              For adults looking to bring in the 4th of July with a bang, see for yourself why Richmond is quickly becoming a popular craft beer destination. Grab a Beer Trail Map at your first stop, and have it stamped in each place you visit to earn trail gear! You will surely eat, drink and be merry with over 20 breweries to choose from.

            Live the Richmond Lifestyle

            Richmond is a vibrant area full of scenic parks, restaurants, culture, beautiful neighborhoods and opportunities. If you're thinking of buying a home in our area, our local real estate experts at Napier ERA Real Estate will be more than happy to assist you.

            June
            20

            At Home in Henrico County's Short Pump Town Center

            Discover 140+ Shops, Restaurants & Entertainment Venues

            Short Pump Town Center
            Imagine living in an area where you have top of the line retail shops, luxurious amenities and fine dining area just outside your front door. Sounds great! If you dream of such a life, you could have it all right here at Short Pump Town Center in Henrico County. This center is a shopping, dining and entertainment complex with over 140 stores and has been popular with shoppers since it opened its doors in 2003. You can enjoy the best of luxury living in homes available near the Short Pump Town Center.

            Living in this spectacular community will give you access to luxurious amenities, shopping, entertainment, and world-class dining. The best thing yet, you only take a short walk from your home. All the things that you need close to your home are right here at the Short Pump. The Center is a convenient location that offers easy access to notable areas including Barnes & Noble, Red Robin and Chipotle.

            Luxurious amenities

            Short Pump is a planned community that will give you the luxury of walking along beautifully landscaped walkways with serene water features and hanging lanterns. During the chilly months, you can still enjoy the atmosphere since there are heated pavilions and outdoor fireplaces. Shopping and dining has never been this amazing in winter. Enjoy the luxurious amenities in this community including Red Door spa, full-service fitness center, and beautiful outdoor spaces. 

            Short Pump Restaurants

            Dining

            The Short Pump Town Center offers an excellent selection of dining options. This is an awesome place to share a meal with family and friends. Whether you want to have a cup of coffee or a gourmet entrée, you will have no trouble finding a place to grab something at the Short Pump Town Center. Dining options include California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Lehja, Maggiano's Little Italy, The Boathouse and Rock Bottom Restaurant. Cold Stone Creamery is also available to satisfy your sweet tooth.

            Short Pump Retailers

            Shopping

            You can enjoy a versatility of shopping in over 140 unique shops including Macys, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, TUMI, Madewell, Sephora, Free People, Athleta and Pottery Barn. There are popular clothing stores, high-end retailers and even stores that are sure to become your favorites. The Short Pump aims to be an awesome place for people who love everything about shopping.

            Short Pump Park

            When it comes to picnics, walks, kids' fun and pets, this is the best place to live. The park has a water play area with an enclosed dog park and fountain sprays. The dog park is open from dawn to dusk. The park also has play equipment, shelter building, restroom, and additional trails. The Short Pump is a wonderful place that will make your stay in Henrico County an exciting experience.

            Excellent Entertainment

            Do you want to enjoy a movie but don't feel like driving to the closest theater? No worries! All you have to do is to take a short walk to the Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 & IMAX. And when you are in the mood for a laugh, just head over to the Funny Bone Comedy Club.

            Short Pump, has more to offer than just great places for entertainment and dining. It's a place with amazing people and a great history. If you are looking for homes in Henrico County, our real estate agents can help you find the perfect place to settle down at the Short Pump Town Center. At Napier Realtors, we have the experience to help us find your dream home. Contact us today for more information about homes in Richmond and finding a great place to live in the Short Pump Town Center.

            June
            15

            What Virginia Loves about The Fan District

            The Fan District Association
            When you're searching for a home in Richmond, finding the perfect neighborhood definitely matters. A favorite location loved by Richmond locals is the Fan District. Located between Broad Street and Main Street, this culture-filled neighborhood lies at the eastern part of the West End area

            So what is so appealing about the Fan District? Find out why Richmond locals love this historical and picturesque neighborhood.  

            Fan District History

            Architecture and History

            Considered the largest intact Victorian neighborhood in the United States, over 2,000 historic homes line the streets of the Fan District. Largely developed between 1890 - 1930, this area marks a period of economic prosperity for the City of Richmond. In addition to Victorian homes, it also features architecture in assorted well-known styles including Italianate, Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Bungalow, American Foursquare, Tudor Revival, Spanish Colonial, and Art Deco.

            Monument Avenue

            The rich history of Richmond is visible in more than just houses, most prominently featured on Monument Avenue. This street features a grassed divider lined with statues of prominent figures in Richmond history. The majority of these figures represent Confederate Generals such as Robert E. Lee but also include tennis star Arthur Ashe, a Richmond native.

            In addition to the year-round display, Monument Avenue is home to many events including those held by Civil War reenactors and a well-known Easter parade. The street is part of the larger Monument Avenue Historic District.

            Fan District- Community

            Strong Sense of Community

            The Fan District is also known for a strong sense of community. This highly walkable area features many restaurants and shops that are easily accessible. Streets feature lower speed limits to ensure pedestrian safety too.

            Area residents take pride in their community appearance too, with frequent efforts to maintain yards, clean up after animals, and remove graffiti as detai