Go west, young Richmonder — to this shopping center, built circa 1960. | Photo by RICtoday
A few weeks ago, we asked readers what came to mind as the most iconic Richmond signs. As we bid farewell to the Arby’s cowboy hat, here are five signs we love to pass by.
🌵 Westland Shopping Center
📍 8045 W. Broad St. | This towering neon cactus was built to represent just how far west shoppers would feel they had to travel to reach its stores around 1960. Reader Jennifer G. called it a “random and awesome” landmark to pass near Broad and Parham.
💡 Hotel John Marshall
📍 101 N. 5th St. | Now home to an apartment complex, the Hotel John Marshall once advertised itself as “The Finest Hotel in the South.” The recognizable signage was restored in 2011, with the old incandescent bulbs replaced by low-voltage LEDs to preserve its historic look.
🌶 Sauer’s Vanilla
📍 2000 W. Broad St. | The C.F. Sauer Company was founded in 1887 and moved its spice operations to its home on Broad in 1911. The incandescent sign is a rarity in the 21st century.
🎱 Triple Triangle
📍 3306 W. Broad St. | Although the building is now home to Don’t Look Back tacos, this neon signdates back to when it housed the Triple billiards hall. Reader Bill S. told us “every time I see it, it makes me smile.”
🍪 FFV Cookies and Crackers
📍 900 Terminal Pl. | Around the 1930s, the Southern Biscuit Company changed its branding to Famous Foods of Virginia and added a distinctive sign and water tower which still sit atop the building. Get more on the history with our story.
Was your favorite sign left off the list? Give us a sign and maybe we’ll add five more.
Movie Matinees: “Cruella” | Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 2-5 p.m. | RPL West End Branch, 5420 Patterson Ave., Richmond | Free | Snacks are provided at this free screening of the Disney prequel film.
Thursday, Jan. 26
“The Revenant” | Thursday, Jan. 26, Saturday, Jan. 28 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $8 | Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy star in this Oscar-winning film by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Late Night Dance Party | Thursday, Jan. 26 | 9 p.m. | SB’s Main Street Love Shack, 2600 W. Main St., Richmond | Free | Dance the night away with DJ Well Made, Pay Rent Brass Band, and eats from Cluck N Roll.
Friday, Jan. 27
4th Friday Reception | Friday, Jan. 27 | 6-8 p.m. | Art Works, 320 Hull St., Richmond | Free | Celebrate 20 years of Art Works with live music, refreshments, and the opening of four new photography exhibits.
“Ghost Quartet” | Friday, Jan. 27-Saturday, Feb. 4 | Times vary | Firehouse Theatre, 1609 W. Broad St., Richmond | $20-$40 | Experience playwright Dave Malloy’s song cycle about love, death, and whiskey.
Saturday, Jan. 28
Art After Hours: Rhythm and Roots | Saturday, Jan. 28 | 7-11:30 p.m. | VMFA, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | $40-$55 | Groove at this specialty event with live music by Legacy Band and a spoken word performance by Roscoe Burnems.
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Postbellumwill close on Sunday, Jan. 29 after nearly 10 years in business. The VCU-area restaurant announced the decision in a Facebook post. Customers can use any outstanding gift certificates at its sister restaurants, Station 2 and Oak & Apple. (ABC8 News)
Dominion Energy Riverrock will take Brown’s Island by storm May 19-21. The freefestival has announced its music lineup for the weekend, featuring performances by The National Reserve, Kitchen Dwellers, Neal Francis, and 49 Winchester. 🎶
Bar West, formerly Cocodrilo, officially opened yesterday. Pro tip: If you have an old Cocodrilo gift card, it can be redeemed at Bar West. Read up on the concept refresh in Richmond Magazine. 🍽
Chesterfield has its eye on redeveloping Southside Speedway, a 57-acre space off Genito Road. The county’s economic development department is in the initial stages of finding developers who would be interested in bringing new amenities to the area. (Richmond BizSense)
Get your recycling days right with the 2023 CVWMA curbside recycling calendar. The color-coded calendar should help residents in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Ashland, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, and parts of Goochland and Hanover. Download it for free. ♻️
The 2023 Richmond Shakespeare Festival will feature performances of “The School For Lies” in June and “The Comedy of Errors” in July. Open call auditions will take place this weekend — prospective actors should sign up for a slot and prepare a two-minute comedic, classical monologue. 🎭
RVA Community Fridges has a new location at Tequila & Deadlifts in the Fan. Head to the Grand Stocking on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1-4 p.m. with donations of drinks, meals, snacks, or cleaning supplies and meet the team behind RCF. 🥗
We’d like to thank the Academy. Dean Fleischer Camp — who grew up in Henrico and went to Freeman High School — has been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars for his film “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On.” 🏆
Agecroft Hall & Gardens is looking for a part-time collections assistant to work alongside the curator at the 23-acre estate. Mondays and occasional weekend and evening work will be required. Get more info and apply.
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“Storied Strings” will remain at the VMFA until March 19. | Photo by RICtoday
RVA Community Makers — an annual art project honoring Black leaders from a range of fields — returns next month. The project is led by Hamilton Glass and presented by the VMFA. This year, it will have a focus on video storytelling.
The public unveiling of the project will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the atrium. It will remain on view until Friday, March 17.
Today’s issue was written by Robin.
Editor’s pick: Monday’s quiz was tricky —45% of respondents were able to identify 1782 as the year of Richmond’s incorporation as a city and first City Charter. 40 years earlier, Richmond was established as a town.
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