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Today’s Forecast

88º | 5% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 5:51 a.m. | Sunset 8:34 p.m.

☀️ Keep cool and work on
Blanchard’s on Broad is laptop-friendly.|Photo by RICtoday
If you — like City Editor David — work from a home conspicuously absent of central air conditioning, Richmond summers can get tough.

Luckily, Richmond’s got no shortage of climate controlled spots to put the “remote” in remote work.

☕️ Coffee shops

Need to take a virtual meeting, but don’t want to sweat through the whole thing? Go snag a seat at a local coffee shop.

Richmond has plenty of options, but here are a few with free Wi-Fi, plenty of seating, and an ideal atmosphere.

Most public libraries have several areas and a good atmosphere to get some work done.


Photo by RICtoday

📚 Libraries

The library is a perfect spot to find some peace and quiet and knock out some work. Find a window seat and enjoy the cool air.

Get lunch or a cup of coffee at the Best Cafe at the VMFA.


Photo by RICtoday

🖼 Museums

Several River City museums have cozy work rooms or climate-controlled cafes, which offer an atmosphere somewhere between a coffee shop and a library.

David again: The $3 bottomless Blanchard’s coffee at the Best Cafe has powered me through writing countless newsletters. Any coffee that comes with free refills has my attention.
Looking for more remote work spaces? Click the button below for the full guide, and tip us off on your go-to spot.
What percentage of Virginians live without central air conditioning?
A. 5%
B. 10%
C. 20%
D. 25%
Children's Museum of Richmond
Friday, June 28
  • Friday Cheers: Sam Barber | Friday, June 28 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Brown’s Island, S. 7th St., Richmond | $10-$15 | The country-singer songwriter will play with Jake Kohn and Villages at the final Friday Cheers of the season.
  • Flying Squirrels vs. Somerset Patriots | Friday, June 28 | 6:35 p.m. | The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | $10-$25 | The Squirrels salute one of the country’s most tatted cities with free tattoo “sleeves” for the first 1,000 adult fans.
Saturday, June 29
  • “An American Tail: Fievel Goes West” | Saturday, June 29 | 10 a.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $5 | Watch as the Mousekewitzes make their way to the Wild West at this sensory-friendly screening.
  • Open Gym | Saturday, June 29 | 2-4 p.m. | Body Arc, 131 Richmond Hwy., Richmond | Free | Work out, meet trainers, and socialize at this Pride event.
  • Classic Albums Live: “Hotel California” | Saturday, June 29 | 7 p.m. | Dominion Energy Center Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond | $33 | Check in for your stay and experience the Eagles’ album cover to cover.
Sunday, June 30
  • “Rent: School Edition” | Sunday, June 30 | 2 p.m. | Sara Belle November Theatre at the Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Ave., Richmond | $15-$25 | Catch the final performance of musical by the Jewish Family Theatre.
Monday, July 1
  • Monday Movie Night: “The Sandlot” | Monday, July 1 | 8 p.m. | Pizza Bones, 2314 Jefferson Ave., Richmond | Free entry | Bring your crew to a screening of the nineties classic at the Union Hill pizza place.
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News Notes
  • Elk Hill Candle Co. is open in the Museum District. Owner Anthony Altieri has set up the brick-and-mortar shop after years of business at local farmers markets. In addition to physical products, Elk Hill offers candle-making classes for would-be chandlers. (Richmond BizSense)
  • The People’s Evolution Music Fest will take over Broad Rock Sports Complex this Saturday, June 29 from 4 to 9 p.m. Enjoy performances by acts including Angie Stone, Control The Room, Katy Calderon, and Mariachi America.
  • The Original Ronnie’s BBQ, the classic Varina smoke spot, received the Best Chef award at the Six in the City Southern BBQ Experience in Chicago. Ronnie’s went head-to-head against barbecue joints from Alabama, South Carolina, and Tennessee to claim the crown.
  • Hundreds of Richmonders attended the first panel of the city’s mayoral candidates hosted at VUU on Monday. The five candidates answered questions from potential future constituents on local issues like housing, education, and economic development. Another panel took place at Dogwood MS on Wednesday. (VPM, Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • The Flying Squirrels’ Fourth of July game is officially sold out for the 14th consecutive season. That means Richmond’s packed the stands at the Diamond for every Independence Day since the Squirrels arrived — talk about having funn.
Featured Deal
  • Shop ‘til you drop at the Ruby Boutique before it permanently closes on Sunday, June 30 (think: savings of up to 75% on 100+ pairs of shoes and clothing). Their sister store, The Phoenix, will remain open — so look for new summer arrivals.*
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
SPCA celebrates two new graduates
A dog grins into the Camera
Elliot has been in the SPCA’s care for over a year.|Photo via Richmond SPCA
In early May, we highlighted five of the Richmond SCPA’s “super-seniors” — dogs who’d been in the rescue organization’s care for over a year.

Tabitha Treloar, Richmond SPCA’s Director of Communications, reached out to tell us that two of the five have found their forever homes. Goldie and Willie have both been adopted. Let’s have a round of a-paws for the grads.

Three of the SPCA’s long-term residents — Nugget, Elliot, and Ricky Bobby (aka Richard Robert) — are still looking for families.

Richmond SPCA is a no-kill shelter, but has only so much space. Long-term tenants like Ricky Bobby can make it harder for the SPCA to take in new pets.

If you want to know more about the remaining super-seniors, or you’re interested in adopting a new four-legged friend, click the button below.
The Buy
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What location is a must-see for Richmond visitors?
Almost 45% of readers agreed the VMFA should be top of the itinerary. The James River was just behind, with just under 43% of the vote, with the Fan a distant third at around 11%. Now you’ll know where to take all your new visitors.
The Wrap
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Besides the Best Cafe, the West End Library is one of my favorite spots to do some work. I make a beeline for the tables near the big windows facing Patterson and set up shop to knock out a newsletter.
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