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vol. 75 / connected
vol. 75 / connected


VOL. 75   /  CONNECTED

There’s no place like here. The degree to which Richmonders are connected reflects the strength and resiliency of our community. But community connection doesn’t just happen, it’s the result from having connections on multiple levels — starting with one’s connection to self. 

Sydney Lester, this week's guest editor, has rounded up three suggestions to help you connect with this place we call home. Sydney is the CEO of Chic Stripes, a personal styling company and the founder of Style Camp, a transformative 6-week guided virtual program to help women find, hone or reset their personal style. Take it away, Sydney! 

Connect

Silently

Sometimes all you need is a good book, comfy chair, strong drink, no talking and … a bunch of other people? Silent Reading Party, created by Sarah Choi, encourages you to create an intentional quiet space in your calendar for reading the old fashioned way and made more fun with a few twists, like eclectic drink menus ordered via paper and pencil and the presence of people who do not talk to each other ... at all. The demand for the Silent Reading Party has turned into a set-your-alarm type situation and now has enough silent readers for two groups in Richmond and one in Charlottesville. Reading has never been a more fun - or silent - way to connect. Follow @silentreadingpartyrva and @silentreadingpartycville on Instagram to find out about the date and location of the next Silent Reading Party.

 

Vitals:

Sign up for the next Silent Reading Party in Richmond or Charlottesville

Connect

Authentically


The Rebelle Community calls itself a club without a clubhouse and is made up of women who are seeking an alternative to the traditional networking and women's group experiences. From panels featuring women sharing the nitty gritty behind all the things they quit (six figure jobs, marriages), to creative workshops tuning into one’s physical body to make life decisions, to mixers (with both lots of bubbly and thoughtful nonalcoholic options), this is the place to connect authentically and build relationships.
 

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Rebelle Community

Connect

Mindfully


This is not your ordinary meditation center. Brought to life as a collaboration between two women-owned businesses, Shockoe Slip Yoga and Fantastically Fit, the Mindfulness Bar is committed to “making silence sexy.” From a menu that lets you book a “shot” of meditation, “by the bottle” group workshops, or a “total detox” that brings on-site consulting + meditation to you, you’ll find that connecting mindfully doesn’t have to be taken so seriously. Want to ease in? Schedule a seasonal “On the Rocks,” a 45-minute walking meditation to the James River and back. 
 

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Mindfullness Bar
 

Grid is here.

The spring issue of Richmond Grid, a collaboration with Coffee With Strangers RVA, is now available! This issue of Grid was co-produced with guest editors, Matt Pochily and Kelli Lemon, and is designed to explore the positive impact of strangers throughout the Richmond community. Contact us if you'd like Richmond Grid delivered to your local business, organization, or good cause. And follow Richmond Grid on Instagram and Facebook for daily news that celebrates RVA. 
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vol. 74 / from there to here
vol. 74 / from there to here 🌱


VOL. 74
Let's get to it! Meet this week's guest editor: Jason Roop, the former editor in chief of Style Weekly. He's also the founder of the public relations and content marketing firm Springstory. We're honored to have Jason share his tips for exploring this place we call home. Take it away, Jason!  

March will go out like a lamb this weekend, with temperatures heading back to the mid-70s and the promise of bright days ahead. Last week’s vernal equinox, with the arrival of spring, passed through the constellation Pisces. Years ago it came through Aries — in Greek mythology, a golden ram, for you VCU fans. Time, space and distance can intertwine in fascinating ways — elements of storytelling that stick in the mind and linger through generations. Some Richmond experiences bring faraway places and ideas into our own galaxy this weekend, traveling from there to here.

The Women's

Theatre Festival


One story starts in Africa, with a 17-year-old named Chaku. She’s sold into slavery in the play “Message From a Slave,” written by Margarette Joyner, artistic director of the Heritage Ensemble Theatre Company. It’s “a moving tale of love and resilience that would deliver a powerful message at any time,” theater critic Julinda Lewis writes. “In My Chair” features Richmond performer Eva DeVirgilis sharing her own story in a one-woman show. Both plays are among those featured in The Women’s Theatre Festival, featuring four local theater companies and Richmond’s talented female artists. It kicked off Wednesday and runs through April 20. Photo by Destiny Martinez Photography. 

 

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The Women's Theatre Festival

March 27 - April 20

French

Film Festival


In 1993, Peter and Françoise Kirkpatrick started what has become an internationally renowned festival. Directors, cinematographers, actors and fans travel to Richmond each year along with a massive portfolio of work. You could feast on these films till you no longer need the subtitles. Pick a feature off the full schedule and go. Or try out the short film series, which runs Saturday and Sunday mornings at The Byrd Theatre. Stay to wander through a perhaps star-studded Carytown. If Can Can Brasserie is full, head across the street for other international flavors at Tulsi Indian Cuisine. Get started with an order of warm garlic naan, with its fresh cilantro, and rosemary & thyme kulcha.
 

Vitals:

27th French Film Festival
Thursday, March 28 - Sunday, March 31

Choreographers 

Showcase


From San Diego to Charlotte, masters of motion bring their new choreography to Richmond for a unique showcase. Among the artists traveling to town is one who’s already here — Lauren Lambert, a senior at the University of Richmond, whose work recently was featured at the University Dancers’ spring concert, “In/Motion.” Check out three performances of eclectic dance works on Saturday and Sunday at The Grace Street Theater. Photo by Christopher Risch Photography.  
 

Vitals:

17th Annual Mid-Atlantic Choreographers Showcase
Saturday, March 30 - Sunday, March 31
 

Bonus Tip

Sometimes you need to get on the road. For a day trip and the best gouda you’ll ever taste in your life, head to Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet. I visited the other week, where Sister Claire told me about the milk that came from Mennonite diary farmers in the Shenandoah Valley, and the cheese that’s been made at the monastery since 1990. You can buy a 2-pound wheel (cash or check) and take it to the nearby Stinson Vineyards to enjoy with your wine tasting. 

Do you have a Virginia road trip you’d like to recommend? Send it along to Jason and sign up for his free Springstory newsletter for communication tips, resources and advice on storytelling.
 
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vol. 73 / rebelle
vol. 73 / rebelle


VOL. 73   /  REBELLE
Without further ado, meet this week's guest editor: Shannon Siriano Greenwood. Our hunch is that you likely already know her! As the founder of the Rebelle brand, Shannon’s mission is to help women think differently about how they live, work, create, and connect. She operates the growing Rebelle Con conference series and was named a top 5 influential changemaker by Richmond Magazine. Take it away, Shannon! 

Get

Chill


Let’s talk about Sunday nights! Did you know that 76 percent of Americans report they experience Sunday night anxiety? One possible remedy for this is Lucid Living, a boutique studio that serves as a haven for those looking to decompress from everyday stress. Located at 300 E. Grace Street, Lucid Living offers Intuitive Massage, Thai Bodywork, Reiki, Aromatouch, Sound Therapy, Yoni Steaming and group yoga classes. But most of all, founder Natasha Foreman (pictured) simply wants to help Richmonders find a realistic approach to a mindful lifestyle. 
 
This Sunday, Lucid Living is hosting a CBD Yoga & Sound Concert workshop where they’ll use restorative yoga, healing sound, and CBD elixirs to promote deep relaxation. Participants will be given a CBD tincture, provided by Boketto Wellness, followed by a deeply relaxing Restorative Yoga class led by Anna Meshejian. Following yoga and sound meditation, custom CBD elixirs (think calming, evening time latte) will be served. Wear something cozy, switch off all devices, and find ease in the light of the full moon! 

 

Vitals:

lucidlivingrva.com

Drink

Up


Urban Hang Suite is the most Boss coffee shop in Richmond. Owned by Kelli Lemon, the woman who made drinking coffee with strangers a thing, this shop feels like home as soon as you walk in the door. She even has Emily Herr murals featuring the most game-changing local women in business. This is my go-to meeting spot downtown!
 
Order the Boss Latte (turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and honey with almond milk) and watch a parade of influential Richmonders meet, greet, and create at every table.
 
Perk: Be one of the first 10 members of Here. to visit today through Sunday to receive a Boss Latte for free.
 

Vitals:

facebook.com/urbanhangsuiteRVA

Must

Read


When THE most inspirational mom in Richmond writes a book, you better believe I will be first in line to get my copy signed. Katherine Wintsch, founder and CEO of The Mom Complex, TEDx speaker, and all around incredible business leader, just published Slay Like A Mother. I’ve told every mother I know (and the men who love them) to pick up this new book and read it cover to cover! And make sure to come to Katherine's workshop on April 27 as part of the Rebelle Con weekend. 
 
Perk: Use the "Share Now" link below to forward this issue of Here. to a friend and you’ll be entered to win two signed copies of Slay Like A Mother ... one for you and one for your friend! 
 

Vitals:

Slay Like A Mother available now
Workshop on April 27
 

Made in RIC

Check out these Old Fashioned glasses that are anything but old fashioned! Richmond Grid magazine and artist Emily Herr teamed up to create cocktail glasses that celebrate Emily's Girls! Girls! Girls! portrait series. Laser-etched by Richmond based Big Secret. 
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