For more than 25 years, pottery guru Robin Cage has nurtured the creativity of local artisans by arranging a warm and loving home for their handcrafted beauties at 43rd Street Gallery. Amidst the welcoming atmosphere, jewelry items ($12+) and pieces of fine art ($50+) adorn the gallery's baby blue walls. Inside the on-site pottery studio, Robin shapes lumps of clay into functional pottery items such as teapots, sugar bowls, and casserole dishes ($10–$100). Glazed and fired in color combinations like blue and white, black and gold, or copper and green, once boring pie plates, platters, and place settings make excellent conversation pieces for those who have heard everything their old coffee mugs have to say. 43rd Street Gallery also enlightens aspiring clayshapers with pottery classes, as well tours of the studio, kiln room, and violin shop on premises.
Located near the James River, Kayak Richmond offers kayaking instruction and guided tours in the river’s diverse water conditions. Beginner’s kayaking lessons stick to the river’s more placid stretches, giving first-time paddlers a safe environment in which to learn the basics. Tours, meanwhile, are led by Kayak Richmond’s team of experienced kayakers, who guide groups through gentle whitewater, rapids, and portages on trips up to five hours long.
Since 2005, Maldini's Ristorante Italiano has been welcoming guests for every occasion with a selection of rustic Italian dishes that run the gamut from casual to upscale. The chefs hand-toss both thick-crust Sicilian-style and thin-crust New York–style pizzas for tables to split, as well as personal pizzas for diners who'd like to pretend to be giants. Steak subs and caprese paninis offer handheld options, and forks twirl into the fettuccine granchio's noodles, tossed with crabmeat and cherry tomatoes in a lobster-reduction sauce. In addition to traditional entrees such as veal marsala and eggplant parmesan, the chefs dot filet mignon with porcini mushrooms and bake salmon to toss with a spicy, lobster-based marinara. The eatery's venetian-plaster walls, vine-covered arches, and gondoliers attempting to paddle through the parking lot enhance the Old World ambiance.
Jim O’Toole, the son of Irish parents who immigrated to the United States in 1920, realized a lifelong dream when he opened O’Toole’s Restaurant and Pub in 1966. When Jim passed away in 1998, his third eldest son, John, took the reins and led the neighborhood institution into the new millennium. Through the years, John has spearheaded several updates: he added a sports bar, a reception room, and a VIP room, all while maintaining his father’s original vision. That extra space comes in handy, especially on St. Patrick’s Day, when the pub celebrates with kilt-wearing bagpipe musicians.
Licensed therapist and founder of Eye Intuitive Cheyenne Mcquilkin applies her deft hands and 14 years of experience to assuage achy muscles and joints with a vast array of massage modalities. During Swedish massages, Cheyenne delivers long, gliding strokes of medium pressure to ease muscles into a state of relaxation similar to stretching out in a recliner on a bunk bed. Deep-tissue massage incorporates similar strokes to those of the Swedish modality, but delves deeper into soft tissue, introducing cross-grain pressures to extract embedded muscle knots and break apart adhesions.
At Fit4Mom Richmond, moms can exercise without worrying about using a daycare facility or babysitter. That’s because babies are allowed to join in the classes, nestling in their strollers as moms work out with exercises such as power walking, strength and body toning, ab work, and stretching. The fitness instructors are all certified in pre- and postnatal fitness, and sometimes they lead specialty classes such as running clubs.