Richmond magazine's pages glisten with stories and images of the River City's most intriguing dining, entertainment, shopping, and travel options. Each issue captures an exciting cover story in its glossy grip, detailing notable goings-on and spotlighting local movers and shakers. The monthly's reporters and editors highlight area restaurants in the dining section, and they fill the arts-and-entertainment section with news on upcoming concerts, gallery openings, back-alley dance offs, and theatrical performances. Meanwhile, news features keep locals abreast of politics and regional issues, a health section offers overviews of top doctors and facilities, and the life-and-style section details the ins and outs of fashion, along with articles on which travel hotspots are currently not overrun by gophers. Sister publication R Home arrives every other month with plenty of hints and tricks for home decor, gardening, and organizing.
Strawberry Fields invites fresh, artfully attired seasonal flowers to its bounteous bouquets. Prospective decorators may select one of the shop’s signature styles and then work with veteran petal primpers to design a one-of-a-kind composition of colors and aromas. A splash of roses in a day brightener ($40+) buoys spirits more gracefully than a squad of professional cheerleaders, and signature arrangements ($50+) overflow with an array of warm hues and mingling fragrances. For a touch of greenery or to expand scale recreations of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, customers can craft a proper plant arrangement ($35+). All prices vary based on the type and number of flowers.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Shoppers walking down West Main Street's long stretch of businesses are apt to notice one that stands out—a brilliant-pink storefront warmly lit by evenly spaced overhead lights. Along with its colorful façade, Pieces Boutique and Consignment catches the gaze of passersby with large, arced colonial windows showcasing stylish looks for both men and women. The boutique's offerings are a neatly organized medley of new and previously owned fashions from both revered and up-and-coming fashion designers. Pieces supports these local artists by selling their work in-store right alongside Nicole Miller's dresses, Ralph Lauren’s polos, and Alexander McQueen’s radioactive pocket protectors. The shop's highly selective employees make sure to populate Pieces' environmentally conscious bamboo display racks with an ambitious mix of beach, Southern, and city styles.
The Farm Table connects farmers to families within 200 miles, delivering fresh fruits and vegetables from more than a dozen small and medium-sized farms. Its growers include Gerardo Flores and his son Omar, who grow rare vegetables on Flores Farm, and Clyde and Kathryn Goode, whose family has farmed Swift Creek Berry Farm since the 1800's. These and other farmers gather up their best crops—such as peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries—for The Farm Table staff to deliver door-to-door every week. Each box contains enough fruits and vegetables to feed a family of four. Customers have the option of a Garden Box of salad-making items or the Chef Box of classic vegetable sides. By making it easier for families to eat locally, The Farm Table aims to support local farmers, instill healthy eating habits, and reduce carbon footprints.
Under the guidance of professional makeup artist and founder Lina Sogomonyan, Le Visage Makeup Boutique helps fine-tune faces with exclusive, handpicked beauty products. The shop’s shelves form a flesh-toned rainbow of cosmetic and skincare products from brands such as Talulah Skincare, Paula Dorf, and Dermalogica that are well suited for a range of ages and skin types. The friendly staff can help shoppers paint facial frescos with advice on matte foundations from Bare Minerals ($28) and Aphrodite ORA mineral bronzer by Julie Hewett ($30) or help eyes kick their cigar habits by arming them with Cargo SmokyEye Duo palettes ($28). Cheek canvases can go from bedecked back to blank with help from Dermalogica's UltraCalming cleanser ($33) or get sun-kissed without having to buy it dinner first by brushing on an Ultra bronzer from FaceAtelier ($30).