Good Morning, RVA: Conflicts of interest, The Veil, Record Store Day, and baby doll heads

What a beautiful, wonderful Friday!

Photo by: maycrater

Good morning, RVA! It’s 43 °F, and today should be slightly warmer than yesterday. Fine by me. I did an out-of-doors happy hour yesterday, and it was totally fine and wonderful–I suggest you do the very same this afternoon! Over the weekend, the weather grows increasingly pleasant until we end up with highs in the upper-70s on Monday.

Water cooler

The Virginia Public Access Project put together a list of the stocks most owned by Virginia’s lawmakers. First: man, some legislators are super rich. Second: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. A lot of this does seem innocuous–everyone owning a ton of Apple stock probably does not impact my representative’s ability to do their job. But when one of our elected officials owns more than $250,000 in the stock of some local companies that impact our lives in pretty serious ways, I start to feel a little vommy inside.

Here’s part two of Teresa Cole’s explainer on how the dang Richmond Public Schools budget works–this one focuses on facilities. Read it, and if you didn’t read part one, do so now.

The Veil Brewing Co. will celebrate their grand opening tomorrow, and that is very exciting news! There will be limited-edition glassware for sale, shirts, posters, food (ZZQ!), and of course beer. Brews you can expect: Sleeping Forever, an Imperial Stout; Dull Fangs, an IPA; Master Shredder, a Wheat IPA; and Crucial Taunt, a Double IPA. By the looks of that booze-heavy list, make sure you keep your Uber app handy. If you want to skip the opening-day hoopla, their normal hours begin on Sunday (12:00 – 8:00 PM) with evening hours (4:00 PM – 9:00 PM) most weekdays.

Tomorrow is also Record Store Day. If you are a vinyl nerd, you definitely already knew this. If you are not a vinyl nerd but are friends with one, know that your friend will probably be busy flipping through records for at least a portion of tomorrow.

Add the City’s Department of Social Services to the list of folks who were paying for critical services out of their pile of vacancy funding money–remember, this is how leaf collection and snow removal had been funded until this year. With that slushy funding source removed, the department is having a difficult time providing services to Richmond’s homeless population.

Restaurant Week officially starts on Monday, so get down to business and make your reservations. Here’s a giant list of the menus.

These pictures of Evergreen Cemetery are both sad and peaceful–except for the baby doll head one, that’s just creepy.


  • Squirrels beat Altoona 2-1 in their true-blue home opener. The funn continues today at 7:05 PM. Get your tickets here.
  • Nats swept the Braves, winning 6-2 last night. They move on to the Phillies tonight at 7:05 PM.
  • Caps downed the Flyers, 2-0. They’ll play again tomorrow at 7:00 PM.

This morning’s longread

At Tampa Bay farm-to-table restaurants, you’re being fed fiction

Should someone do this in Richmond?

This is a story we are all being fed. A story about overalls, rich soil and John Deere tractors scattering broods of busy chickens. A story about healthy animals living happy lives, heirloom tomatoes hanging heavy and earnest artisans rolling wheels of cheese into aging caves nearby. More often than not, those things are fairy tales. A long list of Tampa Bay restaurants are willing to capitalize on our hunger for the story.

This morning’s Instagram

This view never gets old #sunset #floodwall

A photo posted by Gracie – iPhone nly Photos (@graceross_photo) on

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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