Looking back on 2014: April, May, June

Our review of 2014 rolls on. The second quarter started with hoarders and ended like all good movies do…with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan coming together.

April put music on the brain when we learned that The Broadberry would bring live music to The Fan. We spoke with the host of Hoarders about all the shit he’s seen, and we were thankful no one was killed when a State Trooper car crashed into a van with three kids.

On a happier note, we spoke with seven cooks reshaping #rvadine. We got a glimpse of what 2015 has in store when we saw the road closures for a major collegiate cycling race (those routes will be used for the 2015 UCI Road World Championship). We learned why one guy decided to Release the Hounds, and why hugs are so important at Max’s on Broad.

In what was arguably the biggest news story of the year for some people, Wegmans announced it’s bringing two stores to the region. Someone suggested on Twitter we renovate the Church Hill Tunnel (and a VCU professor wholeheartedly agreed). Finally, April ended with a clear sign of the times: Tobacco Co. went tobacco-free.

May began with a new player in the city’s never-ending baseball stadium debate and people bidding adieu to Strawberry Street Vineyard after 30 years.Tragedy occurred at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival when three passengers in a hot-air balloon died after their balloon collided with a power line

Still riding high on the Wegmans announcement, we learned that Whole Foods is opening a store near Pleasants Hardware. Life wasn’t so smooth along the Buttermilk Trail, Garden Grove Brewing settled on Carytown, and we learned about efforts to bring the 17th Street Market back to life.

We got wind that Uber was eyeing Richmond as a new market, we chatted with the people distilling the next generation of moonshine, and saw big things start to happen at Reynolds Crossing.

Food lovers (i.e. everyone) got giddy about Graffiato, looked ahead to the GWARbar, and uttered a collective_Duh!_ upon learning Esquire named The Roosevelt one of America’s best bars.

June kicked off with Flaggers flaggin’. After our eyes rolled back into place, we looked to the people making archeology a city priority, and went all Home Simpson after learning Sugar Shack was expanding.

We were as shocked as Eric Cantor to learn he lost his primary to Dave Brat. We learned why this couple doesn’t do date nights–although they may make an exception for the new Roosevelt/Heritage joint–and got to see what a Better Block looks like.

Short Pump kept pumping out new stores, the RVA Mural Project kicked off, Urban Set Bride created a new generation of bridal boutiques, and a Chinese paper company announced it would bring 2,000 jobs to the area.  

The month ended with us poring over these fascinating maps and graphs, kicking off 100 Days to a Better RVA, and learning Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were heading to town.

2014 ain’t over yet. Come back tomorrow to reminisce about July, August, and September.

Photo by: sandy’s dad

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Nathan Cushing is a writer, journalist, and RVANews Editor.

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