We wind down 2014 with a look at a “short” protest, Alton Brown devouring the city, and a whole lot more.
We learned a new Starbucks and beer retailer are joining hands. Speaking of beer, we tapped into Triple Crossing for insight into why they’re so effing awesome. The Planning Commission OK’d two special permits to try and lure Stone Brewery to town (spoiler: it worked).
The Altria Theater refinished its basement in a musical way, and we got wind of what just may become a new New Year’s Eve tradition. Nesbit shuttered its doors in a way that ruffled feathers (and hair), and we learned the history of Hanover Avenue’s kick-ass Halloween festivities.
One of the most popular installments of our 100 Days to a Better RVA posts was on the green gorilla in the neighborhood. We learned the site of next year’s RVA Street Art Festival, the downside to VCU’s rapid rise, what Complete Streets look like, and why local regionalism is in order.
December arrived with glad tidings of local Christmas music and a local take on the contrarian Christmas celebration that is Krampusnacht. Food wise, a Short Pump resident won a $1 million Pillsbury bake off prize, and we realized we can…or can we?
VCU med students held a die-in and VCU freshman Antravious Simmons decided to transfer. We looked at volunteer opportunities beyond the soup kitchen, and, speaking of do-goodery, we talked to a local, mega awesome guy with the Midas touch.
On the food front, Restaurants expanded their footprints, Jerry Seinfeld asked what’s the deal with Buzz & Ned’s barbecue, we deconstructed RVA menu designs, applauded Saveur’s for putting three Fan spots on its “don’t miss” list, and geared up after learning growlers “to go” are a go on the Boulevard.
That’s it for our recap. It’s been real, but it’s time to bid adieu to 2014.
Now, let’s work to make 2015 bring out the best in all of us.
Photo by sandy’s dad