West Coast Kix is one of the most stylish clothing boutiques in RVA. Located in the heart of Carytown, West Coat Kix is owned and operated by Ben Margolis. Recently celebrating their 1 year anniversary, I was able to chat with Ben about the shop and running a small business in RVA. Make sure you support and visit Ben at West Coast Kix in Carytown.
I saw this wall last week in Church Hill; over by Chimborazo Park. So I went about an hour ago and took some shots. Nothing like some Saturday afternoon graffiti.
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I knew Summer McCarley was a busy lady…I just had no clue how busy. I first met Summer a few months ago during an improv class at the RCC. In addition to being a very entertaining actress and improv performer (S/O to her RCC Team Karate Practice), she is also a business entrepreneur. Summer leads Mint Collective, her agency for make-up artist, hair stylist, and personal stylist. If that’s not enough she also is the co-founder of a very cool and unique make-up blog: Quite Cheeky. I sat down with Summer at Shockoe Espresso to learn more about Quite Cheeky and how she does it all. CLICK HERE to read my interview with Summer McCarley.
Full Disclosure: This is only about 1/3 of our interview — Summer and I both talk really fast — and we get off topic a bit (haha) so this is the very professional version.
The real credit for this video goes to two people … S/O to Tony Harris, who hooked me up with access backstage – he had a million things to do and taking care of me was not one of them. And S/O my home girl Kristel Poole for suggesting/telling me to use the camera I had strapped to my back and talk to bands…without her hook up “none” of this video would have happened. RVA has some great local music – Click the link to check out The Diamond Center
and White Laces.
Finally S/O to Best Coast
– they spoke to me right after getting off stage…very kind of them.
VCU Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart is indeed the Toast of Richmond. Over the last year, he has been on a roll that is too good for fiction. Of course, their was the history making run in the NCAA Tournament that took the Rams from First Four to Final Four; along the way upsetting Georgetown, Florida State, Purdue, and #1 seeded Kansas. This summer, Coach Smart spent time helping out the USA World Basketball Trials, attending the ESPY Awards, which VCU won for best upset, and signing a new contract that will allow him to stay at VCU, and in RVA, for the next 8 years (on paper at least). He’s done all of this while he, and his wife Maya, prepare for the birth of their first child, a baby girl (which is coming any day now).
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with Coach Smart for a few minutes. And while he is an outstanding basketball coach, I wanted learn more about him as a person and as a leader. This profile allows Coach Smart to define himself; in his own words. In two parts, Coach Smart honestly talks about a range of topics from, why he decided to stay in Richmond, to what music he listens to in his Ipod. Coach Smart is a lot like the city itself, though he has already achieved a great deal, there is truly no limit to his future.
Tomorrow, I will post Part 1 of my interview with VCU Men’s Basketball Coach Shaka Smart! Stay tuned and check it out tomorrow!
In my humble opinion, Jonathan Austin is, “The Hardest Working Man in RVA.” You name the event, Jonathan the Juggler is on the scene. I actually caught up with Jonathan at the Duck Race on the James a few weeks ago. He puts on an amazing show of juggling, uni-cycling, magic, and comedy. His shows are fun and family friendly. Jonathan started juggling at the age of 12 and knew almost instantly that performing is what he wanted to do for a career. I’m sure it took him years (and years) of hard work and dedicated practice but Jonathan is living his dream and RVA is a better place for it. Click here to see my full Jonathan Austin RVA Profile Page.
This week I stopped in on Bee Rice and Tan Carter, the host of the Beats and Breakfast Radio on WDCE 90.1 FM (University of Richmond Radio). Beats and Breakfast plays every Monday from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM and streams live online. Bee Rice keeps it diverse on the airwaves playing everything from local hip-hop to exclusive new releases to even some James Brown. Tan provides well needed relief from the beats, news updates, and social media support (shout out @TanCarter on twitter). They welcomed me in, offered me breakfast (with a warning) and even allowed me to plug my site on their show. Be sure to check them out and spread the word about their amazing morning show. See my full Beats and Breakfast page by clicking HERE.
This week’s RVA Profile is Brian Lopez. Brian is the creator, owner, and one man everything of Glide Skateboards. Glide makes handcrafted skateboards; all from sustainable or reclaimed material. I’ve known Brian a long time; dating back to our time at JRT. He is really doing extraordinary work using sustainable materials, and above all, he is making fantastic skateboards. Click here to see his video and a shot from my upcoming photo book. If you would like to learn more about glide skateboards, and hopefully buy a board click here to visit: www.glideskateboards.com.