THANK YOU ALL for helping to make last week’s Arts District Grand Opening so special!
Whether there in person or in spirit, we certainly appreciate all the support – as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a grand celebration. Here’s a quick recap of the evening’s highlights:
Old Friends and Frothy Beers
As the beer foam simmered, conversations bubbled to the surface all around our new Arts District home as the party expanded into the open indoor space. A few party goers even stepped outside despite the weather for a chance to see the new rooftop deck pictured above, which overlooks Broad Street and all the neighboring shops, scenes and architecture that make our newest location so unique (special shout out to Hickok Cole Architectural Design and Campfire Interior Design for their amazing collaboration with the space!).
Each Gather location was represented, with new members driving in all the way in from Norfolk! (I know, right!?) Jess, our former Community Manager from Short Pump, even rushed back from New York to be there (she says she was just visiting family, but we don’t believe her ;-), and Emmalee, our former Scott’s Addition CM, couldn’t help but to return as a representative of The Wild Heart clothing, one of our amazing participating vendors. Even Natasha Freeman, our very first community manager, now owner of Lucid Living, was back to celebrate!
That Food Though...
That food was DE-LICIOUS!
- Chop Chop and Sugar & Twine with the crazy-good cookies
- Panera and Pearl’s Bake Shoppe with those palate-pleasing pastries
- The Hop Craft Pizza & Beer with the za for the easy snacking
And for the alley oop, EAT Restaurant Group came in strong with plates from Hot Chick and Fatty Smokes to spoil our taste buds with a veritable smorgasbord of delectable dishes, including mac and cheese, ‘magical’ rice, hot chicken and dipping sauces… mouths are still watering.
Incredible Sponsors and Vendors
And we mean 'incredible' that in every sense of the word.
- Emma Scarvey, creator of the downstairs mural at our Arts District location, was there to discuss the aesthetics of her work.
- Compost RVA provided complimentary compost bins for clean up, and Bruno, the owner, provided bonus knowledge on everything from composting to conservation for those curious enough to ask.
- The Byrd Theater was handing out tickets with their killer upcoming schedule on display.
- Reestablish Richmond, the local non-profit that helps refugees in Richmond get established in their new home, was there to discuss the amazing work they’re doing in the area.
These groups are THE BEST! Make sure to check them out when you have time.
We loved every minute of it. Basking in the grand opening party’s glow last Friday, reminiscing on conversations and vivations, the food, wine, craft beer and all the support of our amazing partners and sponsors, a proverbial tears came to our eyes.
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! More vivations and celebrations coming soon. Thinking about checking out Arts District? Click here to schedule a tour today.
The Gather Team