Vinyl Conflict, Rest in Pieces Rock Pine Street

Subculture shops Vinyl Conflict and Rest in Pieces threw a successful block party on S. Pine Street Saturday. The “customer appreciation day” event included sidewalk sales, food trucks, live music, a mechanical spider for neighborhood tots to ride, and lots of sunshine!

This was the third such event, initially dreamed up by Vinyl Conflict owner Bobby Egger as an alternative to Record Store Day. Rather than cue up around the block for limited-edition, high-dollar vinyl rarities, the record store’s followers fingered through piles of discounted tee shirts and seven-inch singles.
There was, however, some crafty, limited-edition merchandise available to lure customers out early. My wife showed up right at 10 A.M. to snag this cute tote of a lazy egg listening to records.

Thrash bands Prisoner, Left Cross, and Dark Thoughts played sensational sets later in the day.

Egger, who lives in the neighborhood with his wife Melissa, says he feels entirely welcome as a shop owner in Oregon Hill. “Foot traffic has increased since Rest in Pieces opened,” he notes. “I would love to see more businesses open, and there are retail spaces opening up around the neighborhood.”
Oregon Hill’s dining and daring retail shops are must-do destinations for both locals and out-of-towners. Saturday’s block party, aside from being a blast, undoubtedly revealed the neighborhood’s potential for even bigger and better things.

–Johnathan Rickman

Vinyl Conflict Customer Appreciation Day Flyer

From Vinyl Conflict:

CLEAR YOUR CALANDERS
Established in 2008 Vinyl Conflict still stands strong as Richmonds hub for all things Hardcore Punk Metal.

Customer Appreciation Day is where we give BACK to you, not a ploy to sell you items you think you need.

This year we join forces with our new neighbors REST IN PIECES to bring you a duel customer appreciation day, its time yall met!

STUDIO TWO THREE mobile print shop will be set up this year! Make your own VC or RIP swag! Learn to screen print! Support an awesome organization!

BLACK RABBIT TATTOO will be doing VC and RIP flash sheets all day over at their location.

CHARM SCHOOL will be set up with Regular and Vegan Ice Cream treats!

MORE INFO TBA:
– BANDS
– FOOD
– SCREEN PRINTING
– CONTESTS
and much more to be announced in the weeks to come.

Make sure you can be around for this!

The Foundry Market At Tredegar This Sunday

The American Civil War Center at Tredegar Iron Works is hosting ‘The Foundry Market’ from 12 pm to 4 pm this Sunday (and also June 11).

From event description:

The American Civil War Museum’s Foundry Market is an artisan craft fair with an emphasis on handmade, local products. We’ll have vendors from across the state, demonstrations of craftsman at work, and food trucks.

Bring the whole family down for a Sunday at Historic Tredegar and imagine what our bustling ironworks might have been like 150 years ago.

PARTICIPATING VENDORS:
Beego Handmade
Flourish Creative
Grid+Love
Liberatus Jewelry
Matthew Pellman
Morris and Norris
MudLOVE
New Custom
Nicholas Creek Forge
PaperFreckles
Paper Rose
Petite Shards Productions
Renan Banjos
Robin’s Egg Jewelry
Ruby Belle Adornments
Sew Brave Designs
The Bird & Elephant
The Timbered Wolf
The Wild Wander
thimbleberry

….and more!

‘Oregon Hill’ Author To Speak At Crime Novel Talk Tomorrow

From Kelly Justice, proprietor of Fountain Bookstore (in Shockoe Slip):

Join us for a night of conversation about what goes on behind the scenes of writing successful and award-winning series crime fiction. I will be moderating Swinson and Owen (two very charming gentlemen in addition to being very talented) about their books.

I paired them together because they both have so much in common: both have main characters on the more serious side of flawed, both employ the blackest of humor to great effect, both write with a deeply rooted sense of place. Swinson’s books take place in D.C., Owen’s in Richmond.

This is a good opportunity to ask Owen questions about his ‘Oregon Hill’ novel as well as his more recent works.

The Women of Hollywood Walking Tour

Bring mom out for a specialty walking tour in Hollywood tomorrow!

The Valentine museum is sponsoring:

Explore the role that women’s groups played in Hollywood Cemetery’s history from the Civil War to the present. Visit grave sites of women who were educators, authors, preservationists, suffragists and humanitarians. Meet at the Hollywood Cemetery entrance at Cherry and Albemarle streets, near the rear of the stone structure to the left. Please note that this tour is 1.5 to 2 miles and involves several inclines. Comfortable shoes and water are recommended.

$15 per person
$5 for Valentine Members
Walk-ups welcome.
Cash or check.
On-street parking

You may also want to bring an umbrella!

2000 Volvo – $1000

From Craigslist ad:

Needs transmission work to get going but could be a simple fix that I can’t afford to even check in to. It was inspected a month ago and had all necessary work done, new windshield, tune-up etc and is working great other than the transmission not engaging. 200k miles but it’s a volvo, it’ll run forever if ya do the work. Call/text/or email is fine. Thanks

Were You An Earthling?

Doing ‘Throwback Thursday’ a day early. Found some old signs while cleaning out my shed this past weekend (in preparation for this coming weekend’s yard sale). Some older residents may remember participating in the Earthlings Food Coop, which shared local seed/produce and split up truckloads from United Natural Foods.

Eventually the Earthlings dwindled away, but the dream continues with the Richmond Food Coop, which is setting up across the river. They are holding a volunteer interest meeting this evening at 6 pm at Cafe Zata.