John J. Ryan

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What makes Richmond a great place to be out?

No one cares. Well, seriously, this place is such a creative, expressive, artistic haven that being gay isn't really a defining element of where you can go or what you can do or who will join your social circles.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

Driving out to the Merroir Tasting room and sitting by the water is a great day trip.

What do you do here?

I manage what I call "the talent" for a software company. I have a team of expert sales people that demonstrate the value of our software.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

L'OPOSSUM by far! However, Saison has THE best cocktails in the city and is definitely my neighborhood favorite!

What would you tell somebody who has never been to Richmond before?

I always tell people it's like living on a cruise ship! The weekly "5 Things" are like a social itinerary. Generally, two or three of them are things you would actually want to go do! Richmond gives "good city" without the negative trappings of a big city: No traffic, walkability, restaurants you don't have to plan months in advance to visit. And the river makes this city so unique. Where else can you see people kayak past office buildings?

What's your favorite store?

This is a hard one. I shop A LOT on-line. I love Need Supply conceptually and for their marketing genius. I'm mostly past the age (and size) to buy their wares.

How do you spend your free time?

Socializing virtually and in real-time. I love going to events at the various breweries in town and keep an eye on the National for bands I want to see. I'm hoping to soon develop a biking habit!

What's your favorite neighborhood?

Why Jackson Ward - of course - is my very favorite neighborhood. I love the location; it is virtually in the middle of it all!

How do you describe your community?

A funky neighborhood with a mix of old an new where you can smell the potential in the air! The neighborhood is definitely on the rise and I enjoy riding that wave. New restaurants and other business are popping up at a regular pace. The walkability to the Broad Street Arts District is a huge benefit. As VCU encroaches and the Biotech Park expands, this neighborhood will continue to rise to the top of the most desirable place for those seeking a work/live environment without the need for four wheels.

Anything else you would like to add?: 

As a new comer to Richmond, I'm not unaware of my jaded (or not yet jaded?) perspectives. I see huge potential all around me for this city to continue its positive trajectory. I wish some of the longer term residents could clear their minds and think to the future. Everything doesn't have to be about the past.