Abby Waller

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Why do you love Richmond?

Richmond is a big little town. There's tons to do and loads of cool stuff to see, but it still maintains this small town feel.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

It's hard to pick a favorite, but I'd say right near the top would have to be perusing the many consignment/thrift stores. Richmond has so many and each one is totally unique. Plus, bargain hunting is super eco-friendly. Why by new when you can find a charmingly restored (or well-loved and worn) vintage treasure?

What do you do here?

I work for the Richmond SPCA, a humane organization that saves the lives of homeless animals as my daily 9-5, but my hobby is my blog all about Richmond Virginia: ISpyRVA.com

What’s your favorite restaurant?

Geez...you kidding me? This is Richmond we're talking about, there are more delicious restaurants than I have fingers and toes. Again, if I had to pick some favorites that top my list, I'd say Comfort, Proper Pie, Coppola's, and Akida.

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

Richmond is a smaller Portland with a Southern drawl. Except we have sweet tea and cook with more butter.

What's your favorite store?

I really love Ashby's in Carytown along with their kid store Clover. I'm also a big fan of Era Vintage in Church Hill.

How do you spend your free time?

Besides snuggling my wife, and three rescue critters: two dogs and a too-fluffy cat - I really enjoy writing. Since most of my writing is my blog about Richmond's quirks and hot spots, I tend to zip around on my scooter checking out restaurants, parks, and shops.

What's your favorite neighborhood?

While I adore Lakeside, my wife and I dream of the day we can afford a modestly sizeable home in Bellevue...who doesn't?

How do you describe your community?

Mostly accepting. I truly believe Richmond is pretty much as liberal as a city can get in a good 'ol capital of the confederacy. Richmond is rich in war history, but brimming with open-minded VCU grads that came and ended up staying, because really - what's not to love?