Danny Reyes

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Why do you love Richmond?

I love the diverse music scene, the food, the street art, the breweries, and the people.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

Going to the James river in the summer is a big one. Hanging out with friends, the dogs running around, and soaking up the beautiful view.

What do you do here?

I wait tables to water the money tree. But music is my passion. I sing and co-write songs with my band, My Darling Fury.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

Hmmm. I probably go to the Ellwood's (grocery store) hot bar the most, and I think that's a great place for a quick bite. But for a lunch date, I'd say Garnett's is very cute and quaint. They even prepare picnic baskets if you want to have lunch at the park across the street. Perly's is my go-to for brunch. Edo's for Italian. And L'Oppossum is a standout for special occasions. The atmosphere is quirky and kitschy, and the food is outstanding, creative, and delicious. Also, the chef/owner happens to be gay so that's a plus.

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

There's a lot to do, but if you're here during the summer, don't leave without playing volleyball at Babe's.

What's your favorite store?

There are two cool spots across Lamplighter on Addison, Yesterday's Heroes and Addison. They both sell clothes and accessories, mostly on consignment, but also candles and vintage knick knacks.

How do you spend your free time?

Aside from the band, I spend a lot of time with my boyfriend Netflixing and chilling. ;) Also, Weezie's is a spot I hit up a lot with friends for drinks.

What's your favorite neighborhood?

Probably Carytown. It's where I live, but you're also walking distance from a bunch of restaurants, stores, bars, and coffee shops.

How do you describe your community?

Open, progressive, and growing.

 

Mandy Canfield

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Why Do You Love Richmond?

There is so much to do! I am extremely active and love to be always doing something. From going to a Squirrels baseball game to paddleboarding on the James River to walking around Bryan Park with my wife and 2 girls, RVA has so much to offer.

What’s Your Favorite Thing To Do In Richmond?

Spending time outdoors.  RVA is very unique in that it's the only city with urban white water.  So you can experience Class IV rapids while looking up at office buildings.  That's pretty crazy!

What Do You Do Here?

I am a wedding officiant at Ceremonies by Mandy.

What’s Your Favorite Restaurant? 

 Buz & Neds is FANTASTIC!  Now the next place I love gets a lot of laughs until you experience it for the first time... Arby's.  The Arby's in RVA is completely different then any other Arby's across the country.  Check it out for yourself!

What Would You Tell Somebody Who Has Never Been To Richmond Before?

Richmond is fantastic! There is so much to do locally but if you get bored you can drive 1.5 hours west and be in the mountains, drive 2 hours north and be in DC, and drive 2 hours southeast and be at the beach

What's Your Favorite Store?

Agee's.

How do you spend your free time?

I really enjoy spending time outdoors with my kids. Visiting the ARC Park is a must so the kids can play. We very much enjoy biking on the Capital Trail because not only is it paved but the scenery is beautiful. We also like spending time near the river so we can explore nature and/or go kayaking.

What's Your Favorite Neighborhood?

Bryan Park. 

How Do You Describe Your Community?

Diverse and accepting. 

Anything Else You Would Like To Add?

I would recommend Richmond to EVERY one!

Dominic Finney

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Why do you love Richmond?

Richmond is big enough and small enough at the same time. I love that there is more of a focus on local businesses. I love the growth that is happening in Richmond; it is very exciting!

What’s your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

I love going out to new restaurants or trying new dishes, going to breweries, going to see shows, and hanging out in backyards with friends.

What do you do here?

I am the Sales Rep for Ardent Brewery.

What’s your favorite restaurant? 

Whoa...so many to name: Saison, Heritage, The Roosevelt, The Rogue Gentlemen, Magpie, Dutch & Co., you get my drift...the list goes on and on. 

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

It is now a destination city where you will not be bored. There are museums, theatre, music venues, festivals, breweries, river activities, and social sports.

What's your favorite store?

Peter Blair, Alton Lane, Mongrel.

What's your favorite neighborhood?

Scott's Addition, where I live. It is growing so fast, and I love that it is walkable.

How do you describe your community?

My community is very eclectic. I have a very diverse group of friends.

Anything else you would like to add?

You can't go wrong with Richmond. I've moved away a couple of times, and it has constantly called me back. And, I'm thrilled to be back!

Jay White

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Why do you love Richmond?

400 years of history, eclectic dining, architecture, the James River, etc. 

What’s your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

Farmer's market and antiquing. 

What do you do here?

Teacher. 

What’s your favorite restaurant? 

Galley. 

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

Stay at one of our local B&Bs. 

What's your favorite store?

West End Antique Mall. 

What's your favorite neighborhood?

Bon Air. 

How do you describe your community?

Eclectic. 

Domenick Casuccio

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Why do you love Richmond?

I love Richmond because it's a BIG small town. Regardless of where I go or what I'm doing, there's always a familiar face. We also have great music, food, culture and festivals.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

I love to go out with friends and try a new restaurant or visit a favorite spot and enjoy food, drinks and lots of laughs.

What do you do here?

I'm the Public Relations & Marketing Director for the Valentine

What’s your favorite restaurant?

It's hard to pick just one since there are so many great ones but a new favorite is Urban Tavern.

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

Eat every meal out somewhere. Go shopping in Carytown. Visit some museums and cultural attractions. Take a walking tour of downtown or Hollywood Cemetery.

What's your favorite store?

Mongrel and For the Love of Chocolate in Carytown

How do you spend your free time?

I love to workout and hang out with my fitness friends. I also love to go to a movie, concert, play or festival with a group of friends too.

What's your favorite neighborhood?

Carytown. I lived there for the first 3 years I lived in Richmond.

How do you describe your community?

I have a diverse community of friends, colleagues and acquaintances but it seems that we all share in our love of Richmond.

 

Les Quintana

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Why do you love Richmond?

It's a medium-sized city with lots to do...whether you want to go to a restaurant or the theatre or the many festivals or the river or the museums...cost of living is good and there's plenty of employment. Traffic is good..not too many rush hours.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

Participate in the many festivals.

What do you do here?

I work as a massage therapist, love to massage men.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

Kenn Tico on Grace Street near Barcode and Godfrey's.

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

Enjoy the many neighborhoods in this time.

What's your favorite store?

Short Pump Town Center near Glen Allen.

How do you spend your free time?

With friends and [my] partner.

What's your favorite neighborhood?

The Fan.

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Why do you love Richmond?

I love RVA for many reasons: the history of the city and preservation used to be at the top of my list but recently my experiences and current events unfolding have swayed my opinion. The gay club scene is great in RVA; not many opinions for lesbians, only Babes ... but a few great gay clubs such as Godfreys and Barcode.

Richmonders over all are very openminded and accepting of all kinds. Its a diverse city. No one looks at you weird if you walk down street holding hands, etc. Great city rooted in history and its love of the James River. The further you get outta the city the less open people are when it comes to same sex.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Richmond?

My favorite thing to do in RVA is kayak the James River and relax while soaking in the rays and enjoying a great view of the city skyline. Secondly, the night life. I love to go Godfrey's drag shows and Babes for dancing on Saturday nights and at 2 a.m. when we close it down we hit up an VIP after hours club.

What do you do here?

I work at a middle school in Chesterfield, south of RVA, in the special education department. 

What’s your favorite restaurant?

Bottom's Up Pizza in Shockoe Slip.

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

There are tons of things to do. I'm never bored. There is a lot of history and art.

What's your favorite store?

Carytown is great; I have many favorites.

How do you spend your free time?

I like to walk about the city, hike the trails along the river, go to the art museum, etc.

What's your favorite neighborhood?

Shockoe Slip, downtown, and the Manchester district.

How do you describe your community?

Accepting.

Anything else you would like to add?

I LOVE RVA <3.