Sustain RVA: Renew Richmond

It began as an idea among friends and colleagues. A vision that through combined efforts, teamwork, and a little sweat, could change Richmond for the better. We Richmonders love our city. We love the James River, Downtown, the Fan, the art, the events, the low cost of living relative to all of the super cool things we have access to. We love it all. But sometimes, we forget to slow down and take some time to give that love back to the city that gives so much to us. On the foundation of the belief that we can pull resources together and create a movement, we established sustainRVA and created the organizations first ever event – RENEW RICHMOND.

4th Annual Child Abuse Prevent-A-Thon

Join us in Ellwood’s Community Room for the 4th Annual Child Abuse Prevent-A-Thon. GR SCAN is collaborating with Ellwood Thompson’s to offer a FREE Stewards of Children training during the 4th Annual Prevent-A-Thon.  Stewards of Children, developed by Darkness to Light, is a child sexual abuse prevention training that teaches adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibility to child sexual abuse.

Hardywood x Midnight Brewery

MIDNIGHT BREWERY and the HARDYWOOD crew! from RVABUZZ on Vimeo.

We’re looking forward to this!

First Book of Greater Richmond – 5% Donation

On Sunday, March 25th, we raised just over $2,500 to The First Book of Greater Richmond! First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, each year First Book distributes millions of free and low-cost books to disadvantaged children and the programs that serve them.

Thanks to customer support from you, our money continues to go directly back to the community that supports us. To learn more about our 5% days, click here.

New Ellwood’s Canvas Tote Bags!

Tired of using paper bags? We are too. Our new organic canvas tote bags are now available at the store for just $5.99 each. Not only are they grown with US organic cotton but unlike most bags these days, they’re also manufactured in the US too! They’re available at the checkouts.

Expansion Revealed!

In just one short week the construction you’ve come to know and love will come to an end. Instead of saws, hammers and drilling, you’ll hear the sound of coffee grinders and juicers – our expansion will be complete! Mark your calendars for Friday, March 23rd, as the day Ellwood Thompson’s welcomes you to experience our new space, to include:

- Extended Seating Area

- Community Room

- Coffee & Juice Bar

- Expanded Meat & Seafood Selection

- Full Service Bakery

Thank you again for your patience and excitement for what will be the best Ellwood Thompson’s yet!

More pictures after the jump!

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Community Partnership: All Fired Up

Spend $20.00 at Ellwood Thompson’s and receive 20% off at All Fired Up!

Don’t go through countless paper cups, sleeves, and lids each time you visit your favorite local coffee shop.  In honor of Earth Day 2012, go green and make your own personalized travel mug at All Fired Up!

When you spend $20 at Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, you’ll get 20% off all mugs at Richmond’s original paint-your-own-pottery studio, All Fired Up! Bring in your Ellwood Thompson’s receipt, indicating a total purchase price of $20 or more, to All Fired Up and they will give you 20% off of their entire selection of mugs, now through Earth Day, April 22nd! The best part is your paint, studio time, and firing fee are included in the price of the piece!

Offer ends April 22, 2012. Limit one per customer.

Translating the World’s Best Bikeways

From the Netherlands to America: Translating the World’s Best Bikeway Designs from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

The Netherlands is widely recognized for having the highest cycling rates in the world. What’s not so well known is that the Dutch don’t bike so much because cycling is in their DNA. They do it because after the country started down the path toward car dependence, they made a conscious decision to change course. After many decades of deliberate policy to invest in cycling as a mode of transportation, the Netherlands has the most advanced bike infrastructure you’ll ever see.

An Interview with Victory Farms

Late this past fall, our team went over to Victory Farms in Hanover County to say hello and check in on things. Victory Farms is now under the new ownership of a wonderful man that goes by Alistar Harris. Alistar grew up in a farming region in South Africa where his family relied on their backyard garden for food. He continues the solid mission of healthy, natural food and sustainability that Charlie and Gina Collins started. We sat down with Alistar for a few questions:

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Under Construction!

As we’re sure you’ve all noticed, our store is currently in the midst of some construction. Behind those white tarps will soon be the home to many new exciting features in our store. As we try and work quickly and quietly to meet our expected opening date, we foremost apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We know that once it’s all over, the end result will be well worth it. Here’s what to expect…

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Ellwood’s House Blend

Last week we headed over to Blanchard’s Coffee Co. on Forest Hill Ave. during their last few weeks at that location to test and taste some blends, single origins, and recommendations from Stephen for our upcoming house espresso blend. We even threw some milk in there to see how it held up.

In a few weeks, you’ll have the chance to try this delicious new house coffee, locally roasted right in Manchester at our new coffee, tea and juice bar. We’d love to know what you think!

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Ellwood’s Local Love Valentines Day Giveaway!

This Valentines Day, we’ve gotten together with some of our favorite local vendors from our Nourish Department to give you the chance to win a truly unique and locally-made prize bag, filled with all things local that we love.

To be eligible for the prize you must answer the following question and email your answer to lpinckney@ellwoodthompsons.com before Tuesday, February 7,2012. The question is: Where did the phrase “Virginia is for Lovers” come from?

A winner will be selected via a random drawing on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 and be announced via email and on our Facebook page.

This unique, local prize pack includes the following:

An iPod/iPhone pouch from The Revolution. Bath fizzles from BCakes, Valentines Soap from Richmond Soap Studio. An 8oz tin candle from Naked Soy, and some Frankenrose love refresher oil from House of Lukaya!

The Urban Assault Ride is Coming!

In just under two months from now, the New Belgium Urban Assault Ride will come through Richmond, Virginia! The Urban Assault Ride has evolved from a lifelong love affair for bikes and all things bike related. The 1st UAR was in Austin TX in June 2003. The idea was to combine all the cool things from bike races, adventure races, and music festivals into one crazy event. It has since grown to be one of the biggest cycling events in the country!

On Sunday, March 25th, the UAR will make it’s way to the east cost to the river city!

Richmond VA – Sunday March 25, 2012 benefitting: TBD

The Urban Assault Ride is coming to the River City! We hope you’re ready for the party, Richmond!

Price Only $30-60/person! (sign up early to get the best pricing!!) You’ll get a 100% cotton t-shirt, a couple of the best beers you’ve ever tasted, and some great SWAG!

Online Registration closes Friday, March 23th, at 4:00 PM EST.

Packet Pick Up: (Saturday 3/24 11 – 2pm)
Location: TBD

Chia Seeds: Why you should still be eating last years “super food”

2011 gave birth, or better yet the re-birth, of some truly amazing and nutrient dense superfoods. Foods and drinks such as coconut water and acai juice popped up again on the radar. But then there was one wild card player, a seed that was more nutrient dense than anything like it. Say hello, once again, to the Chia seed.

“These little seeds–yes, the ones you smothered on a terra cotta pot shaped like a scientist when you were a kid–have been a household name for ages, thanks to their infection commercials. But before they were made into pets, chia seeds were a well-known health supplement. The Mayans have been eating them since practically the beginning of time, and, more recently, health advocates like Dr. Weil have been spreaking their praise the better half of a decade. But 2011 was definitely the year when these nutritionally-dense little pods picked up some serious steam.” -Blisstree

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Say Hello to our new Solar Panels!

This past week, we teamed up with our friends at Urban Grid Solar in Richmond, VA to install eight photovoltaic panels on our south facing roof. These initial 8 panels will be the first of many more to help reduce our environmental impact and help set new sustainable standards in the Richmond community.

These steps go hand in hand with our Environmental Pledge:

At Ellwood Thompson’s, we realize that our actions directly impact our community and environment. It is our goal to establish new  environmental standards in our community and beyond.

We make every effort to bring awareness to environmental issues and more importantly, practice what we preach. We strive to reduce our waste, recycle and compost everything we can, support alternative modes of transportation and incorporate green building methods into our store.

Being a sustainable community partner is something that we owe to our planet.

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