You may not notice it right away, but when you come into Ellwood Thompson’s, you’ll be surrounded by installations constructed by people that we have built relationships with over time. These companies and independent artists reflect the heart and soul of our market and we fully enjoy having them as part of our community. Come in, have some lunch, or sit at our cafe and take a look around. You’ll be in the midst of RVA artistry and culture.
Here are some of the folks we hold these relationships with:
We believe in supporting our local community and strengthening our local food economy. We wish to connect and form relationships with those who hold the same values. Local 1st. Here at Ellwood’s we chose Citizens & Farmers Bank as our bank. C&F Bank was created to serve local families, small businesses and farmers. Often business will chose a national bank without thinking about what that reflects to their customer base. When you bank locally your hard earned dollars are continually being pumped into the local economy by the way of taxes, payrolls and purchases. You also are supporting your neighbors and friends who own and operate the local bank. They are active in community affairs and lead civic organizations. This means more money for roads, schools, services and new jobs here in Richmond. Be vocal and keep it local!
Citizens & Farmers Bank have served Virginians for over 85 years, providing a wide range of financial services. In 1927, their founders recognized the need for a strong, solid financial institution that would serve the community’s local businesses and the customers. Through the years, C&F Bank has proven that dedicated employees, a commitment to outstanding service and a diverse offering of quality financial products are the keys to success and growth. As they grow, they stay committed to carry on their community banking heritage in each community they serve.
One of the most well-known muralists in the city of Richmond, drummer Ed Trask has grown a reputation as a fine artist after graduating from VCU with a degree as a collectible painter. You can find an Ed Trask mural on the outside wall of Ellwood Thompson’s parking lot, adding a flavor only he knows how to create. With vivid colors and energy the familiar scenes Ed creates range from urban to country - a true reflection RVA.
Chris is a Richmond, Virginia artist and self-taught painter currently living and working in Oregon Hill. He’s helped us at Ellwood Thompson’s by adorning the walls of our Community Room with a wonderful mural. Chris Milk is a talented individual with a unique style that stands out as a mixture of folk, lore, and a bit of whimsy. There is something magical about the feelings his painting inspires.
Neal is an illustrator and painter living and working in Richmond. He graduated from VCU in 2006 with a degree in Communication Arts and has been making art for local publications, ad agencies and galleries ever since. Neal Iwan employs elements of cubism, expressionism and surrealism to produce works of art that radiate energy and emotion.
Tom is a woodworking designer skilled in millwork and carpentry. His craftsmanship can be found throughout Richmond. He was a graduate from VCU's sculpture program in 1987. Tom creates furnishings and decor utilizing recycled, unique, and found materials. One wall surface in The Beet Café is made of recycled wood scraps that include redwood from a demolished water tower and an old pier. The columns and beams in The Beet Café are made of heart pine and were reclaimed from old mills in Virginia, by E.T. Moore.
Hoskins Creek Table Company
Hoskins Creek Table Company (located in Warsaw, Virginia) helped us greatly by constructing our Community Gathering Tables. Hoskins Creek was started in Tappahannock in 1994 and is owned and operated by John B. Vaughan III and J. Bracket Vaughan IV, who are father and son. The wood they used to make our tables was reclaimed from old Richmond warehouses and an 1800’s home in Port Royal, Virginia.
E.T. Moore Lumber
The largest supplier of antique and reclaimed vintage heart pine in the country, E.T. Moore Lumber is responsible for the wood in our booth table tops and the adjacent half- wall. They’ve been in business as a local family owned and operated company since 1969 and source their heart pine from old mills and factories. They are America’s only “Heart Pine Specialists” and “guarantee you a brilliant rich patina every time.”
Acorn Sign Graphics
Our outside patio table tops were crafted locally by Acorn Sign Graphics from reclaimed highway signs that were obtained from a local traffic sign supplier. They are here to provide you with premium quality signage and are known for their award-winning design, eco-friendly sign manufacturing, custom fabrication and long-lasting installations. In fact, many of the signs they used for our table tops would have ended up in the landfill.
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