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Our Relationships

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Our Relationships

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:

Banking

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 First Capital Bank as our bank. First Capital 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!

At First Capital Bank, they have been successful at what they do by offering custom crafted solutions to each and every customer since 1998. Because the truth is, no two banking situations are the same. And with nine locations in the area, they have remained true to their values by aiming to provide our community with a superior banking product that delivers. That’s why their focus remains, as always, on doing the most they can for the community they have invested in so heavily

Artists

Ed Trask

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 Milk

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 Iwan

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.

Resources

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.”

Urban Grid Solar

The solar panels on our roof, the LED lights throughout our store, our water-saving toilets and our low-VOC paints - all of these were provided by Urban Grid Solar. They are a RVA-based company that has helped us take many actions to reduce our carbon footprint. Urban Grid Solar is the leading developer and financier of solar photovoltaic projects throughout the United States and we are proud to have them as a partner.

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.

Travel

SoulShift Journeys

Knowing your personalWHY for any trip is pivotal to its lasting value at journey's end. Is it: Ecologically-driven? A pilgrimage? Culinarily-motivated? Rising to a personal challenge? A bucket-list nature or cultural icon? Travelers today seek ever-rarer experiences, singular memories and rich interactions. As well, they want to reciprocate, sensitively, to preserve the communities and places they touch and are touched by.  This genuine exchange-based travel - both priceless and its own richest reward - is what I aspire to craft for my clients.