5% DAY // Change The World RVA

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Shop at Ellwood Thompson’s on Sunday, June 22nd, we will be donating 5% of our sales directly to Change The World RVA!

Change the World RVA is a charitable foundation established to support high school and college students in Richmond, Virginia who are experiencing housing instability.  They partner with other organizations, local churches, and professionals to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth.

Change The World RVA’s mission is to provide unconditional nurture, support, and hope to students in unstable housing situations through transforming relationships, inspiring positive personal and societal change.

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.

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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