Local Vendor of the Month: APOTHEC

Local V of Month - Apothec

A PHILOSOPHY ROOTED IN THE EARTH.

APOTHEC is a diverse line of all natural products hand crafted in small batches by a family of women here in Richmond, Virginia, designed to nurture both body + senses.

THEIR STORY | Tricia Boor founded APOTHEC as the culmination of years spent perfecting her craft. As a certified massage therapist and master aesthetician, Tricia has developed and produced her own line of hand made all natural products, owned and operated Richmond’s first organic wellness spa, and cultivated a loyal following of healed and happy customers through the art of massage, skincare and aromatherapy. APOTHEC represents the fusion of her endeavors.

CH ESSENTIALS | formerly named Copper Hill Essentials, CH Essentials is their own line of 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils and handcrafted blends to relieve pain, calm the senses + more.

Just In From Tricycle Gardens

We just got in a ton of locally-grown, organic starter veggies from Richmond’s own Tricycle Gardens! Tricycle Gardens is a grassroots, environmental nonprofit organization focused on bringing agriculture, nutrition education and healthy food access to the urban core of Richmond, Virginia.  Founded in 2002 by three architects living in Church Hill who believed community gardens, and the simple act of growing food, were the fastest ways to transform the overall health of their community – both for the residents and the environment.

These starter herbs are available now for just $3.99 for a 6-pack. They’re a great way to start your summer harvest off right! Nothing’s better than a fresh, summer salad with locally grown greens! Come get ’em!

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.

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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Caromont Farm Local Cheeses!

We’re super excited to get in two new local goat cheeses from Caromont Farm in Esmont, Virginia! Caromont is located just 23 miles south of Charlottesville where their core values of sustainable farming start with a commitment to their animals and a strong connection to place.

Gail Hobbs Page is the owner and  cheese maker at Caromont Farm. Her cheeses enjoy a  local as well as a regional following, and are sold at Specialty Cheese Shops, Farmers Markets, and Fine Restaurants  throughout the Southeast. Caromont  holds true to  the  basic farmstead principles of cheese making– they source no outside milk, use no frozen curd, and all cheeses are hand ladled. They continually strive to develop the  terroir of Esmont  in their  cheeses through improving their soil fertility while practicing  holistic herd  practices.

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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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Blanchard's is Moving

If you live anywhere near 5047 Forest Hill Ave., soon you won’t be smelling that delicious aroma of fresh roasted coffee in the morning as you drive by Blanchard’s Coffee Co. Richmond’s original roasting company will soon be packing up their gear and heading to greener pastures. Or in this case, just more room. Their operation has been steadily growing and it is now time for a long needed expansion.

Read the full article and interview from Hills and Heights.